Star Wars #TheForceAwakens simulcast: Photo opportunities

By Joanna Mendoza


UPDATE: 10 minutes to go!
Overly excited much?

It turns out that the event won’t start until a little less than an hour from now.

Host Slick Rick is currently talking about hashtags and people raising their hands to answer questions. Swag time!

But unless they ask really basic questions like who played young Obi-Wan, who’s the director, and who said the iconic “I am your father” line (Zurg from Toy Story 2, duh), I don’t really stand a chance of winning, so I’m going to post our pics with the cosplayers instead. Them cosplayers want the mileage (anywhere they can get it), you guys!

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We’re at the live simulcast of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Panel!

By Joanna Mendoza

In a few minutes, the force will be upon us. (Er, sorry, I had to try.)

The hubby and I are waiting for the live simulcast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Panel at the SM Mall of Asia IMAX theater. SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. is hosting the live simulcast so that Filipino Star Wars enthusiasts can (somewhat) celebrate the 2015 Star Wars Celebration held in Anaheim. And by celebrate, we mean attendees of the event can ask the panelists, which include Mr. J. J. Abrams himself, questions and get answers live!

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Patriotic film on most lethal sniper in U.S. history

Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in "American Sniper." (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Bradley Cooper (foreground) as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in the history of the U.S. military., in “American Sniper.” (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Chris Kyle might have been just one of the millions of veterans who have served were it not for a statistic. He emerged from the war in Iraq as the most lethal sniper in the history of the U.S. military, but the filmmakers behind American Sniper knew it was equally, if not more important, to explore the man behind the numbers.

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Jeff Bridges, master demon slayer in ‘Seventh Son’

Jeff Bridges is a veteran hero in "Seventh Son." (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)

Jeff Bridges is a veteran hero in “Seventh Son.” (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)

Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges stars as grizzled demon-slayer Master Gregory in Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ fantasy adventure Seventh Son.

For Master Gregory, explains producer Basil Iwanyk, the filmmakers needed an actor who “could play grumpy and taciturn and irascible, aged but still lively and youthful, charming when he wants to be and has a great physicality.” Continue reading

‘Avengers’ sequel, ‘Cinderella’ lead Disney’s 2015 film line-up

The long-awaited "Avengers: Age of Ultron" finally opens in April 2015.  (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International)

The long-awaited “Avengers: Age of Ultron” finally opens in April 2015. (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International)

Walt Disney Studios Philippines will release nine movies in 2015, led by Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, the live-action Cinderella, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first Star Wars installment since 2005.

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‘Big Hero 6’ opens at No. 1; Grosses P70M in 4 days

"Big Hero 6"

Disney’s “Big Hero 6” directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams. (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International)

A child prodigy and his lovable robot charmed their way into the hearts of families, fanboys and girls, enabling Disney’s Big Hero 6 to gross a stunning P69.99-million nationwide in just four days (Nov. 6 to 9) and open at No.1.

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#TBT: Kisapmata (1981)

BY Gina Tumlos

"Kisapmata" (1981) directed by Mike de Leon.

“Kisapmata” (1981) directed by Mike de Leon.

True to his form, Mike De Leon once again holds up a mirror to the Filipino psyche and domestic fragmentation in all its pernicious permutations.  He skillfully skirts through the backdoors of Philippine society to uncover the underground world of the suffocating and seemingly unbreakable familial ties in Kisapmtata (1981) starring Vic Silayan, Charito Solis, and Charo Santos. The film is every bit as chilling and unsettling as a Stanley Kubrick film, a strong parallelism which can be drawn from both directors’ complete control of the mis-en-scene.

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‘Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends’ Is a Finishing Touch to a Masterpiece

BY Gina Tumlos


Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends is the final installation for the Kyoto arc, and boy, what an ending it is. Those familiar with the anime will be pleased to see the appearance of a beloved character and hints of character back stories (which could *hopefully* mean a prequel) and those who were hooked just recently on Rurouni Kenshin and Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno  will be floored by the intense and deftly choreographed fight scenes this film is littered with.

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Takeru Satoh returns in ‘Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends’

Takeru Satoh as Kenshin Himura in "Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends" (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Takeru Satoh as Kenshin Himura in “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends” (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

He took Manila by storm last August during a historic Asian premiere (and press conference, too!). He wowed audiences and critics alike with a calm but fiery performance in Kyoto Inferno (read our review here!). Now, Takeru Satoh returns to Philippine cinemas as the legendary Kenshin Himura in the final chapter of the epic Rurouni Kenshin trilogy – Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends.

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