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'Playing for Keeps' trailer: Gerard Butler gets adorable kids to yell 'wankers,' adorably

In Playing for Keeps, Gerard Butler plays a former pro soccer player who’s fallen out with the mother (Jessica Biel) of his young son and is trying to make good by coaching the young tyke’s soccer team. The new trailer for the film is clearly aiming for the “heartwarming family dramedy of the holiday season” slot, so it kinda ignores the fact that all those hot soccer moms start throwing themselves at Butler’s character. As hot soccer moms are wont to do.

Check out the trailer below:  READ FULL STORY

'Chasing Mavericks' trailer: Gerard Butler will teach you to surf a really, really big wave

The gargantuan waves in the surf movie Chasing Mavericks may look unreal in the film’s new trailer, but the seemingly mythic location that gave birth to them is very much a real place. Mavericks is a spot on the northern California coast where the conditions are just right for waves so mammoth and dangerous that only top tier surfers attempt to ride them (and even then, a few have died trying). 

The location was made famous in part by surfer Jay Moriarity (played in the film by Jonny Weston), who was photographed riding them when he was 16. Chasing Mavericks, the latest from director Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential8 Mile), tells the story of how Moriarity got up there — thanks to the mentorship of surfer Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler). Check out the trailer below:  READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Gerard Butler going on 'Manhunt.' Plus: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Shailene Woodley

• Steve Carell and Toni Collette are boarding The Way, Way Back, the directorial debut of Oscar-winning screenwriters Jim Rash and Nat Faxon (The Descendants). The indie drama follows a young boy with an neglectful mother (Collette) and a lout of a stepfather (Carell). The cast also includes Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, and Annasophia Robb. [Variety]

• Speaking of The DescendantsShailene Woodley is attached to star in The Spectacular Now, an adaptation of Tim Tharp‘s coming-of-age novel, about a teenage girl who confronts an alcoholic classmate. James Ponsoldt (Sundance hit Smashed) will direct. [Variety]

• Boardwalk Empire‘s dearly departed Michael Pitt has found his next project: He’ll produce and star in You Can’t Win, about the loose fraternity of hobos hopping trails in the early 20th century. [THR]

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Casting Net: Gerard Butler straps in for 'Motor City,' Colin Firth is 'Untouchable'


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Gerard Butler revs up for Motor City, where
Jake Gyllenhaal and Dominic Cooper stalled. (Both actors' deals fell through due to scheduling conflicts.) Butler will join Amber Heard and Gary Oldman in the ex-con-with-a-vendetta action flick. [Variety]

Colin Firth may play an aristocrat who becomes quadriplegic after a tragic accident in Untouchable. Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is also in talks to direct the remake of the French dramedy (originally called The Intouchables). [Variety]

True Story: Jonah Hill is set to face off against James Franco. Brad Pitt‘s production company Plan B is producing the stranger-than-fiction tale about New York Times journalist Michael Finkel (Hill), who must come face to face with accused murderer Christian Longo (Franco) after Longo steals Finkel’s identity and flees to Mexico. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

'Thunder Run': Producer talks all-CG, 3-D Iraq war thriller with Gerard Butler, Matthew McConaughey, and Sam Worthington

“In my day, we watched war movies in 2-D. We didn’t even have rocket-propelled grenades flying over our heads!”

This is what you’ll be telling the kids in the near future, once Thunder Run has taken the traditional war movie and turned it on its head. EW has confirmed that Gerard Butler, Matthew McConaughey, and Sam Worthington have all signed on to star in an entirely CG, 3-D adaptation of Pulitzer Prize winner David Zucchino’s novel Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad. Robert Port and Black Hawk Down scribe Ken Nolan co-wrote the script, with Simon West attached to direct.

“The idea is that we’re trying to create an event movie,” producer Brian Presley of Freedom Films tells EW. READ FULL STORY

'Machine Gun Preacher': Gerard Butler reams out his banker -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

In the true-life thriller Machine Gun Preacher, Gerard Butler plays Sam Childers, an ex-biker gang member who worked as an aid worker in East Africa and took on the Lord’s Resistance Army, a military group that forced children to become soldiers and left a trail of human rights abuses. In this exclusive clip from Preacher — which begins its limited platform release Sept. 23 — Childers begs the bank for an additional loan so that he can keep up his human rights work…but can you believe, those big-money fat cats won’t give him the dough? “Don’t tell me to calm down!” he shrieks. Watch the video here:  READ FULL STORY

TRAILER revealed for badass bible-thumping 'Machine Gun Preacher'

Sam Childers was a biker, a brawler, a drug dealer who sought redemption in Sudan, turning his bare-knuckle and bullet-slinging rage on warlords who were turning kids into child soldiers. Have a peek at this action-drama from director Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, Quantum of Solace), out Sept. 23.

Childers is one of those rare characters who, if he was purely fictional, nobody would buy this story for a second. But he’s a real-life Rambo type, who still runs an orphanage/mission there — but he’s no angel. Screenwriter Jason Keller describes Childers as “reckless,” “wild-eyed,” and “always looking for trouble.” When Keller first met him with plans to adapt his story into a film, the lifelong tough-guy was characteristically hostile.

See below for how their first meeting nearly turned into a fight, and how Childers later dragged the screenwriter along on a few death-defying vigilante missions, and the one thing in the script that made the preacher’s temper flare … READ FULL STORY

Toronto Film Festival: 'Page Eight' with Rachel Weisz to close festival

After recently announcing a documentary roster packed with Oscar winners, the Toronto International Film Festival is upping up the star power with more announcements. Rachel Weisz and Bill Nighy’s spy film Page Eight, also starring Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, and Judy Davis, will close the festival.

Also joining the mix are Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage’s home invasion chiller Trespass, Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard’s Mandela biopic Winnie, Gerard Butler’s based-on-a-true story Machine Gun Preacher, Jason Statham and Robert De Niro’s shoot-em-up Killer Elite, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy’s Victorian-era vibrator comedy Hysteria, Rebecca Hall and Dominic West’s supernatural thriller The Awakening, and Catherine Deneuve’s French-language ode to femininity Beloved.

TIFF 2011 runs from Sept. 8-18.

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Relativity acquires Gerard Butler's 'Machine Gun Preacher'

Machine Gun Preacher, Gerard Butler’s upcoming foray into serious drama, has been acquired by Relativity Media. Michelle Monaghan, Kathy Baker, and Michael Shannon also star in the film, based on the true story of former drug-dealing criminal Sam Childers (Butler). After finding faith, Childers travels to Sudan and is shocked by the brutality he sees. He becomes a crusader for hundreds of refugee children and brings peace to his own life in the process.

Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Monster’s Ball) directed and Jason Keller (Relativity’s untitled Snow White project starring Julia Roberts as the evil Queen) wrote the project. Relativity will theatrically market and distribute the film throughout North America in advance of its limited-release opening on Sept. 23.

Jennifer Aniston in 'The Bounty Hunter': Could she ever pull off a Sandra Bullock at the Oscars?

Jennifer-Aniston_240.jpg Image Credit: Janet Mayer/PR PhotosThe box-office headline today is all about 3-D competition at the multiplex this past weekend, as How To Train Your Dragon stomped in on ground previously held by Alice in Wonderland. But my eye is on the news, delivered with much less fanfare, that ticket sales for the romantic comedy The Bounty Hunter, starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, dropped less precipitously than other movies of its ilk tend to do in second-week release. And since that ilk is rom-com crapola, and since I have yet to feel even one degree of romantic or comedic heat radiating off of the emotionally insulated Mr. Butler in any of his rom or com endeavors, I credit Ms. Aniston, the femme half of the duo, for bringing home the bacon.

Truth is, I’m fascinated with Aniston these days. (Tabloids serve up so much BS about her that I’ve got to restrain myself from calling her “Jen,” as if she’s my friend and we could feel even closer if I bought her favorite brand of handbag.) I’m impressed with Aniston’s ambition, her industriousness; I’m interested in her willingness to play the game, first by the rules of fame that were handed to her by the TV success of Friends and later by the rules of celebrity that were thrust on her by her marriage READ FULL STORY

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