Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Coverage of Movie The Man with the Iron Fists

Last January 28, 2013, I covered the Philippine premiere screening of the movie "The Man with the Iron Fists" at the Robinson Magnolia Mall Cinemas.

Here are some of the photos and fan reactions.



Yours truly, Ted Claudio

I enjoyed the movie because it is action-packed Kung-fu movie!  I highly recommend the movie if you are into Hong Kong style martial arts movies.

I rate it 4 out 4 for it's entertainment value.

The movie is showing from January 30th 2013 onwards.

See you at the movies!


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Jamie Chung as Lady Silk in the Man with the Iron Fists



The Hangover Part II’s Jamie Chung plays Lady Silk in ‘The Man With Iron Fists’.  Producer Marc Abraham explains Lady Silk’s role in the action-adventure: “To buy the freedom of his beloved prostitute, the Blacksmith does what he has to do and builds weapons for bad guys.  He’s not proud of it, but he’s justified it.  In the end, he decides to free himself from all this and to do the right thing: to destroy those weapons and the people who have forced him to make them, and to hopefully free the woman he loves.  Ultimately, Jamie’s character is in love with him, but not so much that she would sacrifice her freedom.  She wants wealth, power and to get out.  She’s used him to some degree, but he’s touched her.” 

What did you think of the script when you first read it?

To be honest, when I first read the script, I didn’t quite get it.  Then I met with RZA and I was totally sold on it once I saw his vision.

What was it about RZA that convinced you to be in THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS?

His enthusiasm. This is something he has wanted to do for his entire life. When he finally got the chance to do it, he partnered up with all of his buddies. You couldn’t say no to something like this.

Who is Lady Silk? 

She is kind of the driving force for RZA’s character, the Blacksmith, because he needs a reason to make all these weapons and save all this money. In a way, she gets the torch passed on from Madame Blossom, Lucy Liu’s character, and is the next one inline as part of Madame Blossom’s sort of female society, known as the Black Widows.

What do you like about your character?

I like that she is seductive, but at the same time very selective. She is only with the Blacksmith.

Were you a fan of martial arts movies before getting involved in THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS?

I grew up watching films like Bruce Lee’s ENTER THE DRAGON. To be honest, I wasn’t very familiar with many of the vintage kung fu movies that RZA put me up to, but I’m glad he did!

What do you believe RZA’s vision has added to the martial arts genre?

We have recently seen beautiful ballet-style martial arts films like CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON but they are nothing like this movie. THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS has resurrected a new style of cinema.

Quentin Tarantino has been involved in this project. How would you compare THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS to his previous work?

People can compare it to Quentin’s previous work, but THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS is kind of its own thing. Everything about this movie is just so cool!

And what can you say of Eli Roth’s role as a screenwriter and a producer?

Eli is lovely. He is quite the character and was really important to have on set. I believe Eli, being an experienced director, was able to help RZA stay on track. He knew what shots he needed and how to handle the logistics.

Speaking of the logistics, were you impressed with the sets in China?

They were beautiful, representing old-school China. For instance, the set decorators took an abandoned building and turned it into Madame Blossom’s House of Ladies.

So, what was the experience of being in Shanghai like?

Shanghai is an amazing port city and it’s quite eclectic. Everyone speaks English and there are lots of cultures. We stayed in a little town west of Shanghai where no one spoke English, so we spent a lot of time together, even though we tried to sneak into the city whenever we could.

Hong Kong director and legend Corey Yuen designed the fight sequences.  How was it to work with Corey?

I have done stunt work before. There were so many professional fighters on this movie so it was easy to catch on.  I was really impressed with Lucy Liu because she barely had any time to rehearse her stunts and she killed it!

What can you say about Lucy Liu?

She is so beautiful, talented and such a true artist. I aspire to be like her.

And how was Russell Crowe?

I barely got to work with him, but that was perfect because his character is quite intimidating, though very charming.

RZA wrote, shot and starred in THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS as the Blacksmith. Do you think that was a lot to tackle on his directorial debut?

You’re talking about a gentleman. RZA is absolutely lovely! And it’s interesting because he is so confident and outgoing on screen, but then very Zen and shy in real life. He has so much going on in his head that you have to trust him because there is a reason for everything he does.

What was the energy like on set then?

Yes, there was a lot of joking around. Every day was an adventure!

And what did you think of the film when you saw it finished?

I thought, “RZA, if I ever questioned you, please forgive me because this is everything thing you said it would be and cooler!”

Did you enjoy the music?

I think it’s fantastic! RZA has some incredible people collaborating in the soundtrack. He has worked with so many great artists in the past, that to finally ask for that favor back for his own film was pretty amazing.

What have you taken back from this whole experience?

I am just in awe with how well it all came together!

“The Man With The Iron Fists” is released and distributed by United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corp.

Showing on January 30. Nationwide!!


Monday, January 21, 2013

My Completed Project for Eric Kim in Manila Intermediate/Advance Street Photography Workshop

Last January 18 to 20, 2013, I attended Eric Kim in Manila Intermediate / Advance Street Photography workshop which was organized by Litratista sa Daan.

As part of the assignments, we are ask to do a photography project with a theme.  As part of the workshop, Eric Kim taught us how to do photography projects in addition to other topics like advance composition techniques.

I decided to do something different. I decided to shoot photos of with a viewpoint pointing down of things below the belt.

Here is a slideshow of the completed project.

Me with Eric Kim awarding the certificate of completion

I really learned a lot from the workshop and experience how to shoot for a photography project. I will be using what I learned from the workshop to do a bigger project that I can publish in the future.

I would like to thank Dr. Ron Hipolito for sponsoring me for this workshop, big thanks Doc. See you soon in the streets of Manila!


Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Man with The Iron Fist


The Man with The Iron Fist

Presented by Quentin Tarantino, the action-adventure is inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth. Making his debut as a big-screen director and leading man, RZA-alongside a stellar international cast led by Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu and Wrestler Superstar Dave Bautista- tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero in nineteenth-century China who must unite to destroy the clan traitor who would destroy them all.

Since his arrival in China's Jungle Village, the town's blacksmith has been forced by radical tribal factions to create elaborate tools of destruction. When the clans' brewing war boils over, the stranger channels an ancient energy to transform himself into a human weapon. As he fights alongside iconic heroes and against soulless villains, one man must harness this power to become savior of his adopted people.

‘The Man with The Iron Fist’ is released and distributed by United Intl. Pictures through Solar Entertainment . Corp.

Credits: Photo and Press release provided by Solar Entertainment Corp.


Coverage of Les Miserables Movie Premiere Night

Last January 14, 2013, I was hired again to be the official event photographer for the premiere of Les Miserables the movie at the SM Cinemas at SM Megamall.  Aside from being the official event photographer, I was there as well as a blogger. Thank you Solar Entertainment Corporation.

It was a most awaited premiere in the Philippines.  The movie Les Miserables won 3 Golden Globes awards for Best Musical or Comedy movie, Hugh Jackman for Best Actor and Anne Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress.

I enjoyed the movie as did the people at the premiere with everyone clapping after the movie ended!
I would rate the movie 4 out of 5 and highly recommend everyone to see it. It was a long movie, almost 3 hours movie but really worth your time.

Here are some of the photos and videos of the coverage of the premiere night.


Solar Entertainment Corporation President Wilson Tieng Speech at the Premiere Night


Blogger FPJ of Manual to Lyf

Blogger Azrael Coladilla of Azrael's Merryland


Boots Anson Roa with Family

Robert Rivera (Middle), office in charge and acting president for RPN 9

Brillante Mendoza (left), Director of Thy Womb at the premiere

Solar Entertainment Corporation Executives and Staff

Slide Show:

More photos can be found at Waz Up Philippines Facebook Page.

BONUS VIDEO:  The Live Performance of the selection of the songs with Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, Christian Bautista, Karylle and other performers at the initial premiere


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Amanda Seyfried is Beloved Cossette in “Les Miserables”

Here is a press release from Solar Entertainment Corporation about an interview with Amanda Seyfried who played the beloved role of Cossette in the movie version of  "Les Miserables".


Amanda Seyfried is Beloved Cossette in “Les Miserables”

Set against the backdrop of violent political unrest in 19th century France, Les Misérables, based on Victor Hugo’s classic 1862 novel, is an epic story of broken dreams and unrequited love. And although there have been more than 30 film and television productions based on Hugo’s novel, there has never been a film of Les Misérables, the musical until now.

Ms Seyfried plays the grown up Cosette who, as a child, was adopted by Jean Valjean, played by Hugh Jackman, a former prisoner who has re-built his life with a different identity.

Questions and Answer follows:

You’ve made a musical before, Mamma Mia!. How does it compare to working on Les Mis?

I have to say Mamma Mia! was a piece of cake compared to this. It was hard, but we pre-recorded all the music and I didn’t have to sound perfect, and it wasn’t classical in the way that Les Mis is classical. And classical is so much harder. I was singing pop music in Mamma Mia! and pop music is a dream compared to this. However, when you get it right, that classical sound, it feels different and it feels wonderful. I loved singing opera when I was young and this reminds me of that.

Did you work with a voice coach to prepare for Les Mis?

Yes, Claire Underwood. And she is one of the reasons that I got this movie. She has been so supportive and just a dream to work with. I’ve also been working with Liz Caplan who is based in New York. She listened to me sing all of the time and I’m sure it was frustrating for her at times but she never lets on, she was always so encouraging, saying things like, ‘you are amazing!’ She has this scientific knowledge and is so in tune with the body and how it works, she’s like a scientist. Actually, she’s more like a magician and I don’t know where I would have been without her. She really helped me so much.

How many times have you seen Les Mis?

Twice. The second time was when we were rehearsing and I went to see the London show. But I could see it over and over again because it’s one of those shows that you become addicted to. You get something different from it each time – there are different nuances, different feelings. And that’s why we had to sing this live because it’s not like an Abba song, something that could be pre-recorded, with this it’s all about being in the moment and giving it a different feel with each take. Les Mis is such a great musical for actors.

What was your reaction when you heard that you would be singing every take live?

I thought, ‘God, this is going to be so hard..’ But I knew why Tom wanted to do it that way because the performance on the day comes through, the vulnerability of your voice comes through and that’s all part of it. Obviously you don’t want the vocals to be flat or sharp but we have so much freedom with it and it’s all about acting, too, rather than just miming to a pre-record.

The young Cosette

You loved the role of Eponine when you were a child. But you’re playing Cosette…

Yes, I auditioned for Cosette. I can’t sing Eponine, I wish I could but I can’t. And for my audition I worked on Rue Plumet and A Heart Full of Love and I won’t lie because I felt that first tape was weak. I think they said that I was having trouble in that register and I was. And I respected the way that they cast this film – they are very serious about it and so they should be. They saw everybody and that’s the fairest way to do it. And I was like, ‘OK, I’ll try harder..’ And I kept working. And I love a fight (laughs). I really do. And being in this is my absolute dream and I can’t imagine anything else that I want to do more than this. And I think all of us feel the same way – all of us are Les Mis nerds! (laughs). So I kept doing my lessons and working really hard. And later I met Tom in Los Angeles and Tom explained to me that it was about the acting, the soul and the flavour of the piece and he saw something in me that he believed in, thankfully.

How did you find out that you had the role?

I was at home and I missed a call from Tom. It was near Christmas and I was like, ‘why is Tom Hooper calling me? What’s going on?’ And I called him back and he said, ‘my Christmas present to you is that you’ve got the job..’ I was absolutely thrilled, as you can imagine. It really was the best Christmas present ever. And I don’t take it lightly. It’s an honour to be in this film.

Tell me about Cosette…

Cosette is the adopted daughter of Jean Valjean, played by the lovely Hugh Jackman, our hero. He plucked her from this terrible, terrible situation. Cosette is an orphan and her mother, Fantine died when she was tiny. Valjean knew Fantine and he finds her in this awful situation and he adopts her and brings her up as his own child. I play Cosette when she is older and Valjean is still very protective of her. She doesn’t really have any friends but they have an amazing relationship and it’s quite a complicated dynamic because she’s a bit like his mother, his sister, his wife and his child but it works, they love each other. But she’s had this kind of secluded life and then she’s out one day coming back from church and that’s when her journey really starts because she meets Marius, played by Eddie Redmayne, and she falls in love. It’s the beginnings of romantic love and it’s confusing because she’s never felt like that before. In our story, Cosette really represents hope and innocence and she’s the source of light in Les Misérables. It’s wonderful to play that but it also feels like a huge responsibility.

You mentioned Hugh as Jean Valjean. What’s it been like to work with him?

I think, with his wonderful outlook and attitude, he is the most gracious person I’ve ever met. And he’s funny and he’s normal and he knows his stuff. He really is the nicest person I have ever met. He’s a great Aussie bloke and a lovely human being. I’d like Hugh Jackman for president, please (laughs). Oh, and did I say he’s the most talented actor? Because I should have. He is so right for this role and he has the most incredible voice.

You have a lot of scenes with Eddie Redmayne…

I’d always known Eddie was good because I’ve seen his films but what I didn’t know is what an incredible voice he has. He is just great. He’s got the chops. And he is so right as Marius because there’s an innocence about him. And it’s a lot of fun doing scenes with Eddie and singing together. And I must say, Sam (Barks) has got the most incredible voice. She had to really fight to get the role of Eponine, which she played in the London stage show. And they were so right to give her the part in the film. She has the most amazing voice. As does Annie. Oh my God, her voice just makes me melt. It’s like butter.

The two young hearts full of love

And Anne does play your mother of course. That’s a little odd…

 (laughs) It’s weird because Anne is only two or three years older than me. But of course, we are in different parts of the film. I’m Fantine’s grown up daughter. But it’s definitely interesting that Anne Hathaway is playing my mother! (laughs).

Tom Hooper hasn’t directed a musical before. Were you surprised when you heard that he was directing Les Misérables?

Yes I was. But when I had my first audition with him I was like, ‘I get what he’s doing..’ He’s so aware of the music but the acting is the key element and he doesn’t lose sight of that. This is an epic film and he absolutely knows what he wants and he is in control of it for every second. He’s the most amazing director.

“Les Miserables” is Now Showing Nationwide released and distributed by United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corp.

Credits: Press release and photos provided by Solar Entertainment Corp.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Movie: Hansel and Gretel – Witch Hunters


Hansel and Gretel – Witch Hunters :  a rollicking action-horror adventure

A legendary fairy tale transforms -- taking a dark, twisting turn down a new path into fun, fast-paced action and sly, sinister modern thrills -- in the rollicking action-horror adventure Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. 

The story picks up 15 years after siblings Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) hatched their escape from a child-snatching witch, who changed their lives forever . . . and gave them a taste for blood. Now they have come of age as fierce, formidably skilled bounty hunters 100% dedicated to tracking and terminating witches in every dark forest -- hell-bent on retribution.  But as the notorious Blood Moon approaches and a familiar wooded town faces a nightmare for its innocent children, Hansel & Gretel encounter an evil beyond any witch they’ve ever hunted – an evil that could hold the secret to their frightening past. 
The Mayor of Augsburg, Germany recruits them to rid the town and nearby forests of an evil sorceress Muriel (Famke Janssen) who is planning to sacrifice many local children at the witches' gathering during the upcoming 'Blood Moon' night in two days time. To make things worse, the duo also has to deal with the brutal Sheriff Berringer (Peter Stormare) who has taken power in Augsburg and conducts a very indiscriminate witch-hunt of his own.
Children around the world have long had their bones chilled by the classic fairy tale of Hansel & Gretel, the brother and sister lost in the woods, then ensnared by an icy-hearted witch who cooks and eats children.  At the story’s end, the duo foil the witch’s cannibalistic clutches . . . but what happened to them next?  That’s what writer/director Tommy Wirkola’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters dares to imagine, tackling the question in all its scary, funny and suspenseful potential.  Joining their story as the adult siblings emerge as the most lethal witch hunters ever to stalk the woods, the film turns an ancient fable into a no-holds-barred epic of modern action and adventure. 

Immediately, Wirkola saw the makings of a visually ferocious, humor-laced and action-packed experience for 21st Century audiences raised on the tale. As he began writing, he determined he would stay true to the spirit of the original German folk legend -- first published back in 1812 by the famed unearthly tale-collectors, The Brothers Grimm -- but put no limits on his imagination from there. 
“I wanted the vibe of the original fairy tale but I also wanted to spice it with all the things I love most in movies – comedy, horror and graphic action.” he summarizes.  “A gruesome aura was always there in the original tale, but I brought it to the forefront, while injecting humor.  And the story is still about this really strong bond between brother and sister – the way Hansel & Gretel are driven to stick together, no matter what it takes, as they confront evil.” 

To take Hansel & Gretel out of the annals of legend and into visceral, contemporary action, Tommy Wirkola knew he would need to find two strong personalities who could morph these characters from legend to real life.  The search for a contemporary ideal of how Hansel & Gretel might have turned out – after being raised on dreams of vengeance against the foul wickedness of witches – led to the pairing of Jeremy Renner, Oscar®-nominated for his searing action role as an Iraq War bomb expert in The Hurt Locker and rising British actress Gemma Arterton, whose allure came to the fore when she joined the iconic circle of Bond Girls in Quantum of Solace. 

He also found himself wrapped up in what becomes Hansel’s guiding philosophy.  “He and Gretel have gone through an amazing tragedy,” Renner observes.  “They don’t have parents, witches have tried to eat them and what Hansel has taken away is that you’ve got to take your personal anger and pain and do something good with it.” 

That philosophy has left Hansel with a dry wit and a devastating way with the weapons needed to go after hard-to-kill witches.  For Renner, that meant preparing for some of the most intensive action he’s done yet, and he especially enjoyed Wirkola’s take on how hard-fought and harrowing each of Hansel & Gretel’s battle is against such magically empowered enemies.

“There’s a lot of really arduous action in the film,” Renner notes.  “One of the big difference in this movie is that while usually heroes win all their battles, Hansel & Gretel get their butts kicked numerous times.   So in a way we had to face getting beat up every day!  But we also had a great time.   Tommy brought an incredible tone to the whole thing, a mix of serious and funny that I think gives the film the quality of a real adventure.” 

Arterton, too, was drawn to the twists of the story.  “I love the original fairy tale and this starts there, then makes a real departure,” she says.  “The film joins up with Hansel & Gretel in the midst of their fame as witch hunters.  But it’s also a time when they’re starting to wonder who they are and why these terrible things happened to them – which leads them into a very tense situation.” 
Amid all the snowballing tension, Arterton loved the brother-sister dynamic that always stays at the heart of the action, no matter how extreme things get.  “The sibling relationship is such a great one to explore,” ayes Arterton.  “Hansel & Gretel have this unstoppable bond but they’re also so different from each other.  She’s the brains of the operation.  He’s the brawn.  He’s the joker and the show-off.  She’s more the watcher, the researcher, the one who tries to really understand witchcraft.  They have to each play to their strengths.”
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, written and directed by Tommy Wirkola, is a Paramount Pictures and Metro Goldwyn Mayer presentation by Gary Sanchez production starring Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen and Peter Stormare, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.  The film is distributed by United International Pictures thru Solar Entertainment Corporation. 

Showing on January 23 at your favorite theaters and cinemas..                                   

Press release courtesy of Solar Entertainment Corporation

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Press Release: New Announcement from Michael Bay for Transformers 4


If you are a fan of Transformers, here is a press release about a new casting for Transformers 4 from Michael Bay's website.


Michael Bay just announced, via his website, new casting for TRANSFORMERS 4.

“I just hired a great new actor for Transformers 4 to star against Mark Wahlberg. Jack Reynor, he is an Irish kid that came to America with 30 bucks in his pocket. Pretty ballsy. Seriously who does that? Anyway I spotted him in a great little Irish movie WHAT RICHARD DID. This kid is the real deal.

Transformers 4, is not a reboot. That word has been floating around on the net.

This movie takes place exactly 4 years after the war in Chicago. The story makes a very natural transition, and reason as to why we have a whole new cast. This Transformers will feel very different then the last three. We are embarking on a new trilogy.”


Press release courtesy of Solar Entertainment Corporation


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Eric Kim in Manila for Street Photography Workshops

Eric Kim, international street photographer, is in Manila this January 2013 to conduct introduction and intermediate/advance street photography workshops.

The Introduction to Street Photography workshop will be from the afternoon of January 11 up to January 13, 2013.

Introduction Topics includes:
  1. How to conquer your fear of shooting street photography
  2. How to become invisible and shoot without anybody noticing you
  3. How to react to people who get offended by street photography
  4. How to never miss “The Decisive Moment“
  5. The best technical settings to use on your camera in street photography
  6. How to create memorable and timeless images
  7. The secret of creating beautiful black and white photographs
  8. The best way to tell a story through your street photography
  9. How to develop a razor-sharp eye when shooting on the streets
10. The fundamentals of critique & feedback in street photography

The advance workshop will be the week after, afternoon of January 18 up to the 20th.

Advanced Topics Includes:
   1. Understanding what elements make a compelling street photography project or essay
   2. How to effectively edit and sequence the work in your portfolio or project
   3. Personal guidance on developing your strengths in street photography
   4. Advanced techniques on how to approach and take photos of strangers
   5. How to show your unique personality through your images
   6. How to market yourself as a street photographer and get your work more recognized
   7. An in-depth study of famous Magnum and contemporary street photographers
   8. Specialized street photography themes for both days
   9. How to create images that tell compelling stories
 10. A book of all your work shot from the project afterwards

The workshops includes photowalks in the street photography meccas of Metro Manila.

For inquiries about the workshop, email Jeff Mercader at [email protected]

Eric Kim arrived in Manila last week and have been enjoying shooting at the streets of Manila. He was with Filipino street photographers during the Feast of the Black Nazarene.

Eric with Filipino street photographers at the Feast of the Black Nazarene
(photo by Kuya Jhuly)
Eric Kim with one of the finest Filipino street photographer and photojournalist, Luis Liwanag
(photo by Teni Sta. Ines)

I just love this next photo of Luis Liwanag, Eric Kim and Leanne Jazul doing Gangnam style dance. In this photo by Maureen Santos is a picture one of my dreams of the Phiippine street photography scene being united dancing together even though their interpretation of SP might be different. Funny scene but it's quite symbolic for me.

Eric with the leaders of the Filipino street photography scene doing Gangnam Style in Manila
(left to right: Luis Liwanag, Eric Kim, Leanne Jazul, Egay Aguilar)
(Photo by Maureen Santos)

Eric Kim was even interviewed and appeared in the flash news of ABS-CBN.

The workshop is organized by Litratista sa Daan in collaboration with Lightroom Corporation and Canon Marketing Philippines, Inc.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Coverage of Jack Reacher Press Screening and Movie Review

Last January 7, 2013 I was hired by Solar Entertainment Corporation to be the event photographer for the advance press screening of the movie "Jack Reacher". The screening was a Cinema 1 of Trinoma Cinemas in Quezon City. Of course, covering the event was also a good chance for me to watch the movie and blog about the review. I was hitting two birds with one stone.

The Movie

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. - IMDB

The movie Jack Reacher" is based on the novel "One-Shot" by Lee Child, author the best-seller series of Jack Reacher novels selling around 60 million copies worldwide.

It stars Tom Cruise as the lead title character.

Tom Cruise stars as the lead title character

Movie Trailer:

The Movie Review

I think the movie is a good introduction to Jack Reacher as a character if you have not read the novels.  Although people who have read the novels think that casting was not good specifically Tom Cruise to play the role of the title character.  The character Jack Reacher according to Lee Child's website, is supposed to be 6'5" tall, 220-250 lbs. weight, 50" wide chested guy.  Tom Cruise definitely does not fit into the physical requirements of the character. There is even a Face Book page about campaigning or complaining that Tom Cruise is not Jack Reacher.

However, in my opinion, since the movie is roughly based on the book, no other character could have portrayed the role better.  Of course, the movie being produced by Tom Cruise has definitely a bearing on who stars in it!  Whether it will help Tom Cruise career or not, that's another thing.  But with a big mystic character/hero like Jack Reacher, I think it will!

Here is a some production notes I found on wikipedia:

Author Lee Child said that it would be impossible to find a suitable actor to play the giant Reacher and to recreate the feel of the book onscreen, and that Cruise had the talent to make an effective Reacher. Child also said, "Reacher's size in the books is a metaphor for an unstoppable force, which Cruise portrays in his own way." Of Cruise's relatively small stature, Child said, "With another actor you might get 100% of the height but only 90% of Reacher. With Tom, you'll get 100% of Reacher with 90% of the height."
The movie was very fast paced: a mixed of action, suspense and a bit of comedy. There was no lull in the enjoyment of the movie.

The plot and story line was superb, gripping, worthy of an action, crime, thriller genre.

I rate the movie 4 stars for its entertainment value and highly recommend it! (except if you are a loyal Jack Reacher novels fan)

Fans Reaction After the Movie

The Coverage

There was a good crowd at the advance screening. I was there by 6 pm and the coctails (more of a dinner) started at 6:30 pm.  There were people from the press, bloggers and other guests. 

The movie started around 7:50 pm.

Here are some of the photos of the coverage:

For more photos, please visit my Waz Up Philippines? Facebook Page.
It was a very good event. Thank you Solar Entertainment Corporation for the coverage assignment and the movie invite. I had a good time!