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. 

Press Released - Ayala Cinema

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.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Movie Trip: Powerless Linkin' Park Music Trailer - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire hunter

Wow! one of my favorite foreign band "Linkin' Park" make a soundtrack for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire hunter. Powerless is the title of the sound track, feel free to read the press released from 20th Century Fox Philippines  and I encourage you to watch the Youtube video as well.

Press Released.

In anticipation of the upcoming theatrical release of Twentieth Century Fox’s 3D action adventure “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” director Timur Bekmambetov has created a special music trailer featuring multi-platinum alternative rock band Linkin Park. The music trailer can now be seen online at and at 20th Century Fox’s (Phils.)

Bekmambetov recently filmed the band performing the song “Powerless” from their forthcoming album, LIVING THINGS, in Berlin, Germany for this exclusive clip.  Linkin Park’s "Powerless" is featured in the end credits of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”

“Linkin Park are extraordinary musical artists who combine genres to create their own sound.  It only seems fitting for us to collaborate with them on this unique film.  It was a privilege to work with them on this music trailer,” commented Bekmambetov.

Added Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn, "Timur showed us the film and we loved it and felt we had a song that would be a great fit with his movie. We were delighted that Timur came to Berlin to shoot us performing it so he could mash it up with film footage in a really unique way.”

“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” will be released in local cinemas on July 4.  The song “Powerless” will close Linkin Park’s upcoming album, Living Things, which is co-produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda and will be released June 26 on Warner Bros. Records.

Visit the Facebook pages for Linkin Park and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” to view the music trailer.

Linkin Park, the award winning band comprises of lead vocalist, Chester Bennington, drummer/percussionist, Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, bassist Dave 'Phoenix' Farrell, DJ, programmer Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda - lead vocals, keyboards, and guitar. The song “Powerless” will close the release of their next album, Living Things, which is co-produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda.

“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, the film is a delightfully revisionist take on the back-story of the 16th President’s life that sees him training to fight a vampire scourge as he rises through the political ranks of the United States as he secretly slays bloodthirsty vampires by night.

                “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” opens July 4 in 2D and 3D cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Movie Trip: An interview with Scrat - ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT

An one-on-one interview with Ice Age actor,  Scrat. Feel free to read the conversation below.

Press Released


Forget what you’ve learned in geology about the continents forming as a result of massive tectonic turbulence and volcanic eruptions tearing land masses apart.   “Ice Age 4: Continental Drift” reveals that these seismic shifts came about from Scrat’s misadventures. 

Two million years ago, one global-shattering event changed everything. Scrat, the world’s most lovable prehistoric squirrel-rat is about to rewrite history in “Ice Age 4: Continental Drift.”  The film reunites us with Scrat as he’s going about his usual business: he has grabbed the acorn, set it down on the ground – and suddenly a mountain is torn apart and the earth itself opens up, separating land masses into the seven continents.  Scrat hurtles toward the earth’s core, triggering massive earthquakes, which in turn isolates Manny, Diego and Sid from the rest of the herd.  Scrat’s continental crack-up has cast adrift Manny (voiced by Ray Romano), Diego (Dennis Leary) and Sid (John Leguizamo) from the rest of the herd, including Manny’s beloved wife Ellie (Queen Latifah) and their teenage daughter Peaches (who was born in 2009’s “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” and is voiced by music-actress Keke Palmer).

From his introduction as a breakout character in “Ice Age” to becoming a celebrated movie icon, Scrat has brought joy to countless moviegoers – and to the filmmakers who bring him to life.  “There’s no better or more enjoyable character to animate than Scrat,” says director Steve Martino. “Who else can you knock around, smash around – and he just keeps going after that nut?!”  Adds supervising animator Nick Bruno:  “Scrat is why I’m in animation.  His adventure in this movie is like a classic tale, where he sees his goal, goes after it, and gets his butt kicked.  But this time, the stakes for him and for the herd couldn’t be higher.”

Meanwhile, let’s hear it from Scrat whose thoughts will only be read and heard in the Q & A that follows:

Q:    Hi Scrat. First things first. Is your acorn safe?
Scrat:    Define ‘safe.’

Q:    Buried in a place that only you know about.
Scrat:    Not exactly (fidgets).

Q:    Where is it right now?
Scrat:    It’s within arm’s reach – well, almost.

Q:    Why is it so hard to hold on to your prized nut and keep it safe?
Scrat:    That is a question I ask myself every day. Every hour of every day. Every minute of every hour. Every second of  every minute. Every nanosecond of every second. I ask myself that question a lot.

Q:    Some might say your interest in acorns borders on obsession. How would you respond?
Scrat:    Are you saying that I’m nuts? Oooh nuts. Mmmmm, nuts… (rubs hands together).

Q:    What have you learned over the course of the last few years?
Scrat:    A coconut is not a giant acorn. And if you roast an acorn for long enough, it will turn into a large popcorn kernel.
This is not to be recommended.

Q:    Is it true you found a treasure map recently?
A:    I did!

Q:    What does X mark the spot of?
Scrat:    A whole island filled with beautiful golden acorns! Oooooh…

Q:    Wow. That must be very appealing to someone of your disposition. What do you think the probability of ever
finding that treasure is?
Scrat:    Hmmm (scratches head).  Realistically? Maybe one in a hundred trillion? I’ll happily die trying though.

Q:    Is it hard to live with yourself, knowing that your past actions have led to earthquakes, volcanoes, continental
     drift and global warming?
Scrat:    Huh? I’m just trying to bury my nut, dude. Don’t get all heavy on me.

Q:    You’re one of the only living animals to have visited the earth’s core. What is it like there?
Scrat:    It’s hot.

Q:    You sound like Paris Hilton.
Scrat:    Who?!

Follow Scrat when “Ice Age 4: Continental Drift” opens July 12 in theaters nationwide (in 2D and 3D) from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Movie Trip - Abraham Lincoln - Mashup Author Grahame-Smith's

The untold story that shaped America’s nation based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” literary fusion of history and fiction will soon be seen onscreen come July 4 in 3D and 2D cinemas nationwide.

A non-stop mad search for both the hunted and the hunter, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” stars Benjamin Walker who plays the titular role of Abe Lincoln resurrected onscreen as a vampire hunting politico who later became one of the world’s most influential president.

Adapted for movie by highly-regarded genre-bending filmmakers Timur Bekmambetov (directing) and Tim  Burton (producing) , the birth of Smith’s pulsating book came about in 2009  Seth Grahame-Smith was on a US book tour to promote a new “mash-up” fiction book, “Pride And Prejudice And Zombies.”  As he travelled the nation's bookstores, from state to state, he noticed two things. In the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth, every store had a promotional table set up with biographies of the iconic president. And at the height of the popularity of TWILIGHT, every store would stock a range of Young Adult vampire fiction right next to it. He remembers thinking, “if you could combine the two, surely you'd be onto a winner.”

“It began as a cynical observation, to be honest with you,” he admits. When I read about and researched the actual man, I became fascinated and fell in love with him and his trials and tribulations. Throughout his life he had every disadvantage: no wealth and no connections. He was poor as dirt, and surrounded by death. And yet, by the power of his intellect and his determination he was able to not only achieve the impossible of becoming a lawyer, but to become the leader of a nation tearing itself apart. And then he went on to save that nation.”

In fact it was, he suspects, the very first superhero origin story. “I began thinking that in the American psyche there's really no greater superhero than Abraham Lincoln.”

Weaving a gothic horror tale into Lincoln's biography, and doing so in as truthful a way as possible, came surprisingly easy for Grahame-Smith. Many moments in the real Lincoln's life jumped out straight away as being ripe for re-imagining with a vampiric twist. It began with the death of his mother when he was nine years old. “Her death had a tremendous effect on his life. The determination to escape his situation and better himself was borne of a desire to honor his mother's memory. It was quite obvious to me that if it were a vampire that had killed her, that would set him off on this path.”

The result of the marriage of truth and fiction at the heart of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is bounced through Timur Bekmambetov's very particular prism.  Says Ben Walker, who plays Lincoln himself, “This is a period movie told in intricate and fascinating ways. It's the same material, the same time, and we're being very true to that, but through Timur's imagination we're getting to see the tiny minutiae that really make it special and fresh for us.”

Grahame-Smith summarizes the point of this grand adaptation very simply: “The film is a strange mix of absurdity and accuracy. The title makes an absurd promise, but everything after that is delivered with absolute sincerity. We never wink at the audience. We never play it as a joke. And whether it's the set design, the costume design, or Lincoln's prosthetics – everything is accurate. Timur knew early on that the more absurd the premise the more dedicated you have to be to it to pull it off.”

“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is from 20th Century Fox to be available in 2D and 3D format to be distributed by Warner Bros. in local cinemas on July 4.   

Check out 20th Century Fox (Philippines) in Facebook and 20thcenturyfoxph Youtube pages to watch the latest trailers and features.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Accenture's The Social Media Network Connect Series for Technology Professionals

Social Media/Mobile Application as a tool! The goal of the event is to network with Co-Technology practitioners and discuss the latest in Social Media and Mobile Applications Development and the Social Media as a tool for Networking and Business.

When: Wednesday, June 20, 2012
(registration starts at 6pm and event starts at 6:45pm)
Where: Hard Rock Café, Makati City
Audience: Technology Professionals, Systems/Network Admins, Developers, Designers & Web Enthusiasts


Here are just some of the key points of the event:

6:00pm – 6:45pm Registration (Opening Remarks)
6:45pm – 8:00pm

Speaker: Bing Bryan Tan – President - Brewed Concepts
Topic: Social Media / Mobile App Development and Marketing – the talk will center on developing applications and campaigns in Social Media and how to market this.  He will present his work with a major brand recently where he was able to increase “club” signup and also its social engagement using a popular Social Media Platform.

8:00pm – 8:45pm Topic in line to finalize w/ DEVCON within this week: How to Develop Social Media Presence
8:45pm – 9:15pm Networking
9:15pm – 9:45pm Open Topic to discuss Social Media as a tool in Technology.
9:45pm-10:00pm Closing Remarks and Raffle


Double your chances of winning in Raffle those who can refer at least 3 valid referrals with 3 years experience in Java, Mainframe Cobol,, Netsuite/Cloud Computing, ASP.Net, Systems/Database Admin, Portuguese Speaking Translators will have a chance to win an Apple IPAD 2!


To register, kindly click this link.

Hosted by: Accenture Philippines Media Team for Solutions

Partner Community: Phil IT Org, Developers Connect Philippines


About Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 246,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries.  Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.  The company generated net revenues of US$25.5 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2011.  Its home page is


Press released from 20th Century Fox

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift comes out in cinemas with a Simpsons short attached when it opens on July 12 in cinemas nationwide.

Ice Age’s latest chapter in one of the most successful film franchises of all time brings together the visually epic and the emotionally powerful; the humorous and the heartfelt – plus the world’s  most beloved prehistoric squirrel and the ultimate unconventional herd of this or any Age.

Interwoven with these epic tales of family exploits are the continuing adventures of Scrat, whose sole purpose in life – whose very existence – revolves around an acorn as elusive as it is cherished.  Scrat’s quest for the nut has had consequences; in the first “Ice Age” Scrat’s obsession triggered the Ice Age itself.   In ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT, Scrat and the object of his pursuits are nothing less than the catalyst for a cataclysm.  Forget what you’ve learned in geology about the continents forming as a result of massive tectonic turbulence and volcanic eruptions tearing land masses apart.   ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT reveals that these seismic shifts came about from Scrat’s misadventures. 

The film reunites us with Scrat as he’s going about his usual business: he has grabbed the acorn, set it down on the ground – and suddenly a mountain is torn apart and the earth itself opens up, separating land masses into the seven continents.  Scrat hurtles toward the earth’s core, triggering massive earthquakes, which in turn isolates Manny, Diego and Sid from the rest of the herd.

This continental size of adventure from the Ice Age pack and a short animated feature focused on Maggie Simpson come July 12 in cinemas will surely bring in loads of fun to families and all.

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift” is from 20th Century Fox to be available in 2D and 3D format to be distributed by Warner Bros. in Philippine cinemas.        

Check out 20th Century Fox (Philippines) in Facebook and 20thcenturyfoxph Youtube pages to watch the latest trailers of “Ice Age 4: Continental Drift” and a sneak peek at Maggie Simpson.


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Golf Your Way to Father’s Day at Marriott Manila

This June, we share our own fun way to uniquely indulge every great leader of the family—our dads! At Marriott Manila, we ensure that we’re the perfect venue to celebrate his life and love through golf.

Since it’s another event that deserves a grand blow out, food is always the first thing to consider especially for the man who takes time to enjoy family, hobby, and a good meal of course. If thinking where to eat on his special day, it would be great to consider a venue where dad can enjoy a hole-in-one treat from dining, accommodation, plus his love for golf!

Wake up the whole family a little earlier and head to Marriott Café for a taste of our most-talked about Sunday Brunch. Needless to say, there’s just something so endearing about a brunch especially at Marriott Café which has set the bar on the way we brunch—cozy, comforting, and basically has everything to satisfy an ever-fickle taste buds. For only P2, 500 net, the whole family is in to be treated with a spread that is purely gourmet. You cant’ go wrong with executive chef Meik Brammer’s 17 stations, featuring its newest additions such as oyster bar, chilled seafood, salumiere, cheese studio, homemade pasta, yakitori, Chinese, and tandoor. Plus, Cru Steakhouse also incorporates its specialties such as Angus beef rib eye, strip loin steak, grilled fish, squid and veggies--which of course, every meat lover dad should never pass up! If you’re family is a fan of big, tender, and tasty slabs of steaks, you must have heard about our Cru. Our well marbled, precious steak slices that are usually saved up for special occasions can now be gorged limitless and enough to suffice the price for this brunch. And who would’ve thought that a martini bar is such as pleasure to enjoy this time of they day? With these well-crafted cocktails and great mixes, it will surely set the stage for dad’s extra special event.  Plus, our chocolate room that spells decadence is brimming with assorted chocolates and rich cake choices is always worth saving up the space for. Whether it’s for the romantic mom and dad or sweet-toothed siblings, this corner is bound to let you experience a taste of heaven.  And if you haven’t tasted just yet our sensational homemade gelato, it’s the best time to savor every flavor,   especially the famous Ferrero! 

What’s amazing with dads is that, they love all sort of action-packed bonding experience, especially if it’s a golf game. That’s why while enjoying brunch, an indoor putting station awaits all families that is guaranteed to bring fun and can make any family closer than ever. Make sure to bring out the best putt for a chance to win Marriott Manila gift certificates such as overnight stay, Java+, Marriott Café buffet, golf lessons, and freebies when dad makes it hole-in-one.

But if your goal is to surprise dad with a most romantic kind of date, book for a Cru Steakhouse dinner. For this occasion, sous chef Redj Casanova takes it up a notch with a special Father’s Day 4-course menu: Crispy soft shell crab salad, cream of chicken veloute, grilled grain fed Australian rib eye or pan roasted salmon fillet, and dark chocolate soufflé with Bailey’s ice cream--all at P4, 000 net.  And since it’s a day to be extra lavish, might as well consider treating him with a wine-by-the-glass which can add a wine tasting dimension to a meal. With its welcoming yet sophisticated fine dining vibe coupled by Cru’s personalized flair of service, dad will surely feel an amazing king of the day experience that he’ll probably talk about for years.

Another hands-down way to reward a hard working head of the family is by taking him at the Quan Spa, where he’s in to experience a whole new way to wholeness and wellness. Featuring Pevonia Detox massage for only P5, 950 net, this two-hour treatment is designed for distressing, detoxifying, and toning while taking away toxins and impurities of the body. This revered treatment for two hours is using Pevonia’s seaweed wrap teeming with nourishing extracts, guaranteed to revive and refresh a tired body.

A grueling first half of the year deserves a much-awaited break, and kicking back with your family sounds heavenly. Why not take them at Marriott Manila and avail of the mid-year bonus room package? For only P9, 888++ per night when staying for two nights, the deluxe room accommodation is also inclusive of buffet breakfast for two—and an extra 3rd night for free plus a double Marriott Rewards points!

Who said that crafting a special event like this would be such a pain? At Marriott Manila, we offer a simple formula for an occasion that is worth remembering while getting out of the traditional.

For inquiries or reservations, call 988-9999.

An inviting beacon set in the world-class casino entertainment complex of Resorts World Manila, Marriott Hotel Manila is the place to work and play. Ideally located in Newport City across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, it is a convenient 15 minute drive from Makati Business District and Bonifacio Global City . Affording a splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course, it boasts 342 exquisite guest accommodations that offers luxurious bedding, in-room safe, mini-bar, high-speed Internet, air conditioning, 40" full high definition LCDs with IPTV, videos on demand and jack pack plug-and-play system. The hotel features excellent dining options such as Marriott Cafe, Cru Steakhouse, Java+ and Lobby Lounge. Leisure facilities include Quan Spa, Health Club, Salon and Newport Mall. With a Grand Ballroom and several meeting rooms, Marriott Hotel Manila is also the ultimate destination for meetings and events, from weddings to gala dinner celebrations.

Movie Trip: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by 20th Century Fox
Biography of  Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. He successfully led his country through its greatest constitutional, military and moral crisis – the American Civil War – preserving the Union while ending slavery, and promoting economic and financial modernization. Reared in a poor family on the western frontier, Lincoln was mostly self-educated. He became a country lawyer, a Whig Party leader, Illinois state legislator in the 1830s, and a one-term member of the United States House of Representatives in the 1840s. After a series of debates in 1858 that gave national visibility to his opposition to the expansion of slavery, Lincoln lost a Senate race to his arch-rival Stephen A. Douglas. Lincoln, a moderate from a swing state, secured the Republican Party nomination. With almost no support in the South he swept the North and was elected president in 1860. His election was the signal for seven southern slave states to declare their secession from the Union and form the Confederate States of America. The departure of the Southerners gave Lincoln's party firm control of Congress, but no formula for compromise or reconciliation was found. And the war came.

Press Released

 “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” tweaks history onscreen as America’s most iconic and beloved president Abraham Lincoln is portrayed as a vampire slaying powerful political figure of his time. 
Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (director of “Wanted”) bring a fresh voice to the bloodthirsty lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history's greatest hunter of the undead.   
Taking the role of the multi-faceted Lincoln in the movie as politico, husband and the person he became when his mother died at a young age is stage actor Benjamin Walker who has also appeared in Clint Eastwood’s “Flags of Our Fathers” and in the movie “Kinsey”.
Before Walker takes center stage as Abraham, the audience will meet the character as a child.  His 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.

Finding an actor able to wear that burden was a process, says Bekmambetov. “There were two main reasons we settled on Ben Walker,” he reveals. “The first was that he shared Lincoln's personality. He has an unbelievable, grounded and sarcastic sense of humor and he's a very straightforward, honest man. The second reason was strategic: we wanted to choose an actor who brings no baggage to the screen. We wanted the audience to believe they were seeing Lincoln, and not a movie star playing Lincoln.”
Walker is aware of the challenge inherent in accepting the role. “As a country, we're always looking for heroes, and Lincoln is the quintessential American hero,” he says. “He's self-created, self-educated and a common man who made himself extraordinary. I think we're fascinated by that.”
For Walker, the story works as an allegory for Lincoln's real struggle. He may not have fought vampires in real history, but he certainly waged plenty of battles of his own. “In everyone's life, there comes a point where you have to choose how you're going to live and what kind of person you're going to be,” says Walker. “And Lincoln finds that in his life: how he's going to truly defeat this evil, whether with an axe late at night or whether he's going to put those things away and become what we know today.”

For Seth Grahame-Smith from whose book of the same title the movie was adapted and who also serves as screenwriter and executive producer for the film, meeting Walker on set for the first time was quite an experience. “It was very eerie at times,” he laughs. “Ben's a classically trained theatrical actor who went to Juilliard, and he approached the role with intense seriousness. His research and his physical and voice training were all very intense, and he didn't approach it as a genre movie; he approached it as an historical drama. I think that's one of the things that make this movie special. It has a central performance that's stronger than you usually find in these big summer movies.”

“Abraham Lincoln” Vampire Hunter” opens July 4 in theaters nationwide in 3D and 2D format from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.