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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

UPDATE: Thanks to Collider, we’ve been able to update the post with higher-res versions of the same images. Click through to take a look.

As the nation decides who’ll get to take control the White House for the next four years, Channing Tatum‘s been running around trying to save it from takeover by evil forces. Actual evil forces, that is, not “evil forces” as a particularly low insult for the opposing party. White House Down sees him playing a former cop who tries to protect the President (Jamie Foxx) when 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is invaded by a paramilitary group. See Tatum doing his best “Bruce Willis in Die Hard” impression after the jump.

Meanwhile, we also have the first snapshot of Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, and Kevin Kline looking sharp in Last Vegas, described as a sort of Hangover for the silver-haired set. Check that out after the jump as well.

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With director Roland Emmerich currently filming White House Down, there’s not a lot of working going on with the sequels to Independence Day. Producer Dean Devlin has gone on record saying he and Emmerich have cracked the idea for the films and continue to work on them, but it’s not a daily thing. No matter; that doesn’t stop tiny bits of news from leaking about the still hypothetical back-to-back sequels to the hit 1996 film, which gets a 3D re-release next year.

The pair are still referring to the films as ID Forever Part One and ID Forever Part Two and, in a new interview, Emmerich they’ll likely be shot in 2D and up-converted to 3D. Devlin also said they’re exploring a “lovable” tone as that was one of the surprising things people took out of the original. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Briefly: Sony is pulling one of the next Channing Tatum movies, formerly called White House Down, up from a November 2013 release to a prime summer slot: June 28 2013. Roland Emmerich‘s film stars Tatum as a secret service agent who has to rescue the President (Jamie Foxx) from a paramilitary takeover of the White House. And now the film gets the Fourth of July weekend in the US as a playground. The film also features Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, and Richard Jenkins.

And what about the title? While White House Down isn’t a bad line, there are multiple reports that Sony is choosing a new name. Jeff Sneider at Variety said the film is currently being referred to as “Roland Emmerich White House Action Thriller.” When we have a new title we’ll pass it along. [THR]

 

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