Bastille Day

France’s “Bastille Day,” the country’s national holiday commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the attack on The Bastille. The Bastille is a medieval fortress and prison in Paris. Many people in France associated it with the harsh rule of the Bourbon monarchy in the late 1700s. On July 14, 1789, troops stormed the Bastille. This was a pivotal event at the beginning of the French Revolution. Fête de la Fédération was held on July 14, 1790. This was a way to celebrate the establishment of a constitutional monarchy in France.

The fight against  terrorism has become a global issue unifying countries and strengthening security measures to protect its people – such measures and struggle of government working with various entities will soon be seen in the latest thrilling action film against terrorism in “Bastille Day.” Starring this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards’ double winner Idris Elba, who won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (“Beasts of No Nation”) and  Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries(“Luther”), Elba takes on the role of a former CIA agent who embark on an anti-terrorist mission in France.

James Watkins directs the engrossing and mind-blowing “Bastille Day” written by Andrew Baldwin where a young American artist Michael (Richard Madden) living in Paris and a washed-up CIA agent Sean (Elba) who are thrown together and tasked with diverting an imminent attack on the city.

On the eve of Bastille Day, a young French woman, Zoe Naville (Charlotte Le Bon), slips across Paris with the intent of planting a bomb to make a radical political statement but means to kill no one. At the last moment, she decides that she cannot commit this violent act. Michael Mason, an American artist and pickpocket, steals Zoe’s bag, keeps what he can use and throws the rest away into a garbage bin next to a busy Metro stop.

At the same time, inside the ultra-secure CIA Station in Paris, Sean Briar, an agent brought in from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq in the wake of a mission that has gone terribly wrong, struggles to adjust to his reassignment as a desk-bound data analyst : a misfit real warrior in a world of cyber counter-terrorists.  When the bomb goes off, Michael becomes the only suspect. Briar is determined to find him and bring him into custody before the French authorities do.  From then on, Briar, Michael, and Zoe will be bound together in a 24-hour suspense ride across the city, in a frantic attempt to expose a conspiracy of chaos and greed that only they can prove.

“Bastille Day” opens very soon this April in cinemas nationwide in the Phils. from Axinite Digicinema. Check out the film’s trailer release here: https://youtu.be/C-dcy86h5_8



Each ninja turtle gets his chance to shine in the newly released character posters from Paramount Pictures’ new action-adventure “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.” See Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Donatello in their moody, solo one-sheets below.


“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” is the sequel to the 2014 hit film “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” The film is based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman and is directed by David Green (“Earth to Echo”). Michael Bay (the “Transformers” franchise) returns to produce alongside his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, with Galen Walker and Scott Mednick also producing.


Also returning for the sequel is Megan Fox (“Transformers”) as April O’Neil, Will Arnett (“Arrested Development”) as Vernon Fenwick and the Turtles: Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Pete Ploszek at Leonardo, and Jeremy Howard as Donatello.


Rounding out the cast is Stephen Amell (“Arrow,”) as Casey Jones, Tyler Perry (“Gone Girl”) as Baxter Stockman, Academy Award nominated actress Laura Linney (“Love, Actually”) as Chief Rebecca Vincent, Brian Tee (“Jurassic World”) as Shredder, WWE World Heavy Weight Champion Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly as Rocksteady and Gary Anthony Williams (“The Internship”) as Bebop.

Opening across the Philippines in June 2016, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.


Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig, Zoolander 2

Comic geniuses Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig band together as the fabulous evil villains Jacobim Mugatu and Alexanya Atoz, respectively, in Paramount Pictures’ hilarious comedy sequel, “Zoolander 2.”

So iconic that he can be identified by silhouette, Jacobim Mugatu stands alongside some of the most revered and reviled villains in cinema history. With a penchant for outrageous outfits, small dogs, latte-throwing, and the ability to determine who is really hot right now, Mugatu is a truly unique character unlike any other.

Considered a newcomer at the time of the original “Zoolander” in 2001, comedian Will Ferrell embraced the opportunity to create such an absurd character from the ground up. “All these characters in the fashion world are so much fun because it’s fertile ground,” says Ferrell. “Mugatu is an important character for me because it was the first time I had the chance to do a big broad character that ended up resonating with people.”

For Ferrell, donning the infamous wig again was an interesting experience after almost 15 years. “It was strange at first to get back into the character and the outfits and then it became strange that it wasn’t strange anymore,” he laughs. “I had forgotten how intense Mugatu is. He is never relaxed and is always screaming at someone because nothing is ever quite right, but those are such fun characteristics to play.”

With Mugatu behind bars, the world of fashion was left without a leader; a nation of fashionistas left to (gasp!) decide for themselves what was is in-style. Luckily, the void was filled to epic proportions by fashion’s new queen, the incomparable Alexanya Atoz.

A fashion magnate so cherished and revered that she appears to float instead of walk (walking is just so regular), Alexanya dictates all things fashion related; what trends to follow, patterns to wear, and determines the ultimate standards for beauty. When Derek (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) are personally invited by Alexanya to appear at her protégé Don Atari’s upcoming show, they are made aware of the magnitude of this invitation and prepare to make their big return to the runway.

Larger than life by design, Alexanya Atoz is a walking art installation. Alexanya doesn’t just wear clothes; she carefully curates every aspect of her appearance and takes every opportunity to make a statement. Ever on the quest for eternal beauty, she has made every attempt to reverse the aging process and the result is a plumped, injected, stretched, tanned face that nods to society’s obsession with youth and cosmetic surgery. “Alexanya is a plastic surgery disaster on the quest for eternal youth and beauty, so overly injected and Botoxed that she can barely speak,” says screenwriter Justin Theroux.

Acclaimed actress and “Saturday Night Live” alumna Kristen Wiig was chosen for the role, and used Alexanya’s physical eccentricities to help define the character. “I’ve never played anyone like this before, an evil queen of sorts. The script describes her physically as having way too much plastic surgery that inhibited the way she talks. Her dialogue was written out phonetically which I read as having a Russian feel to it, and we came around to the idea that she just doesn’t care to pronounce words correctly.”

To achieve Alexanya’s extreme look, celebrated make-up artist Mark Coulier and his team created a wildly unique look using extensive prosthetics with a lengthy application process, which combined with her extravagant wigs, hair pieces, and complex wardrobe, was a process that required up to four hours. “You just have to Zen out for a while. I’ve never worn prosthetics like this before; it’s pretty amazing. It’s weird to look at yourself in the mirror and see your eyes but it’s not your face,” remarks Wiig.

Wiig and Ferrell share a special moment on screen, sure to be remembered as one of the year’s most memorable on-screen kisses. On the day, director and co-star Ben Stiller gave minimal direction as to the specifics of the kiss and was surprised by just how deep the two comedic powerhouses went for it. “We talked a little about what we would try beforehand and I told him something along the lines of ‘Do whatever. Lick away because it’s not really my skin.’ I don’t think Ben really realized what we were gonna do because after we did it the first time, he seemed a little surprised. We really went for it,” laughs Wiig.

I didn’t really give them any direction at all— Will and Kristen have such a great trust together and happen to be two of the funniest people ever and what they did was one of the most insane things I’ve ever seen. It is one of the funniest things in the movie,” concludes Stiller.

Opening across the Philippines on Feb. 24, 2016, “Zoolander 2” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Disney’s “Zootopia” Southeast Asia Exclusive Art Drawn By Thai Animator

Zootopia Southeast Asia Philippines

“Zootopia,” from Walt Disney Animation Studios, features a team of filmmakers from all over the world. From Southeast Asia, there are five hometown heroes, specifically from Singapore and Thailand, each of them with different roles in the production of the movie. From lighting artists to modeler, these hometown heroes are based in Burbank, California, working alongside the directors of Disney’s Zootopia, Byron Howard and Rich Moore.

To celebrate the global release of Disney’s “Zootopia,” a special series of Southeast Asia exclusive art has been drawn by Fawn Veerasunthorn, a Thai story artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios. For Disney’s “Zootopia,” Veerasunthorn was responsible for visualizing the script into panels of drawings.

This special series of Southeast Asia exclusive art features drawings of the movie’s characters, Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps, with local iconic landmarks in Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand.

Now showing across the Philippines, “Zootopia” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures. Follow the official social media accounts of Disney in the Philippines, namely, (FB) WaltDisneyStudiosPH, (Twitter) @disneystudiosph and (Instagram) @waltdisneystudiosph and use the hashtag #ZootopiaPH.



Invading cinemas earlier than expected, “Kung Fu Panda 3” will have sneak previews (whole day) on February 29 (Monday) and March 1 (Tuesday) nationwide in the Philippines, in 2D and 3D screens.

The latest and third instalment in the global phenomenal franchise, “Kung Fu Panda 3” ruled the US box-office for weeks and is tracking almost US$200 million to-date. The latest kick-ass and hyper-action family-oriented animation brings back Jack Black as the loveable Po along with the Furious Five, Tigress (voiced by Angelina Jolie Pitt), Viper (Lucy Liu), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Crane (David Cross) and Monkey (Jackie Chan) with their Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) who now brings the franchise into full-swing action mode as he takes on to be the Furious Five’s master.

Po, considered as the Dragon Warrior is now tasked by Master Shifu to take on the role of being the teacher to the Furious Five, a task Po is not so ready to take on, not initially at least.  Making the transition from student to teacher isn’t the only upheaval in Po’s life.  His long-lost biological father, Li Chan, has made his way to the Valley of Peace and to an emotional and hilarious reunion with Po.  Acclaimed “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston joins the franchise to lend his voice to Li.

Meanwhile, Po and the Furious Five have yet to encounter their ultimate nemesis, Kai (voiced by J.K. Simmons), once brothers-in-arms with Po’s father figure mentor Oogway (Randall Duk Kim), the ancient tortoise who now lives in the spirit realm.  In the Spirit Realm, Kai has taken the chi from thousands of masters, collecting them as jade amulets on his belt.  With this accumulated power, he defeats Oogway, breaks free from the Spirit Realm, and arrives on Earth.  The only one who can defeat Kai is a master of chi, and the only teachers of chi are pandas – or so Li tells Po.

Black embraced the opportunity to revisit one of his most treasured movie characters and found it easy to reclaim his inner-Dragon Warrior.  “I just go back to a younger me, when I was starting my career,” he explains. “That’s how I see Po – as young lover of kung fu.  My love was rock and roll and acting, but Po and I share that unreserved passion.   I, too, was a young Dragon Warrior,” he jokes.

“Kung Fu Panda 3” kicks in full blast in cinemas on its regular opening day on March 9 in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D screens nationwide from DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.