Marvel makes it look easy. That’s what kept running through my head while watching Iron Man 3 Thursday night. Pumping out one solid standalone film after another with the overall goal of creating a whole that is equally, if not more, entertaining than its formidable parts can’t be that easy. And yet, Marvel makes it seem that way. In a medium outside of their native reach no less. Granted, Iron Man 3 isn’t without its flaws. But it doesn’t have to be. It succeeds on the exact level it’s meant to: in moving both the individual character and universal stories ahead in an entertaining and logical way. If “Marvel makes it looks easy” was my primary takeaway from IM3, “DC has their work cut out for them” isn’t far behind.
But enough Marvel love for one opening paragraph. In this week’s Top 5 we’ve got Iron Man 3 interviews with director Shane Black and more, a video blog review for Star Trek Into Darkness, the Pacific Rim trailer from WonderCon, Fox’s courting of Michael B. Jordan the the role of Human Torch in its upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, and the new trailer for Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx‘s White House Down. A brief recap and link to each is a “Continue Reading” click away.
A number of new posters have made their way online. Briefly:
- White House Down – The new one-sheet for Roland Emmerich’s actioner puts stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx front and center following the latest trailer. The film opens on June 28th.
- August: Osage County – The premiere poster for director John Wells’ adaptation of the stage play highlights the fantastic cast that includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, and Benedict Cumberbatch. The film opens on November 8th.
- Nymphomaniac – The not-so-subtle first poster for Lars von Trier’s next film teases the pic’s subject of, well, sex. The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, and Shia LaBeouf.
- The Bling Ring – The final poster for writer/director Sofia Coppola’s snapshot of the celebrity-obsessed showcases the film’s cast, which includes Emma Watson and Taissa Farmiga. The film opens on June 14th.
- The Hangover Part III – The latest character poster for Todd Phillips’ trilogy closer features Ken Jeong’s Mr. Chow. The film opens on May 24th.
Hit the jump to check out the posters.
Columbia Pictures has released a new trailer for director Roland Emmerich’s White House Down. The story follows a rejected Secret Service applicant (Channing Tatum) who must save the President (Jamie Foxx) when a heavily-armed paramilitary group takes over the White House. While the first teaser trailer played up the severity of the situation, this full trailer shows that the film has a much lighter tone than we initially thought. It looks to be along the lines of a buddy cop movie, only in this case one half of the team is the President of the United States. As for comparisons to Olympus Has Fallen, whereas the Gerard Butler-fronted actioner was all doom and gloom (and a heavy amount of “dumb”), this new trailer for White House Down makes Emmerich’s take on the same premise look like a whole lot of fun.
Also starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick and Jason Clarke, White House Down opens on June 28th. Hit the jump to check out the new trailer, and click here to catch up on Steve’s set visit coverage.
A new behind-the-scenes image of Channing Tatum on the set of White House Down has appeared online, courtesy of director Roland Emmerich. The story follows a rejected Secret Service applicant (Tatum) who must save the President (Jamie Foxx) when a heavily-armed paramilitary group takes over the White House. While you may have gotten a taste of what the movie has in store in the first trailer, make sure to come back next week when a new trailer drops.
The film also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Jason Clarke, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick and Joey King. White House Down opens on June 28th, 2013. Hit the jump to check out the new image.
From time to time I like to use the opening paragraph to discuss my latest screenprint investments and/or dream items. This week I’m playing a similar note as I recently picked up Olly Moss‘ “Batman’s Rogues Gallery” set on eBay for very close to what the timed edition went for originally. Those of you who follow posters and prints know how redeeming it can be to finally get an item you originally missed out on without having to pay exponentially more than its original asking price. Now, if only Ken Taylor‘s Halloween print would stop being so rare/expensive, I could officially run out of room on my walls.
I’ll stop gushing and leave any more in-depth poster/print talk to our own Limited Paper. For my part, this week’s Top 5 includes the first trailer and a video blog recap of 10 minutes of footage from Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium, our White House Down set visit recap, an exclusive interview with Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull, the first trailers for Ron Howard‘s Rush, and an extended interview with Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael. As is customary, a brief recap and link to each is ready and waiting for your attention after the jump.
Channing Tatum is running across the damaged roof of the White House as fast as he can. He’s desperately trying to stop Jason Clarke‘s character from firing a rocket launcher. As he races past debris and rubble scattered all over the ground, he reaches his goal at the lack possible second, tackling Clark and preventing him from firing the weapon. But as soon as he does, an epic brawl starts, pitting the two leads of Roland Emmerich‘s White House Down in a battle high above the ground. After some punches, I hear someone call cut.
Let me back up a second.
Last year, when White House Down was filming in Montreal, Sony invited a few reporters to visit the set to talk to the cast and filmmakers. While I’ve always been a fan of Emmerich’s summer blockbusters (Independence Day, 2012), this was my first time getting to see him work up close. As you might imagine, it was a very fun experience. Hit the jump for more.
While Channing Tatum has made a lot of movies over the past few years, he’s about to enter a new phase of his career: action star. And based on what I watched on the set of Roland Emmerich‘s White House Down last year in Montreal, he’s going to be great at it.
During a group interview in between set-ups, Tatum talked about if his outfit was an homage to Die Hard‘s John McClane, his thoughts on being in a big action movie, how he got involved in the project, his chemistry with Jamie Foxx, what it’s been like working with Emmerich, filming the action sequences, the success of Magic Mike and 21 Jump Street, the status of Magic Mike 2, and so much more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
When you think of Roland Emmerich, you think big budget Hollywood spectacle. You also know you’re probably going to see something that you’ve never seen before. If you’ve seen the trailer for White House Down, you know he’s likely done it again. The film stars Channing Tatum as a secret service agent who protects the President (Jamie Foxx) when the White House comes under attack.
During a group interview on the Montreal set, Emmerich talked about why he jumped from his sci-fi movie Singularity to White House Down, how quickly the film came together, why he filmed most of the film on soundstages, the attention to detail when they built the White House, why he cast Channing Tatum as the lead, the tone, and so much more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Last year, on the set of White House Down, I was able to participate in a group interview with producers Brad Fischer and Reid Carolin. They talked about how quickly the project came together, the crazy first meeting between Channing Tatum and Roland Emmerich, the tone (which they compared to Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, and Independence Day), how the film is going to take us into parts of the White House that normally aren’t shown, how the script changed, why Tatum wanted make this project, and so much more. Hit the jump for what they had to say
Over the past few years, producer/composer Harald Kloser has been working with Roland Emmerich on a number of projects. However, while they’d both expected the sci-fi film Singularity to be their next movie, everything changed after a late night of writing. Sony offered them the chance to make the thriller White House Down, and almost immediately after reading the script, they were in pre-production.
During a group interview on the Montreal set last year, Kloser talked about how the project came together, what it was like to build the White House from scratch, shooting partially in 48fps, scoring the film, script changes, the importance of having a strong antagonist, if the CIA or another government agency give them any notes, and more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Production design is a crucial, but often overlooked aspect of filmmaking. It’s the production designer’s job to take what’s written on the page and bring the setting to life, often trying to make miracles happen in a very short amount of time. Production designer Kirk M. Petruccelli had to be a miracle man on the set of White House Down. Originally scheduled for a 15-week preparation period, the schedule got cut in half and then he found out that Jamie Foxx had to shoot all his scenes at the beginning of the shoot, which meant all of those scenes need finished sets. For a big budget Roland Emmerich movie that features the White House, it was a major undertaking.
During a group interview on the Montreal set, Petruccelli talked about the challenging pre-production schedule, the locations, creating sets when reference material is scarce, creating “The Beast” (i.e. the President’s car), and so much more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
The Hero Complex Film Festival always manages to put together a great line-up with fantastic speakers, and 2013 is going to be no different. The L.A. Times has sent out a press release announcing that this year’s Hero Complex Film Festival will celebrate horror and sci-fi by screening films from and talking to John Carpenter, Frank Darabont, Chris Carter, Roland Emmerich, and Guillermo del Toro. There will be showings of Halloween, They Live, The Mist, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone, and Independence Day. Also, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the X-Files, the film festival will show three of the series’ best episodes uncut: “Pilot”, “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose”, and “Jose Chung’s from Outer Space”.
Hit the jump for the full press release. The 2013 Hero Complex Film Festival runs from May 10 – 12th.
Before I dive into the main topic of this week’s opening paragraph, just a quick disclaimer that the Top 5 will be taking a week off next Saturday to accommodate the first, and perhaps only, trip to Hawaii I will ever take. Here’s to hoping it’s less awkward but equally as life-changing and Kristen Bell/Mila Kunis-filled as Forgetting Sarah Marshall depicted. That said, while it fell just short of the cut this week, I still want to draw attention to the first trailer for director Adam Wingard‘s You’re Next that debuted on Thursday. As a horror fan, I’m always excited when a new entry in the genre gets lauded from both sides of the aisle (horror fans and those who aren’t as giddy about movies that make them think twice about turning out the lights). As far as I’m concerned, August 23rd can’t get here soon enough.
All Hawaii and horror fanboy talk aside, this week’s list offers up the first trailer(s) for The Wolverine, interviews with Dwayne Johnson and more for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the first trailer and posters for White House Down, a new red-band trailer for Pain & Gain, and The Host interviews with Saoirse Ronan and more. As you’re probably expecting, a brief recap and link to all of the above can be found after the jump.
The first trailer for director Roland Emmerich’s presidential thriller White House Down has been released. While the trailer (and plot) have lots of elements in common with Antoine Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen, our first introduction to White House Down comes through the lens of various news outlets reporting an attack on Washington, D.C. rather than centering on the heroic lead; we don’t even seen Channing Tatum until about half-way through. Emmerich’s usual flare for the dramatic is evident, but then he goes and does something interesting by allowing silence to fill a good portion of the trailer. It also looks like the danger will come not from an outside enemy, but from within. There are moments that appear to be more Die Hard in nature (and a few glimpses that could be considered spoilers), but there’s just enough here to warrant some interest even after a movie with the exact same plot was just released.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Jason Clarke, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick and Joey King. White House Down opens on June 28th, 2013.
This past weekend saw the release of Antoine Fuqua’s White House actioner Olympus Has Fallen, but we still have another similarly-premised action film coming our way later this year. Columbia Pictures has released the first teaser poster for director Roland Emmerich’s White House Down, and it’s actually fairly benign. The film stars Channing Tatum as a secret service agent who protects the President (Jamie Foxx) when the White House comes under attack. The poster appears to be showing audiences the calm before the storm, as we get a look at the Washington Monument (which decimated in Olympus Has Fallen) surrounded by a barrage of tourists. We recently addressed the issue of post-9/11 terrorism in movies as it relates to Olympus Has Fallen on the latest episode of our podcast The Collision, and I’m very interested to see what kind of tone Emmerich strikes with White House Down. The first trailer is expected to debut tomorrow, so check back here on Collider to take a gander.
Hit the jump to take a look at the teaser poster. The film also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Richard Jenkins, Lance Reddick, James Woods, Garcelle Beauvais, and Rachelle Lefevre. White House Down opens on June 28th. [Update: Two more teaser posters have been released and they are now included after the jump as well.]