Derek, Solenn, Kean, Kiray star in romantic comedy ‘Love is Blind’

From Regal Entertainment Inc., makers of the highly successful rom-com movie “The Prenup” and the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) blockbuster “Haunted Mansion,” comes this year’s most riotous love story, “Love is Blind,” which explodes on the big screen starting February 10.

“Love is Blind” is a must-see movie come Valentine season as it grants everyone hope to love and be loved aside from the fact that it offers wacky romantic situations involving main cast Derek Ramsay, Solenn Heussaff, Kean Cipriano and Kiray Celis.

In “Love is Blind,” Wade (Derek) is a spoiled bachelor, who turns his back on sassy girlfriend Maggie (Solenn) when he meets Fe (Kiray), a hotel intern who looks so much like his ex-girlfriend.

Unknown to Wade, Fe’s secret weapon is a love potion, which transforms her into Maggie’s character every time she and Wade meet.

The storyline is so ticklish and the scenes are so zany in that its full trailer immediately got the audience’s thumbs up after its launch on Regal’s social media accounts.

In three days, it reached almost 1 million views on Cinema Bravo’s Facebook page, reaching 5 million users in total.

“Love is Blind” pairs off real-life ex-lovers Derek and Solenn in a movie for the first time. The movie also serves as the biggest break of Kiray, who is now dubbed as the female version of late comedian Rene Requiestas.

Surprisingly, Derek and Kiray display a unique brand of chemistry on the big screen. As Derek proudly says via an Instagram post, Kiray is the hottest leading lady he has ever have, toppling the likes of screen sirens Anne Curtis, Cristine Reyes and Andi Eigenmann.

“Love is Blind” is under the direction of award-winning director Jason Paul Laxamana, who previously helmed “Babagwa” (Cinemalaya), “Astro Mayabang” (Cinema One Originals) and “Magkakabaung” (Metro Manila Film Festival – New Wave).

Join Derek, Solenn, Kean and Kiray as they spread laughter, love and happiness via “Love is Blind” in cinemas nationwide starting February 10, 2016.

The whole cast of “Love is Blind” will tour different malls starting January 30 at Starmall Alabang at 5 PM, January 31 on Starmall Bulacan and on Fairview Terraces, and on February 6 at Starmall Cebu, and on February 7 at Market! Market! in Taguig.

‘How To Be Single’ offers different Valentine’s Day treat

Perfectly timed for Valentine’s Day, Warner Bros. Pictures’ new romantic comedy “How to Be Single” follows a handful of interconnected characters navigating the ever-shifting set of codes, customs, rituals, apps and emojis of the contemporary single life in New York City.

In the film, there’s a right way to be single, a wrong way to be single, and then… there’s Alice. And Robin. Lucy. Meg. Tom. David. New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, be it a love connection, a hook-up, or something in the middle. And somewhere between the teasing texts and one-night stands, what these unmarrieds all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love. Sleeping around in the city that never sleeps was never so much fun.

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“How to Be Single” stars Dakota Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey”), Rebel Wilson (“Pitch Perfect”), Alison Brie (“Get Hard”) and Leslie Mann (“Knocked Up”).

Christian Ditter (“Love, Rosie”) directed the comedy from a screenplay by Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein (“The Vow,” “He’s Just Not That Into You”) and Dana Fox (“Couples Retreat,” “What Happens in Vegas”), screen story by Kohn & Silverstein, based on the book by Liz Tucillo (TV’s “Sex & the City”).

The film also stars Damon Wayans, Jr. (“Let’s Be Cops”), Anders Holm (“The Intern”), Nicholas Braun (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”), Jake Lacy (HBO’s “Girls”), with Jason Mantzoukas (“Neighbors”).

Dakota Johnson stars as Alice, who sets the adventure in motion when she takes a break from her college boyfriend to get her first real taste of the single life and is hurled into a hilarious crash course in the “right way” to do it from Rebel Wilson’s alpha-single Robin, who lives the film’s tagline: If you’re not having fun being single, you’re not doing it right. We also meet Alice’s big sister Meg, played by Mann, an obstetrician who is too busy to find Mr. Right; and Alison Brie’s Lucy, a college professor who has it down to a science.

“This is not a movie where ‘girl meets boy and happiness follows,’” director Christian Ditter says. “I think lot of other things can lead to happiness – friendship, finding yourself, figuring out what you want to do with your life… It can also mean finding a guy, or a girl, but not always. Our film is about everything that goes on in life in-between.”

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According to producer Dana Fox, it’s less a romantic comedy than a funny, edgy celebration of the single life. “We wanted to make a grown-up comedy out of an ensemble romantic comedy,” she explains. “In fact, most romantic comedies tend to be about the romances; this is about being single, and your friends picking you up when you’re down. It’s about going out, trying to find ‘the one’ and maybe stumbling, maybe succeeding, because what you really have to find is yourself.”

Concludes Ditter, “Our film is a comedy first and foremost, but it’s also a movie with a lot of heart, and what’s great about this cast is that they can pull off both – they can make you laugh while delivering those little moments that stay will you long after the movie is over.”

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, February 11, 2016 “How to Be Single” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Michael Bay transforms ’13 Hours’ into epic action-adventure

From “Armageddon” to “Pearl Harbor” to the “Transformers” franchise, dircetor Michael Bay has spent his 20-year career giving human stories the epic, action-adventure treatment. Together, his 11 films have grossed a staggering $5 billion-plus, making him the fourth-most-successful director of all time.

Left to right: Demetrius Grosse plays DS Dave Ubben, David Giuntoli plays DS Scott Wickland and John Krasinski plays Jack Silva in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi from Paramount Pictures and 3 Arts Entertainment / Bay Films in theatres January 15, 2016.
Left to right: Demetrius Grosse plays DS Dave Ubben, David Giuntoli plays DS Scott Wickland and John Krasinski plays Jack Silva in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi from Paramount Pictures and 3 Arts Entertainment / Bay Films in theatres January 15, 2016.

Now, Michael Bay brings audiences Paramount Pictures’ “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” the gripping true story of six elite ex-military operators assigned to protect the CIA who fought back against overwhelming odds when terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012. When everything went wrong, six men had the courage to do what was right.

The film is written by Chuck Hogan, based on the book 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff and Members of the Annex Security Team, and stars James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Pablo Schreiber, Toby Stephens, David Denman and Dominic Fumusa.

Left to right: David Denman plays Dave "Boon" Benton, John Krasinski plays Jack Silva, Pablo Schreiber plays Kris "Tanto" Paronto and Max Martini plays Mark "Oz" Geist in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi from Paramount Pictures and 3 Arts Entertainment / Bay Films in theatres January 15, 2016.
Left to right: David Denman plays Dave “Boon” Benton, John Krasinski plays Jack Silva, Pablo Schreiber plays Kris “Tanto” Paronto and Max Martini plays Mark “Oz” Geist in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi from Paramount Pictures and 3 Arts Entertainment / Bay Films in theatres January 15, 2016.

The real-life soldiers were happy with the choice of Bay to direct “13 Hours.” “I thought `Armageddon’ was awesome,” says Kris “Tanto” Paronto, a former Army Ranger. Adds former Marine Mark “Oz” Geist, “Some people are like, ‘Oh, Michael Bay, he does all the explosions.’ Well, the real event had plenty of explosions. So it’s not like he had to come up with any.”

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Bay says the main point of the movie is to honor the heroism of the soldiers. “There was a great human story, that got buried. And that’s the story I’m telling: the guys who were on the ground. The men and women that were stuck in the CIA annex, and how they fought for 13 hours to get out of there alive. We worked very hard to get the facts right from the research of the book that (author Zuckoff) did to the amazing access I have from working 20 years with the military, from the boots on the ground, the people who were in country to the CIA at a high level meeting to get just the facts right, the recently released emails. We just had to get it right.”

“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” opens across the Philippines on January 27, 2016 and is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.