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Queer cinema exposes a soft centre, caped crusaders meet in a cinematic Spaghetti Junction and Film4 releases a fine haul
It’s a strange summer for Roland Emmerich, gay German doyen of the action ridicu-spectacle. Practically unnoticed beneath the bang and clatter of his daft Independence Day sequel, his passion project, Stonewall (Metrodome, 15), slips straight to DVD tomorrow. A clumsy but oddly endearing fictionalisation of 1969’s Lgbt riots in Greenwich Village, it was irrecoverably lambasted at last year’s Toronto film festival. Not without reason either: it’s a cosy, cliche-reliant telling of a still-nervy slice of social history, filtering its tale of outsider representation through the Colgate-white perspective of Jeremy Irvine’s hero.
Rejigging facts to let an indecently chiselled midwest farmboy cast the first Stonewall stone, among other cornball artistic liberties, is a clear own goal on Emmerich and writer Jon Robin Baitz’s part. But the sentimental »
- Guy Lodge
When you make a movie as big as Independence Day: Resurgence, there's bound to be things that don't wind up in the movie. If anything, more stuff gets left off on the table in pursuit of these massive blockbusters than it does any other arena of filmmaking. That's because filmmakers have to come up with countless ideas and propositions and experiments to figure out what's actually going to work in their movie. The stuff that doesn't end up in the movie isn't worthless, though. It's not lost to the ravages of time. In the case of Roland Emmerich's latest movie, you can find a lot of it in Titan Books' latest coffee table triumph, The Art & Making of Independence Day: Resurgence. Both the iconic 1996 film and its new sequel are covered...
- Peter Hall
1553 Lady Jane Grey takes the throne in England. Her reign is just nine days long and Helena Bonham Carter plays her in her feature film debut (filmed just before A Room With a View though it was released second)
1856 Nikola Tesla, famed inventor and futurist is born in the Austrian empire. He's later played by David Bowie in Christopher Nolan's The Prestige (2006) but isn't it strange that he has never received his own major biopic given his fame and eccentricity and pop culture relevances (bands named after him, characters based on him, etcetera)?
1871 Marcel Proust, French novelist is born.
1925 The "Monkey Trial" in which a man is accused of teaching evolution in science class, begins in Tennessee. It's later adapted into a famous play and the Stanley Kramer film »
- NATHANIEL R
Since its inception in 1991, Germany’s Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg has not only become a leading international film school but is also home to the country’s renowned Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Post-production.
Among the Filmakamie’s alumni are such diverse industryites as Oscar-winning vfx supervisor Volker Engel, who won an Oscar for “Independence Day” and re-teamed with Roland Emmerich on “Independence Day: Resurgence”; European Film Award-winning cinematographer Franz Lustig (“How I Live Now”); Anne Zohra Berrached, whose acclaimed drama “24 Weeks” screened in competition at this year’s Berlin Film Festival; and Tanja Krampfert, technical director in Pixar Animation Studios’ character department.
Diversity and learning by doing have been key factors in making the Filmakademie one of Germany’s premiere film schools since its foundation by Albrecht Ade in 1991, according to Managing Director Thomas Schadt. The Filmakademie encourages its students to work and create together and its track record »
- Ed Meza
★★☆☆☆ It's been twenty years since the aliens invaded Earth in Roland Emmerich's epochal Independence Day, and now they're back to fulfil their world-destroying ambitions in its belated follow-up, Independence Day: Resurgence. While humanity has spent two decades preparing for the second invasion, nothing could have prepared audiences for this wretched, passionless cash-grab of a sequel. Indeed, one can't help but wish that the benighted human race really were overcome by invading aliens in order to spare us from any more of these films. The original Independence Day may have been big, loud and stupid, but its slack-jawed charm and sincerity captured a cinematic zeitgeist, defining for better or worse a generation of blockbusters.
- CineVue UK
How was your holiday weekend? I took a rare break from blogging for a long 4th of July weekend with two friends I hadn't seen in far too long. We didn't hit the movies but for a couple of post meal watches on shared couches (The Intern & 10 Cloverfield Lane). But movies are always big business on this weekend, even without our help. It was a tough opening weekend for The Bfg but both the new Tarzan and The Purge did well, Despite three major new films and a big expansion for a others like Swiss Army Man, cinemas were still under the sea. Finding Dory remains at #1 and will soon be the top grossing film of the whole year. Haven't all the fish been found by now?
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- NATHANIEL R
Two things are evident when watching this 1996 Making of… documentary about Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day. The first is that Jeff Goldblum, our host – shot in grainy black and white, is some kind of ultra-human, moving gracefully through a faux Area 51 ‘base’ like a ballerina escaping a disturbed nest of wasps. When stationary […]
- Jon Lyus
Finding Dory has dominated the Aussie box office for the third week in a row, hauling in $5.5 million over the weekend. The film has already brought in $30.5 million after only three weeks.
Romantic drama Me Before You fell 36 per cent over the weekend and has made $8.6 million after three weeks. Hunt for the Wilderpeople fell 12 per cent in its sixth week, and now sits on a gross of almost $7.4 million...
The Conjuring 2 fell 53 per cent this weekend, »
- Jackie Keast
“Independence Day: Resurgence” topped the foreign box office, racking up $40.2 million from 64 overseas markets.
Fox’s alien invasion sequel sputtered in its domestic release, making $72.6 million over its first ten days. By way of contrast, the first “Independence Day” racked up $135.4 million over the same period, and that was 20 years ago. But foreign audiences are helping to make up some of the shortfall.
The science-fiction thriller has earned $66.1 million in China, $13.5 million in the United Kingdom, $11.5 million in Mexico and $10.3 million in South Korea. There are still several foreign territories left to open, including Japan, Germany and France. Globally, “Independence Day: Resurgence” has generated $249.7 million. The film brings back original director Roland Emmerich, along with cast members Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum, but the producers failed to convince Will Smith to return to defend Earth from extraterrestrial attack.
Disney’s “Finding Dory” swam to second place, adding $34.4 million to its haul. »
- Brent Lang
The Important News Sequelitis: Disney officially announced Wreck-it Ralph 2. Roland Emmerich has big ideas for Independence Day 3. Vinnie Jones joined Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Scott Eastwood joined Pacific Rim 2. Franchise Fever: Silver Sable might get a spin-off after Spider-Man: Homecoming. Tyrese Gibson is returning to the Transformers movies. Another Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie is already written. Remake Report: Justin Lin might direct the live-action Akira. Ansel Engort will star in the new Dungeons and Dragons movie. Another version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is being made in China. A new version of Lone Wolf and Cub is on...
- Christopher Campbell
Kate Beckinsale and Theo James are starring in the fifth film in its vampires-versus-werewolves franchise. German cinematographer Anna Foerster, a longtime collaborator with Roland Emmerich, is making her feature directorial debut and helming from Cory Goodman’s screenplay.
Trent Garrett, Tobias Menzies, Lara Pulver, Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James and Charles Dance are also starring. Lakeshore toppers Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing along with David Kern, Len Wiseman and Richard S. Wright.
The four films have grossed $460 million worldwide. Thee franchise launched in 2003 with “Underworld,” directed by Len Wiseman and starring Beckinsale as the vampire Selene who is killing the Lycans (Werewolves) who allegedly slaughtered her family.
- Dave McNary
Independence Day: Resurgence, 2016.
Directed by Roland Emmerich.
Starring Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, William Fichtner, Jessie T. Usher, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Brent Spiner, Joey King, Sela Ward, Vivica A. Fox, Angelababy, Nicolas Wright, Travis Tope, Judd Hirsch, and Deobia Opare.
Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind’s new space defenses be enough?
Just to throw it out there, I am not really a fan of Roland Emmerich and his style of Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking, which is to basically abandon the plot and blow up every single damn thing in sight, regardless of if it is done in any sort of creative fashion at all. Towering buildings? They’re all coming down. Oceans? They’re getting swallowed up, and probably by the aforementioned towering buildings that are coming down one after the other. Landmarks? Destroy »
- Robert Kojder
Independence Day is having a big week. The archetypal alien invasion movie of the modern age is turning 20 and getting a sequel, all in the span of just seven days. The original film has become a modern classic and one of those basic-cable re-runs that will appear on a random afternoon, thus forcing you to sit through it, or at least all the way to that awesome Bill Pullman speech. Because we're all suckers for nostalgia and trivia, here are 14 things you didn't know about Independence Day. 1. The film's title was almost DoomsdayScreenwriters/directors/producers Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin were lobbying for Independence Day, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
What do you say about Independence Day 20 years later? That it kicked off the Michael Bay-ification of blockbuster movies by making explosions the real stars of the film (even though Michael Bay had little to do with it)? That it cemented Will Smith as a star and went on to gross over $300 million domestically? You could just say that it's a really solid action sci-fi film. Much of that credit goes to Will Smith (Captain Steve Hiller), whose charisma and chemistry with his various costars elevated Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich's dialogue (depending on which version of the screenplay you read, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
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Scooperhero News – are the X-Men joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe? It’s probably too early to say, but not for Sony chairman Tom Rothman, who’s admitted his studio don’t know what they’re doing, so have deferred creative control of building a “whole Spider-Man universe” to Marvel. Meanwhile, over at DC, Zack Snyder all but confirms his arguments with Warner Bros., revealing the critical backlash to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has changed the tone of Justice League.
- Oli Davis
The opening weekend of Roland Emmerich’s disaster sequel Independence Day: Resurgence was no match for Finding Dory‘s record 2nd weekend. Last week Finding Dory grabbed the best opening weekend of all time for an animation, now it also has the top 2nd weekend ever with $73 million, besting the previous 12-year-old record held by Shrek 2 with […]
A spluttering opening weekend makes Independence Day 2 the latest sequel to underperform in 2016. Ryan wonders what's going on...
By and large, critics didn't really like Independence Day: Resurgence. But then again, they didn't much care for 2012. Or The Day After Tomorrow. Or White House Down. Or pretty much any of the big, glossy entertainments director Roland Emmerich has brought us over the course of his long career. As Emmerich recently said himself, "If you went by the critics, I shouldn't make movies."
But as Michael Bay knows only too well, critical notices don't sell tickets, and Emmerich's films reliably sell at the box office. Away from the smaller-scale passion projects like Anonymous and Stonewall, Emmerich's effects-led disaster-adventure movies have made millions, even when their aggregate scores on Rotten Tomatoes have struggled to pass the 50 percent mark. So what's going on with Independence Day: Resurgence? Domestically, the invasion »
If you're one of the minority of Americans who saw Independence Day: Resurgence over the weekend, you know where a third installment in the series would go. It's pretty literally stated at the end of the movie. But due to the disappointing domestic box office for the first sequel, it's up in the air whether we'll see another. Personally, I enjoyed Resurgence for what it is and would follow the franchise further out of its disaster flick roots and more into interstellar sci-fi territory, so I remain hopeful about this confirmation via Empire magazine of where director Roland Emmerich wants to go with Independence Day 3: "The next one will be an intergalactic journey,” Emmerich tells Empire. "It'll be [set] maybe a year...
- Christopher Campbell
Moonfall: Roland Emmerich (Independence Day: Resurgence, above) will direct Moonfall, a sci-fi movie that will follow "an unlikely band of misfits who must unite to save humanity when the moon falls out of orbit and hurtles towards earth." It's based on an original script by Emmerich, Harold Kloser (2012) and Spencer Cohen. Reportedly, the project will head into production as soon as possible. [Deadline] John Boyega: Before he broke out with his performance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Boyega starred in Attack the Block (above), a rollicking comedy about an alien invasion in a tough British neighborhood. Joe Cornish wrote and directed the movie and now Boyega has hinted that the two may be working together again. Via social media, he stated...
- Peter Martin
Directed by Roland Emmerich.
Twenty years after their initial invasion of Earth, the aliens have returned.
Make no mistake, the first Independence Day was a big ‘ol hunk of American cheese – but it was good cheese, dammit! It had likeable characters whose fate you actually cared about, it was made at a time when CGI hadn’t yet evolved to the point where you could use it as a crutch when designing action sequences, and Roland Emmerich hadn’t yet forgotten the importance of structure and (relative) subtlety when crafting a film on an enormous scale. Rather than “We had twenty years to prepare … so did they”, a more accurate tag-line for Independence Day: Resurgence would have »
- Amie Cranswick
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