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5,000 fans, friends and car enthusiasts attend a rally at site where Fast & Furious actor was killed in crash
• Paul Walker memorial: in pictures
The sounds of high-performance car engines filled the air on Sunday as thousands of fans, friends and car enthusiasts headed to the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita to pay tribute to Paul Walker at the site where the Fast & Furious actor died in a crash.
The memorial, planned through social media, was due to begin at noon, but mourners began arriving hours beforehand to leave flowers, candles, stuffed animals and other tributes.
By afternoon, about 5,000 people, including entire families with children, had gathered. Captain Mike Parker, of Los Angeles County sheriff's department, said the crowd was mostly peaceful but a man was arrested after deputies spotted him carrying a partially hidden and loaded gun and 40 citations were issued for illegal parking.
Many arrived in cars built for speed, »
The sounds of high-performance car engines filled the air Sunday as thousands of fans, friends and car enthusiasts headed to the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita to pay tribute to Paul Walker at the site where the Fast & Furious actor died in a car crash.
The memorial, planned through social media, was scheduled to begin at noon, but mourners began arriving hours beforehand to leave flowers, candles, stuffed animals and other tributes.
By afternoon, about 5,000 people, including entire families with children, dropped by, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker said, adding that the gathering was mostly peaceful. »
- Associated Press
Paul Walker fans have staged a public memorial service for the late actor in Los Angeles.
Thousands of fans and friends paid tribute to the Fast & Furious actor at a car rally in Santa Clarita on Sunday (December 8).
Former co-star Rick Yune was among those in attendance, along with many high performance car enthusiasts.
Walker and his friend Roger Rodas died when Rodas's Porsche crashed last month (November 30).
"We mourn his loss, but maybe we could just remember how great a guy this guy was and celebrate his life," Yune said at the event.
A crowd of over 5,000 people arrived at the memorial by the afternoon, leaving flowers, candles and stuffed animals.
The memorial ended with a cruise around the nearby area, 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Walker's family have asked for donations to be made to his natural disaster relief charity, instead of flowers or other gifts.
Millennium Films and Focus Features are teaming up for a sequel to this spring's Olympus Has Fallen entitled London Has Fallen, with Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman reprising their roles from the original.
The story takes the action to London, where U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) attends the funeral of the British Prime Minister with his Secret Service head Mike Banning (Gerard Butler). They must team up again to save the day with a British MI6 agent when a terrorist plot unfolds. Angela Bassett and Radha Mitchell are also set to reprise their roles as Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan and Leah.
Olympus Has Fallen writers Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt are providing the screenplay, with Focus Features currently seeking a director. Gerard Butler, Alan Siegel, Mark Gill, Matt O'Toole and Danny Lerner are producing. Production is slated to begin on May 5, 2014 in London.
The original Olympus Has Fallen, »
Vin Diesel has been teasing a role in an upcoming Marvel movie for a long time now. Just today, he all-but-confirmed to EW the rumors that he was voicing a character in one of the superhero-studio’s movies — probably Guardians of the Galaxy, probably Groot. This may be surprising, but it’s actually simply the next phase in an ongoing evolutionary process that dates back to the dawn of the new century. You see, way back in 2000 2001, Vin Diesel headlined The Fast and the Furious, a movie about fast cars and the furious people who drive fastly. Diesel left; in respone, »
- Darren Franich
Director: Antonine Fuqua
Running Time: 117 minutes
From Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter) Olympus Has Fallen is a story of redemption using a terrorist attack on the White House as its backdrop. Mike Banning (Butler) works for the Secret Service on the Us Presidential staff protecting President Asher (Eckhart). Following a ‘judgement call’ Banning is banished to the Treasury far away from Mr. President. When South Korea come to visit all is not well as some “friends” from the north have tagged along to cause trouble and promptly take the President hostage along with some of his staff including Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan (Leo), whose presence in this tripe is mystifying.
The troubles with Olympus Has Fallen are many: weak characters both in terms of how they are built and their actions in proceedings; some of »
- Sam Carey
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Running Time: 1 hr 59 mins
Due Out: August 13, 2013
Plot: After the White House is overtaken by terrorists, former secret service agent Mike Banning (Butler) is the only man left to save the president of the United States (Eckhart) and stop the terrorists from achieving their plot.
Who’S It For? While it’s by no means great, if an America loving, action-packed Die Hard riff sounds good, you could do worse than Olympus Has Fallen. Gerard Butler fans should also be pleased by the actor at his badass best.
Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Olympus Has Fallen. It really doesn’t get much more American than this. The film opens with the title bearing the colors of the American flag, and there are »
- Shane T. Nier
Olympus Has Fallen was one of two attempts to tell pretty much the exact same story this year, the other being White House Down, turning it into a kind of battle of who could put together the better film involving terrorists taking over the White House and taking the president as a hostage. While this was the first of the two that came out, I actually saw the latter first, and while it had its fair share of problems, I found it hard to lower the hammer down on it completely. Having seen both now, I can even easily say that it did a much better job of conveying the story for some very obvious reasons. However, before we delve into all of that, let’s take a somewhat closer look at what we’re dealing with in terms of plot.
Olympus Has Fallen begins with the tragic death of »
- Jeff Beck
This week: Saving the president, reclaiming the White House and averting a global nuclear war is all in a day's work for Gerard Butler in the action flick "Olympus Has Fallen," starring Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Aaron Eckhart and many more patriots in peril.
Also new this week is the horror sequel "Hatchet III" featuring some genre veterans, the rom-com "The Big Wedding" with a huge ensemble cast," and the Blu-ray debut of the original "The Muppet Movie."
Box Office: $99 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 48% Rotten
Storyline: Disgraced former presidential guard Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) moves into action after the White House is captured by a North Korean terrorist mastermind and the President (Aaron Eckhart) and some of his staff are held captive. As the national security team scrambles to respond and the Secret Service ground team is wiped out, it's up to Banning to retake the White House, »
- Robert DeSalvo
It happens time and time again: two movies featuring roughly the same plot are released at almost the exact same time. There were dueling disaster movies in "Volcano" and "Dante's Peak," a pair of movies about Earth-bound asteroids in "Deep Impact" and "Armageddon," and (of course) the showdown of the anthropomorphic ant movies when "Antz" and "Bug's Life" went toe-to-toe.
This year, we will once again be treated to parallel releases, with "Olympus Has Fallen" (which hit theaters in March) and this weekend's "White House Down." Both movies are about the Oval Office being taken over by ruthless international criminals, as a lone hero looks to save the day.
So how different (or similar) are these two movies? Below, we compare and contrast each film and decide which one has the better storyline.
Warning: Mild spoilers follow.
- Drew Taylor
You may be ready to check out Fast & Furious 6 in theaters, but are you prepared to correctly identify who every character is, how everyone knows each other and who’s dated (or murdered) whom? Well, buckle up. VH1 Celebrity created a character map of all the major characters from all seven films. (Yes, we included the still unfilmed Fast Seven…because we love you.) Warning: Fast & Furious 6 Spoilers. [Click for Hi-Res]
If you still don’t remember who everyone is then check out an extended guide below.
Brian O’Conner played by Paul Walker
What’s His Deal?: Well, he’s one of the lead characters and has appeared in every film except the third. He started off as an undercover cop assigned to bust a tractor trailer hijacking/street racing/crime ring thing, but let the group’s leader, »
- Meghan O'Keefe
Olympus Has Fallen, 2013.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua.
When terrorists storm the White House and take the President of the United States hostage, only his ex-Secret Service guard can do anything about it.
If you're looking for intelligent, realistic fare, this isn't it. If you're looking for cheesy dialogue with over the top action sequences and a fun time, then this is it. Olympus Has Fallen follows Gerard Butler's Mike Banning, Head Secret Service Agent to President Benjamin Ahser (Aaron Eckhart). After a terrible tragedy, in which Banning does the right thing, he loses his job at the President's side. However, when the South Korean premier visits the White House, North Korean terrorists attack, completely decimating the building and taking the President hostage, leaving only Mike Banning inside and alive. »
- Flickering Myth
Olympus Has Fallen, 2013.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua.
Disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.
Olympus Has Fallen is the very definition of mediocre. If it were a national soccer team, it’d be USA; if it were a flavour of ice cream it’d be plain old vanilla. Sometimes mediocre is Ok, and Olympus Has Fallen is at times just that; it’s Ok.
The entire film feels like it belongs in the mid 1990s, sandwiched somewhere in the timeline between Die Hard with a Vengeance in 1995 (when this type of film was at its peak) and The Matrix in »
- Flickering Myth
Director: Antoine Fuqua; Screenwriters: Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt; Starring:Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Rick Yune, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Dylan McDermott, Ashley Judd, Robert Forster, Angela Bassett; Running time: 120 mins; Certificate: 15
"Let's play a game of F**k Off. You go first..."
That cracking throwaway line, delivered with zeal by Gerard Butler's brawny hero to the mandatory North Korean baddie, exemplifies the heights occasionally obtained in this reasonably diverting thriller. It lacks the consistency and flair to live up to its attempted 'Die Hard in the White House' premise, for the most part feeling like an extended, bigger budgeted episode of 24 that runs out of ideas before the ticking clock and end credits.
Butler is at his quick-quipping, buttkicking best though, playing U.S. Army Ranger Mike Banning. Demoted from the Presidential Detail and consigned to a desk job after failing to save the First Lady (Ashley Judd »
Director: Antoine Fuqua.
Running Time: 120 minutes.
Synopsis: Disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack. Using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President (Aaron Eckhart) from his kidnappers.
Olympus Has Fallen is clearly a celebration of the core constitutional values of the USA, but make no mistake, it is not a sanitised and sweetened slice of Americana. Instead, the plot honours the human hands and hearts that helped build a nation out of bricks and mortar, blood, sweat and tears. A film crafted via the parallels of choice, relationships and kinship, we are drawn into a subtle maze of psychological warfare that sees our Theseus, »
- Anouska Davies
If there is one word you can’t use to describe Antoine Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen, it’s unique. The premise of a terrorist attack on the White House, and the President’s safety left in the hands of a rogue law enforcer, will be equally matched in White House Down this Autumn. However, Fuqua has ensured that this is certainly no prelude to Roland Emmerich’s effort – as Olympus Has Fallen is raising the bar, as a good old-fashioned action flick that guarantees an entertaining and worthwhile trip to the cinema.
Gerard Butler plays Mike Banning, a former Presidential guard who was fired having failed to save President Benjamin Asher’s (Aaron Eckhart) wife, in the car accident that widowed the leader of America. However, Banning has the chance to make amends, when a terrorist attack on the White House, led by North Korean assailant Kang (Rick Yune), sees the President kept hostage, »
- Stefan Pape
Aisha Tyler brings the faboo when she hosts the NewNowNext Awards.
TV Guide talks with Spartacus creator Steven DeKnight, who reveals that the meeting between Crassus and Spartacus was originally written to be used to audition potential Spartacus actors but was eventually worked into the series. DeKnight also goes into detail about why various characters got the ending they did, including the rationale behind Nagron's end.
I'm way behind on The Following but Vulture's list of all the mistakes law enforcement has made so far sure make it sound like a show that relies on an idiot plot.
If you weren't aware of at least five of Buzzfeed's forgotten sketch comedy shows, I'm shaking my head at you.
At the very least, we know there's going to be a mention of Kord Industries coming up on Arrow but will there be more, like an appearance by Ted Kord and »
Title: Olympus Has Fallen Director: Antoine Fuqua Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Ashley Judd and Rick Yune. Every state of grace withers. Luchino Visconti’s Fall of the Gods (the literal translation of the movie known as ‘The Damned’), set in 1933, portrays the downfall of an industrialist German family, caused by the Nazi outbreak. Eighty years later the silver screen is the stage of another political debacle: ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ shows America’s geopolitical role faltering. The White House (Secret Service Code: ‘Olympus’) is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped. In the meantime the former Presidential guard, Mike Banning, finds himself trapped [ Read More ]
The post Olympus Has Fallen Movie Review 2 appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
While the Oval Office on film is as familiar as our front room, the American blockbuster is safe. But the post-us empire beckons
In Independence Day (1996) it's the president who nails it: "The Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice, 'We will not go quietly into the night.' Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!"
American values – like freedom, and man's inalienable right to feature-length Will Smith – were now global values. That's what President Bill Pullman was telling us – just when the Us blockbuster was firmly consolidating its worldwide hold. Independence Day represented politics and entertainment in perfect alignment; a great example of how the presidency itself has been one of Hollywood's most effective propaganda tools for spreading the red-white-and-blue gospel.
The Us presidency is surely the most portrayed political office in cinema history. IMDb »
- Phil Hoad
Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Finley Jacobsen, Dylan McDermott, Rick Yune, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser | Written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt | Directed by Antoine Fuqua
For the last few decades there have been a number of action movies that followed the Die Hard formula. Films like Speed were successful enough to etch out their own place in the genre lore, while others were simple exercises in mediocrity. The latest example of this phenomenon is the action thriller Olympus Has Fallen. While it certainly won’t go down as a new high mark it is undoubtedly one of the better examples of how to take a classic formula and make it your own. By filling in the, “Die Hard in a _______”, statement with one of America’s most prestigious and scared locations–The White House it raises the stakes to a new level. Gerard Butler »
- Dan Clark
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