Saturday, May 31, 2014

Wedding Singer Director reunites with Sandler and Barrymore in Blended

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Frank Coraci, director of Warner Bros. Pictures' new comedy “Blended,” knows the undeniable onscreen chemistry between Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore well, having watched it develop while directing the pair in “The Wedding Singer.”

“They clicked immediately,” he recounts. “We were all very young and having a great time and I think so much of what worked on that movie came from how easily the two of them played off each other and could joke around and make each other laugh. On ‘Blended,’ they were better than ever. It’s their familiarity and comfort with each other that makes them comedically fearless. And because of their mutual respect and affection for one another, no matter how far they push their feisty banter, there is always an undertone of sweetness that comes through.”

“Blended” not only offered the two stars the chance to recreate their magic on screen but to expand their romantic repertoire as single parents Jim and Lauren, in a scenario that many people can relate to. While struggling to make a living and raise their kids as best they can, looking for love is a more complicated proposition than it once was, involving after-school schedules, babysitters, curfews and tough questions. Priorities have shifted. No longer a matter of just finding that one special person, it’s now about finding that one special person who will also be good for your children. Very often, it’s the dreams and desires of the adults that are the last item on the list.

The timing for Sandler and Barrymore was ideal, Coraci notes. “What’s different about the two of them this time, which was really appropriate for the story, is that, like their characters, Drew and Adam are both parents now, with all these added responsibilities. Whereas those earlier movies were more about first love and just starting out, this is about two people who never lost that capacity for fun and romance but have also experienced more of life, and they definitely brought that wisdom and perspective to the roles.”

Screenwriters Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera took the essence of that idea and instead of securing the relationship first and then trying to rally the offspring, took a different approach. “We thought it could be more interesting for two people to have a disastrous blind date and then be forced together with their kids to share a family vacation,” says Menchell. On top of that, “They take over this package from someone else, with all the things those other people had put into play, whether a romantic dinner or what the kids were going to do, so these two are now living someone else’s dream, which is their nightmare.”

Additionally, says Sera, “We wanted to have a place where they would be confined and couldn’t leave, so, once they both committed to the package, there was no way out.”

Placing the story in such an exotic and expansive setting also goes a long way toward dragging Jim and Lauren out of their daily routines and comfort zones—as well as, maybe, their assumptions about each other—and toward a rush of experiences they couldn’t have imagined having, let alone enjoying, weeks ago. Even if it’s because they have no choice.

“In some ways,” Coraci suggests, “Dating with kids isn’t essentially that much different than dating without kids. Either way, it often starts with the most important element of all: a sense of humor.”

Opening across the Philippines on June 11, “Blended” is a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation of a Gulfstream Pictures/Happy Madison Production and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

CinemaWorld in June 2014

There’s Still Time to Travel After Summer
With CinemaWorld’s Exclusive Premieres

Who says summer is the only time to travel? With CinemaWorld, seeing the world never stops.

CinemaWorld is the first and only Pan-Asia international movie channel, featuring award-winners and hits from all over the globe. Be entertained with the good, the outstanding, the different. CinemaWorld offers top flight movies in their original language subtitled in English.

CinemaWorld’s Sunday-See-The-World, anchored on every Sunday, at 9:00 PM, guarantees the exclusive premieres of box-office hits, award winners or critically acclaimed movies on Asian television.

Start travelling to Spain this June as Inside Love takes you on a ride of love and mystery. Fresh from its theatrical release on January 24, the movie revolves around young, middle class couple Julia and Felix facing a relationship crisis. At a resort while on vacation, they get into a fight and Julia takes off with the car. In the darkness of the night, she hears a violent crash. Strangely, she does not find anything unusual, but when she returns to the car she discovers that her handbag had been stolen, along with her ID, money and mobile phone. To make it even worse, she can't find her way back – she is lost. Inside Love, starring Marta Etura and Eduardo Noriega (The Last Stand, 2013, Blackthorn, 2011), an award-winning Spanish actor, first premieres on June 1, at 9:00 PM, on CinemaWorld.

All is well that ends well. Find out how a couple changes their immature ways and save their relationship in Cease Fire, dubbed as the Iranian version of Hollywood hit Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Cease Fire chronicles the volatile marriage of naïve Sayeh, chauvinist Youssef and their attempt at reforming their childish and selfish ways. The movie is based on highly acclaimed self-help book about re-parenting the inner child, “Recovery of Your Inner Child”. This Iranian blockbuster Comedy was written and directed by Tahmineh Milani and premieres this June 8, at 9:00 PM, on CinemaWorld.

Experience a journey of twists, turns, and bumps with Samuel and Vincenzo in The Third Half. Joining two different people in one world made this movie a victor of the Pasinetti Award at the Venice Film Festival 2013. It tells of a delinquent 17-year old assigned to a social worker and recently appointed rugby coach Vincenzo, who struggles with depression and loneliness but finds meaning and redemption through rugby. Despite their unpleasant initial connection, Samuel and Vincenzo both find ways to overlook the rift made in their past. As a result, bigger changes happen when Vincenzo introduces Samuel to the sport and to the team. The Third Half airs first on CinemaWorld on June 15, at 9:00 PM.

The Fear will help you find out the father that you don’t want to be and have. The movie is about a father who evokes so much fear in his family that they freeze in his presence. The Fear tackles dramatically how household violence ruins the entire family. This menacing film about domestic violence is said to be “undeniably harrowing,” according to a Hollywood reporter, and will air this June 22, at 9:00 PM, on CinemaWorld.

Sure to trigger waterworks is The Longest Distance. When a young boy loses his mother in urban chaos, he decides to go live with his grandmother whom he has never met. His journey through the countryside of Venezuela is twisted with his cancer-stricken grandmother’s preparation to take one last trip of her own. Dubbed as an “engrossing pic” by, The Longest Distance highlights the search for comfort of the two leading characters as they face life’s cruelty. The Cleveland International Film Festival, Huelva Latin American Film Festival, and Montréal World Film Festival winner will air on CinemaWorld on June 29, at 9:00 PM.

CinemaWorld also brings new hits for Thriller Fridays. On June 6 at 11:00 PM, catch Cold Prey, Norwegian box office hit, and a Best Film Nominee and Public Choice Award winner of the Amanda Awards 2007 in Norway. Against the backdrop of a gorgeous mountain range, Roar Uthaug's debut slasher movie unfolds.  Five youths out snowboarding spend the night in a deserted hotel. But they are not alone.

On June 13 and 27, catch the last two episodes of Swedish Crime Thriller series Irene Huss, both at 11:00 PM.

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CinemaWorld is available in Metro Manila on Cable Link on channel 301, and on Sky Cable HD on channel 184. Contact your cable operator for more details.