Monthly Archives: April 2013

Iron Man 3 Early Bird Promo (Advance Selling)

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Target Date of Activity: April 8-23, 2013

Participating Cinemas: Glorietta 4 Cebu Greenbelt 3 MarQuee ATC Abreeza Market! Market! Harbor Point TriNoma Centrio

PROMO MECHANICS (ONLINE):

1. For every online purchase of two (2) IRON MAN 3 movie tickets in advance on April 8-23, 2013 at participating Ayala Malls Cinemas, moviegoer will get a IRON MAN 3 Poster.

2. Movie goers may reserve their seats or purchase the tickets via their MPass load or credit card.

3. Moviegoers may claim their IRON MAN 3 Poster until June 22, 2013 at the ticket booth of the participating Ayala Malls Cinemas upon submission of their MPass ID or printed notice of purchase and Valid ID (for credit card purchases).

4. All employees of Ayala Cinemas, its subsidiaries, and employees of its contracted agencies including their relatives up to the second degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining the promo.

PROMO MECHANICS (TICKET BOOTH):

1. For every purchase of two (2) IRON MAN 3 movie tickets in advance on April 8-23, 2013 at participating Ayala Malls Cinemas, moviegoer will get a IRON MAN 3 Poster.

2. Moviegoers may claim their IRON MAN 3 Poster until June 22, 2013 at the ticket booth of the participating Ayala Malls Cinemas.

3. All employees of Ayala Cinemas, its subsidiaries, and employees of its contracted agencies including their relatives up to the second degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining the promo.

BE A SURE SEATS MEMBER NOW! (SURESEATS PROMO)

Target Date of Activity: April 19 to May 5, 2013

Participating Cinemas: Glorietta 4 Cebu Greenbelt 3 MarQuee ATC Abreeza Market! Market! Harbor Point TriNoma Centrio

PROMO MECHANICS:

1. All moviegoers of Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Alabang Town Center, Market! Market!, TriNoma, Ayala Center Cebu, Marquee, Abreeza, Harbor Point and Centrio Cinemas can participate in Be A SureSeats Member Now! Promo from April 19 to May 5, 2013.

2. Jut log in to www.sureseats.com to register. Click the “Sign Up Now” button at the Community Tab, and the website will walk you through with the procedure of registering.

3. Moviegoer must select their default theater as: Ayala Center Cebu (if based in Cebu) or MarQuee (if based in North Luzon) or Abreeza (if based in Davao). So on & so forth.

4. After the registration, the moviegoer must activate their account during the promo period.

5. Ayala Malls Cinemas shall validate and confirm the list of new SureSeats member who have registered and activated during the promo period.

6. One (1) registration & activation to SureSeats is equivalent to one (1) entry.

7. There will be one (1) draw for all entries from participating cinemas; the deadline of submission of all entries is on May 5, 2013 at 11:00 PM.

8. New SureSeats members who registered and activated in the SureSeats website during the promo period will receive one (1) IRON MAN 3 Glow In The Dark Shirt:

Glorietta 4 Greenbelt 3 ATC Market! Market! TriNoma
70 60 60 60 70
Cebu MarQuee Abreeza Harbor Point Centrio
50 50 50 50 50

 

‘Killing Lincoln’ premiere on National Geographic commemorates President Lincoln’s death anniversary

Billy Campbell as Abraham Lincoln

National Geographic Channel has set the Philippine premiere of its first original scripted drama, “Killing Lincoln,” for April 14, 2013, marking the 148th anniversary of the assassination of US President Abraham Lincoln. Narrated on camera by Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and produced by Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions, the film is a two-hour masterpiece that dramatizes what is considered to be one of the most significant events in American history.

Based on the best-selling book Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever that was co-written by political commentator and media personality Bill O’Reilly and author Martin Dugard, “Killing Lincoln” recounts the last days of President Lincoln at the close of the American Civil War and exposes how John Wilkes Booth, a popular Shakespearean actor and staunch Confederate supporter, conspires to kill him and subsequently bring down the Union government. On April 14, 1865, President Lincoln went to Ford’s Theatre with his wife Mary to see a play and was shot down at 11 PM by Booth, who jumped down from the theater box, made his way to the stage through the panicking crowd and shouted, “Sic semper tyrannis!” But how could he commit such a terrible act?

“’Killing Lincoln’ is a true historical story that explores John Wilkes Booth’s actions before and after the assassination. We go into a life that has never been seen before from this perspective. And that life provides great insight into one of the biggest conspiracies in this country’s history,” said Executive Producer Ridley Scott. The film also portrays an unprecedented manhunt for Booth and his co-conspirators for committing a crime that shook an entire nation to its core.

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Erik Jendresen, writer and producer for the critically acclaimed series “Band of Brothers,” wrote the script for “Killing Lincoln” based on O’Reilly’s book and was excited to work with National Geographic. “With the National Geographic brand, the audience trusts that they are in the hands of a reliable storyteller. If the content is enclosed by that golden border, viewers know it must be authentic. So the opportunity to do something with National Geographic Channel was extraordinary – it was a tremendous responsibility and we all took it quite seriously,” he said.

Much research and effort went into production to make the film historically accurate. A talented and capable cast comprising veteran and new faces bring the historical drama to life, with Billy Campbell bringing gravitas to the role of Abraham Lincoln and newcomer Jesse Johnson turning the conventionally two-dimensional villainy of Booth into a breakthrough performance. Accomplished actors Geraldine Hughes and Graham Beckel lend their chops to a magnificent production as Mary Todd Lincoln and Edwin Stanton – Lincoln’s secretary of war – respectively. “Tom Hanks is a captivating storyteller that really helps to guide the audience through the entire film,” adds Scott.

“Killing Lincoln” made National Geographic history when it broke the channel’s records for viewership, garnering 3.4 million viewers when the film premiered on February 17 in the US. It will be aired on April 14 at 9 PM on National Geographic Channel for its Asian premiere.

Review of Oblivion

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This Movie Oblivion by Tom Cruise is great when it comes to action scenes. But there’s a big debate on the story and concept of it. Some says, It’s more like a DJ mix than a symphony. Elements of The Matrix, Moon, 2001, the first Star Trek picture, Independence Day, the Death Star run from Star Wars and yes Wall-E all bubble to the surface at one point or another. But for sheer relentless action Oblivion is as good as a modern sci-fi movie gets. For me, I just pointed out flying the aircraft like in the Top Gun, action moves like the Mission Impossible and the story line is like the movie Equilibrium and Total Recall. And lastly the triangle cube that made thousands of Jack and Victoria clones are like the sparks cube in the movie Transformers.

But don’t be disappointed guys.. Even this movie is like sort of DJ mix accent, you can still look for highly executed scenes that you will love it. It’s kinda redeveloped those concept into new blends of fresh things that viewer can still appreciate it in different ways of using those concepts. Well, this movie might not be good for the expectations of movie kin observers. Though, I still salute this movie because it gives another way round of good sequence of sci-fi genre.

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Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski maroons Tom Cruise on a post-apocalyptic Earth in his new science fiction epic Oblivion. Like his directorial debut this latest offering is a dazzling show of sound and vision, but could leave you with big question marks when it comes to substance.

Cruise plays Jack Harper, a drone repairman stationed high above the surface with Andrea Riseborough’s sky tower controller Victoria. He makes regular trips below to maintain the robots, used to pull the last remaining resources and shoot down invaders dubbed ‘Scavs’.

Years previously, aliens blasted the moon to pieces, causing chaos on Earth and a war that ended in nuclear obliteration. The survivors have found a new home on a Jupiter moon, and Jack and Victoria – an “effective team” professionally and personally – are counting down the days until they get the video call from Sally (Melissa Leo) to join the others.

Oblivion Olga Kurylenko

Jack’s encounter with Morgan Freeman’s resistance leader on Earth and the arrival from the sky of Olga Kurylenko’s Julia, a woman who Jack recalls from dreams, shifts the movie into gear with a series of plot twists that illuminate the mysteries of the vast world Kosinski has thrown up on screen.

The film’s opening stretch is dominated by techno garble and muddled plotting, but this icy, elusive tone makes way for an emotional hook once Julia’s arrival disturbs Victoria and Jack’s paradise.

Oblivion stands apart from its blockbuster peers having sprung from the mind of Kosinski and writers Karl Gajdusek and Michael Arndt. For a change this is a large-scale movie not creatively trading on existing brand recognition. It’s an original idea that’s altogether too familiar, though. The film reaches back into sci-fi cinema’s past, zipping through 2001, Silent Running, Star Warsand Blade Runner before crashing bang up-to-date with WALL-E and Duncan Jones’s Moon. These genre references will either be nirvana for eager sci-fi geeks or a stick for them to beat the film with.

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It scratches the surface in terms of its bigger ideas; freedom, control and memory all come into play, but ultimately its thematic backbone isn’t as fully developed as the jaw-dropping visual spectacle on show. Kosinski piles up money shot after money shot (digitally enhancing desolate Iceland locations to good effect), while harnessing a soaring score from.

This movie is now showing nationwide… Watch it for you to prove that this movie is another thing great thing for Tom Cruise.

BLUE SKY STUDIOS BREAKS NEW GROUNDS IN THE ANIMATED SPECTACLE “EPIC” (3D)

EPIC in 3D opens May 24

Prepare to be hurtled along in a journey to the fantastical, spectacular world of “Epic” from Blue Sky Studios, the studio that brought to life the most beloved and successful motion pictures “Ice Age” and “Rio.”

Filmmaker Chris Wedge helms the upcoming larger-than-life “Epic” based on the beloved children’s book “The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs” by William Joyce which introduced Samurai-like warriors, the Leafmen– and a war being waged in our own backyards between the forces of life and the forces of decay.

colin farrell voices ronin in EPIC

In the thick of adventure in “Epic” is a smart, spirited and headstrong 17-year-old named Mary Katherine but prefers to be called MK (voiced by Amanda Seyfried).  She returns to her childhood home to reconnect with her estranged father, Professor Bomba (Jason Sudeikis), M.K. loses patience with his endless stories of unseen people who live in the woods.   But when she is magically transported into the Leafmen’s world, she gains a new perspective.  To find her way home, M.K. must do more than believe in this world; she’ll have to help save it.

The film’s visual wonders breaks new ground in animated spectacle, realism, action and adventure, but it is Epic’s characters and the actors who portray them that take center stage.  Along with Seyfried’s and Sudeikis’ voices in “Epic” are Beyonce Knowles, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Pitbull, Blake Anderson, Aziz Ansari, Chris O’Dowd and Christoph Waltz.

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The ongoing battle between good and evil in “Epic” transports MK in a secret universe where she teams up with an elite band of warriors headed by Ronin (Farrell), Nod (Hutcherson), a crew of comical creatures including a snail named Grub (O’Dowd), a slug named Mub (Ansari)  and the Leafmen’s queen, Queen Tara (Knowles).  Together they fight to save the forest from the Boggans headed by Mandrake (Waltz) and his son Dagda (Anderson).  In the midst of it all is a caterpillar named Nim Galuu (Tyler), a consummate party animal whose practical know-how make him a key player to save the forest.  Between the forces of light and darkness is Bufo (Pitbull), a tough-guy toad who is a wheeler and a dealer who likes to play all the angles no matter which side wins or loses.

“Epic’s” world is lush and alive through Michael Knapp’s supervision, the movie’s art director in charge of designing characters, colors, environments, textures, story and lighting.  Working with Chris Wedge and artists to transform the familiar environs of a woods into a kind of alien universe, where the colors are more vivid, the light more expressive, and vegetation sways as if it were consciously alive.

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With these departments achieving unprecedented levels of realism and spectacle, Wedge singles out “pushing the animation further than ever before” as another formidable creative challenge.  “Our characters in EPIC are the most sophisticated-looking and human-looking of all our Blue Sky Studios projects,” he says.

Colin Farrell who voices Ronin enthuses on making the film, “The film is epic by name, epic by nature and epic by experience.”   The Blue Sky Studios team has no bigger fan than Beyoncé Knowles, who says, “The animators based much of their work on footage of the actors recording our lines, so my facial expressions and body language have become part of Queen Tara.

“I was blown away by the detail in the animation,” she continues. “It’s very hard to even tell it’sanimation; it looks so lifelike. I’ve always imagined being in an animated film, so to see that happen was really exciting for me.”

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Action is also king – or, in this case, Queen – in EPIC, which features two spectacular battles, including the climactic confrontation in which the Leafmen, M.K. and Bomba face off against Mandrake and the Boggans that will decide the fate of Queen Tara’s Moonhaven.  It’s grand storytelling, giant action, and bigger than life heroes and villains in the ultimate war between good and evil.

It’s EPIC.  And it’s all happening in a world you’ve never seen before – but is as close as your own backyard.

Opening across the nation on May 24, “Epic” in 3D and 2D is from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

ROSARIO DAWSON RECOVERS STOLEN MEMORIES IN “TRANCE”

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In the psychological caper “Trance” directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle, Rosario Dawson delves deep into her role as Elizabeth Lamb, a hypnotherapist that she says has broken every mold of a character she’s ever played.

Stolen memories will resurface in “Trance.” Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars.  After suffering a blow to the head during the heist, he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting.  When physical threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang’s leader Franck (Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to reach into the darkest recesses of Simon’s psyche.  As Elizabeth begins to unravel Simon’s broken subconscious, the line between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur.

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Boyle brings a fresh take on the iconic femme fatale in the character of Dawson as Elizabeth Lamb, the beautiful hypnotherapist who proves to be every bit the equal of the men playing power games around her.   The most alluring leg of the movie’s triangle belongs to Lamb which Dawson molded to become a very modern re-model of the classic femme fatale.  At first she seems like she might be just an eye-catching, over-confident pawn in an all-male game, but Elizabeth’s true power begins to emerge as the story unravels.

Trance Rosario Dawson

Known for her previous notable works in “Sin City,” “Rent,” “Seven Pounds” and “He Got Game,” Dawson has worked with many of the world’s leading directors, from Spike Lee to Quentin Tarantino, Chris Columbus and the late Tony Scott – but this role is totally different from her previous ones.  “I’ve never played anyone even remotely like her,” says Dawson of Elizabeth Lamb.  “Elizabeth is totally different because she’s hiding everything.  You only get hints of her emotion through her doing things with her hair to show her restraint but when she lets her hair down, she really lets her hair down.  Then, you get to see a different side of her.  It’s subtle; it’s completely unspoken. And she’s a wonderful presence to have between these two guys,” Dawson explains.

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One of the most intriguing aspects of “Trance” for Boyle was the chance to present a woman as an equal player in a crime thriller.  “You make all these films and you have great women in them, but they’re basically about guys – Ewan McGregor, Cillian Murphy, Dev Patel, James Franco or Leonardo DiCaprio. So what I love about “Trance” is there’s a woman most definitely right in the thick of it, holding her own.”

He knew he needed an actress capable of evoking Elizabeth’s underlying strength.  “I’d always had Rosario in mind for the role,” he says.  “I’d always wanted to work with her. She won’t thank me for saying this, but everything I’ve seen her in, I don’t think people have used her fully; I don’t think her talent as an actor has been fully exploited.  We wanted someone who had a real commanding presence: an ability with words and an independence – a stand-alone quality.”

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Dawson researched her character’s profession by attending hypnosis classes and poring through books on hypnotherapy and psychology. “I met with a couple of hypnotherapists.  I even got hypnotized,” she explains.  “I noticed that every single person in the profession that I met exuded this confidence.  They give off this feeling of ‘I know the secrets to your brain, and you don’t understand how you think or why you behave that way but I do and I can help you.’  So that was really interesting and it wasn’t an accident I played her that way.”

“Trance” opens May 1 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Watch the Trailer here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Werf2ZXvuWY&list=UU-JrjBL_iZAn5wjEsw9nRYA&index=6