“BLACK MIRROR’S” WYATT RUSSELL LEADS RAGTAG SOLDIERS IN “OVERLORD”

Black Mirrors

He is best known for playing the lead role in the highly regarded Playtest episode of BBC/Netflix’s critically acclaimed series Black Mirror (directed by 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg).  Now, emerging actor Wyatt Russell stars in Paramount Pictures’ new suspense thriller Overlord (in Philippine cinemas November 07).

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From producer J.J. Abrams, Overlord is a thrilling, pulse-pounding action adventure with a twist. With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that’s crucial to the invasion’s success.  Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower. But, in a mysterious Nazi lab beneath the church, the outnumbered G.I.s come face-to-face with enemies unlike any the world has ever seen.

Wyatt Russell plays the hard-bitten Cpl. Ford.  An experienced explosives expert who’s seen more than his share of mayhem on the battlefield, Ford assumes command of the ragtag unit early in the film.

“Ford had to be someone who intimidates the audience on some level, but who’s also the guy you’d want on your side if you’re parachuting into Nazi territory,” saysJ.J. Abrams. “To play him, we needed someone with an inherent strength and gruffness, and it’s harder to find that combination than you might expect. But when we saw Wyatt, he had all the qualities we were looking for.”

The filmmakers were all ready to cast Russell when an issue over the actor’s hair threatened to derail the deal. He had already booked his role as a scruffy ex-surfer on the new AMC series Lodge 49, and his contract stipulated that he couldn’t cut his hair or beard, both of which would need substantial trimming for his role in Overlord. After months of negotiating, the Overlord team cut Russell’s hair and then added long extensions to prove to AMC that they would look realistic enough for his Lodge 49 role.

“We sent him back to AMC studios in person so their executives and producers could inspect his scalp up close,” says producer Lindsey Weber with a laugh. “Thankfully it all worked out, because Wyatt has a quiet intensity and strength that we really needed for Ford. When he smiles and his tough exterior breaks, you totally love him.”

Although the film shrouds Ford’s backstory in mystery, Russell developed a psychological profile of the character that allowed him to fully inhabit the role. “I think Ford was a guy who probably had a normal job before World War II came along,” says the actor. “He left it and joined the military because that’s what you were supposed to do at the time. He’s a natural leader who can tell people what to do and how to do it.”

Russell was formerly a professional hockey player before he turned his attention to acting.

Overlord is directed by Julius Avery and stars Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Pilou Asbæk, Mathilde Ollivier, John Magaro, and Iain de Caestecker.

Overlord is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/

“THE MULE” DELIVERS EASTWOOD-CENTRIC FIRST POSTER

The Mule

Warner Bros. Pictures has just unveiled the first poster artwork of Clint Eastwood’s newest feature film, the drama “The Mule.”

In addition to directing, the veteran actor steps in front of the lens again, alongside fellow stars Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña, Dianne Wiest and Andy Garcia, as well as Alison Eastwood and Taissa Farmiga.

Check out the poster below and watch “The Mule” in Philippine cinemas January 30, 2019.

 

About “The Mule”

Clint Eastwood stars as Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive.  Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he’s just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel.  He does well—so well, in fact, that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl is assigned a handler.  But he isn’t the only one keeping tabs on Earl; the mysterious new drug mule has also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates.  And even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Earl’s past mistakes start to weigh heavily on him, and it’s uncertain if he’ll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel’s enforcers, catch up to him.

“The Mule” marks Oscar-winner Eastwood’s first time on both sides of the camera since he starred in 2009’s critically acclaimed “Gran Torino.”

“The Mule” is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.

RELENTLESS ACTION AMPS THRILLING HUNT IN “THE PREDATOR”

 The Predator

From veteran action director Shane Black and producer John Davis (who also produced the original and subsequent Predator films), man’s most formidable adversary once again reaches Earth in “The Predator”.

             In the latest movie, Predators have been coming to Earth and hunting humans for some time now, and it’s no longer quite the secret it was.  The government has established a defense agency dedicated solely to protecting humans from a Predator incursion.  Project Stargazer was initially conceived of as a high-tech, top-secret government lab in which captured Predators could be studied.  Scribe Fred Dekker says, “But in the back-story, the government needed some kind of plausible deniability, so they put it in the hands of the CIA.” But when Traeger, played by Sterling K.  Brown, takes over operations, he privatizes Stargazer to profit from Predator technology.

            Davis recalls what first drew him to the Predator, more than 30 years ago: “It was the idea of the hunter.  It was the idea of this creature from another planet that hunted the greatest game and would go from planet-to-planet for that sport, and the American Commando and group of guys in the jungle that represented that.  And in the end, he was outsmarted and defeated, so even though the Predator had great brawn and weaponry, there was an ingenuity and a desire to survive in man that made it a fair fight.”

            In addition to writing a slate of sensational movies, including Lethal Weapon, and directing films such as Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, director Shane Black is also an actor, perhaps best known for the role of Hawkins in Predator, the 1987 classic directed by John McTiernan.  But, says Black, “The Predator in this film is the deadliest and scariest one yet.”

            The director brings forth Boyd Holbrook as Quinn McKenna, a retired Special Forces army ranger turned mercenary in the thick of relentless thrilling action.  He says, “The original Predator was legendary, so it’s an honor and a privilege to get to come back with Shane after 30 years and reinvent this thing.”

            Because of the training he’d begun to shoot his previous film, Holbrook was in great shape.  He recalls that while working on “Logan,” he met a stunt man.  “He was an ex-sniper out of SEALs.  McKenna is Special Forces Army Ranger, but you’re splitting hairs at that point.  I was fortunate enough to hang out with the guy and he got me on the beach at 5 AM, in the water, running, and training.  I did that for a couple months.  What I truly believe is that the preparation is all about the conditioning of that person.  There’s a gauntlet of things that make up these people.  I thought it was really important to get that sensibility of how these guys have this morbid sense of humor. These guys are really a fascinating group of men.”

            “The Predator” is now showing in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox.

“SLENDER MAN” FEATURETTE TAKES YOU INSIDE THE MYSTERY

Slender Man
Joey King (Wren) and Julia Goldani-Telles (Hallie) in Screen Gems’ SLENDER MAN.

Columbia Pictures has just shared a featurette that takes viewers inside the new terrifying horror-thriller Slender Man.

Check out the video below and watch Slender Man in Philippine cinemas September 26.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/m-OF426RFMo

About Slender Man

In a small town in Massachusetts, a group of friends perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the lore of Slender Man. When one of them goes mysteriously missing, they begin to suspect that she is, in fact, HIS latest victim.

Columbia Pictures’ new horror-thriller Slender Man stars Joey King (The Conjuring), Julia Goldani Telles (The Affair), Jaz Sinclair (Paper Towns), Annalise Basso (Ouija: Origin of Evil), Alex Fitzalan (Season and I Miss You), Taylor Richardson (A Most Violent Year) and Javier Botet (The Conjuring, Insidious 4, IT).

Slender Man is directed by Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard and The Losers) and produced by Bradley J. Fischer, James Vanderbilt, William Sherak, Robyn Meisinger and Sarah Snow. The film is written by David Birke (Elle).

“SMALLFOOT” CAST SAYS HELLO TO PHILIPPINE FANS

Small foot

Warner Bros. Pictures has just released a featurette of the cast of “Smallfoot” greeting and inviting Filipino fans to watch the new comedy adventure.

Check out the “Smallfoot” voice actors Channing Tatum, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James and Gina Rodriguez in the video below.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/warnerbrosphils/videos/533234073799698/

YouTube:  https://youtu.be/mDuoWCgUUwQ

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

About “Smallfoot”

An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, “Smallfoot” turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human.

News of this “smallfoot” brings him fame and a chance with the girl of his dreams. It also throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in a rollicking story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.

“Smallfoot” stars Channing Tatum (“The LEGO® Batman Movie,” the “Jump Street” films) as the Yeti, Migo, and James Corden (“Trolls” ) as the Smallfoot, Percy.  Also starring are Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), Common (“Selma”), LeBron James (upcoming “Space Jam 2”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Danny DeVito (“The Lorax”), Yara Shahidi (TV’s “Black-ish”), Ely Henry (TV’s “Justice League Action”), and Jimmy Tatro (“22 Jump Street”).

“Smallfoot” is directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, Annie Award-winning director of “Over the Hedge” and Annie nominee for the screenplays for “Chicken Run” and “James and the Giant Peach.”