“THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT” BREAKS BOUNDARIES IN YOUNG ADULT EPIC ACTION

Allegiant

The Shailene Woodley starrer “Divergent” series based on the books by author Veronica Roth has recently revealed “Allegiant – Part 1” and “Allegiant – Part 2” have been modified for the big screen.

In the news that have circulated recently, it was revealed that the upcoming two film will no longer be called “Allegiant – Part 1” and “Allegiant – Part 2.” The two would now be titled “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” and “The Divergent Series: Ascendant.”

The first two “Divergent” films have grossed more than $550 million at the global box office and are Lionsgate’s highest-grossing films outside “The Hunger Games” and “Twilight” franchises.

The third installment of the blockbuster Divergent series franchise, “Allegiant” takes Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before.  Beatrice Prior and Tobias Eaton venture into the world outside of the fence and are taken into protective custody by a mysterious agency known as the Bureau of Genetic Welfare.  The film is being directed by Robert Schwentke from a screenplay by Noah Oppenheim, Adam Cooper, Bill Collage and Stephen Chbosky.

The story background discusses how a future, ruined Chicago becomes a society that defines its citizens by strict conformity to their social and personality-related affiliations with five different factions. This removes the threat of anyone exercising independent will and re-threatening the population’s safety through war or another human-created catastrophe. The factions are Abnegation to uphold selflessness, Amity to uphold peacefulness, Candor to uphold honesty, Dauntless to uphold bravery, and Erudite, to uphold knowledge. Tris tests out for equal aptitude with three different factions: Abnegation, Erudite, and Dauntless. This classifies her as “Divergent” and capable of independent thought beyond the restrictive nature of the factions. She is warned never to share this information with anyone for fear of her life. Divergent are a threat to the stable society, hunted and killed by the ruthless leader of Erudite, in order to eliminate the “threat” of independent thinking. Those who fail the initiation of their particular faction are deemed factionless, who are treated as a lower class and a drain on society.  Tris Prior is shocked by the video released to the public at the end of the Erudite headquarters raid. The video revealed the truth about the faction system and announced that Divergent are needed outside the borders of the city.

“Allegiant” will open in the Philippines on March 9 from Pioneer Films, one week ahead of its US release.

MOTHER BRINGS BACK SON FROM THE DEAD IN”THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR”

The Other Side of the Door

Alexandre Aja, known for horror genre films such as “The Hills Have Eyes,” “Horns’ and “Piranha 3D” produces another yet spine-tingling thriller in “The Other Side of the Door” where a mother who lost her son and can’t bear to lose him has done something terrible that is about to destroy her family just to get him back.

As a producer, Aja explains he first looks for a story with a real heart because spectacle and action mean little without it.  Starring Sarah Wayne Callies as Maria, the grieving mother,  begins to lose touch with rationality and turns towards unconventional and ultimately horrific measures to deal with her loss.  “When the supernatural is the only solution in her life, Maria decides to try it,” says writer Riera.  “She thinks the supernatural is superior to any of her previous coping mechanisms and will change her life forever.”

“By exploring these supernatural elements, Maria is opening a Pandora’s box she cannot close,” adds Callies.  “She goes down a slippery slope that is both understandable and frightening to watch.  Maria cannot accept her son’s death.  She believes she has this chance of talking to him one last time, so she tries to get in touch with his spirit, and that ruins her life.”

Prior to these devastating events, work had brought Maria’s husband Michael to India, and the couple decided that they loved it so much, they wanted to start a family there.  Jeremy Sisto, who portrays Michael, researched the reasons some couples chose to live abroad, and notes, “Sarah and I talked about what it means to be an expat, to choose to live in a culture that’s completely different from your own, speaking a language you didn’t grow up with, and where you really stand out.”

The element of surprise was an experience to which both actors could relate. “Michael and Maria loved waking up and not knowing what they were going to experience on a given day,” Sisto explains.   “It takes a real sense of adventure and courage for them to adapt to a new lifestyle,” adds Callies.  “One thing that really struck me being in India was that I was so conspicuous.”

After Maria and Michael’s eight-year-old son Oliver dies tragically in a car accident, the boy returns to the world of the living, but in an altered form.  His reappearance affects everyone in the family, including his sister, Lucy (Sofia Rosinsky).  “Lucy is put at risk by Oliver’s return,” says Riera.  “She’s the first person to get in touch with Oliver once he’s back, because she’s a child and believes in the supernatural more readily.”

Indian actress Suchitra Pillai plays Piki, the family’s stern but maternal housekeeper.  She notes that Piki, like Maria, lost a child.  “She gives Maria hope about making peace with the loss of her son,” says Pillai. “What’s fascinating is how their relationship evolves, and Piki tells Maria something unbelievably audacious, which is ‘I think you should visit this temple and speak to your son one last time, to heal your grief,’” says Callies.  “From that moment on Piki possesses the authority and power in that relationship, and it’s a really interesting change that happens.  There is a connection when Maria learns that Piki lost a child and has navigated that grief.  It’s a fascinating relationship to me because there are all these switches in power, but it also creates a sisterhood between them.”

“The Other Side of the Door” opens February 24 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

JACK BLACK, ANGELINA JOLIE KIDS & DUSTIN HOFFMAN’S GRANDSON VOICES IN “KUNG FU PANDA 3”

angelina jolie pitt back in KUNG FU PANDA 3 as tigress

It’s definitely a family movie affair in the upcoming “Kung Fu Panda 3” as the lead actors’ voices along with their brood’s voices are in the movie too! In recent interviews, Jack Black, Angelina Jolie Pitt and Dustin Hoffman shared that their children recorded voices in the latest installment of the blockbuster family global franchise.

Angelina Jolie’s kids Pax, 12, Zahara, 10, Shiloh, 9, and Knox, 7, record animal voices for the movie, says that they weren’t really expecting to be in the movie, “They were kind of shy. They don’t really want to be actors, but I didn’t want them to miss the opportunity. They came in, and they had a lot of fun with it,” shares Jolie Pitt.

Lead star Jack Black’s son Sammy, 9, did voiceover too, “My boy actually has a voice in it, He plays one of the bunnies. I wish there was only one bunny so I could say, ‘My boy plays the bunny,’ but he’s like one of the bunnies. There’s like a thousand bunnies.  Black says his kids are “stoked” about the movie, but said, “they have to be a little contrary. It’s part of being a kid. It’s like, your dad is not the cool one. No matter how cool your dad is they have to rebel against me.”

And Dustin Hoffman’s grandson Gus is also heard in the movie.  Additionally, franchise newcomer Kate Hudson says, “My kids have always loved the Kung Fu Pandas, so this is really exciting for me because, you know, I’m cool mom right now.”

Po’s (voiced by Jack Black) adventure began in “Kung Fu Panda,” where he fulfilled his destiny and became the Dragon Warrior.  The film showcased amazing fight sequences, hilarious comedy and a lot of heart. Audiences around the globe cheered the Kung Fu Panda, and the film grossed over $633 million worldwide, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, and took home ten Annie Awards.

In “Kung Fu Panda 2,” Po had to uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins, in order to unlock the strength he needed to succeed.  The film topped the blockbuster numbers of the first picture, earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature, and won two Annie Awards, including Best Director, for Jennifer Yuh Nelson.

Now, in “Kung Fu Panda 3,” which has recently ruled the US box-office for weeks, Po’s his adventure brings him full circle as he continues his evolution as a hero.  Po realizes he still has a lot to learn when he leaves his comfort zone as a martial arts student to take on the responsibilities of a teacher.  At the same time, he must bring together his biological family and his kung fu family – and become a master of the past and the future.

Po’s enthusiasm is contagious.  Director Alessandro Carloni, another veteran of the trilogy, says: “In this film, Po must help others reach that same kind of epiphany and to embrace their unique qualities to become truly empowered.”   Whatever the obstacles, Po never gives up.  “He’s got a great attitude,” says screenwriter Glenn Berger.  “Po is very positive and unrelenting, and no matter how many times he falls, he keeps getting back up.”

The first of those new challenges for Po is to make a daunting, if not insurmountable professional transition.  He’s been living large and loving life as the Dragon Warrior, until his beloved teacher Shifu presents Po with the next step in his evolution as the Kung Fu Panda: Po must become a teacher.  According to Jack Black, who once again voices the iconic role, that scene points to the fact that “Po is no Shifu, let’s be honest.  He’s freaking out and doesn’t think he’s up to these new responsibilities, which are weighing him down even more than the countless dumplings he consumes.”

“Kung Fu Panda 3” opens March 9 in cinemas nationwide from DreamWorks Animation and 20thCentury Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.  Available in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D screens.

GAME OF THRONES’ STAR NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU STARS IN COLOSSAL ACTION EPIC “GODS OF EGYPT”

Gods of Egypt, Nikolaj Coster Waldau

In the spectacular action-adventure “Gods of Egypt,” the survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero Bek (Brenton Thwaites) undertakes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. In order to succeed, he must enlist the help of the powerful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in an unlikely alliance against Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. As their breathtaking battle against Set and his henchmen takes them into the afterlife and across the heavens, both god and mortal must pass tests of courage and sacrifice if they hope to prevail in the final battle.

Writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless sought to give audiences a thrilling, elaborate adventure that is part homage, part invention and fully inhabitable as a transporting experience. Using the Osiris myth as a blueprint – Gods of Egypt re-imagines the tale of the sun god Ra, his vengeful son Set and Ra’s dutiful grandson Horus, folding several classical narratives into one adrenaline-pumped film following the journey of a mischievous mortal who joins forces with a fallen god to save all of creation from chaos and tyranny.

Meet the gods of Egypt: Ra (Geoffrey Rush) is the father of Osiris and Set, Ra is the Lord of Light and the Cosmos. It is his duty to pull the sun over mythological Egypt at the end of each day. As he does so, he passes into the chaos of the underworld where he fights the demon Apophis. After he beats Apophis back each night, Ra returns to the living world bringing with him the light of a new day. Ra is the creator of this world and its ultimate guardian. He possesses insight beyond any living god or mortal, and views the gift of life as a lesson and a journey. In his eyes, both Osiris and Set were equal.

Set (Gerard Butler) is son of Ra and god of the Desert, Set is plagued by jealousy. In Set’s eyes, his father apparently favors his brother Osiris, the God of Nature and Life, who is deemed to be a wise ruler and merciful facilitator of human souls into the Afterlife. Set believes that mortals are dispensable and far inferior to the gods. Set puts his pursuit of power, authority and material wealth above all else.

Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is the lord of the Air. While his ego is initially inflated by his status as a god, through his association with mortal Bek, Horus slowly learns to respect mortals, and even develops a liking of them. It’s a change of heart he’ll need if he’s going to avenge the death of his father Osiris and retake the throne from the usurper Set. Horus’ deity is a winged and armored form with a falcon-shaped head. His power resides in his eyes.

And the mortal who seeks Horus’ alliance is Bek (Brenton Thwaites), an affably mischievous mortal comes from modest beginnings and has little to offer the woman he loves, Zaya, aside from his heart. Having lost faith in the gods, Bek relies on his own zeal and ingenuity to make his way in life.

Coster-Waldau has has created a strong foothold in Hollywood, and continues to rise, starring on a critically-acclaimed television series and a vast array of film projects. Coster-Waldau will return for the sixth season of HBO’s epic, award-winning series “Game of Thrones,” starring as ‘Jamie Lannister.’ After leaving his handprint on the European Film and Television industry, Coster-Waldau quickly made his transition to American Cinema.   His previous films include “Black Hawk Down,” “Enigma,” “Kingdom of Heaven” and “Firewall.”

Bringing to life a complex array of fictional characters, “Gods of Egypt”  is an original story unlike anything viewers have seen that will open this February 24 in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.

 

MARVEL STUDIOS BEGINS PRODUCTION ON “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2”

Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Marvel Studios has begun principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, on Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which is slated to hit U.S. theaters on May 5, 2017. The production will shoot at Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is written and directed by James Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Slither”). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (“Jurassic World,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Star Trek: Into Darkness”) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (“Spectre,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Drax; Bradley Cooper (“Joy,” “American Sniper”) as the voice of Rocket; Vin Diesel (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Furious 7”) as the voice of Groot; Michael Rooker ( “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Jumper”) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Big Short”) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Gilmore Girls”) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (“Oldboy”), Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby,” “Everest”), Chris Sullivan (“The Knick,” “The Drop”) and Kurt Russell (“The Hateful Eight,” “Furious 7”).

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Director James Gunn’s creative team also includes director of photography Henry Braham (“The Legend of Tarzan,” “The Golden Compass”); production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek,” “Tomorrowland”); editors Fred Raskin (“The Hateful Eight,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Craig Wood (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”); composer Tyler Bates  (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “John Wick”); three time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”); Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Chris Townsend (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3”); stunt coordinator Tommy Harper (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” ); co-producer / first assistant director Lars Winther (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”); and six-time Oscar® nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (“Captain America: Civil War,” “The Avengers”).

The original “Guardians of the Galaxy” was a hit with critics and audiences alike, earning over $770 million at the worldwide box-office, and holds the record as the most successful debut film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition, the film’s soundtrack went platinum and was nominated for a Grammy.

Based on the Marvel comic characters first published in 1969, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man,” and the upcoming release schedule, which includes “Captain America: Civil War” on May 6, 2016; “Doctor Strange,” November 4, 2016; “Spider-Man,” July 7, 2017; and “Thor: Ragnarok” on November 3, 2017.

Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success in 2015 with the release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” At the time of release, the film recorded the second biggest opening weekend of all time with a $191.3 million box office. It has also been the #1 release in every country where it has opened and has grossed over $1.4 billion in global box office. The studio also successfully launched another franchise with “Ant-Man,” starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly. The film opened #1 at the box office on July 17 and went on to gross more than $519 million at the worldwide box office. The film propelled the Marvel brands’ #1 domestic box-office opening streak to a record-breaking 12 consecutive films.