Warner Bros Pictures release FATHER FIGURES (December 22) / Directed by Lawrence Sher Cast: Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, J.K. Simmons,Glenn Close,Terry Bradshaw, Ving Rhames,Christopher Walken
Owen Wilson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Zoolander 2) and Ed Helms (The Hangover films, We’re the Millers) star in the Alcon Entertainment comedy Father Figures, marking the directorial debut of veteran cinematographer Lawrence Sher (The Hangover films).
Wilson and Helms are Kyle and Peter Reynolds, brothers whose eccentric mother raised them to believe their father had died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out together to find their real father, and end up learning more about their mother than they probably ever wanted to know.
The film also stars J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), comedian Katt Williams, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback-turned-actor Terry Bradshaw, Ving Rhames (the Mission Impossible films), Harry Shearer (The Simpsons), and Oscar nominee June Squibb (Nebraska), with Oscar winner Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter), and Oscar nominee Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs, Guardians of the Galaxy) as the twins’ mother.
Sher directed from a screenplay by Justin Malen (Office Christmas Party). The film was produced by Academy Award nominee Ivan Reitman (Up in the Air), Ali Bell (Draft Day), and Academy Award nominees Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove (The Blindside). Serving as executive producers were Tom Pollock, Scott Parish, Chris Cowles, Chris Fenton, and Timothy M. Bourne.
Sher’s behind-the-scenes team included director of photography John Lindley (St. Vincent), production designer Stephen H. Carter (art director, Birdman or [The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance]), editor Dana E. Glauberman (Draft Day), and two-time Oscar-nominated costume designer Julie Weiss (Frida, Twelve Monkeys). The music was composed by Rob Simonsen (Foxcatcher).
“Father Figures” will open in theaters on December 22, 2017.
An Alcon Entertainment presentation, a Montecito Picture Company Production, Father Figures will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.
This film has been rated R for language and sexual references throughout.
Warner Bros Pictures release PADDINGTON 2 (Jaunary 18, 2018) / Directed by Dean Devlin Cast: Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi
Following the worldwide hit Paddington, one of the most successful family films of all time, this much-anticipated sequel finds Paddington (Ben Whishaw) happily settled with the Brown family in London, where he has become a popular member of the local community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.
While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.
Reuniting many of the original film’s cast while welcoming those in new roles, Paddington 2 stars Golden Globe nominee Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), three-time Golden Globe nominee Brendan Gleeson (The Guard, Into the Storm, In Bruges), Oscar nominee Julie Walters (Billy Elliot, Educating Rita), Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (Iris), and Oscar winner Peter Capaldi (short, Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life), with Golden Globe and BAFTA Award winner Hugh Grant (Four Weddings and a Funeral), and BAFTA winner Ben Whishaw (The Hollow Crown) as the voice of Paddington. The starring ensemble also includes Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, and Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake) as the voice of Aunt Lucy.
Paddington’s return to the big screen was again helmed by BAFTA-nominated director Paul King (Paddington, Come Fly with Me, The Mighty Boosh) from a script written by King and Simon Farnaby (Sky TV’s Yonderland, Mindhorn), based on the best-selling and internationally adored books by Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear.
The film was produced by multiple award-winning producer David Heyman (the Harry Potter films, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Oscar nominee for Gravity). Serving as executive producers were Rosie Alison, Jeffrey Clifford, Alexandra Ferguson Derbyshire, Ron Halpern, and Didier Lupiter.
Creative talent returning behind the camera included director of photography Erik Alexander Wilson (Tyrannosaur, Submarine), production designer Gary Williamson (Bunny and the Bull, Submarine), Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (Wonder Woman, The Dark Knight), and editor Mark Everson (Mindhorn, Alan Partridge), joined by editor Jonathan Amos (Baby Driver). Visual effects were provided by the highly acclaimed British VFX company, Framestore, led by animation director Pablo Grillo (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and VFX supervisors Andy Kind (Gravity) and Glen Pratt (Beauty and the Beast). The score is composed by Academy Award winner Dario Marianelli (Atonement).
Paddington 2 was shot on location in and around central London, as well as on the legendary soundstages of Warner Bros. Leavesden and Pinewood film studios.
Warner Bros. Pictures and STUDIOCANAL present, in association with Anton Capital Entertainment S.C.A., a Heyday Films Production, Paddington 2. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
Paddington 2 is rated PG for some action and mild rude humor.
Warner Bros Pictures release 12 STRONG (January 19, 2018) / Directed by Nicolai Fuglsig Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña
Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers films) and Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, Nocturnal Animals) star in 12 Strong, a powerful new war drama from Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media and Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Based on the best-selling book Horse Soldiers, it is a story of heroism based on true events that unfolded a world away in the aftermath of 9/11.
Award-winning director Nicolai Fuglsig directed the film, which is produced by legendary producer Jerry Bruckheimer (the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Black Hawk Down), together with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill (La La Land, Sicario) under their Black Label Media banner. Oscar winner Ted Tally (The Silence of the Lambs) and Peter Craig (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Parts 1 & 2) wrote the screenplay, based on the acclaimed book by best-selling author Doug Stanton. The executive producers are Oscar nominees and Alcon principals Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson (The Blind Side), together with Chad Oman, Mike Stenson, Ellen H. Schwartz, Garrett Grant, Yale Badik and Val Hill.
The main cast also includes Michael Peņa (The Martian, Ant-Man) and Navid Negahban (American Sniper, TV’s Homeland). Joining Hemsworth, Shannon and Peņa as the 12 Strong U.S. Special Forces team are Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Geoff Stults (Only the Brave), Thad Luckinbill (Only the Brave), Austin Stowell (Bridge of Spies), Ben O’Toole (Hacksaw Ridge), Austin Hebert (Jack Reacher: Never Go Back), Kenneth Miller (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot), Kenny Sheard (13 Hours) and Jack Kesy (TV’s The Strain). Actors portraying soldiers of Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance include Laith Nakli (24: Legacy), Fahim Fazli (American Sniper) and Yousuf Azami (Lone Survivor), and Said Taghmaoui (Wonder Woman) as a Taliban military leader. Also seen in the film are Elsa Pataky (the Fast & Furiousfilms), as Nelson’s wife, and William Fichtner (Black Hawk Down, Armageddon) and Rob Riggle (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Hangover) as U.S. Army officers.
12 Strong is set in the harrowing days following 9/11 when a U.S. Special Forces team, led by their new Captain, Mitch Nelson (Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first U.S. troops sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission. There, in the rugged mountains, they must convince Northern Alliance General Dostum (Negahban) to join forces with them to fight their common adversary: the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies. In addition to overcoming mutual distrust and a vast cultural divide, the Americans—accustomed to state-of-the-art warfare—must adopt the rudimentary tactics of the Afghani horse soldiers. But despite their uneasy bond, the new allies face overwhelming odds: outnumbered and outgunned by a ruthless enemy that does not take prisoners.
The behind-the-scenes team included director of photography Rasmus Videbaek (A Royal Affair), production designer Christopher Glass (The Jungle Book), editor Lisa Lassek (The Avengers, The Avengers: Age of Ultron), costume designer Daniel J. Lester (assistant costume designer on Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker) and Academy Award-winning stunt coordinator/second unit director Mic Rodgers (Hacksaw Ridge, Braveheart).
Slated for release on January 19, 2018, 12 Strong will be distributed domestically by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. Lionsgate is handling international distribution.
Warner Brosthers Picturesrelease JUSTICE LEAGUE (November 17) / Directed by Zack Snyder Cast: Ben Affleck,Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen,J. K. Simmons
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.