Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis star sci-fi black comedy ‘Colossal’

There is a monster in all of us.

Solar Pictures proudly presents its “biggest” offering for the year with Colossal, starring Hollywood’s brightest stars Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis with Dan Stevens.

The exciting fusion of science fiction, romance, and comedy movie tells the story of Gloria (Anne Hathaway), an out-of-work girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.

Varied reviews of the movie are aplenty but the best ones clearly stood out. Rated 4 out of 5 stars by Rotten Tomatoes, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone commented: “Nacho Vigalondo’s giant-creature-run-amuck fantasy is a brilliantly bizarre satire of gender politics, featuring Anne Hathaway in a funny, fierce, fully committed performance that demands to be seen.” Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post also commented: “In this observant, entertaining, wildly imaginative movie, just about everything has more than one meaning.”

Colossal is showing in cinemas starting May 17, 2017. Don’t miss out and join the conversation at #SheIsColossal and #ColossalSolarPictures.

Charlie Hunnam faces his destiny in ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’

Pacific Rim hero Charlie Hunnam stars as the titular character in Warner Bros. Pictures’ King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, in Philippine cinemas May 17, 2017.

Take a shrewd street thug with an irreverence for authority, yank him out of his barebones existence and surround him with otherworldly magic and colossal creatures, then advise him that he is, in reality, a king who must fight for his life, and you have Arthur Pendragon—a man meant to be a hero but struggling with his very identity, even as he attempts to stay alive.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword introduces an Arthur who was raised in a brothel on what would definitely be considered the wrong side of town. Now he runs the back alleys of the city with his gang of friends, completely unaware of his true provenance. But as bad luck would have it, Arthur is shipped off to Camelot where he, like every man of a certain age, is put to a test: to pull a sword from a stone, a futile effort for most as only one man among them can complete the task. Finding him is the true test; passing that test is a death sentence. And in his rush to take his turn so he can return to his present life, Arthur quickly comes face to face with the one thing that can reveal to him the truth of his past and the possibilities for his future.

If only he wanted to know.

“As far as he knows, Arthur was always poor; he’s had to take anything he wanted, he’s never been given anything,” Hunnam offers. “When he grasps hold of Excalibur, it overpowers him in every way, and he rejects it and anything that comes with it. He doesn’t even take it seriously. He doesn’t want the responsibility.”

Not so for Hunnam, says Ritchie. “I’ll tell you what’s great about Charlie—everything. He worked very hard and he never moaned for a second, even though we asked him to do some pretty tough stuff. He’s a decent, kind, thoughtful and talented human being. I liked him at the beginning of production, I liked him more every day and I adored him by the end.”

The admiration went both ways. “This was the best experience on a film I’ve had so far, and that’s because of Guy,” the actor says. “I had a blast, and it was a great learning experience and a real period of growth for me. Guy makes decisions in real time, immediately coming up with a solution if something’s not working. The environment comes alive to him and he works with the actors in a very instinctual way. If I came up blank on any given day, he always had ten ideas.”

Just as Excalibur plays a part in leading Arthur to his fate, Hunnam reveals, “It was instrumental for me in crystalizing the dream I had of becoming an actor. I watched all the films about the Arthurian legend over and over again when I was about six or seven. I actually had an Excalibur that I carved out of wood so I could play Arthur. So, to then be on a set in a version of Londinium playing King Arthur for real was pretty wild.”

Having spent some ten years in the United States, the Newcastle native found acting without an American accent, and then determining the appropriate manner of speaking for the character, to be an unexpected, yet invigorating, challenge. “We talked a lot about what Arthur’s accent should be and decided that a received pronunciation, be it contemporary or historical, would be wrong. We then looked at having him speak like a cockney geezer and thankfully abandoned that, too,” he laughs.

“Since Arthur comes from royal blood and would have heard that elocution in early childhood, but then is thrust out on his own and exposed to a lot of street talk in the city, we put his accent somewhere in the middle,” Hunnam reflects, “somewhere between Vortigern’s posh-sounding talk and Arthur’s own cockney crew.”

Opening across the Philippines on May 17, 2017, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

‘Wonder Woman’ main poster recruits Chris Pine

Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor joins Gal Gadot as Diana Prince in the main poster art for Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated “Wonder Woman,” in Philippine cinemas June 1, 2017.

Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (“Monster,” AMC’s “The Killing”).

Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine (the “Star Trek” films), Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Netflix’s “House of Cards”), Danny Huston (“Clash of the Titans,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), David Thewlis (the “Harry Potter” films, “The Theory of Everything”), Connie Nielsen (Fox’s “The Following,” “Gladiator”), Elena Anaya (“The Skin I Live In”), Ewen Bremner (“Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “Snowpiercer”), Lucy Davis (“Shaun of the Dead,” FX’s “Better Things”), Lisa Loven Kongsli (upcoming “Ashes in the Snow”), Eugene Brave Rock (AMC’s “Hell on Wheels”) and Saïd Taghmaoui (“American Hustle”).

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, raised on a sheltered island paradise and trained to be an unconquerable warrior. When an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Patty Jenkins directs the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, based on characters from DC. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston.

The film is produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder and Richard Suckle, with Stephen Jones, Geoff Johns, Jon Berg, Wesley Coller and Rebecca Steel Roven serving as executive producers.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Tencent Pictures, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, “Wonder Woman.” The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Sandara Park turns to music to find herself in ‘One Step’

A tragic accident causes her to forget her past. The only way for her to remember is to sing a melody from her heart.

VIVA International Pictures and MVP Entertainment presents, One Step — A Korean movie starring Sandara Park (former member of the hit K-Pop all-girl group 2ne1), Han Jae-Seok (Speed Angels) and Cho Dong-In (The Stone). Believed to be inspired by Hollywood films such as “Once” and “Begin Again”, One Step revolves around a girl’s journey to remembering her past and discovering her true self.

After a car accident, Si-hyun (Sandara Park) loses her past memories and has acquired a rare condition called Colored Hearing, where she can visualize sounds into colors. Lost and confused, Si-hyun started to live with a girl she met at the hospital, named Ji-won and her brother Woo-hyuk (Cho Dong-in). One day, Woo-hyuk hears Si-hyun humming a melody in her sleep. Thinking it might help Si-hyun to recall her past, Woo-hyuk started writing down the melodies Si-hyun hums in her dreams, and gives it to her. Incidentally, Jee-il (Han Jae-sok), a struggling songwriter finds out about Si-hyun’s score and offers to help her find the melody she hears in her dreams.

The movie is Sandara’s first leading role as a Korean movie actress and according to her, it was difficult to portray the role of someone who has the rare condition, Colored Hearing. She talked to the director on how she can portray her role, and admitted that even though she is a singer, she had to work extra hard to do justice to her character. Still, Sandara enjoyed filming the movie, and hopes to keep on acting and singing in the future.

Director Juhn Jaihong also has nothing but high praise for Sandara’s performance in the movie. The director noted Sandara’s strong desire and passion for acting, which made working with her very enjoyable.

Now showing across the Philippines via Viva International Pictures and MVP Entertainment, One Step is produced by MCC Entertainment, a Production House known for its soundtrack productions for TV dramas such as “Jewel in the Palace” and “The Great Queen Seondeok”.