Watch the first trailer of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them + more things you might have missed today

An ending to Love Actually, Alma Moreno in Top 20 Senatorial Bets poll, and more.

 

(SPOT.ph) Busy day, Spotters? We quickly recap 10 things you might have missed while you were off the radar.

 

1. The first trailer of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is here

Potterheads, the first trailer of J.K. Rowling's much-anticipated big-screen Harry Potter follow-up, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is finally here! The trailer doesn’t give away too much (thankfully!) but we’re sold as soon as Newt Scamander’s (Eddie Redmayne) voice says “Lumos Maxima.” The movie takes place in 1926 New York, following the story of Scamander as he searches for magical beasts. The film is slated to hit theaters in November 2016.

 

2. Albert Martinez laments JM de Guzman losing his "second chance"

In an interview with PEP.ph, Albert Martinez said he was saddened that his former All of Me co-star JM de Guzman was dropped from the show due to alleged bad behavior. "I really felt so bad. Kasi, number one, he’s young. Number two, hindi lahat ng tao nabibigyan ng ganoong klaseng opportunity, ng second chance. Number three, he’s very talented," he said. "Nakita ko 'yong sarili ko sa kanya, eh, kung gaano siya mag-focus sa trabaho, magpursige, kung gaano niya mahalin [ang trabaho niya]. Tapos, dumating sa ganoong situation." He also said that he hopes ABS-CBN management will take JM back.

 

3. We finally have a legit ending to Love Actually's saddest story

Generally speaking, Love Actually is probably considered a positive, uplifting film for the holidays...that is, except for the storyline between Harry (Alan Rickman) and Karen (Emma Thompson). To quickly recap, Harry is secretly flirting with his secretary, which Karen eventually finds out via a Joni Mitchell Christmas present. At the end of the film, they both seemingly end up together but it's still pretty vague. In a tweet by Emma Freud (the wife of the movie's writer and director, Richard Curtis), she told a fan that Harry and Karen stay together but "home isn't happy as it once was." She also confirmed that the flirting did lead to an affair, which only makes it...well, more depressing.

 

4. Spotify launches feature that will find your perfect Star Wars match

Spotify is the latest company to join the Star Wars craze with a new feature that will use your music preferences to determine your Star Wars musical match. The result can then be shared across social media, which will be extra cool if you're musically matched with Han Solo. We still don't know how the feature exactly works or how Spotify can determine the musical tastes of new The Force Awakens characters, but it's still pretty fun. They give you a character-themed playlist, too!

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5. Malala condemns Trump’s “ideology of hatred”

In a ceremony to remember the children killed due to a Taliban attack in 2014 on a Pakistani school, Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai condemned Donald Trump’s views on Muslims, specifically for calling a ban against all Muslims entering the U.S. Yousafzai and her family, along with the survivors, organized the event. She said that it would be “very unfair, very unjust” to associate 1.6 billion Muslims with a few terrorist organizations. Malala herself was shot in the head by a Taliban militant back in 2012, after she had publicly advocated education for girls. “It’s not just needed in Pakistan but across the world. If we want to end terrorism we need to bring quality education so we defeat the mindset of terrorism mentality and of hatred,” she said. 


6. Catholic parish tells couples that Simbang Gabi is for worship, not courtship

It’s that time of the year again when Catholics wake up before dawn to go to Simbang Gabi and eat puto bumbong. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on December 15 encouraged couples to attend the traditional mass to "put God in their friendship." Meanwhile, a parish in Jaro, Iloilo said that couples who go to Simbang Gabi shouldn’t just stay outside the church. "Simbang Gabi is for worship, not for courtship," the parish said in an article posted on the CBCP news website.

 

7. MRT-3 supplier presses the government to pay P100 million

If you thought we had too few trains operating in proportion to the number of commuters, the maintenance provider of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT 3) has some not-so-cheerful news. It warned the government that there might not be enough trains to service passengers this holiday season—unless the government pays its balance of over P100 million. According to German firm Schunk Bahn Und-Industrietechnik GmbH project director Rolf Bieri, the company and its venture partner, Comm Builders and Technology Philippines Corp., decided to stop providing new spare parts for the MRT trains because the government is not paying. “We are not a charity, we are a company,” Bieri said in a press briefing on December 15.

 

8. Alma Moreno in top 20 senatorial bets of Pulse Asia survey

Despite a rather disastrous interview with Karen Davila, senatorial candidate Alma Moreno still made it into the top 20 senatorial bets in a new poll by Pulse Asia. She placed 18th to 20th in the survey. The poll included a question that asked, "Sa mga taong nasa listahang ito, sinu-sino ang inyong iboboto bilang Senador ng Pilipinas kung ang eleksyon ng 2016 ay gaganapin ngayon at sila ay mga kandidato? Pwedeng kayong pumili ng hanggang 12 pangalan." Other notable names on the list include top candidate Tito Sotto, directly followed by Panfilo Lacson and Sen. Ralph Recto, as well as celebrities like Cong. Manny Pacquiao (seventh to 10th place) and Edu Manzano (14th to 18th place).

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9. 10 Perfect Songs for Election 2016 Candidates

We have so much feels for the government and those that lead it. Sometimes, we just have to let off steam through music. So if we were in a musical, these would be the songs we’d sing that perfectly convey what we want to tell those who are asking us to choose them—to “serve” us.

 

10. The SPOT.ph Christmas Gift Guide: 10 Useful Gifts for Your Co-Workers

It's tricky to buy presents for colleagues because sometimes, they're just someone you interact with professionally. Other times, they're just...well, there. We make Christmas shopping for your co-workers a lot easier with this nifty roundup anyone in your office would love!

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