KEEN ON CATACLYSMIC CHANGES: CATHERINE KEENER AS 1ST MODERN MOM IN “THE CROODS” (3D)

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Percy Jackson’s onscreen mom Catherine Keener puts on her maternal acting instincts once again in the big family 3D animated adventure “The Croods,” lending her voice along with Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Cloris Leachman. From her numerous and notable works such as her Academy nominated roles in “Being John Malkovich” and “Capote,” to diverse movie roles in “Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” “40-Year-Old-Virgin,” “Out of Sight,” “Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Interpreter” and “S1mone”, Catherine Keener marks her debut voice role in the family romp “THE CROODS.”

Set to embody the cave mom Ugga in directors Kirk De Micco’s and Chris Sanders’ prehistoric adventure “The Croods,” Keener is wife to Grug (voiced by Cage) and earth’s original matriarch in the movie. Along with Grug, their daughter Eep (Stone), son Thunk (Clark Duke), mother Gran (Leachman) and baby, they search a new world as theirs become devastated by an earthquake.  Along the way, they get help from a nomadic loner Guy (Reynolds) as they head out in search of a new life and plenty of adventure.

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As the Croods experience the eventful changes that accompany Guy’s new ideas, Ugga scrambles to hold the group together.  “In a family that sometimes acts a little nutty, she probably has her head screwed on a little tighter than the rest,” says Catherine Keener.  “Ugga is loving, caring and a great mom, but at the same time she’s every bit as physically solid and tough as Grug. I think that she’s a classic film mother. I always feel a little resistance when I hear it’s the mom role because generally – and I’m stereotyping – it means there’s not a lot to her individuality. I’ve found Ugga to have more of that – I think she’s a little eccentric, and I think she was probably more evolved than the other cave women who came before her.”

Still, during their many years together raising their family, Ugga has always deferred to her husband’s authority.  But a change in their housing situation triggers big changes in their relationship.  “By the end of the story she’s the one who tells Grug he must change his thinking,” says Sanders. “Their marriage and family life is not unlike those of today,” adds Keener. “We understand the Croods. The family discovers the universal truth that it’s difficult to change and to let go of things.  But when they approach the new world, it’s stunning. And they literally have to jump off a cliff to get there. Life for everyone is very much like that.  You need to take risks.” When asked what she thinks is the universal message of “The Croods” –  “Love. I know that it has a lot to do with family but it has to do with accepting one and another, and when you accept one another, you feel loved and you can love,” concludes Keener.

“The Croods” (3D) is a DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox presentation to be distributed by Warner Bros. in cinemas nationwide on March 22. Like Ugga, we all know that a mom’s schedule can get pretty crazy sometimes, let her try out this game from THE CROODS to unwind for a few minutes:  http://www.thecroodsmovie-ph.com/memory

 

MAGICAL WORLD OF “EPIC” (3D) REVEALED IN LATEST TRAILER

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Director Chris Wedge (Ice Age) returns with “Epic,” his latest animated fantasy about a young girl who discovers a battle between good and evil based on the book “The Leafmen and the Brave Good Bugs” by William Joyce Starring the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Jason Sudeikis, Beyonce Knowles, Josh Hurcherson and Christoph Waltz.
Amanda Seyfried stars as Mary Katherine, a teenage girl who discovers a magical world in the forest where a massive battle is being waged between good and evil forces. Mary’s eccentric dad (Sudeikis) is convinced that pint-sized leaf men and similar fantastical creatures reside in the depths of a nearby forest. He turns out to be correct, but is unaware that Mary is magically shrunk down to their size and becomes embroiled in an ongoing battle of gigantic proportions to save the mystical lush kingdom.
“Epic” will open May 24 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Check the trailer in 20thCenturyFoxPh Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrkzZE_BmI4&list=UU-JrjBL_iZAn5wjEsw9nRYA&index=1

My Review: Oz The Great and Powerful

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How can you define a wizard? Traditional wizard can have magical power and made some magical spells. How about Oscar, can you consider him as a wizard? In this movie Oz The Great and Powerful, you can see how the fake wizard womanizer (Oscar) become great and powerful wizard in the land of Oz. But this is not the wonderful wizard of Oz we all know. Director Sam Raimi follows up his epic Spider-man trilogy with a trip down the yellow brick road with “Oz the Great and Powerful,” and while children may revel in the eye-candy of this famous magical land, everyone else may want to click their shoes and say, “there’s no place like home.” “Oz” suffers from a gluttonous use of CGI and an incredibly weak story, but the biggest problem is James Franco as the titular character.

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His version is a prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” in which a shallow, selfish magician named Oscar (James Franco) travels from Kansas to the Emerald City, where he is stunned to find himself greeted as a saviour. Oz is a land largely run by women, but unlike the ones in Baum’s books (or Fleming’s movie), these ladies are wide-eyed weaklings desperately waiting for the Wizard to solve all their problems. The Wicked Witch of the West (Mila Kunis) is a love-crazy airhead defined entirely by her relationship with Oscar. One can only imagine what Margaret Hamilton, who created such an unforgettable villain in the first film, would think of this comedown. Though, also a commanding witch, her sister, Evanora (Rachel Weisz), is helpless in the face of Oscar’s tricks. Even Glinda (Michelle Williams) spends more time boosting Oscar’s ego than trying to save her own people.

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As for the cluttered, ultra-expensive visuals, they are designed to recall the 1939 original. And they do. The up stakes is, mostly in the sense that they will make you nostalgic for actual cinematic magic. The timeless cultural touchstones we all recognize — a poppy field, a gingham dress, the Yellow Brick Road — feel trotted out as soulless representations of commerce, a way to exploit our memories. It’s baffling that Raimi, who so deftly revived “Spider-Man,” has flattened his potentially thrilling family film with such a cynical approach. This Raimi version of the Oz has very colourful settings which made it fantastic. When you are watching, you feel like you are in the fantasy island relaxing and in a while, you forget your problems because of laughing in every scene. James Franco in other hand, he is the actor that emphasized the character of equilibrium. Let say half evil and half angel. Lol… he can use others but at the same time he has the heart to help.

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Your focus can captivate also by the sidekick of Oscar named Finley (Zack Braff) a little monkey soldier that have wings. Finley is excellent as most of his scene captures the attention of the viewer. I can say that, Oscar might not in the good role without Finley. Let’s say in this way, Finley delivers powerful role that sustain the mighty identity of Oscar. Without Finley, it’s kinda boring on the side of Oscar. Well, I can give two thumbs up with real laugh on this movie. It was entertaining for family and friends. This General Patronage, you can bring the whole family in watching Oz The Great and Powerful. I assure you that you can be in love and laugh from the start till the end. Fun Fun Fun…

RYAN REYNOLDS VOICES ANIMATED CHARACTERS IN “THE CROODS” and “TURBO”

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Ryan Reynolds lends his voice in the animated 3D movies “The Croods” and “Turbo” coming out this year from Dreamworks Animation wherein both his roles set in motion the greatest changes in the midst of momentous journeys captured in groundbreaking 3D images.

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Starring Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman, “The Croods”  is a comedy adventure that takes us back to a previously undiscovered era in the history of our planet known as the Croodaceous, when nature was still a work-in-progress… full of never-before- seen creatures and landscapes. Reynolds voices Guy who comes across the Croods family whose patriarch named Grug (Cage) along with his wife Ugga (Keener), daughter Eep (Stone) and the rest of the brood when the earth’s core started to move them around out of safety and into a new world.

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In “Turbo,”  Reynolds is the voice of a garden snail named Theo aka Turbo who dreams of becoming the fastest racer in the world.  An idea not really welcomed by his slow moving community.  But when a freak accident gives him the boost to rev up faster than the rest, then Theo now known as Turbo embarks on the most thrilling adventure of a lifetime as he sets his sights on the fast track.  “Turbo” also features the voices of Paul Giamatti, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz and Samuel L. Jackson.

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In 3D screens nationwide, “The Croods” opens March 22 and “Turbo” opens July 19 from Dreamworks Animation and 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX ANIMATION ANNOUNCES “RIO 2” CASTING

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Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg and the rest of the original gang are back in “Rio 2” for the follow-up of the 2011 animated hit “Rio” along with a flock of top actors and musical talents new to the franchise, as announced by Vanessa Morrison, president of 20th Century Fox Animation.

The film is now in production at Blue Sky Studios. Twentieth Century Fox’s international rollout begins March 20, 2014, followed by its domestic release on April 11, 2014 (April 10 in Phils.).

Returning to RIO 2, a world rich with grandeur, character, color and music are Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, JemaineClement, will.i.am, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann,Rodrigo Santoro, Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto, Jake T. Austin, and Jamie Foxx.

Carlos Saldanha, who was inspired to create RIO based upon his experiences growing up in that city, is back as director, as are producers John C. Donkin and Bruce Anderson.

In “Rio 2” we find Blu, Jewel and their three kids living the perfect domesticated life in that magical city.  When Jewel decides the kids need to learn to live like real birds, she insists the family venture into the Amazon.  As Blu tries to fit in with his new neighbors, he worries he may lose Jewel and the kids to the call of the wild.

Joining the RIO 2 team are Oscar® nominee Andy Garcia,Grammy® winner Bruno Mars, Emmy®/Tony® winner Kristin Chenoweth, Oscar®/Emmy®/Tony®/Grammy® winner Rita Moreno, “The Hunger Games'” Amandla Stenberg, singer/actress Rachel Crow, “Looper’s” Pierce Gagnon, and “Today” news anchor Natalie Morales.

Brazilian music legend and RIO executive music producer, Sergio Mendes returns along with composer John Powell. RIO 2 will feature new Brazilian artists and original music by Janelle Monáe and The Wondaland Arts Society, who also voices a role in the film. Soundtrack will be released on Atlantic Records.

Released worldwide in April 2011, RIO’s global box office tally is $486 million.  It also was a huge hit on DVD and Blu-ray disc.

One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, 20th Century Fox Film produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world.  These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of 20th Century Fox Film:  Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox International Productions, and Twentieth Century Fox Animation.