Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson stars in strong Oscar contenders ‘The Revenant,’ ‘Brooklyn’

Rapidly rising Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson stars in “The Revenant” and “Brooklyn” – two of this year’s strong Oscar contenders. Gleeson , who has been coming to the fore as one of the most versatile actors of a new generation with roles in “About Time,” “Calvary,” “Unbroken,” “Ex Machina” and in “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” goes from unshaven in his role as Captain Henry in “The Revenant” to all-dapper in “Brooklyn.”

In “The Revenant” by Oscar winner filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the title role, plays the role of Captain Andrew Henry, a real-life historical figure who was one of the founders of the Rocky Mountain Trading Company and a leader of the expedition up the Missouri River.

Inspired by true events, “The Revenant” is an epic story of survival and transformation on the American frontier. While on an expedition into the uncharted wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally mauled by a bear, then abandoned by members of his own hunting team. Alone and near death, Glass refuses to succumb. Driven by sheer will and his love for his Native American wife and son, he undertakes a 200-mile odyssey along with Henry’s (Gleeson) soldiers through the vast and untamed West on the trail of the man who betrayed him: John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). What begins as a relentless quest for revenge becomes a heroic saga against all odds towards home and redemption.

For Domhnall Gleeson, playing the role of Fitzgerald’s disappointed Captain, it was thrilling to go up against Hardy as Captain Henry realizes he has been duped. “Tom has brought an edge to Fitzgerald where you never know which way he’s going to go,” Gleeson says. “My character feels beaten down by Fitzgerald, but then he starts to hold his ground – and it was really exciting to go toe-to-toe with Tom.”

Gleeson notes that the script gives Captain Henry a fictionalized arc beyond what history knows of him. “The real Andrew Henry was respected, whereas in this story you see him as an uncertain man learning to be leader. He goes on a journey, growing into the man he was said to be,” he explains. From the start, Gleeson understood the film was going to be a purposefully challenging experience. “Before we even started shooting, Alejandro said he wanted it to be a tough experience for the actors – and he was true to his word. We were put in unusual circumstances and challenging conditions but it was exciting because it was so different,” he comments. “I certainly have never done anything like it before. There’s an exhilaration to making a movie in a way that people just don’t make movies anymore.”

Gleeson says the roughness of the shoot enriched the performances. “My character is meant to find his circumstances horribly difficult, he’s meant to feel out of place and so I poured everything I was experiencing into the performance,” he explains. “You hope that ultimately the size of all that these men contended with — the desperation, the madness and uncertainty — will feel present in the movie theater.”

From the cold and ruthless forest in “The Revenant,” Gleeson dons neatly pressed suits as Jim Farrell in “Brooklyn” where he plays opposite Saoirse Ronan who plays Eilis, an Irish immigrant in America who must choose between two countries, two men and two destinies.

Eilis’ Irish lover, Jim Farrell (Gleeson), had to be both an opposite attraction and a legitimate threat to Eilis’ New York lover, Tony Fiorello (Emory Cohen). Gleeson knew he, too, had to find a subtle but visceral chemistry with Saoirse Ronan, to put the question mark in the audience’s mind. “Life in Brooklyn may offer Eilis more, but it was my job to make Jim seem worth staying in Ireland for,“ he says. “I really wanted to create a connection with Saoirse that you would feel is worth fighting for.”

Like his castmates, Gleeson related to Eilis’ experience in his own way. “I think everybody’s known a sense of displacement at one time or another, of not having a clear home,” he says. “I’ve certainly been familiar with that at various times in my life — and I thought it was captured brilliantly in this story. Then there’s a lot of romance and fun to the story, which is very appealing.”

“Brooklyn” director John Crowley says that Gleeson’s take on the character brought out the bittersweetness of the story. “There’s a consummate intelligence to Domhnall,” says Crowley. “He thinks very deeply about all his roles and he brings an intensity and maturity to Jim that bounces beautifully off of Emory as Tony. It was so important that Jim and Tony occupy vastly different spaces, that they be totally opposite versions of men that Eilis could see herself with – and Emory and Domhnall brought completely different but equally compelling feelings that underline her choice.”

“Brooklyn” opens exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas starting January 27, 2016 while “The Revenant” opens February 3, 2016 in theatres (also in IMAX screens) nationwide – both from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

GUIDE: Cinemalaya 2016: The 12th Philippine Independent Film Festival

Now on its 12th year, Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival will run from August 5 to 14 at the following venues:

  • Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City
  • Glorietta 4, Makati City
  • Greenbelt 1, Makati City
  • Trinoma, Quezon City
  • U.P. Town Center, Quezon Cityl
  • Fairview Terraces, Quezon City
  • Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
  • Ayala Center Cebu (starts on August 9)



Regular Price:

  • PHP 150 per screening at the CCP.
  • PHP 150 per screening at Ayala Malls Cinemas.

Student Price:

  • PHP 100 per screening at the CCP. (Must personally present valid student ID of one’s self upon purchase at the CCP box office or Ticket World outlets. Representatives are not allowed.)
  • No discounted student price at Ayala Malls Cinemas.


  • 20% off for Senior Citizens, PWD, Government and Military Personnel.


  • Tickets for CCP screenings are available for sale at the CCP box office from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, no lunch break, Ayala Cinema Ticket Booths, Ayala Cinema Online, and via Ticket World Outlets.
  • Tickets for Ayala Cinema screenings may be purchased in advance online via Sureseats, just call 752-7877, local 1112 or visit


All types of passes are available for sale only at the CCP box office except for One-Day Passes which can also be purchased at TicketWorld outlets. No reservation allowed.


4-Screening Day Pass: PHP 500

Admission to four (4) screenings for the day (validity date is indicated on the ticket), applicable to ALL film screenings (except MKP Hall)

5-Screening Day Pass: PHP 700

Admission to five (5) screenings for the day (validity date is indicated on the tickets, applicable to ALL film screenings (except MKP Hall)

  • Available for sale only at the CCP box office.
  • Please carefully choose the DATES you want to watch. There are dates with 4 screenings (without the 10am time) and dates with 5 screenings (with 10am time).
  • Discounts (students, senior citizens, PWD, etc) are NOT valid in all kinds of passes.


All-Access Festival Pass Price: PHP 3,500 

This pass entitles the bearer to the following:
1. Admission to all festival screenings at CCP venues only (not valid in Ayala Cinemas)
2. Free seating on a first-come first-served basis (subject to availability once screening starts)
3. Priority lane entry to the theater
4. Priority to tickets to all free admission screenings (Pass holder needs to get a ticket at the Free Admission Booth 2 hours before screening time, for control of the seats)
5. Not valid for Samsung Screenings (at MKP Hall)
6. Non-transferable


FIC PASS (Films-in-Competition) Pass Price: PHP 1,500

This pass entitles the bearer to the following:
1. Admission to all Film-in-Competition screenings (full-length and shorts) at CCP venues only (not valid in Ayala Cinemas). Titles can be repeated.
2. Free seating on a first-come first-served basis (subject to availability once screening starts)
3. Priority lane entry
4. Priority to tickets to all free admission screenings (Pass holder needs to get a ticket at the Free Admission Booth 2 hours before screening time, for control of the seats)
5. Not valid for Samsung Screenings (at MKP Hall)
6. Non-transferable


VIP BOX Prices:

  • PHP 1,200 per film
  • P3,000 per day (3 films)
  • P20,000 for the whole festival duration (8 days plus opening and closing films)

This pass entitles the bearer to:
1. One (1) dedicated VIP box at the CCP Main Theater for the whole festival including opening and closing/awarding nights
2. Priority to tickets to all free admission screenings (Pass holder needs to get a ticket 2 hours before screening time, for control of the seats)
3. Not valid for Samsung Screenings (at MKP Hall)
4. Non-transferable


BARKADA PASS Price: PHP 1,500 per screening for a group of five (5) people (maximum)

This pass entitles the bearer to:
1. Exclusive screening for a group of maximum 5 people at the Samsung Screening Lounge at the MKP Hall, 4th Floor of the CCP
2. Priority lane entry
3. Your choice of all competing films (full length and shorts) but NOT applicable for exhibition films
4. Free popcorn
5. The barkada team is allowed to bring food and beverages inside the MKP Hall
6. Non-transferable


The following films are FREE Admission (but audiences must get a free ticket at the FREE ADMISSION BOOTH located at the CCP Little Theater Lobby not later than 2 hours before screening time:

  • Two (2) Japanese films (in partnership with EIGA SAI Japanese Film Festival)
  1. “Ken And Kazu (2015) by Hiroshi Shoji (August 6. Saturday, 6:15 PM, CCP Little Theater)
  2. “August In Tokyo” (2015) by Ryutaro Nakagawa (August 9, Tuesday, 6:15 PM, CCP Little Theater)
  • Gawad CCP Short Films (August 6-9, whole day starting at 10:00 AM, CCP Dream Theater) See schedules here.
  • Cinemalaya Institute Short Films (August 12, Friday, 12:45 PM, CCP Dream Theater)
  • Lav Diaz’s “Ang Araw Bago Ang Wakas”(with 3 screening times – 10:00 AM, 10:40 AM, and 11:30 AM, CCP Dream Theater)
  • Closing Film: “Ang Hapis At Himagsik ni Hermano Puli” by Gil Portes (August 13, Saturday, 9:00 PM, CCP Main Theater)

For further details, please call Ms. Gemma Marco, Head of the Sales and Promotions Division – CCP Marketing Department at 832-3706 or mobile 0999-8843820.



  1. ANG BAGONG PAMILYA NI PONCHING by Inna Salazar Acuña & Dos Ocampo
  2. DAGSIN by Atom Magadia
  3. HIBLANG ABO by Ralston Jover
  4. I AMERICA by Ivan Andrew Payawal
  5. KUSINA by David Corpuz & Cenon Palomares
  6. LANDO AT BUGOY by Vic Acedillo, Jr.
  7. MERCURY IS MINE by Jason Paul Laxamana
  8. PAMILYA ORDINARYO by Eduardo Roy, Jr.
  9. TUOS by Derick Cabrido


  3. BUGTAW by Noah del Rosario
  4. BUTAS by Richard Cawed
  5. FISH OUT OF WATER by Mon A.L. Garilao
  6. FOREVER NATIN by Cyrus Valdez
  7. GET CERTIFIED by Isaias Herrera Zantua
  8. MANSYONG PAPEL by Ogos Aznar
  9. NAKAUWI NA by John Relano,Patrick Baleros and Luis Hidalgo
  10. PEKTUS by Isabel Quesada


The following are the 9 feature films in competition, each granted with P750,000:


Director: Inna Salazar Acuña & Dos Ocampo
Writer: Innah Salazar

Cast: Janus Del Prado, Ketchup Eusebio, Odette Khan, Lollie Mara, Jojo Alejar, Joyce Burton-Titular, Jackie Lou Blanco, Alibreza Libre, Phynne Barnett, Richard Manabat, Mimi Juareza, Sam Thurman, Ria Garcia, Joanna Bago, Manuel Velasco, Ricky Sanchez

SYNOPSIS: A religious man who does petty crimes, Ponching, gets into a new venture, text scamming, thinking it will not really hurt anyone. One day, his seemingly “innocent” text scam accidentally cons a recipient into thinking he is the bastard child of their late relative.


Writer and Director: Atom Magadia

Cast: Tommy Abuel, Lotlot De Leon, Benjamin Alves, Janine Gutierrez, Alex Diaz, Sue Prado, Marita Zobel, Rolando Inocencio, Yoshihiko Hara, Arpee Bautista

SYNOPSIS: After surviving the Death March, Martial Law and the loss of his legs, Justino became an atheist. But when his wife dies, a part of him is yearning to believe in life beyond death; just for a chance to be with her again. Searching for parts of her he can still hold on to, he devours her diaries for information into their past –opening a Pandora’s Box of secrets.


Director: Ralston Jover
Writer: Ananias Estrella

Cast: Lou Veloso, Jun Urbano, Leo Rialp, Nanding Josef, Matt Daclan, Lui Manansala, Flor Salanga, Cherry Malvar, Angela Cortez, Mike Liwag, Rommel Luna, Rener Concepcion, Anna Luna

SYNOPSIS: “Hiblang Abo” speaks volumes of muted memories and infinite struggles among four men in their twilight years, confined in a hospice facility or home for the aged. Their gray hair grows and fades unnoticed, their lives enter the void of oblivion. Everything unfolds so naturally into their swan song until their body pains and heartaches yield the same intensity, when their hearing and their feelings become permanently impaired; and when their blurry vision and memories become “clear” signs that the inevitable state of death is as fleeting as the vibrancy of life itself.


Writer and Director: Ivan Andrew Payawal

Cast: Bela Padilla, Rob Rownd, Matt Evans, Thou Reyes, Sheena Ramos, Joe Vargas, Raflesia Bravo, Julz Savard, Lui Manansala, Ms. Elizabeth Oropesa, Kate Bautista, Rhyzza Kafilas

SYNOPSIS: “I America” is a dramedy about a complex half-Pinay, half-Caucasian lady looking for American living in Olongapo City (Philippines) who tries to get her passport and US visa in order to meet her father personally for the first time.


Director: David Corpuz
Writer-Director: Cenon Palomares

Cast: Judy Ann Santos, Gloria Sevilla, Joem Bascon, Luis Alandy, Elora Españo, Mike Liwag, Bong Cabrera, Karen Gaerlan, Jane Biton, Isha Salic, Trina Legaspi, Lala Padilla, Czarina Yecla, Princess Ortiz

SYNOPSIS: “Kusina” (The Kitchen) is the silent witness to the life and love of Juanita. It is her sanctuary, the place where she creates dishes for her family, her friends, even enemies and strangers. Through cooking, she gets to know the people around her, and in return, reveal herself to them.


Writer and Director: Vic Acedillo, Jr.

Cast: Allen Dizon, Gold Azeron, Roger Gonzales, Rachel Anne Ang Rosello, Maricar Semitara, Carlos Penaloza, Benjie Criss Estrella, Reynald Mangao, Camilo Apugan

SYNOPSIS: Disrespected by his teenage son, a 40-year-old High School dropout tries to solve this problem by returning to school which only makes his son hate him even more. Amidst the struggle between them, an unexpected event changes everything.


Writer and Director: Jason Paul Laxamana

Cast: Pokwang, Bret Jackson, Vincent De Jesus, Lee O’Brian, Maey Bautista, Bea Vega, Mitzi Ong, Leo Sarmiento, Justine Dizon, Waka Hasegawa, Uzziel Delamide, Kristof Garcia

SYNOPSIS: Carmen, a middle-aged cook, is about to close down her eatery at the foot of Mt. Arayat when a white American teenage boy named Mercury approaches her and begs for work in exchange of nothing but shelter.


Writer and Director: Eduardo Roy, Jr.

Cast: Ronwaldo Martin, Hasmine Killip, Maria Isabel Lopez, Sue Prado, Ruby Ruiz, Moira Lang, Karl Medina, Erlinda Villalobos, Domingo Cobarrubias, Paolo Rodriguez, John Bon Andrew Lentejas, John Vincent Servilla, Rian Magtaan, Myla Monido, Alora Sasam, Ruth Alferez

SYNOPSIS: Jane and Aries are teenage parents. They make a living out of stealing on the streets… until fate hits back at them.


Director: Derick Cabrido
Writer: Denise O’Hara

Cast: Nora Aunor, Barbie Forteza, Flor Salanga, Ron Martin, Elora Españo, Ronnie Martinez, Al Bernard Garcia, Elora Españo, Casimira Cabilitasan

SYNOPSIS: Elena is chosen to be their village’s “Binukot”, a maiden chosen to be the fairest amongst the women in her village, confined inside her house, never allowed to go outside. She is chosen to keep the oral tradition alive, memorizing the chants and performing it. She is to pass the title and responsibility to her granddaughter Letty. When sanctity of the “tuos” becomes threatened, putting Letty in danger, Elena realized that she cannot just stand aside. Elena finds herself coming face to face, literally, with the ghosts of a tradition, which shackled her into a life of solitary confinement.


The ten short film finalists are grouped into two sets:


  1. Ang Maangas, Ang Marikit at Ang Makata by Jose Ibarra Guballa
  2. Bugtaw by Noah del Rosario
  3. Mansyong Papel by Ogos Aznar
  4. Nakauwi Na by John Relano
  5. Pektus by Isabel Maria Luz M. Quesada


  1. Ang Hapon Ni Nanding by Rommel Tolentino
  2. Butas by Richard Cawed
  3. Fish Out of Water by Ramon Alberto Garilao (Mon A.L. Garilao)
  4. Forever Natin by Mary Clarence Espiritu
  5. Get Certified by Isaias Herrera Zantua


Featuring the top prize winners of local film festivals across the year.

  • Apocalypse Child by Monster Jimenez and Mario Cornejo (QCinema 2015)
    Screening Date: August 6 (Sat), 9:00 PM, CCP Little Theater
  • Ari: My Life With A King by Carlo Catu (MMFF New Wave 2015)
    Screening Date: August 9 (Tue), 12:45 PM, CCP Studio Theater
  • EDSA by Alvin Yapan (World Premiere Film Festival 2016)
    Screening Date: August 12 (Fri), 6:15 PM, CCP Little Theater
  • Manang Biring by Carl Joseph Papa (Cinema One Originals 2015)
    Screening Date: August 11 (Thur), 9:00 PM, CCP Studio Theater
  • Mrs. by Adolfo Alix (Sinag Maynila 2016)
    Screening Date: August 8 (Mon), 9:00 PM, CCP Studio Theater
  • Ned’s Project by Lem Lorca (Cine Filipino 2016)
    Screening Date: August 9 (Tue), 9:00 PM, CCP Little Theater


  • Remittance by Patrick Daly and Joel Fendelman
    Screening Date: August 6, Saturday, 9:00 PM, CCP Studio Theater
  • Mana by Gabby Fernandez
    Screening Date: August 7, Sunday, 6:15 PM, CCP Little Theater
  • Laut by Louie Ignacio
    Screening Date: August 7, Sunday, 9:00 PM, CCP Little Theater
  • Ringgo: The Dog-Shooter by Rahyan Carlos
    Screening Date: August 8, Monday, 6:15 PM, CCP Little Theater
  • Flotsam by Jay Abello
    Screening Date: August 9, Tuesday, 9:00 PM, CCP Studio Theater
  • Big Time Special by Monster Jimenez and Mario Cornejo
    Screening Date: August 10, Wednesday, 9:00 PM, CCP Dream Theater
  • Iadya Mo Kami by Mel Chionglo
    Screening Date: August 11, Thursday, 6:15 PM, CCP Dream Theater
  • 4 Days by Adolfo Alix, Jr. (World Premiere)
    Screening Date: August 12, Friday, 9:00 PM, CCP Little Theater
  • Rosita by Fars Nye Kone (Philippine Premiere)
    Screening Date: August 13, Saturday, 6:15 PM, CCP Main Theater
  • The Sister by Joseph Israel Laban (World Premiere)
    Screening Date: August 13, Saturday, 9:00 PM, CCP Little Theater


Free screenings from Eiga Sai 2016: The Japanese Film Festival:

  • Ken and Kazu by Hiroshi Shoji
  • August in Tokyo by Ryutaro Nakagawa


Featuring award-winning NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) films.

  • Child Of Debt by Umashankar Swamy (India/Kannada, 2015)
  • Mina Walking by Yosef Baraki (Afghanistan/Canada, 2015)
  • Motor Bicycle by Shameera Rangana Naotunna (Sri Lanka, 2015)
  • Stranger by Yermek Tursunov (Kazakhstan, 2015)
  • The Kids by Sunny Yu (Taiwan, 2015)
  • Under Heaven by Dalmira Tilepbergen (Kyrgyzstan, 2015)
  • Until I Lose My Breath by Emine Emel Balci (Turkey-Germany, 2015)
  • River Road by Li Ruijun (China, 2014)


In honor of the life and work of the late Cinemalaya director who passed away in March 2016.

  • Bwaya (Cinemalaya 2014 Best Film, Best Cinematography & Best Score)
  • Jay (Cinemalaya 2008 Best Film, Best Editing, Best Actor)
  • Short film Bakit Tinutuhog ang Sampaguita? (1999) attached to Sampaguita, National Flower (2010 Cinemalaya Special Jury Prize)


  • Lav Diaz’ Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis (winner of the Silver Bear at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival
  • Lav Diaz’ short film Ang Araw Bago ang Wakas
  • Focus: Jaclyn Jose — Itanong Mo sa Buwan, Sarong Banggi, and Working Girls 2


New section of Cinemalaya featuring films with LGBT themes.

  • Echorsis by Lem Lorca
    Screening Date: August 7, Sunday, 9:00 PM, CCP Studio Theater
  • Miss Bulalacao by Ara Chawdhury
    Screening Date: August 12, Friday, 9:00 PM, CCP Dream Theater
  • Traslacion: Ang Paglakad sa Altar ng Alanganin by Will Fredo (a documentary)
    Screening Date: August 13, Saturday, 6:15 PM, CCP Studio Theater


New section of Cinemalaya described as “seeing everything, discovering new ideas in documentary films.”

  • An Open Door by Noel Hizon
    Screening Date: August 6, Saturday, 3:30 PM, CCP Little Theater
  • Mga Dayo: Filipinos in Myanmar by Dennis Teodosio (Philippine Premiere)
    Screening Date: August 6, Saturday, 6:15 PM, CCP Studio Theater
  • Headhunting William Jones by Collis Davis, Jr.
    Screening Date: August 11, Thursday, 12:45 PM, CCP Dream Theater
  • Dahling Nick by Sari Dalena (Cinema One Originals 2015)
    Screening Date: August 11, Thursday, 9:00 PM, CCP Dream Theater
  • Landscape Within by Andrea Capranico
    Screening Date: August 12, Friday, 10:00 AM, CCP Dream Theater
  • Curiosity, Adventure, and Love by Sunshine Lichauco De Leon and Suzanne Richiardone
    Screening Date: August 13, Saturday, 3:30 PM, CCP Little Theater
  • Thomas Chapin: Night Bird Song by Stephanie Castillo
    Screening Date: August 13, Saturday, 9:00 PM, CCP Studio Theater


A showcase of digitally restored and re-mastered versions of classic Filipino films from the ABS-CBN Film Restoration Project team.

  • Cain at Abel (1982) by Lino Brocka
    Screening Date: August 11, Thursday, 9:00 PM, CCP Little Theater
  • Kung Mangarap Ka’t Magising (1977) by Mike De Leon
    Screening Date: August 10, Wednesday, 12:45 PM, CCP Studio Theater


  • Lakbay2Love green carpet screening
    Screening Date: August 13, Saturday, 7:00 PM, CCP front lawn (grass area fronting Roxas Blvd.)

Admission fee follows a “pay-what-you-can” scheme with a suggested donation of PHP 50 each, entitling one person to win cool raffle prizes such as Viper Bike (a folding bike), 2 spider shades, and more. Starting at 5:00 pm, it will be a party set-up with music where you can bring your own mats, jacket, umbrella and enjoy watching the film on the big screen at the said location (with loud sound system).


The Ika-28 Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, Gawad Alternatibo, for short (CCP Independent Film and Video Competition) will run from August 6 to 9 at the CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde during Cinemalaya Film Festival.

Admission is FREE on a first-come, first-served basis. For the complete screening schedules, see the guide here.


Forum Topic: Technology and Indie Films
Dates: August 9 (Tue) — 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
August 10 (Wed) — 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Venue: CCP Little Theater

1. Ticket Prices:
a. Package Sessions (7 Sessions):
PHP 800 for Regular Ticket
PHP400 for Students (Valid student ID to be personally presented upon purchase)

b. Per Session:
PHP 250 for Regular Ticket
PHP 125 for Students (Valid student ID to be personally presented upon purchase)

2. Non-transferable
3. Can be purchased at the CCP box office and Ticket World outlets.
4. Discount of 20% applies for senior citizens, PWD, government employees, and military personnel (Show valid ID)

Cinemalaya Campus tickets can only be purchased at the CCP box office. Selling of tickets is based on how many sessions a buyer wants to avail of for the said 2-days forums with speakers.

‘The 5th Wave’ opens in PH at No. 1, grosses P51.6-M in 5 days

MANILA, Jan. 25, 2016 – Columbia Pictures’ alien invasion action-thriller “The 5th Wave” took Philippine cinemas by storm, bowing at No.1 with a nationwide five-day opening weekend gross of P51.6-M (Jan. 20 to 24, 2016). This was announced today by a spokesman of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.

The film adaptation of Rick Yancey’s young adult novel gave lead star Chloe Grace Moretz her biggest opening in the country. She previously headlined past smash hits “If I Stay,” “Carrie” and “Let Me In.”

Ron Livingston, center left, and Chloë Grace Moretz, center right, and Zackary Arthur, below center, star in Columbia Pictures' "The 5th Wave."

Yancey’s book was published in 2013 to critical and popular acclaim, with over 20 weeks on the New York Times Bestsellers list. In “The 5th Wave,” 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.

Trinoma took the biggest share of box-office gross with P1.83-M, closely followed by SM Mall of Asia (P1.80-M) and SM Megamall (P1.59-M).

In the elite Top Ten cinemas are SM North Edsa (P1.33-M), Glorietta 4 (P1.17-M), Greenbelt 3 (P1.14-M), Gaisano Davao (P910,152), Gateway Cineplex (P849,922), Greenhills Promenade (P 844,992) and Ayala Cebu (P 826,602).

Posting huge receipts are Alabang Town Center (P 823,989), Eastwood (P 736,683), Robinsons Magnolia (P 735,291), Market! Market! (P 732,913), Harbor Point (P 727,600), SM Aura (P 724,218), Powerplant (P 721,477), Robinsons Tacloban (P 680,680), Robinsons Ermita (P 661,799) and SM Clark (P 651,350).

Also contributing impressive sales are Shang Cineplex (P 633,582), SM Cebu (P 629,790), Bonifacio High Street (P 625,048), Newport City (P 597,537), SM Fairview (P 593,940), Centrio Mall Cagayan (P 548,672), Robinsons Galleria (P 537,300), Sta. Lucia East (P 530,280), SM Baguio (P 529,659) and SM Manila (P 528,896).

Nick Robinson in Columbia Pictures' "The 5th Wave," starring Chloë Grace Moretz.
Nick Robinson in Columbia Pictures’ “The 5th Wave,” starring Chloë Grace Moretz.

Columbia Pictures presents in association with LStar Capital a Material/GK Films Production, “The 5th Wave.” Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe, and Liev Schreiber. Directed by J Blakeson. Produced by Tobey Maguire, Graham King, Matthew Plouffe, and Lynn Harris. Screenplay by Susannah Grant and Akiva Goldsman & Jeff Pinkner. Based on the novel by Rick Yancey.

Now showing across the Philippines, “The 5th Wave” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.


‘Iron Man 3′ star James Badge Dale sees action anew in ’13 Hours’

“Iron Man 3” star James Badge Dale sees action anew in the big screen as ex-Navy SEAL Tyrone “Rone” Woods in director Michael Bay’s new epic action-adventure “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” from Paramount Pictures.

“13 Hours” is 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. The film also stars John Krasinski, Max Martini, Pablo Schreiber, Toby Stephens, David Denman and Dominic Fumusa.

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Dale’s real-life character, Woods, was known for a particularly intense workout while serving as a CIA contractor in Benghazi, Libya: He would heave a massive tractor tire to keep himself in top shape. Dale knew he had to reach that level of fitness in order to portray Woods effectively.

“That was a 450-pound tire — that thing was heavy,” Dale says. “But that’s what (Woods) did: He would drag that tractor tire around the CIA annex. It was important for me to do that.”

Pushing himself physically was where Dale, 37, started for his role in “13 Hours.” Woods is one of the pivotal real-life figures who died after stepping into battle during the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi.

Dale spent two months in intense training, consuming 5,000 calories a day to put on 20 pounds. “We all have this dream of gaining weight, eating whatever we want. And it was beautiful for a while. Then it got dark. It changes your relationship with food,” Dale says. “I was waking up in the middle of the night, eating meals and going back to sleep. I was an angry, miserable person.”

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He also spent the time talking to those who served with Woods so he could zero on his trademark simmering intensity. Woods “had spent 20 years as a Navy SEAL. He was a hero long before that night,” Dale says. “He didn’t have bluster. He didn’t brag.”

The role has pushed the actor — already known for playing PFC Robert Leckie in the HBO Marines miniseries “The Pacific” and as henchman Savin in “Iron Man 3” — to an impassioned level.

“It is really James Badge Dale who carries the film and brings the emotional punch it needs,” says Colin Motill, editor of the movie site NotYetRated. Mark “Oz” Geist, who served with Woods in Benghazi, says he was wowed seeing Dale. “Rone had this quiet intensity about him that (Dale) somehow brought out. I saw the man I knew onscreen once again.”

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

‘Deadpool’ receives overwhelming raves from early screenings

20th Century Fox’s recent reveal of Deadpool’s redband trailer was eventually followed by a special advanced screening in New York and Los Angeles, though the studio showed an unfinished version of the movie, the fans’ reactions as had been reported in Screenrant is overwhelmingly positive.

The ones who got to screen it first are vouching that the studio, Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds did right about it this time, even saying that this is the best comic movie ever in the Marvel universe! Tweets had gone viral describing the movie (rough cut) as being “phenomenal, great job, my favorite Marvel movies of all time, outstanding and the best movie ever seen.”

Directed by Tim Miller, “Deadpool,” adapted from the Marvel Comics character created in 1991 by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld, tells the origin story of Wade Wilson (played by Ryan 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.

Dubbed “The Merc with a Mouth”, Deadpool is a pop culture-literate antihero unique amongst comic book characters in that he can break the fourth wall and flip superhero conventions on their head.

On the movie’s action, Lucas Siegel from shares, “The violence is definitely crazy, definitely over-the-top, and definitely gory. But it’s also well-choreographed, and some of these action sequences are so quick and stunning, you can’t blink for minutes at a time, for fear of missing the next unbelievable stunt. It’s a blast to watch, and impressive – it ramps up nicely, as well, from a familiar opening sequence to the explosive finale.”

Siegel further injects, “This is a fun movie, and it just feels oh so Deadpool. Rarely have I seen a comic book movie not just capture a character so well, but add to it, as well. Deadpool is simply what fans have been dying for, and it’s clear in every moment that it was made by hardcore fans, too.

“Deadpool” arrives February 10, 2016 in cinemas nationwide as released by 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Robert De Niro plays wingman to Zac Efron in ‘Dirty Grandpa’

Ready to be a man? Learn it from the pro, in this case, from grandpa in the ultimate comedy buddy trip “Dirty Grandpa” starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron.

Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) is one week away from marrying his boss’s uber-controlling daughter, putting him on the fast track for a partnership at the law firm. However, when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick (Robert De Niro), to Daytona for spring break, his pending nuptials are suddenly in jeopardy. Between riotous frat parties, bar fights and an epic night of karaoke, Dick is on a quest to live his life to the fullest and bring Jason along for the ride. Ultimately, on the wildest journey of their lives, “dirty” grandpa and his uptight grandson discover they can learn from one another and form the bond they never had. This outlandish comedy also stars Aubrey Plaza, Zoey Deutch, Julianne Hough, Adam Pally, and Dermot Mulroney.


As Dick and Jason embark on their seemingly innocent overnight trip to Florida, Jason begins to notice that Grandpa isn’t quite himself. Expecting to accompany a grieving widower for a brief trip of reflection and inter-generational male bonding, Jason discovers a foul-mouthed, scotch-drinking horndog with only one objective: sex, and lots of it. Dick had been a faithful, loving and doting husband to his wife for over forty years, but after losing her, he can only live life forward – Dick’s ready to get busy. This is his moment to live it up and throw it down, but he needs a wingman.

During the writing process, screenwriter Phillips had only one actor in mind for the role of Dick Kelly: the incomparable Robert De Niro, whom Phillips never in a million years imagined would be willing to take on the provocative role. “It’s crazy because when I wrote the script I was living in New York and always only had Robert De Niro in mind, who has that perfect blend of comedic timing and imperiousness that the character needed. He also had to be slightly terrifying and really smart, and De Niro certainly embodies all of those qualities,” explains Phillips.

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Witnessing his outrageous screenplay come to life was a thrill for John M. Phillips, an experience he will not soon forget. “Hopefully audiences will appreciate seeing Robert De Niro and Zac Efron in roles you’ve never seen them play before. The fact that Robert De Niro has said these ridiculously crass things I’ve written has been a great accomplishment for me, one in which I will lord over my friends and enemies for the rest of my life,” jokes Phillips.

Boundless wild ride awaits when “Dirty Grandpa” hits theatres this February 3, 2016 as distributed by Pioneer Films.

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