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Germany’s Constantin Lands Roland Emmerich’s ‘Maya Lord’ (Exclusive)

In one of the richest deals of the European Film Market so far, Constantin Film has picked up Roland Emmerich’s upcoming historical epic “Maya Lord” for Germany.

Emmerich’s Centropolis Entertainment and Voltage Pictures are producing the movie, and Voltage is selling it in Berlin. Emmerich, whose credits include “Independence Day” and “The Day After Tomorrow,” was in town to present the picture to buyers alongside Voltage boss Nicolas Chartier. Constantin won a subsequent auction for German distribution rights.

The film, budgeted in the $60 million to $70 million range, is based on John Coe Robbins’ historical novel of the same title. Emmerich will direct from a script by Angela Workman (“The Zookeeper’s Wife”).

The story follows Guerrero, a soldier, and Father Aguilar, a priest, who survive a shipwreck off of the Yucatan Peninsula and are captured by a Mayan tribe. Guerrero adopts Mayan culture and assimilates, but Aguilar holds fast to his Christian faith. Both are put
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Disaster Movie Guru Roland Emmerich to Helm Historical Epic ‘Maya Lord’

Disaster Movie Guru Roland Emmerich to Helm Historical Epic ‘Maya Lord’
Roland Emmerich, the master of blowing shit up, is tackling a historical epic. Emmerich will helm Maya Lord, a project being compared to Dances With Wolves, Braveheart and The Patriot. So long, exploding buildings. Hello, period costumes! While primarily known for directing big disaster movies like Independence Day, 2012, and The Day After Tomorrow, Roland Emmerich does occasionally try new […]

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Taika Waititi Hilariously Explains Why He Made Thor: Ragnarok and His Parents Wish He Was J.J. Abrams

Thor: Ragnarok is set to be released on Blu-ray next month, and as you'd expected, it's going to be packed full of awesome special features that include deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, a new short film featuring The Grandmaster moving in with Thor’s former roommate Darryl, and more.

One of the special features that will be included features a funny interview with director Taika Waititi talking about why he wanted to make Thor: Ragnarok. In the video, he says that his parents wish that he was J.J. Abrams, and that he made the Marvel film to get more Twitter followers. He also amusingly says that he was looking at films such as My Fair Lady and Independence Day for inspiration.

I could listen to Taika Waititi talk about random stuff all day. The guy is so witty, funny, and entertaining!

Confirmed: Taika Waititi made Thor: Ragnarok for the Twitter followers.
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Bad Samaritan Trailer: David Tennant Is the Wrong Man to Mess With

Electric Entertainment has released the first trailer and poster for their upcoming thriller Bad Samaritan, arriving in theaters March 30. This thriller marks the second feature directorial effort for Dean Devlin, who made his directorial debut last year with the big-budget action-thriller Geostorm. Bad Samaritan is quite scaled back in terms of scope, compared to Geostorm, but this intriguing thriller has a unique enough premise that it could make some waves in a crowded spring movie season.

The story centers on a valet named Sean (Robert Sheehan), who, along with his partner Derek (Carlito Olivero), develops a clever scam to burglarize the houses of rich customers. Things go smoothly until he robs the wrong customer (David Tennant), and discovers &#8239a woman being held captive in his home. &#8239 Afraid of going to prison, he leaves the woman there and makes a call to the police, who find nothing when they investigate. Now,
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Teaser for Akshay Kumar’s Gold Out Now!

The first teaser trailer for the Reema Kagti directorial Gold, starring Akshay Kumar, is out and it gets you ready for the release of the film on Independence Day, 15th August 2018.

With the clip lasting just over one minute, audiences caught a glimpse of what they can expect from the Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar Excel Entertainment production. Bringing alive the glorious history of Independent India’s first Gold Medal at the Olympic Games held in London 1948, the actor plays a fiery fictional Bengali character, Tapan Das, who has a burning infatuation for his country and the sport of hockey.

True to his pioneering spirit and combining the perfect mix of patriotism and passion, Akshay Kumar’s character is responsible for leading the post-British Indian Olympic team to their first gold medal since achieving independence in 1947.

Sharing the teaser on social media Akshay Kumar said, “Abhi tak India chup tha.
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The Cloverfield Paradox Review

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Author: Daniel Goodwin

If anybody told me before I went to bed last night that I would be up at 4 am the following morning and writing a review of the new Cloverfield film, I would ask them to hand over whatever it was they were smoking or pass it off as a dream. No matter how much modern, software savvy sci-fi fans try to predict the precise moment a this film was going to drop, the film-makers and distributors were ahead of the game, waiting for that perfect moment to hurl it at us like a cine-custard pie without any kind of warning. With online speculation mounting but not quite at fever pitch, in the early hours of 5th February, The Cloverfield Paradox (formerly God Particle) arrived (on Netflix) making this Monday morning as welcome as a bank holiday after an surprisingly wild Sunday night on the tiles.

The story starts quite mawkishly,
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Alien Invasion Indie Battalion is Out Now [Trailer]

They Came from another World. Time to Send them Back.

Fans of indie sci-fi may want to know that the new actioner Battalion is available now from High Octane Pictures. Michael Miller’s special effects driven film is like a micro budget Pacific Rim meets Independence Day, made with love. It was filmed in Queensland, Australia.

Synopsis:

When a devastating attack on Los Angeles by an army of machines from a parallel universe sparks a massive world war, Californian surfer John Blake joins up with the Us Marines to head across the Pacific to join the fig [Continued ...]
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Watch The Resident Online: Season 1 Episode 1

Was The Resident the big hit of the season?

On The Resident Season 1 Episode 1, viewers were introduced Pravesh as he started his first day as an intern at. 

Watch The Resident Season 1 Episode 1 Online

Dr. Conrad took him under his wing, but it quickly became apparent that there was a lot of differing opinions about the way things should be done in the hospital and this caused some unrest. 

With a cast including the likes of Matt Czuchry and Emily Vancamp, what could possibly go wrong?

Use the video above to watch The Resident online right here via TV Fanatic. 

View Slideshow: The Resident Photos from the Pilot and "Independence Day"

Get caught up on this new medical drama now. 
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TV Review: ‘The Resident’ on Fox

Fox’s latest attempt at a fresh medical drama, “The Resident,” is a surprisingly cynical look at human nature and corporatized healthcare. That’s a refreshing, dark underside to what is otherwise a pretty run-of-the-mill story: Handsome young professionals, dramatic medical emergencies, and feverish hookups in empty exam rooms. Cary Agos — I mean, Matt Czuchry — plays lead Conrad Hawkins, a third-year rock-star resident who in the premiere episode is assigned first-year, fresh-faced newbie Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal). Conrad is a great doctor, but he’s no fun to hang out with: He’s brash, peremptory, and borderline chauvinist, suffused with the god complex that make doctors so much fun to be around. Devon pretty much immediately has a bad time of it.

But in what seems to be a signature part of “The Resident’s” ethos, Devon isn’t exactly lovable, either: He’s sporting an expensive gold watch on his first day, complaining about Conrad
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‘Battalion’ VOD Review

Stars: Jesse Richardson, Ellen Williams, Michael Thomson, James Storer, Leigh Walker, Darrell Plumridge, Samuel Peacock, Katie Anderson | Written and Directed by Michael Miller

Obviously inspired by Independence Day and Pacific Rim, and no doubt released now to cash-in on the subsequent sequel which is coming very soon, Battalion is a low-budget sci-fi action flick from Australia that feels for all intents and purposes like a mockbuster from The Asylum…

Battalion sees Earth invaded and a devastating attack launched on Los Angeles by an army of machines from a parallel universe. This – of course – sparks a massive world war, which in turn leads to Californian surfer John Blake joining up with the Us Marines to head across the Pacific to join the fight against the machines in Australia… Why? Well the budget didn’t stretch to an overseas filming trip probably.

I jest of course, but that is the major issue with Battalion.
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When Star Wars finally became the top-rented video of all time

Simon Brew Jan 15, 2018

In 1997, Star Wars finally overtook E.T. to become the most-rented video ever in the Us. The chart back then makes interesting reading.

I can’t tell you for certain if this is true, but it’s oft-reported that the last VHS release for a major movie in the Us was for David Cronenberg’s terrific A History Of Violence. The 2005 movie seemingly got that release in early 2006, and the VHS era all but passed with it.

It completed the takeover by DVD as the top choice for watching movies at home, a brutal destruction and takeover of the VHS format that had served the world since the late 1970s. And as we’ve discussed in the past, the death of VHS took the rental window with it. For people who are far younger than me, that was the months-long gap where you could rent a film,
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Attraction Review

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Author: Zehra Phelan

It’s no secret that Hollywood seems to think it continues to maintain the monopoly on the Alien invasion genre. Films like War of the Worlds, Independence Day and even Close Encounters of the Third Kind instantly spring to mind. In the latest venture of the sci-fi obsession, the Russians have jumped on the bandwagon. Having created — despite its low-budget margins of its English Language counterparts — a visually spectacular, yet subtly bizarre invasion come love story in Fyodor Bondarchuk’s current offering.

Related: Attraction Trailer

The opening sequence sets the pace as an unidentified object is spotted in the skies over Moscow during a meteor shower. Forced to believe they are under a substantial threat, the Russian Military follows orders to shoot the ship down causing major devastation as the large spiralling craft comes crashing to the earth, cutting through buildings like butter and killing innocent people.
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Will Smith’s Career Rollercoaster: A Bright Future in Politics?

Will Smith’s Career Rollercoaster: A Bright Future in Politics?
Twenty years ago, Will Smith announced he’d love to become president. And why not? He’d won at everything else. At 12, he formed a rap duo that made him a teenage millionaire. By 23, he was a sitcom star. Now, he was 26 and his stunning hit streak of Bad Boys, Independence Day and Men in Black had made him the most likable movie star in the world. The U.S. Presidency would simply be his fourth career—or maybe fifth. “Give me 10 years and I’ll make it,” said Smith, “provided I can squeeze in an NBA championship before that.”

He was kidding, and he wasn’t. Since then, Smith has floated running for president every few years. (He dropped his basketball dreams pretty quick.) In 1999, the Clintons invited him to sleep in the Lincoln bedroom. “I told Bill that he should keep my room warm,” said Smith. “That might sound foolish to some,” he later told
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Wamg’s 10 Best Films Of 2017

A love story between a girl and a sea creature, a satire reflecting racial issues in today’s society, and two inspiring lessons of four weeks in 1940 during which Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s courage to lead changed the course of world history and one of the greatest suspense stories of all time where British and Allied troops, trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea, faced an impossible situation as the enemy closed in. Horror, fantasy, historical epic, comedy, drama… the motion pictures tales of 2017 had something for all.

Theater marquees were filled with familiar titles such as Star Wars, Independence Day, Alien, Blade Runner, and Kong while Guardians, Superheroes and Wonder Women saved the day once again.

Cinema-goers were offered a fresh perspective on the parent-child bond, an insightful look as two giant newspapers expose a massive cover-up of government secrets, as well as a dark
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Return of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"

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As The Walt Disney Co. continues to buy up popular movie/TV content for the 'DisneyLife' streaming service, take a look at some of the brands the studio will now control and develop through their recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox entertainment assets, including "Buffy The Vampire Slayer":

Besides "Buffy", other brands for streaming and development include "Alien","Planet Of The Apes"...

..."The Simpsons", "Die Hard", Independence Day", "Kingsman", "Family Guy", "The X-Files", "Avatar", "Predator"...

..."Ice Age", "Wolverine"...

..."Goosebumps", "American Dad:, "American Horror Story", "Deadpool", "Fantastic Four"...

..."Fargo", "The Fly", "Futurama"...

..."Home Alone", "Homeland", "M*A*S*H.", "Night at the Museum:, "The Omen", "The Peanuts Movie", "Romancing the Stone", "X-Men"...

...and whole lot more...

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"Buffy The Vampire Slayer" Comic Books
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Film Review: ‘Beyond Skyline’

Film Review: ‘Beyond Skyline’
A semi-sequel to 2010’s “Skyline” which follows different characters from the same alien-invasion starting point through fantasy perils on a grander scale, “Beyond Skyline” does its predecessor proud in that it, too, is fast-paced and colorful enough to rate as a solid guilty pleasure. This helming debut for Liam O’Donnell, who co-wrote the original, is another showcase for the FX work of the earlier films’ co-directors the Brothers Strause and their company Hydraulx (which has contributed visual effects to numerous recent tentpoles).

All three dudes were centrally involved with 2007’s “Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.” If this new movie also seems to have a whole lot of Aliens and Predators running around, well, it’s not the kind of joint you expect originality from, in narrative or even stylistic terms. It is, however, a goofy hybrid that’s never dull and sometimes flat-out ridiculous, never taking itself so seriously for its logical shortcomings to feel truly embarrassing
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Here’s Every Franchise That Disney Just Got From Fox

Even before Disney acquired Fox’s entertainment assets as part of its historic Hollywood merger, keeping track of those all-important film rights within the industry’s leading franchises was a difficult, and often confusing, gig. But now that the Disney-Fox merger is ostensibly signed, sealed and delivered, the Mouse House’s roster of characters and properties is about to expand quite drastically – and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

For Marvel Studios, in particular, this merger spells a long-rumored homecoming for the X-Men, and we understand head honcho Kevin Feige is keen to cross-pollinate those iconic mutants with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its roster of established characters – just don’t get your hopes up for Hugh Jackman to swing by for a cameo in Avengers 4. If anything, this merger leaves the door open for another actor to take Jackman’s place and reboot the Wolverine we know and love.
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Every Movie Franchise Disney Just Got from Fox

Every Movie Franchise Disney Just Got from Fox
It's now a done deal. After weeks of rumors and discussion, Disney has officially purchased the majority of 21st Century Fox, including the entirety of their movie studio 20th Century Fox, among many other valuable assets. The deal is valued at $66 billion and is quite possibly the biggest shake-up in Hollywood history. Disney has become an absolute franchise machine in recent years and, with this Fox deal, they're going to be untouchable as they've just purchased a ton of new franchises to mine for box office gold.

Starting with the big ones on everyone's mind, Fox is now in control of virtually every Marvel property under the sun, assuming the deal is allowed to go through. The deal still needs to be approved, legally speaking, and that could take a while. Assuming that all works out, Disney will officially be in control of the X-Men, Deadpool and (possibly) the Fantastic Four film rights.
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Disaster Movie, Geostorm, Gets a Blu-Ray Release Date and Details

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It's all out weather-related destruction in Waner Bros' Geostorm, which hit theaters just a couple months ago. Today, they've announced when the blu-ray will arrive and what's coming with it. Come inside for all the details!

If you missed out on the latest action flick, Geostorm, you'll get your chance next month. While it didn't light any real fires at the box office, these types of movies still have a certain charm that a sucker like me loves. Today, WB has announced the film will hit blu-ray on Januray 23, 2018 (with a digital version just a tad earlier on January 16th):

Uncover the world’s biggest conspiracy when “Geostorm” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. Dean Devlin (writer/producer, “Independence Day”) makes his feature film directorial debut with suspense thriller “Geostorm,”

After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together
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X-Men Director Bryan Singer Sued for Allegedly Raping Teen Boy

X-Men Director Bryan Singer Sued for Allegedly Raping Teen Boy
Bryan Singer has been accused of raping a 17-year old boy back in 2003, and is being sued by the now 31-year old man, according to TMZ. The news comes after a rough week where Singer was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic about Freddie Mercury and his band Queen, for what he claims was a pressing family matter, but the cast and crew say otherwise. The director is notoriously difficult to work with and it appears that there may have been more going on that not many were privy to. Singer is denying any and all claims against him at this time.

The X-Men director issued a statement in which he strenuously denied all the claims. The lawsuit, filed by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, alleges that Bryan Singer was at a party, with young gay men, on tech investor Lester Waters' yacht in Seattle in 2003. It claims that Singer offered to
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