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Over the years apocalyptic films have come in all shapes, sizes and genres. Starting with the 1950s science-fictions, and moving into the epic and overwhelmingly patriotic and Americanised apocalypses of the 1990s, contemporary apocalyptic movies are now in the fashion of combining stories about the end of the world with dark comedy.
The latest apocalyptic film, Open Grave, is embedded deeply into the genre of horror. Starring Sharlto Copley in a chillingly scary and gruesome role, Open Grace proves to be a Very different apocalypse to any we have seen before.
Here we look back at the very best apocalyptic movies.
Independence Day (1996)
The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy. Fighting superior technology, Man’s best weapon is the will to survive. The unlikely duo of military pilot Will Smith and scientist Jeff Goldblum team up to infiltrate a spaceship hovering over Washington DC to »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Imagine yourself in the future. It's 2016. It's summer, Fourth of July is just around the corner with its promise of fireworks and a long lazy weekend. Maybe a friend asks you, "What are you going to do for Independence Day?" Where once you may have grinned and smiled, "I'm hitting Independence Day 2 opening weekend," that is no longer possible. Independence Day 2, a movie you might think demands to open on the big movie-going holiday that it is named for will no longer debut on July 4th weekend. Box Office Mojo has revealed that Independence Day 2 has been bumped from its original release date of July 1st, 2016--the Friday before July 4th hits on Monday--to June 24th, 2016. It may not seem like a big shift, but it's a bad omen for Hollywood watchers. July 4th is a destination where big, bold action spectacles have long been placed. In 1996, Independence Day took »
There will be two fewer options for family outings this Christmas: family-friendly fare Paddington is moving from a Dec. 25, 2014 release date to a Jan. 16, 2105 one, while not-so-family-friendly fare Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is moving from Christmas to Feb. 20, 2015. Christmas is still packed with new releases as potential awards contenders Big Eyes, Into the Woods, and Unbroken all open wide alongside Seth Rogen and James Franco's North Korea comedy The Interview. American Sniper and Selma are opening in limited release. Back in June Colin Firth exited Paddington as the voice of the titular bear; Ben Whishaw stepped in as Firth's replacement. »
- Esther Zuckerman
Following 20th Century Fox's release date shifts that bumped up Independence Day 2 a week earlier in the summer of 2016 and pushed Hitman: Agent 47 back six months in 2015, it looks like The Weinstein Company and Paramount Pictures have made some calendar changes too. First up, THR has word that Paddington has vacated its original Christmas Day release this winter and has opted to arrive on January 16th, 2015 instead. The film is based on the beloved children's book series and will feature Ben Whishaw as the title bear about town in London after Colin Firth exited the role in June. But that's not all. Read on! And since The Weinstein Company has moved Paddington to that date, that means they're pushing back their release of of the animated family comedy Underdogs to April 10th, 2015 now. That film, directed by Argentinean filmmaker Juan Jose Campanella, follows Jake (Matthew Morrison of "Glee"), a shy-but-talented foosball player. »
- Ethan Anderton
Fox and Paramount have put the proverbial cards on the table and reshuffled several release dates for a variety of their upcoming films. Chief among them is Independence Day 2, with Fox pushing Roland Emmerich’s long-gestating follow-up off 2016’s Fourth of July weekend, meaning ID4-2 will now open on June 24th.
This now pits the sequel up against Universal’s revamped take on The Mummy and, perhaps more importantly, ushers Independence Day 2 away from Tarzan, Spielberg’s The Bfg and an as-yet-untitled Marvel film that is currently holding on to July 8th, 2016.
Sticking with Fox for the meantime and it’s understood the company has postponed the Rupert Friend-led Hitman: Agent 47, with the video game adaptation now expected to hit theaters on August 28th, 2015 as opposed to its original February release.
In terms of Paramount, we’ve learned that Christopher B. Landon’s upcoming zom-com Scouts Vs. »
- Michael Briers
There is a whole crop of new and in some cases changed release dates, as studios including Paramount, Fox and The Weinstein Company have shuffled around dates for the end of this year and going all the way into late 2015. The big changes are significant pushes for Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Hitman: […]
- Russ Fischer
Independence Day 2 has moved forward, but Hitman: Agent 47 and Scouts Vs Zombies are pushed back several months.
There's been a bit of a jiggle around with regards release dates in the Us, that involves one or two films moving a few weeks, and others moving a few months.
Let's start with Roland Emmerich's Independence Day 2, which has been moved just a little away from, er, an Independence Day release in America. It's been brought forward a week, from July 1st 2016 to its new date of June 24th 2016. There, it will do direct battle with Universal's reboot of The Mummy.
The two films with big release date shifts?
First up, there's the rebooting of the Hitman movie series, Hitman: Agent 47. That's been put back a good six months, from its original date of February 27th 2015 to August 28th 2015 instead. Moving back eight months, meanwhile, is Paramount's upcoming horror, Scouts Vs Zombies. »
Despite such bland, generic branding, the Vicious Brothers’ Extraterrestrial shies away from repeating the same mistakes of their ambitiously convoluted last film, Grave Encounters 2, by reaching for a fast-paced, fun-filled watch that’s more in line with their original Grave Encounters. Alien invasion movies have been recycled time and time again – a statement also easily said about found-footage – but the Vicious Brothers decide instead to go the route of reinvention. Why not just have a ton of fun playing with other-worldly stereotypes? Unfortunately there’s no reward without risk, as this haunting chase won’t go down in history, but if you’re looking for a confident horror flick about gangly grey men, strap in and hold on. The ride may be bumpy, but enough flashing lights and shadowy figures distract from a passable simplicity – or maybe I was just brainwashed to believe as much?
This is going to »
- Matt Donato
It’s been a busy day for release-date roulette at the studios, and now Fox has made a couple of moves. The studio has moved next year’s assassin thriller Hitman: Agent 47 from February 27 to August 28, a six-month bump. The Rupert Friend-Zachary Quinto vidgame adaptation now will open against the Weinstein Co’s Ethan Hawke-Emma Watson thriller Regression. In a lower-profile move for a higher-profile movie, Fox also said the long-in-the-works sequel Independence Day 2 has moved out of the 2016 Fourth of July weekend to the previous frame. It’s now set to land June 24, where the pic will duke it out Universal’s horror reboot The Mummy.
Earlier today, Paramount shifted the dates for its Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Scouts Vs. Zombies, and the Weinstein Co reslotted Paddington and Underdogs.
- The Deadline Team
20th Century Fox made a few tweaks to its schedule today, shifting Independence Day 2 from the crowded July 1, 2016 release date to June 24, 2016, while moving Hitman: Agent 47 up nearly six months from February 27, 2015 to August 28, 2015.
Independence Day 2, which is reportedly bringing back Jeff Goldblum to star, would have faced Sony's Angry Birds, Disney's The Bfg and Warner Bros.' Tarzan on July 1, but now it only has to contend with Universal's Untitled Mummy Reboot one week earlier. No story details have been given for Independence Day 2, which will not feature the return of Will Smith .
Hitman: Agent 47, which stars Rupert Friend as the title character, will now face the Dimension Films thriller Regression on August 28, 2015, instead of going up against Warner Bros.' Focus and The Transporter Legacy on February 27, 2015. The plot is based on the video game of the same name, which follows a sole assassin who works for a sinister corporation. »
After being pushed back from a release next summer, 20th Century Fox settled on releasing Independence Day 2 on July 1st, 2016. But again, the studio has decided to change the release date. Fortunately, instead of pushing back the film, Fox has bumped it up a week to hit theaters on June 24th, 2016. That means it will arrive the same weekend as Universal Pictures' reboot of The Mummy, and it will get an extra week in theaters before a Marvel film arrives on July 8th (it's likely Doctor Strange). We're still no sure who's starring in Independence Day 2, or when it will start production, but we're keeping our ear to the ground. In addition, Fox has decided to push back the forthcoming action thriller video game adaptation Hitman: Agent 47. The film starring Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto was slated to arrive on February 27th next year, but it has been »
- Ethan Anderton
We’ve got a few release date stories to attend to this evening. Briefly: The Independence Day 2 release date has been moved up a week, from July 1, 2016 to June 24, 2016. Fox’s Hitman: Agent 47 is being moved from February 2015 to August 28, 2015. The untitled Christmas comedy starring Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been moved up from December to November 25, 2015. The Weinstein Company’s family film Paddington is being pushed from this Christmas to January 16, 2015. More on these films and their new dates after the jump. Director Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day sequel now moves away from Warner Bros.’ Tarzan and Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg on its title appropriate weekend, as it will now square off directly against The Mummy reboot on June 24, 2016. Cast has yet to be announced, but we do know that Will Smith will not be back. Fox’s video game adaptation Hitman: Agent 47 starring Rupert Friend »
- Adam Chitwood
We have some notable release date changes to share tonight. First up is the 20th Century Fox sequel Independence Day 2 has moved up one week earlier. Originally planned for release on July 1, 2016, the movie will now hit the big screen on June 24, 2016 instead; the same day The Mummy reboot. Another Fox release is getting a significant delay of six months, Hitman: Agent 47 is moving from February 27 to August 28 2015. If you couldn.t tell by the frightening banner image above, the »
- Graham McMorrow
The slippery, multi-tentacled creatures seen in Gareth Edwards’ “Monsters” have adapted to Earth’s harshest environments, migrating from their Central American infected zone to other parts of the planet in “Monsters: Dark Continent.” Not so much a sequel as another stultifying character drama set in a world overrun by aliens, this 10-years-later spinoff switches directors and genres, as first-timer Tom Green (building on experience from British TV’s “Misfits” and “Blackout”) helms a taxingly over-earnest war movie set in an unspecified Middle Eastern country, where American soldiers deal with insurgents while the menacing MTRs (as they’re now called) lumber about in the background.
Though the human characters from “Monsters” are long gone and only a modified version of the creatures remain, Green’s film should benefit from brand recognition worldwide, sparking international sales and audience curiosity for a film that otherwise wouldn’t much interest moviegoers. Genre shingle Vertigo »
- Peter Debruge
The Important News We got our first look at Disney's Tomorrowland. And our first look at Mark Wahlberg and Brie Larson in The Gambler. And our first look at Will Smith and Margo Robbie in Focus. Ghostbusters 3 is now moving ahead as a reboot and hired a writer. Terminator 5 and 6 might be shot back-to-back. Jeff Goldblum says he's still on board for the still happening Independence Day 2. Rumor has it that Spider-Man will share a movie with the Avengers. Jeremy Renner said he wants a Hawkeye movie. Robert Downey Jr. says he's doing other "fun" secret things for Marvel. He also says there's going to be a third Sherlock Holmes. There's also going to be a third Purge. For about a day, there was going to be a Say Anything TV...
- Christopher Campbell
Jeff Goldblum recently took the Internet by storm with his cheeky Ge Link light bulb commercial (directed by comedy team Tim and Eric), in which the finely coiffed actor seduces viewers from a hot tub and makes a bedazzled Liberace-style smoking jacket sexy. The ad softened the blow for fans when they found out Goldblum wouldn’t be appearing in the 2015 sequel to Jurassic Park. News about the Independence Day sequel, however, has a happier ending. Time reports that things aren't official yet, but Goldblum has advised that director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin have a part for him in the actioner. “I had a meeting and have been talking over the last several months or year with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the producer, and they’ve been...
- Alison Nastasi
In recent times, it seems we've been reading about the films that Will Smith would rather not make. So he was linked for a while with a movie of the book Brilliance, but that didn't come to pass. He turned down Independence Day 2. He's also reportedly not keen on returning for Men In Black 4 as well.
But one film he did commit to was Focus. This one is written and directed by the team behind Crazy Stupid Love, John Requa and Glenn Ficarra. And Smith stars alongside The Wolf Of Wall Street's Margot Robbie.
What's it about? Good question. Smith takes on the role of "a master of redirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess". He thus teaches her the tricks of his trade, then she disappears. Fast forward a few years? »
• The final pieces have been put in place in order to make The Choice, the latest Nicholas Sparks novel to be adapted to the screen. Tom Welling, Alexandra Daddario (True Detective) and Maggie Grace (Taken 2) have completed the cast that already includes Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer and Tom Wilkinson. Ross Katz is directing the story adapted by Bryan Sipe about a love affair between neighbors Travis (Walker) and Gabby (Palmer). Welling will play Ryan, Gabby's boyfriend who complicates the relationship and forces her to make a choice between the two. [THR] • Instructions Not Included star Eugenio Derbez has joined Gerard Butler »
- Jake Perlman
At the moment it sounds like we won't be seeing him in Roland Emmerich's developing Independence Day sequel. But for those with a Will Smith craving there's always Focus, a romantic crime caper co-starring The Wolf Of Wall Street's Empire Award winning Margot Robbie. Filming took place this time last year and the first stills have just arrived online, courtesy of USA Today.Smith plays a con artist getting romantically involved with Robbie's novice grifter, only for the partnership to sour. Flash-forward in time, and our hero is setting up an elaborate heist in Buenos Aires when the owner of an international racing team (300's Rodrigo Santoro) hires him to help gain an edge over the competition. But when Robbie shows up again, both men compete for her affections and the love triangle’s sharp edges start to cut…Crazy, Stupid, Love directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa »
When is “Independence Day 2″ coming? We keep hearing informationa bout it, but we’ve never really gotten anything concrete. But, perhaps this news tidbit from Jeff Goldblum will give us a little more insight. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Goldblum, who played smart guy David Levinson in “Independence Day,” stated that he’s been talking with producers about the sequel. “I had a meeting and have been talking over the last several months or year with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the producer,” Goldblum said to Time.com. “[They] say they have a part for me in what they hope will be a plan to make another one pretty soon.” Hopefully, this [ Read More ]
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