Friday, October 24, 2014

“SEVENTH SON,” FIRST FANTASY ADVENTURE OF 2015


From Legendary Pictures, producers of “Godzilla” and “300: Rise of an Empire,” comes “Seventh Son,” the first fantasy adventure to open the New Year 2015.

Based on the book "The Spook's Apprentice" by Joseph Delaney, the film stars Jeff Bridges (“TRON: Legacy”), Ben Barnes (“The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”), Alicia Vikander (“The Fifth Estate”), Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”), Olivia Williams (“The Sixth Sense”), Antje Traue (“Man of Steel”), Djimon Hounsou (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Julianne Moore (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”).

In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son.

Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero of Seventh Son embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom.

For centuries, humanity has been protected from creatures of the dark by an ancient order of noble warriors called the Falcon Knights. Now, only one remains: Master John Gregory (Bridges), a grizzled demon-slayer with a tongue as sharp as his sword. As a hunter of witches who was seduced by their queen (Moore), his biggest mistake was showing her mercy... And now he will pay the price.


For the dark secret he thought he could bury is about to break free...

After being betrayed by the man she loved most, the Witch Queen Mother Malkin is left to rot in prison as her hunger for vengeance grows. The rising Blood Moon strengthens her mystical powers of transformation until she can finally break free.

Swearing revenge, Mother Malkin assembles an army of witches, warlocks and supernatural assassins from every nation, all uniting to punish the cruel world that rejected them. Mankind has created a monster...and now she is unleashed.

When Malkin assaults Gregory and kills his companion, the Falcon Knight must travel across distant horizons to track down the last Seventh Son.

Tom Ward (Barnes), a simple farmhand, is torn from his family to embark on a death-defying adventure of haunted forests, towering cities and cascading waterfalls to face Malkin’s army in her mountaintop lair. But Tom also has a secret... The dark magic he now hunts also lies within him. His own mother is a witch.

With time running out, Gregory and Tom must journey across a spectacular world of supernatural creatures, warlock assassins and earth-shaking monsters to reach the Queen of the Dark...before her power becomes unstoppable.

Tom’s allegiance is tested when he falls in love with his prey...Alice (Vikander): a half-witch spy sent to sabotage them. The growing secret passion between sworn enemies forces them to choose between love and duty. Will they betray their hearts, or endanger their own kind?

As these two forces collide, destiny leads to a final confrontation in the heart of the mountain. Will Master Gregory defeat the darkness within Malkin without succumbing to the darkness within himself? Will Malkin’s power rule over that of the Falcon Knights? Will Alice choose to fight for family, or follow her wild heart? And will Tom overcome the darkness and realize the true power of a Seventh Son?

Academy Award® nominee Sergei Bodrov (“Mongol”) directs “Seventh Son” from a screenplay by Charles Leavitt and Steven Knight and a screen story by Matt Greenberg.

Opening across the Philippines in 3D and 2D on January 8, 2015, “Seventh Son” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Avengers Age of Ultron Movie Trailer

I will not say much. But the official trailer of Avengers Age of Ultron is now out! Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

YOUNG CAST OF “AS ABOVE/SO BELOW” ENDURES TOUGH SHOOT


The core cast in Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures' horror thriller “As Above/So Below” consists of six characters who become trapped by their most intimate fears inside the Catacombs, an astonishing 220 feet belowground in Paris. Leading the young cast is Welsh actress Perdita Weeks, best known for the acclaimed TV series “The Tudors” starring opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Henry Cavill.

For director John Erick Dowdle, it was important to find just the right actors to create the story they were looking to tell...and getting the performers to trust them with an unorthodox process.

Whether it was asking them to strap on headlamps and serve as a scene's primary light source or forgo the tradition of hitting marks on the ground-and work with experimental techniques and reaction-only shots-the entire team was game.

"This movie was intended to be a personalized experience for each character," the writer/producer continues. "In doing so, we want audiences to have that experience as well. We don't feel the need to go into great detail about each character's personal demons and all of the backstory. Sometimes it's just one image, and from that image you can extrapolate what's weighing on their soul."


John Erick Dowdle shares: "For the role of Scarlett, we wanted somebody who is not only someone you'd love to take a road trip with but someone who you believe could be smart to the point of genius...and also funny. Perdita Weeks is someone we really felt had the depth to carry this character."

Perdita Weeks knew that portraying Scarlett would not be easy. She gives: "Scarlett is a great character to play, as she goes through a significant arc in the film-both in her relation to the other characters and in her unintentional journey of self-discovery. Her driving force is vindication of her father's belief in and study of alchemy and the Stone. She is brutally strong-willed, self-serving-and even manipulative-but ultimately likeable, and throughout the action we see her unravel, which is always interesting to play."

The filmmakers began with casting the role of Scarlett, a British scholar of archaeology and rebellious thrill-seeker who is driven by the death of her father. She cannot stop searching until she proves that he wasn't crazy. Screenwriter and Producer Drew Dowdle walks us through Scarlett's connection to this world: "We had the alchemical background of Scarlett's, with her father being a world-renowned alchemist. As well, the real-life father of alchemy was Nicolas Flamel, who was buried in one of the first cemeteries in Paris that had been relocated into the Catacombs."

In keeping with their style of creating characters who are inherently warm and compassionate, but still quite flawed, the Dowdles searched for a young woman who was believable as an adventure-seeking archaeologist on a mission, but also a young woman who brought humanity to a character hardened by her deep family loss.


Weeks knew that much would be expected of her during the shoot. Not only would she be required to spend hours in makeup, she'd be slogging through wet mud for a good chunk of the production. She offers: "This was the most physically challenging role I have ever played: from sprinting with heavy cameras and battery packs on my head, to abseiling and crawling through bone tunnels on hands and bruised knees, all the while head to toe in 'blood' and dirt...it was exhausting and exhilarating in equal measure.”

Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.

A journey into madness and terror, Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures' new horror-thriller “As Above/So Below” reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all.

“As Above/So Below” will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting Oct. 22, 2014.

THIS WEEK'S #1 AT THE BOX-OFFICE -"FURY" PITS 5 MEN AGAINST 300


Landing at number 1 at the box-office, "Fury" led the U.S. box-office(this weekend, October 17) with $23.5 million bow. The latest World War II action drama with a star power cast including Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jason Isaacs and Michael Pena is now the biggest hit of director David Ayer's career, acclaimed for his works in "End of Watch" and "Street Kings."

"Fury" brings back one of the forgotten time periods which is the last gasp of the Nazi empire, with an American army that has been fighting for years and is on its last reserves of manpower. Brad Pitt is the leader of a 5-man crew named Don "Wardaddy" Collier. 


Over the course of these 24 fateful hours, that training will be tested as the five men of the Fury – Wardaddy, the commander; Boyd Swan, the gunner; Grady Travis, the loader; Trini Garcia, the driver; and Norman, the assistant driver – take on 300 enemy German troops in a desperate battle for survival.

"The men are exhausted. In World War II, you fought until you either won or died, or were grievously injured and got sent home. The fanatical regime is collapsing, it’s a confusing environment where anyone can be the enemy – it’s incredibly taxing on the fighting man’s soul,” director Ayer explains.



Leading the men of the Fury is Don Collier – better known by his war name, Wardaddy. The role is played by Brad Pitt. “Wardaddy is representative of the backbone of the army – sergeants and NCOs really hold the army together,” Ayer says. “He’s very no-nonsense, very practical and pragmatic – all he cares about is getting the mission done.”



But Ayer says that Wardaddy is also a man with a hidden past. “He’s atoning for his history, through this incredible act of penance of fighting in this war and liberating Europe. He has his own moral code, but it’s not your civilian moral code; it’s very reflective of the time. He’s very stoic, but with life and humor and love for his men and a true hatred for the enemy.”

"Fury" opens October 22 in cinemas nationwide.

“THE HOBBIT” FINAL CHAPTER REVEALS CHARACTER POSTERS


The character poster artworks for Peter Jackson's “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” have been unveiled online. The one-sheets individually feature in close-up shots the film's eight major characters namely Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin, Galadriel, Legolas, Tauriel, Bard and Thandruil.


The third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.


Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.


As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

“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, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, with Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, and Orlando Bloom.

Opening across the Philippines on Dec. 12, 2014 in theaters and IMAX®, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

RIDLEY SCOTT’S “EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS” TAKES CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE TO A NEW LEVEL


Ridley Scott revisits Exodus, one of the most pivotal and dramatic books in the Bible and reimagines the story of Moses in “Exodus: Gods and Kings” – filmed in 3D starring Christian Bale. 

Bale as Moses frees the Israelites from the slavery of the Egyptian rulers and faces the formidable Pharaoh Ramses played by Joel Edgerton for his actions. 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.

The movie features one of Moses’ extraordinary feat when he led the Israelites out of Egypt where the Red Sea parted to give way to the passage of the people. Just how director Scott and his team made the parting of the ocean itself – with the aid of some spectacular CGI effects – will be one of the many visual treats in store for the audience when the film is released this December 5 (in the Phils.).

Scott is indeed at the helm of a huge production in “Exodus: Gods and Kings” where they called for more than 1,000 crew working on sets on three soundstages and the back-lot at Pinewood Studios on the outskirts of London. Moving to Southern Spain in Almeria after filming in the UK, the production team spotted a perfect spot for filming the latter part of the movie – a vast area of one kilometre long and 1.5 kilometres wide was used to build a stunning set for an ancient Egyptian city, Pi-Ramses, complete with houses, shops, cafes and a spice market where the rugged landscape and vast swathes of deserted sandy beaches lies.


The script remains true to the Biblical story of Moses whilst using very latest tools available to a modern filmmaker to realise some of the more fantastical elements - abandoned by a desperate mother as a baby after the Egyptian rulers orders 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. Ridley shared that “I was staggered to discover what kind of man Moses was and where he’d come from. I had no idea he was the counter-point to Ramses. I didn’t know how close their relationship was and that they were raised like half-brothers, half-cousins if you like.”

“This story just lit a match for me,” says the director. “I thought, ‘Wow, this is an incredible, big story, which is actually the threshold, of the beginning of the rule book of civilisation. If you regard the Ten Commandments as such then it comes out of that.”

Check out the film’s featured video with the filmmakers on set of the movie- 

OUIJA BENEFITS FROM IMPRINT OF HORROR EXPERTS


Platinum Dunes (“Transformers,” “The Purge” series, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) joins forces with Blumhouse Productions (“Paranormal Activity”) and Hasbro to bring to the screen “Ouija,” a supernatural thriller in which a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they unwittingly make contact with a dark power from the other side.

Several years ago, Hasbro and blockbuster producers Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes approached Universal Pictures to discuss making “Ouija” as a microbudget film that explored the supernatural elements of the iconic board. Fellow powerhouse producer Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions was brought on to complete the team—which includes Hasbro’s producer Bennett Schneir, who has a multipicture production deal with the company—and “Ouija” was a go.

Schneir reflects that the Ouija board’s combination of wish fulfillment, desire for closure and fear of the unknown allows for an ideal vehicle for this type of movie: “You want to connect with the other side; you have questions. In the many, many stories of the Ouija board, there are always the rules that must be abided: Never use it in a graveyard, never use it alone, always say goodbye. If you follow the rules, good things will happen; if you break them, you better be careful.”

After penning the films “Knowing” and “The Possession,” husband-and-wife team Stiles White and Juliet Snowden were eager to continue writing character-driven thrillers. When they were approached to craft the screenplay for “Ouija,” with the offer for White to make his directorial debut, it was just the project for which they were searching.


Snowden recalls the thriller’s inception: “When we got the call, we were given the opportunity for Stiles to direct for the first time and for us to write. All they said was, ‘Ouija. What would you do?’ Our first instinct was to consider our memories of the Ouija board: playing as teenagers, sitting around with our friends and wanting an answer to something…anything.”

White elaborates on the duo’s writing style: “We gravitate toward the psychological elements of horror. Juliet and I have always been drawn to stories that are about relationships or family dynamics being tested by a supernatural force. Whatever the setting is, we try to create a compelling situation centered around people up against something larger than life. And that’s exactly what we’ve done with `Ouija.’”

The Ouija board was imagined out of humanity’s intrinsic desire for answers to the seemingly inexplicable. So, when White and Snowden began writing, they knew they needed to first sort out their protagonist’s intense need. The more that the duo looked into the reactions following the loss of someone, and how traumatic death is for many of us, the more they found their story’s motivating force. With that driving the narrative, one young woman’s obsession with finding out what happened to her best friend was the clear through-line.

There is a long held belief that if you don’t follow the procedures of game play with the Ouija board, it’s possible for you to open a door to the spirit realm. As well, unless you do certain things to close that door, that phenomenon might follow you beyond playing at the table.


This was a jumping-off point for the creators of our story. White gives: “We thought, ‘If you didn’t play properly, could weird things continue to happen to you after you’ve played?’ That’s what we loved about what was possible with this story: All kinds of things could happen if you played it wrong.”

We first meet our heroine, Laine, as she comes over to check in on her close friend Debbie, who, unbeknownst to her friends, has broken a cardinal rule of the Ouija board: playing alone. When Debbie dies in a very gruesome way, she leaves behind footage and diaries with clues as to what went on immediately before she died. Still, Laine simply cannot accept her death. When she starts to look deeper, she realizes all clues lead to the antique Ouija board that resides in her friend’s home.

To ground the story in reality, White and Snowden were careful to write characters who had varying degrees of trust in the board. Fuller shares: “Stiles and Juliet made sure to focus on the journey itself, which is either the people who had a big belief in it being right, or the people who had no belief in it being surprised at what they unleashed. This conflict among the group is something they wrote remarkably well and is the glue that holds the film together.”

Opening across the Philippines on October 29, “Ouija is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Monday, October 20, 2014

“ANNABELLE” EARNS MORE THAN $150 MILLION WORLDWIDE


BURBANK, CA – October 19, 2014 – New Line Cinema’s “Annabelle” has surpassed the $150 million mark at the worldwide box office, earning more than $166.1 million to date and counting. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

(In the Philippines, “Annabelle” also continued to make a killing at the box-office, grossing P139.54-million nationwide, as of Oct. 19, 2014. That further tightened its grip to the national record of all-time highest-grossing foreign horror film).


Director John R. Leonetti’s supernatural thriller, produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, enjoyed the largest opening weekend this year at the domestic box office for a horror film, at $37.1 million. The demonic doll, who first debuted in last summer’s global hit “The Conjuring,” has currently scared up more than $74.1 million at the domestic box office.

Internationally, “Annabelle” has taken in just over $92 million in 51 markets, including the UK, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Australia and much of Asia, with a number of markets yet to open, including Mexico. The film set new opening records for the horror genre in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Chile and Colombia.


In making the announcement, Fellman said, “Who doesn’t love a creepy doll? Annabelle is back and audiences have certainly missed her, judging by their enthusiastic welcome in theaters across the country. We’re happy to have unleashed the spirit of Halloween a little early this year, and congratulate New Line and the filmmakers on reaching this impressive benchmark.”

Kwan Vandenberg stated, “There’s an appetite for scary movies the world over and ‘Annabelle’ has really struck a chord. With several markets still to open, the film is on a strong trajectory that should continue to gain momentum as new audiences everywhere experience the thrills and chills it provides.”


Still showing across the Philippines, “Annabelle” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

VAMPIRE DIARIES STAR NINA DOBREV JOINS BUDDY COMEDY MOVIE “LET’S BE COPS”


Lifetime buddies Justin and Ryan are struggling to make it big in their own chosen fields – Justin (Damon Wayans, Jr.) toiling at a videogame company while Ryan (Jake Johnson) still revels in his glory days as a college quarterback as he bounces from one job to another in “Let’s Be Cops.” 

But things suddenly changed when they attended a masquerade party dressed as cops, thinking it is a costume bash – after being laughed out of the black tie party, they notice something has changed as they walk down the streets of Hollywood: women swarm them, bad guys follow their every command and bartenders give them drinks on the house, all because they are mistaken for cops. For Ryan, this is the ultimate high, though the shy Justin is less enthusiastic at the prospect of real police busting them. Soon, Ryan has purchased a police car (off eBay!), lights and a radio scanner – and the boys are rolling up to real 911 calls.


Wearing a police badge has also done wonders for Justin’s love life, as waitress Josie (Nina Dobrev) begins to warm up to him at a modest restaurant the guys frequent. Dobrev, who recently came to fame with her role in the hit series, “The Vampire Diaries” spreads her acting chops in this latest buddy cop comedy. 

One of the movie’s key roles to cast was that of the beautiful waitress Josie, a new employee at the guys’ hangout, Georgie’s Restaurant. “Josie dreams of being a makeup artist just like Justin dreams of being a videogame designer,” says co-writer and executive producer Nicholas Thomas. “But her history with men is not good. She calls herself a ‘douchebag magnet’ because of all the liars and cheaters who have gravitated towards her in the past. But once she sees Justin in his uniform, she thinks she has finally found her true hero.”


Nina Dobrev, who stars in the hit television series “The Vampire Diaries,” was looking to do a comedic role when she read the script for “Let’s Be Cops.” “The coolest part about doing a comedy is that you do a take as written and then have the freedom to improvise,” says Dobrev. “Jake and Damon play off each other, and whoever is with them better be able to roll with the punches. It was so liberating to work with them.”

“Nina is a fantastic actress, but who knew she could be so goofy,” says Jake Johnson. “She would surprise us by improvising these physical bits like tripping or falling or spilling something that just totally brought a fresh and vital twist to the scene.”

“Let’s Be Cops” opens November 5 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

DIEGO LUNA PLAYS A ROLE THAT HIS CHILDREN CAN EMBRACE IN “THE BOOK OF LIFE” (3D)


Acclaimed actor Diego Luna had never before sung in a movie, and no one was more surprised and thrilled when he pulled it off in the colourful and vibrant world of “The Book of Life” (3D) directed by Mexican auteur Jorge R. Gutierrez. 

“Diego called me [after the first song recording session] and was very, very happy,” Gutierrez recalls. “He said, ‘Jorge, I can sing!’ And I love his voice in the movie.” Luna takes on the role of Manolo, 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 and defend his village.

As voiced by acclaimed actor Diego Luna, Manolo is the heart and soul of “The Book of Life.” Manolo hails from a long line of bullfighters, and he has the potential to become one of the greatest ever. But what he really wants is to play the guitar and sing. And sing he does – to an ultimately wondrous effect. “Manolo reveals his heart through music,” says Luna. “And he dreams about Maria and being with her; he thinks she’s the most amazing woman.”


To that end, Luna notes that “The Book of Life” is about friendship and true love. While Manolo comes into his own as an adventurer embarking upon a heroic quest, the actor insists that Manolo is not your typical movie hero – and certainly not your typical “Prince Charming.” “He just happens to have an amazing talent, which is singing and expressing himself through music, but he’s a regular guy. Manolo doesn’t have special powers, but he is remarkable in that he is the first one to write his own story,” which is such an impressive accomplishment that an ancient god is willing to bend the rules to help Manolo on his journey.

Music is a big part of the magic of “The Book of Life,” and the production was lucky to land the formidable talents of two-time Oscar® winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla, the father of Latin alternative music, making his animated feature film debut. Manolo’s soulful singing of Radiohead’s “Creep” emanates from what he thinks is a quiet moment of solitude – though Maria (Zoe Saldana) is listening. He then embarks on the time-honored tradition of serenading the girl of one’s dreams. Accompanied by his rotund mariachi friends, the Rodriguez brothers (voiced by Cheech Marin, Gabriel Iglesias and Ricardo Sanchez “Mandril”), they try fun, though hardly romantic versions of Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” and Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend” – the latter to the accompaniment of a toy piano. 

These are great songs, to be sure, but Maria is unimpressed. That is, until Manolo, absent his three pals, warbles a new song, “I Love You Too Much” (music by Gustavo Santaolalla, lyric by Paul Williams), which touches Maria’s heart. “Manolo realizes he has to sing from the heart and not use someone else’s song,” the director explains. “‘I Love You Too Much’ is a love song that pours out of his heart and soul, and it works!”


A filmmaker in his own right, Luna shares more than just a nationality with Gutierrez and producer Guillermo del Toro. The Mexican born actor-director has become an international star by taking on projects that are both complex and fulfilling. Now a young father of two, the arrival of “The Book of Life” offered its own set of creative challenges. But the opportunity to honor a rich cultural past, as well as the vocal encouragement of del Toro, ultimately sealed the deal.

Luna further shares that his work in “The Book of Life,” while gratifying, was ultimately eclipsed by something profound. He found much in common with Manolo’s journey, understanding the poetry of what it is to be a dreamer. But the sweeter gift was having the chance to create a role in a film that could be embraced by his children for the first time. For Luna, writing that colorful new chapter in his life’s story only reinforced the message and appeal of “The Book of Life.”

“The Book of Life” (3D and 2D) opens October 16 (Thursday) in cinemas across the nation from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

ROSAMUND PIKE: FULLY TITULAR IN “GONE GIRL”


Regarded as a contemporary and multifaceted actress, Rosamund Pike, who has has earned international acclaim for both her stage and film roles goes fully titular in the movie adaptation of the bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn of the same title in “Gone Girl.”

Under the direction of acclaimed filmmaker David Fincher, known for his thrilling works in “Fight Club,” “Sev7n,” “The Social Network,” “Zodiac” and “Panic Room,” Pike gives the audience an unforgettable portrayal of Amy Dunne, a woman gone missing on the morning of their fifth year wedding anniversary. Playing opposite Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, the better half and the prime suspect of Amy’s disappearance – “Gone Girl” opens up a vault of ugly truths on a marriage gone really bad. 

In “Gone Girl,” Amy Dunne is gone. But at the same time that she disappears into thin air, she becomes an omnipresent media sensation, the paragon of all the beautiful, fragile things that are too easily lost in the world. That is how she is now known throughout America. Yet that is not her only identity.

Indeed, Amy never developed a single persona. She grew up in the long shadow of her psychologist parents’ popular children’s books about her alter-ego: the impossibly perfect “Amazing Amy.” Later, she morphed into the woman she believed her Nick most desired: the perfect “cool girl,” as sexed-up and playfully easy-going as she is on top of things. Then, after moving to Nick’s recession-ravaged hometown in Missouri, leveraging her trust fund in the process, Amy took on new facets. 


So just who is Amy Dunne? That is the bottomless abyss into which actress Rosamund Pike descended. A London native, Pike came to the fore as a Bond Girl in “Die Another Day,” and went on to roles in “Pride and Prejudice,” “An Education,” “Jack Reacher” and “World’s End.” But Amy would take Pike into fresh challenges as a character with unending layers that peel away to leave no solid center. 

Pike recalls being drawn instantly towards the book’s inky, x-ray view of the underside of marital bliss. “I was quite intrigued by this idea of marriage as con game – the idea that we’re all selling a version of ourselves,” she muses. “And Amy is such a remarkable creation. It fascinated me that she is always performing, perhaps in part because it points back to the life of an actor. The challenge of being Amy is that nothing that happens with her is quite what it seems on the surface.”

That was both the challenge and the allure. She continues: “In playing Amy, I get to explore so many different aspects of the feminine brain. There are scenes where Amy is playing two different things to two different people in the same room – and the audience has to see both.” 

In the beginning, Pike believes Amy hoped to construct the perfect relationship. “Those early glory days were really fun for her,” says the actress, “but they weren’t sustainable. “When things started to go wrong – when Nick’s mother got cancer, when Amy’s parents started having financial troubles – the marriage changed. I think Amy felt she showed her real self and Nick didn’t like it.” 

Playing Amy took Pike through physical and emotional extremes. “The challenge was peeling back one layer after another of the onion that is this marriage,” she comments. But she says along with the challenges came rich rewards, especially working with Fincher. “David is so detailed in the most psychologically observant ways . . . and because he wants to explore everything, he leaves you feeling that no stone was left unturned,” she says. 


Fincher has reciprocal respect for Pike. “Amy is a very, very tricky part,” he says. “The audience should have no idea what she’s going to do next. I’d seen Rosamund’s work and I was struck by the fact that I couldn’t get a read on her. There was something about the way she catches the light in a different way… you don’t really have a grasp of who she is. The most important aspect of Amy for me was that I needed the feeling of an only child. I needed an orchid. I needed a hothouse flower. Rosamund had that thing and she’s also impeccably craft oriented, luminously beautiful and incredibly watchable. I know there were people saying, this is a risk. But when I sat with her I saw that this was somebody who was going to give you everything.” 

“Gone Girl” is now showing in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 

“DEVIL’S PACT” POSTER (PHILS.) UNLEASHED


Horror returns in “Devil’s Pact” when a woman finds herself plagued by recurring nightmares involving a serial killer only to realize that her dreams are for real.

Directed and written Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath, “Devil’s Pact” follows the highly successful “The Pact” and sees a new female protagonist fighting for her life and the lives around her – June Abbot (played by Camilla Luddington), a woman whose carefully constructed life in Los Angeles is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life. The film takes flight weeks after Annie Barlow’s (from The Pact) confrontation with the Judas Killer from the first film."

June Abbot is a freelance crime-scene cleaner and aspiring horror illustrator in “Devil’s Pact” where she was assigned at the horrific murder of erotic model Ellie Ford (Suziey Block) where after a while, June begins to experience terrifying waking visions of the crime, but hides her unease from her boyfriend Daniel (Scott Michael Foster), a straight-arrow police officer.

FBI agent Ballard (Patrick Fischler), who’s recently wrapped up the case of the prolific “Judas Killer,” reveals that June’s mother was one of his original victims and now Ballard believes that the copycat murderer who decapitated Ford is targeting June. As her terrifying visions of Ford’s death intensify, strange noises and ghostly late-night visitations indicate that June’s LA home may be infested with an evil presence. The reappearance of Annie Barlow (Lotz), the young woman who previously dispatched the Judas Killer in self-defense, contributes to June’s growing suspicion that Ballard’s theory may actually be correct, as she senses a threatening presence closing in on her that neither the FBI agent nor Daniel can protect her from.

Catch the horrifying dreams turned real when “Devil’s Pact” opens November 5 in theaters from Axinite Digicinema.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

DEVIL’S PACT” HAUNTS SOON IN CINEMAS – Poster Reveal


“Devil’s Pact,” the terrifying sequel to the UK box-office smash well-executed chilling horror “The Pact” will soon haunt cinemas directed and written by Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath.

In “Devil’s Pact," only a few weeks after Annie Barlow exterminated the plague from the first film that was the Judas Killer, we meet June Abbott (played by Grey Anatomy’s Camilla Luddington), a woman whose carefully constructed life in Los Angeles is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life.

When Special Agent Terrence Ballard, the FBI agent assigned to wrap up the case of the newly deceased Judas Killer, shows up at June’s door, he brings with him some terrifying news – there is a Judas copycat killer on the loose in her neighborhood! In the course of his investigation, Ballard shows June a picture of the copycat killer’s victim, and she is stunned to see that it’s the same woman she saw brutally murdered in her nightmares.

A series of hauntings begin to torment June, growing in frequency and ferocity over time. Now, not only does she see murder victims, but her dreams put herself in the role of the murderer. June fears that the spirit of the Judas Killer is the architect of some greater plan in which she must now play a part. June struggles to maintain her grip on sanity as she plunges into her own investigation of these events. No matter the result, the truth will be horrifying; either there is true evil inside of her, or someone, or something, is determined to destroy her…

“Devil’s Pact” will open November 5 in theatres nationwide from Axinite Digicinema.

LIAM NEESON: “TAKEN 3” POSTER AND GLOBAL TEASER TRAILER REVEAL



The only man with a particular set of skills is back in “Taken 3.” Liam Neeson reprises his role as Bryan Mills, the role that further set him up for worldwide stardom – a retired CIA agent whose enemies keep on preying even after he retired from the service. 


In “Taken 3,” Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter. “Taken 3” also stars Forest Whitaker and Maggie Grace is back in action as Bryan’s daughter. 


In recent interviews, Neeson shared that in the movie, “I have to go on the run, I’ll put it that way, from the not-so-lawful types and the lawful authorities. Bryan Mills served his country faithfully, but now even they are after him. They must not like me. This time, no more travelling, if my daughter was taken again on a trip, Bryan would have to be certifiably locked up for bad parenting.”

He will find you – “Taken 3” explodes in (Phils.) cinemas nationwide on January 14, 2015 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Check TAKEN 3 teaser trailer reveal below:


WATCH “AMERICAN SNIPER” TRAILER STARRING BRADLEY COOPER


Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures have just unveiled the teaser trailer of “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood. The trailer may be viewed below.
In the film, U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Cooper) is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents.

Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, becoming emblematic of the SEAL creed to “leave no man behind.” But upon returning home, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

A two-time Oscar® nominee for his work in “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle,” Cooper heads the cast, which also includes Sienna Miller (HBO’s “The Girl”), Jake McDorman, Luke Grimes, Navid Negahban, Keir O’Donnell, Cory Hardrict, and Erik Ladin.

Oscar®-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”) is directing “American Sniper” from a screenplay by Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwan. The autobiography was a runaway bestseller, spending 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 13 of those at number one.

The film is being produced by Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan. Tim Moore, Jason Hall, Sheroum Kim and Bruce Berman are serving as executive producers.

Check out the trailer below.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar®-nominated director of photography Tom Stern (“Changeling”); Oscar®-nominated production designer James J. Murakami (“Changeling”) and production designer Charisse Cardenas; Oscar®-winning editor Joel Cox (“Unforgiven”) and editor Gary D. Roach; and costume designer Deborah Hopper.

Opening across the Philippines on January 21, 2015, “American Sniper” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

“BIG HERO 6” TRAILER



Hiro and Baymax are joined by their friends in this new trailer of Disney's upcoming action-adventure “Big Hero 6” which may be viewed below.

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”).


From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go GoTomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

Check out the trailer below.

Opening across the Philippines on Nov. 05, 2014, “Big Hero 6” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

FAKING IT IN “LET’S BE COPS” TRAILER AND POSTER RELEASE


“Let’s Be Cops” is the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they're not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.

Faking it real time, these fake cops have just found some real trouble. Starring Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson, The idea for the movie was born when director/co-writer Luke Greenfield decided to spend Halloween in a police officer’s uniform – a choice that had unexpected consequences.

“My costume designer at the time got me a real LAPD uniform and my buddy and I walked around Los Angeles,” Greenfield remembers. “The sense of power and authority was incredible. I was single at the time, and it became quite easy to talk to women on the street.”

With co-writer and executive producer Nicholas Thomas, Greenfield developed the pitch that was to become LET’S BE COPS. “We came up with the idea quite quickly,” says Thomas. “We pitched the project to 20th Century Fox, and it sold.”

“The two lead characters have no money and their self-worth is gone,” says Greenfield. “Then, all of a sudden, they are street heroes. Their fun masquerade escalates to the point where it starts getting dangerous and they mess with the wrong people.”

The two writers created the two principal characters somewhat in their own images. “Justin is me,” says Greenfield. “He’s passionate about what he creates in the videogame world, as I am about my motion picture projects. Only he’s afraid to be direct and authoritative. Ryan is sort of based on Nick Thomas. He is more outspoken and braver, and more likely to get us both into hot water.”

The first thing the filmmakers did after getting the production green light was cast the lead characters, Justin and Ryan. They chose two comic actors who were actually close pals.

“Damon and Jake are close friends, big fans of one another’s work and had been dying to do a film together,” Greenfield adds. “Casting them was incredible luck, because throughout production they were always off in a corner, laughing and joking just like their characters. The characters audiences will see on screen are very close to who Damon and Jake really are. It was fantastic.”

Check out the movie’s trailer release below:


Rated R16 by the local censors board, “Let’s Be Cops” opens November 5 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.