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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Red 2: Movie Review

Red 2
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

First, we would like to thank Sm Cinema and Pioneer Films for the advance screening tickets of Red 2 last night at SM Megamall. Frank Moses and his retired and extremely dangerous crew is back with much bigger problems along their way. 

Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) and Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) bumped into Marvin (John Malkovich) inside a local store telling them that their lives are in danger because of an article released online. The CIA is looking for them because their names are included on a project called Nightshade, a weapon of mass destruction that can kill millions of people. Frank gathers his old crew to track down the missing "nuclear device" but they need to survive as the government issued a huge paycheck for their heads.


Red 2 is an over-the-top action comedy film that is far more entertaining from its predecessor. The characters are likable and charming even some might say they are the oldies. The loss of Morgan Freeman and Karl Urban was barely felt as the inclusion of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Byung-hun Lee brings fresh appealing energy in rounding up its cast.

The story was enjoyable enough as it is filled with a lot of action-packed sequences and pleasurable humor, especially with the love triangle which involves the rejuvenated Sarah against Frank's ex-girlfriend Katja played by Catherine Zeta Jones. Mary-Louise Parker simply stole the show and portrayed her character in a whole new level. We also loved John Malkovich goofy character as we like to see him as a protagonist than playing the villain. Bruce Willis is far more engaging compared to his past few films, and Anthony Hopkins  is a very effective villain despite his tame faced appearance.

 
Overall, if you liked Red, you'll certainly love the sequel. It  has all the ingredients you could wish for in action-comedy flick, from likable characters up to the fast paced blazing action scenes and the humor it brings to the table Red 2 will not disappoint you. And good news to the fans of this series as the Hoeber brothers is working on a third Red film. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 10 out of 10 stars

Cast: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren 

Directed by: Dean Parisot
Distributed by: Pioneer Films / Movie Punch
Now Showing at your favorite cinemas


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“DISTRICT 9” Director now takes audiences to “ELYSIUM”


From Neill Blomkamp, the acclaimed director of the Oscar Best Picture nominee “District 9,” comes the futuristic action-thriller “Elysium” starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. 
 
In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined planet. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.

In 2009, Neill Blomkamp burst onto the scene with his first feature film, “District 9.” It was an enormous critical and commercial success: critics praised Blomkamp’s filmmaking style, and audiences around the world turned out to the box office to support the film’s originality and innovation. But the reason it resonated was that the movie had themes that grabbed the audience: the way the film seamlessly blended a genre alien-invasion movie with biting and relevant social commentary pleased both moviegoing audiences and members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who nominated the movie for Oscars® for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

 
In his new film, “Elysium,” Blomkamp has drawn two distinct and separate worlds: an overpopulated, ruined Earth, and Elysium, a man-made space station for the extremely wealthy. While in 2013, six astronauts live and work on the international space station orbiting about 250 miles above the surface of the Earth, 150 years from now, in Blomkamp’s vision, those humble beginnings will expand to become a home with the best of everything for the rich. “The idea, in a way, is ludicrous,” says Blomkamp. “The idea of taking up stone, and mortar, and concrete, and swimming pools – and everything you’d need to build these mansions in a space station – is satire. It just reinforces the central idea of the film – the people of Elysium have unimaginable wealth, and they use those resources to build a separate, synthetic, almost hermetic environment for themselves. In that way, Elysium is the reverse of an alien-invasion story – it’s still about human beings trying to protect a way of life, but instead of fighting for Earth, they do it by going into space.”

I want to blow things up as much as I want to make films that are about serious topics,” Blomkamp says. “I’m more of a visual artist than anything else. I don’t want to make movies that are too serious – I like action and visual imagery, and that’s where it starts for me. But I’m also interested in politics, so once I’ve set up the world and start getting into character and story, the political ideas that intrigue me work their way in there. The subjects that interest me tend to be large, sociological concepts, and I like the idea of making films about those concepts in ways that aren’t heavy-handed or preachy – I hope that putting these topics in this setting will let the audience look at them from a different perspective. The most important thing to me is that the movie is entertaining, but I like to put a worthwhile story underneath, so it isn’t just pure popcorn.”

Just as “District 9” explored ideas of social justice, class separation, and race relations, “Elysium” asks important questions about where we are now in a context of where we are going. “The entire film is an allegory,” Blomkamp says. “I tend to think a lot about the topic of wealth discrepancy and how that affects immigration, and I think the further we go down the path that we are on, the more the world will represent the one in “Elysium.” In that sense, I think the questions that underlie the film are quite accurate.”

In fact, Blomkamp says that the heart of the conflict is more real than one might realize. “When people see the wealth of Elysium back-to-back with the poverty of Earth, I think some will think that it’s more extreme than reality – and it is not. The two things exist, on Earth, right now,” he says. “In Mexico City, in Johannesburg, in Rio, you have pockets of great wealth, gated communities, amidst a sea of poverty. And I think that’s where the cities of the US are going to end up, too – that’s why the movie is set in Los Angeles. But that disparity can’t last. And I don’t know what we’re going to get – whether we’re going to pull ourselves forward or self-implode. Elysium is the fork in the road.”

Opening across the Philippines on Sept. 04, “Elysium” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit www.columbiapictures.com.ph to see the latest trailers, get free downloads and play free movie games.
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Breakfast Bliss at Café 1771

Whether or not you’re a morning person, a hearty and delicious breakfast is a great reason to wake up early—especially when it's breakfast at Café 1771, where breakfast is served with enough imagination and charm to make anyone’s day.
Start a busy day in the quiet, library-inspired Lounge, or perk yourself up with Café 1771’s coffee concoctions amid the cheerful blue and fuschia hues of the Whimsy area. Chef Vicky Pacheco’s breakfast menu is carefully thought out, with nearly everything made from scratch, and using only the best and freshest ingredients. 
 Hole in One Corned Beef
Consider, for example, the Hole-in-One Corned Beef, made of spiced corned beef hash—prepared in-house, of course—with cubed potatoes and a dense sunny-side-up egg in the center. Served on a sizzling plate with rice or wheat bread on the side, this all-day favorite is big on size and flavor. 
 Bircher Muesli
Spanish Tortilla with Chorizo
Considered the ultimate reward for egg lovers, Eggs Florentine in a Boat is two poached organic eggs with creamed spinach on a puff pastry and your choice of homemade ham or smoked salmon. This treat comes topped with  a velvety hollandaise sauce poured generously over the perfectly poached eggs. 

 Adobo Flakes Fried Rice

Still not convinced? The irresistible aroma of Café 1771’s Adobo Flakes Fried Rice is sure to get anyone out of bed. This comforting offering is made of both pork and chicken adobo mixed with garlic rice and spring onions, then topped with a sunny-side-up egg. 
For cheese lovers, the Croque Madame is a must-try – baked layers of ham, gruyere cheese and creamy bechamel sauce over a slice of English bread. 

 Eggs Benedict

Power diners will choose to energize their day with a Spanish Tortilla with Chorizo. This dish is not to be confused with the well-known Mexican tortilla. Rather, it is a hearty Spanish omelette made of chopped potatoes, onions, chorizo and organic eggs.
It’s also been said that Café 1771 has the best pancakes this side of town. With the tang of sour cream playing off the deep sweetness of syrup made from scratch, Café 1771’s fluffy Sour Cream Pancakes are sure to bring cheer to anyone’s morning. Chef Vicky highly recommends the caramelized walnuts and bananas as toppings.
 Corned Beef with Organic Eggs
A traditional, fiber-loaded meal made of granola mix, Bircher Muesli is mixed nuts, raisins and yogurt with fresh fruit toppings as a tasty finish, and with just the right amount of sweetness in it.
If you believe that a great breakfast in good company can set the tone of the rest of the day, make sure to give your breakfast all the glory it deserves—at this bright and cheerful space called Café 1771. 

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Patrick Wilson Plays Real-Life Demonologist in “THE CONJURING”


Patrick Wilson (“Insidious,” “Watchmen”) takes on the role of renowned real-life demonologist, Ed Warren, in New Line Cinema's critically acclaimed horror-thriller “The Conjuring,” a recent No.1 box-office hit in the U.S.

Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on the true life story, “The Conjuring” tells the tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.

Wilson was intrigued by the idea of playing a real person in a grave conflict with powers beyond most people’s comprehension. The actor observes, “Ed Warren was a guy whose whole life was geared around being dangerously close to the dark side because he genuinely wanted to help people. He knew the terror they were experiencing could happen to anyone, including them—the ones there to help.”

Vera Farmiga stars alongside Wilson as Ed’s loving wife and preternaturally gifted partner Lorraine, who is swept along with her husband into the violent path of the malevolent presence.

Vera and I were both fascinated with the character moments and the eccentricities of these people,” Wilson narrates. “Ed is surprisingly sedentary and wanted to dispel the myths. He was very blue collar in that way. And then you have Lorraine, whom we were fortunate to meet. Because of her clairvoyance and her psychic nature, she was very quirky. We were fascinated on a character level. Even the way they spoke, the dialect that he had, the way that they spoke to each other, our outfits, my sideburns ... [laughs]. We were like, ‘Let’s push it and see how far we can go.’”

 
Lorraine was also an important link to her husband for Wilson, who unfortunately never had the chance to meet Ed, who passed away in 2006. Wilson was able to gain invaluable insights and stories from Lorraine, which added dimension to the Warren footage and archives he studied. Wilson was as drawn to Ed and Lorraine’s vibrant relationship and unorthodox calling as Farmiga.

"They were soul mates,” he describes. “They also shared a passion to figure out what the disruptive energy was in a given situation, whether good or bad.” 
 
Director James Wan relates, “Lorraine says that when things got really terrifying and unbearable, the crutch that she leaned on was Ed. That's very romantic and in a lot of ways, Patrick's version of Ed is a romanticized one, which I felt was a pretty interesting way to approach it.” 
 
Ed was also versed in the religious aspects of demonology and, as a result, was eminently well respected by clergy. Wilson asserts, “Ed believed that there are wonderful, great spirits in the world and some very evil ones that have been around for thousands of years, and he was going to do the best he could with his wife to fight them and to help people. Ed honestly believed it through and through, so I had to believe that through and through to play him.” 
 
Ed knows that each and every time Lorraine opens herself to interpret the corps of darkness, she is exposing herself to more than physical harm; she’s in danger of losing a little piece of herself. “We see that Ed has this great balance of charm and lightness and humor, but then can go into protective mode. He’ll stop at nothing to defend his wife and his family,” Wilson concludes. “I certainly can relate to that, so it was easy to tap into that side of the character.” 

 
Opening across the Philippines on August 21, “The Conjuring” is a New Line Cinema production and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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Spreading the Joy of Healthy Living

Anywhere you look, there are gyms, fitness centers, yoga parlors, among countless other establishments, that promote physical movement and active lifestyle. People are now more conscious of keeping fit and staying within their ideal weight. Part of staying healthy is, of course, diet. Quick to adapt every diet fad that comes their way—South Beach, Atkin’s and Mediterranean—they won’t mind spending a little bit extra for organic and healthier options.

One food option that they can integrate into their diet is probably something that they have loved while growing up and is readily available on the dining table or the cupboard: Lily’s Peanut Butter. Yes, the iconic local brand that has delighted the palate of generations of Filipinos can fit into a reportaire of tasty, organic and healthy food sources. Have a listen.

Only the best quality peanuts—high grade peanut kernels, full and flavorful--are used into the making of Lily's Peanut Butter. This assures consistency of flavor and goodness that generations of Filipinos have come to love

Lily’s Peanut Butter is the only brand in the market that only has two main ingredients: high quality peanuts and sugar wash. That’s it! No extenders, no preservatives, no artificial flavoring and coloring. This means that one can slather the spread lavishly on bread or use it as an ingredient in a main course (kare-kare, perhaps?) or in sumptuous desserts like peanut butter cookies or home-made ice cream. Widely available in supermarkets nationwide, Lily’s Peanut Butter won’t look out of place in an organic store.

Because of its purity and consistency, one can make the most out of the health benefits of Lily’s Peanut Butter. For one, it’s loaded with protein, one of the major building blocks of food (alongside carbohydrates and fat) which is responsible for the building and repairing of muscles. Two tablespoons of Lily’s Peanut Butter can contain as much as seven grams of protein. That’s good news for gym buffs who need to have a boost of protein after their workout. Vegetarians, who have sworn off protein from animals, can also indulge on Lily’s Peanut Butter without the guilt.

Those who are trying to lose weight can rely on the energy-giving calories of Lily’s Peanut Butter. Aside from protein, it also has deitic fiber that makes one feel less full but still be energized for the day. As a bonus, it even has “trytophan,” a kind of amino acid that encourages the production of the happy hormone serotonin which improves mood and combats depression.

Considered as an iconic local brand, Lily's Peanut Butter has endeared itself to the Filipino palate--and heart--for more than 60 years. Now, the brand also comes in Chocolate and Crunchy variants for those who want an added kick in their spread. Lily's also produces its own version of Coco Jam, a heavenly concoction made for piping hot breads.

For those taking care of their hearts, Lily’s Peanut Butter is a worthy ally. In the absence of hydrogenated oil (trans fat) that is blamed for clogging arteries, it has monosaturated fat, the kind of fat championed by Mediterranean diet for being heart-friendly. Oleic acid, its main component, is found to lower the risk of heart disease and even Type 2 diabetes.

Students and professional, who need sustained brain power, can count on Lily’s Peanut Butter for its Vitamin B complex. Its niacin component is long known to boost brain function, increase memory power and recently, is shown to reduce risk from developing Alzheimer’s disease. Pregnant women who have supplemented their diet with foliate, another form of Vitamin B, are found to have reduced the neural defect in their newborn to as much as 70 percent. Now, that’s good news for mothers!

A rich, even consistency characterizes Lily's Peanut Butter. Just a quick stir of the natural peanut oil on top and you're good to go! With no preservatives, artificial binders and emulsifiers, you can indulge in the spread's healthy goodness. What's more, Lily's Peanut Butter needs no refrigeration.

With all of these benefits, it’s interesting to know that Lily’s Peanut Butter has even more to offer: P-coumaric and resveratrol that fight certain cancers; manganese that helps in the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates, the absorption of calcium and the regulation of blood sugar; and even trace amount of copper does the double duty of lowering bad cholesterols while increasing the good ones.

Indeed, Lily’s Peanut Butter packs a punch with its many health benefits that cater to the young and the young-at-heart. The best part is, Lily’s Peanut Butter has maintained rich nutty taste, consistent texture and full-bodied aroma that make being healthy a delight.

For more details on the healthy goodness of Lily’s Peanut Butter, you can visit their website at www.mylilys.com, send an email at newbornfoodp@yahoo.com and follow them in Facebook (lilyspeanutbutter), Instagram (@lilyspeanutbutter) or Twitter (@lilysPBofficial). For inquiries on Food Service, you may also call (02)741-2555 loc. 13.

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“GRAVITY” Unveils Trailers Titled “DRIFTING” and “I'VE GOT YOU”


Following the launch of the “Detached” trailer last week, Warner Bros. has now unwrapped two more trailers for the sci-fi suspense thriller “Gravity.” The trailers codenamed “Drifting” and “I've Got You” may be viewed here 



Academy Award® winners Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) and George Clooney (“Syriana”) star in Alfonso Cuaron's heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. 
 
In the film, Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space. 

 
A Warner Bros. Pictures production, “Gravity” will be released in the Philippines in Oct. 3, 2013 in 3D and 2D and distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.
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Two Posters for “CAPTAIN PHILLIPS” Now Online


Columbia Pictures has released two different poster versions for its upcoming thriller “Captain Phillips” starring Tom Hanks. 
 
The first design is the domestic one-sheet showing a long shot of two pirates climbing up a ship, while the other, which showcases leading man Hanks, is the international design. 
 
The film is the true story of Captain Richard Phillips (Hanks) and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. Phillips, married father of two, surrendered himself to a group of four Somali pirates in order to protect his crew off the coast of Africa. After an unsuccessful escape attempt, he was subsequently rescued when US Navy SEAL snipers shot and killed three of the pirates.

 
Captain Phillips” is directed by Oscar-nominee Paul Greengrass (“United 93,” “The Bourne Ultimatum”) from a screenplay by Billy Ray and based upon the book, "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea," by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. 
 
Opening across the Philippines in October 2013, “Captain Phillips” 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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Making a splash in Aquaria

By: Anjo Resurreccion of 1:43

It was a great idea for me and a few friends to go to Aquaria—the new leisure resort in Playa Calatagan in Calatagan, Batangas. I heard a lot of good things about it from a friend but I never expected the place to be so cool. When I saw that giant water slide—they told me it was three storeys high—I knew that I had to conquer it.

OVERBOARD. Looks like Anjo (one of the vocalists of the boy band 1:43) couldn't resist the water anymore so he just jumped off the boat to take a dip in the refreshing waters of Aquaria, the newest leisure resort destination in Playa Calatagan, Calatagan, Batangas. It features a water park and a white beach.

1:43 vocalist Anjo Resurreccion gets ready for the three-storey water slide at Aquaria, the newest leisure resort destination in Playa Calatagan, Calatagan, Batangas. It features a water park and a white beach.

The trip to Aquaria conveniently took only a short time—in less than three hours we were already at the entrance. Wow, I couldn’t help but get awestruck by Aquaria’s amenities—the place is really first class.

After we settled down with our things in the cabana that we rented—there are several cabanas around the place, usually near the cove pools and the beach—we went around to see Aquaria’s amenities. It turns out that the giant pool slide is located amid several cove pools. There’s even a sunken pool bar.

The sun loungers with their yellow, oversized umbrellas shone like giant sunflowers. There were hammocks! I swore that I would enjoy that hammock big time later.

ANJO RESURRECCION of boy band 1:43 conquers the giant, three-storey water slide of Aquaria, newest leisure resort destination in Playa Calatagan, Calatagan, Batangas. It features a water park and a white beach.

WIND SURFING is just one of the water sports available in Aquaria, the newest leisure resort destination in Playa Calatagan, Calatagan, Batangas. Here, boy band 1:43's vocalist Anjo Resurreccion tries riding the wind and surf at the world-class leisure resort. 
 
Even though the trip to Aquaria from Metro Manila was short, we had worked up an appetite. So we had a truly delicious lunch of grilled lobsters, prawns, and squid. The best place to enjoy seafood is really at a resort like Aquaria. My Filipino-French friend Alex Dieudonne of band Line of 7 and I ordered a refreshing the frozen margarita: it was perfect for the noonday heat.

We ended up eating a lot, so we decided to get at least an hour’s rest before hitting the pool and the beach. My manager Chris Cahilig and the rest of our group went back to our cabana but I couldn’t wait to use that hammock. It’s the best way to enjoy the sea breeze blowing through the beach.

ANJO RESURRECCION of boy band 1:43 and a friend enjoy the cove pools at Aquaria. Around them are the cabanas that are available for the use of resort guests. Aquaria is the newest leisure resort destination in Playa Calatagan, Calatagan, Batangas. It features a water park and a white beach.

 Hunky vocalist Anjo Resurreccion of the boyband 1:43 enjoying the pool in Aquaria, the newest leisure resort destination in Playa Calatagan, Calatagan, Batangas. It features a water park and a white beach.
  
I found out that Aquaria is a 1.2- hectare property that is designed to be a world-class leisure destination. It’s both a water park and a beach resort—I think it’s the perfect alternative to Boracay. For only P400 for adults and P200 for kids, you can already enjoy the world-class pool and the white sand, the clean, clear blue sea without having to book a flight or take a boat to an island. This makes Aquaria a perfect place for day-trippers who want to enjoy a resort vacation without spending a lot of money and taking a lot of time.

While resting from the heavy lunch, I watched the Aquaria guests, mostly families and barkadas, enjoying the various activities: soccer, volleyball and Frisbee, and even water sports like kayaking, wind surfing, boating and jet skiing. At the time we were in the resort, there was even a tutorial on stand- up paddle (SUP) boards.

A GIANT WATER SLIDE is double the fun when you have a friend along. Boy band 1:43 vocalist Anjo Resurreccion conquers the three-story swimming pool slide with a friend. Anjo and a few buddies recently went to Aquaria, the newest leisure resort destination in Playa Calatagan, Calatagan, Batangas. 

THE WATER PARK AT AQUARIA leisure resort features a giant three-storey swimming pool slide along with cove pools and a kiddie pool. There's also a sunken pool bar, delicious food from the Sands restaurant, cabanas, separate locker/shower facilities for males and females and more. Aquaria is conveniently located in Playa Calatagan, Calatagan, Batangas, just two and a half to three hours from Metro Manila. It's another innovative lifestyle concept from upscale resort developer Landco Pacific Corporation.

AQUARIA leisure resort in Playa Calatagan, Calatagan, Batangas is the newest summer destination from upscale resort developer Landco Pacific Corporation. It features a world-class water park and white beach resort with amenities that include a three-storey giant swimming pool slide; cove pools, cabanas, a sunken pool bar; separate male and female shower/locker areas; delicious food from the Sands Restaurant and various water sports and beach activities.

Frontage of Aquaria leisure resort in Playa Calatagan, Calatagan, Batangas. Aquaria provides a convenient summer destination to those living in Metro Manila, with its world-class water park and white beach resort. Its amenities include a three-storey giant swimming pool slide; cove pools, cabanas, a sunken pool bar; separate male and female shower/locker areas; delicious food from the Sands Restaurant and various water sports and beach activities.

Summer will last several more weeks, so I suggest you check out Aquaria for yourself to enjoy this season to the max. It’s going to be worth your while—hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

For reservations and more information about Aquaria, call Landco Pacific Corp. at 836-5000.
 
  
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Monday, July 29, 2013

Meet the Rival Aircrafts in “DISNEY'S PLANES”

After introducing the voice cast comprising Team Dusty, the hero group in “Disney's Planes” last March, the studio now announces Dusty's high-flying competitors in the ultimate international race.

The competition is led by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Carlos Alazraqui, Priyanka Chopra, Gabriel Iglesias and Roger Craig Smith. Below are the first-look images of the characters, with corresponding descriptions.

Inspired by the world of “Cars,” “Disney’s Planes” is an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure about Dusty’s dream of competing as a high-flying air racer—and his decidedly unfortunate fear of heights. 

Ripslinger (voice of Roger Craig Smith). With more wins than he can count and an abundance of fans, Ripslinger is wings-down the biggest name in air racing—and he knows it. But despite sky’s-the-limit funding and state-of-the-art equipment, the world champion still doesn’t play fair—especially when it comes to a small-town plane with zero racing experience. Dusty doesn’t belong in Ripslinger’s sport and his mere presence makes the pro’s fuel boil. And if Dusty’s inexperience doesn’t take him out of the race, Ripslinger’s vast empire includes a couple of underhanded sidekicks to take care of business.

Ned & Zed (voice of Gabriel Iglesias). Team Ripslinger’s bombastic racers Ned and Zed specialize in sabotage. Lacking the skills to actually outrace the competition, they simply eliminate it, propelling boss Ripslinger to victory every single time. Zed, a rowdy and reckless flier, and Ned, a strange bird himself, may not be the sharpest props in the hangar, but they have figured out how to draft off Ripslinger’s fame.

El Chupacabra (voice of Carlos Alazraqui). The intensely charming El Chupacabra is a legend in Mexico (just ask him). Powered by his passion for racing (not to mention the elusive Rochelle), this caped Casanova is anything but low-key—his booming voice and charismatic presence are as big as his oversized engine. His cohorts aren’t really sure what is truth and what is delusion when it comes to El Chu, but one thing is beyond doubt: he races with a whole lot of heart and more dramatic flair than is recommended at high altitudes. 

Rochelle (voice of Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is a tough racer and the pride of the Great White North. Always confident and capable, she got her start running mail to small towns in Quebec, picking up home remedies for mechanical maladies along the way. She also developed a knack for fast travel that ultimately inspired her to give air racing a try. Rochelle never looked back (this competitive contender doesn’t need to). She is relentlessly pursued by charmer El Chupacabra, but steadfast Rochelle is much too focused on winning the race to return his affections.

Bulldog (voice of John Cleese) has been racing longer than every other racer on the circuit. As the oldest and arguably wisest, he remembers a time before GPS, when real racers trusted their gyros and navigated by the stars. When it comes to racing, it boils down to two qualities, says Bulldog: good flying and sportsmanship. Period. While the competition secretly wonders if the aging plane is past his prime, he flies his way onto the leader board again and again, proving that this Bulldog has lost none of his bite.

Ishani (voice of Priyanka Chopra). The reigning Pan-Asian champion from India, Ishani is easy on the eyes, but ruthless in the skies. Thanks to her high-speed competitiveness and notable talent, she has amassed more than a billion loyal fans—including one rookie racer who turns to her for guidance. Exotic and mysterious, Ishani is full of surprises, but always has her eye on the prize. 

 
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International, “Planes” takes off in Philippine theaters in 3D on Aug. 21, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select cinemas.
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ANTON YELCHIN Reprises “CLUMSY” Role in “THE SMURFS 2”


Even after a heroic trip to New York City, Clumsy Smurf has not developed any new, graceful moves. That’s OK – he knows that it’s what’s on the inside that counts most. So while he might not seem like an obvious choice for a rescue mission – and in fact, it’s his two left feet that bumble him into the job – he just might be a perfect choice after all, in Sony Pictures Animation's delightful comedy “The Smurfs 2.” 
 
Young actor Anton Yelchin (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) gives voice to the innocent, exuberant Smurf with a heart of gold, Clumsy. He says that coming back into the booth to record the character was as comfortable as wrapping oneself in a warm blanket. “We had already done the hard work, on the first film, of figuring out what the character was going to be, what he was going to sound like, so I could just enjoy myself,” says Yelchin. “The second time around, I was used to the way it works – in animation, lines can change, animation can change, and that gives you a freedom in the booth.”

 
The first film was about Clumsy discovering that he doesn’t always have to just be clumsy; he can be heroic, too,” Yelchin continues. “I think `The Smurfs 2' builds on that – he’s still doing everything that got him the name Clumsy in the first place, but now, he thinks of himself as a hero, too – it’s fun to play with that idea. I enjoy playing Clumsy because he’s so much fun – he’s very sensitive and tender, but also very funny and silly. And did I mention he’s a hero? He’d be very upset with me if I didn’t mention that.”

In “The Smurfs 2,”, the evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants, and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs, Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world’s greatest sorcerer. It’s up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to our time, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her! Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, find a new connection with the Naughties Vexy and Hackus – or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is True Blue? 

Yelchin is one of Hollywood’s most sought after young actors. With highly acclaimed performances in “Star Trek,” “Terminator Salvation,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Odd Thomas,” Yelchin is quickly becoming a household name.

Yelchin received critical acclaim for his starring role in Drake Doremus’ film “Like Crazy” for which he was honored with the Artist to Watch Award at 2011 Aspen Film Festival and the Hollywood Spotlight Award at the 2011 Hollywood Film Festival. He also garnered praise from critics for his performance as Porter Black in “The Beaver,” co-starring with Mel Gibson and director Jodie Foster.

His film credits include a starring role opposite Colin Farrell and Tony Collete in Disney/Dreamworks thriller “Fright Night,” and he starred in Charlie Bartlett as the title character opposite Robert Downey Jr.
 
Opening across the Philippines on August 07 in 3D, 2D and regular theaters, “The Smurfs 2” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Purge: Movie Review

The Purge
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

In 2022, United States of America issued a memorandum making all crimes legal in one day every year. Hospitals and Law enforcement services are not accessible during the Purge for a span of twelve hours.

James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) sells security systems for a living. He made sure that his family is safe during the annual night of hell by staying inside their house. However, things went wrong when his son Charlie (Max Burkholder) helped an injured man and let him inside their house. The problem doesn't end there as a group of socialites look for that man and surrounding their house asking the Sandins to return that man or face a ferocious consequence.   


The Purge has a very silly story, imagine a country legalizing crime for 12 hours. The good thing, it manages to bring some thrills and creates a horrifying atmosphere in a single setting environment. The problem is the characters are pretty stupid making some decisions that really don't make sense plus equally dumb villains hiding underneath their fancy masks. You won't care for them: ;we even root for Charlie to be killed. On the positive note, we love the violence and brutality that the film gives.

Overall, if you're looking for a horror movie that would give you some creeps during the night, The Purge probably won't deliver that. It just gives out some cheap thrills with a little tension and excitement in a short run-time.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 6.5 out of 10 stars

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Lena Heady, Adelaide Kane, Max Burkholder

Directed By: James DeMonaco
Distributed By: Solar-UIP 
Opens July 31 at your favorite cinemas

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Director Shawn Levy reveals Google Founder cameo in “THE INTERNSHIP”


From his blockbuster works such as “Real Steel,” “Cheaper By The Dozen,” “Night at the Museum 1 & 2,” and “Date Night,” filmmaker Shawn Levy brings in the outcasts, the obsolete and the nerds in the upcoming comedy movie “The Internship” starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.
               
The Internship” finds Nick (Wilson) and his partner Billy (Vaughn), as two newly unemployed watch salesman trying to find employment with a limited skill-set in a world that appears to have passed them by.


As salesmen they are incredibly good at what they do,” says Levy, “but the whole profession of selling in person, in an age where most people areincreasingly buying their goods on the Internet, is on the wane. So they are downsized, suddenly unemployed, and Vince's character comes up with this idea of applying for an internship at Google, a company that represents the vanguard of the new economy. It's a long shot, but this possibility of self-reinvention is exciting to Billy and Nick and they take their shot.”

If you're going to team Owen and Vince, a duo that is arguably one of the most special in comedy, you need to build characters that exploit their natural personalities. So you haveOwen’s character Nick, who is a bit more laconic, very positive, very much - to quote his character - 'a blue sky artist'. He’s an optimist, but we meet him in a moment when he's been thrown back on his heels. Although he is working for a rather unlikable character, he is still soulful and has an original perspective on life. Vince, meanwhile, plays Billy who is a fast talker, a big dreamer, makes lots of plans, has alot of big ideas, but can't always put it all together. They've been friends since they were kids, and we get a real sense of that history, and they have a very easy rapport that mirrors the chemistry and rapport between Vince and Owen in real life,” narrates Levy of the duo’s characters.

Director Levy further reveals that Sergey Brin, founder of Google made cameo appearances, “I've got him in there twice. The cameo that everyone recognizes is at the end when he says, ‘Congratulations boys,’ to Owen and Vince. But if you look closely, when Vince and Owen arrive at Google and they're looking around at this fantastical strange workplace, there's a point of view shot showing a man in yoga clothes on an elliptical bicycle wearing big neon green fluffy slipper shoes and a pair of futuristic glasses with a computer screen above the eyebrow. That too is Sergey Brin.”

Here’s more, we had a sign-up sheet for real Googlers - which is what they call themselves - to be extras in the movie and we had hundreds of people who wanted to play background performers. So most of the extras you see in the exteriors at Google are real Googlers, and they were the most directable and intelligent extras I've ever had in my life. Probably because they were wildly over qualified and over educated,” enthuses Levy. 
 
The Internship” will open in cinemas starting August 14 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
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