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Sideshow Collectibles and Prime 1 Studio have unveiled promotional images for their upcoming life-size Alien bust from Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi action sequel Independence Day: Resurgence. It is available to pre-order now priced at $699.99, and is expected to ship May-July 2017; take a look below…
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“I saw… its thoughts. I saw what they’re planning to do. They’re like locusts. They’re moving from planet to planet… their whole civilization. After they’ve consumed every natural resource, they move on… and we’re next.” – Thomas Whitmore (1996)
Sideshow and Prime 1 Studio are proud to present the Alien Life-Size Bust from Independence Day: Resurgence. The Aliens are a nameless race of highly intelligent and technologically advanced extraterrestrial beings. They are a hive mind race with the intention of conquering and harvesting planets at the expense of driving the native population to extinction. The aliens, interestingly, have no name. »
- Amie Cranswick
Joseph Cedar, the New York-born, Israel-raised golden boy of the cinema of the modern Jewish State, bursts firmly onto the international scene this festival season with “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer,” his new Richard Gere-toplined feature.
The film has its international premiere in Toronto on Sept. 12 as a Gala Presentation afters is world preem at the recent Telluride Film Festival.
It’s the first English-language film for the Israeli writer and helmer, and his first time working with international star power after decades directing Israel’s biggest names. Pic, set in both Jerusalem and New York, created a flurry of excitement and media headlines last year when its production set up shop in the nation’s capital.
Cedar has sat atop the Israeli cinematic pack since the release of his stirring 2007 “Beaufort,” the Oscar-nominated drama about an Israeli Defense Force unit stationed »
- Debra Kamin
A noble failure from a noteworthy filmmaker, Joseph Cedar’s “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer” — the unofficial winner of this year’s “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Award for the most fanciful title — mines a classic storytelling tradition in order to spin a darkly comic parable that often feels as unkempt and intolerable as its title character.
A defiantly Jewish bit of mishegoss that was conceived as a U.S. / Israeli co-production, the film is a wry, self-defeating response to the anti-Semitic tradition of stories about conniving “Court Jews” who talk their way into becoming one of the king’s most trusted advisors. Pin-balling between tragedy and farce so fast that it can be hard to follow, “Norman” unfolds like a Coen brothers comedy that has too much chutzpah and not enough charm.
Richard Gere, in yet another one of his wildly adventurous late career performances, »
- David Ehrlich
Everybody knows a Norman, and Normans almost by definition claim to know everyone. They are what Malcolm Gladwell calls “connectors”: naturally wired to serve as hubs in a vast social network, taking personal pleasure in collecting acquaintances and introducing them to one another in order to get things done. In “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer,” writer-director Joseph Cedar has created such a vivid example of the archetype that its protagonist’s name can serve as shorthand for such personalities going forward — the way Marty means mama’s boy or Pollyanna suggests an incurable optimist — that is, if a movie so intricately situated within the world of New York Jewry can manage to reach an audience beyond the insular community it depicts. For this it will rely on Richard Gere, whose acting work keeps getting better late in his career, even if his »
- Peter Debruge
The festival has revealed its line-up of Polish films and co-productions.
The Us-Pol-uk co-production marks the English language debut of Greek director Avranas, whose previous feature Miss Violence won a Silver lion for best director at Venice Film Festival in 2013.
Based on a 2008 article in The New Yorker, the story follows a murder case that is reopened after a newly-published novel sheds light on the previously unsolved crime.
The 32nd edition of the Warsaw Film Festival has revealed the line-up of Polish films that will screen across its various strands.
True Crimes plays as a special screening. Also having its world premiere in that category is the Mex-Pol anthology film Tales Of Mexico (El Habitation), which features eight different stories from various directors, all of which »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Grater)
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
If this be the movie jail that Mel Gibson is destined to die in, it could be a whole lot worse. Blood Father, directed by Jean-François Richet (Mesrine, Assault on Precinct 13), works remarkably well as a grindhouse throwback, sporting a screenplay (from Peter Craig and Andrea Berloff, based on Craig’s novel) that’s better than it has any right to be. »
- The Film Stage
Swedish director Tomas Alfredson’s U.K.-U.S. production of “The Snowman,” starring Michael Fassbender, and “Downsizing” from U.S. helmer Alexander Payne directly spent $24 million in Norway during their Norwegian location shoots. They were the first two international features shot in Norway to receive funding from the new state incentive program to attract foreign film and TV productions.
According to a preliminary report by Norway’s Olsberg Spi Consultancy, which was published Aug. 22 at a production seminar during the 44th Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund, the two productions also created 142 full-time equivalent jobs with a total of $12.7 million payroll costs (generating $4 millon tax income for the state).
Financial consultant Andrew Barnes, of Olsberg Spi, presented the report, which was based on the budgets of the two films, recommending the incentive scheme be expanded from $5.5 million in the first year started March 1, 2016, to cover up to four international productions. »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North America, Benelux, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Asia excluding South Korea to Richard Gere starrer Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer.
Joseph Cedar wrote and directed Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer, which was previously known as Oppenheimer Strategies and marks his follow-up to Footnote, the Oscar nominee that Spc also distributed.
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Josh Charles, Michael Sheen, Lior Ashkenazi, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi and Hank Azaria star in the drama about a small-time fixer who gets in over his head in Middle East politics.
Gideon Tadmor and Cold Iron Pictures financed the project in association with The Rabinovich Foundation, The Jerusalem Film Fund and Keshet International.
Oren Moverman, [link »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired rights in North America, Benelux, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and Asia (excluding Korea) to Richard Gere’s “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer.”
Gere plays an opportunist who’s unsuccessful until he buys a pair of expensive shoes for a lowly Israeli politician who becomes prime minister, and finds himself in the center of a geopolitical drama beyond anything he could have imagined. Using his small-time skills, he tries to solve a growingly complex puzzle with big-time implications.
“Norman” was developed by Tadmor, financed by Tadmor and Cold Iron Pictures, and produced by Oren Moverman, Gideon Tadmor, Eyal Rimmon, David Mandil, Miranda Bailey, and Lawrence Inglee. The film was financed »
- Dave McNary
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired rights in North America and other territories to Joseph Cedar’s Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer which stars Richard Gere, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Josh Charles, Michael Sheen, Lior Ashkenazi, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi and Hank Azaria. Spc has a relationship with the filmmaker, as the company acquired his last film, Footnote out of the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 where it won the Best Screenplay Award and… »
“Stranglehold” tells the untold true story of the Boston Strangler Task Force, which was assembled as a special unit by the Massachusetts Attorney General to stop the serial killer after more than a dozen unsolved murders in the early 1960s. What no one could have predicted was that this group, led by a disgraced Boston Police Detective and a Hollywood psychic, would unearth an even more heinous crime.
Producers are planning to begin casting immediately.
- Dave McNary
On this day in history as it relates to the movies...
Corey Stoll as Hemingway
1899 Famous author and real 'character' Ernest Hemingway is born. In addition to his work being made into films and TV miniseries he frequently pops up as a character in cinema played by everyone from Chris O'Donnell (In Love and War) to Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris - robbed of an Oscar nod though we honored him here) and now Dominic West (Genius) ...and that's not even the half of it.
1922 Don Knotts is born. Mugs it up in 70+ film and TV projects including Three's Company, The Apple Dumpling Gang, and The Andy Griffith Show - 5 Emmy wins for Supporting Actor thereafter until his death in 2006
1948 Steven Demetre Georgiu is born in London. »
- NATHANIEL R
Rome — Jane Birkin, the British actress, singer and muse known for roles in films by Michelangelo Antonioni, Jean-Luc Godard, and Agnes Varda, among others – as well as for the Birkin Bag by Hermes – will be celebrated by the upcoming Locarno Film Festival.
Birkin, 69, is expected to attend the Swiss fest dedicated to indie and auteur cinema, which in a statement hailed her as “a transgressive voice, persona and epitome of panache in the 1960s.”
Birkin is also famous for her 1969 duet with French singer Serge Gainsbourg, her husband at the time, in the worldwide hit “Je t’aime…moi non plus.” The song segued into a film with the same title, directed by Gainsbourg.
- Nick Vivarelli
In the time since I last spoke to Arnaud Desplechin — nine months, to be exact — his latest feature, My Golden Days, has gone from a celebrated theatrical release here in the U.S. to, on this very day, a title anyone can access via VOD services and DVD. Just as important, I think is word of his next feature, Les Fantomes d’Ismaël — though American press and Magnolia, its future distributor, use Ismael’s Ghosts in writing, the man himself calls it The Ghosts of Ismaël when speaking in English — a Sabbath’s Theater– and Vertigo-inspired drama concerning “a filmmaker whose life is sent into a tailspin by the return of a former lover just as he is about to embark on the shoot of a new film.” This sounds great on paper; that it’s to star Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Louis Garrel doesn’t make matters much worse. »
- Nick Newman
By Jeremy Carr
“Do you like being filmed and talking about yourself,” director Agnès Varda asks star and subject Jane Birkin in the 1987 film Jane B. for Agnès V. “Yes and no,” comes the fittingly ambiguous answer. This fascinating film, recently released on a Cinelicious Pics Blu-ray alongside Kung-Fu Master! (1987), the purely fictional feature born from the quasidocumentary’s unique study of Birkin as an actress and the art of performance in general, is a movie made of memories, fantasies, and the hazy area where the two coalesce. Essentially derived from Birkin’s stated fear of turning 40, Jane B. for Agnès V. is a ruminative examination of Birkin’s life and work, but it is just as much a revealing look at Varda as an inventive filmmaker. “I'm filming your self-portrait,” Varda says to Birkin, setting up the blurring of authorial lines and not for the first time calling attention »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
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
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
Opening on over 4,000 screens, Independece Day: Resurgence earned an estimated $41.6 million, placing it second behind the animated behemoth Finding Dory. With a rumoured production budget of $165 million, this is not a great opening and 20th Century Fox would have been hoping for better news.
Its CinemaScore of B- means Independence Day: Resurgence could struggle to earn $100 million domestically.
The film also opened in 57 other territories, including the UK, Korea, Mexico and Taiwan bringing its worldwide total to $143 million. Though it is slightly better news, the movie only earned $37 million in China, the second largest market (and soon to be largest). Dunan Jones’ Warcraft struggled to find an audience in North America, but its worldwide screenings (China in »
- Luke Owen
Be warned. The following post contains spoilers for Independence Day: Resurgence…
After a disappointing weekend at the Us box office, a sequel to Independence Day: Resurgence is already looking unlikely, but, if the international numbers come in stronger than expected, all hope is not lost yet. At the very least, one person is preparing for that scenario, as director of both 1996’s Independence Day and Resurgence, Roland Emmerich, teased what audiences can expect from a third film in the franchise during a recent interview with Empire.
On his plans for Independence Day 3, Emmerich told the outlet, “The next one will be an intergalactic journey. It’ll be [set] maybe a year or two later, not 20 years [on]. I want to maintain this group of people, especially the young characters, and Jeff [Goldblum] and Brent [Spiner] will take part in it. It’ll be fun to keep that group together. I imagine them now »
- Justin Cook
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "We had twenty years to prepare. So did they." Now playing in theaters eveywhere is the long-awaited sci-fi sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, arriving in theaters exactly 20 years after the original movie first landed. Roland Emmerich returns to direct this massively epic alien invasion action blockbuster, bringing back some of the original cast including Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox and Brent Spiner. The newcomers this time around include Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, William Fichtner, Angelababy and French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg. So how is it? Does it live up to the original? Or is it a completely disaster? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Emmerich's Independence Day: Resurgence. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters »
- Alex Billington
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