‘The Accountant’ teaser poster shows Ben Affleck gunning for action

The teaser poster for Warner Bros. Pictures’ new suspense thriller “The Accountant” has been released, showing Oscar winner Ben Affleck (“Argo,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”) holding a rifle, but “blinded” by numerical data.

Directed by Gavin O’Connor (“Warrior”), “The Accountant” tells the story of Christian Wolff (Affleck), a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.

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“The Accountant” also stars Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (“Up in the Air,” “Pitch Perfect”), Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash,” the “Spider-Man” films), Jon Bernthal (“Fury,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”), Jean Smart (TV’s “Fargo,” “24”), and Cynthia Addai-Robinson (“Star Trek: Into Darkness”), with Jeffrey Tambor (TV’s “Transparent,” “The Hangover” films) and two-time Oscar nominee John Lithgow (“Interstellar”).

O’Connor directed the film from a screenplay by Bill Dubuque (“The Judge”).

Opening across the Philippines on November 2, 2016, “The Accountant” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

Master magicians return beyond limits of illusion in ‘Now You See Me 2’

The surprise worldwide hit caper “Now You See Me” which grossed over $300 million worldwide and earned the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie Thriller, made the Horsemen’s return to the screen inevitable for their most astounding magic act in “Now You See Me 2.” After starting out in New York City, where the first film left off, the action of “Now You See Me 2” soon becomes international as The Horsemen are transported to Macau, seemingly by magic, then on to London for a final showdown with an unexpected alliance of enemies.

In 2013, “Now You See Me” mesmerized the world with the David and Goliath escapades of a preternaturally gifted group of professional illusionists who pull off daring heists at the expense of a corrupt billionaire. This year, “Now You See Me 2” brings back the talented group in a lightning-paced global adventure that blurs the line between heroes and villains as the Horsemen continue their mission armed only with their imaginations, skill and camaraderie. This time, things go wrong very quickly for the Horsemen. The audience can look forward to watching a movie that has a bigger scope, bigger laughs and bigger action, while going deeper into the mythology of The Eye.

Directed by Jon M. Chu (“G.I. Joe Retaliation”), also known for his expertise in cutting-edge technology in filmmaking, brings “Now You See Me 2” on its biggest, boldest and unparalleled innovative magic ever onscreen. “Now You See Me 2” stars returning cast Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine with new characters played by “Harry Potter’s” Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chouand Sanaa Lathan.

A big fan of “Now You See Me,” Chu jumped at the chance to work with a cast full of world-class actors, including five Oscar® winners and nominees, to make a movie combining magic, storytelling and mystery. “This script was so much fun to work on,” he continues. “However this time around, we get to be with the Horsemen as they are trapped in a magic trick themselves and have to use their illusionist skills to get out. Ed Solomon’s script is brilliant and combines intricate story architecture with a breezy pace and fun tone that makes the movie an event for the whole family.”

In “Now You See Me 2,” the audience will feel like they are watching first hand as great magicians do their best work, according to screenwriter Ed Solomon, whose numerous past credits include “Men in Black” and cult-classic “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” “You should have that dual response that magic so often evokes,” Solomon says. “You are amazed by what you are seeing even though you know you’re being fooled. You’re excited to see where it will take you. There’s that wonderful suspension of disbelief.”

At the heart of this film, like that of its predecessor, is a sense of adventure and wonder, says Solomon. “I hope it’s at least as much fun for the audience to watch as it was for us to make,” he adds. “I think people love magic for the same reason they love jokes. It’s the element of surprise. You know it’s a game, but you feel safe. People love watching an expert doing something they don’t quite understand and trying to get to the bottom of that mystery.”

Prepare for the unbelievable when “Now You See Me 2” opens June 8, 2016 in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.

Vera Farmiga combats demons anew in ‘The Conjuring 2’

Returning in her iconic role as demonologist Lorraine Warren in New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller “The Conjuring” is Oscar-nominated actress Vera Farmiga (“The Judge,” TV’s “Bates Motel”).

“It was really joyful for me to step into Lorraine Warren’s Mary Janes and sprint another 20 miles,” Farmiga smiles. “It requires you to bring your A+ game, but James Wan really knows our ins and outs and how to reach us, and I think Patrick [Wilson] and I were even more confident and relaxed this time around.”

“The Conjuring 2,” with James Wan once again at the helm following the record-breaking success of “The Conjuring,” brings to the screen another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Reprising their roles, Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, star 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.

“A lot changed for Ed and Lorraine in the years between [the two films.] I think it was six years of spiritual warfare, skepticism and wariness from the outside, six years of demon combat,” Farmiga observes.

When “The Conjuring 2” opens, the Warrens have been called to Amityville, where they hold a séance in order to summon the spirits there. “They’ve been called in as experts to see what was going on,” producer Rob Cowan notes, “so we start the movie with that and we see that they came away from it really believing there was something terrifying in that house.”

In fact, there’s a rather famous photograph their research team captured that shows the image of a little boy peering over a railing from the second floor, believed to be one of the DeFeo family members who’d been murdered in the house many years prior. The film shows how overwhelmed Lorraine is by a demonic presence during the séance, and later, at home, as it continues to plague her.

In the short sequence leading up to their trip to Enfield, we see the enormous toll that period takes on the couple, physically and mentally. Farmiga says, “It took a lot of love between the two of them to get through it, but Lorraine has always said to me, ‘I know that this gig is ordained, it was meant to be, and like it or not, I gird up.’ There was never any doubt for her, and I like that we explore the depths of their partnership in this film.”

“For me, part of the reason I came back to do ‘The Conjuring 2’ is the opportunity to work with Vera and Patrick again,” says Wan. “I had such a great time with them on the first movie, so to expand on this world and work with people I truly love was just great. They really make you care about the Warrens, and I think in horror movies it’s important that you care about the characters—then the scares play out so much stronger.

“I also really admired Ed and Lorraine’s partnership, and the way Patrick and Vera give life to it,” he continues. “I’ve always harbored a secret desire to tell a love story on film, I guess my way to do it is to disguise it as a horror movie!”

Farmiga, too, enjoys collaborating with Wan, and also says, “As a company, we’ve grown so close, and I feel like James’ imagination is almost the adult version of a kid’s fairytale nightmare, there’s eloquence and poetry in his vision.”

The actress also allows that the role, even more so this time around, requires not just faith in her director, but also an extraordinary amount of stamina. “There’s a lot of darkness that we’re portraying and it’s arduous, it’s depleting. And in this kind of genre, you cannot phone it in, it has to be the most authentic, earnest performance you can find in the depths of your heart and soul.”

“We lay the foundation pretty early in the movie that Lorraine has been having troubling visions that affect the people closest to her,” Wan concludes. “So, while she wants to help this family in need, throughout the story she’s very tense, very much on guard, because she’s worried about what is going to happen, and that she could even lose Ed.”

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