12 items from 2016
As a writer and producer, Dean Devlin has had a hand in some of the highest profile projects of the last quarter of a century. Universal Soldier, Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla – all have been revisited repeatedly by Devlin and others, in numerous media. This is why – even though he is not the most prolific filmmaker – when he sets up a new property, people pay attention. We pay even more attention, when he casts an actor like David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones), in a thriller like Bad Samaritan.
The script comes from Brandon Boyce, who previously wrote effective dramas Apt Pupil and Wicker Park. It centres on two young men working as car valets, who use their position to rob the homes of their customers. Inevitably, they eventually rob the wrong home, and face some unexpected consequences.
The first thing that is very clear about this movie is that it is about men. »
- Sarah Myles
Independence Day is having a big week. The archetypal alien invasion movie of the modern age is turning 20 and getting a sequel, all in the span of just seven days. The original film has become a modern classic and one of those basic-cable re-runs that will appear on a random afternoon, thus forcing you to sit through it, or at least all the way to that awesome Bill Pullman speech. Because we're all suckers for nostalgia and trivia, here are 14 things you didn't know about Independence Day. 1. The film's title was almost DoomsdayScreenwriters/directors/producers Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin were lobbying for Independence Day, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
French actor Jean Reno will be presented with the honorary president’s award at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 1-9).
Three-time César award-nominated actor Reno will receive the president’s award prize alongside a screening of Léon: The Professional, in which he stars as an assassin who takes a young girl under his wing.
Gaining international recognition with appearances in films like Mission Impossible and Godzilla, Reno’s recent roles include in Sean Penn’s The Last Face, where he plays a doctor working in war torn Africa. His upcoming films include The Promise, Terry George’s period drama in which a love triangle plays out during the last »
Look, I’m no giant superhero movie fanatic, but when you’re Roland Emmerich -- the guy who directed 10,000 B.C., Independence Day and the 1998 version of Godzilla -- it’s a tad disingenuous to bash other people’s movies for being dopey. But anyway, he did! From the Guardian (via Indiewire): Emmerich is filled with similar disdain at the notion that his films have anything in common with the superhero genre currently crowding multiplexes. “When you look at my movies it’s always the regular Joe Schmo that’s the unlikely hero. A lot of Marvel movies, they show people in funny suits running around. I don’t like people in capes. I find it silly when someone dons a superhero suit and flies. I don’t understand it. I grew up in Germany, that’s probably why.” Ok, Roland. How is the sight of "people in funny suits running around" sillier than, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Roland Emmerich will be the first person to admit he loves making big-budget action movies with special effects, but he draws the line at superheroes.
In a recent interview with the Guardian, the director of “Godzilla,” “Independence Day,” and the upcoming “Independence Day: Resurgence,” explained that he just doesn’t like people in capes. “I find it silly when someone dons a superhero suit and flies,” he said, adding that he doesn’t like the way Marvel movies “show people in funny suits running around” saving the world. “I don’t understand it. I grew up in Germany, that’s probably why.”
One of the main differences between superhero movies and Emmerich’s epic disaster films has to do with the person–or persons–that ultimately rise to the occasion to save the day. »
- Graham Winfrey
Released in 1996, Independence Day marked something of a crossroads in the evolution of summer movies. Its ensemble cast and city-wide destruction anticipated the 21st century wave of effects-driven blockbusters: it’s possible to see elements of Independence Day in Michael Bay’s Transformers movies, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, Marvel’s Avengers and DC-Warner’s Man Of Steel.
At the same time, Independence Day was also one of the last major Hollywood movies to make extensive use of miniature effects, particularly in the sequences where our planet’s landmarks are reduced to rubble. Director Roland Emmerich’s next film, 1998’s Godzilla, made overwhelming use of CGI to generate its 400 or so effects shots.
It’s taken 20 years for Emmerich to make an Independence Day sequel, and »
As the globe-trashing director returns with a sequel to Independence Day, how did his brand of blockbuster become the norm?
Related: Independence Day: Resurgence trailer gambles on revisit
Roland Emmerich may be the planet’s greatest demolition man. The German director reduced the White House into a pile of smoking ashes in 1996 in the most enduring image from alien-invasion epic Independence Day. Two years later, in his Godzilla remake, he flattened entire stretches of Manhattan. He froze and drowned most of America’s east coast in 2004’s The Day After Tomorrow and, in the catastrophe nightmare vision that was 2012 (released in 2009), he unleashed a series of earthquakes and volcanos that effectively ended the world.
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- Jonathan Bernstein
Say what you will about the overall quality of Roland Emmerich's resumé, but no one can deny that the man has a gift for large scale destruction. In films like Independence Day, 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, and Godzilla, Emmerich displayed his gift for jaw-dropping visuals of mass chaos and earth-shattering larger than life cataclysmic events. In short, if you're going to destroy the world in a movie, Emmerich is the guy you hire.
Emmerich is back at the helm for Independence Day: Resurgence, and this latest featurette features Jeff Goldblum and Liam Hemsworth describing him as a "force of nature" and "one of the best directors in the world." You can check it out right here:
Independence Day: Resurgence will arrive in theaters almost exactly 20 years after the original film took the world by storm.
Source: 20th Century Fox
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- Mario-Francisco Robles
Roland Emmerich is the king of disaster flicks, helming such apocalyptic fare as "Independence Day" (and its upcoming sequel, "Independence Day: Resurgence"), "The Day After Tomorrow," and "2012," and laying waste to basically the entire planet in the process. But in honor of Earth Day, Emmerich has offered an apology for being so harsh on the world.
In a hilarious Instagram post, the director shared a screen shot from "Resurgence," depicting a fiery cityscape and even more destruction on the horizon. But Emmerich wanted to make amends, directing his comments to the planet and offering a tongue-in-cheek mea culpa for all the chaos he's caused over the years.
"Dear Earth, I'm sorry for destroying you in a lot of my movies," the filmmaker captioned his post. "In real life you're truly my favorite."
Dear Earth, I'm sorry for destroying you in a lot of my movies. In real life you're truly my favorite. »
- Katie Roberts
Rob Bredow has been promoted to chief technology officer of Lucasfilm.
Bredow has long been one of the most respected technologists in Hollywood. He was a visual effects supervisor and chief technology officer at Sony Pictures Imageworks before ankling for Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic in 2014, with the title of vfx supervisor. Within months of the move, he was appointed VP of new media and head of the studio’s Advanced Development Group. In this role, Bredow assisted in the launch of Lucasfilm’s R&D unit ILMxLab, which introduced a “Star Wars” Virtual Reality experience to a group of reporters in San Francisco earlier this week.
In assuming this new role, Bredow says he is striving to uphold Lucasfilm’s signature innovative spirit, and do so in a way that prioritizes storytelling.
“We’re not about technology for technology,” the vfx vet told Variety. “It’s really about creating experiences, »
- Alyssa Sage
It was quite the surprise about a month ago when the trailer for a strange film called 10 Cloverfield Lane was dropped. The trailer started off as a peek into the lives of a trio in a bomb shelter, though it soon became clear that the setup wasn't all that it was cracked up to be. What were the relationships between these three characters, who almost seemed like a family at the beginning of the trailer?
However, the biggest question, without a doubt, was what the connection was to the 2008 hit Cloverfield. Would this actually be a sequel to the film, a movie set in the same world, or more of a spiritual successor? More and more, I personally became interested in the idea of using Cloverfield as a brand of horror/thriller, with each film having its own standalone premise (almost like a Twilight Zone-esque series, but in film »
- Joseph Medina
“In Search of Fellini” was directed by Taron Lexton and written by Cartwright and Spotted Cow President Peter Kjenaas. Ambi Distribution represents worldwide rights and is presenting the project to buyers at the the Berlin Film Festival’s European Film Market.
The movie was inspired by Cartwright’s early years in the entertainment industry, when she set off to “find herself” in Italy before establishing herself in Hollywood.
Spotted Cow is also partnered with Parkside Pictures and Dark Rabbit Productions on a film with James Franco entitled “The Institute,” to be released in late 2016. Cartwright is a producer on the project. »
- Dave McNary
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