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"San Andreas" is a very silly movie. Then again, disaster movies are almost always silly. That's just the nature of the beast. They're all roughly the same, and they end up as narrative excuses for mayhem and little more. Carlton Cuse's screenplay for "San Andreas" (apparently written on a napkin during a "Bates Motel" lunch break) is no exception, and if you are curious about whether or not you should see the film, look at the trailer. Do you want to watch California shake to pieces? Yes? Then see the movie, because it absolutely lives up to that promise. Do you want anything else from the movie? You may come up short. First of all, there is no scene in this film where The Rock punches an earthquake. For that reason alone, I have to take a full letter grade off. Instead, Dwayne Johnson plays Ray, who heads up a rescue team in La. »
- Drew McWeeny
With production underway on the long-rumoured sequel to 1996’s sci-fi blockbuster Independence Day, producer Dean Devlin has posted an image of himself on the set of the follow-up alongside Jeff Goldblum, who returns to the role of David Levinson…
Independence Day 2 is set for release on June 24th 2016, with Roland Emmerich directing returning stars Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner and Bill Pullman alongside new additions Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac), Maika Monroe (It Follows), Sela Ward (The Day After Tomorrow), Joey King (Wish I Was Here) and Jessie Usher (When The Game Stands Tall).
- Gary Collinson
Disaster films were the comicbook movies of the 1970s — and saw a resurgence in the ’90s with megahits like “Titanic” and “Twister” — but the genre has become nearly extinct.
Filmmakers have recently tried to revive these films, but with the exception of Roland Emmerich’s visions of an Earth beset by floods, storms and ice ages in “2012” and “The Day After Tomorrow,” other attempts to make disaster a staple of the moviegoing diet, such as last summer’s “Into the Storm” or 2006’s “Poseidon,” have been shunned by audiences.
“San Andreas” is hoping to shake up that trend when it debuts May 29 with an epic story of California rocked by the worst earthquake in history. But the team behind the $110 million adventure film acknowledges it’s taking a big gamble.
“We’re not a franchise film,” said star Dwayne Johnson. “We’re not connected to any superhero mythology. We’re »
- Brent Lang
A photo posted by Dean Devlin (@officialdeandevlin) on May 26, 2015 at 2:35pm Pdt
While Suicide Squad and Captain America: Civil War are busy filming, so too is Independence Day 2, the follow-up to Roland Emmerich.s alien invasion pic. Jeff Goldblum returns for the blockbuster, along with some of his fellow ID2 co-stars, and he looks pretty happy to be back by the look of the latest set selfie. You can.t have an Independence Day sequel without Goldblum, although we were kinda hoping to see some aliens along with him. Hanging with David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) 20 years later is a dream come true! #IndependenceDay A photo posted by Dean Devlin (@officialdeandevlin) on May 26, 2015 at 2:35pm Pdt Dean Devlin, a writer and producer on the film, posted a photo to Instagram of himself standing next to Goldblum on the set of Independence Day 2. "Hanging with David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) 20 years later is a dream come true," he wrote along with the selfie. Goldblum »
Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Judd Hirsch reprise their roles from the original in the new film which sees Maika Monroe, Jessie Usher, Liam Hemsworth and Charlotte Gainsbourg joining the franchise. Roland Emmerich directs the film which is scheduled for release June 24th next year.
A photo posted by Dean Devlin (@officialdeandevlin) on May 26, 2015 at 2:35pm Pdt
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- Garth Franklin
Director: Brad Peyton.
Running Time: 114 minutes
Synopsis: After a devastating earthquake hits California, a Los Angeles Fire Department rescue-helicopter pilot (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) attempt to leave Los Angeles and head to San Francisco to find and rescue their daughter (Alexandra Daddario).
San Andreas joins a long list of disaster movies that have been hurtled our way over the past few years; from the heights of Irwin Allen’s epics of the 1960s and 1970s (see The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, The Poseidon Adventure), to the more recent CGI affairs, most of which were thrown at the screen by German director Roland Emmerich (2012, The Day After Tomorrow). While most of those movies relied on high-octane effects and a multitude of characters led by one or two big name stars, »
- Paul Heath
Of the many charges that can be levied against Brad Peyton’s “San Andreas,” false advertising is not one of them. The disaster pic promises nothing more than the complete CGI destruction of California as foregrounded by Dwayne Johnson’s jackfruit-sized biceps, and it delivers exactly that. After providing some blissfully stupid B-movie thrills for its first hour, the film suffers from spectacle overkill (you know what’s cooler than an apocalyptic earthquake? Two apocalyptic earthquakes … and a tsunami) and a fatal lack of invention in its second, more concerned with toppling buildings one by one than ever drumming up a lick of suspense about the fates of those inside them. Still, “San Andreas” boasts an undeniable sort of pre-verbal lizard-brain appeal that should make it a strong earner, especially in territories far removed from the titular fault line.
Hewing much closer to Roland Emmerich’s teenage symphonies to Shiva »
- Andrew Barker
Director: Brad Peyton; Screenwriter: Carlton Cuse; Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, Paul Giamatti, Kylie Minogue, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson; Running time: 114 mins; Certificate: 12A
Harnessing the spirit of Irwin Allen's disaster movie classics of the '70s, San Andreas pits Dwayne Johnson against Mother Nature in a blockbuster epic that throws everything and the kitchen sink at the WWE star.
He plays Ray Gaines, an La Fire Department first-responder who's estranged from his wife Emma (Carla Gugino) after a family tragedy leaves him racked with guilt. Emma has moved on with architect Daniel (Ioan Gruffudd), while daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) struggles to adjust to life without dad. Running parallel to this is Paul Giamatti as Lawrence Hayes, a seismologist who cracks technology to predict earthquakes and sees the carnage forthcoming.
San Andreas is pretty much exactly what you'd expect based on the film's trailers and »
Movies that make money don’t always do so because they’re good. Here’s our list of underwhelming movies that happened to overwhelm the box office.
While the box office is a good, general representation of the popularity of a film, it is not necessarily an indicator of quality. Yes, it is true that most of the highest grossing movies have also received favorable reviews from critics and audiences alike, that’s often what makes them a hit, but there are some exceptions. This is a list of those exceptions. This is a list of those movies that did spectacularly well at the box office, but ended up being an inferior product.
So why would so many people want to see a terrible film? Why would they waste their hard-earned money and fleeting free time? The answer is actually pretty simple. Many of these films share a lot of common traits. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Aaron Paul is in negotiations to join Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Amy Ryan and Danielle Nicolet in Rawson Marshall Thurber's action comedy "Central Intelligence" at New Line. Filming is underway in Boston.
Hart plays a boring accountant who was previously the cool guy in high school. He reconnects with an acquaintance (Johnson), a formerly bullied nerd who turns out to be a rogue spy. Paul will play Johnson's CIA partner who seemingly sacrifices himself for Johnson. [Source: THR]
The Belko Experiment
Greg McLean helms and James Gunn produces the film which deals with an American company after it’s mysteriously sealed off in South America. It's currently targeting a May 5th 2017 release. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
The cast for Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day 2 is shaping up to be a mixture of familiar and fresh faces, with franchise vets and newcomers both factoring into the new film. Today brings word that up-and-comer Garrett Wareing, who recently broke out in the acclaimed drama Boychoir, has booked a supporting role in the pic.
Wareing will play a boy who winds up in hiding with America’s First Family when aliens return to menace humankind.
He joins a cast of franchise newbies including Maika Monroe (The Guest, It Follows), Liam Hemsworth (Paranoia, The Hunger Games), Jessie Usher (Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse), Travis Tope (Men, Women & Children), Sela Ward (Gone Girl) and Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac), along with returning stars Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox and Judd Hirsch.
- Isaac Feldberg
[This review contains descriptions of graphic sexual acts.] Cannes — The first shot of Gaspar Noé’s new drama “Love” lets you know exactly what you’ve gotten yourself into. Murphy (Karl Glusman) and Electra (Aomi Muyock) are naked on a bed. She is giving him a hand job while he fingers her. The camera does not move. There is no cut to another shot. There is no music. And then, in what will be a common occurrence, Murphy ejaculates in Electra’s hand. Noé has given you ample warning of what’s ahead. This film will not simulate sex. The intercourse will be real and it will dominate the proceedings. After this initial scene the film jumps two years later and the actual narrative begins. Murphy, an American film student living in Paris, awakens in bed with his current companion, Omi (Klara Kristin). Their young son is crying and Murphy goes to try and calm him down. A »
- Gregory Ellwood
Okay, maybe it's a bit unfair to just call Gaspar Noe's new film Love a flat out porno without digging into the question of what is and isn't pornographic, but it sure as hell seems to suggest that's the case. After all, if the argument that it isn't pornography stems from the fact it has a story and porn films don't I think we're now arguing more over the quality of the filmmaking than the whether or not the film has a story or not. Granted, a horny housewife answering the front door and inviting the pizza man in for a little bit a touch, tumble and tickle might not exactly be the pinnacle of storytelling, but neither was Hot Pursuit so what the hell are you going to doc As for Love, it's premiering at the Cannes Film Festival this week and a few more details have arrived such »
- Brad Brevet
After playing Commander Thread in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Patrick St. Esprit has been cast as the Secretary of Defense alongside Sela Ward’s President in “Independence Day 2,” TheWrap has learned. Roland Emmerich is directing the sequel for 20th Century Fox, which will release the action-packed blockbuster on June 24, 2016. Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe and Jessie Usher star along fellow franchise newcomers Travis Tope, Joey King, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lance Lim and Mckenna Grace, while returning cast members from the original include Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox and Judd Hirsch. Also Read: 'It Follows' Star Maika Monroe Joins Liam. »
- Jeff Sneider
I'm a fan of the Underworld franchise, though not Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, which starred Rhona Mitra rather than franchise centerpiece Kate Beckinsale, though Beckinsale returned for 2012's Underworld Awakening, which wasn't half-bad, and now we learn she's coming on for one more as a fifth film has just been greenlit. Titled Underworld: Next Generation, Beckinsale will return as the werewolf hunting vampire Selene with Anna Foerster set to direct. Foerster is best known as Roland Emmerich's cinematographer on the likes of Anonymous and White House Down and is also attached to direct Source Code 2, though I'm not holding my breath for that film's release. The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter that also says Insurgent star Theo James, who appeared briefly as fellow vampire David in Awakening, will reprise his role though James was asked about the possibility of returning earlier this year and told Digital Spy, »
- Brad Brevet
The fifth movie in the Underworld franchise is moving forward with a new director brougth on board and Kate Beckinsale signed on to reprise her role as the ass-kicking vampire Selene. Come inside to learn more.
If you were wondering what was up with the Underworld franchise, the action series focused on the war between vampires and werewolves, then you're in luck! It's been announced (thanks to THR) that Anna Foerster has been hired to direct the next film in the series, tentatively called Underworld 5.
Directing the movie is Anna Foerster, who has done second-unit work and was Roland Emmerich’s right-hand woman as the director of photography on such movies as The Day After Tomorrow and White House Down. This is the first time that a woman is directing the female-led action-horror franchise.
The story is already complete and ready to shoot, though it's been kept fairly quiet for now, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
While audiences have been calling for female directors to be given more opportunities to direct franchise films made by giant names such as DC and Marvel, Lakeshore Entertainment and Screen Gems have quietly stolen that thunder by tapping Anna Foerster to helm Underworld: Next Generation. The fifth instalment in this female-led action franchise will be the first in the series to be directed by a woman.
The franchise is characterised as an action-horror film series, and centres on a female lead named Selene (Kate Beckinsale). When she is first introduced in 2003’s Underworld, she is a vampire working to kill Lycans, because she believes they murdered her family. Over the course of the following three films – the second of which (2009’s Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans) is a prequel – a larger battle is revealed, in which vampires and Lycans are at war, until both species are eventually hunted by humans »
- Sarah Myles
Beckinsale is set to reprise her role of the vampiress Selene, who she's played in every film since the series's debut in 2003. The flicks revolve around warring factions of vampires and werewolves.
A director for the as-yet-untitled fifth film has also been announced: Anna Foerster will take the reins, marking the first time that a woman has helmed an installment in the franchise. Foerster previously served as director of photography on Roland Emmerich flicks "The Day After Tomorrow" and "White House Down," and has also directed several episodes of Starz series "Outlander."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this new "Underworld" film will "focus on a new and younger generation of vampires and werewolves who are locked in a seemingly never-ending battle between supernatural races." "Divergent" star Theo James, who had a small role in 2012's "Underworld: Awakening, »
- Katie Roberts
And the Underworld series of movies rumbles on. Underworld 5 was first mooted last year, when there was talk that Theo James would be reprising the role of David in the movie (which he's going to do). Now we learn that the film is definitely pressing ahead - and that Kate Beckinsale is now on board as well.
Beckinsale will once again be taking on the role of vampire warrior Selene, and Underworld 5 also has a director new to the series. Anna Foerster, who has worked in roles such as director of photography and second unit director on a bunch of Roland Emmerich movies, will be taking on the job.
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