“X-Men: Apocalypse” Reigns Supreme At The Phils. Box-Office Php 230 Million On Opening Weekend

20th Century Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” reigns supreme at the box-office with its PhP 230 million opening weekend (first five days) in the Philippines in 476 screens. It also dominated and opened number one on its first day of release (opened May 18) in the country with PhP 45 million in box-office receipts.

In the Philippines, “X-Men: Apocalypse” has taken the franchise to new heights with its strong box-office results. It now holds as the Biggest Fox Opening Weekend All-Time, tracking 131% higher than “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” It is also now the Biggest Non-Holiday May Opening Weekend All-Time. Ultimately, “X-Men: Apocalypse” records show that it is now the Biggest Opening Weekend in the X-Men franchise.

In addition to its opening weekend box-office results, it has become the Biggest Fox Opening Day All-Time, Biggest Non-Holiday May Opening All-Time and the Biggest Opening Day in the X-Men franchise. “X-Men: Apocalypse” also cemented its apocalyptic power on Philippine soil as it now stands as the 2nd Biggest Opening Weekend for the year, after “Captain America: Civil War.”

“X-Men: Apocalypse’s” powerful presence recorded strong box-office receipts from the following top twenty (20) cinemas: SM MEGAMALL (11million), SM MALL OF ASIA (10.1M); TRINOMA (8.1M); SM NORTH EDSA/THE BLOCK (8M); GLORIETTA (6.2M); POWERPLANT (4.3M); SM CEBU (4.3M); GREENBELT 3 (4.1M); GATEWAY CINEPLEX (3.99M); ALABANG TOWN CENTER (3.95M); BONIFACIO HIGHSTREET (3.8M); AYALA CEBU (3.6M); THEATREMALL (3.6M); SHANG CINEPLEX (3.38M); MARKET!MARKET! (3.31M); EASTWOOD (3.25M); ROBINSON’S MAGNOLIA (3.15M); SM AURA (3.13M); UPTOWN (3.03M); NEWPORT (2.7M). Continue reading

Jennifer Lawrence Back In Battle For As Mystique In “X-Men: Apocalypse”

It has been 10 years since the heroes of “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” saved humanity and themselves from threats within and without. Now, in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” things are at least for people like Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) a little more settled. Humanity is aware of the mutants living among them and relations have been, for the most part, peaceful. But all that changes when the ancient, incredibly powerful mutant known as Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) awakens in the early 1980s and begins to destroy the world as we know it, convinced that he can create civilization again the way he thinks it should be. With Bryan Singer once more directing, “X-Men: Apocalypse” promises a huge global adventure and another thrilling mission for the world’s favorite mutants.

The world of 1983 also has undergone upheavals in the treatment of mutants. This next stage of human evolution is now accepted by most but not all of humanity, thanks to the heroism of Raven/Mystique, who (as seen in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”) prevented the assassination of the U.S. president and a war between mutants and humans.

Jennifer Lawrence is back as Raven aka Mystique, a blue-skinned shape shifter, is seeking her true purpose, as well as elusive self-acceptance. In the years leading up to “X-Men: Apocalypse,” she had tried to stay hidden from the world, shunning her celebrity as the face of hope and change for the new, mutant-integrated world. She resists bearing the weight of that label, and feels much of her past doesn’t warrant the world’s perception of her as a hero. Continue reading

Arriving On June 22 Nationwide In Philippines Cinemas “Independence Day: Resurgence”

The aliens are back with a vengeance for “Independence Day: Resurgence,” which represents director Roland Emmerich’s huge return to the genre that made him famous. A sequel to “Independence Day,” the 1996 original sci-fi groundbreaking film that captured the public imagination with its vistas of destruction, its memorable characters and huge impact on both science fiction and disaster movies. With giant alien spaceships unleashing incredibly devastating power upon the world, it took brain, brawn and heroics to figure out a way to fight back.

In “Independence Day: Resurgence,” now, 20 years later, humanity has united to rebuild the world’s major cities, while salvaged alien technology has been utilized to work on solving many big problems such as climate change. But the lingering threat of the extra-terrestrials’ return still hangs over our heads and the Earth Space Defence programme has formed to be ready for when that day comes. Ominously, it appears that our greatest enemy is indeed back. Continue reading

The Four Horsemen Unleashed in this Years Biggest Battle Spectacle X-Men: Apocalypse

The critically hailed blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past was a tough act to follow. Following his acclaimed work, director Bryan Singer takes the franchise to new heights with X-Men: Apocalypse, in which the X-Men battle the original and most powerful mutant Apocalypse.

Michael Fassbender as Magneto

Staged in 1983, the invincible and immortal Apocalypse is set free after being entombed for several millennia. Enraged that his kind are no longer treated as gods, Apocalypse assembles a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to destroy humankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. To end Apocalypses path of global destruction, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) and Professor X (James McAvoy) lead a team of young X-Men in an epic showdown with a seemingly unstoppable enemy.

Once again fueled by rage and revenge, Magneto is vulnerable to Apocalypses offer to join him as one of his newly-reformed Four Horsemen. Inspired by the biblical vision of Four Horsemen, who unleash a divine apocalypse upon the world, Apocalypses Four Horsemen are minion mutants who, says Fassbender, are living on the margins and have been ostracized or bullied.

Ben Hardy as Angel

Apocalypses Four Horseman, circa 1983, are: Magneto, Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Angel (Ben Hardy) and Storm (Alexandra Shipp). Psylocke is a powerful telepath and trained ninja assassin. Introduced as the bodyguard for Caliban, an underground mutant tracker, Apocalypse senses Psylockes power and persuades her to join his cause. Shes a fascinating character, says Munn. Unlike many of her fellow mutants, who kill only when they must, Psylocke has always enjoyed killing, or at least she has no problem doing it. Continue reading

Ultimate Villain Rises in X-Men: Apocalypse – Latest International Trailer Reveal

The ultimate X-Men villain rises in the biggest battle of beloved superheroes in X-Men: Apocalypse as seen in the latest official international trailer reveal.

Directed by blockbuster filmmaker Bryan Singer X-Men: Apocalypse features returning mutants Raven/Mystique played by Jennifer Lawrence, Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Havoc (Lucas Till) and Bill Stryker (Josh Helman). The movie also introduces up and coming actors Oscar Isaac who plays Apocalypse, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, Ben Hardy as Angel, Lana Condor as Jubilee and Olivia Munn as Psylocke. Continue reading

Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children First Look Photos and Trailer Release

A whole new world and new set of unconventional new heroes with incredible powers will rise in the upcoming movie fantasy adventure Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children based on the bestselling adventurous novel of the same title by author Ransom Riggs.

Directed by Tim Burton and written by Jane Goldman, Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children stars Eva Green in the titular role who heads the special home and protects the children living in it who possess extraordinary abilities. The movie also stars Asa Butterfield, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney, Kim Dickens and Samuel L. Jackson. Continue reading

The Rise of A Family Boss Who Invented Miracle Mop in Winning Telenovela Movie Joy

Starring Jennifer Lawrence in the title role, the relatable incredible success story in Joy, helmed by director David O. Russell explores of how one person, confronted with madcap circumstances, endless obstacles and a long road of self-searching, forges a meaningful, joyful life, loosely based on the life of Joy Mangano (home TV shopping magnate).

The film stars Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook, The Hunger Games series) as Joy, in a multi-hued portrait that spans from youth to her 40s, from dreams deferred to fighting for her honor to striving for self-fulfillment.

Says Lawrence: This is a story about so many things. Its not just the story of Joy. Its about family, imagination, faith in yourself, about the ruthlessness of success and what it means when you find it. I love most of all how much Joy changes. I loved taking her from vulnerable and self-deprecating to cold and strong, and I loved that she turns into a real matriarch of her family. Continue reading

R-Rated Superhero Deadpool Tops Philippine Box-Office Weekend at P145 Million

The hyper-hero Deadpool, the latest Marvel superhero everyones talking about and cant get enough of has landed number one at the Phils. box-office with an impressive haul of P145 million on its first five days of release (opened February 10).

Dominating a crowded week and despite its R-rating, Deadpool has seen new and repeat viewing cineastes such that its box-office dominance carried on over the red-hot Valentines weekend. Its opening weekend grossed a total of P 145M, surpassing that of Fifty Shades of Greys opening weekend at P94M. Deadpool now holds the Biggest Opening Weekend for an R-rated film all-time industry-wide. So far, with its remarkable opening weekend, Deadpool now stands as the Biggest Opening Weekend for the year industry-wide, beating Everything About Her and is now the 2nd Biggest Fox Opening Weekend all-time, outranking Takens P106.8M and next to X-Men: Days of Future Pasts PhP175M. Continue reading

Jennifer Lawrence Reunites with Bradley Cooper in A Modern-Day Cinderella Story in Joy Movie

Based loosely on the life and rise of inventor and home shopping star Joy Mangano, starring Jennifer Lawrence in the titular role for which she is nominated in the Best Actress category in this years Academy Awards, the genre-blurring story of Joy follows the wild path of a hard-working but half-broken family and the young girl who ultimately becomes its shining matriarch and leader in her own right. Driven to create and take care of those around her, Joy experiences betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love.

Ultimately, she finds the steel and the belief to follow her once-suppressed dreams. The result is an emotional and human comedy about a womans rise navigating the unforgiving world of commerce, the chaos of family and the mysteries of inspiration while finding an unyielding source of happiness.

Joining Lawrence is a typically wide-ranging Russell ensemble including Robert De Niro as Joys hot-tempered yet hopelessly romantic father; Edgar Ramirez as Joys ex-husband, a struggling musician living in the basement with her father; Diane Ladd as Joys insightful and influential grandmother; Virginia Madsen as Joys soap-opera addicted mother; Isabella Rossellini as her fathers well-off Italian lover; Dascha Polanco as Joys life-long friend and confidante,; Elisabeth Rohm as Joys rivalrous sister and Bradley Cooper as the mogul-style home shopping executive who becomes both Joys ally and adversary.

Outside of Joys family, her biggest ally and later her greatest business rival is QVC executive Neil Walker, portrayed by long-lived David O. Russell collaborator Bradley Cooper, an Oscar nominee for Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle as well as Clint Eastwoods American Sniper. Cooper and Russell talked about bringing a dash of early Hollywood mogul to the character, having Cooper explore an easy flair and optimism new to their work together. Continue reading

The Other Side Of The Door Based on Indian Folklore and Abandoned Haunted Village

The Walking Dead and Prison Break actress Sarah Wayne Callies brings another yet indelible impression in the upcoming hair-raising horror movie The Other Side of The Door, where she plays Maria, an inconsolable mother who lost her son in a tragic accident.

Set in mystical India and based on Indian folklore, The Other Side of the Door follows a family who lives an idyllic existence abroad until a tragic accident takes the life of their young son. Maria, the mother, learns of an ancient ritual that will bring him back to say a final goodbye. She travels to an ancient temple, where a door serves as a mysterious portal between two worlds. However, when she disobeys a sacred warning about never opening that door, she upsets the balance between life and death.

Writer-director Johannes Roberts had been exploring the concept of a spirit that lived on the other side of a foreboding door. Roberts learned of an abandoned Indian village, Bhangarh, which was rumored to have a haunted temple that warned visitors it was illegal to enter at night. That notion immediately struck a chord with the filmmaker.

It was important that the films central character, Maria, be strong and likable. She represents the idealized version of the American middle class woman who has everything, including a devoted husband and two children.

Sarah brings a real intensity to the character of Maria, says Roberts. I really understood her fragility the cracks in her armor. As the story unfolds, the cracks get bigger and bigger, and I could feel Maria trying to pull her world around her together. Sarah conveys that, beautifully. She also brings a real confidence and delicacy to the role. The movie rests on her shoulders, and she really ran with it.

The Other Side of the Door is a story about a family and about a woman who crosses the line from grief to madness, says Callies. I have never played a character that revolved so completely around loss and the inability to heal. Until that tragedy, Maria had always walked between raindrops. Shed been so fortunate, and then in the space of an hour it all changes.

To tap into the intense range of emotions required for the role, Callies kept a book of sonnets about grief in her trailer. Grief is a non-linear emotion, she says. Ive been stunned at how fresh grief can be and how much regret and loss can still be buried under the surface. She elaborates, Maria feels distant from her husband and daughter because theyre healing from the loss, and she is not. I think she sees herself as being very broken, and starts to think theyd be a lot better off if they didnt have her to bring them down.

Maria begins to lose touch with rationality and turns towards unconventional and ultimately horrific measures to deal with her loss. When the supernatural is the only solution in her life, Maria decides to try it, says Riera. She thinks the supernatural is superior to any of her previous coping mechanisms and will change her life forever.

By exploring these supernatural elements, Maria is opening a Pandoras box she cannot close, adds Callies. She goes down a slippery slope that is both understandable and frightening to watch. Maria cannot accept her sons death. She believes she has this chance of talking to him one last time, so she tries to get in touch with his spirit, and that ruins her life.

Say hello from The Other Side of the Door when it opens in cinemas on February 24 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Kung Fu Panda 3 Marks Biggest Adventure Comedy in Blockbuster Franchise

One of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, Kung Fu Panda 3. When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas.

The film marks the return of the plump black-and-white bear who has only one aspiration to become an expert in a martial art that requires agility, mental prowess and lightning-fast reflexes. It was a formidable, if not impossible quest. But then Po doesnt know the word impossible. Hes always striving to be the best he can beto be his own hero.

Kung Fu Panda 3 takes full advantage of DreamWorks Animations breakthrough technical advances, while making history as the first production to create two different films, in English and Mandarin, with the same story and characters. But most of all, it returns us to the fun, adventure, humor and heart of the first film, and reminds us why audiences around the globe fell in love with Po.

According to Jack Black, who once again voices the iconic role, that scene points to the fact that Po is no Shifu, lets be honest. Hes freaking out and doesnt think hes up to these new responsibilities, which are weighing him down even more than the countless dumplings he consumes.

Black makes a welcome return to the role, and as he had done before, provides much of the films heart. Jack is always funny and appealing and really conveys Pos enthusiasm, likability and eagerness all of the best things that mark so many of Jacks film characters. Jack and Po both remind us that if we follow our heart, anything is possible, says Yuh Nelson.

Jack has an innate sweetness, adds co-director Carloni. Hes a gentle, good-hearted soul whos always funny and charming. Continue reading