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In the future, technology has been developed to control the Earth's climate; weather forecasts have never been more accurate because it's all being controlled from a massive satellite in space. Like any piece of technology, however, it can fail which is very bad news for mankind. When the satellite manages to launch a series of major disasters all over the world - including sky high tidal waves, tornadoes in their hundreds, fire vortices from the ground, violent thunderstorms, hail stones as big as boulders and deadly arctic blasts - it's all experts can do to stop the satellite from creating a geostorm; that is, a storm so powerful and expansive that it could destroy the world in a matter of hours.
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With a massive scale and a digital cast of thousands, this ancient Egyptian romp tries to be both a new version of those 1950s Biblical toga epics and a generous dose of camp silliness. The result will be a guilty pleasure for some in the audience, especially those who enjoy watching grown men leap around in short skirts. The actors are sometimes lost in the overwhelming animation, and the casting of Westerners as North Africans is more than a little dubious. But the script is smarter than it looks, and director Alex Proyas is clearly in a playful mood.
The premise conflates the golden age of the Pharaohs with the ancient world of Egyptian gods. And things kick off when the bitter god Set (Gerard Butler) launches a reign of terror by killing his brother, blinding his nephew Horus (Nokolaj Coster-Waldau) and taking over the mortal world, enslaving all humans. Horus' greatest fan is the muscly slave Bek (Brenton Thwaites) who, encouraged by his glamorous girlfriend Zaya (Courtney Eaton), sneaks into Set's palace and steals one of Horus' eyes. He then strikes a deal to help Horus assume his rightful throne. But this means travelling into the sky to confront his grandfather Ra (Geoffrey Rush), then teaming up with sneering god of wisdom Thoth (Chadwick Boseman) and duplicitous Hathor (Yung) to take on Set.
All of this is so ridiculous that it's difficult to stop giggling. And that seems to be part of the idea, as Proyas merrily cranks up the snarky wit in every scene, especially as he indulges in a series of ludicrous set-pieces that feel like videogames populated by toy action figures. The digital effects continually engulf the characters, transforming the gods inexplicably into animal-headed metallic robots. But they also create some genuinely gorgeous moments of spectacle, with sprawling landscapes and whooshing action. Basically, the actors have little choice but to hang on for the ride along with the audience.
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As an actor-producer, Gerard Butler had a break-out hit with his White House action thriller Olympus Has Fallen in 2013
The temptation to spin it into a franchise was too great to resist. Now the action shifts to London for more Taken-style violence. "Everybody got to break out in this movie really," says Butler of the shift in location. "We got to have more international story and to make it more on the road, so we're travelling all over. What was great about the first movie is that it was claustrophobic. But this has got a bigger, crazier, more intense canvas."
When he made the original, a sequel was the last thing on his mind. "When I first took this on," Butler says, "it actually seemed just like a fun movie that would be provocative and maybe have a bit of a message in there. I didn't for a second think 'franchise'. Then the movie did really well, and I love seeing the reaction that audiences have to it. And then you think, yeah, maybe you've created something here that you could run with."
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It didn't seem possible, but somehow this action movie is even more preposterous than its predecessor, 2013's over-serious Olympus Has Fallen. Gerard Butler is back as a Secret Service agent protecting US President Aaron Eckhart, this time in a Taken-style scenario in which they leave America only to be immediately thrown into the middle of a massive terrorist attack. But the script is so lazy that there isn't a moment when any of this is remotely believable.
Events are put into motion when the British prime minister dies of a heart attack and security services only have a few days to lock down London so that the world's leaders can arrive for the funeral at St Paul's Cathedral. Mike (Butler) flies in with his boss Lynn (Bassett) on Air Force One, accompanying President Asher (Eckhart) and a platoon of bodyguards. Then just before the funeral, a carefully orchestrated series of bombings and gun attacks take out five heads of state. Of course, Mike and Lynn get Asher out of the fray, but an army of bad guys led by terror mastermind Kamran (Waleed Zuaiter) pursue them across the city. Back in Washington, Vice President Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) and the panicky cabinet (including Haley, Forster and Leo) watch all of this unfold on video screens and coordinates a counter-attack.
Even with four screenwriters, the movie makes no real sense. And worse than that, the filmmakers never take advantage of the story's potential or the heavy-hitting cast. There's a line about how all of London's landmarks have been destroyed, but the on-screen destruction is limited to just one of Westminster Abbey's towers. The depiction of world leaders is laughably cliched. And the award-winning actors have nothing to do but stand there looking worried. By contrast, Butler charges around shooting and stabbing everybody who moves in a display of shockingly brutal machismo. Eckhart is more believably reluctant to join in and dispense some violence, but of course he does.
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The sequel to 'Olympus Has Fallen' is out on March 4th, but Butler says it's ultimately "fictional" despite risking insensitivity.
Ahead of the release of his latest disaster movie London Has Fallen, Gerard Butler has admitted that he feared that the terrorism-centred action flick might strike a raw nerve with British audiences.
At the Los Angeles premiere of the sequel to 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen, which depicted a North Korean-led guerrilla assault on the White House, Butler spoke to Variety about his nagging feeling that the film might somehow give off the feeling of being insensitive.
Gerard Butler at the L.A. premiere of 'London Has Fallen'
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.”
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
'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.
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.
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As 300: Rise of an Empire hits the screens we remember just how great the original was.
While everyone is going wild over today's release of 300: Rise of an Empire, we take time to remember the original movie which came out back in 2006. 300 has become one of the most popular movies from the past few years. A combination of an army full of rock hard abs, combined with some superb action scenes has made 300 popular with both men and women.
Can '300: Rise of an Empire' live up to the original?
The movie is based on Frank Miller’s 1998 graphic comic series of the same name, which in turn are based on events from the Greco-Persian wars. The action from 300 is partly taken from the ancient historian Herodotus’ account of the Battle of Thermopylae which occurred in 480BC. The battle saw 300 Spartan soldiers attempt to prevent wider Persian invasion of Greece by blocking Thermopylae, a narrow coastal strip. The Spartans were led by their King, Leonidas (yup, Gerard Butler really existed!) and managed to hold off the Persian forces for two full days despite being grossly outnumbered. Herodotus claimed that it was a million Persian soliders up against just 300 Spartans, but it’s now estimated that it was more likely there were around 100-150,000. Herodotus was sort of an ancient screenwriter, even back then they were sensationalising stories!
Continue reading: Before 'Rise Of An Empire', There Was '300': Remembering The Original
Butler and co are back for more.
If you thought Olympus Has Fallen was bad, then wait until you heard this: the brainiacs at Millennium Films have decided a sequel is in order, and will move the action over to the U.K in London Has Fallen.
The news of a sequel was broken by ScreenDaily, who say the story surrounds "a plot to strike the city during the funeral of the British Prime Minister. Only the President Of The United States, his secret service head and an English MI6 agent can save the day.”
Despite IGN giving Olympus a 7.5 out of 10 – desperately wanting an action film so much so they dreamed a good one up – most of the critics agreed it was a pretty rotten film, culminating in a 48% rating from 178 reviews.
Continue reading: Now That 'Olympus Has Fallen,' It's London's Turn In The Sequel
As this massive blockbuster thriller progresses, it's impossible not to become amused by how ridiculous its script becomes. Because the production values are first-rate, with mammoth set pieces, rampant destruction and elaborate stunt action. Meanwhile, the plot and dialog are comically inane, to the point where knowing audience members start giggling helplessly. And frankly, these viewers will enjoy the film a lot more than anyone who tries to take it seriously.
The film opens with a harrowing scene in which Secret Service agent Mike (Butler) saves the President (Echkart) from an accident in which the First Lady (Judd) dies. So he's transferred to office duty, and now only keeps an eye on the White House from across the road. But this is how he spots a fringe group of radical Koreans launch an assault. Led by nutcase Kang (Yune) they storm the Oval Office and take the President, Defense Secretary (Leo) and others hostage. As Mike tries to break them free, he stays in touch with the temporary command centre at the Pentagon, where top dogs (including Freeman, Forster and Bassett) attempt to keep the menace from spreading.
But of course, these officials are useless, and it'll be up to Mike to save the day on his own, Die Hard-style. Improbably, all of his old access codes and passwords still work, so he's able to sneak around the White House and take out the villains one by one. Butler turns out to be rather good in this kind of meathead role, combining Bruce Willis' wit with Sylvester Stallone's brawn. By contrast, everyone else pretty much just sits around saying ridiculous things like, "Oh my God, we're doomed!" At least Leo gets to show some backbone.
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In a busy week for news, Beyonce garnered mixed reviews for her new single, while Emma Watson broke the hearts of Universal executives and passed on Fifty Shades of Grey.
Bow Down? Beyonce experienced something for the very first time this week: mixed reaction. The R&B superstar has wowed critics and fans alike with her solo material, though new single Bow Down/I Been On has polarized fans with its strangely out of character lyrics. Check it out.
Lohan Avoids Jail: How does Lindsay Lohan keep doing it? Faced with a string of offenses, The Canyons actress somehow managed to escape jail again this week, instead getting 90 days of rehabilitation. Hours after her court appearance, she tried to sneak into a nightclub. Hmm.
Kind of a disappointing showing this week folks, best hold on for those Christmas heartwarmers, or, if you’re one of the 56 people left on the globe that haven’t seen Skyfall, that’s probably still showing…
Hyde Park On Hudson has been touted by many as Bill Murray’s next stab at Oscar success. However, the movie itself has hardly received glowing reviews. Directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill) and also starring Laura Linney and Olivia Williams, Hyde Park on Hudson tells the story of Franklin D Roosevelt and his love affair with his distant cousin, Margaret Stuckley. The ‘action’ takes place over a weekend in 1939, when the King & Queen of England visited upstate New York.
Murray’s performance has been hailed as a masterpiece and there have been mutterings of Oscar contention, but it seems that Murray is a jewel in a pretty shabby crown, here. He may carry the film, but it’s clear that it’s a deadweight. Bill will have to keep his fingers crossed that the Academy award voters can stay awake through the historical drama long enough to appreciate his performance.
The big news this week is that George Lucas has finally admitted that yes, he did indeed plot out Star Wars episodes VII, VIII and VIX more than 30 years ago. And now that he has sold his Lucasfilm empire to Disney (for $4 billion), the sequel trilogy is finally being made. Episode VII is expected in 2015, and rumour has it that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill might be back in their original roles.
Meanwhile, the James Bond team was spotted in Rome this week, as Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, director Sam Mendes and series producer Barbara Broccoli attended the Italian premiere of Skyfall, posing for the press at the elegant St Regis Grand Hotel. After last week's record-breaking opening weekend in Britain, the film opens around Europe, Asia and South America this weekend, then in North America on 9th November.
In New York just before Hurricane Sandy hit, a buff-looking Gerard Butler was out promoting his new film Chasing Mavericks, about surfers tackling monster waves. The paparazzi caught up with him in the streets between appearances on various TV shows. He slips through the crowd, but they catch up with him later.
The new surfing drama Chasing Mavericks has done little to impress critics so far, garnering a less than impressive 30% ‘rotten’ rating on film website RottenTomatoes.com and an equally unimpressive round up of critical response from movie reviewers across the board.
Publications such as the New York Daily News, The New York Times and USA Today have all given the Gerard Butler-starring film a damning reception, with USA Today’s Claudia Puig stating quite bluntly: ”Ultimately the story of Jay Moriarity, who died tragically in a diving accident at 22, is a moving one, and he deserved a better tribute than this film.”
Whilst overall reception of the film has been mixed, at best, there have in fact been some rather positive reviews of the film – a true story of surfing protégé Moriarity (played by newcomer Jonny Westo), who enlists the help of local surfing hero Frosty Hesson (Butler) to tame the infamous Mavericks surf break – with the likes of The Hollywood Reporter and even Time Magazine tipping their hats to the film. Time’s Mary Pols reinstates that the film “may treat its characters with a little too much reverence, but it gives its titular subject its awe-inspiring due.” Chasing Mavericks hits US cinemas today (October 26) and will make its way into cinemas elsewhere by the end of November.
'Law Abiding Citizen' star Gerard Butler waves at cameras and signs autographs as he arrives at ABC Studios in Times Square for his appearance on 'Good Morning America'. At the Square he appears to be chatting animatedly to some fans and a member of the film crew before he takes a seat with presenter Lara Spencer to prepare for the interview.
But the worthy story is packed with scenes that are suspenseful and inspiring.
Sam Childers (Butler) is at the end of his rope: just out of prison, still caught up in a wasted criminal life with pal Donnie (Shannon), and neglecting his wife Lynn (Monaghan) and their daughter Paige (Campos, then Carroll). Then at rock-bottom, Lynn's faith gets through to him, and he changes his life.
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Sam Childers is a drug dealing biker whose main method of getting what he wants is violence. His life mirrors that of a 'Hells Angels' member and he admits that he isn't proud of his actions, even breaking down in front of his Christian wife, Lynn. In response to his cries for help, Lynn takes Sam to church, where he suddenly feels uplifted again. His preacher tells him about families in Sudan that need urgent care and Sam volunteers to travel there.
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Nicole (Aniston) is a New York journalist who's so busy with a breaking story that she neglects to turn up for a court date and ends up on the bail-jumper list of bounty hunter Milo (Butler), her ex-husband. Their stormy marriage didn't last long, and Milo is happy for the chance to get some revenge. But he's being chased by the goons (Coster and Garland) of an Atlantic City loan shark (Moriarty). Meanwhile, Nicole also has a lovelorn colleague (Sudeikis) and a vicious henchman (Greene) after her.
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Gerard Butler Thursday 11th March 2010 'The Bounty Hunter' UK Film Premiere at the Vue West End, Leicester Square. London, England
RocknRolla is sexy, fast, loose, smart, and extremely funny. It's crammed with colorful criminals, which Ritchie and cinematographer David Higgs backlight to great effect. It chokes on delightfully screwy schemes, which the director and his editor James Herbert slice, tape, and test drive at breakneck speeds. And that's the key. It keeps moving, hardly caring if you are keeping up.
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Gerard Butler Thursday 5th June 2008 walking down Robertson Boulevard after having lunch at the Newsroom Cafe Los Angeles, California
Gerard Butler Sunday 9th December 2007 Premiere of 'P.S. I Love You' held at the Graumans Chinese Theatre Hollywood, California
Like Robert Rodriguez in Sin City, Snyder employs cutting-edge visual technology and green-screen effects to essentially photocopy Miller's acclaimed work of the same name. Because Miller's graphic novels have been fountains of inspiration for a handful of recent directors, his style has become overly identifiable. Splotches of crimson (usually blood) stain sun-dried backdrops as impossibly chiseled warriors fight long past their dying breath. That's 300 in a nutshell, though Snyder's tight epic additionally bathes in every tired cliché of the warrior genre, yet somehow makes it all seem fresh.
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300, one of the highlights of the Berlin Film Festival, had its world premiere last night and received a standing ovation in the sold out Berlinale Palast. The film inspired by the work of graphic novelist Frank Miller, was attended by director Zack Snyder and cast members Gerard Butler (King Leonidas) and Rodrigo Santoro (Xerxes).
300 is a ferocious retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. Facing insurmountable odds, their valor and sacrifice inspire all of Greece to unite against their Persian enemy, drawing a line in the sand for democracy. The film brings Miller’s (Sin City) acclaimed graphic novel to life by combining live action with virtual backgrounds that capture his distinct vision of this ancient historic tale.
Unfortunately, that's a scene you won't find in the USA Network's made-for-television Attila, the latest attempt to cash in on the success of Gladiator. A boy becomes a warrior who becomes a king powerful enough to challenge an empire. Are you not entertained?
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Schumacher and his financial backers certainly spare no expense, though the bulk of their budget apparently went to candles. Their Phantom (the not-so-hideously-disfigured Gerard Butler) hides beneath opulent and gaudy-yet-dimly-lit theatrical set pieces that turn the normally regal Opera Populaire into the west wing of the Moulin Rogue. The Phantom's water-logged lair resembles exactly what it is - a poorly constructed, artificial set dropped into the corner of a vast soundstage. Hire the man who put nipples on the Bat suit, and you're going to get what you pay for. The masquerade ball, which occurs late in the story, starts to explore methods of filling the artistic canvas, but by then, it's too little, too late.
Continue reading: The Phantom Of The Opera (2004) Review
Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals are garish, puerile melodramas with all the elegance and sincerity of a Super Bowl halftime show -- and his brash, brassy songs have the depth and nuance of action-movie explosions.
When this pair teamed up to bring Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" to the big screen, it was a match made in hell.
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