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“MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN” DIRECTOR ROB MINKOFF SALUTES PINOY ANIMATORS

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In a recent interview by ABS-CBN2 correspondent Don Tagala in New York where “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” junket was held, the movie’s director, Rob Minkoff praises Filipino animators whom he have worked with. MInkoff also helmed the worldwide hit “Lion King.” “Ruben Aquino was an animator that I worked with for a long time in Disney on the Lion King – a great Filipino animator. He was one of the best animators I ever got to work with. He did adult Simba in The Lion King. He also animated Ursula in the Little Mermaid, which is a character that I designed,” shared Minkoff.

Watch more of the director’s interviews HERE and at Balitang America TV..

“Mr. Peabody & Sherman” is based upon the beloved characters that first appeared in in the late 1950s and early 1960s animated television series “Rocky and His Friends” and “The Bullwinkle Show,” produced by Jay Ward. 


The new film updates the classic dog-and-his-boy team for contemporary audiences with stat…

2014 Oscar Best Picture Nominees: My Rank

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The 86th Oscars is upon us now. In Manila, we can watch it on March 3rd, Monday. Here's my rank of the 9 Oscar BEST PICTURE nominees:

#9 Dallas Buyers Club

Based on true events during the early days of the AIDS epidemic, Dallas Buyers Club is notable mainly for Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, both Oscar-nominated for their 360-degree-transformation roles. The movie is engaging, but if it weren't for McConaughey and Leto, this film wouldn't have been that special or memorable. Dialogue is not impressive. The movie in its entirety, although absorbing, didn't really make a huge impact.



#8 The Wolf of Wall Street

Leonardo DiCaprio plays a real-life former New York stockbroker, Jordan Belfort, in Martin Scorcese's 3-hour epic comedy on greed and hedonism. The writing is brilliant, the cast deliver high quality performances, even earning both DiCaprio and Jonah Hill nominations. The Wolf of Wall Street is fun, playful, and funny, but unnecessarily long and excessive t…

GETTING MARRIED AND BEING A ZOMBIE: KEEPING IT TOGETHER IN “A LITTLE BIT OF ZOMBIE”

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With a string of acclaims from various festivals, “A Little Bit of Zombie” recently won in the Canadian Film Festival as “Best Feature Film” and bagged Honolulu’s International Film Festival Gold Kahuna Award Won along with Golden Ace Award – Las Vegas Int’l Film Festival’s Golden Ace Award, Louisville Fright Night Film Festival, Mexico Int’l Film Festival’s Golden Palm Award, Houston International Film Festival’s Gold Remi Award, Fright Night Film Festival Kentucky as Best Feature-Film, Best Comedy Film and Best Zombie Film.

“A Little Bit of Zombie” follows the adventures of Steve, a mild-mannered HR manager (Kristopher Turner) who becomes infected with a virus during a weekend get-away with his sister, Sarah (Kristen Hager) his best friend, Craig (Shawn Roberts), and his fiancé, Tina (Crystal Lowe). While he attempts to fulfill his overwhelming desire for brains he must elude Max (Stephen McHattie), the obsessed zombie hunter hot on his trail, and avoid the wrath of his bridezill…

THE BREAKOUT STARS OF “NEED FOR SPEED” RACE TO FAME

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DreamWorks Pictures’ “Need for Speed” (opening in the Philippines on March 12) boasts a cast of talented actors who are quickly becoming Hollywood’s next generation of stars: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi and Dakota Johnson.

“Need for Speed” marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. Tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing, the story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption.
With his acclaimed Emmy Award®-winning performance as Jesse Pinkman on AMC’s hit drama “Breaking Bad,” Aaron Paul has gained a well-deserved reputation for his striking acting skills. Paul’s character, Tobey Marshall, is a blue-collar worker with a passion for racing cars and a vocation for rebuilding them. He runs his family’s au…

“TWILIGHT” AND “PERCY JACKSON” PRODUCER KAREN ROSENFELT BRINGS ONSCREEN HER LATEST YOUNG ADULT MOVIE PROJECT “THE BOOK THIEF”

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From Karen Rosenfelt, producer of blockbuster young adult movies such as the “Twilight” saga, “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “The Devil Wears Prada” bring another potential hit among the young and the young at heart in the upcoming endearing movie “The Book Thief,” starring Sophie Nelisse with acclaimed award-winning actors Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson.
Based on the beloved bestselling novel, “The Book Thief” tells the inspiring story of a spirited and courageous young girl named Liesel, who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany. For Liesel, the power of words and of imagination becomes a means of escape – and even joy – from the tumultuous events enveloping her and everyone she knows and loves. She is “The Book Thief’s” heart and soul. Indeed, it is heart and soul – as well as triumph and perseverance—that drive the film, which is rich in themes and characters th…

REVIEW | RoboCop (2014)

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Fear not, hardcore RoboCop fans, for the 2014 remake of the classic crime-fighting cyborg from Brazilian director Jose Padilha (Elite Squad). The remake has remodeled the franchise into a flashier, more polished version— with reverence to the mythos of Robocop.
The year is 2028 and US-based multinational conglomerate OmniCorp has been manufacturing robot technology for overseas military use for many years now, but it still cannot penetrate "robophobic" America. Enter Detroit good cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman). When an attempted murder reduces him to horrific smithereens, OmniCorp's CEO Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton) swoops in to take advantage and campaign robot law enforcement in America. With the help of OmniCorp's resident scientist, Dr. Dennett Norton (Gary Oldman), they turn Murphy into a half-man, half-machine police officer: RoboCop. While the entire nation follows RoboCop as he significantly lowers Detroit's crime rate, we examine the political and e…

DRESSING UP A TOP TIER ENSEMBLE IN “THE MONUMENTS MEN”

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The major new film “The Monuments Men,” directed by George Clooney, tells the amazing and true story of a small group of men– curators, architects, artists, and art historians – who risked their lives to turn detective and track down the hidden caches of stolen art before Nazi fanatics carried out a plan to dynamite the lot when they realized the Third Reich was about to lose the war.
The film, starring Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman and Bill Murray, follows the Monuments Men (officially, the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives (MFAA)) of the Allied army as they land on the Normandy beaches in search of the Nazis’ 1000 or more hidden art repositories – secreted in mines and remote castles within the Reich.

Louise Frogley, the costume designer, says that her challenge was of logistics and scope. “There were so many big scenes involving uniformed and civilian people in different stages of deterioration,” Frogley remembers. “There were large quantities of people involv…

REVIEW | The LEGO Movie (2014)

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Welcome to the LEGO universe, the land of interlocking bricks and yellow citizens. The building blocks that cultivated our childhood creative expression.
Our hero is Emmet, a generic, by-the-book Lego man who resides in a controlled LEGOLAND, where the citizens are prohibited to think outside of a manual. The land's ruler, President Business (Will Ferrell), obsessively makes sure that nothing—and no one—strays off the set bricks, and even cloaks his authoritarian ruling with a catchy anthem "Everything is Awesome!" so the brainwashed citizens do not suspect that something is wrong. 
Emmet, with his nondescript face and zero personality (and therefore zero friends), gets oftentimes lonely, but a prophesy just might change his destiny. Together with a gang of "MasterBuilders," including the mystic Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), WyldStyle (Elizabeth Banks) and her boyfriend Batman (Will Arnett), Emmet embarks on a comedic adventure...and unwittingly becomes the key …