White House Down

Is the Era of the Blockbuster Coming to an End?

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by Jacob Hall September 9, 2013 @ 11:00 AM
Sony/Sony/Warner Bros.
There was definitely something apocalyptic about the 2013 summer movie season, and we’re not just talking about the movies themselves.
While major releases, like ‘This Is the End,’ ‘Oblivion,’ ‘Pacific Rim‘ and ‘Elysium,’ dealt with the end of the world, Hollywood appeared to be on the verge of collapse out in the real world. Films that looked like surefire hits flopped; surefire disasters proved to be more disastrous than everyone predicted; the handful of films without numbers in their titles stumbled; and, from the sidelines, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas smirked, shrugged and predicted the end of the moviegoing experience as we know it.
So, what exactly happened here? More importantly, what does this mean for the future of studio filmmaking? It’s easy to imagine Hollywood looking at what happened this summer and learning plenty of lessons; but, maybe, not always the right ones.

Weekend Box Office Report: 'The Heat' and 'White House Down' Play Second Fiddle to Pixar

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by Jacob Hall June 30, 2013 @ 12:05 PM
20th Century Fox
What happens when two new releases that look like sure-things smash into the unstoppable wall that is a Pixar movie? Well, you get one second place hit and one severe disappointment. 'The Heat' still looks good next to the continued success of 'Monsters University,' but it made 'White House Down' stumbling at the starting line look all the more horrible.

'White House Down' Vs. 'The Heat': Your Pick Is?

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by Eric Walkuski June 28, 2013 @ 10:20 AM
Sony Pictures/20th Century Fox
This weekend brings us another hot summer showdown, as two crowd-pleasers with major star power open during one of the biggest moviegoing slots of the year. It's Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx in 'White House Down' versus Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in 'The Heat'. So which flick will you be chillin' with?

Roland Emmerich Interview: Talking 'White House Down,' What's Coming for 'Independence Day 2' and His Thoughts on 'Godzilla'

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by Nick Romano June 26, 2013 @ 11:40 AM
Sony
Roland Emmerich, the director of such disaster-heavy films as 'Independence Day,' '2012,' 'The Day After Tomorrow' and the last 'Godzilla' movie, set his sights on the White House in 'White House Down.' Starring Channing Tatum as Secret Service hopeful John Cale and Jamie Foxx as US President James Sawyer, this "Die Hard in the White House" film starts like any other day until a team of domestic terrorists infiltrate and bring down the White House.

'White House Down' Review

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by Matt Singer June 26, 2013 @ 10:02 AM
Sony Pictures
'White House Down' has the disadvantage of being the second 'Die Hard'-in-the-White-House movie of 2013 after 'Olympus Has Fallen,' and the advantage of being superior to its predecessor in every conceivable way. It's better directed, better written, and better acted. The action is better, with more impressive special effects; the production design is better, with a much more convincing replica of the White House; the camerawork is better; with clear, lucid images. Where 'Olympus Has Fallen' was grim and stern, 'White House Down' actually embraces the silliness of its premise. It's more exciting and more faithful to the 'Die Hard' formula. This is still basically a shameless ripoff popcorn movie, but it's a shameless ripoff popcorn movie popped to near-perfection.

Exclusive: Roland Emmerich Reveals What's Coming for 'Independence Day 2'

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by Nick Romano June 25, 2013 @ 1:13 PM
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Though iconic, disaster-movie director Roland Emmerich will let loose his latest project, 'White House Down,' to the masses this week, talk has already honed in on his next big movie -- 'Independence Day 2.' Since Fox set a release date for July 3, 2015, inquiring minds want to know the latest details.

'White House Down' Clip: Watch Out! President Jamie Foxx Has a Rocket Launcher

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by Jacob Hall June 11, 2013 @ 12:45 PM
Sony/Columbia Pictures
Few summer movies look as fun as 'White House Down.' After getting to see eight minutes of footage during a special presentation, hosted by director Roland Emmerich and stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, we see this as a nice change of pace from all the superhero and sci-fi offerings of late. Now the latest clip from the film only makes its charm and sense of humor stand out more from the familiar "Die Hard in the White House!" formula.