Scam invites dark spirits in first trailer for ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’

The first trailer of Universal Pictures’ supernatural thriller “Ouija: Origin of Evil” has just been unveiled and may be viewed below.

It was never just a game. Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, “Ouija: Origin of Evil” tells a terrifying new tale as the follow-up to 2014’s sleeper hit that opened at number one.

In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.
“Ouija: Origin of Evil” stars Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser, Doug Jones, Parker Mack, Sam Anderson, Kate Siegel, Annalise Basso and Lulu Wilson.

The film is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (“The Purge” series, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” series), Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (“Insidious” series), alongside Hasbro’s Brian Goldner (“Transformers” and “G.I. Joe” series) and Stephen Davis (“Ouija”).

Mike Flanagan directs from a screenplay he wrote with his “Oculus” and “Before I Wake” collaborator, Jeff Howard.

Opening across the Philippines on October 26, 2016, “Ouija: Origin of Evil” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Melissa McCarthy takes on the paranormal in all-new ‘Ghostbusters’

Oscar-nominated comedienne Melissa McCarthy (“Spy,” “The Heat”) is Abby Yates, a scientist who believes in the paranormal and she won’t let the non-believers grind her down, in Columbia Pictures’ new action-adventure “Ghostbusters.”

“Ghostbusters” makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. This July, they’re here to save the world!

“Abby has always been the believer,” says McCarthy. “It doesn’t matter if people are making fun of her, which they always have. It doesn’t matter if nobody else believes. It doesn’t matter that people think she’s crazy. She’s just always believed in the paranormal. I just love that she’s stayed the course, no matter what.”

In their screenplay, Kate Dippold and Paul Feig created a friendship between Abby and Erin, who is played by Kristen Wiig. “Our characters were friends all through high school – they were the two eccentric girls who believed in ghosts and the paranormal,” says McCarthy. “But they had a bad parting, because Erin didn’t want to defend herself anymore, so she went in a more academic direction. Now, in the movie, they come back together. It’s a little bumpy in the beginning, but you can tell that the history is there. And that’s easy to portray with Kristen, because I’ve known her so long and she’s one of the greatest people I know.”

“I think the reason why Melissa is one of the most successful comedians working today is that she brings an everyman quality to her work,” says producer Ivan Reitman. “She brings great energy, great truth – she has a quality of being very funny and very real. People love her because she’s here to represent them.

One of McCarthy’s most memorable moments was trying on the proton pack for the first time. No movie magic here – McCarthy says that the prop is just as heavy as it looks. “Especially for what we have to do with them – we’re diving, we’re running, and we’re fighting. Every time we get blown back by something and we land on our backs, there’s sharp, heavy jagged metal,” says McCarthy. “On the other hand, I hate when you can tell that somebody’s running with something light, so I’m glad that’s not what happens in this movie. We look like we’re struggling because we are.’”

“Ghostbusters” allowed McCarthy to do many of her own stunts. “I really love all that stunt stuff,” she says. “I’m asking to be thrown into things. I try to do everything they’ll let me do. And then every once in a while Paul would have to say, ‘No, you’re not doing that. You’re not getting dropped onto a car from 25 feet up.’ And when he says that, I’m thinking, ‘Yes, that makes sense,’ but what I’d hear myself saying is ‘Why not?’ And Paul would say, ‘You’re insane,’ and walk away.”

One of the stunts that McCarthy was able to perform herself was crowdsurfing at a rock concert. “I’ve never done that before,” she says. McCarthy notes that stunt work sometimes involves complicated rigs or wires, and she asked the stunt coordinator, Walter Garcia, what was the best way to perform a stage dive. “He said, ‘The best way you do it is you run to the end of the stage and dive off.’ Okay. Let’s do that. The first take, I was a little tentative, but once I did it I knew I was in good hands. Of course, I realize there were ten stunt people out there waiting to catch me, so I’m not sure I’m going to try that in real life, but that was wildly fun.”

Opening in Philippine cinemas on Friday, July 15, 2016, “Ghostbusters” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Music video for ‘Star Trek Beyond’ song premieres in PH IMAX cinemas

The video for Rihanna’s new single “Sledgehammer,” written for director Justin Lin’s highly anticipated film “Star Trek Beyond” from Paramount, Skydance and Bad Robot, has premiered exclusively in IMAX theatres in the Philippines.

“Sledgehammer” marks the first music video shot entirely with IMAX® cameras. Director Floria Sigismondi used the new ALEXA IMAX® camera, the same camera that was used to film the key battle sequence in “Captain America: Civil War.” The ALEXA IMAX 65mm camera is a next-generation revolutionary 2D digital camera developed through a partnership between ARRI and IMAX for use by today’s leading filmmakers working in the IMAX® format. The camera, when combined with IMAX’s digital re-mastering process, delivers the highest level of digital image capture and playback resulting in stunning lifelike images with pristine clarity, incredibly fine detail, vivid colors and a higher dynamic range for superior contrast. The “Sledgehammer” video is produced by Maavven.

Said Sigismondi: “I have been a fan of ‘Star Trek’ since I was a little girl. I loved the idea that it explored new territory and the unknown. So being able to be the first director to shoot a music video entirely with IMAX cameras and use this revolutionary technology to explore a different type of new territory was a dream come true.”

Rihanna has taken the music, entertainment and fashion industry by storm. As an accomplished performer, she has sold 60 million albums and 215 million digital tracks worldwide, making her the top-selling digital artist of all time. She has released eight albums, achieved 14 number-one singles and won eight Grammy Awards. With more than 8.5 billion views and 21 Vevo certified videos, she is the most viewed female artist on Vevo/YouTube and is one of the biggest artists on Facebook with more than 81 million Likes.

“Star Trek Beyond,” the highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise) at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew. In “Beyond,” the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

From Paramount Pictures and Skydance, “Star Trek Beyond” is a Bad Robot, Sneaky Shark, Perfect Storm Entertainment production. The film stars John Cho, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoë Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Idris Elba. Directed by Justin Lin, the third film in the franchise series is produced by J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, Lindsey Weber, and Justin Lin; and executive produced by Jeffrey Chernov, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Tommy Harper. Based upon “Star Trek” created by Gene Roddenberry, the screenplay is written by Simon Pegg & Doug Jung.

Opening across the Philippines on July 20, 2016, “Star Trek Beyond” is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.