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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Full-throttle defense against aliens in “INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE" on June 22


FULL-THROTTLE DEFENSE AGAINST ALIENS IN “INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE” ON JUNE 22

After “Independence Day” redefined the event movie genre and became a worldwide hit, its follow-up epic chapter, “Independence Day: Resurgence” delivers a new global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. The most anticipated event movie of the year “Independence Day: Resurgence” stars Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Maika Monroe, Bill Pullman, Jessie Usher and Sela Ward directed by Roland Emmerich.

Liam Hemsworth heads the cast of newcomers, portraying Jake Morrison. Raised as an orphan, Jake is a hotshot heroic fighter pilot of Alien-human hybrid jets. The looming Alien invasion may just do that for Jake, just as it changes the life of David Levinson, again portrayed by Jeff Goldblum. In the first movie, it was Levinson who figured out how to stop the Alien threat in the great War of ’96 while Bill Pullman reprises his role as former U.S. president Thomas J. Whitmore, who led the planetary defense in 1996. Due to his close encounters with the Aliens at that time, Whitmore has undergone what medical professionals refer to as Alien Residual Condition. Severe internal changes have left Whitmore haunted and disturbed, and “knowing” what the Aliens know. He has visions of their impending return and dark premonitions of the Aliens’ plans for Earth. Another of the film’s many strong female roles is U.S. President Lanford, portrayed by Sela Ward. Having previously faced a global catastrophe in Emmerich's The Day After Tomorrow, Ward was ready to tackle another massive threat, but this time as the commander in chief.

For director Roland Emmerich, “Independence Day: Resurgence” marks a return to the universe he and co-writer and producer Dean Devlin created two decades ago. They captured cinematic lightning in a bottle—electrifying audiences around the around the world with drama, action, fun, unforgettable characters, and a presidential speech that’s still quoted today. In the movie, we find the world using recovered Alien technology wherein the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the Aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

Notably, the new film is Emmerich’s first sequel. “This world is very special to me, and I wanted to do right by it and the characters,” says the filmmaker. “Enough time has passed that it all felt fresh to me.” Also nudging Emmerich back to the world of Independence Day was the chance to employ visual effects that were light years ahead of those available twenty years ago.

“Independence Day: Resurgence” transports the audience into the midst of the action where one of its set pieces include an Alien spaceship that’s a super-structure of unfathomable size, and has a gravitational pull that wreaks havoc with the entire planet, hitting all of the famous landmarks on Earth. “Independence Day: Resurgence” is that kind of boundary-pushing juggernaut, mixed with a playfulness not typical for this genre. “This one is so much bigger than ID4,” says Jeff Goldblum, who reprises his starring role as scientist/world savior David Levinson. “But the film’s spirit of fun, wonder and delight is just as important.”

In fact, as Emmerich notes, the characters and fun are now taking center stage. “Audiences really like these characters,” he explains. “We’ve expanded the universe of Independence Day, and I can’t wait for people to experience it.”








“Independence Day: Resurgence” opens June 22 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. Available in 2D, 3D and IMAX screens across the Philippines.

 Mwah! 


X.O.X.O.
VinVin


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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Arriving on June 22 nationwide in Philippine cinemas “INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE”


ARRIVING ON JUNE 22 NATIONWIDE IN PHILIPPINE CINEMAS “INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE”

The aliens are back with a vengeance for “Independence Day: Resurgence,” which represents director Roland Emmerich’s huge return to the genre that made him famous. A sequel to “Independence Day,” the 1996 original sci-fi groundbreaking film that captured the public imagination with its vistas of destruction, its memorable characters and huge impact on both science fiction and disaster movies. With giant alien spaceships unleashing incredibly devastating power upon the world, it took brain, brawn and heroics to figure out a way to fight back.

In “Independence Day: Resurgence,” now, 20 years later, humanity has united to rebuild the world’s major cities, while salvaged alien technology has been utilized to work on solving many big problems such as climate change. But the lingering threat of the extra-terrestrials’ return still hangs over our heads and the Earth Space Defence programme has formed to be ready for when that day comes. Ominously, it appears that our greatest enemy is indeed back.

Emmerich assembles an all-star powerful cast starring returning actors Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum with new characters played by Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe and Sela Ward. Liam Hemsworth plays Jake Morrison, a hotshot fighter pilot whose family was killed in the original alien attack. The daughter of former President Whitmore (Bill Pullman), Patricia (played by Monroe), is a tough cookie from a young age when she lost her mother in the original attack. Patricia now works in the White House for the current president played by Sela Ward, but also takes care of her ailing father as he’s haunted by the psychic connection to the aliens established during the last invasion.

From the original blockbuster film, Jeff Goldblum was cast as MIT-trained satellite expert David Levinson, who intercepts and decodes the message coming from massive alien ships hovering over the world’s major cities, figuring out that they’re broadcasting a countdown. Levinson escapes the ensuing attack along with his father Julius (Judd Hirsch), US President Whitmore (Bill Pullman) and a handful of others. Levinson, now the head of the Earth Space Defence initiative, is in the front line of figuring out how to tackle this vast new challenge as even bigger spaceships arrive to threaten us with destruction.

“Independence Day: Resurgence” director Roland Emmerich has established himself as one of the most creative and successful directors in film. Emmerich has proven himself in a variety of genres and has enjoyed blockbuster success with films such as “Godzilla,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” “10,000 BC” and “2012.”

Yet it was in 1996 that Emmerich and Devlin would make the film for which they are still best known: “Independence Day.” Electrifying audiences from the moment its teaser trailer blew the White House apart, the blend of science fiction adventure and grand disaster movie became an influential moment in cinema, relighting the desire for such films and triggering any number of attempts to replicate its formula of huge effects and memorable characters. In the original, huge alien spaceships arrive and begin to lay waste to the world’s cities. Eventually, thanks to some chance discoveries and a lot of heroics, a small group is able to defeat the mothership and save the human race.

Now, 20 years later, Emmerich is back for the follow-up, “Independence Day: Resurgence” which moves the story on 20 years. Earth in the wake of the infamous “battle of ‘96” is a much more unified place, and humanity has learned to use some of the salvaged alien technology for the good of the planet and its people. And yet they live with the knowledge that the aliens will one day return, and in force; and that day has now arrived.




“Independence Day: Resurgence” opens June 22 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. Also available in IMAX and 3D screens.



 Mwah! 


X.O.X.O.
VinVin


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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

CASTING CALL: The Amazing Race Asia Season 5


Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks, Asia is bringing back The Amazing Race Asia for a fifth season.

AXN was home to the previous four seasons, with the most recent edition concluding in 2010, and will now air season five. The show will debut in its fifth run on AXN in late 2016. Ten teams chosen from across the Asia-Pacific region will compete for a chance at the winning crown and US$100,000 in cash.

Hosted by Allan Wu, The Amazing Race Asia Season 5 is looking for couples or pairs (with pre-existing relationships) who are ready to face different challenges as they race around the world.

Contestant Requirements:

1. Aged 21 years old above
2. must have valid passports
3. must be a citizen or resident of Asia
4. Physically and mentally fit
5. must be outgoing, adventurous and socially savvy
6. At least one member must have a driver's license and can drive automatic transmission and manual transmission

The site is now open for application and this can be found at: www.axn-asia.com/TARA

Interested applicants would need to fill up the online application form on our website and will have to submit a 3 minute audition video online.



Good luck on your next pit stop!

 Mwah! 


X.O.X.O.
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Monday, May 23, 2016

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


“X-MEN: APOCALYPSE” REIGNS SUPREME AT THE PHILS. BOX-OFFICE (PHP 230 MILLION ON OPENING WEEKEND)

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

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

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

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

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

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








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

 Mwah! 


X.O.X.O.
VinVin


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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

Anyhow, lemme tell you what happened.

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

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

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

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

And also....

I will love you forever.

Click here for my previous posts about Clint Bondad.

 Mwah! 


X.O.X.O.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It's ok, Bea....


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

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

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

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

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

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




I love you, Bea.

 Mwah! 


X.O.X.O.
VinVin


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Monday, May 16, 2016

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


“X-MEN: APOCALYPSE” MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS ON MAY 17 – TUESDAY

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

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

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


 Mwah! 


X.O.X.O.
VinVin


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Friday, May 13, 2016

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


MOST VISUALLY AMBITIOUS CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE IN “X-MEN: APOCALYPSE” ON MAY 18

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

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

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

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

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

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







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

 Mwah! 


X.O.X.O.
VinVin


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Thursday, May 12, 2016

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


JENNIFER LAWRENCE BACK IN BATTLE FORM AS MYSTIQUE IN “X-MEN: APOCALYPSE”

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

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

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

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

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




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

 Mwah! 


X.O.X.O.
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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?