Sunday, May 17, 2015

THE RIDE AIN'T OVER FOR GUYS OF “ENTOURAGE”



Warner Bros. Pictures' new comedy “Entourage,” the much-anticipated big-screen version of the award-winning hit HBO series, reunites the hit show’s original cast, led by Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven.

In the film, movie star Vincent Chase (Grenier), together with his boys, Eric (Connolly), Turtle (Ferrara) and Johnny (Dillon), are back…and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Piven). Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and often cutthroat world of Hollywood.

Ever cruise Sunset Boulevard in a stretch limousine, and then hit the red carpet at a star-studded movie premiere? Stop by an impromptu party on the beach in Malibu, where the sun always shines and the cocktails flow? Score the best table at the hottest restaurant in town, no reservation required? And all the while, everywhere you go, gorgeous starlets wave as you pass by.

It’s everybody’s fantasy to live the Hollywood dream, but Vince, Eric, Drama, Turtle and Ari Gold really do, and they make it all look so easy. Boy, do the boys of “Entourage” know how to do it up and do it right, how to dream large—and live larger.


To take the guys and their enviable lifestyle of access and excess to the big screen, writer/director/producer Doug Ellin, who created the hit HBO series on which the movie is based, knew that the feature film “Entourage” had to be even bigger—no small feat, considering all the ground they’d covered before. “Although the show was a big show with a lot of locations, I wanted to take it to another level for the movie, so it’s ‘Entourage’ on steroids, with glamorous yachts, planes and houses, and the stakes for everyone higher than ever.”

Despite the TV show’s popularity and its 26 Primetime Emmy Award nominations—including six wins in such categories as acting, directing, writing and outstanding comedy series—Ellin knew he not only had to up the ante, he also needed to reach moviegoers who may not have been series devotees. “The way we structured the film, you do not have to have seen one second of the show to enjoy it,” he conveys. “You’re instantly inside a movie star’s world and hanging out with him and his best friends, having fun, livin’ the dream.”

Rob Weiss, who co-wrote the story with Ellin, was happy to be involved in bringing these guys and their dream lives to moviegoers. “It’s always great working with old friends to bring other old friends back to life.”

Because the filmmakers had made a concerted effort to shoot with viewers’ aspirations in mind, the jump to the big screen felt almost like fulfilling the ultimate fantasy for the wish fulfillment-based concept.

Producer Mark Wahlberg, who served as an executive producer on the series and on whose life the idea for the original “Entourage” was loosely based, recalls, “When the show was on the air, fans couldn’t get enough of it; I’d get asked about it all the time. We’d always planned to make a feature length movie, and we knew in order to do it, it would have to make sense for all the characters. Doug found a way in: it’s the guys being the guys, along with all the great ‘Entourage’-style moments you got from the original, but bigger in every way.”

Opening across the Philippines on June 10, 2015, “Entourage” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

“THE AGE OF ADALINE” FLEXED MUSCLES AMID TOP PERFORMING ACTION MOVIES @ THE BOX-OFFICE


Female-skewed romantic movie “The Age of Adaline” starring Blake Lively made history on its opening day when it pulled in $4.9 and emerged number one at the box-office against “Furious 7’s” three-week reign. Likewise Lively’s ageless starrer managed to muscle its way at number two spot on its second weekend in cinemas which is again ahead of “Furious 7” and behind “Avengers: Age of Ultron” at the domestic (U.S.) box-office.



Holding on to forever in “The Age of Adaline” is what Blake Lively’s titular character is facing in the movie. Born near the turn of the 20th century, Adaline Bowman never dreamed she would live to see the beginning of the 21st, until one seemingly magical moment saves her from death and grants her eternal youth. At the age of 29, Adaline stops aging and experiences life as no human being has before.

This remarkable twist of fate sets her on an unparalleled journey that spans for decades. She has experienced life and love through global transformations of two World Wars and the freewheeling 1960s to the conveniences of present day. Carefully concealing her secret from everyone but her aging daughter, Adaline manages momentous changes with grace, until a past relationship collides with a modern-day chance for love and threatens to expose her extraordinary history.

The producers believe that the meticulous preparation, epic yet intimate scope and impressive performances make The Age of Adaline a movie like no other. “I think that we are in a time in film where originality counts,” says producer Gary Lucchesi. “I don’t think anyone is going to come to our film and say, well, I’ve seen this before. Audiences are hungry for good stories, especially if they pack the kinds of surprises this does. Our director has a unique point of view and he’s created a visually stunning movie. Blake Lively gives the performance of her lifetime. I hope audiences watch this movie and, say, ‘God, that’s a really good movie.’”


A large part of the film’s unique point of view is in its nuanced portrayal of love in all its forms, says Lively. "There are different kinds of love stories within the movie," she continues. "There's the modern and apparent male-female story. There's a more complex love story that rests in Adaline's past and is brought to life again in her present. There's also a deeply touching story of love between mother and daughter. Adaline's life of love is such a beautiful journey."

Although the film visits many time periods, the story is squarely focused in the present. “It’s not a procedural where in the ’20s, this happened and in the ’30s that happened and so on,” says Lucchesi. “It’s a big-idea movie about what it might feel like not to age. Adaline is at an ideal age for her entire life. You would think that that would be the greatest thing in the world—to look the best you will ever look, to be intelligent and fully formed and never age a day. But as Adaline sees her own child mature and grow older, she begins to wish she could have taken that journey as well.”

Lively says the film is unlike any she's ever seen in its exploration of that idea. "It's about love and loss and what they mean if you were able to live forever," adds Lively. "Is that a gift or is it a curse? I walked away from Adaline's story thinking that life happens exactly the way it's supposed to. To live life surrounded by the people you love, to come and go with them, that feels like the perfect order to me."

“The Age of Adaline” opens May 20 in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.

MIRANDA HART: BRIT’S CROWNED QUEEN OF COMEDY TOPS UP LAUGHS AND ACTION IN “SPY”



Miranda Hart, British Comedy Awards’ crowned Queen of Comedy plays along with Hollywood A-listers Jason Statham, Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Allison Janney and Melissa McCarthy in the action comedy “Spy.”

Hart plays Nancy, best friend to Melissa McCarthy’s Susan Cooper, a desk-bound CIA analyst, the brains behind her suave colleague, super spy, Bradley Fine (Law), who is out in the field, engaged in dangerous assignments. When Fine suddenly vanishes, Cooper goes undercover herself. Dressed in various disguises to ensure her anonymity, Agent Cooper quickly proves herself adept at the job, despite formidable challenges.

But Bradley’s attempt to walk a ‘Fine line’ with Susan doesn’t sit well with her best friend and colleague Nancy. Deeply protective, she blames him for stifling Susan’s career advancement and toying with her emotions. “Nancy is an earpiece girl, like Susan,” Hart says. “She’s tacky, geeky, great at her job, but socially quite rubbish. She and Susan are two fish out of water, in the same empty fishbowl. They have a ‘womance,’ you might say.”

Director Paul Feig tailored the part of Nancy specifically for Hart, whom he has admired for years. “I’ve tried to get her in other projects, and it never panned out, so it’s enormously satisfying to finally work with her.”

Topping notes that Feig celebrates unconventional women and Hart fits that bill – if the bill can accommodate her 6’1” stature. Skilled at using her lanky frame and gait to great comedic effect, the British star of her self-titled UK sitcom also appears as ‘Chummy’ in the hit BBC series, “Call the Midwife,” set in the 1950s.

When it appears Susan has breeched the parameters of her mission, Nancy is dispatched by her boss, Elaine Crocker (Janney), to find out what the novice spy is up to. She quickly discovers her BFF has gone full-on rogue. “As a solid ‘rules & regs’ kind of gal, Nancy is both appalled and awed by Susan’s defiance of Elaine’s ‘observe and report only’ directive,” explains Hart. “Nancy is terrified of the world and begins screwing things up for Susan. She makes everything a complete muddle, which is where a lot of the high comedy happens.”

Miranda Hart explains one of her favourite scenes in the movie, “Nancy needs to distract eyes away from the dance floor, so she rushes the stage and tackles 50 Cent. Just plows him over.” Miranda Hart said she appreciated spending two days sprawled all over the “handsome and muscular Mr. Cent.” The numerous bruises on her body afterward attest to the zeal with which Miranda performed the scene. “I mounted him rather aggressively after the tackle, which caused the security guards to manhandle me. We lay on each other for hours of shooting, which made for a somewhat awkward hello the next day.”


50 Cent himself confirms that, on the first take, “Miranda hit me like a linebacker. I was prepared to sort of fake fall when she made contact, but no fakery was required. I found myself on the ground.”

Planeload of action and laughs explode when “Spy” opens in cinemas this May 21 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

STATUS COMPLICATED IN THE ROMANTIC COMEDY “ALOHA”


Directed by Academy Award winner Cameron Crowe (known for the unforgettable “Jerry Maguire” and “Almost Famous” movies), his latest romantic comedy “Aloha” brings together the most charismatic actors onscreen in a compelling and fascinating story about love and the unpredictability of life. 

Set at the backdrop of alluring Hawaii, “Aloha” stars four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper as Brian Gilcrest, a brilliant military contractor, who once worked for the US Space Program, based in Honolulu. More than a decade after leaving the Space Program, he is a celebrated military contractor, working for a wealthy industrialist, Carson Welch (Bill Murray). Gilcrest returns to Hawaii on assignment and falls for Captain Allison Ng, a dynamic Air Force pilot, played by Emma Stone. But he is also reunited with a former girlfriend, Tracy (Rachel McAdams), who is now married with children for whom he still has strong feelings.


Completing the stellar cast are Alec Baldwin as General Dixon, who is constantly yelling … often at Brian Gilcrest, and Danny McBride as Col. Pete “Fingers” Lacy. 

Intrinsically Hawaiian, with breathtaking cinematography, the movie also explores the islands’ rich history, and as always in a Cameron Crowe movie, “Aloha” is infused with great music.

“Aloha” opens in local (Phils.) cinemas nationwide on June 17 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 

INTERFERENCE ON YOUR TV, MOBILE, GADGETS? BEWARE IT MIGHT BE THE“POLTERGEIST”


The latest and more powerful evil ever will be unleashed this June 24 when “Poltergeist” in 3D starts to unfold in cinemas nationwide.

20TH Century Fox and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures present “Poltergeist,” from legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spider-Man,” Evil Dead,” “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”). It contemporizes the 1982 classic about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.


Kenan directs from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Lindsay-Abaire where Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris and Jane Adams star, additionally the cast also includes talented new actors Saxon Sharbino, Catlett and Kennedi Clements who play the children of the afflicted family.

Rockwell and DeWitt play suburban parents Eric and Amy Bowen, Harris portrays Carrigan Burke, a paranormal expert turned reality TV personality, and Adams plays a professor of paranormal psychology. 

“Poltergeist” updates an iconic and ground-breaking brand, creating a classic haunted house tale that plays to our innermost fears. It presents a family like ours, in a house like ours – but one that finds itself caught in an otherworldly trap. 


Shot in 3D for that enhanced edge-of-your-seat suspense, the movie originated with a screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play “Rabbit Hole.” Lindsay-Abaire is known for creating highly engaging characters through sophisticated and layered story lines.

Director Gil Kenan remembers, “When I read David’s script I understood there was a way to bring the “Poltergeist” story to life in a new way, and through it create a modern and terrifying story of an American family under siege.”

Producer Sam Raimi notes that Kenan was the ideal choice to bring the story to life. “Gil has a lot of experience with building suspense and scares, like he did with [his hit animated feature] ‘Monster House.’ That film would present suspenseful scenes – and then it would surprise audiences with an unexpected joke. Sometimes Gil would build suspense, and there’d be a beat where nothing happened, and then he’d present a big scare.



“The art of suspense-building is about timing and delivery and playing upon audiences’ expectations,” Raimi continues. “Gil has become a master at that, and I think POLTERGEIST is really going to keep audiences on edge.”

OSCAR-WINNER BRAD BIRD TAKES AUDIENCES TO “TOMORROWLAND”



He directed the worldwide hit “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol,” the fourth installment of the Tom Cruise-starring franchise, which netted nearly $700 million globally. Before that, he won Oscars® for writing and directing the Academy® Award–winning Pixar Animation Studios films “Ratatouille” and “The Incredibles.” Now, Brad Bird brings to the screen a film inspired by the visionary and pioneering mind of Walt Disney himself – “Tomorrowland.”

“Walt Disney was constantly innovating,” says director Brad Bird in admiration. “He was never afraid to be the first to do something. He was among the very first in animation to introduce sound and color. When he started working on Disneyland everyone thought he was insane. Disney was forever jumping out of planes and then improvising a parachute on the way down. He was excited about things like space travel; all you have to do is look at those specials he did with Ward Kimball in the late fifties to see that Walt was really excited about the idea of progress. He had a massive curiosity and `Tomorrowland' represents that.”

Bird adds, “One of Disney’s quotes was, ‘I don’t make movies to make money; I make money to make movies.’ Was he a perfect guy? No. But when you look at how much he accomplished in his lifetime it’s just staggering. So I view him as an innovator. He had a very proactive and positive view of the future. I like to think that this film is something that he would enjoy.”


“’Tomorrowland’ is a quintessential Disney movie,” says executive producer Jeff Jensen, who is credited with story by with Bird & Damon Lindelof. “ It is steeped in the values of Walt Disney: you’re going to see some amazing special effects and very innovative storytelling. And we’ve tried to remain true to the spirit embodied in places like Tomorrowland and Epcot—places Walt imagined would constantly develop new ideas for the future. Walt and his work was constantly changing, constantly evolving because in his mind the future was never fixed; the future is a project that is never done.”

Lindelof and Jensen wrote a detailed story draft, then Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof went out for lunch and, according to Lindelof, “It turned out that Brad knew quite a bit about Walt Disney and the hook was in. Brad and I started writing together from that point on.”

It is true that writer/director Brad Bird is no stranger to the world of Disney and it isn’t just from working on his previous films. When he was 11, Bird developed an interest in animation and visited the Disney Studios. Over the course of three years he finished a 15-minute animated film that came to the attention of Disney Animation, who offered to assign a mentor—the famous Master Animator Milt Kahl—to the then 14 year old. Bird stayed with a family friend in Los Angeles to take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime offer.


Commenting on the story for “Tomorrowland,” Bird says, “It’s a very untraditional story and the protagonists are atypical. It’s a chance to do to work on a grand scale but do something that hopefully will be very surprising. It embodies both aspects of the future—the scary and the wondrous—both of which are somewhat unknowable, so it’s an interesting ride.”

“Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of non-stop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (George Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Opening across the Philippines on Friday, May 22, “Tomorrowland” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

TOM HARDY REINVENTS THE `ROAD WARRIOR' IN “MAD MAX: FURY ROAD”


British actor Tom Hardy takes on the title role of Max Rockatansky in Warner Bros. Pictures' hard-hitting action-thriller “Mad Max: Fury Road” from legendary director George Miller.

“George essentially invented the post-apocalyptic atmosphere we now see in so many videogames and movies,” says Hardy. “That’s his canvas, and he’s continuing to paint on it with all of the assets he has at his fingertips. To be in this film is to sit with George in his toy box, and his imagination is so fantastic that you’re not really in a movie; you’re in George’s head.”

Max Rockatansky was first introduced in Miller’s original 1979 film “Mad Max,” and the character’s global resonance took even his creator by surprise. “I realized I’d unconsciously tapped into that classic mythological archetype,” he says. “In Japan, they called Max a lone Ronin Samurai. In France, they saw the film as a ‘Western on wheels’ and Max as the lone gunslinger. In Scandinavia, some said Max reminded them of a solitary Viking warrior, wandering the harsh landscape.”


Casting Tom Hardy in the role, Miller knew he’d found an actor who could bring a palpable truth to the mythic figure, noting, “It’s easy to be cautious as an actor, but there are some who are emotional warriors, and that’s Tom. He’s fearless. I was waiting for someone like Tom to come along and knew he would find the soul of Max within himself.”

Miller sensed in Hardy a quicksilver energy that recalled his first encounter with Mel Gibson when he initially cast him as Mad Max three decades ago. “It’s a charisma born out of paradox that makes him so compelling to watch,” the director posits. “Tom can be accessible, yet mysterious; tough, yet vulnerable. There’s tremendous warmth, but also an element of danger.”

Hardy was just six weeks old when the first film was released, but grew up very much aware of the Road Warrior legend. Once he wrapped his mind around the director’s vision, he understood that he wasn’t being asked to revisit the character but to reinvent it. “Mel’s Max is iconic,” Hardy relates. “But when George asked me to play this character, I entered into a collaboration with him to transmute Max for the events in this film. It’s brilliant material and a great honor to play this role.”

Still, Hardy reached out to Gibson to seek his blessing. “We had lunch, and it was good. He handed over the torch.”


Embodied by Hardy, Max Rockatansky emerges as a veteran of some desert war with a skill set that allows him to survive alone, having learned that attachment only leads to sorrow in a hostile world. “Max is somebody who just wants to go home, but there is no home,” Hardy says. “There’s nothing but silence, pain and destruction. He lives in a place where there’s no humanity, yet he still yearns for it. But relationships cost in this world.”

In the film, we find Max contemplating the dead, featureless void of the Plains of Silence, where his battered Interceptor, the last remnant of his old life, has taken him. “He’s seen a tremendous amount of trauma and horror, and everything he cares about is lost,” Hardy notes. “But even though his life, in many ways, is not worth living, there’s an argument to defy death. He’s not ready to die until he metes out a certain amount of justice for everything that has been taken from him.”

Opening across the Philippines in 2D and 3D theaters on Thursday, May 14, “Mad Max: Fury Road” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

ALL OF THE BELLAS REUNITE FOR “PITCH PERFECT 2”


All of the Bellas are back for Universal Pictures' “Pitch Perfect 2” – reprising their roles as the girls who run the a cappella world are Anna Kendrick as Beca, Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy, Brittany Snow as Chloe, Anna Camp as Aubrey, Alexis Knapp as Stacie, Hana Mae Lee as Lilly, Ester Dean as Cynthia Rose, Kelley Jakle as Jessica and Shelley Regner as Ashley.

(Watch the Bellas talk about taking on the a capella world championships at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzuuQBNxKyk).

It’s been three years since the Bellas brought their signature vocals, style and attitude to become the first all-female group to win America's national title. But when they get banned after a scandal that threatens to derail their last year at Barden, the three-time defending champs worry that this time they’ve lost their harmony for good. With just one chance left at redeeming their legacy, the Bellas must fight for their right to win the World Championships of A Cappella in Copenhagen.


Kendrick appreciated that Beca has moved from a wide-eyed freshman to a more polished senior. She agrees with her producers that the singers had to be taken down a peg so they could show us who they truly are—both vocally and personally—and get back up again. Kendrick reflects: “The Bellas have gone a little too far. They went for an original sound by the end of the first movie, and this time around it’s good…but it’s a lot. There’s too much showmanship and sound, so this movie is about them thinking they need to push it even further, when they actually need to strip back down and find themselves again.”

It wouldn’t be “Pitch Perfect” without the one and only Patricia, more affectionately known as Fat Amy. With her signature dry humor, Rebel Wilson discusses just what brought her back for the second chapter: “When I heard about it, I was like, ‘Do I get to have a solo in this one?’ And then I found out I did, so I was totally in. Then I asked, ‘Do I get to have a naked shower scene in this one?’ When they said, ‘Yes,’ I told them, ‘You don’t even have to pay me then. I’ll just do this movie for free.’” Jokes aside, Wilson appreciates that her character has a love story in this chapter. “You get a bit more in-depth with Fat Amy and what she’s going to do when she graduates…as well as how that affects her.”


No stranger to odd shower scenes in a Pitch Perfect film, Brittany Snow returns as Chloe, the seventh-year senior who is having a hard time saying goodbye. The performer shares a bit about where we find her character: “Chloe is so passionate about singing in the Bellas that she’s chosen to stay and intentionally fail a lot of her classes. So she’s even crazier than the first time, and she’s very passionate, which leads to a lot of mayhem because she’s extremely overzealous when it comes to singing. She’s even weirder than before, which is fun for me to play.”

The Bellas’ sultriest member, Stacie, is once again played by Alexis Knapp. The actress muses: “For Stacie, not much has changed, except her hair color. It is three years later, so everyone’s matured, and she’s not as wild…in certain ways.”

Without a doubt, the Bellas’ quirkiest member is Lilly, known for softly uttering non sequiturs at every turn. For her part, Hana Mae Lee has embraced how much joy the character has brought to audiences. She reflects: “I love Lilly. She’s funny and quiet, but she’s never shy. I think a lot of people thought, ‘Oh, she’s cute but weird.’ What I like about her is that the audience still hasn’t figured her out 100 percent, because there are always new things going on with her.”



Ester Dean, who plays the no-nonsense Cynthia Rose, discusses the transformation for all of her fellow thespians: “In Pitch Perfect, we were becoming friends and getting to know each other. We were going through the shock of learning the dances and singing a cappella, and we just did our job as we were working. This time, we are friends acting together. I’ve never felt so connected to them as I do now.”

Rounding out the core cast of graduating senior Bellas are Kelley Jakle and Shelley Regner, who play, respectively, Jessica and Ashley. Both extremely talented vocalists, Jakle was part of the multiple ICCA-winning SoCal VoCals, while Regner is a distinguished, talented performer in her own right, having appeared alongside Jakle at Carnegie Hall, and currently co-starring on the live sketch-comedy show “TMI Hollywood.”

Although one of our favorite Bellas, Aubrey, played by Anna Camp, has graduated, as all the girls know: once a Bella, always a Bella. Now the program director at a corporate boot camp, Aubrey is most definitely her father’s daughter and steps in to whip the Bellas into shape after they’ve lost their way…and their sound.

Now open across the Philippines, “Pitch Perfect 2” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

TERMINATOR GENISYS” CHARACTER POSTERS REVEALED


Paramount Pictures has launched five character one-sheets of “Terminator Genisys” featuring T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger), Sara Connor (Emilia Clarke), Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney), T-1000 (Byung-hun Lee) and T-300 aka John Connor (Jason Clarke).

The studio recently decided to reveal in trailers and teaser posters that John Connor is actually a Terminator, an unexpected plot twist that promises turn the reboot into an intriguing spectacle.


“Terminator Genisys” is directed by Alan Taylor (“Thor: The Dark World”) from a screenplay by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier.

When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…


Opening across the Philippines on July 01, 2015, “Terminator Genisys” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

INSIDIOUS CO-CREATOR NOW DIRECTS “CHAPTER 3"


After penning the scripts for “Insidious” and “Insidious: Chapter 2,” Leigh Whannell takes the reins on “Insidious: Chapter 3” by stepping in for co-creator James Wan and directing the new film.

Producer Oren Peli says, “Leigh understands the world of Insidious so well and also sees all sorts of possibilities for `The Further' and for the characters grappling with it, all of which made him the perfect choice to direct the new chapter.

Producer Jason Blum elaborates, “The people who created a movie make the best sequels – which I don’t talk about with them until after they’ve made the first movie, so that it isn’t compromised – and carry the storytelling forward. When Leigh said, ‘I have an idea for a new movie,’ that was ideal. We wanted to make it as comfortable as possible for Leigh to get to do what he wanted to do in taking the director’s chair, because we all felt he should be the next director for these stories.”

For his part, the new director, Leigh Whannell offers, “It’s a privilege to be part of telling these stories that connect with people all over the world. Here was this fantastic opportunity, to be able to direct a movie that is going to be released in theaters with people having the chance to see it in a communal way. I love watching the `Insidious' movies with audiences, especially when they jump out of their chairs.”


James Wan, who had directed the previous “Insidious” movies from longtime filmmaking partner Whannell’s screenplays, remarks, “I am amazed and proud to see what Leigh has done with `Insidious: Chapter 3.' Leigh understands the nuances that you need to create horror scenes, to create suspense and tension.

“There was no better person to take the reins of the Insidious franchise; I was honored to pass the torch on to my great bud! When I see him directing, even though this was his first feature, he looks like a natural. He’s so comfortable and he has fun doing it.”

“I’ve had a great education,” says Whannell. “This came from sitting behind James and watching him direct, and seeing what he does in the cutting room, with music, with all of it. He is the master of modern horror.


“We both have similar tastes: we like to shoot continuously and not rely on editing or CG effects, working with what’s practical within the camera and within the frame.”

Even so, the writer/director notes that “my style is a little different than James’s, which is important because while I am following the template of the first two movies and Insidious: Chapter 3 certainly exists in the same universe, I knew I wasn’t going to do a carbon copy of what James did. I wanted to continue to build up these stories’ world but not repeat what we’d done before.”

As it happened, production of “Insidious: Chapter 3” overlapped with the making of Wan’s newest movie as director, the big-budget “Fast & Furious 7.” Wan was still able to visit Whannell’s set multiple times – and can be glimpsed on-screen in a cameo role – but more frequently kept up with the project by way of modern communication. “I would text Leigh with scare tips,” remembers Wan. “He would text me back with how to blow up cars [for Furious 7]!

“We were doing what we always do in person anyway – bounce ideas off each other, and help each other out on projects.”

“Insidious: Chapter 3” has been given a Parental Guidance (PG) rating by the MTRCB. This movie contains scenes with several scary and horrifying images, blasting sounds, and themes (a child communicating with the dead, dealing with the supernatural, etc.) that may be disturbing for very young viewers. Parental guidance and discretion is strictly advised.

Opening across the Philippines on June 05, 2015, “Insidious: Chapter 3” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

3RD ROBERT LANGDON MOVIE “INFERNO” STARTS PRODUCTION


CULVER CITY, Calif., May 11, 2015 – Principal photography has commenced on “Inferno,” the new film in Columbia Pictures’ Robert Langdon series, which has taken in more than $1.2 billion worldwide to date. The film is slated for release on October 14, 2016.

In the film, Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks reprises his role as Robert Langdon. He is joined by an international cast of actors, including Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Ben Foster, and Sidse Babett Knudsen. The film is directed by Ron Howard and produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. The screenplay is by David Koepp based on the book by Dan Brown. The project’s executive producers are David Householter, Dan Brown, Anna Culp, and William M. Connor.

“Inferno” continues the Harvard symbologist’s adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s “Inferno.”

Commenting on the announcement, Howard said, “I’m so excited to be starting production on our third Robert Langdon film. Audiences everywhere have shown a tremendous appetite for the Robert Langdon adventures and Inferno has all of the intrigue and action they could want.”

The film will be shot on location in such exotic cities as Florence, Venice, and Budapest.

Howard’s production team includes Director of Photography Salvatore Totino, Production Designer Peter Wenham, Editors Dan Hanley and Tom Elkins, and Costume Designer Julian Day.

“Inferno” is distributed by Columbia Pictures in the Philippines, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

ROSE BYRNE PLAYS COMICAL FRENEMY IN “SPY”


Rose Byrne struts her way into a global chase against a group of undercover agents in “Spy” starring alongside Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham and Jude Law. 

Byrne takes on the role of Rayna, a beautiful and privileged Oxford-educated daughter of a recently deceased arms dealer who becomes frenemies with Susan Cooper, a novice spy who gears up for action after Fine (Law) suddenly goes off the grid during a dangerous assignment. Agent Cooper leaves her dreary desk job behind, entering the world of international espionage in Europe. Soon, Rayna and Susan butt heads when Rayna has come into possession of an unusual inheritance, a small tactical nuclear weapon enough to give the world a total meltdown. 


Rose Byrne says her character is all about status. Rayna wears garish outfits for grand entrances into the finest hotels. Perpetually bored and unimpressed, she lacks a sense of humor and has a brutally direct manner of speaking. “I liken her to royalty, or a member of a corrupt dynasty. She’s posh and talks as if she’s from another era, an effort to compensate for her poor Bulgarian roots.” Despite her coldness, Rayna feels slightly sympathetic and curious about Susan, who reminds her of a “sad Bulgarian clown.”

Of Byrne, who also co-starred with her in “Bridesmaids,” McCarthy says, “I would work with Rose 300 million times. She manages to play a character that’s dastardly yet likeable, which is a tricky thing to pull off. You don’t see the work behind her performance. You just see a remarkable character who turns on a dime.”


While filming and on the run, Rayna’s adventures transitions to a far more luxurious form of air transport, McCarthy and Rose Byrne shoot a flight sequence onboard Rayna’s private jet, which is replete with her unmistakable style – that is to say, gaudy leopard skin upholstery and Versace red and gold wallpaper. Having grown interminably bored in Rome, Rayna is whisking her newfound “sad Bulgarian clown” companion to Budapest for drinks. Chaos breaks out during the flight, and the plane’s occupants find themselves in a nosedive, experiencing the zero gravity effect of weightlessness.

To overcome the challenges of filming this sequence, SFX supervisor Yves De Bono had the plane mounted on a 20-degree gimbal, allowing it to tilt and swivel in any direction. Movement was hydraulically controlled from the ground, and both cast and stunt team were harnessed to cables to simulate floating. Rose Byrne spent time in a swimming pool practicing controlling her physical motions to prepare for the sequence, which required a week to complete.


Director Paul Feig says Byrne’s role as Rayna is his favourite, “Rose is one of the most talented comedic actresses out there and nobody knew for years that she was a comedic actress. She plays Rayna Boyanov, the daughter of a black market arms dealer, a spoiled rich girl who grew up in Bulgaria but went to school in London and has completely got rid of her accent. Now she's got a very posh English accent, composed and classy, but she is swearing all the time and she is so funny.”

“Spy” opens this May 21 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.