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Warner Bros. Pictures 2011 Fall/Winter Preview Includes First Look At Tom Hanks’ EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE

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GWYNETH PALTROW as Beth Emhoff in Warner Bros. Pictures’ thriller “CONTAGION,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Claudette Barius

Warner Bros. Pictures has sent us a preview, along with new photos, of their 2011 Fall / Holiday movies – along with a first look at some new images. Most noticable among the list are award season potentials CONTAGION from Steven Soderbergh, Clint Eastwood’s J. EDGAR, Guy Ritchie’s SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS, and Stephen Daldry’s EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE.

MATT DAMON as Mitch Emhoff in Warner Bros. Pictures’ thriller “CONTAGION,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Claudette Barius

In theaters and IMAX on September 9

(Warner Bros. Pictures/Participant Media/Imagenation Abu Dhabi)

JUDE LAW as Alan Krumwlede in Warner Bros. Pictures’ thriller “CONTAGION,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Claudette Barius

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Scott Z. Burns
Producers: Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Gregory Jacobs
Executive Producers: Jeff Skoll, Michael Polaire, Jonathan King, Ricky Strauss

Cast: Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Ehle, Sanaa Lathan

Thriller. “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.

(L-r) NATHAN GAMBLE as Sawyer Nelson and WINTER as herself, in Alcon Entertainment’s family adventure “DOLPHIN TALE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

In 3D and 2D in select theaters on September 23

(Warner Bros. Pictures/Alcon Entertainment)

Director: Charles Martin Smith
Writers: Karen Janszen and Noam Dromi
Producers: Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Richard Ingber
Executive Producers: Robert Engelman, Steven P. Wegner

Cast: Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Austin Stowell, Morgan Freeman

Family Adventure. “Dolphin Tale” is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life. Swimming free, 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. Without a tail, Winter’s prognosis is dire. 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—a miracle that might not only save Winter but could also help scores of people around the world. The real Winter, who plays herself in “Dolphin Tale,” today serves as a symbol of courage, perseverance and hope to millions of people—both able and disabled—who have been touched by her remarkable story of recovery and rehabilitation.

This film has been rated PG for mild thematic elements.

(L-r) JOHN CHO as Harold, NEIL PATRICK HARRIS as himself and KAL PENN as Kumar in New Line Cinema’s and Mandate Pictures’ comedy “A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Darren Michaels

In 3D and 2D in select theaters on November 4

(New Line/Mandate Pictures)

Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Writers: Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg
Producer: Greg Shapiro
Executive Producers: Nathan Kahane, Nicole Brown, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, Samuel J. Brown

Cast: John Cho, Kal Penn, Paula Garcés, Danneel Harris, Tom Lennon, Danny Trejo, Elias Koteas, Eddie Kaye Thomas, David Krumholtz, Patton Oswalt, Neil Patrick Harris

(Trailer via Yahoo! Movies)

Comedy. The new “Harold & Kumar” comedy picks up six years after the duo’s last adventure. After years of growing apart, Harold Lee (John Cho) and Kumar Patel (Kal Penn) have replaced each other with new friends and are preparing for their respective Yuletide celebrations. But when a mysterious package mistakenly arrives at Kumar’s door on Christmas Eve, his attempt to redirect it to Harold’s house ends with the “high grade” contents—and Harold’s father-in-law’s prize Christmas tree—going up in smoke. With his in-laws out of the house for the day, Harold decides to cover his tracks, rather than come clean. Reluctantly embarking on another ill-advised journey with Kumar through New York City, their search for the perfect replacement tree almost blows Christmas Eve sky high.

This film has been rated R for strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence.

In theaters on November 9 (Limited)  /  November 11 (Wide)

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Director: Clint Eastwood
Writer: Dustin Lance Black
Producers: Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer, Robert Lorenz
Executive Producers: Tim Moore, Erica Huggins

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, Armie Hammer, Josh Lucas, Ken Howard

Drama. “J. Edgar” explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century. As the face of law enforcement in America for almost fifty years, J. Edgar Hoover (DiCaprio) was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.

(R-l) Erik, Boadicea, Atticus, Ramon, Lovelace, Mumble and Sven (flying) in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ animated family comedy adventure “HAPPY FEET TWO,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

In 3D and 2D in select theaters and IMAX on November 18

(Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures)

Director: George Miller
Writers: George Miller, Gary Eck, Warren Coleman, Paul Livingston
Producers: Doug Mitchell, George Miller, Bill Miller
Executive Producers: Chris deFaria, Graham Burke, Bruce Berman

Cast: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Alecia Moore (P!nk), Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Sofia Vergara, Common, Hugo Weaving, Magda Szubanski, Anthony LaPaglia, Richard Carter, Benjamin “Lil P-Nut” Flores, Jr.

Animated Family Comedy Adventure. The sequel to “Happy Feet,” the Academy Award®-winning animated smash hit, “Happy Feet Two” returns audiences to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica in superb 3D. Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem because his tiny son, Erik, is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven—a penguin who can fly! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model. But things get worse when the world is shaken by powerful forces. Erik learns of his father’s “guts and grit” as Mumble brings together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures—from tiny Krill to giant Elephant Seals—to put things right.

(L-r) JON BON JOVI as Jensen and LEA MICHELE as Elise in New Line Cinema’s romantic comedy “NEW YEAR’S EVE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Andrew Schwartz

In theaters on December 9

(New Line)

Director: Garry Marshall
Writer: Katherine Fugate
Producers: Mike Karz, Wayne Rice, Garry Marshall
Executive Producers: Toby Emmerich, Samuel J. Brown, Michael Disco, Josie Rosen, Diana Pokorny

Cast: Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Hector Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Hilary Swank, Sofia Vergara

Romantic Comedy. “New Year’s Eve” celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in the intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year.

(L-r) JUDE LAW as Dr. Watson and ROBERT DOWNEY JR. as Sherlock Holmes in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ action adventure mystery “SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Daniel Smith

In theaters on December 16

(Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures)

Director: Guy Ritchie
Writers: Michele Mulroney & Kieren Mulroney
Producers: Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey, Dan Lin
Executive Producer: Bruce Berman

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Fry

Action Adventure Mystery. Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) has always been the smartest man in the room…until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large—Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)—and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder—a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by Professor Moriarty. The cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead of Holmes as he spins a web of death and destruction—all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history.

(L-r) THOMAS HORN as Oskar and TOM HANKS as Oskar’s father in Warner Bros. Pictures’ drama “EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Francois Duhamel

In theaters on December 25 (Limited) / January 20 (Wide)

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Director: Stephen Daldry
Writers: Screenplay by Eric Roth
Based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer
Producer: Scott Rudin
Executive Producers: Celia Costas, Mark Roybal, Nora Skinner

Cast: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, James Gandolfini, Zoe Caldwell,
Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright, Max von Sydow

Drama. Oskar (Thomas Horn) is convinced that his father (Tom Hanks), who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left a final message for him hidden somewhere in the city. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother (Sandra Bullock) and driven by a relentlessly active mind that refuses to believe in things that can’t be observed, Oskar begins searching New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father’s closet. His journey through the five boroughs takes him beyond his own loss to a greater understanding of the observable world around him.

This film has been rated PG-13 for disturbing content and some language.

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