Monthly Archives: October 2014

SHAILENE WOODLEY DARES TO BARE IN “WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD”

White Bird in A Blizzard

Shailene Woodley, known for her notable performances in “The Descendants” with George Clooney and in blockbuster YA(young adult) movies such as “Divergent” and “The Fault In Our Stars” dares to explore in another dramatic feat in “White Bird In A Blizzard,” an adaptation from Laura Kasischke’s book and directed by Gregg Araki.

Widely hailed author Kasischke tells a mesmerizing story of youthful passion and loss of innocence in “White Bird In A Blizzard,” where Woodley plays the 17-year old central character, Kat Connors, whose life suddenly turns upside down on the disappearance of her mother.  As Kat and her impassive father pick up the pieces of their daily lives, she finds herself curiously unaffected by her mother’s absence. But in dreams that become too real to ignore, she’s haunted by her mother’s cries for help. Finally, she must act on her instinct that something violent and evil has occurred – a realization that brings Kat to a chilling discovery.

“The movie is about the mystery of trying to figure out where her mother went and what happened to her,” Woodley explains of the movie.  In the movie, Woodley’s role entails going nude on some love scenes and the actress felt that, “I felt like I loved the character, and I felt like I loved the story, and I felt like nudity is a part of real life. If that happened to be part of the story in a really beautiful, grounded, honest way, then I would never say no to a project based on the fact that nudity is involved,”  Shailene shared in recent interviews during the film’s premiere.  The film also stars Eva Green, Thomas Jane, Christopher Meloni and Shiloh Fernandez.

“White Bird In A Blizzard” opens November 12 in cinemas nationwide.

EVIL FOUND A WAY TO COME BACK IN “DEVIL’S PACT”

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In “Devil’s Pact,” the sequel to UK’s top thrilling movie “The Pact” that terrified audiences, June Abbott (played by Camilla Luddington of “Gery’s Anatomy”) is seen moving in to the house where the first incident of the Judas Killer was discovered.  In this elevated sequel, we meet June, a woman whose carefully constructed life is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life.

June works solo cleaning up grisly crime scenes —and is dating clean-cut young cop Daniel (Scott Michael Foster). Daniel is investigating a murder with his superior (Nicki Micheaux) when they’re barged in on by FBI Agent Ballard (Patrick Fischler), who had pursued the original killer and has been called in because this new slaying shows pointed similarities to the Judas Killer’s copycat.

Seemingly indifferent, Ballard immediately makes a foe of Daniel, then puts off June by informing her she’s possibly in danger — because she’s the daughter of one of the real Judas Killer’s victims.  When her Mom is attacked, June has a premonition of it and tries to uncover the mystery that surrounds it.

“Devil’s Pact” opens November 12 in cinemas nationwide from Axinite Digicinema.  Check out the chilling trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19RnSc-Vags

5 AMAZING PRODUCTION FACTS ABOUT “EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS” (3D) – OPENS DECEMBER 5 IN CINEMAS

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Double  Academy®-Award nominee designer Arthur Max collaborates with master filmmaker Ridley Scott for a grand scale production in the upcoming epic adventure “Exodus: Gods and Kings.”

Award-winning Max has been known for his works in “Gladiator” (2000) and “American Gangster” (2007). He was awarded a BAFTA for Best Production Design for Gladiator in 2000. As production designer his other credits include “G.I. Jane”, “Black Hawk Down,” “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Body of Lies,” “Robin Hood,” “Prometheus” and “The Counsellor” – all directed by Scott – “Se7en” and “Panic Room.”

Max and Ridley’s collaboration started on a cola commercial that Ridley’s company was making 25 years ago. “Ridley’s the best. He comes from the art department himself.   He was a production designer before he directed, so he’s our best friend and he’s very interested in what we do,” Max enthuses.

Filmed in 3D, Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” will tell the story of Moses, abandoned by a desperate mother as a baby after the Egyptian rulers orders the murder of all boys born to slaves. The boy is found in the bulrushes by the Pharaoh’s daughter and raised in the royal household, where he grows up alongside Ramses, the future monarch.  As a man, Moses has a vision and turns his back on his privileged life and leads his people, the Israelites, from enslavement. Scott’s film will feature ground-breaking special effects, including the plagues visited upon Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea.  Filmed at Pinewood Studios in London and on location in Almeria, Spain and Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, “Exodus: Gods & Kings” is the reimagining of one of the greatest stories ever told by one of the best filmmakers working today.

Oscar winner Christian Bale leads a stellar cast as Moses with Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”) as Joshua, a former slave who becomes his right hand man in the uprising. Joel Edgerton is Ramses, the ‘living God’ who sees Moses, raised as his brother, lead a rebellion against him.  Sigourney Weaver,  Sir Ben Kingsley, Joel Edgerton and John Turturro also star in the movie.

Featuring groundbreaking special effects, including the plagues that visited Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea, Arthur Max further shares five interesting facts while filming “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” read on to find out what they are:

  1. His team planted 50 palm trees in one of the film’s locations, Almeria, Spain in place of the dead trees found before the filming started.
  2. The set in Spain is so huge that it is even bigger than 20th Century Fox lot in Los Angeles.
  3. The 400 frogs in the plague scenes were real (from UK) and they had to hire eight frog wranglers too.
  4. No fake background, the movie was filmed in 360° environments with walk throughs and steady cameras.
  5. The filmmakers experienced biblical wind in combination with the most amazing sunset skies that the visual effects department caught on photographs and on film.

“Exodus: Gods and Kings” (3D) opens December 5 nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

“INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3” CONJURES FIRST TRAILER

Insidious

Columbia Pictures has just unveiled the teaser trailer of its upcoming supernatural thriller, “Insidious: Chapter 3,” the newest instalment in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell.

The trailer may be viewed here at http://youtu.be/ZUFFCV99bDs.

Produced by Oren Peli (“Paranormal Activity”), James Wan (“The Conjuring”) and Whannell, “Insidious: Chapter 3” stars Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell.

This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

Opening soon across the Philippines on May 2015, “Insidious: Chapter 3” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

FAST-RISING YOUNG STARS CONFRONT FEARS IN “OUIJA”

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When casting Universal Pictures’ new supernatural thriller “Ouija,” the filmmakers worked to select actors whose performances would make the film grounded in reality. Producer Andrew Form shares: “We wanted the characters to feel like they were making real decisions. This is difficult to accomplish in a horror movie when your protagonist is walking up the stairs and you know she shouldn’t be. We wanted the audience to feel just as scared as the actors looked.”

The principal cast is composed of five friends, led by the fearless Laine (Olivia Cooke), who must confront their most terrifying fears when they unwittingly make contact with a dark power from the other side.

Laine’s devoted, albeit skeptical, boyfriend, Trevor, is played by Daren Kagasoff of TV’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” Kagasoff feels a certain kinship with his character. He shares: “‎When I read the script, I connected to Trevor. I related to how he felt in those circumstances, added some specific character details, and had fun with the character.”

For the role of Pete, the boyfriend of missing student, Debbie, filmmakers looked no further than up-and-comer Douglas Smith. Best known for his role as Ben Henrickson on HBO’s “Big Love,” Smith knew he could step into the shoes of the enigmatic Pete. He provides: “Pete is an interesting character because he is cloaked in mystery and you’re not sure if you can trust him. I always like characters like that.”

Laine’s younger sister, Sarah, is always searching for trouble and growing up way too fast. For this role, filmmakers had a specific look in mind for the actress playing opposite Laine’s maternal character. Ana Coto of MTV’s “DISconnected” fit that and then some. Of her character, the actress provides: “Sarah is 16 and trying to make her mark—whatever that mark may be. She’s tortured the same way a lot of teenagers are…the way that I was when I was her age.”

The final piece of the puzzle was actress Bianca Santos of TV’s “The Fosters,” who plays Laine’s friend, Isabelle. Much like Trevor, Isabelle remains skeptical about the powers of the Ouija board. Santos was eager to step into Isabelle’s shoes and join the production. She gives: “I remember auditioning and meeting with director Stiles White. In the room, there was a Ouija board and he described how it would be played in such detail I thought, ‘Oh… this is gonna be good!’”

Of the supporting cast, co-screenwriter Juliet Snowden sums: “It felt like these great young actors just came together in the right way for us. As we got to know the cast better, Stiles and I were constantly rewriting lines on set to capture exactly who these characters were, as influenced by the actors playing them.”

With his core talented young actors set, White enthuses: “I was lucky as a first-time director to have a group of performers that got what this movie was and what we were trying to do with it: a group of friends trying to reach out to a lost friend. It was going to be scary, fun and a thrill ride, but they understood that the friendship layer was the foundation of the story.”

But, at the end of the day, it’s all about the audience reaction. Producer Jason Blum sums: “The best scary movies all hinge on the performances. The actors in this movie are strong and believable. I’m looking forward to seeing those performances come to life before an audience.”

Opening across the Philippines on Oct. 29, “Ouija is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.