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T-Rex partners with Star Cinema.

JUST A THOUGHT: 'Never burn bridges. Today's junior jerk, tomorrow's senior partner.' - Sigourney Weaver

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T-REX AND STAR CINEMA: Collabs, they are called in the music world. Short for collaboration.

It also obtains in the film industry. It's called partnership.

Such is what happens when young film company T-Rex Entertainment and Star Cinema signed a partnership pact on Oct. 23.

T-Rex president Rex Tiri was seen on a Facebook post signing an agreement with Olivia Lamasan, head of ABS-CBN Films, and Beverly Fernandez, its CFO, signaling mutual cooperation between the two companies.

The post went on to say that the two companies' partnership starts with two new film projects. These are:

"Open," a romantic comedy directed by Andoy Ranay, starring JC Santos and Arci Munoz.

"The Mirror," a horror film topbilled by McCoy de Leon and Heaven Peralejo, directed by Kenneth Dagatan.

Star and T-Rex are co-producing the two films slated for showing early 2019.

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T-REX RISING: Within only a short period of time, three years in fact, T-Rex has firmed up its reputation in the industry as producer of quality, artistically inclined films.

T-Rex debuted as a movie producer in 2015 by way of "Esoterika: Manila," by Elwood Perez. This was followed by "Hermano Puli" and "Moonlight Over Baler," both by Gil Portes.

The company's other productions include "Patay Na Si Hesus" (Victor Villanueva), "Deadma Walking" (Julius Alfonso), "Bakwit Boys" (Jason Paul Laxamana).

Opening on Nov. 7 is "Class Of 2018," a suspense-thriller launching a pack of former child stars ("Goin' Bulilit") led by Nash Aguas, Sharlene San Pedro, Kiray Celis, CJ Novato and Kristel Fulgar.

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KIDS WILL SHOCK YOU: You'll be surprised, perhaps even shocked, the next time you watch this bunch of former child stars in a movie.

They're all grown, and out to scare you out of your wits as they escape sure terror and horror in "Class Of 2018."

Directed by Charliebebs Gohetia ("I Love You, Thank You"), "Class Of 2018" tells a heart-pounding narrative of how a group of high school students confront their fears to survive against all odds.

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ETO NA SILA NOW: Nash, Sharlene, CJ, Kiray and Kristelle practically grew up before our eyes.

Nash has moved on to become a good dramatic actor who got his biggest break as one of the leads in teleserye "The Good Son." Sharlene is making her own name as a young actress.

Charliebebs says his film is youthful but reveals something deep underneath. It is fresh and new but rich in throwback and sentimental value.

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THE STORY: When Section Z, home of losers and misfits, goes on a field trip for a Science project, one of them contracts a mysterious virus. The infected student quickly develops disturbing symptoms, driving him to attack his classmates.

Out of nowhere, the military swoops in and quarantines the class deep in the forest. Everyone fights for survival.


T-Rex President Rex Tiri with Star Cinema head Olivia Lamasan

Nash Aguas and Sharlene San Pedro

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Date:Nov 2, 2018
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