AgostoDos Pictures is an indie film studio of actor Dingdong Dantes. The name of the film studio is derived from the actor's birthday, August 2. AgostoDos Pictures on Facebook
Rodolfo Vera Quizon Sr. known by his screen names Dolphy and Golay, was a Filipino comedian-actor in the Philippines. He is regarded as the country's King of Comedy for his comedic talent embodied by his long roster of works on stage, radio and movies. Rodolfo Vera Quizon Sr. was born at Calle Padre Herrera in Tondo, Manila on July 25, 1928. His father from Bulacan, Melencio Quizon, was a ship engine worker of the Atlantic Gulf; the elder Quizon was the son of Modesto Quizon and Adorable Espinoza, whose great-great grandfather was a friar, mother a vendor of rice cakes. His mother, Salud Vera, was a seamstress, the daughter of Máximo de Vera y Limtico and Lucila de la Rosa y Cordero, he had five sisters. Quizon addressed his mother as "Papang" and "Mamang" -- as did his siblings. Quizon began studying at the age of six, was enrolled into public schools, he attended the Magat Salamat Elementary School and Isabelo de los Reyes Elementary School until the seventh grade. For his primary education, he studied at the Florentino Torres High School until his sophomore year.
He was an average student. Quizon sold peanuts and watermelon seeds at movie theaters as a boy, which enabled him to watch movies for free, he was about thirteen. He did odd jobs including shining shoes. In his free time he watched stage shows at the Life Theater and the Avenue Theater, his favorite performers included the comedy duo Pugo and Togo, the dancers Benny Mack and Bayani Casimiro. Quizon started performing onstage during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. Dolphy was turning 17 when Benny Mack got him a job as a chorus dancer for a month at the Avenue Theater and subsequently on the Lyric Theater, he appeared in shows at the Orient Theater. Golay was his first stage name. During air raids, they would interrupt the show and run for the air-raid shelter in the orchestra section together with the audience. If no bombs exploded, the show resumed, he had his first movie when he was 19 with Fernando Poe Sr. in Dugo at Bayan, billed as Rodolfo Quizon. It was the father of his future friend actor Fernando Poe Jr. who first paved the way and gave him a break in films playing bit roles as a character actor.
On a DZMM radio interview, he revealed. In the late 1940s, Dolphy got into radio through Conde Ubaldo, a popular radio writer and producer, he joined the program Wag Naman which starred Tessie Quintana and Baby Jane. His comedy duo with Panchito started on radio on Conde Ubaldo shows. Pancho Magalona recommended Dolphy to Dr. Jose “Doc” Perez, the owner of Sampaguita Pictures in 1952, his first movie with Sampaguita was Sa Isang Sulyap Mo, with Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran. It was in Sampaguita were the comedy duo of Dolphy and Panchito became popular. Dolphy became famous for playing roles after he was typecasted in Jack en Jill with Rogelio de la Rosa and Lolita Rodriguez in 1954, he was not the first choice for the role but Bayani Casimiro. Jack en Jill was a Philippine komiks serial by Mars Ravelo; this was followed with other movies adapted from komiks by the same author like Silveria, Captain Barbell and Facifica Falayfay. The first time Dolphy played a serious role was in a 4-in-1 drama movie, with Barbara Perez who played a blind girl in the segment inspired by Charlie Chaplin’s movie City Lights.
After his contract with Sampaguita expired, he left the company. When he joined the production studio, his talent fee was P1,000 per movie. By the time he left, he was earning P7,000 per picture. After leaving Sampaguita, Eugenio “Geny” Lopez Jr. got him into television on Channel 3. His first TV show was with ABS-CBN on "Buhay Artista", a concept by Ading Fernando. While doing radio, his talent fee was P250-P300 per program, he left ABS-CBN due to Martial Law. However moved to GMA Network since Buhay Artista moved to RBS-7 from December 1972 to early 1974. While on television, he started doing movies for independent studios like LEA Productions, Balatbat Productions, Filipinas Productions, Zultana Productions and Fernando Poe Jr.'s D’Lanor Productions. He starred on two of his movies in 1964, Captain Barbell and Daigdig ng Fantasia with Nova Villa, both directed by Herminio “Butch” Bautista. Dolphy established RVQ Productions in 1965, his first venture was Buhay Artista, released in 1967, with Panchito, Susan Roces and Ronaldo Valdez whom he discovered.
For Pepe en Pilar, his film with Roces, they wanted a new face as Roces' partner. Dolphy first met Valdez in a basketball court and brought him to the press conference so Roces could see him. Roces' initial response was "Ang bata naman iyan". Dolphy brought Ronaldo to a barber shop, bought him a pair of boots at Glenmore and lent him his suit; when Dolphy presented him to Roces again, she said. Okay na.", not realizing that he was the same guy introduced earlier. Dolphy gave him the stage name Ronaldo Valdez. Dolphy made spy film parodies when it became a fad, beginning with Dolpinger as Agent 1-2-3. Chiquito, another Filipino comedian, played the recurring role of Agent 0-2-10 in these films. In 1969, one of his biggest hits was Facifica Falayfay, where he starred as th
Universal Pictures is an American film studio owned by Comcast through the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group division of its wholly owned subsidiary NBCUniversal. Founded in 1912 by Carl Laemmle, Mark Dintenfass, Charles O. Baumann, Adam Kessel, Pat Powers, William Swanson, David Horsley, Robert H. Cochrane, Jules Brulatour, it is the oldest surviving film studio in the United States, the world's fifth oldest after Gaumont, Pathé, Nordisk Film, the oldest member of Hollywood's "Big Five" studios in terms of the overall film market, its studios are located in Universal City and its corporate offices are located in New York City. Universal Pictures is a member of the Motion Picture Association of America, was one of the "Little Three" majors during Hollywood's golden age. Universal Studios was founded by Carl Laemmle, Mark Dintenfass, Charles O. Baumann, Adam Kessel, Pat Powers, William Swanson, David Horsley, Robert H. Cochrane and Jules Brulatour. One story has Laemmle watching a box office for hours, counting patrons and calculating the day's takings.
Within weeks of his Chicago trip, Laemmle gave up dry goods to buy the first several nickelodeons. For Laemmle and other such entrepreneurs, the creation in 1908 of the Edison-backed Motion Picture Trust meant that exhibitors were expected to pay fees for Trust-produced films they showed. Based on the Latham Loop used in cameras and projectors, along with other patents, the Trust collected fees on all aspects of movie production and exhibition, attempted to enforce a monopoly on distribution. Soon and other disgruntled nickelodeon owners decided to avoid paying Edison by producing their own pictures. In June 1909, Laemmle started the Yankee Film Company with partners Abe Julius Stern; that company evolved into the Independent Moving Pictures Company, with studios in Fort Lee, New Jersey, where many early films in America's first motion picture industry were produced in the early 20th century. Laemmle broke with Edison's custom of refusing to give screen credits to performers. By naming the movie stars, he attracted many of the leading players of the time, contributing to the creation of the star system.
In 1910, he promoted Florence Lawrence known as "The Biograph Girl", actor King Baggot, in what may be the first instance of a studio using stars in its marketing. The Universal Film Manufacturing Company was incorporated in New York on April 30, 1912. Laemmle, who emerged as president in July 1912, was the primary figure in the partnership with Dintenfass, Kessel, Swanson and Brulatour. All would be bought out by Laemmle; the new Universal studio was a vertically integrated company, with movie production and exhibition venues all linked in the same corporate entity, the central element of the Studio system era. Following the westward trend of the industry, by the end of 1912 the company was focusing its production efforts in the Hollywood area. On March 15, 1915, Laemmle opened the world's largest motion picture production facility, Universal City Studios, on a 230-acre converted farm just over the Cahuenga Pass from Hollywood. Studio management became the third facet of Universal's operations, with the studio incorporated as a distinct subsidiary organization.
Unlike other movie moguls, Laemmle opened his studio to tourists. Universal became the largest studio in Hollywood, remained so for a decade. However, it sought an audience in small towns, producing inexpensive melodramas and serials. In its early years Universal released three brands of feature films—Red Feather, low-budget programmers. Directors included Jack Conway, John Ford, Rex Ingram, Robert Z. Leonard, George Marshall and Lois Weber, one of the few women directing films in Hollywood. Despite Laemmle's role as an innovator, he was an cautious studio chief. Unlike rivals Adolph Zukor, William Fox, Marcus Loew, Laemmle chose not to develop a theater chain, he financed all of his own films, refusing to take on debt. This policy nearly bankrupted the studio when actor-director Erich von Stroheim insisted on excessively lavish production values for his films Blind Husbands and Foolish Wives, but Universal shrewdly gained a return on some of the expenditure by launching a sensational ad campaign that attracted moviegoers.
Character actor Lon Chaney became a drawing card for Universal in the 1920s, appearing in dramas. His two biggest hits for Universal were The Phantom of the Opera. During this period Laemmle entrusted most of the production policy decisions to Irving Thalberg. Thalberg had been Laemmle's personal secretary, Laemmle was impressed by his cogent observations of how efficiently the studio could be operated. Promoted to studio chief, Thalberg was giving Universal's product a touch of class, but MGM's head of production Louis B. Mayer lured Thalberg away from Universal with a promise of better pay. Without his guidance Universal became a second-tier studio, would remain so for several decades. In 1926, Universal opened a production unit in Germany, Deutsche Universal-Film AG, under the direction of Joe Pasternak; this unit produced three to four films per year until 1936, migrating to Hungary and Austria in the face of Hitler's increasing domination of central Europe. With the advent of sound, these productions were made in the German language or Hungarian or Polish.
In the U. S. Universal Pictures did not distribute any of this subsidiary's films, but at least some of them were exhibited through othe
GMA Pictures is a film and television production company established by GMA Network, Inc. in 1995. Its films have become both critical acclaim and commercial successes, among which are Jose Rizal, Muro Ami, Deathrow. GMA tested the movie waters by co-producing films with Viva Films. Among the movies that were co-produced were Ober Da Bakod: The Movie and Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko. Although not credited in the opening and closing credits of the movies, the network's logo appeared in the aforementioned movies' posters in theaters and newspaper ads. First founded in 1995 under the supervision of Jimmy Duavit and Butch Jimenez, GMA Films released certain films from 1995 to 1998 under its former title "Cinemax Studios", starting with Run Barbi Run. After its initial production, a co-production arrangement with OctoArts Films was made where OctoArts would produce and distribute the movies in theaters nationwide while Cinemax will handle publicity and promotions for TV and radio. GMA Network holds the airing rights for the said movies.
In 1998, it changed its name to "GMA Films" after the international movie cable channel HBO created a separate movie channel called Cinemax. The same year, GMA received critical and commercial success for the following movies it produced, Sa Pusod ng Dagat and José Rizal, both directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya. In 1999, GMA Films produced Muro-Ami and in 2000, both were critically acclaim; when Felipe Gozon took over GMA Network, the film production outfit of GMA Network was placed on hiatus for about 5 years. After five years of hibernating, the film outfit made a comeback in 2005 with the romantic movie Let the Love Begin, which became the highest-grossing Valentine film in the Philippines on its release that year, it released other films that became hits in the Philippine Box-office. In 2007, the award-winning film Ouija co-produced with Viva Films was supposed to be its first film to be released internationally. However, the scheduled overseas premieres in four U. S. cities were cancelled. Only the one in New Jersey pushed through.
The movie is titled Seance internationally. In 2009, GMA Films produced the reboot of the classic komiks novel Ang Panday in partnership with Imus Productions. Starring Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. in the title role, it became the official entry of GMA Films and Imus Productions for the 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival. It became the festival's top grosser and won 6 major awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Revilla. From on, all films were only released nationwide while selected films had selected screenings in key points worldwide such as When I Met U, starring Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion had various international screenings and You to Me Are Everything, starring Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes had a New Jersey showing in 2010 and its recent film to be released at least within US borders was In Your Eyes, starring Claudine Barretto, Richard Gutierrez and Anne Curtis, had an international screening in notable cities such as Los Angeles and San Diego. During the 2010 Metro Manila Film Festival, GMA Films scored a back-to-back victory at the box office when it became the top grosser once again via the entry Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote.
The film starred Vic Sotto and Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. and was a joint production with Imus Productions, M-Zet Production, Octo Arts Films and APT Entertainment. In September 2011, there are speculations going around as to whether the upcoming film, The Road, will be released internationally as the director Yam Laranas has expressed for the film to be released worldwide and he himself said that he will help finance the release worldwide. On January 24, 2012, it was announced by GMA Films Producer Joey Abacan that The Road will be screened in cinemas in the U. S. and Canada. This marks the first time GMA Films premiered one of its films without any negotiations with co-produced because The Road is produced by GMA Films, it is scheduled to have a U. S. and Canada theatrical release on May 11, 2012.2012 is the year that GMA Films has produced eight films in a year, the most it has done since its start. This was part of GMA Films' resolution to produce one film per month. Though that did not happen, they managed to produce eight films.
On the same year, It made their own first venture for television was Cielo de Angelina on the morning slot. After producing the highest output in 2012 with 8 films, GMA Films went downhill, producing only 2 feature films in 2013, Dance of the Steelbars and My Lady Boss. Both films performed below box-office expectations despite a star-studded cast. In 2014, the film outfit distributed the horror-thriller Basement and produced the action-thriller Overtime and the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival entry Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2, which won 5 major awards. With the popularity of the AlDub love team (Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza rising to phenomenal heights in 2015, GMA Films partnered with Octo Arts Films, M-Zet Productions, APT Entertainment and MEDA Productions to produce My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore as entry to the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival; the hottest love team was joined by Vic Sotto and Ai-Ai delas Alas, directed by Jose Javier Reyes. The movie figured in a tight race with another MMFF entry and the Bestie for the top spot at the box-office.
The movie earned P385 million, breaking box-office records. The said movie earned 3 major awards, including Best Supporting Actress for Maine Mendoza. In 2016, GMA Films partnered with APT Entertainment and M-Zet Productions for the movie Imagine You and Me, which marked the second team-up of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza. Shot in Como and Verona
Marvic Valentin Castelo Sotto is a Filipino actor, television presenter, comedian and songwriter. He is known for his various television and film projects on the major Philippine television networks GMA, TV5, ABS-CBN, he is one of three pioneer hosts of Eat Bulaga!, the longest-running Philippine noontime variety show. He owns TV production company M-Zet Productions. Sotto won four consecutive titles for Philippine Box Office King from 2004 to 2007 awarded by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Awards, received three nominations for Best Actor at the Metro Manila Film Festival. Marvic Valentin Castelo Sotto was born on April 28, 1954, to Marcelino Antonio Ojeda Sotto Sr. and Dr. Herminia Castelo, he studied at Colegio de San Juan de Letran. He is the brother of Marcelino "Maru" Sotto Jr. Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, Valmar "Val" Sotto, he started his career as guitarist. During these years, Sotto was the lead vocalist of the disco funk band VST & Company, he produced such songs as "Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko", "Rock, Rock", "Kung Sakali".
He joined his brothers Tito and Val in the early 1970s gag show OK Lang under IBC 13. This is where he met Joey de Leon, who invited the brothers to join him; the trio of Tito and Joey was thus formed, casting in Iskul Bukol, TVJ, Rock and Roll 2000 and hosting Eat Bulaga! In 1976, the Sotto brothers Tito and Val received invitations from former OK Lang co-star Joey de Leon to co-host an episode of GMA Network's early afternoon variety show Discorama hosted by Bobby Ledesma. Only Tito and Joey accepted Vic’s invitation; the newly formed trio started to do comedy newscast segments interspersed with Top 40 hit-song parodies. The trio was soon invited to become part of the show Student Canteen as they released 12 albums based on their Discorama Tough Hits segment; the trio's appearance was supposed to be a one-off invitation only as "Discorama" was to be axed but after getting good feedback from the viewers and ratings were high, the was given a new lease on life by GMA management. Although Tito and Joey started their trio via Discorama and Student Canteen, it was the sitcom Iskul Bukol that gave them nationwide fame as comedians.
Soon after, other TV and movie producers came knocking on the trio's door. In 1979, Tito and Joey started hosting for the noontime show Eat Bulaga!, pitted against the more established Student Canteen hosted by their former colleague Bobby Ledesma. Not long after, Eat Bulaga! Toppled Student Canteen from the ratings; the TVJ trio is still active on both Holy Week Dramas every Lenten Season and on comedy variety show on Eat Bulaga. In the last three decades, he has done sitcoms and television shows for three networks, ABS-CBN, GMA Network and TV5. Sotto has five children from various relationships. Sotto confirmed his engagement to Eat Bulaga! co-host Pauleen Luna in September 2015. The couple married on January 2016 at Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City. On May 6, 2017, Sotto announced on Eat Bulaga! that he and Luna were expecting their first child together. In 1982 the 15-year old actress Pepsi Paloma accused Sotto and fellow comedians Joey de Leon and Richie D'Horsie of gang raping and taking photos of her on June 21 in a room at the Sulo Hotel in Quezon City.
On July 31, Paloma's manager Rey dela Cruz lodged a formal complaint with Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile. On August 18, Paloma filed charges of rape and acts of lasciviousness against the three television personalities before the Quezon City fiscal's office; the crime of rape at the time, carried the death penalty in the Philippines, to prevent his brother from being sent to the electric chair, Tito Sotto went to see Paloma while she was still securing the services of Atty. Rene Cayetano. According to Paloma, Tito Sotto coerced her into signing an "Affidavit of Desistance" to drop the rape charges against his brother and cohorts -- Tito Sotto had placed a pistol on the table in front of Paloma when he went to talk to her. In exchange for the dismissal of the charges of rape, Vic Sotto, de Leon and D'Horsie issued a public apology to Paloma: We hope that you will not allow the error we have committed against you to stand as a stumbling block to that future which we all look forward to. We therefore ask you to find it in your heart to pardon us for the wrong which we have done against you.
Three years Paloma was found dead in an apparent suicide. Dela Cruz was murdered years later. "Senator Vicente Yap Sotto" Vic Sotto on IMDb
Spring Films is an independent film production firm founded and managed by actor and film producer Piolo Pascual
Viva Films is a Filipino film production company founded in November 11, 1981 by Vicente del Rosario, Jr. It is owned by Viva Entertainment. Veering away from the Sharon Cuneta-Gabby Concepcion tandem, Viva became home of quality dramatic films; the "glossy" production of films such as Sinasamba Kita, Palimos ng Pag-ibig, Saan Darating Ang Umaga?, Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap and Paano Ba Ang Mangarap? Garnered critical and commercial acclaims. Viva Films made a documentary film on the Puerto Rican boy group Menudo on their visit to the Philippines in 1985. Viva launched then-supporting actor Phillip Salvador as an action star in the movie Boy Negro, it was instrumental in introducing to the public Robin Padilla and Raymart Santiago as new action heroes. Meanwhile veteran action stars Eddie Garcia, Rudy Fernandez, Bong Revilla Jr. and Fernando Poe, Jr. made movies for Viva. Viva made "glossy" comedy films like Working Girls and Sa Totoo Lang which featured serious actors and actresses as main characters instead of comedians.
The company gambled on new comedians as the'80s decade was about to end. Comedy flicks such as Puto, Jack en Jill, Humanap ka ng Panget and I Love You Three Times a Day launched the respective careers of Herbert Bautista, Andrew E. and Jimmy Santos. In the 1990s, Viva launched the careers of Dennis Padilla and Janno Gibbs as solo comedians while reviving the film careers of veteran comedians Redford White and Joey de Leon. Viva made a comeback movie with Vic Sotto for the movie Basta Ikaw, Naninigig Pa! with sexy actress Rosanna Roces, Val Sotto, Nova Villa & Yoyong Martirez in 1999. Viva was known as home to quality youth-oriented films, starting with the 1984 breakthrough flick, Bagets; the movie was top billed by William Martinez and launched the careers of unknowns J. C. Bonnin, Herbert Bautista, Raymond Lauchengco and Aga Muhlach. With its box-office success, the company produced a sequel Bagets 2 with Ramon Christopher, Jon Hernandez and Francis Magalona joining the original cast, the success of the two Bagets film made it the flagship movie of VIVA films & it set the trend for youth-oriented movies in the 80's which other film companies copied, but they never matched nor equaled the success brought about by thehe two Bagets films.
In 1989, Viva introduced its second batch of young stars via the youth-oriented comedy Estudyante Blues. It introduced to the public young stars & That's Entertainment mainstays such as Vina Morales, Gelli de Belen, Keempee de Leon, Raymart Santiago and Dingdong Avanzado; the movie was a resounding success, despite the fact that Estudyante Blues became an earlier hit via the Philippine music airwaves as a single sung by Freddie Aguilar. Viva on entered into television production by partnering with GMA Network, their first venture together was the sitcom Ober Da Bakod in 1992 with rising young talents Donita Rose, Gelli de Belen, Janno Gibbs and Anjo Yllana as main stars, followed by the soap opera Villa Quintana in 1994 with Donna Cruz and Keempee de Leon as lead stars. However, it was the 1995 youth-oriented series TGIS that gave Viva its biggest success as a television producer. Headlined by Angelu de Leon, it gave birth the careers of Bobby Andrews, Michael Flores, Onemig Bondoc, Red Sternberg, Raven Villanueva and Ciara Sotto.
The success of the TV series was translated to the big screen, when the TGIS group became box-office stars via the movies Takot Ka Ba sa Dilim? and TGIS the Movie. This was followed by the Viva Teen Barkadas headed by Dingdong Dantes, Anne Curtis, Sunshine Dizon, Kim Delos Santos, Antoinette Taus, Polo Ravales, Dino Guevarra, Chubi del Rosario. Viva Films made a comeback by co-producing with new players GMA Films and Star Cinema while producing its own films. Among the movies that the company co-produced or produced were Till I Met You, Wag Kang Lilingon, Ang Cute ng Ina Mo, Paano Kita Iibigin, Apat Dapat Dapat Apat: Friends 4 Lyf and Death, Ikaw Pa Rin: Bongga Ka Boy, When Love Begins, A Very Special Love in 2009, Status: Single, You Changed My Life, Patient X, on 2010, Babe, I Love You, Working Girls, Hating Kapatid, In Your Eyes, Petrang Kabayo. Patient X marks the first Viva movie of rising young actor Richard Gutierrez followed by In Your Eyes and the first Viva movie of teen actress-turned sexy star Cristine Reyes after signing a contract with Viva Entertainment, while Working Girls marks the first Viva movie of 1st Starstruck princess Jennylyn Mercado after she signed a contract with Viva Entertainment.
In 2011, Catch Me, I'm in Love, No Other Woman, The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin, Won't Last A Day Without You, Moron 5 & A Crying Lady were released. On 2012, Of All the Things was released. In 2013, It Takes a Man and a Woman and Girl, Bakla, Tomboy were released. In 2014, The Amazing Case of Vince Irenea & and a remake of Magnum Muslim: 357 were released. In 2015, Felix Manalo, a biopic of Iglesia Ni Cristo Founder was released in October. During the early 1980s, Viva tied up with IBC-13 to air their early releases every Saturday nights; the movie block, titled Viva Box Office Hits, showed early movies of Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Concepcion and other early releases by the company, In 1988