Brandon Routh sets in cutthroat survival race in ‘Lost in the Pacific’

Brandon Routh best known for his lead role in “S.” stars in his latest futuristic sci-fi thriller “Lost in The Pacific” with Yuqui Zahng. The movie is set in 2020 where a group of elite passengers who are on a transoceanic flight aboard a brand new luxurious jumbo jet find themselves stranded on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean. They soon learn that the island has been hiding strange mutated creatures resulting in cutthroat race to survive any way they can.

Forced to make an emergency landing after facing a tremendous storm, the flight crew and all the passengers including the prince, pop star, and journalist are driven into the waves of danger along with the emergence of two mysterious gunmen. Routh plays a high profile yet mysterious chef with military background who soon realizes that some people on the island might be the ones responsible for the unspeakable terror they face in the island.

At the heels of highly successful blockbuster action films such as “Die Hard,” “Lost in the Pacific” director Vincent Zhou brings yet another catastrophic potential hit flick hoping the film will be able to reach a wider audience worldwide. “It will be an extraordinary visual and acoustical experience with a unique adventure story for the global audience without language barriers,” he said.

Routh to better portray his character shared that he “did lots of research on culinary arts so hopefully the performance is solid and convincing on screen.”

“Lost in the Pacific” is making major headway to become a top international Chinese film, utilizing far-reaching first-rate global resources, including a multi-award-winning team in front of and behind the camera. Filmed at Malaysia’s Pinewood Studios in the spring of 2015, the film’s VFX is headed by Bruce Jones (“The Italian Job,” “Star Trek”), art director Ian Bailie (“Atonement,” “Pride and Prejudice”). The film’s sound editing is supervised by Oscar-nominated Kami Asgar and Sean McCormack. Oscar-winner Mark Paterson (“Les Miserables”) did the final sound mixing for the film.

“China’s film industry is witnessing increasing box office sales both at home and overseas,” said Elliot Tong, Head of Asian Sales and Acquisitions for Arclight Films. “A film like ‘Lost in the Pacific’ has all the makings of an international success story on a global scale.”

“Lost in the Pacific” opens February 10, 2016 in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.

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‘How To Be Single’ features guys on the prowl

First rule of the singles scene: Boys buy the drinks! To pick up the tab—and more—the filmmakers from New Line Cinema’s romantic comedy “How to Be Single” cast a host of hot comedians from film and TV fame to play the men ready to show the women a good time.

They are Anders Holm (“The Intern”), Nicholas Braun (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”), Damon Wayans, Jr. (TV’s “New Girl”), and Jake Lacy (HBO’s “Girls”).

Serial single Tom is a bartender with a tried-and-true formula for getting a girl out the door before dawn. “He’s got love ‘em and leave ‘em down to a system,” says Anders Holm, who plays the philandering flirt with a premeditated lack of amenities in his bachelor pad. “He’s used to getting his way and getting any girl he wants.”

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“I think Anders is one of the greatest rising stars in comedy acting,” director Christian Ditter says. “The role is a ladies’ man, but I wanted to cast someone really interesting and fun who could mine the humor in Tom, and he brought all that.”

Holm says that he and Ditter discussed at length how far to take Tom’s bad boy behavior. “We talked about whether he’s a nice bad guy or a bad nice guy, and decided that he’s really the worst kind of good guy. He’s a genuinely nice dude caught in a pattern of easy chicks, no personal commitments, and he doesn’t know how to be serious even if he finds someone he could be serious with. He’s created a lifestyle that’s now his identity, and he’s lost in it. Not that it really bothers him.”

When Alice (Dakota Johnson) dips her toes in the pool of Manhattan’s single men, she dives right into the deep end with Tom, the polar opposite of her longtime beau, Josh. “They were two awkward college freshmen who fell for each other,” Nicholas Braun says of his character and Alice. “Josh was a safe option and a good guy who treated her well. I don’t think there was any danger of being surprised with Josh, and I think that’s part of why she leaves him.

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“Alice is a girl a lot of girls can identify with,” he adds. “She’s at that stage of life where you don’t want to feel settled down, you need to do some soul searching. And while Josh is a good example of someone who thinks that this relationship is the only one for him, even Josh isn’t going to wait for his girlfriend to go off and have sex with a bunch of guys just so she can see if he’s still the one for her. He’s gonna look around, too.”

While Alice is on the lookout for someone new, she meets a single dad, David, who is attracted to her but hesitant to test the relationship waters again. Damon Wayans Jr. portrays the wary widower venturing back into the dating world.

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“He’s trying to maneuver his way through that part of life again, but he may not be ready for it,” Wayans offers. “He sees Alice once and finds her intriguing, but it’s not until they wind up seeing each other again, randomly, that the sparks fly.”

Wayans enjoyed working with Johnson. “Dakota is very fun and very free and thinks on her toes. She likes to improv a lot, which was great for me,” says the comedy veteran.

“Damon Wayans is such a funny guy and I adore his work,” Ditter conveys. “In this film, he has one of the more serious roles, and he played the part so well, never letting it get too heavy or dramatic. He brought just the right balance to it.”

Alice isn’t the only one who meets what could be the right guy at what may be the wrong time. Her practical, all-work-and-no-play sister, Meg (Leslie Mann), is surprised to be an object of interest for the much younger Ken, played by Jake Lacy. Sweet and sincere, Ken is crushing on Meg in a big way. “She’s in it for the quick and dirty,” Lacy says, “and Ken digs that, but he wants to see things through, to keep it going afterward. She’s also pretty sure that he’s too young for her, and I like that he’s trying to break down the barriers she keeps putting up.”

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“Leslie was wonderful to work with,” Lacy relates. “She’s smart, funny, talented, quick and beautiful. She had different ideas every time we started a scene and had really thought through every moment, which made it easy to play off of her and give her something new in every take, too.”

“We were very lucky that all the actors we had were very good on their feet and could riff off each other,” says Ditter, “which allowed for a lot of experimentation. I think that by having our very talented ensemble contribute creatively, we got the fresh, contemporary feel we were going for.”

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.

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Critically-acclaimed film ‘Brooklyn’ to be adapted into BBC series

The award-winning and critically-acclaimed feature film “Brooklyn” will be adapted into a television series with the BBC. This is now being developed by the same producers of the movie Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey through Wildgaze Films.

Julie Walters is set to reprise her BAFTA-nominated supporting role as the quirky landlady Mrs. Madge Kehoe. The movie version’s lead actress Saoirse Ronan is not expected to return for the role of Eilis Lacey.

Julie Walters plays Mrs. Madge Kehoe in 'Brooklyn.'
Julie Walters plays Mrs. Madge Kehoe in ‘Brooklyn.’

Wildgaze is now looking for TV screen writers to pen the story which will mostly look into the lives of the Irish, American and British young women at Kehoe’s New York boarding house.

Based on the novel of the same name by Colm Toibin, “Brooklyn” is set in 1950s Ireland and New York. The pic was recently released in the U.S. by Fox Searchlight under the direction of John Crowley and screenplay by Nick Hornby.

“Brooklyn” holds three Oscars nominations (Picture, Lead Actress, and Adapted Screenplay) and one Golden Globes nomination (Lead Actress – Drama).

Eve Macklin as "Diana," Saoirse Ronan as "Eilis" and Emily Bett Rickards as "Patty" in BROOKLYN. Photo by Kerry Brown.  © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
Eve Macklin as “Diana,” Saoirse Ronan as “Eilis” and Emily Bett Rickards as “Patty” in BROOKLYN. Photo by Kerry Brown. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved