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A movie to make you despair of the found-footage conceit (if you weren’t already). Suddenly Twister looks like Shakespeare. I’m “biast” (pro): love Richard Armitage
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s like Roland Emmerich made a preposterous two-and-a-half-hour climate-change disaster flick — *cough* 2012 *cough* The Day After Tomorrow *cough* — and then someone went in and cut out most of the cheesy melodrama: the subsumed personal issues that come to the fore in the face of certain death, the contrived heat-of-the-moment romances, the triumph-of-the-human-spirit moments when the music swells and the tears are jerked. Whoever did such a thing probably thought they were doing us a favor, but it turns out: not so much. Because what we’re left with, in Into the Storm, may not be risible Mystery Science Theater-worthy crap, but it’s still pretty bad, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
While actor Jake Gyllenhaal has headlined blockbusters such as The Day After Tomorrow and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, his filmography also includes fare such as Zodiac, Brothers, and Brokeback Mountain. His newest feature, titled Nightcrawler, appears to promise further diversity in his movie selection, as it sees Gyllenhaal take on the role of an unemployed individual who becomes a freelance crime journalist in La. Written and directed by Dan Gilroy, the film also stars Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed, and Rene Russo, and is set to be released in American theatres on Halloween. A new trailer for the film has now been released, revealing more about the risks that Gyllenhaal’s character Lou Bloom runs into over the course of his job. Watch the trailer below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
★★☆☆☆At least nobody says "there's a storm coming", because every other disaster cliché going is thrown at Into the Storm (2014). There's the team of storm chasers from Twister (1996), the cack-handed attempt at 'cli-hi' moralism from 2004's The Day After Tomorrow, the split-up family from every disaster movie ever - even that annoying po-faced seriousness that has trended this year with the likes of Pompeii. Where's the fun gone from these movies? Twister had a scene where cows fly through the air. In Silverton, Oklahoma, the high school kids are all smiles for their end of term graduations. The sun is shining, but something's in the air that's making vice-principal Gary (Brit Richard Armitage) worried.
- CineVue UK
With Gerard Butler aboard to lead his new sci-fi thriller Geostorm, director Dean Devlin has been busy rounding up the rest of the cast. He now has Jim Sturgess, Abby Cornish, Ed Harris and Andy Garcia making deals to appear.In the future-set story, Butler plays a charming but stubborn satellite designer called in to help when the orbiting devices that control the Earth’s weather start to go haywire, leading to fears that the worst storm humanity has ever known could soon befall us all.Sturgess will be Butler’s estranged brother, with whom he’ll have to work if he’s to stop the meteorological apocalypse. But that’s not all: amid the mission to save the world, he also discovers that someone is plotting to assassinate the president. Never rains but it pours, eh? Probably literally in this case. Wait, is this like an Olympus Has Fallen »
Show of hands… When you first saw the film, who absolutely thought Raiders Of The Lost Ark was the greatest thing on Earth? Me too. Let’s try this again. Show of hands… When you first saw the film, who thought there was nothing more awesome than Jurassic Park? Wow. Me too! Well, I’m not about to tell you this film equals either of those modern masterpieces, but what I will tell you is that Ragnarok is a film that succeeds, in part, because it incorporates the massive influence both of the previously mentioned films have had on modern cinema in a subtle, yet effective way that evokes those memories while maintaining its own vision.
Written by John Kare Raake and directed by Mikkel Braenne Sandemose, Ragnarok is the story of an archaeologist named Sigurd with family problems who stumbles onto something extraordinary while seeking answers to ancient questions through relics. »
- Travis Keune
To celebrate the release of Into the Storm, hitting UK cinemas on the 20th August, we have put together our favourite extreme weather films.
This film reminds us that all extreme weather is 100 times worse when experienced at sea. The Perfect Storm is about the crew of the Andrea Gail, a small sword boat that fishes for swordfish. The crew decide to ignore weather warnings and risk one last fishing expedition, after a poor season of catch. Little do the crew know, they are heading into the perfect storm, one they are unlikely to survive. Watching this film will show you how far visual effects have come since it was released in 2000. However, as it stars George Clooney, we can forget the visual effects in favour of watching his face.
The Day after Tomorrow is one big lesson about global warming and a »
- Phil Wheat
Despite humanity still standing tall and challenging death’s array of obstacles on a daily basis, Hollywood loves showing us all the ways our existence could be eradicated in a heartbeat. While war is a predominant reason for our extinction, leading to nuclear obliteration and senseless killing, these are all fates brought upon by our own doing. Country against country, army against army, we can see these attacks coming, but what about the threats we cannot predict? What about the daily harm we cause Mother Nature? It’s only a matter of time before she strikes back with a vengeance, as we can’t even fathom the most dastardly natural disasters still to come our way – or can we?
Disaster movies are a thing of blockbuster proportions, looking at films depicting every kind of tornado (Twister), earthquake (Earthquake), Volcano (Volcano), and imaginable catastrophe (2012/The Day After Tomorrow) known to man. »
- Matt Donato
Friday Am Update: Playing at 2,651 locations, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles earned an estimated $4.6 million from late Thursday shows. Among Summer 2014 releases, that's ahead of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($4.1 million), Maleficent ($4 million) and Lucy ($2.75 million).While those aren't all apples-to-apples comparisons*Apes opened at 10 p.m., while Turtles started at 7 p.m.*it still suggests that the movie will have no problem earning over $40 million this weekend (Paramount is now expecting mid-to-high $40 millions).Meanwhile, Into The Storm opened to $800,000.Forecast: On what should be another busy August weekend, the latest big-screen version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will attempt to take first place ahead of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.That could be easier said than done. Marvel's last three movies have all dropped between 56 and 58 percent in their second weekends, and there's little reason to expect Guardians will have a steeper decline than that. With strong word-of-mouth, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Everybody loves a good disaster flick. There’s just something about watching the world (often literally) fall to pieces from the comfort of a movie theatre or couch that we just can’t get enough of.
This week, another addition to the disaster genre makes its way onto the big screen with Into the Storm, a found-footage film involving a group of high school students that capture the horror of a massive tornado. The film stars Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”), Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) and Jeremy Sumpter (“Friday Night Lights”).
This isn’t the first film to chronicle the events surrounding rogue tornadoes. 1996’s Twister set the bar for tornado movies, but we think Into the Storm might give it a run for its money based on the wickedly intense trailer.
- Amanda Wood
Fox International Productions has named Michael Andreen svp of production, effective August 1.The appointment marks Andreen’s second return to the studio, having previously served in various creative production capacities on Master and Commander and The Day After Tomorrow, among others.He most recently worked at Narratology as a consultant to Chinese media companies and funds.Career credits include senior positions at Walt Disney Studios, Warner Independ
Fox International Productions has named Michael Andreen svp of production, effective August 1.
The appointment marks Andreen’s second return to the studio, having previously served in various creative production capacities on Master and Commander and The Day After Tomorrow, among others.
He most recently worked at Narratology as a consultant to Chinese media companies and funds.
Career credits include senior positions at Walt Disney Studios, Warner Independent Pictures, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment Films and LeVision Pictures Us.
“Jim [Gianopulos, Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman] and Sanford [Panitch, Fip president] have built the best international production unit in our business,” said »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Michael Andreen has been named Svp Production at Fox International Prods. and will assume his new role on August 1, Sanford Panitch, Fip’s president said today. Fip has a strong local-language business and Andreen’s hire likely indicates a ramping up in that area. It’s also a homecoming for Andreen at Fox. He previously served in various creative production capacities, working on titles including Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World and The Day After Tomorrow. He has also held senior positions at Walt Disney Studios, where he developed strategy and pursued operational implementation of the company’s international initiative to extend […] »
“He told me he wouldn’t be able to sleep, thinking I wasn’t going to make it to the set and that I wouldn’t be able to do the job,” she says.
It didn’t matter that Lundin, 55, was a third-generation member of the movie industry, and grew up on the sets of films and TV shows, even appearing as an extra on “Gunsmoke” when she was a girl. Nor were her prior credits as a driver — an impressive list that includes “Iron Man” and “The Hangover” — enough proof that she could handle a job that required her to move massive trailers, set up generators and keep the stars’ cushy offscreen homes clean and in shape.
“Being a woman, »
- Brent Lang
A lot of movies these days have one thing in common: they suck. As passionate film fans, though, no matter how bad a movie looks, we tend to give it the benefit of the doubt until come release day – the time upon which something that has spent years in development and production goes out into the world and is exposed to the opinions of millions of people. When it goes right, it usually goes really right. When it goes wrong, however… well, you don’t really want to be there when that happens.
The problem with sucky movies nowadays seems to stem from the fact that explosions and a sense of the “broad” tends to take the focus away from telling properly realised and intricate stories, which means that most movies – Hollywood movies, anyway – tend to leave your memory banks minutes after you’ve seen them. It’s »
- Sam Hill
You may not know it, but a futuristic thriller that opened overseas last year to glowing reviews and hefty box office business snuck into Us theatres less than a couple of weeks ago. Yes, I said snuck. Oh, and two of the actresses in it are recent Oscar winners. And the main star was a major part of the third highest grossing film of all time. Speaking of grosses, the director helmed South Korea’s biggest grossing movie…of all time. So, where are the billboards, when did the TV spots air? Most importantly, why didn’t they show the film to the press, so we can generate a little word-of-mouth buzz before opening day? Perhaps it’s because this is not a sequel or a reboot, and it’s not about a popular superhero (it is based on a graphic novel, though a fairly obscure French work). This is »
- Jim Batts
Independence Day was released in the Us 18 years ago today. Ryan looks at its ongoing impact on how summer movies are made and marketed...
In 1990, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin were Hollywood outsiders. Devlin was a young New York-born actor who'd appeared in a few TV shows and movies, such as the 1985 comedy, Real Genius. Emmerich was a German filmmaker whose credits consisted of low-budget films such as The Noah's Ark Principle (1984), and Hollywood-Monster (1987). Emmerich's 1990 film, Moon 44, was about pilots defending mining colonies with space-faring helicopters, and featured a glum-looking Malcolm McDowell.
Dean Devlin was also among Moon 44's cast, and it was here that he forged a partnership with Emmerich: Devlin hated Moon 44's dialogue, so he went and wrote his own. Within two years, they'd made their first film together - Universal Soldier, written by Devlin, directed by Emmerich, and produced by Carolco. »
The countdown is on to my favourite festival! Sitges 2014 is on this October 3 - 12 on the sunny shores of the Mediterranean, and the first wave of amazing programing was announced this morning. Among a plethora of titles, is was announced that the festival's Grand Honourary Award will be given to Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow, Universal Soldier, Stargate).As previously announced, the festival will open with [Rec]4, the final installment of the amazing pseudo-zombie saga, directed by Jaume Balagueró. Among other great titles to be seen are Cold in July, Under the Skin, What We Do in the Shadows, Map to the Stars, Alleluia, Goodbye to Language (is this the first Godard to be at Sitges, I wonder?), and the latest from...
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June 28 will mark the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, in which New York City police raided a Greenwich Village gay dive bar called the Stonewall Inn. It wasn’t unusual for cops to harass and even arrest customers at gay clubs in 1969 — but this time, the Stonewall’s regulars fought back. The confrontation that ensued helped spark the gay civil rights movement.
It’s currently Day 5 on the Montreal set of Stonewall, a $20 million indie about the historic riot that stars Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Match Point), and Ron Perlman (Drive). But what’s most fascinating »
- Jeff Labrecque
Irvine portrays a young man in New York caught up during the 1969 Stonewall Riots, considered the starting point for the modern gay civil rights movement. The cast includes Jonny Beauchamp, Caleb Landry Jones, Karl Glusman, Vlademir Alexis, and Alexandre Nachi.
The script is written by Jon Robin Baitz.
- Dave McNary
Roland Emmerich's directorial career has spanned all sorts of genre entertainment from historical epics like The Patriot and 10,000 BC to scifi blockbusters Independence Day, 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, and Godzilla. But through his three decade career, he has made one lone drama film. 2011's Anonymous was a period film about conspiracy theories surrounding who wrote the plays of William Shakespeare. Now, Emmerich is preparing to make the sequel to Independence Day but not before trying »
- Alex Maidy
Following news that Nineties blockbuster Independence Day is getting a sequel, another memorable movie from the same stable is headed back to the big screen, this time as part of a trilogy. Presumably “inspired” by the revival of Star Wars, producer/director team Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich are to create a new version of their pyramid-heavy sci-fi epic from 1994. Stargate was seen as a gamble at the time, with its ambitious storyline of a portal to an Egyptian-inspired fantasy world and a relatively modest cast of Kurt Russell, James Spader and The Crying Game’s Jaye Davidson. But the release saw it break the box office the way a minion hammers a foundation stone, and though Stargate 2 never materialized there was a long-running TV spin off starring Patty and Selma’s favourite star Richard Dean Anderson, as well as Stargates: Atlantis and Universe in addition to various associated merchandise. »
- Steve Palace
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