20TH CENTURY FOX’S ACTION, THRILLING FEATURES FOR 2013

Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney in A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

20th Century Fox brings in the brawny and the brainy, the dudes and the gals, the offbeat and the uptight in a series of explosive action and thriling features set to heat up the big screen this 2013 starting with Bruce Willis’ high-octane “A Good Day To Die Hard,” the Dracula-inspired “Stoker” starring Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock’s buddy cop movie “The Heat” and Hugh Jackman’s most anticipated return on the screen as “The Wolverine.”

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

Considered as one of the most enduring movie stars in the world, Bruce Willis is back the 5th time in the “Die Hard” blockbuster franchise the world over dies to line up for in “A Good Day To Die Hard” along with up and coming actor Jai Courtney.    Willis not only reprises his iconic John McClane but gives the hard-talking detective a higher ante when the stage of blazing, intense action is set internationally in Moscow where he finds himself reunited with his estranged son Jack (Courtney).  Having always had a frictional relationship with his son for years, the older McClane decides to finally look him up with help from friends at Washington DC.  The search showed that Jack is involved in some nefarious business in Europe somewhere and John takes flight from DC to Russia with the intention of helping his son out of trouble.  Unaware that his son is a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a ring of terrorist planning a nuclear weapons heist, the two McClanes shed as much strength, wit and humor making them unstoppable heroes despite their opposing methods.

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Creepy thriller “Stoker” starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode starts after India’s (Wasikowska’s) father dies in an auto accident. Her Uncle Charlie (Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother (Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.  “Stoker” is the English-language film debut of famed Korean filmmaker Park Chan-Wook.

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“The Heat” marks Sandra Bullock’s return to action-comedy, a genre typically dominated by males where stakes are higher and doubled with Melissa McCarthy as her partner-in-crime to solve crimes.   Directed by Paul Feig, the buddy cop movie follows Sarah Ashburn (Bullock), a rigid FBI agent forced to team up with Shannon Mullins (McCarthy), a brash undercover Boston street cop to solve a high profile drug cartel.   In a recent interview with EW.com Feig relates  “The Heat” further as, “Ashburn’s been in the FBI for a long time. She’s a great agent but she’s slightly over-confident, a little intolerant of anybody who isn’t at her level, so she showboats a little bit. She gets sent to Boston to help crack this case about this drug lord that nobody can figure out. And she has to work with Melissa’s character because Melissa’s a street cop who knows the neighborhood. But she’s used to doing everything by herself and they band together, but it takes a long time for them to bond.  So the fun starts there.”

The Wolverine

Hugh Jackman takes us where Logan aka  “The Wolverine” is in a moment when almost every connection, intimate connection he had to the world has been either destroyed or broken.  Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure sets Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.  Directed by James Mangold with Mark Bomback and Christopher McQuarrie as screenwriters, “The Wolverine” also stars Svetlana Khodchenkova, Will YUn Lee, Brian Tee, Hiroyuki Sanada and Rila Fukushima.

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

Kung fu Classics Inspired The Man with The Iron Fists

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.