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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax: An IMAX 3D Experience



A new movie for the entire family that will really have fun to watch. On March 2, 2012, Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment released a 3-D CGI film loosely based upon the book. The release coincided with the 108th birthday of Seuss, who died at 87 in 1991. The cast includes Danny DeVito as the Lorax, Zac Efron as Ted, Ed Helms as the Once-ler, Rob Riggle as new villain O'Hare, and Betty White as Grammy Norma, Ted's grandmother. Taylor Swift has also been cast as Audrey, Ted's romantic interest. The film proved to be a surprise success, with it's debut in the number one spot at the box office, making $70 million dollars.

The Lorax is a children's book written by Dr. Seuss and first published in 1971. It chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax, who speaks for the trees against the greedy Once-ler. As in most Dr. Seuss works, most of the creatures mentioned are original to the book.
The book is commonly recognized as a fable concerning industrialized society and the danger it poses to nature, using the literary element of personification to give life to industry as the Once-ler (whose face is never shown in any of the story's illustrations or in the television special) and the environment as The Lorax..


Press Release:

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax: An IMAX 3D Experience®
Opens March 16 at IMAX Southmall

IMAX SM Southmall, February 23, 2012 – Get ready to enter a world from the imagination of Dr. Seuss and the creators of Despicable Me when Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax: An IMAX 3D Experience®opens at IMAX SM Southmall.  The film tells the story of the Lorax, a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope and features the vocal talents of an all-star cast that includes Danny DeVito, Ed Helms,ZacEfron, Taylor Swift and Betty White.  Tickets go on sale March 16 .

The IMAX release of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX 3D Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology.  The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

About Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
From the creators of Despicable Me and the imagination of Dr. Seuss comes the 3D-CG feature Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, an adaptation of the classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope.  The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams.  To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. 

Danny DeVito lends his vocal talents to the iconic title character of the Lorax, while Ed Helms voices the enigmatic Once-ler.  Also bringing their talents to the film are global superstars ZacEfron as Ted, the idealistic youth who searches for the Lorax, and Taylor Swift as Audrey, the girl of Ted’s dreams.  Rob Riggle plays financial king O’Hare, and beloved actress Betty White portrays Ted’s wise Grammy Norma. 

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is the third feature created by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, Hop).  www.theloraxmovie.com

IMAX SM Southmall is located at 3rd Level SM Southmall Alabang-Zapote Rd. in Las PiƱas City.  For information on tickets and show times, please call 806.6782 or 806.6888or visit the website at www.IMAXSM Southmall.com.


Some reference:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lorax_%28film%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lorax

***image is from http://en.wikipedia.org 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Movie Trip - ABOARD WITH THE KING OF THE WORLD AND ROSE IN “TITANIC” 3D

Return to the deep as 20th Century fox brings back “Titanic” in 3D to the big screen on a global theatrical release on April coinciding with its 100th anniversary since sailing.
Opening April 7th in the Philippines., the most celebrated film in history is presented to an untapped new generation of audience in 3D format.

James Cameron who pioneered the first and only truly immersive 3D in “Avatar” brings back timeless “Titanic” in its full glory with enhanced, never-before-seen experience re-mastered in digital 3D.  Starring today’s most admired and accomplished actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, “Titanic” first released in 1997 is an epic romance and disaster film.  A fictionalized story of what was then believed to be unsinkable, “Titanic” is the voyage of the most luxurious ship ever built, the RMS Titanic where Jack (DiCaprio) and Rose (Winslet) fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage. 

Amid the thick crowd of well-wishers before the ship’s sail, Rose and Jack would soon meet that would change their lives forever.  Rose, a 17-year-old belonging to the upper class American society is suffocating under the rigid expectations of her class suddenly finds herself drawn to the free-spirited steerage passenger Jack.   Rose and Jack's forbidden love begins a powerful mystery that ultimately echoes across the years into the present. Nothing on earth is going to come between them -- not even something as unimaginable as the sinking of Titanic.











Prepare to board when “TITANIC”  3D sets sail once again worldwide on April 7 (Saturday) from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. (in Philippines.).

Monday, February 20, 2012

Movie Trip - CHELSEA HANDLER: REESE’S BFF IN THE MIDST OF WAR

Currently invading the international mainstream audience and slowly carving her way as a household name is Chelsea Handler who plays the no-holds barred best friend of Reese Witherspoon in “This Means War.”

So far this year’s most enjoyable and hilarious romantic-action comedy to beat, “This Means War” is about two best friends, the best CIA agents use their incredible skills against each other in order to win a woman’s love.   Playing the trio trapped in the riotous fray of friendship and love are Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy. 

Injecting an outsider’s view of the trio’s fray is Chelsea Handler whose character Trish is Lauren’s (Witherspoon) best friend.   The inimitable talk show host, comedienne actor and author Handler intimates on her role as herself except that she’s single in real life.  “Trish is basically me, but married,” says Handler.  “Trish is not the best adviser, but Lauren needs her to provide a jolt of energy. Trish is a wife and mother whose mission in life is to offer frank and explicit opinions on her single friend’s love life.”

In one of her outrageous lines in the movie on women empowerment, she tells Lauren “You better get out there and do the things that every woman wants to do!” relates Handler of one of her lines to get Lauren going on dating two gorgeous men at the same time.

Says Witherspoon:  “Everybody has one of those crazy friends who does wacky things and lives vicariously through their dating friends.  I’ve known Chelsea for a while, and it was fun that we got to make this movie together.  She’s just perfect person for the role.”

Chelsea Handler has one of the most exciting careers in entertainment with a resume that includes bestselling author, talk show host, comedian, and actress to name a few.  Recently named one of Glamour Magazine’s 2011 Women of the Year, Chelsea is a permanent fixture in pop culture as she continues to build a multi-platform media empire.

In July 2007, Chelsea broke into the world of late-night talk shows with her E! Entertainment series, “Chelsea Lately.” Both Handler and the show have also been recognized as pioneers in late night with the show boasting five female writers to account for half of its writing staff.   This is unprecedented in the late night arena that has historically been dominated by male hosts and writers. 

“This Means War” opens February 22 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Happy 5th Birthday, Nuffnang!

Happy happy happy bertday…  Sa ‘yo ang pakain, sa ‘yo ang inumin, happy happy happy bertday, sana mabusog mo kami!!!  Tataran-tantan…
Happy 5th Birthday Nuffnang! from The Adventures of Don Juan Quixote!!!  

Tataran-tantan… Happy happy happy bertday… Sa ‘yo ang pakain, sa ‘yo ang inumin, happy happy happy bertday, sana mabusog mo kami!!!


Nuffnang celebrating their 5th birthday on February 27 and they inviting nuffies like us!

When: February 27, 2012
Time: 8 PM – 12 MN
Where: Borough, The Podium Mall, 12 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Dress code: BLUE!

Movie Trip - Team Pine versus Team Hardy for Reese in “This Means War”

 

Reese Witherspoon is in a squeeze choosing between today’s most-sought leading actors Chris Pine and Tom Hardy in the riotous and hilarious romantic comedy “This Means War.”

Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon tackles her first action role in This Means War, where the love of a woman turns best friends and super-spies Tuck (Tom Hardy) and FDR (Chris Pine) into rivals, using all the hi-tech tools and muscle at their disposal to wage an epic battle. Lauren, who from being recently dumped and dateless comes across two of the hottest and charming guys she has ever met.  Unknown to her, FDR (Pine) and Tuck (Hardy) are the CIA’s best secret agents and have been friends since childhood.  FDR and Tuck then made a gentleman’s agreement to hide the truth from Lauren and let her choose the best man.  What happens is a series of outrageous tactics to help prevent Lauren from falling in love and sleeping with the other.

“It’s every woman’s fantasy to have two unbelievably hot, sexy guys battling over you,” says Witherspoon. “Lauren doesn’t know that Tuck and FDR are secret agents for the CIA.  THIS MEANS WAR is almost like two different movies.  My character’s in a comedy and Chris’ and Tom’s are in a big action film.”

Witherspoon also appreciated the two sides of Lauren.  “At work, Lauren is the most decisive woman in the world, but in her personal life, she’s very indecisive. I think a lot of people can relate to her feeling of, ‘Am I picking the right guy for me.’”

It’s a tough choice, to be sure, because her suitors are handsome, smart, romantic…and the world’s greatest secret agents.  For generations, movie audiences have been entertained and beguiled by the thrills, chills and sex appeal of super spies. “With FDR and Tuck, we were going for the classic movie special agent,” says McG.  “What’s sexy about that world is it’s life and death; it’s international; and it’s the antithesis of what most people experience in their everyday lives. I think we all want to travel around the world, go to exotic locations, drive fancy cars, fire guns, and be romantically irresistible.  We’re having fun with that, and FDR and Tuck are incredibly proficient in that world.  But when it comes to affairs of the heart, they’re just like everyone else. Clueless.”

“In her work she’s a very decisive woman, but in her romantic life she's just a disaster. The man she moved from Atlanta with ended up leaving her, shattering her heart and crushing her spirits, so she's been debilitated. She hasn't been able to date, she hasn't been able to go out. Chelsea Handler’s character Trish is her only friend because she works so much, so she's finally decided she's going to enter the dating world,” says Witherspoon of her role.

On her first meeting with Tuck and FDR,  Reese relates that “She meets Tuck, played by Tom Hardy, on a dating website and they have an awkward first date that ends up going really well; then she ends up meeting Chris Pine's character, FDR, in a video store. They're both excited about their new relationships, and there's this great reveal where they show each other a picture of their girl, and it's the same girl. It's a great scene between two men - like, ‘what do you do if you're best friends and you like the same girl?’ It brings up all that territorial male dominance stuff.”

Team Pine vs. Team Hardy? Vote on 20thCenturyFox (Philippines) Facebook page and be counted. And find out who Reese will ultimately choose when “This Means War” opens February 22 (Wednesday) in Philippine theaters nationwide.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Movie Trip - CHRIS PINE ON BEING A SPY AND BEING STUCK IN A LOVE TRIANGLE IN “THIS MEANS WAR”

After a career that began with romantic comedies like “Princess Diaries 2” and “Just My Luck,” roles in Tony Scott’s “Unstoppable” and JJ Abrams’ re-boot of “Star Trek” as Captain Kirk have seen Chris Pine move into more action roles. With McG’s “This Means War,” he gets to combine both comedy and action as FDR, a CIA operative using all of his agency’s resources to fight a fellow agent, Tuck (Tom Hardy), over the love of a woman (Reese Witherspoon).


“This Means War” is about two of the world’s top spies who’ve been partners and best friends for many years. Through a series of circumstances even they couldn’t anticipate, they fall in love with the same woman,” says producer-screenwriter Simon Kinberg.  “FDR and Tuck decide they’re both going to date Lauren and see which one she chooses.  As each begins to fall for Lauren, they get increasingly competitive and employ their spy tactics and techniques to sabotage each other.  Lauren, who just wanted to find the right guy, has no idea that FDR and Tuck are waging war for her love.” 

For the character of FDR, the filmmakers were looking for what McG calls a “rogue – somebody who was lovable, even while possessing supreme self-confidence. And when it comes to that kind of energy, someone who embodies that magical mix, Chris Pine is the heavyweight champ.”

“I play a guy named FDR, a spy who, with every ounce of his being, enjoys being a spy.  He is living the Connery-Bond version of a spy’s life until he meets Lauren Scott and his world is turned upside down. Everything he thought was important—namely guns, women, fast cars and good times with no strings attached—are maybe not so important after all. What becomes important to him is winning the love of this woman,” Pine shares of his character. 

 
When asked which one is harder – the comedy or the action, Chris admits that doing comedy is a lot harder than the action sequences. “Though a lot of it was learning how to work the guns. We trained with a specialist who told us about close quarters combat.  Essentially the basic precept is to inflict the maximum amount of damage using the least amount of movement.  Efficiency and expediency. Conversely, in film you want to make it look grander and bigger to make it look sexier, so it was trying to marry those two things.”

Pine has become one of Hollywood’s hottest stars with his critical and box office success portraying the young James T. Kirk in Star Trek, and an inexperienced train conductor in the heart pounding drama Unstoppable.   Pine further describes FDR as “a consumer of all things – of fine whiskey, good cigars, nice suits, fast cars, and beautiful ladies.  Not necessarily in that order.  He enjoys being a spy. He’s the guy who would have watched James Bond movies as a kid and said, ‘I want to do that.’ There’s not a lot of brooding or complication in FDR’s life.” 

“What’s so appealing about it is that it resonates with anyone who has a best friend: having a best friend is kind of like having a girlfriend or a wife, you deal with the same stuff. It's relationship politics.  Everyone deals with it.  And the comedy lies in the fact that we’ve all been there.  Probably minus the guns and stuff, but yeah, it’s funny because it’s true,” concludes Pine.

“This Means War” opens nationwide (Philippines) on February 22 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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Kevyn Lettau Performed Live at The Venice Piazza

After the Big Success of Webgeek Relaunch event at MINT College. The Organizers (DevCon.PH) invited us to come at after party in Dencio’s (2nd level of The Venice Piazza) to celebrate the victory of WebGeek re-launching. We noticed that there were a concert happening at the open park (I don’t know what to call that space). It was PI JAZZ FESTIVAL 2012, My friend “Kuya Tony” wants to listen and watch the concert, so I joined him, because going back home from Makati was so traffic. We grabbed the chance to watch a free concert while waiting for time. The main performer was Kevyn Lettau, seriously, I didn’t know her but I recognized her songs. Sunlight was very popular song in Philippines. And I was amazed with her when she sang Gary Valenciano’s “Sana maulit muli” and I believed crowd at the concert loved the song too. Kevyn Lettau was very kind, after her last song the crowd requested an another songs. She granted us and also she gave thanks to her band (Pilipino bands). I enjoyed the night listening with Kevyn Lettau performance.

Valentine Music with the Masters

Friday, February 17, 2012

THIS MEANS WAR - BASED ON PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF WRITER MARCUS GAUTESEN


At the heels of the most unforgettable and most action-packed films “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “X-Men: First Class” and “X-Men: The Last Stand” comes “This Means War” - the latest romantic-action comedy making hilarious waves screening after screening starring Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy and Chris Pine.


Recent (and all) screenings of “This Means War” yielded outstanding scores, which revealed that it plays to men, women, singles, and couples.

Collaborated by filmdom’s most creative talents, director McG, scribes Simon Kinberg and Timothy Dowling and producers Will Smith, Robert Simonds and James Lassiter – “This Means War” is an original story by Marcus Gautesen based on his personal experience.  While attending Putney School in Vermont, Marcus was living with his best friend in a two-bedroom apartment in New York City’s Little Italy.  Both unemployed, they decided to move into one bedroom and rent out the other.  A beautiful French woman took the second room, and the guy’s friendship quickly went south as they repeatedly sub-marined each others attempts to win her over – it was war.


Hence, “This Means War” came about involving childhood friends and CIA agents/partners FDR (Pine) and Tuck (Hardy).  Inseparable since childhood, Tuck and FDR’s friendship suddenly goes from best to worst as they fall for the same woman, Lauren (Witherspoon).  They are the world’s top spies who’ve been partners and best friends for many years.  FDR and Tuck decide they’re both going to date Lauren and see which one she chooses.  As each begins to fall for Lauren, they get increasingly competitive and employ their spy tactics and techniques to sabotage each other.  Lauren, who just wanted to find the right guy, has no idea that FDR and Tuck are waging war for her love.

Director Mc (Joseph McGinty Nichol) shares on making “This Means War,” “I approach film-making with a great sense of what I want to accomplish, but also a great effort to stay fluid. I come from the world of music where you go into the studio to write a song, and you have to stay fluid. I haven’t had the opportunity to be that loose with a film, to be that artistic. That's the irony:  because it's comedy you think the artistry is not at the highest level. I would say to the contrary: you have to be working to your absolutely sharpest instincts. I wanted the action to be on point and I wanted the romance to be sexy and welcoming, but I also wanted the comedy to be sharp.”

A must-see post-Valentine’s date movie –“This Means War” opens in Philippine cinemas (nationwide) on February 22 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Movie Trip - Tom Hardy in THIS MEANS WAR

 “INCEPTION” BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR TOM HARDY NOW IN ROMANTIC COMEDY “THIS MEANS WAR”
 
Chris Pine and Tom Hardy portray the world’s deadliest CIA operatives who are also inseparable partners and best friends… until they fall for the same woman (Reese Witherspoon) in “This Means War.”  Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis ever – each other. 

James, better known as Tuck (Hardy), is ruggedly good-looking and dangerous, but not nearly as skilled at romantic matters compared to his best friend and partner Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foster, better known as FDR (Pine).  Together, their unrivaled flair, formidable covert abilities, and good looks, make them the best of the best among CIA agents.  But FDR and Tuck’s longstanding personal and professional bond is put to the test when they unwittingly begin dating the same woman. 
That woman is Lauren Scott (Witherspoon), a senior product evaluator for a leading consumer advocate publication. She has a far-reaching knowledge of products ranging from ovens to smart-phones, and is a skilled leader at her workplace. What Lauren is not good at is meeting men, until her best pal Trish (Chelsea Handler) takes matters into her own hands and signs Lauren to an on-line dating service – which Tuck had recently, and reluctantly, joined.           


“Tuck, however, comes from a more serious school of espionage,” Pine continues. “Tuck is complicated, interesting, and internal.  He’s the spy existentialist while FDR enjoys the bacchanalian universe of being a spy. The infuriatingly talented Tom Hardy plays Tuck.  Tom is super charismatic and handsome as all hell and he brings a complicated nature and an English sensibility to his role.”
           
The filmmakers’ long search to cast the role of Tuck ended when they saw Hardy’s performance in the box office hit Inception.  “Tom had everything we wanted,” recalls the movie’s producer-writer Kinberg.  “His sense of humor had a much different tone than Chris’.  Tom has an aura of danger, which we really wanted for Tuck.  He was very physical, conveyed the character’s complexities, and was perfect for the role.”
           
Though Hardy seemed to become an overnight sensation with his breakthrough work in Inception, he has also turned in much lauded performances in the recent dramas “Warrior,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Bronson” and “Rock n Rolla.”  For his role in “This Means War,” a big comedy-action film, was a substantial departure from his earlier work.  “Tom is an actor who loves challenges,” observes Kinberg.  “He had done heavy drama and action, so I think the challenge of playing this movie’s humor and fun is what drew him in.”   
Hardy concurs the film presented a very different kind of opportunity than his previous work.  “Comedy, in itself, is not an easy thing to do,” he explains. “I thought it was going to be a walk in the park, but it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.  I’m very grateful for the experience.”  Hardy was also drawn by the opportunity to play opposite Witherspoon.  “Working with Reese was like a master class in the comedy genre for me.”

The “spy against spy” storyline – what happens when two best friends who have incredible skill sets turn on each other – is integral to the film’s humor and action.  At the same time, director McG wanted these bigger than life situations to be relatable.  “We wanted to present that in a way that felt very credible,” says the Charlie’s Angels and Terminator: Salvation helmer.  “We weren’t interested in making a spoof.  And I liked taking advantage of Tuck’s and FDR’s ‘Alpha’ characteristics.  Each man recognizes the skill of the other but at the end of the day, each is betting on himself.  And that is a great engine for a movie.”

“It’s every woman’s fantasy to have two unbelievably hot, sexy guys battling over you,” says Witherspoon. “Lauren doesn’t know that Tuck and FDR are secret agents for the CIA.  “This Means War” is almost like two different movies.  My character’s in a comedy and Chris’ and Tom’s are in a big action film.”

Making FDR and Tuck believable as CIA agents was tasked to Paul Maurice, a military adviser with extensive wartime experience, who serves as the film’s CIA technical adviser.  Maurice worked closely with Pine and Hardy to give them a high proficiency in weapons-handling and hand-to-hand combat.  

Production designer Martin Laing and his team upped the spy-against-spy action by devising gadgets utilized by FDR and Tuck as they wage war against one another.  Laing’s team researched CIA weapons and surveillance techniques and made them even more high tech and fantastic.

Valentine’s not yet over when non-stop romantic action and comedy starts February 22 when “This Means War” opens in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Movie Trip - Spy versus Spy in This Means War

They are the CIA's best agents. Trained for any situation, Except for one. An action movie mixed with fun and excitement. " This Means War" Two top CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are dating the same woman.

"The world's deadliest CIA operatives are inseparable partners and best friends until they fall for the same woman. Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis ever -- each other. " 


Press Release

SPY AGAINST SPY IN “THIS MEANS WAR”

A certified ensemble of hit filmmakers takes the romantic-action genre a notch higher in “This Means War” starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy where best friends CIA agents and best friends discover that they are dating the same woman which ultimately affects both their professional and personal lives.

Filmmakers director McG whose worldwide hits include “Charlie’s Angels,” “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” and “Terminator Salvation,” screen scribe Simon Kinberg who penned the incredibly thrilling films “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “”X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Jumper” and “Sherlock Holmes,” and Will Smith as the film’s producer lock forces to create another unprecedented romantic-action-comedy movie in “This Means War.”
In “This Means War,” Reese Witherspoon plays Lauren, a very decisive woman, but in her romantic life she's just a disaster. The man she moved from Atlanta with ended up leaving her, shattering her heart and crushing her spirits. Having been unable to date, her best friend Trish (Chelsea Handler) finally decides to help her to enter the dating world again.

Lauren meets Tuck (Tom Hardy), on a dating website and they have an awkward first date that ends up going really well; then she ends up meeting Chris Pine's character, FDR, in a video store. They're both excited about their new relationships, and there's this great reveal where they show each other a picture of their girl, and it's the same girl bringing up all that territorial male dominance stuff.

Director McG shares on working with his three stars – Reese: “It's never an easy sell to get anybody involved in a movie. Reese is very accomplished, both as an actress—she won an Academy Award—but also as a comedienne.  She won the Academy Award for her turn in “Walk The Line” and she's very funny in the Legally blonde movies. She can do a great many things. The one thing she hadn’t done was be a screen siren and I wanted her to bring that energy to the role.  I thought Reese had a certain confidence in me, largely because of what I was able to do with the girls in Charlie's Angels. There was never anything misogynistic or mean spirited in that movie but it was decidedly sexy, with all of the women being very intelligent and powerful. I think everybody knows that Reese is an intelligent, powerful, capable woman. Now let's show the world exactly how sultry she can be when she chooses to be.”

“Chris Pine was very entertaining and engaging in Star Trek; he was great in Smokin’ Aces; but it was primarily his turn in the Lieutenant of Inishmore, which is a Martin McDonagh play that played here in Los Angeles  that I saw two or three times. He was astounding; his accent was spot on, his physicality, his commitment to the role—he’s infinitely more talented than people could ever imagine, and more clever and considerate. Plus he's different to Tom Hardy, which is what I was looking for: two alpha males who are always interested in finishing first, but who do so in an entirely different way,” director McG says of Pine.

On Tom Hardy: “Tom, and of course he's known for Bronson and his character in Warrior and now he's doing Mad Max. He is so physical and powerful and intense... but he's also got a brilliant mind. Just from speaking to him that he's very kinetic, very clever, that his mind is moving at a thousand miles an hour.  There's the broad level the film plays on, but also the more subversive level for those who care to look more closely. I think people need to understand his dimensional-zed ability and performance range. He was very game and he’s great - I can't imagine anyone other than Tom and Chris for these roles,” concludes the director on working with Reese, Chris and Tom.
Reese, on the other hand sums the director’s works as joyful – “He's wonderful: he's enthusiastic, he's decisive, he knows his shots, he knows what he wants, he knows how to create great action sequences, and he's also hysterically funny– he comes up with witty lines off the top of his head. It was great to work with somebody who's so excited to make a movie instead of hand-wringing and miserable. And it comes out in his movies - they're joyful.”






“This Means War” opens February 22 in theaters from 20th Century Fox

Official website: http://www.thismeanswarmovie.com//

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Movie Trip: STAR WARS EPISODE 1 3D Opens today - February 9

STARGAZING AT
“STAR WARS EPISODE 1 THE PHANTOM MENACE”
IN 3D

Witness the beginning. Share the Experience. Feel the Force surround you. Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace is coming to theaters on February 9, 2012 in 3D Theaters.



20th Century Fox recently held a special invitational screening of “Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace” at SM Megamall where groups of fans of the epic franchise gamely came in wearing costumes of their favorite characters from the movie.

Seen at the well-attended screening posing with cosplayers and fans are from Star Magic talents Maliksi and Marikit Morales, Ann Sy, Janine Berdine, Kyline Alcantara, Queenie, Louise Bernardo, Veyda Inoval, Joshen Bernardo  and newcomer Lerrick Serrano.




"Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace” in 3D is the first the widely phenomenal saga from George Lucas to be converted to 3D.  Other Star Wars episodes are in the process of 3D conversion that will also be released in theaters soon.

EPISODE I’s framing plot-line involves Senator Palpatine (played by Natalie Portman), an influential politician quietly making moves to consolidate his power in a time of unrest throughout the Republic, during which the government has been weakened and turned into a bureaucratic quagmire.A specific incident within this framework places Palpatine at the center of a conflict between the gigantic, commercial Trade Federation and the small, peaceful planet Naboo.  Naboo is threatened by the might of the wealthy corporate powers, which begin to disregard the constraints of the weak galactic government. The young queen of Naboo finds herself faced with difficult decisions. Committed to peace, she must choose whether to sacrifice her ideals when war descends upon her people. Sent into this crisis to negotiate a settlement are two Jedi Knights, the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy.  Prepared for a political dispute, the Jedi Master, Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) discover that the Trade Federation is about to unleash its mighty forces in open combat against Naboo.  Unless the two Jedi can succeed, the planet’s fate is grim.

In the course of their adventure, Qui-Gon discovers a young boy, Anakin (Jake Lloyd), who is a slave on the desert planet Tatooine.  Qui-Gon senses that Anakin is the individual destined to bring balance to the Force, and makes a fateful decision to train Anakin as a Jedi Knight.  At the same time, Anakin begins a friendship with the Queen of Naboo

 “Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace” in 3D opens in cinemas on February 9 (Thursday).





link: http://www.starwars.com/watch/episode-i-3d.html

Movie Trip: The Descendants starring George Clooney

Another quality movie from 20th Century Fox that would never be miss. The Descendants, Starring  George Clooney as Matt King, Shailene Woodley as Alexandra King and Amara Miller as Scottie King.  Directed by Alexander Payne,

“The Descendants” showcases breakthrough performances from Shailene Woodley and newcomer Amara Miller as the daughters of this year’s Oscar contender for Best Actor, George Clooney.

In the depths of a crisis following a boating accident of Matt King’s (Clooney) wife, King has to come to terms with the fact that he has been largely inadequate as a father as he attempts to repair his relationship with his two daughters. Lacks of parental support and stability have left both girls without direction. Alexandra (Shailene Woodley) is rebellious and has been sent off to boarding school.  10 year-old Scottie, played by first time actress Amara Miller, is precocious and in need of parental supervision.

Woodley plays 17-year old Alexandra, troubled daughter of Matt King (Clooney) who has to help her father come to terms with his wife’s coma – and her secrets.

Woodley is best known to US audiences for her performance as Amy Juergens in long-running TV series The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, for which she has received particular praise – including being named ‘Breakthrough of 2008’ by the magazine Entertainment Weekly.

Q:        How would you describe your character, Alexandra?

A:         I’d say she’s kind of a normal teen going through her angst period in life and as a child she realized her Mom was going to be more of a best friend than an actual mother. And that her Dad was far removed and would show up for but not really have any communication within the family. So she built walls up and kind of became her own protector. She became very independent at a very young age.

Q:        Could you relate to the character?

A:         Yeah, of course, I went through my angst period. I was probably about 14/15 when I hated the world, but that went away quickly and I didn’t really pull from my childhood for this character. For me acting is just about being yourself in the colors and restrictions of a particular character. I try not to pull from my own life or think about it too much. I’d rather just stay present to the situation in which the characters are being forced through.

Q:        Is the first challenge of working with George Clooney getting over the fact that he’s George Clooney?

A:         I wasn’t really nervous until he walked into the room for the table read in Los Angeles. I started sweating and shaking. Then he came up to me and gave me a big hug and he said “Welcome, Sweetie” and immediately the intimidation factor just disappeared. He’s so great. He’s just George Clooney, a guy from Kentucky with a heart of gold. He’s a spectacular human being on every level.

Q:        The scene when you are filmed underwater, after you hear some bad news about your mother, must have been challenging.

A:         I loved the underwater scene. I was literally born under water. I learnt to swim at one year old. Water is my personal comfort zone. In Hawaii, girls and guys alike learn to swim before they learn to walk. So I thought it was beautifully written that after hearing such tragic news she recedes into the water and has her moment to be vulnerable for the first time. I thought that was beautiful and then for me, selfishly, it was my own therapy session. I got to go under water and scream.

Q:        Shailene is quite an unusual name.

A:         Yeah. My Mom found it on a license plate actually. The name Shay was on a license plate in front of her. She was 18 and thought “Shay is cute but that’s a nickname.” So she added Shay-Lene, Shay-Line, Shay-Lin. And she liked Shailene. She didn’t have me until she was 26 but she remembered it for all those years. When I was born my Dad liked it too.

Q:        As you’ve been acting for a long time and she is new to it, did you find yourself showing Amara the ropes a little bit?

A:         Yes I did, and it was so much fun. She was 10 when we filmed so I definitely became the big sister and she was the little sister. It got to the point sometimes when I would say, “Scram! I need my space” and she was always coming from the position of, “Play with me! Play with me!” But, yeah, it was really cool. It was great when you could say, “So, this is how a camera works,” which seems obvious to those that have been on a film set many times but to a 10 year old, she literally thought there were only four people behind the camera. When she got to set and there were 200 people on the stage she thought, “What is going on? This is so bizarre!” But she is a really mature young lady. She’s definitely an old soul in the sense that she didn’t get overwhelmed. We got lucky. She actually can act.

            “The Descendants” opens February 15 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

some references:

link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1033575/

The Sbarro Festa Italiana at P779

A Sbarro Bloggers' Night at Sbarro Glorietta 5 last Tuesday evening. It was food, fun and friendship last night at Sbarro Glorietta 5. As Sbarro Philippines invited some food bloggers to taste the new FESTA ITALIANA (Italian Feast).

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A group of four or five can solved food budget at Sbarro. The menus included in the FESTA ITALIANA are:

Two 10” Pizzas (choice if cheese, white, mushroom or super supreme),
One Whole Spaghetti (choice of meat, tomato or alfredo sauce),
One Whole Ziti (choice of tomato or alfredo sauce),
One Salad (half Chicken macaroni /half green garden salad)
One 1.5L Iced cool Coke

And it cost of all of this for Php 779.00 only.

How about if you’re alone? There is a combo meal available at Sbarro

Prezzi_FantasticiFor only Php 99.00 Pesos, you have choice of half slice cheese or White Pizza with Spaghetti and a 12 oz. Sbarro Lemon Tea or Asian Pork Steak with steamed rice and 12 oz. Sbarro Lemon Tea

Bloggers and their companions were really really enjoyed while inside the Sbarro at 3rd floor Glorietta 5. Great food! over flowing pizzas, pastas, salads plus the Iced cool coca-cola. My tummy complaint because it was very full. Aside from the food, the Sbarro crew teams were very happy to serve us in their store.

And the most exciting part was the raffle. Sbarro Philippines raffled-up and Sbarro GCs 2,000, 3,000 and 5,000. For the major raffled a 1 brand new iPad (16Gb).

Hahaha, I was lucky, I got the Sbarro 3000.00 GC, ha not bad!

Inside the loop bag

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Get to know more about Sbarro Philippines visit http://www.sbarro.ph

And special thanks to Sir Richard Mamuyac of www.mapanghingikaba.blogspot.com for the invites!!!

 

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