Zac Efron, Robert De Niro star in buddy road trip comedy ‘Dirty Grandpa’

Zac Efron and Robert De Niro go on a wild familial bonding in “Dirty Grandpa,” where Edron plays young, buttoned-up, conservative lawyer Jason Kelly who is in the final stages of preparation for a picture-perfect wedding to his seemingly ideal fiancée Meredith Goldstein (Julianne Hough) when Jason’s beloved paternal grandmother passes. Though it’s the week before his big day, everyone’s concerned for Grandpa Dick (Robert De Niro), suddenly alone for the first time after 40 years of marriage.

After the funeral, Dick asks if Jason can drive him to Florida the following day, where he can grieve in the solace of their beloved getaway home. Knowing that Dick’s license has been suspended – and with the promise that he’ll be back the next day – Jason reluctantly agrees.

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Once the trip begins, Grandpa’s true agenda emerges and it’s decidedly not one of him moping silently in a car. Between the golf detour, the cigar chomping, hard-drinking, and the Daytona Beach detour that goes completely off the rails, Jason quickly learns that the grandpa he knows and loves is not exactly the man he thought he was. Yet the pair’s crazy, debauched and revealing road trip will also help Jason come to grips with who he is too, which may be an even bigger surprise. With these very different blood relatives, learning something about how life should be lived turns out to be a two-way street.

For the role of Jason, Dick’s conservative and uptight grandson tricked into serving as co-pilot to Dick’s last effort at youth-grabbing wish fulfillment, the script was sent to actor Zac Efron, whose recent foray into the comedy realm with Neighbors proved to be a huge success. Efron found the script shocking, smart, and hilarious and was all-in, particularly when presented with the possibility of working with the incomparable Robert De Niro.

“It’s every guy’s dream to work with Bob De Niro,” says Efron. “I was really curious how we would work together. He’s been doing this for so long, he’s such an icon, yet I don’t think I’ve ever seen him do a role like this. The day I heard this could potentially happen, every antenna went up. It was like, ‘Could I even work with this guy?’ Our histories are so different! There’s Robert De Niro, Taxi Driver, and then there’s me, High School Musical!”

Efron continues, “being such a big fan, it was an opportunity to learn from one of the absolute greatest actors that’s ever lived. He’s such a presence on camera – formidable and dramatic and real – that when he applies all those talents and skill to comedy, the screen just blows up. I would break constantly because the stuff that would come out of his mouth was insane. Then the movie ended up being really cool, so it was a double win.”

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Zac Efron notes that as packed with laughs as it is, the undercurrent of family bonding and self-expression in Dirty Grandpa gives the comedy a richer texture. “At the end of the day, the movie is about family coming back together, and about being set free,” says Efron. “It’s a story of growth and happiness. It’s just that the road there is ridiculously funny and chaotic.”

Guaranteed to be a boundless, wild ride, Dirty Grandpa is sure to not disappoint, either as a raucous laugh-getter or a compelling, inspiring story of two men seeking different types of fulfillment. Says director Dan Mazer, “All road trips lead somewhere. But in this case, it’s a destination of understanding, growth and bonding that points the way forward for both Dick and Jason, who come to realize how much they had to learn from each other. There may not be many dignified moments on their journey, but the ultimate indignity is tolerating a life you don’t want, and that’s where Jason grows the most from hanging out with his one-of-a-kind Dirty Grandpa.”

“Dirty Grandpa” opens this February 3, 2016 in cinemas from Pioneer Films.

Japan’s infamous suicide ‘Forest’ now subject of new horror film

Rising with terrifying grandeur at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan, the legendary real-life Aokigahara Forest is the suspense-filled setting of Columbia Pictures’ new supernatural thriller “The Forest.”

In the film, a young American woman, Sara (Natalie Dormer), journeys to the Aokigahara Forest in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. In the company of expatriate Aiden (Taylor Kinney), 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.

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Aokigahara is a forest that lies at the base of Mount Fuji, less than 100 miles west of Tokyo. Locally, it is also known under the name of Jukai (“Sea of Trees”) because of its very high density of trees.

It is a unique forest in many ways; there is barely any wildlife in here, thus it is very quiet, making it a popular destination among locals. However, this quietness hides a more macabre side of it as the Aokigahara is the number one suicide spot for Japanese.

Its quietness has attracted people to consider it haunted, and there are plenty of Japanese who would not dare to enter the forest. This resulted in even more myths surrounding Aokigahara.

But even if you are not attracted to ghost stories, the truth is, the place has a special feeling to it.

When you enter it, there are signs in both Japanese and English preventing people against suicide. One sign at the entrance reads: “Your life is something precious that was given to you by your parents” while another one states “Meditate on your parents, siblings and your children once more. Do not be troubled alone.” The exact number of suicides committed here in a year is unknown as the police discontinued publishing this data. The last time it was made public was in 2003, when 105 confirmed suicides took place.

However, it is believed that annually more people die here, but their corpses are never found in the thick forest.

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It is hard to make a profile of the average person who commits suicide in the forest, but they are usually males between 40 and 50 years, and the biggest month for suicides is March, possibly because March is the end of the fiscal year in Japan. So many people come from all over Japan to end their stressful lives here as they feel it’s is the perfect location in which to breathe their last.

It is baffling why there is such a high rate in the country but it has something to do with the Japanese psyche and that many Japanese men feel rejected when retrenched. Some of them had held important positions in their respective companies, including that of chief executive officers.

Unable to face their families and loved ones, they perhaps, in the manner of the samurai warriors of the past, felt that suicide is one way to atone for their failures.

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The Aokigahara has not always attracted hundreds of people wishing to end their lives. While there is some evidence that suggests that as far as the 19th century, it was a place where Japanese carried their elders to die of starvation (a practice called ubasute), it became popular after the 1960’s when a novel by famed author Seichō Matsumoto was published. In this novel called “Tower of Waves”, a couple commit suicide in the Aokigahara forest. Another book from 1993, “The Complete Manual of Suicide” by Wataru Tsurumi added to the fuel and increased suicide rates. The author described the Aokigahara as the perfect place to commit suicide and even described which parts of the forests are less circulated so the bodies cannot be found later on.

An annual body sweep is organized before the holiday season in which the found dead bodies are removed and, where possible, identified. (Source: http://www.aokigaharaforest.com)

Opening across the Philippines on Feb. 17, 2016, “The Forest” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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GUIDE: Power Mac Center presents ‘Cinemansanas’

Premier Apple reseller Power Mac Center launches Cinemansanas, a campaign for aspiring and established artists who have a vision in storytelling through film in the digital age. Cinemansanas is the second installment of Pixelworx, Power Mac Center’s advocacy of recognizing artists who break the standards of the art scene. It is celebrated with a series of workshops, live demos, and an ultimate art challenge.

Digital Short Competition

This year, Cinemansanas dares artists to defy convention and create a short film using Apple devices. The digital short competition calls for short film entries with the theme “Designing for a Bold New World.” Entries may be executed in any form, i.e., documentary, narrative fiction, and the like as long as they are original and shot and edited using Apple devices.

Contest Categories

  • Student Category is open to all officially enrolled High School and College/University students.
  • Professional Category is for local residents.

All finalists in the Student and Professional categories will qualify to win the People’s Choice Award.

Rules and Process

  1. Short film must run a minimum time of five (5) minutes and a maximum of ten (10) minutes including credit titles.
  2. Entries must include a trailer of their short film maximum of 15 seconds.
  3. Before your film begins you should have:
    a) 2 seconds of black
    b) A title card with: your team name, date, city, title, and genre
    c) A title card with: “This film is made for Power Mac Center Pixelworx”
    d) A title card with: “Shot using an iOS device”
    e) 2 seconds of black
    f) After the two seconds of black, your film should begin.
  4. Entries must be creative and original.
  5. Entries must be in digital video format.
  6. Entries must be received on or before March 20, 2016.
  7. Entry fee:
    • Students – Free
    • Professionals – P500 (you may opt not to pay the entry fee, but your work will not be eligible as official entry for Adobo Design Awards 2016. However, it will still be eligible for the Power Mac Center Pixelworx Awards)
  8. Execution of the material may be in the form of documentary or a narrative fiction and the like as long as it was taken using your iPad or iPhone.
  9. Dialogue can be in Filipino, English, or any dialect. English subtitles will have to be provided for entries not in Filipino or English.
  10. All materials used in the film must be original. No stock photo/footage will be allowed.
  11. Entries should have no violent content, nudity or obscenity.
  12. Only entries that have not been featured in other festivals and competitions are eligible to join.
  13. Entries are eligible if the work is made from January 2015 to March 2016.
  14. Entries shall not have been, in any way, commercially exhibited here and/or abroad. “Commercially exhibited” means any show, display or presentation intended for viewing by members of the general public, the audience thereof being required to pay or give valuable consideration, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for viewing the same. Any film entry which has been shown in any regular, advance or preview screening for valuable consideration whether in movie theaters, television or other media or venue, shall be disqualified; provided: any non-revenue advance or preview screening for promotional purposes only shall not be disqualified as long as the producer shall submit at the time of applying as an entry for the film festival a sworn statement attesting to the non-revenue and promotional nature of the said exhibition.

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  1. Ensure that all content in your film (including footage, music, images, props, etc.) is your own. If you include any copyrighted content, you must be able to provide written permission for its use. Entries containing any unauthorized content will be disqualified. In accordance to the copyright laws, music used in any entry must be original, licensed or in the public domain.
  2. Artist must also agree to the reproduction of their artwork for the purpose of art advocacy.
  3. All finalists will be notified by April 1, 2016. If an entry is selected as a winner, artist will be asked to attend the awarding ceremony on April 9, 2016.
  4. The decision of the Board of Jurors is final and irrevocable. The board reserves the right not to give an award in any category should no entry merit it and the organizers and the judging committee are not obliged to give explanation for the results.
  5. Power Mac Center reserves the right to create, revoke, and modify at any time, in any way its entry requirements, rules and regulations at its absolute discretion without prior notice. Finalists and submitted entries shall be bound by any amendments or addition to the entry requirements, rules and regulations herewith.

 

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MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES THAT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED:

  • Footage that were not taken by the artist.
  • Any copyrighted video from digital sources (internet).
  • Footage with violent content, nudity or obscenity.
  • Any logos or derivative works.
  • Any images or derivative works depicting the Apple brand, Power Mac Center brand and its products.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Duly accomplished application form with the list of the main and supporting roles, production, technical and creative teams.
  2. For students, provide a copy of the members’ Certificate of Enrollment for SY 2015-2016.
  3. Three (3) DVD copies with a maximum resolution of 1280/70. Video encoding format of MPEG-4 / H264. The DVD should include the short film entry, the 1-minute trailer and all raw files that were taken using your iOS devices.
  4. DVD cover must contain the following information:
    a) Entry Title
    b) Director’s Name
  5. Enclose all requirements in a short brown envelope, properly labeled with the following details:
    a) Contest Title
    b) Entry Title
    c) Director’s Name
    d) Category (Student or Professional)
  6. Submit your entries to any branch of Power Mac Center.

Criteria for Judging

  1. Creativity of Presentation – 50%
    • Originality of presentation
    • Overall appeal
    • Inspiring/moving story
  2. Technical Presentation – 50%
    • Quality of film presentation
    • Writing/script
    • Directing
    • Editing
    • Videography
    • Sound design/music (original or with permission)
    • Acting/performance
    TOTAL: 100%

People’s Choice Awards

Encourage your friends to vote for your entry for the People’s Choice Award by liking your entry which will be posted in Power Mac Center’s YouTube channel.

Adobo Design Awards Asia

Power Mac Center aims to honor the brightest and best local talents in contemporary creativity further by participating at the Adobo Design Awards Asia (ADAA) Open/Theme category: Digital Short Film. Student entries are automatically eligible to win the much coveted ADAA recognition (Student category) while professionals will have to pay a nominal fee of Php500 for their category.

“Power Mac Center challenges everyone to reconnect with their inner artist. We need a new breed of storytellers now and with the amazing things you can do on the iPad and iPhone, the only limit is your creativity,” said Joey Alvarez, Marketing Director of Power Mac Center.

Prizes at Stake

Student Category

Recipient of 1 Gold Award: Php 10,000 worth of Power Mac Center Gift Cards
Recipient of 1 Platinum Award: Php 15,000 worth of Power Mac Center Gift Cards
Recipient of 1 Diamond Award: Php 30,000 worth of Power Mac Center Gift Cards

Professional Category

Recipient of 1 Gold Award: Php 20,000 worth of Power Mac Center Gift Cards
Recipient of 1 Platinum Award: Php 30,000 worth of Power Mac Center Gift Cards
Recipient of 1 Diamond Award: Php 50,000 worth of Power Mac Center Gift Cards

Adobo Design Award for Digital Short

Recipient of 1 Award for Student: iPad Pro and Apple Pencil
Recipient of 1 Award for Professional: iPad Pro and Apple Pencil
People’s Choice Award Recipient of 1 Award: Php 10,000 worth of Power Mac Center Gift Cards

Deadline of Submission of Entries

The deadline for submission of entries is on March 20, 2016. For the registration form and full contest mechanics, visit https://goo.gl/yWBXkT.

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Cinemansanas Workshops

As in the previous year, Pixelworx Cinemansanas will feature a series of workshops led by brand ambassadors, as well as live demo sessions in select Power Mac Center stores. This year’s workshops will showcase some of the country’s premier figures in the film industry.

Pixelworx Ambassadors

The chosen Pixelworx ambassadors are the following:

  • Erik Matti for Direction (Mar 19-20, Trinoma, 2-6PM)
  • Yam Laranas for Cinematography (Mar 12-13, Greenbelt 3, 2-6PM) & Directing and Storytelling through Editing (March 19-20, Power Mac Center Greenbelt 3)
  • Ricky Lee for Scriptwriting (Feb 27-28, Trinoma, 2-6PM)
  • Mario Cornejo and Monster Jimenez for Film Production (Feb 13-14, Greenbelt 3, 2-6 PM)

It is a rare opportunity to have these distinguished film artists share their unconventional way of visual storytelling to equip participants with valuable skills that can help in their own filmmaking.

In-Store Activities

Apart from the workshops, also scheduled are in-store activities featuring live demonstrations of apps used for filmmaking. Topics include Digital Filmmaking with iMovie, Musical Scoring with GarageBand, and Final Cut Pro X for Mac OS. This will show how Apple devices can be used as instruments in crafting in any chosen medium, particularly in creating film masterpieces.

Interested participants may check the Power Mac Center social media accounts for the online registration announcement.

For more information, visit any Power Mac Center branch, or go to http://www.powermaccenter.com or call 855-8888.

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WINNERS: Screen Actors Guild Awards 2016

The 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards was held Saturday, January 30 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles after the voting by the 165,000 members of SAG-AFTR.

The awards were handed out to both films and television series as broadcasted on TBS and TNT. Early awards for stunt performers were handed out to Mad Max: Fury Road and Game of Thrones respectively. The remaining 13 awards were given during the live telecast.

Here is the complete list of winners of SAG Awards 2016 along with the nominees for each category:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

  • SPOTLIGHT (Open Road Films) (WINNER)
    BILLY CRUDUP / Eric MacLeish
    BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES / Matty Carroll
    MICHAEL KEATON / Walter “Robby” Robinson
    RACHEL McADAMS / Sacha Pfeiffer
    MARK RUFFALO / Michael Rezendes
    LIEV SCHREIBER / Marty Baron
    JOHN SLATTERY / Ben Bradlee, Jr.
    STANLEY TUCCI / Mitchell Garabedian
  • BEASTS OF NO NATION (Netflix)
  • THE BIG SHORT (Paramount Pictures)
  • STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON (Universal Pictures)
  • TRUMBO (Bleecker Street)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

  • DOWNTON ABBEY (Masterpiece/PBS) (WINNER)
    HUGH BONNEVILLE / Robert, Earl of Grantham
    LAURA CARMICHAEL / Lady Edith Crawley
    JIM CARTER / Mr. Carson
    RAQUEL CASSIDY / Baxter
    BRENDAN COYLE / Mr. Bates
    TOM CULLEN / Anthony Gillingham
    MICHELLE DOCKERY / Lady Mary Crawley
    KEVIN DOYLE / Mr. Molesley
    JOANNE FROGGATT / Anna Bates
    LILY JAMES / Lady Rose
    ROBERT JAMES-COLLIER / Thomas Barrow
    ALLEN LEECH / Tom Branson
    PHYLLIS LOGAN / Mrs. Hughes
    ELIZABETH McGOVERN / Cora, Countess of Grantham
    SOPHIE McSHERA / Daisy
    LESLEY NICOL / Mrs. Patmore
    JULIAN OVENDEN / Charles Blake
    DAVID ROBB / Dr. Clarkson
    MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
    PENELOPE WILTON / Isobel Crawley
  • GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
  • HOMELAND (Showtime)
  • HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix)
  • MAD MEN (AMC)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

  • ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix) (WINNER)
    UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren
    MIKE BIRBIGLIA / Danny Pearson
    MARSHA STEPHANIE BLAKE / Berdie Rogers
    DANIELLE BROOKS / Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson
    LAVERNE COX / Sophia Burset
    JACKIE CRUZ / Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales
    CATHERINE CURTIN / Wanda Bell
    LEA DELARIA / Carrie “Big Boo” Black
    BETH FOWLER / Sister Jane Ingalls
    JOEL MARSH GARLAND / Scott O’Neill
    KIMIKO GLENN / Brook Soso
    ANNIE GOLDEN / Norma Romano
    DIANE GUERRERO / Maritza Ramos
    MICHAEL J. HARNEY / Sam Healy
    VICKY JEUDY / Janae Watson
    SELENIS LEYVA / Gloria Mendoza
    TARYN MANNING / Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett
    ADRIENNE C. MOORE / Black Cindy
    KATE MULGREW / Galina “Red” Reznikov
    EMMA MYLES / Leanne Taylor
    MATT PETERS / Joel Luschek
    LORI PETTY / Lolly Whitehill
    JESSICA PIMENTEL / Maria Ruiz
    DASCHA POLANCO / Dayanara Diaz
    LAURA PREPON / Alex Vause
    ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ / Aleida Diaz
    RUBY ROSE / Stella Carlin
    NICK SANDOW / Joe Caputo
    ABIGAIL SAVAGE / Gina
    TAYLOR SCHILLING / Piper Chapman
    CONSTANCE SHULMAN / Yoga Jones
    DALE SOULES / Frieda
    YAEL STONE / Lorna Morello
    SAMIRA WILEY / Poussey Washington
  • THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
  • KEY & PEELE (Comedy Central)
  • MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
  • TRANSPARENT (Amazon)
  • VEEP (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

  • BRIE LARSON / Ma – “ROOM” (A24) (WINNER)
  • CATE BLANCHETT / Carol Aird – “CAROL” (The Weinstein Company)
  • HELEN MIRREN / Maria Altmann – “WOMAN IN GOLD” (The Weinstein Company)
  • SAOIRSE RONAN / Eilis – “BROOKLYN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • SARAH SILVERMAN / Laney Brooks – “I SMILE BACK” (Broad Green Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

  • LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / Hugh Glass – “THE REVENANT” (20th Century Fox) (WINNER)
  • BRYAN CRANSTON / Dalton Trumbo – “TRUMBO” (Bleecker Street)
  • JOHNNY DEPP / James “Whitey” Bulger – “BLACK MASS” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • MICHAEL FASSBENDER / Steve Jobs – “STEVE JOBS” (Universal Pictures)
  • EDDIE REDMAYNE / Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe – “THE DANISH GIRL” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

  • VIOLA DAVIS / Annalise Keating – “HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER” (ABC) (WINNER)
  • CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison – “HOMELAND” (Showtime)
  • JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick – “THE GOOD WIFE” (CBS)
  • MAGGIE SMITH / Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham – “DOWNTON ABBEY” (Masterpiece/PBS)
  • ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

  • KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix) (WINNER)
  • PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister – “GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)
  • JON HAMM / Don Draper – “MAD MEN” (AMC)
  • RAMI MALEK / Elliot – “MR. ROBOT” (USA Network)
  • BOB ODENKIRK / Jimmy McGill – “BETTER CALL SAUL” (AMC)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

  • JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman – “TRANSPARENT” (Amazon) (WINNER)
  • TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
  • LOUIS C.K. / Louie – “LOUIE” (FX Networks)
  • WILLIAM H. MACY / Frank – “SHAMELESS” (Showtime)
  • JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper – “THE BIG BANG THEORY” (CBS)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

  • UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” (Netflix) (WINNER)
  • EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton – “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime)
  • ELLIE KEMPER / Kimmy Schmidt – “UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT” (Netflix)
  • JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / President Selina Meyer – “VEEP” (HBO)
  • AMY POEHLER / Leslie Knope – “PARKS AND RECREATION” (NBC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

  • ALICIA VIKANDER / Gerda Wegener – “THE DANISH GIRL” (Focus Features) (WINNER)
  • ROONEY MARA / Therese Belivet – “CAROL” (The Weinstein Company)
  • RACHEL McADAMS / Sacha Pfeiffer – “SPOTLIGHT” (Open Road Films)
  • HELEN MIRREN / Hedda Hopper – “TRUMBO” (Bleecker Street)
  • KATE WINSLET / Joanna Hoffman – “STEVE JOBS” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

  • IDRIS ELBA / Commandant – “BEASTS OF NO NATION” (Netflix) (WINNER)
  • CHRISTIAN BALE / Michael Burry – “THE BIG SHORT” (Paramount Pictures)
  • MARK RYLANCE / Abel Rudolph – “BRIDGE OF SPIES” (DreamWorks)
  • MICHAEL SHANNON / Rick Carver – “99 HOMES” (Broad Green Pictures)
  • JACOB TREMBLAY / Jack – “ROOM” (A24)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

  • QUEEN LATIFAH / Bessie Smith – “BESSIE” (HBO) (WINNER)
  • NICOLE KIDMAN / Grace – “GRACE OF MONACO” (Lifetime)
  • CHRISTINA RICCI / Lizzie Borden – “THE LIZZIE BORDEN CHRONICLES” (Lifetime)
  • SUSAN SARANDON / Gladys Mortenson – “THE SECRET LIFE OF MARILYN MONROE” (Lifetime)
  • KRISTEN WIIG / Delores DeWinter – “THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING” (IFC)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

  • IDRIS ELBA / DCI John Luther – “LUTHER” (BBC America) (WINNER)
  • BEN KINGSLEY / Grand Vizier Ay – “TUT” (Spike)
  • RAY LIOTTA / Lorca/Tom Mitchell – “TEXAS RISING” (History)
  • BILL MURRAY / Himself – “A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS” (Netflix)
  • MARK RYLANCE / Thomas Cromwell – “WOLF HALL” (Masterpiece/PBS)

SAG AWARDS® HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

  • “MAD MAX: FURY ROAD” (Warner Bros. Pictures) (WINNER)
  • “EVEREST” (Universal Pictures)
  • “FURIOUS 7” (Universal Pictures)
  • “JURASSIC WORLD” (Universal Pictures)
  • “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

  • “GAME OF THRONES” (HBO) (WINNER)
  • “THE BLACKLIST” (NBC)
  • “HOMELAND” (Showtime)
  • “MARVEL’S DAREDEVIL” (Netflix)
  • “THE WALKING DEAD” (AMC)

WINNERS: CineKabalen Kapampangan Film Festival 2016

The winners of the fifth CineKabalen Kapampangan Film Festival were awarded Saturday at PGN Roof Garden, Peter G. Nepomuceno Center for Professional Development, Holy Angel University, Angeles City.

The following are the winners of CineKabalen 2016:

Best Short Film: PAMAGSADIA (Preparation) by Gabrielle Tayag (Angeles)

2nd Best Short Film: RATATAT NANG DANTE (Dante’s Shot) by Jasper Ramon Tulabot (Paniqui, Tarlac)

Best Direction: PAMAGSADIA

Best Screenplay: PAMAGSADIA

Best Cinematography: PAMAGSADIA

Best Actor: Waka Hasegawa for RATATAT NANG DANTE

Best Actress: Michelle Perfecto for PAMAGSADIA

Best Editing: SIWALA (Voice) by Josue Gopez (Angeles)

Best Sound & Music: SIWALA

Best Production Design: SIWALA

Kapampangan Culture Award: LUMPUT (Fishnet) by Arcel Juan Lacap

Citation (Munag Sumala category): DANUM (Water) by Pearl Lagman (San Fernando, Pampanga)

The winners each received a customized unique trophy depicting animals from Kapampangan mythology: Gintung Tugak, Gintung Tikbalang, Gintung Matsing, Gintung Salaksak, Gintung Dapu, and Gintung Damulag. These are original trophies created by Kapampangan artist Don Reich De Dios.

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Sony Pictures to distribute ‘Blade Runner’ sequel in PH

LOS ANGELES, CA, JANUARY 25, 2016 – Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute Alcon Entertainment’s follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece “Blade Runner” in all overseas territories (including the Philippines) in all media; with Warner Bros. Pictures distributing in North America and Canada through its output agreement with Alcon, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

Denis Villeneuve is directing the film starring Ryan Gosling (“The Big Short”) and Harrison Ford (“Star Wars”) who is reprising his role as Rick Deckard. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott. The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original.

Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to “Blade Runner” in 2011 from the late producer Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will produce along with Johnson and Kosove. Bud Yorkin will receive producer credit.

Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers. Ridley Scott will also executive produce.

The film marks Villenueve’s third collaboration with 13-time Oscar nominee Roger Deakins, who will serve as cinematographer, following Alcon’s “Prisoners” and the hit drug-trafficking drama “Sicario,” which brought Deakins his latest Oscar nomination.

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Principal photography on Villenueve’s new “Blade Runner” film is scheduled to begin in July 2016.

States Kosove and Johnson: “We are excited to work with Tom Rothman, Michael Lynton and then entire Sony team on this very special project as well as maintaining our important and long-standing relationship with our domestic partner Warner Bros. Pictures.”

States Tom Rothman: “At Sony, we have made a strong commitment to the international marketplace. We know of few projects with greater international potential than the long dreamed of sequel to `Blade Runner,’ especially given the all-star creative team Andrew and Broderick have assembled. We are deeply grateful to everyone at Alcon, Denis and Ridley for entrusting us with such a gift. Working on a `Blade Runner’ film also fulfills a long-time personal ambition, as I deeply love and admire the original.”

Among its many distinctions, “Blade Runner” has been singled out as one of the greatest movies of all time by innumerable polls and media outlets, and overwhelmingly as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications.

Released in 1982 by Warner Bros. Pictures, “Blade Runner” was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and was directed by Ridley Scott, following his landmark film, “Alien.” The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction) and is now regarded by media and cineastes as one of the greatest movies of all time and the defining vision of the cyberpunk genre.

In 1993, “Blade Runner” was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.

The “Blade Runner” sequel will be distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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Time to kill with Brandon Routh in sci-fi thriller ‘400 Days’

In the new sci-thriller film “400 Days,” Brandon Routh plays Theo, one of four astronauts (with Dane Cook, Ben Feldman and Lotz) who are on a simulated space mission, kept underground, to explore the effects of being isolated for a long period of time.

Brandon Routh soared into the media limelight when cast as “The Man of Steel” in director Bryan Singer’s highly anticipated revival of the original superhero film franchise Superman Returns.

After joining the CW series Arrow as DC Comics superhero The Atom, Brandon will next spin off the character into the upcoming series Legends of Tomorrow, also for the CW. In 2013, Routh voiced David “Hesh” Walker in the video game Call of Duty: Ghosts and appeared in the CBS comedy series Partners, from the creators of Will & Grace. Also in 2012, Brandon starred in Crooked Arrows, as the coach of a Native American lacrosse team playing in a prep school league tournament.

What drew you to “400 Days”?

I had never really done a sci-fi thriller or a thriller of any sort, and I was kind of intrigued by the process. I’m not a huge fan of scary movies, horror movies, but I do like thrillers. I also like the whole idea, the concept of space simulation. And I’d never done astronaut stuff either.

How would you do if you had to be sequestered away?

I’d like to think that I’d do OK. Now, with a 3-year-old son, maybe not so well, just because I’d be very worried about him not seeing me. … That would definitely make a journey like that much more challenging. But prior to having a kid, I’d like to think that I had the mental fortitude to do it, and I like those challenges. I don’t know — a lot of it would depend on the people that you’re with, too. It would make a big difference about how your time goes, the people that you’re trapped with.

This is writer/director Matt Osterman’s second film. How was it working with him?

Matt is great, very passionate about his projects. He’s the writer/director, he came up with this concept and he really has a lot of passion he brought to the set, always coming up with new ideas. [He] was very collaborative working with all of us, because there are a lot of what might be red herrings in the movie and he had to explain all them to us sometimes because it’s such a head trip. There are things happening that I didn’t even realize. … And sometimes you don’t get it until you see the finished product. The film looks great and he had a great ability to communicate with the all cast and crew. And we’re both from the Midwest. He’s from Minnesota, I’m from Iowa. It was awesome to have a Midwest teamup.

You co-star with Dane Cook. How do you think he did in a more dramatic role?

It was the first time I’d met Dane and didn’t know what to expect. He’s a very nice guy, very down to earth. His stage presence is definitely more of a persona he puts on. He’s certainly funny in person, but maybe because he doesn’t want to be the guy cracking jokes all the time. But, he certainly is very witty and very collaborative. He’s a producer on the film, and he helped to make the world the way that it is, very welcoming to me and we had a good time. And I think he did really great job, had a nice, grounded performance. We have a couple heated moments in the movie where our characters get upset with each other, and it was great. He did a fantastic job. I think he has great ability and will continue to do more, I hope.

“400 Days” opens February 3, 2016 nationwide as released and distributed by Captive Cinema.

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Winning movie ‘Brooklyn’ features fashion, music throwbacks

Brought to life with the dreamlike shadings of a love poem, “Brooklyn” unfolds in two distinctly atmospheric worlds: one amid the cloistered, muted beauty of Enniscorthy, Ireland and the other in the bustling chaos of New York’s Brooklyn, the frequent first stop of many immigrants to America, starring Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen and Domhnall Gleeson who make up the film’s love triangle.

The entirety of “Brooklyn” builds to the life-altering decisions Eilis (Ronan) must make: between Tony (Cohen) and Jim (Gleeson), between Brooklyn and Ireland, between her past and what she wants for her future. Everyone involved knew from the start that the story hinged on the uncertainty of her ultimate choice.

Saoirse Ronan as "Eilis" and Eileen O'Higgins as "Nancy" in BROOKLYN. Photo by Kerry Brown.  © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
Saoirse Ronan as “Eilis” and Eileen O’Higgins as “Nancy” in BROOKLYN. Photo by Kerry Brown. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Helping to recreate the era in the minds of actors were the beautiful clothes sourced and created by Odile Dicks-Mireaux to evoke the inimitable elegance and grace of 1950s New York. She was thrilled to step back into that era. “It was a complete pleasure to work with these characters,” says Dicks-Mireaux, “and there was so much craftsmanship and invention in the 1950s period.”

The early era of street photography, especially work by the mysterious Vivian Maier and iconic New York shooter Elliott Erwitt, inspired Dicks-Mireaux with their candid shots of transient city moments. However, she avoided even glancing at the couture of the era.

Jessica Paré as "Miss Fortini" and Saoirse Ronan as "Eilis" in BROOKLYN. Photo by Kerry Brown.  © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
Jessica Paré as “Miss Fortini” and Saoirse Ronan as “Eilis” in BROOKLYN. Photo by Kerry Brown. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

“John’s specific edict was to not look at any fashion magazines because this is a story of real people – of working class girls trying to make their living in New York,” she explains. “In every aspect of the film, John wanted the look to be very natural and real.”

Dicks-Mireaux especially enjoyed contrasting fashionable Brooklyn, of which Eilis is soon a part, with the more austere dress of Enniscorthy. “There was a huge difference between America and Ireland in those post-war years,” she explains. “The styles could not have been more distinct which is perfect for the story we’re telling. In America it was a time of rich color – reds, caramels and yellow ochres, pinks and pale colors – that just did not exist then in Ireland.”

An equal contributor to the film’s transporting atmosphere is the music, led by an aching score from Michael Brook (Into The Wild, The Fighter). There is also a transcendent musical moment — when Eilis volunteers to serve Christmas lunch to downtrodden Irish immigrants, only to be enraptured by one homesick man’s stirring Irish lament.

Saoirse Ronan as "Eilis" and Emory Cohen as "Tony" in BROOKLYN. Photo by Kerry Brown.  © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
Saoirse Ronan as “Eilis” and Emory Cohen as “Tony” in BROOKLYN. Photo by Kerry Brown. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
Jane Brennan as "Mary" and Saoirse Ronan as "Eilis" in BROOKLYN. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
Jane Brennan as “Mary” and Saoirse Ronan as “Eilis” in BROOKLYN. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Colm Tóibín told Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey that the unique voice of Irish singer Iarla Ó Lionáird had been a particular inspiration to him while writing that scene. Inspired themselves, they approached Ó Lionáird and were delighted to be able to bring him to Montreal to perform “Casadh an Tsúgáin” live on the set.

Ó Lionáird fully understood why it would impact Eilis so deeply. “It’s a love song, in which the repeating chorus talks about a man asking the woman to define in what way she’s connected to him,” he explains. “That resonates for Eilis, in that she’s connected to two worlds. In the song, the man is asking the woman ‘if you’re with me, you’re with me’ and he says ‘be with me in front of everybody, show everybody, be clear.’ She has to step into her own future and to decide what that is.”

Ronan was as moved as Eilis is during the scene. “Through this incredible voice, Iarla was able to communicate every emotion that you go through when you’re away from home,” she says.

Julie Walters as "Mrs. Kehoe" and Saoirse Ronan as "Eilis" in BROOKLYN. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.  © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
Julie Walters as “Mrs. Kehoe” and Saoirse Ronan as “Eilis” in BROOKLYN. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

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“Brooklyn” is now playing exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Trinoma, Alabang Town Center, Greenbelt 3, Market! Market!, Fairview Terraces) from 20th Century Fox distributed by Warner Bros.

GUIDE: Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival 2016

Now in its second year, Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival 2016 will run from April 21 to 26 at the following cinemas: SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Aura, and SM Manila.  Join the Facebook event here.

Screening Schedules

OPENING FILM: The festival will have its opening ceremony at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura Premiere on April 21, Thursday, at 5:00 PM. This will be followed by the screening of the 2015 documentary Human by French environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

GABI NG PARANGAL: The Awards Night is set on April 24, Sunday, 6:00 PM, also at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura Premiere. The festival jury is headed by award-winning filmmaker Lav Diaz.

CLOSING FILM: Mike van Diem’s 2015 romantic comedy film The Surprise will serve as the festival’s closing film on April 26, Thursday, 7:00 PM at SM Megamall Cinema 1.

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Since its successful inauguration last March 2015, the first set of featured films have debuted in various international film festivals. “The exposure of the filmmakers in other countries brings pride and honor to Sinag Maynila and to the Filipino Filmmakers,” says Festival Director Brillante Mendoza. As we welcome the new year, the independent film festival Sinag Maynila already has a line-up of films to be premiered by April 2016.

Conceptualized and helmed by its CEO and Founder Wilson Tieng, together with world-renowned and internationally acclaimed film director Brillante Mendoza, Sinag Maynila gives grants to independent filmmakers so they can develop their individual material to a full-length film for public exhibition. For 2016, the festival has been opened to any Filipino independent filmmaker who wish to apply for a film grant.


Short Film Finalists

The short film entries will be screened at SM Megamall on April 23 and 24 (Saturday and Sunday). Entries included in each of the two sets will be listed here later:

  1. Ang Kapinunan Kan Mga Alon Sa Danay (Where The Lake’s Ripple Begin) – Jennifer Lyn Romano
  2. Ang Piyeta (The Pieta) – Maestro Mark Sherwin Marquez
  3. Apo – Joshua Roque
  4. Apuhap – Raf Evangelista
  5. Fructus Ventris (Fruit Of Her Womb) – Wence Albert R. Trajano & Elton James Marcelo
  6. Hide Post – Envangello Cyedel Dela Pena
  7. Ilog Waga – Jae-re Louise Liwanag
  8. Ina Namin (Our Mother) – Brian Spencer Reyes
  9. Indio – Leahlou D. Abellanosa
  10. Neon – Rod Michael Tumbaga
  11. Nino – Ferdinand Mesias & Ronyel Compra
  12. Plus Sign – Nikko Paciben
  13. The Foreseeing – Daniel Morial & Jeth Ordeniza

Samsung Cinephone Finalists

  1. 99% – John Paolo S. Barcena
  2. Changing Roads – Angela Andres & Freana Garcia
  3. Espayb – Ebone Cimafranca, Jacquiline Hidalgo, Jessica Rubete & Juselle Roble
  4. Google Map – Chaira Mae Prado
  5. In a Dog’s Eyes – Michaela Veronica B. Padora
  6. Lapis – Partick Joseph C. Leano
  7. Litrato ng Nakaraan – Angelika Deofilo, Danilo Garcia & Samantha Mariano
  8. Tapat Si Tatay – Klaire Marie Zubiri & Faye Isabel Estrada
  9. Walang Wi-fi sa Dagat – Paul Arrenze Dionela

Feature Film Finalists

Five chosen filmmakers closely collaborated with Tieng and Mendoza. This collaboration resulted in stories that reflect the Filipino culture while illustrating messages that will resonate globally.

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Adolf Alix JrMRS. by Adolf Alix Jr.

Starring: Elizabeth Oropesa, Lotlot de Leon, Rosanna Roces, Anita Linda, Mark Herras.

70-year-old Virginia shares the old ancestral house with Delia, her ever-loyal maid. Delia is marrying her long-time boyfriend, Rene, and tearfully confides to Virginia that she wants to go home to her parents in the province to start a new family life with him. Haunted by a past that Virginia tries to conquer—her only son Sonny Boy who disappeared years ago, what follows shows a portrait of a woman and a mother trying to juggle the sad realities of life in a cycle of life and death.

Read more: Elizabeth Oropesa, Lotlot de Leon topbill Adolf Alix Jr.’s ‘Mrs.’


Ato BautistaEXPRESSWAY by Ato Bautista

Starring: Alvin Anson, Aljur Abrenica, RK Bagatsing, Kiko Matos, Inez Bernardo, Japo Parcero, Arpee Bautista, Jim Libiran.

A syndicate old-timer named Ben needs to do one last assignment before the boss he works for grants him his much delayed retirement. Assigned to be his partner is the neophyte Morris, a trigger-happy, sadist who yearns to impress the syndicate boss. For Ben, this last assignment turns out to be a journey of introspection, self-healing and redemption. With this awakening, he takes it upon himself to pull Morris out of the eventual hell-of-a-life he says he has lived as a hitman.

Read more: Aljur Abrenica, Alvin Anson star in Ato Bautista’s ‘Expressway’


Mes De GuzmanDYAMPER by Mes De Guzman

Starring: Carlo Aquino, Alchris Galura, Tim Mabalot, Kristofer King, Liza Dino-Seguerra, Debbie Garcia.

Three friends wait along Dalton Pass every dawn to jump at the back of rice delivery trucks to steal the goods and sell it at the wet market as their means of income. One of them accidentally gets a pack of drugs in one of the trucks they jumped and finds themselves in jeopardy when its owners track them down to retrieve the stash, and gives them a chance to get off the hook by means of taking on a risky mission.

Read more: Mes De Guzman’s ‘Dyamper’ depicts real-life struggle in Nueva Vizcaya


Jay AltarejosT.P.O. by Joselito Altarejos

Starring: Oliver Aquino, Mara Lopez, Micko Laurente, Menggie Cobarrubias, Lui Manansala.

T.P.O. tells the story of Miguel, an abusive husband to Teresa, a former town-beauty queen. They have an eight-year old son, JR. Their small family lives with Miguel’s parents. The family is shattered by the vicious cycle of domestic abuse. Just like our legal system, the film slowly unravels their story. 

Read more: Mara Lopez plays battered wife in Jay Altarejos’ ‘T.P.O.’


Gino SantosLILA by Gino Santos

Starring: Janine Gutierrez, Enchong Dee, Sherry Alingod, Migs Cuaderno.

Jess is a young woman running from her past and moves into the house of a warmhearted landlady. She finds a diary in her room that belonged to an old tenant. As days pass, strange occurrences ensue and the diary’s words take an eerie turn when Jess finds herself in the middle of a malevolent turn of events from a dark past not entirely her own.

Read more: Janine Gutierrez, Enchong Dee escape dark past in Gino M. Santos’ ‘Lila’


Ticket Rates

The rate for the tickets depends on participating SM Cinemas (SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Aura Premiere, and SM Manila).

Festival passes can be purchased through SM Cinema’s E-Plus outlets. For P699, you can have a limited edition Sinag Maynila 2016 E-Plus card and access to all five feature-length entries, opening film, closing film, a film appreciation course and one movie from Blink.

For more updates, look for Sinag Maynila on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

WATCH: ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ catapults new trailer

The delightful characters from the beloved – and addicting – mobile game app come to life in the new trailer for Columbia Pictures’ “The Angry Birds Movie.” The trailer may be viewed below.

In the 3D animated comedy, “The Angry Birds Movie,” we’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry.

The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis, “Horrible Bosses”), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad in his first animated role since “Frozen”), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride, “This is the End”) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

Chuck (Josh Gad) and Red (Jason Sudeikis) on the beach in Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animation's ANGRY BIRDS.
Chuck (Josh Gad) and Red (Jason Sudeikis) on the beach in Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animation’s ANGRY BIRDS.

Featuring a hilarious, all-star voice cast that includes Bill Hader (“Inside Out”), Maya Rudolph (“Bridesmaids”), and Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), as well as Keegan-Michael Key (“Pitch Perfect 2”), Kate McKinnon (upcoming “Ghostbusters”), Tony Hale (“Veep”), Ike Barinholtz (“Neighbors”), Hannibal Buress (“Broad City”), Jillian Bell (“22 Jump Street”), Danielle Brooks (“Orange is the New Black”), Latin music sensation Romeo Santos, and YouTube stars Smosh (Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla), the Columbia Pictures/Rovio Entertainment film is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis, produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder, screenplay by Jon Vitti, and executive produced by Mikael Hed and David Maisel.

Opening across the Philippines on May 11, 2016, “Angry Birds” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.