Monthly Archives: March 2015

ULTRON LAYS OUT MURDEROUS PATH TO PEACE IN NEW “AVENGERS” TRAILER

Avengers Age of Ultron

Ultron thinks he’s found the problem with humanity…but unfortunately for us, that problem is our very existence!

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes assemble once more in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in April 22 in the Philippines, and they’ve got the biggest trailer yet right here at http://youtu.be/nkPG_j5S2l0.

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963.

Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in April 22, 2015.

EVERYTHING’S BIGGER, BETTER, SILLIER IN NEW “SPONGEBOB MOVIE”

The Sponge Bob Movie

In Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies’ new comedy adventure “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” fans will see fully realized, three dimensional versions of their favorite characters for the first time.

“The show has always had an element of animation and live action; animated characters in Bikini Bottom and a few live action segments in our world,” says executive producer and series-creator by Stephen Hillenburg. “But we’ve never done anything on this level.”

“From the beginning, we knew we needed to do something big,” says director Paul Tibbitt of the initial planning stages of “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.” After years of working within the constraints of a television, the film allowed the creative team to explore new creative possibilities for the series’ classic characters. “We’re used to having these huge ideas for stories which we’d inevitably have to scale back in some way,” explains Tibbitt. “But for the film, we realized we could bring the studio (Paramount) a crazy new idea, and they’d give us the latitude to make it happen. Nothing was off the table.”

“Everything is a little bigger and better this time around,” says Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob. “But it isn’t a reboot; it’s not ‘SpongeBob Begins.’ We aren’t going to tone down the silliness and get back to SpongeBob’s gritty, butt-kicking roots. If anything, we’ve only gotten sillier.”

“We’ve only briefly seen our characters out of the water in the show and first movie, but they were always in 2-D,” says Tibbitt. “We wanted them to not only leave the water, but this time, actually have some weight and depth. Animation has come a long way since the first film in 2006, and it was exciting to use these new tools to make our characters come to life in our world in a believable way.”

Bill Fagerbakke, the voice of Patrick, comments, “In the past, our characters have been stick figures outside of the water, but this time around, the visual presentation is completely new. Everything is different. It’s like they’re going to Oz.”

Australian Visual Effects house Iloura (who had previously created Mark Wahlberg’s stuffed bear companion in “Ted”) was responsible for bringing the familiar characters to life in the film’s “real world” sequences. “We’ve been blown away by some of the shots in this film,” Tibbitt explains. “Iloura is so good at integrating all the elements and making these characters seem like they’re all in the same world.”

“It’s a radically different visual experience than the fans have ever seen before,” says executive producer Cale Boyter. “But there was a lot of care put into making the 3-D versions of characters stay true to their 2-D roots.”

Life in Bikini Bottom couldn’t be better for eternal optimist SpongeBob (Tom Kenny) and his friends: loyal starfish Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke), the sardonic Squidward (Rodger Bumpass), scientist squirrel Sandy (Carolyn Lawrence) and crustacean capitalist, Mr. Krabs (Clancy Brown). When the top secret recipe for Krabby Patties is stolen, eternal adversaries SpongeBob and Plankton (Mr. Lawrence) must join forces on a trip through time and space to harness their internal superpowers and battle fiendish pirate Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas) with his own plans for the delicious delicacies.

Opening across the Philippines on Black Saturday, April 04, “SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

NIGHTMARISH REALM IN “THE LAZARUS EFFECT”

olivia wilde in THE LAZARUS EFFECT

From the producers of original hit horror franchise as “The Purge,” “Insidious”and “Sinister” comes the horrifying reality in “The Lazarus Effect” when a group of medical students play god to resurrect one of their own.

Starring Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Donald Glover, Sarah Bolger and Evan Peters, “The Lazarus Effect” is a gripping, thought-provoking thriller that begins with a group of renegade medical researchers who believe they may have stumbled on a breakthrough drug that could one day resurrect recently deceased patients.  But when a lab accident takes the life of one of their own, they decide to rush into a spontaneous experiment, bringing her back to life in an extraordinary medical triumph . . . and unleashing forces far beyond their comprehension.

Corporeal reanimation has long been part of mythology, from zombies to Frankenstein, but it has also been an enduring scientific quest.  Emergency medicine has come so far that, in some cases, people are being resuscitated from flat-lined hearts even after many hours in a state incompatible with life.  So what if we could extend that period to days or weeks … or beyond?   In the film, the Lazarus Project Lab has been probing that daring question for a while, with promising results, at least with a dog named Rocky. They could be on the verge of the biotech coup of the century.  But even before they have collected the necessary data to proceed, they are forced to dive into the unthinkable: testing their serum not only on a human subject, but their beloved friend.  Now, they know they can bring a human being back from clinical death.   But what they do not know is where they have brought her back from – and how they are going to survive her wrath.

The story builds on a mysterious medical reality that has resulted in more than 3 dozen documented cases of the so-called Lazarus Phenomenon – when a patient spontaneously returns to life even after resuscitation has failed, named for the Biblical figure who rose from the dead. The incidents have been shocking and macabre. In 2010, a funeral worker in Colombia discovered a 45 year-old woman’s body, long declared dead, starting to move shortly before burial.  In 2013, an Ohio man coded for 45 minutes and doctors told his son he was gone; but when the son came to say goodbye, a slight signal reappeared on the heart monitor and the man suddenly revived. Then there is recent case of a dog euthanized twice at an animal shelter in the Ozarks, only to be found sitting up in his kennel the next morning.  (The dog was soon adopted … and named Lazarus.)

“I loved the idea of really exploring the concept of being brought back to life,” says director David Gelb. “What would you experience while you were gone?  How would you be different when you came back? And what might you potentially bring back with you?  The young scientists in our film set out to give patients and loved ones hope, but they discover that there can be horrible consequences to playing with the power of life,” continues Gelb. “As events begin to unfold, the story takes a sharp turn into becoming an absolutely terrifying thrill ride where you don’t know what’s going to happen, you don’t know who the next character to disappear is going to be, and the scares are pretty intense.”

“The Lazarus Effect” opens March 4 in cinemas from Pioneer Films.

SHORT FILM “FROZEN FEVER” REVEALS TRAILER

Frozen Short Film

Disney has just revealed the trailer for the animated short film “Frozen Fever” which may be viewed at http://youtu.be/UUr_0bddZks.

Elsa, Queen of Arendelle, single-handedly set off an eternal winter that enveloped an entire village in snow and ice.

With a wave of her hand, she created a magical snowman whose love of fun in the sun is made possible by tiny flurries she summons to keep him in the cold.

The grand palace she built from the ground up comes complete with an icy staircase and a stunning, one-of-a-kind chandelier.

But can she throw a party?

That’s the plan in “Frozen Fever,” a brand-new short from Walt Disney Animation Studios. It’s Anna’s birthday, after all, and Elsa hopes to make up for a lifetime of closed doors by throwing her little sister a party she’ll never forget.

“She’s determined to give Anna the big birthday celebration that just wasn’t possible when they were little and lived in their isolated world,” says director Jennifer Lee. “Elsa enlisted the help of Kristoff, Sven and Olaf—everyone who cares about Anna.”

She has the cake, a slew of gifts and a clever plan to reveal it all—but the all-powerful Queen of Arendelle also has something brewing that just might derail everything. “Elsa is catching a cold,” says director Chris Buck. “But it’s not just any cold. There’s magic in Elsa’s sneezes.”

Unbeknownst to Elsa, every time she sneezes, the magic within her makes tiny snowmen—Snowgies—whose unbelievable cuteness is only partly mitigated by their penchant for mischief. “They wreak havoc on the party,” says Buck. “Like Olaf, they have their eyes on Anna’s cake.”

The short welcomes back to the big screen the voices that helped bring the “Frozen” favorites to life. Kristen Bell once again lends her voice to Anna, and Idina Menzel returns as the voice of Elsa. Jonathan Groff voices Kristoff, and Josh Gad provides the voice of unforgettable snowman Olaf. Oscar®-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“Up Here”) and Robert Lopez (“Broadway’s “The Book of Mormon”) wrote an all-new song for the short, and composer Christophe Beck (“Cake”) provides the score.

Directed by Beck and Lee, produced by Peter Del Vecho and Aimee Scribner, and executive produced by John Lasseter, “Frozen Fever” opens March 12, in front of Disney’s live-action “Cinderella.”

“Cinderella” will be released in the Philippines through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.

GOTHIC HORROR FILM “CRIMSON PEAK” UNVEILS TRAILER

crimson peak

Universal and Legendary Pictures have unveiled the first trailer for writer/director Guillermo del Toro’s gothic horror romance, “Crimson Peak” which may be viewed at http://youtu.be/Ys8o5H34UiU?list=UU9vXJYvgswrEHfNveILWM2Q.

Legendary Pictures’ “Crimson Peak,” a co-production with Universal Pictures, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Hellboy” series, “Pacific Rim”), written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins and starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam.

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.

Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, del Toro and Callum Greene produce, and Jillian Share executive produces.

“Crimson Peak” opens across the Philippines on October 14 and will be distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.