Meet the super villains assembled for ‘Suicide Squad’

Meet the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains assembled by the U.S. government on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity, in director David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” (in Philippine cinemas August 04).

DEADSHOT (Will Smith) —aka Floyd Lawton—is a career mafia hit man and possibly the best marksman in the world. A stone cold pro who works alone, trusting no one, his one soft spot is his young daughter, Zoe, whom the government uses as means to exploit the precision gunman into joining its mission.

HARLEY QUINN (Margot Robbie) —aka Dr. Harleen Quinzel—is a beautiful young psychiatrist who treats the criminally insane patients at Arkham Asylum, including The Joker…until he turns the tables on her. As crazy as she is desirable, Harley views life as one big, chaotic joke.

CAPTAIN BOOMERANG (Jai Courtney). An Australian roughneck, Captain Boomerang is devious, scheming and ruthless … and that’s his good side. Utilizing an assortment of his trademark weapon—razor-sharp, incendiary and electrically charged boomerangs—his wise-cracking attitude and short fuse often irritate the other Squad members and escalate the already dangerous situation.

DIABLO (Jay Hernandez). His face bearing a tattooed skull, this one-time gang member can create and manipulate fire to do his bidding. But Diablo is haunted by the misdeeds of his past, and if he allows his temper to flare, there’s no telling how much destruction he might cause.

KILLER CROC (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). A huge man for whom evolution is working backward, Killer Croc’s square jaw, cracked and scaly skin and toothy grin evoke the most fearsome of reptiles, but it’s his skill at surviving and maneuvering in dark, dank, filthy sewers that makes him a deadly foe when he’s in his element.

DR. JUNE MOONE / ENCHANTRESS (Cara Delevingne). Possessed by Enchantress—a diaphanous, ethereal, wickedly beautiful witch as old as time—June Moone struggles to hold on to her humanity while being overpowered by the seductress.

SLIPKNOT (Adam Beach) – aka Christopher Weiss – is a master in the use of elaborate ropes and tackle, including unbreakable ones. This trained assassin can climb anything.

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“Suicide Squad” follows the events of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and takes place in a post-Superman world where the government tries to determine how to respond in the event that an alien with more villainous intentions visits Earth. Ruthless intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) offers to recruit society’s worst criminals, those possessing lethal skills and superhuman powers. Her first target: the possessed archaeologist June Moone/Enchantress (Cara Delevingne).

When Midway City is threatened by a powerful mystical enemy, Waller’s plan gets the go-ahead. She cuts deals with the whole squad of prisoners: Deadshot (Will Smith) gets his Second Amendment rights reinstated, Harley (Margot Robbie) is set free from her cage, Diablo (Jay Hernandez) steps out of his fireproof prison, Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Slipknot (Adam Beach) each get to wield their signature weapons once more, and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje) emerges from the swamp. The only condition is this: Obey orders or die. This is strictly enforced by squad leader Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), the samurai Katana (Karen Fukuhara), and of course the explosive devices – developed by Wayne Enterprises – inserted into their necks. However, the arrival of the tattooed-up Gotham City mega-criminal, the Joker (Jared Leto), might doom the mission thanks to his plan to reunite with his true love, Harley.

Opening across the Philippines in 3D, and in 2D, and in select IMAX 3D theaters on August 4, 2016, “Suicide Squad” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

‘The Shallows’ offers non-stop, pulse-pounding suspense

From Jaume Collet-Serra, director acclaimed thrillers “Unknown” and “Non-Stop,” comes Columbia Pictures’ suspenseful tale “The Shallows” where a female surfer finds herself in the feeding ground of a great white shark.

In “The Shallows,” Nancy (Blake Lively) is seeking solace after the death of her mother. Though she’s been a driven medical student, Nancy has also found peace on a surfboard, and now has located what she’s looking for – the secret beach that was a special place for her mom. Though she knows it’s dangerous to surf alone, she risks it when her travel companion bails – even calling home to let her tight-knit family know that she has found this special place. As she surfs in this beautiful, hidden place, she thinks it will be a chance for her to reflect.

“Unfortunately, she has stumbled into the feeding ground of a great white shark,” explains Matti Leshem, who produces the film with his wife and producing partner, Lynn Harris. “The shark attacks her, but it’s just doing what comes naturally. She is never more than a couple hundred yards from shore – she could swim to it – but the shark is in between her and safety.”

The director orchestrating the combat is Jaume Collet-Serra. “Every movie he’s made has had an extraordinary amount of suspense,” says Lynn Harris. “He gets great performances from his actors, and he understands every scene and every frame from the point of view from the audience – what’s going to be the most satisfying experience for them in that moment.”

Collet-Serra was excited to join the project because, he says, “it had so many elements that put together make a mega-challenge for a director. It has one location. It has water. Animals. And a CG character. Any of these elements separately is a challenge, so to have them all in one movie was really exciting.”

Collet-Serra says that Blake Lively was much more than an actor for hire. Because she is in nearly every shot of the movie, he says, “She was really a partner in the storytelling. We tailored it for her – everything is filtered through her. We all agreed on the movie we were making, and she was very interested in collaborating with us on that process.”

“I love the combination of a character journey in an elevated genre,” adds Harris. “The Shallows is an incredibly suspenseful thriller with a real character at the heart of it – a protagonist who goes through the arc of getting her strength and overcoming her fear.”

“This story is incredibly visceral, but it’s also one we can all relate to – dealing with our worst fears,” concludes Leshem. “What does it take to face the thing you never thought you could face? And, of course, on some level, this is a metaphor for everything that is truly challenging, but is embodied in a great white shark.”

Opening across the Philippines on August 10, 2016, “The Shallows” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. #FearTheShallows

Four principal ‘Ben-Hur’ actors get own character posters

The four principal actors of Paramount Pictures’ “Ben-Hur” are featured in the newly-released character posters for the film.

They are Jack Huston as Ben-Hur, a wronged man seeking revenge and redemption; Toby Kebbell who plays Messala, Ben-Hur’s adopted brother and best friend who sets him on his path for vengeance; Morgan Freeman as Sheik Ilderim, Ben-Hur’s mentor and benefactor, eventually teaching him to race chariots and Rodrigo Santoro as Jesus Christ, who crosses paths with Ben-Hur at several points in the story.

The film is based on Lew Wallace’s timeless novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ and also stars Nazanin Boniadi, Ayelet Zurer, Pilou Asbaek and Sofia Black D’Elia. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov.

Executive Producers Mark Burnett, Roma Downey, Keith Clarke, John Ridley and Jason F. Brown. Produced by Sean Daniel, p.g.a., Joni Levin, p.g.a., and Duncan Henderson p.g.a. Screenplay by Keith Clarke and John Ridley.

“Ben-Hur” is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title and separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption.

Opening across the Philippines on August 17, 2016, “Ben-Hur” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

‘Kingsman’ villain Sofia Boutella makes her mark in ‘Star Trek Beyond’

She surprised global audiences with a breakthrough performance the blade-runner villain in last year’s hit spy film “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” That film led to her being cast as the title character opposite Tom Cruise in next year’s reboot of “The Mummy.”

Now, French actress Sofia Boutella appears in Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek Beyond” as Jaylah, a strong willed, technologically adept alien who saves the life of Scotty (Simon Pegg) on the surface of the planet, Altamid.

“Jaylah has been alone on Altamid for some time” says Boutella. “She’s had to fend for herself for so long that when Scotty arrives, she sees the potential to make a friend. Even though she’s defensive and guarded, Jaylah and Scotty develop a sort of brother and sister dynamic that Simon and I have off-set.”

“Sofia charmed the socks off of all of us,” Pegg recalls. “She inhabits the character in such a way that made it a real joy to be her foil in the film. She’s super-resourceful and tough. I love that she has this strange, syntactical way of speaking, which makes her feel very alien, and yet she’s unbelievably sympathetic.”

Due to the extensive make-up required for Jaylah, some of Boutella’s days on set began before other’s had ended.

“There were days where I’d wake up at 12:30am to get make-up before a morning shoot,” Boutella recalls. “It’s a long but fun process. When you’re in the chair for so long, you go into a meditative state that really helps you get into character.”

“We wanted to make Jaylah standout,” explains make-up designer and make-up effects supervisor Joel Harlow. “I think the white and black lines of her make-up, combined with the ribbing on her hair gives her a completely unforgettable look.”

“I think Jaylah is my favorite new character,” says producer J.J. Abrams. “She is this unbelievably spirited, sweet, funny, and tough as hell character that becomes a very important ally to the crew, and Sofia did an incredible job of bringing her to life.”

“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.