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REVIEW | The Zookeeper's Wife (2017)

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Based on a true story from Diane Ackerman’s 2007 novel, “The Zookeeper’s Wife” takes us back to World War II, where a Polish couple helps Jews escape German atrocities...[FULL REVIEW HERE]






REVIEW | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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In “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” the team is hired by a golden alien race called Sovereign, led by high priestess Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), to slay the aforementioned octopus and protect...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]






FDCP Partners with Theaters to Hold the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino

Read more about Pista ng Pelikulang PilipinoHERE:

“KING ARTHUR” STARS INVITE PH FANS TO WATCH THE EPIC ADVENTURE

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Charlie Hunnam and Judel Law, stars of Warner Bros. Pictures' new epic action adventure King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, greet “Mabuhay Philippines!” as they invite Filipino fans to watch the film.

Watch the clip HERE.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, King Arthur: Legend of the Swoerd 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 down his demons and unite the people to defeat the…

GIRLFRIENDS HAVE A “ROUGH NIGHT” IN TEASER POSTER

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“The best nights never go as planned,” or so declares the teaser poster of Columbia Pictures' new comedy Rough Night, starring Scarlett Johansson.

In Rough Night, an edgy R-rated comedy, five best friends from college (played by Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz) reunite 10 years later for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami. Their hard partying takes a hilariously dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. Amidst the craziness of trying to figure out what to do,their night takes some hilariously unexpected turns, ultimately bringing them closer together when it matters most.

Directed by Lucia Aniello and written by Aniello & Paul W. Downs.

Opening soon across the Philippines, Rough Night is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. (PR)

“CARS 3” HERO GETS BACK ON TRACK WITH NEW TRAILER

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One last chance. One more dream. View Disney-Pixar's new Cars 3 trailer and watch the comedy adventure in Philippine cinemas on August 23, 2017.

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!

The animated adventure is directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist Cars, Cars 2) and produced by Kevin Reher (A Bug’s Life, La Luna short).

The film also features the voices of Armie Hammer hotshot new racer Jackson Storm, Cristela Alonzo as the friendly trainer Cruz Ramirez, with Bonnie Hunt, Tony Shalhoub, Paul Dooley, Cheech Marin, Katherine Helmond, Larry the Cable Guy, Angel Oquendo, and Darrell Waltr…

“KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE” FIRST FULL TRAILER REVEAL

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The world’s unstoppable spies are back in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” directed by Matthew Vaughn, who also helmed the phenomenal blockbuster “Kingsman: The Secret Service” that introduced a street kid into the world of espionage.

In the latest instalment “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” Taron Egerton reprises his role as Eggsy along with returning powerhouse cast led by Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Michael Caine and Sophie Cookson. This time, the returning Kingsmen are joined by new exciting and award-winning cast members including Sir Elton John, Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry and Julianne Moore.


In the recently revealed first trailer of “Kingsman: The Golden Circle," our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new…

“BAYWATCH” CAST STRIKES LIFEGUARD POSES IN NEW POSTER

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Paramount Pictures has just released the new poster for its highly awaited raunchy comedy Baywatch, the big-screen adaptation of the iconic beach lifeguard show of the '90s.


Opening in Philippine cinemas on May 31, 2017, Baywatch is directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) and stars Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Jon Bass, Kelly Rohrbach and Ilfenesh Hadera.

Baywatch follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Efron). Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

“Baywatch” is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. (PR)



“KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD” LAUNCHESPROPHECY TRAILER

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The born king will come… it is inevitable. Warner Bros. Pictures has just launched a new trailer of its epic fantasy King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, from director Guy Ritchie.

Check out the Prophecy Trailer and watchKing Arthur: Legend of the Sword in Philippine cinemas starting May 17, 2017.

(The trailer may also be viewed in Facebook.)

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…

FDCP Partners with Theaters to Hold the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino

In honor of the Buwan ng Wika, the Film Development Council of the Philippine is partnering with commercial theaters to exclusively screen Filipino films nationwide on August 16-22, 2017 dubbed as Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino.

“Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino will be a big celebration of Filipino films for our audience – a festivity with a wide variety of genre films to choose from nationwide,” said FDCP Chair and CEO Liza Diño in a press conference held April 26. “We are grateful for the support and partnership of the National Cinema Association of the Philippines and SM Lifestyle Entertainment have graciously dedicated over seven hundred (700) of their screens for the Pista. This really is an incredible opportunity for our Filipino audience to reconnect with meaningful Filipino films that move and appeal to them in an exclusive platform,” she added.

The event is open to all Filipino filmmakers who may submit films on or before June 15, 2017. Ten (10) to twelve (12) films will be selected…

EMPOWERED LADIES ROCK THE "GALAXY" IN “GUARDIANS” SEQUEL

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The women of Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy Vo. 2 – Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Karen Gillan (Nebula) and Pom Klementieff (Mantis) are ready to rock the galaxy in the year's highly anticipated sequel.

In the film, reformed assassin Gamora hopes that her heroic deeds with the Guardians will help her atone for the sins of her past. Gamora must grapple with her own demons and the consequences of her flight from Thanos’ employ when confronted by her adoptive sister Nebula.

Saldana explains her character’s arc in the new film. “In the first ‘Guardians’ she’s on a mission to be free or die because she’s over it. There’s a selfish essence to her, and it makes prerogative very personal. Versus like in this one, she’s on a path of redemption, so she wants to be very present in trying to do good. And that also means, on a very personal and uncomfortable level, that she has to try to just let go of whatever animosity existed between her and her sister.”

“The challenging part of Gamora’s …

CRIME-FREE SOCIETY IN FUTURISTIC ACTION THRILLER “HUNTING THE PHANTOM”

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The attempt to eliminate crime and establish global peace has resulted in the abolishment of basic human freedoms in the futuristic action thriller “Hunting the Phantom.”

The latest non-stop action film “Hunting the Phantom” takes place in the near future. The great invention of a global corporation, code-named "Phantom", ensures the crime eradication and security in the world. But this is only a visible side of the "Phantom": the corporation’s sinister plan is hidden in establishing total control over the people’s mind. A hacker in Japan receives a strange message: “The Phantom controls us all. Save me to save yourself.” Several hackers transmit this message to each other, until it reaches Kazakhstan. None of the hackers understand the meaning behind this inexplicable message; only a mysterious stranger from Kazakhstan appears to know something.

Their aim is to change the march of history, to turn society into obedient puppets who will never know that their mind…

EXPERIENCE THE ALIEN IN YOU AND BRING HOME AN “ALIEN: COVENANT” POSTER ON ‘ALIEN DAY’ AT TRINOMA CINEMA

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In anticipation of the year’s most terrifying film by Ridley Scott “Alien: Covenant” that will open on May 10 in Phils. cinemas, fans and enthusiasts are in for a treat dubbed as “Alien Day” on April 26 as the groundbreaking franchise offers 24-hours of fan-focused activities worldwide.

“Alien Day” on April 26 is a nod to planet LV-426 from the iconic Alien films, as the countdown continues for the highly anticipated new chapter in Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking sci-fi thriller, “Alien: Covenant,” releasing in theaters worldwide beginning May 10. Cast members from “Alien: Covenant” will join fan-focused festivities including a live streaming event, an interactive trivia challenge, worldwide screenings, all-new product launches, special reveals and more.

The worldwide Alien Day fan activities include livestreaming event at Fox Studios in Los Angeles on all Alien social channels and on the newly launched ALIEN Universe Hub (www.AlienUniverse.com ), fans can interact with t…

SUSPENSE THRILLER “THE BEGUILED” BEWILDERS WITH FIRST TRAILER

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Universal Pictures and Focus Features has premiered the first trailer for director Sofia Coppola’s new suspense thriller The Beguiled starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kristen Dunst and Elle Fanning.

View the trailer the TRAILER and watch The Beguiled in Philippine cinemas this July 2017.

The Beguiled is an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, Marie-Antoinette). The story unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school. Its sheltered young women take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events.

An official competition entry to this year's Cannes Film Festival, the film's screenplay is adapted by Coppola from Thomas Cullinan’s original novel.

The Beguiled is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. (PR)

IT’S GAME ON AS SHOOTING BEGINS ON NEW LINE CINEMA’S “GAME NIGHT”

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Principal photography is underway on New Line Cinema’s action comedy “Game Night,” starring Jason Bateman (the “Horrible Bosses” films, TV’s “Arrested Development”) and Oscar nominee Rachel McAdams (“Spotlight,” “Dr. Strange”). Filming began on location in Atlanta, Georgia, under the direction of Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, marking their second film as co-directors following “Vacation.”

Joining Bateman and McAdams in the cast are Billy Magnussen (“Bridge of Spies,” TV’s “American Crime Story”), Sharon Horgan (Amazon’s “Catastrophe”), Lamorne Morris (TV’s “New Girl”), Jesse Plemons (“Black Mass,” TV’s “Fargo”), Kylie Bunbury (TV’s “Pitch,” “Under the Dome”), Michael Cyril Creighton (“Spotlight”) and Kyle Chandler (“Manchester by the Sea,” TV’s “Bloodline”).

Bateman and McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux fed…

CHRIS PRATT SLAYS AS STAR-LORD IN “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2”

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Chris Pratt inhabits Peter Quill aka Star-Lord anew in Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as he faces a family issue that he is compelled to resolve—his true parentage. Pratt reprises the role that propelled him into Marvel fandom and leading-man status.

Having now saved the galaxy once, the half-human intergalactic adventurer known as Star-Lord is newly famous and keenly aware of it. When the Guardians’ newfound notoriety brings Quill’s long-lost father back into his life, his bond with the other Guardians will be put to the test.

On casting Chris Pratt as Star-Lord/Peter Quill, director-writer James Gunn says, “When I was auditioning Star-Lord the first time around I was looking for somebody who’d come in, do everything that was on the page, do it well, do it in a funny way, but also give that a little something extra that made Peter Quill a little bit of a different character. And Chris came in and did that immediately. Chris is a very unique movie star in that he is…

THE YEAR’S MOST TERRIFYING CINEMATIC EVENT HAPPENS IN “ALIEN: COVENANT” ON MAY 10

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Director Ridley Scott brings another yet unforgettable cinematic event in “Alien: Covenant” starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Guy Pearce, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Carmen Ejogo and James Franco.

“Alien: Covenant” takes place ten years after the events of Prometheus and follows the crew of the colony ship Covenant, which has discovered a promising new planet. Also on board the colony ship Covenant is humanoid Walter (Fassbender) who is in charge of managing the ship’s safe journey until it’s time for the mission crew to wake from years of cryo-slumber. Once awake, the team finds a planet just like earth and soon comes in contact with David (Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The uncharted world that looks like paradise at first soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.

A visual spectacle, “Alien: Covenant” will bring the audience to an immersive world wh…

Film Rocks The Earth

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Show your love for Mother Earth this Saturday, April 22, 2017 as the National Parks Development Committee in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Cinematheque Centre Manila and Miyaw Production through the program LABS KITA, SABADO! present“FILM ROCKS”, an event to raise awareness on environmental literacy in celebration of Earth Day. Hosted by Ms. Pia Marie Paulican, the show will start at 4:00 p.m. with a free public film screening of “Bamboo Flowers”, by Maryo J. Delos Reyes followed by a concert at 6:00 p.m. Admission is FREE!

Featuring seasoned actress Mylene Dizon, Max Collins and Ruru Madrid, the film “Bamboo Flowers” is an anthology inspired by the chandelier-shaped bamboo flowers that blossoms only before its death. Set in the beautiful island of Bohol the film follows the different lives of people who have to deal with the ever changing world, erosion of traditions and beliefs – factors that pushed them to make drastic life decisions.

Performing fo…

SHOOTING STARTS ON “A STAR IS BORN,” STARRING BRADLEY COOPER AND STEFANI GERMANOTTA (LADY GAGA)

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Film Marks Cooper’s Directorial Debut

BURBANK, CA – April 17, 2017 – Filming begins today on Warner Bros. Pictures’ reimagining of the musical “A Star is Born,” starring Bradley Cooper and introducing Stefani Germanotta, known across the globe as Oscar-nominated music superstar Lady Gaga, in her first leading role in a major motion picture. Four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (“American Sniper,” “American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) is helming the film, marking his directorial debut.

Cooper plays Jackson Maine, a country music star who is on the brink of decline when he discovers a talented unknown named Ally (Germanotta). As the two begin a passionate love affair, Jack coaxes Ally into the spotlight, catapulting her to stardom. But as Ally’s career quickly eclipses his own, Jack finds it increasingly hard to handle his fading glory.

In addition to playing Ally, Germanotta, who earned her Oscar nod for the song “Til It Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground,” has composed a…

FDCP and SM Cinema to Launch Cine Lokal with Pres. Duterte

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The Film Development Council of the Philippines, in partnership with SM Entertainment will launch Cine Lokal on April 19, 2017 with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as the Guest of Honor. The event will be held at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City with cocktails at 6 PM and the main program at 7 PM. The Philippine premiere of Director Mel Chionglo's award-winning film Iadya Mo Kami will follow the program, simultaneous with the screening of Academy Award Best Picture for 2015 Spotlight. Cine Lokal is a partnership between the Film Development Council of the Philippines which dedicates eight (8) commercial theatres for the exclusive screening of FDCP-curated independent and award-winning films. The launch will be the first film-related event that the President is attending since he assumed office in July 2016.

"We are beyond honored and grateful for this show of support by no less than our President," said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Dino. " This reaffirms the governm…

Cine Lokal - April schedule for Pinoy indie films!

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CINE LOKAL APRIL 2017 TITLES:

SPOTLIGHT (2015)
Tom McCarthy’s Oscar-winning film tells the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

HIMALA (1982)
Ishmael Bernal and Ricky Lee’s masterpiece features Elsa (Nora Aunor), a local villager who exhibits miraculous healing powers after claiming to have been visited by the Virgin Mary.

IADYA MO KAMI (2016)
Father Greg, a diocesan priest, is reassigned to a parish up in the mountains. He embarks on a mission to help solve the crime, a mission which leads him to the discovery of his own personal salvation.

OF SINNERS AND SAINTS (2015)
Italian priest from Rome Leonardo Rossellini IS assigned to a parish in Payatas to counsel battered women and teach poor children—and encounters a woman from his past.

NEW POSTER UNITES THE “JUSTICE LEAGUE”

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United, they stand. Warner Bros. Pictures has launched the new official one-sheet art for its event movie for 2017, the action-adventure Justice League.

Check out the poster below and watch Justice League in Philippine cinemas starting Nov. 16, 2017.

In the film, 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, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) returns to direct Justice Leaguewith a cast that includes Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher.

Justice League is distributed worldwide by …

WATCH THE OFFICIAL TEASER TRAILER OF “STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI”

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Disney and Lucasfilm have released the first Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer for writer/director Rian Johnson‘s follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

View the trailer watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi in Philippine cinemas starting Dec.15, 2017.

The trailer was unveiled as part of the recent Star Wars Celebration panel for the film, along with a teaser poster.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.

The film stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran, Benicio del Toro, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is distributed in the Philippines by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. (PR)



TALENTED NEWCOMER MCKENNA GRACE TAKES TITULAR ROLE IN “GIFTED”

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An impressive ensemble of actors led by Chris Evans along with Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, Lindsay Duncan and Jenny Slate support young multi-talented actress McKenna Grace as she takes on the titular role in director Marc Webb’s “Gifted.”

Evans plays Frank Adler, uncle and guardian of Mary (Grace) in “Gifted” who both lead normal lives until Evelyn (Duncan), Frank’s mom and Mary’s grandmother, decides to take custody of her grandchild. Frank’s sister entrusted him to raise Mary after she died for fear that her daughter might also be subjected to the pressures she’s been through as a prodigy. But as soon as Evelyn finds out about Mary’s intellectual state, Frank finds himself in a custody battle to keep Mary under his care.

On finding the right child-actor, director Webb insists there was a good reason for the massive search: “I couldn’t have made “Gifted” unless I found the right Mary Adler. It was the biggest hurdle to making the movie. There’s an emotional depth…

ADVOCACY FILM “ANG ARAW SA LIKOD MO” IN PHILS. CINEMAS SOON

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Philippines’ award-winning advocacy film “Ang Araw sa Likod Mo” written and directed by Dominic P. Nuesa is a gripping story of two brothers reunited despite being separated by conflicting beliefs. The movie also tackles the heroism of Filipino soldiers in the thick of a four-decade old war against terrorism starring a talented cast that includes Ping Medina, Bong Cabrera and Mike Liwag.

“Ang Araw sa Likod Mo” is Nuesa’s full-length film feature debut and has been nominated in the upcoming prestigious Nice International Awards (2017) in the most coveted categories such as Best Director – Dominic Carlo P. Nuesa, Best Lead Actor – Mike Liwag, Best Supporting Actor – Ping Medina, Best Editing – JavierAbola and Best Sound – Greg Rodriguez III.

Produced by Nuesa’s An Earth Below Productions, “Ang Araw sa Likod Mo”has already won five international awards – Best Film in Auckland International Film Festival, Global Award Winner at the Europe-based ARFF (Around Films Intern…

HEROES TURN VILLAINS IN NEW “TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT” TRAILER

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The new, global trailer of Paramount Pictures’ Transformers: The Last Knight has just dropped, and may viewed HERE.

The fifth instalment of the massively successful Transformers franchise is coming to Philippine theatres on June 21, 2017,

In the film, when all seems lost, a few brave souls can save everything we’ve ever known.

Directed by Michael Bay,The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformersfranchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).

There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villa…

COOPER, DIESEL TEAM UP AS ROCKET, GROOT IN “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2”

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Superstars Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel return to lend their voices to Rocket and Groot in Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy Vo. 2, the highly anticipated sequel, featuring the world’s favorite band of intergalactic misfits.

The action-adventure is written and directed by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Dawn of the Dead).

When it comes to voices, James Gunn knows Rocket’s better than anyone as the director has many times professed that there is a little bit of himself in the character. Rocket, a tortured little beast who’s been torn apart and put back together, is still incredibly funny and heartfelt at times, particularly as voiced again by Academy Award® nominee Bradley Cooper.

A scene stealer in the first Guardians of the Galaxy with only the same three words of ‘I am Groot,’ was the wise, old, talking humanoid tree creature Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel. Despite his unique appearance and extremely limited communication skills, Groot embedded himself in the heart of audi…

“FAST & FURIOUS 8” BREAKS RECORDS WITH P110-M OPENING GROSS IN PH, GLOBAL BOW AT $532.5-M

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MANILA, April 17, 2017 – Universal Pictures’ Fast & Furious 8 smashed global box office records, earning $532.5 -million worldwide to set a new high-water mark for an opening weekend.

(Watch the new Fast & Furious 8 spot.)

The action thriller debuted with $432.3 million internationally after bowing in 63 foreign markets; and a solid $100.2-million in North America.

In the Philippines, the Vin Diesel-Dwayne Johnson blockbuster opened at No.1 with a two-day weekend gross of P110-million. Said figure towers as the biggest weekend ever for theFast & Furious franchise, surpassing the P98-M bow of 2015's Fast & Furious 7.

The ode to fast cars and family opened in the Philippines last Saturday, April 15, with an unstoppable P56-M and new record as the highest opening day for a Fast & Furious movie (beating 7's P48-M first-day gross).

Saturday's receipts was also the biggest opening day of the year so far, as well the best first day gross for a Universal Pictures ti…

JUDE LAW CAST AS THE ICONIC WIZARD ALBUS DUMBLEDORE IN THE NEXT “FANTASTIC BEASTS” FILM

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BURBANK, CA –April 12, 2017 – As fans across the globe eagerly await the next adventure in the “Fantastic Beasts” feature film series, Warner Bros. Pictures has announced the actor who will take on the role of one of J.K. Rowling’s most beloved characters. Two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law has been set to star as Albus Dumbledore in the “Fantastic Beasts” sequel, it was announced today by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures.

In the much-anticipated new Wizarding World film, Law will portray Dumbledore long before the iconic wizard became the Headmaster at Hogwarts, as he has been known in the Harry Potter books and movies. We meet him decades earlier, when Dumbledore is still serving as the wizarding school’s Transfiguration professor. He is also a contemporary of Gellert Grindelwald, the charismatic dark wizard who believes wizards are superior to Muggles and No-Majs.

J.K. Rowling, who made her screenwriting debut on the global hit “Fantas…

THOR ENTERS BATTLE ARENA IN OFFICIAL “THOR: RAGNAROK” TEASER TRAILER

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Watch Thor go up against an old friend in the first official teaser trailer for Marvel Studios 'Thor: Ragnarok.'

Directed by Taika Waititi from a script by Craig Kyle & Christopher Yost and Stephany Folsom and Eric Pearson, Thor: Ragnarok picks up after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).

If that isn’t enough, feast your eyes on the Asgardian god in his gladiatorial garb in a brand new poster below!

The film also stars Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff …

"FAST" CREW TRIES TO BRING HOME ROGUE LEADER IN “FURIOUS 8”

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For Fast & Furious 8, the first chapter of Universal Pictures’ record-smashing homegrown franchise’s final trilogy, Vin Diesel as the newly rogue Dominic Toretto is joined by a returning all-star cast.

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges returns as Tej, brilliant tech-tactician and automotive mechanic extraordinaire. Revisiting a character every two years is a luxury that many actors do not get in the film business but for Chris “Ludacris” Bridges who marks his fifth turn as the automotive and tech tactician Tej, it’s a welcome sign when Morgan’s newest script shows up. Gone is the afro and garage coveralls Tej sported when he made his debut as a hustler in Miami’s illegal racing circuit in 2 Fast 2 Furious. These days he’s upgraded his wardrobe, toys and tools of the trade with the best that money can buy.

Nathalie Emmanuelle who made her franchise debut in Fast & Furious 7 is back as Ramsey as the brilliant hacker and God’s Eye creator Ramsey. The beautiful loner is now a more comfort…

“THE MUMMY” UNVEILS NEW TOM CRUISE-CENTRIC POSTER

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Universal Pictures has just unveiled the new poster art for its epic action-adventure The Mummy, showing Tom Cruise's character with the titular female mummy (Sofia Boutella) looming in the background.

Check out the one-sheet art below and watch The Mummy when it rises in Philippine cinemas on June 7, 2017.

In The Mummy, thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

Cruise is joined by a cast including Annabelle Wallis (upcoming King Arthur, Annabelle), Jake Johnson (…

REVIEW | Going in Style (2017)

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Oscar winners Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alank Arkin play super old retirees and long-time friends who decide to rob a bank in Zach Braff’s low-key comedy... [READ FULL REVIEW HERE]

EMMA WATSON AND TOM HANKS STAR IN MODERN THRILLER “THE CIRCLE”

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Tom Hanks and Emma Watson star in “The Circle,” set in the not-too-distant future where privacy becomes criminal and we are forced to confront ourselves on the price we have to pay for knowledge.

In the future, would you be a better version of yourself if you knew you were being watched 24 hours a day? What would the implications be of a transparent society? There are people that we want to be transparent – our celebrities, our criminals – for our own voyeuristic pleasure, or our safety – and others of whom we feel entitled to demand their transparency – our elected officials, our law enforcement. Where is the line? The concept of totalitarianism is historically thought of as a construct that would be forced upon us – but what if we are complicit, even unwittingly, in our own oppression?

When Mae (Emma Watson) is hired to work for The Circle, the world’s largest and most powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as the opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises …

FAMILIAR VOICES IN FAMILY COMEDY “THE BOSS BABY”

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The baby is boss in the hilarious family comedy “The Boss Baby” where award-winning Alec Baldwin voices the titular role – a baby who wears a suit, carries a briefcase and barks orders at everyone. “The Boss Baby” features an impressive voice cast of talented comedic actors led by Alec Baldwin along with Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy Kimmel, Steve Buscemi and Tobey Maguire as the film’s narrator.

“The Boss Baby” sees Baldwin’s character who works for Baby Corp. and is sent to spy on people to find out what babies and parents want. Part of his job is to belong to a family where seven-year old Tim (voiced by Miles Bakshi) is having all the attention and time to himself, but as soon as Boss Baby arrives, his life suddenly changed and becomes determined to reveal the real Boss Baby. As Tim and his new brother, Boss Baby come to terms that they must work together to save both the company and Tim’s parents against an evil plot, they come to realize that they make a great team.

Bald…

OSCAR WINNER OCTAVIA SPENCER PART OF A DREAM CAST IN “GIFTED”

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When you’re an Oscar winner, no one expects you to show up on the set most every day – even when you’re not working – but that’s what Octavia Spencer did on “Gifted” where she co-stars with an impressive cast led by Chris Evans, Grace McKenna, Jenny Slate and Lindsay Duncan.

“Gifted” is directed by Marc Webb, known for his dreamy romantic hit “500 Days of Summer.” In “Gifted,” Webb once again gives another heartfelt movie about a single man raising his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) in a coastal town in Florida. But Mary is a brilliant child prodigy and Frank's intention that she lead a normal life are thwarted when the seven-year-old’s command of mathematics comes to the attention of his formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan)—a wealthy Bostonian whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Mary and Frank. As family tensions and disconnections flare, uncle and niece find support in Roberta (Octavia Spencer), their protective landlady and b…

“GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2” CONTINUES ADVENTURE OF QUIRKY HEROES, EXPANDS MCU

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From Marvel Studios, the studio that brought you the cinematic global blockbuster franchises of “Iron Man,” “Captain America,” “Thor,” “Ant-Man,” “Doctor Strange” and the “Avengers,” comes the highly anticipated sequel, featuring the world’s favorite band of intergalactic misfits—the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Picking up where “Guardians of the Galaxy”—2014’s highest grossing film of the summer—left off, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the action-packed, irreverent, epic space adventures of Peter Quill aka Star-Lord and his gang of eccentric characters as they patrol and protect the universe, doing mercenary work in the wake of the popularity and fame they garnered from saving Xandar.

Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, the story follows the team as they fight to keep their newfound family together while traversing the outer reaches of the cosmos to unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite charact…

WILL “FAST & FURIOUS 8” MARK THE END OF THE DOM-LETTY LOVE STORY?

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Back to play the iconic rebel Dominic Toretto himself, Vin Diesel knew exactly what he wanted to accomplish for Universal Pictures' Fast & Furious 8, the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time, and the first instalment of the planned final trilogy.

(Watch the featurette Dom & Letty's Love Story.)
“I only wanted to continue the saga if we were going to collectively make the best final trilogy for ourselves, for the legacy of our brother Paul, and for Universal, who’s been so supportive over the years,” says Diesel. “With Furious 7, our focus was to not only make the best film in the saga but to honor what it has represented for almost two decades. The key to this next chapter is to challenge those core themes that have endured, and to do it in a way that is compelling but still entertaining.”

“Dom Toretto is always about family, and with this storyline it’s the absolute opposite of what you expect,” adds director F. Gary G…

REVIEW | American Pastoral (2016)

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Scottish actor Ewan McGregor gets behind the camera in his ambitious directorial debut “American Pastoral,” based on Philip Roth’s Pulitzer prize-winning 1997 novel. He also stars as the drama’s protagonist, a blonde Jewish all-American father whose life crumbles because...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE].