This sem’s Likha Adarna, Black Beret filmfests set on May 16, 18 at UP Cine Adarna

Don’t miss out on the thesis films and student productions in this semester’s edition of the University of the Philippines Film Institute’s Student Film Festivals this May 16 and 18 at the Cine Adarna at UP Diliman. The event is free admission and open to the public.

  • May 16 (Tue) • 9AM onwards — Likha Adarna
  • May 18 (Thu) • 1PM onwards — Black Beret Competition

Likha Adarna is on May 16, Tuesday, from 9 AM onwards. Film screenings are each followed with thesis defense of undergraduate students. Black Beret, which will feature screening of directing films is on May 18, Thursday, from 1 PM onwards.

Official lineup of Likha Adarna entries:

  1. “Duyan ng Alon” ni Katrina May Banaag
  2. “Siyanan” ni Summer Bastian
  3. “Sa Loob ng Bahay ni Mama” ni Julienne Calugcug
  4. “Sa Saiyang Isla” ni Christian Candelaria
  5. “Huli” ni Alix Danielle Duplito
  6. “Swapang” ni Marika Daphne Esplana
  7. “Okay Lang Ako” ni Irene Grace Francisco”
  8. “Strings and Bridges” ni Nicolette Marcelo
  9. “Nung Nawala ang Aso Ko” ni Margarita Mina
  10. “Ang Karinderya ni Lisa” ni NJ Nuñez
  11. “Mark & Lenny” ni Giano Rey Potes
  12. “Mga Paruparong Liwayway” ni David Quiambao
  13. “Love is a Promise” ni Katherine Tayamora
  14. “Biyaya” ni Rod Tumbaga

Behind-the-scenes unveiled in new ‘The Mummy’ featurette

Universal Pictures has unveiled a behind-the-scenes featurette for the upcoming re-imagining of the classic monster tale, The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise.

Check out “The Mummy: Inside Look Featurette” below and watch the film in Philippine cinemas on June 7, 2017.

In The Mummy, thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

Cruise is joined by a cast including Annabelle Wallis (upcoming King Arthur, Annabelle), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Courtney B. Vance (TV’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson) and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator).

The Mummy is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Mysterious women on the verge in first poster of ‘The Beguiled’

The teaser poster for director Sofia Coppola’s new suspense thriller The Beguiled starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kristen Dunst and Elle Fanning has just been launched by Universal Pictures, carrying the ominous tagline, “Innocent, Until Betrayed.”

Check out the one-sheet art below and watch The Beguiled in Philippine cinemas this July 2017.

The Beguiled is an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, Marie-Antoinette). The story unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school. Its sheltered young women take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events.

An official competition entry to this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the film’s screenplay is adapted by Coppola from Thomas Cullinan’s original novel.

The Beguiled is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

New raunchy comedy is not your daddy’s ‘Baywatch’

For a generation of TV fans the world over, the name Baywatch conjures up images of sun, surf and statuesque lifeguards, running in slow-motion in form-fitting red swimsuits.

Now, that’s about to change as Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious 8, Central Intelligence) and Zac Efron (Neighbors, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) star in Paramount Pictures’ raunchy reinvention of Baywatch, in Philippine cinemas May 31, 2017.

The film follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Efron). Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

“Baywatch is just about the most successful television show of all time,” says executive producer and star Dwayne Johnson. “So I was drawn to the challenge of reintroducing a beloved property to a new audience who might not have grown up with it.”

“It’s a fun piece of pop culture,” adds director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief). “People generally know the basics: David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, and slo-mo running on the beach, but beyond that, I felt like we had a real opportunity to redefine the brand.”

“The show was pure escapism,” says producer Beau Flynn (San Andreas, Hercules). “It was perfect for people all over the world to unplug from their daily lives and be transported to this world of gorgeous people on the beach. The idea behind the film is to supersize that, and at the same time, have some fun with it.”

“Obviously, there was a lot about the original show that worked,” says Johnson. “So we wanted to keep some of the core elements in place while raising the stakes for a feature film. The stunts are bigger, the action is more intense, but we’re not taking ourselves as seriously as the show. We worked hard to find the right balance. Seth threaded the needle perfectly. As badass as the action in this movie is, we’re all in on the joke. We’re all having fun. We’re laughing with Baywatch, not at Baywatch.”

The creative team agreed on the film’s raunchy comedic tone right away.

Johnson recalls, “From the beginning, one of my main things was ‘It’s got to be rated ‘R.’ Let’s swing for the fences.”

“When Dwayne and I started talking about Baywatch, we made a pact that no matter what, we’d take full of advantage of our ‘R’ rating to break people’s expectations of the TV show,” says Flynn.

“The ‘R’ rating is a great canvas to be as edgy or irreverent as you want, so we really let it rip with the language and nudity, male and female. We’re proud of the risqué ‘wow’ moments we had to fight to keep in the movie.”

Johnson explains, “We wanted to raise the bar in terms of shocking humor. With comedies, there’s ‘fun’, and above that, there’s ‘awesome, I didn’t expect to have that level of fun’, but way beyond that, at the top of the mountain, there’s ‘filthy fun.’ Let me tell you, ‘filthy fun’, that’s something. That’s the rarified air up there. Baywatch is ‘lights out, game over, we may have to cancel Christmas’ level filthy fun.’”

Baywatch is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.