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What Does a Movie Producer Do?

Do you know how much really goes into making a film? Naturally, you know about the actors and actresses. There are scriptwriters to create the dialogue and directors to makes sure the talent is creating the right type of feeling. There are set designer and costume designers. There’s also one job that many people have heard of but few everyday people understand. That is the producer. Producers like Heather Parry work on all types of movies (Heather has worked on everything from The House Bunny to A Star Is Born). Read on to find out what exactly Heather does.

Before Production Begins

Before the movie can even be made, producers find the material from a script or a book, tweak it so that it will attract a director, secure financing, and begin working with the rest of the behind-the-scenes team to find filming locations and actors. The producer is also responsible for creating detailed shooting schedules and plans.

During the Filming

During filming, the producer gets to be even more creative. He or she offers suggestions to the director, monitors the production timetable and budget, reviews the video dailies, and ensures that problems are handled quickly and with care.

After Filming Is Complete

A producer’s job is never done. He or she has even more work to do after all the filming is complete. In post-production, a producer discusses which shots are best and which order they should go in with the direction. The producer must also review the film after editing is complete, polish and revise where necessary, and give the go-ahead on the final cut. Producers also work to distribute the film and create the advertising campaigns that get people interested in watching it.

If you want to be in the film industry, working as a producer is an excellent choice for people who are both creative and logical. In addition to having plenty of say in how the movie is filmed, the producer also gets to work with numbers and schedules and truly has a hand in every aspect of the movie-making process.

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Celebs spotted at the Han Solo screening

All you Star Wars fans are in good company since, clearly, even our favorite Filipino celebrities love the 40-year-old franchise.

Seen at the special screening are fans and celebrities such as Marco Alcaraz; Lara Quigaman; Marc Nelson; Rovilson Fernandez; Daren Espanto; Issa Litton; Paolo Contis; LJ Reyes; siblings Gab, Paolo and Keana Valenciano; Pia Magalona and kids; Yael Yuzon; Jugs Jugueta and star manager, Noel Ferrer.

Check out our paparazzi pics, courtesy of 20th Century Fox :)

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Directed by Ron Howard, the film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover,  Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Thandie Newton, and Paul Bettany.

Take an exciting ride at a galaxy far away, check Ayala Malls Cinemas’ to book your tickets for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” currently playing nationwide.

Join the conversation online by using the hashtags #HanSolo, #StarWarsPH and #iLoveAyalaMallsCinemas


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Who are the citizens of Citizen Jake?

Director-producer Mike de Leon has a stellar ensemble cast for his newest movie Citizen Jake, which opens in Philippine cinemas nationwide on May 23.

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Citizen Jake is about Jake Herrera, journalist and estranged son of a powerful Philippine Senator. Driven by disdain for his father, Jake moves to Baguio City where he attempts to build a new life. But circumstances force him to try to solve the brutal killing of a young, female student in the university where he teaches in. Jake conducts an investigation—a move that leads him to face corruption and his personal demons.  The screenplay is written by Mike de Leon, Atom Araullo and Noel Pascual. The film is produced by Cinema Artists Philippines and distributed by Solar Pictures. 

The star-studded cast includes Cherie Gil, Dina Bonnevie, Nonie Buencamino, Adrian “Luis” Alandy, Gabby Eigenmann, Max Collins, Teroy Guzman, Lou Veloso, Richard Quan, with Victor Neri, Allan Paule, Anna Luna, Elora Españo, Cholo Barretto, Raquel Villavicencio, Nanding Josef, Ruby Ruiz, and featuring Atom Araullo as Jake Herrera.

Many of the actors auditioned for their roles, while others like Dina and Cherie, were stars that Direk Mike had worked with in the past. In a series of posts on the Citizen Jake movie Facebook page, Direk Mike revealed some behind-the-scenes stories about his cast.

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Gabby, for instance, was told by others to “underact” for his audition as Roxie, the congressman-brother of Jake. Direk Mike found the “underacting” advice strange. Gabby then did a more intense second reading. “The transformation was amazing,” said Direk Mike. “Right there and then… I decided I would cast him… He was so good in the film that I wrote two new sequences later.”  For the director, Gabby possessed the intensity of his father, the late Mark Gil, whom Direk Mike had worked with in Batch ’81.  

Max Collins, meanwhile, purposely dressed down for her reading of Mandy, Jake’s significant other and fellow university teacher. Direk Mike noticed that she prepared. “I was immediately very impressed,” he said. “She came across as a very honest, sincere person and this was reflected in the genuineness of her reading.” Direk Mike likened Max to French film star Isabelle Adjani of The Story of Adelle H. In spite of being a bit young for the role, Direk Mike said Max was credible and moving. “She can only get better in time,” he said of the Kapuso actress.

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Direk Mike also had good things to say about Adrian “Luis” Alandy who plays the role of Jonie, a Baguio pony boy who is the best friend of Jake. “Most of the actors who auditioned for the role were good but Luis impressed met he most. He had a certain sensitivity and vulnerability and I imagined that this actor could easily switch scenes of casual banter to ones of deep tragedy.” Direk Mike found out he was right because during the shoot, Luis proved to be consistent from rehearsal to take. “He’s perhaps the finest actor I’ve worked with since Jay Ilagan,” Direk Mike added.

Cherie Gil, Teroy Guzman and Lou Veloso are three of the more experienced actors in the cast. Cherie was among those who did not audition since Direk wrote the part of Patti Medina (a cunning businesswoman with political connections) with the award-winning actress in mind. “From the very first draft…” Direk emphasized. Years ago, Cherie and Direk Mike had collaborated on the video film Bilanggo sa Dilim. “The Cherie I encountered in ‘Citizen Jake’ has honed film acting to an unprecedented degree. Wala siyang kapantay,” he raved.

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Teroy’s extensive work in theater made his characterization of Sen. Jacobo Herrera (the father of Jake) smooth. “Only in his 50s, (he) plays the role of a man in his 70s… You learn to appreciate, though not necessarily like, the character being portrayed because the character of Jacobo can easily slip into caricature. But with Teroy, it never did. It is the subtleties you watch as he performs and you feel fortunate to be working with an actor like him,” said Direk Mike.

Lou—who auditioned for his role as the hippie professor Lucas—has a major contribution to the film. He recited his own poem, “Bayan Mo” in a totally improvised scene with Atom. For that, Direk Mike thanked the veteran film/stage actor. “He is capable of serious nuanced acting and his grizzled weary old rebel looks adds much to this.”

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As for TV journalist Atom Araullo who not only acts in the film but is also co-writer, Direk Mike said, “I was amazed by Atom’s keen mind and his contribution to the screenplay was substantial… As an actor I believe he did a good job and I won’t say the usual ‘in spite of…’ There were scenes where he acted unevenly but there were also scenes, many of them major, where he was terrific.”

For updates about Citizen Jake, follow Citizen Jake on Facebook, @citizenjakefilm on Instagram and @thecitizenjake on Twitter. 


Photos courtesy of Citizen Jake Facebook page and Cinema Artists Philippines

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Watch: Deadpool 2′s latest trailer

Our favorite anti-hero is back in May! Red-dy yourselves as 20th Century Fox’s latest trailer reveals what’s more in store in the hugely anticipated “Deadpool 2”.

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Starring Ryan Reynolds as the returning titular character, “Deadpool 2” trailer explodes with fun, laughs and more violence. Get treated to familiar and new characters, friends and fiends of Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool in a series of non-stop, high-octane action. In this action-packed sequel, Deadpool a.k.a. the Merc with the Mouth, assembles his own motley bunch to help him fight enemies and save the world against the wrath of the dreadful Cable, played by Josh Brolin.

Directed by David Leitch, a filmmaker, stuntman and stunt coordinator, “Deadpool 2” also stars Morena Baccarin, Brianna Hildebrand, T.J. Miller, Stefan Kapicic, Karan Soni, Zazie Beetz and Julian Denison.

Watch the red-band video:

Mark your calendars on May 16, the day that “Deadpool 2” opens in Philippine cinemas nationwide.

For the latest updates, follow the 20th CenturyFox (PH) Facebook page.

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Go gaga over these gadgets from the Kingsman sequel

In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” conflict comes from the introduction of Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore), a drug dealer who, as head of the mysterious Golden Circle criminal enterprise, sets in place a nefarious plan that sets her on a collision course with Eggsy (Taron Egerton). For director Matt Vaughn, the villain’s plot was of paramount importance – and to stop the ultimate heinous threat, the Kingsman are equipped with gadgets customized for the unrelenting explosive battle to save the world.

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“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” won’t skimp on that patented Kingsman craziness. “The fights are even more crazy,” says Egerton. “But in terms of the setpieces, Matthew has tried to do different things. There’s a sequence in the movie that has that hyper, one-shot feel, but you can’t top the church scene. He’d rather move on and find something new.”

After the attack and the Kingsman headquarters turned into ruins, Eggsy teams up with Merlin (Mark Strong) — who appears to be the only other survivor — to investigate the circumstances behind it. The Kingsman’s ‘Doomsday Protocal’ leads them to Kentucky, where they discover that Kingsman isn’t the only name in international espionage. The lavishly-funded all-American organization, Statesman, exists!

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Where there’s a Kingsman, there’s always a reliable gadget hidden or worn, and here are some of their awesome gadgets used in saving the world:

  • The agent’s hidden weapon, the Kingsman agent frames are handcrafted by Cutler & Gross, the finest purveyors in British luxury eyewear.
  • The customized Kingsman pistol is the standard issue Sidearm for all Kingsman agents.
  • The Kingsman Pen is a classic fountain pen, as used by Sir Winston Churchill and made by Conway Stewart, the esteemed British firm.
  • The Kingsman Signet Ring is a symbol of tradition – when pressed with the back of the thumb, the ring emits a 50,000 volt shock, stunning an enemy.
  • The Kingsman Briefcase functions both as a collapsible shield RPG Missile Launcher and fully automatic machine gun. It’s a key feature in the modern gentleman’s armor.
  • The Kingsman Gold Lighter is both a symbol of innovation with its timeless design, and a sophisticated agent weapon, a touch-activated hand grenade.
  • The black leather Oxford shoes are an embodiment of quintessentially British style, worn by all Kingsman agents.
  • The Kingsman Connected watch is crafted by Swiss watchmakers TAG Heuer, globally renowned for their rich heritage in creating classic gentleman’s timepieces.
  • The Kingsman Aftershave has been created with core notes to strike a reactive note of danger, acting as an alluring, sophisticated fragrance and featuring a flash grenade.

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“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” opens September 20 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. Also available in IMAX.

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Rami Malek takes center stage in Queen biopic

Sasha Baron Cohen may have left a gigantic hole to fill in the Freddie Mercury biopic, but it looks like Rami Malek is every bit as suitable for the job.

Coming to life soon on the big screen is the story of the phenomenal and iconic British rock band Queen in “Bohemian Rhapsody” directed by Bryan Singer and produced by Graham King.

20th Century Fox/New Regency has just released the first look photo of the movie, with Rami Malek jutting out his jaw and posing just like the rock icon, Freddie Mercury.

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“Freddie Mercury was larger than life and seeing Rami completely transform into him has only further solidified that he is the perfect choice for this role. Between Bryan’s innovative direction, Rami’s extraordinary talent and the incredible team we’ve assembled, I couldn’t be more excited to see the remarkable story of Freddie Mercury and Queen’s iconic songs coming to life,” shares King.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a 20th Century Fox/New Regency film coming to Philippine theatres soon.

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Julianne Moore stars as a villainous vixen in Kingsman sequel

With the Kingsman headquarters destroyed by a mysterious crime syndicate, and Eggsy must enlist the help of their larger-than-life counterparts, Statesman, to track down the psychopathic villain behind the attack.

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Julianne Moore’s Poppy Adams in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is an exiled American crime lord now living in her own personal theme park, Poppyland, found in the wilds of Cambodia. Vaughn turned to the wonderful Julianne Moore since she’s long been considered as one of the world’s greatest actors, perfect for portraying a larger-than-life lunatic, whose grand plans for the world bring her into direct conflict with Kingsman and the Statesman.

Moore is endlessly watchable and incredibly versatile, notching up an array of stunning performances in the likes of “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia,” the “Hunger Games” series,” The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and “Still Alice,” the movie for which she finally won a long overdue Best Actress Oscar. She shares her thoughts on her outrageous character in the movie: “No matter how outrageous her antics are, they’re normal in her world. She’s the only character in her world, so she doesn’t know. She’s a megalomaniac in the way that all great villains are. One movie I loved so much growing up as a kid was the original Superman–watching Gene Hackman play Lex Luthor alongside his girlfriend sidekick, they were so funny and so real, but also true villains. That’s a tone I thought of a lot when I was making this.”

A guaranteed and spectacular entertainment, the “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” packs a subversively funny, stylish and unique action event that expands the Kingsman universe in the most unexpected ways. Catch Juliaane Moore and the original cast Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong and Sophie Cookson, as well as new cast members Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal and Jeff Bridges.

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” opens nationwide on September 20 in Philippine cinemas, thanks to 20th Century Fox and distributed by Warner Bros. Also available in IMAX screens nationwide.


Kingsman: The Golden Circle Movie Updates

This is getting very exciting! 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers have rolled out more promotional stuff for the second installment of the Kingsman franchise, and based on the latest trailer (if you haven’t seen it yet, I’ve embedded it below) it’s bound to be just as exciting as the first movie.

In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the suave, we will see the sophisticated and impeccably attired spies heading to the US to meet their American counterparts. The film stars returning cast members Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Hannah Alstrőm, Sophie Cookson and are joined by a new cast that includes Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore and Elton John.


The concept for Kingsman was born when Vaughn was working with Mark Millar, the comic book author, on set for “Kick-Ass” back in 2009. Both huge James Bond fans, they came up with the idea about an elite spy that resulted in the franchise’s first worldwide hit. Kingsman is an elite organization of operatives working outside of the government. Martial in style, they are an altruistic unit that gets things done.

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This year’s hotly anticipated sequel, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” raises the stakes from the worldwide surprise hit original film “Kingsman: The Secret Service” where the spy agency now suffers from a devastating attack that almost killed all of its members. After the attack, the surviving members of the Kingsman organization forms alliance with their United States counterpart, the Statesman to stop a common enemy.


In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” Eggsy (Egerton) together with Merlin (Strong) and survivor Harry Hart (Firth) travel to America to meet the Statesman – leader Champagne (Bridges), Tequila (Tatum), Ginger Ale (Berry) and recruit them to help them save the world but the spies have seemingly created an enemy in Poppy (Moore), an charming terrorist who takes pleasure in world domination.


The movie will Philippine theaters on September 20.