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POTTERMORE UNVEILS NEW WRITING BY J.K. ROWLING ABOUT ILVERMORNY, NORTH AMERICAN SCHOOL OF MAGIC

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in the second instalment of Magic in North America, setting the stage for the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Pottermore.com users can now be sorted into Ilvermorny houses
28 June, 2016 – ‘Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,’ the second instalment in a collection of new original writing by J.K. Rowling entitled Magic in North America, will be published today exclusively on pottermore.com. ‘Ilvermorny’ (Ill-ver-morn-ee’) provides a vivid and captivating backstory of the great North American school of magic, founded in the 17th century.
The new writing, and the short video that accompanies it,, provide a rich background for the upcoming Warner Bros. feature film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will be released 17 November, 2016 (in the Philippines). The film, which marks J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut, is an all-new adventure starring Eddie Redmayne as magizoologist Newt Scamander who arrives in New York in 1926.
The wo…

GUESSING GAME BEGINS IN “BRIDGET JONES' BABY” NEW TRAILER

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Oscar® winners Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are joined by Patrick Dempsey for the next chapter of the world’s favorite singleton in Universal Pictures' romantic comedy “Bridget Jones’s Baby.” Watch the film's new trailer here.

Directed by Sharon Maguire (“Bridget Jones’s Diary”), the new film in the beloved comedy series based on creator Helen Fielding’s heroine finds Bridget unexpectedly expecting.

After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Firth), Bridget Jones’s (Zellweger) “happily ever after” hasn’t quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong?

Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack (Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch…she can only be fifty percent s…

RIHANNA'S “SLEDGEHAMMER” INTENSIFIES “STAR TREK BEYOND” MAIN TRAILER

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Paramount Pictures has unleashed the main trailer for “Star Trek Beyond” – the third installment of the J.J. Abrams-produced "Star Trek” film franchise – opening in Philippine cinemas July 20.

Watch the payoff trailer, which features Rihanna's new single, “Sledgehammer.”

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" reunites Jon Cho, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban and Anton Yelchin. Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella, Lydia Wilson and Joe Taslim are joining the cast. The fil…

BRUCE WILLIS IN BANK HEIST FILM “MARAUDERS”

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Iconic action star Bruce Willis of “Die Hard” franchise and Dave Bautista (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) star in the frenetic heist film “Marauders” about an untraceable group of elite bank robbers chased by a suicidal FBI Agent who uncovers a deeper purpose behind the robbery-homicides.

FBI Special Agent Jonathan Montgomery (Christopher Meloni) is on the trail of an untraceable group of elite bank robbers who give the stolen loot to charity. As he delves further into the investigation, the lawman discovers a deeper purpose behind the robbery-homicides and a trail of secrets protected by the bank’s owner (Bruce Willis). Featured alongside Meloni and Willis in the high octane, smoldering thriller are Dave Bautista, Adrian Grenier, Johnathon Schaech, and Lydia Hull.

In “Marauders,” Willis is once again in the midst of a heist where everybody is a suspect. His role as a bank manager, Jeffrey Hubert, has just guided an aging woman to the Hubert National exit wh…

KRISTEN WIIG, FROM “THE MARTIAN” TO “GHOSTBUSTERS”

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Coming off an acclaimed turn in the Oscar-nominated “The Martian,” top American comedienne Kristen Wiig stars as Erin Gilbert, a particle physicist, academic firebrand and spectral warrior in Columbia Pictures' new action-adventure “Ghostbusters” (coming to Philippine cinemas July 15).

Watch the “Ghostbusters” Character Vignette Erin (Kristen Wiig).

“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 July, they’re here to save the world!

When it came to casting the role of Erin, director Paul Feig says “Kristen’s name just kept coming up, but I didn’t even know if she’d want to do it, because she’s been showing what a great actress she is in so many dramas late…

TIM BURTON PRODUCES, JAMES BOBIN DIRECTS “ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS”

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James Bobin (“The Muppets”) directs Disney's “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” bringing his own unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen with 2010's “Alice in Wonderland” which became a global blockbuster (to the tune of over $1-billion gross) and cultural sensation.

For years the producers of “Alice in Wonderland” talked of a second film. Explains producer Suzanne Todd, “We had discussions about what would be interesting thematically and what we wanted the story to convey, but we just weren’t there yet.”

Screenwriter Linda Woolverton (“Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King”) had been working on a follow-up to her “Alice in Wonderland” screenplay, and soon delivered a clever script which continued the adventures of Lewis Carroll’s vibrant characters and infused them with imagination and heart. Todd shares, “Linda had written a new story told through the prism of the book about the characters and what had happened since we last saw them, as well as wha…

INDO-CANADIAN YOUTUBE SENSATION LILLY SINGH LENDS VOICE IN “ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE”

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Lilly Singh, one of today’s top YouTube talents and digital influencer with more than 1 billion views across the globe, conquers another digital platform as she lends voice to two characters in the upcoming “Ice Age: Collision Course” starring alongside returning voice cast Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Dennis Leary, John Leguizamo, Keke Palmer and Wanda Sykes.


Singh is also known by her alias, Superwoman on YouTube. Singh has catapulted to rock star status in such a short time since she debuted on YouTube and is highly regarded by today’s youth worldwide because of her fun, relatable and inspiring videos.


Scrat rewrites the Big Bang Theory in “Ice Age: Collision Course” when his elusive acorn lands on a spaceship that created the ultimate Scrat-aclysm, sending the mother of all asteroids hurtling toward Earth. Again, Scrat’s misadventures have life- and world-changing consequences for our sub-zero heroes on the ground. …

Ma'Rose in Philippine cinemas July 6

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2009 Cannes Best Director Brillante Mendoza talks about MA‘ ROSA, his inspiration,and the challenges in making the film.

Describe Ma’Rosa in one sentence
MA‘ ROSA shows us a glimpse of a Filipino family set on a typical district in Manila, giving us a slice of life in a community.
What made you pursue the story behind Ma’ Rosa?
The idea of this film came up four years ago when I became indirectly involved with the said incident. It captured my interest to tell this story because it shows a unique but also disturbing characteristic of a common Filipino family. That when a family member is backed against the wall for the wrong doings that he or she made, you will do everything to keep them out of trouble even if it means violating basic virtues. In a society where survival of the fittest is a fact that we have to live with, family becomes amoral.

What were the challenges in putting the story together for the screen?
The whole film was treated like a documentary film with a strong feel of real…

DAMON, VIKANDER WIELD GUNS IN NEW “JASON BOURNE” POSTER

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Universal Pictures has just unveiled a new international poster for the highly anticipated sequel, “Jason Bourne” opening across the Philippines July 27. (Watch the new TV Spot.)

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, Gregory Goodman and Ben Smith also produce. Based on characters created by Robert Ludlum, the film is written by Greengrass and Christopher Rouse.

“Jason Bourne” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. (PR)

SAMUEL L. JACKSON PLAYS REAL-LIFE UNSUNG HERO IN “LEGEND OF TARZAN”

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Iconic actor Samuel L. Jackson stars in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Legend of Tarzan” as George Washington Williams, a real-life but relatively unsung hero from 19th-century American history who becomes Tarzan’s unexpected ally in the film.

“George Washington Williams was a man of so many talents and such bravery – to be this 14-year-old kid and go off to fight in the war between the States,” Jackson details. “And he went on to run for office, became a preacher, and did so many other things. So it was an opportunity to let people know that there was this man, historically, who actually went to the Congo and wrote a letter to King Leopold II about what he was doing to its population. Hopefully, people will see this movie and dig out their phones – or, as we used to say, ‘go to the library’ – and Google George Washington Williams and find out what actually transpired in the Congo.”

Of course, the real Williams didn’t race through the Congolese jungle with Tarzan, but Jackson says it “make…

HANKS MUST STOP GLOBAL PLAGUE IN NEW “INFERNO” TRAILER

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“Dark days of hell isn't fiction. It's prophecy.” So starts the latest trailer of Columbia Pictures & IMAGINE Entertainment's new action-thriller “Inferno” starring Tom Hanks as symbologist Robert Langdon who must solve a deadly puzzle to avert a global plague.


“Inferno” is the third film in the studio's Robert Langdon series (including “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons”).

Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s (“The Da Vinci Code”) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, “Inferno,” which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world’s population…

“FANTASTIC BEASTS” FEATURETTE INTRODUCES NEWT SCAMANDER

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For its upcoming adventure “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Warner Bros. Pictures has just shared a new featurette titled “Newt Scamander: A New Hero for a New Era of Magic.”
In this featurette, we learn more about Scamander and his personality. We also learn a bit about how the magical world operates in North America, specifically with regards to interactions between wizards and muggles (or as they’re called in America, “no-maj”).

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling.

Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might…

REVIEW | Finding Dory (2016)

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Thirteen years after the classic Finding Nemo, Disney-Pixar now tells the story of our favorite forgetful blue tang fish, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), and her origins.

Six months after the events of Finding Nemo, during a talk on stingray migration, the amnesiac Dory suddenly experiences flashes of memories from her childhood and begins a quest to search for her home and a family she vaguely remembers.

Finding Dory makes the simple tale of getting lost, finding, and coming home thoroughly emotional and riotous. It anchors on a strong screenplay, focused on delivering a rich adventure story rather than impressing us with gimmickry. Each sequence is inspired and heartfelt rather than self-aware. The comedy is precise and intelligently woven into Dory's predicament, yearning, and unflagging determination,  most of the time triggering prolonged, rip-at-the-seams laughter.



As Dory bravely overcomes her disability to get to her birthplace, the Jewel of Morro Bay, California, she is aided by …

REVIEW | Me Before You (2016)

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In the movie adaptation of Jojo Moyes' best-selling romantic novel, the khaleesi (Emilia Clarke) plays the 26-year-old heroine, Lou, a working class fashion victim hired to take care of an ultra wealthy quadriplegic, Will (Sam Claflin).

Hopelessly depressed, Will is set to end his life at the Swiss-based assisted suicide program, Dignitas. But can Lou's arrival in his miserable life change his decision?

Screenplay penned by the author herself and directed by Thea Sharrock, Me Before You is engaging but thinly developed. For such a strong and rich premise—love threatened by death—the storytelling is shallow. Lou and Will do not develop a strong connection; their relationship does not  go beyond trivial and unfunny conversations, or beyond luxury vacations wherein Lou would rather read a book than talk to Will. And Will seems more amused and concerned about his caregiver rather than in love with a woman. Sometimes you also get the impression that Lou is using Will so she can be…

“ME BEFORE YOU” ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK FEATURES POPULAR SONGS

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The music in New Line Cinema's sentimental romance “Me Before You” was carefully interspersed with the film’s score, created by composer Craig Armstrong, to evoke the romantic and provocative sensibilities of the story.

Among the popular songs that can be heard on the soundtrack are Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and “Photograph,” “Unsteady (Erich Lee Gravity Remix)” from X Ambassadors, “Till The End” from Jessie Ware, and Imagine Dragons’ “Not Today.”

“Craig’s music and the songs we were able to find have a huge impact in the film,” director Thea Sharrock says. “They really resonate with what’s happening between [the lead characters] Louisa and Will at every turn and every stage of their relationship.”

Meanwhile, Interscope Records through MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines) has released the soundtrack to “Me Before You” and is now available to download/stream via digital stores. The CD will be available for only Php 459.00 at Astroplus/Astrovision stores starting June 10.

The …

“THE CONJURING 2” HOLDS MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS JUNE 9 AT 12:01AM

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MANILA, June 6, 2016 – As a treat to horror fans, Warner Bros. has announced that the year's most eagerly awaited horror thriller “The Conjuring 2” will have special midnightscreenings on Thursday morning, June 9 at 12:01AM in selected theaters at regular admission prices.

“Fans of the horror genre are one of the most appreciative and expressive moviegoers out there, and holding midnight screenings for `The Conjuring 2' is our way of enhancing their movie-watching experience,” says Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines.

The movie has been rated R-13 with no cuts (only patrons 13 years old and above will be admitted).

The participating theaters (in alphabetical order) are: Abreeza Davao, Alabang Town Center, Century, CommerCenter, Eastwood, Evia, Fisher Mall, Gaisano Davao, Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Newport, Power Plant, SM Aura, SM Clark, SM Fairview, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM Pampanga, StarMall Alabang, StarMall EDSA, StarMall San Jose, Trinoma, Vis…

Paolo Dy's "Ignacio De Loyola" in cinemas July 27

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Soldier Sinner Saint Discover how one man's failure led to his greatest achievement Director:Paolo Dy Screenplay:Paolo Dy Director of Photography: Lee Briones Music By: Ryan Cayabyab Stars:Andreas Muñoz, Javier Godino, Julio Perillan and Pepe Ocio Genre:Drama, History
Synopsis: ‘IGNACIO’ is a full-length feature film about St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.  It is an incisive and thrilling look at the life of the real man behind the legend, following his transformation from a brash, impulsive youth obsessed with women and sword-fighting; to the masterful, charismatic leader of an order that would change the face of Christendom.
In his lifelong quest to become the heroic Knight of his fantasies, Ignacio stares death in the face again and again, having his leg shattered by a cannonball in battle; driven to near suicide by his inner demons; finding himself imprisoned, accused of being an illuminati;  and finally finding his life in the hands of the Inquisition. Through it…

Brillante Mendoza's "Ma'Rosa" in Philippine cinemas July 6

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·Earning the Philippines’ first acting award from the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, Ms. Jaclyn Jose plays the titular role of Ma’ Rosa Director:Brillante Ma. Mendoza Creative Consultant: Armando Lao Screenwriter:Troy Espiritu Director of Photography:Odyssey Flores Musical Director:Maria Teresa Barrozo Stars:Jaclyn Jose, Julio Diaz, AndiEigenmann, Felix Roco, Jomari Angeles, Inna Tuason, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Baron Geisler, Mon Confiado, Neil Ryan Sese, Mark Dionisio, John Paul Duray, Vince Rillon, Mercedes Cabral, Allan Paule, Maria Isabel Lopez, Aaron Rivera, Ruby Ruiz, Kristoffer King, Timothy Mabalot, Luis Ruiz
Genre:Drama, Action
Synopsis
ROSA owns a small community convenience store connected to their home in the slums of Metropolitan Manila. Together with her husband, NESTOR, they use their convenient store as cover-up for selling illegal narcotic, Methamphetamines. Their fate changes when their neighbor sets them up for a police raid leading to the couple’s arrest; a ploy for exto…

VERA FARMIGA COMBATS DEMONS ANEW IN “THE CONJURING 2”

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Returning in her iconic role as demonologist Lorraine Warren in New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller “The Conjuring” is Oscar-nominated actress Vera Farmiga (“The Judge,” TV’s “Bates Motel”).

“It was really joyful for me to step into Lorraine Warren’s Mary Janes and sprint another 20 miles,” Farmiga smiles. “It requires you to bring your A+ game, but James Wan really knows our ins and outs and how to reach us, and I think Patrick [Wilson] and I were even more confident and relaxed this time around.”

“The Conjuring 2,” with James Wan once again at the helm following the record-breaking success of “The Conjuring,” brings to the screen another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Reprising their roles, Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, 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…