Thursday, September 29, 2016

Movies: “THE ACCOUNTANT” HAS A DARK SECRET LIFE IN RIVETING NEW THRILLER


It’s always compelling when people have secrets—when you think someone is one thing and then discover they’re something else entirely,” says Gavin O’Connor, director of the upcoming thriller “The Accountant” from Warner Bros. Pictures.

That is certainly the case with the title character of “The Accountant.” At first glance, math savant Christian Wolff seems to be nothing more than a storefront CPA, right down to his spreadsheets and pocket protector. However, his usual clientele are among the world’s most powerful crime lords, and his mild-mannered demeanor and somewhat innocuous appearance belie the fact that he may be more dangerous than any of them.

Ben Affleck, who stars in the role, notes, “The story speaks to the duality in all of us. It might be easy to pigeonhole a guy like Chris, but we find out he’s capable of much more than you imagine.”

The actor goes on to reveal that there is another unexpected wrinkle to Christian, who is able to crunch more than just numbers. “On the one hand, he’s this effectively trained fighter and on the other, he’s a math savant. Those facets of his personality—seemingly at odds in him—were unlike anything I’ve ever done before and made it both exciting and challenging.”

O’Connor agrees. “The center point of the film was this fascinating character that I loved and wanted to explore. How did he become this man? How did he get those skills? How did he become this lethal fighter? The story has intertwining puzzles, which gave it a high IQ factor and made it especially intriguing.”

Screenwriter Bill Dubuque affirms, “The concept of an accountant—a profession that we normally think of as pretty mundane—who is outside what most would consider conventional and had extraordinary abilities was something different. If you’re a mainstream company and think someone’s embezzling funds, you have a team of accountants who can determine where the money is going. But if you’re a drug cartel or a Mafia kingpin, you can’t do that. You’ve got to be able to call somebody who can come in, figure out the patterns in your books, and say, ‘This is where the leak is.’ And then get out. As I thought more about what would make this person special, I hit on the notion that he is on the autism spectrum. But he uses it to his advantage, and I just loved the idea of that.”



O’Connor emphasizes, “We learned the term ‘spectrum’ is especially fitting because there is really no single type of autism; every person is an individual and at a different place on that spectrum. Christian is fictional and not based on anyone in real life—his remarkable aptitude for figures is a gift and his physical attributes are a product of his unique upbringing.”

Dubuque surrounded Christian with other characters that are just as multifaceted, pointing out, “Almost no one is really who they seem to be.”

Producer Lynette Howell Taylor says, “Bill created a fantastically written screenplay. I had never read anything like it before and found it completely unpredictable, which is always a good sign. There were twists that took me by surprise and I had a couple of gasp moments. That’s what ultimately made me want to make the movie.”

Opening across the Philippines on Nov. 02, “The Accountant” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.




Movies: FINAL TRAILER OF “FANTASTIC BEASTS” UNLEASHES THE MAGICAL CREATURES



Movies: EVANS, THEROUX, RAMIREZ: THE MEN OF “GIRL ON THE TRAIN”



Luke Evans (“Fast & Furious” franchise), Justin Theroux (“The Leftovers”) and Edgar Ramirez (“Deliver Us from Evil”) provide the masculine presence in the female-centric tale, “The Girl on the Train” from Paramount Pictures. The film also stars Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson and Haley Bennett.

Based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel, “The Girl on the Train” is directed by Tate Taylor (“The Help”) and adapted for the screen by Erin Cressida Wilson. In the film, Rachel (Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.

To cast the two key male roles was just as crucial, according to producer Marc Platt. “It’s interesting to be involved in a film that’s so female-centric,” he says. “Usually, it’s the guys who are more complicated and then there’s the ‘girl’ role, and our challenge here was to develop characters that wouldn’t just be the ‘boy’ role in a film about the women. The story is also very much about the men.”

To play the role of Tom, a father caught between his new wife and an ex who is deteriorating into the madness of addiction, the filmmakers cast Justin Theroux, who can currently be seen starring in the hit series “The Leftovers.”

For Theroux, “The Girl on the Train” is all about appearances. He describes: “It’s set in this suburban place, just upstate, just outside of the city. So there is that picket-fence element to it, and wondering what’s behind those perfect little shutters and curtains.” For a passenger peering into the homes she passes by, however, the view becomes more intimate. “There’s something about looking into people’s backyards that is almost more invasive. You are literally seeing their dirty laundry hanging out in the back; you’re not seeing what’s presented in the front.”

The actor hits upon a theme that readers of Hawkins’ work frequently note: The main character’s addiction adds a curious element to Rachel’s trustworthiness. “It’s not a thriller in the traditional sense,” says Theroux. “It’s seen through the lens of a human problem. No one believes the least reliable witness: Rachel.”


For the role of Scott, the second object of Rachel’s obsession, the filmmakers cast Luke Evans, who is known for roles in “The Hobbit” series, as well as the “Fast & Furious” franchise.

Evans admits he became quite the fan of the complex characters in Hawkins’ novel, one he found to be a gripping page-turner. “When I began the book, I didn’t want to put it down,” he gives. “I’m not surprised it’s done as well as it has. The whole story is about an inquisitive human being who creates chaos because of her curiosity, and it’s enthralling.”

The Welsh performer found Rachel’s obsessions fascinating, and he quickly agreed to portray one of the key figures who populate her world. He describes Scott as a man who’s in a tempestuous relationship with Megan (Haley Bennett), and a jealous husband who inevitably becomes a suspect when she disappears. “He’s questioning a lot about himself and about the women in his life, and how they’ve treated him,” the actor says. “So there’s a lot of anger and mistrust.”

Rachel’s need to find out what happened to Megan leads her to visit the missing woman’s psychiatrist, Dr. Kamal Abdic, whom Rachel—and the cops—suspects may have been involved in her disappearance. As the story unfolds, we learn that the relationship between Abdic and Megan was much more than doctor and patient. “There is this wonderful cat-and-mouse quality to what happens between Megan and her doctor,” says Bennett. “She is a lonely, broken woman who lures him in. He takes the bait.”


To play Dr. Abdic, the filmmakers cast Édgar Ramírez, known for his roles in such films as “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Deliver Us from Evil.”

Kamal Abdic is a man of few words,” offers Ramírez. “He loves to listen to these women because he is also fascinated, or a little turned on, by their despair. He listens to all their stories, but he genuinely falls in love with Megan. There’s a special sense of innocence in her, and he knows that she uses sex as a way to connect.”

Initially posing as a patient to learn what she can about Abdic, Rachel opens up to the doctor, revealing more than she ever intended. She describes her heartbreak at not being unable to have a child, subsequent divorce and alcohol-induced blackouts. “Abdic is the only one who listens to the secrets,” the Venezuelan actor adds. However, he pays the price for crossing the line with his patients. “He knows everything about what’s going on, and ironically, is the first one who becomes a suspect.” He pauses, “We cross lines because we feel lonely, and we are longing for connection.”

Opening across the Philippines on October 05, “The Girl on the Train” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.



Movie News: MARVEL, IMAX OFFER PH FANS A SNEAK PEEK AT SELECT FOOTAGE FROM “DOCTOR STRANGE”


EXPAND YOUR MIND: AN IMAX® 3D EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

FEATURES EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE TO BE SHOWN IN SM MEGAMALL IMAX ON

OCTOBER 11, 2016 AT 7 P.M.


MANILA (September 27, 2016) –Marvel Studios announces Marvel Studios’ Expand Your Mind: An IMAX® 3D Exclusive First Look, featuring approximately 15 minutes of exclusive footage from the highly anticipated, action-packed “Doctor Strange.” The sneak peek will be showcased in SM Megamall IMAX Cinema on October 11, 2016, at 7p.m.


Marvel and IMAX will offer the special screening of thrilling, never-before-seen 3D footage of the Scott Derrickson-directed, mind-bending movie, which opens nationwide on October 26, 2016.


Commenting on the exclusive footage, director Scott Derrickson says, “As a movie fan, I am thrilled to take audiences along on the visual journey of ‘Doctor Strange’ and give them an early peek at what we’ve been working on. The completed film will feature more than an hour of specially formatted IMAX sequences that will provide audiences with a totally immersive—and mind-blowing—film-going experience and I’m excited to share a taste of that with our fans on October 11.”



For complimentary tickets, fans are advised to check out Marvel Philippines' official FB pagehttps://www.facebook.com/MarvelPhilippines/ for details.


Fans who attend this exclusive sneak peek will also receive a limited-edition, collectible “Doctor Strange” IMAX poster.


From Marvel Studios comes “Doctor Strange,” the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.


“Doctor Strange” stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt and Scott Adkins, with Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. Scott Derrickson is directing with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D’Esposito, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. Jon Spaihts and Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill wrote the screenplay. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying and totally mind-bending journey when Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” opens in Philippine theaters on October 26, 2016.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Events + Music: Bandwagon Music Market



MUSIC brings us together, this has been a long known phenomenon which explains crowds of people from different walks of life coming together to sing, dance and get lost in music.

We have a growing independent music scenes and it is a pleasure to see this shared and celebrated, which is why Paul and I are excited to witness the upcoming BANDWAGON MUSIC MARKET which aims to feature not only upcoming local acts but amazing acts from Singapore as well.

It is Bandwagon's mission to connect people to music in Asia and give local music a bigger stage, wherever that may be in Asia, which is more than what you can expect from Bandwagon Music Market happening THIS SATURDAY at the Power MAC Center Spotlight.

Together with Circuit Makati, the Philippine arm of Singapore's biggest music media brand
promises a fun-filled day of excellent music, pop-up stores, great art, delicious food,
interesting games and many more.



The Bandwagon Music Market is an annual event by Bandwagon Asia, and is being brought to
the Philippines for the first time. Highlighting the natural talent of Filipinos in music, the
Bandwagon Music Market features the best of the local indie scene today. Musicians,
merchants and music lovers alike will be treated to the amazing performances of Oh,
Flamingo!, Beast Jesus, Tom's Story, Satchmi’s featured artist - Eyedress, BP
Valenzuela, Runway Crimes, Shadow Moses, Bullet Dumas and CRWN.

"Local music has been on a roll the past few years, we've carefully curated a line up which we
feel will also represent our country well on the regional level," says Camille, country
representative for Bandwagon Philippines. "We have consulted both the Singapore and
Philippine teams regarding the line up. Some of the Filipino artists we have on the line up
have already performed in Singapore. The rest are artists we can help push beyond the
Philippines."



True to their mission of connecting people to music in Asia, Bandwagon makes sure that this
one-of-a-kind event celebrates not only the best of local music, but the best of regional
music as well! Joining the already awesome lineup are one of Singapore's indie music
pioneer, singer-songwriter iNCH and Laneway alum, Syndicate's hip hop electronic
artist Intriguant.

Bandwagon has been a way for music artists and fans to find gigs, discover new artists and
read fresh content about music in Asia, with Manila being the first city outside Singapore to
experience what they have to offer.



"It has always been Bandwagon's goal to be the premier online music portal for Southeast
Asia, and we thought the Philippines was a good start," adds Camille. "We still have a long
way to of course but we're optimistic about what's to come. The music scene is so vibrant, so
alive. There's so much talent."

Bandwagon has been present in the Philippine music scene for over a year now, and aims to
do even more through unique, live music events, such as the Bandwagon Festival Bus
and the Bandwagon Riverboat. Recently, they have also expanded to Indonesia, giving
them presence in three countries now, with Singapore as their headquarters. Their mission
is to strengthen the relations of the music communities in cities where Bandwagon is
present.

The Bandwagon Music Marketis on October 1, 2016 at 3 PM to 12 MN. Tickets are
available at bandwagonmusicmarket.peatix.com. For more information and updates
regarding the event, visit www.bandwagon.asia 

For MORE details you can go to the EVENT PAGE here

Bandwagon Music Market 2016
October 1, 2016 (Saturday)
Power Mac Center Spotlight (Level 2, Circuit


Movie Review: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children




You must be advised dear reader that I am writing this review through the perspective of an individual who has read Ransom Rigg's New York Time's Best Selling "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" with that being said I can already state that: 

1) In my opinion, the movie was better than the book.

2) There are A LOT of changes in the movie. 

-And we are simply not talking about interchanging the "skills" of Olive and Emma but a lot of earth-shattering changed that are not at all found in the first book. Mind you, I haven't read any of the succeeding books, so perhaps they borrowed material from those. 

Other critics may say that the film may be a little a cliched Young Adult book to movie adaptation but I think it had it's own feel and look. For one thing, it's not a heroine who leads the film but a reluctant, socially awkward and possibly depressed teenager in Asa Butterfield's "Jake".

Asa Butterfield as Jake and the lovely Ella Purnell as Emma. 

Now I already mentioned this before but unfortunately I wasn't too happy about Butterfield's performance. He looks the part-yes, his light blue eyes against his dark hair makes him captivating to watch on screen. Yet, I felt that his performance lacked strength. One of my favorite parts about the book is his strong and close relationship with his grandfather, which I felt was not captured on screen. That scene with the telephone call could have crushed hearts and left viewers crying but alasm it didn't. 

I think getting Tim Burton to direct was a wise and crucial choice as he was able to bring his unique brand of the dark and macabre to the story. That scene with Enoch's "toys" were fighting in classic stop-motion animation is just signature Burton. 

The visionary director was also able to add a dark twist to the mythology of the "peculiar children" -hallowgast a and ymbrines included and I thought that it was actually better than it was in the book. 

The intentions and drive of the villain "Barron" as portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson (I can tell he had fun in the role) was more belie all and frankly a lot creepier in the movie.

Eva Green as Miss Peregrine. 

Burton also made the decision to shoot in an actual location (the house) as opposed to using a green screen and CGI and I think that this also helped "ground" the film and make it more real for both actors and viewers. 

Before wrapping up this review, I must recommend Eva Green as the titular Miss Peregrine, I think the whole "dark Mary Poppins" feel, which Burton envisioned was. It's effective and simply a delight to see on the screen. Eva's transformation, complete with eyeliner and long nails to emulate bird talons was just impressive. Of course her "badass" persona as evidenced by her cross bow skills and the way she shushed Jackson completed the package. 

Way to go Miss P.! 

8 out of 10, delightfully dark and a refreshing take on Young Adult themes, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" is a thrilling adventure that makes us reflect and appreciate family, whether by blood or by being "peculiar" together. As well as embracing each of our own quirks and celebrating the peculiar in all of us. 

"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" is NOW SHOWING! 

*Wrote this review in the jeep (Hey! When inspiration strikes right?) from Eastwood and even finished writing it even before reaching IPI, yes traffic was  that bad. 
Took out my "handy dandy" notebook and pen and just wrote away. #IcaWrites 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Photography: Carlo & Arianne's Wedding



It's been a roller coaster September for #TeamPCheng but we still got to shoot a wedding even if there were some unforeseen incidents that occurred before (my grandmother's passing) and along the way (getting hit by a truck) but we still managed to go through it.



I was commissioned to cover my friend, Carlo whom I use to skate with. Yes we were one of those kids that rode our skateboards on the streets, of Antipolo. I was honored and pressured at the same time, but was able to complete the task, even though the car was hit by a truck along the way to the wedding.


Despite the pouring rain, the wedding was as beautiful as ever, with family and friends surrounding the bride and the groom on their special day. 

Again, congratulations to Carlo and Arianne, will make it up to you next time! 


Movies: ICE CUBE TAKES ON CHARLIE DAY IN “FIST FIGHT” TEASER TRAILER



And I just saw "Straight Outta Compton" earlier. I love Charlie Day too! Should be interesting!
Ice Cube and Charlie Day star as high school teachers prepared to solve their differences the hard way in New Line Cinema’s comedy “Fist Fight,” directed by Richie Keen (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”).
            Check out the comedy’s newly-released first trailer athttp://youtu.be/Tp2kwR5SIUo.
            Watch “Fist Fight” when it opens across the Philippines on February 22, 2017.
On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line.  But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throw down after school.  News of the fight spreads like wildfire and ends up becoming the very thing this school, and Campbell, needed.
“Fist Fight” also stars Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock”), Jillian Bell (“22 Jump Street”), Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad”), Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”), Dennis Haysbert (“The Unit”), JoAnna Garcia Swisher (“The Astronaut Wives Club”). 
Keen directs from a screenplay by Van Robichaux & Evan Susser (Funny or Die’s “What’s Going On? With Mike Mitchell”), story by Van Robichaux & Evan Susser and Max Greenfield.   “Fist Fight” is produced by Shawn Levy, Max Greenfield, John Rickard, and Dan Cohen.  Serving as executive producers are Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Samuel J. Brown, Dave Neustadter, Charlie Day, Ice Cube, Marty P. Ewing, Billy Rosenberg, and Bruce Berman.
            New Line Cinema presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a 21 Laps/Wrigley Pictures production: “Fist Fight.”  The film will be distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Movies: EVA GREEN: PROTECTOR IN “MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN”



Director Tim Burton, visioned Miss Peregrine as kind of a 'dark Mary Poppins" -which probably explains the crossbow and the eyeliner. What do you think of Miss P's upgrade? 

Also - Miss P. got her eyebrow game on! 

Enigmatic actress Eva Green who starred in blockbuster testosterone-filled movies such as “Kingdom of Heaven,” “300: Rise of an Empire” and “Casino Royale” takes lead role in “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”

                “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is based upon the debut novel by Ransom Riggs, published in 2011,  an instant global hit and topped The New York Times best-seller list selling more than 3.1 million copies. A sequel, “Hollow City,” was published in 2014, followed by the final book in the trilogy, “Library of Souls.” 

                The book and movie’s heroine, Miss Peregrine is the protector of the Peculiars. Green, on her titular role calls her character “a kind of dark Mary Poppins-like figure who is rather eccentric and fearless, and who wields a deadly crossbow to protect her Peculiars.  Her peculiarity is being an ymbrine, meaning she can manipulate time and take the form of a bird.  Miss Peregrine, along with other ymbrines, uses this ability to create a time “loop,” in which she and the children live within a single day that repeats over and over again. This protects them from the evils of the world that exist outside the loop.



                Miss Peregrine is an intriguing and sometimes mysterious character, capable of being a maternal figure to her young charges, as well as a fearsome opponent to those who threaten them.  Her children are her life, and Miss Peregrine will do anything for them.  She’s a ballsy character and a warrior. 

                “Miss Peregrine runs the home for the peculiar children, and she protects them from the outside world, from those monsters that eat children – they’re called Hollowgasts in the movie – and she will do anything to protect them,” explains Eva Green. 

                “She will risk her life and she will kill. And she is peculiar herself. She can transform herself into a bird. It’s quite complicated! She has this peculiarity as well, to manipulate time, so that the last 24 hours can be lived again. So every night she has that ritual of resetting the time,” adds Green.



                Eva further says that at the heart of the film is a very powerful message. “I think in the outside world, these abilities would be seen as a handicap and these children would be persecuted because of that.   But on this island, they’re kind of celebrated for being so unique, and the message in the film, for children as well as adults, it’s just, ‘be yourself, no matter how strange you are.’”

                And Burton, she adds, is the perfect director to deliver that message in a stunningly original cinematic way. “That’s what Tim does best. I feel like he understands the hearts of outcasts, and he celebrates them. It’s beautiful.”

                For the director himself, the ‘peculiars’ are outcasts because of who they are – is a theme that he related to instantly. “Obviously the superhero genre is alive and well, but with this I never quite saw it that way. I always felt this was a more human version of that kind of thing, and I always saw it as less of a superpower and more of an affliction,” he says. “It was a much more down-to-earth human level to me that I was attracted to.

                “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” will open September 28 in cinemas nationwide (also in 3D) from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 

Movies: LIAM NEESON VOICES MONSTER IN ADAPTATION OF CHILDREN’S BESTSELLER IN “A MONSTER CALLS”


Double curiosity has struck me with the adaptation of the book to film most especially since finding out that both the writer and illustrator won awards for the children's book and according to Wikipidea. "A Monster Calls" "is the only book whose author and illustrator, whether two persons or one, have won both Medals."

Hoping to get to read the book before the movie comes out! 

Liam Neeson, widely known for his role as Bryan Mills in the worldwide blockbuster “Taken” film franchise, will once again surprise the audience with his newfound skills in his latest film “A Monster Calls.” 

I on the other hand will always remember him as Jean Valjean in the 1998 version of "Les Miserables." Yes, I'm old. I know!  

                Based on the award-winning novel of the same title by Patrick Ness, “A Monster Calls” is directed by highly celebrated director J.A. Bayona wherein Neeson stars in the titular role.   As the monster, Neeson’s character is seen by 12-year-old Conor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall) who escapes into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales. Dealing with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness has necessitated Conor’s spending time with his less-than-sympathetic grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). His daily existence at his U.K. school is one of academic disinterest and bullying by classmates. As Conor’s father (Toby Kebbell) has resettled thousands of miles away in the U.S., the boy yearns for guidance.

                Connor unexpectedly summons a most unlikely ally, who bursts forth with terrifying grandeur from an ancient towering yew tree and the powerful earth below it: a 40-foot-high colossus of a creature.  Portrayed in performance-capture and voiceover by Neeson, the monster appears at Conor’s bedroom window  at the strike of 12:07 one night – and at the same time on nights thereafter. The Monster has stories to tell, and he insists that Conor hear them and powerfully visualize them.  Conor’s fear gives way to feistiness and then to looking within; for, The Monster demands that once the tales are told it will be time for Conor to tell his own story in return. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth.

             As an actor utterly distinct in personality, voice, and stature, Liam Neeson was everyone’s first choice to portray the Monster, in both voiceover and performance-capture. The Academy Award-nominated actor was drawn to the story immediately, seeing it as “a fable about the complexity of our emotions, and navigating that complexity as we grow up.”


               
                “Bayona is a real cinema talent,” states Liam Neeson. “Occasionally you get to work with directors who are steeped in the love of what they do, and Bayona is one of those. He eats, sleeps, and drinks movies. He’s a walking film encyclopedia. He’s a bit like Martin Scorsese in that way.  He’s also very sensitive. He takes care of, guides, and nurtures his actors and that’s what I always hope a director will do. He allows you to experiment, so you both can get at the truth of what a scene is – and he will try for as long as it takes. I love working with a director like that.”

                As part of Bayona’s approach, Neeson worked alongside Lewis MacDougall so that both actors could share ownership of their scenes together. Neeson reflects, “I’ve worked with children who’ve been swamped by the industry, and they’ve lost a kind of childlike innocence. Lewis has all that intact. He’s still a real kid – but also a powerful young actor.”

                “A Monster Calls” is a visually spectacular and stunning adventure that will open in cinemas on November 2 from Pioneer Films.   Trailer link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2Hpx-nO8o0

Movies: “HIDDEN FIGURES” TRAILER REVEAL MATH WHIZ WOMEN BEHIND AMERICA’S WIN IN SPACE CONQUEST


    “Hidden Figures” tells the remarkable story of three brilliant women who accomplished the extraordinary against all odds. During the turbulent 60s, battling discrimination at home and in the workplace, Katherine Johnson, (Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominated Taraji P. Henson) Dorothy Vaughan (Oscar winner Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Grammy nominated Janelle Monáe), all stellar mathematicians, were undeterred in their pursuit of academic excellence. Instrumental in helping America to eventually win the space race, they broke down barriers, laying the groundwork for future generations. 

                Oscar winner, Kevin Costner, plays their supervisor at NASA. The exciting and engrossing film was directed by Ted Melfi and features a strong supporting cast, including Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons. The movie’s powerful score from multiple Grammy winning musician/composer Pharrell Williams.


               
Discover the inspiring story of the momentous impact of these women on rocket science during the explosive 60s in America when “Hidden Figures” opens January 2017 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

                Trailer link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=9pZZbkf8wcU

I've always had this weird relationship with Math. We both hate each other. I am what some might call "Numerically Challenged" -can't you tell with me writing reviews and all? 

But I think I'm going to have a different relationship with Math after seeing this film. 

Movies: “INFERNO” TO BE RELEASED IN IMAX CINEMAS IN THE PHILIPPINES OCT 12


Sony Pictures Entertainment, IMAX Corporation and Imagine Entertainment has announced that “Inferno,” the latest film in the Dan Brown (“The Da Vinci Code”) franchise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format
The film, starring Tom Hanks as Dr. Robert Langdon and directed by Ron Howard, will be released into IMAX® theatres worldwide (including the Philippines), coinciding with the film's general release date on October 12th.
(Watch the “Inferno” Vignette “Langdon's Super Power” at https://youtu.be/gX2mXN7qKK4.)
“Inferno” continues the $1.2 billion franchise, following the hits “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons.”
"Dan Brown's Robert Langdon is back, and `Inferno' is his most thrilling adventure yet with the patented Dan Brown twists and turns," said Rory Bruer, president of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures. "We've had an extraordinary response to the film from audiences – it's testing extremely well. Ron Howard has made `Inferno' the most visually stylistic film in the series so far, with intense action sequences and cryptic dream sequences that will have audiences wanting to experience this film in IMAX."

"Beginning with the very first IMAX DMR® release—“Apollo 13”—IMAX and Ron Howard, along with the support of our partners at Imagine Entertainment, have created a longstanding and successful tradition of bringing awe-inspiring entertainment to movie-goers around the globe," said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. "Together with our friends and colleagues at Sony, we are excited to continue that legacy with Dan Brown's latest franchise installment Inferno, which is sure to thrill audiences when it launches this fall in IMAX® theatres worldwide."
The IMAX® release of “Inferno” will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown's billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, “Inferno,” which finds the famous symbologist on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world's population. The film's screenplay is by David Koepp, based upon the novel by Dan Brown. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are the producers.
Inferno” is distributed by Columbia Pictures in the Philippines, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Movies: DOUBLE DOSE OF MR. AND MRS. IN HIGH-OCTANE SPY COMEDY “KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES”


Multi-talented actors Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot join forces in the explosive sexy action comedy “Keeping Up With the Joneses.”

                Zach Galifianakis, best known for his breakout role in the “Hangover” film series pairs up with the versatile Isla Fisher (known for her roles in “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and “Now You See Me”) as husband and wife - Jeff and Karen Gaffney, a suburban couple living an ideal quiet life, until they their new neighbours moved in, the Joneses.  The Joneses, played by Gal Gadot aka Wonder Woman and award-wining Jon Hamm (Mad Men tv series) are secret government agents in the movie. The Joneses are camouflaged as a glamorous, sophisticated, picture-perfect couple who rocked the Gaffney’s world on the first day they moved into the neighborhood. 

                After the initial meet-and-greet, the Gaffneys and the Joneses form a special bond, but Karen soon notices there is something odd with the Joneses.  With Karen’s prodding, she convinces Jeff to spy on the couple’s house while they’re away.  Only to find out that the Joneses are spies!  Soon, the Gaffneys are embroiled into the dizzying and dangerous world of espionage so much that they realize it’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses.


The great chemistry between Galifianakis and Hamm in the movie as good friends is rooted from a real off-cam friendship. “I've known Jon, I've known Jon before Jon was truly Jon Hamm, and he's a comedy guy. He's really funny, you know. A lot of leading type guys like that, they don't have humor. They think they do, but they don't.  It's almost unfair that he can do both. It's really frustrating because I'm certainly not going to be a, no one is ever going to go, 'You know, Zach does handsome really well.' So, Jon, he just is funny, and he's funny like a comedian is funny, you know, not, 'Look, an actor is funny.' He's funny, and so Jon and I had this, just a friendship, and I'd hoped we'd work together.  I think Jon and I got together over the last couple years and we talked about a couple of things that, and then this kind of happened and I'm glad that it did. It seemed like a good fit,” shares Zach from his recent interviews for the movie.

                “Keeping Up with the Joneses” opens October 19 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.