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As the action-movie auteur behind films like Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and White House Down, Roland Emmerich tends to spend his days on set managing explosions and working with tricky special effects. But when Emmerich recently changed gears to make the intimate, low-budget gay-rights drama Stonewall, he found himself faced with a whole new set of problems. "It was a huge challenge to make this movie, and if I had not absolutely wanted it, it would not have happened," he told Vulture this week.Emmerich's new film tells the story of the 1969 Stonewall riots — where a long-oppressed queer community finally fought back against a police raid at New York's Stonewall Inn — and when it comes out in theaters on September 25 (you can check out the exclusive poster teasing that release date below), it will do so at a pivotal point for gay rights and visibility. »
- Kyle Buchanan
Don’t be fooled by the posters: like most Sandler films Pixels is a casually sexist, awkwardly structured, bro-centric comedy, starring some of Sandler’s buddies
The posters for Pixels are alluring, with characters from classic arcade games hovering over some of the world’s major cities. The most eye-catching one boasts a giant Pac-Man, mouth wide open, devouring San Francisco. What these adverts fail to get across is that Pixels is an Adam Sandler movie. Pity the poor souls who go into the comedy blockbuster thinking they’ve signed up to watch The Lego Movie by way of Independence Day. They’ll be disappointed.
Being a Sandler movie from the actor’s own Happy Madison Productions (responsible for dreck like Jack and Jill and Paul Blart: Mall Cop), Pixels is a casually sexist, awkwardly structured, bro-centric comedy, starring some of Sandler’s buddies. The only difference this time is »
- Nigel M Smith
It seems that with the release of Ajay Devgn's Drishyam nearing, Milan Luthria has started off with the casting of the actor's next film in full swing. Two days ago, we had reported that Shruti Haasan will be a leading lady in Baadshaho and now yet another actress has been signed to play the second female lead. Lisa Haydon of Queen and The Shaukeens fame will now play the other heroine in the film. While Shruti has been paired opposite Ajay Devgn for the first time, Lisa and Ajay had a few scenes together when she did a cameo in the Kangna Ranaut, Sanjay Dutt starrer Rascals. It is being said that the reason behind roping in Lisa, was to add certain amount of tadka in the film and her bohemian and sexy image impressed the filmmaker. Produced by Milan Luthria and Bhushan Kumar, Baadshaho is slated to release »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Chicago – The epitome of an idea that far outweighs its execution, “Pixels” is a bittersweet blunder that had all of the elements to be geeky great but ends up being cheesy mediocre. I could literally feel its potential for 105 minutes, but the $88 million film ultimately fails to realize it.
At the heart of the issue is miscasting and specifically Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions. Even though he and his production company let me down in the critically panned “The Hot Chick,” “50 First Dates,” “The Longest Yard,” “The Benchwarmers,” “Click,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” and on and on, I honestly always give Sandler a chance even though his humor almost never works for me.
Despite my love for Pac-man, I was disappointed going into “Pixels” to see Sandler in such a lead role with his production company attached and his pals making bank with him. Still, I »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Exclusive: Fox has set Carter Blanchard to adapt Steelheart, the first leg of a three-book trilogy by Brandon Sanderson that is being developed as a potential directing vehicle for Shawn Levy. Blanchard was tapped off his work on the Independence Day sequel and Glimmer, the latter of which is in preproduction. Fox bought the book in January — it is referred to as The Reckoners series — after the author had sketched out that first book and a follow-up, Firefight. Levy is… »
Earlier this year, we had reported that Ajay Devgn has decided to put Shivaay on the back burner temporarily and will concentrate on two films, namely, Nishikant Kamat's Drishyam and Milan Luthria's Baadshaho. While on one hand, the actor is busy with the recee for his home production Shivaay, his next Drishyam is all set for release. And now, we hear that there is some progress happening on Milan Luthria's film too and actress Shruti Haasan has been roped in for Baadshaho. Shruti Haasan, who was last seen in Gabbar Is Back, has been paired opposite Ajay Devgn for the first time. As of now, the actress is busy with the promotions of Welcome Back and is also wrapping up Nishikant Kamat's Rocky Handsome. As for Baadshaho, the film is said to have Ajay playing the titular role but the details of the film are still being kept under wraps. »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Some actors are chameleons. With each performance, they transform themselves almost unrecognisably, whether it's Christian Bale's haunted, emaciated factory worker in The Machinist, Charlize Theron's haggard serial killer in Monster or Jake Gyllenhaal's sinewy boxer in the forthcoming Southpaw.
Then there's Jeff Goldblum, whose approach to acting is very different - but no less valid - than those chameleons. In each of his roles, he brings charisma, intrigue and restless energy. He's a fascinating actor to watch because, whether he's playing the lead or a supporting role, he somehow manages to project so many opposing forces in one performance: he's at once an extrovert and an outsider. Geeky and awkward yet also flirtatious and comfortable in his own skin. Intellectual yet sometimes naive. Gentle but also commanding and sometimes even scary. »
Last week it was predicted that Bajrangi Bhaijaan would comfortably double 14 crore opening day of Abcd 2. That was pretty much done with 27.27 crore coming in for the Kabir Khan directed film. It was also predicted that the film would cross the 30 crore mark on Friday. While this didn’t really happen (and good credit for that must go to Bahubali that is still going strong in Hindi belt as well, in addition to South, which did take away some part of the audience for sure), the collections were still super solid, hence surpassing Kick (26.5 crore). As for Independence Day record of Ek Tha Tiger (33 crore), it stays intact.
However, and as was pretty much on the cards, the film gained very good critical acclaim and also out and out positive response from the audience, hence resulting in very good word of mouth spreading all over. Moreover, with Eid falling on Saturday, »
- Joginder Tuteja
Besides the film fraternity, filmmaker Ananth Mahadevan wants to take his upcoming biopic Gour Hari Dastaan - The Freedom File to the government as well. He just doesn't want to limit it to movie buffs or the patrons, who are eager to check out the movie. According to him every Indian should watch this film.
Ananth, in fact, is trying his best to showcase it to Pmo and parliamentary MPs.
"There is full government support. We will have big premiere for the parliamentary MPs, other government officials. And I am sure they will take great interest. I hope they declare it as tax free. I have already called up Pmo office and the Bjp core member, Mr. Sunil Deodhar has actually taken it to the higher department and strongly recommended to Narendra Modiji," says the filmmaker
He further adds, "I hope every Indian connects with it. Every 4th person is »
Watching this latest clip from the upcoming action comedy American Ultra – in which actor Jesse Eisenberg depicts some extreme anxiety – it’s impossible not to wonder whether he had this exact reaction when he realized he had recently compared the San Diego Comic-Con with genocide. He has, evidently, been on a steep learning curve in terms of dealing with movie promotion, so hopefully his efforts on behalf of this new movie will feature fewer references to horrific international war crimes, and more emphasis on the actual project at hand – not least because this one might need some talking up.
Directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X), and written by Max Landis (Chronicle), the film centres on Mike Howell (Eisenberg), who is a renowned stoner, wanting to marry his stoner girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart). He has no recollection of the fact that he is, in fact, a highly skilled government agent who »
- Sarah Myles
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
It may only be July, but it can take a while to get in just the right mood for certain annual festivities. So, thank goodness for the early arrival of a trailer for Tales Of Halloween – an anthology horror movie featuring ten different segments, directed by eleven different directors.
“Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only, to terrorise unsuspecting residents.”
In many respects, an advantage of a horror anthology is the fact that it allows for many filmmakers to showcase their work, giving the whole project a fascinating blend of flavours. However, what is notable about Tales Of Halloween, is that – despite – featuring the work of very individual directors, there is an overall tone that snakes through each one, making it feel very much like part of a larger whole. »
- Sarah Myles
NBC has run out of patience with its low-rated Thursday drama tandem of “Aquarius” and “Hannibal,” revealing Monday that they will move over to little-watched Saturday nights.
The scripted series will air from 9 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, flipping timeslots with the net’s popular “Dateline Saturday Mystery” crime franchise. Last week, the first-year Charles Manson-themed drama “Aquarius” and third-year “Hannibal” both delivered tiny 0.4 ratings in adults 18-49, while “Dateline” did double that (0.8) on Saturday.
The network’s advanced schedule shows the timeslot swap taking place in early August, but insiders confirmed Monday that the move is effective immediately.
The network effectively canceled “Hannibal” last month, announcing that “Hannibal” would not return to the network after its current 13-episode season wraps, but renewed “Aquarius” for a second season.
Saturday has long been a final resting place for underperforming series. Over the Independence Day holiday weekend, CBS began airing never-aired »
- Rick Kissell
Looks like donut-gate is done. Ariana Grande will not be charged with criminal mischief after her donut-licking incident erupted last week. A rep for the Riverside County Sheriff's Department told TMZ on Monday, July 13, that the owner of the donut shop, Wolfee Donuts, opted not to press charges against the global pop phenom. The incident started when Grande, 22, was caught on camera visiting the sweet shop in Lake Elsinor, Calif., late on Independence Day with one of her backup dancers, Ricky Alvarez, and a group [...] »
Being an in-demand name naturally means he has a few irons in the fire, the hottest of which is Stonewall, director Roland Emmerich‘s dramatization of the famous riots that had a profound impact on the way the gay community were perceived in the late Sixties.
It’s a project that’s clearly close to Jeremy’s heart and he gave us his views toward the tail end of our interview:
Thn: What have you got coming up next?
Without generalizing, that sounds like quite an unusual subject matter for Roland Emmerich. I guess he »
- Steve Palace
So what if the Fourth of July has already come and gone? In its Season 3 premiere Sunday night, Masters of Sex proved the fireworks don’t have to stop when Independence Day is over.
For months now, we’ve been reminding you that the Showtime drama’s third season would pick up in 1965, as Virginia and Bill prepare to present their sex research to the masses. Now that the season’s first hour is over, though, it’s clear that Virginia and Bill’s study is the least shocking thing about the episode.
Before we get your thought on Masters‘ return, »
For the second frame in a row, an animated title is number one at the box office. But unlike last weekend, when Monday actuals put Inside Out on top in place of Jurassic World, everyone saw today’s win for Minions coming. Since the little, yellow beings first appeared in 2010’s Despicable Me, their commercial appeal has been hard to deny. Now, as expected, the first film to put the creatures front and center has easily secured the highest opening among the three Despicable Me releases. Minions brought in an estimated $115.2 million from 4,301 locations, including $6.2 million from Thursday pm previews. That more than doubles the $56.4 million debut of Despicable Me and stands 38% ahead of 2013’s Despicable Me 2. But as we told you yesterday, DM2 opened on the Wednesday before Independence Day. Those two extra days in theatres make it difficult to draw direct comparisons to Minions, but hey! Since »
- Nicole Pedersen
Next Tuesday, David Robert Mitchell's It Follows comes out on Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment, RADiUS, and Dimension, and we caught up with composer Richard Vreeland, aka Disasterpeace, to discuss his superb score for the horror film.
I understand that writer/director David Robert Mitchell asked you to compose the music for It Follows after he played the 2012 video game Fez, which you also scored. How did he reach out to you and what were your initial thoughts about being offered to score a horror film?
Disasterpeace: David reached out by e-mail. I had a lot of thoughts! I had never scored a feature before, so I was excited about the opportunity, but also wanted to be really discerning before making such a big decision. It was tough to make a decision just based on the script, especially for something as unusual as It Follows' premise, but seeing »
- Derek Anderson
No it's not just another promotional gig. Ananth Mahadevan truly believes that stories like Gour Hari Dastaan should be recognized and celebrated. On the occasion of upcoming Independence Day, the director plans on releasing a national anthem recognizing the heroes who are alive. In fact Anant plans to rope in people who have contributed to freedom struggle in some way or the other. The anthem will start with a tribute to the fan who designed the national flag of India followed by Gour Hari Dasji dedicating a message to all the unsung heroes. As for the film, Gour Hari Dastaan directed by Ananth Mahadevan is scheduled to release in India on August 14, 2015. »
Minions, the 3-D prequel to Universal's Despicable Me franchise, opened to $6.2M last night in a reported 2,985 venues for a per-theater take of $2,077. The CG animated flick from Illumination Entertainment marches into 4,301 venues today, the most North American venues in Universal's history. Thus Minions looks on track to replicate the domestic success of its predecessor Despicable Me 2, which opened to $83.5M in 3,997 theaters on the Fourth of July weekend in 2013. Actually, if this third installment can keep Despicable Me 2's same per theater take of $20,895, Minions will leave the weekend closer to the $90M mark, if not higher. It's particularly feasible considering Inside Out opened to $3.7M on its Thursday preview showings putting it on the path to a smashing $91M weekend.Also opening, but not a competitive threat to the little, yellow, pill-shaped creatures, is Focus Features' Self/Less, which is opening in 2,353 venues. The film »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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