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Friday, August 14, 2015

8th Wonder of the World revealed in “KUNG FU PANDA 3”


8TH WONDER OF THE WORLD REVEALED IN “KUNG FU PANDA 3”

In the final scene of “Kung Fu Panda 2,” we were teased with a glimpse of a panda village where our hero Po’s long-lost father, Li, is living. Five years and nearly 600 artists later, that village is fully realized, and has become the 8th wonder of the world. As the visual development images show, Li’s home is a stunningly majestic and picturesque world. It’s a living paradise that mixes ancient Chinese architecture with the pure beauty of nature.

“Kung Fu Panda 3” is the first co-production between DreamWorks Animation and the Shanghai-based studio, Oriental DreamWorks. The alliance has brought a striking level of detail and authenticity to this panda Shangri-La.

“We worked with Oriental DreamWorks to create a faithful panda environment,” says production designer Raymond Zibach, better known as Ramone. “Many of the details we used to surround the pandas were done by the art department in China.”

“If you look closely, the decorative elements of the panda village were designed by the art department at Oriental DreamWorks,” adds director Jennifer Yuh Nelson. “They researched every meaning behind the symbols, which was incredibly helpful in our quest to achieve authenticity.”

Looking to China's gorgeous natural wonders for inspiration, the creative team took a 10-day trip to Qingcheng, part of the Sichuan province, to soak up the ambiance.

“It was incredibly inspirational,” says Ramone. “We saw the mystical mountain outside the city of Chengdu, which is where they have a panda reserve.”

“If you’ve ever dreamed of being surrounded by baby pandas, this is where it is!” says Jennifer.

Returning to the States with terabytes of exquisite images, both the U.S. and Chinese teams began creating a digital 3D panda village. The fantastical world could then be explored with a virtual camera.

“We can scout - virtually - any location within the panda village,” explains director Alessandro Carloni. “By creating this panda paradise as a whole set piece, we were able to fly through it and discover fresh new angles.”

“It was a huge technological leap from the first film,” adds Jennifer.




“Kung Fu Panda 3” arrives in theaters on March 16, 2016 from DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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Filipino Kali martial arts used by world's premiere stunt team for Rupert Friend's training in “HITMAN: AGENT 47”


FILIPINO KALI MARTIAL ARTS USED BY WORLD’S PREMIERE STUNT TEAM FOR RUPERT FRIEND’S TRAINING IN “HITMAN: AGENT 47”

Fresh off the success of Keanu Reeves’ groundbreaking action film “John Wick,” which Chad Stahelski directed and David Leitch produced that has finally redefined the action movie for the 21st Century, the pioneering duo bring their unique vision in stunt choreography in the latest game-to-movie total reboot of “Hitman: Agent 47.” Directed by Aleksander Bach, a noted commercials director making his feature film debut, from a screenplay by Skip Woods (“The A-Team”) and Michael Finch (“Predators”) and a story by Woods, “Hitman: Agent 47” stars Rupert Friend in the titular role along with Hannah Ware and Zachary Quinto.

Known only as 47, Friend dons the custom-tailored suit of the deadliest assassin who was genetically enhanced since conception bent on breaking the syndicate out to unlock his secrets as the undefeated killing machine the world has ever known. With two mysterious characters in tow, Katia van Dees (Ware) and John Smith (Quinto), 47 is on a race against time to fulfill his mission while he stealthily dispatches an entire phalanx of soldiers and unknown operatives in a series of split-second action sequences before they even realize he’s there.

“I'd say the action is heightened,” says Leitch, who doubled for Brad Pitt earlier in his stuntman career. “A term we use a lot is hyperreal, so I mean we might be using real techniques and practical techniques in terms of training the actor, but then when it becomes him killing 25 guys, you realise that's a little bit more fantasy than reality.”

“They understand action in the best way that I’ve ever seen working on set,” enthuses Friend. “They call it Gun Fu, which is basically kung fu, but with guns in your hands. So as you saw in the trailer, I’m breaking people’s necks with my legs, which I did about 65 times. It’s full on, and they want full contact.”

Action unit directors Chad Stahelski and David M. Leitch, stunt coordinator Jonathan Eusebio and fight coordinator Jon Valera – all from 87-11 Action Design, one of the industry’s premier stunt teams. 87-11 has also overseen the stunts and action for “Jurassic World,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “John Wick.”

Among the company’s fans is Rupert Friend, who notes, “87-11 doesn’t just create arbitrary fighting styles. Each character has a distinctive style.” To that end, Eusebio, Valera and stunt coordinator Chris O’Hara made John Smith a brawler with a big haymaker-punching style. He’s very much a bull-in-a-china shop, while 47 is a far more tactical fighter.

Their final confrontation highlights each man’s fighting style and strengths. “It features a close quarter gun battle, the likes of which you haven’t seen before on screen,” says Valera. “We’ve been trying to do something like this for a few years. It’s hand-to-hand combat with contrasting styles. Smith is stronger, but 47 tries to outsmart him.”

“47 is the opposite – he’s more linear and efficient in his movements,” Eusebio continues. So we trained Rupert in Malaysian Silat and Filipino Kali martial arts ‘empty hands’ styles.”

Adds Eusebio: “When Rupert grabs a weapon, he looks like he’s handled it for a long time. And I’m not just talking about 47’s signature weapon, the silver ballers handgun. We wanted Rupert to be able to use anything he could find – like a broken bottle, a plate, a pen, or a lamp – and turn it into a deadly weapon.”

But Friend made sure he was more than adept at wielding the silver ballers. “I spent weeks with a fantastic lead armaments team that trained me to the point where I could put a bag on my head and take the gun apart, and then put it back together.”






“Hitman: Agent 47” opens August 19 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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America's unluckiest lovable family returms in “VACATION”


AMERICA'S UNLUCKIEST LOVABLE FAMILY RETURNS IN “VACATION”

New Line Cinema’s outrageous comedy “Vacation” starring Ed Helms, Christina Applegate and Chris Hemsworth, marks the big screen return of the Griswold clan—and their epically disastrous family outings.

The Griswolds first hit the screen in 1983 with the release of John Hughes’s and Harold Ramis’s zeitgeist-shifting “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” based on Hughes’s short stories in the eponymous humor magazine. The film became a global phenomenon and opened the way for the Griswolds to bumble through an escalating series of hilarious highs and gut-bustingly funny lows in the three subsequent films that followed—1985’s “National Lampoon’s European Vacation,” 1989’s “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and 1997’s “Vegas Vacation.” Collectively, the films have introduced a litany of outrageous one-liners into the American cultural lexicon, and garnered generations of fans.

Among them were filmmakers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, the scribes behind films like “Horrible Bosses” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” who are making their directorial debut with the 2015 entry in the canon.

The creative pair grew up steeped in the misadventures of the luckless but ever-optimistic Clark Griswold, which Chevy Chase embodies as the ultimate silver screen father who tries too hard, along with Beverly D’Angelo as his wife and eternal voice of reason, Ellen. But the hapless father taking his family to Walley World this time around is Rusty Griswold—who as a teenager delivered some of the film series’ biggest laughs and as an adult is walking proof that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Goldstein calls the Griswold clan “the unluckiest family in the world, but that’s also what makes them relatable. We’ve all been in these situations where you get together with your family and nothing seems to go right. On the other hand, the things that happen to our Griswolds probably never happen to anybody in the real world to a large extent.”

“I would only hope,” Daley adds. “At the same time, it’s funny to watch someone fall down, but it’s never funny to fall down. You’re laughing at yourself, you’re embarrassed, but if you’re looking at it from an outsider’s perspective, it’s always going to be funnier than if you’re the one experiencing it. And I think that there is a certain sense of relief that people get in watching a family go through such terrible, terrible times—because it’s not happening to them.”

With the torch being passed to the current generation of gifted onscreen comedians, it makes perfect sense that the writer/directors would enlist The Hangover trilogy’s hapless dentist Stu—Ed Helms—to inherit the Griswold surname. As Rusty, Helms is joined onscreen by Christina Applegate, one of today’s most beloved cinematic comediennes, as Rusty’s wife, Debbie, with young actors Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins playing their warring sons, Kevin and James, and Chase and D’Angelo reprising their iconic roles.



Opening across the Philippines August 19, “Vacation” is a New Line Cinema presentation and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

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