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Monday, March 30, 2015

Love requires sacrifice...always – an unforgettable quote from “The Longest Ride’s” trailer starring talented rising actors Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson who play lovers with different backgrounds trying to fight for the love that binds them.

                Based on the best-selling Nicholas Sparks tome of the same title, “The Longest Ride” is an epic drama interweaving two love stories, linked across the decades.   In 1940 Ruth (Oona Chaplin) a beautiful Austrian immigrant in America, meets Ira, (Jack Huston), a local man working in the family’s clothing store and they fall in love. In present day North Carolina, Sophia (Robertson), an art history student falls for Luke (Eastwood), a bull rider.  Luke and Sophia rescue a man who is severely injured in a car crash. It turns out to be Ira, now an elderly widower (Alan Alda). Sophia befriends Ira and learns about his extraordinary life and marriage to Ruth. 

                Finding actors who could bring the vivid characters to life on film was a challenge, but one that the filmmakers were excited to accept.  “Scott Eastwood was one of our initial top five for the role of Luke,” says Sparks.  “We bantered around a lot of different names, but Scott was always there.  When we brought him in, Scott proved to be just what we were looking for.  He looks like a leading man, and had a good understanding of the characters.”

                The filmmakers tapped Britt Robertson to play Sophia because, says producer Bowen, “With a love story, women want to put themselves into the lead actress’ shoes.  You have to be beautiful but accessible at the same time, and that’s an unusual marriage of characteristics.  “Britt is captivating and she can change an entire scene in just a moment,” Bowen continues. “She feels a scene’s subtext.  It’s instinctual.”

                Robertson has always been drawn to Sparks’ work, and especially to his depiction of the character she would portray on film.  “I love that Sophia is passionate about art and how driven she is to succeed. I was drawn to the fact that Sophia was so goal oriented at such a young age.”

                Britt Robertson, notes that she was “drawn to Scott’s different qualities. He’s a guy’s guy who’s also vulnerable, sweet, and a bit shy.  When we filmed a scene where Luke and Sophia go on a date, it was amazing to see all the different colors Scott brought to the role.”

                “A lot of the movie centers on the work involved in a relationship. That is what we're talking about in the scene we are filming right now [at Luke’s family ranch]. The film is about choices, choosing to be with the person you love if he or she means enough to you. It makes you think about your own life and the kind of people you want to be with. George (Tillman Jr.) has been with his wife for years and years and he is always saying to us that the film is about sacrifice, how in a relationship you have to sacrifice for each other. It's about give and take, and that's often a really hard thing,” concludes Robertson on the film’s theme.

                “The Longest Ride” opens April 15 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 
Filmed in found footage style, “Day of the Mummy” takes the viewers to Egypt, land of the Pharaohs. A place steeped in history and legend; Gods and spiritual guides; untold wealth – and the bone-cracking, blood-spilling guardians of its riches.  William McNamara stars Jack Wells who has arrived in Egypt in search of the famous diamond known as The Codex Stone. His journey leads him to the tomb of the cursed King Neferu, cursed not by name but by nature. With his centuries-old slumber disturbed by timeless human greed, the King rises from the dead with a blood-lust that cannot be quenched and a raging fury that will shred flesh from bone, bringing terrible and tormented death to all who dare witness the “Day of the Mummy.”

                Lead star McNamara describes the movie’s production style very creative, “I found this take on “found footage” very creative. As independent film budgets are shrinking due to economy and big studio movies-franchises mostly- monopoly on theatrical releases increase, indy filmmakers are becoming extremely creative. And with the advent of Google Glasses this concept is very realistic. I feel that the idea of bringing an audience front and center into the scenes is both jarring and exciting at the same time. Kudos to director Johhny Tabor and producer Jesse Baget and writer, Garry Charles. Interestingly enough I had worked with a horror film legend, Dario Argento, early in my career, and he too used the POV(steadicam) of the lead actor as an effect in the movie(Opera). It wasn't the original idea but the lead actress(won't mention her name, very famous English actress) walked off the movie and kept her large salary, so Dario couldn't afford to replace her. He put a wig on the steadicam and shot the movie. The effect was fabulous!”

                William McNamara studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and has since notched up over sixty-five film and TV appearances. One of his first roles was that of Joel in the teen movie Dream a Little Dream (1989) with Corey Feldman and Corey Haim. He followed this up with the Bette Midler film Stella (1990).

                It was during the nineties, however, that William - arguably - turned out some of his best performances. He gave a great performance as Derek Wolfe Jr in the Ernest R. Dickerson manhunt thriller Surviving the Game (1994), in which he worked with a cast of talented veteran actors including F. Murray Abraham, Gary Busey, Rutger Hauer, and John C. McGinley. That same year he was again teamed with Gary Busey - and Tom Berenger - in the Navy comedy Chasers (1994), directed by Dennis Hopper.  His most prized - and chilling - role, though, is that of Peter Foley the copycat serial killer in the psychological thriller Copycat (1995). The film also starred Sigourney Weaver, Dermot Mulroney, and jazz musician Harry Connick Jr.. He appeared with Andrew McCarthy and John Stockwell in Stag (1997), and made his way towards the millennium opposite Gabriel Byrne in the World War II drama The Brylcreem Boys (1998).

Watch the official full trailer of “Day of the Mummy” below:

                From Crystal Sky Multimedia, “Day of the Mummy” opens April 15 in cinemas. 
The youngest sibling of the phenomenal Jonas Brothers band, Nick Jonas, stars in his first adult and serious acting role in the upcoming thriller “Careful What You Wish For” opposite Isabel Lucas and Dermot Mulroney.

                Jonas plays Doug, a handsome self-conscious virgin student who gets more than what he bargained for when he started having a very passionate affair with Lena (Lucas), the wife of an investment banker Elliot Harper (Mulroney).  Further into their relationship, Doug is eventually charged with adultery and has become the prime suspect of Harper’s death.   

                From the direction of Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum, who also directed “Gossip Girl,” “Vampire Diaries” and “Aquamarine,” "Careful What You Wish For" delves into the millenials’ psyche on their desire for immediate gratification. 

                “For me, our movie is a morality tale exploring that very subject matter and depicting the true consequences of attention-grabbing, momentarily thrilling but illicit, behavior.  The film is a provocative, cautionary story for the upcoming generational archetype – a peer group that is suddenly faced with a far bigger stage, more attainable temptation, and higher stakes than any generation that has come before,” explains director Allen of the movie’s theme.

                Allen further shares on working with his male lead star, “Nick Jonas is in almost every scene in of the film, and it was a true pleasure to collaborate with him as he admirably threw himself into the task of exploring this young, impressionable character.  Nick does a beautiful job of depicting Doug’s arc; we watch him both emotionally and visually transform from an innocent boy into a jaded, hardened man.   At the end of the film, the audience understands in one simple shot of his face that he can never have his boyhood back.  Ever.  I wanted to cast Nick Jonas because of his raw talent and also because he himself was going through a transformative time in his career that mirrors the story line of Doug Martin.  There are many parallels between Doug’s story and Nick’s transition into film acting – and I believe that this fact profoundly impacts the deep, rich performance Nick Jonas delivers on screen.”

Watch the official trailer of  “Careful What You Wish For” here:

                From Axinite Digicinema, “Careful What You Wish For” opens very soon this May 6 in cinemas nationwide.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

From producer Ridley Scott and the producers of “Hurt Locker” and “ Zero Dark Thirty” comes the chilling crime thriller “Child 44” based on the best-selling first part of a trilogy by Tom Rob Smith starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine, Jason Clarke and Vincent Cassel directed by Daniel Espinosa.

                “Child 44” tells the story of a man fighting to reclaim his humanity from a system that requires him to sacrifice in order to survive.  Set at the backdrop of Soviet Russia circa 1950, the movie further chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo’s psychopathic rival Vasili (Joel Kinnaman), who insists “There is no crime in Paradise.”

                “Child 44” exclusively opens at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide on April 29 distributed by Pioneer Films.
The Gillian Anderson and Ben Kingsley starrer, “Robot Overlords,” along with Callan McAuliffe features a prominent location that is part of Northern Ireland’s Built Heritage, the Carrickfergus Castle, the place is reported to have first been built by the Norman adventurer John de Courcy in the years 1177-1181.

                “Robot Overlords” sees the adults losing the war and now the kids must save the world. Robots rule the streets and the people are locked in their homes. Stepping outside means being vaporized by a hulking sentry or picked off by a lethal sniper.  Through the ruins of Britain, a group of kids, led by Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby), set out to join the Resistance. Hot on their heels, however, is their old teacher turned robot collaborator Mr Smythe, played by Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3) and his captive Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) where earth has been occupied by intergalactic robots on a cosmic fact-finding mission and is placed under global house arrest.

                Northern Ireland’s Environment Minister Alex Attwood, said: “The fact that this production company has chosen Carrickfergus Castle as a venue for their filming is an excellent example of how our Built Heritage can be used to encourage interest and investment in Northern Ireland. One of our most impressive built heritage assets will now be showcased to both a local and global market.”

                Mark Stay, screenwriter of the movie narrates on how he and director Jon Wright envisioned the film, “We decided early on that it should be a family film, but with a real edge to it: proper peril, lots of action, explosions, death, running and screaming. We were inspired by the kind of movies we loved as kids: Goonies and Raiders, especially, but also by more recent films that merged great storytelling and strong VFX; Jurassic Park, Super 8 and District 9.”

                “One of the many great things about working with Jon is, thanks to his experience with VFX on his previous films, he knows precisely what can and cannot be done on a relatively small budget, so our movie will definitely be punching above its weight when it comes to spectacle. But, thanks to over 2 years of development and support from our producer Piers Tempest (Best. Name. Ever), and Natascha Wharton and Jamie Wolpert at the BFI, we also have a script with characters that are just a joy to write and will hopefully be more engaging than the kind of one-note cyphers you can get in certain big-budget Hollywood fare,” Mark further shares.

Watch the official trailer of "Robot Overlords" here:

                “Robot Overlords” is now showing in cinemas nationwide (opened March 25) from Pioneer Films. 
Nicholas Sparks’ most inspiring and extraordinary love story “The Longest Ride” is brought to life on screen starring Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Oona Chaplin and Jack Huston about two couples’ lives that converged from past to the contemporary providing the wisdom that will guide the younger couple on their journey to overcome the challenges that lies ahead.

                 Ira (Alda) and Ruth (Chaplin), Luke (Eastwood) and Sophia (Robertson) – two couples separated by time and age – have little in common until a series of unexpected events are set in motion and their lives become intertwined.  From New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks comes an extraordinary love story that begins when a box of old letters, filled with a lifetime of  love, wisdom and experience, set Luke and Sophia on a path to discover their true values and the real meaning of love.

                Sophia, a senior at the University of Wake Forest, sees her lifelong dream about to come true.  With just weeks to go until graduation, she has landed an internship with a prestigious New York art gallery until a friend barges through her door with a pair of cowboy boots and an invitation to a bull riding event.  Though not her thing, Sophia relents and the two friends make their way to their seats, past the band of female fans known as Buckle Bunnies.

                In the chute, Luke Collins (Eastwood) prepares to ride the eight seconds that will put him back on the road to the top spot on the Professional Bull Riding circuit.  Returning from a serious injury suffered during a previous ride on the world class bull known as Rango, Luke is determined to regain the riding championship.  But the bull has other thoughts.  He charges Luke, who climbs onto a fence and out of harm’s way.  As his hat flies off and into a surprised Sophia’s lap, their eyes meet for a brief moment – just long enough for Luke to decide he wants to get to know this beauty.   Meanwhile, ninety-one year old Ira Levinson (Alda) is also on a life-changing course.  Having lost his wife Ruth some eight years earlier, he begins a journey to Black Mountain, North Carolina and Black Mountain College, an art colony where he bought Ruth her first painting, starting a collection that would span the decades of their marriage.   

                “The Longest Ride is something I’ve never done in film before,” says Sparks.  “It’s really two stories in one.  It’s the story of Ruth and Ira, a couple who’ve been married for a long time. Ira is now a widower.  Their life together, told in flashbacks, is a fascinating story that Ira tells to Sophia, a college student at Wake Forest, and to Luke, a professional bull rider.  It has an epic quality that applies to both love stories,” continues the author.  “It covers the love story between Ruth and Ira, which starts before World War II, and it’s contrasted with the entirely different world of professional bull riding.  What differentiates this film from the other adaptations of my work is its epic quality and the dual love story.  It’s about the way the two love stories come together.”

                “When you meet the person with whom you fall in love, the feeling’s the same, whether you’re in the 1930s or in the present day.  Everybody goes through the same emotions. There’s universality to the way we feel and that’s what I wanted to show.  I think the fun of the film is trying to figure out how on earth these two stories are going to come together in the end,” Sparks enthused.

Watch the official full trailer of "Longest Ride" below:

“The Longest Ride” opens April 15 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Official Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer 3 – assembling in Philippines' cinemas Wednesday 22 April. When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron.

In the video, director Joss Whedon explains the Twins’ role in the film, and how they’ll complicate the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ mission to save the world.”Im introducing massively important characters with The Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver,” Whedon says.

Actors Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver) also share their thoughts on the new characters, describing their motivations and goals.

Watch The Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver in the Official Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer 3 below:


 Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," in Philippine theaters April 22

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