Monthly Archives: June 2014

AUTHENTIC “RUROUNI KENSHIN” COSTUMES ON DISPLAY AT THIS YEAR’S TOYCON

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As a prelude to the much anticipated opening of the “Rurouni Kenshin” sequels “Kyoto Inferno” and “The Legend Ends” in the Philippines, Warner Bros. has flown in three authentic costumes from the film which will be publicly displayed at the 13th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2014 (ToyCon) at SM Megatrade Hall, this weekend June 20 to 22.

The costumes to be exhibited are those worn in the sequels by the titular hero Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satoh), the street-brawler who became Kenshin’s best friend, Sanosuke Sagara (Munetaka Aoki), and Aoshi Shinomori (Yusuke Iseya), a ninja and one of the Shogun’s Hidden Watcher spies.

All three costumes were designed by Kazuhiro Sawataishi and contribute significantly to the films’ overall visual impact.

Fans are encouraged to check out the costumes, take photos, share in social media and let their comments be known! Don’t forget to tag Warner Bros. Pictures’ FB at www.facebook.com/warnerbrosphils and twitter @WarnerBros_ph.

For more details about the convention, fans may go to ToyCon’s website at www.toyconph.com.

Based on the Kyoto arc of the popular manga series written & illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki, the “Rurouni Kenshin” sequels follow the story of reformed assassin Kenshin Himura as he goes up against pure evil Makoto Shishio (Tatsuya Fujiwara) who is attempting to overthrow the Meiji government. The fate of the country hangs in the balance as Kenshin Himura takes up the sword that he vowed to never draw again.

The films also star Emi Takei (Kaoru Kamiya), Kaito Oyagi (Yahiko Myojin), Yu Aoi (Megumi Takani), Yosuke Eguchi (Hajime Saito), Min Tanaka (Nenji Kashiwazaki), Tao Tsuchiya (Misao Makimachi), Ryunosuke Kamiki (Soujiro Seta), Maryjun Takahashi (Yumi Komagata) and Tatsuya Fujiwara (Makoto Shishio).

The first sequel, “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno” will open across the Philippines on Aug. 20, 2014, to be followed by “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends” on Sept. 24, 2014. Both films are distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

WORLD PREMIERE OF “TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION” TOMORROW JUNE 19 IN HK

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Michael Bay’s fourth installment of the mega-blockbuster franchise “Transformers: Age of Extinction” will premiere on Thursday, June 19 at the Hong Kong Culture Center in Hong Kong, which is being specially transformed into an IMAX® 3D theatre for this one-night event. The film begins its global roll-out in IMAX (and regular 3D and 2D) theaters on June 25, including the Philippines.

The red-carpet event and screening will take place at the Hong Kong Culture Center, which is receiving a makeover of IMAX proportions exclusively for this event – complete with a 60-by-34-foot IMAX screen and IMAX’s proprietary projection and sound technology.

Transformers Age of Extinction

Attendees of the event also will be able to see up close and personal the new IMAX® 3D Digital Camera, which is being flown to the premiere from IMAX’s headquarters in Toronto where it is housed. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is the first feature film to have been captured using the state-of-the-art 3D camera.

Attending the world premiere in Hong Kong is director Michael Bay, cast members Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Li Bingbing, T. J. Miller, Han Geng and the band IMAGINE DRAGONS, who wrote the original song “Battle Cry” for the film and will perform live on the rooftop of Harbour City following the film’s screening.

“With Transformers: Age of Extinction, Michael Bay is taking IMAX 3D to the next level – putting moviegoers smack in the middle of the action with the Autobots as audiences have never seen before,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “We could not be more pleased to partner with our friends at Paramount to premiere the film at this one-of-a-kind world event.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with IMAX in Hong Kong as we debut Transformers: Age of Extinction on the worldwide stage,” said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman, Paramount Pictures. “IMAX’s 3D experience is a perfect fit for the size and spectacle of Michael Bay’s new film and will excite and entertain audiences at the world premiere and around the globe.”

Transformers Age of Extinction

Exclusively in IMAX® theatres, sequences filmed with the camera will expand to fill more of the IMAX screen and provide moviegoers with even greater scope, breathtaking image quality and earth-shattering 3D for a truly immersive experience.

“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” the fourth film in director Michael Bay’s global blockbuster franchise, stars Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, Titus Welliver and T. J. Miller. Produced By Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. Based on Hasbro’s Transformers™ Action Figures. Written By Ehren Kruger. Directed By Michael Bay.

Opening across the Philippines on June 25, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

“DRACULA UNTOLD” UNWRAPS TEASER POSTERS

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Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures have unveiled the first one-sheet artworks from their upcoming epic action adventure “Dracula Untold,” the origin story of the man who became Dracula, starring Luke Evans (“Fast & Furious 6,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”).

Dracula Untold

Blending historical elements from the life of Vlad the Impaler with fantasy and horror, Evans stars as Prince Vlad, a man who fights for his people and his family but makes a dark pact to ensure their protection. This pact sets him on a path into the supernatural until he becomes the legendary monster we all know.

Directed by Gary Shore and produced by Michael De Luca, the film also stars Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Diarmaid Murtagh and Samantha Barks.

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Opening across the Philippines on October 15, 2014, “Dracula Untold” will be distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

HEAR YE! PRIME APE CAESAR IN “DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES”

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Man’s experiments with genetic engineering in the previously (2011) released blockbuster “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” led to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy. Thus, Caesar, a newly orphaned young chimp then has risen to become the supreme of all apes, with his highly-developed intelligence comes an aggressive and dangerous protective instincts typical of adult male as he matures.

Now, Caesar not just speaks, but rules a steady growing nation of genetically evolved apes in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” where a pandemic known as the Simian Flu wiped out most of the human race and where the apes have continued to build a community in Muir Woods. Gradually the lights of civilization began to dim and become non-existent. For all intents and purposes, humanity has perished. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

Producer Dylan Clark notes, “A viral apocalypse hit the humans and 10 years later, their numbers are severely depleted.  Apes, on the other hand, have done quite well. Caesar has led them to freedom and he’s built a new home.  The apes have risen, and the humans have declined. And now they’re about to collide.”

Still, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is about survival and not an apocalypse.  “There is a sense in the beginning of the story that apes have inherited the Earth,” says Reeves. “A small group of humans is struggling to come back from devastation, and the apes are fighting for survival.  It’s an ape world, and we explore whether apes and humans can figure out a way to live together without violence.”

“Caesar is the alpha-ape,” Serkis continues.  “He’s a natural leader. The other apes respect him because he has an innate sense of fairness, he values their opinions, and he includes them in the decision-making. He’s definitive in his decisions but also relies heavily on the advice of his inner circle, his council.”

At the same time, Caesar is conflicted about humanity because of the way he came into the world and was raised among humans. He was an outsider, even though he learned human belief systems and thought of Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ character Will as his father. He’s a creature who is going through the very human experiences of being rejected and finding his people.

Caesar as a leader, parent and mate provides abundant ground for Serkis to explore as an actor. “Caesar is a father now: he’s got a mate, a son and a baby,” the actor notes. “He is responsible for the survival of a community. On the other hand, he has empathy for humans, and still, deep down, he feels a need to be able to communicate with them.”

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES also explores how the apes evolved from the mostly mute but intelligent animals of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, into articulate, civilized beings that emerge as Earth’s dominant species within the canon of the Planet of the Apes franchise.

Reeves explains: “In Rise of the Planet of the Apes the apes said only a few words.  With this film we show the apes at the dawn of their society, and learning to truly speak.  Inevitably, the younger generation will be better with language than their parents, which leads to a very complicated portrait of the apes’ cultural order. This is the ape society that eventually evolves into what we see in the 1968 Planet of the Apes with an organized government, military and science.”

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES co-screenwriter Mark Bomback says one of the script’s biggest challenges was to depict how the apes communicate with each other and how much the apes articulate verbally. “At the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes it’s shocking when Caesar speaks an entire sentence.  In this film, we explore how much further the apes have advanced in their language skills. We struggled a lot with this because there’s a temptation to just give the apes pages and pages of dialogue. But there was a huge plausibility issue that we were contending with, which is it’s only been ten years since the events of the previous film, and if Caesar is only able to say one sentence in that film, then how much speech would he really be capable of in this one?

The same experiments that drove Caesar and his community to escape are continuing to make them more intelligent, which leads to new forms of verbal expression. “This time there is an evolution in linguistic terms,” Serkis explains. “We worked in great detail in terms of creating that level of sophistication versus ‘finding’ language. Caesar communicates through the sign language he was taught, which has become a unifying way of speaking with the other apes.  At the same time, he’s verbalizing more.”

Hear more of Caesar when “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” opens July 9 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.