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Director Reinaldo Marcus Green is bringing something legendary to the big-screen with “Bob Marley: One Love”

Posted on: February 28th, 2024 by @peoplesbalita No Comments

Director Reinaldo Marcus Green knew that helming a film about the legendary Bob Marley was going to be a monumental task, but if the musician’s life taught him anything, it’s not to be afraid. “Somebody’s got to raise their hand and say, ‘I’m willing to take a chance.’ I think that for anything that’s great in life, you have to be willing to take that shot,” he says. That fearlessness has translated into a film that not only brings the story of one of the greatest musicians of all time to life, but tells it in a way that resonated even with Bob’s own family.

Watch the “Right Time” featurette here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNlh9-7_iFE

The involvement of the Marley family was vital to the creation of Bob Marley: One Love, with the movie’s director Reinaldo MarcusGreen and star Kingsley Ben-Adir not wanting to take the job without the family’s full support. “No chance,” confirms Green. “To have the family’s trust early on was so important for me. They’re protective for all the right reasons, as any child would be of their father. I find that very endearing. And it meant that I felt like I had a forcefield around me. That they were there to support me and my vision for the film.”

His vision for the film started very early on, as growing up, director Green says that Bob Marley and his music was pervasive in his formative years. “My favourite number is 42,” He says. “Bob lived at 42 Oakley Street [when he was staying in London’s Chelsea, writing Exodus, in the ‘70s]. So, maybe me doing this was written. Like for so many of us, Bob was a staple in our house, growing up. His music is rebel music. It’s warrior music. It’s the voice of the people. Bob sings about everything I try to stand for in my life. That integrity is the foundation of this film. I feel like I was made to make it.”

He also feels a personal connection to the musician, as he was named after the Jamaican activist Marcus Garvey, whose work has inspired Marley’s music. He explains,  “I felt a personal connection to Bob Marley: One Love. I was named after Marcus Garvey – Reinaldo Marcus Green – because my father wanted us to remember our history.”

In the end, it’s all about honoring the story of a man that has moved the world with his music and actions, and telling it in a way that’s never been done before. “It aims to debunk the myths about Bob, to delicately weave uncomfortable truths, and honour the man who gave us so much joy. It lives between the lines, beyond the surface,” he explains.

Watch the story of a legend unfold as Bob Marley: One Love opens in Philippine cinemas starting March 13, distributed by Paramount Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Connect with #BobMarleyMovie #OneLoveMovie and tag @paramountpicsph

Photo and Video Credit: “Paramount Pictures International”

(ROHN ROMULO)

JAMES WAN AND JASON BLUM, POWERHOUSE TEAM-UP BEHIND “M3GAN,” ARE BACK WITH SUPERNATURAL THRILLER “NIGHT SWIM,” NOW SHOWING IN CINEMAS

Posted on: February 27th, 2024 by @peoplesbalita No Comments

In 2014, director Bryce McGuire made Night Swim, an acclaimed five-minute short shot in the backyard of Grammy-winning musician Michelle Branch and featuring actress Megalyn Echikunwoke (Fox’s Almost Family) as a young woman who goes missing in her own pool when an evening swim leads to a close encounter with something creepy. 

 

 

 

The short made a splash on YouTube and among its many fans was Judson Scott, executive vice president at Atomic Monster, who then recommended the short to Atomic Monster founder and horror master James Wan. “It was abundantly clear from watching the short that Bryce was a gifted filmmaker with a command of craft and tone,” Wan, co-producer for Night Swim the movie, says. “The story it told was so mysterious and evocative, and Bryce had a compelling vision for how it could be turned into something bigger, stranger and scarier while also being emotionally resonant.”

 

 

 

Says Jason Blum, whose fan favorite Blumhouse Productions produced the film, “What I liked about Bryce’s script was how it fleshed out the premise of a ‘spooky swimming pool’ in a credible, relatable, emotional way that felt contemporary and relatable yet classical at the same time.” Blum co-produced the film with Wan, a similar team-up they did for the blockbuster smash M3GAN (2022).

 

 

 

Night Swim takes the most banal pleasure of suburban life and transforms it into a wellspring of demonic evil in a movie that combines the style, impishness and wicked world-building that audiences have come to expect from horror film powerhouses Jason Blum and James Wan, with the eerie vibes and emotional resonance of classic eighties-era chillers like Poltergeist and Pet Sematary.

 

 

 

Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/hgnUYV330cA?si=I447yv_uA3Bt25du

 

 

 

Why the pool?

 

“The pool represents status, diversion, fun,” director McGuire says. “It’s sexy; it’s seductive,

and that’s what makes it deadly. The colors are rich and vibrant; the cool glowing turquoise

water invites us like a siren call. But in the water, when the lights go out, it feels big. I also

loved the idea of tapping into the universal memories we all have with the pool from our

childhoods – reaching into the drain flap, skimming out dead bugs from the surface, getting

your leg caught in the pool cleaner tube, playing Marco Polo – and turning these memories

into unique scares. I would always say on set, ‘I want to smell the chlorine.’ I hope people

smell the chlorine when they watch this movie on a big screen.”

 

 

 

Night Swim, produced by horror powerhouses James Wan and Jason Blum and distributed by Universal Pictures International, is now showing in cinemas. #NightSwimMovie

 

 

 

Follow Universal Pictures PH (FB)UniversalPicturesPH (IG) and UniversalPicsPH (TikTok) for the latest updates on Night Swim.

(ROHN ROMULO)

Planong gumawa ng sariling YouTube channel para madetalye: DIEGO, naging open sa mga pinagdaanan nang magpa-rehab

Posted on: February 27th, 2024 by @peoplesbalita No Comments

DOBLE ang pagdiriwang nina Derrick Monasterio at Elle Villanueva dahil bukod sa kaarawan ng aktres, ibinalita rin sa kanila na extended ang pinagbibidahan nilang GMA Afternoon Prime series na ‘Makiling’.

 

 

 

Ipinagdiwang nina Derrick at Elle ang kaarawan ng dalaga sa Batangas.

 

 

 

“This time kasama ko si Derrick pati si mommy, pumunta kami ng Anilao, nag-freediving kami roon. Sobrang na-enjoy namin,” sey ni Elle.

 

 

 

“‘Yun talaga kasi ‘yung gusto ni Elle dito ‘pag birthday niya, or kahit na gusto lang niyang mag-relax, gusto talaga niya ng beach,” sabi naman ni Derrick.

 

 

 

Nagsilbing birthday gift para kay Elle ang extension ng ‘Makiling’.

 

 

 

“Kahit kami nabibitin kami. Gusto pa namin ng more story, more character arch. Gusto pa naming ituloy ‘yung show, magbigay ng mas malalim na storya pa,” sey ni Elle.

 

 

 

Dahil dito, handa na sina Derrick at Elle sa mas matinding dramahan, gantihan at aksyon ngayong extended ang kanilang series.

 

 

 

“Sinabi sa akin palalagyan nila talaga ako ng mas marami pang maaakysong scene kasi, bagay naman daw sa akin, hindi naman awkward. Wow, thank you po for the compliment.

 

 

 

“Yung magkaroon kami ng eksenang action na dalawa ni Derrick, maglalaban kami,” natatawang biro naman ni Elle sa mga inaasahan niyang eksena,” sey ni Derrick.

 

 

 

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NAGING open na si Diego Loyzaga sa kanyang naging experience noong sumailalim siya sa rehabilitation.

 

 

 

Ito raw ang nakapagbago sa kanya after ng kanyang pagtangkang mag-suicide.

 

 

 

“I did go to rehab. I was very, very, depressed. I was in the brink of suicidal. I will not deny that substances had a part to play with my mental state. They don’t help eh, hindi siya nakakatulong.

 

 

 

“If you’re already a person with a problem, meron kang pinagdadaanan and there’s other substances, other factors that are pulling you down, it’s a hard bit to crawl out of,” sey ni Diego.

 

 

 

Para hindi raw mag-relapse, ginagawa niyang kausapin ang kanyang counselors lalo na kapag nagkakaroon siya ng urge na balikan ang dating bisyo.

 

 

 

“Every single day I still talk to my counselors, I’m still in touch with my kuyas and ates from rehabilitation, and they are still monitoring me. All the time I’m still very open with them,” sey ni Diego na walong buwan na nasa loob ng rehab facility at hindi raw nakita ang kanyang pamilya hanggang naging handa siya physically and mentally.

 

 

 

Isa sa mga plano ni Diego ang gumawa ng kanyang sariling YouTube channel para madetalye niya ang kanyang mga pinagdaanan at paano siya nabago ng rehabilitation bilang tao.

 

 

 

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ANG pelikulang ‘Oppenheimer’ at and TV shows na ‘Succession’ and ‘The Bear’ ang big winner sa 30th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards aired live on Netflix.

 

 

 

Samantala, ang legendary singer-actress-director and producer na si Barbra Streisand ang ginawaran ng SAG Life Achievement Award.

 

 

 

Here are the winners…

 

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Oppenheimer

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Cillian Murphy (Oppenheimer)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Lily Gladstone (Killers of the Flower Moon)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Robert Downey Jr. (Oppenheimer)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Da’Vine Joy Randolph (The Holdovers)

 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Succession

 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: The Bear

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series: Steven Yeun (Beef)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series: Ali Wong (Beef)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Pedro Pascal (The Last of Us)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Elizabeth Debicki, The Crown)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeremy Allen White (The Bear)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Ayo Edebiri (The Bear)

 

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture: Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

 

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series: The Last of Us

 

 

 

(RUEL J. MENDOZA)

Meet the Forgers! Big-hit anime film “Spy x Family: Code White” opens at No. 1 in Japan

Posted on: February 24th, 2024 by @peoplesbalita No Comments

Japan goes waku-waku~ as Spy x Family: Code White opened at No. 1 in Japan during the 2023 December holiday weekend, and continued its No. 1 streak for three weeks, earning 4.41 billion yen. Get to know the undercover family before the hit movie makes its way to Philippine theaters on March 13.

 

 

 

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfkFrZATkiw

 

 

 

Spy x Family: Code White follows the Forgers, a family created by two undercover spies, Loid and Yor, who lead double lives that they keep from each other, and from their adopted daughter Anya. However, oblivious to her telepathic powers, Anya knows both their secret lives. As Loid progresses on his mission, Operation Strix, he takes his family on a mission with him under the guise of a fun winter holiday. Anya mistakenly entangles herself in a dangerous series of events that threaten world peace.

 

 

Loid Forger, codename Agent Twilight, is an undercover agent who works for the organization WISE. He’s a master of disguise who can blend into any situation with ease. Yor and Anya know him as a kind and caring father who dotes on them, cooking meals for the family. Working during the day as a psychiatrist in Berlint General Hospital, he has the trust of his colleagues and patients due to his excellent work ethic.

 

 

Yor Forger is a dangerously skilled assassin, whose method of killing earned her the codename Thorn Princess. Orphaned young, she trained in the art of being an assassin to help provide for herself and her younger brother Yuri. In a stroke of luck, her search to have an alias ended up with an alliance and marriage with Loid. As a wife and mother, Yor is mild-mannered and still learning the skills that it takes to raise a family. Like Loid, she also has a cover job during the day, working as a civil servant at the Berlint City Hall.

 

 

Anya Forger is an orphan who was subject to an experiment which gave her telepathic powers. Loid ends up adopting her when he was building his undercover family. She loves her new family, and her secret power ends up helping the spy and the assassin on their missions from time to time. Completing the Forger family is their dog Bond, who was also subject to military experimentation, giving him the power to see the future.

 

The unlikely family end up in dangerous hilarious situations as they work together in their latest mission in Spy x Family: Code White.

 

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(ROHN ROMULO)

A colossal threat forces the fearsome “Godzilla” and the mighty “Kong” into an alliance in “The New Empire” trailer

Posted on: February 23rd, 2024 by @peoplesbalita No Comments

The guardians of nature. The protectors of humanity. The rise of a new empire. Catch the brand new trailer of Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, the new action adventure directed by Adam Wingard, who helmed its predecessor Godzilla vs. Kong. Returning for the sequel are Rebecca Hall and Bryan Tyree Henry, along with new cast member Dan Stevens. Godzilla x Kong sweeps into Philippine theaters on March 30.

Watch the new trailer here: https://youtu.be/nWzEFE0KqRI

About “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire”

The epic battle continues! Legendary Pictures’ cinematic Monsterverse follows up the explosive showdown of “Godzilla vs. Kong” with an all-new adventure that pits the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence—and our own. “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” delves further into the histories of these Titans and their origins, as well as the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humankind forever.

Once again at the helm is director Adam Wingard. The screenplay is by Terry Rossio (“Godzilla vs. Kong” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series) and Simon Barrett (“You’re Next”) and Jeremy Slater (“Moon Knight”), from a story by Rossio & Wingard & Barrett, based on the character “Godzilla” owned and created by TOHO Co., Ltd. The film is produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Eric Mcleod, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Brian Rogers. The executive producers are Wingard, Jen Conroy, Jay Ashenfelter, Yoshimitsu Banno, Kenji Okuhira.

The film stars Rebecca Hall (“Godzilla vs. Kong,” The Night House”), Brian Tyree Henry (“Godzilla vs. Kong,” “Bullet Train”), Dan Stevens (“Gaslit,” “Legion,” “Beauty and the Beast”), Kaylee Hottle (“Godzilla vs. Kong”), Alex Ferns (“The Batman,” “Wrath of Man,” “Chernobyl”) and Fala Chen (“Irma Vep,” “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”).

In cinemas 2024, “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Discovery company.

Join the conversation using #GodzillaxKong

Photo & Video Credit: “Warner Bros. Pictures”

(ROHN ROMULO) 

Here’s everything you need to know before watching “Dune: Part Two” on February 28

Posted on: February 22nd, 2024 by @peoplesbalita No Comments

Haven’t gotten around to watching the first Dune? Warner Bros. has just released a “catch-up video” to get you up to speed before watching Dune: Part Two, the highly anticipated big-screen, epic adventure of the year. 

Catch up in under two minutes here: https://youtu.be/74MYxtaZN6U

Tickets to Dune: Part Two are also available now. Don’t miss out as the action and adventure get more intense, with brand new characters joining the fight.  Get your tickets here at the official online ticketing site: www.dune2.com.ph

Dune: Part Two picks up right when the first movie ended, and for Timothée Chalamet, who plays the main character Paul Atreides, going back into the expansive world was a dream. “It was a dream to return to the world of ‘Dune,’ not only returning to castmates I had a beautiful working  experience with the first time, but also getting to see their characters expand, like Chani. And getting to  work with new, super-talented actors, like Austin Butler, and Florence Pugh, who I’d done a film with  before. And of course getting to see Denis bring his full vision to life,” Chalamet says.

Zendaya, who plays the Fremen warrior Chani, also felt the scale and excitement of continuing the journey of Dune. “I only had a few days of filming on ‘Dune,’ so I was excited to come back and have a chance to explore so  much more of Chani. Filming ‘Dune: Part Two’ absolutely surpassed any kind of dream I could’ve ever  had. Being on those sets, with those incredibly talented people in every department… I was in awe.”

New characters join the fight for Arrakis as Austin Butler and Florence Pugh, playing Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen and Princess Irulan, respectively, round out the cast of Dune: Part Two. Butler, having read the novel as a teen, is a massive fan of the first film.  “The first time I watched it I had the same feelings I felt when I saw ‘Apocalypse Now’ for the first time. I  knew right then that I wanted to be a part of the next one. So, I feel very fortunate,” Butler says. Pugh also shares her experience in becoming part of the film. “It was quite possibly the most thrilling welcome to a world I think I have ever experienced, and probably  ever will experience,” she says, talking about how much she wanted to get involved with the film. “If Denis told me I could be Spear Carrier #3, I’d have said yes, just to experience the entire beast of this movie. Joining the cast as epic as this is always something that you want to get involved with.”

Continue the epic journey as Dune: Part Two arrives in Philippine cinemas on February 28.

About “Dune: Part Two”

“Dune: Part Two” will explore the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a warpath of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee.

Denis Villeneuve directed from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts based on Frank Herbert’s novel. The film is produced by Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, Villeneuve, Tanya Lapointe and Patrick McCormick. The executive producers are Josh Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Kim Herbert, with Kevin J. Anderson serving as creative consultant. Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer is again on hand to create the score.

The film stars Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Dave Bautista, Christopher Walken, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Léa Seydoux, with Stellan Skarsgård, with Charlotte Rampling, and Javier Bardem.

In cinemas February 28, 2024, “Dune: Part Two” is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Discovery company.

Join the conversation online and use the hashtag #DunePartTwo (Photo & Video Credit: “Warner Bros. Pictures”)

(ROHN ROMULO) 

Everyone’s feeling the love as “Bob Marley: One Love” opens globally at No. 1 with $80-M, arrives in PH March 13

Posted on: February 21st, 2024 by @peoplesbalita No Comments

Bob Marley: One Love, a film celebrating the legendary reggae musician, opened at No. 1 across several countries worldwide with an estimated gross of $80-million, including $51-million in North America.  The movie broke the record for biggest opening day for a music biopic in several markets, including the UK, New Zealand, and Jamaica, where the film boasts the biggest opening day for a movie ever.  

 

 

 

Arriving in Philippine cinemas on March 13, Bob Marley: One Love was made with close guidance and blessing of the Marley family, with two of Marley’s children – Ziggy and Cedella – and his wife, musician Rita Marley, at the helm as producers. Alongside them are executive producers Brad Pitt, Richard Hewitt, Orly Marley, and Matt Solodky, who assembled a cast that’s led by Kingsley Ben-Adir and Lashana Lynch as Bob and Rita Marley.

 

 

 

Watch Ziggy Marley talk about his father in this featurette: https://youtu.be/dK799Hs15ww

 

 

 

Director and co-writer Reinaldo Marcus Green acknowledges the scale and responsibility of creating a movie based on the icon. “There are films,” says Green. “And then there are films about Bob Marley.” During the process of making Bob Marley: One Love, Green says people always have a story to tell about the musician.  “He had that power. He was everyone’s best friend, you know? ‘I saw him in concert…’ Or, ‘He changed my life when I was 15…’ People think they know Bob Marley, have a version of him in their mind, because of how we all connect with his music.”

 

 

 

With this film, Green hopes to give the audience a side of Bob Marley that not a lot of people have seen, based on real conversations with friends, family, and acquaintances. The authenticity that Bob Marley: One Love delivers is the direct result of collaborating so closely with the musician’s loved ones.

 

 

 

The result is a powerful snapshot of a legend whose calls for peace and togetherness made him a target. A man with faults and challenges like any other, but a force for change that did good for his family, friends, and the world.

 

 

 

About Bob Marley: One Love

BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE celebrates the life and music of an icon who inspired generations through his message of love and unity. On the big screen for the first time, discover Bob’s powerful story of overcoming adversity and the journey behind his revolutionary music. Produced in partnership with the Marley family and starring Kingsley Ben-Adir as the legendary musician and Lashana Lynch as his wife Rita.

In Philippine cinemas starting March 13, Bob Marley: One Love is distributed in the Philippines by Paramount Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Connect with #BobMarleyMovie #OneLoveMovie and tag @paramountpicsph

Photo and Video Credit: “Paramount Pictures International”


(ROHN ROMULO) 

“DOING HORROR MOVIES IS A WAY OF TAKING CONTROL OF MY FEARS,” SAYS AMÉLIE HOEFERLE, WHO PLAYS ONE OF THE WALLER CHILDREN IN THE SUPERNATURAL THRILLER “NIGHT SWIM”

Posted on: February 20th, 2024 by @peoplesbalita No Comments

“The children were great!” says Academy Award nominee Kerry Condon of Amélie Hoeferle and Gavin Warren, who play her character’s children in Night Swim, a new supernatural thriller opening in cinemas this week. 

In Night Swim, based on director McGuire’s acclaimed 2014 short film of the same name, Ray Waller (Wyatt Russell) is a former major league baseball player forced into early retirement by a degenerative illness. Secretly hoping, against the odds, to return to pro ball, Ray persuades his wife, Eve (Condon), that their new home’s shimmering backyard swimming pool will be fun for the kids (Hoeferle and Warren) and provide physical therapy for him. But a dark secret in the home’s past will unleash a malevolent force that will drag the family under, into the depths of inescapable terror.

Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/hgnUYV330cA?si=I447yv_uA3Bt25du

To Hoeferle, who plays 15-year-old Izzy Waller in the film and who first captured Hollywood’s attention with an award-winning horror short, The Boogeywoman, horror vibes come easy. “It’s funny that I keep getting drawn into these scary stories, I find it amusing,” Hoeferle says. “I used to be an anxious child. I still am in some ways. I used to fear a lot of things. So doing horror movies is a way of taking back that fear and taking control of it.”

Despite her experience in the genre, reading the script for Night Swim proved to be a chilling experience. “When I first got the script, I was so scared reading it,” Hoeferle says. “It was night, the lights in my house were dim, and I remember reading it at my desk and feeling like someone was behind me. Just in general, the script captures that scary feeling that there’s something lurking in the shadows, hunting you, and more specific to the movie, it captures that dread you feel when you’re in the water, whether it’s the ocean or in a pool, and you let yourself wonder: Is there something underneath me? It’s such a potent, primal fear.”

The role of 12-year-old Elliot Waller was the toughest to cast, according to director Bryce McGuire. Luckily, they found Warren, who is “an absolute fish, an amazing swimmer who loved the water,” says McGuire.

But the water work wasn’t always easy for Warren, especially if the scenes involved interacting with the pool’s ghoulish entities. “Whenever Elliot goes into the pool, things get creepy,” Warren says. “He seems to be able to see the weird, monstrous things that haunt the pool that no one else can. But for me, seeing these monsters was rather scary, because the make-up on them was so good. I did not want to get in the water with them.” But Warren’s experience in the post-apocalyptic world of Fear the Walking Dead served him well. “I had an awesome time making this movie,” Warren says. “I love scary movies and TV shows, and I love doing them, whether it’s doing scenes with monsters or getting dragged around by them. I love doing my own stunts, when they let me.”

Dare to take a dive when Night Swim, distributed by Universal Pictures International, opens in cinemas February 21. #NightSwimMoviePh

Follow Universal Pictures PH (FB)UniversalPicturesPH (IG) and UniversalPicsPH (TikTok) for the latest updates on Night Swim.

(ROUND ROMULO) 

“MADAME WEB” SWINGS TO TOP OF PH BOX OFFICE – P10.4M GROSS BIGGEST FIRST DAY TAKE FOR 2024

Posted on: February 19th, 2024 by @peoplesbalita No Comments

Filipinos love Madame Web! 

 

 

 

Madame Web, the first superhero movie with a female lead in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, is the #1 movie in the Philippines this week, scoring a record-breaking PHP 10,402,829 on its first day. With a Valentine’s Day debut in 326 screens nationwide, the film holds the biggest opening day gross so far for 2024.

 

 

 

“There was an opportunity with this movie to reinvent a Marvel world where, first of all, it’s led by women, and it’s made by women,” says Dakota Johnson, who plays Cassandra Web / Madame Web in the film. “And because of that, the characters are real, and they are messy, and they are complicated, and they are extremely powerful.”

 

 

 

Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/9PtNR_Oukdg

 

 

Comicbook.com raves that “Madame Web is a modern-day throwback to the superhero adaptations of yesteryear” and praises Johnson for her “enigmatic performance” as the titular character.

 

 

 

Roger Ebert’s Christy Lemire describes Madame Web as “blissfully breezy” and commends Johnson for bringing “a refreshing, grounded quality to her superhero vibe.”

 

 

 

Fox TV Houston gives kudos to the creative team behind the film, led by director SJ Clarkson, for creating “a visually stunning thrill ride” and “a thriller that must be seen on the biggest screen possible!”

 

 

“This is a fantasy noir about psychics and sisterhood,” says SlashFilm. “The future is Spider-Female, and Madame Web knows it.”

 

 

 

Madame Web, also starring Sydney Sweeney, Isabela Merced, Celeste O’Connor and Tahar Rahim, is now showing only in cinemas. It is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Connect with the hashtag #MadameWeb

 

 

 

About Madame Web

 

 

 

In a switch from the typical genre, Madame Web tells the standalone origin story of one of Marvel publishing’s most enigmatic heroines. The suspense-driven thriller stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in Manhattan who develops the power to see the future… and realizes she can use that insight to change it. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she forges a relationship with three young women bound for powerful destinies… if they can all survive a deadly present.

 

 

 

Directed by SJ Clarkson, with screenplay by Claire Parker & Clarkson, story by Kerem Sanga, based on the Marvel Comics. Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

 

 

 

Starring Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O’Connor, Isabela Merced, Tahar Rahim, Mike Epps, Emma Roberts, Adam Scott.

 

 

 

Now showing only in cinemas, Madame Web is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Connect with the hashtag #MadameWeb

(ROHN ROMULO)

WYATT RUSSELL TALKS ABOUT THE SINISTER POOL AND HIS TROUBLED CHARACTER IN THE SUPERNATURAL THRILLER “NIGHT SWIM”

Posted on: February 17th, 2024 by @peoplesbalita No Comments

Like his Night Swim character, Wyatt Russell (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Monarch: Legacy of Monsters) was a former athlete, one of the reasons director Bryce McGuire wanted him for the role of former baseball pro Ray Waller. 

 

 

 

For the actor, being able to draw on his own experience as an athlete definitely helped his performance. “There are aspects of this character that obviously I’ve felt before, or seen in people I know, where you’re sort of losing your ability and sense of identity to injury,” says Russell, who played hockey on the amateur and professional levels for six years, until injuries forced him to quit. “I know the feeling of wanting to do anything, even if it’s detrimental to yourself or your family, to keep playing; it’s a hard drug to let go of. There was that element of it that I know Bryce wanted, and I was able to do that because I had lived aspects of that life.”

 

 

 

In Night Swim, based on director McGuire’s acclaimed 2014 short film of the same name, Ray Waller (Russell) is a former major league baseball player forced into early retirement by a degenerative illness. Secretly hoping, against the odds, to return to pro ball, Ray persuades his wife, Eve (Kerry Condon), that their new home’s shimmering backyard swimming pool will be fun for the kids (Amélie Hoeferle and Gavin Warren) and provide physical therapy for him. But a dark secret in the home’s past will unleash a malevolent force that will drag the family under, into the depths of inescapable terror.

 

 

 

Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/hgnUYV330cA?si=I447yv_uA3Bt25du

 

 

Besides his personal connection to his character, Russell says he was drawn to Night Swim because of the thematically rich story that McGuire had built from its fiendishly simple swimming-pool premise.

 

 

 

“I just love everything that the swimming pool represented – how it gives life and takes it away; how it holds both good and evil – and how it made for a refreshingly different approach to a genre story,” Russell says, adding he also appreciated the trajectory of Ray’s increasingly dark arc and how the true evil that threatens Ray and his family isn’t supernatural but his own flaws. “I liked how his selfishness and his misguided strategies for dealing with everything that comes with M.S. [multiple sclerosis] ends up being the forces that drive him. He’s a nice guy with a nice, normal family dealing with very real human dilemmas, but there’s this little kernel of narcissism that leaves him vulnerable to corruption that can take over his soul. It was just a fun part to play.”

 

 

 

McGuire says Russell was a joy to work with. “From our first conversation, I saw how deeply he understood the psychology of an athlete and an athlete’s struggle to move on from the sport they’ve dedicated so much of their life to,” he says of Russell. “Wyatt was a joy to work with for me because he was completely fearless. Without saying too much, he has to go to some extreme places in the movie and he was never self-conscious. He understands how to connect to an audience and he’ll try five different versions of something to give you options. That’s a dream for a director. He was game for anything, very selfless and always thinking of the movie.”

 

 

 

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(ROHN ROMULO)