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Down With White Houses? 15 Pairs Of Dueling Movies & Their Respective Battles

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 27, 2013 4:31 PM
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White House Down vs. Olympus Has Fallen
Zeitgeist is a funny thing. The fact is, as much as we like to roll our eyes at Hollywood’s lack of originality, and as much fun as it is to delve into conspiracy theories and gossip about who stole what from whom, oftentimes remarkably similar ideas bubble to the surface simultaneously but independently of each other, rooted, we have to presume, in some common unconscious impulse. Of course, sometimes it is just stealing, but that’s a tricky one to prove. Whatever the reason, when it happens in Hollywood and the wind is right, you get a stand-off: similar projects being made at a similar time, like this weekend’s “White House Down” (review here) vs March’s “Olympus Has Fallen” (review here) or "The World's End" vs "This is the End" (you can read more about 2013's apocalypse movie face-off here) that will inevitably be compared to one another when it comes to the box office performance/critical response crunch.

Review: 'White House Down' Starring Channing Tatum & Jamie Foxx

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2013 8:57 AM
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With a movie called "White House Down," directed by Roland Emmerich, you pretty much know what you're going to get. Having already laid waste to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue twice before in "2012" and "Independence Day," Emmerich luxuriates in blowing up the national icon once again. Both wings and the main residence get shot up and bombed and rampaged, in addition to airplanes and helicopters getting shot out of the sky, SUVs flipping over and tanks obliterated. Emmerich doesn't miss a beat, and for bonus points, the Capitol Building comes crumbling down, with yet another Hollywood blockbuster lazily evoking 9/11 imagery for popcorn entertainment. And while some critics argue that "White House Down" satisfies whatever low, blockbuster bar Emmerich sets for himself, films this insipid and dumb do not deserve a pass just because they're "fun." While some may say that "White House Down" is self-aware of how extraordinarily silly it all is, the seriousness with which most of the cast plays it out, suggets otherwise.

Channing Tatum Says Steven Soderbergh Has Offered To Be His DP If He Directs 'Magic Mike 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2013 4:45 PM
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Yes, "Magic Mike 2" is still happening, but there are a lot of things that need to be finalized before Channing Tatum and co. take it off and get it on again. Ever since news of the followup surfaced, we've learned that it will be a road movie, it will reunite all the characters from the first film, and Tatum himself might direct. However, he's also long-maintained that he's rightfully wary making his first movie in the shadow of Steven Soderbergh, and he might want to get his feet wet on another movie first, if he were to direct "Magic Mike 2." However, an interesting carrot is being dangled by none other than Soderbergh himself.

Watch: 2 New Clips From ‘White House Down’ & "(I Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum" Music Video

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 19, 2013 5:27 PM
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Channing Tatum, White House Down
With 9 days left to go, we can’t wait for “White House Down” or as we dubbed it after watching the trailer, “the most awesome dumb movie of the summer.” Directed by Roland Emmerich (“Independence Day,” “The Day After Tomorrow”) and starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx as a police officer and the President of the United States facing a paramilitary group, this looks to be one explosive and laugh-filled summer to-be blockbuster. In addition to the trailer, we’ve got two more clips from the film and a music video from Tatum and Foxx.

Watch: Trailer For Steven Spielberg Produced JFK TV Doc 'Letters To Jackie' Featuring All-Star Voice Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2013 2:26 PM
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This fall will mark fifty years since November 22, 1963 -- a date that continues to haunt American history. When John F. Kennedy was assassinated, it seemed to mark an undeniable shift in the country, away from the positivity and hope that followed War War II, into a more fraught and frightened era with more wars overseas, social and political upheaval and much more. To mark the anniversary, there will undoubtedly be a ton of programming and films to choose from, and this is one of them.

Watch: The Most Awesome Dumb Movie Of The Summer? 4-Minute Trailer For 'White House Down'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2013 9:02 AM
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Channing Tatum, White House Down
It wasn't that long ago when National Association of Theater Owners stated that movie trailers were too long, showed off too much and they wanted to mandate Hollywood to cut 'em down. And frankly, when something like a 4-minute trailer for "White House Down" drops, showing what looks like every beat of the movie as well as every major setpiece, it's hard not to see their point. But since we're here, let's dive into this thing anyway.

Sony & King Of Nuance Neal H. Moritz To Remake Jacques Audiard's 'A Prophet'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 5, 2013 3:14 PM
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This isn't necessarily shocking news but the timing is sort of weird: The Wrap is reporting that Sony and subtlety-proof Original Films producer Neil H. Moritz have optioned the remake rights to Jacques Audiard's jaw-dropping French crime epic "A Prophet." The original movie, which charted the ascension of a small time criminal who, after being imprisoned, rises in the criminal ranks, was nominated for the 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and won the Grand Prix award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Something tells us the remake will escape similar glories.

Watch: Channing Tatum Has The Worst Job Interview Ever In New Trailer For 'White House Down'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2013 7:25 PM
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Channing Tatum, White House Down
Okay, unless you can't find a babysitter, do people really bring their kids to job interviews or is that just a movie thing? Anyway, it's the device used to establish in "White House Down" that: a) Channing Tatum's buff hero is also sensitive and caring b) It's gives him Something To Fight For and c) it sets the whole story (implausibly) in motion. Now can we get to the explosions please?

Steven Soderbergh Says 'Magic Mike 2' Will Be Built From Discarded Plot Idea From First Movie, Will Reunite All Characters

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 29, 2013 9:24 AM
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When he's not spending his newfound retirement from film dropping novella truths on Twitter and promoting “Beyond the Candelabra,” Steven Soderbergh is also lending a hand to Channing Tatum on the sequel to their hit drama “Magic Mike.” Both have obviously cut out questions of a cash-in, and in a recent interview with the director, he's pushed their case further as well as hinted at the film's plot.

'21 Jump Street 2' Gets Official Summer 2014 Release Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 26, 2013 1:19 PM
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It's been continually teased over the past week, with Sony revealing they wanted a "21 Jump Street" sequel for 2014, and the news that original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were back to direct, and the movie just got even realer with an official release date announced today.

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