MOVIE: THIS MEANS WAR
CAST: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Chelsea Handler, Laura Vandervoort, Til Schweiger
Chris Pine and Tom Hardy portray the world’s deadliest CIA operatives who are also inseparable partners and best friends… until they fall for the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis ever – each other.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foster, better known as FDR (Pine), is handsome, suave, and self-assured, and possesses a preternatural ability to attract beautiful women. His best friend and partner James, better known as Tuck (Hardy), is ruggedly good-looking and dangerous, but not nearly as skilled at romantic matters. Together, their unrivalled flair, formidable covert abilities, and good looks make them the best of the best among CIA agents. But FDR and Tuck’s longstanding personal and professional bond is put to the test when they unwittingly begin dating the same woman.
That would be Lauren Scott (Witherspoon), a senior product evaluator for a leading consumer advocate publication. She has a far-reaching knowledge of products ranging from ovens to smart phones, and is a skilled leader at her workplace. What Lauren is not good at is meeting men, until her best pal Trish (Chelsea Handler) takes matters into her own hands and signs Lauren to an on-line dating service – which Tuck had recently, and reluctantly, joined.
Tuck and Lauren’s first date is full of sparks and promise. After they say their goodbyes, Lauren wanders into a video store, where, coincidentally, FDR is looking for yet another romantic conquest. Unaware that Lauren has just met Tuck, FDR is intrigued when she blows off his advances. Lauren ultimately gives in to his charming “won’t-take-no-for-an-answer” tactics, and agrees to a date.
Lauren can’t believe her good luck. She’s gone from being alone to dating two gorgeous, perfect men. Meanwhile, the guys are quick to realize they’re deeply attracted to the same woman and their competitive instincts kick in. Ground rules are established. May the best man win. Friends become foes, and every covert trick in the book is deployed.This means trouble. This means war.
“It’s every woman’s fantasy to have two unbelievably hot, sexy guys battling over you,” says Witherspoon. “Lauren doesn’t know that Tuck and FDR are secret agents for the CIA. ‘This Means War’ is almost like two different movies. My character’s in a comedy and Chris’ and Tom’s are in a big action film.”Witherspoon also appreciated the two sides of Lauren. “At work, Lauren is the most decisive woman in the world, but in her personal life, she’s very indecisive. I think a lot of people can relate to her feeling of, ‘Am I picking the right guy for me?’”
FILM: WAR HORSE
CAST: Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Kebbell
DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg
From director Steven Spielberg comes ‘War Horse’, an epic adventure for audiences of all ages and an unforgettable odyssey of friendship, discovery and courage.
This sweeping tale of a young boy named Albert (Jeremy Irvine) and his beloved farm horse Joey, takes place at the outbreak of WWI. Joey is sold to the British cavalry by Albert’s father and dispatched to the front lines, where he begins an extraordinary journey against the backdrop of the Great War. Despite the obstacles he faces at every step of his journey, Joey touches and changes each life he encounters along the way. Albert, unable to forget his friend, leaves home for the battlefields of France to find his horse and bring him home.
First published as a novel in 1982, ‘War Horse’ quickly became a family classic of love and loyalty, beloved by children and adults alike around the world. The story went on to be adapted into an international theatrical hit – which is where Steven Spielberg first encountered it with a passionate reaction.
“I thought the story was absolutely fascinating, and I was simply transported,” the director recalls. “In my mind it was a very honest story; I saw it as a movie for families, the journey of a boy and a horse who were once so close, whose destinies drive them far apart. I hope this story will bring people together through this shared experience; its heart and its message can be felt in every country.”