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MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY LEADS MAGNIFICENT VOYAGE IN “INTERSTELLAR”

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Newly-minted Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey stars in Warner Bros. Pictures' “Interstellar” as Cooper, a former test pilot and engineer in the tradition of the adrenaline-fueled flyboys who continually challenge their own limitations to carve our path into the stars.

For director Christopher Nolan, only Matthew McCounaughey could effortlessly convey that archetypal figure. “He embodies everything we were looking for in casting Cooper—the spirit of adventure, a cowboy-like swagger, and the warmth of somebody who’s involved with his family first and foremost,” the director states. “He has all of those intangible qualities present in the character, paired with his incredible professionalism and humor. It was a wonderful experience to work with him on this film.”

McConaughey describes Cooper as “a dreamer and a man out of time. He’s not supposed to be a farmer. He’s supposed to be out there—that’s where he lives.” But in “Interstellar,” the world needs farmers, not pilots. After a blig…

SHAILENE WOODLEY DARES TO BARE IN “WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD”

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Shailene Woodley, known for her notable performances in “The Descendants” with George Clooney and in blockbuster YA(young adult) movies such as “Divergent” and “The Fault In Our Stars” dares to explore in another dramatic feat in “White Bird In A Blizzard,” an adaptation from Laura Kasischke’s book and directed by Gregg Araki.

Widely hailed author Kasischke tells a mesmerizing story of youthful passion and los of innocence in “White Bird In A Blizzard,” where Woodley plays the 17-year old central character, Kat Connors, whose life suddenly turns upside down on the disappearance of her mother. As Kat and her impassive father pick up the pieces of their daily lives, she finds herself curiously unaffected by her mother's absence. But in dreams that become too real to ignore, she's haunted by her mother's cries for help. Finally, she must act on her instinct that something violent and evil has occurred - a realization that brings Kat to a chilli…

KEANU REEVES PLAYS HITMAN IN “JOHN WICK” – SURPRISES WITH UNEXPECTED USE OF ARTILLERY IN ACTION SCENES

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One of Hollywood’s top lead actors, 50-year old Keanu Reeves is at the top of his game- physique and stamina even better to-date in the full-throttle action-packed film “John Wick” as he takes on the titular role of a retired assassin who hunts down his adversaries with the ruthlessness that made him a crime underworld legend.

After the sudden death of his beloved wife Helen (Bridget Moynahan), John Wick (Reeves) receives one last gift from her, a beagle puppy named Daisy, and a note imploring him not to forget how to love. But John’s mourning is interrupted when his 1969 Boss Mustang catches the eye of sadistic thug Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen). When John refuses to sell the car, Iosef and his henchmen break into his house and steal it, beating John unconscious and leaving Daisy dead. Unwittingly, they have just reawakened one of the most brutal assassins the underworld has ever seen.

John’s search for his stolen vehicle takes him to a side of New York City that tourists never see, a…

5 AMAZING PRODUCTION FACTS ABOUT “EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS” (3D) – OPENS DECEMBER 5 IN CINEMAS

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Double Academy®-Award nominee designer Arthur Max collaborates with master filmmaker Ridley Scott for a grand scale production in the upcoming epic adventure “Exodus: Gods and Kings.”

Award-winning Max has been known for his works in “Gladiator” (2000) and “American Gangster” (2007). He was awarded a BAFTA for Best Production Design for Gladiator in 2000. As production designer his other credits include “G.I. Jane”, “Black Hawk Down,” “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Body of Lies,” “Robin Hood,” “Prometheus” and “The Counsellor” – all directed by Scott – “Se7en” and “Panic Room.”

Max and Ridley’s collaboration started on a cola commercial that Ridley’s company was making 25 years ago. “Ridley’s the best. He comes from the art department himself. He was a production designer before he directed, so he’s our best friend and he’s very interested in what we do,” Max enthuses.

Filmed in 3D, Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” will tell the story of Moses, abandoned by a desperate mother a…

INFLATABLE ROBOT BAYMAX TAKES SPOTLIGHT IN “BIG HERO 6”

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In Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6,” a plus-sized inflatable robot named Baymax makes a difference in the life of teen prodigy Hiro Hamada.

Baymax cares. That’s what he was designed to do. The vinyl robot’s job title is technically Personal Healthcare Companion: With a simple scan, Baymax can detect vital stats, and, given a patient’s level of pain, can treat nearly any ailment. Conceived and built by Tadashi Hamada – Hiro’s older brother -- Baymax just might revolutionize the healthcare industry.

“We pick up the story right after Hiro’s loss, and that’s a really hard place to find your main character,” says co-director Chris Williams, who worked on the scene in which Hiro discovers Baymax. “I love characters like Baymax who are newborns—seeing the world in a fresh new way. Then we can all see the world again through their eyes. A character like Baymax is so naïve, so pure, so simple and good. And I loved the comedic potential of having that very quality be exasperating for H…

WANNABES UNDERGO POLICE TRAINING IN “LET’S BE COPS”

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“Let’s Be Cops” trails down-on-luck best buddies Justin Miller (Damon Wayans, Jr.) and Ryan O’Malley (Jake Johnson) who have been languishing since their school days ended. Justin toils at a videogame company, where his bosses prefer zombie antics instead of Justin’s recent game proposal that features real-life cops. Ryan, still reveling in his glory days as a college quarterback, bounces from job to job – his appearance in a herpes drug commercial was a career highlight – without success. Until a wrong turn at a masquerade party where they dressed as cops turn out to be their best night ever.

“The two lead characters have no money and their self-worth is gone,” says director/co-writer Luke Greenfield. “Then, all of a sudden, they are street heroes. Their fun masquerade escalates to the point where it starts getting dangerous and they mess with the wrong people.”

The first thing the filmmakers did after getting the production green light was cast the lead characters, Justin and Ryan…

DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER NOLAN PUSHES THE LIMITS WITH “INTERSTELLAR”

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Humankind has always shaped its destiny by pushing its limits—from the first ships setting sail for the edge of the horizon to the first human steps on the surface of the moon—yet the ultimate frontier remains tantalizingly out of reach. From director/writer/producer Christopher Nolan, “Interstellar” hinges on the provocative question of humanity’s place in the stars.

“To me, space exploration represents the absolute extreme of what the human experience is,” Nolan says. “It’s all about trying, in some way, to define what our existence means in terms of the universe. For a filmmaker, the extraordinary nature of a few select individuals pushing the boundaries of where the human species has ever been or can possibly go opens up an infinite set of possibilities. I was excited by the prospect of making a film that would take the audience into that experience through the eyes of those first explorers moving outwards into the galaxy—indeed to a whole other galaxy. That’s as big a journey as y…

“BATES MOTEL” STAR GRABS LEAD ROLE IN “OUIJA”

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She’s currently starring alongside Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga on A&E’s acclaimed television series “Bates Motel.” Now, young British actress Olivia Cooke will be seen in the big screen as she plays lead character, Laine, in Universal Pictures’ supernatural thriller “Ouija.”

The film revolves around a group of friends who must confront their most terrifying fears when they unwittingly make contact with a dark power from the other side. What started as a game will unleash an evil only they can stop.

The principal cast is composed of five friends, led by the fearless Laine, a high school student looking for answers. Filmmakers searched for a great deal of time for the best actress to fill the role. Little did they know, she was right in front of them…as a placeholder in White’s “Ouija” tone book.

Director Stiles White explains: “The first role that we needed to get right was Laine. I had watched some episodes of `Bates Motel,’ so Olivia was already on my radar when we were …

RIDLEY SCOTT’S “EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS” TAKES CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE TO A NEW LEVEL

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Ridley Scott revisits Exodus, one of the most pivotal and dramatic books in the Bible and reimagines the story of Moses in “Exodus: Gods and Kings” – filmed in 3D starring Christian Bale.

Bale as Moses frees the Israelites from the slavery of the Egyptian rulers and faces the formidable Pharaoh Ramses played by Joel Edgerton for his actions. As a man, Moses has a vision and turns his back on his privileged life and leads his people, the Israelites, from enslavement. Scott’s film will feature ground-breaking special effects, including the plagues visited upon Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea.

The movie features one of Moses’ extraordinary feat when he led the Israelites out of Egypt where the Red Sea parted to give way to the passage of the people. Just how director Scott and his team made the parting of the ocean itself – with the aid of some spectacular CGI effects – will be one of the many visual treats in store for the audience when the film is released this December 5 (in …

PITBULL’S “CELEBRATE” WITH THE “PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR”

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Just released - Pitbull’s brand new fun song “Celebrate” that will be featured on the “Penguins of Madagascar” soundtrack. The 3D CG feature comedy follows in the tradition of the three Madagascar movies - which have earned close to two billion dollars since their debut in 2005 - and tracks the origins of the enormously popular Polar foursome, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private.

Check out the music video HERE where the Penguins sing and dance with Pitbull!

A DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox film - “Penguins of Madagascar” (3D) opens November 26 in cinemas nationwide to be distributed by Warner Bros. (in Phils.). (PR)



“ANNIE” ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK OUT NOV 17

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For generations, families everywhere have fallen in love with the musical score to “Annie,” and such iconic songs as “Tomorrow,” “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” and “Maybe,” have provided the soundtrack to countless childhood memories.

Now, as a new vision for the classic show is set to hit Philippine theaters in January 2015 in Columbia Pictures’ Annie, Roc Nation Records/Overbrook Entertainment/Madison Gate Records/RCA Records announce the “Annie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” will be released on November 17th, 2014. The soundtrack features newly recorded versions of the film’s signature songs plus new tunes performed by Sia, Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, and more.

The first single from the soundtrack is the 2014 film version of “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile,” performed and co-written by Sia and produced by Greg Kurstin, who also serves as Executive Music Producer on the film. The single is currently available at all digital music providers.

A sneak…

KEANU REEVES’ “JOHN WICK” SCORES 100% IN ROTTEN TOMATOES INDICATING FEVER-PITCH ANTICIPATION

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Keanu Reeves is back in full fighting form in the hugely-anticipated action thriller “John Wick” that has already reached fever-pitch high at www.rottentomatoes.com generating a 100% score in their Tomato Meter and with a 98% audience score.

Bruce Lee fans and big screen action experts Chad Stahelski and David Leitch who started as stunt doubles and coordinators in worldwide action blockbuster films such as “The Matrix” movies, “Constantine” (Stahelski doubling for Keanu Reeves) and further choreographed unforgettable action stunts in “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “V for Vendetta,” “The Wolverine,” “300” and “Hunger Games,” Stahelski and Leitch debut as director/producer in Keanu Reeves’ bullet-filled and action-packed titular film “John Wick.”

“John Wick” stars World Stunt Award-winner Keanu Reeves as a retired killer-for-hire forced back into action by a brutal Russian mobster and hunts them down with the ruthlessness that made him a crime underworld legend. The movie is a stylish tal…

BE VERY READY. GET TO KNOW THE WORLD’S GREATEST SPIES IN “PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR” (3D) IN THIS LATEST CLIP FROM DREAMWORKS ANIMATION

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Skipper, Rico, Kowalski and Private, the world’s most elite covert group proves that super spies aren’t born, but they’re hatched. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) , together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine (John Malkovich), from destroying the world as we know it.

A DreamWorks Animation feature presentation, “Penguins of Madagascar” (3D) will open soon this November 26 nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.(PR)




ASIAN-AMERICAN TEEN ACTOR LENDS VOICE TO MAIN CHARACTER IN “BIG HERO 6”

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Robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada has the mind of a genius—and the heart of a 14-year-old, in Walt Disney Animation Studios' new comedy-adventure “Big Hero 6.” His state-of-the-art battlebots dominate the underground bot fights held in the dark corners of San Fransokyo. “He’s a troublemaker,” says Ryan Potter, who lends his voice to Hiro, “but he’s a really good kid at heart.”

In the film, big brother Tadashi redirects Hiro’s brilliance, inspiring him to put his brain to the test in a quest to gain admission to the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology.

“We really wanted them to be brothers first,” says producer Roy Conli of Hiro and Tadashi. “Tadashi is a smart mentor. He very subtly introduces Hiro to his friends and what they do at San Fransokyo Tech. Once Hiro sees Wasabi, Honey, GoGo and even Fred in action, he realizes that there’s a much bigger world out there that really interests him.”

When a tragic event changes everything, Hiro turns to a robot named Baymax, and they form a…

REVIEW | Gone Girl (2014)

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Overly groomed, beautiful, Type A, perfectionist Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) suddenly disappears one morning in their Missouri home and her husband Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) is the prime suspect. As Detective Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens) digs through the case, resenting the indifferent Nick Dunne, the mystery of the gone girl unravels into unexpected twists that puts a whole new meaning to “marital problems.”

Luckily, Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel is expertly handled by David Fincher, whose sophisticated treatment downplays the source material's cheap and disturbing plot (read my last year’s book review) and turns it into a sick, twisted semi-elegant thriller.

Rosamund Pike is the shining diamond in the film here, absolutely a more engaging and riveting Amy than the character in the book. I wouldn't be surprised if she gets an Oscar nod. Neil Patrick Harris as Amy's rich ex Desi Collings also delivers haunting, effective performance.

As someone who deeply hated the novel,…

“OUIJA” BENEFITS FROM IMPRINT OF HORROR EXPERTS

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Platinum Dunes (“Transformers,” “The Purge” series, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) joins forces with Blumhouse Productions (“Paranormal Activity”) and Hasbro to bring to the screen “Ouija,” a supernatural thriller in which a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they unwittingly make contact with a dark power from the other side.

Several years ago, Hasbro and blockbuster producers Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes approached Universal Pictures to discuss making “Ouija” as a microbudget film that explored the supernatural elements of the iconic board. Fellow powerhouse producer Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions was brought on to complete the team—which includes Hasbro’s producer Bennett Schneir, who has a multipicture production deal with the company—and “Ouija” was a go.
Schneir reflects that the Ouija board’s combination of wish fulfillment, desire for closure and fear of the unknown allows for an ideal vehicle for this type of mov…

REVIEW | The Judge (2014)

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In the mood for an old-fashioned courtroom and father-son drama? Then here’s your movie.

Chicago hot-shot lawyer Hank Palmer (Robert Downey, Jr.) returns to his tiny Indiana hometown for his mother’s funeral after an unforgivably long time of absence. Suddenly forced to face his estranged father, Joseph Palmer (Robert Duvall)—the town judge— and his brothers, the wary Glen (Vincent D'Onofrio) and the mentally challenged Dale (Jeremy Strong), Hank endures the air of indifference and hostility at home, and just wants to get through the funeral and fly back to his own life. But when the Judge is suddenly accused of murder, it looks like Hank is going to spend more time in this quaint albeit claustrophobic small town and deal with his stubborn father. An old flame (Vera Farmiga) also somewhat complicates his long visit.


“The Judge” surprisingly works despite its moments of overt sentimentality and melodrama. It may have crammed Downey’s prodigal son character with multiple personal s…

EXPLORERS GO BEYOND GALAXY FOR HISTORIC MISSION IN “INTERSTELLAR”

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With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history: traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars, in Warner Bros. Pictures' futuristic thriller “Interstellar.”

From acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight” films, “Inception”), “Interstellar” stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, Oscar winner Anne Hathaway, Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn and Oscar winner Michael Caine. The main cast also includes Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Mackenzie Foy and Topher Grace.

Directed by Christopher Nolan, the film is written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan.

Ask Christopher Nolan’s partner Emma Thomas—who is producing “Interstellar” with Nolan and Lynda Obst—what the film is about, and she doesn’t speak immediately of space ships and interstellar travel to inhospitable alien worlds. She goes right to its heart: “For me, it’…

DREAMWORKS’ “PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR” (3D): REVEALS FIRST FOUR MINUTES

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Dreamworks Animation’s “PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR” (3D) star in their own feature film, a spin-off to the studio’s enormously successful “Madagascar” series which have earned close to two billions dollars since their debut in 2005 - and further explores the back story of the popular Polar foursome penguins, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private (respectively voiced by Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, John DiMaggio and Christopher Knights)

In the movie that will finally blow the spy quartet’s cover, the penguins will face-off with an eccentric genius and brilliant creature from their past known as Dr. Octavius Brine or Dave (voiced by John Malkovich). Step back in time...only to move fast forward and discover how they came to be the world’s fearless agents in the world of espionage. They soon join forces with an elite spy group known as the North Wind led by a panache of a wolf known as Agent Classified (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) to stop Dave from his evil plans.

Directed by Simon J. …

FALL OUT BOY'S ORIGINAL SONG “IMMORTALS” IN “BIG HERO 6” SOUNDTRACK

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The “Big Hero 6” original motion picture soundtrack will be available at digital retail on Nov. 4 and on CD Nov. 24th and features an original song, “Immortals” from Fall Out Boy. The soundtrack includes score from Henry Jackman (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain Phillips” and “Wreck-It-Ralph”). Pre-order for the album is now on.

Fall Out Boy was tapped to write and perform the song for the film's sequence in which the "Big Hero 6" team is transformed from a group of super smart individuals to a band of high-tech heroes. "The idea of this kid stepping up on behalf of his brother is what inspired the song's title 'Immortals,'" says Patrick Stump. "Your victories aren't exclusively yours, so the fact that all of these people are coming together to help him get to the finish line is really exciting."

"They're testing out their new super suits for the first time in the scene," says Pete Wentz. "Some of it wor…

“FURY” STRONGLY HEADS TO TOP SPOT AT THE BOX-OFFICE

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Set to storm the box-office at #1 spot, “Fury” has generated majority of nods from various outlets forecasting that the movie is poised to lead the box-office when it opens alongside other releases (opens October 17 - U.S. / October 22 – Phils.).

Starring an ensemble cast led by Brad Pitt alongside Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jason Isaacs and Jon Bernthal, “Fury” has opened to solid, positive reviews - with a high 76% on Rotten Tomatoes, with Screenrant picking “Fury” in their weekly predictions at number one and Fandango, the US’ largest online movie ticket company reports that “Fury” is leading the weekend in ticket sales, scoring 77 over 100 on the company’s movie buzz indicator.



Directed by David Ayer, known for his extreme thrilling screenplays (in the hit movies "Training Day," "The Fast and The Furious" and "S.W.A.T."), “Fury” is a visceral depiction of reality against the backdrop of World War II. “Fury” takes place in late-war G…