Friday, January 20, 2017
20th Century Fox has just released Trailer #2 of the most anticipated movie this year “Logan The Wolverine” featuring a thrilling series of action-packed scenes and intense moments introducing a young mutant girl, Laura (played by Dafne Keen), who possesses the same powerful claw and strength like The Wolverine. Laura, as seen in the trailer is being protected by Logan (Hugh Jackman) and Professor X (Patrick Stewart) from groups of armed men wanting to take her.
Directed by James Mangold, “Logan The Wolverine” will open in Philippine cinemas nationwide on March 1 (Wednesday) from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Celine Dion to Perform Original Song "How Does a Moment Last Forever" for Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"
New Soundtrack Art Now Available for download: HERE.
BURBANK, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2017) – Five-time GRAMMY® winning and best-selling recording artist Celine Dion will perform an all-new original song, “How Does A Moment Last Forever,” for Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast.” The song will also be included on the film’s soundtrack.
Written by eight-time Oscar®-winning composer Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin”) and veteran lyricist and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (“The Lion King,” “Evita”), “How Does A Moment Last Forever” is an emotional ballad about holding onto life’s precious moments. Portions of the song are performed throughout the film and interpolated into the underscore before Dion’s full-length version debuts in the film’s custom main-on-end title design.
Says Dion, “Being a part of the original ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was such a magical experience in my life, and I'm truly honored to be a part of this film again.”
President of Music for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Production, Mitchell Leib, approached the artist on behalf of the project with the idea of recording one of the three new songs written for the film. “Celine was the unanimous choice of the filmmakers and studio to perform this song,” says Leib, “And everyone involved with the film is thrilled she agreed to be part of this new live-action adaptation.”
Dion originally performed the duet “Beauty and the Beast” – featuring Menken’s haunting melody and two-time Oscar-winner Howard Ashman’s unforgettable lyrics – with Peabo Bryson for the animated film. The song became an instant classic and went on to receive an Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and three GRAMMY Awards.
Menken also provides the film score along with new recordings of the classic songs from the animated film written by himself and Ashman. The original motion picture soundtrack will be released by Walt Disney Records on .
About the film:
The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Directed by Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film “Beauty and the Beast,” the screenplay is written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos and produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman, p.g.a. and Todd Lieberman, p.g.a. with Jeffrey Silver, Thomas Schumacher and Don Hahn serving as executive producers. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in Philippine cinemas on .
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Taking a break from saving Gotham City from crazy baddies, Batman does a sitdown interview to promote his upcoming adventure comedy The LEGO Batman Movie from Warner Animation Group.
A night-stalking, crime-fighting vigilante and heavy metal rapping machine. Super Hero. Master Builder. Batman is all this and much more. He also always works alone.
Question: So, you’re the number one Super Hero in Gotham City?
Batman: I am. And the number one billionaire, and number one celebrity, and number one most eligible bachelor, and number one ab model, and number one humble-bragger.
Q: That’s very impressive. And who would you say is your number one bad guy?
Batman: Nobody. I fight lots of criminals, but no one who stands out to me in any way. Especially not someone who wears garish clown makeup, a cheap purple suit, and is totally obsessed with me.
Q: It sounds like you’re describing The Joker.
Batman: The what now? I’m not familiar with anyone by that name.
Q: What about your sidekicks? Describe your working relationships with Barbara Gordon and Robin.
Batman: They’re less ‘sidekicks’ and more ‘people who idolize Batman and are always telling me how awesome I am.’ And I respect that about them. They’re two of the best in the biz.
Q: But don’t you ever need help being a Super Hero and defending Gotham City?
Batman: Absolutely. Someone’s got to be there to have my protein smoothie and Lobster Thermidor ready when I get home from a hard night defending Gotham City against crime and chaos. That’s usually Alfred. And I need someone to do my laundry and dust all my super cool vehicles and tech. Again, that’s Alfred’s territory. But other than that, no. Batman works alone. That’s my motto! TM.
Q: We love your new Batmobile. Any chance you can take us for a ride?
Batman: Sure! Except there’s only one seat. And it’s specially designed to fit my exact dimensions and body contours. And I don’t want anyone messing with my radio presets. And Alfred just washed it. So, actually, no.
Q: You’ve been fighting crime for 78 years now, right? How do you stay so fit and young-looking?
Batman: First of all, thanks for noticing. *wink* And, second, I take care of myself. It’s a simple daily routine of thousands upon thousands of push-ups, a physically grueling core workout – that’s how I maintain this shredded 9-pack, thank you. Plus, I always make sure to get at least 15 minutes of sleep every afternoon.
Q: We’ve heard Gotham is getting a new police commissioner, Barbara Gordon. How do you plan on working together with her?
Batman: I’m sorry, what was that? Wooorrr-kkkingg to-gethhhh-er…? I’m not familiar with that phrase. You’ll have to explain it to me.
Q: It means being a part of a team. Relying on other people to help you accomplish a common goal.
Batman: Ohhhhhhh, I get it now. Sure-sure-sure. Yeah …. no, I won’t be doing that, with anyone, at any point, ever. Did you forget what my motto is?
Q: ‘Batman works alone’?
Batman: TM. Copyright Batman.
Opening across the Philippines on , The LEGO Batman Movie is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. (PR)
In 2002, then emerging actor Vin Diesel starred in the action-thriller xXx which became a blockbuster, grossing over $350M worldwide. Diesel played Xander Cage, the first recruit to the ultra-secret xXx spy program, alongside Samuel L. Jackson as Gibbons, the program’s leader. Now, Diesel breathes new life into the franchise with xXx: Return of Xander Cage -- a project fans have been demanding for nearly a decade.
For the action superstar, it was a nothing short of a homecoming. “There’s a need to re-visit this type of hero archetype,” says Diesel. “Xander is, in some ways, the reluctant hero, the anti-hero. It’s something that I’ve always felt like I owned. I always felt like, sooner or later, I’ll have to return to this character and right the wrongs of the past,” he says.
The xXx concept has always been and still is, about one bad-ass hero, able to handle everything in his way with a charm and humor no other secret agent has ever possessed. “We were very conscious of the status quo of spy films at the time of the first xXx. We had all the log lines that said, ‘It’s not your daddy’s secret agent’ or ‘a new breed of secret agent,’” Diesel says. “The shaping of xXx at its time, was that the heroes were white males who have a military background and they weren’t necessarily representative of the global audience. All of a sudden along came Xander Cage, who was anti-establishment and looked nothing like James Bond or Jason Bourne. He really was something wholly new and fresh,” says Diesel.
While the world has changed dramatically since the first film, undertones present in the original xXx, from the post 9/11 era, are still relevant today. “Production talks began for the first film pre-9/11,” says Diesel. “After 9/11 we realized that there could be a time or circumstance that would force a seemingly uncaring person to be patriotic. Our film was a call to action was born out of that.” Xander Cage was your rebel with a cause and that theme is echoed in his return.
“Xander is a person that society could write off as unimportant or of no value because of the type of music he listens to and we were saying that any of us could be heroic and patriotic if something feels as unjust as the plot proposed in the first xXx,” says Diesel. The xXx franchise is proving to be even more relevant to today’s market because of what’s going on globally. It’s taken a serious issue – government conspiracy and global destruction – and made it into a fun, save-the-world type of film.
The third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller, xXx: Return of Xander Cage finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments.
Directed by D.J. Caruso (Disturbia), xXx: The Return of Xander Cage is packed with the series’ signature deadpan wit and bad-ass attitude, raising the bar on extreme action with some of the most mind-blowing stunts to ever be caught on film.
Now playing across the Philippines, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. (PR)
American superstar Matt Damon plays William Garin, a battle-scarred mercenary and master archer taken captive by a secret army of elite warriors to confront wave after wave of marauding beasts, in Universal Pictures’ new epic, fantasy adventure The Great Wall from director Zhang Yimou.
Once he saw the creative leader behind The Great Wall, it wasn’t difficult to get Damon aboard. “Zhang Yimou is one of the greatest filmmakers on the planet,” raves the actor. “He paints on this spectacularly large canvas, and does it in a way like nobody else. The way he uses colors, the sweeping scale of what he does. You can look at a Zhang Yimou movie without putting his name on it, and (you) would immediately know that it’s one of his. I’ve wanted to work with him for a long time and I finally got that chance.”
Damon describes the story as “historical fantasy. It’s similar to the way Game of Thrones feels like it takes place in the Middle Ages. Even though we know there weren’t White Walkers or dragons. Likewise, ours is not quite The Great Wall that exists today.
“We begin our story with a group of mercenaries who are being pursued by nomads in Northern China around 1100 A.D.,” Damon elaborates. “It centers around this idea that The Great Wall was erected to defend Northern China from this onslaught of mythical Chinese monsters called Tao Tei that rise up every 60 years and attack with absolute ferocity. They’re unlike anything we’ve ever seen in the west. They look like some incredible cross between a dragon, a griffin and a bear. The most fearsome things you’ve ever seen. And they attack in hordes to destroy anything in their path.”
“In order to combat them, the Chinese have assembled this group of warriors that are raised from birth to do nothing but defend Northern China, defend The Great Wall, against these beasts,” he continues. “So, our story begins with these two mercenaries stumbling into The Great Wall. We’re being chased by brigands and we get taken in, captured, by The Nameless Order on the eve of the Tao Tei’s 31st rise.”
“We stumble into this incredible scene of this advanced society who’ve invented gunpowder,” Damon details about the plot without revealing any spoilers. “And, we’ve heard about gunpowder, so we’re going to try and steal it. Suddenly, we arrive and we see this incredible army that is extraordinarily disciplined and fights in a way we’ve never seen. And, we get swept up in the defense of The Wall.”
In reflecting on his experiences, Damon states: “Zhang Yimou’s understanding of spectacle is insane. It’s a classic Saturday-night popcorn movie, but one that plays to all cultures. That was the goal, for us to come together in this international group in China and make a fantastical battle picture, with the fate of the human race hanging in the balance. We were all excited to be there in China. And, everyone was there because of Zhang Yimou. We all felt lucky to be part of one of his visions.”
Opening across the Philippines on January 25, “The Great Wall is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. (PR)
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
For his latest trick, Oscar Best Actor winner Leonardo DiCaprio turns his attention behind the camera as he produces Ben Affleck's new directorial project, Live by Night under the Appian Way banner.
While Affleck himself had to wear many hats on this film -- he was an actor, writer, director and producer -- he gave credit to his team who made things easier for him. "I had Leonardo DiCaprio to rely on as a producer," the Batman v Superman star said. "I know him pretty well. He's a very good guy. He's a friend of mine and a really smart guy and somebody who really understands a lot about movies."
Leonardo DiCaprio’s production banner, Appian Way, held the rights to Dennis Lehane's bestselling book Live by Night, which Affleck read at the suggestion of DiCaprio’s producing partner, Jennifer Davisson. “Our company is constantly looking for stories about great men—which doesn’t necessarily mean good men, just that they have greatness in them in one way or another—and what they sacrifice for that,” she explains. “One of the things Dennis does so well is dissect the male ego in a really complex and interesting way, and that’s something I think Ben does equally well. We had the property, but when Ben was reading the book, it was clear how much he liked it and that it was right for him. When we read Ben’s beautiful script, the same Lehane sensibility jumped off the page.”
As a lifelong film buff, Affleck posits that the story has all the tropes that made him a fan of the gangster genre in particular: beautiful women, dangerous men, cops, the mob, shootouts, car chases…the whole fiery, combustible mix. “As soon as I read Dennis’s book I knew that there was something there for anyone who just really likes to have a great time at the movies.”
Producer Jennifer Todd agrees. “Ben is attracted to Dennis’s stories, and this one in particular really excited him: the time period, the characters, going from Boston to Florida. It all felt like nothing else we had looked at. Add to that the central character Joe, who is not quite a bad guy and not quite a good guy but caught somewhere in between the two, so he makes his choices, but he feels the consequences. Where does he really belong?”
Live by Night tells the story of Joe Coughlin (Affleck), a WWI vet who’s a self-proclaimed anti-establishment outlaw, despite being the son of the Boston Police Deputy Superintendent. Joe’s not all bad, though; in fact, he’s not really bad enough for the life he’s chosen. Unlike the gangsters he refuses to work for, he has a sense of justice and an open heart, and both work against him, leaving him vulnerable time and again—in business and in love.
Opening across the Philippines on January 18, 2017, Live By Night is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. (PR)
This February, take a ride with a real monster as Paramount Pictures has just unleashed the new trailer for its new comedy adventure Monster Trucks.
Check out the TRAILER and watch Monster Trucks in Philippine cinemas starting February 1st, 2017.
Directed by Ice Age’s Chris Wedge, Monster Trucks stars Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Apocalypse), and Jane Levy (Don't Breathe).
Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.
Melding cutting edge visual effects and state-of-the-art CGI, Monster Trucks is an action filled adventure for the whole family that will keep you on the edge of your seat and ultimately touch your heart.
Monster Trucks is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. (PR)