Netflix’s new original series “Everything Sucks!” does not suck at all. It takes awhile to get good, but it’s worth your time. It’s reminiscent of “Freaks and Geeks,” but set in the 90s. It tells the story of a teenage girl coming to terms with being gay, and her classmates who are trying to figure out who they are. By now, you may have heard the hype around Netflix’s “Everything Sucks!,” which made its debut Friday and has been called the service’s next “sleeper hit.” In the weeks before its release, the show’s been unfairly compared to “Stranger Things,” simply because it features a young cast and takes place in a nostalgic decade: the 90s. Like “Stranger Things,” “Everything Sucks!” is a love letter to the decade, but there are absolutely no Upside Downs, shadow monsters, Eggo … [Read more...] about 7 reasons you should binge-watch Netflix’s sweet 90s comedy ‘Everything Sucks!’ this weekend
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Looking back, what does Gwendoline Ruais consider her most unforgettable moment at the 2011 Miss World pageant in which she was named first runner-up to Miss Venezuela? “Of course,” said Gwen, “it would have to be the coronation night. Being on the Miss World stage, feeling the pressure mixed with the excitement of representing my country; feeling the love and support of my family and all the Filipinos, hearing all their screams fill the arena, etc. Truly unforgettable.” It was a good enough finish, but could she have done things differently to clinch the first Miss World title for the country (before Megan Young did)? “I was the first Miss World Philippines,” Gwen continued, “and like a first-born child, you have to go through the world first and discover how it works alone. And after you’ve learned from your experience, you have the opportunity to share your knowledge with your little sisters. During that first year, … [Read more...] about Body Talk with Gwendoline Ruais
MANILA, Philippines — The carefree mindset of millennials, the relationship between mothers and daughters, and the challenges of long-time, married couples. These are the different yet relatable themes of Sun Shorts 2, a series of short films that aim to encourage Filipinos to be financially free. Titled “Waves,” “She Said, She Said,” and “Sayaw,” each will be released weekly this June in time for the Financial Independence Month. Sun Life Financial, the trusted insurance company behind Sun Shorts, held an advance screening on June 7 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel. In attendance were the directors who gave insights about their short films. “Waves” director Zig Marasigan said that his love story wishes to put millennials in a different light. “The thing with millennials is that we are mistakenly characterized as individuals na hindi namin alam ‘yong gusto namin sa buhay (who don’t know what we want in life). But … [Read more...] about Short films encourage Filipinos to be ‘financially free’ this June
MANILA, Philippines — When Will Byers and his moptop hair returned from the Upside Down, we knew there was no turning back. Stranger Things, Netflix’s 2016 mega hit, has fully sucked us into a parallel universe of ‘80s nostalgia fest and left us shouting at Christmas lights for answers. While the whole production remains on lockdown to prevent leakage of epic Game of Thrones proportions, they left breadcrumbs along the way as Season 2 drops on Oct. 27. The STAR joined Noah Schnapp (Will), Joe Keery (Steve), and newcomers Dacre Montgomery (Billy) and Sadie Sink (Max) for an intimate interview at Makati Shangri-La Hotel to get more pieces to the puzzle. From pop culture Easter eggs that captured the zeitgeist of a decade (shout out to fans of The Clash, E.T. and Charlie McGee) to relatable characters in accurate ‘80s fashion (Hello Steve’s pompadour and Barb’s mom jeans), Stranger Things was a cultural phenomenon that defied demographics. The … [Read more...] about Stranger Things: What secrets will Season 2 reveal?
While we might be in a golden age for TV creatively, we’re nowhere close to the appointment viewing of an older era. Modern technology like DVRs has made it so people can watch several shows that air at the same time whenever they want. Before that, fans had to make hard choices about what to watch and make sure they got home in time for it. And TV ratings don’t come in the huge numbers of yesteryear. When they do, they tabulate viewing over several days. The 1990 series finale of alien comedy “Alf” brought 21.7 million viewers to their TV sets all at the same time. For comparison, last year’s season finale for the most-watched show on TV, CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory,” had 14.73 million viewers. Since we’re in that time of year when dozens of shows are ending their runs, we compiled the finales that had the most Americans gathered around to watch ever. Here are the 20 most-watched scripted TV series finales … [Read more...] about The 20 most-watched TV show finales of all time, ranked