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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Christian Bale: Leading God's People Out of Slavery in “EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS”

One man’s destiny to rule an empire is about to be challenged by a man destined to defy it in Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” starring Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses. The film’s intrigue, scale, scope, adventurer and vivid characters provide a unique theatrical event.  The Exodus from Egypt is the original and definitive heroic saga.  It's also a powerful and personal story rich with emotion, rivalry and betrayal and an undying quest for freedom.

Notes Scott: “Moses’ life is one of the greatest adventures and spiritual quests of all time.”  From its opening battle where 15,000 Egyptian soldiers attack a Hittite encampment, to the towering structures, a terrifying series of plagues, and the parting of the Red Sea, Scott brings his signature vision to one of our most cherished and important stories.

Christian Bale stars as Moses, alongside Joel Edgerton as Ramses, John Turturro as Seti, Ben Kingsley as Nun, and Aaron Paul as Joshua.  The cast of “EXODUS: Gods and Kings” is comprised of numerous award winners, and hails from a wide range of countries.  As Ridley Scott explains, “Egypt was – as it is now – a confluence of cultures, as a result of being a crossroads between Africa, the Middle East and Europe.  We cast actors from different ethnicities to reflect this diversity of culture – from Iranians to Spaniards to Arabs.  There are many different theories about the ethnicity of the Egyptian people, and we had many discussions about how to best represent the culture. In bringing to life a story that has roots in many religions and is important to people across the world, we also looked to cast actors who could, through their vivid performances, do justice to a universal story.”

 
Christian Bale is an actor with whom Scott has long sought to collaborate. “Christian has a very powerful physical presence on screen,” he notes.  Before shooting “Exodus: gods and Kings,”, Bale had starred in the Scott Free production Out of the Furnace, playing a steel worker.  To Scott, that role, in a way, presaged the actor’s turn as the Hebrew prophet and liberator.  “Moses is much more like a steel worker than a Pharaoh – he’s a modest man with common sense.”

Scott describes Bale’s performance as “an inside job. He gets right into the character and you are staring at a passionate leader. I enjoyed working with Christian as much as I have with anyone; he surprised me every day. I expected a lot, and I got more.”

 
There was certainly much to explore with the character.  “Moses is an iconic figure who at the same time has to be played as a real person,” says Scott. “He’s the film’s heroic center and its emotional core.”  Bale took on the role for several reasons.  He explains: “I feel the Exodus story is not only one of the cornerstones of many of the world’s sacred texts, but it is one of the most profound narratives in human history.  I found that Moses was a complex and reluctant hero. Through his faith he transformed into a freedom fighter who would stop at nothing to further God's will.  That said, he was also a man of contradictions:  He was faithful but also argumentative; hesitant but also assertive; a warrior but also a liberator; and he was tempestuous but stoic.”

`In short, adds the actor, “Moses is one of the most fascinating characters I’ve ever studied.”   To that end, Bale read the holy texts, including the Torah and parts of the Koran, as well as the acclaimed book Moses: A Life by Jonathan Kirsch.  He also watched two films whose approach to history and religion is very different from “Exodus: Gods and Kings.”  “To get a humorous perspective before tackling this epic film I watched the comedies History of the World, Part I [directed by Mel Brooks] and the Monty Python classic The Life of Brian.”

When Ramses rejects Moses’ pleas to let the prophet’s people go, Egypt is hit by a series of plagues and pestilences. Ramses’ advisors offer science-based explanations for the phenomena –spectacles that are both thrilling and horrifying. 

 
Laws of nature, taken to their extreme – and perhaps with divine intervention – can explain these plagues, but the final scourge transcends nature: The firstborn sons of Egypt are killed overnight, including the Pharaoh's own child. When Ramses realizes that no Hebrew slave children have died, he orders them to leave Egypt – but shortly thereafter leads his army to pursue and kill the fleeing Hebrews.

Moses and his ill-equipped band of 400,000 followers, loaded down with whatever meager household goods they could carry, struggle to cross the foreboding mountains, heading for the Red Sea and to a crossing area that Moses had used before.  Arriving at the Red Sea, with the Egyptian army close behind, Moses realizes he has taken the wrong route and missed the shallow waters. Faced with the massive body of water on one side, and the thousands of Egyptian troops on the other, Moses despairs.   As Ramses prepares for his final assault, Moses realizes that the tide is receding at a rapid pace. He rallies his people and they begin to stumble through the shallows.  When the Hebrews complete the crossing, Ramses’ pursuing troops are engulfed by a massive wave.

 
For Christian Bale, portraying Moses was an unforgettable experience. “He’s such an intoxicating character to play, that in many ways I felt like, ‘Wow, can’t we keep going?’  There is so much more to tell about him, and he’s even more fascinating than anything I had realized.”

Christian Bale  was born in Wales and grew up in England and the U.S. He made his film debut in Steven Spielberg’s World War II epic “Empire of the Sun.”   Bale’s work to date includes “Henry V,” “The Portrait of a Lady,” “The Secret Agent,” “Metroland,” “Velvet Goldmine,” “All the Little Animals,” “American Psycho,” “Laurel Canyon,” “The Machinist,” “Batman Begins,” “The New World,” “The Prestige,” “Harsh Times,” “Rescue Dawn,” “3:10 to Yuma,” “I’m Not There,” “The Dark Knight,” “Public Enemies,” “The Fighter,” “Flowers of War” and “The Dark Knight Rises.” More recently, Bale starred in “Out of the Furnace,” “American Hustle” and “Knight of Cups.”

 Available in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D, “Exodus: Gods and Kings” opens December 5 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MINUSCULE : Valley of the Lost Ants , Won 2014 Mill Valley Film Festival Audience Award Best Children's Feature Film, Nominated for Best Animated Film for the 87th Oscar Awards this year

The story begins with a normal setting out in the countryside. This is not CGI but real film. However, throughout the film the two are fantastically fused together. What you see from a human point of view uses standard film but watch when it goes to the micro world of insects, the CGI opens a totally new vista which works very,very well for the movie.
In that peaceful little clearing, the remains of a picnic hastily abandoned spark warfare between two tribes of ants. A bold young ladybug finds himself caught in the middle of the battle. He befriends one of the black ants, Mandible, and helps him save the anthill from the assault of the terrible red ant warriors, led by the fearful Butor.

A fantastic journey at ground level, the excursion opens with a bird’s eye wink at mankind: a young couple, out for a romantic afternoon drive in their bright red VW bug. However, this is not their story; rather, it follows the fate of their picnic supplies, left behind for tiny scavengers. In this spirit, a title card trumpets the heroism of a lone ladybug — the William Wallace of the insect world, Braveheart of the bugs — whom we see abandoned by his family and adopted by a colony of black ants under full-scale attack by a rival red-ant faction.
What follows is a very surreal war between the colonies—and the film accelerates tremendously towards an exciting conclusion. From time to time, the ladybug bumps into larger creatures intent on eating him — a frog, a fish and a lizard as terrifying in its scale as the T-rex must have seemed to the humans in “Jurassic Park.” Employed in the battle between the black and red ants is an amusing range of virtual props. The attackers fire slingshots and carry a can of bug spray (a toxic weapon for both sides), while the defending black-ant colony hordes a stockpile of fireworks, but only one match.

The best thing about the film is simply how different it is from everything else. Too often films are derivative and familiar; however, here the filmmakers manage to create something wholly new and clever. The CGI is lovely—and different from what you'd see from other animation film outfits. More noticeable is the music. It's almost magical and so unlike the typical child-oriented CGI film. It's instead very classically inspired and perfect for the film. Finally, the film has a cute sense of humor. This is really a film to see for the entire family this Christmas Season.  
The film already won the 2014 Mill Valley Film Festival Audience Award for Best Children's Feature Film for Directors Thomas Szabo and Hélène Giraud and was nominated in three other film festival events. It was nominated for Cristal Best Feature Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2014 , the 2014 European Film Award for Best Animated Feature Film, and the 2013 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Award for Best Children's Film. Now it is vying for the Best Animated Film for the 87th Oscar Awards. 
Directed by Thomas Szabo and Helene Giraud, MINUSCULE : Valley of the Lost Ants is distributed by Solar Pictures, Inc. A pre-Christmas treat for the entire family showing at your favorite theaters on December 3, 2014.


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Warner's Peter  “PAN” Debuts Trailer, Character Posters

Warner Bros. Pictures’ live-action Peter Pan movie from director Joe Wright titled “Pan” has just unveiled a teaser trailer and four character posters. Take your first look at the one-sheets featuring Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman), Hook (Garrett Hedlund), Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and Peter (Levi Miller). The trailer may be viewed below: 



Offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, the film follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.




 
Amanda Seyfried rounds out the cast as Mary, alongside Adeel Akhtar as Smee; Jack Charles as The Chief/Tiger Lily’s father; Taejoo Na as Kwahu; Nonso Anozie as Bishop; Kathy Burke as Mother Barnabas; Kurt Egyiawan as Murray; Lewis MacDougall as Nibs; and newcomer Leni Zieglmeier as Wendy Darling.

Wright is directing from a screenplay by Jason Fuchs. Greg Berlanti, Paul Webster and Sarah Schechter are producing, with Tim Lewis serving as executive producer.

Opening across the Philippines on July 16, 2015, “Pan” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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“JURASSIC WORLD” Unleashes First Trailer

The park is open! Universal Pictures has just unleashed the first full trailer of its epic action-adventure “Jurassic World” which may be viewed below: 


Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, “Jurassic World.” Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

 
The movie takes place 22 years after the horrific events of the original “Jurassic Park” and is set on a fully functional park on Isla Nublar.



The film also stars Jake Johnson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D'Onofrio, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lapku and Andy Buckley.

 
Opening across the Philippines on June 10, 2015 in 3D, “Jurassic World” will be distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.


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“PROJECT ALMANAC” Shows Off Teaser Poster

Following last week's trailer reveal, Paramount Pictures has now shared the teaser poster of the time-travel movie “Project Almanac” from producer Michael Bay.

In the film, a brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a mysterious device with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger. The youthful cast is composed of Jonny Weston (“Chasing Mavericks”), Sofia Black-D’Elia (TV's “Gossip Girl”), Sam Lerner (TV's “Suburgatory”), Allen Evangelista (TV's “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) and Ginny Gardner (TV's “Glee”).

Insurge Pictures presents in association with Michael Bay a Platinum Dunes Production “Project Almanac.” Executive Producers are Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Vicki Dee Rock. Produced by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, the film is written by Jason Harry Pagan & Andrew Deutschman. Directed by Dean Israelite.

  Opening across the Philippines on Feb. 04, 2015, “Project Almanac” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
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Best Friends For Life Take a Leap of Faith to be More Than Friends in “LOVE, ROSIE”


Taking chances on a happily-ever-after love after childhood best friends Alex  and Rosie have gone through miles of separation, unwanted pregnancy and disastrous love affairs, can they still end up together in the end? In “Love, Rosie” is based on the bestselling novel “Where Rainbows End” by Cecelia Ahern and starred in by one of Hollywood’s brightest new talents, Lily Collins (“The Mortal Instruments:City of Bones,” “Mirror, Mirror”), co-starring Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”).

 The film is based on the bestselling novel, “Where Rainbows End” from Irish author, Cecilia Ahern (“P.S. I Love You” author) from a screenplay by Juliette Towhidi (“Calendar Girls”) and is directed by Christian Ditter (The Crocodiles; Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods).

Choosing the person you want to share your life with is one of the most important decisions any of us makes, ever. Because when it’s wrong, it turns your life to grey, and sometimes you don’t even notice until you wake up one morning and realize years have gone by... Sometimes you don’t see that the best thing that’s ever happened to you is sitting there, right under your nose,” states a line from the character Rosie. In director Christian Ditter’s new film Love, Rosie, Lily Collins and Sam Claflin star as Rosie and Alex, childhood friends seemingly destined to be together, yet a couple which fate itself seems determined to keep apart. The film paints a rich and textured canvas of a complicated yet lifelong bond between Rosie and Alex, beginning in their childhood, spanning a trans-Atlantic separation, and enduring ups and downs of romantic liaisons with everyone but each other resulting in some bittersweet consequences.

 
A rising star in Hollywood, Lily Collins marked her feature film debut alongside Sandra Bullock in the 2010 Oscar nominated film “The Blind Side.” In the short time since she’s filmed “Mirror, Mirror” with Julia Roberts, “Stuck in Love” with Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly, “The English Teacher” with Kinnear, Julianne Moore and Nathan Lane, and “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.”

I just fell in love with it right away,” says Collins of the Love, Rosie screenplay and her decision to take on the project. “After reading it, I just couldn’t imagine myself not playing the part.” “I think everyone has a little bit of Rosie in them and I know I certainly do,” Collins continues. “She’s charismatic, shy at times, but determined. She’s thrown into these situations that a normal teenage girl could be thrown into, but she doesn’t let anything deter her from reaching her goals…. She’s a bit kooky at times, but in the most endearing way possible. And, of course, she’s just incredibly strong.”

In collaboration with Ditter, Collins set about making the character her own. “In a sense it was about incorporating myself into Rosie and Rosie into me,” says the actress, who dropped her American accent for the role while simultaneously tackling the challenge of playing Rosie over the course of many years, following her transition from adolescence to adulthood.

 
It was a great challenge,” says Collins of playing the character as she matures over time. “Instead of prosthetics, it was all hair and make-up and wardrobe changes, whether I use certain words as a young girl and then stop using them as an older one – even her mannerisms, the way she carries herself and walks change… In the end, I would watch the playback and go, ‘Oh my god that was so my mom!’”

Lily is an incredibly smart and talented actress,” says Christian Ditter. “She’s very in touch with her feelings and very open emotionally. I basically just encouraged her to follow her heart and make each moment as truthful as possible.”

I’ve never felt so terrified and vulnerable in a movie, but at the same time so protected and inspired,” Collins continues. “I never thought I’d be able to work on this kind of level and it was Christian who got that out of me.”  “Lily is just a little jewel,” says Simon Brooks of his leading lady. “Every day, I’d have to say to her, ‘Do you have any idea how great your performance is?’ She was funny, but she also had these heavy emotional scenes that had to be treated with great care. I would also watch the people on set when she was doing a particularly emotional scene and how moved they would be…. She’s just been so committed to this project since day one. I’m so proud of her and what she’s done.”

She’s a diamond,” agrees Sam Claflin, who plays Rosie’s unattainable love, Alex on screen. “It worked so well because we got to know each other so well,” says the young British actor. “You have to really get on with someone if you’re going to work together on this kind of level... I’d like to think we not only became friends, but friends for life."

  Love, Rosie” opens December 3 in cinemas from Pioneer Films.
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THE DREAM SHIRT: Printing Your Favorite Books, One Shirt at a Time


A lot of movies nowadays come out from books. It is a hit-or-miss thing where a lot became a successful franchise (Harry Potter, The Hunger Games) earning millions of sales, creating fan bases all around the globe. There are also a lot of best-selling novel adaptations that easily made waves with its fans like the recent "The Fault in Our Stars." For movie fanatics and bookworms, an awesome way to treat yourself is by collecting memorabilia of your favorite book or film. - The best collection for me is shirts. Good news is that there is an online shop that is venturing this business where you can order some of the coolest shirts in town - "The Dream Shirt."

Started out as an idea to create shirts for bookworms, The Dream Shirt has finally marked its 2.5K likers after a year of operating online. With more and more fangirls and fanboys finding out about the online shop, The Dream Shirt is planning to have its relaunch come 2015, which includes creating a line for locally published books, releasing more collections, and a collaboration giveaway with Fandom Trinkets PH.


 
The Dream Shirt is an online shop that offers made-to-order shirts, with prints that features quotes and designs based on different books. Each design is printed on a cotton shirt in vinyl or via heat transfer. As of today, most of their selections are based from Young Adult novels like John Green’s ‘Looking for Alaska’ and ‘Fault in our Stars’. They also print designs based on the popular dystopian novels such as the infamous Hunger Games trilogy and Divergent. Although their current fan base is consisted of young people and fanatics of YA masterpieces, The Dream Shirt is planning to target a larger market, tapping in the bookworm crowd in general by providing designs that are based on the classics, fiction novels, and the like. The designs are slated to be released early next year, along with their official relaunch.




Unlike most of its competitors, The Dream Shirt aims to stick to creation of book-based shirts, and expand its designs by having its own artistic team that will put their ideas into reality. They are also aiming to be more present offline by participating in bazaars and other book related activity. Their website is also in the works, aiming to provide a better experience for their customers.

 
Know more about The Dream Shirt by checking on their facebook account: http://facebook.com/thedreamshirt. They are also open for partners and collaborations, just send them an e-mail at thedreamshirt@gmail.com

The Dream Shirt
Twitter: @thedreamshirt_
IG: @thedreamshirt

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

 Benedict Cumberbatch Leads The North Wind - “PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR’S” Latest Allies


What are the odds when the world’s elitest of spies join forces with the earth’s chicest undercover organization in the all-adventure family movie “Penguins of Madagascar.”

The most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private.  These elitest of the elites are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind.  Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.  Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from destroying the world as we know it.

The Penguins are ever-confident in their ability to deal with Dave’s insidious plans, but a group of covert operatives known as The North Wind (their motto: “Nobody breaks The Wind!”), who help animals in need, do not think the guys are up to the task.  In fact, the members of The North Wind do everything they can to take over the mission to stop Dave, much to the chagrin of Skipper and the gang. 

 
On the surface it looks like The North Wind is the real deal and Skipper maybe should get out of the way,” says producer Lara Breay.  “It’s like the ‘grown-ups’ have arrived, so the kids can go home now.  But during the course of the adventure, we come to appreciate the Penguins’ strengths.  They don’t have the flash or training, but they have something that’s more important.”

The North Wind is led by Agent Classified.  The first thing you should know about Classified is that his name is actually classified, and not “Classified.”  He’s a highly-trained but cocky secret agent who underestimates the Penguins’ operation. Classified is the Alpha male of the tech-savvy team, and Skipper’s polar opposite. The casting of Benedict Cumberbatch, a celebrated and in-demand actor thanks to, among other performances, his work in the title role of the phenomenally popular BBC/PBS series “Sherlock,” came about almost three years ago, just before “Sherlock” debuted in the U.S.  Smith explains: “One of our crew is Australian, and the series had already aired there.  He told us that we should check out the work of this guy called Benedict Cumberbatch.  We saw ‘Sherlock’ when it arrived in the U.S., and we knew then he was a special talent and would be the perfect foil for Skipper.  Benedict is so eloquent and has a fantastic voice that was perfect for Classified.”

The British actor reveals that Classified is “an all-action wolf who heads up The North Wind, which looks after animal welfare wherever it needs looking after. He knows about Dave’s plot and Classified attempts to con the Penguins to reveal everything they know about their mutual adversary.”

 
The North Wind team thinks they hold all the cards because they’re highly-trained, educated, have the best equipment, and nobody could ever top them,” Darnell continues.  “The Penguins are the underdogs.”  But Classified and the rest of the North Wind team soon learn that you underestimate Skipper & Co. at your own peril.  In fact, the conflicting teams are two sides of the same coin. “Everything about The North Wind is chic, professional, planned and rigorous, and everything about the Penguins is haphazard, gung ho machismo,” Cumberbatch explains.  “That’s why the two teams so complementary.  By the end of the film they really need each other’s help, because they’re even more powerful as a combined, elite force.”

Cumberbatch says he enjoyed having no inhibitions in portraying and researching the role.  Moreover, he embraced Classified’s skills and slick operation, as well as the character’s hidden but important vulnerabilities.  “Classified has to learn to abandon his intricate and gadget-laden planning and sometimes just run at the problem, like the Penguins do.  I like the idea of ‘unpacking’ a spy and making him a bit more human, even if he’s a wolf.  And I’ve never done that on screen before.”

Classified isn’t the only operative being “unpacked.”  He is joined in The North Wind by Short Fuse (Ken Jeong), a small seal who, though he looks like a plush toy, is as tough as any member of the team.  The North Wind’s explosives expert, Short Fuse has a volatile temper to match his vocational expertise.  Then there’s Eva (Annet Mahendru), an intelligence analyst and thrill-seeking, brainy beauty of an owl with a killer instinct.  Finally, Corporal (Peter Stomare), a polar bear who’s eight feet tall and armored in a half-ton of muscle, is the brawn of the Wind.

 
A Dreamworks Animation feature, “Penguins of Madagascar” opens November 26 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox nationwide to be distributed by Warner Bros.
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Horrible Bosses 2: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

First, we like to thank Warner Brothers Pictures PH for the advance screening tickets of Horrible Bosses 2 at SM Megamall last night. It is one of the movies we are aching to see this November as the first film really blow our heads up from laughing. The sequel is mostly having a lot of negative reviews, and we think it's a bit absurd as the whole cinema went crazy right from the start. 

Good friends Nick, Kurt and Dale (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day) are trying to open their  company and be their own bosses through their latest product "Shower Buddy." They got a big break when they received a call from a multimillion dollar company that is willing to invest and distribute their product if they could manufacture the thousands of Shower Buddies on time. But after they do, that company ditches their deal, and trio are left inside a deep hole. Soon, to get even with the company's owner (Christoph Waltz), they came out a big plan: to kidnap his cocky son (Chris Pine) and ask ransom money to settle their debt. 

Horrible Bosses is a surprise hit in 2011, earning more than $200 million gross receipts so even a sequel is not necessary, part 2 was made. We are not complaining, and we are more than happy enough when we heard about the original cast returning plus two key additions in Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz.


We were right that this film is actually funnier than it looks like. The gags were just kept on rolling as the first scene started. It kept the momentum going and the laughs was pouring on as the audience was left laughing out hard. There some jokes that we find offensive but carried well by the outstanding performance of its cast.

 Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day stick to the formula of the first part that the chemistry between the the three of them feels so natural. The returning supporting cast are enjoyable enough with Jennifer Aniston stealing some of the scenes while Kevin Spacy and Jaime Foxx adds some more fun. We also loved the addition of Chris Pine who technically knows when to deliver some comical relief keeping up with the three leads. 


Overall Horrible Bosses 2 will not disappoint, especially when you enjoyed the first film. It is a satisfying comedy sequel that certainly deserves another shot and became a trilogy. It is as hilarious and entertaining as the first one. If you don't find this film funny, well you might consider yourself as one of the saddest person in the world. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out of 10 stars

Cast: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day

Directed by: Sean Anders
Distributed by: Warner Brothers Pictures PH
Opens November 26 in cinemas nationwide

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Joel Edgerton is Conflicted Monarch and Brother to Moses in Staggering Epic “EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS”

From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire.  Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

Filmed in 3D, Scott’s film tells the story of Moses, abandoned by a desperate mother as a baby after the Egyptian rulers orders the murder of all boys born to slaves. He is found in the bulrushes by the Pharaoh’s daughter and raised in the royal household, where he grows up alongside Ramses, the future monarch.

As a man, Moses has a vision and turns his back on his privileged life and leads his people, the Israelites, from enslavement. Scott’s film will feature ground-breaking special effects, including the plagues - visited upon Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea.

According to the Book of Exodus in the Bible, God inflicted ten plagues on Egypt as punishment for not releasing the children of Israel from slavery – these included frogs, flies, boils, hail stones and locusts, all of which feature in Scott’s movie. It made for some very interesting days filming, says Edgerton.

 
The central relationship of “Exodus: Gods and Kings” is between Moses and Ramses, who grew up as brothers.  Ramses becomes Pharaoh and Moses his most trusted advisor and second in command.  But when Ramses learns that Moses is actually a Hebrew, he expels his “brother” into the desert and to an almost certain death.  “Ramses personifies how absolute power corrupts absolutely,” says Joel Edgerton who takes on the role. “Ramses starts to believe he actually is a god, which creates a wonderful dynamic between Moses and him.”

Ramses is the story’s principal antagonist, but Scott and Edgerton wanted to give the character nuances and complexities that transcend stock villainy. “Ramses has a strong , brotherly connection to Moses, so he’s very conflicted when Moses is revealed to be a Hebrew.  He also loves his wife Nefertari, and his young son, so that gives him important emotional shadings,” says the director.

Scott first encountered Edgerton years earlier, while casting his Crusades epic, “Kingdom of Heaven.”  The actor was deemed too young for the role then, but Scott continued to follow Edgerton’s career, particularly his work in the acclaimed independent drama Animal Kingdom. “Joel has flair, and he’s athletic, brooding, intellectual and very warm as well. He transposed himself elegantly into the demeanor of an Ancient Egyptian, acknowledging the period, without it feeling like ‘period.’ Ramses is a bad guy, with good emotional parts to his character, so that you are not sure whether to hate him or not. Joel is also very physical, so he provides a real sense of action and fury when needed.”

 
Bale hails Edgerton’s “tremendous commitment to the role.  I felt he had one of the most difficult parts in the film.  Joel captures all the arrogance of someone with limitless power, and all the insecurities of someone desperately trying to hold onto his position.”
   
Edgerton relished the role, especially its complexities.  “The most fascinating villain is someone who, in their own movie, would be the hero,” he explains. “I always feel if you can understand the bad guy, you can cheer for the hero even more. So I wanted to find that balance between doing my job as the villain of the piece, but give him humanity.  Amidst all the epic scenes of warfare, the big conflict here is the battle of wills between Ramses and Moses.”

Edgerton admits that Ramses has a huge ego, as expected from someone brought up to believe he is a living god. “He is unreasonable and lacks empathy,” says the actor. “Ramses is a tyrant and a dictator, but that was part of the beliefs of the times.”

Joel Edgerton has been on some big – very big – films in the past but nothing has compared to Ridley Scott’s epic adventure Exodus: Gods & Kings. “It’s definitely one of the biggest that I’ve ever been involved in. The scale of the sets, the amount of people around – the crew and the hundreds of extras we have on some days - and the epic scale of the story, is really staggering.”

 Exodus: Gods and Kings” opens December 5 nationwide from 20thCentury Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D.

 
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