Gerard Butler (born 13.11.1969) Gerard Butler is a Scottish actor who has appeared both on television and on the big screen, starring in films such as 'Phantom of the Opera' (2004), '300' (2007) and Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla (2008). Butler currently lives between London, Los Angeles and New York, and in 2008 launched his own production company 'Evil Twins' with his manager.
Early Life: Gerard James Butler was born in Glasgow on 13th November 1969 and spent his first two years in Montreal, Canada. His parents, Margaret and Edward divorced when he was a child and he returned with his mother and elder siblings Lynn and Brian to Ralston in Paisley where he developed a love of acting and joined the Scottish Youth Theatre.
After graduating from Glasgow University Law School, Gerard found roles in Shakespeare's Coriolanus and as Ewan McGregor's character Renton in the stage version of Trainspotting. His first film appearance was in 'Mrs. Brown' with Judi Dench and Billy Connolly, followed by minor roles in 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997), 'Tale of the Mummy' (1998), and the British TV series The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star.
Career: 2000 was Butler's breakthrough year for film. He was cast as Attila the Hun in the American TV film 'Attila', leading to a central role in Wes Craven's 'Dracula 2000'. Butler has found time to continue to appear in independent films, as well as the Hollywood blockbusters like 'Reign of Fire' (2002) featuring Christian Bale, and 'Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life' (2003) with Angelina Jolie.
In 2004, Butler gained international attention, taking the lead role in the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical 'The Phantom of the Opera'. Butler went on to play Beowulf, the Norse warrior, in 'Beowulf and Grendel' (2005), and co-starred in 'P.S. I Love You' (2007) with Hilary Swank. More starring roles followed: in 2007 Butler played Spartan King Leonidas in '300', which was based on the Frank Miller graphic novel and was a surprise box office hit, earning Butler the title of Action Star of the Year at the Taurus World Stunt Awards. Showcasing the range of his talents in 2008, Butler featured both in the family adventure 'Nim's Island' and the gangster film, 'RocknRolla'.
Entertainment Weekly rated Butler as the fifth 'Ultimate Male Hottie of All Time' and named him as one of the top 25 Entertainers of 2007.
Homer's 'Odyssey' will be adapted into a movie by the team behind 'The Hunger Games' trilogy. We asked a group of Classics students which actor would play Odysseus in their ideal film and selected the top six choices.
Homer's Odyssey finally has the epic (pun more definitely intended) directing, writing and producing team it deserves. Fresh from working on The Hunger Games trilogy, Francis Lawrence is set to direct, Peter Craig to write and Nina Jacobson to produce the upcoming film.
Sean Bean was top of the list of ideal actors to play Odysseus.
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In this installment of Mean Tweets: boobs, dog noses and more!
If you’re one of those people, who like to tweet snarky comments at your favourite celebrities, you’re probably already familiar with Jimmy Kimmel’s segment Celebrities Read Mean Tweets. And if not, well, let me introduce you to a piece of quality entertainment.
Gwyneth Paltrow wasn't too thrilled with the feedback she received.
Last night’s episode, featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, Lena Dunham and her royal highness Britney Spears was a pretty epic one. Seriously. Hearing Gwyneth Paltrow read out the words: "Gwyneth Paltrow you ugly ass big bird looking bitch, shut the f--k up," without even a flinch was a lesson in confidence indeed. And speaking of confidence, the queen of confidence herself, Lena Dunham, got stuck with reading: “Unpopular opinion: lena dunham's boobs are dog noses.”
Gerard Butler and Bonnie Arnold - 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Palladium - Arrivals at The Palladium, Hollywood Film Awards - Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 14th November 2014
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar holds two blue carpet premieres, as Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple joke about Horns. Filming gets underway on London Has Fallen and Demolition, and extended clips offer more from the musical Into the Woods, the comedy-adventure Paddington and next year's Avengers sequel...
Christopher Nolan's hotly anticipated sci-fi epic Interstellar held its world premiere in Los Angeles this week, followed by a European premiere in London. The blue carpet events brought out Nolan and his cast, including Matthew Mcconaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and David Oyelowo. The film opens next week everywhere, and early buzz has been strong.
Continue reading: A Week In Movies: Interstellar Premieres In L.A. And London, Radcliffe Talks Horns, Film Crews Hit The Streets In London And New York, Longer Trailers For Into The Woods, Paddington And Avengers 2
Bigger and even richer than the terrific 2010 hit animation, this sequel is also quite possibly the best action-adventure movie of the year. Not only are its big set-pieces thrillingly rendered with first-rate special effects, but the characters are complex and involving. And the script effortlessly combines jagged wit, youthful exuberance, heart-stopping romance and even some rather bleak emotions.
Five years have passed since Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) discovered his ability to interact with dragons, specifically his inseparable pal Toothless, bringing a new era of dragon-related fun to the small Viking island of Berk. But now his father Stoick (Gerard Butler) is talking about passing on the mantel of chief to Hiccup, and he's not sure he's ready for that. He'd much rather be out zooming over the ocean exploring uncharted lands. Then on one of his trips he encounters a group of dragon hunters led by Eret (Kit Harington), who is helping the notorious villain Drago (Djimon Hounsou) build an army. But this leads Hiccup to an even more startling discovery: his mother Valka (Cate Blanchett) turns out to be alive and running a secret sanctuary for dragons. Can they team up to stop Drago?
It's a rare film that manages to work equally well in the quiet moments as in the massive spectacle, but writer-director Dean DeBlois never wobbles at all. Without ever manipulating the audience, he seamlessly shifts from tear-inducing happiness to soaringly thrilling battle action to agonising emotional pain. The coming-of-age plot may feel familiar, but it's packed with fresh touches, hilarious observations and some surprising twists and turns along the way.
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How To Train Your Dragon, Despicable Me, Toy Story - the sequels often seem to outdo the originals.
In a Hollywood atmosphere that currently seems obsessed with stretching even the most moderate of box-office successes into a full blown franchise, sequels and prequels are a ubiquitous presence in cinema multiplexes. But in the world of animated cinema, where the construction of a film requires infinitely more hard work and dedication than a live action picture, sequels tend to emerge that better the original- a much rarer occurrence amongst many Hollywood pictures.
Gerard Butler stars in How To Train Your Dragon 2 which has won copious plaudits.
That’s not to say there aren’t a few howlers either, animated studios such as Pixar and Disney are just as susceptible as the rest of the film world in dispensing some truly woeful and misguided follow ups. The likes of Cars 2 and Rio 2 left no-one with the life affirming sense of warmth that truly brilliant animated films of this type should provide. As is universally recognised, a mark of greatness from an animated film is its ability to simultaneously appeal to children and the adults who accompany them to the big screen. The likes of Shrek 1 & 2 and the Toy Story trilogy are prime examples of catering for both age groups through crafty pop culture references and subtle entendre.
Continue reading: What Is It About Animated Sequels?
'How To Train Your Dragon 2' has already gained impressive critical reviews ahead of its release in the US today (13th June). The film is as impressive as the original but, in case you were faltering, here's 5 things you should know before you see it!
How To Train Your Dragon 2 is set to be released in US cinemas today (13th June) and in just over a month in the UK. Before you see it, here's 5 things you should know about How To Train Your Dragon 2:
How To Train Your Dragon 2 is released in the US today.
1. For Hiccup And Co. 5 Years Have Passed
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'How to Train Your Dragon 2' is the perfect movie.
Forget 22 Jump Street - 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' is your finest comedy sequel of the year. Or so say the critics. DreamWorks Animation landed a major hit in 2010 when the original movie took a huge $500 million on a budget of $165 million - it was clearly ripe for a franchise and the signs suggest the animation giant have played this one perfectly.
Hiccup returns in 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'
The original story took place in a mythical Viking world where a young teenager named Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) aspires to follow his tribe's tradition of becoming a dragon slayer. After capturing his first beast, Hiccup finds that he has no desire to kill it and instead befriends it.
Ramirez takes on the role a year after Butler exited
The ‘Point Break’ remake finally has its Bohdi as Edgar Ramirez takes over the role from Gerard Butler. The film, which will retain the original story of an FBI agent infiltrating a ring of criminals but will be set in the world of extreme sports, is set for release on August 7 2015.
Edgar Ramirez kisses his ALMA award
Variety had the scoop, writing: “Alcon has been looking for someone to take over the role of Bodhi — played by Patrick Swayze in the ’1991 original — after Butler exited the project over a scheduling conflict, and looks to have found his successor in the “Carlos” star.”
Continue reading: Edgar Ramirez Replacing Gerard Butler in 'Point Break' Reboot
Gerard Butler has departed the 'Point Break' sequel.
Gerard Butler has quit the Point Break remake because of a confluence of factors, including creative differences and a scheduling conflict. Butler was set to play the Zen-infused thief originally played by Patrick Swayze, opposite Keanu Reeves' Johnny Utah in the 1990s classic action movie. Luke Bracey will take Keanu's role in the remake.
Gerard Butler, Chilling at the Beach
Point Break will start shooting in late June and will last several months, though Ericson Core and his team are on the hunt for a new star. Insiders say production company Alcon is intent on maintaining its start date and will recast the part in the coming weeks, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Continue reading: Gerard Butler Quits 'Point Break' Remake, But Who Will Replace Him?
Gerard Butler has signed on for 'London has Fallen'
Gerard Butler has signed on for the Olympus Has Fallen sequel, titled London Has Fallen, which will hit theaters on October 2, 2015. U.S distribution rights to the sequel have been acquired by Focus Features, the company announced on Thursday (May 1, 2014), via the Hollywood Reporter.
Gerard Butler's Getting Back In The Saddle for 'London Has Fallen'
The movie sees Butler return as a former Secret Service agent, though the sequel will focus on the death of the British Prime Minister "under mysterious circumstances."
Continue reading: Hey 'Olympus Has Fallen' Fans: Get Ready for 'London Has Fallen'