Well said, Matt Goldberg. In the opening sentences of his review of The Heat (linked after the jump), our Managing Editor/resident film reviewer dropped some serious truth regarding female lead films, their often unfair characterization as “the female [insert hit movie here]“, and how ridiculous it is that it has taken this long to get our better halves at the forefront of a genre that has been around for years. I say this not because I feel like Matt needs my approval and/or defense, but because it’s thoughtful writing like this that makes me both a proud contributor and eternal fan of the site.
All high-fiving aside, this week’s Top 5 includes White House Down interviews with Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, and more, Dave’s The Conjuring set visit recap, The Heat interviews with Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, and director Paul Feig, Jim Carrey‘s announcement that he won’t be promoting Kick-Ass 2, and interviews from the 2013 Saturn Awards red carpet with the likes of Joss Whedon and Shane Black. A brief recap and link to each makes its home after the jump.
With director Roland Emmerich’s latest actioner White House Down opening this weekend, Sony held a big press junket across the street from the White House. While I’ve done a lot of interviews, it was incredibly cool to be talking to the cast and Emmerich with the President’s home right in front of us. If you’ve missed all the trailers, the film 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. White House Down also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick, and Jason Clarke.
During my interview with Tatum and Foxx they talked about whether it was a fun shoot, the sequence they were most concerned about filming, the incredible matte painting behind them, what they collect, and more. In addition, we also talked about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the Wachowski‘s Jupiter Ascending. Hit the jump to watch.
Looks like Django Unchained co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx are anxious for another team-up. Warner Bros. has acquired the feature rights to S. Craig Zahler’s upcoming crime-thriller novel, Mean Business on North Ganson Street. The picture centers on two disgraced police detectives who are forced to put a stop to a rash of cop killings in a small Missouri town. DiCaprio would produce through his Appian Way banner with partner Jennifer Davisson Killoran; Zahler penning the script. Hit the jump for more.
Making a silly, fun action movie is a difficult balance. If the film takes itself too seriously in order to make the stakes feel more immediate, then the audience can become uncomfortable (e.g. Olympus Has Fallen). If the film is constantly winking at the audience, then they can grow tired with a movie that’s trying way too hard to be ironic (e.g. Snakes on a Plane). Director Roland Emmerich has rarely had trouble striking the right balance. Emmerich knows to pepper the movie with snappy, funny dialogue, have the good-hearted characters take their situation seriously, and never be afraid to go melodramatic, over the top, and do so in a way that’s unashamed rather than shameless. White House Down is Emmerich at his best, and delivers exactly the movie we’ve come to expect from the blockbuster director.
Filmmaker Roland Emmerich is poised to blow stuff up real good this summer with the actioner White House Down, and in addition to showcasing what are sure to be some crazy set pieces, the film also features a promising buddy team-up between Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. Besides White House Down, though, those two actors are also a part of two of the most anticipated films of 2014, as they each appear in The Wachowskis’ sci-fi pic Jupiter Ascending and the sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, respectively.
Steve spoke with both Tatum and Foxx earlier today in Washington, D.C. for White House Down, and the two took some time to tease both Jupiter Ascending and Spider-Man 2. Tatum revealed that he actually plays a hybrid wolf and human in the Wachowski pic, which he describes as “a bit cheeky,” and the ambitious film is being made with “little or no digital stuntmen,” promising another groundbreaking effort from the duo behind The Matrix. Foxx also teased his turn as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Hit the jump to read on.
Sony Pictures has released four clips from director Roland Emmerich’s latest actioner 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. The film promises to be the kind of big and dumb summer fun that Emmerich does best, and should make for a refreshing sugar rush in the midst of the tentpole movie season. I also really like that the pic doesn’t try to take itself too seriously, and the chemistry between Tatum and Foxx looks to be quite amusing. If you missed any of Steve’s previous set visit coverage, be sure to check out 35 things to know and his interviews with Tatum, Emmerich, producers Brad Fischer and Reid Carolin, producer Harold Kloser, and production designer Kirk M. Petruecelli.
Hit the jump to watch the clips. The film also stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick, and Jason Clarke. White House Down opens June 28th.
There aren’t many surprises left when it comes to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx). We’ve seen him as the meek, pre-Electro Max Dillon, and we’ve seen his blue, veiny visage as Electro. Now we’ve learned what his voice will sound like as the mutated baddie. But before he gave the audience at The Tonight Show a sample of his vocal work, he explained Dillon’s wretched hairstyle. “My sister is my hair stylist and she created the ‘Django’ look; Ray Charles and things like that.” When it came to Dillon, Foxx explained, “When I’m the nerd guy, I want to be the first black man with a comb-over. I told her, ‘Make me look like I would look if I never made it.’” The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be truly groundbreaking when it comes to African-American hairstyles.
Hit the jump to hear how Electro will sound. The film also stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Shailene Woodley, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, and Sally Field. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for Roland Emmerich’s new action film, 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. I haven’t watched this four-minute trailer because the previous trailer already sold me on the movie. It looks like loads of fun by setting up one of most unlikely buddy-cop-esque partnerships, and then blowing up Washington, but not in an uncomfortable, far-too-serious, Olympus Has Fallen way.
Hit the jump to check out the new trailer. The film also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick, and Jason Clarke. White House Down opens June 28th.
Judging by the trailer, Roland Emmerich‘s White House Down looks like loads of fun, and while Emmerich’s movies have a reputation for being silly, a new featurette shows the creation of the President’s limo to be downright ridiculous. Dubbed “The Beast”, this featurette impressed the hell out of me as the crew explains how they were able to extrapolate the vehicle’s dimensions from a headlight, fortify the limo like a tank, and then make the car do all of the maneuvers Emmerich required for the action scene. Even if you’re not excited for White House Down (although you should be) you’ll find this featurette fascinating.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette. The film stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick, and Jason Clarke. White House Down opens June 28th.
When does self-indulgence trump talent? Plenty of directors have tested that boundary to their detriment: witness the litter of auteurial “visions” that almost destroyed the studio system in the late 1970s. Quentin Tarantino hasn’t gotten there yet. His voice shines too bright and his visions are too singular to let their increasing flabbiness bother us. But while his epic Django Unchained remains a terrific entry in his canon, one wonders how much farther it would have gone if the director could just get out of his own way. Hit the jump for my full review of Django Unchained on Blu-ray.
Sony Pictures has released a new featurette for director Roland Emmerich’s upcoming actioner 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. We saw in the most recent trailer that the pic has an almost buddy cop feel to it, and this featurette shows off a few new bits of footage that continue to be promising. We also get a fascinating look behind the scenes at the massive sets that Emmerich built in order to re-create the White House, as he shot almost exclusively on soundstages for the film.
Hit the jump to watch the featurette, and if you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage be sure to check out 35 things to know and his interviews with Tatum, Emmerich, producers Brad Fischer and Reid Carolin, producer Harold Kloser, and production designer Kirk M. Petruecelli. The film also stars Jason Clarke, James Woods, and Maggie Gyllenhaal and opens on June 28th.
In 2011, The Amazing Spider-Man went to Comic-Con, and showed off the first footage of The Lizard (the reaction on Twitter from my peers seemed to be “That looks like Killer Croc, and I hope they do more work on the CGI”). The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set to kick off the 2014 summer movie season, and so it looks like Sony is bringing the movie for a panel at this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con, which runs from July 18 – 21st. Jamie Foxx, who plays the villain Electro, tells Yahoo! Movies, “Now I’m just waiting to get to Comic-Con and see how people respond to it.” People will probably be enthusiastic. They love Spider-Man, and while The Amazing Spider-Man is a misfire, it didn’t kill off interest in the reboot. There’s still a great cast, and hopefully the script is stronger this time around.
The film also stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Shailene Woodley, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, and Sally Field. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
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.
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 couple months ago, Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhané Wallis was tapped to star in the remake of Annie. For those unfamiliar with the musical (or the comic strip on which it was based), Annie centers on a poor orphan who is adopted by Daddy Warbucks, a wealthy benefactor. According to Heat Vision, Jamie Foxx is in talks to play “Benjamin Stacks”, who is “a variation of the Daddy Warbucks personage” and in case you couldn’t figure it out, his name comes from stacks of $100 bills. While I understand that it’s appropriately updated, I couldn’t help but hear a needle-scratch when I read that name simply because of how corny it sounds. Hopefully, it works better in the context of the movie and the tone director Will Gluck and producers Will Smith and Jay-Z are going for.
Foxx is currently filming on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and is developing a horror series for SyFy. He’ll be seen later this summer in the action flick White House Down. Annie is eyeing a fall production start for a 2014 release.