WINNERS: Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2018

Here is the complete list of winners of the 44th Metro Manila Film Festival as announced December 27, Thursday night at The Theater at Solaire in Parañaque City.

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Gloria Romero, RAINBOW’S SUNSET
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Dennis Trillo, ONE GREAT LOVE

Best Picture: RAINBOW’S SUNSET
2nd Best Picture: AURORA
3rd Best Picture: ONE GREAT LOVE

Special Jury Prize: Eddie Garcia & Max Collins, RAINBOW’S SUNSET
Best Supporting Actress: Aiko Melendez, RAINBOW’S SUNSET
Best Supporting Actor: Tony Mabesa, RAINBOW’S SUNSET

Best Child Performer: Phoebe Villamor, AURORA

Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award: RAINBOW’S SUNSET
Best Director: Joel Lamangan, RAINBOW’S SUNSET
Best Screenplay: Eric Ramos, RAINBOW’S SUNSET
Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence: JACK EM POPOY: THE PULISCREDIBLES

Male Celebrity of the Night: Jericho Rosales
Female Celebrity of the Night: Anne Curtis

Best Cinematography: Yam Laranas, AURORA
Best Editing: Tara Illenberger & Renewin Alano, JACK EM POPOY: THE PULISCREDIBLES
Best Production Design: Jay Custodio, RAINBOW’S SUNSET
Best in Visual Effects: Gem Garcia & Ernest Villanueva, AURORA

Best Original Theme Song: ‘Sa ‘Yo Na,’ by Ice Seguerra for RAINBOW’S SUNSET
Best Musical Score: Miguel Mendoza for ONE GREAT LOVE
Best Sound: AURORA

Best Student Short Film: KASILYAS, Bulacan State University

Best Float: JACK EM POPOY: THE PULISCREDIBLES

RAINBOW’S SUNSET bagged a total of 10 awards at the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival awards night.

WATCH: Suspense thriller ‘Us’ terrifies with first trailer

Watch the first trailer for Universal Pictures’ new suspense thriller Us, a new nightmare from the mind of Academy Award Winner Jordan Peele, writer/director of Get Out.

Check out the trailer below and watch Us in Philippine cinemas March 13, 2019.

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

About Us

After sending shockwaves across contemporary culture and setting a new standard for provocative, socially-conscious horror films with his directorial debut, Get Out, Academy Award®-winning visionary Jordan Peele returns with another original nightmare that he has written, directed and produced.

Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, from Monkeypaw Productions, stars Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Black Panther’s Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway.

Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family.

After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.

Writer and director Peele produces for his Monkeypaw Productions alongside Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, and Monkeypaw’s Ian Cooper.

‘Aquaman’ reaches US$ 500 million at global box office

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Aquaman” is a worldwide box office hero that has took in more than $500 million, and still counting.  The announcement was made December 24 by Ron Sanders, President of Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures Group and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

“Aquaman” began its remarkable run earlier this month in China when, on the heels of an appearance by director James Wan and stars Jason Momoa and Amber Heard, the film celebrated an almost $95 million opening weekend, the highest-ever opening for a Warner Bros. film in that market, where it currently stands at more than $230 million.  The stop was just one in a global tour that hit cities across four continents, from London to New York City to Manila, Australia and beyond, capping off a strategic campaign that kicked off last summer with Momoa diving off a cliff to preview the trailer launch ahead of the cast’s arrival at San Diego International Comic-Con.

In the Philippines, “Aquaman” has amassed a staggering Php 458.6-million in box-office gross since it opened last December 12.

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Number 1 internationally for the third consecutive weekend, the film opened this past Friday in North America, where it has an impressive cume of $72.7 million and counting, with approximately 14 percent of the gross coming from IMAX screens.  In the 70 markets now in release, including Brazil ($17.1 million), Mexico ($16.1 million), Russia ($12.8 million) and the UK ($12.8 million), the international cume to date now stands at $415.5 million, with Australia set to open on December 26, Italy on January 1, and Japan on February 8.  “Aquaman” is presently en route to becoming the highest grossing Warner Bros. film ever in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan, among other markets.

 “James Wan has created a terrific movie that is clearly connecting with audiences around the world,” said Sanders. “We look forward to ‘Aquaman’ riding this wave of success through the holiday window and well into the new year.  Congratulations to the entire team behind this film.”

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes “Aquaman,” the origin story of half-surface dweller, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry that takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.  The action-packed adventure spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, and stars Jason Momoa in the title role.

The film also stars Amber Heard as Mera, a fierce warrior and Aquaman’s ally throughout his journey; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”) as Vulko, council to the Atlantean throne; Patrick Wilson as Orm, the present King of Atlantis; Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, King of the Atlantean tribe Xebel; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as the revenge-seeking Black Manta; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours”) as Arthur’s mom, Atlanna.  Also featured are Ludi Lin as Captain Murk, an Atlantean Commando, and Temuera Morrison as Arthur’s dad, Tom Curry.

Wan directed from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall, story by Geoff Johns & James Wan and Will Beall, based on characters created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger for DC.  The film was produced by Peter Safran and Rob Cowan, with Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada serving as executive producers.

Wan’s team behind the scenes included such frequent collaborators as Oscar-nominated director of photography Don Burgess (“Forrest Gump”), Wan’s five-time editor Kirk Morri, production designer Bill Brzeski, and visual effects supervisor Kelvin McIlwain.  They were joined by costume designer Kym Barrett and composer Rupert Gregson-Williams.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Peter Safran Production, a James Wan Film, “Aquaman.” The film is now playing in IMAX cinemas, and is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

New ‘Glass’ character posters shatter the superheroes

David Dunn (Bruce Willis), Eijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) and Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) get their character posters for M. Night Shyamalan’s eagerly anticipated new suspense thriller Glass.

Check out the character one-sheets below and watch Glass in Philippine cinemas January 16, 2019.

About Glass

M Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000’sUnbreakable, from Touchstone Pictures, and 2016’s Split, from Universal—in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass.

From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass.  Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.  

Following the conclusion of SplitGlass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

Joining the all-star cast are Unbreakable’s Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard, who reprise their roles as Dunn’s son and Price’s mother, as well as Golden Globe Award winner Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story series).

This riveting culmination of his worldwide blockbusters is produced by Shyamalan and Blumhouse Production’s Jason Blum.  They produce again with Ashwin Rajan and Marc Bienstock, and Steven Schneider and Kevin Frakes, who executive produce.  Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum also serve as executive producers.

A Blinding Edge Pictures and Blumhouse production, Glass will be released by in the Philippines by Buena Vista International.