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Sunday, April 20, 2014

New Trailer and Banners for JUPITER ASCENDING

Warner Bros. Pictures has just unveiled a new trailer and two character banners for “Jupiter Ascending,” an original science fiction epic adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski of “The Matrix” trilogy.



Watch the trailer here.



In the film, Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

From the streets of Chicago to far flung galaxies whirling through space, “Jupiter Ascending” is written and directed by the Wachowskis. Award-winning producer Grant Hill, with whom they have collaborated since “The Matrix” Trilogy, is producing, together with Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski. Roberto Malerba and Bruce Berman serve as executive producers.

The international cast that also includes Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Doona Bae, James D’Arcy and Tim Pigott-Smith.

Set for release across the Philippines on July 17, 2014, “Jupiter Ascending” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

“JUPITER ASCENDING” Unleases Teaser Trailer


Warner Bros.' “Jupiter Ascending,” an original science fiction epic adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski, has just rolled out its latest trailer which may viewed here.



In the film, Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

2014 Movie line-up of Walt Disney Studios Philippines

2014 Movie Guide from Walt Disney Studios Philippines.












2014 MOVIES FROM AXINITE DIGICINEMA

Axinite Digicinema is set to release a thrilling lineup of movies this 2014 starred in by the finest actors such as Anthony Hopkins, Liam Neeson, Adrien Brody, Pierce Brosnan, Ryan Kwanten along with pop culture’s most talented dog Pudsey and an animation movie based on mmorpg’s most popular videogame.
               

TV’s latest heartthrob Ryan Kwanten is a man who became famous for his flaws in the latest romantic comedy, “The Right Kind of Wrong.”  Kwanten plays Leo Palamino, a failed-writer-turned-dishwasher made famous for his many flaws and shortcomings in a blog called “Why You Suck,” a huge Internet success written by his ex-wife.  Then Leo meets Colette, the girl of his dreams… on the day she is marrying the perfect man.  And so, the ultimate underdog story begins as Leo, a fearless dreamer, risks all to show Colette and the whole wide world all that is right with a man famous for being wrong.
             
 
Liam Neeson stars in his latest thrilling role in the romantic thriller “Third Person.”  Directed and written by Paul Haggis, the movie is about three couples in different cities: Rome, Paris and New York.  This intelligent and intriguing film exposes the sensitive truth about human nature – Neeson plays a Pulitzer-prize winning novelist trying to work on his story about love.  His lover, played by Olivia Wilde meets up with him in his hotel in Paris while his wife played by Kim Basinger, patiently awaits his return back home in the U.S. from writing his story.   James Franco and Mila Kunis adds mystery to the mix as estranged couple fighting for the custody of their only child.  While Brody’s character is a shady American businessman who decides to help Moran Atias’ gypsy character rescue her daughter from the mob.


                 Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson star in “The Love Punch” directed by Joel Hopkins, a comedy centered on a divorced couple who undertakes a robbery to recover the retirement money that was stolen from them.  Brosnan plays Richard, a financial something-or-other facing bankruptcy a week before retirement. A corporation has come in and wiped his company's pension fund. They're joined in the chase by rogue-ish ex-serviceman Jerry (Timothy Spall) and his gently nutty wife Penelope (Celia Imrie), who says rude words and gets a bit randy.


                Pudsey, 2012’s winner of Britain’s Got Talent leaps to a new breed of adventure as he stars in his first film: “Pudsey: The Movie” directed by Horrid Henry. Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment is producing the movie that tells of a heartwarming tale of friendship and courage centering on a city dog moved to the countryside with his new loving family. Pudsey comes across a number of eccentric characters and has to save the day. David Walliams will provide the voice of Pudsey which also stars Jessica Hynes, John Sessions and Luke Tittensor.


                Video game developer Shanda Games, Eyedentity Games and Mili Pictures join forces to produce the widely popular MMORPG , Dragon Nest.  Adapted for the big screen, the movie “Dragon Nest: Rise of the Black Dragon” is directed by Yuefeng Song and tells  the journey of a young warrior to defeat the evil Black Dragon.  The movie is the first part of the “Dragon Nest” trilogy set 50 years ago (from real time in game) when a black dragon appeared in the once peaceful land of Altera.  Under the order of the King, the young Geraint, Argenta, Velskud and other legendary heroes assembled various forces to form the Dragon Slaying Alliance. This incident was widely referred as the First Dragon Invasion by the generations to come.

                “28 Days Later” meets “Die Hard” in the horror apocalyptic thriller “Tower of the Dead” helmed by filmmaker Ross Boyask.   In “Tower of the Dead,” a group of highly trained armed response team is tasked with breaching a fortified tower block and interrogate a notorious arms dealer in order to capture a dirty bomb terror suspect.


                “Kidnapping Freddy Heineken” trails the real story behind the abduction of one of the wealthiest man of his time.  Based on true accounts, the film’s star-studded cast is headed by Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins in the title role.  The movie also stars Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington and Ryan Kwanten.  In this heist movie set in 1984, four childhood friends decided to pull off what would later be called “the crime of the century.”  The movie brings us inside within the planning, execution, rousing aftermath and ultimate downfall of the kidnappers of beer tycoon Alfred "Freddy" Heineken, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual.

Disney's “PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE” New Posters

The teaser posters for Disney's 3D animated comedy-adventure “Planes: Fires & Rescue” have just been launched online. Both one-sheets carry the tagline, “When Others Fly Out, Heroes Fly In.”



The sequel to last year's box-office hit “Planes” (grossing more than $200 million worldwide), “Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire.

When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.

Opening across the Philippines on August 20, 2014, “Planes: Fire & Rescue” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Unlock the Mystery of “HEAVEN IS FOR REAL”

Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, TriStar Pictures' new drama “Heaven Is For Real” brings to the screen the true story that has inspired millions across the globe – that of a little boy’s extraordinary, life-changing experience, and his father’s search for the courage and conviction to share his son’s discovery with the world.

Academy Award®-nominee and Emmy® Award-winner Greg Kinnear (“As Good As It Gets,” “Little Miss Sunshine”) stars as Todd Burpo, a small-town businessman, volunteer firefighter and pastor struggling to make ends meet in a tough year for his family. After his bright young son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum in his feature film debut) is rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, Todd and his wife Sonja (Kelly Reilly) are overjoyed by his miraculous survival.


But they are wholly unprepared for what happens next -- Colton starts to matter-of-factly recount what he says was an amazing journey to heaven and back. As Colton innocently tells his parents details of things he couldn't possibly know, Todd finds himself colliding against a wall of mystery and doubt, until he breaks through to rediscover hope, wonder and the strength of purpose.

“Heaven is For Real” is directed by Randall Wallace, the Oscar®-nominated writer of “Braveheart.” The screenplay is by Randall Wallace and Christopher Parker, based on the book by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent.

Faith Based Drama - “HEAVEN IS FOR REAL”


Inspired by the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same title, Columbia Pictures' faith-based family drama “Heaven is for Real” has just revealed its teaser trailer online which may be viewed here.



“Heaven is for Real” brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience, with the world.

The film stars Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience.


Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth ... things he couldn't possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event.

Also starring Thomas Haden Church (“Spider-Man 3”), the film is directed by Randall Wallace, and screenplay by Wallace and Christopher Parker based on the book by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent.

(Opening across the Philippines on Black Saturday, April 19, “Heaven is for Real” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.)

Prime Primate Caesar: Dominion Over Humans in “DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES”

 20th Century Fox releases the latest photos on über-ape Caesar, whose intelligence had been artificially enhanced in the previous worldwide blockbuster “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and continues to be in dominion over humans in the upcoming post-apocalyptic movie “Dawn of The Planet of the Apes.”


                The primates in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” led by Caesar (Andy Serkis) step up on nature’s chain when a virus wipes out most of humankind.  Also starring in the film are Gary Oldman with Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Kirk Acevedo, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Enrique Murciano who play survivors and are trying to prevent the apes from fully inheriting the Earth.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Timely Movie on AIDS “Dallas Buyers Club” Hits Philippine Screens

An imperfect man fights for survival during an uncertain time in America. Inspired by true events, Ron Woodroof's story of strength is told in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB.


Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey is  Ron Woodroof an electrician and rodeo cowboy. In 1985, he is well into an unexamined existence with a devil-may-care lifestyle. 

Suddenly, Ron is blindsided by being diagnosed as H.I.V.-positive and given 30 days to live. Yet he will not, and does not, accept a death sentence.

His crash course of research reveals a lack of approved treatments and medications in the U.S., so Ron crosses the border into Mexico. There, he learns about alternative treatments and begins smuggling them into the U.S., challenging the medical and scientific community including his concerned physician, Dr. Eve Saks (Jennifer Garner).


An outsider to the gay community, Ron finds an unlikely ally in fellow AIDS patient Rayon (Academy Award winner
Jared Leto), a transsexual who shares Ron's lust for life. Rayon also shares Ron's entrepreneurial spirit: seeking to avoid government sanctions against selling non-approved medicines and supplements, they establish a buyers club, where H.I.V.-positive people pay monthly dues for access to the newly acquired supplies. Deep in the heart of Texas, Rons pioneering underground collective beats loud and strong. With a growing community of friends and clients, Ron fights for dignity, education, and acceptance. In the years following his diagnosis, the embattled Lone Star loner lives life to the fullest like never before.


‘Dallas Buyers Club’ is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.

Alien Abduction Poster Premiere

The spooky new one-sheet for Alien Abduction, a horror thriller from the producers of Hostel and Inglourious Basterds.


Aliens used to abduct us all the time in the 1980s and 1990s. These days, it seemed like they had lost all interest in humanity… until now. Captive Cinema  is proud to premiere the creepy new Alien Abduction poster, from a film produced by Mike Fleiss (Hostel) and Lawrence Bender (Inglourious Basterds), and directed by Marty Beckerman

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

“CAPTAIN AMERICA” Sequel Grosses P155.51-M in 5 Days, Opens at No.1 in PH

MANILA, March 31, 2014 – The patriotic superhero led the Philippine box office to victory as Marvel's “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” opened at No.1 with a nationwide, five-day opening weekend gross of a staggering P155.51-million.



This according to Victor R. Cabrera, Managing Director of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Philippines which distributed the film.

Propelled by through-the-roof, positive reviews from critics and excellent word-of-mouth, the record-breaking bow claimed the biggest opening weekend for the year for a foreign title (dethroning “300: Rise of an Empire”) as well as the biggest March opening ever in the industry.


The debut of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” also glaringly surpassed the openings of previous Marvel titles, specifically its predecessor, 2011's “Captain America: The First Avenger” (P90.8-M), 2010's “Iron Man 2” (P104.9-M) and 2011's “Thor” (P59.5-M).

Overseas, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” grossed a stellar $75.2 million from 32 territories (incuding UK, France, Germany, Italy, Korea and the Philippines), representing approximately 57% of the overseas market place. By comparison, the original “Captain America” grossed only $40 million from the same group of countries in 2011. The film opens in the U.S. and North America on April 4.

Back in the Philippines, “The Winter Soldier” rolled out in 453 screens, including 8 IMAX theaters. The SM Group claimed the three biggest opening receipts, led by SM North EDSA (P8.41-M), SM Mall of Asia (P8.33-M), SM Megamall (P7.62-M).

The top four to ten slots are occupied by Trinoma (P5.16-M), Glorietta 4 (P4.90-M), SM Cebu (P4.36-M), Alabang Town Center (P3.96-M), Greenbelt 3 (P3.87-M), Power Plant (P3.79-M) and Greenhills Promenade (P3.70-M).

Rounding out the top 11 to 20 rankings were SM Aura (P3.63-M), Newport (P3.39-M), SM Southmall (P2.83-M), Shang Cineplex (P2.72-M), Robinsons Magnolia (P2.543-M), Gateway (P2.541-M), Eastwood (P2.53-M), Ayala Cebu (P2.46-M), SM Fairview (P2.34-M) and SM Marikina (P2.15-M).
Marvel's “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which continues the big screen adventures of Steve Rogers aka Captain America, picks up after the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, and finds Steve Rogers living quietly in Washington, D.C., and trying to adjust to the modern world.

But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue and mystery that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off assailants sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable new enemy—the Winter Soldier.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” returns Chris Evans as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America along with Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow, Emily VanCamp as Agent 13, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, with Academy Award® winner Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D organization, and Samuel L. Jackson as S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is now playing across the Philippines and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

In addition to "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Guardians of the Galaxy" on August 1, 2014; "Avengers: Age of Ultron" on May 1, 2015; and "Ant-Man" on July 17, 2015.

After starring in James Bond films, Pierce Brosnan is back in action with the extremely talented Emma Thompson in the latest romantic comedy caper “The Love Punch.”



In the movie, Brosnan and Thompson play a divorced couple whose pension is stolen by an unscrupulous businessman, reunite to steal it back.  Setting aside their differences, they undertake a high-stakes heist spanning scenic settings in London, Paris and the French Riviera along with acclaimed actors Timothy Spall, Marisa Berenson and Tuppence Middleton.


                At the heels of classic rom-coms like “A Fish Called Wanda” and “Romancing The Stone,”  director Joel Hopkins buoys up the romantic heist genre in “The Love Punch” where Brosnan’s and Thompson’s characters Richard and Kate find out that their retirement funds have been wiped out entirely.

 Tracking the culprit that robbed them off their funds that led them to a multi-million dollar diamond purchase and an over-the-top wedding, they find themselves in their grandest escapade caught up in a cat-and-mouse caper across Europe in a whirlwind of intrigue, mad chases and a jewelry theft that might restore Richard's future — while rekindling his romance with Kate.

                “The Love Punch” will open April 19 in cinemas from Axinite Digicinema, Inc.

RALPH FIENNES in “THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL”

 Ralph Fiennes, popularly known as the dreaded ‘Lord Voldemort’ in the highly-successful “Harry Potter” films will soon be seen in Ayala Cinema’s exclusive, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” directed, produced and written by Wes Anderson, one of the most unique and sought-after filmmakers working in the film industry to-date.


                "The Grand Budapest Hotel" recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars; and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.  The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; and the sweetest confection of a love affair – all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.  The film also brings together the most talented of actors including newcomer Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson and Owen Wilson.

Girl Power in “THE OTHER WOMAN”

 The ultimate Girls Night Out comedy movie, “The Other Woman” stars a powerhouse cast of women led by Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton and Nicki Minaj.  In the movie, a woman learns that she’s part of a love triangle, so she teams up with the spurned wife in order to exact revenge on the cheating husband.


                An unlikely friendship is developed between three women to bring down a cheating man, but ultimately become “the weirdest (and best) friends ever.”   United by getting even, they ultimately discover it’s not about getting back at the guy - it’s about sticking together, set in the scenic and aspirational backdrop of The Hamptons in New York and Cayman Islands.

                Dying to get to the bottom of things with their cheating man played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau,  the fashion is an equally to-die-for must haves designed by Patricia Field, one of the world’s foremost costume designers who also dressed the lead stars in “Sex and the City.”
             
                “The Other Woman” opens May 7 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

“BLENDED” Rolls Out Wacky Teaser Posters

The teaser posters for Warner Bros. Pictures' new romantic comedy “Blended” starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are now out. The humor-filled one-sheets individually feature Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in acts of wackiness.


His has the tagline “Single Dad, No Clue”


while hers “Single Mom, Flying Solo”

“Blended” marks the third comedy collaboration between Sandler and Barrymore, following their successful onscreen pairings in the hit romantic comedies “50 First Dates” and “The Wedding Singer.”

In the film, after a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren (Barrymore) and Jim (Sandler) agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again. But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week.
“Blended” also stars Joel McHale (NBC’s “Community”) as Lauren’s ex-husband, Mark, and Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids”) as her best friend, Jen; Kevin Nealon (“Weeds”) and Jessica Lowe (funnyordie’s “RobotDown”) as an overly romantic couple also vacationing at the resort; and Terry Crews (“The Expendables 2”) as the resort’s singing host.

Opening across the Philippines on June 11, 2014, “Blended” is a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation of a Gulfstream Pictures/Happy Madison Production and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Fun Facts on the Making of “CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER”

A brand-new costume for Captain America? Gymnastics lessons for Chris Evans? The iconic shield as an offensive weapon? Get to know the fun trivia surrounding the production of Marvel's “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

The sequel pick-ups where “Marvel’s The Avengers” left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.

Chris Evans returns as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.


  • The Winter Soldier character, played by Sebastian Stan, was created for Marvel comics by Ed Brubaker in 2005. Though the character of Bucky Barnes existed previously in the Captain America comic books, he was killed off in WWII and not resurrected until Brubaker brought him back as the Winter Soldier.

Monday, March 24, 2014

“BUDAPEST HOTEL’S” Grand US Box Office Debut

 Soon to be released in Ayala Cinemas, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” recently broke U.S. box-office records for being the highest-grossing limited live action debut of all time to-date. With its limited release, the movie is now crowned as the most successful art-house release and that of Anderson’s most successful debut so far with an $800,000 weekend box-office bow.


                Directed by world acclaimed filmmaker Wes Anderson, “Grand Budapest Hotel” is a caper dramedy that stars a powerhouse cast including Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Willem Defoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bull Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban, Tom Wilkinson and Owen Wilson.              

Epic Adventure "Noah" Launches Posters

Paramount Pictures has released the domestic and international poster art for its eagerly anticipated epic adventure, “Noah.”



Russell Crowe stars as Noah in the film inspired by the epic story of courage, sacrifice and hope.
Also starring Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind”), Ray Winstone (“Beowulf”), Emma Watson (the “Harry Potter” film series), Logan Lerman (“Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief”) and Anthony Hopkins (“Thor”), the film is directed by visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”).

Opening across the Philippines on April 02, 2014, “Noah” will be distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures.

Teaser Trailer of "Planes: Fire & Rescue" Takes Off

The teaser trailer of Disney's 3D animated comedy-adventure “Planes: Fires & Rescue” has just took off and may now be seen here.



The sequel to last year's box-office hit “Planes” (grossing more than $200 million worldwide, with some global markets still to open), “Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire.


When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.

Opening across the Philippines on August 13, 2014, “Planes: Fire & Rescue” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Into the Wild and Bigger Adventure in RIO 2

Carlos Saldanha, who co-directed and directed the global blockbuster “Ice Age” movies had long wanted to write a love letter to his hometown of Rio.  From his imagination came a story about a nerdy, highly domesticated bird who goes on the adventure of a lifetime in that wondrous city that produced the highly successful “Rio” movie released in April 2011 that became a worldwide smash with almost $500 million at the global box office.


                Now, his lead characters Blu and Jewel voiced by Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway are back in “Rio 2” for a grandeur adventure into the wild with the Nigel the villain at their trail.  To fully realize the scope and breadth of this magical world and its vivid characters, Saldanha brought together an all-star voice cast, led by Oscar® nominees Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg, Oscar and Grammy®-winner Jamie Foxx, acclaimed musical artist will.i.am, actor-musician Jemaine Clement, comedic actress Leslie Mann, actor Rodrigo Santoro (a Brazilian native), actor-comedian George Lopez, and funnyman Tracy Morgan.    

"Maleficent" Reveals Two New Posters

Walt Disney Pictures has just revealed two new one-sheet art (domestic and international) for its fantasy adventure “Maleficent” starring Angelina Jolie.

Featured below, the domestic poster shows Jolie hypnotically staring into the viewer as the title character's iconic horns beautifully cut the solid white background. Meanwhile, the international version features an image of Sleeping Beauty in addition to Maleficent.



“MALEFICENT” Spreads Wings in New Trailer

Disney has just released a new trailer for director Robert Stromberg’s fantasy-adventure “Maleficent” which may be viewed here.



“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone.


Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king's newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

Opening across the Philippines on May 28, 2014, “Maleficient” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

Electrolux Design Lab 2014

Design students contribute to building thoughtful homes

Imagine this: You had an exhausting day at school and you can’t wait to get home and rest. On your way home, the weather was unpredictable and the pollution in the streets was horrible. As you enter your room, you realize that it is not as spotless as you hoped it was. You come in to the kitchen to find good food, but you find nothing on the dining table. You had a draining day and the last thing you would want to do is take care of the household chores.

The Atomium 3D food printer concept, aims to promote healthy lifestyles by incorporating play into food preparation. 
The  Breathing Wall filters indoor air using a cutting-edge bio-oxygen technology that eliminates contamination, odor and germs
The futuristic MAB cleaner scans the environment and deploys nano robots to clean dirty surfaces.





As you let out a weary sigh, you realize that your home appliances can take care of all these. You see the MAB cleaner scanning your house and deploying its flying mini-robots to the areas in need of cleaning. Meanwhile, an Atonium 3D Food Printer has determined your nutritional needs and is working on a healthy meal for you. At the same time, the Breathing Wall started to purify the air while recreating an environment that will help you relive a happy memory. Imagine this futuristic scenario made possible by you. 

This advanced home is the brainchild of the top three winners at last year’s Electrolux Design Lab competition. 
Electrolux Design Lab 2014



This year, Electrolux, a global leader in household appliances, partnered with the University of the Philippines-Diliman, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, and University of the East-Caloocan to give design students a chance to create a thoughtful, modern home for the rest of the world to enjoy.

Design students around the globe are invited to submit innovative ideas for the future household for a chance to win € 5,000 and a six-month paid internship at an Electrolux Global Design Center.

On its 12th year, Electrolux Design Lab continues to pave the way for future visions of urban household lifestyles, with the theme Creating Healthy Homes. The competition seeks ideas for products, accessories, consumables and services for three focus areas: Culinary Enjoyment, Fabric Care and Air Purification. Through the Design Lab competition, Electrolux sees a creative and sustainable future that projects a healthy well-being and pleasant environment for everyone to live in.

Andrea Pionilla, Marketing Manager, Electrolux Philippines, explains, Design Lab is Electrolux’s way of fostering technological innovation. This year, we look forward to receiving creative new ideas that will promote healthy and sustainable lifestyles to millions of people around the world.” She adds, “Design students from the country are capable of competing globally and are equipped with outstanding skills and the drive to be recognized by the whole world. For the winning idea to come from the Philippines this year would be a great finishing touch.”

All Filipino Design students are welcome to join. To enter the competition, participants should submit the following: (1) a brief of their concept; (2) a visual sketch illustrating their concept; and (3) a description of the consumer benefits. Submission of entries is from March 1 to April 6, 2014. To know more about last year’s winning entries and the details of the competition, visit www.electroluxdesignlab.com.

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