Tuesday, October 31, 2017

“THOR: RAGNAROK” GROSSES P201.56-M, BIGGEST OCTOBER WEEKEND EVER IN PH

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THOR: RAGNAROK” GROSSES P201.56-M, BIGGEST OCTOBER WEEKEND EVER IN PH


MANILA, October 30, 2017 – Like a champion gladiator, Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok (see my non-spoiler review here) conquered the Philippine box-office for the Oct. 25 – 29 period, raking in a thunderous P201.56-M for the No.1 spot and bragging rights as the Biggest October Opening Weekend Ever in PH history.
 
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The latest Thor action-adventure also claimed the 4th Biggest Opening Weekend for 2017 (following Beauty and The Beast, Wonder Woman and Spiderman Homecoming), as well as the Biggest Opening Weekend for a solo Thor title.

In comparison with recent Marvel Studios blockbusters, Ragnarok’s weekend rollout is 35% higher than that of Guardians of the Galaxy Vo. 2, 43% more successful than Doctor Strange, and outplayed Captain America: The Winter Soldier by 30%.

The three highest ranking cinemas in terms of sales are SM Mall of Asia (P7.92-M), SM Megamall (P7.38-M) and SM North EDSA (P7.06-M).

In fourth to tenth notches are Trinoma (P5.48-M), Glorietta 4 (P4.37-M), Greenbelt 3 (P4.04-M), Power Plant (P3.35-M), Greenhills Promenade (P3.15-M), Alabang Town Center (P3.07-M) and Uptown Place (P3.056-M).

Completing the Top 20 are Venice Cineplex (P3.052-M), SM Cebu (P2.94-M), Robinsons Magnolia (P2.92-M), Ayala Malls Cebu (P2.84-M), Shang Cineplex (P2.74-M), SM Aura (P2.63-M), Bonifacio High Street (P2.62-M), U.P. Town Center (P2.586-M), Eastwood (P2.582-M) and SM Southmall (P2.42-M).

Internationally, Thor: Ragnarok has topped the box office with $107.6 million in 52% of overseas markets, a week ahead of its U.S. release on Nov. 3.

Directed by Taika Waititi from a script by Craig Kyle & Christopher Yost and Stephany Folsom and Eric Pearson, Thor: Ragnarok picks up after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

In the film, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).

The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins. 

Now showing across the Philippines, Thor: Ragnarok is distributed by the Walt Disney Company.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

"THOR: RAGNAROK” THUNDERS WITH P38.56-M ON OPENING DAY

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"THOR: RAGNAROK” THUNDERS WITH P38.56-M, MARVEL'S BIGGEST OPENING DAY FOR 2017

MANILA, October 26, 2017 – The God of Thunder’s exciting new adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor: Ragnarok (read my non-spoiler review here) opened at No.1 yesterday nationwide, capturing the biggest opening day gross for a Marvel Studios title for 2017.
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The Chris Hemsworth-led blockbuster posted an otherworldly P38.56-M opening gross (including Tuesday's sneaks) and now ranks fourth in the year's biggest openers (bested only by Beauty and the Beast, Wonder Woman and Fast & Furious 8).

The top-selling cinemas are (in descending order) SM Mall of Asia (P1.67-M), SM North EDSA (P1.59-M), SM Megamall (P1.25-M), Newport Cinemas (P1.07-M), Glorietta 4 (P886,362), Trinoma (P874,529), Greenbelt 3 (P724,343), Ayala Malls Cebu (P643,876), SM Aura (P600,699) and SM Cebu (P574,834).

They are followed by Robinsons's Magnolia (P564,982), Power Plant (P561,821), SM Iloilo (P561,010), Bonifacio High Street (P536,086), Greenhills Promenade (P484,702), SM Clark (P480,530), Shang Cineplex (P480,530), Uptown Place (P472,439), SM Seaside City Cebu (P461,076) and Fisher Mall (P447,360).

Directed by Taika Waititi from a script by Craig Kyle & Christopher Yost and Stephany Folsom and Eric Pearson, Thor: Ragnarok picks up after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

In the film, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—a great battle they must prevent—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).

The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.

Now showing across the Philippines, Thor: Ragnarok is distributed by the Walt Disney Company.

Monday, October 9, 2017

“GEOSTORM” STAR GERARD BUTLER GREETS, INVITES PINOY FANS









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GEOSTORM” STAR GERARD BUTLER GREETS, INVITES PINOY FANS

MANILA, October 9, 2017 – Gerard Butler (300, Olympus Has Fallen) took time to greet his Filipino fans in a special clip released by Warner Bros. Pictures, which also serves as his informal invitation for local audiences to go and see his new epic thriller Geostorm.
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Kumusta, Philippines?,” actor starts his spiel. “I'm Gerard Butler, and in my new movie Geostorm, a global defense system is created to protect against climate disasters. But when that system is turned against us, all hell breaks loose.

Don't miss Geostorm in cinemas soon,” Butler concludes.

In the film, after an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything...and everyone along with it.

Dean Devlin (writer/producer, Independence Day) makes his feature film directorial debut with suspense thriller Geostorm, starring Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess (21), Abbie Cornish (Limitless), Alexandra Maria Lara (Rush), Daniel Wu (Warcraft: The Beginning), Eugenio Derbez (Miracles from Heaven), with Oscar nominees Ed Harris (The Hours, Apollo 13) and Andy Garcia (The Godfather: Part III).

Geostorm is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

JIM STURGESS IN “GEOSTORM”

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JIM STURGESS FINDS HIMSELF IN THE EYE OF THE “GEOSTORM”

British actor Jim Sturgess (21, One Day) in Warner Bros. Pictures' epic thriller Geostorm (in Philippine cinemas Thursday, October 12).
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In the film, after an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites -- dubbed Dutch Boy -- to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything...and everyone along with it.

Jim Sturgess plays Max Lawson, the White House staffer who is saddled with wrangling his headstrong elder brother – the excommunicated engineer Jake Lawson (Gerard Butler), creator of Dutch Boy. In an ironic twist for Jake, Max is also his boss.

Max Lawson is really an administrative upstart at the highest levels in the land, the White House,” Sturgess says of his character, the Assistant Secretary of State. “He’s technically gifted, great with computers and navigating the political waters he swims in, but controlling his brother is another thing altogether.

Suddenly, he’s assigned a lead role in learning what’s gone wrong up in space,” he continues, “and that calls for something of a family reunion that neither member of the family is looking forward to. The brothers’ issues are fueled by ancient history—rivalry, jealously, animosity. Things that make working together problematic for Max, who’s still proving himself at work. He needs Jake’s cooperation to look good to his superiors—one of whom is the President of the United States.”

Devlin believes the brothers “share a lot of the same qualities, but don’t see it. Max sees himself as much more cerebral, Jake is much more of a blue-collar guy. But they each have traits of the other in them, which makes for an odd dynamic in that what one sees in the other is what he doesn’t necessarily like about himself.”

Sturgess was enticed by the dichotomy between the brothers in the script. “It was clear that there were these two really strong personalities clashing in the middle of this space adventure mixed with a dramatic political plot on the ground. Two contrasting visual identities in the setting and two very dissimilar men having to work together to solve a problem, or risk losing everything. That combination was definitely a big draw for me.”

Gerard Butler states, “I loved my scenes with Jim. He makes every moment interesting and gives so much to the work. The brothers’ storyline is my favorite in the movie; right from the start, these guys make each other crazy, even though they haven’t spoken to each other in years. But they’re brothers, so at the end of the day, they would die for each other.”

Geostorm is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

Friday, September 29, 2017

JARED LETO IN “BLADE RUNNER 2049”

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JARED LETO DEVASTATES YOU BLIND IN “BLADE RUNNER 2049”

Coming off a provocative performance as The Joker in last year’s blockbuster Suicide Squad, Oscar-winner Jared Leto now portrays the enigmatic Niander Wallace, whose soft-spoken manner thinly veils his ruthless ambition, in Columbia Pictures' futuristic action-thriller Blade Runner 2049.
 
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The highly awaited sequel to Ridley Scott's 1980s original classic, Blade Runner 2049 is directed by Academy Award-nominee Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival).

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Niander Wallace’s obsessive quest to create the perfect replicant—totally compliant and unquestioning of human authority—resulted in the creation of the latest model, the Nexus 9.  Wallace see replicants as necessary for the survival of humanity…but he can only make so many.  Years before, his breakthroughs in genetically modified foods had brought the planet back from the brink of irrevocable global famine.  Trading on that debt, he was able to barter for the end of the replicant prohibition and, in the process, gain incalculable wealth…and untold power.

Cast in the role of Wallace, Jared Leto remarks, “I maybe have a different perspective on Niander Wallace than others would.  He is the guy who saved the world from starvation, so I don’t think his ego is too far out of control for someone who literally saved the planet.  He is someone who willed himself to power through really hard work and rigorous study.  Wallace is a genius and he’s also a bit of a madman, which he’d have to be.  He’s so fascinating and complex.  It was a really seductive role.”

Leto reveals that his connection to the “Blade Runner” universe goes back to “when I was very young and saw it on VHS.  There are films that come along and, for one reason or another, strike a chord.  They affect you in some way and change how you see the world.  ‘Blade Runner’ was a film that had a big impact on me and has always stuck with me.  There was something about it that spoke to me as a kid that I couldn’t let go of.  So it’s always had a special place in my heart and it’s something I’ve looked to for inspiration over the years.”

“Niander Wallace is a tough part to play because you have to deal with a lot of difficult dialogue.  It required an actor who could embrace those speeches and bring them to life with a strength and poetry.  And what can I say?  I chose a rock star and he just blew us away,” states Villeneuve, who adds that he appreciated Leto’s total immersion in every facet of the role.  “I had heard how Jared embodies his character and I wondered what he would do about Wallace, with regard to him being blind.  He came in and he was blind…he acted blind.”

In researching that aspect of his role, Leto spent time with people who were visually impaired, observing things like how they navigate a specific space or interact in conversation.  “I could feel that Jared was someone who was deeply passionate and very serious about what he was doing,” says Villeneuve.  “He was 100 percent committed.”

Correspondingly, Leto had nothing but praise for Villeneuve, commenting, “Denis is a rare artist.  What I love about him is that he’s eternally fascinated and enthusiastic and curious by nature.  He’s completely in the moment with the actors and there’s a sense of discovery and excitement around him that’s very compelling.  I found him to be just an incredible director and I’m truly thankful that I had the chance to do this film with him.”

Opening in Philippine cinemas and IMAX on Friday, October 6Blade Runner 2049 is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

GIRLS TRIP movie review

Girls Trip is a story of four ladies who outgrew their 90’s girl crew routine for their individual lives. One of them was a successful public figure that decided to bring the old crew together in one of her tours to reconnect with her friends.
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Even though it is black, adult comedy, it also about how friendships endure. All of us have circle of friends but it doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Jada Picket-Smith and Queen Latifah are the popular ones in the movie. Nothing is new with Queen Latifah’s performance but it suits her character. Mrs. Will Smith, however, is not what you expected since she is a family person. But she can also be appealing for her stature.

As for Regina King, she delivered her character well. She gives balance to the group but she also shows that she shows her limitations and that she also needs her friends as much as they need each other. What I never expected was Tiffany Hadish who serves as a comic relief of the group. She is sexy as well as funny. I am expecting more movie projects with her soon.

I also like the setting of the movie which is mostly in the Big Easy. This movie is the one I can recommend. You may compare it to Sex and The City but it is still different. Girls Trip is an Ayala Cinema Exclusive and can only be screened at Trinoma and Greenbelt 1.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

NEW LINE CINEMA'S “IT” A MONSTER HIT AT PH BOX-OFFICE

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NEW LINE CINEMA'S “IT” A MONSTER HIT AT PH BOX-OFFICE
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.
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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 SkarsgĂ„rd (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.