michael fassbender THE COUNSELOR


cameron diaz & penelope cruz THE COUNSELOR


javier bardem & michael fassbender THE COUNSELOR


From Academy Award nominee Ridley Scott comes “The Counselor” starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, John Leguizamo, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz.

Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Cormac McCarthy, “The Counselor” follows lawyer (Fassbender) who he decides to get involved in a drug deal worth millions. Thinking that his involvement in the deal with a friend (Bardem) and a drug broker (Pitt) will never suck him down, he soon learns that such decision will lead him on a desperate trail of survival.

“The Counselor” will open November 15 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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Based on the best-selling book, PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS continues the young demigod’s epic journey to fulfill his destiny. To save their world, Percy and his friends must find the fabled and magical Golden Fleece. Embarking on a treacherous odyssey into the uncharted waters of the Sea of Monsters, they battle terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and the ultimate Evil.
“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” opens August 15 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.







The Brad Pitt suspense-thriller World War Z has made a big splash at the box-office as it set the title as the actor’s best ever first weekend opening movie. Debuting in 220 screens nationwide, it  opened at #1, grossing over P88.7 M on its first weekend, despite competition from strong second week hold-over Man of Steel which had more screens.  Top 10screens were SM Mall of Asia (P3.84M), Trinoma (P3.82M), SM North Edsa (P3.55M), Newport (P3.22M),  SM Megamall (P 2.96M), Glorietta 4 (P2.85M), Greenbelt 3 (P2.61M),Alabang Town Center (P2.43M), Powerplant (P2.39M) and Eastwood (P2.16M).


The weekend receipts handily outgrossed comparative figures of previous Brad Pitt action blockbusters Mr. and Mrs Smith and Troy.  It also scored the 5th all-time highest weekend opening for a Paramount movie in the Philippines.


The heart-pounding zombie movie scored the similar records  in other Asia-Pacfiic countries like India, Vietnam,Indonesia, Malaysia&Hong Kong.Italso surpassed last weekend’s opening from Man of Steel in Malaysia (+178%) & Taiwan (+41%).In total, WORLD WAR Z has so far taken home an incredible $31,479,178 from Asia Pacific aloneand $47,051,370 internationally in its first five days of release.


In the Philippines, the title is expected to hit over P180 Million on its second week with continued strong word of mouth and repeat views still promising a long run.


‘WORLD WAR Z’ is released and distributed by United International Pictures

through  Solar Entertainment Corp.

Showing in over 140 theatres nationwide.



Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock stars in “The Heat” and tries on improv comedy for the first time under director Paul Feig.

                Bullock stars as Sarah Ashburn, an FBI agent hoping for a promotion and high-tails it from her home base in New York City to Boston, to help solve the mystery behind several murders.  Standing in Ashburn’s way is a hard-hitting Boston police officer, Shannon Mullins played by Melissa McCarthy, who’s not happy that the FBI – especially the stuck-up Ashburn — is treading on her turf.  Ashburn is determined to wrestle the case away from Mullins, but the disheveled, foul-mouthed, in-your-face cop is a formidable adversary.  They’ll soon discover they have more in common than they ever thought possible, including their misfit status and complementary skillsets.


“Ashburn’s effectiveness as an FBI agent comes from her meticulousness, stubbornness and thoroughness,” says Bullock.  “But she’s completely inept when it comes to any kind of social interaction.  She’s trying so hard to make up for that particular weakness that she becomes insufferably arrogant on the job.  Ashburn is respected but not liked because she isn’t a team player.  Every time she opens her mouth, people cringe.”


The improvisational nature fueled the fun and on- and off-screen bonding. “It is great working with Melissa,” enthuses Bullock. “She comes through the door and improv is the way that she does things. Then we had a director who comes from that world too and nearly everyone in the cast was also from that world. The world of comedy that I had been familiar with was always very controlled. There was the script and you had to go through 27 people and the studio before you could change a line.  I always wanted to do this kind of comedy that we have in THE HEAT (which I have done in real life, sort of free form,) but I was never really allowed to experience what it was like before on a film.


Walking onto the set of THE HEAT it took me a couple of days to realize: ‘I’m allowed to do it.’ It was very liberating. When you are around that, you take it in and you want to improve your game. It is a muscle that you have to exercise and if you haven’t had much time exercising that muscle, it gets stale. Watching these people work is exciting and inspiring, but daunting sometimes too.”

“Melissa has great moves,” says Bullock,”discussing McCarthy’s comedic skills. “When I saw her dance, I knew we were going to be fast friends.We did the dancing with no practice whatsoever,” she continues.


“We said: ‘let’s not rehearse anything,’ ”interjects her co-star. “Let’s just be as terrible as we’re capable of being. Poor Paul turns around and we both have our faces taped,” laughs McCarthy,  “and he’s like, ‘What’s happening?’ It was a weird descent into controlled madness. It was really fun. There was a lot of ruined tape,” she says. McCarthy adds: “Yeah, I got the moves, but I don’t have the sense to stop whatever’s going on.”


“We really hit it off, she is like my sister,’’ adds Bullock. “I’d say it’s rare that actors get together and have the kind of chemistry and connection we have together. It somehow just works and it’s something inexplicable that is bigger than what is on the page.”

bullock & mccarthy THE HEAT

“The Heat” opens June 27 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.








Meet Turbo (voiced by Ryan Reynolds), an underdog snail who dreams to overdrive just like his idol who races in the Indy 500.  At the start, Turbo is somewhat of an outcast in the snail community, which is less about big dreams and more about punching a time clock at their place of employment.


Training tirelessly all his life, he miraculously gained speed at an opportune time he met a crew of streetwise, tricked-out es-car-goes. Learning that no one can make it on their own in the fast lane.  He and his newfound pals help each other achieve their impossible dream of racing in the Indy 500.


            “Turbo,” says director and co-screenwriter David Soren, is a mash-up of superhero and racing film genres, but “at its heart, TURBO really is an underdog story.  The character Turbo has all the hallmarks of an underdog.  You expect nothing of snails, whose lives are stacked with obstacles, like being really, really slow.  But once you dig into it, a snail is the perfect character to have at the center of an underdog story.”

But turning an everyday, garden snail into a mighty mollusk who travels at super-speed? “Turbo’s dream of becoming something that’s completely in opposition to its nature is ripe for conflict, surprises and a satisfying payoff” when the dream becomes reality,” says Soren.

Soren came up with the idea for “Turbo” almost a decade ago.  He described it to DreamWorks Animation management at one of the company’s “pitch program” conclaves, at which DreamWorks employees can pitch their ideas for possible future projects.   “At the time it was a very complex idea – the ‘Fast and Furious with Snails,’” he remembers.


As he developed the idea, Soren was inspired by events and people very close to home.  His primary muse, he notes, “was my young son, who since before he could talk has been obsessed with toy cars and racing, and could identify virtually any car on the street by its make and model.”

Soren also found motivationin his own front yard, which had a “snail problem” that was eating away at his tomato plants.  “This marriage of the slow [the snails] and speed [his son’s preoccupation] was the catalyst that led me to the bones of the story centered on a snail who dreams of racing glory.”


Luckily,the requisite comedic and dramatic acting chops, and bigger-than-life persona, are embodied by Ryan Reynolds, whom Soren describes as “the perfect match” for Turbo.  “It all really sounded amazing, and I fell in love with its classic underdog story, which TURBO takes to a new level,” Reynolds continues.  “It takes a unique if not insane perspective to bring a snail to life in this way. What I love most about Turbo is his tenacity and refusal to give up on his dream.  In fact, it doesn’t even occur to him to give up. Talent is a collision between hard work and luck, and that’s what Turbo is.”


“Turbo” also features a stellar voice cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolph and BEn Schwartz.





                “Turbo” (3D) opens July 19 in theaters nationwide from DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century  Fox.


RUNNER RUNNER trailer and poster



In the sexy, sultry thriller RUNNER RUNNER, Richie (Justin Timberlake), a Princeton college student who pays for school with on-line gambling, bottoms out and travels to Costa Rica to confront the on-line mastermind, Ivan (Ben Affleck), whom he believes has swindled him. Ivan sees a kindred spirit in Richie and brings the younger man into his operation. When the stakes get incredibly high and dangerous, and Richie comes to fully understand the deviousness of his new boss, he tries to turn the tables on him.

“Runner Runner” will open very soon this September from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Steve Carell returns as Super villain Gru in Despicable Me 2



Steve Carell has returned as for Despicable Me 2  one of the world’s greatest super-villains, has given up his despicable ways and is now on a quest to become the perfect dad.  While juggling all that, he is recruited by a super-secret crime-fighting organization, which puts him in the unlikely position of having to work with the good guys to help save the world.  Usually fearless, Gru is now coping with the challenges of his girls growing up and wanting desperately to ask a woman out on a date.  Both of which cause him to totally freak out.

It’s no surprise considering the first Despicable Me movie was a $542 million mammoth success – landing it among the top ten most successful animated films of all time.

What attracted Steve Carell to the role of the curmudgeonly, oddly-accented super-villain with a heart of gold was that Despicable Me offered something for children and adults alike.  He reflects upon why he chose to voice Gru, a character who finds that raising children is not all sunshine and lollipops: “I’m a parent with two little kids, and I identified with the story in the first film because it was honest in its depiction.  Having kids completely changes a person’s life, in all the best ways.”





When the first movie was released to worldwide acclaim, Carell was thrilled that audiences wholly embraced the tale he so loved upon first read.  He enjoyed bringing Gru’s idiosyncrasies to life, noting: “Kids could relate and enjoy the humor; parents related to what kids bring to the equation.  In that sense, it’s universal.  But it was also funny, exciting and silly at times.”

Whereas so many animated films are designed as a delivery mechanism for pratfalls and go for the cheap joke, the first adventure surprised many with its mix of heart and humor.  Notes Carell: “These films are animated but very human.  Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 are smart, funny and heartfelt without being cloying overly sentimental.  They tug the heart strings just enough without going too far.  The writers did such a great job creating something special and unique.”

As the characters in this nontraditional family evolved, so did Carell’s perception of them.  E.g., the performer identified with Gru’s struggle to let Margo begin to grow up and go out on a date with Antonio.  He explains: “One of Gru’s daughters starts to enter the dating scene, and that is an enormous transition for him, as it is for most dads.  When they see their daughters maturing and becoming interested in boys, suddenly they’re not the apple of their daughter’s eyes.  There is, I wouldn’t even say a ‘jealousy’ but there is a tension that comes about between a father and a potential suitor.”



Meledandri commends that there would be no series without the stellar performance work of Carell.  He gives: “From the early days of the first film, Steve has been a creative partner in the making of Despicable Me.  We were so drawn to him for this role because we wanted an actor who brought empathy in his voice and performance.  Not only was Gru a villain, but he is grouchy and acerbic and edgy.  Yet, we knew that in order for the film to work, that audiences needed to like him.  Steve has helped to forge this and define the character.  There has been tremendous writing in response to many of his instincts about how Gru should evolve and the specific definition of his personality.”

When last we met Gru, the only thing about him that was unchanged was his dark wardrobe.  Gru was not only adjusting to life post super-villainy, he was balancing his time as new father to three young girls and the last thing he thought he’d have time for is a burgeoning romance.  But that’s exactly what he finds when he meets Special Agent Lucy Wilde, the AVL’s most energetic agent.  While they’re both focused upon solving a case and finding a super-villain who could put the entire world in peril, they find an unexpected, but not altogether unwelcome, romance.



“Despicable Me 2” is released and distributed by Universal Pictures and United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corp.