ANNA KENDRICK DRIVES RYAN REYNOLDS CRAZY IN “THE VOICES”

 


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Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick stars alongside Ryan Reynolds in the bizarre crime thriller “The Voices” about a man in his 30’s suffering from schizophrenia who speaks to his pets, a dog and a cat which he regards as his conscience.

 

In “The Voices,” Jerry (Reynolds) is that chipper guy clocking the nine-to-five at a bathtub factory, with the offbeat charm of anyone who could use a few friends but one who needs his medication to function normally.  With the help of his court-appointed psychiatrist (Jacki Weaver), he pursues his office crush Fiona (Gemma Arterton) and later his other officemate Lisa (Kendrick). When Fiona agreed to go out with him on a date and carelessly stood him up to go out with her other friends, Jerry’s odd behaviour begins to get the better of him.  During the night when Fiona stood him up, he finds her on the road trying to get a ride going home, Jerry then offers her a ride while his hallucinations start to fill his mind until he realizes he has already slit open Fiona’s throat.  Once at home, his dog Bosco tells him to confess to the police but on the other side, Mr. Whiskers says otherwise.  Jerry then disposes Fiona’s body part by part until her detached head inside his fridge.   A week after, Jerry decides to return to work and eventually goes out with Lisa who has long been interested in him but has no idea of Jerry’s psychotic tendencies.

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“It was the script for that movie that totally blew me away at first,” enthuses Kendrick, “and then it was knowing that Marjane (Satrapi) was directing it. Ever since I saw Persepolis, I knew I had to work with her. It’s one of those movies that lives inside my mind and keeps popping up all the time.   And then when I knew Ryan Reynolds was going to be playing the lead, I had to say yes. You see that’s how it happens to me. People always ask me why I do so many films, but I never set out with that in mind.”

 

Doing all three characters was a challenge, says Reynolds. “On set, we’d go through the scene. I would perform Mr. Whiskers and Bosco, and then I would also have to do Jerry. It was tough.” For Jerry, these voices represent the intersection of his fantasy and reality worlds, and his struggle to follow a righteous path. “It’s about a guy on a tightrope,” says Reynolds. “It’s about a guy who’s walking that very thin line between protagonist and antagonist.”

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ROSE BYRNE PLAYS COMICAL FRENEMY IN “SPY”

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Rose Byrne struts her way into a global chase against a group of undercover agents in “Spy” starring alongside Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham and Jude Law.

Byrne takes on the role of Rayna, a beautiful and privileged Oxford-educated daughter of a recently deceased arms dealer who becomes frenemies with Susan Cooper, a novice spy who gears up for action after Fine (Law) suddenly goes off the grid during a dangerous assignment. Agent Cooper leaves her dreary desk job behind, entering the world of international espionage in Europe.  Soon, Rayna and Susan butt heads when Rayna has come into possession of an unusual inheritance, a small tactical nuclear weapon enough to give the world a total meltdown.

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Rose Byrne says her character is all about status. Rayna wears garish outfits for grand entrances into the finest hotels. Perpetually bored and unimpressed, she lacks a sense of humor and has a brutally direct manner of speaking.    “I liken her to royalty, or a member of a corrupt dynasty. She’s posh and talks as if she’s from another era, an effort to compensate for her poor Bulgarian roots.”  Despite her coldness, Rayna feels slightly sympathetic and curious about Susan, who reminds her of a “sad Bulgarian clown.”

 

Of Byrne, who also co-starred with her in “Bridesmaids,” McCarthy says, “I would work with Rose 300 million times. She manages to play a character that’s dastardly yet likeable, which is a tricky thing to pull off. You don’t see the work behind her performance. You just see a remarkable character who turns on a dime.”

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While filming and on the run, Rayna’s adventures transitions to a far more luxurious form of air transport, McCarthy and Rose Byrne shoot a flight sequence onboard Rayna’s private jet, which is replete with her unmistakable style – that is to say, gaudy leopard skin upholstery and Versace red and gold wallpaper. Having grown interminably bored in Rome, Rayna is whisking her newfound “sad Bulgarian clown” companion to Budapest for drinks. Chaos breaks out during the flight, and the plane’s occupants find themselves in a nosedive, experiencing the zero gravity effect of weightlessness.

 

To overcome the challenges of filming this sequence, SFX supervisor Yves De Bono had the plane mounted on a 20-degree gimbal, allowing it to tilt and swivel in any direction. Movement was hydraulically controlled from the ground, and both cast and stunt team were harnessed to cables to simulate floating. Rose Byrne spent time in a swimming pool practicing controlling her physical motions to prepare for the sequence, which required a week to complete.

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Director Paul Feig says Byrne’s role as Rayna is his favourite, “Rose is one of the most talented comedic actresses out there and nobody knew for years that she was a comedic actress. She plays Rayna Boyanov, the daughter of a black market arms dealer, a spoiled rich girl who grew up in Bulgaria but went to school in London and has completely got rid of her accent. Now she’s got a very posh English accent, composed and classy, but she is swearing all the time and she is so funny.”

 

“Spy” opens this May 21 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

TIMELESS LOVE STORY AND FASHION THROUGH THE AGES IN “THE AGE OF ADALINE”

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Blake Lively stars in an enchanting and timeless love story of a woman who miraculously remained twenty-nine years old for eight decades in “The Age of Adaline” after an accident almost took her life.  Taking on the titular role of Adaline Bowman, Lively’s character is meticulously dressed by Academy Award-winner costume designer Angus Strathie (“Moulin Rouge”) through the fashions of each era she has lived through.

 

In “The Age of Adaline,” for decades, Adaline has lived with her head down for fear that her eternal youth will attract the wrong type of attention, always changing her identity, she moves on to a new city and cycles back again decades later.   In order to remain her anonymity, she never allows herself to become too close to anyone except her daughter.  As life unfolds before each passing decade, and as Adaline hopes to grow old with her daughter, she has come to realize why it’s valuable to age and essential to die, for without that, life loses its meaning.

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From sumptuous formal gowns to everyday work clothes, everything Adaline wears was carefully selected and designed by costume designer Academy Award®-winner Angus Strathie and his team with an eye toward both fashion and storytelling. The Age of Adaline is an epic piece for a designer, acknowledges Strathie. “It has a long and complex storyline with many characters. The story takes place over almost a century. I was asked to define each of those periods, as well as the moods and emotions of this character through that time.”

 

From jewelry to handbags to coats, Strathie ran with the idea that Adaline had a closet full of clothing that she had acquired during her long lifetime. “Incorporating those vintage pieces into her contemporary look gives her an individual style,” he says. “For a date with Ellis, she starts with a jacket from the 1920s—a Bohemian, very individual piece. She wears it with a sweater from the 1960s and a contemporary skirt. Her shoes are from the ’50s or ’30s and the handbag was ’40s. Mixing styles became Adaline’s personal look. She draws from all of her time on earth and she gets a sense of security from her wardrobe.”

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Lively appreciated the juxtaposition of classic and contemporary fashions. “I liked the fact that she’s dressed a little bit like an old lady,” she says. “She’s much more of a particular kind of conservative than most young women in San Francisco.”

 

Lively is the current face of the Gucci fashion house, and the company provided recent designs that are reminiscent of the ’40s, ’50s, and ‘60s, as well as a custom gown for Lively to wear in a critical scene, and they co-designed – alongside costume designer Angus Strathie – the gown she wears at the New Year’s ball. “A great deal of what I wear is Gucci,” she says. “They have been such a great supporter of the film. My favorite piece is probably the final custom dress. I’m a magpie, so when I see sparkles …that does it. It’s a golden gown with distinct black beaded embellishments. It showcases a very different from the Adaline you meet in the beginning with the thick, woolly turtlenecks and the grandma shoes. The shift in dress helped to tell her story. The significance of the piece made it that much more beautiful.”

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“The Age of Adaline” opens May 20 in theatres nationwide from Pioneer Films.





INTERFERENCE ON YOUR TV, MOBILE, GADGETS? BEWARE IT MIGHT BE THE“POLTERGEIST”

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The latest and more powerful evil ever will be unleashed this June 24 when “Poltergeist” in 3D starts to unfold in cinemas nationwide.

                20TH Century Fox and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures present “Poltergeist,” from legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spider-Man,” Evil Dead,” “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”). It contemporizes the 1982 classic about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces.  When terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.

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Kenan directs from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Lindsay-Abaire where Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris and Jane Adams star, additionally the cast also includes talented new actors Saxon Sharbino, Catlett and Kennedi Clements who play the children of the afflicted family.

 

Rockwell and DeWitt play suburban parents Eric and Amy Bowen, Harris portrays Carrigan Burke, a paranormal expert turned reality TV personality, and Adams plays a professor of paranormal psychology.

 

“Poltergeist” updates an iconic and ground-breaking brand, creating a classic haunted house tale that plays to our innermost fears.   It presents a family like ours, in a house like ours – but one that finds itself caught in an otherworldly trap.

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Shot in 3D for that enhanced edge-of-your-seat suspense, the movie originated with a screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play “Rabbit Hole.”  Lindsay-Abaire is known for creating highly engaging characters through sophisticated and layered story lines.

 

Director Gil Kenan remembers, “When I read David’s script I understood there was a way to bring the “Poltergeist” story to life in a new way, and through it create a modern and terrifying story of an American family under siege.”

 

Producer Sam Raimi notes that Kenan was the ideal choice to bring the story to life.  “Gil has a lot of experience with building suspense and scares, like he did with [his hit animated feature] ‘Monster House.’ That film would present suspenseful scenes – and then it would surprise audiences with an unexpected joke.  Sometimes Gil would build suspense, and there’d be a beat where nothing happened, and then he’d present a big scare.

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“The art of suspense-building is about timing and delivery and playing upon audiences’ expectations,” Raimi continues. “Gil has become a master at that, and I think POLTERGEIST is really going to keep audiences on edge.”




“THE AGE OF ADALINE” FLEXED MUSCLES AMID TOP PERFORMING ACTION MOVIES @ THE BOX-OFFICE

 

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Female-skewed romantic movie “The Age of Adaline” starring Blake Lively made history on its opening day when it pulled in $4.9 and emerged number one at the box-office against “Furious 7’s” three-week reign.  Likewise Lively’s ageless starrer managed to muscle its way at number two spot on its second weekend in cinemas which is again ahead of “Furious 7” and behind “Avengers: Age of Ultron”  at the domestic (U.S.) box-office.

 

Holding on to forever in “The Age of Adaline” is what Blake Lively’s titular character is facing in the movie.   Born near the turn of the 20th century, Adaline Bowman never dreamed she would live to see the beginning of the 21st, until one seemingly magical moment saves her from death and grants her eternal youth. At the age of 29, Adaline stops aging and experiences life as no human being has before.

This remarkable twist of fate sets her on an unparalleled journey that spans for decades. She has experienced life and love through global transformations of two World Wars and the freewheeling 1960s to the conveniences of present day. Carefully concealing her secret from everyone but her aging daughter, Adaline manages momentous changes with grace, until a past relationship collides with a modern-day chance for love and threatens to expose her extraordinary history.

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The producers believe that the meticulous preparation, epic yet intimate scope and impressive performances make The Age of Adaline a movie like no other. “I think that we are in a time in film where originality counts,” says producer Gary Lucchesi. “I don’t think anyone is going to come to our film and say, well, I’ve seen this before. Audiences are hungry for good stories, especially if they pack the kinds of surprises this does. Our director has a unique point of view and he’s created a visually stunning movie. Blake Lively gives the performance of her lifetime. I hope audiences watch this movie and, say, ‘God, that’s a really good movie.’”

A large part of the film’s unique point of view is in its nuanced portrayal of love in all its forms, says Lively. “There are different kinds of love stories within the movie,” she continues. “There’s the modern and apparent male-female story. There’s a more complex love story that rests in Adaline’s past and is brought to life again in her present. There’s also a deeply touching story of love between mother and daughter. Adaline’s life of love is such a beautiful journey.”

Although the film visits many time periods, the story is squarely focused in the present. “It’s not a procedural where in the ’20s, this happened and in the ’30s that happened and so on,” says Lucchesi. “It’s a big-idea movie about what it might feel like not to age. Adaline is at an ideal age for her entire life. You would think that that would be the greatest thing in the world—to look the best you will ever look, to be intelligent and fully formed and never age a day. But as Adaline sees her own child mature and grow older, she begins to wish she could have taken that journey as well.”

 

Lively says the film is unlike any she’s ever seen in its exploration of that idea. “It’s about love and loss and what they mean if you were able to live forever,” adds Lively. “Is that a gift or is it a curse? I walked away from Adaline’s story thinking that life happens exactly the way it’s supposed to. To live life surrounded by the people you love, to come and go with them, that feels like the perfect order to me.”

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“The Age of Adaline” opens May 20 in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.

STATUS COMPLICATED IN THE ROMANTIC COMEDY “ALOHA”

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Directed by Academy Award winner Cameron Crowe (known for the unforgettable “Jerry Maguire” and “Almost Famous” movies), his latest romantic comedy “Aloha” brings together the most charismatic actors onscreen in a compelling and fascinating story about love and the unpredictability of life.

Set at the backdrop of alluring Hawaii, “Aloha” stars four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper as Brian Gilcrest, a brilliant military contractor, who once worked for the US Space Program, based in Honolulu.  More than a decade after leaving the Space Program, he is a celebrated military contractor, working for a wealthy industrialist, Carson Welch (Bill Murray). Gilcrest returns to Hawaii on assignment and falls for Captain Allison Ng, a dynamic Air Force pilot, played by Emma Stone. But he is also reunited with a former girlfriend, Tracy (Rachel McAdams), who is now married with children for whom he still has strong feelings.

Completing the stellar cast are Alec Baldwin as General Dixon, who is constantly yelling … often at Brian Gilcrest, and Danny McBride as Col. Pete “Fingers” Lacy.

Intrinsically Hawaiian, with breathtaking cinematography, the movie also explores the islands’ rich history, and as always in a Cameron Crowe movie, “Aloha” is infused with great music.

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                “Aloha” opens in local (Phils.) cinemas nationwide on June 17 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

“MAGGIE” COVERS ALL FIRSTS INCLUDING THE (1ST) MOST HUMAN ZOMBIE FILM EVER MADE

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The latest Arnold Schwarzenegger post-apocalyptic starrer, “Maggie” along with Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin has firsts stamped all over it – being the first drama thriller movie for Arnold Schwarzenegger tapping more on his real emotions in acting, the movie is helmed by first-time director Henry Hobson, the movie is written by first-time screenwriter John Scott 3 where “Maggie” had been included in 2011 Blacklist for best unproduced screenplays and the first time a zombie movie made relatable and realistic.

 

“Maggie” at its core is a film about a father protecting his daughter and in a departure for the zombie genre, the true horror and suspense in the drama lays not so much in the blood, brains and gore of the walking dead, but rather in the dark reality of caring for a child or loved one whose terminal illness or behavior make them a danger to themselves and their family – and eventually confronting the even darker choices that behavior presents to anguished, loving parents.

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In the movie, the unimaginable choice Wade (Schwarzenegger) faces is profoundly soul-wrecking: Maggie (Breslin) is not just his first child and oldest daughter, she is the only child he had with his late, first wife.  As Maggie deteriorates and Wade steadfastly remains at her side, he soon realizes the only way he can truly protect his precious child is to end her misery – but how can he kill his own daughter?

 

“After my daughter Maggie, played by Abigail, is bitten, she makes the conscious decision to run away to protect the rest of us. I, as a father, make more of an instinctual decision to find her and save her. Any father knows that the instinct to protect your children is real, so it will resonate with them. It leaves you asking yourself, ‘What would I do?’ and it isn’t an easy answer – the tears you see are real,” shares Schwarzenegger.

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“This is the most human zombie film you have ever seen”, said Schwarzenegger, “and it’s the most human role you’ve ever seen me take on, and I’m proud of it.  I think we produced an emotional, suspenseful film that will surprise and touch audiences.”  As it turns out, the larger-than-life sports icon, movie star and former governor of California was ready for the next chapter in his remarkable life and was interested in the role of Wade Vogel.

 

Producer Matthew Baer sees the role as a turning point in Schwarzenegger’s acting career. “Arnold’s onscreen transformation and appearance will surprise a lot of people,” said Baer.  “Just the notion that for all his size and physical strength this man still can’t protect his daughter, his little girl, from harm is interesting to watch.  He’s working with a first time screenwriter and a first time director and taking a chance with young talent, which I think speaks to how much he believes in this family story and what it says about humanity.”

 

According to Breslin, Schwarzenegger’s performance of the protective, physically intimidating, but emotionally ravaged father will surprise a lot of people.  “People are shocked when they hear he’s playing this character in this film, but once they see it, they’ll see he’s perfect in it and plays it so well I can’t imagine anyone else in the role,” she said.  “We play well off each other.  He brings emotions out of me, which is what you want and hope for in a co-star, which is helpful.  A lot of our scenes are really emotional and intense, so it’s good to have someone who can tap into that, which he does. I’m very proud of what we did together and how it turned out.”

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“Maggie” opens May 13 in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.