Sexual tension, broken taboos in new thriller ‘The Beguiled’

Focus Features presents The Beguiled, an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola and starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.

Adapted from the novel by Thomas Cullinan, The Beguiled is a sexually charged tale that 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.

Laced with elements of a taut psychological thriller, The Beguiled explores the theme of women isolated during the Civil War. In writing the screenplay adaptation, Sofia Coppola went back to the book to tell the story from the female characters’ perspective for her film.

While there is tension – both sexual and otherwise – throughout the story, Colin Farrell gravitated to what he deems an “extraordinary” script because “it looks at how whatever innocence has been maintained in a time of war can be lost. It also explores how the more animalistic aspects of human behavior can be provoked – and pervade – even when you’re not on the front lines.

“The violence of the human heart is a timeless theme, no matter what period a story takes place in.”

Kirsten Dunst remarks, “The story is Southern Gothic, with things bubbling under until they get to a boiling point and then an explosion happens. It’s not horror, but it feels like there is horror in it, with intensity and destruction – all made more compelling because this is happening among women.

“When Sofia told me about the idea a couple of years ago, my impression was that she was drawn to the subject matter of so many women together alone.”

Nicole Kidman comments, “I thought it was exciting to work with a group of women and then put Colin in the equation. I was so happy to support Sofia as a female director, and I always thought that she made such atmospheric movies in such a signature style. That was the main thing which drew me to working with her.”

Elle Fanning adds, “Besides working with Sofia again, this was a reason for me to be part of The Beguiled: the women hold the power in this story – even though it’s set during the Civil War.”

The women’s wartime lives at the school are, as the story begins, heavily ritualized. Fanning notes, “They get up, they work in the garden at a certain time. There’s prayer, playing music, French lessons, dinner and bedtime. Until, everything gets shaken up; they take in the wounded soldier, and selfishness sets in.”

Opening across the Philippines on July 26, 2017, The Beguiled is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

From Broadway to Manila: ‘Sister Act: The Musical’ stages at Solaire

You’re in for some glittery fun with SISTER ACT: Live in Manila! (Watch an excerpt from their live performance below.)

Ovation Productions brings to the Philippines a new theater offering perfect for all musical theater fans.

The Broadway and West End smash hit musical comedy Sister Act, based on the hit 1992 film that has more than 6 million audiences jumping to their feet worldwide, will rock Manila until July 9 at The Theatre at Solaire.


Buy your tickets HERE.


Sister Act Show Details

Remaining shows:
July 4, 5, 6 and 7 – 8 pm (Tuesday – Friday)
July 8 and 9 – 2 pm and 8 pm (Saturday – Sunday)

Duration: Two hours and 30 minutes. With one 15-minute intermission.

Venue: The Theatre at Solaire, 1 Aseana Avenue, Entertainment City, Paranaque City.

Be prepared for dazzling dance routines and a vast inspiration of musical styles from Motown, Barry White, soul and funk to great big disco anthems.

SISTER ACT features an original score with music by Tony® and 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Enchanted, Little Mermaid), lyrics by Tony and Academy Award-nominee Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid), and a book by multi-Emmy Award winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (“Cheers”) with additional book material by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane (Xanadu, The Little Dog Laughed). Directed on Broadway by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks (Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing…Forum, Smokey Joe’s Café), the production features choreography by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Anthony Van Laast (Mamma Mia, Bombay Dreams) and is based on the Touchstone Pictures motion picture Sister Act written by Joseph Howard.

Produced by Whoopi Goldberg, TROIKA Entertainment and Sister Act On Tour, LLC, SISTER ACT received five 2011 Tony® Award nominations including BEST MUSICAL, BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (Alan Menken (music)/Glenn Slater (lyrics), and BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL (Cheri & Bill Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane).

Synopsis

The original film’s locations of Reno and San Francisco have been changed to Philadelphia and the action now is set in the 1970s. When disco diva wannabe Deloris Van Cartier sees her gangster boyfriend Curtis Shank commit a murder at the grungy club where she’s performing, she reports the crime to the police and is placed in the witness protection program. Disguised as a nun named Sister Mary Clarence, she is placed in the convent of the Holy Order of the Little Sisters of Our Mother of Perpetual Faith, where she finds herself up against the rigid Mother Superior. Deloris uses her singing talent to inspire the other nuns to create a more contemporary choir, and they become the hit of the community. Word of their success reaches Curtis and his mob, who arrive on the scene to settle their score with Deloris and find themselves battling not only her, but a gang of feisty nuns and the Mother Superior as well.

Accolades

2011 TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS
Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical – Patina Miller
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical – Victoria Clark

2011 DRAMA DESK AWARD NOMINATIONS
Outstanding Musical
Outstanding Actress in a Musical – Patina Miller
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical – Victoria Clark
Outstanding Music
Outstanding Lyrics

2011 DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD NOMINATIONS
Distinguished Production of a Musical
Distinguished Performance Award – Victoria Clark
Distinguished Performance Award – Patina Miller

2011 THEATRE WORLD AWARD NOMINATIONS
Patina Miller

SISTER ACT (UK)
2010 LAURENCE OLIVIER AWARD
Best New Musical
Best Actress in a Musical – Patina Miller
Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical – Sheila Hancock
Best Theatre Choreographer – Anthony Van Laast

You can buy tickets HERE.

‘Wonder Woman’ overtakes ‘Batman v Superman’ as biggest Warner Bros. movie in PH

It’s official: An Amazonian princess has bested both the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight at the Philippine box office.

As of last Saturday, July 1, the P520.5-million cumulative box-office gross of Wonder Woman has overtaken the lifetime gross of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to become the biggest Warner Bros. Movie of All-Time. This was announced today by Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines.

“`Wonder Woman’ has shown tremendous staying power and repeat business at the local box-office, and we could not be prouder of the film,” says Soliven in making the announcement. “The story of Diana, as played by the incomparable Gal Gadot, has resonated across all demographics and continues to inspire moviegoers. We are truly grateful to the fans and critics for embracing Wonder Woman.”

The film’s success in the Philippines is mirrored by its exceptional performance in the U.S. where just four weeks after it bowed, the superhero origin story has outperformed all the previous entries in the D.C. Extended Universe franchise, including last year’s Batman v. Superman, Suicide Squad and Man of Steel.

The Amazonian’s success story is all the more astounding when considering global movie revenues. The movie has made more than $660 million worldwide despite still awaiting release in over 12 countries. When all markets are accounted for, Wonder Woman has the potential to cross the $1 billion mark.

Now playing across the Philippines, “Wonder Woman” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

About Wonder Woman

Gal 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, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Eugene Brave Rock and Saïd Taghmaoui.

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.

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ holds midnight screenings July 6 at 12:01 AM

MANILA, July 03, 2017 – Peter Parker comes home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe sooner than you think, as Columbia Pictures has announced midnight screenings for Spider-Man: Homecoming on Thursday, July 06 at 12:01AM in selected cinemas in Metro Manila and regional cities.

Fans are advised to reserve and buy their tickets now to be among the first in the world to watch Spider-Man: Homecoming.

In Metro Manila, midnight screenings are confirmed to be held in SM Aura IMAX, Vista Taguig, Venice, Uptown, Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Century City, SM BF, SM Southmall, CommerCenter, Starmall Alabang, Vista Evia, SM Mall of Asia, SM S’Maison, SM Light Mall, SM Megamall, Eastwood, Starmall EDSA, SM North EDSA, SM Fairview, Gateway, Fisher Mall and Trinoma.

Moviegoers in the provinces may watch in SM Cebu, Abreeza, Gaisano Davao, Vista Sta. Rosa, Starmall San Jose, Ayala Legaspi, Vista Bataan, Vista Pampanga, SM Clark and SM Baguio.

For the updated list, fans may check with their favorite cinemas.

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, enters the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Embraced all over the world, Spider-Man is the most popular comic book character in history and the crown jewel of Marvel comics. Now, he comes home in a film with a fresh, fun tone and new take, produced by Marvel Studios, that brings the Peter Parker of the comic books to the screen alongside MCU heroes for the first time.

Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. His moment has arrived as he is challenged to become the hero he is meant to be.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.