Tom Cruise rides higher than ever in ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’

Over the past two decades, Tom Cruise has produced, starred in and performed in the most mind-blowing stunts in the Mission: Impossible films, a global cultural phenomenon that has grossed more than $2.8 billion worldwide, making it one of the most successful franchises in movie history.

Now he returns for a sixth film in his role as Impossible Missions Force (IMF) team leader Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible – Fallout (in Philippine cinemas July 25).

According to Cruise, Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a culmination of all of the previous films in the series. “You’re going to see characters brought back and storylines brought to a conclusion,” he says. “At the beginning of the film, the book The Odyssey was chosen for a very specific reason. The journey my character, Ethan Hunt, and his team go through is an odyssey inspired by and reflective of that story. It’s an epic personal tale, and there are enormous emotional stakes for the characters.”

Cruise, who launched the franchise in 1996, brings an unparalleled understanding of what makes a Mission: Impossible film work, observes screenwriter and director Christopher McQuarrie. “Tom is the keeper of the flame. He’s an instinctive, very emotional filmmaker. He knows Ethan Hunt, and he knows what makes him an appealing character on a truly instinctive level.”

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, who also directed 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. “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.”

Cruise embodies his character in a way that few action stars ever have, concludes producer Jake Myers. “Tom not only brings great drama to the role, but he has the physical ability to do things another performer would not, both by his training and his daring. I think you can probably separate most other action franchises from their stars, but without Tom there really isn’t an Ethan Hunt, at least not the one audiences worldwide have so wholeheartedly embraced.”

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is distributed 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 (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Vhing 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.

‘Harry and Patty’ speaks of Ahron Villena, Kakai Bautista’s not so beautiful love story

How come one love story, that may have a not so beautiful beginning, would become like a fairy tale and end up with a perfect happy ending?

Harry and Patty is a romantic comedy that proves even the biggest lie cannot stop real love from finding its way. The story is about two people who are very much unalike; Harry is an attractive young businessman while Patty is a typical young woman who drives a TNVS for a living; they have different take on love and attraction. Their first meeting starts with disgust and comic misunderstandings but opposites attract and this led them to a head-in-the-clouds romantic relationship. But when everything starts to be perfectly going on its way, someone from their past tends to jeopardize their blossoming relationship. Is it still possible to be real when you are hiding secrets from the person you love?

The film is about how love brings out the beauty in a person, not just physically, but the beauty that emerges from each characters they share the virtue of life and happiness.

At the helm is the director of “Deadma Walking,” Julius Ruslin Alfonso, and writer Volta delos Santos.

Ahron Villena and Kakai Bautista play as the funny and lovable couple Harry and Patty. Also starring Heaven Peralejo, Mark Neumann, Carmi Martin, Bodjie Pascua, Donna Cariaga, Joe Vargas, Lou Veloso and Soliman Cruz, with the special participation of Arci Muñoz.

Opening across Philippine cinemas on August 1, Harry and Patty is produced by Cineko Productions and distributed by ABS-CBN Films through Cine Screen.

Legendary animator Mark Henn headlines Disney’s ‘Hall D’ at AsiaPOP Comicon

Legendary Disney animator Mark Henn flew-in to town to spearhead and serve as the main attraction in Disney’s first-ever ‘Hall D’ in Asia through AsiaPOP Comicon scheduled at SMX Mall of Asia on Sunday, July 29.

“It’s an incredible honor to be part of Disney’s first-ever `Hall D’ in Asia, and I’m as excited as ever to meet and engage with Disney fans in the Philippines,” said Henn who’s a first-time visitor to the country.

A veteran animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios for 38 years, Henn is currently serving as the 2D animation supervisor for the studios’ upcoming feature film, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” (in Philippine cinemas November 21).

Henn will hold an exclusive presentation inside `Hall D,’ tracing his beginnings at Disney, up to the illustrious present. Henn is the artist behind the classic Disney characters Ariel in “The Little Mermaid,” Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” Jasmine in “Aladdin,” Young Simba in “The Lion King,” title characters “Mulan” and “Pochahontas,” and Princess Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog.”

In 2000, Henn traded his pencil for a director’s chair on the award-winning short “John Henry,” based on the popular American legend.

Previously, Henn served as lead 2D animator on the Academy Award®-winning “Big Hero 6” and “Frozen.”

“Big Hero 6” (Pictured) Mark Henn. Photo by Patrick Wymore. ©2014 Disney. All Rights Reserved.
About “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”

“Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” leaves Litwak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet—which may or may not survive Ralph’s wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet—the netizens—to help navigate their way, including a webite entrepreneur named Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site “BuzzzTube.” Directed by Rich Moore (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) and Phil Johnston (co-writer “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Cedar Rapids,” co-writer “Zootopia,”), and produced by Clark Spencer (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Bolt”), “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-Ralph 2” hits Philippine theaters on Nov. 21, 2018.

When “Wreck-It Ralph” opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned in the highest opening weekend ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film at the time of release. Nominated for an Oscar® and Golden Globe® for best animated feature, “Wreck-It Ralph” won the PGA Award for outstanding producer of an animated theatrical motion picture as well as five Annie Awards, including best animated feature, director, cast and screenplay. The film was named best animated feature by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, earned outstanding achievement in casting for an animated feature by the Casting Society of America, and won the Kids’ Choice Award for favorite animated movie.

Winnie the Pooh, friends get character posters for Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’

The lovable residents of Hundred Acre Wood get out of the forest and into the city in Disney’s new family adventure, “Christopher Robin.”

Take your first look at the brand new character posters of Winnie The Pooh and his friends in the newly-released one-sheet artworks from Disney.

Christopher Robin’s best friend, WINNIE THE POOH (Jim Cummings), is a cuddly, slightly-worn teddy bear full of optimism whose tummy is often rumbly. Pooh delivers simple thoughts on life which turn out to be surprisingly profound.

Fearless, outgoing, energetic and incredibly self-assured, TIGGER (Jim Cummings) is an orange and black-striped tiger who often leaps before he looks.

EEYORE (Brad Garrett) is an old grey donkey with a melancholy—but endearing—disposition and a penchant for sarcasm. Eeyore tends to wallow in misery and proceeds through life with very low expectations, but he is loved by Christopher Robin and all his friends.

PIGLET (Nick Mohammed) is a petite, angst-ridden pig who is shy, soft-spoken and easily frightened.

A kind-hearted female kangaroo, KANGA (Sophie Okonedo) is mother to Roo and a warm and maternal figure to all the animals.

Disney’s “Christopher Robin” will be released in Philippine cinemas nationwide August 1, 2018.

About Christopher Robin

In the heartwarming live action adventure Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” the young boy who embarked on countless adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with his band of spirited and lovable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside.

Now grown up, Christopher Robin is stuck in a job where he is overworked, underpaid and facing an uncertain future. He has a family of his own, but his work has become his life, leaving little time for his wife and daughter. Christopher has all but forgotten his idyllic childhood spent with a simple-minded, honey-loving stuffed bear and his friends. But when he is reunited with Winnie-the-Pooh, now tattered and soiled from years of hugs and play, their friendship is rekindled, reminding Christopher of the endless days of childlike wonder and make believe that defined his youth, when doing nothing was considered the very best something. Following an unfortunate mishap with Christopher Robin’s briefcase, Pooh and the rest of the gang including Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger, step out of the forest and venture into London to return the crucial possessions…because best friends will always be there for you.

Disney’s “Christopher Robin” is directed by Golden Globe® nominee Marc Forster from a screenplay by Alex Ross Perry and Oscar® nominee Allison Schroeder and a story by Perry based on characters created by A.A. Milne. The producers are Brigham Taylor and Kristin Burr with Renée Wolfe and Jeremy Johns serving as executive producers. The film stars Golden Globe winner Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin; Golden Globe nominee Hayley Atwell as his wife Evelyn; Bronte Carmichael as his daughter Madeline; and Emmy® winner Mark Gatiss as Keith Winslow, Robin’s boss. The film also features the voices of: Jim Cummings as Winnie-the-Pooh; Chris O’Dowd as Tigger; three-time Emmy winner Brad Garrett as Eeyore; Golden Globe nominee Toby Jones as Owl; Nick Mohammed as Piglet; Oscar winner Peter Capaldi as Rabbit; and Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo as Kanga.