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Candice Swanepoel tops 2014 Maxim’s Hot 100, see who made it on the top 10 list!

Victoria Secret model Candice Swanepoel  tops the 2014 Maxim’s Hot 100 List!

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The 25-year-old South African beauty bested actress Scarlett Johansson (No. 2), singer Katy Perry (No. 3) and actress Jennifer Lawrence (No. 5

See who made it on the top 10 list:

  1. Candice Swanepoel
  2. Scarlett Johansson
  3. Katy Perry
  4. Irina Shayk
  5. Jennifer Lawrence
  6. Zooey Deschanel
  7. Alessandra Ambrosio
  8. Jessica Alba
  9. Mila Kunis
  10. Cara Delevingne

 

Colin Farrell, Jessica Beil and Kate Beckinsale covers Maxim!

Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, and Kate Beckinsale of the movie Total Recall are bold in black on the cover of Maxim‘s July/August 2012 issue.

Below are some highlights from the interview:

Kate on her secret skills: “Apparently, I’m very good at firing a gun without blinking, which is unusual. That’s why so many action characters have to wear sunglasses during shootout scenes. That’s my party trick.”





Jessica on fighting a woman: “Kate and I laughed about [fighting each other]. We never get to fight women in our movies, so we never had hair to deal with. I’d fake punch her, her hair would go flying and get caught in my button, and I’d be stuck to her head.”

Colin on his favorite body part: “The big toe on my left foot, because it survived an awful traumatic event nine years ago. I can’t remember [what happened], because I was blacked out, but it ended up with a lot of blood.”

Kate on not wearing panties: “Yeah, I don’t wear knickers. I mean, unless I’m wearing a very short skirt – or maybe if I’m going on a mountain expedition with extra layers. But no, I don’t like them.”

Bar Rafaeli tops 2012 Maxim’s Hot 100!

The supermodel Bar Rafaeli tops Maxim Magazine’s Hot 100 list this year !

Refaeli tells the magazine in its issue, on stands May 29, that she was “shocked that among all of these beautiful ladies, I’m number one.”

The top 10 was voted on by readers for the first time.

Below are the top 10 in the list:

  1. Bar Refaeli
  2. Olivia Munn
  3. Mila Kunis
  4. Katy Perry
  5. Olivia Wilde
  6. Jennifer Lawrence
  7. Emma Stone
  8. Megan Fox
  9. Malin Akerman
  10. Adrianne Palicki

 

Lindsay Lohan sexiness covers Maxim!

Lindsay Lohan made it on the cover of Maxim Magazine which was shot before she went to jail!

Here are some interesting highlight from the interview:

We know you’ve had a very trying week, and we want you to know that Maxim loves you. How are you feeling right now?

I am feeling strong. I’ve experienced a lot in my life, and my mom has given me a lot of faith. This too shall pass.

You just had your birthday. What are you hoping for from the upcoming year?

To focus on myself and my work and to move all press on me to focus on the work I do. Also, I’d like to do more work in India and travel to Malawi.

What is your advice to others about how to cope with adversity?

Stay true to yourself always. At the end of the day, you have to look at yourself in the mirror and be content with the choices you’ve made, and will make, in your life. Go with your gut!

Signal # 1 in 4 areas for Typhoon Henry revealed!

Source: ABS-CBNNews.com

MANILA – Four areas in extreme northern Luzon remain under public storm warning signal number 1 due to Typhoon ”Henry”, state weather bureau PAGASA said Monday.
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PAGASA said signal number 1 is up over Batanes Group of Islands, Cagayan, Babuyan Group of Islands, and Calayan Group of Islands. These areas should expect winds of 30 to 60 kilometers per hour in at least 36 hours.

PAGASA said as of 4 a.m., the typhoon’s eye was located 340 kilometers northeast of Virac, Catanduanes. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gusts of up to 160 kph.

Henry was moving northwest at 20 kph. At this rate, the typhoon will be 275 kms east of Aparri, Cagayan by Tuesday morning.

Speaking to dzMM, PAGASA weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said Henry may either graze or make landfall in extreme northern Luzon.

Quitlong said as the typhoon passes east of the country, it will enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat). This may trigger moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Cagayan Valley, Aurora, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, and the Visayas region.

An estimated rainfall amount of 7.5 to 15 millimeters per hour (moderate – heavy) is expected within the typhoon’s 500-km diameter.

Residents in areas vulnerable to monsoon rains are advised to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides.

Fishermen and those with small vessels are advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboard of Northern and Central Luzon, the seaboards of Southern Luzon and Visayas and over the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao.

Noynoy Aquino defends DAP (Video)!

On Monday, July 14, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III defend the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) on his address to the nation.

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Full transcript translated in English!

National address
of
His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
On the filing of a Motion for Reconsideration on the Supreme Court’s decision on Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP)

[Delivered at Malacañan Palace, on July 14, 2014]

To my beloved countrymen, my bosses.

I asked for this opportunity to speak to you today, to explain a few points regarding the Supreme Court decision on DAP.

First of all: What was the situation when we came in?

When we assumed office last June 2010, the 2010 budget was still in effect, and we likewise inherited the proposed 2011 budget. Of the 1.54 trillion pesos set aside for the government for the whole of 2010, only 100 billion—or 6.5 percent—was left for the remaining six months of the year. You really have to wonder: Where did the money go?

You may also remember anomalous projects like the dredging of Laguna Lake, where we were supposed to pay 18.7 billion pesos just to play with mud; or the GOCCs that gave away exorbitant bonuses to its officials and employees, even if they were already operating at a loss.

It is clear that corruption was endemic in the budgeting system of the past. We made sure to excise all of that—we cancelled anomalous projects, we corrected the governance of GOCCs, and we began to end all the sleight of hand with the people’s money. Through Zero-Based Budgeting, only programs that would truly benefit citizens would be given funding. With this method, there is no room for continuing appropriations, which was one of the reasons we had such a complicated bureaucracy; why there were so many opportunities for corruption; and why there were programs that fed the pockets of a few, thus depriving benefits from the rest of the nation.

Although it wasn’t our intention, fixing the budgeting process stalled the public sector’s contributions to the economy. Because of underspending, our GDP went down. If we were to look at this as an irrigation system: We were left with leaky canals that let too much water out. We first had to make sure to seal those cracks in the system so we do not waste any more water, and make the entire mechanism more effective. And because there were just too many cracks in the channels, we couldn’t bring enough water to certain crops, water they needed to flourish.

We carefully studied the situation. We discovered that there were departments that were able to implement projects quickly and efficiently using the funds given them, because they immediately streamlined their system. There were also agencies that were in the process of examining their system, with an eye toward fixing flaws, to ensure that the people’s money wouldn’t be wasted. But, naturally, time didn’t stop as all this was going on; there were agencies that understood that they wouldn’t be able to use funds appropriated for the year toward projects for the people. So the question then was: What do we do with the funds we haven’t yet touched?

Allow me to clarify the meaning of savings in government. At home, don’t we see savings as something positive? For example, if you are able to buy meat at a discount, then you can get more ingredients.

In the case of government, savings has a much more complex meaning. At times, savings are welcome, such as in the case of DPWH, where, through correct and stringent measures for bidding and procurement, we were able to save over 26 billion pesos. There are instances, however, when savings spell something negative for our countrymen. Every year, the Executive branch submits to the Legislature a list of priority programs, activities, and projects that need funding. Once enacted into law, the budget must be spent within the year of allocation. And if funds for certain programs are not spent, as they should have been, clearly our countrymen did not gain what they should have. Did this not redound to a disadvantage to our countrymen? What this means is that every time there are savings such as this, every time funds remain unspent when they should have been spent, our Bosses are deprived of a benefit.

Without doubt, any good leader would want to implement projects that benefit the public at the soonest possible time. I do not see any reason to delay benefits for our countrymen, especially because we have the wherewithal to alleviate their plight. It is clear that if you delay the benefits due them, you prolong the suffering of the Filipino people.

Our strategy to meet our obligations: the Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP. This is the second matter that I wish to discuss tonight.

DAP is not a project—it is an efficient way of spending the budget; it follows the law and adheres to the mandate granted to the Executive Branch. We did this to properly allocate funds, and by so doing maximize the benefits that the people may receive.

How did DAP start? Hours before delivering my SONA in 2011, I was given a progress report by all government departments. I was taken aback by certain information given to us.

For instance: According to DepEd, out of the 8,000 school buildings that they had targeted to build, they were only able to complete 18. To be honest, DepEd had tried its best, but they faced a number of concerns—problems with land, assessment issues, as well as the complex processes in our bureaucracy. This is why, we asked them directly: Can you still meet your target in the remaining five months of the year? They responded to this candidly: “We are doing all that we can, but we can only build three to four thousand classrooms until the year closes. We will have to build the remainder next year.” Thus was the story: Despite the many setbacks that the agency had to face, DepEd delivered. And now, we have eliminated what we inherited—a backlog of 66,800 classrooms.

The sitio electrification program is another project that was successfully implemented through the efficient use of savings. In 2012, our target was to energize 4,053 sitios. The budget had allotted 3.87 billion pesos for this. And because of the speedy and efficient implementation of this project, the National Electrification Administration requested more funds to light up an additional 2,110 sitios. Through DAP, in 2012, 1.264 billion pesos were made available to electrify a total of 6,163 sitios—out of the 36,000 that we need energize.

Is it not right that funds that had been otherwise left unused were utilized for programs that had proven effective, so that targets can be met and the benefits to the people can ensue at the soonest possible time? Another advantage of this system: Projects that were temporarily suspended for a given year would not have to compete for funding with the other finished projects in the following year. This is clearly a win-win situation.

Now, let’s talk about agencies such as the National Irrigation Authority or the NIA. When I spoke at their anniversary, they proudly stated that they had doubled their performance in meeting targets for rehabilitation and reconstruction. Looking at the numbers, however, we see that for the past ten years, they’ve performed well below target—targets that they set for themselves. We all know that it’s much easier to hide corruption through repairs, rather than through new projects, where the question simply becomes: Is it there, or isn’t it? For example: Can we see the new irrigation canals, or can’t we?

The NIA’s administrator back then also explained why, after achieving an 87 percent accomplishment rate for irrigation projects in 2011, the accomplishment rate dropped to 65 percent in 2012. Their excuse: 40 percent of the projects were in Mindanao, and was thus affected by Typhoon Pablo. Let me remind everyone: Typhoon Pablo hit Mindanao in the first week of December 2012. We asked, what reasons did they have to push the completion of Mindanao projects to the last three weeks of 2012? On top of this, remember that there are fewer workdays during Christmas and New Year’s. Incredible, isn’t it? I don’t think anyone would agree with this style of management, and we can’t let such attempts to fool us pass. We’ve since replaced the said NIA administrator.

Our aim is to not prolong the implementation of projects. The Cabinet agreed, regarding their respective funds: Use it or lose it. If you cannot use the funds allotted for this year, clearly, those are savings. We are given the chance to extend, at the soonest possible time, those benefits that have immediate impact on our Bosses. In this way, benefits that may have been delayed are replaced by other benefits. Let us also remember that the government is at a deficit: We have to borrow funds for our projects. If we allow funds to go unused, then we would be paying interest for nothing. The people clearly have nothing to gain from this setup.

The Supreme Court’s decision questions our use of savings, and raises concerns on when we can use unprogrammed funds. They want savings declared only at the 31st of December of each year. If that were the case, when would the government be free to utilize these funds? Following their logic on savings, projects that could have been funded in the middle of the current year would have to be delayed until the following year.

We also have a list of projects that would only be funded if government experiences a windfall in earnings, which are referred to as unprogrammed funds. With the Supreme Court’s decision, benefits would be delayed, because it would take until March of the following year to fulfill all the requirements regarding these funds; on top of this, it would all then have to go through another four to six months of bidding and procurement. If you file a report in March, it would be September of the following year by the time all of these processes are done. All in all, almost two years would have passed before the benefits of funds would redound to the people.

What are the implications of this? We have programs for the relocation of informal settlers to safer places. In the system the Supreme Court is ordering us to bring back, it might take two more rainy seasons before we are able to relocate our countrymen. Let us remember: about twenty typhoons come our way each year. Is it right to ask those living in hazardous areas to just leave everything to prayer?

My conscience cannot bear this. I cannot accept that our countrymen will be exposed to danger because I let the process of bringing them assistance be prolonged. Let us remember: The nation’s coffers belongs to our citizens.

It is not only my conscience that dictates the efficient spending of funds; various provisions of the law that is our country’s Administrative Code clearly allow for the use of savings. For example, let us now read Book VI, Chapter 5, Section 39 of the 1987 Administrative Code of the Philippines:

“—Except as otherwise provided in the General Appropriations Act, any savings in the regular appropriations authorized in the General Appropriations Act for programs and projects of any department, office or agency, may, with the approval of the President, be used to cover a deficit in any other item of the regular appropriations…”

As you can see, this law openly gives the President the power to transfer savings to other projects. It does not limit the transfer to only one department or branch of government. In other words: We did not transgress the law when we implemented DAP.

In fact, we were surprised to find that the Supreme Court decision did not take into account our legal basis for DAP. How can they say that our spending methods are unconstitutional when they did not look into our basis? Even until now, Section 39 of the Administrative Code is in effect, along with its other sections.

This becomes even more worrisome when we take into account the “operative fact doctrine,” which the Supreme Court also mentioned in its decision. This is simple. When a Supreme Court declares as unconstitutional any law or edict by the Executive, only those projects yet to be implemented under said law are deemed prohibited. The declaration does not include completed projects if this means stripping our citizens of benefits. This is only natural because it is not right to destroy bridges that have already been built, or to demolish houses that have already been bestowed to families of informal settlers.

Likewise, this doctrine also recognizes that implementors do not have to be held accountable as long as the edict was carried out “in good faith.” But in their decision, the judges immediately presume the absence of good faith, which would then have to be proven through trial. What happened to the principle of “innocent until proven guilty?”

There are also those who say that DAP and PDAF are the same thing. Excuse me. DAP is different from PDAF. With PDAF, the corrupt funneled government funds into fake NGOs, money then allegedly divided among themselves. It’s clear that with DAP the people’s money was never stolen—the funds were used for the benefit of Filipinos. And not for later, not soon; but—now: Programs that could be implemented immediately were implemented immediately.

And didn’t the Supreme Court itself, the World Bank—even critics of DAP—didn’t they all admit that DAP helped improve our economy?

It is clear that the Supreme Court has much to consider that they may better clarify their decision regarding DAP; hopefully they will come to realize the decision’s negative effect on the country.

We will appeal the Supreme Court’s decision. We will do this by filing a Motion for Reconsideration, which will allow them to more fully and more conscientiously examine the law.

There are those who say that this decision might be a personal vendetta against me—that I am being dared to act in the same vindictive manner against them. All I can say—as the President, as the father of this country—is that we need temperance and forbearance—we must comply with due process.

Any lawyer we might speak to will caution against this move. The Supreme Court voted 13-0 against DAP; only one abstained. The mere hope that the decision will be overturned is almost impossible. We had also been warned that pushing through with this motion might put us in greater danger.

My message to the Supreme Court: We do not want two equal branches of government to go head to head, needing a third branch to step in to intervene. We find it difficult to understand your decision. You had done something similar in the past, and you tried to do it again; there are even those of the opinion that what you attempted to commit was graver. Abiding by the principle of “presumption of regularity,” we assumed that you did the right thing; after all, you are the ones who should ostensibly have a better understanding of the law. And now, when we use the same mechanism—which, you yourselves have admitted, benefit our countrymen—why is it then that we are wrong?

We believe that the majority of you, like us, want only the best for the Filipino people. To the honorable justices of the Supreme Court: Help us help our countrymen. We ask that you review your decision, this time taking into consideration the points I have raised tonight. The nation hopes for your careful deliberation and response. And I hope that once you’ve examined the arguments I will submit, regarding the law and about our economy, solidarity will ensue—thus strengthening the entire government’s capability to push for the interests of the nation.

Perhaps, no one will dare to doubt that we have pushed for reform these past four years. And I must ask: What is expected from those of us who are advancing reform?

We know that the system we inherited was one that did not help, or did not do enough to help, our countrymen. We are now righting the wrongs in the system, so that it may work towards this goal: To uphold the interests of the people, our Bosses who handed us our mandate. Thus, to the Supreme Court, our message: Do not bar us from doing what we swore to do. Shouldn’t you be siding with us in pushing for reform? Let us, therefore, end this vicious cycle that has taken our people hostage.

On this note, allow me to share a text message I received in the last week. It reads: “The politicians are making fiesta regarding DAP; but to our simple non-legalistic mind, it is like a motorist who parked in a ‘no parking zone’ because he had to rush to save the life of an accident victim, which has more value. I’m praying hard that these people will see the good of the people rather than their own ambition.”

To this I replied: I think the situation now is similar to what you mentioned, and it might be even worse. I am after all being arrested for parking in an area that up to now hasn’t yet been declared a no-parking zone. Is this reasonable?

To my Bosses, in the coming days, I, along with my Cabinet as well as some beneficiaries of DAP, will be providing more information about this important topic. I encourage all of you to read the decision of the Supreme Court, as well as their concurring and dissenting opinions, so that you may better understand what I have said tonight. For those concerned regarding the programs that had received funding but have been put on hold because we need to follow the decision of the Supreme Court, do not worry. We will return to Congress to ask for a supplemental budget to ensure that all benefits are delivered.

Finally, let me impress upon everyone: DAP is good. Our intentions, our processes, and the results were correct. Bosses, I promise you: I will not allow your suffering to be prolonged—especially if we could do what we can as early as now.

Thank you, and it is my hope that you now better understand the situation.

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Typhoon Glenda is the strongest to hit the county this year, directly hits Manila!

Source: ABS-CBNNews.com

MANILA – The Philippines evacuated eastern coastal areas, suspended ferry services and closed schools in parts of the main Luzon island on Tuesday as the strongest storm to hit the country since Typhoon Haiyan last year charted a direct course for the capital Manila.
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Typhoon Rammasun, with gusts of up to 150 kph (93 mph) and maximum winds of 120 kph (75 mph) near the center, was expected to make landfall over the eastern province of Albay and Sorsogon within hours.

Tropical Storm Risk described Rammasun, expected to bring moderate to intense rainfall of up to 25 mm per hour within its 500-km (300-mile) radius, as a category-one typhoon in a scale of one to five.

It is the strongest storm to threaten the country since Haiyan, a category-five “super typhoon”, wiped out nearly everything in its path when it crossed the central Philippines in November.

On its current path, it will also be the first to score a direct hit on Manila in at least four years, the weather bureau said.

The storm will pass north of Eastern Samar and Leyte, the provinces worst hit by Haiyan, where some residents are still living in tent cities due to the slow progress in typhoon rebuilding. But these areas may still experience heavy rain and strong winds.

Storm surges of up to three meters were expected in coastal villages, the weather bureau said.

Albay province has ordered the evacuation of low-lying and coastal areas, as well as landslide-prone villages, the province’s website said.

Tropical Depression Caloy, Signal Number 1 up affected areas bared!

Public storm warning signal number 1 has been raised over 12 areas in Mindanao as tropical depression “Caloy” maintained its strength and moved closer to Surigao del Sur and Davao Oriental area, state weather bureau PAGASA said Friday.

In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said the following areas placed under storm signal number 1 will experience winds of 30 to 60 kilometers per hour (kph).

  • Davao Oriental
  • Davao del Norte
  • Compostela Valley
  • Northern part of Davao del Sur
  • Davao City
  • Surigao del Sur
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Agusan del Norte
  • North Cotabato
  • Bukidnon
  • Misamis Oriental

Caloy is bringing an estimated rainfall amount of 5 to 15 millimeters per hour (moderate to heavy) within its 300-kilometer diameter, PAGASA said.

The tropical depression was last spotted 330 kilometers east northeast of Davao City with maximum sustained winds of 45 kph.

It has slightly accelerated, now moving west at 11 kph.

It is expected to be at 95 kilometers northeast of Davao City on Saturday morning and 70 kilometers north of Cotabato City on Sunday morning.

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Walt Disney 2014 movie line-up and Philippine release date revealed!

Walt Disney 2014 movie line-up and Philippine release date revealed!

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“Saving Mr. Banks” – February 26

Studio: Walt Disney Studios

Genre: Drama

Cast: Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell

Director: John Lee Hancock

In 1961, Walt Disney invited “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers to his studio in Los Angeles to discuss, in person, his continued interest in obtaining the movie rights to her beloved book and character—a pitch he first made to her in the 1940s. Still hesitant and disinterested after all those years, Travers wanted to tell the Hollywood impresario to go fly a kite but with dwindling sales of her books and a bleak economic future looming, P.L. Travers said yes and embarked on a two-week sojourn in Los Angeles that would ultimately set the wheels of the beloved film in motion. Now, Walt Disney Pictures presents “Saving Mr. Banks,” a film inspired by this extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen, starring two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks.

Colin Farrell co-stars as Travers’ doting dad, Travers Goff. The cast also includes Paul Giamatti as Ralph, the kindly limousine driver who escorts Travers during her two-week stay in Hollywood; Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak as the songwriting Sherman Brothers (Richard and Robert, respectively).

“Need for Speed” – March 14

Studio: DreamWorks Pictures

Genre: Action-Thriller

Cast: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots

“Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul plays Tobey Marshall, an auto mechanic seeking revenge on Dino Brewster, played by Dominic Cooper.

 “Need for Speed” marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing. The story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes—one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption.

An adaptation of Electronic Arts’ popular video game franchise, “Need for Speed” will be a fast-paced, high-octane film extremely faithful to the spirit of the video game series. The cars are hot, the racing is intense and the story keeps players at the edge of their seat.

“Muppets Most Wanted” – March 21

Studio: Walt Disney Studios

Genre: Comedy

Cast: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais

 Directed by James Bobin, “Muppets Most Wanted” stars Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal, Ricky Gervais (TV’s “The Office”), Ty Burrell (TV’s “Modern Family”) and Tina Fey (“Date Night”).

 The sequel takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine – the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit – and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. Tina Fey stars as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.

 “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” – March 26

Studio: Marvel Studios

Genre: Action Adventure

Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson

 Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” returns Chris Evans as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization.

 “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will pick-up where “Marvel’s The Avengers” left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” features an outstanding supporting cast that includes Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow and Georges St-Pierre as Georges Batroc.

 Rounding out the talented cast are Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Toby Jones as Arnim Zola, Emily VanCamp as Agent 13 and Maximiliano Hernández as Agent Jasper Sitwell.

 “Maleficent” – May 28

Studio: Walt Disney Studios

Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley

 From Disney comes “Maleficent”—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.

 The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” – August 01

Studio: Marvel Studios

Genre: Action Adventure

Cast: Chris Pratt, Benicio del Toro, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana

 From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of “Iron Man,” “Thor,” “Captain America” and “The Avengers,” comes a new team – the “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

 An action-packed, epic space adventure, “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

 Directed by James Gunn, the live-action “Guardians of the Galaxy” will take fans to new corners of the Marvel Universe when it hits theaters August 1, 2014.

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” – August 13

Studio: Walt Disney Studios

Genre: Comedy

Voice Cast: Dane Cook, Julie Bowen

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.

 “The Hundred-Foot Journey” – September 17

Studio: DreamWorks Pictures

Genre: Drama Comedy

Cast: Helen Mirren

Produced by: Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey

 In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own, escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.

“The Hundred-Foot Journey” abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, with marjoram and madras, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.

 “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” – October 15

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

Genre: Comedy

Cast: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner

 Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his brother, sister, mom and dad all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.

 “Big Hero 6” – November 07

Studio: Walt Disney Studios

Genre: Animated Adventure

Voice Cast: (NA)

 From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Big Hero 6,” an action comedy adventure about brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion – a robot named Baymax – Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the CG-animated “Big Hero 6″ hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.

 “Into the Woods” – January 2015

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

Genre: Musical Fantasy

Cast: Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine

 “Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

Gay Identical Twins (Closet and Openly Gay) on MMK This Saturday!

The star of 2005’s internationally-acclaimed independent film “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” Nathan Lopez will act opposite his identical twin Gammy in ABS-CBN’s “Maalaala Mo Kaya” this Saturday (November 23).

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In the episode directed by Nuel Naval, Nathan and Gammy will portray the roles of identical twins Elmer and Eric, who were very close since childhood. However, after the death of their soldier father, Elmer chose to come out as gay—a decision disliked by Eric, who is a ‘closet queen.’

Also part of the fun and heartwarming “MMK” episode are Jackilou Blanco, Nikki Valdez and Ricardo Cepeda.

“MMK” is led by business unit head Malou Santos, production manager Roda Dela Cerna, and executive producers Cathy San Pedro and Lindzay Dizon.

Don’t miss “MMK” Saturday nights, after “Wansapanataym” on ABS-CBN.

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