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“A WRINKLE IN TIME” NEW TRAILER DISPLAYS EPIC SCALE

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Walt Disney Pictures has launched the new trailer and poster for its upcoming fantasy adventure A Wrinkle In Time.
Check out the trailer at http://youtu.be/UhZ56rcWwRQ and the poster below, and watch A Wrinkle in Time in Philippine cinemas in March 2018.
From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.
Directed by Emmy-winner and Oscar and Golden Globe-nominee Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Oscar winner Jennifer Lee based upon the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time stars: two-time Academy Award-nominee Oprah Winfrey, Oscar and Em…

SUBURBICON: TROUBLE IN PARADISE

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SUBURBICON is based on the research by Oscar Award winner, George Clooney, from a 1957 documentary film “Crisis in Levittown”, a true story of what happened when William and Daisy Meyers became the first African American family to move in to Levittown, Pennsylvania.

Clooney recalled a script the Academy Award winning, Coen Brothers, sent to him back in 1999 called “Suburbicon.” It was a comedy/thriller with similar themes to Fargo and Burn After Reading: hapless characters making really bad decisions. Together with the producers, they thought that it seems a good time for a film that feels angry; combining the existing Suburbicon script and setting it in Levittown during the week the Meyer’s moved in.

Suburbicon tells the story of America’s emerging middle class, in the decade following the Second World War, moving to the suburbs: idyllic, affordable homes in planned communities. For many, the American Dream of owning a home was becoming a reality for the first time. It is …

Vincent van Gogh’s Life and Death Come Alive to Cinema Art thru His Oil Paintings

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In producing the movie, “Loving Vincent”, every one of the 65,00 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 123 professional oil painters who travelled from all across the world to the Loving Vincent Studios in Poland and Greece to be part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent van Gogh’s brilliant paintings, is his passionate and ill-fated life, and mysterious death.


No other artist has attracted more legends than Vincent van Gogh. Variously labeled a martyr, a lustful satyr, a madman, a genius and a lay about, the real Vincent is at once revealed in his letters, and obscured by myth and time. Van Gogh himself said in his last letters, “We cannot speak other than by our paintings”. We take him at his word and let the paintings tell the real story of a great visual artist.
”Loving Vincent” was first shot as a live action film with actors, and then hand-painted over frame-by-frame in oils. The final effect is an interaction of the performance of the actors playing the art…

Short film "Takipslim" gives us a slice of life of a crossdresser's life (watch now)

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A lonely crossdresser roams the city after office hours. We follow her and discover where the night takes her.


Watch the 13-minute short Takipsilim (2016) on Viddsee.


Sinag Maynila films qualify in Tokyo International Film Festival; 2018 Sinag Maynila entries are now being accepted

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Sinag Maynila Film Festival: Sine Lokal, Pang-Internasyonal remain true to its advocacy as two of its full-length films qualify for the Tokyo International Film Festival. The SMFF 2017 Best Film winner Tu Pug Imatuy (The Right to Kill)  by Arbi Barbarona is competing for the Asian Future Category, while the equally award-winning film Kristo by HF Yambao is featured in the Crosscut AsiaSection.


Through Sinag Maynila, topnotch independent films like Tu Pug Imatuy and Kristo are able to showcase their artistic storytelling internationally. More talented and creative minds are yet to be discovered and honored in Sinag Maynila Film Festival. Now on its fourth year, Sinag Maynila Film Festival 2018: Sine Lokal, Pang-Internasyonal is now accepting finished full-length feature films, short films, and documentary.

The Sinag Maynila Film Festival 2018 continues to raise the bar as the winning film will get the chance to win (2) roundtrip tickets to attend an international festival in 2018! Don’t …

SOLAR ENTERTAINMENT AND WEST BEIJING PICTURES IN TALKS FOR COLLABORATION OPPORTUNITY

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES—The West Zishouzhenzhang (Beijing) Pictures of China Co., Ltd. represented by the Chief Producer Miss Deng Ziyi and Producer Mr.Lu Tianyi were invited to attend the 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival last year. The visit paved way for the discussion to collaborate for a film and television production between Solar Entertainment Corporation and West Beijing Pictures.

In the possible collaboration between Solar Entertainment and West Beijing Pictures, the production services of Solar will be acquired for another Chinese film Angel Action (tentative title).Angel Action depicts the law enforcement authorities of the Philippines and China in a joint anti-terrorism mission and a fight against drug crime, highlighting the profound friendship between the two countries.The production teamis set to shoot in several military camps all over the country to ensure the full range of true-to-life effects of the film.



“The film and television collaboration between China and the Philippi…

MEET THE ICONIC DC ALL-STARS IN “JUSTICE LEAGUE”

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After fighting side-by-side across decades of comics, the iconic DC all-stars are going all in to save the world in their first-ever big-screen team-up, Warner Bros. Pictures’ epic action adventure Justice League, hitting Philippine cinemas November 16.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder from a screenplay by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, story by Chris Terrio & Zack Snyder, based on characters from DC, Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film’s prod…

Brad’s Status: A Tribute to Fathers, Family, and Friendship

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In getting the inspiration for Brad’s Status’ screenplay, writer-director Mike White shares his thoughts on family, relationships, social media, and fears as one grows old in this Director’s Statement:

“I wanted to write something to tell my father I love him and think he is a success, even though he feels like he never lived up to his expectations for himself. I also saw with him that the relationship one has with the world (status) can be as important (or more) as the relationship one has to family, partners, friends. I see that in myself in that---like Brad---I’m always having this running commentary in my head, comparing myself to others and the success I perceive they have — and I’m always either building myself up or tearing myself down.”

“I thought movies rarely tackle this aspect of our lives in a relatable way. How our thoughts about ourselves cannibalize most of our time. And how much we feel is on the line all the time.”


“I also wanted to write about comparative anxiety in the…

JENNIFER LAWRENCE’S “RED SPARROW” TEASER TRAILER REVEAL

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Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence is irresistibly hot as a spy temptress in her latest movie “Red Sparrow” on the reveal of its TEASER TRAILER.
Directed by Francis Lawrence (“Hunger Games” series, “Constantine”), “Red Sparrow” brings a powerhouse cast that includes Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons and Academy Award nominee Charlotte Rampling with Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts and Mary-Louise Parker.

Lawrence is highly-trained Russian spy Dominika Egorova in “Red Sparrow”, a devoted daughter who protects her mother at all costs, a prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit and a master of seductive and manipulative combat.

When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother face a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds a…

Jennifer Lawrence Runs Away with Title Role of “mother!”

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Oscar Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence adds a home invasion horror tale to her repertoire with Paramount Pictures' psychological thriller m o t h e r ! in Philippine cinemas September 20.

Directed by Academy Award-nominee Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), the film revolves around Mother (Lawrence) and Him (Javier Bardem) who live in a seemingly idyllic existence in a secluded paradise. But the couple’s relationship is tested when man (Ed Harris) and woman (Michelle Pfeiffer) arrive at their home uninvited. Answering that knock disrupts their tranquil existence and as more and more guests arrive, mother is forced to revisit everything she knows about love, devotion and sacrifice.

“One of the greatest things that can happen to you as an artist is to be a part of a movie that starts conversation because it’s an original idea, completely unique,” says Lawrence of m o t h e r !. “Even though we’re shooting things that are eerie, the allegory is so much bigger. It’s what it all means…

GADGETS THAT SAVE THE WORLD IN “KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE”

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Every hero is only as strong as their villain, of course.  And in the latest “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” that conflict comes from the introduction of Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore), a drug dealer who, as head of the mysterious Golden Circle criminal enterprise, sets in place a nefarious plan that sets her on a collision course with Eggsy (Taron Egerton). For director Matt Vaughn, the villain’s plot was of paramount importance – and to stop the ultimate heinous threat, the Kingsman are equipped with gadgets customized for the unrelenting explosive battle to save the world.
                “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” won’t skimp on that patented Kingsman craziness, though, from an opening car chase in which Eggsy has to fight for his life in a Kingsman cab hurtling across London, to an all-out assault on Poppyland, and a barroom brawl which deliberately recalls the pub fight sequence from the first movie. “The fights are even more crazy,” says Egerton. “But in terms …

SCIENCE SHRINKS HUMANS IN FIRST “DOWNSIZING” OFFICIAL TRAILER

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Paramount Pictures has released the first official trailer for its new quirky comedy starring Matt Damon, Downsizing.

Check out the trailer and watch Downsizing in Philippine cinemas January 2018.



Downsizing imagines what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small. People soon realize how much further money goes in a miniaturized world, and with the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha in order to get small and move to a new downsized community — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.

Directed by Alexander Payne from a screenplay by Payne and Jim Taylor, Downsizing stars Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau and Kristen Wiig.

Downsizing is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. (PR)

TEASER POSTER ARRIVES FOR “INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY”

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Columbia Pictures has unleashed the teaser poster for its upcoming horror-thriller Insidious: The Last Key, in Philippine cinemas in January 2018.

The creative minds behind the hit Insidious trilogy return for Insidious: The Last Key. In the horror thriller, which welcomes back franchise standout Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home.

The film is written by co-creator Leigh Whannell (Saw), who wrote the trilogy and directed Chapter 3; produced by Insidious regulars Jason Blum (The Purge series, Split), Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) and co-creator James Wan (The Conjuring, Furious 7); and directed by series newcomer Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan).

Shaye is joined in the cast by Angus Sampson, Whannell, Josh Stewart, Caitlin Gerard, Kirk Acevedo, Javier Botet, Bruce Davison, Spencer Locke, Tessa Ferrer, Ava Kolker and Marcus Henderson.

Insidious: The Last Key is distributed by Co…

$100-M GROSSER “GIRLS TRIP” TO OPEN EXCLUSIVELY AT AYALA MALLS CINEMAS

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A certified blockbuster hit in the U.S., with box gross of over $100-million, Universal Pictures' adult comedy Girls Trip will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Trinoma, Greenbelt 1) starting September 27.

Girls Trip follows four lifelong friends––Ryan, Dina, Lisa and Sasha—as they travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, where sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make The Big Easy blush.

The all-star cast is led by Regina Hall as Ryan Pierce, a successful author at the crossroads in her marriage; Tiffany Haddish as the hotheaded, free-spirited and fiercely loyal Dina; Jada Pinkett Smith (Magic Mike XXL) as Lisa Cooper, a conservative nurse and mother of two children who desperately needs a weekend getaway; and Queen Latifah (Miracles from Heaven) as Sasha Franklin, a gossip blogger who is circling a life reset of her own.

The film co-stars an array of talented supporting cast, …

Darren Aronofsky Reflects on Why He Made “mother!”

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Visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Noah, Black Swan) brings to the screen his most daring and bound-to-be-controversial film – Paramount Pictures' new thriller m o t h e r ! starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem.

In Philippine cinemas September 20, the film revolves around Mother (Lawrence) and Him (Bardem) who live in a seemingly idyllic existence in a secluded paradise. But the couple’s relationship is tested when man (Ed Harris) and woman (Michelle Pfeiffer) arrive at their home uninvited. Answering that knock disrupts their tranquil existence and as more and more guests arrive, mother is forced to revisit everything she knows about love, devotion and sacrifice.

The relationship thriller began when Writer / Director Darren Aronofsky spent five fevered days at his keyboard alone in an empty house. The Academy Award© nominated filmmaker knows he might be pressed about the result – Why such a dark vision? His answer? Look around:

“It is a mad time to be alive. As the world …

PASSION TURNS DEADLY IN EROTIC THRILLER “DECADENCE” IN CINEMAS SEPTEMBER 27

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Reminiscent of the highly successful “50 Shades of Grey” franchise, the upcoming thriller “Decadence” is an adult movie that follows a passionate affair that ends up as a dangerous sexual game.

Anabel (Natalie Umaña) is a beautiful young woman who manages to live a normal life with her modest job. Innocent and cheerful but her sweetness seems to make her a willful victim. Oskar Pratz (Alejandro Estrada) is a brilliant and handsome entrepreneur amassing an impressive fortune. At age 32, his lifestyle goes beyond the limits of imagination.

Oskar lives with an inner emptiness that no possession or experience can fulfill his life. One day after almost running over Anabel with his car, a spark of mutual attraction is inevitable and a torrid romance ensues. Not too long after the romance, Anabel begins to fall into Oskar’s sexual games in erotic world. Although Anabel tries to stay open-minded and plays along for a while, Oskar wants more. With the self-destru…

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“AMERICAN MADE” FEATURETTE SHOWS CRUISE LAND PLANE ON HIS OWN

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Tom Cruise seems to outdo himself stunt-wise with every movie, but his latest for the drug cartel thriller American Made is simply off the charts.

In American Made's recently released `Crash Featurette', Cruise lands a light plane full of cocaine – all by himself -- in the middle of a street in Atlanta.

Cruise has been known to insist in doing even the riskiest stunts himself, in order to help each stunt sequence look more authentic to the audience.

"It can be pretty hair-raising - flying extremely fast, small airplanes, low to the ground, is a dangerous environment to be in just on its own,” American Made director Doug Liman tells Yahoo.

Opening in Philippine cinemas September 13, American Made is based on the outrageous (and real) exploits of Barry Seal (Tom Cuise), a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. History.

Once the hotshot airman gets caught up in a shadowy division of the government—running crates of …

“FIFTY SHADES FREED” ANNOUNCES VALENTINE'S DAY 2018 OPENING

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Universal Pictures has just launched an announcement video and poster heralding the 2018 Valentine’s Day opening of Fifty Shades Freed.


Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Freed, the third chapter based on the worldwide bestselling Fifty Shades phenomenon. Expanding upon events set in motion in 2015 and 2017’s blockbuster films that grossed almost $950 million globally, the new installment arrives for Valentine’s Day 2018.

Fifty Shades Freed is directed by Fifty Shades Darker’s James Foley (Fear, House of Cards) and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E L James, the creator of the culture-spanning blockbuster series. The screenplay is by Niall Leonard, based on the novel by James.

Fifty Shades Freed is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. (PR)


“THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE” – AN EPIC TALE OF GOOD AND...DAD

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From the team behind the blockbuster LEGO movies that have delighted audiences of all ages around the globe, comes an all-new, big-screen event, The LEGO NINJAGO Movie, in Philippine cinemas September 27.

The LEGO NINJAGO Movie stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods, and the legendary Jackie Chan.

Sharing the heart, wit, and irrepressible sense of fun that made the first two outings so unforgettable, The LEGO NINJAGO Movie explores another cinematic world—the fantastic, faraway island of NINJAGO—with a new ensemble of characters and its own signature style: a fusion of state-of-the-art digital brick animation with elements of the organic world that producer Dan Lin calls “the next step in the evolution of the LEGO films.”

What the filmmakers envisioned was an expansive action adventure with the handmade look and feel of something sprung from the imagination of a kid creating a LEGO universe in his own backyar…

CHARACTER BANNERS UNVEILED FOR “FLATLINERS” CAST

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The four principal castmembers of Columbia Pictures' new suspense thriller Flatliners – Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev and James Norton – are featured in their own character banners which have just been released by the studio.

Check out the posters below and watch Flatliners in Philippine cinemas on September 29.

Flatliners tells of five medical students who embark on a daring and dangerous experiment to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life. The bold adventure begins when they trigger near-death experiences by stopping their hearts for short periods of time. As their trials become more perilous, each must confront the sins from their past while facing the paranormal consequences of journeying to the other side.

Flatliners is directed by Niels Arden Oplev, from a screenplay by Ben Ripley, story by Peter Filardi.

Flatliners is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International/(PR)

Solar Pictures showing "Paglipay" and "Pauwi na" from Aug 16-22

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SOLAR PICTURES is showing Paglipay and Pauwi Na from August16-22, 2017 as part of the Pista Ng Pelikulang Pilipino.


PAUWI NA
By Paolo Villlauna

Pauwi Na (PEDICAB) follows a pedicab driver, his sharp-tongued wife, their petty thief son, a blind, pregnant young woman – who happens to see Jesus Christ – and a dog named Kikay. This is the story of a family on a journey from poverty in the city to an imagined paradise in the countryside.

Broke, desperate, and with little more than the clothes on their backs, the family decides to pedal their way thousands of miles on rickshaws in a tragicomic exodus to the green fields of the provinces.

With a powerhouse cast led by Philippine cinematic icons BembolRoco (Manila By Night, Lino Brocka) and Cherry Pie Picache (Foster Child, Brillante Mendoza), and directed by noted Filipino filmmaker Paolo Villaluna, PEDICAB is a quirky road trip whose unapologetic look at family, class, poverty and faith “reminds one of the overriding role of art—to be a ch…

AYALA MALLS CINEMAS’ EXCLUSIVE “A FAMILY MAN” IS A TIMELY OFFERING FOR FAMILIES ON AUG. 23

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Action and blockbuster star Gerard Butler stars in his latest passion project “A Family Man” that tackles the under-explored world of corporate headhunting with characters confronting relatable and universal challenges: “the balance between work and family, husband and wife dynamics, the father and son relationship, losing a job and finding a job.”

Opening exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas’ Trinoma and Greenbelt 1 screens starting August 23, “A Family Man” is a family drama that deals with real-life dilemmas. A simple, elegant and classic throwback movie about a deeply touching father and son relationship.

Dane’s (Butler) journey is predominantly framed through his relationship with Ryan, which is constantly transforming over the course of the film. Producer Craig Flores described the wide search that went into Ryan’s casting: “We reviewed hundreds of self-tapes and auditions from all around the world to find the right kid. Very tough decisions were made, but we ultimately discovered t…

FILMMAKERS DISCUSS WHAT MAKES “PATAY NA SI HESUS” SO ALIVE

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No one gets crucified in the new satirical comedy “Patay na si Hesus.” Well, no one or nothing except Pinoy cinema's tired cliches, our outdated biases, predictable expectations and actors' over-the-top performances.
The latter gets skewered by the cast's purposely deadpan dialogue delivery – led by the effortless Jaclyn Jose – rendering punchlines funnier, the stabs more razor-sharp.  Did we mention that most of the lines are in Cebuano? How more eccentric can this film get?
“Patay na si Hesus,” which opens in Philippine cinemas August 16 as part of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, is a quirky look at a family's roadtrip from Cebu to Dumaguete, en route to the wake of its estranged father, the titular Hesus.
Jose plays Iyay, the feisty mother to a brood of three: Hubert, who has Down Syndrome; Jude, a lovesick trans man; and Jay, who is living the bum life.  One unplanned detour comes after another, each pushing this family closer to confronting the past and figuring ou…