Tuesday, September 12, 2017


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Acclaimed Chiller Scares up P50.18-M on its Opening Weekend

MANILA, September 11, 2017 – New Line Cinema’s IT, the critically lauded big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s perennial best seller, floated to the top of the Philippine box office on its opening weekend, earning P50.18-million across 213 cinemas, and still climbing.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

Directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama), the much-anticipated horror thriller has surpassed the opening figures of recent horror blockbusters, The Conjuring (P39-M) and Lights Out (P36.7-M).

In making the announcement, Francis Soliven, General Manager, Warner Bros. Philippines, said, “IT is the film that everyone is talking about, whether fans of the genre or not, driving moviegoers across the country to brave the cinema for their own encounter with Pennywise. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the results, and congratulate New Line Cinema, director Andy Muschietti and his phenomenal cast and crew on this fantastic opening.”
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New Line Cinema’s horror thriller IT tells the story of seven young outcasts growing up in the township of Derry, Maine, who call themselves the Losers’ Club. Each of them has been ostracized for one reason or another; each has a target on their back from the local pack of bullies…and all have seen their inner fears come to life in the form of an ancient shapeshifting predator they can only call It.

For as long as their town has existed, Derry has been the entity’s hunting ground, emerging from the sewers every 27 years to feed on the terrors of its chosen prey: Derry’s children. Banding together over one horrifying and exhilarating summer, the Losers form a close bond to help them overcome their own fears and stop a killing cycle that began on a rainy day, with a small boy chasing a paper boat as it swept down a storm drain…and into the hands of Pennywise the Clown.

Directed by Andy Muschietti, IT is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades. First published in 1986, IT became an instant classic. It continues to be counted among the best and most influential works of the undisputed literary master of horror, inspiring numerous film and television projects in the years that have followed.

The film stars Bill Skarsgård (Allegiant) as the story’s central villain, Pennywise. An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip), Sophia Lillis (37), Finn Wolfhard (Netflix’s Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy), Chosen Jacobs (upcoming Cops and Robbers), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween), Nicholas Hamilton (Captain Fantastic) and Jackson Robert Scott, making his film debut.

Muschietti directed IT from a screenplay by Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman, based on the novel by King. Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg and Barbara Muschietti produced the film, with Dave Neustadter, Walter Hamada, Richard Brener, Toby Emmerich, Marty P. Ewing, Doug Davison, Jon Silk and Niija Kuykendall serving as executive producers.

New Line Cinema presents a Vertigo Entertainment/Lin Pictures/Katzsmith Production, IT. The film is being distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Monday, September 11, 2017


Press release



Universal Pictures has just launched an announcement video and poster heralding the 2018 Valentine’s Day opening of Fifty Shades Freed.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Freed, the third chapter based on the worldwide bestselling Fifty Shades phenomenon. Expanding upon events set in motion in 2015 and 2017’s blockbuster films that grossed almost $950 million globally, the new installment arrives for Valentine’s Day 2018.
Fifty Shades Freed is directed by Fifty Shades Darker’s James Foley (Fear, House of Cards) and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E L James, the creator of the culture-spanning blockbuster series. The screenplay is by Niall Leonard, based on the novel by James.

Fifty Shades Freed is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Press release



Enter the red door and watch the new trailer of Columbia Pictures' Insidious: The Last Key.
Photo credit: Columbia Pictures

The creative minds behind the hit Insidious trilogy return for Insidious: The Last Key. In the horror thriller, which welcomes back franchise standout Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home.

The film is written by co-creator Leigh Whannell (Saw), who wrote the trilogy and directed Chapter 3; produced by Insidious regulars Jason Blum (The Purgeseries, Split), Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) and co-creator James Wan (The Conjuring, Furious 7); and directed by series newcomer Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan).

Shaye is joined in the cast by Angus Sampson, Whannell, Josh Stewart, Caitlin Gerard, Kirk Acevedo, Javier Botet, Bruce Davison, Spencer Locke, Tessa Ferrer, Ava Kolker and Marcus Henderson.

Steven Schneider, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Charles Layton, Bailey Conway Anglewicz, Couper Samuelson and Whannell serve as executive producers. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (“SPWA”) produced and financed Insidious: The Last Key. Sony Pictures Releasing and SPWA’s Stage 6 Films will distribute the film outside of the U.S.

Opening in Philippine cinemas in 2018, Insidious: The Last Key is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

New Clips Deepen Mystery of Jennifer Lawrence’s Thriller “mother!”

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New Clips Deepen Mystery of Jennifer Lawrence’s Thriller “mother!”

From the director of the Oscar-winning Black Swan comes Paramount Pictures' upcoming horror thriller, mother! starring Jennifer Lawrence.
Photo credit: UIP

Check out the new footage from the film at https://youtu.be/bP1EbP53wVY and https://youtu.be/FwwUT8lbmfQ and watch mother! in Philippine cinemas September 20, 2017.

In the film, Mother (Lawrence) and Him (Javier Bardem) live in a seemingly idyllic existence in a secluded paradise. But the couple’s relationship is tested when man (Ed Harris) and woman (Michelle Pfeiffer) arrive at their home uninvited. Answering that knock disrupts their tranquil existence and as more and more guests arrive, mother is forced to revisit everything she knows about love, devotion and sacrifice.

Paramount Pictures presents a Protozoa Production of a film by Academy Award® nominated director, Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream): Academy Award® winning actress Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) and Academy Award® winning actor Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men) in “mother!” co-starring Academy Award® nominee Ed Harris (The Truman show) and Academy Award® nominee Michelle Pfeiffer (The Fabulous Baker Boys).

Costume designer is Academy Award® nominee Danny Glicker (Milk) and editor is Academy Award® nominee Andrew Weisblum (Black Swan). Production designer is Philip Messina (The Hunger Games). The director of photography is the Academy Award® nominee Matthew Libatique (Black Swan). Executive Producers are Jeff Waxman, Josh Stern and Mark Heyman. Produced by Scott Franklin and Ari Handel, the film is written and directed by Darren Aronofsky.

mother! is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


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Popularly known as General Hux in Star Wars: The Force Awakens – a character he will reprise in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Domhnall Gleeson is an Irish actor proving to be one of Hollywood’s most versatile talents—working across a number of diverse roles.

Now, Domhnall (pronounced as Donal) Gleeson stars opposite Tom Cruise in Universal Pictures’ American Made (in Philippine cinemas September 13).

(Watch the new American Made spot at https://youtu.be/zT0jnrXD5t8.)

American Made is based on the outrageous (and real) exploits of Barry Seal (Cruise), a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. History. Much to the surprise of his wife, Lucy (Sara Wright Olsen), the charming entrepreneur has gone from a well-respected TWA pilot to a key figure in one of the greatest scandals in modern times. Little could they grasp that what started out as transporting contraband would lead to Barry’s help in building an army and funding a war.

Gleeson, who plays CIA operative Monty Schafer, shows another side of the acting gifts he’s displayed in films from Unbroken and About Time to Ex Machina. Schafer sees Seal as his possible ticket to promotion and beyond, and plays him for what he’s worth.

Director Doug Liman loved the idea of creating an entirely unexpected but powerful adversary for Seal, and found Gleeson was the perfect antagonist. “I didn’t want to do that in the cliché way, with a CIA handler-slash antagonist, surrounded by computer screens and an army of people,” the director offers.

I thought, ‘What if your adversary in the CIA is just in a cubicle, will seize any opportunity and not let anything get in his way?’ Domhnall did an amazing job and, from a cubicle, is a force to be reckoned with.”

As Gleeson researched his role and prepared for production to begin, the actor read several autobiographical books by CIA operatives. “I found the script to be such an easy read. It had a playful tone, and the story was outrageous and suspenseful. There’s a dog-eat-dog feeling to this whole film, which I liked. I think it’s truer than we care to admit about the way that countries run, and the way that the world works.”

One of the most unexpected days of production was when Gleeson found himself way up in the skies. “Doug and Tom took me up in one of the small planes, and did a maneuver to zero gravity,” he reveals. “Then they swapped pilot seats, and Tom turned the plane upside down while Doug shot it on his iPad. It was incredibly fun. Tom is a force of nature and, paired with Doug, they have created their own way of working—a shorthand that, no matter how chaotic, works.”

Of his principal costar, Cruise raves: “Domhnall plays such an original character—the kind we see in all of Doug’s films—ones that have this authenticity on screen. With Bourne and Mr. and Mrs. Smith to Swingers, he’s so invested in the world that he creates and in these characters they have a unique humanity to them.”

American Made is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Thursday, August 24, 2017


Press release

Paramount Pictures’ An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power – the sequel to the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth – will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Trinoma & Glorietta 4) starting August 30, 2017.
Photo credit: Columbia Pictures

Former US Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world – including the Haiyan-devastated city of Tacloban, Leyte in the Philippines -- training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant -- as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

In 2006, when Vice President Al Gore became the focal point of An Inconvenient Truth, he was the quintessential man at a crossroads. Needing to move forward meaningfully, Gore exited the political stage and followed his gut and his heart into uncharted territory. He threw everything he had – all his energy, intellect, drive and voice -- into one almost overwhelmingly huge issue that had long lit a fire within him: confronting the increasingly alarming prospect of a global climate crisis that could literally threaten the end of human civilization.

At that time, the climate crisis was itself at a crossroads. Scientific consensus was coalescing around what the full human, economic and planetary costs of climate change might be if the world made zero effort to cut manmade greenhouse gas emissions. The far-reaching scope of the threat was just breaking through to the public -- and the fossil fuel industry was putting up serious resistance.

But that was then. And in the 10 years since, so very much has changed.

The inspirational story of just how amazingly far the battle to halt climate change has come -- and why Gore now says the momentum is unstoppable -- forms the core of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

The film sets off in a fresh direction to become an inside view of positive change-in-the-making, as it reveals how Gore has faced off against fierce forces and has weathered disappointments -- only to rebound and magnetize a groundswell of people ready to take on the most momentous human quest of our time.

Action is now taking place where despair threatened to reign. The groundbreaking Paris Agreement of 2015 has unified the world to tackle greenhouse gas mitigation. Developing countries are leap-frogging inefficient old grids and coal fuels for sustainable alternatives. Most tellingly, Gore is no longer the voice in the wilderness calling to be heard, but the loudest and clearest in a symphony of rising voices, from all nations, walks of life and political stripes, determined to make profound alterations in record time.

All of this gets captured in a film shot in an exhilarating “direct cinema” style, breaking the wall between audience and subject. Cameras shadow Gore on an odyssey through Greenland, India, Europe, Asia and across the U.S.A. As they follow him through the corridors of power and into the trenches with survivors, scientists, unlikely leaders and ordinary people moved to extraordinary actions, unscripted, off-the-cuff moments bring new insights to his life, our times and the reality Gore says we can’t ignore: now that we know we must change and we can change, we have to do it faster.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


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Two young ladies, Talitha Bateman and Lulu Wilson, play orphaned girls at the heart of the story of New Line Cinema's horror-thriller AnnabelleCreation (in Philippine cinemas August 23).
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In the film, several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creationAnnabelle.

Talitha Bateman, who plays Janice, says of her character, “She has a deep sadness to her because the others get to go and play, and they tease her about her polio, even though they do love her. It’s like an older sister teasing, but at the same time Janice is sensitive and it hurts her feelings. Seeing them exploring outside makes her feel slightly envious and depressed. Then she comes in the house and sees the chairlift on the stairs. She's undecided about it at first, but then the other girls urge her to get on. Once she starts up the stairs, all of the girls clap and cheer for her, and that's when she feels at home.”

But it’s when Janice takes that ride up the stairs that the seeds of trouble are planted. “She looks toward the dead daughter’s room,” Bateman offers, “and you know how you can feel a good presence? You can also feel a bad presence. And I think Janice feels something eerie because of Annabelle. It’s crazy, because she’s just a doll, but she’s the catalyst for all this evil and there’s so much power in her. People love superheroes and they have power, but they use it for good. It’s the opposite with Annabelle. The demonic spirit that lives inside her uses its power to do horrible things. That’s what scares me about her.”

Lulu Wilson plays the angel-faced Linda, Janice's best friend among the orphans. Despite being the younger of the two, Linda worries for her friend. “I think she first senses something’s wrong when Janice breaks the rules by going into Bee’s bedroom.” Of course, Linda follows. “She sees the Annabelle doll staring right at her and that really freaks her out.”

Wilson even steered clear of the prop off-camera. “She’s ginormous and her eyes literally follow you like the Mona Lisa’s. If you’re looking at the Annabelledoll, you’re like, ‘Oh, she’s staring at me, I gotta move.’ Then when you’re in another position and you look back at her, she’s still looking at you. And the eyebrows are slanted in a way that it looks like she’s always planning to get you, and it’s really creepy.”

AnnabelleCreation is Wilson’s third horror film, and she credits director David F. Sandberg with one of her best experiences in the genre. “He is a really awesome director,” she says. “Usually when you shoot a scene, you don’t feel like it’s scary until you watch it, with the music and everything. But when I did scenes with David, he made it feel really scary. It was really fun.”