Oscar nominee, first-time director Tim Miller helms ‘Deadpool’

Make no mistake about it, the term first-time director may project an impression of being inexperienced, yet despite the fact that Tim Miller’s first feature film is “Deadpool,” his unique approach in filmmaking makes him acutely ready to helm this year’s hotly anticipated superhero movie starring Ryan Reynolds in the titular role.

Tim Miller is already an Academy Award nominee for his previous work in the movie “Gopher Broke” nominated for the Best Animated Short Film. Miller is also the co-founder of Blur Studio, which specializes in visual effects and animation for the motion picture and videogame industries.


Moreover, his experience and work in the fantastic title sequences and breakthrough CG action shots for films such as the highly-acclaimed “The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo” by David Fincher, “Thor: The Dark World” and Taylor’s Marvel adaptations make Miller bring his own kind of storytelling and action into the movie “Deadpool” adapted from the Marvel Comics created in 1991 by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld.

“Deadpool” which also stars Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, TJ Miller and Ed Skrein tells the origin of Wade Wilson (Reynolds), whose terminal cancer is ‘cured’ by the same Weapon X program that created Wolverine, leaving him permanently disfigured, but impervious to pain and able to regenerate from his wounds. A pop culture-literate antihero different amongst comic book characters, “Deadpool” has been dubbed as ‘The Merc with a Mouth” who can break the fourth wall and flip superhero conventions in their head.


Miller recalls that a (20th Century) Fox executive who’d been working on the “X-Men: First Class” movie had seen his work on a piece he had done for a DC universe project, “He thought X-Men: First Class” could use some help with working out the detailed action choreography, so I was brought on to help with that. He was like, “You understand superheroes and how they fight each other. He came down and we met, and by the end of that meeting he said, “You know, I think you should really be directing your own film. You’re a first-timer so I can’t get you on anything big, but we have this other film… Deadpool. Are you interested?” I’d read the script already and I thought it was great, so I jumped at the chance. And then there were a whole series of hurdles to jump over, to make sure Ryan liked me, to make sure [the producer] Lauren Shuler Donner liked me, to make sure I wasn’t some kind of crazy weirdo,” shares Miller.

Tim Miller’s “Deadpool” movie features endless references to Reynolds’ own dalliances with the superhero universe, and most especially his lead role in “Green Lantern.” Suffice to say, Wade Wilson isn’t a fan. “Please don’t make the super-suit green,” he tells the facility scientists. “Or animated.” When Fox showed off a teaser for the film at Comic-Con, the studio poked fun at their own first go at the character. “From the studio that inexplicably sewed his mouth shut the first time, comes five-time Academy Award viewer Ryan Reynolds…”

A different kind, in fact, not-the-hero-you’re-expecting saves the day when “Deadpool” opens February 10, 2016 in Philippine cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.


Heroes collide in new concept art from ‘Captain America: Civil War’

Heroes square off against hero in new art for Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War.” Check out the artwork and see “Captain America: Civil War” in Philippine cinemas on April 27, 2016.

Tensions rise as the world governments demand accountability for our heroes’ actions in “Captain America: Civil War,” pitting friend against friend.

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Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd and Frank Grillo, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl.

Anthony & Joe Russo are directing with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The screenplay is by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.

Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts when Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens across the Philippines on April 27, 2016.

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Follow the official social media accounts of Marvel, namely, (FB) MarvelPhilippines, (Twitter) @marvelstudiosph and (Instagram) @marvelphilippines.

Cinematheque Centre Manila to open in Ermita

Here are the screening schedules at CINEMATHEQUE CENTRE MANILA this January 2016. All film viewings are FREE admission on a first-come, first-served basis except for ‘Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon’ (P200) and ‘Esoterika: Maynila’ (P100).

Cinematheque Centre Manila January 2016 screening schedules

Born out of the need for an alternative and accessible venue for exhibiting and preserving Filipino and world cinema, the Cinematheque Centre Manila joins its predecessors in Baguio, Iloilo, Davao, and Zamboanga, becoming the first of its kind in Metro Manila.

GUIDE: January 2016 schedule of Cinematheque Centre Manila

Created in the hope of elevating our national identity and heritage by further exposure and appreciation for cinema, the institution is especially dedicated to preserving and enriching film culture in the Philippines.

The Cinematheque Centre Manila houses the Cinematheque Manila Theater, the Museo ng Pelikulang Pilipino, offices of the National Film Archives of the Philippines, the FILM ASEAN Knowledge Management Center, and the offices of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), as well as the supplementary Cinematheque Café, Film shop, and classrooms.

The Cinematheque Centre Manila aims to be a hub for the overall development of the community’s education and understanding towards Filipino and international film culture. As such, film screenings, workshops, symposiums, and other events will strive to empower future generations of Filipino filmmakers.

The Film ASEAN Knowledge Management Center, which includes the FILM ASEAN library and the FILM ASEAN Systems Training classrooms, will connect the local film scene with that of its neighboring ASEAN states, being Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, to support the ASEAN integration in relation to film culture, that will greatly benefit the overall development of film and audiovisuals in the region.

Found in the Cinematheque Centre Manila is also the National Film Archives of the Philippines which is mandated to preserve and restore the country’s film heritage, and ensure proper archiving through various formats.

Cinematheque Centre Manila theater

The Cinematheque Theater will be screening a line-up of special Filipino and Danish films throughout the month of January celebrating the Cinematheque Centre Manila’s inauguration. The run of films celebrating the inauguration will begin on January 8 and end on the 31st.

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), on January 8, 2016 at 5:00pm. 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.

For film screening schedules and details please the FDCP website at http://www.fdcp.ph or follow the Cinematheque Centre Manila Facebook page.

Cinematheque Centre Manila Building