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Monday, September 28, 2015

Jessica Chastain in command in Ridley Scott's immersive 3D spectacle “THE MARTIAN”


Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain, who’s also considered as one of the most sought after actresses of her generation who gave memorable portrayals in groundbreaking movies such as “Interstellar,” “Zero Dark 30” and “Tree of Life” stars in Ridley Scott’s space adventure “The Martian” with Matt Damon, Kate Mara, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Peña, Sebasyian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Kirsten Wiig, Jeff Daniels and Sean Bean.

Based on the highly successful book by Andy Weir, “The Martian” tells of the gripping story of botanist Mark Watney, played by Damon in the film. Watney is one of the six-man crew of the Ares 3, an exploratory fact finding mission to Mars that goes radically wrong when the astronauts are caught in the middle of a ferociously violent sandstorm. As the crew scramble to get back on board their ship, Watney is speared by an antenna - leaving him injured and destroying his space suit’s bio monitors in the process.

Believing he is dead, Commander Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain) reluctantly aborts the mission to embark on the long journey back to earth. Watney, a biologist and a brilliantly innovative mechanical engineer, has survived but, at first, has no way to contact mission control back on Earth and let them know that he has survived. NASA eventually realises that he is still alive when satellite images show evidence of his endeavors and plan a rescue attempt – a race against time to reach him before his limited resources run out. Having made the decision to leave Watney behind, believing him to be dead, Lewis feels an enormous measure of regret and guilt that will later affect her actions and the integrity of her command.

Ridley Scott fleshed out some of the action sequences in the movie and made Commander Melissa Lewis’ arc even more active, creating another of the strong female roles that have marked many of his previous films. As leader of the third Mars mission, known as Ares III, Commander Lewis heads a crew of six, including Watney, and is in charge of the surface mission and the spacecraft that carried them there, the Hermes. The journey from Earth’s orbit to Mars required nine months, giving Lewis ample time to establish authority with her team, and for the astronauts to bond.

Jessica Chastain, who portrays Lewis says, “She is such a well-written character, another in the legacy of Ridley’s remarkable women characters. Lewis came from the Navy, and has to lead a team of specialists who are very smart and have very specific tasks to perform. She is friendly and personable with her crew, but wants to leave no doubt as to who is in charge.”

“Matt and I have now done two movies together (Interstellar was the other), and have only worked with each other on set for about a week,” says Chastain.

Chastain says she was fortunate in being able to spend some time with astronaut-chemist Tracy Caldwell Dyson, a Mission Specialist on Space Shuttle Endeavour flight STS-118 in August 2007, and who was part of the Expedition 24 crew on the International Space Station in 2010. Dyson briefed Chastain on both the technical and human elements of being an astronaut. Chastain says Dyson and other female astronauts are true role models. “They inspire women everywhere to pursue careers in science and mathematics,” the actress notes.

“I think it’s a great part for Jessica and perhaps unlikely because she’s not thought of as being a physical actress. But I saw a film she did called The Debt in which she played a spy and I was surprised and I was convinced she could do anything at that point. And there are strong performances throughout the film – I mentioned Jeff [Daniels] and there’s Sean [Bean], Chiwetel [Ejiofor], Kristen [Wiig], the guys on the Ares 3. I’m really pleased with them all,” says Scott of his uniquely talented “The Martian” cast.

“The Martian” opens September 30 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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World geniuses unite for a daring rescue mission in Ridley Scott's “THE MARTIAN”


Based on real science and where help is million miles away from Earth, “The Martian” is directed by blockbuster filmmaker Ridley Scott with a star-studded cast led by Matt Damon along with Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Donald Glover, Mackenzie Davis, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

From the bestselling novel by Andy Weir, “The Martian” brings the audience out of the confines of the Earth during a manned mission to Mars where astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return.

“This is the ultimate survival story,” says director Ridley Scott. “Mark Watney is placed under unimaginable duress and isolation, and the movie is about how he responds. Mark’s fate will be determined by whether he succumbs to panic and despair and accepts death as inevitable – or chooses to rely on his training, resourcefulness and sense of humor to stay calm and solve problems.”

Back on Earth, Teddy Sanders (Jeff Daniels), Director of NASA, bears an almost unfathomable responsibility, life and death decisions stop at his desk. Some of the top minds in the world await his judgments, and Teddy must effectively guide a few planet-sized egos. He is, after all, literally working with rocket scientists.

One such genius, Rich Purnell (Donald Glover), an “orbital dynamicist” waltzes into a meeting with the grown-ups and confidently proceeds to demonstrate the solution to getting Watney back. Along with director Bruce Ng (Benedict Wong), Sanders senses the validity of Purnell’s theory, which is affirmed by NASA’s Director of Mars missions, Dr. Vincent Kapoor (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Kapoor bears the most direct responsibility in handling the Watney crisis, and has placed his entire team into full-scale response mode.

“I spoke to some of the people at JPL and NASA to get an appreciation of the sort of pressure they operate under,” Ejiofor continues. “Astronauts place their ultimate trust in these agencies, and everyone who works there knows a single mistake will be uncovered at the worst possible time.”

The resources of NASA and JPL, however, are not going to be enough. Fortunately, the agency’s counterparts (Eddy Ko, Chen Shu) at the Chinese National Space Agency (CNSA) initiate contact with Sanders to offer the services of a prototype Chinese rocket that could undertake a resupply mission to Mars.

Once he has secured the assistance of China, Sanders has to worry about challenges to his authority from one of his own team — Ares III flight director Mitch Henderson (Sean Bean). Unlike Sanders, Henderson give a damn about NASA’s public relations problems. His one and only concern is getting his astronauts home. All of them. Henderson will set in motion an exceedingly risky chain of events that may jeopardize his job and force the crew of Hermes to make a profound decision that could result in charges of mutiny.

“The Martian” lands in theaters this September 30 nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. (in 2D and 3D screens).



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"Who's he?"

No. I'm not asking for the guy's name. I know who he is. LOLZ!

Take a look at his photo below. I had actually blogged about him before (click here).

His name is Amos Francia and he's my crush. CHOZ! Well...one among the countless....Teehee!


This happened last Friday night when my friend and I went to Circuit Makati to watch this "fantabulous" musical called "Chuva Choo Choo: The Mr. Kupido Musicale".

Lemme ask you something....

What would you do....

When your friend all of a sudden introduced you to this guy and you're like so stunned you ended up holding and shaking his hand for almost over a minute while looking at his beautiful, round eyes and his equally handsome face....

That moment....

My friend and I were just talking about him the other day and she asked me as to what I would do if I got the chance to finally meet him in person and I was...like....just kinda playing around and told her that it's bound to happen then it would just happen....

"Sa tamang panahon."

And then I added, "Maybe this Friday night? At the musical? LOL! As if."

As if....

And so it did happen. Sa tamang panahon. Last Friday night.

"Hey, Amos! Hi! By the way, this is my friend, VinVin...."

Deep inside I knew it was him. I knew it was really him.

But as I was shaking his hand, holding it firmly, feeling the softness of his somewhat cold palm, all I was able to utter to my friend standing right next to me was....

"Who's he?" HUWAW! Um-acting pa talaga!

What was wrong with me?!

Somebody give me lessons on "meeting cute hot guys 101." Please!!! I so badly need it.



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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?