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“SICARIO” Battles Today's Swath of Darkest Crimes

From acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Incendies”) comes “Sicario,” a searing emotional-thriller that descends into the intrigue, corruption and moral mayhem of the borderland drug wars starring acclaimed and award-winning actors including Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt, Academy Award® winner Benicio Del Toro  and Academy Award® nominee Josh Brolin. “ Sicario” ratchets into a series of boiling encounters when when Arizona FBI agent and kidnap-response-team leader Kate Macer (Blunt) uncovers a Mexican cartel’s house of death, her shocking find leads to profound consequences on both a personal and global level. Kate is recruited to join a covert black-ops mission headed by a mysterious Colombian operative known only as Alejandro (Del Toro) along with special agent Matt Graver (Brolin) Even as Kate tries to convince herself she’s on a hunt for justice, she is thrust into the dark heart of a secret battleground that has swept up ruthless cartels, kill-crazy assass

Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux: Strong Women of “SPECTRE”

  James Bond, of course, is always drawn to women and Columbia Pictures' new 007 action adventure SPECTRE proves that he can still woo them. Italy's Monica Bellucci (“Malena,” “The Matrix” sequels) and France's Lea Seydoux (Cannes Palme d'Or winner “Blue is the Warmest Color”) play the new women in Bond's life. In the film, a cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. Italian Monica Bellucci is an actress that producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli had tried to recruit in the past, denied only for scheduling conflicts. “We’re delighted to finally get her,” says Wilson. “She is terrific in the role.” Bellucci, meanwhile, says that she was delighted to final

“BOY NEXT DOOR” Ryan Guzman in “JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS”

  Ryan Guzman, lead star of the hit thriller “The Boy Next Door” and TV's new toprater “Heroes Reborn,” lends a masculine presence to Universal Pictures' female-oriented musical-adventure “Jem and The Holograms.” In the film, as Jerrica (Aubrey Peeples), a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar as her alter ego Jem, she and her band of sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. In Jerrica's musical journey, there is one person in her new Hollywood home that she’s slowly growing to trust. His name is Rio, and he is portrayed by Ryan Guzman. The music-intern son of Erica Raymond, founder and CEO of Starlight Music, Rio is tasked with helping Jem and the Holograms navigate through their newfound stardom. His job would be easier, however, if he wasn’t falling for one of its members... Guzman discusses his role: “While Erica is all about making money, Rio is mo

Watch New Clips From “SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE”

As the Philippine opening of Paramount Pictures's “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” looms, the studio has now released two new clips from the teen-oriented horror comedy for fans to enjoy. Watch the clip titled “How to Build a Campfire” and a trailer cutdown below:      Packed with blood-soaked gags and inappropriate humor, “Scouts Guide” is said to be equal parts gory horror and raunchy comedy, pulling no punches on both grounds. The movie stars Tye Sheridan, David Koechner, Cloris Leachman, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan and Sarah Dumont.   In “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse”, three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes.  When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.   Opening across the Philippines on Nov.

“THE GOOD DINOSAUR” – A Coming-of-Age, “BOY” and “DOG” Story

  In a world where dinosaurs never became extinct and humans roam the wild, Disney-Pixar's “The Good Dinosaur” features a simple, relatable story in which an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. “ It’s the story of a boy and his dog—only in our story, the boy is a dinosaur and the dog is a boy,” says director Peter Sohn. “ It’s also a coming-of-age story,” adds Sohn. “Arlo is afraid everything. But his father, Poppa, is always there for him, encouraging Arlo to step out of his comfort zone, to confront his fears, to make his mark.” “ Arlo is young and vulnerable,” says character art director Matt Nolte. “He’s so unsure of himself and we wanted to capture that in his look. He’s smaller and thinner than his siblings.” “ Poppa is powerful and capable,” adds Nolte. “He has perfect posture and he walks in a straight line—he knows where he’s going—whereas Arlo actually zigzags.” His siblings, sister Libby and brother Buck, are bigger than Arlo f

“AMERICAN ULTRA” Mashes Up Comedy with Violence, Romance

  L.A. Weekly describes it as “ A bloody valentine attached to a bomb. It's violent, brash, inventive and horrific, and perhaps the most romantic film of the year.” Boston Globe calls its stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, “ Tender, forgiving, and sexy, they're the hottest couple on screen at the moment.” They're talking about Buena Vista International's new dark comedy “American Ultra,” the trippy story of Mike (Eisenberg), a convenience store clerk and his girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart) whose sleepy, small-town existence is disrupted when his past comes back to haunt him in the form of a government operation set to wipe him out. "The script is funny and scary and violent and sweet," producer Anthony Bregman says. "It makes you swing in so many directions emotionally, which makes for a great movie experience. [Screenwriter] Max Landis knows the action genre well, which allows him to make fun of it while living up to the conventions

Director/ Writer Petr Jakl Discusses Horror Film GHOUL

Czech director Petr Jákl, once a stuntman in American movies, has come a long way from his roots in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He started out with roles in foreign films in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s and quickly found a spot in Hollywood playing supporting characters in movies like xXx and AVP: Alien vs. Predator. Not content to stay in front of the camera, Jakl has now written and directed two of his own projects. The latest one, Ghoul, is hitting Philippine theaters on November 11. Eric Shirey (Cinelinx) had the opportunity to interview Mr. Jakl while he was busy promoting the film. They talked about the rich history, superstitions, the supernatural leanings of the Ukrainian people, and more about the background of the movie Ghoul. Read on to climb inside the head of this up-and-coming director, writer, producer, and actor. How did you get involved in Ghoul?   “ Back in 2010 we went to the Ukraine to attend a festival. I had a chance to speak to some village

The Dressmaker: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers In 1951, Tilly Dunnage and formerly known as Myrtle (Kate Wnslet) returns to Dungatar, her tiny hometown after working abroad with great fashion designers. She came back for her alcoholic mother (Judy Davis) and also to unwrapped the mystery around her childhood days. She is back for revenge and is still searching for some answers on why her town insists that she is a murderer. We are not sure on what to expect on Kate Winslet's latest featured film - The Dressmaker. At first, we though that it has a serious story mixed with a dramatic formula added with a bit of sleepy powder to make our eyes close at some point. Thank goodness, it isn't. It is a fun wacky revenge themed plot that manages to be silly yet entertaining and enjoyable throughout. It just have some questionable twist and turns that aren't necessarily needed, but they still managed to pull it through. The casts were pretty impressive. Kate Winslet made a classy act and proves t

Bond Villains Execute Sinister Plot in “SPECTRE”

  Certified screen baddies Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Django Unchained”) and Dave Bautista (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) prove to be formidable villains for Daniel Craig's James Bond, in Columbia Pictures' new 007 action adventure SPECTRE. In the film, Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE and he comes face to face with an enigmatic and chilling character – the organisation’s leading man, Oberhauser, played by two-time Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz. “ In this film it’s the classic, and the classical, protagonist/antagonist dynamic,” Waltz says. “The dynamic is that the hero’s major existential quest needs to be thwarted, and every obstacle needs to be set up to the degree that endangers not just the achievement of this quest but endangers the existence of the hero himself. “ Everybody was very aware that this dynamic is, to say the least, very desirable in this context,

“KRAMPUS” is Coming to Town in December

  “ He knows if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake…” goes the classic Christmas carol, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” But what if the lyrics were about something even more terrifying than a large bearded man with a sack of gifts? That’s the basis of new film which will more likely fill you with festive fear than cheer. Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Krampus,” a darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul, reveals an irreverently twisted side to the Christmas holiday. Directed by Michael Dougherty, “Krampus” stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Emjay Anthony, Allison Tollman, David Koechner, Conchata Ferrell, Stefania Owen and Krista Stadler. When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell break

Experience the Beauty of Korea With Bareumi Tours

Last week was one of the best vacation of my life. I am one of the travel agents who experienced the beauty of South Korea sponsored by Bareumi Tours. They invited us to participate a 4D/3N familiarization tour and witness some of the best places in Korea in their newest itinerary called 4D 3n "GUMI" National Industrial Complex & "DAEGU" The City of Korean Beauty.  Our flight was scheduled to leave Manila at 2355 via Jeju Airlines and will arrive at Icheon airport at 0450 in the morning. We arrived safely and was warmly greeted by President of Bareumi Tours - Ms. Julia Lee, and our tour guide Ms. Chian. Let's start our Day 01 itinerary ( Incheon Int'l Airport > Yang-Gu Country > Inje)   From the Airport, you'll travel to Dutayeon Pond and Waterfall while enjoying a very delicious Kimbap home made by Ms. Julie. It's a long drive but with a beautiful scenery outside and a place without traffic you'll arrive quickly and right