Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Movies: “Cars 3” Races To The Screen For Series' Biggest Adeventure Yet

Lightning McQueen is back on the big screen in Disney-Pixar’s Cars 3 -- but he’s not a rookie anymore. Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Piston-Cup champion finds himself suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves.

“The next-gen racers are cool,” says Cars 3 director Brian Fee. “You can see instantly that cars like Jackson Storm are effortlessly fast. We designed these younger, faster cars to be sleek and aerodynamic—and they’re a sharp contrast to Lightning McQueen.”

Producer Kevin Reher says the story is reflective of real-life champions. “Lightning McQueen has been racing for more than a decade,” says Reher. “He’s struggling with the kind of issues a lot of athletes face later in their careers. Do you go out on top or fight till the end?”

Movies: “Happy Death Day” Teaser Poster Makes A Deadly Cut

The first poster for the new suspense thriller Happy Death Day has just been unveiled by Universal Pictures and Blumhouse. The film is co-written and directed by Christopher Landon (Scouts' Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse).

Check out the film's teaser one-sheet art below and watch Happy Death Day in Philippine cinemas on Oct. 11, 2017.

Blumhouse (Split, Get Out, Whiplash) produces an original and inventive rewinding thriller in Happy Death Day, in which a college student (Jessica Rothe, La La Land) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

The film also stars Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews, and Charles Aitken.

Happy Death Day is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Movies: “Spider-Man” Comes Home To MCU In A Fun-Filled Action-Adventure

Peter Parker strives to join the Avengers as the most popular character in comic book history takes his rightful place as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in Columbia Pictures’ new action-adventure Spider-Man: Homecoming (in Philippine cinemas Thursday, July 6.)

Marvel’s crown jewel, Spider-Man made a cameo debut in the MCU in Captain America: Civil War last summer; the overwhelming positive reaction by both the critics and fans to the new vision for the character has whetted the appetite as now, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios team for this new adventure.

Embraced all over the world, Spider-Man now comes home in a film with a fresh, fun tone and new take, produced by Marvel Studios, that brings the Peter Parker of the comic books to the screen alongside MCU heroes for the first time.

Movies: “Flatliners” Launches Poster With Intriguing Tagline

“You haven’t lived until you’ve died,” or so proclaims the intriguing tagline in the teaser poster of Columbia Pictures new suspense thriller Flatliners that’s just been released by the studio.  The film stars Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev, Diego Luna and James Norton.

Check out the one-sheet art below and watch Flatliners soon in Philippine cinemas.

In the film, five medical students embark on a daring and dangerous experiment to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life. The bold adventure begins when they trigger near-death experiences by stopping their hearts for short periods of time. As their trials become more perilous, each must confront the sins from their past while facing the paranormal consequences of journeying to the other side.

Flatliners is directed by Niels Arden Oplev, from a screenplay by Ben Ripley, story by Peter Filardi.

Flatliners is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Movies: The Bellas Go To `War’ In First “Pitch Perfect 3” Trailer

Universal Pictures has just released the first trailer for the musical comedy Pitch Perfect 3, the upcoming sequel that reunites the Barden Bellas post-graduation.

Watch the trailer at:
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Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3, the next chapter in the beloved series that has taken in more than $400 million at the global box office.

After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

Pitch Perfect 3 stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Regner, John Lithgow, John Michael Higgins, and Elizabeth Banks.

Opening in Philippine cinemas in 2018, Pitch Perfect 3 is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Movies: Cara Deleginge And Dane Dehaan In High-Speed Sci-Fi Action “Valerian”

“Valerian” also known as “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” is the visually captivating new movie from renowned film maker Luc Besson the legendary director of “The Fifth Element” and “Lucy” starring Cara Delevingne and Dane Dehaan as the unlikely duo tasked to protect the galaxy.

Set in the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHann) and Laureline (Cara Delavigne) are special operatives charged by the Minister of Defense with keeping order throughout the human territories. They are tasked with protecting the intergalactic planet Alpha who after years of prosperity is attacked by an unknown threat.

The movie is based on the groundbreaking French science fiction comic novels "Valerian and Laureline" written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières. It was first published in 1967 and has since inspired a generation of writers, artists and film makers.

The film stars, Dane DeHann, Cara Delavigne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawk and Rihanna. It is also written and produced by Luc Besson.

Valerian” opens July 21 in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films. Trailer link: https://www.facebook.com/ViewersChoicePH/videos/1282899245169487/

Movies: Young Actress Amiah Miller Plays Pivotal Role In “War For The Planet Of The Apes”

One of the most surprising characters in the highly-anticipated “War For The Planet of the Apes” is not an ape or a man … but a little girl with breathtaking courage. Amiah Miller, in her first major role plays a mute, virus-ravaged human child who comes to be known as Nova – and becomes an essential part of the apes’ journey to their new home.

“War for the Planet of the Apes” is set fifteen years after a scientific experiment had gone wrong that gave rise to the intelligent Apes and almost wiped out the human race.  The colonists and apes struggled to coexist but their fragile peace was shattered and Caesar (played by Andy Serkis), leader of the apes, attempted to restore order.  But there was no turning back from the brutal fighting that has already begun.

At heart, this is the story of both a military and emotional last stand.  As peace between species has collapsed -- and a renegade band of human soldiers led by an imperious Colonel (Woody Harrelson) makes a final, all-out attack -- Caesar is hit with an unimaginable personal loss and a dark line inside his psyche is crossed.  Now, he is wrestling with merciless impulses and roiling doubts about his own ability to inspire the apes towards freedom. But if the apes are to survive the coming conflict, Caesar must lead.  In a time when empathy and compassion have nearly vanished both in the world and his heart, Caesar searches for the grit, sense of fellowship and striving vision to lead the apes towards a future of hope.  

Movies: In The Midst Of War Is Hope And Joy “In This Corner Of The World”

Based on the Award-winning Manga “Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni” by Fumiyo Kono. “In this Corner of the World” revolves around a young bride named Suzu Urano who moves to small port town Kure with her husband to start a new life. Not knowing that an impending war would change things indefinitely.

Adolescent Suzu shows life in Japan in the early days leading to the second world war. Her life is put into turmoil and chaos when her small town is bombed during the war but with her courage, perseverance and faith she tries to live her life normally. Her values were further tested when her husband left to join the army to protect the country.

The heartwarming and inspirational story shows how the Japanese people face the challenges of a violent and war-torn country, showing how citizens are victims of nations at war. The film being set in the 1940’s does not lose its hold towards the new generation. War is again imbued in other nations and what happened to her back in the past is again happening to people around the world.

The film is written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi “In this corner of the world.” has received critical acclaim, winning Best Japanese Movie of 2016, garnering a best director award for Katabuchi and the Japanese movie award of excellence at the 71st Mainichi Film Awards.

“In this Corner of the World” opens June 28 in cinemas from Rafaella Films to be distributed by Axinite Digicinema.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Movies: Teaser Poster Revealed For “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”

Universal Pictures has just launched the teaser poster for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster hit, Jurassic World.

The poster sports the tagline, “Life finds a way.”

Directed by J.A. Bayona (Mama, The Impossible), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens in the Philippines in June 2018 and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, Toby Jones, James Cromwell, BD Wong, and Rafe Spall.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Movies: Ninjas Assemble In “The Lego Ninjago Movie” Main Poster

Find the Ninja within ya in the main one-sheet art of Warner Animation Group’s The LEGO Ninjago Movie, a new animated adventure in Warner’s LEGO franchise.

Take a look at the poster below and watch the film in Philippine cinemas starting September 27, 2017.

In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret warriors and LEGO Master Builders. Led by kung fu master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their true power.

Jackie Chan (Kung Fu Panda) stars as Master Wu; Justin Theroux (Magamind 2) is Garmadon; Dave Franco (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising) plays Lloyd; and Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) is Lloyd’s mom, Koko. Making up the secret ninja crew, Fred Armisen (SNL) voices Cole; Abbi Jacobson (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising) plays Nya; Kumail Nanjiani (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) is Jay; Michael Peña (Ant-Man) is Kai; and Zach Woods (Silicon Valley) voices Zane.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie marks the feature film directorial debut of Charlie Bean (Tron: Uprising). It is being produced by Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Roy Lee, who previously collaborated on the worldwide box-office phenomenon The LEGO® Movie, along with Maryann Garger (“Flushed Away”). Chris McKay, Seth Grahame-Smith, Jill Wilfert, and Keith Malone are serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Hilary Winston & Bob Logan & Paul Fisher, story by Kevin Hageman & Dan Hageman and Hilary Winston & Bob Logan & Paul Fisher, based on LEGO Construction Toys.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Movies: Warner Bros.’ And Legendary’s Monterverse Kicks Into Gear As The Next “Godzilla” Feature Gets Underway

Michael Dougherty helms the film in which stars Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown,
Ken Watanabe and Zhang Ziyi take on the King of the Monsters…and more!

BURBANK, CA, June 19, 2017 – Following the global success of 2014’s “Godzilla” and this year’s “Kong: Skull Island,” comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse: an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history.

The film, which begins principal photography today, is being directed by Michael Dougherty (“Krampus”), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (“The Conjuring” films), and Ken Watanabe (“Inception”) and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), both reprising their “Godzilla” roles; Kyle Chandler (“The Wolf of Wall Street”); Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) in her feature film debut; Bradley Whitford (“Get Out”); Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s “Silicon Valley”); Charles Dance (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”); O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”); Aisha Hinds (“Star Trek Into Darkness”); and Golden Globe nominee Zhang Ziyi (“Memoirs of a Geisha”).

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Dougherty directs from a script he wrote with Zach Shields. The film is being produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Brian Rogers and Thomas Tull, with Barry H. Waldman, Zach Shields, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira serving as executive producers and Alexandra Mendes co-producing for Legendary.

Behind the scenes, Dougherty’s creative team includes director of photography Lawrence Sher, whose past credits include “War Dogs” and “Godzilla,” for which he handled additional photography; production designer Scott Chambliss (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”); editor Roger Barton (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the “Transformers” films); costume designer Louise Migenbach (the “X-Men” and “Hangover” films); and Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron (“Godzilla,” “Ghost in the Shell,” and part of the Oscar-winning team behind “Life of Pi ”).

Filming is taking place mainly in Atlanta, Georgia. A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, the film is currently scheduled for release in March 2019, and will be distributed in 3D and 2D and in select IMAX theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Movies: “Despicable Me 3” Opens At No.1, Grosses P93.6M, the Biggest Opening Weekend for an animated title in 2017

Manila, June 19, 2017 – Universal Pictures and Illumination's new comedy adventure Despicable Me 3 ran off with a nationwide box-office haul of P93.6-M to open a No.1 and grab the biggest opening weekend for an animated title in 2017.

Bowing two weeks earlier in the Philippines ahead of the US, Despicable Me 3 proved to be a worthy successor to its previous two blockbuster installments, reinforcing its formidable brand as a family franchise. Its successful launch in PH is the biggest in the region, grossing more than in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

Getting the lion's share of box-office grosses are SM Mall of Asia, Trinoma and SM Megamall.
In fourth to tenth rankings are SM North Edsa, Glorietta IV, Powerplant, Greenbelt III, Alabang Town Center, Fairview Terraces and SM Southmall.

Movies: Midnight Screenings For “Transformers: The Last Knight” June 21 At 12:01AM

Manila, June 19, 2017 – The species war between flesh and metal begins earlier for Filipino fans as United International Pictures (UIP) has announced that Transformers: The Last Knight, will have special midnight screenings in participating cinemas nationwide on Wednesday, June 21 at 12:01 AM.

The public is advised to reserve and buy their tickets now to be among the first in the world to watch Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth installment in the hugely successful franchise.

In Metro Manila, midnight screenings are confirmed to be held in Alabang Town Center, Greenbelt 3, Bonifacio High Street, Trinoma, Glorietta 4, Eastwood, Fisher Mall, Newport, Venice Cineplex, Uptown Cineplex, Starmall Edsa, Metropolis Alabang, Vista Taguig, Vista Evia Cinema, SM Aura, SM BF, SM Clark, SM Fairview, SM Mall of Asia, S'Maison, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa and SM Southmall.

Movies: “Dunkirk” Official IMAX Poster Revealed

Warner Bros. Pictures has just revealed the IMAX one-sheet art for Christopher Nolan's new epic action thriller Dunkirk, which was shot with IMAX film cameras.

Check out the IMAX exclusive poster below and watch Dunkirk in Philippne cinemas on Juy 20, 2017 with special engagements in IMAX 70mm film.

Nolan (Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy) directs Dunkirk from his own original screenplay, utilizing a mixture of IMAX® and 65mm film to bring the story to the screen.

Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

The film features a prestigious cast, including Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Cillian Murphy as well as newcomer Fionn Whitehead. The ensemble cast also includes Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden, Barry Keoghan and Tom Glynn-Carney.

Dunkirk is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Movie Review: Despicable Me 3

Before catching the press screening of "Despicable Me 3"  I suddenly remembered that we saw the first movie as an Anniversary date when we hit the 5th year (or was it the 6th year?) of our relationship. We are currently on our 12th year (yes, we still celebrate our boyfriend/girlfriend anniversary)

I remember not expecting much from the first film but ending up loving it so much. Gru (Steve Carell) has grown so much as a character, probably the most in an animated character in recent years. We've seen him shed his bad guy persona and become a regular good guy. It's cute to see how he struggles with between being good and being bad, when we all know he's really a good guy inside, thanks to the influence of the girls of course. 

So with Gru, officially being an agent for the Anti Villain League, being a husband to Lucy and a full  time dad to Margo, Edith and Agnes, what is left for our favorite bald good/bad guy? Well "Despicable Me 3" answers that with an 80's has been child actor for an arch nemesis and a long lost brother!  

Okay. I will have to admit that I'm not a big fan of the whole "long lost twin brother" plot - I honestly think its a bit corny (and did I mention that he's also really rich and has a head full of hair (much to Gru's disappointment). Dru wants to get in touch with his inner villain and solicits the help of his twin brother, after a failed attempt to catch his shoulder pad wearing nemesis, Balthazar Bratt, Gru is desperate for any kind of help, even if it means having his rather inexperienced brother along. 

What I am a super fan about the film is Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker)! He is my favorite villain ever! #DanceFight !!! I think he is a good addition to the movie, giving that 80's nostalgia for parents who will be accompanying their kids to see the movie. The movie's heavily 80's inspired music is so bad (Micheal Jackson) -that its good! Currently listening to the songs right now. Moms and Dads can tell their kids they once danced to those tunes, a long time ago :P Its also a good way to get your kids a crash course in the 80's. 

Of course a "Despicable Me" movie, will not be complete without those crazy minions and I'm glad that this crazy bunch did not steal the thunder of Gru and his family as they were gracious supporting actors, who yes, had their own share of crazy adventures but still let Gru be the star of the show! 

I appreciated how the film also featured conflicts from Lucy and the girls, Lucy coming to terms with becoming a mom (a mom who can kick ass by the way) and Agnes' little own unicorn adventure. I love how they were also given some screen time and how these were resolved in the story as well. 

There is a beautiful lesson in the movie about expectations, disappointments and making the most of what is given to us, I don't want to spoil anything but its nice to have a word with your kids and discuss it for a bit as a take away, who knows, sometimes even adults like us need to be reminded of this at times and when you get to spend family time, laughing out loud and learning an important lesson at the same time, then its a win-win for everyone :) 

6.5 out of 10 - "Despicable Me 3" is now showing! 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Movies: Watch The Trailer Of New Slasher Film “Happy Death Day”

Universal Pictures and Blumhouse have released the first trailer for the new horror film Happy Death Day. Co-written and directed by Christopher Landon (Scouts' Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse).

Blumhouse (Split, Get Out, Whiplash) produces an original and inventive rewinding thriller in Happy Death Day, in which a college student (Jessica Rothe, La La Land) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

Check out the film's trailer below and watch Happy Death Day in Philippine cinemas on Oct. 11, 2017.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/qUvZIgnbZGw
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/videos/1583228371751557/

The film also stars Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews, and Charles Aitken.

Happy Death Day is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Movies: Amazing Before & After Movie Stills Using Mo-Cap In “War For The Planet Of The Apes”

Humanity’s last stand is at stake in the upcoming epic action “War for the Planet of the Apes” where peace is shattered in a winner-takes-all war for the planet. Here we see the incredible transformation of the actors in mo-cap (motion capture) technology as they bring their characters to life on the big screen.

As the war rages on in “War for the Planet of the Apes,” the third and climactic chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster trilogy, director Matt Reeves and an all-star cast unleash the rapidly evolving simians into a world boiling over with anger and revenge.  In a flurry of mythic filmmaking, audiences will witness the pivotal moment that determines the fate of human civilization forever –and be immersed in the ape leader Caesar’s emotional quest to lead his young society to a new home, even as a war between his belief in family and honor versus the lure of a vengeful reckoning churns within his soul.

Big ideas and potent storytelling combine as “War For the Planet of the Apes” pushes the series into new realms of legend-building as it explores the values that forge a civilization.  It all comes to life driven by the most complex and intense performance by Andy Serkis yet as the majestic Caesar, and groundbreaking visual effects from Weta Digital.  Also returning to the series is Karin Konoval as Caesar’s trusted advisor, Maurice, Terry Notary as Caesar’s right-hand man, Rocket, as well as Judy Greer as Caesar’s wife Cornelia and Toby Kebbell as Koba.  

Friday, June 16, 2017

Movies: Blue Sky Studio’s “Ferdinand” Second Trailer Reveal

20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studio released the second trailer of the upcoming adventure animation “Ferdinand” about a gentle giant bull voiced by wrestling star John Cena.

“Ferdinand” tells the story of a bull who was mistaken for a dangerous beast and separated from his human best friend.  Unknown to his captors, Ferdinand is the gentlest of all bulls and prefers to smell the flowers instead of fighting matadors.    

The latest trailer brings us to Ferdinand’s journey from quietly living with his family to his captivity and meeting new friends who eventually go with him on an exciting journey going back to his family.

The animated movie is directed by Carlos Saldanha, who also helmed the animated franchise “Ice Age” movies.  The movie also features the voices of Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, Gabriel Iglesias, Bobby Cannavale, David Tennant, Anthony Anderson, Flula Borg, Sally Phillips, Boris Kodjoe, Jerrod Carmichael, Raúl Esparza, Karla Martínez, and Miguel Ángel Silvestre.

“Ferdinand” will open in cinemas (Phils.) on January 8, 2018 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.                

Movies: Stars Of “Everything, Everything” Invite PH Audience To Watch Teen Romance

Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson, the lead stars of the new romantic drama Everything, Everything have released a video inviting Filipino fans and audiences to watch their film.

Check out the video at https://youtu.be/jUa78fxJg-4 and watch Everything, Everything in Philippine cinemas on June 21, 2017.

Directed by Stella Meghie, the film is based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nicola Yoon.

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door? Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them.

Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything.

Everything, Everything distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select international territories by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Movies: The Trailer For “Olaf's Frozen Adventure” Is Here!

The all-new featurette will open in PH theatres in front of Disney/Pixar's “Coco” beginning November 22.

Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) and Pixar Animation Studios are teaming up this holiday season when WDAS’ new featurette “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” opens in front of Disney•Pixar’s original feature film “Coco” on Nov. 22, 2017. Watch the new trailer for the featurette here at https://youtu.be/hb8WDATVB6A.

“I’m thrilled that Disney Animation’s featurette ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ will be coming to theaters in November with Pixar’s ‘Coco,’” said John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. “It’s a perfect pairing – they’re both beautiful, heartfelt films about families and how people carry traditions forward. I can’t wait for audiences to get to see both of these terrific projects together on the big screen.”

Movies: “Despicable Me 3” Super-Villain Is Former '80s Child Star

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's new comedy adventure Despicable Me 3 features a new addition to the franchise: Balthazar Bratt, a formidable super-villain who has been plotting to destroy Hollywood after his TV show was canceled.

Once mocked and shunned after his TV series was canceled—due to his quick onset of puberty—Bratt has become obsessed with everything from his glory days. Now embodying his former role’s villainous traits, Bratt surrounds himself with everything ’80s—re-creating the show’s gadgets and vehicles for plotting his revenge.

In classic Illumination fashion, the character is just as defined by his Machiavellian schemes as he is his ridiculousness. “Balthazar Bratt has taken on this child-actor persona as his villain persona,” says cast member Steve Carell who provides the voices of brothers Gru and Dru. “There is also a silly madness to him, and he uses ’80s components as a part of his villainy. The bubble gum he chews become an extremely effective weapon, he dresses in a purple outfit with padded shoulders and parachute pants, and he dispatches people with dance fights.”

Movies: Japan's Surprise Hit “In This Corner Of The World” Opens June 28 In Phils. Cinems

Japan’s recent sleeper hit and highly-acclaimed movie “In this Corner of the World” will finally open in Philippine cinemas on June 28.

In producing the film, director Sunao Katabuchi with the rest of the team turned to crowdfunding and in no time was able to start production on the film from the help of the fans and public who strongly supported the film. From the initial 63 theaters in Japan, “In this Corner of the World” eventually played in 195 screens and has so far reached more than US$ 19 million in box-office receipts in Japan alone.

A coming-of-age story, “In this Corner of the World” is based on the original Manga by Fumiyo Kōno set during World War II where a young bride named Suzu Urano moves to a new town to live with her new family in Kure.  All starts well after her marriage but the war against the US brings dark clouds that would soon cover Suzu’s corner of the world.   After marrying Shuusaku Houjou—a young clerk who works at the local naval base, Suzu becomes essential to the running of the household and creatively prepares meals during the tough wartime conditions while also carrying out daily housework. In 1945, intense bombings by the U.S. military finally reach Kure with devastating effect to the townsfolk and their way of life.  Suzu's life is changed irrevocably, but through perseverance and courage, she manages to continue to live life to the fullest.

Lifestyle: Ready For School With SM Shoes And Bags

School ready with SM Shoes and Bags
Kids will be ready for school in style and comfort with SM Shoes and Bags.
Classic black school shoes are updated for a new generation of students; while rubber shoes – ranging from sneakers to high performance options – making going back to school really cool.

Durable back packs, small bags, children’s trolley bags are not only colorful, but guaranteed the best prices and quality are also available at SM Shoes and Bags department.
Go to school in style with shoes and bags from SM Shoes and Bags department available at all The SM Stores nationwide.

Moving around school is a breeze with this trolley and sling bag from the SM Shoes and Bags 

Lifestyle: Great Gifts For Dad's Day At ACE Hardware

Treat your Dad with his favorite tools from ACE Hardware on Father's Day. Enjoy up to 30% discount until June 30 when you shop.
Dad’s always been there for you, and Father’s Day is a great time to show how much you love him with stuff for his car and his tool kit from ACE Hardware.

If your Dad is a car lover, ACE Hardware has items to protect and enhance it inside and out. For the outside, there are durable universal fit car covers that will withstand UV rays, rain, and dirt; and looking in, there are seat covers for a more fun and comfortable road trip. Powerful high pressure washers can also be great gifts for your Dad's day.
This Bosch Impact Drill is the most compact and powerful drill in its class and perfect for DIY Dads. Save 30% on Bosch Impact Drills
If your Dad’s the DIY type, there are also high performance drill driver kits in compact and lightweight designs, planers for professional planning, and durable toolboxes to organize Dads favorite tools.

While shopping for your Dad's Day at ACE Hardware stores, also check out its great deals on tools and automotive items wherein you can get up to 30% discount until June 30. You can also earn rewards points with your ACE Rewards, SM Advantage, Prestige, and BDO Rewards Cards when you shop.

Organize your Dad's favorite tools with these durable ACE Toolboxes. It includes a removable tray for organizing small parts. Save 20% on all ACE Toolboxes.
Make your Dad feel special this Father's Day with these great gifts which are available at selected branches of ACE Hardware, ACE Express and ACE Builders stores nationwide. Visit our website at www.acehardware.ph or like us at www.facebook/acehardwarephilippines.

Lifestyle: Larger Than Life With SM Accessories

Necklaces from SM Accessories make larger than life statements
Although accessories are the elements of style that come in small packages, they are actually larger than life in their visual impact and ability to make a strong statement. This is evident in the latest campaign of SM Accessories, which features larger than life accessories floating against a backdrop of smaller people images.

Multi-colored leaf necklace
Here neckpieces dazzle, hats say hello in a big way, and eyewear pieces electrify not only with their size, but their great style.  And to be sure, you’ll feel their elegance and energy as you navigate the office, home, weekend, and party circuit.

There are statement necklaces with leaf accents; floppy wide brimmed straw hats and classic fedoras; and retro inspired sunnies with modern updates – from tinted lenses to classic everyday frames.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Movies: First Official Trailer Of “Flatliners” Takes On Death

Columbia Pictures has just released the first official trailer of its new suspense thriller Flatliners starring Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev, Diego Luna and James Norton.

Check out the trailer at https://youtu.be/JYESmcaluuE and watch Flatliners soon in Philippine cinemas.

In the film, five medical students embark on a daring and dangerous experiment to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life. The bold adventure begins when they trigger near-death experiences by stopping their hearts for short periods of time. As their trials become more perilous, each must confront the sins from their past while facing the paranormal consequences of journeying to the other side.

Flatliners is directed by Niels Arden Oplev, from a screenplay by Ben Ripley, story by Peter Filardi.

Flatliners is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Movies: “American Made” Poster Lets Tom Cruise Walk Away With The Money

Fresh from record-breaking opening of The Mummy as the biggest worldwide debut weekend of his legendary career, Tom Cruise will soon be seen in the big screen this year in Universal Pictures' new action thriller, American Made.

Take a look at the film's teaser poster below and watch American Made in Philippine cinemas on Sept. 13, 2017.

In American Made, Tom Cruise reunites with his Edge of Tomorrow director, Doug Liman, in this international escapade based on the outrageous (and real) exploits of Barry Seal, a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history.
The film also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, E. Roger Mitchell, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke, Alejandro Edda, Benito Martinez, Caleb Landry Jones and Jayma Mays.

American Made is produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Academy Award®-winning producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind), Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver (Black Swan) and Tyler Thompson (Everest), Quadrant Pictures’ Doug Davison (The Departed), and Kim Roth (Inside Man).

American Made is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Movies: Robots Take Spotlight In New “Transformers: The Last Knight” Posters

Eight character posters featuring the robot cast of Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight have just been released by the studio and may be seen below.

Featured in their own one-sheets are Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, Hot Rod, Hound, Barricade, Cogman and Sqweeks.

Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth instalment of the massively successful Transformers franchise is coming to Philippine cinemas on June 21, 2017.

Transformers: The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).

There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.

Transformers: The Last Knight is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Movies: Steve Carell Knows How Good It Feels To Be Bad In “Despicable Me 3”

Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, Minions, The Secret Life of Pets, Sing) has long believed that the key to success is the unique talents of its creative forces. It's latest comedy adventure Despicable Me 3 brings back this world-class talent from its previous chapters led by Oscar-nominated actor, Steve Carell.

(Watch the Despicable Me 3 featurette “Steve Carell Reflects” at http://youtu.be/SM6Avm3Bzoc.)

In the film, after he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother—a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps—one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.

Movies: Nick Robinson Ignites Sheltered Girl's Desire To Risk “Everything”

A burgeoning actor who is solidifying his status as the next young leading man, Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) now stars as Olly Bright as the brooding boy-next-door in Warner Bros. Pictures' new romantic drama Everything, Everything (in Philippine cinemas June 21, 2017).

Based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy (Amandla Sternberg), a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, Maddy and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything.

“I felt like this was something I hadn’t seen before, that Nicola was a new voice in the world of YA literature,” Robinson says. “I’ve done some work in that genre, but this felt like a really fresh take on it, very original.”

Monday, June 12, 2017

Movies: 22nd French Film Festival At Ayala Malls Cinemas’

Greenbelt 3 And Bonifacio High Street On June 9 - 17

From the land of romance and haute couture, Ayala Malls Cinemas brings a slice of the good life from France with the upcoming 22nd French Film Festival that started June 9 until June 17 at Greenbelt 3 and Bonifacio High Street cinemas.  The film festival is in cooperation with the Embassy of France to the Philippines, Institut Français, the Alliance Français de Manille and Cebu and the Film Development Council of the Philippines.   
One of the country’s highly-anticipated film festivals, the French Film Festival showcases twelve critically-acclaimed full-length films featuring the (French’s) charming culture.  The film festival aims to immerse the local audience with the French’s unique storytelling of their culture. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Music + Events: Satchmi Vinly Day 2017

Satchmi's Vinyl Day has always been a must go-to event for Paul and myself, we love the brand and what they represent-the beauty and luxury of the good old days, which we appreciate more in these times of entitlement and instant gratification. (Plus we love vinyl, which is on sale during the event and the live acts are always the hottest in the local scene). 

So, for the past few years, we have always been at Vinyl Day, this year was a little different though, since I am already seven months pregnant and waddling across the event floor can be very tiring, I forgot that you actually have to stand for these events and after two bands, I was already tired T_T. 

We've actually been more absent than usual in music gigs, given my current condition, its hard to be in a cramped bar when you are so far along, plus people smoke and many trips to the bathroom will prove to be a challenge. 

So why did we make an exemption for Vinyl Day? Well, I thought it would be the only music gig I would be able to go to during my pregnancy, the venue would have more space and would be more convenient for the pregnant lady. Plus did I mention we love Satchmi? 

We made the most of our short stint at Vinyl Day, Paul took a few photos, I was tempted to pick up a record but my baby list says we still have a long way to go, so maybe when the little one is settled in? :) 

I still wanted to see Cheats and Jess Connelly play but we had to call it a day, like I said I was ready to go home after two bands but I did have a take away from the experience, no matter how short it was. 

I was am happy to see a growing vinyl community, who will spend money for a record, even when there are streaming services available. I am happy to see a growing number of people who support local music, who go to live shows to sing and dance to the music. I'm glad that a brand like Satchmi has continued to grow and remain relevant in these trying times, I'm happy to see all of these and I'm looking forward to being able to share this all with my son some day, Satchmi Vinyl Day 2017 was his first foray into the world of live music after all.  


Movies: Black Panther Reveals Wakanda In Teaser Trailer

Hero. Legend. King. Watch Marvel Studio's Black Panther teaser trailer now at http://youtu.be/dxWvtMOGAhw (you can also watch it in the video below) and make sure to check out the film in Philippine cinemas in February 2018.

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.

One of the many things I loved about the trailer was how beautiful and colorful Wakanda was~really excited + that A list of actors in the cast! (Wohooo!). The song that was featured, "Legend Has It" by Run the Jewels was pretty neat too! 

Marvel's Black Panther will be distributed in the Philippines by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Follow the official social media accounts of Marvel, namely, (FB) MarvelPhilippines, (Twitter) @marvelstudiosph and (Instagram) @marvelphilippines.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Movies: “Despicable Me 3” Characters Amplify Lovable Nature

Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri believes that “when we leave the movie theater, it is the relationship with the film’s characters that determines how that film will live on in our imaginations.”

This cannot be truer with the studio's new adventure-comedy Despicable Me 3, which continues the story of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions.

The franchise's beloved characters once again return for another memorable story on family, as they are joined by new characters for a richer, funnier tale.

In Despicable Me 3, Gru (Steve Carell) is unceremoniously fired from his job at the AVL, which sends his self-esteem crashing. When he discovers that he has a long-lost twin brother named Dru, Gru takes his family to meet his brother in the rural island country of Freedonia—where Dru has inherited the country’s biggest pig farm. Upon arriving in Freedonia, Gru is hit with an immediate case of sibling rivalry when he finds that Dru—with his gorgeous head of flowing blond hair—is his complete opposite in every way. But when the outwardly perfect Dru asks his brother for help in pulling off the greatest heist the world has ever seen, Gru assumes the “big brother” role and his descent back into villainy starts to restore his confidence.

Charming, wealthy, larger than life, and with a full head of flowing blond hair, Dru (Steve Carell), is Gru’s opposite in every way. He is the life of the party and seems to be able to do everything his heart desires…except follow in the family tradition of becoming a world-class villain. Knowing that his twin is far more accomplished in that arena, Dru is able to talk Gru into pulling off one more major heist. But as the twins find themselves spending more time together, we begin to see that underneath all of Dru’s bravado is a childlike yearning to be accepted by his brother, Gru.

After losing her job at the AVL for defending her husband, Gru, Lucy (Kristen Wiig) redirects her workaholic energy into becoming the perfect mom to their three girls. Masking her insecurity in this role with an overwhelming show of optimism and enthusiasm, Lucy is the first to pack her bags when Gru announces he has a brother in Freedonia. She encourages the girls to embrace the Freedonian culture by taking part in a local cheese festival with her, but Lucy’s well-intended efforts only lead to disaster when she loses track of Edith and Agnes and then almost gets Margo engaged to a weird boy from the town.

Childhood prodigy, criminal mastermind…Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) is the former child star of the ’80s TV show Evil Bratt, where he played a kid villain bent on world destruction…that is, until he hit puberty and the show was abruptly canceled. Clinging to the past with his fashion and hairstyle, Bratt has become obsessed with the villainous character he played on TV and is determined to exact revenge on the world that turned its back on him. Armed with his weaponized keytar and explosive Rubik’s Cubes, Bratt proves to be Gru’s toughest nemesis yet—as he attempts to re-create the world-ending events from his favorite episode of Evil Bratt and take revenge on Hollywood.

Agnes (Nev Scharrel), Gru’s youngest daughter, is innocent and selfless. When she finds out that Gru and Lucy have lost their jobs, she does everything she can to help out her family, even if it means selling her favorite fluffy unicorn at a garage sale. Initially enthusiastic to travel to Freedonia to meet her Uncle Dru, her excitement goes through the roof when she hears that real unicorns may inhabit the nearby forest. Gru wants to protect his youngest daughter from disappointment, but ultimately doesn’t have the heart to tell her the stories might not be true. And so, heeding the local legend that “only a maiden pure of heart” can find a unicorn, Agnes sets out to fulfill her lifelong dream.

With a master who’s no longer a top-secret agent in the AVL—nor interested in going back to his despicable ways—Gru’s banana-loving Minions are left without any super-cool gadgets to test or any mayhem to be had.

Led by Mel (Pierre Coffin), the Minions decide to revolt and make a go of it on their own. Their journey takes them to a studio lot in Hollywood, California, where—after wreaking havoc and drawing the attention of law enforcement—they accidentally wander onto the set of a singing competition show and are forced to perform. The Minions are then arrested and thrown in jail for breaking and entering. Realizing that simple survival without Gru is more challenging than they thought, the tribe decides to break out of prison so they can reunite with their former boss, unaware that he is about to face off with a very unhinged Balthazar Bratt.

Opening in Philippine cinemas on June 14, Despicable Me 3 is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.