WATCH: Evil has its beginnings in official trailer for ‘Annabelle: Creation’

The creepy official trailer of Annabelle: Creation has just been revealed by New Line Cinema and may be viewed below.

In Philippine cinemas starting August 10, Annabelle: Creation has David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) helming the follow up to 2014’s hugely successful Annabelle, which scared up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters. The new film is once again being produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, who also partnered so effectively on The Conjuring movies.

In Annabelle: Creation, several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

Sandberg directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, who also wrote Annabelle. The film stars Stephanie Sigman (Spectre), Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave), Lulu Wilson (Ouija: Origin of Evil), Philippa Coulthard (After the Dark), Grace Fulton (Badland), Lou Lou Safran (The Choice), Samara Lee (The Last Witch Hunter), Tayler Buck in her feature film debut, with Anthony LaPaglia (TV’s Without a Trace) and Miranda Otto (Showtime’s Homeland, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy).

Annabelle: Creation is a New Line Cinema presentation, an Atomic Monster/Safran Company production. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Talking household objects are scene-stealers in ‘Beauty and the Beast’

A gentlemanly candelabra and a fastidious mantel clock. These are just two of the memorable characters in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, specifically, the enchanted household objects who can now speak as a result of the spell that transformed their master, a young Prince, into a Beast.

The household objects are the former members of the castle’s staff, including: Lumière (Ewan McGregor), a candelabra; Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), a mantel clock; Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson), a teapot; Madame de Garderobe (Audra McDonald), a wardrobe; Plumette (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a feather duster; and Maestro Cadenza (Stanley Tucci), a harpsichord. Hopeful that Belle (Emma Watson) may finally be the one to capture the heart of the Beast (Dan Stevens), they watch and wait for any signs of true love that will break the curse.

Two-time Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge) is Lumière, the Prince’s proper French valet turned candelabra. Frequently at odds with Cogsworth and besotted with Plumette, it is Lumière who sings the show’s most extravagant musical number, “Be Our Guest.” The actor was unfamiliar with the song when he first arrived on set, but quickly became a fan, delivering a performance that would have made Maurice Chevalier proud.

“Ewan brings a bit of that ‘Moulin Rouge’ kind of joy to this character,” says director Bill Condon, “And there’s something so infectious about the way he sings, and sells, the song.”

It had been decided early on in the writing process to expand the story’s prologue and add a new character, a maestro who, along with his diva, is performing for the Prince at his castle when the spell is cast. Academy Award® nominee Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games) was cast as Maestro Cadenza, now a harpsichord, and Cadenza’s wife, the renowned Italian opera diva Madame de Garderobe, is played by six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald (Ricki and the Flash). The curse transforms her into an enormous wardrobe in Belle’s bedroom at the Beast’s castle, the same room where she had previously stayed herself, when she was the visiting opera singer. Garderobe has a flare for melodrama and a proclivity for frequent naps.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Miss Sloane) is Plumette, the cheeky maid turned elegant feather duster. “Lucy Bevan, our casting director, suggested Gugu to us,” says producer David Hoberman, “And while she may be one of the most beautiful women in the world, she also has a fantastic voice. She is the perfect Plumette.”

Making his musical theatre debut at the age of 76 is two-time Oscar®-nominated actor Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the tightly-wound head butler who is transformed into a mantel clock. While best known to younger audiences for his roles in The Lords of the Rings trilogy (Gandalf) and the X-Men films (Magneto), he is also a classically-trained actor with a wealth of Shakespearean credits under his belt.

It was Condon, having worked with him in the past on films including “Gods and Monsters” and “Mr. Holmes,” who reached out to his friend to offer him the role, and McKellen was all too eager to come on board. “When a script comes to you in the mail and you see that it is from Bill, you say, ‘Yes,’ even before you’ve read it,” laughs McKellen.

He continues, “Bill is the ideal choice for a story like this. He loves musical theatre and he likes the spectacle and energy of a big production that has music and dancing, and this is musical cinema. But at the same time, he recognizes the delicacies of human behavior.”

Two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility, Howard’s End) joined the cast as Mrs. Potts, the Cockney housekeeper who becomes a teapot and takes Belle under her wing, and the actress has nothing but praise for her director. “Bill is so wise and funny and kind and tender,” she says, “And he’s assembled the best group of people because he is one of the best. You just know that this film is going to be witty without being too sentimental and is going to have pace and verve and vigor and life and is going to mean something, because that’s just who he is.”

The filmmakers reasoned that if anyone could take on the legacy of a character created by Angela Lansbury, it was Thompson, as she has a similar warmth, history and connection to an audience. Coincidentally, Thompson arrived on the set of Beauty and the Beast straight from a sold-out run of Sweeney Todd in London, in which she played Mrs. Lovett, a role Lansbury originated on Broadway.

Newcomer Nathan Mack plays Mrs. Potts’ son, Chip, who is now a teacup, and Hattie Morahan (Alice Through the Looking Glass) is the enchantress who places the spell on the Beast and his castle at the beginning of the story.

Still showing across the Philippines, Beauty and the Beast is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Philippines. #BeOurGuestPH

WATCH: Final trailer for ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ shows power of Excalibur

Warner Bros. Pictures has just debuted the final trailer of its epic fantasy King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, from director Guy Ritchie.

Check out the new trailer below and watch King Arthur: Legend of the Sword in Philippine cinemas starting May 11, 2017.

The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Oscar nominee Jude Law, and Eric Bana. Ritchie directs the film from a screenplay by Joby Harold and Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, story by Joby Harold.

The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern, who stole his crown and murdered his parents, and become King.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.