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Marco Polo will make landfall in late 2014.
Netflix announced Thursday that its anticipated original series about the famed explorer will be released on Dec. 12. The drama — which stars Italian newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy in the title role — is set in 1200s China, “a world replete with astonishing martial arts, sexual intrigue, political skullduggery and spectacular battles.”
Scroll down to view the first five images from the big-budget series.
The Equalizer has released its first preview clip exclusively through Digital Spy.
The film also stars Bill Pullman, Chloë Grace Moretz and Melissa Leo, and sees Washington reunited with Olympus Has Fallen director Antoine Fuqua, the pair having last worked together more than a decade ago on Training Day.
The Equalizer will open in cinemas on September 26. »
Aside from "King Arthur," filmmaker Antoine Fuqua is known for making action films that earn their R rating. "Shooter," "Training Day," "Olympus Has Fallen," "The Replacement Killers" and "Tears from the Sun" all deserve that rating because he doesn't compromise and rarely glorifies the violence.
The same holds true for his upcoming cinematic reboot of "The Equalizer" franchise. The Denzel Washington-led film has been labelled a "hard R" and Fuqua spoke with Collider on the set about why that's the case:
"I'm a product of older filmmakers I guess, the past where you get to make movies and scenes are what they are. You know if you think about Scorsese back in the day when he was making Taxi Driver, or Coppola or Frankenheimer, Sidney Lumet, they're making films where you witness violence in a real way.
And sometimes violence in a very real way is much faster and »
- Garth Franklin
Hong Kong – Richard Roxburgh (“Moulin Rouge,” “Mission: Impossible II”) and Radha Mitchell (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “Silent Hill”) take the lead roles in “Looking for Grace,” an Australian drama now in production under director Sue Brooks (“Japanese Story”).
Involving a lengthy drive across the wheat country of West Australia, the film is a story of a family pulling in different directions after their 15 year old daughter empties the safe and runs away to see her favorite band.
Producers are Lizzette Atkins, Sue Taylor and Alison Tilson, and executive producers are Antonio and Benjamin Zeccola of Australian distributor Palace Films. Hong Kong’s Fortissimo Films will handle international sales.
Finance partners include Screen West, Screen Australia, Film Victoria, The Melbourne International Film Festival Film Fund and Fulcrum Media Finance. »
- Patrick Frater
Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer remains one of the most anticipated (read: only promising) films in the lineup of September releases – and not without good reason. The movie sees Denzel re-teaming with his Training Day director Antonie Fuqua for a dark and violent reboot of the 1980s Equalizer TV series – and with Fuqua coming off of the gritty throwback action flick Olympus Has Fallen, action fans are understandably hopeful that The Equalizer will deliver something worthwhile.
Up above we have the latest TV trailer for the film, which aired during the 2014 MTV VMAs and features the new Eminem track, “Guts Over Fear”. For more on what the film is about and background on its central character, retired black ops agent Robert McCall (Washington), watch the behind-the-scenes featurette below:
Click to continue reading ‘The Equalizer’ TV Trailer & Featurette: Hero for Justice
- Kofi Outlaw
What seemed like an impossible idea before last year’s financial victory over fellow terrorism thriller White House Down is closer to becoming a reality. The Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen just locked in a director. Fredrik Bond, who last shot Shia Labeouf drama Charlie Countryman, will marshal the madness.With Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett, Radha Mitchell and Morgan Freeman returning as Secret Service agent Mike Banning, Us President Benjamin Asher, Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs, Leah Banning and Speaker Trumbull respectively, the sequel’s plot will see the characters headed to London to attend the funeral of our Prime Minister. World leaders from far and wide are in attendance, but it turns out that it's all a dastardly scheme to get them in one place for a mass assassination and a seismic change to the world order. Only Banning, the Prez and a distrustful MI »
Charlie Countryman helmer Fredrik Bond is said to be in talks to direct the follow-up to Olympus Has Fallen which has been named London Has Fallen. He takes over from the first movie’s director Antoine Fuqua. Bond was recently linked to a number of projects, including Pirates of the Caribbean 5.
Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman are all set to reprise their roles from the first movie, and as you can probably guess from the title, the sequel is set to bring the action to London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances.
As you might expect however, his funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the Western world, but what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders and unleash what is described as a terrifying vision of the future. »
- Josh Wilding
The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) is coming up fast, but organizers are still putting final touches on the festival’s impressive lineup. Highlights of today’s newly announced titles include the world premiere of the anticipated Bill Murray starrer St. Vincent, for which the actor is tipped to garner awards buzz, and Palme D’Or winner Winter Sleep‘s North American debut.
Check out all the announcements below…
Denzel Washington is one of the film world’s most prominent leading men, known best for his galvanizing portrayals of both real-life figures (Malcolm X, The Hurricane, American Gangster) and fictional characters (Philadelphia, Devil in a Blue Dress, Flight). Washington returns to the Festival starring in The Equalizer, an intense thriller that reunites him with director Antoine Fuqua (Brooklyn’s Finest, Shooter, Olympus Has Fallen) for the first time since their Oscar-winning collaboration on Training Day. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The 2013 blockbuster, Olympus Has Fallen, was not without its charms. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, it had a dark grittiness to it, setting it slightly apart from the standard, cookie cutter action films that essentially take the premise of Die Hard and change the setting and circumstance. Inevitably, it was a box office success, too, which meant a follow-up was immediately discussed. The sequel was already named as London Has Fallen, and now it has a director – in the surprising form of Fredrik Bond.
Bond is an unexpected choice to take this franchise forward, as he is relatively inexperienced behind the camera. He has one feature-length credit to his name – Charlie Countryman – which was not exactly an action-packed movie. However, it is Bond that is in the process of stepping up to this plate, looking to call the shots on a script whose final draft was delivered by Christian Gudegast (A Man Apart »
- Sarah Myles
I was pleasantly surprised by 2013's Olympus Has Fallen. I guess going in with low expectations pays off sometimes. While it didn't break any box office records, the film did make a tidy little profit and producers decided to move ahead with a sequel.
The new film is titled London has Falllen and sees the return of Olympus' three main characters.
This time around Secret service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) finds himself in London once again protecting President Asher (Aaron Eckhart) and the Speaker of the House (Morgan Freeman) while they attend the funeral of the British Prime Minister. At some point the shit hits the fan and it's time for Banning to go into John McClane mode.
The Hollywood Reporter announced that Frederik Bond (Charlie Countryman) has signed on to direct the sequel.
London Has Fallen is set to hit theatres on October 2, 2015. »
- Philip Sticco
Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman are all returning for the upcoming "Olympus Has Fallen" sequel, called "London Has Fallen." And now comes word that the film is close to signing a director. Fredrik Bond, who directed Shia Labeouf's "Charlie Countryman," is in final negotiations to helm "Landon Has Fallen." The plan is to begin filming this October and to have the movie ready for an October 2nd, 2015 release. Plot: The three main characters . a Us Secret Service agent (Butler), the Us president (Eckhart) and the speaker of the Us House of Representatives (Freeman) - are attending the funeral of the British prime minister when all hell breaks loose. »
London Has Fallen sees the Us president (Eckhart), secret service agent (Butler) and speaker of the Us House of Representatives (Freeman) attending the funeral of a British prime minister after his mysterious death.
The funeral becomes central to a plot to kill the world's most high-profile leaders.
London Has Fallen will arrive in »
Olympus Has Fallen came out at the same time as White House Down (Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx) and was probably easily dismissed if you saw the latter, like I did, as another one of those patriotic America Yeah! movies. But in reality it was a completely different animal and with the rumours that Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman are all set to returns to their roles for the sequel, they’ve wasted no time pinning down a director to take it to the next stage.
Going for the imaginative London Has Fallen, fallen down, fallen down…the new director has been announced as Fredrik Bond, the man who also directed the Shia Labeouf-starring Charlie Countryman, as they move events from the White House to London.
This time around, the three main characters, U.S. Secret Service agent (Butler), U.S. president (Eckhart) and the speaker of the U. »
- Dan Bullock
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fredrik Bond, the director of 2013′s Shia Labeouf drama Charlie Countryman, has been tapped by Millennium Films to helm London Has Fallen, the sequel to last year’s Olympus Has Fallen, which was directed by Antoine Fuqua.
Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman – who played a Secret Service agent, the U.S. President, and the speaker for the U.S. House of Representatives, respectively – will all reprise their roles for the sequel, which takes the action from the White House to… London. Obviously. The trio are attending the funeral of the British Prime Minister when “all hell breaks loose.” Again.
A Man Apart scribe Christian Gudegast penned the most recent draft of the script for London Has Fallen. Cameras are expected to start rolling in October, with Butler, Alan Siegel, Mark Gill, and Matt O’Toole producing.
Bond’s directorial debut was Charlie Countryman, »
- James Garcia
Filming can't be too far away on the sequel to last year's surprise action hit, Olympus Has Fallen. We already know that the follow-up is going to be called London Has Fallen, with Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman all down to reprise their roles from the first film.
However, director Antoine Fuqua, currently putting the finishing touches to The Equalizer, won't now be back. In his place? That'd be Fredrik Bond, currently best known for the Shia Labeouf movie Charlie Countryman. Bond is said to be in negotiations to direct the movie, with filming set to begin in October.
London Has Fallen is expected to be released in late 2015.
The Hollywood Reporter.
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Olympus Has Fallen was a big, chubby hit last year, getting director Antoine Fuqua back on the director A-List. But when the time came to put together a sequel, Fuqua got busy, and is currently following up the upcoming The Equalizer with Southpaw. That left the director's chair open for the upcoming sequel, London Has Fallen, and now it can be filled. The Hollywood Reporter is saying that filmmaker Fredrik Bond will the director of London has Fallen, which will feature the continuing adventures of Agent Mike Banning. Gerard Butler returns to essay the Banning role, and he'll be rejoined by President Asher (Aaron Eckhart) and Speaker Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), aka the toughest Oval Office in the history of movies. Now there's also a synopsis for the film, which involves another disaster that strikes while the aforementioned trio are in London at the funeral of the recently-deceased Prime Minister. No »
Despite some issues with storytelling, Antoine Fuqua’s one-man-army film, Olympus Has Fallen, is a solidly entertaining action movie. The movie follows an ex-secret service operative fighting terrorists in the White House (not to be confused with Roland Emmerich’s White House Down about a wannabe secret service agent fighting terrorists in the White House).
While both blockbusters performed well at the box office, Fuqua’s R-rated action film grossed more domestically and cost significantly less to create; thus, Olympus Has Fallen is the one that earned a sequel, titled London Has Fallen. However, Fuqua will not be returning to direct the followup, which was originally intended to begin production May 2014. Millennium Films has instead tapped a ...
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- Molly Freeman
Fredrik Bond ("Charlie Countryman") is in negotiations to direct "London Has Fallen," the upcoming sequel to last year's White House action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen," at Focus Features and Millennium Entertainment.
Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman are reprising their roles for the film which moves the setting to the United Kingdom. In the follow-up, the U.S. president (Eckhart) and the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (Freeman) are attending the funeral of the British prime minister when all hell breaks loose and it's up to Butler's Secret Service agent to save the day.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Olympus Has Fallen stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman will reprise their roles as Secret Service agent Mike Banning, President of the United States Benjamin Asher and Speaker of the House Trumbull, who all head to London to attend the funeral of the U.K. Prime Minister. A plot unfolds, using this event to kill all of the world's leaders and "unleash a terrifying vision of the future."
Christian Gudegast (A Man Apart, Sequestro) wrote the most recent draft of the script, which was originally crafted by Olympus Has Fallen writers Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt. Production is slated to begin in October.
The Olympus Has Fallen sequel now has a director. THR reports that Charlie Countryman director Fredrik Bond is in negotiations to helm the follow-up London Has Fallen, taking over for Antoine Fuqua who directed the first film. Gerard Butler reprises his role as a U.S. Secret Service agent with a penchant for stabbing people in the head, as he accompanies the U.S. President (Aaron Eckhart) and Speaker of the House (Morgan Freeman) while attending the funeral of the British prime minister. Obviously, things don’t go as planned, and Butler’s character must once again stab more people in the head save the day. Christian Gedegast wrote the most recent draft of the script and producers are eyeing an October production start date. Bond got his start in the music video world before making his feature film debut with 2013’s Shia Labeouf-fronted Charlie Countryman. Though the pic garnered a mixed response, »
- Adam Chitwood
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