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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

How to Choose the Right Engagement Ring?

How to Choose the Right Engagement Ring?
by Roland Dean
Equalli.com - LGBT Wedding Rings

Picking an engagement ring may seem overwhelming at first. The ring is a symbol of the love that you share with your significant other. It is something that both you and the rest of the world will see every day. You want something that will be both individual and traditional. You want something that is both elegant and practical. There are a few things to consider when you are looking for that perfect engagement ring.

Price Range

You should have an idea of the price tag that you are looking for when you start to shop for the engagement ring. This way, you narrow your search to things that you can actually afford. Because there can be a lot of options, knowing your budget can be a good place to start. This can help keep the choices from getting overwhelming. There are usually a lot of options at every price point, so whatever you decide will reap good options. Some jewelry stores and manufacturers also give the option of making multiple payments on the ring, giving you some higher budget options. Depending on the place, sometimes you can take the ring with you immediately. In other cases, the ring must be paid for entirely before you can actually have it. This is something to look into. You can check out tips on how to budget for your engagement ring purchase.

Sentimental Value

This is another consideration when looking into engagement rings. Many people like to give a ring that has sentimental value. This does not have to mean a ring that has been passed down through the generations. Many rings can be modeled after engagement rings that mean something to one or both spouses. Custom made rings can be a good option in this area. However, custom rings can be considerably more expensive than regular rings. Another option is to have a picture of the ring of piece of jewelry that you want the engagement ring modeled after. A representative at a store may be able to recommend something that is similar to the example. This is one option for keeping certain traditions and symbolism in the family.

Personal Taste

Engagement rings should reflect the personalities of the people that the ring represents. Since every love is special, engagement rings should be unique to the love being represented by the ring. Unique engagement rings by Equalli are available at a reasonable price. These rings give the couple a ring that is unlike anything else on the market. You do not have to break the bank to have something that reflects personal taste. Choices may include materials and gems used in the ring, style of the ring, and size of the ring. If you are picking a ring for your significant other, make sure to pick something that you will both love. You both have to look at it every day for the rest of your lives together.


Engagement rings should always to practical for the lifestyle of the person wearing the ring. Bigger is not always better. If the job of the person wearing the ring is something where the ring could catch or become damaged, it may be better to pick something smaller. In some cases, you may even want to purchase a band in addition to the engagement ring. This way, the band could be worn for work, and the engagement ring can be worn the rest of the time. Getting a ring that does not fit the lifestyle of the person wearing the ring could result in a higher chance of damage, loss, and expensive cleaning fees. Keep this in mind when picking a ring for yourself or your significant other!


When you look at getting an engagement ring, you want to make sure that the materials used in the ring were aquired in an ethical manner. Many diamond minors and manufacturers of fine jewelry around the world are not treated in the most ethical manner. Most manufacturers and jewelry makers can tell you where your materials came from. Try to minimize materials aquired from exploited individuals or animals. This is especially true when it comes to diamonds and ivory materials. To learn more about the ethical sourcing of such materials, check out more information on the subject.

Picking an engagement ring is one of the first steps to a wonderful special day. More than that, the ring is the symbol of the love that you and your partner share. It is the public representation of your commitment to each other, and you both have to see that ring every day for a long time. While it is not the most important part of a marriage, it is a great way to show personality, commitment, tradition, and love.



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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

20th Century Fox unleashes “THE NEW MUTANTS” first trailer


20th Century Fox finally released the first trailer of “The New Mutants” directed by Josh Boone that will open in Philippine cinemas on April 11, 2018.

The story of the “The New Mutants” revolves around a team of mutant heroes comprised of the first graduates from Charles Xavier’s school. The exciting new movie stars Anya Taylor-Joy as Illyana Rasputin/Magik, Maisie Williams as Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane, Charlie Heaton as Sam Guthrie/ Cannonball, Alice Braga as Dr. Cecilia Reyes, Henry Zaga as Roberto da Costa / Sunspot, and Blu Hunt as Danielle Moonstar/Mirage.

In recent news, Stacey Snider, chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox shared, “New Mutants” is about these teenagers who are just coming into their powers. It’s like watching mutants go through adolescence and they have no impulse control, so they’re dangerous. The only solution is to put them in a “Breakfast Club” detention/“Cuckoo’s Nest” institutional setting. It protects the people on the outside, but it’s strange and combustible inside. The genre is like a haunted-house movie with a bunch of hormonal teenagers. We haven’t seen it as a superhero movie whose genre is more like “The Shining” than “we’re teenagers let’s save the world.”

Additonally, Anya Taylor-Joy reassured fans in recent interviews, “I think the nicest thing about it is that Josh Boone, our director -- he's just such a fan of the comics, and he really loves them so much that he's really interested in just making sure that we do the comics justice for the people that love the characters. You know, we all feel so lucky to be such incredibly loved characters. So, while it's definitely a departure from the X-Men movies, the fans won't be disappointed. We definitely kept all the important bits in there.”



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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

“SPIRIT OF THE GLASS: THE HAUNTED” in cinemas nationwide November 1


Written by Jose Javier Reyes, “Spirit of the Glass: The Haunted” sees three friends who gained popularity through social media: Bea, Lisette and Chelsea were called the Instaglams since their popularity was rooted on social media.

Bea is a lifestyle editor of a popular magazine as well as a stylist, Lisette is an up and coming young actress while Chelsea is a popular model for mainstream and viral advertising. The three girls gained that much desired reputation of being the Girls of the Moment, basking on their youth and popularity. Each had their own partners --- Bea with Enzo, an athlete businessman whose best buddy is Jag, another scion of a rich family and Andre, Chelsea’s rich beau.

Young, beautiful and unsuccessful, all are completely unaware that they would be ensnared in the complicated world of the supernatural because of an article inherited by Bea from her grandaunt --- an Ouija board.

Out of sheer boredom, the group decided to play with the board thinking it was a toy and unwittingly opening the gates of the other world for three spirits to connect with them. Without their knowledge, they agreed to help the spirits not aware of the consequences of such actions as they are now harassed by these disturbed souls to help them seek justice. The crime was committed fifty years ago involving one of the most beautiful young actresses in the country named Sabrina Villafuerte who was forced to marry a man she did not loved named Budoy Carbonell --- the grandfather of Bea.

The spirits haunt the girls and their partners until they are forced to connect with a blind medium named Anita who was quite aware of the haunting that was taking place. The finale is a showdown that completely caught the friends off guard and bewildered by what they had accidentally unravelled.

“Spirit of the Glass 2 : The Haunted” stars Cristine Reyes, Daniel Matsunaga, Maxine Medina, Benjamin Alves, Ashley Ortega, Enrico Cuenca, Janine Gutierrez, Dominic Roque, and Aaron Villaflor.



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Monday, October 23, 2017

Halloween Screamfest with “Spirit of the Glass 2: The Haunted”

Halloween Screamfest with “Spirit of the Glass 2: The Haunted”

Never toy with the unknown because it might just come back to haunt you. This is the lesson from “Spirit of the Glass 2: The Haunted,” the latest horror movie set to hit Filipino theaters in time for Halloween.

Three fashionista friends who are popular on social media attempt to have some offline fun by trying to contact spirits using the age-old Spirit of the Glass game and this opens up to a series of horrific haunting experiences.

Bea is a lifestyle editor of a popular magazine, Lisette is an up-and-coming young actress, and Chelsea is a sought-after model. They are the Girls of the Moment, living blissful lives basking in their popularity. One night, together with their love interests, Enzo, Jag, and Andre summon a trio of vengeful spirits with Bea’s Ouija Board, and this triggers a succession of disturbing supernatural events in relation to a crime committed 50 years ago. The spirits haunt the girls and their partners until they are forced to connect with a blind medium named Anita to help the spirits seek justice and eternal peace.

The movie is written by Jose Javier Reyes as a nod to the first Spirit of the Glass movie which he also directed. The first movie came out in 1994 with an ensemble cast including Rica Peralejo, Marvin Agustin, Drew Arellano, Paolo Contis, Alessandra de Rossi and Dingdong Dantes.

“Spirit of the Glass 2 : The Haunted” stars Cristine Reyes, Daniel Matsunaga, Maxine Medina, Benjamin Alves, Ashley Ortega, Enrico Cuenca, Janine Gutierrez, Dominic Roque, and Aaron Villaflor. With fresh new faces and the latest in special effects and filming technology, together with superb storytelling, this latest installment in the horror genre promises to give a new generation of Filipino moviegoers another screamfest full of thrills and chills.

The movie, which is produced under Octoarts Films in association with T-Rex Entertainment, is set to screen at Philippine cinemas starting November 1.



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Friday, September 15, 2017

Gadgets that save the world in “KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE”


Every hero is only as strong as their villain, of course. And in the latest “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” that conflict comes from the introduction of Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore), a drug dealer who, as head of the mysterious Golden Circle criminal enterprise, sets in place a nefarious plan that sets her on a collision course with Eggsy (Taron Egerton). For director Matt Vaughn, the villain’s plot was of paramount importance – and to stop the ultimate heinous threat, the Kingsman are equipped with gadgets customized for the unrelenting explosive battle to save the world.

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” won’t skimp on that patented Kingsman craziness, though, from an opening car chase in which Eggsy has to fight for his life in a Kingsman cab hurtling across London, to an all-out assault on Poppyland, and a barroom brawl which deliberately recalls the pub fight sequence from the first movie. “The fights are even more crazy,” says Egerton. “But in terms of the setpieces, Matthew has tried to do different things. There’s a sequence in the movie that has that hyper, one-shot feel, but you can’t top the church scene. He’d rather move on and find something new.”

After the attack and the Kingsman headquarters turned into ruins, Eggsy teams up with Merlin (Mark Strong) — who appears to be the only other survivor — to investigate the circumstances behind it. The Kingsman’s ‘Doomsday Protocal’ leads them to Kentucky, where they discover that Kingsman isn’t the only name in international espionage. Welcome to the lavishly-funded all-American organisation, Statesman.

Where there’s a Kingsman, there’s always a reliable gadget hidden or worn, here are some of their awesome gadgets used in saving the world:

· The agent’s hidden weapon, the Kingsman agent frames are handcrafted by Cutler and Gross, the finest purveyors in British luxury eyewear.

· The customised Kingsman pistol is the standard issue Sidearm for all Kingsman agents.

· The Kingsman Pen, is a classic fountain pen, as used by Sir Winston Churchill and made by Conway Stewart, the esteemed British firm.

· Kingsman Signet Ring is a symbol of tradition – when pressed with the back of the thumb, the ring emits a 50,000 volt shock, stunning an enemy.

· Kingsman Briefcase functions both as a collapsible shield RPG Missile Launcher and fully automatic machine gun, the Kingsman briefcase is a key feature in the modern gentleman’s armour.

· Kingsman Gold Lighter is both a symbol of innovation with its timeless design, and a sophisticated agent weapon, a touch-activated hand grenade.

· The black leather Oxford shoes are an embodiment of quintessentially British style, worn by all Kingsman agents.

· Kingsman watch – crafted by Swiss watchmakers, TAG Heuer, globally renowned for their rich heritage in creating classic gentleman’s timepieces – the Kingsman Connected Watch is a stylish and perceptive agent accessory.

· Kingsman Aftershave – created with core notes to strike a reactive note of danger, the Kingsman aftershave acts both as an alluring, sophisticated fragrance and a flash grenade, with surprising capabilities.

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” opens September 20 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. Also available in IMAX format.



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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Julianne Moore is good at being bad in “KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE”


Academy award-winning actress Julianne Moore is at her best in being bad as the new villain in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”, sequel to the worldwide hit and unparalleled spy action movie “Kingsman: The Secret Service”.

Returning to direct is Matthew Vaughn along with original cast Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong and Sophie Cookson, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” also features new cast members Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal and Jeff Bridges. This time, the headquarters are destroyed by a mysterious crime syndicate, and Eggsy must enlist the help of their larger-than-life counterparts, Statesman, to track down the psychopathic villain behind the attack.

A guaranteed and spectacular entertainment, the movie packs a subversively funny, stylish and unique action event that expands the Kingsman universe in the most unexpected ways. For Matthew Vaughn, a good villain is essential to the success of a Kingsman movie. And after raising the bar with Samuel L. Jackson’s loud, lisping Richmond Valentine in the first movie, Vaughn was determined to come up with another character audiences would love to see being good at being bad.

Enter Poppy Adams in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” an exiled American crime lord now living in her own personal theme park, Poppyland, found in the wilds of Cambodia. And to play this larger-than-life lunatic, whose grand plans for the world bring her into direct conflict with Kingsman and the Statesman, Vaughn turned to the wonderful Julianne Moore. Long considered one of the world’s greatest actors, Moore is endlessly watchable and incredibly versatile, notching up an array of stunning performances in the likes of “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia,” the “Hunger Games” series,” The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and “Still Alice,” the movie for which she finally won a long overdue Best Actress Oscar.

Moore shares her thoughts on her outrageous character in the movie, “No matter how outrageous her antics are, they’re normal in her world. She’s the only character in her world, so she doesn’t know. She’s a megalomaniac in the way that all great villains are. One movie I loved so much growing up as a kid was the original Superman… watching Gene Hackman play Lex Luthor alongside his girlfriend sidekick, they were so funny and so real, but also true villains. That’s a tone I thought of a lot when I was making this.”

Opening nationwide on September 20 in Philippine cinemas, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. Also available in IMAX screens nationwide.

Check 20th Century Fox (PH) Facebook page, 20thcenturyfoxph YouTube, Instagram and Twitter for more updates.



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Monday, September 4, 2017

Narcos' Pedro Pascal whips new game in big screen role - “KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE”


“Game of Thrones” and “Narcos”’ notable star Pedro Pascal stars in the upcoming theatrical release of “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”, sequel to the blockbuster action “Kingsman: The Secret Service” that reinvented and introduced the world to a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program.

Back in their lead roles as part of the Kingsman organization are Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Sophie Cookson with new cast members Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal and Jeff Bridges who belong to the Statesman, the counterpart of Kingsman in the United States.

Directed by Matthew Vaughn, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” sees our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy.

Pedro Pascal has been making a big impact on the small screen over the last couple of years, with an eye-catching turn in Netflix’s series, “Narcos” (now on its 3rd season) and an eye-gouging performance as Oberyn Martell in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” And now the talented Chilean-born American actor is making an impact on the big screen with the pivotal role of Statesman’s Agent Whiskey in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

“As Agent Whiskey in the Statesman agency, which is the US equivalent of Kingsman. The way Kingsman exists in the first movie, as a heightened cultural representation, is exactly the same for Statesman. They’re under the guise of a tailor shop; we’re under the guise of a distillery. Our agent names are based on liquors. I’m Whiskey, Channing Tatum is Tequila, Jeff Bridges is Champ for champagne, and Halle Berry is Ginger Ale. We’re cowboys,” says Pascal of his latest role.

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” opens September 20 in Philippine cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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Friday, September 1, 2017

“KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE” character posters roll-out


The suave, sophisticated and impeccably attired spies are back in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” starring returning cast members Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Hannah Alstrőm, Sophie Cookson joined by new cast that includes Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore and Elton John.

The concept for Kingsman was born when Vaughn was working with Mark Millar, the comic book author, on set for “Kick-Ass” back in 2009. Both huge James Bond fans, they came up with the idea about an elite spy that resulted in the franchise’s first worldwide hit. Kingsman is an elite organization of operatives working outside of the government. Martial in style, they are an altruistic unit that gets things done.

This year’s hotly anticipated sequel, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” raises the stakes from the worldwide surprise hit original film “Kingsman: The Secret Service” where the spy agency now suffers from a devastating attack that almost killed all of its members. After the attack, the surviving members of the Kingsman organization forms alliance with their United States counterpart, the Statesman to stop a common enemy.

In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” Eggsy (Egerton) together with Merlin (Strong) and survivor Harry Hart (Firth) travel to America to meet the Statesman – leader Champagne (Bridges), Tequila (Tatum), Ginger Ale (Berry) and recruit them to help them save the world but the spies have seemingly created an enemy in Poppy (Moore), an charming terrorist who takes pleasure in world domination.

Check out the latest character posters released for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” The movie will open September 20 in (Phils.) cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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The action ante just reached maximum level in the latest full trailer reveal of “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” sequel to the sleeper hit “Kingsman: The Secret Service” that has already grossed more than US$400 million worldwide.

The first hit movie “Kingsman: The Secret Service” based upon the acclaimed comic book introduced us to an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe.

Helming anew this action blockbuster is Matthew Vaughn with Taron Egerton reprising his role as Eggsy, now a full-fledged Kingsman who faces a new challenge along with his elite team of spies in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” The exciting sequel sees the über-spies, also considered as modern-day Knights of the Round Table take on an unexpected alliance when their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage. Teaming up with a spy organization in the US known as the Statesman, these two elite secret organizations join forces to take down a deadly common enemy.

Returning cast includes Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Sophie Cookson and will be joined by a new cast members including Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Elton John and Pedro Pascal.

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” will open September 20 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Ayala Malls Cinemas' exclusive: “A FAMILY MAN” starring Gerard Butler in Greenbelt 1 and Trinoma cinemas


Ayala Malls Cinemas exclusively brings Gerard Butler’s latest movie “A Family Man” starting August 23 in Greenbelt 1 and Trinoma.

“A Family Man” is Gerard Butler’s latest passion piece directed by Mark Williams who is also an accomplished producer behind acclaimed features such as Ben Affleck’s “The Accountant” and Netflix’s “Ozark.”

Known for his blockbuster iconic action roles in “300”, “London Has Fallen”, “Olympus Has Fallen” and voice in “How to Train Your Dragon”, Butler plays Dane Jensen in “A Family Man,” a driven Chicago-based headhunter, working at a cut-throat job placement firm. When Dane's boss (Willem Dafoe) announces his retirement, he pits Dane against Lynn Wilson (Alison Brie), Dane's equally driven but polar-opposite rival at the firm, in a battle for control over the company. As Dane gears up for the professional battle of his life, he learns his 10-year-old son Ryan (Max Jenkins) is diagnosed with an illness. Suddenly, Dane is pulled between achieving his professional dream and his family, who need him now more than ever.

Assembling the strong supporting cast for the movie included frequent award-winners Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina who were respectively cast as Dane’s ruthless but retiring manager at the recruitment firm and as an aging out-of-work engineer, each of whom challenge headhunter Dane Jensen in unpredictable ways. Alison Brie was a perfect match to Gerald as Dane’s rival, being herself “smart, beautiful, confident and charming all in one,” producer Craig Flores described. Gretchen Mol rounded out the deep bench of talent as Dane’s wife, Elise.

But the most difficult role to cast was the character of Dane Jensen’s son, Ryan. Dane’s journey is predominantly framed through his relationship with Ryan, which is constantly transforming over the course of the film. Craig described the wide search that went into Ryan’s casting: “We reviewed hundreds of self-tapes and auditions from all around the world to find the right kid. Very tough decisions were made, but we ultimately discovered that Max Jenkins was born to play the role.”

An Ayala Malls Cinemas exclusive, “A Family Man” opens in Greenbelt 1 and Trinoma today August 23. Check www.sureseats.com for schedule and ticket purchase.



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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Man and apes' final face-off in “WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES” on July 12 (Phils.)


The last trailer reveal of “War for the Planet of the Apes” sees two legendary leaders Caesar (performed in motion capture by Andy Serkis) and the Colonel (Woody Harrelson) face each other off to protect their own species from extinction.

Reaching fever-pitch in anticipation as reflected in global indicator such as www.rottentomatoes.com, the movie has so far scored a 98% high in the want-to-see meter and enjoys a 96% high on the critics’ corner stating that the movie combines breathtaking special effects and a powerful, poignant narrative that concludes the blockbuster trilogy. Meanwhile, on the local scene at www.clickthecity.com, “War for the Planet of the Apes” enjoys a full 5-star Users’ Rating on the said online portal.

Breathless action, big ideas and potent storytelling combine as “War For the Planet of the Apes”, the third and final chapter in the trilogy pushes the blockbuster series into new realms of legend-building as it explores the values that forge a civilization. It all comes to life driven by the most complex and intense performance by Andy Serkis yet as the majestic Caesar, and groundbreaking visual effects from Weta Digital. Also returning to the series is Karin Konoval as Caesar’s trusted advisor, Maurice, Terry Notary as Caesar’s right-hand man, Rocket, as well as Judy Greer as Caesar’s wife Cornelia and Toby Kebbell as Koba.

Unforgettable new characters include two-time Oscar® nominee Woody Harrelson as the Colonel, the brash human soldier who believes only an apocalyptic war can salvage the last vestiges of humankind; Steve Zahn as Bad Ape, a lonely chimp who brings heart and humor to the apes in their darkest hour; Amiah Miller as Nova, the human child who becomes an unexpected link between the apes and humanity; Aleks Paunovic as Winter, the stunning but anxious white gorilla; Michael Adamthwaite as Caesar’s gorilla lieutenant, Luca, who forges a bond with Nova; and Ty Olsson as Rex, a turncoat gorilla who works for the Colonel as his “donkey.” Featuring more apes than ever, including a dozen key characters, as the tide turns against homo sapiens, the film also for the very first time brings performance capture action into the rugged, frozen mountains and a world of snow – all captured in spectacular 65mm under the masterful eye of cinematographer Michael Seresin and set to a stirring score by Oscar® winner Michael Giacchino.

For director Matt Reeves, who returns to the franchise to take the next step after Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the large-scale ambition of the third film was clear: to follow the increasingly upright and capable – but also haunted and questioning -- apes not only into the spectacle of total warfare but into stirring psychological territory as Caesar fights to hold onto his own most humane instincts.

More than ever, Reeves realized, the trajectory of the apes mirrors the archetypal myths of humanity. “As this story starts, there is no more peace with humans, which thrusts Caesar into a deeply emotional, universal kind of conflict,” Reeves describes. “Caesar has always been unique in that he is part ape, part human, yet neither one fully. The hope has been that he might be able to bridge the two societies, but now it is clear that this will not come to pass. What’s so exciting is that in exploring Caesar’s internal dilemmas at this profound moment it becomes a chance to look at a battle we all know: the war between our intelligence, our empathy and our instinctiveness, and how that forms what defines our humanity. At the same time as this is a very dark journey, it is also a story with so much spirit in it.”

“War for the Planet of the Apes” opens July 12 (Phils.) nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Zendaya in "GREATEST SHOWMAN" teaser trailer


Prep up for the most wonderful time at the movies as 20th Century Fox teases with the initial trailer of “The Greatest Showman” starring an exciting cast of performers led by Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams and Zendaya.

“The Greatest Showman” is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman” tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Barnum rose from nothing to create the “Greatest Show on Earth,” the movie celebrates of his larger-than-life imagination that captivated audiences around the globe.

“The Greatest Showman” is directed by exciting new filmmaker, Michael Gracey, with powerful original music and songs by Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land”).

Opening on January 24, 2018 – “The Greatest Showman” is from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. (in Phils.).



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Friday, June 23, 2017

Young actress Amiah Miller plays pivotal role in “WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES”


One of the most surprising characters in the highly-anticipated “War For The Planet of the Apes” is not an ape or a man … but a little girl with breathtaking courage. Amiah Miller, in her first major role plays a mute, virus-ravaged human child who comes to be known as Nova – and becomes an essential part of the apes’ journey to their new home.

“War for the Planet of the Apes” is set fifteen years after a scientific experiment had gone wrong that gave rise to the intelligent Apes and almost wiped out the human race. The colonists and apes struggled to coexist but their fragile peace was shattered and Caesar (played by Andy Serkis), leader of the apes, attempted to restore order. But there was no turning back from the brutal fighting that has already begun.

At heart, this is the story of both a military and emotional last stand. As peace between species has collapsed -- and a renegade band of human soldiers led by an imperious Colonel (Woody Harrelson) makes a final, all-out attack -- Caesar is hit with an unimaginable personal loss and a dark line inside his psyche is crossed. Now, he is wrestling with merciless impulses and roiling doubts about his own ability to inspire the apes towards freedom. But if the apes are to survive the coming conflict, Caesar must lead. In a time when empathy and compassion have nearly vanished both in the world and his heart, Caesar searches for the grit, sense of fellowship and striving vision to lead the apes towards a future of hope.

The enchanted quality of new character, Nova, did not escape director Matt Reeves and scribe Mark Bomback. Bomback says, “Here is a little, seemingly orphaned girl living with apes – Matt and I immediately thought she seemed like a character out of a fairytale. From Goldilocks to Little Red Riding Hood, there’s a whole tradition of stories about little girls in the woods with dangerous animals who nevertheless become their protectors. That’s part of the inspiration for Nova. And the name Nova of course is a bit of an Easter egg from the original film.”

“One of the beautiful things about Nova is that even in this divided world, you see there are apes and humans who are able to form deep emotional relationships,” says Peter Chernin. “In that moment when Caesar is in the darkest place, when he wants to hate all humans, Nova touches him in a way no one else can. In Nova, we’re also seeing the growth of the Simian Virus and what survival means to humans.”

Taking the part, an especially demanding and complex one for a child actor, is 12 year-old Amiah Miller in her first major feature. Reeves describes how Miller won the role: “Amiah is such an intuitive young actor. When she came in to audition we threw away the script and I just asked her to relate to the apes. It was clear right then that she was special and had a talent way beyond her years. She and the actors became like a family. She has a bright future ahead of her, I can't wait to see what she does.”

Because Nova develops a strong bond with the orangutan Maurice, who insists on bringing her on the apes’ long journey, Miller spent a month working with Karin Konoval, who plays Maurice. “Amiah and I needed to have a very strong, very real connection,” says Konoval. “So Amiah and I actually got to know each other wordlessly as Maurice and Nova before we even had any conversations. Luckily, our connection was immediate and organic and it only grew from there. It was absolutely magic that the filmmakers gave us that opportunity to develop this true bond.”

Says producer Dylan Clark: “Matt, our casting director Deb Zane and I were all in agreement that there was only one young actor to bring in for the role of Nova and it was Amiah.”

“War for the Planet of the Apes” opens July 12 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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