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Brie Larson Joins 'Room,' Carrie Brownstein Lands Role In Todd Haynes' 'Carol' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 9, 2014 4:57 PM
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Brie Larson,21 Jump Street
An array of casting news has filtered down today, so let's just get to it. First up, Brie Larson has signed up to star in the adaptation of Emma Donoghue's critically acclaimed, best-selling novel "Room." Lenny Abrahamson, who broke out with "What Richard Did" and has the already hotly buzzed "Frank" on the way, will direct this one about "a woman kidnapped as a teenager who has been held captive for years in a tiny room where she lives with her 5-year-old son Jack. To the boy, Room is the only home he’s ever known."

Now On DVD: Roland Emmerich Reveals His 5 Biggest Influences On 'White House Down'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 6, 2013 2:26 PM
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White House Down, Roland Emmerich
This week, "White House Down," the deliriously silly (but ridiculously entertaining) White House hijacking movie, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, detonates onto Blu-ray and DVD. In honor of the film's release, we chatted with "White House Down" filmmaker Roland Emmerich and asked him to run down the five biggest influences on the film (which this writer places amongst the top tier of the director's work). At first he was reluctant ("I feel back in school, like I had to do homework"), but eventually he shared what fuelled his movie. Read on to find out what inspired "White House Down," the dirty wife beater Channing wears and Jamie Foxx's famous line about his sneakers.

Roland Emmerich Says There's Two 'Independence Day 2' Scripts, One With Will Smith & One Without

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 24, 2013 1:01 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: While talking with director Roland Emmerich earlier today, as he does press for the forthcoming home video release of "White House Down," we had to inquire about the state of his highly anticipated "Independence Day 2." He sighed when we asked about the film, and claimed that it was, "A daily battle ... The budget, the schedules, the actors … " Still, he promised, "It's looking good." The director was more elusive, however, when we pressed him about the potential involvement of Will Smith, something that seems to fluctuate wildly every time someone asks him about it.

Roland Emmerich Planning Elaborate Reboot/Sequel Trilogy For 'Stargate'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2013 12:44 PM
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"Stargate" (1994)
When it comes to the films of Roland Emmerich, the German director who has immigrated to Hollywood to become the premiere purveyor of large-scale destruction, it doesn't get much better than 1994's "Stargate." A movie that combined ancient aliens theorizing with old-fashioned adventure, the film (that starred James Spader and Kurt Russell) spawned a series of successful television spin-offs and endless talk of a sequel. While the director confirmed that Will Smith might be in talks for "Independence Day 2," he also let slip during the same interview that a "Stargate" reboot/sequel thingee is also in the cards.

Welcome (Back) To Earth: Will Smith Might Actually Return For 'Independence Day' Sequel

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2013 1:07 PM
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"Independence Day" (1996)
Earlier this summer, "White House Down" director Roland Emmerich said that Will Smith would most likely not be back for "Independence Day 2," the big budget sequel to his beloved sci-fi flick. But what a difference a few months and a notoriously costly flop make. Now Emmerich has said that Smith might return for the sequel as the cigar-chomping pilot from the original film and not, say, his twin brother. Anyone else now keenly excited about "Independence Day 2: The Legend of Steve Hiller's Gold?"

Review: 'White House Down' Starring Channing Tatum & Jamie Foxx

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2013 8:57 AM
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With a movie called "White House Down," directed by Roland Emmerich, you pretty much know what you're going to get. Having already laid waste to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue twice before in "2012" and "Independence Day," Emmerich luxuriates in blowing up the national icon once again. Both wings and the main residence get shot up and bombed and rampaged, in addition to airplanes and helicopters getting shot out of the sky, SUVs flipping over and tanks obliterated. Emmerich doesn't miss a beat, and for bonus points, the Capitol Building comes crumbling down, with yet another Hollywood blockbuster lazily evoking 9/11 imagery for popcorn entertainment. And while some critics argue that "White House Down" satisfies whatever low, blockbuster bar Emmerich sets for himself, films this insipid and dumb do not deserve a pass just because they're "fun." While some may say that "White House Down" is self-aware of how extraordinarily silly it all is, the seriousness with which most of the cast plays it out, suggets otherwise.

The Films Of Roland Emmerich: From Worst To Best

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 26, 2013 12:02 PM
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The Films Of Roland Emmerich
When it comes to bringing popcorn ready, big screen spectacle to the multiplex, there are few filmmakers (except for maybe Michael Bay) who do it with as much flair as Roland Emmerich. The German-born director has been making theater speakers rumble ever since "Universal Soldier," but he really made his mark in the '90s thanks to the White House exploding "Independence Day" (which has a sequel coming in 2015) and the monster movie "Godzilla." And since then, films like "The Day After Tomorrow" and "2012" have come to define the trademarks most audiences know him for -- high concept FX vehicles in which the world is at peril, but rescued by an everyman who saves the day.

Never Fear, Roland Emmerich Confirms Jeff Goldblum & Bill Pullman Will Return For 'Independence Day 2'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 25, 2013 2:06 PM
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As Roland Emmerich has been making the press rounds for the upcoming "White House Down," the director has been creating some buzz around the upcoming "Independence Day 2," sequel to the 1996 mega-blockbuster. To the disappointment of many (though admittedly less than before "After Earth"), Emmerich revealed this past weekend, "Will Smith cannot come back because he’s too expensive, but he'd also be too much of a marquee name." This left all '90s nostalgists pondering and panting about who else will or won't sign on for "Independence Day 2."

Watch: The Most Awesome Dumb Movie Of The Summer? 4-Minute Trailer For 'White House Down'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2013 9:02 AM
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Channing Tatum, White House Down
It wasn't that long ago when National Association of Theater Owners stated that movie trailers were too long, showed off too much and they wanted to mandate Hollywood to cut 'em down. And frankly, when something like a 4-minute trailer for "White House Down" drops, showing what looks like every beat of the movie as well as every major setpiece, it's hard not to see their point. But since we're here, let's dive into this thing anyway.

Roland Emmerich Developing 'Lawrence of Arabia' TV Miniseries

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 2, 2013 2:09 PM
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When Roland Emmerich makes a movie, more often than not you can bet that he’s going to go big. You could say that he’s a filmmaker who prefers an epic scale, and an argument could be made that he’s actually modern cinema’s equivalent to a David Lean. Okay, okay, we jest… but trust Emmerich of all people to look at a classic Lean epic and decide that of all things, he’s going to make it bigger.

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