“DOWNSIZING” THINKS BIG FOR ITS NEW POSTER

Downsizing

Matt Damon is meant for something bigger in the new poster for Paramount Pictures’ new quirky comedy Downsizing directed by two-time Oscar-winner Alexander Payne.

Check out the poster below and watch Downsizing in Philippine cinemas January 24.

Downsizing imagines what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small.

People soon realize how much further money goes in a miniaturized world. With the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha for a new downsized community, taking the irreversible leap that will trigger life-changing adventures when they become small.

Directed by Alexander Payne from a screenplay by Payne and Jim Taylor, Downsizing stars Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau and Kristen Wiig.

Downsizing is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

DWAYNE JOHNSON SMOLDERS AS A VIDEO GAME ACTION HERO IN “JUMANJI”

Jumanji, Dwayne Johnson

An archeologist and international explorer, Dr. Smolder Bravestone is the consummate action hero: fearless, faster than a speeding bullet, able to climb anything, exceptional skill with weapons – and he does it all with his trademark “smoldering intensity.”

His weaknesses? None. Who does that sound like? None other than Dwayne Johnson, who plays the role, in Columbia Pictures’ upcoming action-adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (in Philippine cinemas Monday, January 8.)

But inside Dr. Bravestone is Spencer, a neurotic gamer with a fragile constitution, portrayed by Alex Wolff. Allergic and very nervous, Spencer is everything Dr. Bravestone is not… or so it seems.

In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, four unlikely friends get sucked into the perilous world of Jumanji, and are transformed into avatars with unique skills. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in Jumanji forever…

Johnson relished the chance to play against type, a character completely unlike his persona as The Rock or any of the many action hero roles he has brought to life. “Spencer is the most wonderful, insecure, lovable, allergic to everything, fun character I’ve ever played,” says Johnson. “I’ve never had the opportunity to play a teenage boy. He’s not a big physical guy, he’s just little Spencer who morphs into me. I’m channeling this scared, little 16-year-old boy and it was a challenge.”

A challenge, because the whole movie hinges on audiences believing that Johnson is actually an anxious teenager. But Johnson says that even though today he is a confident, grown man, that wasn’t always the case. “Even when I was 16, I looked 46. I was six-foot-four and 245 pounds, and had a thick mustache – but whatever I looked like on the outside, on the inside I was still a teenager, trying to figure out who I was. So, I held onto that spirit of being a teenager – I wanted to make sure that everyone watching this movie was thinking ‘That’s Spencer’ and not ‘That’s the Rock.’”

There’s truly not another actor in the world that would make this idea as much fun as it is with DJ,” says director Jake Kasdan. “And he committed himself to the role, fully. He totally embraced the chance to play with – and against – his persona. He absolutely captured this kid.”

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

EXPERIENCE “INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY” IN 360

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CAITLIN GERARD as Imogen Rainier in Insidious: The Last Key. The creative minds behind the hit Insidious trilogy return for the supernatural thriller, which welcomes back franchise standout Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier. In the film, the brilliant parapsychologist faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home.

Experience Insidious: The Last Key in 360, as you visit Elise Ranier’s childhood home in the newly released interactive video from Columbia Pictures.

Explore Elise Ranier’s childhood home starting with the first floor. Then descend to the basement and go through the red door and experience The Further.

Check out the video at http://youtu.be/FLf3qtumwQA and watch Insidious: The Last Key in Philippine cinemas January 17.

The creative minds behind the hit Insidious trilogy return for Insidious: The Last Key. In the supernatural thriller, which welcomes back franchise standout Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home.

The film is written by co-creator Leigh Whannell (Saw), who wrote the trilogy and directed Chapter 3; produced by Insidious regulars Jason Blum (The Purge series, Get Out, Split), Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) and co-creator James Wan (The ConjuringFast & Furious 7); and directed by series newcomer Adam Robitel.

Shaye is joined by the returning Angus Sampson as Tucker and Leigh Whannell as Specs. They welcome to the cast Josh Stewart as Gerald Rainier, Caitlin Gerard as Imogen, Kirk Acevedo as Ted, , Bruce Davison as Christian, Spencer Locke as Melissa, Tessa Ferrer as Audrey, Ava Kolker as Young Elise, Hana Hayes as Elise as a teen, and Marcus Henderson as Detective Whitfield.

Steven Schneider, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Charles Layton, Bailey Conway Anglewicz and Couper Samuelson serve as the film’s executive producers.

Insidious: The Last Key is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

TAKE A LOOK INSIDE “PITCH PERFECT 3” IN NEW FEATURETTE

Pitch Perfect 3

Discover why the Bellas stick together like sisters and the secret to their incredible chemistry with the release of Pitch Perfect 3: A Look Inside featurette.

Check out the featurette at http://youtu.be/8v2KsWZadNg and watch Pitch Perfect 3 in Philippine cinemas January 8, 2018.

Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3, the next chapter in the beloved series that has taken in more than $400 million at the global box office.

After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

Pitch Perfect 3 stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Regner, John Lithgow, John Michael Higgins, and Elizabeth Banks.

Pitch Perfect 3 is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

NICK JONAS’ ORIGINAL SONG IN “FERDINAND” SCORES NOMINATION AT GOLDEN GLOBES 2018

Nick Jonas sings in Blue Sky Studios and Twentieth Century Fox's "Ferdinand."

Nick Jonas sings in Blue Sky Studios and Twentieth Century Fox’s “Ferdinand.”

Set in Spain, the delightful movie “Ferdinand” tells the remarkable story of a gentle bull, voiced by John Cena, a gentle giant who prefers flowers to fighting and has no desire to face off against matadors in the bullring. It follows Ferdinand as he embarks on a thrilling, dangerous and fun-filled journey to find love, acceptance and a real home. ‘Home’ is also the title of the new song from Jonas, about the place where people (and bulls) can relax and be themselves.

                From the award-winning Blue Sky Studios, “Ferdinand” was directed by Carlos Saldanha. Based on the classic 1936 children’s book of the same name, by author Munro Leaf and illustrator Robert Lawson, the film also stars Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon as the voice of Lupe the goat.

                We join Ferdinand as he sets off on an adventure looking for somewhere he can call home. He comes across an idyllic farm, befriends the kind farmer and his little girl, Nina, and finds happiness and peace in the flower-filled countryside. But Ferdinand is torn apart from his adoptive family after he’s mistaken for a vicious beast and he ends up in a bull training camp, the last place he wants to be! Developing a friendship with a quirky and hilarious ‘calming’ goat called Lupe (Kate McKinnon) Ferdinand has one goal—to get back home to Nina’s farm.

                It is a theme that resonates strongly with Nick Jonas who wrote and performed the song ‘Home’ for the film. He collaborated with acclaimed musician Justin Tranter and songwriter/producer, Nick Monson. According to Carlos Saldanha, ‘Home’ captures the spirit of Ferdinand. “I wanted a song to reflect the lightness and the power of the film, and I wanted it to feel emotional and fun, just like the movie. Nick wrote brand new lyrics and a brand new melody for us and it was perfect. ‘Home’ plays in the film at a very empowering moment for Ferdinand, when he finds a place where he’s accepted. The song is wonderful and reflects the idea that home is a place where your heart is and where you can be your true self.”

                Jonas shares that, “I’ve used the word ‘home’ in songs before but this was the first time that I really sat and thought about what it meant to me, what I was saying with that word and the significance of that message. For me, it’s all about my family. Any time I think about the moments of my life that are really hectic and insane, I think about home. If I look back at the 12 or 13 years of my career so far, it is family that has been the constant in my life. So I wrote this song about my family and the importance of that grounding factor in life. That is what home is all about.”

                 “I think the beauty of Ferdinand as a whole, is that it is highly relatable, no matter what your journey in life is all about, or what your circumstances are. It is about acceptance and it definitely relates to me. I went to regular school in my early life, when I was seven, eight and nine years old. At the same time, I was also doing Broadway shows in New York City. So during my school hours, I was spending time with other kids who didn’t share the same interests as me. But when I was working, I’d be around adults who loved musical theatre and telling stories and singing and dancing. That was where I felt more accepted than when I was around kids my own age,” concludes Jonas.

                “Ferdinand” opens January 8 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.