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“Independence Day: Resurgence” hopes to capture nostalgia 20 years later

24 June 2016 12:37 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

You could generously call the decision to hide Independence Day: Resurgence from critics an “unconventional” choice. 20th Century Fox initially wasn’t screening the movie at all before it opened, then opted to only show it earlier today at a press screening hours after it hit screens, that’s not much of a sign of confidence. It’s odd too, considering how well regarded the original is and how well nostalgia worked for Jurassic World last year. Well, I hate to be the one to say it, but they were right to hide this one. It’s out now and likely will do strong business, but the quality drop between Independence Day and Independence Day: Resurgence is staggering. What a shame too. I’m sure everyone knows what this flick is about, but just quickly, I’ll state the obvious that it’s a sequel to the disaster epic that »

- Joey Magidson

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Independence Day: Resurgence Review

24 June 2016 10:50 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Somehow – despite Roland Emmerich’s obsessive focus on Earth’s destruction – Independence Day found a way to bottle raw human fortitude in a way that its sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, clumsily fumbles. In the most generic, fan-servicing, sequelitis-stricken way, this sci-fi doomsday franchise charges back into theaters like a bull in an intergalactic China shop. The entire films is basically one big “Here we go again!” moment on repeat, as Emmerich prays that nostalgia is enough to distract from the nothingness that’s occurring on screen. Look! There’s a heroic poster of Will Smith! Or over there! It’s that crazy doctor who totally should be dead! And Jeff Goldblum! You guys still love him, right?!

Yes, Mr. Emmerich, we do still love Jeff Goldblum – but not when he’s reduced to making silly faces like a rejected Tim & Eric sketch. Granted, I’d pay good money for a »

- Matt Donato

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5 Movies you can’t miss watching this weekend

24 June 2016 3:00 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

All the movie buffs out there have a very exciting weekend to look forward to. 24th of June marks the date of some exceptional movie release that cannot be missed. From watching our personal favourite Nawazuddin in a dark avatar in Raman Raghav 2.0 to to Dhanak that is based on the concept of celebrating life, there’s a variety of movies to choose from.

Here are 5 movies you need to watch this weekend with your friends and family:

7 Hours To Go: 7 Hours To Go is an power-packed thriller written & directed by Saurabh Verma starring Shiva Pandit, Sanddepa Dhar, Natasha Stankovic and Varun Badola. The movie is inspired by real life events that take place on a regular basis in Mumbai. 7 Hours To Go revolves around a hostage crisis and the whirlwind of events that take place within 7 hours after that incident. The intensity of the concept and the hard »

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5 Movies you can’t miss watching this weekend

24 June 2016 3:00 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

All the movie buffs out there have a very exciting weekend to look forward to. 24th of June marks the date of some exceptional movie release that cannot be missed. From watching our personal favourite Nawazuddin in a dark avatar in Raman Raghav 2.0 to to Dhanak that is based on the concept of celebrating life, there’s a variety of movies to choose from.

Here are 5 movies you need to watch this weekend with your friends and family:

7 Hours To Go: 7 Hours To Go is an power-packed thriller written & directed by Saurabh Verma starring Shiva Pandit, Sanddepa Dhar, Natasha Stankovic and Varun Badola. The movie is inspired by real life events that take place on a regular basis in Mumbai. 7 Hours To Go revolves around a hostage crisis and the whirlwind of events that take place within 7 hours after that incident. The intensity of the concept and the hard »

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Independence Day: Resurgence review

6 June 2016 6:13 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Aliens invade once again in Independence Day: Resurgence. Ryan reviews another explosive close encounter...

When eager movie-goers queued up around the block for Independence Day in 1996, quite a number of critics were baffled. Here was a film widely criticised for its hackneyed plot and wooden dialogue, which didn’t even pretend to take itself seriously, and yet still the alien invasion-disaster hybrid was breaking attendance records.

"Judging from the summer's record-breaking box-office grosses," one writer moaned, "audiences no longer care - or, more depressing, are incapable of detecting - that the plots of movies don't track."

In many ways, Independence Day set the template for 21st century summer movies. Its event status was trumpeted by a marketing campaign almost as huge as the megalithic alien ships that descended on Earth’s quaking cities. Its multi-strand plot, ensemble cast and panavision destruction made it the unwitting grandfather of such explosive movies as Transformers, »

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Fox Announces Independence Day Double-Feature

4 June 2016 7:51 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

20th Century Fox announced that they will re-release director Roland Emmerich's 1996 sci-fi blockbuster, "Independence Day", as a special double feature in front of this summers "Independence Day: Resurgence" on Thursday, June 23rd.

Emmerich directed the original "Independence Day", which starred Will Smith, and this year's sequel. The screenplay is written by Emmerich, Dean Devlin, James Vanderbilt, James A. Woods, and Nicholas Wright.

The sequel stars Jeff GoldblumVivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch, Bill Pullman and Brent Spiner from the original film. The additional cast includes Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

After "Independence Day" redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity »

- J.B. Casas

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The 19 upcoming movies of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

31 May 2016 5:44 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? If so, you must be sniffing the sweet scent of 17 upcoming movies...

Got a movie you’re trying to make? Why not put Dwayne Johnson in it? It’s what everyone else seems to be doing, and it’s bound to earn you a fervent flurry of publicity. The man who it may not be acceptable to call ‘The Rock’ anymore has a whopping 17 films on his slate at the moment, though, so he may struggle to fit you in. But is there a movie star who's working harder right now?

The Rock's Kevin Hart comedy team-up Central Intelligence is in cinemas now, and after that Mr Johnson will be bringing us this massive pile of movies... 

The Definites Baywatch

Currently in post-production, the cinematic Baywatch revival is another example of The Rock being injected in to bring new »

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Movie News: Dwayne Johnson to Launch Robert Ludlum Franchise; Margot Robbie Touted for 'Winnie the Pooh' True Story

19 May 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The Janson Directive: Back in 2014, Dwayne Johnson said he would star in The Janson Directive, and now it's moving forward with the goal of starting a new franchise. Based on a novel by Robert Ludlum, creator of the Jason Bourne spy series, it's an action thriller about a former secret operative who is framed for murder and must clear his name. James Vanderbilt (Johnson's The Rundown) will write a new script and lay the groundwork for an interconnected cinema universe based on Ludlum's spy thrillers. [THR]   Goodbye Christopher Robin: Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad) is in early negotiations to star in Goodbye Christopher Robin. Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is set to star as A.A. Milne, the author of Winnie the Pooh. The movie will...

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Universal Outlines A Robert Ludlum Cinematic Universe – Starting With The Janson Directive

19 May 2016 9:22 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Janson Directive is a film adaptation that was announced in September 2014, but hasn’t progressed much further in the intervening period. Until now, it was most notable for being yet another movie with franchise potential to be stacked on the slate of the increasingly busy Dwayne Johnson. Universal just turned up the heat on the project, however, by detailing how it will become the foundation of a brand new cinematic universe.

The book from which The Janson Directive will be adapted is by legendary author Robert Ludlum – who also created the Jason Bourne series. According to the book synopsis, there are also vast similarities between the Bourne and Janson tales.

“When billionaire philanthropist Peter Novak is kidnapped by a terrorist known as The Caliph, it’s up to Paul Janson — a legend in the notorious U.S. covert agency Consular Operations — to save him. But Janson’s rescue operation goes horribly wrong… »

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Universal Pictures To Launch Robert Ludlum Film Cinematic Universe with Dwayne Johnson

19 May 2016 5:43 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures, Captivate Entertainment and screenwriter James Vanderbilt’s Mythology Entertainment are developing a cinematic universe based on the novels of “Jason Bourne” author Robert Ludlum’s spy novels. The first film in development is called “The Janson Directive” which already has action star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson signed on for the lead role

Vanderbilt will work on the screenplay with Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman. The plot for the film “centers on Paul Janson, a former operative who is now the best private security consultant in the world. The action begins when he is framed for the murder of a prominent Nobel laureate and must join forces with the protege sent to kill him in order to survive.

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On top of writing “The Janson Directive”, Vanderbilt, who worked with Johnson when he co-wrote the actor's early action movie, 2003's The Rundown, »

- J.B. Casas

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Dwayne Johnson to head up Robert Ludlum universe?

19 May 2016 2:27 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Dwayne Johnson is reportedly looking to head up a Robert Ludlum universe, first taking on The Janson Directive. Johnson will play the character of  Paul Janson in the film, the first of many to be adapted from the works of The Bourne Identity writer.

The news is that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 writer James Vanderbilt is coming aboard to rewrite the screenplay, which was originally penned by Akiva Goldsman.

Fired up. Cool Robert Ludlum cinematic universe we get to create. #JansonDirective #Universal https://t.co/CufS9aeT3L

Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) May 19, 2016

If you’re unaware of the plot of the film, here’s the source synopsis.

When billionaire philanthropist Peter Novak is kidnapped by a terrorist known as The Caliph, it’s up to Paul Janson—a legend in the notorious U.S. covert agency Consular Operations—to save him. But Janson’s rescue operation goes horribly wrong… and »

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Dwayne Johnson Is Helping Launch A Robert Ludlum Shared Universe

19 May 2016 1:06 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

You can blame Marvel Studios for Hollywood’s current fascination with shared universes, with Warner Brothers and DC Comics on its way to building it’s own, and the likes of Hasbro Godzilla/Kong, and Hanna-Barbera waiting in the wings. Now, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that a Robert Ludlum shared universe is on the cards at Universal, Ludlum of course being the late author of the Jason Bourne series of novels. What’s more, Dwayne Johnson will be helping to make it happen with the long in development The Janson Directive, the tale of a government operative forced to go rogue after a mission gone wrong, receiving a script polish from The Amazing Spider-Man’s James Vanderbilt to make it shared universe ready. With Johnson responsible for re-energising so many franchises, it’s a no-brainer to have him start his own, and there’s plenty of milage for the »

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Universal Pictures to unveil new Robert Ludlum cinematic universe starring Dwayne Johnson

19 May 2016 12:24 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Universal Pictures are set to unveil a cinematic universe based on the novels of Robert Ludlum, and the first film will star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal will team up with Mythology Entertainment screenwriters James VanderbiltBrad Fischer and William Sherak, along with Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner of Captivate Entertainment, to create a series of movies based on Ludlum’s work.  The author is best known for the books which the Bourne series is based on.

The first film will be an adaptation of The Janson Directive, which will star Johnson.  Other rumoured titles include: The Parsifal MosaicThe Sigma Protocol and Covert One.

The aim is to bring the films under one cinematic umbrella, with crossover appeal.  With the success of Marvel, DC and the upcoming Universal monsters reboots, there is a huge market for shared universes at the moment.

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News Briefs: Dwayne Johnson to Start New Robert Ludlum Franchise

18 May 2016 10:13 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

The Janson Directive: Back in 2014, Dwayne Johnson said he would star in The Janson Directive, and now it's moving forward with the goal of starting a new franchise. Based on a novel by Robert Ludlum, creator of the Jason Bourne spy series, it's an action thriller about a former secret operative who is framed for murder and must clear his name. James Vanderbilt (Johnson's The Rundown) will write a new script and lay the groundwork for an interconnected cinema universe based on...

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Dwayne Johnson set for Robert Ludlum cinematic universe

18 May 2016 10:08 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Universal wants a Robert Ludlum cinematic universe - and it's kicking off with The Rock in The Janson Directive.

Here’s another new cinematic universe to add to the list of those that Hollywood studios are putting together, this time based around the works of late author Robert Ludlum.

It’s being kickstarted with Universal and Dwayne Johnson (surely the busiest man in Hollywood) coming together for The Janson Directive, a movie that’s been in the works for around five years now.

The Amazing Spider-Man’s James Vanderbilt is penning the screenplay to this one, and he’s going to be one of the team putting together a collection of movies based on Robert Ludlum’s writing. Ludlum penned the Jason Bourne stories, of course, and his spy thrillers have sold over 300 million copies worldwide.

Whether Dwayne Johnson will fit into future movies remains to be seen. »

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Universal Teams With Dwayne Johnson, James Vanderbilt on Robert Ludlum Universe

18 May 2016 5:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With the wheels already in motion for its classic movie monsters universe, Universal is now ready to develop new movies based on the creator of one of its most popular franchises.

Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner/Captivate Entertainment, together with James Vanderbilt, Brad Fischer and William Sherak/Mythology have closed a deal with Universal to produce a collective universe of films based on the bestselling novels of Robert Ludlum, who is best known for creating the Jason Bourne series that the studio has already turned into massive movie franchise. The first feature being developed in the new venture is Ludlum’s “The Janson Directive” starring Dwayne Johnson.

Johnson is attached to star and executive produce alongside Dany Garcia and their company, Seven Bucks Productions, with Tracey Nyberg of Mythology. Seven Bucks ProductionsHiram Garcia; Captivate’s Smith and Weiner; and Mythology’s Vanderbilt, Fischer and Sherak will produce along with Akiva Goldsman. »

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Dwayne Johnson to Star in Robert Ludlum Thriller ‘The Janson Directive’ for Universal

18 May 2016 5:38 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Dwayne Johnson is attached to star in a movie based on the late Robert Ludlum’s best-selling thriller “The Janson Directive” for Universal, a project the studio foresees as launching a franchise akin to its successful Ludlum-based “Jason Bourne” series. James Vanderbilt (“Truth”) will adapt the book from a story co-authored with Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman (“Knights of the Roundtable”). “The Janson Directive” follows a former clandestine operative, now the best private security consultant in the world, who is framed for a horrendous crime and must join forces with the protégé sent to kill him in order to survive. Also Read: CNN Picks. »

- Thom Geier

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Universal, Dwayne Johnson, James Vanderbilt Plot Robert Ludlum Cinematic Universe (Exclusive)

18 May 2016 5:07 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Another cinematic universe is taking shape. Universal Pictures is teaming up with screenwriter James Vanderbilt and his partners at Mythology Entertainment, Brad Fischer and William Sherak, as well as Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner of Captivate Entertainment to craft a series of movies based on the works of Robert Ludlum, the best-selling author behind the studio’s hit Jason Bourne spy franchise.  First up in this universe will be the adaptation of Ludlum’s The Janson Directive, which will star Dwayne Johnson. Vanderbilt will adapt Janson Directive from a story co-authored with Academy Award-winner Akiva Goldsman. (Goldsman is

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Universal Plans Robert Ludlum Film Universe

18 May 2016 3:05 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Universal Pictures, Mythology Entertainment, Captivate Entertainment and screenwriter James Vanderbilt are all teaming up for a series of films based on the works of "The Bourne Identity" author Robert Ludlum.

Universal was previously working with Captivate on adaptations of not just 'Janson' but Ludlum's "The Parsifal Mosaic," "The Sigma Protocol" and "Covert One". The new deal brings them all under one umbrella and gives them crossover elements.

The first film in this initiative will be an adaptation of "The Janson Directive" starring Dwayne Johnson. Vanderbilt ("The Rundown") will adapt from a story co-written by Akiva Goldsman. Vanderbilt will also co-author two more treatments based on the Ludlum books which have not been named. The treatments will then be adapted into screenplays by scribes yet to be hired.

In the first film he'll play Paul Janson, a former operative who is now the world's best private security consultant. Framed for the »

- Garth Franklin

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Statham Vs Shark Pic ‘Meg’ To Hit Theaters March 2018

16 May 2016 5:45 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Warner Bros has set March 2, 2018 as the release date for Meg, its upcoming sci-fi actioner riff on Moby Dick starring Jason Statham and Fan Bingbing, and directed by Jon Turtletaub. Adapted by Dean Georgaris (with a rewrite by James Vanderbilt) from the novel by Steve Alten, Meg follows former Naval deep sea diver Jonas Taylor (Statham), whose military career ended in disgrace after his team encountered a living Megalodon – an extinct species of shark believed to reach… »

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