‘Ultraman: Rising’ sees iconic superhero unleash his parenting powers
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by Reuters
11h ago
LONDON, UK – More than two decades in the making, a new Ultraman movie grounds the popular character with Earthly responsibilities. Ultraman: Rising is a Japanese-American co-production written by Shannon Tindle and Marc Haimes that hopes to make the superhero relatable while honoring the franchise’s legacy. Born out of a 1960s Japanese television series, the red and silver-clad Ultraman is a superhero with alien powers who protects the Earth from a variety of monsters. In the new film, which Tindle first started pitching in 2001, Ultraman not only fights monsters, he also has to raise one. It ..read more
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‘Inside Out 2’ explores new feelings for teenager Riley
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by Reuters
1d ago
LOS ANGELES, USA – The filmmakers behind Inside Out 2 believe it is important for the animated Pixar film to get people talking about how they have wrestled with and processed complicated emotions.  “This movie is for anyone that has ever felt feelings. No matter what your age or gender, we all have these emotions. It’s what connects us as humans,” producer Mark Nielsen said.  Inside Out 2, which opens in theaters on Friday, June 14, is the sequel to the Oscar-winning 2015 hit directed by Pete Docter.  Kelsey Mann took over as director of the sequel, which co ..read more
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FDCP’s ‘PeliKULAYa’ to screen LGBTQ+ films for free starting June 19
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by Rappler.com
3d ago
MANILA, Philippines – The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is taking up space in theaters this Pride Month as it screens Filipino queer movies as part of the PeliKULAYa: Mga Kwentong Mapagpalaya film festival.  “Through storytelling that amplifies the diverse experiences and identities within the LGBTQIA+ community, PeliKULAYa’s lineup acknowledges the struggles of the past but also celebrates the resilience and vibrancy of queer lives today,” FDCP said.  The PeliKULAYa festival will be held from June 19 to 30 across various cinemas in the Philippines, including Cin ..read more
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REVIEW: Why you need to watch ‘How to Make Millions Before Grandma Dies’
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by Jason Tan Liwag
5d ago
M is good for nothing. At least, that’s how his Amah describes him. Unwilling to put an effort into his life, he dropped out of university to make a quick buck as a game caster. He doesn’t understand the value of honoring one’s family, let alone keeping up rituals of care. When instructed to scatter petals at the cemetery to honor their ancestors, he does it so poorly that his Amah must step in and do it. When she fumbles and injures herself, he barely notices. When she is wheeled into the hospital, he opts to go home and play on his computer instead. When his mother arrives and tells him the ..read more
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Sheron Dayoc’s ‘The Gospel of the Beast’ wins at Bali Int’l Film Festival Balinale
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by Frencie Carreon
5d ago
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Southern Lantern Studios’ The Gospel of The Beast was awarded Best Feature Narrative at the 17th Bali International Film Festival – Balinale on Friday, June 7. The Gospel of the Beast is a coming-of-age drama based on the story of a hired killer for a vigilante group in the southern Philippines. It stars Jansen Magpusao and Ronnie Lazaro. The Filipino movie was praised for its “strong direction, well-written script, and impressive cinematography.” “The narrative arc, where the protagonist grapples with a moral dilemma before ultimately choosing the right path, is ..read more
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FULL LIST: Winners, Gawad Urian 2024
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by Rappler.com
6d ago
MANILA, Philippines – The Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP) announced the winners for the 2024 47th Gawad Urian Awards on Saturday evening, June 8, at the Henry Sy Sr. Hall of De La Salle University, Manila. Since its inception in 1977, the Gawad Urian Awards has annually recognized outstanding individuals in the Filipino film industry. This year, the Gawad Urian Award was given to actress Hilda Koronel. There were a total of 15 categories for this year’s awards ceremony. Here is the complete list of winners for the 47th Gawad Urian Awards:  Best Supporting Actor Ronnie Lazaro, The Go ..read more
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Netflix reveals new animated titles with Skydance
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by Reuters
1w ago
LOS ANGELES, USA – Netflix on Thursday, June 6 shared new details about upcoming animated films Spellbound and Pookoo, which were made in partnership with Skydance Animation. Spellbound is about Ellian, the young daughter of the rulers of Lumbria, and she has a secret…a mysterious spell has turned her parents into monsters,” said The Lion King actor Nathan Lane during the streaming platform’s “Netflix on Netflix Animation” preview in Los Angeles. Ellian summons the mysterious Oracles of the Sun and Moon to come to help her break the spell. The film is directed by Vicky Jensen, whose credits in ..read more
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‘Pula’ review: Dreary, painfully confounding crime drama
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by Lé Baltar
2w ago
This piece contains plot spoilers and discussions about rape. Reader discretion is advised. Brillante Mendoza, as his audience knows by now, isn’t one to shy away from images of violence, let alone cushion the discomfort it creates. If anything, the director’s oeuvre is largely shaped by punishing conversations about morally tinted terrains that exhibit life in all its complexities and cruelties.  Consider Serbis (2008) and Kinatay (2009), which both demonstrate the brilliance of a young Coco Martin, as well as Foster Child (2007) and Ma’ Rosa (2016), best remembered for terrific acting f ..read more
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For emerging director JT Trinidad, student filmmaking is part of alternative cinema
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by Lé Baltar
2w ago
MANILA, Philippines – Two years ago, JT Trinidad’s the river that never ends premiered at QCinema and went on to compete and rack up awards at numerous film festivals, locally and internationally, among them: Best Southeast Asian Short Film at the 34th Singapore International Film Festival and the Students Award at the 18th Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival. Earlier this month, the film entered the Criterion Channel’s library, alongside other contemporary Filipino films like Glenn Barit’s Cleaners and Jet Leyco’s For My Alien Friend, as part of the film program curated by film critic Aaron Hunt ..read more
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[Only IN Hollywood] Cannes climaxes with historic honors for films celebrating sisterhood
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by Ruben V. Nepales
2w ago
LOS ANGELES, USA – Inside the Palais des Festivals, while waiting for the 77th Cannes Film Festival closing ceremonies to begin, and as the guests started to trickle in from the famed red carpet, I posted in my social media: “Will #SeanBaker (@bakermovies) score with his #Anora…?” Over an hour or so later, as Cannes jury head Greta Gerwig intoned these words before announcing the Palme d’Or winner, “Incredibly human and humane film that captured our hearts,” I knew Anora was the evening’s top winner. In my previous column, I wrote: “More about this winning comedy, which rec ..read more
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