1 Kapamilya hottie Jessy Mendiola is rumored to be replacing Angel Locsin in the Star Cinema reboot of Darna. Jessy took to Instagram to post a photo of herself wearing a gray hoodie (with a green screen in the background!)—and netizens were quick to point out that she could be the same girl in Erik Matti's captionless photo on IG (shown below). The director's post was also said to mimic the faceless woman featured in the Darna teaser shown during the Metro Manila Film Festival. Jessy addressed rumors by commenting on her IG post, "Hindi po ako 'yun. Malamig lang po. Sana pala nag-black hoodie na lang ako." (ABS-CBN)
2 British theater and film actor Alan Rickman, 69, passed away on Thursday, January 14, after a short battle with cancer. Alan portrayed the iconic roles of Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movie franchise and villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard, among many. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling expressed her thoughts on Twitter, saying:
There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman's death. He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 14, 2016
3 One Direction is NOT splitting up after just starting their scheduled hiatus. A representative of the British boy band stated that all rumors suggesting their breakup is “not true.” Whew! (Just Jared)
4 Nikki Gil is on her first vacation as a married woman with hubby BJ Albert! The two are soaking up the sun in the exotic island paradise, Maldives—and Nikki shared some snaps of their vacay on Instagram.
5 If you’re in for something super fun and definitely S-E-X-Y to celebrate Valentine’s month then this production is just for you! Vivre Fort Entertainment and 9 Works Theatrical have brought in 50 Shades! The Musical Parody, a HILARIOUS adaptation of the best-selling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. The cast consists of both foreign artists and local talents such as Bituin Escalante and Karel Marquez. The musical runs from February 12 to March 1 at the Carlos P. Romulo Theater in RCBC Plaza, Makati.