Monday, January 22, 2018

LARA CROFT CHASES HER DESTINY IN NEW “TOMB RAIDER” TRAILER


Her destiny will be fulfilled. Alicia Vikander is Lara Croft in Warner Bros. Pictures' new action adventure Tomb Raider, the story that will set her on a path toward becoming a global hero.

Check out the film's official trailer #2 in the links below and watch Tomb Raider in Philippine cinemas Thursday, March 15.



Tomb Raider stars Oscar winner Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) in the lead role, under the direction of Roar Uthaug (The Wave), with Oscar-winner Graham King (The Departed) producing under his GK Films banner. The film’s production began on the heels of the 20th anniversary of the wildly popular videogame franchise from Square Enix, Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal.


Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.

Leaving everything she knows behind, Lara goes in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.

Tomb Raider also stars Dominic West (Money Monster, 300), Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained) and Daniel Wu (AMC’s Into the Badlands).

Tomb Raider is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

ZAC EFRON DELIVERS WINNING MUSICAL PERFORMANCE IN “THE GREATEST SHOWMAN”


Nurturing an impressive body of work that encompasses both film and television, Zac Efron has proven to be one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents.  Efron became a household name with the launch of the 2006 Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel phenomenon “High School Musical” as Troy Bolton.  He reprised his role as Troy Bolton, head of the basketball team, in “High School Musical 2,” which broke cable TV records garnering 17.5 million viewers.  Zac also starred in the Disney feature film “High School Musical 3:  Senior Year,” the third installment of the extremely successful High School Musical franchise.  HSM3 set a box office record as the highest grossing opening weekend total for a musical.  He also starred in the box-office smash summer film “Hairspray,” which won the Critics’ Choice award for Best Ensemble.
               


                Continuing his box-office breaking records with musicals, Efron gives an all-out different kind of performance in his latest movie “The Greatest Showman” with Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Keala Settle and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II directed by Michael Gracey who makes his feature film debut.

                Hugh Jackman stars as the visionary innovator, P.T. Barnum, who invented show business in “The Greatest Showman.”  Raised in a poor family, and through the sheer scope of his imagination and tenacity, Barnum sets about achieving the impossible, launching his groundbreaking circus and in the process, transforming entertainment.  Efron takes on the role of Phillip Carlyle, an upper-class New York thespian and entrepreneur, the kind of person who looks down on Barnum’s circus until he’s asked to work with the charismatic impresario.


Though much of The Greatest Showman is drawn from the outlines of P.T. Barnum’s life, the fictional characters of Efron and Zendaya bring in fresh points of view.  Carlyle also intrigued him.  “Phillip Carlyle is someone who has grown up very privileged, but he’s not happy where he’s at and he feels very sort of caged in and jaded,” Efron explains.  “Then he meets Barnum and he sees that P.T. just doesn’t care what people think. It’s liberating for Phillip and the beginning of a great friendship.” 

For Efron, Carlyle’s first experience in Barnum’s circus is one of a man having the haze lifted from his eyes.  It becomes more than an epiphany when his eyes meet those of aerialist Anne Wheeler (Zendaya).   The character gave Efron the chance to get caught up in the kind of cinematic moment that most inspires him.  “Falling in love in a musical number on camera is one of my absolute favorite things to do in the world,” he confesses.  “I’m not ashamed to say it. I know it’s pretend but when you get to live in that kind of moment for a scene or two, it feels amazing. It brings you back to Gene Kelly and Singin’ In The Rain.  Are there any better ways to express true love than in song?” 


The love story between Phillip and Anne also involves a 3rd party – Anne’s brother and aerial partner, W.D. Wheeler, portrayed by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who plays villain in the forthcoming “Aquaman” and star of Netflix’s “The Get Down.” Says Efron:  “Although Phillip’s feelings for Anne are completely real and justified, they’re also forbidden by society at that time and it’s really sad.  That was a very different time -- though even today, social boundaries and differences go on preventing love and preventing people from uniting with one another.  The big breakthrough for Phillip, I think, is that moment he realizes that you don’t have to live within the constraints that everyone else has drawn.  You don’t have to follow rules that are wrong.  You don’t have to color inside the lines.  You can be your own person.”   

“The Greatest Showman” opens January 31 (also available in IMAX screens) in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.  

KAPAMILYA STARS JOIN GINA LOPEZ IN “G DIARIES” SEASON 2

ElNella and MarNigo lead “G Squad”


Nature just gained new allies as ABS-CBN stars led by loveteams Elmo Magalona and Janella Salvador and Maris Racal and Inigo Pascual join former Department of Environment and Natural Resources secretary Gina Lopez in a younger and more vibrant “G Diaries," which will debut its second season on ABS-CBN on February 11.

Gina and the Kapamilya stars, who will comprise the program’s “G Squad,” will bring viewers to amazing sights and destinations in the country such as Samar, Lobo in Batangas, Sibuyan Island in Romblon, Iba in Zambales, Kinatarcan Island in Cebu, and even along the iconic Pasig River to encourage community development and reverence for nature as they experience the cultures and lifestyles of the local communities.
 




Also taking part in the fun and advocacy of the program, which will air every second Sunday of the month, are other members of the "G Squad" like Sue Ramirez, Gretchen Ho, Loisa Andalio, Kristel Fulgar, Antonette Taus, Young JV, and Boyband PH.
 
Bringing a young and fresh look and feel to the program this season is director Alco Guerrero, known for his work in "Pinoy Big Brother," "Maalaala Mo Kaya,” “Binibining Pilipinas," and the digital concerts of OneMusicPH.




“G Diaries,” a project and production of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc., first aired on ABS-CBN on June 2017. For the second season, Gina said the program will be more focused in showing the efforts of local communities to protect and preserve their natural resources amid progress and development.

"We will do it one community at a time. We will show how each community has done it and show that things can be done. We will show the heroism of the community, the government, and businesses, and what can be achieved when people work together from a space of love," she said.


Gina also welcomes the entry of the G Squad, which she believes will bring the advocacy for the environment closer to peopleconsidering the star power and influence of the artists among the youth and the masses.

"Our great ABS-CBN stars who love our environment and our nation will go around the different parts of the Philippines with me, enjoy themselves, and invite you all to go there. Because if you go there, the locals will be inspired and you will be inspired as well. We will all be inspired together. We will work together in love," she said.

Don’t miss the return of “G Diaries” on February 11 (Sunday), 10:30 am before “ASAP” on ABS-CBN. The program airs every second Sunday of the month on ABS-CBN and will also be shown on cable television via Lifestyle Network and ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel.

"SEE THE FUTURE" IN NEW “READY PLAYER ONE” SIZZLE VIDEO


Steven Spielberg brings his trademark storytelling to new heights in the futuristic action-adventure “Ready Player One” – in Philippine cinemas Saturday, March 31.

Watch the newly released sizzle video now titled “See the Future” at the following links:



From Warner Bros. Pictures comes the science fiction action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon.


The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.

Spielberg directed the film from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline. The film was produced by Donald De Line, Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah; with Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris DeFaria and Bruce Berman serving as executive producers.

“Ready Player One” stars Tye Sheridan (“X-Men: Apocalypse”), Olivia Cooke (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “Bates Motel”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One – A Star Wars Story”) and T.J. Miller (“Deadpool”), with Simon Pegg (the “Star Trek” movies, the “Mission: Impossible” movies) and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Dunkirk”).

“Ready Player One” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

“A WRINKLE IN TIME” CHARACTERS UP CLOSE IN NEW POSTERS


Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Storm Reid get their own character posters for Walt Disney Pictures' upcoming fantasy adventure A Wrinkle In Time (in Philippine cinemas Mach 7).

Check out the character one-sheets below featuring Pine as Dr. Alex Murry, Mbatha-Raw as Dr. Kate Murry and Reid as their onscreen daughter, Meg.


From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

Directed by Emmy-winner and Oscar and Golden Globe-nominee Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Oscar winner Jennifer Lee based upon the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time stars: two-time Academy Award-nominee Oprah Winfrey, Oscar and Emmy-winner Reese Witherspoon, Emmy-nominee Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peňa and introducing Storm Reid, with two-time Emmy winner Zach Galifianakis and Emmy nominee Chris Pine.

A Wrinkle in Time is distributed by The Walt Disney Company (Philippines).

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FOR MATT DAMON, IDEA FOR “DOWNSIZING” IS LARGER-THAN-LIFE



Considered one of the most revered actors in Hollywood today, in terms of talent and box office draw, Matt Damon now stars in Paramount Pictures' new quirky comedy Downsizing, a social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself.

The film will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Trinoma, Greenbelt 1) starting January 24.


Downsizing imagines what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small.

People soon realize how much further money goes in a miniaturized world. With the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha for a new downsized community, taking the irreversible leap that will trigger life-changing adventures when they become small.

For director-writer Alexander Payne, Matt Damon owned the role in spades. “He’s a versatile actor who can get away with playing Jason Bourne or some schnook. In every performance, there’s always something you relate to, something you recognize in yourself or someone you know.”

As for Damon, “I didn’t really know Alexander, so when he first told me the concept, I didn’t know if he was serious. I wasn’t sure if I was being Punk’d!” Still, he accepted the role before reading the script: “Honestly, I’d do the phone book for Alexander Payne. There’s never been a bad performance in one of his movies and having worked with him now, I see that it’s not a coincidence. He's so particular and he has such a vision that I know if he thinks it's going well, then it's going well.”

And so, as he began developing Paul, Damon pushed for playing him very real. “As Jason Bourne, I have to be really vain in a way. I have to think consciously about what I look like, because I don’t look like that. I don’t carry myself like that. Paul is the exact opposite, so I’m going for the least vain character. That comes through in how you carry yourself, and it starts to feel right after a little while. The physical aspect and how you hold yourself conveys a lot.”

As the story progresses, Paul finds himself once again at a crossroads in choosing the best life available to him. “You know some people are capable of change, other people are not,” reflects Payne. “Paul goes on this journey in search of a new perspective and figures out what will truly make him happy. My hope for this film is that people appreciate the craft and joy that went into it and see their world in a different way.”

Ironically, Damon finds his character’s final journey in lockstep with living now. “There’s something very timely and brilliantly satirical about a man making himself small while the Earth’s population is expanding. I think now is the right time for this film because it speaks to the world we are living in. Yes, Downsizing can be heartbreaking. But it can also be thought provoking.

“Hopefully it will live in your memory.”

Downsizing is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.