Legendary Disney animator Mark Henn flew-in to town to spearhead and serve as the main attraction in Disney’s first-ever `Hall D’ in Asia through AsiaPOP Comicon scheduled at SMX Mall of Asia on Sunday, July 29.

“It’s an incredible honor to be part of Disney’s first-ever `Hall D’ in Asia, and I’m as excited as ever to meet and engage with Disney fans in the Philippines,” said Henn who’s a first-time visitor to the country.

A veteran animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios for 38 years, Henn is currently serving as the 2D animation supervisor for the studios’ upcoming feature film, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” (in Philippine cinemas November 21).

Henn will hold an exclusive presentation inside `Hall D,’ tracing his beginnings at Disney, up to the illustrious present. Henn is the artist behind the classic Disney characters  Ariel in “The Little Mermaid,” Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” Jasmine in “Aladdin,” Young Simba in “The Lion King,” title characters “Mulan” and “Pochahontas,” and Princess Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog.”

In 2000, Henn traded his pencil for a director’s chair on the award-winning short “John Henry,” based on the popular American legend.

Previously, Henn served as lead 2D animator on the Academy Award®-winning “Big Hero 6” and “Frozen.”


The Darkest Minds

“The Darkest Minds” is set in a very near future society where most of the nation’s children have perished – victims of a terrible disease. The surviving children are considered to be dangerous Enemies of the State because they possess extraordinary powers and therefore pose a threat to the government. Amandla Stenberg (Hunger Games, Everything Everything) plays Ruby, who escapes from the authorities and teams up with a group of other kids, including Liam, played by Harris Dickinson. They go on the run, using their powers, wits, and friendship to stay alive.

“The whole movie is a quest for this ‘slip kids’ camp,” says producer Shawn Levy. “And for this camp where supposedly kids live free, the character of Clancy [played by Patrick Gibson] is pretty critical because he runs this utopian kind of what could be a ‘Lord Of The Flies’, ‘Maze Runner’, kid-only civilization or outpost, with order, with kindness, with charisma. Travelling on the quest to the slip kids camp with Ruby and Liam are two other characters: Zu, played by Miya Cech and Chubs, played by Skylan Brooks.

“Zu is a nine, ten-year-old girl and Miya is a revelation – she’s this young actress at an age where you rarely find a great actress,” says Levy. “When Miya auditioned, her face was so expressive.  Her character doesn’t talk for ninety-five percent of the movie and that’s not easy.  So you need someone who is articulate without words.  And Miya, who is also crazily professional for such a young age, brings a heart achingly expressive quality to the character of Zu, who we learn, over the course of the movie, has been through real trauma – way more trauma than someone that age should ever have to go through.”

The other travel companion, Chubs brings an additional element to the mix.  “Chubs is not only a dimensional and authentic character the way all of our characters are,” says Levy, “but he brings a certain levity.  He kind of calls it like it is.  When he sees something brewing between Ruby and Liam, he’s going to name it even if it makes people uncomfortable.”

Another two very different female characters help round out the cast: Cate, a doctor who tries to help Ruby, and Lady Jane, a bounty hunter who hunts the children down.  “I knew early that we wanted Mandy Moore to play Cate,” says Levy. “We needed someone who had strength, but who also had real, immediately palpable warmth. That’s what we needed for the character of Cate, who is basically a savior of sorts.  And we need to believe in that and, with Mandy we do, instantly.”

 “Lady Jane is a bounty hunter and honestly, as soon as Gwendoline Christie came up as an idea, obviously, whether you’ve seen “Game of Thrones” or “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, Gwendoline has a physical, imposing presence that is formidable and unique, but she’s also got such a range as an actress.”

Excited to sign on to the project, Christie explains, “After reading the script, I felt that it connected very strongly to our times, to our political situation, severe and deeply upsetting and awful refugee situations around the world, and that I think in terms of our media, we’re starting to, I hope, connect more with human beings that are seemingly different from us, and recognize that those differences aren’t so great after all. And that we can recognize, I hope, the humanity in each other, and what it is to need comfort, to need shelter, to need liberty, and of course love,” says Christie.

Based on the first installment of the trilogy by Alexandra Bracken, and infused with thrilling action, “The Darkest Minds” opens in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox.


rosa salazar, ALITA BATTLE ANGEL

Visionary filmmakers James Cameron and Jon Landau (Avatar, Titanic) push the boundaries of filmmaking technology anew in their latest groundbreaking film “Alita: Battle Angel” that stars a multi-talented cast composed of Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Skrein, Mahershala Ali, Jackie Earle, Michelle Rodriguez, Keean Johnson, Lana Condor and Jorge Lendeborg, Jr.

               Trailer links – 20th Century Fox Ph _FB /  20th Century Fox Ph YouTube

               “Alita: Battle Angel” is set in a dystopian future where a teenage cyborg girl’s core, Alita (Salazar) has been rescued from a scrapyard by a grieving compassionate cyber-doctor, Ido (Waltz).  Repaired with a new body that the doctor has built for his own daughter who died before its completion, Alita wakes up with no memory of who she is or where she came from.  As Alita discovers her past, that she was created at a time when technology is far more advanced than the present-day world she woke up to, she finds herself in collision with powerful cyborgs who wants her dead because her existence threatens the natural order of things.

               Defying expectations in an entirely new world, “Alita: Battle Angel” opens January 8, 2019 in Philippine cinemas from 20th Century Fox.


Christopher Robin
Madeline Robin (Bronte Carmichael), Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor), Evelyn Robin (Hayley Atwell), Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger in Disney’s live-action adventure CHRISTOPHER ROBIN.

Get to know the human characters who encounter Winnie the Pooh and friends in London straight out of Hundred Acre Wood, in the heartwarming live action adventure Disney’s “Christopher Robin.”

The film stars Golden Globe winner Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin; Golden Globe nominee Hayley Atwell as his wife Evelyn; Bronte Carmichael as his daughter Madeline; and Emmy® winner Mark Gatiss as Keith Winslow, Robin’s boss.

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (Ewan McGregor), the young boy who shared countless adventures with his stuffed animal friends in the Hundred Acre Wood, is now grown up and living in midcentury London. As an efficiency manager at Winslow Luggage, he juggles long hours in the office with his commitments at home and has all but forgotten the endless days of wonder and make-believe that defined his childhood.

EVELYN ROBIN (Hayley Atwell) is the consummate wife and homemaker. She personifies home and love and holds the family together. She was very happy at the beginning of their marriage, but she sees her husband becoming a workaholic and losing that connection with his family as he is just not very present at home.

MADELINE ROBIN (Bronte Carmichael) is a bright nine-year-old who, much like her father, has a passion for make-believe. She wants nothing more than to have her father read to her every night before she goes to bed, but he wants her focused on her studies. When Madeline comes across a box belonging to her father with a drawing of Pooh and his friends along with other keepsakes from the Hundred Acre Wood, it gives her a glimpse into his childhood for the first time.

GILES WINSLOW (Mark Gatiss) is the spineless and incompetent son of the company’s owner who oversees the day-to-day operations at Winslow Luggage. When the company is in danger of going under, he puts Christopher Robin in charge of coming up with a solution.

Disney’s “Christopher Robin” will be released in Philippine cinemas nationwide August 1, 2018.


Mission Impossible 6

Over the past two decades, Tom Cruise has produced, starred in and performed in the most mind-blowing stunts in the Mission: Impossible films, a global cultural phenomenon that has grossed more than $2.8 billion worldwide, making it one of the most successful franchises in movie history.

Now he returns for a sixth film in his role as Impossible Missions Force (IMF) team leader Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible – Fallout (in Philippine cinemas July 25).

According to Cruise, Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a culmination of all of the previous films in the series. “You’re going to see characters brought back and storylines brought to a conclusion,” he says. “At the beginning of the film, the book The Odyssey was chosen for a very specific reason. The journey my character, Ethan Hunt, and his team go through is an odyssey inspired by and reflective of that story. It’s an epic personal tale, and there are enormous emotional stakes for the characters.”

Cruise, who launched the franchise in 1996, brings an unparalleled understanding of what makes a Mission: Impossible film work, observes screenwriter and director Christopher McQuarrie. “Tom is the keeper of the flame. He’s an instinctive, very emotional filmmaker. He knows Ethan Hunt, and he knows what makes him an appealing character on a truly instinctive level.”

McQuarrie believes one of the reasons the franchise remains so popular is Cruise’s insatiable desire to make each film more thrilling and intense than its predecessor. “It never stands still,” says the director, who also directed 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.  “But most importantly it never forgets the audience. Tom is first and foremost an entertainer. Everything he’s doing in the movies is to take you places you’ve never been, to show you things you’ve never seen, and to put you in the experience right there with him.”

For Mission: Impossible – Fallout, McQuarrie was eager to explore a darker and more human side of the film’s central character. “Ethan has always been a bit of a mystery,” he observes.  “This time I wanted to be more inside his head and feel his connection with other people. The title refers not only to nuclear fallout but also to the fallout of all of Ethan’s good intentions. He has walked into a situation beyond his control, and he has to go through it even though he knows he’s being manipulated.”

Cruise embodies his character in a way that few action stars ever have, concludes producer Jake Myers. “Tom not only brings great drama to the role, but he has the physical ability to do things another performer would not, both by his training and his daring. I think you can probably separate most other action franchises from their stars, but without Tom there really isn’t an Ethan Hunt, at least not the one audiences worldwide have so wholeheartedly embraced.”

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