Monthly Archives: July 2017

Halle Berry Chases Down Her Son’s Abductor in ‘KIDNAP’

Halle Berry, Kidnap

Halle Berry was one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood during the 2000s and has been involved in the production of several of the films in which she performed. Her breakthrough film role was in the romantic comedy Boomerang, alongside Eddie Murphy, which led to roles in films such as the comedy The Flintstones, the political comedy-drama Bulworth and the television film Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), for which she won the Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, among many other awards.

In addition to her Academy Award win, Berry garnered high-profile roles in the 2000s such as Storm in the X-Men film series, the action crime thriller Swordfish, and the spy film Die Another Day, where she played Bond Girl Jinx. She then appeared in the X-Men sequels, X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand. In the 2010s, she appeared in movies such as the science fiction film X-Men: Days of Future Past, the crime thriller The Call.

In her upcoming film ‘Kidnap’, Halle Berry plays a single mother named Karla Dyson lives a perfect life with her young son Frankie. One day, upon entering a local park, Karla sees her son suddenly being abducted out of the blue by a kidnapper.

Veteran producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who is best known for his live action movies, received the script for ‘Kidnap’ eight years prior to the start of principal photography.

As Di Bonaventura developed and polished the film’s concept, he began thinking about whom to cast as the story’s everyday woman turned super hero protagonist. Says Di Bonaventura, “We needed someone that audiences wanted to root for, and that you can see the vulnerability of their character, which leads to the gradual dawning of a certain amount of empowerment, ultimately becoming fully empowered and being really physically willing to take on the villains of the film.”

One name immediately came to mind – Academy Award winner Halle Berry.  “She’s perfect not only because she’s an Academy Award winning actress, but also because she is a mother and she can bring some of that experience and those emotions to the role – what would you do if your kid got taken from you,” remarks producer Greg Chou.

 “I needed an actress that would be able to go from that moment of brightness to a very dangerous place, that is finding yourself without your son, and knowing how far that place will be, and Halle was obviously the perfect choice for this protective role,” explains director Luis Prieto.

The industry veteran, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, who has collaborated with Berry for over twelve years and acting partner in 606 Films, calls the actor, “Extraordinary, because she always finds the reality and people relate to her and understand her because she can find the truth in her character.”

 “She’s awesome, she’s so strong, and she’s a great actor. These scenes are so intense and she brings it in every scene; she’s always dialled in and I think the result is going to be a nonstop thrilling action ride,” explains executive producer D.J. Gugenheim.

“It’s nice to be wearing both hats you know, I don’t have to be the dancing bear, I get to have real input into the story and how the movie is shot and who’s involved form start to finish,” explains Berry on the topic of being both and actress and a producer on the film.

Adds Berry, “That’s a really good feeling to have that kind of input and then also be the person that gets to carry out that vision.”

 “Halle plays this single mom hoping to get back with her husband only to find out that her husband is going to marry someone else, and she has to figure out how to be a good mom in the middle of that,” explains producer Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas.

Berry is able to intertwine her characters from the superhero fantasies and action thrillers by embracing the everyday mom and also having to make the transformation into a real-life superhero.

The Academy Award veteran explains the distinctiveness of her character for this film, saying “The biggest thing that makes Karla unique is she is everywoman. She is just very ordinary but when faced with a threat of something happening to her child she becomes extraordinary and I think that’s what every mother every father every parent would become if they were faced with this situation.”

“They really don’t know exactly what they’re doing and neither does Karla, so they are equal opponents at the end of the day,” continues Berry.

KIDNAP is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.

SHOWING ON AUGUST 2, 2017. NATIONWIDE!

NEW ACTOR EXPERIENCES A “ROUGH NIGHT” PLAYING DEAD STRIPPER

Ryan Cooper,  Rough Night

Australian model-turned-actor Ryan Cooper stars as a male stripper who’s accidental death leads to unforgettable bachelortte weekend in Columbia Pictures’ new adult comedy Rough Night (in Philippine cinemas August 9, 2017).

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz, Rough Night is about five friends from college who reunite when they rent a beach house in Miami for a wild bachelorette weekend that goes completely off the rails. Just when all hope is lost, they realize there’s more to the story than they could’ve ever imagined.

The unsung hero of the film is actor Ryan Cooper, who plays Jay. “This was one of the hardest roles to cast because we had to find somebody who was willing to play a dead person,” says co-star and producer Paul W. Downs. “There is only one scene with dialogue and then he plays a dead person for the rest of the film, but he’s also a huge piece of the movie. We are so lucky that we found Ryan because he’s physically gifted, funny, but also he let himself go through torture. He was thrown out of cars, put into the ocean, stuffed into things that he shouldn’t have been stuffed into. He did an incredible job of playing dead.”

Producer Matt Tolmach says that Cooper proved to be an incredibly gifted physical comedian. “It’s an incredibly challenging role, because you can’t react to any of the craziness happening around you,” he notes. “Playing dead isn’t just playing dead – there’s a way to do it that is real and funny. He created a presence in his deadness, whether it was getting dumped off the jet ski or hitting his head or popping his eyes open after Kate McKinnon tries to close them. These are acting moments, and he did it brilliantly.”

Moving a human being put the girls’ strengths to the test. “The most difficult thing to do was lifting a dead body,” says castmember Jillian Bell. “It’s surprising what a workout it is. We said that by the end of filming, we would be in good shape just carrying around this dead man.”

To become a corpse, Cooper entered into an opened eyed, meditative state where he enjoyed being a voyeur of the action going on around him. “I find playing dead relaxing,” says Cooper. “I meditated for an hour and a half, focusing on one point, as a little prep.”

Most of the time I keep my eyes open,” continues Cooper. “It’s been hilarious seeing the girl’s reactions and having a hand in a face, a face in a face, a foot in a face, and showered by spittle.”

Ryan Cooper was born in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea to an Australian missionary family. His father traveled through PNG, Vanuatu, Australia and New Zealand. After high-school in Auckland New Zealand, Ryan worked as a Carpenter for six years but rose quickly to fame in 2008 after he was featured in the DKNY Jeans campaign with Bahati Prinsloo. His rugged good looks landed him campaigns for Armani Exchange with Izabel Goulart, Hugo Boss underwear, Trussardi Jeans and Esprit underwear with Gisele and Erin Wasson. He’s been seen in television commercials around the globe for brands such as Paramount pictures, Garnier, Macy’s and Just Jeans.

From fashion, Ryan continued to extend his reach into film and television. Ryan continues to build his body of work spending time writing, directing and developing skills in all areas of the film world. His short film Left Behind, is about the confrontation between a mother struggling with her depression and a son’s resolve and unorthodox method of helping her see reason. It was inspired by the loss of loved ones and in a effort to raise awareness for “the blackdog institute” who research and help monitor depression and other mental illnesses.

Rough Night is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

LONG LIVE THE KING IN NEW “BLACK PANTHER” POSTER

black panther

Marvel Studios has just revealed a new poster for Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” during the San Diego San Comic-Con.

Check out the poster below and watch Black Panther in Philippine cinemas in February 16, 2018.

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.

Marvel’s Black Panther will be distributed in the Philippines by The Walt Disney Company (Philippines). Follow the official social media accounts of Marvel, namely, (FB) MarvelPhilippines, (Twitter) @marvelstudiosph and (Instagram) @marvelphilippines.

 

NEW TRAILER, POSTER OF “THOR: RAGNAROK” REVEALED AT COMIC-CON

Thor ragnarok

The new trailer for Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok has debuted in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con along with a new poster!

Feast your eyes on the new trailer at http://youtu.be/ue80QwXMRHg and see the poster below. Be sure to catch Thor: Ragnarok when it thunders into Philippine cinemas on November 3!

Directed by Taika Waititi from a script by Craig Kyle & Christopher Yost and Stephany Folsom and Eric Pearson, Thor: Ragnarok picks up after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).

The film also stars Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.

 

Thor: Ragnarok is distributed by the Walt Disney Company (Philippines). 

“JUSTICE LEAGUE” COMIC-CON SNEAK PEEK UNITES THE DC SUPERHEROES

Justice League

Make way for justice. Warner Bros. Pictures has just unveiled the Comic-Con Sneak Peek of its motion picture event for 2017, the action-adventure Justice League.

View the trailer below and watch Justice League in Philippine cinemas starting Nov. 16, 2017.

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Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.  Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat.  But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

 

Justice League features Batman/Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman/Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), Flash/Barry Allen (Ezra Miller), Cyborg/Victor Stone (Ray Fisher), and Aquaman/Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa).

 

Justice League is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.