Dread abounds in main poster for ‘The Conjuring 2’

“The Next True Story from the Case Files of Ed and Lorraine Warren.” That’s the tagline of the main one-sheet art for New Line Cinema’s “The Conjuring 2” which has just been released by the studio. The Warrens are the renowned demonologists played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga in the original film.

The tagline accompanies a creepy image of a rosary-holding hand in the foreground as if spiritually controlling a child who’s about to jump out of a window.

Director James Wan (“Fast & Furious 7”) is once again at the helm, the supernatural thriller reunites Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up In the Air,” TV’s “Bates Motel”) and Patrick Wilson (the “Insidious” films), as Lorraine and Ed Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.

The film follows the phenomenal worldwide reception of Wan’s “The Conjuring,” which marked the largest opening ever for an original horror movie. The film went on to make more than $319 million worldwide and still remains the second highest grossing original horror movie of all time, second only to “The Exorcist.”

In addition to directing the film, Wan wrote the screenplay with Carey Hayes & Chad Hayes, and David Leslie Johnson.

Opening across the Philippines on June 9, 2016, “The Conjuring 2” is a New Line Cinema presentation and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

‘Money Monster’ named official selection in Cannes Film Festival 2016

CULVER CITY, Calif., April 14, 2016 – Money Monster, the upcoming film from TriStar Pictures starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts and directed by Jodie Foster, has been named an Official Selection – Out of Competition at the 69th Festival de Cannes, which will be held from May 11 – 22, 2016.

The gala presentation for Money Monster, which is Julia Roberts’ first film to be featured at the Festival, will take place on Thursday, May 12, at the Grand Théâtre Lumière.

In the real-time, high stakes thriller Money Monster, George Clooney and Julia Roberts star as financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty, who are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor who has lost everything (Jack O’Connell) forcefully takes over their studio. During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today’s fast-paced, high-tech global markets.

Directed by Jodie Foster, the screenplay is by Jamie Linden and Alan DiFiore & Jim Kouf with a story by Alan DiFiore & Jim Kouf. The producers are Daniel Dubiecki, Lara Alameddine, George Clooney, and Grant Heslov.

“Money Monster” opens across the Philippines on May 25, 2016 as distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Dance movie ‘High Strung’ stars world’s most talented dancers

In a city where only the best succeed, two radically talented people from opposite sides of the tracks need to find harmony to achieve their dreams in the highly-motivating fish-out-of-water film “High Strung” starring award-winner ballerina Keenan Kampa and multi-talented artist Nicholas Galitzine.

At the heels of phenomenal dance movies such as “Step Up” and “Street Dance,” “High Strung” brings two different worlds together when Ruby Adams (Kampa), a dancer from the Midwest on scholarshipin New York City eventually crosses paths with Johnnie Blackwell (Galitzine), a British musician, playing for money in the subway tunnels. Ruby’s world is classical and disciplined; Johnnie’s is improvisational and street smart. When a hip-hop battle gone wrong throws these two artists together, they immediately clash but can’t deny it when sparks begin to fly. Their lives quickly get entangled in the pitfalls that come with competing in New York City. With the help of a dynamic dance crew called The SwitchSteps, Ruby and Johnnie must find a way to save Ruby’s scholarship and keep Johnnie from being deported. In an action-packed extravaganza combining cutting edge hip-hop with contemporary and classical dance, the two must navigate their opposing worlds and prepare for a competition where winning or losing will change their lives forever.

The movie is supported by standout performances from veteran actors Jane Seymour, Paul Freeman and Maia Morgenstern and features an original soundtrack of boundary-breaking commercial tracks blending styles of music in a way that already has the dance industry and social media talking. It’s brought to viewers by Broadway stars Michael and Janeen Damian and top choreographer Dave Scott (“Step up 2: The Streets;” “Stomp the Yard;” resident choreographer on “So You Think You Can Dance;” guest choreographer on “Dancing with the Stars”) and introduces the breathtakingly talented Keenan Kampa (Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet’s first American dancer) and Nicholas Galitzine (The Beat Beneath My Feet) alongside 62 of some of the World’s most exciting and original dancers from London, Paris, L.A. and New York.

“High Strung is inspired by Janeen’s experience when she was awarded a scholarship to Balanchine’s School of American Ballet in New York,” director Michael confides. “So it’s basically her story, her adventures, and what it was like for her moving to NY from a small town; like we have Ruby, our lead character in the film, coming from the Midwest.” Michael and Janeen started music and dance at a very young age under the tutelage of their respective mothers. Michael’s mother is a classical pianist, and Janeen’s was the artistic director of a ballet company.

With music playing such an intense role in the film, the soundtrack also had to be something very special. Fortunately Michael, who has enjoyed success as a singer/songwriter with hits like his 80s anthem “Rock On,” knew what he was looking for. “We were blown away by a piece of music we heard on So You Think You Can Dance by composer Nathan Lanier,” he explains. On top of that, Lanier is a virtuosic violinist, so it was a marriage made in heaven.” “We wanted something epic: a mash-up of classical orchestration, hip-hop and electric violin,” Michael offers. “What Nathan created for us went beyond our expectations. The score is a major character in the film, and brings an emotional element. We’ve had a lot of people leaving screenings with goose bumps.”

In addition to the original score, “High Strung” also has 13 original songs ranging from hip-hop to pop to EDM. “It’s quite an odyssey of music; I have quite a few connections, thank goodness – so I pulled every favor,” Michael confesses. “We’ve compiled some awesome songs by an incredible group of talented international artists.” The result is an original soundtrack of fresh commercial tracks along with a boundary-breaking original score blending styles of music in a way that is already leaving tongues wagging.

“High Strung” opens April 20, 2016 in Philippine cinemas from Pioneer Films.