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  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014


    Reel FX Animation and 20th Century Fox open the pages of “The Book of Life” and present a grand mythology set in visually spectacular worlds never seen before. The film brings together director Jorge R. Gutierrez’s unique visual style and a crowd-pleasing mix of adventure, action, comedy, romance and music with a voice cast as lively as their animated characters – Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Christina Applegate, Diego Luna, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, and Hector Elizondo.

    The Book of Life,” a vibrant animated fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo (Luna), a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to reunite with his one true love Maria (Saldana) and defend his village. But Manolo and his equally courageous best friend Joaquin (Tatum) are not your typical Prince Charmings; the object of their affections is far from being your average princess; and “The Book of Life” is a fairy tale that doesn't go by the book.

    Its journey to the big screen began with, appropriately enough, a friendship. Producer Brad Booker, a Reel FX development executive, had known Gutierrez (known for the multiple Emmy and Annie winning series “El Tigre, The Adventures of Manny Rivera” for Nickelodeon which he created with his wife) for over a decade, and after hearing of the project, Booker believed Reel FX would be a great home for it. The independent animation studio knew that the film needed the perfect creative partner to help guide its path and development. Gutierrez’s first choice: legendary director, producer and author Guillermo del Toro, who like Gutierrez hails from Mexico. Gutierrez felt del Toro’s authentic perspective and unique aesthetic sensibility were a perfect match for the film.

    Del Toro was equally impressed by Gutierrez’s passion for what would become “The Book of Life.” “Jorge is his movie,” he says, “and the movie is an imprint of his personality. Jorge’s ideas for “The Book of Life” started with his connection to his homeland of Mexico, and presenting an exciting, never-before-experienced depiction of that country, its people and its traditions – all in a way that would be accessible to audiences around the world.

    Adds producer Brad Booker: “Guillermo brings an authenticity and passion for this world and story. He’s a visionary filmmaker and has been tremendously supportive of Jorge’s ideas.” “The Book of Life” brings together Gutierrez’s perspective of his native country with a story to which everyone can relate."  He explains: “This is a very personal movie. The inspiration comes from my family history and childhood experiences.

    Still, Gutierrez admits he embellished some elements. “My grandfather Luis used to tell me, ‘Jorgito, don’t ever let the truth get in the way of a good story!’ And that was the moment I fell in love with storytelling.” Gutierrez’s passion for the story, characters and their world points to the film’s broad appeal. “If you’re telling a story and want it be universal, then you have to be specific,” del Toro explains. “If the filmmaker loves the story and characters, then audiences will love it. And if a filmmaker feels it’s powerful, more people will love the story he or she is telling because it’s powerful. And that’s exactly what Jorge has done with “The Book of Life.

    The Book of Life” opens October 16 in cinemas (2D and 3D) nationwide from 20th Century Fox through Warner Bros.

    "The Book of Life" Flips Through The Pages of Friendship, True Love, and Strong Family Values

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    Reel FX Animation and 20th Century Fox open the pages of “The Book of Life” and present a grand mythology set in visually spectacular worlds never seen before. The film brings together director Jorge R. Gutierrez’s unique visual style and a crowd-pleasing mix of adventure, action, comedy, romance and music with a voice cast as lively as their animated characters – Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Christina Applegate, Diego Luna, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, and Hector Elizondo.

    The Book of Life,” a vibrant animated fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo (Luna), a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to reunite with his one true love Maria (Saldana) and defend his village. But Manolo and his equally courageous best friend Joaquin (Tatum) are not your typical Prince Charmings; the object of their affections is far from being your average princess; and “The Book of Life” is a fairy tale that doesn't go by the book.

    Its journey to the big screen began with, appropriately enough, a friendship. Producer Brad Booker, a Reel FX development executive, had known Gutierrez (known for the multiple Emmy and Annie winning series “El Tigre, The Adventures of Manny Rivera” for Nickelodeon which he created with his wife) for over a decade, and after hearing of the project, Booker believed Reel FX would be a great home for it. The independent animation studio knew that the film needed the perfect creative partner to help guide its path and development. Gutierrez’s first choice: legendary director, producer and author Guillermo del Toro, who like Gutierrez hails from Mexico. Gutierrez felt del Toro’s authentic perspective and unique aesthetic sensibility were a perfect match for the film.

    Del Toro was equally impressed by Gutierrez’s passion for what would become “The Book of Life.” “Jorge is his movie,” he says, “and the movie is an imprint of his personality. Jorge’s ideas for “The Book of Life” started with his connection to his homeland of Mexico, and presenting an exciting, never-before-experienced depiction of that country, its people and its traditions – all in a way that would be accessible to audiences around the world.

    Adds producer Brad Booker: “Guillermo brings an authenticity and passion for this world and story. He’s a visionary filmmaker and has been tremendously supportive of Jorge’s ideas.” “The Book of Life” brings together Gutierrez’s perspective of his native country with a story to which everyone can relate."  He explains: “This is a very personal movie. The inspiration comes from my family history and childhood experiences.

    Still, Gutierrez admits he embellished some elements. “My grandfather Luis used to tell me, ‘Jorgito, don’t ever let the truth get in the way of a good story!’ And that was the moment I fell in love with storytelling.” Gutierrez’s passion for the story, characters and their world points to the film’s broad appeal. “If you’re telling a story and want it be universal, then you have to be specific,” del Toro explains. “If the filmmaker loves the story and characters, then audiences will love it. And if a filmmaker feels it’s powerful, more people will love the story he or she is telling because it’s powerful. And that’s exactly what Jorge has done with “The Book of Life.

    The Book of Life” opens October 16 in cinemas (2D and 3D) nationwide from 20th Century Fox through Warner Bros.


    The highly inventive animation Foosball: The Unbeatables” from Argentine director Juan José Campanella (Academy Award winner for his crime thriller “The Secret In Their Eyes”) brings to life a poignant story about love, pride, friendship, and passion as it follows the adventures of Amadeo (voiced by Rupert Grint), a shy but talented young man and his Table Football team, who magically come to life as they try to reunite after being dismantled and torn from their home. Supervised by animation sage Sergio Pablos who also brought to life the unforgettable characters and worlds of “Rio” and “Despicable Me.”

    SM Cinemas gives their ePlus members and would-be members to join the fun in their “Foosball Play Promo” at the cinema lobby of SM Megamall starting September 17 – October 5.

    Joining is as easy as one, two, kick! And get a chance to win Foosball Toy Tables!

    1. Present your Foosball ticket paid using ePLUS Tap to Pay load and get 10 minutes play at the Foosball table

    2. An ePLUS member together with 3 friends can play during the 10-minute playing time

    3. Additional 10 minutes play per ticket will be granted if there are additional tickets bought using ePLUS Tap to Pay load

    4. The Top 3 ePLUS members with the most number of playtime will be eligible to win Foosball toy tables

    5. Playing will be on a first-come, first-served basis

    Foosball: The Unbeatables” opens in theatres nationwide this October 1 from Axinite Digicinema. Promo poster is posted below.



    Play the "Foosball: The Unbeatables" Challenge and Win Foosball Toy Tables from SM Cinemas!

    Posted at  9:40 AM  |  in  PROMOS/FREEBIES  |  Read More»


    The highly inventive animation Foosball: The Unbeatables” from Argentine director Juan José Campanella (Academy Award winner for his crime thriller “The Secret In Their Eyes”) brings to life a poignant story about love, pride, friendship, and passion as it follows the adventures of Amadeo (voiced by Rupert Grint), a shy but talented young man and his Table Football team, who magically come to life as they try to reunite after being dismantled and torn from their home. Supervised by animation sage Sergio Pablos who also brought to life the unforgettable characters and worlds of “Rio” and “Despicable Me.”

    SM Cinemas gives their ePlus members and would-be members to join the fun in their “Foosball Play Promo” at the cinema lobby of SM Megamall starting September 17 – October 5.

    Joining is as easy as one, two, kick! And get a chance to win Foosball Toy Tables!

    1. Present your Foosball ticket paid using ePLUS Tap to Pay load and get 10 minutes play at the Foosball table

    2. An ePLUS member together with 3 friends can play during the 10-minute playing time

    3. Additional 10 minutes play per ticket will be granted if there are additional tickets bought using ePLUS Tap to Pay load

    4. The Top 3 ePLUS members with the most number of playtime will be eligible to win Foosball toy tables

    5. Playing will be on a first-come, first-served basis

    Foosball: The Unbeatables” opens in theatres nationwide this October 1 from Axinite Digicinema. Promo poster is posted below.




    Prior the advent of motion pictures are stage plays based on writings of famous playwrights and poets. This year, Ayala Malls Cinemas includes in their screening programs world-class stage plays filmed in high-definition (HD) format from London’s National Theater Live and operatic performances from New York’s Metropolitan Opera, offering a whole new way to experience a more intimate form of art onscreen.

    This September, the British Embassy launched its seven month-long campaign "This is GREAT Britain" that aims to show the very best of Britain's culture. The celebration commenced with the presentation of the National Theater Live’s stage play "Coriolanus" starring Tom Hiddleston. Filmed in HD, the play was screened last September 3 at Ayala Malls' Greenbelt 3 Cinemas with a program at Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walk preceding the screening. "Coriolanus" also ran for two days (September 5 and 6) at Greenbelt 3 cinemas that was made available for the moviegoing public.

    In a recent statement from British Ambassador Asif Ahmad, he mentioned that "We are very fortunate to have Ayala Malls Cinemas as our partner for the screening of National Theater Live's Coriolanus, which will give Filipinos a glimpse of the world-class theater performances from London's West End."

    Hiddleston, best known globally for his role as Loki in "Thor" series, plays the titular role in "Coriolanus" that was written by William Shakespeare. The story centers on a conflicted man named Coriolanus - hero and defender of Rome. When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city called on to Coriolanus to defend their country. Famine threats the city, the citizens' hunger swells into an appetite for change and on returning from the war, Coriolanus must confront the march of real politics and the voice of an angry mob threatening to throw him out of his hometown.

    Succeeding the well-received and much raved about debut of "Coriolanus" in HD from London's West End staged plays, Ayala Malls Cinemas will soon release stage plays that are also filmed in HD from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The lineup of plays filmed in HD will play every second Tuesday of the month starting this October 14 at 6:30 pm featuring "Rigoletto" that will be followed by "Rusalka" on November 18, and "Otello" on December 16 for the year 2014 and will continue until the year 2015 with "La Bohème" on January 13, "Werther" on February 10, and "The Enchanted Island" on March 3.

    For more information and online ticket purchase of Ayala Malls Cinemas' upcoming MET Opera plays in HD, visit www.sureseats.com and like Ayala Malls Cinemas on Facebook. Follow them too on Twitter @mysureseats for more details.

    "Coriolanus," the London West End Stage Play By National Theater Live Featured by Ayala Malls Cinemas' Greenbelt 3

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    Prior the advent of motion pictures are stage plays based on writings of famous playwrights and poets. This year, Ayala Malls Cinemas includes in their screening programs world-class stage plays filmed in high-definition (HD) format from London’s National Theater Live and operatic performances from New York’s Metropolitan Opera, offering a whole new way to experience a more intimate form of art onscreen.

    This September, the British Embassy launched its seven month-long campaign "This is GREAT Britain" that aims to show the very best of Britain's culture. The celebration commenced with the presentation of the National Theater Live’s stage play "Coriolanus" starring Tom Hiddleston. Filmed in HD, the play was screened last September 3 at Ayala Malls' Greenbelt 3 Cinemas with a program at Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walk preceding the screening. "Coriolanus" also ran for two days (September 5 and 6) at Greenbelt 3 cinemas that was made available for the moviegoing public.

    In a recent statement from British Ambassador Asif Ahmad, he mentioned that "We are very fortunate to have Ayala Malls Cinemas as our partner for the screening of National Theater Live's Coriolanus, which will give Filipinos a glimpse of the world-class theater performances from London's West End."

    Hiddleston, best known globally for his role as Loki in "Thor" series, plays the titular role in "Coriolanus" that was written by William Shakespeare. The story centers on a conflicted man named Coriolanus - hero and defender of Rome. When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city called on to Coriolanus to defend their country. Famine threats the city, the citizens' hunger swells into an appetite for change and on returning from the war, Coriolanus must confront the march of real politics and the voice of an angry mob threatening to throw him out of his hometown.

    Succeeding the well-received and much raved about debut of "Coriolanus" in HD from London's West End staged plays, Ayala Malls Cinemas will soon release stage plays that are also filmed in HD from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The lineup of plays filmed in HD will play every second Tuesday of the month starting this October 14 at 6:30 pm featuring "Rigoletto" that will be followed by "Rusalka" on November 18, and "Otello" on December 16 for the year 2014 and will continue until the year 2015 with "La Bohème" on January 13, "Werther" on February 10, and "The Enchanted Island" on March 3.

    For more information and online ticket purchase of Ayala Malls Cinemas' upcoming MET Opera plays in HD, visit www.sureseats.com and like Ayala Malls Cinemas on Facebook. Follow them too on Twitter @mysureseats for more details.

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Can W.C.K.D. be good? Find out in the thrilling and out-of-your-breath action adventure film “The Maze Runner” starring a group of amaze-ing young boys and a girl – headed by Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, Aml Ameen, Blake Cooper and Kaya Scodelario. 

                    Directed by Wes Ball, the movie opened in Philippine cinemas (last September 17) with fever-pitch anticipation from movie enthusiasts especially from the young adult crowd from whom the book has enjoyed immense success catapulting it to one of YA bestselling series of all time.

                    In the movie, Thomas (O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, they call it the Glade, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D.  Within the glade stands a massive series of walls that forms a dangerous maze where their only hope to escape lies at the end of each cluster, but the walls change every single day, as such they assign runners, the fastest of the bunch to track and take mental notes of the maze’s secrets.



                    “The Maze Runner” also brims with a cast full of talent within its action-packed and visually stunning production, director Ball and producer Wyck Godfrey assembled an impressive cast to form a highly functional society as they perform their daily jobs, look out for each other and engage in power struggles as they try to solve the mystery of the Maze. Godfrey says, “The casting was one of the most exciting things about the project.  The actors really believed in this world, and we went far afield to find them.”    

    Thomas, played by Dylan O’Brien is the boy who takes that step forward when everybody else takes a step back.  He’s curious and comes to learn that he is just one of many who have come up on that elevator once a month over a three year period.

    The leader of these Gladers is Alby, who’s the closest thing to a father figure.  “Alby is the main dude,” says Ball.  “He was the first Glader, the first boy sent up the elevator, and he had to survive an entire month by himself not knowing where he was and without any help.  Then the next guy showed up.  Alby figured out that order and discipline were necessary to survive in this world.  He’s very protective of it.”

    Thomas’s nemesis in the Glade is Gally.  Smart and intimidating, Gally wants to maintain the status quo and clashes with the new arrival.  “But Gally and Thomas are really two sides of the same coin,” notes Ball.  “Thomas fully embraces and charges into the unknown and Gally is all about self-preservation and keeping things safe and normal.” 



    Alby’s lieutenant, Newt, is played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster (voice of Ferb in “Phineas and Ferb”), who appears in the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones” and first gained attention for his performance in “Love, Actually.”  Newt walks with a limp that’s not fully explained because it’s something he’d prefer not to talk about.  Nevertheless, Brodie-Sangster says the character is “the fun one of the group, the one that everyone gets along with.  The Gladers come to Newt with their problems because they like and trust him.”


      
    British actress Kaya Scodelario plays the only young woman among the Gladers, Teresa, who has a mysterious connection with Thomas. Having made her name with the UK TV series Skins, Scodelario impressed the filmmakers by being “one of the guys,” as Godfrey puts it. “She’s badass, which is what you need to be if you’re going to be thrust into the world of the Glade with all these young men.”



    The elite among the Gladers are called Runners, whose athleticism propels them through the Maze each day, which helps them compile a map of the foreboding structure and, maybe, figure out a way to escape.  Their captain is Minho, played by Ki Hong Lee.  The young actor grew to understand his position of leadership among the Gladers in a very individual way.  “I looked at the Marines and the Army and, and I consider Minho like a general of the Gladers,” Lee explains, “It’s his job to rally the troops.” 


    “The Maze Runner” is now playing in cinemas across the Phils. from 20th Century Fox distributed by Warner Bros.

    Check our movie review for "The Maze Runner" here.

    Don't Be Left Behind: “The Maze Runner" Now In Cinemas!

    Posted at  2:25 PM  |  in  TALK OF THE TOWN  |  Read More»

    Can W.C.K.D. be good? Find out in the thrilling and out-of-your-breath action adventure film “The Maze Runner” starring a group of amaze-ing young boys and a girl – headed by Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, Aml Ameen, Blake Cooper and Kaya Scodelario. 

                    Directed by Wes Ball, the movie opened in Philippine cinemas (last September 17) with fever-pitch anticipation from movie enthusiasts especially from the young adult crowd from whom the book has enjoyed immense success catapulting it to one of YA bestselling series of all time.

                    In the movie, Thomas (O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, they call it the Glade, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D.  Within the glade stands a massive series of walls that forms a dangerous maze where their only hope to escape lies at the end of each cluster, but the walls change every single day, as such they assign runners, the fastest of the bunch to track and take mental notes of the maze’s secrets.



                    “The Maze Runner” also brims with a cast full of talent within its action-packed and visually stunning production, director Ball and producer Wyck Godfrey assembled an impressive cast to form a highly functional society as they perform their daily jobs, look out for each other and engage in power struggles as they try to solve the mystery of the Maze. Godfrey says, “The casting was one of the most exciting things about the project.  The actors really believed in this world, and we went far afield to find them.”    

    Thomas, played by Dylan O’Brien is the boy who takes that step forward when everybody else takes a step back.  He’s curious and comes to learn that he is just one of many who have come up on that elevator once a month over a three year period.

    The leader of these Gladers is Alby, who’s the closest thing to a father figure.  “Alby is the main dude,” says Ball.  “He was the first Glader, the first boy sent up the elevator, and he had to survive an entire month by himself not knowing where he was and without any help.  Then the next guy showed up.  Alby figured out that order and discipline were necessary to survive in this world.  He’s very protective of it.”

    Thomas’s nemesis in the Glade is Gally.  Smart and intimidating, Gally wants to maintain the status quo and clashes with the new arrival.  “But Gally and Thomas are really two sides of the same coin,” notes Ball.  “Thomas fully embraces and charges into the unknown and Gally is all about self-preservation and keeping things safe and normal.” 



    Alby’s lieutenant, Newt, is played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster (voice of Ferb in “Phineas and Ferb”), who appears in the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones” and first gained attention for his performance in “Love, Actually.”  Newt walks with a limp that’s not fully explained because it’s something he’d prefer not to talk about.  Nevertheless, Brodie-Sangster says the character is “the fun one of the group, the one that everyone gets along with.  The Gladers come to Newt with their problems because they like and trust him.”


      
    British actress Kaya Scodelario plays the only young woman among the Gladers, Teresa, who has a mysterious connection with Thomas. Having made her name with the UK TV series Skins, Scodelario impressed the filmmakers by being “one of the guys,” as Godfrey puts it. “She’s badass, which is what you need to be if you’re going to be thrust into the world of the Glade with all these young men.”



    The elite among the Gladers are called Runners, whose athleticism propels them through the Maze each day, which helps them compile a map of the foreboding structure and, maybe, figure out a way to escape.  Their captain is Minho, played by Ki Hong Lee.  The young actor grew to understand his position of leadership among the Gladers in a very individual way.  “I looked at the Marines and the Army and, and I consider Minho like a general of the Gladers,” Lee explains, “It’s his job to rally the troops.” 


    “The Maze Runner” is now playing in cinemas across the Phils. from 20th Century Fox distributed by Warner Bros.

    Check our movie review for "The Maze Runner" here.

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    An inspirational film about family and struggles of real life, "Wish I Was Here" will surely touch your heart. What I like about this film is that it only have a relevant number of main characters with a set of effective supporting characters. The witty and energetic Tucker (Pierce Gagnon) is my favorite character in this film. I admire how the film presented conflicts that didn't lead to a scene where people are shouting and banging things. I commend how the director managed to slowly lead the audiences into the lives of the Blooms. There were several serious scenes latticed with surreal images that makes you wonder while watching the film. Sarah's character (Kate Hudson) presented an unconventional wife facet that would be a bit rare to find in our society today. The constant injection of bubbly to naughty scenes helped adding a kick to the story. The development of Aidan's character (Zach Braff) in the film went in an unconventional twist but ended up in the right direction. The simplicity of this film is what made it so good.


    The film tells the story of Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find himself. Aidan winds up trying to home school his two children when his father can no longer afford to pay for private education and the only available public school is on its last legs. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn’t find.

    Zach Braff’s second directorial effort "Wish I Was Here" stars Braff, along with Donald Faison, Josh Gad, Pierce Gagnon, Ashley Greene, Kate Hudson, Joey King, Jim Parsons and Mandy Patinkin.

    Read more about the director here: Zach Braff’s "Wish I Was Here"

    ‘Wish I Was Here’ is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.

    SHOWING ON SEPTEMBER 17. NATIONWIDE!

    Movie Review: Wish I Was Here

    Posted at  2:15 PM  |  in  UPCOMING MOVIES  |  Read More»

    An inspirational film about family and struggles of real life, "Wish I Was Here" will surely touch your heart. What I like about this film is that it only have a relevant number of main characters with a set of effective supporting characters. The witty and energetic Tucker (Pierce Gagnon) is my favorite character in this film. I admire how the film presented conflicts that didn't lead to a scene where people are shouting and banging things. I commend how the director managed to slowly lead the audiences into the lives of the Blooms. There were several serious scenes latticed with surreal images that makes you wonder while watching the film. Sarah's character (Kate Hudson) presented an unconventional wife facet that would be a bit rare to find in our society today. The constant injection of bubbly to naughty scenes helped adding a kick to the story. The development of Aidan's character (Zach Braff) in the film went in an unconventional twist but ended up in the right direction. The simplicity of this film is what made it so good.


    The film tells the story of Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find himself. Aidan winds up trying to home school his two children when his father can no longer afford to pay for private education and the only available public school is on its last legs. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn’t find.

    Zach Braff’s second directorial effort "Wish I Was Here" stars Braff, along with Donald Faison, Josh Gad, Pierce Gagnon, Ashley Greene, Kate Hudson, Joey King, Jim Parsons and Mandy Patinkin.

    Read more about the director here: Zach Braff’s "Wish I Was Here"

    ‘Wish I Was Here’ is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.

    SHOWING ON SEPTEMBER 17. NATIONWIDE!

    Monday, September 15, 2014

    The local movie-going audience will soon be treated to an early release date of the English-dubbed family adventure movie “Foosball: The Unbeatables” as it opens this October 1 in cinemas nationwide, months ahead of its U.S. release.

    Originally entitled “Metegol” in Argentine-Spanish and voiced with native Argentinian talents, the movie is known in the US as “Underdogs” and has also used the title “Unbeatables” in other international territories such as the Philippines. 

    “Foosball: The Unbeatables” is Juan José Campanella’s first cinematographic project since he was awarded the Oscar® for “The Secret in Their Eyes” while Sergio Pablos, creator of the original idea for “Despicable Me”  and supervised “Rio” is the Animation Head of the movie. 

    The movie’s English-dubbed voice cast is headed by “Harry Potter’s” Rupert Grint as the film’s hero- Amadeo, along with Anthony Head (who also starred in “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”), Darren Boyd, Diego Ramos and promising new actress Eve Ponsoby.  Additionally, well-known British TV thespians– Alex Norton (“Taggart”), Peter Serafinowicz (voiced Darth Maul in “Star Wars 1: The Phantom Menace”) and Scottish comedian Lewis MacLeod, an ex-player for Scottish club Rangers – join the movie as the Foosball soccer player figurines who come to life to help Amadeo.    


    The film tells the story of Amadeo, a shy table soccer genius whose foosball figures come alive to help him save his local town and win his childhood sweetheart, both threatened by a preening soccer mega-star.  With the help of the foosball players, Amadeo will have to face his most terrible rival on the football pitch: the Champ.  Guided by their leader, the charismatic Right Winger, the foosball players and Amadeo will set off on a great adventure together, like a true team, to get back the dignity that the Champ stole from them. Football is the stage on which this story of love, respect, friendship and passion is played out.



                    The movie received cheers and bows when it was featured as the opening film in the last Spanish Film Festival  held at San Sebastian.              A coproduction of Hispano-Argentinian, Jorge Estrada Mora Producciones, Plural Jempsa and Atresmedia Cine, in  association with 100 Bares Producciones and Catmandu Entertainment, in association with CANAL+ and Telefe, with the participation of Antena 3 and La Sexta, the production team of “Foosball” created animation anew with its unique look and visual style.

                   
                    Gaston Gorali, “Foosball’s” producer and co-writer guarantees that the movie was produced with careful attention to details.  “The technological demands that Foosball required deserve a separate chapter.  The project required more processing of data than what it is normally used in a bank with millions of customers, but thanks to the collaboration of great technology partners such as HP, Intel and Telefonica to have overcome such obstacles in completing the movie,” says Gorali.


                    Kick against the odds when “Foosball: The Unbeatables” opens October 1 in local theaters nationwide from Axinite Digicinema.

    “FOOSBALL: THE UNBEATABLES” Kicks in Philippines Cinemas Ahead Of U.S. Release.

    Posted at  11:30 AM  |  in  UPCOMING MOVIES  |  Read More»

    The local movie-going audience will soon be treated to an early release date of the English-dubbed family adventure movie “Foosball: The Unbeatables” as it opens this October 1 in cinemas nationwide, months ahead of its U.S. release.

    Originally entitled “Metegol” in Argentine-Spanish and voiced with native Argentinian talents, the movie is known in the US as “Underdogs” and has also used the title “Unbeatables” in other international territories such as the Philippines. 

    “Foosball: The Unbeatables” is Juan José Campanella’s first cinematographic project since he was awarded the Oscar® for “The Secret in Their Eyes” while Sergio Pablos, creator of the original idea for “Despicable Me”  and supervised “Rio” is the Animation Head of the movie. 

    The movie’s English-dubbed voice cast is headed by “Harry Potter’s” Rupert Grint as the film’s hero- Amadeo, along with Anthony Head (who also starred in “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”), Darren Boyd, Diego Ramos and promising new actress Eve Ponsoby.  Additionally, well-known British TV thespians– Alex Norton (“Taggart”), Peter Serafinowicz (voiced Darth Maul in “Star Wars 1: The Phantom Menace”) and Scottish comedian Lewis MacLeod, an ex-player for Scottish club Rangers – join the movie as the Foosball soccer player figurines who come to life to help Amadeo.    


    The film tells the story of Amadeo, a shy table soccer genius whose foosball figures come alive to help him save his local town and win his childhood sweetheart, both threatened by a preening soccer mega-star.  With the help of the foosball players, Amadeo will have to face his most terrible rival on the football pitch: the Champ.  Guided by their leader, the charismatic Right Winger, the foosball players and Amadeo will set off on a great adventure together, like a true team, to get back the dignity that the Champ stole from them. Football is the stage on which this story of love, respect, friendship and passion is played out.



                    The movie received cheers and bows when it was featured as the opening film in the last Spanish Film Festival  held at San Sebastian.              A coproduction of Hispano-Argentinian, Jorge Estrada Mora Producciones, Plural Jempsa and Atresmedia Cine, in  association with 100 Bares Producciones and Catmandu Entertainment, in association with CANAL+ and Telefe, with the participation of Antena 3 and La Sexta, the production team of “Foosball” created animation anew with its unique look and visual style.

                   
                    Gaston Gorali, “Foosball’s” producer and co-writer guarantees that the movie was produced with careful attention to details.  “The technological demands that Foosball required deserve a separate chapter.  The project required more processing of data than what it is normally used in a bank with millions of customers, but thanks to the collaboration of great technology partners such as HP, Intel and Telefonica to have overcome such obstacles in completing the movie,” says Gorali.


                    Kick against the odds when “Foosball: The Unbeatables” opens October 1 in local theaters nationwide from Axinite Digicinema.

                The bestselling page-turner “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn gets film treatment from director David Fincher, known for his thrilling works in acclaimed hits “Fight Club,” “Se7en,” “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” “Zodiac” and “The Social Network” where Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike star as the afflicted couple when the Mrs. disappears on the day of their fifth year wedding anniversary. 



                    One of the most anticipated movie of the season, “Gone Girl” is also written for the screen by the book’s author (Flynn) that explores a troubled marriage and how the media played a major part on Nick and Amy’s marriage.   Affleck plays Nick Dunne, a man who becomes the prime suspect in a murder when his wife Amy (Pike) is nowhere to be found on their fifth wedding anniversary.

                    Nick and Amy are both journalists when they met each other at a party in New York, Nick a writer for a magazine while Amy writes personality quizzes for different publications.  After getting married and with the surge of online publishing,  both eventually lost their jobs leading them to move to Nick’s hometown in North Carthage to take care of his ailing mother and father.  They easily slipped into their new life, Amy being home most of the time while Nick opened up a bar with his sister Go (Carrie Coon) and secured a teaching post in the local college.



                    Nick’s usually quiet town is suddenly abuzz when Amy disappeared on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary.   In his usual morning routine, Nick goes to The Bar and Amy stays at home.  Hours later, Nick receives a call that prompted him to come back home but couldn’t find Amy anywhere near their house.  Confused, Nick found broken glasses, overturned coffee table and streaks of blood all over the house. But clearly no sign of broken doors and windows.         

                    Once news from the neighbourhood broke and reached the media, Nick finds himself under the court of public opinion where media anchors and reporters try to interpret and report whatever details they picked up from the investigation.  As the investigation deepens, Nick and the police slowly discover clues left by Amy, in the tradition of their yearly anniversary and tried to use it to get to the bottom of Amy’s disappearance.  The investigators, Amy’s parents, friends and the media guess that Nick is the prime suspect of his wife’s curious disappearance .  Even worse, Nick has to fend off attacks from a talk show host whom everyone in town believes in and all other national media reporters who stalk him everywhere trying to get him to admit to his wife’s disappearance.


                    Find out what happened to Amy when “Gone Girl” opens in cinemas nationwide on October 8 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 

    Marriage Under Media’s Scrutiny In “Gone Girl”

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                The bestselling page-turner “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn gets film treatment from director David Fincher, known for his thrilling works in acclaimed hits “Fight Club,” “Se7en,” “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” “Zodiac” and “The Social Network” where Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike star as the afflicted couple when the Mrs. disappears on the day of their fifth year wedding anniversary. 



                    One of the most anticipated movie of the season, “Gone Girl” is also written for the screen by the book’s author (Flynn) that explores a troubled marriage and how the media played a major part on Nick and Amy’s marriage.   Affleck plays Nick Dunne, a man who becomes the prime suspect in a murder when his wife Amy (Pike) is nowhere to be found on their fifth wedding anniversary.

                    Nick and Amy are both journalists when they met each other at a party in New York, Nick a writer for a magazine while Amy writes personality quizzes for different publications.  After getting married and with the surge of online publishing,  both eventually lost their jobs leading them to move to Nick’s hometown in North Carthage to take care of his ailing mother and father.  They easily slipped into their new life, Amy being home most of the time while Nick opened up a bar with his sister Go (Carrie Coon) and secured a teaching post in the local college.



                    Nick’s usually quiet town is suddenly abuzz when Amy disappeared on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary.   In his usual morning routine, Nick goes to The Bar and Amy stays at home.  Hours later, Nick receives a call that prompted him to come back home but couldn’t find Amy anywhere near their house.  Confused, Nick found broken glasses, overturned coffee table and streaks of blood all over the house. But clearly no sign of broken doors and windows.         

                    Once news from the neighbourhood broke and reached the media, Nick finds himself under the court of public opinion where media anchors and reporters try to interpret and report whatever details they picked up from the investigation.  As the investigation deepens, Nick and the police slowly discover clues left by Amy, in the tradition of their yearly anniversary and tried to use it to get to the bottom of Amy’s disappearance.  The investigators, Amy’s parents, friends and the media guess that Nick is the prime suspect of his wife’s curious disappearance .  Even worse, Nick has to fend off attacks from a talk show host whom everyone in town believes in and all other national media reporters who stalk him everywhere trying to get him to admit to his wife’s disappearance.


                    Find out what happened to Amy when “Gone Girl” opens in cinemas nationwide on October 8 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 

    In the highly anticipated action-adventure “The Maze Runner,” based on the hugely successful book series of the same title by James Dashner,  Kaya Scodelario stars as Teresa in the movie within the midst of teenage boys confined in a place called The Glade where she is the only girl in the mix and where they have no idea who they are except for their names.



    Teresa’s arrival into the mysterious Glade takes her fellow teenage captives by surprise: she’s the first girl in their midst. It’s immediately apparent that she has a connection to Dylan O’Brien’s Thomas; a connection that may well explain the Gladers’ confinement.  Teresa came into the Glade just right after the movie’s lead protagonist, Thomas (played by Dylan O’Brien) – among the boys, only both of them have repetitious dreams of a mysterious organization of which only the acronym WCKD flashes within their memories.  

                    “The Maze Runner” opens up on a vast space where teenage boys thrived for three years, each having their own group and responsibilities to attend to in order to survive.  Within The Glade is the mysterious, dangerous and massive maze where predators await.   All of the boys have awaken inside an elevator that has ascended from somewhere that led them into The Glade and has since then accustomed and resigned themselves to survive.  Until the last of them was delivered, alas, Teresa, a girl has finally found her way into the Glade. 


                    “Teresa is every bit as tough as the guys,” Scodelario affirms.  “She’s independent, feisty and tough and definitely has a ‘don’t-mess-with-me’ vibe.”  Moreover, says Ball, “she’s every bit as mysterious as the Glade and Maze, and when she comes up on that elevator, it all goes really bad.” 

    Kaya Scodelario came to mainstream attention via British TV’s with her first role in E4’s SKINS, which started in 2007. Then 14, Scodelario had never acted before, but she overcame nerves at the audition and became one of the show’s most enduring characters, starring alongside Nicholas Hoult and Jack O’Connell in the show’s four seasons.

    She appeared in her feature film debut in 2009, in Duncan Jones’s sci-fi indie “Moon,” and followed it up in 2010 with roles in “Shank” and “Clash of the Titans.” She earned critical plaudits for her turn as Cathy in Andrea Arnold’s stripped-back retelling of “Wuthering Heigths” in 2011 and starred alongside Dakota Fanning and Jeremy Irvine in the romantic drama “Now is Good” in 2012.

    Check out our movie review for "The Maze Runner here.


    “The Maze Runner” will open in theatres this September 17 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 

    Kaya Scondelario’s Unexpected Arrival In “THE MAZE RUNNER”

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    In the highly anticipated action-adventure “The Maze Runner,” based on the hugely successful book series of the same title by James Dashner,  Kaya Scodelario stars as Teresa in the movie within the midst of teenage boys confined in a place called The Glade where she is the only girl in the mix and where they have no idea who they are except for their names.



    Teresa’s arrival into the mysterious Glade takes her fellow teenage captives by surprise: she’s the first girl in their midst. It’s immediately apparent that she has a connection to Dylan O’Brien’s Thomas; a connection that may well explain the Gladers’ confinement.  Teresa came into the Glade just right after the movie’s lead protagonist, Thomas (played by Dylan O’Brien) – among the boys, only both of them have repetitious dreams of a mysterious organization of which only the acronym WCKD flashes within their memories.  

                    “The Maze Runner” opens up on a vast space where teenage boys thrived for three years, each having their own group and responsibilities to attend to in order to survive.  Within The Glade is the mysterious, dangerous and massive maze where predators await.   All of the boys have awaken inside an elevator that has ascended from somewhere that led them into The Glade and has since then accustomed and resigned themselves to survive.  Until the last of them was delivered, alas, Teresa, a girl has finally found her way into the Glade. 


                    “Teresa is every bit as tough as the guys,” Scodelario affirms.  “She’s independent, feisty and tough and definitely has a ‘don’t-mess-with-me’ vibe.”  Moreover, says Ball, “she’s every bit as mysterious as the Glade and Maze, and when she comes up on that elevator, it all goes really bad.” 

    Kaya Scodelario came to mainstream attention via British TV’s with her first role in E4’s SKINS, which started in 2007. Then 14, Scodelario had never acted before, but she overcame nerves at the audition and became one of the show’s most enduring characters, starring alongside Nicholas Hoult and Jack O’Connell in the show’s four seasons.

    She appeared in her feature film debut in 2009, in Duncan Jones’s sci-fi indie “Moon,” and followed it up in 2010 with roles in “Shank” and “Clash of the Titans.” She earned critical plaudits for her turn as Cathy in Andrea Arnold’s stripped-back retelling of “Wuthering Heigths” in 2011 and starred alongside Dakota Fanning and Jeremy Irvine in the romantic drama “Now is Good” in 2012.

    Check out our movie review for "The Maze Runner here.


    “The Maze Runner” will open in theatres this September 17 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 

    "The Maze Runner" is a captivating mind thriller set in a post apocalyptic world. The film started with blow by blow scenes filled with one revelations after the other. I enjoyed how the film maintained the curiosity of the audience revealing several clues in every sequence. One of the best thing about the film is that it captivates the audience with the simplicity of the dialogues, the overwhelming presentation of the maze, and the impressive performance of the cast. The visual effects and cinematography of the film is fantastic. "The Maze Runner" kept the audiences hooked from beginning to end. Truly, one of the film to look forward to in theatres nationwide- The Maze Runner will surely exceed your expectations.



    Based on James Dashner’s futuristic thrilling adventure of the same title, “The Maze Runner” by filmmaker Wes Ball , primarily known for his successful venture as the owner of Oddball Animation tells a story about life in a post apocalyptic world unlike no other.  “The Maze Runner” sees a group of young boys living together and surviving on their own in a place they call the Glade, not knowing who put them there and why they are there, they soon find out the chilling mystery of their entrapment when Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) is sent to the Glade.   Thomas along with the other boys and the only girl named Teresa dare to defy status quo and risk their lives to get out and run through the series of dangerous maze where predators wait to feast on human flesh.  The movie also stars Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aml Ameen, and Blake Cooper.


    Know more about the "Gladers" here: “THE MAZE RUNNER” Manual And Prayer

    “The Maze Runner” opens September 17 in theatres nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

    Movie Review: The Maze Runner

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    "The Maze Runner" is a captivating mind thriller set in a post apocalyptic world. The film started with blow by blow scenes filled with one revelations after the other. I enjoyed how the film maintained the curiosity of the audience revealing several clues in every sequence. One of the best thing about the film is that it captivates the audience with the simplicity of the dialogues, the overwhelming presentation of the maze, and the impressive performance of the cast. The visual effects and cinematography of the film is fantastic. "The Maze Runner" kept the audiences hooked from beginning to end. Truly, one of the film to look forward to in theatres nationwide- The Maze Runner will surely exceed your expectations.



    Based on James Dashner’s futuristic thrilling adventure of the same title, “The Maze Runner” by filmmaker Wes Ball , primarily known for his successful venture as the owner of Oddball Animation tells a story about life in a post apocalyptic world unlike no other.  “The Maze Runner” sees a group of young boys living together and surviving on their own in a place they call the Glade, not knowing who put them there and why they are there, they soon find out the chilling mystery of their entrapment when Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) is sent to the Glade.   Thomas along with the other boys and the only girl named Teresa dare to defy status quo and risk their lives to get out and run through the series of dangerous maze where predators wait to feast on human flesh.  The movie also stars Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aml Ameen, and Blake Cooper.


    Know more about the "Gladers" here: “THE MAZE RUNNER” Manual And Prayer

    “The Maze Runner” opens September 17 in theatres nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    As someone who has starred in her fair share of romantic comedies, Kate Hudson has had to pucker up to her fair share of hunky leading men, from Matthew McConaughey to Jon Hamm. The 35-year-old actress, who’s currently co-starring with Zach Braff in  Wish I Was Here.


    Kate Hudson plays Aidan Bloom (played by Zach Braff) beleaguered wife Sarah. For Hudson choosing to sign on to Wish I Was Here was as easy decision. She and Braff have known each other for years and have searched for the right opportunity to work together. “Zach has been a friend of mine for many years now,” Hudson says. “When he started to get this project going. I read it and I connected so much to the story and the script. It felt like some of it was a slice out of my own life. It was one of the best things Zach has ever written, and I’ve read pretty much everything that he’s written. Braff had been a fan of his leading lady for some time.”


    “When I saw Kate in Almost Famous , my jaw dropped,” he remembers. “I had that excitement you feel when a new giant talent has been discovered. I’ve been trying to work with her ever since.”
    Braff also knew that this his comfortable relationship with Hudson would translate to the screen. “We became friends some back years back,” she recalls, “We have fun friendship, and a fun repartee, and it was great to dive into a movie with that already and not have to fake it. I love Kate and she genuinely makes me laugh. I knew that would come across the characters and in the relationship.”
    Sarah is supporting the family. She’s the one with the steady job, and she’s miserable,” Hudson says for her character, “And yet she loves her husband, but she realizes she has been supporting his dream, which is not really happening.”


    “When you trying to keep things afloat and you’ve got all these plates spinning, the struggle starts to beat you down,” Hudson says of Aidan and Sarah’s relationship. “You don’t have time for each other . You don’t the opportunities to connect like you wish you could. It can be difficult. Sarah backs up and let’s Aidan take the reins to see how he can handle connecting and being fully responsible for the kids. Any parent will find story relatable. This is the real version of a family.”



    “I prefer the pace on independent films, like anything, when you’re an actor, momentum is important, you get a little lazy when you’re sitting around the set. When you’re shooting a low budget film, you’re moving really fast. There aren’t a bunch of people waiting in trailers. You don’t have any divas on set,” Hudson comments.

    For Hudson , seeing Braff direct Wish I Was Here was especially rewarding, given her closeness to the actor and filmmaker. “I love seeing friend manifest their dreams and desires , especially creatively, ” Hudson says. “ When you hear someone talk about what they want to be doing over a period of years, and then you see it happen and you’re a part of it, you do have a sense of pride for your friends. You feel so proud of them.”


    “What interesting to me is to see his professional side.” Hudson says. “We definitely do not have a professional relationship, though, creatively we were always connected watching him in action has been inspiring to me ”

    Wish I Was Here is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.

    SHOWING ON SEPTEMBER 17. NATIONWIDE!

    Kate Hudson in relationship with Zach Braff in ‘Wish I Was Here’.

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    As someone who has starred in her fair share of romantic comedies, Kate Hudson has had to pucker up to her fair share of hunky leading men, from Matthew McConaughey to Jon Hamm. The 35-year-old actress, who’s currently co-starring with Zach Braff in  Wish I Was Here.


    Kate Hudson plays Aidan Bloom (played by Zach Braff) beleaguered wife Sarah. For Hudson choosing to sign on to Wish I Was Here was as easy decision. She and Braff have known each other for years and have searched for the right opportunity to work together. “Zach has been a friend of mine for many years now,” Hudson says. “When he started to get this project going. I read it and I connected so much to the story and the script. It felt like some of it was a slice out of my own life. It was one of the best things Zach has ever written, and I’ve read pretty much everything that he’s written. Braff had been a fan of his leading lady for some time.”


    “When I saw Kate in Almost Famous , my jaw dropped,” he remembers. “I had that excitement you feel when a new giant talent has been discovered. I’ve been trying to work with her ever since.”
    Braff also knew that this his comfortable relationship with Hudson would translate to the screen. “We became friends some back years back,” she recalls, “We have fun friendship, and a fun repartee, and it was great to dive into a movie with that already and not have to fake it. I love Kate and she genuinely makes me laugh. I knew that would come across the characters and in the relationship.”
    Sarah is supporting the family. She’s the one with the steady job, and she’s miserable,” Hudson says for her character, “And yet she loves her husband, but she realizes she has been supporting his dream, which is not really happening.”


    “When you trying to keep things afloat and you’ve got all these plates spinning, the struggle starts to beat you down,” Hudson says of Aidan and Sarah’s relationship. “You don’t have time for each other . You don’t the opportunities to connect like you wish you could. It can be difficult. Sarah backs up and let’s Aidan take the reins to see how he can handle connecting and being fully responsible for the kids. Any parent will find story relatable. This is the real version of a family.”



    “I prefer the pace on independent films, like anything, when you’re an actor, momentum is important, you get a little lazy when you’re sitting around the set. When you’re shooting a low budget film, you’re moving really fast. There aren’t a bunch of people waiting in trailers. You don’t have any divas on set,” Hudson comments.

    For Hudson , seeing Braff direct Wish I Was Here was especially rewarding, given her closeness to the actor and filmmaker. “I love seeing friend manifest their dreams and desires , especially creatively, ” Hudson says. “ When you hear someone talk about what they want to be doing over a period of years, and then you see it happen and you’re a part of it, you do have a sense of pride for your friends. You feel so proud of them.”


    “What interesting to me is to see his professional side.” Hudson says. “We definitely do not have a professional relationship, though, creatively we were always connected watching him in action has been inspiring to me ”

    Wish I Was Here is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.

    SHOWING ON SEPTEMBER 17. NATIONWIDE!

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