Tom Hanks, Ridley Scott on team behind National Geographic’s “Killing Lincoln”

TOm Hanks narrates Killing Lincoln on NGC

National Geographic Channel wows audiences in April with an exciting new film titled “Killing Lincoln”, which premieres in the Philippines on April 14, 2013. The film is an adaptation of the best-selling book Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever co-written by controversial media personality Bill O’Reilly and author Martin Dugard, and was produced by Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions. Chronicling the last days of US President Abraham Lincoln at the close of the American Civil War and his brutal assassination by the actor John Wilkes Booth, it also depicts the unprecedented manhunt launched by the US government to bring Booth and his co-conspirators to justice. “Killing Lincoln” is National Geographic’s first original scripted drama, and is directed by Adrian Moat, the Emmy-nominated director of “Gettysburg”. The film garnered a whopping 3.4 million viewers when it premiered on February 17 in the US, scoring the highest viewership in National Geographic Channel history.

Narrated on camera by Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, the film was written by Erik Jendresen, who also wrote and produced for the critically acclaimed TV series “Band of Brothers”. Hanks plays the role of storyteller in this docudrama, and “his job is very specific to facts and figures and dates and times. He’s giving the viewer all the background information needed to appreciate and understand the context of the next moment of the story,” said Jendresen.

“Killing Lincoln” is backed by a powerful cast of both veteran and new faces. Playing the venerable role of Abraham Lincoln is Billy Campbell, one of the most experienced character actors in the business. He recently garnered acclaim for his performance as troubled mayoral candidate Darren Richmond on the highly praised TV series “The Killing,” where he was described as “scary and suspenseful, but in a subdued, meditative way that is somehow all the more chilling” by Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times. In 1999, he was nominated for the Best Actor – Drama Series category of the Golden Globe Awards and received a People’s Choice Award in the Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series category for his role as single father Rick Sammler on the ABC drama “Once and Again”. Campbell has also starred in movies such as “The Rocketeer,” “Gettysburg,” “The Night We Never Met,” “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and “Enough,” opposite Jennifer Lopez, besides numerous turns on the stage such as in “Fortinbras,” for which he received a 1996 Ovation Award, as well as “Backbone of America,” “Hamlet,” “Guys & Dolls” and “The Best Man.”


John Wilkes Booth is the other important character in “Killing Lincoln” who, before this film, had never been portrayed in-depth and has always been shrouded in mystery. In a breakthrough performance that shows the complexity of this Shakespearean-actor-turned-assassin, Jesse Johnson breathes life into the character and resurrects John Wilkes Booth back from the graveyard of history book footnotes. Although a newcomer to the bigger scene, Johnson has a wealth of experience under his belt from working on off-Hollywood projects such as Internet series, Spanish television shows and indie films, and he has appeared on US TV shows such as “Nash Bridges,”“Law & Order” and a role in the 2003 TNT Award Winning original drama “Word of Honor.”

The cast of “Killing Lincoln” is further strengthened by its supporting actors. Playing Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of the president, is Geraldine Hughes, a veteran stage actress who has also appeared on such shows as “Nurse Jackie,” “Mercy,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order,” “Murder, She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle,” and “ER.” She also starred in the movies “Gran Torino” and “Rocky Balboa”. Meanwhile, Graham Beckel plays President Lincoln’s secretary of war, Edwin Stanton. Beckel has had countless appearances on TV playing tough roles on shows such as “CSI: New York;” “Castle;” “The Cleaner;” “CSI: Miami;” “Heroes;” “Raines;” “Grey’s Anatomy;” and “Wanted.”  He also played the roles of L.D. Newsome in director Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain” and Detective Sgt. Dick Stensland opposite Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey and Guy Pearce in Curtis Hanson’s award-winning “L.A. Confidential.”

Catch the two-hour Philippine premiere of “Killing Lincoln” on National Geographic Channel on April 14, 2013 at 9 PM.



Reviving up soon on the big screen is Dreamworks Animation’s “Turbo” (3D), meanwhile the movie’s international trailer is at

Starring the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz and Samuel L. Jackson, “Turbo” is a fast-paced, action-packed 3D comedy and is set to have audiences around the world root for a super-charged snail to use his incredible powers to win the ultimate race against his idols so that he can prove once and for all that no dream is too big and no dreamer is too small.

TURBO (center), then lefttoright- Smoove Move, Burn, Skidmark & Whiplash

From a concept by David Sorren, a DreamWorks Animation veteran story artist, “Turbo” is about a snail who feeds his need for speed by sneaking into a garage to watch racing on an old dusty tv set and emulates his hero, French Canadian Indy 500 champ Guy Gagne.  Turbo (Reynolds) desperately wishes he could escape the slow-paced life he’s living and race like his hero, making him an oddity in their slow moving community.  As fate would have him have it, he gets that chance one day after a freak accident when he suddenly finds himself vested with the power of incredible speed.


From DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox, “Turbo” in 3D opens July 19 in cinemas nationwide.

Oblivion: Saving a future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition

Oblivion Movie 2013

In 2073, a 37 year-old former-Marine Commander Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed at Earth which was nearly destroyed by an alien invasion 60 years ago. As part of a massive operation to extract the planet’s remaining vital resources, he lives in an airborne “town” floating thousands of meters above the Earth.

His mission nearly complete, Jack’s soaring existence comes crashing down when he rescues a 22 year-old female stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a series of events that forces Jack to question everything he knows about the war and its aftermath. In addition, after being captured by an insurgency led by 102 year-old Malcolm Beech (Morgan Freeman), Jack is told that the society in which he lives may in fact be a police state.

Tom Cruise Oblivion

TOM CRUISE (Jack)has achieved extraordinarysuccess as an actor, producer and philanthropist in a career spanning over three decades. He is a three-time Academy Award® nominee and three-time Golden Globe Award winner whose films have earned in excess of eight billion dollars worldwide—an incomparable accomplishment. Seventeen of Cruise’s films have grossed over $100 million in the United States alone and nineteen have grossed over $200 million globally. Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol opened in December 2011 to critical acclaim and grossed nearly $700 million worldwide making it the biggest box office success of Cruise’s career. The franchise has brought in over two billion dollars globally since Cruise conceived the idea for the films and began producing them at Paramount while starring as the legendary spy, Ethan Hunt. Brad Bird directed the fourth film, which Cruise produced with J.J. Abrams. Cruise received Academy Award® nominations for Best Actor for Born on the Fourth of July and Jerry Maguire, in addition to a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Magnolia. He also garnered two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor for Born on the Fourth of July and Jerry Maguire, as well as Best Supporting Actor for Magnolia, and nominations for his roles in Risky Business, A Few Good Men,The Last Samuraiand Tropic Thunder. Cruise has also earned acting nominations and awards from BAFTA, the Screen Actors Guild, the Chicago Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review. His list of memorable credits also includes such diverse films as Collateral, Minority Report,Interview with the Vampire, The Firm, Rain Man, The Color of Money and Top Gun.

Tom Cruise Oblivion

Academy Award®-winning actor MORGAN FREEMAN (Beech) is one of the most recognizable figures in American cinema. His works are among the most critically and commercially successful films of all time and Freeman himself ranks 10th among worldwide top-grossing actors of all time, with his films having earned more than $3 billion in cumulative ticket sales. Whether a role requires an air of gravitas, a playful smile, a twinkle of the eye or a world-weary, yet insightful soul, Freeman’s ability to delve to the core of a character and infuse it with a quiet dignity has resulted in some of the most memorable portrayals ever recorded on film. Freeman won an Academy Award® in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Million Dollar Baby. In 1990, he won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture—Comedy/Musical for his performance in Driving Miss Daisy. Freeman also received an Academy Award® nomination in 1987 for Best Supporting Actor for Street Smart and in 1994 for Best Actor for The Shawshank Redemption. Freeman was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. That same year, Freeman received the 39th AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2000, Freeman was honored with a Hollywood Film Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting at the Hollywood Film Festival, as well as the coveted Kennedy Center Honor for his distinguished acting career. In 2009, Freeman won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor for his performance as Nelson Mandela in the acclaimed film Invictus. He also received an Academy Award® nomination, a Golden Globe nomination and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nomination. The picture was produced by Revelations Entertainment, the company he co-founded in 1996 with a mission to produce films that enlighten, express heart and glorify the human experience. Other Revelations features include Levity, Under Suspicion, Mutiny, Bopha!, Along Came a Spider,Feast of Love, 10 Items or Less and Maiden Heist.

For casting one of the lead roles opposite Cruise, the producers considered five actresses: Jessica Chastain, Olivia Wilde, Brit Marling, Noomi Rapace and Olga Kurylenko, and all five auditioned on August 27, 2011.It was subsequently announced that Chastain would play one of the film’s two female leads. In January 2012 Chastain entered into talks for a part in the Kathryn Bigelow film Zero Dark Thirty and subsequently dropped out of Oblivion contention. It was later announced that the role had been given to Kurylenko.

Tom Cruise Oblivion

For the other leading role, the producers initially considered Hayley Atwell, Diane Kruger and Kate Beckinsale. The three actors traveled to Pittsburgh to screen-test with Cruise, who was filming Jack Reacher.The role finally went to Andrea Riseborough. Melissa Leo was cast at a later date.

JOSEPH KOSINSKI (Directed by/Based on the Graphic Novel Original Story by/Produce by) is a director whose uncompromising visual style and dynamic approach to the filmmaking craft has quickly maded a mark in the filmmaking zeitgeist. His feature film debut, TRON: Legacy, for Walt Disney Studios, grossed more than $400 million worldwide and was nominated for several awards, including an Academy Award® and a Grammy.

Kosinski’s work represents a diverse background in architecture, design and music. He received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at Stanford University before graduating from Columbia University with a master’s degree in architecture.

Production began on March 12, 2012 and wrapped on July 14, 2012. Filming locations included Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana. Oblivion, shot in stunning digital 4K resolution on location across the United States and Iceland, is an upcoming 2013 science fiction film based on the Radical Comics graphic novel Oblivion by Joseph Kosinski and directed and co-produced by Kosinski.

Oblivion is a Universal Pictures presentation. It is distributed by United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corporation. Showing at your favorite theaters and cinemas starting this April 10.

MoviePinas: G.I. Joe Retaliation Review


Let the retaliation begin. Again, a two thumbs up movie that your family and friends will surely love this action movie. No matter how perfect you are in hiding your identity, the Joes can still find you. In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. Zartan is successful in disguising as the President that jeopardizes the Joes.

GI Joe retaliation

The G.I. Joe Retaliation comes with better scenes this time than the rise of cobra. The breath taking actions takes part in every character. What I like most is the fight scene in Chinese mountains. Well, it’s a perfect ninja thing for Snake Eyes and Jinx. This is one of the best ninja fight scenes using ropes in the cliff of the mountain. I might say that, these fight scenes are the highlight of this movie.

GI Joe retaliation

G.I. Joe: Retaliation picks up where G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra left off – with Commander Cobra under lock and key by the government and the Joes heading out on another mission. Unfortunately Cobra’s allies are still doing his bidding, and with the help of technology the evil Zartan has managed to disguise himself as the American President (played by Jonathan Pryce) and frame the Joes for treason. They’re on a mission to enlist the original G.I. Joe (Bruce Willis) and clear their names before Zartan, Stormshadow, ex-Joe Firefly and Commander Cobra assume control of each country’s nuclear warheads and take control of the world!

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GI Joe Retaliation Storm Shadow
In this Joes movie, those who hate Storm Shadow will surely love him this time. He betrayed the Cobras and joined the Joes in retaliation. The flashback explains how Storm Shadow joined the Joes this time. It showed that Zartan killed the Ninja Master not Storm Shadow. The Cobra planned that for them to get the loyalty of the young Storm Shadow. Storm Shadow fulfilled his revenge to Zartan. Zartan is eliminated.

GI Joe retaliation

In other Hand, it was a sad moment for Joes fan. One of the main character is eliminated. Who’s that? You can find it when you watch it on cinema starting March 30. Well, lot of new characters revealed and gave their full throttle action moves. Expect a high profile role to Dwayne Johnson (Roadblock) as he lead the Joes this time. Bruce Willis as General Joseph Colton, helped the Joes for their revenge. And meet the new ladies in line of the Joes: seductive yet dangerous Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye and skilled ninja Elodie Yung as Jinx.

GI Joe retaliation

List of Characters

Bruce Willis as General Joseph Colton

Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock

D.J. Cotrona as Flint

Lee Byung-hun as Storm Shadow

Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye

Ray Park as Snake Eyes

Jonathan Pryce as the President of the United States

Ray Stevenson as Firefly

Channing Tatum as Duke

Arnold Vosloo as Zartan

RZA as Blind Master

Elodie Yung as Jinx

Joseph Mazzello as Mouse

Walton Goggins as Warden Nigel James

Robert Catrini as the Israeli President

Luke Bracey as Cobra Commander

Robert Baker as the voice of Cobra Commander

GI Joe retaliation

The ending gives you another day of peaceful world as the Joes save the world again. The Joes retain their role as the guardians of the free world. But the sequel is not yet the end. The ending of Retaliation express again that we must wait for another sequel. Cobra Commander still remains at large that’s why the mission of Joes is not yet the end. So excited to see another sequel of G.I. Joe. Hoorah… Hell yeah!!!

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL adapts Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling book on Lincoln assassination

Killing Lincoln

Tackling a monumental event in American history, National Geographic Channel’s first original scripted drama “Killing Lincoln”, based on the best-selling book by controversial political commentator and TV personality Bill O’Reilly, will hit Philippine television on April 14, 2013. The film portrays the dramatic events that led up to the assassination of US President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and reveals the mysterious motivations of its perpetrator John Wilkes Booth.

“Killing Lincoln” is a film produced by Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions and written by the Emmy Award-winning Erik Jendresen, writer for the acclaimed TV series “Band of Brothers”, who based his script on the book Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever co-written by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. “What people never knew, and what both the book and the film capture, is the great tale of action and conspiracy surrounding the manhunt for Booth. It is ultimately a fascinating story, and that’s what makes it the perfect fit for us at Scott Free,” said Scott.

The book was a runaway hit when it was published in 2011, placing No. 2 on The New York Times’ list of best-selling non-fiction and finding a spot among Amazon’s best sellers in November of that year. Millions of readers were captivated by the way O’Reilly and Dugard wove together a compelling narration of the historic circumstances at the close of the American Civil War that led John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Lincoln as well as the thrilling manhunt that ensued to capture a ruthless killer.

Bill O’Reilly is best known as the outspoken anchor of “The O’Reilly Factor,” an opinion-oriented news show on Fox News Channel that has consistently garnered the highest ratings among US cable TV news channels. Previously, he was a correspondent for ABC News before becoming the anchor of “Inside Edition” from 1989 to 1995. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Marist College in New York and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. O’Reilly is widely considered one of the strongest voices in media today.

The film “Killing Lincoln” is brought to life by a wealth of acting talent, beginning with narration on camera from Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks. Billy Campbell (“The Killing,” “Once and Again”) gives an impressive portrayal of Lincoln, while Jesse Johnson plays John Wilkes Booth in a breakthrough performance. “Killing Lincoln” also stars Geraldine Hughes as Mary Todd Lincoln, the president’s wife, Graham Beckel as Edwin Stanton, Lincoln’s secretary of war during the American Civil War, and Shawn Pyfrom as Private John W. Nichols. The two-hour film is directed by Adrian Moat (“Gettysburg”) and produced by Mark Herzog’s Herzog & Co. (“Gettysburg”).

National Geographic Channel’s viewership records were broken when the film premiered on February 17 in the US and recorded 3.4 million viewers. “Killing Lincoln” was hailed by critics as “fascinating,” “heart-pounding” and “constantly illuminating,” and is sure to captivate Asian audiences when it premieres in the region at 9 PM on April 14, Sunday on National Geographic Channel.