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ALITA: Battle Angel (2019)

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edited November 2018 in International Movies
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Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) create a groundbreaking new heroine in “Alita: Battle Angel,” an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment as revealed in its Teaser Trailer

Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Maze Runner’s Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.

A 20TH Century Fox feature film, “Alita: Battle Angel” will open July 2018 in PH cinemas to be distributed by Warner Bros.


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    edited November 2018




    Visionary filmmakers James Cameron and Jon Landau (Avatar, Titanic) push the boundaries of filmmaking technology anew in their latest groundbreaking film “Alita: Battle Angel” that stars a multi-talented cast composed of Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Skrein, Mahershala Ali, Jackie Earle, Michelle Rodriguez, Keean Johnson, Lana Condor and Jorge Lendeborg, Jr.


                   “Alita: Battle Angel” is set in a dystopian future where a teenage cyborg girl’s core, Alita (Salazar) has been rescued from a scrapyard by a grieving compassionate cyber-doctor, Ido (Waltz).  Repaired with a new body that the doctor has built for his own daughter who died before its completion, Alita wakes up with no memory of who she is or where she came from.  As Alita discovers her past, that she was created at a time when technology is far more advanced than the present-day world she woke up to, she finds herself in collision with powerful cyborgs who wants her dead because her existence threatens the natural order of things.

                   Defying expectations in an entirely new world, “Alita: Battle Angel”  showing inn 2 019 in Philippine cinemas from 20th Century Fox. 

  • forgforg Administrator PEx Moderator
    edited November 2018


                    The cinemas are set for the latest powerful collaboration of highly-respected filmmakers James Cameron, Jon Landau and Robert Rodriguez in another yet unparalleled cinematic experience in “Alita: Battle Angel” in 2019.

                    20th Century Fox has just released its Battle Ready Trailer (20th Century Fox PH Facebook page and 20thcenturyfoxph YouTube channel). 


                    Opening soon in 2019 in PH cinemas, based on Yukito Kishiro’s classic Manga series, “Alita: Battle Angel” is set in the 26th century, 300 years after the Great Wars when all but one of the great Sky Cities fell and technology was set back centuries. It’s a story about a cyborg girl named Alita (Rosa Salazar) whose cyber core, having been discarded from the Sky City above, is rescued from a Scrapyard by a grieving father, Ido (Christoph Waltz). She is repaired with a new doll-­like cyber-­body that Ido built long ago for his paraplegic daughter. Tragically, the daughter died before Ido finished making the body. Alita, in many ways, represents a second chance at fatherhood for Ido.


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                Global pop singing sensation and 2019 double Grammy nominee Dua Lipa, will co-write and perform a new single, “Swan Song,” for Twentieth Century Fox’s Alita: Battle Angel, the epic action-adventure from producers James Cameron and Jon Landau (Avatar) and director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City). The film will be released in Philippine cinemas on February 6.

                “From the moment we saw her video for ‘New Rules,’ we knew that Dua Lipa would be the perfect artist to do a song for Alita: Battle Angel,” commented Producer Jon Landau.  “She has the kick-***** strength, power and attitude in her performances that Alita embodies in the movie.  Jim, Robert and I are thrilled to have her onboard and are confident she will make 'Swan Song' the perfect inspiring and empowering anthem for our film.”

                Said Lipa, “I am intrigued at both Alita herself, and the amazing team of creators that came together to make this movie possible. I see a little of myself in her, in both her badass spirit and our shared haircut. Alita is all about empowerment and standing up for who you are, which are two things that resonate with me.”

                “Swan Song” was written by Justin Tranter, Kennedi Lykken, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson, Tom Holkenborg and Dua Lipa.

                Alita: Battle Angel stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson. The screenplay was written by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis, based upon the graphic novel (“Manga”) series “GUNNM”  by Yukito Kishiro.

                With the release of her self-titled debut album on Warner Bros. Records, London born, Kosovo raised Dua Lipa has won over the hearts of fans and press alike. The songs on Dua Lipa announced the arrival of a new force in pop—irresistible on the dance floor, thoughtful under closer inspection, constantly discovering creative possibilities. Her critically acclaimed debut made everyone’s “best of” list, from The FADER to Rolling Stone to Time Magazine. Her power anthem “New Rules” reached #1 on the Top 40 chart, and broke the longstanding record for consecutive weeks on the Billboard Pop Songs Chart. The video for the song went viral and made her the youngest female solo artist to reach 1 billion views on YouTube. She was consistently the most streamed female artist on Spotify and in the top 5 globally this past year. Dua Lipa sold over 3 million copies, with singles reaching 40 million sold. Most recently, Dua received Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Dance Recording for “Electricity” (with Silk City featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson), and made BRIT Award history becoming the first woman artist to pick up five nominations, taking home the awards for British Breakthrough Act and British Female Solo Artist.

    Official Synopsis

                From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she’s grown to love.

    About Twentieth Century Fox Film
                One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world.  These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of Twentieth Century Fox Film: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Fox Family.

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    edited January 2019


    in cinemas on February 6 (2D, 3D, 3D IMAX) 

      “Alita: Battle Angel” represents a landmark collaboration between two of the best filmmakers working today. Originated (and produced) by James Cameron, the movie has Robert Rodriguez writing and directing a story that adapts Yukito Kishiro’s beloved Manga.

                    The movie brings the audience in a devastated future world, where society is split between the haves, who exist on the shining city of Zalem, floating above the Earth’s surface, and the have-nots, who must eke out a hardscrabble living in the Iron City, a place where Zalem dumps its garbage. It’s here that cyborg scientist Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) discovers the frame of a mechanoid young woman. As Alita (Rosa Salazar) figures out who she really is and what she’s meant for, the world will never be the same again.

                    When he was alerted to the existence of Yukito Kishiro’s classic manga series Battle Angel Alita, Cameron immediately figured it was something that he could use to fuel a new cinematic experience. The story of a young female cyborg discovered and rebuilt by the scientist who will become her father figure, it’s set in a unique, futuristic world of haves and have-nots. And it offered him the chance to explore one of his favourite themes: a complex, relatable female character, whose emotional core brings us on a journey through a seemingly strange world.

                    Approached by Cameron and producer Jon Landau, director Rodriguez took a meeting with them, and had a chance to see the animatics and artwork that they had produced to show the possibilities for the story. In true Cameron style, it wasn’t simply a few Power Point slides, but a fully-realised story reel with visuals drawn from their various design departments. Compelled by the story itself, and the possibilities for the movie he could make. Rodriguez asked if he could take over working on it, starting with reducing the hefty original size of the script. “He had a great character story. What Jim does best is spectacle, big action, things you've never seen before, really huge world-building but with the characters and stories that really affect you. There was a great love story in it, a father-daughter story, and I'm a father. I tried to just make sure all that was in there.

                    From 20th Century Fox, step into the latest unparalleled immersive experience when “Alita: Battle Angel” opens February 6 in cinemas nationwide.  Available in 2D and best seen in 3D and IMAX 3D screens.

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                   From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City), comes “Alita: Battle Angel,”  an epic adventure of hope and empowerment, based upon the Manga graphic novel series by Yukito Kishiro. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyberphysician who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg core is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city, headed by Vector (Mahershala Ali), come after Ido and Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities ingrained in her that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she’s grown to love.

       No decision was needed to bring Weta Digital on board Alita: Battle Angel; it was simply a given.  From the lush wonders of Pandora in Avatar to Gollum in Lord of the Rings to the sentient primates of Planet of the Apes, Weta has propelled nearly every performance-capture milestone of the last two decades. In particular, spurred largely by Cameron’s aspirations for Avatar, Weta has revolutionized real-time digital capture of the human face, allowing for an actor’s natural expressions to be fully mapped and translated—the stuff of raw emotions intact—into CG animation. They remain the leaders of the field. 
                   Says Cameron, “Weta still does the best facial animation of anybody out there—the most human, the most alive, the most emotional.  So many other houses are trying to catch up, but Weta remains in front. I knew they had to do Alita, because you have to believe in her even in the tightest close-ups.” 

                   Weta has kept surging forward since Avatar. Every aspect of their distinctive process has progressed, from more efficient workflows to more versatile digital lighting to an improved ability to simulate muscles and skin. This was all vital to infusing Salazar’s performance into Alita’s CG body and to blending the blistering action and emotional drama that had to feel equally real in the visuals. 
                   Weta’s knowledge and command of the human face has also become deeper with every production.  “I’ve worked with digital faces on many films, but I’ve never seen faces like these,” says animation supervisor Mike Cozens, who also worked on Avatar.   
                   For Alita, Weta orchestrated a new level of CG facial sophistication. Explains Eric Saindon, visual effects supervisor for Weta and a two-time Oscar® nominee for The Hobbit series: “We’re now able to work at the level of the facial musculature—so it’s no longer about just moving the surface skin but moving the underlying muscles. You can see it in how the movements of Alita’s face look so much like Rosa’s. We spent hundreds and hundreds of hours just working with Alita’s mouth, because what makes even a big action scene work is getting the most human expressions and Rosa has a very expressive face.” 


                   He continues: “We’re also constantly working on the performance capture system to get higher and higher fidelity, so there are many little subtleties you see in Alita that you wouldn’t have seen in Avatar or Planet of the Apes. It’s those little natural details that create that extra feeling of life.”  
                   There was also zero doubt going in that the film would be shot in native 3D. “The best 3D is native 3D, you can’t just convert it later,” says Cameron. “Luckily, Robert had shot native 3D before, so he was completely familiar with the rigs and how they work.”
                   Rodriguez was indeed familiar with the basics, but he was exhilarated by how systems have leapt ahead. “The advances have been incredible over the last few years. I even forgot at times we were shooting with 3D cameras on Alita because they don’t slow you down at all anymore,” he says. 
                   Both Cameron and Rodriguez share the view that 3D is just another tool in the filmmaker’s toolbox—a powerfully immersive tool but still in service to the storytelling. Editor Stephen Rivkin, an Oscar® nominee for Avatar, sums up: “Jim has always maintained that 3D must be an element of the story and not the star of the story.”
                   “Alita: Battle Angel” opens February 6 in cinemas nationwide (available in 2D, 3D and 3D IMAX) in PH from 20th Century Fox. 
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    26TH Century Action in “ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL”
    Motorball Clip Reveal 


                    20th Century Fox releases a high-adrenaline clip from the upcoming sci-fi epic action-adventure movie “Alita: Battle Angel” where Alita, played by Rosa Salazar tries out for the dangerous motorball sport.

                    Follow links: 20th Century Fox PH - FB  and  20thcenturyfoxph YouTube for the motorball clip debut!
                    With an intro message from producer James Cameron, the Motorball clip features the one obsession that unites the people of Iron City in “Alita: Battle Angel”. Motorball is a gladiatorial sport whose champions are the heroes of an otherwise desperate city. The game takes place on rocket-propelled wheels, as hulking cyborgs fitted with chains, spikes, blades and armor race at 100-mph through the hairpin turns of a trap-filled track designed to damage cyborg parts. Those who win at Motorball not only attain rock star status in Iron City but a chance to ascend to Zalem forever. Producer Jon Landau describes Motorball as “NASCAR meets WWF meets MMA on steroids.”  

                    Everyone in Iron City watches Motorball. Kids play street Motorball, which is how Alita is first introduced to the sport. Later, with her Berserker body, Alita tries out for the 2nd League – the “minors” of Iron City Motorball. “It’s all new to Alita but she eventually becomes the LeBron James of Motorball,” says Salazar. “I really like that, because the cyborg guys are like, ‘look at all my bells and whistles.’ And she takes them all down.”

                    Art director Todd Holland became the in-house expert on the fictional sport, expanding from the Manga’s inspiration to come up with scoring and rules. “Motorball is not about shooting into an end goal or a hoop—it’s about possession,” Holland explains. “The longer you’re in possession of the ball, the more points you score.  There are seven person teams, but there is also a more cutthroat version which is everybody pitted against each other, which is what Alita experiences in her tryouts.” 

                     What Alita believes will just be a low-key audition turns into an all-out, life-or-death chase. Rodriguez had the whole team watch race car movies to inspire the scene’s whiplash camerawork but once things fly off the track, there were no precursors for this kind of action. “The Motorball chase is one of my favorites,” says director Robert Rodriguez. “The action’s already blistering when Motorball is just a game, but things quickly turn from a game to a hunt sequence as the cyborgs try to annihilate Alita.”

                    “Alita: Battle Angel” opens February 6 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox.  The movie will be available in 2D, 3D and  3D IMAX screens.
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    Breaks into more than 300 screens nationwide (PH) on its opening day - February 6


                    The big-screen cinematic spectacle “Alita: Battle Angel” lands in PH cinemas with its special sneak previews on February 5 (starting at 7:00pm) in more than 200 screens and will continue to break into more than 300 screens the following day, February 6 for its highly-anticipated nationwide opening. 


    The latest never-before-seen immersive cinematic experience, “Alita: Battle Angel” transports the audience into a series of adrenaline-injected action in a world of unbridled imagination from the eyes of a new young heroine and her journey of discovery at its core. 


    Produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau, who gave the world two of the highest grossing films of all-time (Avatar, Titanic), and directed by acclaimed Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Sin City),  “Alita: Battle Angel” stars a multi-generational talented and award-winning cast that includes Rosa Salazar in the title role, multi-Academy Award winning actor Christoph Waltz, Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly,  Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jorge Lendeborg Jr.,  Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson, Eiza González and Lana Condor.


    Jump into an all-new level of cinematic experience starting February 5 when “Alita: Battle Angel” arrives in cinemas nationwide!  Available in 2D, 3D and 3D IMAX screens. 


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  • AriaGMAriaGM Encantado PEx Moderator
    Showing na 'to bukas! :triumph: Excited kahit na mababa ang early reviews ng Rotten Tomatoes.
  • pabziclespabzicles Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    edited February 2019
    See it in biggest screen possible. Entirely made for cinematic experience. Top notch world building and perfect visual effects, Rodriguez made some impressive action sequences and unique tracking shots. The only downside is its compression of multiple storylines left hanging because it was designed to have a sequel. 

    Overall, I'll give it 4/5.
  • Mans147Mans147 Member Volleyball Vanguard
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    Rotten tomatoes and the critics are wrong. Medyo bitin but fulfilling enough to merit a must see and a must see again. 4.33/5
  • MasterVaderMasterVader 신진해 PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ok lang siya tbh. Di lang masyadong feel yung central conflict
  • AriaGMAriaGM Encantado PEx Moderator
    Agree sa lahat ng comments! Kainis lang dahil bitin! The movie needs more support from fans and hit the $300M benchmark to make the sequel possible.
  • pabziclespabzicles Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    edited February 2019
    @AriaGM let's hope, it will. China's support will help it greatly.

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