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CCP accepts short feature entries for Cinemalaya 2020

Feb 15, 2020 - 3:30 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The 10 best short features will be announced on May 12 and will be screened at the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival in August

'The Kingmaker' to screen at UPFI in time for People Power anniversary

Feb 14, 2020 - 12:13 PM

The documentary follows Imelda Marcos, wife of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos

'THE KINGMAKER.' Lauren Greenfield's documentary on Imelda Marcos is set for another round of screenings in time for the People Power Anniversary. Screenshot from YouTube.com/SHOWTIME

'Farewell' rebukes Oscars with Spirit Award win

Feb 09, 2020 - 12:11 PM

'The Farewell' wins Best Picture

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 08: Lulu Wang poses in the press room during the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 08, 2020 in Santa Monica, California. Phillip Faraone/Getty Images/AFP

Judy Ann Santos, Maja Salvador, Bea Alonzo among awardees in Film Ambassadors Night 2020

Feb 06, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The Film Development Council of the Philippines will recognize 64 industry members on February 9

'1917' wins big at Baftas to take pole position for Oscars

Feb 03, 2020 - 8:19 AM

The World War I movie wins 7 awards, including Best Film and Best Director for Sam Mendes

British director Sam Mendes poses with the award for a Director for his work on the film '1917' at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 2, 2020. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

'Joker' leads the pack at Bafta awards

Feb 02, 2020 - 11:13 AM

The movie starring Joaquin Phoenix has 11 nominations, but Sam Mendes' World War movie '1917' is the favorite to win the best film and best director categories

BOX OFFICE RECORD. 'Joker' takes the cake for the biggest October release in North America so far. Photo from Joker's Instagram account

Ramona Diaz's 'A Thousand Cuts': 'A risky film on free press, lawless regime'

Jan 26, 2020 - 2:30 PM

‘The film takes place in the Philippines but its central conflict, as you may imagine, reverberates far beyond that country’s border’

SUNDANCE PREMIERE. The documentary is screened at the Egyptian Theater. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Solution to online harassment? Regulation, says Sundance 2020 panel

Jan 26, 2020 - 9:01 AM

‘The tech platforms are saying ‘We don’t know what to do, or we're doing our best,’ but it's not enough,’ says Maria Ressa

Solutions: Rappler chief executive officer and executive editor Maria Ressa discuss solutions to prevent online harassment at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival's Truth to Power forum. With Ressa are New Yorker columnist Masha Gessen and Patrick Gaspard, Open Society Foundation president. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler.

Taylor Swift kicks off Sundance festival with 'Miss Americana'

Jan 25, 2020 - 9:59 AM

The Netflix documentary traces the career of the 30-year-old singer, from her beginnings in country music to international stardom

Over 130 homegrown films find home in Iloilo's regional film festival

Jan 18, 2020 - 4:52 PM

The festival kicked off in December 2019 but due to popular demand and support from the local government, it has been extended until January 24, 2020

THE CHANTERS. CineKasimanwa also served as a homecoming of sorts for the award-winning film “The Chanters” directed by James Robin Mayo. The screening of this film became one of the highlights of the festival. Screenshot courtesy of CineKasimanwa

UP Film Institute to screen Lauren Greenfield’s ‘The Kingmaker’

Jan 18, 2020 - 12:52 PM

The screening will be held on January 29, with a panel discussion to follow

THE KINGMAKER. The documentary is screening at the UP Film Institute on January 29. Screenshot from Facebook.com/upfifilmcenter

Cate Blanchett to head Venice Film Festival jury

Jan 17, 2020 - 12:49 PM

Actress Cate Blanchett will preside over the prestigious film festival's jury this September, two years after she headed Cannes in 2018

'Miracle In Cell No.7' earns P475 million in box office

Jan 15, 2020 - 5:25 PM

The movie starring Aga Muhlach was the highest earner in the recent Metro Manila Film Festival

Spike Lee to be first black president of Cannes film festival jury

Jan 14, 2020 - 5:15 PM

The 'BlacKkKlansman' director is the first person of black African descent to preside at the world's biggest film festival

MMFF 2019 gross sales at P955 million in box office

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Aga Muhlach's 'Miracle in Cell No 7' made the most in the box office during the festival

'Joker' leads Britain's BAFTAs with 11 nominations

Jan 07, 2020 - 6:55 PM

The story of Batman's main villain earns 11 nominations for Britain's showpiece film awards, including Best Film

‘Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity’ review: A worthwhile spoof

Jan 01, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'Believe it or not, 'Mission Unstapabol' is a refreshing effort from Tuviera, Sotto and their usual team.'

‘3Pol Trobol: Huli Ka Balbon’ review: Toxic cinema

Dec 31, 2019 - 3:00 PM

'3Pol Trobol' peddles the most obsolete of ideals

‘Miracle in Cell No. 7’ review: Improving on the original

Dec 31, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'The localization makes not just its charms but also its tragedy more profound'

MMFF 2019 reviews: The full list

Dec 30, 2019 - 7:34 PM

Here's a quick guide to reviews of all the MMFF 2019 films. Which one are you watching?

‘The Mall, the Merrier’ review: More of the same, but messier

Dec 30, 2019 - 4:00 PM

There is nothing discreet about 'The Mall, the Merrier'

‘Sunod’ review: More than standard horror fare

Dec 30, 2019 - 12:15 PM

'Sunod' is a solid effort

‘Write About Love’ review: More wrong than right

Dec 30, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The film sounds good on paper but fails to register fully

‘Mindanao’ review: A betrayal

Dec 30, 2019 - 8:00 AM

'Mindanao' is dulled by its attempts at safe neutrality

IN PHOTOS: Metro Manila Film Festival 2019 awards night

Dec 29, 2019 - 10:10 AM

The festival celebrates its 45th year

PUP Sta. Mesa students win MMFF 2019 top prize for short film

Dec 28, 2019 - 6:24 PM

'Pamana ni Lola' tells the story of Alissa, a teenager who is slowly discovering what it means to grow up in their household

Pokwang hits cinemas for early pullout of 'Mindanao,' 'Culion': 'Huwag naman tayo puro sa pera lang'

Dec 28, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Films like 'Culion' and 'Mindanao' have apparently been pulled out of some cinemas over low ticket sales

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Award-winning 'Mindanao' director Brillante Mendoza asks more cinemas to screen film

Dec 28, 2019 - 2:39 PM

The day after winning all major MMFF 2019 awards, only 38 cinemas nationwide screened the movie

Judy Ann Santos on MMFF 2019 Best Actress win: 'A wonderful end to my 2019'

Dec 28, 2019 - 12:41 PM

The actress picks up her second award for the film 'Mindanao'

FULL LIST: Winners, MMFF 2019 awards night

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:00 AM

'Mindanao' wins Best Picture

Judy Ann Santos on being culturally sensitive in the film 'Mindanao'

Dec 25, 2019 - 6:54 PM

In the film, Judy Ann plays a Muslim mother who cares for a cancer-stricken daughter

'MINDANAO.' Stars Judy Ann Santos and Allen Dizon wave to the crowd from atop the 'Mindanao' float at the MMFF 2019 Parade of Stars on December 22. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

'Sunod' director Carlo Ledesma on what makes his film stand out: 'I have the best actors'

Dec 24, 2019 - 6:51 PM

The film is the only horror entry in the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival

SUNOD. The cast and team behind the upcoming film parade through the streets of Taguig at the Metro Manila Film Festival 2019 Parade of Stars on December 22. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Vice Ganda says ‘The Mall The Merrier’ different from MMFF films he’s done before

Dec 23, 2019 - 5:49 PM

The film stars Vice and Anne Curtis in their first movie team-up

VICE GANDA. The comedian waves to fans at the MMFF 2019 Parade of Stars, alongside his 'The Mall The Merrier' co-stars. Photo by Alecs/Ongcal

HIGHLIGHTS: The MMFF 2019 Parade of Stars

Dec 22, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Both fans and stars endure the afternoon heat for the Metro Manila Film Festival's annual opening spectacle

FOR THE FANS. Vic Sotto, Maine Mendoza, and Pokwang were among the celebrities that joined the Metro Manila Film Festival 2019 Parade of Stars. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LOOK: Coco Martin's Paloma returns at the MMFF 2019 Parade of Stars

Dec 22, 2019 - 7:33 PM

Coco stuns in his orange-and-pink drag look!

PALOMA. Coco Martin dresses up as his female alter-ego for the MMFF 2019 Parade of Stars. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Celebs we spotted at the MMFF 2019 Parade of Stars

Dec 22, 2019 - 6:10 PM

The stars say hi before their films premiere at the Metro Manila Film Festival

PARADE OF STARS. Judy Ann Santos and Allen Dizon wave to the crowd from atop the 'Mindanao' float at the Metro Manila Film Festival 2019's annual parade. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LOOK: Vice Ganda arrives in photo finish at MMFF 2019 Parade of Stars

Dec 22, 2019 - 4:58 PM

The comedian rides a bike to the annual parade – straight from the Sunday variety show ASAP

VICE GANDA. The comedian catches up with the MMFF Parade of Stars on a motorbike. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: MMFF 2019

Dec 20, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Bibidang muli ang 8 pelikulang Pinoy dahil Metro Manila Film Festival na naman!

Rappler Talk Entertainment: Mylene Dizon, JC Santos on ‘Sunod’

Dec 20, 2019 - 3:02 PM

The film premieres as part of the Metro Manila Film Festival on December 25

Rappler Talk Entertainment: Meryll Soriano, Suzette Ranillo, and Ricky Lee on 'Culion'

Dec 18, 2019 - 2:14 PM

The film is part of the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival

It's final: Film Dev't Council can't collect amusement tax from LGUs

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:45 PM

The Supreme Court maintains that certain provisions of Republic Act No. 9167, the law that created the Film Development Council of the Philippines, are unconstitutional

Vic Sotto says MMFF entry 'Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity' 'definitely different' from past movies

Dec 15, 2019 - 3:11 PM

'Gusto ko naman kasi paglabas nila ng sinehan may mga ngiti sa kanilang mga mukha,' Vic says

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Vice Ganda to MMFF movie critics: 'Can you imagine Christmas without comedy?'

Dec 13, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'Comedy is a genre. It’s a legit genre. It’s as special as drama, adventure, action,' says Vice

Photo by rob reyes

LIST: Road closures for 2019 MMFF Parade of Stars

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:59 PM

The parade will be hosted by the city of Taguig on December 22

Rappler animated film about Filipina jailed with her baby wins Best Documentary Award

Dec 11, 2019 - 4:26 PM

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas chooses the Rappler animated film best documentary on migration. Awarding ceremonies will be on December 17.

Barack, Michelle, and Julia Roberts: This week’s outlook

Dec 10, 2019 - 12:01 PM

There’s no breather in the newsroom this week. For one, the Obamas are in the neighborhood!

Iza Calzado, Meryll Soriano address 'healthy competition' between 'Culion,' 'Mindanao'

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'Perhaps instead of pitting us against each other maybe we should celebrate each other and celebrate that we are making film,' says Iza

Photo by Rob Reyes

Ramona Diaz's documentary on Maria Ressa, Rappler to premiere at 2020 Sundance Film Festival

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:17 PM

'A Thousand Cuts' trails Rappler’s Maria Ressa and zooms in on the Philippines, where ‘the worldwide erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation campaigns' is 'starkly evident'

PRESS FREEDOM. 'A Thousand Cuts' trails Rappler's Maria Ressa in a Philippines where the 'worldwide erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation campaigns' is evident. Still from the film

FULL LIST: Winners, Luna Awards 2019

Nov 30, 2019 - 11:46 PM

'Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral' wins Best Picture

Judy Ann Santos wins Best Actress at Cairo International Film Festival

Nov 30, 2019 - 11:08 AM

Judy Ann wins for her role in Brillante Mendoza's 'Mindanao'