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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

“A DOG’S WAY HOME” Explores the Power of Unconditional Love

Based on the bestselling novel by the beloved author of A Dog’s Purpose, Columbia Pictures’ A Dog’s Way Home is an emotionally charged and uplifting spiritual odyssey that follows one dog’s journey home that highlights the power of unconditional love between a dog and her owner.

A Dog’s Way Home chronicles the heartwarming adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human, Lucas, an aspiring med student and VA hospital volunteer. Bella touches the lives of many during her unwavering quest; from an orphaned mountain lion cub to a homeless veteran down on his luck, Bella brings joy and comfort to everyone she meets with her unique spirit and faith. 

We all have really deep needs for connection, belonging, purpose, safety, expression and autonomy,” says Ashley Judd, whostars in the film.  “In the movie, Bella gets to have her family of choice, which we all have the gift of finding in this life.  We’ve got the families into which we are born, and we get to make a chosen family, and that’s what happens to Bella. When she gets separated from that family, she’s willing to go to extraordinary lengths to be home.  It’s an epic adventure.”

That adventure is based on the bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, who, with his wife, Cathryn Michon, would adapt it into a screenplay.  “This story is about true love,” says Cameron.  “Here’s a dog that goes through so many adventures and trials, and it’s all about getting back to her person.  I think anybody who has had a dog will recognize the unconditional love these animals can give, and will find it in their heart to embrace that message.”

There’s nothing like the bond between dog and person, adds Michon.  “Bella loves many people, but she and her human have a soul bond, and that soul bond is the spiritual story and the heart of this film.”

The film also Jonah Hauer-King, Edward James Olmos, Alexandra Shipp, Wes Studi and Bryce Dallas Howard as the voice of Bella.

  In Philippine cinemas February 6, A Dogs Way Home is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  Use the hashtag #ADogsWayHome

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“INSTANT FAMILY” Opens Mark Wahlberg's Eyes to Adoption

Mark Wahlberg plays everyman Pete Wagner - son, husband and…adoptive father in Paramount Pictures’ new comedy Instant Family.

In the film, when Pete and Ellie (Rose Byrne) decide to start a family, they stumble into the world of foster care adoption. They hope to take in one small child but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15 year old girl (Isabela Moner), they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight. Now, Pete and Ellie must hilariously try to learn the ropes of instant parenthood in the hopes of becoming a family. Instant Family is inspired by the real events from the life of writer/director Sean Anders.

Mark Wahlberg, who has now starred in three of Anders’ films, believes Sean’s personal experience will inform the movie. “I think it gives it an emotional anchor, and just an honesty and authenticity that makes it profoundly emotional and personal. And it’s something that everybody can identify with. And I think it’s going to be a very feel good movie in a time where people need to feel good.”

Sean had talked to me a little bit about the idea of making this movie when we were making Daddy’s Home 2,” shares Wahlberg.  “But it was just an idea and we had talked about other ideas in the past. When he came to me, I absolutely fell in love with the idea.”

Every time I talked to him, even before I got the actual script it always got emotional,” recalls Wahlberg.  “Being a parent and knowing how difficult it can be for children in the foster care system, it was always very emotional for me. Once I read the script, I laughed hysterically and cried quite a bit too.

Sean is great when it comes to tone and pushing things with humor, but also delivering on an emotional level with audiences.” says Wahlberg.  “Knowing Sean brought children into his home and created his own family and has encouraged other people to do the same is a very special thing.”  He adds, “I think it will really be satisfying to audiences. And hopefully it will encourage and inspire people to look into children in the foster care system and create a home for them.”

I’ve learned quite a bit about adoption having been a part of this process, but not enough,” admits Wahlberg. “There are a lot of wonderful children in need of families.” He adds, “Being a family is a very wonderful and rewarding thing but it can be very difficult and trying at times with adoptive children as with your biological children.  The ultimate goal and reward is coming together in love; it’s a beautiful thing,” concludes Wahlberg when asked if he thinks this film can change the perception about adoption.

  In Philippine cinemas January 30, Instant Family is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at; Twitter at and Instagram at 

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Liam Neeson's Vengeance Fuels Hard-Pounding Action in “COLD PURSUIT”

Blood in the snow will flow in Liam Neeson’s (known for the highly successful Taken franchise) latest thrilling action film “Cold Pursuit” where he plays Nes Coxman, a snowplough driver  in  Kehoe, a 10 degrees and counting glitzy ski resort in the Rocky Mountains.
Liam Neeson is no stranger to reinvention. But even by his standards, “Cold Pursuit” represents a surprising gear-shift into wicked new territory.  The movie sets the local police in action at the same time who are not used to much action until the son of unassuming town snowplough driver, Nels Coxman is murdered at the order of Viking (Tom Bateman), a flamboyant drug lord. Enraged and armed with heavy machinery, Nels sets out to dismantle the cartel one man at a time, but his understanding of murder comes mainly from what he read in a crime novel. As the bodies pile up, his actions ignite a turf war between Viking and his long-standing rival White Bull (Tom Jackson), a soulful Native-American mafia boss, that will quickly escalate and turn the small town’s bright white slopes blood-red.

There aren’t many actors whose CV include everything from an Oscar-nominated turn in Schindler’s List to a Jedi, a Batman villain, a shady cop made out of Lego and a talking Lion. But then, Liam Neeson isn’t like many other actors.  With an astonishing 126 credits to his name, the 66-year-old famously saw himself unwittingly reinvented as an action star a decade ago, with his starring role as Bryan Mills in the huge global smash that was TAKEN. But while that movie’s plot, of a father out for revenge against the men who have put his offspring in danger, may sound like it shares some DNA with that of Cold Pursuit, the latter sees him deliver a performance unlike any in his already storied career.

On the one level, Cold Pursuit is a great, classic revenge thriller,” says Neeson. “But what was really appealing to me was the dark undercurrent of humour that runs through it.” Or, as his director, Hans Petter Moland puts it: “Basically, this is Liam Neeson like you’ve never seen him before. It’s a very special, unique performance.” 

  Catch “Cold Pursuit” when it opens in cinemas on February 13 nationwide from Axinite Digicinema.

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King Arthur's Half-Sister Morgana Portrayed by Rebecca Ferguson in the Movie For the Whole Family “THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING”

Filled with action, humour and heart, Joe Cornish’s “The Kid Who Would Be King” is a thrilling adventure for the young and the young at heart.  Based on one of the most famous myths of all time, THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING approaches the legend of King Arthur and his knights in a completely new way, bringing it into the modern world and making it relevant for contemporary audiences.
The heart of the film is based on the chivalric code that the wizard Merlin teaches young Arthur in the legend.  This is the set of laws that King Arthur’s knights abided by, which dictated earnest moral behavior – honoring the people you love, persevering, refraining from offense and telling the truth.  In the film, Cornish takes that moral code and applies it to modern kids, to see what its value is in today’s world. 

Standing in the gang’s way is malevolent enchantress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson), King Arthur’s half-sister, whose belief that the sword is rightfully hers has twisted her to evil. Buried in a tree in the bowels of the Earth by Arthur and his magician Merlin (Sir Patrick Stewart/Angus Imrie), Morgana looks to take back the sword using an army of undead knights and her terrifying ability to shapeshift, buoyed by a deep conviction that she is the true heir to the throne.

One of the most vivid characters in the legend is the sorceress Morgana – King Arthur’s half-sister and illegitimate offspring of a magical birth. Because she has had her inheritance and the sword taken away from her, she becomes evil, jealous, and covetous of the sword, which she believes is rightfully hers. Morgana is trapped by Arthur and Merlin underground, bound into the bowels of the Earth by magic, where she remains dormant for centuries.

Rebecca Ferguson was shooting on ‘Mission Impossible - Fallout’ with Simon Pegg – a long-time friend and collaborator of Cornish and Park – who suggested Cornish approach her about playing Morgana. Director Cornish was delighted that Ferguson was attracted to the role. “We were very lucky that Rebecca really responded to the material and was excited to play this larger than life role that involved her putting on elaborate prosthetics and transforming into these crazy creatures – breathing fire and flying, and fighting an army of kids. I think she really relished and enjoyed the experience, taking it very seriously and working incredibly hard on her physical movement.  She gave us a huge amount of time and energy, above and beyond the call of duty, and has a phenomenal presence and charisma in the movie.”

  The Kid Who Would Be King” opens January 23 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox. 
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Shay Mitchell Takes on the Demon in “THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE”

The Exorcist, The Exorcism of Emily Rose—these are masterful studies in creeping psychological horror that served as important inspirations for director Diederik van Rooijen’s The Possession of Hannah Grace, which sees Pretty Little Liars’ star Shay Mitchell come into her own as a feature film star.

In the new horror film, the recent Manila visitor and Filipina-Canadian actress brings to the screen a highly competent heroine, ex-cop Megan Reed, who has fallen on hard times but is determined to regain her footing. To do so, though, Megan will have to overcome challenges unlike any she might ever have imagined as a series of supernatural events prompts her to doubt her own sanity. A demonic force has set its sights on her and will stop at nothing to see her dead and defeated.

For Mitchell, the role of Megan represented a singular opportunity to play a complex character under unimaginable pressure who digs deep to summon the courage to combat a supernatural threat. “I really liked the fact that she is able to overcome things throughout this movie—that she doesn’t just die,” Mitchell says. “She proves to herself that she could do it. Being in a morgue alone all night would be a very isolating job for you and me, but for somebody like Megan, who’s gone through a lot of recent ups and downs, I think being surrounded by cadavers is strangely comforting. There is no judgment there. Nobody is telling her she’s messed up again or that she’s been lying and needs to get her act together. But as things start getting strange at the morgue, her self-doubt begins to complicate the situation.”

To prepare to play Megan, Mitchell did a ride along with local Boston police officers and studied what it was like to work in a morgue. “It’s a very intense role to play, and from day one, she embraced it. She really threw herself into the part,” executive producer Glenn Gainor says.

When you’re the main actor in a movie, it’s mostly centered on you, so there’s a lot of responsibility. She’s so down-to-earth. She’s a team player and such a leader. I think that this is going to be the start of a huge movie career for her,” co-producer Andrea Ajemian says of Mitchell.

Director van Rooijen agrees. “Everybody’s going to be amazed by what she’s done,” he says about Mitchell. “It’s her and the demon and that’s it. Her reactions are what makes it scary and fun to watch.”

About The Possession of Hannah Grace

In The Possession of Hannah Grace, a shocking exorcism spirals out of control, claiming the life of a teenage girl. Months later, ex-cop Megan Reed (Shay Mitchell) is attempting to get her life back on track after failing to prevent her partner’s murder and turning to drugs and alcohol to manage her grief. Working the graveyard shift at the morgue in the Boston hospital where she got sober, Megan finds an unlikely peace in the extreme solitude of the cavernous facility.

But one night, after she takes delivery of a horribly disfigured body, things begin to change. Locked alone inside the basement corridors of the morgue with the mutilated cadaver, Megan begins to experience horrifying visions. Questioning her own sanity, she fears that the cadaver is possessed by a ruthless demonic force and is ready to spring back to life—to kill.

A pulse-pounding horror-thriller sure to terrify audiences, The Possession of Hannah Grace stars Shay Mitchell, Stana Katic, Grey Damon, Nick Thune, Jacob Ming-Trent, Max McNamara, Louis Herthum, James A. Waston, Jr and Kirby Johnson. Diederik van Rooijen (Daylight) directs from a script by Brian Sieve (Scream: The TV Series, Boogeyman 2).

  In Philippine cinemas January 23, The Possession of Hannah Grace is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  Use the hashtag #PossessionMovie
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Snow Flower’s Challenge For 1M Yen: Would You Pretend To Be In A Relationship With A Stranger For One Month?

Calling all hopeless romantics! You’ll surely fall for this Japanese love story, coming out February 6 in cinemas nationwide that spans four beautiful seasons.

This love month, dive into a puddle—no, an ocean of feels with Snow Flower, a Japanese YA movie that is almost too precious for this world. Out on February 6 in time for Valentine’s Day, Snow Flower is about a year in the life of a bright young woman named Miyuki (Ayami Nakajo). The sad truth is, it’s her last year ever, according to her doctor’s prognosis. Just as she’s about to abandon all hope, she meets Yusuke (Hiroomi Tosaka), a kind stranger who would become the love of her life, in wintertime Tokyo.

In a serendipitous turn of events, Miyuki and Yusuke cross paths again six months after their meet cute. Her time running out, Miyuki courageously offers Yusuke a deal: be her boyfriend for one month in exchange for one million yen. Yusuke, whose café workplace desperately needs a financial boost, accepts the offer to continue supporting his younger siblings.

Truly beginning in the summer, their romance is a match #blessed by the universe as the seasons unfold as beautifully as their story. From the cherry blossoms of Tokyo, their love story crosses oceans to the red aurora of Finland. You see, it’s Miyuki’s last wish to witness the rare phenomenon in the winter wonderland where her parents met.

Based on the iconic Japanese winter song “Yuki no Hana” (Snow Flower), this feel-good YA movie will remind you what it truly means to be alive and present in the moment.

  Directed by Kojiro Hashimoto and distributed by Axinite Digicinema in the Philippines, it’s a date on February 6, Snow Flower is the movie to catch this love month. 

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Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston Team Up in The Box-Office Hit “THE UPSIDE”

Get ready for a roaring and endearing time at the movies this January 23 with Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston in an unusual buddy comedy drama “The Upside”.  The movie is inspired by the 2011 box office hit French film Les Intouchables.
The unexpected friendship between Phillip Lacasse (Cranston), a Park Avenue billionaire left paralyzed after a paragliding accident, and ex-con Dell Scott (Kevin Hart), in need of a fresh start. Newly paroled and in desperate need of a job, Dell is frustrated by the menial opportunities available to an ex-con. After finding himself at the wrong job interview Dell uses his irreverent charisma to charm Phillip, who, despite protests from his chief-of-staff Yvonne (Nicole Kidman), offers him the home aid position. Despite a rocky start, the two quickly realize how much they can learn from each other's experiences. From worlds apart, Phillip and Dell form an unlikely bond, bridging their differences and gaining invaluable wisdom in the process, giving each man a renewed sense of passion for all of life's possibilities.

"The movie is about people bridging the divisions between us, which to me is an incredibly important theme," explains director Neil Burger. "I wanted the movie to feel real and to be as honest as possible. That goes with the depiction of Phillip and his disability. To be as honest as we could about that experience and ultimately be as respectful as we could about that. And the same with Kevin's character's experience. His background being from the South Bronx and what he's going through in his life. The movie is about respect and it's about compassion. And I think that had to be part of the filmmaking as well. To be as honest and respectful as possible."

Filling out the rest of the stellar cast of “The Upside”are Aja Naomi King who plays Latrice, Dell's ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child, Suzanne Savoy as Charlotte, Phillip's long-time chef, Julianna Margulies, a pen pal Phillip finally gets the courage to meet for a date, Tate Donovan, the wealthy and somewhat obnoxious budding art collector living in Phillip's building, and Genevieve Angelson, as Phillip's deceased wife, Jenny.

  The Upside” is Now Showing in cinemas from Pioneer Films. 

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Marvel Studios' “CAPTAIN MARVEL” Reveals Character Posters

Check out the brand-new character posters for Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel.” In Philippines theaters on March 6.

About Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel
Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom. 
The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, with Annette Bening, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.
Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patricia Whitcher and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The story is by Nicole Perlman & Meg LeFauve and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet, and the screenplay is by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet.
Captain Marvel” opens in Philippine cinemas on March 6, 2019.
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“SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2” Spotlights Snowball, Chloe in New Trailers

This June, the creators of Despicable Me can’t wait to show you what they have coming up! Watch the brand-new trailers forUniversal Pictures and llumination’s new comedy The Secret Life of Pets 2, the eagerly anticipated sequel to the 2016 global hit.

The new trailers highlight two of the films most adorable characters, Chloe and Snowball.

Check out the trailers below and watch The Secret Life of Pets 2 in Philippine cinemas June 05.

About The Secret Life of Pets 2

The Secret Life of Pets 2 will follow summer 2016’s blockbuster about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy will produce the sequel to the comedy that had the best opening ever for an original film, animated or otherwise.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 will see the return of writer Brian Lynch (Minions) and once again be directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me series, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax).

The Secret Life of Pets 2 is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Follow us on Facebook at 

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An Immersive Peek Into The Future in “ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL”  

Alita: Battle Angel” represents a landmark collaboration between two of the best filmmakers working today. Originated (and produced) by James Cameron, the movie has Robert Rodriguez writing and directing a story that adapts Yukito Kishiro’s beloved Manga.
The movie brings the audience in a devastated future world, where society is split between the haves, who exist on the shining city of Zalem, floating above the Earth’s surface, and the have-nots, who must eke out a hardscrabble living in the Iron City, a place where Zalem dumps its garbage. It’s here that cyborg scientist Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) discovers the frame of a mechanoid young woman. As Alita (Rosa Salazar) figures out who she really is and what she’s meant for, the world will never be the same again.

When he was alerted to the existence of Yukito Kishiro’s classic manga series Battle Angel Alita, Cameron immediately figured it was something that he could use to fuel a new cinematic experience. The story of a young female cyborg discovered and rebuilt by the scientist who will become her father figure, it’s set in a unique, futuristic world of haves and have-nots. And it offered him the chance to explore one of his favourite themes: a complex, relatable female character, whose emotional core brings us on a journey through a seemingly strange world.

Approached by Cameron and producer Jon Landau, director Rodriguez took a meeting with them, and had a chance to see the animatics and artwork that they had produced to show the possibilities for the story. In true Cameron style, it wasn’t simply a few Power Point slides, but a fully-realised story reel with visuals drawn from their various design departments. Compelled by the story itself, and the possibilities for the movie he could make. Rodriguez asked if he could take over working on it, starting with reducing the hefty original size of the script. “He had a great character story. What Jim does best is spectacle, big action, things you've never seen before, really huge world-building but with the characters and stories that really affect you. There was a great love story in it, a father-daughter story, and I'm a father. I tried to just make sure all that was in there.”

  From 20th Century Fox, step into the latest unparalleled immersive experience when “Alita: Battle Angel” opens February 6 in cinemas nationwide.  Available in 2D and best seen in 3D and IMAX 3D screens.
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