‘Patintero,’ ‘Heneral Luna’ Deluxe DVD launch invade ToyCon 2016

The cast of the films “Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Meng Patalo” and “Heneral Luna” treated legions of pop culture fans with a special Independence Day presentation at the recently concluded ToyCon 2016 + Pop Life FanXperience. John Arcilla and Mon Confiado of “Heneral Luna” were greeted with loud cheers from the crowd as they officially launched the new “Heneral Luna” deluxe edition DVD last June 12. More importantly, the two leads gave a very timely and rousing message of patriotism to everyone in attendance. Amidst the popular international comic book superheroes, both actors noted and thanked everyone for the overwhelming support and interest for local national heroes in an event such as ToyCon.

Meanwhile, the adorable kids of “Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Meng Patalo” led by Nafa Hilario Cruz (Meng), William Buenavente (Shifty), Isabel “Lenlen” Farial (Nicay) and Claude Mikael Adrales (Z Boy) and director Mihk Vergara introduced the movie and gave an exclusive first-look at the film’s new trailer. “Patintero” was one of the films featured in last year’s QCinema Film Festival. It won the Audience Choice Award and Gender Senstivity Award. The wholesome and heartwarming coming-of-age family film about a ragtag group of neighborhood patalo will have its theatrical release this September.

The films’ producers, TBA (Tuko Films, Buchi Boy Entertainment, and Artikulo Uno Productions), had an impressive booth set-up during the three-day event. The booth, designed with a thematic look-and-feel from the film Patintero, drew in kids and kids at heart with its special coloring book station. Premium items such as stickers, postcards, fans, and a limited edition Patintero coloring book were given away to participants.

The booth also offered cinephiles a chance to sign up at Cinetropa.com. Cinetropa, the first exclusively Filipino-movie streaming site, offers a wide selection of Filipino independent films in HD for film enthusiasts from around the globe to enjoy. As a special treat for ToyCon, those who signed up during the event got a chance to win a free single movie screening at Cinema ’76, the metro’s coolest micro-cinema.

“Heneral Luna” fans trooped the “Heneral Luna” sari-sari store for the film’s official merchandise. Among the store’s bestseller was the film’s deluxe DVD. The special dual disc edition contains never-before-seen cast auditions, behind-the-scenes footage, and commentaries from the director and producers. Fans of the film patiently braved the long lines at the TBA booth last Sunday for a chance to have their copies signed by John Arcilla and Mon Confiado.

The deluxe edition DVD of “Heneral Luna” is now being sold in all leading record stores and bookstores nationwide.   

‘The Legend of Tarzan’ brings Alexander Skarsgård as lord of the apes

First appearing in the 1912 story Tarzan of the Apes, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan has remained one of the most enduring characters of 20th-century popular culture. The legendary “lord of the apes” has inspired films, TV serials, radio plays, stage productions, comics and video games.

But what the filmmakers of the upcoming action adventure “The Legend of Tarzan” found in the new script by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer was a fresh and entirely new take on the legend. “It has great characters, romance, humor and fabulous action,” says David Barron, who is producing the film (with Jerry Weintraub, as well as Alan Riche and Tony Ludwig). “It’s a large-scope, audience-friendly film, but with a thinking mind and a beating heart.”

“It’s not Tarzan as you know it,” director David Yates adds. “It’s not a bloke in a loincloth. It’s a big, epic theatrical experience that’s grounded in how we see the world now – in how we connect with each other and the animals we share the planet with.”

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The film isn’t telling an origin story – it’s set years after Tarzan has left the jungles of Africa behind. But, the director says, we will see glimpses of Tarzan’s life growing up in the wild, with his nurturing ape mother, Kala, and the violent alpha male of the group, Kerchak, who never accepts the human child in their midst. “We see in flashbacks how Jane, as a young girl, goes through the jungle tracking the mysterious ghost of Tarzan,” the director explains. “She’s the one who teases him out of the jungle and rescues him from this fairly brutal life. She saved him, and over the course of our movie, he has to save her – because he can’t really survive without her.”

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures comes the action adventure “The Legend of Tarzan,” starring Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s “True Blood”) as the legendary character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

The film also stars Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (the “Captain America” films), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” upcoming “Suicide Squad”), Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Gladiator”), with Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (“Iris”), and two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained”).

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It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.

David Yates (the final four “Harry Potter” films, upcoming “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”) directed “The Legend of Tarzan” from a screenplay by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer, story by Brewer and Cozad based on the Tarzan stories created by Burroughs.

Slated for release across the Philippines on Thursday, June 30, 2016, “The Legend of Tarzan” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

‘The Purge 3: Election Year’ campaigns with new posters

Choose your side with newly-released brand new posters from Universal Pictures’ suspense thriller “The Purge: Election Year,” and declare whether you purge for the Nation, the People, Liberty, Glory or Power.

Expanding the universe introduced in the hit franchise that electrified the culture and earned $200 million at the worldwide box office, “The Purge: Election Year” reveals the next terrifying chapter that occurs over 12 hours of annual lawlessness sanctioned by the New Founders of America to keep this country great.

It’s been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn…or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.

Once again returning to collaborate with franchise creator James DeMonaco on “The Purge: Election Year” are the series’ producers: Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (“Insidious” and “Ouija” series, “The Visit”), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” series, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”), and writer/director DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sébastien K. Lemercier (“Assault on Precinct 13”).

Opening across the Philippines on July 6, 2016, “The Purge: Election Year” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.