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Last Christmas (2019)

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TRAILER OF ROM-COM “LAST CHRISTMAS” CHARMS ITS WAY TO YOUR HEARTS



Emilia Clarke (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians), Michelle Yeoh and Emma Thompson star for director Paul Feig (A Simple Favor, Spy) in Universal Pictures’ Last Christmas, a romantic comedy inspired by a George Michael beat, from a screenplay by Academy Award ®  winner Thompson (Sense and Sensibility, Bridget Jones’s Baby) and playwright Bryony Kimmings.

 

Check out the film’s international trailer below and watch Last Christmas in Philippine cinemas December 4.



Kate (Clarke) harumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Tom (Golding) seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate’s barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart … and you gotta have faith.

 

Last Christmas features the music of George Michael, including the bittersweet holiday classic of the film’s title. The film will also premiere brand new unreleased material by the legendary Grammy-winning artist, who sold more than 115 million albums and recorded 10 No. 1 singles over the course of his iconic career.

 

The film is produced by BAFTA winner David Livingstone for Calamity Films, by Emma Thompson, and by Paul Feig and Jessie Henderson for Feigco Entertainment. The film is executive produced by Sarah Bradshaw.

 

Last Christmas is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/ ; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/

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    Playdate moved up to Nov. 27
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    “LAST CHRISTMAS” -- A ROMANTIC COMEDY SET TO THE SONGS OF GEORGE MICHAEL

     

    Universal Pictures’ new romantic comedy Last Christmas features the music of George Michael, including the bittersweet holiday classic of the film’s title. The film will also premiere brand new unreleased material by the legendary Grammy-winning artist, who sold more than 115 million albums and recorded 10 No. 1 singles over the course of his iconic career.

    Approximately 10 years ago, producer David Livingstone began the development of a romantic comedy based on George Michael’s song “Last Christmas.” “It is played on repeat absolutely every year,” Livingstone says, “in every store—on every radio station—again and again. I thought it would be marvelous to turn that into a movie.”


    In turn, the producer would bring the premise to the legendary songwriter and performer Michael, who was interested in the project…on the proviso that multihyphenate Emma Thompson would become involved in its development and execution. Livingstone reached out to the Oscar® winner and asked if she would be interested in penning the script based on the lyrics of Andrew Ridgeley and Michael’s smash.


    Thompson admits that she wasn’t sure how big of a story Livingstone’s idea was. “At first, I told him I’d think about it,” Thompson says. “I kept thinking about the song, how I’ve never written a proper romantic comedy, and how I could interpret this.”


    Early on, during Thompson’s conversations with George Michael, they discussed what she was considering and where she hoped to go with his classic music as inspiration. “I went and talked to George about it, and I had a wonderful afternoon with him; this was at least two years before he died,” Thompson says. “He was a very kind man who loved the idea of the story…and elements of it that were socially conscious because he was always very involved in that. I loved him, and I thought I’d love to work with him and be part of this.”


    During the development of the screenplay, on Christmas Day 2016, Michael tragically died. Not only was the world devastated to lose such an epic voice, but the creative team developing Last Christmas also wondered if the premise was meant to ever come to fruition. “George knew the outline for the story, but he never had the opportunity to read the script,” Livingstone says. “It felt like we had something that was quite magical, but we had nowhere to go with it—until one day Greg, Emma’s other half, bumped into David Austin, George’s friend and manager. David reignited the project. We set up a meeting with Emma, and he played us some new music from George that no one had ever heard. It was incredibly exciting; it gave us all impetus. We had a great script, and it was something that honored him.”


    Livingstone was pleased to see that an idea he’d hatched so long ago was finally starting to see the light, in an elevated way he never could have fathomed. “This is a romantic comedy, but it’s not just that,” Livingstone says. “There’s more beneath the surface and behind the twinkly lights. Audiences will feel completely entranced, recognizing this is a bigger story than what it seems.”


    In Philippine cinemas November 27, Last Christmas is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.


  • sounds interesting, tnx for reviews!
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     HENRY GOLDING GIVES HEART TO SOMEONE SPECIAL IN

     “LAST CHRISTMAS” 

     

    Henry Golding exploded onto the leading-man scene in the film world in 2018 playing roles ranging from the Prince Charming of Asia (Crazy Rich Asians) to a dark and mysterious murder suspect (A Simple Favor), and, in Universal Pictures’ new romantic comedy Last Christmas, a quirky guy enchanting his love interest.


    In Last Christmas, Kate (Emilia Clarke) harrumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Tom (Golding) seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate’s barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart … and you gotta have faith.

    Director Paul Feig, who last collaborated with Golding in A Simple Favor, was more than pleased to be working with his leading man once again. “Henry is Tom,” Feig says. “I wanted to show that funny, charming side of him. When Henry came onboard, I told him to just be himself. It was that lightness of spirit that he has in real life that I wanted to shine through in Tom, and he has just done an incredible job.”

    Clarke talks about their characters’ interplay, as well as sharing the screen with Golding. “The relationship that Kate has with Tom is not love at first sight. These two are butting heads a bit; it’s very witty,” Clarke says. “It’s only toward the end of the film that you start to see both have an objective, and we understand how that has brought them together. Henry is incredibly open as an actor, generous and funny, so it has been a pleasure.”

    Set in December 2017, in the wake of the Brexit vote, the film touches on the deeply human element of the turmoil, and the price strangers pay. “The script is clever at highlighting all these social aspects,” Golding says. “Like the struggles with homelessness and how we can play our part in helping; the fact that sometimes they just need a chance and a helping hand. Everyone has their strengths, and sometimes you just need somebody to shine that spotlight.”

    Indeed, the actor related to this tale of passion and loss. “This story is layered with comedy, love and colorful characters,” Golding says. “It dives into the importance of being present, taking in your surroundings and interacting with those around you.”

    Golding appreciated the chance to play an enigmatic man—one who is charming, but also frustrating to the woman falling in love with him. “Tom is the kind of guy who everyone wants to hang out with,” he says. “He’s present and enjoys walking around London, looking up at the architecture and the history. He’s a breath of fresh air and has a joyous spring in his step. When Tom enters the story, he helps Kate reach her potential. He teaches Kate about loving herself and to ‘look up.’ He shows her the importance of being present, opening up and living the best life she can.

    “Tom and Kate are like yin and yang,” Golding continues. “As the story progresses, they come together and see each other within themselves. They both develop a much deeper understanding of one another. Tom understands Kate’s pain and struggles with her family and tries to guide her in finding the good in the world.”

    Reflecting upon his hopes for the audience experiencing the film that’s been a labor of love, Golding says: “Everybody in front of the camera and behind the scenes has put so much heart into this. The script itself is beautiful in so many aspects—from teaching life lessons to giving you a slap around the face. The big message is to be present, be here, be nurtured, be loved.”

    In Philippine cinemas November 27, Last Christmas is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/ ; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/. Use the hashtag #LastChristmas.   

     

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    “LAST CHRISTMAS” USHERS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH SNEAKS NOV 18 & 19

     



    Have yourself a merry, little romantic comedy this holiday season as Universal Pictures’ Last Christmas holds whole-day special advance screenings on November 18 & 19 in selected cinemas nationwide. 

    Tickets to the sneaks will be at regular admission prices.  Unwrap this early Christmas gift and check out the social pages of your favorite cinemas for the screening schedules.


    Opening wide across the Philippines on November 27, Last Christmas stars Emilia Clarke (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians), Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Emma Thompson (Love, Actually) and is directed by director Paul Feig (A Simple Favor, Spy).  The film is inspired by a George Michael beat, from a screenplay by Academy Award ®winner Thompson (Sense and Sensibility, Bridget Jones’s Baby) and playwright Bryony Kimmings.


    In the film, Kate (Clarke) harumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Tom (Golding) seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate’s barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart … and you gotta have faith.


    Last Christmas features the music of George Michael, including the bittersweet holiday classic of the film’s title. The film will also premiere brand new unreleased material by the legendary Grammy-winning artist, who sold more than 115 million albums and recorded 10 No. 1 singles over the course of his iconic career.


    Last Christmas is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.


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     AS “SANTA,” MICHELLE YEOH REVEALS FUNNY SIDE IN “LAST CHRISTMAS” 



     

    Coming off the success of Crazy Rich Asians, legendary Asian superstar Michelle Yeoh stars as “Santa,” the wistful-yet-stern store-owner of Yuletide Wonderful where Emilia Clarke’s Kate works,  in Universal Pictures’ new romantic comedy Last Christmas.


    In Last Christmas, Kate (Clarke) harrumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Tom (Henry Golding) seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate’s barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart … and you gotta have faith.


    “Santa” is Kate’s firm-but-fair boss at the Yuletide Wonderful store. Whatever her birth name, “Santa,” is the name she has taken for herself, at least in her store. “Santa is Kate’s boss at a year-round Christmas shop,” Clarke says. “Santa is a bit sly, sarcastic and has a very particular taste in Christmas decorations. She looks out for Kate but doesn’t let her get away with anything. They have a tough-love relationship.”

    Director Paul Feig is a huge fan of Michelle Yeoh and was thrilled to learn she’d accepted the role. “Honestly, the first person I cast when I read this script was Michelle. I was 10 pages in reading the Santa role and realized it was the perfect fit. What is great is I get to show Michelle being funny. She never plays that on screen, so I was delighted. Santa is a wonderful character. She is a hard-working woman who absolutely loves Christmas, and she has turned it into this amazing business. The Yuletide Wonderful shop is so overblown, but it’s still classy. She sells junk, and she sells beautiful stuff. She is Santa.”

    Much like Kate, Santa is a survivor, and that “can-do” attitude quite spoke to the actress when she was considering the part. “Santa wants to make a good life for herself, no matter where she’s working,” Yeoh says. “When she worked at the pet store, she called herself ‘Kitty.’ At the health-food store, she was ‘Miso.’ When she worked at the bakery, she went by ‘Muffin.’ Now, working at a Christmas shop, it seems appropriate that she call herself ‘Santa.’

    “Santa is devoted to her shop and has little time for anything else, but she has a soft spot for Kate or, whom she calls her, ‘Elf,’” Yeoh continues. “Kate is lazy, forgetful and doesn’t take responsibility for anything, but she can sell things off the shelf like no one’s business. Santa is like a big sister to Kate, and she won’t let her get away with anything,” Yeoh says. “They have quite a heartwarming relationship and watch each other’s backs.”

    Almost at her wit’s end with the world’s worst employee, Santa is willing to give Kate one final chance. Santa notices a change in her formerly worthless No. 1 elf when Kate meets a mysterious stranger. “Santa thinks that Tom is a good guy,” Yeoh says. “She thinks he’s wise and sensible and feels like that’s the type of person that Kate needs in her life. Ultimately, Tom helps Kate feel good about herself and to see the wonderful things that surround her every day.”

    Yeoh also appreciated that her character has a whirlwind love story of her own—when she meets the enigmatic Dane (Peter Mygind) whom she simply calls “Boy”—and wasn’t simply relegated to uplifting the romantic leads. “Santa is very pragmatic, single-minded and focused on her Christmas shop,” Yeoh says. “She’s very ‘by the book,’ career wise, but when she meets a man who excites her, she doesn’t quite know how to react. Luckily, Kate comes to the rescue and pushes these two unlikely characters together; that helps their love blossom.”

    Feig’s passion for London is being captured in Last Christmas, and Yeoh likewise feels the city to be magic during the holidays. In fact, she attended school in London years prior. “Christmastime is special because it revolves around family, love and giving,” Yeoh says. “This film illustrates Kate’s journey in finding the value of loving others and, most importantly, learning to love herself.”

    In Philippine cinemas November 27, Last Christmas is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/ ; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/. Use the hashtag #LastChristmas.   

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     EMILIA CLARKE DISPLAYS SINGING PROWESS IN “LAST CHRISTMAS” 

     

    She recently wrapped the final season of the HBO award-winning series Game of Thrones where she played the lead role of Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons.  Now, Emilia Clarke lights up the screen as the aspiring singer Kate, in Universal Pictures’ new romantic comedy Last Christmas.

    Last Christmas Featurette | Emilia Sings


    In Last Christmas, Kate (Clarke) harrumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Tom (Henry Golding) seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate’s barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart … and you gotta have faith.

    Discovering Clarke could sing was a bonus for director Paul Feig. “I lucked out on that one,” Feig says. “She has got such a pure voice, and it’s been so fun to see her explore it. She has an absolutely beautiful voice, but in our movie, she plays it down. This is not about Kate becoming a pop star; it’s about her getting back the one thing that made her truly happy.”

    What drew Clarke to the role was the pure-of-heart spirit of the holiday tale. “Emma Thompson wrote this story with such care and truth,” Clarke says. “She understands the complexity of human nature and has intertwined that knowledge throughout. This story celebrates the uncertainties, scary moments and beauties of being a human being.” She pauses. “This film is a love letter to anyone who has ever felt confused or lost at times in their lives,” Clarke says. “It lends a hopeful message that it’s alright to feel this way and that you’ll soon come to know yourself.”

    The performer introduces us to where we find her character. “Kate is a young woman living in London who’s a bit confused, lost and anchorless,” Clarke says. “As the story develops, the turbulent journey that she’s been through becomes clear. Although there were a few boulders along the way, she ultimately meets someone who helps her see a new perspective of life.”  

    Regarding the juxtaposition of Kate and the character’s love interest, Clarke says: “Tom and Kate have a classic meet cute. Tom embodies someone who just has it together. Kate is quite the opposite—constantly drunk, hungover, falling over and breaking things.”

    It was a bit of life imitating art for Clarke when she learned of Last Christmas’ message. As a child, her granddad reminded her to “look up,” and take blinders off to see the world so many of us just take for granted. “One of the central themes of this film is the idea of ‘looking up,’” Clarke says. “It speaks to the importance of opening up, being aware of your surroundings and taking a moment to smell the roses of the world you’re living in.”

    In Philippine cinemas November 27, Last Christmas is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures

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