Aaron Eckhart (born March 12th 1968)
Aaron Eckhart is an American actor best known for his roles in 2006's 'Thank You for Smoking' and 2008's 'The Dark Knight'.
Childhood: Aaron Eckhart was born in Cupertino, California. Her parents are author Mary Martha Eckhart and computer executive James Conrad Eckhart. He was raised as a Latter-day Saints Mormon and was a missionary for his faith in France and Switzerland. When he was 13, he moved to England and attended American Community School where he began acting. He later moved to Australia where he went to the American International School of Sydney. He left school to get a job at Warringah Mall movie theatre but completed his studies on an adult course later. He took a gap year to go surfing and skiing around the world before majoring in film at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. He transferred to the same school in Utah and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Film career: Aaron Eckhart made his film debut in a Mormon movie called 'Godly Sorrow' before re-locating to New York and landing an agent. His early work included roles in 'Aliens in the Family' and 'Slaughter of the Innocents'. In 1997, he appeared in the film 'In the Company of Men' directed by Neil LaBute and was highly praised for his work as a sociopathic misogynist. His next movie was also directed by LaBute, 'Your Friends & Neighbors'. Eckhart's breakthrough role was in 2000's 'Erin Brockovich' opposite Julia Roberts. That year he also appeared alongside Renée Zellweger in 'Nurse Betty'. He played a detective with Jack Nicholson in the well-received Sean Penn movie 'The Pledge' in 2001. He followed that up with romance drama 'Possession' with Gwyneth Paltrow. In 2003 he appeared in the poorly reviewed 'The Core' with Hilary Swank and 'Paycheck' opposite Ben Affleck, as well as 'The Missing' alongside Cate Blanchett. In 2004, his performance in 'Suspect Zero' was positively reviewed despite general critical and commercial disappointment. That year he also appeared in the stage play 'Oleanna' opposite Julia Stiles. Eckhart was nominated for a Golden Globe for his very well-reviewed role in 2006's 'Thank You for Smoking'. He also featured with Helena Bonham Carter in 'Conversations with Other Women'. 2007 saw him play a chef alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones in 'No Reservations'; a remake of the original German movie 'Mostly Martha'. The following year he gained weight to play the title charatcter in the comedy 'Meet Bill'. That year saw him in one of his iconic roles yet; the character Harvey Dent/Two Face in Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight'. In 2011, he co-starred with Johnny Depp in the movie adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's novel 'The Rum Diary'. 2013 saw him in political thriller 'Olympus Has Fallen'.
Personal life: Aaron Eckhart has previously had relationships with actress Emily Cline, with whom he was once engaged, and singer Kristyn Osborn. Eckhart is open about his Mormon faith, though has admitted he has strayed away from the religion over the years. He enjoys photography and wanted to be a songwriter before embarking on an acting career.
Aaron Eckhart attending the New York premiere of 'Bleed For This,' hosted by Open Road with Men's Fitness, at the AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York City, United States - Monday 14th November 2016
This time, the terrorists target the Brits.
Following the close call the White House and the President was exposed to at the hands of North Korean maniacs in 'Olympus Has Fallen', terrorists turn their attentions to the UK in the tense sequel appropriately (if not imaginatively) named 'London Has Fallen'. And Gerard Butler has returned.
Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart go for round two with the terrorists
If you weren't familiar with the plot of 'Olympus Has Fallen' or simply have it totally confused with 2013's other terrorism film 'White House Down' (don't worry, you're not the only one), then here's a brief overview: North Korean terrorists take President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) hostage, threaten to irradiate the US in a bid to unify Korea without any interruptions, Special Forces agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) comes in and saves the day with seconds to spare.
Continue reading: Gerard Butler Returns To Defend The UK In 'London Has Fallen' [Trailer]
President Benjamin Asher must make a diplomatic trip to the capital of the United Kingdom after the British Prime Minister is killed. The death of the Prime Minister is shroud in mystery and Asher's number one Secret Service agent, Mike Banning, can't help but feel that the trip is going too smoothly.
Having each of the world's leaders all in one place, it's a hugely appealing target for terrorists. As the funeral proceedings begin to come together, Banning's worst fears come true. The world's stability is left in the hands of the president, his secret service agent and a lone MI6 agent.
Continue: London Has Fallen Trailer
Even with its relentlessly cliched production design (trenchcoats and flickering candles galore), this raucous gothic thriller deploys enough visual flash to hold our attention. The gigantic effects-heavy action sequences are eye-catching and sometimes exciting, and there are elements of the story that almost begin to resonate before the script veers off in another more simplistic direction.
Based on a graphic novel, the story picks up where Mary Shelley's novel left off, as the monster (Eckhart) is attacked by demons that want to study his non-human existence. He's rescued by gargoyles, angelic protectors of humanity, and taken to their Queen Lenore (Miranda Otto), who names him Adam and enlists him in the demon-killing cause. Although her second-in-command (Courtney) isn't so sure. Over the next 200 years, Adam hones his skills before returning to Lenore just as the demon Prince Naberius (Nighy) is launching his evil plan to re-animate a dead army with the help of sexy scientist Terra (Strahovski) and Dr Frankenstein's journal. In other words, all hell is about to break loose.
Annoyingly, every time the plot begins to get interesting, writer-director Beattie indulges in another vacuous action set piece that's as irrelevant as the 3D. There's a decent story in here about the nature of the human soul, religious fervour and moral tenacity, but the film only uses these things as devices to make the dialog sound intelligent. Which is tricky since Beattie directs his cast to deliver their lines in growling, blurting monotone. Eckhart's voice-over narration is particularly dull. And this over-earnest tone leaves every potential relationship as a non-starter.
Continue reading: I, Frankenstein Review
The box office was quiet this weekend.
It was a tame weekend for the box office Friday through Sunday, with Ride Along keeping its top-spot status for a second week, according to figures compiled by Box Office Mojo.
Aaron Eckhart in 'I, Frankenstein'
I, Frankenstein only managed to fall in sixth with a disappointing return of $8.6m. Considering the horror/action/thriller was made on $65m and took on a huge marketing push in the last few weeks, Lionsgate won’t be pleased.
Continue reading: How Long Can 'Ride Along' Maintain Its Box Office Mojo?
Stiller, Bullock, Clooney and Hanks rule the red carpets at film festivals in New York and London, Radcliffe promotes Kill Your Darlings, we get a look at January's I Frankenstein, and Tarantino declares his best of the year ...
Ben Stiller's remake of the 1947 classic premiered at the New York Film Festival this week, with Stiller and costars Kristin Wiig and Adam Scott in attendance. The film, about a mild-mannered office worker with a vivid daydreaming life, won the festival's Fellowship Award. It opens in December. You can watch Ben Stillier in action as Walter Mitty in the trailer here. We also have video from this week's premiere at the New York Film Festival, you can see Ben Stiller And Kristen Wiig arriving here or watch a video of 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' cast posing together at New York Film Festival as they are joineed by Stiller's wife Christine Taylor and his co-star Adam Scott.
Also on the red carpet in New York were Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Alfonso Cuaron, presenting the US premiere of their space-orbit thriller Gravity, which went on to set US box office records over the weekend. Afterwards, Bullock and Cuaron jetted across the Atlantic for the film's UK premiere at the London Film Festival this week. We have video footage taken at the 'Gravity' NY Premiere featuring stars George Clooney And Sandra Bullock and another video featuring director Alfonso Cuaron arriving at the 'Gravity' NYFF premiere. We also urge you read our report on how studio pressure almost ruined the movie and how Alfonso Cuaron had to fight for the version we are seeing and enjoying today.
Aaron Eckhart stars in new CIA action thriller
Aaron Eckhart stars in Erased, a new action thriller about a former CIA agent who now works for a security firm. He is unwittingly marked for assassination, along with his estranged daughter Amy (Liana Liberato) and the movie follows his attempts to secure freedom for his kidnapped daughter. It soon emerges that the situation has arisen because of a global governmental conspiracy and the pair are forced to go on the run to flee their assailants. With no one to trust, it seems that even his closest friends are trying to kill him. As he tries to get to the bottom of the trauma, he uncovers some uncomfortable truths along the way.
Continue reading: Action And Intrigue In New Aaron Eckhart Movie Erased (Trailer)
Ben Logan is a seemingly well-respected former CIA operative working at Halgate Security Systems. His life seems to be going great with him even gaining contact with his estranged daughter Amy. However, when he drops into work one day, something doesn't seem right; his floor seems to have been completely cleared out and his boss informs him that all his records have been erased showing that he does not and never has worked for them. It is soon revealed back at Virginia's Central Intelligence Agency that he and Amy have been marked for assassination in what appears to be a global governmental conspiracy. Ben is forced on the run with his daughter and struggles to hide or trust anybody with spies everywhere; even his closest friends are trying to kill him. Things take a turn for the worst when Amy is taken and Ben is forced to face them while uncovering some shocking truths along the way.
Continue: Erased Trailer
Being Valentine's Day week, cinemas are flooded with romantic movies like the new teen franchise-launcher Beautiful Creatures. US audiences can also weep their way through the new Nicholas Sparks drama Safe Haven, while in the UK couples instead can laugh at Judd Apatow's epic rom-com This Is 40 and the clunky British farce Run For Your Wife. And for alternative viewing, there's the ultimate date movie A Good Day to Die Hard, Bruce Willis' fifth instalment in the crashing, exploding franchise.
And this kind of action dominates the week's new selection of trailers, starting with the very explosive-looking Olympus Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler as a Secret Service agent trying to retake the White House after a terrorist invasion. The muscly cast includes Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo. It opens in March.
President of the United States Benjamin Asher has had enough trauma while being in office, and things are about to get a whole lot worse. What with the current conflicts between the States and North Korea, there is a known danger that a war could erupt between the two countries; however, Asher had little to suspect when he welcomed a South Korean ministerial aide into the White House. In a terrifying turn of events, he is kidnapped by the aide who reveals himself to be Kang, a North Korean terrorist with little interest in negotiations. Trapped in the building as it becomes under siege by Kang's cohorts is Mike Banning; a former Secret Service agent who was discredited after making a mistake at the expense of a life while acting as a Presidential guard. Despite his being shunned from the government for his errors, with his insider knowledge he becomes the only hope they have of rescuing the President from a grisly fate.
Continue: Olympus Has Fallen Trailer
As was widely expected, a movie about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is set to go into production after Bad Robot partners JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk snapped up the rights to Juliet Macur’s forthcoming book Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, reports Deadline.com. Macur – a sports reporter for The New York Times – has covered Armstrong’s career for over a decade, through the cyclist’s Tour de France wins, his recovery from cancer and eventual doping revelations. The American had denied using performance enhancing drugs for years, though finally admitted to cheating during a much-publicized interview with Oprah Winfrey last week.
Sony Pictures has long had an Armstrong movie project in the works, though that movie was dropped when the cyclist’s fall from grace began. It was set to star Jake Gyllenhaal and would have told the ‘American hero’ narrative of Armstrong’s rollercoaster career. Of course, the story has changed dramatically and Abrams film will focus on a cheat who pays a high price for his lies. As movie writer Mike Fleming Jr reports, the whole thing is reminiscent of when Tom Cruise and Cameron Crowe made a deal with Phil Spector to tell the story of the producer’s life story, though the director went on record as saying the film “lacked a good third act.” That was obviously provided shortly afterwards when Spector was convicted of shooting the actress Lana Clarkson, but Universal, Crowe and Cruise never went forward with the project. It’s likely that JJ Abrams and his team will tackle the Armstrong project head on, but who could play the man himself? Who has the presence to portray such a complex character on-screen? Here’s 10 actors who we think could become Lance:
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