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New Clips From TIFF-Bound Duo Of Derick Martini's 'Hick' & Marc Forster's 'Machine Gun Preacher'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 7, 2011 2:22 AM
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On the eve of the Toronto International Film Festival, clips have now been unveiled for two of the premiering films hoping to make an impact: Derick Martini's adaptation of Andrea Portes’ coming-of-age novel "Hick" and Marc Forster's take on the real-life story of a criminal-turned-do-gooder "Machine Gun Preacher."

Gerard Butler Yells At A Banker & Learns Death Comes At Night In Clips From 'Machine Gun Preacher'

  • By Sam Price
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  • September 1, 2011 2:08 AM
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Although it’s been hard to come to terms with, since Zack Snyder got him to strip down to his underpants and (doubtless) demanded he slather himself in goose fat for “300,” for whatever reason Gerard Butler is a movie star. The guy seems to enjoy scampering through sexist rom-coms (“The Bounty Hunter,” “The Ugly Truth”) with all the boundless gaiety of a Renaissance Man and otherwise crops up in hysterically misjudged vigilante pictures (“Law Abiding Citizen”) where he claims he’s going to “kill everyone,” perhaps in some deluded effort to test his "range" (more’s the pity, Gerry, you don’t catch Christian Bale pulling shit like this). Unfortunately for audiences, when it comes to giving nuanced screen performances, he’s about as versatile as Kangaroo Jack, though we’ll concede few can match the actor for sheer bovine intensity.

Newcomer Jonny Weston To Surf The Waves For Curtis Hanson's 'Mavericks'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 13, 2011 11:39 AM
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"Live like Jay," said the many followers and fans of Jay Moriarty, the young surfer who rode the fierce Mavericks. The North Californian patch of water was known for devouring surfer blood (the material, not the band), but surviving the trip was Moriarty, the central figure in Curtis Hanson's new film "Mavericks." 22-year-old Jonny Weston, currently working on the James Franco-led porn drama "Cherry," has been cast in the central role and will play Moriarty at 16, when he began training with Rick "Frosty" Hesson (the already attached Gerard Butler) to navigate the harsh waves.

Gerard Butler Joins The FBI For Thriller 'The Bricklayer'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 9, 2011 1:01 AM
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It's always good to see an actor who's been coasting along decide they want to get stuck in and actually act again: witness Matthew McConaughey's recent choice of roles, picking up gigs with people like William Friedkin and Richard Linklater. We hope that Gerald Butler is heading along a similar career path, after a few years alternating between shouty thrillers and tone-deaf comedies: he picked up good notices for a Shakespearean turn in Ralph Fiennes' "Coriolanus," and is being positioned as a potential Best Actor candidate for his performance in Marc Forster's "Machine Gun Preacher," which opens next month.

First Look At Gerard Butler In Marc Forster's 'Machine Gun Preacher'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2011 2:04 AM
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Is that what an Oscar nominated role played by Gerard Butler looks like? For the filmmakers involved, they certainly hope so.

Relativity Buys 'Machine Gun Preacher' From Lionsgate In Hopes Of Getting Gerard Butler An Oscar Nom

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 15, 2011 1:19 AM
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Considering his run of recent performances... actually, let's strike that and start again. Considering almost every performance he's ever given, ever, perhaps bar a decent vocal turn in "How To Train Your Dragon," the idea of Gerard Butler as a potential Oscar nominee is a bizarre one: this is, after all, the man who, in films like "Law Abiding Citizen," "The Ugly Truth" and "The Bounty Hunter" has give some of the most wretched bits of acting in recent memory, and whose signature role is still King Shouty in "300." But before the just-starting-to-gear-up awards season kicks off, it's something that we could possibly end up seeing.

TWC Picks Up 'The Iron Lady' While FilmDistrict Nabs 'Playing The Field' And 'Arabian Nights'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 14, 2011 5:24 AM
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The Weinstein Company may have another Oscar darling on their hands. A year after grabbing $400 million worldwide and scads of major awards for “The King’s Speech,” The Brothers W paid $7 million for the domestic rights (via Deadline) to another film about British aristocracy, nabbing “The Iron Lady” starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher. Producers only showed five minutes of the film before the bidding started between the Weinsteins, Summit and Relativity, though all someone had to say was “Streep as Thatcher” to ensure this would be a major purchase and, as planned by TWC, a high profile late ‘11 release. Expect it to be a big dog in the awards race.

Tom Hardy, Gerard Butler, Jason Statham, Liam Neeson & Gary Oldman Eyed For 'The Professionals'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2011 5:40 AM
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Neil Marshall No Longer Attached To DirectDoes "The Professionals" sound familiar? It might. Last spring, the project first cropped up with Neil Marshall set to direct but since then, word on the project has been quiet. But today, there is fresh life and some big, big names being tossed around as potential leads.

Uma Thurman & Jessica Biel Are 'Playing The Field' With Gerard Butler

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2011 2:31 AM
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It looks like two actresses have come aboard to add some flavor to a sports-world comedy that will find Gerard Butler weaving through relationships both on and off the pitch.

'How To Train Your Dragon' Director Dean DeBlois Confirms Gerard Butler Back For Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2011 6:04 AM
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Roger Deakins Will Also Return As A Visual Consultant For The SequelIt looks like one of the last holdouts for the returning cast of "How To Train Your Dragon" has finally come on board.

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