Are you a Kapuso or a Kapamilya? This is probably the hardest question to answer when it comes to fans of showbizness. Fans of GMA Network stars and ABS-CBN stars go crazy when their favorite artists gets compared to others, especially from the other network.
However, fans unite when a movie that features both Kapuso and Kapamilya stars comes out. One may not notice this but actually, there has already been quite a lot of films that partnered artists from these two different networks.
Here are 12 movies that will tug both your Kapamilya and Kapuso hearts into one:
1. Paano Kita Iibigin
This romance drama starring Piolo Pascual and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid is a 2007 hit film directed by Binibining Joyce Bernal. This is the first time that the two opposite network stars partnered with each other.
2. When I Met U
Before Richard Gutierrez transferred to ABS-CBN, he was teamed up with KC Concepcion in this 2009 rom-com movie directed by Joel Lamangan. This is the second time that the two stars got paired up together after their first hit movie of 2008, “For the First Time.”
3. You’re Still the One
This 2015 romance drama is the first time that Kapuso leading man, Dennis Trillo and Kapamilya’s “Dance Princess,” Maja Salvador got paired up together. Also starring Ellen Adarna and Richard Yap and directed by Chris Martinez, the film was a co-production of Star Cinema and Regal Entertainment.
4. Segunda Mano
This movie is an official entry in the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival. Also directed by Binibining Joyce Bernal, this horror film starred the Philippine cinema’s horror queen, Kris Aquino and Kapuso star, Dingdong Dantes.
5. Won’t Last a Day Without You
Looking for a “kilig to the bones” kind of movie? This movie is for you! This 2011 rom-com movie starring Sarah Geronimo and Gerald Anderson featured a rare and special participation of “Eat Bulaga” host, Joey De Leon. The film is directed by Raz dela Torre and was released in 2011.
6. One More Try
“Ang pera natin, ‘di basta basta nauubos pero ang pasensya ko, konting konti nalang!”
Have you heard of this famous movie line? If not, then it’s time that you watch this 2012 drama film directed by Ruel S. Bayani. The film is starred by Kapamilya artists, Angel Locsin, Angelica Panganiban, Zanjoe Marudo, and Kapuso star, Dingdong Dantes.
7. She’s the One
Who is the girl in the rain? Find out by watching this 2013 romance-drama film starring Kapuso leading man, Dingdong Dantes and Kapamilya leading lady, Bea Alonzo. The movie also co-starred Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano, directed by Mae Cruz – Alviar.
8. Kung Fu Divas
“Comedy Queen,” Ai Ai delas Alas, was still with ABS CBN when this action comedy movie of 2013 was released. Together with Kapuso star, Marian Rivera and directed by Onat Diaz, the film was part of Star Cinema’s 20th Anniversary.
9. Da Possessed
Directed by Binibining Joyce Bernal, this horror-comedy film starred Kapamilya artist, Vhong Navarro and Kapuso artist, Solenn Heussaff. The Black Saturday premiere of this movie garnered Php17 million.
10. Just the 3 of Us
Who can forget this cute rom-com drama movie? This is the first time that John Lloyd Cruz partnered up with Kapuso leading lady, Jennylyn Mercado. This is also the first time that Mercado starred a top-billing Star Cinema movie with a Php100 million commercial success. This film was released in 2016 and directed by Cathy Garcia- Molina.
11. The Unmarried Wife
This film is the second time that Angelica Panganiban and Dingdong Dantes teamed up in a movie after their box-office hit, One More Try. Directed by Maryo J. delos Reyes, this is the fourth time that Kapuso star, Dingdong Dantes lead in a Star Cinema movie. Panganiban also won the Best Actress FAMAS Award for this film.
12. Seven Sundays
Powerhouse cast, you say? Well, here’s the 2017 tear-jerking drama-comedy movie directed by Cathy Garcia- Molina. If you’re looking for a movie to watch with family, this is it! The film stars Ronaldo Valdez, Aga Muhlach, Enrique Gil, Christine Reyes, and Kapuso artist, Dingdong Dantes.
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not watch these movies that feature a lot of various talents from different networks. Again, there’s no such thing as network war in terms of making a great movie. After all, they are just in the same industry.
What do you think about this? Share your thoughts!
TAGS: ABS-CBN, abscbn, Dennis Trillo, Dingdong Dantes, filipino movies, GMA Network, gma7, kapamilya movies, kapamilya stars, Kapuso Kapamilya movies, kapuso movies, kapuso stars, Marian Rivera, Movies, Star Cinema, star cinema movies
“Yeah. I’m sorry I’m not perfect but I love you just the same,” Piolo Pascual told The Dailypedia when he was asked if he would choose to give love a second chance.
During The Breakup Playlist‘s blog conference held at ABS-CBN Compound last June 30, Piolo admitted that he believes in giving love a second chance and the same rule, he said, is relatable to his character in the movie.
“I guess for me yeah, especially for my character. ‘Yung realization niya dito should be applicable in real life kasi hindi naman tayo perpekto. You know, we do push struggles. Those struggles make us better people and would make us (better people) better GF, better BF. ”
The Kapamilya actor talked about the importance of trials to make relationship stronger, “If you love the person enough, then you learn to humble yourself and be in love again kasi parang mas tumitibay yung relationship ninyo kung may mga pinagdadaanan kayong ganyan, ‘di ba.”
The film’s writer Antoinette Jadaone, when she was asked the same question, agreed with the 38-year old actor that second chances are meant to be given to the person whom you know will make you happy, ” kung alam mong siya talaga magpapasaya sayo, kahit hanggang 77 chance pa.”
[“If you know that he’s the person who will make you happy, you can give even up to 77 chances.”)
The film’s director Dan Villegas said if he knows that he loves the person so much, then he’ll give it a try again.
The Breakup Playlist is a love story between a law student named Trixie David (played by Sarah Geronimo) and an aspiring musician named Gino Avila (played by Piolo). As both work hard to establish their band, rivalry will test their love for each another.
The film is written by Antoinette Jadaone, directed by Dan Villegas and produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films.
Cinema is an art form that is a vital part of a nation’s culture. Beyond being a source of entertainment, films serve as cultural artifacts that help us understand our society and the prevailing ideas of the time. Its visual mode of storytelling has the power of creating a unique experience for its audience, but for people to actually experience a film even after decades, a copy preferably in the original film format has to first be accessible. Preservation, therefore, is vital since film deteriorates without proper care.
Remastering is a painstaking process, with every frame of the negative being scanned electronically to create a digital facsimile. Each frame can be digitally polished to remove noise and scratches. Colours and contrast from fast-fading film stock can also be sympathetically enhanced for an on-screen look that’s literally as good as new.
When film restoration in the country is being talked about, the first thing that will come into mind is the restoration of classic Filipino films the likes of Himala and Oro Plata Mata. But for ABS-CBN Film Archives, the country’s pioneer in locally restoring and remastering films, the preservation of Filipino films is not limited to old titles but also covers recent ones.
ABS-CBN’s head of Film Archive Mr. Leo Katigbak said;
“Even more recent films have some defects that were not important enough to fix during its initial commercial run in theaters or were unnoticeable in a standard definition television broadcast. However, today’s more sophisticated technologies require crisper images and more picture clarity so we need to address these defects as we convert the old SD films in to High-Definition.”
“Many restoration efforts stop once the work on the film is completed but that is really only half the process. The more important part is how do you get that new version of the film exposed to a brand new audience that may be experiencing what we did all those many years ago for the very first time.”
They started restoring films late 2011 and started with 1982 Ishmael Bernal’s Himala and followed by 1982 Peque Gallaga’s Oro, Plata, Mata. Today, they were able to restore 63 movies and made it a higher quality.
The purpose of restoration is to restore and provide a showcase of classic films to new generations of Filipinos. It is the first in Asia to do a multi-platform campaign to promote and reintroduce a digitally remastered film to the current generation of audiences.
Last February 5, 2015, ABS-CBN held the screening of 3 Vilma Santos’ remastered movies entitled Anak, Kapag Langit ang Humatol, and Bata, Bata…Paano Ka Ginawa? in University of the Philippines. Star for All Season Gov. Vilma Santos attended the last screening “Bata, Bata…Paano Ka Ginawa?” where people from press, writers and fans truly enjoyed. Vilma Santos wished to see her 15 more movies to be restored soon.
ABS-CBN Film Archives already restored classic titles namely Himala, Oro Plata Mata, Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon, Virgin People, Hindi Nahahati Ang Langit, among the recent titles restored were Star Cinema’s hit movies Miss You Like Crazy, One More Chance, Milan, Tanging Yaman, Anak, Feng Shui, and My Amnesia Girl.
ABS-CBN Film Archives continues its commitment to collect, preserve, store, and provide access to titles that defined the Philippines’ cinematic legacy.
“We want the audience to experience important titles in Philippine cinema history as if they were brand new and as if they were shot today,” said Leo Katigbak, Head of ABS-CBN Film Archives .
Some of these restored films are available to the public via theatrical releases, DVDs, free-to-air television via ABS-CBN, cable television via Cinema One, and global television via TFC. Some are also available on iTunes, which is another first made possible by ABS-CBN Film Archives.
Love is the greatest emotion that a man could feel; it is also an emotion that can destroy a person. Will the love she discovers save her or break her?
Star Cinema’s another movie offer for this year is a movie about romance depicting suspense and a bit paranormal. Halik Sa Hangin is a movie topbilled Julia Montes, Gerald Anderson and JC De Vera and opens nationwide last January 28, 2015.
Halik sa Hangin, by comparison, is an intricate mess. It plods deliberately like a leaden love story, before rushing into a finale that feels jarringly out of place. It never let go of the romance even amidst the twists and turns that took the narrative down the route of thrills and tension. Halik sa Hangin grounds its romance on a lot of talk and blabber. The film is drowning in dialogue, which covers almost all of the bases of the film’s blossoming romance. This reliance on spoken expositions to propel the love story leaves very little to the imagination, rendering the romance tepid and unbelievable.
The story evolves in the characters of Mia played by Julia Montes, Gio played by Gerald Anderson and JC De Vera as Alvin. Scenes are beautifully shot alongside the pine trees, luscious greens, and the dark, misty hills of Baguio City.
Story wise, the movie conveys the message of love, forgiveness, letting go, and a toss of paranormal. There seems to be a bit of uncertainty as the reveal comes into play as there sets a moment of confusion on how the story would proceed, however the story picks itself up and sets itself for a grand finale. The ending however, seems to be a compromise of sorts as it falls again into formula.
Technically speaking, there were some issues on editing and technical aspects of the movie. Cinematographer Moises Zee exerts a lot of effort in making sure that the endless conversations are always back dropped with beautiful fog-draped vistas. However, there were also obvious editing and continuity issues in Halik Sa Hangin, Mia’s hair, her mode of transportation, the seemingly shoe box props in the park, the meet the family scene, and the scooter left in the haunted house were all lacking consistency. Though the plot is getting better but the sound effects used in some scenes were not really much needed in the scenes.
The lighting effects were good enough to indicate the ambiance of the film. The cinematography was good enough for the story but it lacks of imaginations being portrayed. The character of Gio played by Gerald Anderson was lacking of suspense. It only gives notion of coldness in the scenes. Everything is wasted on the dull romance and ineffective horror.
To say the least, the movie is a good feeling of blossoming romance, of how the romanticized idea of love can conquer all. Passionate love and a twist of having obsessions in a natural love story but the effects depicting horror twist in Gio’s character is really stereotype. Alvin’s character is cold and subtle. While Mia’s character is compromising. Plot points and twists are prematurely telegraphed, not only because the narrative is all too common already, but also because the characters are visually designed and portrayed by their respective actors and actresses to logically fall a certain anticipated path.
Overall, the movie is a must to watch.
The movie implies the good and bad side of love and how love should sacrifice for your love ones. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” That’s how Halik Sa Hangin describes what love is.
Halik Sa Hangin is still showing nationwide under Star Cinema.
After two successful strings of frightening “Insidious” movies , Columbia Pictures have now discharged its latest chapter of the said series. Entitled “Insidious: Chapter 3”, the main casts who will try to spook us this time are Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson.
Insidious Chapter 3 was said to be using a different method of scaring us to death. Here, they effectively used bloodcurdling images and terrifying sounds to escalate our fear level. Although it makes the movie quite predictable, we still can’t help but to jump out of our seats the moment these kind of antics appear in front of our screens.. By the way, “The Conjuring” did a different scheme of scaring us by making the audience spill out their drinks as they unleash creepy noises pounding all throughout the duration of the movie. You can now have the chance to choose which among these schemes looks more effective, provided that you have already seen the two movies..
The previous stories were centered on the perceptibly disturbing Lambert clan. Elise Rainer (Lin Shaye) unwilling to use her innate psychic ability was then forced to make contact with the dead in order to aid a teenage lass ( Stefanie Scott ) who has been marked by a certain powerful and perilous supernatural being.
The major concern about Insidious: Chapter 3 is it’s inability to come out on a more appropriate season such as this coming Halloween period. The movie is expected to be shown in the Philippines on May 2015. It’s forbiddingly burly status as one of the hottest horror series today might be enough to compensate for its late release nevertheless.
You can watch the trailer here.
Mike Reyes, The Insidious 3 Trailer Is Creepy, Creative And Terrifying, http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Insidious-3-Trailer-Creepy-Creative-Terrifying-67871.html
Philstar.com, WATCH: ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’ teaser trailer, http://www.philstar.com/news-videos/2014/10/27/1385019/watch-insidious-chapter-3-teaser-trailer
Actors live in a glitzy world where they are looked upon by many people – fans who wish they could be just like their favorite stars and earn millions of dollars. But did you know that being an actor is also a very dangerous job? We’ve rounded up some reasons why this is so.
1. When Stunts Go Awry
Let’s face it. For the actors to play a realistic role, they must do some stunts on their own – or have a double do it for them. Either way, someone has to do the dirty job.
Of all the Hollywood actors, it is perhaps Jackie Chan who has suffered the most number of injuries on set. Everyone knows Jackie performs his own stunts, even the most dangerous ones that might require him to jump several feet to the ground while doing backflips or various karate actions.
We could not count how many times he figured in the news for having broken various parts of his body while performing a stunt for an upcoming movie.
2. When Accidents Happen on the Set
While filming Django Unchained, there was a scene where Calvin Candie (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) smashes a glass table in anger. Apparently, the glass table had broken in reality but the movie director hadn’t intended for this scene to happen.
Leonardo’s hands were bleeding from the wounds he sustained from the broken table shards yet continued to film the scene, now made more realistic by the real wounds and blood. When the scene was finally done, the crew had reportedly given him a standing ovation.
3. Over-internalization of Character Role
At the height of Robin Padilla’s career, he was known as the “Bad Boy” both in the movies and in real life. He even had a stint in jail for carrying a gun without a license. Was this because he was trying to project the role of a “Bad Boy” so much that he had really become one in reality?
The same goes for Baron Geisler. He’s been taking on roles as the evil villain, something that might have also influenced his outlook in life.
These two are not the only examples of this reality happening to actors. So, is this part and parcel of their job? Possibly.
4. Trying Too Hard to Meet Role Expectations
With so many actors trying to compete for the same role (yep! that happens), many would go to great lengths so they would be considered for the job. Once they land the role, they try their best to make the role as realistic as possible. Versatile actors such as Johnny Depp can internalize the role so much that it would be hard to imagine, for example, a Jack Sparrow not played by Johnny.
There are those who try too hard to meet role expectations, however. It makes you think they were either too desperate to sell their character or just plain crazy. While filming Fury, for example, Shia LaBeouf reportedly cut his cheeks several times to make his wounds more realistic. How realistic can a real wound really be? Aside from the cut cheeks, Shia also had one front tooth removed to truly make it realistically appear like he lost that tooth in battle.
5. Alcohol and drug addiction
Perhaps it is the ritzy lifestyle they are living or the pressure from having to do their jobs that drives many actors to abuse alcohol and drugs. After all, they do have the money to fund the addiction. How many celebrities have wasted their lives because of their addictions?
Of course, actors are not the only ones who are enticed by drugs and there are also many who have survived the glitzy living without resorting to drugs yet many are drawn to use drugs all the same.
6. Drowning in Negative Emotions
Unless they only work in comedic films, actors have had to take on roles that require them to show raw emotion; be it guilt, anger, or sorrow. For them to have a fully realistic portrayal of these roles and characters, the actors often draw emotions from their experiences or imagine how they would feel if they had to be in their character’s shoes.
Some actors swear that living in the lives of the fictional character they are playing has somehow changed them – some for the better, but many for the worse, actually. Actress and playwright Deborah Margolin revealed how hard it really was to separate herself from the character she is playing. Thus, when the character cries, she also cries. When the character is angry, she is also angry. Though that was very effective in her career, it also led her to depression.
7. The Hazards of Living Up to the Role
Let’s not name names but how many comedians have fallen victim to this problem? As comedians, they are expected to be constantly happy, to always bring cheer to other people. Yet many of them have fallen to depression but have no one to share their problems with, because everyone else would think they are just joking and wouldn’t take them seriously.
Does that mean they might be living a double life? Possibly. On the outside, they look happy and content with their lives yet deep inside they could be hurting so bad that it brings them negative thoughts. Many have resorted to suicide to put an end to their pain. What a sad reality that could be.
8. Identity Crisis
Most actors play versatile roles. To go from one role to another, however, they might have to re-align and train themselves to the new role. The more they play different roles, the more they develop themselves to become great actors – especially if they are able to fully create a whole new character unlike those they had already played before.
For such actors, you can fully appreciate each and every character they play because even if these characters/roles are played by the same person, they are all different. Great, isn’t it? Yes! Great for the movie and for the moviegoers/fans, yet possibly bad for the actor.
You see, the more characters they create, the harder it becomes for them to understand themselves – their real self. They play so many different characters, internalize too many roles that, in the end, they can’t anymore differentiate themselves from these fictional personas.
9. They Don’t Get Rescued Because Others Believe They Are Acting
While filming an underwater magic scene for Now You See Me, something went horribly wrong with Isla Fisher’s chains. Stuck inside the aquarium-like structure filled with water, she struggled hard and was already drowning – yet everyone on the set thought she was merely acting so convincingly.
Thankfully, she had the presence of mind to hit the quick-release switch or it would have been too late for her. No one would have thought of trying to save her because they thought she was just acting like she was drowning.
10. Facing Danger to Film the Movie
Not all movies are filmed inside Hollywood studios, in rooms with lots of green screens so that effects can be added later. In fact, most movies are filmed in real sets, in real places. Sometimes that could spell hazard to the actors.
For example, in Apocalypse Now, Martin Sheen and the rest of the movie’s cast had to film the movie in the jungles of Asia, including those in the Philippines and other third world countries. All coming from first world countries, many of the actors had fallen ill of various ailments they contracted in these tropical nations, including dysentery, pneumonia, and malaria.
TAGS: acting can be dangerous, actors, Baron Geisler, Deborah Margolin, Django Unchained, drug addiction, Drugs, hollywood, is acting dangerous, Isla Fisher, Jack Sparrow, Jackie Chan, Johnny Depp, Leonardo Dicaprio, Martin Sheen, Movies, Now You See Me, Robin Padilla, substance abuse
Filipino celebrities who have found great fortune in their careers never thought of shying a way from displaying how lavishing their assets have become. From spacious mansions, humungous bank accounts, and awe-inspiring collections to astonishing garage full of luxury cars. They got it all. I would love to spend a day living the life of a rich and famous Filipino Celebrity. Only if I won’t be able to be granted my personal wish of living an extravagant Hollywood celebrity’s life of course.
Let us check out some of the most affluent and illustrious Filipino celebrities’ luxury cars. Prepare to have a jaw dropping tour in this gallery!
The Filipino Boxing pride, Congressman Manny Pacquiao deserves to have these set of cars after grueling and painstaking fights inside the boxing ring. Million dollar fight purses keep on increasing fight after fight. Just recently, the eight-division World Boxing Champion purchased a brand new Ferrari 458 Italia worth $225 thousand dollars. He also owns a Lincoln Navigator, Porsche Cayenne, Escalade and Mercedes Benz and other well know SUVs and automobiles.
Check out Aljur Abrenica’s newly bought Dodge Challenger SRT8! Aljur saw something in this car which made him eager to buy it although he claimed that he isn’t really a big fan of cars.
This Ford E-150 is owned by actor Jay Manalo. It also got it’s interior customized by according to the actor’s request.
Actor/Comedian/Host Willie Revillame really is one of the richest Filipino Celebrities today. Not only did he own a yacht worth millions of cash, he also got a number of luxury cars to boot which will further make him look “pogi” in most of the girls’ eyes. No pun intended, I just feel like he has this appeal which can make every girls go mad, not to mention his ridiculously large bank account.
Comedian and TV host Arnel Ignacio might not be visible in today’s entertainment industry and might not have as much TV projects as he used to have but he is still without a doubt freakin’ rich! Just take a look at these cars, this will make you wonder how did he manage to avail them? He most probably have different business or a prosperous work outside of the Philippine entertainment industry.
Of course, the “first lady to own a HUMMER”– Angel Locsin. This is the H2 Hummer which Angel bought last 2006. She’s got other cars as well. It wouldn’t be hard to understand how well she can easily afford to own such expensive cars because of many TV and movie projects that she is having up till now.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Toni Gonzaga’s BMW, Lincoln Continental Mark 111, and a Town & Country. She have been in different blockbuster movies from time to time which made her that rich. Some even say that she is now richer than her co-Kapamilya actress Angel Locsin.
There are still lots of luxury cars owned by Filipino celebrities out there. Too many to mention that I just decided to wipe my lips to stop me from drooling over their wheels and stayed away from browsing their pricy cars. Does anyone of you dream to drive cars like these someday ? Well I do, and I will try my best to own some of these soon, just not the “celebrity way”. I guess I still have t o work double or triple time for me to navigate using this car in the future!
A total of 4,500 pirated DVDs with a value of over US$90,000 were confiscated by LASD from F.L.B. Video Pinoy, together with a computer, external hard drives, a disc burner and a burner tower, among others, to duplicate DVDs illegally for rent or for sale at US$10 apiece. A fifth of the seized DVDs were films and TV shows from ABS-CBN’s Star Cinema and TFC.
The said center on Santa Fe Avenue is a hub for Filipinos living in the City of Long Beach as it has an oriental supermarket, cargo and money remittance services, and restaurants serving Filipino and Asian food, among others. F.L.B. Video Pinoy, which is a retail store offering media and telecommunications-based subscription services and pirated DVDs, was benefitting from the traffic of Filipino customers that flows into the area.
“I would say that this is a mid-level distribution and manufacturing. But we can’t be deceived by the small mom and pop type of shop because the amount of parts you can mass produce in a very short period of time is really incredible,” said Kris Buckner, president of Investigative Consultants (IC).
A Filipina described by investigators as a co-owner of the store was arrested during the raid while an arrest warrant was issued for the store’s owner, Fernando Legaspi Bernabe, who ran and lost for the Long Beach City Council four years ago. Both are facing felony charges.
The store has floor to ceiling metal shelves offering miscellaneous illegal DVDs including ABS-CBN titles for sale.
“You know it’s fake because the images on the cover are weird and there are typos in the print. Then when you open it, there’s a purple glow on the back of the DVDs,” explained LASD Deputy Chris Figueroa.
This is the third Filipino business raid this year for alleged DVD piracy in Southern California. ABS-CBN has partnered with law enforcement and investigators to step up its anti-piracy campaigns throughout the world in 2014 to ensure that the content that is distributed, whether in DVD or digital form, is the best experience for its customers. Moreover, the company combats piracy as it is a known to finance other criminal activities, including terrorism, and it also impacts detrimentally the industry workers and communities.
The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film. Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of `Star Wars: Episode VII.’ It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”
“Star Wars: Episode VII” is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.
TAGS: Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson, Harrison Ford, John Boyega, Kenny Baker, Lucasfilm, Mark Hamill, Max von Sydow, Movies, Oscar Isaac, Peter Mayhew, Star Wars, Star Wars: Episode VII
Disney presents “Maleficent,” starring Academy Award®–winning actress Angelina Jolie in the title role. This year, 2014, marks the 55th Anniversary of the character who put a spell on young “Sleeping Beauty” in the animated feature released by Disney in 1959. Since her introduction, Maleficent has been Disney’s all-time most popular villain. Now she returns in this live-action version of the classic story—and there’s a lot about her we never knew.
“I loved Maleficent when I was a little girl,” says Jolie. “She was my favorite Disney character. I was afraid of her and I loved her.”
This duality intrigued producer Joe Roth as well. “This movie is about a character we’ve only known as hard-hearted and our story answers the question ‘Why?’ I’d like audiences to feel like they’ve entered a world they’ve never seen before with ‘Maleficent’ and I hope they come away feeling like no one is beyond redemption.”
“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.
“Maleficent” is directed by two-time Oscar®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (“Avatar,” “Alice in Wonderland”), in his directorial debut,and produced by Joe Roth. The screenplay is by Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”) and the film is executive produced by Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Palak Patel, Matt Smith and Sarah Bradshaw.
Co-starring in the film are Sharlto Copley (“District 9”), Elle Fanning (“Super 8”), Sam Riley (“On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”), Juno Temple (“Atonement”) and Lesley Manville (“Secrets & Lies”).
Producer Joe Roth made a bold choice by placing first-time-director Robert Stromberg at the helm of such a big movie. “Rob Stromberg had just finished working with me on ‘Oz The Great and Powerful,’” says Roth. “I knew his production design work from having won Oscars® for ‘Avatar’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland.’
“When Disney came to me with this project, I’d already done several big visual types of movies and I’d learned that audiences make decisions about going to movies long before they know what the movie’s about,” continues Roth. “They get a vibe off some visual presentation that happens earlier than anything else. So, I thought, Angelina’s an experienced actress, Robert is going to be a great director and if he can provide the distinct visual style he brought to ‘Avatar,’ ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Oz The Great and Powerful,’ I think it’s a good marriage.”
Stromberg was undaunted by the challenges of a big name actress and a big budget in his directorial debut. “I started as an artist—from doing pencil drawings as a kid to doing matte paintings to art directing and production designing,” says the director. “I think as an artist you’re always looking for the biggest canvas you can find and this was yet another big canvas to conquer. I thought it was intriguingto take on something that was bigger than anything I had already done. And this came at the right time when I was looking for the next challenge in my career.”
Stromberg came to the production with a clear idea of how the film should be visually presented. “What I wanted on this film was not only to have an element of fantasy and a surreal quality but I wanted Maleficent to be a bit more grounded in reality,” relates Stromberg. “In some of my previous films, I’ve taken the surreal elements and made them the strongest points. In ‘Maleficent’ we’ve taken the opposite approach: we started with real and augmented after the fact. So I think it’s a new look.”
Opening across the Philippines on May 28, 2014, “Maleficient” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.