“Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie” Opens January 8!

“Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie” transports us back in time to prehistoric Alaska before theTyrannosaurus Rex, delivering a dramatic, funny and emotional cinematic experience that is both immersive and uncannily authentic.

From this, the audience discovers what dinosaurs actually looked like, how they lived, the dangers they faced and the challenges they overcame in order to survive.   A thoroughly immersive experience, the film blends live action footage of real locations (Alaska and New Zealand) with impressive CGI creatures. The hero of the story is Patchi, a tenacious and courageous Pachyrhinosaurus who is born the runt of the litter and, against all odds, grows up to become the leader of the herd.

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“Walking With Dinosaurs” is a rousing, compelling adventure full of humor and heartwarming moments as you see our hero Patchi draw on all of his courage, optimism and tenacity, risking his life for his loved ones and finding the inner strength he needs to survive.  As we follow his epic journey we meet a cast of colorful characters. There’s Alex (an Alexornis), a colourful and gregarious bird, who likes to hold court. Scowler, Patchi’s ambitious older brother intent on becoming the leader of the herd and Juniper,  a feisty female Pachyrhinosaurus who is swept into the adventure.

Before we take a walk with the dinosaurs in cinemas on January 8, here are some amazing facts from the filmmakers and research team of “Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie.”

 

•              Your nose will be thankful you don’t live in the Late Jurassic Period: A single Diplodocus fart would have produced enough gas to fill a hot air balloon.

 

•              Some members of a pterosaur group called the azhdarchids would have had jaws up to 2.5 meters long. Although they had no teeth, their jaw size is more than enough to swallow a child whole.

 

•              Some azhdarchid pterosaurs were the size of a small plane.

 

•              Coprolites (fossilised poop) belonging to Tyrannosaurus rex (a relative of Gorgosaurus) have been found measuring 2 liters (3.5 pints) in volume – the size of a big bottle of your favorite fizzy drink.

 

•              Some of the more out-there theories explaining the dinosaurs’ extinction include that they all became blind due to cataracts caused by the hot, sunny climate and a plague of caterpillars that ate all the vegetation.

 

•              Another Late Jurassic dinosaur, Stegosaurus, had a brain the size of a kitten’s (even though its body weighed more than 2700 kittens).

 

•              Ankylosaurs were plant-eaters. They probably consumed the equivalent of over 700 carrots per day, in the form of low growing plants like ferns, cycads and perhaps even flowering plants, which were diversifying during the Cretaceous period.

 

•              The film’s fine-feathered hero Alex belongs to a group of toothed birds that lived alongside the dinosaurs. The birds we know today have lost their teeth. However, scientists have successfully made chickens grow teeth just like Alex’s in laboratory experiments. This suggests the genes that code for teeth are still hidden away in the DNA of living birds!

 

•              Chirostenotes had no teeth. Instead it had a beak and an elongated second finger, which some scientists believe was used to probe crevices for grubs and armored amphibians.

 

•              Some scientists once believed that Edmontosaurus could hop like a kangaroo. The discovery of more complete skeletons shows this view to be incorrect.

 

•              Scientists have identified a fossil of Edmontosaurus skin that is preserved so intricately that you can see a scar.

 

•              Gorgosaurus teeth were banana shaped but serrated like a carving knife – perfect for sawing into flesh.

 

•              Dinosaurs could grow brain tumors! One Gorgosaurus fossil has been uncovered with a spongy mass in its skull cavity. This would have made the animal a bit wobbly and accident prone when it was alive.

 

•              Scientists are uncertain why many theropod dinosaurs like Gorgosaurus had such short arms. Theories about how these arms were used range from plausible to silly, including:

 

o             Holding its probably-still-wiggling food still as it ate

o             In some kind of mating ritual

o             Use by juveniles when feeding (in young tyrannosaurs, the arms were more sizeable relative to the body                 than in adults)

o             To aid in balance, turning or agility

o             To prepare a nest – in effect, to make their bed

o             Turning their eggs

o             To help them right themselves in case they fell over

o             No use at all and were just slowly becoming lost over time through evolution

 

“Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie” is a major new blockbuster presented by 20th Century Fox and Reliance Entertainment in association with IM Global. A BBC Earth and Evergreen production in association with Animal Logic, the film is set for release in the Philippines on January 8, 2014 in cinemas nationwide

James Gunn “Guardians of the Galaxy” first photo revealed!

The first official photo has gone online from Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The still shows the five major characters who make up the team – Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, and Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot.

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From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of “Iron Man,” “Thor,” “Captain America” and “The Avengers,” comes a new team – the “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

An action-packed, epic space adventure, “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.

To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer.

But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Directed by James Gunn, the live-action “Guardians of the Galaxy” will take fans to new corners of the Marvel Universe when it hits theaters August 1, 2014.

In addition to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015; and “Ant-Man” on July 31, 2015.

 

 

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union engagement ring revealed (photo)!

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union are engaged.

The Miami Heat star proposed to his longtime girlfriend Saturday and the actress accepted. They announced the news through social media, around the same time as the two-time defending NBA champions were gathering for a team Christmas party.

Wade posted the photo below:

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With the caption:

“She said YES!!!”

Union wearing a large diamond solitaire on the ring finger of her left hand.

Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone in ‘Grudge Match’ Movie Poster and Trailer!

Warner Bros. Pictures’ new comedy “Grudge Match” pairs heavy hitters Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) and Sylvester Stallone (“Rocky” films, “The Expendables”) with the larger-than-life comedy of Kevin Hart and the irascible wit of Alan Arkin for a one-two punch for fans of every generation.

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Even before De Niro’s “The Kid” and Stallone’s “Razor” get into the ring to settle their decades-old score, both the fists and the barbs fly across the screen as the two contenders prepare to meet in the rematch of the century.

In the film, De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate, Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all.

But they may not have to wait that long: on their first encounter in decades, their long-festering feud erupts into an unintentionally hilarious melee that instantly goes viral. The sudden social media frenzy transforms their local grudge match into a must-see HBO event. Now, if they can just survive the training, they may actually live to fight again.

“I’ve always loved boxing, and I’ve always been attracted to second chance stories,” says comedy veteran Peter Segal, the film’s director and producer. “But even more important than the fight is the second chances the characters are given to repair relationships they destroyed three decades earlier. In essence, the fight becomes a metaphor for never giving up.”

Producer Bill Gerber remarks, “In addition to playing out an unresolved contention in the ring, this story felt like a great opportunity to talk about unresolved relationships. It shows the humanity—and the humor—of getting older and as I’m getting older, I’m interested in telling those stories.”

Screenwriter Tim Kelleher came up with the idea for “Grudge Match” after thinking about the almost-was 1999 heavyweight rematch between Larry Holmes and George Foreman, when both were 50 years old. Although the fight never came to pass, Kelleher says he couldn’t help but think of all the great fighters who were retired, but would love to box again if given a chance. He wondered, “What if there were two old fighters whose rivalry was legendary but never fully settled?”

With that in mind, Kelleher created the characters of Henry “Razor” Sharp and Billy “The Kid” McDonnen, two boxers from Pittsburgh whose rivalry brought them fame and fortune, until Razor unceremoniously dropped out of their decisive third bout, and both fell into obscurity. In “Grudge Match,” Razor and Kid are presented with the opportunity to return to a moment in time with the chance to do things differently.

“It’s about guys who were really tough in their time, but have lost their sense of identity,” Kelleher says. “Then, all of a sudden, they have a chance to go back and regain all of those things that made them who they were. But even if they want to fight each other, the question now is, can they?”

Opening across the Philippines in Jan. 15, 2014, “Grudge Match” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Watch the trailer below:

‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ Trailer has arrived!

DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox launched the trailer of the animated comedy “Mr. Peabody & Sherman (3D)”!

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Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine—the Wabac—to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes the Wabac out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidently rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time-traveling trio will make their mark on history.

From DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman (3D)” will open March 2014 in theaters nationwide to be distributed by Warner Bros. in Phils.

Watch the trailer below:

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ trailer revealed!

The humans are about to regain and rebuild the world in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” as seen in the latest trailer reveals.

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Caesar, a a sentient ape with superior intelligence along with the rest of his species and humans are out to face war where civilization faces a point of no return.

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” will open July 2014 nationwide in the Philippines from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Watch the trailer below:

‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ trailer #2 revealed!

Less than two weeks after the launch of the full trailer of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” Columbia Pictures has already released a follow-up, new trailer – this time preceded by a personal message from cast member Emma Stone.

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We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.

It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.

The film, directed by Marc Webb from a screen story and screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, is produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.

(Opening across the Philippines on April 30, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit www.columbiapictures.com.ph to see the latest trailers, get free downloads and play free movie games. Like us at www.Facebook.com/ColumbiaPicturesPH and join our fan contests.)

Watch the trailer below:

‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Exclusive Movie Footage to Air at NY Times Square New Year’s Eve Countdown!

Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, co-organizers of Times Square New Year’s Eve, announced today that Spider-Man, New York’s very own super hero, will be named the Official Super Hero of Times Square 2014. He will take part in the Ball Drop celebration, and events leading up to the big night in a partnership with the upcoming movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2™.

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Across the globe, Spider-Man fans will get a preview of the excitement awaiting them at the box office in 2014. On New Year’s Eve, an exclusive clip featuring a sneak peek of the film’s Times Square sequence will debut on the district’s iconic video screens, as well as in the evening’s broadcast pool feed and live webcast.

“We welcome Spider-Man, an international icon who has always embodied the spirit of New York, to Times Square this New Year’s Eve,” said Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance. “He will be an amazing addition to the program.”

“We’re thrilled that Spider-Man will be joining the Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration,” added Jeff Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment. “We’re looking forward to everything being Amazing in 2014.”

“There’s no celebration like New Year’s Eve in Times Square,” said Marc Webb, Director of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. “There’s the sense of energy and excitement that you can only get in New York and we certainly felt that energy and excitement as we shot the entire film here. The people of New York City truly embraced our production, and it’s a wonderful feeling to be returning to Times Square to ring in the New Year.”

To access footage of Spider-Man on the Times Square Ball go to epk.tv and click on The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ folder.

(Opening across the Philippines on April 30, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.)

Tom Cruise’s ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Teaser Trailer revealed!

Oscar® nominee Tom Cruise (the “Mission: Impossible” films, “Jerry Maguire”) and Emily Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “Looper”) star in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ sci-fi thriller “Edge of Tomorrow,” under the direction of Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”).

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The epic action of “Edge of Tomorrow” unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.

Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again.

But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

The international cast also includes Bill Paxton (“Aliens,” “2 Guns”), Kick Gurry (Australian TV’s “Tangle”), Dragomir Mrsic (“Snabba Cash II”), Charlotte Riley (“World Without End”), Jonas Armstrong (BBC TV’s “Robin Hood”), and Franz Drameh (“Attack the Block”).

Liman is directing “Edge of Tomorrow” from a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, based on the acclaimed novel All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Erwin Stoff produces, along with Tom Lassally, Jason Hoffs, Gregory Jacobs and Jeffrey Silver. The executive producers are Doug Liman, Dave Bartis, Joby Harold, Hidemi Fukuhara, and Bruce Berman, with Kim Winther and Tim Lewis serving as co-producers.

The behind-the-scenes team includes Academy Award®-winning director of photography Dion Beebe (“Memoirs of a Geisha”), production designer Oliver Scholl (“Jumper,” “Independence Day”), editor James Herbert (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”), costume designer Kate Hawley (upcoming “Pacific Rim”), and Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Nick Davis (“The Dark Knight”).

“Edge of Tomorrow” is the first motion picture to be shot at the recently christened Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden.

Opening across the Philippines on June 5, 2014 in 3D, 2D and 35mm formats, “Edge of Tomorrow” is distributed Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Watch the trailer below:

‘Godzilla’ teaser trailer revealed!

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have just revealed the teaser trailer for their upcoming spectacular adventure, “Godzilla” !

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An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, the film pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Gareth Edwards directs “Godzilla,” which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick-Ass”), Oscar® nominee Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai,” “Inception”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”), Oscar® winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient”), and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), with Oscar® nominee David Strathairn (“The Bourne Legacy”) and Bryan Cranston (“Argo,” TV’s “Breaking Bad”).

Edwards directs from a screenplay by Max Borenstein and Oscar® nominee Frank Darabont (“The Green Mile”), story by David Callaham and Max Borenstein, based on the character “Godzilla” owned and created by TOHO CO., LTD. Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Patricia Whitcher and Alex Garcia are serving as executive producers, alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar®-nominated director of photography Seamus McGarvey (“Atonement”); production designer Owen Paterson (“The Matrix” trilogy); editor Bob Ducsay (“Looper”); Oscar®-nominated costume designer Sharen Davis (“Django Unchained”); and Oscar®-winning visual effects supervisor Jim Rygiel (the “Lord of the Rings” films). The score is being created by Oscar®-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat (“Argo,” “The King’s Speech”).

Slated to open across the Philippines on May 15, 2014, the film is expected to be presented in 3D, 2D and IMAX® in select theatres and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd. Legendary Pictures is a division of Legendary Entertainment.

Watch the trailer below:

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