GROUNDBREAKING THRILLER “SEARCHING” REVEALS NEW POSTER

Searching

Columbia Pictures has just unveiled the brand new poster for its eagerly anticipated suspense thriller Searching starring Jon Cho (Star Trek film series).

Check out the one-sheet art below and watch Searching in Philippine cinemas this September.

After David Kim (John Cho)’s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter’s laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter’s digital footprints before she disappears forever.

The acclaimed sensation in this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Searching is directed by Aneesh Chaganty, and also stars Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Michelle La, and Sara Sohn.

 

Searching is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

HALLOWEEN COMES ALIVE IN FIRST TRAILER OF “GOOSEBUMPS 2”

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

It only comes one night a year.  Watch the first trailer of Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween  now and check out the film in Philippine cinemas this October.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/AHenln_gnfA

Halloween comes to life in a brand-new, family adventure comedy based on R.L. Stine’s 400-million-selling series of books.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is directed by Ari Sandel from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, based on the Goosebumps Books by R.L. Stine.

The cast is comprised by Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor,           Caleel Harris, Chris Parnell and Ken Jeong.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX SET TO STAR IN TODD PHILLIPS’ JOKER ORIGIN STORY

Joaquin Phoenix, Todd Phillips

Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Joaquin Phoenix will star in an origin story of one of DC’s most notorious Super-Villains, the Joker.

Under the direction of Todd Phillips, the film centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen.  Phillips’ exploration of a man disregarded by society is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.

Phillips will direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver (“The Fighter”).  The film will be produced by Emma Tillinger Koskoff and executive produced by Richard Baratta.  The film begins production later this year.

One of today’s most versatile actors, Phoenix has been honored with three Oscar nominations, for his work in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master,” James Mangold’s “Walk the Line,” in which he starred as Johnny Cash, and Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator.”  He won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017 for Lynne Ramsey’s “You Were Never Really Here,” and has also earned acclaim for his work in numerous films, including Spike Jonze’s “Her.”  His most recent film, Gus Van Sant’s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” premiered at Sundance this year.

The film will be distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures.

SWEETER JOYS AWAIT FANS IN “MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN”

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

(L to R) Young Rosie (ALEXA DAVIES), Young Donna (LILY JAMES) and Young Tanya (JESSICA KEENAN WYNN) in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.” Ten years after “Mamma Mia! The Movie,” you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA.

It is difficult to believe, but it has actually been 10 years since the ground-breaking success of Mamma Mia! The Movie.

Judy Craymer, producer and creator of the global smash-hit musical “Mamma Mia!” and producer of the first movie, sets up the premise of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again: “Both the musical and the first film is a story of family and friendship, and believing in yourself.  In Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, we continue the emotional journey of our story while also discovering how those life-changing relationships formed and had such a profound impact on Donna, The Dynamos, Sophie and her possible dads.”

“The story of Mamma Mia! feels more relevant than ever, and audiences really have a deep affection for the story, the show, ABBA’s music and the first film,” she continues.  “The songs and story take you on an emotional journey with music that is magical and irresistible.”

It was important to Craymer and her fellow film producer, Gary Goetzman, that they not rush a story.  Craymer recounts: “The evolution of ‘Mamma Mia’ has always been an organic one, and we’d always loved the idea of a second movie.  Without any kind of cynicism, we’ve gone back to the origins of the musical, as there was a foundation there that worked so well.  We’d always discussed the backstory of how Donna and The Dynamos formed in college and how Donna found her destiny on the island.  This was the jumping-off point for how we came upon the storyline of a prequel and a sequel in one.”

Producer Richard Curtis worked closely with director and screenwriter Ol Parker on the story for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.  Curtis talks about a fitting inspiration for a story about family: “This came from a conversation with my rather brilliant 22-year-old daughter.  I asked if she had any ideas for Mamma Mia! 2, and she said it was obvious: It should be flashback to explore how Donna met the three possible fathers during the summer of ’79, cut into the present day with Sophie.  Then there is a whole cycle of motherhood linking the two.”

Curtis and Parker began the process of mapping out the story for the sequel/prequel.  “Richard Curtis has an encyclopaedic knowledge of ABBA, which defeats even mine,” Parker laughs.  That would inform the narrative of the film.  “We both know their music so well, sometimes we’d consider using a song as a way to get into a scene, others we’d find a way to put a song into a scene.”

For Parker, whose background as a screenwriter allowed him the foresight to imagine what would and wouldn’t work, the concept of a prequel/sequel felt ideal.  “From the back story of the three possible fathers, how Young Donna becomes Donna and finds her way to the island—even how the dungarees originate—all of those things just seemed like a gift.  They’re all these moments where you can create symmetry, and it can lend an emotional resonance to Sophie’s story.”

As in so much of Mamma Mia!, the songs in this film come at just the right time and evoke the perfect feeling for the scene.  Offers Producer Gary Goetzman: “‘Dancing Queen’ is the ultimate magical earworm.  Once you hear it, you can’t get it out of your mind.  It won’t go away, but you never get sick of it.  That’s the most amazing thing with these movies, is that when I hear Benny and Björn’s music, I can’t help but be addicted to it and constantly be humming it.  I can’t help but feel happy when I hear the songs… ABBA’s music is timeless.  It appeals to generation after generation, in any setting—I don’t care if it’s a dance floor, your car or in the bath tub.  ABBA rules.”

In Philippine cinemas July 17Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/

HENRY CAVILL IS CIA’S TOP ASSASSIN IN “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT”

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Left to right: Henry Cavill and Angela Bassett in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT

Paramount Pictures’ new epic action adventure Mission: Impossible – Fallout introduces August Walker, a CIA agent played by Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill who is forced upon Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) by CIA Director Sloane.

“He’s something of a wild card in our story,” says director Christopher McQuarrie. “There’s a great deal of friction between him and Ethan, which comes to a boil over the course of the movie.”

The CIA’s top assassin, Walker also harbors his own dark agenda, says Cavill. “He’s a cleaner; he takes out the people you can’t capture. But beyond that he’s an anarchist.

Cruise has high praise for Cavill’s performance in the role. “He is very powerful; he’s athletic, charismatic and holds the screen. People will see that he is not pulling any punches. McQ wrote a unique role for him; he is just a great antagonist.”

The part required Cavill to endure a number of extremely uncomfortable situations during the shoot, according to McQuarrie. “He had the utterly thankless job of being in every freezing-cold, horrible, punishing environment imaginable with very little protective clothing,” says the director.

“From being in an open helicopter traveling at 100 miles an hour 7,000 feet over a glacier in the dead of New Zealand winter to hanging off a 2,000-foot cliff in Norway. He was always positive, always diving in headfirst. Henry is an absolute gentleman and a fantastic actor. He was a joy to work with and had a great sense of humor.”

Henry Cavill has, in a short period of time, proven to be a global force in both film and television. He is best known for the dual role of Clark Kent and Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, becoming the first non-American actor to don the iconic suit. The film became the highest-grossing Superman picture to date. Cavill went on to reprise his role in Snyder’s hit Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, alongside Ben Affleck and Amy Adams. He reprised the role in Justice League, teaming up with Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher and Jason Momoa.

In Philippine cinemas July 25Mission: Impossible – Fallout is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/