Filming Begins on LONDON HAS FALLEN Starring Gerard Butler; First Synopsis Revealed

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I’m still bitter that when it came to last year’s “Battle of the Die Hard-in-the-White House” movies, the crown went to Olympus Has Fallen over the vastly superior White House Down.  But so it goes, and we will be treated to yet another installment of Gerard Butler‘s Secret Service Agent Mike Banning taking down baddies.  Millennium Films has sent out a press release announcing that filming has commenced on London Has Fallen, which sees Banning accompanying the U.S. President (Aaron Eckhart) and Speaker of the House (Morgan Freeman) to attend the funeral of the British prime minister.  The press release also includes the first official plot synopsis, and this is my favorite part: “a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future.”  All those unknown landmarks?  Totally safe.

Hit the jump for the press release.  The film opens October 2, 2015, and also stars Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Robert Forster, Sean O’Bryan, Radha Mitchell, Jackie Earle Haley, Alon Aboutboul, Charlotte Riley, and Waleed Zuaiter.

Frederik Bond Departs OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN Sequel LONDON HAS FALLEN Due to Creative Differences

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Director Frederik Bond (Charlie Countryman) signed on to direct the Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen just one month ago.  It was not meant to be.  Bond left the project six weeks before shooting is scheduled to begin.  A Millennium spokesperson told Heat Vision that Bond departed due to creative difference, although the split is reportedly “amicable.”

London Has Fallen has an unusual schedule to accommodate star Gerard Butler‘s current engagement shooting Geostorm.  The plan is to shoot for a month with Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo starting in October, then pick back up with Butler on board in April.  Producer Mark Gill and Butler are looking at candidates and hope to find a new director in the next 72 hours, so it seems they are determined to maintain that schedule.

Fredrik Bond to Direct OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN Sequel LONDON HAS FALLEN

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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 and Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt wrote the 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, Bond subsequently landed on a few promising director shortlists, including Pirates of the Caribbean 5.  Focus Features will release London Has Fallen on October 2, 2015.

LONDON HAS FALLEN to Open October 2nd, 2015; Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart Return

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Gerard Butler is set to save the world again, this time while based in a foreign country.  After saving the President of the U.S.A. (Aaron Eckhart) in Olympus Has Fallen, the sequel London Has Fallen will reunite Butler’s Mike Banning with Eckhart’s head of state, Benjamin Asher.  The newly revealed synopsis sees the Americans and other foreign dignitaries in London to attend the funeral of the British Prime Minister (who apparently doesn’t even get the opportunity to survive terrorists).  When a new plot to assassinate the world leaders crops up, only Banning, Asher, and an MI-6 agent can put a stop to it.

Focus Features will release London Has Fallen on October 2, 2015.  Hit the jump for more.

Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, and Aaron Eckhart Returning for OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN Sequel LONDON HAS FALLEN

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This year’s battle of the White House actioners did not play out as most expected.  Director Roland Emmerich’s Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx-fronted White House Down was supposed to be a massive summer hit, but instead the film only managed to gross $73 million domestically.  March’s Olympus Has Fallen, however, was a surprise success, taking in $161 million worldwide against a significantly smaller budget than Emmerich’s pic.  Now it’s the Gerard Butler film that has franchise potential, as the newly restructured Focus Features (which recently absorbed FilmDistrict) is moving forward with an Olympus Has Fallen sequel called London Has Fallen.  Hit the jump for more, including which actors will be back.

OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN Blu-ray Review

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By now you’ve all heard about Olympus Has Fallen‘sDie Hard in the White House” pitch.  It’s a brilliant idea and it’s surprising that it took so damn long for someone to milk.  The problem is that Antoine Fuqua and company didn’t really take the concept beyond the basic premise of a highly skilled loner taking on a gang of terrorists by himself.  The film is drained of any of Die Hard‘s charm and cleverness and fills in the gaps with a bewildering tone and eye-rolling patriotism.  The action scenes are top notch though, so fans of the genre will definitely be consoled.  But anyone looking for the new John McClane will be severely bummed. And now you can relive the mixed experience again with the Sony Blu-ray, which is boasts unreal 5.1 audio.  More on our review of the Olympus Has Fallen Blu-ray after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, THE MUPPET MOVIE, GIRLS Season 2, and More

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Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

Weekend Box Office: MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Holds, THE HEAT Sparks and WHITE HOUSE DOWN Stalls

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With an estimated $46.1 million, Monsters University had no trouble holding on to first place in its sophomore frame. With Pixar’s track record, that was never really in doubt. Of more interest were the debuts of The Heat and White House Down. Would the summer box office make room for two strong openings, as it did for Monsters U and World War Z last weekend?  Not this time.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Monsters University $46,180,000 $171
2.  The Heat $40,000,000 $40
3.  World War Z $29,800,000 $123.7
4.  White House Down $25,700,000 $25.7
5.  Man of Steel $20,820,000 $248.6
6.  This Is The End $8,700,000 $74.6
7.  Now You See Me $5,500,000 $104.6
8.  Fast & Furious 6 $2,410,000 $233.3
9.  Star Trek Into Darkness $2,040,000 $220.5
10.  The Internship $1,425,000 $41.7

Friday Box Office: MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Stays on Top; THE HEAT Beats WHITE HOUSE DOWN on First Day

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Following its impressive debut last weekend, Monsters University held on to first place on Friday with an estimated $14.2 million. As expected, the Pixar prequel edged out newcomers The Heat and White House Down and will now enjoy its second weekend on top with at least $45 million.

In the battle of the new releases, The Heat clearly burned the brightest. The R-rated comedy earned an estimated $13.6 million from 3,181 locations on Friday, including $1 million from Thursday pm previews. That puts the Fox feature on track for over $35 million through Sunday – topping its $30 million studio projection. A few weeks back, Sony’s White House Down was also expected to open in the $30-$35 million range. But after realizing just $9 million from 3,222 locations on Friday, the action-thriller will be lucky to reach $25 million by Sunday. In case you’re keeping score, Olympus Has Fallen earned $30.3 million for its debut last March – and with half the reported budget of White House Down. We’ll have complete details on this weekend’s box office tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Monsters University $14,280,000 $139.1
2.  The Heat $13,600,000 $13.6
3.  White House Down $9,000,000 $9
4.  World War Z $8,940,000 $102.8
5.  Man of Steel $6,020,000 $233.8

THE COLLISION: Episode 40 – Terrorism, 9/11, and OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN

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On the one-year anniversary of The Collision, we take a look at how terrorism-related action movies have changed in the years since 9/11, balancing thoughtfulness and violent entertainment, escapism, America’s short-term memory, and more.  This surprisingly weighty discussion is sparked by exploring the shortcomings of Antoine Fuqua‘s new film, Olympus Has Fallen.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“The Veronica Mars Movie Kickstarter”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Weekend Box Office: THE CROODS and OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN Excel while ADMISSION Struggles

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For those who overlooked the record-breaking success of The Hunger Games one year ago, it was a great weekend at the US box office. Two of the three new releases exceeded expectations, with Olympus Has Fallen nearly doubling studio projections. Only the Tina Fey comedy Admission stumbled – barely topping what Spring Breakers brought in from half as many locations.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Croods $44,700,000 $44.7
2.  Olympus Has Fallen $30,500,000 $30.5
3.  Oz the Great and Powerful $22,031,700 $177.5
4.  The Call $8,700,000 $30.9
5.  Admission $6,445,000 $6.4
6.  Spring Breakers $5,000,000 $5.4
7.  The Incredible Burt Wonderstone $4,275,000 $17.3
8.  Jack the Giant Slayer $2,965,000 $59
9.  Identity Thief $2,500,000 $127.6
10.  Snitch $1,930,000 $40.3

TOP 5: SPRING BREAKERS, TRANSFORMERS 4 Plot Details, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Trailer and Poster, THE CROODS

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The nationwide expansion of Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers meant that I had the opportunity to catch the film last night at my local theater. We’ll talk a more specifically about our coverage of the film after the jump. For now, I’d like to make a futile attempt at encapsulating my feelings on the pic in the next few sentences. There’s a lot to like about Breakers whether it be the performances (James Franco‘s especially), the music, the slick editing and use of foreshadowing, etc. Nevertheless, for me this isn’t a movie that I “liked” as much as it’s one I respect. It’s beautiful, surreal, challenging, abhorrent, and vapid all at the same time. In other words, it’s art.

I could go on for days about the pic but that’s not why we’re here. In this week’s Top 5 we’ll take a look at our Breakers coverage, some Transformers 4 plot details, Olympus Has Fallen interviews with Gerard Butler and Antoine Fuqua just to name a few, a new trailer and poster for Star Trek Into Darkness, and The Croods interviews with Nicolas Cage and more. As is standard, a brief recap and link to each awaits after the jump.

Friday Box Office: Strong Starts for THE CROODS and OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN; SPRING BREAKERS Expands

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Although the top ten films combined won’t match the debut of last year’s The Hunger Games, overall it looks like a good weekend at the domestic box office. Things look especially promising for DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods, which is on track for the second-highest debut of 2013 with over $40 million. In its first day in 4,046 locations, The Croods earned an estimated $11.6 million: just under the opening of DWA’s How to Train Your Dragon in March of 2010. In second place, FilmDistrict’s Olympus Has Fallen also looks strong. The R-rated thriller exceeded expectations on Friday with an estimated take of $10 million from 3,098 locations, and is now on track to top $25 million through Sunday. After setting records in just three theatres last weekend, Spring Breakers expanded into 1,104 venues yesterday and earned an estimated $2.1 million for fifth place. The only new release headed for trouble, in fact, is Admission. The comedy opened in sixth place and will fall short of $7 million from its 2,160 dates this weekend. We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title  Friday Total
1.  The Croods  $11,600,000 $11.6
2.  Olympus Has Fallen  $10,040,000 $10
3.  Oz the Great and Powerful  $5,645,000 $161.1
4.  The Call  $2,675,000 $24.8
5.  Spring Breakers  $2,100,000 $2.5

Antoine Fuqua Talks OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, How He Got Into Directing, Deleted Scenes, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Antoine Fuqua’s White House actioner Olympus Has Fallen.  The film stars Gerard Butler as a disgraced Secret Service agent called back to duty when terrorists take over the White House and capture the President (Aaron Eckhart).  The film also stars Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Ashley Judd, Melissa Leo, Robert Forster, Dylan McDermott, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Rick Yune.  If you’ve been waiting for Butler to return to action, you’re going to be very happy watching Olympus Has Fallen.  Not only is the film a hard R for graphic violence, it features Butler kicking ass in some great action set pieces.  Watch some clips here.

A few days ago I landed an exclusive interview with Fuqua here in Los Angeles.   During our wide-ranging conversation we talked about what it’s been like promoting the film all over the country,  how Seven Samurai was the movie that inspired him to become a filmmaker, the interesting way he got into directing (an art class in college led to him abandoning electrical engineering and pursuing a career in film), making Olympus Has Fallen, deleted scenes, the length of his first cut, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Aaron Eckhart Talks OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, His Acting Origins and Methods, Plus I, FRANKENSTEIN and Possible DIVERGENT Casting

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Opening this weekend is director Antoine Fuqua’s White House actioner Olympus Has Fallen.  The film stars Gerard Butler as a disgraced Secret Service agent called back to duty when terrorists take over the White House and capture the President (Aaron Eckhart).  The film also stars Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Ashley Judd, Melissa Leo, Robert Forster, Dylan McDermott, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Rick Yune.  If you’ve been waiting for Butler to return to action, you’re going to be very happy watching Olympus Has Fallen.  Not only is the film a hard R for graphic violence, it features Butler kicking ass in some great action set pieces.  Watch some clips here.

A few days ago I landed an exclusive interview with Eckhart here in Los Angeles.   During our wide-ranging conversation, we talked about making Olympus Has Fallen, the great supporting cast, the violence, how he got into acting, Twitter, how he prepares for a role, the way great directors craft a performance, I, Frankenstein and whether he will join the cast of Divergent.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.

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