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Friday, May 22, 2015

“THE AGE OF ADALINE” flexed muscles amid top performing action movies @ the box-office


“THE AGE OF ADALINE” FLEXED MUSCLES AMID TOP PERFORMING ACTION MOVIES @ THE BOX-OFFICE

Female-skewed romantic movie “The Age of Adaline” starring Blake Lively made history on its opening day when it pulled in $4.9 and emerged number one at the box-office against “Furious 7’s” three-week reign. Likewise Lively’s ageless starrer managed to muscle its way at number two spot on its second weekend in cinemas which is again ahead of “Furious 7” and behind “Avengers: Age of Ultron” at the domestic (U.S.) box-office.

Holding on to forever in “The Age of Adaline” is what Blake Lively’s titular character is facing in the movie. Born near the turn of the 20th century, Adaline Bowman never dreamed she would live to see the beginning of the 21st, until one seemingly magical moment saves her from death and grants her eternal youth. At the age of 29, Adaline stops aging and experiences life as no human being has before.

This remarkable twist of fate sets her on an unparalleled journey that spans for decades. She has experienced life and love through global transformations of two World Wars and the freewheeling 1960s to the conveniences of present day. Carefully concealing her secret from everyone but her aging daughter, Adaline manages momentous changes with grace, until a past relationship collides with a modern-day chance for love and threatens to expose her extraordinary history.

The producers believe that the meticulous preparation, epic yet intimate scope and impressive performances make The Age of Adaline a movie like no other. “I think that we are in a time in film where originality counts,” says producer Gary Lucchesi. “I don’t think anyone is going to come to our film and say, well, I’ve seen this before. Audiences are hungry for good stories, especially if they pack the kinds of surprises this does. Our director has a unique point of view and he’s created a visually stunning movie. Blake Lively gives the performance of her lifetime. I hope audiences watch this movie and, say, ‘God, that’s a really good movie.’”

A large part of the film’s unique point of view is in its nuanced portrayal of love in all its forms, says Lively. "There are different kinds of love stories within the movie," she continues. "There's the modern and apparent male-female story. There's a more complex love story that rests in Adaline's past and is brought to life again in her present. There's also a deeply touching story of love between mother and daughter. Adaline's life of love is such a beautiful journey."

Although the film visits many time periods, the story is squarely focused in the present. “It’s not a procedural where in the ’20s, this happened and in the ’30s that happened and so on,” says Lucchesi. “It’s a big-idea movie about what it might feel like not to age. Adaline is at an ideal age for her entire life. You would think that that would be the greatest thing in the world—to look the best you will ever look, to be intelligent and fully formed and never age a day. But as Adaline sees her own child mature and grow older, she begins to wish she could have taken that journey as well.”

Lively says the film is unlike any she's ever seen in its exploration of that idea. "It's about love and loss and what they mean if you were able to live forever," adds Lively. "Is that a gift or is it a curse? I walked away from Adaline's story thinking that life happens exactly the way it's supposed to. To live life surrounded by the people you love, to come and go with them, that feels like the perfect order to me."




“The Age of Adaline” showing in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Timeless love story and fashion through the ages in “THE AGE OF ADALINE”


TIMELESS LOVE STORY AND FASHION THROUGH THE AGES IN “THE AGE OF ADALINE”

Blake Lively stars in an enchanting and timeless love story of a woman who miraculously remained twenty-nine years old for eight decades in “The Age of Adaline” after an accident almost took her life. Taking on the titular role of Adaline Bowman, Lively’s character is meticulously dressed by Academy Award-winner costume designer Angus Strathie (“Moulin Rouge") through the fashions of each era she has lived through.

In “The Age of Adaline,” for decades, Adaline has lived with her head down for fear that her eternal youth will attract the wrong type of attention, always changing her identity, she moves on to a new city and cycles back again decades later. In order to remain her anonymity, she never allows herself to become too close to anyone except her daughter. As life unfolds before each passing decade, and as Adaline hopes to grow old with her daughter, she has come to realize why it’s valuable to age and essential to die, for without that, life loses its meaning.

From sumptuous formal gowns to everyday work clothes, everything Adaline wears was carefully selected and designed by costume designer Academy Award®-winner Angus Strathie and his team with an eye toward both fashion and storytelling. The Age of Adaline is an epic piece for a designer, acknowledges Strathie. “It has a long and complex storyline with many characters. The story takes place over almost a century. I was asked to define each of those periods, as well as the moods and emotions of this character through that time.”

From jewelry to handbags to coats, Strathie ran with the idea that Adaline had a closet full of clothing that she had acquired during her long lifetime. “Incorporating those vintage pieces into her contemporary look gives her an individual style,” he says. “For a date with Ellis, she starts with a jacket from the 1920s—a Bohemian, very individual piece. She wears it with a sweater from the 1960s and a contemporary skirt. Her shoes are from the ’50s or ’30s and the handbag was ’40s. Mixing styles became Adaline’s personal look. She draws from all of her time on earth and she gets a sense of security from her wardrobe.”

Lively appreciated the juxtaposition of classic and contemporary fashions. “I liked the fact that she’s dressed a little bit like an old lady,” she says. “She’s much more of a particular kind of conservative than most young women in San Francisco.”

Lively is the current face of the Gucci fashion house, and the company provided recent designs that are reminiscent of the '40s, '50s, and ‘60s, as well as a custom gown for Lively to wear in a critical scene, and they co-designed - alongside costume designer Angus Strathie - the gown she wears at the New Year’s ball. "A great deal of what I wear is Gucci," she says. "They have been such a great supporter of the film. My favorite piece is probably the final custom dress. I'm a magpie, so when I see sparkles ...that does it. It's a golden gown with distinct black beaded embellishments. It showcases a very different from the Adaline you meet in the beginning with the thick, woolly turtlenecks and the grandma shoes. The shift in dress helped to tell her story. The significance of the piece made it that much more beautiful."










“The Age of Adaline” is now showing in theatres nationwide from Pioneer Films.

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Melissa McCarthy's full-action mode in “SPY”


MELISSA MCCARTHY’S FULL-ACTION MODE IN “SPY”

Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy have already collaborated in the smash hit comedies: “Bridesmaids” and “The Heat.” In “Spy,” which Feig wrote and directed, the gifted actress plays the brilliant, intuitive and relatable Susan Cooper, who has worked in the dreary basement at CIA headquarters for years. Her colleague is the charming, sophisticated and self-absorbed super spy Bradley Fine, played by Jude Law. An unsung hero, Cooper is the one who guides her partner via a computer and an earpiece, when he is out on perilous assignments, steering him through sticky situations around the globe. Fine gets the credit for all the successes, but it is actually Cooper doing most of the complicated work. She is also secretly besotted with the charismatic Fine, but it’s a case of unrequited love.

When Fine goes off the grid while trying to locate a nuclear bomb, Susan Cooper volunteers to go out into the field herself, becoming a bona fide spy, infiltrating the world of international espionage in Europe. She has to confront the villainous, rich and ultra-glamorous Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) who is the daughter of a notorious arms dealer, with access to a nuclear weapon. It is up to the intrepid Agent Cooper to stop her before she wreaks global havoc!

Cooper has another challenge to deal with in the form of Rick Ford (a hilarious performance from Jason Statham) a supposedly ace operative. Ford turns out to be bumbling, intense and supremely arrogant. He completely underestimates Cooper, who surprises everyone with her all-round excellence. Out of her element at the start, Susan Cooper rapidly learns all the skills required for her new job. We see her dangling from a helicopter, racing around on a scooter and engaging in a kitchen fight with a deadly assassin. Side-splittingly funny, the film is riveting and action-packed. Also starring are Bobby Cannavale and 50 Cent.

A much more unorthodox confrontation and action in the movie takes place later in the week, at a Budapest restaurant kitchen, where Susan and an assassin (Nargis Fakhri) engage in a fight to the finish with fruits, vegetables, turkey legs and cooking utensils. Perry and his stunt team spent weeks choreographing and rehearsing, and “pre-visioning” the fight on computer. Food, pots and pans go flying, as the bruises mount on both McCarthy and Fakhri with each take.

“Who knew salad could be a weapon?” says Fakhri, a Queens, New York, daughter of Czech and Pakistani parents. “Melissa got me good with some potatoes but I returned the favor with some breadsticks. It’s hard to do this kind of scene, but when it’s Paul Feig, you take one for the team.”

Says Perry: “The kitchen fight took two days to complete and demonstrated Paul’s commitment to ramping up the action. He’s an enthusiast of 1980s Jackie Chan movies, as am I, so I had a good idea what he wanted: low, wide-angle impact shots coming into the lens. It’s funny, kinetic and violent.”






“Spy “opens May 21 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gossip Girl's Blake Lively ageless in “THE AGE OF ADALINE”


GOSSIP GIRL’S BLAKE LIVELY AGELESS IN “THE AGE OF ADALINE”

Time is a mystery, so is love in the sweeping romantic movie “The Age of Adaline” starring Blake Lively, known for her recurring role in the television hit series “Gossip Girl.” In “The Age of Adaline,” Lively stars in the titular role of Adaline Bowman, who has lived all by herself in almost eight decades since she discovered that she’s immortal, she stopped aging after turning 29.

Actress Blake Lively, who plays Adaline Bowman, knew she had found an enchanting adventure and timeless love story the first time she read the script. "I couldn't put it down," she says. "It read like a beautiful novel. The story is romantic, poetic and unique."

The actress was also excited to find an original story told from a woman's point of view. The idea of a woman who experiences so much, so deeply, during one of the most diverse centuries in human history intrigued Lively. "Her life spans a hundred years, it crosses many different eras," the actress says.

The role of Adaline Bowman required the kind of presence that few young actresses have today, says Krieger, a combination of understated elegance, a thoroughly modern sense of style and the wisdom that comes from a life lived fully. “It was critical that whoever played Adaline looked like she was in her 20s, but could carry herself with a century of experience,” says the director.

Acting in film and television since she was eight, Lively starred in the wildly popular television series Gossip Girl and appeared in high-profile movies including The Town and Savages. Her uncommon grace and self-possession add to the image of a woman who has lived an extraordinary life, according to Rosenberg. “We needed somebody absolutely modern who was also a little bit of a throwback to other eras. There aren’t many people who have that as well as the acting ability to pull off this role, but going back in time with Blake feels seamless.”

“All of us were excited to see what Blake could do in a leading role,” says Krieger. “Even at 27 years old, she’s very sophisticated and carries herself with a kind of poise that few women her age do.”

The actress admits it was a challenging role, but an extremely rewarding one that allowed her to delve more deeply into a character than she ever has before. “I had to play so many women within one. Adaline lives through such different time periods, but she can’t be a fractured woman. She is smart enough to evolve and change with the times, yet she is always the same person.”




“The Age of Adaline” opens May 20 nationwide in theatres from Pioneer Films.



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Rose Byrne plays comical frenemy in “SPY”


ROSE BYRNE PLAYS COMICAL FRENEMY IN “SPY”

Rose Byrne struts her way into a global chase against a group of undercover agents in “Spy” starring alongside Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham and Jude Law.

Byrne takes on the role of Rayna, a beautiful and privileged Oxford-educated daughter of a recently deceased arms dealer who becomes frenemies with Susan Cooper, a novice spy who gears up for action after Fine (Law) suddenly goes off the grid during a dangerous assignment. Agent Cooper leaves her dreary desk job behind, entering the world of international espionage in Europe. Soon, Rayna and Susan butt heads when Rayna has come into possession of an unusual inheritance, a small tactical nuclear weapon enough to give the world a total meltdown.

Rose Byrne says her character is all about status. Rayna wears garish outfits for grand entrances into the finest hotels. Perpetually bored and unimpressed, she lacks a sense of humor and has a brutally direct manner of speaking. “I liken her to royalty, or a member of a corrupt dynasty. She’s posh and talks as if she’s from another era, an effort to compensate for her poor Bulgarian roots.” Despite her coldness, Rayna feels slightly sympathetic and curious about Susan, who reminds her of a “sad Bulgarian clown.”

Of Byrne, who also co-starred with her in “Bridesmaids,” McCarthy says, “I would work with Rose 300 million times. She manages to play a character that’s dastardly yet likeable, which is a tricky thing to pull off. You don’t see the work behind her performance. You just see a remarkable character who turns on a dime.”

While filming and on the run, Rayna’s adventures transitions to a far more luxurious form of air transport, McCarthy and Rose Byrne shoot a flight sequence onboard Rayna’s private jet, which is replete with her unmistakable style – that is to say, gaudy leopard skin upholstery and Versace red and gold wallpaper. Having grown interminably bored in Rome, Rayna is whisking her newfound “sad Bulgarian clown” companion to Budapest for drinks. Chaos breaks out during the flight, and the plane’s occupants find themselves in a nosedive, experiencing the zero gravity effect of weightlessness.

To overcome the challenges of filming this sequence, SFX supervisor Yves De Bono had the plane mounted on a 20-degree gimbal, allowing it to tilt and swivel in any direction. Movement was hydraulically controlled from the ground, and both cast and stunt team were harnessed to cables to simulate floating. Rose Byrne spent time in a swimming pool practicing controlling her physical motions to prepare for the sequence, which required a week to complete.

Director Paul Feig says Byrne’s role as Rayna is his favourite, “Rose is one of the most talented comedic actresses out there and nobody knew for years that she was a comedic actress. She plays Rayna Boyanov, the daughter of a black market arms dealer, a spoiled rich girl who grew up in Bulgaria but went to school in London and has completely got rid of her accent. Now she's got a very posh English accent, composed and classy, but she is swearing all the time and she is so funny.”





“Spy” opens this May 21 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Miranda Hart: Brit's crowned Queen of Comedy tops up laughs and action in “SPY”


MIRANDA HART: BRIT’S CROWNED QUEEN OF COMEDY TOPS UP LAUGHS AND ACTION IN “SPY”

Miranda Hart, British Comedy Awards’ crowned Queen of Comedy plays along with Hollywood A-listers Jason Statham, Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Allison Janney and Melissa McCarthy in the action comedy “Spy.”

Hart plays Nancy, best friend to Melissa McCarthy’s Susan Cooper, a desk-bound CIA analyst, the brains behind her suave colleague, super spy, Bradley Fine (Law), who is out in the field, engaged in dangerous assignments. When Fine suddenly vanishes, Cooper goes undercover herself. Dressed in various disguises to ensure her anonymity, Agent Cooper quickly proves herself adept at the job, despite formidable challenges.

But Bradley’s attempt to walk a ‘Fine line’ with Susan doesn’t sit well with her best friend and colleague Nancy. Deeply protective, she blames him for stifling Susan’s career advancement and toying with her emotions. “Nancy is an earpiece girl, like Susan,” Hart says. “She’s tacky, geeky, great at her job, but socially quite rubbish. She and Susan are two fish out of water, in the same empty fishbowl. They have a ‘womance,’ you might say.”

Director Paul Feig tailored the part of Nancy specifically for Hart, whom he has admired for years. “I’ve tried to get her in other projects, and it never panned out, so it’s enormously satisfying to finally work with her.”
Topping notes that Feig celebrates unconventional women and Hart fits that bill – if the bill can accommodate her 6’1” stature. Skilled at using her lanky frame and gait to great comedic effect, the British star of her self-titled UK sitcom also appears as ‘Chummy’ in the hit BBC series, “Call the Midwife,” set in the 1950s.

When it appears Susan has breeched the parameters of her mission, Nancy is dispatched by her boss, Elaine Crocker (Janney), to find out what the novice spy is up to. She quickly discovers her BFF has gone full-on rogue. “As a solid ‘rules & regs’ kind of gal, Nancy is both appalled and awed by Susan’s defiance of Elaine’s ‘observe and report only’ directive,” explains Hart. “Nancy is terrified of the world and begins screwing things up for Susan. She makes everything a complete muddle, which is where a lot of the high comedy happens.”

Miranda Hart explains one of her favourite scenes in the movie, “Nancy needs to distract eyes away from the dance floor, so she rushes the stage and tackles 50 Cent. Just plows him over.” Miranda Hart said she appreciated spending two days sprawled all over the “handsome and muscular Mr. Cent.” The numerous bruises on her body afterward attest to the zeal with which Miranda performed the scene. “I mounted him rather aggressively after the tackle, which caused the security guards to manhandle me. We lay on each other for hours of shooting, which made for a somewhat awkward hello the next day.”

50 Cent himself confirms that, on the first take, “Miranda hit me like a linebacker. I was prepared to sort of fake fall when she made contact, but no fakery was required. I found myself on the ground.”




Planeload of action and laughs explode when “Spy” opens in cinemas this May 21 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD” roars to $109-M worldwide opening


“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD” ROARS TO $109-M WORLDWIDE OPENING
Film is the #1 new release at the worldwide box office
“Mad Max: Fury Road” gives George Miller his biggest opening ever and is already the top-grossing “Mad Max” film

Riding on rave reviews and huge anticipation around the globe, Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “Mad Max: Fury Road” thundered at the worldwide box office with an opening weekend of more than $109.4 million, making it the #1 new release at the global box office. It is also the biggest opening ever for director George Miller and is already the highest grossing of all the “Mad Max” films. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

George Miller’s return to the world of “Mad Max” was a major draw overseas, where it earned an aggregate estimated $65 million in 68 territories on 16,900 screens. It was #1 at the box office in almost 40 territories, including Australia, the birthplace of the post-apocalyptic anti-hero, as well as such key markets as France, Russia, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Korea, all of Scandinavia, and many more.

In the Philippines, the film received unanimous praise from critics and grossed a formidable P22.74-M gross in four days.

In the U.S., “Mad Max: Fury Road” had an excellent opening of more than $44.4 million at 3,702 locations.

In making the announcement, Fellman said, “George Miller, together with his extraordinary cast, led by Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, and fellow filmmakers, has created a movie-going experience that critics agree is not to be missed, as evidenced by the 98% ‘Fresh’ score on Rotten Tomatoes—resulting in the biggest opening weekend ever for an R-rated actioner so well-reviewed. Word of mouth is already tremendous and should drive box office returns well into summer.”

Kwan Vandenberg stated, “It’s truly gratifying to see the fantastic critical reaction translate to such strong numbers at the box office. George Miller’s edge-of-your-seat, action-packed experience is a must-see big-screen visual stunner that is luring both diehard followers and new fans around the world.”

Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, said, “Anticipation began with our early campaign, which offered just a taste of the world inhabited by George Miller’s unique characters. Triumphant premieres in Los Angeles and at the Cannes Film Festival further fueled the social media buzz surrounding ‘Fury Road,’ which, combined with phenomenal reviews, turned the release into a global event.”

Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, added, “The success of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is a testament to the commitment of George Miller and his team to deliver something moviegoers have never seen before. George’s vision not only lives up to the legacy of his pioneering ‘Mad Max’ films but expands upon that legacy for a new generation. We thank our partners at Village Roadshow and, together with them, congratulate everyone involved in the film.”




From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.

Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by Imperator Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.


Now playing across the Philippines in 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D and 4DX theaters, “Mad Max: Fury Road” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Uber “SPY” Jude Law: All is fine in the espionage game


UBER “SPY” JUDE LAW: ALL IS FINE IN THE ESPIONAGE GAME

Meet the finest spy of them all, Jude Law stars as Bradley Fine, a charming but self-absorbed fop who manages to complete his missions while keeping every hair in place in the fall-off-your-seat action comedy “Spy.”

Paul Feig directs the hilarious action comedy, “Spy.” Law stars alongside Oscar nominated actress Melissa McCarthy as Susan Cooper, a desk-bound CIA analyst, the brains behind the suave colleague, super spy, Bradley Fine (Law), who is out in the field, engaged in dangerous assignments. Fine gets the credit for all the successes, but it is actually Cooper doing most of the complicated work. She is also secretly besotted with the charismatic Fine, but it’s a case of unrequited love. When Fine goes off the grid while trying to locate a nuclear bomb, Susan Cooper volunteers to go out into the field herself, becoming a bona fide spy, infiltrating the world of international espionage in Europe. She has to confront the villainous, rich and ultra-glamorous Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) who is the daughter of a notorious arms dealer, with access to a nuclear weapon. It is up to the intrepid Agent Cooper to stop her before she wreaks global havoc!

Jude Law says: “As far as Fine is concerned, he and Susan are the perfect team, unflappable, the cream of the crop in the CIA. He sees the relationship as purely platonic, despite the occasional flirtations. Certain elements of that she may misread, or perhaps hope will develop into something more. He doesn’t imagine that she has any real desire to leave the basement, but you could argue that he wants Susan to remain there because without her he might be lost.”

McCarthy agrees: “Fine is somewhat manipulative, but in a way that’s understandable. If you’re out in the field, you want the best person possible on your team, and you want them to be totally on top of things.” Says McCarthy, “I love the way Jude plays Fine as charming but a bit of a cad.”

Law admits he has seldom had more fun in a role, and emphasizes it was important for Fine to “tick certain boxes and lure the audience into the high-stakes danger of spy craft. It’s one of those few screen characters that so many boys pretend to be – astronaut, soldier, spy…“The discussions Paul and I had about Fine centered on the idea that we didn’t want him to be mean. He has genuine affection for Susan, along with self-interest in keeping the team together. Striking that balance is important.”

Truth to be told, Jude Law is running for his life, 25 feet below ground during the film’s production. On day one of filming, and cast and crew have assembled in a labyrinth of limestone caves that stretches some 23 miles underneath a brewery in Buda, Hungary. Jude’s character, Bradley Fine, is trying to elude some armed henchmen, relying on intel delivered to his earpiece from Susan Cooper in Langley, 6,000 miles away from his predicament in Bulgaria. Fine wears special CIA issued contact lenses that act as a camera, sending visual images back to Cooper. Director of photography Robert Yeoman uses small GoPro cameras to simulate the imagery delivered by the contact lens camera, letting the audience see exactly what Susan is viewing on her monitor.

Says Law: “When Fine’s on the frontlines, Cooper is telling him where to go, who’s following him, the nearest escape route. His life is in her hands.” The caves were originally excavated as quarries in the 1700s, and later repurposed for beer storage. At various times they have been used as emergency shelters and even hidden hangers for Nazi aircraft. It was late in March, and while the temperature above ground is mild, at this subterranean depth breath condenses in the air, and crew members don winter jackets and hats.

It’s a physically demanding role for the fit and athletic Law, who’s required to run through long expanses of the tunnels, and engage in hand-to-hand combat. Says stunt coordinator JJ Perry: “Jude has a reputation for being good at stunts, but he’s more than that. He’s a beast. He killed that sequence.”



The latest elite team of undercover agents will knock you off your feet when “Spy” opens in Philippine cinemas nationwide on May 21 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Jason Statham in his funniest and hard-hitting action stunts in “SPY”


JASON STATHAM IN HIS FUNNIEST AND HARD-HITTING ACTION STUNTS IN “SPY”

In the latest all-out high-octane action and laugh-out-loud “Spy” movie, Jason Statham describes his role in the film as “different from anything I’ve done, and it’s been great fun.”

Statham stars with Academy Award nominees Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law along with Golden Globe nominee Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Allison Janney with the special participation of Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson. The movie brings at the center of the action the world’s unlikely heroine, Susan Cooper (McCarthy), a brilliant, intuitive and relatable desk agent, who has worked in the dreary basement at CIA headquarters for years. Her colleague is the charming, sophisticated and self-absorbed super spy Bradley Fine, played by Jude Law. An unsung hero, Cooper is the one who guides her partner via a computer and an earpiece, when he is out on perilous assignments, steering him through sticky situations around the globe. Fine gets the credit for all the successes, but it is actually Cooper doing most of the complicated work. She is also secretly besotted with the charismatic Fine, but it’s a case of unrequited love.

When Fine goes off the grid while trying to locate a nuclear bomb, Susan Cooper volunteers to go out into the field herself, becoming a bona fide spy, infiltrating the world of international espionage in Europe. She has to confront the villainous, rich and ultra-glamorous Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) who is the daughter of a notorious arms dealer, with access to a nuclear weapon. It is up to the intrepid Agent Cooper to stop her before she wreaks global havoc!

Cooper has another challenge to deal with in the form of Rick Ford (a hilarious performance by Statham), a supposedly ace operative. Ford turns out to be bumbling, intense and supremely arrogant. He completely underestimates Cooper, who surprises everyone with her all-round excellence. Out of her element at the start, Susan Cooper rapidly learns all the skills required for her new job.

Statham’s Ford considers himself a match for anyone. Everyone. All at once. Part Rambo, part Clousseau, Agent Rick Ford embodies the words intrepid, fearless and clueless. Ford’s confidence is far removed from competence. Ford quits the CIA in protest of Cooper being an agent on the field, and goes off the grid, determined to see the mission through on his own. “Ford is very intense, yet comically oblivious to his own bumbling,” says Statham.

Director Paul Feig, once an aspiring stuntman, is a fan of Statham’s movies, and, as with Nancy and Miranda Hart, tailored the Ford role to the actor. Melissa McCarthy says, “Jason’s Rick Ford is going to blow your mind. He’s a bit of a sociopath, but Jason plays him with such conviction. He doesn’t wink at the camera or allow it to go into spoof, which is what makes it so ungodly funny.”






Side-splittingly funny, riveting and action-packed, “Spy” opens very soon this May 21 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.


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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Melissa McCarthy: When the world needs a new “SPY”


MELISSA MCCARTHY: WHEN THE WORLD NEEDS A NEW “SPY”

Susan Cooper may be out of her element. But not out of her league. Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.

Blessed with freakish memory, Cooper labors in a dreary sub-basement office, serving as the eyes and ears (and pining for the heart) of super agent Bradley Fine – a charming but self-absorbed fop who manages to complete his missions while keeping every hair in place.

In latching onto her first spy mission, McCarthy’s Susan Cooper must first let go of insecurity and self-doubt while mustering the nerve to abandon her desk at Langley (CIA Headquarters) to tangle with an assortment of well-quaffed European baddies.

Says McCarthy: “Susan’s always had ability, and is great technically and tactically, but she lacked confidence. Now her field experiences and loyalty to Jude’s character, Bradley Fine, begin to bring out her full potential. She discovers talents she didn’t know she had.”

Teaming with Melissa McCarthy for the third time, following their smash hits “Bridesmaids” and “The Heat,” writer-director Paul Feig this time adds a planeload of action to their trademark comedy and sets the story in gorgeous European locales. The bustling, unfamiliar environments of such famed capitals as Rome, Paris and Budapest add to Susan’s disorienting transition into the cloak-and-dagger fieldwork of international espionage.

In developing a palette for the film, Feig, along with director of photography Robert Yeoman and production designer Jefferson Sage, was inspired by James Bond movies. They set out to make a comedy in the visual style of those iconic films, with sweeping shots, striking backdrops and convincing action sequences. Yeoman says, “Typically in comedies the lighting is bright and flat, but Paul wanted it darker, with more contrast, to emphasize some of the danger and risks in the shadowy world of espionage. There is a big scope to the location shots.”

“Spy” shot primarily in Budapest, Hungary, which also doubles for Rome and Paris. The city’s striking and varied architecture allowed Sage to utilize interesting landmarks and unique neighborhood characteristics to distinguish between the three capitals. Buda, located on the west side of the Danube, is hilly, with winding cobblestone streets that provide an effective cheat for Rome. Meanwhile, abundant natural trees and vegetation effectively serve to soften the location backdrops for Paris, which filmmakers wanted keep lighter and wider in tonality.




“Spy” opens May 21 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Stars commit to “SUICIDE SQUAD” (Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto to Head Cast)


STARS COMMIT TO “SUICIDE SQUAD”
Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto to Head Cast

An all-star roster of actors has joined Warner Bros. Pictures’ new action adventure “Suicide Squad,” bringing DC Comics’ super villain team to the big screen under the direction of David Ayer (“Fury”). The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The film will star two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (“The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Ali,” upcoming “Focus”) as Deadshot; Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises,” upcoming “Mad Max: Fury Road”) as Rick Flagg; Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” upcoming “Focus,” the “Tarzan” movie) as Harley Quinn; Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “Alexander”) as the Joker; Jai Courtney (“Divergent,” upcoming “The Water Diviner”) as Boomerang; and Cara Delevingne (“Anna Karenina,” upcoming “Pan”) as Enchantress.

In making the announcement, Silverman said, “The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one. David Ayer returns to the studio where he wrote ‘Training Day’ and brings his incredible ability to craft multidimensional villains to this iconic DC property with a cast of longtime Warner collaborators Will Smith and Tom Hardy, and other new and returning favorites: Margot, Jared, Jai and Cara. We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.”

Ayer is also writing the script for “Suicide Squad,” which is being produced by Charles Roven (“The Dark Knight” trilogy, upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”) and Richard Suckle (“American Hustle”). Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns are serving as executive producers.


The film is slated for release beginning on August 5, 2016.

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The night Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys "hugged" me (20 years in the making!)

I was 8 when I first saw Nick Carter on MTV (music video of "Quit Playing Games With My Heart"). I think he was 16 at that time. I instantly became a fan of him and the Backstreet Boys. He's probably also one of my very first crushes ever.

Since then, I promised myself that there would come a time that I'd get to see him in person too.

I did get to finally see him in person back in 2010 when I went to the Backstreet Boys "This Is Us" concert at SMART-Araneta Coliseum and in 2012 for the "NKOTBBSB" concert at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

I was happy that at last I did get to see him perform live on stage, but I somehow wanted more. I wanted to meet him in person and tell him how big a fan I am of him ever since for 2 decades now.

But I'm gay. I just wasn't sure how open he was with having gay fans like me, or the rest of the boys (Brian Littrell, AJ McClean, Howie Dorough and Kevin Richardson) for that matter. But, hey....you just have one shot in life.

Come what may.

And lo and behold, come May 5, 2015, at the MOA Arena, around 6PM. This happened....


Dreams do come true!!!

Thank you, Lord!!! Finally!!! After 20 years...20 long years!!!

And not only that....

Nick Carter hugged me.

NICK. CARTER. HUGGED. ME.

I didn't approach him and offered to hug him first. He was the one who made the first move to hug me.

Me. A gay fan. Getting a hug from Nick Carter.

It was so more than enough! I swear. I so swear. Surreal!

Some of you might not understand why I feel this way about this experience, but believe me...that night is probably the happiest night of my life ever. EVER.

This is also a very big deal to me because not all artists are LGBT friendly. They might seem and express to be LGBT friendly when they're on TV or something but most of the time they're very different in person. And you can't hide such level of discomfort or resentment to an LGBT fan. I'm so thankful that with Nick Carter it was different.

Thank you, Nick Carter. Thank you so much. Thank you for touching my life and making me believe again that life is indeed very beautiful.



And I love you to pieces.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

The world gets pitch-slapped in “PITCH PERFECT 2”


THE WORLD GETS PITCH-SLAPPED IN “PITCH PERFECT 2”

The Barden Bellas are back to pitch slap the world in Universal Pictures' “Pitch Perfect 2,” the follow-up to 2012’s runaway global hit about a group of lovable misfits with only one thing in common: the irresistible way they sound when they’re seamlessly mixed together, mashed-up and arranged like never before.

It’s been three years since the Bellas brought their signature vocals, style and attitude to become the first all-female group to win a national title. But when they get banned after a scandal that threatens to derail their last year at Barden, the three-time defending champs worry that this time they’ve lost their harmony for good.

With just one chance left at redeeming their legacy, the Bellas must fight for their right to win the World Championships of A Cappella in Copenhagen. And as they struggle to balance the pressures of musical domination with senior angst, it will take the power of sisterhood to find their voice and see what it takes to be the world’s top pitches.

Reprising their roles as the girls who run the a cappella world are Anna Kendrick as Beca, Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy, Brittany Snow as Chloe, Anna Camp as Aubrey, Alexis Knapp as Stacie, Hana Mae Lee as Lilly, Ester Dean as Cynthia Rose, Kelley Jakle as Jessica and Shelley Regner as Ashley.
The brand-new Bellas who are welcomed to “Pitch Perfect 2” are Hailee Steinfeld as Emily, a legacy freshman who is eager to follow in the footsteps of her talented vocalist mother, Katherine (Katey Sagal), and Chrissie Fit as Flo, a transfer student who is constantly puzzled by the self-induced dramatics of her fellow underclassmen.

Rejoining the comedy as the unbelievably odd, scene-stealing commentators of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella are John Michael Higgins as the super-sexist John and actress/director/producer Elizabeth Banks as fabulous, frequent divorcée Gail.

As the Bellas head off to the world championships in Denmark, they must face off against the toughest competition on the planet: German supergroup Das Sound Machine, led by the cut-Beca-to-the-quick Kommissar (Birgitte Hjort Sorensen of Autómata) and her sidekick, Pieter Krämer (YouTube superstar Flula Borg).

Making their motion-picture debuts are six superfans, some of whom also happen to be members of the Green Bay Packers—Clay Matthews, David Bakhtiari, Jordan Rodgers, Don Barclay, T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton. Die-hard aficionados of “Pitch Perfect,” they were cast after impressing the filmmakers with their enviable knowledge of every song, line and dance move of the 2012 comedy.
Helmed by Banks, and produced by “Pitch Perfect’s” Paul Brooks, Max Handelman and Banks, “Pitch Perfect 2” finds Kay Cannon (TV’s New Girl, 30 Rock) back with the team to pen the next chapter and co-produce.



Opening across the Philippines on May 13, 2015, “Pitch Perfect 2” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

All of the bellas reunite for “PITCH PERFECT 2”


ALL OF THE BELLAS REUNITE FOR “PITCH PERFECT 2”

All of the Bellas are back for Universal Pictures' “Pitch Perfect 2” – reprising their roles as the girls who run the a cappella world are Anna Kendrick as Beca, Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy, Brittany Snow as Chloe, Anna Camp as Aubrey, Alexis Knapp as Stacie, Hana Mae Lee as Lilly, Ester Dean as Cynthia Rose, Kelley Jakle as Jessica and Shelley Regner as Ashley.

Watch the Bellas talk about taking on the a capella world championships below.




It’s been three years since the Bellas brought their signature vocals, style and attitude to become the first all-female group to win America's national title. But when they get banned after a scandal that threatens to derail their last year at Barden, the three-time defending champs worry that this time they’ve lost their harmony for good. With just one chance left at redeeming their legacy, the Bellas must fight for their right to win the World Championships of A Cappella in Copenhagen.

Kendrick appreciated that Beca has moved from a wide-eyed freshman to a more polished senior. She agrees with her producers that the singers had to be taken down a peg so they could show us who they truly are—both vocally and personally—and get back up again. Kendrick reflects: “The Bellas have gone a little too far. They went for an original sound by the end of the first movie, and this time around it’s good…but it’s a lot. There’s too much showmanship and sound, so this movie is about them thinking they need to push it even further, when they actually need to strip back down and find themselves again.”

It wouldn’t be “Pitch Perfect” without the one and only Patricia, more affectionately known as Fat Amy. With her signature dry humor, Rebel Wilson discusses just what brought her back for the second chapter: “When I heard about it, I was like, ‘Do I get to have a solo in this one?’ And then I found out I did, so I was totally in. Then I asked, ‘Do I get to have a naked shower scene in this one?’ When they said, ‘Yes,’ I told them, ‘You don’t even have to pay me then. I’ll just do this movie for free.’” Jokes aside, Wilson appreciates that her character has a love story in this chapter. “You get a bit more in-depth with Fat Amy and what she’s going to do when she graduates…as well as how that affects her.”

No stranger to odd shower scenes in a Pitch Perfect film, Brittany Snow returns as Chloe, the seventh-year senior who is having a hard time saying goodbye. The performer shares a bit about where we find her character: “Chloe is so passionate about singing in the Bellas that she’s chosen to stay and intentionally fail a lot of her classes. So she’s even crazier than the first time, and she’s very passionate, which leads to a lot of mayhem because she’s extremely overzealous when it comes to singing. She’s even weirder than before, which is fun for me to play.”

The Bellas’ sultriest member, Stacie, is once again played by Alexis Knapp. The actress muses: “For Stacie, not much has changed, except her hair color. It is three years later, so everyone’s matured, and she’s not as wild…in certain ways.”

Without a doubt, the Bellas’ quirkiest member is Lilly, known for softly uttering non sequiturs at every turn. For her part, Hana Mae Lee has embraced how much joy the character has brought to audiences. She reflects: “I love Lilly. She’s funny and quiet, but she’s never shy. I think a lot of people thought, ‘Oh, she’s cute but weird.’ What I like about her is that the audience still hasn’t figured her out 100 percent, because there are always new things going on with her.”

Ester Dean, who plays the no-nonsense Cynthia Rose, discusses the transformation for all of her fellow thespians: “In Pitch Perfect, we were becoming friends and getting to know each other. We were going through the shock of learning the dances and singing a cappella, and we just did our job as we were working. This time, we are friends acting together. I’ve never felt so connected to them as I do now.”

Rounding out the core cast of graduating senior Bellas are Kelley Jakle and Shelley Regner, who play, respectively, Jessica and Ashley. Both extremely talented vocalists, Jakle was part of the multiple ICCA-winning SoCal VoCals, while Regner is a distinguished, talented performer in her own right, having appeared alongside Jakle at Carnegie Hall, and currently co-starring on the live sketch-comedy show “TMI Hollywood.”

Although one of our favorite Bellas, Aubrey, played by Anna Camp, has graduated, as all the girls know: once a Bella, always a Bella. Now the program director at a corporate boot camp, Aubrey is most definitely her father’s daughter and steps in to whip the Bellas into shape after they’ve lost their way…and their sound.





Opening across the Philippines on May 13, “Pitch Perfect 2” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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