Review: Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters

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Skillful Sibling Hunters versus the powerful witch murderers. This old tale that wears new concept of plot makes the audience awe for another sequel. Hansel and Gretel must have Part 2. This is the movie that I want to watch another and another and another again. The scenes are terrific and I love how Hansel and Gretel Slashing and burning bad witches.

About the movie? the scenes are awesome. You don’t want to close your eyes because you don’t want to miss any single scenes. The action pack is perfect. Love to see Hansel and Gretel techniques on how they capture and burn the witches. The tragedy they suffered triggered their selves being well trained witch hunters.Though, the reason of becoming witch hunters are because they suffered terrible experience from the hand of the witch that trapped them after their father abandoned them in the forest. Until they found out the truth about what happened to their parents. The tragic scenes that brought to the siblings to hunt all the witches in order to give justice to their parents’ death. There are lot of suspense that you can’t predict until it was reveal at the latter part of it. That’s an ingredient of the movie that I always looking for. A movie that is not unpredictable until the end. Cool right…

Playful and heartbreaking, this is a lovely show from the New International Encounter company, an ensemble of actor-musicians who have charm oozing from every pore. The telling gets right to the dark heart of the story, but does so with the lightest of touches and a sprinkling of live music and humour. Moreover, are Hansel and Gretel innocents adrift in an unforgiving world, or just murderers and thieves?

This film is a kind of movie that reflects siblings without parents’ care can still survive and help each other. Through their bad experienced from the bad witch that trap them  after their father abandoned them in the forest, they learn to help each other to survive and develop their selves into mighty and skillful witch hunters. Just like in real life, those children that abandoned by their parents are turning their life to be protective by means of helping each other.

I swear… This is a movie that you must watch. Your money is worth it. Well,I will watch again..Come on.. Let’s watch Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters into cinemas nearest to you..

 

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKERS, ACTORS ASSEMBLED IN “LINCOLN”

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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg directs “Lincoln,” adapted from the book of Pulitzer Prize winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner and starring Academy Award-winners Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field – which essays a time in Abraham Lincoln’s life when he is in the most perilous final four months of his presidency.

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Master storyteller and filmmaker Steven Spielberg whose works span and engage all ages as seen in “Jurassic Park,” War of the Worlds,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Schindler’s List,” “Empire of the Sun,” “Jaws” and “ET,” creates a never-before-seen perspective of America’s most beloved president in “Lincoln” as played by Daniel Day-Lewis, two-time Academy Award winner and this year’s Best Actor at the Golden Globe Awards for his portrayal of Lincoln.

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Spielberg creates a gripping historical thriller during a brief time in history when Abraham Lincoln is at both the pinnacle and bottom of his career as a nation’s leader.   The political genius that is Lincoln is brought to life on the big screen, inviting audiences directly into the heart and soul of Lincoln’s final achievements. The Lincoln who emerges is a man of raw paradoxes: funny and solemn, a playful storyteller and fierce power broker, a shrewd commander and a vulnerable father. But in his nation’s darkest hour, when the times demand the very best of people, he reaches from within himself for something powerful and everlasting.

This compact, immersive concept for the film enlivened Spielberg. It would, when all was said and done, engage his filmmaking instincts on a different level than any film that has come before in his extensively diverse filmography.  Says Spielberg: “We came to focus on the last four months of Lincoln’s life because what he accomplished in that time was truly monumental. However, we wanted to show that he himself was a man, not a monument. We felt our best hope of doing justice to this immensely complicated person was to depict him in the midst of his most complex fight:  to pass the 13th Amendment on the floor of the House of Representatives.”

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“My movies more often are told through pictures, not words. But in this case, the pictures took second position to the incredible words of Abraham Lincoln and his presence,” Spielberg explains. “With ‘Lincoln,’ I was less interested in an outpouring of imagery than in letting the most human moments of this story evolve before us.”

In stripping Lincoln’s final days down to their most electrifying yet stark moments of debate, political machinations, family ties and private fears and hopes, Spielberg and Kushner uncovered the gripping—and unpredictably human—nature of a democracy’s greatest battle in action. “The film does have quite a bit of suspense,” he notes, “and it could, at times, even be seen as a kind of political thriller.”

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Longtime Spielberg producing partner Kathleen Kennedy agrees that the film takes an interesting turn in the ongoing evolution of the director’s career. “Steven has always loved history and has made many movies with a historical context—and I think he recognized that some of the most interesting characters came from history,” she observes. “But Steven knew that with ‘Lincoln,’ he wouldn’t create a conventional biopic. Instead, he and Tony attempted to find the most intimate way to show the power of Lincoln’s achievements as President, through the exploration of the end of slavery and other key events that took place during his presidency.”

Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” provides an intimate immersion into the American leader’s most revealing moments, at a time when the dark shadow of slavery lifts and a country torn by war must be made whole.  It is in this final four months the Lincoln’s full measure of the man—his passion and his humanity—came to bear on his defining battle:  to plot a forward path for a shattered nation, against overwhelming odds and extreme public and personal pressure.

“Lincoln” will open February 20 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Star World throws AI Season 12 bash at URBN

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To celebrate the premiere of American Idol Season 12, Star World treated 150 lucky members of the press, Twitter personalities, the hottest celebrities and some big AI fans to an exclusive viewing party at URBN Bar and Kitchen at the Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City. Hosted by DJ Tracy Abad of Mellow 94.7 and DJ Suzy from Magic 89.9, the event happened on January 17 and lasted from 5 PM to 12 MN, with many surprises for special guests that stoked their American Idol excitement and made their viewing experience all the more enjoyable.

From L to R Ryan Seacrest, Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban

As guests entered the club, they were asked to choose between joining Team Mariah or Team Nicki, a play at the rumored rivalry between two of the new American Idol judges, legendary diva Mariah Carey and rap superstar Nicki Minaj. Fantastic giveaways were presented to each guest based on which team they joined along with other choice Star World items. The program began with welcome remarks from Jude Turcuato, VP Territory Head of Fox International Channels, Philippines before the premiere episode of American Idol Season 12 was screened at 6 PM. At this event, even the commercial breaks were highly anticipated, with prizes from Star World being raffled off to lucky viewers during each break. A repeat screening was held at 8 PM for all the die-hard AI fans in the audience, with more prizes being raffled off at every commercial break. The party continued after the final screening as DJ Nina lured everyone onto the dance floor with her Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj mash-ups.

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Season 12 of the No. 1 reality entertainment show is expected to amaze audiences and fans with a revamp of its judging panel as well as some new twists in the audition process to ensure that the most talented contestants from across the US will end up on the American Idol stage. In addition to Carey and Minaj, country singer Keith Urban is joining founding judge and respected music producer Randy Jackson on the American Idol judging panel. Their combined wealth of experience in the music industry will allow them to pick the best contestants that will journey on to becoming the next American Idol. This season, the show puts into effect the “American Idol Small Town Audition Bus Tour” and “Nominate an Idol” program, which are new ways to audition that will surely make waves in American Idol history. All these updates and more will be brought straight into viewer’s homes this 12th season of American Idol by Star World, the Home of Idols.

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Kung-fu Classics Inspired – The Man with The Iron Fists

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Presented by Quentin Tarantino, the action-adventure is inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth. Making his debut as a big-screen director and leading man, RZA-alongside a stellar international cast led by Russell Crowe ,Lucy Liu and Wrestler Superstar Dave Bautista- tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero in nineteenth-century China who must unite to destroy the clan traitor who would destroy them all.
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Since his arrival in China’s Jungle Village, the town’s blacksmith has been forced by radical tribal factions to create elaborate tools of destruction. When the clans’ brewing war boils over, the stranger channels an ancient energy to transform himself into a human weapon. As he fights alongside iconic heroes and against soulless villains, one man must harness this power to become savior of his adopted people.
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‘The Man with The Iron Fists’ is released and distributed by United Intl. Pictures through Solar Entertainment . Corp.

Les Miserables Q&A With Cossette: Amanda Seyfried

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Set against the backdrop of violent political unrest in 19th century France, Les Misérables, based on Victor Hugo’s classic 1862 novel, is an epic story of broken dreams and unrequited love. And although there have been more than 30 film and television productions based on Hugo’s novel, there has never been a film of Les Misérables, the musical until now.

Les Miserables Q&A With Cossette: Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried plays the grown up Cosette who, as a child, was adopted by Jean Valjean, played by Hugh Jackman, a former prisoner who has re-built his life with a different identity.

Q and A follows:

You’ve made a musical before, Mamma Mia!. How does it compare to working on Les Mis?

I have to say Mamma Mia! was a piece of cake compared to this. It was hard, but we pre-recorded all the music and I didn’t have to sound perfect, and it wasn’t classical in the way that Les Mis is classical. And classical is so much harder. I was singing pop music in Mamma Mia! and pop music is a dream compared to this. However, when you get it right, that classical sound, it feels different and it feels wonderful. I loved singing opera when I was young and this reminds me of that.

Did you work with a voice coach to prepare for Les Mis?

Yes, Claire Underwood. And she is one of the reasons that I got this movie. She has been so supportive and just a dream to work with. I’ve also been working with Liz Caplan who is based in New York. She listened to me sing all of the time and I’m sure it was frustrating for her at times but she never lets on, she was always so encouraging, saying things like, ‘you are amazing!’ She has this scientific knowledge and is so in tune with the body and how it works, she’s like a scientist. Actually, she’s more like a magician and I don’t know where I would have been without her. She really helped me so much.

How many times have you seen Les Mis?

Twice. The second time was when we were rehearsing and I went to see the London show. But I could see it over and over again because it’s one of those shows that you become addicted to. You get something different from it each time – there are different nuances, different feelings. And that’s why we had to sing this live because it’s not like an Abba song, something that could be pre-recorded, with this it’s all about being in the moment and giving it a different feel with each take. Les Mis is such a great musical for actors.

What was your reaction when you heard that you would be singing every take live?

I thought, ‘God, this is going to be so hard..’ But I knew why Tom wanted to do it that way because the performance on the day comes through, the vulnerability of your voice comes through and that’s all part of it. Obviously you don’t want the vocals to be flat or sharp but we have so much freedom with it and it’s all about acting, too, rather than just miming to a pre-record.

You loved the role of Eponine when you were a child. But you’re playing Cosette…

Yes, I auditioned for Cosette. I can’t sing Eponine, I wish I could but I can’t. And for my audition I worked on Rue Plumet and A Heart Full of Love and I won’t lie because I felt that first tape was weak. I think they said that I was having trouble in that register and I was. And I respected the way that they cast this film – they are very serious about it and so they should be. They saw everybody and that’s the fairest way to do it. And I was like, ‘OK, I’ll try harder..’ And I kept working. And I love a fight (laughs). I really do. And being in this is my absolute dream and I can’t imagine anything else that I want to do more than this. And I think all of us feel the same way – all of us are Les Mis nerds! (laughs). So I kept doing my lessons and working really hard. And later I met Tom in Los Angeles and Tom explained to me that it was about the acting, the soul and the flavour of the piece and he saw something in me that he believed in, thankfully.

Les Miserables Q&A With Cossette: Amanda Seyfried

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How did you find out that you had the role?

I was at home and I missed a call from Tom. It was near Christmas and I was like, ‘why is Tom Hooper calling me? What’s going on?’ And I called him back and he said, ‘my Christmas present to you is that you’ve got the job..’ I was absolutely thrilled, as you can imagine. It really was the best Christmas present ever. And I don’t take it lightly. It’s an honour to be in this film.

Tell me about Cosette…

Cosette is the adopted daughter of Jean Valjean, played by the lovely Hugh Jackman, our hero. He plucked her from this terrible, terrible situation. Cosette is an orphan and her mother, Fantine died when she was tiny. Valjean knew Fantine and he finds her in this awful situation and he adopts her and brings her up as his own child. I play Cosette when she is older and Valjean is still very protective of her. She doesn’t really have any friends but they have an amazing relationship and it’s quite a complicated dynamic because she’s a bit like his mother, his sister, his wife and his child but it works, they love each other. But she’s had this kind of secluded life and then she’s out one day coming back from church and that’s when her journey really starts because she meets Marius, played by Eddie Redmayne, and she falls in love. It’s the beginnings of romantic love and it’s confusing because she’s never felt like that before. In our story, Cosette really represents hope and innocence and she’s the source of light in Les Misérables. It’s wonderful to play that but it also feels like a huge responsibility.

You mentioned Hugh as Jean Valjean. What’s it been like to work with him?

I think, with his wonderful outlook and attitude, he is the most gracious person I’ve ever met. And he’s funny and he’s normal and he knows his stuff. He really is the nicest person I have ever met. He’s a great Aussie bloke and a lovely human being. I’d like Hugh Jackman for president, please (laughs). Oh, and did I say he’s the most talented actor? Because I should have. He is so right for this role and he has the most incredible voice.

You have a lot of scenes with Eddie Redmayne…

I’d always known Eddie was good because I’ve seen his films but what I didn’t know is what an incredible voice he has. He is just great. He’s got the chops. And he is so right as Marius because there’s an innocence about him. And it’s a lot of fun doing scenes with Eddie and singing together. And I must say, Sam (Barks) has got the most incredible voice. She had to really fight to get the role of Eponine, which she played in the London stage show. And they were so right to give her the part in the film. She has the most amazing voice. As does Annie. Oh my God, her voice just makes me melt. It’s like butter.

And Anne does play your mother of course. That’s a little odd…

(laughs) It’s weird because Anne is only two or three years older than me. But of course, we are in different parts of the film. I’m Fantine’s grown up daughter. But it’s definitely interesting that Anne Hathaway is playing my mother! (laughs).

Tom Hooper hasn’t directed a musical before. Were you surprised when you heard that he was directing Les Misérables?

Yes I was. But when I had my first audition with him I was like, ‘I get what he’s doing..’ He’s so aware of the music but the acting is the key element and he doesn’t lose sight of that. This is an epic film and he absolutely knows what he wants and he is in control of it for every second. He’s the most amazing director.

“Les Miserables” Now Showing Nationwide released and distributed by United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corp.