Wild About “Deadpool” – Overwhelming Raves from Early Screening in Philippine Cinemas February 10

20th Century Fox’s recent reveal of Deadpool’s redband trailer was eventually followed by a special advanced screening in New York and Los Angeles, though the studio showed an unfinished version of the movie, the fans’ reactions as had been reported in Screenrant is overwhelmingly positive.

The ones who got to screen it first are vouching that the studio, Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds did right about it this time, even saying that this is the best comic movie ever in the Marvel universe! Tweets had gone viral describing the movie (rough cut) as being “phenomenal, great job, my favorite Marvel movies of all time, outstanding and the best movie ever seen.”

“Deadpool” tells the origin story of Wade Wilson (Reynolds), whose terminal cancer is ‘cured’ by the same Weapon X program that created Wolverine, leaving him permanently disfigured, but impervious to pain and able to regenerate from his wounds. Continue reading

Irish Actor Domhnall Gleeson Stars in Two Strong Oscar Contenders – “The Revenant’ and “Brooklyn”

Rapidly rising Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson stars in “The Revenant” and “Brooklyn” two of this year’s strong Oscar contenders. Gleeson , who has been coming to the fore as one of the most versatile actors of a new generation with roles in “About Time,” “Calvary,” “Unbroken,” “Ex Machina” and in “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” goes from unshaven in his role as Captain Henry in “The Revenant” to all-dapper in “Brooklyn.”

In “The Revenant” by Oscar winner filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the title role, plays the role of Captain Andrew Henry, a real-life historical figure who was one of the founders of the Rocky Mountain Trading Company and a leader of the expedition up the Missouri River.

Inspired by true events, “The Revenant” is an epic story of survival and transformation on the American frontier. While on an expedition into the uncharted wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally mauled by a bear, then abandoned by members of his own hunting team. Alone and near death, Glass refuses to succumb. Driven by sheer will and his love for his Native American wife and son, he undertakes a 200-mile odyssey along with Henry’s (Gleeson) soldiers through the vast and untamed West on the trail of the man who betrayed him: John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). What begins as a relentless quest for revenge becomes a heroic saga against all odds towards home and redemption.

For Domhnall Gleeson, playing the role of Fitzgerald’s disappointed Captain, it was thrilling to go up against Hardy as Captain Henry realizes he has been duped. “Tom has brought an edge to Fitzgerald where you never know which way he’s going to go,” Gleeson says. “My character feels beaten down by Fitzgerald, but then he starts to hold his ground – and it was really exciting to go toe-to-toe with Tom.”

Gleeson notes that the script gives Captain Henry a fictionalized arc beyond what history knows of him. “The real Andrew Henry was respected, whereas in this story you see him as an uncertain man learning to be leader. He goes on a journey, growing into the man he was said to be,” he explains. From the start, Gleeson understood the film was going to be a purposefully challenging experience. “Before we even started shooting, Alejandro said he wanted it to be a tough experience for the actors and he was true to his word. We were put in unusual circumstances and challenging conditions but it was exciting because it was so different,” he comments. “I certainly have never done anything like it before. There’s an exhilaration to making a movie in a way that people just don’t make movies anymore.”

Gleeson says the roughness of the shoot enriched the performances. “My character is meant to find his circumstances horribly difficult, he’s meant to feel out of place and so I poured everything I was experiencing into the performance,” he explains. “You hope that ultimately the size of all that these men contended with the desperation, the madness and uncertainty will feel present in the movie theater.” Continue reading

Success Story in Modern-Day and True-To-Life Telenovela Movie “Joy”

The quote on family that says “No family is perfect. We argue, we fight. We even stop talking to each other at times, but in the end, family is family, the love will always be there” is all true in the upcoming modern-day true-to-life telenovela movie “Joy” starring Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence directed by acclaimed filmmaker David O. Russell that also stars Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Virginia Madsen, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rosselini, Diane Ladd and Dascha Polanco.

“Joy” joins a long legacy of films about chasing dreams of success in business and family but it does so in its own comedic, emotional and inventive ways. The story began with the unlikely but real-life narrative of Joy Mangano, who in the 1990s became a new kind of television star and entrepreneurial powerhouse with a series of household inventions, including the famed, “self-wringing” Miracle Mop, which kicked-off the Long Island single mother’s ongoing business empire.

The story with its everyday contours but outsized dreams grabbed the attention of David O. Russell, always drawn to that very specific mix. He saw in it the blossoming of a gutsy, ingenious woman and an inspiring story of someone taking a chance on long-buried dreams while never losing the sense of duty to family at her core.

Says Russell: “The idea that drew me was how do you tell the story of more than 40 years of a life, from the magic of childhood, through marriage, divorce and single parenthood, to going back to fulfilling on those childhood dreams? How do you tell the story of a person’s soul and how that soul is comprised of all the people we love, the ideas we have, the things we cherish? “Joy” brings together all these pieces. You have trauma and love. You have a girl who grows up in her father’s metal garage and in her mother’s refuge of soap operas filled with strong women. You have a dreamer ex-husband in the basement who is still a friend and a loving sister who is an envious rival. And you have a cable television station in Lancaster, Pennsylvania that becomes a factory of dreams. In the middle of it all, you see Joy develop a quietly fierce determination that sees her through.” Continue reading

Tom Hardy is Leonardo Dicaprio’s Dark Mirror in “The Revenant”

“The Revenant” movie picked up twelve (12) major nominations in the most awaited annual awards night, the 88th Oscar Awards, including Tom Hardy’s Best Supporting Actor nomination as John Fitzgerald opposite Leonardo DiCaprio’s Hugh Glass.

“The Revenant” walks us through the brief yet pivotal history of the American fur trade, full of tales of daring but also grave destruction. Though the fur trade forged the romantic image of the mountain man idealized loners purportedly as rugged as the wilderness they felt beholden to tame the fur trade was also very much a business. In a sense it ushered in the first emergence of the archetypal Western entrepreneur, the visionary iconoclast who forges ahead answerable to no one but himself.

Academy Award®-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu brings the legend of Hugh Glass to the screen with “The Revenant,” an epic adventure set in the unchartered 19th century American Frontier. Immersing audiences in the unparalleled beauty, mystery and dangers of life in 1823 America, the film explores one man’s transformation in a quest for survival. Part thriller, part wilderness journey, The Revenant explores primal drives not only for life itself but for dignity, justice, faith, family and home.

“This era was the start of industrialism at play in the West. Even before the discovery of gold and oil, the fur trade was a massive, lucrative business,” explains DiCaprio. “You had trappers going into pristine landscapes among indigenous populations to extract resources and the question that comes up is: at what cost? Glass is caught in the middle of that question and it’s a powerful theme in the film.” Continue reading

Music-Filled Cross-Country Odyssey in “Alvin and The Chipmunks 4: The Road Chip”

Strutting and dancing their way into their latest movie instalment, Alvin, Theodore and Simon star in the latest addition to the hit franchise “Alvin and the Chipmunks” in “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” with the returning voice cast of Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Jesse McCartney.

In “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” the Chipmunks hit the road and embark on a journey to stop their guardian Dave (Jason Lee) from what they believe to be a wedding proposal in Miami. Alvin, who’s charming and musical with boundless enthusiasm and animal magnetism; Simon, whose I.Q. is just north of Einstein’s; and Theodore, who’s shy, good-natured, loving and sensitive along with new equally mischievous pal, Miles (Josh Green) son of Dave’s special friend, Samantha (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) are not thrilled on the idea of Dave and Sam tying the knot. ‘

In a pact that recalls the expression, ‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend,’ the Chipmunks and Miles reluctantly join forces to travel cross-country, to Florida, and try and break up what they believe will be Dave’s marriage proposal to Sam.

It’s a journey filled with adventure, laughs, music and lots of local color. But director Walt Becker also notes that it’s also about Alvin, Simon, Theodore and Miles finding their way into a kind of blended family. He further points to the film’s new blended family elements as an entryway to this new chapter in the Chipmunks’ lives. It’s no longer just the three boys and Dave Seville. Two new characters a love interest for Dave, and her teenage son enter the scene, and turn the ‘Munks’ life and family topsy-turvy.

“I think the idea of a blended family is one that many people can relate to,” says Becker. “The Chipmunks are always trying to do the right thing, but end up doing it in the wrong way. You can mine a lot of comedy from those family experiences.” Continue reading

Surviving The Wild Prior Today’s Fully-Connected World in “The Revenant”

Surviving the wild by pure instinct prior the advent of emergency call buttons such as 911 and high-tech gadgets is what makes the latest Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio film, “The Revenant” this year’s highly-thrilling cinematic experience directed, produced and co-written by Academy Award winning filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu.

Inspired by true events from the sparse accounts of the legendary fur trapper and trader Hugh Glass, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, Glass became a revenant, someone believed to be dead who has returned to life after going through a harrowing series of events fighting for his life when left to survive in the wild set during the 19th century American Frontier.

Immersing audiences in the unparalleled beauty, mystery and dangers of life in 1823 America, the film explores one man’s transformation in a quest for survival. “The Revenant” explores primal drives not only for life itself but for dignity, justice, faith, family and home. The film’s wilderness-based production mirrored the harsh conditions Glass and company actually lived through in the 1800s. Iñárritu and his whole cast and crew were up for all that was thrown at them, welcoming the challenges of shooting in Canada and Argentina, regions known for unpredictable weather and untouched wilds, in order to fully understand the experience of fur trappers in the early 19th century. Continue reading

Celebration Continues January 8 in Cinemas – “Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie”

The festive celebration continues this January 8 (Friday) when “Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie” opens in Philippine cinemas nationwide.

At its core, “Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie” is about everyday anxieties we encounter while growing up, going to school, and dealing with the perceptions people have about one another. “We took that theme and changed the overall tone of the movie, which resulted in a stronger message, one that both adults and children can relate to,” says Craig Schulz, son of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz.

The universal appeal of all Peanuts characters encompassing Charlie Brown’s eternal underdog status, Linus’ heart, Franklin’s philosophy, Marcie’s introspection, Lucy’s crabbiness, Sally’s unrequited affection for her Sweet Babboo Linus, and Snoopy’s many personas is the reason the strip and its characters have remained relevant as Peanuts celebrates its 65th year.

The story’s always been in the pen… Charles Schulz drew the most popular and influential comic strip of all time, which was read everyday by 355 million people in 75 countries. On October 2, 1950, Charles M. Schulz introduced the characters of Charlie Brown, Shermy and Patty in just seven newspapers, launching a 50-year journey for the cartoonist that forever changed the landscape of popular culture and humor that would be known as the Peanuts Gang. Schulz’s comic strip was hailed as one of the greatest of the twentieth century, and his characters launched a bona-fide industry, while providing a much-needed voice for the underdog, via Charlie Brown.

As production geared up on adapting Schulz’s Peanuts on the big screen, “Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie” wherein Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved PEANUTS Gang make their film debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. Continue reading

Chipettes to The Rescue in “Alvin And The Chipmunks 4: The Road Chip”

Widely and wildly loved character and comedic actors Kaley Cuoco (“Big Bang Theory”), Anna Faris (“Mom,” “Scary Movie” franchise) and Christina Applegate (“Vacation”) reprise their roles voicing the charming Chipettes in the latest family road-adventure “Alvin and The Chipmunks 4: The Road Chip.”

In “Alvin and the Chipmunks 4: The Road Chip,” the boys hit the road for a coming-of-age journey across the U.S. During their storied misadventures, Alvin (voiced by Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) have always had to solve problems … they’ve created themselves! But during their road chip, and for the first time, they’re on a mission to keep their family together.

The idea of Dave tying the knot doesn’t thrill the boys; in fact, they fear it’ll uproot their lives and maybe uproot them from Dave’s home! Further complicating matters is Sam’s teenage son, Miles (Josh Green), who has an instant dislike of the Chipmunks, who feel the same way about Miles. Along their journey, Alvin, Theodore and Simon need to make things right with the help of the Chipettes, Eleanor (Cuoco), Jeanette (Faris) and Brittany (Applegate) who are now music icons seated to discover rising talents in their own television show. Alvin, along with the help of the Chipettes tries to gain Dave’s trust once again after Alvin, Theodore and Simon accidentally ruined a romantic night during Dave’s business trip in Miami. Continue reading

Academy Award Nominee and First-Time Director Tim Miller Helms “Deadpool”

Make no mistake about it, the term first-time director may project an impression of being inexperienced, yet despite the fact that Tim Miller’s first feature film is “Deadpool,” his unique approach in filmmaking makes him acutely ready to helm this year’s hotly anticipated superhero movie starring Ryan Reynolds in the titular role.

Tim Miller is already an Academy Award nominee for his previous work in the movie “Gopher Broke” nominated for the Best Animated Short Film. Miller is also the co-founder of Blur Studio, which specializes in visual effects and animation for the motion picture and videogame industries.

Moreover, his experience and work in the fantastic title sequences and breakthrough CG action shots for films such as the highly-acclaimed “The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo” by David Fincher, “Thor: The Dark World” and Taylor’s Marvel adaptations make Miller bring his own kind of storytelling and action into the movie “Deadpool” adapted from the Marvel Comics created in 1991 by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld. Continue reading

Golden Globes and Annie Awards (2016) Nominee for Best Animation “Snoopy And Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie” Voice Cast

Golden Globes’ and Annie Awards’ 2016 nominee for Best Animated Motion Picture, “Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie (3D)” will finally be seen in Philippine theatres starting January 8.

From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the Ice Age films, “Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie” is at its core, about everyday anxieties we encounter while growing up, going to school, and dealing with the perceptions people have about one another. “We took that theme and changed the overall tone of the movie, which resulted in a stronger message, one that both adults and children can relate to,” says Craig Schulz, son of Charles.

The universal appeal of all Peanuts characters encompassing Charlie Brown’s eternal underdog status, Linus’ heart, Franklin’s philosophy, Marcie’s introspection, Lucy’s crabbiness, Sally’s unrequited affection for her Sweet Babboo Linus, and Snoopy’s many personas is the reason the strip and its characters have remained relevant as Peanuts celebrates its 65th anniversary with a big screen debut and casting the right young actors would be crucial to the film’s success.

After an exhausting search, Martino found his Charlie Brown in ten-year-old, Scarsdale, New York resident Noah Schnapp. “Noah has a great voice for Charlie Brown, but also has a similar temperament to the character,” says director Steve Martino. “That allowed us to rely on his natural tendencies and it really felt like Charlie Brown.”

Alex Garfin voices Linus who is nominated for an Annie Awards for his work in the movie. Casting the voice of Linus led to several sleepless nights for Martino. “Linus was my favorite voice from the original Peanuts specials and was the voice I was most worried about casting,” he recalls. “Linus had this wonderful natural lisp. It was never overdone but it felt so ‘real.’ Eleven- year-old Alex Garfin, from New York, landed the role. “In our story, Linus is that steady, supportive friend for Charlie Brown,” says Martino, “and like Noah does with Charlie Brown, Alex has a temperament that feels like Linus.” Continue reading

Up and Coming Talented Young Actor Josh Green Stars as Mischievous Brother-To-Be in “Alvin and The Chipmunks 4: The Road Chip”

The Chipmunks we know and love, Alvin, Theodore and Simon embark on a journey across the U.S. and for the first time, they’re on a mission to keep their family together in the fourth instalment of the hugely successful family adventure franchise in “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.”

In their latest adventure, through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami…and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother, Miles, played by Josh Green.

The idea of Dave tying the knot doesn’t thrill the boys; in fact, they fear it’ll uproot their lives and maybe uproot them from Dave’s home!  Further complicating matters is Sam’s (Dave’s special friend played by Kimberly Willams-Paisley) teenage son, Miles (Green), who has an instant dislike of the Chipmunks.

“Miles is definitely introduced as the classic teenage ‘bad boy,’” says Josh Green. “I also like comparing him to Alvin.  Both cause trouble and are loud and harsh. “Everyone has a little Alvin in them,” he continues.  “You know, that voice inside that says, let’s go out there and cause a ruckus.” Continue reading