On a tropical island inhabited only by flightless birds, Red (Jason Sudeikis) stands out in more ways than one. The entire island lives in relative comfort and perfect harmony. The few malcontents are sentenced to mandatory anger management classes, led by the nauseatingly perky Matilda (Maya Rudolph). While delivering a cake to a chicks birthday party, Red arrives late and can’t control his temper when the recipient refuses to pay for the order, due to Red’s tardiness. The altercation lands Red in anger management class. This is where we meet other characters like Chuck (Josh Gad) a mischievous yellow speedster. Bomb, a round black bird with a short fuse who, when angered physically explodes. Lastly there’s Terence (Sean Penn). Terence is the same type of bird as Red (apparently unrelated), but many times larger and only speaks with a short grunt or a long grunt. No one knows of the horrors committed to land Terence in anger management and it’s probably best that it remains that way. One fateful day the island is visited by its first visitors ever: a ship full of wayward pigs from Piggy Island. The Birds welcome their new friends into the flock, except for the skeptical Red, who questions the omelette loving visitors’ goodwill.
Jim Terrier (Sean Penn) is on the search for answers, after an assassination attempt in the Congo. While working for UNICEF and drilling wells in a village, Jim’s bloody past as a mercenary has come back to haunt him.
Eight years ago, Jim was working with a private security company while a Congolese airport was under construction. Jim and his team; led by Cox (Mark Rylance) and Felix (Javier Bardem) were also employed by a multinational mining company looking to protect its assets. The company hires Jim’s team for a political assassination, with the caveat that the shooter leaves the continent without a trace. Jim is that shooter and he is required to leave the continent and his girlfriend Annie (Jasmine Trinca), a Doctor’s Without Borders volunteer.
Set in Los Angeles, 1949, The Gangster Squad is a shadowy division of the L.A.P.D., commissioned by Chief Bill Parker (Nick Nolte); whose sole purpose is to destroy the mob led by Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). Lead by Sargent John O’Mara (Josh Brolin), the Gangster Squad proceeds with reckless abandon to do just that. The other members of the Gangster Squad shall remain a secret. You’ll find the best performances of the film there. The weapons training of the Squad is one of the more memorable scenes that doesn’t involve bullet-time shootouts.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures announced today that the release date for “Gangster Squad” is September 7, 2012. The announcement was made by Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President, Domestic Distribution.
Those of you who are fans of Oprah and have missed seeing her on television will be thrilled to learn that this January, on the Oprah Winfrey Network, she’ll be returning on a new show. The show is called Oprah’s Next Chapter and is an hour long new series that will air at 9pm ET/PT weekly.
The first poster for Terrence Malick’s film, The Tree of Life is now out.