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Steven Spielberg Assembles A Powerhouse Cast in Historical Epic 'Bridge of Spies'

bridge of spies oscarsAt the height of the Cold War era, the world’s superpowers – the United States and the Soviet Union’s heightened paranoia unfolds in Steven Spielberg’s engaging thriller “Bridge of Spies” starring  two-time Oscar® winner Tom Hanks as lawyer James Donovan; three-time Tony Award® and two-time Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance as arrested Soviet spy Rudolf Abel; Scott Shepherd as CIA officer Hoffman; Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan as Donovan’s wife, Mary; Sebastian Koch as East German lawyer Wolfgang Vogel; seven-time Emmy Award® winner and Oscar nominee Alan Alda as Thomas Watters, a partner at Donovan’s law firm; Austin Stowell as downed Air Force pilot Francis Gary Powers; Mikhail Gorevoy as Soviet official Ivan Schischkin; and Will Rogers as Frederic Pryor, an American student detained in East Berlin.

Inspired by true events, “Bridge of Spies” is the extraordinary story of an unlikely hero James Donovan (Tom Hanks), an insurance claims lawyer from Brooklyn thrust into the dangerous world of international espionage when he is tasked with pulling off a near-impossible rescue mission at the height of the Cold War to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot Gary Powers (Stowell) in exchange of an arrested Soviet spy Rudolf Abel (Rylance).

Director Steven Spielberg has often tackled seminal historical events throughout his career. A history enthusiast, his knowledge of the Cold War dates back to childhood when his father told stories of the deep-seated feelings of animosity and distrust that existed between the U.S. and Soviet Union, stories he still remembers today.

Actress Amy Ryan, who received an Oscar® nomination for her role as a hardened welfare mom in “Gone Baby Gone” and was most recently seen in the award-winning “Birdman,” signed on as Donovan’s supportive but strong-willed wife, Mary. In discussing what attracted her to the project she says, “Most screenplays take 10 or 15 pages before you get a sense of who the characters really are, but we find out that James Donovan is a fast-talking lawyer in the first few pages. Plus, I liked the fact that this woman, Mary Donovan, wasn’t just a ‘Yes dear, of course dear’ kind of wife.  She had things of substance to say and really good, strong, smart opinions about the world in which her husband was stepping foot into, and I found that genuinely appealing.”
bridge of spies oscarsBefore filming began, the actress had the opportunity to meet Mary’s granddaughter. “I saw her family’s wedding albums and vacation photos and heard firsthand stories where I found out that Mary was born in Bay Ridge, raised in a strong Irish Catholic family, graduated from Marymount College and eventually settled down in Park Slope,” Ryan explains. “Mary was proud of what her husband was doing, but she didn’t like the attention it drew to her family and worried that their children might be in danger.”

Ryan’s biggest challenge was making her character, a woman in the midst of extremely-trying circumstances, believable. Says Golden Globe® winner producer Marc Platt, “Amy’s portrayal of Mary has us rooting for her, but we also feel her conflict over wanting to protect her family. Her husband’s involvement with the case brings the family some danger and causes friends to sort of drop away, and you feel the tug-of-war within her to want to protect and love her husband and do what he thinks is right, and yet to protect her family at the same time, and you love her for that conflict.”

Ryan was especially thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Hanks, finding him generous, both in spirit and energy. “I was very impressed with the amount of enthusiasm he was able to bring to each scene, and he’s had so much experience as an actor that I tried to listen and observe as much as I could,” she says. “In addition to all the technical sides of knowing where the camera is going to be and where the lights are, he is still able to inhabit the scene so fully and truthfully…that is an amazing skill.”
bridge of spies oscarsAnd for Hanks, the feeling was mutual. “Working with Amy was amazing…I was always thinking that it looked as if she was hardly doing anything, and yet she was doing everything all at the same time.”

One of world history’s greatest untold stories unfolds in “Bridge of Spies” when it opens in Philippine cinemas this October 14 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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Son of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam Journeys to 'Crimson Peak'

crimson peak reviewBritish actor Charlie Hunnam (“Pacific Rim,” TV's “Sons of Anarchy”) stars as brilliant man of science, Dr. Alan McMichael, who is ruled by his heart as much as his head…and consumed by a fascination with the supernatural, in Universal Pictures' suspense thriller “Crimson Peak.”

Always a perfect gentleman, the well-bred ophthalmologist has been smitten with Edith (Mia Wasikowska) since they were children. When he returns from his studies abroad to open a practice in his hometown, he finds that those feelings for his childhood love are strong as ever. Although Edith doesn’t acknowledge his advances, Alan sets out across the ocean to her rescue when he realizes that Edith is in grave danger.

Director Guillermo del Toro had planted a seed for future collaboration with Hunnam while they were still working on “Pacific Rim.” Shortly after they wrapped that film, Hunnam received an email from the director asking him to look over the script and consider the role of Dr. McMichael, one of 20th century Buffalo’s most dashing young bachelors. Hunnam was flattered to be considered for the role of the young physician smitten by Edith. The character was decidedly different from many of the characters he had played in the past: antihero types.
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He recalls thinking that it was a nice surprise to be considered for a character who is “more thoughtful and quiet, a sensitive and smart guy.” Del Toro described Dr. McMichael to him as a modern character, the exact opposite of the old-fashioned his rival, Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). Hunnam offers that del Toro requested that he remain true to himself. In fact, from the moment that Hunnam got out of bed, went through makeup and stepped onto set, the director asked him to maintain his energy, his spirit, his movement just as they were.

Hunnam appreciated that the production was such a narrative-driven one, and quite enjoyed that del Toro was getting back to his earlier roots. He reflects: “`Crimson Peak' is similar to the vein of `Pan’s Labyrinth,' `Cronos' and `The Devil’s Backbone'—all the great work that Guillermo has done in Spanish.”

From the imagination of director Guillermo del Toro comes Universal Pictures' gothic romance “Crimson Peak” starring Mia Wasikowska (“Alice in Wonderland”), two-time Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain (“Interstellar”), Tom Hiddleston (“Thor” series) and Charlie Hunnam (“Pacific Rim”).
crimson peak reviewIn the film, when her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind the place called Crimson Peak. Here, they will discover the power that love has to make monsters of us all.

“Crimson Peak” opens across the Philippines on October 14 and is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Garrett Hedlund Plays Hook, Future Captain in 'Pan

garrett hedlund panTRON: Legacy” action hero Garrett Hedlund stars as James Hook (before becoming Captain Hook) in Warner Bros. Pictures' action-adventure “Pan.”

With mysterious origins and the swagger of a pirate-in-the-making, James Hook is among the captive dust miners at ruthless pirate Blackbeard's camp in Neverland. Working alongside Peter (Levi Miller), he observes the boy’s unique abilities and together they stage a daring escape that propels them into the adventure of a lifetime deep into Neverland.

Though Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) is Peter’s nemesis in the film, it’s Captain Hook who audiences would expect to see him up against. However, the filmmakers decided to not only explore Peter’s origins, but to give moviegoers a glimpse into Hook’s as well. “James Hook is an enigma,” director Joe Wright says. “He comes from somewhere, but the longer you stay in Neverland, the more you forget. He’s got this desire to get back to wherever he came from, but he can’t really remember where that was. And he’s been in the mines under Blackbeard’s thumb for so long, he’s become a survivor, and a self-centered, selfish one at that.”
garrett hedlund panHedlund, who plays the destined-to-be Captain, offers, “Hook starts off in the film as a prisoner digging for Blackbeard; he’s a demoted, deflated man who’s a bit mysterious and seems quite lost. But when he sees Peter, and sees what he can do, Hook thinks he’s found his golden ticket out of there.

“That’s really where his journey begins,” Hedlund says, “right alongside Peter Pan, instead of against him…and before he comes into conflict with any crocodiles.”

What the actor loved about playing Hook was the character’s selfish, weasely nature. “He’s found his way to complete his objective, which is to get off this island called Neverland, even if it means going back to a place he hardly remembers. If he has to convince this kid he’s his new best friend and willing to help him find his mother, so be it.”

Though James Hook’s true origins remain a mystery, “We discussed how I would play Hook, including whether he would be English or American or something else,” Hedlund says. “Then Joe had this wonderful idea that he should be somebody that could have been plucked out of an old John Ford film.”
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“Garrett was brought up on a farm in Minnesota and has a very sweet-natured, rural sensibility about him,” Wright observes. “He makes me feel the fresh air. He makes me feel the wide open spaces. He has a kind of rural rhythm to his speech, but he’s very quick with his humor. He’s almost old-fashioned in a way, and I found that fascinating about him and encouraged him to use it.”
Hedlund next stars in Ang Lee’s drama “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” based on Ben Fountain’s novel of the same name. Due out in Fall 2016, the film also stars Vin Diesel, Steve Martin, Chris Tucker and Kristen Stewart.

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, October 8, “Pan” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Ben Kingsley Leads Supporting Cast of 'The Walk'

the walk imax 3dBen Kingsley (“Exodus: Gods and Kings”), Charlotte Le Bon (“Project Lazarus”) and James Badge Dale (“Iron Man 3”) lead a group of acclaimed and up-and-coming actors who embraced the story of pulling off high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s caper: to walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers, in Columbia Pictures' thrilling adventure, “The Walk.”

In the film, Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Kingsley), is aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, who overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan.

Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley plays Papa Rudy, the man and mentor who taught Petit how to walk on the wire. “The Omankowsky Troupe were a remarkable troupe,” says Kingsley. “They were a family – a father and mother. Omankowsky’s wife was a beautiful trapeze artist and very accomplished in other fields as well, and his sons were high-wire walkers.”

Kingsley notes that Papa Rudy is a fascinating character because he’s not just an expert performer. “The important thing to know and to understand about any person who is extremely skilled at one particular craft is that often that person is a wise, extraordinary person,” he says. “I’ve known great actors, great artists, great musicians, great painters, great chess players, great filmmakers, great drivers – you meet these people who are extremely good at what they do and there is always something else. You can’t have that genius in isolation – it’s held in a context of what I can only call intelligence.”
the walk imax 3dFrench-Canadian actress Charlotte Le Bon takes the role of Annie, Philippe’s girlfriend. “She’s Philippe’s first accomplice,” she explains. “He shares his dream with her for the first time. She falls in love with his dream, and with Philippe as well. She was very important for him, because she was an anchor for him. He needed her when he was feeling more vulnerable. He couldn’t show that to his friends, but he could show it to her.”

Naturally, Le Bon was excited by the opportunity of working with Robert Zemeckis. “Working with Robert Zemeckis is the most comforting acting experience I have ever had,” says Le Bon. “Coming from France, where French directors are always looking and searching inside themselves, they’re never sure about exactly what they’re doing. Zemeckis knows exactly what he wants and exactly what your character is supposed to do in that sequence. It’s so comforting. He has the movie in his head – you can tell he’s been working on it for years. We were in such good hands that he could ask us to do anything.”

James Badge Dale rounds out the lead cast as Jean-Pierre, the salesman who provides a key link to fill out the team that will make the coup a reality.
the walk imax 3d“The way we looked at the character, he’s a fast-talking New Yorker,” says Dale. “If he can communicate with Philippe’s team, he can be of assistance. At this point, Philippe and his buddies are looking for people in New York to bring in so they can get into the buildings and attempt their coup.”
The supporting roles include Clément Sibony as Jean-Louis and César Domboy as Jean-Francois (a/k/a Jeff), two coup co-conspirators who come over from France to help Petit pull off his audacious act.

Robert Zemeckis, the master director of such marvels as “Forrest Gump,” “Cast Away,” “Back to the Future,” “Polar Express” and “Flight,” again uses cutting edge technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story. With innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX® 3D wizardry, “The Walk” is genuine big-screen cinema, a chance for moviegoers to viscerally experience the feeling of reaching the clouds.

Opening across the Philippines in October 14, “The Walk” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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Final Trailer For 'Spectre' Shows Face-Off Between Craig and Waltz

spectre final trailerThe explosive final trailer for Columbia Pictures' SPECTRE has arrived and may be viewed below:
Careful not to reveal anything more than what was teased before, the last trailer instead reveals some breathtaking action sequences, plus a memorable face off between Daniel Craig and villain Christoph Waltz.

SPECTRE follows the release of SKYFALL, the biggest Bond film of all time, which took in $1.1 billion worldwide.

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.

Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.

As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.

Directed by Sam Mendes, SPECTRE is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, from a script by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade.

Opening across the Philippines on Nov. 06, 2015, “Spectre” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials - Movie Review

scorch trials review movieThe Maze Runner: Scorch Trials' is as enjoyable as the first movie when it comes to intense action sequences but poorly lacks on narrative. It focuses heavily on foreshadowing the next installment of its franchise than actually delving in on its own plot. Sure progressions are mandatory, but can the filmmakers slow down for a while and let their audiences have a taste of what's now and not of what's later?

You can make the case that accuracy for a book-to-film translation is very important given that this is a popular set of books, and a lot of people were familiar with those stories. But a movie is different, and it's a filmmaker's job to make the risk of rearranging key events so it will have a tighter finish when presented onscreen. 'The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials' took liberties of course on adapting its source material, but it wasn't good or exciting enough. 
dylan o brien nakedDylan O'Brien proved once again that he has a long way to go in his career with another determined performance. The actor excels during the running sequences, which are the only praise I can point out except him. Same as the first one, the first half was equally intense and exciting. But the movie goes south when the characters are forced to join another group, which was given poor roles in the narrative, resulting in a dour punch in case something bad happens to them.

'The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials' is half-enjoyable and half-ridiculously bad. The movie could've become a much tighter whole if the filmmakers didn't even rely on assembling the sequel, but the action sequences and especially Dylan O'Brien left really good impression out of it.

The geek rates it 6.5/10!

'The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials' is locally distributed by 20th Century Fox Philippines!

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Straight Outta Compton - Movie Review

straight outta compton ayala malls cinemasAlthough being too traditional and formulaic at times, 'Straight Outta Compton' gives a more energetic vibe to the music genre thanks to the gritty vibe by director F. Gary Gray. The rebellious approach is very much deserved to mirror the characters' personalities but it should have been more darker. Not that i'm complaining but the movie as a whole is very uneven for the most part so to give a uniform color to everything would create a tighter product. 

Most of the biggest pulse was provided by the entire cast, notably young talents O'Shea Jackson, Jr., Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins who portrayed N.W.A major players Ice Cube, Eazy-E and Dr. Dre respectively. Jackson, in a very interesting casting, plays his father Ice Cube in a way that doesn't turned out to be more of an honor than a mimic to the said figure. Paul Giamatti was also present here, in a somewhat type-casted role yet again as a band manager with a shoddy wig. He did great here as expected.
straight outta compton ayala malls cinemasWhile omitting certain facts can cause disruptions in a biopic, especially for N.W.A's controversial story which a lot of people are aware by now, doesn't really matter at all. The only nitpick I can point out is how Ice Cube and Dr. Dre (they are served as advisers/ producers in the movie) was presented on-film, and the fact that Eazy-E was given an unfair approach. Though some flaws can be seen in their representation here, they could have given more flaws especially for Dr. Dre which was presented here as a good samaritan.

'Straight Outta Compton' overall is "DOPE!", as the characters would quip repeatedly. It should've been better if a more brutally honest approach was given, but it was still an affecting and interesting biopic after all. Performances by Jackson, Mitchell and Hawkins were terrific, and the energetic direction by F. Gary Gray makes the all better.

The geek rates it 8.5/10!

'Straight Outta Compton' is rated R-16 by MTRCB and opens September 30 exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas!
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First Reactions for 'The Walk' Claims Movie Will Throw You Up

the walk imax reviewAcrophobic viewers who are planning to see 'The Walk' need to get their buckets ready as early reactions on the movie are reportedly causing them to vomit after watching.

The Robert Zemeckis-directed film based on a true story about a Frenchman's stunt on walking between the two towers of World Trade Center on a tightrope just had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on September 27. The climactic "walk between the two towers" is what got people with vertigo nauseated.
“The last 20 minutes of the film I had to look away a couple of times because of the sensation of the height. I felt a little bit queasy. I felt nervous. It was a tingling sensation and some anxiety,” said Denise Widman, Board Director of Boston Jewish Film Festival who got to see the film early.

The movie is garnering raves from critics, Pete Hammond of Deadline pointed out that "Robert Zemeckis renews your faith in the wonder of movies. A thrilling movie experience for everyone.". It currently sits with a fresh 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

'The Walk' will be shown in October 14 in IMAX 3D and 3D theaters nationwide!

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