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Friday, June 23, 2017

Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan in High-Speed SciFi Action “VALERIAN”

Valerian” also known as “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” is the visually captivating new movie from renowned film maker Luc Besson the legendary director of “The Fifth Element” and “Lucy” starring Cara Delevingne and Dane Dehaan as the unlikely duo tasked to protect the galaxy.  

Set in the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHann) and Laureline (Cara Delavigne) are special operatives charged by the Minister of Defense with keeping order throughout the human territories. They are tasked with protecting the intergalactic planet Alpha who after years of prosperity is attacked by an unknown threat.








 
The movie is based on the groundbreaking French science fiction comic novels "Valerian and Laureline" written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières. It was first published in 1967 and has since inspired a generation of writers, artists and film makers.

The film stars, Dane DeHann, Cara Delavigne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawk and Rihanna. It is also written and produced by Luc Besson.
 
Valerian” opens July 21 in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.

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In The Midst of War is Hope and Joy “IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD”

Based on the Award-winning Manga “Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni” by Fumiyo Kono. “In this Corner of the World” revolves around a young bride named Suzu Urano who moves to small port town Kure with her husband to start a new life. Not knowing that an impending war would change things indefinitely.

Adolescent Suzu shows life in Japan in the early days leading to the second world war. Her life is put into turmoil and chaos when her small town is bombed during the war but with her courage, perseverance and faith she tries to live her life normally. Her values were further tested when her husband left to join the army to protect the country.

 
The heartwarming and inspirational story shows how the Japanese people face the challenges of a violent and war-torn country, showing how citizens are victims of nations at war. The film being set in the 1940’s does not lose its hold towards the new generation. War is again imbued in other nations and what happened to her back in the past is again happening to people around the world.

The film is written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi “In this corner of the world.” has received critical acclaim, winning Best Japanese Movie of 2016, garnering a best director award for Katabuchi and the Japanese movie award of excellence at the 71st Mainichi Film Awards.

In this Corner of the World” opens June 28 in cinemas from Rafaella Films
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Young Actress Amiah Miller Plays Pivotal Role in “WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES”

 
One of the most surprising characters in the highly-anticipated “War For The Planet of the Apes” is not an ape or a man … but a little girl with breathtaking courage. Amiah Miller, in her first major role plays a mute, virus-ravaged human child who comes to be known as Nova – and becomes an essential part of the apes’ journey to their new home. 
 
War for the Planet of the Apes” is set fifteen years after a scientific experiment had gone wrong that gave rise to the intelligent Apes and almost wiped out the human race.  The colonists and apes struggled to coexist but their fragile peace was shattered and Caesar (played by Andy Serkis), leader of the apes, attempted to restore order.  But there was no turning back from the brutal fighting that has already begun.

 
At heart, this is the story of both a military and emotional last stand.  As peace between species has collapsed -- and a renegade band of human soldiers led by an imperious Colonel (Woody Harrelson) makes a final, all-out attack -- Caesar is hit with an unimaginable personal loss and a dark line inside his psyche is crossed.  Now, he is wrestling with merciless impulses and roiling doubts about his own ability to inspire the apes towards freedom. But if the apes are to survive the coming conflict, Caesar must lead.  In a time when empathy and compassion have nearly vanished both in the world and his heart, Caesar searches for the grit, sense of fellowship and striving vision to lead the apes towards a future of hope.   
 
The enchanted quality of new character, Nova, did not escape director Matt Reeves and scribe Mark Bomback.  Bomback says, “Here is a little, seemingly orphaned girl living with apes – Matt and I immediately thought she seemed like a character out of a fairytale. From Goldilocks to Little Red Riding Hood, there’s a whole tradition of stories about little girls in the woods with dangerous animals who nevertheless become their protectors. That’s part of the inspiration for Nova.  And the name Nova of course is a bit of an Easter egg from the original film.” 
 
 
One of the beautiful things about Nova is that even in this divided world, you see there are apes and humans who are able to form deep emotional relationships,” says Peter Chernin.  “In that moment when Caesar is in the darkest place, when he wants to hate all humans, Nova touches him in a way no one else can.  In Nova, we’re also seeing the growth of the Simian Virus and what survival means to humans.” 
 
Taking the part, an especially demanding and complex one for a child actor, is 12 year-old Amiah Miller in her first major feature.  Reeves describes how Miller won the role:  “Amiah is such an intuitive young actor.  When she came in to audition we threw away the script and I just asked her to relate to the apes.  It was clear right then that she was special and had a talent way beyond her years.  She and the actors became like a family.  She has a bright future ahead of her, I can't wait to see what she does.” 

 
Because Nova develops a strong bond with the orangutan Maurice, who insists on bringing her on the apes’ long journey, Miller spent a month working with Karin Konoval, who plays Maurice.  “Amiah and I needed to have a very strong, very real connection,” says Konoval.  “So Amiah and I actually got to know each other wordlessly as Maurice and Nova before we even had any conversations.  Luckily, our connection was immediate and organic and it only grew from there. It was absolutely magic that the filmmakers gave us that opportunity to develop this true bond.”  

Says producer Dylan Clark:  “Matt, our casting director Deb Zane and I were all in agreement that there was only one young actor to bring in for the role of Nova and it was Amiah.”
 
  War for the Planet of the Apes” opens July 12 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 
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Cinema One Originals' Wacky Flick “SLUMBER PARTY” Hits SM Cinemas Starting June 23

 
Hilarious film for Cine Lokal’s Pride Month celebration  

Relive the misadventures of three gay BFFs on their crazy sleepover fun in the Cinema One Originals riotous comedy film “Slumber Party” as it hits Cine Lokal in selected SM Cinemas nationwide starting June 23, 2017.

The humorous flick is among the featured presentation of Cine Lokal in support to the LGBT Pride Month celebration this June. Cine Lokal is a project of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in partnership with SM Cinema aiming to give filmmakers a venue to showcase more entertaining yet relevant titles to the mainstream audience.

 
Set in 2010, the movie is about long-time friends on a sleepover vigil to watch a much-awaited international beauty pageant, and who are about to be challenged with their greatest adventure yet. Their supposed fun get-together changes when a male trespasser, a wannabe frat boy, sneaks into the house and opens up unforeseen pursuits.

Markki Stroem, RK Bagatsing, Archie Alemania, Sef Cadayona and Nino Muhlach star in this feel-good film written and directed by Emmanuel Dela Cruz.

 
Don’t miss this special Cine Lokal program presentation by FDCP and SM Cinema. Make your way to the “Slumber Party” from June 23-29 at SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, SM Fairview, SM Southmall, SM Bacoor, SM Iloilo and SM Cebu with the following schedule:  1:00PM 3:30PM, 6:00PM, and 8:30PM. Like Cinema One on Facebook at facebook.com/Cinema1channel for more updates.

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Teaser Poster Revealed For “JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM”

Universal Pictures has just launched the teaser poster for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster hit, Jurassic World.

The poster sports the tagline, “Life finds a way.”

 
Directed by J.A. Bayona (Mama, The Impossible), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens in the Philippines in June 2018 and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, Toby Jones, James Cromwell, BD Wong, and Rafe Spall.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.


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Anello Opens their Flagship Store at Estancia Mall


Three weeks ago, Anello launched their first store in the country at SM Megamall Fashion Hall. As backpack lovers unite and visit the store to purchase their limited-edition bags, Anello isn't done yet in reaching out to the public even more. 



 
Today, Anello opens their flagship store at Estancia Mall located at Meralco Ave, Ortigas Center, Pasig. Luckily, I was one of the five winners on their Facebook page to win a bag of our choice. Together with my fellow lucky winners, we are the first ones who entered the store and checked the classic styles and handpicked our favorite.





Take note that the first 100 paying customers in line are in for a treat! Each one will be given P500 gift vouchers that can be used on their next visit. 

So, what are you waiting for? Visit now and get your backpacks. 

Thank you Anello PH!! 

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Everything, Everything: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) was still a kid when she is diagnosed with an immunodeficiency disorder and in order from preventing her to get sick - she isn't allowed to leave the house for her safety. She loves to read books and does her home study with the means of the internet. It became her daily routine for 18 years, but everything changes when she saw her new neighbor Olly (Nick Robinson). The two tries to along and know each other more but despite the limitations, their hearts became close. Will Maddy's complicated immune system prevent their relationship to grow or will they both take the risk in the name of love?


For the past few years, we've always got a cute romantic movie offering that we mark its opening date on our calendars. From Fault in our Stars (2014), Paper Towns (2015) and Me Before You (2016) Warner Bros. brings us another tale of two people shot by cupid in Everything, Everything.


When I first saw the trailer, I said to myself that the story was quite intriguing, but I was hoping for popular stars to make the film work. However, after watching the special screening last night, I was quite surprised that Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson dictated the tempo and made the entire film relaxed and enjoyable to watch. It has that sweet touch of humor, romance, terrific cinematography and a perfect soundtrack but quite fell short in hitting the right pieces at the touching end of the story.


Amandla Stenberg blossomed into a fine young lady far from we last saw when she is representing District 11 as Rue in Hunger Games.  She is gorgeous and effortlessly played her role into perfection. Nick Robinson, on the other hand, is the typical boy next door that the girls would easily love. For this director Stella Meghie didn't waste time putting her love birds on to test and thankfully the two delivers.


Overall, Everything, Everything has a decent and well executed storyline with perfect chemistry between two charming lead stars. Sweet and simple.... Everything feels so right.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8.5 out of 10 stars

Cast: Amanda Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose

Directed by: Stella Meghie
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures PH
Opens June 21 in cinemas nationwide


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New “ANNABELLE: CREATION” Trailer Heralds New Chapter in The Conjuring Universe

Experience the next chapter in The Conjuring Universe. Watch the new trailer New Line Cinema's Annabelle: Creation.

Check out the trailer below:


In Philippine cinemas starting Thursday, August 10, Annabelle: Creation has David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) helming the follow up to 2014’s hugely successful Annabelle, which scared up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters. The new film is once again being produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, who also partnered so effectively on The Conjuring movies.

 
In Annabelle: Creation, several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

Sandberg directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, who also wrote Annabelle. The film stars Stephanie Sigman (Spectre), Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave), Lulu Wilson (Ouija: Origin of Evil), Philippa Coulthard (After the Dark), Grace Fulton (Badland), Lou Lou Safran (The Choice), Samara Lee (The Last Witch Hunter), Tayler Buck in her feature film debut, with Anthony LaPaglia (TV’s Without a Trace) and Miranda Otto (Showtime’s Homeland, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy).

  Annabelle: Creation is a New Line Cinema presentation, an Atomic Monster/Safran Company production. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


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Ninjas Assemble in “THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE” Main Poster

Find the Ninja within ya in the main one-sheet art of Warner Animation Group’s The LEGO Ninjago Movie, a new animated adventure in Warner’s LEGO franchise.

Take a look at the poster below and watch the film in Philippine cinemas starting September 27, 2017.

 
In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret warriors and LEGO Master Builders. Led by kung fu master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their true power.

Jackie Chan (Kung Fu Panda) stars as Master Wu; Justin Theroux (Magamind 2) is Garmadon; Dave Franco (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising) plays Lloyd; and Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) is Lloyd’s mom, Koko. Making up the secret ninja crew, Fred Armisen (SNL) voices Cole; Abbi Jacobson (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising) plays Nya; Kumail Nanjiani (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) is Jay; Michael Peña (Ant-Man) is Kai; and Zach Woods (Silicon Valley) voices Zane.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie marks the feature film directorial debut of Charlie Bean (Tron: Uprising). It is being produced by Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Roy Lee, who previously collaborated on the worldwide box-office phenomenon The LEGO® Movie, along with Maryann Garger (“Flushed Away”). Chris McKay, Seth Grahame-Smith, Jill Wilfert, and Keith Malone are serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Hilary Winston & Bob Logan & Paul Fisher, story by Kevin Hageman & Dan Hageman and Hilary Winston & Bob Logan & Paul Fisher, based on LEGO Construction Toys.


The LEGO Ninjago Movie is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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Love, Courage and Family in Uplifting Animated Film “In This Corner of the World”  


There have been previous anime films set around the devastation in Hiroshima, but none with the ultimately uplifting and positive message of In This Corner of the Worldso we can’t wait to bring this beautiful film to Annecy,” Animatsu Entertainment Chief Operating Officer Jerome Mazandarani said. “We believe the rest of the world will share our enthusiasm for this story.”
In This Corner of the World tells the story of the adolescent Suzu, who in 1944 moves to the small town of Kure in Hiroshima to live with her husband’s family. Suzu’s life is thrown into chaos when her town is bombed during World War II. Her perseverance and courage, however, underpin this heart-warming and inspirational tale of the everyday challenges faced by the Japanese in the midst of a violent, war-torn country.

In This Corner of the World is not a typical war movie: the town is so beautifully recreated and the characters are so wonderfully achieved that the focus is on the art that is imbued in daily life itself,” GENCO President Taro Maki said. “While it is of course heart-breaking to behold the before and after scenes, the willpower that normal people muster in the name of love and caring is what really stands out.”
War is the opposite of daily life, yet daily life must go on even through war. And perfectly normal people can achieve this miraculous feat in the most extreme circumstances one can imagine,” the film’s director Sunao Katabuchi notes. “That’s what this film explores. I believe those very specific details in this film help viewers perceive the infinite emotions experienced by these absolutely normal people.”
The film already garnered awards including Animation of the Year at the 40th Japan Academy Prize, Best Music Score for Kotoringo and Ofuji Noburo Award at the Mainichi Film Concours. Its latest achievement is getting the Jury Award at the 41st Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France.
While the Japanese and foreign audiences loved In This Corner of the World, it currently stands at a perfect score at the American review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes with 6 reviews. The film is set to open in UK Theaters June 28 and in US Theaters on August 11.

 
In This Corner of the World” opens in Philippine cinemas June 28 from Rafaella Films International.

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