WATCH: Final trailer for ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ unleashes magical creatures

The titular magical creatures are front and center in the newly released final trailer of Warner Bros. Pictures’ much-anticipated adventure “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” which returns fans to the J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world of Harry Potter, only this time set in New York during the 1920s. (The trailer may be viewed below.)

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling.

Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident … were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” also stars Katherine Waterston (“Steve Jobs”) as Tina; Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) as Jacob; Alison Sudol (“Transparent”) as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Ezra Miller (“Trainwreck”) as Credence; two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (“In America”) as Mary Lou; Oscar winner Jon Voight (TV’s “Ray Donovan”) as Henry Shaw, Sr.; Ron Perlman (the “Hellboy” films) as Gnarlack; Carmen Ejogo (“Selma”) as Seraphina; Jenn Murray (“Brooklyn”) as Chastity; young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty; and Colin Farrell (“True Detective”) as Percival Graves.

The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose beloved “Harry Potter” books were adapted into the top-grossing film franchise of all time. Her script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” written by her character Newt Scamander.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be shown in 2D and 3D and IMAX on November 17.

Shailene Woodley plays Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s girlfriend in ‘Snowden’

Shailene Woodley cemented her status as a star in the big screen version of Divergent for Lionsgate, based on the popular YA series of the same name from best-selling author Veronica Roth. Woodley reprised her role as ‘Tris Prior’ in the second and third installments of the franchise.

Woodley seamlessly shifted from her role as the indomitable ‘Tris’ to star in the critically acclaimed film, The Fault in Our Stars, the big screen adaption of John Green’s hugely popular novel. Woodley earned glowing reviews from the most respected critics in the country and it dominated the box office on opening weekend. In her new film ‘Snowden’ she opposite with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone’s highly anticipated drama about the infamous NSA whistle blower, Edward Snowden. She will portray Snowden’s real-life love interest, Lindsey Mills.

Woodley impressed the director by writing him a letter telling him how important the film was to her and detailing her admiration for Snowden. “Shailene was a surprise,” says Stone. “Her connection to the story was really moving. Her schedule made things difficult because she had to leave to work on another film, but she was well worth the extra effort. She brought a tremendous humanity to the role. Joe plays Ed as a hardworking guy and that’s the way he seems when you meet him. She was the life of the party and he was the dullest guy in the room.”

Gordon-Levitt has nothing but praise for his co-star. “I’m so happy Shailene did this role,” he says. “She is such a great actress and such a smart, warm person. That’s a crucial part of this story. She brings a kind of rebellious spirit that comes from a place of love and positivity.”

In Stone and Fitzgerald’s original outline for the script, Mills’ role was more peripheral, but they later came to understand how important she was to Snowden’s evolution. “The media have always portrayed her as a bit of a bimbo,” says Stone. “She was very much a young woman who wanted to see the world. She was a good photographer and was working on a career. As all of this was going on, she was always on social media. Ed makes her aware that by being so public, she’s making herself vulnerable.”

Woodley was already quite familiar with the Snowden saga. “When I found out that Oliver Stone was making a project about him, I got very excited,” she says. “Edward Snowden’s actions deeply affected me. I spent hours reading about it. From my perspective, Oliver Stone is the only person who could do this story justice. He is a fearless filmmaker who is always keen on telling the other side of any story. I don’t know that there are many filmmakers out there who would be as brave as he has been.”

While Woodley didn’t meet her real-life counterpart before making the movie, she was able to learn a lot about her through the Mills’ Twitter account. “It went back many years,” she says. “I read every single post to get a feeling of her personality. It’s the first time I’ve ever played a real person. Oliver wanted me to be very specific about certain details in Lindsay’s life. To have a director who knew this woman, inside and out, and was so eager to properly represent her was invaluable.”

The free-spirited Mills and her reserved boyfriend first met when they were both 20 years old. “I bring some laughter into this story,” says the actress. “Lindsay is a glass-half-full kind of a person. She brings air and lightness to his life and he brings her down to earth. That could be why their relationship flourished.”

Because she wants to see the world, Mills tags along with Snowden on all his postings. “She also watches his professional life slowly deteriorate,” says Woodley. “He’s not there for her as much as she might need or want. When they get to Hawaii, she begins to recognize that he’s holding onto a lot of secrets.”

The film has the potential to add a new dimension to the public conversation about Snowden’s acts, she believes. “We don’t take a stance on whether Edward Snowden was a hero or not, but regardless of whether you agree with what he did, you walk away with the knowledge that, if your laptop screen is open, somebody can watch you. Isn’t that incentive enough to at least fight for your own privacy?”

Opening across the Philippines on September 28, 2016, “Snowden” is released and distributed by Captive Cinema.

James Corden, Rose Byrne lead ‘Peter Rabbit’ movie adaptation

Columbia Pictures has teamed up with Frederick Warne & Co., part of Penguin Random House UK, for Peter Rabbit™, a new live-action/CG motion picture based on the internationally beloved series of books written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter, whose 150th anniversary is being celebrated this year.

The film will be directed by Will Gluck and made at Animal Logic, the Australian based animation and visual FX production studio. Animal Logic previously created the animation for the global blockbuster The LEGO Movie. Will Gluck (Olive Bridge Entertainment) and Zareh Nalbandian (Animal Logic Entertainment) are both attached to produce the feature, with Doug Belgrad serving as Executive Producer. The screenplay is by Rob Lieber with revisions by Gluck. Jodi Hildebrand of Olive Bridge and Jason Lust will also serve as executive producers.

James Corden has been set to voice the lead role of Peter, and Rose Byrne will star in the live-action female lead role of Bea. Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki have also joined the voice cast.

With this film, Columbia and Frederick Warne will bring Beatrix Potter’s beloved character Peter Rabbit to a new family audience. Frederick Warne has been Beatrix Potter’s publisher since its publication of The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902 and is the home of Peter Rabbit™ and the Beatrix Potter™ brand.

Tom Weldon, CEO Penguin Random House UK said, “We at Penguin Random House UK are delighted to be working with Columbia Pictures. As custodians of Beatrix Potter’s brand and legacy, we are excited about the opportunity this production will bring to engage a whole new audience with the world of Beatrix Potter and one of her best-loved characters, the mischievous Peter Rabbit.’

Will Gluck added, “I am delighted to be teaming up with Frederick Warne. Their expertise and stewardship is absolutely critical to making a film that honors the legacy of Beatrix Potter.”

Nalbandian added, “This announcement is the culmination of two years of development at Animal Logic Entertainment, Olive Bridge Entertainment and Columbia Pictures. It has been a great journey bringing Peter Rabbit, his family and many friends to the screen. Peter has fans all over the world, and we’re excited to be working with Will, Columbia, and Frederick Warne to make a film to delight audiences globally.”

Sony Pictures Entertainment will create and execute a worldwide licensing and merchandising program in connection with the new Peter Rabbit™ motion picture, in association with Warne.

Production on Peter Rabbit is due to commence in January 2017, and is due for worldwide release in April 2018.

The film will be made at Animal Logic in Sydney with the support of the Australian Government through Screen Australia and Screen NSW and in collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation. Lauren Abrahams will oversee the project for the studio.

PETER RABBIT™, BEATRIX POTTER™ and the 150 Years Logo are trademarks of Frederick Warne & Co.

Felicity Jones quests with Tom Hanks in ‘Inferno’

Starring opposite Tom Hanks in Columbia Pictures’ new suspense thriller “Inferno” is Academy Award® nominated actress Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything,” upcoming “Rogue One”) as Dr. Sienna Brooks.

Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, “Inferno,” which finds the famous symbologist on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world’s population.

For Jones, there is more to her character than meets the eye. “Sienna is a young woman who is a strong environmentalist, full of conviction. She is not everything she seems but on the surface she is someone that gets involved in a mystery relating to finding a deadly virus.”

That is one of the aspects that drew Jones to the role, she says: “This is really a contemporary story about paranoia, fear of governments, and who we can trust.”

“There’s a lot of fun in it, in that they’re going on this quest, they’re finding clues, but at the same time, there is a seriousness and there is a philosophical side to the film,” adds Jones.

“And it’s addressing very pertinent issues about what is the state of the world that we’re living in and how do we contribute to making that world as good as it can be for future generations,” continues Jones. “I feel like, increasingly with global warming, we’re forced to address how we are living, and ask are we living in a way that is sustainable? I am absolutely pro making sure we do everything to leave the planet in as green a state as possible.”

For inspiration in playing her character, Jones says she went straight to the source material. “When I knew I had the part of Sienna, I read Dan Brown’s book – it was a really fun read,” she recalls. “Throughout filming, I would keep coming back to the book for Sienna and find little clues about her backstory that I could use in playing her. The books was a really good resource throughout filming.”

Working with Hanks and Howard, both Oscar winners who make up a formidable creative team, was a delight, Jones shares. “They have a huge affection for each other. They have this shorthand and they are both on the same page creatively. It’s what I would hope to do later in my career – to work with the same people and build up a shorthand. It’s like any creative endeavour, if you work with the same people, you actually save a lot of time because you’re not trying to establish a new relationship.”

Opening across the Philippines on October 12, 2016, “Inferno” is distributed by Columbia Pictures in the Philippines, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

GUIDE: QCinema International Film Festival 2016

Now on its fourth year, QCinema International Film Festival 2016 will run from October 13 to 22 at the following venues:

  • Trinoma Cinemas,
  • Gateway Cineplex,
  • Robinsons Movieworld Galleria,
  • UP Town Center Cinemas, and
  • QCX Museum at the Quezon Memorial Circle

Since its foundation in 2012, the Quezon City Film Development Commission (QCFDC) has been providing grants to help filmmakers produce their own works. QCinema is its annual platform where the new cinematic gems are given the chance to be appreciated by the public through its full-length and short film competition.

Admission

Tickets for the film screenings is at 150 PHP each. These can be purchased at the respective cinema ticket booth. No discount is applicable.

Film forums are all free and open to the public. Maximum of 120 attendees per forum. To register, visit QCinema’s official website (www.qcinema.ph).

• Festival Pass Reservation here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/qcinema2016-tickets-28473107832
• Day Pass Reservation here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/qcinema2016-tickets-28473107832

FESTIVAL PASS

Freebies: Limited edition QCinema drawstring bag, magic mug and ballpen

Terms & Condition:

  • Use of the festival pass is applicable to all malls.
  • The festival pass is composed of 10 perforated stubs equivalent to 10 regular movie tickets that must be exchanged at the cinema ticket booth, subject to seat availability on a first come first served basis.
  • One stub of the festival pass is good for one screening only. Meaning, if you have a companion, you cannot use the pass to redeem two tickets of the same film on the same schedule.
  • The bearer of the festival pass can choose any regular screening film on any day of the festival starting October 14. For gala screenings, seats are subject to availability. Not valid for invitational or special blocked screenings.

DAY PASS

Freebies: Limited edition QCinema T-Shirt & sling bag

Terms & Condition:

  • Use of the day pass is applicable to all venues and is valid for one day only.
  • The QCinema day pass is composed of 4 perforated stubs equivalent to 4 regular movie tickets to be exchanged at the cinema ticket booth, subject to seat availability on a first come first served basis.
  • One stub of the day pass is good for one movie screening only. Meaning, if you have a companion, you cannot use the pass to redeem two tickets of the same film on the same schedule.
  • The bearer of the pass can choose any film on the specific date printed on it. For gala screenings, seats are subject to availability. Not valid for invitational or special blocked screenings.

Festival and Day Passes will be released starting on October 13, 2016 at the QCinema festival booth in front of Gateway Cineplex Dolby Atmos Cinema. On the succeeding days, the passes will be available at the festival booth on each mall.

QCinema will only release a limited number of both the festival and day passes. Reserve your festival pass now!

Regular MTRCB passes not valid on festival screenings. Only MTRCB Board or staff IDs are accepted but not on gala, invitational or special blocked screenings.

Screening Schedules

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Circle Competition (Full Length Category)

  1. “Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B” directed by Prime Cruz;
  2. “Baboy Halas” directed by Bagane Fiola;
  3. “Best. Partee. Ever.” directed by Howard “HF” Yambao;
  4. “Hinulid” by Kristian Sendon Cordero;
  5. “Patay Na Si Hesus” directed by Victor Kaiba Villanueva;
  6. “Purgatoryo” directed by Roderick Cabrido; and
  7. “Women of the Weeping River” by Sheron Dayoc.

QCShorts (Short Film Category)

SET A

  • “If You Leave” by Eduardo “Dodo” Dayao
  • “Contestant #4”by Joshua Joven and Kaj Palanca
  • “Sayaw sa Butal” by Victor Nierva
  • “Viva Viva Escolta” by Janus Victoria

SET B

  • “Hondo” by Aedrian Araojo
  • “Padating” by Gabrielle Tayag
  • “Papa’s Shadow” by Inshallah Montero

Opening Film

The festival’s opening film is Park Chan-wook’s recent Cannes winner, “The Handmaiden” starring Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo, and Tae Ri Kim. The invitational screening is on October 13 at Gateway Cineplex.

Asian Next Wave

“Asian Next Wave” is the most recent addition to the QCinema competitions. This category showcases the works of Asian filmmakers with less than two directorial features.

  • “Apprentice”, a Singaporean film by Boo Junfeng;
  • “By the Time It Gets Dark” directed by Anocha Suwichakornpong of Thailand;
  • “Old Stone”, a Chinese-Canadian collaboration film directed by Johnny Ma;
  • “Singing in Graveyards”, a Filipino-Malaysian movie directed by Bradley Liew;
  • “Solo, Solitude” directed by Yosep Anggi Noen of Indonesia; and
  • “Woven Wings of Our Children”, a Filipino piece by Anton Juan.

Screen International

For its “Screen International” section, QCinema bestows Philippine premieres to some of the films recently lauded in the international festival circuit.

  • “Godless”, a Bulgarian movie created by Ralitza Petrova;
  • “The Handmaiden”, a South Korean film by Park Chan-wook;
  • “Headshot”, an Indonesian movie from Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel;
  • “One Week and a Day”, an Israeli film by Asaph Polonsky;
  • “The Ornithologist”, a Portuguese film directed by João Pedro Rodrigues;
  • “The Teacher” from the Czech Republic and directed by Jan Hřebejk; and
  • “Under the Shadow”, an Iranian film directed by Babak Anvari.

Tribute to Kieślowski

In keeping with the festival’s tradition of featuring a film trilogy every year, QCinema presents a special section, “Tribute to Kieślowski”. To commemorate the 20th death anniversary of the celebrated Polish auteur, Krzysztof Kieślowski, the acclaimed triptych about European reunification will be screened.

  • “Blue” (1993),
  • “White” (1994), and
  • “Red” (1994).

RainbowQC

Vibrant and diverse narratives unravel in “RainbowQC”, a category of features about the LGBTQ experience include the following:

  • “Spa Night” from Andrew Ahn of USA;
  • “#BKKY” by Nontawat Numbenchapol from Thailand;
  • “Kiki”, a collaboration between USA and Sweden directed by Sara Jordenö; and
  • “Jonathan” by Piotr J. Lewandowski of Germany.

Back ThrowBack

Two digitally-restored screen gems from ABS-CBN get their due revival in the section, “Back ThrowBack”. It will feature the following:

  • “Kasal?” (1980) directed by Laurice Guillen, her debut feature; and
  • “Haplos” (1982) filmed by Butch Perez, and top-billed by the exciting team-up of Vilma Santos, Christopher de Leon, and Rio Locsin.

Cinema Rehiyon

QCinema celebrates the thriving film communities outside of the National Capital Region (NCR), through its “Cinema Rehiyon” section, featuring the compilation of regional titles from the following:

  • Mindanao Rising,
  • Across Luzon and Visayas, and
  • Ilonggo Tales of Horror and Imagination.
  • “Superpsychocebu” premiere in Manila. This is helmed by Cebuano director Christian Linaban,

Focus on Mike De Leon

Filipino film master, Mike De Leon, gets his QCinema homage for his three popular restored titles:

  • “Kung Mangarap Ka’t Magising” (1977),
  • “Hindi Nahahati ang Langit” (1985), and
  • “Kakabakaba Ka Ba?” (1980).

Pinoy Spotlight

Under the “Pinoy Spotlight” section, two new social-realists get their Philippine premieres:

  • “Blanka” of Kohki Hasei from Japan,
  • “Alaalang Walang Malay (Unconscious Memory)” by Filipino Allan C. Balberona,
  • “Area” by Filipino Louie Ignacio.

Free Film Seminars

QCinema’s film forums are all free and open to the public. It will be conducted at the Quezon Memorial Circle’s Quezon City Experience (QCX) Mini Theater. Please note that the slots in each forum are limited to a maximum of 120 attendees. 

Animation Nation

The forum entitled, “Animation Nation” will be held on October 17, Monday, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Spearheaded by the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. and the First Academy of Computer Arts, the discussion will make known the current state of animation in the country.

Road to QCinema: The Filmmaker’s Journey

The next day, on October 18, Tuesday, the discussion “Road to QCinema: The Filmmaker’s Journey” will happen. Circle Competition, #QCShorts, and Asian Next Wave filmmakers will be there to share their experience in working with QCinema. Ed Cabagnot will be the moderator of the event, which will take place from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Perspectives On National Cinema

Set on October 19, Wednesday, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM is the “Perspectives On National Cinema” where Choy Pangilinan and Nick Deocampo will talk about the issues surrounding independent cinema. It will be moderated by Patrick Campos.

Charting the Course of Regional Cinema

Panelists Elvert Banares, Jason Paul Laxamana, and Teng Mangansakan will talk about the film communities outside Manila in the forum, “Charting the Course of Regional Cinema” to be held on October 20, Thursday, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Laxamana runs Cinekabalen Kapampangan Film Festival (Luzon); Banares handles Cinekasimanwa: The Western Visayas Film Festival (Visayas); and Mangansakan oversees Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival (Mindanao). It will be moderated by Teddy Co.

Wide Wild World of Web Criticism

On October 21, Friday, from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM, film bloggers Jonell Estillore, Michael Edillor, and Richard Bolisay will share their knowledge in the forum, “Wide Wild World of Web Criticism”. Lilit Reyes will moderate the discussion.


Awarding Ceremony

The awarding ceremony for the QCinema filmmaking competitions will be on October 19, 2016.

‘The Girl on the Train’ – from best-selling novel to movie

Based on author Paula Hawkins’ best-selling novel, the thriller that has riveted millions now makes its way to the big screen in DreamWorks Pictures’ provocative tale, “The Girl on the Train.” Emily Blunt leads the all-star cast which includes Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez and Lisa Kudrow, under the direction of Tate Taylor (“The Help”).

Although former journalist Paula Hawkins had previously written several books as an author for hire, “The Girl on the Train” was the first novel released under her own name. After its publication in January 2015, Hawkins’ story became one of the fastest-selling novels in history, with more than 15 million copies sold globally. In its first week, “The Girl on the Train” landed in the top spot of The New York Times Best Sellers List. In fact, it remained on the list for more than a year, spending much of that time at No. 1. In 2015, it became Amazon’s Best Seller in Books, Most Wished for in Books, as well as its Best Seller in eBooks, while Hawkins was lauded by USA Today as Author of the Year.

The inspiration for her gripping whodunit of witnesses who become suspects was inspired by Hawkins’ daily experiences on the commuter rail through London. “There was one particular route where the train was always breaking down, and I would sit and look into these apartment blocks, and you could see right into someone’s living room,” she recounts. “I was always hoping I’d see something interesting, although I never did. But it started my imagination going, and that’s where the germ of the story came from.”

Told from the perspective of three women, the book’s primary narrator is Rachel, a thirtysomething commuter on British Rail whose life is a wreck after a failed marriage. While her drinking cost Rachel her job, she continues to take the train into the city, in order to give the impression to her roommate she’s still working. But Rachel also enjoys obsessing upon the lives of others, while furtively sipping liquor from a water bottle.

In Hawkins’ tale, Rachel’s plunge into the depths of alcoholism clouds her memories. It also fuels her growing paranoia when her investigation into someone’s disappearance points to the chance that she may have been involved. “That’s when we start to discover that Rachel isn’t particularly reliable at all, and she’s got all these problems that suck her into the story,” says Hawkins. “Her memory loss is key to her sense of who she’s become. She has a twisted sense of guilt and responsibility because she doesn’t remember her actions.” Still Hawkins advises, her protagonist is strong underneath the drama. “Over the course of the book, we see her fight back.”

Producer Marc Platt describes why he knew Hawkins’ novel would be perfect material for a filmic adaptation: “It had genre elements of a thriller, and yet it felt contemporary, full of interesting, flawed characters. We’re all a bit voyeuristic, so the notion of riding a train every day and being one of the people in the crowd, and observing a life—and then all of sudden seeing something wrong in that view—is very Hitchcockian, very Rear Window, which is a great hook.”

But to Platt—and the millions of other readers who continue to devour Hawkins’ story—the book is so much more than a tantalizing, sexually charged mystery. “In addition to having thrills, it’s a satisfying character journey,” he states. “Ultimately, it’s about a character who renews herself and repairs her brokenness.”

Platt understood the translation from book to script would be a challenging one indeed. “[Screenwriter] Erin Cressida Wilson’s take on the material was interesting, and she delivered,” he commends. “It is very much taken from the book, so fans will be satisfied, but Erin also found a way to enhance and embellish elements to make the language of it even more cinematic…yet retain the integrity of the source.”

As the screenwriter adapted Hawkins’ work, she felt that the author hit something in the zeitgeist about what makes us all so very human. “With longing, your lover never lets you down by being boring; they’re whatever you make them up to be,” reflects Wilson. “Rachel’s longing for the perfect lives of the young couple she sees from the train is something many can relate to, especially with the rise of social media, where everyone’s family is beautiful and always happy. We look at people’s relationships and think they’re perfect.” She pauses. “But there are so many things we just don’t see.”

Opening across the Philippines on October 5, 2016, “The Girl on the Train” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Eva Green takes lead role in ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’

Enigmatic actress Eva Green who starred in blockbuster testosterone-filled movies such as “Kingdom of Heaven,” “300: Rise of an Empire” and “Casino Royale” takes lead role in “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is based upon the debut novel by Ransom Riggs, published in 2011, an instant global hit and topped The New York Times best-seller list selling more than 3.1 million copies. A sequel, “Hollow City,” was published in 2014, followed by the final book in the trilogy, “Library of Souls.”

The book and movie’s heroine, Miss Peregrine is the protector of the Peculiars. Green, on her titular role calls her character “a kind of dark Mary Poppins-like figure who is rather eccentric and fearless, and who wields a deadly crossbow to protect her Peculiars. Her peculiarity is being an ymbrine, meaning she can manipulate time and take the form of a bird. Miss Peregrine, along with other ymbrines, uses this ability to create a time “loop,” in which she and the children live within a single day that repeats over and over again. This protects them from the evils of the world that exist outside the loop.

Miss Peregrine is an intriguing and sometimes mysterious character, capable of being a maternal figure to her young charges, as well as a fearsome opponent to those who threaten them. Her children are her life, and Miss Peregrine will do anything for them. She’s a ballsy character and a warrior.

“Miss Peregrine runs the home for the peculiar children, and she protects them from the outside world, from those monsters that eat children – they’re called Hollowgasts in the movie – and she will do anything to protect them,” explains Eva Green.

“She will risk her life and she will kill. And she is peculiar herself. She can transform herself into a bird. It’s quite complicated! She has this peculiarity as well, to manipulate time, so that the last 24 hours can be lived again. So every night she has that ritual of resetting the time,” adds Green.

Eva further says that at the heart of the film is a very powerful message. “I think in the outside world, these abilities would be seen as a handicap and these children would be persecuted because of that. But on this island, they’re kind of celebrated for being so unique, and the message in the film, for children as well as adults, it’s just, ‘be yourself, no matter how strange you are.’”

And Burton, she adds, is the perfect director to deliver that message in a stunningly original cinematic way. “That’s what Tim does best. I feel like he understands the hearts of outcasts, and he celebrates them. It’s beautiful.”

For the director himself, the ‘peculiars’ are outcasts because of who they are – is a theme that he related to instantly. “Obviously the superhero genre is alive and well, but with this I never quite saw it that way. I always felt this was a more human version of that kind of thing, and I always saw it as less of a superpower and more of an affliction,” he says. “It was a much more down-to-earth human level to me that I was attracted to.

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” will open September 28 in cinemas nationwide (also in 3D) from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

WATCH: Angel, Zanjoe, Sam star in gay rom-com ‘The Third Party’

Star Cinema has just released last night the teaser trailer and the official movie poster for its light romantic drama film “The Third Party” top-billed by Angel Locsin, Zanjoe Marudo, and Sam Milby, and directed by one of today’s most in-demand directors Jason Paul Laxamana.

“The Third Party” tackles a modern love triangle involving an aspiring fashion designer Andi (Angel Locsin), her cosmetic surgeon best friend Max (Sam Milby), and Christian (Zanjoe Marudo), an oncologist for kids.

 

Opening across the Philippines on October 12, 2016, “The Third Party” is released and distributed by ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc.

Also starring Cherry Pie Picache, Alma Moreno, Matet De Leon, Al Tantay, Carla Martinez, Odette Khan, Beauty Gonzales, Maris Racal, Katrina Legaspi, Chun Sa Jung.

Audience-favorite ‘Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Meng Patalo’ gets theatrical version

Mihk Vergara’s “Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Meng Patalo” is finally getting its much-anticipated theatrical run this coming October. The film was one of the standout features in last year’s QCinema Fim Festival, taking home several awards such as Audience Choice and Gender Sensitivity.

Heavily inspired by the filmmaker’s love for Japanese anime, comic books, and sports movies, the film gets a more enhanced version for its theatrical run, promising to be bigger, better and more exciting.

“We didn’t change the story. It’s still the same narrative that people loved from the QCinema version. What we found out is that kids responded really well to the movie. So what we did is to make it more palatable to them by adding more action scenes and anime-inspired graphics,” shares Vergara.

Produced by TBA (Tuko Films, Buchi Boy Entertainment, Artikulo Uno Productions), the same team behind last year’s critical and box office hit “Heneral Luna”; “Patintero” is a fun, family-oriented film about a young girl, who learns to overcome life’s challenges through the help of her friends. Rife with coming-of-age themes of friendship, teamwork, and sportsmanship, the film also carries a strong anti-bullying message.

Aside from its positive theme, the film also aims to reintroduce patintero and other Filipino games to a younger, more technology-inclined generation.

“At the end of the day, our goal is to create an entertaining film. But we’re [also] hoping that through this movie, we can start a movement for kids to go out and play. If not, then at least we hope to create awareness that we, [their parents and older siblings], once played these games,” Vergara noted.

“Patintero” boast of a talented young cast led by Nafa Hilario Cruz (Meng), Isabel ‘Lenlen’ Frial (Nicay), William Buenavente (Shifty), and Claude Adrales (Z-Boy). Katya Santos and Suzette Ranillo complete the lead cast.

Catch the cast of “Patintero” as they share games and surprises at various malls around the metro, starting Sunday, September 25 at SM Southmall. On October 2, Sunday, the kids and comic book illustrators Rob Cham, Arnold Arre, Carlorozy Clemente and Mich Cervantes will be at SM North EDSA to promote the “Patintero: Mga Alamat ng Patalo” comic book. Later that afternoon, the cast will be at SM Fairview for a grand patintero tournament. Kids from ages 9-12 years old are encouraged to join.

The film will have its red carpet premiere on October 1, Saturday, at SM Megamall. Top celebrity families and stars from TBA films such as “Heneral Luna”, “Smaller and Smaller Circles”, “1-2-3”, and more are expected to attend this fun, family-day event.

“Patintero: Ang Alamat Ni Meng Patalo” will be released in theaters nationwide on October 5, 2016 as distributed by Quantum Films.

WATCH: Ice Cube takes on Charlie Day in ‘Fist Fight’ teaser trailer

Ice Cube and Charlie Day star as high school teachers prepared to solve their differences the hard way in New Line Cinema’s comedy “Fist Fight,” directed by Richie Keen (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”). Check out the comedy’s newly-released first trailer below.

On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throw down after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire and ends up becoming the very thing this school, and Campbell, needed.

“Fist Fight” also stars Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock”), Jillian Bell (“22 Jump Street”), Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad”), Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”), Dennis Haysbert (“The Unit”), JoAnna Garcia Swisher (“The Astronaut Wives Club”).

Keen directs from a screenplay by Van Robichaux & Evan Susser (Funny or Die’s “What’s Going On? With Mike Mitchell”), story by Van Robichaux & Evan Susser and Max Greenfield. Fist Fight” is produced by Shawn Levy, Max Greenfield, John Rickard, and Dan Cohen. Serving as executive producers are Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Samuel J. Brown, Dave Neustadter, Charlie Day, Ice Cube, Marty P. Ewing, Billy Rosenberg, and Bruce Berman.

New Line Cinema presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a 21 Laps/Wrigley Pictures production: “Fist Fight.” Opening across the Philippines on February 22, 2017, the film will be distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.