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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law Stare Down in New “KING ARTHUR” Posters

Charlie Hunnam's Arthur and Jude Law's Vortigern square off with their individual one-sheets for Warner Bros. Pictures' sweeping fantasy action adventure King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

The film is Guy Ritchie’s adrenalin-fueled epic fantasy take on the Arthurian legends.

Check out the new posters below and watch King Arthur: Legend of the Sword in Philippine cinemas starting May 11, 2017.




The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern, who stole his crown and murdered his parents, and become King.

The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Oscar nominee Jude Law, and Eric Bana. Ritchie directs the film from a screenplay by Joby Harold and Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, story by Joby Harold.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.



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Scarlett Johansson, A Cyber-Enchanced Perfect Soldier in “GHOST IN THE SHELL”

 
Tony and BAFTA winner and four-time Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson leads the highly diverse cast of Paramount Pictures' Ghost in the Shell, the live-action adaptation of the internally acclaimed Japanese manga.

In the near future, Major (Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others.

Johansson brings the central character an inner life that director Rupert Sanders felt was largely absent in her animated incarnation. “In the anime, the Major is quite distant and that’s beguiling and mysterious,” he says. “But with this film, we need to understand what she’s going through. Our story brings the audience into what is happening with her internally and allows the character to grow.


Scarlett brought a childlike quality to the character, which is very important because this is a Pinocchio story in a way,” the director continues. “Scarlett’s very clever at allowing us little moments where we’re able to get into the character, then she pushes us away again. To me, Scarlett is the cyberpunk queen.”

Producer Ari Arad notes that of all the film’s characters, Major is the one whose life has been transformed the most by technology. “She revels in being the most extraordinary person in the world, but at the same time you get a real sense of the weight that she carries. Scarlett perfectly captures Major’s emotion, humor and intensity.”

Fighting cyberterrorism unexpectedly puts Major on a path to self-discovery, says Johansson. “Rupert and I talked a lot about her quest for self-identity and the need to know the truth about where she came from. This character comes to believe that she has both a life she’s been given, and a life that she chooses. That’s the real reason I wanted to do this film. Finding one’s true identity, the feeling of isolation that is part of the human experience, as well as the connection that we all share — these are always relevant themes.”

 
The actress was also drawn to the extraordinary visuals Sanders developed for the film. “That’s what clinched the deal for me,” says Johansson. “What he has created is not just an homage for the fans. There’s a new feeling to this film. It’s not the pristine future that we sometimes imagine. Humanity has engulfed itself, like a snake eating its tail. Cities are built upon cities, people made out of other people and computers.”

Producer Michael Costigan says that Johansson was the only actress he ever envisioned in the role. “This character has to have humanity and yet also this otherness to her,” says the producer. “She has to both connect with the audience and keep them at a distance. We could not think of anyone other than Scarlett who could do that. We really campaigned to get her into the film.”

Mamoru Oshii, who directed the Ghost in the Shell anime, praises the actress for her ability to portray a character whose mind and body are not in synch. “Major has a fierce, combative side, but she is also plagued by insecurity. She’s not entirely human, but not a robot either. Scarlett can say so much with her eyes. She is so close to my original vision for the character. This role was for her, and nobody else could have played it.”

Opening across the Philippines on March 29, Ghost in the Shell is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Disney's Beauty and the Beast Sets Box Office Records Globally

 
Singapore, 20th March 2017 – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast charms its way to the hearts of audiences in Southeast Asia, taking in a remarkable cumulative box office of USD$14.9million across the region on its' opening weekend. The live-action adaptation of the beloved classic tale opened to the number one position at the box office charts globally.

In the Philippines, the film opened in cinemas on 16th March, and lands itself as the biggest opening weekend of 2017, garnering a cumulative box office of USD$6.3million locally.

 
Internationally, the film has secured its’ position as one of the top 10 openings of all time, achieving USD$350 million at the global box office till date.  Starring Emma Watson as Belle, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is poised to continue its stellar performance at the box office.


About Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

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.

  Beauty and the Beast is now playing in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D cinemas across the Philippines. Like Beauty and the Beast on Facebook, WaltDisneyStudiosPH; follow us on Twitter, @disney_phil; follow us on Instagram, @disney.ph and use the hashtag #BeOurGuestPH.
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“THE DARK TOWER” Teaser Poster Leads You to Other Worlds

There are other worlds than these,” proclaims the tagline of the teaser poster of The Dark Tower, based on Stephen King's most ambitious and expansive story. The long-awaited big screen adaptation stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as Walter Padick.

Check out the newly-released poster below and watch The Dark Tower in Philippine cinemas soon.

 
In the film, Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is a young 11-year-old adventure seeker who discovers clues about another dimension called Mid-World. Upon following the mystery, he is spirited away to Mid-World where he encounters the lone frontiersman knight Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), who is on a quest to reach the ‘Dark Tower’ that resides in End-World and reach the nexus point between time and space that he hopes will save Mid-World from extinction. But with various monsters and a vicious sorcerer named Walter Padick (Matthew McConaughey) hot on their trail, the unlikely duo find that their quest may be difficult to complete.

The Dark Tower is directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), with a screenplay by Akiva Goldsman & Jeff Pinkner and Anders Thomas Jensen & Nikolaj Arcel, based on King’s novels. Producers on the film are Akiva Goldsman, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and Erica Huggins.

The Dark Tower is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

For Jake Gyllenhaal, Searching For “LIFE” on Mars May Be Going Too Far

 
In Columbia Pictures' terrifying thriller, Life, Oscar-nominee Jake Gyllenhaal stars as astronaut David Jordan who has the distance and remove of a man who has spent over 473 days on the International Space Station.

No one knows this home better than he does. The new crew members joining him are there using his home in space as a base for their game-changing mission.

Also starring Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds, Life is about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

The film is directed by Daniel Espinosa, who previously dazzled critics with Safe House. “I think Daniel Espinosa wanted to create a world that was suffocating, in a way,” says Gyllenhaal of his director. “In other movies, you can separate yourself from the reality of what you’re seeing. Daniel wanted to create an environment where everything was truly alive. Not only feeling that from the creature itself, but also truly alive emotionally.”

 
Gyllenhaal was intrigued not only by the script’s scares, but the larger ideas behind the characters. “It was a beautifully paced, terrifying script. It’s a fun idea – you think you know where it’s going, and then it evolves into something where you really, really don’t,” he says. “The life form is literal, but it’s also an incredible metaphor for what can happen. Curiosity is one of the most important human traits, but I think searching too far can be full of hubris. In that way, the life form is a repercussion for that kind of curiosity.”

While Gyllenhaal was attracted to the project for the script and story itself, he also saw a way to honor a family legacy with his role. “My grandfather was a doctor, and Daniel and I talked about the similarities in my character to my grandfather,” he says. “It’s a bit of an homage to him.”

Jake Gyllenhaal has established himself as one of the finest actors of his generation. With his new production company Ninestories, he is also on his way to becoming a filmmaker of note – sourcing material, developing it from the ground up, collaborating with bold storytellers, and shepherding the projects through release.

In 2014, Gyllenhaal starred in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, which he also produced. Playing an eccentric loner who finds his calling as an investigative crime journalist who will stop at nothing to get the story, Gyllenhaal received BAFTA, Golden Globe, SAG, Critics’ Choice, and Independent Spirit Award nominations and was recognized as Best Actor citations from numerous critics’ groups.

Working with some of Hollywood's greatest filmmakers in both independent and studio films, Gyllenhaal starred in Ang Lee's classic Brokeback Mountain, for which he received an Oscar® nomination and won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor; David Ayer’s End of Watch, which placed in several critics’ Top 10 Films of 2012; Jean Marc Vallee's Demolition; Antoine Fuqua’s boxing drama Southpaw; Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest; Denis Villeneuve’s highly acclaimed films Prisoners and Enemy; Richard Kelly's cult hit Donnie Darko; Jim Sheridan's Brothers; Duncan Jones’ Source Code, David Fincher's Zodiac; Sam Mendes'Jarhead; John Madden's Proof; and, most recently, Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, for which he earned a BAFTA nomination.

Opening across the Philippines on Friday, March 24, 2017, Life is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.


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United Nations, Unicef and Talent From “SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE”  Team Up to celebrate International Day of Happiness With Event in Support of the Sustainable Development Goals

Demi Lovato, Mandy Patinkin and Joe Manganiello deliver keys to
Smurf Village’ at the United Nations Headquarters in New York

(New York, NY –March 18, 2017) –Demi Lovato, Joe Manganiello and Mandy Patinkin today threw their talent behind a United Nations effort to end extreme poverty, address inequality and protect the planet against climate change through the Sustainable Development Goals.

The three voices in the upcoming film “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” joined officials from the United Nations, UNICEF and United Nations Foundation to celebrate the International Day of Happiness and show their support for the Sustainable Development Goals at UN Headquarters in New York as part of the #SmallSmurfsBigGoals campaign.

(Watch the event's featurette at http://youtu.be/pXBGsb5FgWo and the official PSA video Small Smurfs, Big Goals athttp://youtu.be/dpn4HLIRsXw.)

The campaign is designed to encourage young people everywhere to learn about and support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by world leaders at the UN in 2015. As part of the celebrations, Team Smurfs recognized three young advocates: Karan Jerath (20), Sarina Divan (17), and Noor Samee (17)for their actions in furthering issues addressed by the Goals.

 
Jerath invented a containment device that could prevent offshore oil spills and ensure the protection of marine life, and has since become a UN Young Leader for the SDGs. Divan expanded a UN Foundation girl empowerment initiative at her high school and beyond, and Samee is a UNICEF blogger and advocate challenging social justice issues and raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The #SmallSmurfsBigGoals campaign culminates on the International Day of Happiness, which recognizes that Gross Domestic Product alone cannot measure the wealth and well-being of a country’s population and a more inclusive, equitable, balanced and sustainable approach to growth and development is key to being happy. This idea is closely linked to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which have among its aims decent work for all, access to nutritious food, quality education and health services, and freedom from discrimination, giving everyone a chance to enjoy peace, prosperity and happiness.

 
This inspirational campaign highlights the fact that each and every one of us, no matter how young or old, small or big, can make our world a happier place,” said Cristina Gallach, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and the Department of Public Information. “We are grateful to Sony Pictures Animation and Team Smurfs for their spirit of collaboration.”

The movie’s U.S. stars Demi Lovato, Joe Manganiello, Mandy Patinkin and director Kelly Asbury, on behalf of Team Smurfs presented the three young students with a symbolic key to the Smurfs Village in recognition of their work in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals as an example for others to follow.
 
Today we have seen how the Small Smurfs Big Goals campaign is giving children and young people a platform to speak out about issues they are passionate about. As we celebrate International Day of Happiness, we hope many more young people are empowered to take action on the Sustainable Development Goals and help achieve a world free from poverty, inequality and injustice.” said Caryl M. Stern, UNICEF US Fund President & CEO.

 
The United Nations Postal Administration also unveiled a special edition stamp sheet featuring the Small Smurfs Big Goals campaign at the event. The film cast along with the Belgian Ambassador to the United Nations Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Management Stephen Cutts presented the #SmallSmurfsBigGoals UN stamps to the press.

The actors and UN officials went on to address some 1,500 international Model UN students in the iconic General Assembly Hall of the United Nations, where they encouraged all attendees and the public to join “Team Smurfs.” The campaign invites the general public to visit SmallSmurfsBigGoals.com to find out how to contribute to achieving the Goals; discover which goals are best suited to your interests; raise your voice for a better world for all; and share information, ideas and images on social media.

The actors capped the presentation by premiering a new Public Service Announcement video starring cast members of the film Demi Lovato, Joe Manganiello, Michelle Rodriguez, and Mandy Patinkin inspiring viewers to join the campaign and champion the Sustainable Development Goals.

We hope the campaign will help us all think about how our actions impact the planet,” said Demi Lovato. “Every one of us, even a Small Smurf, can accomplish big goals.”
Along with the event at the United Nations, other celebrations took place in 18 countries around the world including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Russia, and the UK, to name a few, to help raise awareness for the Small Smurfs Big Goals campaign and the Sustainable Development Goals.

On Monday March 20, the cast and other campaign partners will help turn the Empire State Building blue in celebration of the Day.

Since 1958, the Smurfs have embodied around the world the universal values of camaraderie, helping one another, tolerance, optimism, and respecting Mother Nature,” said Véronique Culliford, the daughter of Peyo, who created the Smurfs. “It’s been an honor and privilege for The Smurfs to support the United Nations and to continue our longstanding relationship with UNICEF with this campaign focused on raising awareness for the Sustainable Development Goals.”
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Main Poster Up For Teen Romance EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING”

The main one-sheet art of Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures new romantic drama Everything,Everything has just been unveiled online and may be seen below.

Directed by Stella Meghie and based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything stars Amandla Stenberg (Rue inThe Hunger Games) as Maddy and Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) as Olly. The film also stars Ana de la Reguera (Sun Belt Express) and Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls).

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door? Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them.

Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything.

  Opening across the Philippines on June 21, 2017, Everything, Everything distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select international territories by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures.


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Kristen Bell, The Ex-Wife You'd Love to Hate in “CHIPS”

 
Frozen and Bad Moms star Kristen Bell dives into the role of Karen, the undeserving object of rookie cop Jon Baker's (Dax Shepard) self-improvement efforts, in Warner Bros. Pictures' new action-comedy CHIPS.

In the film, Jon Baker is still reeling from the breakup of his marriage. Karen is a trophy from his heyday as a pro motorbiker that he can’t let go. He’s convinced he can get her back once he gets out of his slump, so he continues to live in the tiny guest room behind the luxury home they once shared, and that Karen still occupies, just to remain close. And, in spite of her total lack of interest, Shepard offers, “he continues to attend couples therapy. Alone.”

Marking her fourth big-screen collaboration with real-life husband, Shepard, Bell says, “Karen needs to be the person audiences don’t want for Jon. They should be shouting, ‘No, don’t do it!’ Karen is vain and all about appearances, and she thinks she’s the ultimate prize. Things started going south in their marriage the day he stopped placing first in his events. That’s the kind of person she is.

 
Dax almost didn’t cast me,” Bell continues. “After he wrote the role, he sat me down and said, ‘I’m not positive you can be as unlikable as I need you to be for this,’ which I took both as a compliment and an insult,” she laughs. “Because I can be very unlikable.”

Kristen Bell was most recently seen in Bad Moms, alongside Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Jada Pinkett Smith, Annie Mumolo and Christina Applegate. She will return for the sequel, Bad Mom’s Christmas, to be released this November. She will also appear in How to Be a Latin Lover, alongside Rob Lowe and Salma Hayek.

 
Bell starred as Anna in the blockbuster animated feature Frozen, which has grossed more than $1.2 billion worldwide, making it the highest grossing animated film and the 9th highest grossing film of all time.

In 2014, she reprised her beloved title role in the film adaptation of Veronica Mars, which raised $2 million on Kickstarter in less than eleven hours and broke the record at the time for the fastest project to reach $1 million and $2 million. Bell appeared in a guest-starring arc on NBC’s hit series Parks & Recreation. She also starred in and co-produced the comedy Hit & Run, written and directed by her husband, Dax Shepard.

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, March 23, CHIPS is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.


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Saturday, March 18, 2017

 “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” Posts Year's Biggest 1st Day Gross With P47.2-M

 
MANILA, March 17, 2017 – Disney's “Beauty and the Beast” put a spell at the Philippine box-office, grossing an enchanted P47.2-M on its first day, March 16, and effectively breaking the record for the industry's biggest opening day for 2017. This was announced today by a spokesman of the Walt Disney Studios Philippines.

Beauty and the Beast” is expected to dominate the coming weekend, as ticket sales are being driven by nostalgia for the original 1991 Disney animated classic, and the recent popularity of live-action fairy tales.

The top five performing cinemas for “Beauty and the Beast” are SM North EDSA (P1.97-M), SM Megamall (P1.92-M), SM Mall of Asia (P1.70-M), Robinsons Magnolia (P1.14-M) and Trinoma (P1.13-M).

Rounding out the top ten are Glorietta (P924,983), Ayala Cebu (P887,006), SM Iloilo (P810,629), Greenbelt (P 784,796) and SM Cebu (P756,706).

 
Making it in the top twenty are SM Lanang (P752,254), Power Plant (P698,056), Alabang Town Center (P654,840), SM Bacolod (P602,910), SM Seaside (P602,202), UP Town Center (P597,165), SM Clark (P 593,540)

Shang Cineplex (P587,780), Robinsons Galleria (P586,096) and Gateway Cineplex (P582,283).

About BEAUTY AND THE BEAST:

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic featuring an extraordinary ensemble cast, including: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Hattie Morahan and Nathan Mack with Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.

Directed by Bill Condon and based on the 1991 animated film Beauty and the Beast, the screenplay is written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. Alan Menken provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman as well as three new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice. The film is 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 is now playing in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D cinemas across the Philippines. Like Beauty and the Beast on Facebook, WaltDisneyStudiosPH; follow us on Twitter, @disney_phil; follow us on Instagram, @disney.ph and use the hashtag #BeOurGuestPH.


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A Girl Hero Rises in New “TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT” Preview

Meet the young heroine, Izzy (Isabela Moner) in this special new preview of Transformers: The Last Knight, which Paramount Pictures has just released and may be viewed below:


Watch Transformers: The Last Knight in Philippine cinemas starting June 21, 2017.

Once again directed by Michael Bay, The Last Knight stars Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, Anthony Hopkins, Isabela Moner, Stanley Tucci, John Goodman, John Turturro, and Josh Duhamel.

 
The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).

Transformers: The Last Knight is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
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