Sine Bahaghari 2 holds free screening of documentaries on Filipino LGBTs

Now on its second edition, Sine Bahaghari will have free screenings of documentaries on Filipino lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBTs) on December 10, 2015 at the Silungan Room of Balay Kalinaw in the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Could documentaries on LGBTs widen their acceptance, reduce discrimination, and further protect their human rights? GALANG Philippines, a lesbian-run feminist human rights organization that works in urban poor communities, and Akei, an educational action laboratory, both think so. This event is in commemoration of this year’s Human Rights Day.

Sine Bahaghari—cinematic expressions of the Philippine LGBT experience—is a triennial project that aims to mainstream understanding of individuals with marginalized gender identities and sexualities. The second edition features Joella Cabalu, a Filipina-Canadian filmmaker who captures her family’s transnational experiences with a gay brother, and Nawruz Paguidopon, a UP Diliman graduate who merges the genres of animation and documentary in his works. Other featured films include a Danish documentary on elderly gays and perspectives from Philippine slums.

The first Sine Bahaghari last February 2012 was held across Metro Manila as a contribution to National Arts Month and was included in the National Commission for Culture & the Arts’s (NCCA) Philippine Arts Festival (PAF).

Interested attendees may get in touch with the Gender & Sexuality Program of Akei by sending a message to Kimmi del Prado at +63 905 454 5958, +63 919 493 7979 or AkeiPH@gmail.com.

Sine Bahaghari 2 is scheduled to start at 5PM. Seats are limited.

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‘Zoolander 2’ unveils payoff trailer, poster

Paramount Pictures has quickly unveiled the payoff poster and trailer of its upcoming male model comedy “Zoolander 2.” Check out the poster below and the new trailer below.

In the new trailer, it is revealed that Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) has been in hiding from the fashion world, and that Penelope Cruz’s character was a swimsuit model who could never transition to couture (!).

“Zoolander 2” is the sequel to the 2001 hit comedy starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, who are both reprising their roles. Stiller also served as director of the original, and has likewise returned to helm the sequel.

Among the stars making appearances in the film are Kristen Wiig as a big-time fashion mogul; Benedict Cumberbatch as All, an androgynous super model; Penelope Cruz as a secret agent who needs Hansel and Derek’s help to track down a group that is killing off beautiful people, such as Justin Bieber; and, Will Ferrell returning to play Zoolander’s main villain, Mugatu.

Opening across the Philippines on February 10, 2016, “Zoolander 2” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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WATCH: Doomsday in new ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ trailer

The highly anticipated new trailer of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has just been unleashed by Warner Bros. Pictures and may be viewed below.

From director Zack Snyder comes “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” starring Oscar winner Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters’ first big-screen pairing.

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

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Directed by Zack Snyder, the film also stars Oscar nominees Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White; Oscar winners Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter as Senator Finch; and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.

Snyder directed from a screenplay written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, based on characters from DC Comics, including Batman, created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, and Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film is produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder, with Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and David S. Goyer serving as executive producers.

Snyder’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Larry Fong (“300,” “Watchmen”) and production designer Patrick Tatopoulos (“300: Rise of an Empire”), and from his “Man of Steel” team, editor David Brenner, costume designer Michael Wilkinson and visual effects supervisor John “DJ” DesJardin. The music is by Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King,” “Man of Steel”) and Junkie XL (“Mad Max: Fury Road”).

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, a Zack Snyder film, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

The film opens worldwide in 3D, and in 2D, and in select IMAX 3D theaters beginning March 25, 2016.

Adam Scott, Toni Collette lead ‘Krampus’ cast

Talented actors Adam Scott (“Black Mass,” TV’s “Parks & Recreation”) and Toni Collette (“Little Miss Sunshine”) are joined by child sensation Emjay Anthony (Disney’s upcoming “The Jungle Book”) in Universal Pictures’ horror-comedy “Krampus.”

When selecting the actors who would perform in “Krampus,” it was important to director Michael Dougherty to ensure that the cast felt exactly like a family attempting to get through Christmas. Says the director: “Our premise was, ‘What if we made that struggle more difficult by adding a heavy dose of supernatural fun to it?’ That meant casting people that you would believe in a family dramedy and finding actors who had strengths in drama and comedy…but who weren’t primarily known for horror films.” In Dougherty’s signature style, he muses, “I think it’s fun to take actors who you love and find endearing and then just do terrible things to them.”

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Like many of the cast and crew who worked on the project, Adam Scott grew up on a steady diet of ’80s horror films, and was thrilled to discover his director’s predilection for using practical effects whenever possible. The actor discusses that his first meeting with Dougherty sealed his interest in joining the project: “Michael explained that he wanted to make a film that harkened back to the Amblin movies of the ’80s, ones with a mix of horror and dramedy—grounded stories with a real sense of danger and high personal stakes for all the characters.”

Scott describes his character, Tom Engel, as harboring a lot of guilt for working a great deal and being away from his family so often: “He feels a bit on the outside of the structure at home, and things with his wife are strained. But over the course of the movie, he gets to step up and protect his family.” Adding to his interest, the actor admits that he was “beyond thrilled” at being cast beside on-screen wife Toni Collette. “Toni is one of the great actresses we have; she upped everyone’s game.”

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For her part, the Oscar®-nominated actress relished portraying Sarah on screen. Although Collette has appeared in several thrillers during her career, most significantly in “The Sixth Sense,” she has long been lauded for both her work in drama and comedy. Reflecting on playing the stressed-out mother of two, she notes: “Many people can relate to the stress in the Engel family during the holidays. We’ve gotten to the point that Christmas has become so commercialized, such a period of self-induced mania. I responded to the fact that this family has lost its way, and they’re forced into a situation that only by working together will they overcome what’s befallen them.”

As did Scott, Collette relished the idea of playing a role on such a physical set. She laughs: “When we weren’t being chased outside by evil elves or hauled up a chimney by psychotic gingerbread men, Michael had us running through the house causing all sorts of mayhem. And although we were all exhausted by the end of the shoot, I think I can speak for the rest of the cast when I say that we adored playing in his world.”

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Max, the glue that holds the fraying Engel family together, is portrayed by young movie veteran Emjay Anthony, whose 12-year-old enthusiasm infused the entire period of principal photography. “It was awesome,” exclaims the co-star of “Chef” and “Insurgent” about working on “Krampus.” As he seamlessly slipped in and out of character with each take, Anthony exuded the ease of a child actor with a lot of on-set experience. At the same time, the self-professed trickster took great delight in pranking cast and crew throughout the shoot. He particularly enjoyed when Dougherty colluded with him.

The young performer describes Max as “a kid who is just trying to keep his family together.” Sharing a set with demented puppets was a first for Anthony, as well as something he is keen to do again. He cringes when he recalls the creatures: “They are disgusting, especially that angel with the crazy tongue.”

Legendary Pictures’ “Krampus,” the darkly festive tale of this yuletide ghoul, reveals an irreverently twisted side to the holiday. When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, sensitive and thoughtful young Max Engel grows disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient retribution intent on punishing non-believers.

All hell breaks loose as twisted doppelgangers of beloved holiday icons—from frost-bitten snowmen and demonic cherubs to feral teddy bears and wickedly delicious gingerbread men—take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.

Opening across the Philippines on December 2, 2015 “Krampus” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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