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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Life After Beth: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

We love zombie films, and we were really excited to hear that Life After Beth will grace into Philippine screens. Thanks to a friend, we already watched the film ahead of everyone else last night at Greenbelt 3. 

Zach (Dane DeHaan) is grieving after losing his girlfriend, Beth (Aubrey Plaza) due to a snake bite after she hiked alone in the woods. After the funeral, Zach takes comfort through Beth's parents Gennie and Maury (Molly Shannon and John C. Reilly.) However, one night, Zach discovered that Beth isn't dead after all, and her parents told Zach that her sweetheart crawled out of the grave and knocked on their door as if nothing happened. Soon, Zach and Beth continue their romantic relationship but need to take some safety precautions as Beth's starts to act strange and thirsts for human blood.  

Last year, we had a really interesting zombie rom-com film in Warm Bodies. Now, we are all treated with the same concept yet, handled in a different way. Life After Beth continues the same thread of romantic escapades between zombies and humans. The film draws a lot into the entertaining premise, providing the simplicity of the story and extracting the humor out of it. Even with a slightly short run-time of 90 minutes the film manages to deliver fun in every minute of it. 

Thanks to a talented dedicated cast, the film turned out to be a success. Dane DeHaan shows his versatility as he delivered some jokes in a casual way mostly referring to his zombie girlfriend. Aubrey Plaza did really well and embraces her character that resulted to a memorable zombie performance. She genuinely shifts her character into different emotions effortlessly.  The two is also surrounded with outstanding supporting cast led by John C. Reilly, Matthew Grey Gubler and the very perky Erica played by Anna Kendrick. 

Overall, Life After Beth is a slick zombie film which can easily generate an appeal to the fans of this genre. It isn't your typical zombie film where it's all about flesh and blood. The film has the heart to produce some charisma, which playfully delivers a solid popcorn flick.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Dane DeHaan, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly

Directed By: Jeff Baena
Opens September 3 in cinemas nationwide

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“A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST” Exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas Soon

Universal Pictures' new comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West” starring Ted McFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson and Neil Patrick Harris will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting September 10, 2014.

Seth McFarlane (“Ted,” TV's “Family Guy”) once again stretches the boundaries of comedy and propriety as writer, producer, director of and actor in “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” He tells the tale and plays the lead in the story of Albert Stark, a soft man in hard times who is trying to figure out how to escape this godforsaken frontier that seems to be trying to kill him—and everyone else in it—at every turn. A sheep farmer whose fickle girlfriend, Louise (Amanda Seyfried), leaves him when he backs out of a gunfight, Albert feels like a chump.

Adding to Albert's distress and feelings of inadequacy, Louise takes up with the town's most successful businessman, arrogant moustachery owner Foy (Neil Patrick Harris). And what Albert can't dream of offering in terms of financial stability and facial hirsuteness, Foy has in spades.

But when a mysterious and beautiful gunslinger named Anna (Charlize Theron) rides into town, she helps Albert begin to find his courage and they start to fall in unexpected love.

Nothing comes easy in the bitterly unforgiving Old West, and further trouble ensues when Anna's husband, Clinch Leatherwood (Liam Neeson)—a notorious outlaw whose name strikes fear into the hearts of the citizenry— arrives seeking revenge on the man whom he thinks has made a dishonest woman of Anna. Reluctantly, Albert must now put his newfound courage to the test in a one-man-left-standing gunfight that will earn him Anna's hand and long-denied respect in the Wild West...or another unmarked grave forgotten in the annals of history.

Joining Albert in his quest are his best friend, Edward (Giovanni Ribisi), the unfailingly nice and extraordinarily naive town shoe repairman, and Ruth (Sarah Silverman), Edward's girlfriend who is just as chaste with him as she is whorish with her brothel clients.

Directed by MacFarlane from a screenplay that he wrote with Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild, “A Million Ways to Die in the West” also co-stars a comedic lineup of MacFarlane favorites including Ralph Garman as Dan, one of the more colorful Old Stump locals, and Alex Borstein as Millie, the madam of the whorehouse who can't quite put her finger on her best employee's oddly chaste relationship with Edward.

Christopher Hagen and Jean Effrion come aboard the production as Albert's grizzled parents, George and Elsie, who are similarly trying to avoid getting killed for merely existing in this day and age. Evan Jones portrays Lewis, a particularly vile member of Clinch's gang.

  A Million Ways to Die in the Westis distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
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Engaging Breakthrough Visuals and Story in “THE BOOK OF LIFE”

From the studio (20th Century Fox) that introduced the exhilarating world of “Avatar” comes “The Book of Life,” an animated feature film with an epic mythology inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday set in a visually spectacular world never seen before with an original story from producer Guillermo Del Toro and director Jorge R. Gutierrez.  Both of Mexican descent, Del Toro and Gutierrez are compleat filmmakers who wanted to share the richness of their culture to the world by creating an authentic Mexican story at the backdrop of a revolutionary style in animation.

The Book of Life” is also Jorge’s (the director’s) love letter to his native land that is an emotionally engaging, emotional and original story with comedy, love, action and adventure featuring a star-studded voice cast including Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Ice Cube, Danny Trejo and Christina Applegate. Two-time Academy Award-winner and Grammy winner music producer Gustavo Santaolalla, who won Oscars for “Brokeback Mountain” and “Babel” writes the film’s original score and songs.  

The ultimate celebration of life, “The Book of Life” is the journey of Manolo (Luna), a young man who embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears.  Torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, Manolo finds himself at a a time when spirits pass between worlds and where anything can happen.
The Book of Life” (3D) opens October 16 in cinemas nationwide from 20thCentury Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Watch the movie’s initial video of the cast here: 

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

3 Ayos reasons why Pinoys are modern heroes

What does it mean to be a hero for you? For each person, the idea of being a hero can change. But heroism doesn’t always involve having to risk your life for your country. Sometimes, it springs from the simplest forms of kindness and ingenuity! Buti na lang, marami niyan ang mga Pinoy! (Good thing, Filipinos have heaps of that) 
This month, as our nation commemorates heroes of all forms, let’s look at 3 Ayos reasons why even regular Pinoys (you, me, anyone!) deserve bragging rights to be called a modern hero:

1. Filipinos are happy spirits.

When was the last time you shared a hearty laugh with a friend? Believe it or not, that tender moment may have turned a day around. 
It truly is more fun in the Philippines where as a nation, we comprise of people who just loves to live from the lighter side of life. When the times get rough, you can expect someone to make you laugh with a joke, an advice, or even a song! Always remember that a smile is powerful. Wear it, feel good with it, and next thing you know, someone else is better because you shared a smile with them.

2. Filipinos are accommodating.

Ever got hit by the “I just need someone to talk to” bug; where unloading some thoughts and feelings to a confidante is enough to make your feel better? You’re not alone in that. Fortunately, Filipinos are easily open to listen, even welcome you to their homes when you just need to feel like you’re not alone.

3. Filipinos give life a second chance.

Despite the tragedies that hit the country, it is part of the Filipino continue to rise up and try again. Sometimes, this even extends to how they treat the stuff they have lying around the house. Clothes, toys, and hobby items that Pinoys once loved, end up finding a renewed purpose when sold online.

True enough, more and more Filipinos have embraced the idea of online buy and sell through, a free online classifieds website. In fact, during a 12-month period from May 2013 to May 2014, soared with a 177% increase in number of ads posted on its platform. 

The ease and speed of transactions is among the advantages and benefits of online buying and selling, often surpassing the features of traditional commerce. It is even a common experience for an AyosDito seller to post an ad online one day, and have it sold within a day or two--or even within the same day! 

With these simple ways of being a hero, you have no excuse to not make each day matter. Be a modern hero today. Smile, listen, and give your pre-loved items a second chance when you post free ads on
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Production Begins on Marvel's “ANT-MAN”

Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel's "Ant-Man." The film brings one of Marvel comics' original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film's production.

Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed ("Bring it On," "The Break-Up") and stars Paul Rudd ("I Love You Man," "Role Models") as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas ("Behind The Candelabra," "Wall Street") as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly ("The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "Lost") as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.

The film also includes outstanding additional cast including Corey Stoll ("House of Cards," "The Bourne Legacy"), Bobby Cannavale ("Danny Collins," "Annie," "HBO's "The Long Play"), Michael Pena ("End of Watch," "American Hustle"), Abby Ryder Fortson ("Togetherness"), Judy Greer ("13 Going on 30," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"), David Dastmalchian ("The Dark Knight," "Prisoners"), Wood Harris ("Remember the Titans," "The Wire"), John Slattery ("Mad Men," Marvel's "Iron Man 2") and Gregg Turkington ("The Comedy," "On Cinema") and multi-hyphenate T.I. ("American Gangster," "Takers").

Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1962, Marvel's "Ant-Man" continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in 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" and the upcoming Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Marvel's "Ant-Man" is produced by Marvel Studios' president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D'Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Director Peyton Reed's creative team also includes Oscar-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter ("Titanic," "21"), production designer Sheppard Frankel ("Identity Thief," "Horrible Bosses") costume designer Sammy Sheldon Differ ("X-Men: First Class," "Kick Ass"), visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison (Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World," "The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers"), stunt coordinator Jeff Habberstad (Marvel's "Iron Man 3," "X-Men: Days of Future Past") and six-time Oscar- nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudik ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Marvel's The Avengers"). The editors include Dan Lebental, ACE (Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World," Marvel's "Iron Man") and Colby Parker Jr. ("Lone Survivor," "Hancock").

Marvel Studios’ upcoming release schedule includes Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015, Marvel’s “Captain America 3” on May 6, 2016, and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” on July 28, 2017.
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Monday, August 18, 2014

What If: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

First, we would like to thank Movie Punch, for the movie passes they gave us to see What If last weekend. We got our wizard back (Daniel Radcliffe) but not in Hogwarts and he teams up with the very lovely Zoe Kazan who made a mark in Ruby Sparks.

Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) just came from a break-up with his girlfriend in med school. He is having a hard time from moving on, and then he meets a pretty animator Chantry (Zoe Kazan), in a party. However, Chantry has a long-time boyfriend (Rafe Spall) and Wallace doesn't want to be the reason of their break-up. After a few days, the two meet again and Chantry insists that they should become friends. The two instantly got some connection, but a barrier is forcing the two from revealing their true feelings for each other. 

As for the story, it looks pretty sweet and simple.But it manages to extract more from its concept and make it more compelling. The dialogues are rich in context, and the chemistry between Radcliffe and Kazan had a remarkable connection. Still, the film looks predictable but the path the film chooses is amusing to follow and sit through. It also avoided getting too much cheesy, complicated or dramatic but manages to approach the viewers' feelings to be overwhelmed.

Daniel Radcliffe hands out a strong performance. He finally got out from his Harry Potter image and really excel well in the rom-com genre. Zoe Kazan was indeed charming. She basically did the same formula from what she did in Ruby Sparks that makes her so interesting and likable. The two holds everything together, delivering lines like there were no cameras around them. Plus we can't forget to mention the outstanding performances from their supporting casts (Adam Driver, Megan Park and Mackenzie Davis.)

Overall, What If arguably is the best rom-com film released this year. The film provides a captivating story which is played well by its charming casts. It feels you've watched this movie before, but it offers something fresh that is pretty slick and hard to ignore. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out of 10 stars

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe KAzan, Adam Driver

Directed by: Michael Dowse
Distributed by: Pioneer Films
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide

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Tv's Hit Series “CONTINUUM” Actor Victor Webster Stars in “A GOOD MAN”

Victor Webster, known for his starring recurring role in the television series “Continuum” is featured alongside Steven Seagal in “A Good Man” movie.
Steven Seagal plays Alexander Coates in “A Good Man” where he meets Sasha Ivanov (played by Webster) two years after his voluntary recluse from his life as a Special Forces agent.  Sasha works as an enforcer for a Russian mobster known as Vladimir who is forced to pay off a debt from his father that has been passed down to his family.  When low level gangsters start turning up dead and money begins to disappear, Sasha  suspects that he is being set up to take the fall. And when his sisters Mya and Lena are kidnapped by Vladimir, Sasha turns to the only man who can help – Alexander Coates.
Sasha and Alexander take on Vladimir’s men as well as the mysterious Mr. Chen to rescue Sasha’s sisters. Alexander is fighting to do what is right while Sasha is fighting for the most important thing in his life – his family. Action and mayhem ensue as the body count rises with Alexander returning to what he does best – killing in the name of what’s right.
 “There are just so many action sequences in this movie” says Victor Webster “And it was great performing next to an action star such as Steven Seagal”.  Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Webster then began his theatrical film career in the box office smash “Bringing Down the House.” During this time he continued to alternate between television and theatrical film roles. He has had guest appearances on shows including Bones, CSI, NCIS, Criminal Minds, Necessary Roughness and Single Ladies.
He has also had recurring roles on such shows as, Related, Charmed, Lincoln Heights, Harper's Island, Melrose Place and Castle. Victor holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has taught and competed in many forms of martial arts. He holds an undefeated record as a heavyweight in both Tae Kwon Do competition and amateur kick boxing, and is also a multiple medal winner in the no gi jiu jitsu world championships.

Currently, Victor stars in the television show “Continuum,” since his theatrical film debut in 2003, he has gone on to have roles in movies such as “Must Love Dogs,” “Surrogates” and “Why Did I Get Married Too?” Since 2011 he has starred as the “Scorpion King” in the third and fourth installments to the film franchise; “The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption” and “The Scorpion King 4: The Lost Throne.”
 A Good Man” opens August 20 in cinemas from Crystalsky Multimedia.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

First, we would like to thank Krispy Kreme for the tickets and delicious donuts we won at their Instagram page. I am a fan of the ninja turtles when I was still a little kid. I remember having shirts and action figures of these beloved turtles. I also watched the cartoons and the classic live action movies, so I am indeed excited to see the reboot. 

April O'Neil (Megan Fox) is a New York city journalist who is aiming to hit a break from having plenty of junk reports. In one of her scoops, she investigates a gang calling themselves "The Foot Clan." Soon, she discovers that there are a  group of vigilantes who are fighting against them. It leads to her childhood days up to her father's previous works that these vigilantes are not human, they are mutated ninja turtles. 

The ninja turtles are given a new life and faces where they relied heavily with CGI effects. Actually, it's pretty cool when they start to roll, hand over their gimmicks and Michael Angelo begins to spreads the humor. However, the movie failed to deliver the nostalgia to the longtime fans of the franchise. We even got a new look for Master Splinter (that looks kinda creepy) and their arch nemesis Shredder (who is a bit fancy and shiny.)

Megan Fox was a good choice for April O'Neil. Although it would be better if they to stick with her bright yellow outfit. The fight scenes were passable and entertaining. It is a Michael Bay film, so expect to see tons of explosions but don't worry it isn't that excessive like what he did to Transformers: Age of Extinction. 

Overall, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles offers 101 minutes of simple popcorn pleasure inside the cinema. Some might get disappointed with its shallow plot and creepy turtle designs but other than that the film still managed to bring back the guys we used to love before. If they are planning to make a sequel, please don't forget two of my favorite villain in Bebop and Rocksteady.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner

Directed By: Jonathan Libesman
Distributed By: United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures PH
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide
Photo Credits: United International Pictures

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Before finding fame and success with the “Rurouni Kenshin” film franchise, recent Manila-visitor director Keishi Otomo paid his dues studying scriptwriting and directing in Los Angeles. On his return to Japan, he directed a series of NHK TV programs from 2001 to 2010, receiving multiple awards for some of them – including an International Drama Festival in Tokyo Award for Best Drama, the Nikkei Hitmaker of the Year prize, and a Director’s Award from the Hoso Bunka Foundation.
Leaving NHK in 2011, he established himself as an independent director with the 2012 smash hit “Rurouni Kenshin” following this with “Platinum Data” in 2013. Also last year, NHK Publishing released his book “How to Fight Creatively.”

Now, Otomo-san returns to continue and conclude the “Rurouni Kenshin” saga with its two-part sequels,” Kyoto Inferno” and “ The Legend Ends.” Find out what the director’s thoughts about the sequels in the following interview.

Question: While “Rurouni Kenshin” is an action movie, it also appeals as a human drama. Is this intentional?

Keishi Otomo: A script is kind of like a mathematical formula. Into this world of mathematical logic are placed actors —the kind of actors I like, anyway—who won’t be persuaded, unless it has a sense of body, unless there’s some skin in the game. That’s because we want to transform what was a very successful original manga story. Things that don’t happen on the page—people sweat, they sweat when they move, they get out of breath, their hair gets all messed up—what happens as a result of that? How do we get that kind of atmosphere into the movies? We give it shape, not by imagining the characters in our heads, but by understanding the characters as they do battle. What we’re trying to do is make a movie out of flesh and blood. The most important thing is that all of the characters express themselves through the battles they find themselves in.

Q: The story doesn’t seem episodic, everything seems to surge on that great stage of the Kyoto fire.

Otomo: After the first movie, we knew we could go ‘this far’, and it was very much in our minds at the script-writing stage for these films that the action and the drama would emerge with the same intensity. And that’s hard to do. When you’re shooting action, you’re basically shooting motion. When you’re shooting drama, you’re basically shooting emotion. But in motion there is emotion. You have to find it, and join motion and emotion into one, and film it with the sense of the feeling and the expression uppermost in mind. That’s a pretty high hurdle to get over. With the first movie, our motto was ‘do the impossible’; this time it was ‘overdo the impossible’ (Laughs). Anyway, I want to see the real thing. OK, so what is the real thing? It means that everything on the screen is great, and you push that as far as it will go. Everybody, the entire cast and staff, kept that feeling all the way through. That energy, I think, is what really surges.

Q: And Takeru Satoh really pulls everything together.

Otomo: There are roles that mark a turning point in an actor’s career. The encounter of Takeru Satoh and Kenshin was an encounter of very rare timing. A miracle among miracles, I think. He’d played an assassin in Ryomaden, and the extension of that line intersected with my going independent. For Takeru, it was a once-in-a-lifetime role. A lot of things had to be perfectly timed for that to happen. I think that’s always very important in things like stories or movies. And strangely, that background always comes out somehow in the picture. Takeru Satoh is of a generation that doesn’t really know period-piece movies. As a guy like him plays Kenshin, through the Kenshin he portrays, you can find young people’s aesthetic idea of what is a ‘cool guy’. And by doing that, ‘cool’ as they define it combines with our generation’s definition of the samurai as ‘cool’. That dynamism, that interest, creates an approach to universality whose potential you can really feel.

Q: So will “The Legend Ends” surge the same as “Kyoto Inferno”?

Otomo: No, we’ve made that one a little different. I think it has to be different from both the first film and “Kyoto Inferno.” “The Legend Ends” starts quietly. Things happen that are off the main axis. The situation evolves with Kenshin not there. How will Kenshin return to do battle with Shishio? Perhaps he has another card up his sleeve. But the theme of Kenshin’s atonement for the many people he’s killed does not change. A man who lives in atonement, and a man who does not, must inevitably do battle. That fateful battle—somewhere there are people waiting expectantly for Kenshin and Shishio to climb into the ring together—that ‘cannibalism’ is the structure I’m thinking of. Maybe someone is using some kind of dynamic to make the two of them fight. To that end I want to inject a little bit of ‘poison’. I want Kenshin to be falling apart. All the fighters get hurt and fall to pieces. I want that to be merciless. Why are these guys fighting? If that question doesn’t rise up within us, the theme of the killer’s atonement doesn’t emerge. People tend to think that ‘entertainment’ means stripping away the fat and the complications, but I don’t think that’s true. I don’t want to fix on turning points in the story; I want to fix on turning points in the lives of the characters. Kenshin doesn’t face Shishio as a straight-down-the-line champion of justice. He gets confused; his certainties are shaken. When you’ve finished watching “The Legend Ends,” what’s left? Something heavy, I hope.

  The first sequel, “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno” will open across the Philippines onAug. 20, 2014, to be followed by “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends” on Sept. 24, 2014. Both films are distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
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Hit Producer Continues Winning Streak with “THE PURGE: ANARCHY”

From Jason Blum, the producer of such enormous micro-budget hits as the films in the “Paranormal Activity” and “Insidious” series and “Sinister,” comes Universal Pictures’ new suspense slasher “The Purge: Anarchy.”

The sequel to the 2013 box office hit, “The Purge: Anarchy” returns audiences to a dystopic future, showing us what occurs during The Purge outside of the confines of a suburban neighbourhood. The American government, now re-engineered by the New Founders of America (NFA), has sanctioned its annual 12-hour Purge to ensure that the crime rate stays below one percent for the rest of the year. With police and hospitals suspending help, it’s one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment or fear of retribution. It’s time to take to the streets for anarchy.

Jason Blum has been thoughtful with his efficient business model and taken the film industry by storm. With his finger on the pulse of audience interest, he has grown what used to be considered niche genres.

Blum typically opts to work with experienced directors, giving them the creative freedom they desire while ensuring that filming stays on an economic budget and on schedule. Blum commends: “I like everything about director James DeMonaco’ process. He’s incredibly passionate and has a strong point of view, but at the same time he listens. With most writers and directors, they either have one or the other: they listen too much, or they’re too strong headed and don’t listen at all. James walks a fine line right in the middle, and he cares deeply about what he’s doing. It inspires everyone around him. When we witnessed the audiences’ responses to `The Purge,’ we were committed to giving James what he needed to maximize his storytelling abilities for the sequel.”

For the entire team, it was important to revisit the night and pull back the curtain on the Purge. “After we showed the first movie a lot of people said, ‘We want to know what happens in the streets or in the parks or in the country or to rich people or to poor people,’” says Blum. “Every single American would have a different experience on Purge night. There are many stories to tell during The Purge and that’s why we wanted to make a second one, and hopefully more.”

Co-producer Andrew Form echoes the fact that the success of the first entry in the series came as a bit of a surprise to all of those involved: “We always knew we had this unbelievable idea, but we didn’t know how an audience would respond to it. Even when we were making the first movie, we always wished we could have taken that idea to a bigger landscape, but we just didn’t have the resources to do it. So when the movie worked in the theater and the audiences responded in such a positive way to the idea of a Purge, we were able to move forward and expand this world.”

For the next chapter, the filmmakers agreed that the only way to give audiences what they wanted was to expand the world outside the confines of one home. Form elaborates: “We knew we wanted to live in the world of an urban environment where a group is caught out there, where the audience gets to witness all the twists and turns that happen on Purge night, why people are out there purging, why people are caught in the open, and keep the audience guessing the entire way. James has completely achieved that with this project.”

Jason Blum is the founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, a multimedia production company that has pioneered a new model of studio filmmaking by producing high-quality micro-budget films for wide release.

Since its launch in 2000, Blumhouse has produced more than 30 feature films including the highly profitable “Paranormal Activity,” “Insidious,” “The Purge” and “Sinister” franchises. Eight of Blumhouse’s recent films have grossed a combined $1 billion at the worldwide box office on budgets less than $5 million.

Blumhouse’s “The Purge,” its first production under its first-look deal with Universal Pictures, grossed more than $34 million domestically on its opening weekend, with a budget of just $3 million. Blumhouse’s “Insidious: Chapter 2,” for FilmDistrict, grossed more than $40 million domestically on its opening weekend, with a budget of just $5 million.

Blumhouse’s model began with the original “Paranormal Activity,” which was made for $15,000 and released by Paramount Pictures, grossed close to $200 million worldwide, making it the most profitable film in the history of Hollywood.

Blumhouse’s upcoming micro-budget wide releases include “Ouija,” for Universal Pictures, and “Paranormal Activity 5” for Paramount Pictures.

  Opening across the Philippines on August 27, 2014, “The Purge: Anarchy″ is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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