“A STAR IS BORN” — A TIMELESS ROMANCE FOR TODAY’S AUDIENCES

A Star Is Born

Putting his own stamp on the tale with his contemporary take on “A Star Is Born,” director/writer Bradley Cooper strove to make something that speaks to the timeless nature of human feelings and failings, mixed with today’s diverse world of music.  In the film, a powerful soundtrack of original songs underscores every emotion, and an intimate lens captures each look and every touch.

Producer Bill Gerber states, “Bradley didn’t really base his decisions on what went before him, but on how this version of the movie would work.  What always resonated with me, and with him, is that it is not simply a rags-to-riches story, or a cautionary tale about the perils of fame; it’s a love story, and this is Bradley’s vision mainly born out of conversations he had with Stefani,” Gerber says, using Gaga’s given name, “about who they are as artists.  It’s by no means autobiographical, but that’s what really paved the way for the story we’re telling.”

Anyone who has ever been in a relationship has experienced the complexity of intermingling lives along with fears, joys, doubts, anger, hopes.  Will Fetters, who worked with Cooper on the script, says that key for him was “understanding what’s beneath the surface for these characters, what motivates them, what are they doing that’s making me feel for them and what exactly am I feeling, and why?  This is about an epic love between two flawed individuals on different trajectories in life who find each other, and I found myself, through them, just wanting to explore the basic human emotions beneath all the glitz and fame.  Why are we fascinated with the famous and what does our fascination feel like for them, what does it do to them?”

“This film pulls back the curtain on what it means to be both a star and a rising star in this business today, and Bradley is not your typical first-time feature director,” observes producer Lynette Howell Taylor, who has worked with Cooper before.  “You’re talking about an actor who’s been in the entertainment industry for years, who’s lived with a level of renown, while also soaking up knowledge from the likes of David O. Russell, Clint Eastwood, Todd Phillips and Derek Cianfrance, and honing his own craft as a producer.  He’s a real collaborator, he learns, he pays attention.  So, by the time he was ready to step into this role, he was more than ready, and it wasn’t at all surprising to me that he’d dive into something that would challenge him and push him, and that would be big and spectacular as well as relevant and current.”

Producer Jon Peters, whose initial experience with “A Star Is Born” was with the preceding version, worked for some time with Gerber to bring the story to modern audiences.  He recalls, “When Bradley got involved and wanted to direct, he took the bull by the horns, so to speak.  Through his perseverance, he put all the pieces together.  Lady Gaga was a fan of his, and we were fans of her and felt she had the potential to make this a breakthrough movie as an actress.  People throw around the word ‘revelation,’ but I think this just might be one.”

To translate the awesome nature of what it’s like to be among the world’s most popular musical artists performing in arenas around the world before tens of thousands of fans, the filmmakers shot in such iconic locations as Los Angeles’s Greek Theater, The Forum and The Shrine Auditorium, and on the stages of the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals, as well as “Saturday Night Live.”  Cooper turned to celebrated cinematographer Matthew Libatique to capture both the intimacy and the spectacle of Jack and Ally’s world, and production designer Karen Murphy and costume designer Erin Benach to bring it to life.

Cooper surrounded himself with an equally impressive ensemble cast.  In addition to Gaga, he tapped the likes of Sam Elliott, Dave Chappelle and Andrew Dice Clay to play roles critical to understanding who Jack and Ally are and where they’ve come from, along with Anthony Ramos as a friend who’s got Ally’s back, and Rafi Gavron as a manager who steers her toward her future.

“Once everything came together—we got the cast, the music, the script was in shape—everybody was invested in a way that felt like it was more than a job,” Cooper states.  “They trusted me, which made directing just the greatest experience ever, and made it possible to create the film we set out to make.”

In Philippine cinemas October 10, A Star is Born is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

WATCH THE “BLACK MAGIC JACK!” FEATURETTE FOR “THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS”

The House with a Clock in Its Walls

Universal Pictures has just unveiled a new featurette titled “Black Magic Jack!” in celebration of its upcoming fantasy adventure The House with a Clock in Its Walls.

Check out the featurette below and watch The House with a Clock in Its Walls in Philippine cinemas September 19.

YouTube – https://youtu.be/1_703opRP_M

About The House with a Clock in Its Walls

In the tradition of Amblin classics where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places, Jack Black and two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett star in The House with a Clock in Its Walls, from Amblin Entertainment.

The magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart.  But his new town’s sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.

Based on the beloved children’s classic written by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is directed by master frightener Eli Roth and written by Eric Kripke (creator of TV’s Supernatural).  Co-starring Kyle MacLachlan, Colleen Camp, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Vanessa Anne Williams, Lorenza Izzo and Sunny Suljic, it is produced by Mythology Entertainment’s Brad Fischer (Shutter Island) and James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), as well as Kripke.

NEW “RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET” SNEAK PEEK REVEALS GAL GADOT AS SHANK

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Check out the new 60-second sneak peek of “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” which introduces Gal Gadot (“Justice League,” “Wonder Woman”) as the voice of Shank, the tough and talented driver in an intense online racing game called Slaughter Race.  Plus catch new footage of the Disney princesses and more! 

Ralph and Vanellope encounter Shank when they venture into the internet in search of a replacement part for Vanellope’s game, Sugar Rush. Shank’s approach to racing—and life in general—opens Vanellope’s eyes to the limitless possibilities of the internet and the excitement of a new world that feels like home to her.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/d6PkKUN12cI 


Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston and featuring the voices of John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” opens in Philippine theaters on Nov. 21, 2018.

LIVE-ACTION BIG SCREEN ADAPTATION OF “DORA THE EXPLORER” STARTS PRODUCTION

Dora the Explorer

Paramount Players announced today that the motion picture adaptation of Nickelodeon’s Peabody Award-winning children’s animated series, Dora the Explorer, began principal photography on location in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, on Monday, August 6, 2018.

The production, being directed by 11-time Emmy and four-time BAFTA nominee James Bobin (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted, “Flight of the Conchords”) marks the lovable Latina character’s big screen debut (and first live-action adaptation on any platform) after fourteen seasons (2000-2014) and 172 episodes on Viacom’s enduring children’s cable network. The film is a Paramount Players and Nickelodeon production in association with Walden Media. The film is being supported by the Queensland Government via Screenland Queensland. Paramount will release the film on August 2, 2019.

Dora the Explorer stars Isabela Moner (Transformers: The Last Knight) in the film’s title role. Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents nothing could prepare Dora for the most dangerous adventure ever – High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego, and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost Inca civilization.

Seventeen-year-old actress Moner is joined in the film by one of Mexico’s biggest stars, Eugenio Derbez (Geostorm, Miracles from Heaven), who plays Alejandro, a mysterious jungle inhabitant who tries to protect the teenagers from the marauders. The film also features big screen newcomer Micke Moreno (Escobar: Paradise Lost), in the role of cousin Diego; Nicholas Coombe (“Spy Kids: Mission Control,” Midnight Sun) as Randy, a fellow high schooler who develops an immediate crush on Dora; Madeleine Madden (Picnic at Hanging Rock) as the school’s snooty class president, Sammy; and Academy Award® nominee Adriana Barraza (Babel, Amores Perros, Thor) as Dora’s grandma, Abuelita Valerie. Temuera Morrison (Green Lantern, Moana) will play the role of Powell. Additional key casting announcements are forthcoming.

The film is produced by Christopher Robin producer Kristin Burr, who is joined by longtime Bobin associate, executive producer John G. Scotti (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted, Alice Through the Looking Glass) as well as executive producers Julia Pistor (The Spiderwick Chronicles, A Series of Unfortunate Events) and Eugenio Derbez.

Bobin has assembled a talented team behind the camera that also includes reunions with Oscar®-winning production designer Dan Hennah (Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Alice Through the Looking Glass) and costume designer Rahel Afiley (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted, “Flight of the Conchords”). The pair will be joined by six-time Goya Award winning (and BAFTA nominated) cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe, A.S.C. (Secretos del corazón, The Others, Blue Jasmine, Thor: Ragnarok), film editor Mark Everson (Paddington, Paddington 2) and BAFTA-nominated VFX supervisor Andy Brown (Black Panther, House of Flying Daggers, Moulin Rouge!)

Dora the Explorer will film entirely in Australia’s Gold Coast, in the state of Queensland on the continent’s east coast south of Brisbane. Village Roadshow Studios, where the production will headquarter, has been host to several major Hollywood movies in the last few years, including The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Shallows, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok and, most recently, DC’s Aquaman. In addition to designer Hennah’s stage builds, the production will utilize Queensland’s diverse landscape, notably tropical forests near Tamborine Mountain and Tallebudgera, to portray Dora’s jungle habitat.

Paramount Pictures is a subsidiary of Viacom. Nickelodeon is part of the Viacom Media Network, also a division of Viacom.

In Philippine cinemas August 2019, Dora the Explorer will be distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/

MUSIC SUPERSTAR NIALL HORAN DEBUTS ORIGINAL NEW SONG FOR “SMALLFOOT”

Niall Horan, Smallfoot

Singer, songwriter Niall Horan debuted the original new song “Finally Free” to fans recently. It’s the first single from the soundtrack to the animated adventure “Smallfoot,” opening in Philippine theatres September 27th with an all-star cast led by Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya and Common.

“Finally Free” was announced by Horan across his social channels and is now available for digital streaming and purchase at http://niall.to/finallyfreepr and via links at his Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and “Smallfoot” social channels.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/GSk9ptRubDc

The full “Smallfoot” soundtrack is scheduled for release on September 21st.

In October of 2017, Horan’s solo debut album Flicker entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1 and topped iTunes Top Albums chart in over 60 countries.  Since then, Horan has been performing on his Flicker world tour, which kicks off July 18th in the U.S.  He was the winner of the 2016 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Breakout Artist, claimed the American Music Award for Best New Artist, and kicked off 2018 by winning Best New Pop Artist at the iHeart Radio Music Awards.

An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and a stellar ensemble cast, “Smallfoot” turns a myth upside down when a bright young yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human.  News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.

In Philippine cinemas September 27, “Smallfoot” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.