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ACADEMY AWARD WINNER FOR BEST PICTURE “BIRDMAN” - RETURN ENGAGEMENT IN PHILS. CINEMAS STARTING MARCH 4

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“Birdman” – this year’s big winner at the Oscars that bagged the Best Picture Award which also won the Best Director Award (Alejandro G. Iñárritu), Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki) and Best Original Screenplay Award (by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo) will have a return engagement in (Phils.) cinemas this March 4.

The widely acclaimed and celebrated “Birdman,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s black comedy features Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) hopes that by spearheading an ambitious new Broadway play he will, among other things, revive his moribund career. In many ways, it is a deeply foolhardy move – but the former cinema superhero has high hopes that this creative gambit will legitimize him as an artist and prove to everyone – and himself – that he is not just a Hollywood has-been.


With the play’s opening night looming, Riggan’s lead actor is injured by a freak accident during rehearsals and…

EVERYTHING IS STILL AWESOME AS “THE LEGO MOVIE SEQUEL” GETS DIRECTOR

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Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the “Master Builders” of the first blockbuster hit,
are writing and will produce the sequel together with Dan Lin and Roy Lee.



BURBANK, CA – February 24, 2015 — Director Rob Schrab (TV’s “Community,” “The Mindy Project”) will mark his feature directorial debut overseeing construction on “The LEGO® Movie Sequel,” the eagerly awaited follow-up to the worldwide sensation “The LEGO Movie.” The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who wrote and directed “The LEGO Movie,” are writing the new feature based on a story by Lord, Miller, Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan. In addition, Lord and Miller will serve as producers, alongside returning producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee.

Silverman stated, “‘The LEGO Movie’ captivated critics and audiences on a global scale with its irresistible blend of humor, imagination and fun. Warner Bros. is excited …

Jason Statham : The Right Face For The Job

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Discovered by film director Guy Ritchie, Jason Statham, 47, has made a name of himself in action films. His latest film is “Wild Card” by Simon West who directed The Expendables 2.

From cockney actor to star of action films such as Wild Card, has your career gone the way you wanted?

The change came with the first Transporter by Luc Besson. I’ve always been quite sporty and kept in shape through competitive diving and martial arts. I was delighted when I was asked to do my first action scenes-all those years of training finally paid off! I really enjoyed it and the films went down well, so I thought it was worthwhile nurturing this talent. In England there aren’t that many ‘physical’ actors.

It’s true that your films are far cry from James Ivory’s productions…

(Laughs) Yes. Not many wigs or cups of tea.



Who were your favourite figures in cinema as a teenager?

Sylvester Stallone, with whom I’ve had the great honour of acting. And Michael Caine and Bob Hoskins in England. Have you seen Get Car…

“MALEFICENT” BADDIE SHARLTO COPLEY BREATHES LIFE TO “CHAPPIE”

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“This film raises questions – when would a robot be considered human?” asks South African actor Sharlto Copley (“Maleficent”), who plays the titular character in Columbia Pictures' futuristic thriller “Chappie.”

“Is it because they can paint, or like a certain kind of music?,” Copley continues. “For humans, it would probably be if the machine had feelings – if we were connecting with a machine in the way that we connect with people. I think that’s what would make most people call a machine ‘alive’ – if it experiences emotions in the same way as us.”

In the film, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force in the future. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the…

“MINIONS” LOOK FOR DESPICABLE MASTER IN NEW TRAILER

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The adorable “Minions” are out searching for a new despicable master in the second trailer the upcoming comedy adventure from Universal Pictures. The hilarious trailer may be viewed at HERE.

The upcoming prequel-spinoff features three lovable minions—Kevin, Stuart, and Bob—as they seek to serve a new supervillain in the 1960s. The film also functions as an origin story as we see how the minions have inadvertently proven to be the downfall of history’s conquerors ranging from the T-Rex to Genghis Khan to Napoleon.

In the new trailer, the Minions hitchhike their way to Orlando, which is the site of “Villain Con 1968,” a convention where the world’s most notorious people come to bask in the love of their biggest fans, and attendees can apply to be henchmen by displaying their evil talents to employee placement specialists. It’s here where the Minions meet Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), who is the biggest star at the party, and end up becoming her minions, giving them all a purpose i…

THE “AVENGERS” ASSEMBLE AGAINST “AGE OF ULTRON” IN MAIN POSTER

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The Age of Ultron draws near as Earth's Mightiest Heroes assemble once more in a brand new movie poster! The original Avengers unite with newcomers Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Vision in the new poster for Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," in Philippine theaters April 22. Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure. Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsw…

BUCKLE UP FOR NEW “FAST & FURIOUS 7” TRAILER

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Universal Pictures continues to rev up “Fast & Furious 7” with the release of the action-thriller's new trailer, which may be viewed at HERE.

Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of “Fast & Furious 7.”

James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell.

Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan.

“Fast & Furious 7” opens across the Philippines on Black Saturday, April 04 and will be distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. (PR)

THE GANG SEARCHES FOR MISSING KRABBY PATTY IN NEW “SPONGEBOB MOVIE”

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From Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies comes “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water”, an all new 3D adventure that’s as wild and funny as its name. For the first time, SpongeBob SquarePants, the world’s favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet.

Life in Bikini Bottom couldn’t be better for eternal optimist SpongeBob (Tom Kenny) and his friends: loyal starfish Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke), the sardonic Squidward (Rodger Bumpass), scientist squirrel Sandy (Carolyn Lawrence) and crustacean capitalist, Mr. Krabs (Clancy Brown). When the top secret recipe for Krabby Patties is stolen, eternal adversaries SpongeBob and Plankton (Mr. Lawrence) must join forces on a trip through time and space to harness their internal superpowers and battle fiendish pirate Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas) with his own plans for the delicious delicacies.

Based on the highest rated series in Nickelodeon history and a decades-spanning internation…

“TAKEN” DIRECTOR TAKES UP SEAN PENN AS LATEST ACTION ANTIHERO IN “THE GUNMAN”

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Known for his gripping, unforgettable roles, Academy Award winner Sean Penn joins forces with “Taken” director Pierre Morrel in a role unlike any he has done before in the explosive action thriller “The Gunman” that will open in Philippine cinemas nationwide on March 18.

In the vein of edge-of-your seat thrillers “Taken” and “Non-Stop,” director Morrel, known for transforming Liam Neeson into a bonafide action hero brings another up and rising action hero in Sean Penn in the testosterone-driven movie “The Gunman.” Penn stars Jim Terrier, an ex-special forces government contractor who past comes back to haunt him when his former employer tries to have him killed. On the run and thrust into a inescapable game of cat and mouse chase, Terrier races from the jungles of Africa to the streets of London and the vibrant city of Barcelona in a deadly mission to flush out the people who want him dead. Terrier knows there is only one way to save himself – he must bring down one of the world’…

CATE BLANCHETT HUMANIZES THE STEPMOTHER IN “CINDERELLA”

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For the role of the feared—yet misunderstood—Stepmother, in Walt Disney Pictures' live-action fairytale, “Cinderella,” director Kenneth Branagh was certain that Cate Blanchett was an actor who could embrace the role without making it a caricature.

The actress, who has been nominated for an Academy Award® six times (four of which were for playing real people: Elizabeth I in “Elizabeth” and “Elizabeth: the Golden Age,” Katharine Hepburn in “The Aviator,” Bob Dylan in “I’m Not Here” and Sheba Hart in “Notes of a Scandal”), brings to life the role of the elegant widow who has been battered by life and resents Ella for her youth, beauty and charm.

“This is a story where kindness is a super power, which is something Ken and I talked about early on that I found really exciting,” says Blanchett. “Plus, I have three boys, so I’m aware of all the films out there that have male superheroes at the fore, so I was thrilled to be part of the telling of a female-centric story.”


Not wanting the Stepm…

BRADLEY COOPER AND EMMA STONE IN “ALOHA”

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In “Aloha,” a celebrated military contractor (Bradley Cooper) returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and reconnects with a long-ago love (Rachel McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Emma Stone) assigned to him.

From Academy Award®-winner Cameron Crowe, the writer-director behind such films as “Jerry Maguire” and “Almost Famous,” “Aloha” also stars Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, and Alec Baldwin.

“Aloha” will open in the Phils. this June 3 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

First trailer release here: HERE(PR)




2015’S BOOK-TO-MOVIE DEALS FROM 20TH CENTURY FOX

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Leaving pages unturned, 20th Century Fox opens 2015 with its line-up of book-to-film adaptations from the of the bestselling and acclaimed tomes that came up in recent years – “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed,  “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, “The Longest Ride” from Nicholas Sparks, “Far From the Madding Crowd” by Thomas Hardy , “The Maze Runner:  Scorch Trials” by James Dashner, “The Fantastic Four” from Marvel Comic legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, “Paper Towns” by John Green,  “Victor Frankenstein” based on Mary Shelley’s 19thcentury classic novel, Snoopy and friends debut on screen too in “Peanuts Movie” (2016)  and Andy Weir’s “The Martian” are the studio’s book-to-movie offerings this year.

                Currently in cinemas nationwide, based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass,” “X-Men First Class”), “Kingsman: The Secret Service” tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined bu…

SIGOURNEY WEAVER PLAYS ANTIHERO ROLE IN “CHAPPIE”

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When it comes to filmmaking, Sigourney Weaver is a great believer in the mantra that if it’s meant to be, then it will happen. And working with Neill Blomkamp – a director she had long admired – on Columbia Pictures’ futuristic action-thriller “Chappie” is a good example.

It has, of course, worked out extremely well in the past, too. Ms Weaver, a BAFTA winning, three-time Oscar-nominated actress is, quite simply, one of the very best. Her CV is remarkable: “Alien,” “ Ghostbusters,” “Gorillas in the Mist,” “Death and the Maiden,” “The Village,” “The Ice Storm,” “Avatar” and “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” to mention just a few from a career that spans more than three decades.

She has worked with Ridley Scott, James Cameron, Ang Lee and David Fincher – the very cream of contemporary filmmakers – but she is always on the lookout to team up with young, talented filmmakers who have appeared on her radar.

So when the script for “Chappie” – Blomkamp’s eagerly awaited latest film about a sentient …

2015 OSCAR PREDICTIONS

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It's a very tight race between my favorite Birdman (my rating: 5/5)and the overrated Boyhood (my rating: 2/5), so tomorrow's Oscars is very scary and exciting! I think Birdman deserves the Best Picture award, but my favorite is not particularly my prediction.

Here's my obligatory predictions for the categories that matter the most to me. I did not include the Foreign Picture category as I have not seen any of the nominees.



BEST PICTURE:

"American Sniper"
★"Boyhood" (WILL WIN)
"Birdman" (SHOULD WIN; COULD WIN)
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
"The Imitation Game"
"Selma"
"The Theory of Everything"
"Whiplash"


BEST DIRECTOR:

Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman" (SHOULD WIN; COULD WIN)
★Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" (WILL WIN)
Bennett Miller, "Foxcatcher"
Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Morten Tydlum, "The Imitation Game"


BEST ACTOR IN A LEADIN…

REVIEW | Still Alice (2014)

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A frightening, depressing walk-through with a patient with Alzheimer's, more so when the patient is as young as 50-year-old Alice (Julianne Moore).

Linguistics professor at Columbia University Alice Howland is diagnosed with early onset familial Alzheimer's, and we experience how she goes through not just the harrowing symptoms of the disease, but the pain of losing what forms her self-identity: her intellect.

We are, however, relieved and comforted by the love, support, and empathy of her strong and stable husband John (Alec Baldwin), who is also her colleague, and her loving and emphatic children Anna (Kate Bosworth), Tom (Hunter Parrish), and the blacksheep of the family, the unshampooed Lydia (Kristen Stewart).

Based on Lisa Genova's self-published novel, Still Alice is deeply heartbreaking and horrifying because the antagonist is a very real degenerative disease, and knowing that it's a devastatingly hopeless case, we painfully sit through its advancement.



Writte…

MIND-BLOWING SPECTACLE WHEN “INSURGENT” OPENS IN CINEMAS THIS MARCH 19

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The second instalment in the highly-successful young adult book phenomenon “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” translates to the big screen with returning cast including Golden Globe®-nominee Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Academy Award®-winners Kate Winslet and Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Maggie Q and Mekhi Phifer, based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best-seller of the same name.

“The second film in the Divergent franchise takes the story and action to another level and we were able to blend gripping performances and mind-blowing spectacle to create a unique event on screen," said producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher. “We cannot wait to share this experience with audiences around the world.”




Directed by Robert Schwentke and written by Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsman and Mark Bomback - “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic C…

MARGOT ROBBIE, FROM "WOLF OF WALL STREET" TO “FOCUS”

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She captivated audiences with her gripping on-screen presence in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” in which she stared as the female lead opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. Now, Australian actress Margot Robbie heats up the screen with Will Smith in Warner Bros. Pictures' engrossing heist film, “Focus.”

In the film, Nicky (Smith) is a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Robbie). As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame—now an accomplished femme fatale—shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high stakes racecar circuit. In the midst of Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop…and the consummate con man off his game.

“The script immediately caught my attention,” Robbie recalls. “It was funny and dramatic with touching emotional scenes but also a really engaging and intricate plot. There…

HUGH JACKMAN TAKES VILLAINY TO NEW HEIGHTS IN “CHAPPIE”

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Taking on the role of the villain, Vincent Moore, in Columbia Pictures' new futuristic action thriller “Chappie” is Academy Award-winner Hugh Jackman.

In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.

As an engineer who is very opposed to the idea of artificial intelligence, Vincent takes the robot Chappie’s advancement personally, as producer Simon Kinberg explains. “Vincent is a twisted, militaristic, aggressive, insecure, brilliant scientist who believes the world needs this massive weapon he’s created,” Kinberg says. “He’s sacrificed everything for this program. He was a soldier, and…

ROBERT LANGDON TO RETURN IN “INFERNO” STARRING TOM HANKS

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Ron Howard Directs and Produces with Brian Grazer; Film Begins Production in April


CULVER CITY, Calif., February 17, 2015 – Director/producer Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer have cast an energetic company of some of the world’s most talented and interesting rising international stars to join Tom Hanks inInferno, the new film in Columbia Pictures’ Robert Langdon series, which has taken in more than $1.2 billion worldwide to date.

The Imagine Entertainment production, which has a screenplay by David Koepp based on the book by Dan Brown, is slated for release on October 14, 2016 and will begin principal photography at the end of April. The project’s executive producers are Dan Brown, Anna Culp, Bill Connor, and David Householter.

Inferno continues the Harvard symbologist’s adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a glob…

WILL SMITH, A CON ARTIST WHO NEVER LOSES “FOCUS”

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Global superstar Will Smith headlines Warner Bros. Pictures' “Focus,” a slick heist film with a sophisticated vibe in which the stakes start out high and get exponentially higher.

Smith stars as Nicky Spurgeon who is all charm and ease, a cool, smooth operator with a million-dollar smile and perfectly understated style. Just don’t turn your back on him…don’t let him steal your focus for a second.

Enter Jess Barrett (Margot Robbie), a gorgeous young woman with flirty blonde locks and a wiggle in her short skirt, looking to get in the con game. She’s got all the right equipment, but she’s green. She just needs a guiding hand to show her all the right moves.

Nicky’s masterful cons take them from snowy New York to sunny New Orleans to one of South America’s most exquisite cities, Buenos Aires. Toss in the year’s ultimate football match and the exceedingly competitive world of car racing and all together it’s a formula for high-octane action, adventure and romance.


“I loved ‘Crazy, Stupid,…