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Monday, July 28, 2014

Daniel Radcliffe Stars in the New Romantic Comedy Film "WHAT IF"

After the successful run of the Harry Potter franchise, we saw Daniel Radcliffe play a lawyer in the horror film "The Woman in Black." He also appeared alongside Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) in Kill Your Darlings and will have two more upcoming films in "Horns" and "What If". Originally titled as The F Word, What If already premiered at Sundance last year.

Daniel Radcliffe will be paired with "Ruby Sparks" star Zoe Kazan in this romantic comedy film, which is directed by Michael Dowse. What If also stars Megan Park (Diary of the Dead), Adam Driver (Inside Llewyn Davis), Mackenzie Davis (That Awkward Moment),Rafe Spall (Prometheus) and Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street.).

Synopsis:  WHAT IF is the story of medical school dropout Wallace, who's been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan seems to be finding the perfect partner, Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben. Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend? - CBS Films


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Step Up All In: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

First, we would like to thank Movie Punch for the movie passes we used to watch Step Up: All In last weekend. It is the fifth installment of this very successful dance franchise with different cast members from the previous films reunite for another spectacular showdown. 

Sean (Ryan Guzman) together with his crew (The Mob) is struggling to find a stable gig in Los Angeles. The Mob decides to head home in Miami, while Sean continues to pursue what he already started. Finally, a competition called "The Vortex" pops up online where the best crews battle it out where the winner will win a three-year contract in Las Vegas. With the help of Moose (Adam Sevani), they both assemble a new crew consisting of some familiar faces and chase the ultimate prize.

For the fans of this franchise, we are all excited to see the returning cast from the previous films, especially Adam Sevani reprising his role as Moose. He matured a little but still hits the most awesome dance moves. Dance films had a hard time finding to tell a new story. It's all about winning and entering the competition while mixing it some romance and other subplots. Well, the story isn't much a factor, as long as they provide amazing routines that usually make your jaw drop. Step Up All In gives a little something new to cheer about and killed the film with a spectacular finale.

Ryan Guzman struggles to connect with Briana Evigan. The two failed to produce a chemistry we are all expecting. I think it would be much better if they just get their previous partners instead. The reunion isn't complete with Channing Tatum still missing in action, but it's great to see some of the old cast back where we get a cheer of amusement from the audience each time they introduce a returning character on the screen.

Overall Step Up All In delivers what we should expect in a dance film. For us, it isn't the best Step Up film (I'll still go for Step Up 2 : The Streets) but we still enjoyed it, especially the sick finale. If they are planning to do another one in the future make sure that Moose takes the spotlight. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8 out of 10 stars

Cast: Ryan Guzman, Adam Sevani, Briana Evigan

Directed by: Trish Sie
Distributed by: Pioneer Films
Now on its 2nd week

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Scarlett Johansson Frees her Mind in  “LUCY”

Portraying strong, unique female characters on the big screen is always a welcome challenge for Scarlett Johansson. So when casting his latest action-thriller “Lucy,” and writer-director Luc Besson needed to find an actress who could be believable as extremely vulnerable, as well as superpowered, when her exposure to an illicit substance inadvertently makes her acquire incredible skills, Johansson quickly came to mind.

Producer Virginie Besson-Silla describes the unlikely heroine of this story: “Lucy is an average girl who’s having fun with her friends in Asia, and there’s a lot of partying going on. She’s discovering life, but she’s going to discover it the hard way…and go much further than she would ever expect.”

For the role, Besson and his producer reached out to Scarlett Johansson, who has starred in intimate films such as “Lost in Translation” and “Her,” as well as action blockbusters including “Iron Man 2,” “The Avengers” and, most recently, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

Besson was impressed by the actress’ discipline. He explains that she was precise and professional from the get-go: “When we first met, Scarlett had read the script and I enjoyed the way she talked about it. She was excited for the right reason, which was the story. At that moment, it was a done deal for me. She was definitely the one.”

Johansson explains that one of her interests in portraying Lucy is based on the fact that the character “is in a transient phase in her life when we find her. She’s figuring out who she is, and she’s feeling like she should probably get her life on track.” The actress was not only attracted to the material, but to Besson’s vision. She notes: “The film poses some complex existential questions. It would have been hard to imagine how the script has evolved because so much of that is Luc’s vision. Anything I could imagine the film to look like, just from reading the descriptions in the script, pales in comparison to the actual life that Luc breathed into this project.”
Johansson acknowledges that even though she was initially disoriented by the screenplay’s nonlinear structure, she knew that she could trust the director. Quite familiar with Besson’s work, she cast aside caution and signed on to the film. “This is actually what drew me to this project,” she insists. “I had to trust Luc’s vision. I remember meeting him and he said, ‘You have to trust that I know what this is about because it can be vague at times. But if you see what I’m seeing, you’ll believe in it.’ So, I took a leap of faith. He’s a formidable guy who knows what he sees in his mind and wants that vision to be executed perfectly.”

Everyone involved in the production acknowledges that Lucy was a highly demanding role. Still, Johansson went beyond everyone’s expectations. Commends Besson-Silla: “It was all the more difficult, as Lucy starts off as a plain girl and turns into, as it were, a superhero. She goes through so much. Scarlett was able to take that journey easily.”

With such a clear vision of his protagonist, Besson was able to devise a method to help his leading lady get in character. He explains: “We created something very funny, which Scarlett had on her wall, to allow her to understand what reactions I wanted from her when I asked her to play, say, 25 percent, or 50 percent, or 70 percent of her brainpower.

For every 10 percent, we charted out what you could do with that percentage— your level of knowledge and possibilities,” Besson continues. “It was a very good guide. Every morning she’d look at the chart to see which girl she had to play. If you look at the Lucy at the beginning and the Lucy at the end, they have little in common. When we arrived on set, Scarlett was exceptional. You can ask for whatever you want and she says, ‘Okay.’ She’s always willing to try.”

The actress admits that the most challenging part was to portray Lucy as a truly relatable character, despite the psychological and physical changes that she’s experiencing: “As the drug kicks in, Lucy gradually loses the ability to empathize and to feel pain. Even though she can delve deeply into someone’s memory and eventually control him physically, she doesn’t have any opinion. She loses her preconceived ideas or judgment about the other person. It was difficult to avoid making my performance flat and monotonous. You have to see the humanity behind her circumstances.”

  Opening across the Philippines on August 06, “Lucy” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
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Pinoy Pride Dave Bautista is Drax in  “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY”

Filipino wrestling champion-turned-actor Dave Bautista takes on the role of Drax—a quiet yet physical brute, obsessed with avenging the death of his wife and child, in Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy” (opening in the Philippines, July 31).

The casting of Drax was a tough one for the filmmakers, as executive producer Jeremy Latcham explains: “Drax is a complex character. He is a man who seeks vengeance on the people that murdered his wife, his daughter, ruined his life and took everything from him. He is a big, bulky guy covered in tattoos, and he looks like a menace but over the course of the film as the layers are peeled back, it is revealed that he is a deeply sorrowful, regretful man who wants to make amends, a multifaceted guy with much more going on than his physicality implies. Finding a big, hulking actor who could pull off that nuanced performance was really hard.”

But from the very first read, David Bautista, a former professional wrestler, who won the World Heavyweight Championship four times and the WWE Championship twice and is the longest-reigning World Heavyweight Champion in WWE history, nailed it. “Dave did an amazing job over the course of the auditions that really showcased who we wanted this character to be,” informs Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige, “which is on the surface very strong and almost frightening, but when you dig deeper, when you spend some time with him, you find a sensitive side.”

Following his departure from WWE, Bautista’s career as an actor has gone from strength to strength, with leading roles in David Twohy’s “Riddick,” opposite Vin Diesel, and opposite Russell Crowe in RZA’s “The Man with the Iron Fists,” yet Bautista admits he had a hard time believing he had landed an audition, let alone actually gotten the part. “I knew what a big deal the project was and the talent that was involved. My insecurity kicked in. I didn’t want to be the big muscle-head on the set messing up all the time. But the script was so good; I loved the character and was very excited about the opportunity to play the range of emotions. Drax is a very passionate character. He’s a warrior but he’s dealing with a lot of pain. He’s heartbroken. He’s living solely for revenge and as a result has lost his connection with everything else.”

During the screen-testing process, the filmmakers put Chris Pratt (who plays Peter Quill) and Bautista together. Their chemistry was instant. Says Latcham, “The room lit up. It all came into place in this one moment when they stepped on to the stage together; the chemistry was just there.”

Director James Gunn adds, “I just can’t imagine anyone else doing the role but Dave Bautista; he is exactly what I imagined as Drax. He is able to do the emotional aspects of that character, the humorous aspects of that character, the physical aspects of that character and talk like a Shakespearean oddball. Dave is able to do all of that and it comes so naturally, plus he’s this physically big, huge bald guy.”

Drax’s life story is told by his full body tattoos—a prosthetics makeup process that saw Bautista endure a four-to-six hour daily session in the chair, or rather on foot. “I can’t sit while we’re doing it, and I have to keep my arms up, so it’s quite an ordeal,” says Bautista. “But you can’t argue with the finished product because it looks so good. It’s been totally worth it.”

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team--the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits--Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand--with the galaxy's fate in the balance.

Directed by James Gunn, Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy” stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael and Benicio del Toro as The Collector.

Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" releases in Philippine theaters on July 31, 2014.

In addition to "Guardians of the Galaxy," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Avengers: Age of Ultron" on May 1, 2015; "Ant-Man" on July 17, 2015; and the untitled "Captain America 3" on May 6, 2016.

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“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD” Unfurls Character Banners

Meet “Max,” “Furiosa,” “Nux” and “Immortan Joe” – the four lead characters of Warner Bros.' upcoming action-adventure, “Mad Max: Fury Road” in their own individual posters.

Mad Max: Fury Road” is the fourth film of George Miller‘s Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.

Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order… There’s Max (played by Tom Hardy from “The Dark Knight Rises”), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos.

And… Furiosa (played by Charlize Theron from “Prometheus”), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

Also starring Nicholas Hoult as Nux and Hugh Keays-Byrne as Immortan Joe, Nathan Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, “Mad Max: Fury Road” opens across the Philippines in 2D and 3D theaters on May 14, 2015.

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Nightcrawler Trailer Debuts, Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Bill Paxton stars in in writer-director Dan Gilroy’s crime drama Nightcrawler. Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal), a driven young man, discovers the nocturnal world of L.A. crime journalism. Joining a group of freelance camera crews who film marketable mayhem. Lou makes his own place at the table, aided by Nina (Russo), a veteran of the blood-sport that is TV news. 
Nightcrawler’ is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.
Showing Oct. 22, 2014

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‘’British Got Talent’’ in Manila!

From the director of The Devil Wears Prada, ONE CHANCE is the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for 'Britain's Got Talent.' Wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice, Paul went on to win 'Britain’s Got Talent' and the hearts of millions. Fresh from celebrating his Tony Award-winning Broadway run in 'One Man, Two Guvnors', BAFTA winner James Corden (BEGIN AGAIN) stars as Paul Potts and is supported by an acclaimed ensemble cast that includes Julie Walters (MAMMA MIA!, BILLY ELLIOT), Mackenzie Crook (THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN), Colm Meaney (GET HIM TO THE GREEK), Jemima Rooper (KINKY BOOTS), Valeria Bilello (PAZZE DI ME) and rising star Alexandra Roach (THE IRON LADY). Directed by David Frankel (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, MARLEY & ME, HOPE SPRINGS) and written by Justin Zackham (THE BUCKET LIST), ONE CHANCE is produced by Simon Cowell, and executive produced by Bob and Harvey Weinstein

  ‘’One Chance’’ is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA

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Miguel Tanfelix, Bianca Umali: BUM’s Two New Youth Brand Ambassadors

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The country’s next top clothing brand, BUM has found another reason to welcome two young brand ambassadors—Miguel Tanfelix and Bianca Umali. A contract signing is set on Thursday, July 24, 1pm at Annabel’s on Tomas Morato Avenue, Scout Delgado Street.

Both Tanfelix and Umali are GMA artists and are the youth lead stars of the top-rating teleseries titled ‘NiƱo’ which is aired daily on GMA Kapuso Network after 24 Oras.

It is but fitting to have the two join the rosters of our young ambassadors because of the image they have created toward the Filipino televiewers. They consistently project wholesome personas,” Rai Lacoste, BUM’s Marketing Officer said.

Apart from that, both Miguel and Bianca are also considered as today’s Teen Prince and Teen Princess of GMA Telebabad.”

Tanfelix, now 15 years of age was the Young Pagaspas in Kapuso’s other top-rating fantaserye called ‘Mulawin’ in 2004. While Umali, 14, was a former host and performer in ‘Tropang Potchi’ since 2009 till 2013.

BUM Equipment found Miguel and Bianca not only as talented youngstars, but as inspirations for this new generation. Tanfelix rose to stardom via a talent search as his efforts paid off when he made it as one of the finalists and was named First Prince of StarStruck Kids in 2004. Umali, on the other hand, being an orphan didn’t hinder her to fulfill her late parents’ wishes and even if she lives with her grandmother; she has embraced a life of being responsible and independent.

Currently, the two are groomed as a pair and are also working together in another show called ‘Ismol Family’ that airs every Sunday.

BUM Equipment as a brand continually seeks to work with endorsers that create an image of positivity and leave a lasting and affirming impact for its patrons and its captive market, which is the Filipino youth. For more information about the brand, visit its official website and follow its social media pages on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Unleashing Special Skills After Taking a KitKat Break

Everybody deserves a break. From your toxic schedule in work or from your thesis project in a terror professor at school. If you're feeling down and stressed there is one thing, which can help you to take away some pressure. A well deserve KitKat break is needed, and we all want to have some special skills to make our life easier and better.

There are a thousand skills I want to unlock after a KIT KAT® Break, but I'll only share five skills that I urgently needed. 

 photo credit: Wikipedia

1. Ability to avoid traffic 

Last week, I was late three times because of the pesky traffic.I don't have a car and only take an FX going to work.  If only I can sense where is the traffic coming from I can easily avoid the busiest streets in Manila. I won't need to tweet @MMDA to know some advisories and tell the driver where is the fastest route to take. 

 photo credit: Delicious4you

2. Ability to control my appetite

I admit; I love to eat, and half of my salary goes to food. I love to drink fruit shakes, eat burger and fries from fast-food chains and most of all, feast through the delicious meals made by my mom. The result it makes me gain weight, and I hate it. If only i can unlock this skill, I can save more money and bring back my six-pack abs just like in my high school days. (just kidding)

 photo credit: hqwide

3. Ability to catch thieves inside the MRT

Last year, I lost my phone inside the MRT, and I am patiently waiting to get my revenge against those bastards. If I can only pinpoint out who the culprits are, I'll immediately chop off their hands or bring them into the asylum where "Jigsaw" performs some bizarre consequences to pay for their actions.

photo credit: DC Comics

4. Ability to fly 
Well, all of us wanted to have super powers. For me, I really want to fly and touch the clouds with my hands. I don't need a visa or a plane ticket to visit every country in the world. I can travel whenever I want and of course, I can also stop complaining about the traffic here in Metro Manila. 

 photo credit: Emotibot

5. Ability to master the most convincing puppy eyes

I want to master the art of puppy eyes. If the good people from Nuffnang and KitKat chooses my entry, they will me more KitKat bars like from the previous 4DX screening of Transformers at Bonifacio High Street.

Taking a much-needed break is very important to our lives. Having the delicious bar of KitKat will help you to release some stress and tension. I'll end this post here, and I'll take my KitKat break then I'll practice mastering the puppy eyes, so I will be prepared when I see you all on the 31st. ciao!
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DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox reels out the latest “Penguins of Madagascar” clip in an all-new adventure to save the world,  video clip is now live here:
Following the scene-stealing penguins of “Madagascar” franchise,  the quad-core team headed by Skipper (Tom McGrath) and his fellow penguins encounter a team of animal secret agents called North Wind, led by a wolf named Classified (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch). The penguins and North Wind don't really get along, but they'll have to team up to stop an evil octopus known as Dr. Brine (John Malkovich) on his plan to destroy the world with his toxic formula Medusa Serum.

  Opening nationwide in Philippine theatres on November 26, “Penguins of Madagascar” is a DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox film to be locally distributed by Warner Bros.

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