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James Wan Begins Shooting Highly Anticipated “THE CONJURING 2”

Burbank, CA, September 28, 2015 – Principal photography has begun in Los Angeles on New Line Cinema’s “The Conjuring 2,” with James Wan (“Fast & Furious 7”) once again at the helm, following the record-breaking success of “The Conjuring.” The supernatural thriller brings to the screen another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up In the Air,” TV’s “Bates Motel”) and Patrick Wilson (the “Insidious” films), star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits. The film follows the phenomenal worldwide reception of Wan’s “The Conjuring,” which marked the largest opening ever for an original horror movie. The film went on to make more than $319 million worldwide and still remains the second highest grossing original horror movie

NINJA PARTY (Director’s Cut) Opens in Selected Cinemas Starting September 30

Jim Libirian Sinag Maynila entry Ninja Party will grace into selected cinemas starting today (September 30) and at the UP Film Center on October 5,6,13,14,21, 2015. Check out the R-18 version Red band trailer below:  The version of NINJA PARTY shown during the Sinag Maynila Film Festival (SMFF) back in March 2015 was the Philippine version rated R-16 by the FDCP. Ninja Party won the SMFF People’s Choice i.e. it had the most number of tickets sold at that time. Now that the festival is over, viewers can now see the International version of Ninja Party that we’d like to call the Director’s Cut, rated R-18 by the FDCP---strictly For Adults Only. This film version has NEVER BEEN SCREENED in any cinema, except by the FDCP for film rating purposes. The film stars Odette Khan, Annicka Dolonius, Julz Savard, Bea Galvez, Elora Españo, Teresa Loyzaga, Denise Marasigan, Japo Parceo and Mariz Reyes.  Synopsis:  Top female students of an elite Catholic high school discover

The Martian: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers  "In your face, Neil Armstrong" one of the strong lines said by Mark Watney (Matt Damon) after being left out on Mars all by himself. He was presumed dead by his crew members after a fierce storm. Luckily, Mark survived but was left all alone with limited food. He must find a way to contact the Earth and tell them that he is still alive. Meanwhile at Earth, experts in NASA is planning to save him and bring him home. However, they must figure out a way to reach him sooner before he runs out of supplies.   Finally, Ridley Scott redeemed himself after two disastrous films ( Exodus: Gods and Kings & The Counselor) and concentrated to bring a fresh fun film with The Martian. It is a mere combination of Castaway and Gravity with Matt Damon playing as a one man wrecking crew on the red planet. Matt Damon brings in his intellectual abilities into the character which shows determination in overcoming an almost impossible challenge. He makes Mark Watn

New “CREED” Poster has a Father-and-Son Vibe

Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures have just unwrapped the teaser one-sheet art for the upcoming action-drama “Creed.”  Sporting a dominant father-and-son vibe, the new poster shows Sylvester Stallone (as Rocky) talking to Michael B. Jordan (as Adonish Johnson), as if saying the one-sheet’s slogan, “Your legacy is more than a name.” “ Creed” explores a new chapter in the “Rocky” story and stars Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role.  The film also reunites director Ryan Coogler with his “Fruitvale Station” star Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed.   In the film, Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa. Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallon

Joel Edgerton Strikes a Deal With the Devil in “BLACK MASS”

  Australian actor Joel Edgerton (“Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “The Great Gatsby”) plays an FBI agent who makes a pact with the devil, in Warner Bros. Pictures' new crime thriller, “Black Mass.” Based on a true story, the film explores how a deal between ruthless gangster Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp) and FBI Agent John Connolly (Edgerton) enabled Bulger to expand his criminal empire with complete impunity, as Connolly—blinded by his own ambition—shielded him from investigation, ignoring the rising body count. “ I think John saw Whitey as a kind of renegade who had this rock star glow about him in the community,” explains Edgerton. “To him, there was a deeper connection—he knew the rock star and that rock star had treated him well. Once. I believe he went into the FBI with good intentions and had aspirations of being a great lawman. But on his home turf there was a very blurry line between crime and the law, and if the person you admired was on the other side of the law, it

Teen Actress Odeya Rush Takes on Ghouls, Zombies in “GOOSEBUMPS”

  When Odeya Rush’s breakout movie “The Giver” opened last year, her brothers headed straight down to the cinema. They queued up and got their tickets and prepared for a night of fun. This might not sound all that surprising — until one considers the fact that they chose to watch “Let’s Be Cops,” a raucous comedy that opened against their sister’s movie. “My parents are supportive, of course, but my brothers like to make fun of me,” laughs the 18-year-old actress. “I make fun of them, too.” When their sister’s next movie, Columbia Pictures' “Goosebumps” opens, however, her brothers will definitely be watching her on screen. Rush has six brothers, all of whom love the series of  Goosebumps  books by acclaimed children’s author R. L. Stine, and their sister is taking the lead female role in the movie adaptation, starring opposite Jack Black, Dylan Minnette and Ryan Lee. “They want to see the movie,” says Rush of her siblings. Directed by Rob Letterman, “Goosebumps” casts

Sam Smith's “WRITING'S ON THE WALL,” Theme Song to “SPECTRE” Out Now

  Stream: Download : Multi-platinum selling British artist Sam Smith has become the latest musician to record a James Bond theme song, for the forthcoming SPECTRE. “Writing’s On The Wall” was released Sept. 25 via Capitol Records and is available to purchase and stream now. “ Writing’s On The Wall” was co-written by Sam Smith and fellow GRAMMY® Award winner Jimmy Napes. The track is awash with cascading orchestration and delicate keys, whilst Smith’s impeccable vocals elegantly glide above the instrumentation, strewn throughout with his effortless falsetto. It is the first James Bond theme song recorded by a British male solo artist since 1965. On the SPECTRE theme song Smith comments: “This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honored to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song. I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy and join an incredible line up of some of my biggest m

Academy Award Winner Benicio Del Toro in Gripping Action Thriller “SICARIO”

Heinous crimes traverse the jagged line of the U.S. and Mexican border in an alarmingly escalating tempo that the intense thrilling action “Sicario” (meaning hitman) deals with, starring an impressive roster of actors including Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin. At a time when the world is awash with the most pressing questions on drugs, terror, illegal immigration and corruption that has left people on both sides frightened and vigilant, “Sicario” explores the journey of an intelligence operation that pushes the rules to engage with those who don’t play by any. “ It’s a movie about choices,” adds Benicio Del Toro, who dives into one of his most conflicted roles as the equal parts vengeful and tender hit man Alejandro.  “It’s tough to say whether any character in Sicario is truly good or bad. Do the means justify the ends?  What happens when go into a situation where you want to kill one guy and you kill 20 innocent people? You got the bad guy, but at what cost

Keanu Reeves Opens Door to Temptation in “KNOCK KNOCK”

Keanu Reeves stars in his latest sexy thrilling starrer in “Knock Knock” as a blissfully married man with two children who was lured by two very attractive women (played by Lorenza Izzo and  Ana de Armas) when they came knocking at his door when he was left alone at home. Directed and written by Eli Roth known for his critically acclaimed and phenomenal works in thriller and horror genre such as “Cabin Fever” that went on to be Lionsgate’s highest grossing film on the year that it was released and the worldwide hit “Hostel,” “Knock Knock” is an erotic thriller that toys on the idea of trouble coming into one’s own home and unleashes Pandora’s box.  “ With Knock Knock, I wanted to show just how fragile the world we spend a lifetime building actually is. What if you did everything right – you went to a good school, you dated nice people until you met the right person, you settled down, you built a good life for yourself…and still, you have the sinking feeling you’re missi

Emma Watson Reveals Family's Crime in Psychological Thriller “REGRESSION”

Emma Watson, best known for her role in the highly successful film franchise “Harry Potter” playing Hermione Granger expands her range as an actress as she stars her most challenging role to-date in the psychological thriller “Regression” along with Ethan Hawke and “Harry Potter” alumnus David  Thewlis helmed by Academy Award Winner director Alejandro Amenábar (“The Sea Inside”). Set in Minnesota circa 1990. Emma Watson’s character Angela Gray has found Angela has found peace and safety in religion after losing her mother in a car accident.  During a seminar at Reverend Beaumont’s church she breaks down and confesses that her father has abused her. With Detective Bruce Kenner’s (Hawke) help, she will overcome her isolation to become a key witness to solve the case.  When Kenner further investigates the case of Angela, who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr

Fil-Am Cinematographer Shoots Acclaimed “STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON”

  Don't look now, but a Filipino-American contributed to the enormous critical and commercial success of Universal Pictures' “Straight Outta Compton,” which traces the rise of influential (and notorious) rap group N.W.A. The film's Director of Photography is none other than Oscar-nominated Fil-Am cinematographer Matthew Libatique, himself a life-long fan of hip-hop music. Libatique describes to  ICG (International Cinematographers Guild) Magazine , how he got involved with the film. “I was watching TV in a New York hotel room when I saw Ice Cube on Queen Latifah [the talk show], and she asked what he was doing next. When Cube said a film called `Straight Outta Compton,' I literally jumped up and grabbed the phone. For the first time in my career, I called my agent and said I really want that project.” Fortunately for Libatique, he and “Compton” director, F. Gary Gray, shared the same agency. They met on Oscar day, 2014, to discuss the film, and eventually

Bradley Cooper Plays Rockstar Chef in “BURNT”

Four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper once again displays his acting chops in this year’s mouth-watering and delectable movie “Burnt” where he stars as Chef Adam Jones who was once a rock star chef, had it all yet lost it along the way.   Awarded as a two-star Michelin talent with bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he’ll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene (Sienna Miller). In “Burnt,” a remarkably funny and emotional story about the love of food, the love between two people and the power of second chances, Jones moved to Paris at an early age of 16 and learned how to cook.  His natural flair for cooking led his career on a sizzling journey but lost it all because of his inability to deal with fame and success.  He so

Origin Story of Peter  “PAN” For Today's Audiences

  From director Joe Wright comes “Pan,” a live-action feature presenting a wholly original adventure about the beginnings of the beloved characters created by J.M. Barrie. The film stars Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard; Garrett Hedlund as James Hook; Oscar nominee Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily; newcomer Levi Miller as Peter; and Amanda Seyfried as Mary. Peter is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily and a new friend named James Hook, Peter must