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24 November 2016

fantastic beasts review

'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' has the tremendous task of becoming a companion piece to the very popular 'Harry Potter' series. The universe and magic is already inked to every viewers who have been following the latter's 8-film run that ended in 2011, and yet there's something new to discover and explore with this latest extension to this world.

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In this new J.K. Rowling story, magizoologist (a person who studies magical creatures) Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) embarks on a mission to America to solve an ongoing threat involing a terrible creature that creates chaos. When a few creatures escaped from his magical briefcase, Scamander finds himself on a problem much bigger than he realized.

For a film that is basically an expansion of ane established universe audience around the globe are very well fond of, the focus on 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them' is not on its magical set pieces, but on its characters that are already rich and promising. It also restrains itself to focus on its own story, rather than hammering itself that this is a 'Harry Potter' prequel.

The performances were terrific. Eddie Redmayne did a great job as Newt Scamander, but the real scene-stealer here is Dan Fogler as a No-Maj (muggle/ non-wizard) whose ignorance on magic became the film's funniest moments. Colin Farrell and Ezra Miller were also great here, giving their talent as the film's antagonists.


'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' is a lot of fun. Despite making awkward tone shifts, it is refreshing, heartwarming and ultimately charming from start to finish.  


'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them' is now showing in cinemas nationwide from Warner Bros. Pictures Philippines. Rated PG by the MTRCB.





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05 November 2016

'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' breaks new ground in cinema experience

TriStar Pictures presents Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, the groundbreaking, cinematic event from three-time Oscar®-winning director Ang Lee.

With Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Ang Lee redefines what is possible in filmmaking and storytelling with the goal of further engaging the audience in an advanced cinematic experience. Joined by two-time Oscar®-winning cinematographer John Toll, Lee employs state-of-the-art cameras to shoot in native 3D, high resolution and a history-making frame rate that seemed impossible until now. He creates a new way for audiences to experience drama, presenting the heightened sensations that young soldiers feel on the battlefield and the home front.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, based on the acclaimed bestselling novel by Ben Fountain, is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad – contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions

'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' breaks new ground in cinema experience

“Since Life of Pi, I discovered that in making a 3D movie [we need to be] adding not only dimension, but a higher resolution that comes along with a much higher frame rate than we are used to having. The whole experience is not just about extravaganza, not just about action—but actually about drama as well. The way we look at things, the way we want the audience to engage in a movie I think is more personal. It's much more grand. I think the future is really exciting.”

In his first major motion picture, Joe Alwyn plays Billy Lynn. Also starring are Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Makenzie Leigh, with Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin.

'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' breaks new ground in cinema experience

Produced by Marc Platt, Ang Lee, Rhodri Thomas, and Stephen Cornwell, and executive produced by Brian Bell, Jeff Robinov, Guo Guangchang, and Ben Waisbren. Jean-Christophe Castelli wrote the screenplay, based on the novel by Ben Fountain. Director of Photography is John Toll, ASC. 

Production designer is Mark Friedberg. Editor is Tim Squyres, ACE. Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna did the music for the film. Costume designer is Joseph G. Aulisi.

Opening across the Philippines on November 09, “Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.







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doctor strange benedict cumberbatch

British actor and Oscar-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch plays the titular character in Marvel Studios' new action-adventure “Doctor Strange.”

Dr. Stephen Strange was once a celebrated but arrogant surgeon, until a tragic accident cost him his medical skills and career. Searching for a way to restore his talents, he traveled the world until he finally encountered The Ancient One, the enigmatic teacher who offered to teach him the ways of the Mystic Arts.

Commenting on casting Cumberbatch for the role, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige says, “You need a spectacular actor. And the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch agreed to do this role and is as excited and as enthusiastic as any actor that has ever joined our universe is huge to us. He’s great. He was somebody who was a prototype for us and this character for many years as we were developing it.”

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Director Scott Derrickson adds, “There’s a quality about him as an actor that just isn’t like anyone else. He has a ferocity of intelligence combined with tremendous depth of feeling, and that’s not something you encounter very often.”

Explaining how he was drawn to the role, Cumberbatch says, “I found Stephen Strange to be incredibly arrogant, brilliant and sort of extraordinary. He is utterly broken down to be reconstituted into the Super Hero that becomes fully fledged by the end of the movie. And there’s a lot of humor on the way. There’s a lot of action, a lot of drama. All those elements really appeal to me as an actor. So it was mainly the character arc and the journey he goes on in the film that drew me to the material.”

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“Doctor Strange” as a comic book was born in the 1960s, and besides being a reflection of the mind-expanding time period, has a blend of western science and eastern mysticism that Cumberbatch as a teenager was very interested in. “I spent some time teaching in a Buddhist monastery near Darjeeling,” the actor relates, “and read things like Fritjof Capra’s ‘The Tao of Physics’ and ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ by Robert Pirsig, as well as studying Buddhists texts and reading up on certain scientific books about cosmology. I got to observe extraordinary ancient ritual and wisdom right in front of me every morning and every evening. My mind as a 19-year-old was really blown open by all of that. So this material immediately made sense to me.”

Offering insight into Strange’s personality, Cumberbatch says, “He does seem arrogant to the point of being unlikable but yet, somehow, you still like him. He’s got a great deal of charm. There is a sense of loss or soullessness about him very early on in the film. You see him as a lone figure at the beginning and end of this film. But by the end of the film he’s a Super Hero, and we all know that’s quite an onerous task and often quite a solitary existence. Not too many people can form meaningful relationships when your responsibilities are always others and elsewhere.”

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Cumberbatch adds, “Stephen Strange suffers so much during the film, not just physically but psychologically. You can put yourself in his place. And that’s the key to being able to empathize with the character. But ultimately his realization that he has a mission beyond his own self is the true turning point for people to lean in and sympathize with him and to understand that this moment, and what becomes of it, is what he’s journeyed through all that suffering for. What’s bold about his origin story is that you get someone built up from ground zero, and this is truly who he was before and after.”

“Doctor Strange” is based on the Marvel comic character who first appeared in “Strange Tales” Issue #110 published in July 1963. Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in Marvel’s “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “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,” and the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” (April 26, 2017) and “Thor: Ragnarok” (November 3, 2017).

Explore the mystical world of "Doctor Strange" when it hits Philippine theaters October 26! Marvel's “Doctor Strange” is distributed in the Philippines by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures. #DoctorStrangePH, #OpenYourMind






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Moviemov Italian Film Festival

Ciao! The travelling Italian Film Festival “Moviemov: Italian Cinema Now” makes a home this year with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) at the FDCP Cinematheque Centre Manila, following its string of successful editions in 2011, 2012, and 2014. 

Moviemov is organized  by Playtown Roma and supported by the General Direction for Cinema of the Italian Ministry of Heritage and Culture, Italian Trade Agency in Rome and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Rome, in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in the Philippines and the FDCP. 

Moviemov Italian Film Festival

The festival pays tribute to contemporary Italian cinema by travelling Asia, especially the Philippines, and screening the various works of art created by Italy’s impressive crop of talent. Moviemov makes a first in its run in our country by partnering with the FDCP and showing its films exclusively at the Cinematheque Manila this 2016.

The vibrant and diverse lineup of Italian films this year include Paolo Genovese’s Perfetti sconosciuti (Perfect Strangers), Claudio Giovannesi’s Fiore, Matteo Rovere’s Veloce come il vento (Italian Race), Pippo Delbono’s Vangelo, Marco Danieli’s La ragazza del mondo (Wordly Girl), Edoardo De Angelis’s Indivisibili (Indivisible), Roan Johnson’s Piuma, Gabriele Mainetti’s Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg), Ivan Silvestrini’s 2 Night, and Ivan Cotroneo’s Un bacio (One Kiss)—all films unique and new, produced in 2015 and 2016.

The Italian directors, cast, and crew of the films will grace the Red Carpet Opening Night at the Cinematheque, as well as Sen. Goffredo Bettini, Italian senator, film advocate, and founder and artistic director of the Moviemov Italian Film Festival. Some of the filmmakers will also be offering question-and-answer sessions for the film audiences at the screenings, among other events that will thrill local cineastes at the festival. Film buffs, Italophiles, and even curious moviegoers will not want to miss this year’s Moviemov, with the exciting collection of films and activities guaranteed to give us a view into the world of Italy through fresh eyes.

The films of Moviemov: Italian Cinema Now screen for free at the Cinematheque, all with English subtitles. The festival is also supported by San Miguel Corporation, Gourmet Farms, Rustan’s, Philippine Italian Association, Augustea Ship Manning, Elburg Shipmanagement, Rina Academy, Fila, Trevi Foundations, L’Opera, Caruso, Cibo di M, and Ralph’s Wines. Tune in soon to the FDCP website at www.fdcp.ph and through the FDCP Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for more information about the Moviemov: Italian Cinema Now festival.







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04 November 2016

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Rami Malek is set to play iconic singer and Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury in the upcoming biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody', directed by Bryan Singer.

Singer confirmed Malek's involvement on the project on his Instagram account.
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Malek, who recently won the Best Actor Emmy for the hit USA Network show 'Mr. Robot', is the latest actor to be attached to take on the role. Ben Wishaw and fan-favorite Sacha Baron Cohen were once considered to play Mercury in the project, but backed out for different reasons.

No statement has been made on what particular aspect of Mercury's life the highly anticipated biopic will be focusing on, though the title 'Bohemian Rhapsody' seems to possibly imply that the film might be going for Queen's career peak in the '70s.

'Bohemian Rhapsody' will be released soon in cinemas.





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01 November 2016

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Johnny Depp is set to join Eddie Redmayne in the 'Fantastic Beasts' sequel, Deadline Hollywood reported.

Depp's character is not yet revealed by Warner Bros., but he is expected to appear briefly in 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' this November 17.

The 'Fantastic Beasts' sequel is targeted for a release of November 2018.






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stranger things funko pop!

Entertainment Weekly released our first look on the upcoming line of Funko Pop! figures featuring characters of the Netflix's hit series 'Stranger Things'.

The Pop! figures include 3 variants of Eleven, 2 Demogorgons (one with opened mouth, and one closed), Barb, Mike, Lucas, Dustin, and 2 figures of Will. 

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Missing characters on this batch, such as Joyce and Chief Hopper, will likely be included on a series of figures in the future. 

The first wave of Strange Things Funko Pop! figures will be released on early 2017!





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a monster calls book film

Renowned actors Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell and talented young actor Lewis MacDougall star in the entrancing drama “A Monster Calls” based on the novel by Patrick Ness of the same title.

Directed by acclaimed and award-winning J.A. Bayona, best known for his nightmare-inducing “The Orphanage” and the catastrophic “The Impossible,” his latest movie “A Monster Calls” is a deeply-felt coming-of-age story of a young boy who must come to terms with her mother’s impending death. 

A Monster Calls’” screenplay adaptation is by the book’s author, Patrick Ness. Mr. Ness wrote the novel from an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd.  The story had originated with Dowd but she succumbed to cancer soon after starting it. Ness reflects, “Siobhan wrote magnificent books, ones that teenagers deeply responded to; A Monster Calls was to have been her fifth. She had an opening; 1,000 words; an idea for a structure; and a few characters.”

a monster calls book film

Bayona feels that “the book speaks about death in a direct and darker way. For the film, I wanted to transcend what we know is coming – the death of Conor’s mother – and be able to fuse the boy’s need to draw with the strength of legacy. There is light at the end of the story, resulting from the idea that art heals. Patrick’s screenplay has added themes while still being faithful to the novel; in making the movie, there are some elements of the book that we have taken further.”

Young lead actor Lewis MacDougall as Connor was brought to the production’s attention; he had only just finished filming his first movie, “Pan.” Ness was shown MacDougall’s audition video and saw that “he was such a find, so true and so focused. You could read everything on that face.”

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 Academy Award nominated-actress Sigourney Weaver was sought for the role of Conor’s maternal grandmother. “I’m a huge admirer of Bayona’s earlier films; I found them so powerful,” she reveals. “In the book and in the script, Conor says she doesn’t really look like a grandmother, so that was a wonderful place for me to start!

When Bayona saw Felicity Jones in her breakout role in “Like Crazy” – as her Academy Award-nominated portrayal in “The Theory of Everything” had not yet been screened – he knew he had found the actress to play the role as Lizzie, Connor’s mom.   Jones took her character to heart. She states, “Lizzie is a vibrant, active woman who has never stopped loving art. In her home, there are arts and crafts that reveal her creative spirit. She has loved being a mother to Conor, although she’s a little unconventional.”

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

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Further in the production, the director chose not to give his young lead the script page for the very last scene in “A Monster Calls,” so that MacDougall would be able to convey the most natural, authentic response as the events unfolded. “And that’s just what Lewis gifted us with,” says Bayona.

“A Monster Calls” opens November 2 in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.









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