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Vin Diesel staying Fast and Furious with seventh film

30 December 2011 12:07 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Hollywood loves a franchise and this year we've seen studios stretching sagas - and doubling the box office - by separating films into two parts, as happened with the conclusions of Twilight and Harry Potter and as will also be the case with The Hobbit.

Although a fairly unlikely contender for big-screen longevity - because of its seemingly simple road-racing concept and lack of a cherished literary source - The Fast And The Furious series is now extending itself even further.

We knew a sixth film was scheduled to arrive on May 27, 2013, and Vin Diesel says the story has become so big that they have decided to split it into a sixth and seventh instalment.

The 44-year-old actor, who stars as Dominic Toretto in the franchise about men with a passion for super-cars, told The Hollywood Reporter: "With the success of this last one, and the inclusion of so many characters, »

- David Bentley

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Kim Jong Il: A Guide to the Best Links on the Web

19 December 2011 1:10 PM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

AP In this March 1979 photo from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency, distributed by Korea News Service, leader Kim Jong Il gives advice at the shooting of “An Jung Geun Avenges Hirobumi Ito,” a narrative film.

Kim Jong Il, who passed away Saturday after 14 years of absolute rule over the “hermit kingdom” of North Korea, will be remembered by history as an idiosyncratic despot and a capricious threat to world peace, but his personal eccentricities also made him »

- Jeff Yang

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Puss in Boots Review

7 December 2011 4:03 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Shrek’s journey has been one of highs and lows, but it was running out of interesting places to go, something even Shrek the Third director Chris Miller would agree with. Concentrating on another of Shrek’s travelling companions was always going to be a tall order; making a supporting character stand alone in a film can go either way. Miller and co have definitely succeeded with Puss in Boots in the new 3D film of the same name, tapping into the older audience’s nursery-rhyme nostalgia while putting the ‘cool’ back into the time-old stories for the newer generation.

Long before he met Shrek, the notorious fighter, lover and outlaw Puss in Boots (voiced by Antonio Banderas) was an orphan then a criminal then a local hero after an adventure to track down some magic beans and the Golden Goose with tough, street-smart Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) and criminal »

- Lisa Giles-Keddie

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Sony Suspends Roland Emmerich’s ‘Singularity’, Brings Ray Kurzweil on Board to Help with Script

10 November 2011 3:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Perhaps working on Anonymous, a film about the "real" writer behind William Shakespeare's works, has inspired a renewed respect for language in director Roland Emmerich. Or, more likely, maybe that picture's poor box office performance has given Emmerich and his studio a case of nerves. Whatever the case, Sony has put the brakes on Singularity, the $175 million sci-fi epic that Emmerich has lined up as his next project. Emmerich and co-writer Harald Kloser will be using that extra time to develop the screenplay, with some additional help from singularity expert and futurist Ray Kurzweil. As a term, "singularity" refers to the hypothetical emergence of an artificial super-intelligence greater than our own human intelligence. More info, including plot details, after the jump. While Anonymous marked a change of pace from Emmerich's typically action-oriented fare, Singularity will put him squarely back in his comfort zone. Set 50 years in the future, the »

- Angie Han

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"Godzilla," "Asteroids" get new screenwriters

10 November 2011 12:56 PM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

The "Transformers" series proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that movie audiences love nothing more than watching big, explosive, city-destroying science fiction action flicks. Luckily for fans of such material (ie. seemingly everyone on the planet), production is moving ahead on both a "Godzilla" reboot and the much-joked about adaptation of the classic arcade game "Asteroids," as both films now have screenwriters attached.

First up is "Godzilla," which is being rebooted by Legendary, and was rumored this past summer to be written by David Goyer. According to Heat Vision, however the writer behind this new version of everyone's favorite kaiju will be Max Borenstein. Though he's largely unknown to audiences, he's already a known quantity at Legendary, where he rewrote "The Seventh Son" and is working on "Jimi," a Jimi Hendrix biopic. The flick will be directed by Gareth Edwards, best known for the low-budget 2010 British alien flick "Monsters. »

- Aubrey Sitterson

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‘Godzilla’ Reboot and ‘Asteroids’ Movie Snag New Writers

10 November 2011 7:04 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Two high-profile sci-fi projects have landed new writing talent: Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla franchise revamp, which will be helmed by Gareth Edwards – and Asteroids, an adaptation of the classic Atari arcade game that (despite previous rumors to the contrary) will not be directed by Roland Emmerich.

David S. Goyer‘s earlier draft of the Godzilla screenplay will be getting a rework by a little-known, but increasingly-popular, scriber. A writer whose career is (likewise) on the up-and-up is going to be taking on the Asteroids movie.

Heat Vision says that Max Borenstein has been hired on to refine Goyer’s script for Godzilla, which will attempt to not follow in the footsteps of Emmerich’s woebegone 1998 Godzilla movie – and instead, successfully return the titanic lizard to his historical roots, while also updating him for the ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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Max Borenstein is the Latest Writer on ‘Godzilla’ For Legendary Pictures

10 November 2011 7:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Briefly: In March 2010 Legendary Pictures announced [1] that it would make a new Godzilla film. All the wrongs done by Roland Emmerich's 1998 film would be made right, and we would get a sci-fi creature feature that stands up to the best films in the long-running character's history. That was the idea, at least, but in almost two years since that deal was announced we still know almost nothing about what Legendary is doing with Godzilla. We know that Gareth Edwards, director of Monsters, is in the director's chair [2]. We've heard that there will be other monsters [3] in the film. David Callaham drafted a script, and last time we had any reliable word it was that David Goyer was writing a new draft [4]. That was in July of this year. Now there is a new writer: Max Borenstein, who wrote Art of the Steal, a draft of The Seventh Son and »

- Russ Fischer

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Screenwriter Max Borenstein Attached To New 'Godzilla'

9 November 2011 10:08 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The next foray into American cinema for 'Godzilla' is slowly but surely moving forward. The last time the script was brought up, David Goyer of 'The Dark Knight Rises' and 'Man of Steel' was working on it. THR reports that screenwriter Max Borenstein has been assigned to pick up the slack. Borenstein doesn't really have much to his name right now. He wrote and directed the 2003 film, 'Swordswallowers and Thin Men.' It looks to be a limited beyond limited kind of release. More recently, he rewrote the screenplay for 'The Seventh Son,' supernatural fare that is based on the writing of author Joseph Delaney. The film's cast features Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and, Ben Barnes.Details are very light on the new 'Godzilla,' which has 'Monsters' helmer, Gareth Edwards attached to direct. Months back, he said:  "I guess I »

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‘Godzilla’ and ‘Asteroids’ Find Writers

9 November 2011 8:35 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

I became greatly excited for Legendary’s Godzilla reboot when Monsters helmer Gareth Edwards was announced as the director. A fresh, young voice taking on what might be the greatest of all screen monsters? Terrific. Then, the producers went in the complete opposite direction of a fresh, young voice by hiring David S. Goyer to write the script. To be fair, he isn’t the worst person you could give the job to — but his non-Nolan track record (Blade: Trinity, The Unborn) raises a red flag or three, and my hopes were therefore quickly diminished.

Now I’m enthusiastic again, because THR tells us that Max Borenstein will take over the screenplay, which Goyer is only mentioned as having “previously worked on.” He was only hired about four months ago, too; thankfully, I don’t see him having moved past a first draft. Borenstein‘s scripting credits are a little thin themselves, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Home Invasion: Blu-Ray & DVD Releases for November 8, 2011

8 November 2011 9:13 AM, PST | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Hey everyone! It’s Tuesday and here are your Blu-Ray & DVD releases for the week. Some of the top picks are Blue Velvet, Henelotter’s Frankenhooker, Destroy All Monsters and plenty more.

Home Invasion is a list of DVD & Blu-Ray releases for the week. All descriptions are from Amazon.com unless otherwise noted. We have included buttons for you to order that product which not only makes it easy on you but also helps us pay the bills around here.


7 Nights of Darkness

In 2008 six reality television show contestants spent seven nights in an abandoned and haunted asylum. The show never aired but an editor for the network was able to piece together some footage. The prize for staying all seven nights was a share of one million dollars that was to be split amongst any contestants that didn’t leave. No prize money was ever awarded.

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- Andy Triefenbach

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Close up: James Bond has a licence to kill. Still

3 November 2011 10:49 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

That was the week in which Sam Mendes confirmed the title, cast and thrust of Bond 23: Skyfall, and Roger Moore cocked an eyebrow at Quantum of Solace. Plus other, non-007, news

The big story

Every Bond begins with a kill. He walks in silhouette, turns and shoots us. The camera wobbles, fills with red and down we go. 007's first kill happens before anything else: before he's survived the Lake Como car chase, or flown a home-made plane through a hanger, or bungee-jumped from the Contra dam. Before the credits roll and the naked ladies start wrapping their legs around giant handguns.

Violence is as integral to the Bond franchise as product placement. Imagine the uproar then, when it was suggested that the appointment of Sam Mendes as the director of Bond 23 might do away with fist-fights and gunplay altogether. Mendes was a class act, out for Oscars. »

- Henry Barnes

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Anonymous: tragedy or farce?

3 November 2011 6:44 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The outrageous liberties taken with history in this film about who really wrote Shakespeare's plays would be easier to swallow if it were witty and intelligent – forsooth it is not

Director: Roland Emmerich

Entertainment grade: E

History grade: Fail

This article contains a spoiler in the paragraph headed Family

William Shakespeare's plays were written by William Shakespeare, a well-documented historical figure who lived between 1564 and 1616.

In 1920, a schoolmaster with the apt name of John Thomas Looney invented a conspiracy theory suggesting that Shakespeare's plays were written by Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford.


Director Roland Emmerich (who made 2012, Godzilla and Independence Day, all more realistic than this movie) is an Oxfordian. This is the designation preferred by supporters of the Looney theory, who think Shakespeare's plays were secretly penned by Oxford. The reason they think that is simple: they're snobs. Their root belief is that Shakespeare was »

- Alex von Tunzelmann

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Anonymous: Interview With Tony Way

31 October 2011 1:48 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

As a regular fixture of British television since the early 2000s, Tony Way is one the UK’s most recognisable ‘don’t-i-know-you-from-that-thing’ actors. He’s appeared alongside comedy heavyweights Vic and Bob, Simon Pegg, and Ricky Gervais in a range of shows. It was one such comedy giant that gave Tony his first break into the world of movies – the millennium’s favourite urban simpleton, Ali G.

Having worked with Ali G In Da House director Mark Mylod on Vic and Bob (for which Tony has also contributed as a writer) and The Fast Show, Tony scored the part of Dave, one member of Ali G’s notorious crew, the ‘Staines Massive’, to whom the streetwise interviewer had often referred in his TV skits. Tony would also star alongside fellow homeboy Martin Freeman, better known as Tim from The Office, and soon to be Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit.

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- Tom Fordy

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[Review] Anonymous

30 October 2011 9:45 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Roland Emmerich has made his fair share of egregiously bad movies. 10,000 B.C., Stargate, Godzilla, 2012 are trash of the unbearable kind. Since the B-movie glory that is Independence Day was released, the explosion-oriented filmmaker hasn’t done much that can be called fun. Now, 15 years later, not only does Emmerich satisfy, his uneven period film comes dangerously close to being smart.

For someone that has always seemed more interested in blowing up buildings than having something to say, Emmerich’s film has compelling statements to make, stemming from John Orloff‘s script. Anonymous is a love letter to writing, a reminder of how powerful words can be, and how artistic aspirations can consume one’s life. None of this is expressed through the, “What if I told you William Shakespeare didn’t write a single play?” nonsense.

In fact, very little of Anonymous deals with that divisive conspiracy theory, which »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Emmerich Vs. Shakespeare: The 'Anonymous' Battle Continues

28 October 2011 10:44 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

With his new movie "Anonymous," director Roland Emmerich is taking on no less an institution than The Bard himself, putting forward the theory that William Shakespeare didn't actually write any of his own plays. It's a bold move from the auteur behind flicks like "Godzilla" and "Independence Day."

And today, Shakespeare strikes back.

MTV Movies Blog has put together a special tribute to Emmerich featuring a troupe of Shakespearean actors performing scenes from some of Emmerich's greatest works, from "Universal Soldier" to "The Day After Tomorrow" to "Stargate." So does his own work hold up under such scrutiny? Head over to MTV to find out -- and learn why the play is indeed the thing. »

- Scott Harris

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Shakespearean Actors Recreate 'Anonymous' Director Roland Emmerich's Films

28 October 2011 9:04 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Anyone familiar with director Roland Emmerich's body of work should be able to pick up on a few common threads, namely explosions, disasters, big speeches and general epicness. After directing such large-scale thrillers like "The Day After Tomorrow," "Godzilla" and "2012," Emmerich's decision to direct a film about Shakespeare as he does in "Anonymous" is a surprising choice.

Yes, Bill Pullman's "Our Independence Day" soliloquy before the dog fight against the invading aliens could be described as Shakespearan, but we're still missing the connection between the Bard and the man who froze all of New York City and populated it with ravenous wolves. There must be something we're missing, right?

To make the connection between Roland Emmerich films and William Shakespeare a little clearer, we here at MTV News have combined the two to help the transition to "Anonymous" easier to swallow. With some help from the Prithee Players, »

- Kevin P. Sullivan

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More On Those Back-To-Back Independence Day Sequels

28 October 2011 8:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Over the past two years or so, there’s been talk of not one but two sequels to Roland Emmerich’s awesome 1996 sci-fi blockbuster, Independence Day, all of which you can catch up on here.

Details about the plot specifics have been kept pretty tightly under wraps, but some interesting details about the project itself have now arisen.

Emmerich spoke to The Lantern this week and it sounds like things are moving forward with the project, and even that we could start to see some concrete traction being made sooner rather than later.

“I’d say hold tight… It’s happening soon.”

Emmerich and his old frequent writing collaborator, Dean Devlin (Independence Day, Godzilla, Stargate), have been working on the scripts and Emmerich is working on rounding up the original cast, which included Will Smith, Bill Pullman, and Jeff Goldblum, all brilliant actors and brilliant in their roles in the first film. »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Video Interview: Talking 'Anonymous' With The Cast

28 October 2011 6:56 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

"Anonymous" is the shocking yet fascinating new political thriller, questioning the true identity and existence of William Shakespeare, which literary scholars have been debating for years. The daring tale of deception, murder, incest and royal scandals, unravels the astonishing identity of poetic prodigy Shakespeare during the infamous Elizabethan era. A departure from his usual sci-fi action-thrillers, Independence Day, Godzilla and The Day After Tomorrow, Anonymous is helmed by director Roland Emmerich and stars Rhys Ilfans, Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson. I had the pleasure of sitting down with the talented director and its stars last week to chat about the authenticity of the jaw-dropping plot, their personal take on the Shakespeare’s true identity, collaborating with one another and future projects. Check out Emmerich, Ilfans and Richardson had to say about their forthcoming flick. Thanks to our partner site SideReel for editing the video. Source: LatinoReview »

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Film Review: ‘Anonymous’ Such Stuff as Bad Movies Are Made On

28 October 2011 6:41 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Rating: 1.0/5.0

Chicago – Roland Emmerich has been commonly mocked for his larger-than-life blockbusters that include “Godzilla,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” and “2012.” I would rather sit through a marathon of all three of those works back-to-back-to-back than suffer through “Anonymous” one more time. While those movies have undeniable flaws, they do so on a grand scale common with the words guilty pleasure. There’s absolutely nothing pleasurable about this self-serious and remarkably stupid drama.

Don’t get me wrong and assume that because I’m a writer and a former English major that I consider the subject matter of “Anonymous” to be hallowed ground. In fact, the opposite is true. There could have been a raucous, enjoyable period piece borne from the conspiracy theory that suggests that perhaps William Shakespeare didn’t write his famous works of art. I have no significant problem with the plot of “Anonymous” (although it is remarkably »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Anonymous Review

27 October 2011 10:01 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Roland Emmerich's Anonymous is a disaster movie of another kind. Over the past 20 years or so, Emmerich has steadily pumped out large-scale action pictures that provide a reliable source of entertainment for the masses. Thus, it's completely fitting that he turn his attention to popular entertainment of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. As with all of Emmerich's films since 1992 -- Universal Soldier, Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla, The Patriot, The Day After Tomorrow, 10,000 BC, and 2012 -- his newest endeavor mixes together the best visual effects possible, a mawkish sense of drama, and intermittent attempts at comedic relief. Occasionally, there is a surprising performance that stands out, and that distinction in Anonymous belongs to Rhys Ifans as the Earl of Oxford. »

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