WATCH: Trailer for sports comedy drama ‘Eddie the Eagle’

Eddie never gives up and likes to prove his detractors wrong. Sounds universally familiar? Just like the unbreakable focus and determination of the recently crowned Ms. Universe 2015, Philippines’ Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach comes an inspiring story based on true events in “Eddie The Eagle” starring Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton.

From the producers of the blockbuster action movie “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” the feel-good story of “Eddie The Eagle” is about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Egerton), a courageous yet unlikely British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as his family and the entire nation initially counted him out. Persistently trying to perfect his skill with the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach, portrayed by Hugh Jackman, Eddie eventually wins the hearts of sports fans round the globe when he performed a historic feat at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

A loveable underdog with a never-say-die attitude will rise in “Eddie The Eagle” when it opens in cinemas this April 2016. From 20th Century Fox, check out “Eddie The Eagle” trailers here:

WATCH: First trailer for horror-thriller ‘The Forest’

The first trailer of Columbia Pictures’ upcoming suspense thriller “The Forest,” has been unveiled and may be viewed below.

The trailer for director Jason Zada’s horror film finds Natalie Dormer straying from the path through Japan’s Aokigahara Forest in search of her missing twin sister.

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Rising with terrifying grandeur at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan, the legendary real-life Aokigahara Forest is the suspense-filled setting of the supernatural thriller “The Forest.” A young American woman, Sara (Natalie Dormer of “Game of Thrones” and “The Hunger Games”), journeys there in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. In the company of expatriate Aiden (Taylor Kinney of “Chicago Fire”), Sara enters the forest having been well warned to “stay on the path.” Determined to discover the truth about her sister’s fate, Sara will have to face the angry and tormented souls of the dead that prey on anyone who dares come near them. These malevolent spirits lying in wait for Sara at every turn will plunge her into a frightening darkness from which she must fight to save herself.

Opening across the Philippines in February 2016, “The Forest” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

GUIDE: Cinematheque Centre Manila opens 2016 with Filipino, Danish films

Celebrating the recent inauguration of the Cinematheque Centre Manila, which joins its fellow precursor Cinematheques in Baguio, Davao, Iloilo, and Zamboanga, an array of acclaimed Filipino and Danish films will be shown throughout the month of January 2016. The run of films celebrating the inauguration of the Cinematheque Centre Manila will begin on January 8 up until the 31st.

The films celebrating the inauguration of the Cinematheque Centre Manila will run from January 8th to the 31th of 2016. The Cinematheque Centre Manila is located at 855 T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila. Both the Filipino and Danish films will have English subtitles.

Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon will have an admission price of P200, while Esoterika: Maynila will have an admission price of P100. All other films will be screened free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Here are the screening schedules for Cinematheque Manila in January 2016:


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Filipino Films

Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag (1975)

Kicking off the Cinematheque Manila’s first crop of regular screenings is National Artist Lino Brocka’s much-celebrated Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag (1975). Heralded as one of the country’s greatest films and considered Brocka’s finest, the film is lead by naïve probinsiyano Julio on his search for his lost love, Ligaya, in brutal Manila, succumbing to the misery and agony of the city. A harsh, realist portrait of Manila and the Martial Law era, the classic was restored in 2013 and went on to screen at the Cannes Film Festival.

A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino (1965)

Joining Maynila is a work by fellow National Artist Lamberto Avellana, A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino (1965). Restored earlier this April 2015, the heritage film is an adaptation of Nick Joaquin’s famous play by the same name and is about a family that tries to keep its family and home afloat despite the war and the poverty that threatens to destroy them. When family patriarch and painter Don Lorenzo comes up with his most superb work, spurned by the blame of his daughters Candida and Paula, they must decide whether to sell the beautiful painting or their house. This FAMAS award-winning film is one of the best of our first National Artist for Film.

On My Way to India Consciousness, I Reached China (1968)

Also a recent restoration and a film directed by one of the country’s earliest experimental filmmakers, Henry Francia, will also be screening to Manila audiences. A bohemian journey through Francia’s mind and his experiences studying and living in New York, On My Way reveals much about a little-known director and honors the experimental genre, often overlooked in Philippine cinema.

Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon (2014)

The praised experimental epic by Lav Diaz will also join these legends. The Golden Leopard Award-winning film is a historical film set in a remote Filipino village under the Marcos dictatorship and recounts the lives of several townspeople: a farmhand and his surrogate son, a woman caring for her mentally challenged sister with healing powers, a door-to-door peddler, a winemaker, and a priest. Strange occurrences rock the small barrio—strange screams in the forest are heard, cows are mutilated, and a stranger is found bleeding on the road—leading up to the proclamation of Martial Law all over the Philippines.

Badil (2013)

These acclaimed films will be screening with other remarkable films by established contemporary Filipino directors and produced with the FDCP. One of these fine works is Chito Roño’s Badil (2013), a gritty view into small-town politics. In Badil, a young man, Lando, becomes resigned to replacing his ill father in his duties, a lackey to their small Samar barangay’s incumbent mayor and a warden to the mayor’s backers. Making sure that their votes are unswayed by other candidates’ vote-buying Lando, begins to seeing into world of cutthroat government.

Esoterika: Maynila (2014)

There is also Elwood Perez’s Esoterika: Maynila (2014), a dizzying, imaginative trip into the capital. Young nursing student and restaurant cook Mario delves into becoming a graphic novelist and voyages into the city’s corners and underbellies. In his travels he meets many wild and unreal characters abounding the metro, revealing a brazen, unfettered picture of Manila in all its flaws and glory.

Lauriana (2013)

Mel Chionglo’s Lauriana (2013) also shows to Manila audiences this January. Basing off of a true story from Chionglo’s childhood, 50’s period thriller Lauriana revolves around Samuel, a soldier, who finds passion and solace in Lauriana, a nightclub dancer. What begins as infatuation soon becomes obsession, and Lauriana becomes torn with her hope for a better future with abusive Samuel, their story becoming one of violence and redemption.

Sonata (2013)

Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes’s poetic and graceful Sonata (2013) also takes to the Cinematheque Manila screen. Sonata is the story of two unlikely friends: shut-in retired opera singer Regina, shamed to have lost her voice, and young, playful Jonjon, who has been uprooted from the city and brought to Negros. The kind child, anxious but curious, discovers the country and a budding companionship with Regina.

Danish Films

Following the success of the first ever Danish Film Festival last December, a prime selection of Danish films will also be offered at the Cinematheque Manila this January, sating our curiosity for the rich and prosperous history of Danish cinema. The lineup is comprised of: The Hunt (Jagten), In a Better World (Hævnen), Babette’s Feast (Babettes gæstebud), Waltzing Regitze (Dansen med Regitze), and A Royal Affair (En kongelig affære). These films are presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Denmark in the Philippines.

The Hunt (2012)

The Hunt (2012) follows the story of newly divorced Lucas, who is rehabilitating his relationship with his teenage son and beginning a romance with a co-worker while teaching at a local kindergarten. A terrible accusation from one of the children threatens to destroy Lucas’s life, and he fights to maintain his innocence despite the community’s growing violence and hysteria. The film was entered into the Academy Awards and won various accolades in the Cannes Film Festival.

In a Better World (2010)

Academy Award-winning In a Better World (2010) is the story of a father, Anton, a Swedish doctor in Denmark who treats the refugee victims of a Sudanese warlord, as he tries to keep his family intact amidst an affair that threatens his marriage with his wife Marianne. His son Elias is bullied in school until new student Christian comes in to his rescue, and a friendship buds between them. Events come to pass that put the family’s ideas of justice and forgiveness into question.

Babette’s Feast (1987)

Babette’s Feast (1987) also won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, the first Danish film to do so in the category. Based on a short story by Danish author Isak Dinesen, Babette’s Feast takes place in a small village in 19th century Denmark, where two aging sisters live puritanical lives with the rest of their congregation from their sect, founded by their father who has since passed. A Parisian refugee and cook, Babette, enters their lives to work for them for free, but when she wins a lottery ticket and chooses to spend her winnings in preparing a grand dinner for the town, their small lives are upended by Babette’s French feast.

Waltzing Regitze (1989)

A couple’s relationship takes center stage in Waltzing Regitze (1989) as middle-aged Karl Åge and Regitze host a summer garden party for their friends and family. Withdrawn and reserved Karl Åge looks back at his history and love with spritely, energetic Regitze, building a portrait of their life together as a tragedy comes to the fore. A classic that brought Danish film to international audiences, the film won the Robert Award, considered to be the Danish Oscars, for Film of the Year.

A Royal Affair (2012)

Period drama A Royal Affair (2012) is set in the 18th century Denmark, where Princess Caroline Matilda of Great Britain has been sent to marry King Christian VII. But the mad king leaves her miserable in her new home and marriage, until a German doctor, Johann Friedrich Struensee, becomes the king’s physician. A friendship brews between King Christian and Struensee, while Struensee’s and Caroline’s shared liberalism and idealism gives way to a romance between them, creating the start of a revolution. The film won two Silver Bears at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.

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Christopher Nolan to direct WWII film ‘Dunkirk’ for Warner

BURBANK, CA – December 28, 2015 – Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Christopher Nolan will direct “Dunkirk” from his own original screenplay. An epic action thriller, “Dunkirk” is set during the legendary evacuation. The announcement was made by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production.

The large scale film will be shot on a combination of IMAX 65mm and 65mm large format film photography for maximum image quality and high impact immersion. Shooting will begin in May using many of the real locations of the true-life events, which form the background for the story.

The cast will be headed by yet-to-be-cast unknowns. Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hardy are currently in talks to join the ensemble.

Tom Hardy in talks to join 'Dunkirk.'
Tom Hardy in talks to join ‘Dunkirk.’

Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner Emma Thomas.

Silverman stated, “We are thrilled to be continuing our collaboration with Christopher Nolan, a singular filmmaker whohas created some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful films of all time. ‘Dunkirk’ is a gripping and powerful story and we are excited to see Chris, Emma and their cast realize it on the big screen.”

Director Christopher Nolan.
Director Christopher Nolan.

Warner Bros. Pictures is distributing “Dunkirk” worldwide and has slated the film for a July 21, 2017 release. The film will be released theatrically on IMAX, 70mm, 35mm and all other screens.

Latino actor guns for people’s votes in ‘Our Brand is Crisis’

In Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Our Brand is Crisis,” front and center of the election chaos stands presidential candidate and veteran politico Castillo, who sees his consultants (led by Sandra Bullock’s Jane Bodine) as a necessary evil, and whose mix of charm, pride and privilege is deftly captured by Portuguese actor Joaquim de Almeida (“Fast Five”).

The actor nearly didn’t make the “Our Brand is Crisis” shoot because of an ill-timed gym injury shortly before production, but instead opted to use the situation to his advantage. “Castillo is not an easy guy, not a smiling, happy guy. He has issues. He’s impatient. So I used my own discomfort for the character,” he says.

“He’s a man with money and power,” de Almeida continues. “Castillo is not used to being told what to do, especially by a woman, but these are experts who are well-paid and have run successful campaigns in other countries so he’s willing to hear them out. Then there’s a turning point when he sees the results of Jane’s work, and even if she has a tough way of explaining things and confronts him with the truth, and even if he has a hard time accepting that, he can’t argue with the results.”

Jane sees immediately who Castillo is. Perhaps it’s because these two personalities, often vocally at odds, are oddly simpatico in their single-minded pursuit of the prize.

“Joaquim plays Castillo brilliantly like a person who has once been president but is no longer the president, and is trying to get his groove back,” notes director David Gordon Green. “In that respect, he is similar to Jane in not wanting to step down from the throne and wanting to get back into control. But is he looking out for the best interests of the country, or just addressing his own ego?”

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“We auditioned many actors and when Joaquim read we all looked at each other and said, ‘That’s the guy,’” recalls producer Grant Heslov. “He really captures that toughness and machismo and Castillo’s sense of entitlement, while alluding to aspects of this man we may never know.”

Bullock agrees. “There’s great sub-text in his work. He makes Castillo someone both endearing and repulsive. He gives the role an element of power and depth, and it’s clear that he hasn’t been an angel.”

Coincidentally, this film marks the second time that de Almeida has portrayed a Bolivian president. The first was in “Che,” when he appeared as real-life President Barrientos.

In “Our Brand is Crisis,” a Bolivian presidential candidate failing badly in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist “Calamity” Jane Bodine. In self-imposed retirement following a scandal that rocked her to her core, Jane is coaxed back into the game for the chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton), now coaching the opposition.

But as Candy zeroes in on every vulnerability – both on and off the campaign trail – Jane is plunged into a personal crisis as intense as the one her team exploits nationally to boost their numbers. “Our Brand is Crisis” reveals the cynical machinations and private battles of world-class political consultants for whom nothing is sacred and winning is all that matters.

Opening across the Philippines on Jan. 13, 2016, “Our Brand is Crisis” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Non-fiction book ‘The Big Short’ now a provocative film

Based on the true story and best-selling book by Michael Lewis (“The Blind Side,” “Moneyball”), Paramount Pictures presents the sardonic comedy “The Big Short” directed by Adam Mckay (“Step Brothers”) and starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt.

In the film, when four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything.

Five years ago, when director Adam McKay read The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, he became fascinated with a farce of a different kind. Intrigued by the mixture of comedy, drama, and outright tragedy in Michael Lewis’ brilliant behind-the-scenes look at the lead-up to the global economic meltdown, McKay yearned to take a break from absurdist comedies and bring “The Big Short” to the big screen.

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“I started reading the book at around 10:30 at night and thought, ‘I’ll just read 40 pages,'” McKay recalls. “I couldn’t put it down. I ended up reading the whole thing that night and finished at six in the morning. The next day I told my wife about the characters and how the book weaves together all these different storylines and how it’s like a ‘get rich’ story that’s ultimately about the fall of the banking system, corruption and complacency, and how it’s funny and it’s heartbreaking at the same time. And she’s like, ‘You should do it.’ And I said, ‘I’m the guy who did Step Brothers.’ I didn’t even look into it, because I just assumed a Scott Rudin or a Plan B had already bought the rights to this book.”

Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B Entertainment, had in fact partnered with Paramount Pictures to develop “The Big Short” as a motion picture. Producer Jeremy Kleiner found striking similarities between the author’s approach to baseball and Wall Street within author Michael Lewis’ book Money Ball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.

The book that got McKay and Plan B so excited about making a film about the events leading to the banking crisis comes from the mind of master non-fiction storyteller Michael Lewis. After working at a big Wall Street bank himself in the 1980s, Lewis wrote the bestseller Liar’s Poker, a funny and revealing look at the lucrative and deceptive world of bond trading. The author had no plans for a follow-up until the 2008 financial collapse. “I started reading about how big banks like the one I had worked for lost hundreds of billions of dollars trading in the subprime mortgage-bond market,” Lewis recalls. “The banks had become the dumb money at the table and were losing huge amounts … so I wondered, ‘How does that happen?'”

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In search of answers, Lewis met with former investment bankers who’d lost their jobs after the meltdown. “We’d go out for a beer and they’d tell me off the record, ‘The only reason I’m explaining to you why I lost 10 billion dollars on a single trade is that you’re the reason I’m in the business. I read Liar’s Poker and that got me excited to be a Wall Street trader.’ After a few conversations I realized, ‘Jesus Christ, I created this crisis!’ I had a personal stake in these dummies responsible for losing all this money who had been led into the profession by this book I wrote. So then I tried to sort out how these institutions at the heart of capitalism became stupid and did such suicidal things. Banks like Goldman Sachs are filled with extremely bright, well-educated, best-and-brightest types from Harvard, Yale and Princeton.”

But it wasn’t these Ivy League former Masters of the Universe who ended up being the protagonists in Lewis’ book. Instead, he turned his attention to the misfits who defied the prevailing wisdom of banks, government regulators and media pundits and bet everything they had on an unprecedented failure of the American housing market. “I found out about these outsider oddball types on the periphery who figured out just how corrupt the system had become,” he says. “These are the guys that made The Big Short a book and not just a magazine piece. The guys who bet against the banks and made fortunes – those were the characters who interested me.”

Opening across the Philippines in January 2016, “The Big Short” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Young adult novel ‘The 5th Wave’ takes battle to big screen

A powerhouse cast led by Chloë Grace Moretz (“If I Stay”), Nick Robinson (Jurassic World”), Ron Livingston (“The Conjuring”), Alex Roe (upcoming “Rings”), and Liev Schreiber (“Salt”) stars in Columbia Pictures’ adaptation of Rick Yancey’s bestselling novel “The 5th Wave,” the first book in his planned trilogy.

In the film, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie (Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope – if she can only trust him.

Yancey’s book was published in 2013 to critical and popular acclaim, with over 20 weeks on the New York Times Bestsellers list. The second book in the trilogy, The Infinite Sea, met with similar acclaim and success, with the third book, The Last Star, set for release next year.

“It’s hard to put this book down once you start reading,” says Tobey Maguire, who produces the film with Graham King, Matthew Plouffe, and Lynn Harris. “Rick’s writing is wonderfully cinematic and he has managed to write a version of an alien invasion that feels like it hits all of the classic science-fiction tropes while remaining grounded in a way we haven’t seen on screen before. The idea that the invasion happens in waves in order to pick apart civilization felt both unique and universally relatable. The loss of electricity, disease, earthquakes, tsunamis — these are fears that are really part of modern life right now. That immediately sets it apart from a lot of science fiction fantasy.”

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Producer Graham King says that though the exciting elements of the film will attract audiences, it is the heart of the film that will immerse them. “There’s an element to it of an alien invasion, there’s a threatening element as they’re taking over the planet, but the core of the film is really the breakup of one family and how they put it back together,” he says.

“The story has all these incredible elements, but the thing that put it over the top for me was that it was set in a very understandable reality with a lead character that we all know,” says Plouffe. “At the start of the story, our hero, Cassie Sullivan, is the girl that sits next to you in high school and lives in Anytown, America.”

One reason for the book’s popularity is the way that it crosses over from young adult fiction to adult fiction, and from sci-fi to general fiction. Author Rick Yancey says that the book focuses on the universal themes that we all face. “All my books, not just `The 5th Wave,’ have to do with what makes us human,” comments Yancey. “The thing that really appealed to me about this story was, when everything else has been stripped away, what are we left with? What are the important things? In the 21st century, we now have so many trappings, with so much technology, that take us one-step back from the human connection. In `The 5th Wave,’ all those things are taken away, and each character confronts in their own way, how do I deal with this new world? What are the things that really matter? What am I willing to sacrifice to have those things? Plus, it’s a thriller, it’s a survival story, it’s a story of people trying to prevail under nearly impossible odds, and it’s a love story too, about love in all its permutations.”

Plouffe says that he knew that The 5th Wave was not going to be your usual alien invasion story from the very first page. “Rick opens the book with a quote from Stephen Hawking about how if aliens come to Earth, it’ll be much like Christopher Columbus discovering America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans,” Plouffe recalls. “With that, I knew from the beginning that there was something a little different about this. It felt sophisticated and knowing from the get-go.”

Opening across the Philippines on Jan. 20, 2016, “The 5th Wave” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

FULL LIST: Best Picture winners, Metro Manila Film Festival (1975 – 2015)

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The Metro Manila Film Festival is an annual film festival held in Metro Manila, Philippines since 1975. It runs from December 25 through New Year’s Day and into the first weekend of January in the following year.

The selection of Best Picture used to have a commercial viability criterion (box-office performance of the entries). It was in 2010 when this criterion was removed. As of the same year, the criteria for the selection of Best Picture(s) are as follows: artistry, creativity and technical excellence, innovation, and thematic value. Entries are also judged for global appeal (70%) and Filipino cultural and/or historical value (30 %).

The 41st Metro Manila Film Festival is currently receiving online flak for disqualifing last December 26 the John Lloyd Cruz-starrer Honor Thy Father which is a major frontrunner in the festival. According to the letter sent by MMFF to the producer of Honor Thy Father, the disqualified is actioned upon due to non-disclosure of the film’s participation in another festival.

The Directors’ Guild of the Philippines, Inc (DGPI) has also demanded fair play and transparency from MMFF as it condemns the move of the executive committee.

Realistically, the Best Picture is deemed as a valuable recognition as it translates to the opening of more cinemas while it gains more attention for bagging the award.

Ever wondered what were the previous films that were awarded Best Picture? Here is the complete list of Best Picture winners of MMFF from recent to oldest:

  • 2015 – “#WalangForever”
  • 2014 – “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo”
  • 2013 – “10,000 Hours”
  • 2012 – “One More Try”
  • 2011 – “Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story”
  • 2010 – “Ang Tanging Ina Mo, Last Na ‘To!”
  • 2009 – “Ang Panday”
  • 2008 – “Baler”
  • 2007 – “Resiklo”
  • 2006 – “Enteng Kabisote 3: The Legend Goes On and On and On”
  • 2005 – “Blue Moon”
  • 2004 – “Mano Po 3: My Love”
  • 2003 – “Crying Ladies”
  • 2002 – “Mano Po”
  • 2001 – “Yamashita: The Tiger’s Treasure”
  • 2000 – “Tanging Yaman”
  • 1999 – “Muro Ami”
  • 1998 – “Jose Rizal”
  • 1997 – “Nasaan ang Puso”
  • 1996 – “Magic Temple”
  • 1995 – “Muling Umawit Ang Puso”
  • 1994 – [Not awarded]
  • 1993 – “Kung Mawawala Ka Pa”
  • 1992 – “Andres Manambit: Angkan ng Matatapang”
  • 1991 – “Ang Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M.”
  • 1990 – “Andrea, Paano ba ang Maging Isang Ina”
  • 1989 – “Imortal”
  • 1988 – “Patrolman”
  • 1987 – “Olongapo, The Great American Dream”
  • 1986 – “Halimaw sa Banga” [only the 3rd Best Picture was announced]
  • 1985 – “Paradise Inn”
  • 1984 – “Bulaklak ng City Jail”
  • 1983 – “Karnal”
  • 1982 – “Himala”
  • 1981 – “Kisapmata”
  • 1980 – “Taga sa Panahon”
  • 1979 – “Kasal-kasalan, Bahay-bahayan” tied with “Ina Ka ng Anak Mo”
  • 1978 – “Atsay”
  • 1977 – “Burlesk Queen”
  • 1976 – “Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon?”
  • 1975 – “Diligin Mo ng Hamog ang Uhaw na Lupa”

On December 27, the Best Picture award was given to Walang Forever starring Jennylyn Mercado and Jericho Rosales. Honor Thy Father’s Erik Matti won the Best Director award but was a no-show at the event.

Josh Green stars as mischievous brother-to-be in ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks 4: The Road Chip’

The Chipmunks we know and love, Alvin, Theodore and Simon embark on a journey across the U.S. and for the first time, they’re on a mission to keep their family together in the fourth instalment of the hugely successful family adventure franchise in “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.”

In their latest adventure, through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami…and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother, Miles, played by Josh Green.

The idea of Dave tying the knot doesn’t thrill the boys; in fact, they fear it’ll uproot their lives – and maybe uproot them from Dave’s home! Further complicating matters is Sam’s (Dave’s special friend played by Kimberly Willams-Paisley) teenage son, Miles (Green), who has an instant dislike of the Chipmunks.

“Miles is definitely introduced as the classic teenage ‘bad boy,’” says Josh Green. “I also like comparing him to Alvin. Both cause trouble and are loud and harsh. “Everyone has a little Alvin in them,” he continues. “You know, that voice inside that says, let’s go out there and cause a ruckus.”

In the midst of their hostilities, if not all-out war, The Chipmunks and Miles learn they do have one common goal: stop Dave’s wedding to Sam. The ‘Munks are afraid their family will change forever if Dave gets married and, worse, Miles becomes their stepbrother. Miles, says Green “is also not okay with Dave and Sam’s plan of, ‘Let’s get this family together, and we’ll all be happy now.’”

It’s a journey filled with adventure, laughs, music and lots of local color. But director Walt Becker also notes that it’s also about Alvin, Simon, Theodore and Miles finding their way into a kind of blended family. He further points to the film’s new blended family elements as an entryway to this new chapter in the Chipmunks’ lives. It’s no longer just the three boys and Dave Seville. Two new characters – a love interest for Dave, and her teenage son – enter the scene, and turn the ‘Munks’ life and family topsy-turvy.

“I think the idea of a blended family is one that many people can relate to,” says Becker. “The Chipmunks are always trying to do the right thing, but end up doing it in the wrong way. You can mine a lot of comedy from those family experiences.”

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Josh Green is a Bowie Maryland native and began his acting career performing in regional productions of plays, including “The Goat, Or Who is Sylvia?” “Rabbit Hole” and “Columbinus.” After high school, Green moved to New York to study the craft at New York University and pursue acting full time. He quickly branched out into television and film. Green was the guest lead in the pilot episode of ABC’s “Black Box,” and appeared on the critically acclaimed CBS series “The Good Wife” and CBS’ “Unforgettable.” He shared the screen with Emily Van Camp in the feature film “The Girl in the Book,” and will be seen in the independent film “Fair Haven,” where Green stars opposite Tom Wopat. Green recently made his New York stage debut in MCC’s “Lost Girls,” directed by Jo Bonney.

“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” opens January 20 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

FULL LIST: Winners, Metro Manila Film Festival 2015

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The 41st Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) awards night was held at the KIA Theater in Araneta Center, Quezon City Sunday, December 27.

Here is the full list of winners of MMFF 2015:

  • Best Actress: Jennylyn Mercado (Walang Forever)
  • Best Actor: Jericho Rosales (Walang Forever)
  • Best Picture: Walang Forever
  • 2nd Best Picture: Buy Now, Die Later
  • 3rd Best Picture: My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore
  • 2015 Gat Puno J. Villegas Cultural Award: My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore
  • Best Supporting Actress: Maine Mendoza (My Bebe Love)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Tirso Cruz III (Honor Thy Father)
  • Best Director: Erik Matti (Honor Thy Father)
  • Best Screenplay: Paul Sta. Ana (Walang Forever)
  • Best Story: Dan Villegas and Antoinette Jadaone (Walang Forever)
  • Male Celebrity of the Night: Cesar Montano
  • Female Celebrity of the Night: Jennylyn Mercado
  • FPJ Memorial Award for Excellence: Walang Forever
  • Best Cinematography: Pao Orendain (Nilalang)
  • Best Film Editing: Jason Cahapay (Nilalang)
  • Best Production Design: (Buy Now, Die Later)
  • Best Visual Effects: (Nilalang)
  • Best Make-up Artist: Ryan Panaligan and Erika Racela (Honor Thy Father)
  • Best Original Theme Song: “Tao” by Armi Millare (Honor Thy Father)
  • Best Musical Score: Jessie Lasaten (Nilalang)
  • Best Sound: Ditoy Aguila (Nilalang)
  • New Wave Best Feature Film: Ari: My Life with a King
  • New Wave Special Jury: Toto
  • Manila Bulletin Best Feature Film: Ari: My Life with a King (New Wave)
  • New Wave Best Director: John Paul Su (Toto)
  • New Wave Best Actor: Francisco Guinto (Ari) & JM De Guzman (Tandem)
  • New Wave Best Screenplay: Robby Tantingco (Ari)
  • New Wave Best Supporting Actor: Thou Reyes (Toto)
  • New Wave Best Supporting Actress: Bibeth Orteza (Toto)
  • Best Child Performer: Krystal Brimmer (Honor Thy Father)
  • Best Festival Float: Buy Now, Die Later
  • New Wave Short Film Jury Prize: Daisy
  • New Wave Short Film Best Picture: Mumu
  • New Wave Animation Best Picture: Buttons
  • New Wave Animation Special Jury Prize: Little Lights

The eight movies that hit theaters last Friday, December 25 were My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore; Beauty and the Bestie; Haunted Mansion; All You Need is Pag-ibig; Buy Now, Die Later; Walang Forever; Honor Thy Father; and Nilalang.