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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Evil Dead (2013): Movie Review

Evil Dead
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

First we would like to thank Columbia Pictures Philippines for the invites last night to the press screening of Evil Dead last night at Glorietta Cinema 7. Sam Raimi's original horror classic rises again to occasion in a gruesome enjoyable remake. 

photo from: TriStar Pictures
Mia (Jane Levy) is battling drug addiction. Her friends and her brother David (Shiloh Fernandez) decided to take her in their family's old cabin in the woods. What they didn't know is that the house was used by the locals to eliminate a  powerful demon. But when one of them finds an old book, he accidentally summons back the demon that wants to possess them all. Soon the group needs to find a way to stop the demon in order to survive. 

photo from: "TriStar Pictures."
We still haven't watched  the original film and we don't mind because we don't like to compare the past from the present. Evil Dead is blood splattering film that will totally rip your hearts out of your chest. It's not your average slasher flick, it is definitely one kind of a thriller movie that will creep you out from start to finish. For people who enjoyed watching the SAW series or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Evil Dead is a must watch as it has the complete package from the talented actors up to the spine chilling scenes that would leave you breathless. 

The film gets better and bloodier as it gets along. From nail-guns,syringes, crowbars and chainsaw you cannot ask for more. The camera angles were outstanding that makes the film more terrifying. And it is really great having this film with an R-18 rating experiencing it without cuts as we get the best gruesome scenes intact. 

photo from: "TriStar Pictures."
Overall Evil Dead is the best horror thriller film released this year. It is definitely not a movie for the weak-hearted but if you're a fan of this kind of genres we absolutely recommend this. It may be one of the most terrifying films we experienced. Just follow the movie's tag line "SEE THIS MOVIE"! Period.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 10 out of 10 stars

Cast: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci

Directed by: Fede Alvarez
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures Philippines
Opens May 8 exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas
The film has been rated R-18 With No Cuts by the MTRCB.

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“THE GREAT GATSBY” Steps back in time in Dazzling 3D


From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge!,” “William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet”) comes the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby.

In his adaptation, the filmmaker combines his distinctive visual, sonic, and storytelling styles in 3 Dimensions, weaving a Jazz Age cocktail faithful to Fitzgerald’s text and relevant to now. Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the title role. 
 
The Great Gatsby” follows would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, 
Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.


Academy Award® nominee DiCaprio plays Jay Gatsby, with Tobey Maguire starring as Nick Carraway; Oscar® nominee Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton as Daisy and Tom Buchanan; Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke as Myrtle and George Wilson; and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker. Indian film legend Amitabh Bachchan plays the role of Meyer Wolfshiem.

Nick Carraway, the narrator (who, in the novel itself, is writing the story of The Great Gatsby – “Gatsby, the man who gives his name to this book…”), describes his neighbor—the shadowy and seemingly corrupt but ultimately aspirational and inspiring Jay Gatsby—as a man with “some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life…an extraordinary gift for hope…such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again.” For almost a century, the story of that Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald between Long Island, New York and St. Raphael, France, about 15 miles from Cannes, and between 1923 and 1924, has moved through time and space, and has found audiences across geographies. 

 
Writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann first encountered The Great Gatsby on the screen, in 1974, in remote Heron’s Creek, Australia, where his father ran the gas station and, briefly, the cinema. 
 
Cut to 2004. Cold, northern Russia. The clatter of train tracks. The flicker of light through the frosty window. “I had just wrapped ‘Moulin Rouge!’ and was off on ‘a debriefing adventure’ Luhrmann recalls. “Crazily enough, I’d decided to take the Trans-Siberian Express from Beijing, across northern Russia, and then on to Paris to meet my wife and newly born daughter, Lilly.” And it was in Siberia, in a sardine-box of a cabin, that Luhrmann again re-encountered The Great Gatsby, this time as an audio book, one of two he had with him.

I poured some wine, looked out and saw Siberia racing by, and started listening. It was four o’clock in the morning before I fell asleep,” he recalls. “The next day, I could not wait for night to come, to get back in my little box, pour the second bottle of wine, and listen to the last part. At the end of it I realized three things: One, that I hadn’t really known The Great Gatsby at all; two, that it was structurally really concise; and three, there’s a really great film in it. Of course there’s a huge inherent challenge—the expression of Nick Carraway’s inner life, his inner voice—but it’s an incredibly cinematic book. I thought, ‘I’d like to make this movie one day.’” And so, as the train beat on against the rusty tracks, the first imaginings of Luhrmann’s adaption of The Great Gatsby were born.

 
I think The Great Gatsby feels more relevant now than ever,” producer Douglas Wick offers. “In a time with a glittering but unreliable economy, and a prevalent sense that we have lost our way, Gatsby could have been written yesterday. But it wasn’t. The book takes you to another time and place, a lost world of blinding allure, of extravagant hope and crashing dreams, which we knew Baz, more than anyone imaginable, could deliver for an audience.”

Opening across the Philippines on May 17 in Digital 3D and regular format, “The Great Gatsby” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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“IRON MAN 3” Takes P306-M in 5 days; Biggest, Fastest Ever in PH History!


MANILA, April 29 – Tony Stark singlehandedly broke all existing box-office records in the Philippines, as Marvel's “Iron Man 3” grossed a monumental P305.96-million in five days – the biggest opening weekend EVER and the fastest time to reach the P300-M mark in local history!

This was announced today by Victor R. Cabrera, Managing Director of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Philippines, which distributed the film.

 “We are elated and proud of this remarkable achievement,” said Cabrera. “Marvel has crafted a spectacular film and this just adds to Disney and Marvel’s commitment in keeping the property evergreen. You see Marvel and Iron Man everywhere, in movie theaters, on TV, malls, in retail, publishing, etc. You see people in Iron Man t-shirts, kids playing with Iron Man toys. Filipinos are just true Iron Man fans. We cannot be happier with the way the Filipino consumer is embracing the movie and the property.”

 
Iron Man 3” opened across the country April 24 with a stunning P62.9-M which obliterated two box-office records – the highest opening day ever (beating 2007's “Spider-Man 3”) and all-time most successful Wednesday (surpassing “Marvel's The Avengers”).

From then on, the film never looked back – smashing single-day records one after another, specifically, biggest Thursday (P48-M), Friday (P48.41-M), Saturday (P71.94-M) and Sunday (P74.63-M). All previous records were established last year by “Marvel's The Avengers.”


Disney rolled out “Iron Man 3” in more than 500 cinemas throughout the archipelago and in 3D, 2D, IMAX 3D and 35mm formats. Getting the lion's share of gross receipts was SM Mall of Asia (P19.56-M), followed by SM North EDSA (P17.69-M) and Trinoma (P13.11-M).

Not to be outdone are SM Megamall (P12.58-M), SM Cebu (P9.25-M), Glorietta 4 (P9.11-M), SM Southmall (P7.85-M), Newport (P6.35-M), SM Fairview (P6.29-M), Eastwood (P5.99-M) and Power Plant (P5.82-M).

Also posting impressive receipts are Alabang Town Center (P5.81-M), Greenbelt 3 (P5.73-M), SM Clark (P5.30-M), Market! Market! (P5.10-M), Gateway (P4.89-M), SM Marikina (P4.28-M), Ayala Cebu (P4.22-M), Shang Cineplex (P4.20-M) and Robinsons Ermita (P4.156-M).

Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968, “Iron Man 3” returns Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, the iconic Super Hero, along with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes, Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian, Rebecca Hall as Maya Hansen, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan and Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin. 
 
Now playing across the Philippines, “Iron Man 3” is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment. The film is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

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SMBs get a boost from Globe Business solutions

The unparalleled growth of small and medium businesses (SMBs) in the country plays a significant part in keeping the economy afloat. After all, SMBs usher in employment and job creation and also help inspire future Filipino entrepreneurs.

For SMBs to continue playing its role in economic growth, they need help in addressing the high cost of their operations. Many of these costs can be off-set or even reduced by the use of advanced telecoms solutions—as long as these solutions themselves are affordable.

Such highly-advanced yet affordable telecoms solutions are what Globe Business has spent years in development: these are offers innovative products and services that go beyond the basic call and text messaging. They are designed to make the business process more efficient, simpler, and more productive, at less cost. 

Globe Business boosts the features of an SME's landline service through upgrades that cost only P99. The P99 Landline Tack-on service upgrades Globe landlines with several bundled features including: landline with postpaid mobile phone account; or a landline with Globe Business Broadband combo. These affordable Tack-on bundles are available to first time and existing Globe Business subscribers.


Globe Business PayrollCloud

While a custom-designed, fully-computerized payroll system used by top corporations could cost hundreds of thousands of pesos, SMBs now have a way to avail of an equally-advanced payroll system for a fraction of the cost.

This is possible through Globe Business PayrollCloud, which provides a complete computerized payroll service—without the inconvenient, tedious, error-prone manual process.

The system is compliant with all Philippine payroll and government requirements so SMBs can do more than payroll computation- they can file remittances to PAG-IBIG, SSS,GSIS and PhilHealth accurately and on time.

Globe Business PayrollCloud can keep costs down because the service is similar to that of a utility: for example, consumers only pay for the electricity they use in their homes—they are not the ones who invest in the entire power plant and power distribution infrastructure. Likewise, it is Globe Business that invests in and provides the computerized infrastructure, while SMBs pay only for the PayrollCloud service.

Globe Business PayrollCloud has affordable pricing plans to fit every entrepreneur’s budget. It is also customizable so business owners can choose what features they need. Since it is Cloud-based, entrepreneurs can access it anytime, anywhere as long as they have Internet connection. To make it more convenient for SMBs, Globe Business PayrollCloud is already bundled with an Internet connection.

Globe Business PayrollCloud gives SMBs top-notch security and safety with its highly advanced and reliable servers, ensuring protection of sensitive corporate information.

 
Globe Business offers quality, reliable, and affordable calling and texting services to SMEs through Business Flex and Business Plus solutions packages. These solutions provide customizable sets of services and features designed to meet the needs of SMEs at less cost--SMEs only pay for the services they actually need to help grow their business. Business Flex and Business Plus solutions also charge lower rates compared to regular mobile phone plans

Business Plus and Business Flex

SMBs can make their telecoms services more customized, affordable, and suited to their needs by availing of Globe Business Plus and Business Flex Plans. These mobile phone and data plans can be modified and adjusted from the basic plan in order to create a combo of features that are tailor-fit to any SMB’s needs.

For example, there’s Business Plus Plan Zero that allows you to build your own service package. Plan Zero means it comes without a predetermined set of features. Instead, an SMB has the option to choose from and combine specific services that address the needs of its business on a monthly basis.

If your business requires you to make a lot of voice calls and reach a wide range of networks, you may pick from the following services: Unli Call (P300), Duo (P399), Super Duo (P499) or 100 Local Calls (P400). However, if text messaging is more appropriate for you, then opt for a different set of services. Choose from 300 Local Texts (P100), Unli Text (P200) or Unlitext All (P600).

One the other hand, those who need quick access to their e-mails, as well as the Internet, it’s best to create a combo of with any of these services: 100 MB worth of mobile browsing (P100) or Unli Data (P1000). These are just a few of the options available to SMBs that subscribe to Business Plus or Business Flex.

Business Plus and Business Flex offer lower call and text rates compared to other networks, letting SMBs make the most out of their phone calls. Furthermore, Globe Business provides a whole suite of roaming services- SMS and data (PowerRoam, Bridge VoiceSMS, BridgeDataRoad, BridgeDataRoam Unlimited Plus and BridgeDataRoam Unlimited), making them perfect for SMBs that conduct business overseas.

SMEs can now enjoy a premium Internet service that makes use of leased-line technology to provide always-on, high speed Internet access--thanks to Globe Business Direct Internet. This is ideal for those who rely on the Internet for their business growth. Web browsing is enhanced thanks to the high upload and download speed and guaranteed circuit availability.

 
Upgrades for only P99 per month

There’s also an option for new subscribers to get a landline and postpaid mobile phone account already bundled together. Another option is to upgrade a Globe landline so that it is combined with Globe Business Broadband service—also for just an additional P99 on the monthly service fee. .

Existing subscribers may avail of upgraded services when they renew their contracts, also for an additional P99 on the monthly fee.

Top corporations spend hundreds of thousands of pesos on their computerized payroll systems--but SMEs can now acquire a custom-designed, fully-computerized payroll service at a fraction of the cost. Globe Business PayrollCloud provides a complete computerized payroll service—minus the inconvenient, tedious, error-prone manual process. The system is compliant with all Philippine payroll and government requirements so SMEs can do more than payroll computation; they can file remittances to PAG-IBIG, SSS,GSIS and PhilHealth accurately and on time. 

 
Direct Internet

For SMBs that need always-on, fast and reliable Internet connection to do their business, they can avail of Globe Business Direct Internet, a premium Internet service that makes use of leased-line technology to provide high speed Internet access. It is a godsend for those who are constantly on-line. Web browsing is enhanced thanks to the equally high upload and download speed and guaranteed circuit availability.

Globe Business always finds ways to help Filipino SMBs make business better—simpler, more efficient and at less cost. Learn more about what Globe Business PayrollCloud and other Globe Business products and services can do for you by visiting www.globe.com.ph/payrollcloud or calling +632 730-1010.

Globe Business is the corporate arm of Globe Telecom, the leading mobile telecommunications company in the Philippines. Globe Business provides wireless and wireline solutions for a diverse set of industries, businesses, and commercial enterprises. It assures SMBs of affordable, reliable, and dependable services for all communication needs, both wireless and wireline solutions, to generate the highest possible profit at the lowest possible cost.
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Monday, April 29, 2013

JANE LEVY, Possessed by Demons in “EVIL DEAD”

 
Finding a talented young cast for Columbia Pictures' terrifying thriller “Evil Dead” wasn’t difficult given the reputation the 1981 original film had built over the years. “So many actors wanted to work with us,” says producer Rob Tapert. “With many horror films, you don’t get the cream of the crop coming in. We got to cherry pick some of the best young actors Hollywood has to offer.”

One of the film's best finds was Jane Levy, who plays the central character, Mia. “We all had this mental image of Mia,” says Tapert. “Jane was not in that mold, but she gave a dynamic audition. Sam [Raimi], Bruce [Campbell] and I agreed pretty much instantly that she was the one—and she proved herself to be up to the challenge. It is a really demanding part, but she’s feisty and I think she’s brought a huge amount of energy and commitment to it. She actually enjoyed being a monster, which is helpful if you’re in a horror movie like this one.”


Playing a demonically possessed junkie was a welcome change of pace for Levy, who stars in the ABC sitcom, “Suburgatory.” “She’s a great sport who never said no to anything,” director Fede Alvarez says. “In fact, she was always asking for more. Whatever happened to the character, she was ready to do another take. She is also the sweetest girl, which is crucial for the story. You see her vulnerability and you root for her right away. But when she turns mean, she’s the scariest person ever.”

Following up her television show with a hardcore horror film offered the actress just the kind of challenge she was looking for. “I was able to try so many different things in this role,” she says. “I’m a recovering drug addict and I’m possessed. It gave me the opportunity to go somewhere new. Plus, the people behind this are extremely talented, which made me eager to do it. I also thought going to New Zealand to work sounded romantic. Little did I know...”

Levy’s character is the youngest of the group. “She is David’s little sister and almost like a little sister to Eric and Olivia,” the actress says. “They grew up together and Mia’s always needed a little bit of parenting. David wasn’t really good at being that person. She’s trying to fix what’s broken in their relationship, as well as in herself. Until she goes out in the woods and sees that ominous figure, she’s trying to keep it together. She’s 100-percent committed to going through the physical pain and paranoia of withdrawal. But when she sees the figure, she realizes this place isn’t safe, only no one listens to her.” 
 
The demands of the part tested the actress’ discipline. Hours in the makeup chair before and after shooting added to an already stressful day on the set. “I went to bed at 8:30 every night,” she says. “I ate only vegetables and fruit, stayed in on the weekends. I did yoga and breath work, so that I was able to give as much as I could. Otherwise I don’t think I would have been able to do this job.”

But surprisingly, it was playing Mia at the beginning of the movie, before she is possessed, that was in some ways the most difficult part of the job. “That was actually more painful,” Levy says. “As a demon, I could be whatever I wanted. It’s very animalistic and I was given a lot of freedom to explore. I was destroying people, torturing people. In a weird way, it was fun to be able to do that.”

Although she calls herself “a huge scaredy cat,” Levy has become intrigued by the horror genre after this experience. “It’s rich as hell, because it’s based on primal fear. This film is a supernatural movie, with lots of character development and great story telling. The horror starts right away and it doesn’t let go. It’s extreme. When I was reading the script, I thought ‘Oh my God, blood rain?’ And then I thought, yeah, cool, bring it on!”

Rated R-18 Without Cuts by the MTRCB, “Evil Dead” will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas on May 8. Moviegoers can catch the film at Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Trinoma, Alabang Town Center, Market! Market!, Ayala Center Cebu, Marquee (Central Luzon), Abreeza (Davao), Harbor Point (Subic) and Centrio (Cagayan de Oro).

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Father, Son Face Dangers in Unfamiliar Planet in “AFTER EARTH”


A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape, in Columbia Pictures' new, futuristic action-adventure “After Earth.”

With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.

 
The origins of the project began with an ordinary evening at home. After making “The Karate Kid,” as 14-year-old actor Jaden Smith and his parents were considering the teen’s next project, it was important to both father and son Will and Jaden to work together again. “Jaden and I were sitting around one night, watching TV and talking about how we’d liked working together on `Pursuit of Happyness,' and that we might want to do that again,” says Will Smith. 
 
As we’re talking about looking for that story, with the news on in the background, Jaden says, ‘Maybe I’m your son, I’m in trouble, and you have to come home from war.’ That turned into an idea of a father and son who go off on a bonding trip to Alaska, and they have to get through the wilderness. It was just fun, an interesting conversation until we juxtaposed the idea of setting the story a thousand years in the future – and then the whole concept of `After Earth' started to explode in our minds.” 
 
Will Smith would write the story for the film, but that was just the beginning – the filmmakers envisioned a very rich universe encompassing various arenas outside of the film itself. In fact, they would create 1,000 years of back story – resulting in a 300-page bible covering the history of mankind from the decision to leave Earth up to the events in the film, prepared by Eisner Award-winning comic writer Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman, and Robert Greenberger. 


 The bible would serve as a resource for all kinds of ancillary materials in the “After Earth” franchise. “The thing that struck me about it was not just how detailed it was, but how oddly prescient,” says producer Caleeb Pinkett. “Peter drew up the history of an entire universe, which was impressive enough, but then in our world, things started happening that mirrored his universe. Like that Russian meteor a few months ago – Peter had described a remarkably similar event. I think that shows a verisimilitude to Peter’s approach that grounds the universe of After Earth – even though we enter a realm of sci-fi.”

This world is so thoroughly thought out,” says Will Smith. “The history for these characters was laid out beyond anything I’ve ever seen before. Just as an example, for me, playing Cypher – a general with the Rangers – it was fantastic to know that my character’s grandmother was head of the Rangers, and it was during her tenure that she united the government under the Rangers. What that meant was that her son, my character’s father, never got a chance to head the Rangers until he was almost 50 years old – he missed his prime. That’s the kind of history Peter explored – while details like that aren’t a part of this movie, they help us with our characters and to understand this world as a distinct place, and give us a rich environment.”

Opening across the Philippines on June 5, “After Earth” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit http://www.columbiapictures.com.ph for trailers, exclusive content and free downloads. Like us at www.Facebook.com/ColumbiaPicturesPH and join our fan contests.
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Chateau 1771 Celebrates 25th Year with Priced Slashed Menus"

 In celebration of its 25th year anniversary, Chateau 1771 is offering two special treats from May 18 to 31, featuring well-loved and one-of-a kind dishes by the group’s Executive Chef, Vicky Rose Pacheco.
True to the spirit of festivity, Chateau 1771 offers two stand-out dishes that have stood the test of time with a glass of wine for P990 net, available during dinner only. The first course is the restaurant's renowned Raclette, a luxurious melted Swiss cheese with marbled potatoes, pickled onions and gherkins-- a certified favorite for over two decades. The piece de resistance is the restaurant’s head-turner, Potence. Juicy and flavorful steak hangs from a metal gallows is presented to the diner flambéed with skill and flair. The beef is seasoned, robust and tender, dressed in its natural juices then whisked with some brandy.
 
The second menu is a tribute to Chef Vicky’s academic roots: a degustation menu highlighting Chateau’s signature dishes, especially prepared for Hotel and Restaurant Management students and 2013 HRIM graduates. Get the royal treatment and indulge in a sumptuous degustation for every group of four at P550 net each from 2 PM to 5 PM. Designed to delight and inspire future chefs and restaurateurs, the menu includes French Onion Soup, Caesar Salad, Pasta Chorizo, Lemon Chicken, Potence, and Coffee Pie. Upon reservation, valid school ID’s or class cards should be emailed to Alina Armena at chateaurestaurants@gmail.com.
If you're looking for a winning fine dining restaurant, look no further than Chateau 1771. Its rare offer is sexy enough for a date yet comfortable enough for family, friends, students and graduates. And with its reputation as one of the most successful restaurants in Manila, diners can be assured that at Chateau 1771, there’s no mediocre meal. It is always an experience.
Chateau 1771 – Greenbelt 5 is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every Sunday to Thursday and 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 m.n. for Friday to Saturday. For reservations, banquets and catering services, please call 729-9760 to 61 or (0917) 8626467. 

 Chateau 1771 is a member of the
 Chateau 1771 Group of Restaurants that include Sentro 1771 in Greenbelt 3, Sentro 1771 in Serendra, Bonifacio Global City and Café 1771 in El Pueblo Real de Manila, ADB Avenue cor. Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.


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Cool and Class Meet at Sidebar

Sure, Manila definitely has all the chic bars where friends can just raise the glass to fun and party but Sidebar has never been of these. Sidebar, which has been churning good music and good food in a great quaint ambiance for 23 years, has not lost its charm. In fact, it has even scaled up in comfort with its newly-renovated facilities where the seemingly grandiose can be casual and pop at the same time.
Side Bar Interior
Sidebar Door 
Offering a fanciful look of what a ladies’ bar should be, the vibe of Sidebar is classic yet unpretentious and it’s filled with “beautiful things”, such as original paintings, bric-a-brac from the owner’s travels, glistening cocktail glasses, and a list of music streamlined with mix of classic, indie contemporary rock, and everything in between.
Quaint and sophisticated but not missing out on comfort, the newly-renovated Sidebar possesses the feel of something dainty: cozy sofas, sleek arm chairs, tall wooden beam ceiling, red brick walls, wide framed mirrors and hot red chandeliers as charming centerpieces. Adding a touch of culture and historic element are the antique banisters from Malate Church which complete Sidebar’s unique look, personally designed by no less than the owner, Ricky Gutierrez.
 Sisig Experience

Pulled Pork Slider

If on the lookout for a place to have those secret conversations or exchange unstoppable stories with friends and colleagues, where safety and security are part of the package, Sidebar is definitely the ideal venue. Located at El Pueblo Ortigas and just few blocks from malls and villages, the Sidebar evokes a different fantasy of bygone cocktail culture where cool and class meet. Attracting artists, writers, professionals, and entrepreneurs, it’s also a favorite hangout of accomplished women decision-makers for its delicious drinks and bar chows.
 Oyster Shooter
Chicken Skewers
Speaking of delicious, Sidebar cocktails and its menu represent the best of the bunch. Since it’s from the family of the 1771 Group of Restaurants which is known for its high standard on food quality and service, anyone is assured that the same delightful touches are found in this intimate spot.  Whether it’s for a simple gathering or just feeling adventurous for yummy food and cocktails, Sidebar provides a primer for a wholesome night out experience that never goes out of style. 

Side Bar is open from 5 PM to 12 MN every Monday to Thursday and 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM for Friday and Saturday is 6:00 PM to 12:00 MN. For reservations, call (632) 631 7340. 

Side Bar  is a member of the Chateau 1771 Group of Restaurants that include Sentro 1771 in Greenbelt 3, Sentro 1771 in Serendra, Bonifacio Global City and Café 1771 in El Pueblo Real de Manila, ADB Avenue cor. Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

40-Year-olds in Thinking Playground: “THE INTERNSHIP” @ Google Campus


Looks like comedy duo and friends Owen and Vince have found a new thinking playground at the Google campus as featured in the upcoming hilarious movie “The Internship.”

In an interview with EW on his upcoming true-to-the-times relatable comedy “The Internship,” Vince Vaughn admits that there wouldn’t be any film had Google said no to the concept in the first place.

Vaughn, who serves as co-writer, producer and star of “The Internship” reunite with Owen Wilson about friends in their 40s who get laid off from their jobs. Convinced they’ve gone about managing their careers entirely wrong, they resolve to become interns at a tech company and start anew. Hijinks ensue when Vaughn and Wilson compete against wily, fresh-faced 22-year-olds to advance in the company.

The Internship” sees Nick (Owen Wilson) and Billy (Vince Vaughn), two old-school salesmen who use old fashioned charm and brilliant sales techniques to sell watches. On the night that they try to close a big sale with a client, to their shock, they find out that their company has been shut down because kids don’t wear watches anymore. Suddenly, they find themselves unemployed as two dinosaurs in the digital world.

To make the situation worse, Billy goes home to find a foreclosure sign on his front lawn and his girlfriend packing her bags to leave him. In the meantime, Nick’s sister offers him a job at a mattress store and he takes it out of despair. After an exhaustive job search online, Billy has Googled everything he can Google. He finally gives up by typing just “Google” into the search box, and finds an opportunity for them to reinvent themselves – with an internship program at Google.

The guys arrive at the Google Campus in Mountain View, California – a world away from anything they have seen before – and are in awe. All the food and drink is free so they load up on coffee and donuts at the “free” coffee cart as if it’s their last meal on earth. On the first day of their internship, they find themselves in a sea of tech-savvy 20-year-olds who they need to compete against to win a full-time position at Google. They team up with Neha, a sexually curious nerd, Stuart, who is obsessed with his cell phone and won’t get off of it, Yoyo, a genius Asian kid that lacks social and common life skills, and Lyle, who is an underdog who wants to fit in. They also meet their nemesis – Graham – an arrogant and aggressive college student who will stops at nothing to win the competition and get the job at Google.

Vaughn wrote the original draft of the story when the US economy was in shambles and most of the people he knew had lost their jobs. It was that generational sentiment that the skills they have are not significant as it used to be. And when he saw a portion of what goes inside the Google ‘campus,’ “I thought of taking the characters to this place and give them the chance to work at Google – that felt relatable and rootable,” shares Vaughn.

Google cofounder Sergey Bin checked on the film’s set every now and then which Vaughn is very grateful for – “Everyone at (Google) was very nice and gracious. But that’s what Google does: You search for something and you find it,” Vaughn concludes.

The Internship” opens August 14 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
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Friday, April 26, 2013

New “MONSTERS UNIVERSITY” Trailer Hits the Web


Disney/Pixar has just launched a brand new trailer of “Monsters University,” the highly anticipated prequel to the 2011 blockbuster, “Monsters, Inc.”

You may view the trailer below: 
  
 

Synopsis: Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer. The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right. 

Screaming with laughter and oozing with heart, Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”), produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and features music from future Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Fame–inductee and award winning composer Randy Newman (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Toy Story 3”). 
 

Opening across the Philippines on June 26 in Disney Digital 3D, 2D and regular theaters, “Monsters University” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.
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The Impossible is now available in VCD and DVD


C-Interactive Digital Entertainment announce the release of The Impossible in original DVD and VCD.

The movie received a lot of positive reviews from the critics scoring 81% on rottentomatoes.com with 143 fresh reviews out of 176 reviews. Also the movie received a lot of nominations in numerous film festivals and Naomi Watts getting nominated for Best Actress at the last Academy Awards.

Own it now at a very low price of P550.00 for the DVD while P250.00 for the VCD. Buy your copies now at   AstroPlus, AstroVison, O'Music, Odyssey outlets and other leading video stores nationwide. 




Synopsis:  Maria, Henry (Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor) and their three sons spends their Christmas vacation at a resort in Thailand. But when the family spends a good time in the pool, a huge tsunami suddenly hits and quickly swept the entire area. The waves split the whole family in different directions. As many people struggle in the battle for survival the family hopes to reconnect with each other safe and complete.


Special Features

* Audio commentary with Director J.A. Bayona, writer Sergio G. Sanchez, producer Belen Atienza and Maria Belon.

* "Casting The Impossible" featurette

* "Realizing "The Impossible" featurette 

* Deleted Scenes ( Hanging On, Grand Dad's Number, Easing The Pain, "Where's Everyone Going",At The Airport

Specifications

* English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English (SDH) Subtitles
* 16x9 WIDESCREEN 2.35:1 aspect ratio
* Total runtime: 116 mins., Region Code 3, NTSC

C-Interactive Trailer Below: 

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Iron Man 3: Movie Review



Iron Man 3
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

First we would like to thank TCL Philippines Facebook page for the block screening tickets last night that we won in their contest. After an epic Avengers ensemble last year, Tony Stark takes solo flight to fight the Mandarin in this Marvel superhero sequel.


When a mysterious terrorist leader only known as The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) starts to lead a lot of attacks against the US. Tony Stark issues a challenge and gave away his home address which leads to the destruction of his headquarters. Left with almost nothing, Stark must now rely on his skills to locate The Mandarin and find his connections which leads him to a man he rejected in the past.

It's really hard to follow up the biggest superhero movie (which is the Avengers that is the 3rd highest grossing film ever) but Iron Man 3 delivers the goods well, thanks to Robert Downey. He's the perfect guy to wear that suit as he makes you forget that Tony Stark is just a comic book character. Director Shane Black also manages to pull up magic tricks in his sleeves to make this 3rd part to be the best in the series. Though we just think that it might have been better if they have loaded it up with more action scenes. Another thing is the 3D didn't help much or is it just us because we're too close to the screen. Maybe were still left out as what The Avengers gave last year.


But still Iron Man 3 provides a visual feast of amazing CGI effects, good humor, interesting twist and a great story. Plus dozens of Iron Man suit that electrifies the screen. It also has a great performances from the supporting actors especially Ben Kingsley as the most brilliant villains in history imitating Osama Bin Laden with a strong comical hit behind his outfit. For us there's no reason for you to miss this on the big screen, better watch it this weekend.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out of 10 stars

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle

Directed By: Shane Black
Distributed By: Walt Disney Pictures Philippines
Now Showing in 3D and 2D at your favorite cinemas
Experience it in IMAX 3D
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The Horror starts on May 8 with “The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia”


Coming Soon: The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia is a spooky horror film based on a true story that will open in cinemas starting May 8. The script was written by David Coggeshall and it is directed by Tom Elkins who serves as one of the editors to the first film.

The film stars Abigail Spencer (Cowboys vs Aliens, This Means War), Chad Michael Murray, Emily Alyn Lind and Morgana Shaw. 





Synopsis: 
A young family moves into an historic home in Georgia, only to learn they are not the house's only inhabitants. Soon they find themselves in the presence of a secret rising from underground and threatening to bring down anyone in its path. - IMDB.com

The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghost of Georgia creeps its way into theaters this May 8. The movie will be distributed locally by Movie Punch.

You can watch the trailer of the film below:

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Breaking News “IRON MAN 3” Grosses P62.6-M on Opening Day, BREAKS ALL-TIME RECORD!


MANILA, April 25 – Tony Stark rewrote the record books, as Marvel's “Iron Man 3” debuted yesterday to a stunning P62.6-million – the biggest first-day gross ever in Philippine history, foreign or local film. 
 
This was announced today by Victor R. Cabrera, Managing Director of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Philippines, which distributed the movie.

`Iron Man 3' flew off the box office chart, soaring past the stratosphere to break the country's all-industry, all-time Opening Day records,” said Cabrera. “P62-M in one day is previously unheard of. What a boost to the industry!” 
 
The third “Iron Man” installment surpassed the opening day record of “Spider-Man 3” at P58-million which was achieved on a May 1 Labor Day holiday back in 2007.
Iron Man 3” now also owns the biggest Wednesday gross ever in history, the biggest Marvel/Disney opening day ever, beating “Marvel's The Avenger's” record of P56-M last year.

  
To put this further in perspective, the opening day gross of “Iron Man 3” is double that of “Iron Man 2.”

Marve/Disney projects “Iron Man 3” to continue doing outstanding box-office business towards the weekend. 
 
Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968, “Iron Man 3” returns Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, the iconic Super Hero, along with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes, Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian, Rebecca Hall as Maya Hansen, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan and Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin. 
 
Now playing across the Philippines in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D and regular theatres, “Iron Man 3” is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment. The film is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
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Action Film “2 GUNS” Fires Off Teaser Trailer


Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in Columbia Pictures' "2 Guns," an explosive action film that tracks two operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together. But there is a big problem with their unique alliance: Neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent.
 
Catch the film's teaser trailer below:
 


  
Synopsis: For the past 12 months, DEA agent Bobby Trench (Washington) and U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Wahlberg) have been reluctantly attached at the hip. Working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate, each man distrusts his partner as much as the criminals they have both been tasked to take down.

When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions goes haywire, Trench and Stigman are suddenly disavowed by their superiors. Now that everyone wants them in jail or in the ground, the only person they can count on is the other. Unfortunately for their pursuers, when good guys spend years pretending to be bad, they pick up a few tricks along the way. 

  
Opening across the Philippines in September 2013, “2 Guns” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit http://www.columbiapictures.com.ph for trailers, exclusive content and free downloads. Like us at www.Facebook.com/ColumbiaPicturesPH and join our fan contests.
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