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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Spaceship “PASSENGERS” Face Extreme Challenge in New Action Thriller

Best Director Oscar nominee Morten Tyldum follows up his The Imitation Game triumph with Columbia Pictures' Passengers, an exciting acton-thriller starring global superstars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.

In the film, Aurora (Lawrence) and Jim (Pratt) are two strangers who are on a 120-year journey to another planet when their hibernation pods wake them 90 years too early. Jim and Aurora are forced to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction as the ship teeters on the brink of collapse, jeopardizing the lives of the passengers on the greatest mass migration in human history.

Also starring Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne and Andy Garcia, Passengers is written by Jon Spaihts and produced by Neal H. Moritz, Stephen Hamel, Michael Maher, and Ori Marmur.

It’s about characters who face extreme situations and have to make extreme choices, and I always find that fascinating – what would you have done?” says Tydum.

Against the story of high stakes action, the filmmakers set a sensitive story of two passengers who find each other in this moment of peril. It’s a story that has attracted Hollywood for many years; writer Jon Spaihts’ script has landed on the “Black List” of the industry’s best unproduced screenplays. “One of the things that drew me to this script was the way Jon set an intimate story on such a large stage,” says producer Neal H. Moritz. “It’s an action film with epic spectacle, but it all hinges on these two incredible characters brought to life by Jen and Chris.”

Tyldum says that it was apparent from the beginning that Lawrence and Pratt would be the perfect actors to bring Aurora and Jim to life. “It’s great that they are the biggest stars in the world, but first of all, I wanted to make sure that they were the right actors for these roles,” he says. “I had to get the feeling that they were going to click, that they would have chemistry. We sat for many hours – I had a four-hour dinner with Jen – and I could immediately see that they would be perfect. They’re very smart people who had a clear understanding of what they wanted the character to do. They really understood the choices, the motivations, the life these characters have to go through – so that made me feel that they really got it.”

Producer Stephen Hamel was the first to team with writer Jon Spaihts on the concept. “I’m deeply interested in original content, original voices,” he says. “There was something rather playful in Jon’s writing that I loved – he took the time to allow the characters to be human, to have weaknesses. The originality of the story seemed really appropriate.”

Ori Marmur, who works with Moritz at Original Film, agrees. “The screenplay is life-affirming and warm; it speaks to the human condition,” says Marmur. “And as a first-generation-born American, the idea of two people leaving Earth and traveling a great distance for opportunity elsewhere resonated with me personally; my parents traveled a great distance to come to this country of opportunity – they didn’t know anyone, and it worked out.”

Even with the film's incredible action set-pieces, the filmmakers never lost sight of the movie they were making, says producer Neal H. Moritz. “We tried to keep the emotional stakes of this movie well-grounded, so it would not be overwhelmed by the gadgets, sets, and space,” he says. “Though obviously these are important aspects of the story, they are not the heart of the movie. At the heart of the movie is the relationship between these two characters.”

  Opening across the Philippines on Sunday, January 8, 2017, Passengers is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Use the hashtag #Passengers

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Your Lie in April: Movie Review (2016)

By: Matt Suzara

Kosei Arima (Kento Yamazaki) won a lot of piano competitions under the wing of his abusive mother. However, when her mother died, Kosei lost his ability to hear the music that he was playing even he doesn't have any hearing complications. Years have passed, and Kosei hasn't played his piano until he met a girl who immediately changes his life Kaori Miyazono (Suzu Hirose). She is a young high-spirited girl who loves to play the violin. She enlists the help of Kosei to be her accompanist, and this starts a friendship that soon grows into something more romantic. 

I haven't watched the animated version of it and I really don't have an idea on what is it all about. I entered the cinema clueless on what the movie is all about. Your Lie in April starts in a charming tone with actors who can easily get your attention because of their spectacular performances and charisma. It has an interesting story line that can easily hook you up. However, there are some scenes that are stretched and needed to be trimmed down as the film suffers into a bloated run-time. I want to point out some things, but I can't tell it without spoiling some important plot details. I just loved the first half, but unfortunately they couldn't close it out with the same energy for the second and last part.  

The strongest assets of the film are its lead stars. Suzu Hirose seems to have a car battery at her back sustaining all her energy and appeal. She remarkably set the mood of the entire film and easily captured the hearts of her audience. Kento Yamazaki also did a great job with his role. He is believable throughout and remarkably provided an admirable onscreen chemistry with Suzu Hirose.  It's just the script that holds them a little preventing them to blossom into something more remarkable. 

Overall, Your Lie in April has its spectacular moments, especially when our lead stars head on to their classic music scenes. It just fell short on the romantic department for the viewers to feel the emotional twist at its finest. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Kento Yamazaki,  Suzu Hirose 

Directed by:  Takehiko Shinjo
Distributed by: Pioneer Films
Now Showing in cinemas

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“MOANA” Breaks Animation Record, Grosses P85.68-M in 5 Days

MANILA, December 7, 2016 – Disney's “Moana” found out “how far it'll go” at the Philippine box-office – and far it went with an opening weekend gross of P85.68-million in only five days.

The sea-faring adventure also broke the record for the all-time biggest opening day gross for an nimated film last Nov. 30 with a rollicking P24.9-million, surpassing the sales of last year's “Minions” at P22.9-million.

This was announced today by a spokesman of Walt Disney Studios Philippines.

Moana” has everything going for it: glowing reviews; Dwayne Johnson, who voices a demigod enlisted by a fierce young Polynesian heroine; and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who co-wrote the infectious songs. Newcomer Auli'i Cravalho voices the title character.

SM Mall of Asia (P2.89-M), Power Plant (P2.42-M) and SM Megamall (P2.37-M) took the lion's share of the box-office pie, followed by outstanding performers Trinoma (P2.04-M), SM North EDSA (P2-M), Greenbelt 3 (P1.94-M), Ayala Cebu (P1.73-M), Alabang Town Center (P1.67-M), Glorietta 4 (P1.66-M) and SM Cebu (P1.55-M).

Also contributing significant returns are Bonfacio High Street (P1.41-M), SM Seaside Cebu (P1.32-M), Shang Cineplex (P1.22-M), Greenhills Promenade (P1.19-M), U.P. Town Center (P1.18-M), Eastwood (P1.17-M), SM Iloilo (P1.13-M), SM Southmall (P1.12-M), Robinsons Magnolia (P1.04-M) and SM Aura (P1.03-M).

In the U.S., “Moana” has grossed a buoyant $119.9-million after 17 days. Its global box-office now stands at a robust $177.5-million, and rising.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana (voice of AuliÊ»i Cravalho) convinces the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and OpetaiaFoa‘i, “Moana” is now playing in theaters across the Philippines. For more information, visit, like us on Facebook, WaltDisneyStudiosPH; follow us on Twitter, @disney_phil; follow us on Instagram, and use the hashtags #MoanaPH and #FindYourWay.

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Norton, Winslet, Pena: True Friends Conspire in “COLLATERAL BEAUTY”

Howard (Will Smith) was a highly successful and dynamic advertising executive, the head of his own company. But when his six-year-old daughter succumbs to a fatal illness, Howard is cast emotionally adrift. Increasingly withdrawn from human contact, the only communication Howard now initiates are the angry, accusatory letters he writes to Love, Time, and Death. But even if Howard has given up on himself…his friends have not given up on him.

Edward Norton, Kate Winslet and Michael Pena join Will Smith as Howard's loyal friends in New Line Cinema's thought-provoking drama, Collateral Beauty.

While Howard built his career and business through the years, it was with the talent and dedication of his closest associates: Whit (Norton), the idea-guy, whose name appears alongside Howard’s on the company masthead; Claire (Winslet), their savvy account director; and Simon (Pena), the agency’s stalwart general counsel. Having grown up together in a sense, from hungry young staffers to full partners, their lives have become intertwined as friends, colleagues and family.

Together they have tried many ways to pull Howard from the abyss, to no avail. Simultaneously, they have struggled to keep the company afloat in his absence. Without his contacts and creative spark, though, accounts have fallen off and prospects run dry to the point where, now, their only option is to sell. There’s an offer on the table…but Howard holds the majority shares and he’s not taking the call.

It’s implicit, I think, from the first scene, the closeness of their relationship,” says Edward Norton. “You know immediately that these two guys are best friends, and that’s what makes the reveal of what’s befallen them, this fracture, so painful.”

It’s arguably Whit who misses the old Howard most of all, and it’s Whit who comes up with an inspired and unorthodox idea to try to get him to reconnect. “At first Claire thinks it’s a joke,” says Kate Winslet of her character. “She’s used to Whit being kind of crazy, but still, this is never going to work. As soon as she realizes he’s being serious and that they could do this together, I think she believes they can genuinely help Howard.”

The truth is, beyond their heartfelt concern for Howard, each of them has his or her own challenges, which they are not fully understanding or addressing, and which naturally come into play as the story unfolds.

Whit, for example, initially appears as he wants people to see him: confident, creative and charming, without a care in the world and ever hopeful that his next great romance will be the one. “However,” says director David Frankel, “he’s made a lot of mistakes along the way and just can’t believe what’s happened to his life.”

Claire, meanwhile, has been avoiding the truth for a long time. In many respects a classic nurturer – she leaves take-out dinners for Howard night after night, despite his perpetually closed door – Claire has postponed some aspects of her personal life, while pouring all her energy and commitment into the company and her career.

Finally, there’s something going on with Simon, something that could significantly affect his family, and he doesn’t know how to tell them, or even if he should.

Overall,” says screenwriter Allan Loeb, “we wanted these to be real, flawed characters. Howard isn’t the only one who needs perspective, who needs to be healed through this piece; it’s the three of them also. It becomes their journey and their lesson too.”

  Opening across the Philippines on January 8, 2017, Collateral Beauty is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.
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Meghan Trainor Writes, Performs “I'M A LADY” For “SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE”

December 5, 2016 – “I’m a Lady,” a new song from the multi-platinum reigning Grammy Awards Best New Artist Meghan Trainor, will be featured in Sony Pictures Animation’s Smurfs: The Lost Village. The song is performed & written by Meghan Trainor and produced by Martin Rene, Monsters & Strangers and Meghan Trainor.

Fans will be able to hear the song in the new year, in advance of the film’s debut in Philippine cinemas on March 29, 2017.

Commenting on the announcement, Trainor said, “I love the Smurfs and was honored when they asked me to write a song for this new movie. I was especially excited – I wrote the whole thing in one evening!”

In this fully animated, fresh new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

Directed by Kelly Asbury, the film is written by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon, based on the characters and works of Peyo. Produced by Jordan Kerner and Mary Ellen Bauder Andrews, the film features the voices of Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Rainn Wilson as Gargamel, Joe Manganiello as Hefty Smurf, Jack McBrayer as Clumsy Smurf, Danny Pudi as Brainy Smurf, with Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf.

  Smurfs: The Lost Village” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.
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Amaia to turnover 2,000 units across 22 projects this 2016 

A bright new beginning in a brand-new home. Could there be a more joyful way to celebrate the Yuletide season?

Not for Amaia’s prospective homeowners who will soon be welcomed into their abodes when Amaia Land starts to deliver units in 7 more of its developments before the year ends. This will bring the number of its operational projects to 22 by end-2016.

Already, Amaia Land has delivered almost 3,000 homes in 16 projects to its clients, of which 1,000 were delivered earlier this year. Before this year ends, it is committed to turnover another 1,000 units to homeowners.

Amaia Scapes Capas features various home options: Bungalow Pod, Twin Pod, Multi Pod, Single Home and Twin Home.  
We take pride in seeing customers pleased with their new homes. During turnover, clients excitedly envision the look they want for their units. We accompany them to our model units and answer questions they have about unit improvements,” said Tricia Macawile of Amaia’s Customer Care Group.

House turnover preparations are mete out with utmost care to guarantee the highest level of quality for clients. According to Macawile, “
We ensure readiness, cleanliness, and completeness of units.  When clients find minor items for rectification, we ensure that these are handled on the day of the turnover or that these are addressed within 7 days.”  

Amaia Steps Pasig team hand over a new residential unit to a family, who happily receives their beautiful abode.  

This November and December, new residents will be welcomed into their homes in Amaia Skies Cubao, Amaia Scapes Cabanatuan, Amaia Scapes San Fernando, Amaia Scapes Urdaneta, Amaia Scapes Trece Martires, Amaia Skies Avenida and Amaia Square Novaliches.
Amaia Land has so far been successfully turning over units in 15 projects, 8 of which had started turn-over of units this year. The eight are Amaia Steps Pasig, Amaia Steps Bicutan, Amaia Steps NUVALI, Amaia Steps Mandaue, Amaia Scapes Bauan, Amaia Scapes Capas, Amaia Scapes Trece Martires, and Amaia Series Novaliches. Residents have already moved in at these thriving Amaia communities. There still are available units for sale at these developments, some of which may be immediately occupied already.

 Amaia Steps Pasig is a mid-rise residential project offering spaciously designed units, ranging from Studio, De Luxe, to Premier.

Moreover, Amaia is targeting to deliver another 1,000 units to their owners early in 2017. To be added to the list of operational projects are Amaia Skies Sta. Mesa, Amaia Scapes San Pablo, Amaia Scapes Bulacan, Amaia Scapes General Trias and Amaia Steps Altaraza.

Truly, Amaia Land is earnestly fulfilling its promise to bring quality living to ordinary Filipinos. Amaia President, Mr Robert Lao, shares “Amaia remains the partner of hardworking Filipinos in building dreams and providing affordable but quality homes for their loved ones. We are working hard to ensure customers that our projects are executed properly and their hard-earned investments will be worth every peso,”. For inquiries, visit or like

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Hapee Baby: Healthy Teeth for Babies as Young as Four Months Old

Young mothers often wonder: Do I have to brush my baby’s teeth? Believe it or not, the answer is yes. Even if baby teeth will eventually give way to permanent ones, it is no less important to take very good care of them, as decayed teeth in young children can impair their ability to absorb nutrients from food and hinder proper speech development. 

Then, too, healthy baby teeth help ensure the growth of healthy permanent ones when their time comes. 

 Hapee Baby Infant Toothgel, with its baby-friendly formula, no added SLS, no added sugar and no artificial colors, is the ideal toothgel for taking care of your baby’s gums, teeth and tongue.

Having stated this, isn’t it wise to start cleaning your little one’s teeth—twice a day—as soon as you see his first tooth bud emerging?

Baby teeth can be cleaned—after meals and at bedtime—using a soft, damp washcloth, a gauze pad, or a silicone finger brush. You can also use the same to gently scrub the front of your baby’s tongue.

Dentists likewise recommend that you clean your baby’s gums after feedings, to prevent bacterial growth and promote good oral health.

Decayed teeth in young children can prevent proper nutrient absorption and speech development, so it is important to brush your little one’s teeth with Hapee Baby Infant Toothgel, even if they are as young as four months old. 
A toothbrush may be used—from the get-go—to brush your baby’s first teeth as long as it is soft, and has no more than three rows of bristles. It is then advisable to use cavity-preventing toothpaste early on, instead of waiting until your child turns two as most parents are wont to do.

More importantly, the key to good oral health for babies is to choose a toothpaste with a baby-friendly formula, like Hapee Baby Infant Toothgel, which is especially designed for children aged 4 to 24 months.

With a non-foaming formula, Hapee Baby has no added Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), a chemical used in toothpaste to create the foaming action. The baby-friendly toothgel also contains no added sugar and no artificial colors—just a fortified formula to protect your little one’s milk teeth from cavity-causing bacteria.

To top it all, kids have fun brushing with Hapee Baby, which features Baby Mickey and Baby Minnie on its new packaging. To further certify that babies will enjoy brushing time, Hapee Baby Infant Toothgel is available in Strawberry Milkshake flavor. 

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Upcoming Movies: December 2016

Movie Releases: December 2016
   By: Lakwatsera Lovers
 Here's the list of some movies that is scheduled to be released this month but schedules may change depending on the movie distributors
Office Christmas Party
December 7
Cast: Jason Bateman, Jennifer Anniston
Distributor: UIP PH
December 7 ( Ayala Malls Exclusive)
Cast: Raul Escudero, Silvia Garcia
Distributor: Viva Int'l Pictures  

 Your Lie in April
December 7
Cast: Kento Yamazaki, Suzu Hirose
Distributor: Pioneer Films

Mano Po 7 : Chinoy
December 14
Cast: Richard Yap, Jake Cuenca
Distributor: Regal Films

Rogue One
December 15
Cast: Felicity Jones, Donnie Yen
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures PH 

 Die Beautiful
December 25

December 25

December 25

Saving Sally
December 25

December 25

Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2
December 25 

Sunday Beauty Queen
December 25

Vince & Kath & James 
December 25
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First “TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT” Trailer Reveals Saga's Backstory

Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for director Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight which may be viewed below: 
The fifth film in the Transformers franchise, The Last Knight expands the mythology of the Transformers universe by introducing a medieval-centric backstory, with Mark Wahlberg reprising his lead role from Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Transformers: The Last Knight stars Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, Anthony Hopkins, Isabela Moner, Stanley Tucci, John Goodman, John Turturro, and Josh Duhamel.

The most recent film in the franchise, 2014's “Transformers: Age of Extinction” grossed $1.1 billion worldwide.

  Opening across the Philippines in June 21, 2017, “Transformers: The Last Knight” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
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New “FIST FIGHT” Trailer Proves Boys Will Be Boys

Two angry grown men slug it out in the schoolyard in New Line Cinema’s comedy Fist Fight, starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day.

Check out the new trailer below and watch Fist Fight when it opens across the Philippines on February 22, 2017.

On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throw down after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire and ends up becoming the very thing this school, and Campbell, needed.

Fist Fight also stars Tracy Morgan (30 Rock), Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Dennis Haysbert (The Unit), JoAnna Garcia Swisher (The Astronaut Wives Club).

Richie Keen directs from a screenplay by Van Robichaux & Evan Susser (Funny or Die’s “What’s Going On? With Mike Mitchell”), story by Van Robichaux & Evan Susser and Max Greenfield.

  Fist Fight is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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