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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Main Trailer of “THE INTERN” Now Online

The main trailer for Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Intern” starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, has just been released and may be viewed below: 

The film is written and directed by Nancy Meyers (“It’s Complicated,” “Something’s Gotta Give”).

In “The Intern,” De Niro stars as Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Hathaway).

The film’s multi-generational cast also features Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Andrew Rannells, Adam Devine, Celia Weston, Nat Wolff, Linda Lavin, Zack Pearlman, newcomer Jason Orley, and Christina Scherer.

Meyers also produced the film, with Suzanne Farwell. Celia Costas served as executive producer.

  Opening across the Philippines on September 24, “The Intern” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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Judd Apatow's New Comedy “TRAINWRECK” Exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas

No contemporary filmmaker has chronicled the messy human experience with the eye and ear of a comedic cultural anthropologist like Judd Apatow. Hits as varied as those he’s directed, like “Knocked Up” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” and those he’s produced, like “Superbad” and “Bridesmaids,” are all unified by their honest, unflinching, comic look at how complicated it is to grow up in the modern world.

Apatow has also built a history of helping break distinctive new comedy voices into the mainstream, from Seth Rogen to Lena Dunham among many others. Now, in his fifth feature film as a director, Apatow again brings a portrait of an unforgettable character, and a portrayal by a breakout new comedy star, together in “Trainwreck,” written by and starring Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”) as a woman who lives her life without apologies, even when maybe she should apologize.

Since she was a little girl, it’s been drilled into Amy’s (Schumer) head by her rascal of a dad (Colin Quinn) that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo—enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment—but in actuality, she’s kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she’s writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something.

The comedy, from a script written by Schumer, co-stars Brie Larson, John Cena, Vanessa Bayer, Mike Birbiglia, Ezra Miller, Dave Attell, Tilda Swinton and LeBron James. Apatow produces Trainwreck through his Apatow Productions alongside Barry Mendel (Bridesmaids, This Is 40).

  Distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures, “Trainwreck” will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting August 26.
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Michelle Monaghan Relishes Being Lone Female Lead in “PIXELS”

Michelle Monaghan (“Mission: Impossible III,” “Made of Honor”) stars alongside Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage in Columbia Pictures' new action-adventure “Pixels” from director Chris Columbus.

She stars as Lt. Colonel Violet Van Patten, a military officer who must oversee a rag-tag bunch of gamers called The Arcaders who are called into action in a bid to save the planet from aliens who attack using famous arcade game characters, such as Pac-Man and Donkey Kong.

Needless to say, The Arcaders would be nowhere without the help of Violet. “She’s a very tough character – very brainy, very sassy,” Monaghan says.

I’d definitely say she has a love-hate relationship with Adam Sandler's character, Sam Brenner,” says Monaghan. “He’s the complete opposite of Violet – she finds him pretty repulsive. It’s only in attempting to save the world that he wins her over and convinces her that he’s more than meets the eye.”

Monaghan may have been the only female in a lead role, but she relished it. “Are you kidding me? I loved being the only female,” she says. “The guys are very inclusive, very sweet. Yeah, there was a lot of ribbing, but I’m really good at dishing it as well.”

With a slate of roles that reflect her strength, charm and beauty, Monaghan lights up every film with performances rooted in depth and humanity.

Last year, Monaghan starred in the HBO drama “True Detective” opposite Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. The debut series follows detectives working to solve the case of a serial killer in Louisiana that has been open for 17 years. Monaghan starred as Harrelson’s wife who makes a hard decision that has long-reaching and devastating consequences. The eight-episode anthology was penned by novelist and former “The Killing” scribe Nic Pizzolatto, and directed by Cary Fukunaga. Monaghan was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as Maggie Hart.

Monaghan has also been seen starring in films such as Marc Foster’s “Machine Gun Preacher” opposite Gerard Butler and the well-received sci-fi thriller “Source Code” directed by Duncan Jones co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

For her breakout role in “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” Monaghan starred opposite Robert Downey Jr. and won rave reviews for her performance in the action adventure. Her other screen credits include the box-office hit, “Eagle Eye” co-starring Shia LaBeouf; Niki Caro’s “North Country” opposite Charlize Theron and Frances McDormand; “Gone Baby Gone” opposite Casey Affleck and Morgan Freeman; and J.J. Abrams’ “Mission Impossible III” opposite Tom Cruise.

She has also starred in the hit comedies “Made of Honor” opposite Patrick Dempsey, and “Due Date,” which had her reteaming with Robert Downey Jr.

  Opening across the Philippines in August 26, “Pixels” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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There's No Stopping “ZOOLANDER 2” Teaser Trailer

Take your first look at the really, really good-looking model Derek Zoolander who returns to the big screen after a 14-year absence. Paramount Pictures has just unveiled the very first teaser trailer of “Zoolander 2,” the sequel to the 2001 hit comedy “Zoolander” starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, who are both reprising their original roles.

The trailer starts with a voice (that sounds like Stephen Hawking) describing the creation of the universe and the complexity of man, only to be followed by Derek Zoolander (Stiller) posing the six million dollar question: "If God exists, then why did he make ugly people?"

Watch the trailer below: 

Directed by Stiller, with a screenplay written by Justin Theroux, “Zoolander 2” also stars Kristen Wiig, Penelope Cruz, Will Ferrell, Christine Taylor and Olivia Munn.
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Monday, August 3, 2015

Upcoming Movies: August 2015

Movie Releases: August 2015
  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.
August 26 (Ayala Malls Cinemas Exclusive)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Colin Quinn
Distributor: UIP PH  
 The Vatican Tapes
August 19
Cast: Olivia Taylor Dudley, Michael Peña
Distributor: Pioneer Films  
Fantastic Four
August 5
Cast: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan
Distributor: 20th Century Fox PH 
 The Ouija Resurrection
August 5
Cast: Justin Armstrong, Nicole Holt
Distributor: Crystalsky Multimedia
August 19
Cast: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures PH 
August 26
Cast: Adam Sandler, Josh Gad
Distributor: Columbia Pictures PH
 Absolutely Anything
August 12
Cast: Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale
Distributor: Axinite Digicinema Inc.  
Inside Out
August 19
Cast: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios PH
No Escape
August 26
Cast: Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan
Distributor: Captive Cinema 
 Attack on Titan
August 12
Cast: Haruma Miura, Kiko Mizuhara
Distributor: Pioneer Films  
 The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
August 13
Cast: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer
Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures PH  
 The Gift
August 19
Cast: Jason Bateman, Joel Edgerton 
Distributor: OctoArts Films International 
 Dark Places
August 12
Cast: Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult
Distributor: Captive Cinema
 Sinister II
August 26
Cast: James Ranson, Shannyn Sossamon
 Distributor: Pioneer Films 
August 26
Cast: Will Poulter, Ed Speleers
Distributor: Solar Pictures PH
 Hitman: Agent 47
August 19
Cast: Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto
Distributor: 20th Century Fox PH
The Scarehouse
August 5
Cast: Sarah Booth, Kimberly-Sue Murray
Distributor: Pioneer Films 
 We Are Your Friends
August 26
Cast: Zac Efron, Vanessa Lengies
Distributor: MVP Pictures PH  

August 7 (Cinemalaya Opening Entry)
Cast: Nora Aunor, Julio Diaz
August 14 (Cinemalaya Closing Entry) 
Cast: Piolo Pascual, Rhian Ramos
The Love Affair
August 12
Cast: Richard Gomez, Dawn Zulueta, Bea Alonzo
Distributor: Star Cinema
August 12
Cast: Stephen Lang,Brittany Curan
Distributor: MVP Pictures PH

My Love My Bride
August 5 (SM Cinema Sine Asia)

How to Steal a Dog
August 19 (SM Cinema Sine Asia)
Cinemalaya 2015
(August 7 - August14 )


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Meet The Modern-Day “FANTASTIC FOUR” Cast

In this year’s highly anticipated superhero film, “Fantastic Four” from 20th Century Fox, acclaimed filmmaker Josh Trank (Chronicle) directs a stunningly talented young cast in a new imagining of the iconic superhero family.  Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell star as, respectively, Reed Richards, Johnny Storm, Sue Storm and Benjamin “Ben” Grimm.

The filmmakers wanted an ensemble cast that would embody characters rooted in contemporary reality and social mores.  “We really wanted great and dramatic actors,” producer/writer Simon Kinberg states.  “Actors who come from a more character-driven background. It’s the way we approach the ‘X-Men’ movies.”

In the latest “Fantastic Four” reboot, following the accident that transforms them, the Four develop a unique bond and an understanding that they will always be there for each other.  The Four come to realize they are strongest when they are working together.  The film also is a coming-of-age story and a journey of self-discovery for the Four, as they must mature and deal with their new abilities.

  MILES TELLER plays Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic

The head of the team is the brilliant Reed Richards.  Ever since he was a child, the young inventor’s dream was to create a teleportation device.  Years later his wish gets fulfilled when he creates a dimensional travel machine, the Quantum Gate, at the Baxter Institute.  But a test mission goes awry and leaves Reed and his friends with unusual new powers.  Reed himself is able to stretch his limbs to incredible lengths and morph into other guises.

Miles Teller, one of Hollywood’s fastest rising new stars, fresh off the success of “Whiplash,” the critically-acclaimed independent film “The Spectacular Now,” and the role of Peter in the hit YA film series “Divergent,” plays Reed Richards, one of the most important characters in the Marvel universe of superheroes.
Teller says he quickly became aware of how beloved and famous the Four are in the pantheon of superheroes.  “What I really like about Reed is his focus and hyper-intelligence.  I think being the smartest person in the room is a great asset. That’s a lot of power.  He’s not trying to be the cool kid. All Reed wants to do his build this Quantum Gate.  That’s what drives him; he’s a true pioneer.”

  MICHAEL B. JORDAN plays Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch

Another member of the team, Johnny Storm, is a young, hotshot adventure-seeker who wants nothing to do with his father, Dr. Storm’s, science program. Following the botched mission, Johnny is transformed into a human, flying fireball.  Unlike the others, however, Johnny is the quickest to adapt to and relish his new powers.

Jordan notes that having the opportunity to play a character with special powers in “Chronicle” was “kind of like the appetizer” for FANTASTIC FOUR.  “I wanted to go full-on and take on a character that already existed.  And I think the grounded nature of FANTASTIC FOUR appealed to me because it’s just so relatable; you care about the characters. For me, Johnny Storm is The One. He’s charismatic and very passionate about life. He’s optimistic and wants to be taken very seriously, but he has a light-hearted nature about him, so there’s a balance.”

  KATE MARA plays Sue Storm aka The Invisible Woman

As a child, Johnny’s stepsister Sue Storm was an orphan from Kosovo adopted into the family of Dr. Franklin Storm.  As a young adult at Baxter she develops into a pattern recognition scientist, who can see patterns in everything and everyone. As a result of her proximity to a catastrophic event, Sue also obtains new abilities. She can render herself invisible and harness her new powers to create powerful force fields.  To honor the legacy of this bright comic book heroine, the filmmakers sought an actress with intelligence, strength and mystery.  “Kate Mara’s name was the first that came up,” recalls Kinberg. 

Mara also suggests that Sue is an internal person to begin with, so going invisible is an ability that is consistent with that trait. After being adopted by Dr. Storm, it became readily apparent Sue was a gifted child. “She has this pattern recognition gift,” Mara explains.  “She is very, very smart and works alongside her father with whom she has a close bond.” Mara further notes that Sue’s relationship with her brother Johnny is a more typical brother-sister relationship.

JAMIE BELL plays Ben Grimm aka The Thing

The fourth member of the nascent team is Ben Grimm, who lives with his mother and older brothers in a small home at his family’s home business, Grimm Salvage Yard, on the wrong side of the tracks in Oyster Bay. Ben forges an unlikely friendship with the neighborhood egghead and inventor, Reed Richards. Years later, after Reed enlists Ben to join his ill-fated teleportation mission at the Baxter Institute, Ben is transformed into a super-strong, six-foot, eight-inch, thousand pound being whose body is covered in rock, making him impervious to physical damage.

Jamie Bell, whose career was launched in the title performance in the British drama “Billy Elliott,” was chosen to play the massive, strong-willed yet kind character. Bell describes Ben Grimm as “someone who is at that point of his life where he doesn’t know what he’s going to do next.  Ben doesn’t have a lot of prospects. He’s as average as they come. The only thing that makes him stand out is that he’s very protective of himself and of his friends.  Ben also has problems with his siblings and he gets bullied a lot, so he’s constantly trying to prove himself. When he’s intimidated, he likes to intimidate. But I think at heart he’s a sweet guy. The physicality of the role all comes from the movement, like when I was a dancer as a kid.”

  Join “Fantastic Four” as they save the world from doomsday when it opens August 5 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.  Follow 20th Century Fox (Philippines) on Facebook for relevant updates.  
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Mission Impossible Rouge Nation: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) finally confirmed that the Syndicate isn't just a myth, and now he is even more determined to track down this rouge organization. However, the CIA headed by Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) forced to shutdown IMF and move all its resources to CIA. Ethan refuses to stop his mission and tries to recruit his old team to help him out. At first, he is clueless where to start but a mysterious British double agent (Rebecca Ferguson) helping him out might be the key in shutting the Syndicate once and for all.

Rouge Nation marks as the fifth installment in this successful franchise and at 53 years old Tom Cruise is still kicking some butt and making crazy things possible at the same time. In 2011, Ghost Protocol injected more fuel and brought adrenaline into this aging franchise; it's a good thing that they managed to carry the same formula from where they left off.  The film is originally scheduled to be released in December but changed plans to avoid a collision against the next Star Wars Film. It is a good move considering that Mission Impossible really fits for a Summer Blockbuster season release.

When we first saw the trailer, we immediately added this film into our anticipated movie for this year. Thankfully, Tom Cruise and his whole crew didn't disappoint us as the film opened in a brisk pace and never slowed down. It generated non-stop action sequences that some might leave you breathless and made you hold onto the edge of your seats. The film is known for having insane scenes and tremendous action pieces that are neatly done. We got a lot of it here in Rouge Nation, and the two hour run time might leave you asking for more.   

Tom Cruise is still solid as Ethan Hunt. After watching him last year battling aliens in "Edge of Tomorrow", Tom Cruise proves that he has a lot more left in the tank and Hunt isn't ready to retire. Despite his age, he still makes his own stunts and make it energized as much as possible. Rebecca Ferguson is arguably the hottest and baddest leading lady of this franchise. She is a gem throughout and knows how to maintain the mystery that revolves around her character. Simon Pegg still provides the much needed comic relief, and Alec Baldwin is a welcome addition.

Overall, Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation is the best film in this franchise. They hinted that it may be their last mission but thankfully, there is already a green light for the sixth film. The series never gets old, and I hope they could release the next one sooner. 

If only Mad Max: Fury Road wasn't released this year; Rouge Nation will be an easy pick for our favorite film released so far in 2015. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 10 out of 10 stars  

Cast: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner

Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
Distributed by: United International Pictures PH
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide

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Unstoppable Horror Continues in “SINISTER 2”

Beyond its sleeper hit commercial success, the 2012 movie “Sinister” that starred Ethan Hawke  also garnered acclaim from critics and at film festivals.

Following its tremendous success comes “Sinister 2,” the chilling sequel set at the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, the evil spirit of Bughuul continues to spread with frightening intensity. The new story is a scary, suspenseful race against time to save a family from falling prey to the madness, movies, and murder conjured by Bughuul and his foot soldiers, the ghost kids.

In “Sinister 2,” 9-year-old twins Dylan and Zach Collins (portrayed by real-life brothers Robert and Dartanian Sloan) have been spirited away by their mother Courtney (Shannyn Sossamon of Wayward Pines) to a rural house in Illinois. The home and property are just isolated enough to evade Courtney’s estranged husband Clint (Lea Coco), who has abused her and Dylan. This protective mother is unaware that the house itself is marked for death but Ex-Deputy So & So (James Ransone, reprising his Sinister role), now a private investigator, has deduced that the family’s hideout is the next manifestation spot for Bughuul. Determined to avenge the tragedy he was privy to while on the police force, So & So journeys to the rural residence, intending to burn it to the ground and thereby end Bughuul’s chain of death. Finding Courtney and the twins there, he realizes that they are in danger from Clint and that he must step in to help them before he can implement a plan of attack against Bughuul.

What neither Courtney nor So & So are aware of is how the ghost kids have already been unsettling Dylan with their disturbing “home movies,” each more sinister than the last.

Sinister 2” opens August 26 in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.

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Genetically Engineered Superhuman and Deadliest Assassin in “HITMAN: AGENT 47”

The highly stylized action-packed film “Hitman: Agent 47” starring Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto and Hannah Ware re-envisioning of the franchise and re-introduces the barcode tattoed hero known only as 47 who is out to take down a large underground crime organization determined to crack their superhuman abilities for world domination.

An iconic and unique character, Agent 47 (Friend) is genetically engineered for one purpose:  non-stop pursuit on his mission until the target is dead.  He is the culmination of decades of research – and forty-six earlier Agent clones -- endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence.  An anti-hero who is a precise, untouchable and elegant killer, Agent 47 dons a very stylish black suit, red tie and is loaded with the most lethal weapons ever created.

Based on the phenomenal game franchise but a totally standalone film, Friend previously stressed in previous interviews that the movie is a story told in its own unique world.  “We haven’t messed around with the origin of it. We drop in, at an early point in his career, and it goes from there, but we certainly have not reinvented who he is. That’s stayed the same. The character has stayed true, but we also haven’t made a film of the game, put on the screen. It’s a film from that world that hopefully expands it and enriches it, so if you’ve enjoyed that world, it’s another thing to enjoy.”
Additionally, the actors especially Friend who takes on the titular character, have all went through extensive training for the fight scenes to be believable killing machines.  “The action is pretty much all me, actually. I have the scars to prove it.”

Directed by first time helmer Aleksander Bach, the film stars Rupert Friend (“Homeland,” The Young Victoria), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Margin Call), Hannah Ware (“Betrayal,” “Boss”), Thomas Kretschmann (“Dracula,” Avengers: Age of Ultron), Dan Bakkedahl (The Heat, Observe and Report) and Ciaran Hinds (Frozen, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby).

Hitman: Agent 47” opens August 19 in cinemas nationwide from 20thCentury Fox.
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GAME OF THRONES’ Ed Skrein at the Driver's Seat in “TRANSPORTER 4 REFUELED”

From the makers of the “Taken” trilogy comes “Transporter 4 Refueled” – a total reboot of the franchise starring “Game of Thrones’” Ed Skrein in the titular iconic role. 

No-brakes and an accelerated action extravaganza, “Transporter 4 Refueled” finds Frank Martin now living a less perilous life transporting classified packages for questionable people.  But the normalcy is suddenly interrupted when his father (Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend takes a turn for the worse when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna (Loan Chabanol), and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century.  Frank must use his covert expertise and knowledge of fast cars, fast driving and fast women to outrun a sinister Russian kingpin, worse he is thrust into a dangerous game of chess with a team of gorgeous women out for revenge.  

Ed Skrein, an upcoming lead actor who also takes on a major role in the upcoming “Deadpool” movie, takes on a fresh and all-new personification of the iconic ‘Transporter’ role  of Frank Martin that re-launches the high-octane franchise into present day and introduces it to the next generation of thrill-seekers.   

Non-stop drive begins when “Transporter 4 Refueled”  opens this September 2 from Pioneer Films.

Check out the trailer here below: 

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