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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Clint Bondad loves to eat...but....

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Clint Bondad loves to eat...but....

He still manages to maintain this oh-so-hot a physique!!!

You're a demigod, Clint. You're a demigod! (And I love you to pieces. CHOZ!)

Anyhow, he's sweating in that photo above. Can someone give me some Kleenex, please? Just wanna wipe...a sweat...over...here...and here....

LOLZ! *daydreaming*

Hay...his girlfriend is just so lucky, isn't she?

Anyhow, I believe he'll be shooting (or is currently shooting) a movie under Viva so that's something that we can really watch out for.

I'm still actually dying to see him in a "much deserved" movie with an "unforgettable" role. His previous ones were just ok. I know there's still a lot in store for him. He has so much star potential.

Click here for more of Clint Bondad to see what I'm talking about.

FUDGE! He's just so perfect! Ahihihihihihihi!



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Monday, April 20, 2015

Captain America commands the “AVENGERS” in epic sequel


No stranger to the role of Steve Rogers/Captain America after developing the character over three films, Chris Evans admits that there is still more to learn about the quintessential American hero in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

“Steve Rogers is still trying to figure out where he belongs,” says Evans. “He’s always been a soldier and he’s fit in that format. He enjoys structure and he enjoys having orders and a plan, and without that he does feel a bit aimless, but he is still searching for whether or not he can have a life outside of being Captain America. He’s been of service for so long that trying to figure out what he would do without his uniform and shield is a bit of a puzzle.”

Post Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Evans points out that the world has changed for The Avengers team. “S.H.I.E.L.D. has fallen since the last ‘Captain America,’ so now we’re all kind of relying on one another,” explains Evans. “There’s really no one to report to, so it’s this loose hierarchy. They’re just leaning on each other as soldiers; there’s no one person giving commands but they are operating as a true group now.”

As far as Captain America’s role in the new world order, Evans says, “Cap is certainly giving the orders, but it’s not the sort of hierarchy where he gives commands and people have to do it. It’s truly in the sense that when battle breaks out and they need structure, Cap has no problem organizing a team approach. In terms of how they behave when they’re not fighting a foe, there’s still is a loose chain of command; no one is technically in charge but Cap certainly does lean towards the side of structure; on the battlefield is where he feels most comfortable.”

Captain America and The Avengers take on the mega-villain Ultron in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and, at first, Evans wasn’t sure what to expect. “Ultron is written as a very smug and sarcastic character with a personality,” offers Evans. “It’s not just a mindless robot. It has attitude and I had a hard time understanding how this character was going to be portrayed when I first read the script. I knew Spader was playing it, but I really had no idea in what direction he was going to go. The first day where he gives his speech at the party, all of us were eager to be the audience. Being a spectator and watching him perform was exciting because it was good and intimidating and it colored in all the blanks right away.”

In each subsequent film, Captain America’s fighting style is enhanced. “We just keep trying to advance his fighting style. You have to assume that the guy, as a soldier and as a military mind, is going to constantly be trying to better himself, so he’s has to be adopting new fight tactics, approaches and disciplines,” says Evans about his character. “In `The Winter Soldier’ they set the bar pretty high. Cap was involved in very fluid, acrobatic, sequences, taking down jets single-handedly, so we didn’t want to take a step back. It was trying to continue in the evolution of a constant, fluid and acrobatic style of fighting.”

Working again with The Avengers team of actors was a highlight for Evans, who says, “It’s like summer camp with all these people that we’ve worked with for four, five years or so on the first ‘Avengers.’ You’re getting to know one another, and you create wonderful bonds during the filming and the press. It really does feel like a family. It really does feel like a great, tight unit. It doesn’t feel like work at all.”

Reuniting with writer/director Joss Whedon led to another positive acting experience for Evans. Recounting the on-set relationship Whedon has with his actors, Evans says, “Joss is not just our director, he’s our writer, so that level of involvement that he has with these characters and this material is incredibly beneficial. If you’re struggling with a scene, or with a line, he’s not only phenomenal with coming up with things on the spot but he is also very witty and has wonderful banter and repartee, so he can always make adjustments. But he’s a comic book fan, so one of the main demographics he is trying to please are the fan-boys and since he is one, it’s a very safe exchange knowing that anything he suggests will be met with approval.”

Evan admits that playing Captain America has definite rewards. “One of the perks of this job is seeing a little kid’s face light up,” says the actor. “Playing a role in their childhood is pretty awesome because I know I had certain movies that I grew up with that I loved, so if you get to be a part of that in someone else’s memory, that’s a treat.”

Summing up Marvel’s “Avengers” Age of Ultron” in one word, Evans definitively states, “Impressive.” And that says it all.

Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in Philippine cinemas on April 22, 2015.



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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dance for diversity at Jungle Circuit Party ‪#‎LaBoracay! ‪#‎CuervoJunglePartyBoracay‬

This is Jungle Circuit Party ‪#‎LaBoracay‬!

Dance for diversity in the most fabulous sunset party festival of freedom!

Happening at the Roof Deck of Tides Hotel, D'Mall, Station 2, Boracay on May 1, 2015.

Doors open at 3PM!

Tickets available online at www.smtickets.com and in all SM malls nationwide for only PhP 500! (limited tickets, strictly NO guest list)

For inquiries and table reservations kindly contact 0917 861 5747.

Visit Jungle Circuit Party's official Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/junglecircuitparty

And I'm pretty sure that this hot Brazilian male model DJ Romeo Cavalcante will swoon you over with his beats and music all throughout the night!

Oh, Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?




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Garage Magazine covers Dominic Roque (Sizzling hot!!!)

I just saw that on Instagram a few weeks ago and I was like....

SHET!!! I need to buy this! And so I did. LOLZ!

Dominic Roque on the cover of the latest issue of Garage Magazine. SUPER HOT!!!

Isn't that a body of perfection! I love his skin tone. I love his jaw. I love his eyes.

I hope you guys will get to buy your copy, too. Please support Dominic Roque! I love him to pieces. Even if he doesn't know me. Teehee!

I mean....just look at his puppy eyes. Look!!!

I love you, Dominic Roque!



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Downey feels “AGE OF ULTRON” marks end of era, start of new


Fan-favorite Robert Downey Jr. reprises his seminal portrayal of Tony Stark/Iron Man for the fifth time in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” In Marvel’s “The Avengers” Tony Stark struggled to become a team player and in “Iron Man 3” audiences saw him transcend his dependency on the tech that was keeping him alive. So where does he go now?

To Downey Jr., the answer is simple: “There’s all this unfinished business. There’s the matter of a certain wormhole that opened over New York and the imminent threat that still implies, so Tony has turned his attentions more toward a bit of a post-Reagan-era, Star-Wars-type notion and he likes to call it Ultron.”

Right from the beginning of the project, Downey Jr. found a lot to like in writer/director Joss Whedon’s compelling screenplay. “To me it’s further developing the complexities of the relationship between all the main folks,” comments the actor. “I like that Thor has a beef with me and then eventually has to say I’m right. It’s just interesting and the way it all wraps up to me is super exciting, but strangely my favorite part about ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is what’s brought into potential at the end.”

But returning to Tony Stark and The Avengers was bittersweet for the super-talented, much-loved actor. “This time around I felt like I really got closer with the cast members, and Joss and I are pals,” says Downey Jr. “But more than any other of the Marvel movies, for me I feel like this is a feeling of an ending of an era and the beginning of another. Obviously some of that is informed by the new blood coming through, with Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and I welcome it. So there’s a sense that we’ve been around just long enough to be a guard that may or may not be passing or changing.”

The new kids on the block, Elizabeth Olsen who plays Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson who is Quicksilver, definitely shake things up for Tony Stark and the rest of The Avengers. Downey Jr. explains the new dynamic: “Tony knows The Avengers; they are the Super Heroes that he has been in the trenches with. He’s only really just gotten over his mild dose of PTSD, so to have something like a Scarlet Witch whispering in one ear and a Quicksilver bolting and flashing past the other is a little bit like ‘hmm.’ It’s like that friend or foe thing, but the way that they’ve been developed as from their origins, albeit how they’ve been depicted in the comics and other attempts thus far, this one is incredibly smart and the nice thing about it is they really fit into the story. What’s great about it is it puts Tony and certainly the other Avengers off-kilter. Also it would seem initially that there’s somewhat of a vendetta, and it sucks when you know there’s someone who’s after you who’s mad and they have a good reason.”

Explaining Tony Stark’s place on The Avengers team this time around, Downey Jr. says, “I don’t know of anyone in the history of any Super Hero franchise who seems to never run out of money. Tony’s footing the bill and he can swing it, obviously. The real thing is that he wants to localize, look after and nurture this necessary counterbalancing faction, which is The Avengers, and have them all where they are. Then there’s part of him that’s still the designer and the tweaker and a bit of an engineer and the mechanic who just wants to help them all do things a little bit better. So his comfort is like someone who buys a football team and then wants to redo their uniforms and give them better equipment and keep them safer on the field and make them stronger and faster.”

In Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Captain America, played by Chris Evans, is clearly the leader, but it seems to work for Tony Stark this time around. “There are really only two relationships in Tony’s life in which he’s been willing to assume a lower status and one’s with Pepper obviously, equal footing, and the other’s with Cap,” informs Downey Jr. “It’s always whoever does the job best should probably do that job and Tony’s bringing a lot to the table and Cap has the most experience. It’s also nice to feel like there’s someone under whose tutelage you become better at what you have to do and no one’s more battle-seasoned than Cap.”

There has been much speculation about what the future holds for the Tony Stark/Iron Man character. Downey Jr. admits he does not have the answer, but offers, “It’s hard to say. I’ve been talking with Kevin Feige and some of the creatives and there are really good ideas. It’s been this thing where some part of it was just smart luck and then the rest of it has been this kind of thing that’s gently unfolded and at the right pace for the right amount of time to keep working. So whatever the future holds for Tony I want it to be a future that works for the highest good for the whole magilla and I just want it to keep feeling like there’s more to do and more to say.”

When fans sit down in theaters to see Marvel’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Downey Jr. hopes people just say, “Wow.” “I hope that they feel as good about this as they did when they came and saw the third ‘Iron Man,’ or as they did when they saw the most recent ‘Captain America’ and ‘Thor’ and that there’s still more to say and more to do and it’s fun. This movie is incredibly fun and thoughtful and has great themes and there’s a whole bunch of new people, so that’s my seal of approval,” concludes the actor.

Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in Philippine cinemas on April 22, 2015.



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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Thor, Hulk: god and monster return in “AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON”


Two of your favorite superheroes, Thor and The Hulk, are once again portrayed by acclaimed actors Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo, respectively, in Marvel's highly anticipated action-adventure “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Remaining where he was last seen at the end of “Thor: The Dark World” is the God of Thunder himself. Chris Hemsworth explains how his character has gotten more comfortable and accepting of his earthly surroundings.

“Thor has decided to stay on and so we see a more grounded, earthly version of Thor than we have in the past,” says Hemsworth. “It is nice because there are a few more opportunities to showcase some humor and see him in some casual gear instead of the red cape and armor that we always see him in. He’s a central part of the team now and there’s certainly a unity that they’ve all formed now as a group and are solid.”

The actor continues, “Thor sees the bigger picture of the current conflict that’s going on. There’s the initial battle, which they’re all involved in, but Thor uses his Asgardian knowledge and starts to tap into some otherworldly possibilities and threats that he thinks are coming.”

“Chris Hemsworth is Thor now,” states producer Kevin Feige. “He has done such an unbelievable job at embodying a character that in any other hands could be completely non-relatable and stand out like a sore thumb. Despite the red cape, a hammer and his Asgardian lingo, Chris has humanized the character. He’s such an integral part of the team, but at the same time, he is the lynchpin between Earth and everything else. He was our guide into the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe and in this film he continues to be the one who has a certain amount of knowledge that nobody else has because he grew up on the other side of the universe. He is aware of cosmic histories, legends and mythologies that nobody on Earth is aware of and is the portal to a much bigger, grander side of the Marvel Universe.”

A surprise for the filmmakers was the fans’ reaction and love affair with Bruce Banner aka The Hulk in Marvel’s “The Avengers.” Some of the biggest moments and laughs in the film were when the big green guy was in action. For actor Mark Ruffalo, it was an unexpected whirlwind of events. “I was completely caught off guard by how much people responded to Hulk and Banner,” says Ruffalo. “It’s a tough nut to crack and some really great people have had a chance at it, so I concluded at best I’ll stay with the group and I won’t embarrass myself and my fellow actors. So I just approached it like everything else and tried to come up with a game plan and stick to it and do the best I can and hope that somebody responds to it. I was thrilled to see the outcome and how the fans responded.”

“What director Joss Whedon really wanted to do with Banner was take away some of the self-loathing,” says Feige. “Mark is so endearing in real life and up on screen that was a new side that people hadn’t seen for a long time in a Bruce Banner and it continues in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ He’s always been a nervous, brilliant scientist with this affliction of the Hulk. One of my favorite things about the first film with the relationship between Tony Stark and Bruce Banner is Joss made them science partners and the Internet and fandom embraced it. I love the notion that when people were talking about what they can’t wait to see in another Avengers movie it was ‘Stark and Banner doing science.’ That’s a testament to what Joss did in the first film.”

“Banner basically moved in with Tony Stark after he didn’t have anywhere to go at the end of the last Avengers,” explains Ruffalo. “He traveled around and he did his thing, but Stark took him in and there was a lot of mutually beneficial, qualities that they get from each other. One of them is their understanding of science, and what Banner’s specialty is has been really well augmented with what Tony’s been up to. Banner was also a renegade at one point and he was crazy enough as a scientist to actually try it on himself and I think he crumbled into himself from the bad experience of it. Tony did the same thing, but was a successful version of what Banner wanted to be. He did all this stuff to himself, but actually really benefitted from it. So I think in a weird way Banner has a tempering effect on Tony and conversely Tony has a livening affect on Banner.”

“Banner’s been on the run for so much of his life,” says Joss Whedon. “I love that tag at the end of ‘Iron Man 3’ where you see that they’re just hanging out. He’s not just part of a team, but a lot of Tony Stark’s research. When we designed the lab for Avengers Tower it was very important to say ‘This is Tony’s area, and this is Banner’s area.’ Banner’s area is very impressive, but Tony’s is bigger. Banner really has found a place where thanks to Natasha he’s been able to sort of control the Hulk. It’s the idea that when they’re in a situation where they need the big green guy he is there. And Mark Ruffalo also got what he so desperately wanted in the first film, a pair of Avengers-issued stretchy pants that Tony has made for him.”

Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in Philippine cinemas on April 22, 2015.



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Star-studded cast in “CHILD 44” exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas on April 9


From highly acclaimed and world-renowned filmmaker, Sir Ridley Scott produces the latest edgy and thrilling action “Child 44” directed by the inventive Daniel Espinosa, known for his “Safe House” directorial debut starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds and who also helmed “Snabba Cash,” the highest-grossing movie in Swedish history.

“Child 44” casts a very impressive set of actors ever assembled on screen led by Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman along with Noomi Rapace, Vince Cassel, Joel Kinnaman and Jason Clarke, the movie is based on author Tom Rob Smith’s best-selling novel “Child 44” set against the backdrop of 1953 Stalinist Russia.

Hardy stars as Leo Demidov, a recognized war hero who also rose from the ranks to be the MGB’s top investigator within the Soviet system married to a schoolteacher Raisa (Rapace). Soon, Raisa is suspected of being a spy and Leo is forced to investigate and denounce his wife. Leo’s refusal to denounce Raisa, Leo is then relocated and demoted to the city of Volsk where General Nesterov reigns (Oldman). From his post in Moscow where Leo has discovered the murder of his friend’s son that had been mantled as a freak accident, the same crime continues in Volsk. Fuelled by their passion to uncover the truth, with the help of Nesterov, Leo and Raisa tread dangerous grounds to catch the serial killer before another child dies. Meanwhile, Leo’s sadistic colleague, Vasil (Kinnaman), who’s been after his post is relentless in pursuing the couple in the midst the couple’s search for the killer.

Hardy impressed moviegoers as a violent convict in Bronson, then broke through to a global audience with his portrayal of the evil Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises,.” More recently he earned both critical and popular acclaim for his role as a Brooklyn bartender with a dark secret in “The Drop.” Hardy says he was attracted to the project by the moral complexity of his character—and the script as a whole.

On casting Raisa, Scott introduced Rapace to “Child 44” in Los Angeles when he cast her in his 2012 sci-fi epic “Prometheus.” When she learned Espinosa would be directing, Rapace was thrilled. Rapace was also pleased to be back on set with Hardy. Rapace’s portrayal of meek schoolteacher Raisa Demidova marks a dramatic departure from the role that brought her to international attention, the nail-tough title character in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman, who first worked with Espinosa in Snabba Cash, enjoyed the challenge of developing treacherous secret-police bureaucrat and sadistic Vasili as a three-dimensional character. Kinnaman broke through to American audiences when he co-starred as slacker detective Stephen Holder in the cable television crime series “The Killing” and continued to star in “Robocop.” His most recent role is opposite Liam Neeson in “Run All Night.”

For Academy Award® nominee Gary Oldman, the weary provincial police chief General Mikhail Nesterov he portrays in Child 44 embodies the moral compromises many citizens had to make in order to survive Stalinist-era politics. “There was so much emotional, physical, and psychological terror in Stalinist society that a character like Nesterov just turns a blind eye to it all,” he says of his role.

A gripping edge-of-your-seat thriller, “Child 44” opens April 29 exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide.



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Friday, April 17, 2015

Johansson, Renner back as Black Widow, Hawkeye in “AVENGERS" sequel


Acclaimed actors Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner reprise their beloved, kick-ass roles as Black Widow and Hawkeye, respectively, in Marvel's new action-adventure “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

When Johansson dons Black Widow’s gear for the new film, she has one clear goal in mind: keeping true to her character. She says, “The most important aspect of my job as an actor, who’s been carrying this character from ‘Iron Man’ to ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ is to keep consistency with the character’s arc and have the character’s evolution be one that is cohesive. You want to feel like the character is growing as opposed to just staying the same.”

Although Johansson worked with different directors over the course of inhabiting the Natasha Romanoff character, it was her first meeting with director/writer Joss Whedon that allowed her to explore her character’s past. “In my first meeting with Joss, I had the chance to talk about Natasha’s backstory and her sordid past,” recalls Johansson, “and I wanted to make sure that she stayed sort of gray, not really black or white. What’s exciting and compelling about the character is that she’s not Cap; she’s not righteous. She was in S.H.I.E.L.D. because it’s where she belonged, not necessarily that it was the right place to be. Now we find The Avengers in business as usual mode but it’s changing. So it’s my job to make sure that Natasha, through that change, stays true to the Natasha that I started with in ‘The Avengers.’”

In Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” a new threat to humanity raises its head—the powerful Ultron. Johansson informs, “Ultron’s everyone. He’s everywhere. I guess he would be like big brother in a way—the evil big brother. He’s much greater than The Avengers combined, although it turns out not to be true but it feels like that.”

Meanwhile, when Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye hits the big screen again in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” audiences will learn a lot more about him. Hawkeye spent most of Marvel’s “The Avengers” in a Loki-induced hypnotic state but this time around he is standing toe-to-toe with the rest of the team and his character deepens as the story unfolds. Renner comments, “It was really cool to be able to explore Hawkeye’s human side and that was my main attraction to doing Hawkeye in the first place because he’s a character that is human and he’s flawed and has limitations.”

The expanded look into Hawkeye’s personality and background also means different relationships with the other members of The Avengers team. Renner comments on Hawkeye’s relationship with Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man, saying, “It’s a little different now after exploring a little bit about Hawkeye’s past in the last one. This one is deepening their relationship a little further. With Hawkeye and Stark there’s a lot more to explore and Downey’s just a ton of fun to work with. He knows how to keep it alive and fresh and you never know what’s going to come out of his mouth. I like that.”

As far as the team dynamic goes on and off the set, Renner says, “None of us Avengers get along that well and that’s a really great thing; it’s a dysfunctional family. But off set we do all get along very well and the cast has probably been the best part of making these movies. In this one we’re together a lot, which is great for us but terrible for Joss Whedon because it’s tough to wrangle 10 crazy actors that love each other and just want to talk. It’s like kindergarten class. He literally has to whistle to get our attention. Ritalin just needs to be served at lunch. But it’s been a lot more fun and connective tissue with us off set and on set because we had a lot more to do in this together.”

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers.

Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in Philippine cinemas on April 22, 2015.



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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ultron hell-bent on human extinction in “AVENGERS” sequel


In Marvel's “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the Super Hero dream team must reassemble in order to stop the terrifying technological villain Ultron who's hell-bent on human extinction.

The decision to give Ultron his day in the sun as the villain of the film was always Joss Whedon’s first choice despite the end sequence in Marvel’s “The Avengers,” which featured the character of Thanos. The writer/director explains, “For me Thanos was always meant to be in the 3rd Avengers movie because he really is a god,” explains Whedon. “He is like a supreme being of evil and for me it was the cosmic cube because I’m really old; for some people it was the infinity gauntlet, but the great crossovers were usually Thanos-based and he made everybody’s lives miserable. And so the idea that he was the prime mover behind all of this just seemed natural.”

Whedon continues, “When people saw him in ‘The Avengers,’ everybody thought, ‘Oh, he must be the next villain and they are setting it up.’ That wasn’t my intention. My intention was just to say, ‘There’s a big, dark universe and this guy’s at the back of it.’ In my mind it was always going to be Ultron for this film.”

For Whedon, the task of fleshing out Ultron’s role in the sequel would go back to his childhood days. “The character of Ultron has been a mainstay villain for The Avengers since I was a kid,” says Whedon. “He was an evil, killer robot who really hates The Avengers and can self-replicate.”

Whedon elaborates, “I loved reading the old source material about Ultron, but when you go back and research, you discover that he’s just constantly saying ‘I will destroy you!’ ‘I definitely will destroy you!’ The murderous child aspect of the character was fascinating to me, but it was clear right away that while I needed to evoke a grandeur and menace in the disassociation between the way his mind works and the way humanity’s structured, I needed to completely do a 180 and make him very volatile and angry all the time.

“I also needed to figure out what kind of person had that much rage and how it would be expressed. I also needed to know, how do I have the fun that I need to have with it? How can I make him in the vein of a Loki character who is sympathetic and textured and not completely wrong in the way he views things,” concludes Whedon.

“The threat in the first film was of course Loki,” adds producer Kevin Feige. “He was very personal to Thor and he was a very powerful Asgardian. He made a deal with somebody, which allowed him to take control of the alien army, which played a big part in the fighting, but in this film we wanted the threat to be very big and as real as possible. Ultron was the right choice because he is one of the most famous villains The Avengers have ever fought against and he’s one of the most powerful. The fact that he could replicate himself, and every Ultron is actually him, is really cool. There are thousands of sub-Ultrons and he is all of them and can speak through all of them, which really was an exciting dynamic and prospect.”

For The Avengers, their eyes and ears all become fixated on Ultron when he crashes their soiree at Avengers Tower. While the character at first is a heap of scrap metal and throwaway parts, the filmmakers needed a dynamic actor who could infuse the robotic villain with a freshness that hasn’t been seen before on the big screen. Casting was much easier then expected, as the filmmakers didn’t have to search long for their man.

“James Spader is incredible actor and when ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ was coming around and Joss began to put together the character, he said to us, ‘It has to be James Spader,’” says Feige. “It was another casting moment where we went ‘yes!’ There was nobody else on the list. He’s so unique and has such an amazing voice that is full of humor, darkness and emotion. In the comics Ultron he is a very unique robotic character, but it’s a scary thing. There have been lots of franchises based on robots, so we did not want him to be a normal robot. We wanted Ultron to be borderline insane and full of raw emotional nerve, which you don’t expect out of a synthetic life form.”

The producer continues, “That’s what makes Ultron interesting and over the course of the film James Spader brings various bodies of technological scrap metal to life in a very unique style. It’s exactly what we wanted and then some. You have this metallic face and geared robotic eyes saying these voices he has created.”

For Spader, the complexity of the character was something he enjoyed exploring. “Ultron is able to access anything technological and anything that is available on the Internet,” informs the actor. “It becomes part of his stimulation and information and is embedded in his psyche. He has ungoverned access that is constantly streaming into his processing chip. So it’s overwhelming and almost impossible to harness the powers and knowledge. He’s a little too strong for his own good.”

“Everything about Ultron has to be motivated,” says Whedon. “At the same time, Ultron’s crazy and mentally unbalanced. James is very articulate and he said, ‘I am going to constantly reference things either in a speech or emotionally that are not happening and that are not relevant.’ It really took me a second to digest that and then I saw the point: he’s doing math emotionally that we don’t see and then suddenly he’s angry about something and then suddenly he’s obsessed with something else because his mind is everywhere. So James really embraced that, which really added so many layers to the character.”

Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in Philippine cinemas on April 22, 2015.



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Monday, April 13, 2015

“CHILD 44” based on the crimes of real-life serial killer Andrei Chikatilo


A sumptuous period thriller encompassing themes of power, love, betrayal and murder, “Child 44” is novelist Tom Rob Smith’s fictionalized version of the grisly case that was met with resounding critical and popular acclaim upon publication in 1998. Real-life serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, also known as “The Butcher of Rostov,” was convicted of murdering and mutilating 52 women and children in Soviet Russia in the early 1950s.

Winner of the Crime Writers Association’s CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award and translated into 26 languages, “Child 44” became the first in a trilogy that now includes “The Secret Speech” and “Agent 6.” “The great thing about detective stories and police investigations is they soak up a lot of the society in which they take place,” Smith says. “If you want to understand a world, take a look at the way the police work in that country.”

“Child 44” continued to be translated to screen, produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Daniel Espinosa where the filmmakers saw an opportunity to blend visceral action sequences with psychologically nuanced character arcs against a rich historic tapestry.

A politically-charged serial killer thriller set in 1953 Soviet Russia, “Child 44” chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo’s psychopathic rival Vasili (Joel Kinnaman), who insists “There is no crime in Paradise.”

To anchor an adventure of such grand historical scope, the filmmakers needed an actor capable of handling the script’s demanding emotional and physical range, from quiet dramatic moments to brutal action sequences. They also needed someone who could subtly express the protagonist’s inner conflicts as he struggles to find his humanity in an inhuman situation.

They found their Leo Demidov in British actor Tom Hardy. Regarded as one of the most charismatic talents of his generation, Hardy impressed moviegoers as a violent convict in Bronson, then broke through to a global audience with his portrayal of the evil Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. More recently he earned both critical and popular acclaim for his role as a Brooklyn bartender with a dark secret in The Drop. Hardy says he was attracted to the project by the moral complexity of his character—and the script as a whole.

If politics are ultimately personal, then “Child 44” can be seen as a cautionary tale from a nightmarish chapter of history: tyrannical political cultures stifle fundamentally decent people with tragic results

“Child 44” opens exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting April 29 from Pioneer Films.



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Ayala Malls Cinemas brings best-selling novel on screen: “CHILD 44”


From producer Ridley Scott and the producers of “Hurt Locker” and “ Zero Dark Thirty” comes the chilling crime thriller “Child 44” based on the best-selling first part of a trilogy by Tom Rob Smith starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine, Jason Clarke and Vincent Cassel directed by Daniel Espinosa.

“Child 44” tells the story of a man fighting to reclaim his humanity from a system that requires him to sacrifice in order to survive. Set at the backdrop of Soviet Russia circa 1950, the movie further chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo’s psychopathic rival Vasili (Joel Kinnaman), who insists “There is no crime in Paradise.”

“Child 44” exclusively opens at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide on April 29 distributed by Pioneer Films.



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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Jack Huston: A love to last forever in “THE LONGEST RIDE”


For the first time in so many long years, in this day and age, the art of written love letters from a man whose sensibilities women these days are looking for comes to the fore in the romantic endearing movie “The Longest Ride” based on Nicholas Sparks’ bestselling book of the same title. Jack Huston stars with Oona Chaplin, Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood and Alan Alda in “The Longest Ride,” which follows two intertwining love stories and the courage it takes to make marriages work in the long term.

In 1940, we meet Ira (Huston), who works in his family’s store and is entranced by Ruth (Chaplin), an artistic Austrian immigrant. They embark on a relationship that survives in the face of many obstacles. In the present day, Sophia (Robertson), an art history student meets Luke (Eastwood), a bull rider. Like Ruth and Ira, they come from different worlds but fall in love. Their lives intersect when Luke and Sophia rescue Ira, now an elderly widow (played by Alan Alda) who has been seriously injured after his car crashed. In the wrecked car Sophia discovered a box containing a precious stash of letters, written by Ira to his beloved wife Ruth over the course of many years. Sophia returns the box to Ira and reads the letters aloud to him. They develop a friendship as Ira reflects back on his fascinating life.

The filmmakers knew it would take a strong actor to portray Ruth’s husband, Ira, someone who would match Chaplin’s formidable energy and with whom she would have great chemistry. Jack Huston filled that bill. “Jack was fantastic,” says executive producer Robert Teitel. “We knew his work from Boardwalk Empire, but his character in The Longest Ride was the trickiest to find.”

Personally, in a very similar way to his character (young) Ira, Huston is more of a letter writer than a social media enthusiast, “I have a Twitter account but I am the worst tweeter. But I’ve always been a letter writer. I only started emailing about three years ago; I am not a techie person. I’m just not attuned to it. Letter writing was very much ingrained in me from a very early age. My father used to write me letters and he got me into the practice of writing very personal letters. I’m going to be honest and say I haven’t written any letters recently, but if I do receive a letter, common courtesy and etiquette would always be to write one back; and then normally you get another one, so what follows is a wonderful long correspondence between two people, which is beautiful,” Huston relates.

The story’s romantic elements drew Huston to the film. “The theme of enduring love is so beautiful,” he explains. “I loved the challenge of making an authentic love story. I wanted to explore the reality of love rather than its fabrication. I do believe in it all. There is that initial romantic honeymoon period when you first meet someone, when you think you’re in love, but at that point, it could just be an obsession or passion. You know, love is really what happens after the honeymoon period, when you build a life together. It is getting to know all the quirks, which people sometimes say are bad things, but actually they end up being your favorite things about someone. It is knowing that you can do or say or be anything and that the other person will still love you. To me, a soul mate is like the counterpart of yourself, it’s the person with whom you feel the yin and yang. The best relationships work that way. It is a stronger and deeper love than you experience in the initial honeymoon period. You love spending time with each other, being in a room together without having to say a word,” shared Huston.

Experience the power of enduring love in “The Longest Ride” when it opens April 15 in theatres nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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