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Gerard Butler Developing 'Olympus Has Fallen'

Gerard Butler Developing 'Olympus Has Fallen'

Gerard Butler is working both in front of and behind the camera for his next project.

The 42-year-old Scottish actor is set to star in the action film Olympus Has Fallen, a project he’ll also co-produce.

The movie centers “on an ex Secret Service agent who must foil a terrorist attack on the president’s residence,” according to THR.

Gerard most recently starred in Coriolanus and Machine Gun Preacher.

He’s also replacing Eric Bana in the diamond-heist thriller Brilliant.

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  • Ah ha

    @twitter: The interesting thing about this is in the tweet about the LAX sighting of Gerry and Alicia, the poster put @Aliciamariebody in her tweet, which means Alicia saw the post. Alicia seems to be confirming the sighting with her latest tweet.

  • twitter

    This woman is in Los Angeles.

    maureen browne
    Great star sighting! Gerard Butler is sitting across from me at dinner. Hot!
    .
    7:13 PM – 19 Mar 12
    https://twitter.com/maureenabrowne

  • Hollywood Gossiper

    Apparently MGP was shown at a film festival in Michigan recently and there had been some major tweaks to the film compared to the original shown in theatres on the initial release and that it was in fact an improvement. Not sure if that is the version that made it to DVD or to the UK theatres or Director’s Cut etc but it was different.

  • Judd

    @Hollywood Gossiper: Diane at WO said she went to the Michigan festival and saw MGP again. She blogged that this time there were many places that were different from the one released back last year but then she couldn’t really be sure they were. She said the “new” version was an improvement. I think the biggest problem (if I could use the word “problem”) with the movie is poor editing so any improved editing is a welcome thing to happen.

  • Code

    If in rehab
    For prescription pain killers then why do so many action movies
    If in rehab
    For illegal drugs then why hit late night party circuit
    If in rehab
    For excuse to deflect from the Janea Alt situation then ???

    He seems $$&@&$) whatever way you compute it.

  • Hollywood Gossiper

    I would agree. Forster and Keller tried to cover too much in one film. That said it was still an emotionaly draining film in a good way IMHO. So if they had a tighter script to start and tighter editing, who knows what could have resulted.

    Wasn’t it someone here who posted they overheard something in a LA restaurant that Forster was being asked to chop 20 minutes from the film before MGP was released and he refused. Sometimes it is hard to be objective when you are too enmeshed with a project. Sincere intent on Forster’s part I believe but the execution was not quite there. But films are unwieldy things by nature.

    I’ve always said all those movie critics should try writing a script or making a movie and really all of us, because it is not easy at all.

    I personally don’t know how a director does it without going mad and the reality there are some directors who are mad and out of control and you wonder why anyone would give them any money esp after a number of failures. Others are just mad geniuses. For all his flaws, Mel Gibson managed to direct some big epic movies. Especially rare for an actor turned director. Hmmm maybe that explains it, delayed madness.

    The poor director of Beowulf and Grendel, everything that could go wrong did and yet I think he put out a good film in spite of it all IMO. One of the best opening scenes of a movie ever.

  • Hollywood Gossiper

    @Code:

    This was a good line from this article
    “But this stockpiling of action roles suggests he realizes he’ll be a bit old soon, and it’s better to wield a gun now than in the inevitable “Expendables IV.” ”

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/pay-attention-gerard-butler-is-trying-to-let-you-know-that-olympus-has-fallen

  • bystander

    @angelsrock: thanks Angel, UK release was yesterday, don’t know about the us. I think I must have missed the judder about 3/4 through way the flicks-that was about the time i started yawning. Have to say I immediately rewound to check for a dvd fault. The judder didn’t work imo.

  • angelsrock

    @bystander:

    I agree, It was awkward and came out of the blue. I hope the DVD is released here soon. I really liked the movie a lot.

  • Can’tGetEnough

    Good Morning JJer’s! Continuation on the tweet from post #302. Someone asked where she had seen him. Could his parents be in CA with him?? Maybe Mama came to smack him around a bit and keep him in line? =)

    maureen browne ‏ @maureenabrowne
    “@c_peterman: @maureenabrowne Where are you enjoying that sexy Gerry at?” Piccolo Paradiso in BH. Looks like he was dining with his parents.

  • Hot Under the Collar

    Thank you to whoever socked and posted that tweet from alicia, she told the person that she was in Austin for swxs with ‘friends’.
    ..
    Because I am not daft, I can gather from this that she and Gerard were part of a larger group of friends.
    Everyone jumped to conclusions that it was something more tawdry. I think not.
    ~L

  • Can’tGetEnough

    @Hot Under the Collar: Alicia also tweeted on 3/17 that she was attending a charity fashion fitness show there in Austin that evening. According to the tweets and sightings, GB was at a club with Jesse James. I get the feeling there were a lot of “celebs” on that plane back to LAX and that’s all it was. Regardless, we’ll never know the “truth”, so it shouldn’t be a big deal really.

  • radarlove

    Not that hanging out with the usual gang or Jesse James is an improvement.. Did Jesse and Gerry exchange notes on man ho dom? Is there like a secret society of man ho dom like the Illuminiati or Freemasons?

  • Me2

    Wow.. I didn’t know that it was so important for some of you if Gerry was spotted with this Alicia woman or any other woman ….. Who cares ?….Isn’t it getting boring for some of you just trying to figure out where Gerry is and what he’s doing and who he’s with , day in and day out?…… It was kinda fun a long time ago but C’mon people,thread after thread, after thread(shaking head)!!…Gotta get back to “Real Life” now, bye.

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    @Hollywood Gossiper:
    That’s an awful line from the article!
    -
    Old, really? Gerry is not old. Age matters little for men, for the most part, in Hollwyood, even in action films. Wasn’t Sean Penn to play “Frosty? How old is he?
    -
    I mean Bruce Willis is still making action films in his 50′s. Not my best example but the first one that springs to mind seeing him in a trailer this weekend.
    -
    Feel these new “action” films are more of the thriller suspense genre than blowout action!
    -
    He’s not daft you know. Give him some credit. He realizes he has to work within his physical limitations going forward. Such auto contagion negativity here is really so………..
    .
    .
    .
    .
    .
    .
    boring and hurtful and lacks faith. Has everyone caught the disease?
    -
    That said I’m happy to see him touch base with his family. It all ends and begins with family.
    ~K

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    You know being at a club with someone is entirely different than actually hanging out with him. Frankly I don’t thin Gerry would step within 2 feet of Jesse James. Think, like a lot of us, he feels the same way we do about him doing what he did to Sandra. Just my hunch though.
    -
    That said I saw Act of Valor this past weekend. I hope Gerry finds a way to see it for ‘research’ for his next military projects. I’ve never left a theater more proud of my freedom to sit in a dark theater free from fear, and feeling a bit guilty about it, knowing that luxury I, and most of us, take for granted is served and protected daily by US Navy SEALS and all our armed forces.
    -
    What’s the point? I commend Gerry for selecting these kinds of roles like the taking of Baghdad to show how hard and miserable they are so we are free to live so comfortable and with a sense of security few other countries these days are allowed. Take nothing for granted.
    ~K

  • Dawn

    @Can’tGetEnough:
    ” I get the feeling there were a lot of “celebs” on that plane back to LAX and that’s all it was.”
    .
    Just curious. Since when is Alicia a celeb? Is she in the movies, on TV, or doing modeling? I am confused about her prominence.

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    @Dawn:

  • Perspective

    What I have learned from reading this thread:
    .
    Gerard Butler has several new movie projects announced.
    Gerard Butler traveled to Austin.
    Gerard Butler went to movie premiers and after parties in Austin.
    Gerard Butler has sex.
    Gerard Butler probably has sex often and goes to a lot of parties.
    Gerard Butler travels a lot.
    .
    You people spend your free time typing about Gerard Butler on the internet with people you don’t know.
    .
    Yeah. Gerard Butler is the uncool one with issues. LOL.
    .
    Yes yes, I know. You have husbands and boyfriends, good jobs, and lead active social lives with a bevy of friends. And I’m dating Prince William. Well look at that! I’m now the Duchess of Cambridge!

  • Can’tGetEnough

    @Dawn: I tend to use quotes around words and phrases I’m being sarcastic about. Get it now???

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    Perhaps Gerry met up with his co-star Matthew McConaughy to chat about Thunder Run when in Austin? Kind of hope so. Matthew has turned his life around. Hope they work well together. He was incredible and perfectly cast in Lincoln Lawyer!
    -
    Happy first day of Spring!
    ~K
    hoping he does another Lincoln Lawyer tale

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    @Perspective:
    Your perspective is dismal toward anyone and everyone who posts here. How come? Why is anyone who posts here lacking in anything?
    -
    Last I checked it is a gossip site so people are going to toss about gossip! My thing is the auto default believing all things nasty and ugly about him spread through viral rumors by disgruntled ex’s or malcontents.
    -
    He doesn’t owe anyone anything. And least of all his fans. He’s a contract employee who hustles to stay working and keeps getting roles! So that’s all that should matter. He was saved for a reason… to keep keepin’ on! (enter Peace sign here) ;o)
    -
    All he should focus on is his career and maintaining his sobriety (on all levels). And if being with his parents indicates this, which is something he does when he feels that need and I hope he goes home for a spell to for Easter and reclaims a part of him he’s let others snatch from him.
    ~K

  • Dawn

    I wasn’t criticizing you. I am genuinely curious about why she is considered anybody?
    .
    Another thing that’s a bit baffling is how this person tweeted about seeing GB in the airport with Alicia. How did she even know who Alicia is?

    Maybe someone can explain to me how come a supposed random sighting of GB in the airport had anything to do with the people speaking about seeing Alicia with him? How do they know who Alecia is?
    .
    Anabella Jack ‏ @CelebriFOOL
    “Rowing mate texts me she totally saw that mtv nutter @Aliciamariebody at LAX tonight with Gerard Butler the 300 actor ?! #hateyoubitch”
    Anabella Jack ‏ @CelebriFOOL
    Day is officially ruined and I have class this morning. That girl (and any fitness person) annoys me. Gerard Butler is hot for an old guy.

  • Can’tGetEnough

    @Dawn: I guess the person who saw them recognized Alicia? I certainly wouldn’t have recognized her. I had no idea who she was until she was mentioned a few weeks ago, that’s why I was being sarcastic when I referred to her as a celeb. Could be that article about Alicia commenting on her love life with GB prompted this sighting and tweet.

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    The idea, as it appears to me, is simply to talk about who he may or may not be boinking. Real or not does not matter.
    -
    Just about all female sightings lead to the possibility of his having sexual relations he could be with said female. So it excites them? Turns them on? Or at least that’s my take on it.
    -
    Any post about work and appearances (other than to speak to how he looks) are really skipped over, ignored, thumbed down and a big turn off here! It’s all about sex. And who he may be having it with. Actually most positive perspectives send people running!
    ~K

  • Can’tGetEnough

    @Dawn: BTW, I’m sorry if I came across as being short with you. I didn’t mean for it to sound that way. It’s just one of those days today!!

  • radarlove

    @Perspective: I am crushed by your disapproval, ROFLMAO.

  • Can’tGetEnough
  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    “Soul is one thing that The Cult have an abundance of. It’s the passion within their lyrics that offsets the power of the music. It’s the innocence found in their mystique… Soul is a rarity nowadays and The Cult are a throwback to the days when music was textured instead of processed.”
    – Del James, Sonic Temple Off the Record
    -
    I had envisioned him listening to Nora Jones! LOL
    ~K
    who knows who Sonic Temple are but not a follower of The Cult or any cults as a matter of fact thanking you for the photo thinking things were definitely loud and him and Matt, if met up at all, did not talk work!

  • Can’tGetEnough
  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    @Can’tGetEnough:
    That’s the best I’ve seen him look in ages! He looks darling there!
    ~K

  • Anastasia Beaverhausen

    Wanted to come on and apologize for insulting that Alicia person and insulting Gerard’s taste in women. Aesthetically wise. I don’t like bashing other women. We are all beautiful in our own way. Was just in a foul mood yesterday. If she is an enabler however, that’s not good.

    Not sure why Gerard was at SX for sure. I just know why I went. To be introduced to new musical acts. And to dance a little. ;-)

  • God Bless yoou all!

    Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. Psalm 62:5-6 NIV

  • Anastasia Beaverhausen

    Oy they saw The Cult. Jealous again. We missed that show. We missed that one and Keane. Missed both. :((

  • Anastasia Beaverhausen

    Just realised I typed “missed” three times on that last post. Can you tell I’m perturbed that we MISSED those shows?? lol

  • wtf?

    @GFW…… thank you for your post #316…..your thoughtful words is kindly appreciated……. especially from flotsam

    have a beautiful spring day y’all

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    “Olympus Has Fallen, a project he’ll also co-produce.” Good news!
    -
    Is this a book? I might check it out. If so, I’d like to read it.
    -
    “The movie centers on an ex Secret Service agent who must foil a terrorist attack on the president’s residence,”
    -
    This would be the White House obviously. And terrorist threats in that are is really scary–and taken seriously. Might he be filming on the east coast soon enough, or eventually?
    -
    The Bricklayer, a film I really wished had gotten the green light, was to (for the most part) take place in and around DC and west coast offices) of the FBI. I that he was to play an ex (or fired) FBI agent turned mason dude. Think, from the sounds of it, he wants to get inside the minds of our government elite!
    ~K
    who thinks he’d have liked Keane if he saw them

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    @wtf?:
    Hey thanks. It’s a good movie. Started out as a recruiting film I heard then got made longer. They’re real soldiers and the story is based on real events. They hired actors to play the bad guys but it is very fascinating in how they speak, act and truly move as one body, all of them! Even those who come in later. Every person plays a part.
    -
    What was so interesting is how they say they must, to operated distraction free, leave home in good standing. All of it. Relationships, finances, family, friends, etc for to be able to commit 100%. So the ending, which I won’t spoil, is made more profound because of this.
    ~K
    who highly recommends it and really hopes he gets it suggested to him somehow as it is a fast REAL action, action film

  • curious cat

    I havn’t even read anything here. Apologies to old favorites on this site.I am increasingly disappointed to see Mr. Butler morph into just another Hollywood actor producing schlock. MGP and Coriolanus didn’t even show where I live.
    it seems he can’t bring a really good important movie with an important message to an audience.

  • curious cat

    Let’s see how long his career lasts doing schlock. Thumb me down and color me drab but he tried with two movies that didn;t sell and now is sell out time. Act in whatever he can get.

  • curious cat

    Whatever he can get and what he will put his own money into. Is the handwriting on the wall clear enough? I believed in this man at one time. I didn’t buy all the rumors, just on principle. But he is not delivering. Period.

  • curious cat

    I admit still that he is gorgeous.

  • caementarius

    @GFW: I completely agree about “The Bricklayer” being a perfect movie for him. It was an enjoyable book and I’d love to see it on the big screen. It’s one of those stories that seems to have something for everyone (male/female, young/old) and after reading it I can really only picture him in the role of Steve Vail but if he’s not going to do it someone else really should – it could be a great film.

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    @caementarius:
    Hey! I do too. Fingers crossed on this one!
    -
    I think he is still troubled, but he probably put up a good front at rehab in order to get out sooner? I really wish he would hang out with different people. Get involved with more meaningful work (besides films). I know he has done some charity work, but maybe volunteering would get his mind off of ‘stuff’ and he could sleep better at night.
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    I mean let’s face it he WAS so much happier when he was volunteering for Haiti and doing telethons and stuff! He’s too caught up in some weird unhealthy stuff. That if he were not so healthy would have more adverse effects and affects. So thank God he’s not unhealthy. Make sense?
    -
    And look what all it did hanging with low-life for authenticity? Not that he isn’t or didn’t exist in the culture when he was way younger? Not judging. But he had come so very far and will get back there fast too! But all that Bad Company got him hooked on drugs again and doing dastardly deeds (if true). But feel even (true) he knows he has to seek forgiveness starting with himself and begin again… and what better time than Easter season!!
    -
    Every single act over the last year of his is calculated to be the opposite of what needs to happen (and -I think- he knows it).
    -
    I have no idea how people deal with the kind of fame Gerry lives with every day. It cannot be easy. What we take for granted, freedom to come and go, say anything anytime, he can’t. Kind of sad.
    ~K

  • MTV

    @Dawn
    .
    I can answer your question. Alicia Marie used to host a show on MTV called “Made”. It was a self-improvement reality TV series that followed teens who wanted to be “made” into celebrities. Alicia was the fitness coach on the show. So, yes, young people would definitely recognize her. Annabella (the tweeter) even says so in her post:
    .
    “Rowing mate texts me she totally saw that mtv nutter @Aliciamariebody with Gerard Butler”

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    “Hugh Jackman gets into character as Jean Valjean on the set of Les Miserables on Tuesday (March 20) in London, England. Joining Hugh on set was Colm Wilkinson, who originated the role of Jean Valjean on Broadway and has a cameo role in the film!”
    -
    I posted at that page I wished that was Gerard Butler as Jean Valjean. I do. He’d be perfect for it. Big, lunky, desperate for food, the discipline to make his fortune, the theft, the woman he saves, the daughter he raises. Sigh. Sigh. Sigh.
    ~K

  • Beancounter

    There are an average of 24.7 posts/comments per page thus far. Approximately each page one half dozen of them are GFW’s. That means that she approximately is responsible for one quarter of all the posts on any given thread or roughly 84 posts total so far on just this thread.

  • Blackwell

    It seems that big HW studios (Warner Bro, Fox, Sony etc.) have sort of abandoned Gerard as a leading man in a tent pole flix. For the last couple of years he has been focused on his own projects starring and co-producing them with smaller outfits like Relativity and now Millinium. He enjoys the creative freedom with these firms but they being often on shaky financial grounds, don’t usually have the financial backing like the big studios when it comes to marketing his movies. Shelving, direct to DVD or limited release is not viable way of survival for any movie maker. A series of losses will put anyone out of commission. PTF and OMAM will be make it or break it for Gerard.

  • Anastasia Beaverhausen

    @GerrysFascinatingWoman:

    I saw your post on Hugh Jackman’s thread. :) Gerard would have been great too, but it is what it is. Hugh Jackman will do wonderfully. And we will get past the way Hugh looks right now……eventually…..it will be worth it. Let’s not make things tougher than they already are. :D

  • RedRidingHood

    @Blackwell:

    I don’t think it’s ever been all about the money and fame with Gerry. I think it’s been more about his freedom to do what he wants to do when he wants to do it.

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