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CHRISTIAN BALE: LEADING GOD’S PEOPLE OUT OF SLAVERY IN “EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS”

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One man’s destiny to rule an empire is about to be challenged by a man destined to defy it in Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” starring Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses. The film’s intrigue, scale, scope, adventurer and vivid characters provide a unique theatrical event. The Exodus from Egypt is the original and definitive heroic saga. It's also a powerful and personal story rich with emotion, rivalry and betrayal and an undying quest for freedom.

Notes Scott: “Moses’ life is one of the greatest adventures and spiritual quests of all time.” From its opening battle where 15,000 Egyptian soldiers attack a Hittite encampment, to the towering structures, a terrifying series of plagues, and the parting of the Red Sea, Scott brings his signature vision to one of our most cherished and important stories.

Christian Bale stars as Moses, alongside Joel Edgerton as Ramses, John Turturro as Seti, Ben Kingsley as Nun, and Aaron Paul as Joshua. The cast of “EXODUS…

“PROJECT ALMANAC” SHOWS OFF TEASER POSTER

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Following last week's trailer reveal, Paramount Pictures has now shared the teaser poster of the time-travel movie “Project Almanac” from producer Michael Bay.

In the film, a brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a mysterious device with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger. The youthful cast is composed of Jonny Weston (“Chasing Mavericks”), Sofia Black-D’Elia (TV's “Gossip Girl”), Sam Lerner (TV's “Suburgatory”), Allen Evangelista (TV's “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) and Ginny Gardner (TV's “Glee”).

Insurge Pictures presents in association with Michael Bay a Platinum Dunes Production “Project Almanac.” Executive Producers are Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Vicki Dee Rock. Produced by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, the film is written by Jason Harry Pagan & Andrew Deutschman. Directed by Dean Israelite.

Opening across the Philippines on Feb. 04, 2015, “Project Almanac” is distributed by Unite…

“JURASSIC WORLD” UNLEASHES FIRST TRAILER

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The park is open! Universal Pictures has just unleashed the first full trailer of its epic action-adventure “Jurassic World” which may be viewed  HERE.

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, “Jurassic World.” Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

The movie takes place 22 years after the horrific events of the original “Jurassic Park” and is set on a fully functional park on Isla Nublar.

Chris Pratt (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) leads the cast which includes Bryce Dallas Howard (“Spider-Man 3”), Nick Robinson (HBO's “Boardwalk Empire”) and Ty Simpkins (the kid in last year's “Iron Man 3”).

The film also stars Jake Johnson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D'Onofrio, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lapku and Andy Buckley.

Opening across the Philippines on June 10,…

TINA FEY, LOYAL BUT BOSSY BIG SISTER IN “THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

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Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Tina Fey (“Date Night,” TV's “30 Rock”) stars as the fiercely supportive but undeniably bossy big sister, Wendy, in Warner Bros.' dramatic comedy “This is Where I Leave You” from director Shawn Levy.

When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

“As the only girl in the family, Wendy has attempted to mother her two younger brothers, but she’s especially close…

JOEL EDGERTON IS CONFLICTED MONARCH AND BROTHER TO MOSES IN STAGGERING EPIC “EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS”

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From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

Filmed in 3D, Scott’s film tells the story of Moses, abandoned by a desperate mother as a baby after the Egyptian rulers orders the murder of all boys born to slaves. He is found in the bulrushes by the Pharaoh’s daughter and raised in the royal household, where he grows up alongside Ramses, the future monarch.

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,…

MIDDLE-EARTH HEROES, VILLAINS BATTLE IT OUT IN “THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES”

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Peter Jackson's “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Here's a refresher and update on the characters' motivations and what have they been up to coming into the finale of the trilogy.

Bilbo Baggins. Following his harrowing adventures through the perilous Mirkwood Forest, Lake-town and a death-defying encounter with the Dragon Smaug, Bilbo Baggins has successfully helped Thorin Oakenshield and his Company reclaim their long-lost Dwarven Kingdom. Unfortunately, this victory comes at a high cost as the little Hobbit witnesses the fiery destruction of Lake-town. Fearing that Thorin is descending into the dark depths of “Dragon-sickness,” Bilbo Baggins has many tough decisions ahead if he is to ever return to the Shire and the home that he loves. Caught in the midst of an epic battle, the small Hobbit comes face to face with the reality that he may never go back ag…

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN'S “INTERSTELLAR” BLASTS PAST $400-M WORLDWIDE

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BURBANK, CA, November 23, 2014 – “Interstellar,” the critically acclaimed new film from Christopher Nolan, continues to soar worldwide, surpassing the $400 million mark in its third weekend in release. The announcement was made today by Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Megan Colligan, Paramount Pictures’ President of Worldwide Distribution Marketing. To date, the film has earned $328.9 million internationally and $120.7 million domestically for a global total approaching $450 million and counting.

The film, which had dominated the global box office in its first two weekends in release, had a phenomenal opening in China, where it has taken in an outstanding Rmb 505m ($82.5m) in the first 12 days in release and is already the second highest grossing film for the studio. The film is now the biggest Warner Bros. release ever in Korea and, in Russia, is already the highest-grossing Christopher Nolan film ever. It has shown incredibl…

“THE PEANUTS MOVIE” HOLIDAY SNEAK PEEK PHOTO REVEAL

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Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, developed with the latest breakthrough in 3D animation. Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the Ice Age films, “The Peanuts Movie” will prove that every underdog has his day.





Watching Peanuts come together has brought on a flood of childhood memories for the filmmakers. Because of the deep bench of Peanuts characters, the movie won't be introducing newcomers. In addition to Charlie Brown's crush-worthy Little Red Haired Girl and Snoopy's love Fifi, fans can expect Snoopy's brother Olaf, as well as a whole group of Beagle Scouts. In a recent interview with USA Today, producer Paul Fei…

THE DEFINING CHAPTER UNFOLDS IN “THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES”

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The third and final film in director Peter Jackson’s beloved Middle-earth trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventure begun in 2012’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and continued in 2013’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

In the final film, the Dwarves of Erebor have reclaimed the vast wealth of their homeland, but with Smaug set loose from its tunnels, they must face the consequences of having unleashed the terrifying Dragon upon the defenseless humans of Lake-town.

But the Dwarves face an equally grave threat from within. Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) has seized his birthright as King under the Mountain, but has grown increasingly obsessed with only the Arkenstone—and refuses to honor the debts and promises he has made along the way. “Thorin is at his best when he has a plan in action, whether or not he’s been able to carry it out,” says Richard Armitage. “And I don’t think he has a plan for what happens next—which…

DISNEY’S LIVE-ACTION “CINDERELLA” DEBUTS NEW TRAILER

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Walt Disney Studios has just debuted the new trailer for “Cinderella” which may be viewed at HERE..

A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.

The trailer will introduce audiences to Lily James (“Downton Abbey”) in the iconic role of Cinderella, a beautiful young woman with a gentle spirit who, despite the cruelty and abuse she is subjected to from her stepmother and her daughters, continues to remain positive and steadfast, as well as the first images of Oscar® winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”) as the wicked stepmother, Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) as the dashing, intelligent and thoughtful Prince, and the one-of-a-kind glass slipper. The slipper was designed by three-time Academy Award®-winning costume designer Sandy Powell (“The Aviator”) and produced by Swarovski, and is a magnif…

JOHN MALKOVICH PLAYS OCTOPUS WITH GINORMOUS GRUDGE AGAINST THE “PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR”

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John Malkovich, considered as one of the world’s lead actor of his generation and who has made an important mark in cinema, lends voice to Dreamworks’ “Penguins of Madagascar’s” tentacled nemesis who goes by the name Dave aka Dr. Octavius Brine.

A renowned geneticist, cheese-enthusiast (at least he has that in common with the Penguins) and donor to public radio pledge drives, the good doctor’s limbs are skewed at impossible angles, which isn’t that surprising because he’s actually an octopus named Dave. Raiding Fort Knox for a tasty treat is nothing compared to the challenges the Penguins face when they come up against Dr. Octavius Brine. And Dave bears a ginormous grudge against the Penguins. Dave was once a star attraction at various zoos around the world, until the adorable, cuter-than-cute Penguins stole the spotlight away from him, relegating him forever as an exhibit also-ran. “You took everything from me!” he bellows at the Penguins, and he’s about to take extreme measures t…

REVIEW | Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

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Splitting final chapters of movie adaptions has become the norm, because it is understandably more lucrative that way; however, moviegoers deserve to be rewarded with equal entertainment on both parts.

Mockingjay Part 1 feels like it purposely left off the actual story for next year. I did not read the books, but based on the Wikipedia plot details of Suzanne Collins' novel, it seems like Part 1 only delivered the first 5 percent of the story (just the first two paragraphs in the Wiki plot outline) and stretched it for over two hours, resulting in a boring, monotonous, and empty experience.
Part 1 picks up from where Catching Fire left off: our revolutionary heroine, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), finds herself right in the heart of the new rebellion, District 13, under the rule of the obviously suspicious President Coin (Julianne Moore). 
Distressed by the absence of Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), and with an all-consuming desire to reunite with him, the emotionally messed-up Kat…

MICHAEL BAY-PRODUCED “PROJECT ALMANAC” REVEALS TRAILER

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Paramount Pictures has just revealed the teaser trailer of “Project Almanac,” a new sci-fi thriller from producer Michael Bay, which may be viewed at HERE.

In the film, a brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a mysterious device with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger. The youthful cast is composed of Jonny Weston (“Chasing Mavericks”), Sofia Black-D’Elia (TV's “Gossip Girl”), Sam Lerner (TV's “Suburgatory”), Allen Evangelista (TV's “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) and Ginny Gardner (TV's “Glee”).

Insurge Pictures presents in association with Michael Bay a Platinum Dunes Production “Project Almanac.” Executive Producers are Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Vicki Dee Rock. Produced by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, the film is written by Jason Harry Pagan & Andrew Deutschman. Directed by Dean Israelite.

Opening across the Philippines on Feb. 04, 2015, “Project Almanac” is distributed by United In…

DARE TO ENTER AND COME OUT ALIVE IN “THE PYRAMID” – LATEST FEATURETTE VIDEO REVEAL

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A team of archaeologists along with select media dared to enter one of the most mysterious creations of man in “The Pyramid” where they battle horrific circumstances and creatures trying to come out alive.

Directed by renowned Gregory Levasseur who came to fame with his horror-slasher hit films such as “High Tension,” “The Hills Have Eyes,” “Mirrors” and “Piranha 3D” – most of which he co-wrote with long-time collaborator Alexandre Aja who serves as producer of the film, “The Pyramid” poises to be another of the duo’s jolting thriller – guaranteed to leave the viewers shuddered after viewing.

To heighten the scares and intensity, the filmmakers worked to ensure the authenticity of the story’s backdrop amidst Egypt’s recent political turmoil that erupted when Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi became President of Egypt. “Setting against these recent protests immediately places the movie in the real world,” says producer and editor Scott C. Silver.

Levasseur decided early on he would n…

“NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB” LATEST INTERNATIONAL TRAILER REVEALED

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Mayhem breaks out in New York’s Museum of Natural History as Ben Stiller’s night security guard Larry Daley and his historical pals embark on an epic and thrilling expedition to London.

Directed once again by Shawn Levy, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” is the third and most exciting of the hugely popular family films about Larry’s adventures with legendary leaders, warriors, mythological figures and dinosaurs.

An ancient tablet brings the artifacts to life when the sun goes down. But the magic has gone awry and the characters are malfunctioning, with catastrophic (and hilarious) results. Larry and his friends have to take drastic action. Robin Williams again portrays US President Teddy Roosevelt in one of his final film roles. Ricky Gervais is back as museum director, Dr. McPhee.

Greeting the year 2015 with lots of action and adventure for the entire family, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” opens January 8 in theatres nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distri…

“THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1” PREDICTED TO EARN 120.62€ MILLION ON ITS OPENING WEEKEND (NOVEMBER 21 IN THE U.S.) OPENS NOVEMBER 2O NATIONWIDE IN THE PHILIPPINES

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The most-awaited first part of the penultimate chapter of the world’s bestselling YA novel adapted to screen “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay –Part 1” stands to be the top movie choice at the box-office this coming week and is expected to earn at least 120.62€ million on its opening weekend in a report by Hollywood Reporter since becoming the top-selling title of the year to date from ticket sales reports from Fandango.com and MovieTickets.com.

Likewise, www.boxofficemojo.com predicts that “Mockingjay” will be the highest-grossing movie of the year at the domestic (US) box-office and is further predicted to earn 309.59€ million when it finally opens November 21 (in the US). The movie opens a day earlier in the Philippines- November 20.

In this latest instalment, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” the story begins as Katniss has just been rescued from the destruction of the Quarter Quell. She awakens in a shocking world she didn’t even know existed: …

RIDLEY SCOTT’S “EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS” EMPLOYS STATE-OF-THE-ART VISUAL 3D EFFECTS FOR A MONUMENTAL MOVIE EXPERIENCE

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The most ambitious and biggest theatrical event is about to happen in the Philippines when “Exodus: Gods and Kings” opens December 5 in cinemas nationwide – presented in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D format.

Crafted by world-acclaimed master filmmaker Ridley Scott (“Alien,” “Gladiator,” “Prometheus,” “Black Hawk Down”), who brings to life Ancient Egypt at the time of Moses using only the latest state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion. Starring Christian Bale as Moses, this all-audience epic adventure is the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of a powerful empire. In the movie, Scott recreates the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (portrayed by Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey out of Egypt and its terrifying prophecies of the deadly plagues.

Bringing one of the oldest story known to man, Scott brings to the fore the grandest film ever created on screen, the film also stars Sigourney B…

CHRIS PINE A LOVABLE VILLAIN IN “HORRIBLE BOSSES 2”

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Action and dramatic actor Chris Pine (“Star Trek: Into Darkness”) exposes his funny side as he stars as Rex Hanson, a well-tailored, world-class charmer who has to contend with the giant shadow cast by his multimillionaire father, Bert (Christoph Waltz), in New Line Cinema’s hilarious comedy “Horrible Bosses 2.”

Calling his character “a joyful narcissist,” Pine cites some of the possible reasons for Rex’s volatile mental state. “Rex wants power and he gets continually emasculated by his distant, evil father, who is never satisfied with anything he does and seems not to care much for his privileged brat of a son. Poor Rex. He makes me laugh. He’s smart but he’s not all that self-aware, and he gets stranger and stranger as the story progresses.”

“We wanted a unique villain with a lot of contradictions and a great sense of humor, and he also had to be good-looking, dapper and cool because we liked the idea that our guys kind of have man-crushes on him a little bit,” says director Sean Ande…

HATCHING TOP-NOTCH SPIES IN “PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR”

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Get ready for a thrilling rollercoaster ride with the world-renowned spy penguins – Skipper, Rico, Kowalski and Private in “Penguins of Madagascar.” The Penguins’ transition from beloved supporting characters in “Madagascar” to headlining their own big screen epic was a no-brainer, thanks to their memorable traits.

“What drives the Penguins in all the films are their distinct and strong personalities,” says director Eric Darnell. Adds director Simon J. Smith: “They’re like a band of brothers who above all value their friendship, moral code and love for one another.” Most importantly, the Penguins really bring the funny. “The most exciting thing about the project was to experience the story’s and characters’ humor,” says producer Mark Swift. “They’re so appealing because they are so hilarious.”

There’s Skipper, voiced by Tom McGrath, who created the characters for the blockbuster animated feature “Madagascar,” which he helmed, along with Darnell. McGrath’s Skipper …

DISTRICT 13’S REBELS AND WARRRIORS IN “THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1”

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War is on in the world’s most awaited survival game onscreen, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” that reveals for the first time the most covert place in all of Panem: secretive District 13, where Panem’s rebels have carved out their own rigidly ordered society miles underground.

District 13 and The Capitol are mirror opposites in every way. The Capitol is sensationalist spectacles, over-the-top garish hues and gleaming lights. District 13 is steeped in shades of gray, claustrophobia, conformity and the stark reality of what’s happening in the Districts. While The Capitol has been living high on the hog off the people, District 13 has been biding its time, preparing for the day when they would finally take a stand.

Up until now, only The Capitol knew about District 13, having carved out a non-aggression treaty that allowed it to exist so long as it stayed underground. As rumblings of war begin in earnest, District 13 and The Capitol are pitted against each other in a battle of imag…

“RINGS” TRILOGY'S BILLY BOYD PERFORMS “THE LAST GOODBYE” IN “THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES”

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Gearing up for the December 2014 release of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”—the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien—filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens announced recently that Billy Boyd will perform the film’s end title song, “The Last Goodbye,” which he co-wrote with the filmmakers.

In making the announcement, the filmmakers stated, “It is hard, after 16 years and six films, to know exactly how to say goodbye. We knew that we wanted to speak directly to all those who have taken this journey with us, especially to the fans whose love of these films has so often kept us going. This is why we asked Billy Boyd, who has been with us from the very beginning, and whose portrayal as Peregrin Took in ‘The Lord of The Rings’ films is so beloved, to help write and perform the final song in this trilogy. Billy is not just a wonderful actor but also an extremely accomplished singer/songwriter—we are…

REVIEW | What If (2014)

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When Wallace (Daniel Radlcliffe) meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) at a party, he feels an instant connection with her. The chemistry is there, and they seem to be intellectually compatible. The conflict? Chantry already has a boyfriend (Rafe Spall).

Written by Elan Mastai and directed by Michael Dowse, What If delivers an intelligent screenplay; hilariously witty, bittersweet, and heartbreaking. The filmemotionally connects us to the characters, making us fall in love with Wallace and Chantry the moment they first met. We witness and get involved with how their love and friendship blossom, feeling the undercurrent of pain, melancholy, tension, and confusion crackling in the air.

The only disturbing and tasteless elements in this film are the couple of slightly racist jokes against Asians, but they are compensated by the deliciously sharp and engaging bantering that are oftentimes brimming with truths, which feel like shards of glass in your heart (never was a comparison between nachos and …