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Columbia Pictures has just launched the teaser trailer for acclaimed director Denis Villenueve’s much anticipated new film after “Sicario” – the mystery thriller “Arrival” starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.

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Synopsis: When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

Opening soon across the Philippines, “Arrival” is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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Jeremy Renner: From Bourne Legacy’s Aaron Cross to investigative reporter Gary Webb in ‘Kill The Messenger’

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After playing a Marvel superhero, Jeremy Renner is taking on a completely different type of crime takes on a crusade to track the crack epidemic in America and its very shady origins, which has ties to the CIA. The drama follows Gary‘s daunting task of investigating the U.S.’s war on drugs, despite threats from both drug kingpins and CIA operatives. We have 5 new photos of Jeremy Renner in action, as he hits the streets looking for answers.

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets…and f fighter in Kill the Messenger. Starring as Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary WebbJeremy Renner further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. – and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.

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Where were you when Gary Webb’s story first broke? Were you aware of it at the time?

 I had probably just got to LA around that time, and obviously I didn’t know anything about it. It was pretty quiet at that time. It had got very little coverage, I guess. I’m from the area where it all happened. I was 70 miles away from San Jose, in Sacramento.

Did you read that newspaper at all?

Yeah, here and there. Here and there. But I was 17 at the time. I think I was into chasing girls more than I was about any newsworthy stuff. [Laughs.]

So did you have to do a lot of research or had you found out more in the interim?

I had to do quite a bit of research. There’s a lot of onus and accountability when you’re playing somebody that exists, or existed, and we wanted to do right by Gary Webb and his legacy and his family, and be as truthful as we possibly could. So it took quite a bit of research to capture all his flaws and the truths of the story, and it was a great journey to go down.

One detail that struck me about the film was the frayed strap on the bag you carry around with you all the time. Was that based on a real thing, or did that just feel right?

The messenger bag? Yeah, that was funnily enough Michael Cuesta’s [bag]. He had had that thing forever as a photographer, banging around New York. I put that on when we were trying on some clothes, and it ended up being the perfect thing. So we dragged that around pretty much everywhere Gary went. It worked out perfectly.

What did you keep in there?

I kept a pad and pencil and a picture of his family. That sort of stuff.

Tell me about working with Andy Garcia. Is he a really good golfer?

He’s a really good golfer! Yeah, he was really digging that. He got involved in the writing of that scene, even. He had a few ideas he wanted to play with, and yeah, that was pretty cool, man. Really, really cool getting to work with him.

Did you get to visit the real newspaper, or other newspapers, to get the vibe of the office?

I’ve been in and out of some in my days, so I didn’t really have to go visit them to get the vibe or the energy of it. I certainly wanted to know more about the relationships, because that was important to me. Between talking to journalists and the editor of the newspaper, and the politics. The character and the relationships were really important to me.

Which of the real life people involved were available to you to speak to?

I ultimately was on the tails of Peter Landesman, our writer, and Nick Schou, the writer of the book. I was on their coattails as far as the research they’d done, what they made available to me. I just wanted to get Gary right. So that was my focus. Everybody else, their onus was on the story and those sorts of things. I needed to focus on getting Gary right, as a man, as a husband, as a father, and then as a journalist.

Was there a thing you discovered, or a moment where you felt you cracked him? Like you figured him out?

I feel like I don’t ever do that. I feel like if I know the answer then I’m not digging deep enough, or I’m getting lazy or something, I feel like. Some things make me feel like I’m on the right track, but not that I “got” him or cracked him.

What is Michael Cuesta like as a director on set? Is he really involved or does he let you do your own thing?

I’ve worked with him two or three times prior, and we always got along straight away and had a mutual respect and trust for each other. So we both challenge the material constantly every day to make it better, and challenge each other inadvertently by doing that. There’s a lot of trust and love between us. That makes for something potentially quite magical on set every day.

What does it take to build trust with you as an actor? What are you looking for in a director?

Ultimately, if you can’t state what you want in a sentence, please shut the heck up. I don’t think we have enough time in a day to philosophize about things. If you’re going to give me direction, say it in a sentence.

Do you think you’re going to be able to make time in your schedule for the Hansel & Gretel sequel?

I don’t know. Maybe. I don’t know how it will manifest. Everybody’s got something to do. I don’t really know much on it outside that they have a release date for it, at least. That was going to be obvious because they made a lot of money around the world on that sucker, which is great. As far as any creative decisions on it, I have no idea on the script or when they want to shoot it or how they want to shoot it, those sorts of things. I really can’t answer it.

On a similar note, and I understand if you can’t answer this as well, there’s a rumor that your second Aaron Cross movie might have gotten bumped back a bit. Is that still going in full force?

No, it’s still moving. Yeah, it’s still moving. We have our director who’s actually run off to do the “True Detective” series right now, and then while that’s happening they’re finishing writing the script. I know Greengrass and Damon… well, I’ve heard have maybe cracked an idea, a reason to continue the Bourne series, which is fantastic. They have created a very exciting universe, and hopefully in my mind I’d love for us to do something together. If not on the next one, sometime very soon. I think that would be really great. I know I want it. I feel like the fans want it as well.

How does that play out in your head? Aaron Cross vs. Jason Bourne? Or is it more of a team up?

For me, in my head? I think it’s a little bit of both. I think you pit them against each other, and then they go together against the bad guy. We realize that we’re not the enemy. I mean, I think a thousand people can come up with that scenario, but I think you do both. I think that could be really interesting. Mind you, there have been NO talks, whatsoever, creatively about that. So that’s just the fan boy in me, I suppose. [Laughs.]


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Kill The Messenger Posters Debut

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A colourful debut Kill the Messenger posters for the dramatic thriller based on the true story of a journalist who was the target of a smear campaign by the CIA.

Jeremy Renner stars and showing soon across the Philippines. Released and distributed by Captive Cinema.

KILL THE MESSENGER, based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb.

Webb becomes aware of a story which leads to accusations that the CIA are aware of major drug dealers in the USA, and are using the profits to arm rebel groups fighting in Nicaragua. Webb looks into this even further and attempts to uncover a conspiracy with catastrophic implications for the safety of not just himself, but his family too.

Also starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Andy Garcia.

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Rollicking Action-Horror Adventure: Hansel and Gretel – Witch Hunters

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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.

Rollicking Action-Horror Adventure: Hansel and Gretel – Witch Hunters

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.