fassbender in ASSASSIN'S CREED

Michael Fassbenders’s “Assassins’s Creed” Rolls in Cinemas Starting January 4

The action-packed and breathtaking game-to-movie adaptation “Assassin’s Creed” starring Michael Fassbender follows dual characters Callum Lynch and Aguilar de Nehra in the modern day and 15th Century Spain respectively. In the 15th Century, Aguilar is joined by Maria, a more experienced Assassin than him, who is his most trusted ally. In the modern day, Cal finds himself at the Abstergo facility with a rag-tag bunch of fellow inmates who are all suffering from the effects of prolonged exposure to the Animus, and have their own ancestral Assassin legacies.

From the onset, director Justin Kurzel was adamant about filming as much of “Assassin’s Creed” as possible without relying on green screens and computer-generated imagery.

As one of the video gaming industry’s most popular and beloved franchises, “Assassin’s Creed” is famous for its heart-pounding action sequences. The series was among the first to prominently feature Parkour as a major gameplay element, with Assassins breathlessly vaulting over the rooftops of cities including Jerusalem, Florence, Paris and London.

Assassin's Creed

“We’re shooting a lot with real people, in real locations, on top of real churches with real light,” Kurzel said. “We’re building a lot of the sets to make something that is real and cinematic.”

“There’s very little green screen in this, which is highly unusual in these films,” adds Fassbender. “We have stunt guys jumping across buildings in [Maltese capital] Valletta. We’ve got (stunt man Damian Walters) doing a 120-foot leap of faith, without any rope, into a bag, so it’s pretty incredible to see.”

For his big-screen adaptation, Kurzel sought to amplify that dizzying style with thundering carriage chases, elaborate sword fights, and close hand-to-hand combat. The director also realized the film had to prominently feature the Leap of Faith, a signature Assassin’s Creed move in which Assassins leap from the edge of buildings and plummet gracefully to the ground below, landing on their backs in water or bales of hay. “What happens if you do a real Leap of Faith?” Kurzel asked. “What would happen if you actually saw Assassins jump from building to building? The great thing about cinema is that you can bring that human element into it, where the audience responds and reacts to the idea that they are watching real human beings actually put the effort and danger in doing those things.”

Kurzel and his team tapped some of the top Parkour talents to determine how to stage the action of Assassin’s Creed without relying on extensive CG trickery. The production then travelled to some of the most visually stunning corners of the globe in the hopes of capturing one-of-a-kind sequences that would offer viewers an immersive—and realistic—experience.

“I never wanted the film to feel like superheroes,” Kurzel says. “I wanted you to look at it and think, Wow, there are human beings doing that and they are doing it like Olympians, as opposed to filming on a parking lot with green screen. You can feel that artifice. That is probably why we went toward a more old-school approach, to make the whole film feel more human and more intimate.”

“Assassin’s Creed” opens January 4 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



Top Most Searched Topics on Google

Top 10 Most Searched Topics by Filipinos in 2016

Ever wonder who or what Filipinos have looked up the most in 2016? The answers are in here.

Google released its report on the most searched terms in Philippines last Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

The most searched this year is the lyrics to Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself”, no surprise as many Filipinos have played this song a thousand times.

Justin Bieber's Love Yourself
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Overall, the top 10 most searched topics by Filipinos in 2016 are:

  1. Love Yourself
  2. slither.io
  3. Pokemon Go
  4. Train to Busan
  5. Closer
  7. Rodrigo Duterte
  8. Secret Love Song
  9. Olympic Games Rio 2016
  10. Suicide Squad
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Hirose and Yamazaki in YOUR LIE IN APRIL

Romantic Manga Feels in “Your Lie in April” – in Cinemas December 7

Award-winning and best-selling romantic manga series “Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso” by Naoshi Arakawa  is now a live-action film “Your Lie in April” starring promising young actors Suzu Hirose and Kento Yamazaki that will open in Philippine cinemas on December 7.

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The much-awaited teen manga drama, “Your Lie in April” stars up-and-coming actors Suzu Hirose and Kento Yamazaki in a coming-of-age story inspired by music. The exciting cast includes Anna Ishii, actress and member of the popular girl group E-Girls and the hot, young actor Taishi Nakagawa. Their heartrending tapestry of love is not to be missed!

Kento Yamazaki in YOUR LIE IN APRIL

A master of the loves story genre, Takehiko Shinjo of “Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu (I Give My First Love to You)” and “Kiyoku Yawaku (Beyond the Memories)” will direct the film.

Kento Yamazaki in _ YOUR LIE IN APRIL

Director Shinjo describes “Your Lie in April” as a story of the wonders and value of love, but also the pain, tears and heartbreak that often accompany it. “My goal is to deliver a film that leaves the viewers with a warm, gentle feeling. With the charm of Suzu Hirose, the sincerity of Kento Yamazaki, and a young, talented cast including Anna Ishii and Taishi Nakagawa, I hope to weave a tale of brilliant and heartfelt love,” shared Shinjo.

hirose and yamazaki stars in YOUR LIE IN APRIL

“Your Lie in April” follows a musician with absolute perfection and mechanical precision, piano prodigy Kosie Arima (Yamazaki), is considered a human metronome. But Kosie lost his ability to play when he lost his mother. In April of his sophomore year in high school, Kosei’s childhood friends Tsubaki Sawabe (Anna Ishii) and Ryota Watari (Taishi Nakagawa) introduced him to a violinist named Kaori Miyazono (Hirose). Kaori is a willful free spirit, as ethereal as the clouds in the sky, and Kosei finds himself drawn to her unrestrained, exuberant performance. “Kaori aggressively urges Kosei to play with her, forcing him to face the painful memories of his mother. But one day, Kosei discovers that Kaori has a secret.

Suzu Hirose in _YOUR LIE IN APRIL


Kento Yamazaki inYOUR LIE IN APRIL

“When I read the script, I pictured a beautiful span of time, in which each character battles his or her own, personal issues. In preparing for the role of Kaori, I touched a violin for the first time. It’s still a struggle, but day by day, I am coming to terms with the violin as well as the role. Together with the director and cast, I hope to make “Your Lie in April” a beautiful film brimming with color,” says Hirose of the film.

Suzu Hirose in YOUR LIE IN APRIL



Likewise, Kento Yamazaki shared that the film taught him that everyday, life is full of color. “Portraying the struggles and challenges of a musical prodigy is challenging, but with the support of Director Shinjo, the staff and cast members, I tried my best to embody Kosei Arima. The concert scenes in the original manga are so dynamic that you can almost hear the music. I’m new to the piano, but I’m practicing hard every day so I can express Kosei’s flux of emotions in the music. I hope “Your Lie in April” adds color to the viewer’s world as well.”


Get your hankies and tissues ready for the painful truth masked in the sweetest of lies that will break your heart in “Your Lie in April” when it opens in cinemas on December 7 nationwide from Pioneer Films.

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Go-En, the Japanese Ramen Shoppe

Enjoy Real Japanese Taste: Go-En, the Japanese Ramen Shoppe

If you crave for real Japanese food and Japanese traditional game, Go-En is the food shop to visit in the metro. Go-En doesn’t suit the Filipino taste but it serves the best Japanese flavors for someone who loves everything about Japan!

Go-En, the Japanese Ramen Shoppe

Go-En Ramen Shoppe is not your ordinary Japanese restaurant. The setting of the store is filled with sense of game play and old charm. Their specialty is Ramen as it presents really delicious big bowls that can make you say ‘ohhhh’. Their food will surely haunt you and will make you visit the store over and over again.

Go-En, the Japanese Ramen Shoppe


Go-En, the Japanese Ramen Shoppe

This is one of the best-known Japanese restaurants in Quezon City where you’ll find the real Japanese taste in the PH with a fair price for everyone. Budget is P500 per head. Not bad for a great Japanese restaurant right?

Go-En, the Japanese Ramen Shoppe

Visit Go-En, the Japanese Ramen Shoppe and have a memorable and delicious experience!

Check the menu below:

Go-En, the Japanese Ramen Shoppe Menu Go-En, the Japanese Ramen Shoppe Menu


Go-En, the Japanese Ramen Shoppe Menu


Go-En, the Japanese Ramen Shoppe MenuImage source: Go-En’s Official Facebook Page

Go-En, the Japanese Ramen Shoppe

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Ayala Malls Cinemas Presents New York’s Met Opera Productions at Greenbelt 3 from December 2016 – May 2017

The Cultural Center of the Philippines, The Filipinas Opera Society Foundation, Inc. and Ayala Malls Cinemas once again bring New York’s The Met Opera series at Greenbelt 3 Cinemas from December 2016 – May 2017.

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The prestigious New York’s Met Opera series, now on its third year at Ayala Malls Cinemas will be presented in high-definition format (HD) at Greenbelt 3 featuring six stunning productions that will start on December 6 with “Il Barbiere di Siviglia.”

Bringing world-class productions has always been at the heart of Ayala Malls Cinemas.  Movie patrons seeking classical forms of art will be treated to a series of engaging stage plays as if they are really at the MET.  The special screenings continue on January 10 with “Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci,” followed by “Così Fan Tutte” on February 14, “Madama Butterfly” on March 14, “Turandot” on April 4 and “Tristan and Isolde” on May 9.

2016 Met Opera - Flyer (Back)

“Madama Butterfly” is the featured presentation during the opening night of Met Opera last  November 8 at Greenbelt 3 cinemas.

Through digital technology, the stage plays will be presented at Ayala Malls Cinemas’ Greenbelt 3 as it was recorded during their live performance at The Met – complete with backstage scenes, interviews with the actors and production crew.  Ayala Malls Cinemas brings to the local scene productions composed by world-renowned and legendary artists Giacomo Puccini, Gioachino Rossini, Pietro Mascagni, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Richard Wagner and Wolgang Amadeus Mozart.

Sparkling with wit and energy, “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (The Barber of Seville) is about a resourceful barber and man-about-town.  Count Almaviva arrives in Seville to search for the mysterious woman he met in Madrid. When he learns that she is Rosina, due to be married to her tyrannical guardian Bartolo, he enlists the help of the cunning barber Figaro to win her hand.  Almaviva and Rosina fall in love, and Rosina turns her mind to duping Bartolo. The combined conniving of all three is too much for Bartolo, who has to admit defeat when he discovers Almaviva and Rosina have married right under his nose.

“Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci is about two complementary works that tell dark tales of passionate love that sours to violent jealousy.

“Così Fan Tutte” is a romantic comedy that tells the tale of two men testing their fiancées’ faithfulness on the prodding of a cynical old man named Don Alfonso.  The men, Ferrando and Guglielmo pretended to go to war leaving Fiordiligi and Dorabella while Don Alfonso continues his scheme of luring the sisters to fall for other men.

“Madama Butterfly” is a beautiful atmospheric production is about an unfortunate, doomed love.  Soprano Kristine Opolais brings all of her passionate commitment to her role of Cio-Cio-San, the teenage geisha who gives up everything for Lt. Pinkerton.

In “Turandot,” Nina Stemme takes on the title role of the proud princess of ancient China, whose riddles doom every suitor who seeks her hand, opposite Marco Berti as Calàf, the brave prince who sings “Nessun dorma” and wins her love. Anita Hartig and Leah Crocetto share the role of Liù, the faithful slave girl.  Franco Zeffirelli’s golden production is conducted by Paolo Carignani.

2016 Met Opera - Facebook

The final presentation of Ayala Malls Cinemas’ Met Opera series, “Tristan and Isolde,” an audacious new production by Mariusz Treliński (the director responsible for the 2014–15 season’s double bill of Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle) sees an Irish Princess, Isolde, on board a ship from Ireland to Cornwall, as she marries King Marke who governs Cornwall. She is escorted by Tristan, the King’s loyalist and his nephew.  Isolde has already fallen in love with Tristan. But now he delivers her to the King as though she were a prisoner. She compels him to take poison with her because she detests the idea of marrying King Marke. However, her maid, Brangane, prepares medicine of love instead of poison. When their ship calls at the port, they have already fallen passionately in love with each other.

For advanced ticket purchase, log on to Ayala Malls Cinemas’ www.sureseats.com.  Tickets for the Met Opera series will be sold at Php 450. Ayala Malls Cinemas further invites patrons and cineastes to subscribe to all six shows for only P2,400.

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Things I have Drawn

Look: Dad Amazingly Turns His Son’s Drawings into Reality!

Dom is a 6-year-old boy who really loves to draw. Well, that’s pretty common. But that’s not the main story because after Dom finishes his artworks, his dad will amazingly recreate a realistic version of them.

From living to non-living things, Dom and his dad have created a surreal universe filled with unimaginable characters from a creative mind of a child.

The masterpieces are mainly adorable; some can be a little creepy but they are still incredible!

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True Colors by Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick

Listen to Heartwarming Version of the Song “True Colors” by Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick

‘True colors’ is an iconic song originally sang by an iconic singer Cyndi Lauper. This beautiful song has many versions and has been covered by many talented artists but have you heard the latest heartwarming version of Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick’s True Colors? If you haven’t heard it yet, you better check the video below! I tell you, this version will melt your heart.

Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick’s version of true colors is for the original soundtrack of the animated musical movie ‘Trolls’. The movie also presents new versions of songs from the past that will surely make your heart jump, such as ‘Hello’, ‘I’m Coming Out’ and ‘September’.

Let your hair down and let the happiness flow when “Trolls” opens on November 2 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Watch the trailer below and dip into happiness with trolls!

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