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Sunday, August 26, 2012

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

Press Release - 20th Century Fox Philippines

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 divorcĂ© 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” http://www.youtube.com/thewatchintl.

“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

Press Release - 20th Century Fox
“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 http://www.youtube.com/20thcenturyfoxph for the trailer.

Friday, August 10, 2012

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

Press Release - 20th Century Fox Philippines

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.

IMPOSSIBLE IS EQUALLY POSSIBLE FOR LIAM NEESON IN “TAKEN 2”


Press Released - 20th Century Fox Philippines

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.”