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TOM HANKS IN THE FACE OF RECESSION IN “A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING”

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Award-winning actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks stars in “A Hologram for the King” set in recession-ravaged 2010 as an American businessman named Alan Clay adapted from the book of the same title by acclaimed author Dave Eggers.

Hanks’ role in the movie is a broke, depressed and freshly divorced man who arrives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

to close what he hopes will be the deal of a lifetime. His mission: sell a state-ofthe-art holographic teleconferencing system to the Saudi government. Adrift and alone in an unfamiliar land, Alan befriends taxi driver Yousef (Alexander Black), who chauffeurs him through the desert to the “King’s Metropolis of Economy and Trade,” a surreal ghost town of vacant skyscrapers and half-completed construction projects. Baffled by the bureaucratic reception he gets at the so-called “Welcome Center,” Alan struggles to figure out why his small IT support team is being forced to spend its days in a sweltering tent as it preps for the big presentation. W…

DIRECTOR JAMES WAN TERRIFIES AUDIENCES AGAIN WITH “THE CONJURING 2”

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In 1970, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren battled a malevolent presence that permeated a remote farmhouse in the US—a case brought to the screen in 2013 in Wan’s hugely successful “The Conjuring.” Then came the most highly publicized case of their careers, Amityville, which would nearly destroy them.

This June, writer/director/producer James Wan seeks to terrify moviegoers once again with his depiction of another highly publicized case involving the real-life horrors experienced by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren with “The Conjuring 2.”

It’s late 1977 when, with the effects of Amityville still haunting them, the Warrens come out of a self-imposed sabbatical and travel to northern London to take on a vile demonic entity that has taken root in the home of the Hodgson family, in the populous borough of Enfield. What is thought by many to be a hoax will become the most documented case in paranormal history.

“Everything Ed and Lorraine have been through since we met them i…

ENTERPRISE CREW EXPLORES THE UNKNOWN IN NEW “STAR TREK BEYOND” TRAILER

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The new trailer for “Star Trek Beyond” has been unveiled by Paramount Pictures and may be viewed here.



"Star Trek Beyond," the highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise) at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew. In “Beyond," the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

“Star Trek Beyond” stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Zoë Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Idris Elba.

“Star Trek Beyond” opens across the Philippines on July 20 and distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. (PR)

MEGAN FOX RETURNS AS APRIL O'NEIL IN “NINJA TURTLES” SEQUEL

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Known to worldwide audiences for her break-out starring role of Mikaela in the first two “Transformers” blockbusters, Megan Fox has successfully jumpstarted another beloved film franchise, the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Now, she reprises her lead character of April O'Neil in Paramount Pictures' “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” (in Philippine cinemas on June 01).

In the film, it’s been almost a year since our heroes saved the city, and in keeping with their ninja training (and their unconventional appearance), they’ve maintained a low profile. Meanwhile, April O’Neil (Fox) has gone undercover, investigating Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry), a brilliant and respected scientist who may have ties to Shredder (Brian Tee).

"I think April always wanted to be the anchor behind the desk," muses producer Andrew Form. "But I don't know if she can give up the excitement of being on the street, breaking stories, and working with the Turtles. She loves h…

JACK O'CONNELL, FROM “300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE” TO “MONEY MONSTER”

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Breaking out in 2015 with memorable performances in “300: Rise of an Empire” and “Unbroken,” Jack O'Connell now stars in Columbia Pictures new thriller, “Money Monster.” He takes on the role of Kyle Budwell, the ordinary man who turned to desperate measures following a big-bank fiasco that costs him his entire life savings.

Kyle is a good, decent, hard-working young man who cracks under the pressure of financial ruin. “He's is a working class guy who believed that if he did the right thing and worked hard, that somehow he’d be able to have something in his life,” explains director Jodie Foster. “He inherits some money, and tries to invest it as intelligently as possible, but ends up losing it all at the hands of something out of his control. The only thing he has in the world suddenly disappears into thin air, and he doesn’t know how it happened. Kyle can’t accept that. He can’t accept that he did everything right, and yet, he’s supposed to just walk away. Kyle refuses to accep…

MORE SUPERNATURAL MAYHEM IN NEW “GHOSTBUSTERS” TRAILER

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A new trailer for Columbia Pictures' adventure comedy “Ghostbusters” has just been unveiled and may be viewed HERE.



“Ghostbusters” makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. This summer, they’re here to save the world!

The film is produced by Ivan Reitman and Amy Pascal, and written by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, based on the 1984 film “Ghostbusters,” written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis and directed by Ivan Reitman.

Opening across the Philippines this July, “Ghostbusters is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. (PR)


INTERGALACTIC ADVENTURE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY IN “RATCHET AND CLANK”

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The latest out-of-this-world family movie “Ratchet and Clank” stars Award winning Sylvester Stallone along with a talented voice cast including Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson, Jim Ward, James Taylor and David Kaye. 
In “Ratchet and Clank,” two unlikely heroes struggle to stop a vile villain named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy “Lombax” who has grown up alone on a backwater planet with no family of his own. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colourful heroes called the Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way, the will learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.
Ratchet, voiced by James Taylor, is the only Lombax anyone has ever seen. A typical impulsive teenager, Ratchet is …

THE GIRL KING Presents A Contemporary “Queen” of LGBT

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For the first time, a transgender, Geraldine Roman, is elected to a post at The House of Representatives. Ms. Roman is the duly elected congressman of the first district of Bataan. In Spain, she worked as a senior editor of a newspaper and speaks Spanish, French and Italian. A Catholic practitioner while married to her male partner; equipped with degrees in journalism and politics, Geraldine chooses to become a public servant, like her father. 
In the 17th century, Queen Kristina at age 18 was crowned the king of Sweden, but was also regarded as the queen. Her sexuality and brilliance considered her as the “queen” of the contemporary LGBT members. During her time, she was accepted and respected by her constituents.
During her coronation, at age 18, Kristina pronounced her intention to end thirty years of war between Catholics and Protestants and to educate her subjects. Her quest for knowledge drew her to the philosopher, René Descartes and the French Ambassador, Pierre Hector Chanut…

REVIEW | Money Monster (2016)

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Jodie Foster helms this supposed hostage thriller designed to make you feel anything but thrilled. A very mild antagonist, a prosaic plot, a stodgy screenplay, an emotionally detached editing and cinematography all worked together to prevent you from experiencing any form of emotion.
George Clooney is Lee Gates, the cocky host of a live financial show, "Money Monster," suddenly taken hostage by a bratty loser, Kyle, (Jack O'Connell), an investor demanding answers after the sudden crash of IBIS, a company that Gates previously endorsed in his show. Meanwhile, the show's director, Patty (Julia Roberts), frantically investigates IBIS to save Gates' life.
Bizarrely, as the hostage drama unfolds before your eyes, your mind slips into apathy—and this is due to the film's multiple flaws. The villain is small and baby-faced, seriously lacking in crazy, scary vibes. Also, he simply pops at the studio very early on without first establishing a sinister mood, or provid…

“MONEY MONSTER” PUTS JULIA ROBERTS IN A HOSTAGE SITUATION

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One of the screen’s finest actresses, Oscar-winner Julia Roberts stars in Columbia Pictures’ new hostage thriller “Money Monster” as Patty Fenn, the unflappable, steadfast and longtime producer of a financial TV show called Money Monster.

“Patty Fenn is the uber-producer. She can multi-task like nobody’s business – she is amazing,” says director Jodie Foster. “She controls the strings of this show and speaks in host Lee Gates’ ear to tell him what his next move is. Lee Gates can be lazy. He doesn’t learn his lines. He says whatever the heck he wants to say, and she’s there to make sure that the show runs smoothly. She knows how to handle this loose cannon.”

Roberts describes Fenn’s relationship with the TV show’s host, Lee Gates (George Clooney) as one of love/hate. “He’s her wild card, and she is just trying to keep the chaos controlled. She never knows what he’s going to do,” explains Roberts. “There are aspects of their relationship where they’re a good working team, and then parts o…

STRANGE HAPPENINGS IN NEW “CONJURING 2” FEATURETTE

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New Line Cinema has just released a new featurette for its eagerly anticipated sequel “The Conjuring 2.” Watch the featurette titled “Strange Happenings in Enfield”

With director James Wan (“Fast & Furious 7”) once again at the helm, the supernatural thriller brings to the screen another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up In the Air,” TV’s “Bates Motel”) and Patrick Wilson (the “Insidious” films), star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.

The film follows the phenomenal worldwide reception of Wan’s “The Conjuring,” which marked the largest opening ever for an original horror movie. The film went on to make more than PHP 14,832.2 million worldwide and still remains the second highest grossing original horror movie of all tim…

“HARRY POTTER'S” MATTHEW LEWIS, NOW THE JEALOUS BOYFRIEND IN “ME BEFORE YOU”

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Best known for playing Neville Longbottom in the “Harry Potter” film series, Matthew Lewis now stars in New Line Cinema's “Me Before You” as Patrick, the one individual who is not exactly happy about the obvious camaraderie between his girlfriend, the caregiver Louisa (Emilia Clarke) and accident survivor Will (Sam Claflin).

Matthew Lewis says, “Patrick is Lou’s boyfriend of about seven years, and it’s comfortable, you know? He’s also a personal trainer and is obsessed with fitness. He’s set up his business and he’s won this local entrepreneur of the year award twice, and that’s just spurred him on to get fitter and fitter.

He adds, “Now he’s planning to do this Viking triathlon in Norway as his and Lou’s holiday together. In his mind, and probably hers at one point, they’re going to stay in this town for the rest of their lives, get married, get a house, have kids, and everything’s going to be okay.

“When Will comes into her life,” he continues, “suddenly her eyes are open to the po…

A FAN HIJACKS GEORGE CLOONEY’S TV SHOW IN “MONEY MONSTER”

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George Clooney (“Gravity,” “Up in the Air”) stars in Columbia Pictures’ new film “Money Monster” as Lee Gates, the host of a financial news program who comes face-to-face with one of those regular guys who’s determined to hold someone accountable, by any means necessary.

“The world of money has gotten out of control,” warns Clooney. “When things go wrong, you don’t actually understand what it is that went wrong – and the regular guy gets screwed.”

Lee Gates is a celebrated stock picker and famed host of the titular financial television show, who darts and dances around his set, shouting investment advice and punctuating market talk with silly props and sound effects. “‘Money Monster,’ the show, is pretty ridiculous,” says director Jodie Foster. “It’s a financial news show, but there’s lots of props, old movie clips, bells, whistles, and whoopee cushions that Lee Gates has come up with in order to explain the financial market. He sings and dances with beautiful girls, wears different…

“NINJA TURTLES” HIGHLIGHTS “ARROW'S” STEPHEN AMELL IN CASEY JONES CLIP

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“Arrow” superhero Stephen Amell plays the hockey masked vigilante Casey Jones in Paramount Pictures' action-adventure sequel “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” in cinemas across the Philippines on June 01.

Check out the newly-released “Casey Jones”

Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to Philippine cinemas this season in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell).

After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the …

DISCOVER THE MAGIC WITHIN YOUR FLAWS IN “FINDING DORY”

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Disney•Pixar's new comedy adventure “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory, who is living happily in the reef with Nemo and Marlin. When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, she recruits Marlin and Nemo for a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute (MLI), a rehabilitation center and aquarium.

In the effort to find her mom and dad, Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank, a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey, a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark.

Deftly navigating the complex innerworkings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.

Filmmakers were eager to answer questions about Dory’s past. “She has that natural desire to know who she i…

ROMANTIC BESTSELLER “ME BEFORE YOU” NOW A BIG SCREEN TEARJERKER

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“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible,” says Will Traynor (Sam Clafin) in New Line Cinema's new romantic drama “Me Before You.”

His advice is directed at his effervescent yet seemingly settling caregiver Louisa “Lou” Clark (Emilia Clarke), 26, who claims to be happy in the quaint English town in which they both grew up. But Will, only 31 himself, knows whereof he speaks…perhaps better than most.

“At its most basic, this is a story about the power of love and how it transforms you,” says director Thea Sharrock. “These are two characters who, but for their very different and difficult circumstances, should never have met…but here they are. And that’s where the fairytale begins.”

Lou and Will’s uniquely romantic tale was crafted for the screen by Jojo Moyes, based on her own bestselling novel. “It’s a simple and complicated story all at once,” Sharrock continues. “Both in the script and in her book, Jojo managed to find a way to make the most em…

SUSPENSE THRILLER “DON'T BREATHE” REVEALS FIRST TRAILER

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From the filmmakers of “Spider-Man” and “Evil Dead” comes the new suspense thriller “Don't Breathe” where a group of young friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong.

Catch the film's first trailer here.

Directed by Fede Alvarez, written by Fede Alvarez & Rodo Sayagues, “Don't Breathe” stars Jane Levy (“Evil Dead”), Dylan Minnette (“Goosebumps”), Daniel Zovatto (“It Follows”) and Stephen Lang (“Avatar”).

The film is produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Fede Alvarez.

Opening across the Philippines in September 2016, “Don't Breathe” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. (PR)

STARS OF “MONEY MONSTER,” THE SHALLOWS” TAKE CANNES BY STORM

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The cast of two of Columbia Pictures’ most anticipated films of year – the hostage actioner “Money Monster” and shark thriller “The Shallows” – have taken the Cannes Film Festival by storm by sheer star power.

The Croissette sizzled with incredible glamour and star power as “Money Monster” stars George Clooney, Julia Roberts and director Jodie Foster descended on Cannes for a photocall Thursday morning (May 12), followed by a red carpet appearance for the premiere. The film is an official selection for the festival’s Out of Competition programme.

Julia Roberts, for the very first time, ascended the film industry's most glamorous steps for the world premiere, while it was a homecoming for Jodie Foster who returned to Cannes, 40 years after her first visit for the classic “Taxi Driver.”

The gala presentation for “Money Monster” took place at the Grand Théâtre Lumière, and was concluded by a rapturous standing ovation.

In the taut and tense thriller “Money Monster,” Lee Gates (Clooney) i…

QnAwith MIKE VAN DIEM

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Academy® Award winning director, Mike van Diem returns to the big screen with an off-beat, charming and romantic comedy, THE SURPRISE

Mike Van Diem won an Oscar for his debut feature film entitled “Character” back in 1997. This was in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 70th Academy Awards. And in that same year, “Character” was also presented in the “Critics Week” section of the 32nd Cannes Film Festival. Despite many offers from Hollywood, he decided to stay in the Netherlands to direct several commercials. THE SURPRISE will be his return to the big screen. Shot in Germany, Ireland, and Belgium, THE SURPRISE will feature three spoken languages: English, Dutch, and Hindi.

From winning an Academy Award for your debut film and taking so long to make a next one. Fear of failure?
No, not as far as I know. I got many offers from Hollywood. The first few years after winning the Academy Award I was asked to come to Los Angeles many times. Looking back on it, it’s not that surprising…

JENNIFER LAWRENCE BACK IN BATTLE FORM AS MYSTIQUE IN “X-MEN: APOCALYPSE”

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It has been 10 years since the heroes of “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” saved humanity and themselves from threats within and without. Now, in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” things are – at least for people like Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) – a little more settled. Humanity is aware of the mutants living among them and relations have been, for the most part, peaceful. But all that changes when the ancient, incredibly powerful mutant known as Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) awakens in the early 1980s and begins to destroy the world as we know it, convinced that he can create civilization again the way he thinks it should be. With Bryan Singer once more directing, “X-Men: Apocalypse” promises a huge global adventure and another thrilling mission for the world’s favorite mutants.

The world of 1983 also has undergone upheavals in the treatment of mutants. This next stage of human evolution is now accepted by most—but not all—of humanity, thanks to the heroism of Raven/Mystiq…

WATCH P!NK'S “JUST LIKE FIRE” MUSIC VIDEO FOR “ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS”

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Just like magic, P!nk’s music video for her hit new single “Just Like Fire” from Disney Studios’ “Alice Through The Looking Glass” has premiered and may be viewed HERE.



The video was directed by Dave Meyers and features special guest appearances by members of P!nk’s family!

Walt Disney Studios has partnered with three-time GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter P!nk on the studio’s upcoming release “Alice Through the Looking Glass.”

P!nk wrote and recorded “Just Like Fire,” an original song which will appear in the film and on the motion picture soundtrack from Walt Disney Records featuring four-time Academy Award® nominee Danny Elfman’s score. She has also recorded a cover version of the iconic song “White Rabbit” for the film’s marketing campaign.

“Alice Through the Looking Glass” is an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories which stars Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, with Helena Bonham Carter and…

“THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN” TO BE RELEASED WORLDWIDE IN IMAX THEATRES

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May 11, 2016 – IMAX Corporation, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that “The Magnificent Seven,” starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke and directed by Antoine Fuqua, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format.

The film, which Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures present in association with LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures, will be released into IMAX® theatres worldwide including the Philippines on September 21, 2016 and in the US on September 23.

“`The Magnificent Seven' is not only among the most highly anticipated films of the fall, but Antoine Fuqua is delivering the visceral action that is perfect for the IMAX screen,” said Rory Bruer, President of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures. “`The Magnificent Seven' and IMAX are a great complement to each other and will play great to audiences around the world.”

“After partnering on `The Equalizer,' we are excited to wo…

THE GIRL KING - Queen Kristina of Sweden, one of the most iconic queens in history

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As the controversial Queen without a country, Kristina defied convention, challenged tradition, and changed the course of history.                    

Director:Mika Kaurismäki Screenplay:Michel Marc Bouchard
Stars: MalinBuska (Easy Money, Happy End), Sarah Gadon (Belle, Enemy, The Amazing Spiderman 2, Dracula Untold), Michael Nyqvist (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, John Wick), Lucas Bryant (Queer As Folk, Haven, The Vow), Laura Birn (Purge, A Walk Among The Tombstones), HippolyteGirardot (The Conquest, Lady Chatterly's Lover), Francois Arnaud (Blindspot, The Borgias), and Patrick Bauchau (2012, Panic Room, Clear And Present Danger, A View To A Kill)
Genre:Drama
Synopsis:

THE GIRL KING is the story of one of the most iconic queens in history. Queen Kristina of Sweden, raised as a prince at her father’s request, is thrust into a world of conflict. Faced with the austere, fiercely conservative Lutheran values of the times, she begins her reign in con…

HARD-HITTING ACTION IN NEW “JASON BOURNE” FEATURETTE

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Universal Pictures has just released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for the highly anticipated sequel, “Jason Bourne.” Watch the featurette "Jason Bourne Is Back" HERE.

The video not only reveals some fantastic new footage from the action-thriller, but also has Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass talking about the character’s legacy and teasing where we find Jason Bourne in their third collaboration in the franchise.

Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in “Jason Bourne.” Paul Greengrass, the director of “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum,” once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.

For “Jason Bourne,” Damon is joined by Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones, while Julia Stiles reprises her role in the series. Frank Marshall again produces alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment, and Greengrass, Damon, Greg…

PETER DINKLAGE TOWERS AS THE MIGHTY EAGLE IN “THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE”

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The House of Lannister's own Tyrion, Peter Dinklage (HBO's “Game of Thrones”) provides the voice of The Mighty Eagle in Columbia Pictures' new adventure comedy “The Angry Birds Movie.”


The Mighty Eagle is a towering legend on Bird Island. Literally – his statue dominates everything else on the island. But no one has seen him in years and some birds are starting to doubt that he ever really existed. But when `angry birds' Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), and Bomb (Danny MacBride) have nowhere else to turn, they have nothing to lose as they seek out the advice of this mysterious leader.


“Peter Dinklage is a great comedic actor,” says director Clay Kaytis. “He brings his great, booming voice to the Mighty Eagle.”


“Mighty Eagle is the big, mythical hero on Bird Island, although he’s getting a little old and not in as great shape as he used to be. When we meet him, the only shape he’s in is round,” explains Dinklage. “He’s a recluse, past his heyday, and he’s going to t…