PG-rated ‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ features 20-min new footage

Reimagined for the younger movie audience, Deadpool 2’s “Once Upon a Deadpool” is now rated PG by the local censors board (MTRCB) featuring an additional 20 minutes of new footage. Kids below 13 years old can now watch the world’s favorite disreputable superhero on the big screen and enjoy it with the whole gang.

Fred Savage joins Ryan Reynolds in “Once Upon a Deadpool” that pays homage to his starring role in the 1987 “The Princess Bride”.  “While my participation in this film was anything but voluntary, I am happy to learn that Fudge Cancer will be the beneficiary of this shameless cash grab,” says Savage of the film’s advocacy.

“Deadpool” debuted in February 2016 with the biggest R-rated opening of all time and went on to be the highest-grossing R-rated film in history with more than $750-million globally. “Deadpool” was also honored as the first live-action superhero movie to be nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Picture in the Comedy or Musical category, and Ryan Reynolds was also nominated as Best Actor.

Ryan Reynolds not only stars in the title role, he also co-wrote and produced “Deadpool 2.” “Ryan is an incredible comedic talent,” says Leitch, “and “Deadpool” works as a perfect ground for things he really excels at. He took that character from the comic books and made it his own brand. There’s a synergistic effect with “Deadpool” and Ryan. He really is Deadpool in real life – in terms of the way he talks and sees the world, sometimes. He’s funny and irreverent but also has a huge heart and compassion, like Deadpool.”

A 20th Century Fox film presentation, “Once Upon a Deadpool” opens in select cinemas nationwide.  Check out your favorite cinemas’ listings/schedule.

‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ is PG version of ‘Deadpool 2’ with never-before-seen footage

From the studio that brought you “A Miracle on 34th Street” and “Home Alone,” everyone’s favorite disreputable superhero returns to the big screen with a fairytale twist on Deadpool 2 that the whole family can enjoy. With over 20 minutes of never-before-seen footage, “Once Upon A Deadpool” is jam-packed with festive surprises that will open on January 16 in select cinemas nationwide.

“Once Upon A Deadpool” is the kid-friendly version of Deadpool 2 movie, now rated PG (Parental Guidance) by the MTRCB.  With the lower rating, the movie can now be seen on the big screen by younger children (below 13 years old).

Catch “Once Upon A Deadpool” in PH cinemas starting January 16.

Zazie Beetz is the Domino of luck in superhero film ‘Deadpool 2’

Deadpool comic creator Rob Liefeld is a fan of his character’s movies. “Ryan made Deadpool 2 a little dirtier. He brings that extra-edgy material that works. He’s perfect for it. They’ve taken great liberties with the R-rating and I think it found its own niche. I’m thrilled that there’s this different muscle that Fox gets to work out,” enthuses Liefeld.

“I am an artist who wanted to write because I got control of the content of my visuals,” continues Liefeld. “That’s where the battle is won – the visuals win the day in terms of cool. I still turn my head at a cool “Deadpool” drawing, whether I drew it or not or if I see him in real life. That red and black looks magnificent. While “Deadpool” spans comic books to actions figures, The best version is what they’ve done with these films because they’ve put the utmost care and love into them and they haven’t betrayed the comic. They take some liberties, but they’re sticking true to the sources, and they should, because there is a fan base out there. X-Force is the second best-selling comic of all time. I thought that would not stand. Twenty six years later, now I know it’s never going to fall.”

As well as giving Deadpool and Cable life, Rob Liefeld also created Domino, introducing her in New Mutants #98, the same issue in which Deadpool debuted. Liefeld says, “Deadpool took everybody down in the course of 10 pages, and Domino took Deadpool down in one page! She’s capable. She can go toe-to-toe with anybody, especially Deadpool and Cable. She is a badass combatant with a unique power. It’s an unknown power of probabilities, kind of a luck power. She’s wonderfully unpredictable in that way.”

Liefeld was delighted with the casting of Zazie Beetz. “I cheered the day they cast her. I thought, ‘she’s perfect,’ because who else is going to stand toe-to-toe with Ryan and take none of his crap? And Zazie as Domino has achieved that. It’s just a great dynamic.”

“I feel very honored to be bringing the role to life,” says Beetz, “And be the first live action Domino, to be entrusted with that. I’m black, and she doesn’t look black. That did concern me, but I really appreciated it when Rob Liefeld told me that he’d never assigned a race to her. And if you read the comics, she has different aliases that are very international names.”

“Domino is lucky,” says Beetz. “I think that because she’s sort of jaded, she takes it for granted. She’s sarcastic and sardonic. She goes head to head with Deadpool, and doesn’t take his shit. Domino does her own thing. She’s not really a sidekick, she holds her own. She’s a mercenary and does her job and then heads out. She knows what she’s got, and it’s interesting because that can open up the discussion of where does that luck end and begin? Because her past is quite tragic. I find it an interesting juxtaposition. She’s lucky, but to what extent? If everything just works out for you, then what’s the point in even being motivated to do anything? She struggles with that a lot.”

About Deadpool 2

From 20th Century Fox, “Deadpool 2” is now showing in Philippine cinemas nationwide. Also available in IMAX screens.

MOVIE REVIEW: Deadpool 2 (2018)

Deadpool 2 revs up more on meta-references, violence and attitude. It simply won’t back down up until the post-credits.

Deadpool 2

If the first Deadpool movie made history by breaking down the fourth-wall in the superhero film genre, this sequel outdoes its predecessor by revving up on everything that fans expect of it: meta-references and gratuitous violence. So much of these, that this time, you can almost feel its portrayer, Ryan Reynolds eating popcorn beside you, giving you rib nudges all throughout. And with the amount of bloodshed and mockery thrown in this film, expect some lasting bruises on your way out.

By design, Deadpool should make fun of other films and its first victim is no other than Wolverine (it’s no secret when the trailer explicitly markets this film with a line, “from the studio that killed Wolverine”). Then, we are served with a stylish, James Bond-inspired opening sequence featuring Celine Dion’s original song, “Ashes.” This is played along Deadpool’s signature fake credits (“directed by one of the guys who killed the dog in John Wick”) to remind us that this sequel can be self-deprecating too. It is Marvel’s slowly-diminishing competitor, DC Comics who takes the biggest shade of all and past the comic-book genre, even B-films like Human Centipede can’t escape the travesty. Deadpool 2 simply won’t back down, up until the post-credit scene that everyone’s been raving about.

READ MORE: Final trailer for ‘Deadpool 2’ pokes fun at superhero movies

But the meta-ness of its humor is only one aspect it. It’s the raunchy side that induces you to laugh your guts out. It is indeed excessive—and reprising screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (and now joined by Reynolds himself) could be trying hard for all we care—but it doesn’t matter. Wade Wilson/Deadpool is not a protagonist who acts like a comedian desperately wanting his audience to laugh. He is a hilarious madman who draws comedy out of tragedy after being tortured in the first film. Hence, he can’t help himself. It all works.

The most important thing is Deadpool’s humor, no matter how vulgar and edgy it is, it does not rely on racism, sexism, homophobia and other real-life offensive themes. In fact, the film goes in the opposite direction and mocks those who tolerate them. Deadpool calls his motley crew as “forward-thinking and gender-neutral,” a character comments on the discrimination of plus-sized heroes in Hollywood, and so on.

Deadpool 2 X-Force
The X-Force (L to R): Domino (Zazie Beetz), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgard), Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan) and Bedlam (Terry Crews).

Along with old-timers Colossus (Stefan Kapicic), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Weasel (TJ Miller), Dopinder (Karan Soni) and Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), DP2 returns with more wonderfully diverse cast members. After conducting hilarious quick-cut interviews, Deadpool assembles his not-so-derivative team called the X-Force crew: Bedlam (Terry Crews), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgard), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), Peter the human (Rob Delaney), and Domino (Zazie Beetz) who cinematically shines with her luck-manipulation skills.

We learn from the get-go that Deadpool and his long-time girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) plan to have a baby of their own and with a troubled fireball-hurling kid Russell/FireFist (Julian Dennison) stepping on the picture, he test-runs his capacity to be a father. The X-Force must protect the kid from a time-hopping terminator-esque Cable. The latter being played by Josh Brolin fresh from his Thanos role so we can expect more jokes in this department. As a whole, DP2 actually works as an antidote from the harrowing end of the recently released Avengers: Infinity War.

Josh Brolin as cyberkinetic soldier Cable

Defying morals is part of Deadpool’s charm and as we can see here, Deadpool convinces Russell that killing will set him to the wrong path. Yet, he and his team does this by slicing and dicing a lot of bodies along the way. It’s ultra-violent as ever than before but it works hand-in-hand with the humor and blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameos. These are all punchlines in this bloody raucous good-time.

Director David Leitch (who I also recently learned is a former stuntman) knows his angles well and employs neat camera tricks here. But what makes DP2 stand out even more is the use of its soundtrack. When is the last time that you heard songs like Dolly Parton’s ‘9 to 5’, Air Supply’s ‘All Out of Love’ or Annie’s ‘Tomorrow’ used in a fight scene? Only Deadpool has the craziness to do so.

On the other hand, Reynolds’ attitude and charisma permeates through his mask that he almost immortalizes himself with this character (much like Robert Downey Jr. does in his Iron Man). He has a crazy level of  hyper-awareness that he can point out obligatory tropes that even DP2 is also guilty of doing. He throws in comments like, “big CGI fight coming up!” “that’s just lazy writing,” or “if we finish this mission, we can skip the third act and eat chimichangas after.” It indicts pop culture and questions mainstream taste, showing gruesome stuff while asking its viewers, “Are you enjoying this? Of course, you are!” Nothing is sacred here, except the comedy itself.

Deadpool with Colossus (Stefan Kapicic)

On an entirely different note, I still have my reservations whether or not to officially include Deadpool in the X-Men franchise. How do you put a character in a universe that does not use fourth-wall breaking comments? Will he start calling Professor X as Patrick Stewart or James McAvoy? That being said, I think it is best for his character to stay out of it. But even if the executives decide to go in that direction, it can still be interesting how they do it. Marvel, please don’t screw this up in the future.

And now to answer the question of diminishing returns. Does DP2 wear me down after using more of the same technique? At this point, not yet. The strain occasionally shows but for the most part it pays off with big laughs with an emotional core strong enough to keep it together. Deadpool 2 can be as subversive as it can be but deep inside it’s just a comic book movie that wants to be loved. The bottomline is, if you enjoyed the first Deadpool film, you will most certainly enjoy this sequel too.


4.5 out of 5 stars


About Deadpool 2

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the Yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

Distributed by 20th Century Fox, Deadpool 2 is now showing worldwide on May 18, 2018 starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, Karan Soni, Brianna Hildebrand, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, Stefan Kapicic and Eddie Marsan.

Directed by David Leitch from a screenplay written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and Ryan Reynolds (R-16). Runtime: 119 minutes.

 

Assembling the X-Force in superhero film ‘Deadpool 2’

Deadpool 2 introduces an ever-growing stronger alliance of the Merc with a Mouth. It also features returning and new characters via extremely talented cast starring alongside Ryan Reynolds. Included in the cast are Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, Shioli Kutsuna and Jack Kesy.

Ryan Reynolds not only stars in the title role, he also co-wrote (along with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick) and produced Deadpool 2. “Ryan is an incredible comedic talent,” says director David Leitch. It can also be noted that “Deadpool” works as a perfect ground for things he really excels at. He took that character from the comic books and made it his own brand. There’s a synergistic effect with “Deadpool” and Ryan. He’s funny and irreverent but also has a huge heart and compassion, like Deadpool.”

“The best version is what they’ve done with these films,” according to Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld. ”[This is] because they’ve put the utmost care and love into them and they haven’t betrayed the comic. X-Force is the second best-selling comic of all time. Twenty six years later, now I know it’s never going to fall.”

As well as giving Deadpool and Cable life, Rob Liefeld also created Domino (Beetz). He introducing her in New Mutants #98, the same issue in which Deadpool debuted. Liefeld says, “Deadpool took everybody down in the course of 10 pages, and Domino took Deadpool down in one page! She is a unique badass combatant.”

The breakout star of “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” the highest-grossing picture in New Zealand film history, Julian Dennison is also in the cast. He plays Russell, who ultimately becomes Firefist.

Morena Baccarin returns as Vanessa, the love of Wade Wilson’s life. She says, “Much like the first movie, this is really fun, action-packed, funny and the true heart in it is very palpable and beautiful.”

“Negasonic has grown and matured a lot since the last film,” says Hildebrand. “Before, she was really rebellious and I think she still has an attitude, but she’s more comfortable now and not necessarily trying to rebel as much as she is just being herself.”

Leslie Uggams returns to play Wade’s unlikely roommate, Blind Al. “Once I put that wig on, it all came flooding back, I just love the character so much, it was fun to be able to do her again. She is fun to play because she is totally opposite of the person that I am.” says the Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer.

T.J. Miller is back as Deadpool’s confidante, Weasel. Miller says, “Deadpool is not just a comedy. It’s a superhero film and it’s also action. And so often in those types of films it is almost wholly my job to be funny and get a laugh right before you go to an action sequence or car chase.”

Andre Tricoteux returns with Colossus’ body performance. While the character’s voice and facial capture performance are done by Stefan Kapičić, Tricoteux was on set as Colossus during production. Tricoteux says, “Colossus is Deadpool’s moral compass. And of course, Deadpool finds ways to screw everything up.”

About Deadpool 2

From 20th Century Fox, Deadpool 2 opens in cinemas nationwide on May 16 (with early previews on May 15 starting 5:00pm). Also available in IMAX screens.

Josh Brolin, from Thanos in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ to Cable in ‘Deadpool 2’

After breaking box office records, Ryan Reynolds returns as Deadpool and this time the Merc with the Mouth’s movie is bigger and more badass than ever.

“Deadpool” debuted in February 2016 with the biggest R-rated opening of all time and went on to be the highest-grossing R-rated film in history with more than $750-million globally. “Deadpool” was also honored as the first live-action superhero movie to be nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Picture in the Comedy or Musical category, and Ryan Reynolds was also nominated as Best Actor.

Academy Award-nominated actor Josh Brolin has starred in a slate of films, ranging from “No Country For Old Men” and “Sicario,” all the way back to the now-classic “Goonies.” In “Deadpool 2,” Brolin stars as one of the most highly-anticipated screen personas in recent history. He plays the role of time-traveling Cable, a warrior infected with the techno-organic virus that renders him cybernetic.

READ MORE: It’s Ryan Reynolds vs. Josh Brolin in movie sequel

“One of the things that made “Deadpool” popular was that, while it was silly and irreverent, it also had a heart and real angst and grounded emotions,” says writer/executive producer Rhett Reese. “Wade Wilson is someone who leads a pretty tormented life and lives on the edge of society. We wanted to carry that into “Deadpool 2,” and we worked in some pretty serious, dark plots. Deadpool is still on the fringe, he hasn’t really made much of his life and he is still scrounging to get by – which is always endearing.

The Cable character has also lost a great deal. He has lost his wife and daughter at the hands of a mad man, and he’s doing anything in his power, including traveling back in time, to solve that issue and bring them back. In this, there is an undercurrent of real emotion and depth that counterbalances the humor. It’s not just farce or a romp. It has real emotional underpinnings and I think the combination is where we like to live.”

“Cable is a stalwart of X-Force,” says writer/executive producer Paul Wernick. “Deadpool is the gateway into the X-Force world, and an essential part. Cable is the straight man to Deadpool’s madness. He provides an almost parallel emotional core. Despite them being very different, they’re very similar in that they’re both broken. They’ve both lost something and are in search of something. Ultimately, they find each other.”

“Josh is a treasure and one of the great actors of our generation. We’re just privileged to have him,” says Wernick. “Josh is incredible,” adds Sood. “He personifies this character that’s been a fan favorite for years. I think it’s going to be really exciting for everybody to see it on the screen. It was great for us, because we got to look at all those wonderful Cable – Deadpool stories and try to get the essence of what that relationship was and translate it to the screen. They are incredibly strong-willed personalities. Sparks fly between them. The movie is not a buddy movie in any way, but you can see the beginnings of a partnership that may yield even bigger results in the future.”

“Deadpool” creator Rob Liefeld, also created Cable. He says, “Josh Brolin could not be more perfect for the role. He’s one of the most talented actors of all space and time!” Liefeld recalls meeting Brolin on set and thinking, “I’m meeting Cable! How awesome is this!?! I dare anyone to meet one of your own creations and not get umpteen butterflies in your stomach.” To morph into the fighting machine Cable, Brolin worked out diligently for months and was also extremely disciplined in his dietary habits. He was very proud of getting into what he calls, “the best shape of my life.”

About Deadpool 2

Rated R-16 by the MTRCB, “Deadpool 2” opens in Philippine cinemas on May 16 from 20th Century Fox. With early previews on May 15 starting 5:00pm at selected theaters nationwide (check cinemas near you!).

WATCH: Final trailer for ‘Deadpool 2’ pokes fun at superhero movies

It’s all for fun after all in the final trailer for “Deadpool 2!” Ryan Reynolds is so back after breaking box office records via superhero character “Deadpool” and this time the Merc with the Mouth’s movie is bigger and more badass than ever.

David Leitch, director of “John Wick” and “Atomic Blonde,” is at the helm to bring more stunts, more style and more action. “Deadpool” debuted in February 2016 with the biggest R-rated opening of all time and went on to be the highest-grossing R-rated film in history with more than $750-million globally. “Deadpool” was also honored as the first live-action superhero movie to be nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Picture in the Comedy or Musical category, and Ryan Reynolds was also nominated as Best Actor.

Along with the returning and new cast in “Deadpool 2,” Academy Award-nominated actor Josh Brolin also stars as the time-traveling Cable, a warrior infected with the techno-organic virus that renders him cybernetic and the most highly-anticipated screen personas in recent history.

Also starring in “Deadpool 2” are Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, the love of Wade Wilson’s life; T.J. Miller is back as Deadpool’s confidante, Weasel; Brianna Hildebrand returns too Negasonic Teenage Warhead; Leslie Uggams as Blind Al; likewise, Andre Tricoteux returns with Colossus’ body performance. Rounding up the cast of “Deadpool 2” are Zazie Beetz as Domino, Julian Dennison as Russell/Firefist, Shioli Kutsuna as Yukio, Karan Soni as Dopinder, Eddie Marsan as the Headmaster, Jack Kesy as Black Tom Cassidy, Terry Crews, Lewis Tan, Bill Skarsgard and Rob Delaney.

From 20th Century Fox, “Deadpool 2” opens May 16 in the Philippines and will have previews on May 15 nationwide starting 5:00pm (check theatres near you!). Also available in IMAX screens nationwide.

 

WATCH: It’s Ryan Reynolds vs Josh Brolin in full trailer for ‘Deadpool 2’

Red-dy yourselves as 20th Century Fox unravels more in the latest full trailer of what’s in store in the hugely anticipated “Deadpool 2” that will open on May 16 in Philippine cinemas.

Starring Ryan Reynolds as the returning titular character, “Deadpool 2” trailer explodes with familiar and new characters, friends and fiends of Wade Wilson aka Deadpool in a series of non-stop, high-octane action.

An action adventure unlike any other in the hero universe, Deadpool, the Merc with the Mouth as seen in the trailer, assembles his own motley bunch to help him fight enemies and save it against the wrath of the dreadful Cable, played by Josh Brolin.

Directed by David Leitch, a filmmaker, stuntman and stunt coordinator, “Deadpool 2” also stars Morena Baccarin, Brianna Hildebrand, T.J. Miller, Stefan Kapicic, Karan Soni, Zazie Beetz and Julian Denison.

Mark your calendars red on May 16, the day that “Deadpool 2” opens in Philippine cinemas nationwide.

WATCH: ‘Deadpool 2’ unveils red band teaser trailer

Ryan Reynolds’ donning of “Deadpool” turned the hero universe into a totally different genre that took the world pleasantly surprised. A Marvel anti-hero known for his unrelenting and acerbic sense of humor, the first “Deadpool” movie that was released in February 2015 became a worldwide smash hit with $783.1 million at the box-office so far.

With the latest release of the very unusual red band teaser trailer of the feverishly-anticipated sequel Deadpool is seen wearing a wig and carrying a paint palette, mimicking Bob Ross from the famous decade-long show “The Art of Painting” during the early ‘80s. The red band trailer, suffused with creative expletives only Deadpool can deliver, gives the audience a peek of what to expect in the sequel – extreme action with his friends in the biz fighting villains such as Cable (played by Josh Brolin), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and Blind Al (Leslie Uggams).

“Deadpool 2” is a 20th Century Fox feature film that will open in Phils. cinemas on May 30, 2018.

‘Deadpool 2’ viral teaser debuts in PH theaters with ‘Logan’

The hilarious short aka long teaser of “Deadpool 2” that became viral worldwide will finally debut in Philippine theatres on Saturday, March 11. The long teaser that had the world laughing out loud will exclusively play only in screens where “Logan” is currently on its second week in theatres.

Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson aka Deadpool is seen passing by a deserted street while an old man is being mugged at the start of the teaser. Heroics ensue as he tries to change into his suit but realizes he’s too late as he hears a gunshot, only to find out the old man is dead. Ramblings continue with our irreverent hero while we can still hear him talking to the dead man saying, “You know who would have been able to save you? Logan. He doesn’t have to change into anything. All he wears is jeans and a tank-top,” as the screen fades to black.

Hailed globally as the best Wolverine movie in the X-Men franchise starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and newcomer Dafne Keen, “Logan” is now on its second week in almost 200 screens nationwide.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime larger-than-life presentation on the big screen with two of the world’s most iconic and beloved superheroes starting March 11 in Philippine cinemas!

“Logan” is from 20th Century Fox distributed by Warner Bros. Rated R-16 by the MTRCB without cuts.