Steve Gaub and the VXF on Beauty and the Beast

Steve Gaub is a producer and production manager, known for Oblivion (2013), TRON: Legacy (2010) and Terminator Salvation (2009). Now include the live-action film, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The live-action film has surpassed the animation version in both domestic and worldwide earnings. Which of course has Disney looking towards the future for other films in the live-action realm.

We got to talk to visual effect producer Gaub about his work on this version of Beauty and the Beast. I asked him about what kind of challenges he encountered bringing this classic to live, “it was a little daunting, but they really wanted to stick to this feeling like a normal movie—live action movie with no animation characters—didn’t want it to come across as cartoon characters.” he said.

Beauty and the Beast, Emma Watson (Belle), Dan Stevens (the Beast), Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline, Bill Condon

Steve Gaub

You can listen to the audio (a little scrachy) but he had a lot to say and I think it was informative.

Beauty and the Beast, is a retelling of Disney’s 1991 classic animated film that stars Emma Watson (Belle), Dan Stevens (the Beast), Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline, and directed by Bill Condon. It is available now on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.

Thanks DC for Our First Female Super Hero, Wonder Woman !

Wonder Woman

I was in complete amazement while watching the Wonder Woman movie. I became a young kid lost in the story and the visuals. The story was enjoyable, the human story worked perfectly. Loved the humor and the special effects worked for me—and all the main actors were fun to watch.

Wonder Woman, Danny Huston (Ludendorff), Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), director Patty Jenkins, Robin Wright (General Antiope)

Wonder Woman press day

At the press day we got to listen to Danny Huston (Ludendorff), Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), director Patty Jenkins, and the badass, Robin Wright (General Antiope) talk about working on the film (audio below). Watch Gal Gadot talks about working on and training for Wonder Woman (in the video, she’s standing because of a back injury).

Angela Ortíz, Wonder Woman, Danny Huston (Ludendorff), Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), director Patty Jenkins, Robin Wright (General Antiope)

Danny Huston, Angela Ortíz and some Wonder Woman goodies

The story: Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Wonder Woman, Danny Huston (Ludendorff), Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), director Patty Jenkins, Robin Wright (General Antiope)

Wonder Woman Cast

I can’t wait to see it again and I am looking forward to more films. Cause I am ready for it. — A.O.

Wonder Woman in theaters June 2, in REAL D, 3D and IMAX!

Murder on the Orient Express Trailer

From the novel by best selling author Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Tom Bateman, Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Michael Peña, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom, Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Marwan Kenzari, Olivia Colman, Lucy Boynton, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Sergei Polunin. In Theaters November 10.

Antonio Jaramillo, Clayton Cardenas and The Greatest Escape Motorcycle Ride Fundraiser

©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

We talked to actors Antonio Jaramillo and Clayton Cardenas about their support for “The Greatest Escape Motorcycle Ride” fundraiser for the cure of Mesothelioma and their upcoming series, Mayan MC, a spin off of Sons of Anarchy.

Steve McQueen, The Greatest Escape

Steve McQueen
The Greatest Escape

The ride is to bring awareness and support to The Pacific Mesothelioma Center, a non-profit institution who’s focused on the treatment and prevention of malignant pleural mesothelioma.

The ride is name after the 1963 film, The Greatest Escape with the late actor Steve McQueen, who was an avid rider and sport car enthusiast. McQueen died of complications of this cancer in 1980.

The event takes place on Sunday, June 4. For more information on tickets, click here.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey, Thomas Middleditch, Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, David Soren

Author Dav Pilkey, and voice actors Thomas Middleditch, Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, and director David Soren.

My son was and still is a huge fan of the Captain Underpants book series by Dav Pilkey and he still has his book collection. Now we are very excited for Dreamworks animated version. Now meet Harold (Thomas Middleditch) and George (Kevin Hart). 

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Captain Underpants BookCaptain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is based on the worldwide sensation and bestselling book series.

If you or your child are fond of the Captain Underpants book series, you’ll love this crazy imaginative movie interpretation of the books. I saw a sweet kid film about friendship and story telling.

Captain Underpants

We covered the press conference with author Dav Pilkey, and voice actors Thomas Middleditch, Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, and director David Soren. Now sit back and listen in.

The film opens in REAL 3D and Digital 3D on June 2.

Buena Vista Social Club: Adios Doc

Buena Vista Social Club: Adios

Buena Vista Social Club 1999

Buena Vista Social Club 1999

Buena Vista Social Club: AdiosI’ve been a huge fan of Cuban music especially anything Afro-Cubano. I grew up listening to acts like Beny More (one of my mom’s favorites), Arsenio Rodriguez, Celia Cruz and many more and of course, years later (late 1990s) being introduce to the wonderful talent that made up the Buena Vista Social Club. My introduction to the late Ibrahim Ferrer, Compay Segundo and Omara Portuondo was a wonderful treat for me. And watching the 1999 documentary Buena Vista Social Club by director/writer Wim Wenders, Nick Gold and musician Ry Cooder was so insightful for the time.

Now there’s a new documentary that revisits with the remaining original members and explore their contribution to the unknown history of Cuba.

The upcoming documentary Buena Vista Social Club: Adios is set against the backdrop of Cuba’s captivating musical history, listen to the story of the band, their landmark 1997 album, and the extraordinary circumstances that brought them together in theatres Friday, May 26, directed by Lucy Walker.

All Eyez On Me Official Trailer

All Eyez On MeSynopsis: All Eyez On Me chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip hop artist, actor, poet and activist, as well as his imprisonment and prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records. Against insurmountable odds, Shakur rose to become a cultural icon whose career and persona both continue to grow long after his passing.

Directed by Benny Boom. Starring Demetrius Shipp Jr. (Tupac Shakur), Danai Gurira, Annie Ilonzeh, Jamal Woolard, Dominic L. Santana, Kat Graham, and Jamie Hector. In theaters on June 16, 2017.

Today’s Fast and Quick Giveaway, The Shack !

The Shack, author William P. Young, Radha Mitchell

*Contest Closed. Thank you for participating, stay tuned for our next GIVEAWAY!

We have three copies of The Shack for three lucky winners. If you liked the book, you’ll enjoy the movie. Would you like to win a copy of The Shack? Then just click here to send us an email with your name and address. And that’s all!

We’ll draw the winner at 8P (PT), TODAY, Friday, May 26! Get GOING!

The Shack, on Digital HD now, and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand May 30.

*Blu-ray or DVD based on availability.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Jesus Figueroa, Jerry Bruckheimer, Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Men Tell No Tales, Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg, Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Benton Thwaites, Kara Scodelario, Geoffrey Rush, Keira KnightlyFinds a way to Sail Past Rough Water, Anchors Strong Ties to First Movie

By Jesus Figueroa (thisfunktional.com)

With the fourth part of Pirates of the Caribbean capsizing, Dead Men Tell No Tales pushes through with strong storylines, charismatic characters and fantastic action scenes.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales comes through with bringing in new characters and establishing them in the Pirates universe.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer had trouble bringing this new pirates movie to screen, but with the new writing directing team of carrying a passion for the movie, it comes to screen on May 26.

Bruckheimer said that everyone had a fantastic time making this movie and it shows on screen.

The directing team of Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg were thrilled yet nervous to take on such a huge franchise with a fan base that’s invested into the characters and mythology.

Getting to meet with Bruckheimer and main actor Johnny Depp got them more at ease since everyone seemed to be willing to cooperate to bring the best story possible. 

Rønning and Sandberg praised how collaborative both Bruckheimer and Depp were, yet joked about how Depp would go through the script before shooting with the directors and yet pop out with something completely different when the camera are rolling.

The story has new elements—Captain Salazar, played by Javier Bardem young cast members Henry, played by Benton Thwaites and Carina, played by Kara Scodelario.Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Jesus Figueroa, Jerry Bruckheimer, Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Men Tell No Tales, Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg, Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Benton Thwaites, Kara Scodelario, Geoffrey Rush, Keira Knightly

Their chemistry is a rough one, but effortlessly seems to fit together.

Scodelario talked about how she was surprised that Depp was so sweet and modest when she first met him, but when face to face with Jack Sparrow she had to contain her excitement.

Thwaites found himself in awe and intimidated more by Jack Sparrow than Johnny Depp, but was fascinated by the collaborative nature of Depp.

The thrill of working with Depp was what helped bring Bardem on board, since he was on set for Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and was impressed at how skilled Johnny Depp was in turning on and off the charm which makes Jack Sparrow stand out.

Returning to and finding an angle to Captain Barbosa, Geoffrey Rush couldn’t have been happier to explore Barbosa more, bring more background story and continue on with what he has called the Glam-Rock Pirate.

Rush remembered all the adventures his character has gone through and even being brought back from the dead.

There’s so much that can happen in the Pirates universe and it usually happens.

Bruckheimer talked about how there’s so much to explore in this world and each movie explores more. Even the characters have to be strong, even the female characters need to be more than one dimensional they need to be strong characters like anyone else.

Scodelario was happy to continue the strong female characters this franchise has, which Keira Knightly began in the first Pirates of the Caribbean.

The entire storyline for Dead Men Tell No Tales makes room for a sequel and will leave audiences captivated enough to look forward to exploring more from the Pirates universe.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales is out in theaters May 26.

 

Fast and Quick Giveaway, John Wick: Chapter 2 !

John Wick: Chapter 2, Keanu Reeves

*Contest Closed. Thank you for participating, stay tuned for our next GIVEAWAY!

We have three copies of the action packed John Wick: Chapter 2 for three lucky winners. Would you like to win a copy of John Wick: Chapter 2? Then just click here to send us an email with your name and address. And that’s all!

We’ll draw the winner at 6P (PT), Tuesday, May 30!

John Wick: Chapter 2 Digital HD available now, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD, out on June 13.

*Blu-ray or DVD based on availability.

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