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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Ai Ai makes fun of Sharon

WHEN Star Cinema offered a project to Sharon Cuneta pairing her with Ai Ai de las Alas, she quickly grabbed the chance to work with the Comedy Queen. "I like watching her movies kasi napapasaya niya ako," says Shawie. "Most of the Tagalog movies in my Ipod are hers."

Ai Ai felt awed when she was told about this. "Nahiya ako," she says. "Biro mo, megastar, nanonood ng movies ko. E, noong 80s, pinapanood ko lahat ng movies at nagagalingan talaga ako sa kanya as an actress. When I learned pumayag siyang magkasama kami sa 'Best Friends Forever', I felt so honored. Wow, ang nag-iisang Megastar, makakasama ko sa movie, wow!"

"Best Friends Forever" will be Star Cinema's 16th anniversary and Mother's Day presentation. "Last year, 'Caregiver' ni Mega ang 15th anniversary offering namin," says adprom head Roxy Liquigan. "This time, 'Best Friends Forever' naman kaya she's officially our anniversary star."

Roxy showed us the film's full trailer and there are many laugh out loud scenes. Sharon is not afraid of making fun of her being overweight these days and it's incorporated in the script of Mel del Rosario. Her husband, John Estrada, became unfaithful to her because she's fat and has an affair with a gym instructor who happens to be Ai Ai. Shawie and Ai Ai became best friends as Shawie works out in the gym where Ai is an instructor. Ai doesn't know that her boyfriend John is already married, and to her best friend at that. Ai is a single mom, with Empress Schuck as her daughter. Shawie's kids are Miles Ocampo, Nash Aguas, and the fat boy Carl Camo (son of songwriter Lito Camo). Also in the cast are Gina PareƱo as Shawie's mom, Chokoleit and Joy Viado as her maids, Enchong Dee as Empress' love interest, and AJ Perez, directed by Wenn Deramas.

Some of the hilarious scenes in the movie show Shawie doing bellydancing in the gym and having a boxing match on the ring with Ai who makes fun of her "bilbil and katabaan", and also Ai doing pole dancing. Shawie and Ai themselves recorded the title song, a reworking of an old song once sung by Nikki Valdes.

Roxy says that after "Best Friends Forever", their next offering will be the youth horror flick "Estrella" starring Maja Salvador, Shaina Magdayao and Geoff Eigenmann, directed by Rico Ilarde. Their current horror film, "T2", has so far earned P85 million. "We expect its total earnings to exceed P100 million," Roxy adds.

After "Estrella", their next movie will be the romantic love triangle drama, "And I Love You So", with Bea Alonzo, Sam Milby and Derek Ramsay, directed by Lauren Dyogi. Roxy is now also busy with the new Lorna Tolentino soap, which will also star Gabby Concepcion, John Estrada, Jericho Rosales, Kristine Hermosa and Karylle, to be directed by Jerry Sineneng and to be shot in various locations all over the country.

Is it true their entry in the December filmfest will be the Joseph Estrada-Ai Ai de las Alas movie? "We're not sure yet. Kasi may ruling na those who'll run in the election, bawal na may movie pa in December, lalo sa filmfest. Kung hindi matutuloy 'yun, we're thinking of fielding a Kris Aquino-Willie Revillame entry."



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