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FROM ABOVE THE WORLD OF “CARS” COMES DISNEY'S "PLANES”

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Audiences worldwide are fastening their seatbelts as Disney’s "Planes" prepares to take off this August!

From above the world of “Cars” comes Disney’s "Planes," an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.
Joining Dane Cook are Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Cedric the Entertainer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Carlos Alazraqui, Priyanka Chopra, Gabriel Iglesias, Roger Craig Smith, Colin Cowherd, Sinbad, Oliver Kalkofe and Brent Musburger.
Adding some high-flying flair from a classic feature film (“Top Gun”) are…

PATRICK WILSON PLAYS REAL-LIFE DEMONOLOGIST IN “THE CONJURING”

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Patrick Wilson (“Insidious,” “Watchmen”) takes on the role of renowned real-life demonologist, Ed Warren, in New Line Cinema's critically acclaimed horror-thriller “The Conjuring,” a recent No.1 box-office hit in the U.S.

Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on the true life story, “The Conjuring” tells the tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) 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 horrifying case of their lives.


Wilson was intrigued by the idea of playing a real person in a grave conflict with powers beyond most people’s comprehension. The actor observes, “Ed Warren was a guy whose whole life was geared around being dangerously close to the dark side because he genuinely wanted to help people. He knew the terror they were experiencing could happen to anyone, including …

"THE WOLVERINE'S" ADAMANTIUM-STRENGTH OPENING @ P95 MILLION

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"The Wolverine" ripped through new box-office highs earning P95 million on its four-day opening weekend in the Philippines and has now seized the Biggest Opening Weekend title for a Fox film all-time and is now the Highest Opening Weekend in the X-Men franchise.
Hugh Jackman's 6th donning of the adamantium-clawed hero evidently drew a stronghold of supporters and fans when "The Wolverine" yielded a solid P19 million earn on its opening day (July 25) with a tallied admission of 105, 045 in more than 300 screens in the country. The first opening day figure of "The Wolverine" ebbed down "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith's" hold as the Biggest Opening Day for a Fox film All-Time. Likewise, "The Wolverine's" opening day box-office also surpassed "Captain America," "Iron Man," "Thor," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," "X-Men First Class" and "X-Men: The Last Stand.&quo…

DIRECTOR SHAWN LEVY REVEALS GOOGLE FOUNDER CAMEO IN “THE INTERNSHIP”

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From his blockbuster works such as “Real Steel,” “Cheaper By The Dozen,” “Night at the Museum 1 & 2,” and “Date Night,” filmmaker Shawn Levy brings in the outcasts, the obsolete and the nerds in the upcoming comedy movie “The Internship” starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

“The Internship” finds Nick (Wilson) and his partner Billy (Vaughn), as two newly unemployed watch salesman trying to find employment with a limited skill-set in a world that appears to have passed them by.

“As salesmen they are incredibly good at what they do,” says Levy, “but the whole profession of selling in person, in an age where most people areincreasingly buying their goods on the Internet, is on the wane. So they are downsized, suddenly unemployed, and Vince's character comes up with this idea of applying for an internship at Google, a company that represents the vanguard of the new economy. It's a long shot, but this possibility of self-reinvention is exciting to Billy and Nick and they tak…

“THE CONJURING” HAS RECORD-BREAKING OPENING IN U.S.

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The Warner Bros. Pictures release conjures up $41.9 million weekend


BURBANK, CA – July 22, 2013 – New Line Cinema’s “The Conjuring,” from director James Wan, rode a wave of strong critical and audience acclaim to an extraordinary $41.9 million opening weekend at the domestic box office.
The film broke records for:The largest opening for an original horror filmWarner Bros.’ largest 3-day opening for a horror filmThe largest opening for director James Wan, who created the “Saw” franchise.
In addition, “The Conjuring” earned an A- CinemaScore, one of only three horror movies in the last 10 years to earn such a high mark from moviegoers (with no horror movie ever receiving a higher grade).

Based on the true life story, “The Conjuring” tells the 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 …

AYALA MALLS CINEMAS HOST CINEMALAYA 2013 ENTRIES

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Promoting and championing Filipino talents, Ayala Malls Cinemas hosts for the 3rd time entries that will compete in Cinemalaya Festival on its 9th year themed “Cinemalaya Cinesthesia.”
Ayala Malls Cinemas’ first collaboration with Cinemalaya back in July 2011 opened its Greenbelt3 screens to the entries, paving easy access for the festival’s followers within the metro. Ayala Malls Cinemas solidified its support to the festival by adding Trinoma screens as an additional venue on its 2nd year of partnership with Cinemalaya in 2012.
Now on its 3rd year of collaboration with Cinemalaya, Ayala Malls Cinemas opens its Alabang Town Center screens for this year’s exciting and multihued film entries. With this latest development, Ayala Malls Cinemas is set to pay tribute to the competing films on its opening ceremony at Alabang Town Center on July 27 featuring “Jazz In Love” by Babyruth Villarama-Gutierrez. The movie is about a young man from Davao whose dream wedding is within reach: his b…

TEEN DEMIGODS' LATEST PERILS UNLEASHED IN "PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS"

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The much adored teen demigod Logan Lerman aka Percy is back in "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" to face his most perilous adventure based on Rick Riordan's best-selling second book of the same title. Following the successful wave of the first movie "Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief," the latest adaptation, 'Sea of Monsters" brings Percy along with his friends in uncharted waters to battle terrifying creatures and the ultimate Evil to retrieve the Golden Fleece and bring it back in time to save their world.
Directed by Thor Freudenthal, Lerman reprises his role as the titular hero, the demigod son of Poseidon, who embarks on his own, modern-day Odyssey. “At the beginning of this film, Percy is not living up to his potential and he doubts himself,” says Lerman. “Percy feels abandoned by his father, the Greek god Poseidon, and then, he finds out that he has a brother.”

If shocking family revelations weren’t enough, Percy must deal with Polyphemus, …

PH JOINS “SMURFS 2” GLOBAL PREMIERE DAY JULY 28 AT SM MOA

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Little Blue Smurfs Go Big. With more than 160 blue carpet premieres worldwide on same date to celebrate release of “The Smurfs 2.”

In celebration of the August 7 release of Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation’s family comedy The Smurfs™ 2, the studio will host 162 day-and-date blue carpet premieres in cities around the world on Global Premiere Day on Sunday, July 28, including Manila.
Through this series of special events, the studio will be rolling out over 11,000 feet of blue carpet in the top 50 cities in North America and 60 international countries, with multiple screenings in many of those countries. Talent from the film will attend local premieres around the world. Among the markets hosting premieres, in addition to the Philippines are US, Canada, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India,…

REVIEW | Despicable Me 2 (2013)

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Despicable Me 2 (reviewed independently from its predecessor) stars an ex-villain and Uncle Fester look-alike named Drew (Steve Carell), who cares for three little orphaned girls and is surrounded by his "minions," these yellow bespectacled capsules that speak in gibberish.

The movie seems to have been created to make money out of these "cute" minions and the story created as just a secondary thing.



The plot is thin, ultra cliche-ish and predictable, and the humor is derived from clumsiness and body actions. It's pure slapstick comedy, with zero wit, that even if you mute the movie, you'll have the same experience.



Despicable Me 2 is all about colorful visuals and senselessness. Shallow, one-dimensional characters that deliver laughs whenever they fall down the stairs or get smeared in the face with cupcakes.

Perfect for little kids who still cannot comprehend dialogue, for fans of slapstick comedy, and for anybody who finds the minions the cutest creatures …

REVIEW | Turbo (2013)

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The idea alone that a snail dreaming to compete at the INDY 500 is already hilarious. A regular human underdog story—albeit very common—would have sufficed for a storyline, but writer/director David Soren went over the top and gave us for a NASCAR dreamer a creature popularly known to be sinfully slow: a gastropod.
The underdog story is quite simple, and again, with a funny premise: a crazy dreamer of a garden snail named Theo (Ryan Reynolds) is obsessed with speed and is deeply immersed in his imaginary world that he’s a NASCAR driver. This fantasy is Theo’s only escape from his everyday dreadful existence working at The Plant (an apt illustration of today’s zombie workforce), which frustrates his pragmatic and pessimistic brother Chet, voiced exceptionally well by Paul Giamatti.

A freak accident one night, though, turned Theo into a 200 mph-snail—thus begins his exciting adventure until, amazingly and hilariously, he really ends up competing at the INDY 500, alongside his human idol…

REVIEW | The Numbers Station (2013)

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Just as how the CIA operates—silent, clandestine, and precise—it's how this off-the-radar CIA movie delivers its story.

A numbers station is a CIA facility that broadcasts numerical codes to field agents/covert assassins. Our hero is Emerson (John Cusack), a conscience-riddled field agent demoted to babysit Katherine (Malin Akerman), a civilian numbers-station broadcaster in England. Then one workday, the highly secluded facility is compromised, putting the pair—and the Company—in danger. Will Emerson follow protocol? Or turn against the Company that changed his life?

The British-American action-thriller is the opposite of summer blockbuster action movies making loud noises at the cinemas. The action in this movieis contained in one location, devoid of special effects and traditional mainstream-action cliche. But because of a competent screenplay, a fitting film score, along with an elegant and tasteful cinematography, the movie cackles with tension, and you'll find yourself …

"SKYFALL" DIRECTOR SAM MENDES RETURNS TO HELM BOND 24

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Director’s Follow-Up to SKYFALL™, the Highest-Grossing Film in the Longest Running Film Franchise, to Arrive in Theaters on October 23, 2015 in the UK and November 6, 2015 in the US


CULVER CITY, Calif., July 11, 2013 – Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, EON Productions; Gary Barber, Chairman & CEO, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Michael Lynton, CEO, Sony Entertainment, Inc, and Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that Daniel Craig will once again return as the legendary British secret agent in the 24th James Bond film and Sam Mendes will also return to direct the screenplay written by John Logan. The film is set for release in UK theaters on October 23, 2015 and in US theaters onNovember 6, 2015.

SKYFALL™, the 23rd James Bond film, took in PHP 47.62 ($1.1) billion worldwide and set a new mark as the highest-grossing film of all time in the UK; it was the best-selling Bond film on DVD/Blu-ray and was the most critically acclaimed film in the…

REVIEW | Before Midnight (2013)

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If you’re a fan of Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004), expect to love the highly anticipated sequel Before Midnight. But if you’re not a fan but still recognize the cinematic significance of this romantic talkie, it’s exciting to reunite with Jesse and Celine, whom we first met eighteen years ago on a train bound for Vienna and romance.
The appeal of the Before series is that you can’t help listening—probably even with an open mouth—to what these two are yapping about non-stop. You know that it’s a special kind of movie, one of its kind, which pulls you deep into its world, regardless of how you feel about the characters.
In Before Midnight, we reunite with American Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Parisian Celine (Julie Delpy) as if they’re our relatives. It’s the present day, they’re on iPhone and Facebook, and have noticeably aged in their early 40's; fat, a bit wrinkly, and a bit sloppy looking. No, they don’t look like beautiful celebrities, but they…

FIRST-LOOK: TEASER POSTER OF “CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER”

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Marvel Studios has just unveiled the teaser poster for its upcoming sequel, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Check it out below and let us know what you think.
Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” returns Chris Evans as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will pick-up where “Marvel’s The Avengers” left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.
Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” features an outstandin…

NEW “LONE RANGER” MARKS RETURN OF FAMED HORSE, SILVER

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Arguably, no equine hero of classic Westerns ever equaled the fame of the Lone Ranger’s Silver. Although that “fiery horse with the speed of light” was beloved by millions of Americans on the radio programs and television shows, Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer’s “The Lone Ranger” gives the horse something he didn’t really have in past versions of the tale: a distinct personality.
In fact, in the new movie, Silver possesses a beguiling combination of mystery, humor, majesty, eccentricity and heroism. This Silver is a horse that suddenly appears in treetops and on the roof of a burning barn; a horse who recognizes something special about John Reid (Armie Hammer), even when he’s already buried after being “killed” at Bryant’s Gap.


“Something very wrong with that horse,” notes Johnny Depp's Tonto to the Lone Ranger, puzzled by some of the animal’s behavior. But Tonto also knows that the animal is John Reid’s “spirit horse,” a being that recognizes the young…

REVIEW | Aftershock (2013)

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Like a crossbreed of Final Destination, Hangover, SNL and some random horror-gore flick.

Eli Roth’s Aftershock puts together three friends that are copycats of the Hangover gang: Gringo (Eli Roth), their version of Stu; Ariel (Ariel Levy), their lovelorn version of Doug; and, amazingly, they even have their very own Zach Galifianakis—a character named Pollo (Nicolas Martinez). And they’re headed not for Las Vegas for a life of hedonistic revelry, but to go crazy and party all night in the “Indie station of Latin America,” i.e., Chile.

The first thirty or so minutes of the movie is a visual cacophony of the female anatomy in an MTV Spring Break-like atmosphere; bums in thongs, legs, short skirts,  and Selena Gomez; the camera like a perv—a hormonal teenager on the hunt for a petty fix that you start getting impatient for the earthquake to happen. Meanwhile, the “Hangover” gang gets together with three women travelers, and the six of them will become our “Final Destination” team. After…

TAYLOR LAUTNER, A HUNKY FRAT BOY IN “GROWN UPS 2”

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He has always watched out for Bella as the super nice guy Jacob in the “Twilight” series.

Well those days are over.
Now, heartthrob Taylor Lautner stars as the lead frat boy in the pack that causes trouble for Adam Sandler and his buddies in Columbia Pictures' new comedy “Grown Ups 2.”
“My character and his friends aren’t the nicest guys, but that’s part of the fun of the movie,” Lautner says. “I can’t think of a better way to spend the summer than hanging out with Adam Sandler and his crew. I grew up watching his movies, I’m a big fan of his.”


In one of the funniest scenes from the film, Lautner's frat boy Andy shows Lenny (Sandler) and his childhood chums who's boss when they return to their old swimming hole. Lenny calls Andy and his visor-sporting, khaki shorts-wearing bros out for looking rather "Abercrombie." But the younger set gets the next laugh at the expense of those returning "Grown Ups" played by Kevin James, Chris Rock, and David Spade as…

REVIEW | The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)

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Like a badly written telenovela.

Derek Cianfrance’s (Blue Valentine) The Place Beyond the Pines is a three-movies-in-one epic tale that spans two generations.

The first chapter of this 2.5-hour triptych is eerily reminiscent of Winding-Refn's Drive that you’ll find yourself double-checking IMDB if Winding-Refn and Cianfrance collaborated a sequel. But, no. Startlingly, instead of driving a car, a quietly violent Ryan Gosling is a biker here named Luke, traveling long winding roads with a Drive-like soundtrack, impressing you with his stunts and speed, gazing in the distance with a pained expression, stalking a woman (Eva Mendes) and her child, and then, with such coincidence, ends up thieving. It’s almost a carbon-copy of Drive, with Gosling just looking dirty here, comically costumed with doodle-like tattoos and a cheap-blonde hair.




Then Luke’s story merges with Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper), a young, ambitious cop riding the flow of lies and corruption in the police department…

DEPP'S TONTO EQUAL PARTNER, NOT SIDEKICK, OF “THE LONE RANGER”

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Three-time Best Actor Oscar-nominee Johnny Depp stars as Native American warrior Tonto in Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic, action adventure “The Lone Ranger.”
The film recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.
Depp’s interest in playing Tonto in “The Lone Ranger” developed early on when it was just germinating as an idea with producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Depp, in typical fashion, figured that the best way to get the ball rolling would be to get into character as Tonto. He enlisted the help of two close friends—makeup artist Joel Harlow and photographer Peter Mountain—and set about creating his distinctive version of how Tonto would look in the hope that it would convince Bruckheimer and the studio, Disney, to give it the green light.
Depp i…

"TURBO" 3D: HIGH-VELOCITY ANIMATION

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Meet Turbo (voiced by Ryan Reynolds), an underdog snail who dreams to overdrive just like his idol who races in the Indy 500. At the start, Turbo is somewhat of an outcast in the snail community, which is less about big dreams and more about punching a time clock at their place of employment.

Training tirelessly all his life, he miraculously gained speed at an opportune time he met a crew of streetwise, tricked-out es-car-goes. Learning that no one can make it on their own in the fast lane. He and his newfound pals help each other achieve their impossible dream of racing in the Indy 500.

"Turbo," says director and co-screenwriter David Soren, is a mash-up of superhero and racing film genres, but “at its heart, TURBO really is an underdog story. The character Turbo has all the hallmarks of an underdog. You expect nothing of snails, whose lives are stacked with obstacles, like being really, really slow. But once you dig into it, a snail is the perfect character to have a…