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Friday, May 22, 2015

Dwayne Johnson Invites Pinoys to Watch “SAN ANDREAS”

A short clip featuring Dwayne Johnson inviting Filipinos to watch his latest film, “San Andreas” has just been released by Warner Bros. Watch the video below: 


The action adventure “San Andreas,” from New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures, reunites Dwayne Johnson with director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn, following their collaboration on the global hit “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.”

After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning. And when they think the worst may be over…it’s just getting started.

 
San Andreas” also stars Carla Gugino (“Night at the Museum,” TV’s “Entourage”), Alexandra Daddario (“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” TV’s “True Detective”), Ioan Gruffudd (“Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”), Archie Panjabi (TV’s “The Good Wife”), Hugo Johnstone-Burt (Australian TV’s “Home and Away”), Art Parkinson (TV’s “Game of Thrones”) and Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti (“Cinderella Man”).

  Opening across the Philippines in 3D , 2D and 4DX formats on Thursday, May 28, “San Andreas” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Maggie: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Before Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to his Terminator franchise this July, we will see him first not battling with robots or terrorist but dealing with a zombie outbreak. If you're a big fan of zombie movies and love to see an action-packed type like World War Z, well, this film might get you bored and disappointed. It isn't the typical zombie flick you might expect and the idea is fresh, but sadly they didn't explore more in their interesting concept. 

In a world suffering from a deadly outbreak, Wade (Arnold Schwarzenegger) tries everything to keep his family safe. However, when his daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin) got bitten and infected. He needs to take extra measures to keep her away from being taken to the quarantine.It is not an easy task as he sees her daughter everyday getting worse with the infection slowly infesting her body.

The film has a lot of smart ideas, but it fails to give us something exciting, especially in this kind of genre. There are a lot of scenes that are poorly lit, and the pace is slow moving. We are also looking forward to see more zombies in the film, but we've only got a handful of them despite a decent undead prosthetic. What the film major strength is the stars who are up with the challenging roles. It's quite awkward to see Arnold Schwarzenegger in this kind of role, but he manages to pull it off while Abigail Breslin is the prefect choice for Maggie as she sells her character's desperation and transformation. 

Overall, Maggie has a lot more of room to improve. The father and daughter dealing with the darkest days of their lives is a heartwarming story flourished by its talented stars. They just came up short in giving some excitement and depth into its already interesting story. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 5 out of 10 stars

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson 

Directed by: Henry Hobson
Distributed by: Pioneer Films
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Pac-Man Game Turns 35 and Sony Pictures' “PIXELS” is there to Celebrate

On May 22, 2015, PAC-MAN™ – one of the most iconic videogame characters in history – will celebrate his 35th birthday. With the character coming to the big screen this summer in Sony Pictures’ “Pixels,” the studio is joining in to celebrate with a global birthday party of epic proportions. In cities around the world and online, film talent will join with moviegoers and special guests to celebrate with birthday cakes, free play of the PAC-MAN arcade game, and special events localized to each city.

Pixels” is set for release in Philippine theaters nationwide on August 26, 2015. As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times – at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they’re going to have to do it for real.

In “Pixels,” when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults – and now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.

 
Moviegoers around the world can join in PAC-MAN’s birthday fun at Facebook.com/PixelsMovie to watch and share the latest “Pixels” trailer and to receive updates on the launch of the Pixels Defense mobile game from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. that will feature PAC-MAN and other video game characters from the movie.

In Tokyo – the city of PAC-MAN’s birth – audiences will join in the fun by attempting to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the Largest Human Image of PAC-MAN on May 21, 2015. At the event at Tokyo Tower, actor Shingo Yanagisawa and popular comedian and social media sensation Naomi Watanabe will join hundreds of moviegoers to create the largest PAC-MAN ever created by human beings.

In Chicago, Professor Toru Iwatani, the creator of PAC-MAN, and BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. will be at Level 257™, a brand new dining and entertainment facility created by NAMCO USA INC. inspired by PAC-MAN. A special 1980s-style eventon Friday evening from 7pm-midnight will include gaming industry VIPs, free game play including a chance to play the fabled 255th and 256th levels of PAC-MAN, PAC-MAN’s official 35th birthday cake, live performances of the 1982 hit song “PAC-MAN Fever” by the original artist, Jerry Buckner of Buckner & Garcia and a personal appearance by PAC-MAN himself!

The celebration continues the next day with celebrity discussion panels, photo opportunities, prizes and game play contests including opportunities to play against the legendary gamer Billy Mitchell, the first person to ever achieve a “perfect score” on PAC-MAN.

In partnership with Dave & Buster’s, all 75 locations across North America will celebrate the big man’s birthday by offering a free play on the over-sized, multi-player PAC-MAN BATTLE ROYALE arcade game to all guests with a Power Card. In addition, fans nationwide will have the chance to enter to win thousands of D&B Dollars to celebrate all summer long.

 
In the UK, PAC-MAN will celebrate his birthday with a special thrill – he’ll be launched into space. PAC-MAN’s journey will be captured by a special GoPro camera unit and shared on his birthday.

And in Spain, four of that country’s biggest YouTube stars will face off on the game for the ultimate bragging rights. As they engage their followers to look on, both online and in person, there could be as many as 21 million watching the videogame competition.

Finally, from Paris at the French Open, Serena Williams, who has a cameo role in Pixels, is planning a special greeting for her co-star.

Commenting on the announcement, Josh Greenstein, president, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures, said, “PAC-MAN is one of the most recognizable videogame characters in history, so we wanted to be there for him as he bites into the big 35. Before he makes his big-screen appearance in `Pixels,' we’re celebrating with birthday parties all around the world. We’re excited that PAC-MAN is a part of the movie and can’t wait to share his performance with the world this summer.”

Professor Toru Iwatani, the creator of PAC-MAN, added, “It is hard to believe that 35 years has passed since we created PAC-MAN. It has been very exciting to see the world accept him as their own. Like any creator, I wanted to make something lasting, but this has surpassed everything I hoped for. I also feel very proud that PAC-MAN is playing an important role in `Pixels' – the visual effects of the giant PAC-MAN in New York will be extraordinary, and something that you’ve never seen on film before. My birthday wish is that PAC-MAN can continue to make people happy.”

Pixels” is directed by Chris Columbus. The screenplay is by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling with a screen story by Tim Herlihy, based on the short film by Patrick Jean. The film is produced by Adam Sandler, Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, and Allen Covert.

Opening across the Philippines in August 26, 2015, “Pixels” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

(Watch short clips of Pac-Man birthday greetings from “Pixels” at these links:https://youtu.be/yOFMX5FQcaM, https://youtu.be/YH8p_YFecTo and http://youtu.be/pZpJknY2Yog

Check out the newly-released “Pixels” trailer below: 


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Ryan Reynolds Tries to Fit in Despite Being a Misfit in “THE VOICES”  

 
Injecting new twist on the serial killer movie genre, acclaimed graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi helms “The Voices” with a perfectly pitched cast led by Ryan Reynolds along with Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick in a story so unique about a misfit who walks on a very thin line between being the protagonist and antagonist.    
 
In “The Voices,” Reynolds stars as Jerry Hickfang who works at a bathtub factory and attempts to walk the straight-and-narrow, in spite of his talking pet dog and cat trying to influence him. When he accidentally kills an attractive woman from accounting (Arterton), he hastily tries to cover his tracks. But Jerry is beyond the reach of his well-meaning psychiatrist Dr. Warren (Jacki Weaver) and Lisa (Anna Kendrick), the only woman he ever truly loved, and spirals into a world of violence where he ultimately finds salvation.

 
Director Marjane Satrapi typically only works on pieces she has written, but “I just couldn’t put the script down,” she recalls. “I thought that it was an extremely ambiguous, very unique story. This crazy world of Jerry’s was one of the best descriptions of schizophrenia that I ever read. I don’t like so much to film reality because I live in reality. I prefer, when I have the opportunity, to create a whole world around something.”

What Jerry wants in life is to be accepted and to be seen by people as a good person, somebody worthy of their friendship, but ultimately he is one of the loneliest guys on earth,” explains Ryan Reynolds of his character, who has no family and lives above a derelict bowling alley at the edge of a small town in Michigan. “He is something of a misfit and throughout the course of the movie we find he has a lot of demons and a lot of baggage that he carries around with him all day. He strives to be a good person but walks that thin line between protagonist and antagonist.”


 
I was attracted to the idea that Jerry has these dual natures, the proverbial angel and devil on his shoulders,” continues Reynolds. “Mr. Whiskers, who is kind of a Scottish mercenary and the voice of destruction and violence, and Bosco, who sounds a bit like a dim southern gentlemen that voices kindness and compassion, are Jerry’s cat and dog, his dueling natures, he listens to each of them. I don’t think he particularly likes the cat, but Mr. Whiskers serves a purpose in his life and Jerry’s warped mind keeps him safe.”
 
Producer Adam Stone further enthuses on the film’s uniqueness, “It’s not just a thriller, or just a comedy or just a fantasy,” whose Mandalay Vision focused on the script when it appeared on The Hollywood Black List three years ago. “It’s a completely original screenplay that’s not formulaic; you don’t know if you should laugh or cry, and I love that!” Adds producer Matthew Rhodes, “I love psychological thrillers and THE VOICES is unique in that it makes you think, really makes you feel, as we follow Jerry down the rabbit hole and discover he is not the person he thought he was. He struggles because he doesn’t want to be evil.”

  The Voices” will open this June 3 exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide.  Visit www.sureseats.com for schedules and more exciting news and promos.
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Child Stars Make Their Mark in “TOMORROWLAND”

 
Joining George Clooney in Disney's mystery adventure “Tomorrowland” are two child stars playing pivotal roles: Thomas Robinson who portrays the young version Clooney's character, Frank; and Rafey Cassidy who plays Athena.

As is typical in the industry, casting of the children’s parts presented its own challenges. “Young Frank was a little hard because we needed someone that looked like George and who could handle the physicality of the part because we wanted to do so much of it in camera,” says producer Jeffrey Chernov. “When we found Thomas it was like we struck gold.”

Commenting on his young costar, Hugh Laurie says, “Thomas Robinson gave Young Frank every possible ounce of energy and optimism and idealism that the part needed. For him the world is a huge adventure to be grasped and every day was a chance to discover something more, do something more, try something new. He was fearless and completely charming.”

Describing Young Frank, Thomas Robinson says, “The movie starts off with a flashback and I’m playing young Frank Walker in 1964. Young Frank invents things, like a jet pack, and experiments by making things out of old vacuum cleaners, paint canisters and other stuff. He’s pretty amazing but his dad doesn’t approve of his inventions.”

The filmmakers also struck gold with young Raffey Cassidy, who plays Athena. “Raffey is proof that people can make a difference,” says executive producer John Walker. “Cynicism and sarcasm are fashionable; honesty, optimism and love are a little out of fashion. So it was nice to see this young girl supplying such positivity. When you watch Raffey’s audition tape, at the end of every take she would give a little thumbs-up. She’s just a spark plug of a kid. She is the embodiment of the film.”

 
Executive producer Jeff Jensen calls Athena the “great hero of Tomorrowland.” “She believes in the mission of Tomorrowland, and right now it has a problem that can only be solved by new people and new ideas. Athena senses that Casey is the kind of spirit that it needs,” says Jensen.

In the film, Athena gives Casey (Britt Robertson) a pin that jumpstarts her quest for Tomorrowland. “Athena had been looking for a recruit,” says young Raffey Cassidy about the character she plays, “and she is really hoping that Casey was the right person to choose because that was Athena’s last pin. Casey has courage and determination and hope, and that is what Tomorrowland needs.”

Explaining the “family dynamic” between Athena, Frank and Casey, George Clooney offers, “The problem is that the youngest one, Athena, is the parent and Casey and Frank are like the two fighting kids. Athena is the one driving and she’s telling the kids to shut up. Frank is a big kid who didn’t really ever grow up and sort of stopped evolving at around 11 years old, so we are fighting all the time. It is like a family but it’s all turned upside down because the real parent is the youngest kid.”

Once the children were hired, says Chernov, “I didn’t count on that if you take an eleven-year-old and start them on a movie in the summer and don’t finish the movie until mid-winter, chances are they going to grow, and that includes their teeth. When Raffey showed up in Vancouver to start work, she gave me a big smile and was missing teeth. And then Thomas started losing his teeth one by one. So the kids spent a lot of time having to get “flippers” [fake, removable teeth] made. You just never know what’s going to happen.”

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank, jaded by disillusionment, and Casey, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

  Opening across the Philippines on Friday, May 22, “Tomorrowland” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.
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Phase 2 Begins in “MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS” First Trailer Reveal


Prepare to burn in the upcoming and most awaited thrilling adventure of the year, “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” where the course of the Gladers’ lives who successfully survived the Maze will define the rest of humanity’s future.  

 
Reprising his role as Thomas, Dylan O’Brien returns along with fellow Gladers Kaya Scodelario, Ki Hong Lee and Thomas Brodie-Sangster set in a more challenging post apocalyptic future where they sprint for another run of their lives. Director Wes Ball is at the helm once again in this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga where our young heroes search for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.

Check out the first trailer reveal of “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” below: 




Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” opens at cinemas on September 9  in the Philippines from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Age of Adaline: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

The premise of the film is really interesting and with the very gorgeous Blake Lively as the lead star, The Age of Adaline didn't disappoint us last night. We are quite amused afterwards even we heard a couple of ladies murmuring that the film is dull and boring. There are also some excited teens who rushed to the nearest poster outside the cinema to take some pictures along with their dates.

Just like the critics abroad, it seems that the movie isn't made to please everyone, but the charm is there and its up to the viewers' perspective, whether they would love the film or not.  If you're going to ask me well, the answer is a big YES!

After a near-death accident, she experienced when she was 29 years old, Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively), remains in that age for almost eight decades. She never allows anyone to now her secret except for her daughter. However, after he met a young philanthropist Ellis (Michiel Huisman) on New Years Eve, she starts to feel something for him but hesitant to fall in love because of her condition. But with Ellis persuasive effort she ended up meeting his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) and a part of his past.

The storytelling is efficient and easy to follow where it tends to explain everything without being boring. It like a fairytale adaptation you've read before, but you're still excited on what will happen next. Blake Lively is just simply stunning and marvelous as Adaline. She is on cue keeping the audience mesmerized with the beauty of Adaline Bowman. We last saw Harrison Ford flying a helicopter in Expendables 3 manages to give a heartwarming presence even in a short amount of time. 

Overall, Age of Adaline isn't gonna win some awards but can easily attract some attention thanks to the strong performances of its casts. Plus a smooth sailing narration to break some ice Age of Adaline is quite charming and compelling all at the same time. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Blake Lively, Harrision Ford, Michiel Huisman

Directed by: Lee Toland Krieger
Distributed by: Pioneer Films
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide

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Arcade Gamers Defend Earth in New “PIXELS” Trailer

Columbia Pictures' new trailer for “Pixels” is here! It's time to meet the unlikely heroes called upon to take on the aliens attacking Earth using characters from classic arcade games.

They're none other than U.S. President Will Cooper's (Kevin James) old-school arcade friends Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad) and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage).

The trailer may be viewed at here below:

 
As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner, Will Cooper, Ludlow Lamonsoff, and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant saved the world thousands of times – at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they’re going to have to do it for real.

In “Pixels,” when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults — and now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.

 
The action adventure is directed by Chris Columbus from a story by Tim Herlihy and a screenplay by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, based on the original short film of the same name by Patrick Jean. The film is produced by Adam Sandler, Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, and Allen Covert.

  Opening across the Philippines in August 26, 2015, “Pixels” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.
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Dinosaurs Strike a Pose in New “JURASSIC WORLD” Posters

The genetically-enhanced dinosaurs are front and center of the three, new “Jurassic World” one-sheets released by Universal Pictures.

The posters separately feature Bryce Dallas Howard squaring off with a dinosaur, a gigantic aquarium where a dinosaur and a shark are chasing underwater, and lastly, Chris Pratt riding on his motorcycle amid a group of raptors.


 
Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, “Jurassic World.” Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

The movie takes place 22 years after the horrific events of the original “Jurassic Park” and is set on a fully functional park on Isla Nublar.

Chris Pratt (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) leads the cast which includes Bryce Dallas Howard (“Spider-Man 3”), Nick Robinson (HBO's “Boardwalk Empire”) and Ty Simpkins (the kid in last year's “Iron Man 3”).

The film also stars Jake Johnson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D'Onofrio, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lapku and Andy Buckley.

  Opening across the Philippines on June 10, 2015 in 3D, “Jurassic World” will be distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
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Melissa McCarthy's Full-Action Mode in “SPY”


Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy have already collaborated in the smash hit comedies: “Bridesmaids” and “The Heat.” In “Spy,” which Feig wrote and directed, the gifted actress plays the brilliant, intuitive and relatable Susan Cooper, who has worked in the dreary basement at CIA headquarters for years. Her colleague is the charming, sophisticated and self-absorbed super spy Bradley Fine, played by Jude Law. An unsung hero, Cooper is the one who guides her partner via a computer and an earpiece, when he is out on perilous assignments, steering him through sticky situations around the globe. Fine gets the credit for all the successes, but it is actually Cooper doing most of the complicated work. She is also secretly besotted with the charismatic Fine, but it’s a case of unrequited love.

 
When Fine goes off the grid while trying to locate a nuclear bomb, Susan Cooper volunteers to go out into the field herself, becoming a bona fide spy, infiltrating the world of international espionage in Europe. She has to confront the villainous, rich and ultra-glamorous Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) who is the daughter of a notorious arms dealer, with access to a nuclear weapon. It is up to the intrepid Agent Cooper to stop her before she wreaks global havoc! 
Cooper has another challenge to deal with in the form of Rick Ford (a hilarious performance from Jason Statham) a supposedly ace operative. Ford turns out to be bumbling, intense and supremely arrogant. He completely underestimates Cooper, who surprises everyone with her all-round excellence. Out of her element at the start, Susan Cooper rapidly learns all the skills required for her new job. We see her dangling from a helicopter, racing around on a scooter and engaging in a kitchen fight with a deadly assassin. Side-splittingly funny, the film is riveting and action-packed. Also starring are Bobby Cannavale and 50 Cent.

 
A much more unorthodox confrontation and action in the movie takes place later in the week, at a Budapest restaurant kitchen, where Susan and an assassin (Nargis Fakhri) engage in a fight to the finish with fruits, vegetables, turkey legs and cooking utensils. Perry and his stunt team spent weeks choreographing and rehearsing, and “pre-visioning” the fight on computer. Food, pots and pans go flying, as the bruises mount on both McCarthy and Fakhri with each take.
Who knew salad could be a weapon?” says Fakhri, a Queens, New York, daughter of Czech and Pakistani parents. “Melissa got me good with some potatoes but I returned the favor with some breadsticks. It’s hard to do this kind of scene, but when it’s Paul Feig, you take one for the team.”

 
Says Perry: “The kitchen fight took two days to complete and demonstrated Paul’s commitment to ramping up the action. He’s an enthusiast of 1980s Jackie Chan movies, as am I, so I had a good idea what he wanted: low, wide-angle impact shots coming into the lens. It’s funny, kinetic and violent.”

  Spy “opens May 21 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Check out the trailer below: 
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