Taron Egerton as Elton John, photographed by David Lachapelle for the ‘Rocketman’ poster

Photographer David LaChapelle has photographed Taron Egerton as Elton John for the first official poster for “Rocketman.”

Visionary David LaChapelle has created some of the most iconic imagery in Elton John’s career, and now turns his lens on the “Rocketman” film poster,  with Taron Egerton as Elton John.

This image captures the originality and cinematic scope of “Rocketman” as well as the spirit of the icon that is Elton John.

“Elton said I don’t think I have heard anyone sing my songs better than Taron,” Martin shared. “Taron is actually singing in the film and he’s so convincing.  His voice is incredible,” Fletcher said.

Paramount Pictures’ “Rocketman” is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of  transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John.

This inspirational story – set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton – tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. “Rocketman” also stars Jamie Bell as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton’s first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother.

Opening on June 19 in Philippine cinemas, “Rocketman” will be distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

About David LaChapelle

David LaChapelle was born in the United States in 1963 and attended high school at North Carolina School of The Arts.

At age 15, he moved to New York City, was discovered by Andy Warhol and began working at Interview Magazine.  

LaChapelle’s vision and approach to image making quickly gained international interest as the artist began to expand the genre of photography.   By 1991, The New York Timespredicted, “LaChapelle is certain to influence the work of a new generation…in the same way that Mr. Avedon pioneered so much of what is familiar today.”

In the decades ahead, LaChapelle’s body of work established him as an icon of contemporary art. His portrait, stage,  music video and film works have become “iconic archetypes of America in the 21st Century”.   His photography has been Exhibited at theTel Aviv Museum of Art, Palazzo Reale (Milanese dx), MOCA Taipei, Monnaie de Paris, Victoria and Albert (London), Ara Modern Art (Seoul), and Casa dei Tre Oci (Venice) to name a few.

In 2018, LaChapelle created visuals for Travis Scott’s AstroWorld campaign as well as Elton John’s farewell tour.  In the spring, toured Europe and visited LA, New York and Miami celebrating the release of the most comprehensive book project of his career.   Lost & Found and Good News For Modern Man are the final volumes of a five-book anthology, the first being  LaChapelle Land (1996), then Hotel LaChapelle (1999) and Heaven to Hell(2006).

Presently, LaChapelle’s photography is exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery (London), Groninger Museum (The Netherlands), Pearl Lam Galleries (Singapore), Geuer X Geuer Art(Dusseldorf), Galerie Templon (Paris) and Stary Browar (Poland).

Brie Larson embodies the humanity of Carol Danvers in Marvel studios ‘Captain Marvel’

Academy Award winner Brie Larson steps into role of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most powerful force, Carol Danvers aka “Captain Marvel.” 

“When we found out that Brie Larson might be interested in joining the MCU, we had numerous meetings and pitched her the idea for the film,” recalls producer Kevin Feige. “She was a huge fan of the character in the comic, and one of the highlights of my career at Marvel was introducing her at Comic-Con and having her come out on stage and stand with literally almost every other actor from the MCU. She was at the forefront, which was a great foreshadowing for how audiences are going to embrace Brie as this character.”

Feige adds about the character, “The great thing with Captain Marvel is that she is human. There’s a real person in Carol Danvers who gets these incredible powers and has these amazing adventures in outer space. But as with all the best Marvel characters she needs to be very human. So, this is not just about somebody who is incredibly powerful and can fly around and shoot photon blasts out of her arms. It’s somebody who’s very human, who’s very vulnerable, and who has multiple dimensions.”

Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” follows Carol Danvers’ journey as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. As the story unfolds, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of a maelstrom when a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth.

For Larson, being the lead of the first female Super Hero franchise presented an opportunity to put herself in the forefront of breaking new ground in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “It’s such an honor to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and be part of this legacy of characters and storytelling that is so incredibly meaningful to people,” says Larson.  “These films are part of what’s shaping our culture, who we are, what morals we value. It’s incredible. I don’t think that I fully understood the scope of what it meant in the cultural zeitgeist until the announcement came out that I was going to be playing Captain Marvel. I’ve slowly started to grasp the vastness and levity of it all.”

To add to the authenticity of her scenes as a fighter pilot, Larson, along with director Anna Boden, and co-star Lashana Lynch visited Nellis Air Force base in Las Vegas for some once-in-a-lifetime training and experiences. Larson also was able to meet and spend time with Brigadier General Jeannie M. Leavitt, who became the United States Air Force’s first female fighter pilot in 1993, and was the first woman to command a USAF combat fighter wing.

“Brie, Lashana and Anna all went up in F-16s and pulled serious Gs in going through all of the maneuvers they do in the training exercises, which is astounding,” comments Feige. “They all had their names stenciled on the side of the cockpit and went for an intense ride. And that’s one of the reasons why the scenes in the movie where they’re piloting ships and planes come off so authentically because they have had the hands-on experience and have been up there.”

“It was just amazing to feel all of that, especially once we were back on set,” tells Larson about the experience. “When we were simulating a barrel roll, I was able to recall that exactly, what that feels like, what your body feels like, how hard it is to breathe. It’s all of those little nuances that I hope will come through in the movie so that regardless of who you are, if you’re the Air Force or you’re a pilot or whatever, that you recognize that. That it feels real.”

Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” opens in Philippines theaters on March 6. #CaptainMarvelPH

About Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel 

Marvel Studios’ presents “Captain Marvel,” an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that introduces the MCU’s first stand-alone, female-franchise title character—Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel.

Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” follows Carol Danvers’ journey as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. As the story unfolds, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of a maelstrom when a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth.

Based on the beloved Marvel comic book series, first published in 1967, “Captain Marvel” stars Academy Award® winner Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, with Annette Bening, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.

Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patricia Whitcher and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The story is by Nicole Perlman & Meg LeFauve and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet, and the screenplay is by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet.

‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ opens at #1 with P91.5-M, franchise’s biggest opening ever

MANILA, Feb. 25, 2019 — Filipino fans bade a heartfelt farewell to the “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise as its last chapter “The Hidden World” opened at No.1 at the Philippine box-office with a soaring P91.5-million in a five-day opening weekend (Feb. 20-24).

“The Hidden World” bested the P85-million bow of 2014’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” the previous highest opening for the beloved franchise.

Local moviegoers fittingly sent off beloved hero Hiccup and his dragon, Toothless, in a big way, as evidenced by positive post-screening reactions and emotional tributes in social media.

In the U.S., the finale in the animated trilogy opened with $55.5 million, a franchise-best debut. It now also holds the distinction as the biggest opening weekend of the year to date.

The animated adventure is also dominating internationally. Propelled by glowing word of mouth, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” has ruled the international box office, swooping up $216 million since beginning its international rollout in January.

Now playing in Philippine cinemas and IMAX, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

About How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown… and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destinies are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together — to the very ends of the Earth — to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.

For How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, series director Dean DeBlois returns alongside the all-star cast led by Jay Baruchel (This Is the End), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Cate Blanchett (The House with a Clock in Its WallsThor: Ragnarok), Gerard Butler (Den of ThievesGeostorm), Kristen Wiig (Ghostbusters), Craig Ferguson (Doc Martin), and F. Murray Abraham (Homeland) as the villain Grimmel.

‘Happy Death Day 2U’ review: A risky genre-bending exercise

Happy Death Day 2U as a go-for-broke sequel has a bunch of hit or miss ideas under its belt.

The following review contains major spoilers from Happy Death Day and minor spoilers from Happy Death Day 2U.

One of Blumhouse’s low-budget breakout films in 2017, Happy Death Day, is a high-concept, black-comedy slasher flick that can be easily explained as a mashup of Groundhog Day and Scream. In the film, an obnoxious college student Tree (Jessica Rothe) finds herself reliving the same events of her birthday (“Monday the 18th”) only to be murdered by the end of it. After trying and dying for eleven times, she finally figures out who the ‘Babyface Killer’ is – her roommate Lori (Ruby Modine) – and kills her before she does, thereby successfully breaking the time loop. Or so she thought.

While the film could’ve worked as a stand-alone, its sequel, Happy Death Day 2U, answers the loose threads of the first film, more specifically, the cause of the strange, recurring phenomena. Turns out, Ryan (Phi Vu), the roommate of Tree’s love interest Carter (Israel Broussard), has been working on a quantum reactor that backfired and affected Tree whose within close proximity. Now HDD2U’s trailer may suggest that she somehow gets sent back to the same loophole again but what the trailer disguises is that Tree actually gets sucked to an alternate reality of her “Monday the 18th.” Yes, this sequel pushes the boundary to sci-fi territory and works on the concept of a multiverse. If you’re caught up with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse or The Flash TV series, this should not be confusing.

The gang tries to crack the time loop formula in ‘Happy Death Day 2U.’ L-R: Israel Broussard (Carter), Phi Vu (Ryan), Sarah Yarkin (Dre), Suraj Sharma (Samar) and Jessica Rothe (Tree).

Regardless, the film explains the proceedings to its viewers by utilizing the roles of Ryan and his coalition of science geeks to spell out the scientific mumbo jumbo behind it. With the alternate dimension in play, the circumstances are now different: there’s a change in relationship among the characters, the ‘Babyface Killer’ is no longer Lori, and each death makes Tree weaker. Part of Tree’s ordeal is not only to figure out who the new killer is, but also to find a way to get back to her original and now normal dimension, “Tuesday the 19th.”

For better or worse, HDD2U is distinctly goofier than its predecessor. Writer-director Christopher Landon recognizes the need to add something fresh to his running gimmick by unabashedly transitioning the sequel to sci-fi comedy, even referencing Back to the Future II to show the film’s level of self-awareness. And the tonal shift does not end there – in an attempt to add more fun and substance, the screenplay haphazardly moves to college romance, family drama, heist then finally, slapstick comedy. This apparent genre-bending exercise can be a deal-breaker to some but for the most part, it contributes to the film’s zaniness. True to its core, HDD2U feels like an alternate and bonkers version of the first film.

Confronting the original ‘Babyface Killer.’ L-R: Broussard, Ruby Modine (Lori), Vu and Rothe.

The risks that the film takes does not always pay off. Once again, we are left with even more plot holes and loose threads, and the film’s horror elements are deliberately placed in the backseat – a huge disappointment for those who are out for blood and scares. Had Landon found a way to make the masked killer more integral to the plot, this would feel more as an organic sequel. Compared to the first film where Tree is always racing against time, there’s less urgency here given that the story is busy delving into its comical and sci-fi elements.

It is Rothe’s delightful and versatile performance that mostly binds the franchise together. From a character perspective, the first film feels earned due to her redemptive arc from being an insensitive b*tch to a kick-ass heroine. This sequel gives her the opportunity to wrestle with more internal conflicts, thereby adding more emotional depth to Tree. Her frustration and anger remain to be played for amusement but unlike other ‘death’-centric films such as Final Destination, she never feels like a doomed pawn. The character feels empowered knowing that she’s in the joke and she can reset the day anytime she wanted to. Hence when it comes to her creative and brilliantly edited suicide montage – including a fashionable skydive in bikini, this is where the film truly shines as a dark comedy.

The Quantum Reactor. Broussard and Rothe in ‘Happy Death Day 2U.’

Happy Death Day 2U can definitely use another sitting in the screenplay editing room. While it has the big balls to subvert more expectations in its genre, it’s a flawed affair. Its sci-fi elements won’t fare against scrutiny (not that the film asks you to sweat on the details), it occasionally forgets the standard landmarks to be a slasher film, and it’s definitely at its weakest when it tries to force a soulmate level of romance between Tree and Carter (cue in those cringy kissing scenes!) Otherwise, it is one of those sequels that somehow retroactively improves the original. How fascinating is that.

A third film is teased through a Marvel-esque post-credit scene – an implication that the ride will only get more bizarre and much larger in scope from where it started. It’s something that I’ll definitely watch just to see how it all ends. But frankly, at this point, the franchise already starts to show strain from the ‘time loop fatigue’ that a third film could either keep the whole thing tighter or let it collapse under the weight of its ideas.

3 out of 5 stars
Directed and written by Christopher Landon, ‘Happy Death Day 2U‘ stars Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Rachel Matthews, Phi Vu, Suraj Sharma, Sarah Yarkin, Ruby Modine, Steve Zissis, and Charles Aitken. Run time: 100 minutes.

Oscars 2019: List of Academy Award Winners

The winners of Oscars 2019 were announced at the 91st Academy Awards ceremony as presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) on February 24, 2019 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. It was the first time in three decades (since Oscars 1989) that no host conducted the ceremony.

Here is the list of winners (in bold) for the 91st Academy Awards along with the nominees for each category:

Best picture

BlacKkKlansman
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite

*Green Book
Roma
A Star Is Born
Vice

Directing

Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)
Paweł Pawlikowski (Cold War)
Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)
*Alfonso Cuarón (Roma)
Adam McKay (Vice)

Actress in a leading role

Yalitza Aparicio (Roma)
Glenn Close (The Wife)
*Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born)
Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

Actor in a leading role

Christian Bale (Vice)
Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)
Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate)
*Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)
Viggo Mortensen (Green Book)

Actress in a supporting role

Amy Adams (Vice)
Marina de Tavira (Roma)
*Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Emma Stone (The Favourite)
Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)

Actor in a supporting role

*Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman)
Sam Elliott (A Star Is Born)
Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Sam Rockwell (Vice)

Animated feature film

Incredibles 2
Isle Of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks The Internet
*
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Cinematography

Łukasz Żal (Cold War)
Robbie Ryan (The Favourite)
Caleb Deschanel (Never Look Away)
*
Alfonso Cuarón (Roma)
Matthew Libatique (A Star Is Born)

Costume design

Mary Zophres (The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs)
*
Ruth Carter (Black Panther)
Sandy Powell (The Favourite)
Sandy Powell (Mary Poppins Returns)
Alexandra Byrne (Mary Queen Of Scots)

Documentary (feature)

*Free Solo
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding The Gap
Of Fathers And Sons
RBG

Documentary (short subject)

Black Sheep
End Game
Lifeboat
A Night At The Garden
*
Period. End of Sentence.

Film editing

BlacKkKlansman
*
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Vice

Foreign language film

Capernaum (Lebanon)
Cold War (Poland)
Never Look Away (Germany)
*Roma (Mexico)
Shoplifters (Japan)

Makeup and hairstyling

Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer (Border)
Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher, and Jessica Brooks (Mary Queen Of Scots)
*Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe, and Patricia DeHaney (Vice)

Music (original score)

*Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther)
Terence Blanchard (BlacKkKlansman)
Nicholas Britell (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Alexandre Desplat (Isle of Dogs)
Marc Shaiman (Mary Poppins Returns)

Music (original song)

“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch (The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs)
“All The Stars” by Mark Spears (aka Sounwave), Kendrick Lamar Duckworth and Anthony Tiffith, Anthony Tiffith and Solana Rowe (aka SZA) (Black Panther)
“The Place Where Lost Things Go” by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Mary Poppins Returns)
“I’ll Fight” by Diane Warren (RBG)
*“Shallow” by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt (A Star Is Born)

Production design

*Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart (Black Panther)
Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton (The Favourite)
Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas (First Man)
John Myhre and Gordon Sim (Mary Poppins Returns)
Eugenio Caballero and Bárbara Enríquez (Roma)

Short film (animated)

Animal Behaviour
*
Bao
Late Afternoon
One Small Step
Weekends

Short film (live action)

Detainment
Fauve
Marguerite
Mother
*
Skin

Sound editing

Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan (First Man)
Benjamin Burtt and Steve Boeddeker (Black Panther)
*
John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone (Bohemian Rhapsody)
Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl (A Quiet Place)
Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay (Roma)

Sound mixing

Black Panther
*
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
Roma
A Star Is Born

Visual effects

Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Daniel Sudick (Avengers: Infinity War)
Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones and Chris Corbould (Christopher Robin)
*
Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm (First Man)
Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew Butler and David Shirk (Ready Player One)
Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy (Solo: A Star Wars Story)

Writing (adapted screenplay)

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs)
*
Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)
Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper and Will Fetters (A Star Is Born)

Writing (original screenplay)

Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (The Favourite)
Paul Schrader (First Reformed)
*
Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly (Green Book)
Alfonso Cuarón (Roma)
Adam McKay (Vice)

Jay Baruchel lends voice to Hiccup one last time in ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’

Jay Baruchel, who voices Hiccup in the beloved How to Train Your Dragon series, is feeling nostalgic.

“I’ve played this character through hundreds of hours and over 10 years,” says Baruchel about voicing the young Viking Hiccup in the How to Train Your Dragon film trilogy and TV series. “Most people work their whole lives and are never lucky enough to be part of something that’s half as impactful as any of these movies — let alone all of them. It’s a pretty special thing.”

In How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the final film in the trilogy, Hiccup, now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid (America Ferrera), Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. But when the sudden appearance of Light Fury — a stunning and shimmering all-white dragon who exists on pure instinct — coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destinies are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together — to the very ends of the Earth — to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.

“People adore these films, take possession of them and use them as a means of identifying themselves — everything from cosplay and fan fiction to artwork and tattoos,” says Baruchel, whose vast credits include blockbusters Knocked Up and Tropic Thunder, Oscar®-winning Million Dollar Baby, and most recently, the critically acclaimed TV series Man Seeking Woman. “Our fans treat our movies and TV shows as an actual universe unto themselves. They feel a part of this world. It is every artist’s dream to create something that means what these movies and TV shows mean to our fans. That’s something I could never have anticipated, and it is not lost on me. I’m very proud that we have consistently embraced and hammered home a message for square pegs everywhere: Just because life has been a certain way doesn’t mean that’s how it has to be; just because you aren’t like everyone else doesn’t mean you don’t have something to offer.”

As he says goodbye to the franchise that has been so instrumental in his career, Baruchel identifies with his character’s sense of loss and hope in this final chapter of his story. “Hiccup sees the writing on the wall that Toothless is in love and that’s something for Hiccup to have to contend with,” the actor says. “It will play into that crisis that Hiccup must ask himself: ‘Is everything I do for Toothless for his benefit or for mine?’ If it’s for Toothless’, then that means he has to back off. That’s difficult for them because of their profound connection — one that started with Hiccup trying to kill Toothless, failing at that, then saving and nursing him. It’s hard to let go of the reins. Whatever was good in Hiccup was made better by dragons.”

Fortunately for Hiccup, he’s not alone. As he begins to champion his late father Stoick the Vast’s (Gerard Butler) mantle, the boy who once rejected all his father represented now understands more of what shaped the former ruler of Berk… and the leader he must now become. “Hiccup is forced into making big, tough decisions with the future of Berk on the line,” says Baruchel. “I don’t know that he could do that without hearing his father’s voice or feeling his father’s spirit. So he has these lovely dreams, flashbacks where his father bestows bits of wisdom that will help steer Hiccup on the right course. Even if his father is not with him anymore, he’s still around in a big way. All of Hiccup’s life he has been contending with his father’s legacy. This is the part of the story where he embraces it.”

Now showing in Philippine cinemas, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

About How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown… and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destinies are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together — to the very ends of the Earth — to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.

For How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, series director Dean DeBlois returns alongside the all-star cast led by Jay Baruchel (This Is the End), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Cate Blanchett (The House with a Clock in Its WallsThor: Ragnarok), Gerard Butler (Den of ThievesGeostorm), Kristen Wiig (Ghostbusters), Craig Ferguson (Doc Martin), and F. Murray Abraham (Homeland) as the villain Grimmel.

X-Men’s Nicholas Hoult in the midst of royal rumble in ‘The Favourite’

Nicholas Hoult dons outlandish outfits and puts on heavy wig in this year’s frontrunner Oscar contender and entertaining royal rumble movie “The Favourite” as Robert Harvey, chief minister to Queen Anne played by Best Actress nominee, Olivia Colman.  

‘The Favourite’ screening during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on August 30, 2018 in Venice, Italy.

Apart from the top nominations at the Oscars this year, “The Favourite” has so far opened to phenomenal box-office success overseas and is now showing (exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas).  Directed by Academy award-nominee Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite” is also nominated for Best Picture – a story that traces a time in history when then Queen Anne’s reign was perhaps unfairly dismissed.  Such time was when Britain was at war, while in the Queen’s court the absurdities of palace life run rife. Gout-ridden and beset by grief over the loss of no fewer than 17 children, Anne relies on her only confidant, Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz), who keeps the Privy Purse and offers much more than guidance in the matters of state. Her relationship with the Queen is as intimate as it comes, but when she introduces her downtrodden cousin, Abigail Hill (Emma Stone), to court, she soon discovers a rival for Anne’s affections, and so begins a struggle for power and love that might threaten the monarchy itself.

Meanwhile, orbiting these three women are the men who perhaps expected to be in charge, including Robert Harley (Nicholas Hoult) the Tory leader of the opposition who misreads Abigail as a pawn to force his agenda, and Samuel Masham (Joe Alwyn), the handsome nobleman who finds himself inextricably drawn to Abigail’s charms.

Known for his role as the Hank McCoy aka Beast in the global box-office X-Men films, Hoult’s earliest breakthrough role alongside Hugh Grant in “About A Boy” was followed by other notable projects such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Clash of the Titans, Newness and Rebel in the Rye.  In “The Favourite,” Hoult brings forth his theatricality fully immersing himself in the role of a dapperly dressed chief minister to a queen encumbered by grief, gout and insecurity.

James Smith and Nicholas Hoult in the film THE FAVOURITE. Photo by Atsushi Nishijima. © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

“What I love is how many moments there are that will really split the audience. Moments where some will laugh, and others will whimper at the same time. It’s what’s so brilliant about the film; it works either way. Even watching the film myself, knowing where it’s going, I think “Oh that’s funny, but it’s also really tragic.” It’s a great contradiction,” says Hoult of his character.

‘Abominable,’ ‘Ma,’ ‘Yesterday’ launch new posters

Universal Pictures has just unveiled the new one-sheet artworks for three of its highly anticipated films of the year — the suspense thriller Ma starring Octavia Spencer, the rock-and-roll comedy Yesterday and the animated comedy adventure Abominable.

Check the posters below and watch Ma in Philippine cinemas on June 19, followed by Yesterday on June 26 and Abominable in September 25.

Ma, Yesterday and Abominable are distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

About Ma

From Tate Taylor, the acclaimed director of The Help and Get On Up, and blockbuster producer Jason Blum (Get Out, Halloween, The Purge series) comes Ma, a thriller anchored by a daring and unexpected performance from Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer, one of the most powerful actors of her generation.

Everybody’s welcome at Ma’s. But good luck getting home safe. Spencer stars as Sue Ann, a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie, a new teenager in town (Diana Silvers, Glass), to buy some booze for her and her friends, and Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting, if younger, friends of her own.

She offers the kids the chance to avoid drinking and driving by hanging out in the basement of her home. But there are some house rules: One of the kids has to stay sober. Don’t curse. Never go upstairs. And call her Ma. But as Ma’s hospitality starts to curdle into obsession, what began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare, and Ma’s place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth.

About Yesterday

From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and Richard Curtis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Notting Hill, comes a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life.

Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, BBC’s Eastenders) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed … and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, and with a little help from his steel-hearted American agent, Debra (Emmy winner Kate McKinnon), Jack’s fame explodes. But as his star rises, he risks losing Ellie — the one person who always believed in him. With the door between his old life and his new closing, Jack will need to get back to where he once belonged and prove that all you need is love.

About Abominable

DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s co-production Abominable takes audiences on an epic 2,000-mile adventure from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes.

When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth. But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson) to help Everest get home.