RELENTLESS ACTION AMPS THRILLING HUNT IN “THE PREDATOR”

 The Predator

From veteran action director Shane Black and producer John Davis (who also produced the original and subsequent Predator films), man’s most formidable adversary once again reaches Earth in “The Predator”.

             In the latest movie, Predators have been coming to Earth and hunting humans for some time now, and it’s no longer quite the secret it was.  The government has established a defense agency dedicated solely to protecting humans from a Predator incursion.  Project Stargazer was initially conceived of as a high-tech, top-secret government lab in which captured Predators could be studied.  Scribe Fred Dekker says, “But in the back-story, the government needed some kind of plausible deniability, so they put it in the hands of the CIA.” But when Traeger, played by Sterling K.  Brown, takes over operations, he privatizes Stargazer to profit from Predator technology.

            Davis recalls what first drew him to the Predator, more than 30 years ago: “It was the idea of the hunter.  It was the idea of this creature from another planet that hunted the greatest game and would go from planet-to-planet for that sport, and the American Commando and group of guys in the jungle that represented that.  And in the end, he was outsmarted and defeated, so even though the Predator had great brawn and weaponry, there was an ingenuity and a desire to survive in man that made it a fair fight.”

            In addition to writing a slate of sensational movies, including Lethal Weapon, and directing films such as Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, director Shane Black is also an actor, perhaps best known for the role of Hawkins in Predator, the 1987 classic directed by John McTiernan.  But, says Black, “The Predator in this film is the deadliest and scariest one yet.”

            The director brings forth Boyd Holbrook as Quinn McKenna, a retired Special Forces army ranger turned mercenary in the thick of relentless thrilling action.  He says, “The original Predator was legendary, so it’s an honor and a privilege to get to come back with Shane after 30 years and reinvent this thing.”

            Because of the training he’d begun to shoot his previous film, Holbrook was in great shape.  He recalls that while working on “Logan,” he met a stunt man.  “He was an ex-sniper out of SEALs.  McKenna is Special Forces Army Ranger, but you’re splitting hairs at that point.  I was fortunate enough to hang out with the guy and he got me on the beach at 5 AM, in the water, running, and training.  I did that for a couple months.  What I truly believe is that the preparation is all about the conditioning of that person.  There’s a gauntlet of things that make up these people.  I thought it was really important to get that sensibility of how these guys have this morbid sense of humor. These guys are really a fascinating group of men.”

            “The Predator” is now showing in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox.

“SLENDER MAN” FEATURETTE TAKES YOU INSIDE THE MYSTERY

Slender Man
Joey King (Wren) and Julia Goldani-Telles (Hallie) in Screen Gems’ SLENDER MAN.

Columbia Pictures has just shared a featurette that takes viewers inside the new terrifying horror-thriller Slender Man.

Check out the video below and watch Slender Man in Philippine cinemas September 26.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/m-OF426RFMo

About Slender Man

In a small town in Massachusetts, a group of friends perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the lore of Slender Man. When one of them goes mysteriously missing, they begin to suspect that she is, in fact, HIS latest victim.

Columbia Pictures’ new horror-thriller Slender Man stars Joey King (The Conjuring), Julia Goldani Telles (The Affair), Jaz Sinclair (Paper Towns), Annalise Basso (Ouija: Origin of Evil), Alex Fitzalan (Season and I Miss You), Taylor Richardson (A Most Violent Year) and Javier Botet (The Conjuring, Insidious 4, IT).

Slender Man is directed by Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard and The Losers) and produced by Bradley J. Fischer, James Vanderbilt, William Sherak, Robyn Meisinger and Sarah Snow. The film is written by David Birke (Elle).

“SMALLFOOT” CAST SAYS HELLO TO PHILIPPINE FANS

Small foot

Warner Bros. Pictures has just released a featurette of the cast of “Smallfoot” greeting and inviting Filipino fans to watch the new comedy adventure.

Check out the “Smallfoot” voice actors Channing Tatum, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James and Gina Rodriguez in the video below.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/warnerbrosphils/videos/533234073799698/

YouTube:  https://youtu.be/mDuoWCgUUwQ

In Philippine cinemas Thursday, September 27, “Smallfoot” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

About “Smallfoot”

An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, “Smallfoot” turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human.

News of this “smallfoot” brings him fame and a chance with the girl of his dreams. It also throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in a rollicking story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.

“Smallfoot” stars Channing Tatum (“The LEGO® Batman Movie,” the “Jump Street” films) as the Yeti, Migo, and James Corden (“Trolls” ) as the Smallfoot, Percy.  Also starring are Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), Common (“Selma”), LeBron James (upcoming “Space Jam 2”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Danny DeVito (“The Lorax”), Yara Shahidi (TV’s “Black-ish”), Ely Henry (TV’s “Justice League Action”), and Jimmy Tatro (“22 Jump Street”).

“Smallfoot” is directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, Annie Award-winning director of “Over the Hedge” and Annie nominee for the screenplays for “Chicken Run” and “James and the Giant Peach.”

NEW IMAGES FROM MARVEL STUDIOS’ “CAPTAIN MARVEL” REVEAL SKRULLS, KREE, AND MORE

Captain Marvel
Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL
Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson)
Photo: Chuck Zlotnick
©Marvel Studios 2019

We’re still a little over seven months until the theatrical release of Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel,” starring Brie Larson. We know it’s a lot of time before we’re heading back to the 90s and graced by Carol Danvers’ presence. Until then, we’ve got some official images from the film to hold you over.

About “Captain Marvel”

Set for release in the Philippines on March 6, 2019, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is directed by the writing/directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, whose credits include “Mississippi Grind” and “Half Nelson.” An all-star collective of accomplished writers penned the screenplay, including Meg LeFauve (“Inside Out),  Nicole Perlman (upcoming “First Man,” Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Geneva Robertson-Dworet (“Tomb Raider” ), Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch (“Glow”), and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.

The film stars Academy Award® winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Kong: Skull Island”), Samuel L. Jackson (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”), Djimon Hounsou (Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Lee Pace (Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Lashana Lynch (“Brotherhood”), Gemma Chan (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), Algenis Perez Soto (“Sambá”), Rune Temte (“The Last Kingdom”), McKenna Grace (“I, Tonya”), with Clark Gregg (“Marvel’s The Avengers”), and Jude Law (“Spy”).

The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.  Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Kevin Feige is the producer of Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel.” Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patty Whitcher and Stan Lee are executive producers, with Lars Winther serving as co-producer/first assistant director and David Grant serving as co-producer.

Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s creative team includes director of photography Ben Davis (Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange,”), Oscar®- nominated production designer Andy Nicholson (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”), costume designer Sanja Hays (“Star Trek: Beyond”), editors Elliot Graham (“Molly’s Game,”) and Debbie Berman (Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming”), two-time Oscar nominee, visual effects supervisor Christopher Townsend (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”), stunt coordinator Jim Churchman (Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” and “Ant-Man” ) and six-time Oscar nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Black Panther”).

“LA LA LAND” DUO GOSLING, CHAZELLE RE-TEAMS FOR “FIRST MAN”

First Man

On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/PSoRx87OO6k

A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost—on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

Chazelle’s interest and stories continue to focus on the cost of achievement…and whether or not excellence is worth the price for those who reach.  Just as he reimagined the discipline of mentorship on the road to mastery in Whiplash—and deconstructed the movie musical in La La Land—Chazelle now challenges expectations of what a “mission picture” should resemble.  Discovering First Man alongside numerous collaborators, Chazelle approaches the film from interior angles in order to immerse audiences in this impossible journey.

Portraying the passionate, indomitable, unsung hero Janet Armstrong is Claire Foy (Netflix’s The Crown)—Neil’s wife and the woman who helped make these times monumental.  Although she assumed she’d build her life with someone with an adventurous disposition, Janet grapples with the sacrifices they’re asked to make in this unexpected journey into history.  While Neil travels to the heavens to deal with their shared grief of unthinkable loss, Janet must handle the Earthly business of being the backbone of the burgeoning space program.  One of the most public faces of NASA families…she led a private life of wondering if she’d chosen this path to shape history…or if fate had done so for the Armstrongs.

Gosling and Foy are joined on screen by an accomplished troupe portraying the men selected for the Gemini Program alongside Armstrong—Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Ed White, Patrick Fugit (Gone Girl) as Elliot See, Ethan Embry (Netflix’s Grace and Frankie) as Pete Conrad, Pablo Schreiber (STARZ’ American Gods) as Jim Lovell, Christopher Abbott (HBO’s Girls) as David Scott, Corey Stoll (Marvel’s Ant-Man) as Buzz Aldrin, Skyler Bible (Socially Awkward) as Richard F. Gordon, and Shea Whigham (Non-Stop) as Gus Grissom.

Playing the men in command of these early missions are KYLE CHANDLER (Game Night) as Director of Flight Operations Deke Slayton and CIARÁN HINDS (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) as Bob Gilruth, the first Director of the Space Center.  They are joined by LUKAS HAAS (The Revenant) as command space module pilot Mike Collins and CORY MICHAEL SMITH (TV’s Gotham) as Roger Chaffee, Grissom and White’s fellow ill-fated comrade on the Apollo Command Module, which was destroyed during a pre-flight test at Cape Canaveral.  Also joining the performers is OLIVIA HAMILTON (La La Land) as Pat White, who serves as a daily reminder to the closely knit neighborhood of the real threat they’re all facing.

Written by Academy Award® winner Josh Singer (Spotlight, The Post), the epic drama of leading under the pressure of grace and tragedy is produced by Wyck Godfrey & Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga, The Fault in Our Stars) through their Temple Hill Entertainment banner, alongside Isaac Klausner (Love, Simon) and Chazelle.  Steven Spielberg, Adam Merims and Singer executive produce, while DreamWorks Pictures co-finances the film.

In Philippine cinemas October 10, First Man is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/