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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bestselling author Nicholas Sparks' extraordinary story on love in “THE LONGEST RIDE” captured on film - Opens April 15 in cinemas nationwide


Nicholas Sparks’ most inspiring and extraordinary love story “The Longest Ride” is brought to life on screen starring Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Oona Chaplin and Jack Huston about two couples’ lives that converged from past to the contemporary providing the wisdom that will guide the younger couple on their journey to overcome the challenges that lies ahead.

Ira (Alda) and Ruth (Chaplin), Luke (Eastwood) and Sophia (Robertson) – two couples separated by time and age – have little in common until a series of unexpected events are set in motion and their lives become intertwined. From New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks comes an extraordinary love story that begins when a box of old letters, filled with a lifetime of love, wisdom and experience, set Luke and Sophia on a path to discover their true values and the real meaning of love.

Sophia, a senior at the University of Wake Forest, sees her lifelong dream about to come true. With just weeks to go until graduation, she has landed an internship with a prestigious New York art gallery until a friend barges through her door with a pair of cowboy boots and an invitation to a bull riding event. Though not her thing, Sophia relents and the two friends make their way to their seats, past the band of female fans known as Buckle Bunnies.

In the chute, Luke Collins (Eastwood) prepares to ride the eight seconds that will put him back on the road to the top spot on the Professional Bull Riding circuit. Returning from a serious injury suffered during a previous ride on the world class bull known as Rango, Luke is determined to regain the riding championship. But the bull has other thoughts. He charges Luke, who climbs onto a fence and out of harm’s way. As his hat flies off and into a surprised Sophia’s lap, their eyes meet for a brief moment – just long enough for Luke to decide he wants to get to know this beauty. Meanwhile, ninety-one year old Ira Levinson (Alda) is also on a life-changing course. Having lost his wife Ruth some eight years earlier, he begins a journey to Black Mountain, North Carolina and Black Mountain College, an art colony where he bought Ruth her first painting, starting a collection that would span the decades of their marriage.

“The Longest Ride is something I’ve never done in film before,” says Sparks. “It’s really two stories in one. It’s the story of Ruth and Ira, a couple who’ve been married for a long time. Ira is now a widower. Their life together, told in flashbacks, is a fascinating story that Ira tells to Sophia, a college student at Wake Forest, and to Luke, a professional bull rider. It 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.”

“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,” Sparks enthused.

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



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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Britt Robertson fights for love in “THE LONGEST RIDE”


Love requires sacrifice...always – an unforgettable quote from “The Longest Ride’s” trailer starring talented rising actors Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson who play lovers with different backgrounds trying to fight for the love that binds them.

Based on the best-selling Nicholas Sparks tome of the same title, “The Longest Ride” is an epic drama interweaving two love stories, linked across the decades. In 1940 Ruth (Oona Chaplin) a beautiful Austrian immigrant in America, meets Ira, (Jack Huston), a local man working in the family’s clothing store and they fall in love. 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.

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.”

The filmmakers tapped Britt Robertson to play Sophia because, says producer Bowen, “With a love story, women want to put themselves into the lead actress’ shoes. You have to be beautiful but accessible at the same time, and that’s an unusual marriage of characteristics. “Britt is captivating and she can change an entire scene in just a moment,” Bowen continues. “She feels a scene’s subtext. It’s instinctual.”

Robertson has always been drawn to Sparks’ work, and especially to his depiction of the character she would portray on film. “I love that Sophia is passionate about art and how driven she is to succeed. I was drawn to the fact that Sophia was so goal oriented at such a young age.”

Britt Robertson, notes that she was “drawn to Scott’s different qualities. He’s a guy’s guy who’s also vulnerable, sweet, and a bit shy. When we filmed a scene where Luke and Sophia go on a date, it was amazing to see all the different colors Scott brought to the role.”

“A lot of the movie centers on the work involved in a relationship. That is what we're talking about in the scene we are filming right now [at Luke’s family ranch]. The film is about choices, choosing to be with the person you love if he or she means enough to you. It makes you think about your own life and the kind of people you want to be with. George (Tillman Jr.) has been with his wife for years and years and he is always saying to us that the film is about sacrifice, how in a relationship you have to sacrifice for each other. It's about give and take, and that's often a really hard thing,” concludes Robertson on the film’s theme.

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



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Monday, March 23, 2015

“PAPER TOWNS" trailer and first-look photos reveal


20th Century Fox has finally revealed the first trailer and first set of photos of the much-anticipated story on a unique kind of friendship in the upcoming “teenthralling” movie “Paper Towns” directed by Jake Schreier.

Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green ("The Fault in Our Stars"), “Paper Towns” is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin (Nat Wolff) and his enigmatic neighbor Margo (Cara Delevingne), who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears--leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship--and true love.

John Green commented, “It's really a story about friendship and about all different kinds of love, not just romantic love but also the love between friends and how difficult it can be to understand that other people are really people, that they're just as complex as we are. . . .This film is different (from my other works): it has elements of comedy and mystery and romance.”

Nat Wolff described his character Quentin as “very soulful and cerebral, and he plays it safe. He lives in a fantasy and doesn’t live in the present. But through this adventure, everything is thrown into question because he is so in love with this girl Margot who has become more of an idea to him than a fully-fledged person. But she represents what he doesn’t have, which is freedom, and that’s what he really wants.”

Cara Delevingne said, “I auditioned for the role. I am a big fan of John Green and I fell in love with the role [of Margo] and with the book. His interpretation of teenagers and coming of age stories are incredible and very real. I didn’t think I would get the part; it was a dream role for me.”

Join Q & Margo in their search for love and freedom in “Paper Towns” when it opens June 4 in local cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Vengeance hits home in “FAST & FURIOUS 7”


I don’t have friends. I got family.

These seven words have come to exemplify the very heart of the Fast and Furious franchise, both for the faithful team of characters on screen and the band of actors, filmmakers and crew who have grown as tight as any bloodline over the course of seven movies together. At its outset, 15 years ago, no one could have foreseen that the destiny of this story about a team of street racers in East L.A. would transform into one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time.

Now, “Fast and Furious 7” arrives as the crowning achievement in this ongoing saga—the best, biggest and most fulfilling Fast and Furious movie yet. For every person in the Fast and; Furious family—those on screen, those behind the camera and those who count themselves among its vast and varied fans around the world: This one is special.

In 2000, a modestly budgeted film with a cast of up-and-coming young actors began production. Inspired in part by a Vibe magazine article on street-racing clubs, the action-thriller chronicled the exploits of a crew deep in the underground racing scene of East L.A. who dabbled in low-level heists to fund a passion for modified turbocharged street racers. The audacious saga of young guns who live and drive by an outlaw code would become “The Fast and the Furious,” the sleeper summer hit of 2001 that racked up $207 million at the worldwide box office.

Over the course of six films that have successively stoked passion in an ever-expanding, die-hard audience and an astounding $2.4 billion in receipts, Universal Pictures’ record-smashing homegrown franchise has become the studio’s most-profitable and longest-running. Impressively, on social media platforms, fan following for the movies and cast has grown into the biggest of any active franchise.

With family firmly rooted at its core, the Fast and Furious series has evolved into a touchstone for moviegoers following these compelling characters, whose journeys continue to unlock and reveal surprising emotional depth. It has escalated into a phenomenon that has taken the street-racing outlaws to pull off nearly impossible feats in far-flung locales from Japan, Mexico and the Dominican Republic to Brazil, the Canary Islands and Great Britain.

Now, with “Fast and; Furious 7,” this crew heads across the globe for one last ride together in their most gravity-defying and emotional adventure to date.

Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Jordana Brewster return to form a furious team of seven family members united in purpose. They are joined by Fast fan favorites Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black, as well new additions to the ensemble including Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou, Ronda Rousey and Tony Jaa.

“Fast and; Furious 7” picks up more than a year after Dom’s (Diesel) and Brian’s (Walker) crew has returned to the States with their pardons. We find them transitioning into life on the right side of the law, but home has taken on a surreal quality. Dom tries desperately to reconnect with Letty (Rodriguez), while Brian struggles to acclimate to suburban life with Mia (Brewster) and their son, and Tej (Bridges) and Roman (Gibson) celebrate their freedom by living the playboy dream.

Unbeknownst to all, however, danger has come in the form a cold-blooded British black ops assassin with a score to settle. Beginning his reign of terror with the brutal murder of Han (Sung Kang) in Tokyo and the attempted assassination of Hobbs (Johnson) in L.A., Deckard Shaw (Statham) is systematically hunting down those took out Owen (Luke Evans), his little brother, during their last mission.

When Shaw blows up the Toretto house, the family’s very symbol of sanctuary given to our crew to regain their freedom, Dom must turn to a high-level government operative (Russell) for assistance. Our heroes’ only hope is to get behind the wheel again and secure an ingenious prototype tracking device for the U.S. government. In return, they’ll use it to locate the ghost that is Shaw before he can kill again. And as they form a tighter band than ever: The Fast and Furious 7—Dom, Brian, Hobbs, Letty, Roman, Tej and Mia—they will face their greatest threat yet in places as far away as Abu Dhabi and Azerbaijan…and as familiar as the streets they call home.

“Fast and Furious 7” welcomes director James Wan (“The Conjuring,” “Insidious”), where he is joined by a behind-the-scenes team led by producers Neal H. Moritz (“Fast and; Furious” series, “21 Jump Street” series), Vin Diesel (Fast and Furious series, Riddick) and Michael Fottrell (“Fast Five,” “Live Free or Die Hard”).

“Fast and Furious 7” opens across the Philippines on Black Saturday, April 04 and will be distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.



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Monday, March 16, 2015

Marvel Studios unveils phase 3 of Marvel Cinematic Universe


Last year, during a special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the films that will make up Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring a mix of fan-favorite characters and several heroes who will be making their big-screen debuts.

The next two films to be released by Marvel are AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on May 1, 2015, and ANT-MAN on July 17, 2015. Marvel revealed the dates and titles of nine additional films through 2019, including upcoming Captain America, Thor, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy installments, along with films featuring Black Panther – who, Feige announced, will be played by Chadwick Boseman – Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, and the Inhumans.

The announced films are as follows:

· 7/17/15 – ANT-MAN
· 11/4/16 – DOCTOR STRANGE
· 5/5/17 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 (previously dated 7/28/17)
· 7/28/17 – THOR: RAGNAROK
· 11/3/17 – BLACK PANTHER
· 11/2/18 – INHUMANS

Ten films have already been released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with 2008’s IRON MAN. All 10 films opened at #1 domestically and have collectively grossed over $7.1 billion globally.

Two of these films, MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS and IRON MAN 3, set records as the #1 and #2 domestic openings of all time with $207.4 million and $174.1 million respectively. MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS went on to become the third biggest film of all time worldwide, while Marvel’s IRON MAN 3 ranks as the sixth biggest film ever. They are the two highest grossing Super Hero films of all time.

Earlier last year, Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, which broke the April opening domestic record with $95 million, earned $714 million worldwide and is the #5 film of 2014. Most recently, Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY crossed $757 million globally after opening with a domestic August record of $94.3 million and setting an October debut record in China, where it has now grossed nearly $90 million. It’s the #1 film of the year domestically and the #3 film worldwide.

For full coverage of today’s event, visit marvel.com.



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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Ultron pulls the strings in new “AVENGERS” trailer


Watch Ultron pull the strings in a new trailer for Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" which may be viewed below.

Get even more of Iron Man's Hulkbuster armor in action, Ultron's drones tearing into whatever comes in their way, and Earth's Mightiest Heroes doing what they do best with the second full trailer!

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 Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, 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, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, 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.

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



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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Beat the Odds with the Fitness+Heath Wearables from Runtastic Now Available at Lazada.com.ph!

Beat the Odds with the Fitness+Heath Wearables from Runtastic Now Available at Lazada.com.ph!

Today, Runtastic – the world’s largest wearable brand and a leader in the digital health and fitness has now arrived in the Philippines. Runtastic products will be exclusively available online at Lazada.com.ph/runtastic. And the best part of this is that you can purchase any Runtastic items with the same ease and convenience of online shopping through Lazada.com.ph. Shop Runtastic products with your smartphones via the Lazada Mobile App both available in Appstore and Google Play. You also have the ease and confidence of buying Runtastic products with Lazada.com.ph’s Cash-on-Delivery payment option as well as its Free Nationwide Delivery Service for purchases above PhP 1,000.00.

Runtastic 101:

Runtastic Philippines offers a wide array of products from digital weighing scales (Libra) that can compute for your BMI (Body Mass Index), water and muscle content to wearables (Orbit) that can track 24 hours your daily activities, sleeping patterns and hardcore training for running & biking (GPS watch with heart rate monitor).

The Runtastic apps can be downloaded from the Apple store or the Google Play store. For Filipinos who bought their Apple iPhone 6 & 6+ they come pre-installed with the Runtastic App for 2015.

With more than 110 million downloads and 40 million registered users on Runtastic.com, Runtastic’s mobile applications sync directly with proprietary hardware to track distance, speed, pace, duration, heart rate, calorie consumption and route traveled (via maps) when running, biking or engaging in other exercise activities. The results can then be viewed directly within the app from you mobile devices, via Runtastic GPS devices or on Runtastic.com, where users can view their online training log, get detailed data analysis and compare with others.

Whether you are a novice or an athlete, Runtastic makes exercise easy and fun. Runtastic makes sports fantastic.

Life a fuller and healthier lifestyle with Runtastic available now at Lazada via www.lazada.com.ph/runtastic. To know more about the upcoming deals and promos of Runtastic in Lazada, be sure to subscribe into the Facebook Fanpage of Lazada Philippines www.facebook.com/LazadaPhilippines.

About Lazada Group:

Lazada is Southeast Asia’s largest online shopping mall, with operations in Indonsia (www.lazada.co.id), Malaysia (www.lazada.com.my), Philippines (www.lazada.com.ph), Singapore (www.lazada.sg) Thailand (www.lazada.co.th) and Vietnam (www.lazada.vn), with a sourcing center in Hong Kong that drives cross-border marketplace activities.

Launched in March 2012, Lazada has grown rapidly to include over 4,000 full-time employees across Southeast Asia. The company has an online footprint of more than 4 million daily visits to its websites, and the largest Facebook following in Southeast Asia with over 10 million fans.

Lazada is pioneering eCommerce in the region by providing customers with an effortless shopping experience with multiple payment methods including cash on delivery, extensive customer care and free returns. Lazada features an extensive product offering in categories ranging from consumer electronics to household goods, toys, fashion and sports equipment.



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Director Josh Trank's vibe on “FANTASTIC FOUR” (first look photos)


The set of first-look photos of the superhero movie “Fantastic Four” has recently been revealed and director Trank has likewise shared some teaser details on the movie before its worldwide opening this August.

Directed by Josh Trank of the widely celebrated “Chronicle” movie that came to popular radar of recent times, “Fantastic Four” is also co-produced and written by Simon Kinberg – known to the world who scribed the most thrilling blockbuster movies the world has ever seen in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and “Jumper,” rewrites the awesome foursome’s journey from ordinary human beings to the universe’s superheroes.

“Fantastic Four” is the first Marvel superhero team and longest-running comic book title in its more than fifty-year history created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby back on 1961, way before X-Men and Avengers. With over 150 million comic books sold and wherein the previously released movies of the team made a box-office hit of US$620 million worldwide, the upcoming movie release poises to surpass the previous blockbuster records with Trank’s higher goals on making the latest adaptation on the journey and transformation of the four from ordinary humans to being heroes.

2015’s “Fantastic Four” is a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team – centering on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate universe that later alters their physical form in shocking ways. With their newfound powers, the team eventually learns to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Starring Miles Teller as Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Sue Storm aka The Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm aka The Thing, “Fantastic Four” director Trank further revealed in recent interviews that he has gone for a different distinct vibe on making the movie, “The original two films to me are very similar to a lot of recent movies that have come out, in terms of that kind of cartoonishness, says Trank.” It’s just not something that me and Simon are interested in as storytellers.”

Moreso, Trank disclosed that “My dream has always been to make a hard sci-fi film, and my biggest influences in that realm are early David Cronenberg films like Scanners and The Fly.” Such that for his four superheroes, audiences will be in for a jaw-dropping character-driven and unprecedented movie experience that they’ve been working on for three-and-a-half-years.

“Fantastic Four” (3D) opens in the Philippines nationwide on August 6 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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“INSURGENT” - World's book phenomenon translates to screens on March 18


Based on the novel “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth, The Divergent Series: Insurgent picks up three days after the end of Divergent, when Tris and Four narrowly hindered Jeanine’s plot to use mind-controlled Dauntless troops to exterminate the population of Abnegation. But the victory comes at a terrible personal cost for Tris. Both her parents are killed in the battle, as is her fellow Dauntless initiate Will, whom she is forced to shoot when he attacks her under the influence of a brain-altering serum.

Golden Globe Award®-nominee Shailene Woodley reprises her role as Tris in “Insurgent” where she and Four (Theo James) find themselves on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the power-hungry leader of the Erudite faction. As the traitorous Dauntless troops under Jeanine’s command prowl the ruins of dystopian Chicago rounding up Divergents, Tris and Four traverse the city hoping to find allies among the Amity, Candor, Abnegation and Dauntless factions—as well as the rebellious and impoverished mass of Factionless.

“The book release of Insurgent was when the Divergent series truly took off and became a publishing phenomenon. Veronica wrote a roller coaster of a book with incredible twists and turns that really captured the imagination of fans, who spread the word like wildfire,” says producer Pouya Shahbazian. “In Insurgent the city is in upheaval and new secrets are coming to light. While in the first movie, Jeanine pinpoints the Divergents as being a problem she wants to eliminate, in this movie, we learn very quickly that Jeanine is determined to capture them and use them to discover a powerful secret to which only they hold the key..”

According to Roth, writing Insurgent allowed her to flesh out Tris’ world in a way she wasn’t able to do in Divergent, partially because the first book was written in the first person. “It’s a little bit like growing up,” the author says. “When you’re a child, the world is very small, and when we get older, we realize how large the world really is. Insurgent is the world getting a little bit bigger and Tris is experiencing that in a very literal way … first it’s one faction, then it’s two factions, then it’s the entire city of Chicago.”

“The Divergent Series: Insurgent is a high-octane action-adventure packed with excitement and suspense,” says Erik Feig, Co-President of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group, who also played an instrumental role in the development and production of blockbuster book-based franchises “The Hunger Games” and “The Twilight Saga.” “It combines a riveting plot, an extraordinary cast and a lot of heart with intense stunt work and visual effects to deliver an extremely satisfying and unique movie-going experience.”

Although the filmmakers made every effort to stay true to the themes and characters of the books, Roth understood that some changes needed to be made to present the 544-page novel in a two-hour movie. “In the book, there’s more freedom to do a weird structure and explain things slowly. But on screen, it has to be fast and concise and clear. I’m always really open-minded to change as long as it creates a better and stronger story. One thing that was very important to me was to ensure that the dynamic between Tris and Four remained the same, and that she is still the primary mover of the plot. And in Insurgent, it is still Tris’ story.”

“Insurgent” opens in cinemas on March 18 from Pioneer Films.



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Friday, March 13, 2015

2015's most anticipated action franchise “INSURGENT” races to screens this March 18


Shailene Woodley starrer and Veronica Roth’s bestselling young adult book “The Divergent Series” is now on its second instalment on screens this March 18 when “Insurgent” opens in local cinemas nationwide.

Woodley’s and the cast’s increased star power poises “Insurgent” to surpass its predecessor’s (“The Divergent” movie) feat at the box-office that earned a whopping $288.7 million globally. In the latest instalment, “Insurgent,” after being exposed as Divergents—people who don’t fit neatly into one of the five societal classifications or “factions”—Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) find themselves on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the power-hungry leader of the Erudite faction. As the traitorous Dauntless troops under Jeanine’s command prowl the ruins of dystopian Chicago rounding up Divergents, Tris and Four traverse the city hoping to find allies among the Amity, Candor, Abnegation and Dauntless factions—as well as the rebellious and impoverished mass of Factionless. Although heartsick and guilt-ridden over the violent deaths of her family and friends, Tris tries to uncover the secret her parents sacrificed their lives to protect - the very secret that explains why Jeanine will stop at nothing to capture her. Desperate to avoid causing pain to any more of her loved ones, Tris faces her darkest fears in a series of near-impossible challenges as she seeks to unlock the truth about the past, and ultimately the future, of their world.

Like Divergent, “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” is set in the ruins of a futuristic, walled Chicago where survivors are divided into five factions based on their abilities, temperaments and personal preferences. Members of the Abnegation faction are selfless, Amity are peaceful, Candor are honest, Dauntless are brave and Erudite are intelligent. Those who belong to no faction are known simply as Factionless.

In the first film, Beatrice “Tris” Prior, who grew up as Abnegation, learns through a government-administered aptitude test that she is Divergent, meaning she has attributes of multiple factions. Because Divergents are independent thinkers who cannot be controlled by any faction, they are considered dangerous. Upon learning her traits put her at risk, she chooses to join Dauntless to conceal her Divergent identity. But as part of her rigorous training, she is forced to take part in hallucinatory simulations (SIMs) that reveal her unique abilities. She finds a much-needed ally—and eventually a love interest—in Tobias “Four” Eaton, a Dauntless instructor and expert fighter who is also revealed to be Divergent.

In “Insurgent,” the stakes and the action are raised dramatically as Divergents are hunted throughout the city by Jeanine’s brutal militias and Tris and Four realize they must find a way to stop her. “From the first pages of the book Insurgent, we knew that Veronica Roth must have been drinking rocket fuel when she wrote the story,” says producer Douglas Wick. “It starts with Tris being chased, and the action never lets up. We built the world in Divergent and now in Insurgent, we tear it up.” For the filmmakers, that meant creating more eye-popping action scenes, many of which occur in the far more challenging and terrifying SIMs that Tris is forced to take part in as Jeanine seeks to unlock the secrets of the Divergents’ power. This mind-bending action is just one of the aspects of The Divergent Series: Insurgent that raises the bar and accelerates Tris’ exciting story that readers know and love.

Opening ahead of its US release, “Insurgent” opens in the Philippines March 18 in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.



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Thursday, March 12, 2015



In 2012, the sleeper comedy hit “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” beckoned audiences on a journey with a group of seven British pensioners who “outsourced” their retirement, taking a risk on a newly opened Indian hotel claiming to cater to the “Elderly & Beautiful.” Though the hotel turned out to have seen better days, the fearless and optimistic residents came to realize that no matter what their age, the best might be yet to come. “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” brings together the original cast, headed by Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel, with newcomers Richard Gere, Tamsin Greig and David Strathairn.

Now that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is full up with its long-term residents, co-managers Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) have a dream of expansion, and they’ve found just the place: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. With plans underway, Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) venture into the Jaipur workforce, wondering where their regular breakfast dates will lead. Meanwhile, Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) navigate the swirling waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two very eligible suitors, and recent arrival Guy Chambers (Richard Gere) finds a muse in Sonny’s mother, Mrs. Kapoor (Lillete Dubey) for his next novel. As his marriage to Sunaina (Tina Desai), the love of his life, quickly approaches, Sonny finds his plans for the new hotel making more claims on his time than he has available. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is Muriel, the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the big day nears, family and guests alike find themselves swept up in the irresistible intoxication of an Indian wedding.

“The Marigold Hotel has always been a character in itself,” points out director John Madden. And like all the other characters in the story, the hotel reveals it has gone through changes big and small since its tumultuous grand opening. Sonny has added three rooms on the roof and a freshly renovated courtyard gives his guests more opportunities for the life of serene leisure he promised in his brochure.

The film gave Madden and his crew the chance to showcase more of the surrounding hotspots, including Jaigarh Fort, a rugged hilltop installation built in the early 1700s by Jai Singh II. Childs created several sets there, highlighting the formal gardens and their staggering view of a wall that flows across the landscape reminiscent of the Great Wall of China. Filming also took place at another travelers’ favorite: the Cenotaphs of the Kings -- a royal cremation site featuring dome-shaped pavilions and ornate carvings in the Rajasthan style – which is Douglas’ new place of employment.

Coming from India, Tina Desai who plays the Sonny’s (Patel) girlfriend in the movie says she was taken aback by how accurately both films have portrayed her home country. “It captures a truly Indian sort of spirit, which surprised me because I think you have to live in India for a significant period of time to know how we think and feel. As it says in the last line from the first film: Everything will be all right in the end; and if it’s not all right, it’s not yet the end. That gives you a feeling of hope – and that’s exactly what Indian films are about.”

“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas starting March 18.



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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

World's acting legends go Bollywood in “THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL” - Exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas on March 18


The latest movie franchise “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” to hit screens this March 18 exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas is an unprecedented move from producers Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin since they were initially cautious about a sequel for an indie film that never anticipated anything of the sort. There was a certain boldness to doing something unprecedented: revisiting characters who are not action heroes, or part of a franchise.

“What was so widely enjoyed about the first movie is that it was an emotionally engaging story told with humor,” says Broadbent. “The only reservation we had about making a second was that it needed to be a film of equal merit.”

The new film “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” takes up a short time after the first one “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” ended. Sonny is now engaged to the beautiful Sunaina (Ms Desai) and they are planning a lavish wedding. Sonny also dreams of opening a second hotel to expand his blossoming business and along with Muriel (Maggie Smith) travels to the US in a bid to convince a leisure group to invest in his scheme.

They return hopeful that it will happen, but on guard that one of the chain’s hotel inspectors will secretly be paying the Marigold a visit to check that it’s all that Sonny and Muriel claim it to be – and that will decide whether much needed investment will follow. When the handsome, rich Kush (Shazad Latif) – one of Sunaina’s family’s close friends – arrives on the scene, Sonny fears that not only is he a rival for her affections, but he could also wreck his business plans by buying the building he has earmarked for his second Marigold.

The hotel’s guests have settled into life in their adopted land; Evelyn (Dame Judi Dench) has been offered a job as a buyer for a fabrics company and Douglas Ainslee (Bill Nighy) hopes that their friendship will deepen into a romance. She remains hesitant even though she is clearly taken with Ainslee.

Madge Hardcastle (Celia Imrie) is being wooed by two very eligible local men, and is trying to decide which one she would choose should he pop the question. Norman (Ronald Pickup) begins to fear that his wife, Carol (Diana Hardcastle), is having an affair. When two newcomers arrive to stay at the Marigold – the mysterious writer Guy (Richard Gere) and another Brit, Lavinia (Tamsin Grieg), who claims she is researching a place where her mother might stay – Sonny is convinced the handsome American is the undercover inspector and promptly offers him the best room in the hotel and a personal tour of the area.

On the set, the magical connections of the first film reasserted themselves, but in new ways. Director John Madden was especially interested in the way this second chapter reveals the vital links between generations. “A big part of “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is the juxtaposition of youth and age, an idea emblematized in the closing frames of the first film,” he says. “This story’s climax extrapolates that idea into something more profound - about handing things on, about transmitting what is most valuable about our experience and knowledge, not just from one culture to another, but from one age group to the next.”

“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” opens March 18 nationwide exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas.



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