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Advance tickets for Thor: Love and Thunder on sale

MARVEL fans can book tickets in advance to watch Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder, which opens in theaters on July 6. The film is the fourth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Thor saga. Advanced tickets may be bought by checking the show timings at https://movies.disney.ph/thor-love-and-thunder and at the nearest cinema. In Thor: Love and Thunder, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) embarks on a journey of self-discovery, but his efforts are interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi, who also directs the film), and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor.

Netflix renews Sweet Home for 2 more seasons

THE HIT Netflix Series Sweet Home has been officially renewed for a second and third season, following the success of the pilot season in 2020. The show — a South Korean apocalyptic horror series that follows a teen and his neighbors as they fight to survive in a world where humans turn into monsters — has garnered international awards such as the 2021 Asian Academy Creative Awards (AACA) and the 3rd Asia Contents Awards. The continuation of the hit Korean thriller will see the return of its original cast members: Song Kang, Lee Jin-uk, Lee Si-Young, Ko Min-si, and Park Kyu-young. New cast additions Yoo Oh-seong, Oh Jung-se, Kim Moo-yeol, and Jung Jin-young will round out the ensemble moving forward. “Season 2 will include a new setting, and the technical details that we couldn’t refine in Season 1 will be further honed in Season 2,” says director Lee Eung-Bok, hinting at a wider franchise universe and even more stunning visuals.

Tom Hanks co-stars in Elvis biopic

OSCAR-winning actor Tom Hanks plays Elvis Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, in Warner Bros.’ film Elvis, a biopic on the King of Rock (played by Austin Butler), directed by the Oscar-nominated Baz Luhrmann. “While this story is called Elvis, it’s also Colonel Tom Parker’s story — the telling of it at least,” says Mr. Luhrmann on the importance of Mr. Hanks’ role in the film. The Presley biopic will be in cinemas across the country starting June 22.

HERO and Matthaios collaborate on song

UP and coming rap star HERO collaborates with fellow artist Matthaios on a new single “Dito,” released under Universal Records Philippines. The new track is an anthemic rap love song, with both Matthaios and HERO delivering their signature vocal performances. An accompanying music video has the two artists dating girls who happen to be twins, played by Ritchelle and Rochelle San Pedro. “Dito” can be streamed now on Spotify and Apple Music.

Netflix PHL releases new web series Alas Netflix

INSPIRED by the success of recent popular Netflix titles, Netflix Philippines launches a new web series called Alas Netflix, hosted by Jaz Reyes and Pipay. Each episode of Alas Netflix has popular celebrity friends playing K-variety show-inspired games to test their teamwork, friendship, and knowledge on the latest Netflix titles. The first episode featured P-Pop group BGYO competing in a game while dressed as Squid Game contestants. Weekly episodes of Alas Netflix drop every Tuesday at 7 p.m. on Netflix and YouTube.

Ro Woon fan meet set on June 26

IN CELEBRATION of the 3rd anniversary of Globe’s KmmunityPH, Ro Woon, the lead actor of Netflix series Tomorrow will have a fan meet-and-greet at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, on June 26. The event will be exclusive to Globe One App subscribers. Launched in 2019, KmmunityPH is a multi-platform interest community for customers interested in K-culture. Globe customers can win tickets to the event until tomorrow, June 17, through the Ultimate Stan Promo, or watch Ro Woon via livestream when Globe customers register to Daebak499 from June 20-26 via the New Globe One app. Globe customers will receive 3GB for three days, a unique ticket code to the livestream event, and a lifestyle voucher of choice from partners Agoda, Boozy, or Klook.

Knives Out sequel to be released year end

DIRECTOR Rian Johnson is set to follow up his 2019 film Knives Out with Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. Starring in the film are Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Leslie Odom Jr., Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista. The movie is a mystery/thriller, following detective Benoit Blanc as he travels to Greece to peel back the layers of a mystery involving a new cast of colorful suspects. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery will be available on Netflix this coming holiday season.

Joji releases new single

JAPANESE-born internet sensation-turned critically acclaimed singer Joji comes out of a two-year hiatus with a new piano ballad entitled “Glimpse of Us,” released under his music collective 88rising. An accompanying music video also came out last week on Joji’s YouTube channel. Joji is one of the world’s most viral artists, with over 7 billion streams to date. His last album, Nectar, debuted at No. 1 on Spotify’s inaugural US Weekly Top 50 Albums chart, No. 1 on Billboard’s Independent albums chart, and No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Nectar debuted at No. 1 in Australia and in the top 10 in New Zealand, Canada, UK, and Norway.

Fans mark new BTS album with 3 million tweets

ON June 10, superstar Korean boyband BTS dropped their new anthology album, Proof. Fans across the world shared in the excitement for the project, with 3 million tweets made at the hour of the project’s release. Twitter even launched custom BTS emojis for the album’s promotional hashtags, such as #BTS, #방탄소년단, and #BTS_PROOF.

DoT presents podcast on tourist spots

THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism (DoT) recently launched their first podcast, entitled Escape: Stories from the Road, highlighting the best tourist destinations in the Philippines from the perspectives of different personalities. Every episode follows a theme, some examples being adventure, identity, and food. The podcast-documentary is hosted by travel filmmaker and photographer Aaron Palabyab, along with guest co-hosts national athlete Maureen Schrijvers; designer, musician, and filmmaker Kate Torralba; and sports broadcaster and podcaster Cesca Litton. The podcast is now available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Castro, Overcast, and Anchor.

Steve Aoki, Taking Back Sunday team up for song

TWO-TIME Grammy-nominated electronic music producer Steve Aoki returns to his alternative roots, collaborating with the American pop-punk band Taking Back Sunday for a new single entitled “Just Us Two.” “I come from a punk background and it’s always so good to work with artists that share the same passion for live music,” says Aoki, speaking about his collaboration with Taking Back Sunday. In the past, Aoki has collaborated with artists such as BTS, Maluma, Snoop Dogg, Linkin Park, and blink-182, among others.

Celebrate Father’s Day with hit movies on HBO GO

HBO GO invites viewers to celebrate Father’s Day by browsing through their catalog of movies, from the classics to the latest titles. There are action-adventure titles like The Batman and The Croods: A New Age, more father-and-child-centered movies like King Richard, My Son, and Stillwater; and family comedies like Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard and The Addams Family. These titles and more are available on HBO GO.

Netflix greenlights Squid Game based competition

Initially aired in September 2021, the award-winning Korean thriller Squid Game became Netflix’s most popular series of all time and has been officially renewed for a second season as of June 12. In relation to this, Netflix, Inc. recently greenlit the production of a reality competition adaptation of the series entitled Squid Game: The Challenge, with the largest cast and lump sum cash prize in reality TV history: 456 real contestants vying for $4.56 million, much like in the original Netflix series where desperate people join a contest where they play children’s games hoping to win a huge prize. Unlike in the original show, Netflix assures that losing contestants in the reality competition will not be killed. Recruitment for the reality show is now open at SquidGameCasting.com.

Theatrical release dates for Dragon Ball Super out

ON JUNE 14, streaming service Crunchyroll and Toei Animation Co. revealed details on the global theatrical release of Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO, an upcoming animé film. The second film in the Dragon Ball Super franchise will open in theaters worldwide in August and September, distributed by Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Entertainment. The sequel will open in the Philippines on Aug. 31. For more information on Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO, visit https://www.2022dbs-global.com/.

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