Ronnie Liang to play lead role in ‘Crash Landing on You’-inspired film

Another lead role for singer and actor Ronnie Liang after his award-winning first ever lead role movie “Esoterika Manila” (2014).

He was 2014’s Gawad Pasado Best Actor for that movie. 

The film is “Harang,” directed by Palanca award-winning writer Njel de Mesa who directed the film “Respeto.”

“Harang” pegs Korean hit “Crash Landing On You” but totally different when it comes to its storytelling.

The now pilot plays military person in the said romantic-comedy movie. Very fitting as he recently received his rank and completed trainings as 2nd lieutenant from Army Pambato Division. 

“Maganda ‘yung timing ng movie kasi katatapos ko lang mag training bilang 2nd Lieutenant so sa tingin ko mapo-portray ko nang maayos ‘yung character ko. Very personal and close to my heart itong role ko.”

Ronnie said in an interview that he admires Njel’s creativity and his love for his craft. 

“Super happy sa title kasi kung iisipin mo ‘yung Harang parang super serious nung theme. Sobrang bilib ako kay direk. Ito iyong mga performers sa mga kasal, mahilig mag-gig. Iyon ang tawag sa kanila. 

“The movie is about musicians at kung ano iyong current issues natin ngayon. Marami rin siyang interesting twists kasi may romcom element dahil may secret wedding sa plot.”

His fans are very excited especially he’s tagged as “Oppa,” who looks like Korean actor. 

“Hindi naman sa nakiki-ride sa hype ng Korean treatment whether sa film or series, pero maganda ring chance na ipakita sa audience na kaya rin natin gumawa ng ganung klaseng obra. Yes, we are influenced, pero may sariling touch si direk.”

Showing soon under the direction of Njel de Mesa. Princess Velasco and Thor Dulay are also part of the movie.

“I’m so excited to flex my acting ability. Hindi naman nawala ‘yung pag arte dahil marami akong support roles sa mga Viva film, pero iba ngayon dahil lead ulit ito. Ibibigay ko ang best ko para sa movie na ‘to.”

Liang will be very busy starting March 18 for his PAGCOR Tours. Schedules are: March 18- Casino Filipino MGO, Manila; March 20- Casino Filipino Talisay, Cebu; April 16- Casino Filipino Ilocos Norte; April 24- Casino Filipino Crown, Cebu; May 27- Casino Filipino Iloilo; and May 20- Casino Filipino Cebu.

He’s also set to finish his commercial pilot this year at APG International Aviation Academy. He finished his solo and private trainings as pilot. All inspiring pilots are welcome to enroll PRIVATE PILOT GROUND SCHOOL & FLIGHT TRAINING COURSE, COMMERCIAL PILOT GROUND SCHOOL & FLIGHT TRAINING COURSE, INSTRUMENT RATING (IR) COURSE, MULTI-ENGINE (ME) COURSE, FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR (FI) COURSE at APG.

’84 Days to #WW84′ kicks off countdown to ‘Wonder Woman 1984’

MANILA, March 11, 2020 — The countdown begins to the movie event of the year as Warner Bros. Philippines kicks off today its “84 Days to #WW84” campaign for “Wonder Woman 1984” led by a partnership with 104.3 FM2.  Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, “Wonder Woman 1984” arrives in local cinemas June 3, 2020.

Golden Hits from 1984

Buckle up down memory lane when `Your Hitback Music Nation’ 104.3 FM2 plays the greatest hits from 1984 during their morning (6:00 to 9:00AM), afternoon (3:00 to 6:00PM) and evening primetime (6:00 to 9:00PM) shows.  Starting March 11 or exactly 84 days before “Wonder Woman 1984” opens in the Philippines, listeners will be treated to especially curated three 1984 songs each day.  Stay tuned at 104.3 FM2 for more “Wonder Woman 1984”-related updates and surprises!

PH Countdown Site Now Live

Fans are also encouraged to join a virtual countdown at https://tickets.ww84movie.com.ph/ which was launched today as well. They can visit the site to save the date in their calendars and be reminded to purchase tickets when selling starts.

Check out the social pages of Warner Bros. Philippines for announcements of more activation and  events as the countdown to #WW84 continues!

About “Wonder Woman 1984”

Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah.

With director Patty Jenkins back at the helm and Gal Gadot returning in the title role, “Wonder Woman 1984” is Warner Bros. Pictures’ follow up to the DC Super Hero’s first outing, 2017’s record-breaking “Wonder Woman,” which took in $822 million at the worldwide box office.  The film also stars Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Kristen Wiig as The Cheetah, Pedro Pascal as Max Lord, Robin Wright as Antiope, and Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta.

Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot and Stephen Jones are producing the film.  Rebecca Steel, Roven Oakley, Richard Suckle, Marianne Jenkins, Geoff Johns, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo and Wesley Coller are the executive producers.

Patty Jenkins directed from a screenplay she wrote with Geoff Johns & David Callaham, story by Jenkins & Johns, based on characters from DC.  Joining the director behind the scenes are several members of her “Wonder Woman” team, including director of photography Matthew Jensen, Oscar-nominated production designer Aline Bonetto (“Amélie”), and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“Topsy-Turvy”).  Oscar-nominated editor Richard Pearson (“United 93”) is cutting the film.  The music is by Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer (“Dunkirk,” “The Lion King”).

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents an Atlas Entertainment/Stone Quarry Production, a Patty Jenkins Film, “Wonder Woman 1984.”  

In Philippine cinemas June 3, “Wonder Woman 1984” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.  Join the conversation online and use the hashtag #WW84

5 things to remember about horror film ‘A Quiet Place Part II’

With just two weeks before Paramount Pictures’ A Quiet Place Part II arrives in the Philippines on March 18, audiences are well advised to know the following five things about the eagerly anticipated sequel.

1. A Family Reunited

Following the huge success of the first film, A Quiet Place Part II reunites the filmmaking partnership that spawned it, John Krasinski again writing and directing his real-life wife Emily Blunt. Despite the first film ending on a cliff-hanger, a sequel was never planned but the idea of how people were surviving and how the world could go on were questions that Krasinski could not shake. “I never wanted to go outside the farm on the first one, but it was always in the back of my head. And then to see the reaction from the first movie, and that people had that same question, was really inspiring to me. Because it was something that I felt very much I wanted to explore” says Krasinski. This led to the spark of an idea that took him on a journey to create the expanded world in A Quiet Place Part II.

2. Day 1

In the first film, audiences met the Abbott family on ‘Day 89’ after the alien invasion, which they never saw play out on screen. A Quiet Place Part II opens with a massive-scale flashback to the terrifying bloodbath of ‘Day 1’, and audiences will finally have their question answered. While A Quiet Place left people on the edge of their seats asking many questions, Part II provides context and gives a glimpse into the world before silence and the journey after the horrifying end in the first movie.

3. Day 474

A Quiet Place Part came loaded with iconic imagery, unrelenting suspense and a shotgun-clicking cliff hanger that left audiences gasping for more. “The first movie was absolutely a metaphor for parenthood,” Krasinski says. Where A Quiet Place was really about the lengths a parent would go to for their child, Part II is about the children themselves. “I love that idea,” Krasinski says, “that this little girl has the answer, and she can’t live with herself knowing that she’s only protecting this small group of people [her family], when she could be protecting the entire world.” Much of the focus of A Quiet Place Part II centers on the family coping with grief and pain while still searching for a way to survive.

L-r, Regan (Millicent Simmonds), Marcus (Noah Jupe) and Evelyn (Emily Blunt) brave the unknown in “A Quiet Place Part II.”

4. Beyond the path

Where the first film was set almost entirely in one location, A Quiet Place Part II uncovers a new path. The family’s search for other survivors takes them on a perilous journey. With a new-born baby in a box with a dwindling oxygen supply, the family forges across new, threatening locations. “If the first [movie] was intimate, almost like a homegrown western, this is more of a travelling western,” says Krasinski, who cites the unforgiving landscapes of No Country For Old Men, True Grit and There Will Be Blood as inspiration. “It feels more epic.”

5. The threat has evolved

It was never the horror that drew Krasinski into the world of A Quiet Place; rather, it was the feelings that the concept stirred deep within him. A Quiet Place Part II is no different with the introduction of mysterious new characters played by Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou, who may offer a safe haven or pose a threat. “What [Murphy and Hounsou’s characters] represent the most strongly is that there are other people out there,” says Krasinski. “‘How did they survive and how do they survive?’ becomes the question and the story for the second one.”

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.

In Philippine cinemas March 18, A Quiet Place Part II is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  #AQuietPlace

Taiwan’s beloved top-grosser ‘More Than Blue’ hits PH cinemas

One of Taiwan’s highest-grossing films, MORE THAN BLUE, is here to make you fall in love and cry your heart out.

MORE THAN BLUE is about Chang a.k.a K (Jasper Liu), a terminally-ill guy and his best friend, Song a.k.a Cream (Ivy Chen). They have been friends for many years, and have been living at the same house without any romantic relations. But in reality, K has been in love with Cream since high school. Not wanting Cream to be lonely when he dies, K decides to help her find Mr. Right. But can K bear to see the love of his life happy with another man? Is this what Cream really wants? To be happy with another man without her best friend?

MORE THAN BLUE is a remake of the 2009 South Korean film of the same title. It was first released in Taiwan on November 2018 and earned NT$32 million on the first three days. Nine days since its release, the film passed the NT$100 million mark, breaking the box office speed record of the hit Taiwanese film “Our Times”, which broke the NT$100 million in 10 days. By the 11th day of release, the film already made NT$135 million and became the highest-grossing Taiwanese film of 2018. 

The movie also received a warm response in the 23rd Busan International Film Festival held last October 2018. The film’s 5,000 tickets in the festival were sold out within five minutes, and Jasper Liu and Ivy Chen won the “Face of Asia” award.

The film’s main cast, Jasper Liu and Ivy Chen are both Taiwan’s in-demand and award-wining actors. 33 year-old Jasper Liu started out as a model before he ventured into acting in 2011. Since then, he has become one of Taiwan’s most prominent actors. Last year, on his birthday last August 12, Jasper released the full version of the theme song of MORE THAN BLUE entitled A Kind of Sorrow and marked his debut as a solo singer.

Ivy Chen started her career in 2002, appearing in many commercials and music videos. In 2010, she received her first Best Actress award at the 12th Taipei Awards for her performance in the romantic comedy film “Hear Me”. Since then, she has received several nominations for her performances in different movies.

In MORE THAN BLUE, Jasper Liu and Ivy Chen had a perfect chemistry that made the movie more heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.  

Catch the MORE THAN BLUE fever exclusively in SM Cinemas nationwide. 

LOOK: New animated comedy ‘Connected’ reveals first-look photos

It’s time to plug in as Sony Pictures Animation reveals the first-look images of its upcoming comedy Connected.

Check out the images below and watch Connected in Philippine cinemas soon.

Sony Pictures Animation’s Connected is an original animated comedy from director Mike Rianda (Gravity Falls) and producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Lego Movie).

When Katie Mitchell (voiced by Abbi Jacobson), a creative outsider, is accepted into the film school of her dreams, her plans to fly to college are upended when her nature-loving dad Rick (voiced by Danny McBride) determines the whole family should drive Katie to school together and bond as a family one last time. Katie and Rick are joined by the rest of the family, including Katie’s wildly positive mom Linda (voiced by Maya Rudolph), her quirky little brother Aaron (voiced by Mike Rianda), and the family’s delightfully chubby pug Monchi for the ultimate family road trip. Suddenly, the Mitchells’ plans are interrupted by a tech uprising: all around the world, the electronic devices people love – from phones, to appliances, to an innovative new line of personal robots – decide it’s time to take over. With the help of two friendly malfunctioning robots, the Mitchells will have to get past their problems and work together to save each other and the world!

Connected is directed by Mike Rianda, co-directed by Jeff Rowe and written by Mike Rianda and Jeff Rowe.

The film is produced by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Kurt Albrecht; the executive producers are Will Allegra, Louis Koo.

The cast is led by Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Mike Rianda, Eric Andre and Olivia Colman.

Connected is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. #ConnectedMovie

Katie (Abbi Jacobson) in Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation’s CONNECTED.

Disney-Pixar’s ‘Onward’ opens Mar 4 in PH with early screening on Leap Day, Feb 29

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.

OH BROTHERS – In Disney and Pixar’s “Onward,” two teenage elf brothers embark on an extraordinary quest in a van named Guinevere to discover if there is still a little magic left in the world. Featuring Tom Holland as the voice of Ian Lightfoot, and Chris Pratt as the voice of Ian’s older brother, Barley, “Onward” opens in U.S. theaters on March 6, 2020. ©2019 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

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.

BAD DRAGON – In Disney and Pixar’s “Onward,” Ian Lightfoot’s mom has his back—even when his hyperactive pet dragon, Blazey, is misbehaving. Featuring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the voice of Mom, and Tom Holland as the voice of Ian, “Onward” opens in U.S. theaters on March 6, 2020. ©2019 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

About Onward

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.

WATCH: Biggest underdog story ever unfolds in first ‘Rumble’ trailer

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.

Horror film continues terror in ‘Brahms: The Boy 2’

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 

‘Force Majeure’ remake ‘Downhill’ exclusively showing at Ayala Malls Cinemas

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.  

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