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In an unexpected bit of casting news, Robert Carlyle has signed up to take the lead in upcoming sci-fi spin-off series Stargate Universe. Following in the footsteps of Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis and short-lived animated series Stargate Infinity, Stargate Universe will see Carlyle as Dr David Rush, one of a number of survivors who pile through the nearest Stargate when their secret base is attacked. Finding themselves on an ancient starship left adrift in space, they must unlock the ship’s mysteries to find a way home.Call us cynical, but that doesn’t sound a million miles away from the plot of Stargate Atlantis. Just swap ancient starship for ancient starbase and Dr Rush for Dr Weir and you’re in rather familiar territory, which is especially odd considering that Atlantis was recently cancelled. Have we lost you? Sorry. For those of you unfamiliar with the Stargate universe post Roland Emmerich’s 1994 sci-fi opus, »
This may sound silly, but there's no way that The Day The Earth Stood Still would exist today in any sort of proverbial vacuum. To get the most obvious reason out of the way, we wouldn't have the 1951 original to lift from, in which an extraterrestrial visitor advises Earthlings to knock off their paranoid Cold War aggression, or else. Secondly, this incarnation is so transparently indebted to the likes of Twentieth Century Fox's other PG-13 sci-fi actioners, Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, that it's hard to imagine the same studio putting out this film first. Better yet, try seeing this particular re-imagining come about without the success of Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds bolstering the profile of other '50s sci-fi efforts (new variations on Forbidden Planet and When Worlds Collide loom still on the horizon).
No, I'm afraid that it was fated to be that »
- William Goss
Uwe Boll: still here! Are you really surprised? The guy has never responded to criticism in his life, and even though a petition to get him to retire from filmmaking for good gained considerable online traction, Boll is now dragging some icons of the 90s into his wild and wooly world. Lauren Holly, the love interest from Dumb and Dumber, and Luke Perry will star in The Storm, which sounds like Boll's attempt to give Roland Emmerich a run for his apocalypse money. Holly plays a woman already dealing with an unnamed "end of days scenario" when Perry arrives in the guise of a man named Silas, a mysterious stranger "who holds the key to the approaching doom." The key to stopping it or blowing everything up? Or both? Who knows! That's the fun with Uwe Boll-- there is literally no way of predicting where the hell this »
My favorite parts of I Am Legend were by far the ones the showcased the destroyed city, whether the flashback scenes of mass panic or the many shots of Will Smith and his dog wandering the lonely, overgrown streets. What can I say-- I'm a sucker for disaster movies, and since it's been a while since Roland Emmerich made one, it was the best we had. Now it looks like I'll be getting even more of the good stuff in the still-in-development prequel to I Am Legend, which Will Smith opened up about during a press junket for Seven Pounds. Collider reported on the roundtable, where Smith told them that in the next film, "D.C. and then Manhattan would fall as the last city. It's a really cool idea trying to figure it out--there's a reason why we have to take a small band and we have to »
There is a terrific visual effect in the trailer for Knowing, the new sci-fi thrilla by Alex Proyas. On the whole, it doesn't look like his best work, but the moment the plane crashes into the bridge...well, that's movie magic.
Isn't it odd, by the way, that we commend something we see in an action flick that would haunt us for the rest of our lives if it actually happened right in front of us?
Knowing stars Nic Cage as a guy who puts together a sequence of numbers that seem to have predicted "every major catastrophe" the world has seen in half a century. But what happens when the number stop? My guess is that a Roland Emmerich movie would break out.
Ain't It Cool News got its hands on a new poster for Knowing, and it leaves me wanting more. I guess the numbers falling off like embers is a nice touch. »
- Colin Boyd
David Frank knows more than you. Care to disagree? Next Friday Keanu Reeves threatens to scrape Earth free of the entire human race, or at least truckers, football fans and Kathy Bates. Yet, unless the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still really deviates from the original film, I doubt Reeves floats away in his bowling ball of eco-friendly destruction from a human-free planet. After all, it's a Hollywood studio movie, and while Hollywood studio movies love to occasionally kill billions of humans -- preferably with the aid of visceral computer pixels blowing famous landmarks up real good -- they never have the pair to finish the job. In 2009, we get 2012 from the destroyer of worlds and intelligent cinema Roland Emmerich. This guy adores inflicting pain and stupidity on massive groups of people. He practically blew up Earth in Independence Day, froze it to death in The Day After Tomorrow »
- David Frank
Forget Roland Emmerich's 2012, Alex Proyas' Knowing is the apocalypse movie we should be all looking forward to! Ain't It Cool News has debuted the first teaser poster for the film that thankfully doesn't feature the face of Nicolas Cage anywhere on it. You might've already forgotten about the teaser trailer that we ran for Knowing way back in early July, so do yourself a big favor and watch it again. This poster is pretty slick and I'm sure it's going to catch the attention of quite a few passersby. Though we're all still wondering whether Proyas has made another great movie, since most believe he lost his touch with I Robot, although I personally disagree. And will Nic Cage recover his own downward trend? What do you think? Knowing is directed by Alex Proyas of The Crow, Dark City, Garage Days, and I, Robot previously. The script was »
- Alex Billington
Love his films or loathe them (or both), Roland Emmerich knows a thing or two about Earth-destroying spectacle. And his current apocalypso sounds like it’ll top even previous efforts such as ID4 and The Day After Tomorrow. At least, that’s the impression one gets from one of 2012’s stars, Amanda Peet, who talked about the early footage she’s seen to MTV. “It’s been fun” “There are some things that happen in Los Angeles, crazy stuff,” she says of scenes that include huge... .
Columbia Pictures recently released another brand new movie trailer from the upcoming film “2012″ by director Roland Emmerich (All Quiet on the Western Front, Fantastic Voyage) and starring Thandie Newton (W.), John Cusack (Stopping Power, 1408), Amanda Peet and Danny Glover as President Wilson. Synopsis: Disaster movie maven Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) crafts this apocalyptic sci-fi thriller following an academic researcher who opens a portal into a parallel universe, making contact with his double in an effort to prevent the catastrophic prophecies of the ancient Mayan calendar from coming to pass. According to the Mayan calendar, the world will come to an end on December 21, 2012. [...] »
- Brian Corder
Warner Japan’s new big budget disaster movie 252: Signal of Life has received new trailerage and its armed to the teeth with big budget destruction I can only compare to a Roland Emmerich film. Earthquakes, Typhoons, hailstorms, and tidal waves engulfing cities to the sweet tones of jpop - its all here in spades and I'm totally down.
A few weeks after a gigantic earthquake strike Tokyo, the temperature of the Pacific Ocean suddenly increased and causes the largest typhoon ever seen in Japan to head towards Tokyo with devastating force. The tidal wave generated by the typhoon covers the coastal city area with water. The Tokyo Fire Department dispatches its elite rescue unit, Hyper Rescue, and their sonar picks up a signal from underwater. Beneath the ground, in one devastated subway station, there is someone sending out a code which is known to rescuers only: 252 252 "We have survivors! »
Knocking around the festival circuit since Jan 2007, and picking up some positive reactions, Trade is getting a UK release on 12th December. Inspired by Peter Landesman’s article in The New York Times Magazine, “Sex Slaves on Main Street,” the film explores the international sex trade which ensnares over 800,000 people a year. Focusing on the story of Adriana, a 13 year old girl from Mexico City, whose kidnap by sex traffickers prompts her brother Jorge to embark on a desperate bid to save her, Trade features a pretty diverse range of talent. Kevin Kline headlines as the ostensible star, a friendly policeman who aids Jorge in his hunt, whilst the script was written by Jose Rivera, Oscar-nominated for The Motorcycle Diaries. It is, perhaps surprisingly, produced by Roland Emmerich of Independence Day fame and directed by fellow German, Marco Kreuzpaintner in his Us feature debut. No doubt Emmerich has added some »
- James Dennis
Release Date: July 10th, 2009
Director: Roland Emmerich
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Plot: Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. '2012' is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors. »
"So there are two stories, so basically, I don't know what I'm supposed to give away, but obviously the world is sort of in peril," actress Amanda Peet (Studio 60) told a gaggle of reporters yesterday about 2012. The original science fiction drama from Roland Emmerich's has been in production this fall for Sony.
"Well, we're in peril, obviously!" she said. "And some people know that we're in peril, and some people don't. Like some people in the government. So there are a few different stories. And I'm with a family that doesn't know. So we're in a survival story, basically. ... I'm a civilian."
Given that the Mayan calendar predicted that the world will end on December 21, 2012, Emmerich launched his story, which was first announced in May. Sony anticipates a July 10, 2009 release for the feature which also stars John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover and Thomas McCarthy.
She addressed the »
- Robert Greenberger
Here's the new teaser trailer for director Roland Emmerich's "2012", hitting theaters on July 10, 2009. The film stars John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, Thomas McCarthy, Woody Harrelson, Chin Han, Morgan Lily and Beatrice Rosen. Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. 2012 is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors. »
A viral marketing site for Roland Emmerich's latest apocalyptic epic, 2012, has been spotted. Made to look like an official web page for an organization that called The Institute for Human Continuity, the site offers a slightly conspiratorial look into what may lurk underneath the plot of the film.
You may remember a while back some news emerged that giant man made arks (that's right, Arks as in Noah and the...) would play a role in 2012. Well, an ark can only hold so many people right? And, in the case of a worldwide flood, who decides who survives and who gets left to drown? That's where The Ihc comes into play as, from the looks of it, survivors are chosen by a lottery they're sponsoring. You can get your own ticket on the site by entering in some personal info, like name and email. »
Columbia Pictures recently released this brand new movie trailer from the upcoming film “2012″ by director Roland Emmerich (All Quiet on the Western Front, Fantastic Voyage) and starring Thandie Newton (W.), John Cusack (Stopping Power, 1408), Amanda Peet and Danny Glover as President Wilson. Synopsis: With the Mayan calendar ending in 2012, a large group of people must deal with natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, typhoons and glaciers. Stay tuned to Toxic Shock for the latest “2012″ Movie News and Trailers. »
- Brian Corder
Potter and Pixar magic, a new Watchmen trailer and Roland Emmerich courts the apocalypse once again. Here's what's happening in trailers:
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Not to be outdone by those vampires over in Twilight land, Warner Bros. has released a brand new, full-length trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which, of course, should satisfy those Potter fanatics who were pissed the release date was pushed back from next week to this July. Check it out below:
If Roland Emmerich hadn't chosen the career of film maker, I suspect he would have become a super villain as this film marks his third attempt to destroy the world (after Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow) -- and fourth if you count Godzilla, though the big lizard confined the devastation to New York City. Evidence as to what can happen when a dripping faucet gets out of control, »
- Matt Bradshaw
Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. Personally, I think chocolate pudding will somehow come into play. A new teaser for 2012 suggests it may also involve giant walls of water. You've probably already guessed, but yes, this is the new Roland Emmerich movie. The visionary behind attractive »
- Rob Hunter
Those lucky beans over at Moviefone have nabbed a first look at the teaser trailer for 2012, the latest movie from Hollywood’s favourite doomsayer, Roland Emmerich.Watch the 2012 teaser trailer here.Sadly it hasn’t got anything to do with the forthcoming London Olympics: rather the numerical title is a reference to the belief in some spiritual quarters that a ‘great transformation’ will occur – which could mean sunshine and happiness, or could mean an apocalypse. Guess which one Roland has gone for…?Yes, not content with having the world almost wiped out by aliens, giant lizards or weather, this time he's gone for... well, we won't spoil it just yet. The teaser shows a Tibetan monk running uphill to sound an alarm, which appears to be all in vain as a tidal wave spills over the Himalayas towards him (and the Himalayas are, like, big). Meanwhile there are familiar beats »
I am not much of a fan of Roland "End of Days" Emmerich, but if he makes 2012 without sticking to his typical style of corny characters and even cornier dialogue it really has a shot of being good based on the premise, which mixes in the idea of the Mayan calendar, which predicts the world ending in 2012, with natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, typhoons and glaciers plaguing the planet and a large cast of characters dealing with the mayhem. The first trailer has just arrived and you can watch it below or over at Moviefone in high definition, but it creates a very cool premise where the leaders of our world may know a major disaster is coming, but wouldn't tell anyone about it because there is nothing that can be done. Give it a watch below, 2012 hits theaters on July 10 and stars John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, »
- Brad Brevet
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