WARFARE OF HUNTERS AND PREYS IN “THE WHITE DRAGONS”

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“The White Dragons” inventively tweaks Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” where director Ryan Little reignites the classic tale like never before in this explosive action epic adventure.

The story takes us to medieval times when dragons are being hunted for the vitriol that powers the human world and where Ishmael (played by Corey Sevier) and his trusted friend Queequeg (Kepa Kruse) lead a crew of dragon hunters.   The much sought after vitriol is a highly explosive liquid substance found inside the dragons, giving life and power to the mythical realm they live in.  Their Captain’s adopted daughter Rachel (Sofia Pernas) joins them in their quest.  Believing that the family of her father had been slaughtered by dragons, Rachel’s untiring quest to annihilate the last living dragon soon finds out the darkest secrets of her kingdom in the White Dragon’s lair.

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Watch the full trailer :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqP55uEJsNg&feature=youtu.be

            “The White Dragons” will open December 4 (exclusive) in SM Cinemas from CrystalSky Multimedia. 

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“THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY” AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE PHOTOS

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In attendance at the recently concluded Australian (Sydney) premiere of the upcoming adventure comedy “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty are Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig.
 
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Ben Stiller produces and stars in the movie where no one really knows the power of the private dreams inside our heads  . . . until they inspire our reality.  That’s what happens in Ben Stiller’s contemporary rethink of one of the most influential fantasy stories of all time – indeed the quintessential tale about the irresistible allure of fantasizing: James Thurber’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”  Stiller has taken that two-and-a-half page 1939 classic and opened it up into a 21st Century comic epic about a man who finds that his real life is about toblow his wildly over-active imagination out of the water.
                
“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” opens January 22 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros”

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WINNER “AFTERNOON DELIGHT”

FOLLOWS A WOMAN’S SEXUAL AWAKENING (OPENS DEC. 11)

Fresh from her remarkable hilarious role in the movie “We’re The Millers” with Jennifer Aniston, Katherine Hahn’s  talent shines through in her first starring role in “Afternoon Delight” about a stay at home mom whose sexual awakening came in her 30s when everything looks just perfect.  

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 Hahn plays Rachel, a quick-witted and lovable yet tightly coiled woman living within the affluent Silver Lake neighborhood.  At first glance, with their chic modern home, successful husband, adorable child and a hipster wardrobe, you’d think Rachel is living in full bliss until she felt the stabbing reality of emptiness when left alone at home and ponders on her lackluster sex life.  

 Spicing things up, she decides to visit a strip club and gets a private dance from McKenna (played by Juno Temple) and something cracks open in Rachel.  Inspired by the experience, Rachel returns to the club to get to know McKenna, soon after adopts her as a live-in nanny.  This bold move unleashes unimagined and colorful waves of change into Rachel’s life, marriage and community.

 Director Jill Soloway who came to prominence writing and producing episodes for the hit television series “Six Feet Under” helms “Afternoon Delight” as her directorial debut.  Fresh from winning her Dramatic Directing Award in this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Soloway shares that, “Beyond the comedic and cinematic concepts that were on my mind, I made a few feminist choices while writing. Often, when the Madonna/Whore trope turns up in popular entertainment, the bad girl gets thrown under the bus or otherwise metaphorically murdered so that the movie can fulfill a typical Hero’s Journey plot. I am deeply interested in another possibility, a less-told Heroine’s Journey that unravels in the shape of contiguous spirals. These interconnected circles form an emotional roller coaster for the audience as we allow dual protagonists to repeatedly switch places; both women veer through right and wrong multiple times,” shares Soloway.

 Soloway was moved by the idea of a female main character who could be an unlikely, complicated and utterly real screw-up of a woman.  Having seen the Seth Rogens, the Jack Blacks and Albert Brooks as lovable but nebbish-y wrong-headed male leads, with the women presented as beautiful and perfect and interested in making great choices, Hahn’s role as Rachel in “Afternoon Delight” aims to remind us that women want the same thing from movies that any audience wants from life– emotional honesty, raw comedy and the humanness of true flaws.

Winning the Directing Award at Sundance 2013 was a complete shock and a huge thrill for Soloway, “It is so validating. I’m so excited to share this film as it premieres and travels the world. And as for the future, I can’t wait to do this kind of work again and again.”

 “It turns out everyone has lived the story about how easy it is to distract yourself– from yourself– with an idea about helping. It can be easier for people to open up when there’s a transaction– financial or otherwise– at play. But the loudest, clangiest bell has been the notion of how hard it is to keep having great sex in a long-term relationship. The moments of self-recognition in our collaborators and audiences around this truth have been revelatory. Ultimately, if this film were known for one thing, I’d want it to be a loved, hilarious, and relatable exploration of marriage and relationship in our highly connected, disconnected era,” concludes Soloway.

 

                Rated R-16, “Afternoon Delight” will open December 11 in Phils. theaters from Axinite Digicinema, Inc.

20TH CENTURY FOX’S DEBUTS ANOTHER BREAKTHROUGH VIA SOUNDCLOUD FEATURING “THE BOOK THIEF” TRAILER

Audio-distribution service SoundCloud debuted its first-ever movie trailer in partnership with 20th Century Fox via “The Book Thief” trailer featuring the film’s score by John Williams with visuals from the movie.

It’s yet another way SoundCloud, which has 250 million active users monthly, is ramping up its visual presence. Last month, SoundCloud added Instagram integration, allowing users to apply their filtered photos as artwork on their audio players.  

Check out the amazing audio trailer here: 

http://mashable.com/2013/11/19/soundcloud-movie-trailer-book-thief/#:eyJzIjoiZiIsImkiOiJfbXI5Ym40OG40ZW1sbHo1dHg3dHNiZ18ifQ

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John Williams, who scored “Jaws” and will score “Star Wars: Episode VII” is the composer for ”The Book Thief.” The SoundCloud trailer gives people the first listen of his music.

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by Markus Zusak, “The Book Thief” tells the inspiring story of a spirited and courageous young girl named Liesel, who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany.

For Liesel, the power of words and of imagination becomes a means of escape – and even joy – from the tumultuous events enveloping her and everyone she knows and loves. She is “The Book Thief’s” heart and soul. 

Indeed, it is heart and soul – as well as triumph and perseverance—that drive the film, which is rich in themes and characters that will resonate for every generation.  A moving and poignant portrait of the resiliency of the human spirit, this life-affirming tale contrasts innocence (as embodied by Liesel) with the pervasive tyranny that marked the times and her homeland.

 

                “The Book Thief”stars Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Ben Schnetzer, Nico Liersch and Sophie Nelisse in the title role.  It will open in cinemas February 2014.

 

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SHAKES AND RATTLES IN KOREAN MOVIE “HORROR STORIES 2”

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Asia’s culture probably holds the creepiest of ghostly encounters based on true events due to the people’s dire need to connect with the spirits of their loved ones or someone who might reveal truths of unsolved mysteries. 

                In the upcoming Korean movie “Horror Stories 2,” parallel to the country’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll” ghost stories, three stories of spirits come to life in an insurance company wherein they connect with the dead to find answers to fraudulent claims. But as each case is reopened, a dark shadow surges over them and grows stronger as the memories of the dead come to life.      

                The movie starts to reveal dark spirits in the basement of an insurance company where an employee and her boss goes through old files for review.  The company’s manager named Park (played by Park Sung-Wong) discovers that his eccentric new employee Se-Young (Lee Se-Young) has an extraordinary ability to see past events that happened by connecting to any personal belongings  of the dead.  Park then uses Se-Young’s gift to unravel mysteries in their past insurance cases that were left unanswered.

                The first of “Horror Stories 2” files entitled “Cliff” focuses on two friends who got stuck on a cliff for days until one of them fell of the cliff.  Days later, the real story behind the fall begins to surface as the survivor sees and hears horrifying images of his dead friend. 

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A car accident happens along the way in the episode “The Pain of Death” when three friends decide to go on a road trip heading to the mountains drunk after they failed on their teacher certification needed to apply for a job.   Along the way, the girls crashed in the dark isolated part of a sleepy town going to the mountains.  When they try to go back on the road bruised and bloodied, they find themselves in a place where they try to escape death waiting for them.

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A trainee teacher tries to “Escape” from the shame caused by his students on his first day in school.   Brought about by mischievous students, Byeong-Shin (played by Ko Gyung-Pyo) finds himself in a series of humiliating situation that he cannot control.  In his desire to forget what happened, he is then transported to another dimension through black magic being practiced by one of his students.  But he soon finds out that he has stepped into a realm where no one has escaped before.

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As the hidden stories are revealed from the files they thought to be fraudulent, Se-young notices that the dark shadows of the spirits sweeping through the room slowly casts over them but Mr. Park is too preoccupied to listen to Se-young’s warnings.

                Rated R13, “Horror Stories 2” will open in cinemas on November 27 from Axinite Digicinema, Inc.  

“THE OUIJA EXPERIMENT”GONE TERRIBLY WRONG

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Based on true events, “The Ouija Experiment” narrates the story of five friends who decide to record their experimental sessions with an Ouija board hoping to create a viral video that will make them famous.  Directed and written by Israel Luna whose foray into filmmaking was inspired by the movie “The Exorcist” at the age of five, he would then eventually be known for his  horror and offbeat films such as “Fright Flick,”  “Ticked-off Trannies with Knives” and “The Deadbeat Club.”

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In “The Ouija Experiment,” Luna utilizes the actors’ improvisational skills based on the outline he gave them.   Armed with an Ouija board and video recorder, they start to beckon the spirits and when the spirits came, it made them forget the important rules of the game and soon become powerless against the evil entities that occupy the board.  Realizing the grave consequences they brought upon themselves, they decide to destroy the board before it destroys all of them.Image

Michael (played by Justin Armstrong), has summoned an uncommon group of friends to his Dallas, Texas home for a night of séances via the infamous spirit board.  Brandon is conveniently a film student who has a camera in tow to document the event.  With their fingers on the pointer, the planchette whirls around the board to tell the tale of little Gracie and her mother Lisa.  Lisa reportedly shot a bad man named Joseph after he drowned her precious child.  But another lesson this group forgot is that spirits tend to lie and  there is more to this story than the board lets on.  And when they neglect the rule about saying goodbye to the ghosts, these five friends open a doorway to the spirit world that they may not be able to close. Image

“The Ouija Experiment” opens DECEMBER 11, Exclusive in SM Cinemas and in theaters from CrystalSky Multimedia, Inc.

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CELEBRATING THE POTENTIAL EVERYBODY HAS IN “THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY”

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                Meet Walter Mitty, an ordinary person given to adventurous daydreams far grander than his real life.  Directed, produced and starred by the widely-known blockbuster actor and filmmaker Ben Stiller,  “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” follows a modern day-dreamer, an ordinary magazine photo editor who takes a regular mental vacation from his ho-hum existence by disappearing into a world of fantasies electrified by dashing heroism, passionate romance and constant triumphs over danger.  But when Mitty and the co-worker he secretly adores (Kristen Wiig) stand in actual peril of losing their jobs, Walter must do the unimaginable:  take real action – sparking a global journey more extraordinary than anything he could have ever dreamed up. 

                “What I love about this story is that it can’t be categorized,” Stiller says.  “It has comedy, it has drama, it’s an adventure story, it’s real and it’s fantastically hyper-real.  Yet at the heart of it all is a character who I think everyone can connect to – someone who appears to be just going through the motions of modern life but is living a whole different life inside his head. To me, he embodies all those things we imagine about ourselves and the world but that we never say.” 

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                The film lovingly winks back at the great American humorist Thurber’s timeless fable about a mild-mannered man’s need to turn his failures into something far more astonishing in his head.  But Stiller’s Mitty is very much a man of our times.  Like so many of us, he feels hemmed in by an increasingly depersonalized, electronic world that is rapidly changing everything– one that is making his very way of life obsolete. His only out is a madcap barrage of reveries that keep him a constant hero battling for a better, fairer world.  It’s his own private realm he shares with no one . . . that is, until his search for a famous photographer’s (Sean Penn) missing negative gives him an unexpected chance to connect with another. 

                It was the tug-of-war between Mitty’sshaky, uncertain reality and the beautiful impulses behind his eye-popping dreams that first drew Stiller to Steven Conrad’s adaptation of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”  He’d seen other attempts at re-visiting the story, but none had hit home.    

                “Steve’s script wasn’t trying to revisit the 1940s Danny Kaye classic, which was so wonderfully unique to its time.  He found a different way of telling the story, one that was smart and compelling but that created a modern context for this character that audiences can relate to,” says Stiller.  “I loved that the script honored the idea of an ordinary guy as hero in a way that’s lyrical, soulful and funny.  Steve said to me, ‘inside the breast of every American man beats the heart of a hero’ — and I wanted the film to have that kind of respect for all the things ordinary people go through and how challenging life is for all of us whether you’re a guy that nobody pays attention to or you’re the President of the United States. Walter’s journey celebrates the potential that everybody has.” 

 

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” opens January 22 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

 

 

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS: THE 3D MOVIE

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MAKES USE OF LATEST SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES TO BRING IMPRESSIVE CGI CREATURES TO LIFE

               The most amazing dinosaur experience of all time will happen only on the big screen as we see dino Patchi take center stage during the Late Cretaceous era in “Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie.”  In the last 15 years since the movie was being made, dinosaur remains have been discovered from every continent, proving that these giant creatures thrived on every continent in the Mesozoic era. The remains of old and young alike suggests that the massive death were believed to be caused by catastrophic occurrences such as volcanic eruptions, diseases, climate change or heavenly bodies that struck the earth millions of years ago.  

                Dinosaur remains have been found on all continents and in all environments across the prehistoric globe.    The Troodons found in Alaska which will be seen in the movie had large eyes and were much bigger than other troodon species elsewhere in the world. Their large eyes gave them an advantage in the polar dark winter, which allowed them to become the most successful predator there, and so they gradually got bigger.

                Informed of these recent paleontological findings, “Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie” brings to life newly discovered dinosaurs in a unique and highly authentic way. Directors Neil Nightingale and Barry Cook have re-created one of the last great dinosaur eras in stunning detail, bringing to life on screen a world filled with fascinating creatures such as Pterosaurs, gigantic flying reptiles that once soared through Earth’s skies and Edmontosaurus, huge duck billed dinosaurs that could only be done justice on the big screen.

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                 Using cutting edge technology, the filmmakers brought paleontologists together with world-class animators and paleo-artists to bring incredible life-like dinosaurs into theatres as they’ve never been captured before.

                Set in Alaska about four million years before the Tyrannosaurus Rex, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS is a rousing, compelling adventure full of humor and heartwarming moments as you see our hero Patchi draw on all of his courage, optimism and tenacity, risking his life for his loved ones and finding the inner strength he needs to survive.

                As we follow his epic journey we meet a cast of colorful characters.  There’s Alex (an Alexornis), a colorful and gregarious bird, who likes to hold court. Scowler, Patchi’s ambitious older brother intent on becoming the leader of the herd and Juniper, a feisty female Pachyrhinosaurus who is swept into the adventure.

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                For the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth.  “Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie” is the ultimate immersive big-screen experience that will introduce new and unique dinosaurs that are more real than ever before.  

                Walk with the dinosaurs on January 8, 2014 in this thrilling and epic prehistoric adventure, where an underdog dinosaur triumphs against all odds to become a hero for the ages.

                “Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie” is from 20the Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. in cinemas nationwide.  Visit YouTube 20thCenturyFoxPh and Facebook /20th Century Fox Philippines for more of the latest photos and video featurettes.

Director Neil Jordan on Byzantium

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        Neil Jordan’s body of work is an odd, fascinating beast. On one level, the Irish director’s fablelike films — with their often mystical elements, their vivid photography, and their tormented, passionate characters — are remarkably consistent in tone, style, and themes. On another level, though, the films are a diverse lot, ranging from moody dramas like Mona Lisa and The End of the Affair, to thrillers like The Crying Game and The Good Thief, to big-budget, star-studded epics like Interview With a Vampire and Michael Collins, to fairy tales like The Company of Wolves. He’s even made a couple of exuberant comedies along the way (including High Spirits, which is better than you remember). Now, with his latest, Byzantium, a tale of mother-and-daughter vampires (played by Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan) hiding out in a British seaside town, Jordan has returned to the vampire genre, and the result is one of his strongest, most ambitious and romantic works in years. Jordan talked to us about his new movie, fairy tales, and vampires.

       Were you wary of returning to a story of vampires so many years after Interview With a Vampire?

It was really the script that Moira Buffini had written. I hadn’t seen the play, and I was not involved in the development of the script, or the writing of it. But it was strange, because when it was sent to me, I saw that there were so many elements in it that felt familiar to me from other movies that I’d made: It was set in an abandoned seaside town, it was about a mother and daughter, it was about storytelling, and, yes, it was about vampires. Actually, the least attractive thing was that it was about vampires. It’s quite difficult to put a vampire movie out there nowadays.

        But they seem like very different vampires this time around.

I did try to reinvent the rules a little bit. I got rid of the teeth, so now they use their nails. Ultimately, I think vampires — we call them “sucreants” in the film — are really like people who have entered a spell: They endure eternity in some way because of a choice, or something that’s happened to them. That’s why they’re so popular; they come out of the repository of fairy tales. I really did think of these creatures in Byzantium as dark shadows out of some fairy tale.

        If I hadn’t seen the writing credit, I could have sworn that you’d written this film as well.

That’s interesting. I felt the dialogue was very specific. Some of it could even be called “clunky,” but I deliberately didn’t want to put my fingers on it. I felt it was important to preserve Moira’s voice, as a woman and as a writer: She had ways of approaching things that I wouldn’t have taken. What I liked about the script was its multifaceted quality — it turns into different things. It’s like a lantern that lets you see different aspects of the story.

 There have been so many films in recent years that have attempted to “update” fairy tales: the Snow White films, the Hansel & Gretel film. But in a way, you were already doing that sort of thing 30 years ago, and doing it a lot more artfully, long before it became a fad among filmmakers.

Yeah. I guess I’ve always been obsessed with fairy tales. But it’s easy to see their appeal: They’re so simple and so efficient. As a storyteller and writer, that just appeals to me. There are a lot of archetypes and symbols there, and these are stories that have very deep roots. I think that’s something I always find myself drawn to.

There’s something else I’ve noticed about your films: They’re all about devotion, on some level. That’s very much true of Byzantium as well. And it’s a kind of devotion that can be romantic, or maternal, or spiritual. End of the Affair, it seems to me, matches one character’s romantic devotion with another’s devotion to God. And Byzantium, too, twins one character’s maternal devotion with another’s romantic devotion.

It’s all because I grew up as an Irish Catholic. [Laughs.] It’s a very specific kind of mind-set. It’s like you’re in this strange movie theater showing the same thing all the time. That was the reason I wanted to do Interview With a Vampire: It seemed to me to be about guilt. It was the most wonderful parable about wallowing in guilt that I’d ever come across. But these things are unconscious: I don’t have an agenda. I’m neither a bad Irish Catholic nor a good one. What is weird, though, is to watch a movie I made years ago and see how revealing it is about me. Films are essentially attempts to disguise one’s intentions, or state of mind. It’s amazing, because there have been films I made that felt like they were opportunities to not be personal. But then, years later, it shocks me how revealing it is.

 Can you give me an example of such a film?

Mona Lisa. It turned out to be a film about how men are misunderstood. It shocked me how emotionally revealing it was. Of course, that is what they should be. They should just be full of emotion. Stanley Kubrick once said, “The problem isn’t having a message. The problem is disguising the message.”

 Over and over, your films are replete with career-high performances from actors — be they accomplished, established ones like Bob Hoskins in Mona Lisa or Julianne Moore in End of the Affair, or people we don’t ordinarily expect to give standout performances, like Gemma Arterton in Byzantium. Do you work closely with actors? Are you hands-on?

I just like actors. It’s really as simple as that. I like the fact that they don’t have to be themselves. They can live in a world of fantasy. I don’t know how it works. As for how I work with them, I try to make sure the actors understand what the part is. I look for people who have emotional reality to them. Beyond that, I don’t know what I do. To be fair, if you cast a film correctly, you’ve almost nothing to do. If you cast the film slightly off kilter, then you have to work your butt off.

 

‘BYZANTIUM’ is released and distributed by Captive Cinema.

Showing on November 22, 2013. Nationwide!

 

The Adventurer : The Curse of Midas Box

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            Ancient mysteries. Powerful evil. And a fearless hero’s quest through a fantastical realm of steam-powered wonders and sinister magic. In The Adventurer : The Curse of the Midas Box, seventeen-year-old Mariah Mundi’s life is turned upside down when his parents vanish and his younger brother is kidnapped. Following a trail of clues to the darkly majestic Prince Regent Hotel, Mariah discovers a hidden realm of child-stealing monsters, deadly secrets and a long-lost artifact that grants limitless wealth – but also devastating supernatural power. With the fate of his world, and his family at stake, Mariah will risk everything to unravel the Curse of the Midas Box!

‘The Adventurer: The Curse of Midas Box’ released and distributed by Captive Cinema showing soon!