DWAYNE JOHNSON MAKES A SPECTACULAR LEAP OF FAITH IN “SKYSCRAPER”

Skyscraper 

Action superstar Dwayne Johnson headlines Universal Pictures and Legendary’s epic action thriller Skyscraper.  Director Rawson Marshall Thurber describes it as Die Hard meetsTowering Inferno set in Hong Kong—a love letter to the action movies the director grew up watching.  “I wanted to make a big movie that demands a big-screen experience, with the biggest movie star in the world driving every bit of it,” he says.

To that end, Thurber is proudest of the fact that his film isn’t based on a comic book; it’s not a reboot, remake, prequel or sequel.  “Skyscraper is an original idea, one that guarantees the audience won’t know what’s going to happen next.  I wanted to make something with Dwayne that audiences have to experience firsthand in the theater, and I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished together.”

Johnson explains why he was drawn to the project, one he calls “easily, the most physically demanding role I’ve ever played.”  He notes: “The number-one anchor with audiences all around the world is the bond of family.  Regardless of race or culture or class or religion, the ideology of family is one everyone relates to.  There’s something very visceral about a family being torn apart, and the parents doing everything they can to protect their young.  That’s always been a special anchor for us in Skyscraper, and for us to explore this on the canvas of film makes it so relevant to people.”

It wasn’t just the premise, but the chance to work once again with collaborator Thurber that drew in the performer/producer.  “Rawson is one of the very unique talents in Hollywood in that he is the sole writer and director of projects on a massive scale.  All this all this comes out of his head and out of his brain.  When he pitched meSkyscraper, I was in 100 percent.  I felt like it was an amalgamation of Die Hard, The Towering Inferno and The Fugitive—Harrison Ford was already the inspiration for Will Sawyer.”

Of utmost importance to the filmmaker was for audiences finally to see Dwayne Johnson as a vulnerable hero.  “We all know him as The Rock; we all know he can pick up a truck and throw it through a building,” laughs Thurber.  “But that’s not what is most interesting about him as an actor and a person.  I also don’t think that’s what audiences always relate to.  People love Indiana Jones because he takes a punch, not because he can give a punch.  He’s just a normal guy who is trying to survive the adventure.  Dwayne and I wanted Will to be someone who barely survives the trials and tribulations he will be put through.”

As the director fleshed out the story, the stakes became even greater for Will.  “The building is on fire, Sawyer’s family is trapped above the fire line, and he’s outside the building,” explains Thurber.  “What’s more, he’s being framed for the fire.  So he’s got to figure out how to get into the building to rescue his family, figure out who the bad guys are, stop them and clear his name and get out.  All in one day.”  As he wrote this film for Johnson, the filmmaker reflects: “I wanted to challenge Dwayne.  I wanted to see him be vulnerable.  I wanted him to see him think his way out of a problem instead of punch his way out…and I wanted to see him barely survive.”

“In today’s world, there are big superhero movies, big movies that are franchises and big commercial popcorn movies,” ends Johnson.  “I know, because I make them.  But what I also like about Skyscraper is we are a big summer movie; we’re fun, and we’re supposed to be.  But there’s also something really gritty and down-and-dirty about it that sets it apart from everything else out there.  I’m very proud of it.”

In cinemas July 11, Skyscraper is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/

M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN’S “GLASS” REVEALS TEASER POSTER

Glass

“You cannot contain what you are.” Take your first-look at the teaser poster of director M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming suspense thriller “Glass” starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy.

Check out the poster below and watch “Glass” in Philippine cinemas January 2019.

About “Glass

From “Unbreakable,” Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from “Split” are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.

Following the conclusion of “Split,” Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

This riveting culmination of his worldwide blockbusters will be produced by Shyamalan and Jason Blum, who also produced the writer/director’s previous last two films. They produce again with Ashwin Rajan and Marc Bienstock, and Steven Schneider, who will executive produce.

“ANT-MAN AND THE WASP” CONNECTS DIRECTLY WITH “AVENGERS 4”

Ant-Man and The Wasp

Marvel Studios ANT-MAN AND THE WASP..L to R: Wasp/Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018

Don’t look now, but it appears “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” aka Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne, will have a major influence in the resolution of the events after last April’s “Avengers: Infinity War.”

In a recent featurette released by Marvel Studios (https://youtu.be/tn9uHjqeqFQ), Feige declares, “Ant-Man and The Wasp also directly connects to `Avengers 4.’ These characters are going to be very important going forward.”

Meanwhile, director Peyton Reed also shared his thoughts on how the Marvel Cinematic Universe was incorporated into “Ant-Man and The Wasp.”

“Of course, the one thing the audience knows is that Scott Lang is in a prison underwater somewhere, but there’s the hint that Captain America busts them out,” explains Reed.  “And presumably he takes the Ant-Man/Giant-Man suit with him. But that’s really all we know. So one of the big challenges was that for the little amount of time that Scott Lang is in `Captain America: Civil War,’ we had to take in account what that meant for these characters going forward.

“We landed on a really fun way to find Scott and Hope at the beginning of the movie, and Hank Pym as well,” continues Reed. “It takes into account the events of `Civil War.’”

Scott and Hank in the larger MCU

“One of the things to bear in mind about `Ant-Man and The Wasp’ is that it is set post Sokovia Accords,” adds Reed. “So just as Hope is about to come into her own as a hero, she’s got to figure out what it means to be a hero in the world of the Sokovia Accords. With Hank, I think it’s fair to say that at the beginning of the movie Hank is not very happy with Scott Lang for having taken the Ant-Man suit and exposed that technology to the Avengers.

“It’s Hank’s worst nightmare. He’s looking for someone who’s going to be a faithful steward of this technology whom he can trust and who understands how powerful this technology is. And then Scott gets roped into this Avengers in-fighting and winds up in prison, and the suit is confiscated. Hank may be having second thoughts about whether Scott is up to the challenge of being Ant-Man. Scott’s actions in “Civil War” have real ramifications on the characters in this movie,” says Reed.

Ant-Man during Infinity War

For his participation in epic airport brawl in “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott was thrown in jail, but was later liberated by Captain America.  “Avengers: Infinity War” elaborates about this when Captain America explains that Scott took a plea deal and is living under house arrest. Gallivanting around the world as a super-outlaw and spy would have taken too much of a toll on his family, so he elected to hang up his costume. But did he?

Fans will find out together when they watch the fun-filled “Ant-Man and The Wasp” now in Philippine cinemas nationwide.

Join the conversation online and use the hashtags #AntmanAndTheWasp and #MarvelPH.

HUNGER GAMES CHILD STAR AMANDLA STENBERG LEADS LATEST YA ACTION THRILLER “THE DARKEST MINDS”

 The Darkest Minds

The latest YA thrilling road trip movie “The Darkest Minds” trails surviving children who have been locked up in rehabilitation camps and are regarded as enemies of the state.  Starring in this bestselling book adaptation from author Alexandra Bracken are Hollywood’s up and coming exciting young actors – Amandla Stenberg (Hunger Games, Everything, Everything), Harris Dickinson (Beach Rats), , Miya Cech (American Horror Story), Skylan Brooks (Southpaw),  along with Mandy Moore (This Is Us), Patrick Gibson (The OA), Lidya Jewett (Hidden Figures)  and Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones).

                Set in a dystopian America, Ruby (Stenberg) woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.   When the truth comes out upon turning sixteen, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She soon joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam (Dickinson), their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close.

                “This story is about a world that is not very different from ours,” observes Amandla Stenberg, who stars as Ruby Daly. “But some really drastic things have happened.  The majority of the population of children has died.  And the kids who are left have developed these mental abilities that are inexplicable.  And so, because of these abilities, the adults are afraid of them and they put them into camps.  And so, this particular story focuses on this girl who escapes from one of these camps and what happens when she finds a family of her own on the outside,”.

                “Casting Ruby was kind of the make-or-break decision on this film.  She’s in almost every frame and I confess, I’ve known Amandla for several years because she happened to have gone to the same school as my older daughters.  And so I would see Amandla in school plays.  And even when she was fourteen, it was very evident that this young woman was special.  She’s not only very commanding on a stage and on a screen, as Rue in ‘Hunger Games’, I saw her as a Teen Idol singing “Beauty School Dropout” in “Grease” and she was awesome as that, too!” says producer Shawn Levy.

                “The character of Ruby is pretty tough,” says Stenberg. “And she’s also kind of introverted, the way that she’s written in the book.  And so in bringing her to life on the screen, we thought about things that we can do to show all facets of her, because we’re unable to read into her mind like you can when you read the book. I think she is really passionate.  She stands her ground.  She knows what she wants. That’s what I like a lot about her.  But she’s also really thoughtful and kind of keeps to herself. I think she’s a lot like me.”

                In discussing what drew her to the project, Stenberg says, “The storyline and the meaning of the storyline was something that immediately excited me about this project. I think there are some parallels between this story and the world we’re living in today.

                From 20th Century Fox, road trip with the squad starts August 1 when “The Darkest Mind” opens in PH cinemas nationwide.

MILA KUNIS & KATE MCKINNON PLAY BFFS IN LAUGH-OUT-LOUD ACTION ADVENTURE IN “THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME”

The Spy  Who Dumped Me

Two thirty-year-old best friends in Los Angeles, Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon) put a new hilarious, fall-of-your-seat twist in the spy movie genre when they are thrust unexpectedly into an international conspiracy when Audrey’s ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. The duo unwittingly jump into action, on the run throughout Europe from assassins and a suspicious-but-charming British agent on their trail as they hatch a plan to save the world.

                Starring with Kunis and McKinnon in “The Spy  Who Dumped Me” are Justin Theroux, Gillian Anderson, Hasan Minhaj, Ivanna Sakhno, and Sam Heughan.

                “My character is not an action hero, we’re just average girls trying to do these things. We’re always in these weird circumstances and we’re like ‘Thank God we like each other” and there’s lots of humor, lots of crazy action sequences,” shares Kunis.  “We just had a lot of moments of spontaneous love and friendship,” chimed in McKinnon.

                “Mila and Kate are both incredibly funny,” says producer Brian Grazer.  “But they’re probably the perfect odd couple.”

                Director Susana Fogel says there’s a lot to look forward to on the action of “The Spy Who Dumped Me.” “It was really important that it felt legitimate. We were going for stunts that weren’t ironic, for real action-movie action. The stunts in the film were handled by veteran stunt coordinator Gary Powell, who has worked on several James Bond films and also served as Pierce Brosnan’s stunt double.”

                From Pioneer Films, “The Spy Who Dumped Me” opens August 1 in cinemas nationwide. Check the film’s trailer here: TRAILER LINK