James Bond fans may now watch the exciting first footage of “Spectre” from Austria featuring behind the scenes action with cast Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Dave Bautista and director Sam Mendes. “Spectre” also stars Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci and Andrew Scott. In addition, the first “Spectre” image of Craig as Bond has also been released, showing the British spy donning snow googles and a gun.
Associate Producer, Gregg Wilson says “We have to deliver an amazing sequence and this is going to be one of the major action sequences of the movie, a jewel in the crown so to speak. It’s going to be spectacular and Austria seemed to offer everything that we needed to pull it off.”
Production Designer Dennis Gassner adds, “The thing that Sam and I talked about was how we are going to top `Skyfall', it’s going to be `Spectre' and so far it’s a great start. I think that we are going to continue the history of the Bond films, making things that are exciting for the audience to look at and what could be more exciting than to be on top of the world.”
In the film, a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
Opening across the Philippines on Nov. 06, 2015, “Spectre” will be distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.
Catch a glimpse of the beloved characters in the upcoming live action rendition of “Cinderella” with its latest stills and trailer. We also added bonus character descriptions to boot below:
Ella (Lily James). A beautiful young woman with a gentle spirit, Ella finds joy in the simplest of things. She was raised in a caring and stable home and has a pure heart, a loving nature and is kind and generous to those around her. Despite the cruelty and abuse she is subjected to from her stepmother and her daughters, Ella continues to remain positive and steadfast, finding strength in the words of her late mother to “have courage and always be kind.”
The Prince (Richard Madden). The Prince is dashing, intelligent and thoughtful, a kindred spirit to Ella. He loves his father and hopes to one day rule as effectively, and is young and passionate and full of suggestions. Having just returned from war, the Prince now sees there is strength in pacification. The King’s views are more traditional however, and he is hesitant to listen to his son’s ideas.
The Stepmother (Cate Blanchett). The stepmother has had her share of broken dreams, which have left her bitter and full of regret. She longs to have a life that is taken care of from a financial point of view and a happy future for her daughters, but is jealous of any affection her husband bestows on Ella, resenting her for her youth, beauty and charm. Following the death of her husband, the financial pressures and panic cause the stepmother’s jealousy to grow, which manifests itself through cruelty and contempt directed at her stepdaughter.
The Stepsisters, Anastasia & Drisella (Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera). Ella’s stepsisters, Anastasia and Drisella, have lived lives of comfort and privilege but are ill-mannered, boorish and unappreciative of all they’ve been given. Both are physically attractive and try to put forth a pleasant and well-groomed exterior, but in truth they are sometimes ugly on the inside. Lacking self-confidence and desperate for their mother’s approval, both girls are envious of Ella’s beauty and grace, neither of which they possess, which causes them to treat her unkindly.
The Fairy Godmother/Beggar Woman (Helena Bonham Carter). The Fairy Godmother is a delightfully-eccentric old woman who cares for Ella and longs to see her happy. But she is forgetful and is easily frazzled. She first presents herself to Ella as a disheveled beggar woman searching for food, and is immediately treated with kindness.
The King (Derek Jacobi). A much-loved and successful ruler, the King is proud of his son and wants to see him happy and leading a fulfilling life. But his health is failing, and while needing to ensure the Kingdom will be in good hands once he is gone, is firmly set in his ways and cautious about making any changes.
The Grand Duke (Stellan Skarsgård). The Grand Duke is a pragmatic and calculating ally of the royal family. To him, marriage is nothing more than a business arrangement, and he believes the Prince should marry someone politically valuable to the royal family. He feels it is his duty to prevent the Prince from finding – and marrying – Ella, and teams up with her stepmother to make sure it does not happen.
The Captain (Nonso Anozie). The Captain is advisor and best friend to the Prince. Intelligent, loyal and dignified, he is responsible for the Prince’s safety and well-being, and does so with quiet nobility.
“Cinderella” will be released in the Philippines on March 12, through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.
Part serious, part funny and definitely, definitely quirky, "Kingsman: The Secret Service" knows what it is and knows how to flaunt it all too well. While it features predictable and all-too-tired elements from older spy films, it has the perfect balance of comical dialogue, over-the-top gore and massive action set pieces that truly satisfied us and left us craving for more. There's no denying that "Kingsman: The Secret Service" is a looker and one film that we found extremely fun to watch.
Suave veteran agent Harry Hart (Colin Firth) feels responsible for the death of Gary “Eggsy” Unwin's (Taron Egerton) father. As such, he feels he owes the man a debt and decides to lead and train Eggsy as his protégé into the world of espionage. This is no easy task as Eggsy is easily on the fast track to disaster in the way he’s growing up. Harry still rises to the challenge - to hopefully mold Eggsy into "Kingsman" material.
You know an action film is beyond great when you have a hard time picking out your favorite action scene. "Kingsman: The Secret Service" just gave us this huge conundrum. Almost every fight scene was spectacularly done with huge set pieces, quick yet crisp camera work and hilarious scenarios. One was even inside an all White Baptist Church which we won't spoil what actually happens. The film is extremely brash, rash and preposterous - just like its lead character Eggsy - but it is also damn enjoyable. If you find James Bond all too serious at times and Austin Powers just too comedic to be taken seriously, then Eggsy is the perfect balance of both. This is also the same case for the film. It features an over-the-top villain with a comical spin on how he will change the world yet still feels grounded and real. Acting-wise, we couldn't ask for more from the cast although we did feel Samuel L. Jackson was a little bit of a disappointment. It also doesn't help that the film is rather predictable. Featuring the usual suspects from older spy films. But really, minus the generic story, everything else is creative and fun.
Rating: 4 and a half reels
Why you should watch it:
- crisp and quick camera work
- huge and quirky action sequences
- it's the perfect balance of comedy and serious action
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the story is generic fodder
- Samuel L. Jackson feels miscast
The ragtag group of groomsmen in Columbia Pictures' comedy “The Wedding Ringer” add a priceless element of comic tension to the what-could-go-wrong construct of the movie. Obviously enough, their casting needed to be spot-on. They include Corey Holcomb as Alzado, Colin Kane as Plunkett, "Lost" star, Jorge Garcia as Garvey, Affion Crockett as Drysdale, Dan Gill as Dickerson, Aaron Takahashi as Rambis, and Alan Ritchson as Carew.
In “The Wedding Ringer,” Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a lovable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams, Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy. With the bride's wedding party consisting of seven bridesmaids, Jimmy must dig deep into his arsenal of talent to fill the seven spots that will become Doug's groomsmen. Adding to the difficulty level for Kevin Hart's character is the fact that Doug has already given them names that will sound strangely familiar to any sports fan. Put on the spot, he rattled off favorite professional athletes from the posters in his office. These names were then given to a misfit cast of characters Jimmy hires to be Doug's groomsmen. When Doug makes their acquaintance, he immediately loses confidence that they can fool the discerning eyes of the Palmer family.
For director Jeremy Garelick, having a talented group of comedians who could keep up with the ad-libs of Kevin Hart and Josh Gad was a great luxury. "For all of the groomsmen, I wanted to have guys who really funny in their own right and could add things that were not on the page," says director Garelick. "When you see Corey Holcomb, Dan Gill, Affion Crockett, Jorge Garcia, Alan Ritchson, Colin Kane and Aaron Takahashi together as a collective group it just makes you laugh". "Needless to say, this is not the most polished group of gentleman in the world," laughs producer Will Packer. "It makes it all the more interesting, because when you see the groomsmen together with their various quirks and style and deficiencies and out-and-out weirdness, you say, 'Who in the hell put this crew together'?" Co-star Kevin Hart has nothing but praise for the movie's septet of strangeness. "This group of guys aren't necessarily big name actors, but they are some of the funniest guys I've ever worked with," says Hart. "These guys all brought so much to their characters, from appearance to nervous tics to voices to language to style."
Opening across the Philippines on Feb. 11, “The Wedding Ringer” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.
Every now and then, momentous leaps in pop culture arrive. These "leaps" tap into the consciousness and curiosity on a very big part of the population. A few years ago, this was the novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Since the first episodes of E L James’ story were modestly released through an online-based publishing house in 2011, her “Fifty Shades” trilogy has grown into one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever, with more than 100 million copies in 52 languages consumed all over the world. Now the film adaptation comes to the big screen just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Stepping into the iconic roles of billionaire entrepreneur Christian Grey and curious college student Anastasia Steele are Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. In a story that is as much about the redemption of the unattainable Christian as it is the liberation of the inexperienced Ana, the protagonists have taken on lives of their own for readers who have pored over the vulnerabilities of the characters and intricacies of the novels. Through them, audiences have allowed themselves to explore their own inner fantasies and aspirations.
Opening across the Philippines on Feb. 11, “Fifty Shades of Grey” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. The film has been classified Rated R-18 (Strictly for Adults) by the MTRCB.
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