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Dolphin Winter Plays Herself in Family Adventure "Dolphin Tale" (Opens Oct 5)

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A heartwarming, fun adventure about the healing bonds of family, both human and animal, Warner Bros.' “Dolphin Tale” introduces the screen's cutest, most adorable mammal star yet – the dolphin Winter. In the film based on real events, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her fight for survival has just begun. It will take the expertise of a dedicated marine biologist, the ingenuity of a brilliant prosthetics doctor, and the unwavering devotion of a young boy to bring about a groundbreaking miracle. Playing the title role—as only she could—is Winter herself. Director Charles Martin Smith recounts, “When we were prepping, there was the obvious question of how to depict Winter. Because of the distinctive side-to-side wiggle that she developed to swim, which is also integral to the story, the best solution was to use the real Winter. The result

Meet the Bad Guys from "30 Minutes or Less"

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P laying the bad guys in Columbia Pictures’ quirky comedy “30 Minutes or Less” are comic actors Danny McBride and Nick Swardson as a couple of guys who think they’re just one great idea away from living the good life. Directed by “Zombieland’s” Ruben Fleischer, “30 Minutes or Less” revolves around Nick (Jesse Eisenberg), a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wannabe criminal masterminds, Dwayne and Travis (McBride and Swardson). The lowlifes kidnap Nick and strap a time bomb to him – with the promise that they’ll blow him up unless he robs a bank. With only a few hours to pull off the impossible task, Nick enlists the help of his ex-best friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari). As the clock ticks, the two must deal with the police, hired assassins, flamethrowers, and their own tumultuous relationship.

Evangeline Lilly, from "Lost" to "Real Steel"

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S She made her mark with a breakout stint in the wildly popular TV series, “Lost.” Now, Evangeline Lilly is set to captivate big-screen audiences as she stars opposite Hugh Jackman in DreamWorks Pictures’ futuristic action-adventure “Real Steel.” In this gritty, white-knuckle action ride, Jackman stars as Charlie Kenton, a washed‐up boxer in the near-future who, because his sport has been taken over by 8-foot steel robots, now lives in a world where he doesn’t fit in. With no fights and no prospects, Charlie is forced to hustle as a small-time robot fight promoter. He earns just enough money to survive by piecing together low-end “bots” and traveling from one seamy underground boxing venue to the next for whatever prizefight he can wrangle for his automatons. Just when things can’t become any more desperate and complicated, his estranged 10-year-old son Max (Dakota Goyo) suddenly and unwillingly comes back into his life.

Brad Pitt in “MONEYBALL”

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C olumbia Pictures’ “Moneyball” is based on the true story of Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) – once a would-be baseball superstar who, stung by the failure to live up to expectations on the field, turned his fiercely competitive nature to management. Heading into the 2002 season, Billy faces a dismal situation: his small-market Oakland A’s have lost their star players (again) to big market clubs (and their enormous salaries) and is left to rebuild his team and compete with a third of their payroll. Driven to win, Billy takes on the system by challenging the fundamental tenets of the game.

Saoirse Ronan Learns Martial Arts to Play "Hanna" (Opens Sept 28)

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N ot yet out of her teenage years, Saoirse (pronounced “sear-sha”) Ronan is already an Academy Award nominee (for 2007's “Atonement”) whose performances continue to impress. Now she stars as the title character in Columbia Pictures' action-thriller “ Hanna ” as young girl raised by her father to be a cold-blooded assassin. Also starring Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett, “Hanna” will be shown exclusively  at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Glorietta 4 and Greenbelt 3) starting Sept. 28.

Jesse Eisenberg Has to Rob a Bank in "30 Minutes or Less"

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A ctor-on-the-rise Jesse Eisenberg plays an under-achieving guy who has to put aside his epic falling out with an ex-bestfriend in order to rob a bank, in Columbia Pictures' new, action-comedy “30 Minutes or Less.” In the film, Nick (Eisenberg) is a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wannabe criminal masterminds (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson). The lowlifes kidnap Nick and strap a time bomb to him – with the promise that they’ll blow him up unless he robs a bank. With only a few hours to pull off the impossible task, Nick enlists the help of his ex-best friend, Chet (Ansari). As the clock ticks, the two must deal with the police, hired assassins, flamethrowers, and their own tumultuous relationship. “Nick is a pizza delivery guy who dropped out of college a few years back and now feels a bit stuck,” says Eisenberg, describing his character. “It takes a bomb getting strapped on him to light a fire under him, so to speak.”

A Two-Headed Robot and Other "Real Steel" Fun Facts

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A s the opening of the action-adventure “Real Steel” approaches, DreamWorks Pictures shares some interesting fun trivia surrounding the film and its creation. Set in the near future, where robots have replaced boxers in the ring, “Real Steel” stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a financially strapped, risk-taking former boxer who now makes his living on an underworld robot boxing circuit, operating the metal pugilists that made his human profession obsolete.

Josh Brolin,Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone & Sean Penn in “The Gangster Squad”

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P rincipal photography began today on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “ The Gangster Squad ,” starring Oscar® nominees Josh Brolin (“Milk,” “True Grit”) and Ryan Gosling (“Half Nelson,” “Blue Valentine”), Emma Stone (“The Help”) and Academy Award® winner Sean Penn (“Milk,” “Mystic River”), under the direction of Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”).

Ashley Judd in "Dolphin Tale"

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A shley Judd (“Tooth Fairy,” “Double Jeopardy”) stars as a single mother raising a troubled son in Warner Bros.' heartwarming family adventure, “Dolphin Tale.” The film is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin named Winter and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life. Judd remarks, “I didn’t really know anything about Winter before I became involved in the movie, so it was an exciting process of discovery. As soon as I finished the script, I went to seewinter.com to look at her. I couldn’t wait to meet her, and it was even more magical and moving than I anticipated.”

Jamie Foxx, the Murder Consultant in "Horrible Bosses" (Opens Sept 21)

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A cademy Award-winner Jamie Foxx stars as MF Jones, just your average, neighborhood murder consultant, in New Line Cinema's dark comedy “Horrible Bosses.” Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell also star. In the film, the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable for Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), would be to grind their intolerable bosses into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers...permanently. There's only one problem: even the best laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them.

Sandler, Stallone, Cher Lead Voice Cast of "Zookeeper" (Opens Sept 21)

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C olumbia Pictures attracted a truly all-star cast of comedy voices to play the animals in the romantic comedy “Zookeeper.” “We were incredibly fortunate to get the voice cast that we have. Adam Sandler got on board first to play the monkey – and now, I can’t imagine anybody else playing that part,” says director Frank Coraci. In the film, the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo love their kindhearted caretaker, Griffin (Kevin James). Finding himself more comfortable with a lion than a lady, Griffin decides the only way to get a girl in his life is to leave the zoo and find a more glamorous job. The animals, in a panic, decide to break their time-honored code of silence and reveal their biggest secret: they can talk! To keep Griffin from leaving, they decide to teach him the rules of courtship – animal style.

Hugh Jackman’s Call-Out Video for Filipinos

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D reamWorks Pictures has just shared Hugh Jackman’s call-out video for the Philippines, in connection with the upcoming release of “ Real Steel .” The featurette may be viewed on this link: http://youtu.be/Z8WSJsnxjb8. A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech, “Real Steel” stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.

Adult Humor of "Friends with Benefits" Intrigues Justin Timberlake

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O n a roll after appearing in back-to-back hits “The Social Network” and “Bad Teacher,” Justin Timberlake now stars in Columbia Pictures' casual-sex romantic comedy “Friends with Benefits” opposite Mila Kunis. Director Will Gluck recalls catching Timberlake on "Saturday Night Live" and being wowed. "I was impressed, and then he did another 'SNL' and he was even funnier. And the reason he’s so funny is because he’s a great actor. `Friends with Benefits' is his first full-time comedic role. He can do anything. He’s so charismatic that you can’t keep your eyes off him.”

Kevin James is the Love-Struck "Zookeeper"

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C Comic leading man Kevin James stars in Columbia Pictures’ wild comedy “ Zookeeper ” as the kindhearted caretaker, Griffin Keyes who's beloved by the zoo animals. Finding himself more comfortable with a lion than a lady, Griffin decides the only way to get a girl in his life is to leave the zoo and find a more glamorous job. The animals, in a panic, decide to break their time-honored code of silence and reveal their biggest secret: they can talk! To keep Griffin from leaving, they decide to teach him the rules of courtship – animal style.

"Dolphin Tale" -- An Amazing True Story of Bravery, Compassion

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F rom the producers of the Oscar-winning film “ The Blind Side ” comes Warner Bros.' heartwarming family adventure, “Dolphin Tale” which is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life.

Jude Law Sows an Epidemic of Fear in "Contagion" (Opens Sept 09)

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C onsidered one of Britain’s finest actors, Jude Law stars as an enterprising journalist who has an agenda of his own, in Warner Bros.' new, gripping thriller “Contagion” from director Steven Soderbergh. “ Contagion ” follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart.

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