Monday, December 26, 2011




20th Century Fox anchors in 2012 with big screen adaptation of classic favorites from television and books, phenomenal movie franchises and a novelty of ideas captured in unparalleled 3D technology employed by the Fox lot.

The returning cast of “Alvin and the Chipmunks” strikes a third in Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” where Dave (Jason Lee) is on board a luxury cruise liner with the gang for a well-deserved break. Incidentally, they find themselves in a deserted island after going overboard during the trip. Thinking that they have found a tropical paradise, they soon found out that they are not alone.



From the life-affirming bestselling memoir “We Bought A Zoo” by Benjamin Mee, director Cameron Crowe translates Mee’s inspiring journey on screen with much poignancy. Starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johannson, Elle Fanning and Thomas Haden Church, the movie is a story of triumph over adversity to save Dartmoor Zoo in order to save the lives of the exotic animals that were destined to be put down.

We Bought A Zoo


Infused with electrifying 3D effects, “Darkest Hour” director Chris Gorak whose unforgettable art direction includes “Fight Club” and “Minority Report” gives the audience anew a movie experience like never before. Starring Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella and Olivia Thirlby, the group is in Moscow when they were suddenly trapped in an alien attack catching all off guard. It soon becomes apparent that the aliens have an impenetrable defense and the humans are left helpless.




Supervised by George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic, “Star Wars Episode 1: the Phantom Menace” undergoes meticulous technological and artistic conversion for its long-awaited 3D movie release. Navigating within a galaxy far, far away, the movie conversion is set to deliver most of the Saga’s amazing scenes from the peaceful planet of Naboo to nearby ally and warring galaxies.




Tom Hardy and Chris Pine face a kind of war that’s hard to admit defeat when they both find out that they are battling for Reese Witherspoon’s undivided attention in “This Means War.”Inseparable since they were kids, both became the best CIA operatives (Pine and Hardy) who now turned against each other and start utilizing their technical skills to defeat one another.


This Means War


“Chronicle” asks what are you capable of? Directed by Josh Trank, the movie is reminiscent of hit thrillers shot in real time documentary-style such as “The Blairwitch Project” and “Cloverfield.” Three high school kids unwittingly took matters into their own hands when they suddenly acquire special powers after being exposed to a mysterious substance from the woods and their darker sides soon begin to take over.


Chronicle Movie


Coinciding with Titanic’s centennial year since sailing, James Cameron’s “Titanic” will be re-released in 3D which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Rose DeWitt Bukater (Winslet) is a 17-year-old, upper-class American who falls for a free-spirited young passenger named Jack Dawson (DiCaprio). Once he opens her eyes to the world that lies outside her gilded cage, Rose and Jack's forbidden love begins a powerful mystery that ultimately echoes across the years into the present and not even the sinking of Titanic can come between them.

TITANIC 3D RE-RELEASE      kate winslet & leonardo dicaprio in TITANIC 3D_


From television’s classic black & white tubes, “The Three Stooges’” hilarious slapstick goes all color on the big screen brought about by the dynamic filmmaking duo Farrelly Brothers. Starring Will Sasso, Sean Hayes and Chris Diamantopoulos, this is the story of three orphans named Larry, Joe and Moe remotely raised by nuns. But time came when they have go out into the world to save the orphanage from being shut down. Hilarity ensues when the world collides with these three nitwits as they raise money for the orphanage the only way they know how.




Known for his visceral presentation of the future from his movies “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” Ridley Scott’s latest 3D vision of the future will soon be revealed in “Prometheus (3D).” Starring Michael Fassbender (“X-Men: First Class”) and Charlize Theron (“Aeon Flux”), the film introduces a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest and most dangerous corners of the universe. Testing their physical and mental limits, they soon discover that they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.




From the pages of Seth Grahame-Smith’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” stars Benjamin Walker directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Like the pop-novel mash-up on which the movie is based, the movie follows Lincoln from his boyhood on the frontier through his assassination by John Wilkes Booth and beyond. Young Lincoln, having learned that his grandfather and mother were killed by vampires, vows to kill every last blood-sucker in a country that is crawling with them.


benjamin walker & director timur bekmambetov in ABRAHAM LINCOLN VAMPIRE HUNTER


From the hugely successful “Ice Age” franchise, the endearing fun troupe of Manny and Ellie the mammoths along with Diego the saber-toothed tiger, Sid the sloth, Scrat, possums Crash and Eddie are back. In “Ice Age: Continental Drift (3D),” Scrat’s nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he’s been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences -- a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all.


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Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn reunite in “Neighborhood Watch” about a man who moves from the big city to the suburbs, and worries that his life will be boring now he’s away from the excitement of the metropolis. But after signing up for the local neighborhood watch patrol, he’s soon thrust into uncovering a massive conspiracy.


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Based on the best-selling kid-friendly book by Jeff Kinney of the same title, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw” finds Greg Heffley in a dilemma over his wimpy ways. Having realized that hard habits are hard to break, Greg couldn’t just make his father understand that he will never change being wimpy despite efforts to make his son toughen up.


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A follow up on Luc Besson’s 2008 surprise hard-core action film “Taken,” Liam Neeson’s character Bryan Mills shares more of the action with Maggie Grace’s Kim in “Taken 2.” Mills, having been captured by a nemesis whose son was killed exacts revenge and lays the burden on Kim to save her parents.


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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Don Henrico’s Run through “Sagip Buhay Foundation”. In cooperation with Chris Sports ect.



Don Henrico's Run: Help Save a Life Today, fires off Dec. 17 2011 with a big field expected to participate in this urban race aims to aid the Sagip Buhay Foundation, a local organization that provides medications to our less fortunate brot...hers and sisters admitted at the Medicine Wards and ICUs of the Philippine General Hospital in Manila.
The run will take place at Liwasang Ulalim, in CCP Com......plex, Pasay City assembly time at exactly 3:30pm –Gunstart for 10K is at 4:00pm 5k and 3k, 10mins thereafter. All participants are expected to catch a glimpse of the scenic view of the sunset bay and enjoy the delicious pizza at the finishline.
Interested participants can register at 3K, 5K, and 10K races at all Don Henrico's outlets in Metro Manila from October 25 to December 15, 2011. Listup is ongoing at the following Chris Sport outlets at Glorietta, Sm Megamall, SM North Edsa Annex, Market Market at BGC, Ever Gotesco Grand Central, and SM Manila, We are also at A Runners Circle running shop in Qurino Corner Roxas Blvd. Manila. Participants can also register at the PGH Main lobby booth from 10am to 4pm office. Runners will be entitled to a race kit that includes a singlet, a bib number, and an exclusive post event shirt. - FREE PhP500 Cash Voucher to all finishers ,FREE PIZZA slices after the RUN (exclusive to all registered runners on a first come-first serve basis and is available until supply lasts). Certificate will be given to all finishers.
And to make things even better, the top three placers for each category will also receive cash prizes - P5,000 for the winner of the 10K run, P4,000 for the winner of the 5K run, and P3,000 for the winner of the 3K run. There will be a separate race prices for male and female runners under each category.
1st 2nd 3rd
10K P5,000 P4,000 P3,000
5K P4,000 P3,000 P2,000
3K P3,000 P2,000 P1,000
1st 2nd 3rd
10K P5,000 P4,000 P3,000
5K P4,000 P3,000 P2,000
3K P3,000 P2,000 P1,000
The entire proceeds for this event will help provide assistance to healthcare professionals at the said hospital, which inevitably leads to more financially dependable patients getting treatment and more lives saved.
For more details, LIKE LIKE LIKE us at our official Facebook page for more updates, promos and events.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Firefly Christmas Lighting at SM Mall of Asia





Over 100,000 Bulbs Lights Up the Country’s Most Energy Efficient Christmas Tree

As a season that’s overflowing with pyrotechnics, over-the-top lighting, moving displays and decorations, and power-consuming celebrations, Christmas has got to be one of the biggest carbon-emitting holidays of the year. But it’s so easy to get caught up in the spirit of the season that very few start considering its implications on the environment. 

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the world needs to cut its carbon emissions. But how exactly can you keep carbon emissions at a minimum without having to sacrifice the festive spirit of the season? 

This is what Firefly Electric and Lighting Corporation (FELCO) seeks to do. As part of the holiday festivities, Firefly Lighting lighted up its energy efficient Christmas tree for the fourth year at By the Bay, SM Mall of Asia with the aim to remind the public that celebrating the holidays can be done with greener, more sustainable lighting technologies. 

The Most Energy-Efficient Christmas Tree in the Philippines

Dubbed as the most energy efficient Christmas tree in the Philippines, it was illuminated with more than 100,000 Firefly LED bulbs with the total energy consumption equivalent to two small window-type air-conditioners at two horse powers each. Shared Jhie Greenwood, FELCO Marketing Manager, “Firefly’s LED Christmas tree uses the latest lighting technology which is 5 times more energy efficient compared to the regular incandescent bulb."

” A Firefly LED light bulb consumes around 24 pesos a month – an amount that’s 7 times less than what’s consumed by an incandescent bulb,” said Jhie. She added that LED can save up to Php150 per bulb a month.

Aside from LED being energy efficient, it is also suitable for “green” building projects because it contains no mercury components and is proven to withstand impact, vibrations and disruptions. Furthermore, Firefly LED has a longer lifetime of 30,000 hours (equivalent to 6.8 years of continuous use) compared to the 1,000 hours of the regular incandescent bulb.

Winter Wonderland: A Tree Lighting Concert


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At the Winter Wonderland: A Tree Lighting Concert, guests enjoyed attractions such as the Inflatable Basketball, Balloon Darts, Snow Cones, Snow Blizzard Chamber, and the Snow Photo Booth. A Yuletide concert featuring The CompanY, the country’s renowned vocal ensemble; The Whiplash, one of the most sought after dance groups in Philippine entertainment today; and young theatre artist, Angia Lauren of Trumpets also performed live before the Christmas tree lighting.

By adopting Firefly LED Technology as a solution, FELCO hopes that the Filipino public will be aware that there are greener options available. “Firefly believes that LED is the light source for the future. We believe that using LED products will have a profound impact on energy-saving efforts and become a catalyst in our drive to save our planet for the next generation. With this in mind, we invite everyone to bring their family here at SM Mall of Asia to view this season’s Firefly eco-Christmas tree which will be showcased from today till January,” ended Greenwood.


For more information about Firefly Electric and Lighting Corporation (FELCO) please visit or contact us at (632) 2422060 to 65; (632) 2422070 to 72; (632) 2422074 to 75 Locals: 501 to 510.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Race for Life 2011




Supported Events

By: The Official Chris Sports Fan Page


On Nov 12 ,2011 Race for Life in cooperation of Chris Sports  , For the Benefit of Real Life will hold a marathon event that would cater for the needs of the Real Life Foundation for Children who has been homeless and neglected. We can enjoy the run and have fun and the benefited people will somehow will the warmth and care of each of us especially this coming Christmas.


Registration opens on October 9 at Victory Fort Bonifacio. Race packs will also be available from Oct 10 onwards at:

  • Chris Sports (SM Megamall)
  • Nike Park (Bonifacio High Street branch), and
  • G/F Bookstore Every Nation Bldg., 32nd St. cor. University Pkwy, Bonifacio Global City

Please take note of the following important details:

  • Starting point: Grounds in front of Every Nation Building (32nd St cor University Pkwy, Bonifacio Global City).
  • 10km race kicks off at 6 AM
  • 5km, 3km, & Amazing Race "Big & Small" races start from 6:15 AMonwards
  • Registration available in Nike Park Bonifacio High Street branch & Chris Sports Megamall branch during regular store hours and at the G/F Bookstore of the Every Nation Building in The Fort from Tuesday-Friday, 10am - 7pm (except for 1-2pm lunch break).
  • Registration is  P500 for 3K; P600 for 5K;  P700 for the 10K category; and  P800 for Big & Small Team of 2, which includes race kit, finisher t-shirt, and a donation to Real LIFE Foundation.
  • Late registration fee: P1,000 (All registrations on race day, Nov 12).

This year's race routes maps

Download 3k map


Download 5k map

Download 10k map


Download 3k Amazing Race map

Click here to see all the route maps for the Amazing Race, 3k, 5k, and 10k races.  



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Friday, October 21, 2011



What are you capable of? "Chronicle" stars Michael B. Jordan, James Dehaan and Alex Russell as high school kids who developed extra special powers after being exposed to a mysterious substance in the woods. Beyond their understanding, their powers direct them to incredible discoveries and use them to their advantage as their lives start to spin out of control while their darker sides begin to take over. Directed by Josh Trank, "Chronicle" is reminiscent of hit thrillers shot in real time documentary-style such as "The Blairwitch Project" and "Cloverfield."

CHRONICLE opens March 2012 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. in the Philippines.

Full Trailer of Chronicle:


Tuesday, October 11, 2011



In the world of imagination, 20th Century Fox Presents IN TIME, a Futuristic Science- Fiction  Action Thriller movie that shows man seeking to Live Forever and wanting to  Stay Young Forever which is beyond comprehension yet the story  delivers  true essence that rich men does have the advantage over the poor, having more time and can be considered immortal  against the one who somewhat wanting to add time to his life and striving to do whatever it takes.



Multi-talented Justin Timberlake debuts in his starring role as Will Salas in the gripping action-thriller “In Time” opposite Amanda Seyfried. Under the direction of genre-bender director Niccol Andrew whose works include “Gattaca” that introduced the unthinkable in genetic engineering and “The Truman Show” that sparked today’s reality shows, “In Time” advances to a near future where time is literally at arm’s reach.

Justin Timberlake’s Will Salas struggles every second of every day and is is constantly on the run, fighting to get more time. While people stop ageing at the age of 25 in the movie, life beyond that point is precarious, at least for the poor like Will and his mother, Rachel (played by Olivia Wilde who looks the same age as her son). They are only given a year’s grace, after 25, that it is a battle for survival which means that every moment is precious.

The rich at the other end of the spectrum have excessive amounts of time and they are effectively immortal. They have a decadently indulgent lifestyle where little is achieved because there is no sense of urgency. It’s an unjust society implemented as a way of stemming over population.

When Will ‘inherits’ a lot of time from a wealthy man who wants to give it all away., he crosses all borders to get the zone where the rich lives. He then meets Sylvia (Amanda Seyfried), a beautiful but bored and over-protected heiress in the rich zone and takes her hostage. Together on the run, Will and Sylvia try to put an end to the corruption and redistribute time.

Being a longtime fan of action thrillers, Timberlake immediately jumped at the chance to play the ‘old soul’ Will. “When I was a kid, some of my favorite movies were action pieces like First Blood, The Fugitive, and Die Hard,” says Timberlake. “The one thing I loved about those specific movies was that the protagonists were everyday people placed into extraordinary circumstances and doing extraordinary things.”

Timberlake adds, “Will’s heroics are triggered by an easily relatable factor. Will has grown up with essentially nothing. He wakes up every day and goes to work to stay alive. Through a series of events, he decides that he’s not going to take it anymore, and takes it upon himself to try and change the way things work in this world.”

“Will grows up in Dayton, which is somewhat of a ghetto. It’s kind of ironic that the word ‘day’ is in its name, because most of the citizens only walk around with a day to live. So the day-to-day life in Dayton is quick. People don’t have time to walk slowly, so they run, almost all of the time, to where they are going, and they’re constantly eating and drinking on the run. They don’t have time to spare or to waste. Everything’s frenetic and alive, in a kind of dangerous yet beautiful way. When your back is up against the wall and you don’t have a choice, you make revisions and you live your life the way that it has to be, to survive.”

Ironically, having had an unconventional childhood due to his early success in the music industry, Timberlake has come of age and is much comfortable as he was than his younger years. ““I am happy about getting older. I like myself much more at 30 than I did when I was 25. You accept things more and you become more patient. I have been really lucky; I have made the most of my luck and I am happy about that. I think the idea of immortality is actually frightening to me especially because I look back at my younger days as a lot of visual mishaps. I don’t know what I would do if I possessed immortality. It’s definitely a mind trip getting into the idea that it could exist as we see it in the film. My character Will is always moving, always running and it’s mostly because he literally lives day to day. I think I’ve probably spent time moving at a fast pace, so I identify with that.”

“In Time” opens October 28 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Saturday, October 8, 2011



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This is Our Story:

Celebrating the Filipino Story

It all started in 2006, when Tanduay decided to take on a radical new approach to reaching out to Filipinos. “Music Marketing” entered the lexicon of Tanduay’s communication strategy. It was good move, considering that music has a universal appeal to the young market that Tanduay seeks. But moreover, it was ROCK genre which clearly defined the brand’s personality.

Since its birth, Pinoy rock has captured the best of being a Filipino, with its drum beats and guitar-laced stories about Filipino spirit. It’s a genre that combines the best performers as well as best songwriters, as their words and voices resonate about the Filipino way of life for other Filipinos.

Tanduay went deeper and discovered what makes the Young Filipino involved their desire to define their individuality, and to be connected with their peers at the same time . Events, Rock Concerts. With engagement through activation, Tanduay entered the world of youth become part of it.

This is our Mantra:

First Five. The Power of Five, A League of One

For the 3rd year, Tanduay brings together the biggest line-up bands ever assembled in Philippine Music history- In a nationwide tour no less. Chicosci, Sandwhich, Kamikazee, and new comers Wolfgang and Parokya ni Edgar complete a casting coup called the First Five.

To be part of the First Five has become synonymous with a distinct privilege that elevates every Rock icon status. Furthermore, they are united as a League of One, under one banner as the Tanduay First Five. The lined-up further reflects and reinforces Tanduay’s standing as the country’s number One Rhum.

With the powerhouse roster, the event just got bigger and louder for 2011, as the bands will tour in 30 cities nationwide-upholding a legacy that to date, more than 5 million music fans in more than 150 concert arenas have rocked out to since the national tours started in 2006.

Without a doubt, this is the golden age of Filipino Music and Pinoy Rock. City after city, The nation witnessed jampacked venues, with people travelling from all corners, rain or shine, just to sing along and have an all-out rockin’ good time.

The Power of five. A League of One. Tanduay First Five. The Legacy Continues.

This is Our Commitment.

Rhum Rockfest – Year Five

The Event of the Year,

The Tanduay First Five Nationwide Tour had no Manila leg, as it reserves the biggest event of the year for Metro Manila. The concert tour that Tanduay does so well takes a momentary rest for Tanduay’s biggest rock concert ever.

Dubbed as Rhum Rockfest Year V, the event will showcase 30 popular bands from all generations. Slated for take off on October 14, 2011. It will be held in SM Mall Of Asia Concert grounds from 5:30 pm until daybreak. Once again, Tanduay puts together the biggest rock show in the country. It’s time to Rock On Pilipinas!

At least 80,000 concert goers are expected to witness the celebration of OPM rock style, as it narrates the story of Filipino Rock through its performers.

The first five bands will be joined by popular acts from every rock genre- from classic to metal to emo and pop-rock- all great music coming together to tell the continuing and evolving story of Filipino rock.

And of course Tanduay Rhums first five bands , past and present will take centerstage. To be sure, the whole night will be on fire with the biggest icons of Pinoy Rock from Sampaguita to Introboys- Paco Arespacochaga is flying in from the United States for the event- to Orient Pearl and P.O.T. The Tanduay Rhum Rockfest breathes life once again to great names such as Hungry Young Poets. The Youth, Tropical Depression, The Dawn and Color it Red. 90’s Bands like Siakol, Grin Dept and Razorback will also be onstage to provide the nostalgic feel of this era.

These great acts will be joined by a new generation of rock bands such as Hilera, Franco , Urbandub, Gloc 9, Typecast and Moonstar88. Rhum rockfest attendees will witness the comeback of Ebe Dancel, as well as a surprise Rock Icon.

This is our Vision.

Tanduay. One Brand bui

lt From the Filipino Spirit.

OPM. Original Filipino Music

It was a tie-up that was meant to happen Tanduay Distiller’s Inc. is the maker of a wide array of world class spirits, proven by its 146 international awards. It has consistently provided its loyal customers quality products and events. Simply put, the brand takes pride in promoting local talents and providing a venue for target segments to experience. Tanduay and at the same time enjoy the music with their loved ones.

Through its consistent song sponsorships on radio and music channels, through the years Tanduay Rhum has single handedly guaranteed that Filipino artists continue to have their voices and music heard , despite renewed competition from foreign music labels.

To better capture the story of the Tanduay Rhum Rockfest, Tanduay partnered with Rico Blanco one of the country’s most prolific songwriter, in making his newest single “Ngayon” to be the anthem for the event, “Ngayon “, is a message of celebration for Pinoy Rock in general. It clearly narrates of how Filipinos should be proud of how our Pinoy Rock general. It clearly narrates of how Filipinos should be proud of how our artists have evolved to how we sound today. Because there is no time like NOW to show the world that we rock, and theres no better venue to do it than at Tanduay Rhum Rockfest. Indeed Rico Blanco’s performance of ‘Ngayon’ will be one of the highlights of the event.

To take Tanduay Rhum’s commitment one step further, this quintessentially Filipino spirit also learned up with the league of like-minded artists and performers, The Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mangaawit (OPM). They share the goal of helping ensure that the future of Filipino musicians and songwriters continue to tell our country’s story. Tnaduay Rhum will formally pledge its support of Filipino artistry in a special number at the upcoming Rhum rockfest.

On October 14th. Tanduay will declare its support to the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mangaawit, being the leading and most respected organization of Filipino professional singers in the country. Tanduay will be partnering with OPM in promoting local artists and nourishing the growth of the music industry in general.

Participating Products

Tanduay 5 Years

This rhum reflects the hallmark of Tanduay’s rich and lively heritage. It has always been the banner brand of Tanduay is created for those who like a drink with plenty of flavor but is not too strong. At 60 proof, with its superb smoothness and aromatic hints of caramel and dark sugar, it is ideally straight. ‘on the rocks’ or with a mixer, ideal for the trendy, young active set, but also perfect for those who just want a nice relaxing drink.

Tanduay Rhum Rockfest. It will be a celebration of Filipino Music for everyone. Afterall, it is the Biggest Rock Concert Ever!


Band Line Up

Sampaguita                    Typecast                Chiscosi

Wolfgang                        Razonback             Up Dhrama Down

          Chiscosi                         Color it Red             The Youth

          Sandwhich                     Grin Department     Tropical Depression

Parokya ni Edgar            Ebe Dancel             Moonstar 88

Kamikazee                     Franco                     Urbandub

P.O.T.                            Siakol                       Neyo

Hungry Young Poets      Gloc 9                      Orient Pearl

          Rico Blanco                   The Dawn                Plus surprise guest…

Introvoys                        Hilera


          Philippine Airlines


         No Fear

Thursday, October 6, 2011







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In DreamWorks Pictures’ gritty, white-knuckle action ride “Real Steel,” Hugh Jackman stars as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up boxer in the near future who, because his sport has been taken over by 8-foot steel robots, now lives in a world where he doesn’t fit in. With no fights and no prospects, Charlie is forced to hustle as a small-time robot fight promoter. He earns just enough money to survive by piecing together low-end “bots” and traveling from one seamy underground boxing venue to the next for whatever prizefight he can wrangle for his automatons. Just when things can’t become any more desperate and complicated, his estranged, tough-beyond-his-years son Max (Dakota Goyo) suddenly and unwillingly comes back into his life.





In DreamWorks Pictures’ gritty, white-knuckle action ride “Real Steel,” Hugh Jackman stars as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up boxer in the near future who, because his sport has been taken over by 8-foot steel robots, now lives in a world where he doesn’t fit in. With no fights and no prospects, Charlie is forced to hustle as a small-time robot fight promoter. He earns just enough money to survive by piecing together low-end “bots” and traveling from one seamy underground boxing venue to the next for whatever prizefight he can wrangle for his automatons. Just when things can’t become any more desperate and complicated, his estranged, tough-beyond-his-years son Max (Dakota Goyo) suddenly and unwillingly comes back into his life.

The alienated duo reluctantly team up to rebuild and train a scrap-heap robot and turn it into a boxing contender. As stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred fighting arenas are raised, against all odds Charlie gets one last shot at a comeback.

“Real Steel” is an underdog story with cinematic scope and a unique premise that offers surprises along the way. The film combines the best of grand spectacle with relatable, grounded storytelling. “Real Steel” Director Shawn Levy experienced the story as a tale of redemption for three lost and forgotten souls. “The main characters––a father, his son and a machine––are each abandoned beings,” Levy says. “All three of them have been cast aside and forgotten. The substance of the story is about how this trinity has a chance of returning to grace.”

Don Murphy, Susan Montford and Shawn Levy are producing “Real Steel.” Executive producers are Jack Rapke, Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey, Steven Spielberg, Mary McLaglen and Josh McLaglen. The screenplay is by John Gatins, from a story by Dan Gilroy and Jeremy Leven.

“Real Steel” is based in part on legendary sci-fi master Richard Matheson’s short story titled “Steel,” which was adapted for a 1963 “Twilight Zone” episode, starring Lee Marvin. Matheson’s prolific career has spanned over half a century, with many of his popular novels, including “I Am Legend,” “Hell House,” “Somewhere in Time” and  “What Dreams May Come,” adapted to feature films. Matheson was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2010.

“Real Steel” also stars Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Durand, Hope Davis and James Rebhorn.




Imagine a time in the near future (2020) when boxing fans have become bored with watching human beings pummel each other. It’s a time when the public’s thirst for violence and carnage is greater than what mere mortal athletes can give­­­­––or take. It’s a world in which boxing has evolved to the point where men no longer compete against each other––robots have replaced pugilists. The skill and grace of talented pros is a thing of the past. Instead, fans want full on, mega force, deathly poundings and the complete destruction of opponents.

The idea of boxing robots was a provocative one for noted Director Shawn Levy, who is widely regarded for his box-office hit comedies, the “Night at the Museum” franchise and “Date Night.” When DreamWorks first presented him with the idea for “Real Steel,” he says he was attracted to the project because of the pitch from Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider. “They called me up and talked about what at first sounded like a crazy idea for a movie,” Levy recalls of his initial response to the story. “Of course I was super-flattered, but I was on the fence about the premise. Then I read the script. What I found was an opportunity to make an exciting father/son/sports movie with heart. That was galvanizing for me.”

“We were thrilled to get to work with Shawn,” comments Stacey Snider, Principal Partner/Co-Chairman/CEO, DreamWorks Studios. “And we believe that with this movie, he’s even surpassed the great work with which he’s previously been associated. ‘Real Steel’ is a real game changer.”

Shawn Levy grew up not only as a fan of boxing but also as an ardent admirer of boxing movies such as “Raging Bull” and the “Rocky” series of films. “Even the not-so-great ones are awesome because there’s usually an underdog hero and you want him to have a comeback and to give his all and ultimately triumph,” the Director says. “‘Real Steel’ is absolutely an homage to those boxing movies that I watched with my brothers fifty times.”

As Levy further explains, “I think that people respond to the clear-cut winner/loser aspect of boxing competition. It’s very simple, and I think interest in the sport is enhanced by that simplicity. When we get brilliant fighters like Ali or Sugar Ray Leonard, there’s something electric that happens and I think it’s unparalleled in any other sport.”

Regarding the scope of “Real Steel,” Levy points out that the film is “definitely not a little chamber piece” but instead a film with cinematic scale that exceeds anything he has previously done. “Robot boxing is a big sport with huge spectacle,” he says, “but beyond that, the movie itself is extremely cinematic with big, wide-open vistas and locations. It’s a road-trip through the American landscape.”

But Director Levy did not want to rely simply on either the wide-open vistas or fantastic robot machinery in order to explore the relationships in the story. “For me, this movie couldn’t be just big and loud and cool,” says Levy. “That would have been unoriginal. The screenplay had a unique human heart at its core, so the movie had to be an interesting hybrid of bad-ass action and scale, with a really sincere and warm-hearted story that is ultimately about salvation.”

Hugh Jackman’s character, Charlie Kenton, was a heavyweight boxer in his youth, but he’s become a relic in his own time. Director Levy explains, “What’s worse is that Charlie now has to make his living off of the machines that put him out of a job. He has a combination of need and resentment towards the very robots that he’s plying and promoting in fights.”

When Charlie is begrudgingly reunited with his long-abandoned son Max, it is clear that the only thing they have in common is a mutual resentment. But they do share one interest—robot boxing—and step by hard-fought step they begin to connect. It’s not a very deep connection at first, but when they discover an old robot in a junkyard, their journey toward mutual rediscovery begins.

Producer Don Murphy elaborates, “When we first meet Charlie, he’s at his lowest; he’s doing robot fighting on the county fair circuit. But throughout the course of the movie we follow him on a roller-coaster ride toward his ultimate goal of competing and winning in the WRB [World Robot Boxing League].”

But with the unlikely combination of an underdog, scrap-heap bot and a tough kid who knows every stat of the WRB by heart, Charlie has a chance at more than just winning—he’s got a chance at redemption.

Coming from the world of comedy films, Levy says that although he thought that comedy sets are light and fun, he also thought that a drama set had to be more intense and serious. He was happily proved wrong. “I found that the bottom line is whatever kind of movie I’m directing, I love the job, I love being there every day, and that vibe spreads. I always want my sets to be a place where people know they’re going to bring their best work and will be treated with respect. Part of that is me giving the team the game plan for the day but always leaving room for discovery and improvisation. There is a lot in this movie that was not scripted. I find that by keeping a set loose you give room for great creative surprises.”

Because he is so admired for his creativity and amiability, Levy easily attracts some of the most talented behind-the-scenes artists in the business. As he says, “I’m really lucky. I make a movie every year or so and I couldn’t keep up the pace without having a team of people who are at the top of their game––from Mauro Fiore [cinematographer] to Tom Meyer [production designer] to Marlene Stewart [costume designer] to Josh McLaglen and Mary McLaglen [brother and sister executive producers] and, of course, my editor Dean Zimmerman, who is like a magician. The same thing is true of my post team. We’re on our fifth movie together.”

Producer Susan Montford sums up the filmmakers’ feelings about having Shawn Levy onboard to direct “Real Steel”: “We are just amazed by Shawn because he’s such a great leader. He’s very inspiring and he seems able to inspire his crew and actors to do their absolute best. Everyone coming to the set, wanting it to be a great movie, and loving what they’re doing is quite an accomplishment for a Director to pull off.”




Director Levy and his producing team spent a great deal of time finding the perfect actor for each of the roles in “Real Steel” and are thrilled that all brought more than expected to their characters.

The value of the project that instantly drew Hugh Jackman (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “The Prestige”) to the role of Charlie is one of the things that made the director and DreamWorks eager to be part of this unique story. Jackman says, “What I loved first and foremost about the script is the father/son relationship and the idea that people who have made mistakes, who have regrets, can get a second chance, and they can become better people.”

Jackman was also intrigued by the world in which the story is set. “I loved the idea of the time period being not too far in the future. It’s a future that is seemingly accessible to us,” the award-winning actor says. “Also, I’m a big sports fan, so the robot boxing idea fascinated me. And of course it’s a real underdog story, with the person who has the most heart fighting to win in the end. It’s definitely a feel-good movie. And for me it was something different from what I’ve done before. Also, working with Shawn Levy was a no-brainer. Shawn is just about the most positive, energetic and fun person to be around. The shoot was one of the most challenging and enjoyable I’ve ever had.”

Ramping up the mutual admiration society a notch, Director Levy raves, “Hugh Jackman is known as the nicest guy in show biz. I can confirm that rumor,” he says with sincerity. “It’s insane, but it’s like no one’s ever told him he’s ridiculously good looking and a massive movie star. I’m hoping we can keep that secret because he is way too nice for someone who is all those things. He’s the greatest and he brings an underlying kind of sympathetic, lovable trait to Charlie, who can be a really hard, tough guy.”

For the role of Max, the son who was abandoned early in his life by Jackman’s character, the filmmakers auditioned hundreds of boys and found many exceptional young actors. “We always had the feeling that there would be a kid out there who would be talented and who would have the right look, but would have that little something extra, something that you can’t quite put your finger on but is magic up on the screen,” says Levy.

The filmmakers put out an APB casting search and as Jackman relates, “When Dakota came in, Shawn and I were really taken aback. There’s something very soulful about him. The camera just sees right into his soul. He allows the camera inside, which for a young man of his age is very rare. He’s got an angelic quality about his face. He’s naturally very outgoing and a naturally happy kid. And he’s very respectful and sweet. On the screen and off-screen, he’s a really special person.”

Dakota Goyo auditioned four times for the role of Max: twice on tape and twice in person in Los Angeles. In L.A., he had the opportunity to work with Hugh Jackman and says of the experience, “I wasn’t nervous around Hugh because he is a great, awesome guy. He’s so polite and he’s always prepared to do his work. I’m really excited when I work with him because he’s just really extraordinary.”

For the role of Bailey, which went to popular television star Evangeline Lilly (“Lost”), Director Levy admits that he was already a big fan of the actress and was thrilled that she accepted the role. “I marvel at Evangeline,” Levy enthuses. “I was crazy for her on ‘Lost.’ I was a big fan of that series. In ‘Real Steel,’ not only does she deliver in the big dramatic scenes between her and Dakota and her and Hugh, but also even when she was in a crowd of thousands of people reacting to the fights. In those tiny, short cutaways within the fight scenes she brings so much visceral, rousing energy. She was kind of an audience surrogate for us. She is so into it and so vested in what happens.”

Lilly was drawn to the role of Bailey after reading the script for “Real Steel,” which her agent had sent her. Lilly recalls, “I was so moved and so touched and it was so heartfelt and well written, I wanted the role.”

Aside from the great script, there was another factor that attracted Lilly to the project and that was the opportunity to work with Hugh Jackman. “A while ago, after seeing a movie called ‘The Fountain’ by Darren Aronofsky, in which Hugh Jackman stars, I told myself that if I ever had the chance to work with Hugh I would take it. He is so breathtakingly impressive in that film. So I decided, by virtue of the fact that he was attached, I had to do it. The bonuses were that the script was so darn good and Shawn Levy was directing.”

Lilly met with Director Levy to audition for the part and as soon as they were introduced the actress says she knew it was right for her to do the film. “Shawn is such a nice guy,” the actress says. “I always say he’s so ‘sparkly.’ He’s a man who’s happy and energetic and he has a really positive energy. I think in this industry it’s easy to fall into the trap of taking yourself too seriously and becoming very heavy-handed about the work that you do. Shawn couldn’t be lighter or more playful. He couldn’t be more collaborative, too, and so much fun.”

In the movie, Lilly’s character Bailey is the daughter of Charlie’s former trainer from back when he was a young fighter. The two characters have known each other their whole lives. They may have had a crush on each other when they were younger, but the attraction isn’t just physical; it’s based on the fact that they know each other inside and out. They know what makes the other tick. Bailey knows Charlie better than anyone else and yet there’s a gravitational pull between them that is very much a subtext in the story.

After watching “Hurt Locker,” Shawn Levy knew he wanted Anthony Mackie to read the “Real Steel” script for the part of Finn, the host of The Crash Palace. As Mackie recalls, “I was blown away by it. I had never read anything like it. The character Finn is so charismatic. I talked to Shawn and told him that Finn would be really exciting for me to play.”

Rounding out the cast, the filmmakers hired Tony® Award nominee Hope Davis (“God of Carnage”) for the role of Deborah, Max’s aunt who has her heart set on obtaining custody of her orphaned nephew, and James Rebhorn (“White Collar,” “30 Rock”) as Marvin Barnes, her wealthy older husband, who can support young Max if the court decides to let them adopt him.

Kevin Durand, who had previously worked with Hugh Jackman in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and with Evangeline Lilly on “Lost,” was cast as Ricky, the robot fight promoter who, despite a long-standing friendship, isn’t shy about fighting Charlie to collect on a debt.

Russian actress Olga Fonda, with little previous film work, was cast as the Russian robot owner, while Karl Yune (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Speed Racer”) portrays Tak Mashido, the world’s premier robot designer and the pioneering legend behind the sport of robot boxing.

“Hope Davis, Kevin Durand, James Rebhorn, Karl Yune, Olga Fonda and Anthony Mackie. They are all amazing actors,” Director Levy states.

“Their roles may be considered supporting but each of these wonderful people brought so much life and so much texture and dimension to what could have been ordinary characters. Every time they’re on screen they bring something unexpected and the movie is so much better for them being in it,” he concludes.


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Friday, September 30, 2011


WARRIOR (2011)
Rising  stars Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton command the screen as two estranged brothers facing the fight of lifetime in Lionsgate’s WARRIOR,  a moving, inspirational action drama from acclaimed director
 Gavin O’ Connor.

An SM CINEMA Exclusive
28 September 2011

The youngest son (Hardy)  an alcoholic former boxer (Nolte) returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament -- a path that puts the fighter on a collision corner with his older brother (Edgerton). 
Two brothers face the fight of a lifetime - and the wreckage of their broken family - within the brutal, high-stakes world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting in Lionsgate's action/drama, WARRIOR. An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family. Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father. But when Brendan's unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, winner-takes-all battle of their lives. 


What  Do You Fight For ?

That is the central question of director Gavin O’ Connor’s WARRIOR. The movie is an intense glimpse into the world of sport never before shown like this on film. More than that though, its an intense glimpse into a family’s journey from brokenness to reparation, and into the hearts of two brother’s- one fighting for his country while the other for his family- both tapping into immense stores  of vigor and courage.
WARRIOR thrives on the jusxtaposition of its portrayal of something as contemporary, infectious, and specific as the phenomenon that is mixed martial arts with a story that is thoroughly classic, a story of family. In fact mano-a-mano chronicles of estranged brothers confronting one another are one of the oldest themes in literature, and telling one in such a fresh setting was O’Connor’s primary inspiration for making the film. While the movie was indeed an opportunity for him to realistically dramatized a not-yet-mainstream sport with a major mystique, the story is really for and about “people who live warrior lives”, - everyday heroes fighting everyman fights for better opportunities and better relationships.

The movie has a touch of Asian culture wherein family incidents occurs and it so happen that one of the most acclaimed fighter is in Asia  which is here in the Philippines. A fighter that both fought the fight  one for his country and the other for his family. It is an action film that has its Western style which is Mixed Martial Arts but not quite acceptable in the field of Olympic sports. But somehow showed that poverty may stretch a person to be successful in life no matter what it takes. And in the end there is always reconciliation with regards to family enmity such as brothers who somehow does not understand their father because of some addiction and wayward lifestyle and both strive to survived in the name of their family and the other career and society.

Action, Drama

Running Time

139 mins

Nick Nolie, Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, 
William Mapother , Jennifer Morrison

Gavin O 'Connor

Clif Dorfman, Gavin O' Conor,
Anthony Tambakis

Showing: At all SM Cinema's nationwide (exclusive) September 28

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Korean Film Festival 2011 @ SM Cinema


  (L-R: SVP for SM Cinema Mr. Edgar C. Tejerero, Korean Ambassador Mr. Hye Min Lee
and SM Prime Holdings Inc. President Mr. Hans T. Sy)

The 2011 Korean Film Festival themed “7 Different Colors of Love” was formally opened on a Red Carpet Premiere of the film, “Secret Reunion” at the Mall of Asia Cinema 6 on September 19, 2011. SM Prime Holdings Inc. President, Mr. Hans T. Sy together with SM Cinema’s Senior Vice President, Mr. Edgar C. Tejerero welcomed the Guest of Honor, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Mr. Hye Min Lee.

The Film Festival is one of the highlights of the Korean Tourism Month Celebration that aims to promote Korean culture and tourism through films. The movies are screened for free and open to the public from September 20 to 25 at SM Cinema North EDSA, Mall of Asia and Sept. 28 to October 2 at SM Cinema Cebu.  The festival features the seven top Korean films : Secret Reunion, Scandal Makers, A Happy Life, My Dear Enemy, Hwang Jin Yu, For Eternal Hearts and Christmas In August.  
SM Cinema’s commitment to strengthen cultural exchange through films continues as it opens its doors to more International Film Festivals.  9.22.11

Friday, September 23, 2011


            Posing an opportune theme on looking and staying young, the futuristic action thriller “In Time” is set in a not-too-distant future when scientists have created a world where people stop aging at 25. The bad news though is that rather than being immortal everyone is genetically engineered with a body clock that gives them just one more year to live. Unless, that is, they can earn, buy, cheat or steal their way to some extra time.
            “In Time” is a film by Andrew Niccol which stars music artist turned actor Justin Timberlake opposite the multi-faceted actress Amanda Seyfried.  In the movie, Timberlake is Will Salas who is falsely accused of murder.  Will figures out a way with the help of a wealthy hostage Sylvia Weis (Seyfried) to bring down the system where time is money and where only the rich can live forever.   
            “In Time” is written and directed by New Zealand-born Andrew Niccol, whose previous credits include the screenplay and direction for “The Truman Show” and “Gattaca.”  “Gattaca” was ahead of the cinematic curve in its creative use of CGIeffects and in envisaging a future world where genetics have become a tool of social engineering. “The Truman Show,” meanwhile, was uncannily prescient about the voyeuristic reality programming that has changed the face of television over the last decade. Not surprisingly then, there’s seemingly a lot more to “In Time” than guns and car chases, even if Niccol insists that the film is first and foremost an action thriller with “a ticking clock in every scene.” “But, yes, it was definitely the theme of immortality, the desire to live forever, that sparked my interest,” the director concedes, adding with a smile that it’s no coincidence that “In Time” was shot in Los Angeles. “Los Angeles is the capital of staying young forever,” he explains.
“At the center of the story,” Niccol adds, “is this idea that in the future everyone is engineered to have a body clock that counts down the time they have left. And this invention is the death of all other inventions. So I think the film does comment a little bit on our seeming desire to stay young forever and what it would mean if we could do that,  but our psychology may not be able to keep up with our biology.”

                Amanda Seyfried, who recently starred in “Red Riding Hood” and “Mamma Mia” meanwhile, who clocks in at a spot-on 25 (inside and out), says that “In Time” is a completely original idea. The actress explains, “And such an amazing and intense concept – this thought that we may one day be able to switch off the gene for aging – but Andrew makes it seem entirely plausible and the characters feel completely real. I think there are very few writers who can do that: write a script with this extraordinary premise and create an imagined world that you absolutely believe in.”
Justin Timberlake says it was a similar response to Niccol’s script that made him eager to jump on board. “When I first read the script I just got totally caught up in the characters and the story. Will is basically an anti-hero, an ordinary guy who’s forced to become a hero and take on these incredible challenges, and that aspect of it really appealed to me: I wanted him to come from a real place and be street smart but not to have extraordinary abilities.  The film might be thought-provoking and give you something to talk about after you leave the cinema, but while you are watching it, the movie stays a couple of steps ahead of you the whole time and doesn’t really give you a chance to catch your breath,” Timberlake says.  
“In Time” opens  this October 28 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
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