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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Leonardo DiCaprio reinvents himself anew in THE REVENANT


In what the movie critics and cineastes consider his (latest) most powerful performance, Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio stars in a fully immersive and visceral cinematic experience in “The Revenant” - directed, produced and co-written by Academy Award®-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu.  “The Revenant” also gathers a highly-pedigreed impressive cast that includes Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck, Paul Anderson, Kristoffer Joner, Joshua Burge and Duane Howard.

Inspired by true events, DiCaprio plays the legendary Hugh Glass, a fur trapper in an epic adventure set in the unchartered 19th century American Frontier.  Based on author Michael Punke’s “The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge,” published in 2002 and is one of the most extensively researched accounts about, Glass’s mythology began in 1823, when he was among thousands joining the fur trade, a driving new force in the US economy. It was a time when many saw the wild as a spiritual void that demanded to be tamed and conquered by the steeliest of men. And so they poured into the unknown, plying unmapped rivers, disappearing into impossibly lush forests, seeking not only excitement and adventure but also profits -- often in fierce competition with the Native tribes for whom these lands had long been home.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Join the Electrolux Do More With Less Blog Writing Contest Holiday Edition!


Parties, reunions, vacations, bonuses and presents – the Holiday season is indeed a great time to be merry! But with blessings and gifts coming in, it doesn’t mean we should now be in a spending spree! We can always celebrate sans the excessive spending and unnecessary wastage on food, clothes and other items.

Earlier this year, Electrolux embarked on the Do More With Less campaign to spread awareness about simplifying your life at home so you can have more time and resources for things that matter most.

Doing More With Less never stops most especially this Holiday Season so let’s continue to be home smart and earth friendly!

In this light, Electrolux is inviting all bloggers to join the Do More With Less this Holiday Season Blog Writing Contest.

Here are the contest mechanics:

Saturday, December 12, 2015

ZOOLANDER 2 strikes with glossy character posters!


To celebrate the upcoming February opening of “Zoolander 2,” Paramount Pictures has released the character posters of Derek (Ben Stiller), Hansel (Owen Wilson) and Valentina (Penelope Cruz) – all striking glorious poses!

“Zoolander 2” is the sequel to the 2001 hit comedy starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, who are both reprising their roles. Stiller also served as director of the original, and has likewise returned to helm the sequel.

The Lord of the Jungle returns in THE LEGEND OF TARZAN


The lord of the apes returns in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ new 3D action adventure, “The Legend of Tarzan” starring Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s “True Blood”) as the legendary character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Watch the film's teaser trailer which has just been launched by the studios.

Directed by David Yates (the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters, including “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 & 2”), the film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie, Djimon Hounsou, John Hurt, and Christoph Waltz.

Brace yourselves for the full trailer of X-MEN: APOCALYPSE


Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit "X-Men: Days of Future Past," director Bryan Singer returns with "X-Men: Apocalypse."

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

THE LITTLE PRINCE, from literary masterpiece to beautifully crafted animation (Opens today, Dec 2)


Inspired by Antoine de Saint­‐Exupéry’s beloved 1942 masterpiece, THE LITTLE PRINCE animation will be released in theaters across the Philippines today, December 2.

One of the biggest animated movies to launch from Europe this year, this innovative project is directed and produced by Mark Osborne, who co­‐ directed DreamWorks’ Oscar­‐nominated movie “Kung Fu Panda”.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Gal Gadot stars in first WONDER WOMAN full-length feature film!


Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonder Woman feature film, the highly anticipated action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (“Monster,” AMC’s “The Killing”), starring Gal Gadot (the “Fast & Furious” movies) in the role of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. The character will make her big screen debut this spring in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” but the new film will mark her first time headlining a feature.

The film also stars Chris Pine (the “Star Trek” films) as Captain Steve Trevor, Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), Danny Huston (“Clash of the Titans,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), David Thewlis (the “Harry Potter” films), Ewen Bremner (“Exodus: Gods and Kings”), Saïd Taghmaoui (“American Hustle”), Elena Anaya (“The Skin I Live In”) and Lucy Davis (“Shaun of the Dead”).

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Warner Bros. releases official photos of J.K. Rowling's FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM


Following last week's first look at “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” – the start of a new trilogy of Harry Potter spinoffs centering on Eddie Redmayne’s magizoologist Newt Scamander – Warner Bros. has released a trio of high-res photos, giving us a more detailed look at some of the images that debuted earlier.

The photos feature Redmayne’s Newt Scamander, and witchy sisters Porpentina and Queenie Goldstein, played by Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol respectively.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Meet the main characters of THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER's WAR


Universal Pictures has just revealed the character posters for its new epic adventure, “The Huntsman: Winter's War,” the highly anticipated sequel to “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

The characters who are featuted in individual one-sheets are The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), The Evil Queen (Charlize Theron), The Ice Queen (Emily Blunt) and The Warrior (Jessica Chastain).
The fantastical world of “Snow White and the Huntsman” expands to reveal how the fates of The Huntsman Eric and Queen Ravenna are deeply and dangerously intertwined.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015



With the Disney-Pixar's release of  teaser poster for the comedy adventure “Finding Dory,” the official search for much loved (and hated?) fish begins!

Directed by “Finding Nemo” helmer Andrew Stanton, the film reunites Dory with friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?

Sunday, November 8, 2015

WARCRAFT releases 1st trailer


Universal Pictures and Legendary have released the first trailer for “Warcraft” an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based on Blizzard Entertainment’s global phenomenon. The trailer may be viewed here:

In the film, the peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another.

As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.



Warner Bros. Pictures has just launched the latest trailer of “In the Heart of the Sea,” director Ron Howard's real-life ocean adventure starring Chris Hemsworth. The trailer may be viewed here:

In the winter of 1820, the Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story.

“In the Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.

Make way for the herd of ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE movie


From Blue Sky  Studios and 20th Century Fox - “Ice Age: Collision Course,” the fifth big screen instalment of the colossal blockbuster cartoon franchise “Ice Age” that will take over theatres July 2016, announces the return of its previous cast and introduces new members as a cosmic Scratastrophe looms and endangers their world.

In the new film, the beloved herd from the Ice Age movies — including woolly mammoths Manny (Ray Romano) and Ellie (Queen Latifah), saber-toothed tigers Diego (Denis Leary) and Shira (Jennifer Lopez), and lovable sloth Sid (John Leguizamo) — have to leave their homes to save themselves when cosmic events threaten their world. And one of the places they wander into is an exotic, fantastical locale where one of the new characters known as Shangri Llama (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) is the spiritual leader of sorts.              

Friday, November 6, 2015

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS unleashes character posters


Five castmembers of Lucasfilm's “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” get the star treatment as the studio releases their individual character posters. They are Harrison Ford (as Han Solo), Carrie Fischer (as Leia), John Boyega (as Finn), Adam Driver (as Kylo Ren) and Daisy Ridley (as Rey).

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, and features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Witness science the Hollywood way in Nat Geo's BREAKTHROUGH starting Nov. 5!


Signaling a committed shift to premium programming, National Geographic Channel (NGC) will be airing the highly anticipated science series Breakthrough this November. Breakthrough, a show that will bring to life the stories, people and technology behind the world’s most advanced scientific innovations that determine how our lives shall evolve, will be making its Philippine premiere, the first in Asia, on November 5 at 9 PM, with all six one-hour episodes showing on Thursdays on NGC.

Executive produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Steve Michaels, Jonathan Koch and Mark Dowley, this groundbreaking series will highlight the most important and fascinating innovations that are currently making waves in the scientific community and are set to affect how we live our lives in the immediate future and beyond. Not only will Breakthrough outline the science behind these innovations, but it will also explore the courage, imagination, passion and self-sacrifice of the scientists who brought them to life. Their stories will be portrayed with compassion and yet instill a sense of wonder as each episode will be directed by a different Hollywood visionary including Ron Howard, Brett Ratner, Peter Berg, Angela Bassett, Akiva Goldsman, and Paul Giamatti.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Bradley Cooper starrer BURNT opens in cinemas on Nov. 4


 Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper who starred in highly acclaimed and hit films including “American Sniper,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” (voiced Rocket Raccoon) and “American Hustle” stars anew in “Burnt” set in the world of professional kitchens with co-stars Sienna Miller, Omar Sy, Emma Thompson, Lily James and Sarah Greene.

In “Burnt,”  Cooper’s character Adam Jones, is a known and respected chef but his success got the better of him.  Jones is someone who has had success in the past, followed by tremendous failure. He disappears, and then comes back, determined to recapture that success. He discovers that he can only do it with the help of other people, something that his narcissism and ego hadn't bargained for.

Experience a heartfelt journey in THE GOOD DINOSAUR (Opens Nov. 25)


Disney•Pixar’s "The Good Dinosaur" asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.

“From the moment Arlo is born, he’s afraid of the world,” says director Peter Sohn. “He’s fun-loving and determined; he’s got a lot of fire when it comes to his desire to help his family. But he’s scared. His fear holds him back.

Friday, October 23, 2015

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS opens earlier in the Philippines on Dec 17


 Lucasfilm's “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” director J.J. Abrams' seventh installment in the beloved franchise, will open across the Philippines on Thursday, Dec. 17 – this was announced today by a spokesman of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

The Philippine opening is one day ahead of most territories in the “galaxy,” including the US, where the film will debut on Friday, Dec. 18.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Share your story and inspire other people through Pioneer's Stories of Hope Playwriting Competition


Everyone’s a storyteller. Whether it’s a true-to-life experience or a fictional one woven from the imagination, we all love sharing and listening to stories. If you’re a college student and you’ve had one brewing in your head and urging to be told, now’s your chance to bring it to life.

Pioneer, Your Insurance is now giving college students nationwide an opportunity to share their stories through the Stories of Hope Playwriting Competition. Young and aspiring playwrights can submit their original works as one-act plays written in English, Tagalog or Taglish. The stories must convey hope to the audience, whether as a drama, comedy, or even musical.

May the odds be ever in your favor at the THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY Part 2 powerful finale! (Opens Nov 18)


“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” directed by Francis Lawrence now brings the franchise to its powerful final chapter in which Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) realizes the stakes are no longer just for survival – they are for the future.

With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her.  The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.

BITUING WALANG NINGNING: THE MUSICAL continues to shine on its second run


With notable upgrades on set, music, script, and cast, the return of Resorts World Manila’s Bituing Walang Ningning: The Musical onstage Newport Performing Arts Theater starting October 8, 2015 is definitely worth watching over and over again.  Back due to popular demand since it first opened in June, the musical awed audience with more highlights that proved to be more entertaining than its initial production.

Audiences welcomed the one-of-a-kind musical with great fervor and applause after witnessing the spectacular performance of new cast member Antoinette Taus who plays pop star diva Lavinia Arguelles in lieu of original cast member Cris Villonco who will be back in the show later in the year.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Kakao Talk launches Open Chat feature today!

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Since KakaoTalk's launch in the Philippines in 2013, the mobile messenger that originated from Korea has never stopped to introduce innovative features and services - from the fascinating group call to the cute stickers, from the security features to the voice messaging, from the secret chat to the Anipang mobile game!

And now, Kakao Philippines Corp. has announced the launch of Open Chat, a Kakao Talk feature that allows users to chat with others at the click of a link. All chat rooms in Open Chat have designated URLs, which users can share on social media and other websites. Any Kakao Talk user can enter the chat room without providing their mobile phone numbers or Kakao Talk IDs. Group chats are then easier to start because users who have the link can join the conversation; no need to add people one by one.

Human relationships offline are not equal. There are mutual friends whom users are comfortable sharing their mobile numbers or profiles with, and then there are complete strangers. Kakao provides a middle level of interaction with this new feature. Open Chat connects users through links; as opposed to regular chats, which require the exchange of phone numbers. Open Chat allows users to have more control over their friends list and gives them a secure alternative: to chat with whomever they need without having to divulge personal information.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hear the sound of THE GOOD DINOSAUR in its newest trailer


The payoff poster and final trailer for Disney-Pixar's new comedy adventure “The Good Dinosaur” have just been unveiled the studio. The trailer may be viewed here:

Besides showcasing a brand new kind of gorgeous, photo-realistic animation, the new trailer revealed for the first time how the main characters sound.

Directed by Peter Sohn (the popular animated short “Partly Cloudy”), the buddy comedy takes place in a world in which the asteroid didn’t smash into Earth millions of years ago, leaving the dinosaurs alive and thriving.

Meet world-renowned astrologer YAEL YARDENI in Manila this November


Do you know that what you’re experiencing now may have been a result of your past life?  Are you willing to make that “correction” in order to change the course of your destiny?

These questions may seem impossible to answer but to Kabbalistic astrologer, Yael Yardeni, the only question is: Are you ready to know the answer?

Festival of Spanish and Latin American Cinema at Ayala Malls Cinemas from October 8 to 18

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Hear ye!  Hear ye!  Calling all film buffs, cinephiles and cineastes!  The Spanish Film Festival in Manila kicks off today, October 8 and will run until October 18.

Log on to www.sureseats.com for tickets and check out these exciting tidbits of news from Ayala Malls Cinemas featuring interesting line-up of films included in the Spanish Film Festival at Greenbelt 3 Cinemas.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Keanu Reeves stars in sexy thriller KNOCK KNOCK (Opens October 21)


Keanu Reeves stars in his latest sexy thrilling starrer in “Knock Knock” as a blissfully married man with two children who was lured by two very attractive women (played by Lorenza Izzo and  Ana de Armas) when they came knocking at his door when he was left alone at home.

Directed and written by Eli Roth known for his critically acclaimed and phenomenal works in thriller and horror genre such as “Cabin Fever” that went on to be Lionsgate’s highest grossing film on the year that it was released and the worldwide hit “Hostel,” “Knock Knock” is an erotic thriller that toys on the idea of trouble coming into one’s own home and unleashes Pandora’s box.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Award-winning actor Tom Hanks is an unlikely hero in BRIDGE OF SPIES (Opens October 14)


Based on historical events that happened during the Cold War era when an American U-2 spy jet was shot down in Soviet air space along with its pilot, the stirring thriller “Bridge of Spies” brings to life the crisis that raised tensions between the U.S. and the Soviets during such volatile times.

Tom Hanks, known for his engaging characterization in blockbuster films such as “Saving Private Ryan,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Angels and Demons,” “Forrest Gump” and “Castaway”  stars anew in the historical movie “Bridge of Spies” that tells of an extraordinary story of an unlikely hero set against the backdrop of a series of historic events.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The secrets of Peter PAN will be revealed on October 8


From director Joe Wright comes “Pan,” a live-action feature presenting a wholly original adventure about the beginnings of the beloved characters created by J.M. Barrie. The film stars Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard; Garrett Hedlund as James Hook; Oscar nominee Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily; newcomer Levi Miller as Peter; and Amanda Seyfried as Mary.

Peter is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily and a new friend named James Hook, Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard to save Neverland and discover his true destiny—to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.

Fly with the THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE's first trailer


The highly anticipated first trailer of Columbia Pictures' “The Angry Birds Movie” has just been released and may be viewed here:

In the 3D animated comedy, “The Angry Birds Movie,” we'll finally find out why the birds are so angry.

HEROES REBORN is back on Jack TV


From creator and executive producer Tim Kring, who imagined the original critically-acclaimed 2006 Heroes series, comes HEROES REBORN, an epic 13-episode event series that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities.

Fans can look forward to seeing some of the original Heroes cast members return to the series, such as Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura, Greg Grunberg as Matt Parkman and Sendhil Ramamurthy as Mohinder Suresh.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

A Sneak Peek on CRIMSON PEAK


The tension is palpable in the new trailer for Universal Pictures' upcoming haunted house film “Crimson Peak” starring Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam. View the trailer here:

Legendary Pictures’ “Crimson Peak,” a co-production with Universal Pictures, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Hellboy” series, “Pacific Rim”), written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins.

When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger (Hiddleston), a young woman (Wasikowska) is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.

Monday, September 14, 2015

SHE'S FUNNY THAT WAY exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas starting October 7


From renowned director Peter Bogdanovich, “She’s Funny That Way” is a screwball comedy featuring the interconnected personal lives of the cast and crew of a Broadway production. Celebrated and acclaimed director Peter Bogdanovich has assembled a stellar ensemble cast, headed by Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Kathryn Hahn, Will Forte, Rhys Ifans, and Jennifer Aniston all working together at the top of their form.

“She’s Funny That Way” rolls when established director Arnold Albertson (Owen Wilson) casts his call girl-turned-actress Isabella “Izzy” Patterson (Imogen Poots) in a new play to star alongside his wife Delta (Kathryn Hahn) and her ex-lover Seth Gilbert (Rhys Ifans), a zany love tangle forms with hilarious twists.  Jennifer Aniston plays Izzy’s therapist Jane, who is consumed with her own failing relationship with Arnold’s playwright Joshua Fleet (Will Forte), who is also developing a crush on Izzy.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Highly anticipated new STEVE JOBS movie unveils official trailer!


The new trailer of Universal Pictures’ highly anticipated biopic, “Steve Jobs” from Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle and starring Michael Fassbender in the title role, is now online and may be viewed here:

Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, “Steve Jobs” takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.

“Steve Jobs” is directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin, working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple founder. The producers are Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady of Film 360, Scott Rudin, Boyle and Academy Award® winner Christian Colson.

Warner Bros. releases Sandra Bullock's OUR BRAND IS CRISIS poster and trailer


Warner Bros. Pictures has just released the first poster and trailer for the election satire “Our Brand is Crisis,” starring Oscar winners Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) and Billy Bob Thornton (“Sling Blade”). The trailer may be viewed here:

A Bolivian presidential candidate failing badly in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist “Calamity” Jane Bodine (Bullock). In self-imposed retirement following a scandal that earned her nickname and rocked her to her core, Jane is coaxed back into the game for the chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy (Thornton), now coaching the opposition.

But as Candy zeroes in on every vulnerability – both on and off the campaign trail – Jane is plunged into a personal crisis as intense as the one her team exploits nationally to boost their numbers. Dramatic, rapid-fire and laced with satire, “Our Brand is Crisis” reveals the cynical machinations and private battles of world-class political consultants for whom nothing is sacred and winning is all that matters.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Disney and Pixar presents line-up of upcoming animated films


Filmmakers from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios introduced D23 EXPO 2015 fans to an array of new stories and characters—from a lost dinosaur to a master wayfinder, a scheming fox to a forgetful fish. The audience of 7,500 was treated to sneak peeks, musical performances and appearances from stars like Ellen DeGeneres, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dwayne Johnson, Randy Newman and Ty Burrell, among others.

John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, led the presentations, calling on a host of filmmakers from both studios to introduce the upcoming slate of films. “We really have an unbelievable range of movies in production at our studios right now,” said Lasseter. “The stories are dynamic, fresh and so much fun; the characters new and old are so appealing. I’m excited to share some of our long-held secrets for the first time at the D23 EXPO.”
Following are the films presented on behalf of both studios.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Witness selfless love in tragicomic teen movie ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL (Opens September 16)


The critics who have earlier seen the tragicomedy teen movie “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” by acclaimed and Emmy nominee Alfonso Gomez-Rejon starring extremely talented trio Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke and RJ Cyler have been vouching that the film has the potential to outperform last year’s “The Fault In Our Stars” – both of which are cancer-themed movie dealt with by young adults.

Variety’s chief international film critic Peter DeBruge notes that “Anyone who buys a ticket to a film called “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” goes in fully expecting to cry. It’s sort of a given. The surprise, then, is the laughter: the near-constant stream of wise, insightful jokes that make it so easy to cozy up to characters dealing with a tough emotional situation. The story of a high-school senior forced to befriend a classmate who has just been diagnosed with leukemia, and the sincere, nonsexual connection that forms as a result (sorry, “The Fault in Our Stars,” but there’s no nookie here), this rousing adaptation of Jesse Andrews’ novel is destined not only to connect with young audiences in a big way, but also to endure as a touchstone for its generation.”

Monday, September 7, 2015

Meryl Streep turns into a hard-rocking performer in RICKI AND THE FLASH (Opens at Ayala Malls Cinemas starting September 9)


Meryl Streep takes on a whole new gig – a hard-rocking singer/guitarist – for Oscar®-winning director Jonathan Demme and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody in TriStar Pictures' “Ricki and the Flash.”

Streep stars as Ricki Rendazzo, a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock ‘n’ roll stardom. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family.

Ki Hong Lee reprises role as lead runner Minho in MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS (Opens September 9)


The first book-turned-movie in James Dashner’s “The Maze Runner” series was fully embraced by its legions of fans that introduced a whole new set of young actors that immediately catapulted to worldwide attention -including Korean actor Ki Hong Lee, whose palpable characterization of Minho has also attracted an impressive following.

In “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” the next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers along with Minho (Ki Hong Lee) face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD (World Catastrophe Killzone Department).  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.



As the September 23 release date of Sony Pictures Animation's adventure comedy “Hotel Transylvania 2” approaches, the studio has revealed a number of interesting, fun trivia surrounding the creation of the highly-awaited sequel. Check out the following fun facts!

1. The original “Hotel Transylvania” still holds the all-time record for highest opening movie during the month of September in the U.S. with $42.5M in 2012.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

New SPECTRE poster features James Bond in white tux


The latest official poster from SPECTRE has just been released, and it features Daniel Craig as James Bond in a white tux set against a dark green tinted version of a man in a skeleton outfit. The latter may be from the Mexico City-set opening sequence which takes place during the 'Day of the Dead' festival.

SPECTRE follows the release of SKYFALL, the biggest Bond film of all time, which took in $1.1 billion worldwide.

Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman team up for the first time in SECRET IN THEIR EYES


Award winning and Hollywood’s leading actresses Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman team up in a movie for the first time ever in the highly anticipated thrilling movie of the year “Secret in Their Eyes” along with Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years A Slave”).

In the hair-raising dramatic thriller directed and written by Academy Award nominee Billy Ray, “Secret in Their Eyes” sees former FBI agent Ray (Ejiofor) haunted by the murder of the daughter of his good friend and former partner Cobb (Roberts) - a case left unsolved for the past 12 years. At the time, Ray and Cobb apprehended a suspect, Marzin, who was an informant during a counter–terrorism investigation while the nation was gripped by fear. Due to his importance in that plot and the fact that his confession was extracted under questionable means, Marzin was eventually released and Ray lost sight of him…until now. Ray returns to Boston and must confront his past, including Claire (Kidman), with whom he had a working relationship and unrequited love. As Ray inches closer to solving the crime, he uncovers a shocking truth that will shed a terrifying new light on past events.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

EVEREST tells the true to life story of the deadliest climb in the mountain's history (Opens September 16)


The summit of Mount Everest, the mightiest mountain on Earth, is more than five miles above sea level, close to the cruising altitude of a 747 jumbo jet. Its fearsome and unforgiving peak has hosted thousands of daring climbers who have felt compelled to rise to the greatest challenge in mountaineering.

The tragic events in May 1996 represented, at that time, the deadliest climb in the mountain’s history, and dramatized in Universal Pictures’ upcoming epic adventure “Everest.” The world’s media were transfixed by this story of human endurance, which became the subject of best-selling books and documentaries, often with contradicting accounts of the events.

Get to know Lolo Kiko more in PAPA FRANCISCO: THE POPE FRANCIS STORY (Opens September 30)


Earlier this year, last January, Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s more than 1 billion Catholics visited the Philippines who inspired and left an unforgettable imprint within the nation with his warm, sincere and jolly persona as he evangelized of the gospel and God’s love for the mankind.

Keeping the light and love that Pope Francis left, the upcoming movie entitled “Papa Francisco: The Pope Francis Story” further brings the Pope closer to the nation as the movie takes us back to his  younger days in Argentina until the time he was elected as Pope.  The movie, also known in other territories as “Francis: Pray For Me” is based on the book “Pope Francis: Life and Revolution” by Elisabetta Piqué, a close friend of the Pope and a correspondent in Italy and the Vatican for La Nación, Argentina’s main newspaper, since 1999.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Fight for the women in your life, join the Avon Walk & Run AgainstBreast Cancer


Breast cancer may not be largely a man's concern (although there are cases where the disease affect men too) but the women in our lives are at risk.  That's why we should share the fight against breast cancer, considered as the no. 1 killer disease among Filipinas, as there will always be a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a colleague and more that may face or are already facing the challenge of breast cancer.

Avon has always been in the forefront in the crusade against breast cancer through its Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer (KGBC) campaign. Now on its 13th year in the Philippines, the “company for women” is inviting everyone to show to the world that its bigger than the disease through this year’s theme “I Share the Fight Against Breast Cancer.”

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Owen Wilson shifts from comedy to action in NO ESCAPE (Opens August 26)


In No Escape, Owen Wilson plays Jack Dwyer, an American who relocates his wife (Lake Bell) and two daughters to Southeast Asia for a new job. It looks like a promising new life reboot for them, but everything is turned upside down when they find themselves in the midst of a violent civil war, with one side targeting Westerners. Dwyer is just an average guy, with no real survival skills except his paternal instincts, but Pierce Brosnan pitches in as a company man better trained for the spiking violence. The trailer is intense, and the new exclusive poster evokes its most heart-pounding moment.

Wilson is supposed to be talking about his new action movie, which opens Aug. 26. ( in the Philippine and U.S.)  He’s happy to do so… eventually. But what’s the hurry, man? He wants to know how your summer is going. He wants to know about your kids, their ages, whether sons are easier than daughters. “I think I would like to have a daughter,” says the father of two young boys. “I think it would be very interesting. Just having been around so much male energy my whole life: one of three boys, went to an all-boy school, then military school, now two sons, never been married.”
He laughs that Owen Wilson laugh. “I think it would probably help me.”

Here's the much awaited trailer of VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN


Mary Shelley’s classic Gothic novel about the eccentric scientist, Victor Frankenstein, and his quest to create life, was first published in 1818 and has captivated generations of readers and later, cinema audiences, ever since.

With a screenplay by Max Landis, Paul McGuigan directs and his stellar lead duo  – including James McAvoy as Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe as Igor give life to the beloved legendary monster in “Victor Frankenstein.”   At the core of this new Frankenstein story – just like with Holmes and Watson – is the friendship between Frankenstein and Igor.

Here's the much awaited trailer of the film:

McGuigan’s film is an action adventure thriller where McAvoy plays the titular role of Doctor Victor Frankenste as a brilliant scientist at the forefront of pioneering medical research. He wants to save lives and then becomes obsessed with the idea of creating life itself.          

Myx TV's new website and Youtube series featured on VideoInk


Myx TV, the only English-language multicultural Asian American entertainment network in the U.S., has again received major mainstream attention when VideoInk, the most reputable source for breaking and daily news on the online video industry, ran a story on Myx TV's revamped, mobile-friendly website - www.myxtv.com - and announced the channel's three new original series exclusively for the new Myx TV YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/MYXTV)

"We recognize that a growing number of our audience prefer to view video content on their smart phones and tablets so it was critical to overhaul our website to give them the best viewing experience on these platforms," said Myx TV General Manager Miguel Santos.

ASEAN youth camp slated for August 28 to 30 in Antipolo, Rizal


The fire and passion of youth can spark and steer various advocacies. To enhance the youth sector’s ability to champion causes, the ASEAN Youth Leaders Association (AYLA) shall stage the 3rd AYLA Advocacy Camp from August 28 to 30 at the Phillip’s Sanctuary in Antipolo, Rizal.

Entitled ASEAN POV: Discover Yourself, Define ASEAN, the three-day camp features talks from top Filipino advocates, including CreatiVoices Productions founder Pocholo Gonzales, United Nations Population Fund Philippines Youth Advisory Chairperson Joey Dela Cruz, and Angat Kabataan ng Taytay President Tobit Cruz. The programme includes workshops, sharing sessions, cultural presentations – even an adventure race.

Friday, August 21, 2015

20th Century Fox releases latest trailer of highly anticipated film THE MARTIAN


Left alone to survive, Matt Damon takes on the titular moniker in the latest space adventure set in the 2030s “The Martian” where his character Mark Watney got stranded on Mars when he was accidentally left by his team in their haste to abort the mission.

Based on the bestselling novel self-published by Andy Weir, the trailer further revealed the overwhelming odds Damon’s character Watney faces in order to survive...and after being presumed dead.  The trailer’s recent reveal held at Pasadena at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was attended by Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott together with the book’s author Andy Weir, astronaut Drew Feustel and NASA’s Planetary Science Division Director Dr. Jim Green.

Bestselling book ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL movie adaptation opens in cinemas on September 16


“This is the story of my senior year in high school and how it destroyed my life,” so Greg said of his life in the highly acclaimed and award-winning movie based from the bestselling book by Jesse Andrews of the same title, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.”

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” is this year’s winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.  In 2013, Jesse Andrews’ thought-provoking and moving young-adult novel Me and Earl and the Dying Girl took readers by surprise with a truly contemporary coming-of-age story, packed with smart original dialogue and fully realized teen characters.

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