‘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:

Mark Wahlberg the ‘Lone Survivor’ movie poster and trailer!

Touchstone Pictures’ upcoming blockbuster “Lone Survivor” has been lauded by critics as a profoundly moving and “deeply intense” tribute to America’s Navy SEALs – but getting the film off the ground was no easy feat.

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Based on retired Petty Officer First Class Marcus Luttrell’s 2007 best-selling book Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10, the film adaptation tells the chilling story of one historically fateful day. On June 28, 2005 a four-man reconnaissance and surveillance team set out on a mission in the desolate region in Kunar province to identify a key Taliban leader believed to be responsible for the deaths of several U.S. service members.

Suddenly faced with an unfathomable ambush of enemy fire, Lieutenant Michael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch), Second Class Petty Officer Matthew Gene “Axe” Axelson (Emilie Hirsch), and Second Class Danny P. Dietz (Ben Foster) perished while fighting with relentless will and bravery alongside their brothers-in-arms. Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg) became the only survivor following the intense gunfight and five days in the remote mountains, protected from the terrorist organization by village locals.

A total of 11 SEALs and eight soldiers lost their lives on that mountain as rescue aircrafts too were shot down, and at that time the tragedy marked the biggest single loss of life for Naval Special Warfare forces since World War ll.

Yet despite “Lone Survivor’s” captivating plotline, it turns out that the based-on-a-true-story movie almost didn’t make the leap from book to the big screen. According to producer Randall Emmet, investors were initially skeptical, and they worried that the film wouldn’t appeal to international markets.

“At first they thought it was too ‘down the middle,’ and there were risks in it. It didn’t fit into a certain genre like action or thriller. This is a really heartfelt drama and that can be conceived as more risky versus a mainstream, commercial action movie,” Emmet said. “But I felt a personal responsibility to make this happen. Even if we made no money, Peter [Berg, the director] and I knew this was a story about humanity, compassion, selflessness and it had to be made regardless. We took some meetings in Cannes, and thankfully investors saw that [vision] too.”

But Luttrell said he was simply honored Hollywood honchos would even want to tell his story.
“No matter how many times I get up and tell [it], or how many people read the book, it’s nothing compared to how many people will watch this film,” Luttrell said.

And for the actors, the pressure was on to capture these real-life characters in an authentic way – a way that could serve as some sort of comfort for families of the fallen.

“Getting into character firstly there was the physical side, three months of training at an extreme level to look the part of Michael Murphy. I also got to go the SEAL base in Hawaii and sit and talk to Marcus and others, and hear stories about Murph and the funny moments and how he found his motivations,” Kitsch said. “We’re all guilty of being in our own bubble but doing a film like this, it grounds you. It makes you take a hard look in the mirror at the opportunities you have and the relationships… Audiences need to realize that these men don’t start the war; they just go and fight it. It doesn’t matter what side you’re on politically, everyone should be pro-soldier.”

Co-star Eric Bana, who plays Lieutenant Commander Erik Kristensen, first became a film face for Special Ops in the 2001 action movie “Black Hawk Down,” too stressed the importance of telling a story that would give audiences an even deeper understanding of the sacrifices made by our troops in combat.
“I just hope audiences really get a sense of what an incredible task these men are faced with,” he told us. “I knew going into this movie, it was going to be a very special experience. The camaraderie was incredible.”

Yet for Luttrell, a former SEAL accustomed to fighting the fight far away – without the need for accolades and pats on the back – having now been thrust into the Hollywood limelight with an onslaught of press attention is far from his comfort zone.

“I can’t wait to get out of here,” he added with a laugh. “I just want to get back to my ranch in Texas.”
Opening across the Philippines on January 2014, “Lone Survivor” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.

Watch the trailer below:

MMFF 2013: ‘10,000 Hours’ movie poster and trailer!

10,000 Hours”, a Robin Padilla-starrer, is Philippine Film Studios and Viva Entertainment’s official entry to the 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival.

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10,000 hours” chronicles the journey of a man who has lived his life by the law and for the law. But, he is also a man betrayed by the law.

Aside from Robin Padilla, other cast-members of the movie are Michael de Mesa, Alden Richards, Bela Padilla, Mylene Dizon, Carla Humphries, Pen Medina and Joem Bascon.

Directed by Joyce Bernal, “10,000 Hours” is set to open in theaters nationwide on December 25, 2013.

Watch the trailer below:

MMFF 2013: ‘Boy Golden: The Arturo Porcuna Story’ movie poster and trailer!

The 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry “Boy Golden: The Arturo Porcuna Story” promises an action-packed thriller reminiscent of well-beloved Filipino action classics.

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“Boy Golden: The Arturo Porcuna Story” stars ER Ejercito for the titular role. Other cast-members include Eddie Garcia, John Estrada, Tonton Gutierrez, Joem Bascon and KC Concepcion as ER’s leading lady.

Directed by Chito Rono, “Boy Golden: The Arturo Porcuna Story” is set to open in theaters nationwide on December 25, 2013.

Watch the trailer below:

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′ – Teaser Poster Revealed!

Chasing more adventures, the fearless best of friends Hiccup and Toothless stand earnest to conquer new highs in the latest teaser poster of the upcoming adventure movie “How To Train Your Dragon 2.”

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Featuring the returning voice cast leads from the first movie, Jay Baruchel (Hiccup), America Ferrera (Astrid) and Gerard Butler (Stoick) with vocal talents from Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, TJ Miller, Craig Ferguson and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The movie also features additional new voices from Djimon Hounsou as Drago Bludvist, Cate Blanchett as Valca and Kit Harrington as Eret.

“How To Train Your Dragon 2” comes back after five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and Vikings on the island of Berk. All grown up now, with their friends, Astrid, Snoutlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races as the island’s new favorite contact sport. While Hiccup and Toothless fly away in unknown territories for more fun and adventure, they soon encounter a fearsome rider who is building an army of beasts by trapping dragons. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.

From DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox, “How To Train Your Dragon 2” opens June 2014 in cinemas nationwide in the Philippines to be distributed by Warner Bros.

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Main Poster Revealed!

The main one-sheet for Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” has just been released by Warner Bros., New Line Cinema and MGM Pictures.

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From Academy Award®-winning filmmakerm Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company continues East, encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all—a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself—the Dragon Smaug.

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom. The film also stars (in alphabetical order) John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, and Aidan Turner.

A production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” will be released in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures on Dec. 11, 2013.

Pokwang returns to the big screen via “Call Center Girl”!

AFTER a brief hiatus from Star Cinema’s well-loved comedy genre that endeared her to millions of Filipinos all over the world, Pokwang makes a grand comedic comeback in the title role of the upcoming and highly anticipated family movie Call Center Girl.

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It should be noted that Call Center Girl is Pokwang’s 11th film under Star Cinema. Pokwang was previously seen in several of Star Cinema’s blockbuster hits such as the tearjerker A Mother’s Story and the horror-thriller The Healing; most recently, she appeared in a very special role in Kim Chui’s Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo? and she was also part of the ensemble cast of the romantic comedy 24/7 In Love, which marked the 20th anniversary of Star Magic in the industry.

 

 Call Center Girl is a hilarious, smart, and laugh-a-minute movie written by Kriz Gazmen and directed by Don Cuaresma.

The movie is centered on Teresa (Pokwang) who is in a desperate race against time to unite her family and win back the affections of her estranged daughter Regina (Jessy Mendiola). By some twist of fate, Teresa (who worked in a cruise ship for 13 years) lands a job in a call center where her daughter Regina is employed thus providing her with the perfect opportunity to rekindle her broken relationship with her daughter. In the process, Teresa encounters a diverse bunch of people from different walks of life. She then gradually appreciates the concept of extended families and ultimately, Teresa and Regina learns the true value of family as both discover their individual purposes in life.

 Call Center Girl also stars Enchong Dee, Chokoleit, K Brosas, John “Sweet” Lapus, Dianne Medina, Alex Castro, Ejay Falcon, and Aaron Villaflor.

Call Center Girl is part of Star Cinema’s on-going 20th anniversary and will be shown in cinemas nationwide starting Nov. 27.

Tom Hiddleston is back as Loki in ‘Thor: The Dark World’!

British actor Tom Hiddleston plays Loki, Thor’s scheming, Machiavellian brother, for the third time in the 3D action adventure, Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World.”

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He notes that not only is it a privilege but also enjoyable to be able to reprise a character. “The amazing thing about Loki is that this is my third meeting with him, and we’ve had a year between each film, so essentially my understanding of the character deepens every time,” says Hiddleston. “I feel like the ‘Thor’ sequel and my third engagement with playing him was a chance as an actor to find new depth, new dimension, new iterations of his psychology, of his physicality and his capacity for feeling.”

Hiddleston has elevated Loki to the status of a fan favorite, despite the fact that Loki is undeniably a villain. In “Thor: The Dark World” fans will be treated to another perspective of Loki’s psyche. Hiddleston explains, “Loki is, on one level, this off-the-rails psychopathic agent of chaos who exists in the mythology as a kind of wrecking ball. But on a human level, his psychology and his emotional landscape is very, very interesting because he’s so intelligent and yet so broken. This film is a chance to find where his capacity for heroism and his Machiavellian menace meet.”

Hiddleston is quick to point out, however, that there are aspects of Loki that have to stay true to his development in the previous films. “Loki is still the same character, so he’s still possessed of a rakish charm and provocative wit,” says the actor. “He still loves provoking people and finding and exploiting weakness.

“He’s still selfish and vain and arrogant and proud, but he’s also elegant and amusing. He’s so full of charisma, and that’s why I love playing him; he’s not an all-out bad guy. He’s someone who knows his true nature and is having a really good time; there is an element of delight and joy at being bad,” concludes Hiddleston.

Although “Thor: The Dark World” takes place in a fantastical realm, it is grounded in a reality that makes it relatable to audiences on many levels. Hiddleston explains, “The really exciting thing about the world of Thor is that you have, at the center of it, a figure in a huge red cape that billows in the wind and a hammer and chainmail and he looks like a god, but he’s also a man who is wrestling with his identity and his destiny. He’s arguing with his father, he has a very complicated relationship with his brother—which is where I come in—and he has a mother and a woman he loves. What’s so exciting is that all of the characters within that landscape are infused with a humanity and a humanity that seems to reflect our own. Everyone in this world has a family; every family bumps heads occasionally, and this family in Asgard is no different.”

Hiddleston credits director Alan Taylor with bringing the world of Asgard to life. “Alan is fantastic and within seconds he revealed his experience and also his openness in creating a really believable world,” comments Hiddleston. “I thought it was really interesting that he wanted to expand our sense of the world; he wanted to deepen and shade it. He wanted to give it a kind of grittier feel in the sense that this is the race that the Vikings worshiped and there was a very clear link that felt somehow ancient and Viking and Norse and rugged and salty.”

The practical sets that were used to invoke the sense of reality were a boon for Hiddleston, who says, “It makes the scene incredibly dynamic and you get ideas that are really exciting. Actors, at their best, are responding to real things, that real physical material, and it just gives you a sense of space.”

Hiddleston was particularly enthused by shooting on location in Iceland. “We shot exteriors for the Dark World in Iceland, which of all the places on this planet I think is the most magical,” says Hiddleston. “It’s got an otherworldly quality to it. It’s so near the Arctic, so close to the uninhabitable regions of this world. In Iceland you get such scale. You get purple skies. We were shooting on a volcanic lava field, and you get epic footage that you can’t get anywhere else.”

Hiddleston finds the fans’ response to the “Thor” franchise “amazing.” “People are so free with their passion for the emotional landscape of what we’ve created—huge characters with really human weaknesses; characters who are striving for unity and harmony and love and peace, but there are so many things in the way,” says Hiddleston. “In Loki’s terms, it’s all of the darkest aspects of human nature—loneliness and jealousy and rage and despair—and these are very human feelings. I love how the fans have really embraced that and they follow it and believe in it and reflect it. It’s given us the confidence to go deeper with it.”

When the film opens in theaters, Hiddleston is excited to see all the scenes come together to form the whole narrative, but there is something else that the British actor is looking forward to. He says, “The thing that’s really unique about ‘Thor: The Dark World’ is contemporary London. In the first film the action cut between Asgard and Earth, and Earth was a town in New Mexico. In this film it’s Asgard and London, and it’s a very contemporary London that I very much, as a native resident of London, recognize and am excited by. No one’s going to have seen London in the way they see it in this film, so that’s very cool.”

Opening across the Philippines on Oct. 30 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D, 2D and regular theaters, Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.

“She’s The One” International Screening Dates and Venues Revealed!

She’s The One starring Bea Alonzo, Dingdong Dantes and Enrique Gil is now a certified blockbuster movie!

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The International Screening Dates and Venues revealed:

 USA, Middle East, Australia

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“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Movie Poster Revealed!

Marvel has just released the first official poster for their upcoming sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier starring Chris Evans!

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Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo with a script from Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the new film follows the continuing adventures of Steve Rogers (Evans) still struggling to adjust to present day life, when a powerful new enemy emerges.

Scarlett Johansson also returns in the film as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow along with Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, Georges St-Pierre and Sebastian Stan in the role of Bucky Barnes who will be resurrected as the titular Winter Soldier.

Disney releases Captain America: The Winter Soldier next spring on April 4th, 2014.

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