Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Dwayne Johnson Makes a Spectacular Leap of Faith in “Skyscraper”


Action superstar Dwayne Johnson headlines Universal Pictures and Legendary's epic action thriller Skyscraper.  Director Rawson Marshall Thurber describes it as Die Hard meets Towering Inferno set in Hong Kong—a love letter to the action movies the director grew up watching.  "I wanted to make a big movie that demands a big-screen experience, with the biggest movie star in the world driving every bit of it," he says.  

 

To that end, Thurber is proudest of the fact that his film isn't based on a comic book; it's not a reboot, remake, prequel or sequel.  "Skyscraper is an original idea, one that guarantees the audience won't know what's going to happen next.  I wanted to make something with Dwayne that audiences have to experience firsthand in the theater, and I'm so proud of what we've accomplished together."

 

Johnson explains why he was drawn to the project, one he calls "easily, the most physically demanding role I've ever played."  He notes: "The number-one anchor with audiences all around the world is the bond of family.  Regardless of race or culture or class or religion, the ideology of family is one everyone relates to.  There's something very visceral about a family being torn apart, and the parents doing everything they can to protect their young.  That's always been a special anchor for us in Skyscraper, and for us to explore this on the canvas of film makes it so relevant to people."

 

It wasn't just the premise, but the chance to work once again with collaborator Thurber that drew in the performer/producer.  "Rawson is one of the very unique talents in Hollywood in that he is the sole writer and director of projects on a massive scale.  All this all this comes out of his head and out of his brain.  When he pitched me Skyscraper, I was in 100 percent.  I felt like it was an amalgamation of Die Hard, The Towering Inferno and The Fugitive—Harrison Ford was already the inspiration for Will Sawyer."

 

Of utmost importance to the filmmaker was for audiences finally to see Dwayne Johnson as a vulnerable hero.  "We all know him as The Rock; we all know he can pick up a truck and throw it through a building," laughs Thurber.  "But that's not what is most interesting about him as an actor and a person.  I also don't think that's what audiences always relate to.  People love Indiana Jones because he takes a punch, not because he can give a punch.  He's just a normal guy who is trying to survive the adventure.  Dwayne and I wanted Will to be someone who barely survives the trials and tribulations he will be put through."

 

As the director fleshed out the story, the stakes became even greater for Will.  "The building is on fire, Sawyer's family is trapped above the fire line, and he's outside the building," explains Thurber.  "What's more, he's being framed for the fire.  So he's got to figure out how to get into the building to rescue his family, figure out who the bad guys are, stop them and clear his name and get out.  All in one day."  As he wrote this film for Johnson, the filmmaker reflects: "I wanted to challenge Dwayne.  I wanted to see him be vulnerable.  I wanted him to see him think his way out of a problem instead of punch his way out…and I wanted to see him barely survive."

 

"In today's world, there are big superhero movies, big movies that are franchises and big commercial popcorn movies," ends Johnson.  "I know, because I make them.  But what I also like about Skyscraper is we are a big summer movie; we're fun, and we're supposed to be.  But there's also something really gritty and down-and-dirty about it that sets it apart from everything else out there.  I'm very proud of it." 

 

In cinemas July 11, Skyscraper is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/

True-to-Life Gripping Crime Drama “Jacqueline Comes Home (The Chiong Story)” Opens in Cinemas Nationwide on July 18


VIVA Films presents "Jacqueline Comes Home (The Chiong Story)," a gripping crime drama based on the controversial real-life rape and murder case of the Chiong sisters which happened 21 years ago in Cebu.  

 

Showing in cinemas on July 18, the movie stars Donnalyn Bartolome as Marijoy and Meg Imperial as Jacqueline.  It marks the directorial debut of Ysabelle Peach Caparas (Direk Peach), with story and screenplay by her father, Carlo J. Caparas, who is also themovie's assistant director.  

 

Jacqueline and Marijoy are typical young women fortunate to belong to a loving family.   They enjoy the freedom to go out unchaperoned, and in the case of Marijoy, to be in a relationship.  Jacqueline, though she is older, does not mind being single, and actually prefers being in the company of their beloved parents, Dionisio and Thelma.  

 

But the ordinariness of their situation ends on July 16, 1997.  On that rainy evening, the sisters are snatched from a waiting shed, dragged into a vehicle, and transported to a godforsaken place where they eventually suffer inhumane acts in the hands of six evil men.  

 

The next day, their parents are the ones to experience indescribable agony at the sight of Marijoy's lifeless body while Jacqueline is nowhere to be found.  

 

When such tragedy strikes a family, what happens to those left behind?

 

The ordeal that the Chiong family had to go through in search for justice is captured in the performances of Joel Torre and Alma Moreno.  

 

Ryan Eigenmann takes the role of one of the perpetrators.  Before doing the rape scene, the actor showed his respect to the two lead stars by asking what actions would be unacceptable for them.  Meg and Donnalyn, on the other hand, showed professionalism by not putting any limitations and giving Direk Peach and Ryan their full trust that everything will be done according to what the scene requires.  

 

Direk Peach has shared in an interview that she created this film in a way that it is open for interpretation.  She also said that her mother, the late Donna Villa, had always wanted to produce this film.  

 

"Jacqueline Comes Home (The Chiong Story)," a movie that comes from the heart of all involved will pierce the hearts of many.


Catch it on July 18 in cinemas nationwide.

ABS-CBN Named One of The “Best Companies to Work for in Asia” by HR ASIA

 

ABS-CBN was recognized as one of the Best Companies to Work for in Asia in 2018 by HR Asia, the premiere Asian publication for senior human resources professionals that handpicks world class corporations with high levels of employee engagement and excellent workplace cultures. 

"This award validates our strong belief that people are key to our success, and our success reflects on our people," said Archie Sabado, ABS-CBN head of human resources and organization development during the awards ceremony on June 29 at the Marriott Hotel in Manila. "It is important because while this affirms that our organizational practices are in the right direction, it also humbles us to continue learning from the bestpractices of other companies so we continue improving for the benefit of our Kapamilyas." 

The HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia list covers 12 markets across Asia, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and China. ABS-CBN is the only Philippine TV network included in the list.  

The "Best Companies to Work for in Asia" are selected from various companies in different industries based on a proprietary survey that assesses the company's working environment, HR practices, employee engagement and the resulting job satisfaction. The results were then judged by an independent panel of industry experts, academics, journalists and government representatives based on the HR Asia Employee Input Survey™ (EIS) Report and the HR Asia Workplace and Employee Engagement Survey™ (WEES).

Monday, July 16, 2018

New Live-Action Reimagining of Classic Tale “The Little Mermaid” Opens in PH Cinemas on August 8

 

The latest thrilling fantasy-adventure live-action independent remake of "The Little Mermaid" is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's novel that stars British actress Poppy Drayton (Downton Abbey), William Moseley (Chronicles of Narnia, The Royals), Loreto Peralta, Armando Gutierrez and Shirley MacLaine.  First published in 1837 about a mermaid's sacrifice for love, the latest adaptation of "The Little Mermaid" is a brand new take on Anderson's timeless tale, written and directed by Blake Harris. 

 

Produced by independent studios Kingsway Productions and Conglomerate Media, "The Little Mermaid" unfolds with an old grandmother telling her two granddaughters the story of a fascinating beautiful mermaid.  William Moseley stars as a reporter who started following a story about a mermaid and a magical healing water. Together with his sick niece, they travel to a small town in Mississippi to uncover a legend.  There, they go to a circus and encounter a beautiful mermaid trapped in a glass tank. They are further amazed when the mermaid appears before them as a young woman with legs.

 

Drayton, who stars in the titular role said in previous interviews that she's hugely fascinated with mermaids.  Moseley who has visited the Philippines previously said in local interviews that the movie didn't have the same budget as Disney's but that it's also a film with a lot of heart.

 

A very different "The Little Mermaid" splashes in Philippine cinemas nationwide on August 8 from Axinite Digicinema.  

Kristine Hermosa Takes on First Kontrabida Role in “Bagani”

 

Viewers of "Bagani" can look forward to more exciting scenes now that Malaya, a goddess played by Kristine Hermosa, has shown her true colors and is poised to become the Baganis' next foe.

 

Malaya's true colors finally showed when she swore to avenge the defeat of her son, Sarimaw (Ryan Eigenmann), at the hands of the Baganis.

 

Kristine's first kontrabida character, Malaya first seemed like an ally to Lakas (Enrique Gil) and Ganda (Liza Soberano) when she helped them get out of Dako Pa Roon. However, Lakas was told that not all is what it seems when it comes to the goddess.

 

The people of Sansinukob are also discovering the trail of bodies that she and Gaki (Justin Cuyugan) laid to waste in their journey through the land.

 

Is Malaya the creature being talked about who will destroy Sansinukob? Are Lakas, Ganda, Lakam (Matteo Guidicelli), Dumakulem (Makisig Morales), and Liksi (Zaijian Jaranilla) strong enough to fight the most powerful goddess in Sansinukob?

 

Don't miss any of the action of "Bagani," every night after "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano." 

 

For more updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or visit www.abscbnpr.com.

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