Thursday, August 25, 2016

CURSE OF MYSTERIOUS VIDEOTAPE CONTINUES IN “RINGS” TRAILER



Paramount Pictures has unveiled the first trailer for the thriller “Rings,” a new chapter in the beloved RING horror franchise. Watch the trailer HERE.

In the film, a young woman (Matilda Lutz) becomes worried about her boyfriend (Alex Roe) when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…

Directed by F. Javier Gutierrez (“Before the Fall”), “Rings” stars Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden and Bonnie Morgan.

Opening across the Philippines on November 9th, “Rings” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. (PR)


VIRAL NEED-A-DATE AD TURNED MOVIE IN “MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES”


Based on the real story of brothers Mike and Dave Stangle, who posted the following ad on Craigslist stating their need for wedding dates for their cousin’s wedding: TWO MEN NEED WEDDING DATES : My brother and I are looking for wedding dates. We've been told by the bride that bringing dates is "mandatory" so we "won't harass all of my friends all night" and "stay under control.” Rather than ask some fringe women in our lives to go and face the inevitable 'does this mean he wants to take it to the next level!?' questions, we'd rather bring complete strangers and just figure it out. Still reading? In anticipation of your questions we've developed an FAQ section below.

The ad became a viral phenomenon in hours, and the story soon spread from the internet to media outlets the world over. It also displayed a remarkable prescience; the boys estimated an 85% chance of their story becoming a movie, though they said, “we refuse the right to let Ashton Kutcher play either one of us.”

Well, as luck would have it, their story is now a movie – “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” and there isn’t a Kutcher in sight. In the movie, the titular Mike (Adam DeVine) and Dave (Zac Efron) are also brothers, warned by their family to smarten-up their hard-partying ways before their sister’s wedding, and to bring two respectable girls as dates. But the girls they end up choosing, played by Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza, aren’t quite as wholesome as they expect. And as the real Stangles explain, some artistic license has been taken to turn the film into this year’s hottest R-rated comedy.

The core of the film’s comedy and much of its heart is the brotherly bond between the two guys. “Mike and Dave are close,” states director Jake Szymanski. “They’ve grown up together, still live together, work together, party together, and ultimately learn some lessons together.”

“Mike and Dave adore their sister,” confirms Efron. “Their mantra is: ‘We’re doin’ it for Jeanie! Everything we do is for Jeanie!’ They protect and love her and have put her on a pedestal. She forgives them for all the mischief they do.”

To make this wedding go smoothly for Jeanie, Mike and Dave are told they must bring dates to the nuptials. “So, Mike and Dave come up with a ‘foolproof’ plan to find respectable dates,” says Devine. “They troll for them on Craigslist—where they can also find lawnmowers and stuff.”

While the filmmakers strove to capture specific aspects of the siblings’ personalities, the physical differences between the real and reel Stangles were striking. “I want to say that Mike and Dave are around 11 feet tall,” Devine notes. “They made me and Zac Efron [who plays Dave] feel like little elf people.”

And what did (real) Mike and Dave make of this whole “Hollywood” experience? “They got guys to play us who are not as good looking as us, or as tall, but they are better actors,” says Dave. “I’ll give them that. And Stephen Root, who plays our dad, seems to like us more than our real dad.”

This year’s hottest R-18 comedy date movie – “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” will open in cinemas nationwide on September 14 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. (PR)


"AVATAR'S" STEPHEN LANG TERRIFIES AS THE BLIND MAN IN “DON'T BREATHE”



Best known for his iconic role as Colonel Miles Quaritch in James Cameron's “Avatar,” Stephen Lang now stars as the unnamed Blind Man in Columbia Pictures' critically acclaimed horror-thriller “Don't Breathe.”

In the film, a trio of friends – Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex (Dylan Minnette) and Money (Daniel Zovatto) – breaks into the house of a blind recluse confident of an easy score only to find themselves in a terrifying life-or-death struggle.

The trio’s adversary, known only as the Blind Man, is a military veteran who lost his sight when he was wounded during the first Gulf War. His wife died shortly after his return to the States and his only child was run down by a careless driver. Since then, he’s become a recluse, the only resident left on his deserted street.

“This all started with the Blind Man,” says director Fede Alvarez (“Evil Dead”). “He’s an unusual character. Movies often portray people with handicaps as noble or saintly. We took this guy in a completely different direction. He is very resourceful and a total badass. He’s the last man standing in a derelict neighborhood.”

Once they break into the heavily secured home, Rocky, Alex and Money attempt to navigate its multi-storied interior soundlessly. But the Blind Man is soon startled awake, snapping into self-defense mode. The trio quickly find themselves trapped in a nightmarish game of cat and mouse that seems impossible to escape.

“The character makes up for his blindness with his other senses,” says producer Mathew Hart. “His abilities are definitely beyond what a normal person can do. It creates unique, thrilling circumstances within the story.”

As the Blind Man, veteran actor Stephen Lang leverages his intimidating physicality and barely contained energy in a powerful and terrifying performance. Lang sees his character as a sort of urban legend — partly truth and partly fiction. “Much of what people say about him is based in fact, but it’s not the whole story,” says the actor. “He did get a large settlement. The situation does seem tailor-made for these three young people. Everybody else in this neighborhood is gone. It should be easy to break in and steal the money. As it turns out, though, the house is not easy to get into and it’s really tough to get out of.”

The Blind Man is not the helpless victim they envisioned, to put it mildly. Within his home he has created a world in which he has every advantage. “He’s frighteningly capable,” explains Lang. “He can more than survive — he is master of this universe. You sympathize with him wanting to defend his territory, even when you discover an unexpected wrinkle. Once you

create empathy with a character, it’s hard to take it back. The audience has discovered his humanity before they learn his horrifying secret. To me, that’s just flat out smart writing.”

“Had life treated this character a little bit differently,” says executive producer Erin Westerman, “he might have been a family man running a suburban hardware store. Instead, he has had to deal with some devastating curve balls. The audience knows Stephen from `Avatar' and will recognize him as a warrior. Even though he’s blind, he’s going to try and overcome anyone who comes into his space. In the end, what Rocky wants and what the Blind Man wants are in direct conflict with one another, and they can’t both win.”

Lang says he found the film’s moral ambiguity intriguing. “The character is undeniably a victim,” the actor says. “But it’s much more complicated than that. He struck me as a wonderful combination of real strength and absolute vulnerability. For an actor and a director to be able to explore that tension is fascinating.”

Lang, a former co-director of the prestigious Actor’s Studio, both impressed and unsettled his co-stars with his total commitment to the role. “Stephen is an old-school actor,” says Zovatto. “He’s been doing this for many years. His preparation and the way he enters a scene blew me away. He’s so into his craft.”

Levy agrees and adds, “Stephen is a very intimidating guy. I was actually a little scared when we first started working together!”

Opening across the Philippines in August 31, “Don't Breathe” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. (PR)


KATE MARA’S LATEST MISSION IN “MORGAN”



From her rescue mission in “The Martian,” Kate Mara stars anew in the upcoming action thriller “Morgan” where her latest mission brings her to a remote, top-secret location where she is to investigate and evaluate a terrifying accident.

When “Morgan” (played by Anya Taylor-Joy) suddenly attacks one of her handlers, the corporation overseeing and funding the project calls in a special “risk management consultant,” Lee Weathers, to investigate. Kate Mara, who had just come off a starring turn in Ridley Scott’s blockbuster, Oscar-nominated “The Martian,” portrays Lee. “My character is hired to visit the facility and assess Morgan’s viability and whether it presents a continuing risk,” Mara explains. In short, Lee holds the power of life or death over the subject of her investigation.

The other scientists and staff at the facility soon come to understand that Lee, despite her position as a kind of corporate crisis manager—a “suit”—is someone not to be taken lightly, and holds more than a few surprises of her own in dealing with an escalating threat. “Lee is very determined, very skilled, and very well-trained,” adds Mara.

Mara was further attracted to the story’s human elements, as well as to its different facets. “There’s definitely drama there, as well as a lot of thrills, action, and sometimes horror. But most of all, it’s about what it means to be human. I like that it’s so layered.”

One of the more daunting challenges for both Mara and Taylor-Joy was the brutal fights waged between their two characters. Designed and choreographed by stunt coordinator Paul Herbert and his team, the battles royale are among the film’s centerpieces, revealing unexpected facets of what appeared to be a trouble-shooting corporate “suit” and an innocent-looking “experiment” gone wrong.

“Kate and Anya were really impressive,” says director Luke Scott. “For those fight scenes, they turned themselves into action heroes.”

An Emmy-award nominee for her role in David Fincher’s television series “House of Cards,” Kate Mara’s impressive film credits include her feature film debut in “Random Hearts” for director Sydney Pollack and was soon followed by “Brokeback Mountain” for director Ang Lee, “Transsiberian” with Ben Kingsley and Woody Harrelson for director Brad Anderson, “We Are Marshall” with Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox for director McG, “Shooter” with Mark Wahlberg for director Antoine Fuqua; and Stone of Destiny with Charlie Cox for director Charles Martin Smith.

Mara also appeared in the Academy Award nominated film “127 Hours” with James Franco and Amber Tamblyn for director Danny Boyle. She co-starred in “Transcendence” alongside Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall and Morgan Freeman. Her latest works in recent years include “Fantastic Four,” “Captive” and the award-winning “The Martian.”

“Morgan” will open this September 7 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. (PR)


“INFERNO” VIGNETTE HIGHLIGHTS THE GREAT DANTE


Celebrate the great mind of DANTE in a special vignette released by Columbia Pictures in connection with the upcoming action-thriller “Inferno” – the third film in the studio's Robert Langdon series (“The Da Vinci Code,” “Angels & Demons”), which has taken in more than $1.2 billion worldwide to date.

Watch the featurette.

“Dante basically invented hell as we understand it,” says director Ron Howard.

Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, “Inferno,” which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

Howard adds, “Langdon’s hallucinating mind is tormented by a man obsessed with Dante. He’s forced to pick up the pieces and make sense of this clue path that’s been laid before him.”

Opening across the Philippines in October 28, “Inferno” is distributed by Columbia Pictures in the Philippines, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. (PR)


“STORKS” CELEBRATES ANIMAL CHARACTERS WITH SOLO POSTERS


Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled the individual posters of the animal characters in its new animated comedy adventure “Storks.” Check out the one-sheets below and watch the film when it opens in Philippine cinemas on Sept. 22.
In the film, storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for global internet retail giant Cornerstore.com. Junior (Andy Samberg), the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when the Baby Factory is accidentally activated on his watch, producing an adorable – and wholly unauthorized – baby girl.
Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop, in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.
Getting their own posters are the following animal characters:
Junior (voice by Andy Samberg), a hard-working stork (pictured with the Baby) who's in line to become the next boss of Cornerstore. All he has to do is get rid of Tulip — but he may not have the heart to fire her.
Hunter (voice by Kelsey Grammer) is the boss of Stork Mountain and the closest thing the movie has to a bad guy. "He's all about business," says co-director Nicholas Stoller, and Junior looks up to him.
The Wolfpack (voice by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele) is composed of about 100 wolves, who first want to eat the Baby but then fall in love and decide to raise the infant as their own. The wolves are inspired by John Goodman and William Forsythe's characters in “Raising Arizona.”
Jasper (voice by Danny Trejo) is the stork who accidentally destroyed Tulip's delivery map years ago and thinks of her as his baby (even though she's now 18).
Pigeon Toady (voice by Stephen Glickman) is a little bit of a villain, a little bit of a tragic character, but mostly comedic fodder.
“Storks” stars Andy Samberg (“Hotel Transylvania”), Kelsey Grammer (“Toy Story 2,” “The Simpsons”), Katie Crown (Cartoon Network’s “Clarence”), Keegan-Michael Key (“The Angry Birds Movie”), Jordan Peele (“Key & Peele”), Jennifer Aniston (“We’re the Millers”), Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”), and Danny Trejo (“The Book of Life”).
The film is directed by Nicholas Stoller (“Neighbors,” BAFTA nominee for “Muppets Most Wanted”) and Doug Sweetland (supervising animator on “Cars,” Oscar-nominated director of the animated short “Presto”), from a screenplay written by Stoller.
“Storks” is produced by Brad Lewis (“Ratatouille”) and Nicholas Stoller. The executive producers are Glenn Ficarra, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, John Requa and Jared Stern.
“Storks” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. (PR)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

FOOD DISCOVERS TRUTH ABOUT EXISTENCE IN NEW “SAUSAGE PARTY” TRAILER


Columbia Pictures has just released the new trailer of the eagerly anticipated animated comedy “Sausage Party” which may be viewed at HERE.

“Sausage Party,” the first R-rated CG animated movie, is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store. The film features the vocal talents of a who’s who of today’s comedy stars – Michael Cera, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Jonah Hill, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Danny McBride, Edward Norton, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, and Kristen Wiig.

Columbia Pictures and Annapurna Pictures present a Point Grey production, Sausage Party. Directed by Conrad Vernon & Greg Tiernan. Screenplay by Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg. Story by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Jonah Hill. Produced by Megan Ellison, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Conrad Vernon. Executive Producers are Jonah Hill, James Weaver, Ariel Shaffir, Kyle Hunter, and David Distenfeld. Co-Producers are Pilar Flynn, Alexandria McAtee, and Jillian Longnecker. Visual Effects Supervisor is Bert Van Brande. Editor is Kevin Pavlovic. Music by Alan Menken & Christopher Lennertz. Music Supervisor is Gabe Hilfer.

Opening soon across the Philippines, “Sausage Party” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. (PR)


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