WATCH: Main trailer for ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ builds anticipation

Wake up and smell the justice. The bat is back! The main trailer for Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The LEGO Batman Movie” has just arrived online and may be viewed below.

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Will Arnett reprises his starring role from “The LEGO Movie” as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. Zach Galifianakis (the “Hangover” films) stars as The Joker; Michael Cera (“Sausage Party”) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s “Daredevil”) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the “Harry Potter” films) as Alfred.
“The LEGO® Batman Movie” is directed by Chris McKay, and produced by Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Roy Lee, who worked together on “The LEGO Movie.” It is written by Seth Grahame-Smith and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, with additional screenplay material by Jared Stern & John Whittington, based on LEGO Construction Toys. Jill Wilfert, Matthew Ashton and Will Allegra serve as executive producers.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group, in association with LEGO System A/S, a Lin Pictures / Lord Miller / Vertigo Entertainment production, “The LEGO Batman Movie” will open across the Philippines on February 9, 2017. It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. #LegoBatmanMovie

GUIDE: Moviemov: Italian Film Festival 2016

The 4th Moviemov: Italian Film Festival will run from November 12 to 16 at the Cinematheque Centre Manila. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Films will be screened with English subtitles.

Featured Films

The vibrant and diverse lineup of Italian films were produced in 2015 and 2016. This year’s festival includes the following:

  1. Perfetti sconosciuti (Perfect Strangers) by Paolo Genovese
  2. Fiore by Claudio Giovannesi
  3. Veloce come il vento (Italian Race) by Matteo Rovere
  4. Vangelo by Pippo Delbono
  5. La ragazza del mondo (Wordly Girl) by Marco Danieli
  6. Indivisibili (Indivisible) by Edoardo De Angelis
  7. Piuma by Roan Johnson
  8. Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg) by Gabriele Mainetti
  9. 2 Night by Ivan Silvestrini
  10. Un bacio (One Kiss) by Ivan Cotroneo

Opening Night

The Italian directors, cast, and crew of the films will grace the Red Carpet Opening Night at the Cinematheque for the special screening of Perfetti sconosciuti (Perfect Strangers) by Paolo Genovese. Joining them are Italian Senator Goffredo Bettini, a film advocate who is the founder and artistic director of the Moviemov Italian Film Festival. The opening night is strictly invitational.

Q&A Sessions at the Screenings

Some of the filmmakers will also be offering question-and-answer sessions for the film audiences at the screenings, among other events that will thrill local cineastes at the festival.

Screening Schedule


The travelling Italian Film Festival “Moviemov: Italian Cinema Now” makes a home this year with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) at the FDCP Cinematheque Centre Manila, following its string of successful editions in 2011, 2012, and 2014. Moviemov is organized by Playtown Roma and supported by the General Direction for Cinema of the Italian Ministry of Heritage and Culture, Italian Trade Agency in Rome and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Rome, in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in the Philippines and the FDCP.

The festival pays tribute to contemporary Italian cinema by travelling Asia, especially the Philippines, and screening the various works of art created by Italy’s impressive crop of talent. Moviemov makes a first in its run in our country by partnering with the FDCP and showing its films exclusively at the Cinematheque Manila this 2016.

The festival is also supported by San Miguel Corporation, Gourmet Farms, Rustan’s, Philippine Italian Association, Augustea Ship Manning, Elburg Shipmanagement, Rina Academy, Fila, Trevi Foundations, L’Opera, Caruso, Cibo di M, and Ralph’s Wines.

‘Sicario’ acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve returns with ‘Arrival’

One of the most highly regarded directors working today in Hollywood, Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario, upcoming Blade Runner 2049) promises to mesmerize audiences once again with Columbia Pictures’ provocative science-fiction thriller Arrival.

In the film, a mysterious spacecraft touches down across the globe, and an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

Also starring Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker, Arrival is based upon the acclaimed short story by Ted Chiang titled “Story of Your Life.”

“What I love about the short story is that it has a lot of layers,” explains Villeneuve. “One of them that deeply touched me is this idea that someone is in contact with death. What would happen if you know how you will die, when you will die? What will your relationship with life, love, your family and friends, and with your society be? That’s what this beautiful short story was for me—a way to get back into a relationship with death and nature, and the mystery of life.”

Producer Dan Levine says, “What always stood out to me about Denis was he has these visions, or he wakes up with these thoughts, as if things are almost ordained. There’s a certainty to him in the gentlest way that makes you feel so confident with him directing. He’s a master at suspense and tension, but the key component to him is he gets the human component of a script, the deep emotion, the dramatic depth of each character. There’s a deep soul to him. He’s an artist. Every single time I see a film of his, it’s the greatest experience.”

“It’s a very suspenseful film, there’s something about it that’s Hitchcockian to me,” says cast member Mark O’Brien, “because we don’t know what’s going to happen completely. It’s stretched out in that Hitchcock way. Because it’s so mysterious and other worldly, audiences are going to be totally gripped to the screen the entire time.”

“I can’t wait to see this movie with an audience,” enthuses Levine, “because the floor will drop out of the theater. People will gasp, because you are so caught up in this story. You think you’re figuring it out and then you realize it’s something else completely, but it works perfectly. It’s a deeply emotional, powerful ending that I can’t wait to experience through other people’s eyes.”

Opening across the Philippines on December 7, 2016, Arrival is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.