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The Young Messiah is COMING

At the heels of blockbuster movies from Chris Columbus such as “Gremlins,” “Home Alone 1 & 2,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Percy Jackson” films and the “Harry Potter” franchise is the faith-based epic “The Young Messiah” which he produced under the direction of Cyrus Nowrasteh.

Columbus once again demonstrates his acumen for nurturing and cultivating young talents in “The Young Messiah,” replicating his feat from the highly successful “Harry Potter” franchise by casting then unknown talents such as Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in lead roles. Columbus now brings the young Adam Greaves-Neal at the center of “The Young Messiah” as the child Jesus along with an impressive supporting cast that includes Sean Bean, Sara Lazarro, Vincent Walsh, Clive Russell, Jonathan Bailey and Christian McKay.

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Sara Lazarro and Adam Greaves-Neal in THE YOUNG MESSIAH

Sara Lazarro and Adam Greaves-Neal in THE YOUNG MESSIAH

“The Young Messiah” is based from Anne Rice’s novel “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt” where the author imagines a year (7th) in the life of the young Jesus. In the movie, Jesus’ parents, Mary (Lazarro) and Joseph (Walsh) are seen bearing the responsibility of raising the Son of God. Rice, in her Facebook page previously revealed that she was brought to tears upon seeing film for the first time further stating that “I support it with all my heart. The writing, the directing, the cast are an author’s dream of fidelity to the spirit of the book and book’s concerns for biblical and historical accuracy. I’m so happy to share this.”

The inspiring story of Jesus as a young boy in “The Young Messiah” sees Greaves-Neal as Jesus embarking on a journey from Egypt to Nazareth after he miraculously brings someone back to life. When King Herod (Bailey) orders the death of the child, Roman centurion Severus (Bean) is tasked to find the family across the desert. Young Jesus then turns to his parents for answers as he grapples to understand His own divinity. But how do they explain God to his own son as they worry about his safety at the same time?

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THE YOUNG MESSIAH

THE YOUNG MESSIAH

“This movie really hangs on a young child,” says Nowrasteh on casting Adam. The director decided to send Columbus a tape of Adam along with tapes of other boys that they were considering for the lead role and Columbus’ response was immediate, “He said that no one else came close to Adam.”

Adam, just nine years old at that time, naturally took on the role without feeling overwhelmed. “I just think, I’m a boy that can do great and surprising things,” he shared on how he tried to play the role.

Adam Greaves-Neal as the YOUNG MESSIAH

Adam Greaves-Neal as the YOUNG MESSIAH

adam greaves-neal in THE YOUNG MESSIAH

adam greaves-neal in THE YOUNG MESSIAH

Sean Bean in turn says that his character is also of importance to the story. “He sees Jesus and his family, he’s out and about on the streets and city all the time, and then he answers to Herod, who sits there on his throne surrounded by concubines and debauchery. Eventually, he has a big change of heart when he decided who he can be loyal to. And that’s to Jesus ultimately. You could say he’s the first convert to Christianity, he epitomizes that.”

“There’s a huge audience for faith-based films and this is the original story of one of the greatest people to have ever lived,” concludes producer Chris Columbus.

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Adam-Greaves-Neal-stars-in-THE-YOUNG-MESSIAH

Adam Greaves-Neal, Vincent Walsh and Christian McKay in THE YOUNG MESSIAH

Adam Greaves-Neal, Vincent Walsh and Christian McKay in THE YOUNG MESSIAH

Discover a year in Jesus’ childhood in “The Young Messiah” when it opens in cinemas on June 29 to be released by Pioneer Films.

CIA's Top Secrets Revealed

                Hollywood’s brightest young and veteran stars Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Oldman star in “Criminal” –  the story of the right man in the wrong body.

 UNLOCKING CIA’S TOP SECRETS FROM THE MIND OF A “CRIMINAL”

                “Criminal” finds an ex-convict’s brain being implanted the memories of a top CIA agent in a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot. At first, it appears the operation has failed. But Jerico (Costner), unsure of what has happened to him and in fear for his life, escapes and finds himself on the run. At large in London, Jerico begins to experience memories that are clearly not his own – memories that take him into an overwhelming world of family, love and responsibility that he’s never known.  As Jerico enters a secretive world of international spies, ingenious hackers and powerful tyrants, he roams a London he’s never known but mysteriously can navigate.

                Says director Ariel Vromen: “Our main character, Jerico, is a person who starts with no feelings and no real emotions and then he goes on an incredible journey. He acquires all these memories from CIA agent Bill Pope’s mind and he has to react to an entirely new view of life. Because of the massively high stakes, that core emotional story is surrounded by a plot that has great suspense and lots of action. That really appealed to me.”

                Leading the film’s star-studded cast is award winning Kevin Costner in one of his most challenging and unusual roles. As Jerico, Costner had to inhabit two minds at once – that of a hard-bitten, unfeeling criminal capable of anything and that of a patriotic spy and family man driven to be a good man – and find the ways they fuse in one man’s reeling mind.

                Costner says of his reaction to the script: “I’m always attracted to projects when they are multi-layered and this story is very much that. “Criminal” is definitely an action movie but I responded most strongly to the complexity of my character, to all the confusion and turmoil that is scrambled up inside Jerico as he comes to terms with what he is experiencing.”

 

Ryan Reynolds in Criminal

Ryan Reynolds in Criminal

 

He goes on: “When we meet Jerico, he is in prison and has spent most of his life there. An injury he suffered as a child rendered him a sociopath, so he has no understanding that the things he does are wrong. He just reacts, sometimes violently, sometimes humorously. He is so unpredictable that he is not even allowed near anyone in jail. But after his operation, Jerico starts going back and forth between who he was and who Bill Pope is. He’s very mixed-up and suddenly he’s comprehending things and having sensations that he’s never experienced before on every level. And that’s what I had to figure out how to portray.”

 

Gal Gadot in Criminal

Gal Gadot in Criminal

Gal Gadot Criminal

Gal Gadot Criminal

                Gadot was drawn to Jill’s own transformation in the course of the story. “With Bill, Jill had settled for a convenient life, staying with a husband who she had trouble communicating with because it was comfortable. When her husband dies, Jill has no choice other than to fight for the truth,” Gadot observes.         Her character has to span both fear and inexplicable attraction in her relationship with Jerico, a process Gadot says Costner helped tremendously. “Kevin brings his own charm to the hardcore character of Jerico. He is an incredible actor and by the end of the film, he goes through an amazing transformation.”

                Gadot notes that part of the fun of her character is that she is in the dark about who Jerico is and what he wants, though the audience knows. “My character is suddenly confronted by a total stranger who knows every detail about her. She is mystified and the audience will be on the edge of their seats because there is so much going on at every level.”

                “Criminal” opens in cinemas this April 13 from OctoArts Films International.

Para Sa Mga Single Mom

Para Sa Mga Single Mom,

I firmly believe na sapat na dapat ang anak mo para maging inspired ka. Maswerte na lang kung makakakita ka pa ng partner na makakatuwang mo habambuhay, pero ang priorities mo dapat ay nakay baby na.

At sa mga lalaki na umaasang magmahal ng “Hot Momma”, isipin niyo naman na magiging kaagaw kayo sa atensyon at panahon na dapat ay nakalaan na lamang sa isang musmos.

Iba-iba ang setup ng ganitong istorya. Honestly, I have been in TWO stories of the same plot already. Ang masasabi ko lang, hindi ako handa para sa ganun. Dun na lang siguro ako sa nag-aalaga ng aso. Continue reading

IN PERFECT TUNE WITH MEGHAN TRAINOR AND AWARD WINNING LEGENDARY ARTISTS IN “SNOOPY AND CHARLIE BROWN THE PEANUTS MOVIE” (3D)

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Dear Girl who loves Peanuts,

I created my own Peanut at Peanutize Me. Make yours too, so we can see each other in the Peanut World. I will bring my dog.

SNOOPY AND CHARLIE BROWN THE PEANUTS MOVIE – in Philippine cinemas January 8 (also in 3D).

KnP Peanutize

KnP Peanutize

 

 

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved Peanuts Gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the “Ice Age” films, “Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie” will prove that every underdog has his day.

“Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie” features the iconic music of Vince Guaraldi, who composed the beloved “Linus and Lucy” song from the television specials. “Let me put your concerns to rest,” confirms Martino, “the ‘Linus and Lucy’ song and all the cues you know and love are in the film!” Continue reading