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Friday, November 29, 2013

Viva Video Inc lands The Wolverine in original Blu-ray and DVD

THE WOLVERINE
Now on Original Home Video
Exclusively Distributed by Viva Video Inc. in the Philippines.

Attention Movie geeks, Viva Video Inc announces the release of The Wolverine on original Blu-ray and DVD. It is now available at your favorite leading video stores nationwide. Relive Logan's solo outing to overcome the rage of the Silver Samurai. 

The movie has a certified fresh rating at Rottentomatoes.com, scoring 68% out of 206 reviews. It is another film that's would be an incredible addition to your collection knowing that X-Men: Days of the Future Past is just around the corner in 2014. 

Own it now at a very low price of P750 for the DVD and P1,500 for the Blu-ray. So what are you waiting for? Grab your copies now. 


20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
THE WOLVERINE
Hugh Jackman International Print Generic Q&A

You are Hollywood’s longest-serving superhero. How does that make you feel?

Really grateful. That’s the kind of overwhelming feeling I have, especially being on this film that I am shooting now, X-Men: Days of Future Past, with this great cast and with Bryan Singer. What gave me so many opportunities in this business was playing this part in X-Men and that it is still going is just amazing for me. It is such a rare thing and I am enjoying it more than ever. You may be surprised to hear that but I really am.

Does getting in shape for the role get harder each time, as you’re always a little bit older?

Oh, yes. That is easily recognized because, first of all, the diets become stricter, the regimes become harder, I need longer to get there and I get punished for any sins so I really have to stay more on it than ever before. But I am really happy with the results so in the end that’s okay. It is a purity but it is not forever. I am not a gym junkie and I am not going to be like that forever. Trust me.

What regime did you use?

Basically, there is a lot of science behind intermittent fasting or having a period of each day when you are not eating. So you eat for an eight-hour window and then don’t eat for 16 hours. I feel a lot better on that regime; my energy is better, I sleep better. There’s a lot of research saying that it’s better for your heart, cancer and many, many things to give your body a break, but during those eight hours I eat like 6,000 calories and that is kind of brutal.

What happened to your neck when you did the Bullet Train scene? You got quite badly hurt?

When I get flung out of the train they had to simulate what it was like for your body going out of a train at 300km an hour. I had a rig on and I was connected to the other actor, because we were flying out together, and something happened to our position. I got caught up the wrong way so when I hit the train my neck got caught. To simulate the whip they would whip my whole body around, so my neck was put into a very unnatural position and for a second you hear a little ‘click’ sound and you are not sure what is going on. It was actually okay but I had a very, very sore neck and a good fright.

What did you learn from that?

I have been around long enough to know that these things happen and you have got to be very safe and you have to prepare. You have to rehearse, which we’d done, and I think I am being honest when I say I am a little warier as the years go on. I always now get my stunt-double to do a rehearsal. I say I don’t want to rehearse. I want a first take because sometimes when people rehearse it is half-hearted. You might have the riggers but not everyone else is there. As soon as you have a take it is a different atmosphere and I want to test things under that situation.

Was that the most imperilled you’ve felt on a movie set?

That was three weeks and there was almost something every day on that one. There was a lot of flying around on that train and they were real trains that we were flying and landing on and flipping over. It was a little hairy.

When do you think that the Academy will start taking comic-book movies more seriously?

Heath Ledger won the Oscar for his portrayal so in many ways I think they are seeing it. I think more and more they are seeing the quality of filmmaking and the aspirations of filmmakers. I think the same about comedies. I always think that not enough of the academy members have actually tried to do a comedy, but heaven knows how hard that is to pull off. So when you get a great comedy — I thought Bridesmaids was going to win a whole load of stuff.

What is Logan’s main curse? Is it that he lives forever?

That is a very good question. We explore in this what it is like to live forever when you really don’t want to live, when you have lost the reason or the meaning of life. Really, his main curse is this beserker rage. It is what defines him. He doesn’t have the most powerful powers — on paper his powers aren’t that incredible if you think of other mutants who would probably have the upper hand. He can’t jump, he can’t fly; he has claws and he can heal but he is probably the most feared or powerful in a way because of that very human quality of his inner beserker rage. That animalistic side of him gives him power and strength but it also causes damage, loss and pain. And with the immortality, everyone he loves dies — everyone who has ever meant anything to him has passed on. What sort of life is that?

How important were the scenes with Famke Janssen?

Very important and they became even more important as we shot the film. There’s even more in the script that we shot because it dawned on us that if you want to understand Wolverine — it takes place just after X-Men 3. He kills Dark Phoenix, the love of his life, Jean Grey, he kills her and credits roll. You don’t have time to examine that so seeing that interaction was really nice in terms of understanding him and what haunts him most. It became bigger and bigger as we shot.

How did you enjoy starring with so many female characters around you?

Apart from the obvious, it was great that we got to explore that because I always kept saying, ‘look we have the Jean Grey storyline, but one of the great things from the comic book was that Wolverine has dated every mutant that has ever been written, because that is his saving grace, and his Achilles heel, both at once. And it is a great way to really understand him because on one side he never wants to get involved. He is a very interior, loner type of character. It is not going to play poker with the boys that will get him involved. It is women. So in this movie we have four meaningful roles for women. They are all very different archetypes as well and that made for an interesting difference from the last movie. There was so much testosterone; it was overwhelming, so this was kind of fantastic. 

 
This is a film about immortality. Do you think that art and making movies in some ways immortalises you?

No. Everything passes. Trust me. Everything passes at some point. If you are in a movie that is still being watched 500 years from now, that is one amazing piece of work and it will be possible and that will actually happen. I don’t think of it as that. I never think of it. To me, the greatest high I have ever had as an actor is not the idea that I am in a movie that is going to be watched in 500 years. The greatest highs I have ever had have all been on stage, which is actually the briefest, fleeting of moments that just happen. Something magic happens that is beyond description, beyond words, when thousands of strangers in the audience and on stage get connected. You feel the whole audience and story and actor connect and hearts can melt. That’s a moment that is gone like that, it is unforgettable. That is what is timeless, really.

What do you like most about Japanese culture?

The food. It is my favourite cuisine. But I love so many things about their culture. I love their attention to detail, I love the bonds they have, not just to family but societal bonds, the respect they have and their humility. Working with these Japanese actors was very humbling. Hiroyuki Sanada has done like 60 movies and is a legend. We were shooting in Sydney and we had 200 extras on the set. I saw him on the set, one by one, at the end of a line shake hands with every extra and thank everyone at the end of each day. Then people say to me, ‘you are a nice guy!’ He takes it to another level. And it is from deep within and it’s genuine. He was sort of hiding. He didn’t want people to think he was doing it as a show. He just has that humility.

What can you reveal about the upcoming X-Men film?

There is not much, but I can tell you that we are shooting, that it is the biggest of all of them and that it is going incredibly well. The movie takes place in the future and past — so you get two actors playing the same role, except for mine because I am greedy! That will happen someday, I know, because big parts always outlive the actors that play them. If you do stick around to the end of the credits on The Wolverine, you are going to get a glimpse.

Do you think if Clint Eastwood were in his 40s now, he’d have a superhero franchise?

He sort of had one with Dirty Harry, didn’t he, though he was human? There weren’t many franchises around like that apart from James Bond. Probably. I remember shooting X-Men 1. It is fascinating how it’s changed. Bryan Singer would not allow one comic book on the set. He was terrified that actors would read them and come with over-the-top with two-dimensional performances. That was the perception of what comic books are, though X-Men is not like that at all. It is sophisticated in its themes and political in what it is trying to say. But that’s what Bryan worried about back then, so it is a very different world now. There was no genre when the first X-Men was made and you have to give credit to Bryan and to [20th Century] Fox for taking that risk.

Have you seen any discernible difference in Bryan Singer when making Days of Future Past?

All of us are different but essentially I see in him all that brilliance and confidence and then some. It seems to me that he has made a lot of different movies. He has reached among the fan base a kind of iconic status because of what he has created. I think he is really enjoying the challenge of this film. I know it is a big challenge and he doesn’t take it lightly. He really is absolutely delivering. I think that this going to be right up there.

Did he allow comic books on set this time?

Yes. He is not so worried about that any more.

It took a while for The Wolverine to settle on a director and script, with Darren Aronofsky attached at one point. Did that affect you at all?

Darren was on it for like six months and then we had to find a new director. The script we have now is pretty much what Darren was going to make. It wasn’t that different. He had a couple of great ideas including the title. He said he would only do it if it were called The Wolverine. And the studio said that was a great idea. I told him, ‘we are nicking that idea!’ There are a couple more ideas we nicked. I am pretty sure if I remember rightly that whole beginning in Nagasaki was his idea. There was a scene in the past, in the original script where Logan met a fire-fighter. They actually met in a pit. They were both trapped and they sort of fought each other but I think this was a much stronger, very iconic opening and I am pretty sure, if I remember rightly, that was Darren’s idea. Until we had Jim on board it was more difficult.

How do you keep your own rage and frustration under control?

I think that playing Wolverine gets a hell of a lot of it out! I can’t remember the last time I felt that kind of rage. Obviously, when I was younger, 13 or 14, I felt it all the time. Basically, every time I played rugby I felt it. I was much angrier as a kid, like most of us, but I don’t feel it much now. That’s why kids actually relate to X-Men and Wolverine and things like that because they feel unheard, misunderstood, they have no power, everyone is telling them what to do; they’re body is changing, their hormones are flying around and they don’t understand it all. That often comes out as rage.

So who did you relate to when you were growing up?

For me, growing up it was Dirty Harry and Mad Max. To be honest, they’re very Wolverine-like archetypes. Indiana Jones was my hero if I was thinking about a character I would like to play. I loved those kinds of characters.
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Delivery Man: Movie Review

Delivery Man
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

The premise of Delivery Man was really interesting. When we first saw the trailer, we were quite impressed and made us include on our watch list. And guess what, the movie didn't fail our expectations as were amused after watching it last night. 


David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn), is a meat truck driver who doesn't have much ambition in life. He has a $80,000 debt to a mob; he also has a pregnant girlfriend (Cobie Smulders) who thinks that he is unreliable and to make matters worst he found out that he is the father of 533 children through his sperm donations he made a couple of decades ago. 142 of those filed a lawsuit, and they wants to know the real identity of their father. Soon, it's up to David to decide whether he should reveal his identity that would lead him to find himself as a responsible father.


We found out that "Delivery Man" was actually a remake of the French-Canadian hit Starbuck in 2011. Well, it really doesn't matter since we didn't have an idea on the first place. The film patiently delivers the magnificent pieces of story resulting to a heartwarming tale that basically succeeds to reach out to inspire the audience. At first, we thought that this was a straight comedy film since Vince Vaughn is in it, but thus it is occasionally funny yet has a valuable weight in the content of it. 


Vince Vaughn is the perfect fit into this role. He has that likable charm in his personality who makes us wonder why do some people tend to ignore and end up racking negative scores from the critics. The Internship was a good film which Vince Vaughn also starred in and in fairness to him, he still knows how to hit the right spots to make the viewers happy. We love Chris Pratt's antics, as he provided some of the best laughs in the movie. 

Overall, Delivery Man effectively sells the ridiculous idea of its story. It's definitely a feel-good film and with Vince Vaughn dictating the pace, you'll exit the cinema in a good mood. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8.5 out of 10 stars

Cast: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders

Directed By: Ken Scott 
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios PH
Opens December 4 in cinemas nationwide
Photo Credits: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

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“HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2” Teaser Poster


Chasing more adventures, the fearless best of friends Hiccup and Toothless stand earnest to conquer new highs in the latest teaser poster of the upcoming adventure movie “How To Train Your Dragon 2.” 
 
Featuring the returning voice cast leads from the first movie, Jay Baruchel (Hiccup), America Ferrera (Astrid) and Gerard Butler (Stoick) with vocal talents from Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, TJ Miller, Craig Ferguson and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.  The movie also features additional new voices from Djimon Hounsou as Drago Bludvist, Cate Blanchett as Valca and Kit Harrington as Eret.

How To Train Your Dragon 2” comes back after five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and Vikings on the island of Berk.  All grown up now, with their friends, Astrid, Snoutlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races as the island's new favorite contact sport. While Hiccup and Toothless fly away in unknown territories for more fun and adventure, they soon encounter a fearsome rider who is building an army of beasts by trapping dragons.   Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.

From DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox, “How To Train Your Dragon 2” opens June 2014 in cinemas nationwide in the Philippines to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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ETC Moves to SBN-21 Starting November 30


Solar Entertainment Corporation (SEC) announces a new channel assignment for its leading youth channel, ETC. Starting November 30, 2013 ETC can be seen on UHF channel 21, Sky Cable and Destiny Digital Ch. 16, Global Destiny Ch. 28, Cignal Ch. 9, and Cable Link Ch. 34. With the move, SEC has laid down plans to boost the reach of ETC to viewers. According to SEC’s Chief Technology Officer Ralph Joseph S. Roy, by early next year a new state-of-the-art analog/ digital 60KW transmitter will be built for the channel. Running at a higher capacity and with a higher elevation, this looks to boost ETC’s reach to viewers in Mega Manila by 30 percent. For the rest of the country transmitters will go up in key areas such as Bacolod, Cebu, Zamboanga, Davao, and Legazpi. From Monday to Saturday, ETC offers viewers the hottest and latest shows and episode’s straight from the United States. Stay up to date in the world of entertainment with the channel’s vast lineup of Match-Airing titles that include: award-winning musical Glee, hilarious sitcom’s New Girl and Super Fun Night, supernatural drama’s The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Ravenswood, and Beauty and the Beast, and the colorful 80’s teen drama The Carrie Diaries.

 
This coming 2014 the channel is working on airing more of its popular series day and date with the U.S. just like the airing of its hit show Glee that ETC airs via satellite. Adding to ETC’s Match-Airing line-up in January is the return of the mystery-thriller Pretty Little Liars, and the long-running reality singing-competition American Idol. Also joining the channel in 2014 is the period drama Reign, which follows the early years of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the sci-fi romance drama Star-Crossed that tells the story of a relationship between a human girl and an alien boy. Viewers can look forward to more big movies under the channel’s movie block “ETC Flix” including Bridesmaids, Crazy Stupid Love, and The Devil Wears Prada. As ETC embarks on a stronger reach on the airwaves, they also look to conquering online too. Fans of the channel can log onto http://www.blink-now.com to watch ETC’s free live streaming on a computer, with mobile services being rolled out in the coming months for even more ways to watch. Starting November 30, 2013 ETC is seen on UHF channel 21, Sky Cable and Destiny Digital Ch. 16, Global Destiny Ch. 28, Cignal Ch. 9, Cable Link Ch. 34 and various cable operators nationwide.
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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Liam Neeson stars in Action Thriller Film "Non-Stop"

Coming Soon: Non-Stop
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Liam Neeson is back; He'll find you, and he'll probably give you another lethal dose of skills in his upcoming film next year titled "Non-Stop." Neeson reunites with Director Jaume Collett-Serra from the 2011 thriller "Unknown." The film also stars Julianne Moore (Carrie), Anson Mount (Safe), Michelle Dockery (Anna Karenina), Bar Paly (Pain and Gain) and Corey Stoll (The Bourne Legacy). 

Liam Neeson's is ageless when it comes to action films, he already beat up terrorists twice in Taken, became a God in Wrath of the Titans, killed some wolves with his bare hands in The Grey,  and became a mighty Lion in The Chronicles of Narnia so why mess with him right? 

In Non-Stop Neeson plays as an Air Marshall, who is framed for hi-jacking a flight while he is trying to stop it. It will hit the cinemas in February, and it will be distributed locally by Movie Punch. 

Synopsis: During the flight, U.S. federal air marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) receives a series of threatening text messages, stating unambiguously that a passenger will be killed every 20 minutes unless, and until, $150 million is transferred into a secret bank account. When the bank account is discovered to be under Marks' name and a bomb is found aboard the plane, Marks is branded as a hijacker.-wikipedia





NON-STOP OPENS FEBRUARY 2014 IN CINEMAS NATIONWIDE

DISTRIBUTED BY: MOVIE PUNCH

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Coming Soon: In Fear (2013)

Coming Soon: In Fear
By: Lakwatsera Lovers  

In Fear is a horror thriller film which is included in the recent 2013 London Sundance Film Festival, which will head into our cinemas this December. It stars Alice Englert who played as Lena Duchanness in Beautiful Creatures last February. Alice and fellow newcomer Iain De Caestecker (Marvel's Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.) plays as a young couple who is driving to attend a music festival, but soon the two get lost in a maze of country roads and became a target of an unknown tormentor. 


It is also the directorial debut for Jeremy Lovering, and it's gone out to be a success as the film was praised by the critics. It currently has 100% rating at rotten tomatoes with 23 fresh reviews.


Synopsis:
In Fear is an intense psychological horror about a young couple’s fight to make it through the night. Home invasion but in a car. In real-time. Tom and Lucy (Ian De Caestecker and Alice Englert) are trapped in a maze of country roads with only their vehicle for protection, terrorized by an unseen tormentor hell-bent on exploiting their worst fears – fear of the dark, fear of the unknown, fear of themselves.

"IN FEAR" OPENS DECEMBER 4 IN CINEMAS NATIONWIDE
 
DISTRIBUTED BY: MOVIE PUNCH / PIONEER FILMS

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"HORROR STORIES 2" Opens Today (NOV. 27) in Cinemas


Korea's "Horror Stories 2" opens today in cinemas, the movie's distributor Axinite Digicinema, Inc. releases the list of cinemas where the movie is currently showing.

SM MANILA
SM SAN LAZARO
ROB. ERMITA
SM NORTH
SM FAIRVIEW
SM CTRPOINT
ROB. GALLERIA
GATEWAY
SM MARIKINA
GREENHILLS
SM MEGAMALL
ROB. M.EAST
SM MOA
SM SOUTHMALL
SM BACOOR
SM PAMPANGA
ROB. STARMILLS
SM CLARK
SM ILOILO
ROB. ILOILO
ROB. BACOLOD
GAISANO DAVAO
SM DAVAO
SM LANANG
SM CEBU
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Armitage Returns as Thorin in “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG”


He made a huge impression as the Dwarf Prince, Thorin Oakenshield in last year's “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Now, Richard Armitage returns to play the same character in the highly anticipated sequel, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

As a young Dwarf Prince, Thorin witnessed the destruction and terror wrought when a great fire-breathing dragon attacked the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. When no one came to the aid of the surviving Dwarves, a once proud and noble race was forced into exile. Now, as the strong, fearless fighter and respected leader of The Company of Dwarves, Thorin is determined to reclaim his homeland and destroy the beast that brought such misery upon his people.

 
Question: What is Thorin like when we meet him in this movie, and how is he different from the Thorin in the first film?

Richard Armitage: I think one of the interesting things about Thorin on the Quest is that when Gandalf is present, he has to defer to Gandalf’s authority. Thorin has always understood that Gandalf’s in the driver’s seat, so there’s more time in the second film when Gandalf is absent from the Dwarves and Thorin’s really in control. But, unfortunately, they seem to stumble into greater difficulties.

Getting incarcerated in the Woodland Realm by the Elves is, I think, possibly the lowest point that they get to on the Quest. They’re stripped of all their belongings, of all their weapons and all hope is lost, really. That’s key to the center of the second film in terms of character development. I think that’s the moment when Thorin realizes that Bilbo is not just one of the men on a Quest. He’s actually going to be an asset in terms of retrieving the Arkenstone. So really that’s where we get with Thorin in this sweeping arc, which is actually a dent in his success rating, as it were.

Q: Along those same lines, in this film, Thorin does finally set eyes on the Lonely Mountain, his lost homeland. What kind of effect does it have on him?

Armitage: It’s so interesting because it’s a really complicated push and pull, which I knew from the beginning, and figuring how to play it was quite a challenge. The Quest is everything that’s driving him forward. The map and the key are catalysts that drive him forward, the promise of his Kingdom, of his throne, which is very personal, and also the promise of reclaiming all of that wealth for his people which, again, is very personal. But, at the same time, the terror and the demon that sits inside of the Mountain is so repulsive to him that he’s pushed away from it as much as he’s drawn towards it. It’s a very complicated, emotional moment for them.

 
Q: You have said that when you first began to play this role, director Peter Jackson’s belief in you helped you to find the leader in yourself to play Thorin. How has that been as you’ve continued this journey? 
 
Armitage: Well, I think it’s partly finding my own love for the character because he wasn’t somebody initially that I was in love with. I was often at odds with him and disagreeing with him, and all the while I’m trying to defend him. But I think I found that place in him whereby the thing I loved about him was his loyalty to his men and the fact that he would fight to the death for them.

Q: Can you tell me about the Elves that capture Thorin and the Company in the Mirkwood Forest? How does Thorin feel about these Elves?

Armitage: It’s Thorin’s worst nightmare, really. I mean, the Dwarves and Elves in general have had a very antagonistic history. They’ve always been at war, but this is very personal. When they were annihilated and forced to leave the Mountain into exile, Thorin stood looking up at Thranduil, sort of begging for his help. And Thranduil turned his back on them and didn’t give them any sanctuary, and they had to wander Middle-earth as vagabonds, and find a new life in the Blue Mountains. I don’t think that’s something that he’s been able to forget.

So, being captured by them and forced in front of Thranduil and then locked away in his prison, that’s what I consider to be the lowest point in Thorin’s career, as it were. But before he’s locked away, he does voice his feelings to Thranduil. He says, ‘This is what you’ve done to my people. This is why there’s this antagonism between us and I’ll never forgive you for that.’ So, there’s a certain satisfaction in being able to say those things, but nevertheless, Thranduil is going to stop them from going on the Quest and he locks him in the dungeons—locks which, incidentally, had been built and designed by Dwarves, so they know that they cannot get out. 

 
Q: Working with Peter Jackson again, was the experience the same as before or was it different? 
 
Armitage: It was different. I think there was an increased sense of trust between both of us. It was always there, but I think it was much more evident when you go back to shoot with someone again. He would work with much more detail. We had a lot more shortcuts to get to things because I understood exactly what he meant, really, without saying things.

And sometimes it takes you by surprise. I’d go away the night before and imagine how the scene would be, and come back in and the first thing Peter would do would be to tell me exactly what I’d imagined. I was like, ‘Oh, we really are on the same page.’ So that was a brilliant thing. And certainly in the final two weeks of pickups, it was very much myself and Peter working together. We were both pushed to the limit and we really got through the last week together. All I can say is it was a relationship based on trust.

Q: Some characters are going to be showing up for the first time in the second movie, such as Legolas, Tauriel, Thranduil and Beorn. I was wondering if you could talk about working with Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace and Mikael Persbrandt? 
 
Armitage: The only character I never really got to work with, sadly, was Evangeline, although we were in the same scene together and we share a look. But, yeah, I really enjoyed working with Mikael, and the same with Lee and Orlando. 
 
I had a great scene with Lee, which was very, very satisfying to play because, as I’ve said before, it’s a chance to hear the voice of the Dwarves staking their claim and you don’t often get to hear that. With Orlando as well, there was a great scene where he takes Orcrist from Thorin and believes that Thorin has stolen it from the Elves because Orcrist is an Elvish blade. 
 
Q: Since the release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” has your life changed in any way? Do you have people come up to you and want to talk about him?

Armitage: People don’t really recognize you. But I had a really great one. We were doing the DVD release in Australia. I did a Q&A in a cinema, and I had such a great response. I really felt the enthusiasm for the movies, but also particularly for the character.

One of the great questions was, ‘Who was the love of Thorin’s life?,’ which is something that I had thought about. People really invest in not just the character or the story but the history of the character and the future of the character. It’s something that stimulates you to ask more questions when you’re developing a role. 

 
A production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” will be released in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures on Dec. 11, 2013.
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Meet Olaf, The Adorable Snowman in “FROZEN”


He’s Olaf and he likes warm hugs. Sprung from the Snow Queen’s magical powers, Olaf is by far the friendliest snowman to walk the mountains above Arendelle, in Walt Disney Animation Studios' stunning big-screen comedy-adventure “Frozen.” 
 
His innocence, outgoing personality and uncanny ability to disassemble himself at good and not-so-good times lead to some awkward, albeit laughable moments. He may also have the world’s most impossible dream, but what he doesn’t know won’t melt him—or will it?

 
Comedian Josh Gad (“The Internship,” “JOBS”) lends his voice to the affable snowman. “While technically he doesn't have one, Olaf’s got the biggest heart in the world,” says Gad. “He lives to love. And he really cares deeply about these new friends he’s found—Anna, Kristoff and Sven. The joy that he has in experiencing this family for the first time is the truth of the film that the audience will relate to the most.”

In “Frozen,” fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), 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.

 
Olaf represents that pure innocence and childhood joy,” says director Jennifer Lee. “The minute we imbued him with that, he just took off. He’s funny in a way that children are funny. He’s completely unaffected by the world. He’s the one character who isn’t struggling with fear versus love. He is love.”

Olaf went through many iterations in development,” continues Lee. “He had so much potential. We found him as soon as we asked, ‘How does a snowman think?’ I started writing Olaf as a pre-teen boy—maybe 12—who’s playful, direct, more sophisticated than a little boy, but still innocent. Then Josh Gad came in and we decided to play with the character in the scene in which Anna and Kristoff meet him for the first time. We had a blast adlibbing and discovering exactly who Olaf is. It was perfect. We never re-recorded that scene.

There's something so poignant and emotional about Olaf that makes him effortlessly funny,” Lee adds. “I don't think anyone could do that but Josh.”

We want to ground the comedy and drama within the characters and situations,” notes producer Peter Del Vecho. “Olaf is one of the funniest characters in the movie, but he also has an innocent view of the world, which allows him to say things that go right to the heart very quickly.”

 
Filmmakers hoped to take full advantage of what Olaf offered in terms of his snowman construction, so they called on the technology team to create software called Spaces that allowed artists to deconstruct the character—and rebuild him—as part of the animation process. “For the animation team, Olaf was like a giant toy box,” says director Chris Buck. “He’s made up of three balls of snow that can break apart and come together in different ways. His eyes can move around, his nose can slide in and out and off. His stick arms came off. Animators could do anything with him.”

 
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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Vince Vaughn Fathers 533(!) Children in “DELIVERY MAN”


Vince Vaughn has starred in some of the biggest box office comedies of the past decade, winning over audiences with his characteristic deadpan delivery and scathing sense of humor. Having played the lovable Everyman many times before, DreamWorks Pictures' new heartwarming comedy “Delivery Man” serves as a departure for him as an actor. A touching story filled with honesty and hope – in addition to humor – the film gives audiences a glimpse of a more mature Vince Vaughn. 
 
Delivery Man” tells the story of affable underachiever David Wozniak (Vaughn) 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.

Now married and the father to two children of his own, Vaughn was drawn to the role of David Wozniak as he wanted to address the issues of balancing life and family from a fresh perspective.

 
It’s a great premise that is a little bit crazy,” says Vaughn, “but underneath it all the movie is about family, about connection and about finding your way, so it has a lot of heart to it. The movie deals with real issues that families go through, what people go through in life trying to find their way and be successful, in a very authentic way. But there’s also an underlying optimism, warmth and love to the film that’s very powerful and funny.”

David is the eldest of three sons in the Wozniak family. He works for the family’s Brooklyn-based meat business with his father and brothers, but is a constant foul-up, albeit a loveable and likeable one. “David is a strange character,” explains producer André Rouleau. “Maybe he is not the best man in the world, but he’s got a big heart, and that’s why people love him.”

David’s past comes back to haunt him when he learns that the anonymous donations he made to a fertility clinic years ago under the pseudonym “Starbuck” have produced 533 Wozniak descendants, resulting in a paternity nightmare. 
 
Adds Vaughn, “David is a guy who hasn’t grown up. He’s still very childlike in a lot of ways. He doesn’t have a lot of adult responsibility and he realizes that his girlfriend is pregnant. He owes money to some mobsters who are getting impatient and are giving him some pretty rough coaxing, and he’s constantly late on his bills.”

Writer/director Ken Scott was thrilled to give Vaughn the chance to tackle the role of David Wozniak. “It's always about how this impacts David's character,” Scott says. “So, for me, it was very important to find a great actor, someone good with comedy, someone who was strong enough to carry the whole movie on his shoulders, and someone who we would want to follow on this journey. Vince was very passionate about this story, he loved the story, he loved the character, obviously, and he has the talent to carry this movie. I felt he was perfect for this role.”

 
The filmmakers knew after just one meeting with Vaughn that they had found the right man. executive producer Scott Mednick recalls, “As we walked out to my car, the three of us looked at each other and said, ‘My God, he's David!’ Vince brings a depth and a heart to the role that I think audiences are not expecting … he does an amazing job. He takes this film on his back and delivers, for my nickel, the performance of his life.”

He’s showing us another dimension of his major talent,” adds executive producer Mark Sourian. “Vince has always given great comedic performances. Now, with ‘Delivery Man,’ audiences get to see more of his versatility and depth as an actor. I think Vince was happy to play a part that was different from the roles he's had in the past. He definitely brings something amazing and unique to the character of David. I think, as a new father himself, he brought a personal understanding of the situation that nobody else could have performed as well.”

 
Opening soon across the Philippines on Dec. 4, “Delivery Man” is a DreamWorks Picture distributed by Walt Disney Studios International.
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Warfare of Hunters and Preys in“THE WHITE DRAGONS”


The White Dragons” inventively tweaks Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” where director Ryan Little reignites the classic tale like never before in this explosive action epic adventure.


 
The story takes us to medieval times when dragons are being hunted for the vitriol that powers the human world and where Ishmael (played by Corey Sevier) and his trusted friend Queequeg (Kepa Kruse) lead a crew of dragon hunters. 


The much sought after vitriol is a highly explosive liquid substance found inside the dragons, giving life and power to the mythical realm they live in. Their Captain’s adopted daughter Rachel (Sofia Pernas) joins them in their quest.




Believing that the family of her father had been slaughtered by dragons, Rachel’s untiring quest to annihilate the last living dragon soon finds out the darkest secrets of her kingdom in the White Dragon’s lair.  

 
The White Dragons” will open December 4 from CrystalSky Multimedia. 
 
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

New “MUPPETS MOST WANTED” Trailer Arrives


Walt Disney Pictures has released the new international trailer for “Muppets Most Wanted,” opening in Philippine theaters on March 21, 2014.

You can view the trailer below: 


Directed by James Bobin, “Muppets Most Wanted” stars Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal, Ricky Gervais (TV's “The Office”), Ty Burrell (TV's “Modern Family”) and Tina Fey (“Date Night”).

The sequel takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe's most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine – the World's Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit – and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. Tina Fey stars as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.


Muppets Most Wanted” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.
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