Monday, April 28, 2014

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" is the New Title of The Hobbit's Final Film

BURBANK, CA, April 24, 2014—Warner Bros Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema jointly announced today that the much-anticipated final film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy adaptation of the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, has now been titled “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” The film, previously titled “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” will be released worldwide (including the Philippines) on December 17, 2014.

Peter Jackson stated, “Our journey to make ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo's own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we've gone along. ‘There and Back Again’ felt like the right name for the second of a two-film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived ‘there’ in the ‘The Desolation of Smaug.’ When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title. We decided to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at. We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate. And so: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ it is.”

“The Hobbit” Trilogy tells a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson and his team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom. The film also stars, in alphabetical order, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, Aidan Turner

The screenplay for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson also produced the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Philippa Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.

The creative behind-the-scenes team is led by director of photography Andrew Lesnie, production designer Dan Hennah, editor Jabez Olssen and composer Howard Shore. The costumes are designed by Richard Taylor, Bob Buck and Ann Maskrey. Taylor is also overseeing the design and production of armour, weapons, creatures and special makeup, which are once again being made by the award-winning Weta Workshop. Oscar®-winning visual effects studio Weta Digital is again handling the visual effects for the film, led by senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri. The hair and makeup designer is Peter Swords King. The conceptual designers are John Howe and Alan Lee. Eric Saindon is the visual effects supervisor, with David Clayton serving as animation supervisor.

Under Jackson’s direction, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” was shot in 3D 48 frames-per-second and will be released in High Frame Rate 3D (HFR 3D) in select theaters, other 2D and 3D formats, and IMAX®. Production took place at Jackson’s own facilities in Miramar, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand. Post production took place at Park Road Post Production in Wellington.

New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Present a Wingnut Films Production, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” As with the first two films in the Trilogy, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the final film is a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.

Monday, April 21, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past Latest Trailer

For the first time, the mutant worlds of the first three X-Men movies and the new, younger versions of our heroes from 2011’s successful First Class are on screen in one film. With Bryan Singer back directing, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" promises an adventure like nothing we have seen before.

The future is dark for the heroes of the X-Men saga in “Days of Future Past.” A years-long world conflict between humans and mutants has taken its toll on their numbers, and now a scant few remain, including Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), Erik “Magneto” Lehnsherr (Ian McKellen), Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Driven to near extinction by the technological terrors unleashed by Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), the team forms a desperate plan: time travel.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” (3D) will open May 21 in Phils. theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
Check out trailer below

Child Actor Connor Corum Impresses in the Movie "Heaven Is For Real"

The crux challenge of casting TriStar Pictures’ new mystery drama “Heaven Is For Real” was the search for a very special child who could play real-life character, Colton Burpo, with the natural, easy-going innocence that made his story so persuasive. 

In the film, 7-year-old Colton is rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery and miraculously survives. But his family is wholly unprepared for what happens next -- Colton starts to matter-of-factly recount what he says was an amazing journey to heaven and back.

“Finding Colton was a huge challenge because the movie could not succeed if Colton seemed artificial. If you believed that he was just reciting lines, you would never believe any of what he was saying,” director Randall Wallace explains. 

Casting director Sheila Jaffe launched a search across America – but it wasn’t until the very end that they found their Colton. “We saw a lot of tapes and finally got down to eight boys. Seven boys were very similar to one another but one boy was different,” remembers producer Joe Roth. 

That one boy was then five year-old Cleveland native Connor Corum. “He was incredibly natural, and he wasn’t thrown by anything. Once we saw him there was no choice – he was the kid,” Roth continues. 

When actor Greg Kinnear started working with Connor he was enthralled by his lack of artifice. “He’s kind of the greatest version of an actor, in the sense that everything that he does is on instinct, it’s effortless, it’s just kind of there without any artificiality to it. It really makes me mad,” he quips.

Much as this opportunity was a thrill for Connor, his mother Shannon says they were cautious about it at first. “Initially, it was a mixed bag of emotions. There was certainly some concern about whether we were thrusting our son into the limelight and also about whether he would be able to stay grounded and enjoy his childhood,” she recalls. “On the other hand, it was pure excitement and joy and something really positive for our family. My grandfather, who turned 95 last October, was thrilled. He’s a very spiritual man and I really feel like this has given him something wonderful to focus on in his life.”

Working with Connor came naturally for Wallace, who helped to set the family at ease. “I’m the father of sons and I’m a little boy myself still, at heart, so I wanted Connor to come onto the set and feel that he was part of a great, big family,” he says. 

Wallace continues: “He’s a brilliant young man. He always came to set prepared and Greg was wonderful working with Connor. Sometimes I would say ‘action’ and we’d film the scene and the magic would happen right there. Other times Connor would be full of energy, distracted and bouncing off the walls and we’d have to wait and let him calm down. What ultimately happened, when he forgot that it was a movie, he just began to be that character in that space, which is what we want of any actor, and then he was riveting.”

“Heaven is for Real” is now showing in Phiippine cinemas. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Modern Take on "ANNIE" releases new Trailer.

A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures' comedy, "Annie." Watch the film's newest trailer below.

Academy Award nominee Quvenzhane Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything's about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx), advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale), makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he's her guardian angel, but Annie's self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it's the other way around.

Produced by Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jay-Z, “Annie” was penned by Emma Thompson and Aline Brosh McKenna and directed by Will Gluck.

Opening soon across the Philippines in January 2015, “Annie” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Prime Primate Caesar: Dominion Over Humas."Dawn of The Planet of The Apes" Latest Photos Revealed

20th Century Fox releases the latest photos on über-ape Caesar, whose intelligence had been artificially enhanced in the previous worldwide blockbuster “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and continues to be in dominion over humans in the upcoming post-apocalyptic movie “Dawn of The Planet of the Apes.”

The primates in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” led by Caesar (Andy Serkis) step up on nature’s chain when a virus wipes out most of humankind. Also starring in the film are Gary Oldman with Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Kirk Acevedo, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Enrique Murciano who play survivors and are trying to prevent the apes from fully inheriting the Earth.

"The small group of humans are struggling to come back from devastation, and the apes are fighting for survival," says director Matt Reeves in recent interviews. "The big question is, can they co-exist?"

"We all know it doesn't become Planet of Humans and Apes," says Reeves. "It becomes Planet of the Apes. But this is that one moment of time where there is hope for humans."

Taking motion-capture performance to new critical heights, Andy Serkis who portrays Caesar continues to develop the apes’ already complicated and evolved society. By this time, Caesar have found himself a wife, Cornelia, portrayed by actress Judy Greer. "Caesar not only has a wife, but also an infant son and a teenage son," says Serkis. "This film centers around the notion of family — the survival of the family and what lengths you would go to to protect them when life is extremely hard and tough."

The performances have been further enhanced now that the actors are able to wear the full motion-capture outfits in exterior locations. More than 85% of Dawn was shot in the forests of Vancouver and outside New Orleans. Serkis calls this "a huge technical leap which enables there to be no disconnect with the other live-action actors."

Non-stop rampage action in 3D on who should rule the earth starts when “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” opens July 10 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Emma Stone Celebrates Gwen Stacy in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"

With her striking beauty and sincere talent, she has has claimed her role as one of Hollywood’s most sought out actresses with an impressive body of work: “Easy A,” “The Help,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Zombieland,” “Superbad” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

Now, Emma Stone returns as the iconic Gwen Stacy in Columbia Pictures' electrifying action adventure, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

“This should be a wonderful moment in Gwen’s life – she’s valedictorian, she’s about to go to Columbia, she has an offer to go to Oxford – but in the midst of that, she’s dealing with the loss of her father and trying to find her way with this boy who clearly has a lot going on,” says Emma Stone. “I’m so glad that the audience is getting the Gwen story – it’s so rich and exciting to play.”

Garfield was excited by the chance to re-team with Stone. “She keeps you on your toes and makes sure you’ve done your homework so that you can keep up,” says the actor. “You can throw anything at her and she will move with it. She’s the most talented actress I know.”

Stone returns the compliment: “Before we shot the first movie, I hadn’t seen much of his work. Now I know: he’s capable of so much,” she says. “It’s an honor to work with an actor like that. I learn so much by working with him – he’s incredibly prepared, meticulous, and really brave, all at the same time. He’s able to bring so much depth to the character.”

“Emma Stone is Gwen,” says producer Avi Arad. “The most amazing actress, who brings the movie charm, love, light, and a spirit of independence. She is the epitome of what we want our women to be: smart, ambitious, and loyal.”

“Gwen is such a powerful woman, a powerful character in her own right,” says producer Matt Tolmach. “She is not waiting around for Peter Parker to decide whether he can or cannot be with her. Her dreams are every bit as significant as Peter’s.”

Stone says that she was excited to be returning to her role – one of the mythic, most powerful characters in the canon. “Gwen Stacy is such an important character in the Spider-Man world,” she says. “The fate of her character is something everyone loves to talk about and [director] Marc Webb is really embracing the storyline and telling his version over the course of these movies. Before my audition for the first film, I read about her story, and the more I read, the more I wanted to play her.”

Stone says that Gwen has a much different outlook on their relationship than Peter does – an empowered outlook. Gwen is a woman determined to make her own choices and does not feel the need to be protected by any man, even Spider-Man. “Peter had sworn to stay away from Gwen – which she knows – but she’s more open to being with Peter anyway,” Stone explains. “It’s not just because they’re in love. Her father died, but that’s given her a huge awareness of time – that everything is fleeting. Peter is more conflicted about it, and there’s a lot of tension between them throughout this movie.”

At the same time, Webb says, there’s a sense of trouble ahead in their relationship. “Gwen has her own life to lead,” says the director. “She gets an opportunity to go study in England. She’s going to be a doctor, she’s going to save lives. There’s such great possibility to her life. Peter wants to let her go – he’s happy for her – but he can’t, because he loves her and that’s who he is – he’s bound up in her soul, in only the way that teenage love can bind people.”

Opening across the Philippines on April 30 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D and 2D formats, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Friday, April 11, 2014

First Trailer of Dolphin Tale 2 makes a splash!

The sequel to the 2011 box office hit “Dolphin Tale,” the film stars returning cast members Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson and Nathan Gamble.

It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson (Gamble) and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Connick, Jr.), rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Freeman), who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life. Yet their fight is not over. Winter's surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only poolmate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins' social behavior requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium.

Check out the trailer below.

Opening across the Philippines on September 24, “Dolphin Tale 2” is a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation of a Gulfstream Pictures/Happy Madison Production and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

More thank a Diamond: French Actress Louise Bourgoin in "The Love Punch"

French actress Louise Bourgoin proves that diamonds aren’t just the best friends a woman can have in the upcoming romantic comedy caper “Emma Thompson.”

Starring opposite screen luminaries Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson as the divorced Mr. and Mrs. Richard and Kate Jones. Louise’s character named Manon is an unhappy married woman to a very accomplished business tycoon Vincent (played by French actor Laurent Lafitte). Their paths meet when Richard (Brosnan) finds out that the company he’s been working for had been fraudulently bought and that his and Kate’s along with the other employees’ pension fund had also been taken. 

Richard and Kate must do everything to get back what was stolen from them…following the tracks of the evil man behind the company’s buyout led them to Manon who finds life miserable amidst the riches given to her and finally finds her true self when she meets Kate (Thompson), who introduces herself first as a distant relative only to steal back the diamond Manon’s husband gave her.

Both French actors enjoyed shooting in English. "You can play with the language much more", Louise Bourgoin remarks. "Word stress is very important in English and gives pace to sentences, which is a treat for an actor. But then again, it may get perfunctory after a while, and so we worked with a dialogue coach to acquire a certain accent and enjoy the same freedom we have in French. At the beginning, when I stressed certain words, I thought I was overacting but the truth is, everyone acts like this!"

Emma Thompson enthuses on the two French actors – Louise Bourgoin as the ravishing Manon and Laurent Lafitte as the shameless businessman who ruins Richard. Emma Thompson can't praise them enough: "They're full of ideas, zest and spirit", she enthuses. "It's very unusual to meet beautiful actors who are also that funny and who can do the straight acting as well. The point about this work, I think, is you have to able to act very, very well in order to do something that appears not to require any acting. It's got to do with this lightness of touch and both Louise and Laurent have that in spades".

Louise Bourgoin explains she was impressed with the originality and ambition of the script. "Joel Hopkins's script is pretty bold and several scenes could seem unrealistic at first glance, but they blend in seamlessly and they perfectly make sense in the story", she remarks. "There's also a screwball quality to it that I enjoyed and that is a real departure from the gritty, realistic dimension of French movies". The actress portrays Manon, a young romantic idealist who's just about to lose her illusions… "In the beginning, she's a young woman whose destiny is all laid out for her – just like Grace Kelly, she's about to marry a multi-billionaire prince!", she quips. "But the guy is actually an embezzler and when she finds out, she turns out to be a free-spirited, selfless soul. The truth is she feels she doesn't belong there and she eventually rediscovers her true self through her meeting with Kate".

Manon's clothes also say a lot about her personality. "When I read the script, I saw her as a Beverly Hills-like upstart, on the gaudy and showy side", she goes on. "Now, the filmmakers asked me to hark back to movies from the 1950s and 60s and to try to look like Audrey Hepburn. What Joel had liked about me when I met him for an audition was the fact that I came in a trench coat, with my hair in a bun and a very 'French' look, and he wanted me to remain elegant like that throughout the film. So I had to wear waisted dresses going knee length, glasses and a wide-brimmed hat. I thought it was more interesting than if I had had to wear more contemporary outfits, which would have dated the movie much more". 

“The Love Punch” opens in cinemas nationwide on April 19 (Black Saturday) from Axinite Digicinema with media partners Inquirer Group, 105.1 Crossover and GNN (Global News Network).

Monday, April 7, 2014

Game of Thrones Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in the Midst of "The Other Woman"

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is up to the job as the ultimate ‘despicable’ womanizer in “The Other Woman” starring alongside Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton.

Nikolaj plays Mark, a suave and sophisticated man who is every girl’s dream – and is seeing the equally beautiful and powerful lawyer Carly (Diaz). But after Carly discovers that Mark is a married man, she tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on (Leslie Mann), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing sob.

In the role of charismatic liar Mark King, “Game of Thrones” star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, surprised everyone with his comedic chops. Producer Julie Yorn notes: “We just got incredibly lucky with Nikolaj. We knew he certainly had the dash and good looks to be the leading man, but he came in and did this one scene where he comes undone and it was unbelievable.”

Writer Melissa Stack notes that, “Nikolaj was able to be vicious and charming in the span of ten seconds and that’s talent and also a lot of hard work, preparation and thought. He has some really tricky bits of business where he has to be the captivating snake, which is not an easy thing.”

The Danish actor sparked to playing the seductive bad guy for whom karmic repercussions are, well, a bitch. But the actor doesn’t see Mark as a cartoon cad. “I think Mark loves his wife,” says Coster-Waldau. “He and Kate have been together a long time, and I think in his mind he treats her really well. I don’t think it’s unusual to meet a guy who believes that because he takes home a lot of money, it gives him the right to have a bit of fun on the side. It’s just pure instinct. What can Mark do? He can’t stop himself. He believes himself to be a good guy.” He continues, “Mark likes to fall in love, and I think the problem with a guy like that is he falls in love with himself falling in love.”

On working with Patricia Field who helmed the costume for the movie, Nikolaj notes that “My personal style is as far removed from Mark’s as you can imagine, but it was a lot of fun working with Patricia. She is a wonderful lady. She has this husky voice. It was a privilege to get to work with her and her whole team. I've never worn anything as expensive as I wore in this film. There was a costume change for every scene basically, because Mark is one of those people who needs everyone to see how expensive his clothes are. Those suits were really exquisite and you could tell the quality. It was very important to the character that the wealth was shown, so he would wear Tom Ford suits. He would drive the most expensive car; I drove a light blue Aston Martin Convertible. It was beautiful, I enjoyed it. And I love dressing up. That's part of my job. It's what builds character and clearly Mark needed those really sharp suits. But in my own life I wear jeans and a tee shirt. It's very basic. I put on whatever is at the top of the pile and then once every two weeks I'll turn the tee shirt pile over so I don't just use the same one. It's boring. But I like it, it is comfortable.”

A graduate of the National Theater School in Denmark, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is best known for his starring role as Jaime Lannister in the massively successful TV series, “Game of Thrones.” About to enter its fourth season, it was nominated for an Emmy in 2011. In 2001, Nikolaj starred in Ridley Scott’s multi Oscar winning drama “Black Hawk Down,” which was followed by “Enigma.” His films include “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Wimbledon,” “Firewall,” “Headhunters,” “Night Watch,” “Rembrandt,” and “Blekingegade,” a high-profile Danish mini-series. Recent projects include Guillermo Del Toro’s “Mama” and “Oblivion” with Tom Cruise.

It’s a date with your girls when “The Other Woman” opens May 7 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sing - Along with "RIO 2" - What is Love Lyric Video

In April 2011, Twentieth Century Fox released Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studio’s CG animated feature “Rio.” The film was born from the imagination of Carlos Saldanha, who co-directed or directed the global blockbusters “Ice Age,” “Ice Age: The Meltdown” and “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.”

To fully realize the scope and breadth of this magical world and its vivid characters, Saldanha brought together an all-star voice cast, led by Oscar® nominees Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg, Oscar and Grammy®-winner Jamie Foxx, acclaimed musical artist, actor-musician Jemaine Clement, comedic actress Leslie Mann, actor Rodrigo Santoro (a Brazilian native), actor-comedian George Lopez, and funnyman Tracy Morgan. 

The filmmakers enveloped the action – and audiences – with a combination of Brazilian sounds and contemporary pop music. The soundtrack featured a stellar musical cast performing under the guidance of composer John Powell and Brazilian music legend and “Rio’s” executive music producer, Sergio Mendes. “Rio” became a worldwide smash with a global box office tally of $486 million. It also was a huge hit on DVD and Blu-ray disc.

Now, Saldanha returns to Brazil and reunites his beloved characters in RIO 2. In the new film, it’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids, after they’re hurtled from Rio to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful and villainous Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all…his father-in-law. 

Our favorite “Rio” characters are joined by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, Tony® winner Kristin Chenoweth and Oscar/Emmy®/Tony winner Rita Moreno. RIO 2 also features new Brazilian artists and original music by Janelle Monáe and Wondaland.

In RIO 2 we find Blu, Jewel and their family living the perfect domesticated life in the city. The offspring are: Bia(voiced by “The Hunger Games’” Amandla Stenberg), who lives with her beak in a book and likes spouting facts and figures, just like her dad; Tiago (Pierce Gagnon, “Looper”) the youngest, who is always up for adventure, especially if it involves destroying something; and Carla (singer/actress/comedian Rachel Crow), the eldest, a spunky teen who longs to get a little space from her protective family so she can express her musical side. 

So, in RIO 2, it’s on…in the Amazon, not only visually, but musically. “We wanted to look at different musical ‘flavors,’ sounds and exciting new beats that make the soundtrack for RIO 2 even bigger than the first film’s,” says the director.

After Saldanha wrote the story, screenwriter Don Rhymer, who had worked on “Rio,” began fleshing out Saldanha’s ideas. It was a fruitful collaboration, which sadly ended when Rhymer passed away in late 2012. “Don was our guy,” says Saldanha. “He embraced the vision of the first film and had really exciting ideas for RIO 2. His death left a big gap for us. We were lucky to have the amazing writers Carlos Kotkin, Jenny Bicks and Yoni Brenner help finish the screenplay, but Don was a very special person who played a big role in the project’s development.” 

“What is Love” lyric video performed by Janelle Monáe from Blue Sky Studios’ “Rio 2” family movie is now up on YouTube - 

“Rio 2” in 2D and 3D opens April 9 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.