Showing posts from May, 2015


Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions present “Terminator Genisys,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons Matthew Smith, and Byung-hun Lee. The film is directed by Alan Taylor, written by Laeta Kalogridis & Patrick Lussier and produced by David Ellison and Dana Goldberg.
According to producer David Ellison, “’Terminator Genisys’ is not a remake, it’s not a reboot, it’s not a sequel—it’s really a reimagining based on the original James Cameron source material. Viewers don’t have to be familiar with any of the previous films at all—this is definitely a stand-alone. Exploiting the inherent nature of time travel, we go off on a divergent timeline to take these characters that audiences and I grew up with in a completely new direction.”
In the film, when John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an une…


Can you imagine what a dinosaur looks like, moves like or sounds like without thinking of “Jurassic Park?”

It isn’t just a movie. It’s a memory shared by all of us.

It defined the colossal summer blockbuster, a moviegoing event of a lifetime that provided us some of the most lasting, iconic sights and sounds of cinema.

It gave you the feeling that the first day of summer had arrived.

It pioneered advancements in visual effects that made you believe dinosaurs roamed the Earth again.

Mixing plausible science with breathtaking imagination, it told a cautionary tale about what could result from messing with the natural order.

It left your eyes wide, your jaw open and your heart racing.

Jurassic Park answered the question of how much story, how much fun and how much spectacle could fit into one perfect summer motion picture.

Now, the story of Steven Spielberg’s original comes full circle as the park that was only a promise comes to life.

Welcome to “Jurassic World.” The new film is directed by Coli…


Universal Pictures has now released a couple of new behind-the-scenes featurettes from “Jurassic World” that give viewers a look at the atmosphere on set, and actor Chris Pratt who plays the lead is just as funny and fun-loving as you’d imagine.

The videos may be viewed here: (Journals: Stunts)  and here: (Journals: Motorcycle).

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 f…

REVIEW | San Andreas (2015)

Seen in 4DX (3D glasses and motion seats, with environmental effects)

Earthquake disaster drama San Andreas does not waste a single minute and thrusts you right into the action of climactic, large-scale proportions.

Even disaster movies require a substantial story, but San Andreas is the kind of disaster movie that relentlessly deploys catastrophe every second as if audience nowadays have no more patience for story and dialogue and are only entertained from explosions and extensive destruction.

San Andreas does have a story, but it's a trite one. A search and rescue helicopter pilot, Ray (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), tries to save and get his family back together after the San Andreas fault line activates without warning and their home state California is hit with a 9-point-something earthquake. On the other side of California is a glimpse of a seismologist, played by Paul Giamatti, another hero, who does not know the existence of Ray and Family.
The plot has no build-up to a climac…


Playstation 3’s “Heavenly Sword” leaps from game console to a movie that trails a tale of revenge that sees Nariko (Anna Torv), a fiery red-haired heroine, embark on a quest of vengeance against the invading King Bohan (Alfred Molina) and his army. Once considered the failure of a legendary prophecy, Nariko must wield a sword that was ultimately meant for another. This ancient Heavenly Sword, once belonging to a powerful deity, can never be wielded by a mortal without slowly and inevitably killing them. For Nariko, it’s a race against time to avenge her clan before her life is irreparably overtaken by the omnipotent Heavenly Sword. The movie also features the voice of Thomas Jane.

Todd Farmer, the film’s director in recent interviews revealed that he became attached to the project after heading to E3 with the producers of the film. They looked around for video games that would make good movie adaptations and landed on Heavenly Sword.

“I l…


One of Hollywood’s most promising young talents, Stefanie Scott plays the lead in Columbia Pictures' “Insidious: Chapter 3” as teenaged aspiring actress Quinn Brenner who senses that her late mother is trying to contact her, and seeks out a gifted psychic – Elise (Lin Shaye).

Director-screenwriter Leigh Whannell comments, “In writing the character of Quinn, I tried to create a teenage girl in an honest way. I feel that they tend to be portrayed a certain way in films, one that doesn’t honestly reflect their goals and concerns. Quinn and Elise mirror each other in how they are dealing with loss at a turning point in their lives, and it was important to me that audiences connect with both of them.”

Scott found her director’s attention to emotional detail most welcome. “In the story, Quinn has kept a diary,” the actress explains. “Leigh gave me a blank diary – and a huge box of stuff to decorate it with: jewels, markers, paint. I decorated the cover – and then I wrote in the journal…


From New Line Cinema comes the horror film “The Gallows.” Watch the film's just-released main trailer HERE.

Twenty years after an accident caused the death of the lead actor during a high school play, students at the same small town school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy—but ultimately find out that some things are better left alone.

The film stars Cassidy Gifford (“God’s Not Dead”), Ryan Shoos (“As Night Comes”), Reese Mishler (the web series “Youthful Daze”) and Pfeifer Brown under the direction of Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff, who wrote the screenplay.

Jason Blum (“Ouija,” the “Paranormal Activity” “Insidious” and “Sinister” franchises) produces with Guymon Casady (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” “The Expendables” franchise), Dean Schnider (“Hachi: A Dog’s Tale”), Benjamin Forkner (“The Killing Room”), Lofing and Cluff. Dave Neustadter, Walter Hamada and Couper Samuelson are the executive producers.

New Line Cinema prese…


Pac-Man™ celebrated his 35th birthday in style around the world May 22. With the character coming to the big screen this summer in Sony Pictures’ “Pixels,” the studio joined in to celebrate with a global birthday party of epic proportions. From being launched to outer space, breaking a Guinness World Record for largest human image of the iconic game character, to a special greeting by tennis superstar Serena Williams from the French Open.

Watch the highlights of the celebration HERE.

“Pixels” is set for release in Philippine theaters nationwide on August 26, 2015. As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times – at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they’re going to have to do it for real.

In “Pixels,” when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Ea…


Based on and inspired by actual events, crowd-funded independent film “Bat Outta Hell” finds four young documentary filmmakers on their trip of a lifetime takes a turn for the worst when they discovered that the grisly predator bat is not a myth.

Vernon Wells, who is best known for his role in 1981’s “Mad Max 2” as Wez, the homicidal biker stars as Simpson in “Bat Outta Hell.” In this unpredictable indie horror movie, Wells enthused that he finds it interesting to be involved in a film based on facts. “I’ve looked into it and discovered that these bats are actually real they have been sighted in many many places around the world. In fact there was sighting in Brazil, a team of archaeologist in the deep jungle looking for something in a cave and that these bats happened to reside in that cave, the bats, instead of fluttering away from the humans, being territorial, attacked their team. They’re fortunate they have guns with them and they killed some of …


Consistent with the edgy tone of the musical score for New Line Cinema's “San Andreas,” multiple Grammy nominee and international chart-topping artist Sia has interpreted the 1960s classic “California Dreamin'” for the film's soundtrack.

Produced by Oliver Kraus, the song was performed by Sia especially for “San Andreas,” and is heard in tandem with its closing beats and end credits, to echo the evocative and uplifting notes of the story’s big finale.

Sia's powerhouse vocals are on full display, turning the bittersweet song into a gorgeous slow-burner that demands repeat listening (which you can do here at HERE).

Meanwhile, to create the primary music for “San Andreas,” director Brad Peyton again turned to Andrew Lockington, the composer on both his past film “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.”

Beginning the process at the earliest possible point, Peyton explains, “The way I like to build the world is to look at the tone and the music. For ‘San Andreas,’ the question was h…


Warner Bros. Pictures has just launched the teaser trailer for its new gangster thriller “Black Mass” starring Johnny Depp and may be viewed here at HERE.

The film is based on the book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob, about the infamous gangster Whitey Bulger. The film stars Oscar® nominee Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger and Joel Edgerton (“The Great Gatsby”) as FBI Agent John Connolly. The film is directed by of Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”).

In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.

“Black Mass” also stars Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”) as Whitey’s brother, Bi…

REVIEW | Tomorrowland (2015)

Either Tomorrowland is a well-meaning movie or a rebellious one. I cannot tell.

In the midst of Hollywood's penchant for dystopian films, Tomorrowland dares to be different—offering a utopian world as a "refreshing change," but not without arrogantly reprimanding you to please stop making Doomsday a trend, please?
Tomorrowland tells you that it's all your fault and your lazy acceptance, your cynicism, and pessimism that will ultimately cause the apocalypse. But hey, it's not too late to change yourself! What you should do is listen to the movie's doctrine: train yourself to hope (which, in this movie, feels like nursing a delusion) and dream up a perfect, Disney "Happily Every After" future, and you will surely save mankind from its self-destruction. 
But, wait! Not everyone is capable of dreaming and hoping and manufacturing a Paradise for a future! Only those "chosen ones," i.e, the geniuses or the gifted ones can. You're not an arti…


A short clip featuring Dwayne Johnson inviting Filipinos to watch his latest film, “San Andreas” has just been released by Warner Bros. Watch the video HERE.

The action adventure “San Andreas,” from New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures, reunites Dwayne Johnson with director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn, following their collaboration on the global hit “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.”

After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning. And when they think the worst may be over…it’s just getting started.

“San Andreas” also stars Carla Gugino (“Night at the Museum,” TV’s “Entourage”), Alexandra Daddario (“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” TV’s “True Detective”), Ioan Gruffudd (“Fantastic Four: Rise of the Si…


Joining George Clooney in Disney's mystery adventure “Tomorrowland” are two child stars playing pivotal roles: Thomas Robinson who portrays the young version Clooney's character, Frank; and Rafey Cassidy who plays Athena.

As is typical in the industry, casting of the children’s parts presented its own challenges. “Young Frank was a little hard because we needed someone that looked like George and who could handle the physicality of the part because we wanted to do so much of it in camera,” says producer Jeffrey Chernov. “When we found Thomas it was like we struck gold.”

Commenting on his young costar, Hugh Laurie says, “Thomas Robinson gave Young Frank every possible ounce of energy and optimism and idealism that the part needed. For him the world is a huge adventure to be grasped and every day was a chance to discover something more, do something more, try something new. He was fearless and completely charming.”

Describing Young Frank, Thomas Robinson says, “The movie starts off…


The genetically-enhanced dinosaurs are front and center of the three, new “Jurassic World” one-sheets released by Universal Pictures.

The posters separately feature Bryce Dallas Howard squaring off with a dinosaur, a gigantic aquarium where a dinosaur and a shark are chasing underwater, and lastly, Chris Pratt riding on his motorcycle amid a group of raptors.

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'…


Prepare to burn in the upcoming and most awaited thrilling adventure of the year, “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” where the course of the Gladers’ lives who successfully survived the Maze will define the rest of humanity’s future.

Reprising his role as Thomas, Dylan O’Brien returns along with fellow Gladers Kaya Scodelario, Ki Hong Lee and Thomas Brodie-Sangster set in a more challenging post apocalyptic future where they sprint for another run of their lives. Director Wes Ball is at the helm once again in this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga where our young heroes search for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.

“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” opens at cinemas on September 9 in the Philippines from 20th Century …


Columbia Pictures' new trailer for “Pixels” is here! It's time to meet the unlikely heroes called upon to take on the aliens attacking Earth using characters from classic arcade games.

They're none other than U.S. President Will Cooper's (Kevin James) old-school arcade friends Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad) and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage).

The trailer may be viewed HERE.

As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner, Will Cooper, Ludlow Lamonsoff, and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant saved the world thousands of times – at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they’re going to have to do it for real.

In “Pixels,” when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults — and now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Don…

REVIEW | Spy (2015)

At last, the perfect role for Melissa McCarthy. Writer/director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) finally gave his plus-size muse a comedic character that maximizes McCarthy's craft as a versatile actress.

In Spy, McCarthy is Susan Cooper, a timid, insecure, and lonely CIA desk agent resigned to a dreary, sedentary life in the vermin-infested basement of the agency. The only thing keeping her alive is her undying love for Bradley Fine (Jude Law), a suave, handsome Bond-like CIA field agent that she remotely guides in his deadly, exciting missions. So when Fine’s life is suddenly compromised by a haughty, big-haired nuclear arms dealer (Rose Byrne), who threatens the lives of all the CIA top operative agents, including that of a hot-headed and intense Rick Ford (Jason Statham), Cooper volunteers to go undercover to avenge Fine’s death—and finally get to live her dream as a “real spy.”

Spy is every-minute hilarious; you haven’t finished laughing from a scene yet, and already you a…


Warner Bros. Pictures just unveiled a new trailer for its upcoming action-adventure “Pan” and it's a visual stunner. The trailer may be viewed HERE.

From director Joe Wright (“Atonement,” “Pride & Prejudice”) comes “Pan,” a live-action feature presenting a wholly original adventure about the beginnings of the beloved characters created by J.M. Barrie.

Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and a new friend named James Hook (G…


Young actress Alexandra Daddario (HBO's “True Detective,” “Percy Jackson: Sea Monsters”) plays Blake, the 19-year-old daughter whom her parents (Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino) must rescue after the infamous San Andreas Fault gives, triggering a magnitude 9-plus earthquake.

As her parents race to San Francisco, Blake must rely on her own instincts and resourcefulness to survive and cut a path toward safety.

“Alexandra’s character is a strong woman, not a damsel in distress, and that was important to us,” says producer Beau Flynn. “I have two daughters, so I especially love to see women take on these roles, because the truth is, women are often the real heroes.”

Hundreds of miles away, Blake recovers from the terror of being trapped in a crushed car in an underground parking garage and struggles to regain her bearings. Unable to communicate with her parents by phone except for a few fleeting moments, she discovers that the lessons her father taught her about survival still resonate and …


Film is the #1 new release at the worldwide box office“Mad Max: Fury Road” gives George Miller his biggest opening ever and is already the top-grossing “Mad Max” film

BURBANK, CA – May 17, 2015 – Riding on rave reviews and huge anticipation around the globe, Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “Mad Max: Fury Road” thundered at the worldwide box office with an opening weekend of more than $109.4 million, making it the #1 new release at the global box office. It is also the biggest opening ever for director George Miller and is already the highest grossing of all the “Mad Max” films. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

George Miller’s return to the world of “Mad Max” was a major draw overseas, where it earned an aggregate estimated $65 million in 68 territories on 16,900 screens. It was #1 at the box office in almost 40 territ…

"Red Lights" by Fil-Canadian Christian Lat, starring Leon Miguel, wins Best Film at the Ottawa Digital Film Festival

Fil-Canadian Christian Paolo Lat's short Red Lights recently won Best Film at the Ottawa Digital Film Festival, besting 18 other films.

The barely 15-minute thriller is a hard look at a crime syndicate in the Philippines. A morose American tourist (Bobby Bowers) allows an ebullient and over-pleasing local taxi driver (Leon Miguel) to take him on a "tour around the city," which means a beeline to the country's red-light district.

With a nitty gritty camerawork providing an icky sense of the world of immorality, colonial mentality, poverty, greed, and Third World crime, Lat promptly sets the tone of suspense and mystery, and then takes us on a melancholy and dangerous journey. What he aims to convey with his story—foreigners attacked by low-level piranhas as soon as they step foot on Philippine soil—is up to the viewer, though.

Leon Miguel provides just the right personality to his eager taxi driver role; his over-excitement and kiss-ass demeanor the very archetype of…


Warner Bros. Pictures' new comedy “Entourage,” the much-anticipated big-screen version of the award-winning hit HBO series, reunites the hit show’s original cast, led by Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven.

In the film, movie star Vincent Chase (Grenier), together with his boys, Eric (Connolly), Turtle (Ferrara) and Johnny (Dillon), are back…and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Piven). Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and often cutthroat world of Hollywood.

Ever cruise Sunset Boulevard in a stretch limousine, and then hit the red carpet at a star-studded movie premiere? Stop by an impromptu party on the beach in Malibu, where the sun always shines and the cocktails flow? Score the best table at the hottest restaurant in town, no reservation required? And all the while, everywhere you go, gorgeous starlets wave as you pass by.

It’s everyb…


New Line Cinema's action-thriller “San Andreas” imagines the largest magnitude earthquake in recorded history. A seismic swarm along a previously undetected fault near Nevada’s Hoover Dam crosses the border to trigger California’s notorious San Andreas Fault, which erupts in a massive jolt that rocks Los Angeles to its core. But it doesn’t stop there. The shockwave travels up the fault line, setting off a ripple effect of chaos and destruction all the way to San Francisco.

It was the fusion of wide-scale calamity and intensely personal connections that drew Dwayne Johnson and director Brad Peyton to the project, while it was still in the latter stages of development with producer Beau Flynn. The three had previously collaborated on the worldwide hit “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” and welcomed the chance to work together again on such a vastly different story where everything – the action, the scale, and the emotional beats – is amplified.

Says Peyton, “This is different from an…


George Clooney leads the cast of Disney's “Tomorrowland” as Frank Walker, once a dreamer and budding scientist, who isolates himself on the family farm, and living like a hermit surrounded by his unique inventions spawned from his growing sense of paranoia. When a young stranger shows up on his doorstep, Frank is forced to leave his secure world and deal with his past.

Director Brad Bird and screenwriter Damon Lindelof had only one man in mind to play the film's lead character -- the disillusioned inventor Frank Walker. “From very early on we described Frank as George Clooney-esque,” recalls Lindelof, “and whenever we would talk about actors for Frank, the thinking was: who’s like Clooney? We crossed our fingers and did our best job of writing it, infusing Frank with a curmudgeonly humor and a heroic quality, all of which we think George embodies. And then we sent it off into the universe.”

When approached, George Clooney was intrigued by the project and signed on—much to the de…


"Pitch Perfect" star Anna Kendrick stars alongside Ryan Reynolds in the bizarre crime thriller “The Voices” about a man in his 30’s suffering from schizophrenia who speaks to his pets, a dog and a cat which he regards as his conscience.

In “The Voices,” Jerry (Reynolds) is that chipper guy clocking the nine-to-five at a bathtub factory, with the offbeat charm of anyone who could use a few friends but one who needs his medication to function normally. With the help of his court-appointed psychiatrist (Jacki Weaver), he pursues his office crush Fiona (Gemma Arterton) and later his other officemate Lisa (Kendrick). When Fiona agreed to go out with him on a date and carelessly stood him up to go out with her other friends, Jerry’s odd behaviour begins to get the better of him. During the night when Fiona stood him up, he finds her on the road trying to get a ride going home, Jerry then offers her a ride while his hallucinations start to fill his mind until h…