The Big Bang Theory’s Simon Helberg plays high notes in ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

“The idea of finding joy in what you’re doing, that’s something everybody can understand,” says Meryl Streep of her latest inspiring film about music and the power of dreams in “Florence Foster Jenkins.”

Starring in the titular role, Meryl Streep sings to life “Florence Foster Jenkins,” along with Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg, the ear-busting movie opens into the last year of the real life Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy patron of music and philanthropist whose passion to sing does not exactly match her vocal prowess. Supported by her devoted husband St. Clair Bayfield (Grant) and accompanist Cosme McMoon (Helberg), Florence pursues her dream of becoming an opera singer despite her horrible voice.

Apart from world renowned and admired actors Streep and Grant, director Stephen Frears has also cast Helberg in the movie, completing an impressive chord of lead characters in “Florence Foster Jenkins.” Helberg, best known as TV’s Howard Wolowitz in the hit sitcom “Big Bang Theory” as the fourth member of the geek quartet, who in real life is a talented concert pianist, also gives life to Florence’s real life accompanist McMoon.

In recent interviews, Helberg revealed that playing Jenkins’ long-suffering pianist is highly inspiring, “When I read the script I ran the gamut of emotions. I laughed hysterically, I cried. There’s a purity to Florence, there’s no cynicism, it’s all for the music.”

“But Florence doesn’t have any sense of rhythm or pitch, so Meryl would intentionally stumble all over the place and I would have to follow her on the piano,” Helberg further says. “It was a little like tandem rock climbing, a sort of mirroring exercise. Her job was insanely hard, to be almost right but just off enough that it makes you cringe.”

True to his character, Helberg is also a talented musician, son of actress Sandy Helberg and casting director Harriet Helberg, he finished his studies at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts in New York, where he perfected his thespian and musical talents, and reaching concert-pianist level.

“Simon was a genius piece of casting,” says Grant who is extremely impressed with his acting and musical talents. “He was perfect for the role and on top of that he’s a concert standard pianist. I just hope people realise that those really are his hands playing the piano,” vouches Grant.

“Florence Foster Jenkins” opens August 24 in cinemas nationwide from OctoArts Films International.

The king of all monsters is back in Japan’s latest box-office hit ‘Godzilla Resurgence’

The king of all monsters is back in “Godzilla: Resurgence” and brings the audience back to Godzilla’s origins as he emerges in modern Japan for the first time. The film is co-directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, and stars Hiroki Hasegawa (“Why Don’t You Play In Hell?”), Satomi Ishihara (“Attack on Titan”), Yutaka Takenouchi (“USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage”).

Produced by Toho, “Godzilla: Resurgence” as reported by Box Office Mojo, debuted at number one in Japan on its opening weekend earning an impressive $6,122,434 across 441 screens. The monster movie stomps into action when an unknown accident occurs in modern-day Japan, at Tokyo Bay’s Aqua Line. All of the sudden, a giant creature immediately appears, destroying town after town with its landing reaching the capital.

“Godzilla: Resurgence” opens August 31 in cinemas from Pioneer Films.

WATCH: M. Night Shyamalan depicts ‘Split’ personality disorder in creepy trailer

Universal Pictures has just revealed the international teaser trailer for the pyschological thriller “Split,” the latest film from writer/director M. Night Shyamalan, opening in the Philippines in March 2017. (Watch the trailer below.)

The film stars James McAvoy (“X-Men: First Class,” “X-Men: Days of Future of Past”) as Kevin, a man who abducts three teenage girls who suddenly realize that Kevin is one of 23 personalities.

Synopsis: While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder) have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.

Though Kevin (McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

“Split” reunites Shyamalan with producer Jason Blum, who produced the filmmaker’s latest commercial and critical success, “The Visit.”

Opening across the Philippines in March 2017, “Split” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Korean superstar Gong Yoo fights for survival vs zombies in ‘Train to Busan’

Popularly known to his Filipino fans as Arthur Choi in the hit Korean TV series “The Coffee Prince” aired January 2008 in GMA Network, actor Gong Yoo is back in Philippine shores as Seok-Woo, a fund manager in Seoul in the zombie movie Train to Busan.

Gong Yoo started his acting career with small parts in television dramas and films. He landed his first lead role in the South Korean television series Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy akaHello, My Teacher where his talent caught the attention of casting directors and audiences and he became one of the actors to watch out for. He then, landed the role of Choi Han-Kyul or Arthur Choi opposite Yoon Eun-hye in the hit 2007 series The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince which was retitled locally to The Coffee Prince.

Now, eight (8) years after, the Korean superstar is back in Philippine shores in “Train to Busan.” 3 months after the release of its trailer, everyone’s been wanting for a Philippine release and now, thanks to Rafaella Films International, it’s coming true.

Seok-Woo (Gong Yoo) is a fund manager in Seoul. He is separated from his wife and lives with his daughter Soo-An (Kim Soo-Ahn). Seok-Woo doesn’t spend much time with his daughter or show affection to her. On the night before Soo-An’s birthday, Soo-An insists on seeing her mother for her birthday. Seok-Woo has no other choice, but to take her to Busan. Early the next morning, they board the KTX train for Busan at Seoul Station.

Before the KTX train leaves Seoul Station, a zombie like girl jumps onto the train. The girl is infected with a horrific virus that is spreading like wildfire. Seok-Woo, Soo-An and the other passengers on the KTX train must now fight for their lives.

“Train to Busan” is coming to Philippine cinemas September 1, 2016 (Thursday) from Rafaella Films International. Rated R-16 by the MTRCB.