WHITE HOUSE DOWN Blu-ray Review

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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.

New to Blu-ray/DVD: THE HOBBIT Extended Edition, TWILIGHT FOREVER, BOY MEETS WORLD: The Complete Collection, and More

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This week’s new home video releases include a couple of long-awaited box sets, an even longer cut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (read our review here), and a classic from filmmaker D.W. Griffith.  Briefly:

Friday Box Office: 2 GUNS Shoots Past SMURFS 2 with $10 Million on Opening Day

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Summer 2013 reached its pinnacle in July: closing as the second-most lucrative month of all time behind July 2011. Of course, after you reach the top, there is nowhere to go but down so.. welcome to August!

On the first Friday of summer’s final month, 2 Guns was the clear winner. The action comedy earned an estimated $10 million from 3,025 locations, including $1.27 million from Thursday night previews. Universal was expecting 2 Guns to hit $23 million through Sunday (about what White House Down earned for its June debut) but it looks like the R-rated release is aiming now for a debut of $28 million or higher. The weekend’s second new title actually caught the tail end of July. On Wednesday, Smurfs 2 opened in first place with $5.2 million from 3,866 locations. Based on Friday’s estimate, Smurfs 2 is expected to earn $18 million through Sunday, or about half of what The Smurfs realized in its first weekend back in July 2011.  We’ll have full details on this weekend’s box office tomorrow.

 Title   Friday   Total
1.  2 Guns   $10,000,000   $10
2.  The Wolverine   $6,425,000   $79.7
3.  Smurfs 2   $5,500,000   $15
4.  The Conjuring   $4,325,000   $99.2
5.  Despicable Me 2
  $3,100,000   $319.7

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

TOP 5: WHITE HOUSE DOWN, THE CONJURING Set Visit, THE HEAT, Jim Carrey Declines to Promote KICK-ASS 2, 2013 Saturn Awards Interviews

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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.

WHITE HOUSE DOWN Review

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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.

Maggie Gyllenhaal Talks WHITE HOUSE DOWN, the Great Advice Jamie Foxx Told Her, Making THE DARK KNIGHT, and More

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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 GyllenhaalJames 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.

Director Roland Emmerich Talks WHITE HOUSE DOWN, What He Learned About the White House, What He Collects, INDEPENDENCE DAY 2, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 179 days ago

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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 GyllenhaalJames Woods, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick, and Jason Clarke.

During my interview with Emmerich we talked about what he learned about the White House during filming, the biggest challenge they had to overcome to make the film, deleted scenes and what he collects.  We also talked about Independence Day 2.  Hit the jump to watch. 

Watch 4 Clips from Roland Emmerich’s WHITE HOUSE DOWN Starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx

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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 TatumEmmerich, 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 GyllenhaalJames Woods, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick, and Jason Clarke.  White House Down opens June 28th.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See WHITE HOUSE DOWN

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I’m so excited for White House DownRoland Emmerich doesn’t make smart movies, but he knows how to make damn entertaining ones.  2012 is like one gigantic third act, and we still talk about how a Mac brought down an alien mothership in Independence Day.  He strikes the right balance in his action movies to make them endearingly silly, and that that silliness was sorely missing from the awkwardly grim Olympus Has Fallen.  But 2013 is going to get another shot at Die-Hard-in-the-White-House, and judging by the trailer for White House Down, Emmerich is going to get it right.

I’m pleased to announce that we’re giving away passes to the Atlanta screening of White House Down.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free. The film stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie GyllenhaalJames Woods, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick, and Jason ClarkeWhite House Down opens June 28th.

First Clip from WHITE HOUSE DOWN Features Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and Rocket Launchers

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The first clip from director Roland Emmerich’s Presidential thriller White House Down hits the (weapons) jackpot with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx.   Capitol policeman John Cale (Tatum) is tasked with saving the President (Foxx) when a paramilitary group takes over the White House.  This clip highlights an action sequence from the rescue operation as well as the chemistry between Tatum and Foxx, which is reminiscent of Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson in Die Hard with a Vengeance.

The film also stars Maggie GyllenhaalJames Woods, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick, and Jason Clarke.  White House Down opens June 28th.  Hit the jump to check out the clip.

Four-Minute Trailer for WHITE HOUSE DOWN Starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx

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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 GyllenhaalJames Woods, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick, and Jason ClarkeWhite House Down opens June 28th.

Joey King Talks OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, Working with Sam Raimi, THE CONURING, WHITE HOUSE DOWN, and More

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With director Sam Raimi’s fantastic prequel to The Wizard of OzOz The Great and Powerful, hitting DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D on June 11th, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Joey King (who plays China Girl).  As most of you know, the film centers on a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics (James Franco) who finds himself transported to Oz and drawn into a battle between the three witches Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams).  Loaded with incredible visuals, amazing 3D, and a beautiful world created by production designer Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland, Avatar), Oz is the type of movie I can see families watching together for years to come.

During the interview, King talked about her reaction to seeing the finished film for the first time,  collaborating with Sam Raimi, what it was like walking on the yellow brick road for the first time, the complicated nature of shooting the movie, and much more.  In addition, she also talked about what it’s been like working on such high profile projects over the past year, her reaction to watching The Conjuring and White House Down, what it was like working with Channing Tatum, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

New Featurette for WHITE HOUSE DOWN Reveals “The Beast”

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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 GyllenhaalJames Woods, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick, and Jason ClarkeWhite House Down opens June 28th.

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