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EMMA WATSON CAPTURES YOUR HEART AS BELLE IN “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”

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Known to global audiences as the spunky and smart wizard Hermione in the Harry Potter franchise, Emma Watson is now poised to be fondly remembered as Belle, the shrewd villager who yearns for adventure, in the live-action retelling of Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
For over a decade, the British actress has charmed audiences playing the quick-witted and tenacious Hogwarts student in the Potter films and in films including The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Noah and The Bling Ring. In addition, she has a highly-visible role as a human rights activist and global goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, something which has become her life’s calling.
Of all the female characters in all the Disney films, she has always been drawn to – and most identifies with – Belle.
“I have loved ‘Beauty and the Beast’ since I was four years old,” she says. “I remember Belle as this feisty young woman who spoke her mind and had these ambitions and was incredibly independent and wanted to see the world…

YOUNG ADULT NOVEL “BEFORE I FALL” TURNED MOTION PICTURE

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Sam seemed to have everything a teenage girl could want: popularity, a hot boyfriend, cool status, fun friends, loving family and seeming happiness. But beyond the superficial, Sam’s life wasn’t so charmed. She was one of a clique of high school mean girls who made life hellish for those different from them. When she’s killed in a car accident, Sam is forced to relive her last day on Earth seven times in order to get things right. She attempts to make sense of what befell her and gain a better understanding of herself and others. In the process Sam evolves, learns to be a good person and comes to accept her fate. As narrated by Sam (Zoey Deutch), this touching story is based on the 2010 young adult novel by Lauren Oliver.

The film, based on the popular YA novel of the same name by Lauren Oliver, attracted director Ry Russo-Young for its sense of youthful authenticity and intriguing repetitive structure. “When I read the book I was struck by how powerful Sam’s story was and what …

SAMUEL L. JACKSON LEAVES NO MAN BEHIND IN “KONG: SKULL ISLAND”

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Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Avengers: Age of Ultron), plays Lt. Colonel Preston Packard, the human alpha among the human characters in Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' Kong: Skull Island which reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure.

(Watch the final trailer of Kong: Skull Island).


In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific – as beautiful as it is treacherous – unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.

The battle-hardened leader of the Sky Devils helicopter squadron, which is set to be decommissioned in the dark final days of the Vietnam War, Packard is struggling to turn his back on a war he cannot win. When his team is offered an assignment to lead the airborne survey of Skull Island, he seizes the opportunity for one last mission before rotating home with men who have become closer to him than family.

Jackson relates, “Packard…

HORROR-THRILLER “GET OUT” TOPS US BOX-OFFICE WITH $30.5-M, OPENS IN PH MAR 15

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Universal Pictures' Get Out, a new horror-thriller about race relations, rode critical raves to a smashing box office debut at No.1 for the Feb. 24 – 27 weekend, according to Variety.

The low-budget film was the weekend’s top-grossing domestic release, earning $30.5 million, and propelling its director and writer Jordan Peele atop Hollywood’s A-list. The film, which centers on a black man who discovers that his girlfriend’s liberal, lily-white hometown is guarding a sinister secret.

Get Out also extends Blumhouse Productions’ hot hand. The film company scored earlier this year with Split, a thriller about a man with a personality disorder that racked up $130.8 million stateside on a $9 million budget. Universal distributed, marketed, and partnered on both movies.


“It’s entertaining, it’s thought-provoking, and it’s subversive,” said Nick Carpou, Universal’s domestic distribution chief. “I have seen [‘Get Out’] play with audiences. They enjoy themselves and they’re telling their frien…

REVIEW | Logan (2017)

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It’s the year 2029 and it’s been over two decades since a new mutant was born. Their specie is diminishing and the living ones are now irrelevant—their superhero careers long dead...[READ FULL REVIEW]


REVIEW | Hidden Figures (2016)

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It’s in the early 1960s and a group of African-American women are working as human computers in NASA’s West Area Computers division—far removed from their white colleagues. However, three sassy ladies stand out: math genius Katherine (Taraji P. Henson), acting supervisor, Dorothy (Octavia Spencer), and...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE].




MATT REEVES TO DIRECT, PRODUCE “THE BATMAN”

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Burbank, CA – February 23, 2017 – Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Matt Reeves (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Cloverfield”) has been set to direct “The Batman.” Reeves will also serve as a producer on the new standalone action adventure centering on one of DC’s most enduringly popular Super Heroes. The announcement was made by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

Emmerich stated, “We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of Batman, the crown jewel of our DC slate. Matt’s deep roots in genre films and his evolution into an emotional world-building director make him the perfect filmmaker to guide the Dark Knight through this next journey.”

Matt Reeves noted, “I have loved the Batman story since I was a child. He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusade…

GET RE-AQUAINTED WITH THE BELOVED CHARACTERS OF “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”

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With barely three weeks before Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast bows on the big screen, the studio has released the official descriptions of the beloved fairy tale's characters.
And when searching for talent to bring the beloved animated characters to life on screen, the filmmakers canvassed the worlds of film, television, music and theatre to find the performers best suited for each role.
BELLE (Emma Watson) is a bright and spirited young woman who dreams of adventure, romance and a world far beyond the confines of her French village. Fiercely independent and keeping to herself for the most part, Belle wants nothing to do with the town’s arrogant and boorish rogue Gaston, who relentlessly pursues her. When her father is imprisoned in the castle of a hideous Beast, Belle trades her own freedom for his and quickly befriends the former staff who have become household objects as result of a curse placed on the castle. The Beast, while surly and ill-mannered, can be generou…

EXPERIMENTAL FILMS FIND A HOME AT FDCP CINEMATHEQUES

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Closing Arts Month celebrations, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is set to launch the first edition of “Xperimento Pelikula,” a series of events centered on experimental cinema, by screening a program by The Kalampag Tracking Agency (KTA) on February 28, 2017, 7p.m., at the FDCP Cinematheque Centre Manila.

The KTA, a program of Filipino avant-garde film and video over the past 30 years, is an ongoing curatorial initiative between artist-curators Shireen Seno of Los Otros and Merv Espina of Generation Loss (GEN_LOSS). It features works by a diverse array of Filipino artists across generations and continents, including Miko Revereza, Melchor Bacani III, Rox Lee, Ramon Jose "RJ" Leyran, John Torres, Yason Banal, Tad Ermitano, Raya Martin, Tito & Tita, Martha Atienza, Jon Lazam, Cesar Hernando, Eli Guieb III, and Jimbo Albano.

For the first time in the presentation of the KTA, certain works are to be projected in their original 16mm and 35mm formats.

Thr…

“LOGAN” MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS SET ON MARCH 1, WEDNESDAY (12:01AM) NATIONWIDE

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Responding to the fever-pitch anticipation of Hugh Jackman’s “Logan”, the most eager of cineastes who want to see it first can finally catch the movie on its midnight screenings (12:01am) set on March 1, Wednesday in Philippine theatres nationwide (check your nearest favorite theatres).

Starring Hugh Jackman in the title role, “Logan” is directed by James Mangold that also stars a powerhouse of a cast that includes Patrick Stewart, Boy Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant and newcomer Dafne Keen. A standalone story that sees Jackman in the final chapter of his Wolverine alter-ego, the movie brings the iconic hero at a crossroads that will finally define his destiny.

The film takes place more than 50 years after the events depicted in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and is its own standalone tale that plays more like an intimate family journey but is also packed with high-stakes action scenes. When the film opens, Logan is in a vulnerable and broken state, the curse of his imm…

REVIEW | My Ex and Whys (2017)

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Cathy Garcia-Molina is the studio’s hot-shot rom-com director, and she directs the latest studio effort “My Ex and Whys,” starring the hit LizQuen: Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil. It lightly explores gender stereotyping: men are all cheaters, breaking their promises...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]





ORDINARY TEENS RISE AS SUPERHEROES IN “POWER RANGERS” MOVIE

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Meet the latest teen superheroes as they embark in their high-octane journey on screen in the all-new “Power Rangers” movie.

Saban’s “Power Rangers” follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.

Saban’s Power Rangers, re-envisions the Power Rangers as five ordinary high-school teens who discover they have acquired unique super powers and must join forces to save the world. To play the iconic Power Ranger roles, the filmmakers assembled a diverse ensemble of emerging young stars who share many characteristics with their characters, and their predecessors in the roles, says director Dean Israelite.

TACKLING REALITIES OF PEER PRESSURE IN “BEFORE I FALL”

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A story of self-discovery for the young ones, especially high school students going through peer pressure and acceptance, “Before I Fall” is a film based on the popular young adult novel of the same title by Lauren Oliver.

Directed by Russo-Young, “Before I Fall” brings us back to high school, a period we all quickly go through but seems to have lasting impact in our lives. The film sees a young popular girl, Sam (Zoey Deutch) who needs to relive a day in her high school life seven times before getting it right.

Sam seemed to have everything a teenage girl could want: popularity, a hot boyfriend, cool status, fun friends, loving family and seeming happiness. But beyond the superficial, Sam’s life wasn’t so charmed. She was one of a clique of high school mean girls who made life hellish for those different from them. When she’s killed in a car accident, Sam is forced to relive her last day on Earth seven times in order to get things rig…

MEL GIBSON GUNS FOR OSCAR BEST DIRECTOR PRIZE WITH “HACKSAW RIDGE”

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With films that span from the classic, Oscar Best Picture-winning Braveheart to The Patriot, We Were Soldiers, The Passion of the Christ and his most recently directed film, the Mayan civilization epic Apocalypto, Mel Gibson has become known for meshing big themes with atmospheric style that takes audiences into revealing worlds.

Now, Mel Gibson’s re-creates with a mesmerizing realism the epic combat that saw the true-to-life heroism of Desmond Doss in the World War II action-thriller, Hacksaw Ridge.


Nominated for eight Oscar Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, Hacksaw Ridge centers on the story of Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), a Seventh-day Adventist who became an army medic while adhering to his religious convictions of not carrying a weapon. He saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II.

For producer Bill Mechanic, Gibson was always the ultimate choice to direct Hacksaw Ridge. “The script felt to me almost like a companion piece to Braveheart,” comment…

DENNIS QUAID SHARES SAME ROLE WITH TWO ACTORS IN “A DOG'S PURPOSE”

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For Universal Pictures' new family adventure, A Dog's Purpose, director Lasse Hallström looked to Dennis Quaid who he directed over 20 years ago in Something to Talk About. Known for his portrayals in both comedic and dramatic roles over the years, Quaid was Hallstrom's the ultimate choice for the role of Adult Ethan.

Based on author W. Bruce Cameron’s beloved best-selling novel, A Dog’s Purpose shares the heartwarming and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

Over the course of five decades, a single voice—that of an indefatigable dog—takes us along a riveting and uplifting path that speaks to the heart of anyone who has ever loved an animal. Although he is reincarnated in the bodies of multiple canines through the years, it is his unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan that carries and inspires one dog throughout his journey to find a true purpose for his boy.

“KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD” REVEALS EPIC SCOPE IN NEW TRAILER

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The full trailer has now arrived for Guy Ritchie’s adrenalin-fueled epic fantasy take on the Arthurian legends with Warner Bros. Pictures' sweeping fantasy action adventure King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Check out the new trailer and watch King Arthur: Legend of the Sword in Philippine cinemas starting May 17, 2017.

The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Oscar nominee Jude Law, and Eric Bana. Ritchie directs the film from a screenplay by Joby Harold and Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, story by Joby Harold.

The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face…

“T2 TRAINSPOTTING”: LOOKING BACK AT THE LANDMARK ORIGINAL FILM

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As Columbia Pictures' T2 Trainspotting makes its way exclusively to Ayala Malls Cinemas (Glorietta 4 and Trinoma) starting March 1, 2017, it is important to look back at the original 1996 Trainspotting film and how it defined it a generation.

Original director, Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle is reunited with the original cast for T2 Trainspotting – Ewan McGregor as Renton, Ewan Bremner as Spud, Jonny Lee Miller as Sick Boy, and Robert Carlyle as Begbie.

Made on a £2M budget, Trainspotting is the sophomore film from the team behind Shallow Grave, and it outgrew its modest indie roots to become a bona fide cultural phenomenon.

Danny Boyle remembers: “We kind of careered into the first one. We had just made Shallow Grave, which had done quite well, and suddenly everybody wanted us to make another one. We had Irvine Welsh’s extraordinary book Trainspotting and it continued to haunt us. John Hodge started working on the script and, straightaway, you just knew we were going to make it. …

A FATHER’S JOURNEY TO FORGIVENESS IN “THE SHACK”

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Sam Worthington, known for his global hit epic adventure movies such as “Avatar” and “Clash of The Titans” leads the audience in his latest exciting inspirational journey in “The Shack”. The movie is based on the phenomenally successful novel “The Shack” by author William P. Young and is a profoundly inspirational story about the resiliency of the human spirit amongst unimaginable loss, as a grieving father faces the hardest decision of his life — to forgive the unforgivable.

From all appearances, Mackenzie Phillips (Sam Worthington) seems to have a good life; three great kids, a beautiful wife, lovely home — nothing seems amiss. But, when Mack takes the kids for an overnight camping trip, what starts out as a fun getaway soon turns into a parent’s most horrifying nightmare — his youngest daughter, Missy, is abducted from their campsite and her body is never recovered.

As Mack struggles to make sense of such enormous tragedy, he descends…

HUGH JACKMAN SHARES SCREEN WITH NEWCOMER DAFNE KEEN IN “LOGAN”

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Wolverine’s next of kin, Laura aka X-23 is finally revealed in “Logan,” the defining chapter in the cinematic saga of one of the greatest comic book heroes ever created from visionary writer-director James Mangold. Hugh Jackman stars in the title role, alongside Patrick Stewart (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”), Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant and newcomer Dafne Keen. The film is produced by blockbuster filmmakers Hutch Parker, Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner.

When the film opens, Logan is in a vulnerable and broken state, the curse of his immortality wearing heavy on him as he cares for a weakened Charles Xavier (Stewart) in a derelict smelting plant at the edge of an abandoned oil field. They’re joined there by a third mutant, Caliban (Merchant), sheltering in obscurity at a time when the world believes mutants have passed into history. But Logan’s days of drinking in relative solitude are interrupted when he finds himself the reluctant guardian of a young girl, Laura (newc…

SISTERHOOD OF WHIZ WOMEN BEHIND NASA’S SPACE LAUNCH IN “HIDDEN FIGURES”

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Prepare for a soaring, inspiring and mentally-challenging ride in the Oscar-nominated movie “Hidden Figures” starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, Jim Parsons and Kirsten Dunst.

At last, the story of a visionary trio of women who crossed gender, race and professional lines on their way to pioneering cosmic travel comes to the screen in “Hidden Figures” that uncovers the incredible, untold yet true story of a brilliant group of women who changed the foundations of the country for the better -- by aiming for the stars. The film recounts the vital history of an elite team of black female mathematicians at NASA who helped win the all-out space race against America’s rivals in the Soviet Union and, at the same time, sent the quest for equal rights and opportunity rocketing forwards.

Katherine G. Johnson (played by Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Monae), the chance to use their knowledge, passion and skills opened up just as the dem…

WILL FERRELL, AMY POEHLER'S NEW COMEDY “THE HOUSE” GETS FIRST TRAILER

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New Line Cinema's upcoming comedy The House teams up Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler as married couple Scott and Kate Johansen who, after losing their daughter Alex’s college fund, become desperate to earn it back so she can pursue her dream of attending a university.
With the help of their neighbor Frank (Jason Mantzoukas), they decide to start an illegal casino in the basement of his house.
Check out the film's newly released first TRAILER and watch The House in Philippine cinemas starting August 23, 2017.
The House also stars Nick Kroll (Vacation), Allison Tolman (TV’s Fargo), Michaela Watkins (TV’s Transparent), Ryan Simpkins (Arcadia), Jessie Ennis (TV’s Better Call Saul), Rob Huebel (Horrible Bosses 2), Cedric Yarbrough (TV’s Reno 911!) and Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (Arrival).
Andrew Jay Cohen makes his feature film directorial debut with The House. The script was written by Brendan O’Brien and Cohen, whose previous collaborations include the hit comedies Neighbors and Neighb…