Week In Review: Unpacking Exciting Chatter Around Latest Releases, Announcements, and Events


MANILA, Philippines—It’s like wherever we look, there is news to look forward to. Whether you’re an avid listener across music genres, a proclaimed cinephile, or just someone who wants to keep updated about the latest happenings in the world of entertainment—the third week of February will surely not disappoint, as the constant rise of state-of-the-art things to talk about just keep pouring out, waiting for us to acknowledge it and spread the scoop further to reach more people.

Listening Station

Marina Summers stuns the public with new single, “AMAFILIPINA” 

There’s nothing more that Filipinos glory over than knowing that one of their fellow nationals managed to bring another striking honor to the Philippines. And considering that it’s from a well-known show in which it’s practically inevitable to gain attention from across the world, as it is a series meant to showcase extraordinary flair and confidence, having Marina Summers win in the talent show for the first episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race: UK Vs. The World (Season 2) with a rendition of Maymay Entrata’s ‘Amakabogera’, just proves that when it comes to flaunting how enthralling we can be when given a stage, we certainly do not back down. 

Not long after the episode premiere, Marina Summers releases the music video of ‘AMAFILIPINA’, wherein we get to witness an even more spellbinding performance of the said song. We see her in all dazzling outfits makeup, and extraordinary charisma that separates her from the show’s contestants.

Ariana Grande releases  ‘yes, and?’ remix with Mariah Carey

As if making her long-awaited comeback isn’t enough to gain traction, Ariana Grande announces that she’ll be having a remix with another renowned artist, Mariah Carey, for her latest single ‘yes, and?.’ It’s something that fans have rejoiced and excited about over social media, evidently excited regarding this collaboration. One even reckoned that Grande went from covering Carey’s songs to having her be a part of her impressive discography.

The both of them previously worked together on a performance with Jennifer Hudson, that time for Carey’s remix for her Christmas single, ‘Oh Santa!’, which they performed as a trio in late 2023. 

Screening Room

The ‘Wicked’ First Look

This anticipated film adaptation of the well-loved Wicked theater musical just shared its first look for the past week. In the teaser, we get a glimpse of the Land of Oz and characters like Elphaba (Cynthia Erivo), Glinda (Ariana Grande), Fiyero (Jonathan Bailey), Madame Morrible (Michelle Yeoh), and the Wizard of Oz (Jeff Goldblum). 

Reportedly, there will be two parts to this movie, as it’s been shared that a marvelous and acclaimed story such as this one can’t just be experienced cinematically once. Hence, part one of this film will premiere on November 27, 2024, while the second part will take place in late 2025 as well. 

BLACKPINK’s Lisa joins ‘White Lotus’ Season 3

As if dominating the global music charts isn’t enough, the sensational K-Pop star Lisa Manoban of the all-girl group BlackPink is joining the cast of the highly anticipated third season of ‘White Lotus.’ While almost everyone is familiar with seeing Lisa perform on the stage, her first acting debut in Hollywood is bound to happen, making every fan worldwide feel euphoric and excited.

Variety has reported that Manoban will be starring alongside veteran actors such as Patrick Schwarzenegger, Scott Glenn, and Jason Isaacs. The details of her role in the series have not been specified, but one thing is for sure– we will all be watching and looking out for her participation in the award-winning show. 

“White Lotus” is set to start filming in Bangkok and Phuket, Thailand. Meanwhile, the details regarding the premise and plot of the series have yet to be announced. 

Taylor Swift “Eras Tour” is set to land on Disney+

If there’s anyone who could release high-quality and extraordinary concert films, it is most definitely the legendary icon Taylor Swift. The highest-grossing concert film to date, “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour,” garnering over $261.7 million at the global box office, will be coming to Disney +. With an upcoming new album on the horizon and having made another history in the music industry by winning her 4th album of the year at the Grammys, the singer-songwriter continues to fuel the excitement of fans from all over the world.

The three-hour concert film will be streaming exclusively in Disney+ this upcoming March 15, allowing Swifties to relive the electrifying performance and other people who were not able to watch the concert to witness the magic and feel nostalgic at the same time. In the edition of the film that is set to be released on Disney +, additional performances will be included, such as Cardigan and four other undisclosed acoustic songs.

Deadpool & Wolverine unveils its teaser

Having over 365 million views in the first 24 hours of its release, the record-breaking teaser of Deadpool & Wolverine became the most-watched trailer in history, leaving fans of the Marvel cinematic universe at the edge of their seats as parts of the storyline have been revealed. The sneak peek of the movie premiered during the Superbowl, showcasing Wade Wilson being kidnapped by a law enforcement agency, Time Variance Authority, and embarking on yet another exciting superhero conquest.

Like other ‘Deadpool’ movies, “Deadpool & Wolverine” remains R-rated, which has been well-received by people as the first two movies racked up $156.8 million at the worldwide box office. Starring global celebrities Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds, the long-awaited Marvel film was officially announced in September of 2022. With the anticipation building up for fans all over the world, it has been finally confirmed that the film will be released on July 26, 2024.

Pedro Pascal, Vanessa Kirby, Joseph Quinn, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach have officially been announced as the main cast of ‘FANTASTIC FOUR’

There is no such thing as too many superhero movies in the world, as the cast ensemble of “Fantastic Four” has been officially announced. The four main characters of the film will be portrayed by promising and astonishing actors: Pedro Pascal as Reed Richards, Joseph Quinn as Johnny Storm, Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Ben Grimm, and Vanessa Kirby as Sue Storm.

In one of Marvel Studios’ tweets, they greeted everyone with an illustration of the beloved characters and revealed the release date of the film. The details of the movie’s premise have not been announced yet, but the film is set to hit theaters on July 25, 2022. Directed by Matt Shakman and a screenplay by Jeff Kaplan, Ian Springer, and Josh Friedman, “Fantastic Four” returning to the big screen surely created waves of excitement worldwide, making everyone look forward to what it would bring to the table next year.

Events & Festivals

Usher is the headline for this year’s Super Bowl performances featuring H.E.R., Alicia Keys, Beyonce, etc. 

From Michael Jackson’s electrifying and iconic performance during the halftime show at the Super Bowl, these iconic events have captivated audiences all over the world with their astounding performance and have become trending all over the internet.

As renowned musician and R&B singer, Usher headlines the halftime show at the Super Bowl bringing his A- game to the stadium, giving the fans a nostalgic rendition of his classic smash “My Boo” with Alicia Keys, in addition to his latest chart-topping hits. Throughout his career span, Usher has left a lasting impression on listeners all around the world with his R&B genre. Many of the Super Bowl audience experience a wave of nostalgia during his performance, as each poignant note thales them back to treasured memories. 

Feel the rhythm of your love through live music from February 11-24

Valentine’s Day has past, and the eternal melody of love will continue to soothe hearts. And a better way to celebrate the month of love than to spend it with your closest friends and family while listening to the entrancing symphony that is music – a universal language.

Even though February 14 had gone by already, Love and passion are still very much alive, especially in light of the next big musical event hosted by Ayala Malls. As the array of performers approaches the stage and promises to light audiences’ fires with kilig and soothe them with harana.

As Arthur Nery is paving the way because his music captures the spirit of love, pulsing hearts, and sparkling feelings with each rhythm of love. And a star-studded roster including Felip, PlayerTwo, Orange & Lemons, and many more adds more appeal and kilig to its event. Each performer brings their style and musical prowess to the forefront, guaranteeing an incredible night. 

Compiled and written by Alexi Aquilino, Kevin Renzo Daniel, Nina Tansengco.