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Mother Lily Says Marian Rivera Rejected The Movie With Judy Ann Santos For 2013 MMFF

The reason why Regal Films doesn't have an entry to this year's Metro Manila Film Fest (MMFF) is because Kapuso network's Marian Rivera rejected the offer to do a movie with ABS-CBN's Judy Ann Santos, Mother Lily Monteverde said.

Rivera denied the issue, and said she wasn't the one who rejected the project. She deferred to her management, Triple A. She lamented that she will be the one blamed for the failed team up with Santos, a well-loved actress in and out of her Kapamilya network.

When Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino revealed the eight films that will join this year's MMFF, the public got curious as to why Regal Films has no entry except the one it co-produced with ABS-CBN, "Pagpag." It also will not do a sequel to its “Shake, Rattle and Roll” franchise, which has been a staple in the film fest for the past years.

Asked about Regal Film's failure to join the MMFF, Monteverde pointed the blame to Rivera. "Ayaw niya gawin kasi gusto raw niya, solo siya. You know, malungkot din ako kasi wala ako entry. Pero ayaw gawin ni Marian, e."

Monteverde maintained that she didn't lie regarding Rivera's rejection of the project. They were in a meeting at Starbucks, she said, when Rivera told her she cannot do the movie with Santos.

It wasn't Rivera's manager who rejected the offer, but the actress herself, Monteverde said. "Siya talaga ang tumatanggi."

According to Rivera, they didn't enter her film with AiAi Delas Alas, "Kung Fu Divas," to the MMFF as a consideration to Monteverde. But the Regal Films matriarch said that is only right because Rivera would commit a breach of contract if she insists on joining the MMFF with "Kung Fu Divas."

Rivera and her management are set to answer Monteverde's allegations during the press conference of "My Lady Boss." The Kapuso actress also refused to further comment on the veteran producer's allegations.

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Mother Lily Says Marian Rivera Rejected The Movie With Judy Ann Santos For 2013 MMFF

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