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When I first saw the title of the film and who was in it, I was expecting something super cheesy or maybe even a comedy, but I was wrong and pleasantly surprised. White House Down is an upcoming action-thriller film directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal. I think I thought comedy because the first thing that came to mind was Jamie Foxx singing “Channing All Over Your Tatum” a while back on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon…but anyway…

Here’s the premise of the film: “When a paramilitary group led by Stenz (Jason Clarke) take over the White House, Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum), a failed applicant to the Secret Service, must rescue the President of the United States James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). The trailer is pretty epic, which is to be expected when you consider that the director of this movie also directed Independance Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and 2012. In the trailer, they say “Our darkest secrets will become our biggest threats.”

As a side note, another “White House attack” type movie called Olympus Has Fallen comes out this month and that once looks good too. The film comes out this summer, opening in theaters on June 28, 2013. Watch the trailer below!

Trailer after the jump…

Movie Review: Won’t Back Down

In: Matt, Movies

This over the top movie of empowerment and inspiration in regards to an apparently failing public school system in the US was released today. While I liked Won’t Back Down as a whole, it has received quite a lot of controversy and criticism in the US. People even showed up to protest it’s premiere with picket signs. The film attempts to critique the difficulty faced in the public school system because of teachers unions. Honestly, I don’t really feel like touching on that subject as I don’t know too much about it. Instead, I’m going to ignore the “based on a true story” nonsense and just review the film as it is.

Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Jamie Fitzpatrick, a single mom who is fed up with the lack of attention her daughter is receiving in her public school class and is unable to afford private school for her daughter. I found her performance in this film to be extremely heartwarming and endearing. She really does play a fantastic mother role and I truly believed she cared about her daughter more than anything.

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Chris Evans Replaces James Franco

In: Donovan, Movies

How appropriate is this piece of casting news, considering my recent post pitting these two hotties against each other. As you know, I’m a huge Chris Evans fan so I’m excited to hear this latest development. According to Deadline, the “Captain America” star has signed on to appear in the upcoming crime thriller, “The Iceman”. Evans takes over the role of Robert Pronge which was originally assigned to James Franco. “The Pineapple Express” star left due to disagreements of “key contractual issues“. Hmmm, is Franco turning into a “divo”?

The Iceman” is based on the novel by Anthony Bruno titled “The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer“. It centers around Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski who was a family man by day but a notorious hitman by night. Kuklinski was responsible for more than 100 brutal murders. Evans’ character Pronge mentors Kuklinski in the early stages of his “career”.

see who else is in the cast after the jump


Oscar Nominations for the 82 Annual Academy Awards were announced today at the crack of dawn. On hand to unveil the news were Anne Hathaway and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President, Tom Sherak. For the most part, the nominations went as many predicted with only a few notable surprises.

Science-fiction “Avatar” and the war thriller “The Hurt Locker” lead the pack with nine nominations each. Even though the “Best Picture” field has increased to ten spots, the race is really between these two. Throughout the entire awards season, the two have split most of the awards. In an ironic twist, both pictures are directed by ex-spouses- James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow who were briefly married from 1989-1991. Who’ll come out on top and earn bragging rights?



  • Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
  • George Clooney, Up in the Air
  • Colin Firth, A Single Man
  • Morgan Freeman, Invictus
  • Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

The five lucky gentlemen nominated here are the exact same five who earned SAG nominees. In all but one of the four acting categories, the SAGs and Oscars are identical. Unless something catastrophic occurs, Jeff Bridges has this in the bag. He’s an actor’s actor who has never won before. The only two I can see usurping him are George Clooney (because everyone loves him in Hollywood) and Jeremy Renner (think Adrien Brody “Pianist” type of upset).

more nominations after the jump

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