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    The much anticipated return of Keanu Reeves in full-tilt action is about to end in his upcoming movie "John Wick" where he plays an ex-hitman forced to come out of retirement and brings bloody vengeance to the Russian mobsters who took everything from him.     

                    Making their directorial debut in "John Wick" are Chad Stahelski and David Leitch whom Reeves have long collaborated with since in "The Matrix" films who have served as the movies' stunt coordinators and are now Hollywood's most in-demand when it comes to training actors in action films. Most recently, the duo's works include phenomenal hits such as "300," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," "The Bourne Legacy" and "The Hunger Games."


                    Starring alongside an all-star cast with Willem Dafoe, Michael Nyvist, Adrianne Palicki, Alfie Allen, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane and John Leguizamo, Reeves ups the action ante in "John Wick" as he pulls off the latest grueling and highly complex action scenes.

                    In recent interviews, Reeves enthused on reuniting with Chad and David,  "Working with Chad and Dave, there was an ambition to do something at a high level. They've wanted to direct a film for a long time, and they wanted to raise the bar, have a style, have a vision."


                    Retracing their passion for martial arts where Chad and David met while studying the moves, they soon find themselves as stuntmen for movies and has since progressed as stunt coordinators/directors.

                    In "John Wick," they have a chance to showcase the high-concept stunt have they been working on for years which they call the "gun fu," a hybrid stunt that includes flying fists and firearms.  With Reeves, this "gun fu" mix of martial arts and guns is something they believe the actor can believably pull off.  "We've had the pleasure to work with a lot of actors, but Keanu is as hard-core as they come," Leitch said. "He's as hard-boiled as John Wick. We asked more of him than we'd ever asked of any actor, and he never let us down."

                    "John Wick" opens October 29 in cinemas from Pioneer Films. Watch the official trailer of "John Wick" here:


    KEANU REEVES' DOUBLE AS NEO IN "MATRIX" IS NOW THE ACTOR'S DIRECTOR IN "JOHN WICK"

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    The much anticipated return of Keanu Reeves in full-tilt action is about to end in his upcoming movie "John Wick" where he plays an ex-hitman forced to come out of retirement and brings bloody vengeance to the Russian mobsters who took everything from him.     

                    Making their directorial debut in "John Wick" are Chad Stahelski and David Leitch whom Reeves have long collaborated with since in "The Matrix" films who have served as the movies' stunt coordinators and are now Hollywood's most in-demand when it comes to training actors in action films. Most recently, the duo's works include phenomenal hits such as "300," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," "The Bourne Legacy" and "The Hunger Games."


                    Starring alongside an all-star cast with Willem Dafoe, Michael Nyvist, Adrianne Palicki, Alfie Allen, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane and John Leguizamo, Reeves ups the action ante in "John Wick" as he pulls off the latest grueling and highly complex action scenes.

                    In recent interviews, Reeves enthused on reuniting with Chad and David,  "Working with Chad and Dave, there was an ambition to do something at a high level. They've wanted to direct a film for a long time, and they wanted to raise the bar, have a style, have a vision."


                    Retracing their passion for martial arts where Chad and David met while studying the moves, they soon find themselves as stuntmen for movies and has since progressed as stunt coordinators/directors.

                    In "John Wick," they have a chance to showcase the high-concept stunt have they been working on for years which they call the "gun fu," a hybrid stunt that includes flying fists and firearms.  With Reeves, this "gun fu" mix of martial arts and guns is something they believe the actor can believably pull off.  "We've had the pleasure to work with a lot of actors, but Keanu is as hard-core as they come," Leitch said. "He's as hard-boiled as John Wick. We asked more of him than we'd ever asked of any actor, and he never let us down."

                    "John Wick" opens October 29 in cinemas from Pioneer Films. Watch the official trailer of "John Wick" here:


    Dreamworks Animation’s “PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR” (3D) star in their own feature film, a spin-off to the studio’s enormously successful “Madagascar” series which have earned close to two billions dollars since their debut in 2005 - and further explores the back story of the  popular Polar foursome penguins, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private (respectively voiced by Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, John DiMaggio and Christopher Knights)




                    In the movie that will finally blow the spy quartet’s cover, the penguins will face-off with an eccentric genius and brilliant creature from their past known as Dr. Octavius Brine or Dave (voiced by John Malkovich).  Step back in time...only to move fast forward and discover how they came to be the world’s fearless agents in the world of espionage.  They soon join forces with an elite spy group known as the North Wind led by a panache of a wolf known as Agent Classified (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) to stop Dave from his evil plans.  




                     Directed by Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell, “Penguins of Madagascar” (3D) will finally reveal the untold story of the world’s most hilarious covert birds on November 26 nationwide in cinemas (Phils.) from Dreamworks Animation and 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 

    Check the official first four minutes of “Penguins of Madagascar” video clip here:

    Dreamworks’ “PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR” (3D): Reveals First Four Minutes!

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    Dreamworks Animation’s “PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR” (3D) star in their own feature film, a spin-off to the studio’s enormously successful “Madagascar” series which have earned close to two billions dollars since their debut in 2005 - and further explores the back story of the  popular Polar foursome penguins, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private (respectively voiced by Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, John DiMaggio and Christopher Knights)




                    In the movie that will finally blow the spy quartet’s cover, the penguins will face-off with an eccentric genius and brilliant creature from their past known as Dr. Octavius Brine or Dave (voiced by John Malkovich).  Step back in time...only to move fast forward and discover how they came to be the world’s fearless agents in the world of espionage.  They soon join forces with an elite spy group known as the North Wind led by a panache of a wolf known as Agent Classified (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) to stop Dave from his evil plans.  




                     Directed by Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell, “Penguins of Madagascar” (3D) will finally reveal the untold story of the world’s most hilarious covert birds on November 26 nationwide in cinemas (Phils.) from Dreamworks Animation and 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 

    Check the official first four minutes of “Penguins of Madagascar” video clip here:

    Set to storm the box-office at #1 spot, “Fury” has generated majority of nods from various outlets forecasting that the movie is poised to lead the box-office when it opens alongside other releases (opens October 17 - U.S. / October 22 – Phils.).



                    Starring an ensemble cast led by Brad Pit alongside Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jason Isaacs and Jon Bernthal,  “Fury” has opened to solid, positive reviews -  with a high 76% on Rotten Tomatoes,  with Screenrant picking “Fury” in their weekly predictions at number one and Fandango, the US’ largest online movie ticket company reports that “Fury” is leading the weekend in ticket sales, scoring 77 over 100 on the company’s movie buzz indicator.


                    Directed by David Ayer, known for his extreme thrilling screenplays (in the hit movies "Training Day," "The Fast and The Furious" and "S.W.A.T."), “Fury” is a visceral depiction of reality against the backdrop of World War II. “Fury” takes place in late-war Germany during April 1945.  As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy  (Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.  The whole movie takes place in 24 hours, from dawn one morning to dawn the next day, Outmanned and outgunned, they only won through true, raw fighting.
     

     “The war’s almost over and this dying elephant – the Nazi empire – is on its last legs,” Ayer explains. “It’s a different world from your usual war movie, where we celebrate victorious campaigns like the invasion of the European continent, or D-Day, or the Battle of the Bulge, these famous battles that American troops have taken part in.  One of the forgotten time periods is this last gasp of the Nazi empire, with an American army that has been fighting for years and is on its last reserves of manpower.


                     One way that the filmmakers were able to “get it right” was to enlist the aid of a number of veterans of the 2nd Armored Division who served during World War II, , including those who could provide first-hand accounts of what it was like to operate a tank in some of the bloodiest battles of the war.  Details of the tankers’ memories come alive in Fury– for example, that every fifth bullet from the machine gun is a tracer; that there are so many tracers that the heat can melt the barrel; that the difference between outgoing and incoming artillery is the incoming’s telltale whistle; that the outgunned Sherman tanks could find ways to use their exceptional mobility against the Germans’ mighty Tiger tanks.  It’s these details that make the film feel true-to-life.



                    “Veteran accounts are hugely important, because they bring it to life,” says David Rae, one of the military technical advisors on the film.  “They give you the actual ground truth of how a crew fought through different theaters – through Normandy, North Africa, through the low countries, and finally to Germany, that final push.  They give you interesting stories that you can grab hold of and emotionally attach yourself to.”



                    Distributed by Pioneer Films, “Fury” storms theatres nationwide this October 22 in the Philippines.


    “FURY” Strongly Heads To Top Spot at the Box-Office

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    Set to storm the box-office at #1 spot, “Fury” has generated majority of nods from various outlets forecasting that the movie is poised to lead the box-office when it opens alongside other releases (opens October 17 - U.S. / October 22 – Phils.).



                    Starring an ensemble cast led by Brad Pit alongside Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jason Isaacs and Jon Bernthal,  “Fury” has opened to solid, positive reviews -  with a high 76% on Rotten Tomatoes,  with Screenrant picking “Fury” in their weekly predictions at number one and Fandango, the US’ largest online movie ticket company reports that “Fury” is leading the weekend in ticket sales, scoring 77 over 100 on the company’s movie buzz indicator.


                    Directed by David Ayer, known for his extreme thrilling screenplays (in the hit movies "Training Day," "The Fast and The Furious" and "S.W.A.T."), “Fury” is a visceral depiction of reality against the backdrop of World War II. “Fury” takes place in late-war Germany during April 1945.  As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy  (Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.  The whole movie takes place in 24 hours, from dawn one morning to dawn the next day, Outmanned and outgunned, they only won through true, raw fighting.
     

     “The war’s almost over and this dying elephant – the Nazi empire – is on its last legs,” Ayer explains. “It’s a different world from your usual war movie, where we celebrate victorious campaigns like the invasion of the European continent, or D-Day, or the Battle of the Bulge, these famous battles that American troops have taken part in.  One of the forgotten time periods is this last gasp of the Nazi empire, with an American army that has been fighting for years and is on its last reserves of manpower.


                     One way that the filmmakers were able to “get it right” was to enlist the aid of a number of veterans of the 2nd Armored Division who served during World War II, , including those who could provide first-hand accounts of what it was like to operate a tank in some of the bloodiest battles of the war.  Details of the tankers’ memories come alive in Fury– for example, that every fifth bullet from the machine gun is a tracer; that there are so many tracers that the heat can melt the barrel; that the difference between outgoing and incoming artillery is the incoming’s telltale whistle; that the outgunned Sherman tanks could find ways to use their exceptional mobility against the Germans’ mighty Tiger tanks.  It’s these details that make the film feel true-to-life.



                    “Veteran accounts are hugely important, because they bring it to life,” says David Rae, one of the military technical advisors on the film.  “They give you the actual ground truth of how a crew fought through different theaters – through Normandy, North Africa, through the low countries, and finally to Germany, that final push.  They give you interesting stories that you can grab hold of and emotionally attach yourself to.”



                    Distributed by Pioneer Films, “Fury” storms theatres nationwide this October 22 in the Philippines.


    The curse from ancient times continues to the present times when “The Pyramid” was unearthed by a team of a father-daughter,  both scientists along with their crew and two  journalists looking for proof of civilization from centuries past.


                    Believed to be the curse of the pharaohs against adventurers who dare disturb their sacred tombs, history has recorded ample proofs that the curse is indeed a strong unseen force not to be toyed with even at the time of breakthroughs in technology.  From the 1600s that saw ships submerged by brutal storms that carries mummies and treasures from the pyramids to the 1900s when Tutankhamen’s tomb was opened that had a series of horrifying deaths that befall every excavation team,  now follows the latest find of the century wherein a 3-sided pyramid had been dug from the deserts of Egypt. 



    Once the entrance to the pyramid had been unlocked, the group decided to take a quick tour and record the writings and treasures hidden in the tombs – only to find out that the walls are built to keep people inside from escaping.  In their quest to get out of the pyramid alive, they discover that they are not just trapped but have become the target of a vicious creature that have been lurking inside the pyramid for centuries.  


                     Opening across the nation on December 10 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox, “The Pyramid” is shot in found footage style directed by Grégory Levasseur starring Denis O’Hare, Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley, Amir K and Christa Nicola.


    Scientists Discover Their Own Horror In “THE PYRAMID”

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    The curse from ancient times continues to the present times when “The Pyramid” was unearthed by a team of a father-daughter,  both scientists along with their crew and two  journalists looking for proof of civilization from centuries past.


                    Believed to be the curse of the pharaohs against adventurers who dare disturb their sacred tombs, history has recorded ample proofs that the curse is indeed a strong unseen force not to be toyed with even at the time of breakthroughs in technology.  From the 1600s that saw ships submerged by brutal storms that carries mummies and treasures from the pyramids to the 1900s when Tutankhamen’s tomb was opened that had a series of horrifying deaths that befall every excavation team,  now follows the latest find of the century wherein a 3-sided pyramid had been dug from the deserts of Egypt. 



    Once the entrance to the pyramid had been unlocked, the group decided to take a quick tour and record the writings and treasures hidden in the tombs – only to find out that the walls are built to keep people inside from escaping.  In their quest to get out of the pyramid alive, they discover that they are not just trapped but have become the target of a vicious creature that have been lurking inside the pyramid for centuries.  


                     Opening across the nation on December 10 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox, “The Pyramid” is shot in found footage style directed by Grégory Levasseur starring Denis O’Hare, Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley, Amir K and Christa Nicola.


    Money hardly ever stays in place in the much-anticipated crime thriller “The Drop” where an unusual love story is set in the midst of an organized crime’s unbreakable grip on small pubs and taverns used as money-laundering “drops.”



    Director Michaël Roskam assembled an international cast for his American film debut in “The Drop,” including British actor Tom Hardy, who electrified audiences as the masked criminal mastermind Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises,” Swedish-Spanish actress Noomi Rapace, who captured international acclaim as the brilliant, damaged Lisbeth Salander in the original “The Girl with the Golden Tattoo” series; the late “The Sopranos” star and New Jersey native James Gandolfini in his last film role; as well as and Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts, who played the lead role in Roskam’s award-winning “Bullhead.”



    Hardy is Bob Saginowksi in “The Drop,” a bartender at his cousin Marv’s bar where Brooklyn crime bosses use the place as a temporary bank for their ill-gotten gains.  The film opens on the day Bob re-engages with the world he’s closed himself off from. It all starts with Rocco, the puppy. “Bob made a decision ten years ago to shut himself away from humanity, from feeling,” says the movie’s screenwriter Dennis Lehane, from whose short story “Animal Rescue” the film is based upon.  “Suddenly something begins to open up in him. He meets this woman. He starts to re-join the human race. The largest dramatic question of the film is, can Bob really be rescued?”

    Bob’s simple life becomes much more complicated when he discovers a battered pit bull puppy in a trash can. Turning to his neighbor Nadia (Noomi Rapace) for help, he nurses the puppy back to health, as their mutual concern for the dog sparks an unexpected attraction between them. But when Eric Deeds (Matthias Schoenaerts), the dog’s original owner and Nadia’s abusive ex-boyfriend, tries to reclaim both of them, and a robbery at the bar puts Bob in the crosshairs of the Chechen crime boss who owns it, Bob is forced to face the shocking truth about the people he thinks he knows best—including himself. 

    “Like most of the people in the film, he is chasing something that’s already in the rearview mirror,” the writer continues. “They’re trying to get back to a self that doesn’t exist anymore. That idea fascinated me as I was writing the script. I think the audience will feel an emotional connection with the characters that leads them to some sort of emotional truth about their own lives, about the moments when they seem to be stuck in gear. The people who successfully navigate those waters are the ones who will ultimately reach a happy ending.”


    “The Drop” will finally open in theatres on November 12 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 

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    Money hardly ever stays in place in the much-anticipated crime thriller “The Drop” where an unusual love story is set in the midst of an organized crime’s unbreakable grip on small pubs and taverns used as money-laundering “drops.”



    Director Michaël Roskam assembled an international cast for his American film debut in “The Drop,” including British actor Tom Hardy, who electrified audiences as the masked criminal mastermind Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises,” Swedish-Spanish actress Noomi Rapace, who captured international acclaim as the brilliant, damaged Lisbeth Salander in the original “The Girl with the Golden Tattoo” series; the late “The Sopranos” star and New Jersey native James Gandolfini in his last film role; as well as and Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts, who played the lead role in Roskam’s award-winning “Bullhead.”



    Hardy is Bob Saginowksi in “The Drop,” a bartender at his cousin Marv’s bar where Brooklyn crime bosses use the place as a temporary bank for their ill-gotten gains.  The film opens on the day Bob re-engages with the world he’s closed himself off from. It all starts with Rocco, the puppy. “Bob made a decision ten years ago to shut himself away from humanity, from feeling,” says the movie’s screenwriter Dennis Lehane, from whose short story “Animal Rescue” the film is based upon.  “Suddenly something begins to open up in him. He meets this woman. He starts to re-join the human race. The largest dramatic question of the film is, can Bob really be rescued?”

    Bob’s simple life becomes much more complicated when he discovers a battered pit bull puppy in a trash can. Turning to his neighbor Nadia (Noomi Rapace) for help, he nurses the puppy back to health, as their mutual concern for the dog sparks an unexpected attraction between them. But when Eric Deeds (Matthias Schoenaerts), the dog’s original owner and Nadia’s abusive ex-boyfriend, tries to reclaim both of them, and a robbery at the bar puts Bob in the crosshairs of the Chechen crime boss who owns it, Bob is forced to face the shocking truth about the people he thinks he knows best—including himself. 

    “Like most of the people in the film, he is chasing something that’s already in the rearview mirror,” the writer continues. “They’re trying to get back to a self that doesn’t exist anymore. That idea fascinated me as I was writing the script. I think the audience will feel an emotional connection with the characters that leads them to some sort of emotional truth about their own lives, about the moments when they seem to be stuck in gear. The people who successfully navigate those waters are the ones who will ultimately reach a happy ending.”


    “The Drop” will finally open in theatres on November 12 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 

    Friday, October 17, 2014

    From the chilling horror thriller “The Pact” that became a phenomenal theatrical release  in the UK  now comes “Devil’s Pact” where evil has found a way to come back seeking revenge that follows a series of horrifying deaths.

      
                    “Devil’s Pact” (entitled “The Pact II” in other territories), sees a repeat on the potential tremendous success of its predecessor because of the genre’s (horror) tremendous appeal on today’s generation of moviegoers.  Nicolas McCarthy, “The Pact’s” writer-director now serves as executive producer for “Devil’s Pact” while  Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath co-scripted and directed the second of “Pact” installment.


                    In the movie, the house that Annie Barlow from the first film starts to terrify once more where newly-transferred resident June Abbott (played by Camilla Luddington) starts to feel and hear strange movements in the house.   June, a freelance crime-scene cleaner and aspiring horror illustrator has recently moved in the previously haunted house following an assignment mopping up after the horrific murder of a model named Ellie Ford (Suziey Block). 

                    With her boyfriend Daniel (Scott Michael Foster), a straight-arrow police office and an FBI agent named Ballard (Patrick Fischler) supporting her to unravel the latest mystery that haunts the town, June soon finds out the sickening truth that connects her to the evil that keeps coming back.


                    “Devil’s Pact” soon opens in theatres,  November 12 from Axinite Digicinema.  

    Evil Reborn in “DEVIL’S PACT”

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    From the chilling horror thriller “The Pact” that became a phenomenal theatrical release  in the UK  now comes “Devil’s Pact” where evil has found a way to come back seeking revenge that follows a series of horrifying deaths.

      
                    “Devil’s Pact” (entitled “The Pact II” in other territories), sees a repeat on the potential tremendous success of its predecessor because of the genre’s (horror) tremendous appeal on today’s generation of moviegoers.  Nicolas McCarthy, “The Pact’s” writer-director now serves as executive producer for “Devil’s Pact” while  Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath co-scripted and directed the second of “Pact” installment.


                    In the movie, the house that Annie Barlow from the first film starts to terrify once more where newly-transferred resident June Abbott (played by Camilla Luddington) starts to feel and hear strange movements in the house.   June, a freelance crime-scene cleaner and aspiring horror illustrator has recently moved in the previously haunted house following an assignment mopping up after the horrific murder of a model named Ellie Ford (Suziey Block). 

                    With her boyfriend Daniel (Scott Michael Foster), a straight-arrow police office and an FBI agent named Ballard (Patrick Fischler) supporting her to unravel the latest mystery that haunts the town, June soon finds out the sickening truth that connects her to the evil that keeps coming back.


                    “Devil’s Pact” soon opens in theatres,  November 12 from Axinite Digicinema.  

    Outgunned and outnumbered, Brad Pitt leads a formidable cast in the latest non-stop action thriller “Fury” with his crew of soldiers including Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, and Scott Eastwood on a deadly mission behind enemy lines during World War II.



                    Pioneer Films releases “Fury’s” poster and trailer where we see Pitt take on the role of a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy who commands a Sherman tank with his crew and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.



                    “Fury is not your grandfather’s war movie,” says producer Bill Block, “I don’t think we’ve seen the physical horror that the armored division went through.  Outmanned and outgunned, they only won through true, raw fighting.”



    “No one writes about men at their most vulnerable the way David does,” says producer John Lesher, who previously teamed with Ayer on his acclaimed film End of Watch.  “In all of his films, I see some common themes: they are about brotherly love, friendship, fathers and sons, and some of these themes resonated quite heavily in this script.”



    Fury takes place in late-war Germany, 1945.  “The war’s almost over and this dying elephant – the Nazi empire – is on its last legs,” writer and director David Ayer explains.  “It’s a different world from your usual war movie, where we celebrate victorious campaigns like the invasion of the European continent, or D-Day, or the Battle of the Bulge, these famous battles that American troops have taken part in.  One of the forgotten time periods is this last gasp of the Nazi empire, with an American army that has been fighting for years and is on its last reserves of manpower.  The men are exhausted.  In World War II, you fought until you either won or died, or were grievously injured and got sent home.  The fanatical regime is collapsing, it’s a confusing environment where anyone can be the enemy – it’s incredibly taxing on the fighting man’s soul.”

    Catch “Fury” this October 22 in cinemas nationwide.


    ReleaseThe “FURY”

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    Outgunned and outnumbered, Brad Pitt leads a formidable cast in the latest non-stop action thriller “Fury” with his crew of soldiers including Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, and Scott Eastwood on a deadly mission behind enemy lines during World War II.



                    Pioneer Films releases “Fury’s” poster and trailer where we see Pitt take on the role of a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy who commands a Sherman tank with his crew and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.



                    “Fury is not your grandfather’s war movie,” says producer Bill Block, “I don’t think we’ve seen the physical horror that the armored division went through.  Outmanned and outgunned, they only won through true, raw fighting.”



    “No one writes about men at their most vulnerable the way David does,” says producer John Lesher, who previously teamed with Ayer on his acclaimed film End of Watch.  “In all of his films, I see some common themes: they are about brotherly love, friendship, fathers and sons, and some of these themes resonated quite heavily in this script.”



    Fury takes place in late-war Germany, 1945.  “The war’s almost over and this dying elephant – the Nazi empire – is on its last legs,” writer and director David Ayer explains.  “It’s a different world from your usual war movie, where we celebrate victorious campaigns like the invasion of the European continent, or D-Day, or the Battle of the Bulge, these famous battles that American troops have taken part in.  One of the forgotten time periods is this last gasp of the Nazi empire, with an American army that has been fighting for years and is on its last reserves of manpower.  The men are exhausted.  In World War II, you fought until you either won or died, or were grievously injured and got sent home.  The fanatical regime is collapsing, it’s a confusing environment where anyone can be the enemy – it’s incredibly taxing on the fighting man’s soul.”

    Catch “Fury” this October 22 in cinemas nationwide.


    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    The Cultural Center of the Philippines, The Metropolitan Opera, The Filipinas Opera Society Foundation, Inc. and Ayala Malls Cinemas bring to the country New York’s The Met Opera series of live performances filmed in high-definition video made available at Greenbelt3 Cinema starting this October 14 with “Rigoletto.”



    Presenting world-class productions to a wider audience and making it more accessible globally, this latest in digital movie experience allows more people, who are unable to get to New York City, to watch The Met’s high-quality series of operatic performances.  Through digital technology, the stage plays will be presented at Ayala Malls Cinemas’ Greenbelt 3 screens as it was recorded during their live performance at The Met – complete with backstage scenes, interviews with the actors and production crew.

    Amir Precilla - General Manager of Ayala Malls Cinemas,
    Myrna Fernandez - President of Ayala Malls Cinemas, Dr. Raul Sunico - CCP President

    The recent opening gala at Ayala Malls Cinemas’ Greenbelt 3 featured the operatic stage play in HD “La Bohème” preceded by a program at Greenbelt  5’s The Gallery where two of the Philippines’ pride in the performing arts enthralled the guests eager for a whole new experience at the movies – soprano Jade Rubis Riccio and pianist Farley Asuncion..

    Dr. Raul Sunico - CCP President

    Abuzz with anticipation of this latest offering from Ayala Malls Cinemas, guests were then treated to the first ever screening of “La Bohème.”  This operatic masterpiece is Puccini’s moving story of young love is the most performed opera in Met history—and with good reason. Anita Hartig stars as the frail Mimì in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with Vittorio Grigolo as her passionate lover, Rodolfo.  La Bohème is an opera in four acts, composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger. The world premiere performance of La Bohème was in Turin on  Feb. 1, 1896 at the Teatro Regio, conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini. Since then, La Bohème has become part of the standard Italian opera repertory and is one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide.

    Jade Rubis Riccio - Soprano, Farley Asuncion - Pianist 
    Following the onscreen gala of The Met Opera’s “La Boheme,” Ayala Malls Cinemas invites cineastes and avid stage play aficionados for the series of upcoming stage plays in HD at Greenbelt3 cinemas this October 14 featuring “Rigoletto” starting 6:30pm. 

    “Rigoletto” is the Italian libretto written by Francesco Maria Piave based on the play Le roi s'amuse by Victor Hugo. Conducted by Michele Mariotti, its tragic story introduces Rigoletto, a hunchback sidekick and comedian, the licentious Duke of Mantuaand Rigoletto's beautiful daughter Gilda. The opera's original title, La Maledizione (The Curse), refers to the curse placed on both the Duke and Rigoletto by a courtier whose daughter had been seduced by the Duke with Rigoletto's encouragement. The curse comes to fruition when Gilda likewise falls in love with the Duke and eventually sacrifices her life to save him from the assassins hired by her father.  Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings the title role of Verdi’s tragic masterpiece for the first time at the Met in this Michael Mayer’s dazzling production set in Las Vegas – the neon-bedecked hit of the 2012-2013 season.  Included in the cast are Matthew Polenzani is the womanizing duke, and Irina Lungu and Sonya Yoncheva, sing the role of Gilda.

    The Met’s Opera productions at Greenbelt 3 are valued at P400 per ticket, further Ayala Malls Cinemas is also offering subscriptions of all six Met Opera titles at a special rate – check out www.sureseats.com for more details.





    Delivering the latest performances from The Metropolitan Opera in New York, Ayala Malls Cinemas will soon release the following Met Opera productions for the rest of 2014 until the first quarter of 2015:  

    “Rusalka” on November 18.  The great Renée Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, singing the enchanting “Song to the Moon” in Dvorák’s soulful fairy-tale opera. Tenor Piotr Beczala co-stars as the Prince, Dolora Zajick is Ježibaba, and dynamic young maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium.  

    “Otello” on December 16. In this Met production, star soprano Renée Fleming leads the cast in the role of Otello’s true love and victim, Desdemona. Johan Botha sings the title role of the fearless warrior destroyed by jealousy, and Falk Struckmann is the plotting Iago. Otello explores timeless themes of love, jealousy, trust, gossip, fame, the meaning of friendship, and the dangerous line between public and private life—all of which young people can relate to.

    “La Bohéme” will then again be featured on January 13.

     “Werther” on February 10.  Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of Massenet's sublime adaptation of Goethe's revolutionary and tragic romance, opposite Sophie Koch as Charlotte. The new production is directed and designed by Richard Eyre and Rob Howell, the same team that created the Met's recent hit staging of Carmen. Rising young maestro Alain Altinoglu conducts.

    “The Enchanted Island” on March 3.   Inspired by the 18th-century tradition of the pastiche, The Enchanted Island is an extraordinary new work featuring music by some of the Baroque era’s greatest composers and a libretto devised and written by Jeremy Sams. A popular genre in its day, a pastiche (or pasticcio) combines existing music by one or several composers with a new text and storyline. Handel, Vivaldi, and Rameau, whose works are prominently featured in The Enchanted Island, all devised pastiches from their own music.


    Log on to www.sureseats.com and like AyalaMallsCinemas on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @mySureSeats for more information on The Met Opera shows at Greenbelt 3 schedule and ticket reservation.

    New York’s The Metropolitan World-Class Productions in High-Definition (HD) Video in AYALA MALLS CINEMAS’ GREENBELT 3

    Posted at  2:34 PM  |  in  TALK OF THE TOWN  |  Read More»

    The Cultural Center of the Philippines, The Metropolitan Opera, The Filipinas Opera Society Foundation, Inc. and Ayala Malls Cinemas bring to the country New York’s The Met Opera series of live performances filmed in high-definition video made available at Greenbelt3 Cinema starting this October 14 with “Rigoletto.”



    Presenting world-class productions to a wider audience and making it more accessible globally, this latest in digital movie experience allows more people, who are unable to get to New York City, to watch The Met’s high-quality series of operatic performances.  Through digital technology, the stage plays will be presented at Ayala Malls Cinemas’ Greenbelt 3 screens as it was recorded during their live performance at The Met – complete with backstage scenes, interviews with the actors and production crew.

    Amir Precilla - General Manager of Ayala Malls Cinemas,
    Myrna Fernandez - President of Ayala Malls Cinemas, Dr. Raul Sunico - CCP President

    The recent opening gala at Ayala Malls Cinemas’ Greenbelt 3 featured the operatic stage play in HD “La Bohème” preceded by a program at Greenbelt  5’s The Gallery where two of the Philippines’ pride in the performing arts enthralled the guests eager for a whole new experience at the movies – soprano Jade Rubis Riccio and pianist Farley Asuncion..

    Dr. Raul Sunico - CCP President

    Abuzz with anticipation of this latest offering from Ayala Malls Cinemas, guests were then treated to the first ever screening of “La Bohème.”  This operatic masterpiece is Puccini’s moving story of young love is the most performed opera in Met history—and with good reason. Anita Hartig stars as the frail Mimì in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with Vittorio Grigolo as her passionate lover, Rodolfo.  La Bohème is an opera in four acts, composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger. The world premiere performance of La Bohème was in Turin on  Feb. 1, 1896 at the Teatro Regio, conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini. Since then, La Bohème has become part of the standard Italian opera repertory and is one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide.

    Jade Rubis Riccio - Soprano, Farley Asuncion - Pianist 
    Following the onscreen gala of The Met Opera’s “La Boheme,” Ayala Malls Cinemas invites cineastes and avid stage play aficionados for the series of upcoming stage plays in HD at Greenbelt3 cinemas this October 14 featuring “Rigoletto” starting 6:30pm. 

    “Rigoletto” is the Italian libretto written by Francesco Maria Piave based on the play Le roi s'amuse by Victor Hugo. Conducted by Michele Mariotti, its tragic story introduces Rigoletto, a hunchback sidekick and comedian, the licentious Duke of Mantuaand Rigoletto's beautiful daughter Gilda. The opera's original title, La Maledizione (The Curse), refers to the curse placed on both the Duke and Rigoletto by a courtier whose daughter had been seduced by the Duke with Rigoletto's encouragement. The curse comes to fruition when Gilda likewise falls in love with the Duke and eventually sacrifices her life to save him from the assassins hired by her father.  Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings the title role of Verdi’s tragic masterpiece for the first time at the Met in this Michael Mayer’s dazzling production set in Las Vegas – the neon-bedecked hit of the 2012-2013 season.  Included in the cast are Matthew Polenzani is the womanizing duke, and Irina Lungu and Sonya Yoncheva, sing the role of Gilda.

    The Met’s Opera productions at Greenbelt 3 are valued at P400 per ticket, further Ayala Malls Cinemas is also offering subscriptions of all six Met Opera titles at a special rate – check out www.sureseats.com for more details.





    Delivering the latest performances from The Metropolitan Opera in New York, Ayala Malls Cinemas will soon release the following Met Opera productions for the rest of 2014 until the first quarter of 2015:  

    “Rusalka” on November 18.  The great Renée Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, singing the enchanting “Song to the Moon” in Dvorák’s soulful fairy-tale opera. Tenor Piotr Beczala co-stars as the Prince, Dolora Zajick is Ježibaba, and dynamic young maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium.  

    “Otello” on December 16. In this Met production, star soprano Renée Fleming leads the cast in the role of Otello’s true love and victim, Desdemona. Johan Botha sings the title role of the fearless warrior destroyed by jealousy, and Falk Struckmann is the plotting Iago. Otello explores timeless themes of love, jealousy, trust, gossip, fame, the meaning of friendship, and the dangerous line between public and private life—all of which young people can relate to.

    “La Bohéme” will then again be featured on January 13.

     “Werther” on February 10.  Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of Massenet's sublime adaptation of Goethe's revolutionary and tragic romance, opposite Sophie Koch as Charlotte. The new production is directed and designed by Richard Eyre and Rob Howell, the same team that created the Met's recent hit staging of Carmen. Rising young maestro Alain Altinoglu conducts.

    “The Enchanted Island” on March 3.   Inspired by the 18th-century tradition of the pastiche, The Enchanted Island is an extraordinary new work featuring music by some of the Baroque era’s greatest composers and a libretto devised and written by Jeremy Sams. A popular genre in its day, a pastiche (or pasticcio) combines existing music by one or several composers with a new text and storyline. Handel, Vivaldi, and Rameau, whose works are prominently featured in The Enchanted Island, all devised pastiches from their own music.


    Log on to www.sureseats.com and like AyalaMallsCinemas on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @mySureSeats for more information on The Met Opera shows at Greenbelt 3 schedule and ticket reservation.

    Horror returns in “Devil’s Pact” when a woman finds herself plagued by recurring nightmares involving a serial killer only to realize that her dreams are for real.



    Directed and written Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath, “Devil’s Pact” follows the highly successful “The Pact” and sees a new female protagonist fighting for her life and the lives around her – June Abbot (played by Camilla Luddington), a woman whose carefully constructed life in Los Angeles is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life.  The film takes flight weeks after Annie Barlow’s (from The Pact) confrontation with the Judas Killer from the first film."

    June Abbot is a freelance crime-scene cleaner and aspiring horror illustrator in “Devil’s Pact” where she was assigned at the horrific murder of erotic model Ellie Ford (Suziey Block) where after a while,  June begins to experience terrifying waking visions of the crime, but hides her unease from her boyfriend Daniel (Scott Michael Foster), a straight-arrow police officer.

    FBI agent Ballard (Patrick Fischler), who’s recently wrapped up the case of the prolific “Judas Killer,” reveals that June’s mother was one of his original victims and now Ballard believes that the copycat murderer who decapitated Ford is targeting June. As her terrifying visions of Ford’s death intensify, strange noises and ghostly late-night visitations indicate that June’s LA home may be infested with an evil presence. The reappearance of Annie Barlow (Lotz), the young woman who previously dispatched the Judas Killer in self-defense, contributes to June’s growing suspicion that Ballard’s theory may actually be correct, as she senses a threatening presence closing in on her that neither the FBI agent nor Daniel can protect her from.


                    Catch the horrifying dreams turned real when “Devil’s Pact” opens November 12 in theaters from Axinite Digicinema.

    Horrifying Dreams Turned Real When “Devil’s Pact” opens November 12

    Posted at  10:33 AM  |  in  UPCOMING MOVIES  |  Read More»

    Horror returns in “Devil’s Pact” when a woman finds herself plagued by recurring nightmares involving a serial killer only to realize that her dreams are for real.



    Directed and written Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath, “Devil’s Pact” follows the highly successful “The Pact” and sees a new female protagonist fighting for her life and the lives around her – June Abbot (played by Camilla Luddington), a woman whose carefully constructed life in Los Angeles is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life.  The film takes flight weeks after Annie Barlow’s (from The Pact) confrontation with the Judas Killer from the first film."

    June Abbot is a freelance crime-scene cleaner and aspiring horror illustrator in “Devil’s Pact” where she was assigned at the horrific murder of erotic model Ellie Ford (Suziey Block) where after a while,  June begins to experience terrifying waking visions of the crime, but hides her unease from her boyfriend Daniel (Scott Michael Foster), a straight-arrow police officer.

    FBI agent Ballard (Patrick Fischler), who’s recently wrapped up the case of the prolific “Judas Killer,” reveals that June’s mother was one of his original victims and now Ballard believes that the copycat murderer who decapitated Ford is targeting June. As her terrifying visions of Ford’s death intensify, strange noises and ghostly late-night visitations indicate that June’s LA home may be infested with an evil presence. The reappearance of Annie Barlow (Lotz), the young woman who previously dispatched the Judas Killer in self-defense, contributes to June’s growing suspicion that Ballard’s theory may actually be correct, as she senses a threatening presence closing in on her that neither the FBI agent nor Daniel can protect her from.


                    Catch the horrifying dreams turned real when “Devil’s Pact” opens November 12 in theaters from Axinite Digicinema.

    Acclaimed actor Diego Luna had never before sung in a movie, and no one was more surprised and thrilled when he pulled it off in the colourful and vibrant world of “The Book of Life” (3D) directed by Mexican auteur Jorge R. Gutierrez.  


    “Diego called me [after the first song recording session] and was very, very happy,” Gutierrez recalls.  “He said, ‘Jorge, I can sing!’ And I love his voice in the movie.”  Luna takes on the role of Manolo, 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 and defend his village.



    As voiced by acclaimed actor Diego Luna, Manolo is the heart and soul of “The Book of Life.”  Manolo hails from a long line of bullfighters, and he has the potential to become one of the greatest ever.  But what he really wants is to play the guitar and sing.  And sing he does – to an ultimately wondrous effect.  “Manolo reveals his heart through music,” says Luna.  “And he dreams about Maria and being with her; he thinks she’s the most amazing woman.”



    To that end, Luna notes that “The Book of Life” is about friendship and true love.  While Manolo comes into his own as an adventurer embarking upon a heroic quest, the actor insists that Manolo is not your typical movie hero – and certainly not your typical “Prince Charming.” “He just happens to have an amazing talent, which is singing and expressing himself through music, but he’s a regular guy. Manolo doesn’t have special powers, but he is remarkable in that he is the first one to write his own story,” which is such an impressive accomplishment that an ancient god is willing to bend the rules to help Manolo on his journey.



    Music is a big part of the magic of “The Book of Life,” and the production was lucky to land the formidable talents of two-time Oscar® winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla, the father of Latin alternative music, making his animated feature film debut.  Manolo’s soulful singing of Radiohead’s “Creep” emanates from what he thinks is a quiet moment of solitude – though Maria (Zoe Saldana) is listening.  He then embarks on the time-honored tradition of serenading the girl of one’s dreams.  Accompanied by his rotund mariachi friends, the Rodriguez brothers (voiced by Cheech Marin, Gabriel Iglesias and Ricardo Sanchez “Mandril”), they try fun, though hardly romantic versions of Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” and Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend” – the latter to the accompaniment of a toy piano. 

    These are great songs, to be sure, but Maria is unimpressed.  That is, until Manolo, absent his three pals, warbles a new song, “I Love You Too Much” (music by Gustavo Santaolalla, lyric by Paul Williams), which touches Maria’s heart. “Manolo realizes he has to sing from the heart and not use someone else’s song,” the director explains.  “‘I Love You Too Much’ is a love song that pours out of his heart and soul, and it works!”

    A filmmaker in his own right, Luna shares more than just a nationality with Gutierrez and producer Guillermo del Toro. The Mexican born actor-director has become an international star by taking on projects that are both complex and fulfilling. Now a young father of two, the arrival of “The Book of Life” offered its own set of creative challenges.  But the opportunity to honor a rich cultural past, as well as the vocal encouragement of del Toro, ultimately sealed the deal.

    Luna further shares that his work in “The Book of Life,” while gratifying, was ultimately eclipsed by something profound. He found much in common with Manolo’s journey, understanding the poetry of what it is to be a dreamer. But the sweeter gift was having the chance to create a role in a film that could be embraced by his children for the first time. For Luna, writing that colorful new chapter in his life’s story only reinforced the message and appeal of “The Book of Life.”



    “The Book of Life” (3D and 2D) opens October 16 (Thursday) in cinemas across the nation from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

    Diego Luna Plays A Role That His Children Can Embrace In “THE BOOK OF LIFE” (3D)

    Posted at  10:19 AM  |  in  UPCOMING MOVIES  |  Read More»

    Acclaimed actor Diego Luna had never before sung in a movie, and no one was more surprised and thrilled when he pulled it off in the colourful and vibrant world of “The Book of Life” (3D) directed by Mexican auteur Jorge R. Gutierrez.  


    “Diego called me [after the first song recording session] and was very, very happy,” Gutierrez recalls.  “He said, ‘Jorge, I can sing!’ And I love his voice in the movie.”  Luna takes on the role of Manolo, 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 and defend his village.



    As voiced by acclaimed actor Diego Luna, Manolo is the heart and soul of “The Book of Life.”  Manolo hails from a long line of bullfighters, and he has the potential to become one of the greatest ever.  But what he really wants is to play the guitar and sing.  And sing he does – to an ultimately wondrous effect.  “Manolo reveals his heart through music,” says Luna.  “And he dreams about Maria and being with her; he thinks she’s the most amazing woman.”



    To that end, Luna notes that “The Book of Life” is about friendship and true love.  While Manolo comes into his own as an adventurer embarking upon a heroic quest, the actor insists that Manolo is not your typical movie hero – and certainly not your typical “Prince Charming.” “He just happens to have an amazing talent, which is singing and expressing himself through music, but he’s a regular guy. Manolo doesn’t have special powers, but he is remarkable in that he is the first one to write his own story,” which is such an impressive accomplishment that an ancient god is willing to bend the rules to help Manolo on his journey.



    Music is a big part of the magic of “The Book of Life,” and the production was lucky to land the formidable talents of two-time Oscar® winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla, the father of Latin alternative music, making his animated feature film debut.  Manolo’s soulful singing of Radiohead’s “Creep” emanates from what he thinks is a quiet moment of solitude – though Maria (Zoe Saldana) is listening.  He then embarks on the time-honored tradition of serenading the girl of one’s dreams.  Accompanied by his rotund mariachi friends, the Rodriguez brothers (voiced by Cheech Marin, Gabriel Iglesias and Ricardo Sanchez “Mandril”), they try fun, though hardly romantic versions of Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” and Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend” – the latter to the accompaniment of a toy piano. 

    These are great songs, to be sure, but Maria is unimpressed.  That is, until Manolo, absent his three pals, warbles a new song, “I Love You Too Much” (music by Gustavo Santaolalla, lyric by Paul Williams), which touches Maria’s heart. “Manolo realizes he has to sing from the heart and not use someone else’s song,” the director explains.  “‘I Love You Too Much’ is a love song that pours out of his heart and soul, and it works!”

    A filmmaker in his own right, Luna shares more than just a nationality with Gutierrez and producer Guillermo del Toro. The Mexican born actor-director has become an international star by taking on projects that are both complex and fulfilling. Now a young father of two, the arrival of “The Book of Life” offered its own set of creative challenges.  But the opportunity to honor a rich cultural past, as well as the vocal encouragement of del Toro, ultimately sealed the deal.

    Luna further shares that his work in “The Book of Life,” while gratifying, was ultimately eclipsed by something profound. He found much in common with Manolo’s journey, understanding the poetry of what it is to be a dreamer. But the sweeter gift was having the chance to create a role in a film that could be embraced by his children for the first time. For Luna, writing that colorful new chapter in his life’s story only reinforced the message and appeal of “The Book of Life.”



    “The Book of Life” (3D and 2D) opens October 16 (Thursday) in cinemas across the nation from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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