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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Jovovich Summarizes “RESIDENT EVIL” Films in 2 Minutes

As Alice and Umbrella Corporation’s battle is coming to an end with the release of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in Philippine cinemas on February 1, Columbia Pictures has shared a “rewind” video featurette, explaining everything that's happened so far.

The video recap features Milla Jovovich as she talks the viewer through every fun highlight of the last five Resident Evil films. Watch the featurette below:

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter picks up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, in which Alice (Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

The film also stars Ali Larter (Resident Evil: Afterlife) as Claire Redfield, Iain Glen (Game of Thrones, Resident Evil: Extinction) in the role of Dr. Alexander Isaacs, Shawn Roberts (Resident Evil: Afterlife) as Albert Wesker, Australian actress Ruby Rose (Orange is the New Black) as Abigail, Eoin Macken (The Night Shift) as Doc, Cuban-American actor William Levy, as Christian; Fraser James (Law & Order: UK) as Michael, and Japanese model and TV personality, Rola, as Cobalt.

  Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is distributed by Columbia Pictures, the local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.
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Chris Evans' “GIFTED” Trailer

Chris Evans plays another kind of hero in the upcoming deeply touching family drama “Gifted” as a doting uncle to McKenna Grace. 

Gifted” trails the joyous journey of Frank Adler (Evans) and Mary Adler living peacefully on their own but is interrupted when Frank’s mother, Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan), discovers that Mary is a prodigy like her mother.  Fighting against his mother for the custody of Mary, Frank is determined to give the child a normal upbringing as opposed to the plans of Evelyn.

Supported with an impressive cast, “Gifted” also includes Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer and Critics’ Choice Best Actress (Comedy) Jenny Slate directed by Marc Webb who also helmed blockbuster favourites such as “500 Days of Summer,” “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

  Gifted” opens May 3 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.   

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“LOGAN The Wolverine” Trailer #2 Reveal

20th Century Fox has just released Trailer #2 of the most anticipated movie this year “Logan The Wolverine” featuring a thrilling series of action-packed scenes and intense moments introducing a young mutant girl, Laura (played by Dafne Keen), who possesses the same powerful claw and strength like The Wolverine.  Laura, as seen in the trailer is being protected by Logan (Hugh Jackman) and Professor X (Patrick Stewart) from groups of armed men wanting to take her.

Directed by James Mangold, “Logan The Wolverine” will open in Philippine cinemas nationwide on March 1(Wednesday) from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Check out the trailer below: 

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Director Jon M. Chu Engages Social Media to Discover New Talent For Upcoming Warner Bros. Film “CRAZY RICH ASIANS”

Burbank, CA, January 19, 2016 – Director Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Now You See Me 2) is tapping social media platforms to reach out to new talent to cast in his upcoming film Crazy Rich Asians. Based on the acclaimed worldwide best seller by Kevin Kwan, the highly anticipated romantic comedy from Warner Bros. Pictures is set to commence filming in April 2017.

(Watch Chu's casting call video below.)

From January 19th to February 10th, social media users are invited to post a video of themselves to Facebook, Twitter or YouTube with the hashtag #CrazyRichAsiansCasting for a chance to be part of the film. The focus of the casting search is people 18 and older who are able to play Chinese-Singaporean or Asian characters – whether aspiring actors, unique personalities, fans of the book or simply those excited to try something new. Entrants will be asked to provide some basic personal info, read for a brief scene, and, most of all, have fun. Further details and guidelines can be found at

A runaway success when it was published in 2013 by Penguin Random House, Kevin Kwan’s debut novel tells the contemporary and outrageously funny love story of Rachel Chu and Nicholas Young. When New Yorker Rachel agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with Nick, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor. On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.
Directed by Chu, the film adaptation is being produced by Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, who produced The Hunger Games films, and John Penotti, who served as executive producer on Hell or High Water. Crazy Rich Asians will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Entertainment Company.
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Ayala Malls Cinemas'  WWW.SURESEATS.COM Advances Via Globe Telecom Inc.

Ayala Land, Inc. and Globe Telecom, Inc. recently signed a partnership for the development of Ayala Malls Cinemas’ online movie ticketing site,  With this joint endeavor, Ayala Malls Cinemas’ SureSeats will be more up-to-date and user-friendly as moviegoers navigate to book the most anticipated films and choose their preferred seats.  Globe’s technological advancement will help create a wonderful experience as more exciting features will be added soon at Ayala Malls Cinemas’ SureSeats.

  (L-R): Amir Precilla - General Manager of Ayala Malls Cinemas; Rowena Tomeldan - Head of Operations and Support Services, Ayala Commercial Business Group; Jose Emmanuel Jalandoni - Group Head, Commercial Business, Ayala Land Offices, Hotels and Resorts, ALI Capital; Ernest Cu - President & CEO of Globe Telecom; Ruby Chiong VP and CFO of Ayala Commercial Business Group and; Glenn Estrella - VP of Globe Telecom's Digital Ventures
Ayala Malls Cinemas’ was first launched to the public last 2001 and is the pioneer in online ticket reservation and purchase for movie tickets.  Experience watching at its best at Ayala Malls Cinemas.
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Vin Diesel Back to Break Every Rule in “xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE”

In 2002, then emerging actor Vin Diesel starred in the action-thriller xXx which became a blockbuster, grossing over $350M worldwide. Diesel played Xander Cage, the first recruit to the ultra-secret xXx spy program, alongside Samuel L. Jackson as Gibbons, the program’s leader. Now, Diesel breathes new life into the franchise with xXx: Return of Xander Cage -- a project fans have been demanding for nearly a decade.

For the action superstar, it was a nothing short of a homecoming. “There’s a need to re-visit this type of hero archetype,” says Diesel. “Xander is, in some ways, the reluctant hero, the anti-hero. It’s something that I’ve always felt like I owned. I always felt like, sooner or later, I’ll have to return to this character and right the wrongs of the past,” he says.

The xXx concept has always been and still is, about one bad-ass hero, able to handle everything in his way with a charm and humor no other secret agent has ever possessed. “We were very conscious of the status quo of spy films at the time of the first xXx. We had all the log lines that said, ‘It’s not your daddy’s secret agent’ or ‘a new breed of secret agent,’” Diesel says. “The shaping of xXx at its time, was that the heroes were white males who have a military background and they weren’t necessarily representative of the global audience. All of a sudden along came Xander Cage, who was anti-establishment and looked nothing like James Bond or Jason Bourne. He really was something wholly new and fresh,” says Diesel.

While the world has changed dramatically since the first film, undertones present in the original xXx, from the post 9/11 era, are still relevant today. “Production talks began for the first film pre-9/11,” says Diesel. “After 9/11 we realized that there could be a time or circumstance that would force a seemingly uncaring person to be patriotic. Our film was a call to action was born out of that.” Xander Cage was your rebel with a cause and that theme is echoed in his return.

Xander is a person that society could write off as unimportant or of no value because of the type of music he listens to and we were saying that any of us could be heroic and patriotic if something feels as unjust as the plot proposed in the first xXx,” says Diesel. ThexXx franchise is proving to be even more relevant to today’s market because of what’s going on globally. It’s taken a serious issue – government conspiracy and global destruction – and made it into a fun, save-the-world type of film.

The third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller, xXx: Return of Xander Cage finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments.

Directed by D.J. Caruso (Disturbia), xXx: The Return of Xander Cage is packed with the series’ signature deadpan wit and bad-ass attitude, raising the bar on extreme action with some of the most mind-blowing stunts to ever be caught on film.

  Now playing across the Philippines, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
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Matt Damon's Quest For Riches Turns Into Heroism in “THE GREAT WALL”

American superstar Matt Damon plays William Garin, a battle-scarred mercenary and master archer taken captive by a secret army of elite warriors to confront wave after wave of marauding beasts, in Universal Pictures’ new epic, fantasy adventure The Great Wall from director Zhang Yimou.

Once he saw the creative leader behind The Great Wall, it wasn’t difficult to get Damon aboard. “Zhang Yimou is one of the greatest filmmakers on the planet,” raves the actor. “He paints on this spectacularly large canvas, and does it in a way like nobody else. The way he uses colors, the sweeping scale of what he does. You can look at a Zhang Yimou movie without putting his name on it, and (you) would immediately know that it’s one of his. I’ve wanted to work with him for a long time and I finally got that chance.”

Damon describes the story as “historical fantasy. It’s similar to the way Game of Thrones feels like it takes place in the Middle Ages. Even though we know there weren’t White Walkers or dragons. Likewise, ours is not quite The Great Wall that exists today.

We begin our story with a group of mercenaries who are being pursued by nomads in Northern China around 1100 A.D.,” Damon elaborates. “It centers around this idea that The Great Wall was erected to defend Northern China from this onslaught of mythical Chinese monsters called Tao Tei that rise up every 60 years and attack with absolute ferocity. They’re unlike anything we’ve ever seen in the west. They look like some incredible cross between a dragon, a griffin and a bear. The most fearsome things you’ve ever seen. And they attack in hordes to destroy anything in their path.”

In order to combat them, the Chinese have assembled this group of warriors that are raised from birth to do nothing but defend Northern China, defend The Great Wall, against these beasts,” he continues. “So, our story begins with these two mercenaries stumbling into The Great Wall. We’re being chased by brigands and we get taken in, captured, by The Nameless Order on the eve of the Tao Tei’s 31st rise.”

We stumble into this incredible scene of this advanced society who’ve invented gunpowder,” Damon details about the plot without revealing any spoilers. “And, we’ve heard about gunpowder, so we’re going to try and steal it. Suddenly, we arrive and we see this incredible army that is extraordinarily disciplined and fights in a way we’ve never seen. And, we get swept up in the defense of The Wall.”

In reflecting on his experiences, Damon states: “Zhang Yimou’s understanding of spectacle is insane. It’s a classic Saturday-night popcorn movie, but one that plays to all cultures. That was the goal, for us to come together in this international group in China and make a fantastical battle picture, with the fate of the human race hanging in the balance. We were all excited to be there in China. And, everyone was there because of Zhang Yimou. We all felt lucky to be part of one of his visions.”

  Opening across the Philippines on January 25, “The Great Wall is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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LEGO BATMAN Insists He's No Fan of Teamwork in New Q&A

Taking a break from saving Gotham City from crazy baddies, Batman does a sitdown interview to promote his upcoming adventure comedy The LEGO Batman Movie from Warner Animation Group.

A night-stalking, crime-fighting vigilante and heavy metal rapping machine. Super Hero. Master Builder. Batman is all this and much more. He also always works alone.

Question: So, you’re the number one Super Hero in Gotham City?

Batman: I am. And the number one billionaire, and number one celebrity, and number one most eligible bachelor, and number one ab model, and number one humble-bragger.

Q: That’s very impressive. And who would you say is your number one bad guy?

Batman: Nobody. I fight lots of criminals, but no one who stands out to me in any way. Especially not someone who wears garish clown makeup, a cheap purple suit, and is totally obsessed with me.

Q: It sounds like you’re describing The Joker.

Batman: The what now? I’m not familiar with anyone by that name.

Q: What about your sidekicks? Describe your working relationships with Barbara Gordon and Robin.

Batman: They’re less ‘sidekicks’ and more ‘people who idolize Batman and are always telling me how awesome I am.’ And I respect that about them. They’re two of the best in the biz.

Q: But don’t you ever need help being a Super Hero and defending Gotham City?

Batman: Absolutely. Someone’s got to be there to have my protein smoothie and Lobster Thermidor ready when I get home from a hard night defending Gotham City against crime and chaos. That’s usually Alfred. And I need someone to do my laundry and dust all my super cool vehicles and tech. Again, that’s Alfred’s territory. But other than that, no. Batman works alone. That’s my motto! TM.

Q: We love your new Batmobile. Any chance you can take us for a ride?

Batman: Sure! Except there’s only one seat. And it’s specially designed to fit my exact dimensions and body contours. And I don’t want anyone messing with my radio presets. And Alfred just washed it. So, actually, no.

Q: You’ve been fighting crime for 78 years now, right? How do you stay so fit and young-looking?

Batman: First of all, thanks for noticing. *wink* And, second, I take care of myself. It’s a simple daily routine of thousands upon thousands of push-ups, a physically grueling core workout – that’s how I maintain this shredded 9-pack, thank you. Plus, I always make sure to get at least 15 minutes of sleep every afternoon.

Q: We’ve heard Gotham is getting a new police commissioner, Barbara Gordon. How do you plan on working together with her?

Batman: I’m sorry, what was that? Wooorrr-kkkingg to-gethhhh-er…? I’m not familiar with that phrase. You’ll have to explain it to me.

Q: It means being a part of a team. Relying on other people to help you accomplish a common goal.

Batman: Ohhhhhhh, I get it now. Sure-sure-sure. Yeah …. no, I won’t be doing that, with anyone, at any point, ever. Did you forget what my motto is?

Q: ‘Batman works alone’?

Batman: TM. Copyright Batman.

  Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, Feb. 9, The LEGO Batman Movie is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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Celine Dion to Perform Original Song “HOW DOES A MOMENT LAST FOREVER” For Disney's “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”

New Soundtrack Art Now Available for download:

BURBANK, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2017) – Five-time GRAMMY® winning and best-selling recording artist Celine Dion will perform an all-new original song, “How Does A Moment Last Forever,” for Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast.” The song will also be included on the film’s soundtrack.
Written by eight-time Oscar®-winning composer Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin”) and veteran lyricist and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (“The Lion King,” “Evita”), “How Does A Moment Last Forever” is an emotional ballad about holding onto life’s precious moments. Portions of the song are performed throughout the film and interpolated into the underscore before Dion’s full-length version debuts in the film’s custom main-on-end title design.

Says Dion, “Being a part of the original ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was such a magical experience in my life, and I'm truly honored to be a part of this film again.”  

President of Music for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Production, Mitchell Leib, approached the artist on behalf of the project with the idea of recording one of the three new songs written for the film. “Celine was the unanimous choice of the filmmakers and studio to perform this song,” says Leib, “And everyone involved with the film is thrilled she agreed to be part of this new live-action adaptation.”
Dion originally performed the duet “Beauty and the Beast” – featuring Menken’s haunting melody and two-time Oscar-winner Howard Ashman’s unforgettable lyrics – with Peabo Bryson for the animated film. The song became an instant classic and went on to receive an Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and three GRAMMY Awards.

Menken also provides the film score along with new recordings of the classic songs from the animated film written by himself and Ashman. The original motion picture soundtrack will be released by Walt Disney Records on March 10, 2017. 
About the film:

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Directed by Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film “Beauty and the Beast,” the screenplay is written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos and produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman, p.g.a. and Todd Lieberman, p.g.a. with Jeffrey Silver, Thomas Schumacher and Don Hahn serving as executive producers. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in Philippine cinemas on March 16, 2017.
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One Family, One Message “Across The Crescent Moon” crosses boundaries to bring message of hope and peace

In today’s world marred by chaos, bullying and divisiveness, the Filipino motion picture “Across The Crescent Moon” dares to bring the message of peace and unity.
Opening on January 25 in cinemas nationwide, “Across The Crescent Moon” tells the story of Abbas (played by heartthrob Matteo Guidicelli), a Moslem Special Action Force (SAF) Exemplary Officer who is married to a Christian. Abbas is tasked to investigate a human trafficking syndicate. In the process of carrying out the mission, he runs into conflict with his family, tests his fidelity to Islam, and even endangers his life.

Veteran screenwriter Baby Nebrida (who wrote the classics “Langis at Tubig,” “Init o Lamig,” “My Only Love,” “Epimaco Velasco: NBI,” “Chop-Chop Lady: The Elsa Castillo Story,” “Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon” and many other notable films) is the writer, director and producer of “Across The Crescent Moon.” The movie is Direk Baby’s first action-drama film. 

Direk Baby was motivated by Pope Francis’ plea to end modern-day slavery. She became more concerned when she learned through research that one out of every four victims of human trafficking is a Filipino.

Across The Crescent Moon” brings together the biggest stars and the finest Filipino filmmakers to make this important film. Aside from Matteo, in the cast are: Christopher de Leon, Dina Bonnevie, Gabby Concepcion, Sandy Andolong, Alexandra “Alex” Godinez, Joem Bascon, Ivan Carapiet, Jerico Estregan, Leo Martinez, Rex Cortez, Jackie Aquino, Garie Concepcion, Jerene Tan, Mariel de Leon, Ku Aquino and many more notable actors and actresses.

Direk Baby has also assembled a group of acclaimed Filipino filmmakers. Topel Lee is the director of photography. Erwin Sanchez who designed “Binhi,” “Elemento” and “Violator,” is the production designer. Award-winning musician Von de Guzman is the musical scorer. Renowned audio engineer Mike Idioma of Wild Sound created the sound. While John Wong of Edge Manila studios is the film editor.

Direk Baby even flew in Hollywood stunt directors Shawn Bernal and Tim Waid to devise the fight scenes. Snooky Cruz, a noted Filipino fitness and stunt expert, was tapped to choreograph the encounter scene involving the SAF and rebel groups.

Across The Crescent Moon” was shot on location in Tanay, Subic, Zambales, Clark, and Tawi-Tawi, including Sheikh Makdum Mosque in Simunul Island which is the first and the oldest mosque in the Philippines. An original theme song entitled “Watching The Crescent Moon” (lyrics and melody by Baby Nebrida, arrangement by Von de Guzman and sung by Bituin Escalante) was also composed to drum up the film’s advocacy.

Indeed, Direk Baby and her cast and team pulled out all the stops to send a very important message. She declares, “We are promoting love because we are one family. We have to respect each other’s beliefs. We want our film to serve as an inspiration and enlightenment to what Filipinos should value most— lasting peace, love, preservation of family unity, and displaying the respectability and acceptability of each other’s faith. Most of all, to embrace a strong sense of mission to please God or Allah and instilling in every Filipino’s heart and mind— true patriotism in loving and serving the country well in every chosen field of endeavor people choose, should be in our spirit.”

 Across The Crescent Moon” is produced by Gold Barn International with Amado Tan and Ana Clemena as executive producers. For updates about the film, like and check out .

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