Monthly Archives: May 2017

“DESPICABLE ME 3” SHARES CHARACTER POSTERS OF MINIONS AS INMATES

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As the new trailers have revealed, the Minions go to jail in Despicable Me 3, and Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have released the character posters for the six lead Minions as inmates, with cute tattoos to boot.

Take a look at the new posters below and watch Despicable Me 3 in Philippine cinemas on June 14, 2017.

The team who brought you Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015,Despicable Me 2 and Minions, returns to continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.

Despicable Me 3 is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon, and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio.

The animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Despicable Me 3 is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

H’WOOD WALK OF FAME HONORS “TRANSFORMERS” DIRECTOR MICHAEL BAY

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Michael Bay received one of the highest honours in Hollywood: his hand-prints in the Walk of Fame.

Bay sank his hands and feet into the forecourt of Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre recently as he was honored for a money-spinning movie career that has netted almost $6 billion.

The 52-year-old Los Angeles native is known for directing some of history’s biggest effects-laden blockbusters, from “Bad Boys” (1995), “Armageddon” (1998) and “Pearl Harbor” (2001) to the “Transformers” franchise, whose fifth installment, “Transformers: The Last Knight” opens in the US and the Philippines on June 21, 2017.

It brings back your childhood because I remember as a kid I came here. And this is where I went to the movies with my parents, this was the place where I saw ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ when I decided I want to become a director,” he told Agence France Presse.

Bay, who now calls Miami home, worked as an intern for George Lucas’s special effects company Industrial Light and Magic before kickstarting his directing career with commercials and music videos for Tina Turner, Lionel Richie and Meat Loaf.

His first feature film — “Bad Boys,” starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence — marked the beginning of a string of collaborations between Bay and veteran producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

It’s bizarre as a kid to think, this was always untouchable to me, you know,” he said of being honored by Hollywood.

You don’t ever think that’s possible, so it’s kind of a bizarre thing having your hands printed here.”

Known for high octane action, Bay’s movies have made $5.8 billion, allowing him to indulge a passion for aviation and motoring, according to Rolling Stone magazine, snapping up a $50 million Gulfstream jet and a fleet of luxury and sports cars.

ABOUT “TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT”

The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).

There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. InTransformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.

Transformers: The Last Knight is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Naomi Watts sees nightmares become reality in Shut In

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In the psychological thriller SHUT IN, Naomi Watts plays a child psychologist who is still grieving the car accident that killed her husband and paralyzed her step-son (‘Stranger Things’ Charlie Heaton). Living with the latter in an isolated New England house, Watts’ character begins to experience unsettling phenomena that may or may not have something to do with a former patient (ROOM’s Jacob Tremblay) who has gone missing. Watts is no stranger to the thriller genre, having appeared in films like The Ring, Mulholland Drive, King Kong and many others.

I’ve been a huge fan of Naomi Watts for a long, long time. Ever since Mulholland Drive, really,” says director Blackburn of the actress’s breakthrough role as a tormented ingénue in David Lynch’s acclaimed drama. “When I read the script, she popped into my head straightaway. She has the ability to switch from calm, normal and curious to fearful then to terrify in just seconds. I am a great fan and follower of her work.” 

Indeed, Watts has made an impressive career playing women under siege in such diverse films as Alejandro Iñárritu’s 21 Grams, Michael Haneke’s Funny Games and Gore Verbinksi’s horror hit The Ring. “I’ve always enjoyed the thriller genre,” Watts explains. “So many different emotions come with fear, and I like playing fear.”

  The British actress, whose career began in Australia before moving to the U.S., says she was attracted to the challenges of capturing Mary’s fragmented state of mind. “She is completely consumed with taking care of one person, and not really relating to anybody in the outside world,” says Watts. “I think she’s shut down, emotionally. And as much as she wants to care for her child, it’s difficult for her. She struggles with it, and that’s when you see her starting to have these nightmares and weird things playing out in in her mind. The resentment of how her life has changed creeps in.” 

Also, appealing to the acclaimed actress was the simplicity of a story centered almost entirely on two characters and the dramatic change in Mary’s emotional state before and after the crash that leaves her husband dead and her stepson catatonic.

When we meet her in the beginning of the film she seems to be happy,” Watts observes. “Then, we see her in a whole different way a few months later — she’s lost her husband in this horrific car accident, and her stepson is now in a vegetative state, in a wheelchair, and completely dependent upon her. Her whole life becomes about catering to his needs.” 

 Blackburn secured the highly sought-after actress’s commitment to the role via video-conference call, a technology that coincidentally plays a key role in the plot of Shut In.

I had a nice conversation with him via Skype,” recalls the actress. “Then I looked at some of his work and thought, wow, he’s accomplished and very visual; he knows how to handle this genre very well. So, I thought great, okay, I’ll give it a go.” 

  Blackburn remembers the call a bit differently. “I was sitting in my flat trying to prepare for this call with Naomi Watts, which was bizarre in itself,” he says. “We all assumed that following the Skype there would be a period of silence, then possibly a decline — but she shocked us all by committing to the project there and then. In that short meeting, she was everything I’d hoped she would be.” 

SHUT IN is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.

SHOWING JUNE 7. NATIONWIDE!

 

Charlie Heaton’s ride from ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘SHUT IN’

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Charlie Heaton (Stephen) is a young British actor who captured Hollywood’s attention with his performance in Candida Brady’s Urban & the Shed Crew, alongside Richard Armitage, Anna Friel and Neil Morrissey. He currently stars on the popular Netflix series “Stranger Things,” opposite David Harbour and Winona Ryder.

Heaton lensed his role of SHUT IN’s Stephen before STRANGER THINGS, and the movie marks his first co-leading role after supporting turns in British features and TV. In the opening scene, Stephen and his father get into an auto accident that kills his dad and leaves the teen unable to move or speak, requiring constant care from his stepmother, child psychologist Mary Portman (Watts). The two live in a remote New England house, and after one of Mary’s young patients (Jacob Tremblay of ROOM and BEFORE I WAKE) mysteriously disappears.

Since this was your first major movie part, was there a moment when you were going through the script (by Christina Hodson) and thought, “Oh, man, all I do is sit in a wheelchair or lie in a bed!”?

Well… [Laughs] No, that was kind of comforting, in a way! I remember reading the screenplay for the first time in LA; I was there for pilot season, doing three or four other things at the time. This script was sent to me, and I started reading it, and it was a page-turner; I just wanted to find out what was going on, because I really couldn’t predict what was going to happen. So I wasn’t distressed about that element at all.

How difficult was it to play a character who is immobile for much of the film?

It was actually quite fun to come to set and be told, “OK, today, Charlie, you’re just going to be lying in the bed all day.” But actually, staying still was a challenge. I watched a lot of videos about people in vegetative states; there’s a thing called Locked-in Syndrome, which is where you’re awake but trapped in your own body. There’s a French movie about that, THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY, and that was one I saw. I spent a lot of time in my trailer trying to relax my face and loosen my lips and work out the eyes, because that’s the hardest part, trying to be glazed behind the eyes, and moving them and having them drift naturally. I practiced doing nothing quite a bit, which is harder than you’d think. When they call “Action,” and you’re like, “Don’t move…” [laughs], it’s a bit difficult.

I’ve read interviews with actors like James Caan from MISERY, who had to be stuck in bed for long periods of time on that movie, and it drove him crazy. Did you ever experience that?

Yeah, I know what you mean! We did this one scene where Stephen’s in the bed, and they attach wires to him and give him small shocks to kind of activate his muscles, and every time they set that up, once they were attached, it was like, “OK, now you can’t move,” and I thought, “I just want to walk, I want to get up!”

Did you get up from the chair or bed in between takes, or did you stay “in character” in them when the cameras weren’t rolling?

To begin with, I did; I was like, “OK, on my first movie, I’m going to be really into this, I’m not going to get out of my chair the whole day.” That didn’t last very long!

How was it working with Naomi Watts?

Amazing. She has obviously done so much great work, and for me, being in my first big movie, I came on kind of nervous, especially to work with someone like Naomi. But she’s so grounded in her nature, very down-to-earth, very supportive; we would do takes together, and she would give just as much on the other side. She made it a very comfortable environment, so for me it was a pleasure. I was able to learn from her, because I’ve never been trained in acting, and the quality of people I’ve managed to work with over the last two years has been fantastic. You watch and learn and react to what they’re doing, because they do it so well!

SHUT IN is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.

SHOWING JUNE 7. NATIONWIDE!

THE UNDEAD AND HER PREY: MEET “THE MUMMY” CHARACTERS

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Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) is a British officer of Cultural Heritage, who is enlisted by Nick to unearth the sarcophagus for transport. The Egyptologist’s own mother was long certain that there was a female pharaoh who’d been erased from history. Now, Jenny has finally found the princess she heard of only in myth and legend. When Jenny, Nick and Vail rappel down to an antechamber unearthed by human war, they unleash Princess Ahmanet, accidentally setting off a series of otherworldly phenomena.

The enigmatic Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) oversees Prodigium, a secret organization with a mandate to recognize, examine, contain and destroy evil in our world. A scholarly English gentlemen grounded in the modern day, he not only protects the world from monsters, he protects monsters from the world. Is Jekyll a friend or foe? Like all our principal characters, it depends upon your perspective, and their end game…

Chris Vail (Jake Johnson). Although Vail likes to think of himself as a “liberator of precious antiques,” others prefer the term “modern-day grave robber.” While Nick is into the adventure as much as he is the adrenaline rush, Vail has no qualms about admitting he’s only in it for the money. Vail and Nick have been partners in crime for years, but nothing could prepare them for the evil they have awakened.

Col. Greenway (Courtney B. Vance). A career military man tasked with ensuring U.S. military operations in the Middle East go by the book, Greenway embodies “steadfast.” When he discovers the chaos Nick and Vail have caused, he hauls them in for questioning. Once Ahmanet rises, however, the colonel—and all of humanity—must rely on Nick as he leads our struggle for survival.

The Mummy is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.