‘The Angry Birds Movie’ premieres in 34 countries on May 7

CULVER CITY, Calif., May 5, 2016 – To celebrate the imminent release of Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animation’s 3D CG-animated comedy “The Angry Birds Movie,” Sony Pictures will host 42 “Red’s Carpet” premiere events in 34 countries around the world on Saturday, May 7.

Image above: March 18, 2016: Red visits Rizal Park for Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animation’s ANGRY BIRDS in celebration of the International Day of Happiness, observed March 20th.

Countries as wide-ranging as the U.S., U.K., Spain, South Africa, Philippines and Australia, destinations as remote as Montenegro and Nigeria, and many more will each do their share as the red carpet spans the globe. The film’s English-language stars, including Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Maya Rudolph, and Bill Hader, as well as the film’s musical star Blake Shelton, will celebrate at the official World Premiere in Los Angeles, California.

In the Philippines, the Red’s Carpet premiere will take place in SM Megamall and is expected to be attended by celebrities and fans of the game.

The full list of countries set for Red’s Carpet Day includes Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Ecuador, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Luxemburg, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

“We’re thrilled to be rolling out Red’s carpet across the entire globe, all on the same day. The movie has been translated into 42 languages and dubbed by some of the funniest comedy stars in the world, so it’s exciting that audiences of all ages in every country will be able to enjoy the film. No matter where you live, you’ll be able to get into the spirit on a local level with fun events,” said John Cohen, producer of “The Angry Birds Movie.”

A few days later, on Tuesday, May 10, the movie’s all-star international voice actors will participate in an exciting and colorful photo call celebrating the opening of the Cannes Film Festival. On hand will be English-language voice actor Josh Gad (Chuck, in his first animated film since “Frozen”) as well as Omar Sy (“The Intouchables,” “Inferno,” and the voice of Red in France), international TV personality Raya Abirached (who voices Matilda in the Middle East), popular comedian and actor Maccio Capatonda (who voices Red in Italy), comedian Timur Rodriguez (who voices Chuck in Russia) and producer John Cohen.

In the 3D animated comedy, “The Angry Birds Movie,” we’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry.

The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

Featuring a hilarious, all-star voice cast that includes Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph and Peter Dinklage, as well as Keegan-Michael Key, Kate McKinnon, Tony Hale, Ike Barinholtz, Hannibal Buress, Jillian Bell, Danielle Brooks, Latin music sensation Romeo Santos, and YouTube stars Smosh (Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla), the Columbia Pictures/Rovio Entertainment film is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis, produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder, screenplay by Jon Vitti, and executive produced by Mikael Hed and David Maisel.

Opening across the Philippines on May 11, 2016, “Angry Birds” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

X Ambassadors shares ‘Unsteady’ music video for ‘Me Before You’

The music video for the remix of “Unsteady” by the band X Ambassadors, which includes clips from the upcoming romantic film “Me Before You,” has just been unveiled and may be viewed below.

New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ “Me Before You” is based on the critically acclaimed, bestselling novel by Jojo Moyes.

The romantic drama stars Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) and Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games” series), under the direction of Thea Sharrock, making her feature film directorial debut.

Oftentimes you find love where you least expect it. Sometimes it takes you where you never expected to go…

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Louisa “Lou” Clark (Clarke) lives in a quaint town in the English countryside. With no clear direction in her life, the quirky and creative 26-year-old goes from one job to the next in order to help her tight-knit family make ends meet. Her normally cheery outlook is put to the test, however, when she faces her newest career challenge.

Taking a job at the local “castle,” she becomes caregiver and companion to Will Traynor (Claflin), a wealthy young banker who became wheelchair bound in an accident two years prior, and whose whole world changed dramatically in the blink of an eye. No longer the adventurous soul he once was, the now cynical Will has all but given up. That is until Lou determines to show him that life is worth living. Embarking together on a series of adventures, both Lou and Will get more than they bargained for, and find their lives—and hearts—changing in ways neither one could have imagined.

Thea Sharrock directs from a screenplay by Jojo Moyes and Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber (“The Fault in Our Stars”), based on the book by Moyes.

“Me Before You” is a presentation of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM). Set for release across the Philippines on June 15, 2016, it will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

‘Mother’s Day’ gathers A-list cast for heartwarming tribute to moms

Expectant moms, single moms, stepmoms, gay moms, estranged moms, long-lost moms and mothers of all kinds get their due in an emotional tribute to the tie that can’t be broken in “Mother’s Day,” an endearing and entertaining romantic comedy about everyone’s first love, our mothers.

Director and producer Garry Marshall once again brings together an all-star cast for a joyous holiday celebration in his new film, “Mother’s Day.” Marshall tackles the complicated connection between mother and child through a series of deftly interwoven stories that salute the sometimes maddening, often conflicted and always powerful bond of maternal love in a movie about the impact mothers have on their children’s lives — even when they don’t mean to.

Jennifer Aniston ( “Friends”), Kate Hudson (“How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”), Julia Roberts (“Pretty Woman”), Jason Sudeikis (“We’re the Millers”) and Britt Robertson (“Tomorrowland”) star in interwoven stories about a group of women with one important thing in common- mothers. In the week before the one day of the year when Mom comes first, the lives of a group of strong, loving and wildly imperfect women, from a divorced mother dealing with her kids’ new stepmom to a young mom trying find her own birth mother, provide an emotional and humorous reminder that every mom is her own kind of hero.

Julia Roberts, marking her fourth appearance in a Garry Marshall film, was the first star on board, agreeing to play Miranda, the queen of a ubiquitous home shopping network. Sleekly coiffed and impeccably turned out, Miranda has a secret that will be revealed by the end of the film.

Jennifer Aniston plays recently divorced Sandy with two sons. She and her ex-husband, Henry (Timothy Olyphant), are on exceptionally good terms until he impulsively weds his much younger girlfriend and Sandy finds herself struggling with the idea that she’s replaceable. “It comes out of the blue,” says Aniston. “She suddenly has to share her children with their new stepmom. It’s a complete game changer when another person comes in as a co-parent to your children.”

Shay Mitchell, from the television series “Pretty Little Liars,” plays Henry’s new wife, Tina. Tina is young and naive, but her affection for both Henry and his children is authentic, says the actress. “She really does care so much for the kids and is trying genuinely to play the role of being their other mom. She doesn’t think Sandy will be upset at all. They’re going to work as a team and raise these kids as best they can.”

Kate Hudson plays Jesse, a happily married mom who is estranged from her own mother. “Jesse and her sister Gabi cut off their parents because they have both made lives they know their parents wouldn’t approve of. Gabi is married to a woman. Jesse married an Indian man and has a child with him.” Hudson explains.

The film also introduces a “Mister Mom” Bradley (played by Jason Sudeikis), the father of two girls is facing his first Mother’s Day without his wife, a Marine killed in combat. It has been almost a year since her passing and the kids are trying to move forward, but Bradley has only scratched the surface of his mourning. The storyline adds a note of poignancy to the movie as he struggles to let go of the past for his children’s sake.

Britt Robertson, who recently starred opposite George Clooney in the blockbuster “Tomorrowland,” plays Kristin, a new mom who has never met her birth mother. Kristin’s British boyfriend Zack (Jack Whitehall) wants very much to marry her, but she’s not sure. Adopted as an infant, Kristin fears that because she’s never known her birth mother, she doesn’t know what kind of woman she’s going to be. “I immediately said yes to this project,” Robertson recalls. “I just loved all the different storylines and the different kinds of relationships between mothers and children. I think everyone will find a character they can relate to.”

“Mother’s Day” opens May 4, 2016 in cinemas from OctoArts Films International.

Stephen Chow’s blockbuster hit ‘The Mermaid’ screens exclusively at Megaworld Lifestyle Malls

The Mermaid is currently making waves as China’s biggest blockbuster to date with box office sales surpassing the half billion dollar mark. It is the first movie to ever do so in mainland China and in Hong Kong, and has even outperformed Hollywood heavy weights like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Furious 7, Avatar and Jurassic World.

On May 11, this monumental film is coming exclusively to Megaworld Lifestyle Malls which will screen the film in Mandarin with English subtitles across the cinemas of Newport Mall, Lucky Chinatown and Uptown Mall.

The Mermaid is a genre cross over with elements of drama, comedy, romance and fantasy with a heavy dose of special effects. In the film, newcomer actress Jelly Lin Yun plays a mermaid sent to seduce and assassinate a rich businessman played by Chinese star Deng Chao whose development project puts her habitat and her people at risk.

Directed and written by iconic Hong Kong star Stephen Chow, who also worked behind and in front of the camera for other blockbusters like Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle, the Mermaid employs Chow’s winning formula of mixing riotous comedy with heartwarming charm.

Apart from its mass appeal, The Mermaid also features a social commentary that highlights important issues facing the environment and Chinese politics that even Filipinos will find relatable.

Tickets to The Mermaid will be available at Megaworld Cinema ticketing booths and at www.blockbusterseats.com, which is Megaworld Lifestyle Malls newly launched online ticketing network. If your little children are interested in swimming like a mermaid, Fintasticmermaid.ca will save you a lot of searching on the internet, it’s not as common as you might think.

Distributed by Columbia Pictures Philippines, “The Mermaid” opens May 11, 2016 exclusively at Megaworld Cinemas.

For more information, contact please contact the Megaworld Lifestyle Malls Concierge at 709-9888, 709-0888, 0917-8380111 or visit www.megaworldlifestylemalls.com.

WATCH: Black Lively is trapped in new trailer for horror film ‘The Shallows’

Columbia Pictures has just unveiled the new trailer for “The Shallows,” the edge-of-your-seat horror film starring Blake Lively (TV’s “Gossip Girl”). Watch it below.

What was once in the deep, is now in “The Shallows.” In this taut thriller, Nancy (Lively) is surfing alone on a secluded beach when she is attacked by a great white shark and stranded just a short distance from shore. Though she is only 200 yards from her survival, getting there proves the ultimate contest of wills. It’s Jaws for a new generation.

The film is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (“Unknown,” “Non-Stop”) from a screenplay by Anthony Jaswinski (“Vanishing on 7th Street”), and produced by Lynn Harris (“Blade: Trinity”) and Matti Leshem. Executive Producers are Doug Merrifield (“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”) and Jaume Collet-Serra.

Opening across the Philippines in July 2016, “The Shallows” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. #FearTheShallows