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‘CelebriTV’ replaces ‘StarTalk’

TV observers are wont to say that the showbiz talkshow is a dying format, or if not, it needs a dramatic revamp to make it more attuned to the times when the digital media is threatening to overtake traditional media.

An astute observer says, the social media sites have literally forced TV networks to take a closer and hard look at their showbiz –oriented talkshows and give axing shows serious thought. Already, ABS-CBN let go of the popular The Buzz and for a time left GMA Network’s StarTalk with nary a competition.

But Saturday last, the “showbiz authority” aired its farewell episode, and today a brand new show takes over the timeslot.

GMANetwork launches a new show replacing StarTalk. CelebriTV hosts are: Lolit Solis, Joey de Leon, and AiAi delas Alas

CelebriTV premieres this afternoon with AiAi delas Alas, Joey de Leon and Lolit Solis.

What happened to Heart Evangelista, Butch Francisco, and Ricky Lo?

Lo remains as a “correspondent” interviewing celebrities out in the field, mostly Hollywood stars, as he is the sole Filipino being sent on a junket by film distributors. He is no longer hosting unlike in the axed show before this. 

Evangelista goes back to where her talent is most needed…in drama. And Francisco…who knows where he’ll end up.

The show will still be “showbiz na showbiz” except that instead of the usual talk and rumors, there will be other gimmicks to make it more interesting.

You don’t really know what Solis and Delas Alas will be up to. Or Joey de Leon. Everything is still vague for many of us. So, we will watch the first episode and see if, indeed, it has moved beyond the Startalk format.

Ai-Ai said during the launch with members of the press in Filipino, which we translated freely, “This show is different because we will give the audience joy. This is the first time they will see the three of us together so we guarantee laughter, kulitan and chikahan. Apart from the celebrity guests, the audience should watch out for the interviews we will feature.”

 “This is going to be different and fun. Imagine the combination of Joey and Ai-Ai. It will be a riot,” added Lolit.

From top showbiz issues, big events to social media trends and controversies, CelebriTV, the three hosts said, would definitely bring an atmosphere of fun “as each of the hosts presents freewheeling segments with surprising revelations from your favorite celebrities.”

Now, we know that showbiz folks are the most cryptic of speakers, and you can only deduce the meaning of what they say when you see them on screen.


The Tania Dee murder in ‘Imbestigador’

Today in Imbestigador the controversial Tania Dee Murder Case is the featured story.

Sheena Halili plays the murdered bank teller in Imbestigador; Renz Fernandez plays the teller's ex-husband

In June this year, the disappearance of 33 year-old bank teller Tania Dee-Arcenas spread like wild fire in the news and in social media. According to her family, it was on June 20 when Tania told them that she was leaving for Angeles in Pampanga to meet with her ex-husband.

But since then, Tania never came back to Tondo in Manila where she lives. On June 28, she was found buried in a two-foot pit. She had a gun wound in her head and her body was wrapped in plastic. She was discovered in the backyard of a certain Regina Dychioco in Angeles, Pampanga. Dychioco is the mother of Angela Dychioco, who is the current girlfriend of Tania’s ex-husband Fidel Sheldon Arcenas.

 Sheena Halili and Renz Fernandez will play Tania and Fidel in the dramatization of situations prior to the murder.

Mike Enriquez hosts Imbestigador airing every Saturday after CelebriTV and before 24 Oras Weekend on GMA 7.


Iranian vampire film QCIFF

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, an Iranian vampire film directed by Ana Lily Amarpour, is the featured film at the Special Halloween Screening of QCinema International Film Festival 2015 (QCIFF).

 A scene from the Iranian vampire film

Dubbed as the first Iranian vampire western ever made, the film instantly created a buzz among cinephiles on its first release. 

The story follows the life of a lonesome vampire living in a quasi-Iranian ghost town called Bad City who preys on men who disrespect women.

Another scary scene from the Iranian vampire film

This is Amarpour’s debut feature film and premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in the NEXT category.

 Iran vampire film has created a worldwide buzz

QCIFF, now on its third year, has become one of the most widely recognized movie festivals, not just for its efforts in allocating production grants and motivating Filipino independent filmmakers, but also in showcasing the best films around the globe. It aims to promote Quezon City as the film festival capital of the country.

The festival runs from Oct. 22 to 31 at the Quezon City Museum, Trinoma Mall, Gateway Mall, and Robinson’s Galleria.

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