MASTER OF HORROR JAMES WAN PRODUCES “THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA”

The Curse of La Llorona

One of the most iconic and widely known figures in Mexican folklore, La Llorona – and her terrible, eternal hunt for children’s souls to replace the ones she drowned in life – has fueled the nightmares of generations of kids and left her mark on a vast swath of Latin America.  Her story has taken on a life of its own through centuries of tellings.  And though it twists and turns along the way, in every form and any language, one thing remains constant:  it still scares the living daylights out of anyone who hears it.

“When I first came to America, one of the first stories that people would come up and tell me was the legend of La Llorona,” says James Wan, producer of the upcoming “The Curse of La Llorona” from New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures.

“People see my movies and guess that I love ghost stories – and they’re right – but La Llorona is so much more,” continues Wan.  “It hits you at the deepest levels of horror and touches on fears you didn’t even know you had.  You understand why it’s such an integral part of people’s lives growing up.  I just became fixated on this story.  I thought, ‘What an amazing, scary figure to bring to the big screen.’”

The opportunity to bring La Llorona to the big screen went beyond Wan’s own obsession with the tale.  “La Llorona is a cultural phenomenon and beloved by some of the biggest horror fans in the world.  So when this project came along, all I wanted to do was help get it off the ground so people could see this story they love so much come to life on the big screen.”

With the addition of Gary Dauberman, the producing team was complete, and the search was on for a director.  But when an innovative, intensely creepy short called “The Maiden” debuted online, that critical piece of the puzzle clicked into place.  “We were all sort of bowled over by it,” Dauberman recalls.  “It was directed with such a sure hand, and managed to scare you with just a camera and subtle practical effects.  From the aesthetic, we guessed it was made by someone who loved the same movies we did – and we were right.”

Michael Chaves not only grew up loving movies, some of his favorites were directed by Wan, so to find himself in a room with one of his filmmaking heroes was akin to an out-of-body experience.  “From start to finish, this journey has been the craziest ride of my life, and such an honor,” Chaves marvels.  

“James is an amazing filmmaker and was incredibly supportive,” Chavez adds.  “At every stage of the process, he would come up with these great, simple insights that were always targeted to finding the story you want to tell and what the audience wants to see in each moment.”

In Philippine cinemas May 1, “The Curse of La Llorona” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.  Use the hashtag #LaLlorona

“SHAZAM!” JOLTS PH AT NO.1, GROSSES P79.6-M IN 5 DAYS

Shazam

The country’s fanboys and moviegoers shouted the magic word “Shazam!” last weekend, catapulting Warner Bros.’ latest DC superhero to the top of the Philippine box-office at No.1.

The comedy adventure starring Zachary Levi as the titular hero arrived with a five-day opening weekend of P79.6-million, dominating with more than 50% market share and gave Warner Bros. Pictures its biggest opening for the year.

A hit with both fans and critics for its high entertainment value and joyful, comedic tone, “Shazam!” also gifted director David F. Sandberg his best opening ever locally, soaring past such blockbusters as 2016’s “Lights Out” and 2017’s “Annabelle: Creation.”

In the US and international markets, “Shazam!” dominated as well with a global start of $158.6 million.

Now playing in Philippine cinemas nationwide, “Shazam!” is a New Line Cinema production, and  distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros., a WarnerMedia Company.  Use the hashtag #SHAZAM

About “Shazam!”

David F. Sandberg (“Annabelle: Creation”) directs New Line Cinema’s “Shazam!,” the origin story that stars Zachary Levi (TV’s “Chuck”) as the titular DC Super Hero, along with Asher Angel (TV’s “Andi Mack”) as Billy Batson, and Mark Strong (the “Kingsman” movies) in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. Peter Safran (upcoming “Aquaman,” “The Conjuring” and “Annabelle” films) serves as the film’s producer.

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard.  Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them!  Can he fly?  Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).

“Shazam!” also stars Jack Dylan Grazer (“IT”) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (“Annabelle: Creation”); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (TV’s “This is Us”); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat”); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O”).  Cooper Andrews (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) and Marta Milans (TV’s “Killer Women”) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez, with Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond”) as the Wizard.

Firmly set in the DC universe but with his own distinctly fun, family-centric tone, the screenplay is by Henry Gayden, story by Gayden and Darren Lemke. Shazam was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck. Christopher Godsick, Jeffrey Chernov, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia serve as executive producers.

LATIN AMERICAN FOLKLORE “LA LLORONA” OUT TO TERRIFY PH AUDIENCES SOON

The Curse of La Llorona

From New Line Cinema, “The Curse of La Llorona” brings the iconic Latin American legend to the Philippines in an original horror film produced by James Wan (“The Conjuring” universe, “Aquaman”).

Before there were horror movies, the currency of fear the world over was folklore.  And while the best tales endure, few have retained their power to scare like La Llorona.  

A mother, a woman scorned, a killer, a legend…she is the weeping woman who stalks the rivers and waterways, waiting in the dark to drag you away if you misbehave or stay out too late.  And the last thing you’ll hear is her haunting cry:  ¡Ay, mis hijos! 

One of the most iconic and widely known figures in Latin American folklore, La Llorona – and her terrible, eternal hunt for children’s souls to replace the ones she drowned in life – has fueled the nightmares of generations of kids and left her mark on a vast swath of the Americas.  Her story has taken on a life of its own through centuries of tellings.  And though it twists and turns along the way, in every form and any language, one thing remains constant:  it still scares the living daylights out of anyone who hears it.

La Llorona is a tale that generations of families have shared with their children, and the power of that legacy was director Michael Chaves’s true north in bringing it to a wider audience. “As we were prepping the movie, I wanted to talk to as many people as I could who grew up hearing this story and even some of the grandmothers who told it to them as kids.  And what’s fascinating is that it’s never told the same way twice.  The more people we talked to, the more nuances and variations we heard, but there was a real sense of wonder and terror in every telling.  I came away with an enormous appreciation for their openness in taking me into this story, and really wanted to honor that in making this film.”

For cast member Patricia Velasquez, the film’s inspiration is closer to home.  “I spent much of my childhood in Mexico and Venezuela, and grew up hearing the story of this woman who cries out for her lost children,” she reflects.  “When we were little, we used to hear all the time that you have to behave or La Llorona will come get you.  And we did behave and we did believe it – big time.

“And trust me,” she adds with an enigmatic smile, “even at this age, there’s a little bit of that story ingrained in all of us who grew up with it.”

And she’s far from alone.  “What terrifies you about this story is that you believe it could actually happen,” adds castmate Raymond Cruz.  “You can use it to try to scare your friends or keep your kids in line, but kids have disappeared, you see what I’m saying?  There are more things in heaven and earth, as Shakespeare said, than we can even dream of.”

Concludes cast member Linda Cardellini, “Whether or not you believe, there’s something about this story that gets under your skin, no matter who you are or what stage of life you’re in when it finds you, because everyone has a mother, everyone has been a child and people have kids of their own.”

Produced by James Wan (“Aquaman”), Gary Dauberman (screenwriter “IT” and “Annabelle” franchises) and Emile Gladstone (“Army of One”), “The Curse of La Llorona” is directed by Michael Chaves, marking his feature directorial debut.

The film was written by Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis (“Five Feet Apart”).  Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Walter Hamada, Michelle Morrissey and Michael Clear served as executive producers.

New Line Cinema presents An Atomic Monster/Emile Gladstone Production, “The Curse of La Llorona.”  The film opens in Philippine cinemas May 1, and is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.  Use the hashtag #LaLlorona

“JOKER” TEASER TRAILER PUTS THE SPOTLIGHT ON BATMAN’S NEMESIS

Joker

Watch the teaser trailer for Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Joker,” starring Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, alongside Oscar winner Robert De Niro, and directed, produced and co-written by Oscar nominee Todd Phillips.

Check out the trailer below and watch “Joker” in Philippine cinemas October 3.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/warnerbrosphils/videos/440785833346081/ 

YouTube:  https://youtu.be/Jsrdb1Uo-Sc 

“Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen.  Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck (Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.  

The film also stars Zazie Beetz (“Deadpool 2”), Bill Camp (“Red Sparrow”), Frances Conroy (TV’s “American Horror Story,” Hulu’s “Castle Rock”), Brett Cullen (“42,” Netflix’s “Narcos”), Glenn Fleshler (TV’s “Billions,” “Barry”), Douglas Hodge (“Red Sparrow,” TV’s “Penny Dreadful”), Marc Maron (TV’s “Maron,” “GLOW”), Josh Pais (upcoming “Motherless Brooklyn”), and Shea Whigham (“First Man,” “Kong: Skull Island”).

Phillips (“The Hangover” trilogy) directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver (“The Fighter”), based on characters from DC.  The film is being produced by Phillips and Bradley Cooper under their Joint Effort banner, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff.   It is executive produced by Richard Baratta, Joseph Garner and Bruce Berman.

“Joker” is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.  Use the hashtag #JokerMovie

NEW POSTERS UP FOR “BRIGHTBURN,” “THE ADDAMS FAMILY”

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The first posters for Columbia Pictures’ superhero horror Brightburn, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s animated comedy The Addams Family have just been unveiled.

Check out the posters below and watch Brightburn in Philippine cinemas on May 29, followed by The Addams Family on October 23.

About Brightburn

What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?  With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.

Brightburn is directed by David Yarovesky (The Hive) and written by Mark Gunn & Brian Gunn. Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, Pitch Perfect) stars alongside David Denman (13 Hours, Power Rangers), Jackson A. Dunn (Shameless), Matt Jones (Mom, Home) and Meredith Hagner (Younger, Set it Up).

James Gunn produces, with executive producers Mark Gunn, Brian Gunn, Dan Clifton, Simon Hatt, and Nic Crawley.

Brightburn is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  Use the hashtag #Brightburn  

About The Addams Family

The Addams Family’s lives are turned upside down when they realize the town next door is suddenly full of uptight suburbanites led by an over-the-top TV host who is trying to build the perfect world- her way! – and who will stop at nothing to get rid of a freaky family like the Addams. If that’s not bad enough, Wednesday has to go to public school for the first time, and Pugsley has to prepare for a big performance that the extended Addams family from across the globe will be coming to judge. What could possibly go wrong?”

Directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, the film features a voice cast led by Oscar Issac as George Gomez Addams, Charlize Theron as Morticia Addams, Chloe Grace Montez as Wednesday Addams, Finn Wolfhard as Pugsley Addams, Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester, Allison Janney (I, Tonya) as the Addams’ arch nemesis Margaux Needler, Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade) as Parker Needler and Bette Midler as Grandma.

The Addams Family is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/ ; Twitter athttps://twitter.com/uipmoviesph and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/. Use the hashtag #TheAddamsFamily.