Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that the studio has brought together an extraordinary number of iconic video game companies, whose classic characters – including PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Centipede®, Galaga, Frogger, Q*bert, and Space Invaders – will be featured in the highly-anticipated action comedy “Pixels,” starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Brian Cox, and directed by Chris Columbus.
In “Pixels,” when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Monaghan plays the team's unique weapons specialist.
Companies with classic arcade games that are teaming with Sony Pictures on the film include:
Atari® Interactive: (Asteroids®, Breakout®, Centipede® and Missile Command®)
Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. (Frogger)
BANDAI NAMCO Games Inc. (PAC-MAN, Galaga, and Dig Dug)
Nintendo (Donkey Kong)
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. (Q*bert)
Taito Corporation (Space Invaders)
Interesting enough? What do you think guys? Hit up the comments section and let us know! "Pixels" is slated to open May 15, 2015.
We would be lying if we say that "Hercules" blew us completely away but we wouldn't deny too that the film had us surprised more than once throughout its run time. "Hercules", to put it bluntly, turns out to be your usual mythological action flick with steroid-driven men fighting each other to the death mayhem. But what we loved about this movie was the unusual take on the myth of Hercules - one that puts the legends aside and tries to put more sensibility and more reality into those unbelievable stories.
Hercules (Dwayne Johnson), as it turns out, is far from the man of myth and legends we know. In reality, he leads a band of mercenaries who help him forge legendary stories about his regular exploits. One day, the daughter of the King of Thrace approaches him to help end a bloody civil war in their land and return the rightful king to his throne in exchange for his weight in gold. Hercules says yes but what seems to be another regular mission might be the one that ultimately tests Hercules' humanity and mythology alike.
"Hercules", against what most people are expecting from it, actually has its own merits. First is probably the overall story. While it had its own setbacks, the way they presented Hercules in a more human manner really peaked our interest. Second, much to our surprise, the action was really done well and had us on the edge of our seats most of the time. More or less, these are the things that drive the film into good territory. What we didn't like though was the safe route the film takes. At its core, this is too typical and too reminiscent of other films in this genre. Cliché upon cliché especially for the supporting cast and while the film presents a different take on Hercules, it never delves deeper into Hercules' previous exploits. Overall, this turned out to be much better than what we expected it to be. This is probably the same reaction most would get. It's definitely not horrendous and it's definitely good enough for a watch at best.
Rating: 3 and a half reels
Why you should watch it:
- great and tense action
- the different take on Hercules' mythological tale is a breath of fresh air
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- plays too safe in many of its elements
New Line Cinema has just released the first teaser for “Annabelle,” the spin-off of the surprise hit horror film “The Conjuring". "Annabelle" is slated to open worldwide this October. If you recall the events from "The Conjuring", Annabelle is the creepy doll that was heavily-featured in that film. The spin-off explores the early origins of the doll and how it acquired its eventual demonic essence. The film stars Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, and Alfre Woodard.
It's less than a week before Brett Ratner's "Hercules" drops by in local shores. The film stars Dwayne Johnson as both man and myth, leading a band of mercenaries to help end a bloody civil war in the land of Thrace and return the rightful king to his throne. And to peek your interest further, here's a list of the 12 Most Fascinating Things about Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson from the swell guys at ListMonde"
Courtesy of: ListMonde.com
Opening across the Philippines on July 23 in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D cinemas, “Hercules” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
After our last post's brief introduction on the quirky heroes of Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy,” let's now introduce their formidable foes:
The antagonists is led by Ronan (Lee Pace), a Kree radical who continues to fight an ancient war between his people and the Xandarians. Ronan has struck a bargain with the Machiavellian Thanos — retrieve a mysterious artifact, and in exchange Xandar will finally be eradicated. Ronan leads his army to hunt down Peter Quill and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy when they come between him and his genocidal goal.
Yondu (Michael Rooker). Blue-skinned Yondu is an interstellar bandit who has a less-than-perfect paternal relationship with Peter Quill. As leader of the outlaws known as Ravagers, Yondu and his cohorts pillage their way through the galaxy, taking whatever they want for solely their own benefit. Nebula(Karen Gillan). A blue-skinned deadly assassin, Nebula is a loyal lieutenant in Ronan and Thanos’ employ. Her advanced skill set and cybernetic enhancements make her a valuable asset but her resentment of Thanos’ adoptive daughter Gamora may prove to be her Achilles heel.
Korath (Djimon Hounsou), a powerful ally of the villainous Ronan, is a feared intergalactic hunter. Korath is a pursuer who is dedicated to the kill and focuses only on one thing—his target. Rhomann Dey (John C. Reilly) is a Corpsman in the Nova Corps, the planet Xandar’s military force. Dey is a loyal and trusted officer but his by-the-book attitude takes a detour when he develops an unlikely rapport with Peter Quill.
The Collector (Benicio Del Toro). Taneleer Tivan, aka The Collector, is the obsessive keeper of the largest collection of interstellar fauna, relics and species in the galaxy. An enigmatic figure, The Collector operates out of a place in space aptly named Knowhere. When he encounters Peter Quill and his band, The Collector attempts to strike a dubious bargain. Nova Prime (Glenn Close). Nova Prime Irani Rael is in charge of Nova Corps operations throughout the galaxy. From her base of operations on Xandar, the principled and efficient Nova Prime leads her forces with confidence. She defines her mission above all to protect the citizens of Xandar and keep peace.
Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" releases in Philippine theaters on July 31, 2014.
We are two weeks away from the local release of the action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” which touts to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos. To get you guys pumped up and ready to one of the most anticipated films this year, here's a quick guide on the film's quirky heroes:
The film's main protagonist Peter Quill is played by Chris Pratt. Quill is an interstellar adventurer who was abducted from Earth at a young age. After recovering an ancient artifact, Quill must rally an unlikely team of cosmic misfits to prevent a powerful villain from destroying the galaxy.
Zoe Saldana plays Gamora, an orphan from an alien world who was raised by the mysterious Thanos to become the perfect weapon. As Thanos’ personal assassin, Gamora has earned a reputation as a formidable warrior. Gamora now seeks redemption for her past crimes.
A physical brute, Drax is played by Filipino-American former professional wrestler Dave Bautista. Drax has a personal vendetta against Ronan, who killed his family. Now fueled by pure rage, Drax will stop at nothing to take his revenge on the most dangerous being in the galaxy.
Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) descends from a race of walking flora and resembles a sentient tree. Despite his strange appearance and limited communication skills, Groot proves to be a valuable ally and a loyal friend—not only to his fellow bounty hunter Rocket but to the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy as well.
Finally, Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) is a bounty hunter and mercenary whose mastery of weapons and battle tactics make him a formidable warrior, despite being a genetically altered, cybernetically enhanced, talking raccoon. The result of traumatic biological experimentation, Rocket is a genuine gun-toting badass and mechanical genius who has a huge chip on his shoulder.