Friday, April 20, 2018

Movies: Denzel Serves Unflinching Justice In “The Equalizer 2” Trailer

Sometimes justice isn’t enough. Watch Denzel Washington in the new trailer for Columbia Pictures' new action-thriller The Equalizer 2, in Philippine cinemas this September.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/fWAmIYxj2RY.

Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. In The Equalizer 2, Robert McCall (Washington) serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed – but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?


The film is directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Richard Wenk, based on the television series created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim.

The Equalizer 2 also stars Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, with Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo.

The Equalizer 2 is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Movies: Dinosaurs Terrify In Final Trailer Of “Jurrasic World: Fallen Kingdom”


Universal Pictures has released the new and final trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster hit, Jurassic World.

Check out the trailer below and watch Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in Philippine cinemas June 6, 2018.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/IEPO2m4fe14

Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return alongside executive producers Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow for Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Pratt and Howard are joined by co-stars James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, while BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Movies: Cast Of 'Avengers: Infinity War' Reflects On 10-Year Legacy


We’re not only days away from Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” landing in Philippine theaters on April 25, but also, the 10 year anniversary from when the Marvel Cinematic Universe journey began with “Iron Man.”

In a new 10-Year Legacy featurette, the cast of “Avengers: Infinity War” talk about their MCU family and what it has meant to them over the time they’ve spent together making MCU films.

Take a look at the featurette at https://youtu.be/trcditUaQJg.

Movies: Steven Spielberg Set To Take On “Blackhawk”

The revered filmmaker brings his creative powers to his first movie in the DC universe


Burbank, CA – April 17, 2018 – On the heels of their successful collaboration on “Ready Player One,” Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment are again teaming with Warner Bros. Pictures to produce the action adventure “Blackhawk,” with an eye to Spielberg directing the film. Based on the classic DC property, the project will mark the filmmaker’s first feature centered around characters from DC. The announcement was made today by Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

In making the announcement, Emmerich stated, “We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg’s latest hit, and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure. We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing ‘Blackhawk’ to movie audiences worldwide.”

The screenplay for “Blackhawk” is being written by David Koepp, who has collaborated with Spielberg as a screenwriter on the blockbusters “Jurassic Park,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “War of the Worlds” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Spielberg will produce the film together with Kristie Macosko Krieger, under the Amblin Entertainment banner, while Sue Kroll will executive produce, under her Kroll & Co. Entertainment shingle.

Spielberg noted, “It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring ‘Ready Player One’ to the screen. They bring a blend of passion and professionalism to everything they do and have a tremendous history in this genre. I am excited to reunite with them on ‘Blackhawk.’”

Spielberg’s next two films are the fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise and “West Side Story.”

“Blackhawk” will be distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Stars, Director of Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” Surprise Filipino Fans


MANILA, April 16, 2018 – Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Karen Gillan (Nebula) and director Joe Russo delighted hundreds of Filipino Marvel fans in a surprise, live digital interaction during the Avengers: Infinity War Manila Fan Event yesterday morning at the Cinema 7 of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong.

Answering an open call for fans to assemble and come as their favorite Marvel character, local fans
arrived in their full super hero suits, ready to take part in what was supposedly a special video recording of a message for the cast of Marvel Studios' “ Avengers: Infinity War.”


But as soon as the fans shouted their line, “Avengers, we are ready for you!,” the movie screen lit up to reveal a live, digital feed from Singapore of Cumberbatch, Gillan and Russo greeting back the Filipino fans.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Movies: Elastigirl's Time To Shine In New “Incredibles 2” Trailer


It's time to get back to being Incredible! Watch the brand new trailer for Disney/Pixar's Incredibles 2, which has just been launched by Disney-Pixar at https://youtu.be/i5qOzqD9Rms.

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in Incredibles 2 – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transistion for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.

Directed by Brad Bird (Iron Giant, The Incredibles) and produced by John Walker (The Incredibles) and Nicole Grindle (Sanjay’s Super Team short, Toy Story 3 associate producer), Incredibles 2 busts into Philippine theaters this June.


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Movies: “Pitch Perfect” Writer Marks Directorial Debut With “Blockers”


Kay Cannon, the writer and architect of the groundbreaking Pitch Perfect movies has proved that comedies about strong, dynamic women could pull huge audiences of female fans at the box office.

With her directorial debut in Universal Pictures' sex comedy Blockers, Cannon has become only the sixth woman in the history of film to direct a big R-rated studio comedy.

In the film, when three parents discover their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal. As nonstop helicoptering struggles with awkwardly letting go, the well-meaning trio shares in the raucous comedy that accompanies their kids’ biggest step into adulthood.

Movies: Friends Face Deadly Consequences In “Truth Or Dare”


Whatever you do. Wherever you go, the game will find you.

Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) lead the cast of Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare, a supernatural thriller from Blumhouse Productions (Happy Death Day, Get Out, Split). A harmless game of “Truth or Dare” among friends turns deadly when someone—or something—begins to punish those who tell a lie—or refuse the dare.

Directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), the thriller co-stars Violett Beane, Nolan Gerard Funk, Hayden Szeto and Sophia Taylor Ali. The film was produced by Blumhouse’s Jason Blum and executive produced by Wadlow.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Movie Review: Rampage



Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from "Rampage", after seeing the trailer for the first time I thought of it as simply another "monsters wrecking havoc in the city" kind of movie. Although I did like the "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" by The Smashing Pumpkins insert in the trailer. 

Then the husband told me about the movie's interesting history, okay, so turns out "Rampage" is actually based on a 1980's video game. In fact, we saw an actual Rampage arcade in one of the scenes in the movie. You might want to keep a look out for that cameo. 

So there I was, going in the cinema expecting the action, the explosions and the "monsters wrecking havoc in the city" as I mentioned earlier, nothing new really but I was pleasantly surprised to see that they tried to make the movie different from the other "monster movies" out there by injecting a bit of heart and humor into the story.  

The heart - the beautiful connection between Dwayne Johnson's Davis Okoye, a primatologist at the San Diego wildlife reserve and George, an albino gorilla. The CG is amazing, you can see the emotions in George's face and what endears you to him, is his child-like demeanor, well at least that's how it was for me. The gorilla got me with his big baby blues and his wicked sense of humor. 

Humor - George is pretty much it. :)  



Trouble brews when a rogue experiment releases dangerous pathogens which infects George and in no time, increases in size and strength at a very alarming rate. The "other" government agency swoops in, led by a swaggering Jeffrey Dean Morgan (who I just loved seeing on the big screen, been a big fan since his Denny days on Grey's Anatomy) who plays agent Harvey Russell. 

George is boarded onto a plane, much to Davis' objections, at this point, they have already been joined by Dr. Kate Caldwell (Naomi Harris), a genetic engineer, who may be able to find a cure for George. 

Plane falls from the sky, a crazed George escapes and a giant wolf is running around wrecking havoc on his own as well. Interesting fact, Wreck-It-Ralph is named after the wolf, as they both you know wreck buildings and stuff. 

George and Ralph, seem to be heading toward the city of Chicago, where thousands of people are in danger, meanwhile, a creature in the water seems to be aggressively making its way towards the city as well.    


If you blink, you might miss it but there is a bit of a social commentary in the film as it reveals that Davis, who was also part of an anti-poaching unit saved George as a baby from poachers, who were killing his mother as baby George hid under a truck. Its just one scene but it says so much about how human nature can be so dark and driven by greed. Not exactly a shining moment for humanity and probably explains why Davis is not a fan of other people as well. Animals on the other hand, just go about their days, living each day, trying to survive and here we are playing god with genetic engineering (genetic editing) for financial gain, killing and poaching animals, again for financial gain and I can go on and on with how being part of the human race just makes you want to hide under a rock (pun intended).   

While the not-so nice nature of human beings is being represented in the film through the cold and cruel Claire Wyden (Maline Akerman, in a non romantic comedy role, for a change) as the CEO of Energyne, who is responsible for creating the pathogen which has caused these creatures to become the giant monsters that they have become. There is still some hope for human kind through of course Davis, Kate and some surprise alliances along the way. 

Director Brad Peyton knows his audience and knows what he wants to deliver-and deliver he does! "Rampage" is an action packed battle with the biggest and baddest experiments gone wrong you can imagine, making the city as their playground and leaving the buildings like a block of toys, scattered amidst the devastating destruction in a good old pop-corn, cinema entertainment experience, the only kind that monsters in the city can bring.  

I was a bit dissapointed and confused of the movie's rating of PG and having that much violence, until now I'm not sure at what age I would let my son Luke watch the film. He's still at 8 months now, so I still have time to think about it. 

I also thought that Akerman's Wyden had a rather distasteful end. I mean, yeah she was mean and probably deserved but it just didn't sit well with me.  

6 out of 10, at the end of the day, "Rampage" is the action, CG intense film that it promises to be and it delivers, with a few surprises here and there and while we expect Dwayne Johnson  to bring the entire movie on top of his ridiculously well sculpted biceps, its George who is the star, he not only steals the show but your heart as well.  
   

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Movies: “The Girl In The Spider's Web” Reveals Cast Photos​


Sony Pictures has unveiled the first official cast photos for the upcoming psychological thriller The Girl in the Spider’s Web as the main cast led by Claire Foy and director Fede Alvarez participated in a photo call in Stockholm to celebrate completion of principal photography.

Check out the images below and watch The Girl in the Spider’s Web in Philippine cinemas soon.

Lisbeth Salander, the cult figure and title character of the acclaimed Millennium book series created by Stieg Larsson, will return to the screen in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a first-time adaptation of the recent global bestseller written by David Lagercrantz. Golden Globe winner Claire Foy, the star of Netflix's The Crown, will play the outcast vigilante defender under the direction of Fede Alvarez, the director of 2016’s breakout thriller Don’t Breathe; the screenplay adaptation is by Steven Knight and Fede Alvarez & Jay Basu.

Be Fierce, Be Smart, Be Unstoppable. The Robinsons Reveal What It Takes To Venture Into Space. ‘Lost In Space’ Launches Today, April 13, Only On Netflix

Molly Parker and Toby Stephens in Netflix’s Lost in Space. Image courtesy of Netflix
The Robinsons made the decision to begin a new life in space together, and now nothing is stopping them. In this featurette Mina Sundwall (Penny Robinson), Molly Parker (Maureen Robinson), Taylor Russell (Judy Robinson), Parker Posey (Dr. Smith) and showrunner Zack Estrin, reveal how to be determined, stick together and master the challenges ahead.  Lost in Space premieres globally today, April 13, only on Netflix.

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Netflix debuts new teaser for K-variety BUSTED!


From top K-variety producers Cho Hyo-jin, Chang Hyuk-jae, and Kim Joo-hyung (Running Man, X-Man, and Family Outing), BUSTED! is a new Netflix Original produced in Korea. In the K-variety series, 7 bumbling detectives set out to solve a fun-packed mystery in each episode. Watch the teaser HERE for a sneak peek!

The show features an all-star K-variety cast including Yoo Jae-suk(Infinite Challenge, Running Man), Lee Kwang-soo(Running Man), and Kim Jong-min(1night 2 days). It also includes Ahn Jae-wook and Park Min-young, taking a step out of their acting roles, and also K-pop stars Sehun of Exo and Kim Se-jeong of Gugudan. Each episode is completed with special appearances from several guest stars.

BUSTED! will launch exclusively to Netflix members globally on May 4.

Series information:

Producers: Cho Hyo-jin, Chang Hyuk-jae, Kim Joo-hyung
Produced by: Company SangSang
Episodes: 10 (2 episodes per week)
Launch: May 4
Filmed in: Seoul, Jeju, Songdo / South Korea



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About Company SangSang

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Movies: Emily Blunt's Unwavering Maternal Force In “A Quiet Place”


Emily Blunt (Looper, Edge of Tomorrow, Sicario) takes on the role of a post-apocalyptic wife and mother, in Paramount Pictures' new horror thriller A Quiet Place (now playing in Philippine cinemas).

In the modern horror thriller A Quiet Place, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.

Early on, director and screenwriter John Krasinski gave his wife Emily Blunt——his draft of the script for A Quiet Place. As soon as she read it, she suggested they play the roles of Lee and Evelyn Abbott together, adding a layer of stark realism and candid tenderness that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.

Movies: The Women Have What It Takes In “Ocean’s 8” Official Main Trailer


Having this much fun is a crime. Watch the official main trailer for Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Oceans 8” which has just been released by the studio.

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Oscar winner Sandra Bullock stars in the title role, alongside Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, with Rihanna and Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gary Ross is directing.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Movies: “The Meg” Trailer Reveals The Largest Predator Of All Time


Discover the biggest thing we never saw coming. Watch the first trailer of Warner Bros. Pictures' new sci-fi action thriller “The Meg” from director Jon Turteltaub and starring Jason Statham and Li Bingbing.

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In the film, a deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below…bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Movies: New 'Avengers: Infinity War' Character Posters

Spotlight Earth's Mightiest Heroes

We’re nearing the April 25 Philippine release of Marvel Studios' “Avengers: Infinity War”! This week, Marvel has unveiled 22 mighty posters spotlighting each of our impressive super heroes ready to take a stand against the threat that is Thanos.

Leading the gallery is the first Avenger himself, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. See the rest of the Avengers and their super allies — Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa/Black Panther, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel voicing Rocket and Groot, Paul Bettany as Vision, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Dave Bautista as Drax, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, and Benedict Wong as Wong.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Movies: “A Quiet Place” Roars At No.1 In U.S. Box-Office With $50.3-M


April 09, 2018 – Paramount Pictures' thriller A Quiet Place thundered to a smash No.1 opening at the U.S. weekend box office, with a massive $50.3 million in 3,508 theaters.

That marks the second highest domestic opening of the year to date behind only Black Panther.

Directed and co-written by John Krasinski who also stars alongside Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place has garnered rave reviews, currently holding an solid 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, with a B+ CinemaScore.

Movies: “Blockers” Upends Double-Standard In Rite​ ​Of​ ​Passage Comedy

For decades, beginning with the groundbreaking Porky’s and extending to modern classics from Superbad to American Pie, guys have watched on-screen versions of guys like them boldly and bawdily celebrate the first time they have sex.

It’s time the ladies have their shot to celebrate the story of their first time, in Universal Pictures' new comedy Blockers (in Philippine cinemas May 02).

With her directorial debut, director Kay Cannon (writer of the Pitch Perfect series) has created a timely coming-of-age comedy that takes one of the most relatable rites of passages and hilariously upends a long-held double standard. One of only a handful of women ever to direct an R-rated comedy for a big studio, Cannon shares a story about that one milestone none of us ever forget.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Movies: “Solo: A Star Wars Story” Launches New Trailer And Poster


Lucasfilm has just released the official trailer and poster for Solo: A Star Wars Story which may be seen below.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/jPEYpryMp2s

The trailer clocks in at over two minutes and shows more of the movie than ever before, including great Han-and-Chewie moments, a super-cool Lando and the equally super-cool droid L3-37, and some kinetic Falcon action.

Movies: Dwayne Johnson Goes Head To Head With Giant Predators In “Rampage”


Global icon Dwayne Johnson headlines the action adventure “Rampage,” directed by Brad Peyton.

Johnson stars as primatologist Davis Okoye, a man who keeps people at a distance but shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, incredibly rare albino silverback gorilla who has been in his care since he rescued the young orphan from poachers. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size.

To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals.  As these newly created alpha predators tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with discredited geneticist Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris) to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Movies: “Johnny English Strikes Again” In Hilarious First Trailer


British intelligence has changed. But Johnny English plays by his own rules. Watch the first trailer of the spy comedy Johnny English Strikes Again which has just been released Universal Pictures.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/axwia-tUGrU

Johnny English Strikes Again is the third installment of the Johnny English comedy series, with Rowan Atkinson returning as the much loved accidental secret agent. The new adventure begins when a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, leaving Johnny English as the secret service’s last hope. Called out of retirement, English dives head first into action with the mission to find the mastermind hacker. As a man with few skills and analog methods, Johnny English must overcome the challenges of modern technology to make this mission a success.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

The Circumstances Are Unfortunate, But The Fashions Aren’t

Black & White Stripes Are ‘In’... Real Fur Is Definitely ‘Out’. 


Click to WATCH a behind-the-scenes tour of this season's latest 'in' and 'out' fashions on A Series of Unfortunate Events, with star Malina Weissman and wardrobe designer Cynthia Summers.

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About A Series Of Unfortunate Events Season Two

Based on the internationally best-selling series of books, season two of the Netflix original series plunges further into the epic world of this darkly comedic mystery. Starring Emmy and Tony Award-winner Neil Patrick Harris, A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans – Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – and their extraordinary encounters with the devious Count Olaf who will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. Foiling his many dastardly plans and disguises, the young siblings discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death, links to a covert organization, and begin to unlock long-held family secrets. Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, Presley Smith, Patrick Warburton and K. Todd Freeman, Catherine O’Hara and Alfre Woodard (among others) return for season two. New additions to the cast include (but are not limited to) Allison Williams, Lucy Punch, Nathan Fillion, Tony Hale, Robbie Amell, Sara Rue, Roger Bart and David Alan Grier. Featuring ten cinematic one-hour episodes, season two of A Series of Unfortunate Events is now streaming.


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Friday, April 6, 2018

Movies: Hit Comedy “Patay Na Si Hesus” Starts U.S., Canada Run April 6


MANILA, April 5, 2017 – The mad, family roadtrip from Cebu is driving all the way to North America!

The most critically acclaimed Filipino comedy film of 2017, T-Rex Entertainment's “Patay Na Si Hesus” marks its foreign exhibition as it arrives in US and Canada theaters starting Friday, April 6.

Fans and moviegoers in North America may refer to the infographic below for the list of participating cinemas. Please check out the venues' official websites for screening details.

Movies: Kevin Hart Heads Back To Class In First “Night School” Trailer


Universal Pictures has released the first Night School trailer for the upcoming comedy starring Kevin Hart and Girls Trip breakout star, Tiffany Haddish.

Check out the trailer at https://youtu.be/libJ8_Sy9gw and watch Night School in Philippine cinemas soon.

Star Kevin Hart and producer Will Packer, who partnered for the hit Ride Along and Think Like a Man series, bring their signature style to Night School. The comedy from director Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip) follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the longshot chance they’ll pass the GED exam.

Co-stars Tiffany Haddish, Rob Riggle, Taran Killam and Romany Malco join Hart onscreen for the film that Hart produces for his Hartbeat Productions, and Packer via his Will Packer Productions.


Night School is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Movies: “Pacific Rim Uprising” Opens At No.1 With P47.2-M For 2-Day Easter Weekend


MANILA, 02 April 2018 -- Universal Pictures' monsters vs. robots epic adventure Pacific Rim Uprising arrived in Philippine cinemas at No.1 for the Easter Weekend.  The highly awaited sequel scored a robust P47.2-M in box-office gross in two days, March 31 and April 1.

The crowd-pleasing movie is expected to generate further interest and increase sales, echoing its global trend.  So far, Pacific Rim Uprising has made a smash $231.9 million worldwide.

John Boyega (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.” Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi)—who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war.  As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction.

Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (The Fate of the Furious’ Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (newcomer Cailee Spaeny), as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left. Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale.

Now playing in Philippine cinemas Pacific Rim Uprising is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Use the hashtags #JoinTheUprising #PacificRimUprising

Movies: Parents Vs Daughters In New “Blockers” Poster


Teens out to have fun. Parents out to stop it. Universal Pictures has just launched the new one-sheet art for its upcoming adult comedy, Blockers, starring John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz as as a trio of parents who spend prom night trying to stop their teenage kids from losing their virginity.

Check out the poster below and watch Blockers in Philippine cinemas May 02.

When three parents discover their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal. As nonstop helicoptering struggles with awkwardly letting go, the well-meaning trio shares in the raucous comedy that accompanies their kids’ biggest step into adulthood.

Leslie Mann (Knocked Up), Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad) and John Cena (Trainwreck) star in Blockers, the directorial debut of Kay Cannon (writer of the Pitch Perfect series).

The comedy is produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver, under their Point Grey Pictures banner (Neighbors, This Is the End), alongside Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar series) and DMG Entertainment’s Chris Fenton (47 Ronin).

The film is written by brothers Brian & Jim Kehoe, Hurwitz & Schlossberg and Eben Russell.

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

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Movies: A New Kind Of Horror-Thriller Astounds In “A Quiet Place”


From producers of The Purge and Ouija film series comes Paramount Pictures' new horror thriller A Quiet Place directed by John Krasinski and starring Emily Blunt, Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe.

In the modern horror thriller A Quiet Place, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.

When John Krasinski first read an early draft of the script for A Quiet Place by screenwriting duo Bryan Woods & Scott Beck (Nightlight), the terrifying premise hit home especially hard. Krasinski’s wife, Emily Blunt, had just given birth to their second daughter and he was already spending his nights in the whispering quietude and anxiety of new parenthood. In that atmosphere, he was utterly transported by the idea of a family’s nerve-jangling, high stakes search for safety, as well as their vital need for connection, in a world where so much as a single cry or heavy footstep could bring instant demise. The story seemed to encompass the most virulent fears of parenthood—turned up to 11.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Movie Review: Ready Player One


Here's another "FYI before the movie review". I've already read the book by Ernest Cline, to which the movie is based on (long before I saw the movie) and I just loved it! I still consider it as one of the best books that I've read recently. So yes there will be book to movie comparisons (sorry, can't help it) but let me just say this off the bat-the movie is so much better than the book! 

Steven Spielberg works his movie magic in this pop-culture filled adventure, even fixing some things from  the book, which I didn't really like. There are some parts of the book which won't exactly translate well on the big screen and Spielberg made sure to fix that for a more exciting time in the cinema. I love how Spielberg brought back that good old movie feel of having a hilarious (bungling) antagonist (don't leave your password lying around!). 

I realized how much I missed the good old movies with the "funny bad guy" because -you don't have to give all the bad guys a dark back story. They can simply just be a conflict in the story and if they were silly and funny at the same time-well then so much the better and Ben Mendelsohn as Nolan Sorrento definitely delivers on that account. 

What's interesting about "Ready Player One" is that it is also a social commentary, as much as it is a love letter to pop culture and an all around exciting cinema experience.   

It's a social commentary as it reflects how we tend to escape from the real world; in the movie its through the virtual world of the Oasis (more on that later) right now - its through social media, games and basically what the world wide web has to offer. All we have to do is to look at kids nowadays who are glued on to their mobile devices and suddenly a future of adults trapped in a virtual world doesn't seem so far away. 

I may not be the most physically fit person but I would like my son to grow up running and playing outside and using his imagination to play and discover life and not live it from behind a screen, that's for sure. 


The movie serves as a homage to pop culture and while this meant staying indoors playing video games, watching movies, TV series and reading books (which are basically my hobbies) the story still revolves around appreciating what is real, the real world and real friends.  

The year is 2045, and the OASIS, a virtual reality software is where everybody goes to for...basically everything...work, play...you name it (in the book, this is where the kids go for school).It should also be mentioned that a large part of humanity live in slum areas and the OASIS is a pretty good way to escape from the depressing reality of life. The premise that you can be anybody in the Oasis through Avatars has everyone rushing to satisfy their deepest desires. Of course, there is also earning money by killing off other avatars and grabbing their items and gold coins for your own. You can go on quests and adventures, you either succeed and become a stronger avatar with a higher level or you are killed off and all your hard earned gold and items are gone (you basically lose your sh*t, when that happens). 

Things shake up when James Halliday, the founder of the OASIS passes away and leaves  "Anorak's Quest" (Anorak is Halliday's avatar) in his will. A game which has countless of avatars searching for "Easter eggs" left by Halliday in the OASIS. The winner of the game will gain full control of the OASIS and basically become really, really, really rich. 

Many have joined in the game to find Anorak's Easter eggs, from hopeful avatars to obsessed "gunters" (egg hunters) forming clans to help each other out and of course there is IOI (Innovative Online Industries) a company which manufacturers equipment for the OASIS and who seek to control the virtual reality software as well (talk about monopoly). IOI is led by Nolan Sorrento, who with his army of debt-indentured players *you see, those equipment are really expensive and when you buy them on credit, you tend to find yourself drowning in debt and before you know it, you are working it off in an almost slave like existence, yup, another social commentary right there*  and a room filled with Halliday scholars will stop at nothing to win the game. 

Wade Watts AKA Parzival (Tye Sheridan) is your ordinary boy next trailer living in the slums and poverty of "the Stacks" in Colulmbus Ohio. He's been constantly researching the life of Halliday and hopes to winning the game in order to leave "the stacks" and everything that it represents. 


After Wade ingeniously solves the first challenge in Anorak's quest he becomes the most famous avatar in the OASIS, everyone wants to be his friend and IOI wants to recruit him. He has no idea that aside from his new found fame, he is suddenly in grave peril. Its up  to his knowledge of Halliday trivia and help from his real friends (should he be able to determine them) to stay alive both in the OASIS and in the real world. 

I'm not sure if movie goers will get it but much of the 80's reference in the film is because Halliday grew up in the 80's and his love for the video games that he played, the TV shows and movies he watched were from that time period. Hence the many references in the movie. For a big pop-culture buff like me, it was a treat to get to point out characters and items you know in the film. I can still hear the cheers and shouts from the audience when a certain "character" flew across the screen to save the day. Multiple viewings definitely needed!. 

A love letter to geeks everywhere, Steven Spielberg creates movie magic with Ernest Cline's ode to pop culture "Ready Player One". Fixing problems from the original source material, Spielberg creates an unforgettable nostalgic experience, where the audience themselves becomes immersed in the most thrilling pop-culture egg hunt ever.

9.5/10 Best seen in IMAX 3D, "Ready Player One" acknowledges the movies, books, games and songs that we love but also teaches us that there's nothing like living in the real world-because its the only one we've got.

*The reason why I didn't give it a perfect 10 is because I wasn't happy about the setting of the last scene, would have preferred it outdoors, you know, just to make a point*. 


Friday, March 30, 2018

Movie Review: Pacific Rim: Uprising


Before I proceed with this review, you must be warned dear reader that I am a  big fan of the first movie and consider it one of the films that I can watch again and again. So much of this review will have comparisons with the first movie. 

Going into the movie, I knew it was going to be very different from its predecessor; with (now Academy Award Winner) director Guillermo del Toro stepping away from the helm (although he does serve as a producer). The trailers alone showed a lighter cinematography and feel for the movie, a far cry from the darker and grittier first film. 

With the breach destroyed and "the Apocalypse" cancelled, Pacific Rim: Uprising begins in a more peaceful time, where on duty Jaegers' missions are to contain rogue Jaegers (yes, that's a thing now) -yup! No Kaijus here!   


We first meet Jake Pentecost (John Boyega)-the son of Idris Elba's Marshal Stacker Pentecost from the first film. You know he has "Daddy Issues" since he makes a living off bartering old Jaeger tech for hot sauce (?) and other curious items. Also, what's up with the English accent? Stacker Pentecost didn't have that. 

In a Jaeger Tech pick up gone wrong, Jake crosses paths with Amara Namani (Cailee Spaeny) a feisty mechanic with trust issues. 

The two make a reluctant and unlikely pair and are shipped to "Jaeger school" with Jake resuming his former occupation of a Ranger and is assigned to train young cadets. All this as part of a deal of not throwing him in jail, for you know stealing Jaeger tech. This new assignment also means reuniting with his old rival Nate Lambert (Scott Eastwood) who can't keep the disappointment from his well chiseled handsome face.  

Meanwhile, Amara is in Jaeger highschool, which is complete with the Russian bully and the friendly Asian kids. I just have to point out that there are too many of these young cadets, you won't really remember any of them and as a member of the audience, you are unable to form a bond with any of them. It becomes pretty obvious that the powers that be are looking to target (and market) the film to a younger audience and fanbase, something which del Toro's first film failed to do. Of course a younger market, inevitably translates to merchandise and sales. 

 And why not-if my son wants a Gypsy Avenger figure, I'd get him one, I just have to make sure his father does not play with it first. 


While our young cadets train to pilot Jaegers, the threats start to creep towards our unsuspecting heroes; beginning with a move to completely eliminate the need for drift compatible pilots and instead have the Jaegers controlled remotely through a drone technology. After a rogue Jaeger attack opens up a can of worms, a plot twist within a plot twist keeps the audience guessing-then and only then do we finally see that Mecha-Kaiju showdown we've been waiting for! 

Going into the movie, my expectations were pretty low considering Guillermo del Toro was no longer on the director's chair and keeping in mind that this sequel almost never happened! I'm just happy that I get to see Jaegers and Kaijus battle it out on the big screen again. There were some improvements, I did like that most of the battle scenes were now during the day, so you can actually see them, as opposed to the night time sea battles of the first film. Just wondering how come the buildings seemed to shrink in the second film? I seem to remember the Jaegers being as big, if not bigger than buildings from the first film. 

Wasn't so happy with the hit and miss comedy delivered by John Boyega's character. I was happy with Cailee Spaeny's performance, it was really impressive how she carried herself alongside more experienced actors, definitely someone to look out for, if she plays her cards right. 

Despite a painfully necessary first act with cliche characters and a predictable plot for a sequel, this is just to set Jake Pentecost in the story. "Pacific Rim: Uprising" shifts gears and goes full throttle for a massive Mecha-Kaiju showdown, because isn't that what the people came to see?

Appreciated the plot twist, within the plot twist , which was probably what kept the movie interesting, aside from you know-the giant robots and monsters fighting.

6.5/10 - Bringing a different tone and feel than its predecessor, Pacific Rim: Uprising is a must see for fans of the franchise and a chance for kids (and the big kids) to marvel at a genre that has been around since the 1950's.

Movies: “The Darkest Minds” Trailer Debut

Brooks, Cech, Stenberg and Dickinson in "The Darkest Minds"
From the producers of “Stranger Things” comes the latest YA book-to-movie “The Darkest Minds” based on the book by author Alexandra Bracken and directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 1&3).   

Trailer links:  YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGyrqOIMp-Q&t=1s 

FB: https://www.facebook.com/DarkestMindsMoviePH/videos/436454993454969/

“The Darkest Minds” breaks out when teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. Sixteen-year-old Ruby (Amandla Stenberg), one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven. Soon this newfound family realizes that, in a world in which the adults in power have betrayed them, running is not enough and they must wage a resistance, using their collective power to take back control of their future.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Netflix Review: Santa Clarita Diet S2


Sooo...I just finished the second of the horror-comedy web television series "Santa Clarita Diet", I would have probably finished it earlier, if it were not for work, each series after all is just around thirty minutes. 

Santa Clarita Diet is always an easy binge, its not too long, its short, funny and sweet, "fast food" if you choose to use the show's flair for terms of food. Season 2 immediately picks up where Season 1 left off, Joel (Timothy Olyphant) in a psychiatric hospital and Sheila (Drew Barrymore) chained to the basement. You can read on my S2E1 review here

Season 2 moves quickly along and explores the question "What if there were more of the undead?" -these ones different from Loki, whom Sheila infected in Season 1. The question refers more to the undead, who were infected the same way Sheila was. How? Well, that is what Team Hammond continue to investigate throughout the season and its surprisingly pretty common, you would want to take a second thought on some of your life choices. 

Now, this is something pretty satisfying to know as early as the second season how the virus came to be, unlike some Zombie shows that have already gone on for how many seasons, without looking into the origin of what made everything undead. Its nice to have that question answered. 

I also have to mention that I loved how small details in the first season, interestingly make their way into Season 2, making you think that all those details were meant to be remembered, as they fit a bigger puzzle eventually. 

Team Hammond, which now consists of the hilarious tandem of Abby (Liv Hewson) and Eric (Skyler Gisondo) along with Sheila and Joel, raise against the clock to make sure that the "way of the undead" does not spread. All the while, dealing with nosy police neighbors, an infuriating and condescending boss at work and something from their past that has come back to haunt them. 

All in all, Season 2 of "Santa Clarita Diet" proves to be even better and funnier than its predecessor, the story progresses in a satisfying way, while still maintaining the elements which made the series endearing to its fans-the love and importance of family and the crazy things that we would do for them. 

8.5/10. -Season 2 of "Santa Clarita Diet" is now streaming on Netflix. 


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Movie Review: Annihilation



Following in the tradition of female-led Science fiction films, such as Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in the "Alien" movies, who has easily become one of the most recognized characters in pop-culture; and recently Golden Globe winner Amy Adams as Louise Banks in the critically acclaimed film "Arrival", Natalie Portman is stepping up on the plate as Lena, a cellular biology professor and former US army soldier in Alex Garland's science fiction horror film "Annihilation". 

Easily enough, "Annihilation" starts of as a typical Science-fiction film, debriefing in a quarantined room, flashback to a lesson in biology, but then it immediately shifts gears into a horror-thriller, whose images and thoughts will linger in your subconscious long after you've seen the film. 

Natalie Portman is Lena, a combination of Ellen Ripley and Louise Banks, she has both the brains and the brawn (she knows how to shoot) to beat whatever alien threat is slowly creeping its way into humanity. It must be said though that this is not your typical heroine as she seems to be an empty shell of her former self, as she struggles in dealing with the loss of her husband Kane (Oscar Isaac) who is assumed KIA (Killed in Action) in a mission, over a year ago and as she wallows in her sorrow and despair, Kane mysteriously comes home; although there is something very different about him. 

Kane collapses and seems to be deteriorating rapidly, on the way to the hospital, they are intercepted by a government security force and are taken to "Area X", where what seems to be a shimmering electromagnetic field known as "the shimmer" has been steadily growing over the past three years. Failed military missions, including Kane's unit have not been able to collect any information from the shimmer, nor have they had any survivors before, except for Kane, who is now in a coma.  

Psychologist, Dr. Ventress (Jessica Jason Leigh) recruits Lena to be the 5th member of a  female group of scientists which includes: physicist Josie Radeck (Tessa Thompson), anthropologist, Cass Sheppard (Tuva Novonty), and paramedic Anya Thorensen (Gina Rodriguez). Rodriguez and Thompson deserve a shout out for their performance, you are used to seeing them in light and cheerful roles and their roles in their films are anything but. 

As the women step into the shimmer, they lose concept of time and feel their minds and bodies slowly changing with their environment. Will they be able to survive the horrors that wait for them in the shimmer? 

"An ambitious, poetic Sci-Fi thriller that will flex your intellect-'Annihilation' is that rare film with both beautiful and terrifying visuals that will give you nightmares. It stays with you long after the end credits roll, easily one of the best cerebral sci-fi films to date."

Now streaming on Netflix. 







Movies: Production Underway On Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel”


Principal Photography Has Begun In Los Angeles For March 8, 2019 Release

Manila, March 2018 – Marvel Studios has begun principal photography in Los Angeles, California, on its newest film, “Captain Marvel.” The production is shooting in and around the greater Los Angeles area, which will also serve as the production base for the film. The production will also shoot on location in Fresno, California, as well as locations in Louisiana, including Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Set for release in the United States on March 8, 2019, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is directed by the writing/directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, whose credits include “Mississippi Grind” and “Half Nelson.” An all-star collective of accomplished writers penned the screenplay, including Meg LeFauve (“Inside Out,” “The Good Dinosaur”), Nicole Perlman (upcoming “First Man,” Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Geneva Robertson-Dworet (“Tomb Raider,” upcoming “Sherlock Holmes 3”), Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch (“Glow”), and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.

The film stars Academy Award® winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Kong: Skull Island”), Samuel L. Jackson (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “The Hateful Eight”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Ready Player One”), Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Lee Pace (“The Book of Henry,” Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Lashana Lynch (“Brotherhood,” “Fast Girls”), Gemma Chan (“Humans,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), Algenis Perez Soto (“Sambá,” “Sugar”), Rune Temte (“Eddie The Eagle,” “The Last Kingdom”), McKenna Grace (“I, Tonya,” “Gifted”), with Clark Gregg (“Live by Night,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”), and Jude Law (“Spy,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”).

The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.  Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Kevin Feige is the producer of Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel.” Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patty Whitcher and Stan Lee are executive producers, with Lars Winther serving as co-producer/first assistant director and David Grant serving as co-producer.

Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s creative team includes director of photography Ben Davis (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri,” Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange,”), Oscar®- nominated production designer Andy Nicholson (“Gravity,” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”), costume designer Sanja Hays (“The Fate of the Furious,” “Star Trek: Beyond”), editors Elliot Graham (“Steve Jobs,” “Molly’s Game,”) and Debbie Berman (Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming”), two-time Oscar nominee, visual effects supervisor Christopher Townsend (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”), stunt coordinator Jim Churchman (Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” and “Ant-Man” ) and six-time Oscar nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Black Panther”).

Based on the Marvel comic character first appearing in 1968, “Captain Marvel” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Doctor Strange,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Thor: Ragnarok” and, most recently, “Black Panther.”

With the release of “Black Panther” in February, Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success. At the time of release, the film recorded the second biggest opening weekend of all time with $202 million and is on track to the become the highest grossing superhero film at the domestic box office. The film has grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide to date. “Black Panther” propelled the Marvel brand’s #1 domestic box-office opening streak to a record-breaking 19 consecutive films.

7 Reasons To Watch A Series Of Unfortunate Events Season 2

Malina Weissman, Presley Smith, and Louis Hynes as the Baudelaires in Netflix’s adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Photo by Eike Schroter / Netflix.
“Look away, look away…” goes the first line of A Series of Unfortunate Events’ opening song.

But between that and Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket’s constant reminder to the faint of heart to stop watching because a series of unfortunate events is about to unfold, anyone watching would want to stick around ’til each episode’s unfortunate end. Unfortunate schmunfortunate.

When last we saw the Baudelaire orphans, they had just been dropped off by Mr. Poe at boarding school, their future bright and hopeful because Count Olaf was finally behind bars. But as we’ve seen in the trailer for the second season, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny’s misadventures with the mysterious count are far from over.

This long weekend, binge watch A Series of Unfortunate Events, currently streaming on Netflix, with 10 new episodes set to premiere on March 30, Friday. Below are the Top 7 things to look forward to in season 2.

Movies: Scale And Strength: Kaiju VS Jaegers In “Pacific Rim Uprising”


In the Pacific Rim universe, the Kaiju are giant monsters that erupted from the depths of the Pacific Ocean. Entering our world through the dimension-spanning portal called the Breach, they are living weapons of mass destruction, bio-engineered to terraform planets. In Universal Pictures’ new epic action-adventure Pacific Rim Uprising, the Kaiju evolve into a deadly and unexpected new species.

(Watch the Pacific Rim Uprising featurette “A Look Inside” at https://youtu.be/aA1Z3KUJ1rA.)

In Japanese, the word “Kaiju” literally means “strange beast,” but is more commonly translated as “giant monster.” Director Steven DeKnight, who grew up watching the Japanese Kaiju movies of the 1950s and ’60s, reminisces: “I loved them as a kid, back when it was the man-in-a-suit approach. What I love about doing a Kaiju film now, with the technology we have, is that we have a chance to make it that much more spectacular. As much as I love the nostalgia of those original films, even as a kid I knew it was a guy in a rubber suit—stomping on miniatures. When our Kaiju attack a city, it feels completely real. The threat and the drama feel immediate.”

Monday, March 26, 2018

Netflix And Formula 1 Announce Exclusive Docu-Series


Formula 1 and Netflix are proud to announce a season-long collaboration culminating in an original docu-series of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Cham pionship, to be screened in early 2019.

This Netflix original series will be the first to truly immerse the audience inside the cockpits, the paddock and the lives of the key players in Formula 1. The series will have unparalleled and exclusive access to the world’s fastest drivers, team principals and owners, as well as Formula 1’s own management team.

Netflix has commissioned 10 episodes from the 2018 season, and the production team will film and reveal the intense fight for the heart, soul, and direction for the future of this multibillion-dollar business.

This series will be executive-produced by Academy-Award winner James Gay Rees (Senna) and Paul Martin for Box to Box Films. Sophie Todd will be the showrunner.

"This partnership with Formula 1 furthers our mission of working with world-class brands and production partners to produce best-in-class unscripted series," said Bela Bajaria, Vice President of Content for Netflix.

“Formula 1 is a global sport that we are actively repositioning from a motorsport company to a media and entertainment brand,” Sean Bratches, F1 Managing Director of Commercial Operations said. “The agreement with Netflix serves to chronicle the fascinating story of what transpires behind the scenes during a grand prix season. This is a perspective of the sport that has yet to be unveiled to fans around the world. This series will unleash a compelling vantage point to the sport that will delight fans and serve as a catalyst to entice new fans.”

Added Ian Holmes, Director of Media rights: “We are delighted to welcome a Netflix Original to Formula 1, a brand which has screened so many successful productions. This collaboration represents a new way of capturing our sport in all of its exciting aspects. There is nothing like F1, its layers of engineering complexity, allied to the enormity of human endeavour required to get through a Grand Prix season. The chance to present our sport through Netflix, to their worldwide audience, in an original and unique format, is something that we are very much looking forward to. This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase F1 and attract new fans to the sport.”


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