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Thursday, September 29, 2016

“THE ACCOUNTANT” Has a Dark Secret Life in Riveting New Thriller

 
It’s always compelling when people have secrets—when you think someone is one thing and then discover they’re something else entirely,” says Gavin O’Connor, director of the upcoming thriller “The Accountant” from Warner Bros. Pictures.

That is certainly the case with the title character of “The Accountant.” At first glance, math savant Christian Wolff seems to be nothing more than a storefront CPA, right down to his spreadsheets and pocket protector. However, his usual clientele are among the world’s most powerful crime lords, and his mild-mannered demeanor and somewhat innocuous appearance belie the fact that he may be more dangerous than any of them.

Ben Affleck, who stars in the role, notes, “The story speaks to the duality in all of us. It might be easy to pigeonhole a guy like Chris, but we find out he’s capable of much more than you imagine.”

The actor goes on to reveal that there is another unexpected wrinkle to Christian, who is able to crunch more than just numbers. “On the one hand, he’s this effectively trained fighter and on the other, he’s a math savant. Those facets of his personality—seemingly at odds in him—were unlike anything I’ve ever done before and made it both exciting and challenging.”

 
O’Connor agrees. “The center point of the film was this fascinating character that I loved and wanted to explore. How did he become this man? How did he get those skills? How did he become this lethal fighter? The story has intertwining puzzles, which gave it a high IQ factor and made it especially intriguing.”

Screenwriter Bill Dubuque affirms, “The concept of an accountant—a profession that we normally think of as pretty mundane—who is outside what most would consider conventional and had extraordinary abilities was something different. If you’re a mainstream company and think someone’s embezzling funds, you have a team of accountants who can determine where the money is going. But if you’re a drug cartel or a Mafia kingpin, you can’t do that. You’ve got to be able to call somebody who can come in, figure out the patterns in your books, and say, ‘This is where the leak is.’ And then get out. As I thought more about what would make this person special, I hit on the notion that he is on the autism spectrum. But he uses it to his advantage, and I just loved the idea of that.”

 
O’Connor emphasizes, “We learned the term ‘spectrum’ is especially fitting because there is really no single type of autism; every person is an individual and at a different place on that spectrum. Christian is fictional and not based on anyone in real life—his remarkable aptitude for figures is a gift and his physical attributes are a product of his unique upbringing.”

Dubuque surrounded Christian with other characters that are just as multifaceted, pointing out, “Almost no one is really who they seem to be.”

Producer Lynette Howell Taylor says, “Bill created a fantastically written screenplay. I had never read anything like it before and found it completely unpredictable, which is always a good sign. There were twists that took me by surprise and I had a couple of gasp moments. That’s what ultimately made me want to make the movie.”

  Opening across the Philippines on Nov. 02, “The Accountant” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.


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Final Trailer of “FANTASTIC BEASTS” Unleashes The Magical Creatures

The titular magical creatures are front and center in the newly released final trailer of Warner Bros. Pictures' much-anticipated adventure “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” which returns fans to the J.K. Rowling's wizarding world of Harry Potter, only this time set in New York during the 1920s.

The trailer may be viewed below: 

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 (“The Theory of Everything”) 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 have come and gone without incident … were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” also stars Katherine Waterston (“Steve Jobs”) as Tina; Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) as Jacob; Alison Sudol (“Transparent”) as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Ezra Miller (“Trainwreck”) as Credence; two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (“In America”) as Mary Lou; Oscar winner Jon Voight (TV’s “Ray Donovan”) as Henry Shaw, Sr.; Ron Perlman (the “Hellboy” films) as Gnarlack; Carmen Ejogo (“Selma”) as Seraphina; Jenn Murray (“Brooklyn”) as Chastity; young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty; and Colin Farrell (“True Detective”) as Percival Graves.

The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose beloved “Harry Potter” books were adapted into the top-grossing film franchise of all time. Her script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” written by her character Newt Scamander.

  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be shown in 2D and 3D and IMAX on November 17. 
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Marvel, IMAX Offer PH Fans a Sneak Peek at Select Footage From “DOCTOR STRANGE”

EXPAND YOUR MIND: AN IMAX® 3D EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK
FEATURES EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE TO BE SHOWN IN SM MEGAMALL IMAX ON
OCTOBER 11, 2016 AT 7 P.M.


MANILA (September 27, 2016) –Marvel Studios announces Marvel Studios’ Expand Your Mind: An IMAX® 3D Exclusive First Look, featuring approximately 15 minutes of exclusive footage from the highly anticipated, action-packed “Doctor Strange.” The sneak peek will be showcased in SM Megamall IMAX Cinema on October 11, 2016, at 7p.m.

Marvel and IMAX will offer the special screening of thrilling, never-before-seen 3D footage of the Scott Derrickson-directed, mind-bending movie, which opens nationwide on October 26, 2016.

 
Commenting on the exclusive footage, director Scott Derrickson says, “As a movie fan, I am thrilled to take audiences along on the visual journey of ‘Doctor Strange’ and give them an early peek at what we’ve been working on. The completed film will feature more than an hour of specially formatted IMAX sequences that will provide audiences with a totally immersive—and mind-blowing—film-going experience and I’m excited to share a taste of that with our fans on October 11.”

For complimentary tickets, fans are advised to check out Marvel Philippines' official FB pagehttps://www.facebook.com/MarvelPhilippines/ for details.

Fans who attend this exclusive sneak peek will also receive a limited-edition, collectible “Doctor Strange” IMAX poster.

 
From Marvel Studios comes “Doctor Strange,” the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.

Doctor Strange” stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt and Scott Adkins, with Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. Scott Derrickson is directing with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D’Esposito, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. Jon Spaihts and Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill wrote the screenplay. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying and totally mind-bending journey when Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” opens in Philippine theaters on October 26, 2016.
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Evans, Theroux, Ramirez: The Men of “GIRL ON THE TRAIN”

 
Luke Evans (“Fast & Furious” franchise), Justin Theroux (“The Leftovers”) and Edgar Ramirez (“Deliver Us from Evil”) provide the masculine presence in the female-centric tale, “The Girl on the Train” from Paramount Pictures. The film also stars Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson and Haley Bennett.

Based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel, “The Girl on the Train” is directed by Tate Taylor (“The Help”) and adapted for the screen by Erin Cressida Wilson. In the film, Rachel (Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.

To cast the two key male roles was just as crucial, according to producer Marc Platt. “It’s interesting to be involved in a film that’s so female-centric,” he says. “Usually, it’s the guys who are more complicated and then there’s the ‘girl’ role, and our challenge here was to develop characters that wouldn’t just be the ‘boy’ role in a film about the women. The story is also very much about the men.”

To play the role of Tom, a father caught between his new wife and an ex who is deteriorating into the madness of addiction, the filmmakers cast Justin Theroux, who can currently be seen starring in the hit series “The Leftovers.”

 
For Theroux, “The Girl on the Train” is all about appearances. He describes: “It’s set in this suburban place, just upstate, just outside of the city. So there is that picket-fence element to it, and wondering what’s behind those perfect little shutters and curtains.” For a passenger peering into the homes she passes by, however, the view becomes more intimate. “There’s something about looking into people’s backyards that is almost more invasive. You are literally seeing their dirty laundry hanging out in the back; you’re not seeing what’s presented in the front.”

The actor hits upon a theme that readers of Hawkins’ work frequently note: The main character’s addiction adds a curious element to Rachel’s trustworthiness. “It’s not a thriller in the traditional sense,” says Theroux. “It’s seen through the lens of a human problem. No one believes the least reliable witness: Rachel.”

For the role of Scott, the second object of Rachel’s obsession, the filmmakers cast Luke Evans, who is known for roles in “The Hobbit” series, as well as the “Fast & Furious” franchise.

Evans admits he became quite the fan of the complex characters in Hawkins’ novel, one he found to be a gripping page-turner. “When I began the book, I didn’t want to put it down,” he gives. “I’m not surprised it’s done as well as it has. The whole story is about an inquisitive human being who creates chaos because of her curiosity, and it’s enthralling.”

The Welsh performer found Rachel’s obsessions fascinating, and he quickly agreed to portray one of the key figures who populate her world. He describes Scott as a man who’s in a tempestuous relationship with Megan (Haley Bennett), and a jealous husband who inevitably becomes a suspect when she disappears. “He’s questioning a lot about himself and about the women in his life, and how they’ve treated him,” the actor says. “So there’s a lot of anger and mistrust.”

Rachel’s need to find out what happened to Megan leads her to visit the missing woman’s psychiatrist, Dr. Kamal Abdic, whom Rachel—and the cops—suspects may have been involved in her disappearance. As the story unfolds, we learn that the relationship between Abdic and Megan was much more than doctor and patient. “There is this wonderful cat-and-mouse quality to what happens between Megan and her doctor,” says Bennett. “She is a lonely, broken woman who lures him in. He takes the bait.”

 
To play Dr. Abdic, the filmmakers cast Édgar Ramírez, known for his roles in such films as “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Deliver Us from Evil.”

Kamal Abdic is a man of few words,” offers Ramírez. “He loves to listen to these women because he is also fascinated, or a little turned on, by their despair. He listens to all their stories, but he genuinely falls in love with Megan. There’s a special sense of innocence in her, and he knows that she uses sex as a way to connect.”

Initially posing as a patient to learn what she can about Abdic, Rachel opens up to the doctor, revealing more than she ever intended. She describes her heartbreak at not being unable to have a child, subsequent divorce and alcohol-induced blackouts. “Abdic is the only one who listens to the secrets,” the Venezuelan actor adds. However, he pays the price for crossing the line with his patients. “He knows everything about what’s going on, and ironically, is the first one who becomes a suspect.” He pauses, “We cross lines because we feel lonely, and we are longing for connection.”

  Opening across the Philippines on October 05, “The Girl on the Train” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Felicity Jones, On a Quest to Stop a Global Catastrophe in “INFERNO”

 
Starring opposite Tom Hanks in Columbia Pictures' new suspense thriller “Inferno” is Academy Award® nominated actress Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything,” upcoming “Rogue One”) as Dr. Sienna Brooks.

Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown's billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, “Inferno,” which finds the famous symbologist 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, 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.

For Jones, there is more to her character than meets the eye. "Sienna is a young woman who is a strong environmentalist, full of conviction. She is not everything she seems but on the surface she is someone that gets involved in a mystery relating to finding a deadly virus."

 
That is one of the aspects that drew Jones to the role, she says: “This is really a contemporary story about paranoia, fear of governments, and who we can trust.”

There’s a lot of fun in it, in that they’re going on this quest, they’re finding clues, but at the same time, there is a seriousness and there is a philosophical side to the film,” adds Jones.

And it’s addressing very pertinent issues about what is the state of the world that we’re living in and how do we contribute to making that world as good as it can be for future generations,” continues Jones. “I feel like, increasingly with global warming, we’re forced to address how we are living, and ask are we living in a way that is sustainable? I am absolutely pro making sure we do everything to leave the planet in as green a state as possible.”

 
For inspiration in playing her character, Jones says she went straight to the source material. “When I knew I had the part of Sienna, I read Dan Brown’s book – it was a really fun read,” she recalls. “Throughout filming, I would keep coming back to the book for Sienna and find little clues about her backstory that I could use in playing her. The books was a really good resource throughout filming.”

Working with Hanks and Howard, both Oscar winners who make up a formidable creative team, was a delight, Jones shares. “They have a huge affection for each other. They have this shorthand and they are both on the same page creatively. It’s what I would hope to do later in my career – to work with the same people and build up a shorthand. It’s like any creative endeavour, if you work with the same people, you actually save a lot of time because you’re not trying to establish a new relationship.”

  Opening across the Philippines on Oct. 12, “Inferno” is distributed by Columbia Pictures in the Philippines, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

Jake (Asa Butterfield), grew up listening to a lot of fascinating stories from his grandfather. However, after his grandfather's mysterious death, Jake head on to Wales to find some answers. This leads him to find Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) who is the guardian of a group of peculiar children. At first, Jake is told that he also has a peculiarity but didn't know exactly what or how to use it. Meanwhile, the leader of the hollowgasts (Samuel L. Jackson) continues to hunt down peculiar children to gain immortality and Jake's natural gift can be the game changer to end their wicked plans.

Once again, Tim Burton transports his viewers to another extraordinary world that he already mastered in his films through the years. It is another dark tale that comes to life but this time; the film can't carry its weight throughout the entire time. It's couldn't sustain the momentum and deliver big time when it's mostly needed. It gets pretty tedious from the start and quite slow to pick up the pace. Still, it is a fantastic feature, especially when it reached the second half. However, with the film having a lot of interesting bits to offer; it never reached its maximum potential as a whole. 

The visual effects was pretty neat but there is nothing special in wearing your 3D glasses. There are some scenes that you'll feel the magic, especially when they highlight the peculiarity of each child. It's like X-Men with mutants discovering their powers and learning how to control it. It is something they should have capitalized on, and also they could have trimmed the film down as it feels a bit too long in its 127 minutes run time. 


As for the cast, they all did a pretty nice job with Eva Green leading the charge. She brings life and color to Miss Peregrine and continues to impress each time like a female version of Johnny Depp. We also loved the inclusion of Samuel L. Jackson as the villain because he is perfect for this role. Asa Butterfield needs some energy biscuits while Ella Purnell was astonishing. 

Overall, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children has all the ingredients to make the film stand out. It has a skillful director in Tim Burton, a delightful vibe from Eva Green, magnificent visuals and an innovative story to tell. However, all of it didn't blend well as it fails to reach the top in delivering a film to remember. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 7 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Asa Butterfield, Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson

Directed By: Tim Burton
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox PH
Opens September 28 in cinemas nationwide

 
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Seth Rogen Pranks Grocery Shoppers For “SAUSAGE PARTY”

Columbia Pictures' new raunchy, R-18-rated animated comedy “Sausage Party” opens in the Philippines on Sept. 28 and imagines what it would be like if the food in our grocery aisles was alive.

The movie is hilarious, twisted and outrageous, but that wasn’t enough for Seth Rogen. In addition to bringing talking foods to the big screen, he also wanted to bring them to a real life grocery store with a hilarious and creepy Sausage Party prank.

A special effects team set up a few different animatronic foods in a real New York grocery store and Seth Rogen made them talk live from another room. The initial shock of people realizing they’re seeing talking food is funny in itself, but then the conversations they have with the food in question are even better.

Watch the Sausage Party Grocery Store Prank video below: 


Sausage Party” is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store. The film features the vocal talents of a who’s who of today’s comedy stars – Michael Cera, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Jonah Hill, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Danny McBride, Edward Norton, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, and Kristen Wiig.

The comedy has garnered an 86 percent Fresh Rating at Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of the most acclaimed films of the year. Here's a sample of what hard-to-please American critics have raved about “Sausage Party.”

A raunchy and witty animated comedy that definitely isn't kids' stuff.” – Joe Leydon, Variety

You will come for the kind of humor promised in the title and the well-earned R rating, but stay for the nuanced meditations on theology and faith.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

An effed-up funhouse. Rogen, a livewire satirist, dishes out an R-rated cartoon treat that tackles the crisis in the Middle East, the nonexistence of God and the sex lives of supermarket products.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

There is no one out there making comedies quite like Rogen and Goldberg. They are putting their definitive stamp on the modern American comedy one decency-smashing double entendre at a time.” – Lindsay Bahr, Associated Press

Sausage Party takes racism and prejudice and throws them into its existential meat-grinder to explore identity, tolerance and religion in surprisingly intelligent fashion.” – Brian Truitt, USA Today

  Sausage Party” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.
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Columbia Pictures Teams Up With Frederick Warne & Co., Part of Penguin Random House UK, For “PETER RABBIT™”

  Studio Partners with Animal Logic to Produce First Live-Action / CG Adaptation of Beloved Classic
 
James Corden Confirmed to Voice the Lead Role of Peter; Rose Byrne to Co-Star
Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki Also Join Voice Cast
 
CULVER CITY, Calif., and LONDON, UK, September 22, 2016 – Columbia Pictures has teamed up with Frederick Warne & Co., part of Penguin Random House UK, for Peter Rabbit™, a new live-action/CG motion picture based on the internationally beloved series of books written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter, whose 150th anniversary is being celebrated this year. 
 
The film will be directed by Will Gluck and made at Animal Logic, the Australian based animation and visual FX production studio.  Animal Logic previously created the animation for the global blockbuster The LEGO Movie.  Will Gluck (Olive Bridge Entertainment) and Zareh Nalbandian (Animal Logic Entertainment) are both attached to produce the feature, with Doug Belgrad serving as Executive Producer.  The screenplay is by Rob Lieber with revisions by Gluck.  Jodi Hildebrand of Olive Bridge and Jason Lust will also serve as executive producers.
 
 
James Corden has been set to voice the lead role of Peter, and Rose Byrne will star in the live-action female lead role of Bea.  Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki have also joined the voice cast.
 
With this film, Columbia and Frederick Warne will bring Beatrix Potter’s beloved character Peter Rabbit to a new family audience.  Frederick Warne has been Beatrix Potter’s publisher since its publication of The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902 and is the home of Peter Rabbit™ and the Beatrix Potter™ brand
 
Tom Weldon, CEO Penguin Random House UK said, “We at Penguin Random House UK are delighted to be working with Columbia Pictures.  As custodians of Beatrix Potter’s brand and legacy, we are excited about the opportunity this production will bring to engage a whole new audience with the world of Beatrix Potter and one of her best-loved characters, the mischievous Peter Rabbit.’
 
Will Gluck added, “I am delighted to be teaming up with Frederick Warne.  Their expertise and stewardship is absolutely critical to making a film that honors the legacy of Beatrix Potter.”
 
Nalbandian added, “This announcement is the culmination of two years of development at Animal Logic Entertainment, Olive Bridge Entertainment and Columbia Pictures.  It has been a great journey bringing Peter Rabbit, his family and many friends to the screen. Peter has fans all over the world, and we’re excited to be working with Will, Columbia, and Frederick Warne to make a film to delight audiences globally.”
 
Sony Pictures Entertainment will create and execute a worldwide licensing and merchandising program in connection with the new Peter Rabbit™ motion picture, in association with Warne.
 
Production on Peter Rabbit is due to commence in January 2017, and is due for worldwide release in April 2018.
 
The film will be made at Animal Logic in Sydney with the support of the Australian Government through Screen Australia and Screen NSW and in collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation.  Lauren Abrahams will oversee the project for the studio.

 
PETER RABBIT™, BEATRIX POTTER™ and the 150 Years Logo are trademarks of Frederick Warne & Co.
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How far would you go to hide the truth?

 
BROKEN VOWS features today’s hottest upcoming stars with Blindspot’s Jaimie Alexander as Tara, together with Wes Bentley (Patrick), Alexandra Breckenridge (Debra), and Cam Gigandet as fiancé Michael.

On her bachelorette-party weekend with friends in New Orleans, Tara falls for the darkly-sexy bartender Patrick.  Waking in his bed the next morning, Tara instantly regrets her unfaithfulness and flies back home to her fiancé.  Her secret flame becomes a full-on fire when Patrick shows up at her house, surreptitiously tries to cancel her wedding arrangements, and stalks her every move. 

He spirals into madness and delusion, determined to have Tara no matter what the cost.  When his efforts fail, he tracks the newlyweds on their honeymoon where he erupts in a psychotic, murderous rage.  Tara will have to find the strength she never knew she possessed to stop Patrick from destroying her marriage and her life.

Meet the cast of BROKEN VOWS:  

            JAIMIE ALEXANDER – Tara

Actress Jaimie Alexander’s natural beauty is enough to make anyone do a double take, but after the release of her recent high-profile film projects, people acknowledge her talent as well as her stunning looks. She appeared with Jake Gyllenhaal in Ed Zwick’s drama Love and Other Drugs, followed by Marvel’s blockbuster epic Thor. In it, she starred in the role of “Sif” opposite Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Sir Anthony Hopkins. She reprised her role in the record-breaking sequel, The Dark World, and recently did so again in a guest turn on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In a comedic departure, she appeared in HBO’s The Brink with Tim Robbins and Jack Black. Next on the horizon is reprising her again as “Sif” in Thor: Ragnarok. She currently stars as the lead of Greg Berlanti’s hit NBC series Blindspot which was selected by the Critics’ Choice Awards as “Most Exciting New Series.”

Alexander also attended the Toronto International Film Festival for the World premiere of the indie dramedy Loosies with Peter Facinelli and Joe Pantoliano; starred in the dramatic thriller Intermission with Frank Grillo which screened at Cannes; as well as the historical drama Savannah with Jim Caviezel, Chiwetel Ejiofer, and Hal Holbrook, and also appeared as the female lead opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in Lionsgate’s action/thriller The Last Stand.

 
She transitioned into such coveted film roles after her series regular status on the popular ABC Family Chanel series Kyle XY. Her enigmatic character “Jessi XX” proved to be a critical part of Kyle’s past and future. She returned to series television in a juicy arc as Edie Falco’s wild and immature sister-in-law on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie.

Born in Greenville, South Carolina, and raised in Grapevine, Texas, Alexander moved west to Los Angeles upon graduating high school. She hasn’t looked back since.

  WES BENTLEY – Patrick

Wes Bentley was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
 
After graduating high school he attended Julliard School of Drama for one year and left to pursue his career. Shortly thereafter he landed a starring role in the Sam Mendes film American Beauty co-starring opposite Kevin Spacey, Annette Benning and Mena Suvari which went on to win five Academy Awards.
 
Since then he has gone on to work with esteemed directors such as Shekhar Kapur in Four Feathers opposite his good friend, the late Heath Ledger, Christopher Nolan in  
Interstellar for Paramount Pictures, which grossed $675M worldwide, and Terrence Malick in Knight of Cups.
 
Past films include roles in Columbia Films Ghost Rider directed by Mark Steven Johnson and co-starring Nicholas Cage and Eve Mendes, which grossed $229M worldwide. He also plays Seneca Crane in the 2012 mega-hit The Hunger Games, directed by Gary Ross.

 
He also starred in The Better Angels with Diane Kruger and Jason Clarke, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Welcome to Me, an indie comedy with Kristen Wiig, We Are Your Friends co-starring Zac Efron for Warner Bros, and Amnesiac co-starring Kate Bosworth and directed by Michael Polish.
 
Currently Bentley is co-starring in Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Hotel for FX which premiered in October 2015.  He also recently starred in Pete’s Dragon for Disney, which has grossed $116M to date.
 
Bentley lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jacqui and their two children.

  ALEXANDRA BRECKENRIDGE – Debra

Alex Breckenridge was born on May 15 1982 in Darien, Connecticut before moving to California when she was 12. Breckenridge first got an interest in acting at 13 when she performed in local theater productions and soon moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career. Her first film was the independent comedy picture Locust Valley (1999). She followed up this performance with guest spots on several successful series, including Dawson's Creek, (1998) Freaks and Geeks (1999), and Buffy The Vampire Slayer (2002), and supporting roles in the films Big Fat Liar (2002), Orange County (2002) and the short film D.E.B.S. (2003), which won the award for Best Short at the 2003 New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. In 2005, Alex appeared in the ABC Family movie Romy and Michele: In the Beginning (2005) and took on the role of Michele Weinberger, played by Lisa Kudrow in the original 1997 film. She also began work on the animated sitcom Family Guy (1999), voicing celebrities such as Cybill Shepherd and Christina Aguilera.

In 2015, she starred in Zipper alongside Patrick Wilson, Lena Headey, and Ray Winstone. The film was acquired for distribution shortly after its premiere at The Sundance Film Festival. And in that same year, Breckenridge began playing Jessie Anderson in season five of the AMC series The Walking Dead.

  CAM GIGANDET – Michael
Cam Gigandet was born in Tacoma, Washington, the son of Kim and Jay Gigandet, a co-owner of The Rock pizza franchise After graduating from Auburn Senior High School in Auburn, Washington in 2001, he moved to California, where he attended Santa Monica College. His credits include a recurring role on The O.C. and appearances in feature films Twilight, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison which grossed $393M worldwide, Pandorum, Never Back Down, Burlesque, which grossed $89M worldwide, Easy A, starring Emma Stone which grossed $75M worldwide, and The Roommate, Priest, and currently in The Magnificent Seven. He also stars in CT Channel’s CBS legal drama series Reckless.

Broken Vows will be in cinemas beginning September 28. For more information, look for Solar Pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @solarpicturesPH #BrokenVows
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Monday, September 26, 2016

 “GIRL ON THE TRAIN” – Novel That Shocked The World Heats Up the Screen

Based on author Paula Hawkins’ best-selling novel, the thriller that has riveted millions now makes its way to the big screen in DreamWorks Pictures’ provocative tale, “The Girl on the Train.” Emily Blunt leads the all-star cast which includes Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez and Lisa Kudrow, under the direction of Tate Taylor (“The Help”).

(Watch the new Girl on the Train spot below)

Although former journalist Paula Hawkins had previously written several books as an author for hire, “The Girl on the Train” was the first novel released under her own name. After its publication in January 2015, Hawkins’ story became one of the fastest-selling novels in history, with more than 15 million copies sold globally. In its first week, “The Girl on the Train” landed in the top spot of The New York Times Best Sellers List. In fact, it remained on the list for more than a year, spending much of that time at No. 1. In 2015, it became Amazon’s Best Seller in Books, Most Wished for in Books, as well as its Best Seller in eBooks, while Hawkins was lauded by USA Today as Author of the Year.



The inspiration for her gripping whodunit of witnesses who become suspects was inspired by Hawkins’ daily experiences on the commuter rail through London. “There was one particular route where the train was always breaking down, and I would sit and look into these apartment blocks, and you could see right into someone’s living room,” she recounts. “I was always hoping I’d see something interesting, although I never did. But it started my imagination going, and that’s where the germ of the story came from.”

Told from the perspective of three women, the book’s primary narrator is Rachel, a thirtysomething commuter on British Rail whose life is a wreck after a failed marriage. While her drinking cost Rachel her job, she continues to take the train into the city, in order to give the impression to her roommate she’s still working. But Rachel also enjoys obsessing upon the lives of others, while furtively sipping liquor from a water bottle.

 
In Hawkins’ tale, Rachel’s plunge into the depths of alcoholism clouds her memories. It also fuels her growing paranoia when her investigation into someone’s disappearance points to the chance that she may have been involved. “That’s when we start to discover that Rachel isn’t particularly reliable at all, and she’s got all these problems that suck her into the story,” says Hawkins. “Her memory loss is key to her sense of who she’s become. She has a twisted sense of guilt and responsibility because she doesn’t remember her actions.” Still Hawkins advises, her protagonist is strong underneath the drama. “Over the course of the book, we see her fight back.”

Producer Marc Platt describes why he knew Hawkins’ novel would be perfect material for a filmic adaptation: “It had genre elements of a thriller, and yet it felt contemporary, full of interesting, flawed characters. We’re all a bit voyeuristic, so the notion of riding a train every day and being one of the people in the crowd, and observing a life—and then all of sudden seeing something wrong in that view—is very Hitchcockian, very Rear Window, which is a great hook.”

But to Platt—and the millions of other readers who continue to devour Hawkins’ story—the book is so much more than a tantalizing, sexually charged mystery. “In addition to having thrills, it’s a satisfying character journey,” he states. “Ultimately, it’s about a character who renews herself and repairs her brokenness.”

Platt understood the translation from book to script would be a challenging one indeed. “[Screenwriter] Erin Cressida Wilson’s take on the material was interesting, and she delivered,” he commends. “It is very much taken from the book, so fans will be satisfied, but Erin also found a way to enhance and embellish elements to make the language of it even more cinematic…yet retain the integrity of the source.”

As the screenwriter adapted Hawkins’ work, she felt that the author hit something in the zeitgeist about what makes us all so very human. “With longing, your lover never lets you down by being boring; they’re whatever you make them up to be,” reflects Wilson. “Rachel’s longing for the perfect lives of the young couple she sees from the train is something many can relate to, especially with the rise of social media, where everyone’s family is beautiful and always happy. We look at people’s relationships and think they’re perfect.” She pauses. “But there are so many things we just don’t see.”

Opening across the Philippines on October 05, “The Girl on the Train” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.


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