Finding Your Way Back To ‘Collateral Beauty’ After Suffering A Great Loss!

(PCM) There is nothing that shakes you to the core than the loss of a loved one, so much so that it appears there is nothing that will ever make you smile again. That journey, from loss and grief to finding a way back to joy, is at the center of the heart-felt new movie, “Collateral Beauty,” a highly emotional holiday endeavor.

The film, from New Line Cinema, opens on Friday, Dec. 16. is about Howard Inlet, masterfully performed by Will Smith, is an ad exec, whose world stopped after the death of his six-year-old daughter. He spends his time erecting intricate domino arrangements, only to turn his back when they begin to tumble. His marriage, business and friendships are all in shambles and he feels powerless to find his way back to some semblance of a fulfilling life.

Howard does, in fact,write letters to the universe in the entities of Time, Love and Death, and is rattled when he begins to get answers. Time is played by Jacob Latimore, Love is played by Keira Knightley, and the charming and comedic Helen Mirren portrays Death.

The movie was written by Allan Loeb, (“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” “The Switch,”` and 21”),directed by David Frankel (“Marley & Me”), and also stars Ed Norton, Kate Winslet and Naomi Harris, who round out the suburb A-list cast.

When asked what appealed to him about Loeb’s screenplay Will Smith said he was struck by that “Christmas flavor that I remember growing up in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and those types of films that are right on the edge of fantasy.”

Smith, the iconic 48-year-old actor, whose range includes romantic comedies, comic book, Sci-Fi, as well as highly dramatic films, added that those films have that special “Christmas magic to it, right on the edge, but dealing with things that are deeply and powerfully real and human”

Smith said that his character of Howard, “had life figured out, and then suffered a loss, and had to make his way back to even believing there was a possibility to have joy again. So I love that journey,” he added.

“Howard thinks about life a lot of the ways that I think about life,” the actor said. “So how he had to move from his mind, he had to move from thinking that he could solve all of the issues of life with his mind into accepting that there’s a certain amount of bleeding that you have to do to be able to purge and cleanse yourself to be able to experience joy, that the pain and joy and growth are all inexorably bound.”

The film makers say that while the story isn’t exactly a typical Christmas story, “yet it is about the holiday period, which is a time of both loneliness and magic, which really figured into the movie,” explained Anthony Bregman, one of the producers.

“It really is a time where people kind of take stock of family and take stock of what’s important to them, and that really figured into it. I think besides thematically the holiday season presented for [director] David Frankel a way to beautifully talk visually about the magic in our lives,” Bregman said.

“The beauty of the film is really in the lighting of the film and these little points of light that come from the decorations,” he added. “There’s this elevated sense visually of what life can be, which really matches what’s going on in the movie.”

Here is more of an inside look at “Collateral Beauty,” from the film’s creators:

Q: What is the ‘Collateral Beauty,” the characters, as well as each of us, is striving for?

ALLAN LOEB: The way you see the world; the way your heart opens and the way you relate to people after a tragedy can be very beautiful. It can be transformative.

Q:Allan, what was the spark for this story?

AL: About eight or nine years ago, I had this idea for this, but I didn’t write it until about two years ago. The first concept was someone writing letters to these abstractions. I didn’t even know what they were, but then eventually I kind of landed on Time, Love, and Death. It was a germ of a concept that grew.

Q: How so?

AL: It was a little story in my head that kept nagging at me, about a man who writes letters to abstractions like Time, Love and Death, and why would he do that?

Q: What happened after that?

AL: Well, then I kind of built it out from there over a period of years, actually. I just started with the idea of someone writing letters and the idea of his friends, his coworkers,his employees, I wasn’t sure who they were, gas lighting him, actually.

Q: Please tell me more.

AL: But finding the letters, and gas lighting him in order that they could sell the company.Actually it wasn’t as benevolent as it is in the movie. I think they care about him. In my earlier concept they just wanted to cash out, which makes them less likeable. And it just kind of came together from there, and I had no idea what it was. And for years it was just a story that kind of haunted me and stayed with me, until finally I pounded it out, sometime in 2014.

Q: Overall, what is the movie about?

AL: I believe that each of the characters have something to say that they weren’t able to say, and obviously Howard’s character in particular wasn’t able to for quite a longtime. So for me, that is something that I find very human. We all have something to say, and we’re all looking for someone to hear us. That was the connective tissue.

Q: How do you see the concept of collateral beauty?

DAVID FRANKEL: It’s really those things we sometimes take for granted or don’t notice all the time when they are taking place, but might be there every day, like a sunset, or fleeting moments like a child’s smile.

Q: Please tell me more.

DF: There are millions of examples of collateral beauty; they’re unique, and we all have different ideas about what they could be. They are the reason that we go on, and I think what’s really compelling about this story is that it reminds us to take notice of those brilliant fragments of life that make it worth living.

Q: Howard begins his journey as a highly successful and dynamic ad exec who uses the concepts of Time, Love and Death as powerful marketing tools. Then he changes.

SF: Yes, when his young daughter succumbs to be a fatal illness, his only communication are these angry an accusatory letters he writes to the universe. He is struggling with big, philosophical questions and looking to the universe for answers. Like a modern day King Lear, you might say that he is howling at the Gods.

Q: As the film’s director, David, could this movie have been shot anywhere else other than New York?

DF: I don’t think it could happen anywhere. I think there’s something really special about this city at Christmas that’s hard to describe. But I think you get a window into it when Howard’s riding across the bridge and with Claire [Kate Winslet’s character] seeing the Bergdorf windows. There are just these iconic images that we associate with magic. I think Christmas in New York is a special time, and I think it represents a magical world to people who live in every city in the world. So it was just a terrific opportunity to set the movie here.

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New Trailer Released For The Highly Anticipated Film “Triple 9”

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(PCM) The new trailer for the highly anticipated film “Triple 9” has been revealed! Get a taste of the action in the new green band trailer now and head to theaters on February 26th to see the full scope of this intense action-thriller. “Triple 9” stars Woody Harrelson, Anthony Mackie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet and Casey Affleck, along with Aaron Paul and Norman Reedus.

About the film:

The film follows a group of criminals and corrupt cops who find themselves in serious trouble. The Russian mafia is blackmailing them, and the only way to deal with them is to perform what is believed to be an extremely challenging heist. Impossible as it may seem, however, they eventually hatch a plan: on one side of town, half of the crew will plan the murder of a rookie cop named Chris Allen (Casey Affleck), and while the rest of the force is distracted by a 999 call (“officer down”), the other half of the corrupt cops will pull off the job.

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The Latest Trailer for Steve Jobs Paints a Complicated Portrait of the Apple CEO

SteveJobs_Poster(PCM) Universal Pictures released the latest trailer for Steve Jobs earlier today, gaining a quarter of a million views in less than 24 hours.

The trailer, running at just over two minutes long, focuses on the many facets of Steve Jobs and his struggle with his public persona and private life throughout his life.

Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.

Steve Jobs is directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin, working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple founder. The producers are Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady of Film 360, Scott Rudin and Academy Award® winner Christian Colson.

Michael Fassbender plays Steve Jobs, the pioneering founder of Apple, with Academy Award®-winning actress Kate Winslet starring as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, is played by Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels stars as former Apple CEO John Sculley.

The film also stars Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team.

Watch the teaser below and visit SteveJobstheFilm.com and Facebook for more info!

Steve Jobs opens in theaters nationwide October 9, 2015.

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The First Official Trailer for Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs Biopic Starring Michael Fassbender

SteveJobs_Image(PCM) Universal Pictures released the first official trailer for Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender as the “Father of the Digital Revolution.”

Also starring are Seth Rogen as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (previously played by Josh Gad in 2013’s Jobs), Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, one of the original members of both the Macintosh team and the Jobs-founded NeXT team, and Jeff Daniels as John Sculley, the CEO of Apple from 1983 to 1993.

The new trailer, with a solid runtime of two-minutes-and-forty-seconds, focuses on the personality quirks and aggressive management style of Jobs’ that caused friction and fallouts between Jobs, his family, and his collaborators.

Perla Haney-Jardine also stars as Lisa Jobs, alongside Katherine Waterston, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sarah Snook, Makenzie Moss, and Adam Shapiro.

Based on the biography by Walter Isaacson and written by Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs details Steve Jobs’ life and relationships with 7 people including John Sculley, Lisa-Brennan Jobs, and Steve Wozniak throughout three major and historical product launches before ending in 1998 with the debut of the iMac.

Like most biopics, Sorkin’s script explores not only Jobs’ accomplishments, but also his struggles and his triumphs in an attempt to create a well-rounded portrait of the larger-than-life technology entrepreneur and business icon.

Watch the new trailer below and visit SteveJobstheFilm.com and Facebook for more info.

Steve Jobs is slated to open in theaters nationwide on October 9, 2015.

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First Look at Michael Fassbender in Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs

SteveJobs_Teaser(PCM) A studio change, a director change, and a few lead re-castings later and we finally have our first look at Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle’s portrait of the Apple Inc. co-founder and CEO.

Universal Pictures released a short yet intense teaser, running at just under a minute long, and the first promotional image from the October 9th release.

Panning in on the actor’s back while he looks out at an auditorium from the stage with curtains gradually closing in on him and a rising string score accompanying Steve Jobs related quotes, the teaser slowly reveals the first look at Oscar-nominated Michael Fassbender as the “Father of the Digital Revolution,” looking more like Steve Jobs than his usual handsome self thanks to decent makeup and hair.

The trailer also gives us our first look at Seth Rogen as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (previously played by Josh Gad in 2013’s Jobs), Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, one of the original members of both the Macintosh team and the Jobs-founded NeXT team, and Jeff Daniels as John Sculley, the CEO of Apple from 1983 to 1993.

Perla Haney-Jardine also stars as Lisa Jobs, alongside Katherine Waterston, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sarah Snook, Makenzie Moss, and Adam Shapiro.

Based on the biography by Walter Isaacson and from the screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs details Steve Jobs’ life and relationships with 7 people including John Sculley, Lisa-Brennan Jobs, and Steve Wozniak throughout three major and historical product launches before ending in 1998 with the debut of the iMac.

Like most biopics, Sorkin’s script explores not only Jobs’ accomplishments, but also his struggles and his triumphs in an attempt to create a well-rounded portrait of the larger-than-life technology entrepreneur and business icon.

Watch the teaser below and visit SteveJobstheFilm.com and Facebook for more info!

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The Last Trailer for ‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent’

FinalInsurgentPoster(PCM) Summit Entertainment released the last and final trailer for Insurgent, the second installment in The Divergent Series.

The final trailer doesn’t offer up much new footage, other than a glimpse of what appears to be a camp out in the woods for the Divergents who managed to escape the tyrannical rule of the Erudite, but the exciting action-filled trailer does amp up the anticipation for the March 20th release.

Directed by Robert Schwentke (Red, R.I.P.D.) from the screenplay written by Brian Duffield and Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man) based on the YA series by Veronica Roth, Insurgent stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Suki Waterhouse, Jonny Weston, Naomi Watts, Rosa Salazar, and Keiynan Lonsdale.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite.

Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.

Watch the final trailer below and visit the official Facebook, website, and Twitter of The Divergent Series: Insurgent, in theaters March 20, 2015, for more info!

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