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Antoine Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen managed to emerge as the more capable of two practically-identical films released around the same time. Roland Emmerich, now heading into production on Independence Day 2, rocked up with his explosive jaunt into the same territory for White House Down. Was the deciding factor in which one would earn a sequel down to its leading men? Or was it simply a matter of brains over brawn? Whatever the reason, we’re now months away from a Gerard Butler-led sequel instead of a Channing Tatum one.
Oh, and Fuqua’s out too for the uniquely-titled London Has Fallen. In case the swapped out location didn’t alert you, this time the terrorist target has shifted from the Us to the UK capital. Behind the camera this time is Babak Najafi, who is directing most of the original film’s cast including Gerard Butler as »
- Gem Seddon
From out of nowhere screenwriter Peter Craig has emerged as one of the industry’s buzziest scribes. The scribe has racked up a solid resume of credits including Ben Affleck’s The Town, both instalments of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay and the upcoming Gerard Butler thriller Hunter Killer. For his next project, he is set to reunite with his Mockingjay star Jennifer Lawrence, as Craig is now attached to pen It’s What I Do.
Based on the life of war photographer Lynsey Addario, the title of the movie is taken from her memoir It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War. Warner Bros. snapped up the rights prior to the book’s release and started to assemble a preliminary team to bring Addario’s emotionally-driven tale to the big screen.
Thus far the studio has struck gold. Andrew Lazar, whose experience on memoir »
- Gem Seddon
Common will star opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Gerard Butler in the action-thriller “Hunter Killer,” from Relativity, in a story that's set beneath the polar ice cap, and centers on a renegade Russian military leader who pushes the U.S. to the brink of a nuclear confrontation. To be directed by Martin Campbell, from a script by Peter Craig, which is based on the novel “Firing Point” by George Wallace and Don Keith, shooting is set to begin in mid-July in New Orleans. Original Films’ Neal Moritz and Toby Jaffe are producing, along with Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh. No word on what role Common has signed up to play; his casting comes on the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Millennium Films and Focus Features have released a new poster and banner for London Has Fallen, the upcoming sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, which shifts the action to the UK and reunites cast members Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman. Check them out here…
The story begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world. However, what starts out as the most protected event on Earth turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. Only three people have any hope of stopping it: the President of the United States, his formidable Secret Service head (Gerard Butler), and an English Mi-6 agent who rightly trusts no one.
London Has Fallen opens on »
- Gary Collinson
Set beneath the polar ice cap, the story centers on a renegade Russian military leader who pushes the U.S. to the brink of a nuclear confrontation. Cut off from all outside communication, a submarine commander and an elite Navy special forces unit are all that stand between the Russian assault and all-out war.
- Dave McNary
We at Thn collectively love Keanu Reeves and have been immensely excited about his return this year in John Wick. Although not released in UK cinemas until April, Thn have been lucky enough to have already seen it and we can tell you that it is all kinds of awesome.
John Wick was so brilliant that it has awoken my long-forgotten admiration for Mr Reeves and compelled me to revisit his extensive back catalogue immediately. He might not be known as being the most heavyweight of actors but you have to admit the man knows how to make an entertaining movie, and he’s not bad to look at. Even if everything else about the film is terrible or ridiculously over the top, Keanu is always awesome – Jonnhy Mnemonic and Chain Reaction would be nothing without him.
Every Friday between now and the release of John Wick on 10th April, »
- Kat Smith
It’s nearly St.Patrick’s day, or as some idiots think its called, Patty’s day. Last time I checked, I found a patty inside my Big Mac, and I’m pretty sure theres a Patty in The Simpsons. Either way, theres no day named after a burger or a cartoon. So, as we’re located in Ireland and are about to get obliterated drunk for the next few days (hey lets play into the stereotype), we decided it was time to get our latest video online. Before we go drunken, bare knuckle boxing…of course. So this time round, we’re taking a look at the Worst Irish Movie Accents Ever! From Gerard Butler to Russell Crowe, these are proof that Hollywood dialect coaches are absolutely brutal at what they do…either that or they weren’t hired for any of these movies! Enjoy….and Happy St. Patricks Day… »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Working Title Films’ The Danish Girl, directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables) and starring Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, Les Misérables) and Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair, Anna Karenina), will be released domestically by Focus Features in exclusive engagements in New York and Los Angeles beginning Friday, November 27th, 2015, and by Universal Pictures International overseas. Focus CEO Peter Schlessel made the announcement today.
The Danish Girl is the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Einar and Gerda Wegener (being portrayed, respectively, by Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander), whose marriage and work are cast into the unknown when Einar begins a groundbreaking journey to become one of the world’s first transgender women, Lili Elbe.
- Michelle McCue
Erik: A Play About a Puppet Directed by Jerrod Bogard and Written by John Patrick Bray Rising Sun Performance Company Kraine Theater 85 E 4th St., New York, NY 10003 Bi, Hung, Fit...and Married: An Erotic Journey Directed by Seán Cummings Written and Performed by Mark Bentley Cohen Kraine Theater 85 E 4th St., New York, NY 10003 300 to 1 Written by Matt Panesh and Directed by Gareth Armstrong Monkey Poet Kraine Theater 85 E 4th St., New York, NY 10003
This is the second of two dispatches from the theater festival whose name continues to reflect conditions in our fair city: Frigid New York. Frigid is in its ninth year, and all of its revenue goes directly to the artists involved. This year, there are 30 shows running for a combined total of 150 performances in two theaters. We have previously discussed Frigid's Dog Show, The Can Opener, and the excellent Richard the Third and Goal; here, »
- Leah Richards
She's a force to be reckoned with! Katheryn Winnick returns as a shield maiden in Vikings, which had its Season 3 premiere last week. Not only that, Katheryn will soon be starring alongside Gerard Butler, Ed Harris and Andy Garcia in the thriller Geostorm, which hits theaters in 2016. To find out more about her upcoming projects, we caught up with this force of nature herself.
The Canadian-born Katheryn Winnick stars in History's breakout cable TV series Vikings as Lagertha. The gripping family saga tells the extraordinary tales of the lives and epic adventures of these warriors and portrays life in the Dark Ages, a world ruled by raiders and explorers, through the eyes of Viking society. The new ten-episode season begins with Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) as King and follows the great responsibility that now rests on the shoulders of the former farmer. New characters will be introduced, as alliances and loyal friendships are questioned, »
At the turn of the century, Tomb Raider was a franchise at the top of its game. As if that wasn't enough, the series had also spawned two moderately successful films starring the then up-and-coming Angelina Jolie, Daniel Craig, and Gerard Butler. Unfortunately, by time the film franchise started to take off, the video game series had taken a serious blow with horrible reviews and a failing public image. A third Tomb Raider film was, sadly, never meant to be. Twelve years later, it looks like Lara Croft.s next is finally leaving development hell, and taking aim at the box office once more. Variety has reported that MGM, previously named custodian of the Tomb Raider film series, has struck a deal with Warner Bros. to bring their long-in-the-works reboot of the archaeological adventure series back to the big screen. It.s been over a decade since Paramount Pictures owned »
Matthew Milam is joining Sony Pictures as VP of creative production. He previously served as VP of production at Skydance Productions, where he recently worked on the Gerard Butler movie “Geostorm.” Milam will report to Michael De Luca and Hannah Minghella, who serve as co-presidents of production at Columbia Pictures. Also Read: ‘Rush’ Star Alexandra Maria Lara Joins Gerard Butler in ‘Geostorm’ (Exclusive) “We are tremendously excited about Matt joining the Columbia team. We’ve followed his career from Warners to Skydance and have been utterly impressed with both his talent and his taste,” De Luca and Minghella said in a joint statement. »
- Jeff Sneider
This is a medium-concept romcom, rush-released to capitalise on Miles Teller’s post-Whiplash visibility. Teller and Analeigh Tipton (from Damsels in Distress) at least bring mild freshness to this tale of a mismatched online hookup that is extended by freak snowstorms; in some infernal variation, we’d be trapped overnight with Gerard Butler and Kate Hudson. Until the overcompensating finale, however, there’s scant internal tension – one minute they loathe one another, the next it’s all ping-pong and fairylights – and the pseudo-frank sex talk repeatedly hits the same one note. Two Night Stand is a notch below popping to Nando’s on the list of things to do with a significant other this Valentine’s.
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- Mike McCahill
Exclusive: Company signs new deals with Tele München Group, Viva and Imagem.
The company has signed a new output deal with Tele München Group for Relativity Studios productions in Germany and Austria.
A new partnership in the Philippines will see Viva distribute both Relativity Studios films and third-party titles overseen by Relativity International.
Meanwhile, Relativity International president Camela Galano and Imagem have extended the Latin American deal covering Relativity Studios titles and third-party fare on the Relativity International slate.
“Relativity International continues to expand its ability to bring both Relativity Studios’ films and our partners’ films to audiences around the world,” said Galano.
“Tmg, Imagem and Viva are all leaders in their respective territories and we are proud to be working with them.”
Tele Muenchen Group owner and CEO Herbert Kloiber added: “I am delighted »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Warner Bros has been shuffling its release dates around, with one film going back five months, and another having its debut confirmed.
The one that's been delayed is Point Break. The already controversial remake (mainly because it's a remake that at this stage, few people seem to like the idea of) was originally set for release on July 31st 2015, but Warner Bros has now pushed it back to December 25th 2015 in the Us. We'd imagine that Warner Bros in the UK will follow suit, and go for a December release as well.
No official reason has been given for moving the Ericson Core-directed remake back, but we can hazard a guess. Last week, Paramount moved Mission: Impossible 5 forward from December to a July 31st release date. Warner Bros, we'd wager, »
DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2 took Best Animated Feature top honors at the 42nd Annual Annie Awards held Saturday, January 31 at UCLA's Royce Hall. The Best Animated Special Production was awarded to Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey (Voyager Pictures LLC); Best Animated Short Subject Feast (Walt Disney Animation Studios); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial Flight of the Stories (Aardman Animations); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children Tumble Leaf (Amazon Studios); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Children's Audience Gravity Falls (Disney Television Animation); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production The Simpsons (Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television); Best Animated Video Game Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Ubisoft); and Best Student Film My Big Brother (Savannah College of Art and Design, Jason Rayner).
The Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 36 categories from best feature, »
Egyptian multihyphenate Amr Waked has joined the cast of the sci-fi actioner "Geostorm," which stars Gerard Butler, and which will be directed by Dean Devlin, who teamed with Roland Emmerich to produce 1996’s "Independence Day." The project tells the very topical tale of catastrophic climate change that threatens to destroy the world. Currently shooting in New Orleans, "Geostorm" also co-stars Katheryn Winnick, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia and child actor Sterling Jerins. Amr Waked has been cast to play a character named Ray Dussette, who's described as an impatient, intimidating security expert who works hard to keep everyone »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Egyptian Amr Waked has been cast in the forthcoming sci-fi action thriller Geostorm.According to The Hollywood Reporter Waked will play the head of security on the international space station.Geostorm’s plot centres around catastrophic climate change that threatens to destroy life on Earth as climate control satellites look set to cause a massive storm.Waked is a big star in Egypt and was seen in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and more recently in Luc Besson’s Lucy. Geostorm stars Gerard Butler, Katheryn Winnick, Ed Harris and Andy Garcia.The movie is currently filming in New Orleans with Dean Devlin (who was a producer on […] »
- James Wray
Egyptian multihyphenate Amr Waked (“Lucy”) has joined the cast of Gerard Butler sci-fi blockbuster “Geostorm,” in which he will play the French head of security at an international space station when the earth’s climate control satellites fail to function.
“Geostorm,” which is currently shooting in New Orleans, will mark the feature directorial debut of Dean Devlin, who teamed with Roland Emmerich to produce 1996’s “Independence Day.” Devlin’s Electric Entertainment is producing with Skydance Productions. Key American cast besides Butler includes Katheryn Winnick, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia and child actor Sterling Jerins.
Warner Bros. has slated the sci-fi action thriller, centered on catastrophic climate change that endangers the world’s survival, for release on Oct. 21, 2016.
Waked’s character in “Geostorm,” is named Ray Dussette, an intimidating and rugged security expert with little patience for error and stupidity who works hard to keep everyone safe, according to pic’s publicity notes. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Amr Waked was last seen as a French cop wondering what the hell he’d gotten himself into during the madness of Lucy, and he’s not exactly putting his feet on the ground for a new assignment. The Egyptian actor has joined the cast of Gerard Butler sci-fi actin thriller Geostorm.Dean Devlin is making his film-directing debut on the movie, in which Butler plays a charming but stubborn satellite designer called in to help when the orbiting devices that control the Earth’s weather start to go haywire, leading to fears that the worst storm humanity has ever known could soon befall us all.Jim Sturgess will be Butler’s estranged brother, with whom he’ll have to work if he’s to stop the meteorological apocalypse. And Waked? According to Variety, he’s set to play tough international space-station security expert Ray Dussette, who will likely be an important ally for Butler. »
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