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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Animated Flick "THE HOUSE OF MAGIC" Arrives This November

Belgian-French-American animated flick The House of Magic (Thunder and the House of Magic) arrives into cinemas this November. The film is directed by Ben Stassen who helm other animated flicks like Fly Me to the Moon (2008), A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures (2010) and A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise. 

The film tells the story of Thunder, an abandoned young cat who stumbles into a magical old mansion operated by a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos. Owned by a retired magician, the house is occupied by an assortment of his wacky assistants who don't all welcome the new houseguest. But when the magician lands in the hospital and his scheming nephew puts the mansion up for sale, our young hero and his new friends join forces to save their magical home.


Check out the trailer below:

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Wannabes Undergo Police Training in “LET’S BE COPS”

Let’s Be Cops” trails down-on-luck best buddies Justin Miller (Damon Wayans, Jr.) and Ryan O’Malley (Jake Johnson) have been languishing since their school days ended. Justin toils at a videogame company, where his bosses prefer zombie antics instead of Justin’s recent game proposal that features real-life cops. Ryan, still reveling in his glory days as a college quarterback, bounces from job to job – his appearance in a herpes drug commercial was a career highlight – without success.  Until a wrong turn at a masquerade party where they dressed as cops turn out to be their best night ever.

The two lead characters have no money and their self-worth is gone,” says director/co-writer Luke Greenfield. “Then, all of a sudden, they are street heroes. Their fun masquerade escalates to the point where it starts getting dangerous and they mess with the wrong people.”
The first thing the filmmakers did after getting the production green light was cast the lead characters, Justin and Ryan. They chose two comic actors who were actually close pals.

During pre-production, Greenfield encouraged both actors to get some police training, but to avoid a boot camp-like, ultra-realistic experience. “I wanted them to know just enough about being police officers to get by, just like their characters,” says the director.  “They went on a ride-along with police and learned how to fire a gun. Damon is pretty athletic and he became a very good shot. Jake went out with our police advisor and fired shotguns and pistols, while Rob Riggle, who is a former Marine, already knew how to handle weaponry.”

The actors spent a lot of time under the supervision of ace stunt coordinator Steven Ritzi (“Prisoners,” “12 Years a Slave”) to ensure that the film’s pratfalls and gunplay were as realistic – and/or funny – as possible.  One of the film’s memorable action scenes sees Johnson and Wayans responding to a police call at a hardware store in the middle of the night. There, the faux cops Justin and Ryan have a run-in with a 350-pound Samoan burglar running amok – wearing nothing but a fierce grin.

This guy is running at me butt naked,” says Wayans. “I take him down but he lands right on top of me and is climbing all over, putting his behind right in my face. Let me tell you, I took a long shower after that scene.”

But with all the crazy stunts and action, the most important component of the movie is the close relationship between Justin and Ryan, lifetime buddies who may bicker non-stop, but always have each other’s backs.

Wayans describes their characters as, “These guys fight like brothers, and then they make up like brothers. It is their friendship that stood out for me and made me want to do this movie. Luke Greenfield also saw that this film walked a fine line between comedy and action, and he was always great in blending the two while Jake and I ran around, crazily.”

Let’s Be Cops” opens November 5 in theatres nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Fans Scream for Lily Collins and Sam Claflin in “LOVE, ROSIE” Premiere in Rome

Phil Collins’ daughter, Lily Collins takes center stage in her first major role in the romantic comedy “Love, Rosie.” Paired with “Hunger Games” star Sam Claflin and directed by Christian Ditter based on the book “Where Rainbows End” by Cecelia Ahern, “Love, Rosie” takes on the story of best friends Rosie and Alex who’ve known each other since they’re five until adolescence gets in the way...

In the recently concluded Film Festival in Rome, Collins dazzled in a purple long dress while Claflin showed up all cute to the delight of the screaming fans.  The film received enthusiastic reviews from the audience and the press as well. 

Check out some of the Festival’s red carpet arrival here: 

  Love, Rosie” opens nationwide in cinemas very soon.
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Production Starts on Futuristic Thriller “THE 5THWAVE”

CULVER CITY, Calif., October 23, 2014 – Principal photography has commenced on the highly anticipated motion picture “The 5th Wave,” Columbia Pictures’ adaptation of the bestselling young adult novel.  The action-adventure film is directed by J Blakeson, with a screenplay by Susannah Grant, based on the book by Rick Yancey.  The producers are Tobey Maguire, Graham King, Lynn Harris, and Matthew Plouffe.  Denis O’Sullivan and Richard Middleton are the executive producers. 

The 5th Wave” stars ChloĆ« Grace Moretz as Cassie, Nick Robinson as Ben Parish aka “Zombie,” Ron Livingston as Dad/Oliver, Maggie Siff as Mom/Lisa, Alex Roe as Evan Walker, Maika Monroe as Ringer, Zackary Arthur as Sam, and Liev Schreiber as Vosch.

In “The 5th Wave,” set in the present day, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated.  Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, 16-year-old Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.  As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie meets a young man who may become her final hope.

Throughout photography, fans will have unrivaled access to the production, including a wealth of behind-the-scenes photos, interaction with cast and crew, and on-set updates via social media. “One of the ways Rick Yancey made The 5th Wave so special is that it feels like it’s happening right now – and the characters react as teenagers today would react,” said Dwight Caines, president, Theatrical Marketing for Sony Pictures.  “To stay faithful to that, we are making sure fans are on the inside from Day One.”

Moviegoers can stay up-to-date on all things 5th Wave by following the movie and interacting on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @5thWaveMovie.

Blakeson’s production team includes Enrique Chediak as the Director of Photography, Jon Billington as the Production Designer, Paul Rubell as the Editor, and Sharen Davis as the Costume Designer.  

The 5th Wave” is a phenomenon in young adult literature, with 21 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list, nearly 300,000 hardcover units sold, and 80,000 e-books sold. The novel, which has also had tremendous crossover appeal with adults, was honored with the 2014 Red House Children’s Book Award in the UK.  The second book in Yancey’s planned trilogy, The Infinite Sea, was published last month. 

Hannah Minghella and Andrea Giannetti will oversee the project for the studio. 

  Opening across the Philippines in February 2016, “The 5th Wave” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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Keanu Reeves Plays Hitman in “JOHN WICK” – Surprises With Unexpected Use of Artillery in Action Scenes

One of Hollywood’s top lead actors, 50-year old Keanu Reeves is at the top of his game- physique and stamina even better to-date in the full-throttle action-packed film “John Wick” as he takes on the titular role of a retired assassin who hunts down his adversaries with the ruthlessness that made him a crime underworld legend.

After the sudden death of his beloved wife Helen (Bridget Moynahan), John Wick (Reeves) receives one last gift from her, a beagle puppy named Daisy, and a note imploring him not to forget how to love. But John’s mourning is interrupted when his 1969 Boss Mustang catches the eye of sadistic thug Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen). When John refuses to sell the car, Iosef and his henchmen break into his house and steal it, beating John unconscious and leaving Daisy dead. Unwittingly, they have just reawakened one of the most brutal assassins the underworld has ever seen. 

John’s search for his stolen vehicle takes him to a side of New York City that tourists never see, a hyper-real, super-secret criminal community, where John Wick was once the baddest guy of all. After learning that his attacker is the only son of a former associate, vicious Russian crime boss Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist), John turns his attention to vengeance. As word spreads that the legendary hit man is after his son, Viggo offers a generous bounty to anyone who can bring John down. With a veritable army on his trail, John once again becomes the remorseless killing machine the underworld once feared, launching a pitched battle against Viggo and his soldiers that could mean the end of them both.

Given the character’s fabled career as an assassin, the filmmakers initially imagined an older actor in the role. “Instead, we decided to look for someone who is not literally older, but who has a seasoned history in the film world,” “Keanu Reeves is someone I’ve always wanted to work with.”

Reeves’ impeccable action pedigree, which includes the groundbreaking “Matrix” trilogy, two chapters of the blockbuster “Speed” franchise and the daredevil adventure “Point Break,” has justifiably earned him iconic status in the action world,” says producer Basil Iwanyk.

Reeves signed on to headline John Wick, working closely with the writer to refine the story. “Basil and Peter Lawson of Thunder Road brought the script to me with the idea that I would be a part of such a great collaboration,” the actor says. “We all agreed on the potential of the project. I love the role, but you want the whole story, the whole ensemble to come to life.”

Set to open this weekend (October 24-26) in the US, online entertainment website Screenrant picks “John Wick” to be number one at the box-office with extremely positive reviews from its early screenings.  Jordan Huffman of The Guardian has this to say of the movie’s action scenes, “Veteran stuntmen and second unit directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, making their debut as feature directors, stage the action with a fierce clarity. John Wick kills his way through neon nightclubs, art deco-inspired hotel rooms and eerily lit churches. Unlike, say, the work of John Woo, there isn’t a reliance on slow-motion, which affords the blunt, direct to the head gun-fu – a “holy cow, did he just do that?” shock value. When you think you’ve seen John Wick twist in the most acrobatic way to blast the baddie sneaking up behind him, he’ll strike another pose that tops it.”

John Wick” blasts into (local) theatres nationwide on October 30 (from Pioneer Films).
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“BATES MOTEL” Star Grabs Lead Role in  “OUIJA”

She’s currently starring alongside Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga on A&E’s acclaimed television series “Bates Motel.”  Now, young British actress Olivia Cooke will be seen in the big screen as she plays lead character, Laine, in Universal Pictures’ supernatural thriller “Ouija.”

The film revolves around a group of friends who must confront their most terrifying fears when they unwittingly make contact with a dark power from the other side.  What started as a game will unleash an evil only they can stop.

The principal cast is composed of five friends, led by the fearless Laine, a high school student looking for answers.  Filmmakers searched for a great deal of time for the best actress to fill the role.  Little did they know, she was right in front of them…as a placeholder in White’s “Ouija” tone book. 

Director Stiles White explains: “The first role that we needed to get right was Laine.  I had watched some episodes of `Bates Motel,’ so Olivia was already on my radar when we were putting `Ouija’ together.  As well, I had this tone book filled with photos of how I wanted everything to look.  There she was in the photo of who I thought the lead should be.  It turns out Olivia was exactly who we all had in mind.  It felt like, for the first time, I was seeing the living, breathing version of the character that Juliet and I had imagined.”

Producer Brad Fuller concurs with his director’s decision: “Horror movies are a great way to meet young talent, and we knew Olivia as this great British actress and had seen her in `Bates Motel.’  Still, at the end of the day, at her audition, she just blew us away.”

As it so happens, Cooke was able to identify with Laine, who fills the maternal role of watching over her rebellious younger sister, Sarah.  She shares: “I am from a single-parent family and I have a little sister who is 14, so I connected to that with Laine.  I also connected to my character’s loyalty, as I, too, am fiercely loyal to my friends and family.”

To get into character, Cooke had to put all of her trust in the man at the helm.  Of White, she enthuses: “Stiles is the calmest director I’ve ever worked with. He’s very soothing and reassuring.”

Though Laine’s insatiable curiosity leads her into dire situations in “Ouija,” Cooke admits she’s never used a Ouija board.  She laughs: “I was always told not to mess with a Ouija board because I’d heard of people who had these horror stories about contacting a spirit.  Though I do remember saying to my friends, ‘Let’s take a Ouija board into an abandoned barn and play!’ and they were definitely not into it.”

Cooke was born in Manchester, England.  Upon graduating from Oldham Theatre Workshop, she landed a key role in “Blackout,” a BBC series directed by Tom Green, for which she starred alongside Christopher Eccleston.  She then took the lead role in a BBC miniseries set in the 1940s “The Secret of Crickley Hall,” directed by Joe Ahearne.

Cooke was most recently seen in the Lionsgate thriller “The Quiet Ones.”

  Opening across the Philippines on October 29, “Ouija is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

“AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON” Unveils Teaser Trailer

The first trailer for Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" has landed and we've got your first official look right here at :
True Believers! Feast your eyes on the chaos and make sure to check out the film in Philippine theaters in April 2015.

It's up to Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and the rest of Earth's Mightiest Heroes to save the planet from Ultron (James Spader), and you can check out the trailer to see the gang back in action, along with a few new faces and the official teaser poster just below.

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk.  Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in April 2015.

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India Eisley: From vampire Eve in Underworld Awakening to Assassin Sawa in ground-breaking Japanese Anime in Kite.

20-year-old American actress India Eisley is best known for her role as Ashley Jurgen in ABC’s family drama series – The Secret Life of the American Teenager and for her vampire role of Eve in Underworld: Awakening.

Based on the ground-breaking Japanese Anime. India shows us more of her versatility starring as ‘emotionless killing machine’ Sawa.

India gives deets of what it was like working alongside critically acclaimed actor Samuel L Jackson for Kite as well as highlights of her career in 2014.

When did you fall in love with the art of acting and how long have you been acting?
Well, I've always loved films.. And I became interested in acting professionally, when I was around 12 years old.. That's when I started auditioning really..

Your new movie "Kite" is based off the popular Anime/Manga. Can you tell us about how you got the role of Sawa and what made you interested in the role?

I got called in to audition for kite in 2010, and I didn't really know anything about it, other than what was written in the description which was just, young female assassin haha.. So I went in, didn't hear back for two years, then got a call from my manager saying they had offered me the role..

Can you tell us a little bit about you’re character Sawa?

Sawa, is a young girl, she's an orphan, her parents were killed when she was very young.. She believes they were killed by a man called the emir. Her "guardian" is a corrupt cop named aker, and he supplies her with a memory erasing drug called amp, which he makes sure she takes in order to complete these killing assignments that aker arranges for her. She believes that with every kill she is getting closer to killing the emir and therefore avenging her parents..

What was it like working with Samuel L. Jackson on set? 

He is a really lovely person. I can't say enough about him really. He's a very giving actor and really a comfort to have around because he brings all of his years of experience, that professionalism. I hope to work with him again at some point haha

 Kite has a lot of action scenes can you tell us a little bit about your preparation for the scenes. Did you train a little bit for the role?

I trained for 3 months with this wonderful stunt coordinator, who unfortunately didn't work on the film, Jeff Imada. Such a great person, he was amazingly patient with me haha. He had me doing martial arts and weapons training, knives and guns mainly, which I thoroughly enjoyed!

 What was you're most challenging scene to film as an actress on this film?

 Well, physically things were a bit difficult as, the locations were quite gritty and not the most "comfy" of places. Which looking back, I think that it shows that it was not a plushy set. Not in the least bit, but that worked I think.. It gave a very visually raw feeling.. So I would say that towards the end of filming, physically it was very difficult as I was quite ill at the time, a few of the night shoots were particularly tricky..

 How long did it take to film and where did you film?

Filming took about 2 1/2-3 months.. We filmed in Johannesburg

 Where can your fans follow you on social media?

 I'm a tad horrible with the whole social media thing to be honest but, I do have a twitter and Instagram. The twitter is @indiaeisley1029 and Instagram is india_joy93.. I rarely update or check them though, but I'm trying haha.

  ‘’KITE’’ released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.
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Be Very Ready. Get to Know the World's Greatest Spies in “PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR” (3D) in Latest Clip From Dreamworks Animation

Skipper, Rico, Kowalski and Private, the world’s most elite covert group proves that super spies aren’t born, but they’re hatched.  These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) , together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine (John Malkovich), from destroying the world as we know it.

  A DreamWorks Animation feature presentation, “Penguins of Madagascar” (3D) will open soon this November 26 nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
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Cast of  “HORRIBLE BOSSES 2” Together in Main Poster

Good guys and villains huddle up for the main poster of New Line Cinema’s adult comedy “Horrible Bosses 2,” the follow-up to the 2011 hit comedy “Horrible Bosses.”

The new one-sheet art features Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as everyone’s favorite working stiffs.  Posing with them are returning castmembers Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx, and new “bad guys” Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz.

Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Kurt (Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business. But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them.  Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company. 

Horrible Bosses 2” was directed by Sean Anders and produced by Brett Ratner, Jay Stern, Chris Bender, John

Opening across the Philippines on Nov. 26, 2014, “Horrible Bosses 2” is a New Line Cinema Presentation distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. 
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