Mean girls grow up as mean mothers in comedy film ‘Bad Moms’

In the latest totally relatable movie for mothers all over the world, “Bad Moms” brings together three overworked and under-appreciated moms who ditch conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun, and comedic self-indulgence when pushed beyond their limits.

The most hilarious authentic comedy of the year, “Bad Moms” stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell (played Anna in “Frozen”) and Kathryn Hahn, written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore who also penned the highly successful “The Hangover” film series. The movie is produced by blockbuster maker Suzanne Todd, who is behind worldwide hits such as “Alice In Wonderland” and “Austin Powers” movies.

“Bad Moms” sees Amy (Kunis), leading a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, overachieving kids, beautiful home, stunning looks and still holding down a career. However she’s over-worked, over committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other moms, Kiki (Bell), a stay-at-home mom and Carla (Hahn), a single mom who all go on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities, going on a wild un-mom like binge of freedom, fun and self-indulgence – putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) and her clique of devoted perfect moms, Stacy (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Vicky (Annie Mumolo).

Producer Todd, who is also a working mom hopes that multi-tasking mothers and those around them will take cues from “Bad Moms” on indulging themselves of the much needed breaks every now and then. “Obviously, I’m a working mom and I’ve always been, so I think that all moms are very hard on themselves,” she said. “In the movie, we get to take that on in a real way. I hope that people will go see this movie and come out of it and feel a little differently about themselves and the world or maybe they will feel like ‘I am doing a good job.’”

Likewise, Kunis further echoes Todd’s thoughts, “I think people like to know they’re not alone. And I think that the second you’re like, “Oh wait,” it’s something you can poke humor at and make light of. I think before, when my parents were raising my brother and I, everything had to look perfect. Whether it was or wasn’t you just didn’t air your dirty laundry so to speak. And I think nowadays, if it’s going wrong I call my best friend like, “I don’t know, there’s this color coming out of her nose and I’m pretty sure she’s dying.” It’s okay to do that now and I don’t think it necessarily was okay before. So I think this movie kind of brings light to that.”

“Bad Moms” opens August 3 in cinemas from Pioneer Films. 

Ricky Lee to hold 15th film scriptwriting workshop for free

Application to the workshop is open to everyone, including those who do not have prior experience in writing. The selection process is tentatively scheduled on September 4 at the new film studio in UP Diliman.

Those who are interested to join may fill up this form or email rickyleebatch15@gmail.com.

After more than 14 years, award-winning screenwriter Ricky Lee will resume conducting his free workshop to selected individuals who want to learn how to write scripts for film and those who want to improve on their writing. The workshop will be held every Sunday starting this November.

Since 1973, Lee has written more than 160 scripts for films, many of which have won awards here and abroad. Among these are “Himala,” “Karnal,” “Brutal,” “Moral,” “Salome,” “Jaguar,” “Relasyon,” “Bulaklak ng Maynila,” “Gumapang Ka sa Lusak,” “The Flor Contemplacion Story,” “Muro-Ami,” “Bagong Buwan,” “Jose Rizal,” “Mila,” “Anak,” and “Dubai.” He has worked with many Filipino filmmakers, most notably with the late National Artists for Film Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal.

Lee has been holding free scriptwriting workshops since 1982, producing hundreds of graduates who are now part of the movie and TV industry. He has successfully mentored several budding writers and he vows to continue supporting more of them (from those who will be chosen to participate in this year’s workshop) to help them reach their full potential in the field of writing.

Apart from being a screenwriter, Lee is a fictionist, playwright, and book author as well. His body of works also include short stories, plays, essays, and novels. Among the books he has published are the scriptwriting manual “Trip to Quiapo,” the anthology “Si Tatang at mga Himala ng Ating Panahon,” the playbook “Pitik-Bulag Sa Buwan Ng Pebrero,” screenplay books like “Brutal/Salome” (the first of its kind in the Philippines), “Moral,” “Bukas May Pangarap,” and “Jose Rizal,” and the novels “Para Kay B (O Kung Paano Dinevastate ng Pag-ibig ang 4 out of 5 sa Atin)” and “Si Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata.” His screenplay for “Salome” has been translated into English and published by the University of Wisconsin in the U.S. as part of its film studies.

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Lee has received more than 60 trophies from various award-giving bodies, including the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Gawad Para sa Sining, UP Gawad Plaridel, Natatanging Gawad Urian from the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, and a similar Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cinemanila International Film Festival, just to name a few. He was also one of the recipients of the Centennial Honors for the Arts from the CCP and the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas for Tagalog fiction from the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL).

He has worked as Creative Manager for ABS-CBN, handling dramas for television such as “Mangarap Ka,” “Maging Sino Ka Man,” “Vietnam Rose,” “Ysabella,” “Lobo,” “Magkaribal,” “Imortal,” “Kahit Isang Saglit,” and the recently launched family drama “The Greatest Love.”

Oscar winner Mark Rylance inspires love, friendship as ‘The BFG’

Three-time Tony Award® and Oscar® winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”) stars as the Big Friendly Giant in Disney and Amblin Entertainment’s new fantasy adventure “The BFG.” Based on the beloved book by Roald Dahl, the film tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country.

It was on the first day of filming “Bridge of Spies,” Steven Spielberg’s dramatic Cold War thriller, that the director realized he had found his BFG. Renowned stage actor Mark Rylance was playing convicted Soviet spy Rudolf Abel, a character far removed from that of the sweet, but simple giant depicted in “The BFG.” While the director was aware of Rylance’s profound range as an actor, and in fact had been following his career for some time, something else clicked that day.

“Mark would go into complete character transformation when the camera was rolling,” says Spielberg, “And while he is one of the greatest stage actors ever, it was the Mark in between takes that really touched my heart. It was then that I knew he could do anything.”

Spielberg continues, “I could have made ‘The BFG’ with actors on oversized sets using a digital blend, but I wanted the giants to look beyond human. The only way I could capture magic with the giants was to animate them based on the performances of the actors I was casting and have the animation be super-photorealistic.”

At 24-feet-tall the BFG is the smallest of the giants in Giant Country (his brothers range in size from 39-feet to 52-feet), but he is also the kindest. He speaks Gobblefunk, reads “Nicholas Nickleby” by Dahl’s Chickens and catches dreams which he shares with children as they sleep. “The BFG is a vegetable-eating, peaceful giant,” said screenwriter Melissa Mathison. “Even though he detests Snozzcumber, he eats it, almost as if contrition for the fact that his fellow giants eat children.”

Rylance was immediately inspired by Mathison’s script, and says, “Melissa added some twists and turns and made Dahl’s original story much more dramatic, in a way that gives you more of a chance to see the friendship develop.”

“He is just misunderstood,” Rylance continues. “The BFG and Sophie are both isolated beings, and they find a friend who understands them, maybe better than they do, and those are the best kind of friends. That’s part of the great love and friendship they have for each other.”

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

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