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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.

Sally Hawkins Joins Random Cast Of 'Godzilla'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2013 4:23 PM
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So, what do you get when you mix Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe and Juliette Binoche? Nope, not a Euro-flavored film about the intersecting lives of a multi-culti group of beautiful looking people living in, oh I dunno, Paris. Instead it's the cast of "Godzilla." And the ensemble has just gotten even more puzzling.

Ken Watanabe Joins 'Godzilla' As Production Starts, Juliette Binoche Confirmed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 2:29 PM
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...and just like that, Warner Bros. has announced that production has started today on "Godzilla," with the studio, filmmakers and everyone else keeping a tight lock and seal over details or anything else concerning the production. But the press release did offer up a couple more eyebrow raising bits of casting for a monster movie that seems to be following the "Pacific Rim" playbook to a certain degree.

David Strathairn Rounds Out Cast of ‘Godzilla’ Reboot With Aaron Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen & Bryan Cranston

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 11, 2013 2:40 PM
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There are certain stable of actors, who might not be the most well known around the breakfast table or water cooler, but who are ever reliable players who can come off the bench in any more and hit a home run of a performance. And David Strathairn is one of those guys. An Oscar nominee ("Good Night And Good Luck") and two time Golden Globe nominee ("Good Night And Good Luck," "Temple Grandin") he's the kind of guy admired and respected by his peers, but who A-list fame eludes. But it doesn't matter, because the offers will keep rolling in and it speaks to his skill, that he's been drafted by a major blockbuster.

What? Juliette Binoche Grappling 'Godzilla'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 26, 2013 4:17 PM
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When we spoke with Juliette Binoche at the Berlin International Film Festival, our conversation touched on directors she's worked with like Michael Haneke, Anthony Minghella, Leos Carax, Abbas Kiarostami and Bruno Dumont (she stars in that director's latest "Camille Claudel 1915"). But we suppose arthouse movies only pay so much, or perhaps she just wants a complete change of pace and a brand new experience, because the actress is now stepping into her first bonafide studio blockbuster.

Bryan Cranston & Elizabeth Olsen Are In Talks For Legendary's 'Godzilla' Reboot

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 6, 2013 6:46 PM
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Legendary Pictures' expensive "Godzilla" reboot has been having a rough time in the public eye of late. It's scheduled to go into production soon, but the production company is embroiled in two lawsuits; one with the producers Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Doug Davison who claim they are being booted from the monster movie by Legendary. It's near the 11th hour too and "The Shawshank Redemption," "Walking Dead" writer/director Frank Darabont was brought on board to do a final rewrite on the movie. And then there's the actors who have publicly passed on the lead role, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and others who have evidently been offered the lead (Aaron Johnson) who haven't responded in almost a month (our guess is Johnson also passed). So, is "Godzilla" in trouble? Or is it just business as usual with tentpoles that seem to put the horse before the cart these days?

Aaron Johnson Offered Lead In 'Godzilla'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2013 2:43 PM
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So, the Oscar nominations is old news -- hey, that's just how this crazy news cycle thing works -- so we can get back to what Hollywood does best. Offer stories! Woo! So with "Godzilla" set to start shooting in March, they need to find someone to star. They tried Joseph Gordon-Levitt, considered Henry Cavill, Scoot McNairy and Caleb Landry Jones, but the offer went out to someone else.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Passed On 'Godzilla,' But Henry Cavill, Scoot McNairy & Caleb Landry Jones Being Considered

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 3:00 PM
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It seems everyone wants a piece of Joseph Gordon-Levitt these days. The actor was rumored to play Batman in "Justice League," is on the ever growing list of contenders for "Guardians Of The Galaxy," is hosting the Sundance awards later this month, and now has another franchise being tossed across his very messy desk. Needless to say, dude has options.

Frank Darabont Rewriting Gareth Edwards' 'Godzilla,' But Film Hit By Producer Infighting

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 12:25 PM
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Last summer, one of the biggest movies to make a noise on the floor of the San Diego Comic-Con didn't have a cast, release date or had even officially gone into production. And yet the brief presentation of Gareth Edwards' "Godzilla" caused an uproar, with social media lighting up moments afterward and Warner Bros. quickly unveiling a poster and confirming a release date last fall. Now, as it heads in front of cameras this spring, it looks like a monster battle is brewing behind-the-scenes.

Wally Pfister's 'Transcendence,' Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' Go IMAX; 'Jupiter Ascending' & 'All You Need Is Kill' In 3D

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2012 4:42 PM
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If want to know what the future holds at the multiplex, just look at Warner Bros. latest deal with IMAX. The two companies have shaken hands on 20 movies that will get the supersize treatment, but among the press release (via Nolan Fans) are some interesting tidbits about some very big high profile films thare are on the way.

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