Hear the angelic voices in “BOYCHOIR”

From acclaimed director François Girard (THE RED VIOLIN) comes the inspirational story of a rebellious kid with a remarkable gift who is challenged by a demanding teacher to make the most unlikely of dreams come true. A stellar ensemble — including two-time Oscar® winner Dustin Hoffman, Oscar® Winner Kathy Bates, two-time Emmy winner Eddie Izzard, three-time Oscar® nominee Debra Winger, Josh Lucas (A BEAUTIFUL MIND) and Kevin McHale (“Glee”) — headline a cast that also introduces an exciting group of newcomers as the young singers who battle each other as they take their boychoir to the competitive heights.

The rousing, music-filled tale begins with Stet (newcomer Garrett Wareing), who is struggling just to get by in a tough Texas neighborhood with an overwhelmed single mom. His school principal (Winger) is convinced his angelic singing voice is worth championing, but Stet has no idea how it might help him face the dark realities of his life. That all shifts when a sudden accident lands Stet on the East Coast at one of the most elite private boychoir schools in the country, the National Boychoir Academy. It might be his only hope, but he knows he doesn’t fit in. He’s never studied music, there’s not a single soul to support him and he’s filled with a seething rage he can’t begin to express. Even worse, he immediately runs up against the most demanding, uncompromising and compelling person he’s ever met: the school’s lauded, if increasingly jaded, Headmaster Carvelle (Hoffman).

Yet, Stet’s inner grit brings forth an astonishing sound. And the more he sings, the more Carvelle begins to see his passion growing – a passion that will impact not only Stet’s own life but those around him. From Carvelle himself to his snobbish associate Drake (Izzard) to the school’s down-to-earth headmistress (Bates) to the young teacher who fights for Stet (McHale) to the estranged father who is trying to hide his very existence (Lucas) to Devon, the star singer who is Stet’s fiercest rival (newcomer Joe West), Stet’s campaign to redeem himself begins to catch everyone’s attention. At the same time, everyone knows no boy singer’s voice can last – or survive adolescence. Change is coming, but with it, a lesson that endures: to make the absolute most of what you’ve got in the moment.

BOYCHOIR” is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.

SHOWING ON JULY 1.

NATIONWIDE!

Much Awaited Mr. Holmes is coming this July.

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Director Bill Condon puts a spin on Arthur Donan Coyle’s most celebrated character with Mr. Holmes, which stars Ian McKellen as the famous detective. The set-up is that a now-retired Holmes, his steel-trap mind starting to fade with old age, lives out his golden years in the late 1940s. He returns from a trip to Japan searching for a plant that could slow the aging process and help him regain the faculties he knows he’s lost. While there, he witnessed first-hand the result of America’s bombing of Hiroshima, which has put him in a contemplative state. He lives with his devoted housekeeper Mrs. Murno (Laura Linney), and her son Roger (Milo Parker), who turns out to be of great help when the detective reopens his investigation into the case that led to his retirement.

Mr. Holmes is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.

OH HIGH SCHOOL LOVE! “PAPER TOWNS” CAST AND CREW PHOTOS MADRID TOUR

Cara Delevingne, Nat Wolff, and John Green were altogether promoting “Paper Towns” in Madrid, Spain last June 15 at Madrid’s Villa Magna.

The talented young actor Nat Wolff stars opposite model-actress Cara Delevingne in “Paper Towns,” adapted from the best selling novel by John Green. An exciting and entertaining coming of age story, “Paper Towns” tells the story of Quentin (Wolff), a romantic and studious teenager, who is in love with Margo (Delevingne), his beautiful and enigmatic next-door neighbor.

Good friends as children, they have since grown apart. But one night, towards the end of high school, Margo persuades Quentin to join her on a wild, night long adventure, which involves a series of outrageous pranks.   But the next day, Margo disappears, leaving behind a trail of clues. Q and his friends set off on a road trip to track her down.

Directed by Jake Schreier, the film explores on relationships and the power of friendship.  “Paper Towns” opens July 23 in (Phils.) cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

“KUNG FU PANDA 3” FIRST LOOK PHOTOS

In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, “Kung Fu Panda 3.” When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters.  But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible—learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!

Produced by Melissa Cobb and directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni, “Kung Fu Panda 3’s” returning and new voice cast includes Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Randall Duk Kim, Bryan Cranston and Rebel Wilson.

                A DreamWorks Animation presentation, “Kung Fu Panda 3” kicks in cinemas March 17, 2016 in the Philippines!

“THE MARTIAN” FIRST TRAILER REVEAL

Following the release of 20th Century Fox’s first look photos of “The Martian,” the studio now brings the first trailer of Ridley Scott’s heart-stopping action thriller where a NASA astronaut, Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon is stranded on Mars while his crew plan a daring mission to bring him back to Earth.

The trailer reveals NASA sending a group of astronauts to Mars when they encountered a fierce storm forcing the crew to abort the mission and head back to Earth immediately.  Mark Watney along with his crew members are on a mission to planet Mars where they are on board a ship called Hermes – the ship’s crew along with Damon includes Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Michael Peῆa, Sebastian Chan and Aksel Hennie.

Based on the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, “The Martian” is directed by Ridley Scott from a script by Drew Goddard (“World War Z,” “Cloverfield”), the film is produced by Simon Kinberg (“X-Men trilogy,” “Elysium”), Michael Schaefer (“Exodus: Gods and Kings”) and Mark Huffam (“Exodus”).  Veterans of numerous Scott films are also back for “The Martian,” including director of photography Darius Walszki (“Exodus,” “Prometheus,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” films), production designer Arthur Max (Oscar® nominee for “American Gangster” and “Gladiator”) and costume designer Janty Yates (Oscar® winner for “Gladiator”).

See the trailer below:

Get ready for an out-of-this-world thrilling ride when “The Martian” opens November 26 nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. in (Phils.) cinemas

SERVING HER OWN KIND OF JUSTICE IN “RETURN TO SENDER”

A woman writes letters to her rapist that keep on returning to her from prison, until one day she gets a reply and finally decides to face him once again.  In the thrilling drama “Return To Sender,” Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike (for “Gone Girl”) brings her icy zeal as she plays Miranda in the movie, a surgical nurse who was violated in her own home who eventually pursues a horrifying revenge in the end.

“Return To Sender” is set in an idyllic small town where Miranda (Pike) works as a surgical nurse, lives in her well-kept home and is content living life on her own.  Things begin to change drastically when one day, she welcomed a man in her home mistaking him for the man she was set to go out on a date with.  Introducing himself as William (Shiloh Fernandez) , once inside, he brutally attacked and raped Miranda leaving her almost dead.  William was eventually arrested and sent to prison while Miranda tries to move on with her life. But it seems, for Miranda to move on, she has to face William once again and she begins sending him letters while in prison.  They soon become friends when Miranda started visiting him in prison.  Soon, William was released and continued seeing Miranda despite the chagrin of her father (Nick Nolte).  Miranda in no time begins her revenge scheme with clockwork precision once William starts falling for her.

Check out the film’s trailer here:

                “Return To Sender” will hit theatres this June 17 nationwide from Pioneer Films.

GIRLFRIEND FROM THE GRAVE IS BACK IN “BURYING THE EX”

Two gorgeous girls Ashley Greene (“Twilight”) and Alexandra Daddario (“Percy Jackson,” “San Andreas”) fight over Anton Yelchin in the uproarious horror comedy “Burying The Ex.”

Directed Directed by Joe Dante who helmed the iconic blockbuster “Gremlins” movie, “Burying the Ex”  follows Max (Yelchin), an all-around nice guy, and his overbearing but incredibly beautiful girlfriend, Evelyn (Greene). Their relationship takes a nosedive after they decide to move in together and Evelyn turns out to be a controlling, manipulative nightmare. Max realizes it’s time to call it quits, but there’s just one problem: He’s too afraid to break up with her.   When Evelyn dies in a sudden accident, Max soon meets the girl of his dreams, Olivia (Daddario) and decides to move on with his life.  But Evelyn just won’t give up easily, she miraculously dug herself out of the grave and gets back with Max as if living their own usual normal life.

See the trailer link below:

Catch “Burying the Dead” when it comes out in theatres this June 24 from Pioneer Films.

MATT DAMON IN “THE MARTIAN”

The recent release of the first look photos of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film “The Martian” starring Matt Damon reveals the actor as a stranded astronaut left behind by his crew after being presumed dead during a fierce storm.

“The Martian” features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.

The movie is based on the best-selling novel by Andy Weir wherein Damon’s character Mark Watney, an astronaut left behind on Mars, must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to survive on the hostile planet while waiting for the most daring and impossible rescue mission to bring him back.

“The Martian” opens very soon this November 26 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

BELOVED LITERARY CLASSIC COMES TO LIFE IN “FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD”

The literary classic adapted to film, “Far From the Madding Crowd” starring Carrey Mulligan launched with a very impressive numbers at the US box-office following warm and rave reception from critics and audience alike when it opened on a limited release.

Based on the novel of the same title by Thomas Hardy, “Far From the Madding Crowd” is the story of Bathsheeba Everdene, an independent, beautiful and headstrong woman who attracts three very different but very  determined suitors:  Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor.

Fox Searchlight presents a DNA Production, “Far From the Madding Crowd,” a timeless and charming tale about a woman’s choices and passions, while trying to maintain her own independence, explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardship through resilience and perseverance.

When it came to acting out the rural life of her latest character — Far From the Madding Crowd’s feisty heroine Bathsheba Everdene — Carey Mulligan knew what she was doing. The 29-year-old English actress spent portions of her youth on her grandmother’s farm in Wales and became a dab hand at looking after livestock. She can even milk a cow.

“Milking a cow? I can do that,” beams Mulligan. “There is a sort of knack to it. I had done it as a kid. My grandmother lived in Wales and we had relatives who were farmers. I live in the country now and am around farmers a lot.”

Indeed, the week prior to starting work on her latest film she was helping a local friend shear a sheep! “I wasn’t actually shearing, because it is really difficult,” she says, “but I was bagging up the wool. I know a lot of people who farm. It is not unfamiliar territory to me.”

At the time, women of sound social standing were expected to find husbands and raise a family, leaving business matters to the menfolk.  Not so Bathsheba. She has no immediate interest in securing a husband. She just wants to run her farm.   “She is a modern woman,” Mulligan says of her character, “and I think it is an extraordinary feat by Hardy to write somebody like that, and to enjoy her ‘otherness’. You can see in the writing that he is taking a real joy in writing this different, obtuse, rebellious woman. She isn’t like the people who surround her. She is different.”

                “Far From the Madding Crowd” opens very soon this July 8 from 20th Century Fox.

THE FEELS OF FRIENDSHIP IN “ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL”

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” is the uniquely funny, moving story of Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior who is trying to blend in anonymously, avoiding deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life.  He even describes his constant companion Earl (RJ Cyler), with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a ‘co-worker’ than a best friend. But when Greg’s mom (Connie Britton) insists he spend time with Rachel (Olivia Cooke) – a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer – he slowly discovers how worthwhile the true bonds of friendship can be.

Based on Jesse Andrews’ book of the same title, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” took readers by surprise with a truly contemporary coming-of-age story, packed with smart original dialogue and fully realized teen characters.  Now director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon has perfectly captured the book’s offbeat humor, rare sensitivity and unique worldview in a feature film that chronicles a young man’s journey into adulthood as he learns what it means to be truly selfless.  The innovative film also includes sly nods to legendary movies and tracks by the incomparable Brian Eno, including several previously unheard of compositions.

Gomez-Rejon, who had directed episodes of hit series “Glee” and “American Horror Story” and the horror re-boot “The Town That Dreaded Sundown”, says he wanted his next project to be something more personal. He found that in “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.”

“The script was funny in an unusual and unpredictable way, as well as refreshingly honest,” says Gomez-Rejon. “At first, it reminded me of the wonderful John Hughes movies I grew up on, but then it very gently took an unexpected turn and became so much more than just a comedy. I had just lost my father and I felt that if I could make this film, it would be a way for me to express my own personal losses and transform them through humor.”

According to producer Jeremy Dawson, everyone involved was aware that they had been given the opportunity to make a unique and meaningful film. “No one does this kind of movie for the paycheck,” he says. “We all knew we’d never get a chance to make another movie like it. Jesse wrote a tremendous script that attracted all this great talent, both above and below the line. It’s a heartwarming story that people identify with. It has characters that are individual and unique. It speaks to something important. Projects like this don’t come along very often.”

                “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” opens very soon in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.