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SYLVESTER STALLONE REPRISES MOST ICONIC ROLE IN “CREED”

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For the seventh time in his illustrious career, Sylvester Stallone portrays his most iconic role of boxing legend Rocky Balboa, in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Creed” which explores a new chapter in the “Rocky” story, now focusing on Adonis, the son of Apollo Creed, Rocky’s late best friend.

(Watch the “Creed” featurette “Fathers and Sons”)

Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.

“He thinks that because Rocky was close to Apollo, he might be the only other person who could understand what he’s going through, and that because of his history with the father, he’ll be willing to train the son,” Jordan offers. “But that’s not the case.”

Rocky makes it clear he’s not interested in going back to that world, and, Jordan says, “that just be…

“KRAMPUS” DIRECTOR PAINTS THE HOLIDAYS WITH FRIGHT

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“Krampus” writer-director Michael Dougherty has long taken an interest in the delightfully dark and subversive. From his breakout feature, 2007’s “Trick ’r Treat,” which began as a small release and has grown to attract a rabid cult following, to his unexpected research into the origins of the winter solstice, the filmmaker has discovered that the dark side of pop culture and folklore is often much more fascinating than the humdrum stories we’ve been told.

(Watch the “Krampus” TV Spot “Merry Christmas” )

Dougherty explains that it was about 15 years ago that he was introduced to the dark side of December’s beloved holiday: “The same way that Americans send out Christmas cards, Europeans have this rich tradition of sending out Krampus cards. I was shown these beautiful illustrations of this creature called Krampus, who stole children, and images of people cowering in fear. Still, they had such a fun, mischievous quality, similar to our Halloween. I found that appealing because it …

“IN THE HEART OF THE SEA” STARS FUTURE SPIDER-MAN TOM HOLLAND

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Before debuting on next year’s “Captain America: Civil War” as Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man, young actor Tom Holland makes a splash in Warner Bros.’ new action-adventure “In the Heart of the Sea.”

Oscar winner Ron Howard directs “In the Heart of the Sea,” based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex. In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick.

Holland plays the 14-year-old cabin boy Thomas Nickerson setting off on his first whaling expedition, on the Essex. Veteran actor Brendan Gleeson portrays the man thirty years later who still bears the scars of his ordeal, although most of them are invisible.

Watch the featurette “Young Nickerson's Story”.

Howard explains, “Our two Nickersons gave us a chance to explore individual asp…

DANGEROUS GAME IN “BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA” STARTS DECEMBER 9 EXCLUSIVE AT AYALA MALLS CINEMAS

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Television’s “True Blood” star Ryan Kwanten stars in his latest action movie “Blunt Force Trauma” with Freida Pinto and the iconic Mickey Rourke in a story following John (Kwanten), an underground gunslinger looking for his ultimate duel with legendary Zorringer (Rourke) along with Colt (Pinto) who is seeking revenge for the death of her brother.
Directed by Ken Sanzel, also a known scriptwriter for his work in the action-packed “The Replacement Killers starring Chow Yun Fat, “Blunt Force Trauma” brings the characters underground in a deadly game of gunfight where the participants are continuously shot wearing bulletproof vests and that the only one and last one standing is declared winner.

From his recent interviews about “Blunt Force Trauma,” Kwanten further explains the nature of the film. “For me, it’s a modern day representation of one those existentialist road trip movies and it was such a nice departure to play a very iconic 70s style man. It reall…

MIND-BOGGLING DEATH STUNTS DONE BY REAL ICONIC ATHLETES IN “POINT BREAK”

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Brace yourselves for this year’s most ambitious groundbreaking action movie “Point Break” starring Luke Bracey (“Best of Me”) with Edgar Ramírez along with real-world action sports heroes whom director Eric Core cast instead of the traditional stunt team that gives the film the first-of-its-kind extreme ante in the action genre.
“Point Break” brings the audience in a whole new level, highly dangerous, high stakes world of extreme sports when Johnny Utah (Bracey) goes deep undercover to forge strong allies with a group of extreme athletes whom he believes are the perpetrators of international crimes across the globe headed by their charismatic leader Bodhi (Ramírez). Proving that he’s solidly with the group, Johnny gains the trust of their leaders and eventually steals stash after stash from their group and takes on a Robin Hood-esque task of giving to the poor eventually bringing them to justice.

Filmed with a staggering US$120 million in budget, …

THE BOYS ARE BACK, NIX DAVE’S LIKELY WEDDING IN “ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP”

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One of the most successful family movie franchise, “Alvin and the Chipmunks” presents a new road to chip in the latest kiddie and family adventure movie “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” bringing in a mix of the new and classic Chipmunks’ mischievous humor and heartwarming moments that fans adore about the franchise.

In the latest movie, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” Dave’s (Jason Lee) career as a musical artist manager has taken off, thanks to the Chipmunks. He also has an exciting new client – a rising young pop star, named Ashley, played by actress/singer/author/model Bella Thorne (“My Own Worst Enemy,” “Shake It Up”). Despite her popularity, Ashley has remained “sweet and down to earth,” says Thorne. For example, she notes, “When we meet Ashley, she’s being stormed by paparazzi, but she makes sure that the ‘Munks aren’t trampled.” Ashley also provides emotional and musical support to the ‘Munks when they reunite with Dave in Florida.

REVIEW | The Little Prince (2015)

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In a world of unevenly drawn stars, Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince is magically breathed into life in Mark Osborne's (Kung Fu Panda) movie adaptation of the beloved 1943 novella. He and screenwriters Irena Brignull (The Boxtrolls) and Bob Persichetti created a modern-day story to blend with the philosophical fantasy of The Little Prince.

In a grey, coldly organized and austere business environment, The Little Girl (Mackenzie Foy), with her adorable crooked front teeth, is already being molded by her Type A mother (Rachel McAdams) to become the perfect, essential adult. The 9-year-old's life is strictly organized for every hour of the day, day of the week, the week of the month, the month of the year.

The Little Girl willingly submits to the Life Plan—but then she is distracted by their new neighbor, the eccentric old Aviator (Jeff Bridges), whose crazy, flighty, imaginative life is a contrast to the Little Girl's dull, exacting, systematic adult world.  …

REVIEW | The Good Dinosaur (2015)

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Disney-Pixar’s second animated film this year, TheGood Dinosaur, is a combination of the bizarre and the familiar. Like slowly easing kids into experimental cinema—whether or not on purpose.

In an imagined world where dinosaurs did not become extinct and have evolved with human intelligence, and where human beings are the inferior species, our hero is Arlo (Raymond Ochoa), a clumsy and cowardly Apatosaurus runt from a family of farmers, and who is dearly loved by his patient Poppa (Jeffrey Wright) and Momma (Frances McDormand).

A very familiar tragedy throws Arlo into unfamiliar territories, but he is aided by a vicious “critter,” a primitive human toddler, Spot (Jack Bright), for his survival. And the unlikely duo journeys through the stunning and hostile American Northwest, encountering a variety of odd characters along the way.


The film boasts of intense animation. The landscapes, the mountain vistas, the river, are all shockingly lifelike, but the contrast of the very plain carto…

MARVEL'S “DOCTOR STRANGE” BEGINS PRODUCTION

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Nov. 24, 2015 – Marvel Studios announced today that production has begun on “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game,” “Star Trek: Into Darkness”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave,” “The Martian”), Rachel McAdams (“Sherlock Holmes”) and Michael Stuhlbarg (“Steve Jobs”) with Mads Mikkelsen (“Clash of the Titans,” “Casino Royale”) and Academy Award® winner Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton”).

The film, which opens in Philippine theaters on November 4, 2016, is directed by Scott Derrickson (“Sinister,” “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”). The film will be shot in several locations around the world, including London, New York, Hong Kong and Kathmandu, Nepal.

“Doctor Strange” follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.

“Doctor Strange” is the latest film in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Phase 3’s goal—over the course of four years and nine films—is…

NEW “ZOOTOPIA” TRAILER HILARIOUSLY TESTS YOUR PATIENCE

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Walt Disney Animation Studios has just unreeled a new trailer for its upcoming comedy-adventure “Zootopia” which may be viewed  HERE.

The trailer puts a hilarious spin on that dreadful frustration people feel when their fate is in the hands of not-so-efficient bureacracy.

“Zootopia” is directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”), and produced by Clark Spencer (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “Lilo & Stitch”).

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opp…

EXTREME ACTION ACROSS LAND, WATER AND AIR IN “POINT BREAK” MOVIE

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Traversing land, water and air, “Point Break” brings the action beyond limits following a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah played by Luke Bracey, a deep undercover who follows a group of elite athletes suspected of carrying out crimes in the most unusual ways, unconcerned of those who gets killed in the process.

The film brings in new and the most daring athleticism ever seen in a motion picture. Edgar Ramirez who also stars in the movie guarantees that they have protected the legacy of the 1991 movie that starred Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves. “Always, I cannot believe that I’m making the movie. It’s almost magic, the whole thing. I remember I would always joke among my friends about a remake of Point Break. I would say, “You know what? Whenever there’s a remake of Point Break, I’m going to do it.” But since it’s such a California movie, and especially the role of Bodhi was such a California rooted character, I thought I would not be the first choice for it. Then the fact that t…

“KRAMPUS” FEATURETTE SHEDS LIGHT ON CHRISTMAS DEMON

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As the opening of its new horror thriller “Krampus” nears, Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures have released a new featurette which clues viewers in on the many variations of Krampus throughout the years and how writer/director Michael Dougherty plans to bring his vision to life in the new film.

Learn about the legend and lore of Krampus with the new featurette.

Legendary Pictures’ “Krampus,” a darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul, reveals an irreverently twisted side to the holiday.

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.

All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.

The horror-comedy al…

THE BATTLE BEGINS IN FIRST TRAILER FOR MARVEL'S “CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR”

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The road to Marvel's “Captain America: Civil War” starts here!

After reading through the fans' tweets demanding the trailer for Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” stars Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. decided to give you exactly what you want!

Watch FIRST TRAILER.

Tensions rise as the world governments demand accountability for our heroes’ actions in the first trailer above, pitting friend against friend.

Opening across the Philippines on May 6, 2016, Marvel's “Captain America: Civil War” will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Follow the official social media accounts of Marvel, namely, (FB) MarvelPhilippines, (Twitter) @marvelstudiosph and (Instagram) @marvelphilippines. (PR)

FIRST TRAILER, MORE POSTERS UP FOR “THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER'S WAR”

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Fresh from revealing the character posters from “The Huntsman: Winter's War” early in the week, Universal Pictures has now launched the film's first trailer and two more one-sheets. Watch the trailer..

The fantastical world of “Snow White and the Huntsman” expands to reveal how the fates of The Huntsman Eric and Queen Ravenna are deeply and dangerously intertwined.

Chris Hemsworth and Oscar® winner Charlize Theron return to their roles in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” an epic action-adventure in which they are joined by Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, as well as director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Producer Joe Roth (“Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland”) once again leads the team in a breathtaking new tale nested in the legendary saga.

Long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) was thought vanquished by Snow White’s blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya (Emily Blunt), suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya’s ability to freeze any enemy, t…

TRUE STORY BEHIND LEGEND TRANSPORTS YOU TO “THE HEART OF THE SEA”

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It is one of the greatest seafaring tales of all time: the Nantucket whaling ship Essex was attacked by a leviathan—a white whale of singular size and intent—leaving only a few of its crew to overcome near-impossible odds and live to recount their experience. But in the almost 200 years since that harrowing voyage, the truth faded into history, eclipsed by the celebrated novel it inspired, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. Now, with acclaimed director Ron Howard at the helm, the legend of the Essex, her courageous crew, and that mythic white whale comes to the big screen for the first time in Warner Bros. Pictures' epic adventure “In the Heart of the Sea.”

(Watch the featurette “In the Heart of the Sea: Young Nickerson's Story”.)

Moby-Dick is fiction; however “In the Heart of the Sea” brings to life the powerful saga that would fuel Melville’s defining and enduring novel. Howard says, “The true story of the Essex is fantastic. It’s visceral; it’s rich and cinematic at its core, wit…

TEASER TRAILER TELLS “HOW TO BE SINGLE”

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Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled the teaser trailer and poster for its upcoming romantic comedy “How to Be Single” starring Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson.  WATCH THE TRAILER.

There’s a right way to be single, a wrong way to be single, and then…there’s Alice. And Robin. Lucy. Meg. Tom. David. New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, be it a love connection, a hook-up, or something in the middle. And somewhere between the teasing texts and one-night stands, what these unmarrieds all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love. Sleeping around in the city that never sleeps was never so much fun.

“How to Be Single” stars Dakota Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey”), Rebel Wilson (“Pitch Perfect”), Damon Wayans, Jr. (“Let’s Be Cops”), Anders Holm (“Neighbors,” upcoming “The Intern”), Alison Brie (“Get Hard”), Nicholas Braun (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”), Jake Lacy (HBO’s “Girls”), with Jason Mant…

WILL SMITH'S “CONCUSSION” SHARES NEW TRAILER

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Watch the newly-released trailer of Will Smith's upcoming dramatic thriller “Concussion” HERE.

Smith stars in Columbia Pictures' “Concussion,” based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith), the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a sports-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known.

Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful – and beloved – institutions in the world.

Directed and written by Peter Lendesman (“Parkland,” “Kill the Messenger”) based on the GQ article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas, “Concussion” also stars Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Paul Reiser, Luke Wilson, Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje with David Morse and Albert Brooks.

Opening across the Philippines on January 2016, “Concussion” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

REVIEW | Wild Tales (2014)

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Watch six wild tales of people experiencing meltdown and exacting unrestrained revenge. Pushed to their limit, all their moral constraints fly through the window and they explode with violence and witty language. Victims of cruel circumstances, they fight back with an uproariously wide-scale and highly creative havoc—vengeance in cataclysmic, outrageous proportions.
All six tales are stupendously entertaining: "Pasternak," "Las Ratas" ("The Rats"), "El más fuerte" ("The Strongest"), "Bombita" ("Little Bomb")"La Propuesta" ("The Proposal"), and "Hasta que la muerte nos separe" ("Until Death Do Us Part").
Co-produced by Pedro Almodóvar, Damián Szifron's Spanish-Argentine dark comedy anthology film Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes), a 2015 nominee for Oscar Best Foreign Film, is a delicious, terrific, and hilarious satire. Feel the raw and blind anger of the characters as stress…

HELP FIND ARLO, THE GOOD DINOSAUR!

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Manila, 18th November 2015 – A widespread #FINDARLO media campaign will kick off across Southeast Asia, enlisting the help of fans to search for Arlo, the timid dinosaur from Disney/Pixar’s highly anticipated upcoming release, “The Good Dinosaur”.

Watch the video “Missing Dino Alert. Help Us #FindArlo”.


Fans are encouraged to spot traces of Arlo across various locations in the Philippines and report their findings by taking a picture and uploading it to their Instagram account using #FINDARLO. Key online influencers in the Philippines including Alodia Gosiengfiao, Laureen Uy, Ranz Kyle and Niana Guerrero have already committed to help find Arlo before the movie opens on Nov. 25.

So be a part of this fun regional digital movement to locate Arlo in the Philippines this November. For more information, simply log in HERE.


About Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur
Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet complete…

SCARY CREATURE INTRUDES IN NEW “KRAMPUS” ONE-SHEET

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Home invasion gets a “monstrous” twist as dark creature Krampus prepares to crash an unsuspecting house in the newly released poster for Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Krampus.”

A darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul, revealing an irreverently twisted side to the Christmas holiday, “Krampus” is directed by Michael Dougherty, and stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Emjay Anthony, Allison Tollman, David Koechner, Conchata Ferrell, Stefania Owen and Krista Stadler.

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.

All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.

Opening across the Philippines on December…

WHERE TO FIND “FANTASTIC BEASTS” HIGH-RES IMAGES

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Following last week's first look at “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” – the start of a new trilogy of Harry Potter spinoffs centering on Eddie Redmayne’s magizoologist Newt Scamander – Warner Bros. Has released a trio of high-res photos, giving us a more detailed look at some of the images that debuted earlier.

The photos feature Redmayne’s Newt Scamander, and witchy sisters Porpentina and Queenie Goldstein, played by Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol respectively.

The all-new adventure “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is set in the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling in her best-selling Harry Potter books, which were adapted into the highest-grossing film franchise of all time.




Directed by David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” feature films, “Fantastic Beasts” stars Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) as Newt Scamander, the wizarding world’s preeminent magizoologist, who stops in New York following his travels to fi…

AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER MICHAEL GIACCHINO SCORING WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS’ “ZOOTOPIA”

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BURBANK, Calif. (Nov. 17, 2015) – Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino marks his first-ever collaboration with Walt Disney Animation Studios for next spring’s big-screen adventure “Zootopia.” Featuring an 80-piece orchestra and conductor Tim Simonec, Giacchino’s score is being recorded this week.
“In a world as vast as Zootopia, we needed someone who could deliver a score that can feel exotic and powerful, but also provide that same emotional intimacy,” said director Byron Howard. “We tell stories with images, Michael tells stories with music. ‘Zootopia’ is a massive film with deep emotional themes running throughout the story, and Michael was the perfect choice to bring the music of this extraordinary animal world to life.”
Added director Rich Moore, “Zootopia is a thriving metropolis inhabited by animals from around globe, and Michael's music has captured a wonderful international spirit that marries perfectly with the visuals. I'm very excited for audiences to experience …

TESSA THOMPSON PLAYS BEAUTIFUL MUSIC WITH “CREED” HERO

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Despite taking place in the male-dominated world of boxing, Warner Bros. Pictures' “Creed” isn’t strictly about the guys. Just as Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) found love with wife Adrian, titular character Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) is finding something like it with his neighbor, Bianca.

Fast-rising actress Tessa Thompson (“Selma”) plays Bianca, a local singer-songwriter who becomes involved with Adonis.

“We knew we needed a strong female character,” screenwriter Aaron Covington says, “because everybody knows Adrian. When you think of Rocky, you can’t help but think of her. Like Rocky, Adonis needed a counterbalance for all his aggression, somebody to bring him back to Earth.”

The role of the singer/songwriter, which required the actress playing her to also perform, proved a difficult one to cast, but ultimately went to Tessa Thompson. Director Ryan Coogler expounds, “We needed somebody to hold her own with Sly and Mike, and who was really a musician, who could perform and record…

LOOK INTO THE WHALE'S EYE IN THE NEW “HEART OF THE SEA” POSTER

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Warner Bros. Pictures has just anchored the new one-sheet art of “In the Heart of the Sea,” the new Ron Howard film starring Chris Hemsworth and based on the incredible true story that inspired “Moby-Dick.”

The latest poster shows a diver dwarfed by the enormity of the giant whale, and the two creatures seem to be engaging on a fierce staring contest.

In the winter of 1820, the ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story.

“In the Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction…

REVIEW | By the Sea (2015)

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From time to time, we get to watch pretentious arthouse pieces—and By the Sea is no exception. Angelina Jolie Pitt's vanity project as writer, director, and star of this so-called marital drama opposite her husband Brad Pitt subjects us to agonizingly beautiful visuals and an agonizingly empty experience. It's just like stepping into a Voguefashion shoot in a French Mediterranean resort.

Jolie Pitt pens an uninspired story set in the early '70s, about a wealthy New York couple who goes on a retreat in a French seaside hotel in hopes that the alcoholic writer husband, Roland (Brad Pitt), will be inspired to write a follow-up to his famous debut novel. While Roland pretends to write in the seaside bar, the depressive wife, Vanessa (Angelina Jolie Pitt), cocoons herself in pills, wine, and magazines. Or sightseeing. Or allowing herself to be catatonic, with her pretty tears flowing down her perfectly sculpted cheeks.

The couple is clearly unhappy—or maybe just unbearably bore…

REVIEW | HONOR THY FATHER (2015)

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Director Erik Matti has always been open about his abhorrence and deep intolerance for Christian fundamentalists. In fact, the On the Job director has always been known to publicly raise his social media fists without reservations against religious folks, sometimes with warnings to his Twitter followers: “Be wary of people who try hard to be nicely righteous in the name of God because often they are the most dishonest. #hypocrites.”

The antagonistic feelings of the highly celebrated Filipino director against organized Christian religions is perhaps the inspiration for his latest crime drama Honor Thy Father, which had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival’s Contemporary World Cinema section.

Matti and Michiko Yamamoto’s story, with the latter penning the screenplay, tells the story of Edgar (John Lloyd Cruz), a skeptic husband to his religiously fanatical wife, Kaye (Meryll Soriano), and who reluctantly joins her in the gatherings of the tight-knit reli…

“KRAMPUS” UNLEASHES HOLIDAY HAVOC IN NEW TRAILER

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“Krampus,” dark counterpart of Santa Claus, gets unleashed in a new trailer from the Christmas-themed horror thriller. Watch TRAILER here.

Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Krampus,” a darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul, reveals an irreverently twisted side to the Christmas holiday.

Directed by Michael Dougherty, “Krampus” stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Emjay Anthony, Allison Tollman, David Koechner, Conchata Ferrell, Stefania Owen and Krista Stadler.

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.

All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.

Opening across the Philippines on December 2, “Kra…