Thursday, February 27, 2014
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.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
A newly-married couple find themselves facing an early and unplanned pregnancy in the horror thriller “Devil’s Due” starring Zach Gifford and Allison Miller. Miller is Sam McCall in the movie who suddenly finds her life turned upside down when they found out that her unexpected pregnancy may be the devil’s work.
Miller, 28-year-old and was born in Rome, Italy, but raised in Kentucky and Florida, had paid her dues as a guest on “General Hospital,” “CSI: NY,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Boston Legal.” On the big screen she starred as Zac Efron’s girlfriend in “17 Again” and as Alice McKee in the live action version of “Blood: The Last Vampire.”
In the following q&a by Tony Horkins, Miller shares on the audition and the unprecedented filmmaking process of “Devil’s Due.”
Q: How do you think your audition went?
A “Good, and I never feel that way. Even other jobs that I've gotten, I never feel good about my performance in the audition. For this one there was a lot of improvisationand it all felt very natural and that was a lot easier for me, that style.”
Q: Your directors, Radio Silence, say that you set the standard from your first audition, and that with subsequent actresses they found themselves saying, ‘Well, she’s not Allison.’ Were you aware of that?
A: Ha ha! No way! I really was not. Though the first time I met with them I'd had an audition earlier that morning that I felt so awful about, and after their audition I drove home and just felt so good. I had the windows down, I was blaring classical music, and I felt that that was it, that was my best stuff. Though I had to do two more auditions after that!
Q: Did you have any concern about their relative lack of experience and the unconventional route they’d taken to helm a movie?
A: To be honest, yeah. Because I'm not an established actress I feel like working with a director that knows what they're doing is one of the most important things. But really the first time I met them I started getting notes in the audition room, and I felt like these notes were really insightful and they just seemed to have a really clear idea of what they wanted. Any fear I had quickly disappeared. I could see that they were really creative and inventive and ambitious - I liked what I saw.
Q: Your chemistry with Zach was particularly impressive – did you know him?
A: We'd never met before. He came in and did a 'chemistry' read and I immediately felt that he was the right guy for the job. His style is very laid back and he never seems like he's acting to me. When I found out he was going to do the part and I was going to be playinghalf of a married couple with a total stranger it felt a bit daunting, so I needed to feel I had some kind of connection with him. So I started watching Friday Night Lights and that did it for me.
Q: The chemistry seems as though it’s there at the beginning, or did it develop?
A: It developed, but developed pretty quickly. We really got along, and the first week we went into production we went out to dinner one night, found out about each other’s lives, and then working on set for so long we got to know each other pretty well. Then we had a lot in common - we're both actually newly-weds in real life, so there was a lot to talk about.
Q: Did the fact that you were both newlyweds help in actually playing a newlywed? Were you able to bring that experience to the role?
A: Definitely. We haven't gotten to go on a honeymoon yet, but the wedding and the preparation and what it's like to be living with someone you know you're going to be living with for the rest of your life... that's very much a part of my day to day. Knowing what the arguments are going to be like, and that kind of high you get when you're newly married and it's so exciting. That's happened in the past year for the both of us so we knew all about that stuff.
Q: Your dialogue seems very much improvised…
A: Well we would do a couple of takes completely scripted, and then a few takes doing whatever we felt within the realm of the scene, finding the through-line. It was very liberating.
Q: Things get pretty dark in this movie – did it feel creepy filming it?
A: It never felt that creepy - for me it almost felt fun. There were times we had to go to really dark places and really hard emotional places, but just the way that our crew was and the way that everyone on set was, it was very easy to come out of that. It always just felt like we were playing and having fun, even when I was covered in blood and freezing. Looking back on it it kind of creeps me out, but when we were shooting it I was really enjoying it.
Q: Were you much of a fan of the point of view style of movie making?
A: I am - I think it's really interesting. I really like how they used it in Chronicle, though I haven't seen any of the Paranormal Activity films. I know it's such a trend right now, but I really like what it does for the naturalism of the movie.
Q: In which way do you think Devil's Due veers away from the Rosemary's Baby story?
A: The dynamic of the couple is incredibly different and the style that it's shot in is different; Rosemary's Baby is not so much a horror movie, it's more of a psychological thriller. I think Devil's Due has more shocking moments and there’s a lot of humor in it too.
“Devil’s Due” opens March 19 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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.
Saldanha returns to Brazil and reunites his beloved characters in “Rio 2.” In the new film, it’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids, after they’re hurtled from Rio to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful and villainous Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all…his father-in-law.
The world’s favorite “Rio” characters are joined by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, Tony® winner Kristin Chenoweth and Oscar/Emmy®/Tony winner Rita Moreno. RIO 2 also features new Brazilian artists and original music by Janelle Monáe and Wondaland.
In “Rio 2” we find Blu, Jewel and their family living the perfect domesticated life in the city. The offspring are: Bia (voiced by “The Hunger Games’” Amandla Stenberg), who lives with her beak in a book and likes spouting facts and figures, just like her dad; Tiago (Pierce Gagnon, “Looper”) the youngest, who is always up for adventure, especially if it involves destroying something; and Carla (singer/actress/comedian Rachel Crow), the eldest, a spunky teen who longs to get a little space from her protective family so she can express her musical side.
When Jewel decides the kids need to learn to live like real birds, she insists the family venture to the Amazon. Blu tells his buddies of his travel plans, but Nico, Pedro and Luiz warn him of the myriad dangers that could lie ahead in the wild. But the ever-positive Rafael encourages Blu, reminding him that “a happy wife means a happy life!”
Upon their arrival, Blu and Jewel meet the locals, including Eduardo (Andy Garcia), a larger than life patriarch with a firm set of rules, who becomes a comedic obstacle for Blu; Mimi (Rita Moreno), Eduardo’s warm and sassy sister, who likes to speak her mind, even to her overbearing brother; and Roberto (singer-songwriter-record producer Bruno Mars), a perfect specimen of a wild bird who charms everyone around him and makes Bluself-conscious. As Blu tries to fit in, he worries he may lose Jewel and the kids to the call of the wild. Meanwhile, the treacherous cockatoo Nigel plots his revenge on Blu, aided by Gabi (Kristin Chenoweth), a cute poisonous frog who is fiercely loyal to Nigel and though small in stature, possesses a huge villainous heart.
With the success of “Rio” the call for a sequel came quickly. Saldanha decided to set his new story in the mammoth Brazilian wilderness. “I wanted a setting very different from the one we explored in ‘Rio,’ he explains. “I thought we should move away from the city.” So, in RIO 2, it’s on…in the Amazon, not only visually, but musically. “We wanted to look at different musical ‘flavors,’ sounds and exciting new beats that make the soundtrack for “Rio 2” even bigger than the first film,” says the director.
“Rio 2” in 3D and 2D will open nationwide on April 9 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
Monday, February 24, 2014
This type of technology enlightened us that manual extraction is much more better than those machines that is too powerful that looses its freshness and vitamins as well. This is far more better than the manual thing because it can produce more juices without any kind of interferences having the right calculation of turns and extraction in its perfect kind of results.
What is Hurom Slow Juicer?
The HUROM Slow Juicer is a juice extractor that uses the patented Low Speed Technology System (LSTS) to extract juices.
The method of extraction is masticating and pressing, using the screw-like auger as a mortar and pestle. The action crushes and presses the food, releasing its deep-seated nutrients and enzymes. It also breaks up more of the phytonutrients, resulting in a richer colored juice that retains more vitamins and minerals. The slow RPM ensures that the cellular structure of fruits and vegetables is kept intact, eliminating oxidation and separation. Thus, it preserves the precious enzymes and nutrients that are closest to its natural form, as well as your food's delicious flavor.
So what's with all the hype?
It Squeezes the fruit slowly thus preserving the oxidation and destruction of the fruit's natural enzymes
The slow squeezing of the fruits results in nutritionally potent juices packed with natural enzymes, vitaThe Original Hurom® Slow Juicer supports and delivers your goals for optimal health. The patented Slow Squeezing System (SSS) quickly, yet gently extracts juice from raw foods while preserving the cellular structure of those foods and delivering 4x the absorption rate of crucial vitamins and minerals.
Operating at only 80 RPMs and using a mere 150 watts of energy, the Slow Juicer efficiently processes a variety of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, leafy greens and soybeans to create delicious juices, milks, sauces, marinades and baby foods quickly and effortlessly.
And this are the advantages of having a Hurom Slow Juicer :
*Dual-stage juicing results in more juice and drier pulp
*Easy self-cleaning feature
*Small, compact design
Friday, February 21, 2014
Ariel Winter, one of Hollywood’s most promising young talents with notable roles both television and film who currently stars on ABC’s critically acclaimed and Emmy winning hit series, “Modern Family” stars in DreamWorks’ wild-action-family-adventure “Mr. Peabody & Sherman (3D).”
Mr. Peabody, the world’s most accomplished dog is parent to Sherman who uses his most ingenious invention, the WABAC machine, to hurtle back in time to experience world-changing events first-hand. But when Sherman breaks the rules of time travel along with his friend Penny (Ariel Winter), our two heroes find themselves in a race to repair history – and save the future.
From the animation dream team of DreamWorks and the director of blockbusters “The Lion King” and “Stuart Little,” director Rob Minkoff puts together a talented voice cast in “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” including Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbet, Leslie Mann, Patrick Warburton and Allison Janney. The movie’s time travel is a compelling notion that lends an intriguing dimension to an exciting, adventure-filled story. The film’s contemporary characters interact with equally entertaining famous figures from history – a dynamic that provides surprising fish out of water moments and myriad culture clashes.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman’s entrée to the infinite folds of history is a wondrous contraption called the WABAC, which is the singular creation of the world’s greatest inventor, Mr. Peabody. The perspicacious pooch built the device so Sherman could experience history up close and personal. Soon thereafter, Peabody, Sherman and Penny pay a visit to Peabody’s old friend and the original Renaissance Man, Leonard Da Vinci, portrayed, hilariously, by Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci. Our trio finds the famed artist/scientist/engineer/inventor/scholar
Next to Mr. Peabody, the person who becomes closest to Sherman is his classmate Penny Peterson. Penny is a double threat – cute and smart. Penny rules her elementary school until she encounters Sherman, who is even more of a “brain” than Penny is. But her natural charisma and daring nature, as well as her caring and loyalty, draw her into a friendship with Sherman that truly stands the test of time.
“Initially, Penny is at odds with Sherman,” producer Schwartz explains. “But we soon realize there’s a lot more to her, and as soon as she’s able to put aside her initial jealousy of Sherman, she begins to see that he’s a pretty interesting kid. The great thing about Penny is that we really see her grow over the course of the movie.”
The character’s dynamism, smarts and fearlessness made it a tough part to cast – until Ariel Winter, who plays the teenage daughter of Ty Burrell’s Phil Dunphy in “Modern Family,” auditioned. Minkoff, who was initially unaware of Winter’s connection to Burrell, says it was “a great coincidence that they came to work together on MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN. Ariel brings tremendous energy to Penny. She is a witty and wry teenager, and though Penny is younger [than the actress], Ariel brings some natural sparks and understanding of the character.”
But even with that o f any period’s danger, action, adventure and a dash through the Paris sewer system, the duo’s (and Penny’s) biggest time traveling adventures lie ahead. A Sherman-Penny time traveling joyride takes them to Ancient Egypt, where Penny finds herself betrothed to a nine-year-old King Tut.
Travel through time in a wild ride with the trio when “Mr. Peabody & Sherman (3D)” opens March 6 nationwide, a DreamWorks Animation presentation from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. (in Phils. Cinemas).
From a seemingly harmless mosquito bite, a groom-to-be fights his fate turning into a zombie in the outrageous comedy “A Little Bit Zombie” starring Kristopher Turner as Steve, Crystal Lowe, Shawn Roberts, Kristen Hager and multi-talented actor Stephen McHattie.
“A Little Bit Zombie” had recently been awarded as Best Feature Film in several film festivals in the U.S., Brazil and Canada. The movie’s misadventures start when Steve (Turner), a mild mannered HR manager becomes infected with a zombie virus at his bachelor party.
Unknown Steve, his infection came from the farther part of the secluded forest where he’s celebrating and where undead exterminator “Shotgun” Max (McHattie) and his bookish assistant, Penelope, are snuffing out a zombie outbreak at the same time. Max relishes killing zombies, as Penelope squeamishly uses the ancient Orb of Conthulezbarr, a crystal sphere filled with blue energy, to locate the undead. During the battle, a mosquito bites one of the zombies and becomes infected. It escapes the bloodbath and flies out onto the open road where … splat … it is crushed on
Steve is engaged to Tina (Lowe), the girl of his dreams. Tina has been talking about her wedding day since she was 10 years old and there is determined her special day will be perfect. They have invited Steve’s sister, Sarah, and her husband, Craig, up to a cottage for a weekend of wedding preparations and fun, in that order. Once the foursome arrives at the cottage, the undead mosquito comes back to life and bites Steve. After a ridiculous amount of effort, Steve kills the mosquito with his shoe, creating a bloody mess. That night, Steve has a “brainy” nightmare, where he ends up sucking his sister’s brains out of her head with a straw.
The next morning, Steve begins to experience the symptoms of being semi-undead. He goes for a run, but can’t find his pulse. His senses are heightened. He can’t stomach normal food. He wants brains. Steve tries to keep this from Tina, Craig and Sarah, as he scurries about chasing woodland creatures for their brains. But when pressed to tell the truth, Tina doesn’t believe Steve’s claim that he has become partially undead, and is not going to let him ruin the day she has been waiting for her entire life, because of “cold feet”. Tina, being the bridezilla that she is, will do anything to make sure the wedding takes place, even when her husband-to-be is a little bit zombie, even if it means going to the butcher shop to get and feed Steve some brains.
“A Little Bit Zombie” opens February 26 in cinemas from CrystalSky Multimedia.
King Bee Chinese Food Restaurant marks another momentous event as their newest branch opens at Fisher Mall in Quezon Avenue cor Roosevelt Ave last February 16, 2014. The opening and ribbon cutting was graced by Mr Bobby Del Rosario, owner of Fisher Mall, together with King Bee owners, staff, visitors, friends and guests. The opening ceremony was followed by a King’s feast.
The King Bee Chinese Food Restaurant in Fisher Mall is the newest branch to open in a mall and it is located at the Upper Ground Floor. This is another addition to the growing number of branches of King Bee that serves authentic Chinese cuisines to their patrons and of course to their potential customers. The restaurant can easily be seen with its life size King Bee statue that welcomes guests and food lovers.
King Bee Chinese Food Restaurant serves that flavorful and authentic Chinese cuisine that most of us crave for, from their appetizing selection of dimsums, to their tummy filling dishes like the King Bee Fried Chicken, more with their mouthwatering soup, and to their healthy Mixed Fruit Platter. Don't forget the flavourful noodles for long life, their different rice toppings and other cuisines.
King Bee Chinese Food Restaurants are located in different areas. Check out the places and viYAHsit any of the branches.
FISHER MALL BRANCH STA ROSA BRANCHUnit 9-14 Upper Ground Floor, Sta. Rosa Estate, Bgy. Don Jose
Fisher Mall, Quezon Ave. Cor.Roosevelt Ave., Q.C Sta. Rosa City, Laguna
Tel. (046) 402-0632 Tel. (049) 544-0895
MANGGAHAN BRANCH (MAIN) MARCOS HIGHWAY BRANCH Newhall Commercial Center, Governor's Drive, 120 Kingsville Arcade, J & F Bldg. 3,
Manggahan, General Trias, Cavite Brgy. Mayamot, Marcos Highway
,Tel No. (046) 402-0632 Antipolo City Tel No. (02) 681-9608
COMMONWEALTH BRANCH CEPZA BACAO Branch Commonwealth Ave. Diversion Road, General Trias,
University District, Brgy. Holy Spirit, Cavite City. Tel No. (046) 437-2947
Tel No. (02) 990-4688 / (02) 376-9492
DAANG-HARI BRANCHParklane Square, Brgy. Almanza
Dos, Las Pinas City
Tel No. (02) 359-5221 / (02) 664-0957
You can also check out their website at www.kingbeefood.com or visit their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/King-Bee-Chinese-Food/117869731582292
Sunday, February 16, 2014
In 2012, Time magazine included the word "selfie" among its Top 10 buzzwords of the year. Last year, "selfie" not only earned its inclusion in the dictionary but was also chosen as word of the year by the Oxford English Dictionary. From Hollywood and local celebrities, athletes, and even politicians, “selfies” have seemingly become the norm in social networking sites, making up a majority of the pictures taken by smartphone users---both young and old. Its appeal not only lies on just how easy it is to create and share, but because it also gives self-photographers control on how they present themselves.
Here in the Philippines most of the people have gone through this kind of attitude and can we say syndrome of taking pictures before eating and now having a selfie of himself/herself or even taking it with personalities , friends and love ones. Social Media like Instagram , Twitter , Facebook and other known Social Networks takes their pride and openness of making it more easy nowadays through Mobile platforms ect.
Presenting yourself to get “likes” and be noticed by your peers, however, can often be quite different from who you really are. And there lies the problem with selfies—when it becomes more of a projection rather than a reflection of who you really are. But there is a rising online movement, a growing surge of positivity that urges the youth to be true to themselves. To accept who they are, and be proud of what they have become.
The mysterious website "www.showit-off.com" centers on the hashtag #showitoff, and calls for everyone to post their selfies that showcase who they really are, their unique fashion style, their true sexuality, their real passion — raw, unedited, honest. You were born unique. You were created to stand out. Don’t just Be In. Its more about Being True. Being You. It's time to unleash the real you. Unleash your reality! #showitoff
Join the SELFIE contest and challenge with mechanics at http://www.showit-off.com/selfie.html and win yourself a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0.
#Showitoff - Are you hiding your true self?
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Max Charles, a young actor with an impressive resume at just nine years of age, who played the young Peter Parker in the hit movie “Amazing Spiderman” stars and lends voice to a genius dog’s adopted boy named Sherman in DreamWorks’ upcoming adventure-packed 3D animation “Mr. Peabody & Sherman.”
“Mr. Peabody & Sherman” is an adventure-comedy featuring science fiction, time travel, outlandish characters and clever dialogue, all of which are bound together by the unexpected relationship between the titular heroes – a dog and his boy.
Peabody possesses the genius of Einstein, the wit of Oscar Wilde, the daring of Indiana Jones, the deductive skills of Sherlock Holmes, the sartorial style of James Bond, and the culinary skills of Mario Batali. The one thing that challenges Peabody is keeping up with his adopted boy Sherman. Peabody devotes himself to Sherman, from whom he learns the one thing even a genius has to figure out – parenthood.
Charles’ Sherman is open, enthusiastic and over-curious. Growing up with his adoptive dad – the time-traveling super-genius Mr. Peabody – gives Sherman many opportunities for adventure. Like most youngsters, Sherman has a penchant for trouble and sometimes finds himself in over his head, but Sherman always makes certain to fix even the most difficult problems he creates.
“Sherman is a genuine kid,” says Minkoff. “He’s quite naïve at times, but he’s actually a terrific student of Mr. Peabody’s because one of the special things they do together is travel through history. Peabody has taken the time to introduce Sherman to many of history’s greatest events.”
As any parent knows, there are children’s “leaps” that can lead to breakage – and for Sherman, breaking the rules of time travel has extraordinary consequences. Says Max Charles: Sherman is “a normal kid who gets to do some unusual stuff, like travel back in time.” Sherman learns a lot about everything from Mr. Peabody, and as Charles sees it the reverse is also true. “Peabody also learns a lot from Sherman, like how to be a little more laid back, and a little more trusting.”
As for Sherman’s animation design, Schleifer and his team ensured that he feels and looks like a child. “I looked at my own kids to see how they respond to certain situations, and I discovered interesting kid-like things to make Sherman feel authentic and support the story of his adventures and transformation.” A key challenge was dealing was animating Sherman’s oversized – Schleifer calls it “ginormous” – head, which adds to the character’s appeal and fun. “The head is so big and it’s attached to a tiny neck, so we had to incorporate Sherman’s entire body into even a simple head turn,” he explains. “Or it would look like it would just snap off!”
Prominent eyeglasses are a key feature shared by father and son. The animators had to carefully maneuver the specs and the characters’ eyebrows to ensure that Peabody and Sherman were able to convey the necessary expressions and emotions. “The glasses cover their eyebrows, so if we did nothing you’d never see their expressions change,” says Schleifer. “So when Peabody and Sherman convey excitement, we had their eyebrows go way upon the tops of their heads. And when things get intense, the brows drop straight down and cover their eyes.”
“Peabody realizes that Sherman’s imperfections are what make him so wonderful,” adds Ty Burrell who voices Mr. Peabody, “and that it’s really worth trying to make himself more vulnerable.” Director Rob Minkoff adds: “Max performs with emotion, depth, heart and humor. That’s not easy to find in a young actor.”
A DreamWorks presentation, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” (available in 3D and 2D) is a DreamWorks Animation SKG presentation and a PDI/DreamWorks production, opens March 6 in Philippine cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
Check out the film’s localized site here http://www.peabodyandshermanthemovie-ph.com/ for more updates, videos, mobile apps and lots of games and downloadable fun stuff.
From its Facebook debut, “The Fault in Our Stars” trailer had been recently uploaded on YouTube and brought fans all over the globe in extreme exhilaration and tears
Click this link for trailer , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7IJZprVHQQ&list=PLcZs6n5iZPx-okLknyWIlk-3Qyr9ykYgd.
From the bestselling tearjerker tome by John Green of the same title, “The Fault in Our Stars” finds two beautiful teenagers falling in love as they race against time to live life at its fullest. Starring this year’s CinemaCon’s Female Star of Tomorrow, Shailene Woodley, whose credits include “The Descendants,” “The Spectacular Now” and “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” takes on the role of Hazel Grace Lancaster diagnosed early with cancer opposite Ansel Elgort’s Augustus ‘Gus’Waters who has been in remission for quite some time since their first meeting in a local support group.
Hazel and Gus, typical teens as they may seem to be – friends, overbearing parents, crushes and all are not, however your average normal teens, both face each day courageously as they fight against time battling cancer. Hazel has been diagnosed since age 13 with stage IV thyroid cancer and Gus in remission from his bone cancer.
Falling in love has never been this high – this year’s most awaited love story “The Fault In Our Stars” will open very soon in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Philips rallies the public to vote for the best idea to improve quality of life of Yolanda-affected communities in the Visayas
Five Different Ways to Make a Difference:
“Innovations that Matter to You” program teams up with the government, NGOs, and Filipinos to determine the very first ‘meaningful innovation’ in the Philippines
Manila, 2013 – Over three months have passed since super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) ravaged the Visayas region – leaving the archipelago with thousands of lives lost, infrastructures destroyed, sources of lifelines such as power and network knocked out, and billions worth of livelihood washed out – causing an unimaginable effect to the surviving communities in the area. According to the latest situation report (SitRep No. 104) of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), total cost of infrastructure damages alone are now pegged at P19.5 billion.
In response to the needs of these communities affected by Yolanda, Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) in the Philippines decided to refocus its ‘Meaningful Innovations’ program in the country to define and deliver meaningful innovations to affected communities in the Visayas through idea generation and sharing.
Initially a health and well-being campaign, the outcome of the Philips Innovations campaign will result in a meaningful and sustainable project that will focus on three core issues facing the Visayas today: the need for sustainable infrastructure for displaced families, immediate access to quality healthcare services, and addressing health and nutrition-related concerns.
To further amplify the campaign, Philips Philippines partnered with the Department of Health (DOH), World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines (WWF-Philippines), I Can Serve Foundation, and key social media influencers such as Kim Atienza, Kelly Misa, and Jim Paredes, to invite Filipinos to submit their ideas.
In addition, Philips also visited major universities in Metro Manila over the past months to rally support from the youth for the crowd sourcing initiative. As a result, a total of 1,057 ideas have been contributed by the public to help address the needs of affected communities in the Visayas.
Last January, a group of Philips executives and representatives from its institutional partners, screened, deliberated, and shortlisted the top five (5) ideas from all contributed entries based on a set criteria. “After listening and defining the needs of the people, families, and communities in the Visayas region, this is where the power of co-creation comes in – to curate these brilliant ideas and deliver the best innovation to Filipinos who need it the most,” shared by Fabia Tetteroo-Bueno, Philips Philippines Country Manager. “The partnerships that we have forged with the DOH, WWF-Philippines, I Can Serve Foundation, and the public have gone a long way to create innovations that can rebuild lives and rekindle hope of Filipinos. This is what Philips stands for – innovations that matter to you.” The ideas were judged based on its impact to communities, feasibility, use of innovation, and relevance to category.
Here are the top five (5) innovations proposed by Filipinos, to be chosen by Filipinos, to be built in collaboration with Philips (in no particular order):
· Mini bus clinics with PRISM (Problem Identification for Systematic Management) App by Paolo Fajardo and Johanna Morales, Metro Manila
Old buses will be transformed into mini health clinics, and equipped with basic diagnostic equipment to assess an individual’s physical well-being. In addition, the mini-clinic will be equipped a psychological assessment tool/application, to allow a cursory check on a person’s state of mind, and identify possible solutions to the problem.
· Solar charger stations by Geoffrey Panganiban, OFW from Dubai
This idea advocates for the use of solar energy, to provide light to communities that have limited to zero access to electricity. Families will be given rechargeable batteries that are powerful enough to light up at least three light bulbs, and use the solar charging station as a means to recharge the batteries.
· Patient Healthcare Management System by Daniel Galang, Metro Manila
This is a secured data network where healthcare volunteers/professionals in typhoon-stricken areas can transmit their observations and/or diagnosis on a given patient to a pool of medical experts based in Metro Manila, who can provide further medical advice. This idea aims to address the need for accessible healthcare in areas that no longer have hospital or clinics.
· Night Light Project by Illac Diaz, Metro Manila
My Shelter Foundation aims to create an improved version of their solar night lamp by utilizing Philips’ lighting technology. In addition, they hope to train residents of typhoon-affected communities to develop these lamps, to provide them with an alternative and sustainable means of livelihood.
· Interactive Screen Booth by Marika Lacanilao, Metro Manila
This unique edutainment health installation will provide commonly sought-for and up-to-date health information, which is especially useful for those who are suffering with health ailments post-Yolanda.
“The lingering effects of the havoc Yolanda caused will always be with the people of the Visayas and every stricken city. Pressing concerns are still very imminent in affected areas – from rebuilding destroyed health facilities, following up with the wounded survivors, and providing livelihood to the affected families,” said Dr. Ivanhoe Escartin, National Center for Health Promotion (NCHP) OIC-Director IV of the Department of Health (DOH). “We are happy that part of the criteria in refining and selecting the shortlisted ideas include use of innovation and the feasibility in bringing to life the winning idea within the year. Philips is going in the right direction because they are able to realize the needs of the victims of Yolanda who have survived trying times and are now rising up to the challenge to start living again,” Dr. Escartin added.
As hope and heroism emerge from the aftermath of Yolanda, Philips brings a new light of optimism as it now invites Filipinos to vote for the best innovation at
www.meaningfulinnovation.asia/philippines. The most voted idea stands a better chance at implementation, with social media votes accounting for 30% of the total score. Philips strives to implement the winning idea within 2014 by working in close coordination with the idea proponent(s), as well as the necessary government units and NGOs.
Public voting period will start on February 19 up to March 2. For more information on the “Innovation that Matters to You” program in the Philippines. Please visit www.meaningfulinnovation.asia/philippines or www.facebook.com/PhilipsPhilippines.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
With a string of acclaims from various festivals, “A Little Bit of Zombie” recently won in the Canadian Film Festival as “Best Feature Film” and bagged Honolulu’s International Film Festival Gold Kahuna Award Won along with Golden Ace Award – Las Vegas Int’l Film Festival’s Golden Ace Award, Louisville Fright Night Film Festival, Mexico Int’l Film Festival’s Golden Palm Award, Houston International Film Festival’s Gold Remi Award, Fright Night Film Festival Kentucky as Best Feature-Film, Best Comedy Film and Best Zombie Film.
“A Little Bit of Zombie” follows the adventures of Steve, a mild-mannered HR manager (Kristopher Turner) who becomes infected with a virus during a weekend get-away with his sister, Sarah (Kristen Hager) his best friend, Craig (Shawn Roberts), and his fiancé, Tina (Crystal Lowe). While he attempts to fulfill his overwhelming desire for brains he must elude Max (Stephen McHattie), the obsessed zombie hunter hot on his trail, and avoid the wrath of his bridezilla-to-be. He tries to keep it together but his fiancée will do anything to make sure the wedding takes place, even when her husband-to-be is a little bit zombie.
After being bitten by a mosquito in a secluded forest, where they will spend the weekend planning their wedding, Steve that night has a “brainy” nightmare, where he ends up sucking his sister’s brains out of her head with a straw. The next morning, Steve begins to experience the symptoms of being semi-undead. He goes for a run, but can’t find his pulse. His senses are heightened. He can’t stomach normal food. He wants brains. Steve tries to keep this from Tina, Craig and Sarah, as he scurries about chasing woodland creatures for their brains.
After Steve returns from his unsuccessful hunt, he devours the head of Tina’s beloved pet rabbit, Muffins, satiating his hunger for brains momentarily. Just then, Tina and the others come home, to find Muffin’s dangling out of Steve’s mouth. After meeting a fellow “brain connoisseur” in butcher Captain Cletus, Steve feels better. The group comes to term with his affliction, and Steve starts to enjoy the benefits of being a zombie on vacation. He soon discovers that animal brains are like junk food to zombies, and gets violently ill. Only real human brains will suffice. Tina makes a plan to get Steve some real brains by finding the jerkiest guy in town for him to eat.
Follow Steve’s adventures on getting married and going beyond the undead when “A Little Bit of Zombie” opens February 26 from CrystalSky Multimedia.
Blockbuster director (of “The Lion King”) Rob Minkoff directs another yet blockbuster classic, DreamWorks Animation’s “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” a film based on the classic 1960s cartoon characters that appeared as part of “Rocky and Bullwinkle.”
Featuring the voices of awarded and multi-talented actors Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Patrick Warburton and Allison Janney, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” takes us on an exciting ride around the world within the past and future along with history’s most unforgettable leaders and shakers.
“Mr. Peabody & Sherman” is based upon the beloved characters that first appeared in in the late 1950s and early 1960s animated television series “Rocky and His Friends” and “The Bullwinkle Show,” produced by Jay Ward. The characters appeared in the “Peabody's Improbable History” segments created by Ted Key. Peabody was voiced by Bill Scott, while Sherman was voiced by Walter Tetley (an adult). Ninety-one shorts, each running about four and a half minutes, were produced.
The new film updates the classic dog-and-his-boy team for contemporary audiences with state of the art CG animation and 3D, while retaining the charm of the original cartoon. “The movie pays loving homage to the show,” says Alex Schwartz, “including the WABAC, and Peabody’s wonderful puns, which are woven throughout the movie. There’s a great deal of the show’s DNA in the movie.”
Rob Minkoff says that Mr. Peabody and Sherman are a classic movie team, “like Laurel and Hardy, Batman and Robin, Holmes and Watson.” That’s heady company, but Mr. Peabody isn’t your typical beagle: he is nothing less than a business titan, inventor, scientist, Nobel Laureate, gourmet, Olympic medalist, and genius – who just happens to be a dog.
Jay Ward’s daughter, Tiffany, is the custodian of her father’s legacy, and worked closely with the filmmakers to ensure that MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN remained true to Jay’s vision. The results, she says, were everything she had hoped for.
“The movie, like Jay’s short cartoons, never talks down to children,” says Tiffany Ward, also the film’s executive producer. “He made them just as much for adults. And now the movie is a dream-come-true for me and my family – to have dad’s work, over 50 years later, being produced by DreamWorks Animation and put on the big screen in 3D. It’s spectacular. Jay would have been so incredibly proud. The movie is a particularly emotional experience for me, because to me, my dad was Peabody – a true genius.”
Some of the filmmakers and actors remember, with great fondness and admiration, the original series. Stephen Colbert has already mentioned his childhood shenanigans in sneaking into the living room to watch the past-his-bedtime show. And Rob Minkoff similarly remembers watching the show and loving the characters. “I was very happy to get the chance to bring them to life on the big screen and into our modern world.”
Travel through time around the world with DreamWorks Animation SKG’s “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” when it opens March 6 nationwide in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Meet Rudy (played by the charming Nico Liersche) in the very endearing “The Book Thief,” every mom’s ideal kind of friend to her very precious daughter.
The story and its characters sprang from the imagination of author Markus Zusak whose novel The Book Thief was published in his native Australia in 2005 and throughout the rest of the world in 2006. The book has sold eight million copies worldwide, held a place on The New York Times best-seller list for almost seven years and has been translated into over 30 languages. Additionally, it has won over a dozen literary awards, held the number-one position at Amazon.com, and appeared on numerous best-of-the-year lists.
Zusak’sbook and director Brian Percival’s (“DowntonAbbey”) film adaptation tell the story of Liesel (Sophie Nélisse), who is sent to live with foster parents, the kind-hearted Hans Hubermann (Geoffrey Rush) and his prickly wife Rosa (Emily Watson). Reeling from the tragic death of her younger brother, Liesel is sent immediately to her new “parents” and struggles to fit in – at home and at school, where her classmates taunt her as “dummkopf” due to her inability to read.
With the single-minded obsession of a budding scholar, Liesel is determined to change that. And she gets help. Her empathetic “Papa,” Hans (played by Geoffrey Rush) works day and night with Liesel as she pores over her first tome, “The Gravedigger’s Handbook,” which she walked off with following her brother’s funeral – an impulsive act of thievery that will have profound consequences for the young heroine.
Liesel’s love for reading and her growing appreciation for her new family are heightened when she befriends a new guest in the Hubermann’s home – a Jewish refugee named Max (Ben Schnetzer), who shares her passion for books and encourages Liesel to expand her powers of observation, even as he hides from the Nazis in a dark and dank basement. Equally transformative is her burgeoning friendship with a young neighbor, Rudy who teases Liesel about her book thievery even as he finds himself falling in love with her.
Rudy is a major transformative figure in Liesel’s journey with her exponentially growing love of books and the power beyond words. Liesel and Rudy become fast friends and do everything together, including stealing (“borrowing,” Liesel insists) books. In fact, it is Rudy who nicknames Liesel, “The Book Thief.”
While Liesel’s passion is books, Rudy dreams of being a champion racer. His idol is African-American Olympic hero Jesse Owens, who achieved international fame by winning four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Rudy even goes so far as to cover himself with black paint (which he stole from Hans’ work cart), in honor of his idol – a choice that’s none too popular with a town being consumed with the doctrine of Aryan supremacy.
Young German actor Nico Liersch describes Rudy as, “always happy, nice to everyone, and never sad,” and that description fits also the actor who plays him. Sophie and Nico became close friends during production – though Sophie would squeal with laughter through almost every take while shooting scenes where Rudy tries to kiss Liesel – much to the crew’s amusement.
Nico Liersch began his acting career in TV commercials. Roles in German television followed and, in 2012, he made his feature film debut in “Kokowääh2,” appearing with Til Schweiger, who also directed, and Schweiger’s daughter Emma Tiger Schweiger. It was Germany's biggest movie that year at the box office. Liersch lives with his parents and sister in Munich where he attends secondary school. He enjoys playing handball and tennis, and snowboarding. He loves music and is learning to play the drums.
Relive young love, first love in “The Book Thief” when it opens February 19 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
WPBL TO HOST CHARITY MATCH FOR PHILIPPINE TYPHOON RELIEF IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE RISING ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICANS COALITION FOR DIVERSITY
The World Professional Billiard League will host THE WPBL All Star Charity Billiards Challenge for Philippine typhoon relief at the WPBL Arena Friday February 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm. Proceeds from the pay-per-view match as well as the entire WPBL playoffs will benefit those affected by the devastation that Typhoon Haiyan unleashed on the island country in Southeast Asia on November 7, 2013.
Billiards rank amongst the most popular sports in the Philippines, which has produced many of the industry’s legends. The category five super storm impacted more than 25 million lives including those of pool players and their families with winds exceeding 200 mph. The WPBL benefit will feature three of the world’s best Filipino players: Dennis Orcollo (12th worldwide), and Carlo Biado (3rd worldwide) and acting as the team captain is the WPBL’s #1 ranked player Warren Kiamco. Team “Philippines” will take on the WPBL’s top players including team captain Darren Appleton (7th worldwide), Thorsten Hohmann (1st worldwide), and John Morra (4th WPBL).
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The charity PPV match will be featured live on the WPBL website for $9.99 or $29.99 for 10 days/11 matches of Bonus Ball action including both the WPBL Championship Match and the WPBL ALL Star Charity Billiards Challenge. A portion of the proceeds from the WPBL playoffs and challenge match will be used for the donation to the Rising Asian Pacific Americans Coalition for Diversity (RAPACD 501c3) and designated for aid in the Philippines.
RAPACD was founded by Filipina Salve Vargas Edelman and is an organization based in Las Vegas, Nevada whose motto is to “Engage, Educate, Empower and Inspire”. The charity is located at the RAPACD Cultural Center at 3337 and 3339 West Washington Street (between Baker St. and Washington Ave.) Las Vegas, Nevada and inside the historic Lorenzi Park. Their primary mission is to represent, serve, and advocate on behalf of the Asian Pacific American community within the Las Vegas area. Previously Vargas-Edelman has coordinated a medical mission which provided aid to thousands in need in the Philippines. With the devastation unleashed as a result of Typhoon Hiayan also known as typhoon Yolanda, the RAPACD Director said: “As a Filipino Community Leader, it is my duty and responsibility to mobilize the entire community, and to collaborate with other Asian Pacific Islanders Community Leaders to donate and collect balikbayan boxes (corrugated shipping box) which contain gently used clothes, medical supplies, nonperishable food, canned good, toiletries, shoes, etc.”. Vargas Edelman’s Charity has collected over 60 boxes and are still collecting! Proceeds from the WPBL event will be used to ship the boxes and purchase more needed items like vitamins, food, blankets, etc., which will be distributed directly to the indigent families!
The league’s top player Warren Kiamco who is a member of the 1st place New York Pride and native Filipino, was honored to be selected to play in this event saying “I am proud to represent both the WPBL and my country to help in the typhoon relief” Kiamco is also joined on the Pride by HOF team captain Earl Strickland and Larry Nevel. League President Larry Chiborak stated “the devastation throughout the country is overwhelming…these are our friends who are suffering, and we are honored that the WPBL can assist those who have had to endure this tragedy”.
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This includes access to this special event to raise funds for theTyphoon Haiyan Disaster Fund on Feb 14th. Video quality is offered at 480p and 240p (for mobile users), including support for both Android and iOS (Apple) devices.
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MyOwn Mann Productions, Inc. and Actor’s Actors Inc. proudly announce its offering for March 2014 with “ FULL GALLOP ” a play about fashion doyenne Diana Vreeland.
Written by Mary Louise Wilson and Mark Hampton, FULL GALLOP focuses on the life of Diana Vreeland, who stood at the center of American style for five decades. As editor of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue magazines, and as a member of the International Cafe Society, Diana chronicled the extraordinary people and events of her time. FULL GALLOP is a portrait of this remarkable woman at a turning point in her life.
The one-woman play is set in August 1971 at Diana Vreeland’s Park Avenue apartment. She has just returned home to New York after four months in Europe --- a trip she took after being fired from Vogue magazine. She throws an impromptu dinner party in the hope that a wealthy friend who is invited will bankroll her in starting a magazine of her own. Other friends, however, attempt to persuade her to take a job at the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art. In her distinctive style, once she decides in which direction her life will move, she goes at it "full gallop. "
In a casting coup, Cherie Gil lends her range and patrician demeanor to the woman who was a major force in shaping culture, style, taste and even language for all time. In a play that is both funny and poignant, FULL GALLOP explores the brilliance of a woman at a crossroads, for whom life can only be lived as a constant parade of adventures.
Cherie Gil first made her name in what are now cinema classics from the 80’s such as Peque Gallaga’s “Oro, Plata, Mata”; Elwood Perez’s “Problem Child” and Emmanuel
Borlaza’s “Bituing Walang Ningning”. She then moved on to television, starring in countless TV series, specializing in playing villainesses and strong-willed women.
In the 2000’s, Cherie discovered the stage and surprised the theater-going public with her versatility and technical proficiency. She essayed such roles as Sister Aloysius in John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt”, Lilline La Fleur in Kopit and Yeston’s musical “Nine” and Maria Callas in Terence Macnally’s “Master Class” for which she received numerous citations for her vivid and unforgettable tour de force performance. Truly a consummate tri-media artist/personality, Cherie has recently produced her first movie, “Sonata”, directed by Peque Gallaga.
Co-presented by Inquirer Lifestyle, Look Magazine, and The Peninsula Manila in cooperation with Antonio’s Tagaytay, Facial Care Center, The Love Garden, Businessworld, HerWord.com, WhenInManila.com, and Rappler.com, FULL GALLOP is set to open with a gala night premiere on March 14 with regular performances on March 15 and 21 at 8:00 p.m. and on March 16 and 23, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. (matinee) at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City.
FULL GALLOP will have the special participation of Ms. Giselle Tongi. The creative team of FULL GALLOP is composed of Bart Guingona (Director), Joey Mendoza (Set Designer), John Batalla (Lighting Designer), Rajo Laurel (Costume Designer), and Ruben Nazareth (Hair and Make-up).
The creative team for the FULL GALLOP photoshoot are Joan Bitagcol (Photo), Sandy, Higgins, Mark Higgins, Michael Salientes (Styling), Mark and Sandy Higgins (art direction), and Fanny Serrano (Hair and Make-up).
FULL GALLOP is presented by special arrangement with Josef Weinberger Plays Limited, London.
For the March 14 gala night, ticket prices are at Php3,000 orchestra center; Php2,000 for orchestra side and loge; and Php1,000 for balcony inclusive of cocktail food
and wine provided by Antonio’s Tagaytay. Part of the proceeds from this gala event will go to Virlanie Foundation’s project of building houses in Negros areas that were affected by Typhoon Yolanda.
Tickets for regular nights are at Php1,500 for orchestra center, Php1,000 for orchestra and loge, and Php600 for balcony. For ticket inquiries, call tel. no. 2150788 or 09175378313. You may also buy tickets through Ticketworld at 8919999 or ticketworld.com.ph
Friday, February 7, 2014
In September 2009, American writer and businessman Robert Edsel released “The Monuments Men,” a compelling account of a group of middle aged museum directors, curators and art historians tasked with going into Germany in the closing stages of World War II to try and rescue artworks requisitioned by the Nazis.
“The Monuments Men,” produced, directed and starred in by George Clooney along with a very impressive cast including Matt Damon, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Leonidas Dmitri, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett is set amidst a war that cost the lives of 65 million people when mankind’s cultural and artistic fingerprint is at risk of being destroyed. Their small group of middle aged museum curators and artists and architects, called The Monuments Men, the most unlikely of spies, who volunteer to go into military service and try and save these things and ultimately recover them.
Matt Damon was one of the many to get the direct approach. Damon further discusses in the following q&a of his involvement in the film and working with a great cast.
Q: How did you first get involved with Monuments Men?
A: “I was on my way to pick up my kids from school and I got an email from George [Clooney] that said, “Are you busy in the spring?” So when I got home, I called him and he told me a little bit about what he was up to and then he sent me the script. I read it and instantly just loved it. That was maybe four or five months before we started shooting. But I literally had no notes on the script at all. Grant and George had done all of the heavy lifting already so it was a very easy movie to just kind of slide right into.
Q: Were you aware at all of the original Monuments Men story and their wartime activities?
A: No, I actually didn't know anything about it. I’m surprised that such a great story had eluded me in every history class I had ever taken about World War II. And this idea of these guys who were, you know, a little past their prime soldiering years, kind of dropping everything and going through basic training and going to the front, risking their lives to save artwork was just an incredibly compelling story.
Q: You’re friends with Clooney. Does that make the working process easier or trickier in any way?
A: It makes it much easier because, you know, there's just a shorthand. He doesn't have to spend any time worrying about my feelings. There’s an implicit trust there that goes both ways. If I'm screwing up a scene, he can say that to me!
Q: What kind of a director is Clooney?
A: He's both very in control and very relaxed, which is really the mark of a great director. He never raised his voice. There was never any tension on set. Even though this was a very big film, in terms of cost and production value, it went along like we were doing a tiny little kitchen sink drama. It was right on schedule and I think they even came in under budget.
Q: Would you say Monuments Men was similar to other ensemble films that you've been in, like the Ocean's movies?
A: Yeah, it's similar to the Ocean's movies, I think. Partly, hopefully, in tone. It should feel fun and entertaining, the way those movies did. And I think in terms of process, it was extremely similar as well: the actors had a blast. But these movies are always the hardest for the director and the producers. So for George, directing and producing and starring in it and having written it, and then Grant – who wrote it with George and then produced it – those guys were very focused and had a lot on their plate. I mean, we were all focused too; we just had less on our plate.
Q: Clooney is notorious for on-set pranks. Were you the victim of any on this film?
A: Well, he never copped to this to me, but he did give an interview saying that he was taking in my wardrobe by like, a 16th of an inch every few days. Which, I had attributed to my poor eating habits while I was making the movie. But it makes a lot of sense when I heard that! [Laughs] Honestly though, he was so busy on this one. He'd always have a big dinner on Saturday night with the cast and the crew. But that was like a two- or three-hour thing and the only free time that he really allowed himself. He and Grant had their heads down on this one.
The greatest heist story in history is about to be told when “The Monuments Men” opens February 12 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Here’s another cartoon character that children has been waiting for to be released and watch. The kind of technology being used before has been replaced by a digital and computerized system but though there is a distinction the same kind of idea and paradigm of family entertainment film was being produced for the greater good of the children and its value formation.
Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine - the WABAC (pronounced as way back) - to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes the WABAC out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history.
“Mr. Peabody & Sherman” is an adventure-comedy featuring science fiction, time travel, outlandish characters and clever dialogue, all of which are bound together by the unexpected relationship between the titular heroes – a dog and his boy. Peabody possesses the genius of Einstein, the wit of Oscar Wilde, the daring of Indiana Jones, the deductive skills of Sherlock Holmes, the sartorial style of James Bond, and the culinary skills of Mario Batali. The one thing that challenges Peabody is keeping up with his adopted boy Sherman. Peabody devotes himself to Sherman, from whom he learns the one thing even a genius has to figure out – parenthood. Ty Burrell, who voices Peabody, brings additional shadings to an already richly conceived character. But initially, says Minkoff, the “Modern Family” star wasn’t an obvious choice. “Ty is famous and beloved for playing put-upon dad Phil Dunphy in ‘Modern Family,’ and Phil isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. But when we put his performance together with the character of Peabody, it really locks into Peabody’s personality.” Burrell certainly had his work cut out for him; after all, he’s playing a character that, he describes as “essentially perfect, which is a very interesting kind of character to play because I am so imperfect. Peabody makes almost no mistakes, expect in fatherhood, as all dads do. He can think himself out of any situation or problem, except when it comes to dealing with Sherman.” Burrell prepped for the role by watching the classic television shorts upon which the film is based. “From that, I would find my way back into my own voice,” he explains. “Peabody speaks with such precision; his consonants are always very clear.” With a range of performances across television, contemporary film, and classic theater, award winning TY BURRELL (Mr. Peabody) continues to prove himself as one of the finest and most versatile actors today. Burrell stars as ‘Phil Dunphy’ on ABC's critically acclaimed hit and award-winning series “Modern Family,” which is currently in its fifth season. Burrell most recently won the Monte Carlo International Television Festival Award in the category of Best Comedic Actor. In 2012 he won the Critics' Choice Television Award for the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and Comedy Central honored Burrell with the 2012 Comedy Award in the category of Performance by An Actor - TV. He won the 2011 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and has been nominated three other times in the same category. Ty also shared the TCA award with Nick Offerman for Individual Achievement in Comedy and has received three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series. Burrell was seen this past fall in The Weinstein Company’s “Butter” opposite Jennifer Garner and was also recently seen in Christopher Neil’s film “Goats,” an adaptation of the coming of age story by Mark Jude Poirie. His additional film credits include “Morning Glory,” opposite Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton; Universal’s “The Incredible Hulk” opposite Edward Norton and Liv Tyler; “National Treasure 2” opposite Nicolas Cage; Steven Shainberg's “Fur” about the life of Diane Arbus; and Nicole Holofcener’s “Friends With Money” opposite Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand and Jennifer Aniston. Other notable film credits include Finn Taylor’s romantic comedy “The Darwin Awards”; David Jacobson’s “Down in the Valley” opposite Edward Norton and Evan Rachel Wood; the Weitz brothers’ “In Good Company;” Ridley Scott’s “Black Hawk Down;” “Dawn of the Dead” (Cannes Film Festival); and Ivan Reitman’s “Evolution.” From DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” will open March 6 in cinemas nationwide to be distributed by Warner Bros. in the Phils. Like 20th Century Fox (Philippines) on Facebook, follow @20Centuryfoxph Twitter and 20thCenturyFoxPh YouTube channel for more of the latest trailers and other special online features.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
“The Book Thief” introduces us to a curious little girl by the name of Liesel Meminger played by Sophie Nélisse at the center of Markus Zusak’s novel of the same title. Liesel has a fascination with books and a desire to amass a collection of her own – pales in comparison to those being committed in the world in which she lives. She can’t possibly understand the tumultuous events happening around her, as war breaks out and she learns that a man named Hitler is responsible for tearing her family apart.
But as her foster father, Hans Hubermann, helps her read the pages of the books she’s so keen to take, and when she finds a friend in the Hubermann’s new basement-dwelling houseguest, Max, life begins to change for Liesel. Even in the darkest of times, the Book Thief learns the power of words, and how they can change the world.
In adapting Zusak’s novel for the big screen, director Brian Percival knew that it would take a special kind of young actress to get to grips with the complex sea of emotions that young Liesel experiences over the course of THE BOOK THIEF. He braced for a long search, encompassing thousands of kids from all over the world, in order to find the perfect Liesel. There could be only one out there.
Cast in the roles of Hans and Rosa Hubermann, Liesel’s foster parents, are the highly experienced actors Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson. Both agree that Nélisse has a natural talent for acting, and marvel at her commitment. “She has incredible discipline,” says Watson. “Her attention span is amazing and she has incredible self-possession. They’re things you really take for granted, but she also has a very instinctual, natural presence. She doesn’t need to be told what to do. She reacts, you see thought in her face, and you can’t fake that.”
Adds Rush, “She’s sparky off-camera, but on-camera she looks almost as if she’s this cool existential philosopher, taking life as it comes. They’re very tiny little threads she plays with, but she has so much subtle, beautiful, engaging stuff going on in her mind. The camera just loves her.”
But for Nélisse, this is a challenge readily accepted and further talks about her role in the following q&a (by Joe Utichi):
Q: What do you love about playing Liesel?
A: Well, she’s really tough and she’s really fun to play because she goes through a lot of different emotions. At the beginning she was thinking, “I’m a bit scared and a bit intimidated,” and then while the movie goes on she’ll get more tough and courageous. She’s so amazing to play because it’s not just an easy role. It’s interesting to play with.
Q: Do you see any similarities between you and Liesel?
A: She’s a fighter, a bit like me. I won’t really give up when I want something. She’s courageous and she never gives up, which is most like me.
Q: What is it like to work with Emily Watson and Geoffrey Rush?
A: They’re so good because they’re professional and I can learn so much from them. They’re inspiring in how they work, how they act and their preparation beforehand. Sometimes they give me advice, which is really good. It’s so fun to get the chance everyday to be sort of spoiled to be with them.
Q: What kind of film do you think it’s going to be?
A: I think that it’s an inspiring movie, because as much as it’s about the war, it’s not depressing. It is sad because of the fact of what happened, but it is sort of another way to see things in this movie. Words are like life. Liesel learns to read and she survives because of that. That applies to your own life; if you’re having a hard path you can look on the other side of things. And because of words she can see the world in a prettier way.
Q: Do you read a lot?
A: I like books that I like. I mean, you know some people don’t like a book and they’ll just finish it and say, “Okay, it was bad.” But if there’s a bad book I have to read, I’ll think, “This is boring. I won’t read it at all.” If it’s a good book I’ll read it really, really quickly and go, “Okay, I want to read the other one.” If it’s bad it’ll take me like ten years to read it!
Q: What are your favorite books?
A: I really like journals – diary kinds of things, girl stuff. But my bestfriend showed me a book that I liked. At first I didn’t think it’d be my type of thing. It was a mystery/fantasty sort of thing about animals, called FABLEHEAVEN. It’s really good. I really like it and I read all four of them. It’s a big book, but they’re really good so these are my favorites.
Q: What is it about acting that you enjoy?
A: I just love to play a role that’s not mine and to try other things that I never tried before. It’s amazing to go into other characters and to really be like that character.It’s hard - it’s a job - but it’s so fun, and then you can look at yourself and say, “I’ve experienced that,” and it’s fun to do.
Q: Do you watch a lot of films?
A: Yes, films are not like books, so even if they’re boring, and even if the movies are bad, I’ll watch them anyway. I know it’s stupid but I like these little stupid movies. My dad’s like, “Why do you watch these stupid things?” And I’m laughing at myself because I’m watching it, but I really like all movies.
Q: Who are the actors you’d really like to work with?
A: I really like Johnny Depp because I think he’s hilarious in “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Maybe Jessica Chastain, I think she’s good. There are a lot of good actors. Most of the actors I’d like to work with, all of them have so much to give me.
Q: Are you an actor for life now?
A: Yes. Unless people stop liking me and won’t hire me! But as as long as I have an opportunity, I’ll keep going.
An inspiring and moving story, “The Book Thief” will open February 19 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.