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Antoine Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen managed to emerge as the more capable of two practically-identical films released around the same time. Roland Emmerich, now heading into production on Independence Day 2, rocked up with his explosive jaunt into the same territory for White House Down. Was the deciding factor in which one would earn a sequel down to its leading men? Or was it simply a matter of brains over brawn? Whatever the reason, we’re now months away from a Gerard Butler-led sequel instead of a Channing Tatum one.
Oh, and Fuqua’s out too for the uniquely-titled London Has Fallen. In case the swapped out location didn’t alert you, this time the terrorist target has shifted from the Us to the UK capital. Behind the camera this time is Babak Najafi, who is directing most of the original film’s cast including Gerard Butler as »
- Gem Seddon
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
Channing Tatum hit the blue carpet at last night’s GLAAD Awards with Jenna Dewan Tatum to present his friend and ‘White House Down‘ director Roland Emmerich with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award for his work in promoting Lgbt equality. Check out the clip below:
Video: @channingtatum presents to @rolandemmerich at the #glaadawards in La http://t.co/Wk780ShrDb https://t.co/WowBmkaPiR
— GLAAD (@glaad) March 22, 2015
Congrats to Roland!
I don't know how exactly this happens in Hollywood, but rival movies isn't necessarily uncommon. A lot of the time one will fade away and other times you'll get your White House Down meets Olympus Has Fallen. Today we get news of another such situation. We have Guy Ritchie working on his King Arthur movie Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur and today we learn Jonathan Liebesman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Battle: Los Angeles) will direct Man at Arms, described as an epilogue to the Arthur legend Ritchie is said to be exploring in his film. Jeremy Lott penned the screenplay, which has been likened to Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, following the adventures of Sir Lancelot as an older man who is bent on making amends after his love for Guinevere (and hers for him) ended up destroying Arthur's Camelot. This is the second project Lott has seen go into »
- Brad Brevet
Matt Craven has been cast in Unless, a feature adaptation of Carol Shields' best seller. Catherine Keener stars as Reta, a writer whose daughter has run away and is found homeless and panhandling on the streets of Toronto. Craven will play her husband, Tom. The veteran actor stars on the ABC series Resurrection, and his recent TV credits also recurring on Justified and NCIS. His big-screen work includes White House Down and X-Men: First Class. He next appears in Roland… »
Before Tom Cruise decided to star in Knight & Day for James Mangold he was considering several projects. One was The Tourist, which Johnny Depp ultimately took, another was The Matarese Circle, which would have put him alongside Denzel Washington with David Cronenberg directing and the other was Motorcade, a thriller that was, at the time, to be directed by Len Wiseman, who instead went on to direct the Total Recall reboot. Looking at those options, it seems Cruise made the best choice for the time, but Motorcade never really died and Dreamworks is now ready to bring it back to life. It was just announced Joe Carnahan has been brought aboard to direct the thriller which pits the U.S. president against terrorists who commandeer his motorcade on the streets of Los Angeles and Carnahan is bringing along his Smokin' Aces star Ryan Reynolds to play a disgraced Secret Service »
- Brad Brevet
I know you’re thinking the same thing. You knew it was wrong he minute you heard that Sony is planning a combined Ghostbusters Cinematic Universe and bringing in Channing Tatum for the lead role. Channing Tatum; the most beautiful man in the world. Chisled from granite with the steely eyed gaze that could launch a thousand spontaneous orgasms. This beautiful deity who walks among mortal men. This is who they chose to be the new face of the Ghostbusters franchise.
By now, you know how I feel about the franchise fracking that’s going on in Hollywood right now. Ghostbusters has become the latest bet Sony is willing to place a few hundred million dollars on, and they’re banking on Channing Tatum for the win. I like Tatum. I think he’s adequate in »
- Anghus Houvouras
As always, March is too early to get any kind of firm grasp on what will or won't be an Oscar contender come the end of the year, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun to speculate. Last year, only two of the nine films I predicted out of the gates actually ended up receiving Best Picture nominations at the 2015 Oscars -- Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel -- which goes to show just how much we know in advance. In fact, looking at the films I had on the outside looking in, only Best Picture winner Birdman was listed. But hey, at least I had three of the top contenders in the early year conversation, that's something... rightc When it comes to this year, I feel even less certain than I did last year. I'm not sure that's saying a whole lot since only two of the 43 films on »
- Brad Brevet
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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
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