“X-MEN: APOCALYPSE” MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS ON MAY 17 – TUESDAY

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The most awaited epic battle of mutants in “X-Men: Apocalypse” is about to unfold on the big screen on May 17, Tuesday midnight screenings in selected cinemas – Alabang Town Center, Greenbelt 3, Glorietta 4, Trinoma, SM Aura, SM BF, SM Fairview, SM Light Mall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Marikina, SM Marilao, SM Megamall,  SM Molino, SM North Edsa, SM Southmall, SM Clark, The Block, Century  Mall, Commerce Center, Eastwood, Evia, Newport, Starmall Taguig, Uptown,  Abreeza Davao, SM Cebu, SM Lanang and Gaisano Davao.

In “X-Men: Apocalypse,” we find our favorite group of mutants in 1983, dealing with more than just the fashions of the time. An ancient, powerful and extremely angry creature named Apocalypse has awakened after millennia spent slumbering, decided that our civilization is too corrupt to survive and must be destroyed so he can restore proper order. Charles Xavier must rally his young students for the fight of their lives against not just Apocalypse, but also his powerful Four Horsemen, one of which just happens to be Erik “Magneto” Lensherr.

Opening on May 18 nationwide directed by Bryan Singer, “X-Men: Apocalypse” stars James McAvoy as Charles Xavier/Professor X, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique/Raven, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr/Magneto, Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, Olivia Munn as Psylocke, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Ben Hardy as Angel,  Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers/Cyclops, Nicholas Hoult Hank McCoy/Beast, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, Lana Condor as Jubilee and Rose Byrne as Moira McTaggert.

RYAN REYNOLDS, ANNA KENDRICK & GEMMA ARTERTON SING HAPPY SONG IN PSYCHO FILM “THE VOICES”

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In the thrilling horror psycho dark comedy “The Voices,” director Marjane Satrapi and scribe Michael Perry have created a great symphony of a movie with a perfect ensemble of actors in Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick and Gemma Arterton as lead stars about a very likeable serial killer trying to be accepted within society’s norms.

Reynolds takes on the role of Jerry Hickfang, a schizophrenic trying blend in with normal folks in a town called Milton while simultaneously lending his voice to Bosco, his dog and to Mr. Whiskers, his cat in the movie.

The idea for “The Voices” came to writer Michael R. Perry while working with television show consultants from the behavioral profiling unit of the FBI, similar to those featured in The Silence of the Lambs. “I asked them how you catch a serial killer who has no apparent motive, and they replied: if we know the movie in his head, what movie he thinks he is in, we can catch him,” recalls Perry. “That was a very fun thing for me to imagine, the perspective of a guy who is trying to do the very best he can but his perception of the world is very skewed; we are going to take you on a trip and see what Jerry sees.”

“Jerry is Lisa’s office crush,” explains Anna Kendrick, who jumped at the chance to work with Satrapi. “Lisa doesn’t really know that he is dangerous until she goes to his house and sees the total chaos he lives in and knows there is something really wrong. Before you know it she is just a talking head in the fridge with Fiona (Arteron)! But in Jerry’s mind everything is a little more beautiful, we wake up and we talk to him, we tell him he is great. The script was pretty shocking but very unique with the severed heads, and talking cat and dog,” admits Kendrick. “It was really fun to go back and forth between Lisa just being normal and then Lisa in Jerry’s mind.”

“I was attracted to the idea that Jerry has these dual natures, the proverbial angel and devil on his shoulders,” continues Reynolds. “Mr. Whiskers, who is kind of a Scottish mercenary and the voice of destruction and violence, and Bosco, who sounds a bit like a dim southern gentlemen that voices kindness and compassion, are Jerry’s cat and dog, his dueling natures, he listens to each of them. I don’t think he particularly likes the cat, but Mr. Whiskers serves a purpose in his life and Jerry’s warped mind keeps him safe.”

In a traditional psychological thriller or a crime movie you’re terrified for the victim and you just want the aggressor to be stopped in any manner possible,” says Perry. “In The Voices, when he is about to do something you’re really as much worried for him as for the victim.” Satrapi adds, “Jerry reminds me of Lennie in Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men. He is a scary character but at the same time he doesn’t mean anything bad. He doesn’t want to be bad. Each person has a part of humanity; the part of humanity in Jerry is huge and that is what he wants to celebrate.”

Recent rave reviews of the “The Voices” include Alyse Whitney’s of www.bustle.com who says, “At the end of the film, something unites Jerry with his parents and some of his coworkers-turned-friends-or-lovers. They sing ’70s classic “Sing a Happy Song” by the The O’Jays, decked out in truly psychedelic orange and hot pink attire. When you think about horror movies, you probably don’t think about singing and dancing, but Ryan Reynolds’ movie The Voices does just that. Well, it does in the end credits, and it is definitely a scene worth staying in the theater for.”

“The Voices” opens exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide on June 3.

RYAN REYNOLDS TRIES TO FIT IN DESPITE BEING A MISFIT IN “THE VOICES”

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Injecting new twist on the serial killer movie genre, acclaimed graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi helms “The Voices” with a perfectly pitched cast led by Ryan Reynolds along with Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick in a story so unique about a misfit who walks on a very thin line between being the protagonist and antagonist.

In “The Voices,” Reynolds stars as Jerry Hickfang who works at a bathtub factory and attempts to walk the straight-and-narrow, in spite of his talking pet dog and cat trying to influence him. When he accidentally kills an attractive woman from accounting (Arterton), he hastily tries to cover his tracks. But Jerry is beyond the reach of his well-meaning psychiatrist Dr. Warren (Jacki Weaver) and Lisa (Anna Kendrick), the only woman he ever truly loved, and spirals into a world of violence where he ultimately finds salvation.

Director Marjane Satrapi typically only works on pieces she has written, but “I just couldn’t put the script down,” she recalls. “I thought that it was an extremely ambiguous, very unique story. This crazy world of Jerry’s was one of the best descriptions of schizophrenia that I ever read. I don’t like so much to film reality because I live in reality. I prefer, when I have the opportunity, to create a whole world around something.”

“What Jerry wants in life is to be accepted and to be seen by people as a good person, somebody worthy of their friendship, but ultimately he is one of the loneliest guys on earth,” explains Ryan Reynolds of his character, who has no family and lives above a derelict bowling alley at the edge of a small town in Michigan. “He is something of a misfit and throughout the course of the movie we find he has a lot of demons and a lot of baggage that he carries around with him all day. He strives to be a good person but walks that thin line between protagonist and antagonist.”

“I was attracted to the idea that Jerry has these dual natures, the proverbial angel and devil on his shoulders,” continues Reynolds. “Mr. Whiskers, who is kind of a Scottish mercenary and the voice of destruction and violence, and Bosco, who sounds a bit like a dim southern gentlemen that voices kindness and compassion, are Jerry’s cat and dog, his dueling natures, he listens to each of them. I don’t think he particularly likes the cat, but Mr. Whiskers serves a purpose in his life and Jerry’s warped mind keeps him safe.”

Producer Adam Stone further enthuses on the film’s uniqueness, “It’s not just a thriller, or just a comedy or just a fantasy,” whose Mandalay Vision focused on the script when it appeared on The Hollywood Black List three years ago. “It’s a completely original screenplay that’s not formulaic; you don’t know if you should laugh or cry, and I love that!” Adds producer Matthew Rhodes, “I love psychological thrillers and THE VOICES is unique in that it makes you think, really makes you feel, as we follow Jerry down the rabbit hole and discover he is not the person he thought he was. He struggles because he doesn’t want to be evil.”

“The Voices” will open this June 3 exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide.  Visitwww.sureseats.com for schedules and more exciting news and promos.

“THE INTERN” TEASER TRAILER CLOCKS-IN

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Academy Award winners Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway star together in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Intern.” Oscar-nominated and award-winning filmmaker Nancy Meyers (“It’s Complicated,” “Something’s Gotta Give”) is directing the dramatic comedy from her own screenplay. Watch the film’s teaser trailer here at https://youtu.be/QzoNMTJGcaE.

In “The Intern,” De Niro stars as Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Hathaway).

The film’s multi-generational cast also features Rene Russo (“Thor”), Anders Holm (“Workaholics”), Andrew Rannells (“Girls”), Adam Devine (“Pitch Perfect”), Celia Weston (“No Reservations”), Nat Wolff (“The Fault in Our Stars”), Linda Lavin (“Wanderlust”), Zack Pearlman (“The Inbetweeners”), newcomer Jason Orley, and Christina Scherer (“Living with Uncle Charlie”).

Meyers also produced the film, with Suzanne Farwell. Celia Costas served as executive producer.

Meyers’ behind-the-scenes creative team is headed by Oscar-nominated director of photography Stephen Goldblatt (“The Prince of Tides,” “The Help”), Oscar-nominated production designer Kristi Zea (“Revolutionary Road,” “GoodFellas,” “Tower Heist”), Oscar-nominated film editor Robert Leighton (“A Few Good Men,” “When Harry Met Sally”) and costume designer Jacqueline Demeterio (“The Other Woman,” “The Big C”). The music is by Theodore Shapiro (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “The Devil Wears Prada”).

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, a Waverly Films Production, a Nancy Meyers Film, “The Intern.”

Opening across the Philippines on September 24, “The Intern” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

PHASE 2 BEGINS IN “MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS” FIRST TRAILER REVEAL

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Prepare to burn in the upcoming and most awaited thrilling adventure of the year, “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” where the course of the Gladers’ lives who successfully survived the Maze will define the rest of humanity’s future.

Reprising his role as Thomas, Dylan O’Brien returns along with fellow Gladers Kaya Scodelario, Ki Hong Lee and Thomas Brodie-Sangster set in a more challenging post apocalyptic future where they sprint for another run of their lives.  Director Wes Ball is at the helm once again in this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga where our young heroes search for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.

Check out the first trailer reveal of “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlNRlJBdKSI.

“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” opens at cinemas on September 9  in the Philippines from 20thCentury Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.