NICOLE KIDMAN IN THE SEXY THRILLER “STOKER”

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From a script penned by Wentworth Miller and directed by acclaimed Korean filmmaker Park Chan-Wook comes “Stoker,” a sexy and dark thriller starring Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode and Mia Wasikowska.

The first English-language feature of director Park, “Stoker” introduces India Stoker (Wasikowska) when she loses her beloved father and best friend Richard (Dermot Mulroney) ) in a tragic auto accident on her 18th birthday, her quiet life on the family’s secluded estate is suddenly shattered.  Exquisitely sensitive, India’s exhibits an impassive demeanor which masks the deep feelings and heightened senses that only her father understood.

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India finds herself drawn to her father’s long-lost brother, Charlie (Matthew Goode), who unexpectedly arrives for the funeral and decides to stay on with her and her emotionally unstable mother, Evie (Nicole Kidman). While India initially mistrusts her charming but mysterious uncle, he fascinates her as well, and she begins to realize how much they have in common.

As Charlie reveals himself to her little by little, India becomes increasingly infatuated with her charismatic relative and comes to realize that his arrival is no coincidence. With her uncle to guide her, she is about to fulfill her unusual destiny.

Academy Award® winner Nicole Kidman plays Evie, India’s fragile, affection-starved mother. “I never expected that I would have the good fortune to be working with an actor of Nicole’s caliber on my first English language film,” says Park. “But this dream-like situation became a reality. Her presence had a synergizing effect and I was able to expand the role of Evie and shape a character that comes across as almost a fairytale stepmother. But in fact, she is the character in the film with the most humanity.”

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A glance at Kidman’s extensive resume reveals that she has a long history of signing on to ambitious projects helmed by auteur directors, from Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!) and Gus Van Sant (To Die For) to John Cameron Mitchell (Rabbit Hole). “I thought the combination of Director Park with this material was really exciting,” she says. “He is a filmmaker who is particularly revered amongst other filmmakers. I love supporting artists who have a unique way of expressing themselves and are willing to take chances. I certainly have done many mainstream movies, but to be able support filmmakers who embrace a different way of looking at the world is my greatest joy as an actor.”

Although Park used a translator to communicate with the actors on set, he felt that Kidman instinctively understood what he needed from her. “Nicole can modulate the tone and quality of her performance at will,” the director says. “I would say only a few key words and she would readily adjust her performance. She is an actor who truly showed me what being a pro is all about.”

STOKER’s eerie elegance and complex relationships made the film an irresistible proposition for the actress. “There’s nothing generic about it,” Kidman says. “It’s got an unusual cadence to the dialogue. The pacing is not typical. When I read the script, I was unsure of what was going to happen next, which I liked.”

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The desperate, needy Evie was a character Kidman felt she hadn’t played before. “We start the film with her husband’s funeral,” she says. “It’s obvious the mother-daughter relationship is already fraught with resentment and anger. She’s in a very raw state when we meet her, and Charlie fills the void.

“Matthew is compellingly attractive as Charlie,” she adds. “That’s really such a good thing for Uncle Charlie to be. You believe that Evie would desire him and want his attention. He’s the first person for a long time to give her attention. And then Matthew, of course, has such talent. I expect to see him become a huge star.”

“Stoker” will open in cinemas on March 1 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Check out “Stoker’s” video on making its international teaser poster here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZK0hQEyXtc&list=PLcZs6n5iZPx8Os-FsifOZ6C8ixCdTMVIc

FOX SPORTSTO SHOWCASEHIGHLY ANTICIPATED NFL SUPER BOWL XLVII IN THE PHILIPPINES

NFL fans to enjoy highly anticipated finale of the 2013 American Football season between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens

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FOX International Channels (FIC) Asia, News Corporation’s international multi-media businessand Asia’s leading pay-TV network, announced today that FOX SPORTS will be showcasing the LIVE broadcast of the highly anticipated 2013 National Football League (NFL) Super Bowl XLVII on Monday, February 4 at 7.30am (HKT), featuring the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.

The 2013 Super Bowl XLVII will be held in New Orleans and features the newly-crowned AFC Champions Baltimore Ravens, who survived a tough playoff season against formidable conference rivals, such as Peyton Manning’s tough Denver Broncos and ending Tom Brady’s quest for his fourth Super Bowl by beating the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

The NFC Champions San Francisco 49ersalso had an inspiring run to this year’s Super Bowl by beating 2010 Champions Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Playoffs followed by the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game. History appears to be in their favour as the San Francisco 49ers are the only team never to have lost in the Super Bowl with a 5-0 winning record.

Super Bowl XLVII

The 2013 Super Bowl also features several intriguing tales that go beyond the tape, such as two brothers who will coach opposing teams on America’s biggest sports stage in Jim and John Harbaugh. The Harbaugh brothers will become the first siblings in history to coach against each other at the Super Bowl when Jim’s San Francisco 49ers goes up against John’s Baltimore Ravens on Monday morning.

Another story-line includes the inspirational 37-year-old leader Ray Lewis, who recently announced that he will be playing his last game as a Baltimore Raven after the Super Bowl. Lewis is the last player remaining from the Ravens’ inaugural season, earning himself 13 Pro Bowl appearances and the honour of being the first defensive linebacker to win the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award, and will be looking to make his very last season count and finish his career on a high next Monday.

About FOX International Channels

FOX International Channels (FIC) is News Corporation’s international multi-media business. We develop, produce and distribute 350 wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, factual, sports and movie channels across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, in 37 languages. These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high-definition extensions reach over 1.1 billion households worldwide. We also operate a global online advertising unit .FOX (“dot-fox”) specialized in online video and display, and four TV production houses.

 

In Asia, FIC operates or distributes 33 channel brands, including the FOX, STAR and National Geographic brands, with over 100 feeds across 14 markets, As the leading pay-TV network in the region, FIC reaches more than 550 million cumulative subscribers across Asia Pacific and the Middle East with offices in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Australia, New Zealand and the UAE.  For more information, please visitwww.foxinternationalchannels.com.

AUSSIE ACTOR JAI COURTNEY DOUBLES THE ACTION AND THRILL IN “A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD”

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“A Good Day To Die Hard” sets up Bruce Willis to reconnect with his long estranged son Jack played by Jai Courtney where he finally tracks him down in Moscow involved in an undercover assignment to pin down the masterminds of a potentially disastrous crime.

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Willis’ John McClane arrives in Moscow and learns that Jack, far from being a criminal, is a CIA operative, three years into an undercover mission to protect a Russian thief-turned-whistleblower, Komarov (Sebastian Koch).  Having grown a conscience, Komarov is determined to testify against a former partner and thwart his ambitions for higher political office.

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The role of Jack McClane went to young Australian actor Jai Courtney, who co-starred in the 2010 season of the series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” and as Tom Cruise’s fearsome adversary in “Jack Reacher.”  “I auditioned a couple of times for the role of Jack McClane, and of course wasn’t expecting anything to come of it,” Jai recalls, “because I knew they were casting a really wide net. I had just wrapped Jack Reacher in Pittsburgh, and was homebound to Sydney. Literally, I was walking down the jet way to my connecting flight at LAX when my agent called and said, don’t leave – they want you to read with Bruce! I did a test with him a week later, and some time afterwards got the good news. It’s been a fantastic experience. Bruce is one of those guys I grew up watching on screen and the Die Hard franchise is so iconic.”

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Adds Willis:  “Jai got the character and he just seemed like family – like a McClane.”  And director John Moore notes that, “Jai brings an intelligence and suaveness to the character.  But he’s also a much more physical presence than we initially envisaged for Jack.   But once Jai auditioned, we said, let’s go with the big guy because he’s right for the role.”

Jai Courtney GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

As the son of New York’s most famous cop, Courtney’s Jack proves that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  He displays his father’s sense of duty, courage and willingness to place his life in danger to protect others.   “Jack has been living as a Russian, speaking the language, and infiltrating different groups to try to get to the bottom of the disastrous heist,” says Courtney. “He’s shocked when his dad arrives at a crucial moment and blows his cover. He doesn’t want his help; in fact he wants nothing to do with him. Jack is determined to prove he can do this on his own terms and that he’s his own man.”

A Jai Courtney GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

Under a hail of gunfire, the McClanes manage a desperate escape, and must regroup to figure out how to get to rescue Komarov, who is now in the hands of the group Jack is after.  Jack McClane is out of answers, and must turn to John for help.  Says Jai Courtney: “Jack takes a methodical approach to his work, probably out of a backlash to his father’s knack for winging it and hoping for the best.  But he’s now in a situation where there’s no book to guide him, he has no answers and is at the breaking point. His dad’s instincts are to never quit, regardless of the cost, and in this terrible situation Jack sees that very clearly – maybe for the first time. It gives Jack deeper insight and respect for John’s values. It’s a turning point.”

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“This is a father-son story in which they are trying to complete a dangerous mission while also attempting to mend a fractured relationship,” says Wyck Godfrey. “Jack’s first reaction is, Get out of here, dad, I don’t need your help. But what he really wants is to hear his father say, you’re doing great, son, I’m proud of you. And that’s the beauty of this story. We’re playing out a relationship drama in the midst of a thrilling Die Hard story.” Adds executive producer Jason Keller: “John and Jack find themselves off the grid, in deep trouble, with no help. Jack doesn’t know what to do, and his father pulls him back and says that we can do this. And the key moment in the film happens when Jack chooses to swallow his pride and accept John’s help. Now you have two McClanes working together, which is more than our bad guys ever bargained for.”

Willis Courtney Koch in A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

“A Good Day To Die Hard” opens February 13 in cinemas nationwide – also available in 2D digital and 2D Imax format from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Watch Jai Courtney introduce himself and his character as he invites all to watch his starring debut in “A Good Day to Die Hard” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZDeUwa6BV4&list=UU-JrjBL_iZAn5wjEsw9nRYA&index=2

Flight : Gives Denzel Washington Double Best Actor Nominations

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Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) wakes before it’s time to take off on a new flight, after an evening of drinking and sex with one of his plane’s stewardesses, Katerina Marquez (Nadine Velazquez). Still trying to rouse himself from his hangover, his phone rings, and he answers a call from his ex-wife Deana (Garcelle Beauvais). Deana wants to discuss putting their son through a private school, but Whip doesn’t want to discuss it at the moment, claiming he’ll talk to her about it when he gets back to Atlanta.

While Katerina quickly heads off to the airport to prepare, Whip is unable to collect himself until he snorts a line of cocaine. This wakes him up, and he is next headed to the airport, where rain pounds the building and the airplanes. Whip does a quick inspection of the airplane, then enters into the airplane, speaking with a flight attendant named Margaret (Tamara Tunie), and meeting his co-pilot Ken Evans (Brian Geraghty).

Ken seems a little apprehensive of Whip (who is wearing sunglasses), but goes along with his story that he’s alright to fly. The plane takes off through rain, and Whip pushes it higher and faster, attempting to find a break in the clouds, causing the ride to seem downright turbulent. However, once Whip finds a break in the storm, the plane stabilizes, and the passengers applaud.

Shortly after this, Whip addresses the passengers personally, while secretly pouring some mini-vodka bottles into a bottle of orange juice. After disposing of the bottles, Whip returns to the cockpit, and naps while Ken takes over.

A sudden jolt stirs Whip, before the plane suddenly pitches into an uncontrolled dive. Steering mechanisms don’t respond, and numerous houses can be seen out the window. Staying relatively calm, Whip has the plane’s fuel ditched, before proposing a crazy maneuver: roll the airplane! With Ken and Margaret’s help, Whip inverts the plane upside down, leveling it out, before rolling it to crash-land on its belly in a field near a small church. The impact slams Whip’s head against the steering mechanism, knocking him out.

Whip awakens in an Atlanta hospital with minor injuries. He is greeted by his old friend Charlie Anderson (Bruce Greenwood), who now represents the airline’s pilots union. He tells Whip his heroism saved 96 of 102 people on board. An NTSB official informs him Katerina was among those killed, and that Evans has been put into a coma.

When he meets Charlie and attorney Hugh Lang (Don Cheadle), they explain that the NTSB performed a toxicology screen while he was unconscious in the hospital that revealed he was intoxicated, which could result in Whip going to prison on both drug and manslaughter charges. Lang promises to get the toxicology report ruled inadmissible on technical grounds, but Whip leaves in a fury and takes refuge in his father’s farm.

Watch how this action-drama unfolds and climaxes on a down-to-earth airline pilot hailed nationwide in America as a hero for saving the lives of almost everyone on his flight under the able  ‘navigation’ of Director Robert Zemeckis of Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and other great film credits’ fame.
Director Robert Zemeckis returns to pure live-action filmmaking with Flight, which also marks the first non-action/thriller to star two-time Oscar-winner Denzel Washington since he directed himself in the 2007 inspirational true-story drama The Great Debaters. As much excitement as there is among cinephiles to see both the director and actor getting back to their roots, so to speak.

Flight is a 2012 American drama film directed and co-produced by Robert Zemeckis starring Denzel Washington, with Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, Bruce Greenwood, Kelly Reilly, and John Goodman. The film is distributed by United International Pictures thru Solar Entertainment Corporation.  Coming soon this February at your favorite theaters and cinemas..

DREAMWORKS’ “TURBO” ZOOMING IN

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Dreamworks is set to change the pace in racing when it finally releases “Turbo” in theaters worldwide on July 19 starring the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz and Samuel L. Jackson.

TURBO first look

In “Turbo,” a snail named Theo (voiced by Reynolds) dreams of being the greatest racer in the world making him an oddity in the slow and cautious community he belongs. An impossible dream of an ordinary snail comes true when luck struck him with an incredible speed one fateful day.  With his dream suddenly within reach, Theo aka Turbo embarks on a journey after being transported to a rundown strip mall where visitors bet on races featuring snails and meets a ragtag of street-smart snails headed by Whiplash (Samuel L. Jackson), Smoove Move (Snoop Dogg), Burn (Maya Rudolph) and Skidmark (Ben Schwartz).

TURBO first look

Based on his own original concept, filmmaker David Soren mentioned in an interview with Susan Wloszczyna of USATODAY.Com that “Turbo” was hatched by combining the fascination of his son with race cars and an ongoing infestation of snails on their suburban lawn.  “It came purely out of wanting to do an underdog story and combining elements in my life, taking one of the slowest creatures on earth and having him dream of mind-melting speed.”

TURBO first look

“Ryan Reynolds’ infectious enthusiasm and humor will bring life to the lead role of Turbo and set the tone for this amazing roster of all-star voice talent,” said DreamWorks Animation Chief Creative Officer Bill Damaschke. “This high-octane journey will take audiences on the race of their lives and completely re-define the traditional notion of moving at a snail’s pace!”

TURBO first look

 

TURBO first look

 

TURBO first look