Jericho Rosales, Bela Padilla team up in Dan Villegas’ ‘Luck at First Sight’

From the team that gave us the phenomenal box-office hit, “Camp Sawi,” and the director of mega-blockbuster movies like “Always Be My Maybe” and “#WalangForever,” come this year’s most enchanting romance-comedy, “Luck at First Sight.”

VIVA Films and N2 Productions bring to the big screen a Joyce Bernal production that pairs off Asian Drama King, Jericho Rosales and Primetime TV Gem, Bela Padilla for the first time.

In the movie, Jericho is Joma Labayen, a down-on-his-luck guy who believes that a “life charm” could help make for him a rosy existence despite the drudgery of everyday living. By accident and by some stroke of fate, he meets Diane dela Cruz (Bela), who he thinks is his “life charm.” Little did he know that their encounters would lead him to the toughest choice his heart will ever make: luck or love.

Diane, however, is no sucker for stories of luck and/or life charms. She is a firm believer of love and how romance sheds light, beauty and happiness to one’s being. Their partnership proves lucky enough until they discover that choosing between luck and love can be a tough pick.

“Luck at First Sight” is a concept Bela thought about while listening to the radio.

“Nasa kotse ako, nakikinig ng conversation ng DJs sa radio. Tapos, naisip ko ‘yung title, du’n nabuo ang story. Tungkol siya sa dalawang tao na sinuswerte kapag may physical touch sila.

“Ako, gusto ko makapanood ng konting feeling ng magic, parang maniniwala ka uli sa isang bagay na hindi mo nakikita. Sa totoong buhay, naniniwala ako sa swerte, ibang forms lang siguro.

“Nu’ng nag-iisip na kami kung sino ang kukuning direktor, sabi namin, dapat si Direk Dan ito. Sobrang galing kasi niya, sobrang ganda ng shots saka gusto naming ma-touch din ang point of view ng lalaki sa pelikula,” Bela explains.

As for Direk Dan, working on “Luck at First Sight” made him excited.

“Ang difference nito sa mga nagawa ko na, yung dati, rooted on reality, kung ano ang nangyayari sa totoong buhay. Kaya na-excite ako rito kasi may magic element, ‘di realistic. Medyo hyper realistic siya, magical, fantastic,” he says.

“First time kong gumawa ng ganito, so minsan, ‘yung pagtimpla ng mga eksena, mapapaisip ka, exaggerated na ba ‘to, baka masyadong mababaw o matigas. Rom-com siya, pero may magic realism element,” he adds.

Echo, like Bela, is totally absorbed by the project. Though “Luck at First Sight” may be their first as a tandem, he shares, “may commitment sa isa’t isa na ito ang pinakamagandang movie na gagawin namin together.”

Bela says Echo is easy to work with, “hindi niya ako pinahirapan.” Echo, for his part, relates, “Working with Bela was great. She’s very open, walang showbiz na vibe. ‘Pag nasa set kami, nag-uusap kami ng concept and ways to promote or make the film better. It’s nice that she’s open to exploring things, wala siyang masyadong inhibitions. It’s been fun.”

Will Joma and Diane make the right choice? Will their love story ends in happily ever after? Find out when “Luck at First Sight” casts its magical spell in cinemas nationwide starting May 3, 2017 from VIVA Films and N2 Productions.

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WATCH: ‘Cars 3’ hero gets back on track with new trailer

One last chance. One more dream. View Disney-Pixar’s new Cars 3 trailer below and watch the comedy adventure in Philippine cinemas on August 23, 2017.

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!

The animated adventure is directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist Cars, Cars 2) and produced by Kevin Reher (A Bug’s Life, La Luna short).

The film also features the voices of Armie Hammer hotshot new racer Jackson Storm, Cristela Alonzo as the friendly trainer Cruz Ramirez, with Bonnie Hunt, Tony Shalhoub, Paul Dooley, Cheech Marin, Katherine Helmond, Larry the Cable Guy, Angel Oquendo, and Darrell Waltrip.

Cars 3 is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Philippines.

Latest colonization mission lands in hostile terrain in Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien: Covenant’

The largest colonization mission takes off in Ridley Scott’s latest sci-fi horror-thriller “Alien: Covenant” starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, James Franco, Billy Crudup, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez and Danny McBride.

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in “Alien” with “Alien: Covenant”, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with “Prometheus” and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

In recent interviews, Ridley Scott revealed that in “Alien: Covenant”, he explored into the origins of the xenomorphs, and that the movie touches on mortality, immortality and the higher power who created humans and the universe. “We did Prometheus – that heaved it off the ground, and Covenant is a follow-through to Prometheus. We now know who created this, and why, and the next one’s a joining up of the storyline,” says Scott.

Both Prometheus and Covenant are inspired by Scott’s personal beliefs about where we came from: “We’re not just a random biological accident, for you and I to be sitting here right now [by accident] would take trillions of correct decisions made randomly by nature, which of course is ridiculous. I think there’s some kind of decision being made. I believe in a higher force – if we want to call it God, then it’s God.”

Scott further revealed in his Vanity Fair interview about the opening scene in “Alien: Covenant”, “We start Covenant with a really clever prologue that settles—once and for all—who David really is.” The sequence begins on a “big beautiful blue eye—you see every vein” and over that shot audiences will hear footsteps approach. “How do you feel?” a voice asks. “Alive,” the owner of the eye responds. Scott explains that the prologue reveals Guy Pearce’s Prometheus character, Peter Weyland, as a younger, 40-year-old man whom the newly-born David calls “father.” Scott promises this sequence will “really get people going because it’s fucking smart for a change.”

“Alien: Covenant” opens May 10, 2017 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

PH cinemas to screen only Filipino films via ‘Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino’ on Aug 16-22

In honor of the Buwan ng Wika, the Film Development Council of the Philippines is partnering with commercial theaters to exclusively screen Filipino films nationwide on August 16-22, 2017 dubbed as Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino.

“Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino will be a big celebration of Filipino films for our audience – a festivity with a wide variety of genre films to choose from nationwide,” said FDCP Chair and CEO Liza Diño. “We are grateful for the support and partnership of the National Cinema Association of the Philippines and SM Lifestyle Entertainment have graciously dedicated over seven hundred (700) of their screens for the Pista. This really is an incredible opportunity for our Filipino audience to reconnect with meaningful Filipino films that move and appeal to them in an exclusive platform,” she added.

The event is open to all Filipino filmmakers who may submit films on or before June 15, 2017. Ten (10) to twelve (12) films will be selected by a Selection Committee headed by the FDCP with genres ranging from family-oriented, to romantic comedy, horror, fantasy, and even historical films that emulate Filipino sensibilities and culture. Each film will be screened at a minimum of sixty (60) theaters.

In addition to the screenings, Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino will include caravans, audience surveys and forums to maximize the participation of film stakeholders, especially for the audience.

For more information, filmmakers may email FDCP at chairliza@fdcp.ph.

Oscar winner Octavia Spencer part of dream cast in ‘Gifted’

When you’re an Oscar winner, no one expects you to show up on the set most every day – even when you’re not working – but that’s what Octavia Spencer did on “Gifted” where she co-stars with an impressive cast led by Chris Evans, Grace McKenna, Jenny Slate and Lindsay Duncan.

“Gifted” is directed by Marc Webb, known for his dreamy romantic hit “500 Days of Summer.” In “Gifted,” Webb once again gives another heartfelt movie about a single man raising his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) in a coastal town in Florida. But Mary is a brilliant child prodigy and Frank’s intention that she lead a normal life are thwarted when the seven-year-old’s command of mathematics comes to the attention of his formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan)—a wealthy Bostonian whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Mary and Frank. As family tensions and disconnections flare, uncle and niece find support in Roberta (Octavia Spencer), their protective landlady and best friend, and Mary’s teacher Bonnie (Jenny Slate), a young woman whose concern for her student soon develops into a relationship with her uncle as well.

“I don’t think there’s a single member of the crew she didn’t reach out to and make laugh on a daily basis. producer Karen Lunder says of the actress who personified the character of Roberta. “She brought warmth and humor to this pivotal role. She’s also the one person who knows Frank almost better than himself. Most importantly, Roberta is the comic relief, which comes out of her relationship with Frank. She’s always giving him the business, but she’s also deeply emotional. You care so much about Roberta and worry whether she will be able to continue to have the relationship with Mary.”

Spencer recalls what attracted her to the role, “What intrigues me about Roberta is that her relationship with Frank and Mary is an integral part of the story. She’s a surrogate mom to the girl and to this habitually single guy, she’s a sister and a mom, whatever the relationship requires. If I were to describe the anatomy of GIFTED, Mary would be the heart, Frank would be the muscle and the sinew and Roberta would be the spine. It all works wonderfully together and that’s why it resonated with me on so many levels.”

Ultimately, Roberta discovers the power she does have in this untraditional family unit: “You realize that these people coexist in a way that is very much family. They need each other. Frank has a very tough decision to make, and when he makes that decision he asks Roberta for help. I really love that the end of the movie starts the same way as the beginning, with Frank and Roberta’s relationship.”

“Gifted” opens May 3, 2017 in Philippine cinemas from 20th Century Fox as distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Trinity University of Asia’s 3rd Platinum Stallion Media Awards set on April 22

The Media and Communication Department of the College of Arts and Sciences of Trinity University of Asia will once again give recognition to various media practitioners, celebrities and media organizations in the Platinum Stallion Media Awards (PSMA) 2017. The theme for this year’s award is “Glam World”. The University is giving them recognition because of the relevant inspiration rendered to the creative thinking, intellectual gratitude and social growth of the Trinitian community through their outstanding contribution in the media industry.

The awarding ceremonies will be held at the University Theater on the 22nd of April from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Television and film personalities, other media personalities and network managers, print journalists, as well as talent handlers are expected to come and receive their awards. Country’s premier event stylist Michael Ruiz will set the stage design. Theatre arts and film director Joey Ting will direct the show.

PSMA consists of various media-oriented categories in television, radio, film, advertising, visual arts, and the allied arts. It will also feature the Trinitian Citation Award, which is given to personalities and programs that have exhibited impact and influence on the Trinitian community. Awardees for the Trinitian Citation Award are selected by members of the Media and Communication Department of the University and of the organizing committee.

Also, the University will honor its distinguished alumni who have marked success in the media industry through the Trinitian Media Practitioner Award. Previous awardees are news reporter Yvonne Aquino, news reporter and anchor Raffy Tima, news reporter Rafael Bosano, public relations practitioner Aaron Domingo, singer Bryan Termulo, and singer and actress Jaya Ramsey. This year’s recipients are actress Jean Garcia and actor Ahron Villena.

About the PSMA

PSMA started in 2015 as laboratory requirements in the subject Media Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship for 3rd year students of Broadcasting and Communication Arts taught by Associate Professor Walter H. Yudelmo. Today, PSMA has become an important media award-giving body recognized by different media industries. Evidence of the previous PSMA can be searched through the Internet.

The awardees are annually selected through a university-wide survey participated by students, faculty, non-teaching personnel, alumni and other community members such as parents, janitors, and security guards of Trinity University of Asia.

The 2017 Awardees

This year’s awardees are the following:AWARDS FOR TELEVISION

1. Best Male News Anchor
TED FAILON (ABS-CBN)

2. Best Female News Anchor
JESSICA SOHO (GMA7)

3. Best Male TV Personality
IAN VENERACION (ABS-CBN)

4. Best Female TV Personality
IYA VILLANIA-ARELLANO (GMA7)

5. Best Talk Show Host
VICE GANDA (ABS-CBN)

6. Best Primetime News Program
STATE OF THE NATION with JESSICA SOHO (GMA7)

7. Best Morning Show
MAGANDANG BUHAY (ABS-CBN)

8. Best Noontime Show
IT’S SHOWTIME (ABS-CBN)

9. Best Primetime Show
FPJ’s ANG PROBINSYANO (ABS-CBN)

10. Best Drama Anthology
MAGPAKAILANMAN (GMA7)

11. Best Variety Show
ASAP (ABS-CBN)

12. Best Magazine Program
KAPUSO MO, JESSICA SOHO (GMA7)

13. Best Documentary Show
I-WITNESS (GMA7)

14. Best Educational Program
MATANGLAWIN (ABS-CBN)

15. Best Gag Show
BUBBLE GANG (GMA7)

16. Best Situational Comedy Program
PEPITO MANALOTO (GMA7)

17. Best Game Show
PEOPLE vs. THE STARS (GMA7)

18. Best News Program
TV PATROL (ABS-CBN)

19. Best Television Station
ABS-CBN

AWARDS FOR FILM

20. Best Film Actor
PAOLO BALLESTEROS (GMA7)
(Die Beautiful)

21. Best Film Actress
JULIA BARRETTO (ABS-CBN)
(Vince & Kath & James)

22. Best Child Film Actor
AWRA BRIGUELA (ABS-CBN)
(Super Parental Guidance)

23. Best Child Film Actress
RHED BUSTAMANTE
(Seklusyon)

24. Best Student-Oriented Film
SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN

AWARDS FOR RADIO

25. Best Male AM Broadcast Journalist
MIKE ENRIQUEZ (GMA7)

26. Best Female AM Broadcast Journalist
KAREN DAVILA (ABS-CBN)

27. Best AM Radio Station
DZBB (GMA7)

28. Best FM Radio Program
TAMBALANG CHRIS TSUPER AT NICOLE HYALA (Love Radio-MBC)

29. Best Male Radio Disk Jockey
CHRIS TSUPER (Love Radio-MBC)

30. Best Female Radio Disk Jockey
NICOLE HYALA (Love Radio-MBC)

31. Best FM Radio Station
102.7 STAR FM

CITATION

32. Citation for Most Trusted Male Reporter
JIGGY MANICAD (GMA7)

33. Citation for Most Trusted Broadcast Journalist
LUISITA “LUCHI” CRUZ-VALDES (TV5)

34. Citation for Best Public Affairs Program Host
BOY ABUNDA (ABS-CBN)

35. Citation for Youth Character Model of the Year
COCO MARTIN (ABS-CBN)

36. Citation for Best Entertainment Program
EAT BULAGA (GMA7)

37. Citation for Best Children Educational Program
HI-5 PHILIPPINES (TV5)

38. Citation for Values-Oriented Program
BORN TO BE WILD (GMA7)

39. Citation for Best Radio Public Affairs Program
USAPANG DE CAMPANILLA (ABS-CBN)

40. Citation for Innovative FM Radio Broadcasting
107.5 WISH FM

41. Citation for Musical Outbreak Artist
MICHAEL PANGILINAN

42. Citation for Best Regional TV Network
GMA NETWORK

AWARDS FOR PRINT

43. Best Female Print Journalist
HELEN FLORES (Philippine Star)

44. Best Male Print Journalist
ALEXIS ROMERO (Philippine Star)

45. Best Student-Oriented Magazine
GARAGE MAGAZINE

46. Best National Broadsheet
PHILIPPINE STAR

AWARDS FOR ONLINE MEDIA PLATFORM

47. Best Online News Outlet
RAPPLER PHILIPPINES

AWARDS FOR ADVERTISEMENT

48. Best TV Advertisement
MILO (Energy Gap)

OUTSTANDING TRINITIAN MEDIA PRACTITIONER

49. Trinitian Media Practitioner for Film
JEAN GARCIA (GMA7)

50. Trinitian Media Practitioner for Television
AHRON VILLENA (ABS-CBN)

‘500 Days of Summer’ director charms anew in Chris Evans-starrer ‘Gifted’

From the director of the surprise hit “500 Days of Summer,” Marc Webb helms his latest endearing story “Gifted” – starring the world’s beloved captain Chris Evans along with the über-talented Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and rising young star Grace McKenna.

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) in a coastal town in Florida. But Mary is a brilliant child prodigy and Frank’s intention that she lead a normal life are thwarted when the seven-year-old’s command of mathematics comes to the attention of his formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan)—a wealthy Bostonian whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Mary and Frank. As family tensions and disconnections flare, uncle and niece find support in Roberta (Octavia Spencer), their protective landlady and best friend, and Mary’s teacher Bonnie (Jenny Slate), a young woman whose concern for her student soon develops into a relationship with her uncle as well.

“Gifted” began its journey to the big screen when producer Karen Lunder, who has produced an assortment of films including “Arrival,” remembers a conversation with producer Andy Cohen in which she asked: “‘What do you have that’s great and different? What is the thing you’re most excited about?’ He sent me “Gifted.” When I read the script, it had this timeless quality to it. It felt like the kind of movies I grew up watching: it was a throwback of sorts to films of the 70’s and early 80’s that weren’t afraid to make you laugh and cry – that were both escapist and real.”

Like Lunder and Cohen, director Webb responded immediately to the writing. “I kept on waiting for this script to get bad, but it just kept getting better. It was simple, warm and uncynical. The writing felt nourishing to me. Mary and Frank are something like a comedy team with a lot of heart. After spending so many years on bigger movies, I just wanted to hang out with these two.”

In his career, Chris Evans has judiciously chosen a balance of blockbuster and smaller, more interior films. He picked “Gifted” for many reasons but says: “It was more the director than the role. You can have a great role and a great script. You can have a lot of pieces in place but if you don’t have a great director, you don’t have much. So for me it was Marc Webb.”

Webb is particularly pleased that “Gifted” is a movie in which all the intellectual powerhouses are women. “It’s a movie where women are really brilliant and it’s not done as a stunt. It’s something that feels weirdly rare, I don’t know why. I love the idea of having girls who are good at math, women who are good at math. I mean, it happens in the world but we just don’t always recognize that in cinema.”

Webb also thinks that fathers will respond to the message of the film, if his own reaction is any example: “I’m a forty-year-old dude, and I got choked up. All the burly grips hid behind the duvateen (light blocking fabric) because they were crying. I think men are not encouraged to feel, which I think is one of the challenges that Frank has to face, but of course men are emotional creatures too.”

“Gifted” will open in cinemas on May 3, 2017 from 20th Century Fox as distributed by Warner Bros.

Emma Watson, Tom Hanks star in adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel ‘The Circle’

Tom Hanks and Emma Watson star in “The Circle,” set in the not-too-distant future where privacy becomes criminal and we are forced to confront ourselves on the price we have to pay for knowledge.

In the future, would you be a better version of yourself if you knew you were being watched 24 hours a day? What would the implications be of a transparent society? There are people that we want to be transparent – our celebrities, our criminals – for our own voyeuristic pleasure, or our safety – and others of whom we feel entitled to demand their transparency – our elected officials, our law enforcement. Where is the line? The concept of totalitarianism is historically thought of as a construct that would be forced upon us – but what if we are complicit, even unwittingly, in our own oppression?

When Mae (Emma Watson) is hired to work for The Circle, the world’s largest and most powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as the opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company’s charismatic founder, Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks), to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics, and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and her every decision begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.

The film also stars John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Patton Oswalt (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” “The Goldbergs”) as the company’s other founders. Bill Paxton (Edge of Tomorrow, “Big Love”, Titanic) and Glenne Headly (Don Juan, Mr. Holland’s Opus) play Mae’s parents. Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Big Short) plays Annie, Mae’s best friend.

The film is directed by James Ponsoldt (“Master of None”, The End of the Tour, The Spectacular Now) with a screenplay by James Ponsoldt and Dave Eggers, based on Eggers’ novel.

“The Circle” opens May 3, 2017 in cinemas from Pioneer Films.

True-to-life Christian drama ‘The Case for Christ’ in time for Lent

Lee Strobel’s award-winning bestselling book The Case for Christ is based on a true story about a hard-driving investigative journalist and avowed aethieist (Strobel, played by Mike Vogel) who applies his well-honed journalistic ­and legal skills to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife… with unexpected, life-altering results.

Strobel was exactly where he expected to be at work: on top. His award-winning investigative reporting recently earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. But things weren’t going nearly as well at home where his wife Leslie’s newfound faith in Christ went against everything Lee believed—or didn’t believe—as an avowed atheist.

Utilizing his journalistic and legal training, Lee begins a quest to debunk the claims of Christianity in order to save his crumbling marriage. Chasing down the biggest story of his career, Lee comes face-to-face with unexpected results that could change everything he knows to be true.

An ideal Easter-season movie for anyone who has pondered the existence of God and what role He could play in their lives from Pure Flix Entertainment, the people behind the 2014 box-office hit God’s Not Dead.

Starring Mike Vogel (Cloverfield, The Help), Ericka Christensen (Flightplan Parenthood TV Series), Faye Dunaway (Chinatown), and Robert Forster (Jackie Brown, Olympus Has Fallen) and directed by Jon Gunn.

Now showing across the Philippines, “The Case for Christ” is released and distributed by Rafaella Films International.

Action film ‘Fast & Furious 8’ marks start of planned final trilogy

Back to play the iconic rebel Dominic Toretto himself, Vin Diesel knew exactly what he wanted to accomplish for Universal Pictures’ Fast & Furious 8, the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time, and the first instalment of the planned final trilogy.

(Watch the featurette Dom & Letty’s Love Story below.)

“I only wanted to continue the saga if we were going to collectively make the best final trilogy for ourselves, for the legacy of our brother Paul, and for Universal, who’s been so supportive over the years,” says Diesel. “With Furious 7, our focus was to not only make the best film in the saga but to honor what it has represented for almost two decades. The key to this next chapter is to challenge those core themes that have endured, and to do it in a way that is compelling but still entertaining.”

“Dom Toretto is always about family, and with this storyline it’s the absolute opposite of what you expect,” adds director F. Gary Gray. “I wanted to be a part of delivering not only this different story, but delivering a performance that you’ve never seen from the entire cast. Now we’re able to explore this different realm of emotions with Dom going up against his family.”

For Fast & Furious fans, most of the franchise’s emotional beats almost always begin and end with the Dom-Letty love story.

Michelle Rodriguez, who originated the role of straight-shooting Letty Ortiz in 2001, has been a fierce proponent of keeping the couple’s relationship as grounded and real as possible, especially with its tumultuous history. That relationship has been placed in jeopardy time and time again, most jarringly in Fast & Furious with her supposed death. But even in her absence, Letty’s presence was just as strong, culminating in her on-screen resurrection as the coda of Fast Five and reconnection with Dom and her family of friends in Fast & Furious 6.

Their unconventional love story is a testament to the multi-layered films’ staying power for close to two decades. “A woman’s most powerful gift is love,” reflects Rodriguez. “What’s beautiful about Dom is that he only sees love’s strength, and that’s a testament to his character. It takes a certain type of guy to accept a really strong woman. But isn’t that the beauty of love? You’re so connected to that one person that the only thing that matters is what you both know to be true. What Vin and I try to convey with Letty and Dom is that, ultimately, the true message is this idealistic love drives people to fight for each other, to stay together tough times and to believe in each other.”

After surviving the machinations that kept them separated for years, Fast & Furious 8 finds Dom and Letty reunited and enjoying the laid back beauty of Cuba. But it is all about to disappear when a routine mission explodes and Dom betrays everyone he’s loved…and has loved him.

Faced with incontrovertible evidence that Dom has joined forces with a cyber-terrorist, seeds of doubt sprout within the team and begin to splinter the now fragile bonds. Despite everything, Letty is the lone holdout who believes in Dom. A lifetime of love that has triumphed and evolved cannot be denied. “Letty is moving on faith for the entire movie,” reflects Rodriguez. “She knows Dom, she knows how he’s wired and what drives him; this is the toughest thing she’s ever faced. Dom and Letty’s relationship is born of an unconditional love that binds them to one another.”

“The love is so deep between these two,” adds Diesel, “and as bleak as the situation looks, Letty is going to fight for her man…no matter what.”

Fast & Furious 8 features a returning all-star cast, as well as a star-studded array of newcomers to this world – Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Helen Mirren, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Scott Eastwood with Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron.

Opening across the Philippines on Black Saturday, April 15, 2017, Fast & Furious 8 is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.