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JOURNEY FROM BREATHTAKING VISTAS INTO THE CORE OF THE HUMAN SOUL IN “WILD”

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Thinking she’d lost everything, Cheryl Strayed walked out of her broken-down life and into the deep wilderness on a 1,100-mile solo hike that would take her to the edge. Strayed’s experiences became the beating heart of an inspirational, best-selling memoir that was about more than just an inexperienced hiker’s crazy, grueling experience walking from the Mojave Desert to the Pacific Northwest via the rugged Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). With its mix of punk spirit and vibrant honesty, it also became something rarely seen: a portrait of a modern, messed-up woman coming-of-age by embracing the call of the wild in her own way. On the trail, Strayed faced down thirst, heat, cold, feral animals and all of her worst fears, but even more so, she faced up to change: pushing through to carve her own path out of grief and a haunted past.

Now Strayed’s acclaimed book comes to the screen directed by Academy Award® nominee Jean-Marc Vallée (“Dallas Buyers Club”), a…

“300” STAR JACK O'CONNELL PLAYS REAL-LIFE WAR HERO IN“UNBROKEN”

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He received wide acclaim as the tenacious young Greek soldier in the global box-office hit “300: Rise of an Empire.” Now, Jack O'Connell gets his biggest breakthrough role as the Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini in the Angelina Jolie-directed epic drama, “Unbroken.”

The critically acclaimed film follows the incredible life of Louis “Louie” Zamperini who survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash during World War II—only to be caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a series of prisoner-of-war camps.

Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s (“Seabiscuit: An American Legend”) enormously popular book, “Unbroken” brings to the big screen Louie Zamperini’s unbelievable and inspiring true story about triumph over tribulation and the resilient power of the human spirit.

First and foremost among the casting challenges facing Jolie was discovering the film’s Louie. Who would be able to embody all of the elements requi…

“JUPITER ASCENDING” – AN ORIGINAL, EPIC ADVENTURE FROM “MATRIX” CREATORS

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Filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski once again invite audiences into uncharted territory and fantastic new worlds with Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Jupiter Ascending.” Their first original science fiction action adventure since “The Matrix” Trilogy, “Jupiter Ascending” reveals a universe in which the Earth is just one small piece of the vast machinery of galactic commerce—a prize, about to be seized and stripped of its most precious resource: humanity.

“I can’t even remember a time when alien intelligence or the potential inherent in the vastness of space didn’t fascinate us,” says Lana Wachowski. “Who didn’t love Carl Sagan’s ‘Cosmos’? And the movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ had such a profound impact on us. But as storytellers, what got us excited about that potential was answering the question, ‘If someone else is out there, and they know about us, why don’t they want us to know about them?’”

Written, directed and produced by the Wachowskis, “Jupiter Ascending” is conceptually sci-fi but…

“FANTASTIC FOUR” TEASER TRAILER REVEALED!

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Be ready for what’s coming this 2015 – from 20th Century Fox comes “Fantastic Four”TEASER TRAILER. The movie opens August 6 in the Philippines.

“Fantastic Four” stars Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm aka the Torch, Kate Mara as Sue Storm and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm aka The Thing along with Toby Kebbel as the legendary villain Dr. Doom in the contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team that centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. (PR)



TEEN THRILLER GENRE GETS NEW TREATMENT IN “PROJECT ALMANAC”

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He's one of the most prolific movie producers working today, but no amount of experience and knowhow could have prepared Brad Fuller (“The Purge,” “Ouija”) for making a found-footage film, specifically Paramount Pictures' new sci-fi thriller “Project Almanac.” The film stars Jonny Weston as David, a super bright high school student who finds a set of plans his late father left behind – plans to build a time machine. With a little help from his best friends, Quinn (Sam Lerner) and Adam (Allen Evangelista), and his crush, Jessie (Sofia Black-D’Elia), David finishes what his father started while his younger sister Christina (Ginny Gardner) films the whole thing. While on the “Project Almanac” set, Fuller took the time to talk to the visiting press about the challenges of playing by found footage rules, choosing to go with a first-time feature director and first-time writers too, the comparisons to “Chronicle,” and more. Question: How did you guys come upon the script? Brad Fuller: In…

“BIG BANG THEORY'S” KALEY CUOCO, THE BRIDE IN “WEDDING RINGER”

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In Columbia Pictures' new adult comedy “The Wedding Ringer,” creating all of the pressure and stress for the hapless groom Doug (Josh Gad) is his bride Gretchen, who is determined to have a perfect wedding.

She's played by "The Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, who thought the script was "laugh out loud funny," and sheds more light on the character and her motives.

"Gretchen starts out like Little Miss Sunshine; sweet and not affected, but as the wedding gets closer she gets more stressed and a little darker," says Cuoco-Sweeting. "She doesn't start out that way, but there's definitely a bit of a build, which is fun."

The actress continues, "Gretchen's family isn't exactly in love with Doug. I don't really understand it, but they think that she should be with a gorgeous, tall athlete. Doug and Gretchen's relationship is cute at the beginning and you think that they are both totally in love, but as thin…

EDWARD NORTON SHINES IN ACADEMY-AWARD NOMINATED “BIRDMAN”

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Oscar-nominated actor Edward Norton relished the opportunity to work with director Alejandro González Iñárritu in the black comedy “Birdman,” which opened the 71st Venice Film Festival and earned rave reviews. The movie will open exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide on January 28.

Norton joins an all-star cast, including Michael Keaton as a fading Hollywood star, Riggan Thomson, who is desperate to regain his credibility by staging a Broadway play. Thomson once played a comic book hero, Birdman, in several box office hits and now he is haunted by his Birdman alter ego who warns him that staging a play – an adaptation of Raymond Carver’s “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” – is a big mistake.

Norton plays Mike Shiner, a gifted but troublesome stage actor Thomson reluctantly hires when his leading man is injured in a freak accident. Emma Stone plays Sam, Thomson’s troubled young daughter, who has recently been in rehab and Naomi Watts plays Lesley, an actress in a diff…

BREAKTHROUGH CINEMATIC STYLE IN “WILD”

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With zero outdoors experience, a monstrously heavy backpack and fueled by little but her own ragged will, bestselling author Cheryl Strayed set out to hike the PCT, the longest, toughest and wildest through-trail in America, completely alone, for 94 days. From such journey comes one of the most inspirational books published, “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” – now translated to screen, produced and starred by one of the world’s most influential women, Reese Witherspoon.

The New York Times Book Review called Strayes’ work a “literary and human triumph” and The Boston Globe said Wild is “an addictive, gorgeous book that not only entertains, but leaves us the better for having read it.”

“It was essential to us to maintain the purity of Cheryl’s book,” says Reese’s producing partner Bruna Papandrea. “The book was so popular because whether you’re from a broken family or you’ve lost someone close to you or you’ve strug…

SAMUEL JACKSON: IDEAL VILLAIN TO THE BEST OF SPIES IN “KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE”

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Every great action hero needs an ideal villain to make the good vs. evil dynamics work well. In the upcoming highly stylized non-stop action film “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” Samuel Jackson plays the villain role to the hilt as Richmond Valentine, a tech billionaire and disillusioned eco-campaigner whose desire to save the earth at any cost has led him to devise a scheme that will have devastating consequences for everyone.

After Valentine is the Kingsman – an elite group of operatives working outside of the government. Martial in style, they are an altruistic unit that gets things done. “They’re the good guys,” says Colin Firth, who plays Harry, whose Kingsman name is Galahad, named after the Arthurian legend. “We’re living in an age in which we’re very suspicious of our institutions and our governments. Whatever trust we’ve once had has been undermined, so I think it’s interesting to explore the idea that there is an organization with pure motives. One not compromised by the …

RYAN GUZMAN, READY FOR HIS CLOSE-UP IN “THE BOY NEXT DOOR”

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Ryan Guzman, who is best known for his roles in the hugely successful “Step Up” film series, plays the titular character of Noah, the 19-year-old who’s as charming as he is evil, in Universal Pictures' erotic thriller “The Boy Next Door.” In the film, Noah’s fatal attraction to his high school teacher Claire (Jennifer Lopez) will force the latter to her limits as she protects her world from being torn apart and her family from a psychotic danger.

During the audition process for the part, Guzman learned from his manager that Lopez wanted him to participate in a table read. He laughs: “When I was told that she wanted me to come in, I thought it was a prank. But they assured me it was real, so I read the script. I loved the character because Noah was so dark and completely different from anything I’d ever done.”

Director Rob Cohen (“The Fast and the Furious”) shares what drew him to Guzman for the role: “We had a cold reading of the script one Tuesday night at Jennifer’s, and the first…

JOHNNY DEPP TRANSFORMS AS THE WOLF “INTO THE WOODS”

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Re-inventing his cinematic look yet again, Johnny Depp stars as the The Wolf in Walt Disney Pictures' new fantasy adventure “Into the Woods.”

When director Rob Marshall approached Johnny Depp (“Sweeney Todd,” “Alice in Wonderland”) about bringing the predatory character of the Wolf to life, the actor was quick to sign on. Having worked with Marshall on “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” Depp shares a similar sensibility with the director, and says, “I’d shoot the phone book with Rob if he asked. He’s the real thing.”

In discussing the character of the Wolf, screenwriter James Lapine says, “The Wolf is the feral creature in the storytelling. He’s the unguarded, animalistic presence embodied, rather amazingly, by Johnny Depp, who we also see as seductive. It’s the seduction of the wild.”

Bringing the fairy tales into a realistic setting, which was one of composer Stephen Sondheim and Lapine’s original goals with “Into the Woods” was one aspect the Depp found very appeal…

“PROJECT ALMANAC” STARS DISCUSS TIME-TRAVEL, FOUND-FOOTAGE

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Young actors Jonny Weston (“Taken 3,” upcoming “Insurgent”) and Sofia Black-D’Elia (TV's “Gossip Girl”) talk about time-travel, the found-footage genre and more on the set of Paramount Pictures' new sci-fi thriller “Project Almanac.”


Weston leads the cast of “Project Almanac” as David, a smart kid with a very bright future who manages to build a working time machine with his friends, but he’s not particularly confident when it comes to striking up a simple conversation with his crush, Sofia Black-D’Elia’s Jessie. While on the “Project Almanac” set in Atlanta, Georgia, Weston and Black-D’Elia took a break to talk about their characters briefly and how their characters fit into this found footage time travel adventure.
Question: Tell us about the first time you read the script. Did your roles stick out to you and what did you think of the blend of time travel and found footage?
Jonny Weston: I don’t think found footage has been nearly kind of gotten into quite yet. It’s an entirely…

ANGELINA JOLIE'S PASSION FOR DIRECTING REMAINS “UNBROKEN”

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Angelina Jolie’s first feature-film directorial effort, 2011’s “In the Land of Blood and Honey” was an auspicious debut and received strong reviews and a Golden Globe Award Best nomination for Best Foreign Language film. It wasn’t surprising that the urge to continue a career as a filmmaker persisted in Jolie, even as the subject matter of another directorial effort eluded her. “I would be lying in bed thinking I want to do something meaningful. But what was it? I needed some help, some guidance,” she gives.

The living, breathing embodiment of the guidance Jolie sought, and of the themes and values that pique her interest—courage and endurance, the resilience of the human spirit, faith, forgiveness and redemption—turned out to be quite nearby. She found it wholly in the person of one of her neighbors, a living legend whose home, unbeknownst to her, was nearby her family’s house in the Hollywood Hills.

When producer Matthew Baer introduced Jolie to the “Unbroken” working script in 2012, …

BRUCE WILLIS CREATES HUMANOIDS IN EXPLOSIVE SCI-FI ACTION “VICE”

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Bruce Willis gears for action against both humans and robots in the sci-fi “Vice” where he plays Julian Michaels who has designed the ultimate resort – a place where anything goes and the customers can play out their wildest fantasies with artificial inhabitants who look, think and feel like humans.

When an artificial (Ambyr Childers) becomes self-aware and escapes, she finds herself caught in the crossfire between Julian's mercenaries and a cop (Thomas Jane) who is hell-bent on shutting down Vice, and stopping the violence once and for all.

“Vice” was the perfect script to move Emmett Furla Oasis into the high concept science-fiction action space," says producer Randall Emmett. "Director Brian Miller has the talent to creatively construct a world so different from the one in which we live, and elicited beautifully nuanced performances from our talented cast including Ambyr, Thomas, and Bruce.




“The concept for “Vice” came to me because I was thinking about robots, and…

“TAKEN 3” TOPS WORLD’S BOX-OFFICE: RANKS # 1 IN PHILS. WITH PHP 107 MILLION OPENING WEEKEND

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20th Century Fox has just delivered 2015’s first big hit when “Taken 3” muscled in a strong global haul clocking in at $161.8 million to-date.

Variety’s report states that, “Among notable markets, “Taken 3″ pulled in $5.4 million from the United Kingdom, opened with $2.5 million in the Philippines, kicked off with $2.2 million in Russia and debuted to $1.2 million in Spain.”

In the Philippines, showing in more than 200 screens, “Taken 3” grossed a massive Php 107 million during its first five-days since it opened (January 14). Hauling in almost 600,000 admissions nationwide, “Taken 3” has locked itself to be the highest grossing film of the franchise based on its five-day weekend release with the first “Taken” opening at Php 4.7 million and “Taken 2” at Php 65 million.



“Taken 3’s” impressive Phils. box-office records have proven Neeson’s and the franchise’s unwavering commercial box-office appeal as it now stands to be the Biggest Opening Weekend for the year to-date, so far surpas…

ACADEMY-AWARD NOMINEE LAURA DERN IN “WILD”

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Laura Dern who recently portrayed an inspiring mother caring for a cancer-stricken daughter in “Fault In Our Stars” opposite Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort stars anew in her Academy-Award nominated role in “Wild” starring alongside Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon.

Dern lends her acting sensibilities once again in “Wild” as she plays mother to Reese’s Cheryl who adores her to the heavens. In “Wild,” director Jean-Marc Vallée (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby (“An Education”) bring bestselling author Cheryl Strayed’s extraordinary adventure to the screen. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Strayed makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. “Wild” powerfully reveals her terrors and pleasures --as she forges ahead on a jour…

HERE COMES “THE WEDDING RINGER”

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Are you bro-less? Buddy-deficient? About to settle down with a girl without ever having lived it up first with the boys? You might just need “The Wedding Ringer.” Top comedians Kevin Hart (“The Grudge Match”) Josh Gad (voice of Olaf in “Frozen”) and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (TV's “The Big Bang Theory”) star in the new buddy comedy from director Jeremy Garelick (“The Break-Up”).

For any man getting married, there's a lot to take care of before the big day. But no matter how stressful it gets, he can be certain of one thing: the guys that make up his wedding party - from best man to groomsmen - will help him out, from the bachelor party to the reception toast.

They're his crew, after all: the guys who have always been there for him, through good times and bad (and good times that memorably go bad, right?). They're the guys who matter. The guys that lovable, socially awkward groom-to-be Doug Harris (Josh Gad) never had, and doesn't have.

And if he doesn't want to look li…