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Friday, April 24, 2015

“FANTASTIC FOUR” (3D) Latest Exhilarating Trailer Reveal

A coming-of-age origins story grounded in reality, Josh Trank’s version of “Fantastic Four” brings Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team in a unique, new setting.   The latest hero movie is about to set the fandom universe in a different, exciting pace that centres on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Starred in by today’s multi-talented actors who have great pedigree – Miles Teller (“Divergent” series, “Whiplash”) stars as Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara (“House of Cards”) as Sue Storm aks the Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan (“The Wire”) as Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch and Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot,” “The Adventures of TinTin”) as Ben Grimm aka The Thing.  

The latest trailer reveal of “Fantastic Four” (3D) that has stirred the fans’ excitement all over the globe can be seen below: 

Prepare for the coolest intelligent superheroes the universe has ever revealed in their incredible, jaw-dropping action scenes when “Fantastic Four” (3D) opens in cinemas on August 6 in the  Philippines.

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New “TOMORROWLAND” Trailer Reinforces Action Elements

The latest trailer of Disney's “Tomorrowland” cranks up the action and reveals the film's epic scope like never before. The just-released trailer may be viewed below: 

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

  Opening across the Philippines on May 20, 2015, “Tomorrowland” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.
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Prepare For the Hunt When “HITMAN: AGENT 47” Hits Cinemas This August

 “Hitman: Agent 47” is based on the top-selling and award-winning videogame franchise “Agent 47”.  Directed by Aleksander Bach, the movie centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits 47 on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck.  He is the culmination of decades of research ­and forty-six earlier Agent clones — endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47′s past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe. 

The movie was to be starred in by the late Paul Walker until his untimely death came in 2013 and Rupert Friend was eventually chosen for the lead role. Also starring in “Hitman: Agent 47” are Zachary Quinto knwond for his role in “Star Trek,” Hannah Ware (“Betrayal), Ciaran Hinds (“Game of Thrones”), Thomas Kretschmann (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”) and Emilio Rivera (“Sons of Anarchy”).

Hitman: Agent 47” explodes in cinemas this August 27 nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.    

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Young Actors Play a Deadly Game in “UNFRIENDED”

The principal cast of Universal Pictures' new horror thriller “Unfriended” consists of six characters who become trapped in a game of cat and mouse, as a mystery chatroom user torments them with secrets they thought would never be uncovered and pushes them into horrifying actions.

Working on tight time constraints, casting director John McAlary brought talented actors in for auditions, but, as the performers would soon learn, they weren’t average auditions.

In the beginning, the team had actors read in the room with them, but it soon became quite clear that they needed to audition in front of a computer. So, the casting process took place just that way, in two different rooms, via video chat, and the cast was chosen based upon those auditions. Once they assembled their top choices, director Leo Gabriadze and his key crew conducted a mix and match of sorts, in which they took different groups of six people and had them do a scene together. In this, each was asked to find their character’s personality and place in the group. Indeed, it was crucial that each actor was comfortable with improv and quick changes. After that, the final group of six was chosen.

In auditioning actresses for the role of Blaire, the team knew the moment they saw Shelley Hennig that she was their Blaire. Hennig, who is well-known for her role as Malia Tate on TV’s “Teen Wolf,” walks us through a quick description of Blaire: “She’s that girl in high school who makes it a priority to do the right thing, and keep life pretty simple. She’s usually satisfied to spend her time hanging out with her crew on Skype, and being totally in love with her high-school sweetheart, Mitch.”

As they never actually make physical contact throughout the film, it was important that Blaire and Mitch have palpable chemistry. After seeing several actors for the role of Mitch, the core team found him in Moses Storm. The performer, who will star in and is writing his directorial debut, #ModernMillennial, shares his experience: “What drew me to the project was how innovative the concept of the film was. I’d never seen anything like it using this format. It seemed like a challenge, almost impossible to do, and the concept is what sparked my interest. During the casting process, I was in a long-distance relationship where our only contact was through Skype, so that definitely aided in the audition process and drew me to this as a unique way to tell a story.”

Renee Olstead, known for her co-starring role on the critically acclaimed coming-of-age series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” landed the role of the lovable-but-dim-witted Jess. Olstead shares what intrigued her the most about being part of the film: “What I love about this movie is that we flesh out every possible scenario. Initially, something scary happens, and in every other scary movie, the audience would say: ‘Well, why don’t they just shut off their computer?’ That’s something we show right off the bat, exactly what happens when someone tries to leave the conversation. The filmmakers did their homework and created something that’s authentically scary.”

For the role of tech-savvy Ken, who is arguably the biggest joker in the group, the team selected actor/comedian Jacob Wysocki. On what attracted him to the project, Wysocki gives: “The concept was something that had never been attempted. In the audition process, they said there was room for improv—and I come from a background in that—so it was tantalizing to be part of something that was pitched as a play that never cuts.”

Actor Will Peltz, who recently starred in “Men, Women & Children,” was selected for the role of the crass, hard-partying Adam. Peltz, too, felt the relevance of the film and was intrigued with the manner in which the script put a twist on a contemporary topic.

For the role of Val, the production chose actress Courtney Halverson, who will next be seen on HBO’s groundbreaking series “True Detective.” Halverson shares: “Val is that friend you have in your circle that you don’t necessarily like hanging out with, but you have such a history together that it’s hard to get rid of her. She’s bossy, opinionated and can be a bit abrasive.”

Rounding out the cast in the role of Laura Barns, a fellow classmate who committed suicide after she was ridiculed over an embarrassing video of her passed out at a party, is Heather Sossaman (TV’s “Days of Our Lives”).

  Opening across the Philippines on April 29, 2015, “Unfriended” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
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Carey Mulligan Stars in Literary Classic “FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD”

Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, “Far From The Madding Crowd” is the story of Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), a fiercely independent and spirited young woman who inherits her uncle’s farm.  Financially autonomous (a rarity in Victorian times), beautiful and headstrong - she attracts three very different but determined suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor.  This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions, while trying to maintain her own independence, explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardship through resilience and perseverance.

  Far From The Madding Crowd” opens July 8 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Watch the movie’s trailer below and like 20th Century Fox (Philippines) on Facebook for more exciting news.

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SPIDER-MAN Gets Animated and Dated with Phil Lord & Christopher Miller and Sony Pictures Entertainment  

LAS VEGAS, Nev., April 22, 2015 – On July 20, 2018, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, the directors of The Lego MovieCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and 21 and 22 Jump Street, are taking Spider-Man back to his graphic roots with the first-of-its-kind animated Spider-Man feature, it was announced today at CinemaCon by Tom Rothman, chairman of the Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. The film will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, all of which are continuing.
Lord & Miller are masterminding the project, writing the treatment and producing the film.
As previously announced, Spider-Man will next appear in a live-action Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, a live-action film being produced by Kevin Feige at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago.  The animated film from Lord & Miller, dated July 20, 2018, has Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Pascal also serving as producers.
Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

One of the most anticipated movies just came out on the theaters yesterday, as the Earth's mightiest heroes assemble for the second time to save the world. But first before we forgot, we would like to thank Robinsons Movieworld for the tickets to the special screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron last night.

After the Avengers reclaimed Loki's scepter from Hydra's base in Sokovia, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) addresses the help of Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) to build a new artificial intelligence to prevent another alien invasion fiasco to ruin the world. The two succeeded in their plan, but they created Ultron (James Spader) who sees the world's biggest threat is the humanity itself. Ultron's plan to bring peace is to destroy the world, but first he must get rid of the Avengers. 

The film didn't waste anytime to bring spectacular scenes to come to life where they opened with a tremendous piece of entertainment. We really can't imagine what will the film looked like if Spiderman was already included to this staggering line-up of superheroes. Director Joss Whedon brilliantly divided the time and made every superhero shine despite a crowded cast. We are also treated with an interesting villain in Ultron, which is played well by James Spader.

The cast totally embraced their alter egos. Robert Downey Jr. still brings the humor with or without his suit. Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth still handled their respective roles perfectly while Jeremy Renner made the most out of his character development. Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo were just fine and the fresh  faces rounds-up an ensemble cast with great new additions in Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany.  

Overall, Avengers: Age of Ultron is a terrific sequel and a Marvel film you shouldn't miss on the big screen. It proves that this superheroes are more fantastic when they are all together at the same time. There are a lot of fun moments to be remembered like the hammer challenge issued by Thor and a lot more on your way up to the mid-credit scene. It's just epic from start to finish so don't dare to miss it.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 10 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth

Directed by: Joss Whedon
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios PH
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide 
Experience it in 3D and IMAX 3D
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Steamy “CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR” Gets High Anticipation Marks

The mysterious sexy thriller “Careful What You Wish For” starring Nick Jonas has recently engendered an anticipation rating of 97% high
The movie which pits Jonas opposite Isabel Lucas, shares sizzling scenes with the actress where the film brings a provocative, cautionary story for the upcoming generational archetype – a peer group that is suddenly faced with a far bigger stage, more attainable temptation, and higher stakes than any generation that has come before.

The audience walks in young Doug Martin’s (Jonas) shoes throughout the whole journey as he falls in love with his married, older neighbor.  Eventually, Doug is transformed from an innocent boy into a jaded, hardened man – facing the fact the he can never bring his boyhood back. Doug and his family takes a vacation in North Carolina.  A few days after, a new rich couple occupies the house next door and very soon enough, Doug finds himself in a passionate affair with their new neighbour Lena, wife of an investment banker played by Dermot Mulroney.     
From director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum, who brought relatable hit teen movies such as “Aquamarine” and “Ramona and Beezus,”  “Careful What You Wish For” is a very attractive project she cannot refuse. “I’ve always loved the classic, sensual thrillers like “Basic Instinct” and “Body Heat.”  What attracted me to “Careful What You Wish For” was that, like those timeless films, the script explores temptation and heightened sexual attraction with a strong femme fatale at the center, toying deliciously with our expectations. But, this particular “noir” film felt unique to me in that it features an adolescent male lead, and is geared towards a younger audience – making the story more timely and truly apropos to our times,” shares Rosenbaum.

Further, Rosenbaum shares on casting Nick Jonas in the lead role, “I wanted to cast Nick Jonas because of his raw talent and also because he himself was going through a transformative time in his career that mirrors the story line of Doug Martin.  There are many parallels between Doug’s story and Nick’s transition into film acting – and I believe that this fact profoundly impacts the deep, rich performance Nick Jonas delivers on screen.”

Careful What You Wish For” opens May 6 in theaters nationwide from Axinite Digicinema.
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Baa-hind the scenes of Shaun the Sheep: The Movie.

Is Aardman Animations about to have its biggest hit at the box office? The Bristol-based company behind Wallace and Gromit is quietly hopeful that after several successful but not quite blockbuster-level movies, including Flushed Away and Arthur Christmas, they might have a global franchise on their hands: all thanks to an unassuming sheep called Shaun.
First glimpsed in a small role rescuing Gromit from jail in 1995 short film A Close Shave, the sparky Shaun has since surpassed odd couple Wallace and Gromit to become Aardman’s most commercially successful creation.
Wallace and Gromit have been loved for so long but in terms of sheer international exposure Shaun The Sheep is the most successful,” says Peter Lord who co-founded Aardman Animations with David Sproxton in 1976. 
Quite so. The TV series chronicling his misadventures, launched in 2007, is a smash in 170 countries.
Now he has his own film, Shaun The Sheep Movie, a baa-rnstorming  romp (stop-motion animated in the Aardman tradition) brimming with visual invention, brilliantly crafted set-pieces.

Co-writer and co-director Mark Burton describes it as “a slapstick comedy without words” and the silent storytelling aspect is certainly one reason the series travels so well, a la Mr Bean.
The shows are so rich visually,” says Lord. “I’m not going to say anything negative about the competition but very often when you look at other kids’ series which are dialogue or narration based they’re sweet and the stories are well told but they’re not funny. Shaun is funny the whole time because it’s so visual.”
Nevertheless, the decision to make Shaun dialogue free was initially a practical one says Richard Starzak, the Aardman animator who devised the series and co-wrote and co-directed the movie with Burton, whose credits including Aardman’s Chicken Run and Dreamworks’ Madagascar.
The original idea of having no dialogue was actually to make the animation easier because animating dialogue is quite lengthy and expensive,” Starzak said.
Although the character was conceived by Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park it was Starzak, an Aardman employee on and off since 1985, who is credited with steering Shaun to international pastures. 
Says Lord: “In terms of making Shaun who he is today, I think that’s Richard’s great achievement.”
Of Polish origin and known as “Golly”, the softly spoken Starzak nursed the idea of a feature film from the first series. “It felt like it had a lot of potential to tell longer form stories because it had an emotional heart. Even as a TV series it punched above its weight.”
Having originally devised the series as a kind of workplace comedy in which the flock were pitted against their masters, Starzak created more of a family dynamic between the characters with Shaun as the naughty little brother, Bitzer the big bro trying to keep order and the farmer the hapless parent.
The question was how to advance from seven-minute episodes to an 80-minute feature film. “It’s very hard to tell a story visually over 90 minutes” says Burton whose background includes writing for TV comedies like Have I Got News For You and Room 101.
You need an idea that is simple enough to be comprehensible but not so simple that the story drags.”
The idea they hit on combined simplicity, scale and plenty of potential for sheep-out of-water comedy: remove Shaun and pals from the “comfort zone” of the farm and plonk them in a city (called Big City in the film but loosely modelled on Bristol). 
An unlikely inspiration was 1985 teen classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: Shaun plots to take a day off from the farm’s mind-numbing routine but things go awry when the slumbering Farmer freewheels into the city in his caravan.
Ferris Bueller was a big influence because we loved the idea of a character who was ebullient and street smart and changes the world around him,” explains Burton. 
There’s also an undercurrent of melancholy to the story reminiscent of the Pixar movies as Shaun’s attempt to jazz up his life disguises a sadness at his stale relationship with Farmer.
You need the emotion to make the comedy funny,” says Burton.
As an Aardman outsider who works both for the company - he co-scripted the Oscar-winning Wallace And Gromit: Curse Of The Were Rabbit - and Hollywood studios Burton is well placed to comment on the secret behind Aardman’s success.
We discuss this quite a lot. What is the Aardman thing? I think it’s something to do with taking epic ideas, like prison escape in Chicken Run, and doing a very Aardman, quirky British version of it,” he says. “And we all come from a similar background watching British sitcoms and Morecambe and Wise and there’s a bit of that DNA there too.”
Shaun The Sheep Movie marks Aardman’s break with Hollywood: its previous four movies were made in conjunction with studios Dreamworks and Sony. Shaun is a collaboration with French production and distribution company StudioCanal and Peter Lord says it feels more of a natural fit for the company.
When you make a Hollywood movie there’s always an awareness of the American market rumbling away. That background pressure is just deep in the movie culture. With StudioCanal we’ve enjoyed more freedom. It’s been great,” says Lord.
  Shaun The Sheep Movie is in cinemas on April 29.
Nationwide !
Released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.
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“BATMAN V SUPERMAN” Teaser Posters Revealed

Following last Monday's unveiling of the teaser trailer, Warner Bros. Pictures has now also launched the first two teaser one-sheets of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

The posters individually feature close-ups of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel with opposite logos superimposed on each other's face.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is the highly anticipated action adventure from director Zack Snyder starring Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman.

The film also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from “Man of Steel,” Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

Set to open in the Philippines on March 26, 2016, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, Batman characters created by Bob Kane, and Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment.
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