Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie Lend Voices to Sisters of "Peter Rabbit" Now in Cinemas

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The Last Jedi herself, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Best Actress nominee Margot Robbie and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's Elizabeth Debicki provide the voices of Peter Rabbit's triplet sisters in Sony Pictures Animation's new delightful comedy.

The film is based on the beloved books by Beatrix Potter whose “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” begins with the now famous words: “Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter.”

The three sisters are as much part of the landscape of many childhoods as their brother is. As Peter Rabbit opens, their mother has passed away, and Peter is determined to be a responsible older sibling and caretaker to the trio. (At least, that’s his intention.)

“We approached the characters by imagining that Peter Rabbit is about 16 (human) years old, and Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail are tweens,” explains director Will Gluck. “Even though they’re triplets, they’re very distinct. Flopsy is nervous about everything. She’s insecure and fighting for her place among her sisters. Especially with Mopsy – the oldest, bossiest and most-refined. She likes being in charge…when Peter’s not around. Cotton-tail quite simply marches to the beat of her own drum. She ultimately ends up being the greatest warrior but is a little bit off-kilter; every time she says something, all the rabbits think, ‘Wait, what?’”

“Flopsy has a bit of a middle child syndrome,” says Robbie. “She’s very jealous that she’s not the oldest sister, and I think she feels that she gets bossed around by Mopsy. She has a nervous energy – she sometimes doubts herself.”

Robbie says that she was a massive Peter Rabbit fan as a child. “I had little teacups and saucers with Peter Rabbit and all of the other characters painted on them,” she recalls. “I’ve kept all of those, and I want to give them to my children one day. These characters are so timeless; it’s a magical, simple world, and it’s nice to escape into that.”

Debicki agrees that her character, Mopsy, “is a little bossy,” she says. “Maybe a better way to put it is that she’s headstrong; she’s an adorable, one-foot-tall rebel. She’s smart, she’s feisty, and she’s very adorable.”

Debicki says that she was thrilled to be part of a film based on these timeless stories. “I think that Beatrix Potter’s stories have lasted the test of time because the characters are so beautiful and genuine, charming and funny and mischievous,” she continues. “Kids have always been able to project themselves into those characters and into these lessons about love, family, community.”

“Cotton-tail is a loose cannon,” says Ridley. “She’s a bit mental and scruffy around the edges. The sisters are all integral to Peter’s success for the garden; they love each other very much, but they argue hilariously along the way. They each have a vital role to play.”

Like her co-stars, Ridley grew up admiring Beatrix Potter’s creations. “My sisters and I used to go to a violin course in the Lake District – we’d go to the Beatrix Potter museum all the time,” she says.

Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In Peter Rabbit™, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers now takes on the starring role of his own contemporary comedy. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. Thomas McGregor escalates to greater heights than ever before as their fight to gain control of McGregor’s coveted vegetable garden and the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne) extends to the Lake District and London.

In Philippine cinemas February 28, Peter Rabbit is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

"Lady Bird" Contends for 5 Oscars, Now In Ayala Malls Cinemas

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Vying for five major Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress, Universal Pictures' Lady Bird will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Trinoma, Greenebelt 1) starting February 28.

Starring three-time Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird also stars Laurie Metcalf (Best Supporting Actress nominee for her performance in the film), Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges and Timothée Chalamet.

The film is written and directed by Greta Gerwig, and produced by Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O’Neill.

In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter.

Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father (Letts) loses his job.

Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

The Associated Press' resident film reviewer is all-praises for Lady Bird. She writes, “Left to her own devices, Gerwig has arrived and solidified her place as one of the most invigorating, observant and authentic voices in movies today with a director's acumen to match.”

“If you pay the right kind of attention to Lady Bird,” writes film critic A.O. Scott of The New York Times, “absorbing its riffs and digressions as well as its melodies, its choral passages along with its solos and duets - you will almost certainly love it. It's hard not to.”

Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter describes, “Snappy, spirited and shot through with the pangs and pleasures of leaving childhood behind, Lady Bird is a sharp-witted solo first feature by actress and now writer-director Greta Gerwig.”

Finally, David Sims of The Atlantic applauds, “It's funny, lively, and then devastating when it needs to be, made with the kind of confidence even its heroine could only dream of.”

Lady Bird is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/

Billy Magnussen, from "Into the Woods" to "Game Night"

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He practically stole the scene as one of the Princes Charming in Disney's Into the Woods and appeared on Season 4 of Netflix’s acclaimed series Black Mirror, and played Kato Kaelin in Ryan Murphy’s acclaimed FX miniseries American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.

Clearly, Billy Magnussen has established himself as one of the most promising rising actors in the business, having worked with directors including Steven Spielberg and Guy Ritchie. Now, he stars as the clueless but cute Ryan, in New Line Cinema's comedy mystery Game Night (in Philippine cinemas March 14.)

In the film, Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks, arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So, when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game…right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this “game”—nor Brooks—are what they seem to be.

Among the steady game night players is Max and Annie’s old friend Ryan—along with whoever he happens to be dating at the moment. It’s rarely the same girl twice, and it’s not easy for the regulars to keep track because they all pretty much run to type: young, hot, Instagram models who don’t have a clue about Clue, much less anything else.

Consequently, “He loses every game. Every single time. But doesn’t care, so long as he scores afterwards,” claims Billy Magnussen.

But this time is different. On this particular game night, Brooks is putting up the grand prize, a vintage red Corvette Stingray, and that’s enough to fire Ryan up for a win. To improve his chances, his surprisingly atypical partner of choice is Sarah, an executive at his company and British, to boot—which, in his mind, automatically elevates her IQ, not that she needs the help. Sarah is intelligent, pleasant, and shows up eager to match wits with the rest of them.

“She’s brilliant, and Ryan is convinced that he’s going to win this time because he’s picked the perfect ringer,” Magnussen says.

Unaware of this fact, Sarah takes Ryan’s invitation at face value, although, “she’s not entirely sure that this is a date,” says Sharon Horgan, who stars as Sarah. “She’s not even sure she wants it to be a date. You don’t really know what she thinks about him at the beginning of the story, but, as things progress, she realizes that he is….”

“Awesome?” Magnussen helpfully suggests.

“Not the sharpest tool in the box,” Horgan counters. “He’s brave and gung-ho, which comes in handy when things get scary, but he’s really easily distracted. The more time they spend together, the more relaxed they become around each other, which makes everything funnier because he winds her up and she finds it easier to just tell him to shut up.”

“Come on, it’s a beautiful non-romance that’s unfolding,” Magnussen concludes, demonstrating how their failure to see things the same way becomes a running joke in the story.

Game Night is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

Asian Superstar Daniel Wu Plays Lara Croft's Ally in "Tomb Raider" (Opens March 8)

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After starring in recent box-office hits Warcraft and Geostorm, Chinese-American actor Daniel Wu returns to the screen as sailor Lu Ren, in Warner Bros. Pictures' new action-adventure Tomb Raider (in Philippine cinemas and IMAX on Thursday, March 8.)

In Tomb Raider, Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Leaving everything she knows behind, Lara goes in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan.

The first leg of her odyssey takes Lara to Hong Kong, in search of a man named Lu Ren. She finds him…sort of. The Lu Ren Lara encounters is actually the son of the man her father had been in contact with. But for Lara, any Lu Ren will do, so long as he can captain a boat and take her to the island of Yamatai, her father’s last-known destination.

Lu Ren, who, while he may indeed have a boat, doesn’t appear to be any more seaworthy than it is. “He’s not in a really great state when Lara meets him,” Wu allows. “He’s pretty drunk, actually. And his boat, the Endurance, is more of a rusty bucket of junk. But they discover that his father also disappeared seven years ago, leaving the son in debt and having to take over the family business—tours, sightseeing, smuggling, anything to pay the bills, none of which he wants to do. So, he’s closed the book on finding his father, but Lara hasn’t.”

But for Lu Ren, money talks, and while he feels no personal obligation to go along with her, Lara makes it worth his while. “She basically pays him to take her to the Asian version of the Bermuda Triangle, and he’s desperate enough for money to agree to it,” Wu says.

Wu has been a gamer for years. “I’m a fan of the videogame franchise,” he says. “It was a really cool female action hero you could play, and my girlfriend at the time—now my wife—played a lot. I was really attracted to the project once I found out Alicia was involved and it was an origin story, and that they’d be filming in South Africa, which is a very special place to me. I got married there.”

In fact, both the actual location, as well as the location it was dressed to be when Lu Ren first meets Lara, were personal to Wu. Vikander recalls, “We did our first scenes in ‘pretend’ Hong Kong, built in Cape Town, and I was impressed, but Daniel was even more so since he’s lived there. It was cool to hear him tell stories as we walked around the set.”

Director Roar Uthaug was keen to show a different side of Wu, who is no stranger to action sequences, having performed numerous on-screen fight scenes throughout his career. “He’s not doing the Kung Fu that we’re used to seeing from him,” the director concludes, “but he’s still kicking ass!”

In Philippine cinemas Thursday, March 08, “Tomb Raider” is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Netflix releases the global first look at intergalactic adventure series "Lost In Space," premiering on Earth on April 13

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While this is the first look at Netflix’s epic and modern reimagining of the classic 1960’s science fiction series here on Earth,  “Lost in Space” has already been made available for viewing in space. Netflix provided NASA with access to the pilot episode, which was transmitted 12 days ago to the International Space Station for astronauts to view during their leisure time.

In this date announcement video, meet the Robinson Family, reflect on "Human History" on Earth, and look ahead to the future of space travel.

About Lost in Space: 
Lost in Space is a Netflix Original dramatic and modern reimagining of the classic 1960’s science fiction series. Set 30 years in the future, colonization in space is now a reality, and the Robinson family is among those tested and selected to make a new life for themselves in a better world. But when the new colonists find themselves abruptly torn off course en route to their new home they must forge new alliances and work together to survive in a dangerous alien environment, light-years from their original destination. Stranded along with the Robinsons are two outsiders who find themselves thrown together by circumstance and a mutual knack for deception. The unsettlingly charismatic Dr. Smith (Parker Posey) is a master manipulator with an inscrutable end game. And the roguish, but inadvertently charming Don West (Ignacio Serricchio) is a highly-skilled, blue collar contractor, who had no intention of joining the colony, let alone crash landing on a lost planet.

About Netflix:

Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with over 117 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 140 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anyti

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