Tuesday, November 29, 2016

MEET THE UNLIKELY HEROES OF “ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY”


Get to know the characters of Lucasfilm's “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the first in a new series of Star Wars standalone movies. “Rogue One” tells the story of a group of unlikely heroes, who in a time of conflict band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is an impetuous, defiant young woman who lends her skills to the Rebel Alliance and undertakes a desperate mission. Jones comments on her character, “I wanted Jyn to be as human as possible. She’s strong when she needs to be, she’s incredibly determined and she has to be tough when she doesn’t feel it. But at the same time there is enormous vulnerability.”
Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) is a respected Alliance intelligence officer. Describing his experience making the film, Luna says, “The film has many layers. There are moments that are deep and dramatic and deserve a lot of attention and rigor as actors. Then there are scenes that are just fun and it’s like choreography. You’re enjoying and having fun with the beat.”
Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen) is a blind monk who is a skilled and artful warrior. “Donnie Yen has so much wisdom like his character and he’s got great humor,” says producer Allison Shearmur. “He has a sense of artistry and performance that tells us so much about his character. There’s an elegance, a heroism, a nobility about both Yen and Chirrut.”
Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen) is a pragmatic soldier, who has grown up with Chirrut and will follow his closest friend to the ends of the universe. Of his character, Jiang Wen says, “Ultimately, he’s a good man at heart and very honest and is very loyal to his friend Chirrut. And Chirrut’s friends are his friends.”
Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed) is a cargo pilot who works for the Empire but changes course when faced with a harsh truth. Riz Ahmed says of his character: “Gareth described Bodhi as a guy in a war movie who isn’t supposed to be there. Everyone on the team is a soldier or warrior in some way and there’s this guy who is there by accident but realizes he has to step up and make himself valuable. He’s an everyman, someone audiences can relate to.”
K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) is a reprogrammed Imperial security guard now loyal to the Alliance. “Alan is like all great comic actors in that, as funny as he is, he can pull at your heart strings as well,” offers Gareth Edwards. “We didn’t want K2 just to be the comic relief. There is something slightly tragic about him trying to find his place in the world. There are moments of fun, but Alan gives him a soul.”
Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) is an outlaw rebel, a man who believes that the Empire must be defeated, but at what cost? “Saw is very clear about what he believes,” says Whitaker about his character. “He’s willing to do things he thinks are necessary to save the people.”
Galen Erso (played by Mads Mikkelsen) is Jyn’s father and a brilliant scientist. On becoming part of the Star Wars family, Mikkelsen says, “It’s a big honor to be part of this legendary film universe. Something very interesting to me about Star Wars is that it’s quite human, even though we have Droids and different kinds of creatures that look very different from the human race.”
Director Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) is the man behind the creation of the Death Star, a weapon he knows will allow the Empire to take full control of the galaxy through means of fear.
Opening across the Philippines on December 15, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  (PR)

IMAGINE DRAGONS LAUNCHES NEW SONG “LEVITATE” FOR“PASSENGERS”


Multi-platinum, GRAMMY® Award-winning rock band IMAGINE DRAGONS have released their song Levitate and is available for digital download and streaming via all participating digital retailers.

The song is featured in the upcoming Columbia Pictures film Passengers in Philippine cinemas January 08, 2017.

Watch the official video of Levitate HERE..

From the director of the Oscar Best Picture nominee The Imitation Game and the screenwriter of Prometheus comes Columbia Pictures' action-adventure Passengers starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.

Aurora (Lawrence) and Jim (Pratt) are two passengers onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination. As they try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction... only to be threatened by the imminent collapse of the ship and the discovery of the truth behind why they woke up.

Passengers is directed by Oscar-nominee Morten Tyldum, written by Jon Spaihts, produced by Neal H. Moritz, Stephen Hamel, Michael Maher and Ori Marmur.

The film also stars Michael Sheen (“Underworld” franchise) and Laurence Fishburne (“The Matrix” franchise).

Passengers is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Use the hashtag #Passengers (PR)


Friday, November 25, 2016

REVIEW | Blood Father (2016)



MEL GIBSON in his classic rage returns in French-produced action-thriller “Blood Father.” The 60-year-old veteran gives a terrific, thrilling performance perfect for a comeback.

Gibson plays ex-convict John Link who runs a tattoo parlor in his decrepit trailer in the middle of a California desert. He’s also a recovering alcoholic, with only one close friend nearby, Kirby (William H. Macy), his AA sponsor.

When his estranged daughter Lydia (Erin Moriarty) suddenly shows up...[READ FULL REVIEW]




Special Bonifacio Day Screenings at the FDCP Cinematheques



On November 30, 2016 we celebrate Bonifacio Day in commemoration of the birth of one of our greatest national heroes and the Father of the Philippine Revolution, Andres Bonifacio. Bonifacio was one of the founders and the “Supremo” of the Katipunan, which led the Filipinos in a revolution against Spanish rule.

In honor of our forefather’s holiday, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will be screening a special selection of films at the FDCP Cinematheques. These contemporary works will be harking to Bonifacio’s powerful brand of heroism and inspiring the fighting resolve within us all, with special guests from the films giving us even more reason to revisit our history.

The 29th of November, Tuesday, will be seeing a couple of spirited films that ask just what made Bonifacio the hero that he is? Will Fredo’s Filemon Mamon is the adaptation of the popular children’s book and musical play about a high school hero wanting to win the lead role in the play about Andres Bonifacio, and at the same time win the heart of his crush. His chubbiness and detractors stand against him, but in the process of taking the mantle of his favorite national hero, he learns how to love himself. A family comedy to warm the heart, Filemon Mamon stars young actor Jerome Ignacio in his first feature role, with a bevy of veteran actors and comedians such as Smokey Manaloto, Nanette Inventor, Giselle Sanchez, Rayver Cruz, and Miles Ocampo.

Screening that same eve of Bonifacio day is the historical drama by Enzo Williams, Bonifacio, Ang Unang Pangulo. A portrait of a man just trying to dedicate his life for his country, the film takes the vantage point of young students learning about Bonifacio’s life—from his beginnings as a youth witnessing the extent of Spanish cruelty to his rise and fall as the Supremo of the Katipunan. The riveting action-drama epic stars Robin Padilla as the eponymous hero, as well as Vina Morales, Dennis Padilla, Jasmine Curtis Smith and Jericho Rosales.

A special gift will be presented on the 30th, Bonifacio Day, with the showing of the great Lav Diaz’s Berlinale Alfred Bauer Prize-winning Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis. Blending historical facts, existing fiction, and folklore into his own imaginative retelling of the past, Diaz takes us into the events following the imprisonment of Bonifacio by his own fellow Katipuneros, with his wife Gregoria de Jesus searching for his husband and other subversives making their escape after a failed plan for the revolution.

Sure to instill in audiences a patriotism they may never have recognized before, the screenings of Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis will also be blessed by a Q&A session from the award-winning cast and crew from the film. Cinematheque Baguio will play host to distinguished character actor Ronnie Lazaro, Cinematheque Davao to awarded veteran actor Bernardo Bernardo, and Cinematheque Iloilo to established stage and screen actress Sheenly Vee Gener. Cinematheque Manila will be visited by the film’s many stars—Joel Saracho, Susan Africa, Alessandra de Rossi, Hazel Orencio, and Angel Aquino—as well as Diaz’s filmmaking team, all making for a truly momentous Bonifacio Day.

The Bonifacio Day special screenings will be on the 29th and 30th of November, at Cinematheques Baguio, Davao, Iloilo, and Manila. Filemon Mamon and Bonifacio, Ang Unang Pangulo have a P50 ticket admission for the regional Cinematheques and P100 for Cinematheque Manila, while Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis will have a P200 ticket admission for all Cinematheques, with tickets released on a first-come, first-serve basis. Details and schedule can be found on the FDCP website, fdcp.ph, and Facebook account on @FDCP.ph, as well as the respective Cinematheque social media accounts. (PR)


Enteng Kabisote and The Abangers: Set To Save the World from Digital Menace on November 30


In the tradition of offering family-friendly fare, Vic Sotto and his Dabarkads are back for another blockbuster fantasy-adventure movie based on the well-loved Pinoy pop culture icon! Kids are in for a treat as Bossing reprises his beloved role as Enteng Kabisote in the latest instalment of the movie series titled: “Enteng Kabisote 10 and The Abangers.”

The comedy-adventure movie follows the reluctant hero in his latest fantastical escapade. Through hard work and determination, Enteng Kabisote has used his talent to “butingting everything” to become an ironworks and robotics magnate. Since his last adventure in Engkantasya, he has settled down to becoming a successful businessman, community leader, and a doting grandfather to his cute and bubbly grandchild Benokis, as his son Benok (Oyo Boy Sotto) tackles fatherhood and his duty as a law enforcer. Little does he know that trouble is brewing and he will be called on once again to save the world.

Enteng’s nemesis is Kwak-kwak (played by Epi Quizon), a power-obsessed villain who was booted out from Engkantasya. He has the capability to control minds who has launched a virtual reality game that transmits his mind control to anyone who plays it. The villainous plot is helped along by Bibi, Kwak-kwak’s devoted second-in-command and Bibe, his moronic but useful sibling, along with A1/ALLAN & A2/ALLAINE, the two creators of the viral game app which Kwak-Kwak uses as a channel to spread his psychic powers to control humankind.

To defeat Kwak-kwak and restore order in the real world, Enteng calls upon a team of misfits, who form his Abangers team. They are individuals who have unusual special powers and have been waiting for a long time to put these powers into good use. The Abangers are actually OEWs (overseas engkantasya workers), whose powers Kwak-kwak needs to harness in order to fulfill his nefarious mission.

On his team, Enteng has three inimitable sisters: Nidora (Wally Bayola), a fierce but values-centric granny who possesses an equally fierce loud voice called "The Incredible Voice"; Tinidora (Jose Manalo), who has very quick reflexes and engaging dance moves called "The Flash Dance", and Tidora (Paolo Ballesteros), a flirtatious hot granny who channels her hot flashes to other persons through her stare. They are joined by Remy or “The Mister Iron", a tour guide and family guy who can seemingly flatten any tangible materials, Oring, a spunky female fortune teller in Quiapo who can perfectly predict anyone’s future but only for a span of two minutes, Lucas, a muscled handsome guy from Tondo who possesses incredible strength and a high pitched voice, and Bistika, a standup gay comedian who can perfectly blend himself with his surroundings -- while doing some pakganern splits!

Will Enteng and the Abangers be able to save the world? Moviegoers can find out real soon. The movie is directed by Marlon Rivera and Tony Y. Reyes, and produced by OctoArts Films, M-Zet Productions and APT Entertainment.

“Enteng Kabisote 10 and The Abangers” will open this November 30 in cinemas nationwide.


“TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT” FIRST TRAILER DROPS ON DEC 16




Director Michael Bay has announced that the first trailer for Paramount Pictures' Transformers: The Last Knight, will premiere in theaters on December 16 in front of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Bay took to social media to respond to fans’ questions about when they could expect the first good look at the fifth Transformers film. Watch his reply HERE.

Transformers: The Last Knight stars Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, Anthony Hopkins, Isabela Moner, Stanley Tucci, John Goodman, John Turturro, and Josh Duhamel.

The most recent film in the franchise, 2014's “Transformers: Age of Extinction” grossed $1.1 billion worldwide.

Opening across the Philippines in June 21, 2017, “Transformers: The Last Knight” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. (PR)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

SPOTLIGHT ON “FANTASTIC BEASTS” SCENE-STEALER, DAN FOGLER


Critics have singled him out as the “heart” of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” for his moving and adorable portrayal of Jacob, who is the only one in the four-man principal cast without magical powers. Ironically, this may be the very reason that has endeared American actor Dan Fogler to audiences: his effortless relatability.

“At his core, Jacob is just a simple palooka who just happens into this magical situation, something he’s clearly not used to,” Fogler says of his character. “He’s a baker who has been trying to open his own bakery because he loves making people happy with his cooking. He may not be able to perform magic, but he can make a little pastry that’ll knock your socks off. I felt like I knew the character well because my great-grandfather was a baker, who was known for the best pumpernickel in New York, so it’s in my blood.”

Director David Yates notes, “Jacob is an everyman with a big heart who believes in the best of everyone. He accepts people for who they are. He’s a No-Maj [humans who have no magic] who suddenly finds himself in this remarkable world and embraces the joy of that world for all its differences and idiosyncrasies. And Jacob is one of us, so we get to experience it all from his point of view.”

“Imagine getting caught up in this wizarding universe as someone who has never experienced real magic before,” producer David Heyman suggests. “That sense of wonder is seen and felt by the audience through Jacob.”

Fogler could easily relate to that aspect of his character. “I felt like Jacob entering this world and being in awe of everything,” says the actor who was a Harry Potter fan long before being cast in “Fantastic Beasts.” In fact, he learned he won the role while attending the largest fan gathering on the planet. He recalls, “I was at Comic-Con in San Diego when I got the call from David Yates and David Heyman. They asked me where I was and I said, ‘I’m at Comic-Con,’ and they said, ‘Well, Comic-Con is going to be a lot different for you next year!’ They were both so supportive and excited for me; it was such a warm, happy feeling and that remained for the whole shoot. I will always think of them as the people who came into my life and changed it forever.”

Fogler, who is joined in the lead cast by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol, concludes, “Even though ‘Fantastic Beasts’ is an adventure that runs the gamut of action and humor, and with gigantic sets and effects, they did an amazing job honing in on the relationships and the chemistry between these characters. I think audiences will really see themselves in these people…these quirky misfits who form this little team.”

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is now playing across the Philippines in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX, and is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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