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Prepare for a mind-blowing immersive cinematic encounter in “Hardcore Henry” as it gives the audience a chance to experience the entire film through the point-of-view of its main character (cyborg) named Henry. 

First time director Ilya Naishuller helms “Hardcore Henry” wherein Henry remembers nothing and his wife Estelle (played by Haley Bennett) has been kidnapped by an extremely powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries.  The line between hero and villain in “Hardcore Henry” is tenuous as he tries to follow and uncover the devious plot against him within the city of Moscow.  The audience – Henry, essentially – assesses in real time just who is friend and who is foe. 

Shot almost entirely on GoPro cameras with custom engineered rigs, “Hardcore Henry” completely abandons, even eviscerates, traditional filmmaking and replaces it with a raw and immediate experience, allowing the audience to become one with the protagonist, so viewers go on a very personal and breathtaking journey with Henry.  Wide-angle GoPro cameras, commonly used by sports fans and professionals to film their exploits, were used for the first-person style.

"Action cinema has always thrived when it captured the sensation of participating in dangerous situations that most people would much rather avoid in real life. The goal with ‘Hardcore Henry’ was to push it a step further, to put the audience right into the body of the protagonist, to have them experience the primal, exhilarating feeling that we usually view from a much safer distance," says Naishuller.

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Naishuller’s creativity, commitment and talent also impressed Bennett.  “Even though this was Ilya’s first film, he knew exactly what he wanted and made me excited about helping him to fulfill his vision. He’s an incredibly dedicated artist,” Bennett says. 

To take the concept from a short to a feature film, Naishuller and his team conducted hundreds of stabilization tests with GoPro rigs – there had to be enough balance between the hyper kinetic scenes and the more static (relatively speaking) portions.  Achieving that balance required a fair amount of R&D, trial and error and blind faith but the payoff was worth it.    "A big part of the pre-production process included the creation of magnetic stabilization rigs which allowed the team to mount the cameras on helmets and keep the picture comfortable for the audience," editor Vlad Kaptur says.   
               
“GoPro gave us access to some proprietary software that allowed for exposure control that they've since incorporated into the latest generation of their cameras. We were also expecting to break quite a few cameras, but during my shooting block we only busted two or three. We had about a dozen GoPro HERO3 Black Editions that GoPro provided us with. During one of the breaks from the shooting, GoPro released the HERO 3+ but we decided to keep using the original HERO3 to keep the picture consistent,” Naishuller adds.

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“The camera rig was the most important piece of tech in getting the film to look and feel right. We hired an engineer friend of mine, Vladimir Kotihov, who was oddly enough, an American football player and knew a thing or two about helmets. We spent a long time designing and redesigning the helmet while simultaneously designing the stabilization system. It was magnet based and we went through about five or six prototypes. The first one looked like a medieval torture device before we got it where we needed it – something that provided good stabilization, light enough to not put too much pressure on the wearer and strong enough to withstand hits and general damage during the heavy-duty shoot. The final touch was attaching a Teradek transmitter and a zoom mic on it,” Kaptur recalls.
  
“Hardcore Henry” opens May 4 in cinemas from Pioneer Films.










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Hot off voicing the emotion Fear in the Oscar-winning “Inside Out” and starring in the hit comedy “Trainwreck,” actor Bill Hader now takes the role of the porcine principal, Leonard, in Columbia Pictures' new adventure comedy “The Angry Birds Movie.”

Leonard is the leader of the pigs, the one who launches the birds’ beef against the pork. Proud, egomaniacal, and vain, Leonard’s a real pig, so no wonder that he ruffles Red’s feathers a bit.
“Leonard is super charismatic – so charming that he wins over the birds straight away,” says director Fergal Reilly. “Bill created a voice that had authority, but also charm – a showman personality. Bill has a velvety quality to his voice – warm and super funny – so when Leonard arrives on Bird Island, he wins the birds over effortlessly.”

Regarding Leonard’s distinctive cadence in speaking, Hader says, “My first recording session for the movie was really trying to figure out the voice. The filmmakers were saying they wanted it to be like Robert Preston in ‘The Music Man’ – a kind of a huckster. We started there, and then because Leonard is a big, round pig, the voice sort of became this Southern man.”

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Hader describes the plot of the film this way: “The movie’s about this pig named Leonard who finds this island with these birds on it, and rightfully, he should have their eggs, but apparently, they don’t want him to have their eggs. There’s one bird, Red, played by Jason Sudeikis, who figures out Leonard’s plan to get the eggs – which is crazy not cool, because Leonard has every right in the world to have those eggs – and the birds start this awful mission against him.”

Actor, writer, comedian and producer, Bill Hader has become one of the most sought after comedy minds in Hollywood. In 2015, he was heard in Pixar’s “Inside Out,” alongside Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith and Lewis Black. Directed by Pete Docter, “Inside Out” received many accolades including wins for Best Animated Feature at the 88th Annual Academy Awards, Critic’s Choice Awards and Golden Globe Awards, and was Oscar-nominated for Best Original Screenplay.

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Also in 2015, Hader co-starred alongside Amy Schumer in Universal Pictures’ comedy, “Trainwreck,” directed by Judd Apatow. “Trainwreck” opened to rave reviews at the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globe Awards.
The Angry Birds Movie” takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

Featuring a hilarious, all-star voice cast that includes Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph and Peter Dinklage, as well as Keegan-Michael Key, Kate McKinnon, Tony Hale, Ike Barinholtz, Hannibal Buress, Jillian Bell, Danielle Brooks, Latin music sensation Romeo Santos, and YouTube stars Smosh (Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla), the Columbia Pictures/Rovio Entertainment film is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis, produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder, screenplay by Jon Vitti, and executive produced by Mikael Hed and David Maisel.

Opening across the Philippines on May 11, 2016, “The Angry Birds Movie” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.





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A fight between Tony Stark/ Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers/ Captain America (Chris Evans) has been established all the way since the first ‘Avengers’ movie in 2012. Many would presume at the time that it’s something used as a play on the character’s conflicting ideologies, and not a central theme for the third instalment of the ‘Captain America’ films. ‘Captain America: Civil War’, despite the big duel it is being advertised, chose to focus on the personal effects of the two’s beliefs, and the tragedy that ensues.

The film is inspired by the events of the popular ‘Civil War’ comic run written by Mark Millar. It doesn’t follow the same path of its source material, but like its predecessor ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, only takes cues from the comics to support a different, new narrative. The Superhero Registration Act is replaced by the Sokovia Accords, an act that puts superheroes under government control to prevent the same kind of damages and fatalities caused by the Avengers from the events of the previous Marvel films. Steve Rogers rejects his participation on passing it, which Tony Stark didn’t allow. But things got messier when Rogers’ best friend, Bucky Barnes, came into the picture to cause more mayhem, pitting him on a test to choose what others think is good and what he thinks would be the right decision. 


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The film focuses on the moral conflict of the picture rather than the chaos surrounding it. What’s fascinating about it is that it repeatedly tries to get rid of the idea of a hero versus hero battle because the characters knew that it isn’t the right path to step on. Sure, there were several mano-y-mano battle between Captain America and Iron Man in this movie, but deep inside they are allies forced to duke it all out because of something they couldn’t agree upon. For a brief moment, these men are not superheroes at all, but fragmented individuals damaged by their own principles. And this made the brawl on its characters feel more brutal and emotional, since all of them are right all along that choosing a preferred side is wrong.


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The action sequences here are a wonder to look at. A scene in particular that took place in an airport goes on for 15-20 minutes is breathtaking. It’s rare for a film to keep such momentum for that time in a set piece, but directors Joe and Anthony Russo got it work. Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. are still great on their roles, as well as reoccurring actors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe like Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, and Jeremy Renner to name a few. But the scene-stealer here are the new characters joining this world, Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) are a fresh sight and a welcome presence. 

Captain America: Civil War’, beneath all its big, exciting moments, largely works because of its smaller conflicts. It runs for 2 ½ hours, but the running time felt like it passed by because you are physically and emotionally invested and tormented throughout. This is the best Marvel has yet to offer, and I can’t wait to see how the story will progress on the studio’s future outings.


The geek rates it 10/10!


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'Captain America: Civil War' is now showing in cinemas (2D, 3D, IMAX 3D, 4DX, Dolby Atmos) nationwide from Walt Disney Pictures Philippines. Rated PG by the MTRCB.

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Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ “The Magnificent Seven” starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke.  Watch the film's first trailer that has just been launched below:

With the sleepy town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare thetown for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

Written by Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk, “The Magnificent Seven” is produced by Roger Birnbaum and Todd Black, with executive producers Walter Mirish, Antonine Fuqua, Bruce Berman and Ben Waisbren.

Opening across the Philippines on Sept. 21, “The Magnificent Seven” is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.





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Winner of the Best Actress prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for Lars Von Trier's controversial film, “Melancholia,” Kirsten Dunst (“Spider-Man” trilogy) now stars as an excommunicated member from a religious cult, in Warner Bros. Pictures' sci-fi thriller, “Midnight Special.”

A provocative, genre-defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human, “Midnight Special” follows a father, Roy (Michael Shannon), who goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), a boy with mysterious powers that even Roy himself cannot comprehend.

What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Risking everything, Roy is committed to helping Alton reach his ultimate purpose, whatever that might be and whatever it costs.


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Dunst plays Sarah, mother to Alton, and whose situation isn’t easy. Estranged from her husband and son and conditioned by years of cult life, she appears at once emotional and reserved. “Subdued,” is how Dunst describes it. “Sarah has lived in solitude for so long, has been so lonely and so sad, and that does something to a person. It affects everything. director Jeff Nichols and I talked about how to integrate that into the role so that it felt real.”

Still, she says, “I think when she and Alton see each other again, there’s no doubt this is his mother. They come together immediately and it doesn’t matter what happened or how long it’s been. All she wants is for her son to be who he is and where he needs to be.”


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Before “Midnight Special” was a film production, before it was even a script, certain moments took shape in Nichols’ imagination, one of which was an image of Sarah that he says Dunst now embodies. “I dreamt of this shot, of her sitting on the stoop of a house with the camera slightly low and the porch bulb lighting the back of her head. I had that in my head for years and Kirsten suited it perfectly. She’s very good at getting into the emotion of a scene. It can be a risky narrative move to begin with the relationship between a father and child and then, midway through, shift to the mother and child. You need to understand what they’re going through, and you see all of that on her face.”

Expressing the character’s religious roots, Dunst wore no discernible makeup. Though no longer a Ranch member, Sarah continues to dress in their traditional, modest manner, showing very little skin and keeping her hair in a long braid. Attired this way in the outside world, it serves to underscore her isolation – and perhaps also her commitment to do what she feels is right, no matter the shifting circumstances of her life.


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“Midnight Special” will be shown starting April 20 exclusively at Cinema 2000 group of theaters, namely Century City, Commercenter, Eastwood, Festival Mall and Shang Cineplex. The film is distributed in the Philipines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.










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With the box office and critical success of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” producer Kevin Feige and his team were excited to bring the brothers Joe and Anthony Russo back to direct the third movie of the franchise. With each of the first two films in the franchise having different styles and tones, the Russo Brothers explain how they approached Marvel's “Captain America: Civil War.”

“The concept of Civil War is very important,” says Joe Russo. “We felt like we needed to go in a radical direction if we were going to direct another Captain America installment. From the beginning, we strongly advocated for the Civil War storyline. Once everyone agreed to it, we immediately sat down and started carefully discussing the arcs of each character, which helped us figure out what we wanted the movie to be.”

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While the Russo Brothers wanted to continue the visceral tone established in “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” they also wanted that dynamic to permeate throughout the entire cast of characters. “Every character in this film has a distinct voice,” says Anthony Russo. “After working together on ‘Winter Soldier,’ they deeply understand the tone that we like to bring to these films. It’s more grounded; it’s based in realism. There are also political undertones that reflect real world issues in the story, which gives it an immediacy for the audience.”

The director continues, “Our goal was to tell the story in such a way that both sides have really compelling cases. Both Tony Stark and Steve Rogers individually as characters have very compelling points of view. We wanted people to be conflicted and torn, which creates a sense of tension about what’s going to happen going forward after this film.”

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Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd and Frank Grillo, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl.

Anthony & Joe Russo are directing with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The screenplay is by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.

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Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts when Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens across the Philippines on April 27.

Marvel's “Captain America: Civil War” will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Follow the official social media accounts of Marvel, namely, (FB) MarvelPhilippines, (Twitter) @marvelstudiosph and (Instagram) @marvelphilippines.








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The first trailer for Nate Parker's critically-raved 'The Birth Of A Nation' has finally arrived.



Winner of Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in this year's Sundance Film Festival, the film got a record-breaking deal after Fox Searchlight bought the worldwide release rights of the film for $17.5-M.

Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

The film stars Parker (who also directed the film), Armie Hammer, Jackie Earle Haley, Aja Naomi King, Penelope Ann Miller, and Gabrielle Union and opens in US cinemas this October 7.







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Fresh from a universally acclaimed turn as Furiosa in the Oscar-winning “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Charlize Theron is back with vengeance as Snow White's ex-tormentor Queen Ravenna in Universal Pictures' fantasy adventure “The Huntsman: Winter's War.”

In the film, evil Queen Ravenna betrays her good sister Freya (Emily Blunt) with an unforgivable act, freezing Freya’s heart to love and unleashing in her an icy power she never knew she possessed. Retreating to a kingdom far to the north, Freya raises an army of Huntsmen as her protectors, with the only rule that no two of them should ever fall in love.

As a war for domination escalates between the two queens, the hero standing between good and evil is Freya’s most elite Huntsman, Eric (Chris Hemsworth). Alongside fellow warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain)—the only woman who has ever captured his heart—Eric must help Freya vanquish her sister…or Ravenna’s wickedness will rule for eternity.

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Theron’s Ravenna proved such a popular villain in “Snow White and the Huntsman” that even though we believed she died, the notion of incorporating her into this picture was one upon which everyone agreed. None more so than Theron herself, who had relished her time as the Evil Queen. “What I like about Ravenna is that she’s a bit of an enigma,” Theron notes. “She’s definitely being explored more as we go, but she’s somebody who has come from circumstances where this life, and this way of treating people, would have been just normal. She wasn’t given much choice. She’s her own worst enemy.”

Theron admits that she loves Ravenna’s broken nature, noting: “She’s a person functioning with a tremendous amount of fear at her core.”

Bringing her back was less challenging than it might have seemed initially, because the story covers a period before the events of “Snow White and the Huntsman,” as well as after. “The writers came up with a brilliant idea for bringing her back,” says Theron. “So it was immediately interesting to me.”
“In this film, Ravenna is actually two different characters,” notes director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. “We see her before the events of the first movie and we see her evil, but it’s not without a human side. We’re getting a more relatable Ravenna. In the second part of the movie, she comes back after the events of the first film. She’s a different character altogether, because she’s died and yet the soul and the darkness and the magic of Ravenna remain.”

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Co-star Chris Hemsworth confirms Theron’s comments that it was easy to get back into the groove together. “We built that relationship on the first film, so we were able to pick it right back up where we left off. She was so excited to come back and have another crack at it.”

“It’s been heaven to be around Charlize,” enthuses co-star Emily Blunt. “She’s a powerhouse, and an inspiring actor to breathe the same air as. We’ve had a laugh and the sisterly bond we’ve managed to achieve off-set has certainly translated onto camera.”

The casting of three core female roles demonstrates the emphasis the filmmakers placed on writing strong, complex characters across the board, especially for women.

“I’ve never made a movie with two powerhouses like Jessica and Emily,” concludes Theron. “The two of them kept me on my toes and made the whole experience so memorable. It’s always nice when you can come across material where women are being written in a manner that feels truthful. I think cinema had lost touch with those films where women could carry great stories, and be as complex and conflicted as the guys. What’s fantastic is that in the last decade that’s slowly coming back around and people are being emotionally affected by it.”

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Opening across the Philippines on April 13, “The Huntsman: Winter's War” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.







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