‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ breaks new ground in cinema experience

TriStar Pictures presents “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” the groundbreaking, cinematic event from three-time Oscar®-winning director Ang Lee.

With Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Ang Lee redefines what is possible in filmmaking and storytelling with the goal of further engaging the audience in an advanced cinematic experience. Joined by two-time Oscar®-winning cinematographer John Toll, Lee employs state-of-the-art cameras to shoot in native 3D, high resolution and a history-making frame rate that seemed impossible until now. He creates a new way for audiences to experience drama, presenting the heightened sensations that young soldiers feel on the battlefield and the home front.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, based on the acclaimed bestselling novel by Ben Fountain, is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad – contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions.

“Since Life of Pi, I discovered that in making a 3D movie [we need to be] adding not only dimension, but a higher resolution that comes along with a much higher frame rate than we are used to having. The whole experience is not just about extravaganza, not just about action—but actually about drama as well. The way we look at things, the way we want the audience to engage in a movie I think is more personal. It’s much more grand. I think the future is really exciting.”

In his first major motion picture, Joe Alwyn plays Billy Lynn. Also starring are Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Makenzie Leigh, with Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin.

Produced by Marc Platt, Ang Lee, Rhodri Thomas, and Stephen Cornwell, and executive produced by Brian Bell, Jeff Robinov, Guo Guangchang, and Ben Waisbren. Jean-Christophe Castelli wrote the screenplay, based on the novel by Ben Fountain. Director of Photography is John Toll, ASC. Production designer is Mark Friedberg. Editor is Tim Squyres, ACE. Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna did the music for the film. Costume designer is Joseph G. Aulisi. The running time is 1 hour and 52 minutes.

Opening across the Philippines on November 9, 2016, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Upcoming actor hunts down Tom Cruise in ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’

Fast-rising actor Patrick Heusinger (TV’s Casual, Girlfriends Guide to Divorce) stars as the fearsome villain in stars opposite Tom Cruise and Cobie Smulders in Paramount Pictures’ new action-packed thriller “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.”

The film is based upon author Lee Child’s 18th novel in the best-selling Jack Reacher series that has seen 100 million books sold worldwide. In the film, years after resigning command of an elite military police unit, the nomadic, righter-of-wrongs Reacher (Cruise) is drawn back into the life he left behind when his friend and successor, Major Susan Turner (Smulders) is framed for espionage. Reacher will stop at nothing to prove her innocence and to expose the real perpetrators behind the killings of his former soldiers.

After escaping police custody, Reacher and Turner are doggedly pursued by the mysterious and nameless heavy known only as The Hunter, played by Patrick Heusinger.

“We wanted someone as tough and scary as Reacher,” screenwriter Marshall Herskovitz explains. “I love seeing Reacher take down four guys, but here’s a character who is just as unstoppable. It’s fun to play with the audience’s expectations about how these fights will end up.”

“Patrick is a great looking guy, who’s physically capable of mixing it up with Tom,” director Ed Zwick explains. “He’s also a classically trained actor, which is great when an actor brings that to a villain role.”

Zwick continues, “The Hunter has a really similar skill set to Reacher, but he’s a little younger, so that creates an interesting dynamic. Instead of being driven by a sense of justice, The Hunter has a sick fascination with eliminating his competition. He wants to prove himself by taking down the legendary Jack Reacher.”

Heusinger recalls his first days on set. “The second I arrived, Tom made sure anything that I needed was available, training of any kind, be it physical, dietary, weapons or driving. He’s a living, breathing action movie library.”

Patrick Heusinger is a graduate of Juilliard, and known in film for his roles in Frances Ha and Sweet Land, winner of the Audience Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival and Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Other feature credits include Tie a Yellow Ribbon, The Nanny Diaries and the award-winning short, Willowbrook.

In television, Heusinger last co-starred on Jason Reitman’s Casual for Hulu and on Marti Noxon’s series, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, Bravo’s first scripted series.

Award-winning film ‘Sakaling Hindi Makarating’ to have nationwide release in February

Audience-favorite and acclaimed Filipino indie film “Sakaling Hindi Makarating” will have a nationwide release in February 2017. An exact date is yet to be announced.

“Sakaling Hindi Makarating” (In Case They Don’t Arrive) tells the story of a young woman named Cielo (Alessandra De Rossi) who is devastated when her boyfriend of 11 years breaks off their engagement two months before their wedding. After receiving a series of hand-illustrated postcards, she takes on a journey across the Philippines to look for the anonymous writer.

Hailed by critics as one of the best local films of recent years, “Sakaling Hindi Makarating” bagged a total of seven awards at this year’s CineFilipino Film Festival where it was an official full-length feature finalist:

  • 2nd Best Picture,
  • Best Actor for Pepe Herrera,
  • Best Director for Ice Idanan,
  • Best Cinematography for Ice Idanan,
  • Best Musical Score for Mon Espia,
  • Best Sound for Raffy Magsaysay, and
  • Best Editing for Hannah Espia.

“I’m just excited to share the story with the rest of the Philippines,” director Ice Idanan told Cinema Bravo. “And I’m thankful that Unitel Productions is very supportive with this distribution. Sana magustuhan ng mga Pilipino yung film. [I hope Filipinos get to like the film.]”

“Initially, we make films because it’s our passion. This is what we love to do. But once we’ve made the film, all we want is for more people to be able to see it,” added Melai Entuna, one of the producers. “We are excited to share with you the story that we have always wanted to tell. We never gave up no matter how difficult it was making this film so we really hope you believe that this is also worth watching.”

The film is written by Idanan and Petersen Vargas (writer-director of Cinemalaya winner “Lisyun Qng Geografia”), and produced by Entuna, Patrick Ostrea, Anina Rubio, and Idanan.

WATCH: Psychological thriller ‘A Cure for Wellness’ launches trailer

20th Century Fox and New Regency give us a peek into the intriguing premise of the upcoming psychological thriller “A Cure for Wellness” with its recent trailer reveal below.

“A Cure for Wellness” is directed by Oscar winner Gore Verbinski (“Rango”) and stars an impressive cast that includes Jason Isaacs “(Harry Potter,” “Fury”), Dane DeHaan (“Amigo,” “Chronicle,” “The Amazing Spiderman 2”), Mia Goth (“Nymphomaniac Vol. 2”) and Adrian Schiller (“The Danish Girl”). The movie takes the audience to a “wellness spa” in a picturesque remote location in the Swiss Alps. The facility promises a cure for what ails modern society, but all is not as it seems, as an ambitious young executive (played by DeHaan) uncovers its terrifying secrets and fights to save his life – and sanity.

An intense, edge-of-your-seat thriller, “A Cure for Wellness” opens in Philippine cinemas February 15, 2017 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

WATCH: Latest trailer for ‘Assassin’s Creed’ unveiled

The latest brand new trailer of “Assassin’s Creed” starring Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender reveals a much more dangerous world as it puts the audience in the middle of an ancient war between two age old factions – the Assassins, who fight to protect free will among the populace, and the Templars, who aspire to impose a New World Order.

Throughout history, these two groups have been fighting for the fate of humanity. In the present, the Templars are close to realizing their dream of dominion by using ancient artifacts (created by an extremely evolved First Civilization) known collectively as Pieces of Eden. Among other things, these artifacts have the power to optimize the human mind.

Based on the highly-successful and popular Ubisoft video game series, “Assassin’s Creed” sees Fassbender plays dual roles as Callum Lynch, a Death Row convict spared execution by the Templars, as well as his 15th Century ancestor, Aguilar de Nehra, a Master Assassin who fought the Spanish Inquisition in his quest to keep a sacred artifact out of Templar hands. Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

“Assassin’s Creed” also stars Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “La Vie en Rose”), Jeremy Irons (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”), Brendan Gleeson (“Harry Potter” movies) and is directed by Justin Kurzel (“Macbeth”).

“Assassin’s Creed” opens in Philippine cinemas nationwide on January 8, 2017 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

New poster, trailer for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ revealed

Your favorite intergalactic misfits line up for a fresh look at Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” with the unveiling of a teaser trailer which may be viewed below.

From director and screenwriter James Gunn himself: “So the first Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer will be coming in not too long, but we know how thirsty you guys are for a glimpse – so we put together this special sneak peak at #GotGVol2 for you.”

The gang’s back together in a new poster as well, with Yondu and Nebula joining Quill, Gamora, and Drax, offering a tease of the mischief and mayhem our heroes have in store for us next year.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is written and directed by James Gunn. The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana as Gamora; Dave Bautista as Drax; Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket; Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot; Michael Rooker as Yondu; Karen Gillan as Nebula; and Sean Gunn as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan and Kurt Russell.

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Opening across the Philippine on April 26, 2017, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is distributed in the Philippines by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

WINNERS: QCinema International Film Festival 2016

Here is the full list of winners at the awards night of QCinema International Film Festival 2016:

Best Film: Women of the Weeping River

NETPAC Jury Prize: Baboy Halas

Best Actor: JC De Vera (Best. Partee. Ever.)

Best Actress: Laila P. Ulao (Women of the Weeping River)

Audience Choice (QCshorts): Contestant #4

Audience Choice (Circle Competition): Patay na si Hesus

Gender sensitivity award: Patay na si Hesus

Best Supporting Actress: Vangie Labalan (Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B)

Best Supporting Actor: Taha Daranda (Women of the Weeping River)

Best Screenplay: Purgatoryo

Best Artistic Contribution: Baboy Halos

Best Director: Prime Cruz, Manananggal sa Unit 23B

Asian Next Wave Winner: The Apprentice (Singapore)

Special Citation: By The Time It Gets Dark (Thailand)

Jury Prize #QCShorts: Papa’s Shadow

Best QCShorts: Hondo by Aedrian Araojo

Fifth ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film titled ‘Salazar’s Revenge’ in PH

Walt Disney Pictures has announced that the latest Pirates film starring Johnny Depp will be officially titled in the Philippines as “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge.” (The film is alternatively called Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in the US.)

The fifth installment in the hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Salazar’s Revenge will bow in local cinemas starting May 24, 2017.

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea… including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge is directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Oscar Best Foreign Language Film nominee Kon-Tiki).

The cast also includes Orlando Bloom, Kaya Scodelario, David Wenham, Geoffrey Rush and Brenton Thwaites.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge” is distributed in the Philippines by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’ meets ‘Date Night’ in new action comedy ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’

“Mr. and Mrs. Smith” meets “Date Night” couple in the upcoming action comedy “Keeping Up with the Joneses” starring Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Gal Gadot and Jon Hamm.

“Keeping Up with the Joneses” follows an ordinary suburban couple Jeff (Galifianakis) and Karen (Fisher) living in solace until an ultra stylish couple, (Gadot and Hamm) moves in to the neighbourhood. Spying on their new neighbours, they find it hard to keep up with the Joneses especially when they discover that Mr. and Mrs. “Jones” are covert operatives.

Directed by Greg Mottola, “Keeping Up with the Joneses” opens October 19, 2016 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Sexy surfing film ‘Apocalypse Child,’ graded A by Cinema Evaluation Board

Arkeo Films’ newest production Apocalypse Child continues to receive acclaim as it is the latest Filipino film to receive a grade of A from the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB). The grade entitles the movie, which opens in cinemas on October 26, to get a 100-percent tax rebate.

Apocalypse Child tells the story of Baler-based surfing instructor Ford (played by Sid Lucero) who is supposed to be the son of a famous American director. One summer, this often-told tale comes to fore as the instructor’s childhood friend Rich, now Congressman of Baler (played by RK Bagatsing), has pulled strings for the director to acknowledge Ford. Chona (Ana Abad Santos), the mother of Ford, is ecstatic. This development comes at a time when Rich is engaged to be married to Serena (Gwen Zamora), and Sid has a romantic affair with a young Fil-Am tourist Fiona (Annicka Dolonius).

The Cinema Evaluation Board’s summation noted the excellence of the ensemble cast. The CEB said, “Aside from Lucero, also a standout was Gwen Zamora, leagues away from her ‘Bubble Gang’ persona as she evokes a simmering sexiness… The support was also very good, from RK Bagatsing… to Ana Abad Santos as Frod’s mom… to Annicka Dolonius and Archie Alemania in their respective depictions of wasted but still hopeful youth.”

Apocalypse Child cast members Sid Lucero, RK Bagatsing, Ana Abad Santos, Annicka Dolonius, with co-writer-producer Monster Jimenez, and writer-director Mario Cornejo.

The Board hailed the film’s production values. It described the editing as “sufficiently contained,” the cinematography as “imaginative,” and  the music by Armi Millare of the band Up Dharma Down as “apt as it captured well the melancholic surf vibe.” The CEB praised the production design by artist Christina Dy for maximizing the scenic locale “to the hilt.”

The members of the CEB also gave kudos to director-writer Mario Cornejo and co-writer-producer Monster Jimenez. The summation made a reference to the duo’s previous work, the 2005 Cinemalaya film “Big Time,” when it stated, “It is films like (Apocalypse Child) that remind us that there is always a fresh way of telling a story, and like the director’s maiden project with Monster Jimenez, Big Time, it is a potential sleeper and helps keep the indie spirit alive.”

Apocalypse Child is distributed by Solar Pictures. The movie is supported by Belo Sun Expert. For updates, like the Apocalypse Child Facebook page and check out website apocalypsechild.com.