FULL-ON ADVENTURE AT THE MOVIES WITH 20TH CENTURY FOX’S 2015 LINEUP

20th Century Fox, avant-garde studio behind  breakthrough concepts in filmmaking such as the immersive 3D technology in “Avatar,” the better-than-ever sequels of franchise films such as “Ice Age” and superheroes such as “X-Men” films, non-stop heart-pounding action flicks and phenomenal book-to-film adaptations of “The Fault In Our Stars,”   “Life of Pi” and “Maze Runner” welcomes 2015 with unforgettable and highly-entertaining movies poised to set new box-office records.

 NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3

Ben Stiller and the his magical friends and new ones are back  in the third and final instalment of “Night at the Museum” franchise, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.” The adventure begins when Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) discovers that the iconic historical heroes, seems to be out of control – fighting, brandishing guns and causing chaos at the Museum of Natural History, where Larry runs the extraordinary ‘Night Program’ and must find a way to keep the magic alive.

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“Taken 3” will prove that Brian Mills is up to the task and better than anyone there will ever be in protecting his family with his particular set of skills as ex-covert agent in this third installment of the hugely successful action franchise.  In the movie, the game has changed and the stakes at its highest, Mills is a fugitive on the run, after being framed for a murder and is hell-bent to uncover the group behind the killing.

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Michael Keaton puts on his winning cape in the highly-acclaimed “Birdman” (or “The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”)along with an ensemble of an impressive cast including Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough and Emma Stone.  Keaton plays Riggan Thomas, a washed up actor who refused an offer to play the fourth time to reprise his role in the highly successful “Birdman” movies.  Instead, he tries to reinvent himself by writing and directing a stage play that would push him further as an actor.

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Academy-Award winner Reese Witherspoon stars in “Wild,” an adaptation of the biographical book (of the same title) by Cheryl Strayed that reached number one on the New York Times Best Seller List. The book likewise was the first featured reading material in Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 where Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed who decided to take on a journey to self-discovery by trekking a 1,100 mile lone hike to put her life back together again.

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Taking the audience into the depths of thrills in the espionage game, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” introduces a team of newly-trained spy recruits who battle a twisted genius, based upon the acclaimed comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Sophie Cookson and Taron Egerton.

While in “Spy,”  the world’s most covert of spies have been injured and exposed where the only remaining choice to save the world is an unassuming unsung desk analyst within the undercover organization directed by Paul Feig starring Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Jason Statham, Allison Janney and Rose Byrne.

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A supernatural team in “B.O.O. (Bureau of Otherworldly Operations)” comes to the rescue dedicated to protect humans from evil hauntings, the agents of B.O.O. have a secret weapon: they are ghosts themselves! When newbie agents Jackson Moss and his odd-ball partner Watts uncover a plot to destroy B.O.O. by the agency’s Most Wanted Haunter, they must use every trick in their arsenal to defeat his powerful ghost army and save Earth from a ghostly fate.

Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco and Tm Wilkinson work hard to play hard in “Unfinished Business,” – where the three travel to Europe for the deal of their lives and keep on getting tangled in a series of unfortunate hilarious events that will make or break their budding business venture.

 SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

2012’s  box-office surprise hit “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’s” sequel “Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is about to charm the second time around where Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel reprise their  roles.  Joining the sequel is Richard Gere where we see the famed hotel is now expanding into a chain.

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Four-time Emmy-winner Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”), Rianna and Jennifer Lopez lend vocal star power in DreamWorks Animation’s delightful family film “Home.”  Parsons star as the voice of a purple alien called Oh and meets Tip (Rianna) on his attempt to hide from the rest of his species.  Lopez stars as Tip’s mother, Lucy.  Both on the run, Oh and Tip embark on a thrilling road trip to save the earth.

 THE LONGEST RIDE

Based on Nicholas Sparks’ bestselling novel, “The Longest Ride” tracks a 91-year-old man trapped in a car crash who reflects on his life with his deceased wife as a young couple fall in love a few miles away. In his first major  leading role, Scott Eastwood will play Luke Collins, whose love affair with college senior Sophia Danko plays out as the youthful half of the romantic saga.

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Based on Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel of the same title, “Far From the Madding Crowd” stars Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene – an independent, beautiful and single-minded woman who attracts three distinct suitors. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explore the nature of relationships and love in the midst of hardships.

The most horrifying horror movie of the 80’s is back for another haunting in the reimagining and contemporizing of“Poltergeist” in 3D.   Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan team up to  bring the horror classic about a family whose home is invaded by very angry evil spirits.  When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.

“The Fantastic Four” reboot is the contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team. The movie is about four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

At the heels of the highly successful adaptation of John Green’s “The Fault In Our Stars,”  Green’s “Paper Towns” has also been adapted to film starring Nat Wolff about a geeky high school senior’s search for the most popular girl who disappeared on the eve of their graduation.

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“Hitman: Agent 47” is based on the top-selling and award-winning videogame franchise “Agent 47”. An all-new motion picture about an elite and genetically engineered assassin, known only by the last two digits – 47 – of a barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. His latest target is a young woman on the run from powerful and clandestine forces. The mission brings startling revelations about the lethal agent and his prey, hurtling them on a collision course with their pasts.  And this time, his number may be up.

 THE MAZE RUNNER SCORCH TRIALS

The second book of “The Maze Runner” series by James Dashner, “The Scorch Trials” has also been adapted on the big screen following the successful release of the first movie and will continue where the first one left off.  This time, after the Gladers have escaped the Maze, they now face a new set of games out in the world ravaged by flares and diseases.

Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy star in “Victor Frankenstein,” based on Igor’s (hunchback assistant of Dr. Frankenstein) perspective – of his dark origins, his redemptive friendship with young medical student Victor Von Frankenstein and how Frankenstein, the legend we know today came to be.

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Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest in “Peanuts Movie” (3D).

 THE MARTIAN

Andy Weir’s phenomenal self-published book, “The Martian” also leaps from pages to screen.  Directed by Ridley Scott, the movie is about an outer space adventure starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean and Kristen Wiig that follows the story of astronaut Mark Watney, one of the first people on Mars. He is left behind by his crewmates after a dust storm tears through the area and has to find a way to survive being stranded on the Red Planet.

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Disabling Password Expiration in Windows Server 2012

if you are looking to disable the password for the Windows Server 2008 R2 in which the machine also acts as a Domain Controller then follow these steps:

1) If you go to “Local security policy- you’ll see the options but it is not going to allow you to change the setting even if you are logged in as domain administrator.

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2. So we need an alternate path to edit the password expiration policy.

Go to Start > Administrative Tools > Group Policy Management

3. Here click on “edit” for the default domain policy for the domain of your choice:

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4. Go To Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Account Policies > Password Policy

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5. Change the Password Policy!

Note that changing your password policy to disable password expiration is a security vulnerability. It’s applicable for your Demo or Test Machine only.

LIAM NEESON OUT OF RETIREMENT ONE LAST TIME IN “TAKEN 3” – Check Out This Cool “12 Skills of Christmas” Homage Video

One explosive finale will end it all in the non-stop, catch-your-breath action thriller “Taken 3” starring Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills, as-covert agent Bryan Mills forced to step out of retirement to save his family using the extraordinary set of skills that only he possesses.

                “Taken 3’s” gripping and fantastic action sequence brings Bryan to track down the real killers of a murder that he is being framed of.  Director Olivier Megaton smashes Bryan Mills and his enemies into breathless action scenes when Mills’ long-awaited reconciliation with his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) is tragically cut short when she is murdered.  Mills, overtaken with anger, goes on the run for justice to prove his innocence and trace the mastermind behind his ex-wife’s murder.  With the CIA, FBI and police all in hot pursuit, for the last time, he channels his rage to protect the one remaining important thing left in his life: his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace).

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                But before it opens in cinemas on January 14 (Philippines), folks from the distributing studio, 20th Century Fox prepared this heartwarming, high-octane holiday video showing Bryan’s particular set of skills ready for his post-Christmas mission.

Two Posters for Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes’ Starring Amy Adams & Christoph Waltz

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The two posters for Tim Burton‘s possible Oscar contender, ‘Big Eyes’, has been revealed and it gets to the heart of the film’s narrative, which focuses on famed painter Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) whose artwork was originally sold under the name of her husband of the time, Walter (Christoph Waltz). Not wanting to relinquish the rights to the artwork, Walter and Margaret’s divorce proceeding went all the way to Federal court.

Directed and produced by Burton, Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane’s were actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions.

BIG EYES” is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA

First Look Photo and Posters Jason Statham is Nick Wild In WILD CARD

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Captive Cinema announced that the action thriller WILD CARD starring Jason Statham, Michael Angarano, Milo Ventimiglia, and Dominik Garcia-Lorido will open in theatres on FEBRUARY 4, 2015.

Anne Heche, Sofia Vergara, Jason Alexander, Hope Davis, and Stanley Tucci also appear in the film which is directed by Simon West and base on the novel ‘Heat’ by William Goldman who also wrote the screenplay.

Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with a lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforces and wanted by the mob. Having raised the strokes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes …and this time it’s all or nothing.

Simon West directed Statham in THE EXPENDABLES 2  and THE MACHANIC. Two-time Academy Award Winner writer William Goldman won Oscars for Best Original Screenplay for ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in 1969 and Best Adapted Screenplay for All the President’s Men in 1976.

WILDCARD’ is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.

AQUAMAN JASON MOMOA PLAYS BIG BAD ALPHA CREATURE IN “WOLVES”

Jason Momoa, who catapulted to mainstream attention via the television series “Baywatch” had since then continued to work on notable roles in hit series and films such as “Game of Thrones,” “The Game,” “Stargate Atlantis” and “Bullet To The Head” – Momoa has just been cast as  Aquaman, but before he heads to be the King of Atlantis,  Momoa first plays  alpha wolf who rules a fearsome pack of feral creatures in the supernatural thriller “Wolves” starring alongside Lucas Till (aka Havoc of “X-Men” films).

Directed by David Hayter (known scribe who wrote superhero films such as “X-Men” and “Watchmen”), “Wolves” is his directorial debut that revolves around Cayden (Lucas Till), a high school football player with a beautiful girlfriend and loving parents.  Until one night, Cayden blacks out and awakens to find his parents murdered. Horrified, confused, and believing he was responsible for their deaths, Cayden hits the road in search of answers. His quest leads him to Lupine Ridge, a small town inhabited by werewolves. It’s here that Cayden encounters Angelina (Merritt Patterson), John Tollerman (Stephen McHattie) and the ruthless Connor (Momoa).

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“Connor is the master,” explains Momoa. “He pretty much runs the town. He has his disciples. He is looking for a pureblood woman to mate with, so he can carry on his lineage. His whole pack is obviously not purebloods. There’s a woman (Angelina) in this that is a pureblood. Connor wants her. Someone is in Connor’s way and he will do anything to get her. I don’t like that. We get into a little bit of a fight over her. There’s some beautiful twists and turns that David designed in this.”

“It’s very challenging,” acknowledges Hayter.  “Transforming into a werewolf can be hell, the process can be long and tedious, but the end results are jaw-dropping and realistic.  On our biggest day, we have 15 makeup effects people on board at any given time. They are doing all the savages. They are putting on the claws. They are putting in their eyes. They are putting the patterns on their faces. It’s quite a logistical endeavour.”

In order to capture the essence of wolves and study their movements, Momoa took all the necessary steps. He read books, watched videos and visited The Wolf Connection, a wolf rescue organization. The already imposing and muscular actor also bulked up further for the role.  “As far as training goes, I wanted to get really, really big,” says Momoa. “I trained and trained and tried to get big. A fight scene required me to deadlift a lot of weight. I have to lift a lot of guys up and slam them down. We wanted to make it pretty vicious and brutal.”

Hayter breaks a lot the rules and mixes things up known to making wolf movies.  “A lot of the mythology I’m changing, explains Hayter. “Turning into a werewolf is not something that occurs just at the full moon. This is something if you learn to control it, you can call on it at any time. Anything you have in your nature, you should be able to call on any time, whether it be rage or an emotional response. You should be able to whip that up within yourself.”

“Well, when a wolf fights, they have teeth, claws and body mass,” Hayter concludes. “That’s it. I’m fond of saying this is not a horror movie, but people get slashed. Throats get cut. People are bitten. It is inherently brutal and I think our core audience wants a film like this.”

“Wolves” opens December 17 in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.

The Homesman: Interview with director and star Tommy Lee Jones

The Homesman is the latest directorial outing for veteran actor Tommy Lee Jones (following 2005’s The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada and 2011’s The Sunset Limited) is a revisionist western in the model of Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff. Putting the female experience front and centre, the film focuses on Hilary Swank’s Mary Bee Cuddy, who leads a party of three women back east to civilisation, finding refuge with a Methodist minister’s wife (Meryl Streep).

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What is The Homesman

driven pretty much insane by the hardships of life on the American frontier. When I completed about?

The Homesman is the story of three women who are transported in a wagon across Nebraska in 1854, because they have been the script, my vision of the film was minimalist because there are not a lot of visual details to show it’s Nebraska and the northern part of the west. Now, I’m certainly impressed by north eastern New Mexico, where we shot the movie, because it stands in very well for Nebraska. For me, the landscape itself is a very important character in our movie

Why was your vision “minimalist”?

Because of the landscape, which mostly consists of a line that divides heaven and earth? The line is usually straight, which creates an emotional environment as much as a natural one, and you can take it from there.

Why was it important for you to explore the female condition in the mid-nineteenth century American west?

It was important for me to explore because I think it’s the origin of the female condition today.

Who is George Briggs, the character you portray in the film?

George Briggs is a fearless man, a claim jumper, an army deserter – an independent man of rather low character. He is willing to help a woman who believes she can get across Nebraska in a wagon with three insane women as passengers. The truth is he agrees to help her out because she rescues him from a very dangerous situation, and so he is indebted to her, even though she finds out that she wouldn’t have made it on her own.

The Homesman features an original and an unlikely team…

They don’t like each other at the beginning of the story. But they learn that they need to be able to rely on each other, and how to depend on another – until somehow they finally begin to understand one another

Do you consider it to be a western?

I don’t know how the term western is defined. I have the impression over the years that the western is a movie that has horses in it and big hats and that takes place in the 19th century usually on the west side of the Mississippi river. I’ve even read critics who are bold enough to call a science fiction movie a western. It’s a term that people use so often that I don’t think it has much meaning anymore. So I’m not sure I can really answer your question, because I don’t know what a western is.

How was it working with Hilary Swank?

It’s wonderful to work with Hilary Swank; she’s always prepared, happy and very creative. She read the script very rapidly and understood it. She’s always ready to go, at the very beginning of every single day. It’s a joy to know Hilary Swank, and a greater joy to work with her.

How about Meryl streep?

Meryl Streep needs no praise, she’s got plenty of it. She’s one of the finest movie actors in the history of cinema, and I’m very happy to call her a friend, because to be a friend of hers is another total joy.

Tell us about James Spader.

Spader is a very fine movie actor and he’s very good company. He’s a congenial man, very funny, and we always had a lot of fun, whether working or playing. But the character that he brings to the screen has nothing to do with the real James Spader.

What about Hailee Steinfeld?

Hailee is a complete actor, beyond her years. She had a small part in this film but a very important one and she played it perfectly with no evasions, nothing extra, or irrelevant. She’s very simple and very direct to the material. A couple of the scenes she appeared in had a strange quality to them – she was able to observe and play in a way that made perfect sense to the narrative.

How do you use rehearsal to prepare your cast?

Well, everybody needs to know where to stand – that’s called blocking – and everybody needs to gain confidence, to know their lines, to gain some idea of what the camera is doing, whether it’s going to move, whether it’s close or wide. And with rehearsals actors can develop an idea of how they relate to one another. Every rehearsal is different: some people need a lot of them, some people need very little; some people can get a lot of rehearsal and won’t do better; you never use rehearsal the same way twice. But the point of rehearsal is to be ready, and the readiness is all, I read somewhere.

Please tell us about your work with production designer Meredith Boswell.

Meredith is a wonderful production designer, and she can design the simplest of things, including a wagon rolling across 19th century Nebraska and when you put a lens on it, it’s always beautiful and very functional. She is the best production designer I’ve ever met.

Billy Burton and you have struck up a strong sense of camaraderie.

I’ve been working with Billy for thirty five years and we’ve always got good results. We communicate clearly, concisely, and quickly. He’s getting a little older now but he has been one of the handiest people in the motion picture stunt business.

How about Lahly Poore?

Her costumes are perfectly appropriate and specific to 1855. She achieved beautiful work with a small budget

The Homesman” is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.

SHOWING ON DECEMBER 17, 2014.

Two Time Oscar Winner Hilary Swank plays Mary Bee Cuddy in Tommy Lee Jones’s “The Homesman”

Hilary Swank is heartbreakingly good in The Homesman, where she plays Mary Bee Cuddy, a plain but forthright frontierswoman imbued with an almost shocking amount of decency. Certainly, she’s got more moral fortitude than just about anyone else in her small Nebraska town: When three local men write off their troubled wives as hysterics (all too easy to do in the mid-1800s) and determine that they should be taken far away to a refuge in Iowa, Mary Bee is the only one brave and compassionate enough to lead those women on their long trek. Soon she meets an irascible criminal (played by Tommy Lee Jones, who also directed the film) who can help her navigate the trail, but he, too, may be helped by Mary Bee’s moral fortitude. Swank garnered critical acclaim for her portrayal of Brandon Teena in the 1999 biographical independent film Boys Don’t Cry, which earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. She starred in Clint Eastwood‘s 2004 sports drama film Million Dollar Baby as struggling-waitress-turned-boxer Maggie Fitzgerald, which won her a second Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Actress.

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Mary Bee is so immediately relatable, but did you picture yourself in this role as soon as you started reading it?
Sometimes I read great scripts that have great characters but I don’t see myself in them, and I just can’t be a part of them if that’s the case. I pretty much saw me in her right away. I really loved her, for all the reasons that you said, and she just does the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing. She has morals, she has values, she has manners … and I think those are really a lot of things missing in the world today. I often hear the word earnest like it’s a bad thing. When did that become a bad thing?

It’s heartbreaking, though, because Mary Bee has got so much generosity to go around, and the other characters don’t give it back to her in return.
I think it’s part of what makes her so vulnerable and feel so alone, but it still won’t keep her from doing the right thing. I always said that Mary Bee goes where angels fear to tread. It’s very rare to be that selfless, but at least it’s something to aspire to.

Why don’t people see her like she should be seen?
I think the men don’t see her the way she wants to be seen because, in some way, she intimidates them. She’s perhaps more manly than they are. I don’t use that word to mean she’s like a man, but she’s picking up the responsibility that some of these men should be doing, so if anything, it might make them feel a little bit guilty about their lack of attributes in their own character. She’s self-sufficient, she’s independent, she’s really a modern-day woman in a lot of ways, and a lot of people can’t even handle that in 2014, let alone the mid-1800s.

Though she might appear masculine in certain ways, Mary Bee will also go to great lengths to assert herself as a feminine presence, too, making meals and setting up her homestead just so for a potential suitor.
You know what’s interesting? What we consider “masculine” and what we consider “feminine” — and I was sitting here talking about it, too. If you can blur those lines a little bit more and see that it’s not just the woman’s place in a home, and break down those stereotypes that only men are supposed to be out making the money or doing the hard labor, the more it lends us to helping each other through this walk called life. There is no right [or] wrong way to live as long as you’re doing the best you can and, I think, trying to live with some manners and values.

Those notions of traditional masculinity and femininity are so entrenched in our culture. Take the catcalling video—
I didn’t see it.

It’s this fascinating video where a woman walks through New York City for ten hours, and all the times she’s catcalled are captured via a hidden camera.
Oh, that’s interesting. Women are objectified like that all the time, every single day. Unless you see it for yourself — like that video obviously depicts — you don’t really understand what it’s like to be in that place of being objectified every single day, and trivialized. To me, this movie deals with that in a big way. It’s a feminist movie in a lot of ways, and I think it deals with how women carry themselves or hide from themselves because they want to be seen for more than just their looks. I know that when I became a teenager and all of a sudden was looked at differently, it was very uncomfortable. I immediately put on overalls and started wearing wool socks because I didn’t want to be looked at like that.

Which is tricky, because you’re in a profession where so much of it is based on your looks?
I do think that happens to men in this business, too, but in general, when young girls are looking at billboards of already-beautiful models that are being touched up, it’s completely unattainable to look like that. The idea that you have to look a certain way to attain love or to be successful in the world, those are the stereotypes we need to break down. It’s interesting that being seen for who we are changes us, or allows us to be us.

The ability to be seen is very important. Has walking in other people’s shoes as an actress given you that empathy for other people?
Absolutely. First of all, I think that coming from a very humble background has made me an empathizer in general. I sometimes have a hard time sleeping at night with all that’s happening in the world. Especially before I go to bed, it just pulls at my heartstrings, and I wish that there was more of me to go around, to be able to do more. I don’t only get to walk through these characters’ shoes, I get to see the world through their eyes. It totally broadens my blinders; it opens up many new ways of looking at things. To me, that’s what life’s about: We can celebrate people’s differences, and once we blow past the unknowns, we’re so much the same.

That’s what was so compelling about Boys Don’t Cry. You don’t see characters like Brandon Teena very often in the movies, but the big themes of that movie were so universal.
Absolutely, and it’s fascinating to me that people will say, “You know, because you’re straight, I looked at this movie differently. It made me see that it transcended gender, that it was about a person.” It made it not a gay story or a lesbian story in their eyes, which is crazy to me.

In real life, it can be hard for people to relate to someone whom they perceive to be different. When you watch a movie, though, you can’t help but begin to empathize.
It is astounding. I think we’ve all felt like an outsider at some point in our lives, and for me, especially as a child, I felt the pressure of classism. I would be embarrassed for living in a trailer park, and I would watch movies and see characters that were feeling things that I felt I was experiencing. I felt understood through those movies, and they became my friends, in a way, and I think the power of movies is astounding in that way.

What is it like to be directed by the actor you’re sharing the scene with? You did it in The Homesman with Tommy Lee Jones, and Million Dollar Baby with Clint Eastwood.
The beauty of it is that there is a shorthand. They know what it’s like to be an actor. In the cases of Clint and Tommy Lee, they’ve been doing it for so long that when they’re sitting with you, you know they’re right here. They’re not across the room, watching you on a monitor — they are with you, they are in it. Sometimes other directors overdirect and give me too many words, and I’m like, “I got it. I got it in the first two words.”

All of Tommy Lee’s words seem to be chosen wisely.
Very. He has a brilliant brain, and he certainly doesn’t suffer fools and wear his heart on his sleeve — and why should he? He doesn’t have to do that to please people. If he doesn’t want to connect, he doesn’t want to connect, but in the end, I think that this movie is just a shining example of defying stereotypes. People see Tommy Lee as this intense man, but in the end, he made a feminist movie, a beautiful love-letter to women. I think it’s beautiful that he made that.

The Homesman” is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.

SHOWING ON DECEMBER 17, 2014.

LOST CIVILIZATION OPENS INTO HELLISH GATEWAY IN “THE PYRAMID”

The ancient wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who’ve dared to uncover their secrets.   Most notable among afflictions is the so-called “Curse of the Pharaohs” – vengeance against adventurers who disturb the sacred tombs of the pyramids.  For almost a decade, none dared to disturb the stillness of the tombs, until a group of archaeologists have unearthed “The Pyramid.”

In “The Pyramid,” while investigating their find, father and daughter archaeologists Nora Holden (Ashley Hinshaw) and Miles (Denis O’Hare), along with a news camera crew, find themselves lost and trapped in a maze inside the pyramid.  “A movie like this only works when you have a strong starting point,” notes producer Alexandre Aja. “I liked the idea of using this new technology to find a lost civilization because it felt so real. It was a chance to explore a clash between the old and new school of archeology.”

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Casting the characters resulted in an eclectic cast of performers led by Ashley Hinshaw as Nora. “Nora is the one that pushes them all to go into the pyramid,” says director Gregory Levasseur. “She makes the story happen. Nora is s so sure of herself that they all go along with her, convinced that what she says is true – that they’ll find the biggest archeological discovery in history. But it blinds her to the dangers and she brings everyone into a hellish environment.”

Hinshaw, who made an indelible impression with her performance in Fox’s 2013 hit CHRONICLE, understood Nora’s motivations. “How many archeologists actually get to go on a dig?” she wonders. “I think the vast majority is behind desks, at museums and universities, and that would drive me nuts. I would need to be in the thick of things, like Nora.”

She elaborates, “Nora has been hungry for adventure and discovery her entire life. Her father is an archeologist and their relationship hinges around her interest in archeology.”  The downside of being so self-assured is that Nora is also the last person to realize the dire situation in which she’s put her colleagues. “When things start going wrong it takes her longer to accept it,” Hinshaw confirms. “You start to see her unravel. But despite the horrors enveloping her and the group, she’s not going to give up.”

Another on-screen duo has a similarly antagonistic dynamic: Sunni and Fitzie. “They’ve known each other for years,” reflects Buckley. “And you get that from watching them. You understand they have this working relationship.” “Sunni is a strong character who knows what she wants,” says Christa Nicola, who makes her feature film debut in THE PYRAMID. “I think that’s why they chose me for the role, because I have that same cockiness.”

Fitzie is in many ways the polar opposite of Sunni. “He’s a younger brother to her really,” Nicola says. “But I think she really trusts him. He annoys the hell out of her, but he’s good at what he does and that relaxes her.” James Buckley is a well-known actor in Britain, thanks to his role as Jay in the hit comedy show THE INBETWEENERS. “James brought something genuine and fun to the character,” Levasseur says. “Fitzie is the audience – the one they can relate to. It’s his point of view for the first part of the movie, and we come to rely on him. With James’s talent for improvisation, he was an ideal choice.”

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“The Pyramid” opens December 10 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox. 

RENDERING POSSIBILITIES FUSED WITH DIGITAL WIZARDY COMES TO LIFE IN “NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB”

Walk into the world’s most magnificent museums in the third instalment of the global hit franchise Night At the Museum that have captivated audience round the globe starring Ben Stiller.  The latest “Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb” completes the trilogy that started some eight years ago and now, all of its beloved and new characters come alive for their greatest adventure yet.

Ben Stiller reprises his role as Larry Daley, the museum’s night security guard.  This time, trouble  simmers anew at New York’s Museum of Natural History. The iconic figures from the past, which come to life each night, are malfunctioning and wreaking havoc. The magic has gone awry.  Larry, to the rescue, has to take urgent action to save the lives of his historic friends. That means embarking on a trip to the British Museum in London.

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As the sun goes down on New York and the legendary museum exhibits turn into living, breathing people and creatures as always. But they are not acting normally. Larry Daley (Stiller) is shocked to find that his friends Teddy Roosevelt, (Robin Williams) the miniature Jedediah (Owen Wilson) and the two inch tall Roman centurion Octavius, (Steve Coogan) are on the rampage, fighting and creating pandemonium. They are all out of control. Larry discovers that the ancient Egyptian tablet, which brings them to life each night, is losing its special powers. He sets off across the Atlantic to London with his son Nick, (Skyler Gisondo) and the rest of the familiar crew. They are hoping that when they arrive at the British Museum, the great Pharaoh Of The Nile (Ben Kingsley), father of Pharaoh Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek), will be able to solve the problem and reboot the tablet.

Also returning is Patrick Gallagher as Attila The Hun and Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck). Mickey Rooney (in his final role), Dick Van Dyke and Bill Cobbs are back as the retired security guards, and Dexter the Capuchin monkey is up to mischief again. There are some wonderful new characters, including the suave, debonair and very funny Sir Lancelot, (Dan Stevens). Rebel Wilson stars as Tilly, the British Museum’s security guard who falls for the primitively rugged charms of Laaa, a Neanderthal man bearing an uncanny resemblance to Ben Stiller.

Director Shawn Levy and the writers wanted to take some of the rules from the previous films and take them to a new level, so they created a sequence where Larry, Teddy and Lancelot fall into one of Escher’s lithographs, “Relativity,” setting off what may be the most unique chase sequence in cinematic history.  It’s a race through an impossible world, with multiple planes, three levels of gravity and endless possibilities.

Stiller was delighted to return as Larry Daley in the third, eagerly anticipated instalment of the hugely successful franchise and this time, take on an extra role – as a caveman.  That meant doing some scenes where he is literally acting opposite himself. It was, he says with a smile, surreal and ultimately, a lot of fun.

“So he comes to life, his name is La and he sees me, and immediately thinks that I’m his father, and he gets a little jealous of my real son, Nicky (Skyler Gisondo), so I had to do a bunch of scenes with myself as two characters. I’d never done that before, and that’s where that motion control stuff comes in, which was very interesting.”

Director Shawn Levy – who also helmed the first two films – and his team utilised motion capture technology to enhance the look of Stiller as La. And the actor admits that it was a fascinating learning curve.  “It was probably the most involved technical thing I’ve ever done in a movie. You have to first figure out who is driving the scene, and then you do that character first.”

“Shawn and I would rehearse, and he would play whichever role I wasn’t. Then I would do both sides of it with him, and we would figure out which side was the character to do first—so I could then react.”

“There were a couple of times when we saw that we’d made a mistake, and should have done the other character first, so we would come back and do the other side again because I knew how to react more to what I was doing than the first time. That was an interesting learning process for all of us. I’d never done anything like that before, that’s for sure.”

Action-packed with breathtaking visual effects, “Night at The Museum: Secret of the Tomb” opens January 8 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.