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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Enter the World of Circus Vargas Magikaria at Manila


Enter the World of Circus Vargas Magikaria at Manila
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

We got a post Christmas gift courtesy of Popgoesmanila.com as we won two tickets to see Circus Vargas Magikaria at SMX Convention Center last night. It is our second time to watch a circus live and were amazed with the different acts they offered. Circus Vargas lighten up the stage with fantastic performances as we enjoyed the juggling, the acrobats, the magic up to the comedy sketches from their clown resident. They also manage to interact with the audience, allowing some of them to participate and mingle in  their acts. 








We are truly entertained all throughout the show, and it's not too late to watch them as they are still having shows on December 28 to January 1 with three shows every day (1PM/4PM/7PM) at SMX Convention Center Mall of Asia. 

Ticket Prices 
Silver Php 590
Gold Php 990
Platinum Php 1,290
Ringside Php 1,790
VIP Php 1,990


SMX CONVENTION CENTER

SHOW SCHEDULE
DEC 25 - 1PM/4PM/7PM
DEC 26 - 4PM/7PM
DEC 27 - 4PM/7PM
DEC 28 - 1PM/4PM/7PM
DEC 29 - 1PM/4PM/7PM
DEC 30 - 1PM/4PM/7PM
JAN 01 - 1PM/4PM/7PM - See more at: http://eplus.ph/events/event_details/?event_id=1918#sthash.Z40hRVzB.dpuf
SMX CONVENTION CENTER

SHOW SCHEDULE
DEC 25 - 1PM/4PM/7PM
DEC 26 - 4PM/7PM
DEC 27 - 4PM/7PM
DEC 28 - 1PM/4PM/7PM
DEC 29 - 1PM/4PM/7PM
DEC 30 - 1PM/4PM/7PM
JAN 01 - 1PM/4PM/7PM - See more at: http://eplus.ph/events/event_details/?event_id=1918#sthash.Z40hRVzB.dpu
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Friday, December 27, 2013

Short Review: Stuck in Love

Stuck in Love
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Synopsis: Meet the Borgens. William Borgens is an acclaimed author who hasn't written a word since his ex-wife Erica left him 3 years ago for another man. In between spying on Erica and casual romps with his married neighbour Tricia, Bill is dealing with the complexities of raising his teenage children Samantha and Rusty. Samantha is publishing her first novel and is determined to avoid love at all costs - after all she's seen what it has done to her parents. In between hook ups, she meets "nice guy" Lou who will stop at nothing to win her over. Rusty, is an aspiring fantasy writer and Stephen King aficionado, who is on a quest to gain 'life experiences'. He falls for the beautiful, but troubled Kate and gets his first taste of love and a broken heart. A tale of family, love (lost and found), and how endings can make new beginnings. There are no rewrites in life, only second chances.- imdb.com

The film has a nice set of cast, which includes Logan Lerman, Lily Collins and Kristen Bell. It also has a very interesting plot but forgettable within a few days. It's not that good and not bad either, but you'll enjoy the cast do their thing. We love the chemistry between Logan and Lily, whom we both love and even though Kristen Bell has a limited amount of time, she made sure that her presence is felt. 

Overall Stuck in Love is a satisfying romantic film. 

Verdict: 7.5/10

Cast: Lily Collins, Logan Lerman, Kristen Bell    

Directed by: Josh Boone


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My Little Bossings: Movie Review


My Little Bossings
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Thanks to @mmffilmfest twitter page we have won tickets to see all the MMFF entries this year. The first one we watched yesterday is My Little Bossings with a jam-packed cinema with some of the people already standing because there's no seats left.

Torky (Vic Sotto) works for a millionaire cash specialist Baba (Kris Aquino). When Baba's name got involved in a pyramiding scam, she entrusts her son Justin (Bimby Aquino Yap) to Torky and promises to give him a reward afterwards. Meanwhile, Ice (Aiza Seguerra) visits an orphanage to get a street kid named Ching (Ryzza Mae Dizon) under her custody. She brings her to the house of Torky where Justin and Ching start a wacky friendship while dealing with some major problems in life. 

We've been a fan of Vic Sotto, and we make sure that when the film fest starts, we always watch his movie first. Knowing that the film would highlight "Aleng Maliit" and of Bimby, it manages to reach the audience expectations between the two child stars. The chemistry between the two really worked well and delivered each punch lines to the delight of the crowd. It didn't look forced as they simply enjoy on what they do in the set. For the story, it generates heartwarming moments, which definitely touch your hearts out mixing it with comedy that will surely make you laugh. However, there are two things that really bothered us the whole time, first, was some of the shaky camera angles and tons of product endorsement that are forced to be inserted in it. 

Vic Sotto always makes things simple but never fails to bring out laughter from his skits. Aiza Seguerra, on the other hand, shows her skill in drama selling it effectively to the crowd. Jaclyn Jose is a funny villain, while Paolo and Jose add some wackiness each time they are on the screen. 

Overall, "My Little Bossings" is an entertaining film for the whole family. It gives moral values that even made an old lady beside me cry. We're not wondering why its holding the top spot right now because Ryzza and Bimby delivers. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 7 out of 10 stars

Cast: Vic Sotto, Bimby Aquino Yap, Ryzza Mae Dizon, Aiza Seguerra, Kris Aquino

Directed By: Marlon Rivera
Distributed By: OctoArts Films, MZET, APT Entertainment & Kris Aquino Productions
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide


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"THE OTHER WOMAN" Trailer debut


The Other Woman” stars a powerhouse cast of women led by Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton and Nicki Minaj.  In the movie, a woman learns that she’s part of a love triangle, so she teams up with the spurned wife in order to exact revenge on the cheating husband.

Check out the trailer below:



"The Other Woman" will open very soon from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Short Review: Starving Games

The Starving Games
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Synopsis: In this Hunger Games spoof, Kantmiss Evershot must fight for her life in the 75th annual Starving Games, where she could also win an old ham, a coupon for a foot-long sub, and a partially eaten pickle.-imdb.com

We love to watch parody themed films even though sometimes they are plainly pointless. The disappointing thing about "The Starving Games" is they forgot to put some key elements to make this film funny. The jokes are dumb, insulting, and nevertheless, it didn't make sense. Even we like some of the characters and their costumes;the scenes became repetitive that results to an awful picture. 

Verdict: 2/10

Cast: Maiara Walsh, Brant Daugherty, Cody Allen Christian, Lauren Bowles

Directed by: Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer


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Kim Basinger, Torn between two boxers in “GRUDGE MATCH


Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger (“L.A. Confidential”) stars in Warner Bros. Pictures' new comedy “Grudge Match” as Sally Rose, whose history with retired heavyweight boxers Razor (Sylvester Stallone) and Kid (Robert De Niro) changed all of their lives. 
 
In “Grudge Match,” Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp are two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, a boxing promoter, seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all. 

 
Once the love of Razor’s life, Sally re-enters the scene when news of the rematch breaks.

Interestingly, Stallone knew Basinger from a gym where they both worked with the same trainer. Stallone says the two had been looking for a project to do together and suggested her to director Peter Segal and the producers, who agreed. 
 
She was perfect for the role,” says producer Bill Gerber. “It was one of those things where we cast her, but hadn’t really seen her together with Stallone. One day we were doing some camera tests and both Kim and Sly were there, so we decided to get them together and see…And when they walked in and everybody was standing there, it was wow! They looked like a fantastic couple.”

Segal admits when he met Basinger to discuss her role in “Grudge Match,” it was the fulfillment of a long-held crush. “She is still so absolutely stunning,” he says, “and she was so great because she wanted to come and play in the sandbox. She hadn’t done a comedy in a long time and she wanted to let her hair down.” 

Basinger seemed to enjoy the spontaneity and fun Segal encouraged. He relates, “She said, ‘It’s wonderful for me when people just tell me what they want. Tell me what you want and I’ll do it.’ So as soon as I knew that, we had a ball. Because we could just play, we could try things, throwing jokes at her, taking things away, giving her other things. Whatever it was, she was a great sport.”

When asked how was that working with Stallone and De Niro, Basinger says, “It was quite a ride because they work very differently. And they’re both hilarious. So I had a really great experience with them. It was great. Stallone’s a jokester. Di Niro’s quiet and sneaky. [laughs] So just different layers.”

 
On a more serious note, Basinger shares what she took away from the experience working with her costars. “You learn from every experience, and you take a lot from that. No one knows everything and it’s always a new camera and a new day. The first day of shooting is always the first day of school. So you’re a little nervous. If I wasn’t nervous I would quit. That’s the excitement of it. But, yeah, to work with all these people, you always learn from everyone, and you take it.”

Kim Basinger starred opposite Robert Redford in Barry Levinson’s “The Natural,” receiving a Golden Globe nomination for her supporting role, and has appeared in more than 40 feature films, earning an Academy Award® in 1998 for her role in the critically acclaimed film “L.A. Confidential.” Based on the James Ellroy classic crime novel of the same title, the film, directed by Curtis Hanson, earned nine Academy Award® nominations. Basinger also received a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award® (SAG), as well as a BAFTA Award nomination.

Basinger will next appear in “The Third Person,” written and directed by Paul Haggis and co-starring Liam Neeson and Maria Bello, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year. In 2014, she will star in “Unborn,” in which she plays the role of a successful career woman who cannot have children. Produced by Lars Von Trier and written and directed by Anders Morgenthaler, the film also stars Peter Stormare, Jordan Prentice and German actors Sebastian Schipper and Sophie Rois.

 
Opening across the Philippines in Jan. 15, 2014, “Grudge Match” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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Go Behind-The-Scenes of stunt from “NEED FOR SPEED” set


Royal Purple has brought online a new video which shows how stunt coordinator Lance Gilbert pulled off one of the major stunts for DreamWorks Pictures' “Need for Speed,” starring Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Michael Keaton and Dakota Johnson. 
 
Check the featurette below: 

 
Directed by Scott Waugh, “Need for Speed” chronicles a near-impossible cross-country race against time, one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. In a last attempt to save his struggling garage, blue-collar mechanic Tobey Marshall (Paul) - who with his team skillfully builds and races muscle cars on the side - reluctantly partners with wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Cooper). Just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Poots) looks like it will save the business, a disastrous, unsanctioned race results in Dino framing Tobey for manslaughter.

 
Two years later and fresh out of prison, Tobey is set on revenge with plans to take down Dino in the high-stakes De Leon race - the Super Bowl of underground racing. To get there in time, Tobey must run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet, dodging cops coast-to-coast and dealing with fallout from a dangerous bounty Dino put on his car. With his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia as allies, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.

 
Opening across the Philippines in March 14, 2014, “Need for Speed” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Short Review: Don Jon

Don Jon
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Synopsis:Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a strong, handsome, good old fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to "pull" a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn't compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a bright, beautiful, good old fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she's determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Wrestling with good old fashioned expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy. (c) Relativity Media

Joseph Gordon Levitt's directorial debut turns out to be a success as Don Jon simply stole our attention right from the very beginning. The film is well acted, occasionally funny and has a very interesting story that revolves around a convincing character. We all knew that Levitt is a great actor, and it turned out that he also got the skill to be a successful writer-director. Overall, Don Jon's simplicity is very effective, a total piece of entertainment. 

Verdict: 9/10

Cast: Joseph Gordon Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore

Directed By: Joseph Gordon Levitt

 
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I, Frankenstein's Final Poster


I, Frankenstein's Final Poster

January 2014 is fully loaded with movies that we look forward to and one of them is I, Frankenstein, which stars Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight Rises, The Expatriate). After triggering some of it's teaser character posters online, Lionsgate officially releases its final slick poster of the film. 

Check out the film's official trailer below: 



Synopsis: Set in a dystopic present where vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons rage in a battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein's creation Adam (Aaron Eckhart) finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality. From the creators of the hit supernatural saga, UNDERWORLD, comes the action thriller I, FRANKENSTEIN, written for the screen and directed by Stuart Beattie based on the graphic novel "I, Frankenstein" by Kevin Grevioux, and brought to life by a cast that includes Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey and Aden Young as Victor Frankenstein. (c) Lionsgate  




The movie also stars Bill Nighy (About Time, Underworld),  Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard), Yvonne Strahovski (Killer Elite), Caitlin Stasey (Evidence),  Miranda Otto (War of the Worlds) and Kevin Grevioux (Underworld). 

 I, Frankenstein is set to open January 22 here in the Philippines, two days ahead of its US release. It will be locally distributed by Movie Punch. 


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Mga Anino ng Kahapon: Movie Review

Mga Anino ng Kahapon
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

There are five entries in this year's MMFF New Wave section, and it so happens that we've got to see one of them thanks to MMFF twitter page. You can still catch this local indie festival in its final two days December 23-24 for a very low price of  P100 each ticket at SM Megamall Cinema 7 and Glorietta 4 Cinema 1.  

Married-couple Ed and Irene (TJ Trinidad and Agot Isidro) are both nurses with one son named Brian. Ed decided to work in Dubai to earn more for his family. Strangely, after a few months, Irene begins to experience some hallucinations of people from martial law that she's the only who can see. As her condition worsens, Ed decided to go home and seek some medical attention to his ailing wife. 

The story of the film tackles about a really serious mental disorder. It let the viewers see an incurable  schizophrenia and watch the family struggle to help the patient. At first, the audience found some of the scenes funny (including us), but after the film it made us realize if that actually happens to one of your family members, it's gonna be tough to live in that situation. 

What made the movie compelling is the great performances of its cast. Agot Isidro is pretty solid from start to finish. She gave a very decent acting that provides the tone for the movie. While TJ Trinidad manages to keep a steady pace with Agot resulting into a good on screen chemistry between the two.

Overall, Mga Anino ng Kahapon is one of those films that's going to be a tough sell to the public. Although this is one of those films that is worth-it to occupy the slots into our cinemas. Try to watch it, before its too late. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8 out of 10 stars

Cast: Agot Isidro, TJ Trinidad

Directed by: Alvin Yapan

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Vin Diesel to voice Groot in Marvel's “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY”


The action star will lend his booming voice to Marvel's epic Guardians of the Galaxy film!

Vin Diesel is Groot!

The star of the “Fast and the Furious” and “Riddick” franchises will lend his voice to Groot in Marvel's live-action "Guardians of the Galaxy," rounding out the team that includes Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista). 
 
Featured in four of the six movies in the fan-favorite "Fast & Furious" franchise, Diesel has helped the series gross over $2 billion at the box office; and will reprise his role in "Fast & Furious 7." Diesel's most recent film, "Riddick," the third film in the franchise that has so far earned a cumulative $267.3 million across the globe, debuted this year at the top of the box office. In addition to lending his voice to several video games, Diesel's received great acclaim for his voice work in the celebrated animated film "The Iron Giant," directed by Brad Bird. 
 
In the far reaches of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an unlikely cast of characters including Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket Raccoon must join forces to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions. Directed by James Gunn, the live-action "Guardians of the Galaxy" will take fans to new corners of the Marvel Universe when it hits theaters August 1, 2014, but in the meantime stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest news as it breaks, including official casting, first looks and more! 
 
In addition to "Guardians of the Galaxy," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" on April 4, 2014; "Avengers: Age of Ultron" on May 1, 2015; and "Ant-Man" on July 31, 2015.

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Peter Berg turns “LONE SURVIVOR” book into searing film

 
When retired Petty Officer First Class Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson’s book Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 was published in 2007, it quickly rose to the top of The New York Times nonfiction best-seller list. 
 
This true story of duty and honor in the face of extreme adversity and the heroic deeds of fallen comrades caught filmmaker Peter Berg’s attention when his production partner, Film 44’s Sarah Aubrey, gave him a copy of the book and insisted that he read it. Although in production on his then-upcoming blockbuster “Hancock,” Berg began to flip through it during a lunch break. After a few minutes, he was transfixed, locking the door to his trailer and reading the book cover to cover. Determined to win the rights and adapt “Lone Survivor” into a film, Berg became a man obsessed.

 
Berg offers: “When I first read Marcus’ book, what got me the most was the dilemma that these men faced: being compromised by three goat farmers and knowing that if they let them go, there was a very good chance they were going to get into a dangerous gunfight with a lot of guys.”

Inevitably, the SEALs’ journey struck the themes that the director has returned to over and over again in his projects. Says the writer/director: “This story is about working together for something bigger than our ego, bigger than our individuality. It’s about coming together as a group—protecting each other, loving each other, looking out for each other—and finding a greater strength as a team than you could ever find as an individual. Marcus wrote a book that, as much as it’s about 19 people being killed on a tragic day in Afghanistan, is about brotherhood, sacrifice and team commitment.”

 
Berg and Aubrey reached out to Luttrell to discuss the possibility of adapting the SEALs’ story into a film. Luttrell appreciated the filmmaker’s military-like attention to detail and guerilla-style of filmmaking and insisted to Berg that he would only grant him rights to the story if Berg truly respected and honored his brothers’ sacrifice. Indeed, Luttrell hoped that audiences around the world would begin to understand the decisions made on that mountain. After a bonding experience over many beers, and a not-so-thinly-veiled threat that Berg would have to answer to more than 1,000 SEALs if the director messed up the interpretation, Luttrell was on board.

The former SEAL discusses why he chose Berg: “There were so many directors and studios that came in and wanted to make the movie, and I interviewed with all of them. But when I saw Pete and talked to him, he’s the one that I got that certain feeling about. He was the one I thought could get it done.” Luttrell was impressed by the filmmaker’s dedication. “Pete went above and beyond. He’s done all his homework, studied it for years to get this right, and it paid off. You can tell somebody who puts the work in and you can tell somebody who didn’t. He did, and I love him for it. He’s a good man, and it’s a privilege to have him in my life.” 
 
While Luttrell’s book is a chronicle of many events, including his 1999 enlistment and training prior to his mission in 2005, Berg realized that the screen adaptation would need to concentrate on the more dramatic tale that unfolded once Luttrell was deployed to Afghanistan. His focus for the screenplay became the unbreakable camaraderie of the team members, their valor under fire and the tragic turn that forever changed the life of sniper, hospital corpsman and SEAL Luttrell.

 
While Berg knew that there would be significant pressure to get their story just right, he couldn’t anticipate the depths to which he would become emotionally involved in the lives of these elite warriors and their relatives. He pauses: “There was pressure from the families, the SEAL community, and then Marcus—whether I liked it or not—announced that he was moving into my house for a month. He was going to make sure I understood what happened on that mountain.”

Just as they were about to cast the film and begin production, Berg was given more pressure than he had expected. Luttrell recalls: “I felt so sorry for Pete because he got it so bad from every team guy, from every widow. We just kept saying, ‘Don’t mess this up.’ But I think that’s also something that fueled him. That’s why the movie is great and why people are responding to it so strongly, because he put 110 percent into it…probably because he knew his life was on the line.” 

 
Opening across the Philippines on Jan. 8, 2014, “Lone Survivor” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.
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‘True Blood Star Ryan Kwanten in the romantic comedy “THE RIGHT KIND OF WRONG”


One of television’s hottest rising talents Ryan Kwanten, who stars alongside Anna Paquin in HBO’s hit series “True Blood” brings his electrifying charisma on the big screen as he stars in one of the most anticipated romantic movies to open in 2014 – “The Right Kind of Wrong.”

Based on the novel by Tim Sandlin, “The Right Kind of Wrong” is a romantic comedy about a failed-writer-turned-dishwasher and fearless dreamer who risks everything to show the girl of his dreams all that is right with the wrong kind of guy.

The theme of “The Right Kind of Wrong” is that in love, there are no boundaries and there are no obstacles. It’s a fantasy that is fun to subscribe to from time to time and if you do, you’ll root for Leo and feel romantically transported to where you can believe what Leo, our hero, says, which is that nothing is impossible,” said producer Robert Lantos.

Screenwriter Megan Martin was determined that Leo be someone "who refuses to make the subtle adjustments that could help him move forward in life. Leo can be prickly, he can over-react to the conventional. I'm attracted to people like this. They can drive you nuts, they can say the wrong thing, but they make life so interesting."  The other quality crucial for Martin was "that Leo not be pretentious. In fact, he's the opposite. Leo does not care about his reputation. He is guided by impulse and gives over to his pursuits wholeheartedly. There is an honesty in Leo we can all aspire to."

 
To survive, he is a dishwasher in Mount Yalo, an upscale resort town. “He takes dishwashing seriously. He’s a zen dishwasher - when he washes dishes, he’s fully in the moment. People come from other restaurants to watch him wash dishes because he turns it into a performance like Tom Cruise did in Cocktail. He has no embarrassment of any kind,” observed Lantos.
 
Leo is bold, he's brash, brazen and brilliant. He's a rolling stone that gathers no moss. He sees the world through boundless eyes, utterly convinced that if he stays true to his convictions, no matter what, he will succeed,” says actor Ryan Kwanten who was plucked out of the Deep South of “True Blood” and transported to the majestic Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada to play this role.

Producer Robert Lantos, also has a certain affinity for the notion of challenging adversity and the theme crops up in many of his films, dating back to his first feature in 1978, “In Praise of Older Women,” which was the quest for a new world and the elusive love of an older woman. “I’m inspired by stories about overcoming the impossible.  This may have something to do with my own history or perhaps just my flights of fancy. I don’t set out to make movies on this theme, but somehow it seems that this is what they end up being about.” 
 
In “The Right Kind of Wrong,” a romantic comedy, or perhaps a comedy about the madness of romance, based on a script by Megan Martin adapted from the novel by Tim Sandlin, Lantos was won over by the whimsical audacity of the central character’s refusal to concede to defeat. “Leo doesn't have a chip on his shoulder about the fact that he's washing dishes for a living even though he is a writer. I think if you do believe the impossible exists, then you make your own wishes come true and things become possible.”

 
Can “The Right Kind of Wrong” make you fall in love? Find out when it opens in theaters from Axinite Digicinema, Inc.
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Oscar Winner Sean Penn: A Photographer at the ends of the earth in “THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY”

 
Ben Stiller’s reimagining of James Thurber’s original story is highly entertaining and inspiring, revolving around a man who loves to daydream, frequently retreating into an imaginary world in which he is the hero.   A photo editor at LIFE Magazine in New York, he enjoys his job but longs for passion and excitement.  As he was about to lose his job as the company shifts and downsizes, Mitty finds himself out of his office in no time.  The final issue of the prestigious magazine will soon be on newsstands, but a worried MItty cannot find an important negative that has mysteriously gone missing.
 
The picture was taken by the iconic and elusive photographer Sean O’Connell played by Sean Penn. Sean is the only one who knows where it is. But where is Sean?  
 
For all his fantasies of becoming a hero, Walter Mitty has his own very real hero:  the famed LIFE photographer Sean O’Connell, an elusive adventurer who has become a kind of rock star of the photographic world, renowned for his relentless commitment to chasing a story no matter the cost. 

It seemed just the right match to cast Oscar®-winning actor and director Sean Penn in the role of the mysterious icon who beckons Walter Mitty into the big, wide open world.  “Sean O’Connell is a guy who represents creative integrity and he had to have this amazing presence that the audience connects with instantly when Walter finally meets him.  That’s why Sean Penn was really my first choice because Sean embodies all that in life for me,” says Ben Stiller.  Stiller was also keen to cast Penn in the kind of role where one of the leading dramatic actors of a generation wouldn’t normally be seen.  “Sean actually has a really great sense of humor,” he notes, “which I think doesn’t get showcased that often in his film work, so it was fun to give him a chance to do something different.” 

Adds producer Stuart Cornfeld:  “Sean O’Connell has a certain kind of mystique, as does Sean Penn.  What was amazing about his performance and the way the character is written is that when Walter finally does meet Sean, he's everything that Walter was looking for, but he's also completely different at the same time.  For all of us, Sean was just amazing to watch in action.” 
               
A two-time Academy Award winner, Sean Penn has become an American film icon in a career spanning more than three decades. Penn has been nominated five times for the Academy Award, as Best Actor for “Dead Man Walking,” “Sweet and Lowdown” and “I Am Sam,” and won his first Oscar in 2003 for his searing performance in Clint Eastwood's “Mystic River” and his second Oscar as Best Actor in 2009 for Gus Van Sant's “Milk.” The performance as gay rights icon Harvey Milk also garnered Penn Best Actor awards from The Screen Actors Guild (SAG™), New York Film Critics Circle and Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

As a journalist, Penn has written for Time, Interview, Rolling Stone and The Nation magazines. In 2004, Penn wrote a two-part feature in The San Francisco Chronicle after a second visit to war-torn Iraq. In 2005, he wrote a five-part feature in the same paper reporting from Iran during the election which led to the Ahmadinejad regime. Penn's landmark interviews with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Cuba's President Raul Castro were published in The Nation and The Huffington Post. Penn's interview with President Castro was his first-ever interview with an international journalist.

His humanitarian work found him in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and, more recently, in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. In January 2010, Penn established the J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO). J/P HRO has become a leader in Haiti across multiple sectors, working to improve living conditions in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps and surrounding neighborhoods by clearing rubble and providing medical services, education and enricmment programs, housing construction, and neighborhood redevelopment. J/P HRO's main objective remains to help displaced people get back to durable, safer, and permanent homes in revitalized neighborhoods.

 
Be a part of a man’s transformational journey in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” as it hops from the four corners of one’s office to Greenland, Iceland, Himalayas and ultimately to self-discovery when it opens January 22 in the Philippines from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
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Justin Long as the voice of a leader in “WALKING WITH DINOSAURS: THE 3D MOVIE”


Directed by Neil Nightingale and Barry Cook, “Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie” was inspired by the very latest discoveries in paleontology as well as technological breakthroughs. It presents audiences with the most realistic depiction of dinosaurs ever seen.  A compelling family adventure and coming of age story, “Walking with Dinosaurs” tells the story of Patchi (voiced by Justin Long), a determined little Pachyrhinosaurus with a hole in his frill, who sets off with his family on a journey of survival.

The film blends a gripping adventure with a story about family and friendship.  Patchi encounters the lovely Juniper, a female Pachyrhinosaurus from another herd and there is an immediate connection, which develops into a close bond. But it is unlikely that the pair will be able to stay together because of herd protocol, which means that Juniper won’t be able to choose her own mate. Other fascinating creatures in the film include pterosaurs, gigantic flying reptiles that once soared through Earth’s skies, and Edmontosaurus, huge duck billed dinosaurs.

According to actor Justin Long, who voices the role, Patchi has “an insatiable curiosity, as many runts do.  It does get him into trouble, but in the long run it helps him evolve and become the leader he was meant to be.”


You meet Patchi when he is a hatchling—a young Pachyrhinosaurus. He is the runt of the litter, but he makes up for it in spirit and heart. He has a big heart and he goes on an epic journey of self-discovery. I used to have a dog like Patchi actually. We named him Biggie Smalls, because he was big in attitude, but small in size. Patchi reminds me a little bit of Biggie and of myself. When I was a kid, I was the runt of the litter. I was really tiny. I was four feet ten inches going into high school, I weighed 89 pounds and I played (American) football. Patchi eventually grows into his heart and proves himself over the course of the movie. I relate to him very much. Over the course of the movie, you learn that sometimes one’s own will and perseverance can overcome any physical shortcomings,” relates Long of his personal experience.

The story is set towards the end of the Age Of The Dinosaurs, when there were many different species of dinosaurs on the Earth, but also birds and insects. The film centers on a family of Pachyrhinosaurus (thick nosed lizard), which, as we discover, were huge herbivores, with horns, a frill and a beak.

Long has this fascination with dinosaurs and further shares that “I can confirm that I was obsessed with dinosaurs.   I just don’t know where that obsession comes from and why kids love them so much. There’s obviously the appeal of them being larger than life. They’re like monsters. Kids are fascinated by monsters and things that scare them.They feel like they were born out of the imagination. But when you’re a kid and you learn that they actually existed and you can read about them and see their bones, it is amazing.”

Justin Long’s career began when he was a member of Vassar College’s comedy troupe, ‘Laughing Stock’. His first movie role was in 1999’s “Galaxy Quest.”  This was followed by the teen horror film, “Jeepers Creepers” and continued with films that include “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Accepted” and “The Break-Up.” The versatile actor starred in the hit action film “Live Free or Die Hard” opposite Bruce Willis.  His other credits include “Funny People Serious Moonlight,” “Going The Distance,” “The Conspirator,” “10 Years,” “Drag Me to Hell,” “After.Life” and “He’s Just Not that Into You.”



Bigger and more immersive than anything that had gone before in 3D, “Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie” is set to amaze with its dazzling visual effects shot in real environments when it opens January 8 in cinemas nationwide.

Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie” is a major new blockbuster presented by 20th Century Fox and Reliance Entertainment in association with IM Global. A BBC Earth and Evergreen production in association with Animal Logic.
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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Paul Rudd set to star in Marvel's “ANT-MAN”


Marvel Studio's "Ant-Man" has found its hero in Paul Rudd, who will star in the new film from director Edgar Wright hitting theaters July 31, 2015!

The casting of Rudd represents the actor that Marvel and Wright had long ago identified as its first choice to play Ant-Man, continuing the studio's desire to cast actors that bring several dimensions to its onscreen heroes. The film's plot is being kept under wraps.

"When Edgar Wright came to us with the idea of Paul Rudd, we felt a huge sense of relief because the first step in creating any Marvel Studios film is finding the right star," said Marvel's Kevin Feige. "We knew early on that we had found the right person in Paul. When he not only agreed to do it but became as enthusiastic as any actor we'd ever met with about doing the work, we knew we'd found the right guy. We couldn't be more excited for our audiences to see what he's going to do to bring Ant-Man to life."

 
Rudd brings a diverse background to the role having become one of the industry's most known actors with a reputation for smart, funny and creative performances. Rudd can currently be seen in "Anchor Man 2: The Legend Continues," as well as past roles in "Anchorman," "This Is 40," "I Love You, Man," "Role Models," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Our Idiot Brother," "Knocked Up," and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" among numerous other films, television shows and primetime animation.

In addition to "Ant-Man," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" on April 4, 2014; "Guardians of the Galaxy" on August 1, 2014; and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" on May 1, 2015.

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Emma Stone Introduces New Trailer of “AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2”


Less than two weeks after the launch of the full trailer of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” Columbia Pictures has already released a follow-up, new trailer – this time preceded by a personal message from cast member Emma Stone -- which you can watch below: 


We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.

 
It's great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.

The film, directed by Marc Webb from a screen story and screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, is produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. 

 
(Opening across the Philippines on April 30, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit www.columbiapictures.com.ph to see the latest trailers, get free downloads and play free movie games. Like us at www.Facebook.com/ColumbiaPicturesPH and join our fan contests.)

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

C-Interactive Entertatinment Releases Special Forces


After the release of the three solid action titles later this month (Red 2 End of Watch and Act of Valor), C-Interactive Digital Entertainment announces the release of Special Forces. You can now purchase this titles at AstroPlus, AstroVison, O'Music, Odyssey outlets and other leading video stores nationwide.It can be added to your personal collection or be a gift to a friend or your dad who loves to watch a decent action flick. 
The original DVD costs at a very low price of P425.00 while the VCD costs P250.00


Synopsis :
When war corespondent Elsa Casanova (Diane Kruger) is taken hostage in Afghanistan by the Taliban and is faced with her imminent execution, a Special Forces unit is dispatched to free her. A relentless pursuit begins between her kidnappers, who have no intention of letting their prey escape, and a group of soldiers who risk their lives in order to bring her home alive. This strong, independent woman and these men of duty are thrown together and forced to confront situations of great danger that inextricably bind them emotionally, violently and intimately.



Product Description :
Actors: Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou, Benoit Magimel, Denis Menochet, Raphael Personnaz
Director: Stephane Rybojad
Format: 16×9 WIDESCREEN 2.35:1
Audio: ENGLISH 2.0 Dolby Digital, French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitle: English & French
No. of Disc : 1
Running Time : 109 mins.

Special Features:
Deleted Scenes
Real Life Special Forces

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Check out the trailer below: 


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