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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.

Gerard Butler Joins Curtis Hanson's Surf Pic 'Mavericks'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2011 8:38 AM
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Curtis Hanson was on quite a roll for a while there. "L.A. Confidential," "Wonder Boys" and "8 Mile" were a trifecta of critical hits ("Wonder Boys" didn't do so hot at the box office) that put the helmer in the top tier of filmmakers. Unfortunately, his next two efforts found him stumbling hard with "In Your Shoes" and "Lucky You" which were big misses all around. All while he's currently found a home at HBO where he's wrapping up the financial meltdown drama "Too Big To Fail" (geez, another one?), his planned to return to the big screen just got a major boost.

Gerard Butler & Antoine Fuqua Teaming For Sci-Fi Actioner 'Afterburn'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 16, 2010 2:07 AM
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Project Sounds Suspiciously Like Film-Within-A-Film From 'Tropic Thunder' Gerard Butler and Antoine Fuqua may not have much in common on the surface, but there's one thing that links them inextricably right now: they're both former flavors-of-the-months who've had a series of recent disappointments. Butler looked like he could be the next big action star after "300," but a series of flops, from "Nim's Island" and "RocknRolla" to "Gamer" and the unfeasibly awful "Law Abiding Citizen," has seen his stock fall in a big way.

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