Wilson, Helms Go on a Roadtrip in Search of Dad in "Father Figures" (Opens Jan 17)

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From the filmmakers behind “The Hangover” comes the new comedy “Father Figures” starring Owen Wilson and Ed Helms as twin brothers whose eccentric mother raised them to believe their father had died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out together to find their real father, and end up learning more about their mother than they probably ever wanted to know.

The adult comedy will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Trinoma and Greenbelt 1) starting January 17.

"Father Figures" is Wilson and Helms' first big-screen pairing, and since their interaction is the backbone of every scene there was a lot riding on their chemistry. Luckily, there wasn't much of a learning curve. "Owen Wilson is one of the funniest people I have ever met in my entire life," Helms proclaims. "Any time you meet a co-star, you spend about a week or two figuring out how they work and what makes them tick. With Owen, it took about two days for us to find this rhythm and be in sync and crack each other up."

"Whatever I was doing, if I said A, guaranteed he would say Z," Wilson adds.

Though Kyle and Peter come a little unglued upon learning the photo they cherished as kids was not actually their honorably deceased dad but some random actor, it also starts them looking at their mom in a new light.

"[Director] Larry [Sher] brought some personal experience into the mix," says producer Ivan Reitman. "He was very passionate about the story and wanted to be sure it was told with authenticity. There are a lot of very funny moments but you always believe in the truth of it, and in their relationship."

That relationship was always their touchstone. "We knew it was going to be the love story of the movie," affirms producer Ali Bell. "But first they have to let out everything that's been bottled up inside-and that's the fun part. This script made us laugh out loud but it also resonated in how siblings deal with each other and the way families come apart and come back together."

As the guys follow a trail of 40-year-old bread crumbs delineating their mother's sexual history across four states, all in pursuit of their paternity, there's not a lot they can hold back. "Essentially, this movie is about putting human beings in human situations," Sher states. It just happens that some of those situations are outrageous and chaotic, but all the while we're trying to keep it as honest as possible. Unlike friends, it's hard to escape family."

“Father Figures” is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

"Call Me By Your Name" to Seduce Audiences Jan 22 & 23 in Sneak Previews

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MANILA, Jan. 17, 2018 – Sony Pictures Classics' Call Me By Your Name, hailed as the Best Picture of 2017 by the L.A. Film Critics, and likely to garner major Oscar nominations next week, will hold special sneak previews exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 22 & 23.

Rated R-16 With No Cuts by the MTRCB, the coming-of-age drama stars Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet (New York Film Critics Best Actor winner for his role) as two men who share a special kind of friendship.

The participating Ayala Malls are Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma, Harbor Point, Ayala Malls Legaspi, Ayala Center Cebu, Abreeza and Centrio. Fans may visit www.sureseats.com for screening schedules and advance ticket sales.

Call Me By Your Name, the new film by Luca Guadagnino, is a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman.

It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Chalamet), a precocious 17- year-old young man, spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel).

Elio enjoys a close relationship with his father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother Annella (Amira Casar), a translator, who favor him with the fruits of high culture in a setting that overflows with natural delights. While Elio’s sophistication and intellectual gifts suggest he is already a fully-fledged adult, there is much that yet remains innocent and unformed about him, particularly about matters of the heart.

One day, Oliver (Hammer), a 24 year-old American college graduate student working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of the setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

Call Me By Your Name is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Asian Actress on the Verge of Getting Oscar Nom for "Downsizing" (Opens Jan 24)

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If her lucky streak continues, Big Little Lies actress Hong Chau is on the cusp of being only the sixth Asian actress ever to be nominated for an Oscar.

And this well-deserved recognition will be for her portrayal of Ngoc Lam, a Vietnamese immigrant who finds herself in a new world against her wishes, in Paramount Pictures' dramedy, Downsizing.

To be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Trinoma, Greenbelt 1) starting January 24, Downsizing imagines what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small.

Chau's character, Ngoc Lan Tran, is a Vietnamese dissident, forcibly downsized in her country and shipped along with other downsized dissidents inside a TV box across the ocean to live in the small world. She was the only one of 19 to survive, one leg partially amputated. She starts a small cleaning business and spends her off hours helping others.

Chau sees Ngoc as “part dictator, part Mother Theresa, and part Charlie Chaplin. She's funny. Bossy. Demanding. And she’s driven to help the sick people who don't have anyone to take care of them.”

As the child of immigrants, Chau brought a unique clarity, sensitivity and enthusiasm to the part. “There aren’t many main protagonist roles like this for Asian actors. Usually when there are characters that have a strong accent, or come from a disadvantaged background, they're not the leads,” Chau says. “When you see characters like maids or taxi drivers or the ladies at the nail salon, they're usually background. You don’t go home with them and find out where they live and their family history, what they believe, what their interests are, if they have opinions about anything, if they have any desires. We sometimes forget that immigrants had interesting and complicated lives before they came to the U.S.

“In the film, people can’t pronounce my character’s name. Paul calls her ‘Nock Lang’ but her name actually means Jade Orchid and in Vietnamese you say your middle name first and then your first name. So, Ngoc is really her middle name and Lan is her first name. Alexander asked me a couple of days before we started the movie if I wanted to change her name. I said ‘no, nobody ever picks a difficult name like Ngoc Lan.’ They pick Mai or Lin or Kim. I wanted him to keep it because is difficult.” Like her character.

Hong’s character must live through the dark side of downsizing. “We have this great ability to take anything good and make it bad…to use it against people. Punishment. That is what happened to her – the downside of technology,” she notes.

It was a role that allowed her to do everything, Chau says. “It is amazing and so special that I really wanted to do it well. It's not just a great female role, or a great Asian female role. It's a great role, period.”

“It’s been a revelation to watch Hong work,” says screenwriter Jim Taylor says. “She is brilliant at filling in the full spectrum of that character, bringing additional dimensions to Ngoc.”

“Hong has impeccable comic timing,” praises co-star Matt Damon. “And she's completely bilingual. I think everybody in this movie is great but Ngoc might be the key to everything.”

Downsizing is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Monique Lhuillier Designs Anastasia Steele's Wedding Gown in "Fifty Shades Freed"

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Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele dons a custom-lace wedding gown and veil by Monique Lhuillier, renowned bridal, ready-to-wear and accessories designer, in Fifty Shades Freed, the all-new installment of the Fifty Shades of Grey series.

Known for her romantic glamour and modern elegance, Monique Lhuillier brilliantly captures Anastasia’s alluring beauty and vulnerability in this design. The long sleeve, off-the-shoulder, dégradé Chantilly-lace tulle-sheath gown—with open illusion back and trail of lace covered buttons—exudes femininity and sophistication. A Cathedral-length tulle veil with appliqués of Chantilly lace adds astonishing glamour for Anastasia’s grand entrance.

In keeping with the essence of her brand, Monique’s design evokes an enchanting and whimsical, yet sophisticated vision by weaving together sensuous and modern elements. The classic, ethereal and effortless silhouette of the dress—topped with the elegantly embellished veil—is distinctly Monique Lhuillier.

“I was so delighted to be asked to design an iconic wedding dress for the character of Anastasia Steele for this climactic chapter of the Fifty Shades of Grey series," said Monique. "Further building on the success of the show-stopping look I designed for the masquerade ball in Fifty Shades Darker, it was a wonderful experience to be involved in this production. Once the wedding gown hits the big screen, I know this timeless design will live forever."

The Monique Lhuillier wedding gown and veil designed for Anastasia and Christian’s wedding can now be seen in the trailer for Fifty Shades Freed. The feature film will be released in Philippine cinemas February 7, 2018.

For more information and a first look at the design, please preview the trailer at https://youtu.be/9Pb-CElhGu8.

ABOUT Fifty Shades Freed

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Freed, the climactic chapter based on the worldwide bestselling Fifty Shades phenomenon. Bringing to a shocking conclusion events set in motion in 2015 and 2017’s blockbuster films that grossed almost $950 million globally, the film arrives for Valentine’s Day 2018.

Believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, newlyweds Christian and Ana fully embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. But just as she steps into her role as Mrs.

Grey and he relaxes into an unfamiliar stability, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.

Also returning from prior Fifty Shades entries are Academy Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Callum Keith Rennie, Bruce Altman and Robinne Lee, who are joined for the first time by Arielle Kebbel and Brant Daugherty.

Fifty Shades Freed is directed by Fifty Shades Darker’s James Foley (Fear, House of Cards) and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E L James, the creator of the culture-spanning blockbuster series. The screenplay is by Niall Leonard, based on the novel by James. www.fiftyshadesmovie.com


Monique Lhuillier is internationally recognized as one of America’s foremost designers. Established in 1996 by Monique Lhuillier and her husband, Tom Bugbee, the company is considered one of the leading fashion houses in design, quality and creativity. With a passion for creating collections that are both feminine and modern, Monique Lhuillier continues to design ready-to-wear, accessories and bridal collections that are luxurious, chic and true to her aesthetic. Fans include Emma Stone, Blake Lively, Taylor Swift, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Bell, Camila Cabello and the First Lady Melania Trump among others. Monique’s signature design sensibility has led to the launch of licensed products including fur, fine jewelry and tabletop, transforming the company into a luxury lifestyle brand. Monique Lhuillier products are distributed through Monique Lhuillier stores, premium department stores and specialty stores throughout the world.

Filipino Artist Wins "Insidious: The Last Key" Alternative Poster Contest

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MANILA, Jan. 15, 2018 – The Insidious: The Last Key art activation campaign that Blumhouse Productions, the powerhouse studio of blockbuster thrillers (The Purge, Get Out, Split) collaborated with the open-source creative platform Talenthouse, has recently ended with Blumhouse's Jason Blum himself selecting the five winners from participants all over the world.

Among the winning entries is created by Filipino visual artist, Adriann Delmo from Cavite. He is joined in the winners' circle by artists from Peru, Ecuador, Spain and France.

The five winning pieces of artwork are featured in Insidious: The Last Key's international marketing campaign and received a cash prize of $2,000 each.

Hailing from Gen. Trias, Cavite, 25-year-old Adriann Delmo is a freelance graphic artist/designer and owner of T-shirt printing business.

“It took me 3 days to create my entry because I really wanted to submit something that fits the contest's requirements,” shares Delmo.

Because the movie shows the character Dr. Elise Rainier as a child and uncovers some of her history, artists were encouraged to create stylized alternate posters as if the movie were being realized in the 50s, 60s, 70s, “and that became my ultimate concept, to interpret the poster with a vintage feel,” Delmo explains.

Visual artists from around the world were invited to create artwork inspired by the dark, haunting, and mysterious universe of Insidious: The Last Key.

Insidious: The Last Key is the newest installment in the Insidious franchise coming to Philippine cinemas January 17. In the supernatural thriller, which welcomes back franchise standout Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home.

The film is written by co-creator Leigh Whannell (Saw), who wrote the trilogy and directed Chapter 3; produced by Insidious regulars Jason Blum (The Purge series, Get Out, Split), Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) and co-creator James Wan (The Conjuring, Furious 7); and directed by series newcomer Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan).

Shaye is joined by the returning Angus Sampson as Tucker and Leigh Whannell as Specs. They welcome to the cast Josh Stewart as Gerald Rainier, Caitlin Gerard as Imogen, Kirk Acevedo as Ted, , Bruce Davison as Christian, Spencer Locke as Melissa, Tessa Ferrer as Audrey, Ava Kolker as Young Elise, Hana Hayes as Elise as a teen, and Marcus Henderson as Detective Whitfield.

Insidious: The Last Key is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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