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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

THE WOLVERINE ripped off box-office records


"The Wolverine" ripped through new box-office highs earning P95 million on its four-day opening weekend in the Philippines and has now seized the Biggest Opening Weekend title for a Fox film all-time and is now the Highest Opening Weekend in the X-Men franchise.

Hugh Jackman's 6th donning of the adamantium-clawed hero evidently drew a stronghold of supporters and fans when "The Wolverine" yielded a solid P19 million earn on its opening day (July 25) with a tallied admission of 105, 045 in more than 300 screens in the country. The first opening day figure of "The Wolverine" ebbed down "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith's" hold as the Biggest Opening Day for a Fox film All-Time. Likewise, "The Wolverine's" opening day box-office also surpassed "Captain America," "Iron Man," "Thor," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," "X-Men First Class" and "X-Men: The Last Stand."

HP Workstation and DreamWorks collaboration in full speed for TURBO animation


Do you ever wonder how a crystal clear animation like TURBO is made?  Wonder no more as HP announced that DreamWorks Animation used HP technology to develop cutting-edge animation for its latest film, “Turbo,” which just made a debut in theaters.

HP Converged Infrastructure technology spanning servers, storage, networking, services and management software; HP Converged Cloud; and HP Workstations and printers helped DreamWorks Animation process massive amounts of data, creating new levels of imagery and powering innovative computer graphics (CG) animated movie-making techniques.

Google founder Sergey Brin to appear in THE INTERNSHIP


From his blockbuster works such as “Real Steel,” “Cheaper By The Dozen,” “Night at the Museum 1 & 2,” and “Date Night,” filmmaker Shawn Levy brings in the outcasts, the obsolete and the nerds in the upcoming comedy movie “The Internship” starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

“The Internship” finds Nick (Wilson) and his partner Billy (Vaughn), as two newly unemployed watch salesman trying to find employment with a limited skill-set in a world that appears to have passed them by. 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Dreamworks releases trailer of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2


The recent release of DreamWorks Animation’s “How To Train Your Dragon 2” trailer thrilled fans worldwide as the faithful dragon Toothless and his best friend Hiccup soared on air once again.

 At the tail of the success of the first movie, Toothless and Hiccup are back for bigger adventures, laughs and battles as additional voice cast were revealed in this year’s Comic-Con event. From the phenomenal series “Game of Thrones,” Kit Harrington voices an amusing dragon-trapper named Eret whom he describes as very cocky and brazen; Cate Blanchett who’s known for her role in “The Lord of the Rings” franchise also joins the cast as Valka, a savior of dragons while Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond”) is cast as the voice of Drago Bludvist who chases dragons for personal vendetta.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Mario Maurer's horror-comedy movie PEE MAK opens in Philippine cinemas this August


In its continuing celebration of its two glorious decades in the movie industry, Star Cinema distributes to Philippine cinemas Thailand's highest-grossing film of all time--"Pee Mak," a one-of-a-kind horror-comedy film that stars Thai superstar Mario Maurer. Asia's funniest ghost story "Pee Mak" is slated to be shown on theaters nationwide on August 28 (Wednesday).

After tackling relevant family issues in "Four Sisters And A Wedding," eye-opening connected tales of life, dream, and love in Skylight Films' drama-comedy film "Tuhog," and highly relatable ordeal of moving on from heart break in "Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo" that will be shown nationwide next Wednesday (July 31), Star Cinema and its loyal viewers will soon talk about a scary but funny tale of great love shared through Thailand's popular legend of Pee Mak and his ghost wife Nak (Davika Hoorne).

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl play race rivals in RUSH


Two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon), teams once again with fellow two-time Academy Award® nominee, writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), on Rush, a spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

The epic action-drama stars Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers) as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) as the disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda, whose clashes on the Grand Prix racetrack epitomized the contrast between these two extraordinary characters, a distinction reflected in their private lives.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Ayala Malls Cinemas hosts this year's entries to the Cinemalaya Festival


Promoting and championing Filipino talents, Ayala Malls Cinemas hosts for the 3rd time entries that will compete in Cinemalaya Festival on its 9th year themed “Cinemalaya Cinesthesia.”

Ayala Malls Cinemas’ first collaboration with Cinemalaya back in July 2011 opened its Greenbelt3 screens to the entries, paving easy access for the festival’s followers within the metro. Ayala Malls Cinemas solidified its support to the festival by adding Trinoma screens as an additional venue on its 2nd year of partnership with Cinemalaya in 2012.

Trumpets makes a big comeback via THE BLUEBIRD OF HAPPINESS; assembles top actors for its dream cast


A powerhouse cast is set to dazzle the entire family anew as the county’s accomplished theater performers join forces for the big musical comeback of Trumpets.

Known for producing quality musical productions, Trumpets, Asia’s first professional gospel theater group, is pleased to announce the cast of its most anticipated, brand new musical, “The Bluebird of Happiness”.

KICK-ASS 2 to hit theaters soon!


Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol.

When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy.



Logan Lerman returns as the titular hero, the demigod son of Poseidon in “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” who embarks on his own, modern-day Odyssey. The beginning of the second adaptation of Rick Riordan’s best selling “Percy Jackson” book series finds our hero doubting himself and not living up to his potential. Feeling abandoned by his father and finding out that he has a half-brother who is a Cyclops, Percy soon deals with an enormous task ahead along with his teen demigod friends Annabeth and Grover along with his newfound brother Tyson to save their world from extinction.

Alexandra Daddario returns as Annabeth Chase, the demigod offspring of Athena, goddess of wisdom, the role she created in “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief.” One of Percy Jackson’s best friends, she took a while to warm to Percy when they first met, coming around only after he showed his mettle in a game of Capture the Flag. She joined Percy on his quest to find the Lightning Thief and once again to recover the Golden Fleece.

The tease of all tease in THE WOLVERINE's after-credits scene!


Recent early screenings of “The Wolverine” thrilled fans when it revealed the much talked about scenes after the credits leading to the events of Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

Hugh Jackman enthused and confirmed that there is in fact an after-credits teaser, which they consider as the tease of all tease. “There’s a lot of great actors in it, and if you stick around to the end of the credit of The Wolverine, you’re going to get a really nice Easter Egg for what Days of the Future Past has to offer…which we can’t reveal!” says Jackman.

Marvel Studios starts shooting of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY


“Guardians of the Galaxy,” the next epic adventure from Marvel Studioshas started shooting at the UK’s Shepperton Studios. Directed by James Gunn (“Slither,”“Super”) from his screenplay, with a story by Nicole Perlman and Gunn, the film will introduce audiences to a whole new side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

The all-star cast includesChris Pratt (“Zero Dark Thirty”, “Moneyball”) as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (“Star Trek Into Darkness”, “Avatar”) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (“Riddick”) as Drax the Destroyer, Lee Pace (“The Hobbit,”“Lincoln”) as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker (AMC’s “The Walking Dead”) as Yondu, Karen Gillan (BBC TV’s “Doctor Who”) as Nebula, two-time Academy Award® nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Amistad”, “Gladiator”) as Korath, with Academy Award® winner Benicio del Toro (“Traffic”) as The Collector, Academy Award® nominee John C. Reilly (“Chicago”) as Rhomann Dey, and six-time Academy Award® nominee Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs,” “Fatal Attraction”) as Nova Prime. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

SEVENTH SON presents seven new posters!


Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have rolled out seven new character one-sheets for their fantasy action adventure “Seventh Son.” The posters separately highlight the seven important characters played by Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Antje Traue, Djimon Hounsou and Julianne Moore.

In the film, Master Gregory (Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Moore), centuries ago. But she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world. Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Skyscanner reveals women make the travel decisions!


Travelling? It’s the women who make the call! According to the recent survey conducted by leading global travel search site, Skyscanner, almost 91% of women say that they do most of the research when planning a holiday, with just 9% claiming their partner does it. The survey, which questioned 1000 international travellers, reveals -- of the men who admitted their partner did the research, a third claimed it was because their partner was better at it and could find better deals, while 1 in 10 admitted it was simply because they were too lazy!

“Filipinos usually consider travelling a family affair. Although travelling is the perfect R&R for the family, planning a family vacation can somehow cause more stress. So many factors are taken into consideration when planning a trip – budget, location, dates and convenience.” says Skyscanner Philippines Manager, Janet Ranola. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

A sneak peek at the terrifying sequel of INSIDIOUS


The famed horror team of director James Wan (“Saw,” upcoming “The Conjuring”) and writer Leigh Whannell presents "Insidious Chapter 2," the terrifying sequel to the acclaimed 2011 horror film “Insidious.” 

Watch the sequel's teaser trailer here at

Starring the original cast led by Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey and Ty Simpkins, “Insidious Chapter 2” follows the haunted Lambert family as they seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.

Marvel Studios unveils CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER teaser poster


Marvel Studios has just unveiled the teaser poster for its upcoming sequel, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Check it out below and let us know what you think.

Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” returns Chris Evans as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization.

AirAsia offers high-five promo as it celebrates being named as World's Best Low Cost Carrier for the 5th time!


AirAsia was recently named the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for the fifth consecutive year by Skytrax, and to celebrate, launched a ‘high-five’ themed campaign with the hashtag #Hi5AirAsia to collect as many ‘high-fives’ as possible from the public throughout the region. The high-fives were translated into the number of total promotional seats available for the campaign which started Monday, 8th July 2013.

Two million ‘high-fives’ were collected throughout Asia, and to thank all AirAsia guests for their overwhelming support towards the campaign, 2 million promotional seats will be available from a base fare of RM0.05 (exclusive of taxes & fees) to all of AirAsia’s route network.

Witness the fury of THE WOLVERINE


Set in Japan and directed by James Mangold, Logan aka Wolverine played by Hugh Jackman is back in the ultimate story about the adamantium-clawed hero, “The Wolverine.”

“The Wolverine,” vulnerable and alone at the start of the movie, is searching for meaning in his life. Logan travels to Tokyo where he is embroiled in a mysterious web of tangled loyalties, deceit and intrigue, fighting bloody battles against deadly adversaries in a world that is entirely foreign to him.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Join the search for Philippine Gems -- the next mainstream tourist destinations!


When we talk about Philippine tourism, the places that come first to our mind our Boracay, Cebu, Bohol, Baguio, Puerto Princesa, Davao and Manila.  Of course, we are proud of these destinations but I believe many Pinoys, and foreigners who fell in love with the Philippines, would agree with me that there are a lot more to see and experience in the country.  The Philippines wouldn't be more fun if we don't have these other attractions right?  :)

The concern though is not all are aware of them.  But Isla Lipana & Co., the Philippine member firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, as it celebrates its 91st anniversary launched a corporate social responsibility project that will answer this problem.  Isla Lipana & Co. launched Philippine Gems to promote the next mainstream tourist destinations.  For someone like me who's passionate about our country's rich natural and cultural heritage, this is such a great news for me!

Pinoys fell in love with the Minions! -- DESPICABLE ME 2 grosses PhP 100 million over the weekend!


United International Pictures and Solar Entertainment Corp. “Despicable Me 2” blasted onto Philippine screens one week ahead of the U.S. release, kickstarting 2013 with the year’s all-time highest single day box office sales for an animation and ringing in the 2nd biggest all-time opening for an animated movie.

Opening Day Top 10 screens ( in rounded figures): 1. Php664,000 (SM North), 2. Php625,000. (SM Mall of Asia), 3. Php470,000. (SM Megamall),4. Php371,000. (Glorrieta 4), 5. Php368,000. (Eastwood), 6. Php355,000. (Gateway), 7. Php338,000. (Trinoma), 8.Php333,000. (Greenbelt), 9. Php322,000. 10. Php312,000. (SM Cebu)

'Despicable Me 2’s biggest opening weekend release for an animated movie of all time with over P100M box office sales and dominated the market on over 120 screens nationwide!

‘Despicable Me 2’ success here overseas, the 3D toon has grossed $94.4M through Friday in 45 international territories. The film opened #1 in 35 of the 38 new markets where it was released. The new worldwide cumulative easily passed $200M Saturday on its way to a projected $300M through Sunday Territory highlights/records: biggest opening ever for an animated film in Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Trinidad and Vietnam; highest opening day ever for all films in South Africa; Universal’s biggest opening day ever in Brazil, Hungary, Mexico and South Africa.

“Despicable Me 2” is released and distributed by Universal Pictures/United Intl. Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corp.

Still showing and counting!

The Cast of PACIFIC RIM (Opens July 11)


It was essential to the filmmakers of Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' new action-adventure “Pacific Rim” that the magnitude of the action be balanced with the human stories that are at the heart of the film.

The gallery of memorable human characters in “Pacific Rim” are played by Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Rob Kazinsky, Charlie Day, Bum Gorman and Ron Perlman.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Meet the Amazing TURBO Crew! (Opens July 19)


“Turbo” (in 3D and 2D) is a heart-stopping action adventure with lively characters starring the voices of Ryan Reynolds as Theo/Turbo, Paul Giamatti as Chet, Samuel L. Jackson as Whiplash, Snoop Dogg as Smoove Move, Maya Rudolph as Burn, Ben Schwartz as Skidmark, Mike Bell as White Shadow, Michael Peña as Tito, Luis Guzman as Angelo, Bill Hader as Guy Gagne, Ken Jeong as Kim Ly and Michelle Rodriguez as Paz.

The family film from DreamWorks Animation centers on the engaging crew of snails starting with a garden snail named Turbo who leaves his snail community behind to begin his journey to fulfill his dream of becoming a racer in the Indy 500. Swept from a freeway overpass onto the hood of a sports car, and is then propelled into the muscle car’s air intake valve, Turbo is then charged with explosive nitrous oxide, altering his molecular structure. The freak accident infuses Turbo with incredible speed – he can reach 200 miles per hour – and he now blazes across the streets of Los Angeles like a neon bullet.

Channing Tatum tweets Mabuhay, Philippines!


Fans of Channing Tatum will be happy about this "news".  Channing just tweeted this morning a Mabuhay greeting to the Philippines with an invitation for Filipinos to watch his new action thriller “White House Down.”

The actor tweeted, “Mabuhay, Philippines! Go and see White House Down in cinemas July 3!”

PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS releases second trailer and character art photos

If you were hooked with the first, then watch out for this most awaited installment PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS!

Second International Trailer

Based on the best-selling book, PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS continues the young demigod’s epic journey to fulfill his destiny. To save their world, Percy and his friends must find the fabled and magical Golden Fleece. Embarking on a treacherous odyssey into the uncharted waters of the Sea of Monsters, they battle terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and the ultimate Evil.

Johnny Depp portrays not the sidekick but the warrior Tonto in THE LONE RANGER


Three-time Best Actor Oscar-nominee Johnny Depp stars as Native American warrior Tonto in Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic, action adventure “The Lone Ranger.”

The film recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption. '

THE CONJURING gets scarier with the 3rd trailer


As if the previous two trailers of “The Conjuring” weren't scary enough, New Line Cinema has revealed a third trailer that's proven to be creepier. Witness it here:

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.

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