JAY BARUCHEL LENDS VOICE TO HICCUP ONE LAST TIME IN “HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD”

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Jay Baruchel, who voices Hiccup in the beloved How to Train Your Dragon series, is feeling nostalgic.

“I’ve played this character through hundreds of hours and over 10 years,” says Baruchel about voicing the young Viking Hiccup in the How to Train Your Dragon film trilogy and TV series. “Most people work their whole lives and are never lucky enough to be part of something that’s half as impactful as any of these movies — let alone all of them. It’s a pretty special thing.”

In How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the final film in the trilogy, Hiccup, now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid (America Ferrera), Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. But when the sudden appearance of Light Fury — a stunning and shimmering all-white dragon who exists on pure instinct — coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destinies are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together — to the very ends of the Earth — to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.

(Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/68Ok0pgqDn8) 

“People adore these films, take possession of them and use them as a means of identifying themselves — everything from cosplay and fan fiction to artwork and tattoos,” says Baruchel, whose vast credits include blockbusters Knocked Up and Tropic Thunder, Oscar®-winning Million Dollar Baby, and most recently, the critically acclaimed TV series Man Seeking Woman. “Our fans treat our movies and TV shows as an actual universe unto themselves. They feel a part of this world. It is every artist’s dream to create something that means what these movies and TV shows mean to our fans. That’s something I could never have anticipated, and it is not lost on me. I’m very proud that we have consistently embraced and hammered home a message for square pegs everywhere: Just because life has been a certain way doesn’t mean that’s how it has to be; just because you aren’t like everyone else doesn’t mean you don’t have something to offer.”

As he says goodbye to the franchise that has been so instrumental in his career, Baruchel identifies with his character’s sense of loss and hope in this final chapter of his story. “Hiccup sees the writing on the wall that Toothless is in love and that’s something for Hiccup to have to contend with,” the actor says. “It will play into that crisis that Hiccup must ask himself: ‘Is everything I do for Toothless for his benefit or for mine?’ If it’s for Toothless’, then that means he has to back off. That’s difficult for them because of their profound connection — one that started with Hiccup trying to kill Toothless, failing at that, then saving and nursing him. It’s hard to let go of the reins. Whatever was good in Hiccup was made better by dragons.”

Fortunately for Hiccup, he’s not alone. As he begins to champion his late father Stoick the Vast’s (Gerard Butler) mantle, the boy who once rejected all his father represented now understands more of what shaped the former ruler of Berk… and the leader he must now become. “Hiccup is forced into making big, tough decisions with the future of Berk on the line,” says Baruchel. “I don’t know that he could do that without hearing his father’s voice or feeling his father’s spirit. So he has these lovely dreams, flashbacks where his father bestows bits of wisdom that will help steer Hiccup on the right course. Even if his father is not with him anymore, he’s still around in a big way. All of Hiccup’s life he has been contending with his father’s legacy. This is the part of the story where he embraces it.”

In Philippine cinemas February 20, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/.

A WORLD WITHOUT BEATLES SONGS IN “YESTERDAY” TRAILER

Yesterday

Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles.  Today, only Jack remembers their songs. And he’s about to become a very big deal. Watch the brand new trailer for Universal Pictures’ new comedy Yesterday from the Oscar-winning director of Slumdog Millionaire.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/S8FmtPKv1cY

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From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and Richard Curtis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter ofFour Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Notting Hill, comes a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life.

Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, BBC’s Eastenders) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed … and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, and with a little help from his steel-hearted American agent, Debra (Emmy winner Kate McKinnon), Jack’s fame explodes. But as his star rises, he risks losing Ellie — the one person who always believed in him. With the door between his old life and his new closing, Jack will need to get back to where he once belonged and prove that all you need is love.

Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Steve Jobs) joins celebrated screenwriter Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill) for the new comedy Yesterday from Working Title starring Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Baby Driver), Himesh Patel (BBC’s EastEnders, Damned) and Kate McKinnon (TV’s Saturday Night Live).

In Philippine cinemas June 26, Yesterday is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph  and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/  

NEW SPOOKY POSTERS UP FOR “US,” “PET SEMATARY”

Pet Sematary

Two of the year’s most highly anticipated horror thrillers have launched their brand new posters: Universal Pictures’ Us, the new nightmare from the mind of Academy Award Winner Jordan Peele, (Get Out); and Paramount Picures’ Pet Sematary, based on Stephen King’s terrifying novel. 

Check out the one-sheet artworks below and watch Us in Philippine cinemas March 20, and Pet Sematary on April 03.

Us and Pet Sematary are distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/ ; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph  and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/. Use the hashtags#UsMovie and #PetSematary.   

About Us

After sending shockwaves across contemporary culture and setting a new standard for provocative, socially-conscious horror films with his directorial debut, Get Out, Academy Award®-winning visionary Jordan Peele returns with another original nightmare that he has written, directed and produced.

Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, from Monkeypaw Productions, stars Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Black Panther’s Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway.

Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family.

After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.

Writer and director Peele produces for his Monkeypaw Productions alongside Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, and Monkeypaw’s Ian Cooper.

TERRIFYING SECRETS HOLD THE KEY IN “ESCAPE ROOM”

Escape Room

This February, you’re invited to play for your life!  From the producers of the Fast & Furious series comes Columbia Pictures’ Escape Room, a psychological thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to find the clues or die.

You find yourself in a room – no windows, only one door, and it’s locked.  The madman who’s locked you in has set up a series of fiendishly clever and difficult puzzles that, when solved in the correct order, will lead to the key and your salvation.  And to add to the difficulty, he’s set a ticking clock, with one hour to complete the puzzles and escape… or face the consequences.

What sounds like a horror movie is one of the fastest-growing entertainments in the world: the escape room phenomenon.  Armed with only your wits – and the variety of strengths of the people in the room with you – players have been cracking codes, deciphering enigmas, and unlocking hidden caches as quickly as they can.  Each room has a secret plot, with players piecing it together as a fun, team-building experience. Since the dawn of the concept in 2010, escape rooms have popped up all over the world at an amazing rate by satisfying human nature’s hunger for fun and escape from reality.

When producer Ori Marmur tried out an escape room with his family, he saw the potential for a film – and because audiences worldwide have embraced the concept, it could be a film whose themes had global appeal.  “I thought it was very immersive and incredibly fun, sort of a living boardgame,” he says.  The project seemed to be a natural fit with a classic locked-room mystery setup, and with producer Neal H. Moritz, he began to shepherd the project.  Quickly, they hit on a way to raise the stakes, making the ultimate escape room: one that is not only hyper slick and incredibly dangerous – when the clock runs out, it means death.

“You have to be using your brains when you’re in these rooms because the people who created the rooms want us to die one by one,” says actor Jay Ellis.  “You’re constantly trying to figure out what’s wrong, where you can or can’t step, and what’s actually the way out – versus what could be just a distraction.”

According to Marmur, the filmmakers saw a way to make a film that played with the conventions of the genre – to make a film that played out as much as a psychological thriller as a horror film.  “It was an opportunity to do something fun.  This is a genre where everything usually happens at night and the visuals aren’t always compelling – it leaves a lot to your imagination,” he says.  “We went the other way; the movie has incredible sets with arresting visuals and an experience of the story that is very much like experiencing an escape room in real life.  The audience can feel like they are inside of the movie and figure out the puzzles and the riddles with our actors.”

Columbia Pictures presents an Original Film production, Escape Room.  Starring Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Nik Dodani, with Yorick van Wageningen.  Directed by Adam Robitel (Insidious: The Last Key).  Produced by Neal H. Moritz (The Fast and the Furious franchise) and Ori Marmur.  Screenplay by Bragi Schut and Maria Melnik.  Story by Bragi Schut.  

Trailer at YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZhZFiMFH4Yc 

In Philippine cinemas February 27, Escape Room is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  Use the hashtag#EscapeRoomMovie

AFTER “TO ALL THE BOYS,” BROUSSARD STEPS INTO ANOTHER LOVE TRIANGLE IN “HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U”

Happy Death Day 2U

Hot-off the smash success of Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before where he played the boy-next-door Josh, Israel Broussard now reprises the role of Carter in Universal Pictures’ new suspense thriller Happy Death Day 2U, the sequel to the 2017 acclaimed box-office hit Happy Death Day.  

(Trailer at YouTube: https://youtu.be/IeXqWDFJZiw)

In the film, no sooner has Tree (Jessica Rothe) said goodbye to the endless loop and begun a promising new relationship with Carter (Broussard) than she realizes that solving the puzzle of her bizarre murder has had unintended consequences—on a scale that will send shockwaves through the multiverse.

The moral compass in Tree’s life—and the one ally she can constantly depend upon to do what’s right—is Carter, played again by Israel Broussard. Once more, Broussard brings to Carter an honesty and charm that makes audiences understand why Tree couldn’t help but fall for him.

The performer shares which elements of the series brought him back for the new chapter, and it boils down to the guessing game that writer-director Christopher Landon has created. “In the first movie, Tree and Carter were trying to figure out who the killer was, and there were a lot of jump scares,” says Broussard. “You still have those elements in this film, but it’s heightened with ‘Wait! We thought this was the killer, and it’s not.’ The mystery’s back, but once you add all the other dimensions, now we’ve got a whole booklet of possible murder suspects.”

Broussard particularly appreciated how Landon gave his character and our heroine another obstacle to climb in the sequel. “Tree went through hell and woke up right back in it,” he says. “They are in an inter-dimensional love triangle, one where Tree wakes up in this other dimension—where Danielle and Carter are a thing. Still, Carter has this undeniable attraction to Tree. He’s dancing around being respectful toward Danielle, but still acting out of his heart. He’s having this internal fight and dialogue of ‘What am I going to do with Tree?’”

In Philippine cinemas February 13, Happy Death Day 2U is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph  and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/  

About Israel Broussard

Israel Broussard (Carter) began acting after playing the role of Percy in Biloxi Little Theater’s production of The Miracle Worker in 2006. In 2010, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting as a career. Broussard had supporting roles in Flipped (2010) and The Chaperone (2011), before being cast in the lead role in Sofia Coppola’s crime film The Bling Ring (2013). He followed this with roles in Perfect High (2015), H8RZ (2015), Jack of the Red Hearts (2015), Good Kids (2016), Happy Death Day (2017), Netflix’s Extinction (2018) and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018).