Award-winning film ‘Sakaling Hindi Makarating’ gets ‘A’ rating from CEB

A week ahead of its commercial release on February 1, acclaimed Filipino indie film “Sakaling Hindi Makarating” gets a unanimous ‘A’ rating from the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB). Its citation will be released next week.

Directed by Ice Idanan, “Sakaling Hindi Makarating” (In Case They Don’t Arrive) tells the story of a young woman named Cielo (Alessandra De Rossi) who is devastated when her boyfriend of 11 years breaks off their engagement two months before their wedding. After receiving a series of hand-illustrated postcards, she takes on a journey across the Philippines to look for the anonymous writer.

The film also stars Teri Malvar, Pepe Herrera, JC Santos, Elijah Canlas, Karen delos Reyes, Lesley Lina, Hiraya Plata, Jay Gonzaga, Gabriela Sebastian, Marius Talampas, and Irma Adlawan.

“Sakaling Hindi Makarating” is hailed by critics as one of the best local films of recent years. It won the following awards at last year’s CineFilipino Film Festival:

  • 2nd Best Picture,
  • Best Actor for Pepe Herrera,
  • Best Director for Ice Idanan,
  • Best Cinematography for Ice Idanan,
  • Best Musical Score for Mon Espia,
  • Best Sound for Raffy Magsaysay, and
  • Best Editing for Hannah Espia.

The film is written by Idanan and Petersen Vargas (writer-director of Cinemalaya winner “Lisyun Qng Geografia”), and produced by Melai Entuna, Patrick Ostrea, Anina Rubio, and Idanan.

‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ ends explosive saga in IMAX PH cinemas

Every reign comes to an end, and Alice’s journey concludes in IMAX 3D!

Columbia Pictures’ action-thriller Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will open in IMAX cinemas across the Philippines on February 1, 2017 simultaneous with the film’s debut in regular theaters.

The IMAX release of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of an IMAX 3D Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, marks the sixth and final installment in the astoundingly successful film franchise adaptation of Capcom’s hugely popular video game series, having grossed over $1billion worldwide to date and being the most successful video game film franchise ever.

Given the franchise’s remarkable success, the fimmakers of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter must find a point of difference, create an exceptional and unseen angle to the narrative, and, if even possible, raise the bar and deliver to audiences a spectacular close to the series.

Says Producer Jeremy Bolt, “Fans can expect an Alice who is more vulnerable, more human, and a world that is more desperate, more distraught. The characters are at the end of their tether, giving us a sense that humanity is just about to lose to the T-Virus and to the Umbrella Corporation.

Says Milla Jovovich who returns as Alice: “I think fans are going to love this movie because it is everything that we have wanted but didn’t have the chance to make for the past six movies, and at this point finally we’re doing it. There are so many aspects that will be mind blowing, the crazy sets, the amazing stunts- there’s something for everybody. This movie has kind of got it all and I’m very proud of it”.

Co-star Ali Larter enthuses, “It’s unbelievable that this will be the ‘last chapter’ and I think it will be the rawest. Audiences will feel this different connection between people and sense a real humanity.


Resident Evil: The Final Chapter picks up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, in which Alice is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

Among the diverse group of acting talent are returning stars, Milla Jovovich reprising her starring role as Alice, Ali Larter (Resident Evil: Afterlife), as Claire Redfield, Shawn Roberts (Resident Evil: Afterlife), as Albert Wesker, and Iain Glen (Game of Thrones, Resident Evil: Extinction) in the role of Dr. Alexander Isaacs, and newcomers to the franchise include Ruby Rose (xXx: Return of Xander Cage), Irish actor Eoin Macken (The Night Shift), Japanese television personality and model, Rola, as Cobalt, South Korean actor, Lee Joon-Gi (My Girl) as Commando, British actor, Fraser James (Law & Order), with Latin American actor, William Levy (Addicted).

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is distributed by Columbia Pictures, the local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is the official title of Episode VIII

Lucasfilm has announced the official title of the film previously known as Star Wars: Episode VIII.

The studio says, “We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.

Celine Dion to perform original song for Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Five-time GRAMMY® winning and best-selling recording artist Celine Dion will perform an all-new original song, “How Does A Moment Last Forever,” for Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast.” The song will also be included on the film’s soundtrack.

Written by eight-time Oscar®-winning composer Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin”) and veteran lyricist and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (“The Lion King,” “Evita”), “How Does A Moment Last Forever” is an emotional ballad about holding onto life’s precious moments. Portions of the song are performed throughout the film and interpolated into the underscore before Dion’s full-length version debuts in the film’s custom main-on-end title design.

Says Dion, “Being a part of the original ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was such a magical experience in my life, and I’m truly honored to be a part of this film again.”
President of Music for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Production, Mitchell Leib, approached the artist on behalf of the project with the idea of recording one of the three new songs written for the film. “Celine was the unanimous choice of the filmmakers and studio to perform this song,” says Leib, “And everyone involved with the film is thrilled she agreed to be part of this new live-action adaptation.”

Dion originally performed the duet “Beauty and the Beast” – featuring Menken’s haunting melody and two-time Oscar-winner Howard Ashman’s unforgettable lyrics – with Peabo Bryson for the animated film. The song became an instant classic and went on to receive an Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and three GRAMMY Awards.
Menken also provides the film score along with new recordings of the classic songs from the animated film written by himself and Ashman. The original motion picture soundtrack will be released by Walt Disney Records on March 10, 2017.

Belle (Emma Watson) comes to realize that underneath the hideous exterior of the Beast (Dan Stevens) there is the kind heart of a Prince in Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a live-action adaptation of the studio's animated classic directed by Bill Condon.
Belle (Emma Watson) comes to realize that underneath the hideous exterior of the Beast (Dan Stevens) there is the kind heart of a Prince in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic directed by Bill Condon.


About the Film

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film “Beauty and the Beast,” the screenplay is written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos and produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman, p.g.a. and Todd Lieberman, p.g.a. with Jeffrey Silver, Thomas Schumacher and Don Hahn serving as executive producers.

“Beauty and the Beast” will be released in Philippine cinemas on March 16, 2017.