Monthly Archives: December 2013

‘TRUE BLOOD’ STAR RYAN KWANTEN IN THE ROMANTIC COMEDY “THE RIGHT KIND OF WRONG”

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One of television’s hottest rising talents Ryan Kwanten, who stars alongside Anna Paquin in HBO’s hit series “True Blood” brings his electrifying charisma on the big screen as he stars in one of the most anticipated romantic movies to open in 2014 – “The Right Kind of Wrong.”

Based on the novel by Tim Sandlin, “The Right Kind of Wrong” is a romantic comedy about a failed-writer-turned-dishwasher and fearless dreamer who risks everything to show the girl of his dreams all that is right with the wrong kind of guy.

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“The theme of “The Right Kind of Wrong” is that in love, there are no boundaries and there are no obstacles. It’s a fantasy that is fun to subscribe to from time to time and if you do, you’ll root for Leo and feel romantically transported to where you can believe what Leo, our hero, says, which is that nothing is impossible,” said producer Robert Lantos.

Screenwriter Megan Martin was determined that Leo be someone “who refuses to make the subtle adjustments that could help him move forward in life. Leo can be prickly, he can over-react to the conventional. I’m attracted to people like this. They can drive you nuts, they can say the wrong thing, but they make life so interesting.”  The other quality crucial for Martin was “that Leo not be pretentious. In fact, he’s the opposite. Leo does not care about his reputation. He is guided by impulse and gives over to his pursuits wholeheartedly. There is an honesty in Leo we can all aspire to.”

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To survive, he is a dishwasher in Mount Yalo, an upscale resort town. “He takes dishwashing seriously. He’s a zen dishwasher – when he washes dishes, he’s fully in the moment. People come from other restaurants to watch him wash dishes because he turns it into a performance like Tom Cruise did in Cocktail. He has no embarrassment of any kind,” observed Lantos.

“Leo is bold, he’s brash, brazen and brilliant. He’s a rolling stone that gathers no moss. He sees the world through boundless eyes, utterly convinced that if he stays true to his convictions, no matter what, he will succeed,” says actor Ryan Kwanten who was plucked out of the Deep South of “True Blood” and transported to the majestic Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada to play this role.

Producer Robert Lantos, also has a certain affinity for the notion of challenging adversity and the theme crops up in many of his films, dating back to his first feature in 1978, “In Praise of Older Women,” which was the quest for a new world and the elusive love of an older woman. “I’m inspired by stories about overcoming the impossible.  This may have something to do with my own history or perhaps just my flights of fancy. I don’t set out to make movies on this theme, but somehow it seems that this is what they end up being about.”

In “The Right Kind of Wrong,” a romantic comedy, or perhaps a comedy about the madness of romance, based on a script by Megan Martin adapted from the novel by Tim Sandlin, Lantos was won over by the whimsical audacity of the central character’s refusal to concede to defeat. “Leo doesn’t have a chip on his shoulder about the fact that he’s washing dishes for a living even though he is a writer. I think if you do believe the impossible exists, then you make your own wishes come true and things become possible.”

Can “The Right Kind of Wrong” make you fall in love? Find out when it opens in theaters from Axinite Digicinema, Inc.

 

OSCAR WINNER SEAN PENN: A PHOTOGRAPHER AT THE ENDS OF THE EARTH IN “THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY”

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

Ben Stiller’s reimagining of James Thurber’s original story is highly entertaining and inspiring, revolving around a man who loves to daydream, frequently retreating into an imaginary world in which he is the hero.   A photo editor at LIFE Magazine in New York, he enjoys his job but longs for passion and excitement.  As he was about to lose his job as the company shifts and downsizes, Mitty finds himself out of his office in no time.  The final issue of the prestigious magazine will soon be on newsstands, but a worried MItty cannot find an important negative that has mysteriously gone missing.

The picture was taken by the iconic and elusive photographer Sean O’Connell played by Sean Penn. Sean is the only one who knows where it is. But where is Sean?

For all his fantasies of becoming a hero, Walter Mitty has his own very real hero:  the famed LIFE photographer Sean O’Connell, an elusive adventurer who has become a kind of rock star of the photographic world, renowned for his relentless commitment to chasing a story no matter the cost.

It seemed just the right match to cast Oscar®-winning actor and director Sean Penn in the role of the mysterious icon who beckons Walter Mitty into the big, wide open world.  “Sean O’Connell is a guy who represents creative integrity and he had to have this amazing presence that the audience connects with instantly when Walter finally meets him.  That’s why Sean Penn was really my first choice because Sean embodies all that in life for me,” says Ben Stiller.  Stiller was also keen to cast Penn in the kind of role where one of the leading dramatic actors of a generation wouldn’t normally be seen.  “Sean actually has a really great sense of humor,” he notes, “which I think doesn’t get showcased that often in his film work, so it was fun to give him a chance to do something different.”

Adds producer Stuart Cornfeld:  “Sean O’Connell has a certain kind of mystique, as does Sean Penn.  What was amazing about his performance and the way the character is written is that when Walter finally does meet Sean, he’s everything that Walter was looking for, but he’s also completely different at the same time.  For all of us, Sean was just amazing to watch in action.”

A two-time Academy Award winner, Sean Penn has become an American film icon in a career spanning more than three decades. Penn has been nominated five times for the Academy Award, as Best Actor for “Dead Man Walking,” “Sweet and Lowdown” and “I Am Sam,” and won his first Oscar in 2003 for his searing performance in Clint Eastwood’s “Mystic River” and his second Oscar as Best Actor in 2009 for Gus Van Sant’s “Milk.” The performance as gay rights icon Harvey Milk also garnered Penn Best Actor awards from The Screen Actors Guild (SAG™), New York Film Critics Circle and Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

As a journalist, Penn has written for Time, Interview, Rolling Stone and The Nation magazines. In 2004, Penn wrote a two-part feature in The San Francisco Chronicle after a second visit to war-torn Iraq. In 2005, he wrote a five-part feature in the same paper reporting from Iran during the election which led to the Ahmadinejad regime. Penn’s landmark interviews with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Cuba’s President Raul Castro were published in The Nation and The Huffington Post. Penn’s interview with President Castro was his first-ever interview with an international journalist.

His humanitarian work found him in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and, more recently, in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. In January 2010, Penn established the J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO). J/P HRO has become a leader in Haiti across multiple sectors, working to improve living conditions in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps and surrounding neighborhoods by clearing rubble and providing medical services, education and enricmment programs, housing construction, and neighborhood redevelopment. J/P HRO’s main objective remains to help displaced people get back to durable, safer, and permanent homes in revitalized neighborhoods.

Be a part of a man’s transformational journey in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” as it hops from the four corners of one’s office to Greenland, Iceland, Himalayas and ultimately to self-discovery when it opens January 22 in the Philippines from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

JUSTIN LONG AS THE VOICE OF A LEADER IN “WALKING WITH DINOSAURS: THE 3D MOVIE”

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Directed by Neil Nightingale and Barry Cook, “Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie” was inspired by the very latest discoveries in paleontology as well as technological breakthroughs. It presents audiences with the most realistic depiction of dinosaurs ever seen.  A compelling family adventure and coming of age story, “Walking with Dinosaurs” tells the story of Patchi (voiced by Justin Long), a determined little Pachyrhinosaurus with a hole in his frill, who sets off with his family on a journey of survival.

The film blends a gripping adventure with a story about family and friendship.  Patchi encounters the lovely Juniper, a female Pachyrhinosaurus from another herd and there is an immediate connection, which develops into a close bond. But it is unlikely that the pair will be able to stay together because of herd protocol, which means that Juniper won’t be able to choose her own mate. Other fascinating creatures in the film include pterosaurs, gigantic flying reptiles that once soared through Earth’s skies, and Edmontosaurus, huge duck billed dinosaurs.

According to actor Justin Long, who voices the role, Patchi has “an insatiable curiosity, as many runts do.  It does get him into trouble, but in the long run it helps him evolve and become the leader he was meant to be.”

“You meet Patchi when he is a hatchling—a young Pachyrhinosaurus. He is the runt of the litter, but he makes up for it in spirit and heart. He has a big heart and he goes on an epic journey of self-discovery. I used to have a dog like Patchi actually. We named him Biggie Smalls, because he was big in attitude, but small in size. Patchi reminds me a little bit of Biggie and of myself. When I was a kid, I was the runt of the litter. I was really tiny. I was four feet ten inches going into high school, I weighed 89 pounds and I played (American) football. Patchi eventually grows into his heart and proves himself over the course of the movie. I relate to him very much. Over the course of the movie, you learn that sometimes one’s own will and perseverance can overcome any physical shortcomings,” relates Long of his personal experience.

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The story is set towards the end of the Age Of The Dinosaurs, when there were many different species of dinosaurs on the Earth, but also birds and insects. The film centers on a family of Pachyrhinosaurus (thick nosed lizard), which, as we discover, were huge herbivores, with horns, a frill and a beak.

Long has this fascination with dinosaurs and further shares that “I can confirm that I was obsessed with dinosaurs.   I just don’t know where that obsession comes from and why kids love them so much. There’s obviously the appeal of them being larger than life. They’re like monsters. Kids are fascinatedby monsters and things that scare them.They feel like they were born out of the imagination. But when you’re a kid and you learn that they actually existed and you can read about them and see their bones, it is amazing.”

Justin Long’s career began when he was a member of Vassar College’s comedy troupe, ‘Laughing Stock’. His first movie role was in 1999’s “Galaxy Quest.”  This was followed by the teen horror film, “Jeepers Creepers” and continued with films that include “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Accepted” and “The Break-Up.” The versatile actor starred in the hit action film “Live Free or Die Hard” opposite Bruce Willis.  His other credits include “Funny People Serious Moonlight,” “Going The Distance,” “The Conspirator,” “10 Years,” “Drag Me to Hell,” “After.Life” and “He’s Just Not that Into You.”

Bigger and more immersive than anything that had gone before in 3D, “Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie” is set to amaze with its dazzling visual effects shot in real environments when it opens January 8 in cinemas nationwide.

“Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie” is a major new blockbuster presented by 20th Century Fox and Reliance Entertainment in association with IM Global. A BBC Earth and Evergreen production in association with Animal Logic.

SUPERIOR APE CAESAR IS BACK IN “DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES” TRAILER

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

The humans are about to regain and rebuild the world in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” as seen in the latest trailer reveal of the movie here:

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                Caesar, a a sentient ape with superior intelligence along with the rest of his species and humans are out to face war where civilization faces a point of no return.

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” will open July 2014 nationwide in the Philippines from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Hiroyuki Sanada from square-off ‘Wolverine’ to the leader of the ‘47 Ronin’

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As one of Japan’s most talented and highest regarded actors of his generation, HIROYUKI SANADA has garnered the attention of American and foreign audiences with more than 50 films and a Japanese Oscar® to his name.  A staple in Japanese films who was most recently seen in the worldwide blockbuster The Wolverine, Hiroyuki Sanada has received six nominations for Japanese Academy Awards, and has won twice.  For the cast and crew, the selection of Sanada as Oishi, the leader of the samurai, meant this Western twist on the story of the 47 Ronin had earned the seal of Japanese approval.  Sanada bore the responsibility of making sure this new take on the beloved tale stayed true to its source, even as it introduced fresh and fantastical elements.

What was the big draw about doing this movie?

This is almost the most famous story – Samurai story – in Japan. But we have a lot of original stuff in the script so we changed a lot, taking it in a fantasy way. It’s a very special movie for me. Not only a Samurai thing. Not only a Hollywood fantasy. It has a very special mixture between Japanese traditional culture and Western culture for the costume, set, story. Everything. I believe it will be a very special film that no one has ever seen.

How old were you when you first heard the story of Ronin and what does it mean to you?

When I was eight or nine years old, I saw the TV version of 47 Ronin, played by Toshiro Mifune. He played Oishi. That was my first experience. I watched every week with my brother. “Who plays Oishi tonight? Who will play Kira tonight?” And we fought every week. After that, I saw a lot of 47 Ronin on the TV, in the films, and I’ve done Chushingura Gaiden Yotsuya Kaidan [Crest of Betrayal, 1994] directed by Kinji Fukasaku. So this is my second time doing 47 Ronin.

What did you think about the addition, when Oishi is traditionally the main character?

It’s a good way to make an international film. It’s only Japanese film, only Japanese cast, it’s very difficult to introduce the world to our culture. It’s a very special situation. A lot of episodes have gone from the original, but a lot new ideas have come in. So I believe because his character is there we can introduce our culture to the world. So it’s very welcome for me.

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You starred in The Last Samurai. How has this experience been different?

We’ve shot in Japan. I’ve done Last Samurai in Japan, in LA, in New Zealand. But we created at the whole village in New Zealand. London. Budapest. I feel like it’s the same. Even in Japan it is very hard to shoot, because there’s been so many changes. Only around a temple can we shoot. The city is completely different – too modern. So even if we made the film in Japan, we would have to create sets, like this, from the beginning. So we can do that anywhere.

Keanu has absorbed himself into the culture. What do you think of that?

He’s learned a lot, respecting the culture. I was surprised when I first met him. He knew a lot already and he learned a lot. And also he learned Japanese. It’s incredible. On the set, switching between the Japanese and English, even for us, is very hard. It’s complicated. But the first time Keanu spoke in Japanese it was a very important scene between us, and more than the dialogue’s meaning, I was moved. His energy for the film, completely perfect Japanese pronunciation. It was moving, surprising, respecting. Another emotion coming to mind. And from that moment, we were getting closer and the wall is gone. The wall meaning walls of dialogue, language, or colour, or religions, a lot of walls have gone. That is one of great part of Carl’s direction this time. I think it’s very hard to direct foreign language actors, but he found a great way. A special super visional way.

How have you found shooting in 3D?

Completely my first time. I was so excited. When i’ve done camera test, after we’ve shot and I’ve seen the monitor with the glasses (wearing a Kimono) and looking by myself in 3D. Oh my god. Especially for a Samurai film. I’ve never seen that. It’s kind of a culture shock. I was a child actor, so when I started filming when I was five years old, it was a long time ago. It was a black and white film. And then it changed to colour film, and I was surprised and culture shocked when I was six or seven years old. And then HD, then 3D now. So what’s going? What’s coming next? It’s so exciting.

Does shooting in 3D present a big challenge for the actors?

Basically the same. I thought it would take longer to shoot or be harder. But it’s completely the same. The camera is just like a normal camera for us. I feel like there’s no difference from an ordinary film. It was very smooth, more than you would imagine. How can we use 3D? The full length. Give the film more excitement. What kind of movement would work for 3D and be more exciting? Especially for the fight scenes. You know the sword coming towards the lens means the audience will feel like it will cut them.

Is there anything special about the choreography being used?

I’ve done a lot of Samurai film in Japan before, and sometimes done the choreography by myself. There’s a great choreographer on set. Sometimes it’s Hong Kong style all mixing. We tried to make a contrast between Keanu’s special skills – taught from the monsters – and traditional Samurai style. We try to make differences at the beginning.

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Has anything been done to the choreography to distinguish Keanu’s style?

The peaceful period in Japan – the Edo period is so peaceful. Even the Samurai were learning sword fighting in the schools, never fighting in real-life. But Keanu’s character had to survive, had to kill someone to survive. At the beginning even the samurai have never killed anybody before in real life. We can learn from Keanu’s characters. No rules in real fights, so you have to use everything.

‘’47 RONIN’’ is released and distributed by United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corporation.

Showing JANUARY 2014.