Monthly Archives: June 2015

HIGH-WIRE THRILLER “THE WALK” LAUNCHES NEW TRAILER

The Walk

Columbia Pictures has just launched the new trailer for “The Walk,” a true story based on French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s book “To Reach the Clouds,” and may be viewed here at https://youtu.be/ejycxyTRBYs.

            Directed by Academy Award-winner Robert Zemeckis, “The Walk” stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the young dreamer who dared the impossible: an illegal wire walk between the World Trade Center towers. Last August 7, 2014 is the 40th anniversary of the astounding event, now being brought back to vivid life in the third act climax of the film.

            Twelve people have walked on the moon.  Only one has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.  Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), is aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, who overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan. 

            Robert Zemeckis, the master director of such marvels as “Forrest Gump,” “Cast Away,” “Back to the Future,” “Polar Express” and “Flight,” again uses cutting edge technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story.  With innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX® 3D wizardry, “The Walk” is genuine big-screen cinema, a chance for moviegoers to viscerally experience the feeling of reaching the clouds. 

            It is also one of the more rare live-action films that is a PG-rated, all-audience entertainment for moviegoers 8 to 80 – and a true story to boot.  It is unlike anything audiences have seen before, a love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s, but most of all, to the Towers of the World Trade Center

            Opening across the Philippines in October 07, “The Walk” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

SPIELBERG HANDPICKS YOUNG DIRECTOR FOR “JURASSIC WORLD”

Jurassic World

A narrative successor to three-time Oscar® winner Steven Spielberg’s beloved original classic “Jurassic Park,” Universal Pictures’ new action adventure “Jurassic World” takes place 22 years after the fateful events on Isla Nublar. Jurassic World is the world’s first truly international theme park, one that seamlessly combines the wonders of science and history with the creature comforts and luxury that international travelers have come to expect.

While countless directors were interested in relaunching one of the most successful and popular franchises in movie history, producers Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley searched for some time for a creative talent who could honor the spirit and legacy of the franchise and propel it forward creatively.

They found their successor in newcomer Colin Trevorrow. A pioneer of the online short film, Trevorrow’s first feature, 2012’s critically lauded “Safety Not Guaranteed,” was nominated for multiple awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and won an Independent Spirit Award. His work caught the eye of Spielberg and Marshall, who felt his fresh and decisive perspective—rooted in character but delivering in speculative thematics—made him worthy of carrying the torch.

The longtime filmmaking partners felt confident that Trevorrow could deliver the magic, thrills and wonder that moviegoers expect from a Jurassic movie and simultaneously infuse it with fresh perspective in the ongoing narrative. Spielberg explains his decision: “I had seen `Safety Not Guaranteed’ and the very last scene was what convinced me that Colin was the right person to direct Jurassic World. I flew out of my seat when I saw the last scene of that movie. Frank showed me the film, and that’s when I knew that if Colin was good in the meeting, he was going to get the job. He was completely enthusiastic, both as a filmmaker and as a fan, but also had a story to tell. He didn’t just come in and say, ‘I’d like to render my services directing the fourth installment.’”

Having come of age in an age-group that grew up watching Amblin films, Trevorrow acknowledges that his perspective as a director is undeniably influenced by Spielberg: “A part of what drives me is the notion that I’m representing a generation of people who grew up on Steven’s films and want to see these types of stories continue to be told.”

In that spirit, Trevorrow’s objective was to deliver the perfect balance of wide-eyed wonder and seat-gripping thrills that moviegoers expect from a Jurassic film, while introducing new characters and a story line full of ideas worthy of another chapter. “We know we don’t want another film of people just running from dinosaurs and screaming; that’s been done before and done very well,” he says. “I felt that what the audience wants, and I know what Steven wants, is to take this brilliant core concept and see where else we can go with it—to expand and open it up, while taking audiences back to a familiar place.”

The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collaborate with one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of cinema was not lost on Trevorrow. “For me, I can’t even pretend that I’m not a student throughout this process,” he gives. “I know that I can make a film that is going to honor what Steven did, but I know I’m essentially getting a free master class in both filmmaking and in Jurassic Park.”

The director acknowledges that he found a kindred spirit in Spielberg: “Steven and I both have a lot of enthusiasm for what we’re working on, and to have two people of different generations geeking out on the same stuff has been a thrill for me. The moments where we’re actually able to create together and build new ideas, these are the things that I couldn’t have anticipated when I was younger. As a creative person, that is something that can’t be matched.”

Trevorrow’s hope for “Jurassic World” is a simple one: to re-create the magic that will harken audiences back to how he felt the first time he saw the movie. “I have a very specific memory of `Jurassic Park’ coming out on the last day of school, and there’s a feeling that goes along with that,” he shares. “When everything is behind you, everything is ahead of you and you have that moment of being alone in a movie theater and being transported to where `Jurassic Park’ takes you.”

Chris Pratt (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) leads the cast which includes Bryce Dallas Howard (“Spider-Man 3”), Nick Robinson (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”) and Ty Simpkins (the kid in last year’s “Iron Man 3”).

Opening across the Philippines on June 10, “Jurassic World” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

A FUN, TOUCHING COMING-OF-AGE STORY IN “PAPER TOWNS”

Paper Towns

Adapted from the bestselling novel by John Green, “Paper Towns” is an exciting and entertaining coming of age story that tells the story of Quentin (Nat Wolff), a romantic and studious teenager, who is in love with Margo (Cara Delevingne), his beautiful and enigmatic next-door neighbor.

Good friends as children, they have since grown apart.  But one night, towards the end of high school, Margo persuades Quentin to join her on a wild, night long adventure, which involves a series of outrageous pranks.  But the next day, Margo disappears.  Q and his friends set off on a road trip to track her down.

There are a lot of films about young men who romanticize young women and think that if they can just get the girl, the story will end happily,” says Green. “But that’s not the way human relationships work. In real life that stuff is messy and complicated and we wanted to try to show that the point of living is not necessarily to get the girl or the boy.”

“Cara is an extremely free spirit and I identify with her a lot, in terms of living in the moment and not really thinking about the future,” says the British supermodel Delevingne. “Margo cannot be caged by her parents or by anyone. She creates explosions in her world, having fun and causing chaos, without realizing the damage she is doing. Like an animal, she survives on instinct and hopes for the best. She’s fearless and I’m pretty fearless too.”

20 year-old Wolff, who previously starred in the well-reviewed “Palo Alto” and gave a scene stealing performance as Isaac, a boy with cancer, in “The Fault In Our Stars,” is completely relatable as Q. “Nat is very charming and likeable and winning,” says producer Isaac Klausner. “When he is up there on screen, you root for him. He reminds us of a young Dustin Hoffman.  He is so real and incredibly smart.”

“John really admires teens and sees them as thoughtful and emotionally questing human beings,” adds Isaac Klausner. “He identifies high school years as a time when your intellect is fully formed and you’re deeply curious. His characters don’t feel like the generalized whitewashed teenagers you often read, they feel like real people,”

One of this year’s much-awaited teen movie event, “Paper Towns” opens very soon this July 23 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

ROSAMUND PIKE PLOTS REVENGE ANEW IN PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLLER “RETURN TO SENDER”

Return To Sender

“Gone Girl” Academy Award-nominee Rosamund Pike is back and gives another nail-biting performance in the upcoming psychological thriller “Return To Sender” where she plays Miranda, a surgical nurse out for revenge after a brutal sexual assault in her home.

Directed by Fouad Mikati, “Return To Sender” also stars Rumer Willis, Nick Nolte and Shiloh Fernandez.  Pike’s character, Miranda, is an epitome of coolness who lives life in an effortlessly organized way day in and day out. After some time, she finally gave in to her colleagues who set her up on a blind date.  On the day of their meeting, a man knocked on her door, thinking it was the guy whom her colleagues set her up to go out with, she welcomes him to her pristine home only to realize that he is not the man she’s waiting for. Miranda soon finds herself defeated after struggling to escape from her assailant, leaving her almost dead after brutally raping her.

The devastating attack brought out Miranda’s psychopathic tendencies as she tries to befriend William (Fernandez), her attacker in prison only to plot a harrowing revenge when he gets out.  While in prison, Miranda starts sending letters to William to get closer to him and has even helped him secure an early release from prison. Despite stern warning from her father (played by Nolte) to stop her vengeful plot, Miranda and William agree to see each other constantly upon the latter’s release from prison.

“Return To Sender” opens in cinemas this June 17 from Pioneer Films.

ZOMBIE VS. HUMAN GIRLFRIEND FIGHT OVER BOYFRIEND IN “BURYING THE EX”

BURYING THE EX poster

A man is torn in a twisted love triangle between his ex, now a zombie and a newfound friend in the horror comedy “Burying The Ex.”

Joe Dante, known for his deft helming in unforgettable entertaining movies such as “Gremlins,” “Looney Tunes: Back in Action” and in television series “Twilight Zone” and “Masters of Horror,” directs Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene and Alexandra Daddario in “Burying The Ex” about a man trying to call it quits with his ex while trying to go for his dream girl.   Yelchin plays nice guy Max who recently moved in with his beautiful girlfriend, Evelyn (Greene).  But when Evelyn turns out to be a controlling, manipulative nightmare, Max then decides to call it quits. There’s just one problem: he’s terrified of breaking up with her. Fate steps in when Evelyn is the victim of a fatal, freak accident, leaving Max single and ready to mingle. Just as Max is thinking about moving on with what could be his dream girl, Olivia (Daddario) – Evelyn has returned from the grave and is determined to get her boyfriend back…even if that means transforming him into one of the undead.

“Burying the Dead” was recently featured in this year’s Riviera Maya Film Festival where novelty ideas are utilized to present films in the broader international community.  Presenting at the festival are Joe Dante and Anton Yelchin wherein Dante reiterated that the movie is the kind of film with an audience in contrast to critics ready to jot down observations and analysis.   In her short review of the movie, Sasha Stone’s article as featured on www. Awardsdaily.com says that “Burying the Ex is funny, with Anton Yelchin playing a young man eager to dump his pretty but a tad needy girlfriend (Ashley Green). When she’s killed unexpectedly she morphs into a zombie and from then, funny/scary chaos. Sure, it’s not Citizen Kane and it’s not meant to be. It reminded me of the movies I used to see in the valley in the 1970s, rocking a pair of orange Dittos, a satin and terry cloth halter top, with my shag cut. Escaping the summer heat with a big bag of popcorn to watch something that silly was the stuff of a young cinema lover’s dream.  Dante’s thumbprint exuberance is alive and well, so are the gross-outs here and there. Burying the Ex is sure to develop a cult following and become a favorite midnight movie.”

Some relationships just won’t die! “Burying The Ex” opens June 17 in cinemas from Pioneer Films.