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When I first saw the news of a San Andreas film, I admit that my first thought was that it would be connected to the Grand Theft Auto gaming franchise, but I was entirely wrong. Rather, New Line are planning on making San Andreas: 3D a disaster film in the vein of 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow, with the title referring instead to the well-known San Andreas fault, 24 Frames report.
According to Wikipedia (because my knowledge of geography-related issues is somewhat limited), in real life, the fault line has been the site of several notable earthquakes in the past century and a half, ranging from a magnitude of 6.0 to 7.9 since 1857. A 2006 study by Yuri Fialko also reported that the fault’s conditions are at the point where the next Big One could occur at any time now, which is certainly a scary thought, and noted that whereas the northern and »
- Kenji Lloyd
Not much is yet known about the independent Montreal Sci-Fi Horror film Science Friction, but a website has been launched revealing several high definitions photos and the first teaser trailer. The teaser reminds one of another classic Montreal horror film from the 80′s, My Bloody Valentine, with sequences taking place deep below in mining caves. The credits (although hard to read), list Montreal buisnesman Robert Ryan as producer and Liam Kiernan (who previously worked on Hollywood blockbusters such as X-men, The Day After Tomorrow and The Fountain) as the director. Here is the teaser. Enjoy!
Since the golden age of moviemaking right up to today, Hollywood has loved its high concept movies. They draw audiences to come see spectacle on-screen, and usually of the disaster kind.
In the 1970s Irwin Allen made a living with showing disaster spectacle. Films like The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure were hits, which led to copycat movies like Universal's Earthquake (which was supposed to deliver a more intense viewing experience by projecting its sound in "sensurround".)
Today, Roland Emmerich wears the crown of disaster movies. His end of the world flicks like The Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day and 2012 showed us the apocalypse in high definition, superior CG effects. Now there's a new disaster project in the works, and it uses the latest cinematic tactic to catch the public's eye: 3D.
- Patrick Sauriol
In the great big grab-bag of Hollywood movie tropes, there aren’t many as well-used or as long-serving as the protective father.
Whether a plot contains disaster, alien invasion, or meddlesome terrorists, the bond between patriarch and family is enough to inspire great feats of heroism. These men - be they Tom Cruise’s loser divorcee in War Of The Worlds, Dennis Quaid’s scientist dad in The Day After Tomorrow, or even John McClane - are protagonists to rally behind, satisfying primal instincts to provide care, safety and shelter.
While it may not seem like it at first, one of psychological drama Take Shelter’s major successes lies in its clever subversion of this trope, colliding the stock narrative conceit with a powerful psychological undertone.
Construction worker Curtis Laforche lives a mundane, »
The CW has started developing a new drama called Golddigger. The project focuses on a young female treasure hunter, Deadline reports. The lead character searches for a number of different artefacts for her various clients. The show is being penned by Lauren Horowitz, while it will be executive produced by Rizzoli & Isles' Bill Haber and The Day After Tomorrow's (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
 There's plenty of good stuff in today's TV Bits, including new trailers for HBO's Luck and Showtime's House of Lies, which I'm hoping will help the one bit of really bad news go down a bit easier: NBC's benching its highly praised but under-watched Community. After the jump: NBC puts Community on hiatus and picks up new show Legends HBO's Luck, starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, gets a trailer Showrunner Matthew Weiner reveals how he wants AMC's Mad Men to end Showtime renews Weeds and drops a teaser for House of Lies First, let's get the bad news over with. Perhaps the biggest news (at least for us pop culture nerds) to come out of NBC's recent announcement of its mid-season lineup is the benching of Community, which has always struggled ratings-wise despite getting glowing reviews. The network stresses that the comedy is not cancelled and will be back on air soon, »
- Angie Han
The colourful and compelling lives of the One Tree Hill clique continue as One Tree Hill Season 8 comes to DVD from 7th November, 2011, courtesy of Warner Home Video. We have three copies of the DVD to give away.
Over the past seven seasons we have watched them grow from budding, fresh-faced high school students to savvy young adults shining in their stellar careers. One Tree Hill Season 8 sees the clan turn over a new leaf as they turn away from glamour and fame to concentrate on more important values.
Fashion designer Brooke Davis (Sophia Bush – John Tucker Must Die) loses her clothes label; but she is happier than ever as she finds love with Julian Baker (Austin Nichols – The Day After Tomorrow) and they begin to plan a family of their own.
- Matt Holmes
You almost expect him to add: "So you see, there's more to the films of Roland Emmerich that you thought!"
And then: "I'm a stand-in for this film's director. Get it?"
After all, it's difficult not to think of de Vere—a neglected genius who collects curios and writes plays in which prominent cultural figures (in this case, his enemies in the royal court) get killed before a cheering audience—as an alter-ego for Emmerich, a stealth artist who collects kitsch and directs movies where pop culture landmarks are obliterated before forgiving summer moviegoers worldwide. de Vere spins his personal vendettas into enduring poetry; Emmerich has turned his Pop Art aspirations into lucrative spectacle, vaporizing the White House on two separate »
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.
- Tom Fordy
"To be or not to be?" might be regarded as one of the greatest questions ever asked. But the topic raised on whether or not William Shakespeare actually wrote the words credited to him might be a better question, according to the film Anonymous. Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) takes a break from showcasing all of the ways our world could come to an end by directing a movie that offers up a theory that could very well shatter the world of many an aspiring writer and/or playwright. Anonymous is a very well acted film, and if you're a fan of Shakespeare, it does put the viewer in the shoes of those who first witnessed plays written by ... well, I suppose whomever they might have been written by.
Anonymous opens in the present day, on a Broadway show where a lone man stands onstage and ponders »
- J.C. De Leon
It should strike you as ironic that the film Anonymous asks you to consider the source in regards to who really wrote the works of William Shakespeare, when in fact the most questionable author in the equation is the filmmaker themselves: Roland Emmerich. Here’s a director who has made a name for himself creating one loud, thoughtless film after another, but with Anonymous there’s a notable depletion in his bluster. Or is there? Granted, Anonymous takes a much smaller scope—there are no world ending catastrophes, aliens, or monsters to speak of—and the theory he’s basing his film on isn’t just his own, but ultimately the film should be taken with however big a grain of salt you used to season his last “theoretically true” films like 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow. Just like with those disaster films, Emmerich does little more than ask “What if? »
- Lex Walker
Director: Roland Emmerich
Running Time: 130 Minutes
Synopsis: A political thriller advancing the theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford who penned Shakespeare’s plays; set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her.
More famed for destroying natural monuments in natural disasters or alien invasion epics, Roland Emmerich has made a career directing some of cinemas biggest box-office blockbusters. Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012 have all been mega-hits for the German-born film maker. Emmerich has now turned his attention to destroying the reputation of literatures most famous icon, William Shakespeare. Working with the controversial notion that ‘The Bard’ was not the individual responsible for great plays as Hamlet, Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet. »
- Craig Hunter
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
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
"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 »
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 »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Running Time: 2 hrs 10 mins
Release Date: October 28, 2011
Plot: Perhaps it’s the Earl of Oxford (Ifans) who penned all of Shakepeare’s (Spall) plays. This film explores that idea and how it fit during the reign of Queen Elizabethe I (Redgrave).
Who’S It For? Conspiracy theorists who are also in love with period pieces. I know that’s a small group, but they should be in love with this film.
“What if?” Perhaps there is no more important start to a question in the film industry than those two words. What if Darth Vader is his father? What if we get Eddie Murphy instead of Sylvester Stallone? What is E.T. phones home? On screen and behind the scenes Hollywood has been asking “What if?” since the beginning. So, what if William Shakespeare »
- Jeff Bayer
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. »
[This is a re-print of my review from the 2011 Toronto Film Festival] In Anonymous, Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans) tells young playwright Ben Jonson (Sebastian Armesto), "All artists have something to say because otherwise they'd just make shoes." It's a funny quote when you consider that director Roland Emmerich's previous filmography is mainly comprised of brainless blockbusters like Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and 2012. Anonymous, a political thriller wrapped in a conspiracy theory, could not be further from those movies and Emmerich sets out like a man with something to prove. There are no monsters, aliens, cataclysms, and the only explosion is the destruction of the Globe Theatre, which actually did burn to the ground in 1613. The film plays fast and loose with most historical facts (including why the Globe burned down), but it manages to craft an intriguing period piece before getting bogged down in political intrigue and tearing down historical figures. The movie begins »
- Matt Goldberg
Why is Roland Emmerich, purveyor of disaster-movie schlock, wading into the debate over the authorship of Shakespeare's plays?
Roland Emmerich knows there's a subtext to the compliment when people tell him they like his new film, Anonymous. "Were my other movies so bad?" asks the Stuttgart-born director in his clipped Teutonic accent. But it's not so much that those other movies were bad – it's that they bore almost no resemblance to reality. In the last 15 years Emmerich has presided over an alien invasion (Independence Day), the trashing of New York (Godzilla) and the end of the world not once but twice (The Day After Tomorrow and 2012). So it comes as quite a surprise that his latest project, though just as rich in CGI, is quite an intelligent, if somewhat broad historical drama that portrays William Shakespeare as a drunk and posits the Earl of Oxford as the true genius of English literature. »
- Damon Wise
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