Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WARNER'S PETER “PAN” DEBUTS TRAILER, CHARACTER POSTERS



Warner Bros. Pictures’ live-action Peter Pan movie from director Joe Wright titled “Pan” has just unveiled a teaser trailer and four character posters. Take your first look at the one-sheets featuring Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman), Hook (Garrett Hedlund), Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and Peter (Levi Miller). The trailer may be viewed below.

Offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, the film follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.


Amanda Seyfried rounds out the cast as Mary, alongside Adeel Akhtar as Smee; Jack Charles as The Chief/Tiger Lily’s father; Taejoo Na as Kwahu; Nonso Anozie as Bishop; Kathy Burke as Mother Barnabas; Kurt Egyiawan as Murray; Lewis MacDougall as Nibs; and newcomer Leni Zieglmeier as Wendy Darling.

Wright is directing from a screenplay by Jason Fuchs. Greg Berlanti, Paul Webster and Sarah Schechter are producing, with Tim Lewis serving as executive producer.

Opening across the Philippines on July 16, 2015, “Pan” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


JURASSIC WORLD” UNLEASHES FIRST TRAILER


The park is open! Universal Pictures has just unleashed the first full trailer of its epic action-adventure “Jurassic World” which may be viewed below.

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, “Jurassic World.” Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.


The movie takes place 22 years after the horrific events of the original “Jurassic Park” and is set on a fully functional park on Isla Nublar.

Chris Pratt (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) leads the cast which includes Bryce Dallas Howard (“Spider-Man 3”), Nick Robinson (HBO's “Boardwalk Empire”) and Ty Simpkins (the kid in last year's “Iron Man 3”).


The film also stars Jake Johnson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D'Onofrio, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lapku and Andy Buckley.

Opening across the Philippines on June 10, 2015 in 3D, “Jurassic World” will be distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.


BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH LEADS THE NORTH WIND – “PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR’S” LATEST ALLIES

What are the odds when the world’s elitest of spies join forces with the earth’s chicest undercover organization in the all-adventure family movie “Penguins of Madagascar.”

The most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitest of the elites are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from destroying the world as we know it.
The Penguins are ever-confident in their ability to deal with Dave’s insidious plans, but a group of covert operatives known as The North Wind (their motto: “Nobody breaks The Wind!”), who help animals in need, do not think the guys are up to the task. In fact, the members of The North Wind do everything they can to take over the mission to stop Dave, much to the chagrin of Skipper and the gang. 

“On the surface it looks like The North Wind is the real deal and Skipper maybe should get out of the way,” says producer Lara Breay. “It’s like the ‘grown-ups’ have arrived, so the kids can go home now. But during the course of the adventure, we come to appreciate the Penguins’ strengths. They don’t have the flash or training, but they have something that’s more important.”

The North Wind is led by Agent Classified. The first thing you should know about Classified is that his name is actually classified, and not “Classified.” He’s a highly-trained but cocky secret agent who underestimates the Penguins’ operation. Classified is the Alpha male of the tech-savvy team, and Skipper’s polar opposite. The casting of Benedict Cumberbatch, a celebrated and in-demand actor thanks to, among other performances, his work in the title role of the phenomenally popular BBC/PBS series “Sherlock,” came about almost three years ago, just before “Sherlock” debuted in the U.S. Smith explains: “One of our crew is Australian, and the series had already aired there. He told us that we should check out the work of this guy called Benedict Cumberbatch. We saw ‘Sherlock’ when it arrived in the U.S., and we knew then he was a special talent and would be the perfect foil for Skipper. Benedict is so eloquent and has a fantastic voice that was perfect for Classified.”

The British actor reveals that Classified is “an all-action wolf who heads up The North Wind, which looks after animal welfare wherever it needs looking after. He knows about Dave’s plot and Classified attempts to con the Penguins to reveal everything they know about their mutual adversary.”

“The North Wind team thinks they hold all the cards because they’re highly-trained, educated, have the best equipment, and nobody could ever top them,” Darnell continues. “The Penguins are the underdogs.” But Classified and the rest of the North Wind team soon learn that you underestimate Skipper & Co. at your own peril. In fact, the conflicting teams are two sides of the same coin. “Everything about The North Wind is chic, professional, planned and rigorous, and everything about the Penguins is haphazard, gung ho machismo,” Cumberbatch explains. “That’s why the two teams so complementary. By the end of the film they really need each other’s help, because they’re even more powerful as a combined, elite force.”

Cumberbatch says he enjoyed having no inhibitions in portraying and researching the role. Moreover, he embraced Classified’s skills and slick operation, as well as the character’s hidden but important vulnerabilities. “Classified has to learn to abandon his intricate and gadget-laden planning and sometimes just run at the problem, like the Penguins do. I like the idea of ‘unpacking’ a spy and making him a bit more human, even if he’s a wolf. And I’ve never done that on screen before.”
Classified isn’t the only operative being “unpacked.” He is joined in The North Wind by Short Fuse (Ken Jeong), a small seal who, though he looks like a plush toy, is as tough as any member of the team. The North Wind’s explosives expert, Short Fuse has a volatile temper to match his vocational expertise. Then there’s Eva (Annet Mahendru), an intelligence analyst and thrill-seeking, brainy beauty of an owl with a killer instinct. Finally, Corporal (Peter Stomare), a polar bear who’s eight feet tall and armored in a half-ton of muscle, is the brawn of the Wind.

A Dreamworks Animation feature, “Penguins of Madagascar” opens November 26 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox nationwide to be distributed by Warner Bros.

BEST FRIENDS FOR LIFE TAKE A LEAP OF FAITH TO BE MORE THAN FRIENDS IN “LOVE, ROSIE”


Taking chances on a happily-ever-after love after childhood best friends Alex and Rosie have gone through miles of separation, unwanted pregnancy and disastrous love affairs, can they still end up together in the end? In “Love, Rosie” is based on the bestselling novel “Where Rainbows End” by Cecelia Ahern and starred in by one of Hollywood’s brightest new talents, Lily Collins (“The Mortal Instruments:City of Bones,” “Mirror, Mirror”), co-starring Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”).

The film is based on the bestselling novel, “Where Rainbows End” from Irish author, Cecilia Ahern (“P.S. I Love You” author) from a screenplay by Juliette Towhidi (“Calendar Girls”) and is directed by Christian Ditter (The Crocodiles; Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods).

“Choosing the person you want to share your life with is one of the most important decisions any of us makes, ever. Because when it’s wrong, it turns your life to grey, and sometimes you don’t even notice until you wake up one morning and realize years have gone by... Sometimes you don’t see that the best thing that’s ever happened to you is sitting there, right under your nose,” states a line from the character Rosie. In director Christian Ditter’s new film Love, Rosie, Lily Collins and Sam Claflin star as Rosie and Alex, childhood friends seemingly destined to be together, yet a couple which fate itself seems determined to keep apart. The film paints a rich and textured canvas of a complicated yet lifelong bond between Rosie and Alex, beginning in their childhood, spanning a trans-Atlantic separation, and enduring ups and downs of romantic liaisons with everyone but each other resulting in some bittersweet consequences.

A rising star in Hollywood, Lily Collins marked her feature film debut alongside Sandra Bullock in the 2010 Oscar nominated film “The Blind Side.” In the short time since she’s filmed “Mirror, Mirror” with Julia Roberts, “Stuck in Love” with Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly, “The English Teacher” with Kinnear, Julianne Moore and Nathan Lane, and “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.”

“I just fell in love with it right away,” says Collins of the Love, Rosie screenplay and her decision to take on the project. “After reading it, I just couldn’t imagine myself not playing the part.” “I think everyone has a little bit of Rosie in them and I know I certainly do,” Collins continues. “She’s charismatic, shy at times, but determined. She’s thrown into these situations that a normal teenage girl could be thrown into, but she doesn’t let anything deter her from reaching her goals…. She’s a bit kooky at times, but in the most endearing way possible. And, of course, she’s just incredibly strong.”


In collaboration with Ditter, Collins set about making the character her own. “In a sense it was about incorporating myself into Rosie and Rosie into me,” says the actress, who dropped her American accent for the role while simultaneously tackling the challenge of playing Rosie over the course of many years, following her transition from adolescence to adulthood.

“It was a great challenge,” says Collins of playing the character as she matures over time. “Instead of prosthetics, it was all hair and make-up and wardrobe changes, whether I use certain words as a young girl and then stop using them as an older one – even her mannerisms, the way she carries herself and walks change… In the end, I would watch the playback and go, ‘Oh my god that was so my mom!’”

“Lily is an incredibly smart and talented actress,” says Christian Ditter. “She’s very in touch with her feelings and very open emotionally. I basically just encouraged her to follow her heart and make each moment as truthful as possible.”

“I’ve never felt so terrified and vulnerable in a movie, but at the same time so protected and inspired,” Collins continues. “I never thought I’d be able to work on this kind of level and it was Christian who got that out of me.” “Lily is just a little jewel,” says Simon Brooks of his leading lady. “Every day, I’d have to say to her, ‘Do you have any idea how great your performance is?’ She was funny, but she also had these heavy emotional scenes that had to be treated with great care. I would also watch the people on set when she was doing a particularly emotional scene and how moved they would be…. She’s just been so committed to this project since day one. I’m so proud of her and what she’s done.”


“She’s a diamond,” agrees Sam Claflin, who plays Rosie’s unattainable love, Alex on screen. “It worked so well because we got to know each other so well,” says the young British actor. “You have to really get on with someone if you’re going to work together on this kind of level... I’d like to think we not only became friends, but friends for life."

“Love, Rosie” opens December 3 in cinemas from Pioneer Films.

“PROJECT ALMANAC” SHOWS OFF TEASER POSTER

Following last week's trailer reveal, Paramount Pictures has now shared the teaser poster of the time-travel movie “Project Almanac” from producer Michael Bay.

In the film, a brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a mysterious device with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger. The youthful cast is composed of Jonny Weston (“Chasing Mavericks”), Sofia Black-D’Elia (TV's “Gossip Girl”), Sam Lerner (TV's “Suburgatory”), Allen Evangelista (TV's “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) and Ginny Gardner (TV's “Glee”).

Insurge Pictures presents in association with Michael Bay a Platinum Dunes Production “Project Almanac.” Executive Producers are Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Vicki Dee Rock. Produced by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, the film is written by Jason Harry Pagan & Andrew Deutschman. Directed by Dean Israelite.

Opening across the Philippines on Feb. 04, 2015, “Project Almanac” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Monday, November 24, 2014

MIDDLE-EARTH HEROES, VILLAINS BATTLE IT OUT IN “THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES"


Peter Jackson's “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. Here's a refresher and update on the characters' motivations and what have they been up to coming into the finale of the trilogy.

Bilbo Baggins. Following his harrowing adventures through the perilous Mirkwood Forest, Lake-town and a death-defying encounter with the Dragon Smaug, Bilbo Baggins has successfully helped Thorin Oakenshield and his Company reclaim their long-lost Dwarven Kingdom. Unfortunately, this victory comes at a high cost as the little Hobbit witnesses the fiery destruction of Lake-town. Fearing that Thorin is descending into the dark depths of “Dragon-sickness,” Bilbo Baggins has many tough decisions ahead if he is to ever return to the Shire and the home that he loves. Caught in the midst of an epic battle, the small Hobbit comes face to face with the reality that he may never go back again.

Thorin Oakenshield. The King Under the Mountain has reclaimed his throne as ruler of the Dwarven Kingdom of Erebor and all the riches within. Having successfully driven out the dragon Smaug, Thorin and his Company have begun assessing their lost wealth and reviving their long dormant kingdom. But lurking beneath their triumph is Thorin’s growing obsession with his reclaimed treasure, and his closest allies fear he is suffering from the sickness that plagued his grandfather, King Thror. An increasingly greedy and petulant leader, Thorin will stop at nothing to ensure that his Kingdom remains intact, fearlessly taking on the armies of those who would steal from it and putting the Company at the forefront of what will become one of the largest battles in the history of Middle-earth.


Gandalf. With his worst fears confirmed, the Wizard Gandalf the Grey finds himself prisoner of the Necromancer, the ghostly visage now revealed to be Middle-earth’s darkest enemy, Sauron. Separated from the Company of Thorin Oakenshield, Gandalf must rely on old and powerful alliances to aid him if he is to escape and travel to the slopes of the Lonely Mountain to bring order into the chaos of Middle-earth’s warring civilizations if they are to stand a chance against evil in the epic Battle of Five Armies.

Galadriel. Oldest of all the Elves that remain in Middle-earth, Galadriel is possessed with the gift of foresight. When signs point to an evil rising within Middle-earth, she secretly supports Gandalf on his quest to reveal its source, knowing that should they fail, the fight against this growing malice will falter, and darkness will prevail.

Thranduil. Father to Legolas Greenleaf, Thranduil is a powerful Elf-Lord, and a legendary fighter. King of the Woodland Realm, he rules over the northern lands of a great forest that was once known as the Greenwood, but is now known by the more ominous name of Mirkwood. Over the long years of creeping darkness, Thranduil has increasingly turned his back on the outside world, concerning himself only with the welfare of his own people. An ancient and bitter feud has left him with little love of Dwarves in general, and one Dwarf, Thorin Oakenshield, in particular.

Legolas. Although a Prince of the Woodland Realm and a High Elf, like his father Thranduil, Legolas is more likely to be found patrolling the forest alongside the Silvan Elves of the Woodland Guard than in the Court of the King. Tall and lithe, he is a lethal fighter and fiercely loyal to his father and his people; however, events in the outside world have begun to encroach upon the insular world of the Wood-elves. A growing sense of foreboding forces Legolas to choose between the will of his father and his own conscience.

Tauriel. A Silvan Elf, this Daughter of Mirkwood is as deadly as she is beautiful. A favorite of King Thranduil and Captain of the Woodland Guard, Tauriel’s job is to follow the orders of the King without question. However, Tauriel has a strong will and unyielding passion for what she believes is right. An expert fighter, she carries signature weapons including twin daggers and a bow and arrow. Like Legolas, Tauriel is extremely fast and agile in battle. Although she has lived for many hundreds of years in Middle-earth, she remains one of the youngest of the Elven folk, and has rarely ventured beyond the borders of the great forest.


Bard the Bowman. When Thorin and Company encounter a mysterious man of Lake-town, they take him for a simple bargeman, but the stranger’s extraordinary skills as a bowman suggest he is not all that he seems. Bilbo discovers Bard to be a kind and decent man, protecting the poor folk of the town from the greed and tyranny of The Master. When Smaug’s fiery wrath takes aim at Lake-town, it is Bard who rises to attempt to confront the Dragon.

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.

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.

CHARLIE DAY, JASON SUDEIKIS BRING COMIC CHAOS TO “HORRIBLE BOSSES 2”



As much as they function best as a team, or what Jason Bateman calls “this three-headed monster, a sort of collective idiot,” New Line Cinema's “Horrible Bosses 2” lets Nick, Dale and Kurt also shine as distinctly individual personalities.

Says producer Jay Stern, “That’s really the strength and the secret of this kind of ensemble. There are people watching around the world who might not identify with all of them but will see a bit of themselves in Dale, or maybe Nick, or Kurt, so audiences have multiple opportunities to get drawn into it.”

For example, the needle of Charlie Day’s character, Dale, only points in one direction or the other: total fear and denial, or total gung-ho commitment. Above all, Dale’s first impulse is to avoid anything that will get him in trouble with his wife, a tendency he displayed in the first round when she was just his fiancée and is now amplified because the stakes are so much higher on the home front.

“They have triplets,” offers Day. “Though it’s not in the script, I’m assuming they got pregnant on their first attempt and then, surprise, it’s triplets! Because that’s what would happen to Dale. In one way, his dreams have come true, he got married to the woman he loves. But he’s in a little over his head with that already, and then they took this huge risk to start their own company, so Dale’s stress level is off the charts.”

Also off the charts is the lengths to which he is prepared to go to make things right.

“Dale is all over the place, flipping out one moment and being ominously quiet the next,” says director Sean Anders. “He’s the most neurotic and easily frightened of the three, and so the least predictable, and Charlie gives him the most amazing, infectious energy; he’s pitch perfect. Dale will jump head-first into some crazy idea like it’s brilliant, and then, the next moment, be screaming about how stupid it is and how it’s going to ruin their lives.”

Jason Sudeikis' Kurt, meanwhile, not one to worry like Nick, or panic like Dale, continues to sail along with full confidence that everything will work out and it’s all good, despite all evidence to the contrary, because he’s just that cool. If something goes wrong, they’ll just figure out a way around it, right?

Sudeikis’ take on Kurt is “happy-go-lucky, almost like a puppy dog. He likes to have fun, and he’s willing to go for it. He’s a bit of an adrenalin junkie, too, so long as there are no heights involved; if he can stay in the same relative longitude and latitude, he’s willing to try just about anything. I think Kurt, like his cohorts, is a product of the ‘Yes we can’ generation, and feels that anything he sets his mind to, he can accomplish.”

That attitude, combined with their checkered past, is what Sudeikis believes leads Kurt and his friends into further trouble. “The criminal activity they engaged in the first time really didn’t change their world very much,” he notes. “They got away with it. And that made them think maybe they could do things they really shouldn’t be doing, like being their own bosses.”

“Horrible Bosses 2” is the follow-up to the 2011 hit comedy “Horrible Bosses” and reunites Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as everyone’s favorite working stiffs: Nick, Dale and Kurt.

Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Kurt (Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business. But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company.

Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx also reprise their “Horrible Bosses” starring roles, while Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz star as new adversaries standing between the guys and their dreams of success.

Opening across the Philippines on Nov. 26, “Horrible Bosses 2” is a New Line Cinema Presentation distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

" INSIDE OUT” GETS EMOTIONAL WITH CHARACTER POSTERS


The five emotions in Disney-Pixar's upcoming comedy “Inside Out” are ready for their close-ups and their own character posters which have just been released by the studio. Check out the solo onesheets of Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness.


From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.


Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Opening across the Philippines on June 17, 2015 “Inside Out” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

“THE PEANUTS MOVIE” HOLIDAY SNEAK PEEK PHOTO REVEAL


Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, developed with the latest breakthrough in 3D animation. Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the Ice Age films, “The Peanuts Movie” will prove that every underdog has his day.


Watching Peanuts come together has brought on a flood of childhood memories for the filmmakers. Because of the deep bench of Peanuts characters, the movie won't be introducing newcomers. In addition to Charlie Brown's crush-worthy Little Red Haired Girl and Snoopy's love Fifi, fans can expect Snoopy's brother Olaf, as well as a whole group of Beagle Scouts. In a recent interview with USA Today, producer Paul Feig shares, "You love being back in that world," "And you immediately want to grab every kid you know and go, 'Oh, my God, you've got to watch this!' "


“The Peanuts Movie” (3D) will open in cinemas November 2015 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Monday, November 17, 2014

CHRIS PINE A LOVABLE VILLAIN IN “HORRIBLE BOSSES 2”


Action and dramatic actor Chris Pine (“Star Trek: Into Darkness”) exposes his funny side as he stars as Rex Hanson, a well-tailored, world-class charmer who has to contend with the giant shadow cast by his multimillionaire father, Bert (Christoph Waltz), in New Line Cinema’s hilarious comedy “Horrible Bosses 2.”

Calling his character “a joyful narcissist,” Pine cites some of the possible reasons for Rex’s volatile mental state. “Rex wants power and he gets continually emasculated by his distant, evil father, who is never satisfied with anything he does and seems not to care much for his privileged brat of a son. Poor Rex. He makes me laugh. He’s smart but he’s not all that self-aware, and he gets stranger and stranger as the story progresses.”

“We wanted a unique villain with a lot of contradictions and a great sense of humor, and he also had to be good-looking, dapper and cool because we liked the idea that our guys kind of have man-crushes on him a little bit,” says director Sean Anders. “You also get the feeling that on some level Rex really likes these guys and has a good time with them. Of course, he has to screw them over because that’s who he is, but at the same time I think he considers them his friends, and Chris got that crazy balance beautifully.”

Pine, who had been looking to do a comedy and responded in a big way to the “Horrible Bosses 2” script, took a purposefully relaxed approach as the fourth to an already precision-calibrated threesome. “They all take it seriously but they also know how to play. My prescription was to stay loose, hang with the guys and follow the music of the scene,” he says, which gave them a different energy to play against.


Those inclined to judge Rex too harshly should just look at what he comes from: Bert Hanson, a man who, by his own satisfied admission, makes new enemies every day. “What I like about Bert,” Anders offers, “is that this guy who comes in and totally destroys their lives probably only thought about it for 11 seconds because, to him, it’s just business.”

Having cast Christoph Waltz as the quintessential villain, the director admits, “It was a bit daunting, bringing him into some of these silly scenarios, because it’s impossible not to be mindful of those amazing, Oscar-winning dramatic roles he’s most famous for. But that’s precisely why he was right for Bert. His job here was to be the heavy. Had it been someone else who didn’t have Christoph’s presence, Bert wouldn’t have been as threatening.”

Waltz didn’t need to play funny because the humor of his scenes sparked from playing it straight. After all, it’s Bert’s casual cruelty that drives Nick, Dale and Kurt to retaliation, not to mention the depths of depravity to which his heartlessness goads his own son.

“My part is fairly straightforward and serious, but it gives them the opportunity to spring into action, like the sprocket in a mechanism,” says Waltz. “Comedy is all about timing, tempo and rhythm. In this case, my character is a vehicle for these fabulously funny people, and that’s what makes the machinery work. These guys have a great energy that is constantly running. It’s a fascinating process to watch.”


“Horrible Bosses 2” is the follow-up to the 2011 hit comedy “Horrible Bosses” and reunites Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as everyone’s favorite working stiffs: Nick, Dale and Kurt.

Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Kurt (Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business. But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company.

Jennifer Aniston and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx also reprise their “Horrible Bosses” starring roles, while Chris Pine and Oscar winner Christoph Waltz star as new adversaries standing between the guys and their dreams of success.

Opening across the Philippines on Nov. 26, “Horrible Bosses 2” is a New Line Cinema Presentation distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

“NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB” Trailer Revealed


Mayhem breaks out in New York’s Museum of Natural History as Ben Stiller’s night security guard Larry Daley and his historical pals embark on an epic and thrilling expedition to London.

Directed once again by Shawn Levy, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” is the third and most exciting of the hugely popular family films about Larry’s adventures with legendary leaders, warriors, mythological figures and dinosaurs.

An ancient tablet brings the artifacts to life when the sun goes down. But the magic has gone awry and the characters are malfunctioning, with catastrophic (and hilarious) results. Larry and his friends have to take drastic action. Robin Williams again portrays US President Teddy Roosevelt in one of his final film roles. Ricky Gervais is back as museum director, Dr. McPhee.

Greeting the year 2015 with lots of action and adventure for the entire family, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” opens January 8 in theatres nationwide from 20thCentury Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

International trailer 2 link below.

“INTO THE WOODS” UNVEILS TEN CHARACTER POSTERS


Disney's eagerly awaited fantasy adventure “Into the Woods” has just unveiled ten glorious character posters featuring the Witch (Meryl Streep), the Baker (James Corden), the Baker's Wife (Emily Blunt), Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), the Prince (Chris Pine) and the Wolf (Johnny Depp).


Also getting their solo posters are Little Red (Lilla Crawford), Jack (Daniel Huttlestone), Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) and the Other Prince (Billy Magnussen).


“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel — all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.


Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” helms the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics. The film is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall.

Opening across the Philippines on January 14, 2015, “Into the Woods” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1

“THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1”
PREDICTED TO EARN $150 MILLION ON ITS OPENING WEEKEND (NOVEMBER 21 IN THE U.S.) 


 The most-awaited first part of the penultimate chapter of the world’s bestselling YA novel adapted to screen “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay –Part 1” stands to be the top movie choice at the box-office this coming week and is expected to earn at least US$150 million on its opening weekend in a report by Hollywood Reporter since becoming the top-selling title of the year to date from ticket sales reports from Fandango.com and MovieTickets.com. 

Likewise, www.boxofficemojo.com predicts that “Mockingjay” will be the highest-grossing movie of the year at the domestic (US) box-office and is further predicted to earn $385 million when it finally opens November 21 (in the US). The movie opens a day earlier in the Philippines- November 20.

In this latest instalment, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” the story begins as Katniss has just been rescued from the destruction of the Quarter Quell. She awakens in a shocking world she didn’t even know existed: the deep, dark underground of supposedly annihilated District 13. She quickly learns of the devastating reality she must face: District 12 has been turned to rubble; and Peeta is being held, manipulated and brainwashed by President Snow in The Capitol. At the same time, Katniss’s eyes are opened to a secret rebellion rapidly spreading from District 13 throughout all of Panem – a rebellion that will place her at the center of a daring plot to hack into The Capitol and turn the tables on President Snow.

Acclaimed actress Julianne Moore adds to the amazing stellar cast in the movie as President Coin, as Katniss takes on the public role of the Mockingjay, she is asked by President Coin to appear in a series of “propos” – viral propaganda videos that District 13 uses to communicate with and inspire rebels across Panem.


District 13’s steely leader is the enigmatic Alma Coin, a major new role taken to its full potential by one of today’s most sought-after dramatic actresses: Award-winning actress Julianne Moore. “What amazed me about what Suzanne Collins did with the books is that she wrote a story that has so many substantive things to say about who we are as human beings, how we relate to one another and what standing up for what’s right means,” says Moore. “I was intrigued by Coin because I was very interested in her evolution as a leader.”

Like so many Hunger Games fans, Moore has come to feel a deep connection with Katniss. “What everyone responds to in Katniss is that she carries this moral ambiguity. She doesn't always know what the right thing to do is, so she must act more from her impulses,” she observes. “She’s very much about the idea that you can change your destiny – and other people’s destinies – through your actions.”

Katniss and President Coin start off on shaky ground. Katniss doesn’t trust anyone in authority anymore, but Coin is equally skeptical of Katniss. “Coin is reluctant,” Moore explains. “In the beginning, she’s reluctant to use her as a mouthpiece because she believes that Katniss is too damaged as a person to be able to do the things that they need her to do, but she also identifies this girl as someone who’s done quite heroic things and has galvanized the revolution.”


Because Coin is largely seen through Katniss’s eyes in the books, Moore had the freedom to create much of her interior from scratch. “In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Coin sees herself as a very practical revolutionary, someone who is focused on making the best decisions for her people and for the people in the other Districts. Francis and I talked and while we wanted Coin to feel very real, we also wanted her to be someone who is really hard to get to know.”

Director Francis Lawrence was thrilled with how Moore fused with Coin in her performance. “Coin’s singular vision to unite all of the districts in a massive rebellion is no small undertaking, especially when most of the districts have no idea that District 13 still exists. She has to be a tough leader,” the director notes. “Her relationship with Katniss is very complicated as well. Julianne has done an amazing job shaping the character.”


“She goes into the propos feeling like a pawn, like the Mockingjay is just a symbol she’s not connected to or passionate about,” Lawrence says. “The whole idea of the propos is to get people fired up, to band together – so Katniss faking at being something that she’s not doesn’t work. It’s only when she sees the human cost in District 8 that a true spark is ignited. The more she sees, the more it becomes a personal fight for her.”

Lawrence was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Julianne Moore in the role of President Coin. “When I heard she was going to play Coin, it was the most exciting, unbelievable news in the world. I think Julianne is one of the greatest actresses of all time, just absolutely phenomenal. She was even more impressive in person. She is such a sweet family woman and also hilarious. Working with her was a dream come true.”

While Lawrence and Moore got along, their characters have a cool tension between them. “Their relationship is complicated. They share similar ideals, but with all she’s been through, Katniss feels she cannot fully trust her,” Lawrence comments. “President Coin can see how important Katniss is to leading this rebellion, but she also doesn’t believe Katniss can actually do it. She’s still suffering from post-traumatic stress and President Coin is skeptical that using Katniss is something that she can actually control.”

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” opens November 20 in Philippine cinemas (nationwide) from Pioneer Films.

“EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS” Amazing Visuals and 3D Effects


The most ambitious and biggest theatrical event is about to happen in the Philippines when “Exodus: Gods and Kings” opens December 5 in cinemas nationwide – presented in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D format.

Crafted by world-acclaimed master filmmaker Ridley Scott (“Alien,” “Gladiator,” “Prometheus,” “Black Hawk Down”), who brings to life Ancient Egypt at the time of Moses using only the latest state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion. Starring Christian Bale as Moses, this all-audience epic adventure is the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of a powerful empire. In the movie, Scott recreates the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (portrayed by Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey out of Egypt and its terrifying prophecies of the deadly plagues.



Bringing one of the oldest story known to man, Scott brings to the fore the grandest film ever created on screen, the film also stars Sigourney Ben Kingsley, Aaron Paul, Indira Varma and John Turturro. Producing with Scott are Peter Chernin, Mark Huffam, Michael Schaefer, Jenno Topping and Adam Somner - waited for the right technology to be available to represent the epic story for today’s movie audience. With today’s 3D and visual effects breakthroughs, audiences will experience this story and time period in ways never possible before.

Aaron Paul was fresh from his triumph on the critically lauded TV show “Breaking Bad” when Ridley Scott came calling to ask if was interested in joining a stellar cast for the director’s epic adventure, “Exodus: Gods & Kings.” Paul plays Joshua a former slave who joins Moses – played by Christian Bale – as he leads the Israelites out of enslavement in Egypt to freedom. Exodus: Gods & Kings was filmed at Pinewood Studios in London and on location in Almeria, Spain and on Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, where some of the key scenes, including the parting of the Red Sea, were created..



“It didn’t take long for me to say ‘yes, please..’” Paul laughs. “I think it must have taken about a second…” Paul reveals that he didn’t actually meet Scott until his first day on set in Spain but embraced the chance to work with one of the best filmmakers in the business. He wasn’t disappointed. “It’s been an incredible, wild ride every single day. You can see from the scenes that we are shooting today that it’s epic and it’s been like that every single day,” he said during a break in filming on Fuerteventura.

Paul further enthuses on working with Scott, “And Ridley comes to set every day with a smile on his face and he is just so calm – I would be panicked the entire time if I was in charge of a huge production like this – but he just knows what he is doing with every single shot. It’s been awesome.”



On meeting the character of Moses, Paul shares that the first time he sees Moses is actually that scene when his character is being whipped and Moses rides by and sees what’s happening. “Moses is a general and with Ramses at that point. Joshua tends to stay away from those types of people because it’s not appropriate to approach them or talk to them or even make eye contact with them. You just kind of keep your world separate,” relates Paul on one of the most unforgettable scenes in the movie.

The movie event of the year is about to happen when “Exodus: Gods and Kings” opens in Philippine cinemas December 5 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

“Exodus: Gods and Kings” trailer below

Thursday, November 13, 2014

HATCHING TOP-NOTCH SPIES IN “PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR”


Get ready for a thrilling rollercoaster ride with the world-renowned spy penguins – Skipper, Rico, Kowalski and Private in “Penguins of Madagascar.” The Penguins’ transition from beloved supporting characters in “Madagascar” to headlining their own big screen epic was a no-brainer, thanks to their memorable traits.

“What drives the Penguins in all the films are their distinct and strong personalities,” says director Eric Darnell. Adds director Simon J. Smith: “They’re like a band of brothers who above all value their friendship, moral code and love for one another.” Most importantly, the Penguins really bring the funny. “The most exciting thing about the project was to experience the story’s and characters’ humor,” says producer Mark Swift. “They’re so appealing because they are so hilarious.”

There’s Skipper, voiced by Tom McGrath, who created the characters for the blockbuster animated feature “Madagascar,” which he helmed, along with Darnell. McGrath’s Skipper is the team’s fearless leader and keeper of the Penguin code. He demands loyalty, obedience and order from his regimented flock, and asks nothing of his men that he wouldn’t do himself. His right-flipper man, Kowalski, voiced by DreamWorks animator Chris Miller, is the brains of the operation, and the go-to guy when the Penguins need a quick, life-saving fix. 

The third member of the team, Rico, is “voiced” by DreamWorks Animation artist and Madagascar 3 director Conrad Vernon. Rico lives to blow things up. When he’s kept on a tight leash, Rico is an effective weapon, but left to his own devices is a loose cannon. Finally, there’s Private, voiced by DreamWorks Animation editor Christopher Knights; although he is the runt of the team, Private has the biggest heart of them all. Private is always up for new challenges, but because the group still sees him as the “baby,” he’s often sidelined during their missions.

Each of the Penguins makes a memorable impression, and collectively, they’re a force to be reckoned with. “The sum of the Penguins is greater than the parts,” says Darnell. “The guys work incredibly well as a group – far better than they would as individuals. They’re like four parts of a complete brain: You’ve got Skipper’s leadership, Private’s heart, Kowalski’s smarts, and Rico’s courage. So the four of them make this whole, and that makes them a lot of fun.”

In fact, the Penguins are very much in the tradition of great movie teams, notes McGrath, like The A-Team, The Dirty Dozen, “Star Trek’s” Kirk and Spock, and even The Marx Brothers. “They’re these huge personalities in a tiny package,” he says. “And like many great screen teams, the Penguins are taken out of their comfort zone. They embark on a globetrotting adventure, where they meet characters who really make the Penguins step up their game.”

Their inextricable bonds and unforgettable antics are on full display when we discover the origins of the Penguins in the film’s opening sequences, set in Antarctica’s icy wasteland. Right off the bat, we’re aware that these are not your typical penguins. Skipper, Kowalski and Rico are marching to the beat of a different drummer, avoiding the documentary-film tropes of penguins waddling across the icy tundra and triggering audience exclamations of “aren’t they cute!” 

A DreamWorks Animation feature presentation, “Penguins of Madagascar” opens November 26 in 2D, 3D and IMAx format from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

THIS YEAR’S CINEMALAYA BEST ACTOR DANTE RIVERO IN “1ST KO SI 3RD” EXCLUSIVE AT AYALA MALLS CINEMAS



After four decades, Cory (Nova Villa) and Third (Freddie Webb) cross paths again that will change the entire course of their twilight years. Married to Alejandro (Dante Rivero), Cory initially avoids rekindling the past but the inevitable happens and finally finds herself loving each moment when their first date is finally realized. Revolving around Cory, a recently retired government employee, the seductive idea of rekindling her first love has posed a challenging proposition for Cory.

Dante Rivero, on the other hand, plays Alejandro, a very touching portrayal of a man in his 60’s seeking to come to terms with his wife’s attempts to rekindle a romance with an old flame out of marriage’s monotony. “ 1st Ko Si 3rd” won Best Actor Award for Dante Rivero’s performance in the film and was one of the box office top grossers in this year’s Cinemalaya Film Festival.


Director Real Florido recalls, “The 11th month of the year has three reasons to be a big season for 1st Ko Si 3rd and its filmmakers as it competes in two international film festivals and opens for nationwide theatrical run. First, the film hits the cinemas on the 12th of November through an exclusive partnership with Ayala Malls Cinemas in 10 different locations: Trinoma, Glorietta 4, Market! Market!, Alabang Town Center, Fairview Terraces, Marquee Mall Angeles City Pampanga, Harbor Point Olongapo City, Ayala Center Cebu, Centrio Cagayan De Oro, and Abreeza Davao. Second reason is that the film’s international premiere will happen in the USA as it becomes an official selection to the Hawaii International Film Festival 2014. Third, the film is also part of the Circle Competition of the 2nd QCinema International Film Festival set to open on the first week of November in Quezon City.”

Exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide on November 12, log on to www.sureseats.com for online ticket purchase and schedule of “1st Ko si 3rd.”