Dare to say his name. Watch the first trailer of the horror thriller Candymanwhich has just been launched by Universal Pictures.
This June, Oscar® winner Jordan Peele unleashes a fresh take on the blood-chilling urban legend that your friend’s older sibling probably told you about at a sleepover: Candyman. Rising filmmaker Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) directs this contemporary incarnation of the cult classic.
For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Aquaman, HBO’s Watchmen) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris, If Beale Street Could Talk), move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials.
With Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini Green old-timer (Colman Domingo, HBO’s Euphoria) exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifyingly viral wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.
From Universal Pictures and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures, in association with BRON Creative, and Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld’s Monkeypaw Productions, Candyman is directed by DaCosta, and is produced by Ian Cooper (Us), Rosenfeld and Peele. The screenplay is by Peele & Rosenfeld and DaCosta. The film is based on the 1992 film Candyman, written by Bernard Rose, and the short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker. The film’s executive producers are David Kern, Aaron L. Gilbert and Jason Cloth.
In Philppine cinemas June 10, Candyman is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. #CandymanMovie
The studios of Disney and Pixar have taken moviegoers in many locations—from under the sea, into space, back in time, and into the toy box. Now, as both studios expand their wings, they open their doors to a brand-new, thrilling world where fantasy meets familiar.
This March, Disney and Pixar continue their long legacy of storytelling with a heart in the original animated feature “Onward”. Set in a suburban fantasy world, “Onward” introduces two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest. They venture to discover if there is still a little magic left out there, in the hopes of spending one final day with their dearly departed father who passed away before they had vivid memories of him.
The all-new fantasy feature film is directed by American animator Dan Scanlon, joined by Pixar film producer Kori Rae, both of whom previously worked together in creating 2013’s Monsters University.
“The story is inspired by my own relationship with my brother and our connection with our dad who passed away when I was about a year old,” shares director Dan Scanlon. “He has always been a mystery to us. A family member sent us a tape recording of him saying just two words: ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’. Two words—but to my brother and I, it was magic,” he added.
To the filmmakers behind Pixar, the urge to enkindle a world filled with magic was taken to heart. From here sprung the idea of creating a modern suburban fantasy film, introducing a completely a new genre for Pixar. As elves, cyclops, centaurs, and trolls reside in the world of whimsical suburbia, it’s a mystery how the magic has been disappearing for years. “Only certain people could do it,” says producer Kori Rae. “It was difficult, and you had to really practice. As technology was introduced, everyone found easier ways to do things. Magic is possible, it’s just that nobody really does it anymore,” she continued.
Disney and Pixar’s “Onward” brings together a stellar roster of voice actors to give life to its original characters with Tom Holland as Ian Lightfoot, Chris Pratt as Barley Lightfoot, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as their mother Laurel Lightfoot.
Also joining the cast are Octavia Spencer as the Manticore, Mel Rodriguez as Officer Colt Bronco, Lena Waithe as Officer Specter, Ali Wong as Officer Gore, Grey Griffin as Dewdrop, Tracey Ullman as Grecklin, and Wilmer Valderrama as Gaxton.
Disney and Pixar’s “Onward” also features a dynamic musical score from acclaimed composers Mychael Danna, an Oscar® winner for “Life of Pi”, and Jeff Danna—while five-time GRAMMY® Award winner Brandi Carlile performs an original heartrending song, “Carried Me With You”, for the end credits.
Disney and Pixar’s all-new animated film “Onward” journeys to Philippine theaters on March 4, 2020, and will have an early release happening at selected cinemas on Leap Day, February 29, 2020. Join the conversations online at #OnwardPH.
When teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot (voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) get an unexpected opportunity to spend one more day with their late dad, they embark on an extraordinary quest aboard Barley’s epic van Guinevere. Like any good quest, their journey is filled with magic spells, cryptic maps, impossible obstacles and unimaginable discoveries. But when the boys’ fearless mom Laurel (voice of Julia Louis-Dreyfus) realizes her sons are missing, she teams up with a part-lion, part-bat, part-scorpion, former warrior – aka The Manticore (voice of Octavia Spencer) – and heads off to find them. Perilous curses aside, this one magical day could mean more than any of them ever dreamed.
Directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae, Disney and Pixar’s “Onward” opens in Philippine theaters on March 4, 2020 (Wednesday). Join the conversations online at #OnwardPH.
In the world of monster wrestling, there has never been a champion quite like this. Check out the first trailer for Paramount Animation’s Rumble now, and watch the film in Philippine cinemas 2021.
In the film, monster wrestling is a global sport and monsters are superstar athletes. Teenage Winnie seeks to follow in her father’s footsteps by coaching a loveable underdog monster into a champion.
Directed by Hamish Grieve, Rumble stars Will Arnett, Terry Crews, Geraldine Viswanathan, Joe “Roman Reigns” Anoa’i, Tony Danza, Becky Lynch, Susan Kelechi Watson, Stephen A. Smith, Jimmy Tatro, Ben Schwartz and Michael Buffer.
Rumble is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Connect with #RumbleMovie.
Go back to Day One with Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy and John Krasinski as A Quiet Place Part IIunleashes its new `What You Need To Know’ featurette.
Check out the video below and watch A Quiet Place Part II in Philippine cinemas March 18.
Paramount Pictures presents in association with Michael Bay, a Platinum Dunes / Sunday Night production, a John Krasinski film “A Quiet Place Part II.” Based on characters created by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck, written and directed by John Krasinski.
A Quiet Place Part II stars Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe and Djimon Hounsou.
Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.
A Quiet Place Part II is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Connect with #AQuietPlace
In 2016, “The Boy” was one of the most disturbing and successful mainstream horror movies, earning *$64 million in global box office, on a budget of $10 million. It told the story of a life-sized porcelain doll called Brahms for whom a nanny was hired to care for as if it were a real child. The nanny found it incredulous, but when she failed to follow the rules, she had to deal with real live terror.
This year, the fear of “The Boy” is still very much alive in its sequel, “Brahms: The Boy 2”, from the same director William Brent Bell and writer Stacey Menear. Lead star Katie Holmes guarantees that *“it is going to be as satisfying as the first”.
Holmes plays Liza whom she describes as “a universal character” , being a loving and protective mother. Liza, together with her husband Sean and son Jude, moved to Heelshire Mansion after going through “a traumatic event”, says Holmes. Their family is unaware of the mansion’s terrifying history.
The trailer shows that Jude unearths the porcelain doll and then made it his constant companion. Just like in the first movie, Brahms the doll comes with a set of rules. No. 10 in the list reads, “Jude has to be with Brahms always and forever.”
Alarmed by her son’s strange behavior since owning the doll, Liza does her research, leading her to some information about grisly murders of a prominent family that dates back to 1894.
Director Bell was quoted to have told Daily Dead that “the sequel will be a complex little story to deliver on what the first movie delivered”. Those who’ve seen “The Boy” would know that it delivered a big twist about Brahms. From there, “Brahms: The Boy 2” focuses on a lot of other interesting stuff in the creepy world of Brahms. In fact, *Bell and screenwriter Menear purposefully ended the first film to make way for this sequel.
“It’s fun to be scared sometimes, huh?” says Jude in the first few moments of the trailer. True enough, Katie Holmes agreed that playing her role was fun. At the CinemaCon 2019, she said, “Because (Liza) was so vulnerable, she was really ready to be scared. It’s a fun role to play, to be in that heightened state of emotion.” She added that working one on one with the doll creeped her out.
Playing the boy Jude is Christopher Convery (young Billy in Stranger Things), while his father and husband of Liza is played by Owain Yeoman (The Belko Experiment, Emergence, The Mentalist).
“Brahms: The Boy 2” opens in Philippine cinemas on February 19, 2020. From Viva International Pictures and MVP Entertainment.
Sources : Amy Roberts (Looper.com) Katie Holmes interviews on YouTube published by Flickering Myth and Access
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (TV’s “Veep”) and Will Ferrell star in the Sundance Film Festival hit comedy Searchlight Pictures’ “Downhill” from the Oscar-winning co-writers of “The Descendants.”
To be shown exclusively at selected Ayala Malls Cinemas starting February 12, “Downhill” tells the story of a married couple thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other after barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps.
Directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash from a screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, and Faxon & Rash; Searchlight Pictures’ “Downhill” also stars Zach Woods, Zoë Chao, Miranda Otto and Kristofer Hivju. It is inspired by the acclaimed 2014 Swedish film “Force Majeure.”
It’s the ski vacation of a lifetime for Pete (Ferrell) and Billie Stanton (Louis-Dreyfus) and their two boys: a week in the Austrian Alps. With both parents unplugged from their professional careers, the Stantons are – on the surface – ready for seven days of snowy family fun.
What was poised to be a delightful week of skiing and togetherness instead becomes a series of awkward and emotionally fraught moments in which Pete and Billie have to be honest with themselves and each other in ways they hadn’t expected.
Early in the trip, while having lunch at a mountainside restaurant, Pete and Billie have dramatically different responses to what is – unbeknownst to them – a controlled avalanche that appears frighteningly out of control. Pete’s reaction stuns the family and throws the rest of their vacation and the couple’s marriage into chaos, as Billie reevaluates their relationship and each is forced to wrestle with their own sense of self.
Throughout all of this, directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s comedic touches and nuances shine through. “The idea fit into what we react to the most, which is character-driven ballets between comedy and drama,” Rash says. “It’s the thing we gravitate towards most in the storytelling department.”
Adds Faxon: “We are drawn to these types of mixed-genre projects because, to us, they feel the most relatable. They mimic life’s unpredictable nature where daily stress or even tragic circumstances can often be accompanied by comedic moments and/or relief.”
The filmmakers recognized the universality of the script’s central questions: How well can two people really know each other? And what happens when one of them does something totally unexpected?
“We wanted to balance this film with both the woman’s perspective as well as the man’s and examine how this random, yet incredibly significant, incident affects them both as individuals and as a couple,” Faxon says. “Inevitably, the characters are forced to reevaluate everything they thought to be true.”
Watch Searchlight Pictures’ “Downhill” exclusively at the following Ayala Malls Cinemas: Greenbelt 3, Alabang Town Center, Bonifacio High Street, Trinoma, U.P. Town Center, Ayala Malls The 30th, Ayala Malls Manila Bay and Ayala Malls Central Bloc. Book and buy your tickets at www.SureSeats.com.
British actress Emma Watson (the Harry Potter films, Beauty and the Beast) plays Meg, the eldest of the March sisters, in Columbia Pictures’ Oscar-winning drama, Little Women (in Philippine cinemas February 19).
Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters—four young women each determined to live life on her own terms—is both timeless and timely. Portraying the March sisters Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, with Timothee Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March.
Meg may be the most traditionally maternal of the sisters, but she also is a headstrong perfectionist who knows exactly who she is and what she wants. That’s what excited Emma Watson about the role.
“What was really important to me about playing Meg is that I think her desire to be a mother and a wife is a feminist choice,” Watson explains. “There’s this idea that in order to be a feminist you need to reject marriage. But a union with a spouse is what Meg wants most in her heart. As she says to Jo on her wedding day: just because my dreams are not the same as yours does not make them unimportant.”
Adds Gerwig: “Meg wants to get married and have children, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have second thoughts about not marrying someone rich. Meg figuring out how to make her life choices work is something that really struck me in re-reading the book.”
Having the chance to go beyond Meg’s joyful nuptials with the hard-working tutor John Brooke (James Norton) was especially intriguing for Watson. “We’re used to seeing women get married and that’s where the story stops, so to actually see Meg navigate as a mother and wife, trying to figure out how you keep a relationship together under so many stresses, was refreshing,” says Watson. “The realities push Meg to her edge. They push her to ask: was everything I believed in real? Do happy endings exist? Can love last forever? You see her fight for her dream because good things in life have to be earned.”
Practical as she is, Watson sees Meg as being drawn to John’s more ineffable side—his generosity and compassion. “John continually steps into the breach when there is a crisis, doing the jobs that are unglamorous, and that’s what earns Meg’s respect. She chooses a man who is going to show up.”
Continues Watson, “Meg’s reasons for why she wants to marry John are all about how he cared for her father when he was wounded and how he treats her mother and sisters as though they are his own. Those are things that truly matter to her, and the way he is there for the family on a daily basis has an incredible value that Meg sees clearly.”
Praised by the London Critics Circle as “heartwarming, laugh-out-loud funny and powerfully emotional,” Little Women received six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Actress (Ronan), Best Supporting Actress (Pugh) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Gerwig).
The film currently has a 95% Fresh Rating at Rotten Tomatoes, with an overall critical consensus that reads, “With a stellar cast and a smart, sensitive retelling of its classic source material, Greta Gerwig’s Little Women proves some stories truly are timeless.”
Little Women is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Join the conversation and connect with #LittleWomenMovie
Pinoy Pride gets celebrated anew as teen Filipino-American actress Ella Jay Basco makes her feature film debut as Cassandra Cain in the DC adventure “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” from Warner Bros.
Watch her greet and invite her kababayans to watch the film in the video below.
Cassandra Cain, at age 12, has learned to tough it out on the streets of Gotham. Cass, as she’s known, is a smart-mouthed kid surviving on her own—thanks in part to her uncanny knack for pickpocketing. But when she nicks a priceless gem, she becomes a target for real trouble, and it’ll take Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and the full complement of Birds to save her.
In her feature film debut, newcomer Ella Jay Basco plays Cass, who also serves as the catalyst to unite Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey. Basco remembers, “When I read the script, I just loved Cassandra Cain. She’s a street girl without a family or a home, so she’s both really misguided and super independent. She has had to fight to survive in this world, until she meets Harley Quinn.” Basco also says that as soon as she learned she’d gotten the part, “I bought this big stack of Birds of Prey and Cassandra Cain comic books, and that definitely helped me understand who she is, but also develop the character as she is in the movie.”
In fact, it was a particular storyline in a comic that initially inspired Robbie to include the Harley/Cass relationship that ultimately plays out on screen. “In my research, I read Harley Quinn: Behind Blue Eyes, and I knew I wanted to explore that mentor-mentee relationship,” she recollects. “It told me a lot about who Harley was and what she was capable of. We didn’t use the exact storyline from the series, but just understanding her and her connection to Cass in that way was enlightening.”
Basco found Robbie and the entire cast, along with director Cathy Yan, to be great mentors. “It was honestly so exciting to work with all of them, they’re so inspiring,” she says. “Every day was a full-on learning experience, and so much fun. Everybody was super nice; it was like one long dream.” Due to the circumstances of the story, the young actress spent the bulk of her scenes alongside Robbie. “Margot was like a big sister to me, we had the best time with each other. She taught me so much about working with people on- and off-camera. It was amazing.”
Yan admired the hard work that her youngest actress put in. “Ella was so impressive,” she states. “This is her feature debut, so I can’t imagine how she must have felt to show up to set and work with Margot Robbie every day, but she was a total champ, incredibly mature for her age. And she really understood Cass and brought a certain authenticity to her—a real kid, not a shiny, perfect version of a little girl.”
Ella Jay Basco is quickly making a name for herself with her dramatic acting chops and ability to perform. Her credits include “Veep,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Teachers,” “Superior Donuts,” “Happyland” and the short film “Glimpse of Heaven.” Basco started her career at six months old in an Old Navy print campaign.
Outside of acting, Basco is a singer/songwriter and accomplished musician, playing the guitar, piano and ukulele. She is also a trained dancer. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her family.
“Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress; Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary; Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya; Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz; and Ewan McGregor as Roman Sionis. Newcomer Ella Jay Basco also stars as Cassandra “Cass” Cain in her feature film debut.
Directed by Cathy Yan (“Dead Pigs”) from a script by Christina Hodson (“Bumblebee”), the film is based on characters from DC.
In Philippine cinemas Thursday, February 6, “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures. #BirdsOfPrey
Writer-director Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, the beloved story of four young sisters each determined to live life on their own terms — has garnered six major Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan) and Best Supporting Actress (Florence Pugh).
In celebration of its Oscar nominations, Little Women will hold whole-day sneak previews in selected cinemas across the Philippines on Monday & Tuesday, February 10 & 11 (ahead of its grand opening on February 19). The movie-going public is advised to check with their favorite cinemas for the screening hours. Tickets will be available at regular admission prices. List of cinemas can be found below.
Praised by the London Critics Circle as “heartwarming, laugh-out-loud funny and powerfully emotional,” Little Women also landed nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay (Gerwig), Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat) and Best Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran).
The film currently has a 95% Fresh Rating at Rotten Tomatoes, with an overall critical consensus that reads, “With a stellar cast and a smart, sensitive retelling of its classic source material, Greta Gerwig’s Little Women proves some stories truly are timeless.”
Little Women also became only the third Best Picture Oscar nominee in history that was written, directed and produced by women (after 1993’s The Piano and 2010’s Winter’s Bone).
Producer Amy Pascal is thrilled with the film’s six nominations. “I’m so proud of Greta. I’m so proud of Saoirse and Florence and Jacqueline and Alexandre,” Pascal told The Hollywood Reporter. She elaborates that she has never had a more inspiring experience professionally than working with Gerwig. “Her brain is on fire constantly. Talking to her is like being on Wikipedia. She is firing on all cylinders at all times. She’s incredibly well read. She knows everything about literature, theater, mathematics, geometry — I’ve never met anybody like that. She gets ideas and they spring out of her head and flower in a way that is truly exhilarating.”
Pascal concludes, “It’s the perfect time for this movie because women are talking more than ever about choices, about how to be, about money, about what power is and about how we get along with men. Greta brings all this into the film by staying true to author Louisa May Alcott. She said, ‘I want to make a movie unlike any other. I want to make a movie from the book and if you go back to the book, it’s more controversial, funnier and darker than you think, and I want to make a movie that feels that real.’”
Portraying the March sisters Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth, Little Women stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, with Timothee Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March.
In Philippine cinemas February 19, Little Women is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Join the conversation and connect with the hashtag #LittleWomenMovie
This July, from the biggest animated franchise in history and global cultural phenomenon, comes the untold story of one 12-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain, in Minions 2: The Rise of Gru.
Check out the film’s newly-launched trailer and watch the film in Philippine cinemas July 1st.
In the heart of the 1970s, amid a flurry of feathered hair and flared jeans, Gru (Oscar® nominee Steve Carell) is growing up in the suburbs. A fanboy of a supervillain supergroup known as the Vicious 6, Gru hatches a plan to become evil enough to join them. Luckily, he gets some mayhem-making backup from his loyal followers, the Minions. Together, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto—a new Minion sporting braces and a desperate need to please—deploy their skills as they and Gru build their first lair, experiment with their first weapons and pull off their first missions.
When the Vicious 6 oust their leader, legendary fighter Wild Knuckles (Oscar® winner Alan Arkin), Gru interviews to become their newest member. It doesn’t go well (to say the least), and only gets worse after Gru outsmarts them and suddenly finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. On the run, Gru will turn to an unlikely source for guidance, Wild Knuckles himself, and discover that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.
Teeming with Illumination’s signature subversive humor, pop-culture sophistication, full-hearted emotion, bold music sensibility, and over-the-top action, Minions 2: The Rise of Gru features a thrilling new cast of stars, including, as members of the Vicious 6, Taraji P. Henson as cool and confident leader Belle Bottom, Jean-Claude Van Damme as Jean Clawed, Lucy Lawless as Nunchuck, Dolph Lundgren as Svengeance and Danny Trejo as Stronghold. The film also features Russell Brand as Dr. Nefario, an aspiring mad scientist, Michelle Yeoh as Master Chow, an acupuncturist with mad Kung Fu skills, and Oscar® winner Julie Andrews as Gru’s maddeningly self-absorbed mom.
Steered by the franchise’s original creators, Minions 2: The Rise of Gru is produced by visionary Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborators Janet Healy and Chris Renaud. The film is directed by returning franchise filmmaker Kyle Balda (Despicable Me 3, Minions), co-directed by Brad Ableson (The Simpsons) and Jonathan del Val (The Secret Life of Pets films), and features the iconic voice of Pierre Coffin as the Minions and a killer ʼ70s soundtrack courtesy of legendary Grammy-winning music producer Jack Antonoff.
Minions 2: The Rise of Gru is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Connect with #Minions2 and tag uipmoviesph.