Go behind the scenes of action film ‘Skyscraper’ in new featurette

Universal Pictures has just unveiled a new featurette inviting viewers to take a look inside the tower at the center of Skyscraper starring Dwayne Johnson under the direction of Central Intelligence’s Rawson Marshall Thurber.

Check out the featurette below and watch Skyscraper in Philippine cinemas July 11.

Global icon Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Universal Pictures and Legendary’s Skyscraper as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building…above the fire line.

Written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence, We’re the Millers), the 3D action-thriller is produced by Beau Flynn (San Andreas, Baywatch), Johnson, Thurber and Hiram Garcia (San Andreas, Central Intelligence).

Skyscraper’s executive producers are Dany Garcia (Baywatch, Ballers), Wendy Jacobson (San Andreas), Eric McLeod (Kong: Skull Island, Pirates of the Caribbean series) and Eric Hedayat (The Great Wall, Real Steel).

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

First look at Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Leonardo DiCaprio has just posted the first-look photo for his upcoming film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” via his Instagram.

The film will star Academy Award® winner Leonardo DiCaprio and Academy Award® nominees Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds, and Tim Roth, as well as Oscar® winner Al Pacino, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, James Marsden, Michael Madsen, Clifton Collins, Keith Jefferson, Nicholas Hammond, Scoot McNairy and Julia Butters.

‘The Equalizer 2’ trailer: There will be consequences in Denzel Washington’s revenge action-thriller

Columbia Pictures has just released the brand new trailer of Denzel Washington’s revenge action-thriller The Equalizer 2.

Check out the trailer below and watch The Equalizer 2 in Philippine cinemas soon.

Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed – but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?

The film is directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Richard Wenk, based on the television series created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim.

The Equalizer 2 also stars Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, with Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo.

The Equalizer 2 is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

‘Mission: Impossible’ director returns for ‘Fallout’ starring Tom Cruise

At Tom Cruise’s request, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation director Christopher McQuarrie became the first filmmaker ever to return to direct a second Mission: Impossible film. And does so with the upcoming Mission: Impossible – Fallout (in Philippine cinemas July 25).

“One of the signature elements of the franchise is that there has been a different director for every movie,” McQuarrie explains. “When Tom asked me to come back and direct this one I said I would do it on the condition that I could maintain the spirit of that tradition by completely changing the visual language from the previous film. I want people who watch Rogue Nation and Fallout to feel like two different people directed them.”

That was fine with Cruise, who has had a deep admiration for McQuarrie’s ability as a filmmaker since the pair first collaborated on the 2012 action thriller Jack Reacher. “I love working with McQ,” says Cruise. “He is enormously talented. He wanted to change the visual style so it would be as though someone else had directed it, and he succeeded. But it still has his bold storytelling sensibility. I love the toughness of the movie and the characters. We pulled out all the stops. I can’t wait for audiences to see it.”

McQuarrie believes one of the reasons the franchise remains so popular is Cruise’s insatiable desire to make each film more thrilling and intense than its predecessor. “It never stands still,” says the director. “But most importantly it never forgets the audience. Tom is first and foremost an entertainer. Everything he’s doing in the movies is to take you places you’ve never been, to show you things you’ve never seen, and to put you in the experience right there with him.”

For Mission: Impossible – Fallout, McQuarrie was eager to explore a darker and more human side of the film’s central character. “Ethan has always been a bit of a mystery,” he observes. “This time I wanted to be more inside his head and feel his connection with other people. The title refers not only to nuclear fallout but also to the fallout of all of Ethan’s good intentions. He has walked into a situation beyond his control, and he has to go through it even though he knows he’s being manipulated.”

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

About Mission: Impossible – Fallout

The best intentions often come back to haunt you. Mission: Impossible – Fallout finds Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his IMF team (Baldwin, Pegg, Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.

Evangeline Lilly is ready for action as Hope van Dyne in Marvel Studios’ ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

Evangeline Lilly returns to her role of brilliant quantum physicist Hope van Dyne. While she’s as focused and determined as ever, a very different Hope van Dyne emerges in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp.”

Now a fugitive with her father, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the brilliant scientist has used her time in hiding to master her new role as The Wasp, but she isn’t quite ready to team up with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) for their most important mission ever. But reuniting her family depends on it, so she is forced to seek his help.

Lilly was over the moon knowing that the next installment of the “Ant-Man” story line would introduce The Wasp. “I was excited to play Hope again for so many reasons,” comments Lilly. “In ‘Ant-Man’ she went through this enormous emotional arc. So it was exciting to have the chance to go back to this character and play her in a new space, a space where she is more at ease in her own skin and more at ease in her relationship with her father.”

“But I have to admit,” she adds with a laugh, “my primary motivation to come back was to put on that suit and play The Wasp. Hope so desperately wanted to follow in the footsteps of her incredible superhero parents, so she’s finally doing that and doing it very well.”

The actress was also enthusiastic to return to the “Ant-Man” family to collaborate with Peyton Reed again. For Lilly, there is no better champion to helm the next chapter in the “Ant-Man” saga. “There’s really nobody better to navigate through this second journey with than Peyton Reed,” says Lilly. “The scope of this film is so much bigger than the first film. It feels a little more epic, which is exciting, but also what’s wonderful is we never lose that sweet family-driven story that’s at the heart of it all. That’s what I love the most about the Ant-Man brand, and it’s something you can expect again from ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp.’”

Marvel Studios ANT-MAN AND THE WASP. Hope van Dyne/The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly)..Photo: Ben Rothstein. ©Marvel Studios 2018

As Lilly prepared for her return to the role, she knew the physical preparation for The Wasp action sequences would be vital to building the character. More importantly, she understood that the new backstory for Hope, the Super Hero, would wholly inform that relationship between Hope and Scott, which is the bedrock to the “Ant-Man and The Wasp” story line.

Remarks Lilly, “The relationship between Hope and Scott in ‘Ant-Man’ was really straightforward, and as an actress I always knew very clearly where things stood. Hope couldn’t stand him for the majority of the film and then eventually realized he’s okay. ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ is a bit complicated, and a lot more challenging to know how exactly to hit the tone of their relationship. Hope just lives to be The Wasp but definitely harbors feelings of anger, hurt and resentment when Scott made the choice to go to Berlin without her. That’s the hardest thing for her to swallow, but she’s got this mission and she’s really focused on her mother, so the stakes are so high.”

The fun-filled “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” with its signature out-of-this-world action and laugh-out-loud comedy, flies into Philippine cinemas July 4, 2018.

About Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp”

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choice as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is directed by Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John Kamen, Abby Ryder-Forston, Randall Park, with Michelle Pfeiffer, with Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas.

‘Uncle Drew’ poses as the basketball movie for all ages

After a successful digital episodic series six years ago which was originally conceived by Pepsi, the fan-favorite character jumps from the digital world to the big screen in “Uncle Drew.”

The episodic franchise has amassed over 95 million views since inception and now, NBA All-star Kyrie Irving gets to reprise his role as Uncle Drew and his bringing his friends with him and some more.

After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend UNCLE DREW (NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving) and convinces him to return to the court one more time. The two men embark on a road trip to round up Drew’s old basketball squad (Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie) and prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win the big one.

The film is rated G by the MTRCB which means all ages can enter the cinema with or without an adult.

The film, aside from showcasing basketball, also tackles themes such as family, friendship and teamwork.

“Uncle Dream” opens in Philippine cinemas June 27, 2018 from Lionsgate Pictures, locally distributed by Rafaella Films International.

41 days stranded at sea in ‘Adrift’ starring Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin

Romantic drama film Adrift tells the incredible true story about the resilience of the human spirit and the transcendent power of love.

Based on the book by Tami Oldham Ashcraft, it features two young lovers, Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, who sail across the ocean together. Filled with romance and excitement, they never anticipated to be sailing directly into a hurricane that whips up 40-foot waves and 140-knot winds, making it one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.

In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to a dilapidated boat, with Richard nowhere in sight. Panic-stricken, she tries to radio for help and put the boat back in order. By some miracle, she finds Richard in the waters, badly injured. With no hope for rescue, Tami must find the strength and determination to save herself and the man she can’t see herself living without.

Taking the role of Tami is (The Fault in our Stars / Divergent), while Richard is played by Sam Claflin (Me Before You / The Hunger Games).

Aaron Kandell (Walt Disney’s Moana), one of the movie’s screenwriters, reveals that he and his twin brother Jordan wrote the story with Woodley in mind. When they visited Tami Oldham in her home in the San Juan Islands, they instantly saw her strength and her free spirit, and she reminded them so much of Woodley whom they’ve known since her role in “The Descendants”.

“So as soon as we finished (the script), she was the first person we sent it to,” Jordan adds.

Woodley says, “I was so captivated by it, by who Tami is and the love story. I really felt the energy of the divine soulmate connection between Tami and her fiancée, Richard. A swimmer, but not at all a pro in sailing, the actress spent about a month before production in Hawaii learning how to sail on all different types of boats.

Claflin bagged the role of Richard after a phone call with the acclaimed director Baltasar Kormakur (Everest, The Oath) convinced him that he was “totally right for the role”.

Woodley and Claflin rehearsed together for two weeks in Fiji prior to principal photography.

“It was so helpful…We really just clicked,” says Woodley about her co-star, whom she further describes as “hands down, the hardest-working, most generous, compassionate individual” she’s ever worked with. Woodley continues, “The elements that we were working in were not easy, shooting on a boat in open water for 14 hours. Never once did he complain.”

About midway into production, Tami herself visited set, making the cast feel that she truly embraced this film. “It was amazing to meet her finally but also, I was hyper-aware of how emotional this experience must be for her, the trauma of being stuck out at sea. My prayer is that she has found healing as well through this experience,” Woodley says.

“One of the first things she said to me was, ‘You remind me of him (Richard) so much,’ which was really a special moment for me,” notes Claflin. “Having her seal of approval was so important.”

“Adrift” filmed for 49 days, primarily on location in Fiji, with a few weeks on stage in New Zealand.

Distributed in the Philippines by VIVA International Pictures, Adrift opens in cinemas on June 27, 2018.

Paul Rudd scales up in Marvel Studios’ superhero film ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

For Scott Lang, there’s no shrinking from responsibility when it comes to family.

When we last saw Scott Lang in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man,” he was trying to go straight for the good of his daughter Cassie. Now three years later, Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” will allow us to find out if Scott stayed on that path for the good of his family.

Paul Rudd, who reprises the role of Scott Lang/Ant-Man in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” reassures that Scott is still doing the best he can. While that gives the fans hope, you never know when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe; there’s always a super villain out there who tends to bend things to their will.

When it came to stepping back into the shoes of the reluctant Super Hero facing the unimaginable, Rudd took on a singular approach. “One of the things that I really like about playing this character is that Scott is thrown into these extraordinary circumstances of shrinking and flying around on ants and dealing with life-threatening situations,” says Rudd. “I’ve always tried to sustain his way of dealing with everything with a sense of humor and a carefree attitude. I think it gives an audience a fun ride to see somebody like Scott Lang take in all of this craziness. So, for me, that’s fun to play.”

From the beginning Rudd, who is also a writer on the film, and director Peyton Reed were in sync about the film’s direction, which mirrored their collaboration on “Ant-Man.” “Ever since Peyton came on board we both agreed that we wanted to create something that was fun and original within this genre. First and foremost, laughs would be important but so would the emotional moments. You will still be wowed by the visual effects, but we’d also make them funny. I feel like we’ve always been on the same page as far as the movie we want to make, so that just allows trust for me as an actor to know that he’s getting what he needs.”

As far as the comedy moments go, they would indeed prove to be an important part of “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” and for Rudd having creative partners with similar tastes helped elevate the material in unexpected ways. “Peyton and I like weird jokes, as does Kevin Feige, Stephen Broussard and most of the Marvel team,” says Rudd. “They’re all comedy lovers, so it’s kind of nice to work on something where you can make a random Neil Hamburger reference, and the head of the studio knows what you’re talking about because nobody else does.”

The fun-filled “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” with its signature out-of-this-world action and laugh-out-loud comedy, flies into Philippine cinemas July 4, 2018.

Marvel Studios ANT-MAN AND THE WASP..L to R: The Wasp/Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) ..Photo: Ben Rothstein..©Marvel Studios 2018
About Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp”

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choice as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is directed by Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John Kamen, Abby Ryder-Forston, Randall Park, with Michelle Pfeiffer, with Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas.

Cate Blanchett calculates her risks in heist thriller ‘Ocean’s 8’

In Warner Bros. Pictures’ heist thriller “Ocean’s 8,” Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock)—just released from prison—has been concocting the greatest heist of her storied career. The first person with whom Debbie connects is her old partner in crime, Lou, played by two-time Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”).

“Debbie has to coax Lou back into that world,” Bullock relates. “She wastes no time, going right in with her plan, and has to somehow convince Lou that what she’s come up with is good enough to risk the life that she has built while Debbie was incarcerated.”

Blanchett says, “Debbie needs a sure hand, someone she can rely on, and they’ve got a long history together. Lou’s gone straight…or straight-ish…running a nightclub. She is doing okay, but it’s not particularly exciting. I think that’s why she decides to jump back in with Debbie—for the ridiculous, danger-filled adrenaline of it all. She’s doing fine, but it’s not exciting and she’s not with her peeps.”

Producer Steven Soderbergh remarks, “There are simply no limits to what Cate can do; she has a phenomenal range. She can say more with a glance than with an entire page of dialogue, which was ideal for Lou.”

“There is no one quite like Cate,” adds director Gary Ross. “You see her assemble a character, piece by piece, latching onto these details that catch her eye as she builds them into a whole person. It’s a thrill to witness.”

The opportunity to work with other actresses became a major draw for Blanchett. She confirms, “When Gary and Steven started talking about the cast they were assembling, that was the absolute ‘why’ for me. It really is an amazing group of women, and it was just great to play with them.”

About “Ocean’s 8”

Five years, eight months, 12 days…and counting. That’s how long Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock)—just released from prison—has been concocting the greatest heist of her storied career.

She knows what it’s going to take—a team of the best in their field, starting with her former partner-in-crime Lou (Cate Blanchett). Together, they recruit a crew of specialists: jeweler Amita (Kaling); street con Constance (Awkwafina); expert fence Tammy (Paulson); hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna); and fashion designer Rose Weil (Bonham Carter).

The target is $150 million in diamonds—diamonds that will adorn the neck of world-famous actress Daphne Kluger (Hathaway), who will be center stage at the event of the year, The Met Gala.

Their plan appears rock solid, but it will need to be flawless if the team is to get in and get away—all in plain sight.

Opened in Philippine cinemas June 13, “Ocean’s 8” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Maronne Cruz joins the cast of Sara Bareilles’s ‘Waitress: The Musical’

Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group is proud to announce that Maronne Cruz joins the cast of “Waitress: The Musical” as Dawn. She joins previously announced cast member Bituin Escalante in this Broadway hit. Scored by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, and based on the 2007 movie of the same name, WAITRESS tells the story of expert baker Jenna who is disillusioned with her life and reckons with herself through the simple magic of baking. Accompanied by her friends Dawn and Becky, Jenna finds the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

Maronne is more than excited to be joining the cast, saying, “Waitress is my dream show, and I get so elated when I think about playing Dawn. I connect so much with her! We’re both introverted, have geeky hobbies, get really anxious when putting ourselves out there, and are holding out for someone who can love all our oddities.”

Bobby Garcia, who directs, the highly anticipated musical says, “I was struck by Maronne’s authenticity as Dawn when she came into audition. It was an effortless audition and she hit all the right dramatic and vocal notes. I think audiences are in for a special treat when they see her on stage in WAITRESS.”

No stranger to musical theatre, Maronne has appeared in numerous productions including Hair (Jeanie), Sa Wakas (Gabbi), Ako Si Josephine (Josephine), Godspell (Learn Your Lessons Well soloist), Dog Sees God (Marcy), Horse & His Boy (Sallowpad the Raven), Sandosenang Sapatos (Red), and Cinderella (Stepsister Joy). She has also appeared in the indie film Mariquina as Monet.. She also runs an advocacy named A Hero’s Call, which encourages social awareness & action through geek culture.

Catch Maronne as Dawn in “Waitress: The Musical,” which opens on November 9 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati. Tickets will be available soon at TicketWorld Manila.