“JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK” LAUNCHES PAYOFF POSTER

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Tom Cruise and Cobie Smulders have each other’s back in the newly released the main poster art for Paramount Pictures’ action-thriller “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” due in Philippine cinemas on Oct. 19th.

Cruise returns as Jack Reacher with his particular brand of justice in the highly anticipated sequel. In the film, Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) is the Army Major who heads Reacher’s old investigative unit. She is arrested for Treason and knowing that she is innocent, Reacher must break her out of prison and uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear their names and save their lives. On the run as fugitives from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever.

Based upon Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, author Lee Child’s 18th novel in the best-selling Jack Reacher series, that has seen 100 million books sold worldwide.

Directed by Edward Zwick, the film’s screenplay by Richard Wenk and Edward Zwick & Marshall Hershkovitz

Executive Producers are Paula Wagner Herb Gains David Ellison Dana Goldberg. Produced by Tom Cruise, p.g.a. Don Granger, p.g.a. Christopher McQuarrie.

“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

WATCH “THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN” VIGNETTES: THE OUTLAW, THE WARRIOR

The Magnificent Seven

Get to know the Outlaw Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) and The Warrior Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier) better in the newly released character vignettes for Columbia Pictures’ action-adventure “The Magnificent Seven.”

Watch the Vasquez featurette at https://youtu.be/7Zx0suDXqH0 and the Red Harvest at https://youtu.be/gfh3OxbXAhM.

Garcia-Rulfo describes his character Vasquez as someone who loves gunfighting. “He’s been always like a bandit, a robber, a criminal. He’s been on the run for several months. He doesn’t have anything to lose because he has no family, no nothing.”

For his part, Sensmeier notes that Red Harvest is just a regular bad-ass. “He’s a Comanche but he’s not with his tribe. Red Harvest was tracking the six, but they don’t realize they’re being tracked. When they do realize, he reveals himself.”

They are joined in the film by the Bounty Hunter (Denzel Washington), the Gambler (Chris Pratt), the Sharpshooter (Ethan Hawke), the Hunter (Vincent D’Onofrio) and the Assassin (Byung-Hun Lee).

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ “The Magnificent Seven.”

With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

Opening across the Philippines on September 21, “The Magnificent Seven” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Use the hashtag #Mag7

FROM “FEAR THE WALKING DEAD,” DANIEL ZOVATTO HEATS UP “DON’T BREATHE”

Daniel Zovatto

Daniel Zovatto stars in Screen Gems’ horror-thriller DON’T BREATHE.

Up-and-coming young actor Daniel Zovatto (“It Follows,” TV’s “Fear the Walking Dead”) stars in Columbia Pictures’ new horror-thriller “Don’t Breathe” as Money, one of a trio of teens who break into the house of a blind man they suspect has plenty of money hidden away. But their plan goes dangerously wrong when their intended victim turns out to be more frightening than they ever anticipated.

Produced by Sam Raimi (the “Spider-Man” trilogy), “Don’t Breathe” also stars Jane Levy (“Evil Dead”), Dylan Minnette (“Goosebumps”) and Stephen Lang (“Avatar”). Fede Alvarez (“Evil Dead”) directs from a script co-written with Rodo Sayagues (“Evil Dead”).

Zovatto’s character, Money, is the mpulsive, street-savvy boyfriend of Rocky, played by Jane Levy. Money is the connection between the streets and Alex (Dylan Minnette) and Rocky. Says Zovatto, “Basically, he is the alpha, the muscle of the group. But he’s not one-dimensional. There’s a lot more to him than just a gangster or a street kid. He has a lot of layers.”

It is Money’s street contact who tips him off to a retired army vet rumored to have a six-figure cash settlement stashed somewhere in his home. Money convinces his friends that this is the score to catapult them out of their crumbling city into a sunnier life in California.

There’s not much money around in his neighborhood,” Zovatto says. “This seems like a pretty sure thing. But he also enjoys the adrenaline rush of these jobs.”

Alvarez cast the actor on the basis of his performance in the breakout indie horror film “It Follows.” “He is an actor that can take a role from the page and make it his own,” says the director. “The take he brought into the room when we were casting the role was completely different from what everybody else was doing.”

Like a typical hustler, Money lives in the moment. “He’s just pure energy and anarchy,” Alvarez observes. “He knows what he wants and he gets it. Money has a better idea of who he is than Alex, who is still a bit confused about what he wants to do.”

Zovatto says the “Don’t Breathe” shoot was the most fun he has ever had at work. “Because Fede both wrote and directed, he knows all the ins and the outs of the story and the characters, which is really cool. At the same time he let us discover our own characters with his guidance. He’s a really passionate guy and I love passionate people.”

Opening across the Philippines in August 31, “Don’t Breathe” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

LADY GAGA TO STAR OPPOSITE BRADLEY COOPER IN REIMAGINING OF “A STAR IS BORN”

Tony Bennett 90th Birthday - Red Carpet

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 03: Lady Gaga arrives for music legend Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday celebration at The Rainbow Room on August 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for RPM)

Award-winning music superstar Lady Gaga has been set to star opposite four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (“American Sniper,” “American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) in a remake of the iconic musical drama “A Star is Born.” The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures. The film will also be helmed by Cooper, who will be making his directorial debut.

Lady Gaga’s role in “A Star is Born” will mark her first lead in a feature film. In addition, she will compose new songs for the film, which she will also perform.

“A Star is Born” is being produced by Billy Gerber and Jon Peters; together with Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips, under their Joint Effort Productions banner. Basil Iwanyk is serving as executive producer.

In making the announcement, Silverman stated, “For those of us lucky enough to watch him work as an actor and producer, it has been clear that Bradley would make this transition to director. We are honored that he is doing it, here, at his home—Warner Bros.—and with Lady Gaga as a collaborator and co-star. The world is in for a treat as these great artists craft an all new vision of ‘A Star is Born.’”

A singular talent, Lady Gaga earned an Oscar nomination earlier this year for her moving song “Til it Happens to You,” from the documentary “The Hunting Ground.” Among her many music honors, she has also won six Grammy Awards and earned another nine Grammy nominations. Her multi-platinum hits range from “Bad Romance,” “Poker Face” and “Just Dance” to the chart-topping anthem “Born This Way.” In 2014, she proved her crossover appeal with “Cheek to Cheek,” partnering with the legendary Tony Bennett on a duet album of standards, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart. On the acting front, Lady Gaga starred in the 2015-16 season of FX’s hit series “American Horror Story,” earning widespread acclaim and winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Made for Television Movie. She had earlier been seen in the Robert Rodriguez films “Machete Kills” and “Sin City: A Dame to Die For.”

“A Star is Born” will be distributed worldwide, including the Philippines, by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

BIG BANG THEORY’S SIMON HELBERG ON HIGH NOTES WITH MERYL STREEP AND HUGH GRANT IN “FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS”

hugh grant and meryl streep in FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS

“The idea of finding joy in what you’re doing, that’s something everybody can understand,” says Meryl Streep of her latest inspiring film about music and the power of dreams in “Florence Foster Jenkins.”

Starring in the titular role, Meryl Streep sings to life “Florence Foster Jenkins,” along with Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg, the ear-busting movie opens into the last year of the real life Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy patron of music and philanthropist whose passion to sing does not exactly match her vocal prowess.  Supported by her devoted husband St. Clair Bayfield (Grant) and accompanist Cosme McMoon (Helberg), Florence pursues her dream of becoming an opera singer despite her horrible voice.

Apart from world renowned and admired actors Streep and Grant, director Stephen Frears has also cast Helberg in the movie, completing an impressive chord of lead characters in “Florence Foster Jenkins.”  Helberg, best known as TV’s Howard Wolowitz in the hit sitcom “Big Bang Theory” as the fourth member of the geek quartet, who in real life is a talented concert pianist, also gives life to Florence’s real life accompanist McMoon.

In recent interviews, Helberg revealed that playing Jenkins’ long-suffering pianist is highly inspiring, “When I read the script I ran the gamut of emotions. I laughed hysterically, I cried. There’s a purity to Florence, there’s no cynicism, it’s all for the music.”

“But Florence doesn’t have any sense of rhythm or pitch, so Meryl would intentionally stumble all over the place and I would have to follow her on the piano,” Helberg further says. “It was a little like tandem rock climbing, a sort of mirroring exercise. Her job was insanely hard, to be almost right but just off enough that it makes you cringe.”

True to his character, Helberg is also a talented musician, son of actress Sandy Helberg and casting director Harriet Helberg, he finished his studies at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts in New York, where he perfected his thespian and musical talents, and reaching concert-pianist level.

“Simon was a genius piece of casting,” says Grant who is extremely impressed with his acting and musical talents. “He was perfect for the role and on top of that he’s a concert standard pianist. I just hope people realise that those really are his hands playing the piano,” vouches Grant.

“Florence Foster Jenkins” opens August 24 in cinemas nationwide from OctoArts Films International.