Friday, September 26, 2014

“THE WEDDING RINGER” USHERS IN NEW TRAILER


Columbia Pictures has just revealed the new trailer for its upcoming comedy “The Wedding Ringer” starring Kevin Hart (“The Grudge Match”) and Josh Gad (voice of Olaf in “Frozen”). The trailer may be viewed below.



The comedy centers on an introverted yet successful tech entrepreneur who hires the owner of Best Man Inc. to be the perfect best man and throw a killer wedding party.

Directed by Jeremy Garelick (“The Break-Up”), “The Wedding Ringer” also stars Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Ken Howard, Cloris Leachman, Jenifer Lewis, Mimi Rogers and Olivia Thirlby.

In the film, Doug Harris (Gad) is a loveable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.

Opening across the Philippines in Febrruary 2015, “The Wedding Ringer” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Monday, September 22, 2014

“INTERSTELLAR” LIFTS OFF WITH 4 NEW POSTERS



Warner Bros. Pictures has released four brand new poster artworks for Christopher Nolan’s futuristic thriller “Interstellar” starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine.

Judging from the taglines (and the images) of the onesheets, audiences are in for a mystifying ride:

“Mankind Was Born on Earth. It Was Never Meant to Die Here.”
“Go Further”
“The End of Earth Will Not Be the End of Us.”
“Mankind's Next Step Will Be Our Greatest.”


“Interstellar” brings to the screen a script based on the combination of an original idea by Christopher Nolan and an existing script by his brother, Jonathan Nolan. The new script chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

The film’s prestigious cast also includes Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo and Ellen Burstyn.

Opening across the Philippines on Nov. 6, 2014 in theaters and IMAX®, “Interstellar” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

CHLOE GRACE MORETZ ENLISTS HELP OF “THE EQUALIZER”




Coming off the success of “If I Stay,” Chloë Grace Moretz now joins the cast of Columbia Pictures' new action-thriller “The Equalizer” as Teri – a young girl who has been forced into a life of intimidation and terror. After meeting with McCall (Denzel Washington), her story will reawaken in him a desire for justice.

For Moretz, it’s easy to see that the title role is perfect for Washington. “He’s so Denzel in the way he does his job,” she says, “McCall can be the most sweet, charming guy, with a huge smile on his face – and the next minute, he’s a killer, and you’re thinking, ‘WHOA! That happened quickly!’”

Of her role as Teri, the young actress says, “When I first heard that the character is a prostitute I thought that it would be a `Taxi Driver' type of role – pushing the boundaries a bit. But I was surprised. The role doesn't glorify prostitution nor make it cotton-candy. You never see her in the actual act of prostitution. The focus isn't on her profession but who she is as a person. You see that there is still a spark in her eye and that she yearns for something greater and if she can get out of this scary world, she could go on to a normal life. That’s what I loved about the character – this inner hope that was built into her story.”


Moretz says that inner hope is the basis of the bond that Teri forms with McCall. “He sees this dream in her,” she says. “It’s like there are two panes of glass – you have this terrified little girl, and right in front of it, a girl who’s been thrust into a terrifying world, putting on the face of a total badass to survive.”

Denzel Washington says that Teri, too, has a gift for looking beyond that first pane of glass. “She’s in the business of reading men – whether it’s a natural gift or she’s developed it through her profession,” Washington says. “Not to say she sees right through him, but she can see the pain, she can see the hurt.”

“The first time of meeting him, she cracks his code,” says Moretz. “She looks him right in the eyes. She notices his OCD tics – turning his book a hundred times, moving his stuff around. But it’s incredibly charming to her, to see someone who cares so much about things, when everyone around her is just going through the motions.”

Once she had the role, Moretz researched the character’s background. “There are girls who have been brought into rings from all over – from Russia, from Scandinavia,” she says. “I went to an amazing organization called Children of the Night – girls from all over America call a hotline number and they’re off the streets and in a home that cares for them. I didn’t want to exploit these girls – I’m an actor portraying a role – but as a girl, I wanted to understand. Meeting those girls not only helped me to be Teri truthfully and show who she is, but it allowed me, as a 16-year-old girl, to feel grateful and to put a spotlight on the organization.”


Last year, Moretz starred as Carrie White in the remake of the cult classic “Carrie,” alongside Julianne Moore; and reprised her role as fan favorite Hit-Girl in “Kick Ass 2," the sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s cult-classic film, Kick-Ass.” Her breakout role as ‘Hit-Girl’ in “Kick-Ass,” followed by a starring role in Matt Reeves’ remake of “Let Me In,” landed her on TIME Magazine’s prestigious Top 10 Performances of the Year list, as well as, the New York Times Best Performances of 2010 list.

Moretz also starred with Sir Ben Kingsley in Martin Scorsese’s critically acclaimed “Hugo,” which garnered 11 Oscar nominations. This was followed by a leading role in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows,” alongside Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeffier.



Opening across the Philippines in October 01, 2014, “The Equalizer” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

“AND SO IT GOES” FOR WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE, DIANE KEATON


Academy Award-winner Diane Keaton plays a beautiful singer who changes the life of her obnoxious next-door- neighbor (Michael Douglas), in Castle Rock Entertainment's new romantic comedy, “And So It Goes.” The film will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting Sept. 24.

In the film, there are a million reasons not to like realtor Oren Little (Douglas), and that's just the way he likes it. Willfully obnoxious to anyone who might cross his path, he wants nothing more than to sell one last house and retire in peace and quiet -- until his estranged son suddenly drops off a granddaughter he never knew existed and turns his life upside-down.

Clueless about how to care for a sweet, abandoned nine-year-old, he pawns her off on his determined and lovable neighbor Leah (Keaton) and tries to resume his life uninterrupted. But little by little, Oren stubbornly learns to open his heart - to his family, to Leah, and to life itself.

"I've known Diane over the years and have always been a huge fan, but I'd never worked with her," director Rob Reiner says. In the film, Leah is a singer, so though various names had been tossed around to play the character, Keaton's beautiful singing voice made her the perfect choice for the part.

"Plus, I've always thought of her as an incredibly gifted comedian," Reiner adds. "And she's also really sexy. And for a film like this, you have to find two people who are in that age range that also have a romantic quality - that you believe that there's a romantic, sexual part to them."


Keaton was drawn to the project from the beginning. "Everything was appealing to me with this project. I got to play opposite Michael Douglas, the script, the chance to sing. When I was young, I had a fantasy that I wanted to be singer, and I thought that I was going to try to be in musical comedies, but to have this given to me - the opportunity to sing four songs in the movie - is just a dream come true. But to be sixty-eight years old and to be in a romantic comedy where I get to kiss the guy? To me, that's beautiful. And the subject matter: love, life, second chances, opening up, letting go, discovering something you never expected."

Not only was the opportunity of working with Douglas and Reiner a major selling point, but Keaton also felt a connection to her character. "Leah is somebody that I aspire to be: kind, caring, maternal. But she's also strong, and she has strong values, and she stands up for them. She's also insecure and sensitive, and she cries a lot. But she's open to people."

Douglas and Keaton had a mutual admiration for one another before they ever started working together, which turned into a friendly affection as the shoot wore on. "Michael Douglas is a pro, and I'm a complete slob, so it was really a nice mix. I really like playing around with him; I like teasing him a lot. It really made the set fun for me. And he can take a joke, and he can also dish it out, too. It was a great warring effort." She adds, "The movie's funny. The main thing you can say about the movie, the number one thing, is comedy. It's a comedy, and Michael Douglas was born to play this part."


"Diane was the exciting unknown for me, because we had never worked together before," Douglas states. "She's so quirky and unpredictable - you never know exactly what's gonna come out of her mouth. She might vary a line if she finds something's better, which was always great." The veteran actor also found Keaton's work style fascinating. He adds, "She listens to music through a pair of earphones right up until the moment they say, 'Roll - action.' Then she just takes them off. . . and she goes."

LEGEND ENDS AS FINAL “RUROUNI KENSHIN” FILM OPENS IN PH SEPT 24


Following its massive opening in Japan last week where it grossed fifty percent higher than “Kyoto Inferno,” Warner Bros. Pictures' “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends” arrives in Philippine cinemas this Wednesday, Sept 24 – fulfilling a promise to loyal fans of back-to-back bows of the twin sequels.

“Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends” is the final chapter to director Keishi Otomo's blockbuster trilogy.

To stop Makoto Shishio (Tatsuya Fujiwara) who aims to conquer Japan, Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satoh) arrives in Kyoto and tries to face off against Shishio’s troops. However, his enemy has begun its course to start invading Tokyo with the steel-reinforced battleship. To save captured Kaoru (Emi Takei) who is thrown into the sea by Shishio’s men, Kenshin also dives in after her, but is washed ashore alone, unconscious.


Kenshin recovers with the help of Seijuro Hiko (Masaharu Fukuyama), the master of Kenshin who happens to find him on the shore. He realizes he is no match for Shishio unless he learns the ultimate technique of his sword style, and begs the master to teach him.

In the meantime, Shishio finds that Kenshin is still alive, and puts pressure on the government to find Kenshin and execute him in public for his sins during his days as the “Battosai the Killer”. As Kenshin faces his biggest challenge, can Kenshin really defeat his fiercest enemy Shishio, and be reunited with Kaoru?!

Directed by Keishi Otomo, “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends” stars Takeru Sato (Kenshin Himura), Emi Takei (Kaoru Kamiya), Munetaka Aoki (Sanosuke Sagara), Masaharu Fukuyama (Seijuro Hiko), Kaito Oyagi (Yahiko Myojin), Yu Aoi (Megumi Takani), Yosuke Eguchi (Hajime Saito), Min Tanaka (Nenji Kashiwazaki), Tao Tsuchiya (Misao Makimachi), Ryunosuke Kamiki (Soujiro Seta), Maryjun Takahashi (Yumi Komagata) and Tatsuya Fujiwara (Makoto Shishio).



The “Rurouni Kenshin” movie trilogy was based on the Kyoto arc of `Rurouni Kenshin,' the popular manga series written & illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki.

Besides Kenshin the Wanderer: the Romance of a Meiji Swordsman, Nobuhiro's manga hits also include Gun Blaze West and Busou Renkin. HisEmbalming is being serialized in Jump Square magazine.


Of the manga's adaptation into feature films, Nobuhiro says, “Because there was too much in Kyoto Inferno to fit into one movie, I was ready for huge cuts and big changes, so I’d made up my mind right from the start, from the first movie, to respect the opinion of director Otomo. But the script has got everything into it very nicely. Mr Satoh has settled back into the role, and brings out that calm and gentle side of Kenshin even more. The action has jumped right over the first movie, and they’ve made it really amazing. Because Shishio’s face is covered in bandages, I thought it would require an actor who could bring a very strong emotion to his performance. I met Mr Fujiwara just before filming started, and he’d already gotten into the role so he was kind of frightening, and I went ‘He’s the guy!’ Mr Iseya’s perfect for his role, too, and he’s great in it. ‘Purgatory’ had to really jump out at you in this film, but in the original manga there was nothing for them to draw on. Unfortunately it was just an exit point with no real action. I’m really happy they adapted it. But the movie is very close to the original, so I hope that audiences will feel very close to it.”

“Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

DON’T BE LEFT BEHIND: “THE MAZE RUNNER” NOW IN CINEMAS


Can W.C.K.D. be good? Find out in the thrilling and out-of-your-breath action adventure film “The Maze Runner” starring a group of amaze-ing young boys and a girl – headed by Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, Aml Ameen, Blake Cooper and Kaya Scodelario. 

Directed by Wes Ball, the movie opened in Philippine cinemas (last September 17) with fever-pitch anticipation from movie enthusiasts especially from the young adult crowd from whom the book has enjoyed immense success catapulting it to one of YA bestselling series of all time.

In the movie, Thomas (O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, they call it the Glade, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Within the glade stands a massive series of walls that forms a dangerous maze where their only hope to escape lies at the end of each cluster, but the walls change every single day, as such they assign runners, the fastest of the bunch to track and take mental notes of the maze’s secrets.

“The Maze Runner” also brims with a cast full of talent within its action-packed and visually stunning production, director Ball and producer Wyck Godfrey assembled an impressive cast to form a highly functional society as they perform their daily jobs, look out for each other and engage in power struggles as they try to solve the mystery of the Maze. Godfrey says, “The casting was one of the most exciting things about the project. The actors really believed in this world, and we went far afield to find them.” 

Thomas, played by Dylan O’Brien is the boy who takes that step forward when everybody else takes a step back. He’s curious and comes to learn that he is just one of many who have come up on that elevator once a month over a three year period.


The leader of these Gladers is Alby, who’s the closest thing to a father figure. “Alby is the main dude,” says Ball. “He was the first Glader, the first boy sent up the elevator, and he had to survive an entire month by himself not knowing where he was and without any help. Then the next guy showed up. Alby figured out that order and discipline were necessary to survive in this world. He’s very protective of it.”


Thomas’s nemesis in the Glade is Gally. Smart and intimidating, Gally wants to maintain the status quo and clashes with the new arrival. “But Gally and Thomas are really two sides of the same coin,” notes Ball. “Thomas fully embraces and charges into the unknown and Gally is all about self-preservation and keeping things safe and normal.” 


Alby’s lieutenant, Newt, is played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster (voice of Ferb in “Phineas and Ferb”), who appears in the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones” and first gained attention for his performance in “Love, Actually.” Newt walks with a limp that’s not fully explained because it’s something he’d prefer not to talk about. Nevertheless, Brodie-Sangster says the character is “the fun one of the group, the one that everyone gets along with. The Gladers come to Newt with their problems because they like and trust him.”


British actress Kaya Scodelario plays the only young woman among the Gladers, Teresa, who has a mysterious connection with Thomas. Having made her name with the UK TV series Skins, Scodelario impressed the filmmakers by being “one of the guys,” as Godfrey puts it. “She’s badass, which is what you need to be if you’re going to be thrust into the world of the Glade with all these young men.”


The elite among the Gladers are called Runners, whose athleticism propels them through the Maze each day, which helps them compile a map of the foreboding structure and, maybe, figure out a way to escape. Their captain is Minho, played by Ki Hong Lee. The young actor grew to understand his position of leadership among the Gladers in a very individual way. “I looked at the Marines and the Army and, and I consider Minho like a general of the Gladers,” Lee explains, “It’s his job to rally the troops.” 

“The Maze Runner” is now playing in cinemas across the Phils. from 20th Century Fox distributed by Warner Bros.

LONDON’S WEST END STAGE PLAY “CORIOLANUS” IN HD LIVE AT AYALA MALLS CINEMAS’ GREENBELT 3


Prior the advent of motion pictures are stage plays based on writings of famous playwrights and poets. This year, Ayala Malls Cinemas includes in their screening programs world-class stage plays filmed in high-definition (HD) format from London’s National Theater Live and operatic performances from New York’s Metropolitan Opera, offering a whole new way to experience a more intimate form of art onscreen. 

This September, the British Embassy launched its seven month-long campaign "This is GREAT Britain" that aims to show the very best of Britain's culture. The celebration commenced with the presentation of the National Theater Live’s stage play "Coriolanus" starring Tom Hiddleston. Filmed in HD, the play was screened last September 3 at Ayala Malls' Greenbelt 3 Cinemas with a program at Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walk preceding the screening. "Coriolanus" also ran for two days (September 5 and 6) at Greenbelt 3 cinemas that was made available for the moviegoing public.


In a recent statement from British Ambassador Asif Ahmad, he mentioned that "We are very fortunate to have Ayala Malls Cinemas as our partner for the screening of National Theater Live's Coriolanus, which will give Filipinos a glimpse of the world-class theater performances from London's West End."

Hiddleston, best known globally for his role as Loki in "Thor" series, plays the titular role in "Coriolanus" that was written by William Shakespeare. The story centers on a conflicted man named Coriolanus - hero and defender of Rome. When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city called on to Coriolanus to defend their country. Famine threats the city, the citizens' hunger swells into an appetite for change and on returning from the war, Coriolanus must confront the march of real politics and the voice of an angry mob threatening to throw him out of his hometown.



Succeeding the well-received and much raved about debut of "Coriolanus" in HD from London's West End staged plays, Ayala Malls Cinemas will soon release stage plays that are also filmed in HD from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The lineup of plays filmed in HD will play every second Tuesday of the month starting this October 14 at 6:30pm featuring "Rigoletto" that will be followed by "Rusalka" on November 18 and "Otello" on December 16 for the year 2014 and will continue until the year 2015 with "La Bohème" on January 13, "Werther" on February 10 and "The Enchanted Island" on March 3. 



For more information and online ticket purchase of Ayala Malls Cinemas' upcoming MET Opera plays in HD, visitwww.sureseats.com and like Ayala Malls Cinemas on Facebook. Follow them too on Twitter @mysureseats. 

“FOOSBALL: THE UNBEATABLES” CHALLENGE!



The highly inventive animation “Foosball: The Unbeatables” from Argentine director Juan José Campanella (Academy Award winner for his crime thriller “The Secret In Their Eyes”) brings to life a poignant story about love, pride, friendship and passion as it follows the adventures of Amadeo (voiced by Rupert Grint), a shy but talented young man and his Table Football team, who magically come to life as they try to reunite after being dismantled and torn from their home. Supervised by animation sage Sergio Pablos who also brought to life the unforgettable characters and worlds of “Rio” and “Despicable Me.”


SM Cinemas gives its EPlus members and would-be members to join the fun in their “Foosball Play Promo” at the cinema lobby of SM Megamall starting September 17 – October 5.

Joining is as easy as one, two, kick! And get a chance to win Foosball Toy Tables!
1. Present your Foosball ticket paid using ePLUS Tap to Pay load and get 10 minutes play at the Foosball table
2. An ePLUS member together with 3 friends can play during the 10-minute playing time
3. Additional 10 minutes play per ticket will be granted if there are additional tickets bought using ePLUS Tap to Pay load
4. The Top 3 ePLUS members with the most number of playtime will be eligible to win Foosball toy tables
5. Playing will be on a first-come, first-served basis

“Foosball: The Unbeatables” opens in theatres nationwide this October 1 from Axinite Digicinema.


*Please use Promo Photo with mechanics and movie stills attached with the announcement.*

“THE BOOK OF LIFE” FLIPS THROUGH THE PAGES OF FRIENDSHIP, TRUE LOVE AND STRONG FAMILY VALUES



Reel FX Animation and 20th Century Fox open the pages of “The Book of Life” and present a grand mythology set in visually spectacular worlds never seen before. The film brings together director Jorge R. Gutierrez’s unique visual style and a crowd-pleasing mix of adventure, action, comedy, romance and music with a voice cast as lively as their animated characters – Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Christina Applegate, Diego Luna, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman and Hector Elizondo.

“The Book of Life,” a vibrant animated fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo (Luna), a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to reunite with his one true love Maria (Saldana) and defend his village. But Manolo and his equally courageous best friend Joaquin (Tatum)are not your typical Prince Charmings; the object of their affections is far from being your average princess; and “The Book of Life” is a fairy tale that doesn’t go by the book.

Its journey to the big screen began with, appropriately enough, a friendship. Producer Brad Booker, a Reel FX development executive, had known Gutierrez (known for the multiple Emmy and Annie winning series “El Tigre, The Adventures of Manny Rivera” for Nickelodeon which he created with his wife) for over a decade, and after hearing of the project, Booker believed Reel FX would be a great home for it. The independent animation studio knew that the film needed the perfect creative partner to help guide its path and development. Gutierrez’s first choice: legendary director, producer and author Guillermo del Toro, who like Gutierrez hails from Mexico. Gutierrez felt del Toro’s authentic perspective and unique aesthetic sensibility were a perfect match for the film.


Del Toro was equally impressed by Gutierrez’s passion for what would become “The Book of Life.” “Jorge is his movie,” he says, “and the movie is an imprint of his personality. Jorge’s ideas for “The Book of Life” started with his connection to his homeland of Mexico, and presenting an exciting, never-before-experienced depiction of that country, its people and its traditions – all in a way that would be accessible to audiences around the world.”


Adds producer Brad Booker: “Guillermo brings an authenticity and passion for this world and story. He’s a visionary filmmaker and has been tremendously supportive of Jorge’s ideas.” “The Book of Life” brings together Gutierrez’s perspective of his native country with a story to which everyone can relate. He explains: “This is a very personal movie. The inspiration comes from my family history and childhood experiences.”

Still, Gutierrez admits he embellished some elements. “My grandfather Luis used to tell me, ‘Jorgito, don’t ever let the truth get in the way of a good story!’ And that was the moment I fell in love with storytelling.” Gutierrez’s passion for the story, characters and their world points to the film’s broad appeal. “If you’re telling a story and want it be universal, then you have to be specific,” del Toro explains. “If the filmmaker loves the story and characters, then audiences will love it. And if a filmmaker feels it’s powerful, more people will love the story he or she is telling because it’s powerful. And that’s exactly what Jorge has done with “The Book of Life.”

“The Book of Life” opens October 16 in cinemas (2D and 3D) nationwide from 20th Century Fox thru Warner Bros.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

“THE EQUALIZER” RELEASES EXTENDED CLIP


Oh yeah! Columbia Pictures has just released a five-minute extended clip from its upcoming action thriller “The Equalizer”. From Antoine Fuqua, director of “Training Day” and “Olympus Has Fallen” comes “The Equalizer” starring Denzel Washington.

In the film, Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him to lead a quiet life in peace. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.

Check out trailer below

Based on the television series created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim, “The Equalizer” also stars Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour, with Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo. Film is written by Richard Wenk.


Opening across the Philippines in October 01, “The Equalizer” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Monday, September 15, 2014

DIRECTOR RIDLEY SCOTT ON THE WORLD OF “EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS”


Academy Award winner and master storyteller Ridley Scott who helmed worldwide box-office hits such as “Gladiator,” “Alien” and “Prometheus” brings one of the world’s best-loved stories of all time, the story of Moses in “Exodus: Gods and Kings” from the world’s unsurpassed bestseller of all time.

Filmed in 3D, "Exodus: Gods and Kings" will tell the story of Moses, abandoned by a desperate mother as a baby after the Egyptian rulers order the murder of all boys born to slaves, he is found in the bulrushes by the Pharaoh’s daughter and raised in the royal household, where he grows up alongside Ramses, the future monarch.


As a man, Moses has a vision and turns his back on his privileged life and leads his people, the Israelites, from enslavement. Scott’s film will feature ground-breaking special effects, including the plagues visited upon Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea.

Scott has recruited an all-star cast to bring his retelling of the story of Exodus: Gods & Kings to the big screen. Bale plays Moses, Sir Ben Kingsley is the scholar Nun, Sigourney Weaver plays Ramses’ mother, Queen Tuya and Joel Edgerton is Ramses.



Director Scott shares in this video how the world of “Exodus: Gods and Kings” came to be. “Exodus: Gods and Kings” opens December 5 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

A peek in the world of "Exodus: Gods and Kings" below.

KAYA SCODELARIO’S UNEXPECTED ARRIVAL IN “THE MAZE RUNNER”


In the highly anticipated action-adventure “The Maze Runner,” based on the hugely successful book series of the same title by James Dashner, Kaya Scodelario stars as Teresa in the movie within the midst of teenage boys confined in a place called The Glade where she is the only girl in the mix and where they have no idea who they are except for their names.

Teresa’s arrival into the mysterious Glade takes her fellow teenage captives by surprise: she’s the first girl in their midst. It’s immediately apparent that she has a connection to Dylan O’Brien’s Thomas; a connection that may well explain the Gladers’ confinement. Teresa came into the Glade just right after the movie’s lead protagonist, Thomas (played by Dylan O’Brien) – among the boys, only both of them have repetitious dreams of a mysterious organization of which only the acronym WCKD flashes within their memories.

“The Maze Runner” opens up on a vast space where teenage boys thrived for three years, each having their own group and responsibilities to attend to in order to survive. Within The Glade is the mysterious, dangerous and massive maze where predators await. All of the boys have awaken inside an elevator that has ascended from somewhere that led them into The Glade and has since then accustomed and resigned themselves to survive. Until the last of them was delivered, alas, Teresa, a girl has finally found her way into the Glade.

“Teresa is every bit as tough as the guys,” Scodelario affirms. “She’s independent, feisty and tough and definitely has a ‘don’t-mess-with-me’ vibe.” Moreover, says Ball, “she’s every bit as mysterious as the Glade and Maze, and when she comes up on that elevator, it all goes really bad.”


Kaya Scodelario came to mainstream attention via British TV’s with her first role in E4’s SKINS, which started in 2007. Then 14, Scodelario had never acted before, but she overcame nerves at the audition and became one of the show’s most enduring characters, starring alongside Nicholas Hoult and Jack O’Connell in the show’s four seasons.

She appeared in her feature film debut in 2009, in Duncan Jones’s sci-fi indie “Moon,” and followed it up in 2010 with roles in “Shank” and “Clash of the Titans.” She earned critical plaudits for her turn as Cathy in Andrea Arnold’s stripped-back retelling of “Wuthering Heigths” in 2011 and starred alongside Dakota Fanning and Jeremy Irvine in the romantic drama “Now is Good” in 2012.

“The Maze Runner” will open in theatres this September 17 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

TAKERU SATOH RETURNS IN “RUROUNI KENSHIN: THE LEGEND ENDS”



He took Manila by storm last August during a historic Asian premiere. And wowed audiences and critics alike with a calm but fiery performance in “Kyoto Inferno.” Now, Takeru Satoh returns to Philippine cinemas as the legendary Kenshin Himura in the final chapter of the epic “Rurouni Kenshin” trilogy – “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends.”

From the age of 14, amidst the chaos of the end of the rule of the Shoguns in 1860s Japan, Kenshin spent five years as an assassin for the anti-Shogunate forces, dreaming of an age of peace in which all could live in safety. Faster than a god, more powerful than a demon, wielding his sword in the ‘High Heaven’ style designed for use against a number of opponents, Kenshin was feared as ‘Battosai the Killer’, but began to doubt his way of life when he took the life of a young man with a bright future awaiting him.

With the fall of the Shogun and the ‘restoration’ of rule to the Emperor, Kenshin vowed he would never kill again, and set off to wander the land with a ‘back-blade’ whose cutting edge was on the back of the sword. To save the life of Kaoru, he was on the verge of returning to his old ways, but managed to resolve her difficulties and still preserve his vow.

But now, with the emergence of ruthless killer Shishio (Tatsuya Fujiwara), who is plotting to bring Japan under his control, the question presses upon him: can he beat a crazed enemy and still remain a peaceful man who does not kill?

“There are things this time that Kenshin must overcome to defeat his opponent, so Kenshin has to become a ‘new Kenshin,'” says Satoh of his character's dilemma.

Of filming the sequels, Satoh expounds “Every day brought another scene that was vital, and every scene was a highlight. Even now that filming is over, I’m still reacting to Kenshin. As I got deeper and deeper into the character, I became more and more attached to him. It’s like he’s a close friend who lives inside of me. He’s a friend that I love, that I want to protect, that I don’t want to let go. That’s how strongly I feel about him. I’ve never had this feeling about a character before. I have affection for every character I play, but this is the first time I’ve felt that I wanted to go on playing him forever. Playing him has been the kind of experience you don’t get in life very often.”


Born March 21st, 1989 in Saitama Prefecture, Satoh's first starring role came in Kamen Rider Den-O (TV Asahi, 07). He came to wide attention in the 2008 Rookies TBS-TV series, and won a Television Drama Academy Best Supporting Actor award for Mei-chan’s Butler (Fuji TV, 09). The NHK Sunday night drama Ryomaden (10) marked his first period role, and the same year he took a starring role in the Q.10 drama serial (NTV), going on to win the All Nippon Producers Association Élan d’Or Newcomer of the Year Award in 2011. In 2012 he extended his activities to the live stage, playing Romeo in a production of Romeo and Juliet. Other television work includes Tonbi (TBS, 13) and Bitter Blood (Fuji TV, 14). Following his starring role in the first Rurouni Kenshin film (12), he has appeared in Real and The Liar and His Lover (both 13).

Opening across the Philippines on Sept. 24, 2014, “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

ANNIE” GETS A NEW ONE-SHEET ART


Columbia Pictures has just launched the new poster for its upcoming family comedy, "Annie," which is based on the Broadway classic muscial that has delighted audiences for generations. The film stars Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhane Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale and Cameron Diaz.

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. 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 on January 8, 2015, “Annie” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

MARRIAGE UNDER MEDIA’S SCRUTINY IN “GONE GIRL”


The bestselling page-turner “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn gets film treatment from director David Fincher, known for his thrilling works in acclaimed hits “Fight Club,” “Se7en,” “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” “Zodiac” and “The Social Network” where Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike star as the afflicted couple when the Mrs. disappears on the day of their fifth year wedding anniversary.

One of the most anticipated movie of the season, “Gone Girl” is also written for the screen by the book’s author (Flynn) that explores a troubled marriage and how the media played a major part on Nick and Amy’s marriage. Affleck plays Nick Dunne, a man who becomes the prime suspect in a murder when his wife Amy (Pike) is nowhere to be found on their fifth wedding anniversary.

Nick and Amy are both journalists when they met each other at a party in New York, Nick a writer for a magazine while Amy writes personality quizzes for different publications. After getting married and with the surge of online publishing, both eventually lost their jobs leading them to move to Nick’s hometown in North Carthage to take care of his ailing mother and father. They easily slipped into their new life, Amy being home most of the time while Nick opened up a bar with his sister Go (Carrie Coon) and secured a teaching post in the local college.

Nick’s usually quiet town is suddenly abuzz when Amy disappeared on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary. In his usual morning routine, Nick goes to The Bar and Amy stays at home. Hours later, Nick receives a call that prompted him to come back home but couldn’t find Amy anywhere near their house. Confused, Nick found broken glasses, overturned coffee table and streaks of blood all over the house. But clearly no sign of broken doors and windows.


Once news from the neighbourhood broke and reached the media, Nick finds himself under the court of public opinion where media anchors and reporters try to interpret and report whatever details they picked up from the investigation. As the investigation deepens, Nick and the police slowly discover clues left by Amy, in the tradition of their yearly anniversary and tried to use it to get to the bottom of Amy’s disappearance. The investigators, Amy’s parents, friends and the media guess that Nick is the prime suspect of his wife’s curious disappearance . Even worse, Nick has to fend off attacks from a talk show host whom everyone in town believes in and all other national media reporters who stalk him everywhere trying to get him to admit to his wife’s disappearance.


Find out what happened to Amy when “Gone Girl” opens in cinemas nationwide on October 8 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

“FOOSBALL: THE UNBEATABLES” KICKS IN PHILIPPINE CINEMAS AHEAD OF U.S. RELEASE


The local movie-going audience will soon be treated to an early release date of the English-dubbed family adventure movie “Foosball: The Unbeatables” as it opens this October 1 in cinemas nationwide, months ahead of its U.S. release.

Originally entitled “Metegol” in Argentine-Spanish and voiced with native Argentinian talents, the movie is known in the US as “Underdogs” and has also used the title “Unbeatables” in other international territories such as the Philippines.

“Foosball: The Unbeatables” is Juan José Campanella’s first cinematographic project since he was awarded the Oscar® for “The Secret in Their Eyes” while Sergio Pablos, creator of the original idea for “Despicable Me” and supervised “Rio” is the Animation Head of the movie.



The movie’s English-dubbed voice cast is headed by “Harry Potter’s” Rupert Grint as the film’s hero- Amadeo, along with Anthony Head (who also starred in “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”), Darren Boyd, Diego Ramos and promising new actress Eve Ponsoby. Additionally, well-known British TV thespians– Alex Norton (“Taggart”), Peter Serafinowicz (voiced Darth Maul in “Star Wars 1: The Phantom Menace”) and Scottish comedian Lewis MacLeod, an ex-player for Scottish club Rangers – join the movie as the Foosball soccer player figurines who come to life to help Amadeo.

The film tells the story of Amadeo, a shy table soccer genius whose foosball figures come alive to help him save his local town and win his childhood sweetheart, both threatened by a preening soccer mega-star. With the help of the foosball players, Amadeo will have to face his most terrible rival on the football pitch: the Champ. Guided by their leader, the charismatic Right Winger, the foosball players and Amadeo will set off on a great adventure together, like a true team, to get back the dignity that the Champ stole from them. Football is the stage on which this story of love, respect, friendship and passion is played out.


The movie received cheers and bows when it was featured as the opening film in the last Spanish Film Festival held at San Sebastian. A coproduction of Hispano-Argentinian, Jorge Estrada Mora Producciones, Plural Jempsa and Atresmedia Cine, in association with 100 Bares Producciones and Catmandu Entertainment, in association with CANAL+ and Telefe, with the participation of Antena 3 and La Sexta, the production team of “Foosball” created animation anew with its unique look and visual style.

Gaston Gorali, “Foosball’s” producer and co-writer guarantees that the movie was produced with careful attention to details. “The technological demands that Foosball required deserve a separate chapter. The project required more processing of data than what it is normally used in a bank with millions of customers, but thanks to the collaboration of great technology partners such as HP, Intel and Telefonica to have overcome such obstacles in completing the movie,” says Gorali.


Kick against the odds when “Foosball: The Unbeatables” opens October 1 in local theaters nationwide from Axinite Digicinema.

CHILDREN'S CLASSIC STORY “ALEXANDER AND THE VERY BAD DAY” NOW A DISNEY COMEDY



Walt Disney Pictures expands the 32-page children's classic book “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst into a family comedy starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner.

The film follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom, dad, brother and sister all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one.


Inspired by Viorst’s sons Alexander, Anthony and Nicholas, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” was published in 1972. With more than 2 million copies in print, it became an ALA Notable Children’s Book and won a George G. Stone Center Recognition of Merit, a Georgia Children’s Book Award and distinction as a Reading Rainbow book.

“The book has a wonderful following,” says Miguel Arteta, who directed the big-screen adaptation. “So many people grew up with it in the ’70s, remember it fondly, and now, as parents, are reading it to their kids. It resonates with people because it makes it okay to admit that sometimes things aren’t going to go your way.”

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is the first live-action film adaptation of the beloved children’s classic. Filmmakers knew Alexander’s day would have to get much worse than the original 32-page picture book. “How do you take a short picture book and make it into a full feature film?” asks producer Lisa Henson. “The idea for the film adaptation was to use the story in the book as the first act of the movie. The second two acts of the film had to be a completely original storyline set during a second day that is even worse than Alexander’s first terrible, horrible, very bad day.”

Enter Rob Lieber, a graduate of NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts film program, who had adapted children’s and young adult books like “Septimus Heap” and “Jeremy Cabbage” into feature scripts. “What everybody loves about the book is that it is about a kid who seems to have a dark cloud over him,” says the screenwriter. “He feels like he can do no right and everything’s going wrong. I think most of us have felt the same way some days, so I really identified with Alexander. He was having a bad day and his family couldn’t understand what he was going through. That was the spark for the rest of the film’s story.”


Filmmakers, while keeping the spirit of the book, opened up the bad-day potential to the rest of the family. “We wanted this to be a family movie that parents would enjoy as much as their kids,” says producer Dan Levine. “So each of the other family members—the brother, sister, parents, even the baby—endure their own special disasters for the day.”

“I have four kids myself and we’ve had lots of terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days,” adds producer Shawn Levy. “We wanted to make a movie that’s ultimately funny and sweet in the way that a family can unite around a catastrophic 24 hours.”

“There’s a sense of safety when it comes to family,” says Arteta, “though it’s easy to lose track of that sometimes when everyone is wrapped up in their own lives.”

Arteta treats the film’s disasters with his signature independent moviemaking style—infusing a blend of irreverent humor and enough heart to keep viewers invested in the characters’ off-road adventures. “There’s something very madcap, hectic and delicious about day two in the movie when everybody is having a terrible day at the same time,” he says. “Every family can relate to that feeling of chaos.”

Opening across the Philippines on Oct. 15, 2014, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.