New shows, movies, events and other pop culture releases that will keep your 2023 exciting!
Only director Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) and co-writer Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”) could possibly take the world’s most perfect doll and set her on a path of finding her identity. When Barbie (Margot Robbie) is expelled from Barbieland for being less than perfect, she winds up journeying to our world. Did we tell you Ryan Gosling plays Ken? And that the cast includes Michael Cera, Helen Mirren and Will Ferrell? Party with “Barbie” in July.
‘Voltes V: Legacy’
Announced in 2020, the iconic 1978 super robot anime comes to life this year with the first-ever live-action adaptation from GMA Network, Toei Co and Telesuccess. The CGI is from local company Riot Inc., and the cast is led by Miguel Tanfelix, Ysabel Ortega and Albert Martinez. It’s the humans versus the Boazanians! It’s Voltes V versus the Beast Fighters! It’s time to Volt In for martial law babies and Gen Z viewers alike!
The first album from innovative duo Everything But The Girl after 24 years is forthcoming, and the lead single “Nothing Left to Lose,” is already out.
The do-everything komiks workshop remains busy with seven titles due this year: “The Fireflies of Crimson Ashes” by RH Quilantang, “Lalang Kalibutan” by Randy Valiente, “Watcha Sayin?” by CJ Reynaldo, “Sa Wala” by Ren Galeno, “Depikto” by Ruvel Abril, “Crime Fighting Call Center Agents” by Noel Pascual and AJ Bernardo; and “Blight” by Yuri Pinzon. Philippines through Komiket, will be having a booth in the 50th Edition of the Angouleme International Comics Festival on June 26-29, with five comics anthologies that are competing for the Alternative Comics Award at the festival. Also a first time for the Philippines to compete for this prestigious award.
‘Titanic’ remastered in 3D
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, a remastered version of James Cameron’s multi-Academy Award winning “Titanic.” With a cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, will be re-released to theaters in a remastered 3D version on Feb. 8.
‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’
A new phase begins in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) with Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michelle Pfeiffer returning to the Quantum realm on Feb. 15.
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’
Director James Gunn returns to this third installment of the space-faring franchise, so expect laughs and tears, loves and deaths and a killer soundtrack on May 3.
‘The Little Mermaid’
The animated classic that started that Disney animation renaissance is finally in live-action with Halle Bailey as Ariel. Go under the sea on May 24.
‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’
Everyone’s favorite whip-wielding, hat-wearing archaeologist (Harrison Ford) is back evading death traps in the franchise’s fifth film with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, facing off against Mads Mikkelsen, on June 28.
‘Can’t Buy Me Love’
The Star Magic love-team juggernaut that is DonBelle rolls on as Belle Mariano and Donny Pangilinan return to the small screen in what promises to be another kilig-inducing series if the success of “Love is Color Blind, “”An Inconvenient Love” and “He’s into Her” are any indication.
Perhaps the most intriguing of the MCU offerings sees three different Marvels: Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), TV’s Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani) and Monica Rambeau (Teyona Parris) —with Park Seo-joon (yes, THAT Park Seo-joon) wind up in a cosmic puzzle on July 26.
‘Trese 8: Shadow Agents’
Witness the arrival of the latest chapter in the saga of paranormal investigator Alexandra Trese from Budjette Tan and KaJO Baldisimo.
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‘Lahat ng Maganda’
The best-selling Bob Ong’s newest book from 19th Avenida Publishing is just what Bob Ong followers are waiting for.
From journalist and fictionist Criselda Yabes, this dystopian graphic novella is fascinatingly set in 2050, when Manila is sinking underwater. But there are holdouts, a gang of orphans from the Drug War, led by a woman named–yes–Barcelona.
‘Shazam! Fury of the Gods’
Fresh off the impact of Dwayne Johnson’s “Black Adam,” the DC Universe returns to the big screen with the sequel to 2019’s “Shazam!” Now, Shazam! (Zachary Levi) and his magically enhanced super family must face off with the daughters of the Titan Atlas (Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu).
‘Muros: Within Magical Walls’
In a whimsical, gripping story that could only come from the imaginations of Paolo Chikiamco and Borg Sinaban, “Muros,” out now from international publisher Tuttle Publishing, is set in a parallel Manila where the city has been isolated from the rest of the world for years. Just recently liberated from an oppressive dictatorship, the walled Manila is now the site of tension between the humans and the magical creatures living within. Detective (“taga-sagot“) Caloy Loyzaga is on the trail of a missing child–but all is not what it seems.
‘The World of Andong Agimat”
Komikero standout Arnold Arre (“The Mythology Class”) witness his gritty, violent take on a secret side of Manila where the former gang leader-turned-hero Andong must rely on his amulet-derived powers to battle a devious cult. “Andong Agimat” makes its international debut from Tuttle Publishing in March.
‘Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One’
Tom Cruise will try to do more stunts no one’s ever done before in the first of two movies that continue this spy thriller series. Hayley Atwell joins a cast that already includes Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Vanessa Kirby and Simon Pegg. Find out what is surely going to be a cliff to hang for 2024’s Part Two this July.
‘Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse’
After the first “Spider-Verse” movie won the Academy Award for Full-Length Animated Film, Miles Moreles (voiced by Shameik Moore) and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) find themselves in a nexus where all the Spider-people must battle a foe that may just require all of them working together. It reportedly holds the record for most crew working on an animated film at over 1,000. Swinging into theaters in June.
‘Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’
The most influential role-playing game in history gets a fresh Hollywood start with a band of thieves led by Chris Pine, Michele Rodriguez and “Bridgerton’s” Regé-Jean Page must correct a job gone horrible wrong with their skills and wits. Join the campaign in March.
Woo Do-hwan returns to our screen after completing his military service. “Bloodhounds” is based on the webtoon of the same title. The story is about two people who gets involved with loan sharks and ends up getting involved in a web of much darker forces.