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Surely one of the great debates of our time is the fight between White House Down supporters and Olympus Has Fallen fans. Personally, I like both “Die Hard in the White House” films equally. The former is a fun and fast action/comedy that’s clearly the slicker of the two, while Olympus trades the laughs for hardcore action including mass casualties and an abundance of up close and personal kills. White House Down seemed to have the edge going into 2013 with its bigger names (Roland Emmerich, Channing Tatum, Jaime Foxx) and audience friendly PG-13 rating, but it was the scrappy, R-rated, Gerard Butler-starring underdog that took the box-office crown. It was still only a modest success, but somehow it managed to earn a sequel. Butler returns as Stabby McHeadshot, a Secret Service agent tasked with protecting the American President (Aaron Eckhart) at home and abroad. The pair are in London along with several other world »
- Rob Hunter
“You don’t let them take me. If it comes to it, I want you to kill me. That’s an order.”
2013 gave us Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down, two different films about terrorists taking over the White House. But Olympus was the more profitable of the two, and now the all-star cast, which includes Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart as well as Oscar Winners Morgan Freeman and Melissa Leo, is returning for London Has Fallen.
The sequel looks to endanger the lives of more world leaders and blow up more buildings in a different city. Things seem to get pretty out of hand in their universe.
London gets destroyed on March 4th, 2016. Check out the London Has Fallen trailer below:
The post A Different City Falls in ‘London Has Fallen’ Trailer appeared first on PopOptiq. »
- Matt Linville
Focus Features has released the first trailer for Gerard Butler‘s action movie “London Has Fallen,” a sequel to 2013’s sleeper hit “Olympus Has Fallen.” Butler returns as Secret Service agent Mike Banning, and he’s joined again by Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Robert Forster and Aaron Eckhart as the President of the United States. The sequel also adds Jackie Earle Haley to the mix. Directed by Babak Najafi, the sequel finds terrorists blowing up London as they try to assassinate world leaders while attending the funeral of the British Prime Minister. Also Read: 'White House Down »
- Jeff Sneider
If Gerard Butler’s Mike Banning was planning a well-deserved holiday anytime soon, he ought to cancel it. Called out of semi-retirement to save the day once more, our grizzled protagonist returns to the fray in the first trailer for London Has Fallen, which ramps up the B-movie action to 11.
After going toe-to-toe with White House Down in 2013, Antoine Fuqua’s modest-budget, (relatively) high-profit blockbuster earned the nod for a sequel ahead of its like-minded counterpart. Fast forward by two years, and after persevering through a pair of delays, the follow-up – which sees Babak Najafi supplant Fuqua in the director’s chair – will call upon Butler’s old-school hero Mike Banning once more. When a terrorist attack brings to English capital to its knees, our covert operative uncovers a deadly ploy to assassinate a series of world leaders.
All of this comes to a head when the British Prime Minister passes away, »
- Michael Briers
Two years ago, Gerard Butler and co. surprised everyone when they beat Roland Emmerich’s White House Down with the similarly-plotted Olympus Has Fallen. The latter started a franchise, with London Has Fallen landing at the start of next year, while the former failed to recoup its budget at the box office. Butler, Morgan Freeman, and
- Kenji Lloyd
Two years ago, there was a multiplex showdown between two very similar vehicles: Gerard Butler's "Olympus Has Fallen," and Channing Tatum's "White House Down." Both movies centered on terrorist attacks on the White House Down, and the gritty, heroic agent who saved the day, but only one had enough juice to justify a sequel. Even though 'Olympus' only made $161 million worldwide versus 'Down' which hauled in $205 million, it was made for considerably less — $70 million versus $150 million. And so, it's Butler who's going on to save the day — again. Read More: Watch: Gerard Butler Takes On Terrorists In First Trailer For 'London Has Fallen' This time around, Mike Banning is going to jump into action when London gets blown up real good, and a plot to assassinate world leaders is uncovered. This may not be the smartest movie to ever be made, but you have to admit, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A fascinating look at the pitfalls of modern journalism, and a compelling portrait of a journalist who paid a high price for letting them trip her up. I’m “biast” (pro): I believe reality has a liberal bias
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Right, so, in September 2004, CBS’s newsmagazine 60 Minutes aired a story about recently uncovered military memos from the 1970s that appeared to offer some background to the fact — undisputed fact — that then U.S. President George W. Bush had failed to fulfill the requirements of his service in the Texas Air National Guard, which was itself a way for him to dodge the draft and avoid being sent to Vietnam. And almost instantly afterward, the authenticity of the memos came under attack. Not the content of the memos, but »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The strikingly literate biopic about the Apple co-founder was brilliant she noted, but after Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale passed on the title role, it lacked a major star, limiting its commercial prospects. In the end, Pascal, whose job was already threatened by a string of flops like “After Earth” and “White House Down,” couldn’t justify the risk.
Fast-forward nearly a year. Pascal is out of a job, “Steve Jobs” has debuted to rapturous reviews, and the film is a strong Oscar contender. It’s every bit as good as Pascal thought it would be, but the then Sony chief’s wariness also appears to have been entirely justified.
“Steve Jobs” was too brainy, too cold, and too expensive to make it a success. »
- Brent Lang
Underworld 5, as we're guessing it won't ultimately be called, is shoot to film in and around Prague for the next ten weeks. Anna Foerster is directing this time, having works as cinematographer on a bunch of Roland Emmerich films, including Independence Day and White House Down.
Cory Goodman has penned the script for this one, and joining Beckinsale and James in the cast are Tobias Menzies, Lara Pulver, Charles Dance, James Faulkner, Peter Andersson, Bradley James, Daisy Head and Clementine Nicholson.
The film is currently scheduled for release on October 21st 2016. When we have more on it, we'll pass the information your way.
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, War of the Planet of the Apes and Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island are all films that have eased into production in recent times, and now Screen Gems and LakeShore Entertainment’s Underworld 5 joins that list, with principal photography now underway on the horror sequel.
Setting up shop in Prague, the ten-week shoot will be set against the medieval architecture of the Czech capital, which will play host to both Kate Beckinsale – who returns as series stalwart Selene – and The Divergent Series‘ Theo James. They’ll be joined by Sherlock and True Blood’s Lara Pulver, who joined the casting list just prior to filming kicking off.
Keen to redeem 2012’s underwhelming Awakening, Lakeshore and Screen Gems has instated Anna Foerster at the helm for Underworld 5 – which may gain the subtitle New Generation in the coming weeks. Switching gears from cinematographer to director, »
- Michael Briers
Principal photography is underway on the latest installment of Screen Gems/Lakeshore Entertainment's blockbuster Underworld series in Prague. The franchise has grossed nearly $500 million worldwide. The ten-week shoot will take place entirely in the Czech capital and areas surrounding. At this time, Underworld 5 does not have a confirmed title. Kate Beckinsale will return as Selene.
Theo James returns as Selene's ally David, reprising the role he played in Underworld Awakening. British actors Tobias Menzies and Lara Pulver take on the respective roles of a formidable new Lycan leader and a fiercely ambitious Vampire. And Charles Dance again plays Vampire elder Thomas. Rounding out the film's stellar international cast are: James Faulkner, Peter Andersson, newcomer Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James and Daisy Head.
Often times in Hollywood it seems like filmmakers are either working from the same script, or are unable to see past the success of a previous film. Which is why film when a film like Olympus Has Fallen (or the very similar, and frankly better, White House Down) finds a modicum of success and popularity – enough to spawn a sequel in fact – it can have such a heavy influence on other action movies. Which leads us to Survivor.
The front of the UK DVD and Blu-ray are emblazoned with the slogan “From the makers of Olymps Has Fallen” and with good reason. This UK-set film follows the same story formula as the Gerard Butler-starrer, with and underdog government employee Kate Abbott (Mila Jovovich) pitted against »
- Phil Wheat
There’s a great movie coming out about the relevance of hard journalism in the Internet age: It’s called “Spotlight,” and you should definitely check it out when it opens in November. Less successful at tackling a similar subject is “Truth,” a film that’s about the importance of asking questions and speaking truth to power — and we know this because every other scene has a character launching into a monologue about the importance of asking questions and speaking truth to power. In his directorial debut, screenwriter James Vanderbilt (“The Amazing Spider-Man,” “White House Down”) can barely find time to show with. »
- Alonso Duralde
Cate Blanchett leads the cast in her second powerhouse performance in a film featured at this year’s BFI London Film Festival. Following her turn in the ‘sublime’ masterpiece Carol, Blanchett takes on the George W. Bush administration in this captivating true story.
Truth revolves around the events of 2004 at CBS News’ flagship news show 60 Minutes. Blanchett appears as producer Mary Mapes, who has stumbled across ‘evidence’ that could expose the then President Of The United States as an election looms. The story that they choose to cover for an episode of the primetime program asks questions of Bush’s military service around the time of the Vietnam war. Not having the physical evidence to back up the content, and with questions raised over the authenticity of photocopied documents, »
- Paul Heath
Cate Blanchett makes any movie worth seeing, and Truth is no exception. The directorial debut for screenwriter James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, White House Down), the film chronicles a memorable chapter in the history of television news. Whether or not it’s wholly truthful is a lingering question, since it’s based on one person’s point of view. In this case that person is veteran news producer Mary Mapes, who worked for CBS and won a Peabody Award for her groundbreaking coverage of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib. Blanchett brings her to life as a fully-realized character—aggressive, single-minded, impetuous. I’ve worked with people like her. The movie has the ring of truth and that’s what...
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- Leonard Maltin
Usually, a competing project is poison for a studio. Especially in the era now where a blockbuster costs the national budget of a small country to get out into the world, you don't want to be up against a film with similar subject matter.
Yet this keeps happening, time and time again. Even now, there are two live action Jungle Book movies in various stages of production, for example. And let us not forget when K-9 and Turner And Hooch once did battle...
But how have the movie showdowns of old turned out? And are there any instances where everyone's a winner?
Er, not many as it happens...
Let's start with two reasonably budgeted horror films, that both got wide releases. Jan De Bont »
The gripping docu-drama explains the fallout of CBS News airing explosive allegations about George W Bush's military record in the run-up to the 2004 election.
Questions about the authenticity of CBS's allegations would later bring an end to Rather's 24-year run as anchor of the CBS Evening News.
Truth opens on Friday (October 16) in Us cinemas. »
President Obama could be blaming it on the a-a-a-a-alcohol this weekend -- 'cause he's gonna be partying with Jamie Foxx at a ritzy celebrity event ... TMZ has learned. The DNC is throwing one of those big ticket fundraisers on Saturday in Pacific Palisades where the Prez will be pressing the flesh and working the room. The original invitation went out saying, "Musical guest Tbd" ... but our DNC sources tell us Foxx will be the entertainment. »
- TMZ Staff
Cannibals take over a restaurant and put the staff on their own sadistic menu in Gravy. Ahead of the film's October 6th home media and VOD release, we've been provided with an exclusive clip from the film in which Stef sinks his teeth into the twisted new version of the "Manager's Special."
"It’s Halloween night. A trio of costumed misfits with very special dietary requirements seizes a Mexican cantina and forces the staff to engage in a late night of gluttony. The only caveat is what’s on the menu…and who will survive ‘til morning! This deliriously demented horror-comedy is a true feast for genre fans. Stuffed with an outstanding ensemble cast and perfectly seasoned with laughs and scares, you’ll be sure to ask for seconds on Gravy.
- Derek Anderson
Truth is about to hit theaters (October 16), and it seems both surprising and curiously ironic that it isn’t getting a bigger marketing push. Anything with Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett demands a serious effort to get people into seats, and if you then add Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss, and Dennis Quaid, you have to wonder why you haven’t been hearing about this one almost non-stop for months.
Then you realize it’s a movie about Dan Rather and the news story about the President’s alleged Awol status during Vietnam, and it dawns on you that you’re probably going to this, or not, no matter who they cast and/or how much marketing they throw at you.
- Marc Eastman
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