Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

The world of Fast & Furious just got bigger. Watch the brand new trailer for Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw which has just been released by Universal Pictures.

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After eight films that have amassed almost $5 billion worldwide, the Fast & Furious franchise now features its first stand-alone vehicle as Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Johnson), a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015’s Fast & Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down.

But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever — and bests a brilliant and fearless  rogue MI6 agent (The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister — these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.

Hobbs & Shaw blasts open a new door in the Fast universe as it hurtles action across the globe, from Los Angeles to London and from the toxic wasteland of Chernobyl to the lush beauty of Samoa.   

Directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2) from a script by longtime Fast & Furious narrative architect Chris Morgan, the film is produced by Morgan, Johnson, Statham and Hiram Garcia. The executive producers are Dany Garcia, Kelly McCormick, Steven Chasman, Ethan Smith and Ainsley Davies. 

In Philippine cinemas July 31, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is distributed 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/.

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Happy Death Day 2U

Universal Pictures’ new suspense thriller Happy Death Day 2U, the sequel to the 2017 acclaimed box-office hit Happy Death Day Equal from returning producer Jason Blum (Glass, Split, Get Out) and returning writer/director Christopher Landon, is equal parts terrifying horror, unexpected comedy and time-turning adventure.

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

When the original Happy Death Day opened at No. 1 to more than $26 million in fall 2017, moviegoers were riveted by the idea of a heroine who had the chance to make the most of the last day of her life—reliving over and again the 24-hour period that led up to her murder. Needing no one’s permission to turn the tables on her tormenter, Tree (Jessica Rothe) would stalk the killer into submission. The film upended the classic tropes of the horror genre, and audiences went wild for the delightfully twisted tale.

Drawing inspiration from such classics as Groundhog Day, director Christopher Landon—whose prior films included Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse—revealed a fascinating knack for importing inspiration from a wide range of films into the horror genre.

And luckily, Landon, who is drawn to tales that both entertain and challenge his audiences, wasn’t ready to let go of Tree’s universe quite yet. “We didn’t intend to make a sequel to Happy Death Day, but I had a thought during postproduction that clicked,” Landon says. “It suddenly made perfect sense as a continuation of Tree’s story. I had this idea that she had unfinished business in her life. A multidimensional world in which everything was the same, yet different, allowed me to explore her personal loss.”

Approached by friends, fans and conspiracy theorists alike after HDD was released, Landon relished how much audiences dug into the narrative and created their own theories about what was happening in the story. “When we made the first film, everyone had a different idea about why the time loop happened,” he says. “It wasn’t until I had this idea that I realized that the clues were buried all along. We built this film from that starting point. Audiences wanted to know what caused the time loop, and this was a fun way to explore it.”

While Tree outsmarted her own death in Happy Death Day, the sequel gave the filmmakers the opportunity to delve deeper into what was happening behind the scenes—and just out of our reach—to explain the loop and reveal more of her tumultuous past. At the beginning of Happy Death Day 2U, we find a protagonist who has made amends, has forgiven herself and is finally happy. Still, according to Landon, once Tree realizes that she’s stuck in another type of hell, she has some big decisions to make.

“Tree is in a very difficult place,” he says, “and has to choose between her past and her future. She can stay in one dimension and be with her mom, but there is a very likely chance that she will lose Carter if she does. This alternate reality she’s living in doesn’t belong to her, as the pain and loss that have happened are essential to her being. She needs to own them and get back. Initially, she doesn’t want to close the loop, but rather, stay put. Once she realizes this isn’t where she belongs, the movie becomes about her getting back to where she does.” He pauses. “She’s a bit like Dorothy in Oz. She has to figure out how to get back home.”

It was crucial to Landon to not fall in the trap that so many filmmakers have when they try to blend genres. For the director, Tree’s journey is one of absolute empowerment. “She thinks there is still a killer after her, and she doesn’t want to be a victim,” Landon says. “Tree refuses to be the final girl and will reset her own day in order to save her friends. That gives a very heroic aspect to her character. In the first movie, she’s the most selfish person. Now, she’s going to go to any length to save her friends and herself.”

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/  


How To Train Your Dragon

Need a bit of a How To Train Your Dragon refresh? Fly through the first two films in just 60 seconds with the newly released featurette below from DreamWorks Animation.

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Don’t miss the epic conclusion! How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – in Philippine cinemas February 20.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/. Use the hashtags #HowToTrainYourDragon and #HTTYD3

About How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown…and how nothing can ever train you to let go.  What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives.  Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.  

Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia.  When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth.  As their true destines are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.

For How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, series director Dean DeBlois returns alongside the all-star cast led by Jay Baruchel (This Is the End), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Cate Blanchett (The House with a Clock in Its Walls, Thor: Ragnarok), Gerard Butler (Den of Thieves, Geostorm), Kristen Wiig (Ghostbusters), Craig Ferguson (Doc Martin), and F. Murray Abraham (Homeland) as the villain Grimmel.

The film is produced by Brad Lewis (Ratatouille, ANTZ) and How to Train Your Dragon series producer Bonnie Arnold (Toy Story, Tarzan).  


A Dogs Way Home

To tell the heartwarming story of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human, the producers of Columbia Pictures’ A Dog’s Way Home found the perfect voice talent in Bryce Dallas Howard, whose vocal performance captured all the emotions Bella feels on her adventure.

It was a casting decision that made the author of the novel the film was based on very happy. “The very first time I heard your voice, I thought, ‘that’s perfect!’,” says W. Bruce Cameron, author of A Dog’s Way Home the novel and also co-screenplay writer for the big-screen adaptation, to Howard in a joint interview for the film. “That’s exactly what I heard in my head when I was writing A Dog’s Way Home. The way you brought that to life, the joy, the way you captured the way that dogs are just so always optimistic. You think about all of the adventures — and some of them are pretty treacherous — that Bella goes through on her journey back home, a lot of potential dangers, but yet [she remains] optimistic, happy, having fun the whole time.”

Howard gives credit for her performance to Shelby, the rescue dog that plays Bella. According to Howard, the minute she met Shelby, they were “instant BFFs” and their easy connection inspired her.

Howard has had pets her whole life and credits overcoming her shyness as a kid to her first dog. “When I was very young, one-and-a-half years old, I was quiet and serious — I didn’t laugh or anything like that,” says Howard. “Then my parents adopted a dog, a terrier. And suddenly, from the other room, they heard a crazy noise, a belly laugh that sounded like it came from a grown person. And it was me, playing tug-of-war with the dog, at 18 months old. That was the birth of my insane laugh — my first pet. Having a relationship with dogs and other animals is one of the most important aspects of my life. There’s nothing like it in the world. Nothing feels more unconditional, or safe, or fun.”

Of Shelby, Howard says: “She just instantly felt like a friend. I think that’s something you feel whenever you meet any kind of animal, because they’re so present, but there really is something special about Shelby. She’s a beautiful, sincere, brilliant, super adorable dog.”

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


escape room and zombieland

Columbia Pictures has just unveiled the brand new posters for its two upcoming thrillers — Escape Room from the producers of Fast and the Furious, and Zombieland: Double Tap, showing original cast Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone after ten years (in a #10YearChallenge mode.)

Check out the brand new posters below!

Escape Room opens in Philippine cinemas on February 27, to be followed by Zombieland: Double Tap in October 2019.  They are distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  

About Escape Room

Escape Room is 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.

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.  Use the hashtag #EscapeRoomMovie

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

About Zombieland: Double Tap

A decade after Zombieland became a hit film and a cult classic, the lead cast (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone) have reunited with director Ruben Fleischer (Venom) and writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool) for Zombieland: Double Tap. In the sequel, through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, these four slayers must face off against the many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.