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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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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Get ready for “THE LONGEST RIDE’S” feels as it climbs to blockbuster status


Recent estimates and predictions at the box-office certify that Nicholas Sparks’ most charming love story “The Longest Ride” is climbing to blockbuster status amidst strong competition. Produced by blockbuster makers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey who made films such as the “Twilight” series, “The Fault In Our Starsm,” “Dear John,” “Safe Haven” and the upcoming “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” and “Paper Towns,” “The Longest Ride” poises to be one unforgettable and lingering love story to have been adapted on film.

“The Longest Ride has an epic quality that applies to both love stories,” continues the author. “It covers the love story between Ruth and Ira, which starts before World War II, and it’s contrasted with the entirely different world of professional bull riding. What differentiates this film from the other adaptations of my work is its epic quality and the dual love story. It’s about the way the two love stories come together.”

Sparks continues: “When you meet the person with whom you fall in love, the feeling’s the same, whether you’re in the 1930s or in the present day. Everybody goes through the same emotions. There’s universality to the way we feel and that’s what I wanted to show. I think the fun of the film is trying to figure out how on earth these two stories are going to come together in the end.”

Scott Eastwood plays Luke, a bull rider who meets Sophia (Britt Robertson), an art history student who hit it off right away. One fateful day they are driving along a country road in treacherous weather and notice a car in flames on an isolated embankment. Trapped inside the car is Ira (Alan Alda). The young couple rescue him and take him to the nearby hospital. Sophia accompanies Ira to the hospital, bringing a box of letters that she had found in the wrecked car. They were written by Ira to Ruth, the love of his life, during the course of their long marriage. As Ira recuperates, Sophia reads the letters aloud to him and learns about Ira and Ruth’s story: how Ira went off to fight in World War II, how he returned a changed man. She learns that Ruth, who died several years ago, was an art lover and the couple collected paintings over half a century. As Ira reflects back on his life, Sophia also finds out how Ira and Ruth navigated a long marriage that was always loving, but rarely free from obstacles, some formidable. It emerges that there are parallels between Ruth and Ira and Sophia’s own relationship with Luke.

An interesting theme in “The Longest Ride” is the multi generational nature of the story. What’s also fascinating is that coincidentally, four out of the five leading actors come from generations of esteemed filmmakers and artists. Acting, they all say, is in their DNA. Oona Chaplin’s grandfather was Charlie Chaplin and she is the great granddaughter of American playwright Eugene O’Neill. Her mother is the actress Geraldine Chaplin; her father is Chilean cinematographer Patricio Castilla. Scott Eastwood is the son of Clint Eastwood. Alan Alda’s father was the actor Robert Alda. Jack Huston is the grandson of the legendary director John Huston. He is the great grandson of the Oscar winning actor Walter Huston, the son of Oscar nominated screenwriter Walter Anthony (Tony Huston), and the nephew of actors Danny and Anjelica Huston.

Opening this April 15 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros., “The Longest Ride” explores the magic of falling in love, but also the courage it takes to make marriages work in the long term.



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Hold on tight and fall in love all over again in “THE LONGEST RIDE”


Two parallel love stories converge in the upcoming sweeping romantic movie “The Longest Ride” based on bestselling novelist Nicholas Sparks’ tome of the same title. Starring Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Jack Huston, Alan Alda and Oona Chaplin, the movie tells of intersecting love stories that eventually converge.

Directed by George Tillman, “The Longest Ride” is unlike the usual Hollywood love story, exploring what it takes to make relationships work, with all the complications and sacrifice involved. It is authentic and moving, but also action packed and dramatic with a great plot and terrific acting. Visually arresting and breathtaking, The film moves seamlessly back and forward from the present day to the 40s, 50s and beyond.

“The Longest Ride” follows a contemporary love story where Sophia (Britt Robertson), an art student meets Luke (Scott Eastwood), a bull rider. Their own relationship blossoms and they form a friendship with Ira Levinson, a North Carolina man reminiscing about the wife he lost years ago, while convalescing from a serious car crash. The film goes back to 1940 and we follow the young Ira (Jack Huston) as he meets and falls in love with Ruth (Oona Chaplin), a beautiful, free spirited Austrian immigrant. They have powerful chemistry but little else in common. Their relationship is tested when Ira goes off to fight in World War II and returns a changed man, but still in love with the woman of his dreams.

“The Longest Ride” opens in cinemas on April 15 nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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Friday, April 10, 2015

Oona Chaplin's extraordinary endearing life and marriage in “THE LONGEST RIDE”


Coming from a lineage of unique thespian talent, Oona Chaplin, the granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin, the great granddaughter of American playwright Eugene O’Neill, daughter of actress Geraldine Chaplin and Chilean cinematographer Patricio Castilla, stars opposite Jack Huston, Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, and Alan Alda in the “The Longest Ride,” an epic drama interweaving two love stories, linked across the decades from the bestselling romantic novel of the same title by Nicholas Sparks.

Best known for her role as Talisa in the worldwide hit television series “Game of Thrones,” in “The Longest Ride,” Chaplin stars as Ruth circa 1940, a beautiful Austrian immigrant in America, meets Ira, (Huston), a local man working in the family’s clothing store and they fall in love. While in present day North Carolina, Sophia (Robertson), an art history student falls for Luke (Eastwood), a bull rider. Luke and Sophia rescue a man who is severely injured in a car crash. It turns out to be Ira, now an elderly widower (Alan Alda). Sophia befriends Ira and learns about his extraordinary life and marriage to Ruth.

Chaplin plays the exuberant Ruth and is pitch perfect as the exquisite girl from Vienna who sweeps young Ira (Jack Huston) off his feet. Ira grew up in North Carolina and leads a simple life; Ruth is artistic, intellectual and cultured, with sophisticated sensibilities. They come from different worlds but fall in love. As the story unravels, and when Ira returns from World War II the couple faces some serious challenges where art is a central theme in the film.

After finding the actors for the contemporary love story, the filmmakers turned to the task of casting the couple that inspires Sophia, beginning with Oona Chaplin, who plays Ruth. “Oona really selected herself for the role,” says Sparks. She was just so vibrant. Her energy was just what we were looking for in casting the role.”

For Chaplin, the fact that she could portray a character from ages 17 through 45 was a dream come true. “I really respect Ruth because she’s very strong,” says the actress. “Like Ruth, I was fortunate to have an upbringing that was full of different types of culture. The [film’s flashback] historical context of the Second World War and having to leave behind everything that you know, was an interesting thing to explore.”

Chaplin enthuses on the film’s theme, ““I feel that this film is playing tribute to all of the women who have sacrificed things in their lives for their men and have been behind them, which is an honorable position to be in. Ruth is so strong. Over the centuries, there have been so many women who have been unconditionally behind the men in their lives, saying: ‘don’t worry, I’m here, I love you and I’ll be with you forever.’ You can never really know if you will do that yourself, the kind of thing Ruth does, until you are faced with something that tests you. But I think women today are very different from Ruth. We are more selfish, because we’ve been promised everything: the perfect man, the perfect career, the perfect house. We are conflicted and I think we give up on relationships too readily. I think we need to ask: ‘What do you want out of this relationship? What are you willing to sacrifice?’ That’s what relationships are all about. That is what this film is about: sacrifice.”

At its heart, “The Longest Ride” is about the power of love that will open on April 15 in theatres nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Male Model Spotlight: The hotness of Pietro Boselli

This super duper mega hot male model, Pietro Boselli, became a trending topic in social media a few weeks back.

For crying out loud...he's a Math lecturer at a university in London! I feel like going back to school already. But, I kinda don't like Math. Sadly.

But I so so so like Pietro!

He finished his Bachelor of Engineering (BEng), Mechanical Engineering, First Class Honours at the University College London, U. of London back in 2010. That's also where he obtained his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Mechanical Engineering back in 2014.

Talk about beauty, beefiness, and brains!!! I love you, Pietro. I love you so so so much!

I wonder if he's single? Teehee!

Anyhow, below are some of his hot hot hot photos that I was able to get online.

Phew! It's so hot in here right now!!!

If you have any updates about him or his modeling career, please don't hesitate to email me. Please!



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Scott Eastwood stars in Nicholas Sparks' romantic novel “THE LONGEST RIDE”


“The Longest Ride” received early rave reviews stating that the movie is the best since Nicholas Sparks’ blockbuster hit “The Notebook.” Starring Scott Eastwood whose role in the movie marks his entry to Hollywood’s top lead male actors in the years to come, “The Longest Ride” spans decades of two love stories intertwined that explores the challenges and the magic of new and enduring relationships.

Directed by George Tillman Jr., Scott Eastwood stars with Britt Robertson in “The Longest Ride” set in North Carolina, where in the present day, Luke (Eastwood), a bull rider, meets Sophia (Robertson) an art history student. Sparks fly and they embark on a relationship despite having little in common. Driving along a country road, Luke and Sophia save the life of an elderly man (Ira played by Alan Alda) who crashed his car, skidding off the road in stormy conditions.

Sophia befriends Ira, a widower, as he convalesces, learning about his long marriage to Ruth, the love of his life. The film flashes back to 1940 where young Ira, played by Jack Huston, works in his family’s store and begins his relationship with Ruth (Oona Chaplin), an artistic Austrian immigrant. Like the contemporary couple, Ruth and Ira come from different worlds, but there is an immediate attraction and they fall in love.

Finding actors who could bring the vivid characters to life on film was a challenge, but one that the filmmakers were excited to accept. “Scott Eastwood was one of our initial top five for the role of Luke,” says Sparks. “We bantered around a lot of different names, but Scott was always there. When we brought him in, Scott proved to be just what we were looking for. He looks like a leading man, and had a good understanding of the characters.”

Producer Marty Bowen adds that, “Casting the male lead in a love story is very, very hard. You want the actor to be emotionally accessible, but you also want him to be masculine, vulnerable and strong. That combination of traits is difficult to find. When Scott came in to talk to us about the part, he left with the movie being his. It’s as if the movie was written for Scott. He has real charisma and toughness. We had to keep close tabs on him during the shoot because if he could, he’d get on the bulls and ride them himself. That’s just who he is. It’s in his DNA. He had that blend we were looking for.”

Eastwood notes that “Luke is very determined, at times selfish, but he’s a good guy. He’s a gentleman and a hard worker. Luke is coming back from a life-threatening injury and is determined to be the number one rider.”

Eastwood traveled to a ranch to train. The facility’s owner, Troy Brown, raises bucking bulls and is a stunt coordinator. “Scott was a joy to work with,” says Brown. “He put in the time and effort and he really cared that his bull riding looked right. He was always asking the bull riders for advice. We had the best bull riders in the world – the who’s who of the PBR – in this movie and Scott worked with them to make it look as real as possible. Scott had no bull riding experience coming into this,” Brown continues. “But he’s a great athlete – he surfs – so he picked it up quickly. And Scott looks like a bull rider. He’s muscular but not too big. He’s very fit.”

“The Longest Ride” opens April 15 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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Friday, April 3, 2015

Get to know the “AVENGERS” as they assemble for new adventure


Marvel Studios has just revealed the character descriptions of the Avengers as they assemble anew for the eagerly anticipated “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Get on the same page with them and find out their motivations and challenges.

Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Brash but brilliant billionaire Tony Stark returns, still struggling with the emotional fallout from the Battle of New York that took place in “The Avengers.” Tony is now bankrolling his Super Hero dream-team in an ongoing effort to protect the world from the evil forces that he knows are out there. Stark carries the weight of the world on his shoulders, which leads him to team up with Bruce Banner to create Ultron as the ultimate peacekeeping program.

Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) has fully embraced the mantle of team leader, but with the unraveling of S.H.I.E.L.D. in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” he continues to reconcile with what he has lost in a world he does not totally recognize. Outmatched and on the run, he must find a way to rally The Avengers and find a way to defeat the terrifying Ultron.

Thor (Chris Hemsworth). The Asgardian God of Thunder returns as Earth’s sworn protector. More brash and powerful than ever, Thor serves as the moral compass for the team and continues his personal quest to find the identity of his brother’s secret ally while also warning his teammates of threats that are bigger than any of them can imagine.

Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) is back and ready to be unleashed as The Avengers’ not-so-secret weapon. He has embraced the Hulk and is now an important part of the team, although surprising protocols have been put in place to make sure Hulk doesn’t ever get out of hand in a conflict. Banner worked alongside Tony Stark to develop the Ultron program as a peacekeeping initiative.

Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) returns to the fray as the deadly and beautiful super-spy turned hero. Her intelligence, resources and lethal fighting ability far outweigh her lack of “super” powers. With the threat of Ultron looming, Natasha will need to confront the demons of her shadowy past and draw strength from her teammates to defeat him.

Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). A skilled and accurate archer, Hawkeye is one of the team’s most lethal operatives. After having his mind controlled by Loki in “The Avengers,” Hawkeye returns to the team in fully functional mode, complete with more advanced weaponry.

Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has the power of super-speed. He is fiercely protective of his twin sister Wanda and will do anything to defend his war-torn home of Sokovia. Along with his sister, he volunteered for a secret program and gained his speed through Baron Strucker’s experimentation with an unusual power source.

Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) is the beautiful and mysterious twin sister of Pietro. Possessing the powers of mental manipulation and telekinesis, Wanda as Scarlet Witch is able to attack her enemies from the inside out. Along with her brother, she is the product of Baron Strucker’s experiment.

Ultron (James Spader) is a technological super villain the likes of which have never been seen. Unhinged and terrifying, Ultron is born out of a corrupted pilot program that Tony Stark and Bruce Banner created to help usher in peace on Earth. When their programming went haywire, Ultron came to life with the goal to save the planet by eliminating the biggest threat to it—humanity. He will stop at nothing to see this goal realized and promises to kill The Avengers for daring to try to stop him.

Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the man that first brought The Avengers together, is now disavowed and living in hiding after the events of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Nevertheless, Fury continues to be an important mentor and leader for our team of heroes.

The Vision (Paul Bettany) is a powerful and mysterious android that is raw, dangerous and uncontrollable.

Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) is a black-market arms dealer, smuggler and gangster operating out of South Africa. He is a former acquaintance of Tony Stark’s from his weapons-dealing days and a powerful new player in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Baron Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) is a brilliant HYDRA scientist who worked under the cover of S.H.I.E.L.D. for far too long. Human experimentation, advanced robotics and artificial intelligence are just a few of the things Strucker is working on when Wanda and Pietro Maximoff volunteer for his program.

Dr. Helen Cho (Claudia Kim) is a world-renowned geneticist and an ally of The Avengers. From her offices in Seoul, South Korea, to sharing workspace with Bruce Banner in his lab at Avengers Tower, Dr. Cho’s research and technology help keep The Avengers in the fight.

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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Joss Whedon directs the “AVENGERS” into the “AGE OF ULTRON”


Joss Whedon has Earth’s mightiest task on his hands.

The writer/director of Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” in Philippine theaters April 22, has re-assembled his cast and thrown a couple new faces into the mix for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes' next adventure. With the threat of Ultron looming on the horizon, Whedon will test his heroes even harder than he did in their first outing…and push himself further than before in the process.

In the film, Ultron comes to life as the result of some of Tony Stark’s experiments, a type of Frankenstein's monster gone wrong. In that regard, Whedon draws parallels between his villain and some of his heroes.

“You know, in the Marvel universe, there are a lot of Frankensteins,” Whedon posits. “Steve Rogers himself [is] one of the better-looking Frankensteins of our era. There's an element to that. There are a lot of people, whether they're trying to do good or bad, who think they have the next big idea. And the next big idea is usually a very bad one.”

Whedon thinks that fans will come to understand Ultron motives, in spite of the fact that he’ll spend most of his screen time trying to kill our favorite heroes.

“Hopefully you will come out of this, if not agreeing with him, [then] getting him and his pain, which leads to a lot of damage, and some humor,” says Whedon. “When he’s in his scenes, you want to feel like he will never understand that he’s not the hero.”

Making the second movie larger appeared necessary to Whedon on a story level. While the first Avengers movie focused very much on the team first assembling, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” now examines them in a global light.

“It is bigger,” admits Whedon. “The cast is bigger, the scope is bigger. We have more to work with. Not that we're trying to spend more--in fact, we're trying to avoid bloat wherever possible. But with this [movie], we're on a broader canvas. We're in more countries. We have a bigger world to work with, and a bigger world for them just to be in. Once they exist as a team, we have to deal with what everybody thinks about that, and what that means to the world. It's not as simple as it was.”

Having worked with most of the cast once before on “Marvel’s The Avengers,” writing and directing the characters this time around came naturally.

“Most of them had already played the parts before even the first one,” notes Whedon. “It's hard not to hear Robert Downey in your head. He's very distinctive. It's been easier for me to give them what they are comfortable with, and also to let them sort of mold stuff a little bit. We have [a] mutual trust, where if I say, ‘I know this feels weird, but I need it,’ they will back me. And if they say, ‘I feel like I could come at this differently,’ I will back them. Because we're creating those characters together, and they will always see something that I missed. Especially when all ten of them are in a room. I've got all of these enormously interesting actors playing enormously interesting characters. I'm not going to get every nuance of everybody.”

And in the case of writing the Hulk, Whedon continues to learn what’s best for the character—though deciding when he should and shouldn’t talk remains an ongoing process.

“His monologue about his childhood is very poignant and lacks pronouns,” the director jokes. “The talking thing is something that I sort of pitch it and I take it away. It's moment to moment. Done wrong, it could kill you, so I'm pretty leery about that. But Banner has a significant role, and the Hulk. We really held back on him for a long while in the first one. There's something terrible coming that you'll love. What makes the Hulk so hard to write is that you're pretending he's a werewolf when he's a super hero. You want it vice versa. You want to see him, Banner doesn't want to see him, [and] you don't want Banner to be that guy who gets in the way of you seeing him. So the question is, how has he progressed? How can we change what the Hulk does?”

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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Who is that "gay" I see staring straight back at me...?

Why is my reflection someone I don't know?

Must I pretend that I'm someone else for all time?

When will my reflection show...who I am inside?