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Saturday, February 17, 2018

"BLACK PANTHER" Breaks Record For Year's Biggest 1st Day Gross in PH

 
MANILA, Feb. 16, 2017 – Marvel Studios' Black Panther opened Wednesday, Feb 14 in the Philippines and scored the year's biggest first-day gross to-date with a staggering P45.10-M in box-office sales.

Comparatively, the Wakandan King outperformed the opening day numbers of recent Marvel titles, including 2015's Ant-Man (by 235%), 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy (by 183%), 2016's Doctor Strange (by 124%), 2014's Captain America: The Winter Solidier (by 63%) and last year's Thor:Ragnarok (by 41%).

Certainly looking like a blockbuster-in-the-making, Black Panther is expected to gain more momentum at the tills during the long, holiday weekend.

 
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

 
The film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.

The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.

  Marvel Studio's Black Panther is distributed in the Philippines by The Walt Disney Company. Follow Marvel on Twitter: ‪https://twitter.com/marvel. Like Marvel on FaceBook: ‪https://www.facebook.com/Marvel






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Doug Jones Takes on The Shape of Sexy Male Amphibian in Award-Winning “THE SHAPE OF WATER”

 
Doug Jones has made a career out of playing monsters, ghouls and creatures of myth. The former contortionist is a legend in sci-fi, fantasy and horror circles for his unique ability to morph into roles as diverse as the Thin Clown in “Batman Returns,” Joey in “Men in Black 2” and the Silver Surfer in “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.” He recently played a series regular on “Star Trek: Discovery,” as the alien being Lt. Saru. 
 
He’s best known for his collaborations with Guillermo del Toro, which started in 1997 with “Mimic,” and continued with roles in “Hellboy” and “Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” as Abe Sapien; “Pan’s Labyrinth,” as The Faun and The Pale Man; and most recently “The Strain” and “Crimson Peak.”

 
But their latest work together on “The Shape of Water” might be definitive. Jones’ amphibian creature is both the love interest and one of the principal leads of del Toro’s film, and it requires every tool in Jones’ arsenal to realise.   Set in the height of the Cold War and during the space race, “The Shape of Water” brings its audience into a mysterious government facility in Baltimore where, in the deepest recesses of the lab, an amphibious creature (Jones) is being studied for its unusual abilities. As Strickland (Michael Shannon), in charge of security, demands for it to be killed and autopsied, Dr. Hoffstetler (Michael Stuhlbarg) insists that the creature’s secrets can only be revealed with a lighter touch.

 
But it’s the facility’s quietest employee who realises the truest connection to the creature. Mute cleaner Elisa (Sally Hawkins) feels a strange affinity with this mysterious visitor from the deep. And as the men in charge prevaricate, she resolves to release the creature from its captors, with the aid of her friend Zelda (Octavia Spencer) and her next door neighbour Giles (Richard Jenkins).  Doug Jones, in the following short q&a expounds on creating a sexy fish man, and the fruitful journey he’s had with del Toro.

Q: Guillermo is also always incredible sympathetic to “monsters” in his films: he wants to show their good side.

A: Oh gosh, yes. He's the most quotable man in the world, as you know. He's always said, "There will always be a monster on my call sheet." 11 times now that has been me. Yet he's a brilliant visionary at the same time. He's very grown up, but he's never lost the child. That's why you'll see lots of child characters in his stories. Even in this story, in THE SHAPE OF WATER, the role of Elisa is very childlike. Sally Hawkins is channelling this beautiful childlike character that does have a very vulnerable side. He taps into that, a familiar place in all of us, with every character that he creates. He really does.

 
Q: Where does the physicality come from?

A: First of all, you look at the ecology, the ecosystem, you've got human and you've got fish. You have to combine the two somehow. This fish man is a bit more masculine, he's more athletic even, I think. He's more of a threat than other fish men I've played before. Especially with Strickland, he and I have a tete-a-tete a couple times where taunts me and I strike back.   They've taken me out of my habitat. I'm scared, and so I'm reacting like a caged tiger. It takes Sally's character to tame me, we're both wounded souls in some way.
 
Q: How do you feel the allegory of the story reflects the world we’re living in?

A: Another thing that Guillermo does love to do, he loves to buck authority when authority doesn't know what it's doing. That's another theme you'll see in a lot of his movies. In this case, we have the US government trying to beat the Russians to space, or whatever, whatever that era was doing. Again, he loves the underdog. I think that comes from a place in him, where so many of us and so many of his fans and the lovers of his work are underdogs in our own life.

  The Shape of Water” opens February 21 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox.
 
 
 
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“THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI” is a Must-See F Before This Year's Academy Awards – Now in Select Cinemas in Philippines

 
A last stand erupts in director Martin McDonagh’s trip into small town America in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” as a mother is pushed to the edge by her daughter’s unsolved murder.  The film is the third from Martin McDonagh, the Irish playwright, screenwriter and director known for the hit thriller “In Bruges,” with its Oscar® nominated and BAFTA winning Screenplay, and the crime comedy “Seven Psychopaths.” 
 
At the core of the movie is Mildred’s conflict with Ebbing’s Chief of Police.  “The story is a war between two people who are both to some degree in the right,” McDonagh notes, “and that’s where so much of the tension and drama arises.”  Those tensions become the exploration for what happens when rage can’t be calmed.  As the tension mounts, the film delves into themes of division, anger and moral reckoning. 

 
Playing Mildred Hayes, who sets the events of THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI in motion, is Frances McDormand.  McDormand made her film debut in the Coen Brothers’ noir classic BLOOD SIMPLE and has gone on to a career that includes garnering the Triple Crown of Tony, Emmy and Oscar® awards.  With the character, McDormand explored a tradition long reserved for men:  the lone hero who defiantly stands off against a town.
 
McDormand made the force of Mildred’s grief central to her performance.  “Mildred is really not a hero,” McDormand points out.  “She’s a much more complicated person than that.  She’s been left by grief in a no man’s land, in a place of no return.  One of the things I latched onto as I was thinking about Mildred is that there is no word in most languages for the position she is in. If you lose a husband, you’re a widow; if you lose a parent, you’re an orphan.  But there is no word for a parent who has lost a child because it’s just not supposed to happen biologically.  It’s something beyond the capacity of language – and that’s where Mildred has been left, so she goes for broke.” 

 
For McDonagh, the trajectory towards a scrap of light, however slim and hazy, was inevitable because that is what keeps him going.  “I think there’s something quite hopeful about the film in Mildred’s single-mindedness and also in Willoughby’s decency,” the writer-director concludes.  “The way Frances plays Mildred you are stirred, despite the dark, dark place she is coming from and all the unhicertainty that surrounds her war. I hope audiences will be moved and amused and maybe angry at times.  Mostly, I hope they’ll feel they were just told a rich and somewhat unexpected type of story.”

  A 20th Century  Fox film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is now showing in the following cinemas:  Century City, Commerce, Eastwood, Festival Mall, Fisher Mall, For a, Gateway,
Shangri-La Mall, Vista Bataan, Vista Daang Hari, Vista Las Piñas, Vista Pampanga and Vista Sta. Rosa. 

 
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ENVOYS, METHS, AIs: GET TO KNOW THE CHARACTERS OF ‘ALTERED CARBON’

 
If you haven’t seen Altered Carbon, Netflix’s new sci-fi series that is based on Richard K. Morgan’s classic cyberpunk noir novel of the same name, here’s a character guide to help you get started!
 
Altered Carbon takes place in a neon-filled, dangerously sleek, tech-addicted but morally hollow future hundreds of years from now, in which people are able to have their minds stored on discs in their necks called “cortical stacks”; and the data comprising the human mind, called Digital Human Freight or DHF, can be transmitted to the stacks of different bodies.
 
In the amount of time it takes to back up one’s mental data in a satellite cloud, a person is ready to live life again – one day later, one week later, or centuries later. The technology springs from alien advancements, was perfected by a 21st-century revolutionary, and, in the 24th century, is taken to violent and disturbing extremes.
 
The 1 percent vs. the rest 
 
The keys to this trippy mystery lie with a wealthy ruling class called “Meths” who live high above the gritty, decaying world in skyscrapers in the clouds, called the Aerium, where each person’s consciousness, saved every 48 hours, can be put into “designer” sleeves or into clones of their former bodies – which allows them to literally live forever. Those who aren’t as privileged are called “Grounders” and live a hand-to-mouth existence on Earth’s grimy, dangerous streets; some have their consciousness awakened to find they’re in a sleeve that’s been leased or assigned to a position of servitude – bodyguard, for example, or prostitute, or some other being answerable to the UN Protectorate, which oversees interplanetary law.
 
At the center of it all is a man named Takeshi Kovacs (played by Joel Kinnaman), veteran of a failed rebellion that occurred centuries earlier, and a man at war with himself. Learn more about Kovacs and the other people (and an AI) who inhabit the mysterious world of Altered Carbon

  Takeshi Kovacs, present (played by Joel Kinnaman) 
 
A former freedom fighter (an Envoy in Altered Carbon parlance) who wakes up nearly 250 years after he was killed to find out he has been re-sleeved into a new body – on a lease – to solve the murder of one of the wealthiest men in the Settled Worlds. The man who has given him a new life? The murder victim himself, Laurens Bancroft, now re-sleeved into his own clone and on a mission to find out who killed him and made it look like a suicide. 

  Takeshi Kovacs, birth (played by Will Yun Lee) 
 
Birth Kovacs was a Black Ops assassin when he was younger. Then, as elements of society fought against the wealthy and powerful re-sleeving themselves for eternity and maintaining and increasing their power in the process, there was an Uprising, during which Birth Kovacs was trained by a woman he fell in love with. After the Uprising failed, he became a mercenary, and when he was killed by authorities, his stack was put on ice, a sort of virtual prison.

  Laurens Bancroft (played by James Purefoy) 
 
The Methuselah or Meth (what the mega-wealthy are called in this world) who has paid to have Kovacs’s consciousness and skills implanted in a new sleeve. The catch? Kovacs must find the person who killed him and made it look like a suicide. If Kovacs solves the case, he’ll earn his freedom.

  Quellcrist Falconer (played by Renee Elise Goldsberry) 
 
Intelligent, calculating, and dangerous, Quell was the Envoys’ leader, a brave rebel and inventor with whom Birth Kovacs fell in love. Quell still very much exists in the mind of Kovacs, even in his re-sleeved form. 

  Det. Kristin Ortega (played by Martha Higareda) 
 
A tough cop working in the Bay City Police Department’s Organic Damage Division who has an unexpected connection to both Kovacs and Bancroft. Ortega has chosen to never be “spun up” – so her consciousness will never be put into another body – based on her ethical and religious beliefs.

  Reileen Kovacs (played by Dichen Lachman) 
 
Takeshi’s sister, who gets separated from him after the death of their abusive father. 

  Vernon Elliott (played by Ato Essandoh) 
 
A former medic in the Protectorate’s military forces, who is haunted by the imprisonment of his wife, and visions of his daughter, Lizzie, whom he believes was murdered. 

  Miriam Bancroft (played by Kristin Lehman) 
 
Laurens Bancroft’s wife, who has also been spun up into ever-stronger and beautiful clones of her original body. She and Laurens have been together for 118 years.

  Lizzie Elliott (played by Hayley Law)
 
Daughter of Vernon Elliott.  

  Abboud and Captain Tanaka (played by Waleed Zuaiter and Hiro Kanagawa, respectively)

Colleagues of Det. Kristin Ortega at the Bay City Police Department.
 
All photos courtesy of Netflix.
 
Altered Carbon is now streaming on Netflix. For more information, visit netflix.com/alteredcarbon, Twitter: @altcarb, Instagram: @altcarb, and Facebook: www.facebook.com/AltCarb/
 


 
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Jennifer Lawrence in Hotly-Anticipated R-Rated Spy Movie “RED SPARROW”

 
Jennifer Lawrence gives the spy genre a whole new spin as she stars in her most badass, highly-sensual and R-rated movie “Red Sparrow” that will open February 28 in cinemas (rated R-16 in PH).   
 
Directed by Francis Lawrence (who also directed Jennifer Lawrence in the worldwide box-office “Hunger Games” films), “Red Sparrow” is based on the novel of Jason Matthews, a former CIA operative that also stars Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Joely Richardson, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons.
 
Red Sparrow” trails the journey of prima ballerina Dominika Egorova     (Lawrence) as she faces a bleak and uncertain future after she suffers an injury that ends her career. She soon turns to Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people to use their minds and bodies as weapons. In the Sparrow School, the trainees undergo a merciless program that turns them into intelligent killing machines. Egorova soon emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow after completing the sadistic training process. As she comes to terms with her new abilities, Dominika meets CIA agent Nathaniel Nash (Joel Edgerton) who tries to convince her that he is the only person she can trust.

 
Dominika is a fascinating character, fiercely intelligent. She’s forced into a program that trains in espionage.  She turns the tables, her mind is fascinating. She’s ten steps ahead with everybody who’s trying to use her, and it’s this moment where she gains power,” says Lawrence of her role.
 
The movie’s most brutal and sexiest thrilling spins takes the spy genre a notch higher as director Lawrence vouches that the movie is a very different kind of spy film.  “Red Sparrow” delivers the biggest thrills this year with its hard R, perverse and intriguing journey of the most lethal spy the Sparrow School has ever created.  “This is a thriller, it’s not action, again it’s not gadgety.  When we started working on the story, I fell in love with it because I fell in love with the story of the girl in the movie. I fell in love with the character, I fell in love with her dilemma, and I fell in love with how she deals with that dilemma. I’m really attracted to stories about isolated, quite lonely characters, and that’s what pulled me in. Topically and thematically, the Cold War, when we started the project, was sort of irrelevant. That wasn’t back in the news in the way that it is now,” shares the director.

  Check trailer here on how to become a Sparrow - Sparrow School.  “Red Sparrow” opens February 28 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox. 
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

A Cafe that Gives a Thousand of Reasons to "LOVE MONDAY" All Over Again!


By: Matt Suzara

Every time you hear the word Monday; the stress starts to build up right under your skin as you need to start your work or school week right after the weekend. Now there is one cafe in Kapitolyo where you'll start to Love Monday all over again. 


I was browsing in the Internet to find a simple but cozy place to spend a dinner date this Valentines day. I want to avoid all the traffic and came across into a website filled with recommendable restaurants at Kapitolyo Pasig. It is quite near on our workplace so I decided to take a look and of all the fancy places in that list - Love Monday Cafe got my attention. 


I tried to reach out and message their Facebook page to reserve a table for two. In a few minutes, a reply was already sent to me and confirming my inquiry. Since it is Valentines Day, I requested if they could grant me a candle light table plus a chocolate marshmallow bouquet that they offer for this month. They politely accepted my request and reservation and even tried to give me an affordable couple deal that they offer for this month.


When we arrived at the cafe, the staffs greeted us with a warm smile and let us pick our spot. Luckily, we are the first ones to arrive that time and got the best seats on the house. They set up our table and even granted my candle light request and played love songs throughout our stay.


We loved the place as it was simplicity at its finest though the it was a bit dark as some of the lights are not  being used. Maybe they did it to give us a more romantic vibe while we dine in their cafe. 


The menu had a lot of meals to offer, and we picked a garlic longganisa and daing na bangus rice meals. Both were actually served in a very presentable way, and the food was superbly delicious. I love the texture of the meat as it was just perfect for our hungry stomachs. Finally, to cap the night off, I ordered "Spamgetti" because it is one of their best sellers, and it was heaven. It was a mouthwatering spaghetti that can be enjoyed by two people. 

Overall, we are definitely coming back at Love Monday Cafe even without occasion just to try the other specialties in their menu.  If you want to try something simple but an affordable place to dine you can visit them at San Rafael St., Kapitolyo Pasig City. 

Check out their facebook page at Love Monday Cafe and contact them at 0917 804 7802 / 2391472.

Please don't forget that they are still having their Valentines Day promo  package!


Book a lovely date for 2 at Love Monday Café for P250 only! Package includes two rice meals (choice of sisig on kimchi fried rice, pork salpicao, or sweet and sour fish fillet), unlimited iced tea, and a box of handcrafted chocolate truffles. To avail, please make a reservation at least 24 hours before your preferred date by calling Love Monday Café at (02) 2391472. Not available for walk in guests. This special package will be available from Feb 14-28 2018.♡
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Steven Spielberg Celebrates Press Freedom with “THE POST”

 
Variety raves that Steven Spielberg's The Post, Pulses ahead like a detective yarn for news junkies, one that crackles with present-day parallels.”

USA Today declares, “The Post is an inspirational reminder of the importance of a free press while unabashedly making journalism look like the most awesome job ever.”

And Rolling Stone praises, “Spielberg's tense, terrific new drama, with Streep and Hanks at their finest, celebrates the passionate bond between a free press and every thinking human being.”

 
Fresh from receiving a Best Picture nomination in the 90th Academy Awards, Univeral Pictures' The Post is headed to Philippine cinemas on February 21, a week before the actual Oscars.

Indeed, it seems The Post cannot be more timely as it arrives in Philippine cinemas at a moment when press freedom finds itself in the headlines.

Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.

 
The story of The Post drew the attention of Meryl Streep even before Steven Spielberg was on board to direct. “I was familiar with the stories about The Washington Post and Watergate from Alan Pakula’s All The President’s Men, where Kay Graham makes a brief but fleeting appearance. But I really didn’t know much about her,” she recalls. “But Liz Hannah’s script really seemed to capture the flavor of that time. I found it incredibly compelling. And a story that hasn’t been told.”

Spielberg also had a visceral reaction to the script. Despite being in the midst of intensive preparation for the special effects-heavy Ready Player One, this deeply historic, and human, story called to him. “Liz’s writing, her premise, her critical study and especially her beautiful, personal portrait of Graham got me to say: ‘I might be crazy, but I think I’m going to make another movie right now,’” he recalls. “It snuck up on me.”

It all came together at an unusually brisk pace, even for Spielberg whose work ethic is renowned. The two leads he wanted to cast as Graham and Bradlee—Streep and Hanks—each expressed immediate interest. Almost miraculously, both had openings in their schedules. Here was an opportunity for three gifted artists in film today to work in partnership and all were determined to move ahead full speed.

Especially interesting to Spielberg was the risk-taking involved, which made the story equal parts thriller, drama and character study of a woman uncovering the ringing strength of her voice. “The Washington Post took a huge chance publishing after the judge told The New York Times to halt,” he says. “The timing couldn't have been worse. The Post was kind of bleeding out and they needed to go public to remain solvent. And in the middle of it all was Graham, who had to make the biggest decision of the newspaper’s history. I saw the story being as much about the birth of a leader as about the growth of a national newspaper.”

 In Philippine cinemas February 21, The Post is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
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“MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT” Featurette Proves its Stunts are Real


Paramount Pictures has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for Mission: Impossible – Fallout that dives deep into the film’s centerpiece action sequence, the helicopter stunt.

Check out the featurette below and watch Mission: Impossible – Fallout in Philippine cinemas July 25.

 


Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Wes Bentley, and Frederick Schmidt star in MissionImpossible – Fallout. Filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returns to the helm.

The best intentions often come back to haunt you. Mission: Impossible – Fallout finds Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/


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