‘Cars 3’ races to the screen for Lightning McQueen’s biggest adventure yet

Lightning McQueen is back on the big screen in Disney-Pixar’s Cars 3 — but he’s not a rookie anymore. Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Piston-Cup champion finds himself suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves.

“The next-gen racers are cool,” says Cars 3 director Brian Fee. “You can see instantly that cars like Jackson Storm are effortlessly fast. We designed these younger, faster cars to be sleek and aerodynamic—and they’re a sharp contrast to Lightning McQueen.”

Producer Kevin Reher says the story is reflective of real-life champions. “Lightning McQueen has been racing for more than a decade,” says Reher. “He’s struggling with the kind of issues a lot of athletes face later in their careers. Do you go out on top or fight till the end?”

While Lightning is still the same self-assured, determined and fun-loving race car audiences fell in love with, his confidence is being tested by the new cars on the track. “When we first met Lightning McQueen, he was a young rookie—a superhero,” says Fee. “He had his whole life ahead of him. And while he’s done well since we last saw him, he’s not a young hotshot racer anymore. We kept circling the idea of what happens when an athlete like Lightning is in the twilight of his career.”

Enter Cruz Ramirez. Tasked with getting Lightning McQueen back on track after a devastating setback, Cruz isn’t shy. Her training style is high-tech, enthusiastic and steadfast—she’s not afraid to apply a little tough love. But there’s more to Cruz than meets the eye. “I love Cruz’s story,” says co-producer Andrea Warren. “She’s such an admirable, likable character. She’s so passionate about racing and her role to create champions. The movie isn’t just about Lightning McQueen—it’s Cruz’s story, in many ways.”

“Cars 3” features Owen Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums)as the voice of Lightning McQueen. Cristela Alonzo (The Angry Birds Movie) voices tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez, who tries to help #95 return to greatness, and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) lends his voice to next-gen racer Jackson Storm, whose high-tech speed leaves Lightning McQueen behind. Kerry Washington (ABC’s Scandal) was called on to voice statistical analyst Natalie Certain, Nathan Fillion (ABC’s Castle) provides the voice of brilliant business car Sterling, Lea DeLaria (Netflix’s Orange is the New Black) lends her voice to formidable school bus Miss Fritter, and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton helps bring voice command assistant Hamilton to life.

Cars 3 pays homage to NASCAR with four characters based on real-life stock car racing legends. Chris Cooper (American Beauty) voices Doc Hudson’s crew chief Smokey; team owner and NASCAR racing legend Junior Johnson lends his voice to Junior “Midnight” Moon; three-time Emmy® winner Margo Martindale (FX’s The Americans) provides the voice of Louise “Barnstormer” Nash; and Isiah Whitlock Jr. (HBO’s The Wire) is the voice of River Scott. The film also features NASCAR drivers and the voices behind the sport, as well as a host of returning characters from Radiator Springs and the Cars racing world.

Directed by Fee (storyboard artist Cars, Cars 2), produced by Reher (A Bug’s Life, La Luna short) and co-produced by Warren (LAVA short), Cars 3 is executive produced by John Lasseter, who directed the first two films in the franchise. With a story by Fee, Ben Queen (TV’s Powerless), Eyal Podell (actor Code Black ) & Jonathon E. Stewart (Doing Time short), the screenplay was penned by Kiel Murray (Cars), Bob Peterson (Up, Finding Nemo) and Mike Rich (Secretariat, The Rookie).

Featuring a score by Oscar®-winning composer Randy Newman (Toy Story 3, Cars), instrumental cues composed by Brad Paisley, and original songs by ZZ Ward and Grammy® winner Dan Auerbach.

Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 cruises into Philippine theaters on July 26, 2017.

‘Happy Death Day’ teaser poster makes deadly cut

The first poster for the new suspense thriller Happy Death Day has just been unveiled by Universal Pictures and Blumhouse. The film is co-written and directed by Christopher Landon (Scouts’ Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse).

Check out the film’s teaser one-sheet art below and watch Happy Death Day in Philippine cinemas on Oct. 11, 2017.

Blumhouse (Split, Get Out, Whiplash) produces an original and inventive rewinding thriller in Happy Death Day, in which a college student (Jessica Rothe, La La Land) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

The film also stars Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews, and Charles Aitken.

Happy Death Day is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

‘Spider-Man’ comes home to MCU in fun-filled action-adventure

Peter Parker strives to join the Avengers as the most popular character in comic book history takes his rightful place as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in Columbia Pictures’ new action-adventure Spider-Man: Homecoming (in Philippine cinemas Thursday, July 6.)

Marvel’s crown jewel, Spider-Man made a cameo debut in the MCU in Captain America: Civil War last summer; the overwhelming positive reaction by both the critics and fans to the new vision for the character has whetted the appetite as now, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios team for this new adventure.

Embraced all over the world, Spider-Man now comes home in a film with a fresh, fun tone and new take, produced by Marvel Studios, that brings the Peter Parker of the comic books to the screen alongside MCU heroes for the first time.

Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. His moment has arrived as he is challenged to become the hero he is meant to be.

For producer and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, bringing the character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in an original way that film audiences have never seen before was a top priority. “Over the past 15 years, we have built the Marvel Cinematic Universe with so many characters and movies, and now we have the opportunity to introduce Peter Parker and the Spider-Man franchise into that universe for the first time,” says Feige. “It’s exciting because that’s how he truly was in the comics, from the very beginning – he didn’t enter the comics as the only hero; he entered a world in which Tony Stark, Captain America and the Avengers all were there. And now, for the first time, we get that in an entire film, which makes it fresh and new.”

Producer Amy Pascal speaks to the unprecedented collaboration. “This movie is a product of Sony and Marvel working closely together,” says Pascal. “It’s a Sony movie and a Marvel production. Everyone came together and decided if we can put Spider-Man back in the MCU, which he always was a part of in the comics, everybody wins – and the biggest winner is the fans, as they finally get to see what they’ve been waiting a long time to see.”

“Putting Spider-Man in the MCU is the best thing in the world for me as a storyteller,” says director Jon Watts, who takes the helm of Spider-Man: Homecoming. “Not only did they take care of the origin story and heavy lifting in Captain America: Civil War – which they did so economically and beautifully – we also didn’t have to spend any time explaining why this 16-year-old kid would come up with the idea of becoming a superhero. He’s grown up in the MCU; when Peter Parker was eight years old, he saw Tony Stark say ‘I am Iron Man’ on TV. So the idea of this being a world where superheroes exist means that we don’t have to spend any time addressing any of these issues. We just get right into the fun of it.”

Spider-Man: Homecoming is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Sci-fi psychological horror ‘Flatliners’ launches poster with intriguing tagline

“You haven’t lived until you’ve died,” or so proclaims the intriguing tagline in the teaser poster of Columbia Pictures new suspense thriller Flatliners that’s just been released by the studio. The film stars Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev, Diego Luna and James Norton.

Check out the one-sheet art below and watch Flatliners soon in Philippine cinemas.

In the film, five medical students embark on a daring and dangerous experiment to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life. The bold adventure begins when they trigger near-death experiences by stopping their hearts for short periods of time. As their trials become more perilous, each must confront the sins from their past while facing the paranormal consequences of journeying to the other side.

Flatliners is directed by Niels Arden Oplev, from a screenplay by Ben Ripley, story by Peter Filardi.

Flatliners is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Cine Lokal celebrates Pride Month with comedy film ‘Slumber Party’

Relive the misadventures of three gay BFFs on their crazy sleepover fun in the Cinema One Originals riotous comedy film “Slumber Party” as it hits Cine Lokal until June 29.

Catch it in select SM Cinemas nationwide (SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, SM Fairview, SM Southmall, SM Bacoor, SM Iloilo and SM Cebu) with the following schedule: 1:00PM, 3:30PM, 6:00PM, and 8:30PM.

The humorous flick is among the featured presentation of Cine Lokal in support to the LGBT Pride Month celebration this June. Cine Lokal is a project of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in partnership with SM Cinema aiming to give filmmakers a venue to showcase more entertaining yet relevant titles to the mainstream audience.

Set in 2010, the movie is about long-time friends on a sleepover vigil to watch a much-awaited international beauty pageant, and who are about to be challenged with their greatest adventure yet. Their supposed fun get-together changes when a male trespasser, a wannabe frat boy, sneaks into the house and opens up unforeseen pursuits.

Markki Stroem, RK Bagatsing, Archie Alemania, Sef Cadayona and Nino Muhlach star in this feel-good film written and directed by Emmanuel Dela Cruz.

WATCH: The Bellas go worldwide in first ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ trailer

Universal Pictures has just released the first trailer for the musical comedy Pitch Perfect 3, the upcoming sequel that reunites the Barden Bellas post-graduation. Watch the trailer below.

Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3, the next chapter in the beloved series that has taken in more than $400 million at the global box office.

After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

Pitch Perfect 3 stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Regner, John Lithgow, John Michael Higgins, and Elizabeth Banks.

Opening in Philippine cinemas in 2018, Pitch Perfect 3 is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Cinema ’76 celebrates Pride Month with 11 Filipino LGBT movies at 150 pesos each

On June 23-29, celebrate Pride Month at Cinema ’76 with these 11 Filipino LGBT movies. Enjoy the screenings for just 150 pesos each.

  • Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo [R-16]
  • Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros by Auraeus Solito [PG]
  • Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa by Alvin Yapan [PG]
  • Bliss by Jerrold Tarog [R-18]
  • I’m Drunk, I Love You. by JP Habac [PG]
  • Jazz in Love by Babyruth Villarama-Gutierrez
  • Kasal by Joselito Altarejos [R-16]
  • Ned’s Project by Lem Lorca [R-18]
  • Quick Change by Eduardo Roy Jr. [R-18]
  • Sunday Beauty Queen by Babyruth Villarama-Gutierrez [G]
  • Unfriend by Joselito Altarejos [R-18]

– ANG HULING CHA-CHA NI ANITA by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo [R-16]
– ANG SAYAW NG DALAWANG KALIWANG PAA by Alvin Yapan [PG]
– I’M DRUNK, I LOVE YOU by JP Habac [PG]
– SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN [G] and JAZZ IN LOVE by Babyruth Villarama-Gutierrez
– KASAL [R-16] and UNFRIEND [R-18] by Joselito Altarejos
– QUICK CHANGE by Eduardo Roy Jr. [R-18]
– NED’S PROJECT by Lem Lorca [R-18]
– BLISS by Jerrold Tarog [R-18]
– ANG PAGDADALAGA NI MAXIMO OLIVEROS by Auraeus Solito [PG]

Regular ticket price is 150 pesos. Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Located at 160 Luna Mencias St. Brgy. Addition Hills, San Juan del Monte, Cinema ’76 is a micro-cinema dedicated to bringing the latest Filipino independent films as well as English and foreign-language films to its discriminating movie audience. Its setup is akin to a home theater with couches and throw pillows. While food and drinks are not allowed on the couches, they can be consumed by the bars at the back area of the cinema.

Screenings with Q&A with directors

On June 24, Saturday, meet directors Sigrid Andrea Bernardo and Jay Altarejos as they entertain questions from the audience every after screening. See schedule below.

Map to Cinema ’76 Film Society: bit.ly/cinema76.

For more information, visit their Facebook page or contact them at (02) 3981939.

Cara Delavigne, Dane DeHaan star in high-speed sci-fi action film ‘Valerian’

“Valerian” also known as “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” is the visually captivating new movie from renowned film maker Luc Besson the legendary director of “The Fifth Element” and “Lucy” starring Cara Delevingne and Dane Dehaan as the unlikely duo tasked to protect the galaxy.

Set in the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHann) and Laureline (Cara Delavigne) are special operatives charged by the Minister of Defense with keeping order throughout the human territories. They are tasked with protecting the intergalactic planet Alpha who after years of prosperity is attacked by an unknown threat.

The movie is based on the groundbreaking French science fiction comic novels “Valerian and Laureline” written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières. It was first published in 1967 and has since inspired a generation of writers, artists and film makers.

The film stars, Dane DeHann, Cara Delavigne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawk and Rihanna. It is also written and produced by Luc Besson.

“Valerian” opens July 21, 2017 in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.

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‘Jurassic World’ sequel gets new title, teaser poster

Universal Pictures has just launched the teaser poster for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster hit, Jurassic World.

The poster sports the tagline, “Life finds a way.”

Directed by J.A. Bayona (Mama, The Impossible), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens in the Philippines in June 2018 and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, Toby Jones, James Cromwell, BD Wong, and Rafe Spall.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

MonsterVerse kicks into gear as ‘Godzilla 2’ gets underway

Following the global success of 2014’s “Godzilla” and this year’s “Kong: Skull Island,” comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse: an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history.

The film, which begins principal photography today, is being directed by Michael Dougherty (“Krampus”), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (“The Conjuring” films), and Ken Watanabe (“Inception”) and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), both reprising their “Godzilla” roles; Kyle Chandler (“The Wolf of Wall Street”); Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) in her feature film debut; Bradley Whitford (“Get Out”); Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s “Silicon Valley”); Charles Dance (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”); O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”); Aisha Hinds (“Star Trek Into Darkness”); and Golden Globe nominee Zhang Ziyi (“Memoirs of a Geisha”).

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Dougherty directs from a script he wrote with Zach Shields. The film is being produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Brian Rogers and Thomas Tull, with Barry H. Waldman, Zach Shields, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira serving as executive producers and Alexandra Mendes co-producing for Legendary.

Behind the scenes, Dougherty’s creative team includes director of photography Lawrence Sher, whose past credits include “War Dogs” and “Godzilla,” for which he handled additional photography; production designer Scott Chambliss (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”); editor Roger Barton (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the “Transformers” films); costume designer Louise Migenbach (the “X-Men” and “Hangover” films); and Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron (“Godzilla,” “Ghost in the Shell,” and part of the Oscar-winning team behind “Life of Pi”).

Filming is taking place mainly in Atlanta, Georgia.

A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, the film is currently scheduled for release in March 2019, and will be distributed in 3D and 2D and in select IMAX theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd.