Sienna Miller reunites with Bradley Cooper as chefs in ‘Burnt’

Golden Globe nominee Sienna Miller who recently starred in “American Sniper,” reunites with Bradley Cooper in the heartwarming story of the drama, humor and battle in the world’s best kitchens in Burnt.

In “Burnt,” Miller plays Helene, a chef whom Adam (Cooper) recruits to his team. The actress describes her character: “She’s a chef and a single mother, juggling her life. When Adam is assembling his brigade, a friend tips him off about an interesting chef at the Delaunay. He tastes her dish – peppe e cacio – which is a simple dish but difficult to get exactly right. It’s delicious and he asks her to join him. She is initially reluctant but eventually becomes an important member of his brigade.

 

Adam’s a rock n roll chef, a notorious bad boy who gained two Michelin stars but lost them because of his addictions and the general chaos his life descended into. His motivation is to regain the stars and surpass his previous success, but despite his ruthless ambition, he really needs to find out what really matters in his life. Helene has just come out of a bad relationship so she is not looking for another one. She is focused on trying to make a life for her daughter and working. She senses that she could be attracted to Adam but is resisting,” She adds, “She is pretty punchy. As a mother I, I wonder how she could work those insane hours. The sacrifices she makes as a chef are incredible.”

All of the cast members put in long hours training in kitchens during preproduction in London.  Director John Wells singles out Sienna Miller for special praise. “Sienna was a real trouper in the kitchen. She had one of the more difficult stations – the fish – to work. She spent a tremendous amount of time with Marcus in his kitchen and throughout the kitchen shoot she stayed in there and kept at it.”

Sienna’s dedication to her kitchen work was immersive, and she was delighted to be told that, of everyone involved in the shoot, Marcus Wareing, a Michelin star chef and presenter of the top rated BBC TV Master Chef, would hire her for his kitchen, if she ever decided on a change of career.

Says Sienna, “Marcus was tough on us, treating us as if we worked in his kitchen, not as if we are actors; no mollycoddling. Marcus trained alongside Gordon Ramsay and Marco Pierre White and their management style comes from the military: strict and hierarchical. In the kitchen, Marcus commands huge respect.”

“My technique is much improved after cooking fish for weeks on end,” she notes.  “It’s very taxing and needs mental focus. Fish is all about timing – even a few seconds can really matter. I now have much more appreciation of how a kitchen runs. The hardest part of filming was dealing with the intensity of the heat in a high octane environment.” She adds, “Marcus also explained to us the etiquette of eating in Michelin star restaurants, to add to your enjoyment of the meal.”

Miller was born in New York, educated in England and studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York.  She is best known for her roles in “American Sniper,” “Foxcatcher,” “Layer Cake,” “Alfie,” “Factory Girl,” “Interview” and “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” She was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2013 for HBO’s The Girl. She has been nominated by BAFTA, the London Film Critics Circle Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards. She also has starred on Broadway and The West End, including most recently as Sally Bowles in Cabaret on Broadway, the title role in After Miss Julie at the Roundabout, and in Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London.

Burnt opens November 4, 2015 in Philippine theaters as released by Pioneer Films.

— PRESS STATEMENT FROM PIONEER FILMS

Monsters face off in ‘Frankenstein vs. The Mummy’

A monstrous of a movie is born in Frankenstein vs. The Mummy when Dr. Victor Frankenstein and Egyptologist Naihla Khalil, who are both professors at a leading medical university. Victor’s latest grisly “experiment” is the re-animated corpse of a sadistic madman and Naihla’s most recent find is the cursed mummy of an evil pharaoh. When the two monsters face-off in an epic showdown, no one is safe. Can the rampage be stopped and contained before it’s too late?

The movie is set in motion when in New York, the professor of the medical university Dr. Victor Frankenstein played by Max Rhyser pushes the possibility of life beyond death by buying corpse to reanimate it. Meanwhile, Egyptologist Naihla Khalil (Ashton Leigh), from the same university, has just returned from an expedition and brought the Mummy of Usekara (Brandon deSpain), an evil and cruel pharaoh that was cursed, leaving his soul trapped in his mummified corpse. Victor and Naihla have a crush on each other and they date. Meanwhile Professor Walton (Boomer Tibbs), who is chief of department where Naihla works, accidentally releases Usekara’s soul and is possessed by him. He kills his assistant Isaac (Robert MacNaughton) and his blood awakes the Mummy. Then Walton lures his student Lenora (Stefanie Merola) and the Mummy eats her heart. Frankenstein’s monster (Constantin Tripes) is reanimated and Victor is surprised with his capacity. But soon both monsters want Naihla: Frankenstein’s creature to force Victor to transfer his brain to a new body and the Mummy believes she is the sorcerer that trapped his soul and wants Naihla to call off the spell.

Frankenstein vs. The Mummy opens November 4, 2015 in cinemas as released by CrystalSky Multimedia.

New ‘Warcraft’ teaser poster highlights two opposing worlds

Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures have just unveiled a new teaser poster for their highly anticipated big-screen adaptation of Warcraft. The new one-sheet bears the tagline “Two Worlds. One Home” and depicts the leaders of The Alliance and The Horde separated by a sword.

From Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures comes “Warcraft,” an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based on Blizzard Entertainment’s global phenomenon.

The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.

So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.

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Directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and written by Charles Leavitt and Jones, the film starring Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Rob Kazinsky and Daniel Wu is a Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment production.

The producers are Charles Roven, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Alex Gartner and Stuart Fenegan. Jillian Share, Brent O’Connor, Michael Morhaime and Paul Sams serve as executive producers. Rob Pardo, Chris Metzen, Nick Carpenter and Rebecca Steel Roven co-produce.

Opening across the Philippines in June 2016, Warcraft is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

— PRESS STATEMENT FROM UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES

Kate Winslet’s couture rocks sleepy town in ‘The Dressmaker’

Based on the wickedly hilarious and couture-filled book of the same title by Rosalie Ham, The Dressmaker is set at 1951 in a town called Dungatar, a one-horse town deep in the wheat belt of south-east Australia. The sleepy town of Dungatar is suddenly alarmed at the return of Tilly Dunnage (Academy Award winner Kate Winslet), a beautiful, talented misfit, who’s been working as a dressmaker in France for the great haute couture designers, returns home to Dungatar, a one-horse town deep in the wheat belt of south-east Australia. After 20 years away, Tilly has been driven back by a recent tragedy, to do two things – look after her ailing, eccentric mother Molly (Judy Davis), and right the wrongs of the past that continue to haunt her. Tilly Dunnage has revenge in her heart.

Tilly feels instinctively that she was wronged as a child, but she also feels cursed and can’t clearly remember what happened. The Dungatarians are drawn in by Tilly’s bewitching skills of transformation, and one by one, she extracts from them the information necessary to piece the truth together. The extraordinary gowns she creates become her means for revenge against those who did her wrong. There’ll be a price for looking this good.

THE DRESSMAKER

Along the way Tilly bares her heart and against her better judgement falls in love with local football hero, Teddy McSwiney (Liam Hemsworth). Most importantly, she forms an initially volatile but finally tender reconciliation with her mother Molly.

Director Jocelyn Moorhouse says: “A designer friend of mine once said to me, couture is a weapon and that stuck with me. I like the idea of a woman being able to use her skills at designing extraordinary clothes that can transform the people wearing them, and to use that as a weapon against those people.”

Kate Winslet is THE DRESSMAKER

Clothes are crucial to “The Dressmaker” – costuming is key to any film, but here it takes on a profound level of importance. Rosalie Ham had the clothes close in mind when writing the source book: “Clothes as a disguise, something to cover the flaws of your body, was what I wanted to explore, but in this case, it exacerbates the flaws in the people – things like vanity and jealousy – and so it all came from that.”

Fashion in “The Dressmaker” is about disguise. Tilly Dunnage takes advantage of the women in the town and appeals to their sense of competition and vanity. The women of Dungatar haven’t looked or felt good for a very long time, so it’s a way of luring people and giving them a false sense of hope. Tilly simply gives them enough rope – or ribbon – to hang themselves with. She lets them “bring themselves unstitched”, as Rosalie puns.

Kate Winslet says: “Tilly has trained as a couture dressmaker in France with Balenciaga and Dior and Madame Vionnet. The Dungatarians don’t really understand quite how magical and beautiful her creations truly are, they think it’s ‘dress up’. It’s kind of a gift that she’s giving them, as well as carrying out little bits of revenge along the way. They go from looking pale and a bit tea stained to looking like they’re all walking down a red carpet. It’s really quite striking.”

Liam Hemsworth and Kate Winslet THE DRESSMAKER

The post war 1950s were a time in which fashion had two competing movements – Christian Dior created ‘the new look’ in 1947, which took women back a little bit to the corset and the cinched waist. Madame Vionnet and Balenciaga were both couturiers who didn’t use artifice, they used what was already there and the way fabric was draped on the body to enhance the good qualities and disguise the bad.

Rosalie Ham says: “I wanted to make the distinction between those two things in The Dressmaker. You can be feminine and beautiful but you don’t have to wear a corset or alter yourself particularly to be able to do that.”

Check out Winslet’s runway-worthy creations in The Dressmaker when it opens November 4, 2015 in theaters nationwide from Axinite Digicinema.