Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Croods: Film Review


Coming from the makers of How To Train Your Dragon and Rise of The Guardians, Dreamworks Animation this year gave us another average animated movie but with a hint of heart, The Croods wonderful opening sequence sells that point in a very morbid yet charming way. We then meet the lovely cave girl Eep and her family who are soon set out on a journey that will change their lives forever.

It's rushed, there's no real stakes even for an animated film and some of the comedy falls flat but thanks to the solid voice work, a surprisingly heartfelt second half and animation that takes full advantage of the film's Stone Age setting, I enjoyed "The Croods" much more than I thought I was going to. It just looked like silliness from start to finish, which is what it turned out to be, but it does it in such a way that it almost seems strikingly fresh

The Croods tells the story of the world's first family road trip. When their cave is destroyed, the Crood family must embark on a comedy adventure into strange and spectacular territory in search of a new home. As if patriarch Grug (Cage) didn't already have enough to handle, it goes from bad to worse when they encounter an imaginative nomad named Guy (Reynolds.) With Guy's help the Croods conquer their fear of the outside world and discover that they have exactly what it takes to survive - each other.


Visually dazzling and filled with hilarious slapstick, The Croods is the most enjoyable film of the year so far. Unfortunately, some of the added sentimentality drags it down but the film pulls it out of sap territory enough for the film to offer some pleasant family togetherness.Visually dazzling and filled with hilarious slapstick, The Croods is the most enjoyable film of the year so far. Unfortunately, some of the added sentimentality drags it down but the film pulls it out of sap territory enough for the film to offer some pleasant family togetherness.

The Croods contains a good cast and tight writing for the characters, but the overly familiar plot don't make it as appealing like other animated films. It's aimed toward kids and they'll likely have more fun with it for it contains a colorful world, cartoon like jokes, and is energetic. Adults can have fun with it, but not as much kids will, Great story about discovering new wonders, Fun family-friendly adventure, It was witty, funny, adventurous, emotional and lots of fun.


The Croods is an energetic, fast paced, family fun movie that will definitely entertain children of all ages. The Croods was directed by Chris Sanders, the guy who directed, Lilo & Stitch and How to Train Your Dragon. You can easily tell this film was directed by Chris Sanders just by the animation design, The Croods has the same character and color designs as, Lilo & Stitch and How to Train Your Dragon, but unfortunately his previous films, was my personal favorites, The Croods however is a great animation film but lacks magic

The Croods is a movie that offers great family filled entertainment and stunning visual 3D effects, I didn't expect much from the trailers for this film, but I knew that I wanted to see this. So with not very much high expectations in mind, I was then treated with some beautiful scenes from the film and some very well thought out screenplay,  The Croods might not be fresh as it should, but it is much more entertaining than I expected.

THE FILM ENTHUSIAST rates it 7 out of possible 10 stars, might as well check the trailer below:


'The Wolverine' Trailer Debuts Today


Starring the much-celebrated and widely followed Hugh Jackman, The Wolverine is based on the celebrated comic book arc that reveals the man behind those adamantium claws, Logan aka Wolverine as we’ve never seen him before. Set in modern day Japan, he finds himself out of his depth in an unknown world where he encounters unexpected and deadly opponents that will leave him forever changed.Starring the much-celebrated and widely followed Hugh Jackman, The Wolverine is based on the celebrated comic book arc that reveals the man behind those adamantium claws, Logan aka Wolverine as we’ve never seen him before. Set in modern day Japan, he finds himself out of his depth in an unknown world where he encounters unexpected and deadly opponents that will leave him forever changed.


This stand-alone epic from the X-Men universe reveals the untold story of Wolverine, the most iconic of mutants and brings the character saga to greater heights in depth, intensity and action as he struggle with his immortality.

Directed by James Mangold and written by Mark Bomback and Christopher McQuarrie, the movie also features an amazing cast which includes Tao Okamoto as Mariko Yashida, Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper, Rila Fukushima as Yukio, Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen Yashida, Will Yun Lee as Kenuichio Harada and Brian Tee as Noburo Mori.

Prepare for the ultimate action faceoff when “The Wolverine” opens July 25 (3D) in Philippine cinemas!

'Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters' First-Look Photos

Talented teen heartthrob Logan Lerman returns as demi-god Percy Jackson, the son of the powerful sea-god Poseidon and sails the most dangerous of seas in the upcoming “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” along with returning cast Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Jake Abel and Sean Bean.


Based on the bestselling “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” book series written by Rick Riordan, “The Sea of Monsters” reunites Percy (Lerman) and Annabeth (Daddario) at Camp Half-Blood along with Tyson (Douglas Smith), Percy’s half-brother who is a Cyclops.  Their journey takes them to uncharted dangerous seas to recover the Golden Fleece that can save the camp and eventually save their best friend Grover (Jackson) who is half-man/half-goat from a very mean Cyclops, Polyphemus.


With Percy whose powers include control of the waters, Annabeth whose strengths are her wit and warrior skills from her god-mother Athena and Tyson being resistant to fire and possesses powerful strength, the three embark head-on amid raging seas racing against time and battle with other teen demigods to save their world.


Arriving in (Phils.) theaters August 15 nationwide, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” is from 20th Century Fox and will be available in 3D and 2D format.


Watch out for more news, photos, trailers at @20thCenturyFoxPh YouTube channel and 20th Century Fox (Philippines) Facebook page.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Manila Feautured in 'Pacific Rim

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have just shared a teaser photo from an anticipated new trailer of Guillermo del Toro’s epic, action adventure “Pacific Rim” and it features Manila!

The photo shows a screen-grab from a news flash, reporting that a kai kaiju (sea monster) wreaks havoc in Manila and leaves a pile contaminating the city.

It’s interesting how extensive will the city’s exposure be in the new trailer which may debut any day now, and in the movie itself which opens in the Philippines July 11.

In Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Pacific Rim,” when legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge.

But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Oscar® nominee Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) is directing the epic film from a script by Travis Beacham (“Clash of the Titans”). Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Mary Parent are producing, with Callum Greene serving as executive producer.

The film stars Charlie Hunnam (TV’s “Sons of Anarchy”), Idris Elba (“Thor”), Rinko Kikuchi (“The Brothers Bloom”), Charlie Day (“Horrible Bosses”), and Ron Perlman (the “Hellboy” films). The ensemble cast also includes Max Martini, Robert Kazinsky, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Diego Klattenhoff, and Brad William Henke.

Shawn “JAY Z” Carter teams up with Baz Luhrmann on “The Great Gatsby


Grammy Award-winning musical artist Shawn “JAY Z” Carter has collaborated with writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann on “The Great Gatsby”—in the capacity of Executive Producer—to bring the modern “Jazz Age” energy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s original text to the big screen, procuring, performing, producing and arranging for a soundtrack featuring some of the world’s top musical artists.

JAY Z’s contributions, woven amongst a score by long-time Luhrmann collaborator, composer Craig Armstrong, drive Gatsby’s champagne-infused dance floors, rumble in New York’s illegal speakeasies, and foreshadow the tragedy behind Gatsby’s “extraordinary gift for hope.” To articulate the film’s “1920s-Meets-Now” sound, JAY Z also comes to “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack as a performer and contributor of original music.

Luhrmann and JAY Z were introduced by Leonardo DiCaprio (Jay Gatsby), and this led to a two-year collaborative effort. During this time, JAY Z worked with Luhrmann and his team to capture, translate and contrast the feelings of Fitzgerald’s decadent era with that of our own, using hip-hop and jazz, music contemporary and period, to bring two distinct American moments to simultaneous life. They sculpted the film’s musical landscape alongside Armstrong, who worked with the director on “Moulin Rouge!” and “Romeo + Juliet.” The film’s music supervisor is Anton Monsted.

Luhrmann calls the collaboration with JAY Z “a credible and natural fit. Fitzgerald was a pioneer, famed and controversial for using the then-new and explosive sound called jazz in his novels and short stories—not just as decoration, but to actively tell story using the immediacy of pop culture. He coined the phrase ‘the Jazz Age.’ So, the question for me in approaching Gatsby was how to elicit from our audience the same level of excitement and pop-cultural immediacy toward the world that Fitzgerald did for his audience? And in our age, the energy of jazz is caught in the energy of hip-hop. Not only is JAY Z a great artist, full stop, but I had heard that he was a great collaborator. Leonardo and I were lucky enough to be present in a recording session over two years ago as JAY Z was recording ‘No Church in the Wild,’ and the collaboration grew from there.”

JAY Z said, “As soon as I spoke with Baz and Leonardo, I knew this was the right project. The Great Gatsby is that classic American story of one’s introduction to extravagance, decadence and illusion. It’s ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist. The imagination Baz brought to ‘Moulin Rouge’ made it a masterpiece, and ‘Romeo + Juliet’s’ score wasn’t just in the background; the music became a character. This film’s vision and direction has all the makings of an epic experience.”

“The Great Gatsby” soundtrack will be released by Interscope Records.

(Opening across the Philippines on May 15, “The Great Gatsby” will be distributed in IMAX® 3D, Digital 3D and regular format by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.)Grammy Award-winning musical artist Shawn “JAY Z” Carter has collaborated with writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann on “The Great Gatsby”—in the capacity of Executive Producer—to bring the modern “Jazz Age” energy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s original text to the big screen, procuring, performing, producing and arranging for a soundtrack featuring some of the world’s top musical artists.

JAY Z’s contributions, woven amongst a score by long-time Luhrmann collaborator, composer Craig Armstrong, drive Gatsby’s champagne-infused dance floors, rumble in New York’s illegal speakeasies, and foreshadow the tragedy behind Gatsby’s “extraordinary gift for hope.” To articulate the film’s “1920s-Meets-Now” sound, JAY Z also comes to “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack as a performer and contributor of original music.

Luhrmann and JAY Z were introduced by Leonardo DiCaprio (Jay Gatsby), and this led to a two-year collaborative effort. During this time, JAY Z worked with Luhrmann and his team to capture, translate and contrast the feelings of Fitzgerald’s decadent era with that of our own, using hip-hop and jazz, music contemporary and period, to bring two distinct American moments to simultaneous life. They sculpted the film’s musical landscape alongside Armstrong, who worked with the director on “Moulin Rouge!” and “Romeo + Juliet.” The film’s music supervisor is Anton Monsted.

Luhrmann calls the collaboration with JAY Z “a credible and natural fit. Fitzgerald was a pioneer, famed and controversial for using the then-new and explosive sound called jazz in his novels and short stories—not just as decoration, but to actively tell story using the immediacy of pop culture. He coined the phrase ‘the Jazz Age.’ So, the question for me in approaching Gatsby was how to elicit from our audience the same level of excitement and pop-cultural immediacy toward the world that Fitzgerald did for his audience? And in our age, the energy of jazz is caught in the energy of hip-hop. Not only is JAY Z a great artist, full stop, but I had heard that he was a great collaborator. Leonardo and I were lucky enough to be present in a recording session over two years ago as JAY Z was recording ‘No Church in the Wild,’ and the collaboration grew from there.”

JAY Z said, “As soon as I spoke with Baz and Leonardo, I knew this was the right project. The Great Gatsby is that classic American story of one’s introduction to extravagance, decadence and illusion. It’s ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist. The imagination Baz brought to ‘Moulin Rouge’ made it a masterpiece, and ‘Romeo + Juliet’s’ score wasn’t just in the background; the music became a character. This film’s vision and direction has all the makings of an epic experience.”

“The Great Gatsby” soundtrack will be released by Interscope Records.

(Opening across the Philippines on May 15, “The Great Gatsby” will be distributed in IMAX® 3D, Digital 3D and regular format by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

3 Teaser Posters of “White House Down” Take Off

“It will start like any other day,” so the teaser posters of the new action thriller “White House Down” cryptically say. Columbia Pictures has just launched the initial one-sheets the Roland Emmerich-directed potential blockbuster starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx




In the film, capitol policeman John Cale (Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Foxx). Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation’s government falling into chaos and time running out, it’s up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.

Written by James Vanderbilt, “White House Down” also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins and Joey King.

Opening across the Philippines in June 2013, “White House Down” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit http://www.columbiapictures.com.ph for trailers, exclusive content and free downloads. Like us at www.Facebook.com/ColumbiaPicturesPH and join our fan contests..

Meet Team Dusty of Disney’s “Planes”

Walt Disney Studios has just announced the voice cast comprising Team Dusty, the hero group in “Planes,” an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure that’s hitting Philippine theaters this August.

The cast is led by Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Cedric The Entertainer, Teri Hatcher and Brad Garrett. Below are the first-look images of the characters, with corresponding descriptions.Walt Disney Studios has just announced the voice cast comprising Team Dusty, the hero group in “Planes,” an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure that’s hitting Philippine theaters this August.

The cast is led by Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Cedric The Entertainer, Teri Hatcher and Brad Garrett. Below are the first-look images of the characters, with corresponding descriptions.


Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) is a plane with high hopes—literally. Crop duster by trade, this single-prop plane sees himself soaring alongside his high-flying heroes in an international race. The fact that he’s not really built for competitive racing doesn’t deter him from pursuing his dream—but his fear of heights just might. With a little help from his friends—and a WWII vet with wisdom to spare—Dusty takes off on an adventure of a lifetime, going prop-to-prop with champions while daring to reach heights he never imagined possible.


A reclusive old Navy Corsair, Skipper Riley (voice of Stacy Keach) was an ace flier and top instructor of the esteemed Jolly Wrenches squadron until an incident during a combat mission took him off the front lines and left him grounded for life. These days, Skipper keeps to himself, but his quiet existence is turned upside down when an ambitious and persistent Dusty solicits Skipper’s aerial expertise—and gets a few life lessons in the process. But Skipper—who’s never really come to terms with his past—finds that he has a few things to learn, too, and while coaching Dusty to fly faster and smarter, the teacher becomes the student.


Leadbottom (voice of Cedric the Entertainer) is a puttering old biplane and a grumbling taskmaster, a real “tank-half-empty” kind of guy. As the proprietor of Vitaminamulch, a special—albeit putrid—blend of vitamins, minerals, and mulch that works miracles when sprayed on crops, Leadbottom has no time for Dusty’s far-fetched flights of fancy. There are too many crops to spray and not enough hours in the day to spray them. For Leadbottom, it’s work first, then … well, more work.


Dottie (voice of Teri Hatcher) is a forklift who co-owns and operates Chug and Dottie’s Fill ’n Fly service station. As Dusty’s practical and say-it-like-it-is friend—not to mention his ace mechanic—Dottie hopes to keep his high-flying hopes grounded in reality: Dusty isn’t built to race and chasing his dream is downright dangerous. No matter what he decides, however, Dottie will always have his back.


Fuel truck Chug (voice of Brad Garrett) is a guy’s guy. He works hard as co-owner of Chug and Dottie’s Fill ’n Fly service station—and plays hard indulging in his own fuel from time to time. He has a big personality and is a bold supporter of Dusty’s high-flying endeavors. Indeed, he’s not only Dusty’s buddy, he’s his coach and biggest fan. And if Chug can’t help Dusty reach new heights, he’ll find someone who can.

            Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International, “Planes” takes off in Philippine theaters in 3D on Aug. 21, 2013, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select cinemas.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

LATEST TRAILER SHOWS 40-YEAR-OLD GOOGLE INTERNS @ “THE INTERNSHIP

Hollywood-Based Filipino Actor Tobit Raphael Included in Cast With Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn
 
Nick (Owen Wilson) and Billy (Vince Vaughn) battle it out with the techies in “The Internship” as two old-school salesmen in their 40s who use old fashioned charm and brilliant sales technique to sell watches.  On the night that they try to close a big sale with a client, to their shock, they find that their company has been shut down because kids don’t wear watches anymore.  Suddenly, they find themselves unemployed as two dinosaurs in the digital world.

After an exhaustive job search online, Billy chanced upon an opportunity for them to reinvent themselves – an internship program with Google.

20th Century Fox now brings the latest trailer of “The Internship” tracking the misadventures of Wilson and Vaughn as they try to pass an internship interview at Google.  As seen on the trailer, the interview is conducted via Google Hangout and the two being first-time online interviewees get too close to the camera and shout loudly into the microphone.  As luck would have it, the two eventually passed the internship interview through common sense, imagination and charm.

At Google, where it’s worlds away from anything they have experienced before, they find themselves in a sea of tech-savvy 20-year-olds who they need to compete against to win a full-time employment at Google.
 
They eventually team up with a sexually curious nerd, a mobile phone obsessed geek,  and Yoyo (Raphael) a genius Asian kid who lacks social and common life skills and Lyle who is an underdog who wants to fit in.  Going through training and competing with kids half their age, they are hell-bent to prove that it’s never too late to reinvent yourself.  The movie also stars Rose Byrne, John Goodman, Dylan O’Brien and Josh Gad.

“The Internship” opens very soon cinemas (Philippines) from 20th Century Fox.
Check out “The Internship’s” latest trailer here at 20th Century Fox’s YouTube channel
 
 


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

“Godzilla” announces cast, start of production


Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today the final principal cast for the upcoming tent pole “Godzilla.” Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, and Juliette Binoche are starring in the film, with David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston.


The companies also announced that principal photography began today on location in Vancouver.

Gareth Edwards is directing the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont and Dave Callaham. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Alex Garcia and Patricia Whitcher are serving as executive producers alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.

A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, “Godzilla” 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.

Slated to open beginning May 16, 2014, the film is expected to be presented in 3D.

“Iron Man 3″ Shares Character Descriptions


The official character descriptions of “Iron Man 3” have just been shared by Marvel Studios.  While careful not to reveal key plot twists, the descriptions are nevertheless informative and compelling.  Let the guessing game begin!

Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, “Iron Man 3” is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic super hero Iron Man, who first appeared in the pages of “Tales of Suspense #39″ in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man #1″ in May of 1968.



 TONY STARK/IRON MAN [Robert Downey Jr.].  Eccentric genius, billionaire, philanthropist Tony Stark is the armored super hero known as Iron Man. Decompressing from his heroic, near-self-sacrificial action as Iron Man that saved New York City from annihilation, Tony finds himself unable to sleep and plagued by worry and trepidation. When his world is destroyed and those closest to him threatened, Tony must find a way to save them—and in the process find himself again.


 PEPPER POTTS [Gwyneth Paltrow].  Pepper has progressed from Tony Stark’s assistant to the head of Stark Industries, pausing along the way to fall in love with Tony as well. Bright, loyal and honest, Pepper understands Tony Stark more than anyone and sometimes that can be both a worrisome and a dangerous thing.


COL. JAMES RHODES (RHODEY) [Don Cheadle].   Rhodey is the Liaison between Stark Industries and the U.S. Air Force.  He is one of Tony Stark’s few trusted friends and, most of the time, has the patience to deal with the impulsive genius. Rhodey has a new suit of War Machine armor in a red, silver and blue patriotic design. When suited up, Rhodey becomes Iron Patriot


MANDARIN [Ben Kingsley].  Mandarin is the sinister head of the terrorist organization known as The Ten Rings, from which all the acts of extreme terrorism plaguing the world appear to emanate. Although he is reclusive, Mandarin wields great power and makes his presence known by striking fear in the government and the populace through his brazen plans of attack.


DR. MAYA HANSEN  [Rebecca Hall].  Beautiful Dr. Maya Hansen is a brilliant botanist whose work helped create the game-changing biological process called Extremis. Her discovery has the power to change the human body, but it could be very dangerous if misused..


ALDRICH KILLIAN [Guy Pearce].  Through his privately funded organization A.I.M., Aldrich Killian created a team to further research and develop the Extremis virus, which imparts unusual levels of strength and resiliency to human subjects.


HAPPY HOGAN [Jon Favreau].  Happy is the trusted bodyguard and chauffeur in charge of protecting Pepper Potts.  More of a friend than an employee, Happy always has Tony’s back too, even when the eccentric billionaire doesn’t think he needs him. Steadfast and loyal, Happy would do anything to keep Pepper and Tony safe.

Opening across the Philippines on April 24 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D and regular theatres, “Iron Man 3” is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing and Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, Alan Fine, Stan Lee and Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ to inaugurate Cannes






CANNES, March 13 – It is on “The Great Gatsby” by Australian director Baz Luhrmann, that the curtain will rise at the inauguration of the 66th Festival de Cannes, on Wednesday 15th May, in the Grand Théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals, out of Competition in the Official Selection.

Adapted from the famous novel by American author Francis Scott Fitzgerald and set against the roaring twenties on the East Coast of the United States, the film depicts the romantic and tragic figure of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), as narrated by his friend Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire). Carey Mulligan is Daisy Buchanan, whose husband is played by Joel Edgerton. This prestigious occasion will also be graced with the presence of Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, as well as the American pop star, rapper Jay-Z.

“It is a great honor for all those who have worked on `The Great Gatsby’ to open the Cannes Film Festival. We are thrilled to return to a country, place and festival that has always been so close to our hearts, not only because my first film `Strictly Ballroom’ was screened there 21 years ago, but also because F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote some of the most poignant and beautiful passages of his extraordinary novel just a short distance away at a villa outside Saint-Raphaël.”

Produced by Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, the film was scripted by Baz Luhrmann and his faithful co-screenwriter Craig Pearce, based on Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel.

The opening film will be screened in 3D – for the second time during the history of the Festival, following `Up’ by Pete Docter, in 2009.

On the same day the Festival gets underway – Wednesday 15th May – “The Great Gatsby” will also open in cinemas nationwide. Both in France and internationally, the film will be distributed in 2D and 3D by Warner Bros. Pictures and in certain regions by Village Roadshow Pictures.

Born in 1962 in Australia, Baz Luhrmann has twice been honoured by the Festival de Cannes for “Strictly Ballroom” (Un Certain Regard in 1992) and for “Moulin Rouge!” at the 54th Festival, in 2001, at an opening which is unlikely to be forgotten any time soon.

Leonardo DiCaprio (Jay Gatsby) has rarely been seen on the Croisette. He returns to Cannes for the first time since the 2007 presentation of “The 11th Hour,” a documentary on ecological issues which the actor himself produced.

             (Opening across the Philippines on May 15, “The Great Gatsby” will be distributed in IMAX® 3D, Digital 3D and regular format by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.)

Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” to be Distributed by Warner in PH


HOLLYWOOD, CA (March 8, 2013) – Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures jointly announced today that writer/director Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” will be co-produced and distributed by the two studios, with Paramount Pictures handling Domestic distribution and Warner Bros. Pictures distributing the film Internationally, including the Philippines. “Interstellar” will be released beginning November 7, 2014, in theaters and IMAX® .

Directed and written by Academy Award-nominee Nolan (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight Rises”), “Interstellar” is based on a script by Jonathan Nolan. The film will be produced by Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan of Syncopy Films and Obst of Lynda Obst Productions. Kip Thorne will executive produce. The film will depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding.





Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures said, “As a filmmaker and storyteller, Chris has continuously entertained the world with his extraordinary and unparalleled talents. I am pleased beyond measure to welcome him to the Paramount Pictures family. Partnering with Chris, Emma, Lynda and Warner Bros. to release this original idea next November is the perfect way to start the Thanksgiving and holiday movie season for audiences around the world.”

Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, said, “Christopher Nolan is truly one of the great auteurs working in film today, and we’re extremely proud of our successful and ongoing collaboration with him and Emma Thomas. We are excited to be teaming with Paramount, and look forward to working with the Nolans, and producer Lynda Obst, on this extraordinary new pro.

Paul Rudd, Naturally Comic in “Admission”


 Paul Rudd (“Knocked Up,” “Role Models”) stars in Focus Features’ new drama comedy “Admission” as the head of an alternative high school who ultimately teaches a Princeton admissions officer a thing or two about life. Both humorous and human, Rudd brings to his character the exquisite niceness he has refined in his many comedy roles.

Based on the 2009 bestselling novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz, “Admission” revolves around straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) who lives by the book, both at work and at home. But Portia is caught off-guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her former college classmate, the free-wheeling John Pressman (Rudd). Pressman has surmised that Jeremiah, his gifted yet very unconventional student, might well be the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption many years ago. Soon, Portia finds herself bending the rules for Jeremiah, putting at risk the life she thought she always wanted — but in the process finding her way to a surprising and exhilarating life and romance she never dreamed of having.



For the filmmakers, the role of John Pressman called for an actor who could hold his own opposite Fey.

Producer Andrew Miano notes, “Paul Rudd was the ideal actor because he is so versatile; he goes from indie films to laugh-out-loud popular comedies to edgy stage work.”


Producer Kerry Kohansky-Roberts adds, “When they were at school together at Dartmouth, John perhaps had a crush on Portia. She’s taught herself to forget a lot of what went on for her there. Now, though, there’s a spark between them as John wants Portia to make the maternal connection with Jeremiah. We knew that Paul Rudd partnering on-screen with Tina Fey could make these emotional sea changes persuasive.”

Fey and Rudd clicked comically. As Rudd explains, “Tina and I had done some sketch comedy on Saturday Night Live, but working with her starring in a movie was amazing; she had such a handle on the part of Portia. Coming into this, you know Tina is going to be funny, but she deflects all of her jokes. She’s not schtick-y; that’s not her style. Instead, she plays into what’s funny in the situation and the character, making sure that the humor emerges naturally.”



n many ways, Rudd’s description of Fey perfectly mirrors his own approach. By sharing a very natural sense of humor, both actors were able to tell a story that is at once funny and filled with emotional depth.

“Before filming, [director] Paul Weitz and I had met to talk about who Pressman was – including things that weren’t necessarily in the script, like his history with Portia as he would remember it,” shares Rudd. “In speaking with Paul, I knew this was a character I wanted to play.”

      “Admission” will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas starting March 22 – the same opening day as the US. Moviegoers can catch the film at Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Trinoma, Alabang Town Center and Market! Market!

“After Earth” Blasts Off With New Trailer

Will Smith and Jaden Smith star in Columbia Pictures’ new futuristic action-adventure “After Earth” from director M. Night Shyamalan. Check out the film’s IMAX one-sheet art below and second trailer here below:


In the film, a crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning.



Opening across the Philippines on June 7, 2013, “After Earth” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit http://www.columbiapictures.com.ph for trailers, exclusive content and free downloads. Like us at www.Facebook.com/ColumbiaPicturesPH and join our fan contest


Sneak Peek: “The Hangover Part III” Teaser Trailer


Warner Bros. has just released the first trailer for “The Hangover Part III” which can be viewed at below, This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.


Directed by Todd Phillips, the film reunites Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha as Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug. Returning to the ensemble are Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor and, as the guys’ long-suffering wives, Gillian Vigman, Sasha Barrese and Jamie Chung. John Goodman joins the cast as well.

A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures, “The Hangover Part III” opens in Philippine theaters on May 29, 2013


Tina Fey Makes the Grade in “Admission”


In Focus Features’ new drama comedy “Admission,” multi-award-winner Tina Fey (TV’s “30 Rock,” “Date Night”) brings her smarts and humor to the role of a Princeton admissions officer, but her special mix of wit and wisdom seems to be the trademark of her illustrious career.

Based on the 2009 bestselling novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz, “Admission” revolves around straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan (Fey) who lives by the book, both at work and at home. But Portia is caught off-guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her former college classmate, the free-wheeling John Halsey (Paul Rudd). Halsey has surmised that Jeremiah, his gifted yet very unconventional student, might well be the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption many years ago. Soon, Portia finds herself bending the rules for Jeremiah, putting at risk the life she thought she always wanted — but in the process finding her way to a surprising and exhilarating life and romance she never dreamed of having.


Fey reflects, “When I told friends, especially those with children, about the film, there would be an instantaneous reaction and I would get peppered with questions. There’s a sense of panic in every parent who is about to go through that process. I found the story compelling, and I wanted to take on the challenge of playing this character at the center of that process.

“Portia is a woman who is living in a judgmental and strict world, and she comes unraveled – but she also loosens up,” continues Fey.  “When she takes a maternal interest in Jeremiah, she is trying to give something to him and help him realize his potential. Her story is so beautifully told in Jean’s book, and [screenwriter] Karen [Croner] did such a great job translating it into the screenplay.”
Fey told Entertainment Weekly that in “Admission,” she had “to try to do acting—real acting. [My husband] Jeff kept telling me every day, ‘Don’t forget to do acting.’”


If Fey felt any lack of confidence playing Portia, it certainly never showed. Fey’s co-star Paul Rudd says, “Tina and I had done some sketch comedy on `Saturday Night Live,’ but working with her starring in a movie was amazing; she had such a handle on the part of Portia. Coming into this, you know Tina is going to be funny, but she deflects all of her jokes. She’s not schtick-y; that’s not her style. Instead, she plays into what’s funny in the situation and the character, making sure that the humor emerges naturally.”

            “Admission” will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas starting March 22 – the same opening day as the US.  Moviegoers can catch the film at Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Trinoma, Alabang Town Center and Market! Market!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Silver Linings Playbook: Film Review

Romance| Comedy | Drama

Director: David O. Russell
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert de Niro, Jackie Weaver, Chris Tucker, Julia Stiles

If you were to look up the term "feel-good movie", this movie should be its main definition then, Silver Linings Playbook is for you, written by Matthew Quick, which was based on the novel of the same, Directed by David O. Russell, the man behind 2010's The Oscar Winning, The Fighter, yes, he turns from making sports into dramedy, Russell tackling this genre will be complicated, but believe me, I renewed my faith when it comes to 'romantic comedies'

It's been four months since 'Silver Linings Playbook' has been released, and ever since Im still casted under it's spell, the film that completely make me complete, satisfied and begging for more, It's definitely an actor's film, comprised of performances that are riveting, sweet natured, and complex, it's an above average movie, which leaves viewers happy, and delivers a clear message and it's a very great dysfunctional love story.

Life doesn't always go according to plan. Pat Solatano has lost everything -- his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother, and father, after spending eight months is a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat's parents want is for him to get back on his feet-and to share their family's obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.


Silver Linings Playbook is Consistently engaging, funny, and touching. This is the kind of picture in which two hours of running time whiz by in a flash, I'm completely blown away this film, I never thought that this would end up like this, sweet, tender and crazy hilarious, and who would have thought that romantic comedies will be renewed, although Silver Linings Playbook swims in a pool of numerous cliches, as i said, One hundred percent predictable, yet strangely kind of fun, But it doesn't settle with it's routine, this film is not original, It may be a Hollywood comedy, but it's one that feels beautifully alive, It's a rom-com that succeeds in revitalizing that discredited genre where so many others have failed, A bittersweet pill that's a mixture of an endearing family drama and modern romance that's an absolute delight, Silver Linings Playbook is defined by it's positive decisions that are made through highs and lows, aggrevation, desperation, but it's an important film and a great one that deserves to sweep the awards it's nominated for, Silver Linings Playbook tells us that happily-ever-after may depend on finding people who coexist with our craziness, It's the execution and creativity that will surely counts, Indeed the movie does make you feel quite good about humanity as the final credits roll, and Silver Linings Playbook is the best movie of 2012 and the acting is mind-boggling glorious


Nominated for 8 Oscars, Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing and winning Best Actress for Jennifer Lawrence, Ultimately, Silver Linings Playbook is the kind of film, that I could watch over and over again, there's no denying that this film is heartfelt and indeed very touching, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence's chemistry is hard to seperate, they have this thing called magnetism, that they are fit perfectly well and very suitable for each other, on the other hand another chemistry is bond to each other is Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver's collaboration, I never thought in my life that they make a great couple, feels like they are really married, De Niro is my favorite actor, and I was shocked when I saw he was doing a romantic comedy, and I'm starting to like Weaver, she's such a sweetheart, likewise Russell's sense of direction, has really paid off, he maid this bipolar rom-com with someone intact, and with someone to inspire him, Silver Linings Playbook when spanned within rougly 20-30 years would be viewed one of the greatest romantic comedy films ever made, but surely this is one of my favorite films of all time

Rating: 10/10

“Grown Ups 2” releases teaser and poster

The teaser poster for Adam Sandler’s first-ever sequel, Columbia Pictures’ “Grown Ups 2,” is now online.

Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello and Nick Swardson, “Grown Ups 2” finds Lenny (Sandler) having relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. This time around, the grown ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises: the last day of school.



The first “Grown Ups,” released in 2010, grossed $271 million worldwide, making it Sandler’s most successful film to date.

Opening across the Philippines in July 2013, “Grown Ups 2” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit www.columbiapictures.com.ph to see the latest trailers, get free downloads and play free movie games.





Thursday, March 14, 2013

“The Conjuring” Unleashes Poster and Trailer

The Conjuring on July 19,2013

New Line Cinema has rolled out the teaser poster and trailer of its upcoming horror thriller “The Conjuring” starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. Catch the poster below




Based on a true story, “The Conjuring” tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

“The Conjuring” stars Academy Award® nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “Orphan”) and Patrick Wilson (“Young Adult,” “Prometheus”) as the Warrens, and Ron Livingston (HBO’s “Band of Brothers”) and Lili Taylor (“Public Enemies”) as Roger and Carolyn Perron, residents of the house.

Joey King (“Crazy, Stupid, Love”), Shanley Caswell (“Detention”), Haley McFarland (TV’s “Lie to Me”), Mackenzie Foy (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”) and newcomer Kyla Deaver play the Perrons’ five daughters, and Sterling Jerins (upcoming “World War Z”) is the Warrens’ little girl, Judy.

James Wan (“Saw,” “Insidious”) directs from a screenplay by Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes (“The Reaping”).

Opening across the Philippines on August 21, “The Conjuring” is a New Line Cinema production and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Here's the Trailer from James Wan:



- THE FILM ENTHUSIAST