President of the United States looks like the worst job imaginable. Sure, you get to help shape an entire country for generations to come and play a pivotal role on the world stage, but you’re mostly tip-toeing around nuclear war, fighting off alien invasions, covering up murders, and repelling terrorists when they invade the White House. You know, just another day as the leader of the free world.
With London Has Fallen offering another cinematic look at why being the President totally blows, it’s time to examine the decision-making prowess of the nation’s greatest (fictional) leaders. Which Presidents lived up to the office and which ones have faltered? Let’s get to the bottom of this. (Spoilers ahead, though not for London Has Fallen. That one you can watch unsullied.)
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Posted on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
Summer 2013 is on track to become the best ever at the domestic box office, but you wouldn’t know it from the number of flops that have limped through theaters over the past few months.
Indeed, by some measures, this season includes five of the fifty biggest flops of the past two decades. Moreover, of those five, four are in theaters at this very moment. Hit the jump to find out which ones, and just how terribly they’re doing.
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In America, July 4 is synonymous with several things: Barbecue, fireworks, baseball, apple pie and Roland Emmerich movies. That last one usually means his 1996 hit, Independence Day, but this year an equally patriotic, kick-ass action film from the director is in theaters: White House Down. To simultaneously help promote the fledgling film, and do something awesome for American military personnel, Sony has partnered up with several major theater chains to offer free admission to the film to any active military personnel or veterans on July 4. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
Much as we appreciate big-budget blockbusters that aim to be deep or emotional or to impart profound life lessons, there comes a point in every summer when all we want to do is enjoy some expensive, well crafted mayhem.
Arriving just in time for that moment this year is Roland Emmerich‘s White House Down. The first wave of reactions has just hit the web, and by most accounts (including Peter’s and Germain’s) it’s the perfect summer blockbuster: big, silly, and dumb, in the best possible way. Hit the jump to get the buzz.
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Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2013 by Angie Han
Roland Emmerich‘s White House Down is the second of two “Die Hard on Pennsylvania Avenue” pics to hit screens this year, but if it delivers on the promises made by this four-minute final trailer, it could just blow the other one out of the water altogether. It has all the ingredients for a satisfying summer blockbuster: tons of big, explosive action; a liberal sprinkling of humor; and even some cute buddy-cop rapport between Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. Watch it after the jump.
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The first trailer for White House Down was exactly that: down. It had a very somber feel, almost like the movie was a drama with action elements. Now a second trailer for this summer’s Roland Emmerich blockbuster has been released and it goes for the opposite feel. There’s huge action, great character interaction, and, of course, the destruction of several Washington DC landmarks. This is the White House Down we all want.
In the film, Channing Tatum stars as John Cale, a would-be Secret Service agent who loses his daughter (Joey King) and must protect the President (Jamie Foxx) when terrorists take over the White House. You can read all about the epic production in my set visit here, or just click below and see the kick-ass new trailer. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Trailers! Who has time to watch them all? There are something like forty wide releases due out this summer alone. If you assume each trailer runs about two minutes, that’s about an hour and half of your life you’ll never get back. That’s time you could’ve spent actually watching one of these movies.
If you only watch one trailer this spring, then, you’ll want to make it this one. This three-minute supercut teases most of the season’s biggest releases, from Iron Man 3 to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. It’s surprisingly coherent, which may suggest that these titles aren’t as different as the filmmakers would like us to think. Or maybe it just proves that with the right music and some skillful editing, you can totally change the meaning of any scene. In any case, watch it after the jump.
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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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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 »