‘Midway’ Cast Says Film Resonates With Current Political Climate
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‘Midway’ Cast Says Film Resonates With Current Political Climate

“Today we’re fighting for our own freedom and liberty,” Aaron Eckhart said at the film’s premiere.

Stars and stripes and other symbols of American patriotism helped Hollywood pay homage to U.S. armed forces at the Midway world premiere at Westwood’s Regency Village Theatre.

Directed by Roland Emmerich, Midway centers on the post-Pearl Harbor battle in the Pacific between American and Imperial Japanese forces. The film sees stars including Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson and Nick Jonas as the real unsung heroes who changed the tide of World War II with their acts of bravery against Japanese forces.

Read more at the source: Hollywood Reporter

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Aaron Eckhart on Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix
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Aaron Eckhart on Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix

Aaron Eckhart knows what it takes to be part of a popular comic book franchise, and he has some advice to share with actors who are joining the DC brotherhood.

With Robert Pattinson announced as the newest actor to tackle Batman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman, there has been a slew of fresh faces set to breathe new life into beloved characters like Paul Dano with the Riddler and Zoe Kravitz tasked with clawing into a feline suit for the role of Catwoman.

Eckhart, who portrayed Harvey Dent/Two-Face in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight in 2008, shares some helpful advice with them, as well as anyone who’ll land the same role he did nearly a decade ago.

“I think Heath [Ledger] and Joaquin [Phoenix] are showing the way,” Eckhart tells EW about Ledger and Phoenix who have both portrayed the Joker on the big screen. “They’re showing the way in the sense that they’re just being very real and that they go all the way into the bottom of their soul and find where it comes from and they give it to us. That’s what those guys did and I think audiences appreciate that the most.”

The actor is currently promoting his newest project, the action thriller Line of Duty. While shooting on location in Alabama in 2018, he bonded with costars Ben McKenzie and Giancarlo Esposito, who have both also been in Batman projects, about this universe that connects them.

“Ben and I did talk a little bit about Batman and he told me about all that he’s doing,” Eckhart says of McKenzie, who spent five seasons as James Gordon on Fox’s Gotham. And admits to having “an interesting conversation” with Esposito, who did voice work on two animated DC films: Son of Batman and Batman: Assault on Arkham.

But the ultimate tete-a-tete was between Eckhart and Tommy Lee Jones while working on their upcoming movie Wander. Although he wouldn’t divulge specifics, he did say “it came up” that both have played the villainous Two-Face, with Jones taking on the role of Dent in 1995’s Batman Forever.

“It’s all so funny but I don’t think about that stuff too much because as I’m getting older, I’m getting more boring,” he shares. “It is all so interesting, though — especially seeing my friend Joaquin Phoenix who is killing it with Joker

“Throughout the span of your career, I guess you find yourselves in these movies. I was happy and very honored to be in The Dark Knight and all of the tentacles and the connections that it has throughout life and everybody’s life in Hollywood now.”

Source: Yahoo News

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New Clip of Aaron Eckhart’s upcoming movie ‘Line of Duty’

Aaron Eckhart‘s Frank Penny in the upcoming film Line of Duty needs redemption, and he may be able to find it with the help of a young kid name “D” (played by Elijah M. Cooper).

Penny is a disgraced cop battling against the clock to find an important member of the police captain’s (played by Giancarlo Esposito) family whose abductor he accidentally shot, in the Steven C. Miller-directed film. In an exclusive clip from the action thriller, Penny gets a call about an incident that’s taking place while on duty and he needs “D” to push him to take it on.

“Frank is that quintessential Hollywood down and out cop, he’s been through it and he’s a little rough around the edges,” Eckhart tells EW about his character. “He’s had some upsetting incidents in his career and during his life and he’s sort of recovering from all that. He’s sort of been demoted to the foot beat and he’s on the corner talking to his constituents and then it all breaks loose. 

The whole premise of the film is that the police captain’s daughter has been taken hostage and is going to be killed. There’s a time limit and Frank has to find all the clues and put them together so he can find the girl and save her. So he redeems himself, it’s that classic down and out cop who has to redeem himself and by the end hopefully all is good afterwards.”

As highlighted in the clip, the relationship between Penny and one of his youngest constituents is an important one in the film. Even though “D” is many years younger than Penny, he serves as an important influence in his life.

“‘D’ and I become pals out on the streets and we have a nice little friendship,” Eckhart shares. “He knows my weaknesses and I’m okay with that. I get a call that there’s been a shooting and ‘D’ hears the call. And because I’m sort of a wrecked guy, I don’t know if I’m going to take the call or not and it’s ‘D’ who helps me find the courage to confront my fears and take the call.

“That relationship between Frank and D is one of the best in the film. At the end of the movie, it comes around and we see that it’s a humbling relationship because we’re all humans. No one is better than the next. We’re all just trying to get by in life, and we can influence each other no matter our age or where we’re at in life.”

Eckhart admits he’s fully invested in telling stories that have a specific message for viewers that includes and extends beyond entertainment. He wants the characters he brings to life moving forward to tell a story that will inspire viewers.

“It was important to me when I decided to do this film, and really any other film I do from here on out basically, is that [it fit a certain criteria.] It’s important to me that the film be entertaining and can be enjoyed by the whole family. I was everyone to be entertained but that they can also find a message in the story.

“This film certainly fit this bill. It’s a very human film, and it’s about caring and redemption. It’s a film about going to those dark places that you fear and with the help of others, coming out the other side. And that we’re all connected and that we all need each other, and that we can always find some common ground. So that was very important for me when I signed on.”

Line of Duty, which also costars Ben McKenzie, will hit theaters and on demand Nov. 15.

Source: EW

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First Trailer for Aaron Eckhart’s new movie ‘Line of Duty’

Aaron Eckhart’s Officer Frank Penny finds himself into quite a predicament in the upcoming cop drama, Line of Duty — and ET can exclusively debut the trailer.

Director Steven C. Miller’s Line of Duty also stars Jessica Lu, Dina Meyer and Giancarlo Esposito and is in select theaters and available digitally and On Demand on Nov. 15.

To watch the trailer go to ET Online

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Aaron Eckhart’s ‘Midway’ Character Poster Revealed

Lionsgate has released 13 new character posters for the upcoming epic, Midway, giving us a pristine look at the star-studded cast. From Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow director Roland Emmerich, Midway is an epic underdog film that tells the story of real-life events during World War II. It explores the pivotal clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy that acted as a turning point in the Pacific Theater during the War. The film aims to portray the heroic story of the leaders and soldiers who, “used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome the odds.”

Aaron Eckhart in Midway
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Each poster gives a close-up of the thirteen characters that make up the powerful cast. With warm light and artful shadows, the portraits speak to the classic, war epic feel Roland Emmerich is striving for.

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Aaron Eckhart Cop Thriller ‘Line of Duty’ Acquired by Saban Films
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Aaron Eckhart Cop Thriller ‘Line of Duty’ Acquired by Saban Films

Saban Films announced on Thursday that it has picked up U.S. rights to Steven C. Miller’s “Line of Duty,” starring Aaron Eckhart.

“Line of Duty” follows a disgraced cop (Eckhart) who finds himself in a race against time to find a kidnap victim whose abductor he accidentally killed.

The action thriller was directed by Miller (“Escape Plan 2: Hades,” “First Kill”) from a script penned by Jeremy Drysdale (“Grand Theft Parsons”). In addition to Eckhart, the film stars Giancarlo Esposito, Courtney Eaton (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), Dina Meyer (“Starship Troopers,” “Saw”) and Ben McKenzie (“Gotham”).

“This fast-paced thriller is action-packed and bound to captivate audiences and keep them on their toes,” Saban Films President Bill Bromiley said in a statement. “It’s a testament to Steven’s skills as a filmmaker and the cast, led by Aaron, give stunning performances.”

Jonathan Saba negotiated the deal for Saban Films along with Myles Nestel and Lisa Wilson (who also executive produced the film) on behalf of The Solution. The Solution represents worldwide rights, with Wilson selling the remaining international rights at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

The film was produced by The Solution Entertainment Group’s Myles Nestel, Craig Chapman, Skip Williamson, Scott LaStaiti, Martin Sprock, Tiffany Stone, Renee Tab and Christopher Tuffin.

“We are excited to continue our long-standing relationship with Saban as our US distributor on the title,” Nestel said in a statement. “Steven knocked the film out of the park and Aaron gives a tour-de-force performance as Frank Penny.”

Read more: The Wrap

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‘Vikings’ star Katheryn Winnick joins Aaron Eckhart on conspiracy thriller ‘Wander’

Vikings star Katheryn Winnick has joined Aaron Eckhart on VMI Worldwide’s conspiracy thriller Wander, which marks April Mullen’s follow-up to female gaze romance Below Her Mouth.

Production is set to kick off in New Mexico in July. Eckhart plays Arthur Bretnik, a mentally unstable private investigator convinced there is a link between a suspicious death case and the cover-up that caused the death of his daughter.

Read more at the source: ScreenDaily

First Trailer for Roland Emmerich’s ‘Midway’
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First Trailer for Roland Emmerich’s ‘Midway’

Midway will be in theaters November 8, 2019 and stars Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Etsushi Toyokawa, Tadanobu Asano, Luke Kleintank, Jun Kunimura, Darren Criss, Keean Johnson, Alexander Ludwig, with Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid and Woody Harrelson.