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“THE CONJURING” UNLEASHES SCARIER TRAILER

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As if the previous two trailers of “The Conjuring” weren't scary enough, New Line Cinema has revealed a third trailer that's proven to be creepier. View it HERE.

Based on a true story, “The Conjuring” tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

“The Conjuring” stars Academy Award® nominee Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as the Warrens, and Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor as Roger and Carolyn Perron, residents of the house.

James Wan (“Saw,” “Insidious”) directs from a screenplay by Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes (“The Reaping”).
Opening across the Philippines on August 21, “The Conjuring” is a New Line Cinema production and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. (PR)


CHANNING TATUM, MAN OF IRON WILL IN “WHITE HOUSE DOWN”

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One of today's hottest leading men, Channing Tatum (“G.I Joe: Rise of the Cobra,” “The Vow”) plays John Cale, an ex-soldier and divorced father who’s trying to put his life back on solid footing, in director Roland Emmerich's new action-thriller “White House Down.”

Ex-military, now a Capitol policeman, Cale is a father struggling to bond with his estranged daughter. And as “White House Down” begins, it looks like Cale still hasn’t quite figured it out. “But his heart is good – he’s always wanted to be his daughter’s hero,” says Tatum. “And now that he’s realizing that he can’t be that, due to mistakes he’s made, he thinks, ‘Well, she idolizes the president – if I can’t be her hero, maybe I can help protect the guy who is.’”


In the film, Cale's just been turned down by the Secret Service – despite his heroic career, he has been deemed unqualified to protect the president. But everything will change for him when that same day, on a chance visit to the White House, the unimag…

REVIEW | Monsters University (2013)

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Monsters University takes us back in time to explain how Mike Wazowski, the one-eyed green beach-ball-with-limbs monster, and Sulley, his fluffy blue-and-purple gigantic best friend, met— and how they ended up working for Monsters, Inc.
Pixar delivers a prequel to 2001's Monsters, Inc., calling to mind movies like The Hunger Games, The House Bunny, Pitch Perfect, and other familiar university themed comedies that use fraternities/sororities, nerds, jocks, the cool, and the underdogs as material.


Freshman Mike (Billy Crystal), with his wildly ambitious streak, treats the laid-back Sulley (John Goodman) as his rival in their Scare Program in Monsters University (MU). Mike is textbook smart, while Sulley carries his highly esteemed family name to validate his "natural" talent in scaring. The conflict here is that Mike is just so unscary, but! he's hellbent on proving that he can be seriously scary despite the constant ridicule he gets from his peers— and also from the r…

AN EPIC CAST KEEPS “THE LONE RANGER” COMPANY

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Essentially, fabled Lone Ranger isn't really alone. In Disney/Bruckheimer Films' “The Lone Ranger” – a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor – our famed masked hero is joined by a gallery of beloved characters portrayed by a talented cast. Let's meet them beginning with...

Tonto (Johnny Depp). A wandering Comanche, cast out from his tribe, Tonto rides alone in search of the two men responsible for the ruin of his village until his path fatefully crosses with that of the wounded young lawyer John Reid, whom he transforms into the Lone Ranger.

John Reid (Armie Hammer). When he boards a train home to Colby, Texas, ready to practice law with his East Coast degree, John Reid is a stalwart idealist, firmly opposed to the violent ethics of the frontier, where justice is regularly meted out by gunshot. Little does Reid know that a chance meeting with Comanche warrior Tonto, will set off a series of events that change him into the enigmatic hero, the masked Lone Ranger…

NEW “ELYSIUM” TRAILER REVEALED

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The science-fiction thriller “Elysium” starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster has launched its second trailer which can be viewed HERE.
In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) will stop at nothing to preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium – but that doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in by any means they can. Max (Matt Damon) agrees to take on a life-threatening mission, one that could bring equality to these polarized worlds.
Written and directed by “District 9's” Neill Blomkamp, “Elysium” also stars Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, William Fichtner and Wagner Moura.
“Elysium” will be released in the Philippines on August 21, 2013 by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit www…

“MAN OF STEEL” SOARS TO THE TOP OF PH BOX OFFICE WITH P247-M IN 5 DAYS

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Manila, June 17, 2013 – Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “Man of Steel” has opened to a record-breaking P247-million in the Philippines, marking the all-time biggest June opening ever in the industry.

The announcement was made today by Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. (F.E.), Inc. which distributed the film.
“We’re thrilled at the tremendous response we’ve seen from audiences across the country to Zack Snyder’s exciting new vision of the iconic Super Hero,” said Soliven. “From internet presales to people lining up for theaters, `Man of Steel’ has proven to be the must-see film of the season.”
The new Superman movie shattered the record for highest June opening weekend in history previously held by “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” 2011.
“Man of Steel” also outgrossed 2011’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” to claim the best weekend launch ever for a Warner Bros. title. 
Earlier Wednesday, June 12 the Henry Cavill-starrer established a new re…

BILLY CRYSTAL GIVES VOICE, HUMOR TO MIKE IN “MONSTERS UNIVERSITY”

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Mike Wazowski’s lifelong dream is to become a Scarer at Monsters, Inc.—and he’s sure he knows just how to do it. Comic actor Billy Crystal returns to Pixar’s recording studios, giving voice, humor and a heightened level of emotion to this beloved little green one-eyed monster, in the new comedy adventure “Monsters University.”
In the film, ever since he was a young monster, Mike’s had his eye on Monsters University, home of the monster world’s top Scare Program. Now a freshman and hopeful Scare student, he’s well versed in the rich history, theory and technique required to reach his goal, and he has more confidence, enthusiasm, determination and heart than all of his classmates combined. Then he meets James P. Sullivan—Sulley—and life gets tricky.
“He gets little guy’s disease bad,” says Crystal. “He has a chip on his shoulder when it comes to Sulley—this big handsome monster who’s everything Mike really wants to be.” The problem, of course, is that Sulley fails to nurture his natura…

GLOBAL SMURFS™ DAY RETURNS JUNE 22

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CULVER CITY, Calif., June 10, 2013 – On Saturday, June 22, 2013, in celebration of the birthday of Peyo, the creator of the Smurfs (born June 25, 1928), Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation will once again coordinate events all over the world as part of Global Smurfs Day, a worldwide event in anticipation of the release of The Smurfs™ 2, in theaters in the Philippines August 7, it was announced today by Marc Weinstock, president, Worldwide Marketing for Sony Pictures.

This will be the second celebration of Global Smurfs Day in what is quickly becoming a tradition. In 2011, the round-the-world events included painting one of the famous White Towns of Andalusia blue and setting a new record for Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Smurfs within a 24-hour Period (Multiple Venues).

This year, the studio has lined up an equally impressive program of events, highlighted by a worldwide Smurf Ambassadors initiative, in which over 40 ambassadors from 28 countries will represent Sm…

REVIEW | Man of Steel (2013)

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Zack Snyder took the ambitious role in bringing back to life the iconic and most popular superhero of all time, Superman. What could be more breathlessly exciting than that?

Man of Steel, co-written and co-produced by Christopher Nolan, aims to deliver a Dark Knight feel to it. With a dark, dramatic and realistic, shaky cam treatment, clearly the filmmakers wanted the movie to feel as real as possible…that Superman exists among us. That he’s no fantasy. And we definitely do want that experience— our superhero to be as close to us as possible.

Man of Steel, however, was a major disappointment.

The movie educates us with the origins of Superman, played by the incredibly handsome and sexy Henry Cavill (The Tudors). This is the pre-Daily Planet days, back when Clark Kent was still a lost and powerful good Samaritan trying to discover his identity, pained by his being “different,” and trying to make sense of his existence. Ultimately, of course, Clark finds out the truth about himself, and th…

AngelHack Manila 2013

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MANILA. June 8 and 9, 2013. Inside the Voyager Innovations office, tucked in the second floor of Anson’s Building, in a quiet street along ADB Avenue, history begins to unfold. Ideas are being created. Something important is happening, propelling a series of events that will change the course of our future. 
In the low hum of the air-conditioner, in hushed voices, we see them, mostly the young, gathered in the huge office space, glued to their Macbooks, Acers, tablets, their cluttered workstations replete with energy drinks and Philippine native snacks provided for free, such as turon, banana-Q, and pancit bihon.

Furrowed brows, low chatter, excited yelps, and deep concentration, they are writing codes and programs. They are, what you call, “hackers.” Filipino hackers. And there are many of them in one room, 250 hackers clustered in their own small groups, devising something that we still cannot see. 

These “hackers” are actually Philippine-based web developers, who have joined the …

MAN OF STEEL: THE PRODUCTION

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From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes “Man of Steel,”TM starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Kal-El under the direction of Zack Snyder.
A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth.  As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do.  But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

The film also stars four-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (“The Master”), Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”), Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”), Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”), Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”), Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, and Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”).
“Man of Steel” is produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder.  The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer …