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We have reached the halfway point in this year’s prestigious Cannes Film Festival over in France, and a big portion of talk across the Channel is focused on Cate Blanchett and her performance alongside Rooney Mara in Todd Hayne’s critically-acclaimed Carol. And her good form continues today with Deadline reporting that her next project, Truth, has been sold to Sony Pictures Classics for $6 million.
The film, directed by screenwriter James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) co-stars Robert Redford (All Is Lost), Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow), Topher Grace (Interstellar) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and tells the story of “Rathergate”, a famous scandal from the 1960’s which involved CBS news anchor Dan Rather and 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes. Redford plays Rather whilst Blanchett stars as Mapes.
Truth is based on a 2005 memoir by Mary Mapes entitled Truth And Duty: The Press, The President And The Privilege Of Power. Early indications »
- Scott J. Davis
The fifth movie in the Underworld franchise is moving forward with a new director brougth on board and Kate Beckinsale signed on to reprise her role as the ass-kicking vampire Selene. Come inside to learn more.
If you were wondering what was up with the Underworld franchise, the action series focused on the war between vampires and werewolves, then you're in luck! It's been announced (thanks to THR) that Anna Foerster has been hired to direct the next film in the series, tentatively called Underworld 5.
Directing the movie is Anna Foerster, who has done second-unit work and was Roland Emmerich’s right-hand woman as the director of photography on such movies as The Day After Tomorrow and White House Down. This is the first time that a woman is directing the female-led action-horror franchise.
The story is already complete and ready to shoot, though it's been kept fairly quiet for now, »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Kate Beckinsale has signed on to reprise her Selene character in the fifth installment in the "Underworld" franchise. The new movie will be directed by Anna Foerster from a script by Cory Goodman, whose script is said to focus on a new and younger generation of vampire and werewolves who are locked in a seemingly never-ending battle between supernatural races. Foerster has been a director of photography on such films as "The Day After Tomorrow" and "White House Down." "Underworld 5" will bring back Theo James and will begin shooting in Prague this October. »
Beckinsale is set to reprise her role of the vampiress Selene, who she's played in every film since the series's debut in 2003. The flicks revolve around warring factions of vampires and werewolves.
A director for the as-yet-untitled fifth film has also been announced: Anna Foerster will take the reins, marking the first time that a woman has helmed an installment in the franchise. Foerster previously served as director of photography on Roland Emmerich flicks "The Day After Tomorrow" and "White House Down," and has also directed several episodes of Starz series "Outlander."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this new "Underworld" film will "focus on a new and younger generation of vampires and werewolves who are locked in a seemingly never-ending battle between supernatural races." "Divergent" star Theo James, who had a small role in 2012's "Underworld: Awakening, »
- Katie Roberts
It's official! Kate Beckinsale is returning to the Underworld franchise. Earlier today, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the talented actress has officially signed on to return in the yet-to-be titled Underworld 5 for her fourth go-round as the vampire Selene. She's joined by Theo James (Divergent), who is expected to reprise his role from Underworld: Awakening. No word yet on Beckinsale's other former co-stars Scott Speedman (The Captive), who played love interest Michael Corvin, and India Eisley (The Secret Life Of The American Teenager), who played daughter Eve. Additionally, Anna Foerster has signed on to direct the upcoming fifth installment, making her the first female director to helm a film in the long-running female-led action/horror series. Foerster has previously done second-unit work and has served as Roland Emmerich's director of photography on The Day After Tomorrow and White House Down. The film, which is a joint production between Lakeshore Entertainment & Screen Gems, »
Actress Kate Beckinsale has finalized a deal to return as the vampire Selene in Lakeshore Entertainment and Screen Gems' new Underworld 5. We last reported on the Underworld 5 back in September, when Underworld Awakening star Theo James signed on to reprise his role as David, although, at the time, it wasn't believed that Kate Beckinsale would be back as Selene. Our earlier report also revealed that the production was seeking two actresses to play brand new female characters.
The sequel has also brought on director Anna Foerster, who will make her feature debut. She previously served as a second unit director for Roland Emmerich's The Day After Tomorrow and 2012, and she also served as his director of photography on 2013's White House Down. She has also directed episodes of Starz's Outlander and CBS' Madam Secretary.
It looks like we’ll be seeing a female President in the White House, in movie terms at least. Word from Hollywood is that actress Sela Ward is set to take on the role of Commander in Chief in Roland Emmerich’s long-awaited sequel, Independence Day 2.
Ward, who featured in Emmerich’s 2004 disaster film The Day After Tomorrow, joins a cast that includes the returning Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner and Bill Pullman, as well as new recruits Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac), Maika Monroe (It Follows), Joey King (Wish I Was Here) and Jessie Usher (When The Game Stands Tall).
Set for a May production start, Independence Day 2 is released on June 24th, 2016.
- Scott J. Davis
The story this time around reportedly sees the nations of Earth collaborate using recovered alien technology to develop a defense program to protect the planet from invading aliens.
Ward previously worked with Emmerich on "The Day After Tomorrow" and was last seen on screen last year in David Fincher's "Gone Girl". Ward joins a cast that includes Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, Liam Hemsworth and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Sela Ward has signed on to star in 20th Century Fox's upcoming sequel Independence Day 2, playing the current President of the United States. No further details were given for her character, President Lanford, at this time. In the original 1996 classic Independence Day, Bill Pullman starred as the Commander-in-Chief, President Thomas J. Whitmore.
Bill Pullman will be reprising his role as Whitmore for the sequel, along with fellow Independence Day stars Jeff Goldblum (David Levinson), Vivica A. Fox (Jasmine Dubrow), Judd Hirsch (Julius Levinson) and Brent Spiner (Dr. Brakish Okun). New cast members include Jessie Usher, Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Travis Tope, Joey King and Maika Monroe. No plot details have been confirmed, except that the story will take place 20 years after the events of the original Independence Day.
We may be buzzing about the possibility of a different woman in the White House by the time Independence Day 2 opens in 2016, but for now, the Roland Emmerich-directed sequel has just added Sela Ward to its cast in the key role of President Lanford.
Ward, known best for her role on CSI: NY, has a history with Emmerich – they last worked together on The Day After Tomorrow, which stands as one of the helmer’s biggest hits. Though Ward has done more work on the small screen since playing Dr. Lucy Hall in that disaster extravaganza, she last appeared as Sharon Schieber in David Fincher’s Gone Girl.
She joins a cast that includes some familiar faces, like Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Vivica A. Fox, all of whom starred in Independence Day way back in 1996, as well as newcomers to the franchise like Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games »
- Isaac Feldberg
A woman in the White House? You bet. At least in the movies. Sela Ward is set to play the current President of the United States, President Lanford, in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day 2. The CSI: NY favorite will reunite with Emmerich as they last worked together on 20th Century Fox’s The Day After Tomorrow. She last appeared at Fox in the box office champ Gone Girl from David Fincher. Ward joins a cast that includes Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Vivica A. Fox (all… »
If California is going to go under from something in the near future, it's the drought. Droughts however don't make for good disaster movies, but earthquakes sure do. So this Summer, "San Andreas" sees the sunshine state getting hit by 'The Big One' and only Dwayne Johnson can save us all.
More specifically he and his devastatingly hot ex-wife (Carla Gugino) have to travel across the collapsed state to rescue their daughter. Not much of a story, but it's not like people watched "Twister," "2012," "The Day After Tomorrow" or "Volcano" for three-dimensional characterisation. A new international trailer arrived today, check that out below, and the film itself opens in July:
- Garth Franklin
Admit it, millennials: When the news broke Tuesday that FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully would be returning to the Fox network for a six-episode reboot of "The X-Files," many of you said, "Who are Mulder and Scully?" After all, the show has been off the air for 13 years. Since then, Gillian Anderson (Scully) moved to England and did period dramas, while David Duchovny (Mulder) became that creepy old lech on Showtime's "Californication," and "X-Files" creator Chris Carter went Mia and was apparently abducted by aliens.
Still, even if "The X-Files," its stars, and its creator haven't been pinging the cultural radar much in recent years, the return of the show with its original cast and showrunner on board is a huge deal. Much of what we now take for granted in pop culture -- especially on TV and online -- owes a tremendous debt to the 1993-2002 sci-fi drama series. »
- Gary Susman
Carbon Neutral Films have been made all over the world, and now with Aisa Yeh Jahaan, India is all set to join the list. The film stars Palash Sen, the singer of the much-loved Indian band – Euphoria, opposite Ira Dubey in the lead along with talented actors Yashpal Sharma, Tinu Anand, Kymsleen Kholie, Prisha Dabbas, Saurabh Pandey and Carol Grasias. Written and directed by Biswajeet Bora and produced by Maya Kholie under Kholie Entertainment, the film is set to release in April 2015.
Aisa Yeh Jahaan joins the likes of other international carbon neutral movies, 24, the Emmy award-winning series from Imagine and Twentieth Century Fox Television, George Clooney’s Syriana, Day the Earth Stood Still and The Day After Tomorrow, to name a few.
Biswajeet Bora, the director of the film, who has worked with filmmaker Jahnu Barua, said, “It is a socio-environmental film, which tells the story of an urban »
- Press Releases
Roland Emmerich is entering the awards season fray once more. The filmmaker behind such blockbusters as "The Day After Tomorrow" and "Independence Day" attempted to make a smaller, more serious film with 2011's "Anonymous." That Shakespearean era tale was touted as a possible awards player before it debuted at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival to mostly negative reviews. Any hopes for prestige recognition were quickly dashed. Now, after segueing into more familiar territory with "White House Down," Emmerich is returning with a slightly more personal tale, "Stonewall." Roadside Attractions announced today it had acquired the period drama for a release later this Fall (which pretty much means at least a Toronto debut). "Stonewall" is a fictional drama set around the real events that took place at the Stonewall Inn in New York City during 1969. The Stonewall Riots found the gay community fighting back in a series of violent protests after »
- Gregory Ellwood
Roland Emmerich made the big announcement via his Facebook and Twitter pages on Friday.
Please join me in welcoming Charlotte Gainsbourg to the cast #IndependenceDaySequel @cgainsbourg @20thcenturyfox pic.twitter.com/3Y5SJKW7Hi
— Roland Emmerich (@rolandemmerich) March 20, 2015
Emmerich’s original 1996 film won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. The score was composed by David Arnold and was the highest-grossing movie that year.
Filming on Independence Day 2 begins in May and the sequel is scheduled to be released on June 24, 2016 from 20th Century Fox. »
- Michelle McCue
Neil Burger, “Divergent” director, is attached to helm the project, which Olen Steinhauer (author of “The Tourist” and “An American Spy”) adapted from his novel of the same name. Nick Wechsler will produce with Chockstone Pictures partners Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz along with Chockstone’s Roger Schwartz, who will serve as a co-producer.
Shooting is expected to commence by the end of the year.
“All the Old Knives” takes place in the idyllic town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, where two ex-lovers — one CIA spy and one ex-cia spy — meet for dinner and to relive their memories of a disastrous hijacking, possibly in an effort to get to the bottom of a conspiracy.
Gordon and eOne announced the partnership in January. EOne will handle »
- Dave McNary
When Independence Day exploded onto the big screen in 1996, it became a box office smash hit. Its effective mix of science fiction, ground-breaking special effects, and disaster movie themes turned it into the quintessential summer blockbuster, and paved the way for director Roland Emmerich to wage cinematic war on countless iconic landmarks in subsequent movies, such as Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012 and White House Down. Surprisingly, a sequel has been slow to develop – but the wait is almost over now, as finally, almost two decades later, Independence Day 2 is on its way – with Jessie Usher now cast.
Plot details are, of course, tightly under wraps, but we can surmise from the casting that a high level of continuity can be expected. Jeff Goldblum will apparently reprise his role as codebreaker and day saviour, David Levinson, and Jessie Usher is set to play the son of Will Smith’s Independence Day character, »
- Sarah Myles
My alternate Super Bowl programming this year was a DVD of The Rookie I checked out from the library. I had first seen the baseball drama closer to its original theatrical release in 2002 and remembered enjoying the story, but hadn’t really thought of the Disney film in the past ten years.
Dennis Quaid (Frequency, The Day After Tomorrow) leads the movie based on the true story of Jimmy Morris, a Texas high-school baseball coach who makes a deal with his team that he will try out for the major leagues if they win district and go on to state. Rachel Griffiths (Muriel's Wedding) plays his wife Lorri, the school counselor. I had forgotten that before he started the sitcom mega-hit Two and a Half Men, Angus T. Jones played the adorable son here. See how young he is in the still posted above.
We are shown the origins of »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
For a moment there, it looked like The Interview was going to be the most important comedy of the 21st century. With hacks and terrorist threats obstructing its planned Christmas Day release in the United States, it was easily the most discussed movie of December 2014 and it finally reaches UK cinemas this Friday, after the fuss has died down.
In case you were pre-occupied during the festive season, it transpired that Us theatre chains refused to show the film in the wake of the threats, forcing Sony to pull their advertising and distribution plans. It eventually hit video on demand services on December 25th, after widespread calls for it from the press and President Barack Obama, no less.
But one of the more interesting and disappointing »
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