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‘Charlie Countryman’ Director Fredrik Bond To Helm ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Sequel

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 18, 2014 7:03 PM
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To recap: With “Independence Day 2” still in development in the spring/summer of 2013, two studios went head to head with dueling bad-guys-get-inside-the-White-House movies. Sony Pictures had “White House Down,” and released a few months earlier, FilmDistrict (now known as Focus Features) had “Olympus Has Fallen.”

Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton & More Join Catholic Church Sex Scandal Drama 'Spotlight'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2014 10:02 PM
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Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton
Developing for well over a year now, not much has been heard about Tom McCarthy's Catholic church sex scandal drama since last summer, when Matt Damon was named as a frontrunner to star in the project. That didn't happen, but the "Win Win" and "The Visitor" director has still managed to attract a pretty terrific cast, with his movie now gaining some very definite forward traction.

Gérard Depardieu To Star In Abdellatif Kechiche's 'The Real Wound,' Elisabeth Moss Discovers 'There Are Monsters' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2014 11:07 AM
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Top Of The Lake
As Cannes gets closer and buyers, distributors, producers and more gear up to hit the marketplace, lots of casting news will be coming. So strap in for the next round of news, to stay on top of a variety of developing projects.

Rachel Weisz Joins Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Lobster' & Miles Teller Joins Martin Scorsese-Produced 'Bleed For This'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2014 1:09 PM
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The Berlin International Film Festival kicks off in just a couple of days, which means the buyers' market is heating up too. And acouple of projects just got some big additions that will be sure to get the pens of those signing cheques fired up.

Review: 'I, Frankenstein' Starring Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski & Bill Nighy

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 25, 2014 11:26 AM
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I, Frankenstein
Over the years, Frankenstein's monster, originally brought to vivid life in the pages of Mary Shelley's classic horror novel "Frankenstein," has been many things—a hulking brute, a tortured poet, a comic foil, a Marvel superhero. But in Stuart Beattie's colorless new sci-fi mishmash, "I, Frankenstein," the creature created by the mad scientist Victor Frankenstein is blandly recast as a biblical savior, tasked to even the playing field in an eternal struggle between (would you believe) hellish demons and stoic gargoyles (yes, gargoyles), with Earth hanging precariously in the balance. Or something. For all of "I, Frankenstein"'s wooshy visual effects and sexy brooding (not to mention its overtly convoluted plot), it's hard to find much of a pulse.

Dwayne Johnson Joins 'Seal Team 666,' Sienna Miller Does The 'Mississippi Grind,' Aaron Eckhart Will 'Fade Out' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2013 5:43 PM
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The American Film Market is now underway, which means lots of casting and updates to projects that are looking to get sold over the next week. And so, let's just dive into some of the movies that will be hawked on the sales floor....

'Olympus Has Fallen' Gets Sequel 'London Has Fallen,' Whole Cast To Return

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 29, 2013 4:17 PM
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If this is a joke, it's the best one we've heard all day. If it's real ... God help us all. And sadly, this one is legit, so get ready folks, there is more nefarious anti-government plotting afoot, and there's only one man who can stop him ...

Watch: Aaron Eckhart Says 'I, Frankenstein' In First Trailer For New Version Of The Classic Monster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2013 1:05 PM
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I, Frankenstein
Next year finds a few classic movie monsters getting a fresh coat of paint. Warner Bros. will stomp around with their new take on "Godzilla," Universal is unveiling "Dracula Untold," and kicking it all off is Lionsgate with "I, Frankenstein." And we'll say this, it's definitely not the same dude with the bolts in his neck, wearing a tattered jacket.

Aaron Eckhart Scares Up 'Incarnate,' Teresa Palmer Will 'Kill Me Three Times' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2013 11:38 AM
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With Blumhouse having a great weekend with "Insidious: Chapter 2" destroying the box office, leading to near instant development on a third movie, the horror house is barely stopping to take a breath. They've announced yet another scare flick with a one word title beginning the letter "I"—"Incarnate."

Review: 'Olympus Has Fallen' A Thin, High-Concept Actioner Without Much Bite

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 21, 2013 9:56 AM
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The new big budget, bullet-riddled actioner "Olympus Has Fallen" has a premise so painfully obvious that it's amazing nobody thought of it before, especially in the creatively bankrupt atmosphere of Hollywood. The plot is essentially "Die Hard" in the White House, with a similarly smart-ass loner (Gerard Butler) trapped in a massive building full of heavily armed terrorists, holding one very important man hostage (Aaron Eckhart, trading up from his district attorney position in "The Dark Knight" to President of the United States here). Unfortunately, "Olympus Has Fallen" fails to capture even a glimmer of the greatness of "Die Hard," instead coming across as a loud, crass, unpleasantly violent movie whose politics are muddier than its gauzy cinematography. (It should be noted, however, that it is markedly superior to the last actual "Die Hard" movie, the borderline unwatchable "A Good Day to Die Hard." Still.)

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