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Friday, October 30, 2015

Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth's latest movie with Kate Winslet in “THE DRESSMAKER”


HUNGER GAMES STAR LIAM HEMSWORTH’S LATEST MOVIE WITH KATE WINSLET IN “THE DRESSMAKER”

Liam Hemsworth, whose versatility landed him major and notable roles in various film genres such as the highly successful “The Hunger Games” franchise, “The Last Song,” “The Expendables 2,” “Paranoia” and “Empire State” brings his acting range in his latest movie “The Dressmaker” opposite Kate Winslet along with two-time Emmy Award winner Judy Davis and multi-awarded actor Hugo Weaving (best known for his role in “Matrix” as Agent Smith).

“The Dressmaker” brings Hemsworth to his birth country Australia, where his character Teddy, lives in a small town called Dungatar. The town, it’s a wicked amalgam, a small town that could be anywhere in the world, that despite its fantastical vision and eccentric occupants, is built around deep truths about human behaviour. Every character in Dungatar is involved in either covering up or contributing to the tragic events of the past that affected Tilly (Winslet) and Molly (Davis). Some of them are not awful, but they’ve all committed some rather heinous acts that they’re trying to forget about. When Tilly comes back they’re forced to remember. The citizens of Dungatar see Tilly as a threat to their status quo, to the semi-peaceful existence they have established. They banished her when she was a little girl, blamed her for a murder, and the very fact that she’s come back means they’ll have to face all the bad things they did to her in the past. Except for Teddy McSwiney (Hemsworth), who treats Tilly in an endearing way and falls in love with her.

The love story that develops between Teddy and Tilly is tender and unexpected – in many ways the two are like chalk and cheese. Tilly has lived in Europe, she’s worldly, elegant, savvy, she has an emotional past. Teddy is a stolid footballer, uncouth, younger than her, who may not have ever ventured out of Dungatar, but they share a level of smarts, and he instantly falls in love with her.

Producer Sue Maslin says: “Casting the role of Teddy was probably the toughest decision - finding an actor that could bring both the charm and the masculinity to the role. We wanted an Australian actor, but somebody who was going to have credibility with audiences internationally as well. Liam Hemsworth certainly embodied the physicality of the role and the sensitivity. You could not find a better Teddy, he’s just utterly charming, utterly gorgeous, laconic, a larrikin- all of the things that Teddy embodies, so it was an absolute delight working with him.”

While director Jocelyn Moorhouse shares, " I Ioved the scenes where Kate and Judy were physically fighting each other, but I also have to admit the scene where Liam gets measured by Kate for his new suit, always makes me smile.".

Liam Hemsworth, who plays Teddy, says he connected to the character on reading the script “because he reminded me of a lot of people I grew up with, of my grandpa in particular – a hard working Australian guy, someone who just gets on with it, very positive and quirky, a fun loving kind of spirit. Teddy is a little different to most of the people in Dungatar because he has a little more ambition and wants to get out and see what the rest of the world looks like. I felt like I knew this guy really well and I felt like I knew exactly how it should be played.”

Kate Winslet says: “Teddy is a sincere man, he has no airs and no graces, he looks like a right scruff pot most of the time but in many ways, he’s exactly what Tilly needs. He’s what she’s never experienced - someone who really appreciates her and sees her for who she is. He’s truthful and pure. It’s a very sweet endearing relationship.”






“The Dressmaker” opens November 4 in theatres from Axinite Digicinema.

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Judy Davis - tough momma behind a great designer in “THE DRESSMAKER”


JUDY DAVIS - TOUGH MOMMA BEHIND A GREAT DESIGNER IN “THE DRESSMAKER”

Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet) can create, transform people and can bring to life every body’s assets hidden beneath the wrong sheets of fabrics and patterns. In “The Dressmaker” Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and Academy Award nominee Judy Davis star alongside as mother and daughter in a story about revenge clothed in exquisitely surprising creations.

Tilly/Myrtle was then ten years old when she was sent away and separated from her mother Molly (Davis), accused of a crime she herself couldn’t understand. Twenty years after, armed with a Singer sewing machine and courage to come back to care for her mother and uncover the truth behind the accusations thrown at her. Tilly reconnects with the townsfolk one stich at a time as she finds herself closer to the truth behind her past, eventually falling for the town’s local football hero, Teddy McSwiney (Liam Hemsworth) whose family has also looked after Molly in her absence. Most importantly, she forms an initially volatile but finally tender reconciliation with her mother Molly.

Based on the highly-acclaimed book by Rosalie Ham, the character of Tilly seems drawn, at least in part, from Rosalie’s mother. “My mother was one of the dressmakers in Jerilderie. She happened to be divorced, and so there was a certain amount of scandal that was attached to that. She had to make a living as a seamstress. And I saw the difference in her role as the seamstress as opposed to the other ladies who were in the hierarchy of the town that wanted beautiful frocks made by her.

The casting of Tilly’s mother Molly Dunnage was crucial, but it had secretly been decided from the outset. Director Jocelyn Moorhouse says: “Judy Davis is a brilliant actress, one of the world’s best. In Woody Allen’s Husbands And Wives, she was so funny and I thought she will nail Molly, but she won’t just be funny, she’ll be really beautiful as this woman who’s had to put up with so much pain in her life but still has a great sense of humour.”

Judy Davis’ range, gravitas, wit and edge would be the perfect counterpoint to Kate Winslet. Sue says: “From Jocelyn and my perspective, you could not ask for anything more than to work with two of the greatest actresses working in the world today, Judy Davis and Kate Winslet and to put them together in a movie and see the magic.”

Molly Dunnage, or ‘Mad Molly’ as she’s casually known, is Tilly’s acerbic, unpredictable, and not-as-mad-as-she-seems mother. Molly says things, hurtful things, particularly to her daughter, which she may or may not mean. Like her daughter, Molly is sharp and forthright, she tells the residents of Dungatar how she sees it.

Sue Maslin says of the importance of Molly to the fabric of the film: “The thing that really helped right from the beginning was that Jocelyn said, ‘You know, all these things happen to Tilly, and yes there is a love story (with Teddy McSwiney) but the real love story is a mother-daughter relationship.’ And I thought, she’s so right - the relationship between Tilly and Molly is actually the emotional heartbeat that anchors everything else that happens in the film.”

Liam Hemsworth points to the special bond that Teddy McSwiney and Molly share. “A lot of people in Dungatar will talk behind people’s backs, Molly doesn’t do that, she’s upfront, she’ll call people out when it’s deserved and Teddy likes that. She’s got a lot of spirit.”

The film is replete with beautiful creations – sumptuous, elegant, even startling ones, depending on who’s wearing them and what the intended effect is on the part of the creator, as well as the wearer. Of the end results, and of her own character, who avoids transformation, Judy Davis says: “I think the costumes are absolutely wonderful. Given the size of the film, and limited time, Marion Boyce did a tremendous job. Molly didn’t have much of a wardrobe thank God, so that was pretty simple!”






“The Dressmaker” opens in theaters this November 4 from Axinite Digicinema.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

"Boy Next Door" Ryan Guzman in “JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS”


“BOY NEXT DOOR” RYAN GUZMAN IN “JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS”

Ryan Guzman, lead star of the hit thriller “The Boy Next Door” and TV's new top rater “Heroes Reborn,” lends a masculine presence to Universal Pictures' female-oriented musical-adventure “Jem and The Holograms.”

In the film, as Jerrica (Aubrey Peeples), a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar as her alter ego Jem, she and her band of sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden.

In Jerrica's musical journey, there is one person in her new Hollywood home that she’s slowly growing to trust. His name is Rio, and he is portrayed by Ryan Guzman. The music-intern son of Erica Raymond, founder and CEO of Starlight Music, Rio is tasked with helping Jem and the Holograms navigate through their newfound stardom. His job would be easier, however, if he wasn’t falling for one of its members...

Guzman discusses his role: “While Erica is all about making money, Rio is more about discovering artists who can entertain. He is not impressed by Jem and the Holograms when he first meets them, but that’s because he thinks they are just another pop group that is popular for all the wrong reasons. Later on, he finds out there is more to them than meets the eye. He connects with them and realizes they aren’t in it for the fame; they are just doing what they love.”

Not only does Rio help the band traverse the perils of newfound stardom, he aids Jerrica and Kimber on their quest to find out just who their father was, as well as what he has in store for them. Explains co-star Stephanie Scott who plays Kimber: “Rio taps into the storyline of our hunt for Synergy, and the process of figuring out what message our dad left for us. He helps us bring it all together.”

Ryan Guzman is a former MMA fighter who caught the notice of Hollywood.

Born in Texas and raised in Sacramento, California, Guzman never thought of becoming an actor, much less a professional dancer. At age seven, he developed an interest in martial arts and earned his first black belt in tae kwon do by the age of 10. This led him into the octagon as an MMA fighter in Sacramento until his fighting license expired in 2010. A gifted athlete, Guzman was also a sought-after left-handed pitcher with a fastball clocked between 87 and 90 miles per hour. A shoulder injury ended this dream and transitioned into a career in print modeling, followed by acting.

Guzman worked successfully in San Francisco, starting with LOOK Model Agency at the age of 18, before moving to Los Angeles, where he joined the esteemed Wilhelmina agency at 22. Guzman has since starred in television commercials for Old Navy, Gillette, Candie’s and the Oprah Winfrey Network. He has modeled for Abercrombie and Fitch, Affliction and Reebok, among other brands.

After his success in modeling, Guzman signed on with a talent manager and went into the audition process for acting roles. Just a few short months later, he booked the male lead role for Lionsgate’s “Step Up Revolution.”

After the international success of “Step Up Revolution,” he reprised his role in the Trish Sie directed “Step Up All In” alongside Briana Evigan.

In January 2015, Guzman was seen as the male lead role opposite Jennifer Lopez in the Universal Pictures thriller “The Boy Next Door.”




Opening exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide on Nov. 4, “Jem and the Holograms” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Teen actress-singer takes the lead in “JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS”


TEEN ACTRESS-SINGER TAKES THE LEAD IN “JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS”

Most widely known for her role as the love-to-hate Layla Grant on ABC’s beloved series, “Nashville,” teen actress Aubrey Peeples takes on the lead role of Jerrica and her alter ego Jem, in Universal Pictures' musical-adventure “Jem and the Holograms.”

In the film, as a small-town girl (Peeples) catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her band of sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. Four aspiring musicians will take the world by storm when they see that the key to creating your destiny lies in finding your own voice.

When recruiting and casting the actress who would portray both Jerrica and Jem, director Jon M. Chu and his fellow producers had quite a task at hand. They needed to find someone who could embody both small-town girl Jerrica, who has been living the unexceptional life up until the time she dons a secret identity inspired by her music, as well as Jem, the bold, stunning and absolutely fearless superstar who is everything that her alter-ego eschews. To add to that, they required a seasoned vocalist who could step right into the complexities of the music and lyrics—a tall order indeed for the production.

In fact, the filmmakers needed to present a Jerrica who is the exact opposite person that one would expect to be Jem. Unlike her sisters, who love to share the minutiae of their lives by posting around the clock on their social media accounts, Jerrica is extremely shy. Although she is a wallflower who cherishes her privacy, in her heart, she is a dreamer and a creator. And while she writes music alone in her room, she will soon find out that some talents are too special to keep hidden. Jem, established by the pet name that her father had for her before he died, is about to meet the world.

Chu walks us through our protagonist’s struggle: “Jerrica has a gift, and it’s up to her sisters to draw that out of her. Once she’s empowered, once the world literally hands itself to her and says, ‘We follow you,’ she has to decide what kind of a person she’s going to be. Is she going to be a hero, or is she going to be a villain? That’s a huge struggle for a teenage girl to go through as she attempts to fit in with her high school friends—or with her sisters.”

The performer who stood out among all others was Aubrey Peeples, who has starred as Layla Grant on ABC’s Nashville since 2013. The versatile singer, dancer and actress knew she was headed for an enormous task when she signed on to portray both Jerrica and Jem, but she was up for the challenge. Peeples appreciated that Jerrica wasn’t starstruck; rather, she cares predominantly about her music and family. Peeples offers some insight: “Jerrica has had to take care of her younger sister because they grew up without a mom. Now that their dad is gone, she has to take control of everything. She is alone in this position, but she rises to the challenge.”

While too young to have embraced the original animated series Jem and the Holograms as a young girl, that didn’t stop Peeples from being moved by the series’—and now the film’s—timeless tropes of commitment to family and embracing one’s signature creativity. She shares: “I love the messages of aspiring to reach your goal and honoring all cultures. I was also thrilled that the story looks at the double-edged sword of social media. I don’t think that we’ve had a film that comments on both the all-consuming nature of it…as well as how it can form a connection among people all around the world.”

Chu provides a bit of insight into Peeples’ casting: “When we met Aubrey, we knew right away that she was the one. She wasn’t just a great singer, she had an old soul that’s rare to find in young actors today. She loves analog over digital, and she could care less about fame. Instead, she was all about honesty in her craft. She was powerfully subtle in Jerrica’s quiet moments, then explosive and commanding in Jem’s performances on stage. It was pretty extraordinary to watch. She was everything we needed in our new Jem.”

“Jem and the Holograms” also stars Stefanie Scott (“Insidious: Chapter 3”) as Kimber Benton, Aurora Perrineau (“A House Is Not a Home”) as Shana Elmsford, Hayley Koyoko (TV’s “CSI: Cyber”) as Aja Leith, Ryan Guzman (“The Boy Next Door”) as Rio, Molly Ringwald as Aunt Bailey and Oscar®-nominated actress Juliette Lewis as Erica Raymond.




Opening exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide on Nov. 4, “Jem and the Holograms” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Young women express themselves, conquer hearts in “JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS”


YOUNG WOMEN EXPRESS THEMSELVES, CONQUER HEARTS IN “JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS”

As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her band of sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. In Universal Pictures’ “Jem and the Holograms,” four aspiring musicians will take the world by storm when they see that the key to creating your destiny lies in finding your own voice.

Watch the Youngblood music video for “Jem and the Holograms” below.




Directed by Jon M. Chu (“Step Up” series, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”), the musical adventure stars Aubrey Peeples (TV’s “Nashville”) as Jerrica Benton/Jem, Stefanie Scott (“Insidious: Chapter 3”) as Kimber Benton, Aurora Perrineau (“A House Is Not a Home”) as Shana Elmsford, Hayley Koyoko (TV’s “CSI: Cyber”) as Aja Leith, Ryan Guzman (“The Boy Next Door”) as Rio, Molly Ringwald (TV’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) as Aunt Bailey and Oscar®-nominated actress Juliette Lewis (TV’s “Secrets and Lies”) as Erica Raymond.

“Jem and the Holograms,” based on the iconic ’80s Hasbro animated television series, is written by Ryan Landels (TV’s “Masterclass”).

The idea of reinventing Jerrica and her sisters for the big screen has been a longtime passion project of director Jon M. Chu, who has had a deep attachment to Jem and the Holograms since he was a child.

Chu found that the stars had finally aligned when the producers began discussing what it would look like—and what it would take—to reimagine this beloved property as a live-action film. Their 2015 “Jem and the Holograms” would honor the same underlying messages as the ’80s series, one of female empowerment, honesty and integrity—along with fashion and great music—but it would also be embraced by a new generation. To accomplish the above—while still deeply respecting the diehard fans who have turned the quartet in this iconic property into pop-culture icons—was Chu’s uncompromising mission.

Like many who grew up in the ’80s, the director’s fascination with “Jem and the Holograms” began the moment he first watched the show. Chu appreciated the positive messages that the program brought to kids of his generation, as well as the originality of the stories and characters. “It just really went crazy,” says Chu. “They didn’t go by any rules or any sort of way that cartoons are supposed to be made. The audiovisual robot Synergy would transform Jem and the Holograms into exciting avatars, and they would perform, fight the Misfits and go on adventures. They went everywhere and anywhere. That kind of fearlessness was something other cartoons just didn’t offer, and so I always went back to it as a kid. That inspired and shaped me as an artist as I grew up.”

Chu explains just what was so riveting about the series: “Jem was unlike anything on TV. At the time, I didn’t know what I loved about it other than it was fun and there was music; it was a superhero story where I could use my imagination and play alongside my toys. It wasn’t until years later that I realized how much joy the show brought me and that it was a fearless cartoon about female empowerment. The essence of the show was being true to your identity and nurturing your free expression—whether that is through music, art, dance or something else. Jem and the Holograms were true defenders of that idea.”




“Jem and the Holograms” opens across the Philippines on Nov. 04, 2015 and is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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“AMERICAN ULTRA” mashes up comedy with violence, romance


“AMERICAN ULTRA” MASHES UP COMEDY WITH VIOLENCE, ROMANCE

L.A. Weekly describes it as “A bloody valentine attached to a bomb. It's violent, brash, inventive and horrific, and perhaps the most romantic film of the year.”

Boston Globe calls its stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, “Tender, forgiving, and sexy, they're the hottest couple on screen at the moment.”

They're talking about Buena Vista International's new dark comedy “American Ultra,” the trippy story of Mike (Eisenberg), a convenience store clerk and his girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart) whose sleepy, small-town existence is disrupted when his past comes back to haunt him in the form of a government operation set to wipe him out.

"The script is funny and scary and violent and sweet," producer Anthony Bregman says. "It makes you swing in so many directions emotionally, which makes for a great movie experience. [Screenwriter] Max Landis knows the action genre well, which allows him to make fun of it while living up to the conventions and expectations."

A large part of the humor comes from the fact that the filmmakers never lose sight of the idea that reclaiming his hardcore combat skills doesn't change who Mike is. "Mike is a bit of a dreamer and he never loses that quality," says producer David Alpert. "It's just that now people are trying to kill him. We always tried to maintain a connection to what it would really be like if the stoner guy in your town got these abilities."

Director Nima Nourizadeh, whose first film “Project X” has established him as an innovative new talent in Hollywood, impressed the producers with his ideas for maximizing both the action and the humor in the script. "Nima is a startling visionary in terms of how he sees a scene," says Landis. "He didn't change the script much, but the things he added made it even better. He structured the rhythms and beats in a way that is genuinely funny and fun to watch."

Nourizadeh brought a sharp sense of humor, as well as an authentic sense of danger and visual excitement to the script, according to Bregman. "He is better than anyone I can think of at establishing a really calm, stable atmosphere on screen that eventually explodes into a state of complete choreographed chaos. It's really fun to watch that build and ignite."

The writer and director first met in April 2013 to exchange ideas about future projects. Landis told Nourizadeh about “American Ultra,” a spec script no one outside of his team had read yet. "The script really exceeded my expectations," says the director. "Max is an intriguing storyteller. He feeds you information a little bit at a time until you are suddenly somewhere unexpected and completely crazy. His writing is always entertaining, but what separates this from other action comedies I'd read was that he nailed down the relationships between the main characters. It was the perfect second project for me."

Producers Bregman and Alpert agreed. "The combination of Max and Nima was irresistible," Bregman says. "Max's first feature script, `Chronicle,' is a favorite of mine. It was made on a modest budget with really interesting visuals that made it seem much bigger than it was. Nima's `Project X' was, in my opinion, one of the best movies of the last few years. It's another small film with a really big reach. Both were fun and entertaining and innovative, and at the same time dealt with big issues in a subtle way. It's exactly the sort of movie I want to see."

"Teaming Max and Nima up and then adding Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart to the mix feels like we're looking at the next generation of great Hollywood filmmakers," concludes Alpert.




“American Ultra” will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting Oct. 28.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Kate Winslet's frockery rocked sleepy town in “THE DRESSMAKER”


KATE WINSLET’S FROCKERY ROCKED SLEEPY TOWN IN “THE DRESSMAKER”

Based on the wickedly hilarious and couture-filled book of the same title by Rosalie Ham, “The Dressmaker” is set at 1951 in a town called Dungatar, a one-horse town deep in the wheat belt of south-east Australia. The sleepy town of Dungatar is suddenly alarmed at the return of Tilly Dunnage (Academy Award winner Kate Winslet), a beautiful, talented misfit, who’s been working as a dressmaker in France for the great haute couture designers, returns home to Dungatar, a one-horse town deep in the wheat belt of south-east Australia. After 20 years away, Tilly has been driven back by a recent tragedy, to do two things – look after her ailing, eccentric mother Molly (Judy Davis), and right the wrongs of the past that continue to haunt her. Tilly Dunnage has revenge in her heart.

Tilly feels instinctively that she was wronged as a child, but she also feels cursed and can’t clearly remember what happened. The Dungatarians are drawn in by Tilly’s bewitching skills of transformation, and one by one, she extracts from them the information necessary to piece the truth together. The extraordinary gowns she creates become her means for revenge against those who did her wrong. There’ll be a price for looking this good.

Along the way Tilly bares her heart and against her better judgement falls in love with local football hero, Teddy McSwiney (Liam Hemsworth). Most importantly, she forms an initially volatile but finally tender reconciliation with her mother Molly.

Director Jocelyn Moorhouse says: “A designer friend of mine once said to me, couture is a weapon and that stuck with me. I like the idea of a woman being able to use her skills at designing extraordinary clothes that can transform the people wearing them, and to use that as a weapon against those people.”

Clothes are crucial to “The Dressmaker” – costuming is key to any film, but here it takes on a profound level of importance. Rosalie Ham had the clothes close in mind when writing the source book: “Clothes as a disguise, something to cover the flaws of your body, was what I wanted to explore, but in this case, it exacerbates the flaws in the people - things like vanity and jealousy - and so it all came from that.”

Fashion in “The Dressmaker” is about disguise. Tilly Dunnage takes advantage of the women in the town and appeals to their sense of competition and vanity. The women of Dungatar haven’t looked or felt good for a very long time, so it’s a way of luring people and giving them a false sense of hope. Tilly simply gives them enough rope – or ribbon – to hang themselves with. She lets them “bring themselves unstitched”, as Rosalie puns.

Kate Winslet says: “Tilly has trained as a couture dressmaker in France with Balenciaga and Dior and Madame Vionnet. The Dungatarians don’t really understand quite how magical and beautiful her creations truly are, they think it’s ‘dress up’. It’s kind of a gift that she’s giving them, as well as carrying out little bits of revenge along the way. They go from looking pale and a bit tea stained to looking like they’re all walking down a red carpet. It’s really quite striking.”

The post war 1950s were a time in which fashion had two competing movements - Christian Dior created ‘the new look’ in 1947, which took women back a little bit to the corset and the cinched waist. Madame Vionnet and Balenciaga were both couturiers who didn’t use artifice, they used what was already there and the way fabric was draped on the body to enhance the good qualities and disguise the bad.

Rosalie Ham says: “I wanted to make the distinction between those two things in The Dressmaker. You can be feminine and beautiful but you don’t have to wear a corset or alter yourself particularly to be able to do that.”





Check out Winslet’s runway-worthy creations in “The Dressmaker” when it opens November 4 in theaters nationwide from Axinite Digicinema.



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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Kate Winslet in high fashion dramedy “THE DRESSMAKER”


KATE WINSLET STARS IN HIGH FASHION DRAMEDY “THE DRESSMAKER”

Kate Winslet, who rocketed to worldwide audience with her lead role as Rose in the blockbuster film“Titanic” with Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the upcoming movie “The Dressmaker,” a hilarious dramedy clothed in elite fashion where revenge never looked so classy.

Based on the best-selling novel by Rosalie Ham, “The Dressmaker” is a bittersweet, comedy-drama set in early 1950s Australia. Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet), a beautiful and talented misfit, after many years working as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, returns home to the tiny middle-of-nowhere town of Dungatar to right the wrongs of the past. Not only does she reconcile with her ailing, eccentric mother Molly (Judy Davis) and unexpectedly falls in love with the pure-hearted Teddy (Liam Hemsworth), but armed with her sewing machine and incredible sense of style, she transforms the women of the town and in doing so gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.

“The Dressmaker” also includes actors in stellar remarkable roles such as Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook, Caroline Goodall, Shane Bourne, Kerry Fox and Rebecca Gibney and directed by American Film Institute winner Jocelyn Moorhouse acclaimed for her previous works in “How To Make An American Quilt” starring Wynona Ryder and “A Thousand Acres” starring Michelle Pfieffer and Colin Firth.

Kate Winslet remembers: “When I first read the script I was very taken by how different she was as a woman to anything I’d read for quite a while. There’s a strength in her that is unflinching and almost aggressive at times because she has had to overcome so many challenges in order to stay strong and to be the person that she is.”

Tilly Dunnage and her mother Molly were always outcasts in Dungatar, baited by the grasping, nasty inhabitants, but the tragic death of a child - the Pettyman’s son Stewart - when Tilly was 10 years old, and for which she’s blamed, led to her expulsion from the town. Now in her 30’s, the unsolved mystery of the death haunts her, and Tilly returns to seek closure – firstly through clarity of what really happened, secondly through some measure of revenge. Her strength, her rare talents, but also her need for love are clear.

Producer Sue Maslin explains it in this way: “The leading theme of The Dressmake is the notion of revenge and it’s revenge as a wickedly funny idea, but it’s also revenge that is a necessity. In Tilly’s case, it’s necessary because she not only needs to understand why she was victimised as a young child and sent away, and why her mother has been punished all the years since she left, but more importantly, she needs to reconcile the truth for herself about what happened. She needs to forgive herself. She can’t do that in isolation.”

Kate Winslet finds that: “Tilly is unique and extremely skilled at what she does, she has a sense of grace and poise that is entirely lacking in the town. I really admired her very powerful sense of self. She’s vulnerable but does a really good job of hiding it.”

Of the novel’s characterisation, Rosalie Ham says: “Tilly Dunnage is reserved, aloof, an observer, she has instinct, she knows what people are like and she appeals to the good or the bad in people with her talents. She’s a wounded, slightly vengeful but not to the extent where she does anything terrible directly - she puts in place things so that those who deserve it ruin themselves. It’s her presence in circumstances that causes the chaos, or the joy.”






Revenge is back in fashion when “The Dressmaker” opens nationwide this November 4 from Axinite Digicinema.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Kristen Stewart, feisty small-town girl in “AMERICAN ULTRA”


KRISTEN STEWART, FEISTY SMALL-TOWN GIRL IN “AMERICAN ULTRA”

Kristen Stewart reunites with her “Adventureland” co-star Jesse Eisenberg in Lionsgate's hip thriller “American Ultra.”

In the film, a stoner (Eisenberg) and his girlfriend’s (Stewart) sleepy, small-town existence is disrupted when his past comes back to haunt him in the form of a government operation set to wipe him out.

Stewart plays Phoebe Larson who appears to be as unmotivated as her slacker boyfriend but unlikely hero Mike. Like him, she seems in no hurry to go anywhere. But Phoebe is much more driven than she lets on. "She is way more together than he does," says director Nima Nourizadeh. "She's responsible, with more of a real job. Mike actually relies on her for a lot of the time. You soon understand that she pretty much takes care of everything for him."

Stewart and Eisenberg had instant chemistry, Nourizadeh says. "They hadn't seen each other in a couple of years, but the connection was instantaneous. When we started shooting, they were completely comfortable together even in the most intimate moments. We needed that for the comedy to work. They're definitely two people I would love to work with again."

After meeting with the pair together, the filmmakers were sure they would be convincing and appealing as a couple dedicated to getting baked together. "There's something about Jesse and Kristen that is so compelling and so right," says producer David Alpert. "The idea of re-teaming them was a dream come true. She's very alluring and charismatic on screen, and she brings amazing depth to the character and the relationship. It's not just a supporting girlfriend role: she's an equal."

Like Eisenberg, the actress is taking a role that is not typical for her, notes screenwriter Max Landis. "She's not the sacrificial dove or the princess who must become a warrior," he says. "Kristen's played all sorts of crazy characters, but in this she plays someone closer to who she really is, a sort of laid-back tomboy."

Stewart admits she jumped at the chance to work with Eisenberg again. "We should make a movie together every five years," she says. "It's just so comfortable to work with him. He's hilarious and intimidatingly intelligent. And this script is so original. Imagine that your stoner buddy just turned into an expert CIA assassin and the chaos that ensues. It's an ultra-violent, in-your-face action movie, as well as an emotionally grounded love story, as well as a full-on slapstick comedy. I wanted to explore that with Jesse."

Watching Mike conquer the CIA's most vicious operatives is an unexpected delight, she promises. "These two kids turn into something you would never foresee. Watching us annihilate a town or take out deadly killers is just funny, especially with Mike's off-the-wall commentary as it goes down. I haven't had this much fun making a movie in years."

For that, she gives full credit to Nourizadeh. "He is incredibly detail oriented," says Stewart. "He left no stone unturned. He's such a sensitive dude that he was truly concerned with everything, including the little sweet bits, like the matching tattoos on our feet."




“American Ultra” will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting Oct. 28.

 Mwah! 


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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Jesse Eisenberg, the stone assassin in “AMERICAN ULTRA”


JESSE EISENBERG, THE STONE ASSASSIN IN “AMERICAN ULTRA”

Oscar-nominated young actor Jesse Eisenberg, whose previous roles have included “Now You See Me,” “The Social Network,” and “Zombieland,” was the filmmakers' first choice to play the slacker-turned-superspy in the intriguing thriller “American Ultra.”

Watch the official trailer of “American Ultra” below.



In the film, a stoner and his girlfriend’s sleepy, small-town existence is disrupted when his past comes back to haunt him in the form of a government operation set to wipe him out.

As action heroes go, Mike Howell (Eisenberg) is an unlikely contender. He is completely dependent on his girlfriend, unable to cook a simple meal without starting a fire. He has been hired and fired from the same rundown convenience store more times than he can remember, and he gets arrested for possession so often that the police are on a first-name basis with him.

"We knew it had to be Jesse," says producer David Alpert. "You just buy him as an innocent, small-town stoner. The action is completely unexpected coming from him, but not unbelievable. Jesse gives the character a grounded emotional intelligence even as the whole weight of a secret CIA program lands in Liman to try to kill him."

Mike is a laid-back young man who becomes a little befuddled and confused when too many things happen at once. He's happy to stay home, smoke weed in bed and make out with his girlfriend. Taking out bad guys sent to terminate him is not on his radar screen. The role places Eisenberg, an actor who often plays the smartest guy in the room, squarely outside his comfort zone.

"Jesse is such a sharply intelligent actor, but he was able to sort of dumb himself down for this role in ways that make him almost unrecognizable," says director Nima Nourizadeh. "He was just great at all of the things I needed for this movie. Jesse took on such a gentle, unassuming quality in his hands, he can do comedy and he can do drama. He is so touching in the most emotional scenes of the film and then he throws himself into some real kick-ass action."

Eisenberg was quick to sign on after reading the script. "I'd never read anything like it," he says. "The characters felt totally real, the situations are surprising and the way we deal with them seems very truthful. Mike and Phoebe are totally accessible, so people can live vicariously through them. Mike is also an artist who has created this comic book about a monkey he calls Apollo Ape. When he becomes the target of an evil government plot, what happens to him is like an Apollo Ape story-it's a stoner fantasy come to life."

Max Landis' script keeps the humor completely genuine, says the actor. "Putting this very passive guy in the middle of an intense and violent world creates the potential for a lot of comedy. Mike is thrust into situations where he has to defend his and his girlfriend's lives.
As the confrontations become increasingly more complicated and frightening, he becomes more deadly, but he has no idea how or when he learned to do these things."




“American Ultra” will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting Oct. 28.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Edgy thriller “AMERICAN ULTRA” exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas


EDGY THRILLER “AMERICAN ULTRA” EXCLUSIVE AT AYALA MALLS CINEMAS

From the creator of teen superhero film “Chronicle” comes the intriguing thriller “American Ultra” starring Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”), Kristen Stewart (the “Twilight” series) and Topher Grace (“Spider-Man 3”).

In the film, a stoner and his girlfriend’s sleepy, small-town existence is disrupted when his past comes back to haunt him in the form of a government operation set to wipe him out.

“American Ultra” will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting Oct. 28.

For the first five minutes of “American Ultra,” audiences may feel like they are watching a charming little indie film about two quirky characters, which is exactly what the filmmakers intended. Mike Howell (Eisenberg), the movie's main character, is a smarter-than-average but completely unmotivated slacker. He is stuck in a small town, working at the local convenience store and living a very ordinary life with his girlfriend Phoebe (Stewart).

"If you take the story down to its most basic elements, it's about this guy who wants to propose to his girlfriend but his world gets turned upside down," says director Nima Nourizadeh. "Mike has only one goal: propose to Phoebe. Then, over the course of one night, everything turns upside down and there are all these hurdles he has to jump."

For the director, who earned accolades in Hollywood for his 2012 debut film, “Project X,” this script stood out in the action-comedy genre. "It ticks so many boxes with a unique blend of disparate elements that you don't normally see together," says Nourizadeh. "It has romance, it has action, it has a lot of comedy, so it's full of surprises and takes you places you won't expect. It starts off in the tiny, almost claustrophobic world that Mike and Phoebe have been living in and then it gets crazy."

When the action suddenly shifts from Liman, West Virginia, to CIA headquarters, something far more sinister than romance starts to take shape. A clandestine government program is about to rain terror down on a sleepy West Virginia town. The object of the attack is ... Mike Howell?

"That's when you realize that `American Ultra' is an action film with plenty of ass kicking that also pokes fun at the genre," says Max Landis, the film's writer. "It is high-level, in-camera action, but no matter how hard that element pushes, the indie dramedy about a stoner couple pushes back just as hard. Of course, that doesn't mean we didn't create some killer fight scenes."

One of the big selling points for Nourizadeh was the script's ambitious amalgam of classic genres. "It combines so many different things in an interesting and organic way," he notes. "The conventions will be familiar to filmgoers, but they are mashed up a little bit, which changes everything. I like taking things that people think they know and presenting them in a new light."

The inspiration for the action/comedy is a real-life CIA attempt to create super warriors that lasted three decades. The formerly covert program, known as MK Ultra, was launched in the 1950s in an effort to turn ordinary citizens into superhero-level operatives. Using psychotropic drugs to enhance psychological conditioning, better known as torture, government scientists treated the human brain like a computer and attempted to radically reprogram their subjects to be the most effective and dangerous assets possible.

The attempt to turn out a generation of Jason Bourne-like super assassins failed miserably. "You can wipe a hard drive, but when you wipe a human brain, it tends to break," says Landis. "I became a little obsessed with what I learned. I kept thinking, what if a regular guy got involved? How would he react? That spawned `American Ultra.'"




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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Male Model Spotlight: That very hot and handsome "chinito" hunk David Licauco

photos from Facebook

Damn....

Dah...yehhhmmmm....

I was listening to Yeng Constantino's "Chinito" a while ago when I suddenly remembered David Licauco. I haven't had the chance to talk about him on my blog in the past so basically this'll be the first time that I'll be posting something about him here.

Anyway, to give you a refresher, here's a lyric music video of "Chinito." I just so so so love this song. As in. Swear. Super. Ang lakas makabata! LOLZ! Teehee!



I know nothing much about David actually, aside from being a runner-up in the 2014 Mr. Chinatown competition. I should also probably try to watch that pageant this year. Invites please?
He studies at CSB and he's 21 (according to his Cosmo Hunk profile below). As regards his height, I'm not so sure. He definitely looks taller than 5'8". That must have been a mistake. But his abs...those abs....
Need I say more? LOLZ! Too bad I wasn't able to have a photo taken with him at last month's Cosmo Bachelor Bash. As I mentioned before, I went home early. Teehee! Awww....I could've also probably given him a hug! Would he have hugged me, too? *kilig* He's so gwapo in the photo below. I love his brows.
I've always liked chinito guys from the very beginning. Most of you know about that. And as of now, David is probably my number 1 chinito crush. There was also this rumor circulating about him and a very famous celebrity in the past. I won't talk about it anymore but if I could just clarify and put an end to it: IT'S NOT TRUE. Mark my word.
Awwww...I would've loved to have taken a photo with David and these other Cosmo Hunks! Lemme try to guess their names: beside David is Henrik, then Corbin, Kris, and...oh, he doesn't look familiar. Photo from Trisha Bautista. Trisha, who's the other guy? Teehee!

Damn....

Dah...yehhhmmmm....!!!!

Mapapansin mo ba
Kaya ang tulad ko
Kahit nasa sulok lang ng iyong mga mata
Mahuli mo kaya ang pagsulyap sa’yo
Kahit hindi naman ako ang iyong kaharap
Oh chinito!


Teehee!

I love David Licauco. I mean...c'mon....who wouldn't? Ahihihihi!

Show some love for David by following him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

https://www.facebook.com/DavidLicaucoOfficial/
https://instagram.com/davidlicauco/
https://twitter.com/davidlicauco/

I'm still hoping to have a photo taken with him someday. Hoping. And to interview him, too. *chubby fingers crossed*

I love you, David. Ahihihihihihihi! *pabebe wave*

Good night!

 Mwah! 


X.O.X.O.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

“BLACK MASS” banners highlight talented cast


“BLACK MASS” BANNERS HIGHLIGHT TALENTED CAST

The impressive ensemble of Warner Bros.' new gangster thriller “Black Mass” gets the star treatment as eight castmembers receive their individual character banners which has just been released by the studio.

The favored eight are Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard, Dakota Johnson and Corey Stoll.

Directed by of Scott Cooper (the Oscar-winning “Crazy Heart”), the film is based on the book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob, about the infamous gangster Whitey Bulger.

In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.










Opening across the Philippines on October 21, “Black Mass” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

 Mwah! 


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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?