‘The Revenant’ to have advance screenings on Feb 2 last full shows

Leonardo DiCaprio’s award-winning and acclaimed film, “The Revenant” from Academy Award winning director Alejandro Iñarritu holds its public advance screenings in Philippine theatres (2D and IMAX screens) as last full show nationwide on February 2, Tuesday – hours ahead of its opening (following) day on February 3.

Based on true events from legendary Hugh Glass’ accounts on surviving the wild, uncertain times and even returning from the dead, “The Revenant” is this year’s most awaited cinema event. In THE REVENANT, the highly anticipated film from 20th Century Fox, Leonardo DiCaprio plays Hugh Glass, a fur trapper and frontiersman who is left for dead deep in the unchartered American wilderness by a traitorous member of his team, John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). With sheer will as his only weapon, Glass must navigate a hostile environment, a brutal winter and warring tribes in a relentless quest to survive and exact vengeance on Fitzgerald. Inspired by a true story, the film is directed and co-written by renowned filmmaker and Academy Award-winner Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, Babel).

Copyright © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. THE REVENANT Motion Picture Copyright © 2015 Regency Entertainment (USA), Inc. and Monarchy Enterprises S.a.r.l. All rights reserved.Not for sale or duplication.
Copyright © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. THE REVENANT Motion Picture Copyright © 2015 Regency Entertainment (USA), Inc. and Monarchy Enterprises S.a.r.l. All rights reserved.Not for sale or duplication.

Glass’s mythology began in 1823, when he was among thousands joining the fur trade, a driving new force in the US economy. It was a time when many saw the wild as a spiritual void that demanded to be tamed and conquered by the steeliest of men. And so they poured into the unknown, plying unmapped rivers, disappearing into impossibly lush forests, seeking not only excitement and adventure but also profits — often in fierce competition with the Native tribes for whom these lands had long been home.

Many such men died anonymously, but Glass entered the annals of American folklore by flat-out refusing to die. His legend sparked after he faced one of the West’s most feared dangers: a startled grizzly bear. For even the most tested frontiersmen that should have been the end. But not for Glass. In Iñárritu’s telling of the tale, a mauled Glass clings to life – then suffers a human betrayal that fuels him to continue at any cost. In spite of tremendous loss, Glass pulls himself from an early grave – clawing his way through a gauntlet of unknown perils and unfamiliar cultures on a journey that becomes not just a search for reckoning but for redemption. As Glass moves through the frontier in turmoil, he comes to reject the urge for destruction that once drove him. He has become a “revenant” — one returned from the dead.

“The Revenant is a story of harsh survival but also one of inspirational hope,” Iñárritu says. “For me, the important part was to convey this adventure with a sense of wonder and discovery, as an exploration of both nature and human nature.”

“The Revenant” opens in cinemas across the nation starting February 3 (also in IMAX screens) from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. Check your nearest theatres for schedule and advance ticket purchase.

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Nihongo Fiesta 2016 to screen award-winning ‘Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai’ on Feb 27 for free

The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM), will feature a free screening of the award-winning animation film “Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai” on February 27 (Saturday) from 3:30 p.m. at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 1 (6th level of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall, EDSA, Mandaluyong City) as part of the Nihongo Fiesta 2016, JFM’s annual event celebrating the colorful culture and arts of Japan and showcasing the Japanese language.

Admission to the film screening is free but numbered tickets will be issued on a first-come, first served, one ticket per person basis only from 10:00a.m. onFebruary 27 at the entrance of Shang Cineplex Cinema 1. The film will be shown with English subtitle. 

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“Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai” is the untold story of Katsushika Hokusai’s daughter O-Ei: a lively portrayal of a free-spirited, utterly outspoken and highly talented woman and artist, unfolding thorough the changing seasons in Japan. Master Hokusai is one of the most globally famous Japanese artists. His works inspired Monet and Debussy. His Great Wave off Kanagawa is so iconic that it can be seen on t-shirts and coffee mugs all over the world. However, very few are aware of his daughter, and how she contributed to her father’s art.

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The film won various awards including Jury Award at Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2015, Satoshi Kon Award and Audience Award at Fantasia International Film Festival 2015.

New ‘Spider-Man’ to be released worldwide in IMAX 3D cinemas

CULVER CITY, Calif., January 26, 2016 – Spider-Man, one of the world’s most beloved superheroes, will once again come to IMAX® Theatres for a network-wide event run when the film is released in theaters on its new worldwide date on July 7, 2017, it was announced today by Josh Greenstein, president of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, and Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment.

As the movie, which Sony Pictures Entertainment is teaming with Marvel Studios to produce, enters wide release, it will also be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format. The highly anticipated next installment in the $4 billion franchise, which will star Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, will be directed by Jon Watts and produced by Feige and Amy Pascal.

Commenting on the announcement, Greenstein said, “There’s so much about Spider-Man – including the web-slinging action – that lends itself perfectly to the IMAX screen. We are confident that audiences everywhere around the world will want to see it in IMAX.”

Feige said: “Time and time again IMAX delivers super-hero sized movie going experiences to fans. With the anticipation for Spider-Man climbing, we are excited that IMAX has committed early to this extended release plan — it will be a great way for audiences around the world to experience such a big event film.”

Foster said, “IMAX’s long-standing relationship with Marvel and Sony first began with Spider-Man in 2002, establishing the ultimate way for fans to be transported into the world of their favorite characters like Peter Parker. By re-teaming with our friends at Sony and Marvel on the newest Spider-Man reboot, we are excited to deliver audiences what they’re asking for: a must-see cinematic adventure – in IMAX.”

The IMAX® 3D release of the Spider-Man film will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

Real ‘Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’ discuss ’13 Hours’

Director Michael Bay’s new action-thriller, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” was based on a real-life, controversial incident in Libya. Consulting the production were three of the actual participants in that tense battle, Kris “Tanto” Paronto, Mark “Oz” Geist and John “Tig” Tiegan.

At the time of the battle on September 11th, 2012, the three ex-military men were serving as CIA security contractors, the Global Response Staff (GRS). When the attack on the American diplomatic compound and the CIA annex in Benghazi took place – at which four men died, including a United States ambassador – it was these men who held their ground, as depicted in the new film.

The actovrs portraying them are Pablo Schreiber as Tanto, Max Martini as Oz and Dominic Furmusa as Tig.

Kris Paronto is a ex-Army Ranger, and left the service as an officer before doing the GRS contractor work. Mark Geist was a Marine, and went into law enforcement afterward, serving as a Chief of Police and child abuse investigator. John Tiegan was also a Marine, and co-authored the book “13 Hours” with Mitchell Zuckoff, which the film is based upon. The three recently sat down with selected press to discuss the issues surrounding the film, and their role on that fateful night.

Tanto and Pablo:

Question: What is the weirdest part of seeing different people act as yourselves, and having a screenwriter put words into your mouths?

Kris “Tanto” Paranto: Having a screenwriter like Chuck Hogan was incredible. He worked with us and wanted to get it right. If we hadn’t been involved, then sure, it might have been weirder, but we were completely involved from the beginning to the end of the process. For me, getting to know the actor that played me [Pablo Schreiber] helped as well. We developed a relationship and became friends.

Oz and Max:

Mark “Oz” Geist: If there was something we were uncomfortable with in any element, we could let them know.

Q: When under fire in reality, fear is one element that cannot be processed absolutely when recreating an event under blanks bullets. How do you express to the actors the fear one feels when in situation like you were in?

Tig and Dominic:

John “Tig” Tiegen: There isn’t any fear…if you’re scared, you won’t go forward when you should. Your biggest fear is letting the guy down to your left and right. You’re always going to go forward.

Tanto: The concept in Marine and Ranger training is move forward as a team. Cohesiveness is important, and once you have built that you’ll live up to the expectations of the guys to your left and right. You challenge yourself to do better than that next guy. The only fear, as Tig said, is not being first.

Oz: Once you read the book or see the film, you won’t see fear, but you will see adrenalin. You use that adrenalin to move forward, and it’s an incredible and indescribable feeling. Bottom line, if you fear you are going to die, you will die. The cast captured that because they go to know us, and wanted to get it right.

Tanto: There is a great scene where they are coming onto the consulate, and the way they approach it from the standpoint of what actually happened is spot on. It demonstrates the teamwork, cohesiveness and the drive to move forward.

Q: We live in a different age than the war films from the WW2 generation, and even the moral ambiguities of the Vietnam films. What should we know about the incident in Benghazi, before we see the film?

Oz: The positive take away is that there are still guys who are willing to sacrifice themselves, and there are still guys out there who have the mental toughness and the intestinal fortitude to move forward. Even if their superiors tell them don’t, they still want to act. That is the definition of a patriot, and that has never changed. I feel like I can’t let the guys down that came before me from World War II, Vietnam and all the other wars. The psyche of the soldier in battle, I believe, has not changed. Only the orders are different.

Q: Since all of your boot camp and Ranger training is so difficult, are their any stories of just how tough it is, that you can relate to civilians?

Tig: Watching the airplanes take off while I was sitting in the barracks. [laughs] I’m serious, that sucked. I was a ‘Hollywood’ Marine because I was at the west coast boot camp, which was right outside the San Diego airport.

Tanto: Ranger School isn’t as bad. At one point, we had a drill called Space Invaders. You go back to the barracks and dress in your armor, and take a trash can lid. Then everybody threw beer bottles at you, and taunted you to quit.

Oz: My uncle went to Marine boot camp in 1958, so that was my expectation of it. The hardest thing is learning to work with others, everybody and anybody. That is the one plus side to the military, it’s the diversity you encounter, dealing with everybody in every type of situation. We put up the walls and barriers in regular society, in the military it’s about diversity and the understanding of each other.

“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” is now showing across the Philippines as distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.