NEW ACTRESS LASHANA LYNCH PLAYS CAROL DANVERS’ TRUSTED ALLY IN MARVEL STUDIOS’ “CAPTAIN MARVEL”

Captain Marvel

Behind the triumph of every super hero is a trusted ally.  For Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) aka Captain Marvel, it’s the strong-minded Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), a former test fighter pilot and Carol’s best friend and loyal confidante.

Carol and Maria’s friendship is just one of the many highlights and why Filipino fans have embraced Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel.”  The film’s recent five-day opening weekend ranks as the all-time 4th biggest in Philippine history, as well as the highest first stand-alone character MCU opening weekend, and biggest March opening weekend ever.

In “Captain Marvel,” while Carol struggles with figuring out her past, a big part of it is Maria Rambeau, who has been her best friend since their days as test pilots in the Air Force.

Lashana Lynch, who makes her American feature film debut playing Maria, describes the special friendship Maria has with Carol, saying,  “It’s beautiful to see the female relationship that we have—the closeness, the sisterhood, the love—and the fact that it has been them against the world.”

The British actress was also excited when she found out that the studio was going to give Marvel’s most powerful Super Hero her chance in the limelight and tell her whole story from the beginning.

“Being a part of this is so special as its the first female superhero to have her own film,” Lynch continues. “You also see our first MCU female director. You see the first black female single mother in the MCU, female writers and female camera operators. There are just so many females everywhere that it is undeniably a feminist film. We have come so far along in the industry that it feels like there are so many people that are still a step behind, but Marvel is right where they need to be.” 

Lynch further elaborates, “In 2018 alone Marvel had a black superhero with a black family who are royalty, and it is set in Africa. And then they have a female superhero who has a female best friend with a female child. Everything is just so female heavy, and that’s one of the things I stand for. So, it was really important to me that I was a part of something that was representing that positively.”

As to her co-stars, Lynch shares “I was a big fan of Brie Larson for a long time. I think she’s amazing. Sam Jackson has been great to get to know and been very good to do this first Marvel movie with for me because he’s done so many, and he knows exactly what he’s talking about. He knows how to maneuver around this set like water. So, that’s great to capture.” 

Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is now playing Philippines theaters nationwide.  Join the conversation online and use the hashtag #CaptainMarvelPH

A NIGHTMARE COME TRUE IN JORDAN PEELE’S THRILLER “US”

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Before he had even finished making Get Out, his Oscar®-winning 2017 blockbuster that delved deep into issues of race and privilege in America, writer/director/producer Jordan Peele was already developing the idea for a new film, Us, that promised to be even more terrifying, and just as psychologically incisive, as the one he was making at the time.

(Check out the TV spot at https://youtu.be/1LCiRrnhaYY.)

“The idea for this movie came from a deep-seated fear in doppelgängers,” Peele says. “I love doppelgänger mythologies and the movies that have dealt with them, and I wanted to make my offering to that pantheon of ‘evil-double’ films. I was drawn to this idea that we are our own worst enemy. That’s something we all know intrinsically, but it’s a truth we tend to bury. We blame the outsider, we blame ‘the other.’ In this movie, the monster has our faces.”

Doppelgängers, or mysterious doubles of living people, are almost as old as storytelling itself. They appear in almost all folklore and mythology, a physical manifestation of a spiritual double that shares the memories, experiences and feelings of its living counterpart. These early narrative archetypes were the progenitors of so-called “evil twin” characters that have appeared in literature throughout history.

With few exceptions, it’s seldom a good sign when doppelgängers pop up in a story. “Doppelgängers have always been a source of fear,” Peele says. “It’s connected to your sense of mortality, I think. You can’t both exist, so one of you has to go. Throughout mythology, doppelgängers often represent bad omens or are a foreshadowing of one’s death. I wanted to pinpoint, and then develop the story, from that primal fear.”

That quest to pinpoint our root fears, and what they might represent, led Peele to some provocative places that not only plumbed the depths of the human psyche, but also America’s national identity. “I tend to draw inspiration from my own fear,” Peele says. “At some point I ask myself, ‘What’s the scariest thing for me, personally?’ In this case it was the idea of seeing myself. And then I think about what that’s really about, about why seeing yourself is so scary. No one really wants to look at their faults, their guilt, their demons. We all want to look elsewhere.” That inclination to project our own fears, anxieties and anger outward is also an endemic part of American culture. “This country, and how this country looks at the world, we have a fear of the outsider,” Peele says. “It’s built into the fear of everything from terrorism to immigration. One of the great core horror films that carried a powerful social message is George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. That movie was about race even though they don’t really talk about race in the film. I wanted to follow that approach with this movie.”

In Philippine cinemas March 20, Us is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/ ; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph  and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/. Use the hashtag#UsMovie.   

CAST OF “SHAZAM!” GREETS FILIPINO FANS

Shazam

Wazzup Philippines! In a newly released video, actors Zachary Levi, Asher Angel and Jack Dylan Grazer invite Filipino fans to watch SHAZAM in cinemas nationwide starting April 3rd.  Check out the video below!

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/warnerbrosphils/videos/vl.456723344791016/1161378750708143/?type=1

YouTube:  https://youtu.be/LcT4pZpEAUA

A New Line Cinema production, “Shazam!” is 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.

MARVEL STUDIOS’ “CAPTAIN MARVEL” TAKES FLIGHT AND TAKES OVER METRO MANILA

Captain Marvel at BGC

One of this year’s most anticipated release from the Marvel Cinematic Universe has just opened at No.1 in the Philippines.  The March 6 first-day box-office performance of Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” has already broken several records, including the Biggest Opening Day for 2019, Highest screen count for 2019, Highest Origins Opening Day and Highest Female Superhero Opening Day.

In line with its Philippine release, fans can go higher, further, and faster with these three must-see on-ground installations that celebrate the arrival of the most powerful character in the Marvel universe to complete their Captain Marvel experience.

Simulate the life of Carol Danvers through the life-size fighter jets found in select cinemas starting. Find this at SM Aura IMAX, SM North EDSA IMAX, SM Mall of Asia IMAX, SM Seaside Cebu, SM Clark, SM Manila, Robinsons Galleria, Shangri-La Plaza Red Carpet, Vista Evia, Bonifacio High Street, Ayala Glorietta, Ayala Trinoma, Ayala Market Market, Gateway, Megaworld Uptown BGC

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom. 

Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is now showing in Philippine theaters nationwide. Join the conversation online and use the hashtag #CaptainMarvelPH.

NEW “BRIGHTBURN” TRAILER FURTHER REVEALS SINISTER TALE

Brightburn

The world will never be the same. Watch the new trailer for Columbia Pictures’ Brightburn, produced by James Gunn, the visionary director of Guardians of the Galaxy.

Check out the trailer below and watch Brightburn in Philippine cinemas in 2019.

YouTube:  https://youtu.be/kxSYjqRWb1k   

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

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.