Fantasy adventures rule this year

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‘Seventh Son’ opens New Year
From Legendary Pictures, producers of Godzilla and 300: Rise of an Empire, comes Seventh Son, the first fantasy adventure to open the New Year 2015.

Based on the book The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney, the film stars Jeff Bridges (Tron: Legacy), Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian), Alicia Vikander (The Fifth Estate), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense), Antje Traue (Man of Steel), Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Julianne Moore (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1).

For centuries, humanity has been protected from creatures of the dark by an ancient order of noble warriors called the Falcon Knights. Now, only one remains: Master John Gregory (Bridges), a grizzled demon-slayer with a tongue as sharp as his sword. As a hunter of witches who was seduced by the Witch Queen Mother Malkin (Moore), his biggest mistake was showing her mercy. And now he will pay the price.

When Malkin assaults Gregory and kills his companion, the Falcon Knight must travel across distant horizons to track down the last Seventh Son.

Tom Ward (Barnes), a simple farmhand, is torn from his family to embark on a death-defying adventure of haunted forests, towering cities and cascading waterfalls to face Malkin’s army in her mountaintop lair.

Will Master Gregory defeat the darkness within Malkin without succumbing to the darkness within himself? And will Tom overcome the darkness and realize the true power of a Seventh Son?

Academy Award nominee Sergei Bodrov (Mongol) directs the film from a screenplay by Charles Leavitt and Steven Knight and a screen story by Matt Greenberg.

Opening across the Philippines in 3D and 2D on January 8, Seventh Son is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Game characters attack earth in ‘Pixels’
Take your first look at the banners for director Chris Columbus’ upcoming adventure feature Pixels, which boasts arcade game characters everyone will be familiar with including PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Galaga, Frogger, Q*bert, and Space Invaders.

Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, Brian Cox and Kevin James all star in the film.

In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (James) has to call on his child-hood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Dinklage and Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Monaghan plays the team’s unique weapons specialist.

The action-comedy is directed Columbus from a story by Tim Herlihy and a screenplay by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, based on the original short film of the same name by Patrick Jean. The film is produced by Sandler, Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, and Allen Covert.

Opening across the Philippines in May, Pixels is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

‘Jurassic World’ unleashes first trailer
The park is now officially open as Universal Pictures unleashed the first full trailer of its epic action-adventure Jurassic World via YouTube. Steven Spielberg returns as an executive producer of the long-awaited installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series.

Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure, bringing to life the screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly, with Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley as producers.

The movie takes place 22 years after the horrific events of the original Jurassic Park and is set on a fully functional park on Isla Nublar.

Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) leads the cast, including Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3), Nick Robinson (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) and Ty Simpkins, who was the kid in last year’s Iron Man 3. The film also stars Jake Johnson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lapku and Andy Buckley.

Opening across the Philippines on June 10 in 3D, Jurassic World will be distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

A peek through the new Peter ‘Pan’
DIRECTED by Joe Wright with a screenplay written by Jason Fuchs, Warner Bros. Pictures’ live-action Peter Pan movie, simply titled Pan, has just released a teaser trailer and four character posters. Excited fans and moviegoers can now take their first look at the one-sheets featuring Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman), Hook (Garrett Hedlund), Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and Peter (Levi Miller). The trailer may be viewed via YouTube.

With a new take on the classic story created by J.M. Barrie, the film follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical “Neverland.” There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

Amanda Seyfried plays Mary, while Adeel Akhtar is Smee. Jack Charles as The Chief/Tiger Lily’s father; Taejoo Na as Kwahu; Nonso Anozie as Bishop; Kathy Burke as Mother Barnabas; Kurt Egyiawan as Murray; Lewis MacDougall as Nibs; and newcomer Leni Zieglmeier as Wendy Darling.

Opening across the Philippines on July 16, Pan is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ surprises with Mel Brooks
THE casting of multi award winning writer, director, performer, composer and producer Mel Brooks in the sequel Hotel Transyl-vania 2 was recently announced by Sony Picture Animation.

Brooks will play the role of Vlad—the ancient, undead and incredibly grumpy father to Dracula (Adam Sandler). Dracula, Mavis, Jonathan and all of their monster friends are back in the brand new comedy adventure.

Taking from the 2012 film, Hotel Transylvania 2 is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, produced by Michelle Murdocca, with executive-produced by Sandler, Allen Covert, and Ben Waisbren, and written by Robert Smigel.

Brooks isn’t the only icon who will be voicing Vlad, as Sony is securing the talents of additional high-profile stars from around the world to lend their voice. So far, regional Vlads include France’s 92-year-old Michel Galabru; Japan’s Junji Inagawa,; Holland’s Bram Van Der Vlugt; and Belgium’s Jacques Vermeire.

Opening across the Philippines on September 2015, “Hotel Transylvania 2” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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