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Monday, February 29, 2016

Gods of Egypt: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is set to be crowned as the new king when his uncle Set (Gerard Butler) crashed in the ceremonies and took over the throne. To make the matter worst, Horus was left blinded and banished from the kingdom while all mortals are set to follow under Set's plans. Mortal thief Bek (Brenton Thwaites) has other plans as he stole the eye of Horus. However, his move costs the life of the girl, he loves Zaya (Courtney Eaton). Soon Bek teams-up with Horus to stop Seth and reclaim his throne in return of getting Zaya out of the afterlife.

The film struggles to bring in a decent story about the Greek Mythology and to add more stress are the messy CGI effects that didn't live up with the expectations. The battle scenes are also a wreck and too flashy for its own good. It seems that their bombastic visual spectacle exploded too early before it even reached the end of the timer. Another problem is the plot that doesn't have any direction that gets lost within that two-hour time-frame. 

The cast was alright with Gerard Butler digging deep down inside the roots of King Leonidas when he is leading the Spartans in 300 but this time he plays as an effective villain. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau seems lost at times but still provided quality minutes throughout. Brenton Thwaites is just goofing around and enjoying his role while Courtney Eaton was simply stunning. 

Overall, Gods of Egypt is a complete disappointing mess. With the low-class visual effects the film is really hard to enjoy. It had a lot of decent ideas, but they didn't executed well enough to bring ancient mythology into a brand-new level. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 4 out of 10 stars 

Cast:  Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites

Directed by: Alex Proyas
Distributed by: Pioneer Films
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide 


Gods of Egypt Trailer
Gods of Egypt TrailerOpens February 26, 2016Cast: Gerard Butler, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton ThwaitesViewers' Choice Philippines
Posted by Lakwatsera Lovers on Sunday, 22 November 2015
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Let The Battle Begin in “BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE”

 
Born one year apart in separate runs of DC Comics, Batman and Superman have leapt off the page to become cultural touchstones across the globe, embraced by generations of fans through decades of social and political change. One orphaned by crime, the other by a dying planet; one shaped by his thirst for vengeance, the other by the values of his human family.

Their legends have fueled adaptations in every new medium under the sun, including landmark graphic novels and more than a dozen movies between them. But never have these two seminal Super Heroes faced off against each other on the big screen … until now, in Warner Bros. Pictures' epic action-adventure “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

The stage was set for their epic face-off in Snyder’s earlier foray into the DC Universe, “Man of Steel,” when Superman tears through Metropolis like a ballistic missile to defeat the alien enemy, General Zod, in an airborne battle that destroys Wayne Tower – and everyone inside it. In “Batman v Superman,” we’ll see that moment again, but this time through the eyes of Bruce Wayne as he runs into the billowing clouds of dust to search for survivors. Eighteen months hence, the scars are healing in Metropolis but not in the heart of the dark vigilante stalking the mean streets of nearby Gotham City.

 
This Batman has a score to settle, and both behind the mask and in the persona of Bruce Wayne, the character being brought to life in the film by Oscar winner Ben Affleck is older and far less idealistic than any we’ve seen thus far on screen. He’s facing off against a Superman who, while not as seasoned, has grown more confident in his powers and his place on this planet than the reluctant hero of “Man of Steel,” and after delivering the goods in that film, Henry Cavill is now fully owning both the role of the hero and his human identity, Clark Kent.

Directed by Zack Snyder, the film also stars Oscar nominees Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White; Oscar winners Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter as Senator Finch; and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.

Snyder directed from a screenplay written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, based on characters from DC Comics, including Batman, created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, and Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

  Opening across the Philippines in 3D, 2D, and IMAX 3D theaters on Black Saturday, March 26, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


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Groundbreaking ‘GREENROOM’ redefined horror genre in film!


Green Room” is a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band. Down on their luck punk rockers The Ain't Rights are finishing up a long and unsuccessful tour, and are about to call it quits when they get an unexpected booking at an isolated, run-down club deep in the backwoods of Oregon. What seems merely to be a third-rate gig escalates into something much more sinister when they witness an act of violence backstage that they weren't meant to see. Now trapped backstage, they must face off against the club's depraved owner, Darcy Banker (Stewart), a man who will do anything to protect the secrets of his nefarious enterprise. But while Darcy and his henchmen think the band will be easy to get rid of, The Ain't Rights prove themselves much more cunning and capable than anyone expected, turning the tables on their unsuspecting captors and setting the stage for the ultimate life-or-death showdown. 


Intense, emotional, and ingeniously twisted, "Green Room" is genre filmmaking at its best and most original. Saulnier continues to build his reputation as one of the most exciting and distinctive directors working today, with a movie that's completely different from his previous, highly acclaimed Blue Ruin, but which is just as risk-taking and even more full of twists. The entire cast deliver first-rate performances, but Patrick Stewart gives a transformative and brilliantly devious turn as Darcy-elegant yet lethal, droll yet terrifying, Stewart makes the film simply unforgettable. 

  GREEN ROOMis released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.

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‘Born to Dance’ biggest hip-hop dance movie storms in Philippine cinemas!

 
An ambitious young man from Auckland dreams of being a professional hip-hop dancer.
Born to Dance is a movie about Auckland teenagers with dreams of hip-hop dance stardom, and its shot through with dance sequences that tell the story of their desires in vivid, explosive fashion.

Director Tammy Davis, making his feature debut, says he was drawn to the script of Born to Dance because of the way it showed "young Maori and Pacific Island kids aspiring to be the best they can be". Yet he freely admits that he didn't know how much dance talent was in his home town, ready to take on the world.

Much of this energy comes from a dynamic young dancer-choreographer, Parris Goebel, whose credits include choreography for Janet Jackson, Cirque du Soleil and Nicki Minaj, and the development of her own ferocious dance style that she calls Polyswagg. Her talents are most recently shown in a wonderful video that she created and danced in, alongside female members of her Royal Family crew, for Justin Bieber's Sorry. It has had more than 63 million YouTube views.

"When I first met Parris and the kids," Davis says, "they were just amazing, and they blew me off my feet. I had no idea they even existed." Goebel choreographed the film, and also makes an appearance leading a terrific face-off dance sequence in a club.

Born to Dance stars Tia Maipi as Tu, dreaming of a career as a dancer, who hopes that his crew, 2PK, can make its way to the national championships. He's also drawn to the possibilities offered by K-Crew, world champion dancers who are auditioning for new members.

 
His loyalties are torn. He continues to practice with his friends, yet in secret he's taking part in the long-drawn-out auditions, and he's attracted to Sasha (Kherington Payne) a K-Crew member who's the girlfriend of its overbearing leader, Kane (Jordan Vaha'akolo). With all this and more, going on, something's got to give.

The casting process for Born to Dance involved not only finding the best dancers, Davis says, but also finding people who were a good fit, dramatically, for a range of roles. To play Tu, Davis says, "We needed someone who had self-belief". Yet he didn't want this to be too prominent. "Tia was only 17 turning 18 when he shot the film, he was very shy. And I liked that about him, it was like he hadn't fully realised his potential, which was so similar to the plotline of the film. So I tried to harness that, and not push him too far from what he really is."

Working on a movie, Davis says, "I always find my relationship to the script, because that's really important. For me, it was Tu, I've been that kid before, I was Tu and I still am, making this film was a dream of mine."

When Davis was Tu's age, he says, he hadn't found out what he wanted to do. "I had left school and was working on a farm, driving tractors. Then I went up the mountain putting chains on cars and snowboarding every day." He'd had contact with the film world, however, through a family connection, his half-brother, Julian Arahanga, who played Nig in Once Were Warriors, and Apoc in The Matrix.

He went to drama school at 19, but still hadn't really thought about acting. "My brother had friends who were gaffers and grips and I thought I'd go that way, but then I started performing on stage and I thought, oh, this is cool too."

Davis' film roles include Whale Rider and Black Sheep, and he's been in a host of New Zealand TV series, most notably in the long-running Outrageous Fortune. Right now, he's focusing on working behind the camera.

"I've written five one-hour dramas I'm pitching at the moment that I want to make, and then I've got another feature, based on Ebony Society, a short film I made." Ebony Society, which was selected for Sundance and Berlin, is a disarming tale of two boys who find more than they bargained for when they take part in a house break-in over Christmas. There's talk of a second Born to Dance film, he says, but his own projects are his priority right now.

Born to Dance is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.
SHOWING MAY 2016!
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UK’S Lead Kabbalah Teacher Unlocks the Secrets of Pros-Perity and Abundance


February 23, 2016, Manila – “Core values can maximize business growth and revenue.”

This will be Marcus Weston’s key message when he flies in for a one-night talk in Makati. The Philippines, which he considers a second home, holds a special place in his heart. But apart from visiting family, Marcus Weston will be in town for another purpose: to teach and help individuals experience abundance, success and fulfill-ment in every aspect of life.

With the country experiencing extraordinary growth, now is the time for l the people of the Philippines to realize their true potential. On March 2, Marcus will talk about the tools and technology, unique to Kabbalah, that maximize life balance and suc-cess.

Core values can maximize business growth and revenue,” says Weston. “These values and practices which are inspired by studying Kabbalah will be appreciated by anyone wishing to see positive change in themselves, their business or career,” adds Weston, a prominent international speaker who has been invited at the U.N., the Houses of Parliament, and by some of the biggest companies in the world to share his views on success, emotional intelligence and general wellbeing.

A former banker and owner of an international headhunting and recruitment firm, Weston once had a singular aspiration to change the world as a billionaire. However, through Kabbalah he has transformed that desire to help a billion people. As a result, he decided to sell the business and went on to study Kabbalah full-time. Weston now travels the world and teaches over 1,000 students a week at the Kabbalah Centre in London.

Apart from teaching Kabbalah, Weston also spearheads many European charitable projects, providing support to impoverished communities, empowering children and unemployed youth, crime prevention programs and peace-building initiatives.

Awakening Abundance is a one-night event open to everyone including non-Kabbalah students. Venue is at 5/F Main Hall, The Residences at Greenbelt. Registration fee is PHP1,000. For more information, please call Ruth Selda: 09178694957 or register directly at http://eventregkpi.jimdo.com/courses-special-events/

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Rudyard Kipling's “THE JUNGLE BOOK” to Touch New Generations

 
Disney’s “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan, who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera, and the free-spirited bear Baloo. Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa, a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie, who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.

Based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories, “The Jungle Book” is inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, with an approach all its own. “We embrace the mythic qualities of Kipling in the more intense tonal aspects of the film,” says director Jon Favreau,“but we left room for what we remember from the ’67 film, and sought to maintain those charming Disneyesque aspects.”

 
 “Kipling’s stories follow Joseph Campbell’s ‘hero with a thousand faces’ view of mythic storytelling,” adds Favreau. “You have the rise of the hero—a young boy coming of age in the jungle in this environment with all of these archetypal characters. As a filmmaker I find this as very fertile soil.”

Kipling’s stories have been adapted several times in the 12 decades that followed their publication. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated movie, “The Jungle Book,” was overhauled when Walt Disney felt that early drafts, which retained the darker tone of Kipling’s stories, were too serious. Released on Oct. 18, 1967, a year after Disney’s death, the film became a beloved classic. With iconic songs like Terry Gilkyson’s “The Bare Necessities” and the Sherman Brothers’ “I Wanna Be Like You,” the film’s soundtrack still inspires instantaneous humming and toe-tapping today. Disney’s “The Jungle Book” was released theatrically two more times, as well as in-home video, DVD and Blu-ray releases, earning fans across generations and rooting Mowgli and his animal friends and foes in hearts around the world.

 
The bond between Mowgli and Baloo made a very strong impression on me as a kid,” says Favreau. “It reminded me of my own relationship with my grandfather, who was a big part of my life. I really like that Mowgli is rambunctious, always getting into trouble. He isn’t the standard well-behaved kid, but a bit precocious—a ‘Dennis the Menace’ type. He isn’t intimidated by these big wild animals, in fact, he’s completely at home among them. He’s a tough kid but also very vulnerable emotionally, especially with Baloo.

There was a fun quality to Disney’s classic animated version of ‘The Jungle Book,’” continues Favreau. “I loved the music and I remember having vivid dreams about the characters. The scenes that made a big visual impression on me—that I am carrying over to this version of film—are images of Mowgli going down the river on the belly of Baloo, the python Kaa with its hypnotic eyes, and the majesty of those elephants marching by.”

  The wild adventure swings into Philippine theaters in 3D on April 06, 2016. “The Jungle Book” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Follow the official social media accounts of Disney in the Philippines, namely, (FB) WaltDisneyStudiosPH, (Twitter) @disneystudiosph and (Instagram) @waltdisneystudiosph and use the hashtag #JungleBookPH.
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Returning and New Cast in Dreamworks' Action-Packed Animation “KUNG FU PANDA 3”

 
One of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, “Kung Fu Panda 3” that will open March 9nationwide (2D, 3D and IMAX 3D screens).  The film marks the return of the plump black-and-white bear who has only one aspiration – to become an expert in a martial art that requires agility, mental prowess and lightning-fast reflexes.  It was a formidable, if not impossible quest.  But then Po doesn’t know the word “impossible.”  He’s always striving to be the best he can be…to be his own hero.
 
As Po attempts to instruct his idols – Tigress, Monkey, Viper, Crane and Mantis – in the finer points of kung fu, chaos reigns in the Training Hall, a place of discipline, honor and sacred practice. Po’s cluelessness as a teacher reminds us of the character we met and fell and love with in KUNG FU PANDA. 
 
Before heading on to watch the most anticipated family outing of the year, let’s review and meet returning and new characters and cast in “Kung Fu Panda 3.”
 
PO (Jack Black)
Plucked from his duties as the apprentice noodle maker at his dad’s shop, Po is now the legendary Dragon Warrior, and he’s already saved the world a few times. But despite all the adulation, Po is the same humble panda.

 
SHIFU (Dustin Hoffman)
Kung Fu master Shifu is very good at his job as trainer to the “best of the best” Kung Fu warriors in all of China. He’s a strict, difficult to please teacher who pushes his students ever harder to achieve the achievement of unachievable perfection.
 
OOGWAY (Randall Duk Kim)
This warrior and spiritual leader of the Valley of Peace dedicated his life to protecting the small and vulnerable. Though he has moved on from our realm, he has left his Kung Fu legacy in the trusted hands of Shifu, Po and The Five.

 
TIGRESS  (Angelina Jolie Pitt)
Master Tigress is the strongest and boldest of the Furious Five.  But underneath her stoic, iron-jawed (and iron-hand, and iron-feet, pretty much iron-everything) exterior is a warm compassion that others seldom see. 
 
 
VIPER (Lucy Liu)
Master Viper is the “mother hen” of the group.  But don’t let her gentle nature fool you.  Viper is a lightning fast warrior capable of taking down the most intimidating foe. 
 
MONKEY (Jackie Chan)
Mischievous, playful and enthusiastic, Master Monkey likes a good joke, but his easy-going attitude masks cunning martial arts ability. Monkey is an unpredictable prankster who is as fierce as he is clever and funny.
 
CRANE (David Cross)
Master Crane is the pragmatist of the group.  He'll try to avoid a fight if at all possible, but if he can't avoid it, Crane will do everything he can to win it.
 
MANTIS (Seth Rogen)
Master Mantis may be the smallest of the Five, but he'd never admit it. The little guy has a textbook Napoleon complex: strong, fast and tiny, he possesses a mean temper and is ready to “throw down” at the slightest insult. 
 
MR. PING (James Hong)
Mr. Ping may have lost his best, and only, employee to kung fu greatness, but he couldn’t be more proud of his panda son, Po. Like any parent left at home, Mr. Ping worries about being forgotten.

 
LI (Bryan Cranston)
Think about who Po would be if the discipline of Kung Fu had never entered his life – and that’s Li.  Po’s old man is a loud exuberant party loving panda always out for a good time, whether that’s eating and napping or napping and eating. 
 
 
MEI MEI (Kate Hudson)
In a village of easy going pandas who would literally rather roll than walk, Mei Mei stands out as a rare, results-oriented panda.  Once she sets her mind on something, she’ll get it no matter what. 

 
KAI (J.K. Simmons)
Long ago, the fearsome and power-hungry warrior Kai found a way to take chi from others, until he was banished to the Spirit Realm for all eternity.  Now, Kai has returned to earth, where his appetite for power and revenge leads to an incredible showdown and battle with Po.  
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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Zoolander 2: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

After the tragic loss of his wife (Christine Taylor) and the unfortunate incident that removed him from the custody of his son, Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) decides to live in a remote cabin in New Jersey. While Hansel (Owen Wilson) on the other hand, is living with his orgy family in the desserts of Malibu. The two are already forgotten fashion icons but when they are visited by Billy Zane handing them an important message. Soon, the two met in Rome where they try to redeem themselves and get back on track, but they must face a former foe who is planning another evil plot to the fashion universe. 

One thing we've done wrong is we didn't have the time to watch the first film. We're a bit lost with some of the jokes they referred 15 years ago. We are really confused with the story that feels disoriented as the plot was made just to scrap off some cash who enjoyed the first film. Zoolander 2 is also overstuffed with cameos of fashion icons you won't even care about. There are still some fun moments, especially when Justin Bieber died but the entire thing is completely forgettable after you stepped out of the cinema. 

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson tried hard to make the whole thing work. However, the material really can't produce enough comedy to make it enjoyable. Will Ferrell's Mugatu come out a little late in helping the two to salvage this one out of the embarrassment and Penelope Cruz is probably the second best thing in the film aside from Bieber's death. 

Overall, Zoolander 2 is a bland comedy sequel that is a decade late for release. It feels like Ben Stiller has already lost his touch in comedy and crammed everything as lazy as possible to come-up with this unnecessary sequel. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 3.5 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz 

Directed by: Ben Stiller
Distributed by: United International Pictures PH
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide 

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Always Be My Maybe: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Jake and Tenten (Gerald Anderson and Arci Muñoz) both came from failed relationships. Jake's proposal was turned down by his long-term girlfriend Tracy while Tenten's expectation didn't reach its potential when the man, he loves move on to find his true love. However, their lives changes when the two met in a resort and know more about each other. Their relationship blossoms into something much deeper but the two is still reluctant to give in because they are afraid that something might change  within their friendship.

Dan Villegas continues to bring romantic comedy films into new heights with his latest project Always Be My Maybe. He still used the same formula from his past projects but still come-up in making his film relatable to his audience. He knows how to create situations that will surely have an impact for the viewers.

Kudos to the cast as the unexpected team-up of Gerald Anderson and Arci Muñoz was a success. At first, you'll wonder how will this pair work? But with the two offering enough charm and balanced chemistry throughout; they will immediately get your attention right from the get go. Gerald Anderson is the perfect choice to play Jake. He is comfortably played his role well and just simply enjoyed the piece given to him. But, the big revelation is Arci Muñoz. She easily captivates the viewers with enough wit and charm and earns the respect she deserves. We also loved the addition of Cacai Bautista ,who mostly gave the laughs whenever she is on the screen. 

Overall, Always Be My Maybe is exactly what you've ordered if you want an enjoyable and entertaining rom-com flick. It might be a little predictable and formulatic but Arci Muñoz performance is already worth-it for the price of admission. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out of 10 stars

Cast: Gerald Anderson, Arci Muñoz

Directed By: Arci Muñoz
Distributed by: Star Cinema
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide   

 
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Eric Bana Makes The Toughest Choices in “THE FINEST HOURS”

 
Australian actor Eric Bana (“Hulk,” “Lone Survivor”) plays Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff, the commanding officer of the Coast Guard station when the storm hit, in Walt Disney Pictures' gripping sea rescue tale, “The Finest Hours.”

The film is based on the extraordinary true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history in the U.S. Presented in Digital 3D, the film transports audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale.

Cluff is new to this particular region of Amercia, and while being an outsider in a small town is always a struggle, it’s even more difficult when you are in a position of power and have to command people who are local and have been there much longer than my character has,” Bana says.

He continues, “Cluff is from the South and everything about him is different, from the way he commands to how he sounds, and he anticipated having a level of respect from his men which is just not there. He’s uncomfortable and unsure of himself, and definitely has his work cut out for him in terms of short-circuiting the disconnection.”

 
This difficult situation is the backdrop in which Cluff must make the tough, potentially fatal decision to order Chris Pine's character, Bernie, to choose a crew and take the lifeboat out into the storm. After making the decision he is confronted by Bernie's fiancee, Miriam, and has the opportunity to rescind it before it’s too late, but doesn’t.

It’s an interesting predicament,” explains Bana. “He could be responding to his authority being questioned by Miriam, but I think deep down he’s sending the men out because it’s the right thing to do—it’s their job. They didn’t have the checks and balances system in place back then like they do now, so he’s making a judgment call, but I don’t think there was ever any doubt that he was going to send them out.”

Cluff is a guy whose back is against the wall and he has to make some very difficult decisions,” says director Craig Whitaker. “There is some uncertainty in those decisions that he has to make which reveals his character’s true humanity, and it’s really incredible to witness on screen. It was great to see Eric make him a more insecure and unsettled person.”

Bana starred in Ridley Scott’s “Black Hawk Down” as Delta Sgt. First Class “Hoot” Gibson, one of a group of elite U.S. soldiers, opposite Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor and Tom Sizemore. The war epic, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for Sony, is based on journalist Mark Bowden’s best-selling account of the 1993 U.S. mission in Mogadishu, Somalia.

 
Shortly thereafter, Bana starred as Bruce Banner in “Hulk,” based on the Marvel Comics character, for director Ang Lee and Universal Pictures. He was also featured as Hector the Prince of Troy in Warner Bros.’ “Troy” for director Wolfgang Peterson. The film was based on Homer’s “The Iliad,” and co-starred Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom. The following year he starred in Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed “Munich” about the aftermath of the 1972 Munich Olympics.

He played the title role in Warner Bros.’ “Lucky You,” opposite Drew Barrymore. Following “Lucky You,” he starred as Henry Tudor opposite Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson in “The Other Boleyn Girl.”

Bana co-starred in J.J. Abrams’ blockbuster hit “Star Trek” as the villain Nero. He was also featured in: “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” opposite Rachel McAdams, based on the best-selling novel by Audry Niffenegger; and the action-thriller “Hanna,” opposite Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett.

Bana’s recent film credits include: “Lone Survivor” opposite Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster; and “Deliver Us from Evil” from producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

  Opening across the Philippines on March 02, “The Finest Hours” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures. Follow the official social media accounts of Disney in the Philippines, namely, (FB) WaltDisneyStudiosPH, (Twitter) @disneystudiosph and (Instagram) @waltdisneystudiosph and use the hashtag #FinestHoursPH.
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“INTRUDERS” Defines Agoraphobia


Agoraphobia/noun: a panic disorder characterized by abnormal persistent fear and severe anxiety of public places and. In open spaces extreme cases, the victim is socially paralyzed by a pathological fear of being in public places, resulting in the sufferer becoming housebound. Anna Rook is afflicted with agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of home invaders break into her old Victorian on the outskirts of town, she is unable to flee, frozen by her phobia. The intruders soon discover that survival brings out the worst in a girl. Anna, hardly helpless, is harboring dark secrets and deeply disturbed on many levels. 
 
INTRUDERS’ is a suspenseful, tightly contained horror-thriller with a strong female lead; the story of a disturbed woman backed into a corner, who is forced to exorcise her personal demons in a fight for survival, and in the process escapes the house that’s become her prison. Beth Riesgraf (TNT’s Leverage) stars as Anna Rook, a young woman isolated from human contact in nearly every way. She suffers from a crippling case of agoraphobia and spends her days holed up in an old Victorian on the outskirts of town. The people in Anna's life can be counted on just two fingers: Her terminally-ill partner, Conrad (Timothy McKinney) and the charming Meals-on-Wheels driver, Dan played by Rory Culkin (Scream 4). When Conrad dies, Anna can't even muster up the wherewithal to leave the house to attend his funeral. Which is unfortunate, because that’s when a trio of small-time criminals – JP (Jack Kesy), Perry (Martin Starr), and Vance (Joshua Mikel) -- break in to rob her place. Unable to bring herself to flee, Anna is forced into a violent confrontation that is only worsened when Dan shows up to check on her. Upon realizing that she’s been betrayed… that Dan actually knows the interlopers, Anna turns the tables on her captors and traps all of them in the basement. That’s when they discover her dark secret. 
 
Anna, hardly defenseless, has her own skeletons to hide. Conrad’s attempts to cleanse her of her childhood trauma left her with a house of horrors legacy. That trauma remains and Anna taps into it to find the strength to finish the battle with the men that she’s trapped.

INTRUDERS” is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.
Showing on March 16. Nationwide!
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Chris O’Dowd plays journalist David Walsh In The Program


Chris O’Dowd has become a bit of a disgruntled sports fan. His beloved Liverpool are in what seems like perpetual change and the arrival of Jürgen Klopp is far from a guarantee that the 25-year search for a Premier League title will end. At least he can’t blame Liverpool’s demise on other team’s cheating and that’s what’s really got his ire up. He’s been spending the past few months trying to work out the enigma that is Lance Armstrong, the cycling superstar who overcame cancer to win the Tour de France seven times. It was a unique achievement at arguably sport’s toughest endurance event. Then came the revelation that it was a house built on lies. 
In Stephen Frears’ The Program, O’Dowd plays journalist David Walsh, the man who refused to believe Armstrong’s lies, even when the cyclist successfully sued Walsh’s paper for libel, winning a multimillion-pound payout. O’Dowd has the same zealous belief that science and doping are making a mockery of sport. “For me as a sports fan, I have no interest in watching pharmacists and doctors competing to come up with the best concoctions,” says the Irish actor.
He has a similar disdain for Formula 1, because it relies so much on the technical prowess of the mechanics. O’Dowd’s main interest is the skill of the individual, which probably explains why he became an actor, being judged on his ability to mimic or bring a character to life, even when he’s part of an ensemble.
The 36-year-old is best known as a comic, a reputation that goes back to the flirting state patrol officer he portrayed in Bridesmaids. But he didn’t want to be known simply as the goofy comic. “Which is hard when it’s such a big movie,” he says of the 2011 hit. “And particularly stateside, when it’s probably what 90 per cent of the people know you from. But you always just want to find the best work. Not to tick a box. I ended up doing comedy by accident really. It’s not like it was a life plan or anything.”
O’Dowd was born in Boyle, County Roscommon. His father is a graphic designer and his mother a psychotherapist. He has brought many of his childhood tales to the screen in Moone Boy, the show he created for Sky TV. “I mean, we kind of look at it all... not through rose-tinted glasses, but certainly, I had a lovely childhood, so I wasn’t necessarily worried about dealing with issues from my past. There are moments when my family would be like, ‘That’s not how I fuckin’ remember it!’ But for the most part, the vast majority of it… relationship-wise it’s totally accurate to how I grew up. A lot of the stories kind of come and go. Some of them are based in reality and then you make them funnier in some way, or make them more interesting to watch.”
But he thinks the show’s now on its last legs. There are only so many stories he can tell about 11- and 12-year-old boys, although he has a Truffaut-esque desire to return to the characters when they are a bit older. One story he could put in, if he ever followed up that idea, is about a bike ride he went on, aged 14. “It was during the summer holidays. There was very little happening. I come from a very small place. I went with these two friends, John and Dermott. We cycled maybe 80 miles. It took two days. We pitched a tent. I’d forgotten about that. We pitched a tent and when we woke up we were in a traffic island.”
It didn’t put him off cycling, and when he was acting on Broadway in Of Mice and Men, opposite James Franco, he would cycle to work and back every night. On stage he became a big fan of his co-star. “James is great. I think he’s genuinely trying to do interesting things. Not everybody is. He takes a lot of flak for it, which I’ve never really understood. If he wasn’t so handsome, I think he’d be celebrated much more.”
But his recollection of playing a venture capitalist in the US drama series Girls is more down to earth. “It wasn’t an iconic show when I was doing it. It just felt like another kind of TV gig. You could tell that they’re all very smart, and it felt quite raw, which was nice… I’m kind of amazed to see it take off, and you don’t know that it’s going to be such a massive thing. But they really keyed into what people wanted.”
I’m left with the impression that giving people what they want is not O’Dowd’s objective. Otherwise he would be happily revelling in comic roles, rather than taking on meaty stage roles and playing journalists on a mission. He’s considered and serious and wants to challenge himself and people’s perceptions of him. Playing a journalist brings back memories of working on a student newspaper when he was young. “I wanted to be a journalist quite a lot when I was in school. And I didn’t get the grades to go to the journalism colleges… I don’t know how they were so hard to get into given the level of journalism generally.”
Thanks,” I respond. To which O’Dowd lets out a hearty laugh. His wife, Dawn O’Porter, is a television presenter and they have just had their first child, Art. When he talks about Walsh, it’s in reverential tones: “He’s a great journalist with a lot of integrity.” And that’s how O’Dowd plays him in The Program
 THE PROGRAM is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.
SHOWING ON MARCH 2. NATIONWIDE!
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

First Look: Chadwick Boseman in Thriller 'Message From the King'

Fabrice Du Welz directed the film featuring the 'Black Panther' actor, which also stars Luke Evans and Teresa Palmer.

In the first-look photo from his new action-thriller Message From the King, Chadwick Boseman is a man on a mission.

The movie, directed by Fabrice Du Welz, stars Boseman as a man from South Africa who has suddenly lost all contact with his younger sister, and travels to Los Angeles only to find evidence that she has gotten involved in the city's dark underbelly. He then takes it upon himself to avenge her.

Luke Evans, Teresa Palmer and Alfred Molina star alongside the Black Panther actor in Message From the King, which is now in post.

Stepehn Cornwell and Oliver Butcher penned the script, with Cornwell also producing. The movie is produced by Entertainment One Features, Rumble Films and The Ink Factory. Sierra/Affinity is overseeing international sales, while Solar Pictures is releasing for Solar Entertainment. Message From The King is coming soon in the Philippines.

Synopsis:
After suddenly losing all contact with his younger sister, Jacob King arrives in Los Angeles determined to track her down. Trying to piece together her last known movements, King finds unsettling evidence of a life gone off the rails – drugs, sex and secrets in the sleazy underbelly of the City of Angels. Undeterred by warnings to go home, King proves to be more than a match for the violence he is confronted with as he relentlessly pursues the truth about what happened to his sister.
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