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Roland Emmerich, Hollywood’s undisputed master of cinematic destruction, is remaining firmly in the genre of disaster porn for his next project.
It’s called Moonfall and, according to Deadline, has been snapped up by Universal in a deal said to be in the seven-figure ballpark. Working from his own spec script, the sci-fi flick paves the way for a reunion between Emmerich and Harald Kloser after 2012, who will be working closely with Spencer Cohen on the screenplay.
Boasting an all-too-familiar premise of ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances, Moonfall is said to follow “an unlikely band of misfits who must unite to save humanity when the moon falls out of orbit and hurtles towards earth.” Hence the title.
Taking the global scope of 2012 and infusing it with the sci-fi elements of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Moonfall stands as the seventh collaboration between Emmerich and Kloser and by this stage in the game, »
- Michael Briers
A mad extortionist is blowing up rollercoaster rides. Put-upon George Segal must stop him because we all know that the time, the tide and roller coasters wait for no man. Producer Jennings Lang's by-the-numbers suspense thriller is light on suspense and thrills, but the cast is good and the screenplay at least partly intelligent. And hey -- it's got a teenage Helen Hunt! Rollercoaster Blu-ray Shout! Factory 1977 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 119 min. / Street Date June 21, 2016 / 19.99 Starring George Segal, Timothy Bottoms, Henry Fonda, Helen Hunt, Harry Guardino, Susan Strasberg, Craig Wasson, Robert Quarry, Quinn Redeker, Dick Wesson, Gary Franklin, Steve Guttenberg. Cinematography David M. Walsh Original Music Lalo Schifrin Written by Richard Levinson, William Link, Tommy Cook Produced by Jennings Lang Directed by James Goldstone
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Jaws inspired plenty of rip-off movies about sharks, bears, killer whales and monster octopi threatening beaches. Since it wasn't safe to go back to the water, »
- Glenn Erickson
The film went on to gross almost $200 million worldwide and spawned three live-action spinoff series, which ran for a cumulative 354 episodes.
“At the time that we made it, every single studio in Hollywood had told me that science fiction was dead,” Devlin recalls. “And Roland and I really love science fiction, so I think that’s partly why it worked and resonated. It wasn’t a cynical attempt to try and make something that was crowd-pleasing.”
Despite “Resurgence” being Emmerich’s first official sequel, “Stargate” was initially conceived as part of a trilogy, Devlin says, “and because of what happened with the rights and changes at the studio and all kinds of strange things, we never got to do parts two and three.”
Now the duo »
- Laura Prudom
By Lee Pfeiffer
Charlton Heston fans will appreciate the fact that one of his few major films not to be released on home video has finally made it to DVD through MGM. "Number One" (released in certain countries under the title "Pro") is an off-beat vehicle for the superstar, who was then at his peak of popularity. The fact that the movie under-performed at the box-office and failed to score with critics didn't diminish Heston's status as a leading man. He would go on to star in such hits as "The Omega Man", "Skyjacked", "Soylent Green" "Earthquake", "Midway"and "Airport '75"- with cameos in the popular "The Three Musketeers" and "The Four Musketeers". The poor response to "Number One" doesn't diminish its many merits - and the fact that Heston was willing to play against type in a largely unsympathetic role. For the film, he reunited with director Tom Gries, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Papillon: Charlie Hunnam (Crimson Peak, above) is eyeing the starring role in Papillon, a remake of a prison escape drama. Based on an autobiography by Henri Charriere, the 1973 original starred Steve McQueen as an unjustly convicted man sentenced to life imprisonment on a harsh South American prison island. He plots to escape with the help of a timid fellow prisoner (Dustin Hoffman). Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) wrote a new screenplay; Michael Noer is attached to direct. [Deadline] Battle of Midway: Roland Emmerich (Independence Day: Resurgence) wants to make a movie about the historic Battle of Midway. The battle between the U.S. Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy took place over four days in June 1942 and proved to be a decisive victory for the U.S. armed forces...
- Peter Martin
Addressing the crowd at a special Fox screening of Independence Day, designed to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the original blockbuster, Emmerich announced plans to create a war film based on the Battle of Midway. Set during the throes of World War II and, in particular, soon after Japan’s stealth attack on Pearl Harbor, it’ll follow an American plan to coordinate a deadly attack on a Japanese fleet.
It was a gruelling maritime battle that stretched for four days, but ultimately resulted in an emphatic victory for the Allies, who were able to intercept Japanese radio transmissions to pinpoint the exact location of the doomed fleet.
First reported by Coming Soon, here’s what Emmerich had to share about the »
- Michael Briers
Roland Emmerich has unveiled plans for a movie about 1942’s Battle of the Midway.
The producer-director made the announcement Tuesday night prior to a 20th anniversary screening on the Fox lot of his 1996 blockbuster “Independence Day.” Emmerich’s sequel, “Independence Day: Resurgence,” will open June 24.
The four-day battle took place six months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, and saw the U.S. Navy decisively defeat an attacking fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy. U.S. codebreakers were able to determine the time and place of the planned attack, enabling the U.S. Navy to prepare its own ambush.
“At the time, the Americans were the underdog,” Emmerich told the crowd. “It was one of those moments where, against all odds, people came together and did the impossible. A lot of pilots died in this battle. I want to make a monument to them and it would be great »
- Dave McNary
While his blockbuster sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, centers on the 20th anniversary of the fictitious "War of 1996," Roland Emmerich would like to turn his sights next towards a real life war story. On June 4, it'll be exactly 74 years since "The Battle of Midway" began- where the United States Navy obliterated an attacking Japanese fleet. That's the story Emmerich would like to lend his talents to next.
Last night, at a special 20th anniversary screening of Independence Day, Emmerich announced during a Q&A that his next film would be called Battle Of Midway. "At the time, the Americans were the underdog,” Emmerich said. “It was one of those moments where, against all odds, people came together and did the impossible. A lot of pilots died in this battle. I want to make a monument to them and it would be great to make a movie about it."
This won't be »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
It's the small decisions along the way that shape major successes - and Harry Potter had lots of potential turning points...
Spanning a series of books, films, merchandising prospects, an amusement park and - soon - a spin-off film and West End show, Harry Potter is one of the most iconic franchises in the history of fandom.
But things could have been very, very different…
Spoilers lie ahead for the Harry Potter series.
It’s been well-documented that J K Rowling struggled to get her first book published.
Almost a dozen houses, including Penguin, TransWorld and Harper Collins, rejected Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone outright.
When a first chapter arrived at Bloomsbury Publishing, it was destined to remain in the slush pile until its curious black binding caught the eye of a lowly assistant. On a whim, »
In the year 2029, the world is made borderless by the net; augmented humans live in virtual environments, watched over by law enforcement that is able to download themselves into super-powered, crime busting mecha.
The ultimate secret agent of the future is not human, has no physical body and can freely travel the information highways of the world, hacking and manipulating whatever and whenever required.
Dr. Tenma Kenzou is a very talented Japanese doctor and he’s praised by all doctors in Germany. But after he saw how a woman cried for her man who died because someone else got more priority, he changed. He decides he wouldn’t let anyone pass; everyone is equal.
But one day, Tenma has to work on a little boy who was shot during the murder of his parents. He decides he will save the life of the boy, because he was first in line. »
- Panos Kotzathanasis
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