Thursday, October 25, 2012

Gaming to the next level with the Acer Predator G3620 Desktop

If you got game, then go ahead—it’s game time!

As the online gaming community continues to grow and become more and more mainstream and even the number of casual gamers increasing exponentially, stunning graphics performance, advanced multimedia features, coupled with a contemporary design, are true must features for the 21st Century gaming desktop.
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

First-look Photo "A Good Day to Die Hard"

Since the first "Die Hard" in 1988, Bruce Willis’ John McClane has found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the skills and attitude to always be the last man standing, making him enemy #1 for terrorists the world over. In the latest action-packed installment “A Good Day to Die Hard” set to hit cinemas on February 2013, McClane goes international and faces his greatest challenge ever. When his estranged son Jack played by Jai Courtney is caught up in the daring prison escape of a rogue Russian leader. Despite their differences, father and son McClane must work together to keep each other alive and keep the world safe for democracy.

“A Good Day To Die Hard” is a 20th Century Fox presentation to be distributed by Warner Bros. in (Philippines.) cinemas.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


“Taken 2” opened (Oct. 4) to a very strong weekend in the Philippines, dominating the local box-office with its 4-day nationwide opening weekend at P64.82million. The figure translates to an astounding 60% slice of the domestic market nationwide who came to see Neeson return as Bryan Mills, an ex-CIA whose special skills are unmatched and stops at nothing to protect his family.

“Taken 2’s” 4-day opening weekend at Metro Manila with a box-office of P46.32million alone amassed higher, ten times more than its predecessor. With its current box-office, Neeson’s “Taken 2” took in new records and is now the Biggest Opening Weekend for a Fox film this year. It also etched in as the 7th Biggest Opening Weekend for a Fox film All Time and is so far the 3rd Biggest 4-Day Opening Weekend for a Fox film All Time.

Ayala Malls Cinema’s Trinoma led “Taken 2’s” strong weekend gross that packed in the most admissions (17,204) with a gross of P3.2million. SM Mall of Asia came in next with a whopping P3million gross. Cinemas that also raked in millions of box-office receipts included in the top ten are Glorietta4 with P2.63million, Powerplant P2.3million, SM North Edsa/The Block P2.29million, Newport P2.21million, SM Megamall P2.08million, Eastwood P1.9million, Alabang Town Center P1.58million and Gateway Cineplex/Ali Mall P1.57million.

More cinemas within “Taken 2’s” million mark are SM Cebu with P1.53million, Ayala Cebu P1.42million, Robinson’s Ermita P1.34million, Shang Cineplex P1.19million, Theatremall P1.18million, SM Fairview P1.11million, Greenbelt3 P1.1million, Filinvest P1.07million, Robinson’s Galleria P1.06million and SM Southmall with P1.04million.

From the first movie “Taken” which struck a nerve with most people globally who find Neeson’s character relatable, “Taken 2” brings the action and thrills a notch higher as Bryan Mills tries to escape from his captors while trying to save his wife and daughter. Also starring in the movie are Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace.


“Taken 2” is still showing nationwide in more than 100 cinemas from 20th Century Fox distributed by Warner Bros.


Television’s classic comedy act “The Three Stooges” will soon be seen on the big screen starring everybody’s beloved Glee Cheerios coach Jane Lynch. In the trio-tular character of Moe, Larry and Curly are Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes and Will Sasso who were left on a nun’s doorstep and grew up secluded in the orphanage. Years later, the trio tries to help the orphanage when it is forced to lock doors due to financial difficulties.

Jane Lynch portrays the orphanage’s Mother Superior who sees the troika as newborn angels from heaven and later employed the three as the foster home’s maintenance men. As they try and save the day, the three engage in plenty of their trademark antics out of their comfort zone to raise funds for the orphanage.


Indeed, while the Stooges' antics are as outlandish and cartoonish as ever, the characters are, as Jane Lynch notes, "just the sweetest guys. They're buffoons and they make huge mistakes, but it always comes from the goodness of their hearts, even as they're poking each other in the eye." To Lynch's point, The Stooges are total innocents. The nuns raise them in a very sheltered manner. "So, they don't really have a concept of what's going on in the outside world," says Chris Diamantopoulos. "They are fish-out-of-water who have never seen the real world or been exposed to anything modern. The only thing they've known is the orphanage."

Apart from Lynch, the filmmakers surrounded the Stooges with an impressive ensemble, including Sofía Vergara,Jennifer Hudson, Craig Bierko – and Larry David…as a nun…named Sister Mary- Mengele.


"Sister Mary-Mengele. That name is what really attracted me to the role," offers David. "For years I said to myself, ‘if only I could play a character whose last name was Mengele. Or Goebbels.Or Goering. I’m a really authentic actor," David continues about his approach to playing outside his gender for the first time in his career. "I really researched it and I spoke with some nuns, and they told me that I couldn't really reveal what's on underneath the habit. They took me into their confidence."

The starring cast also includes Oscar®-and-Grammy® winning actress-singer Jennifer Hudson as the orphanage's resident singing nun, Sister Rosemary. "What I remember most about The Three Stooges growing up was hearing my mom speak of this classic show," Hudson says. "That was her favorite thing back in the day. She used to always tell me about it. That was one of the things that drew me to the part."

Emmy-nominated actress Sofía Vergara ("Modern Family") plays the film's femme fatale, Lydia, who tries to lure the Stooges into offing her innocent husband.Vergara, who relished playing the sultry villain, explains that the Stooges' appeal is universal, citing her own encounters with the phenomenon. "I think everybody at some point in their life watched The Three Stooges,” says Vergara.

“The Three Stooges” in cinemas on October 24 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Three Stooges - Moe: Q&A with Chris Diamantopoulos

The Three Stooges debuted on the big screen in the 1930 black-and-white feature, “Soup to Nuts,” in which they appeared opposite veteran vaudevillian Ted Healy (1896-1937). It was Healy who accidentally discovered the Howard brothers (Moses and Samuel Horwitz, nicknamed, respectively, Moe and Shemp) during a 1922 stage performance in Brooklyn (the third member, Larry Fine, whose birth name was Louis Feinberg, came into the fold in 1925). Initially billed as “Ted Healy and His Stooges,” the concept had the trio (Moe, Larry and Shemp) act as foils, or “stooges” to Healy’s jokes. It may have been Healy telling the jokes, but The Stooges were getting all the laughs.
With the renewed popularity of the comedy trio in syndicated television in recent years, it made sense to revive the franchise in a brand new motion picture.
In “The Three Stooges” movie, the trio – Larry, Moe and Curly are introduced as three orphans dropped on the doorstep of an orphanage, ultimately raised by nuns in a very sheltered manner. The only pop culture references they have is from the very limited amount of television they’ve seen, so they don’t really have a concept of what’s going on in the outside world and they stay childlike because they are with children. They’re the ones that don’t get adopted year after year, but then they have to save the orphanage from being shut down. That’s when they’re released into the world, and of course the world colliding with these three nitwits is where the hilarity ensues.
Get to know the leader of the iconic hilarious trio in the following Q&A with Chris Diamantopoulos who plays Mo in the movie.
Q:           Are you able to do things with these characters that the original Stooges couldn’t?
A:            What’s cool is the three guys never really got a chance to show everything that they could do. They were limited by the budgets, by the studios, even by the era, so they had to do what they had to do. There was tremendous talent within the three of them and it’s kind of great that we’re getting a chance to honor and humanize them.
Q:           Mo’s pudding bowl haircut was especially iconic: it looks like they’ve done a great job in recreating his look.
A:            Actually a lot of people I speak to assume that Mo’s hair was a wig, but the story behind Mo’s hair is awesome. When he was a little kid he had this really thick, luscious, curly head of hair and the kids at school made fun of him until he couldn’t take it anymore. One day he went to a friend’s house after school, pushed his hair forward and took huge shears and just cut all the way around. He was afraid to go home because he thought his mom and dad were going to punish him and ultimately his mom said to him, ‘I’m glad you did it. I didn’t have the heart to do it.’ And thus a comedy legend was born.
Q:           Did you do the same kind of slapstick and did you do your own stunts?
A:            Yeah – we should get those t-shirts that say, ‘I do my own stunts.’ We actually did a great deal of them. There are a lot of physical stunts in terms of hitting and slapping and poking and punching and kicking and pulling – I broke my finger poking Curly in the eye! We’ve bruised our jaws, hurt our elbows… it could have been really bad actually.
Q:           How are you coping with all the slapping?
A:            I finally realized how hard it hurts! Our ears were red – they were ringing. We realized early on that there was no way to keep the intensity and emotion behind the physical stuff without actually going for it.

Q:           Do you see this as the beginning of a franchise?
A:            That would be awesome. I started watching The Stooges religiously and obsessively when I was probably about four or five years old till around the age of 18. I loved them so very much when I was a kid, and when I heard about this film ten years ago I was dubious, as I’m sure many people still are.
Diamantopoulos was destined to play the intolerant leader of the comedy trio — he was born four days after the death of Moe Howard (May 4, 1975).  He split his childhood between Canada and Greece (Greek is his first language), began appearing in Canadian TV commercials at age nine.

Following his secondary schooling, he left home to perform in a series of U.S. national tours. He received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Che Guevara in Pittsburgh CLO’s 2000 production of “Evita.” A year later, he debuted on Broadway as Ethan Girard in the popular Tony-nominated musical, “The Full Monty.” He has also essayed the role of Marius in the long-running musical “Les Miserables” and most recently starred opposite wife Becki Newton in Jerry Zaks’ Encore! Presentation of the Gershwin musical, “Girl Crazy” at New York’s famed City Center Theater.

On the small screen, Diamantopoulos is well-known for several diverse character portrayals –”The Starter Wife,” “The Kennedys,” “24,” and in “Behind the Camera: Mork & Mindy.”  Diamantopoulos made his film debut in the starring role of the 2000 drama, “The Adulterer,” and includes among his feature credits “Drop Dead Roses,” “Into The Fire,” “Wedding Daze,” “Three Days To Vegas,” and “Under New Management.”

“The Three Stooges” opens October 24 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Liam Neeson up against another father's hell-bent revenge in "Taken 2"

“Taken 2” braces for a down-to-the-wire action sequence between two fathers, one exacting revenge and the other trying to keep his family alive.  Liam Neeson reprises his role as Bryan Mills, a CIA operative with an unmatched set of skills who is pitted against Murad (Rade Sherbedgia) who in turn is hell-bent on taking down Mills and the rest of his family for the death of his son in Bryan’s hands.

“TAKEN 2” reunites Neeson with his co-stars Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace, who play Bryan's estranged wife and his precious daughter. “Bryan's a total superhero,” says Janssen, weighing in on what made audiences connect with the first film. “TAKEN really came at a time when people needed that in their lives, because it's about family and protecting your family. He's a very American hero.”

As heard in “Taken 2’s” trailers, Murad’s line “He slaughtered our men, our brothers, our sons.  We will find him.  We will have our revenge,” sets the tone for his role as the movie’s lead villain.  Acclaimed character actor Rade Sherbedgia takes on the role, which director Olivier Megaton promises is “a far cry from your typical bad guy.  Murad is pursuing Bryan for a big and very fair reason, which is that he wants his justice for his son, who died at Bryan’s hand.”

Unlike most movie villains, Murad desires neither power nor money, and he possesses no special training. “Murad is not a criminal by profession,” says Sherbedgia. “He is not a warrior. But he has made it his mission to extract justice from Bryan.”

Megaton looked at a number of actors for the role, and selected Sherbedgia after the actor sent some trial footage he shot himself. “While watching Rade’s footage, I was suddenly dropped into the reality of Murad’s situation,” the director enthuses. “And Rade adds so much to the movie, because he's a father, too. Liam is a father protecting his daughter and Rade is a father avenging his son.”

Bryan’s encounters with Murad are memorable, and Neeson is particularly fond of his character's final battle with the Balkan baddie. “Bryan, at this stage of his journey, is genuinely sick of killing,” says Neeson. “He has physically become a machine when he gets into the mindset of taking out these bad guys. I think his big worry is that the machine may take over from the human being. For the sake of his daughter, his ex-wife and his own soul, he wants to stop.”

Rade Sherbedgia is one of Croatia's best known and most highly praised actors, with a career on screen spanning more than four decades.  HIs international breakthrough came in 1988, when he was cast by Menahem Golan to play a captain interrogating a woman who had saved thousands of children from the Holocaust in “Hanna's War.” He starred alongside Ellen Burstyn, Donald Pleasance and David Warner.
Forced to flee to Belgrade, Serbia after the dissolution of Yugoslavia, Sherbedgia performed in a number of Western European films before immigrating to the United States. Sherbedgia made an instant mark on Hollywood, starring in films such as “Mission: Impossible II,” “Eyes Wide Shut,” “Snatch,” “Shooter” and “Batman Begins.”

More recently, Sherbedgia played the role of Gregorovich, a renowned foreign wand-maker, in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.”  He had a key role in Angelina Jolie's debut feature as a director, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2011.

 “Taken 2” opens October 4 in more than 100 screens nationwide from 20th Century Fox thru Warner Bros.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Experience wonder and discover an unprecedented 3D experience in “LIFE OF PI” from Award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee based on the acclaimed bestselling book by Yann Martel starring first-time actor Suraj Sharma.

Ang Lee returns home to Taiwan to make the exciting and altogether magical adventure “Life of Pi.”  Suraj Sharma is Pi, the titular character, a boy who is lost at sea with a very hungry Bengal tiger, following the death of his family in a shipwreck. The boy and the animal have to survive a perilous voyage across the Pacific.

The film centers on Piscine Molitor Patel (Pi) named in honor of a swimming pool in France. He is raised in Pondicherry India with his family who run a zoo. An inquisitive and unusually philosophical boy, he learns about animal behavior at the zoo, explores different cultures and traditions and falls for a beautiful girl. “Certain things happen politically and economically which force Pi’s parents to move to Canada and the family take their zoo with them on a ship. The ship sinks one stormy night and Pi’s whole family drowns,” said Suraj Sharma.

Ang Lee infuses Pi’s solitary voyage with emotion, humor and excitement in an all-new 3D experience.  “I fell in love with the book when it came out but I did not think about it as a movie,” says the Oscar winning director of “Sense and Sensibility,” “Crouching Tiger,” “Hidden Dragon” and “Brokeback Mountain.” He admits that he was initially reluctant to take on the project. “Later though I thought I wanted the audience to see this fantastic book made into a movie. I felt I needed to share Pi’s amazing voyage. So here I am.  I have come all the way to Taiwan on a seemingly impossible mission which is now being realized. It’s a great adventure so far.”

To enhance the cinematic experience, the decision was made to shoot in 3d, “the scope of the story is grand, and because of that I thought I needed another dimension. 3D really puts you there with Pi, demanding your attention. You feel like you’re with him. It’s a more intense experience. It’s more dense It’s closer, more intimidating,” shares Lee.

“Life of Pi” unfolds in (Phils.) cinemas nationwide on November 28 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Check out the movie’s awesome and inspiring trailer at 20thCenturyFoxPh YouTube


Peter and Bobby Farrelly, makers of knock-out comedies like “There’s Something About Mary,” “Dumb and Dumber” and “Shallow Hal” gas out another outrageous adventure comedy, “The Three Stooges.”
The Farrelly brothers, being introduced to the antics of The Three Stooges since kids following it on television has influenced their slew of blockbusters.  Bringing it in to the contemporary setting recreating the classic and iconic Stooge sounds, the Farrelly brothers searched high and low for the right actors to play the Stooges and finally came upon Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes and Will Sasso. 

In the movie, the Stooges are introduced as newborns being left on a nun’s doorstep.  Bereft of the outside world growing up, the Stooges grew up stumbling their way to uncharted levels of knucklehead adventures.  Years later, Moe, Larry and Curly have left the nuns bruised, battered and bewildered.  Even worse, it looks like the orphanage will be forced to close its doors due to financial difficulties.  But the three, employed as the home’s inept maintenance men, are determined to come to the rescue. 

Out to save their childhood home, only The Three Stooges could become embroiled in an oddball murder plot... while also stumbling into starring in a phenomenally successful TV reality show. For the first time in their lives, the three make their way through the big city streets.  As they try and save the day, Larry, Curly and Moe engage in plenty of their trademark antics, including a saturating situation involving bundles of wet diapers in a hospital nursery; more hallmark hilarity at a private, black-tie party at a splashy mansion; and Moe's newfound stardom on reality television.

On filming a full length as opposed to television’s shorts, Bobby shares that “Making this movie definitely makes me realize how hard it was to do what they were doing, and they never really got a lot of credit for it either. They did it for about 25 or 30 straight years and every one of those years they were under the assumption that this was their last year of doing it, so they kind of did it for cheap. They never got the A-list recognition that we feel they had coming to them.”

“A lot of people are really routing for this movie, but there are also people who are Stooge purists who think it’s wrong that we are making it. They think its sacrilege that anybody would try to duplicate what these people did. Well first of all, we’re not duplicating what they did. We’ve come up with all new stuff and we’ve taken their characters, but my argument to that is, as Bobby said, that they never got the acknowledgement they deserved. They were always behind Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers - they were considered second rate by the critics and public. But to us they were first rate and they were funnier than all those people, and we want to honor them by doing this movie,” Peter concludes.  

Check out 20th Century Fox’s YouTube page for The Three Stooges trailer 

“The Three Stooges” opens very soon this October 24 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

THE WOLVERINE First-Look Photo

20th Century Fox has finally released the hi-definition first look photo of “THE WOLVERINE” starring Hugh Jackman and directed by James Mangold.

The movie is based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.”

THE WOLVERINE on JULY 25, 2013 across Philippine cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be  distributed by Warner Bros.

Thursday, September 20, 2012


 "The Croods” is a prehistoric 3D comedy adventure from DreamWorks Animation to be distributed by 20th Century Fox that takes us back to the beginning of time.  In a previously undiscovered era known as the Croodacious – we find the Crood family when Mother Nature was still experimenting and the flora and fauna we know today hasn’t evolved yet is where the story all began.

At the center of this world is the Crood family, led by Grug (voiced by Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage), an over-protective father who, like all dads, is doing all he can to hold his family together at a time when cataclysmic changes are happening.  Together with his wife (Catherine Keener), kids (Emma Stone and Clark Duke) and ornery mother-in-law (Cloris Leachman) in tow, Grug guides his family through this spectacular environment, full of amazing creatures, to find a new cave to call home. Along the way, they encounter Guy (Ryan Reynolds), an imaginative and resourceful newcomer who takes risks and wholeheartedly embraces the promise of tomorrow.
Inspired to tell a story of how a family survives during tough times, directors Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders set the story in a prehistoric frame when they don’t have to worry about bills, but is concerned on how they would adapt to the world changing before their very eyes.  “This is the world’s first family road trip,” says De Micco while Sanders shares that “Our cavemen are very gifted, they can run 40 miles an hour, can throw a rock many many miles and very physically capable, but mentally we have a lot of beginner minds.”
Take a look at the world’s first family – The Croods family photo: (from left to right)
Thunk (Clark Duke): The middle-sibling who stands 6-foot and weighs 9, 320 pounds, and 9 years old who has the best heart and the worst coordination.
Gran (Cloris Leachman): The ferocious, almost crocodile-type woman and is the main antagonist for Grug’s  pater families.
Sandy the baby:  Who doesn’t speak but more of growls and is one tough kiddie survivor.
Ugga (Catherine Keener): The open-minded wife of Grug who like moms around the globe tries to keep her family alive and fed all the time.
Eep (Emma Stone): The adventurous daughter of Grug and Ugga who likes to try new things.
Grug (Nicolas Cage): He is the animated caveman version of well-meaning but hopelessly outdated dad and leader of the clan.
Guy (Ryan Reynolds, in a separate photo with his sloth-like pet): A prehistoric revolutionary guy who prefers using his brain and comes up with new ideas with whom Eep falls in love.
“The Croods” will open in cinemas
March 30, 2013.
Press Released by 20th Century Fox Philippines

Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas in "Ruby Sparks"

A once bestselling author who is suffering from writer’s block finds inspiration once again writing about his ideal girl whom he named Ruby Sparks.  Paul Dano, whose remarkable performances in “Little Miss Sunshine” and “There Will Be Blood” stars in “Ruby Sparks,” a story that his real-life girlfriend Zoe Kazan wrote.  The movie is fittingly brought to life by married pair of directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris whose previous feature “Little Miss Sunshine” was nominated for four Academy Awards® including Best Picture. 

Paul Dano stars as Calvin who finds true love out his work of fiction.  Inspired to write about his ideal girl after a long hiatus, Ruby Sparks suddenly comes to life and in Calvin’s apartment, filling every gap of his once solitary existence.  But in Calvin’s case, fear is holding him back both in his professional and romantic pursuits.  “He’s definitely missing something in his life. There’s an absence. There’s sort of a hole,” notes Dano. 
Ruby is custom designed specifically to fit into that hole, but when she shows up in his life she also opens up a whole new world for Calvin, who has long dwelled in the limbo between youth and adulthood, not ready to take the leap.  Dano explains, “I think before Calvin can properly love somebody he has to learn to love himself.  His relationship with Ruby could be a really beautiful thing but he has to grow up before he can do it right.  Calvin is learning that you can’t control life and he’s got to get comfortable with that.”  
Once Calvin is convinced that Ruby is not his own wild hallucination but someone everyone can see and hear, he realizes he is going to have to explain her to the people in his world – from his family and friends to his shrink and agent.  Surrounding Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan in these colorful roles are some of Hollywood’s most accomplished and popular actors including Annette Bening as Calvin’s mother Gertrude, Antonio Banderas as Gertrude’s boyfriend, Elliott Gould as Calvin’s psychiatrist, Steve Coogan as his literary rival and Chris Messina as his brother – each of whom were drawn by the story’s mix of comedy, romance and emotions. 
Three-time Golden Globe® nominee Banderas and four time Oscar® nominee Bening came aboard to portray Calvin’s New Age mother Gertrude and her bohemian lover Mort – who charm Ruby as much as they irritate and embarrass Calvin with their sexual liberation. 
Banderas had a lot of fun with Mort’s cloying charm, and the filmmakers enjoyed watching him dive headlong into the role with no inhibitions.  Says producer Yerxa: “Antonio as Mort embodies this kind of overt sexuality and free-form, anti-establishment playfulness. He’s totally effusive and loving and that’s what makes Calvin, who is wound pretty tight, resist him. I can’t wait for the audience to see how Annette and Antonio play off each other.”
Gertrude gave Bening a chance to do something quite different, as producer Albert Berger explains: “The great thing about Annette in this role is we haven’t seen her play this type of woman ever. In many of her roles, she brings both a comic and serious intensity, and extends that in a new direction.”
For Kazan, knowing that Bening would take the role was itself a kind of dream come true.  “When I heard she was going to do the movie, I cried, because I knew this was real,” she recalls.  “Having her and Antonio together was like a supernova.  There was something so connected in them that you feel like these two people could really be a couple.”  

“Ruby Sparks” opens this Wednesday, September 19 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

“Taken2” Pans Istanbul in raw normalcy for its High-octane Action Scenes

Olivier Megaton who helms Liam Neeson’s sequel starrer “Taken 2” panned Istanbul with a fast-moving crew that’s rarely done on this sort of scale of a movie. The director has stripped the crew to its bare essentials and took them into the streets of Istanbul.

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Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent who stopped at nothing to save his abducted daughter in “Taken.” When he is targeted by a mysterious figure seeking vengeance, Bryan must employ his “particular set of skills” to protect his family against an army out to kill them.

“Taken 2” picks up two years after the events of “Taken.” Bryan’s relationship with his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) has grown stronger, and he hopes to reunite with ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen). “Even before he encounters the new threat to his family, Bryan is on a mission to get closer to Kim and Lenore,” says director Olivier Megaton.

neeson hunts down his hunters in TAKEN2

“I never thought I'd be here for a sequel,” Neeson says, casting an eye over the setting sun as the ferry crosses the border between Europe and Asia. Bolstered by its impressive action and wry humor, the first “Taken” film, directed by Pierre Morel and written and produced by Luc Besson, was an instant success with audiences all over the globe. And in Bryan Mills, Liam Neeson created an action hero for the 21st Century, to rival some of the greatest gun-handlers in cinema history, from John McClane to Jason Bourne.

“I don't know the statistics for parenthood, but let's say 8 out of 10 people are parents,” says Neeson. “You'll do anything for your kids, especially if they're in trouble. I think people just connected with that, on a real, visceral gut level, and it resonates with men and women. It wasn't just guys of a certain age; it was ladies, too. And yes, I would do the exact same thing for my kids.”

Much of the action in “Taken 2” unfolds in Istanbul, a locale rarely seen on screen. Megaton spent much of his prep time scouting locations and walking around the city for hours at a time. When principal photography commenced, he knew Istanbul's streets and passageways better than some of the local crew. Moving the shoot to Istanbul was crucial to ensuring a distinct personality to the film. It's also a location not especially well represented in modern cinema, an opportunity for the film to try something new.

Neeson says shooting in Istanbul was like nothing he has experienced. “Istanbul is where east meets west – a beautiful city full of wonderful people,” notes the actor, who has filmed on locations around the globe but remains most impressed with Istanbul’s singular sights and sounds.

“Taken 2” on screens nationwide on October 4 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Sparks Flying for Zoe Kazan

Zoe Kazan’s spark is aglow all over as her debut lead role and screenplay “Ruby Sparks” continuously merit positive and rave reviews since it recently opened in the U.S. More than ripe and timely for reaping movie audience internationally looking for a new kind of high in romantic movies, “Ruby Sparks” will soon open in Phil. cinemas on September 19.

In the enchanting, reflective and very funny “Ruby Sparks,” Paul Dano plays Calvin, a brilliant young writer who dazzled the literary world a decade ago when he was a young student. His first novel was greeted with accolades and awards. But since penning that book, he has failed to live up to expectations and that early promise. He hasn’t written anything for a decade. Life changes one sunny California day when Calvin wills the perfect woman into his life by the sheer power of his imagination. Ruby (Zoe Kazan) leaps off the page and into the kitchen of his house, filling it with her warm and joyful personality. But Calvin will have to decide soon what awaits Ruby at the end of his story.


It began with an idea that struck Zoe Kazan nearly as suddenly as Calvin comes up with Ruby Sparks. Kazan – renowned as a promising playwright and a rising actress with roles in “Revolutionary Road,” “It’s Complicated” and the indie Western “Meek’s Cutoff” – was coming home late one night from the set of a film when she was shocked to see a mannequin lying in heap of trash. The sight set off a creative chain reaction as Kazan, a Greek mythology buff, was reminded of the ancient myth of Galatea, in which Pygmalion falls in love with the statue he has crafted with his own hands. That uncanny moment, when the inanimate seemed to come alive, started her thinking about how fantasy, autonomy and identity collide and collude in contemporary relationships.

Zoe Kazan might have created all the tricky layers of Ruby Sparks on the page but doing the same thing as an actress was a completely different challenge. “As Ruby, Zoe had to become the heart of the movie,” notes producer Ron Yerxa, “Zoe plays her as a free-spirited, autonomous young woman. Ruby had a punk past and she’s now an artist. She’s sexy and attractive, but she very much has her own mind.”


For Kazan, it was exciting to explore a character who naturally mirrors some of her own creative outlook but who is in other ways decidedly unlike herself. “I gave Ruby some qualities that I probably possess, but she’s also very different,” Kazan explains. “I like to be taken care of and Ruby’s much more independent. She likes to speak her mind. She’s very brave that way. It was always important to me that she not seem at all like a dream girl, but very real, so the challenge was in figuring out how to do that.”

As Kazan wrote, she began sharing her work with her boyfriend, the actor Paul Dano, and though she had not set out to write something for the two of them, they couldn’t help but envision one another in the lead roles. “I think I was always subconsciously writing Calvin for Paul,” she muses. “But the weirdest thing is that I was writing a character who is writing my character! There was something very meta going on.”

She explains: “I was interested in the theme of control in relationships and the way we bring in ideas of who the person we love should be. How do you love the person you’re with completely without saying ‘I don’t want this part or that part?’ How do you make room in a relationship for two separate people? I’ve been in relationships before where I felt like the person was not seeing me, but something close to me, something just a little off center from me. That is what happens with Calvin and Ruby.”


Find out what happens to “Ruby Sparks” when it opens in theaters on September 19 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

World of Fun Celebrates 25th Year Anniversary With Free Games for Kids

Premier Family Entertainment Center Rolls Out String Of Fun Treat Programs For Children Nationwide

Manila, Philippines. September 14, 2012— In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, World of Fun (WOF) launched a program that treats less fortunate kids to free rides and other fun activities in selected WOF outlets nationwide.

The “WOF Cares - Fun Treat Program” started recently with 25 kids from the Alay Buhay Foundation-Antipolo enjoying half a day of free games, arcades, and rides at WOF Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall.

WOF Director for Human Resources Susan Tagle said, “At World of Fun, we believe that instilling family values and giving good memories to these children will help them become better persons when they grow up. As a company, we have been dedicated to bringing such timeless memories and experiences to Filipino families nationwide for 25 years and they can trust that this will stay the same for another 25 years and beyond.”

Alay- Buhay Foundation Officer-in-Charge Mechelle Lozada expresses her gratitude to WOF for sharing this milestone with the children of Alay Buhay. “I am deeply touched by this gesture from World of Fun. With the difficulties that the kids and their families may be facing now, opportunities such as these allow the kids to enjoy their childhood and help remind them to always stay positive,” Lozada says.

About World of Fun

Now on its 25th year, WOF continues to live by its commitment of promoting good family values, supporting youth education, and developing closer ties between parents and children through various fun-filled and family-oriented attractions found in their 140 stores all over the country.

World of Fun is the pioneer and largest mall-based Family Entertainment Center in the country, with loads of wholesome game machines for the whole family to enjoy, all available in its different branches nationwide. For more information about WOF, their new promos, and exciting treats, please visit At World of Fun, Todo Saya, Todo Fun Pamilya… 25 Years Na!



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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Jumpstreet’s Johan Hill in another outrageous comedy – “The Watch”

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After debuting in the comedy “I Heart Huckabees,” Jonah Hill has steadily posited himself as a solid hilarious support in the string of his movies that followed. Appearing afterwards in acclaimed hits like “The 40-Year Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up,” “Superbad,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Get Him to the Greek,” “Moneyball” and the most recent “21 Jump Street” with Channing Tatum which is Hill’s highest grossing film after “Superbad.” His latest movie “The Watch” which is about to open in cinemas this September 5 (in Phils. cinemas) allowed him to work with Ben Stiller, one of moviedom’s great comic talents. In “The Watch,” four suburban guys formed a patrol which they tagged as ‘Neighborhood Watch’ after a mysterious incident left a security guard lifeless in the town’s superstore Costco. Headed by the civic minded Evan (Ben Stiller), he recruits fun-loving family guy Bob (Vince Vaughn), tough-talking ‘wild card’ Franklin (Jonah Hill) and the recent divorcé Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade). Even with – or maybe because of – their spiffy new “Watch” jackets, which are emblazoned with fiery wings and a tiger head, the not-so-fearsome foursome initially gets no respect from the residents they’re supposedly looking out for. A group of kids plaster them with eggs, and the local cops think they’re a joke: the Hardy Boys…only far less savvy.

“When they formed this ‘band of brothers’, the guys thought, sure, they might encounter some weird neighborhood stuff – maybe a burglar here, or peeping tom there – but suddenly they realize they’ve facing something extraordinary,” says producer Shawn Levy, the director of such hits as “Night at the Museum” and “Real Steel.” “And The Watch is not just unprepared or unqualified, it’s not remotely equipped to deal with this problem; yet it’s all on them to stop it.” The youngest member of the team is Franklin (Jonah Hill), a twenty something, militant looking tough guy with, notes Schaffer “a sweetness just underneath.” (He still lives at home with his mom.) Franklin has a planet-size chip on his shoulder because he’s been rejected as a candidate for the police force and all other law enforcement organizations. So for Franklin, The Watch is the only way he can legally kick ass and take names. “Franklin is alienated from, well everything,” says Hill. “He’s very strange and very funny.” Coming off his Oscar®-nominated performance in the drama “Moneyball,” and executive producing and starring in the critically-hailed hit “21 Jump Street,” Hill was not looking to return to the kind of raucous comedy that had propelled him to super-stardom (like “Superbad” and “Pineapple Express”), but he “couldn’t resist the chance to perform opposite alongside Ben, Vince and Richard,” notes the actor. “It was something I had to do.” Moreover, “if I was going to do another broad comedy, I wanted it to have no basis in reality, and portray a character that could say or do anything. Plus, anytime you put an extreme amount of danger in the hands of irresponsible people, you know the results are going to be really wild.” More of Jonah Hill and the movie in this interactive trailer of “The Watch”

“The Watch” is a 20th Century Fox movie to be distributed by Warner Bros. in local cinemas (Sept. 5).

Monday, August 20, 2012

Real-life sweethearts Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan Tackle Surreal love in RUBY SPARKS

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“Ruby Sparks” is the story of a novelist’s vision who inexplicably comes to life, only to prove far more complicated than even he could have imagined. With a light touch and a dash of magical realism, the first screenplay from actress and playwright Zoe Kazan attracted the attention of Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, the married team who directed the run-away hit “Little Miss Sunshine.” The film takes an unpredictable route into fantasy, identity and the ways we invent love – and how love can re-invent us.

Paul Dano plays Calvin, a celebrated author in his younger years who hasn’t had a follow up novel years after his first breakthrough novel. Struggling with writer’s block, disappointed and unfulfilled, his close relationships are with his dog and his brother. Calvin who is cut off and isolated is constantly being urged by his married brother Harry (Chirs Messina) to get out, live, date and write. Finally finding in his imagination a muse for his novel and with his old typewriter, he creates the perfect girl he named Ruby. Barely done with his first chapter, to his astonishment that his character, Ruby (Zoe Kazan) has magically sprung to life and arrived in his kitchen where she is cooking eggs.

Life changed as Calvin believes that he willed the perfect woman into his life by the sheer power of his imagination. Ruby leaps off the page and into the kitchen of his house, filling it with her warm and joyful personality. Is he hallucinating? Is this a fantasy? Or is the lovely Ruby Sparks a flesh and blood girl: the girl he has been waiting for? Whether real or imaginary the delightful Ruby turns into a muse who helps Calvin rekindle his passion for writing and his passion for life. Joining the incredibly talented couple Dano (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “There Will Be Blood”) and Kazan (“Revolutionary Road,” “It’s Complicated”) in the movie are Annette Bening and who plays Calvin’s free-spirited hippy mother and Antonio Banderas plays her artistic and flamboyant lover.
Find out what will happen to “Ruby Sparks” when it opens September 19 in select theaters from 20th Century Fox (Fox Searchlight Pictures) to be distributed by Warner Bros.
Check out 20th Century Fox’s YouTube for the trailer.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Out-of-School Mayhem with Friends in “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”

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In “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” which combines elements of both the third and fourth of the “Wimpy Kid” books, the good news is that school is out for the summer and Greg is looking forward to a vacation spent playing video games, hanging out with his best friend, Rowley, and working his way into the affections of the girl he has a crush on, Holly Hills. The bad news is that Greg Heffley being Greg Heffley, nothing is going to go as planned. “At the start of the film Greg’s dad takes away all of his video game privileges and basically decides Greg should spend all his summer hanging out with him and doing outdoor stuff like camping and swimming,” explains Zachary Gordon. Zachary’s Greg still plays off his friends, including Rowley, and troublemaker older brother Rodrick, but DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS also sees Greg spending more time with his dad, Frank. Robert Capron again brings his signature charm to the role of Rowley. “He walked in and he was Rowley,” Simpson remembers of Capron’s audition for the first picture. “He has a huge heart, is excited about life and the world, and has some of the same qualities that Rowley has.” Devon Bostick returns as Greg’s older brother, Rodrick, who upon learning that Greg has been sneaking into the country club, wants to get in on the high-class action, as well. “It’s Greg’s nightmare,” says Jacobson. “Rodrick is loud and lazy and Greg is a little embarrassed by his brother in this movie. Peyton List is back as Holly Hills, who had moved to town in the last movie and stole Greg’s heart. In DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS, Holly and Greg have become friends, but he wants to take it to the next level – whatever that means for someone in middle school. “Peyton really glows,” says Simpson. “She’s a delight to have on set and it feels like any middle school boy would have a big crush on her.” Also back are the oddball Fregley (Grayson Russell), a misfit among misfits, the deadpan, wise-cracking Chirag Gupta (Karan Brar); and Patty Farrell (Laine MacNeil), who is the biggest thorn in Greg’s side. The close-knit cast and crew were thrilled to reunite. For the Wimpy Kid, himself, working on the film series has been nothing less than life changing. “This has been wonderful for me,” says Zachary Gordon. “It was so much fun, even though it was a lot of hard work. It was way better than just having a regular summer vacation!”

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” opens August 15 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Straight from the ever Dependable Rowley – A Wimpy Kid’s best friend

Wimpy kid Greg Heffley’s best friend Rowley has given friendship a cool and solid splash since appearing in author Greg Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” book series and movies.  

Typifying an epitome of an ideal best friend in today’s crazy-cut hub of growing teens, Rowley played by Robert Capron in the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movies is back the 3rd time in “Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.”   Rowley, a parent-abiding teen leads his best friend Greg Heffley with their other friends out of trouble in and out of school.  The very dependable and charming Rowley takes in all the fun with a wise twist to keep out of the punishment radar from parents and school authorities alike.

In the movie “Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3: Dog Days,” the filmmakers and writers based the story from Kinney’s third and fourth books – The Last Straw and Dog Days. 

In the latest film, school’s out and Greg is looking forward to enjoying the best summer of all time.  But when his dad decides that some father-son bonding is in order, Greg must do everything he can to keep him from ruining his vacation.  So he hatches a plan along with Rowley to pretend he has a job at a ritzy country club – but even that fails to keep Greg away from the season’s dog days, including embarrassing mishaps at a public pool and a camping trip that goes horribly wrong. 

Robert Capron again brings his signature charm to the role of Rowley.  “He walked in and he was Rowley,” producer Brad Simpson remembers of Capron’s audition for the first picture.  “He has a huge heart, is excited about life and the world, and has some of the same qualities that Rowley has.”  

Meanwhile, check out these safety tips from Rowley on how to deal with adults to save yourself from the ordeals of being grounded. 

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3: Dog Days” will open in local (Philippines) cinemas on August 15 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.


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2008's hit action-thriller “Taken” took the multi-faceted actor Liam Neeson’s career in a new milieu as a relatable action hero. The role of Bryan Mills, the embittered former CIA man forcing his way into a dark sex cartel to save his kidnapped daughter, became iconic, resonating with audiences all over the globe.

Back for more carnage, Neeson reprises the role of Bryan Mills in “TAKEN 2” shot in Istanbul which also stars Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace.  “Taken 2” reunites Neeson with his co-stars Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace, who play Bryan's estranged wife and his precious daughter. “Bryan's a total superhero,” says Janssen, weighing in on what made audiences connect with the first film. “TAKEN really came at a time when people needed that in their lives, because it's about family and protecting your family. He's a very American hero.”

In this latest action-packed reel set against the backdrop of Istanbul, Mills is being followed by the Albanian goons   determined to exact revenge on him and his family.  In the lead to exact revenge on Mills is Murad (Rade Sherbedgia) who is the father of the kidnapper that Mills killed in the first movie.  With Mills and his wife taken, Kim (Maggie Grace) is left to save her parents. 

Without giving away too much of the movie- Neeson teases that in the movie, “I’m able to, in a very covert way, instruct her to find out where I am being held because a sack’s been put over my head and I’m in the middle of a dungeon.  It’s highly impossible yet equally possible,” says Neeson from an interview with Empire magazine.

“Taken 2” opens nationwide in the Philippines. on October 4 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Check out 20th Century Fox’s  Youtube channel for the latest trailer of “Taken 2.”

Friday, July 27, 2012

Jelly-G Thai Milk Tea Now serving delectable healthy drinks

Looking for the latest, tastier, creamier and healthier milk tea around town? Your search for the perfect milk tea stops at Jelly-G Thai Milk Tea! Jelly-G Milk Tea is the only and premier drink brand in the Philippines that serves authentic, creamy and perfectly blended Thai Milk Tea. Every Jelly-G Thai Milk Tea uses freshly steeped tea leaves daily mixed with all-natural ingredients like Arabica Coffee, Pure Australian Milk Chocolate and puree from fresh fruits with its signature grass jelly intensifying the richness of Jelly-G drinks.

Jelly-G Thai Milk Tea is now serving refreshing variations of tea, coffee, chocolate and fruit juices. Try Jelly-G Milk Tea available in the following flavors: Thai Milk Tea, Nutty Thai, Cheesy Thai, Carmeletea, Berry Thai, Lemon Thai, Basil Thai, Dark Thai, Jasmine Green, Moji Tea, Cheesy Green, Green Dark, Milo Thai, Coconut Thai, Chai Tea and Black Tea. Coffee lovers will surely perk up in Jelly-G’s coffee variants: America Coffee, Coffee Mint, Nutty Cup, Carmeletto, Mocha Dark, Coffee Oreo, Deep Coconut and Cinnamon Spice. Indulge guilt-free with Jelly-G’s Chocolate variants: Choco Bravo, Chunky Oreo, Black Forest, Mella Twist, Choco Mist, Aussie Nut, Dark Chocolate, Choco Milo and Choco Bravo Banana.

More refreshing twists in Jelly-G’s fruit drinks: Mango Sweeso, Frizzy Berry, White Lychee, Banana Bliss, Mango Yakult, Berry Yakult, Cheesy Mango and Cheesy Berry. Visit Jelly-G branches available at Glorietta4 Food Choices, Market!Market! (3rd flr.), Alabang Town Center Food Choices, Marquee Mall (ground flr.), Robinson’s Metro East (ground flr.), SM Marikina (3rd flr.), Sta. Lucia East Mall (2nd flr.) and Festival Supermall (3rd flr.) and choose from a wide variety of milk tea that will satisfy everyone’s taste. Jelly-G Thai Milk Tea will also open soon at Ali Mall (lower ground) and at 500 Shaw Centrum (ground level).
JELLY G is the only drink brand in the market that serves authentic, creamy and perfectly blended THAI milk tea. Thai Milk Tea, which originated in Thailand, is the main product of Jelly G. It is popular for its deep amber color of the tea and its milk-tinted layer. The combination of strongly-steeped tea, dairy and sugar make it a perfect complement to refresh ones thirst.
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Dominic Cooper as a 500-Year Old Vampire in Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter

On July 4, the secret part of Lincoln’s life and the secret part of the battle he fought will be revealed in cinemas nationwide in the blood-curling, non-stop action thriller “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” starring Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Rufus Sewell.

ben walker and dominic cooper in ABRAHAM LINCOLN VAMPIRE HUNTER

Every good vampire slayer needs a mentor (even Buffy). For Lincoln, that turns out to be Henry Sturgess, a 500-year-old vampire who has tired of his peers’ bloodlust and attitude towards humanity. For that role, the filmmakers chose Dominic Cooper, who saw his career enjoy a boost with the likes of “Mamma Mia” and and “An Education” and won plenty of acclaim for “The Devil’s Double.” But Cooper wasn’t quite sold on the idea when he was first handed the script. “I said, ‘I'm not reading that. Goodbye!’ It sounded like a bit of a joke. I mentioned to someone else that had read the book and they said the book was brilliant and I thought, ‘this is ridiculous,’ and then… when I started reading it… We never knew about him as a man. In my studies in England, I loved finding out about him, what incredible man he was and what he achieved in his life. Then I read the book and the script at the same time. The book is so rich with ideas and concepts and I was wondering which one they were going to pick for the movie, how they were going to condense it to a film. I thought that the original screenplay picked all the really interesting dynamics of the characters and I immediately wanted to be part of it. Because it didn't take itself too seriously, it wasn't a serious biographical piece, but at the same time you learned a lot from it. And I also thought that Timur has an incredible vision and I love the way he shoots action sequences. He shoots action like no one else. So I get that plus Tim Burton's crazy imagination.”

Lincoln’s journey begins when his mother Nancy is stricken with a disease of unknown origin – but recognizable to young Abraham as resulting from a vampire’s bite. Nancy was a woman of intelligence and heart, imparting on her son the notion that, “until everyone is free, we are all slaves.” Abraham never forgot those words, which came to define his views toward slavery. Nor would he ever forget the eternal evil responsible for his mother’s death: a vampire (and local businessman) named Jack Barts, portrayed by Marton Csokas, against whom Abraham swears revenge.


benjamin walker and dominic cooper

But his first attack against Barts fails, and Abraham narrowly escapes with his life. He is rescued by the charismatic Henry, a high-living and refined ladies’ man. Henry, portrayed by British actor Dominic Cooper, is not interested in Abraham’s simple quest for revenge. Instead, he instructs Abraham to control his rage, become stronger, and fight for the greater good of mankind. “It’s a choice,” Henry tells Abraham, “between doing something extraordinary or being satisfied with simple vengeance.”

“Henry finds the young man’s thirst for revenge to be uninteresting,” says Cooper. “But he sees Abraham of being capable of so much more, and thinks he can help him rise above a selfish quest.” Henry instructs Abraham – physically and intellectually – on the fine art of vampire hunting, for a purpose far greater than revenge. But the teacher is far from being a righteous figure. “Henry is at the top of his game at being a vampire hunter, but he’s also very flamboyant,” says Cooper. “He enjoys life to its fullest and often goes to extremes in doing so.”

“The actor has to be somebody who can play 20-55, and they have to play it convincingly. You move differently when you're 40 and your centre of gravity shifts. So you make a list of all the criteria and a list of those people you could cast, it’s a short list! I remember hearing Quentin Tarantino talk about casting Inglourious Basterds and if he hadn't found Christoph Waltz it would have been hard to make. Same for us. If we didn’t find Ben Walker, it would have been very hard to make the movie. Somebody said, ‘you need to go see this guy in New York, he's in this play called Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.’ So we flew to New York to see the play and he just owned it. And then we started working with him. Just working with him without make-up on, meeting in New York, Los Angeles and doing all these things that ultimately lead to a process where Greg Cannom, the make-up artist made him Abraham Lincoln. And he came and delivered the Gettysburg Address to us, and it just gave us chills. Unbelievable.”

He’s quick to point out the appeal of the fanged fiends: “There's something extremely sexy about vampires. The idea that you can live forever is something mysterious, and I think we all secretly have that desire. We are completely compelled and fascinated by vampires. They are all tragic figures and they don't necessarily want to be in the position they're in. There's a million ways to play them.” For Cooper, one of the main elements of Sturgess he had to get his head around was playing him as an ancient creature. “Ultimately someone who has lived for 500 years must be pretty bored. You have seen all the riches in the world, you’ve got all the money, you probably fulfilled every desire a man could have, and you have tried everything out. And that’s why he is a person that goes to extremes and tries so desperately to have some sensation in life. He probably just wants to find the love in his life that he never had. But he also is very wise and a great mentor to have. But there definitely is a dark itch and a lot of desperation.”

“ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER” opens July 4 in cinemas nationwide in 3D and 2D cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

(Press Released – 20th Century Fox Philippines)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Movie Trip: “The Amazing Spider-man” in AYALA CINEMAS

The Marvel comic book "The Amazing Spider-Man" takes on the big screen on June 29 (Friday),  as an avid fan of Spider-Man I reserved a money to buy a ticket to watch the new adventures of the fictional superhero Spider-Man. Aside from action scenes, I also want to see the romantic scene of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and her leading lady -Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).

Good thing, I received text message this morning from a friend and inviting me plus 4 more to watch The Amazing Spider-Man at Ayala Cinema Green Belt 3 on Friday evening. That's tomorrow evening and it is a premiere night to the Amazing Spider-Man movie screening.
Check out Ayala Malls Cinemas’  for your all-access pass to exclusive “The Amazing Spider-Man” movie events and promos at Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Alabang Town Center, Market!Market!, Trinoma, Ayala Center Cebu, Marquee Mall Angeles, Abreeza Davao and Harbor Point Olongapo.

Opening across the Philippines on Friday, June 29 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D, 2D and regular theaters, “The Amazing Spider-Man” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.
Thank you To Ayala Cinema for the free movie tickets. I saved money and we surely enjoy watching this awesome movie. 

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Spider-Man returns to the big screen for the untold story of Peter Parker in Columbia Pictures' new, 3D action-adventure “The Amazing Spider-Man.”  Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the new film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb.  Screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves.

“The Amazing Spider-Man” is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. 

As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to OsCorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

Avi Arad, formerly the head of Marvel Studios and now a producer who has shepherded the Spider-Man films from the very beginning, notes, “Spider-Man has filled thousands of pages of comic books with hundreds of stories since he debuted fifty years ago.  That’s a deep vein of resources to mine as we look to continue the story of Peter Parker on the screen.”

“Since we were reestablishing Peter Parker, we had to build the audience’s relationship with him from the ground up,” notes director Marc Webb.  “In order to do that legitimately, we begin the story with Peter Parker as a seven-year-old boy.  We see him before his parents left, before they handed him off to Aunt May and Uncle Ben.  This allowed the audience to experience the significant emotional cues in his life.

“This Peter Parker is a little different: he’s still an outsider, but he’s an outsider by choice,” continues Webb.  “He has a chip on his shoulder – he’s the kid who rejects people before they can reject him.  The humor, the sarcasm, the rebellious streak emanates from that little kid who got left behind so long ago.”

Check out Ayala Malls Cinemas’  for your all-access pass to exclusive “The Amazing Spider-man” movie events and promos at Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Alabang Town Center, Market!Market!, Trinoma, Ayala Center Cebu, Marquee Mall Angeles, Abreeza Davao and Harbor Point Olongapo.
Opening across the Philippines on Friday, June 29 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D, 2D and regular theaters, “The Amazing Spider-Man” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.