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The Producers Guild of America (PGA) will present Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, with its 2015 Milestone Award at the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on January 23, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. The PGA honors the popular long-running studio chief who worked his way up through the ranks, excelling on the foreign distribution side before taking over as chairman and CEO of Fox motion pictures in 2000, first with co-chair Tom Rothman, then solo since 2012. Gianopulos has always worked closely with James Cameron ("Avatar"), Ridley Scott ("The Martian") and Roland Emmerich ("The Day After Tomorrow"), among other filmmakers at Fox, and has nurtured such franchises as "Planet of the Apes," "X-Men," "Ice Age," and "The Night at the Museum." The Milestone Award recognizes "an individual or team who has made historic contributions to the »
- Anne Thompson
There’s a phenomenon going on in Lgbt visibility right now that we might call the New Timidity; it’s one thing to hear the usual hate speech from the likes of Kim Davis and Rick Santorum, but even community allies seem to be hedging their bets, worrying about what straight people might think and standing guard against anything or anyone who might be “too” gay. In the last week or two, we’ve had “Stonewall” director Roland Emmerich‘s admitting to giving his film a “straight-acting” hero to attract mainstream audiences, followed by Matt Damon‘s admonishment that non-hetero actors need to embrace a. »
- Alonso Duralde
The brothers and industry veterans have teamed up with financier Speer on a production venture that kicks off with sci-fi thriller Confluence.
Roland Emmerich, for whom Peter Winther (pictured at left) served as associate producer on Independence Day, will serve as executive producer on the story set in a future where the line between humans and machine has become blurred.
John Irwin wrote the screenplay and makes his feature directorial debut later this year.
Floodgate’s development slate includes The God Four.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
In the nine consecutive years I’ve attended the Toronto International Film Festival, it remains an elusive monstrosity of an event. With its hundreds of offerings, it’s a gluttonous buffet for the committed cineaste, a playground of auteurs mixed with unknown quantities. Even after having attended Sundance and Cannes, navigating the selections still somehow feels like ‘catching up’ with entries from Berlin, Locarno, and the concurrent Venice. And, therefore, everyone’s Toronto experience is bound to seem a bit different, even as streamlined as the festival is as it remains one of the most press and public friendly film festivals in existence.
Of course, there’s always complaints (or questions) as to what doesn’t make an appearance at the festival, and we’re always subject to the tastes of various programmers. For instance, why exactly room could not have been made for Polish master Andrzej Zulawski’s first »
- Nicholas Bell
With Independence Day Resurgence set to launch in theatres everywhere June 24th 2016, Titan Comics have announced they has secured the license to publish all-new Independence Day comics from Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products.
In 1996, Independence Day wowed audiences across the world, winning numerous awards, including an Academy Award®for Best Visual Effects and Grammy AwardT® for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television. Directed by Roland Emmerich, Independence Day Resurgence takes place 20 years after the events of the original film and stars Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) and Jessie Usher (When the Game Stands Tall), along with Independence Day returnees Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, and Vivica A. Fox.
Titan Comics Independence Day comic series will be a rich psychological prison drama set after the events of the first film. Steve White, the Titan Comics editor of the forthcoming series described it as:
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- Phil Wheat
Animated sequel breaks records with $47.5m, while Roland Emmerich’s beleaguered gay-rights drama opens to a mere $112,414
Related: Hotel Transylvania 2 review – flat, annoying and lacking in bite
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- Ben Child
“Stonewall,” a drama based on the 1969 New York police brutality protests that helped launch the gay rights movement, landed with a thud in theaters this weekend. The independent film grossed a dismal $112,414 from 129 theaters for an anemic $871 per-screen average for distributor Roadside Attractions. It ranked 29th on the list of 30 films tracked by Rentrak this weekend. The Roland Emmerich-directed drama was the target of a boycott by the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, which accused Emmerich and screenwriter Jon Robin Baitz of misrepresenting the significant role played by Lgbt people of color in the protests. Also Read: 'Stonewall' Review:. »
- Todd Cunningham
In fact it's Sony's biggest opening in over a year, and sets a new September record - a full $5 million ahead of the first film's $42.5 million launch in 2012. Budgeted at an economical (by animation standards) $80 million, the film has proven a winner.
The other big newcomer this weekend was Nancy Meyers' Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway-led comedy "The Intern" which made a solid $18.2 million in its second place finish - that's about on par with Meyers' other films.
After an IMAX run last weekend, "Everest" went wide and pulled in a further $13.1 million along with a healthy $73.7 million from various overseas territories.
- Garth Franklin
The Drac Pack appears to be the new owner of the September box office as Hotel Transylvania 2 has followed in the footsteps of its 2012 predecessor and set a new September opening weekend record. In fact, it was a pretty good weekend all around for newcomers as Nancy Meyers has another solid opening on her hands, Eli Roth and Bh Tilt scored good numbers with The Green Inferno and a selection of limited releases managed strong numbers on just a few screens. Overall the weekend was up 29.8% from last year, but when you're breaking records that will happen. Hotel Transylvania 2 topped its predecessor, and previous September opening weekend record holder, by almost $5 million with an estimated weekend haul totaling $47.5 million. From Friday to Sunday the animated film, featuring the voice of Adam Sandler as Dracula, bested its predecessor every day and, with an "A-" CinemaScore (same as the first »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Filmmaker brothers Peter Winther and Lars Winther will produce the sci-fi thriller “Confluence,” the first film under their new production company Floodgate Entertainment, Variety has learned exclusively.
“Our aim with Floodgate is to provide a safe and creative home for filmmakers,” Lars Winther said. “We created Floodgate to produce high quality films for modest budgets with the top-notch talent we have worked with over the years, both in front of and behind the camera. We are a production company by filmmakers for filmmakers.”
“Confluence” takes place in a future where the line between human and machine is blurred »
- Dave McNary
Read More: Roland Emmerich For The All-Time Gay Hall of Shame In what appears to be a last ditch effort to drum up some excitement around Roland Emmerich's disastrously maligned "Stonewall," distributor Roadside Attractions has released another clip from the drama, this one ripped straight from the violent confrontation between the riot and a menacing police force. Emmerich's distorted version of events centers the riots around Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine), who is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parents' home and flees to New York City. Alone in Greenwich Village, he befriends Ray (Jonny Beauchamp) and a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the local watering hole The Stonewall Inn. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Otoja Abit, Vladimir Alexis and Ron Perlman co-star. "Stonewall" is now playing in select theaters. Watch the latest clip above. Watch: Mourn the Loss »
- Zack Sharf
Humanity eludes Roland Emmerich, except when he's trying to destroy it. That, more than anything else, is the great problem with Stonewall, his film about the infamous 1969 West Village uprising that marked a turning point in the Lgbt-rights movement. It’s a self-financed passion project, from a man who might be the most financially successful out gay filmmaker ever. We should be celebrating this, but man, oh man, does he make it difficult.My colleague E. Alex Jung has already discussed, compellingly, why the film's placement of a hunky white boy at the center of events that were often driven by trans women of color, drag queens, butch lesbians, and others is troublesome, to say the least. But let’s summarize: The film follows Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine), a young gay man from Indiana, as he arrives in Greenwich Village in 1968. He has a scholarship to Columbia, but his estranged »
- Bilge Ebiri
Roland Emmerich’s film about the 1969 riots has been labelled an offensive whitewash by many critics and campaigners. So what do some of those who were actually there at the time make of it?
A trailer for the film released last month worried many with what appeared to be a “whitewashed” take on a diverse group of people. Activists highlighted the important role played by transgender black woman Marsha P Johnson (who appears briefly in the trailer and plays a minor role in the film) and called for a boycott.
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- Nigel M Smith
Well, we’re past the Summer blockbusters and heading right into the serious, somber cinema season, that time when the studios dream of top ten lists and Oscar gold. What better way to make those award fantasies come true than to hop in the movie “way-back” time machine and witness a most historic birth. But we’re not looking back on the birth of a person, rather the birth of a movement, a concentrated effort to effect change for a minority. Almost a year ago, we saw the civil rights movement take root in the acclaimed Selma. And in a few weeks, we’ll see the story of how the women’s equality movement began in Suffragette. So, now the movies offer up a look at a true flash point in the struggle of the Lgbt community for justice, specifically the 1969 riot at the NYC nightspot called Stonewall. So, what »
- Jim Batts
The cast and filmmakers of “Stonewall” hope audiences take away more than just enjoyment from the film.
“Forty percent of the homeless youth in America today identify with being Lgbt,” Jeremy Irvine, who plays lead Danny Winters, said. “I read that at the end of the script and went, ‘wow, this is a movie that is just as relevant today as it ever was.’ I think it’s kind of a disgrace that we’re not taught in schools about the Stonewall event, so I think if anything can get a wider awareness is only a good thing.”
“Stonewall” follows Winters, who leaves behind his friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his house and flees to New York. Alone and homeless in Greenwich Village, Winters befriends a group of street kids who take him to the Stonewall Inn. After enduring discrimination and police harassment, Winters and »
- Jacob Bryant
The historical drama Stonewall has been plagued with bad press since the release of its first trailer in August, with accusations of whitewashing and misrepresenting minorities running rampant. A sliver of hope remained, though, as director Roland Emmerich declared the film his "passion project" despite the plot distorting historical events — most notably, that Indiana farm-boy protagonist Danny Winters throws the first brick that instigates the violent Stonewall Riots of 1969. What else, then, makes the film so terrible? Where do we begin. Here's what the critics are saying so far, and we'll be updating as more reviews keep coming in:“Aside from its offensiveness, Stonewall is, plain and simple, a terribly made movie, with an alarmingly clunky script by acclaimed playwright Jon Robin Baitz ('I’m too angry to love anyone right now' is one howler—of course delivered by Danny to poor, still pining Ray) and a production design that »
- Devon Ivie
Roland Emmerich‘s drama “Stonewall” comes with the tagline “Where Pride Began,” but for many Lgbt advocates the indie film opening on Friday is not a source of pride but anger. The Gay-Straight Alliance Network has called for a boycott of the movie, accusing Emmerich of marginalizing the role of Lgbt people of color in the 1969 protests against police brutality that helped launch the modern gay rights movement. Emmerich and screenwriter Jon Robin Baitz, who are both openly gay, chose to build their film around a fictional young, gay, white, Midwestern man (played by British actor Jeremy Irvine) who arrives in. »
- Matthew Carey
It’s as bad as you feared. Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall makes good on the historical erasure promised in its trailer, turning a pivotal moment in queer history into a vanity project. Stonewall, the three-day uprising against the police that birthed the modern queer-rights movement, also made the names of two trans activists of color: Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, who eventually founded Star — Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (later renamed Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries), an advocacy organization for homeless Lgbt youth. They are two exceedingly important historical figures, and the types of compelling characters around whom movies should be made. Stonewall doesn’t simply erase them from the record — Rivera becomes a lovelorn “composite” character named Ray, and Johnson, who many witnesses say started the riots, isn’t present when they begin — but instead replaces them with a fabricated fictional lead: Danny Winters, a gay white boy from Indiana »
- E. Alex Jung
In Roland Emmerich’s hideous new film Stonewall, he provides a wide range of grotesquely-drawn characters, none of whom ever come close to resembling real people. It’s a shame, given the fascinating true story he’s loosely tied his film to. And a depressing nail in the coffin of mainstream gay cinema.
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- Benjamin Lee
The director of a controversial movie about New York’s 1969 equal rights riot has defended his choice of lead, saying heterosexual audiences would struggle to empathise without an ‘easy in’
Director Roland Emmerich has defended his decision to centre his Lgbt drama Stonewall around a white, middle-class hero, claiming that a wider audience needs a “straight-acting” character to identify with.
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- Benjamin Lee
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