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We don't quite know what Independence Day 2 will be about, but we do know Roland Emmerich is returning to direct and the film is set to hit theaters on June 24, 2016, almost exactly 20 years after the original made Will Smith a star and a little over one year after Focus told us that star status is fading. However, as for the film's plot, we are just now getting our first taste as we'll begin with THR's report that Jessie Usher ("Survivor's Remorse", When the Game Stands Tall) has been cast as a central character in the new film as the son of Smith's character from the original. There were reports there were two scripts for the film floating around, one if Smith decided to return as Captain Steven Hiller and another if he didn't. I can only now assume the only difference was whether or not it would be Smith's »
- Brad Brevet
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
Paris– French paybox Orange Cinema Series (Ocs) has signed a multi-year with Sony Pictures Television (Spt) to gain exclusive first-window rights to the U.S. studio’s movies and TV series.
The deal also includes exclusive first-window rights to upcoming Sony releases like “Chappie” and Robert Zememkis’ “The Walk,” as well as popular series such as Golden Globe-winning”Transparent” and “Mozart in the Jungle.”
Ocs has also snatched up exclusive premiere rights to the gritty crime drama “Powers,” which is an adaptation of the hit PlayStation game. The 10-part series will bow day and date in France on March 10.
Mike Wald, Executive Vice President, International Distribution for Sony Pictures Television said: “This new partnership with Ocs secures significant distribution of our »
- Elsa Keslassy
In the quarter century since "Die Hard" was first unleashed on moviegoers worldwide, there have been countless iterations of the same formula, to the point that, for a while at least, it became a whole action movie subgenre. Projects would be pitched (and subsequently produced) with sentences describing the movie as... "Die Hard" on a plane ("Executive Decision," "Passenger 57"), "Die Hard" in a tunnel ("Daylight"), "Die Hard" on a bus ("Speed"), and "Die Hard" in the White House ("White House Down"). The fact that no one's attempted a "Die Hard" with a female heroine seems like some kind of cosmic impossibility, but it's never happened. Until now. With "Everly," the basic "Die Hard" formula is rehashed with a female lead in mind, and the results are surprisingly spectacular. The shtick still works 26 years later. When "Everly" opens, »
- Drew Taylor
Emmerich recently completed filming “Stonewall,” a drama about the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City and a turning point in the struggle for Lgbt equality. He’s also contributed to several non-profit organizations, including Outfest’s Legacy Project, dedicated to preserving Lgbt film history; the Los Angeles Lgbt Center; Freedom to Marry; and the Cambodian Children’s Fund.
“As one of Hollywood’s most sought-after film directors, Roland Emmerich has entertained audiences across the globe,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD. “His generosity has touched the lives of countless Lgbt people, »
- Dave McNary
The first ceremony of the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held at the Beverly Hilton in La on March 21, 2015 and the Waldorf Astoria in NYC on May 9, 2015.Channing Tatum is set to present the GLAAD Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Roland Emmerich. Tatum starred in the Emmerich film White House Down and will next be seen starring in Magic Mike Xxl, The Hateful Eight and Hail, Cesar.GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (Lgbt) media advocacy organization, today announced it will honor writer, producer, director, and philanthropist Roland Emmerich at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media […] »
- April Neale
Channing Tatum is coming out to the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards. I can exclusively reveal that the Magic Mike Xxl star will present this year's Stephen F. Kolzak Award to his White House Down director Roland Emmerich. The award is given to an openly Lgbt media professional who has made a significant contribution in the fight for equality. Emmerich has been a longtime supporter of the Los Angeles Lgbt Center, Outfest's Legacy Project to preserve Lgbt film history and marriage equality organization Freedom to Marry. Past recipients of the Kolzak Award include Laverne Cox, Wanda Sykes, Rufus Wainwright, Melissa Etheridge, Bill Condon, Ellen DeGeneres, and Sir Ian McKellen. Emmerich most »
Pascal, who will remain at Sony in a new role as a producer, has long been known around town for her keen eye for winning projects. Though her reputation has suffered recently as a result of North Korea’s infamous hacking attack on the studio, which revealed a few unseemly email exchanges in which Pascal and other execs criticized the attitudes of A-listers and made racially tinged jokes at the expense of President Obama, Pascal steered the studio through her share of triumphs.
Any career as long as Pascal’s is bound to have its peaks and valleys. From the highest heights (“Skyfall,” “Spider-Man 2”) to the lowest lows (“Jack and Jill,” “Sparkle”), Pascal led Sony through it all. Here’s a look »
- Kevin Noonan and Marianne Zumberge
After dominated the box office for three straight weeks, American Sniper will cede first place this weekend to a talking sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea.The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water seems poised to open north of $35 million, which would be more than enough to take the top spot over the first weekend of February.Among the other new releases, the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending will compete with American Sniper for second place, while Seventh Son could struggle to reach $10 million.Playing at 3,641 locations, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water arrives in theaters over a decade after the first SpongeBob movie, which was a feature length version of the immensely popular Nickelodeon animated show. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie opened to $32 million on its way to $85.4 million, or around $114 million adjusted for ticket price inflation.While SpongeBob and company are still fairly popular, it's likely that »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
From the moment a series of racially insensitive jokes about President Barack Obama and her controversial back-and-forth leaked emails about A-list actors and talent became public, Amy Pascal was widely perceived as a dead executive walking.
Fairly or not, the Sony Pictures studio chief has become a corporate cautionary tale for the digital age. On Thursday, it was announced that Pascal was exiting her perch of more than a decade as gracefully as could be expected, landing a production deal at Sony with the promise of a four-year commitment to back a mixture of critically and commercially oriented projects.
But in her new role, Pascal still has some fence mending ahead of her.
“Her relationships and her effectiveness in dealing with talent had been compromised,” said Hal Vogel, a media analyst. “It’s a healthy move for her and the studio. It’s the kind of thing that requires a »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
She will remain at the studio as part of a new producing deal. Pascal will stay in place through May, at which point she will take the reins at her new venture.
No decision has been made on her replacement, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation, but there is a deep bench on the Sony lot. Among her possible replacements from within the Sony ranks are former Fox studio chief Tom Rothman, who now runs TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group President Doug Belgrad and Columbia Pictures Production President Michael De Luca.
Pascal’s contract expires in March. She is one of the longest-serving Hollywood studio chiefs and has been praised for her role in shepherding a number of commercial and critical hits such as “Spider-Man,” “The Social Network, »
- Brent Lang
Looking back at the cinematic calendar for 1994 and the quantity of modern classics released within those 365 days is staggering. Pulp Fiction, Four Weddings And A Funeral, Forrest Gump… all mainstream hits that enraptured both audiences and critics. If you brush aside the popular chaff you’ll find a handful of genre gems; in particular, Roland Emmerich’s underrated sci-fi flick, Stargate.
Emmerich, currently gearing up to relaunch his blockbuster franchise Independence Day, is hard at work on simultaneously kickstarting the Stargate brand. The in-development movie – which is heralded as the beginning of a new trilogy – has now found its writers. According to a report from THR, Emmerich appears to be employing those with whom he’s already familiar. Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods, who helped ID2 land the greenlight thanks to their script, are now on board to pen the first Stargate instalment.
The duo have struck up a »
- Gem Seddon
Open Road will produce the remake of the 2011 French crime thriller, reports Variety.
The film follows the story of an undercover police officer who searches a nightclub for drugs in the hope of saving his kidnapped son.
Warner Bros originally had the rights to the film, but decided not to move forward with the project.
After tackling ensemble cast members of Suicide Squad and X-Men: Apocalypse, among other upcoming comic book movies, while also inspiring Tyrese Gibson's recent Green Lantern campaign, fan artist BossLogic has taken to Twitter to share his latest work of art. In addition to visualizing actor Terry Crews as the Silver Surfer, in whom the Expendables 2 star had expressed interest in playing just yesterday, BossLogic also tackled Channing Tatum as the Cajun mutant Remy LeBeau, aka Gambit, who the White House Down actor will portray on the big-screen October 7, 2016. Daily Photoshop Practice / Revised / I really wanted to see @terrycrews as Silver Surfer so here it is :D #Marvel pic.twitter.com/4raCkGaUTQ — BossLogic (@Bosslogic) January 31, 2015 Daily Photoshop Practice // @channingtatum Gambit pic.twitter.com/UPtug7sudA — BossLogic (@Bosslogic) January 30, 2015 »
★★★☆☆ Zach Braff's second feature, Wish I Was Here (2014), was famously - or perhaps infamously - financed partially through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. Braff's reasoning for this was to spare his project from the compromises that would come with a studio production. That Braff got to do exactly what he wanted is very evident in the resulting film. Aidan Bloom (Braff) is a struggling actor, supported by his loving wife Sarah (Kate Hudson), while his father, Gabe (Mandy Patinkin), pays for Aidan and Sarah's two children - daughter Grace (Joey King of White House Down (2013) and TV's Fargo) and son Tucker (Pierce Gagnon of Looper (2012)) to attend an expensive private Hebrew school.
- CineVue UK
The Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth has been offered a starring role in Independence Day 2, according to The Wrap. No details were given for the actor's character, but it has also been rumored that Michael B. Jordan has a role. Independence Day stars Jeff Goldblum and Randy Quaid may also return as David Levinson and Russell Casse, respectively, but their involvement has yet to be confirmed.
No story details have been released at this time, but Carter Blanchard (Glimmer) recently signed on to rewrite the original script by James Vanderbilt (White House Down). Will Smith will not be returning as Stephen Hiller, but, along with Jeff Goldblum and Randy Quaid, Bill Pullman is also expected to return as Thomas J. Whitmore. Roland Emmerich is set to direct, with the filmmaker also producing alongside Dean Devlin and Harald Kloser.
Production on Independence Day 2 is slated to begin this May, with 20th »
Carter Blanchard recently signed on to rewrite the original script by James Vanderbilt ("White House Down"), and no details have been revealed as yet regarding the story or the characters, other than the confirmation that Will Smith will not return.
The new "Independence Day" film hits cinemas on June 24th 2016.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Universal Pictures released their new drama/thriller flick, "The Boy Next Door" into theaters today, and the top,major movie critics have delivered their reviews. It turns out that most of them just didn't take to it too well, giving it an overall 31 score out of a possible 100 across 27 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The movie stars: Kristin Chenoweth, John Corbett, Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Guzman. We've added blurbs from a couple of the critics, below. Claudia Puig at USA Today, gave it a 63 score, stating: "Predictable and foolishly unsuspecting characters react in ways that make you want to shake them. But there's an undeniable sense of silly fun in this erotic thriller." Leah Greenblatt from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 58 grade. He said: "Boy's premise reeks of stalker-movie mothballs, and it's too timid to fully dive into the high camp it hints at. Instead, this cookie just crumbles. »
London — Goldcrest Films is to handle international rights to Roland Emmerich’s “Stonewall,” which will be introduced to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin. Warner Bros. has acquired German-language rights, and a U.S. deal is set to be inked soon.
The film, which is in post-production, stars Jeremy Irvine (“Woman in Black: The Angel of Death,” “The Railway Man,” “War Horse”), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“Mission Impossible III,” “Tudors”), Ron Perlman (“Drive,” “Hellboy” I and II) and Joey King (“White House Down,” “The Conjuring”).
It recreates the events that culminated in the riots outside the Stonewall Inn, Greenwich Village, in June 1969, which is seen as the birth of the gay rights movement.
The drama centers on Danny Winters (Irvine), a young man who is kicked out of his home by his parents and flees to NY where, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who »
- Leo Barraclough
Warner Bros previously acquired rights in Germany while a Us deal is understood to be in the works.
Currently in post-production, Stonewall recreates the events that culminated in the riots outside the Stonewall Inn, Greenwich Village, in June 1969. The events are considered by many as a turning point in the gay rights movement.
Irvine plays Danny Winters, a young man who is kicked out of his home by his parents and flees to New York where, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the watering hole of local drag queens, gays, lesbians and everything in between: the Mafia-run Stonewall Inn.
There he meets the suave Trevor (Meyers), but catches »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
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