6 items from 2016
Star Trek Beyond shows a new side of the enterprise crew. While J.J. Abrams‘ Trek films are very dedicated to Kirk and Spock’s relationship, Justin Lin‘s sequel breathes more life into the supporting characters. Thanks to screenwriters Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, they have more time to shine, especially “Bones” McCoy. The good doctor is played by Karl Urban, who almost passed […]
- Jack Giroux
In just a few short days, the aliens will return to wipe out humanity in 20th Century Fox's upcoming sequel Independence Day: Resurgence. Set 20 years after the original blockbuster Independence Day, this follow-up brings some of your favorite characters from the original back, along with a host of new faces trying to save the world as we know it. While we wait for the June 24 release date, 20th Century Fox has debuted a new clip, while director Roland Emmerich discusses the possibility of a sequel.
The clip, which surfaced on YouTube today, offers a new look at one of the returning Independence Day stars, Brent Spiner as Dr. Brackish Okun. The good doctor is unveiling what he calls the "Okun laser," which he built back in 1994 and is now trying to use to cut open one of the alien ships. If that wasn't enough, we also have a new TV spot and a poster for this sequel below.
At one point during Independence Day 2's lengthy development process, there was talk that director Roland Emmerich was planning on shooting two sequels back-to-back. While that plan was scrapped, the filmmaker recently spoke with Empire, where he teased that this movie is setting up potential sequels, although he doesn't expect fans will have to wait another 20 years for that to happen.
"If it's successful enough, yes, because it's set up for a sequel. In 20 years? No, I wouldn't want to make it with a Zimmer frame!"
We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens' advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox and Brent Spiner all reprise their roles from the original 1996 blockbuster. New additions to the cast for Independence Day: Resurgence include Liam Hemsworth, Angelababy, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward and Jessie Usher. This highly-anticipated sequel will make summer 2016 one to remember when it explodes onto screens worldwide June 24. The movie will square off against Stx Entertainment's The Free State of Jones when it hits theaters in just a few short weeks. Take a look at the clip, TV spot and poster below, as we get closer to this sequel's release.
With a title like that, do you even need to know more? Yeah? Well, it stars 1982 Playboy Playmate of the Year Shannon Tweed. And Adrienne Barbeau from Swamp Thing and Creepshow. (Fun Fact: Adrienne Barbeau played Rizzo in the original Broadway production of Grease! And got a Tony nom for it! What!) And Bill Maher, before he got all respectable with his own HBO show and all. To avoid an avocado shortage, an anthropology professor (Tweed!) heads into the avocado jungle of Southern California to confront the man-eating Piranha Women tribe. How the cannibals are affecting the avocado crops is anyone’s guess. But, hey, I live in SoCal, and »
- Harker Jones
And Soon the Darkness: Pesce’s Debut a Superbly Stylized Nightmare
If Portugal were the portal to some Lynchian netherworld of dreams deferred, it would look something like Nicolas Pesce’s sumptuously grotesque directorial debut, The Eyes of My Mother. A striking palette of black and white cinematography from Zach Kuperstein recalls the scarred, destitute lives from the ruins of Arturo Ripstein’s filmography, a macabre yet uncharacteristically sound portrait of psychological unraveling. We all know the kind of potent degeneration to be fashioned on isolated farmhouses where dysfunctional children are paired with musings of surgical practices, as seen in films from Haneke or even last year’s Goodnight Mommy. Pesce, who previously directed multiple music videos, as well as assistant editor on Josh Mond’s James White (2015), debuts a spectacularly gruesome calling card which may deconstruct the notion of the physical lens through which living beings observe the world, »
- Nicholas Bell
Dr. Jonathan Zizmor — famed dermatologist, New York City icon and all-around charismatic beacon of light — has closed his practice after more than 30 years, the Daily News reported Monday.
But we’re not here to talk about the impression that Zizmor left on our hearts, or even on our skin. Today, we’re reflecting on the surprising impact Zizmor had on television, far beyond that delightfully retro commercial which will live in infamy online.
The good doctor has been name-checked on a number of our favorite shows, »
“Brainy” and “reality TV” don’t often appear together in the same sentence, but Fox has actually provided at least a taste of the former in “Superhuman,” a competition format originated in Germany that’s receiving a tryout as a two-hour special. Kal Penn turns out to be natural as host of this intriguing display of memory, dexterity and other far-beyond-the-norm skills, which is actually done no favors by the expanded format, making some of the stunts begin to feel a tad repetitive. Nevertheless, one can easily see this returning to plug holes on nights where Fox’s ratings are less than super.
In addition to Penn, the producers flesh out the festivities with Mike Tyson and actress-comic Mary Lynn Rajskub, just because, as well as Dr. Rahul Jandial, who might be the world’s most dashing neurosurgeon. The good doctor helps explain how the brain works, while Rajskub and »
- Brian Lowry
6 items from 2016
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