Monday, August 31, 2015

Run or Burn in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials this September 9

The Gladers are now out of the mysterious maze from the first movie adaptation of James Dashner’s highly successful series “The Maze Runner.” In the second adaptation of the most-anticipated sequel of the young adult book of the same title, “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” the Gladers are now out in a ravaged, burned out and broken down world racing through sandstorms, evading flares and battling terrifying creatures known as Cranks.

Director Wes Ball is once again at the helm of the second instalment “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” from which his first adaptation “The Maze Runner” grossed more than $340 million worldwide. While “The Maze Runner” was about escape, “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” is about a journey. Explains director Wes Ball, who returns for the next chapter: “In this film, we learn there is a much bigger world waiting for Thomas and the Gladers, one that’s been ravaged by the sun and a deadly virus. These young people have to find their place in this world and figure out how they can fix it. The Gladers are very valuable to several different groups, and they’re torn between saving the world and their personal freedom.”

“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” picks up where “The Maze Runner” left off, as the Gladers, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), Minho (Ki Hong Lee), Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), Newt (Thomas Brodie Sangster), Frypan (Dexter Darden) and Winston (Alexander Flores) are unloaded from the chopper that flew them away from the maze. The helicopter’s doors fly open and masked soldiers whisk them into an underground bunker. The bunker is run by the duplicitous Janson (Aidan Gillen), who supplies a feast and warm beds, while warning, “The world out there’s in a rather precarious situation. 

Thomas suspects the bunker is run by none other than WCKD (World Catastrophe Killzone Department) and must convince the Gladers they aren’t safe here. Their loyalty to each other is all they can count on. The Gladers mount a breakout, fighting against soldiers armed with electric projectile weaponry. Led by Thomas and Minho (Ki Hong Lee), they grab Teresa from a private surgery room and flee the bunker into a raging sandstorm.

They’re now in the Scorch, a futuristic badlands burnt by solar flares. In this barren wasteland, the Gladers trudge toward the unknown. A guilt-ridden Thomas wonders if he should have led them out of the maze. They survived in the Glade but could die in this area of scorched Earth.

“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” answers many of the questions posed in the first film. The Gladers learn that most of the Earth has been destroyed, and that it was the ruthless scientific government entity known as WCKD that sent the Gladers into the maze as a survival challenge. They discover that some of them are immune to the fatal Flare disease that is ravaging the population. These Immunes hold biological enzymes within their bodies that may help others resist the Flare. ““The Maze Runner” was about claustrophobia and we were always closed in and never saw a horizon. But in this new film we go out into the open world with a giant desert of sand dunes swallowing the whole world basically,” says Ball. 

Producer Wyck Godfrey notes, “This story begins to unravel the mystery of what has happened to the world and how it was ravaged. Our characters find some answers by embarking on a very dangerous journey.”

“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” opens this September 9 nationwide in Philippine cinemas (ahead of its U.S. release, September 18) from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Sunday, August 16, 2015


What if you were given absolute powers with just a wave of your hand? Missions are definitely possible in Simon Pegg’s latest comedy movie “Absolutely Anything” opposite Kate Beckinsale. 

Pegg takes on the role of Neil Clarke, an unassuming teacher from London chosen by a group of cackling aliens who want to destroy Earth. But before they can do that, they have to abide by the Earth must first prove itself worthy to be saved and preserved. At first, Neil doesn’t realize that anything unusual is happening. He is completely oblivious. He doesn’t see the laser beam from outer space that strikes him as he cycles to school. He gets on with his usual daily routine and when chatting with his best friend, Ray (Sanjeev Bhaskar), tells him that he wishes his rowdy class would just disappear.

As a muffled explosion silences the canteen, and chaos ensues, Neil stands aghast at the door to his classroom where he is confronted by a smoking hole in the ground. His class has vanished! Confused, Neil heads home to his flat and his loyal dog, Dennis. They watch TV together as the news channels report on the school blast. Neil can’t believe it could have anything to do with him! Could it? Then, realisation slowly dawns and Neil discovers that he can do anything he wishes, with simply a wave of his hand. But he can’t get the hang of his newfound powers straight away. The first thing he must do is bring his pupils back to life. In doing so, he learns a valuable lesson. He must be specific with his demands and consider his diction very carefully.

Eventually, our hapless hero begins to master his powers although he still finds himself ensconced in a number of extraordinary situations. In desperate need of a friend, Neil turns to his dog, Dennis (voiced by Robin Williams), to whom he grants the power of speech and rational thought. And so Neil stumbles along, making many mistakes along the way – from turning his best mate into a god-on-earth and then into a sausage before transforming himself, temporarily, into the President of the United States.

All the while he is desperately bidding for the heart of the girl of his dreams, Catherine (Kate Beckinsale), who lives downstairs. “My character works in television on a show about books,” Beckinsale explains. “Her boss is played by Joanna Lumley who is a quite fearsome creature, with my character being a bit more idealistic. Catherine lives in the same building as Simon who is supposedly writing a book. Her character and his know each other though not intimately. But then she becomes embroiled in his whole charm.”

“I was also drawn to the fact that it is a really sweet script,” she continues, “a very silly and fun fantasy comedy. But the thing that was most attractive was that anybody would want to work with director Terry Jones. I’m such a massive fan of his and of all the Pythons, and of Simon, too.” 

Finding a spark with Simon Pegg was also an enjoyable exercise. “It is fantastic working with Simon,” Beckinsale says. “He is absolutely as funny and nice and inventive and cool as you would assume that he is. Also, he works really hard and it’s a lovely vibe to be around.”

Now showing in theatres nationwide from Axinite Digicinema, “Absolutely Anything” is a fantastical story of choosing the right words, of working out what a man really wants, and of saving our planet from total destruction.

"Black Mass" Cast Banners Revealed

The impressive ensemble of Warner Bros.' new gangster thriller “Black Mass” gets the star treatment as eight castmembers receive their individual character banners which has just been released by the studio.

The favored eight are Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard, Dakota Johnson and Corey Stoll.

Directed by of Scott Cooper (the Oscar-winning “Crazy Heart”), the film is based on the book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob, about the infamous gangster Whitey Bulger.

In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.

Opening across the Philippines on October 21, “Black Mass” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.