8 entries revealed: MMFF 2015 movie lineup

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AlDub, Maria Ozawa, John Lloyd Cruz and more will hit the big screens in the upcoming Christmas season

MMFF LINE UP 2015. AlDub, Maria Ozawa, and John Lloyd Cruz are some of the stars in this year's film festival. Photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rob Reyes/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino led the reveal of the lineup of films in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMMF) Saturday, June 20. 

This year’s 8 films include the movie project of Kris Aquino, directed by Antoinette Jadaone, one starring Cesar Montano and Japanese former adult film star Maria Ozawa, and one starring comedian Vice Ganda and popular leading man Coco Martin. Jennylyn Mercado will again collaborate with English Only, Please director Dan Villegas in a project with Jericho Rosales.

Several changes have now been made to the lineup with regard to the cast. 

Here’s the full list that was also posted on Facebook, plus a few updates:

Beauty and the Bestie
Production: ABS-CBN Film Production, Inc. and Viva Communications, Inc.
Director: Wenn Deramas
Starring: Vice Ganda, Coco Martin

Buy Now Die Later
Production: Quantum Films
Director: Randolph Longjas
Starring: Rayver Cruz, John Lapus, Janine Gutierrez, Lotlot de Leon, Alex Gonzaga, and Vhong Navarro

The original title of the movie was Death and Senses. 

Haunted Mansion
Production: Regal Entertainment, Inc.
Director: Jun Lana
Starring: Marlo Mortel, Jerome Ponce, Janella Salvador

All You Need Is Pag Ibig
Production: ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc.
Director: Antoinette Jadaone
Starring: Kris Aquino, Derek Ramsay

The original title was Mr and Mrs Split but Kris announced in Aquino and Abunda Tonight Friday, September 25 that the title will be Pamilyang Love, Love, Love. Herbert confirmed that he will no longer star in the movie. (READ: Herbert Bautista out of MMFF movie with Kris Aquino)

 

Nilalang (The Entity)
Production: Haunted Towers Pictures, Inc.
Director: Pedring Lopez
Starring: Cesar Montano, Maria Ozawa

Robin Padilla was originally supposed star with Maria, but had to back out to take care of his wife Mariel Rodriguez. Mariel later suffered another miscarriage. Cesar Montano replaced Robin in the movie.

My Bebe Love
Production: Octoarts Films, MZET Productions, APT Ent., Inc.
Director: Jose Javier Reyes
Starring: Vic Sotto, Ai-Ai Delas Alas, Alden Richards, Maine “Yaya Dub” Mendoza

Last September 21, director Jose Javier Reyes confirmed that Maine Mendoza, famous for her Yaya Dub character, will join the movie My Bebe Love starring Vic and Ai-Ai. Yaya Dub’s partner Alden Richards will also be part of the cast. 

Walang Forever
Production: Quantum Films
Director: Dan Villegas
Starring: Jericho Rosales, Jennylyn Mercado

That Thing Called Tadhana star JM de Guzman was supposed to star with Jennylyn but was later dropped from the film, according to lawyer Joji Alonso, the producer of the movie. Jericho Rosales replaced JM in the film. 

Honor Thy Father
Production: Reality Entertainment
Director: Erik Matti
Starring: John Lloyd Cruz, Meryll Soriano

Hermano Pule will no longer be part of the film festival. A representative for the festival confirmed to Rappler that Erik Matti’s movie Honor Thy Father starring John Lloyd Cruz will replace the spot. The film will be called Con Man. It was later changed back to Honor Thy Father.

The films, in competition for the season’s awards, will hit theaters Christmas Day, December 25. – Rappler.com