Oscar Best Picture nominee ‘Little Women’ holds early screenings Feb 10 & 11

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).

Meg March (Emma Watson) and Jo March (Saoirse Ronan) in Greta Gerwig’s LITTLE WOMEN.

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.’”  

Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet in Columbia Pictures’ LITTLE WOMEN.

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

WATCH: First trailer for ‘Minions 2’ traces ‘The Rise of Gru’

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.