‘Birdshot’ is PH entry to Foreign Language category of Oscars 2018

Mikhail Red’s coming-of-age mystery-thriller film ‘Birdshot’ has been selected as the Philippines’ official entry to the 90th Academy Awards, more popular as the Oscars. This was announced by the Film Academy of the Philippines’ director general Leo Martinez as tweeted by Inquirer Entertainment.

This is the official statement of the director as sent to Cinema Bravo:

This is surprising news for all of us! What a spectacular turn of events for Birdshot’s long journey! I’d like to thank FAP for giving us the opportunity to represent our country. I’d like to thank the Birdshot family for being patient and determined while creating a substantial and well-crafted film. Finally I’d like to thank the game changing TBA Studios for believing in the vision of birdshot. May they continue to encourage young storytellers to create uncompromising films, may they continue to pave the way to a bright future for Philippine Cinema.

Producer Pamela Reyes shares the same excitement for her film’s next journey. “It has been 3 years since I started producing Birdshot,” she told Cinema Bravo. “Being chosen to represent the Philippines for the 2018 Oscars race is truly the cherry on top. I am beyond excited. This is just the start and we will need all the help we can get for the Oscars campaign.”

This mystery-thriller tells the story of a young Filipinas farm girl named Maya who wanders into the boundaries of a Philippine reservation forest.

Birdshot is an eligible film as it is a motion picture first released theatrically in its origin country between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Its theatrical release was last October 16 via Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino when it was screened across Philippine cinemas.

Birdshot can still be seen at Cinema ’76, the micro-cinema in San Juan owned by TBA Studios.

The longlist will be announced by the Academy on a later date. From this, nine finalists will be shortlisted later in the year, with the final five to be announced early 2018. No Filipino movie has ever been selected as a nominee for this category.

Last year, the Philippines submitted Brillante Mendoza’s ‘Ma’ Rosa’ but did not make the cut. In 2015, it can be noted that the country’s entry was the TBA-produced historical film ‘Heneral Luna.’

Jackie Chan is Master Wu in ‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’

Jackie Chan plays the venerable Master Wu in Warner Bros. Pictures’ all-new, big-screen event—the animated comedy martial arts film ‘The LEGO NINJAGO Movie.’ He recently received the Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement award.

In The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Master Wu is a bearded, white-robed, flute-playing wise man with an anthology of zen-ish axioms and a surprisingly sharp tongue, who producer Dan Lin describes as “the soul and emotional anchor of the movie, and the counterpart to the villain, Garmadon.”

This wise, all-knowing mentor promises to train the ninja in the ancient art of Spinjitzu fighting, but first, he challenges them not only to balance on rocks but to find the balance within themselves. He carries a big stick, which he plays like a flute. Years of meditation have not softened this warrior’s edges, or his ability to crack himself up, and Master Wu is full of surprises.

Indeed, seeing promise in the young ninja, Lloyd, and knowing that NINJAGO City needs a champion, “Master Wu is helping Lloyd to achieve his destiny,” says Chan.

In the film, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas, who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power.

“Jackie Chan brings a lot of comedy to Wu, and he’s really loveable, the way his voice comes through,” Lin says. “He adds a great deal to the emotional spectrum of the movie, whether it’s heart or humor, and he also brings a level of authenticity, because we really want this to feel like an Asian-inspired martial arts movie, and Jackie was rigorous in overseeing the action and making sure we were doing it in an accurate way.”

“Master Wu is Garmadon’s brother, but also his enemy,” Chan explains with mock gravity. “Master Wu is Lloyd’s uncle, but also his teacher. So, any way you look at it, it’s a complex relationship, very tricky, and very interesting.”

Wu and Garmadon’s long-brewing animosity ultimately erupts atop a rope bridge over a rushing river, which Chan cites as his favorite fight in the film.

Chan not only stars in the film, but also brought his renowned stunt team to choreograph the fights—bearing his trademark of rapid-fire, spectacularly executed moves, deftly undercut with a sense of humor. How do animated kicks, flips and jumps compare to the real world? “You can create all kinds of movement, all kinds of impossible things, and through the animation, make it 10 times better and more fun,” the genuine master declares.

Moreover, acknowledging a catalogue of injuries nearly as famous as his lifetime of action roles, Chan laughingly adds, “This way I don’t have to do my own stunts, and no one gets hurt.”

In Philippine cinemas September 27, 2017, The LEGO NINJAGO Movie is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


WATCH: Teaser trailer for ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’

The first teaser trailer has just been released for for the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, entitled Maze Runner: The Death Cure. Watch the video below and catch the exciting movie adaptation of the popular book series on January 24, 2018.

In The Death Cure, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.

It’s a heist movie this time,” says director Wes Ball, who has helmed each of the movies in the trilogy. “It picks up six months after the last movie, where we started in the desert, and then we come into the world of WCKD, which is a city: The Last City.”

The series started in the Glade, a lush open space surrounded on all sides by giant walls, and beyond them the maze that kept them prisoner. For the group of young people trapped in the Glade, with no memory of who they once were or why they were there, breaking out was their first priority. “But now, they’re breaking into walls, almost an inverse of the maze, and they have to get answers and outmaneuver every obstacle thrown their way,” Ball says, “We get to see the other side of the universe and come full circle.”

And just as “The Maze Runner” offered lush greens framed by the decaying concrete walls of the maze, and “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” gave us vast, inhospitable desert ruins, so “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” is set to its own aesthetic and color palette. “The first film, with the maze, was all cement and overgrowth,” observes Ball. “The second story was the sand and rust of the Scorch and this film is a world of glass and steel. I’d say it has elements of sci-fi and film noir – I loved the idea that each one of these movies has a distinct look and feel, but that they all fold into this same universe.”

“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” opens January 24, 2018 in Philippine cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.