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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Why Him? : Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

Ned and Barb Fleming (Bryan Cranston and Megan Mullally) were invited by their daughter Stephanie (Zoey Deutch) to spend the holidays with her in Stanford. It turns out that her daughter is already moving in with her crude billionaire boyfriend Laird (James Franco). Laird tries his best to impress the Flemings but Ned feels that Laird isn't the appropriate partner for her daughter. Soon, when Laird asks for Ned's blessing to marry Stephanie's things get a bit tougher when as Ned feels Laird's presence is actually tearing his family apart.  


Why Him isn't the first of its kind, but it sure does know how to deliver comedy on the right spot. James Franco once again brings his comical talent in what he always does best and now pairs with the brilliant Bryan Cranston, who answers the challenge. The casting was perfect as the two basically knows how to throw the punch lines on the right moment which made the film extremely funny throughout. 


The film might have tons of vulgar words and a lot cussing, but we didn't find it offensive and we laugh a lot every time James Franco disses. We loved its supporting cast who also made the film more interesting. Megan Mullally had one of the best scenes in the film, and she definitely gave her all to make it work. Griffin Gluck also did a terrific job as the youngest member of the Flemmings. It is just a bit awful to see Zoey Deutch sidelined as she might be the center of attraction, but she wasn't utilized well enough for her to leave a mark. 


Overall, Why Him is another classic raunchy comedy entry from James Franco. If you love his humor, then this film is a must watch for you and your friends. It may be a late film that is due to a holiday release, but it is still a perfect present for those who want to watch a stress reliever flick this week. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8.5 out of 10 stars 

Cast: James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch

Directed by: John Hamburg
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox PH
Opens February 1 in cinemas nationwide 

 
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The Vengeful Ghost Comes at You in “RINGS” Payoff Poster

The main poster for Paramount Pictures' suspense thriller Rings, has just been released – showing the malevolent female ghost emerging from the haunted TV set. The ominous tagline “Evil is Reborn” hints at a new beginning.

Rings is a new chapter in the beloved RING horror franchise. A young woman (Matilda Lutz) becomes worried about her boyfriend (Alex Roe) when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…

Directed by F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall), Rings stars Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden and Bonnie Morgan.

  Opening across the Philippines on February 22, Rings is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Lucas Till Befriends Mysterious Creature in “MONSTER TRUCKS”

 
Known wordwide as Havok in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Apocalypse, Lucas Till now headlines Paramount Pictures' new family adventure Monster Trucks.

Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.

At the start of the film, Till's character, Tripp, is trying to get away from, in his mind, a crappy life. “He wants to go find his dad and get away from his mom, his step-dad really, and then he goes to find out that what he’s searching for isn’t what he really thought it was going to be. But the whole time he’s trying to get from point A to point B, he really just wants an engine for his truck, then he finally gets one and it doesn’t work out and then the monster turns out to be exactly what he needs. His intention with the monster starts out a little selfish, and then it gets to the point that it’s all about saving the monster.”

 
Asked what makes Tripp the right person to save Creech, the monster, Till replies “I think it’s because he’s definitely not the quintessence of a caring person in the beginning, and then he transforms, and I think that’s why it works.

Reflecting on Tripp's relationship with Creech, the actor elaborates, “This is more like little brother, big brother who don’t have the best relationship with each other in the beginning and then afterwards they certainly do by the end. Tripp doesn’t coddle him very much. He actually kind of cracks a whip on him like, ‘Get to work. This is my truck. You’re my engine now.’ But then obviously, lit develops into much more than that.”

 
Lucas Till was born on August 10, 1990. As a child, Lucas had a gift for impressions and was encouraged to pursue performing. After working on various independent films, he landed the role of Young Jack Cash in James Mangold’s Walk the Line. Till then portrayed Miley Cyrus’ love interest in Disney’s Hanna Montana: The Movie, which led producer Neil Moritz to cast him as a young private in Sony’s Battle Los Angeles.

It was his turn playing the mutant Havok in the X-Men film series that established Till as one of Hollywood’s most promising leading men. Till joined a cast led by James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender in director Matthew Vaughn’s audience and critical hit X-Men: First Class. The film revitalized the franchise and spawned the films X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse.

  Opening across the Philippines on February 1, Monster Trucks is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
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“RESIDENT EVIL” Finala Brings Ali Larter, Welcomes William Levy

 
A returning ally and a new comrade. Joining Milla Jovovich in Columbia Pictures' action-thriller Resident Evil: The Final Chapter are Ali Larter and William Levy who play survivors of the zombie apocalypse. They reinforce Alice (Jovovich) where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike.

Larter is back as Claire Redfield who “had a crash and now she’s become part of this last group of survivors. That’s when Alice comes in and she cannot believe that’s she been reunited with her”, says Larter, adding that her character has been fighting for her life since the third film in the franchise, Resident Evil: Extinction.

My character has undergone a lot of personal development over the course of the series, and that was really interesting for me. She really wants to believe, she wants to connect, she wants to be able to feel something but there's never time because she is always being hunted.”

 
As she approaches the end of the franchise, how does Larter look back at the whole experience of having been a part of it? “I am very proud to have been in three films of the Resident Evil series,” she assures. “And it’s exciting that the fans connect with the character of Claire Redfield and reach out to me. I feel really lucky to have been a part of it.”

Cuban-American actor, William Levy, joins the Resident Evil family as Christian, one of the militant survivors working with Claire’s group. Levy describes his character. “He has a very strong personality, he doesn't trust anybody. He shoots first and asks questions later. He's willing to do whatever it takes to save the survivors, to save them all, including giving his life.”

Levy discusses his attraction to the project. “The story is always going to reach different audiences, and I didn’t have to think twice about being part of something as amazing as Resident Evil. I viewed all the previous movies and saw how good they were and when I read the Final Chapter script I knew it was going to be a better movie, in every way. I needed to be part of this.”

 
Speaking of the new faces in the franchise, Larter says, “William brought some spice, flare and passion to the movie. He is a huge star in Latin America, and it was great to have him on board. And he works hard, is a really cool guy and a dad.”

Asked what should the audience be looking forward to the film, Levy says, “A very exciting movie with a new look, new weapons, new vehicles, new zombies and a lot of cool stuff in it. And the locations are just spectacular! We shot in South Africa in the most amazing places, like this abandoned highway that I’m sure will look great on screen. I think people are going to really enjoy the film!”

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, marks the sixth and final installment in the astoundingly successful film franchise adaptation of Capcom’s hugely popular video game series, having grossed over $1billion worldwide to date and being the most successful video game film franchise ever.

  Opening across the Philippines on February 1, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is distributed by Columbia Pictures, the local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.
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“LEGO BATMAN'S” Will Arnett Says `Kumusta, Philippines'

Comedian Will Arnett who voices The Dark Knight in Warner Animation Group's The LEGO Batman Movie took time to greet Filipino fans as he invited them to watch the new comedy adventure.

Kumusta, Philippines!,” says Arnett at the start of the video, and after introducing himself, deadpans “I have to say that never in my life that I'd ever dreamed I'd be starring in my own Batman film.”

Check out the video below and watch the film when it opens in Philippine cinemas on Thursday, February 9, 2017.


In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO® Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

 
Will Arnett reprises his starring role from The LEGO Movie as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. Zach Galifianakis (theHangover films) stars as The Joker; Michael Cera (Superbad) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s Daredevil) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the Harry Potter films) as Alfred.

The LEGO® Batman Movie is directed by Chris McKay, and produced by Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Roy Lee, who worked together on The LEGO Movie.

  The LEGO Batman Movie is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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Vivo V5 Plus shares tips on how to snap a perfect selfie on Chinese New Year



The Chinese New Year on January 28 marks the beginning of the Year of the Red Fire Rooster. Feng shui experts say it is going to be a Yin year—a time best spent in harmony with friends and family.

What better time, then, to create happy moments with these special people than on Chinese New Year, itself—a festive day of colorful rituals and exotic traditions that celebrate a brand-new lunar year. 

 
Take the perfect selfie this Chinese New Year with the Vivo V5 Plus, the latest Vivo unit, equipped with the world’s first 20-megapixel dual front camera. 

With exciting events highlighting the grand occasion, expect revelers to immortalize these with endless selfies. And to take the selfie game to the next level, top five premium global brand Vivo brings us the Vivo V5 Plus, the smartphone equipped with the world’s first 20-megapixel dual front camera and advanced selfie technology.

With the perfect selfie phone, and these perfect selfie tips from Vivo, taking photos on Chinese New Year will surely be a breeze: 

  Always look your best when taking your selfie with the help of Vivo V5 Plus’ face beauty mode 6.0, a built-in camera tool able to enhance skin tone and remove blemishes. 

Find your perfect angle. Some of us look better photographed from the left, some from the right, some from above. Before heading out to the Chinese New Year festivities, find the angle that suits you best by practicing at home. A fool-proof tip: Avoid take selfies from below—definitely not a good angle for anybody.

Consider your photo’s background. Vivo V5 Plus features a true ‘bokeh’ effect, beautifully blurring your selfie’s background while your face remains in focus. Now, having a ‘bokeh’ effect does not mean disregarding your background altogether. In fact, it is even better to take advantage of it. 

  Your selfies are guaranteed to look great with the bokeh effect of the Vivo V5 Plus, a photography filter that blurs backgrounds and keeps the details of the object in focus sharp and clear. 

For instance, create a beautiful blur of all the red and gold during Chinese New Year celebrations by choosing the best selfie background. Although Vivo V5 Plus has ‘bokeh’ power, you don’t want to take a selfie with your cluttered closet as the background.

Lighting is everything. Lighting affects the mood of your pictures. For example, dull or poor lighting makes pictures look gloomy—and you don’t want that for a Chinese New Year selfie. Luckily, Vivo V5 Plus features a selfie soft light, which enables users to take sharp and beautiful selfies even in poor lighting conditions.

Look your best. Welcome the Chinese New Year with a bang by making an effort to look good. In order to achieve a perfect selfie, everything must be on point—the hair, the face, even the attire. Achieve the perfect look with Vivo V5 Plus face beauty mode 6.0, which will make you look fresh by enhancing your skin tone without the need for editing or filter. 

  Photo lighting will surely complement your selfies well with the Vivo V5 Plus selfie soft light, designed to adjust the lighting of your photo, even in the dark. 

It’s okay to use a selfie stick. A selfie stick is a pole with a grip at the end, designed to hold your smartphone when taking selfies. Selfie sticks are perfect for celebrations when you want to capture more people and more details. Bring a selfie stick on Chinese New Year to take better selfies of all the festivities happening around you.

Make your selfie unique. Some people prefer selfies that look formal and sophisticated, while others like a touch of goofiness every now and then. Whatever your choice is, make sure you are comfortable and having fun. Make your selfie your own, and begin the year of the Red Fire Rooster by being yourself!

This Chinese New Year, take the perfect selfie the easy way with the Vivo V5 Plus perfect selfie phone. For inquiries about Vivo V5 Plus, visit the Vivo website at vivoglobal.ph, or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VivoPhil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivophil/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivophil) accounts. #
 
   
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Friday, January 27, 2017

The Great Wall: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

William and Tovar (Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal) are the last remaining men in their group who are set to find a powerful gun powder in the Far East. While fleeing from the hilltop bandits the two were captured at one of the main outposts of the great wall where an army is preparing for a battle. They learn that there are dangerous creatures who are attacking the wall, and the army needs to protect it from reaching the other side. Soon, William must decide whether he will join the fight or just finish his first task and go back home.


The Great Wall has a very interesting idea about making another story about the walls. The structure of the story is pretty generic and way too predictable, but the delivery is simply neat and enjoyable from start to finish. The costumes are scintillating with vibrant colors that look lively on the screen plus the action scenes are dope and impressive. In short, the film is visually stunning throughout and an epic representation of innovative warfare between humans and monsters. 


This is all made possible by the slick director in Zhang Yimou, who creates a creative spectacle that simply entertains the audience and never had a dull moment. Although there are some scenes that feel a bit exaggerated. The stars did well with Matt Damon carrying the load behind his back. He shows that he still one of the most versatile actors in this era. Pedro Pascal also made a mark and showed that he can keep up with Matt Damon. They are both fun to watch and an awesome combination to make the film more interesting. Their Asian counterparts also didn't disappoint with the veteran Andy Lau and a very beautiful Tian Jing rounding up the cast. 


Overall, The Great Wall succeeds in bringing in an engaging popcorn cinematic experience with the battle scenes  alone are already worth of admission.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out of 10 stars

Cast: Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, Andy Lau

Directed by: Zhang Yimou 
Distributed by: United International Pictures PH 
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide




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Behold Creech, The Lovable “MONSTER” Inside The “TRUCK”

Paramount Pictures' new family adventure Monster Trucks centers on young, smalltown hero, Tripp (Lucas Till) and a strange, `monster' appropriately named Creech, one of an undiscovered species of oil-consuming underground sea creatures.

The film presented several challenges in bringing Creech to life, with the use of computer-generated imagery.

Director Chris Wedge shares, “The concept of our movie, in case it hasn’t occurred to you, is really silly. It’s just big and fun, and I wanted to make the contrast between reality and our monster as crisp as I could. I wanted to ground the live-action, I wanted to ground the movie. So I set it in this North Dakota boom town, and I put a kid that was down on his luck in a gritty junkyard, and I wanted the creature to seem as real as I could, but as impossible as I could. So we used reference from everything—from an octopus to a walrus to a seal and a beluga whale.

 
And I wanted it to emote like an animal, not like a character,” continues the director. “It has the range of expression that maybe your dog does. I knew it was all going to be in the eyes. I wanted the limbs to all feel heavy and labored under gravity in the world, so everything that he did when he was out of the water was difficult and I wanted to convey that. You got most of it from his attitude, from his head poses, and the expression you get from his eyes.

On top of that, a lot of emotion comes from the truck itself, which Creech has took possession of.

I always thought that the truck was a character,” says Wedge. “And it’s the thing that results from this kid and this creature in this truck that he built. So the idea was that this weird creature comes squirting out of the ground. He’s as helpless on land as an octopus is. But when you put him into this shell of a truck in a certain way it becomes a super suit for him. So he can move really fast, he can hide in it and it protects him, but it can also move in unexpected ways. And that’s what I wanted to convey. And because the film is a fun, big family adventure, I wanted it to look like it was having fun.”

 
With Creech inside the truck, the vehicle's going to look alive. “I wanted it to move the way that it might when you’d take your little Matchbox or Hot Wheels car when you were a kid, and you were running it around the kitchen table or over the arm of your sofa,” Wedge exclaims. “You could make it jump and go, ‘Zoom, zoom!’ That’s how I wanted the truck to move.”

From the director of Ice Age, Chris Wedge, comes Paramount Pictures' new family adventure Monster Trucks starring Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Apocalypse) and Jane Levy (Don't Breathe).

 
Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.

Melding cutting edge visual effects and state-of-the-art CGI, Monster Trucks is an action filled adventure for the whole family that will keep you on the edge of your seat and ultimately touch your heart.

  Opening across the Philippines on February 1, Monster Trucks is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
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Marvel Studios Begins Production on “BLACK PANTHER”

Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis Star in the Newest Chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe


BURBANK, CALIF. (January 26, 2017)—Marvel Studios announced today that production has begun on “Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Get on Up”), Michael B. Jordan (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”), Academy Award® winner Lupita Nyong’o (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “12 Years a Slave”), Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead,” upcoming “All Eyez on Me”), Martin Freeman (“Hobbit” trilogy, “Sherlock”), Daniel Kaluuya (upcoming “Get Out,” “Sicario”), with Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett (“American Horror Story,” “London Has Fallen”), with Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”), and Andy Serkis (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”).

Additional cast members include Letitia Wright (“Urban Hymn,” “Glasgow Girls”), Winston Duke (“Person of Interest, “Modern Family”), Florence Kasumba (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Emerald City”), Sterling K. Brown (“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) and John Kani (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Coriolanus”).

Ryan Coogler (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”) directs Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” from a screenplay he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”). The film, which opens in Philippine theaters on February 2018, will be shot in Atlanta and South Korea.

Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King.However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk. 

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” is produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Coogler’s creative brain trust includes his frequent collaborators: director of photography Rachel Morrison, A.S.C. (“Dope,” “Fruitvale Station”), production designer Hannah Beachler (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”), editors Claudia Castello (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”) and Michael P. Shawver (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”); along with costume designer Ruth E. Carter (“Selma,” Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”), visuals effects supervisor Geoffrey Baumann (“Doctor Strange,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Academy Award®- winning makeup designer Joel Harlow (“Star Trek Beyond,” “Black Mass”) and seven-time Academy Award® nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”). 

Based on the Marvel comic character that first appeared in “Fantastic Four Vol. 1” Issue 52, published in 1966, “Black Panther” joins Marvel Studios’ slate of releases in its Phase 3 commitment to introduce film audiences to new heroes and continue the adventures of fan favorites over the course of four years and nine films.

In 2016, Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success with the release of “Captain America: Civil War,” which opened on May 6 with the fifth largest opening weekend of all time and has since garnered box office receipts of over $1.1 billion worldwide.

The juggernaut studio ended the year with its newest Super Hero “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams. The film opened #1 at the box office on November 4 and went on to gross more than $659 million worldwide to date. The two films propelled Marvel Studios’ #1 domestic box-office opening streak to a record-breaking 14 consecutive films.

Marvel Studios’ other epic big-screen adventures include Marvel’s “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man,” and the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (May 5, 2017), “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (July 7, 2017), “Thor: Ragnarok” (November 3, 2017) and “Avengers: Infinity War” (May 4, 2018).
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Milla Plays Alice One Last Time in “RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER”

 
Without contest, one of the strongest assets in the Resident Evil film series is its principal actor, Milla Jovovich, now reprising her role as Alice for the sixth and final time in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.

Over the course of the series Alice has faced impossible odds and survived the evil forces of the Umbrella Corporation as the last savior of mankind.

Jovovich and her character have become icons of the action/sci-fi genre. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter bids this character farewell in the most ambitious and spectacular impression yet. Through the film’s twists and turns fans will find closure as the narrative returns to the source of the T-virus.

 
This has been a really incredible experience filming the last chapter because we get to go back to the beginning, to The Hive, where everything began and see it in a completely different way,” says Jovovich adding, “I know for Paul it’s been really exciting, because you get to delve much more into the original locations and the original story and go behind all of that. I think it will be really exciting for the fans as well, because they really get to see all the stories, all the questions that the first movie presented we’re answering in this one.”

Alice has undergone a tumultuous journey since starting the series as an amnesiac in the first film. “In this movie Alice has pretty much come into herself, and she's really grown in to this strong warrior. I think in so many of the other movies she was looking for herself. In the first one she couldn't remember anything and in the second she's fighting with whatever substance they have injected into her; who is she becoming; is she a monster; is she human, or not? Jovovich continues, “that is the theme that was carried through the next few movies; Alice fighting Umbrella and what they've done to her medically. Does she have powers? Does she not? How does she control them? She’s never been sure about who she is as a person and now I feel she has really become whatever she's become. She's not questioning it and she does not doubt anymore. Her philosophy is, ‘I am who I am! Go to hell if you don't like it!' I like that about her because I think it’s important to be happy with who you are, no matter what. To have the confidence and to have that strength is inspiring, and this time she's really found herself.”

 
Being an integral part of the making of the entire movie franchise over 15 years has made Resident Evil an intrinsic part of Jovovich’s life on a personal as well as working level. “Through it all I've met my husband, the father of my children, so it’s been a family affair. It’s sad in that sense because we feel so familiar with this story, with this character; the crew and cast that we have worked with over and over again, it’s going to be tough to say goodbye to Alice and the Resident Evil franchise,” says Jovovich, adding that for her it’s a bittersweet farewell.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, marks the sixth and final installment in the astoundingly successful film franchise adaptation of Capcom’s hugely popular video game series, having grossed over $1billion worldwide to date and being the most successful video game film franchise ever.

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter picks up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, in which Alice is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

  Opening across the Philippines on February 1, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is distributed by Columbia Pictures, the local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.
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“LEGO BATMAN” Sends Happy Chinese New Year Greetings

LEGO Batman joins in the celebration of Chinese New Year in the new video that's just been released by Warner Animation Group to promote The LEGO Batman Movie.

Check out the featurette below and watch the film when it opens in Philippine cinemas on Thursday, February 9, 2017.


In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO® Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Will Arnett reprises his starring role from The LEGO Movie as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. Zach Galifianakis (theHangover films) stars as The Joker; Michael Cera (Superbad) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s Daredevil) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the Harry Potter films) as Alfred.

 
The LEGO® Batman Movie is directed by Chris McKay, and produced by Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Roy Lee, who worked together on The LEGO Movie. The screenplay is by Seth Grahame-Smith and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers and Jared Stern & John Whittington, story by Seth Grahame-Smith, based on LEGO Construction Toys and based on characters from DC Entertainment. Batman was created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger; Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Jill Wilfert, Matthew Ashton, Will Allegra and Brad Lewis serve as executive producers.

  The LEGO Batman Movie is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Keanu Reeves Reloads Guns and Ammo in “JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2”

 
Keanu Reeves suits up and reloads as the legendary and untouchable assassin in “John Wick: Chapter 2” following the 2014 hit of the same title.
 
Guns and ammos are relit in the high-octane action “John Wick: Chapter 2” where John Wick is brought back from retirement the second time.  After unleashing mayhem on the criminals who killed his dog, retired super assassin John Wick retrieves his beloved 1969 Mustang from the Russian mobsters who stole it, only to be pursued in a spectacular high-speed car chase through crowded New York City streets. Returning home, John’s plans to resume a quiet civilian life are cut short when Italian gangster Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio)  shows up on his doorstep with a gold “marker” compelling him to repay past favors. Ordered by Winston (Ian McShane), kingpin of secret assassin society The Continental, to respect the organization’s ancient code, John reluctantly accepts the assignment to take out Santino’s own sister, Gianna (Claudia Gerini), the ruthless capo atop the Italian Camorra crime syndicate.

 
Reeves says creating the sequel was a deeply collaborative effort. “John Wick: Chapter 2 started from a script by Derek Kolstad, the writer of the first and second films. Producer Basil Iwanyk, Chad and myself had conversations about what direction we would like the story to go, both before Derek started to write and after he came in with the draft.”
 

The story of  “John Wick: Chapter 2” is the journey of a complicated hit man struggling to protect the kinder, gentler self he embraced after retiring from the business, but unable to do so because of a debt he has accrued. “John Wick has given a marker to this character Santino, played by Riccardo Scamarcio,” Reeves explains. “According to the rules, if the bearer of the marker comes to you and wants to cash it in and you don’t do what they want, you die. If you kill the bearer of your marker, you die. So John has a problem.”
 
A man of few words, Wick flips back and forth between two states of mind. “When John Wick fell in love, he was like, ‘I have to stop killing people,’ but when his old life comes back at him, he becomes like the Superman of compartmentalization. In the assassin persona, he doesn’t feel remorse. The difference is that John Wick used to fight for other people. And now John Wick is fighting for his own independence.”
 
  A must-see action film in theatres, “John Wick: Chapter 2” opens in cinemas nationwide on February 8 from Pioneer Films. 
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