“THE WOLVERINE” @ AYALA MALLS CINEMAS

 

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Ayala Malls Cinemas bring you the adamantium-clawed hero this July 25 with a handful of surprises from their Early Bird Promo, Strike A Pose, Sureseats membership and Prize Surprize.

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                Check out the following promo only from Ayala Cinemas and be a member of the fast-growing www.sureseats.com movie community –  Glorietta4, Greenbelt3, Alabang Town Center, Market!Market!, Trinoma, Ayala Center Cebu, Marquee Mall,  Harbor Point, Centrio Cinemas and Abreeza Davao.

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                Engrossing and dark with thundering action, “The Wolverine” follows Logan to Japan where he is caught up in a sinister web of deceit, confronting deadly foes including lethal samurai steel directed by James Mangold.

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                “The Wolverine” is now showing in all Ayala Cinemas nationwide.

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TEEN DEMIGODS’ LATEST PERILS UNLEASHED IN “PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS”

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The much adored teen demigod Logan Lerman aka Percy is back in “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” to face his most perilous adventure based on Rick Riordan’s best-selling second book of the same title.  Following the successful wave of the first movie “Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief,” the latest adaptation, ‘Sea of Monsters” brings Percy along with his friends in uncharted waters to battle terrifying creatures and the ultimate Evil to retrieve the Golden Fleece and bring it back in time to save their world.

Directed by Thor Freudenthal, Lerman reprises his role as the titular hero, the demigod son of Poseidon, who embarks on his own, modern-day Odyssey.  “At the beginning of this film, Percy is not living up to his potential and he doubts himself,” says Lerman.   “Percy feels abandoned by his father, the Greek god Poseidon, and then, he finds out that he has a brother.”

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If shocking family revelations weren’t enough, Percy must deal with Polyphemus, an enormous and powerful Cyclops; Charybdis, the sea monster; the raging Colchis Bull, a giant, metallic and fire-breathing creature that attacks Camp Half-Blood; the Manticore, a formidable monster with a lion’s body and a long, scorpion-like tail; and the ancient Oracle, an ancient mummified mystic with empty eye sockets and skeletal features.  The Oracle further complicates Percy’s sense of self and duty, says Lerman, when it tells him he “is either going to destroy Olympus or save it.  He’s not sure if he can rise to the occasion.”

Lerman remembers three months of fight training on the first Percy Jackson film, so was grateful all of that knowledge was inherent to begin with, and the time didn’t need repeating for “Sea of Monsters.” “It was insane,” he says. “It was our first time doing anything like this so we really had to figure it out. I’d never held a sword before. But now we kind of know what we’re doing and it was much, much easier to jump back into it.”

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Lerman says that after two movies playing Percy he knows his way around a sword. So is he a dangerous man to be around? “I think so,” he laughs. “But then, I think anyone would probably be. I think it’s pretty easy. You just chop.”

Percy has a lot at stake, according to Freudenthal.  “He’s trying to save Camp Half-Blood and prove himself as a hero.  He’s grown distant from his father, who is not really responding to his requests for help.  Percy embarks upon his ‘odyssey’ for two reasons: to save his home, and to ascertain if he is indeed a hero.”

The demigods return when “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” opens August 7 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

TOOTHLESS AND HICCUP SOAR ONCE AGAIN “HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2” Trailer

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The recent release of DreamWorks Animation’s “How To Train Your Dragon 2” trailer thrilled fans worldwide as the faithful dragon Toothless and his best friend Hiccup soared on air once again.  (View latest trailer here:  http://youtu.be/BsFdEt_OAhI).

 

At the tail of the success of the first movie, Toothless and Hiccup are back for bigger adventures, laughs and battles as additional voice cast were revealed in this year’s Comic-Con event.  From the phenomenal series “Game of Thrones,” Kit Harrington voices an amusing dragon-trapper named Eret whom he describes as very cocky and brazen; Cate Blanchett who’s known for her role in “The Lord of the Rings” franchise also joins the cast as Valka, a savior of dragons while Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond”) is cast as the voice of Drago Bludvist who chases dragons for personal vendetta.

Directed by Dean Deblois, “How To Train Your Dragon” soars five years after best friends Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and Toothless united dragons and Vikings on the island of Berk.   DeBlois shared that the film starts where the first one left off – the Vikings are now on the backs of the dragons with the entire world in front of them.  When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.

Landing June 2014 in theaters, “How To Train Your Dragon 2” is a DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox presentation to be distributed by Warner Bros. (Phils.).

RYAN REYNOLDS: FASTEST SNAIL IN “TURBO”

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In the delightful 3D animated film, “Turbo,” Ryan Reynolds stars as a snail with an extraordinary dream: he wants to be fast.  Very fast.  It’s a contradiction in terms but that doesn’t stop this tenacious creature from pursuing his ambition. Despite a series of obstacles along the way, (including opposition from his own brother, played by Paul Giamatti) the turbo-charged mollusk enlists the help of an unusual crew of supporters who cheer him on.

 

“Turbo” is the story of an unusual hero, an ordinary garden snail with big dreams. He may be one of the slowest creatures on the planet but he longs to be fast, speedy enough to win a legendary car race. With heart-stopping action and lively characters, the family film from DreamWorks Animation and Twentieth Century Fox centers on the engaging Theo (he changes his name to Turbo) ,voiced by the talented Ryan Reynolds, who lives in the yard of a house in Southern California. He sneaks into the garage at night to watch racing on an old TV set and is obsessed with French-Canadian world champion,Guy Gagné, (Bill Hader) the five-times winner of the historic Indy 500: [The Indianapolis 500-Mile Race] one of the world’s most prestigious car races that is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

The fact that the race is for cars not mollusks is irrelevant to the tiny creature. Turbo has a clear vision, although like every underdog (or under snail) he faces a series of formidable obstacles along the way. It seems like a ludicrously impossible goal, but Turbo’s adventure kicks into high gear on the freeway in Los Angeles when a freak accident gives him the power of super-speed: he can travel at 230 miles per hour! The turbo-charged snail embarks on a thrilling adventure, assisted by a crew of racing snails anda few human characters too. His cautious brother Chet (Paul Giamatti) believes Turbo should stay at home with his family and forget the whole idea. The intrepid snail remains undeterred.

 

“Ryan just seemed like the perfect fit to play Turbo,” says director David Soren. The ironic thing was that he had just been chosen as (America’s) People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive before we met him to pitch the role. I was nervously waiting for him to arrive at our lunch. Then he showed up and the first words out of his mouth were: ‘I can’t wait to be a snail. ’So you’ve got to hand it to the guy, he is willing to try anything. He has no ego, he is so talented and he was a joy to work with and incredibly committed to the part.”

 

“Turbo is a guy who sees himself on the wrong side of destiny. Unfortunately he’s a garden snail. And garden snails usually fail to register even the tiniest blip on the spectrum of greatness. Turbo is completely disillusioned with his lot in life and with the perception of his life as ‘ordinary’. He sees himself as a guy who is on the very cusp of true greatness. He views himself not just as the fastest snail on earth, but the fastest anything on earth,” explains Reynolds of his character.

 

Further, Reynolds notes, “I think kids see the world as a vast expanse in which ANYTHING is possible. I think they typically relate to larger than life characters like Turbo because they themselves are larger than life. Kids haven’t internalized the false message that they’re limited in some way. The idea that a garden snail might beat an Indy car in a race isn’t altogether farfetched to kids. It’s possible. It’s exciting. And it means they too are capable of shattering moulds in their lives, achieving their goals and realizing dreams.”

 

“Turbo” is now playing in theaters nationwide from DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox distributed by Warner Bros. in the Philippines.

 

 

ROBINSONS MOVIEWORLD KINECTS THE PHILIPPINES TO “THE WOLVERINE” ACTION

 

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                   Invincible but deeply troubled “ THE WOLVERINE” finds Logan at his lowest point out of his element in a culture that he doesn’t understand. Darker, deeper and more exciting than any previous film featuring the clawed mutant, this time he has to confront lethal samurai steel, but also grapple with an inner struggle, coming to terms with his immortality.

                To celebrate the worldwide release of “The Wolverine,” 20th Century Fox and Robinsons Movieworld bring to the Philippines an unprecedented experience on how it’s like to BE THE WOLVERINE.  Through the “Be The Wolverine” kinect technology, the complicated and thrilling action scenes in “The Wolverine” allows users to take part in an out-of-home interactive adventure that will be  available in select Robinsons Movieworld branches starting July 19.   The experience uses Kinect technology to register when fans walk by, scanning and activating a hologram to attract and invite interaction. On completing the experience, fans then have the opportunity to share their photo taking part via Facebook.

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                Robinsons Movieworld, in its continuous effort to provide an interactive cinematic experience tours the “BE THE WOLVERINE” Kinect technology in prime cinemas:  Metro East (July 19-21); Forum (July 22 -24);; Galleria (July 25 –27); Magnolia (July 28-30) and Manila (July 31-Aug.2).  The experience is open to the public at no cost.  For the gadget-minded ones, Robinsons Movieworld is raffling off a total of five (5) Kinect consoles for every “The Wolverine” ticket purchased and any of the 16oz Pepsi products from the Cinema Snack Express.

                “Be The Wolverine” was created by Soap Creative (www.soapcreative.com), a digital creative agency focused on play-fueled, connected experiences across every screen with offices in Los Angeles, Dallas and Sydney.

                “The Wolverine” opens July 25 in more than 200 screens nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

“THE WOLVERINE” IN A MAZE OF POWERFUL FOES AND ALLIES

 

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The most iconic character in the X-Men universe embarks upon on an epic journey in modern-day Japan in “The Wolverine.”  Inspired by the celebrated Marvel comic book arc, Logan (Hugh Jackman), the century-old mutant known to the world as Wolverine, is lured to a Japan he hasn’t seen since World War II – and into a shadowy realm of Yakuza and Samurai.

 

Director James Mangold embraced the opportunity to take Logan directly into the heart of present-day Japan, which is as full of sleek, high-tech modernity as it is rife with deep traditions and hidden codes of honor.  “This story takes Logan into a kind of fever dream of today’s Japan, full of Yakuza, Ninja, Samurai, Industrialist crime, mystery and mysticism,” the director explains.

 

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The Japanese setting allowed director Mangold and Jackman to re-imagine Logan in a fresh guise:  as a Rōnin. “In feudal Japan, the Samurai belonged to a master, and a Rōnin is a Samurai who no longer has a master to serve.  So, he is a kind of a warrior without a purpose, without a cause,” Mangold explains.  “Many of the people who made Logan feel part of a cause are now gone.  So, he’s essentially a lost man, capable of doing anything, with no mandate. That’s an iconography that American Westerns and Samurai films share and now we’re bringing a comic book character into it.”

First-time actor Rila Fukushima, plays Yukio – the fiery, sword-wielding bodyguard of Logan.  A native of Tokyo, Rila Fukushima says it was Yukio’s colorful intensity that intrigued her.  “What interested me were her physicality and her ruthless nature,” she muses.“I was really excited to have the chance to do such strong action sequences– but I also saw great potential for humor with her.”

 

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Fukushima threw herself into the high spirit and trials of the role.  “It was an amazing, challenging journey for me,” she says.  “I trained with our terrific stunt team, learned all the physical stuff, including sword work, kick-boxing and fighting, and also did lots of weight training.  I’d never done anything like this before, but it was great fun.”

 

Tao Okamoto plays out Mariko’s complicated love story with Logan.  Okamoto was drawn to the background of her character as the daughter of a powerful industrialist who was never there for her, and has arranged a marriage for her to a man she does not love.  “Mariko could never be a normal woman,” Okamoto observes.  “At the start of the story, she is someone very desperate. Then she meets Logan, and she starts to realize what she wants in life, and she begins to change.  That transformation was very interesting to me.”

 

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Another powerful and complex woman is brought to life by Svetlana Khodchenkova, who takes on the green-eyed Viper, a cunning and treacherous mutant.  Khodchenkova, who hails from Russia, is best known in the West for her recent breakout role in the acclaimed spy story Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, as the Soviet operative Irina.

 

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“The Wolverine” in 3D opens July 25 in more than 200 screens nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

 

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KEN JEONG VOICES AN ELDERLY WOMAN IN TEAM “TURBO”

 

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In the 3D family comedy adventure “Turbo,” a snail learns that it takes more than talent to get to the top and that there’s no substitute for friends and family in the pursuit of a dream.

 

It’s a lesson that the little snail at the heart of the new animated 3D film TURBO discovers when he sets out to become a champion racing driver.  Turbo (Ryan Reynolds) has determination, drive and a sense of adventure but is an outsider within community of ordinary garden snails. He is dissatisfied with his lot; moving through life at a snail’s pace doesn’t suit his temperament.

 

Turbo has an outlandish fantasy of traveling over 200 miles per hour – just like his hero, a champion French Canadian racing driver. It doesn’t sound possible for a creature known for being one of the slowest on Earth, but an accident on the freeway gives the little snail incredible speed. Turbo-charged, he embarks on a wild adventure in search of racing glory. Initially Turbo has no support at all. His goals are regarded with disdain by his brother Chet (Paul Giamatti), who thinks he should settle down and forget all about racing.  Along the way he ends up with a group of racing snails in a rundown strip mall called Starlight Plaza.  The humans whom he also met became an integral part of his journey who backed him up in doing the impossible – to race in the Indy 500.

 

The Starlight team broadens the film’s world, says director Soren.  “We begin in the snail universe and the film’s scope and visuals gradually expand to encompass a much more expansive environment.”

 

The leader of this group is Tito, who is co-owner, with his brother Angelo, of a struggling taco business they call Dos Bros Tacos.  Tito’s true passion rests not with ground meat and tortillas, but with the snail races he hosts along with his fellow shop owners at the Starlight Plaza, as a means to gain exposure for their businesses.  When Turbo zooms into Tito’s life at 200 miles per hour, Tito is inspired and the two kindred spirits head off to chase their impossible dreams.

 

The senior member of the Starlight Plaza group is Kim Ly, a cantankerous and elderly nail salon owner who doesn’t mince words voiced by Ken Jeong (widely known for his character in “The Hangover” trilogy).  Her expert manicurist skills come in handy when, as a member of Turbo’s pit crew, she paints, buffs and polishes Turbo’s racing shell.

 

“Kim Ly is menacing, but mostly adorable,” says Jeong who’s anything but typecast as an elderly woman.  “She has a little bit of a mean streak and can talk smack with the best of them.”  Kim and the other shop owners bankroll Turbo’s trip to Indianapolis, hoping to cash in when he crosses the finish line.  But by journey’s end, “she really cares about Turbo and the rest of the crew,” says Jeong.

 

About his unexpected casting as an aged Vietnamese woman, Jeong says that when he saw the film, “Somehow it just fit!”   But Soren knew he had the right actor for the part after watching Jeong on a national talk show.  “He was imitating his mother and mother-in-law, and he sounded like an elderly woman,” Soren remembers.  “And I said to myself, ‘That’s Kim Ly.’  I talked to Ken about it, and he loves the fact that he’s sort of channeling his mother-in-law for the role.”

“TURBO” (in 3D and 2D) opens July 19 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

 

                Check out Turbo’s latest trailer here:  http://youtu.be/sVZzVIjVhso