Nick Jonas, Awkwafina inject ‘Jumanji’ sequel with youthful vibe

Nick Jonas (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, TV’s Kingdom) and Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians, Ocean’s 8) lend a hip, youthful vibe to Columbia Pictures’ epic action-adventure Jumanji: The Next Level (in Philippine cinemas December 4).

Back in play are the avatar team of Dwayne Johnson as Dr. Smolder Bravestone, Jack Black as Dr. Shelly Oberon, Kevin Hart as Mouse Finbar, Karen Gillan as Ruby Roundhouse.  Also returning is Nick Jonas as Seaplane, while Awkwafina stars as a new avatar, Ming.

Jefferson “Seaplane” McDonough is the dashing pilot who helped the team on their previous quest as an avatar for Alex, a young man who had been stuck in Jumanji since 1996 before escaping with the teens in the previous film.

“The first film, we were able to get lightning in a bottle, and I feel like we have got a similar situation the second time around,” says Jonas. “[Diretor] Jake Kasdan just has this way of bringing out the best performance in everybody. It’s so great to be back.”

Nick Jonas, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan star in Jumanji: The Next Level

The newest avatar is the mysterious Ming, played by Awkwafina. While her weakness is pollen, her strengths are nothing to sneeze at; they include cat burglary, pick-pocketing, and safe cracking, which may prove useful in the series of challenges she’ll face as the world of Jumanji proves to be bigger and more dangerous than ever.

“Awkwafina’s a powerful performer. Rap artist, comedienne, actress…she’s a multi-hyphenate, so I was very excited when I found out that we had snagged her to be in the movie. I knew that she was gonna take it to another level, and she has,” exclaims co-star Jack Black. “She fit just like a glove on this project. She’s got sass and style and zest – the girl’s got magic! We all just jelled right out of the gate and doing scenes with her has been special.”

“I think that the message of Jumanji and the fun of it appeals to people of every age. When we look at superhero movies we see someone who obviously is flawed but has just some kind of insane power. Whereas everyone in Jumanji, they are normal people who become heroes in the game, and I think that resonates with anyone, across any culture. Bravery, courage, facing and understanding your flaws. Those are universal concepts and so old or young, I think that you really feel something when you see these characters,” says Awkwafina.

Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson and Awkwafina star in Jumanji: The Next Level

Jumanji: The Next Level reunites the four teenagers who survived the trials of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle as they return home to Brantford, New Hampshire from their respective colleges for the holiday break. Now college students, they’re trying to navigate the next level in their individual lives. After Spencer is compelled to go back into the game, Martha, Fridge and Bethany must team up and re-enter the world of Jumanji on a daring rescue mission to bring Spencer home.

But the game is broken, and is fighting back. Everything they know about Jumanji is about to change, as they discover that there’s more to it than just a jungle; it’s bigger, more dangerous, and has more thrilling obstacles to overcome. This means that anything can happen, so in addition to big action, incredible visual effects, and epic locations, you should also expect the unexpected.

Jumanji: The Next Level is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. #Jumanji

Henry Cavill of Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ coming to the Philippines Dec 12

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – 27 NOVEMBER 2019 –  Netflix today announced that Henry Cavill, who stars as Geralt of Rivia in the upcoming Netflix Original Series THE WITCHER, is coming to the Philippines in December. Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, the series’ showrunner, will join Henry to celebrate the launch of this epic adventure.

Fans can see Henry Cavill at #TheWitcherInManila event on December 12, 2019, 5 pm* onwards at Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Activity Center, D. Macapagal Blvd corner Asean Ave., Aseana City, Parañaque City. Access to the event is on a first come, first served basis with limited space available. Fans can also immerse in the world of The Witcher with a special photo zone, open everyday from 11 am to 9 pm, from December 10 to 13. Early birds at the venue on December 12 can also get exclusive swag from the show, and the opportunity to watch the first episode of The Witcher. 

Based on the best-selling fantasy series of books, THE WITCHER is an epic tale of fate and family.  The story of the intertwined destinies of three individuals in the vast world of The Continent, where humans, elves, witchers, gnomes, and monsters battle to survive and thrive, and where good and evil is not easily identified. 

Netflix recently announced a second season pick up for The Witcher. The second season will begin production in London early in 2020, for a planned debut in 2021.  

Henry Cavill (Mission Impossible – Fallout, Man of Steel) leads the cast of The Witcher saga, playing the role of Geralt of Rivia, alongside other main cast members,  Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders, Wanderlust) as Yennefer and Freya Allan (The War of the Worlds, Into The Badlands) as Ciri.  Other previously announced cast include Jodhi May (Game of Thrones, Genius) as Calanthe, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (Fortitude) as Eist, Adam Levy (Knightfall, Snatch) as Mousesack, MyAnna Buring (Ripper Street, Kill List) as Tissaia), Mimi Ndiweni (Black Earth Rising) as Fringilla, Therica Wilson-Read (Profile) as Sabrina, and Emma Appleton (The End of The F**king World) as Renfri, Eamon Farren (The ABC Murders, Twin Peaks) as Cahir, Joey Batey (Knightfall, Strike) as Jaskier, Lars Mikkelsen (House of Cards, Sherlock) as Stregobor, Royce Pierreson (Wanderlust, Judy) as Istredd, Maciej Musiał (1983) as Sir Lazlo, Wilson Radjou-Pujalte (Jamillah & Aladdin, Dickensian) as Dara, and Anna Shaffer (Harry Potter) as Triss.

The Witcher premieres on Netflix on December 20. #TheWitcherInManila

*Event timings, and details subject to change.

About Netflix:

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Emilia Clarke displays singing prowess in ‘Last Christmas’

She recently wrapped the final season of the HBO award-winning series Game of Thrones where she played the lead role of Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons. Now, Emilia Clarke lights up the screen as the aspiring singer Kate, in Universal Pictures’ new romantic comedy Last Christmas.

In Last Christmas, Kate (Clarke) harrumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Tom (Henry Golding) seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate’s barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart … and you gotta have faith.

Discovering Clarke could sing was a bonus for director Paul Feig. “I lucked out on that one,” Feig says. “She has got such a pure voice, and it’s been so fun to see her explore it. She has an absolutely beautiful voice, but in our movie, she plays it down. This is not about Kate becoming a pop star; it’s about her getting back the one thing that made her truly happy.”

What drew Clarke to the role was the pure-of-heart spirit of the holiday tale. “Emma Thompson wrote this story with such care and truth,” Clarke says. “She understands the complexity of human nature and has intertwined that knowledge throughout. This story celebrates the uncertainties, scary moments and beauties of being a human being.” She pauses. “This film is a love letter to anyone who has ever felt confused or lost at times in their lives,” Clarke says. “It lends a hopeful message that it’s alright to feel this way and that you’ll soon come to know yourself.”

The performer introduces us to where we find her character. “Kate is a young woman living in London who’s a bit confused, lost and anchorless,” Clarke says. “As the story develops, the turbulent journey that she’s been through becomes clear. Although there were a few boulders along the way, she ultimately meets someone who helps her see a new perspective of life.”

Regarding the juxtaposition of Kate and the character’s love interest, Clarke says: “Tom and Kate have a classic meet cute. Tom embodies someone who just has it together. Kate is quite the opposite—constantly drunk, hungover, falling over and breaking things.”

It was a bit of life imitating art for Clarke when she learned of Last Christmas’ message. As a child, her granddad reminded her to “look up,” and take blinders off to see the world so many of us just take for granted. “One of the central themes of this film is the idea of ‘looking up,’” Clarke says. “It speaks to the importance of opening up, being aware of your surroundings and taking a moment to smell the roses of the world you’re living in.”

In Philippine cinemas November 27, Last Christmas is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. #LastChristmasMovie 

WATCH: Epic musical ‘Cats’ reveals new trailer

You’re invited to the most joyful event of the holiday season. Watch the brand new trailer for Universal Pictures’ epic musical Cats now.

In Philippine cinemas January 8, Cats is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. #CatsMovie 

About Cats

Oscar®-winning director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables, The Danish Girl) transforms Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-shattering stage musical Cats into a breakthrough cinematic event.

Cats stars James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and introduces Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward in her feature film debut.

Featuring Lloyd Webber’s iconic music and a world-class cast of dancers under the guidance of Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In the Heights), the film reimagines the musical for a new generation with spectacular production design, state-of-the-art technology, and dance styles ranging from classical ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street dance to tap.

The film also stars Robbie Fairchild (Broadway’s An American in Paris), Laurie Davidson (TNT’s Will), hip-hop dance sensation Les Twins (Larry and Laurent Bourgeois), acclaimed dancer Mette Towley (featured in videos for Rihanna and Pharrell Williams’ N.E.R.D.), Royal Ballet principal dancer Steven McRae, and rising-star singer Bluey Robinson.

Universal Pictures presents a Working Title Films and Amblin Entertainment production, in association with Monumental Pictures and The Really Useful Group. Cats is produced by Debra Hayward, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Tom Hooper. The screenplay is by Lee Hall (Billy ElliotRocketman) and Hooper, based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot and the stage musical by Lloyd Webber. Cats is executive produced by Lloyd Webber, Steven Spielberg, Angela Morrison and Jo Burn.

One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, the stage musical “Cats” received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981, where it played for 21 years and earned the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983, the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for an extraordinary 18 years. Since opening in London in 1981, “Cats” has continuously appeared on stage around the globe, to date having played to 81 million people in more than fifty countries and in nineteen languages. It is one of the most successful musicals of all time.

Anna and Elsa venture into The Unknown in Disney’s ‘Frozen 2’

Six years after Disney’s “Frozen” became an absolute phenomenon for kids around the world, the adventure of Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven continues to make headway in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2.”

Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, the long-awaited sequel sees the animated gang venture out of Arendelle and travel to an ancient forest where they hope to find out the origins of Elsa’s extraordinary powers. “Frozen 2” takes viewers to a tale of discovery where the sisterhood bond of Queen Elsa and Princess Anna is tested, as they brave the land of the unknown together.

“Frozen,” which opened in 2013, is the highest-grossing animated feature ever released with more than $1.27 billion in global box office, two Academy awards, and a medley of hard-hitting soundtrack. Now, Disney brings in a whole new animated spectacle that fans of all ages will love with the much-anticipated theatrical release of “Frozen 2.” In “Frozen,” Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In “Frozen 2,” she must hope they are enough. 

The all-new story takes place three years after the conclusion of the first movie, but according to its filmmakers, there is an underlying detail that ultimately leads to a great adventure — one that will bring clarity to everything we know about these beloved characters.

EPIC STORY – In Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2,” Queen Iduna (voice of Evan Rachel Wood) and King Agnarr (voice of Alfred Molina) share an epic story with Young Anna (voice of Hadley Gannaway) and Young Elsa (voice Mattea Conforti) about an enchanted forest and the potential danger that lingers. “Frozen 2” is now showing in PH cinemas. © 2019 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Says director Jennifer Lee, who also penned the screenplay, “Elsa hears a voice calling that no one else can hear. She tries to block it, but it won’t stop. It shows her pieces of the past. It promises answers about why she is the way she is, so it’s both epic and a mystery, and she’s compelled to find that voice.” “’Frozen 2’ is even bigger and more epic than the first,” says film director Chris Buck. “But most importantly, the end of ‘Frozen’ and “Frozen 2” work together to form one complete story,” he added.

Fans are also in for a melodic treat as “Frozen 2 “showcases an all-new original soundtrack that complement the epic and heartwarming story. Written by no other than Oscar®-awarded Filipino-American songwriter, Robert Lopez with wife, Kristen Lopez, and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad – the seven new tracks in the line-up are expected to hit the viewers’ hearts right from the beginning. Other artists on the soundtrack also include Kacey Musgraves with “All is Found,” Weezer with “Lost in the Woods,” and Panic! At the Disco with “Into the Unknown,” to name some.

Visit the “Frozen 2” interactive booth happening at the 2nd floor of SM Megamall Atrium from November 15 to 16, 2019, and get a chance immerse in the digital photo booth featuring Elsa and Anna. Guests can also listen to “Into the Unknown” and the rest of the film’s all-new soundtrack at the listening booths housed in the venue.

“Frozen 2” officially opened in Philippines cinemas on November 20, Wednesday. Join the conversations online at #Frozen2PH.

“Frozen 2” is now showing in PH cinemas. © 2019 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

QUEEN IDUNA loves her daughters Anna and Elsa and wants to protect them at all costs – especially from the secrets of her past. But as young Elsa’s powers and questions grow, she begins to wonder if her own past may hold the answers for her family. Featuring Evan Rachel Wood as the voice of Iduna, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” opens on Nov. 22, 2019. © 2019 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

In Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2, Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven journey far beyond the gates of Arendelle in search of answers. Featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, “Frozen 2” opens in U.S. theaters November 22. © 2019 Disney. All Rights Reserved

About Frozen 2

Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In “Frozen,” Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In “Frozen 2,” she must hope they are enough. From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, producer Peter Del Vecho and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” opens in Philippine theaters on November 20, 2019.

Cindy Miranda, Rhen Escaño star in erotic thriller ‘Adan’

Erotic thriller. Yam Laranas already made a name for himself in that genre with his directorial movies “Balahibong Pusa” (2001) and “Hibla (2002) before he went on to create horror thrillers like “Sigaw” (2004) and “Aurora” (2018), both a box office phenomenon. After almost two decades, this brilliant storyteller/filmmaker shows that he’s not yet done creating provocative stories. 

This November, Viva Films presents “Adan”, a movie about love, lust and lies involving two women. A story by Yam Laranas, it stars Cindy Miranda (Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2013) and Rhen Escaño (Best Supporting Actress nominee at the 2016 Cinema One Originals Film Festival for Si Magdalola at ang mga gago).  


Ellen (Rhen Escaño) and Marian (Cindy Miranda) are best friends who grew up together. Their friendship is the only thing that brings happiness to Ellen who yearns to be free from the clutches of her father, Amang Lucas (Bembol Roco), and their impoverished life in the countryside.  


When Ellen finally attains freedom, she lives a life of excitement with Marian. Their closeness develops  into a sexually-charged romance.  

Bonded like never before, the best friends-turned-lovers soon face a threat that will test their relationship.  


Ellen is suspected by police inspector Abraham (Epi Quizon) to have killed her father. He’ll do anything to solve the case, but he cannot help but be attracted to Ellen’s beauty.  

Ellen and Marian are now on the run. With their lives on the line, they start to doubt each other and turn against each other. Their love becomes tainted by secrets and lies.  

In this erotic thriller, Cindy Miranda proves just how serious she is about acting, especially because she shares a number of torrid kissing scenes with Rhen.  She said in an interview, *”Mahal ko talaga ang pag-arte at kapag mahal mo ang isang bagay, lahat, makakaya mo na gawin.”  

She commended her co-star Rhen for being professional in doing their intimate scenes. “Never akong naka-kiss ng isang babae, pero dahil propesyonal yung co-star ko, kahit awkwardness, wala akong naramdaman.”

Under the direction of Roman Perez, Jr. the scenes come out “flawless” according to Cindy. Prior to this film, Director Perez wrote and directed “Sol Searching” which won the People’s Choice Award in 2018 ToFarm Film.  The first film he directed was “#Ewankosau Saranghaeyo” in 2015.  “Adan” is his third directorial project.  

Perez served as an assistant director of Yam Laranas in the Anne Curtis-starrer blockbuster film “Aurora”. His filmography as an A.D. includes various television shows like “Maalaala Mo Kaya”, “Ipaglaban Mo”, and films like “Lilet Never Happened” (2012) which competed in international film festivals and received five awards including Best Film.  

With over a decade of experience in TV and movie production, theatre plays and advertising, director Perez advocates the development of the alternative theatre and filmmaking.  Witness how “Adan” fits this advocacy.  

“Himig ng Pag-ibig”, a classic song originated by the band Asin and now performed by Shanne Dandan is the official theme song of this movie.   

“Adan” is now showing in cinemas. From Viva Films, in cooperation with Aliud Entertainment and ImaginePerSecond. 

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WINNERS: Cinema One Originals Festival 2019

The 15th edition of Cinema One Original Festival has announced its winners during the awards ceremonies at Dolphy Theater Friday night.

Here is the complete list of #C1Originals2019 winners.

  • Best Film – Sila-Sila
  • Special Jury Prize – Utopia
  • Best Director – JE Tiglao, Metamorphosis
  • Best Short Film – Sa Among Agwat by Don Senoc
  • Best Actor – Gold Azeron, Metamorphosis
  • Best Actress – Alessandra de Rossi, Lucid
  • Best Supporting Actor – Topper Fabregas, Sila-Sila
  • Best Supporting Actress – Iana Bernardez, Metamorphosis
  • Student Film Award – Kapasidad by Tyrone James Luanzon
  • Best Screenplay – Daniel Saniana, Sila-Sila
  • Best Cinematography (tie) – Tey Clamor, Metamorphosis; Carlos Mauricio, Tia Madre
  • Best Production Design – Eero Yves Francisco, Utopia
  • Best Editing – Benjamin Tolentino, Lucid
  • Best Musical Score (tie) – Kevin Dayrit, O; Emerzon Texon, Lucid
  • Best Sound – Immanuel Verona and Vince Banta, Metamorphosis
  • Audience Choice Award – Sila-Sila

Cinema One Originals 2019 runs until November 17 in select cinemas.

‘JBK’ nominated as Most Favorite Pop Boy Group at PPOP with viral single ‘Anestisya’

Filipino musical trio JBK is an official nominee of PPOP Awards for Young Artists for the category “Most Favorite Pop Boy Group.”

Their latest single, “Anestisya” has been hitting the airwaves since its release last month on various radio stations and online platforms.

Watch the official lyric video of Rider.PH Studios below.

“Anestisya” has stormed into the playlists of top FM stations, including Win Radio, Wish, MOR and Barangay LS. The last mentioned station even declared it one of the “most wanted” songs today.

The PPOP Awards for Young Artists is established by the PPOP Artists League to “recognize the young artists in the industry and to be an advocate in rising the Philippine Pop culture on music and performing arts.”

To vote for JBK, text VOTE DE2 to 8933.

“Anestisya” is written by Yman and produced by Lester Ramos for Rider.PH Studios. Available now on Spotify and other digital music platforms.

Romantic comedy film ‘Last Christmas’ to hold special advance screenings Nov 18 & 19

Have yourself a merry, little romantic comedy this holiday season as Universal Pictures’ Last Christmas holds whole-day special advance screenings on November 18 & 19 in selected cinemas nationwide.  

Tickets to the sneaks will be at regular admission prices.  Unwrap this early Christmas gift and check out the social pages of your favorite cinemas for the screening schedules.

Opening wide across the Philippines on November 27, Last Christmas stars Emilia Clarke (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians), Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Emma Thompson (Love, Actually) and is directed by director Paul Feig (A Simple Favor, Spy).  The film is inspired by a George Michael beat, from a screenplay by Academy Award ®winner Thompson (Sense and Sensibility, Bridget Jones’s Baby) and playwright Bryony Kimmings.

In the film, Kate (Clarke) harumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Tom (Golding) seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate’s barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart … and you gotta have faith.

Last Christmas features the music of George Michael, including the bittersweet holiday classic of the film’s title. The film will also premiere brand new unreleased material by the legendary Grammy-winning artist, who sold more than 115 million albums and recorded 10 No. 1 singles over the course of his iconic career.

Last Christmas is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. #LastChristmas

WATCH: Teaser for Filipino remake of ‘Miracle in Cell No. 7’ promises to be touching

VIVA Films released tonight the first teaser for the Philippine adaptation of the Korean blockbuster drama ‘Miracle in Cell No. 7.’

Check out below the teaser for ‘Miracle in Cell No. 7,’ starring Aga Muhlach, Joel Torre, JC Santos, Mon Confiado, Jojit Lorenzo, Soliman Cruz, and John Arcilla, with Bela Padilla, introducing Xia Vigor, with special participation of Tirso Cruz III. Directed by Nuel Naval.

Synopsis: “Inmates at a Korean prison join forces to protect a comrade and his young daughter, who cannot bear to be separated for even a moment.”

‘Miracle In Cell No. 7’ is an official entry to the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival which will open on December 25 in cinemas nationwide.