Why ‘The Good Wife’ is the best

BY Jen T. Tuazon

The courtroom drama series The Good Wife

The courtroom drama series The Good Wife

I recently saw the latest episode of the legal drama  The Good Wife and a part of me died.

I hate spoilers so I’m not going to ruin anything for anybody by giving anything away. But what I will do is try to convince you to watch this show so you can experience storytelling at its best.

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’: Even better than the first one

By Hazel Alvior Torres

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" opened in Philippine cinemas March 26. (Photo courtesy of Marvel/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” opened in Philippine cinemas March 26. (Photo courtesy of Marvel/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

If Iron Man 3 was exhilarating and Thor 2 was amazing, then brace yourself for another action-packed blockbuster treat in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (For fun facts about the making of this super sequel, click here.) 

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Fun facts on the making of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Chris Evans and Samuel L. Jackson in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (Photo courtesy of Marvel/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Chris Evans and Samuel L. Jackson in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (Photo courtesy of Marvel/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

A brand-new costume for Captain America? Gymnastics lessons for Chris Evans? The iconic shield as an offensive weapon? Get to know some fun trivia surrounding the production of Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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Who’s who in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (Photo courtesy of Marvel/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (Photo courtesy of Marvel/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Take five! (Get it? Take five and Take 5… ah, never mind. It’s not even the fifth take yet in this pic.) Before you spend your weekend getting as much fill of Captain America: The Winter Soldier as you possibly can, take a quick update on returning characters and get acquainted with those being introduced in the new film.

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World landmarks set for record Earth Hour March 29

Be a superhero and join Earth Hour. "Use your power to make change a reality." - earthhour.org (Photo courtesy of earthhour.org/Columbia Pictures)

Be a superhero and join Earth Hour. “Use your power to make change a reality.” – earthhour.org (Photo courtesy of earthhour.org/Columbia Pictures)

From Thailand to Tahiti, Iran to Las Vegas, and the International Space Station to Sudan–iconic monuments and moments are emerging for this year’s upcoming Earth Hour, the global movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), to be held this Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 8:30 PM local time across the planet.

Where East meets West, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque) in Istanbul will switch off for Earth Hour for the first time, alongside the Hagia Sophia and Bosphorous Bridge that connects Europe and Asia.

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A very deep regard for ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’

BY Joanna Mendoza

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“Mr. Peabody & Sherman” is one “pun” ride! (Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

A few weeks ago, my 1-year-old was bitten by a dog. He’s just a little boy and the dog was huge, so the bite was pretty high up on his body; it was on his left arm, near the shoulder blade.

“Mommy, the bite is near his brain so it’s Category 3,” the resident doctor told me.

“How many category levels are there?”

“Three.”

I nearly died.

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“300: Rise of an Empire”: Re-experience the gore and violence in 3D

BY Jen T. Tuazon

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300: Rise of an Empire, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures

Ever wondered what it’s like to watch the iconic movie 300 in 3D? Wonder no more, thanks to the seven-years-in-the-making sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire.

It was in 2007 when 300 first shocked and awed with its intense, bloody, no-holds-barred battle scenes. More movies have boldly followed since, and, thanks to technology, moviegoers for the last seven years have had more than their fair share of films (and even TV shows) with similarly over-the-top special effects.

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Rodrigo Santoro in all his splendor as Xerxes in 300: Rise of an Empire

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An award-winning actor in Brazil when he gained fame around the globe, Rodrigo Santoro now reprises his role of the magnificently adorned Persian God-King Xerxes from Zack Snyder‘s 2007 worldwide hit 300 in the companion film 300: Rise of an Empire.

Based on Frank Miller‘s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster 300, this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield–on the sea–as Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.

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March movies: new 300, Captain America 2, Divergent & more!

A new batch of movies opens in Philippine cinemas today! Besides Oscar Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave, buzzy titles Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Divergent, and 300: Rise of an Empire are also premiering throughout March. Find out their release dates after the jump!

 

(NOTE: I can’t seem to put links properly. Kindly just copy-paste links to official websites on your browser. Sorry for the inconvenience.) 

12 YEARS A SLAVE
(March 5)

Twelve Years a Slave is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life. (Official synopsis)

Director: Steve McQueen
Screenplay: John Ridley
Based on:Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodard, Brad Pitt
Studio: Plan B, Summit Entertainment, Regency Enterprises, River Road Entertainment, Film4
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures, Pioneer Films (Philippines)
Running time: 2 hr 14 min
Official website: http://www.12yearsaslave.com/

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OPEN GRAVES
(March 5)

A group of friends discovers a boardgame that kills somebody every time it’s played with.

Director: Álvaro de Armiñán
Stars: Eliza Dushku, Mike Vogel
Studio: Atlas Independent, 852 Films, Speranza13 Media
Distributor: Voltage Pictures, Pioneer Films (Philippines)
Running time: 1 hr 40 min

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300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE 
(March 6)

300: Rise of an Empire, told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster 300, is a new chapter of the epic saga, which takes action to a new battlefield–the sea.

The story pits the Greek general Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces, ruled by the mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and led by Artemisa, the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Knowing his only hope of defeating the overwhelming Persian armada will be to unite all of Greece, Themistokles ultimately leads the charge that will change the course of the war. (Official synopsis)

Director: Noam Murro
Screenplay: Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad
Based on: Xerxes by Frank Miller
Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Rodrigo Santoro, Callan Mulvey, David Wenham, Jack O’Connell, Andrew Tiernan, Yigal Naor, Andrew Peavin, Ben Turner, Ashraf Barhom, Christopher Sciueref
Studio: Legendary Pictures, Cruel and Unusual Films
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Running time: 1 hr 42 min
Official website: http://www.300themovie.com/

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MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN 
(March 6)

Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell) is a business titan, inventor, scientist, Nobel Laureate, gourmand, two-time Olympic medalist, and genius…who also happens to be a dog. Using his most ingenious invention, the WABAC machine, Mr. Peabody and his adopted boy Sherman (Max Charles) hurtle back in time to experience world-changing events first-hand and interact with some of the greatest characters of all time. But when Sherman breaks the rules of time travel, our two heroes find themselves in a race to repair history and save the future, while Mr. Peabody may face his biggest challenge yet–being a parent. (Official synopsis)

Director: Rob Minkoff
Screenplay: Craig Wright
Based on: The characters from the “Peabody’s Improbable History” segments of the 1960s animated television series The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show
Stars: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Leslie Mann, Stephen Colbert, Allison Janney, Stephen Tobolowsky, Mel Brooks, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton, Lake Bell, Zach Callison, Lauri Fraser, Guillaume Aretos, Dennis Haysbert
Studio: DreamWorks Animation, Pacific Data Images, Bullwinkle Studios
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Running time: 1 hr 30 min
Official website: http://www.mrpeabodyandsherman.com/

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DEVIL’S KNOT
(March 12)

Atom Egoyan’s haunting true mystery about who killed three children in a small town. The police identify three teens, aka the West Memphis Three, as committing the murders during a satanic ritual but the truth may be scarier as a mother (Reese Witherspoon) and investigator (Colin Firth) suspect all is not as it appears. Based on the book Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three by Mara Leveritt. (Synopsis courtesy of the Devil’s Knot Facebook page)

Director: Atom Egoyan
Screenplay: Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson
Based on: Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three by Mara Leveritt
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Amy Ryan, Stephen Moyer, Dane DeHaan, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand, Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas, Alesandro Nivola, Jonathan Spencer
Studio: Worldview Entertainment
Distributor: Icon Film Distribution, Senator Film, Viva International Pictures (Philippines)
Running time: 1 hr 54 min
Official website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Devils-Knot/69432254128

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MAKE YOUR MOVE
(March 12) 

A Romeo and Juliet-inspired dance drama starring Dancing with the Stars favorite Derek Hough and K-pop star BoA.

Director: Duane Adler
Screenplay: Duane Adler
Based on: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Stars: Derek Hough, BoA Kwon, Will Yun Lee, Wesley Jonathan, Izabella Miko, Yunho Jung
Studio: CJ Entertainment, Robert Cort Productions, S.M. Entertainment
Distributor: Lionsgate Films, CJ Entertainment, Pioneer Films (Philippines)

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MANNY
(March 12) 

Narrated by Liam Neeson and directed by Ryan Moore and Academy Award winner Leon Gast (When We Were Kings), Manny is an inspirational tale of a man who overcame insurmountable odds to become one of the most loved and respected athletes of all time. From his days as a starving teenager who fought to feed his family, to his being a Congressman working tirelessly to improve the lives of his people, the story of worldwide boxing champ Manny Pacquiao is told in this feature-length documentary that explores the many triumphs and tribulations of the Filipino boxing sensation. (Official synopsis) 

Director: Ryan Moore, Leon Gast
Stars: Manny Pacquiao, Liam Neeson (narrator)
Distributor: Solar Films
Official website: http://mannypacquiaomovie.com/

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NEED FOR SPEED
(March 12)

In a last attempt to save his struggling garage, blue-collar mechanic Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul)–who with his team skillfully builds and races muscle cars on the side–reluctantly partners with wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). Just as a major sale to a car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poot) looks like it will save the business, a disastrous, unsanctioned race results in Dino framing Tobey for manslaughter.

Two years later and fresh out of prison, Tobey is set on revenge with plans to take down Dino in the high-stakes De Leon race–the Super Bowl of underground racing. To get there in time, Tobey must run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet, dodging cops coast-to-coast and dealing with fallout from a dangerous bounty Dino put on his car. With his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia as allies, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first. (Official synopsis) 

Director: Scott Waugh
Screenplay: George Gatins
Based on: The videogame Need for Speed by Electronic Arts
Stars: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Ramón Rodríguez, Michael Keaton, Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek, Dakota Johnson, Harrison Gilbertson
Studio: Touchstone Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Reliance Entertainment, Electronic Arts
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Running time: 2 hr 10 min
Official website: http://www.theneedforspeedmovie.com/

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NURSE
(March 12)

Paz de la Huerta (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) turns up the body heat in this wickedly entertaining story of a fatal attraction. By day, nurse Abby Russell (de la Huerta) lovingly attends to the patients at All Saints Memorial Hospital; by night, Abby prowls nightclubs, luring unfaithful men into dangerous liaisons. After Danni, a young, sensitive nurse, joins the hospital staff, Abby pursues her friendship. But when the friendship turns to obsession, Danni spurns Abby, unleashing Abby’s fury and a rampage of terror. (Official synopsis) 

Director: Doug Aarniokoski
Stars: Paz de la Huerta, Katrina Bowden, Corbin Bleu, Kathleen Turner, Judd Nelson, Boris Kodjoe, Niecy Nash
Distributor: Lionsgate Films, Pioneer Films (Philippines)
Running time: 1 hr 24 min
Official website: http://nurse3dmovie.com/

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DEVIL’S DUE  
(March 19)

After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin. (Official synopsis) 

Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Stars: Allison Miller, Zach Gilford, Sam Anderson, Aimee Carrero, Vanessa Ray, Michael Papajohn, Griff Furst
Studio: Davis Entertainment
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Running time: 1 hr 29 minutes
Official website: http://www.devilsduemovie.com/index.html

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DIVERGENT 
(March 20)Divergent is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where
people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris
Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never
fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction
leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust
in the mysterious Four (Theo James) and together they must find out
what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late. Based on the best-selling book series by Veronica Roth. (Official synopsis)

Director: Neil Burger
Screenplay: Evan Daugherty, Vanessa Taylor
Based on: Divergent by Veronica Roth
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Kate Winslet, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer, Ashley Judd, Ben Lamb, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Christian Madsen, Amy Newbold, Justine Wachsberger
Studio: Summit Entertainment, Red Wagon Entertainment
Distributor: Summit Entertainment, Lionsgate, Pioneer Films (Philippines)
Running time: 2 hr 23 min
Official website: http://divergentthemovie.com/

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MUPPETS MOST WANTED
(March 21, Ayala Cinema exclusive)

Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine–the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit–and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon. (Official synopsis) 

Director: James Bobin
Screenplay: James Bobin, Nicholas Stoller
Stars: Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Ricky Gervais
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures, Mandeville Films
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Running time: 1 hr 53 min
Official website: http://muppets.disney.com/muppets-most-wanted

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER 
(March 26) 

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington , D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off assailants sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villanous plot is revealed, Captain America and Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy–the Winter Soldier. (Official synopsis) 

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Screenplay: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Based on: Captain America by Joe Simon, Jack Kirby
Stars: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson
Studio: Marvel Studios
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Running time: 2 hr 16 min
Official website: http://marvel.com/captainamerica

Schedules are subject to change without prior notice.