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.

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