Fifty Shades sequel

Update: Two weeks after this news first broke, Variety reports that Foley has been officially offered the job directing Fifty Shades Darker. Talks are reportedly beginning now. Whether this will be a two-fer deal, with Foley also set to direct the third film, remains to be seen. Original story follows.

Even as Fifty Shades of Grey was being released to theaters this past February, we knew that director Sam Taylor-Johnson wasn’t likely to be back to direct the adaptation of the sequel novel, Fifty Shades Darker. There was talk of a power play on the part of novel author E.L. James, who reportedly wanted to write the sequel script herself, the better to keep it close to the novel. The screenwriting gig for the sequel went to Niall Leonard, who is married to James, but the director’s chair for the sequel has remained open.

Now James Foley (House of Cards, Fear, Glengarry Glen Ross) has turned up as the likely Fifty Shades sequel director.

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Armie Hammer joining Nocturnal Animals

After becoming a 1960s Russian spy in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. earlier this year, Armie Hammer joining Nocturnal Animals, a dramatic tale of a story within a story that is the next film from A Single Man director Tom Ford.

Focus Features is behind the production based on Austin Wright’s novel Tony and Susan, and Hammer has a key role in the that focuses on a woman (Amy Adams) who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. And then things take an interesting turn. Read More »

London Has Fallen

In 2013, two “Die Hard in the White House” movies entered the box office arena. Only one emerged, and it headed straight across the pond. Lionsgate has revealed the first trailer for London Has Fallen, the Olympus Has Fallen sequel once again starring Gerard Butler as Secret Service agent Mike Banning and Aaron Eckhart as the U.S. president he’s sworn to protect.

The two arrive in London to attend the funeral of the British prime minister. But when the event becomes a target for terrorists, they must team with an MI6 agent (Charlotte Riley) to prevent the world as we know it from ending. Watch the first London Has Fallen trailer after the jump. Read More »

London Has Fallen

After narrowly escaping North Korean terrorists in Olympus Has Fallen, Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is back for more world-saving in London Has Fallen. He accompanies the President (Aaron Eckhart) to the funeral of the British Prime Minister, which becomes a target for bad guys who want to take out all the world leaders in one fell swoop. To stop the worst from happening, he must team with an MI6 agent (Charlotte Riley).

Focus Features recently moved London Has Fallen from fall 2015 to early 2016, and it’s taking advantage of that extra time to get started on a marketing campaign. Get your London Has Fallen first look after the jump. Read More »

‘London Has Fallen’ Pushed to 2016

London Has Fallen release date

Briefly: Endangered world leaders are apparently no match for endangered astronauts. Focus Features has moved the London Has Fallen release date from October 2 to January 22, 2016, just days after Fox shifted Ridley Scott’s The Martian up to October 2.

The new slot puts London Has Fallen against another British-American triller set in London, Ariel Vromen’s Criminal. Also opening that day are the faith-based mystery Risen and the horror film The Boy.

Gerard Butler once again as Secret Service agent Mike Banning, who accompanies the POTUS (Aaron Eckhart) to the funeral of the British prime minister. When the event is targeted by terrorists, Banning teams with an MI-6 agent (Charlotte Riley) to foil the plot. Morgan Freeman also returns from Olympus Has Fallen. [Deadline]

Suffragette Trailer

We got a brief teaser for Suffragette back in April thanks to the U.K. election. But today we have a much better look at what may very well be the source of Meryl Streep‘s next Oscar nomination.

Directed by Sarah Gavron, the historical drama chronicles the fight for women’s suffrage in 1910s England, led by activists like Emmeline Pankhurst (Streep). But the real center of this particular story is a foot soldier in the movement, a working class woman named Maud played by Carey Mulligan. Watch the new Suffragette trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman return in the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen. This time, they’re over in the UK, as the title London Has Fallen implies.

Just hours after the elections that locked in David Cameron at Downing Street with a new conservative majority government behind him, Focus Features has released a teaser poster for the film featuring big destruction in London. The image explodes Big Ben and promises big action spectacle as a united terrorist organization seizes the (fictional) PM’s funeral as an opportunity to attack gathered world leaders. Read More »