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Monday, September 30, 2013

Oggy and the Cockroaches The Movie: Review

Oggy and the Cockroaches: The Movie
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

First, we would like to thank SM Cinema for the advance screening tickets we won on their Facebook page. Oggy and the Cockroaches is an animated series created by Jean-Yves Raimbaud and Olivier Jean-Marie in 1999 where it already has 270 episodes which we haven't watched any of it. As a sucker of cartoons and animated films were curious and interested to see this on the big screen. 

The film is split into four parts in different eras ( Stone-age, Medieval, 1990's Sherlock Holmes, and Futuristic Portal) stories. The usual episode runs approximately in seven minutes but in this film, it is stretched for 25 minutes. Well, in this kind of short skits, it is really difficult to get a longer material to fit in a film. The good thing is when they decided to cut this film into four; it actually worked well. The only problem is as the first story runs, it is filled with humor that kids and some adults would love to enjoy but as the same thing happens to next chapter those humor faded quickly for grown-ups unlike the youngsters who constantly giggle in each scene. 

Typically, this film is made for kids where they would be treated with no-dialogue animation like our favorite "Tom and Jerry. "It is bright and colorful enough to be a feast for the audience especially to those who love watching cartoons. 

Overall, Oggy and the Cockroaches the movie should have experimented more to live with its tag line as a full-featured film. A much longer material would be better but still after watching it yesterday we figured out why my cousin loves this series on TV. Maybe I'll join him the next time I see him watching it. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8 out of 10 stars

Directed by: Oliver Jean-Marie
Distributed by: Axinite
Opens October 2 at your favorite cinemas

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PAE joins forces with Green Cross in the Fight against Dengue

The Philippine Association of Entomologists Inc. (PAE), the leading organization of insect experts in the country, has once again partnered with Green Cross, makers of Green Cross Insect Repellent Lotion, in disseminating information and promoting preventive measures to avoid the dreaded dengue disease. This mosquito-borne virus, an alarming health issue with a nationwide scale, has been an endemic presence in tropical countries such as the Philippines.

We believe that spreading accurate, up-to-date information is a key area in our shared goal with Green Cross in order for people to be duly armed against the disease,” says Dr. Barbara Laviña Caoili, PAE president. “The first step is to clarify, if not outright debunk, misconceptions about how the disease spreads, and affects its victims.”

One of the misconceptions that the PAE and Green Cross want to immediately address is the notion that dengue-carrying mosquitoes only attack during the day. While this may be true with the species Aedes aegypti (usually recognized with the stripes on their body) that has peak biting hours between 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., another dengue-lamok, the Aedes albopictus, has been discovered to have peak biting hours from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Not much research was devoted on Aedes albopictus since this species, usually found in forests, didn’t have direct contact with humans previously,” says Dr. Caoili. “But as humans encroach into their habitats, the dengue-lamok has found another blood source to feast on, helping spread the dengue virus in the process. With its peak biting hours from late afternoon to late evening, dengue has become a round-the-clock concern.”

Another misconception that PAE and Green Cross wants clarified is that dengue only spreads during the rainy season since the rains create potential habitats for dengue-lamok in the form of stagnant water in potholes, vases, tires and other receptacles. While statistics show a dramatic rise of cases beginning from June to December and peaking during August, dengue incidents are reported throughout the year.

Green Cross Insect Repellent Lotion and the Philippine Association of Entomologists Inc. (PAE) join forces once again in spreading awareness about dengue-lamok. From upper left to right: Vince Camua, Senior Brand Manager for Green Cross, Bianca Mayo, Brand Associate for Green Cross, Rhoel Suiza, PAE Business Manager, Gelyn D. Sapin, PAE Board Member, Cristina M. Bajet, PAE Secretary, and Maricon Baladiang, Green Cross Group Product Manager. From lower left to right: Dr. Barbara Caoili, PAE President, Candy Co, Green Cross Marketing Manager, Remedios M. Aguda, PAE Treasurer, and Dr. Marilyn Patricio, PAE Vive President.
According to the official tally of the Department of Health’s National Epidemiology Center, there were 110,257 incidents of dengue infection in 2011 and 187,031 cases in 2012. Statistics for this year show a marked improvement as infection cases from the first six months dropped to 56,056 cases from 60,902 cases of the same period last year. However, dengue is still considered as one of the country’s main health threats.

What the statistics additionally reveal is the fact that dengue severely affect children and adolescents. “Based on data, 43.08% of dengue infection cases fell between the 5 to 14 years old range,” says Vince Camua, Senior Brand Manager for Green Cross. “This calls for a more concerted effort in reaching out to this demographic and a host of preventive measures that will help people combat this disease.”

One of these measures is an easy-to-use personal repellent that will serve as a barrier against dengue-lamok. Based on research, Green Cross Insect Repellent Lotion has been clinically proven to be effective and safe as a preventive measure in offering long-lasting protection against the two species of dengue-carriers, the Aedes aegypti and the Aedes albopictus.

Providing up to 10 hours protection from a single application, Green Cross Insect Repellent Lotion has been formulated to suit all skin types and to be hypoallergenic as well. It also has an anti-bacterial component, making it a more reliable insect repellent compared to the existing brands in the market.

With the partnership of PAE and Green Cross, we hope to contribute to the well-being of the Filipinos by providing a safe and effective defense against dengue-lamok, as well as provide relevant and timely information to consumers through our various programs,” says Camua. Through the combination of information and prevention, people can take a more pro-active choice in their fight against this dengue.
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Short Review: I Spit On Your Grave 2

I Spit On Your Grave 2
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Synopsis: Katie is trying to make it in the cutthroat world of modeling. When she innocently accepts an offer to have new photos taken for her portfolio, the experience quickly turns into an unthinkable nightmare of rape, torture, and kidnapping. When a twist of fate finally frees her from her captors - beaten, battered, bruised, and broken, she will have to tap into the darkest places of the human psyche to not only survive her ordeal, but to ultimately find the strength to exact her brutal revenge.-

We got a little excited when we first saw this film as the 2010 remake quite impressed us with the revenge themed film. Disappointingly, the sequel isn't what we expected, it is loaded with sadistic torture porn that is hard to enjoy. It's quite a mess all throughout; it also has a disastrous storyline that is too predictable for your own good. There are some moments that is acceptable enough for fans of this genre, but we thought it could have been better. 

Verdict 3.5 / 10 stars

Cast: Jemma Dallender, Yavor Baharov, Mary Stockley

Directed by: Steven Monroe

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Insidious Chapter 2: Movie Review

Insidious Chapter 2
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

After his notable horror masterpiece, "The Conjuring" James Wan returns in what he does best: making creepy movies. We've been waiting for this film since we read an article that the 2011 hit Insidious will have a sequel. As expected it blew the Philippine box-office with P50.7 million in five days or release. We watched it last Saturday and guess what the cinema is still jam packed.

The film continues where the first one left off. Renai Lambert (Rose Byrne) is interrogated by a police detective explaining that she doesn't believe that her husband Josh (Patrick Wilson) killed Elise (Lin Shaye) the spirit expert who helped them rescue their son (Ty Simpkins) from the other side. In back of Renai's mind she's also not sure if Josh indeed returned safely after his supernatural journey. Soon, enough when she started to experience another ghostly encounter inside the house, Renai needs to figure out who and what are the motives of this spirit with her family. 

We're quite impressed that all the unanswered questions in the first part were stitched neatly to the sequel. So if you weren't able to see part one you'll be lost or wonder what is happening into its story. James Wan masterfully split the elements in the horror genre and perfectly hit the right notes on where to attack the imagination of the viewers. The timing is efficient, which generates more chills, mixing it with blaring sounds that add some creepiness in it. 

The problem in this sequel is its comparison between The Conjuring. It is slightly mismatched as The Conjuring is more terrifying than Insidious 2, but we don't mean that it's the same thing. It flirts deeper into the storytelling department which we can say that isn't bad, but fans of this sequel maybe expected too much as the first part was really that good.   

Overall, Insidious 2 definitely a decent horror picture. It may be not that great as "The Conjuring" but still with people who love watching this kind of genre this film wouldn't disappoint you one bit. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye

Directed by: James Wan
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures PH
Now on its 2nd week. 

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Emily Blunt fights love and lies in ‘Arthur Newman’

As a youngster, Emily Blunt struggled to overcome a stammer, and with a teacher’s help eventually overcame it. So it’s quite a testament that the English actress would eventually make a career out of speaking, especially as the profession requires her to play different characters with various accents.
In the romantic drama Arthur Newman, she is paired with fellow Brit Colin Firth, in which they both play Americans. Of course, Blunt is no stranger to American accents. She played a Yank in Sunshine Cleaning, Charlie Wilson’s War, and last year’s sci-fi epic Looper, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. She also lives in America with her American husband John Krasinski (The Office).
As Mike, she plays a troubled young woman trying to escape her past who runs into Firth (playing the title character). His character has faked his death in order to erase his problems. The two end up on a road trip together from Florida to Indiana, where Newman (Firth) believes he can start fresh as a professional golf instructor. The two share some sexy scenes together as their characters share some intimate moments as they get to know each other.
Directed by first time feature filmmaker Dante Ariola, Arthur Newman is a quirky love story about two damaged souls learning to trust and love again.
Both you and Colin speak with American accents in this. Did you work with the same dialect coach?
We did, actually.
Did you stay in your accents when you weren’t shooting?
We didn’t, unfortunately, because we’re both Brits. Normally, when I’m shooting, I stay in the accent. When I did Looper, I was working with this little boy, so I would stay in the accent more so he wouldn’t get confused, but I didn’t have a chance with Colin because we’re so completely British.
What were you attracted to in the script that made you want to play the offbeat character?
The script was just completely refreshing in how original it was. It was pretty uncompromising, actually, and we didn’t want to conform to any genre that could be summed up in a one-line pitch. I like the idea of the movie that the more we mask ourselves, the freer we are able to be in ourselves. I think everyone at one point has wanted to escape or run away and take on a new identity. I don’t particularly feel these characters are necessarily crazy; they’re just acting on impulses that a lot of people have.
I just couldn’t quite put my finger on why I was so drawn to the script. It’s always quite good when there is ambiguity there and something to play with.
As an actress, you play different people all the time so does that mean you have less need to escape in your real life?
As an actor, I have less need to escape because I (play other people) all the time. I go away for a few months a year and get to live this strange, insular Neverland-like experience.

In the film, you and Colin’s character are heading to Indiana where he is expecting to take a job as a golf instructor. Do you play golf?
I like playing golf but I’m terrible. I’m really bad, but I like whizzing around in the golf cart with some booze in the back. (laughs) That’s probably about as good as my golf gets.
Was it fun playing a character whose acting like she’s someone else but isn’t a very good actress?
Well, it’s quite fun, actually, acting other parts badly. (laughs) It wasn’t that challenging, though, because we weren’t playing actors who were really good at taking on these personas. There was an awkwardness and a sweetness to it that was really fun.
Have you ever known anyone like Mike?
I grew up with someone like her.
Did you find Colin’s costumes a bit nerdy?
Yeah, they were so lame. (laughs) I remember the first costume fitting he had, and he was like, “Is it really embarrassing?” and I was like, “No, it’s amazing.”
There’s some ambiguity as to what happens to these characters at the end.
I like that because I think sometimes a tidy resolution can be really unsatisfying. It’s more exciting to just not know sometimes.
You and Colin have a few sex scenes where your characters are role-playing but only once do they make love as themselves. Why do you suppose that is?
Intimacy is terrifying to both of them so they have to pretend to be other people to touch each other and be touched, and laugh with each other and do anything that resembles any kind of connection. I think Mike desperately wants to be touched; she just doesn’t know how.
You recently worked with Tom Cruise on the sci-fi action movie All You Need is Kill. What was it like working with him?
It was fun (and) quite hardcore! I don’t think I’d ever done anything like that with the amount of training and physical duress that I had to go through. It was intense but I loved working with Tom. It was a dream. And (director) Doug Liman definitely has an unconventional approach to the genre. He’s not a conformist in any way.
How did the character change over time with all the re-writes on the picture and the production starting and stopping?
Well, (the starting and stopping) was because Tom had to do press (for Jack Reacher) and we had the Christmas break and everything, so we came back shortly after that. We were always due to have the break, which is good because you can edit together what you’ve got and see what you still need. It was a long process—the whole film— and I only just wrapped it really. For a movie of that scale, it was surprisingly collaborative.
ARTHUR NEWMAN” is released and distributed by
Solar Entertainment Corporation. showing on Oct. 9. Nationwide!
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Disney’s “FROZEN” Launches Main Trailer

Walt Disney Pictures has just launched the main trailer of its upcoming animated adventure, “Frozen,” which can be viewed below: 

In “Frozen,” when a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna's sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, an amazing and comedic snowman named Olaf, Everest-like conditions and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

Opening across the Philippines in 3D and 2D on Nov. 27, “Frozen” will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

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In Sony Pictures Animation’s new, 3D animated comedy “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” young inventor Flint Lockwood and his pals discover that the food machine is still active and is now churning out food-animal hybrids… foodimals!

If you can find a good mix of an animal and a food that not only gives you a great design but also a cringe-worthy pun, that’s what we wanted,” says co-director Cody Cameron. 

One of the first missions we gave to Craig Kellman, our lead character designer, was go forth with those directives and show us what you got – in a weekend, he came up with a library of ridiculousness, a lot of which is still in the film: a taco plus a crocodile equals a tacodile, a watermelon plus an elephant is a watermelophant. We had to make sure we covered all of the food groups – the fruits, the vegetables, the meats – and we had certain action pieces in the film… the tacodile is one of the larger threats in the movie, and the cheespider – half cheeseburger, half spider – became the main large threat of the island, the one where you realize that something is wrong on the island. As the story developed, we came up with more and more. They’re going down the river, we found river creatures like the hippotatomus and the flamangos and the lemmins and the wild scallions.”

Cameron says, “The development of sentient food started with a conversation that [co-director] Kris Pearn and I had about what type of food we wanted in the film. After talking about pickles and strawberries, I spent a Sunday sculpting some produce and posing them in scenes in my back yard. I wanted to show what real fruits and vegetables would look like photographed in a natural environment, under sunlight,” he says. “We used that as part of our pitch.”

But that was just the beginning. “Kris and Cody came to me with the idea of the food puns – inspired by Lewis Carroll’s bread-and-butterflies – and they wanted me to see if I could come up with a bunch of those,” says Kellman. “I don’t know how many they were expecting, but in that first weekend I came up with a list of over 100 of them – and the guys laughed a lot. Some of the foodimals were created by other artists – Cody invented the watermelophants and the bananostriches, and our head of story, Brandon Jeffords, came up with the shrimpanzees. I did a lot of the really punny ones – the fruit cockatiels, the flamangoes, the susheep, the kiwi birds, the tacodile. There was no pun too stupid for me.”

As much as they could, Cody and Craig kept the original identity of the food intact as much as possible,” says the film’s production designer, Justin K. Thompson. “We didn’t want to lose the texture and the detail that real food has – the watermelophant has the texture of a watermelon and the cantalope has the texture of a cantaloupe. As obvious as the puns are, that’s the fun – kids can recognize their favorite foods in the foodimals and be able to name them.”

That comes from a mandate set in the first movie,” says Kellman. “Real world food can look unappealing sometimes, but all of the food in the world of “Cloudy” was idealized, like you see in commercials. So even though my original designs were kind of simplistic, children’s book renderings of the foodimals, we knew that in the end, the animators would bring them through that filter and come out more realistic – tasty and appealing, but with legs and arms and mouths and eyes.”

Since then, the foodimals have taken on a life of their own. “It’s been fun watching the animators get a hold of the foodimals,” Cameron continues. “Like the bananas – do they slip a lot? The pickles – they don’t have legs, they have little tassels that come out of the bottom, like walking on two mops. When the hippotatomus opens its mouth, steam comes out, like a baked potato. Every character, we try to find a different way to locomote – lots of variety in motion.”

The foodimals are my favorite part of the movie,” says voice actor Faris. “The cheespiders, the hippotatomuses, the cantalopes. It’s really inventive and fun, how they gave these food creatures personalities.”

I think Barry is the funniest character in the movie,” says actor Bill Hader. “There’s a scene in which Flint is trying to rally the troops, and Barry is behind Flint, translating what Flint’s saying, and it’s really, really funny.” 

Opening across the Philippines in Oct. 9, 2013, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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Alfonso Cuaron defies odds to bring “GRAVITY” to big screen

I have always had a fascination with space and space exploration,” states Alfonso Cuarón, the director, producer and co-writer of Warner Bros.’ new dramatic thriller “Gravity.” He continues, “On the one hand, there is something mythical and romantic about the idea of separating yourself from Mother Earth. But in many ways, it doesn’t make sense to be out there when life is down here.”

In “Gravity,” Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) in command. But on a seemingly routine mission, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalski 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.

Gravity” was co-written by Alfonso Cuarón and his son, Jonás, marking their first official collaboration. “I was inspired by Jonás’s ideas for the movie,” Alfonso says. 

“I was very intrigued by his sense of pace in a life-or-death situation that dealt primarily with a single character’s point of view. But, at the same time, placing the story in space immediately made it more expansive and offered immense metaphorical possibilities.”

Jonás Cuarón adds, “The concept of space was interesting to us both; it is a setting where there is no easy way to survive, thousands of miles from what we call home, so it was perfect for a movie about surmounting adversities and having to find your way back. We also wanted it to be a realistic story, which required us to do extensive research to become familiar with space exploration in order to depict a plausible scenario.”

The filmmakers soon discovered that they would need to push the boundaries of moviemaking to tell a story that transpires wholly in zero gravity. “I have to say that I was a bit naïve; I thought making the film would be a lot simpler,” Cuarón admits. 
“Yes, I knew it would require a certain amount of tricks, but it was not until we started trying conventional techniques that I realized in order to do the film the way I wanted to do it, we were going to have to create something entirely new.”

To accomplish that, Cuarón called upon cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, and visual effects supervisor Tim Webber of Framestore. “From the get-go, Chivo, Tim and I decided we wanted everything to look like we took our camera into space. That would have been my dream, but, of course, that’s not feasible,” Cuarón smiles. 

Simply put—though there was nothing simple about it—the filmmakers did not want anything akin to a sci-fi fantasy world, but rather to depict the stark realities of being marooned in the harshest environment known to mankind. 
That objective turned out to be a game changer.

The filmmakers invented entire systems to generate the illusion of being in space in ways that were both totally convincing and utterly visceral. As a result, “Gravity” is a hybrid of live-action, computer animation and CGI, with sets, backgrounds and even costumes rendered digitally.

Gravity” had been envisioned from the beginning as a 3D cinematic experience. Jonás Cuarón says, “The concept was always to do this movie in 3D because we wanted people to be truly immersed in the imagery as well as the narrative.”

That said, Alfonso Cuarón emphasizes, “We didn’t want it to be 3D for the sake of things flying in your face. We tried to be subtle…to let you feel like you’re inside the journey.”

Despite all the technological breakthroughs developed in making “Gravity,” the journey that remained the most vital to the cast and filmmakers was the personal one at the heart of the story—particularly that of Ryan, who is alone for a large part of the film.

For us,” Jonás Cuarón offers, “the meaning of ‘Gravity’ isn’t just what keeps your feet on the ground. It’s the force that is constantly pulling you back home.”

The director affirms, “Throughout the film there are constant visual references of Earth as this beautiful, nurturing place. And floating above it is a woman who is cut off from her nurturing self. We wanted to explore the allegorical potential of a character in space who is spiraling further into the void, a victim of her own inertia, moving away from Earth, where life and human connections reside. Amidst all the tools and effects, we were always clear that Ryan’s struggle is a metaphor for anyone who has to overcome adversity in life and get to the other side. It is a journey of rebirth.”

Opening across the Philippines in Oct. 3 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D, 2D and regular theatres, “Gravity” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.
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Friday, September 27, 2013

Proud to be a Ginebra fan!

Our conference once again already ended, but still I am proud to be a GINEBRA fan. Despite players getting hurt like Japeth Aguilar, tired legs from our GINeral LA Tenorio who's coming from a spectacular Gilas stint. Another bad blow from Ginebra is we got to see our superstar "Mark Caguioa" down last night; we are all praying that the injury is not serious. We hope that he'll have a speedy recovery.

 Our team still went to the end fighting with all their hearts out.

A lot of haters already commenting harsh words for our team but its fun to see that they take too much effort provoking Ginebra faithfuls. Some fans take it seriously just because we really love our team.

Every Ginebra game is like a championship game; the venue is always jam-packed. We love to see Do-or-Die games because it simply brings out the character of the team's Never-Say-Die spirit. We also have the best fans in the PBA, People taking time to go home early to watch the games at home, while others save their money to watch the games live; some pray hard in the dying seconds especially when our team is trailing. Likewise, we have the best chant that other teams can't replicate (GI-NEB-RA GI-NEB-RA GI-NEB-RA) the intensity that our crowd brings,  they just cheer (name of the team) Fight Fight Fight! And yes we sometimes trend on twitter too.

We are all praying for a championship, and we know our time will come next conference. I am expecting haters to bash this post, but I really don't mind. Plus I also want to highlight that LA Tenorio deserves to win that MVP plum.

Ginebra is the best team in the PBA anagal ka? Kung walang Ginebra Walang PBA.

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“THOR: THE DARK WORLD” Reveals Fun Facts Behind-The-Scenes

Get to know the fun trivia surrounding the making of Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” from director Alan Taylor (TV's “Game of Thrones”) and starring Chris Hemsworth as the god of Thunder.

Marvel's “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the nine realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel's “Thor” and “Marvel's The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos ... but an ancient race, led by the vengeful Malekith, returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. 

More of the Nine Realms are introduced in the film, offering a better understanding of the history and complexities of Thor’s universe. The Nine Realms are taken from Norse mythology and refer to the nine worlds that are supported by Yggdrasil, an immense ash tree, central to Norse cosmology. Asgard is depicted at the top and Earth, known as Midgard, in the middle. In the original “Thor,” Yggdrasil was established as a cosmic structure formed by a series of interwoven wormholes linking the nine worlds (Realms) together. 

The Medina/streets of Asgard set is the biggest set ever built for a Marvel film. One can actually walk around the streets of Asgard and see the shops, the pubs and the training ground.

An aerial camera crew flew to the Dettifoss waterfall in Iceland (Europe’s most powerful waterfall) to film the cascading waters from every angle so that the waterfalls ringing Asgard could be rendered realistically by the computers to replicate the world.

Filming in Iceland involved remote locations where the crew had to drive for hours from the airport just to get to their hotels. Then, to get to the fields of volcanic ash that stood in for The Dark World, they drove for up to two hours more. 

There were about 30 hammers made for Thor of various weights for different uses. The master hammer is made from aluminum but it is replicated in different materials and weights, including a “soft” stunt version. Of the 30, five versions are used most often, including the “lit hammer,” that emits light when lightning strikes.

The design of Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer, was changed from the version Thor wielded in “Marvel’s The Avengers.” The new hammer has more of a sense of history and age to it and its grip is more aligned to the hammer used in “Thor.”

The inscription on Thor’s hammer, written in Norse runes, translates to: “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”

Thor and Odin each have one look in costuming, but Thor needs 15 sets of his costume as he does so many stunts and action scenes. Odin has about 6repeats of his costume.

David White, the designer of the dark elves and the prosthetic effects designed and created 40 suits for the dark elves, utilizing 100 technicians over a 3 ½month period. The off-world look was derived from diverse ethnic and tribal elements.

The stunt men and extras playing the dark elves had to go through a training period where they practiced standing tall and proud since the dark elves are envisioned to be a noble people. Prosthetics designer David White helped out too by designing the helmet so that the eye line was slightly pulled down, forcing the actors to tilt their heads slightly up and back, which gave them a very proud, strong feel.

Both Christopher Eccleston and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who play the dark elves Malekith and Algrim, respectively, had to memorize their dialogue written in an elven language that was created specifically for the film. 

The film shot between October and December 2012 at Pinewood Shepperton Film Studios in England, with key locations in London—Greenwich, Wembley, Borough Market and Hayes—and Stonehenge in Wiltshire. For the look of the dark elves’ world, Svartalfheim, the filmmakers chose Iceland for its black, volcanic landscapes.

Before sending helicopters to film over historic Greenwich, England, on a quiet Sunday morning, the location crew dropped 4,000 letters in the area: 2,000 on one side of the river and 2,000 on the other side of the river, explaining to the residents what was going to be happening. 
Filming at the famous Stonehenge historical site proved to be a challenge. After finally getting permission from English Heritage, the filmmakers found out that there were lots of rules and regulations associated with filming there. They could only be in amongst the stones outside of the normal visiting hours.  So shooting had to take place early in the morning before opening, which only gave the film crew about three hours before they had to pull back for wider shots once the stones were opened to the public. Being a heritage site, no one was allowed to touch the stones or walk on any stones, so a lot of logistics had to be applied to the filming there.

Opening across the Philippines on Oct. 30 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D, 2D and regular theaters, “Thor: The Dark World” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.

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Star Will Smith is Learning Tricks of the Trade From
Apollo Robbins

BURBANK, CA, September 24, 2013 – Apollo Robbins, nicknamed “The Gentleman Thief,” is serving as a consultant, conceiving and choreographing original sleight-of-hand maneuvers, for the production of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Focus,” starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Gerald McRaney and Rodrigo Santoro.

Performing since 1998 in Las Vegas as a theatrical pickpocket, Apollo is renowned as the person who lifted the keys off a Secret Service agent who was driving former President Jimmy Carter, as well as Jennifer Garner’s engagement ring from Ben Affleck. In all instances, he always returns what he has lifted from his skeptical audience. 

In “Focus,” Will Smith plays a con man who becomes romantically involved with a novice con artist (Margot Robbie), only to break up when she gets too close. Three years later, he is thrown off his game when his former flame shows up in Buenos Aires. Complicating matters even more, each of them is working separate—but equally elaborate—cons, both targeting the same billionaire international race car team owner (Rodrigo Santoro).

The film is being directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (“Crazy, Stupid, Love.”), from their own screenplay. Denise Di Novi (“The Lucky One,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”) is producing the film, with Stan Wlodkowski and Charlie Gogolak serving as executive producers.

Directors Ficarra and Requa stated, “Apollo is the foremost expert in his field and is an inspiration to us.”

Producer Di Novi added, “Apollo has been a tremendous resource both technically and creatively during this process. For ‘Focus,’ he has designed and choreographed sleight-of-hand moves that have never been seen before on film.”
Bringing his unique expertise to “Focus,” Robbins will help to enhance the authenticity of scenes involving legerdemain.
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“PARANOIA” Exclusive at Ayala Malls Nationwide Starting Oct 2

Relativity Media's new, tech thriller “Paranoia” starring Liam Hemsworth (“The Hunger Games”), Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman, will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting October 2.

In the film, the two most powerful tech billionaires in the world (Ford, Oldman) will stop at nothing to destroy each other.  A bright, young rising star (Hemsworth), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. 
Paranoia” began with Joseph Finder’s New York Times best-selling techno-thriller novel of the same name. The book hit upon what would soon become some of the biggest questions of our times: Has corporate power grown out of control? Where is the line between mining digital data and dangerous, invasive surveillance? What happens when CEOs operate outside the law? – all in a fast, intense read. Finder encountered a world where multi-nationals now have more riches and wield more political influence than entire nations.

As I was researching the novel, I started thinking what would happen if a corporation needed a piece of transformational technology that they knew their competitor had? How far would they go to get it? That’s how I came up with Adam Cassidy,” Finder explains. “In some ways, he’s the classic guy who is forced into being a spy. But his story also takes on the whole idea of identity, about people forming relationships that are based on falsehoods and impersonation, about conscience and about doing the right thing – all of which is happening underneath the fun and suspense.”

The filmmakers started talking about the story not only in terms of an edge-of-your-seat corporate thriller pitting two ferociously competitive billionaires against each other but also as a young man’s search for identity in an age when identity is completely changeable from instant to instant, when technology leaves us feeling watched even in our most personal moments, and when the future couldn’t be more uncertain. They saw Adam Cassidy (Hemsworth) on the brink not only of the most extreme personal danger but also of a cultural shift.

Director Robert Luketic, too, was excited by this idea – and by the suspense of the story. “It’s a very timely tale that speaks to this new generation of Millennials who feel they’ve had their dreams stolen away – but I also love that it’s just so entertaining. It has a lot of thrills and it has characters who are great fun to watch.”

The director was especially intrigued by the challenge of mirroring the title and capturing the paranoia of modern life, in which cameras are in every pocket, our daily data is being analyzed by companies and government agencies, all countered by the fact that what was once private info is now displayed on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Adam is in the world where we all live now – a world that is all about data mining, and where everyone leaves all kinds of trails they don’t even realize they are leaving,” Luketic notes. “Never before in history have we had so much of ourselves so accessible to the world. That was a lot of the inspiration for what we present on the screen. Ultimately, nowhere is safe for Adam because there is nowhere he can hide out of view. He is being surveyed from cameras hidden in walls and people are tracking him through his phone. It goes to the question of whether there’s a danger to having all this information about ourselves out there for the taking.”

Paranoia” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Runner Runner: Movie Review

Runner Runner
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

First, we would like to thank 20th Century Fox PH for the tickets of the advance screening of "Runner Runner" last night at SM Megamall. We are elated to see Ben Affleck, Gemma Arterton and Justin Timberlake in this crime thriller flick, which involves the online gambling world.

Richie (Justin Timberlake) is a smart Princeton student who pays his tuition with online gambling. However, when he loses all his savings in a site owned by Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). He travels all the way to Costa Rica to confront Ivan with a proof that he got cheated. When he finally met Ivan, he returned all his money and even offered him a chance to work for his company. At first, Richie enjoys what he's doing, but soon enough when he learned the true intentions of Ivan, he didn't expect that his life would be also at stake.

"Runner Runner" has an intriguing premise which is set in a world of online gambling with corrupt officials taking charge to operate the industry. The story gave away some cheap thrills but didn't manage to capitalize with that investment. However, the film is still engaging enough as we follow a solid performance from Justin Timberlake as he makes a balanced effort in portraying his character. Ben Affleck played convincingly, drawing some cards on his sleeve with some charm and relaxed personality who manipulates the persons around him. It is also great to see Gemma Arterton stunning as ever, taking charge in his two male leads.

Overall, "Runner Runner" is a slick thriller film that is entertaining enough for a cinematic experience, well thanks to its appealing stars. Despite its flaws, the film still keeps up the pace in a steady momentum plus a decent calculable ending.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 6 out of 10 stars

Cast: Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton

Directed by: Brad Furman
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox PH
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide

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Original cast returns in “CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2”

The original main voice cast, led by Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan and Neil Patrick Harris, returns in Sony Pictures Animation's mouth-watering 3D comedy “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.”

Flint Lockwood, you just saved Swallow Falls from giant foodstorm oblivion! What are you going to do next? How about – save the world… again? Seems that Flint’s most famous invention (the one that turns water into food – the one that caused that trouble last time) is still active and is now spewingout living food creatures – foodimals! Soon, it’s back to the island of Swallow Falls, with all of his friends in tow. Flint still feels responsible for the havoc that’s resulted from his invention – can he and his friends stop the foodimals before they take over the world?

The role is voiced by Bill Hader. “It’s great to be back in the spray-on shoes of Flint Lockwood,” says Hader. “In fact, it seems like I never left him behind – every month or so, I get to come into the booth and do Flint’s voice for a bit. I love it.”

Flint is that guy who has good intentions – great intentions – but everything always goes wrong,” Hader continues. “On the other hand, he’s very driven and very confident, even when everybody else thinks he’s crazy. Actually, I feel a kinship with him – we’re both nerdy, nervous, and not great with girls.”
Flint Lockwood’s edible worldwide meteorological occurrences have catapulted Sam Sparks to TV stardom as weather watchers turned to her for updates during the “greatest weather phenomenon in history.” She is finally being accepted as a serious meteorologist who remains perky in the face of danger. Once Sam declared she “likelikes” Flint and wants him to be happy, there is no keeping her from joining him on the expedition back to Swallow Falls to save civilization from the invasion of gigantic living food creatures. But why doesn’t working together have that ol’ “thunder and lightning” that it once had?

Anna Faris reprises her role of Sam. “I was so proud of the way the first film turned out,” she says. “When you’re voicing a role in an animated movie, you’re working on it for a year but you don’t really know what it’s going to be until the end. It was amazing to see it all come together, the artistry involved was incredible, and it was so much fun.”

Sam is one of the smarter characters I’ve played,” she laughs. “She’s bright and optimistic, she’s a leader but also supportive. She’s an adventurer, and she has a lot of compassion. I think she’s just a great gal.”

Flint’s proud father, Tim, is happiest when he is on his boat, floating around in search of his water-dwelling dinner. Tim still doesn’t get all of the fancy technology stuff that is such a big part of his son’s life. And Flint doesn’t ever need to hear another fishing metaphor ever again. So when the gang heads back to Swallow Falls to help save the world, Flint encourages his 49-year-old dad to stay home. Still, Tim insists on launching his fishing boat and coming along for the journey, even though Flint would prefer his old dad stayed home.

He’s old-fashioned, slow-thinking, and opinionated – there’s not much to life for him beyond fishing. Not the sharpest tool,” says James Caan, who voices the role again. “But he’s also a very caring and loving father, just never knew how to say that.”

Still a primate of few words, Steve the Monkey has everything any guy would wish for in a best friend—except maybe a bigger vocabulary. Steve is still both a trusted colleague and a shining example of Flint’s best attempts at inventing—after all, Flint wouldn’t even get those single words from his buddy were it not for the Monkey Thought Translator. One never knows when the monkey’s particular point of view (or his size, or his climbing, or his lab skills) will come in handy.

And once again, the award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris provided the voice of Steve. “Normally you’re in this recording room and your inflection has to be perfect and you have to hit all of your Ts and Ps. On this, you just come in and you say ‘Hungry’ fifteen times. Or ‘Banana.’ Or ‘Steve,’” says Harris. “And then they start giving direction. ‘Yes, do it again, but a little louder.’ ‘Steve!’ ‘Now you’re scared. ‘Steve…’ ‘Yeah, but now you’re running.’ ‘Steve! Steve! Steve!’ The first time around, I kept thinking I was getting punked, but it turns out that I was actually in the movie.”

Opening across the Philippines in Oct. 9, 2013, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. 

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