Tuesday, October 25, 2016

"Twilight's" Elizabeth Reaser Contacts the Spirits in "Ouija: Origin of Evil"

Known worldwide for her work in the Twilight series, Elizabeth Reaser plays smart and resourceful single mother Alice Zander in Universal Pictures' Ouija: Origin of Evil, a terrifying new tale and the follow-up to 2014’s sleeper hit Ouija.

(Watch a TV Spot for Ouija: Origin of Evil at https://youtu.be/mTBtLEUm9EE.)

In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother (Reaser) and her two daughters (Lulu Wilson, Annalisse Basso) add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.

Director and screenwriter Mike Flanagan explains that he’s been familiar with Reaser's work for some time: “I first saw her in this great movie called Sweet Land that was at some festivals with short film that I’d made long ago. She was just radiant in it, and she brings a sense of warmth and empathy with her everywhere she goes. What I am fascinated most with in Elizabeth is that her eyes project everything that’s happening in her mind and in her heart. She’s one of the most open actresses I’ve ever seen.”

For her part, Reaser embraced the challenges that would lie ahead: “What really spoke to me about this movie is how it explores grief and that strong desire to see or talk to someone we’ve lost, even just once more,” says Reaser. “In many ways, this film isn’t simply a horror movie, which is what makes it so terrifying. These characters don’t know what is happening to them because they’re already dealing with a loss so devastating…they can’t fathom life could get worse.”

Reaser was excited to explore how a once-traditional wife and mother becomes a medium pretending to contact the dead. “When you go to a Catholic school and your mom puts a sign out front of your house that says, ‘Psychic, come on in,’ it’s as embarrassing as it is strange, especially in a conservative community in the 1960s,” says Reaser. “I admire her willingness and bravery to dismiss the expectations of the time so that she can provide for her family.”

While Alice actively tricks people to make a living she believes she’s legitimately giving them a sense of comfort she’s lacking. She secretly hopes one day she’ll be able to contact her husband, unknowingly priming herself to be fooled by spirits with a dark agenda.

“She’s so blinded by grief that I think this is the only time she’s vulnerable enough to be tricked by these spirits,” says Reaser. “One of the tragedies of this film is that these horrific things happen because Alice so desperately wants to believe in what she pretends to do. Grief, loss, love, family—anything that’s truly a matter of the heart can eclipse our better judgment, and I for one can relate to that.”

Opening across the Philippines on Oct. 26, “Ouija: Origin of Evil” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

"E.T.'s" Henry Thomas, a Tormented Priest in "Ouija: Origin of Evil"

He is best remembered for playing the role of Elliott, the young boy opposite the famous space alien in Steven Spielberg’s beloved blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. As an adult, two-time Golden Globe-nominee Henry Thomas has developed an extensive and diverse list of film and television credits throughout his career, including Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York, Lasse Hallström’s Dear John and History Channel's Sons of Liberty.

Monday, October 24, 2016

"Punisher" Jon Bernthal is Ben Affleck's Rival in "The Accountant"

He found fame as Frank Castle aka Punisher in the Netflix series based on Marvel Comics’ Daredevil, which has spawned a spinoff series called Punisher which he likewise headlines. Now Jon Bernthal stars as deadly hitman Brax in Warner Bros.' action-thriller and recent U.S. no. 1 hit The Accountant.

Directed by Gavin O’Connor (Warrior), The Accountant tells the story of Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck), a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Let’s go for a walk! Pet Food Institute shares tips on proper etiquette on dog walking

Taking a walk out in the park or neighborhood with your furry companion is a great way to provide social activity, help your dog stay healthy and prevent obesity. Pets need regular exercise – such as daily walks – to keep at a recommended weight, plus walks allow you and your dog to get acquainted with other pets and pet parents. While dog-walking is a fun and worthwhile activity, it can also be full of potential mishaps that could adversely affect other park-goers if proper etiquette is not observed.

As an advocate of responsible pet ownership, Pet Food Institute, through its campaign “Well-Fed, Well-Nurtured” in partnership with the Veterinary Practitioners Association of the Philippines, shares some tips for an enjoyable, worry-free dog-walking experience.

Make sure your pet is in good health

SBP-Passerelle Mindanao finals slated for Oct. 22-23

Top teams in Mindanao are now gearing up for the regional finals of SBP (Small Basketeers of the Philippines)-Passerelle Twin Tournament, the longest running national inter-school basketball competition for children in the country, to be held on October 22-23, 2016 at the Almendras Gym in Davao City.

Competing for SBP tournament are Xavier School University, Ferndale International School, and Ateneo de Davao University, while the battle for the Passerelle tournament will just be as fierce with Holy Child School of Davao, Corpus Christi School, and Southern City College as they battle it out for the chance to compete in the national finals.