The Premieres lineup for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival was just unveiled, and along with it a collection of first look images and synopses for said films are now online. Briefly:
- The Raid 2 – Directed by Gareth Evans; starring Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadewo, and Alex Abbad.
- They Came Together – Directed by David Wain; starring Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield, and Christopher Meloni.
- Frank – Directed by Lenny Abrahamson; starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Scoot McNairy.
- Laggies – Directed by Lynn Shelton; starring Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ellie Kemper, Jeff Garlin, and Mark Webber.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.
This year saw two films attempt to take down the White House, with the most recent being disaster master Roland Emmerich’s White House Down. Although he famously destroyed the entire Presidential residence in one blow in 1996′s Independence Day, Emmerich treats the title structure with much more reverence and care this time around. (Don’t worry, he still beats the hell out of it.) Equally bloodied and bruised are White House Down‘s heroic duo, played by Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, who must take down the threat inside the Oval Office while rescuing the hostages trapped inside. It’s one of Emmerich’s most entertaining films to date, and now that it’s available on Blu-ray, you can check it out for yourself in your very own home. Hit the jump for my review.
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.
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.
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 Gyllenhaal she talked about whether it was a fun shoot, if she wanted to be involved in more of the action (which leads to a great story about making The Dark Knight), what advice Jamie Foxx told her, deleted scenes, what she learned about the White House, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
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.
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.
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.
The first image has been released for Lenny Abrahamson’s rock comedy Frank. The film stars Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd) as man “who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender) and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal).” The film is based off the memoir by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats), and “is loosely based on Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.” As you can see from the image, Fassbender looks like he’s really gotten in shape for the film, and that shape is terrifying.
Hit the jump to check out the image. The film also stars Scoot McNairy, Carla Aza, and Francois Civil.
We’ve been provided with seven high resolution images from director Roland Emmerich’s White House Down, starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The Presidential thriller stars Foxx as the Commander-in-Chief who is protected by up-and-coming Secret Service agent, John Cale (Tatum). Gyllenhaal stars as Tatum’s boss who has clandestine tie-ins to his past. Be sure to check out previously released images here and here.
White House Down, also starring James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Jason Clarke, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick and Joey King, opens domestically on June 28th. Hit the jump to check out the images.
A new batch of images have gone online for director Roland Emmerich’s White House Down, starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The Presidential thriller stars Foxx as the Commander-in-Chief who is protected by up-and-coming Secret Service agent, John Cale (Tatum). Gyllenhaal stars as Tatum’s boss who has clandestine tie-ins to his past. Be sure to check out previously released images here and here.
White House Down, also starring James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Jason Clarke, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick and Joey King, opens domestically on June 28th. Hit the jump to check out the new images.
We’ve got a good selection of new posters to share with you today (in addition to these awesome examples from the upcoming Total Recall reboot). Here’s what we have to offer:
- Taken 2 – The sequel to Pierre Morel’s Taken features the return of ex-CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) who finds himself on the wrong end of a kidnapping. Taken 2 opens October 5th.
- Savages – Oliver Stone’s newest film stars Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson as two marijuana dealers who must rescue their shared girlfriend (Blake Lively) from Mexican cartel runners (Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro). Savages opens July 6th.
- Magic Mike – Based on his real-life experience as a male stripper, Magic Mike follows Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello and more through their daily (and nightly) exploits. Magic Mike opens June 29th.
- Won’t Back Down – Based on a true story of the fight to reform urban education, Won’t Back Down stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis. The film opens September 28th.
Hit the jump to check out the posters.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this afternoon. First up, director Roland Emmerich (2012) continues to impress with his casting choices for his next film, White House Down, as Maggie Gyllenhaal is now considering the project. The story is described as “Die Hard in the White House” and stars Channing Tatum as a secret service agent who must protect the president when a group of parahijackers infiltrate the White House. We learned yesterday that Jamie Foxx is being courted to play the president, and now Deadline reports that Gyllenhaal is in talks to take on the female lead role (which I’m assuming is some sort of White House staffer). Production on White House Down is set to begin this August, with the film racing another similarly plotted pic called White House Taken starring Gerard Butler.
Hit the jump for news concerning the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs.
The first trailer for the family drama Won’t Back Down (formerly Still I Rise) has gone online. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis star as two mothers from different backgrounds who join forces to take on the failing public school system. It’s a nice idea for a film (apparently based on true events), and the trailer has its moments, but I fear the full feature will be trite examination of a complex issue with a “nice” ending that wraps things up with a smile. The education system is in dire need of reform and taking a Blind Side approach to the issue is unworthy of the attention it deserves. That said, Gyllenhaal and Davis are fantastic actresses and Gyllenhaal has certainly been outspoken about social issues in the past, so hopefully Won’t Back Down tackles the issue with intellect and candidness and provides/stirs some thoughtful discussion on the topic.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Directed by Daniel Barnz (Beastly), the film also stars Holly Hunter and Oscar Isaac. Won’t Back Down opens on September 28th.
I have a tendency to write a little too breathlessly about projects in development at HBO. So it is important for me to learn that like every other network, HBO passes on some series, no matter how great the talent attached. Variety reports the network passed on The Corrections, the adaptation of the bestselling Jonathan Franzen book about “the troubles of a Midwestern couple and their three adult children as they trace their lives from the mid-20th century to ‘one last Christmas’ together near the turn of the millennium.” Writer/director Noah Baumbach (Greenberg) had assembled a stellar cast in Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rhys Ifans, Dianne Wiest, Chris Cooper, and Greta Gerwig. McGregor, a man of taste and distinction, praised the scripts by Baumbach and Franzen, saying the “lovely writing” convinced him to spend four months of each of the next four years exploring this character. They shot the pilot in February, but alas, the pieces apparently did not come together in a way that met the HBO standard. For more on what we’re missing out on, hit the jump for the full book synopsis.