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Friday, August 29, 2014

Zoomanity Group: It's Cool to Zoo

Visiting a zoo is very educational since you'll actually see the live animals unlike now we usually just see them in cable channels in documentaries or some videos in Youtube.  

When I was still a kid, my parents usually brought me to a zoo. I was really afraid at first, as I remember I had a picture crying while my dad carried me to feed a giraffe. Sadly, zoos and the animals are nearly extinct as we previously visited the same zoo a couple of years back.  Most of the animals like tigers, lions and giraffes are long gone. We would be all doomed, if one day we can only see these creatures by surfing the Internet and just tell our kids that this what a tiger looks like.

 photo credit: Zoomanity.com.ph

The good thing is there are six theme parks here in our country owned by Zoomanity group where you can still experience an adventure with the whole family. They handle six theme parks namely Paradizoo located in Mendez Cavite, Residence Inn in Tagaytay, Zoocolate Thrills in Bohol, Zoocobia in Clark Pampanga, Zoobic Safari in Subic and Z Planet inside the Star City in Manila.

These amazing places not only feature a wide range of different species of animals but also offer a lot more. For example, when you visit Residence Inn, you can feel the breeze of Tagaytay by simply settling for an overnight stay with a great overlooking scenery of the Taal Lake. You can also dine in at their Gazebo restaurant where you can feast on fried Tawilis partnered with a hot famous Bulalo perfect for the cold weather. 

 photo credit: Zoomanity.com.ph

While on Zoobic Safari in Clark will leave you breathless as you can access their two-hectare forest where you can experience to trek and see wild animals in their simulated natural habitat. There is also a Safari Jeep which you can ride and conquer your fears as tigers roam around to chase you, better yet to try to take a selfie with them.

At Paradizoo Farm in Cavite. You can roam around a farm filled with animals behind some fences like ostriches, camels, llamas and miniature horses. Plus you can experience their "Plant Me Home" activity where you can select a flower or vegetable from their garden to take home.
  
These are just some of the attractions you can experience in their wonderful parks. There are a lot more to learn and discover when you visit these paradises built by Zoomanity Group. So what are you waiting for? Check your calendars now and plan a vacation for the whole family to enjoy. 

You can check out their rates and packages here: http://www.zoomanity.com.ph/rate-and-packages
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If I Stay: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

First, we would like to thank Warner Brothers Pictures PH for inviting us last night to the press screening of If I Stay. It is another movie based on a book now featuring the best-selling novel of Gayle Forman in 2009. The trailer alone easily attracts the same audience that enjoyed the successful tearjerker flick, "The Fault In Our Stars" which recently conquered the cinemas last June.

Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz) had the most incredible life experience since he met his rocker boyfriend Adam (Jamie Blackley.)  But things get rough when Mia is torn between pursuing her musical dream at Julliard or to be with her one true love. Then a tragic accident happened, and Mia's life hangs in the balance. Now it's up to her to decide which path to take whether if she should stay or move on?

Sorry "TFIOS" fans but If I Stay is a much better film for my point of view anyway. The film pretty much maintained a smooth sailing pace throughout. It avoided diving into a flinty style of storytelling managing to keep it simple yet brings impact to its viewers. The narration and the back and forth scenes from Mia's past and present were also neatly done.


Thanks to Chloe Grace Moretz as she managed to offer a convincing steady performance. She is just 17, but she is stunning and keeps on getting better each time we see her on a movie. She is very versatile and a remarkable actress. We didn't expect much with Jamie Blackley, but he also did well with his rocker image. The two has a very real, palpable chemistry which is powerful on the screen. The supporting casts are excellent. Joshua Leonard and Mireille Enos were both terrific as Mia's parents. They're both cool rockers in the past who is willing to sacrifice for their family. But one of the most memorable scene was made by Stacy Keach. I'm indeed sure that Gramps will definitely melt your hearts out.


Overall, If I Stay is an engrossing romantic film which is emotionally engaging, captivating and shifts' gears from compelling to enthralling. It may leave you a bit hanging in the end, but we're indeed hoping for the next chapter to unfold soon enough for us to be fully satisfied. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out of 10 stars

Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley, Mireille Enos

Directed by: R.J. Cutler 
Distributed by: Warner Brothers Pictures PH
Opens September 3 in cinemas nationwide

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‘’Jinn” Star Dominic Rains Discusses New Thriller

 
In the Beginning, Three were Created…Man made of Clay.Angels made of Light. And a Third…made of Fire.

From the beginning, stories of angels and men have captured our imaginations and have been etched into our history crossing all boundaries of culture, religion, and time. These two races have dominated the landscape of modern mythology for countless centuries, almost washing away the evidence that a third ever existed. This third race, born of smokeless fire, was called the jinn. Similar to humans in many ways, the jinn lived invisibly among us and only under dire or unusual circumstances were our paths ever meant to cross. 
 
As humans became the dominant force on Earth, contact between man and jinn steadily decreased. Modern man has all but forgotten the jinn. 

Jinn” is the new thriller set to make its theatrical release in Philippines  on September 10. 
 
Dominic Rains the star of the film discusses his character, and projects he hopes to work on in the future.

 How did working on “JINN” compare to any other production you have worked on?
Well first of all it was the first time I was carrying a film the whole way through. It was by far one of the most physically exhausting experiences I’ve had which in turn was emotionally exhausting.  I mean there were days where I was drenched in water in Michigan 30 degree biting weather, and that’s just one part of it. The majority of the shoots were night shoots so my hours were completely off. I also played three characters in the film which made it ever so interesting. But given the material at hand, the most challenging place was trying to find the arc of the character.  Sometimes you’re shooting out of sequence, time is against you, you’re shooting on 35mm film so you’ve got to get it right or you’re just burning film, unlike digital where you can shoot endlessly, and you’ve got to focus all your energy to make sure that you know in the grand scheme of things, you’re giving just enough for the 180mm lens that’s focused on your eyes. One exaggerated expression here or there and it’s a 15 foot difference on the silver screen. AJ, the writer/director, loved to tell me, ‘its all in the eyes!’ haha… But learning to focus and harness that energy was important. And knowing what the scene was about was imperative.

What can you tell us about the character (Shawn) you play in this film?
Shawn is an automotive engineer living a quiet idyllic life with his wife Jasmine when one day it is interrupted by a package delivered by a sketchy dude that contains an encrypted message. It warns him of imminent danger and that this ‘thing’ the Jinn is coming after him. At first Shawn tries to disregard the message but weird things start to happen and after a number of events test his belief, his wife is kidnapped and Shawn is forced to face his fears and is tossed through a gauntlet of emotional, physical and mental tests. He is helped along the way by three men who aid him in what to do to fight and overcome the Jinn, but ultimately he’s the only one that can save himself and his family.

 
What was your favorite scene to shoot?
I had two favorite scenes in the film; the first was with his parents when he’s trying to piece everything together and the second was at the end of the film where he rises to the occasion. I won’t say anymore than that but that it’s a very cool scene and you’ll know what I’m talking about when you see it. Everything came together, AJ’s direction, our stunt performers, Ray Park, and the incredible genius of our VFX supervisor Joe Coleman. It was a test of many things that evening and it’s a testament to the work of a great team. On a personal level it was a test of the physical and mental for myself.

Why should audiences go out and see this film?  How does it stand out above other mystery thrillers?
Well besides the fact that it’s based on an ancient mythology that over 2 billion people believe in around the world, it’s mentioned or alluded to in the books of the leading three religions, Islam, Christianity and Judaism.  Also, it’s a fun family film for all ages; it’s essentially a hero story of courage and the will to fight to overcome our fears. We see the slow rise of a man who finds it in himself to become the man he never thought existed.

You have worked on a variety of different TV shows and film.  What genre of film do you hope to work on that you haven’t done yet?
I’d really like to go into more heavy dramas, dark comedies and twisted psychological thrillers. It would be a dream to work with filmmakers like Gasper Noe, PT Anderson, The Coen Brothes, Lars Von Trier. Very avant garde, art house, challenging character pieces. I love playing heavy character pieces.  I enjoy the leading men as well but since they tend to be closer to me they’re more a naked vulnerability.  With character heavy roles you get to be vulnerable as well but you get to funnel them through a lot more so you can indulge a bit more, it seems.

Who are some actors that you admire and hope to work with in the future?
There are so many actors I admire.  So many actors of all ages that inspire me and push me to do great work that I don’t have enough space to say them all but in the meantime I’ll express a few. God bless Phillip Seymour Hoffman, he was a titan, he’ll stand as one of my all time greats. I would love the pleasure to work with Ethan Rains, Daniel Day Lewis, Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Robert Duvall, Willem Defoe, Susan Sarandon, Matthew McConaughey, Brad Pitt, JACK NICHOLSON for sure, Anthony Hopkins, Cate Blanchett and the list goes on.

  ‘’Jinn’’ is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.
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Zach Braff’s WISH I WAS HERE


Zach Braff is currently performing on Broadway, and for a time he starred in the TV comedy Scrubs. But he's also known for directing and starring in the 2004 film Garden State, a model of 20-something angst.

Braff also directs and stars in his latest film, Wish I Was Here, which he co-wrote with his older brother, Adam. The collaboration yielded a coming-of-age story of sorts. It's about a guy who hasn't quite earned the title of adult, even though he's already a family man with kids. Braff's character, Aidan Bloom, struggles when his father is diagnosed with cancer and his wife, the family breadwinner, starts to rethink her role.

 
Braff talks to NPR's Audie Cornish about what inspired him and his brother to write the story and the similarities between the female protagonists in Garden State and Wish I Was Here.

On what inspired Braff and his brother to write this story

My brother is in one of those situations — his wife is the primary wage earner and he is home more often with the kids as he writes and pursues his artistic endeavors. And we started seeing that in lots of different aspects of our lives, both with people in the arts and people who weren't.

And so another thing we wanted to talk about was how that affected masculinity — this societal agreement we have had for years that the man is the primary breadwinner and the man takes care of his family — and how that change might be affecting masculinity and child-rearing and all of those things that come along with it. It was something that we found really interesting but didn't really see anyone writing about.

 On Aidan's insistence on pursuing his dream?

He's pursuing an entertainment dream, but we really wanted it to be a metaphor for anyone pursuing their dream in any way, whether that be, you know, finding true love or starting their business or whatever it is — insert your dream here.

The question for us was ... if this is it, how do I make the most of my life? How do I make the most of my time here? And how long am I allowed to pursue all the things I thought I was going to do when I was a kid and when I was in college and when I was wide-eyed and I was in my 20s? And now I have a family, now I have bills, now I have so many responsibilities.

On how Aidan's pursuit of his dream affects his relationship with his wife, played by Kate Hudson?

I think there [are] a lot of relationships out there — it's not always the woman, sometimes it's the man — where one person has really dedicated their lives to helping the other person pursue their dream. And they love them and they believe in them and they root for them, but at a certain point they're saying, "I can't do anymore. I need help." And that's what Kate's character is saying in this film, is "I do love you, and I do support you. But, you know, I can't be the only one on this treadmill doing this job I don't like to feed our kids. I need help." ...

One of the things that Aidan learns is that he has to show up for his family. He has to rally; he has to find a way to continue to pursue his goals but not be so checked-out, not to have disappeared from his family. I mean, I think if he finds any spirituality in the film, that's what he finds.

On the similarities between the female protagonists in Garden State, played by Natalie Portman, and Wish I Was Here

I've always had this fantasy of being saved by a great woman, a powerful woman. I mean, yes, Natalia's character was quirky and silly, or maybe that's just the type of woman I'm attracted to so I sort of wrote my dream girl. But I've always loved this fantasy that I would be rescued and saved by a great, strong woman. And I think in both films there are very strong women who are helping men come into maturity. I mean, they say that women and girls mature faster than men and I think in this film Kate's character is a very, very strong woman who's doing her best to hold an entire family together. The men are running around thinking like they're in control when really, behind the scenes, it's a strong woman that is, you know, keeping this family together.

On what he learned from making the film?

It definitely taught me I want to have kids. I can't wait to have children one day. I'm a really good uncle and I love my nieces and nephews, and I really love this young actress, Joey King, who played my daughter. She's just so special. And, you know, just that relationship of when your child is, you know, old enough to just teach you so much, and just the idea of a young child bringing you back to possibility and hope through their young wide eyes is something that's very intoxicating to me.

  Wish I Was Here” is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.
SHOWING SEPTEMBER 17.
NATIONWIDE.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tom Hardy Reveals New Side of Himself in "THE DROP"


The discovery of an abandoned and abused puppy leads a lonely bartender out of his constricted world in "The Drop," a riveting journey through a rarely seen side of working-class Brooklyn. The first film written by best-selling author Dennis Lehane, "The Drop" sets an unusual love story against the volatile backdrop of organized crime’s unbreakable grip on the small pubs and taverns used as money-laundering “drops.”

Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) slings drinks in his Cousin Marv’s (James Gandolfini in his final performance) bar and looks the other way whenever Brooklyn crime bosses use the place as a temporary bank for their ill-gotten gains. He keeps to himself, attending Mass daily at the old neighborhood parish church, but never taking Communion.


Bob’s simple life becomes much more complicated when he discovers a battered pit bull puppy in a trash can. Turning to his neighbor Nadia (Noomi Rapace) for help, he nurses the puppy back to health, as their mutual concern for the dog sparks an unexpected attraction between them. But when Eric Deeds (Matthias Schoenaerts), the dog’s original owner and Nadia’s abusive ex-boyfriend, tries to reclaim both of them, and a robbery at the bar puts Bob in the crosshairs of the Chechen crime boss who owns it, Bob is forced to face the shocking truth about the people he thinks he knows best—including himself.

To direct the movie, the producers selected Michaƫl R. Roskam, a Belgian with one feature film to his credit: "Bullhead," a dark thriller about a brooding and dangerous loner that was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2011.


It was such a strong debut for a director,” says executive producer Larocca. “The way he handled the cast made it really clear that this is a guy who knows how to work with actors. Our script has rich and deeply complex characters, so we needed someone we knew could work with actors to draw out truly extraordinary performances.”

The success of Roskam’s first feature was rapidly opening doors for the director in Hollywood, and he gave careful consideration to the choices he was offered. “This is the first time I have directed a film from a script I didn’t write,” Roskam says. “One of the things that drove my decision was that I wished I had written it. I knew it was the story for me. It was extremely well-written and plot-driven, but with the kind of complex character development that appeals to me.”  
  
"The Drop" will open in cinemas soon from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.  

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Crystalsky Multimedia Welcomes You to the FIELDS OF THE DEAD

Crystalsky Multimedia announces the release of their upcoming horror flick "Fields of the Dead." It will finally open this September 10 in cinemas, and you can check its official trailer below: 


Synopsis:
When seven agronomy students arrive on an abandoned farm to conduct soil research, they rouse a long-forgotten curse. As the curse threatens to destroy them, they must escape the farm or fall victim to the damned souls who haunt the blood-drenched Fields of the Dead.

This film features college students trying to escape the curse of a haunted farm. Fields of the Dead is directed by Daniel B. Iske and stars Matt Booker, Michelle Schrage, Sarah Wald, Matt Tatroe and Mel Recker. 


"Fields of the Dead" opens September 10 in cinemas from Crystalsky Multimedia.
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I Frankenstein Arrives into Original DVD


C-Interactive Digital Entertainment announces the release of the film in DVD9 and available now at all Astroplus, Astrovision, Odysseylive.Net, O'Music & Video and selected SM Record Bars. 

Grab your copies now at a very affordable price of P 550.00 only.

Synopsis:
Two hundred years after his shocking creation, Dr. Frankenstein's creature, Adam, still walks the earth. But when he finds himself in the middle of a war over the fate of humanity, Adam discovers he holds the key that could destroy humankind.


Special Features Includes:
* Audio Commentary By Co-Writer/Director Stuart Beattie
* Audio Commentary By Filmmakers Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright, James Mcquaide and Kevin Grevioux
* Creating a Monster Featurette
* Frankenstein's Creatures Featurette

Watch the official C-Interactive Entertainment trailer below: 


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Main Poster of Warner's  “THE JUDGE” Revealed

Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures have just revealed the main poster art of “The Judge,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall and Vera Farmiga.

 
Directed by David Dobkin (“Wedding Crashers”), “The Judge” stars Downey as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.

Starring alongside Downey, Duvall and Farmiga are Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shephard, and Oscar® winner Billy Bob Thornton. The film also stars Oscar® winner Melissa Leo, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, Emma Tremblay, Balthazar Getty, David Krumholtz, Sarah Lancaster, Grace Zabriskie and Denis O’Hare.
 
Opening across the Philippines on Oct. 22, 2014, “The Judge” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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The Forgotten District 13 and The Rebels: The Hunger Games Mocking Jay Part 1 Character Posters

The first of the two-part finale of The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay is a few months away from its release and what a way to tease its fans with these two batches of character posters featuring the rebels led by Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and the forgotten District 13 headed by Haymitch (Woody Harrelson.)

Check out the character posters below: 












The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opens on November 20, 2014
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From Beethoven to Blondie: Music, A Critical Element of “IF I STAY”

 
In New Line Cinema's romantic drama “If I Stay,” music is the connective tissue that threads the characters' world together. It is also “a metaphor for our passions in life,” states director R.J. Cutler.

If I Stay” opens with a Cello Sonata by Beethoven and riffs through an array of music including Zoltan Kodaly, Bach, Buzzcocks, Beck, Sonic Youth, Blondie, Iggy Pop, and The Dandy Warhols, to name a few.

Music is an undeniably critical element in and of itself in this film and that created a wonderful opportunity for me,” says Cutler. “Telling stories about people who play music and who sing allows you to enhance the narrative in many different ways. You’re dealing with the content of the lyrics, the nature of the performance, and the tone of the actual scene itself. It’s really exciting to get things that function on all of those levels when you find exactly the right piece of music and put it together in exactly the right way.”

 
Cutler set the musical tone early, giving MP3 players to his cast loaded with playlists that their characters would be listening to, since “they are defined by the music they love,” he explains.

Chloe Grace Moretz, who plays the central character, the cellist Mia, received one filled with music from the classical genre, as well as contemporary music that incorporated classical instruments, like Nirvana’s “Unplugged.” Cutler also included a lot of Mia's parents, Kat and Denny’s favorite music, which Mia grew up on: The Clash, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, The Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, as well as more contemporary Pacific Northwest-based music that would likely be in the world around her.
The playlist for Jamie Blackley who plays the guitarist and rocker, Adam, overlapped Moretz’s, but with less classical and more of a foundation in Punk and Grunge.

Although Blackley actually plays guitar and sings, he brushed up with lessons from Simon Tong, who played in the band Gorillaz.

The first time Blackley got to perform the music was a pivotal scene which takes place at a Labor Day party at Mia’s house. The day Mia remembers in her retrospective state as her favorite day was also one of Blackley’s favorite scenes. Adam and his band mates play guitar with Mia’s father and his musician friends gathered around a bonfire in Mia’s backyard. Blackley recalls, “That was really fun to film because we had worked so hard on the music.”

 
Adam brings out Mia’s cello and pulls her into the impromptu jam and, for the first time, she and Adam are finally playing music together, melding her classical music with his.

It’s very symbolic. It’s like they are intertwining all the aspects of their lives,” says Moretz.

Author Gayle Forman, whose novel was the basis of the film, relates, “Being able to actually viscerally experience watching Mia play the cello or seeing Adam and Mia actually jam together was a million times better than it could ever be in the book or in my head. I think the music is really going to resonate with viewers.”

The songs are touchstones in Mia’s memories as she studies her past in the in-between world and reflects on the complex twists and turns in her relationship with Adam.

It’s really beautiful how R.J. infused music into every aspect of making this movie,” Moretz notes, “You hear their love story; it’s completely encompassed in the songs.”

Cutler reflects, “These two people who are deeply in love with each other, and really connected could be torn apart for no other reason than that they are fully pursuing who they are.

Life is messy. There isn’t just one path. It’s all the joy that comes from the surprises that it has in store for you and all the tragedy that comes from those surprises. What Mia learns on her journey with Adam is invaluable and helps her make her ultimate choice.”

  Opening across the Philippines on September 3, 2014, “If I Stay” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Entertainment Company.
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