Ads Header


Monday, March 31, 2014

“BRAVEHEART” Writer Randall Wallace Directs “HEAVEN IS FOR REAL”

Randall Wallace, the Oscar®-nominated writer of “Braveheart” now directs TriStar Pictures' mystery film “Heaven Is For Real” which is based on a non-fiction book that has inspired millions across the globe.

The film stars Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo, a small-town businessman, volunteer firefighter and pastor struggling to make ends meet in a tough year for his family. After his bright young son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum in his feature film debut) is rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, Todd and his wife Sonja (Kelly Reilly) are overjoyed by his miraculous survival. But they are wholly unprepared for what happens next -- Colton starts to matter-of-factly recount what he says was an amazing journey to heaven and back. As Colton innocently tells his parents details of things he couldn't possibly know, Todd finds himself colliding against a wall of mystery and doubt, until he breaks through to rediscover hope, wonder and the strength of purpose.

While millions of readers have come away from the book Heaven Is For Real with a thrilling sense of deepened convictions, Randall Wallace is well aware that not everyone will interpret the things Colton saw during his surgery the same way – and the script wrangles with those very same doubts. 
There are going to be people who will be immediately skeptical,” Wallace acknowledges. “I certainly have been skeptical of different elements of the story -- what the characters said happened, what they believed happened, what they reported experiencing . . . I questioned everything. But one of the features of any great story is that it has mystery and suspense. It’s that questioning that keeps us moving forward in this story . . . and in life.”

For Wallace, the full power of “Heaven Is For Real” comes down not only to what Colton says he saw in heaven, but even more so to how his story has touched, and changed, so many lives here on earth. “Ultimately the issue every person faces in this world is what am I going to do with this breath that I am taking now, with this heart I have, with these thoughts I have? What am I going to do with this life? What happened to Colton makes us think about these things,” he concludes. 
As the script progressed, Wallace also began to develop a ground rule for the production. “When we started this process, the one thing that I said to everybody who came aboard the film was, ‘remember the title: Heaven Is For Real.’ I always felt this needed to be a real story about real people -- so it was vital that every scene, every action and every word feel a part of everyday life.” 

While the film is destined to bring Colton’s disarming message about heaven to many more people, the Burpos also know the film’s release will also raise more questions they’ll have to tackle – something they don’t mind doing. (Colton himself is now in high school and continues to speak openly about his experiences.)

We feel we’ve planted a seed, or at least presented it, and people have an opportunity to believe it or not,” explains Todd Burpo. 
For Wallace, the bottom line was presenting the Burpo’s story in an authentic, compelling way, and leaving the rest open to personal contemplation and community conversation in the aftermath. “What I think will draw people to `Heaven Is For Real' is the idea that they’re going to be captivated by a story. People want to be moved, they want to be grabbed, and they want to be spoken to from the heart,” he summarizes. 

  Opening across the Philippines on Black Saturday, April 19, “Heaven is for Real” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Read more

SPIDER-MAN joins Earth Hour Super Heroes in Global Light Switch-Off

Sunday, March 30, 2014 – WWF's Earth Hour broke all records of participation in its eighth year, as Spider-Man last night joined millions of everyday Super Heroes from across the world in the world's largest celebration for the planet.

The event that has evolved into the world’s largest movement for the planet began its journey across more than 154 countries and territories from New Zealand, now sweeping across Asia with Spider-Man and the cast from the upcoming blockbuster “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” including Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx, sending a message to the world that anyone can be a Super Hero for the Planet from the global flagship Earth Hour event from WWF-Singapore.

WWF's Earth Hour event in Singapore saw lights switched off across the famous Marina Bay skyline, joining the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, the Bird’s Nest in Beijing, Taipei 101, The Wat Arun Buddhist Temple in Bangkok, the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur and more that have already taken part in the global celebration for the planet.

In The Philippines, official Earth Hour representatives, celebrities and Spider-Man fans gathered at the Eastwood Mall Open Park and SM Mall of Asia’s by the Bay to lead the switch-off. 
In Australia, a massive candle lit display on the lawn of Parliament House in Canberra spelt out, ‘It’s Lights Out For The Reef’ as thousands across the country witnessed a special documentary about the impact of climate change on the threatened natural wonder the Great Barrier Reef.

As the lights now switch off at India Gate, the beyond the hour focus for children will be felt with WWF-India’s year-long education campaign for a monumental 15,000 schools across India who are switching off for Earth Hour and switching on to more energy efficient practices.
Lights also went off at Swayambhunath Temple in Kathmandu where WWF-Nepal will begin targetting 500,000 people in the country to lead environmental change through a Generation Green Campaign. 
Jamie Foxx who plays Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, said “It’s time to conserve, protect, and enjoy this planet of ours. Never underestimate your power, never underestimate what you can do.” 
This year, WWF-Nepal also has the enlisted the help of none other than Spider-Man himself to support their Earth Hour Blue crowdfunding project, ‘A Flame Called Hope’. This project supported by Andrew Garfield aims to provide clean biogas energy to villages in Nepal’s Terai Arc. 
Earth Hour is a fantastic movement that has been created about conservation of our planet, which is something that should be on the top of our list as human beings. Let’s remember that the Earth is not ours, we are of this Earth. We all have a responsibility to each other in preserving our home, so it’s amazing to be a part of Earth Hour to help send that message,” said Andrew Garfield. 
Earth Hour trended worldwide, with participants sharing their event experience and commitment for the planet across social media platforms that connect the world. 
At the heart of the movement’s digital growth is Indonesia, where Earth Hour has become a massive, year-round youth led movement enlisting the support of more than 1.5 million people across more than 31 cities in the country. Creating simple and creative environmental actions through film, performances, social media and public gatherings, the teams promote environmental activities related to saving electricity, reduction in use of plastic, using less paper and tissue, planting more trees and using public transportation throughout the year.

Earth Hour is much more than an hour. Every person can do their part no matter how big or small to save the planet,” said Emma Stone.

Meanwhile, The Philippines – one of the movement’s staunchest supporters – has since 2009 topped town and city participation levels to earn the title of Earth Hour Hero Country. Last 14 March, over 40 local government officials, city planners and environmental officers attended the Liga Para sa Klima, a multi-year WWF, Smart Communications and ArthaLand initiative to help local communities deal with climate-spurred storms, floods and droughts. The participants pledged not just to switch off their lights this Earth Hour – but to strive towards energy, water and food security. Other national and local government arms, plus corporations and communities have committed to support the switch off. 
This year sees Earth Hour launch a new crowdfunding and crowdsourcing platform for the Planet, asking people to use their power to back a project or add their voice to solution based environmental projects across the world.

From donating to build climate smart fiberglass boats for Typhoon Haiyan affected fishermen in the Philippines, to giving Rangers in Indonesia better equipment to protect the forests and wildlife of Borneo and Sumatra and even helping fund indigenous communities in Colombia to generate sustainable means of livelihood that prevents deforestation in the Amazon – Earth Hour is calling on participants across the world to be Superheroes for the Planet by getting involved in Earth Hour Blue when the lights come back on. 
Earth Hour next hit the Middle East, Africa and Europe, where the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque) turned off its lights for the first time, joining the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Kremlin and Red Square in Moscow, South Africa’s Table Mountain, St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City, The Eiffel Tower in Paris, La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Buckingham Palace in London, Edinburgh Castle in Scotland before the hour of inspiration made its way across the Atlantic to South America. 

There, the Christ the Redeemer (statue) in Rio de Janeiro, The Angel of Independence in Mexico City are key landmarks taking part in the continent, and The Empire State Building and Times Square in New York City, Niagara Falls, Los Angeles International Airport, the Las Vegas Strip and more joined in the world’s largest celebration for the planet from North America, before Earth Hour wrapped up on the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia.

Earth Hour in 2014 sees the completion of the shift from event to movement status across the world, with the celebration cementing its place as a platform for beyond the hour activities for amazing environmental outcomes to protect parts of the planet including the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Arctic in Finland and the Amazon Rainforest in Colombia. 
The focus on outcomes was inspired by Earth Hour’s success in past years that led to better legislation through the Russian Parliament to protect seas from oil pollution, the creation of a 3.4 million hectare marine protected area in Argentina and the world’s first Earth Hour Forest in Uganda to fight against massive deforestation in the country. All of these outcomes were powered by the crowd, showing that change for the planet can be achieved when the individual and collective realises their power. 
People are encouraged to use their power by backing a project or add their voice at and sharing their #EarthHour activities on Instagram.

From script to screen, the environmental efforts in the making of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” have been supported at every level and made the film the most eco-friendly tentpole in the studio’s history. Sony Pictures has extended these efforts in making the production and publicity tour carbon neutral, as well as “EcoSpidey” external outreach with a sizzle reel, game and Twitter campaign. Internally, the studio co-developed a unique online experience for employees to learn about Earth Hour and take action with the partnership, which has been made available to hundreds of thousands of employees at over 14 of the world’s largest corporations, powered by Practically Green.

About “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

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. 
Directed by Marc Webb. Produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. Screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner. Screen Story by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner and James Vanderbilt. Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The film will be released in Philippine theaters April 30, 2014, and in the U.S. on May 2, 2014. #SpiderMan

Read more

Lobby Boy Zero in Ayala Malls Cinemas' “THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL”

Meet Zero, a lobby boy who became the proprietor of the Grand Budapest Hotel.  Follow his funny rags-to-riches story in the thrilling caper comedy movie “The Grand Budapest Hotel” to be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting April 19 (Black Saturday).  
The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a thrilling caper in constant motion, kinetic and comic; a timeless tale of friendship, honor and promises fulfilled. Director Wes Anderson says his eighth feature film comes from a mix of inspirations including the pre-code comedies of the 1930’sand the stories and memoirs of Viennese writer Stefan Zweig.

At the beginning of “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Jude Law portrays the role of “the Young Writer” who  finds himself in conversation with the enigmatic Mr. Moustafa, who from his earlier years is known as Zero, the hotel’s owner, who sets about relating the story of how he rose from the ranks of junior lobby boy to become the proprietor of the Grand Budapest.

Playing Zero Moustafa in his youth, during the period when he first arrives at the hotel, is newcomer Tony Revolori.  Since Zero was intended to hail from a fictional Middle-Eastern country, director Anderson originally started seeking out actors in Lebanon and Israel, as well as North Africa, and various European immigrant communities – but eventually he found Revolori, who has a Guatemalan background, during auditions in Los Angeles. As soon as he met him, Anderson recognized the same open earnestness that characterizes Zero.  And when he introduced Revolori to Fiennes, the comedic chemistry was immediately clear.

Fiennes was impressed not only by Revolori’s preparation, but also by his strong natural instincts.  “Tony as Zero brings this wonderful quality of intelligent innocence.  He’s innocent but he’s also very smart,” says Fiennes.  
For Revolori, working with Anderson was “an experience unto itself, unlike any other.”He continues: “I felt like a part of his family, and immediately everyone – actors, crew – helped bring me in and started teaching me and giving me advice, which was a fantastic thing.”

This was especially true of Fiennes. “He really helped guide me.  He’s become an older brother in a way,” Revolori muses.  

Their rapport was obvious to everyone on the set.  Observes Willem Dafoe:  “Ralph has his British reserve, his dry humor and his beautiful sense of language, and Tony is just so fresh and easy.  The minute I saw them together, I thought it was a fantastic combination.”  
Playing Zero as an older man is F. Murray Abraham, who, as he details the history of his character’s rise to his current stature, comes to serve as the story’s main narrator. Abraham was thrilled to take on the role of raconteur. “One of the things that I do well is tell stories,” he notes. “I have a granddaughter, I’m very close to her, and telling her stories and listening to her tell me stories is one of the joys of my life. I also believe that’s a tradition upon which films are based – storytelling – although those great tales that really say something seem to have been lost somewhere.  Wes insists on saying something, and in this film, which I believe to be his best, he tells a story that will have you smiling the whole way through.”  
Especially interesting to Abraham was the notion that the adult Zero Moustafa has weathered both war and personal tragedy, and yet manages to maintain a lightness of spirit.  “Zero has led a very full life and lost everyone who was dear to him, but he’s not cynical. To me that’s a very important facet of Zero, and it happens that I share that facet. I believe in the future of humanity and I believe that people are basically really good at heart. I do.”  

Zero found the love of his life in Mendl’s, the best and most famous bakery in Zubrowka.  Amidst the rolling-pins and puff-pastry, that Zero meets Agatha, a striking young apprentice with a birthmark on her face, who makes the town’s favorite pastry of all, the “Courtesanau chocolat.”  To play Agatha, Anderson cast Irish actress Saoirse Ronan, who received an Academy Award® nomination at age 13 for her supporting role in Joe Wright’s adaptation of “Atonement.”  
Ronan jumped in without reservation.  The actress recalls her first day on the set, her first time working with Anderson: “I came in, and the whole place was just kind of buzzing,” she remembers.  “There were loads of people running around; and you could see everyone was at the top of their game because Wes is so specific about what he wants when it comes to the look and the style. You could see that everyone was really tuned into his way of working.”

Agatha, in spite of her better judgment, eventually winds up at the center of Zero and Gustave’s criminal exploits.  Ronan explains: “She brings emotion to the story because Zero is so motivated by his love for her in everything he and Gustave are doing.  I think Agatha doesn’t at first realize what she’s gotten herself into but she follows them all the way through because she loves them and believes in them.”  

  The Grand Budapest Hotel” is an Ayala Malls Cinemas exclusive and will open on April 19 nationwide.
Read more

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Meet & Greet Nico & Pedro of "Rio 2"

Meet & Greet Schedule

Sta Lucia East 12:30 - 1:30pm
Robinsons Metroeast 2:30 - 3:30pm
SM Marikina 5:00 - 6:00pm
Eastwood City Walk 7:30 - 8:30pm
Eastwood Mall 7:30 - 8:30pm

Moa Toy Kindom 2:00 - 3:00pm
Moa Department Store 3:30 - 4:30pm
SM Mall of Asia 5:00 - 6:00pm
Newport 7:30 - 8:30pm

SM Megamall Toy Kingdom 2:00 - 3:00pm
Fairview Terraces 6:00 - 7:00pm
SM Fairview 8:00 - 9:00pm

Mega Character Shop 3:30 - 4:30pm
SM Megamall 5:30 - 6:30pm

Robinsons Galleria 1:00 - 2:00pm
SM Megamall 3:00 - 4:00pm
Shangri-La 5:00 - 6:00pm
Powerplant 7:30 - 8:30pm

Robinsons Magnolia 1:30 - 2:30pm
Ali Mall 3:30 - 4:30pm
Gateway Cineplex 5:00 - 6:00pm
Fishermall 7:00 - 8:00pm

Robinsons Manila 2:00 - 3:00pm
SM Manila 4:00 - 5:00pm
Lucky Chinatown 7:00 - 8:00pm

Glorietta 4 12:00 - 1:00pm
Greenbelt 3 1:30 - 2:30pm
SM Aura 4:30 - 5:30pm
Market! Market! 6:30 - 7:30pm

Robinsons Galleria 12:00 - 1:00pm
North EDSA Toy Kingdom 2:00 - 3:00pm
North EDSA Dept. Store 3:30 - 4:30pm
SM North Edsa 5:00 - 6:00pm
Trinoma 7:30 - 8:30pm

Read more

Timely Movie on AIDS “Dallas Buyers Club” Hits Philippine Screens.

An imperfect man fights for survival during an uncertain time in America. Inspired by true events, Ron Woodroof's story of strength is told in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB.

Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey is Ron Woodroof an electrician and rodeo cowboy. In 1985, he is well into an unexamined existence with a devil-may-care lifestyle. Suddenly, Ron is blindsided by being diagnosed as H.I.V.-positive and given 30 days to live. Yet he will not, and does not, accept a death sentence.

His crash course of research reveals a lack of approved treatments and medications in the U.S., so Ron crosses the border into Mexico. There, he learns about alternative treatments and begins smuggling them into the U.S., challenging the medical and scientific community including his concerned physician, Dr. Eve Saks (Jennifer Garner).

An outsider to the gay community, Ron finds an unlikely ally in fellow AIDS patient Rayon (Academy Award winner Jared Leto), a transsexual who shares Ron's lust for life. Rayon also shares Ron's entrepreneurial spirit: seeking to avoid government sanctions against selling non-approved medicines and supplements, they establish a buyers club, where H.I.V.-positive people pay monthly dues for access to the newly acquired supplies. Deep in the heart of Texas, Rons pioneering underground collective beats loud and strong. With a growing community of friends and clients, Ron fights for dignity, education, and acceptance. In the years following his diagnosis, the embattled Lone Star loner lives life to the fullest like never before.

Dallas Buyers Club’ is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.
Read more

FIRST LOOK: Ben Affleck looks tired and weary as Nick Dunne in the latest film still from Gone Girl

Captive Cinema have revealed the first still from David Fincher's Gone Girl’.

The picture shows Ben Affleck as lead character Nick Dunne, onstage at a press conference regarding the search for his missing wife Amy, played by Rosamund Pike.
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl tells the thrilling story of Amy and Nick’s tumultuous marriage, and is primarily based on the disappearance of Amy during their fifth anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

Gone Girl is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA
Read more

Sing-Along with “RIO 2” – What is love lyric video  

What is Love” lyric video performed by Janelle Monáe from Blue Sky Studios’ “Rio 2” family movie is now up on YouTube - 

In April 2011, Twentieth Century Fox released Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studio’s CG animated feature “Rio.”  The film was born from the imagination of Carlos Saldanha, who co-directed or directed the global blockbusters “Ice Age,” “Ice Age: The Meltdown” and “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.”

To fully realize the scope and breadth of this magical world and its vivid characters, Saldanha brought together an all-star voice cast, led by Oscar® nominees Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg, Oscar and Grammy®-winner Jamie Foxx, acclaimed musical artist, actor-musician Jemaine Clement, comedic actress Leslie Mann, actor Rodrigo Santoro (a Brazilian native), actor-comedian George Lopez, and funnyman Tracy Morgan.   
The filmmakers enveloped the action – and audiences – with a combination of Brazilian sounds and contemporary pop music.  The soundtrack featured a stellar musical cast performing under the guidance of composer John Powell and Brazilian music legend and “Rio’s” executive music producer, Sergio Mendes. “Rio” became a worldwide smash with a global box office tally of $486 million.  It also was a huge hit on DVD and Blu-ray disc.

Now, Saldanha returns to Brazil and reunites his beloved characters in RIO 2.  In the new film, it’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids, after they’re hurtled from Rio to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful and villainous Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all…his father-in-law. 
Our favorite “Rio” characters are joined by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, Tony® winner Kristin Chenoweth and Oscar/Emmy®/Tony winner Rita Moreno.  RIO 2 also features new Brazilian artists and original music by Janelle Monáe and Wondaland.

In RIO 2 we find Blu, Jewel and their family living the perfect domesticated life in the city.  The offspring are: Bia(voiced by “The Hunger Games’” Amandla Stenberg), who lives with her beak in a book and likes spouting facts and figures, just like her dad; Tiago (Pierce Gagnon, “Looper”) the youngest, who is always up for adventure, especially if it involves destroying something; and Carla (singer/actress/comedian Rachel Crow), the eldest, a spunky teen who longs to get a little space from her protective family so she can express her musical side. 

So, in RIO 2, it’s on…in the Amazon, not only visually, but musically.  “We wanted to look at different musical ‘flavors,’ sounds and exciting new beats that make the soundtrack for RIO 2 even bigger than the first film’s,” says the director.

After Saldanha wrote the story, screenwriter Don Rhymer, who had worked on “Rio,” began fleshing out Saldanha’s ideas.  It was a fruitful collaboration, which sadly ended when Rhymer passed away in late 2012.  “Don was our guy,” says Saldanha. “He embraced the vision of the first film and had really exciting ideas for RIO 2.  His death left a big gap for us.  We were lucky to have the amazing writers Carlos Kotkin, Jenny Bicks and Yoni Brenner help finish the screenplay, but Don was a very special person who played a big role in the project’s development.”  

Rio 2” in 2D and 3D opens April 9 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Read more

Richard Yap taps into his inner health

It is undeniable that Richard Yap’s rise to fame has been quite monumental. From playing Papa Chen in the primetime soap Binondo Girl, Richard is now known as the well-adored Sir Chief in the daytime “kiligserye” Please Be Careful with My Heart. His love story with Maya, played by Jodie Sta. Maria, has become the talk of the town: from their first hug to their first kiss to their eventual marriage. It’s no wonder that the soap has been going strong in Philippine television for more than a year.

Despite the pressures that come with being a celebrity, Richard looks great for his age. His skin glows, his looks are youthful and healthy, and his body is very fit. It’s surprising to know that he will celebrate his 47th birthday on May 18 this year.
While it may all look effortless, Richard says that his sense of well-being is a result of making healthy choices. For one, Richard finds the time to exercise, despite the fact that he has only around three to four hours of sleep each day. “I have always been a great fan of exercising whether it be going to the gym or taking up an active sport,” he says.

Paying attention to his diet, Richard is a conscientious eater, trying out a little bit of everything. “I limit my intake of carbs and protein to a certain level,” he says. “I eat five to six small meals a day in order not to gain weight. As much as possible, I shy away from fatty food although I do have my cheat days. I try to consume more fish and chicken whenever possible.”

Richard also supplements his diet with C-Lium Fibre, an all-natural source of soluble and insoluble fiber, which he endorses. “It’s very important since we are always on the go and we are not guaranteed to get enough fiber in our diet everyday,” he says. “Taking C-Lium helps a lot in fulfilling that need.”

Even before he was tapped to serve as C-Lium’s brand ambassador, Richard was already taking the product for over five years. By taking care of his inner health, Richard says, “I am able to live more and live young.”

According to the US-based National Fiber Council, taking fiber regularly aids in promoting good digestion and helps in weight management. It has also been clinically proven to regulate the absorption of cholesterol and sugar into the system, minimizing the risk for cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, among other life-threatening illnesses.

Taking a more proactive stance to health is something that Richard believes in. He listens to his body for telltale signs of illness. “If I see there is something which is headed to a certain unhealthy level, I usually address it by changing my diet and eating habits and not waiting until I get sick.”

C-Lium is part of Richard’s health arsenal, which is more crucial now that Richard has to juggle many activities. Aside from being an actor, he is also a husband to Melody Yap and a father to two teen-agers. But Richard knows his priorities very well, and takes his showbiz adventure one day at a time. “Dreams do come true,” he says. “Just don’t be afraid to take the plunge when the opportunity comes.”

C-Lium Fibre is available in husk and capsule format and is being sold in supermarkets and drugstores nationwide.

Read more

Friday, March 28, 2014

Tornado Thriller “INTO THE STORM” Reveals Teaser Trailer

From New Line Cinema, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, comes the tornado disaster film “Into the Storm” starring Richard Armitage (Thorin in “The Hobbit” films). Watch the film's just-released teaser trailer below: 

In the film, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes in the span of a single day. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. 
Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, “Into the Storm” throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme.

Steven Quale (“Final Destination 5”) directed the film from a screenplay by John Swetnam. The executive producers are Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Mark McNair, Jeremy Stein and Bruce Berman.

Joining Richard Armitage in the cast are Sarah Wayne Callies (TV’s “The Walking Dead”), Matt Walsh (“Ted”), Alycia Debnam-Carey (“Where the Devil Hides”), Arlen Escarpeta (“Final Destination 5”), Nathan Kress (TV’s “iCarly”), Jon Reep (“Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay”) and Jeremy Sumpter (“Soul Surfer,” TV’s “Friday Night Lights”). 

Opening across the Philippines in August 2014, “Into the Storm” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Read more

Crosswinds Swiss Luxury Resort is the dog-friendly resort in Tagaytay

Pet lovers who wish to share a peaceful, beautiful environment with their canine companions would do well to visit Crosswinds Swiss Luxury Resort, which is 100-hectares of lush green residential resort property set in one of the highest and breeziest areas of Tagaytay, with more than 23,000 pine trees filling the air with their fresh, sweet scent. The architecture of Crosswinds takes inspiration from the picturesque chalets of Switzerland. This haven of fresh breezes, pine trees, and breath-taking views hosted an event exclusive for dog lovers and their four-legged friends belonging to the Cavite Canine Club.
Participants at the dog show organized by The Cavite Canine Club get their entries in the Group 6 –Beagle category ready for competition. The dog show was held at the Crosswinds Swiss Luxury Resort in Tagaytay.
The winner in the Beagle category category of the Cavite Canine Club’s dog show is presented to the audience. Dog show officials Dr. Andi Hudono (Indonesia)(left) and Dr. Jose Mendiola (Phl)(right) were on hand to give out the prizes. The dog show was held at the Crosswinds Swiss Luxury Resort in Tagaytay.

The Cavite Canine Club held its all-breeds dog shows—the 123rd, 124th, and 125th--at the Crosswinds, with more than 250 dogs participating in each show. Participants from all over the Philippines joined the shows, which were officiated by Mr. Ekarat Sangkunakup from Thailand; Dr. Andi Hudono from Indonesia; and Dr. Jose Mendiola from the Philippines.

Different canine breeds were featured in the competition including American Cockers; Golden Retrievers; Labrador Retrievers; Jack Russell Terriers; Beagles; Chihuahuas; Pekingese; French Bulldogs; Pugs; Shih Tzus; Boxers; Bulldogs; Dobermans; Great Danes; Minipins; Chowchows; Pomeranians, and Siberian Huskies.

Dog show officials_Maribel S; Ekarat Sangkunakup (Thailand); Dr. Jose Mendiola (Phl); and Dr. Andi Hudono (Indonesia) pose for posterity during a break from the competition. The event was organized by The Canine Club of Cavite and held at the Crosswinds Swiss Luxury Resort in Tagaytay.
This glamorous Standard (Not French)Poodle received the BIS3 prize in the dog show organized by The Canine Club of Cavite. Also in the photo are Maribel Sy; Dr. Andi Hudono; Handler JR; and Dr. Jose Mendiola. The event was held at the Crosswinds Swiss Luxury Resort in Tagaytay.
Amid the verdant, picturesque setting provided by Crosswinds and the fellowship, goodwill, and camaraderie among the participants, everyone had an enjoyable, memorable time during the event, which lasted from 10 am to 8 pm. The success of the dog shows was made possible through the support of Senators Manny and Cynthia Villar, as well as Mr. Martin John Lim of Crosswinds Resort Suites and Ms. Joan Patricia Dial, Division Head of Brittany Corporation. 

  A Siberian Husky won the Best in Show prize in the event organized by The Canine Club of Cavite. Also in the photo are Maribel Sy; Dr. Andi Hudono; Handler JR; and Dr. Jose Mendiola. The event was held at the Crosswinds Swiss Luxury Resort in Tagaytay.

The Cavite Canine Club was organized in the year 2000. Since then, it has been organizing dog shows in Cavite as well as conducting seminars for dog owners and exhibitors to teach them the proper way to ensure proper nutrition and good health for their canine friends. The Club is also an accredited LGU by the Municipality of Kawit. It is presently under the leadership of its Club President, Mr. Eduardo Sy.
Read more

New artworks focus on “GODZILLA'S” spine, tail

Three, new marketing artworks for the upcoming spectacular adventure “Godzilla” have just been revealed online by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures. The materials showcase Godzilla's monstrous spine and tail, plus a banner that spells out the title in bold, picture-letters. Check them out here!

An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, the film pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Gareth Edwards directs “Godzilla,” which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick-Ass”), Oscar® nominee Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai,” “Inception”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”), Oscar® winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient”), and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), with Oscar® nominee David Strathairn (“The Bourne Legacy”) and Bryan Cranston (“Argo,” TV’s “Breaking Bad”).

Edwards directs from a screenplay by Max Borenstein and Oscar® nominee Frank Darabont (“The Green Mile”), story by David Callaham and Max Borenstein, based on the character “Godzilla” owned and created by TOHO CO., LTD. Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Patricia Whitcher and Alex Garcia are serving as executive producers, alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.

Slated to open across the Philippines on May 15, 2014, the film is expected to be presented in 3D, 2D and IMAX® in select theatres and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd. Legendary Pictures is a division of Legendary Entertainment.
Read more

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Devil's Due: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

So many found-footage film had already come out since The Paranormal Activity. Since then, this technique became tired and repetitive resulting to crash beneath the surface of the horror genre. Even the Paranormal franchise looks dull as it goes on and on and makes you wish they could end it already. Now, here comes Devil's Due with the same thing, using a hand-held camera as a point of view for the audience which failed to bring something new or interesting to this flick.

Zach and Sam (Zach Gilford and Allison Miller) spend their honeymoon in Dominican Republic.One night, they met a cab driver that took them into an isolated club making them drunk and forgot all what happened. When they returned to US, the newlyweds are now expecting to have a baby, but it turns out that Sam's behavior had changed. Soon, as Sam's due is getting near, the couple endures diabolical experience that puts their lives in jeopardy.

The film started the pace really slow, inching its way to introduce the happy couple way to the married life. We all know that they would end up in a series of mishaps and wouldn't have a happy ending, because after all this is a horror film. As the first few scenes seem really irrelevant, the film also suffers a lot with its shaky unstable camera. We even heard somebody said that she feels so dizzy watching it, so she opts to close her eyes instead. The entertaining part came in the last 20 minutes of it. However, that bits were there to commend the lousiness of the first part. And to add to its woes, there is nothing scary in it. 

Overall, Devil's Due is a big disappointment. It would just hurt other upcoming found-footage films because the moviegoers would already be sick and tired with this idea.

 Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 3 out of 10 stars

Cast: Zach Gilford, Alisson Miller

Directed by: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox PH
Now on it's 2nd Week

Read more

Captain America The Winter Soldier: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

First, we would like to thank Robinsons Movieworld for the tickets we won at their Instagram page. After the biggest assemble superheros and the spawn of Iron Man and Thor's sequels, our favorite avenger is back with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We can't simply express our excitement by watching the trailer few months back and finally watching it last night made us exit the cinema extremely satisfied and excited to see the Avengers reunion in 2015. 

After the Avengers saved New York City, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is catching up to the modern society. However, when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) becomes a target of an assassination, it later turned out that SHEILD has been compromised. Soon, with the help of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Captain America needs to expose the conspiracy underneath the organization while battling a familiar foe - the Winter Soldier.

From the solo outings of every Avenger superhero, it's always Captain America, who consistently stood out to be the most entertaining one. He doesn't have the cockiness and gadgets Iron Man had nor a powerful hammer of Thor - he only has a giant metal plate behind his back with loyalty and integrity to protect his country.

The film stretched out a plot that they can really work into that deals with conspiracy while searching rats inside the SHEILD. Keeping him in track to the white lies of modern world connected to the dark past of the roots of his origins. Another thing that makes this film more interesting is the fight sequences. Yes, they still pretty much relied on CGI effects but the Cap's crew went head to head with the military with style, which  choreograph really well. The Winter Soldier also looks very cool, and his connection with Steve is another great development to the story.

The Russos manages to keep the right amount of action, suspense and comedy in the right mix. They let the characters play perfectly while making them crack up some few jokes to tone down some of its serious stuffs. Chris Evans filling the shoes of Captain America on the third time easily brings the charisma of the character which he dignifies and fully embraces. He is supported well by Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson two important characters given much more time and consistency. Anthony Mackie also aided Captain America with a much-needed assistance with help of his wings.

Overall, Captain America : The Winter Soldier is a tremendous piece of Blockbuster entertainment. It is a  great follow-up to Joe Johnston's First Avenger in which the Russos expanded more of the it's ideas. An exceptional spectacle that really a must watch for the fans of the franchise.

Please make sure to stay into your seats for two additional scenes after the credits.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9.5 out of 10 stars

Directed by: Antony Russo and Joe Russo
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios PH
Now Showing in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D & 2D formats 
Photo Credits: "Marvel Studios"
Read more