NEW SPOOKY POSTERS UP FOR “US,” “PET SEMATARY”

Pet Sematary

Two of the year’s most highly anticipated horror thrillers have launched their brand new posters: Universal Pictures’ Us, the new nightmare from the mind of Academy Award Winner Jordan Peele, (Get Out); and Paramount Picures’ Pet Sematary, based on Stephen King’s terrifying novel. 

Check out the one-sheet artworks below and watch Us in Philippine cinemas March 20, and Pet Sematary on April 03.

Us and Pet Sematary are distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/ ; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph  and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/. Use the hashtags#UsMovie and #PetSematary.   

About Us

After sending shockwaves across contemporary culture and setting a new standard for provocative, socially-conscious horror films with his directorial debut, Get Out, Academy Award®-winning visionary Jordan Peele returns with another original nightmare that he has written, directed and produced.

Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, from Monkeypaw Productions, stars Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Black Panther’s Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway.

Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family.

After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.

Writer and director Peele produces for his Monkeypaw Productions alongside Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, and Monkeypaw’s Ian Cooper.

TERRIFYING SECRETS HOLD THE KEY IN “ESCAPE ROOM”

Escape Room

This February, you’re invited to play for your life!  From the producers of the Fast & Furious series comes Columbia Pictures’ Escape Room, a psychological thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to find the clues or die.

You find yourself in a room – no windows, only one door, and it’s locked.  The madman who’s locked you in has set up a series of fiendishly clever and difficult puzzles that, when solved in the correct order, will lead to the key and your salvation.  And to add to the difficulty, he’s set a ticking clock, with one hour to complete the puzzles and escape… or face the consequences.

What sounds like a horror movie is one of the fastest-growing entertainments in the world: the escape room phenomenon.  Armed with only your wits – and the variety of strengths of the people in the room with you – players have been cracking codes, deciphering enigmas, and unlocking hidden caches as quickly as they can.  Each room has a secret plot, with players piecing it together as a fun, team-building experience. Since the dawn of the concept in 2010, escape rooms have popped up all over the world at an amazing rate by satisfying human nature’s hunger for fun and escape from reality.

When producer Ori Marmur tried out an escape room with his family, he saw the potential for a film – and because audiences worldwide have embraced the concept, it could be a film whose themes had global appeal.  “I thought it was very immersive and incredibly fun, sort of a living boardgame,” he says.  The project seemed to be a natural fit with a classic locked-room mystery setup, and with producer Neal H. Moritz, he began to shepherd the project.  Quickly, they hit on a way to raise the stakes, making the ultimate escape room: one that is not only hyper slick and incredibly dangerous – when the clock runs out, it means death.

“You have to be using your brains when you’re in these rooms because the people who created the rooms want us to die one by one,” says actor Jay Ellis.  “You’re constantly trying to figure out what’s wrong, where you can or can’t step, and what’s actually the way out – versus what could be just a distraction.”

According to Marmur, the filmmakers saw a way to make a film that played with the conventions of the genre – to make a film that played out as much as a psychological thriller as a horror film.  “It was an opportunity to do something fun.  This is a genre where everything usually happens at night and the visuals aren’t always compelling – it leaves a lot to your imagination,” he says.  “We went the other way; the movie has incredible sets with arresting visuals and an experience of the story that is very much like experiencing an escape room in real life.  The audience can feel like they are inside of the movie and figure out the puzzles and the riddles with our actors.”

Columbia Pictures presents an Original Film production, Escape Room.  Starring Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Nik Dodani, with Yorick van Wageningen.  Directed by Adam Robitel (Insidious: The Last Key).  Produced by Neal H. Moritz (The Fast and the Furious franchise) and Ori Marmur.  Screenplay by Bragi Schut and Maria Melnik.  Story by Bragi Schut.  

Trailer at YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZhZFiMFH4Yc 

In Philippine cinemas February 27, Escape Room is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  Use the hashtag#EscapeRoomMovie

AFTER “TO ALL THE BOYS,” BROUSSARD STEPS INTO ANOTHER LOVE TRIANGLE IN “HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U”

Happy Death Day 2U

Hot-off the smash success of Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before where he played the boy-next-door Josh, Israel Broussard now reprises the role of Carter in Universal Pictures’ new suspense thriller Happy Death Day 2U, the sequel to the 2017 acclaimed box-office hit Happy Death Day.  

(Trailer at YouTube: https://youtu.be/IeXqWDFJZiw)

In the film, no sooner has Tree (Jessica Rothe) said goodbye to the endless loop and begun a promising new relationship with Carter (Broussard) than she realizes that solving the puzzle of her bizarre murder has had unintended consequences—on a scale that will send shockwaves through the multiverse.

The moral compass in Tree’s life—and the one ally she can constantly depend upon to do what’s right—is Carter, played again by Israel Broussard. Once more, Broussard brings to Carter an honesty and charm that makes audiences understand why Tree couldn’t help but fall for him.

The performer shares which elements of the series brought him back for the new chapter, and it boils down to the guessing game that writer-director Christopher Landon has created. “In the first movie, Tree and Carter were trying to figure out who the killer was, and there were a lot of jump scares,” says Broussard. “You still have those elements in this film, but it’s heightened with ‘Wait! We thought this was the killer, and it’s not.’ The mystery’s back, but once you add all the other dimensions, now we’ve got a whole booklet of possible murder suspects.”

Broussard particularly appreciated how Landon gave his character and our heroine another obstacle to climb in the sequel. “Tree went through hell and woke up right back in it,” he says. “They are in an inter-dimensional love triangle, one where Tree wakes up in this other dimension—where Danielle and Carter are a thing. Still, Carter has this undeniable attraction to Tree. He’s dancing around being respectful toward Danielle, but still acting out of his heart. He’s having this internal fight and dialogue of ‘What am I going to do with Tree?’”

In Philippine cinemas February 13, Happy Death Day 2U is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph  and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/  

About Israel Broussard

Israel Broussard (Carter) began acting after playing the role of Percy in Biloxi Little Theater’s production of The Miracle Worker in 2006. In 2010, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting as a career. Broussard had supporting roles in Flipped (2010) and The Chaperone (2011), before being cast in the lead role in Sofia Coppola’s crime film The Bling Ring (2013). He followed this with roles in Perfect High (2015), H8RZ (2015), Jack of the Red Hearts (2015), Good Kids (2016), Happy Death Day (2017), Netflix’s Extinction (2018) and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018).

NEW ACTOR JONAH HAUER-KING IS BELLA’S BELOVED HUMAN IN “A DOG’S WAY HOME”

Jonah Hauer King, A Dog’s Way Home

For young British actor Jonah Hauer-King, working with his canine costar in Columbia Pictures’ family adventure A Dog’s Way Home was a rewarding experience — especially given that it was his first time working with animals.

“I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but she’s kind of the dream dog,” Hauer-King says of Shelby, the rescue dog that plays Bella, the dog whose journey the film is about. “She’s kind, loving, and warm. It was fascinating to learn how the trainers work with her — but more than anything else, it was a joy.”

In the film, based on the W. Bruce Cameron novel of the same name, Hauer-King plays Lucas, an aspiring med student and VA hospital volunteer who finds Bella, voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard, and takes her home with him. One day, while Lucas is out, Bella jumps out of the window chasing a squirrel, and she gets lost along the way. The film chronicles her heartwarming and inspiring 400-mile journey back to Lucas and his mother, Terri, played by Ashley Judd.

Working with Judd was one of the film’s highlights for Hauer-King, whose acting credits include BBC’s Little WomenOld Boys, and Howards End. “I was very excited to meet Ashley, because she’s such a figure and she has such an amazing body of work behind her,” he says. “To get to work with people like that is a dream for a young actor. She’s just been very welcoming, giving me tips and answering all my questions. She’s been great.”

Hauer-King is also all praises for director Charles Martin Smith. “Charles is the best,” says Hauer-King. “The great thing about Charles’s work is that he was an actor before he directed, so he’s really an actor’s director. He understands that people have their different processes. He’s very sympathetic to actors and understands what they need for a scene. It was one of the best experiences that I’ve had with a director.”

In Philippine cinemas February 6, A Dog’s Way Home is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  Use the hashtag #ADogsWayHome

About Jonah Hauer-King

JONAH HAUER-KING (Lucas) is currently shooting the new BBC Series “World on Fire” with Lesley Manville and Helen Hunt, and Francois Girard’s The Song of Names with Clive Owen and Tim Roth. Earlier this year, Hauer-King shot opposite Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale in James DeMonaco’s Once Upon a Time in Staten Island. Hauer-King can currently be seen in BBC’s “Little Women,” with Maya Hawke, and in “Old Boys” with Alex Lawther. Up next, Hauer-King will be seen starring in Ashes in Snow, opening in January. He was also in the West End’s run of “The Entertainer” starring opposite Kenneth Branagh. He studied at Cambridge University, which has produced the likes of Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston. 

WILL ARNETT, ALLISON BRIE BACK AS BATMAN & UNIKITTY IN “THE LEGO MOVIE 2”

WArnett as Batman, Lego Movie 2

Reprising their popular roles as the gravelly-voiced icon Batman and fan-favorite Unikitty in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The LEGO Movie 2” are Will Arnett (“TMNT: Out of the Shadows”) and Allison Brie (Netflix’s “GLOW”).

If change is an issue, the last place anyone would look would be in Batman’s direction.  As he himself would surely attest, this is one rock-steady dude who does his own thing and doesn’t change for anyone.  He doesn’t even alter his color palette. It’s strictly black, and sometimes very, very dark gray.  But oh, Batman fans, there are some incredible plot twists ahead for this beloved minifigure, as the filmmakers continue to delight in messing with him.

Will Arnett says, “Batman comes with a rich tradition and we try to adhere to that, but I put my own spin on it.  Our Batman takes himself so seriously that it’s almost absurd.  It’s been so satisfying taking this iconic character and kind of bending the rules on him.  They keep feeding LEGO Batman real-life experiences to see how he deals with it, because he so ill-equipped to handle relationship-based situations, and I’m excited for audiences to see where we take him in this movie.  There are some big leaps and swings.”

This diminutive Dark Knight starts off, as usual, assuming he’s going to be the leader and the big hero and save the day, and instead gets himself immediately kidnapped.  Not only is he suddenly not in control, but he finds himself in a world full of color and joyous music, which would be Batman’s worst nightmare on a good day, so it’s a different adventure for him in many ways, both emotional and physical.

Meanwhile, Unikitty also returns, that placid-on-the-outside, boiling-on-the-inside brick-built character who looks like a cross between a starry-eyed kitten and a pink unicorn.  She adores all things sweet, fluffy and sparkly but, despite her high sugar content, Unikitty has always had a little bit of an anger issue and present circumstances have only added fuel to that fire.  Tick her off now and she really gets her claws out—morphing into alter ego Ultrakatty, a larger, scarier, steampunk version of herself complete with spiny armor and a spiked tail.

“She tries to stay positive and happy, but when someone crosses her she unleashes a totally different cat, if you know what I mean,” says Brie. “She has two sides to her personality and in this sequel, we get to see a lot more of the second side.  The cool thing about that is they can weaponize her.  She can become a vehicle and shoot glitter flares, so she really thrives and excels in this post-apocalyptic world.”

Getting herself into fighting form, Brie laughingly reveals, was spontaneous. “I never rehearsed Ultrakatty. I just reached down into the bowels of my being, screamed and unleashed the fury.  Doing animation, you use all these different elements of your voice that you’d never use for on-camera acting.”

In Philippine cinemas February 13, “The LEGO Movie 2” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.