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Monday, May 23, 2016

“X-MEN: APOCALYPSE” reigns supreme at the Phils. box-office (PhP 230 million on opening weekend)


20th Century Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” reigns supreme at the box-office with its PhP 230 million opening weekend (first five days) in the Philippines in 476 screens. It also dominated and opened number one on its first day of release (opened May 18) in the country with PhP 45 million in box-office receipts.

In the Philippines, “X-Men: Apocalypse” has taken the franchise to new heights with its strong box-office results. It now holds as the Biggest Fox Opening Weekend All-Time, tracking 131% higher than “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” It is also now the Biggest Non-Holiday May Opening Weekend All-Time. Ultimately, “X-Men: Apocalypse” records show that it is now the Biggest Opening Weekend in the X-Men franchise.

In addition to its opening weekend box-office results, it has become the Biggest Fox Opening Day All-Time, Biggest Non-Holiday May Opening All-Time and the Biggest Opening Day in the X-Men franchise. “X-Men: Apocalypse” also cemented its apocalyptic power on Philippine soil as it now stands as the 2nd Biggest Opening Weekend for the year, after “Captain America: Civil War.”

“X-Men: Apocalypse’s” powerful presence recorded strong box-office receipts from the following top twenty (20) cinemas: SM MEGAMALL (11million), SM MALL OF ASIA (10.1M); TRINOMA (8.1M); SM NORTH EDSA/THE BLOCK (8M); GLORIETTA (6.2M); POWERPLANT (4.3M); SM CEBU (4.3M); GREENBELT 3 (4.1M); GATEWAY CINEPLEX (3.99M); ALABANG TOWN CENTER (3.95M); BONIFACIO HIGHSTREET (3.8M); AYALA CEBU (3.6M); THEATREMALL (3.6M); SHANG CINEPLEX (3.38M); MARKET!MARKET! (3.31M); EASTWOOD (3.25M); ROBINSON’S MAGNOLIA (3.15M); SM AURA (3.13M); UPTOWN (3.03M); NEWPORT (2.7M).

Indeed record-breaking, “X-Men: Apocalypse’s” Phil. box-office feat is also cited in major news organizations as one of the top performing markets in international territories. As reported in www.Variety.com "The launch featured the biggest Fox opening weekend ever in half a dozen markets including Philippines ($4.9 million), India ($3.5 million), Indonesia ($3.1 million), Singapore ($3 million), Thailand ($2.7 million) and Colombia ($1.9 million).”

Bryan Singer’s return at the helm of the franchise in “X-Men: Apocalypse” along with beloved mutant characters pitted against the most powerful of their kind has generated coherent rave buzz among its fan base round the globe despite polarizing reviews from some critics. “X-Men: Apocalypse” brings returning and new characters on the big screen led by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters and Rose Byrne with young and equally powerful mutants played by Sophie Turner, Ben Hardy, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp. Kodi Smit-McPhee and Oscar Isaac. In the movie, the invincible and immortal Apocalypse is set free after being entombed for several millennia. Enraged that his kind are no longer treated as gods, Apocalypse assembles a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to destroy humankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. To end Apocalypse’s path of global destruction, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) and Professor X (James McAvoy) lead a team of young X-Men in an epic showdown with a seemingly unstoppable enemy.

“X-Men: Apocalypse” is now showing in cinemas across the Philippines from 20th Century Fox distributed by Warner Bros. Available in 2D, 3D, 4D and IMAX screens nationwide.



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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The day I finally met Clint Bondad (my last blog post about him)

I first blogged about Clint Bondad back in 2012 when he was still an up and coming model. I knew he had the potential to be BIG someday and, well, I wasn't wrong, wasn't I?

In 2013, I blogged that he was my newest crush (that's really very Kris Aquino of me, I know LOLZ) and since then I've always been posting stuff about him on my website: from his TV commercials, runway shows, movies, etc.

I just dreamed of meeting him in person someday and lucky for me that somehow happened when I bumped into him along Dela Rosa St. one hot afternoon a few years ago. He looked really hot, tall and hunky in person. He didn't recognize me so we didn't get to say hi to each other. I just looked at him from a far as I was heading to the chapel along Salcedo St. and him to the opposite direction. As I was about to leave the chapel, I asked God if it's possible that once I stepped out I'd still get to see Clint outside. And, surprisingly, God answered my prayer. I saw Clint standing in front of our office building waiting for a cab. But, once more, I was still feeling so shy that I didn't get to say hi to him again. I just walked past him as if he wasn't there. When I looked back, he already boarded a cab.

One time, I received an Instagram notification saying that Clint followed me. I was really very surprised so I immediately sent him a message and thanked him (I'm not sure if he's still following me now, though LOLZ). That gesture really made me very happy. He said a few nice things to me and God knows that those were like the best things I've ever heard from any guy ever. I told him about the incident when I first saw him and he said that I should've not been shy and that I should've at least said "hi." Well, I guess I really should've said "hi." I told him that I hope one day I'll still get to meet him again and that I wouldn't be shy anymore by that time. Teehee!

Fast forward to 2016, this happened. This was during the Century Tuna Superbods event at BGC last April. This photo was 4 years in the making and I would also like to thank my dear friend Mel for this. You were like my Ms. Bulgaria that night. CHOZ!

And thank you so much, Clint. Thank you. ☺☺☺♡♡♡

Anyhow, lemme tell you what happened.

When I arrived at the BGC Amphitheater that night, I immediately searched for Clint's tarpaulin.
Hay....I was actually already contented with just staring at his photo. Close up. Oh, look at that body...and that face.... He's definitely the most handsome guy in the world for me. Even until now.
But I told myself that no...I should grab the chance. This was my night. This was the night. That I should go near the stage and take photos of him. 
And probably to finally say hi as well. Ahihihihihi! I feel so much kilig right now while reminiscing that moment. Teehee!
Clint got down from the stage. This is it....
Clint doing some poses for his fans. And for me? CHOZ!
I'm falling in love again.
When he settled down, I decided to come closer to him. Closer....and then he noticed me! Well, I'm one big, fat becky so I guess I'm that quite noticeable, too, anyway.
Clint decided to flex his muscles for me. LOLZ! No. I'm serious. He really did. Oh, Clint, I just love you so much.
That night was like one of the happiest nights in my entire life. Ever. 
I was just this close to Clint. And he noticed me. And he looked at me. And he smiled at me.
I was even able to hold his hand and talk to him for a few minutes. And, obviously, I was also able to take my much awaited and coveted photo with him. I waited years for that. Literally.
But deep inside I felt a little hopeless and helpless. Hopeless romantic. Helpless romantic. LOLZ!
As we all know, Clint already has a girlfriend and they're really very much happy with each other. And Clint is a very famous celebrity/model now as well. I don't need to blog about him anymore. And as for me...well....I'm just a fan. I'll forever be his fan. That's for sure. But...I dunno.... I don't even know how to translate it in words. This kind of feeling....
I think I'm just really afraid to fall in love with him as in "really" fall in love with him. I can't fall in love with him. I believe I'm in love with him (Isn't it obvious? LOLZ!) but I know I can't. And I shouldn't. I should just be a fan. Just a fan.

So I guess this better be my last blog post about him. This should really be my very last blog post about him. I won't talk about him again ever here on my blog. It's better this way.

I wanna remember him this way. I want my last memory of him to be that night when I first met him in persona at that Century Tuna event at the BGC Amphitheater. Just those happy moments. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Thank you, Clint. I'll really forever be your fan.

And also....

I will love you forever.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It's ok, Bea....

I patted my dog Bea’s leg and bid her goodbye before leaving for work yesterday morning. She wagged her tail in response as she looked at me with her frail, brown eyes. I always make sure that I say goodbye to her whenever I leave the house.

“Don’t go yet. Wait for me.” I told her.

Traffic was terrible last night and after a 2.5-hour drive, I finally reached home. As I opened our gate I could hear the noise of our dogs barking as it melodied with the mild rain. I immediately searched for Bea the moment I stepped out of my car. I thought she was already gone as I wasn’t able to find her anywhere. I called her name but it was her daughter Walda who approached me. She led me to our kitchen and there I saw Bea lying down near the countertop with her son Rap standing next to her. She could barely move but she still managed to look at me when I gently patted her leg. She didn’t wag her tail anymore. She just stared at me as I tearfully smiled at her.

“It’s ok na, Bea. You can go. Rest ka na.”

I woke up at 3:30AM this morning. It was still raining. I checked on Bea again. She was still in the kitchen but she was in a sleeplike position, motionless. Walda and Rap greeted me and we all went to where Bea was. I patted her leg. I patted her body. I patted her cheek. No response.

My dog Bea was gone. She was 10 years old.

I love you, Bea.



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Monday, May 16, 2016

“X-MEN: APOCALYPSE” midnight screenings on May 17 - Tuesday


The most awaited epic battle of mutants in “X-Men: Apocalypse” is about to unfold on the big screen on May 17, Tuesday in (midnight screening) selected cinemas – Alabang Town Center, Greenbelt 3, Glorietta 4, Trinoma, SM Aura, SM BF, SM Fairview, SM Light Mall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Marikina, SM Marilao, SM Megamall, SM Molino, SM North Edsa, SM Southmall, SM Clark, The Block, Century Mall, Commerce Center, Eastwood, Evia, Newport, Starmall Taguig, Uptown, Abreeza Davao, SM Cebu, SM Lanang and Gaisano Davao.

In “X-Men: Apocalypse,” we find our favorite group of mutants in 1983, dealing with more than just the fashions of the time. An ancient, powerful and extremely angry creature named Apocalypse has awakened after millennia spent slumbering, decided that our civilization is too corrupt to survive and must be destroyed so he can restore proper order. Charles Xavier must rally his young students for the fight of their lives against not just Apocalypse, but also his powerful Four Horsemen, one of which just happens to be Erik “Magneto” Lensherr.

Opening on May 18 nationwide directed by Bryan Singer, “X-Men: Apocalypse” stars James McAvoy as Charles Xavier/Professor X, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique/Raven, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr/Magneto, Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, Olivia Munn as Psylocke, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Ben Hardy as Angel, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers/Cyclops, Nicholas Hoult Hank McCoy/Beast, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, Lana Condor as Jubilee and Rose Byrne as Moira McTaggert.



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Friday, May 13, 2016

Most visually ambitious cinematic experience in “X-MEN: APOCALYPSE” on May 18


Set a decade after the events of “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” the latest “X-Men: Apocalypse” that will open on May 18 in Philippine cinemas finds the mutants in 1983 living their own lives. Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) has his school for gifted youngsters up and running, and has some promising new students he’s guiding as they figure out their lives. Erik “Magneto” Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) is living a quiet family life in Poland, while Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) is eschewing her mutant side, worried that humanity still doesn’t completely accept them. Their world is thrown into chaos when an incredibly powerful, ancient mutant named Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) awakens and decides that the world has taken a turn for the worse and decides to destroy civilization and create it again in his own image.

Taking the cinematic experience to the highest level this time, “X-Men: Apocalypse” will also be available in 3D and IMAX screens where director Bryan Singer brings the X-men in an epic showdown with their most powerful unstoppable enemy.

Given Apocalypse’s vision of global destruction, it’s no surprise that this is the most visually ambitious of X-Men pictures. “We’re not only traveling the world, we’re talking about the potential end of the world, and perhaps the end of the universe,” says director of photography Newton Thomas Sigel, who previously collaborated with Singer on DOFP, X2, and X-MEN, among other films. Adds Oscar Isaac, who plays the seminal figure: “The stage is set for an epic mutant versus mega-mutant war. The battle between the X-Men and Apocalypse is insane!”

Apocalypse’s 5,000-year slumber began when civilization was at its peak; his sleep ends when it’s arguably at its nadir. Having grown up in eighties, producer Simon Kinberg understood how it was marked by excess, as seen in the hair styles, fashion, and automobiles. “In 1983, Apocalypse rises from the perfection of ancient Egyptian culture into an over-populated, polluted, nuclear-threatened culture,” he says. “So his motivation is understandable, though his methods and goals are extreme.”

Oscar Isaac, who took on the role of Apocalypse following his star turn as the heroic pilot Poe Dameron in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and the avant-garde artificial intelligence creator in “Deus Ex Machina” calls the character nothing less than “the creative/destructive force of this earth. When things seem like they’re no longer evolving—like they did in the 1980s—he destroys those civilizations.”

The character’s makeup effects included a forehead piece, a nose and cheek piece, a jaw and chin piece, a headpiece, a neck piece and even a helmet. “The only body part that wasn’t covered was Isaac’s eyeballs,” jokes specialty makeup designer Brian Sipe. “With a head dress and neck piece, as well as a twenty piece costume, the entire process was “like a giant jigsaw puzzle,” he adds. One of the prominent features in the Apocalypse design is the metallic-looking “dreads.” The challenge was making the suit “look heroic on a normal man’s body while allowing the actor to maintain mobility and conform,” says Sipe. They also had to keep Isaac cool in hot and humid Montreal summer weather. “We used a system called Cool Shirt,” Sipe continues. “It’s a cooling system similar to what race car drivers use; Oscar was plugged into ice water whenever he wasn’t filming to maintain a comfortable temperature.”

Prepare for a war like no other when “X-Men: Apocalypse” opens May 18 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Jennifer Lawrence back in battle form as Mystique in “X-MEN: APOCALYPSE”


It has been 10 years since the heroes of “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” saved humanity and themselves from threats within and without. Now, in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” things are – at least for people like Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) – a little more settled. Humanity is aware of the mutants living among them and relations have been, for the most part, peaceful. But all that changes when the ancient, incredibly powerful mutant known as Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) awakens in the early 1980s and begins to destroy the world as we know it, convinced that he can create civilization again the way he thinks it should be. With Bryan Singer once more directing, “X-Men: Apocalypse” promises a huge global adventure and another thrilling mission for the world’s favorite mutants.

The world of 1983 also has undergone upheavals in the treatment of mutants. This next stage of human evolution is now accepted by most—but not all—of humanity, thanks to the heroism of Raven/Mystique, who (as seen in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”) prevented the assassination of the U.S. president and a war between mutants and humans.

Jennifer Lawrence is back as Raven aka Mystique, a blue-skinned shapeshifter, is seeking her true purpose, as well as elusive self-acceptance. In the years leading up to “X-Men: Apocalypse,” she had tried to stay hidden from the world, shunning her celebrity as the face of hope and change for the new, mutant-integrated world. She resists bearing the weight of that label, and feels much of her past doesn’t warrant the world’s perception of her as a hero.
Now, Raven is living by her own code and working independently as an underground mutant savior, to fight against the remaining instances of human exploitation of mutants and save those still being persecuted.

“The character is more ‘Raven’ than ‘Mystique’ in this story because she cannot be her true mutant self in a world that she feels is still not as mutant-friendly as it’s perceived to be,” says Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, who first played the role in “X-Men: First Class” and then reprised it in “Days of Future Past.” “That’s why she has basically been Raven since the events of the previous films, so no one would know she’s that mutant. When we meet her in this film, she’s been living a covert life as Raven.” Raven’s mission to help mutants where she can culminates in her leading the X-Men in a massive battle with Apocalypse. But first she is reunited with the two men with whom she is closest, and with whom she shares a complex and evolving history: Charles Xavier (aka Professor X) and Erik Lensherr (Magneto). Raven and Charles have a long history together and were part of the original X-Men team. In the subsequent years they grew apart, separated by both distance and philosophies.

Costume designer Louise Mingenbach drew upon the resources and inventory of numerous costume rental houses in the U.S. and Montréal and scoured retail vintage stores across North America to find thousands of wardrobe items needed to dress performers in 1980s apparel from Cairo, East Germany, and the U.S. For Jennifer Lawrence, Mingenbach took into account Raven’s modus operandi: “She’s fighting for a cause and is not particularly concerned with how she looks,” says the designer. She found Lawrence a “Chrissie Hynde type” studded leather jacket and an old rock-‘n-roll t-shirt. “1983 was the great era of the rocker chick,” says Mingenbach, “and that kind of look reflected Raven’s rebellious nature.”

It’s mutants vs. mutants when “X-Men: Apocalypse” opens May 18 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. (also available in 3D and IMAX)



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Saturday, May 7, 2016

I almost died tonight

photo from thewrap.com

I thought it was my time tonight. Someone pointed a gun at me at a Caltex station near our subdivision. He's a motorcycle driver wearing a checkered red & white long sleeves. Not sure if he was wearing khaki or dark beige pants. He also didn't remove his helmet the whole time.
I took a 5-hour overtime work tonight that's why I went home late. I was in a good mood the whole time I was driving home and I was even listening to Juris' cover of Side A's "Forevermore" on repeat. After a long 2-hour drive, I decided to gas up at a Caltex station near our village so that Clint's tank will be full the whole weekend. I always do that every Thursday.

I was now about to turn left to Caltex from the other side of the road. My turning signal was on the whole time. Typical Pinoy drivers, most of them didn't let me pass. And so I waited until I finally found an opportunity to make a turn. The last vehicle to drive past me was a white pick-up truck. And then I made a turn. I noticed a motorcycle from a far but I reckoned that he was still like hundreds of meters away from me. Like really far l. And then all of a sudden this motorcycle sped up as if it was in a hurry and kept on honking and honking at me. My driving instructor from years ago taught me that if you see a car turning and if it already occupied your lane, you should slow down and give way. I was already in the middle of the road and I was like 3 steps away from the gas station at that time. I thought I had no choice but to just proceed, and so I did. But this motorcycle driver was really furious and he followed me to the gas station. He stopped in front of me and there...he pointed his gun at me.

The weird thing was I didn't feel a thing. I just also stared at him coldly and steadily. Deep inside I was thinking, "Lord, I'm ready." As in for some strange reason I didn't feel anything. I wasn't even afraid. I wasn't shaking. It's like as if everything just stopped.

I guess the man realized that he's at a gasoline station and that firing his gun at me would blow up the entire area. So instead, he just raised his middle finger at me. And if ever the whole place wouldn't blow up, there were like 3 or 4 gasoline boys there who would've witnessed me murdered anyway.

I dunno why but my automatic reflex was to also raise my middle finger at him. Haha! Sorry. I know I shouldn't laugh. I almost died. LOL.

I'm already home now in case you ask. I didn't go to the police. I think I should but I don't know if I can trust them. And besides, yeah, I feel so tired now. It would've probably been a long night and I still have work tomorrow. (Yes, I'm really workaholic that's why I'm still single LOL.)

This eye-opening event that happened to me tonight made me realize a few things. 1) Life is really short. 2) We live in a very dangerous, unsafe world. Let's face it. Let's admit it. 3) OMG. I wasn't afraid to die. For the longest time I thought I was afraid to die. But when death stared at me right in the eye tonight, I just stared at him as well.

So now, I've really changed my mind. I would need a president and a vice-president who would vow to keep us all safe from these "criminals." I'm gonna switch sides now. And, yes, your guess is as good as mine. I'm not gonna mention their names anymore. Some of you might just bash me and call me "bobo" LOL. But, hey, can you blame me?

And lastly, in case something like this would happen to me again (knock on wood), I feel like I need to say this. I need to let him know. I'm sorry. I'm really sorry. Maybe my head is just a little shaken right now LOL but I know I'm still sane and I wanna say this while I'm still my normal and "alive" self.

Matt Butiong, I like you. You're like my biggest crush ever. As in swear. Super. I can't say that I'm in love with you because we're not even friends LOL but I guess that's fair enough. I just really have a crush on you.

There I said it. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. Don't hate me.

And to my parents, to my aunts, I love you. Thank you for giving me a good, comfortable life. Really. My prayer still remains unchanged. I always pray to God that He'd take me first because I don't know if I would still carry on living without you. But I promise to take care of all of you until the day I die. That's why I still don't have a boyfriend until now! LOL. Ok I should probably shut up now.

Thank you for taking some time to read this lengthy post. I promise to be more more more careful next time. But you know what, if you really know me personally, you'd know that I'm probably one of the very few drivers in this country who's mega extra careful when I'm driving and I'm on the rode. I always stick to my lane, I always give way. And I'm driving a freakin' Montero and an Everest for crying out loud. They're not race cars. It's not that easy to drive an SUV (IMO).

And before I forget, thank you, Lord for keeping me safe tonight. I know You love me. And I know that You know that I love You too. I love You. 😇😇😇



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Thursday, May 5, 2016

What love is like in the future in “EQUALS”


Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult star in “Equals,” an emotionally and visually arresting film set in a dystopian future where where everyone has had their deepest feelings and emotions genetically deactivated to promote a more stable, violence-free culture.

When a Silas (Hoult) and Nia (Stewart) start to experience feelings, it throws off the balance of their lives and the oppressive society around them. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Drake Doremus, it was necessary to cast two young actors capable of delivering nuanced and subtle turns over a demanding schedule in making “Equals.”

For his part, Hoult was a fan of Doremus’s work and was switched on by the script and its sci-fi future set story. “Drake has got this brilliant touch with films — the way he cuts and edits and gets performances out of people makes him one of the most exciting directors around,” says Hoult. “He has a way of getting a performance out of you but not making it a performance, and instead making it very true and honest. He made me feel very comfortable during the filming.”

For both Hoult (X-Men: First Class) and Stewart (The Twilight Saga), two veterans of global franchise movie series, “Equals” provided a very different challenge and change of pace from mixing it up with mutants and vampires.

The magical screen chemistry between Hoult and Stewart is a testament to the actors and director’s hard work in rehearsal. The two actors would sit in front of each other saying ‘hello’ for an hour. “By the end of it, you’ve fallen into this vacuum of honesty,” Stewart says. “For whatever reason, that acting exercise carried over into the way we addressed each other on set. I knew when he was lying, he knew when I was lying. That alone is scary and bare and very vulnerable.”

Hoult says: “Kristen is incredibly intelligent, and her understanding and passion for this is amazing to see. I find it very inspiring because I can’t quite figure out everything that’s going on, but she explains it and once she’s in the scenes, I believe her.” Doremus knew that Kristen was initially apprehensive about taking on the role. “It’s a very difficult arc to pull off, but I think after the first day of rehearsals, she was very excited and embraced the challenge, and felt really comfortable.” Stewart attests that Doremus simply does what so many people want to do —“to allow themselves the freedom to discover.”

Additionally, Hoult says: “This is the first time Drake is doing work with a script, so we’ve got exactly what we need and at times what we’ve got on the page is exactly what we do, but at other times, he told us to go off and see what happens. With Kristen as the other lead, that’s very easy to do because she’s able to go anywhere and be honest.”

Doremus, a Sundance Grand Jury award winner with his previous work in “Like Crazy,” knew he wanted to experiment with a genre that he had never done before in order to grow as a filmmaker. Picking the sci-fi genre was a bold move and making a love story in a world where love doesn’t exist perhaps even bolder. “For me the film is about long-term relationships, what it means to fall in love, to ride the wave and changes of a relationship, and how by the end of a journey you need to remember what you felt and why you were in that relationship in the first place,” Doremus says. “It’s about trying to maintain what the relationships and love actually mean and love that changes and grows and becomes something else. It fascinates me and I wanted to portray that.”

“Equals” will open in cinemas on May 11 from Pioneer Films.



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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Family movie bonding at SM Cinemas on May 28 and 29 featuring “PINOCCHIO”


CrystalSky Multimedia and SM Cinemas tighten family ties with the launch of Family Movie Day every weekend featuring the latest award-winning modern-day “Pinocchio” that starts May 28 and 29.

Aimed to promote a worry-free, practical and rewarding family bonding experience in theatres, the campaign offers fun activities with lots of discounts and free coupons from the mall’s partner merchants. SM Cinemas will provide exclusive perks for the family related movies and as part of the promo, patrons can buy 2 tickets and get 2 kids to watch for free (children must be below 4 ft. to qualify).

The first to be featured in the Family Movie Day weekend is the award-winning movie “Pinocchio” follows the wild and adventurous journey of the wooden doll in order to become a real boy. Based on Carlo Collodi's world-famous stories, Pinocchio learns what it means to be a real human as he learns values like courage, honesty and loyalty. One day, poor old toymaker Geppetto finds a piece of pine-wood. He carves it into a puppet, which he names Pinocchio. Geppetto is delighted, when his puppet suddenly comes to life, but Pinocchio is full of reckless whims and wild ideas. Before long, his crazy escapades cause considerable damage in the village, causing big problems for Geppetto – who loses his temper with his "son". Pinocchio runs away from home and winds up in a series of madcap adventures: He meets the puppeteer Mangiafuoco, who almost throws him into the fire; he is tricked by two petty gangsters, the Fox and the Cat; he is abducted and transformed into a donkey by an evil coachman – and then sold to a circus-owner, who wants to turn him into salami. Meanwhile, Geppetto is searching desperately for Pinocchio, and ends up being swallowed by a whale. But at the end of a long, adventurous journey, Pinocchio – having learned how to be considerate and courageous – manages to rescue his "father" from the whale and becomes a real boy.

“Pinocchio” stars Germany’s most acclaimed actors, led by Mario Adorf, best-known for his appearance in the Academy Award®-winning "The Tin Drum", Inka Friedrich ("Summer in Berlin"), Sandra Huller ("Requiem"), Ulrich Tukur ("The White Ribbon") and Benjamin Sadler ("Dresden"), in a suspenseful and humorous adventure.

A family treat like no other from SM Cinemas, catch “Pinocchio” on the big screen on May 28 and 29 in SM Cinemas nationwide.

Check and follow CrystalSky Multimedia and SM Cinemas on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to get updates on the latest Family Movie Day weekend movies.



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A-list cast in a heartwarming tribute to the one that connects us all in “MOTHER’S DAY” movie


Expectant moms, single moms, stepmoms, gay moms, estranged moms, long-lost moms and mothers of all kinds get their due in an emotional tribute to the tie that can’t be broken in “Mother’s Day,” an endearing and entertaining romantic comedy about everyone’s first love, our mothers.

Director and producer Garry Marshall once again brings together an all-star cast for a joyous holiday celebration in his new film, “Mother’s Day.” Marshall tackles the complicated connection between mother and child through a series of deftly interwoven stories that salute the sometimes maddening, often conflicted and always powerful bond of maternal love in a movie about the impact mothers have on their children’s lives — even when they don’t mean to.

Jennifer Aniston ( “Friends”), Kate Hudson (“How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”), Julia Roberts (“Pretty Woman”), Jason Sudeikis (“We’re the Millers”) and Britt Robertson (“Tomorrowland”) star in interwoven stories about a group of women with one important thing in common- mothers. In the week before the one day of the year when Mom comes first, the lives of a group of strong, loving and wildly imperfect women, from a divorced mother dealing with her kids’ new stepmom to a young mom trying find her own birth mother, provide an emotional and humorous reminder that every mom is her own kind of hero.

Julia Roberts, marking her fourth appearance in a Garry Marshall film, was the first star on board, agreeing to play Miranda, the queen of a ubiquitous home shopping network. Sleekly coiffed and impeccably turned out, Miranda has a secret that will be revealed by the end of the film.

Jennifer Aniston plays recently divorced Sandy with two sons. She and her ex-husband, Henry (Timothy Olyphant), are on exceptionally good terms until he impulsively weds his much younger girlfriend and Sandy finds herself struggling with the idea that she’s replaceable. “It comes out of the blue,” says Aniston. “She suddenly has to share her children with their new stepmom. It’s a complete game changer when another person comes in as a co-parent to your children.”

Shay Mitchell, from the television series “Pretty Little Liars,” plays Henry’s new wife, Tina. Tina is young and naive, but her affection for both Henry and his children is authentic, says the actress. “She really does care so much for the kids and is trying genuinely to play the role of being their other mom. She doesn’t think Sandy will be upset at all. They’re going to work as a team and raise these kids as best they can.”

Kate Hudson plays Jesse, a happily married mom who is estranged from her own mother. “Jesse and her sister Gabi cut off their parents because they have both made lives they know their parents wouldn’t approve of. Gabi is married to a woman. Jesse married an Indian man and has a child with him.” Hudson explains.

The film also introduces a “Mister Mom” Bradley (played by Jason Sudeikis), the father of two girls is facing his first Mother’s Day without his wife, a Marine killed in combat. It has been almost a year since her passing and the kids are trying to move forward, but Bradley has only scratched the surface of his mourning. The storyline adds a note of poignancy to the movie as he struggles to let go of the past for his children’s sake.

Britt Robertson, who recently starred opposite George Clooney in the blockbuster "Tomorrowland," plays Kristin, a new mom who has never met her birth mother. Kristin’s British boyfriend Zack (Jack Whitehall) wants very much to marry her, but she’s not sure. Adopted as an infant, Kristin fears that because she’s never known her birth mother, she doesn’t know what kind of woman she’s going to be. “I immediately said yes to this project,” Robertson recalls. “I just loved all the different storylines and the different kinds of relationships between mothers and children. I think everyone will find a character they can relate to.”

“Mother’s Day” opens May 4 in cinemas from OctoArts Films International.



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