Lawrence of Arabia

Even at over three and a half hours long, David Lean’s masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia only scratches the surface of who T.E. Lawrence actually was. To tell that full story you’d probably need a much longer time. Maybe a miniseries. And someone who knows how do make epic films. There are many of those, but the one interested in the task is Roland Emmerich.

And so the director of Universal Soldier, Stargate, Independence Day and this summer’s White House Down is currently developing a mini-series based on the life of Lawrence, with the help of biographer Michael Korda and screenwriter Rod Lurie (2011′s Straw Dogs). No network yet owns the rights.

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White House Down Roland Emmerich

Everyone thought Roland Emmerich‘s next movie was going to be Singularity. But there we were, last year, on the Montreal set of White House Down, where even Emmerich himself is surprised. What happened? It’s a simple story of Hollywood going a little old school. A studio buys what they feel is a great script, and executives bend over backwards to get a huge star and director on board so audiences can see the movie as soon as possible.

On the set of White House Down, which opens June 28, the director who is well-known for destroying the White House in Independence Day talked about doing that again. He discussed how this film will look very different from his previous films, how his star Channing Tatum is doing his own stunts, the exhaustive research into showing audiences places in the White House we never get to see, and much more.

Click here for our full visit to the set, here for our interview with Tatum, and below for Emmerich. Read More »

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Channing Tatum doesn’t act like he’s famous. Even on the set of his upcoming movie, White House Down, the star of G.I. Joe, Magic Mike, Step Up and 21 Jump Street is humble, down to Earth and honest about his career. We spoke to the actor in Montreal last September. He said, after he next few movies, he wasn’t going to make another movie until he could direct himself, though a list of great directors could change his mind. He said he was so impressed with director Roland Emmerich that he’ll make movies with him forever.

Tatum also talked about Magic Mike 2, working with Steven Soderbergh and doing his own stunts – all of his own stunts. Tatum also discussed how growing up watching Eighties action films influenced his desire to make this movie, which opens June 28, and what it was about the script that really sold him.

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White House Down Tatum Foxx

That dirty wifebeater Channing Tatum is wearing is no coincidence. “I’ve always wanted to do a Die Hard” admitted the actor and in his upcoming action film White House Down, he’s getting that chance. Director Roland Emmerich will once again reign havoc on the White House, this time with the help of John Cale (Tatum), a Secret Service agent who is separated from his daughter when the White House is invaded by a group of mercenaries. It’s an action film in the vein not only of that classic 1988 Bruce Willis movie but The Rock, Air Force One and Emmerich’s own film, Independence Day.

Oddly enough, for a film that takes place largely in Washington D.C. and the World’s most famous residence, filming almost exclusively took place in Montreal, Quebec Canada. In fact, save for a few second unit plates in D.C. and one park scene, all of White House Down will be filmed on stages in Montreal including a place called Mel’s Cite du Cinema. Which is where we were on day 33 of an 82 day shoot, watching Tatum fight on the roof of the White House, destroy a Black Hawk helicopter with a high-tech missile launcher and eventually get thrown over the edge through a huge piece of glass.

It’s September 19, 2012, just six months after James Vanderbilt’s script was purchased by Sony and nine months until the film’s release June 28. Yes, it’s an inhumanly quick turnaround for a major summer blockbuster, but that’s the way Emmerich and his crew like it. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Guillermo del Toro Pan’s Labyrinth

Los Angeles film fans, April and May is a great time to live in the City of Angels. One of the many reasons is the return of the Hero Complex Film Festival, which takes place from May 10-12 at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. In previous years, stars such as Malcolm McDowell, Warren Beatty, Christopher Nolan and Ridley Scott have been part of the festival. The 2013 lineup has just been announced, and it includes the following:

  • John Carpenter screens and discusses They Live and Halloween.
  • Frank Darabont presents The Mist.
  • Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone with Guillermo del Toro.
  • Roland Emmerich screens Independence Day.
  • Chris Carter presents an X-Files marathon.

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Former Secret Service agent John Cale (Channing Tatum) just wanted to take his daughter on a tour of the White House. Thank God he did. If it wasn’t for him, who would look after the President (Jamie Foxx) when a group of international terrorists take over the world’s most famous home?

That’s the basic plot of White House Down, this year’s second ”Die Hard in a White House” action film. Sony Pictures is hoping it’s more Armageddon than Deep Impact, though, with a bigger scale, bigger stars and bigger director in serial White House destroyer Roland Emmerich. The script, by James Vanderbilt, went from purchase to shooting in a matter of months and in the first trailer, you get a sense why it was such a hot property. White House Down looks like it has the potential to be a quintessential big-budget summer action movie.

Co-starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Jason Clarke, Richard Jenkins, Lance Reddick and Joey King, the film opens June 28. Check out the first trailer below. Read More »

Independence Day White House

In this summer’s White House Down, director Roland Emmerich will once again wreak havoc on the President’s pad. It’s a place he knows well, having first blown it up 1996′s Independence Day. Ever since that film was released, fans have discussed a sequel and in the past few months, Emmerich and his producer Dean Devlin have confirmed sequels are in the works: ID Forever Part One and ID Forever Part Two.

Emmerich has now revealed the seed that the sequels will grow from, as well as the timeline and the main characters. The films take place about 20 years after the original film, and the world has been rebuilt. Twenty years, it seems, is about how long it takes for the aliens to respond to a distress call their destroyed friends sent out at the end of the first film.

He also revealed he and Devlin have completed two scripts and James Vanderbilt, the writer of The Amazing Spider-Man and White House Down, is currently doing the rewrites.
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UPDATE: A second poster has been added.

Teaser poster Monday continues with the latest from the director of Independence Day. “It will start like any other day” says the first posters for Roland Emmerich‘s June 28 action film White House Down. The movie stars Channing Tatum as a secret service agent who finds himself in the White House when a group of terrorists take over. He’s then tasked with guiding the President (Jamie Foxx) to safety and kicking ass along the way. And no, you didn’t see that movie this weekend. White House Down is Armageddon to Olympus Has Fallen’s Deep Impact.

The first trailer for White House Down will be out Tuesday afternoon but, to hold you over, check out these posters. Read More »

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