Experience this year’s ultimate barkada movie in ‘Walwal’

Gear up for Regal Entertainment Inc.’s Walwal – the biggest and coolest movie of the season starring Elmo Magalona, Jerome Ponce, Kiko Estrada, and Donny Pangilinan.

Directed by Jose Javier Reyes and with a story and screenplay by Gerald Mark Foliente, Walwal is reminiscent of classic and well-loved Filipino barkada movies, only this time, it represents the relationships and sensibilities of the current generation.

Walwal is derived from a popular slang that millennials frequently used today. The term walwal is believed to emanate from the phrase “walang pakialam” and its closest English translation is “to get wasted” from drinking too much alcohol.

The movie is a centered on a group of four friends – Dondi, Intoy, Marco, and Bobby who have forged their unbreakable friendship in high school and are now sophomores in college. Dondi, Intoy, Marco, and Bobby are bound together by the wealth of their past experiences and their natural love for the good times. The boys share a kinship so close to each other that they will do anything to protect each other as they traverse the most critical period of their adulthood. Unbeknownst to them is that sophomore year in college is a pivotal phase in their lives as each of them will be confronted with a major dilemma that would determine their sense of direction for the rest of their lives.

It should be noted that Walwal marks the very first mainstream film collaboration of young actors Elmo Magalona, Jerome Ponce, Kiko Estrada, and Donny Pangilinan with veteran filmmaker Jose Javier Reyes.

Elmo Magalona plays the role of Dondi, a prim and proper good son who lived his life pleasing the people around him. The emotional anchor of his character was his former girlfriend Carla who dumped him for another guy. Walwal is Elmo’s first movie since the theatrical release of Regal’s Valentine offering My Fairy Tail Love Story which was shown last February.

Jerome Ponce is Intoy in the movie – a good natured young athlete who is aspiring to discover the real identity of his biological father. Jerome came to prominence in his breakthrough role on ABS-CBN’s phenomenal hit series Be Careful With My Heart. He recently starred on ABS-CBN’s top-rating primetime series The Good Son. Walwal is Jerome’s first film under Regal since he top-billed in the horror flick Haunted Mansion, which was Regal’s official entry to the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival.

Kiko Estrada is portraying the heartthrob and heartbreaker Marco whose vulnerable interior is cleverly masked by his tough exterior. Kiko is one of the featured lead stars of GMA-7’s daily drama series My Guitar Princess. He first collaborated with Elmo Magalona in the film My Fairy Tail Love Story.

Donny Pangilinan is Bobby – an aspiring filmmaker who is the happy-go-lucky funnyman of the group. Donny is a certified social media influencer who is currently one of the top VJs of the music channel Myx. Walwal is his very first full-length feature film.

Iconic film director Jose Javier Reyes returns to Regal after he directed 2017’s Our Mighty Yaya. Reyes’ body of work include critically acclaimed cinematic masterpieces such as Batang PX; Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo; Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo; and May Minamahal among countless others. Walwal could be considered as the millennial counterpart of his 1994 youth-oriented movie Pare Ko.

Portraying the boy’s love interests are Kisses Delavin (Ruby), Devon Seron (Trina), Jane De Leon (Carla), and Sofia Senoron (Shelby).

Together, Dondi, Intoy, Marco, and Bobby will give “walwal” a whole new meaning as they define it as means to show each other unconditional support as they face their problems and struggles in life. That at the end of the day, they have each other’s back – kapag WALang-WALa na sila sa buhay, Karamay nila ang isa’t-isa.

Experience the unforgettable adventures and misadventures of Dondi, Intoy, Marco, and Bobby and discover what “walwal” really mean to each of them; and learn from the valuable life lessons that may break or strengthen their friendship as they start their journey into growing up from being boys to men.

Walwal is showing in cinemas nationwide starting June 27, 2018.

Jack-Jack powers up in animated superhero film ‘Incredibles 2’

Jack-Jack Parr, the baby of the family in Disney-Pixar’s new action-adventure Incredibles 2, likes to sit back with a bottle and a good story. Well-versed in gibberish with a penchant for throwing food, Jack-Jack seems like a typical toddler, but he just might turn out to be the most powerful Parr in the household.

“The family has no idea he has powers,” says producer John Walker. “At the end of the first `Incredibles’ the audience gets the first glimpse of what Jack-Jack can do—like bursting into flames and turning into a demon baby—but the Parrs didn’t see that all happening.”

While the Parrs haven’t yet discovered Jack-Jack’s super potential, the audience is privy to several of the toddler’s powers—some some shared in the 2005 short “Jack-Jack Attack” in which the tot inadvertently terrorizes his babysitter, and others were recently unveiled in a trailer for “Incredibles 2.” Even more will be discovered in theaters when the film opens this June.

Among Jack-Jack’s powers, so far: bursting into flames/pyrokinesis, invisibility, laser vision, levitation and the ability to hang out on the ceiling and walls, multiplication – splitting into multiple Jack-Jacks, phasing – moving through closed doors, projecting bolts of electricity, telekinesis, teleportation, transforming into heavy metal or goo and turning into a demon baby.

According to effects supervisor Bill Watral, many of Jack-Jack’s powers are effects driven. But achieving the actual effects wasn’t the toughest task the team had to address. “One of our biggest challenges with Jack-Jack was maintaining the look of the baby—whether he’s turning to goo or on fire,” says Watral. “Nobody wants to see a burning baby, for instance, so we spent a lot of time making sure he was always appealing.”

Technological advances over the years allowed Watral and his team to enhance the character’s look within effects like flames. “Reading Jack-Jack’s face was really important,” he says. “We created a shading treatment so that his facial expressions were clear: ‘I’m on fire but that’s OK! This is fun!’ We never want anyone to forget that this is a baby with powers. The effect should never outshine the humor, which is a lot harder to do than a big explosion.”

“Incredibles 2” opens in Philippine cinemas nationwide on Thursday, June 14, 2018. Join the conversation online by using the hashtags #Incredibles2 and #IAmIncrediblePH

About Incredibles 2

In “Incredibles 2,” Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.

Written and directed by Brad Bird (“Iron Giant,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille”) and produced by John Walker (“The Incredibles,” “Tomorrowland”) and Nicole Grindle (“Sanjay’s Super Team” short, “Toy Story 3” associate producer), Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” busts into theaters on June 14, 2018.

Bryce Dallas Howard: more determined, focused in ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

Coming-off a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series for Netflix’s Black Mirror, Bryce Dallas Howard returns to the role of Claire Dearing in Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the sequel to the 2015 global megahit Jurassic World.

Her character, Claire, has been irrevocably changed by the disastrous events of three years ago. “In Jurassic World, Claire goes on a very clear arc,” reflects Howard. “You see who she is on the exterior, but you don’t know who she is on the inside. By the end of the first film, you know what this person is really made of and can clearly see who she is.”

While Owen (Chris Pratt) retreated into a life of solitude, Claire has done the complete opposite—creating the Dinosaur Protection Group (DPG), whose mission is to save the dinosaurs remaining on Isla Nublar. “She is still dealing with the fact she needs to take responsibility for everything that happened,” Howard continues. “She made a mistake she can never take back because she was a part of the creation of the Indominus rex; she wrote the check for that. Now the world is a different place because of her actions. She opened Pandora’s Box, and she can never close it again. All that Claire wants to do is be on the right side of history. It’s her cause and mission.”

Howard wanted to imbue her character with layers that are far-too-often absent in female characters in action films. “They will be a damsel in distress or a strong heroic woman, and there’s no in-between. What I love about Claire is that you don’t necessarily like her all the time, but you relate to her; you understand her and believe the fight in her. Getting to play a woman who is determined and focused, while also at times being clumsy and self-righteous, is exciting because that’s a human being.”

As Howard reunited with Pratt, she reflects about his keenest of instincts: “Chris just knows the absolutely most fun thing that can happen in a Jurassic movie. When we’re in a scene together, and I see Chris moving, I’d say, ‘Guys…Chris’ Spidey sense is tingling.’ He knows what he would want to be watching, and we feel like kids when we’re on this movie set. You haven’t experienced fun until you’ve acted opposite Chris Pratt in a Jurassic movie.”

Naturally, Claire’s much discussed style from the first chapter has also changed along with her new world view. “That haircut and the white impeccable suit from the first movie represented a certain kind of person, who Claire was,” sums Howard. “In this film, I wanted to show right away that she is dramatically different. Claire is a sensible, intelligent woman who is well prepared.” She laughs: “I’m now wearing really sturdy boots, and I’m very happy about that.”

In Philippine cinemas June 6, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

About Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

It’s been three years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.

When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful franchises in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

WATCH: Go inside the making of ‘Teen Titans GO! to the Movies’ in new featurette

Get a glimpse of movie-making magic with the cast of Teen Titans GO! to the Movies in the new featurette from Warner Animation Group.

Check out the video below and watch “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” in Philippine cinemas August 1.

Fans may also listen to the film’s new featured track from Lil Yachty: http://www.teentitansgo-movie.com/music

When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big! “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” finds our egocentric Super Heroes in their first feature film extravaganza—a fresh, gleefully clever, kid-appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the superhero genre, complete with musical numbers.

It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movies—everyone but the Teen Titans, that is! But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously Super-Villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line!

The first-ever big-screen version of DC Entertainment and Cartoon Network’s animated TV show stars Greg Cipes (TV’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) as Beast Boy, Scott Menville (TV’s “Spider-Man”) as Robin, Khary Payton (“The Walking Dead”) as Cyborg, Tara Strong (the “My Little Pony” franchise) as Raven, and Hynden Walch (TV’s “Adventure Time with Finn & Jake”) as Starfire, reprising their roles from the series.

Will Arnett (“The LEGO® Batman Movie”) and Kristen Bell (“Frozen”) also lend their voices and, in guest roles, Superman super fan and Oscar winner Nicolas Cage (“Leaving Las Vegas”) portrays the Man of Steel; singer/songwriter Halsey lends her voice to Wonder Woman; and rapper/-singer Lil’ Yachty plays Green Lantern.

The film is being directed by Peter Rida Michail and Aaron Horvath, from a screenplay by Michael Jelenic & Horvath, based on characters from DC. Jelenic, Horvath, Arnett, Michail and Peggy Regan are producing, with Sam Register serving as executive producer. Apart from Arnett, all are “Teen Titans GO!” series contributors.

Teen Titans GO! to the Movies is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.