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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thor "The Dark World": Movie Review

Thor: The Dark World
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

We are lucky enough to have Thor: The Dark World in a much earlier release here in the Philippines. It will be a certified box-office hit as it is the second Avenger solo film following the release of Iron Man 3 earlier this year. It is just a preparation for the next Avengers movie we've all waiting for, and The Dark World is the answer to satisfy the thirst of waiting.

After years in slumber, the dark elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) awakens and seeks for revenge to the Asgardian empire that defeated their race. He is looking for the ancient artifact called Aether and wants to use it to destroy the nine realms. Unfortunately, astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) stumbled upon it and enters her body. Soon, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) brings Jane to Asgard to get the Aether out of her, but he also lures Malekith into their territory.


The film was really a visual feast, with each realms that looks staggering with their distinctive features. It also filled with light humor especially between the unlikely pairing between Thor and Loki. It just simply relinquish the seriousness between the two and simply entertains the audience with their hilarious conversation. There were also some shades of drama as there are some character losses which highlighted a stunning funeral scene.


The cast simply elevates the film up into the pedestal with their outstanding performances. Chris Hemsworth fully embraces his character with a charming personality, and he is pretty solid all throughout. Tom Hiddleston is utmost the fun thing to watch but hasn't had the time that his character deserves. Other casts did their parts well, notably Natalie Portman, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins.


Overall, Thor: The Dark World is much better than Iron Man 3. Everybody loves superhero flicks, and this film didn't disappoint us. The 3D effect is often a miscue if it's not an animated film, but it looked sharp here right from the very beginning. Just make sure you stay into your seats as it still has two short teasers at the end of the credits. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9.5 out of 10 stars

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston

Directed by:Alan Taylor
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios PH 
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide
Experience it in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D, 2D


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Buy Movie and Event Tickets Online with SM Cinema, SM Tickets, and VISA

Skip the long lines and buy movie and event tickets with just a few clicks. SM Cinema, the largest movie exhibitor in the country to date, and SM Tickets have made it possible for users to get tickets wherever they are, whenever they want, in an easy and secure way. To top it off, VISA has added an exciting twist to the online ticket buying experience through the SM Cinema and SM Tickets Online Raffle.

 
From October 21 to December 31, 2013, registered users of smcinema.com and smtickets.com will get a chance to win smartphones, tablets, and more – weekly.

The mechanics are simple: Users just need to log on to their SM Cinema or SM Tickets online account, and use debit, prepaid, or credit VISA card to buy tickets. Every successful ticket purchase using VISA card automatically entitles the buyer to a raffle entry.

Winners will be drawn weekly. Non-winning entries will still be included in the succeeding weekly raffle draws. Prizes get more and more exciting as the holiday season approaches!

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Captain Green Trains Children against Dengue


When Captain Green goes to a school for a visit, you know he has an important message to say.

In an effort to turn youngsters to be “Dengue Defenders,” Green Cross Insect Repellent Gentle Protect is bringing an interactive program featuring Captain Green to schools all over the country. Helped by a chock-full of visuals, song-and-dance presentations and audience participation, the hero will deliver the newest information about the disease and the ways to zap its culprit —the dreaded dengue-lamok. The mosquito villain will also be present buzzing around but will ultimately be defeated by Captain Green.

We are aware of the gravity of the dengue disease,” says Vince Camua, Senior Brand Manager from Green Cross. “Statistics show that almost half of the people who contracted dengue last year were children from ages 1-10. This is the reason why we are bringing our advocacy to schools and educating them on the myths surrounding the dengue disease.”

Students in participating schools dance with Ms. Green, as she empowers kids to fight Dengue.


While a simple presentation may already deliver the information, only an interactive program can impress the importance of dengue protection in the minds of children. “We really want it to be an opportunity where children are not only listeners but participants,” Vince added. “They can move, sing and dance with Captain Green as they absorb and understand information.”

Hailing from a planet devastated by dengue, Captain Green comes to Earth to inform children about the dreaded day (Aedes aegypti) & night (Aedes albopcitus) dengue-lamok, how to stop the mosquitoes from multiplying, the tell-tale signs if they are infected, and the precautions they can take to minimize their exposure to mosquito bites.

For instance, Captain Green tells them that, aside from their usual breeding grounds (old tires and vases), dengue-lamok can also thrive “in a drop of water as small as a coin,” making it important to dry areas with stagnant water no matter how tiny they may seem.

 Green Cross teaches Grade School students nationwide about the threat of day and night dengue-lamok.
  
As for the tell-tale signs of infection, Captain Green enumerates the following as possible symptoms of dengue: “high fever for more than three days, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle or bone pain, rashes, mild nose, gum bleed, easy bruising and low white blood cell count.”

Captain Green emphasizes that the disease, which many people think can be contracted only during the day, is now a round-the-clock concern. It is true that the more popular Ae. aegypti is a day-biter, with peak biting hours between 6AM-8AM and 4PM-6PM. However, another dengue-lamok, the Ae. albopictus, strikes when we least expect it, with peak biting hours during the night: from 6PM-8PM and 11PM-1AM.


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Near the end of the program, Captain Green unveils his secret weapon: Green Cross Insect Repellent Lotion Gentle Protect. Applied once in the morning and once in the evening, the lotion offers clinically-proven 8-hour protection against both day-biting and night-biting mosquitoes. Hypoallergenic, non-greasy and fresh-smelling, it is tested safe on the skin of children—and adults as well!

After their stint in the “Dengue Defenders” training camp, the children will receive interactive comic books and a letter to their parents with product samples of Green Cross Insect Repellent Lotion Gentle Protect for them to gain headway in their fight against dengue.

We believe in the two adages of ‘Starting them young’ and ‘An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure,’” says Vince Camua, Green Cross Senior Product Manager. “By arming children with knowledge, we at Green Cross hope to contribute to the lowering of dengue incidents and keeping our young safe and protected.”

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Fairytale“SNOW QUEEN” Inspires Disney's “FROZEN”


Walt Disney Animation Studios (“Tangled,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy-adventure inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen.”

Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.

 
Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

Our film is inspired by Andersen’s classic tale, ‘The Snow Queen,’” says director Chris Buck, “and yet ‘Frozen’ is a story distinctly our own—wonderfully emotional, with plenty of action, adventure, magic and unforgettable characters.”
Our story started as a very simple idea about the power of family and has grown into something more grand than we could have ever envisioned,” adds director Jennifer Lee, who wrote the screenplay. “It’s about fear versus love, told through a family’s epic journey their struggle to overcome fear and find the true meaning of love.”
Produced by Peter Del Vecho (“The Princess and the Frog”), “Frozen” is executive produced by John Lasseter. “We’ve always felt that we’re making a really special—almost magical—film,” says Lasseter. “We are incredibly proud of this film. ‘Frozen’ honors our heritage at Walt Disney Animation Studios with its timeless roots, yet its strong characters, incredible storytelling and stunning visuals are totally made for today's audiences.”

Buck (Disney Animation veteran and director of Oscar®-nominated films “Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and Lee (screenwriter of the Oscar-nominated “Wreck-It Ralph” and the first female director in Disney Animation feature history) teamed up to direct the film. “When Jennifer first joined the team as writer, it became clear that the individual sensibilities Chris and Jennifer brought to the table were almost magical,” says Del Vecho. “They were so in sync with the needs of the story that they made a very dynamic directing team.”


Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck have this perfect balance,” adds Kristen Bell, who provides the voice of Anna. “Chris has such a history with Disney—he’s captained so many ships and he brings all of that experience. Jennifer brings wonderfully weird new ideas and champions the film’s core themes, and I love how the two of them dance together, bouncing ideas off of each other that result in these wonderful scenes. It’s really easy as an actor to work alongside that.”

In addition to Bell (TV's “Veronica Mars”), “Frozen” features the voices of Idina Menzel (Broadway’s “Wicked”) as Elsa, Jonathan Groff (Fox's “Glee”) as mountain man Kristoff, and Josh Gad (“The Internship”) as the lovable snowman Olaf. The voice cast also includes Santino Fontana (Broadway’s “Cinderella”) as Hans, a handsome royal who catches Anna’s eye, Alan Tudyk (King Candy in “Wreck-It Ralph”) as the Duke of Weselton, Chris Williams (“Bolt”) as Oaken, and Ciarán Hinds (“Game of Thrones”) as Pabbie.

Frozen” features eight original songs from Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Tony® Award winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”), including the gripping “Let It Go,” Elsa’s self-defining anthem.

 
Opening across the Philippines in 3D and 2D on Nov. 27, “Frozen” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.
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Prepare for “DEVIL’S DUE” – Trailer Debut

The most horrifying delivery is about to take place in “Devil’s Due,” a movie that employs found footage style on the coming of the antichrist.  The movie is directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett written by Lindsay Devlin and Zoe Green.

20th Century Fox delivers its first trailer ever here http://youtu.be/BlPGR06t9Cc  which Wes Craven, the master of horror mentioned (in his twitter @wescraven) that the trailer is creepy and congratulates writer Lindsay as well. 

 

Starring Zach Gilford and Allison Miller as Zach and Samantha McCall as newlyweds who find themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy right after their honeymoon.  After a mysterious night during their honeymoon, the couple notice mysterious people following and spying on them.  Eventually, these people are revealed to be Christian heretics who believe they can use some of Christianity's earliest symbols to bring forth the Anti-Christ.  While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves.  But as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin.

 Devil’s Due” will arrive soon in Philippine cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

She's The One: Movie Review


She's The One
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Star Cinema has already mastered making rom-com movies. Some of them made a mark while other was left in the top shelf of a video rental store. She's The One is their latest offering, which pits Bea Alonzo, Dingdong Dantes and Enrique Gil. 

Kat and Wacky (Bea Alonzo and Dingdong Dantes) are best friends despite their closeness the two never got along to take a step in making their status into a relationship. Kat is secretly in-love with Wacky while the other only takes her for granted. One night, Kat's car broke down in the middle of the rain. He was seen by David (Enrique Gil), took a video of her and uploading it online while asking for help to find "The girl in the rain." Soon, Wacky helps David to locate the girl and sets them up in a date to keep his job while Kat and Wacky both test their feelings towards each other.

The movie feels awkward, especially with the scenes involving Bea Alonzo and Enrique Gil. However, as the film goes on, the chemistry builds momentum and manages to push through. For the story, it feels like you already watched it before were at a certain point it becomes a little predictable. It still had the same formula where others might feel the "kilig" factor that the audience wants to experience. The theme song also provides some spark that helps the scenes to raise the bar of cheesiness. 

Overall, She's The One feels a same movie all over again. There was still something new to offer in which they manage to deliver well. The stars were all equally great, were just looking more from the supporting cast who can actually provide a humor to the romantic tale. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 6 out of 10 stars

Cast: Dingdong Dantes, Bea Alonzo, Enrique Gil

Directed by: Mae Cruz
Distributed by: Star Cinema 
Now Showing at cinemas nationwide

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"Snitch" is C-Interactive Entertainment latest offering


C-Interactive Entertainment is not quite done yet in releasing new catalogs for your collection. Snitch is now available at all Astroplus, Astrovision, Odysseylive.Net, O'Music & Video, select SM Record Bars, National Bookstore, LandMark Record Bar and other Leading Video Outlets Nationwide. 

Snitch reportedly earned $42++ million with only a $15 million budget. It is tagged along as one of  Dwayne Johnson's  best performance yet, getting mixed reviews from the critics in the US with a 56% rating at Rottentomatoes.com. 

Synopsis:
In the fast-paced action thriller SNITCH, Dwayne Johnson stars as a father whose teenage son is wrongly accused of a drug distribution crime and is looking at a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years. Desperate and determined to rescue his son at all costs, he makes a deal with the U.S. attorney to work as an undercover informant and infiltrate a drug cartel on a dangerous mission -- risking everything, including his family and his own life. (c) Summit 


Cast: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jon Bernthal, Barry Pepper, Rafi Gavron
Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh

DVD 9 : P550.00
DVD 5 : P399.00
VCD    : P250.00

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“X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST” Global Trailer Debut Tonight at AT 9:00PM, Manila Time  


The much anticipated global debut of the full trailer of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” will go live tonight at 9:00pm, Manila time at this link 





The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.  


 




Bryan Singer, the visionary director who brought us the original X-Men movies, says Days of Future Past will take viewers on an emotional ride. “The stakes are high, not just for the world and the future but also the stakes of some of the characters,” says the director. “Clearly there was enormous fragmentation between the characters that happened at the end of First Class. That left the characters on a certain path. This movie will show you where those paths lead.” (source EW.com)

 
X-Men: Days of Future Past” will open nationwide in the Philippines on May 22, 2014 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
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Worldwide Fan Event for “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG” November 4

 
Gearing up for the December opening of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), fans will get a chance to meet new cast members joining the highly anticipated second film in “The Hobbit” Trilogy, including Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace and Luke Evans, as part of a global fan celebration to be held on Monday, November 4, at 5:00 pm EST, and simultaneous times around the world. 
 
At each of the satellite-linked cinemas in four host cities—Los Angeles, New York, London and Wellington—Jackson and members of his cast and filmmaking team will gather with fans to show exclusive footage from “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and answer questions in front of a live audience, as well as offer a few surprises. 
 
CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper, who serves as special host for the entire event, will be based in New York, where he will welcome Richard Armitage, the film’s Thorin Oakenshield, and Orlando Bloom, who returns to the role of Legolas from “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy. Evangeline Lilly, who joins the cast as a new Elf warrior, Tauriel, will be based in Los Angeles. London will host new cast member Lee Pace, the film’s Elf King Thranduil; Luke Evans, who joins the cast as Bard the Bowman; and Andy Serkis, a member of Jackson’s filmmaking team and the first film’s Gollum. Peter Jackson will join the celebration from Wellington, New Zealand (where it will be Tuesday, November 5, at 11:00 am).

 
Each cinema will be connected by satellite, allowing audiences to participate in a simultaneous Q&A among participants in all four host locations. Additionally, in cities across the globe—including Brussels, Belgium; Hamburg, Germany; Madrid, Spain; Mexico City, Mexico; Miami, Florida, USA; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; Sydney, Australia; and Toronto, Canada—fans will be invited to gather at select cinemas to be among the first to see the extended footage debut and watch the festivities unfold live. The event will also be streamed live online so that anyone with an internet connection can join the celebration at home or at viewing parties among friends, though the online simulcast will feature an edited version of the extended footage debut. 
 
Details on locations, timing and how to sign up for a chance to join one of the many simultaneous events can be found at the film’s official site (TheHobbit.com) and on Facebook (facebook.com/TheHobbitMovie) and Twitter (Twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie), under the global hashtag #hobbitfanevent. 
 
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” 
 
Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom as Legolas. The film also stars (in alphabetical order) John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, and Aidan Turner.

The screenplay for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson also produced the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Philippa Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.

Under Jackson’s direction, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” was shot in 3D 48 frames-per-second and will be released in High Frame Rate 3D (HFR 3D) in select theaters, other 2D and 3D formats, and IMAX®. Production took place at Jackson’s own facilities in Miramar, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand. Post production took place at Park Road Post Production in Wellington. 
 
New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Present a WingNut Films Production, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.

 
Opening across the Philippines on Wednesday, Dec. 11, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


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“DELIVERY MAN” Brings out its New Poster


DreamWorks Pictures has just delivered the new poster art for its new comedy “Delivery Man” (pictured below) starring Vince Vaughn.

In the film, Vaughn stars as affable underachiever David Wozniak, whose anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years earlier resulted in 533 children. David must now embark on a journey that leads him to discover not only his true self but also the father that he could become.

A DreamWorks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment presentation, the film is written for the screen and directed by Ken Scott, based on “Starbuck,” the original screenplay written by Ken Scott and Martin Petit, and also stars Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders. “Delivery Man” is produced by André Rouleau and executive produced by Ray Angelic, Scott Mednick and Mark Sourian. 

 
Opening soon across the Philippines, “Delivery Man” is a DreamWorks Picture distributed by Walt Disney Studios International.

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James Hardie: Wilcon Builder's Depot Raffle Promo


LUCKY HOMEOWNERS who joined the “Build with Hardie, Win Easy” Raffle Promo by James Hardie Philippines and Wilcon Builder’s Depot now have the chance to take a break from the work of building a dream home. They were recently declared the winners of hot gadgets--that will now make their lives easier at work or at play. Raffle draw was help held on Friday, October 4th at the Wilcon Libis Branch in Quezon City. Five winners were chosen for each prize category. First prizes included five Ipad Minis 16GB; second prizes were five Sony Xperia LT28i; and third prizes were five Nikon Coolpix L26 4GB. Promo period was from July 1 to September 30, 2013. In photo: James Hardie Consultant, Stephanie Mapua (left); DTI Representative, Lourdes Rafael (middle); and Wilcon Executive Financial Audit Manager, Careen Belo-Solo (right). 

 
IF ANYBODY DESERVES a high-tech gadget that makes work more efficient while also providing hours of entertainment, it’s a homeowner. After all, he or she not only works hard at building and spending for their dream home but is also committed to taking care of the family’s needs. Such gadgets were won by fifteen very lucky homeowners in the “Build with Hardie, Win Easy” Raffle Promo by James Hardie Philippines and Wilcon Builder’s Depot. Raffle draw was held on Friday, October 4th at the Wilcon Libis Branch in Quezon City. James Hardie is the maker of HardieFlex Advanced Building composite. Five winners were chosen for each prize category. First prizes included five Ipad Minis 16GB; second prizes were five Sony Xperia LT28i Ion ; and third prizes were five Nikon Coolpix L26 4GB. Raffle period was from July 1 to September 30, 2013. In photo: James Hardie Consultant, Stephanie Mapua; James HardieMarketing Officer, Sinen Rodriguez; DTI Representative, Lourdes Rafael; and James Hardie Luzon Sales Manager, Erwin Deem.
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Natalie Portman returns as Jane Foster in “THOR” sequel


Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman once more plays the esoteric astrophysicist Jane Foster in Marvel's “Thor: The Dark World.”

Jane Foster is an astrophysicist who met Thor when he was exiled to Earth by his father. The two had an intense attraction in the short time they were together, and through Jane, Thor learned the value of humility and the heroic nature of humanity. After being separated since Thor’s first visit to Earth, Jane has moved on with her life…but now finds herself pulled into Thor’s world once again by an ancient evil.

Portman enthuses, “It’s really fun to get to come back and play her again. I think it’s rare to get the opportunity to play these female scientists in this kind of movie, so it’s nice to have a foil for the Super Hero!” 

 
Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” finds Jane Foster making big changes in her life. Portman explains, “Jane has moved, so she’s now in London, not in Santa Fe anymore. Obviously she has gone through missing Thor and also being upset at him because he didn’t come knock on her door when he was on her planet. She’s definitely been getting over that and trying to move on.”

In the course of the story, Thor and Jane do reunite and, as Portman points out, “Obviously she’s upset at first, but he quickly explains why he didn’t come say hi. He makes it up to her by saving her life and then they become this great team.” 

 
Jane winds up spending most of her time on Asgard, Thor’s home world, where he has taken her for protection. For Portman, this fish-out-of-water scenario not only provided some comedic moments but also a chance to wear Asgardian costumes. “It was definitely new to be in the Asgard clothes and luckily I think my character should feel uncomfortable in them, so, any discomfort I had could be part of the character’s feelings as well,” notes the actress.

 
Portman also feels that the scale of the sets harkens back to a different era of filmmaking. She comments, “It’s really like the old days of cinema. The sets are incredible and you walk on to set and you think ‘wow, we’re making a movie’. The scope is just so grand. It’s fun to be on that kind of set and see the craftsmanship that goes into it.”

She was likewise delighted to be working with director Alan Taylor, commenting, “Alan is really incredible. He’s really made this film so epic and is also very dead on with all the character moments. He doesn’t do a lot of takes, but knows really specifically what he wants and gives helpful notes.” 



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


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“LOST” Josh Holloway finds redemption in “BATTLE OF THE YEAR”


He made a splash playing the antihero Sawyer in the acclaimed drama series “Lost.” Now, Josh Holloway stars as Jason Blake, the down-and-out coach who redeems himself as he teaches members of a dance crew to trust him and each other enough to become a real team, in Columbia Pictures' new dance movie, “Battle of the Year.”

Inspired by Benson Lee’s award-winning documentary, Planet B-Boy, “Battle of the Year” showcases the exhilarating realm of competitive dancing with unprecedented depth and insight, as some of the world’s most elite teams ignite the screen with an astonishing display of athleticism, power and grace.

 
Battle of the Year is an international dance crew tournament that attracts all the best teams from around the world, but the Americans haven’t won in fifteen years. 

Los Angeles Hip Hop mogul Dante (Laz Alonso) wants to put the country that started the Sport back on top. He enlists his hard-luck friend Blake (Holloway), who was a championship basketball coach, to coach his team. Armed with the theory that the right coach can make any team champions, they assemble a Dream Team of all the best dancers across the country. With only three months until Battle of the Year, Blake has to use every tactic he knows to get twelve talented individuals to come together as a team if they're going to bring the Trophy back to America where it started.

I wasn’t familiar with Josh from his role on ‘Lost,’ but from the moment I met him, I just liked him,” says director Benson Lee. “He’s a really genuine person and very professional in his approach to the work. During rehearsals, I was blown away by the way he redefined the coach. He really dug deep into this character and brought such depth and humanity to it. A really good coach is a mentor and Josh achieved that with a lot of the guys on screen, as well as off camera.”

Holloway admits to being a closet b-boy enthusiast since his days as a high-school basketball player. “I’ve been into dancing my whole life, but I never threw it out there in public,” he says. “My basketball team had some really good b-boys on it and we even integrated moves into our warm-ups. When I saw the documentary, I was astonished by the athleticism and the evolution of b-boying.”

But even more than the dancing, he was drawn to the coach’s story. “It grabbed me,” says the actor. “I know from my own experiences how much a coach can shape your life. In this case, the coach has as much to learn as the team.”

 
Two years before the story starts, Blake lost his family in a car wreck. “He just checked out and became a serious drunk,” Holloway says. “It’s a painful struggle to come back. He’s an alcoholic and he can’t let go of that yet, because it’s his survival mechanism.”

Eventually, he finds a scribbled note in an old coaching notebook that gives him the key to reaching his team. “It’s something his wife wrote years ago,” says Holloway. “Change how you think, change your life. He rediscovers that and implements it in his coaching. The difference now is that it’s being reflected back on him.” 
 
Taking his role to heart, Holloway worked with the dancers to bolster their confidence in their untried acting skills. “Josh was really generous with his time and his spirit and his energy,” says Lee. “I think the b-boys really felt that and appreciated it.”

I was just so inspired by every one of these guys,” the actor says. “The things they can do physically are amazing, but their spirit and the energy are even more so. As someone who is a fan of this type of dance, I was blown away by what these kids could do. It was truly like they were in an anti-gravity room.

And Benson brought passion and an incredible depth of knowledge on this subject,” he adds. “He didn’t just make a dance movie. He’s trying to tell the deeper story of this culture and what it grew from.”

 
To be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting Nov. 6, “Battle of the Year” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

“CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER” Reveals 1st Trailer


Following the launch of a new poster several days ago, Marvel Studios has now shared the teaser trailer for its upcoming sequel, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Check it out below:


 
Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” returns Chris Evans as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. 

 
Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will pick-up where “Marvel’s The Avengers” left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C. 
Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” features an outstanding supporting cast that includes Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow and Georges St-Pierre as Georges Batroc. 
Rounding out the talented cast are Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Toby Jones as Arnim Zola, Emily VanCamp as Agent 13 and Maximiliano Hernández as Agent Jasper Sitwell.

 
Opening across the Philippines on 4 April 2014, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.
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