Monthly Archives: November 2014

Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin

When Jane Villanueva was a young girl, her grandmother, Alba, convinced her of two things: telenovelas are the highest form of entertainment, and women must protect their virginity at all costs. Now age 23, Jane is a driven young woman studying to become a teacher, nursing a dream to be a writer, and supporting herself with a job at a hot new Miami hotel.

Jane the Virgin

All the years of watching telenovelas with the two women who raised her – her sexy, young-at-heart mother, Xiomara (known as “Xo”), and her still-devout grandmother, Alba – have given Jane a slightly unrealistic view of romance. Although she is determined not to make the same mistake Xo made – becoming an unwed mother at 16 – Jane could not be closer to the two wonderful women who have shaped her life. They are very different people – Xo lives her life as a perpetual teenager, performing at local clubs and always looking for a new man, while Alba makes religion and prayer the focus of her life – but both women consider Jane the center of their universe and love the grounded, compassionate and ambitious young woman she has become.
Jane the Virgin
Despite the conflicting influences of her mother and grandmother, Jane has managed to find a wonderful fiancé: a handsome, hard-working detective named Michael, who loves her enough to accept her detailed timeline for their future together and even her insistence on “saving herself” until they’re married. All of Jane’s meticulous life plans are turned upside down, however, when she sees her doctor for a routine check-up and is accidentally artificially inseminated with a specimen meant for the patient in the next room. Unbeknownst to her, the specimen belongs to Rafael, a reformed playboy and cancer survivor, who is not only the new owner of the hotel where Jane works but also a former summer crush of hers.

Jane the Virgin

A few weeks later, the unsuspecting Jane is faced with the most important decisions of her life. Will she continue with the pregnancy? How can she explain the situation to her fiancé and family? And what should she do about the wishes of the biological father, Rafael, and his scheming wife Petra? At the same time, Jane’s mother Xo is facing a life-changing decision of her own: after years of letting Jane and Alba believe she didn’t know the identity of Jane’s father, the time has come to admit the truth – Jane’s father is Xo’s former boyfriend Rogelio. Making the situation even more surreal, Rogelio is now a huge telenovela star, and he definitely wants to meet his unsuspecting daughter.

Jane the Virgin

Though she has always tried to be the responsible good girl who does the right thing, Jane’s normally quiet life has suddenly become as dramatic, complicated and unpredictable as the telenovelas she has always loved.

The series stars Gina Rodriguez (“Filly Brown,” “The Bold and the Beautiful”) as Jane, Justin Baldoni (“Single Ladies,” “The Bold and the Beautiful”) as Rafael, Brett Dier (“Ravenswood”) as Michael, Andrea Navedo (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Golden Boy”) as Xiomara, Yael Grobglas (“Reign”) as Petra, Ivonne Coll (“Switched at Birth,” “The Bold and the Beautiful”) as Alba and Jaime Camil (“Devious Maids,” “Que Pobres Tan Ricos”) as Rogelio.

MICHAEL BAY-PRODUCED “PROJECT ALMANAC” REVEALS TRAILER

Project Almanac

Paramount Pictures has just revealed the teaser trailer of “Project Almanac,” a new sci-fi thriller from producer Michael Bay, which may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RUQ8T2zaa4.

In the film, a brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a mysterious device with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger. The youthful cast is composed of Jonny Weston (“Chasing Mavericks”), Sofia Black-D’Elia (TV’s “Gossip Girl”), Sam Lerner (TV’s “Suburgatory”), Allen Evangelista (TV’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) and Ginny Gardner (TV’s “Glee”).

Insurge Pictures presents in association with Michael Bay a Platinum Dunes Production “Project Almanac.” Executive Producers are Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Vicki Dee Rock. Produced by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, the film is written by Jason Harry Pagan & Andrew Deutschman. Directed by Dean Israelite.

Opening across the Philippines on Feb. 04, 2015, “Project Almanac” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

SAN DIEGO’S KID FILM FESTIVAL 2014 ANIMATED WINNER “HOUSE OF MAGIC” IN LOCAL CINEMAS

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The family and children’s adventure animated movie “The House of Magic” that won Best Animated Feature in this year’s San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival that was also nominated at Seattle International Film as “2014 Films For Families Youth Jury Award,” introduces Thunder, an abandoned kitten who stumbles into an old mansion.

Seeking shelter from a storm, abandoned young cat Thunder sneaks into a mysterious mansion owned by retired magician Lawrence, aka “The Illustrious Lorenzo”.  Lawrence shares his fairy-tale world with many animals and a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos capable of whipping up breakfast while rolling out a spectacular song-and-dance routine.

He soon makes Thunder feel welcome, but Jack the rabbit and Maggie the mouse start plotting to get him kicked out. When Lawrence ends up in the hospital, his nephew tries to trick him into selling the house. But its ragtag inhabitants develop a spooky strategy to defend their home. They turn their house into a haunted mansion, using Thunder as their secret weapon.

Described (www.rottentomatoes.com) as a unique story with great humor, positive values and universal appeal, Geoffrey MacNab likewise credits  the movie’s  Belgian director and 3D pioneer Ben Stassen as a modern-day Georges Méliès, a film-maker working in Brussels whose animated features compete on almost level terms with those made by Pixar and Dreamworks.

While Liz Whittemore of  The ReelNewsDaily.com says that “’Thunder and the House of Magic’ will put a spell on the entire family. This film is a heartwarming story of friendship and belonging, with a soundtrack that makes you want to get up and dance! Filled with a colorful cast of memorable characters, everyone will fall in love.’ Thunder and The House of Magic’ is a joy.”

“The House of Magic” will open very soon in cinemas from CrystalSky Multimedia.

Check the movie’s trailer here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niVGud_JEA0

NOVEL “WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD” TRANSLATED INTO SHAILENE WOODLEY STARRER

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Acclaimed young actress and passionate environmentalist Shailene Woodley who first came to worldwide attention for her  award winning performance opposite George Clooney in Academy Award® nominated film “The Descendants” and has further catapulted to fame in the book-based films “Divergent” and “The Fault In Our Stars” again essays the lead role in “White Bird In A Blizzard” based on the tome by Laura Kasischke.

In “White Bird In A Blizzard,” Woodley takes on the character of Kat Connors,  17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve (Eva Green), a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappears – just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother’s absence and certainly doesn’t blame her doormat of a father, Brock (Christopher Meloni), for the loss. In fact, it’s almost a relief. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve’s disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother’s departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it.

The movie unfolds almost entirely from Kat’s perspective,  told from a very feminine point of view and takes a different approach to one of the most debated topics of all time- adolescence.  “Adolescence is a time of change and transition, where nothing is stable or certain, and teenagers live a life that is a big question mark – so naturally they make compelling dramatic subjects,” shares director Gregg Araki.

Director Araki further shares that she discovered Shailene Woodley through her heartbreaking performance in “The Descendants,” coincidentally, she was also a big fan of “Mysterious Skin” which the Araki helmed.   ” She read the script for White Bird, loved it, and immediately signed on. Shai actually reminds me a lot of Joe Gordon Levitt, who I worked with on Mysterious Skin. They are both incredibly talented and creative individuals who take their art very seriously – they’re not in it for fame or money or any of the bullshit. They both also have really great parents so they’re more centered and secure in themselves than some young actors who don’t have that kind of solid upbringing,” Araki says of Woodley.

Woodley began her career at the age of 5 when an agent recognized her potential and signed her in an instant and she has been working ever since. She cut her teeth in commercials and then earned her first TV role in the 1999 MOW “Replacing Dad,” which starred two time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell.

Among the many accolades she received for her work in “The Descendants” were a 2012 Independent Spirit Award® for Best Supporting Actress, the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe® nomination and a Critics Choice award nomination. Likewise, her box-office draw proved strong  when the critically acclaimed “The Fault In Our Stars” dominated the box-office that has earned over $250 million worldwide.

Fans worldwide are also anticipating the return of ‘Tris’ in the next installment of the Divergent series, entitled Insurgent, which will be in theaters all over the world in March 2015.  Woodley’s character ‘Tris’ will pick up where she left off as the newest member of the ‘Dauntless’ faction.

Meanwhile, “White Bird In A Blizzard” will soon open in cinemas nationwide on November 12.

NEILL BLOMKAMP’S “CHAPPIE” REVEALS TEASER TRAILER

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Columbia Pictures has just uncovered the teaser trailer to the upcoming thriller “Chappie” from acclaimed director Neill Blomkamp (“District 9,” “Elysium”). Watch the trailer here at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP79ytu44w8&feature=youtu.be.

Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.

Written by Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, “Chappie” stars Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, Ninja, Yolandi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Brandon Auret.

Opening across the Philippines on March 2015, “Chappie is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.