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I want to quote you the lead-in from the 9/21 article, “Television’s Social Evolution,” by technology writer Allan Hoffman in the business section of The Star-Ledger, the state paper where I live. Writes Hoffman:
“Watch a sporting event on TV, and you sometimes feel like there’s hardly room to see the action, what with all the stats and promos marching across the screen in all their HD glory. But the other day, my wife decided there was actually something missing from the screen: a Twitter account…she had a question and she felt she should be able to tweet it straight to John McEnroe. This new attitude toward television is not an anomaly. In fact, it’s a trend, known as ‘social TV,’ that’s all about transforming television into a social experience.”
I was working at HBO back in the 1990s when we decided to add a “bug »
- Bill Mesce
As in a great Halloween costume, makeup is an important aspect of film. Join us as we examine 10 films where makeup effects played a very large role.
Using Makeup to Create A Style
Example: Edward Scissorhands (1990)
While Edward Scissorhands may be one of Burton’s most beloved characters because of Johnny Depp’s performance, the character is also memorable for his looks. For starters, there is his birds-nest hair. The wispy cob-webb look not only reassured audiences of Edward’s sad, lonely and parentless existence, but it also became an easy identifier for Burton’s gothic style. Indeed, Edward’s wild, untamed yet solid hairstyle was similar to that of Beetlejuice, whose film came out two years prior, and would be similar to many other characters we would see in later Burton films.
Edward’s pasty white make-up helped audiences to understand that he was not just a normal man. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
The brothers and industry veterans have teamed up with financier Speer on a production venture that kicks off with sci-fi thriller Confluence.
Roland Emmerich, for whom Peter Winther (pictured at left) served as associate producer on Independence Day, will serve as executive producer on the story set in a future where the line between humans and machine has become blurred.
John Irwin wrote the screenplay and makes his feature directorial debut later this year.
Floodgate’s development slate includes The God Four.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
After the massive success of Universal Pictures' Jurassic World at the box office, fans are hungry for more dinosaur action. If you have ever wanted to see what would happen if a swarm of angry pterodactyls attacked a major U.S. city, then you're in luck, because today we have four exclusive photos from 3rd Films' upcoming thriller Terrordactyl, which is set for release sometime in 2016. These images show the chaos these creatures cause in the heart of Hollywood, with one image showing the Capitol Records building on fire, the same building aliens destroyed in the 1996 classic Independence Day.
When a meteor shower rains down outside Los Angeles, Lars (Christopher John Jennings) and Jonas (Jason Tobias), two friends stuck in tired, boring lives, head out to find one and strike it rich. After recovering one, they start being stalked by Terrordactyls, ancient flying reptiles, that launch a full-on assault on the city. »
It’s rather scary when you think that Independence Day – otherwise known as ID4 – arrived on the cinema screens nearly twenty years ago. And with a new sequel on the way, Today Titan Comics have announced that they have secured the license to publish an all-new Independence Day comic series.
Independence Day was released back in 1996 appeared on the big screen, destroying famous American landmarks and also winning numerous awards in the process, including an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television. Its sequel, Independence Day Resurgence, will be released on June 24th 2016 and stars Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Jessie Usher (When the Game Stands Tall) and Maika Monroe (The Guest) along with Independence Day returnees Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, and Vivica A. Fox.
Titan Comics’ Independence Day series will be a »
With Independence Day Resurgence set to launch in theatres everywhere June 24th 2016, Titan Comics have announced they has secured the license to publish all-new Independence Day comics from Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products.
In 1996, Independence Day wowed audiences across the world, winning numerous awards, including an Academy Award®for Best Visual Effects and Grammy AwardT® for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television. Directed by Roland Emmerich, Independence Day Resurgence takes place 20 years after the events of the original film and stars Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) and Jessie Usher (When the Game Stands Tall), along with Independence Day returnees Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, and Vivica A. Fox.
Titan Comics Independence Day comic series will be a rich psychological prison drama set after the events of the first film. Steve White, the Titan Comics editor of the forthcoming series described it as:
…a golden »
- Phil Wheat
Filmmaker brothers Peter Winther and Lars Winther will produce the sci-fi thriller “Confluence,” the first film under their new production company Floodgate Entertainment, Variety has learned exclusively.
“Our aim with Floodgate is to provide a safe and creative home for filmmakers,” Lars Winther said. “We created Floodgate to produce high quality films for modest budgets with the top-notch talent we have worked with over the years, both in front of and behind the camera. We are a production company by filmmakers for filmmakers.”
“Confluence” takes place in a future where the line between human and machine is blurred »
- Dave McNary
I’m going to dub Rooster Teeth’s Lazer Team the Anti-Pixels. Their plots are so eerily similar, but I guess that can be said about most of these “unlikely hero” arcs in science fiction. A group of friends stumble upon alien weaponry, training montages ensue, there’s an inner struggle that keeps the team at odds, an alien challenger comes to Earth for a universal pink-slip competition, and the team finally comes together in a moment of emotional triumph. The only difference? Lazer Team doesn’t totally suck like Pixels. In fact, it’s rather funny – but what else would you expect from Rooster Teeth? You’ve been watching these guys make a mockery of Halo for years, now watch them take aim at the sci-fi genre like only their brash immaturity could imagine.
So who is the Lazer Team? Just your run-of-the-mill chuckleheads who have no business saving the world. »
- Matt Donato
28 years ago today, “The Princess Bride” opened in theaters. The beloved comedy adventure was not an immediate hit. It was a modest success at the box office, but home video is where it really gained an audience and became a majorly quotable cult classic. Other notable Sept. 25 happenings in pop culture history: • 1953: Liberace made his Carnegie Hall debut for a sold-out crowd. • 1967: The Doors’ second studio album, “Strange Days,” was released. It went on to reach No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. • 1976: 14-year-old Larry Mullen, Jr. posted a note on his school’s notice board that read, “Drummer seeks musicians to form band.” Later that day, in Mullen’s kitchen, there gathered a group that would come to be known as U2. • 1979: The musical “Evita” opened on Broadway following previews. Among the cast was Mandy Patinkin. • 1970: “The Partridge Family” premiered on ABC. • 1980: Led Zeppelin »
- Emily Rome
With 17 out of his 21 leading roles banking over $100 million each, no other actor has ever quite held a candle to Will Smith’s box office successes.
Officially the most bankable star on planet Earth, Will left behind “The Fresh Prince” moniker to become the quintessential blockbuster leading man in movies like Independence Day, Men in Black, and Bad Boys. The Philadelphia native also found critical acclaim for his work, banking two Oscar nominations for Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness; Though he was never better than in 1993’s Six Degrees of Separation.
We will openly admit to being a little distracted by the younger generation of Smiths’ antics – seriously, Jaden, a Batman costume at a wedding? – but Will Smith is truly the hero of this particular story.
It’s the Willenium after all.
- Sasha James
Well, we’re past the Summer blockbusters and heading right into the serious, somber cinema season, that time when the studios dream of top ten lists and Oscar gold. What better way to make those award fantasies come true than to hop in the movie “way-back” time machine and witness a most historic birth. But we’re not looking back on the birth of a person, rather the birth of a movement, a concentrated effort to effect change for a minority. Almost a year ago, we saw the civil rights movement take root in the acclaimed Selma. And in a few weeks, we’ll see the story of how the women’s equality movement began in Suffragette. So, now the movies offer up a look at a true flash point in the struggle of the Lgbt community for justice, specifically the 1969 riot at the NYC nightspot called Stonewall. So, what »
- Jim Batts
Sony spent an awful lot of money bringing Men In Black back to the screen a few years’ back. And whilst Men In Black 3 did decent box office, the 2012 feature’s take of $624m worldwide didn’t leave too much to put back in the studio’s coffers by the time all the bills were paid.
Still, with interest in the franchise reawakened, and with Josh Brolin effectively replacing Tommy Lee Jones, it was expected that Men In Black 4 wouldn’t be too far behind. Yet Will Smith is a lot more sequel-phobic right now, having bowed out of Independence Day and Bad Boys follow-ups. And it looks like he’s left Men In Black behind, too.
Sony clearly wants to bring back the Men in Black franchise, but star Will Smith doesn’t seem terribly interested. So the studio is taking a page out of Fox’s Independence Day playbook and moving on without him. Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have confirmed “very active” plans for a “reinvented” Men in Black trilogy, likely without […]
- Angie Han
When we last heard about plans for the Men In Black franchise, it was rumoured that it would be crossing over with the Jump Street franchise in what sounded like a movie which would be tremendous fun. Unfortunately, we’ve heard nothing about that since then, and that no doubt has something to do with the fact that Phil Lord and Chris Miller are so damn busy.
Among their current and upcoming projects that the duo is either writing, directing, or producing are The Lego Movie 2, an animated Spider-Man spinoff, The Flash, and a Star Wars Anthology focusing on a young Han Solo.
Regardless, producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have confirmed that a revival of the Men in Black franchise is indeed in the works at Sony, but Will Smith has not factored into discussions (like the new Independence Day movie, it seems likely that they’ll be forging »
- Josh Wilding
I'm sure they meant well. And by "they," I mean director Roland Emmerich, screenwriter Jon Robin Baitz, and the sprawling ensemble cast who all worked to make a movie that commemorates the Stonewall riots in New York, one of the flashpoints of the gay rights movement in America. The idea of making a film that captures not only the community that found its activist voice that day but that also articulates the tensions and the atmosphere that made the riots feel so urgent and necessary in the first place is a good idea, and perhaps one day, someone will make that movie. Unfortunately, "Stonewall" is the anti-"Selma," a movie that not only fails to fully capture the energy and importance of a true event but that fails so completely as a film that it is almost impressive. Danny (Jeremy Irvine) is a small-town kid who had to leave home »
- Drew McWeeny
So what happened all these years between where we've already been - Independence Day - and where we're going - Independence Day: Insurgence? It appears we're going to find out with a comic book prequel set to take place after the events of the 1996 blockbuster that will ultimately tie into the events set to occur in the coming sequel 20 years later. The yet-to-be-titled book from Titan Comics... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
Twenty years will have passed between the time Independence Day hit theaters and Roland Emmerich‘s sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence gets released on June 24th 2016. What happened in that time? Titan Comics will be publishing a prequel to the upcoming movie, which they are teasing as “a rich psychological prison drama”. More details about the […]
The post ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ Comic Book Prequel Announced appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
It’s become common these days for big films to have comic-book tie-ins that either expand the universe of the story or serve as a prequel to fill in details before the opening credits roll. Independence Day Resurgence is taking the latter route, with The Hollywood Reporter hearing from Titan Comics that a comic book is in the works.It makes sense for the film, which is set 20 years after the events of the original, to have some story strands spread across a comic to avoid every character having to stop the scenes for some exposition (not that we won’t see plenty of it anyway). So far, the exact details of the new title are a mystery – we don’t know what it will be called, who the writing/art team will be or when it’ll arrive in stores. But somewhat surprisingly, Editor Steve White does mention that »
Want to know more about what happened between 1996's Independence Day and next year's Independence Day: Resurgence? You're in luck. A new comic will bridge the original movie and it's sequel. And it will help set up new characters while reestablishing old acquaintances. Best of all, this in-canon tale will delve into the very dark recesses of the sci-fi franchise.
Titan Comics is publishing the untitled Independence Day: Resurgence prequel comic book sometime next year. They describe it as a 'dark' prison drama that will lead directly into the story being told in the hugely anticipated sequel, which arrives twenty years after aliens first invaded, and subsequently devastated planet earth. The tone is described as 'rich' and 'psychological'. Editor Steve White had this to say about the impending comic book release.
"[It will be] a golden opportunity to segue nicely into next year's blockbuster sequel by taking the mythos of the original and »
Hole in the Wall: Emmerich Butchers Historical Moment with Whitewashed Overcoat
On June 28, 1969, a group of gay men and women took a stand against police brutality following a raid on the Stonewall Inn, a bar in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan. The event sparked a series of violent demonstrations by members of the Lgbt community around the period, and it’s considered the birth of the gay liberation movement. In the decades since, lingering urban legends have haunted the events (such as a grieving community motivated specifically over the recent loss of Judy Garland) surrounding the stand taken at a mafia owned bar raided regularly by police, whose owner cared little about the safety or health of his patrons either way. A significant moment in the ensuing decades-long battle for Lgbt rights in the United States certainly marks it as deserving of its own cinematic reenactment. However, action film »
- Nicholas Bell
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