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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

First, we would like to thank Warner Brothers Pictures PH for the tickets last night to the special screening of Edge of Tomorrow at IMAX SM Mall of Asia. Honestly, we weren't sure what to expect in this film. The trailer looks pretty tedious and well, another Tom Cruise sci-fi flick. All of our doubts and expectation were a big slap on our faces after watching it in a staggering IMAX 3D. 

Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) was thrown into the battlefield because of his cockiness. Apparently, he has no combat experience, so he got killed by a Mimic in the field but wakes up a day before his death. Soon, Cage meets super soldier Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), who explains to him that he is trapped in a time loop that will reset each time he dies. Together, they must figure out how to stop the mimics and end this war. 

At the first few minutes, you'll feel lost and confused on what is happening with the story. As the pace picks up, we are treated with compelling sequences that really have an intriguing premise. With repetitive scenes, you might easily get bored but each time a day resets; we are served with a different outcome that will keep you hooked. It just simply hands out the thrill inch by inch, putting a notch higher from the previous sequence that makes the audience palpitate through the excitement it brings. The action is pretty slick, and the costume designs are awesome while the alien invaders are also impressively made. You can't ask for more, as the film is a complete package, cruising its way to its two-hour run-time.

Tom Cruise recovers from his dull sci-fi "Oblivion" last year. Cruise and Blunt had an appealing chemistry and avoided to get cheesy. We  are not a big fan of these two but arguably this maybe one of the best films in their careers. While the supporting cast is quite forgettable, the two stepped up big-time to make this memorable spectacle.

Overall, Edge of Tomorrow announces that summer movies officially have started. With reboots and sequels filling up the list of upcoming blockbusters, Edge of Tomorrow somehow manages to provide us with something fresh. It's genuinely exciting, visually caressing and the best movie released this year so far. 

Live, Die, Repeat

Lakwatsera Lovers rates  it 10 out of 10 stars

Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt

Directed By: Doug Liman
Distributed by: Warner Brother Pictures PH
Open June 5 in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D 

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Coming Soon: 7500


Coming Soon: 7500
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

After almost two years of waiting, Takashi Shimizu's American horror film 7500 will finally take off and hit the cinemas this June. It was originally scheduled to be released August 2012 and delayed to April 2013. It was pushed once again but we are lucky enough to get a release here well, thanks to Pioneer Films.

Everyone wants a safe flight when they are traveling, but what would you do if your flight was filled with ghost lurking inside the plane. Director Takashi Shimizu ( The Grudge and The Grudge 2 ) brings you 7500 where passengers and crew member board on a fictional airline, Vista Pacific 7500 going to Tokyo. The first trailer is already been released and some of the familiar horror actors/actress are in the cast.


Cast includes Ryan Kwanten (True Blood, Dead Silence), Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween, Halloween II), Leslie Bibb (Midnight Meat Train), Jamie Chung (Sorority Row) and Amy Smart (Mirrors). 


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Synopsis: On May 12th, Vista Pacific Flight 7500 departs Los Angeles International Airport bound for Tokyo. The take-off is routine but what transpires over the next ten hours is anything but ordinary. As the overnight flight makes its way over the Pacific Ocean, the passengers encounter what appears to be a supernatural force in the cabin.- imdb.com

7500 Opens June 11 in cinemas nationwide
Distributed by Pioneer Films
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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Maleficent: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

First, we would like to thank Walt Disney Studios PH for the tickets last night to the special screening of Maleficent at Robinsons Galleria. We already had tons of fairytale adaptation turned into live action films like Hansel and Gretel last year and Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012 but, never had to see the side of the story of a villain. Finally, we already have one here with Maleficent.

After being betrayed by her childhood sweetheart (Sharlto Copley), who stole her wings, so he can become a king, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) turned from a jolly fairy into a fierce witch filled with rage and thirsty for revenge. She curses Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) on her christening day that he would prick her finger on her 16th birthday and fall into a death-like sleep in which only true love could wake her up. However, as Aurora grows up, Maleficent regretted the curse she made, but it's already too late to revoke her spell. 

Maleficent is simply breathtaking, which is filled with astonishing visuals plus an intimidating presence from Angelina Jolie. It is also occasionally funny, revolving around in a very interesting story which reveals the true colors of one of the most iconic villains. The slick twists and turns also made the film more compelling which is better than the usual storytelling. The pacing is quite fast but run smoothly even though the film only runs for 97 minutes. It will also leave a lot of questions in your mind, especially the part that needed a "true love kiss." We don't want to spoil anything, but it is the other side of the story anyway. 


The film has its flaws but, mostly over shadowed by Angelina Jolie's performance. She simply looks stunning and perfectly regenerated Maleficent into a likable character. Those horns, wings and gorgeous cheekbone stand out, which could easily leave a mark not only to the character but also in her personality. She also delivered her lines in effectively. Elle Fanning was beautiful as Princess Aurora, she looks much prettier than we last saw her in Super 8.

Overall, Maleficent took refreshing spin to one of Disney's beloved fairytale. It is a big gamble but, for us, we think the risk is worth taking, and it will pay off. There are always two sides in a story and Maleficent is much deserving to have a happily ever after in the end.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out of 10 stars

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley

Directed by: Robert Stromberg
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios PH
Now Showing in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D formats 
Photo Credits: "Walt Disney Studios"

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“EDGE OF TOMORROW” Holds sneak previews June 2 & 3


Warner Bros. Pictures' new exhilarating sci-fi thriller “Edge of Tomorrow”starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt will have special sneak previews on Monday and Tuesday, June 2 & 3 in selected theaters across the country.

The Doug Liman-directed action-adventure will be available for previews in cinemas starting at 7PM on the aforementioned dates. Regular ticket prices will apply.

Hailed by U.S. critics as Cruise's “best movie in years,” “Edge of Tomorrow” currently has a 92% fresh rating at the review-consensus site Rottentomatoes.com. Variety's Justin Chang described the film as “cleverly crafted and propulsively executed sci-fi thriller,” while Edward Douglas of ComingSoon.net praised it as “The best action movie of the summer.”

The epic action of “Edge of Tomorrow” unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.
Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again.

 
But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

The international cast also includes Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way, Kick Gurry, Franz Drameh, Dragomir Mrsic and Charlotte Riley.

Liman directed “Edge of Tomorrow” from a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, based on the novel entitled All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

  Opening wide across the Philippines on June 5, “Edge of Tomorrow” will be distributed in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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Dragons have all moved in with Gerard Butler in “HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2”


From DreamWorks Animation, “How To Train Your Dragon 2” is even more exciting than the first Oscar-nominated film. The 3D adventure is stunning, with beautiful animation, great characters and a powerful storyline about a boy named Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon, Toothless.

Gerard Butler returns as Hiccup’s dad, Stoick The Vast, mighty Chieftain of the Island of Berk. Hiccup, now a young man, is contentedly flying with Toothless and exploring the frontiers of the Viking world, much to the annoyance of his father.  Stoick feels it’s high time his son stepped up to his leadership responsibilities and his heritage. As the plot unfolds, Hiccup has to defend the villagers from the power-crazed Drago (Djimon Hounsou) and his army of dragon trappers.   And in a dramatic twist to this exhilarating coming of agestory, there is an emotional family reunion with Valka, Hiccup’s courageous mother (Cate Blanchett),an inspiring dragon protector.


At first I thought it would be impossible to surpass the first one, which was so magical, but they have surpassed it. There are some fantastic surprises in this film and we get to see the other sides of Stoick. I love the relationship between Stoick and Toothless, it’s hilarious, it’s touching, it’s  heartbreaking and really inspiring.  I think audiences will relate to that relationship because we’ve all been there. We have all had issues with our parents who have affected us in powerful ways and many people have kids, so they’ll relate in that way too,” Butler muses.

 
Into the character the second time, Butler says that “Stoick the Vast is still a big, hairy mountain of a man. He’s burly and brawny and he’s loud and obnoxious, but he’s also a great leader and protector. He cares more about his people than he does about himself. He has learned that his way is not necessarily the way it should have been. His rules are, well number one: you live for the people. You’re a warrior. You have to be ready to lay down your life for those greater principles. It’s all about defending custom and principles and tradition. Stoick is bound by those principles in a way that’s stupidly stubborn, but he believes it’s the only way this place [Berk] is going to survive—if everybody toes the line.  He tries to pass that on to his son.” 

Hailing from Scotland, Butler’s Stoick has special meaning for the actor.  “Vikings are in our blood in Scotland. Everything that I’ve been given as an actor comes from my culture, my nation and through my blood. So the role was fantastic for me. There is a warrior mentality in Scotland. Even as I was doing [the 2007 film]300, I would think of the hills in Scotland, I would think of my ancestors and what they’d been through. I used my passion for my country to play Leonidas in 300. I would almost hear his voice echoing through the ages. And it was the same with Stoick.  My favorite three places on the planet are Scotland, India and Iceland.  Whenever I think of those countries, my stomach starts churning in the best kind of way, just bristling with excitement. Scotland means the most to me, though, because it’s my life. I grew up in that country, wanting to make it as an actor and wanting to go to Hollywood. But it was always through the prism of me as a Scottish kid – a Scottish kid doing well,” enthuses Butler. 

 
It’s not just the superb animation that the actor is excited about, but also the lessons everyone can learn from the movie.  “Yes, there’s the theme of tolerance here and is something that I have a very strong opinion about and it is an interesting question.  Both movies are about tolerance and the courage that comes with tolerance.  The Vikings are learning to trust and they actually realize that dragons are beautiful. That is great because it’s often natural for Mankind to fight instead of trusting.   But we can be brave and rise above that. One little kid  [Hiccup] comes along and says, ‘Why don’t we just listen and pay attention and really see each other?’ You realize that these dragons have their own integrity and they’re as scared as we are. This new film shows how we can face people who are way less tolerant than us and come from a dark place.  I think that is a great lesson for the world we live in right now. If everyone would just pay a little more attention and be a little more tolerant, we would live in a far better place.”


  A DreamWorks Animation film, “How To Train Your Dragon 2” opens June 11 in theaters nationwide from 20tn Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ansel Elgort: Stars Shining Bright


One of this generation’s most remarkable heartthrob, multi-talented young actor Ansel Elgort takes his most challenging role yet in the most-awaited love story of the year in “The Fault In Our Stars.”
 
The Fault In Our Stars” celebrates the power of young love in all its magic, power and complexity where Elgort takes on the role of Augustus ‘Gus’ Waters, a teenager who is in remission from his osteosarcoma who met Hazel (Shailene Woodley) at a cancer support group in their community.  Based on the bestselling novel by John Green, the movie is the story of two remarkable teenagers who fall in love and embrace life despite the strong odds against them. Both are smart, funny and sarcastic. When they meet at a support group, Hazel Grace Lancaster is instantly smitten with Augustus Waters. The feeling is mutual. Despite dealing with serious health concerns on a daily basis, health doesn’t dominate life for Augustus and Hazel. Far from it. They are normal teenagers, excited about first love and getting to know each other. It’s clear from the start that there is strong chemistry between this attractive pair. They don’t see eye to eye on everything, but their connection is powerful and they both have a great sense of humor about their circumstances.  

Gus, played by Elgort, is someone who believes in big, heroic gestures.  He’s brash and tough, but also possesses an appealing intelligence.   According to John Green, Hazel and Gus’ attraction to one another stems from the fact they possess a similar wit and intelligence. “There’s a line in the Philip Roth novel The Human Stain, where a character says, ‘The pleasure isn’t  in owning the person. The pleasure is this.  Having another contender in the room with you.’  I think Hazel is someone who doesn’t have a lot of contenders in the room with her, and when she meets Gus she realizes, ‘Oh, this guy can hang with me.’  For Gus it’s the same thing.  He’s used to being able to attract women, but he’s never encountered someone like Hazel before.”
 
Gus is a complicated figure: he’s a former high school basketball star, and his favorite book – until meeting Hazel – is based on a videogame.  At the same time, he’s an intellectual who enjoys giving long, thoughtful monologues.

 
Ansel Elgort already had a connection with Woodley, with whom he stars – as her brother – in Divergent.  Woodley notes that this previous onscreen pairing was “a blessing for our work together in “The Fault In Our Stars” because we already knew each other and had this on-screen chemistry, so it was easy to connect as Hazel and Gus. Ansel’s like my brother; he’s so curious about the world and everything excites him.”

With love stories it’s all about chemistry,” adds producer Wyck Godfrey.  “Shailene dominated many of the actors we had tested with her, because she has that kind of intimidating strength of character.  But then Ansel came in and he had this charisma, exuberance and energy that put Shailene back on her feet a little bit, which is exactly what you want her to feel.”
 
For Elgort, Gus was exactly the part he was looking for.  Like so many others, he was a fan of the novel.  “Above all, the book is full of beautiful ideas that make you think about life and love,” he notes.  

 The Fault In Our Stars” opens June 5 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
 
 
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Kevin Sorbo stars in the upcoming sci-fi flick "SURVIVOR"

Kevin Sorbo got his biggest break in 1995 when got to play Hercules in a TV series. He also played as Captain Dylan Hunt in the TV series Andromeda from 2000-2005. He continues to appear in different series and films like Julia X, Bitch Slap and Meet the Spartans to name a few. 

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In July, CrystalSky Multimedia brings his latest film here in the country titled "Survivor." It is the first sci-fi adventure film completed by Arrowstorm Entertainment, which also brought us Osombie and the recent released SAGA: Curse of the Shadow. 

The film also stars Danielle Chuchran, Blake Webb, James Morris, Paul Hunt and Melanie Stone. 

Synopsis: Just as young Kate Mitra discovers a habitable planet for what's left of humankind, a meteor strike destroys their space craft, crash-landing them on a mysterious barren world. As Kate, Captain Hunter, and the other survivors gather, they are ambushed by a band of post-apocalyptic warriors and mutated savages. Kate awakens bound in a cave, trapped by flesh-eating cave creatures and separated from her friends, and must learn to trust the planet's mysterious humanoids in order to outrun, outsmart and outfight hordes of bloodthirsty aliens and an enormous mutated wolf creature, and rescue her friends and her captain before they are all eaten alive. - kickstarter.com

 “Survivor” opens July 23 in cinemas from CrystalSky Multimedia.

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Phil Lord, Chris Miller return to direct “22 JUMP STREET”


With their success on the original “21 Jump Street” and their first film, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” and the recent worldwide hit, “The LEGO Movie,” directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have become one of the most important directorial voices in today’s film comedy genre.

Now, the duo returns to the helm the much-awaited sequel, “22 Jump Street” from Columbia Pictures. “The first movie was so innately theirs; it was distinctively Chris and Phil,” says Channing Tatum, who reprises the role of Jenko. “The biggest thing for me was that the tone was different – it had a refreshing feel and a tone I’d never seen in a movie before. That’s why I was so happy that they wanted to come back and join us for the sequel – I knew they’d make the movie something special.”

 
Though it was clear from the beginning that making “22 Jump Street” feel as fresh and original as the franchise’s first entry would be a challenge, it was just the kind of challenge that appealed to them. In fact, it’s easy to forget that “21 Jump Street” was no slam dunk until Lord and Miller showed how it could be done. “It seems like if there’s a project that’s really hard and there’s only one way to pull it off, that’s the kind of project we want to do,” says Lord. 
 
Phil and Chris are two of the kindest, nicest, hardworking guys. They really know how to instill heart into their movies,” says producer Neal H. Moritz. “Even in a completely silly comedy scene, they know how to put heart into it and track those relationships from the beginning of the film to the end and make sure that is the center of the story.”

For their part, Lord and Miller were not only excited by the chance to explore the themes of the relationship, but to play with the entire idea of making an action-comedy sequel. “What’s fun about doing this kind of a movie is you get to subvert the genre,” says Lord. “You go see a Neal Moritz movie, and you know it’s going to have a cool car chase – but we’ve got [Jonah Hill's] Schmidt behind the wheel and he doesn’t know how to drive.”

Other movies can do the crazy action stuff better than we can. We have to have a strong comic idea that runs through it,” says Miller. “We have to do something that has a funny idea, but also looks as badass as possible.”

Though Schmidt and Jenko forged a successful partnership in “21 Jump Street,” in many ways they have not changed. Schmidt remains neurotic and clingy; Jenko is still plagued by the doubt that he’s not smart enough to solve a case. 
 
Though the characters are inventions, the heart of the relationship between Schmidt and Jenko is modeled after the two real-life relationships behind the cameras: the one between Lord and Miller, and the other between Hill and Tatum.

The biggest influence we bring is understanding what it’s like to be in a long-term partnership where you don’t sleep together,” says Lord.

In fact, Lord and Miller’s friendship dates back to their own college days, and like Jenko and Schmidt, they had different commitments even as they ran in some of the same circles. In “22 Jump Street,” Jenko goes Greek and Schmidt finds friends in the arts. In real life, Miller notes, “I was in a fraternity, and Phil was in more of a socially progressive type of society.” 
 
Let’s not mince words. “It was hippy-dippy,” says Lord. “And guess which one of those institutions is still standing? The one that’s fun.”

Still, to get a handle on how much things have changed since their college days, Lord and Miller visited a UCLA fraternity for research. As it turns out, no research was required. “It’s all the same today as it was when we were in college,” Miller concluded. “They rage and party and take terrible care of themselves.” 

  Opening across the Philippines in June 18, “22 Jump Street” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Multivision Entertainment Pictures rounds up their 2014 movie releases


Multivision Entertainment Pictures PH is the one who is responsible for giving us exciting films on the silver screen. This year they already released The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, Transcendence, Brick Mansions, Walk of Shame, Home Front and our personal favorite Snowpiercer. They are not quite done yet, as they promise to give us more movies starting in June with The Raid 2. 

Here is the list of movies and release dates, so you can start marking your calendars. 

The Raid 2: Berandal 
June 11

 3 AM (Part 1)
June 18 

Chef
July 2

 Maniac 
July 9

3 AM (Part 2)
July 23

The Expendables 3 
August 13

Sin City: A Dame to Kill for
August 27

Under the Skin
September 10

The Bag Man
September 17

Before I Go to Sleep 
October 8

November Man
November 12

Dumb and Dumber To 
December 2  

For more information you can like their new Facebook page at Multivision Pictures Entertainment Philippines
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A world of exhibitionism and voyeurism in Sci-fi thriller "Channeling"


Channeling is an indie sci-fi thriller featured flick set in the not too distant future where people made a big leap in expanding social media. With the help of contact lenses, it able them to broadcast their lives in real time, which can be viewed in an app on their smartphones. It is also the first featured film from writer/director Drew Thomas, which earned a lot of recognitions in different film festivals.  

London Best Feature Film - Sci-Fi London 
Best Feature Film - Phoenix Film Festival 
Official Selection International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival
Official Selection Dances with Film

The film stars Taylor Handley (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), Kate French (The Red House), Skyler Day (Back Light) and Domenic DeVore (Donner Pass). 

Synopsis:
A soldier returns home on bereavement leave to discover that his brother’s accidental death…wasn’t. With 72 hours to solve the mystery, Jonah assumes his brother’s identity, and enters a world of voyeurism and exhibitionism that’s as dangerous as it is addictive – a world in which people broadcast their lives in real time to as large an audience as possible. Hungry for ratings and the approval of their followers, these ‘Channelers’ engage in increasingly risky and self-destructive behavior.By re-launching his brother’s channel, will Jonah find the conspirators or will he lose himself? - beloitfilmfest.org


“CHANNELING” opens July 2 in cinemas from CrystalSky Multimedia. 
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Ed Sheeran's song in “THE FAULT IN OUR STARS”


John Green’s global bestseller struck a chord not only with young adults, but with readers of all ages, when it came out in 2012. The film, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort is equally compelling, bringing Green’s indelible characters to life on screen. It tells the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster (Woodley) and Gus Waters (Elgort), who are immediately drawn to each other when they meet at a cancer support group. Friendship and a shared sense of humor turn into something much deeper for the pair and we are swept along on their extraordinary journey as they embark on a quest that takes them thousands of miles away from home, to Amsterdam.
 
Ostensibly centered on two teenagers with cancer, at its heart “The Fault In Our Stars” is moving, funny and upbeat, about the joys and heartache of first love. In short, the film is an insightful celebration of life. There is powerful chemistry between the two stars of the film. Directed by Josh Boone (“Stuck In Love”), the consummate supporting cast includes Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Nat Wolff and Willem Dafoe.

The British musician Ed Sheeran whose music videos in YouTube and songs are widely followed and anticipated, watched an early version of “The Fault In Our Stars” and was immediately inspired and affected by the remarkable movie. Sheeran signed on to write a song for the film: ‘All Of The Stars’.

Julie Greenwald, who runs Atlantic Records, my record label, kept saying: ‘have you read this book, “The Fault In Our Stars”?  You need to read this book, it’s amazing. They’ve made a movie of it.’ She just kept saying it and then eventually I watched the film and it is amazing! I had a bit of an emotional breakdown and tweeted about it, and I saw the huge reaction just from one tweet. I cracked! I was like, ‘cool, let’s do it.’ I realized there was a pretty sizeable fan base for the book and the upcoming film. I was so excited that I was asked to write a song for the film. I wrote ‘All of the Stars’ and I’m very glad to be involved,” shares Sheeran on how his song for the movie came to be. 

 
When he was only 20 years old, Ed Sheeran’s highly praised EP ‘No. 5 Collaborations Project’, reached number 2 on the iTunes chart. His multi-platinum debut album called ‘+’ (plus) established him as a global presence. In 2011, Sheeran won two Brit Awards, [one for British Breakthrough Act and another for British Male Solo Artist]. He performed with Elton John at the 2013 Grammys, toured with Taylor Swift on The Red Tour and played at the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony. He was nominated for a Grammy for  ‘The A Team’ in 2013. This year he was nominated for another Grammy, for Best New Artist. Sheeran has contributed to many film and television soundtracks. He wrote the original song ‘I See Fire’ for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” He wrote two songs for the popular group One Direction, which were in the film “One Direction: This Is Us.” His songs have been featured in TV shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Vampire Diaries.” 

 
Sheeran continues to share that, “I wanted to make a very emotive song that would make people cry, I guess. For people who love the book and love the movie, I hope this song makes them cry. That’s the goal. You wouldn’t watch the film if you didn’t want to cry and have a good release. So I hope the song gives people a release. I wanted something very anthemic and euphoric to lead the audience out of the film and to give it emotion.”
 
 “The Fault In Our Stars” opens June 5 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
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Drew Barrymore takes a chance at love again in “BLENDED”


In Warner Bros. Pictures' new comedy “Blended,” Drew Barrymore stars as single mother who, after a disastrous blind date with single dad Jim (Adam Sandler) agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again. 
 
But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week. 
 
Blended” marks the third collaboration between stars Sandler and Barrymore, following their successful onscreen pairings in the hit romantic comedies “The Wedding Singer” and “50 First Dates.”

 
I think Adam and I have always been in sync and really bring out the best in each other,” Barrymore says. “I love working with him. We’re constantly thinking about how to make our characters more personal and genuine and there’s a lot of care that goes into it, but at the same time we can let go and be silly and free together.” 
 
Not surprisingly, their collaboration on “Blended” came about organically, when their hectic work and family schedules finally dovetailed into a lunch date—and, from there, a renewed excitement about working together again. Says Barrymore, “We both felt it was time; let’s get something going. And then, to Adam’s credit, he found us the perfect project—a big, fun comedy with real, touching moments.” 

Blended”not only offered the two stars the chance to recreate their magic on screen but to expand their romantic repertoire as single parents Jim and Lauren, in a scenario that many people can relate to. While struggling to make a living and raise their kids as best they can, looking for love is a more complicated proposition than it once was, involving after-school schedules, babysitters, curfews and tough questions. Priorities have shifted. No longer a matter of just finding that one special person, it’s now about finding that one special person who will also be good for your children. Very often, it’s the dreams and desires of the adults that are the last item on the list. 
 
Who doesn’t want to laugh and escape into something that is actually about real life, and family, and love, and the day-to-day things we all go through with our marriages and our kids,” asks Barrymore. “It’s very relevant, and there are some heartfelt, meaningful moments in this movie that will definitely touch you, but make you feel good at the same time.”
 
Setting the scene of Jim and Lauren’s first meeting, Sandler says, “She’s recently divorced, and my character, Jim, is widowed. They were both married a long time and they’re really not ready to date again, but their friends keep telling them they have to move on. So, somehow they get set up on this blind date and it doesn’t go well. They’re nervous. He says all the wrong things and drinks her beer, and then she ends up choking on her soup and that’s pretty much the high point of the evening.” 

 
They almost start to get into a rhythm several times but it goes awry each time and that’s so true to life,” adds Barrymore. “How many times have we met someone and maybe liked them, and had things in common, but just couldn’t get it right somehow. And you think, ‘Why does it keep going off the rails with this person?’”

Drew Barrymore has been a favorite of film audiences for almost three decades. She is also enjoying success behind the camera as a producer under her own Flower Films banner, which has produced such hits as “He’s Just Not That Into You,” “Never Been Kissed” and “50 First Dates,” and the actioners “Charlie’s Angels” and “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.” In addition to producing the “Charlie’s Angels” features, Barrymore joined Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu to star in both films, which, together, grossed more than half a billion dollars worldwide. She is currently executive producing the Esquire Network reality series “Knife Fight,” a dynamic live cooking competition, featuring top chefs and celebrity judges, now in its second season.

Barrymore won a 2010 Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award® and earned an Emmy Award nomination for her performance opposite Jessica Lange in HBO’s “Grey Gardens.” 

  Opening across the Philippines on June 11, “Blended” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.
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Monday, May 26, 2014

MUTANTS RULE AT P175 MILLION 

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST” DOMINATES PHILS. BOX-OFFICE OPENING WEEKEND
 
It was an epic battle that waged epic receipts at the Phils.box-office as the biggest ensemble in the X-Men universe, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” bowed at number 1 in the Phils. Box-office on its opening weekend (May 21 – 25) with P175 million haul from almost 400 screens nationwide.  

 
Helmed by Brian Singer, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” has dominated the local market with about 84% over-all market share and is now the Biggest Fox Film to open this year so far.   Likewise, the movie is now the Biggest Opening Weekend for a Fox film all-time and the Biggest Opening Weekend for the franchise.    

The outstanding box-office receipt is due to the rave reviews and repeat viewing eclipsing the entire lifetime gross of “The Wolverine” (P172M).  The movie has also surpassed that of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (P155M) and is the 2nd Biggest Opening weekend industry-wide (international and local) for the year next to “The Amazing Spiderman 2” (P251M).

 
With almost 900,000 admissions nationwide, the top theatres who raked in hefty bulk of receipts in the box-office is led by SM Megamall at P8.2 million followed by SM Mall of Asia at P7.8M and Trinoma ranks third with P7.7M.  Still within the top five theatres are SM North Edsa/The Block at P6.3M and Glorietta4 at P5.9M.

Completing the list of top 20 cinemas that contributed to “X-Men: Days of Future Past’s” outstanding opening weekend are SM Cebu (P4.16M); Greenbelt 3 (P4.11M); Alabang Town Center (P3.99M); Greenhills TheatreMall (P3.98M); Eastwood (P3.92M); SM Southmall (P3.8M); Bonifacio High Street (P3.69M); Ayala Cebu (P3.6M); Powerplant (P3.4M); Gateway Cineplex (P3.36M); Shang Cineplex (P3.31); Newport (P3.1M); Robinson’s Ermita (P2.8M); Market!Market! (P2.7M); Robinson’s Magnolia (P2.53M) and Robinson’s Galleria (P2.51M).

 
Playing alongside other movie titles on its opening week in the Phils., “X-Men: Days of Future Past” holds top spot at P175M followed by “Godzilla” (2nd week) at P29M, “The Amazing Spiderman (4th week) at P6.6M, “So It’s You (local film – 3rd week) at 1.6M and “Twin Sisters Ghost” (1st week) P.87M. 

 
Featuring a stellar cast including Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Omar Sy, Shawn Ashmore, Evan Peters, Fan Bingbing and Lucas Till, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, in order to change a major historical event and fight an epic battle that could save the mutants and humankind’s future. 

  Available in 2D, 3D and 4DX format, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is still showing in almost 400 screens nationwide from 20th Century Fox distributed by Warner Bros.  
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