Olympus Has Fallen vs. White House Down

(Welcome to Seeing Double, a series where two strangely similar films released around the same time are put head-to-head. This time: we get political with two movies about terrorist attacks on the most famous house in America!)

These are trying times for the United States, and depending on your own political awareness you either see that the country is slowly bleeding to death beneath the ignorant and greedy whims of those in power, or you’re wrong. It’s not a pretty picture regardless of which way you look at it, and as is often the case, many of us turn to the movies for a more simplistic and distilled take on the real world’s woes – in this case, that of evil forces attacking America.

With that in mind, we’re revisiting a pair of movies that opened in theaters only three months apart back in 2013 with very similar plot lines. Terrorist forces attack and take over the White House itself in Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down, and cinema would never be the same again.

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sheena queen of the jungle reboot

On the heels of the runaway success of Wonder Woman, studios are scrambling to find their own powerful female heroine to launch onto the big screen. Luckily Millennium Films didn’t have to look far for their own: the titular heroine of Sheena: Queen of the Jungle has already been depicted three times before on both film and television.

Millennium’s Sheena: Queen of the Jungle reboot will be more than just a rehash of what made Wonder Woman a huge hit. In fact, Wonder Woman could owe a bit to Sheena, who was debuted as the first female comic book character with her own solo title in 1938, preceding Wonder Woman by three years. Now the rest of the world — who aren’t already aware of the pulpy action heroine from the ’80s B-movie or the comics — will be introduced to one of the first female American pop culture icons.

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The Hitman's Bodyguard trailer

Ryan Reynolds has been in some solid movies that haven’t required him to use his fast-talking jokester persona (Buried, The Nines, etc), but sometimes an actor crafts a persona so well that it becomes difficult for audiences to accept them doing anything else. And Reynolds is good at being an exasperated, sarcastic badass, so he might as well lean into it, right? Toss somebody like Samuel L. Jackson into the mix, and now you’ve got yourself a party.

That’s exactly what The Hitman’s Bodyguard does, and the film’s latest trailer shows the two of them in buddy cop mode as they bicker all across Europe while trying to stay one step ahead of a dictator who wants them dead.
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hellboy reboot

It’s been nine years since fans last saw Mike Mignola’s comic book character Hellboy on the big screen, and though there was a metric ton of discussion about another Guillermo del Toro-directed sequel, we know that his version of Hellboy 3 is never going to happen. But all is not lost: we learned earlier this month that Mignola is taking the character in a new direction with an R-rated movie reboot that features Stranger Things actor David Harbour taking over the title role from Ron Perlman. Now Perlman has weighed in on the new casting, given Harbour his blessing, and described the scope and intentions of the abandoned capper of his would-be trilogy.
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London Has Fallen Sequel

After saving the President of the United States in Olympus Has Fallen and London Has FallenGerard Butler‘s Secret Service agent Mike Banning will be back to do it a third time in the just-announced sequel, Angel Has Fallen. What, exactly, is “Angel”? Find out after the jump.  Read More »

Survivor trailer

Former Wachowski collaborator James McTeigue has a new film called Survivor, in which Pierce Brosnan, as a killer nicknamed “the Watchmaker,” helps frame a government officer played by Milla Jovovich. The thriller looks like it is set between the action churn of the typical Millennium Entertainment film and the tone and action of the Bourne series. But it’s a slight change of pace for Jovovich, and may give Brosnan a chance to be entertainingly evil. Check out the Survivor trailer below. Read More »

Leatherface

Apparently the path from teen psycho to Leatherface isn’t quite as straightforward as we’d previously assumed. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel has just cast James Bloor as a young maniac and Angela Bettis as the Sawyer family matriarch — and in the process, some new details about the plot have come to light.

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UK Actor Sam Strike Is the New ‘Leatherface’

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Behold, the new face of Leatherface. 21-year-old British actor Sam Strike has ben set to lead Leatherface, an origin story about the Texas Chainsaw Massacre killer.

The new film is being directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, a French duo who received high praise for their 2007 horror Inside. More details on the Leatherface casting after the jump.  Read More »

Red Sonja movie

Thirty years have passed since audiences were introduced to Red Sonja on the big screen. Envisioned as a female equivalent to Conan, the film starred Brigitte Nielsen as the title character and even featured Arnold Schwarzenegger in a slightly confusing Conan, but non-Conan, role. The sword and sandal fantasy epic was not a big hit and in fact even took home a Razzie award for the actress. Yet fans who found the film when they were younger hold it in high regard and a new Red Sonja movie has been in talks for sometime.

Robert Rodriguez was originally attached with Rose McGowen in the lead. Megan Fox was floated and then Simon West seemingly boarded the film with Amber Heard as the warrior. Now, that has all been wiped clean. No one is attached to Red Sonja except screenwriter Christopher Cosmos. Read More »

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Nailed trailer

We’re about to see the final chapter in a disaster story.

Back in 2008 David O. Russell shot a film called Nailed, scripted by Al Gore’s daughter Kristen Gore. It was a political satire in which Jessica Biel played a waitress who is shot in the head with a nail gun, leading to crazy sexual urges and a trip to Washington to lobby for health care and breaks for people with unusual disabilities. The film had shaky financing and was shut down several times. A key scene was never shot, and the movie sat, unfinished, ever since.

Fast-forward to now. David O. Russell has long since withdrawn from the project, which is now credited to director Stephen Greene (who?) and has been re-edited by producers, shown at test screenings to rather poor results, and ultimately retitled twice. Nailed became Politics in Love (barf) and is now called Accidental Love (double-barf). A release is evidently in the cards for February, and you can see the Nailed trailer — er, the Accidental Love trailer — after the break. Read More »