‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ to hold midnight screenings on May 18

The most awaited epic battle of mutants in “X-Men: Apocalypse” is about to unfold on the big screen on May 18, Wednesday in the midnight screenings of the following cinemas:

  • Alabang Town Center
  • Greenbelt 3, Glorietta 4, Trinoma, Abreeza Davao
  • SM Aura, SM BF, SM Fairview, SM Light Mall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Marikina, SM Marilao, SM Megamall, SM Molino, SM North Edsa, SM Southmall, SM Clark, The Block
  • Century Mall, Commerce Center, Eastwood
  • Evia, Newport, Uptown
  • Starmall Taguig

In “X-Men: Apocalypse,” we find our favorite group of mutants in 1983, dealing with more than just the fashions of the time. An ancient, powerful and extremely angry creature named Apocalypse has awakened after millennia spent slumbering, decided that our civilization is too corrupt to survive and must be destroyed so he can restore proper order. Charles Xavier must rally his young students for the fight of their lives against not just Apocalypse, but also his powerful Four Horsemen, one of which just happens to be Erik “Magneto” Lensherr.

Opening on May 18 nationwide, directed by Bryan Singer, “X-Men: Apocalypse” stars James McAvoy as Charles Xavier/Professor X, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique/Raven, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr/Magneto, Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, Olivia Munn as Psylocke, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Ben Hardy as Angel, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers/Cyclops, Nicholas Hoult Hank McCoy/Beast, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, Lana Condor as Jubilee and Rose Byrne as Moira McTaggert.

WATCH: ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ cast salutes Cannes filmfest

The US and international voice actors of Columbia Pictures’ new comedy adventure “The Angry Birds Movie” held a photo call on the eve of the 69th Festival du Cannes opening as a tribute to the famed film festival.

Watch “The Angry Birds Movie” – Cannes Festival featurette below.

The event featured actor Josh Gad (“Chuck”) from the original English-language version of the film, as well as Omar Sy (“Red”) from the French version, along with dancing costume characters depicting the birds and the pigs from the film.

Cannes, France – May 10, 2016: Producer John Cohen, Timur Rodriguez (Russian Voice of “Chuck”), Omar Sy (French Voice of “Red”), Josh Gad (American Voice of “Chuck”), Maccio Capatonda (Italian voice of “Red”), and Raya Abirached (Middle Eastern Voice of “Matilda”) at the Photo Call for Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animations’ ANGRY BIRDS.

 

Cannes, France – May 10, 2016: Josh Gad (American Voice of “Chuck”) and Chuck at the Photo Call for Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animations’ ANGRY BIRDS.

Also in attendance were producer John Cohen and three additional international voice actors Maccio Capatonda, who is Red in Italy; Timur Rodriguez, Chuck’s voice in Russia; and Raya Abirached, who’s Matilda in the Middle East.

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.

Cannes, France – May 10, 2016: Omar Sy (French Voice of “Red”) and Josh Gad (American Voice of “Chuck”) with Red at the Photo Call for Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animations’ ANGRY BIRDS.
Cannes, France – May 10, 2016: Producer John Cohen, Timur Rodriguez (Russian Voice of “Chuck”), Omar Sy (French Voice of “Red”), Josh Gad (American Voice of “Chuck”), Maccio Capatonda (Italian voice of “Red”), and Raya Abirached (Middle Eastern Voice of “Matilda”) at the Photo Call for Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animations’ ANGRY BIRDS.

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.

Now playing across the Philippines, “The Angry Birds Movie” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Devout gamer Duncan Jones directs ‘Warcraft: The Beginning’

Finding the perfect storyteller to direct “Warcraft: The Beginning” proved to be so much easier than the producers first imagined. Best known for his BAFTA award-winning masterpiece “Moon,” as well as the twist-a-minute “Source Code,” director Duncan Jones had another valuable asset to bring to the table: his intimate understanding and deeply personal love for the game.

The son of the late music legend, David Bowie, Duncan Jones is a devout gamer and World of Warcraft player for many years. The filmmaker admits he was very excited about the prospect of a Warcraft film long before he was considered to direct it. Given the opportunity to meet with Blizzard and reveal his alternate approach, he recalls: “If you’re a player of the game, you know that part of its appeal is that you can be a hero, no matter what side you’re on. So my pitch was that the film should mirror that; it should be a war movie, one which shows the heroes on both sides and treats them with equal respect.”

Producer Stuart Fenegan, himself a passionate player from the beginning of the Warcraft franchise, has partnered with Jones for many years, since their days together in the commercials industry. Fenegan offers why he believes the source material is so powerful and has such epic film potential: “One of the most amazing things about Warcraft is the fact that it’s not a linear game in which you are forced to play a particular character. You have this sense of community, and I feel that’s why it exploded and went so huge all over the world. You have this opportunity to create your own character; you step into this environment but instead of interacting with computer-generated, non-player characters, you have this social experience with people from all over the continent in which you’re playing.”

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Chris Metzen, senior vice president of story and franchise development at Blizzard, recalls the day they met with Jones and Fenegan to discuss bringing the series to the big screen: “Duncan was talking about his experiences, the things he loves about Warcraft and how long he had played, and there was this immediate kinship. The more he talked about his vision, and his instincts on what was possible, I knew we were in good hands.”

It was this exchange of ideas and possibilities that drew the filmmakers to conclude the best place to begin the epic, 20-year-in-the-making Warcraft narrative was with the 1994 inaugural game, Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, in which a portal from the dying planet of Draenor delivers a brutal and desperate orc army to Azeroth’s doorstep.
Metzen explains: “For all the stories that you can tell around the fictional events of Warcraft, especially given all the players’ experiences in World of Warcraft, which happens some 30 years after the events of the film, we thought that going back to the start and showing the origins of the Alliance and the Horde—and how these first conflicts shaped the events of the modern era—would be the common point in everyone’s experience. It seemed clear to start at the start, where both of these factions that define so much of the franchise’s modern era began. In that way, we created the best possible primer for what Warcraft is to everyone, regardless of what race they’re a part of.”

Producer Jon Jashni agrees with his team that this take was spot on. He gives: “The challenge is that you need, as filmmakers and as storytellers, to take a position. How are you able to show both sides of an issue or both perspectives on a world and also, simultaneously, root in a more-traditional narrative interwoven with heroes, villains, treachery, betrayal and emotion? Duncan found a way for us to start thinking about all this in fresh and relevant ways.”

In “Warcraft: The Beginning,” the peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.

So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.

Directed by Duncan Jones (“Moon,” “Source Code”) and written by Charles Leavitt and Jones, the film stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Rob Kazinsky and Daniel Wu.

Opening across the Philippines on May 25, 2016, “Warcraft: The Beginning” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

WATCH: Disney launches new trailer for fantasy adventure ‘The BFG’

The big-screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” has just been launched a new poster and trailer, which may be viewed below.

Disney’s “The BFG” tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country.

Disney and Amblin Entertainment, in association with Walden Media, present the fantasy adventure film “The BFG,” the first-ever motion picture adaptation of Roald Dahl’s resonant tale of childhood, the magic of dreams and the extraordinary friendship between a young girl and a big friendly giant.

Directed by three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, the film reunites the director with his Oscar-nominated collaborator on “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” Melissa Mathison, who adapted the childrens author’s timeless adventure for the big screen.

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The film stars three-time Tony Award®, two-time Olivier Award and Oscar® winner Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant; newcomer Ruby Barnhill as Sophie, the orphan who befriends him and is swept into a world of rampaging giants; Penelope Wilton as the Queen; Jemaine Clement as Fleshlumpeater, the most fearsome giant from Giant Country; Rebecca Hall as Mary, the Queen’s handmaid; Rafe Spall as Mr. Tibbs, the Queen’s butler; and Bill Hader as Bloodbottler, another unruly giant from Giant Country.

Opening in the Philippines on August 10, 2016, “The BFG” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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