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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

DIRECTOR DEAN DEBLOIS - HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2


                In 2010, the Oscar nominated hit from DreamWorks Animation, "How To Train Your Dragon" became a global phenomenon. Audiences were captivated by the story of Hiccup and his Night Fury dragon, Toothless. At the end of the last film, Hiccup had brought peace to Berk and at the outset of the fantastic new adventure; Vikings are no longer slaying dragons; tolerance and trust have replaced prejudice and fear.                 Hiccup and Toothless will soon be seen again in "How To Train Your Dragon 2" in 3D when in opens in local cinemas on June 11.

              In the latest movie, the two are living in a Utopian society, but there is trouble looming as Hiccup, now a young man, discovers while out exploring with Toothless that the ruthless conqueror Drago Bludvist (voiced by Djimon Hounsou) is hell-bent on destruction. He is building a dragon army.  It is up to Hiccup to face his destiny and tackle the daunting challenges that lie ahead. 

He discovers an unexpected ally: his long lost mother Valka (Cate Blanchett). Valka disappeared many years ago and it emerges that she is in fact a dragon whisperer who has an uncanny connection to these amazing creatures. Presumed dead by both her husband Stoick (Gerard Butler) and their son, she has spent two decades rescuing dragons from traps and keeping them safe in an Arctic, dragon sanctuary.

                Astrid, Hiccup's champion dragon racer girlfriend returns, voiced by America Ferrera, as do other familiar characters from the first film: Snotlout (Jonah Hill), Fishlegs (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) Tuffnut (T.J. Miller) and Gobber (Craig Ferguson) with Kit Harington joining the cast as the dragon trapper, Eret, Son of Eret.
 
                With wonderful acting and cutting edge technology, the coming of age story from DreamWorks animation is gripping, funny, immersive and breathtaking. Directed by Dean Deblois,  the sequel draws out a larger story from the original and sees a whole new set of problems organic to Hiccup's age as he matures.  Further, DeBlois shares, "Hiccup is on the cusp of being a man and he is dealing with a whole new set of problems. His dad Stoick would love him to succeed as Chieftain of Berk and he's in the process of preparing Hiccup to finally take over that mantle and become the new leader. But Hiccup is more interested in exploring the far reaches of the Viking world. Then he happens upon a destructive force that's heading his way. Hiccup realizes that he has to stop this force from coming to Berk and taking the dragons away from the people who love them."

                Moreso, there are new lessons to learn in the sequel.  "Well,I'm always careful not to be didactic; I don't want to be preachy. But it does examine the idea that there are people out there who try to demonize the 'others'in a way. The dragons appear to be intimidating from the outside.  But as Hiccup has discovered, once you get to know them, they're actually warm and lovely and they better the lives of the humans around them. Drago represents a character who wants to continue to demonize the dragons because he can use that to his advantage. If people fear dragons, then they are under his thumb, because he controls them. I do think that there are modern metaphors" DeBlois further narrates.

                With Hiccup, Toothless, their friends and the rest of the Berk villagers living with the dragons and soaring into higher heights of adventure, the amazing scenes have been filmed with the latest in software animation.  The director further reveals that "A lot of the beauty comes from the new technology that we're using, a new generation of software for animation and lighting. It means we can have a more sophisticated, subtle and gorgeously rich look to the film. We worked with Roger Deakins, [acclaimed English cinematographer] who was also our lighting and 'look' consultant on the first film. He brings a very specific expertise that comes from his rich filmography in live action movies. Although we have caricatured characters and sets and larger than life settings in our film, the rocks, the fur, the hair and the textiles are all lit as though it's a live action film and that means the light is really interesting."




Canadian-born Dean DeBlois started his career at Hinton Animation Studios and worked as an animator on the television series THE RACCOONS. Joining Sullivan Bluth Studios in Ireland, he worked on the animated films, "Thumbelina" and "A Troll in Central Park." DeBlois served as head of story on the Disney hit MULAN. He wrote and directed "Lilo & Stitch" with Chris Sanders. The talented filmmaker collaborated again with Sanders, to write and direct "How To Train Your Dragon." His many accomplishments include directing the live action film HEIMA, which documents alternative/post-rock band Sigur Rós' concerts in Iceland.

                A DreamWorks Animation film, "How To Train Your Dragon 2" opens June 11 in local cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.  











Beer Fest Manila at Drink Up Philippines

Beat the heat of summer at Drink Up Philippines

Quench your undying thirst brought about by summer in Drink Up Philippines, the country’s first alcohol festival focusing on local craft and international beer, handcrafted cocktails and quality wines, this coming May 24 at the Forum, BGC.

Expect to discover over 150 types of alcoholic concoctions with their fine roster of local bars and breweries, while Manila’s finest mixologists help you get the good kind of buzz.

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“Drink Up has a very interesting mix of bars, speakeasies and breweries from all over the Philippines joining us at the festival. We also have the best home grown music talents performing at the festival,” shares Andrea Sambar, Communications Manager of Drink Up Philippines.

Among the popular names on the golden list will be Rocket Room, part of BGC’s haute bar scene, whose skilled mixologists will be there to serve you their famously odd, but brilliantly crafted mixes like the mysterious Rocket Fuel made with their special House Made Jalapeño Pepper Vodka. Another bar to watch out for is the notably quirky Big Bad Wolf, a hidden hipster haven sought out by many for their twists on famous drinks.

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For the beer connoisseurs, Drink Up scoured through the country searching for up and coming local breweries that the Philippines has to offer. Brewers from all around the country, like Palawan, Baguio, and Iligan City will be present to showcase their personal brews, such as local brewery, Craftpoint Brewing Co., who will be debuting their German IPL, Mr. Braumeister.

Satisfy your taste buds and marry your drink with a wide array of mouthwatering dishes to complement your beverage and leave you eternally craving for more. With the help of choice restaurants like Pink Panda, celebrity chef Erwan Huessaff’s newest venture, get a taste of the rich South East Asian rich cuisine prepared with a modern twist. Travel over to Las Flores, whose scrumptious tapas will immediately transport you to Spain, served up wonderfully with a glass of their sangria.

Finally, soothe your soul with music by the amazing lineup of local bands with the likes of the Cebuano indie rock band, Urbandub, the Oktaves, and Filipino electrorock band, Pedicab. Drink Up’s diverse lineup of musical acts will keep you company and provide you the perfect soundtrack to cap off your far from monotonous day.

Sambar added that festival-goers will be surprised at the surreal amount of beverages that will be present at the event. “We want everyone to try out something new and expand their palates. From exceptional local craft and international beers to specially prepared cocktails, everyone will definitely find something new to enjoy.”

With the wide variety of exceptional drinks, food and music in Drink Up’s arsenal, Drink Up will definitely be a festival you can count on to bring on the good vibes and unforgettable memories that will put you in a sunny mood even after summer’s over.

 

Tickets are now available online at https://www.ticketworld.com.ph/online/drinkupph

or any TicketWorld outlet/ Vom Fass store nearest you.

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Drink Up Philippines is the only drinking festival you’ll ever need. The one-day outdoor festival will showcase hundreds of local craft and international beers, artisanal cocktails and the perfect bar food to go along with your drinks. Expect a full day of live bands, games, competitions, and much more on May 24 at The Forum, BGC.

For more information, please visit http://drinkupph.com

Saturday, October 12, 2013

FW: already thinking what to have for lunch or dinner?

Have a SUBWAY® Ham Sandwich for only P99!

Our Ham sandwich is a joyous marriage of savory sliced ham that goes best with SUBWAY® restaurant's exclusive Honey Mustard Sauce and your choice of crispy vegetables.
 
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Wayne Manuel and 2 others added photos to GCDC Workshop Wednesday: App Usability and Accessibility

GCDC Workshop Wednesday: App Usability and Accessibility
Wayne Manuel and 2 others added photos
Valero Telepark, Valero, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
31 people attended
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Are you going to GCDC Workshop Wednesday: App Usability and Accessibility tomorrow?

GCDC Workshop Wednesday: App Usability and Accessibility
Valero Telepark, Valero, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Therence John Resabal, Johnlee Mangahas and 277 more are invited
Google recently launched the Google Cloud Developer Challenge 2013. Google Cloud Developer Challenge (GCDC) is a "contest designed to motivate and reward entrants who develop applications that are based on Google's Cloud Platform that are original and relevant to the region in which they live". 

GDG Philippines is organizing a series of workshops called GCDC Workshop Wednesdays. For this event, we're going to discuss usability on multiple screen sizes and accessibility.

Venue: Globe Corporate Showroom (Ground Floor, Valero Telepark, # 111, Valero Street, Makati City) 
Map: http://bit.ly/Map-ValeroTelepark

To register for this event, signup at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1tjEjWQ1YsoomrgK0JiXDEKD6s5HmvAcxjlg-MeYqXGo/viewform. We'll be sending emails to confirm your slots for the event.
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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Orlee Pasion invited you to GDG Philippines's GCDC Workshop Wednesday: App Usability and Accessibility

GCDC Workshop Wednesday: App Usability and Accessibility
Valero Telepark, Valero, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Johnlee Mangahas, Claudine SanJose, Phil IT Org Official and 41 more are invited
Google recently launched the Google Cloud Developer Challenge 2013. Google Cloud Developer Challenge (GCDC) is a "contest designed to motivate and reward entrants who develop applications that are based on Google's Cloud Platform that are original and relevant to the region in which they live". 

GDG Philippines is organizing a series of workshops called GCDC Workshop Wednesdays. For this event, we're going to discuss usability on multiple screen sizes and accessibility.

Venue: Globe Corporate Showroom (Ground Floor, Valero Telepark, # 111, Valero Street, Makati City) 
Map: http://bit.ly/Map-ValeroTelepark

To register for this event, signup at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1tjEjWQ1YsoomrgK0JiXDEKD6s5HmvAcxjlg-MeYqXGo/viewform. We'll be sending emails to confirm your slots for the event.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Hangover Part II’s Jamie Chung plays Lady Silk in ‘The Man With Iron Fists’

 

Producer Marc Abraham explains Lady Silk’s role in the action-adventure: “To buy the freedom of his beloved prostitute, the Blacksmith does what he has to do and builds weapons for bad guys. He’s not proud of it, but he’s justified it. In the end, he decides to free himself from all this and to do the right thing: to destroy those weapons and the people who have forced him to make them, and to hopefully free the woman he loves. Ultimately, Jamie’s character is in love with him, but not so much that she would sacrifice her freedom. She wants wealth, power and to get out. She’s used him to some degree, but he’s touched her.”

 

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What did you think of the script when you first read it?

To be honest, when I first read the script, I didn’t quite get it. Then I met with RZA and I was totally sold on it once I saw his vision.

What was it about RZA that convinced you to be in THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS?

His enthusiasm. This is something he has wanted to do for his entire life. When he finally got the chance to do it, he partnered up with all of his buddies. You couldn’t say no to something like this.

Who is Lady Silk?

She is kind of the driving force for RZA’s character, the Blacksmith, because he needs a reason to make all these weapons and save all this money. In a way, she gets the torch passed on from Madame Blossom, Lucy Liu’s character, and is the next one inline as part of Madame Blossom’s sort of female society, known as the Black Widows.

What do you like about your character?

I like that she is seductive, but at the same time very selective. She is only with the Blacksmith.

Were you a fan of martial arts movies before getting involved in THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS?

I grew up watching films like Bruce Lee’s ENTER THE DRAGON. To be honest, I wasn’t very familiar with many of the vintage kung fu movies that RZA put me up to, but I’m glad he did!

What do you believe RZA’s vision has added to the martial arts genre?

We have recently seen beautiful ballet-style martial arts films like CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON but they are nothing like this movie. THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS has resurrected a new style of cinema.

Quentin Tarantino has been involved in this project. How would you compare THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS to his previous work?

People can compare it to Quentin’s previous work, but THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS is kind of its own thing. Everything about this movie is just so cool!

And what can you say of Eli Roth’s role as a screenwriter and a producer?

Eli is lovely. He is quite the character and was really important to have on set. I believe Eli, being an experienced director, was able to help RZA stay on track. He knew what shots he needed and how to handle the logistics.

Speaking of the logistics, were you impressed with the sets in China?

They were beautiful, representing old-school China. For instance, the set decorators took an abandoned building and turned it into Madame Blossom’s House of Ladies.

So, what was the experience of being in Shanghai like?

Shanghai is an amazing port city and it’s quite eclectic. Everyone speaks English and there are lots of cultures. We stayed in a little town west of Shanghai where no one spoke English, so we spent a lot of time together, even though we tried to sneak into the city whenever we could.

Hong Kong director and legend Corey Yuen designed the fight sequences. How was it to work with Corey?

I have done stunt work before. There were so many professional fighters on this movie so it was easy to catch on. I was really impressed with Lucy Liu because she barely had any time to rehearse her stunts and she killed it!

What can you say about Lucy Liu?

She is so beautiful, talented and such a true artist. I aspire to be like her.

And how was Russell Crowe?

I barely got to work with him, but that was perfect because his character is quite intimidating, though very charming.

RZA wrote, shot and starred in THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS as the Blacksmith. Do you think that was a lot to tackle on his directorial debut?

You’re talking about a gentleman. RZA is absolutely lovely! And it’s interesting because he is so confident and outgoing on screen, but then very Zen and shy in real life. He has so much going on in his head that you have to trust him because there is a reason for everything he does.

What was the energy like on set then?

Yes, there was a lot of joking around. Every day was an adventure!

And what did you think of the film when you saw it finished?

I thought, “RZA, if I ever questioned you, please forgive me because this is everything thing you said it would be and cooler!”

Did you enjoy the music?

I think it’s fantastic! RZA has some incredible people collaborating in the soundtrack. He has worked with so many great artists in the past, that to finally ask for that favor back for his own film was pretty amazing.

What have you taken back from this whole experience?

I am just in awe with how well it all came together!

 

“The Man With The Iron Fists” is released and distributed by

United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corp.

Showing on January 30. Nationwide!!

Move-over ‘The Rock’ Half-Filipino Wrestler Superstar Dave "Batista" Bautista is here!

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Half-Filipino World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar and current MMA heavyweight fighter David “Batista” Bautista stars as Brass Body in Universal Pictures’ “The Man With The Iron Fists”. The performer shares that his nearly invincible character—who is able to deflect any weapon by turning his skin into brass at will—is brutal inside and out. He says: “If you break Brass Body down, what he is really is a mercenary. In his opening scene, he’s carrying the little kids around, but basically what he wants is money. He would kill his own mother for money.”

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The Man With the Iron Fists, an action-adventure inspired by kung fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and ELI ROTH. Making his feature-film debut as a director, co-writer and leading man, RZA—alongside an exciting international cast led by RUSSELL CROWE as Jack Knife and LUCY LIU as Madam Blossom—tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero who all descend on one fabled village in China for a winner-takes-all battle for a fortune in gold.

Blending astonishing martial arts sequences from some of the masters of this world, with the signature vision he brings as the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan and as one of hip-hop’s most dominant figures of the past two decades, RZA embarks upon his most ambitious, stylized and thrilling project to date.

 

What did you think of the script when you first read it?

My character didn’t say much in the movie at first, but then they kept giving me lines.

What was it about RZA that convinced you to be in THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS?

I just really wanted to work with RZA. When I first heard he was interested in me being in the movie, I immediately asked to be signed on.

What do you like about your character?

My character is kind of a sociopath with a good heart. He seems like a good guy who doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong. He probably would do anything for a dollar.

Were you a fan of martial arts movies before getting involved in THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS?

I was. Growing up in Washington D.C., we always had kung fu action theatre every Saturday. I loved those movies. Quentin Tarantino has brought a lot of that flavor back in his films.

What do you believe RZA’s vision has added to the martial arts genre?

This film has a new feel with such a multi-ethnic cast, unique music and everything that RZA has brought into it.

And what can you say of Eli Roth’s role as a screenwriter and a producer?

Eli is super down to earth, positive and also tons of fun. He is great to work with.

Speaking of the logistics, were you impressed with the sets in China?

Yes, we all had each other to lean on. And we had to get used to being crammed up in small spaces. Americans are used to having their space.

Hong Kong director and legend Corey Yuen designed the fight sequences. How was it to work with Corey?

He was a savior to us when RZA and I were a bit lost with this fight sequence between our characters we were trying to put together. Corey wasn’t accessible to us because he was tied up with the second unit, but he came back to it at the end of the movie and knew exactly how to shoot it and had so many ideas. Corey Yuen is awesome!

What can you say about Lucy Liu?

And even though she is this tiny person that is absolutely beautiful, she also has this presence that translates into everything she does.

And how was Russell Crowe?

Russell is down to earth, doesn’t want attention and is very much the gentleman.

RZA wrote, shot and starred in THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS as the Blacksmith. Do you think that was a lot to tackle on his directorial debut?

I was impressed with RZA. He is such a great artist and just so creative. I can’t imagine how you can do so much on your first film!

What was the energy like on set then?

It was great! I was excited to go to work every day. So, it was a bummer when I had to stay at the hotel. It was a family atmosphere and a lot of fun.

What have you taken back from this whole experience?

This was an opportunity of a lifetime and a dream come true for me.

“The Man With The Iron Fists” is released and distributed by

United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corp.

Showing on January 30. Nationwide!!