‘The Falcon’ Anthony Mackie joins Sandra Bullock in ‘Our Brand is Crisis’

Most recently seen as The Falcon in this year’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Ant-Man,” Anthony Mackie now stars opposite Sandra Bullock in Warner Bros. Pictures’ satirical comedy “Our Brand is Crisis.”

In the film, a Bolivian presidential candidate failing badly in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist “Calamity” Jane Bodine (Bullock).

Mackie’s character, is Ben, the campaign team leader, whom director David Gordon Green describes as “smart, energetic and good-willed, the likeable anchor in the film. When everyone else seems to be challenging their ethics and making you question where they’re coming from or what their agendas are, he’s the one audiences will look to as someone who may still have some perspective.

“From playing Tupac to the Falcon in the Avenger movies; he has such a range of memorable performances to his credit, I thought he’d be great as a clean-cut, solid, upstanding American navigating a political campaign in Latin America,” Green continues. “He understands that Jane has problems but comes to realize she’s powerful and capable. He’s not there to manipulate her. He wants to learn, and be good at his job, and he also wants the world to be a better place.”

Which is not to say that Ben isn’t a willing participant in the game, but he has his limits.

At the core of the multi-layered character, Mackie feels, “Ben is the guy who doesn’t have all the answers but he definitely knows how to impose his will on the circumstances and he has their candidate’s best interests at the front of his mind at all times. He takes his job very seriously. At the same time, he would hope the politicians he represents are actually addressing the people in their campaign as opposed to just lying to them and telling them what they want to hear.”

For Bullock, it’s that sense of equilibrium that defines Ben and makes him a fitting complement and contrast to Jane. Amidst the madness of the campaign, their brief and refreshingly candid conversations, so simple on the surface, prove increasingly enlightening. “He is a moral compass, the soul of the story,” she says. “He’s smart and ethical, but he’s also realistic, so he’s saying, ‘I know it’s about the people and the country but we have to stay cognizant that this is an election and it’s a business.’ He’s the man in the middle, holding the scales and trying to keep them balanced. Sometimes the scales tip, and you wonder which way he is going to go, but you want to feel he’s going to do the right thing in the end.”

Classically trained at the Juilliard School of Drama, Anthony Mackie is a great and talented young actor able to capture a plethora of characters.

Mackie was discovered after receiving rave reviews playing Tupac Shakur in the off-Broadway play “Up Against the Wind.” Immediately following, he made an auspicious film debut as Eminem’s nemesis, Papa Doc, in Curtis Hanson’s “8 Mile.” He also appeared in Clint Eastwood’s Academy Award-winning “Million Dollar Baby,” opposite Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman and Eastwood; and Jonathan Demme’s “The Manchurian Candidate,” alongside Denzel Washington and Liev Schreiber.

In 2009 Mackie was seen as Sgt. J.T. Sanborn in Kathryn Bigelow’s multiple Academy Award-winning film “The Hurt Locker,” for which he earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination.

In 2011 Mackie was seen in “The Adjustment Bureau,” with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, as well as “Real Steel,” with Hugh Jackman. He was also featured in Timur Bekmanbetov’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” released in 2012. He starred in the 2013 crime drama “Gangster Squad,” alongside Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling.

Mackie is a member of the Marvel Comics family. He made his Marvel debut as Sam Wilson/The Falcon in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The film, released on April 4th, 2014, opened at #1, earning over $96 million and breaking the record for an April release. Mackie also starred in the second installment of the franchise and his Falcon made an appearance in the recently released “Avengers: Age of Ultron” as well as “Ant-Man.” He is currently filming “Captain America: Civil War.”

Opening across the Philippines on January 20, 2016, “Our Brand is Crisis” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. (PR)

Will Smith provokes in new ‘Concussion’ posters

Columbia Pictures has just released the US and international one-sheets for “Concussion” starring Will Smith and directed by Peter Landesman.

Watch the trailer of “Concussion” below.

The three posters showcase the star power of Will Smith, coupled with thought-provoking taglines as “He Will Stop at Nothing to Expose the Truth,” “Even Legends Need a Hero” and “Nothing Hits Harder than the Truth.”

“Concussion” is a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith), the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made an important medical discovery. Dr. Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world.

Columbia Pictures presents in association with LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures, a Scott Free / Shuman Company / Cara Films / Cantillon Company production, Concussion. The film stars Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Paul Reiser, Luke Wilson, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, with David Morse and Albert Brooks. Written and directed by Peter Landesman.

Produced by Ridley Scott, Giannina Scott, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman, and Elizabeth Cantillon. Based on the GQ article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas. Executive Producers are Michael Schaefer, David Crockett, Ben Waisbren, Bruce Berman, and Greg Basser. Director of Photography is Salvatore Totino, ASC, A.I.C. Production Designer is David Crank. Edited by William Goldenberg, ACE. Costume Designer is Dayna Pink. Music by James Newton Howard.

Opening across the Philippines on January 2016, “Concussion” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. (PR)

Rey, Finn, Poe: New heroes in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac are relatively new stars, but they’re about to be catapulted to global prominence with the release of Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – hands-down, the most anticipated movie in recent memory.

Watch the payoff trailer of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” below.

Portraying the heroes of the new saga, namely Rey (Ridley), Finn (Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Isaac), the three share their reaction on the day they found out they will be in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Daisy Ridley: My last audition was really amazing. A few days later, I knew I’d hear from J.J. Abrams, and my phone was broken. I didn’t get the call. I didn’t know what was going on. I finally got through to him and he told me I’d be starring in “Star Wars.” I was outside a theater where my friend was in a show, of which I missed the first half while all this was going on. I remember kicking a bottle on the ground like everything had changed. But it was all the same. And then I had to watch the rest of the show. My phone died. I couldn’t call anyone. I sat on the tube going home thinking, oh my God. Not able to tell anyone for an hour. Then, finally, I could tell my mom and sister. But, it didn’t really kick in for months.

John Boyega: Prior to getting the part, I had been at a premiere at another film I had done, and my mind was definitely more fixated on whether I’d receive the part or not. I remember being on the red carpet and it had leaked that I was up for the “Star Wars” part. So, there were various media outlets asking if I was up for “Star Wars.” I was like, “I haven’t heard anything, but if J.J. Abrams wants me to be in ‘Star Wars’ that would be amazing.” The next day, I get an e-mail from J.J. asking where I was. I told him I was at home and he asked if I could get to a little cafe in Mayfair. I hopped in a cab, drove down, and saw J.J. in the cafe by himself, drinking a cup of tea. We had a brief conversation and he asked me whether I was ready, if this role could possibly happen. He asked me if would be interested in working out and training, both as an actor and physically. He asked me if I realized how big the responsibility would be. I was like, “Yeah, I’ll be fine. I’ll do anything.” Then he told me I was the new star in “Star Wars.” Everything stopped. I noticed everything. I noticed how many sugar cubes were in this little cup on the table. All the time it was going through my head: “He just said I’m the new star in ‘Star Wars.’” I was willing myself to breathe. Then J.J. raised a cup of water and said, “Congratulations.”

I was ecstatic. It was probably the happiest day of my life. I walked all around London just in dream land. This felt different. I’ve received calls for roles that I fought for before, but this not only felt like a triumph for me as an actor, but a day that felt like a day that I was a part of history and that just made me really, really happy.

Oscar Isaac: I got a call to come meet J.J. Abrams in Paris and I showed up without any information as to exactly what it was. I had a vague feeling that it was about “Star Wars” but even that was a bit under wraps. So I came to Paris and sat with him and Kathy Kennedy and Larry Kasdan and they just told me about the film and the role that they were interested in me playing. I just tried to stay cool and stay calm and listen and take it in. But really just utter excitement and a bit of disbelief that this was actually happening.

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

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The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, December 17, 2015, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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