Gerard Butler teaming with Transformers producer on new action thriller

Gerard Butler is teaming up with Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura for a new action thriller.The Scottish actor has landed the lead role in The Plane, which is based on an original story by British novelist Charles Cumming, who co-wrote the …

Gerard Butler is teaming up with Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura for a new action thriller.

The Scottish actor has landed the lead role in The Plane, which is based on an original story by British novelist Charles Cumming, who co-wrote the script with J.P. Davis.

The movie has been in the works since 2016, when MadRiver Pictures first acquired the rights to Cumming’s idea.

Butler will play commercial pilot Ray Torrance, who lands his storm-damaged aircraft in the middle of a war zone, only to find himself caught up in a battle with militia who are planning to take the plane and its passengers’ hostage.

Di Bonaventura will produce along with Butler, Mark Vahradian, Marc Butan, Ara Keshishian, and Alan Siegel.

Production is expected to begin next year, according to editors Deadline.

The 49-year-old is well-known for his roles in blockbuster action movies, such as his Fallen franchise in which he plays Secret Service agent Mike Banning.

The saga began with 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen with Morgan Freeman and Angela Bassett, the sequel London Has Fallen in 2016 and this year’s Angel Has Fallen, in which Butler and Freeman reprised their roles alongside newcomers Jada Pinkett Smith, Nick Nolte, and Piper Perabo.

The star will next appear on the big screen in Ric Roman Waugh’s thriller Greenland, as well as Jamie Foxx’s basketball comedy All-Star Weekend, opposite Robert Downey Jr., Ken Jeong, Benicio del Toro, Jessica Szohr, and Eva Longoria.

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Hilary Swank to reprise beloved P.S. I Love You character for sequel

Hilary Swank will reprise her role as Holly Reilly-Kennedy in the sequel to romance P.S. I Love You.Author Cecelia Ahern has confirmed Postscript, her new follow-up to the novel which inspired the 2007 movie, is to be adapted into a film, and she’s cer…

Hilary Swank will reprise her role as Holly Reilly-Kennedy in the sequel to romance P.S. I Love You.

Author Cecelia Ahern has confirmed Postscript, her new follow-up to the novel which inspired the 2007 movie, is to be adapted into a film, and she’s certain “supportive” Swank will be back as her leading lady, who was grieving the sudden death of her husband, played by Gerard Butler, in the first film.

Ahern tells RTE Radio 1 Hilary reached out to her as soon as she heard the author was writing the sequel, which picks up seven years after the first novel as Holly agrees to help other terminally ill people write farewell letters to their family members, friends and lovers.

In the first film and book, Holly receives 10 letters over 10 months, which her late husband wrote before his death to encourage her to get on with life after his passing.

“Hilary Swank emailed me straight after the news emerged that I was writing Postscript,” Cecelia explains. “She was so supportive and said, ‘I’d love to read the book…’, which was so lovely of her. And she read it and instantly we were back in again. We all decided we definitely wanted to do this again.”

But the author urged fans to wait as there isn’t a screenwriter or director currently attached to the project.

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O’Shea Jackson Jr. keen for Den of Thieves sequel

O’Shea Jackson Jr. is open to starring in a follow-up of heist movie Den of Thieves.The actor/rapper played bartender and robber Donnie Wilson in the 2018 feature, with Gerard Butler taking on the role of Nicholas “Big Nick” O’Brien, a corrupt LA sheri…

O’Shea Jackson Jr. is open to starring in a follow-up of heist movie Den of Thieves.

The actor/rapper played bartender and robber Donnie Wilson in the 2018 feature, with Gerard Butler taking on the role of Nicholas “Big Nick” O’Brien, a corrupt LA sheriff who is hell-bent on bringing down the crew headed up by Ray Merrimen (Pablo Schreiber).

While there has been talk of a sequel in the past, O’Shea has now shared that he is open to reprising his role.

“I’m definitely down for Den of Thieves 2, I feel like we left it way too open. We gotta make sure we close this. Big Nick can’t catch Donnie Wilson, I promise,” he said in a video interview for Collider. “We’ve definitely talked, we’ve just gotta get some paperwork, that’s all.”

Since portraying his father, rapper Ice Cube, in 2015 biopic Straight Outta Compton, which marked his first film, O’Shea has taken on a diverse range of roles in projects such as Ingrid Goes West and upcoming action fantasy Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

He is also starring as Lance in Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron’s new romcom Long Shot, and is determined to keep continue experimenting with different genres.

“When I saw Seth and Charlize in it, (I was) like, ‘We have to get this.’ I remember auditioning for it, Seth is there while you are doing the read. So, we’re trying see if we have chemistry together, and he asked me if I wanted to take the sides (a portion of the script) into the room, and I was like, ‘No dude, I’m trying to impress you.’ I had everything memorised, ready to go, ready to knock it out… and I think that’s what got me the role,” the 28-year-old recalled of his first Long Shot audition, adding that he credits much of his success to his initial desire to be a writer. “I was all about creating the world that these characters are in, not playing one… And from there, it was just making it work, so I had to pick roles that were night and day from my first film – just to show I’m serious about my acting and I’m here to stay, I’m here to make some noise.”

Long Shot is now showing in cinemas.

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Jay Baruchel loves that people cry watching How To Train Your Dragon

Jay Baruchel is proud, in a sadistic way, that he makes people cry with the How To Train Your Dragon films.The Canadian actor has been voicing the loveable Hiccup in the DreamWorks franchise since the first movie in 2010.The third instalment, The Hidde…

Jay Baruchel is proud, in a sadistic way, that he makes people cry with the How To Train Your Dragon films.

The Canadian actor has been voicing the loveable Hiccup in the DreamWorks franchise since the first movie in 2010.

The third instalment, The Hidden World, was released in February (19), and Jay says he’s glad it gets people emotions going.

“That’s really cool. That’s cool. What’s weird is like, I don’t know if it’s sadistic to be proud that we make everyone cry but like Dean (DeBlois, write and director) said, if we make people cry, then we did our jobs,” Jay said to Cinema Blend. “It is very uncommon for any film to be universally loved and I haven’t seen a single bad thing about this movie at all. People are allowed to hate it, whatever, but yeah, it’s kind of staggering.”

Franchise regulars America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, Kit Harington, Kristen Wiig, and Craig Ferguson are all back for chapter three, which follows Hiccup and his dragon Toothless as they hunt for a secret Dragon Utopia, though they face adversary from new baddie Grimmel.

“I can’t stress enough how inspiring it is and how proud I am to be a part of something that means what these movies and TV shows mean to as many people as it does,” Jay continued. “Like our fans are religious about our films and they take ownership of our characters and our stories. So for them to love number three means that they feel, we gave them the movie they deserve, which is like everything that we’re trying to do.”

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Rob Lowe and sons headline campaign for wife’s jewellery line

Rob Lowe and his two sons are fronting a new advertising campaign for his wife’s new jewellery collection. The actor’s wife of 27 years, Sheryl Lowe, is expanding her namesake line with her first ever collection for men, and she’s turned the promos in…

Rob Lowe and his two sons are fronting a new advertising campaign for his wife’s new jewellery collection.

The actor’s wife of 27 years, Sheryl Lowe, is expanding her namesake line with her first ever collection for men, and she’s turned the promos into a true family affair by enlisting the help of the former The West Wing star and their sons Matthew, 25, and John Owen, 23 to show off the pieces.

Among the items are chains, bracelets, cuffs and rings, which Sheryl initially crafted for her husband, but was inspired to make the accessories, appropriately named Mr. Lowe, widely available after they gained attention from several stylish celebrities.

“Sheryl has always made one-offs for me and eventually enough people started asking where they could buy them,” Rob tells People magazine. “A lot of my friends are wearing Mr. Lowe. Gerard Butler, Bob Geldof, Robert Downey Jr., David Spade, Zac Efron, David Duchovny, some of my other friends also try to steal pieces off my wrist.”

The couple’s children also had an influence on the jewellery, which ranges from $150 (£120) to $1,950 (£1,500) apiece and is available exclusively at Neiman Marcus.

“My sons are actually much more picky about design than I am,” he says. “They also have more guts to stand up to Sheryl about what they will and won’t wear. I am probably more of a push over but then again, it’s probably because I love Sheryl so much.”

Rob appreciates how the accessories allow men to express themselves through fashion in ways they normally are not able to, and notes they can be worn with both casual and formal attire.

“What I love about this collection is that it hits a fashion sweet spot for me,” he shares. “The pieces are masculine, they are substantial without trying too hard, you can wear them with jeans or a tux. Guys have fewer ways to express themselves through wardrobe and jewellery than women and it’s nice to see more and more men embracing jewellery like this.”

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Cindy Crawford fled her Malibu home during devastating wildfires

Cindy Crawford grabbed a few personal belongings before fleeing her Malibu home when the Woolsey Fire began raging nearby earlier this month (Nov18).The blaze, one of two major fires to hit California in November, had a devastating effect on the area, …

Cindy Crawford grabbed a few personal belongings before fleeing her Malibu home when the Woolsey Fire began raging nearby earlier this month (Nov18).

The blaze, one of two major fires to hit California in November, had a devastating effect on the area, with lots of people, including celebrities, losing their homes. There have also been more than 80 fatalities reported so far from the Woolsey and Camp fires.

While Cindy and husband Rande Gerber’s place was ultimately spared, she didn’t stick around when the flames got close.

“I’m not one to hang back with a fire hose,” she told C Magaizne. “You think, what do I need? I grabbed passports and birth certificates, some of my jewellery, a painting that my daughter (Kaia Gerber) had just done, and got on PCH (Pacific Coast Highway). I saw what looked like a tsunami of smoke coming over the mountains. It was ominous.

“We know at least 20 people who lost their houses. It’s a close community. Fortunately our friends are safe, and I think it’s a reminder to all of us that you are not the stuff you own. But stuff contains memories – that favourite Christmas dish you don’t know you were missing until you look for it.”

Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke both lost their houses in the fire, while Gerard Butler’s California pad was left badly damaged.

Cindy also wasn’t too far away when a gunman opened fire at the Borderline Bar and Grill, a popular student haunt in Thousand Oaks, killing 12, in early November.

“I’m so sad for this generation of kids that they have to hear about gun violence on a weekly basis,” Cindy, who also has son Presley, sighed. “I can’t imagine how their brains process it. We haven’t sat together yet and discussed it all as a family. It feels weird here – the energy is off in L.A. right now. We need to have that family dinner.”

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Halloween scares up a second week at number one in America

The new Halloween sequel will be America’s number one movie for All Hallow’s Eve on Wednesday (31Oct18) after landing a second week at the top of the box office. Jamie Lee Curtis’ new horror movie scared up another $32 million (£25 million) over the …

The new Halloween sequel will be America’s number one movie for All Hallow’s Eve on Wednesday (31Oct18) after landing a second week at the top of the box office.

Jamie Lee Curtis’ new horror movie scared up another $32 million (£25 million) over the weekend to take its 10-day tally past $126 million (£98 million).

Halloween hauled in just about as many box office dollars over the weekend than all three films behind it, with A Star is Born, Venom and Goosebumps 2 bringing in a combined $32.4 million (£25.2 million).

Gerard Butler’s new submarine action film Hunter Killer debuted at five with a disappointing $6.6 million (£5.1 million), but the 300 star’s new release is expected to recoup its $40 million (£31.1 million) budget at the global box office.

Meanwhile, Rowan Atkinson’s third Johnny English comedy, Johnny English Strikes Again, flopped at the U.S. box office in its opening weekend, coming in 12th with a measly $1.6 million (£1.25 million). However, studio bosses at Working Title and Universal won’t be weeping as the caper has passed the $100 million (£78 million) mark around the world.

Wrapping up this week’s top 10 at the North American box office is The Hate U Give at number six, First Man, Smallfoot, Night School, and Jonah Hill’s directorial debut Mid90s.

The top 10 is set for a shake-up next weekend with the North American releases of Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Keira Knightley’s holiday-themed The Nutcracker & the Four Realms, Tiffany Haddish’s new comedy Nobody’s Fool, Rosamund Pike’s A Private War, and Nicole Kidman’s hard-hitting Boy Erased.

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Gerard Butler spent three days on a submarine to prepare for Hunter Killer role

Gerard Butler spent three days at sea with the U.S. Navy to get a feel for life in a submarine before shooting new action movie Hunter Killer. The producers and director Donovan Marsh worked closely with U.S. Department of Defense officials in a bid t…

Gerard Butler spent three days at sea with the U.S. Navy to get a feel for life in a submarine before shooting new action movie Hunter Killer.

The producers and director Donovan Marsh worked closely with U.S. Department of Defense officials in a bid to give the underwater drama authenticity, and they were thrilled when they were offered a ride-along by the Navy.

Marsh and Butler headed off Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, where they took to sea with the crew of a Virginia Class nuclear submarine, and the director admits the three-day trip helped his leading man focus on his character, while he revamped the script.

“Gerry and I were actually able to re-enact scenes from the film in the sub with a real Naval crew,” Marsh explains. “That was so invaluable for both of us. When we were back on dry land and on set, we were able to bring all that intense realness we experienced to the execution.”

The sea trip also convinced Marsh to place the film’s entire submarine set on a massive hydraulic gimbal to create realistic movement.

“You realise when you are on a submarine… everything starts leaning and everything that isn’t nailed down just goes flying. It was quite a thrilling feeling to experience and I wanted the actors to be able to have that as much as you possibly can on dry land.

“It’s traditionally been done by tilting the camera but that just wasn’t real enough. Mounting the set on a gimbal wasn’t easy but everyone loved it. It created a very spontaneous tension and gave everyone the feeling of being at sea.”

Marsh and Butler’s submarine trip was so successful Navy officials allowed them to film in a working nuclear submarine, docked at Pearl Harbor, for two days, and Butler admits he found the time on board a real submarine invaluable as he prepared to play his character, Captain Joe Glass.

“The advisers I consulted with were indispensable. These are people who drill and drill and drill so that when things hit the fan, they can make the right moves, like it’s in their sleep,” he tells WENN. “Everything has to be automatic because when you’ve got freezing cold water coming in, the carbon dioxide is building, there’s a fire going on, the place is full of smoke and you know your sub is about to go down, you need to be able to act in half a second.

“Learning about that was very, very enlightening. You see that it takes certain kind of individual to be able to lead in this very hazardous narrow tube.”

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50 Cent celebrates Den of Thieves sequel announcement

50 Cent has shared his delight over the news of an upcoming Den of Thieves sequel.The action movie, which also stars Gerard Butler and O’Shea Jackson Jr., was released in the U.S. last month (19Jan18) and has grossed $57 million (£41 million) globally…

50 Cent has shared his delight over the news of an upcoming Den of Thieves sequel.

The action movie, which also stars Gerard Butler and O’Shea Jackson Jr., was released in the U.S. last month (19Jan18) and has grossed $57 million (£41 million) globally so far. On Tuesday, it was confirmed that director Christian Gudegast, along with a number of cast members, had agreed to team up and film sequel Den of Thieves 2. And the rapper, real name Curtis James Jackson, went on to personally share the announcement with his fans.

“BOOM Den Of Thieves 2 coming soon,” he posted on his Instagram page, alongside an image of the article by Deadline confirming the news.

The 42-year-old has committed to the next movie, which will be set in Europe, as well as Gerard – though O’Shea is reportedly still in negotiations. Both Curtis and the PS I Love You actor will also be among the movie’s producers through their respective production companies, G-Unit Films & Television Inc. and G-BASE.

The American rapper had his first film role in 2005, when he played Marcus “Young Caesar” Greer in Get Rich or Die Tryin’, and has gone on to bag parts in other movies including Dead Man Running and Spy, as well as a regular role in the critically acclaimed American TV series Power, which he also produces.

Curtis, who plays a bank robber in Den of Thieves, often portrays villains in his acting jobs and previously admitted that he enjoys the opportunity to be bad.

“I like the bad guy. I read the (Den of Thieves) script six years ago and I don’t mind being typecasted (sic). I’m a rapper,” he laughed in an interview with radio station Power 105.1.

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