Monday, January 31, 2011


Diane Kruger in Unknown

German-born actress Diane Kruger stars as a Bosnian refugee cab driver who becomes embroiled in intrigue when her cab plunges off a bridge and she saves the life of Liam Neeson’s character, in Warner Bros.’ new mystery thriller “Unknown.” 
Diane Kruger and Liam Neeson in Unknown

Kruger, first brought to international attention in her role as the ravishing Helen in Wolfgang Peterson’s “Troy,” and more recently as the cinematic diva Bridget von Hammersmark in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds,” was the ideal screen partner for Neeson.  “We were very fortunate to get Diane, who gave such a brave performance in `Inglorious Basterds,’” says director Jaume Collet-Serra.  “Diane is beautiful, sexy, stylish, a great actress.  She worked very hard to create a compelling and realistic character.   She had a lot of physical stuff to do, keeping up with Liam through all of the action, and she certainly kept up her end. She’s been a pleasure to work with throughout, really a team player.”
In the film, Dr. Martin Harris (Neeson) awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (January Jones) suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity.  Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired, and on the run.  Aided by an unlikely ally (Kruger), Martin plunges headlong into a deadly mystery that will force him to question his sanity, his identity, and just how far he’s willing to go to uncover the truth.
Like Neeson, Diane Kruger sings praises to the script:  “It’s really a movie about identity, about what makes us who we are.  Is it our ID?  Is it where we come from?  Is it our objectives?  Really, the movie is an exploration of these ideas; each character has certain things to say about that.  My character, Gina, is a Bosnian refugee, someone who is running away from her past and trying to establish herself in a new country, illegally.  So she’s looking for her own life and identity, much as Martin Harris is seeking his.   When they meet, they bond quickly because they have an immediate problem; they’re both being chased. Their first common objective is to survive, and that makes an immediate bond.  But once that settles down a bit, there’s an immense amount of conflict because she’s been drawn further away from her personal goals, and into deep trouble by Martin Harris’s situation.  In the course of the movie, she grows to understand him more than anybody else, and that creates a more intimate bond.”
Kruger was particularly taken by the twists the story takes.  “All the clues are there, sprinkled throughout the script,” she explains.  “So, when the twist happens, you realize that what you’ve seen during the course of the film may have had a different meaning than you had first assumed.  Everything shifts a bit, and now everything makes a very satisfying kind of sense.  The twist in this film makes a very interesting journey for our main character, that I think helped to make Martin a very attractive role for Liam.  It has action and suspense, but the action is fully grounded and motivated by character and the circumstances.  It’s not over the top; it’s very realistic and grounded in the story.”       
  “Unknown” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


One, Two and Three are dead. Time is now running out for Number Four.
In DreamWorks Pictures’ new action-packed thriller “I Am Number Four,” British newcomer Alex Pettyfer stars as John Smith, aka, Number Four—a disenfranchised teen on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him.
Of course, John Smith isn’t your typical American teen. Spirited away from his homeland as a child, he’s now one of nine fugitives scattered across the globe, hiding from the ruthless marauders who destroyed their world and are now determined to hunt them down, one by one. Forever changing his identity as he moves from place to place with his guardian, Henri (Timothy Olyphant), things come to a head when he takes up a new life in a small Ohio town. Here, John encounters love (“Glee’s” Dianna Agron), his emerging powers and a connection to the others who share his ultimate destiny.
“When DreamWorks sent it to me,” says director D.J. Caruso (“Eagle Eye”), “I was really attracted to it from the character standpoint—this disenfranchised teenager who keeps moving around, not really putting down roots, and trying to figure out who he is. At the same time, he’s got this hidden destiny. I thought it was a really cool story.”
Penned by Pittacus Lore, “I Am Number Four” is the first of several novels planned for a projected series of books from HarperCollins. Picked up by DreamWorks Studios a year prior to its publication last August, the movie was fast-tracked for production with Michael Bay (“Transformers”) producing and Caruso directing, with a screenplay from “Smallville” writers Alfred Gough & Miles Millar and veteran scribe, Marti Noxon (“Mad Men”).
“It is fast,” says executive producer David Valdes (“The Book of Eli”) of “I Am Number Four’s” gallop to the screen. “But the script came in and it was really good.”
The film also stars Teresa Palmer, Kevin Durand and Callan McAuliffe. 
Opening soon across the Philippines, “I Am Number Four” will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


Thanks to the wonders of modern technology and the superior quality of Disney Digital 3D™, audiences around the globe will get a chance to enjoy the fun and excitement of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider’s wild adventure in Disney's “Tangled” in a totally immersive way.
            Director Byron Howard notes, “Seeing the film in 3D allows viewers to experience the story and action in a way they never could before. Instead of just seeing castles as painted backgrounds, the kingdom suddenly becomes a real place. The forest is real, with dimensional dust mote particles floating in the shafts of light. The audience is totally immersed in the same environment as the characters.”
            For Robert Neuman, the film’s stereoscopic supervisor, “Tangled” presented many exciting opportunities for great 3D effects and marked the latest step in the evolution of 3D filmmaking at Disney. He and his team were involved from the earliest stages of layout and worked closely with the directors and various technical departments (lighting, effects, etc.) to take maximum advantage of the process.
            “One of the reasons that ‘Tangled’ lent itself so perfectly to 3D filmmaking is that hair can be very effective in this medium,” says Neuman. “You feel the separation of the strands of hair and the volume. And there are some fun 3D moments where Rapunzel’s hair is lowered down from the tower. The directors wanted to have a dynamic angle on the shot and have the hair either going straight away from the camera or straight towards it. They really embraced the 3D process and worked hard to create compositions that would work well dimensionally.
            “This film represents that latest evolution for 3D here at Disney,” continues Neuman. “We’re using depth more artistically than ever before, and we’re not as concerned with the literal transcription of depth between camera and projector as we are the interpretation of it.”
            For “Tangled,” Neuman and his team made extensive use of an innovative technique known as multi-rigging. Disney has been the first to use this process that basically takes a more theatrical approach to adding 3D by using multiple pairs of cameras with varying interaxial distances within a scene. Scenes are divided into various groups of elements, based upon their distance to the camera. For example, the foreground may be photographed with one set of cameras to achieve a desired depth and effect. The subjects or characters would be photographed with another set of cameras with the interocular distance dialed in to best results for that level. And the background would similarly be given the depth it needs. All of those elements would then be sandwiched together in the compositing stage to create something that would be impossible in reality but highly effective to the visual storytelling.
            Among the film’s most spectacular 3D scenes are the opening horse chase in which Flynn and the Stabbington Brothers are racing through the forest hotly pursued by the king’s guards, Flynn’s prison break (with its use of long corridors, repeated arches, and volumetric shafts of light), the flooding of the cave with Flynn and Rapunzel trapped inside, and the spectacular lantern scene.
            Summarizing the 3D efforts on the film, Neuman concludes, “We’re taking something that looks great to begin with in 2D and adding this little something that flips a switch in the audience’s mind that tells them, ‘This is something more than just light being projected on a wall; this is an extension of reality that I feel I can reach into.’ The ability to take those amazing images and actually ‘plus’ it is quite gratifying. This has been Disney’s most ambitious 3D effort to date, and we’re really proud of the way it came together.”
            Opening on Feb. 2 in Digital IMAX 3D, Digital 3D and regular format, “Tangled” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.


Warner Bros. has just released the international poster of the romantic fantasy thriller “Red Riding Hood” from director Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”).
            The film features an ensemble cast, led by Amanda Seyfried (“Letters to Juliet,” “Mamma Mia!”) in the title role.  The film also stars Gary Oldman (“The Dark Knight,” the “Harry Potter” films), Billy Burke (the “Twilight” films), Shiloh Fernandez (“Skateland”), Max Irons (“Dorian Gray”), Oscar® nominee Virgina Madsen (“Sideways”), and Oscar® winner Julie Christie (“Away from Her,” “Darling”).
            In “Red Riding Hood,” Seyfried plays Valerie, a beautiful young woman torn between two men.  She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons).  Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie’s older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village.
            For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice.  But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life.  Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), to help them kill the wolf.  But Solomon’s arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them.
            As the death toll rises with each moon, Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves.  As panic grips the town, Valerie discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast—one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect…and bait.
            Opening across the Philippines on March 2011, “Red Riding Hood” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Rite

Plot: Skeptic seminarian Michael Kovak(Colin O' Donoghue) was immersed in the dark side of his faith. Inspired by true events.

Review: The movie's post production especially the sound effect contributing for the thrill for the story. It does not have much special effects but it worked well to make it scary. Although, I still consider The Exorcist the scariest when in comes to movies about demonic possessions. Colin O' Donoghue was a good choice since he was not a familiar actor yet but it helps focusing on the story not on the actor if ever it was played by a more famous actor. This is what I expect from Anthony Hopkins, who plays Father Lucas. But you can expect the same kind of tone like Hannibal Lecter. The Rite Opens in February 2 and is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Background: There was no word for exorcism in Jesus' time. It came from a Latin word, exorcismus, meaning binding by oath. It was not the word that clearly describes what Jesus first documented except casting out demons which is what exorcists do. It was debatable though that if ever the victims were clearly possessed or what psychologists believe was a delusional state. But it was clear that there were cases of demonic possessions in history. Most may not believe it still happens in this digital era that we live in even for Christians themselves doubt the existence of the Devil that Christianity warned about. It was debatable about the topic because there were no psychologist during Jesus' time. But now, religion and science have no conflict whatsoever in the subject in particular. I don't blame Michael Kovak to feel that way about the subject. He has experiences that proved otherwise. I think this movie is also favorable to the Roman Catholics and those who believes that there is a conflict in the spiritual realm. Regardless whether you believe or not, there were documented reports about demonic possessions recorded by non-clergy.

Documented case of demonic possession in the city of Manila: There was a news back in the 70's or 80's about a person(can't recall the gender) that was claimed was possessed by a demon. Psychologists and priests can't do anything to cure the person until a foreign preacher named Lester Sumrall. He went and prayed for the person which resulted to an actual exorcism. Word spread out about what happened and Lester Sumrall was rewarded with a piece of land property where he based his church named Cathedral of Praise now stands.


“Love & Other Drugs” showcases anew Anne Hathaway’s unconventional choices as she takes on the role of Maggie, a young artist afflicted with Parkinson’s disease that prevents her into entering life-changing decisions especially when it comes to relationships. Anne’s extraordinary risks in her career continue in “Love & Other Drugs” where she takes another brave choice and pushes her boundaries in  a story of love’s powerful nature between a couple who tries to resist but eventually surrenders.
“Love & Other Drugs” tells of two people, both free-spirited who started out having casual sex which then evolved into something much more complex.  Maggie’s disease makes it difficult for her to continue her work, slowly impairing her speech and motor skills.  Jake on the other hand plays Jamie Randall who is an ultimate seducer working at the giant pharmaceutical Pfizer. The two initially agrees to a no-strings-attached arrangement, just sex whenever and wherever each of them needs it.  But as their casual relationship turns into weeks, both feels an uneasy change when Jamie unexpectedly mans up and starts taking responsibility for Maggie. Maggie, on the other hand is slowly opening up to the possibility of depending on to somebody to entrust her life.
“When Maggie meets Jake, she is at a transitional moment in her life,” says Hathaway.  “She hasn’t accepted her challenges, and more importantly, she hasn’t been able to accept herself.”
Hathaway and the filmmakers made sure that Maggie’s condition shapes the character’s attitude and was always in the service of the character.  “I loved how seemingly fearless Maggie is,” says Hathaway.  “I was moved by the challenges she faces and by the façade she presents to the world, as an idealized sex goddess who is fine with everything and anything. But there’s an aching and yearning there; she’s scared and vulnerable, and a wonderful person under all of that.  As an actress, you dream of opportunities to explore those things.”   
She received advice from another real warrior in the drug wars, Lucy Roucis, a professional actor with Parkinson’s disease (diagnosed when she was in her late twenties) who now works in Denver with an acting troupe called PHAMALY (the Physically Handicapped Actors and Musical Artists League, Inc.).  In the film, Roucis also plays a part as a person afflicted with Parkinson’s whose shtick at a convention for Parkinson’s patients helps Maggie begin to come to terms with her condition.
Anne Hathaway shot to stardom when she starred opposite Meryl Streep in the sleeper hit “The Devil Wears Prada.”  She eventually secured her place among the highest echelon of actresses when she starred in Jonathan Demme’s critically acclaimed “Rachel Getting Married” where she garnered nominations from Academy Award, Golden Globe®, Independent Spirit and SAG Award in the lead actress category.
Hathaway recently starred in box office hits – the ensemble romantic comedy “Valentine’s Day” and in “Alice in Wonderland.”  Her other film credits include “Bride Wars,” “Get Smart,” “Becoming Jane,” “Passengers,”  “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Princess Diaries” and “The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement,” “Havoc,” “Ella Enchanted” and “The Other Side of Heaven.”  She also stars as the lead voice Jewel in the upcoming colorful family movie “Rio.”
            “Love & Other Drugs” opens January 26 in Manila, Cebu and Pampanga theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Friday, January 28, 2011


Exorcists and the darkness they witness firsthand have long held a cultural fascination, regardless of one’s faith or background.  Interest in them is bound to get more fervent with the release of New Line Cinema's new supernatural thriller “The Rite” which deals on the controversial topic of exorcism.
            Director Mikael Håfström attests, “There is universal interest in the rite of exorcism.  Much of it comes from religion, but a lot also comes from popular culture, with ‘The Exorcist,’ from back in the ‘70s, still being the most famous film about this phenomenon.  All over the world, people are drawn to the subject, despite the fact—or perhaps even because—it can’t be proven or entirely understood.  The more you look into it, the more you see there are no easy answers.”
            Inspired by true events, “The Rite” follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue), who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican.  While in Rome, he meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith.
            The story of “The Rite” began as a book proposal by Matt Baglio, a reporter living in Rome, who was struck by the Vatican’s 2007 announcement of its initiative to reinstruct the clergy on the rite of exorcism with the goal of installing an exorcist in every diocese worldwide. 
            When Baglio’s 10-page proposal found its way to the producers, they were immediately intrigued.  Producer Beau Flynn relates, “Matt heard about an exorcism school that was opening in the Vatican and became fascinated by that concept.  And in the course of his investigation, he met an American priest who was undergoing this training.  So, rather than an article, Matt decided to write a book.”
            The result was The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, which chronicles the events that inspired the film.  “Exorcism itself is something that few people are privy to,” says Baglio.  “I wanted to not only understand it myself but also to unlock the mystery for others.  I met an American priest, Father Gary Thomas, who’d come to the Regina Apostolorum Seminary in Rome to learn and become an exorcist, and his experiences informed the central character of Michael Kovak in the script.”
            Producer Tripp Vinson offers, “When you make a movie like this, you need to treat the subject seriously and with absolute respect.  Dealing with really big themes like good and evil, you don’t have to add a lot of bells and whistles.  The truth is more compelling than anything we can make up.”
            The producers enlisted screenwriter Michael Petroni to adapt the concept into a screenplay, even as Baglio was writing his book.  “People are fascinated by the subject of possession because its existence remains an unanswered question,” says Petroni.  “The story was thoroughly researched through interviews with priests and chronicles of real experiences, and what they witnessed was frightening.”
            Father Gary, now a Northern California pastor and exorcist who served as a consultant on the film, explains, “The rite of exorcism has been in effect since 1614.  And yet, many bishops and priests have no idea what to expect in an exorcism, except that it has to do with Satan.  The opportunity that I had to train in Rome provided me with great grounding, insofar as I was able to work alongside an experienced exorcist and ask clarifying questions.  What really resonated with me is the fact that it is a healing ministry and gives priests like me an opportunity to help people who are truly suffering.”
            Håfström was intrigued by the notion of exploring the subject of exorcism with such a solid basis in fact.  “It’s not a straightforward horror movie,” he notes.  “It’s a fictional film but within a very real and factual framework.  When I read the script, I felt it approached the whole idea of demonic possession from an angle we haven’t really seen before, and it draws you into this world in such a suspenseful, powerful and entertaining way.”
            Opening soon across the Philippines, New Line Cinema’s “The Rite” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


Warner Bros. Pictures proudly announces its enviable slate of films for 2011. Highlights include a new screen incarnation of comic book hero “Green Lantern,” a compelling re-imagining of “Red Riding Hood,” an all-girl, kick-ass action fantasy in “Sucker Punch” and the shocking conclusion to the “Harry Potter” saga in “Deathly Hallows – Part 2.”

Green Lantern.” Each sector of space is protected by a Green Lantern, possessing a power ring that uses a powerful green energy to do anything within the limits of the user's imagination and will power. When the Green Lantern assigned to this sector of space finds himself dying on planet Earth, he tells the ring to find a suitable successor. The chosen replacement, hot-shot test pilot Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), finds himself with a new job he never expected...
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.” In this epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the Wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.

Sucker Punch.” Director Zach Snyder's epic action fantasy takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl (Emily Browning) whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary.

Red Riding Hood.” Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) is in love with a brooding outsider Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie’s older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. Panic grips the town as Valerie discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast—one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect…and bait.
Happy Feet 2.” The sequel to the Academy Award®-winning animated smash hit, “Happy Feet 2” returns audiences to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica, reuniting us with the world’s most famous tap-dancing penguin, Mumble (Elijah Wood), the love of his life, Gloria (Alecia Moore aka Pink) and their old friends Ramon and Lovelace (Robin Williams).
Sherlock Holmes 2.” Guy Ritchie helms a new action-packed adventure, following the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.), and his longtime trusted associate, Dr. Watson (Jude Law), as they match wits with their arch-nemesis, the criminal genius Moriarty (Jared Harris).
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.” The follow-up to the 2008 hit “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” The new journey begins when young adventurer Sean (Josh Hutcherson) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist. Unable to stop him from going, Sean’s new stepfather (Dwayne Johnson) joins the quest.
Hereafter.” This Clint Eastwood film tells the story of three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways: a blue-collar American (Matt Damon) who has a special connection to the afterlife, a French journalist (Cecile de France) who has a near-death experience that shakes her reality, and a London schoolboy who loses the person closest to him. Each on a path in search of the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might—or must—exist in the hereafter.

Yogi Bear.” Everyone’s favorite pic-a-nic basket-stealing bear comes to the big screen in a live-action/CG animated adventure in 3D!

The Rite.” Inspired by true events, this psychological thriller follows skeptical seminary student who meets an unorthodox priest (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith, uncovering the devil’s reach even to one of the holiest places on Earth.

Unknown.” Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (January Jones) suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired and on the run.
Crazy, Stupid Love.” When fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his “perfect” life quickly unravels. Worse, in today’s single world, Cal, who hasn’t dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth. Now spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protégé to handsome, thirtysomething player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling).
The Hangover Part II.” Best friends Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu’s wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don’t always go as planned. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can’t even be imagined.
Horrible Bosses.” For Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston) into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con (Jamie Foxx), the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers…permanently.
Final Destination 5.” Death makes a killing in the next installment in the horror series which once again proves that no matter where you run, no matter where you hide…you can’t cheat death.
The Apparition.” When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple (Ashley Greene and Sebastian Stan) discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment.
Dolphin Tale.” This 3D family adventure is inspired by the remarkable true story of a courageous dolphin named Winter and the compassionate people (Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd) who banded together to save her life.
Contagion.” Steven Soderbergh's thriller follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people (Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Judel Law) struggle to survive in a society coming apart.
Hall Pass.” When the two best buddies (Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis) begin to show signs of restlessness at home, their wives (Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate) take a bold approach to revitalizing their marriages: granting them a “hall pass,” one week of freedom to do whatever they want…no questions asked.