Production Begins on Roland Emmerich’s Drama STONEWALL; Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joey King, and Ron Perlman Join Cast

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Principal photography has begun on Roland Emmerich‘s drama Stonewall.  The film stars Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) as a young runaway who finds his way to the Stonewall Inn and is eventually swept up in events that would lead to the historic 1969 Stonewall Riots, which were a turning point in gay civil rights.  Although Emmerich is known for being able to blow stuff up real good, his first historical drama, Anonymous, wasn’t bad, and Stonewall has been a passion project for the director some time.  It’s always admirable when a filmmaker breaks away from his or her comfort zone, and the story of the Stonewall Riots is definitely one worth telling.

Hit the jump for the press release, which also reveals that Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Dracula), Joey King (White House Down), and Ron Perlman have joined the cast.

Roland Emmerich to Direct STARGATE Reboot; Will Launch New Trilogy

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Director Roland Emmerich has been talking about a potential sequel or reboot of his 1994 sci-fi film Stargate for some time now, but it appears that it is actually becoming a reality.  Warner Bros. and MGM will partner on a Stargate reboot, with Emmerich poised to direct the new iteration of his own film.  Producer Dean Devlin will also resume his duties as producer of the new pic as well, though it’s unclear how soon the remake could come to fruition.  For those unfamiliar with the property, the original Stargate stars Kurt Russell and James Spader and revolves around a team of U.S. military professionals who discover and enter a wormhole to another planet.

Hit the jump for more on the reboot and Emmerich’s very busy upcoming slate.

INDEPENDENCE DAY Sequel Undergoing Rewrite by Carter Blanchard

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The upcoming Independence Day sequel is undergoing some script work before production begins.  Director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Deviln penned the initial draft of the follow-up before turning over scripting duties in earnest to Emmerich’s White House Down scribe James Vanderbilt.  That iteration of the script has remained for some time, but,as the July 1, 2016 release date approaches, it appears that there’s still more work to be done.  Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox has tapped Carter Blanchard to pen a new draft of the screenplay while Emmerich shoots his gay rights period drama Stonewall.  Emmerich is pulling double duty, as he continues to prep Independence Day 2 while in production on the small-scale Stonewall.

Hit the jump for more on Blanchard and the plot of Independence Day 2.

Roland Emmerich Acquires MAYA LORD; Story About 16th Century Sailor’s Transformation to Mayan Warrior

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Roland Emmerich has acquired the screen rights to Maya Lord, a historical novel by John Coe RobbinsMaya Lord tells the true story of Gonzalo Guerrero, a Spanish sailor who was enslaved by the local Maya when he shipwrecked on the Yucatan Peninsula in 1511.  Guerrero earned his freedom, became a respected warrior, and married the daughter of a Mayan chieftan.

According to Deadline, Emmerich has been passionate about Guerrero’s story for years, but it may take time for him to get around to Maya Lord.  Emmerich is focused on Stonewall as his next project.  Read the book synopsis after the jump.

Roland Emmerich to Next Direct Gay Rights Drama STONEWALL; Jeremy Irvine to Star

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Though filmmaker Roland Emmerich still has the big budget sequel Independence Day 2 on his docket, he’ll first tackle something on a slightly smaller scale.  Deadline reports that the 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow director will next helm the gay rights drama Stonewall, which revolves around the 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Hotel in Greenwich Village, a famous gathering place for gays and transgenders.  The event ignited the fight against homosexual oppression during a turbulent time in our nation’s history, and this film has been a passion project of Emmerich’s for some time.  Hit the jump for more on Stonewall, including who will be taking on the lead role.

Will Smith Turns Down INDEPENDENCE DAY Sequel

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Well it looks like Roland Emmerich is going to have to use the version of the script that doesn’t include Will Smith, because the star has reportedly decided against appearing in the Independence Day sequel.  The “Will He? Won’t He?” game has been played for a number of years now, and even though a new report states that Smith has decided against starring in the sequel, nothing has been officially confirmed just yet.

The sequel, however, will soldier on with or without Smith.  Emmerich and writing partner Dean Devlin turned two versions of their script over to screenwriter James Vanderbilt: one centering on Smith’s hero character Steven Hiller, and one without him entirely.  Apparently Smith hasn’t broken the final news to Emmerich just yet, but we’ll be sure to let you know when we hear more. (Via Deadline)

WHITE HOUSE DOWN Blu-ray Review

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This year saw two films attempt to take down the White House, with the most recent being disaster master Roland Emmerich’s White House Down.  Although he famously destroyed the entire Presidential residence in one blow in 1996′s Independence Day, Emmerich treats the title structure with much more reverence and care this time around.  (Don’t worry, he still beats the hell out of it.)  Equally bloodied and bruised are White House Down‘s heroic duo, played by Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, who must take down the threat inside the Oval Office while rescuing the hostages trapped inside.  It’s one of Emmerich’s most entertaining films to date, and now that it’s available on Blu-ray, you can check it out for yourself in your very own home.  Hit the jump for my review.

Roland Emmerich Says There’s Two Scripts for INDEPENDENCE DAY 2: One with Will Smith and One without Him

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The question of whether or not Will Smith will be in Independence Day 2 continues to churn on.  Four months ago, director Roland Emmerich said Smith wouldn’t be returning for the sequel.  Then two months ago, Smith was apparently in talks to reprise his role as fighter pilot/alien puncher Captain Steven Hiller.  Uncertainty continues to swirl around the project, and it looks like it will move forward with or without Smith.  Emmerich has screenplays to do either, and he’s not afraid to use them.

Hit the jump for more.

Michael B. Jordan Eyed for Major Role in INDEPENDENCE DAY 2

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It appears that rising star Michael B. Jordan may be fighting aliens in the near future.  The Wrap reports that the actor is being eyed for a major role in director Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi sequel Independence Day 2.  The specifics of his role are not revealed, but Emmerich previously stated that the follow-up would be taking place 20 years after the original film and would follow the children of the adult Independence Day characters.  As such, it’s not exactly a stretch to imagine Jordan playing the son of Will Smith‘s character, welcoming aliens to Earth on behalf of a new generation.  Smith’s involvement in the follow-up is unclear at the moment, as his status seems to change with each subsequent story.  Hit the jump for more.

Roland Emmerich Talks INDEPENDENCE DAY Sequels, SINGULARITY, Isaac Asimov’s FOUNDATION Adaptation and Other Upcoming Projects

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While the sequels to his 1996 film Independence Day are likely his most-anticipated projects, director Roland Emmerich has a number of other ideas planned for his upcoming schedule.  In addition to the two-part sequel, Emmerich recently talked about his slimmed-down script for the sci-fi pic, Singularity, as well as an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation planned for the small screen.  Bad news on the Asteroids front as Emmerich’s plate is too full to take on that particular Lorenzo di Bonaventura-produced project.  Hit the jump for more on what Emmerich has coming up.

Will Smith in Talks for INDEPENDENCE DAY Sequel; 2016 Release Date Likely; Director Roland Emmerich Also Talks STARGATE Franchise Reboot

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Although Independence Day director Roland Emmerich previously stated that star Will Smith wouldn’t be involved in the film’s sequel, in part for fear of him overshadowing the cast, it now looks as if the two are at least entering into talks.  Perhaps the lackluster performances of some of Smith’s recent efforts have spurred him into dipping into the well of previous films, especially since he’s rumored to be involved in sequels to Hancock, Bad Boys and I, Robot.  What’s one more?

Whether Smith is involved in the planned Independence Day sequel or not, Emmerich isn’t sure that the film will hit Fox’s target release date of summer 2015, saying it’s likely to open in summer of 2016.  For those of you who like measuring your own time on this Earth relative to movie releases, that’s 20 years since the original debuted.  Hit the jump for more, including a video with Emmerich himself and a bit about progress on the Stargate franchise reboot.

Weekend Box Office: MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Holds, THE HEAT Sparks and WHITE HOUSE DOWN Stalls

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With an estimated $46.1 million, Monsters University had no trouble holding on to first place in its sophomore frame. With Pixar’s track record, that was never really in doubt. Of more interest were the debuts of The Heat and White House Down. Would the summer box office make room for two strong openings, as it did for Monsters U and World War Z last weekend?  Not this time.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Monsters University $46,180,000 $171
2.  The Heat $40,000,000 $40
3.  World War Z $29,800,000 $123.7
4.  White House Down $25,700,000 $25.7
5.  Man of Steel $20,820,000 $248.6
6.  This Is The End $8,700,000 $74.6
7.  Now You See Me $5,500,000 $104.6
8.  Fast & Furious 6 $2,410,000 $233.3
9.  Star Trek Into Darkness $2,040,000 $220.5
10.  The Internship $1,425,000 $41.7

TOP 5: WHITE HOUSE DOWN, THE CONJURING Set Visit, THE HEAT, Jim Carrey Declines to Promote KICK-ASS 2, 2013 Saturn Awards Interviews

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Well said, Matt Goldberg. In the opening sentences of his review of The Heat (linked after the jump), our Managing Editor/resident film reviewer dropped some serious truth regarding female lead films, their often unfair characterization as “the female [insert hit movie here]“, and how ridiculous it is that it has taken this long to get our better halves at the forefront of a genre that has been around for years. I say this not because I feel like Matt needs my approval and/or defense, but because it’s thoughtful writing like this that makes me both a proud contributor and eternal fan of the site.

All high-fiving aside, this week’s Top 5 includes White House Down interviews with Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, and more, Dave’s The Conjuring set visit recap, The Heat interviews with Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, and director Paul Feig, Jim Carrey‘s announcement that he won’t be promoting Kick-Ass 2, and interviews from the 2013 Saturn Awards red carpet with the likes of Joss Whedon and Shane Black. A brief recap and link to each makes its home after the jump.

WHITE HOUSE DOWN Review

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Making a silly, fun action movie is a difficult balance.  If the film takes itself too seriously in order to make the stakes feel more immediate, then the audience can become uncomfortable (e.g. Olympus Has Fallen).  If the film is constantly winking at the audience, then they can grow tired with a movie that’s trying way too hard to be ironic (e.g. Snakes on a Plane).  Director Roland Emmerich has rarely had trouble striking the right balance.  Emmerich knows to pepper the movie with snappy, funny dialogue, have the good-hearted characters take their situation seriously, and never be afraid to go melodramatic, over the top, and do so in a way that’s unashamed rather than shameless.  White House Down is Emmerich at his best, and delivers exactly the movie we’ve come to expect from the blockbuster director.

Director Roland Emmerich Talks WHITE HOUSE DOWN, What He Learned About the White House, What He Collects, INDEPENDENCE DAY 2, and More

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With director Roland Emmerich’s latest actioner White House Down opening this weekend, Sony held a big press junket across the street from the White House.  While I’ve done a lot of interviews, it was incredibly cool to be talking to the cast and Emmerich with the President’s home right in front of us.  If you’ve missed all the trailers, the film follows a rejected Secret Service applicant (Channing Tatum) who must save the President (Jamie Foxx) when a heavily-armed paramilitary group takes over the White House.  White House Down also stars Maggie GyllenhaalJames Woods, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick, and Jason Clarke.

During my interview with Emmerich we talked about what he learned about the White House during filming, the biggest challenge they had to overcome to make the film, deleted scenes and what he collects.  We also talked about Independence Day 2.  Hit the jump to watch. 

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