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Redbox's 10 Most Rented Films Of 2013 Reveal People Really Like Melissa McCarthy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 24, 2013 11:02 AM
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Sometimes it's hard to tell if the buzz around an actor or actress exists simply among entertainment writers or has currency in the real world. And so, when Melissa McCarthy broke out in 2011 with "Bridesmaids," earning an Oscar nomination (among other accolades) it remained to be seen if that success would be a springboard to future hits. And indeed it was.

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.

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?"

Happy Anniversary John McClane! 10 Movies Spawned By 'Die Hard'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 18, 2013 12:36 PM
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Die Hard
25 years ago today John McTiernan's "Die Hard" exploded in wide release onto screens nationwide and forever changed the landscape of action cinema. This wasn't just a box office smash, it was a genuine game-changer, one that made a star out of Bruce Willis and created its very own sub-genre. It's easy to forget now, after countless neutered airings on broadcast television and sequels that have all but turned the once-beloved brand into anonymous slush, just how profoundly "Die Hard" impacted movies back then.

The Worst Films Of 2013... So Far...

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 10, 2013 1:40 PM
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The Worst Films Of 2013, so far, playlist
Is this the worst summer of blockbusters in a recent age or is it the best? Are “Man of Steel" arguments worth losing friendships over? Is "Southland Tales" a masterpiece as posited by generation revisionism or is it the mess critics took it for initially? Will you dare to give your money to villain mensch Adam Sandler over hero Guillermo del Toro? Debate rages on in 2013 over a variety of topics as is par for the course in the opinionated world of movie criticism and discussion. And yes, as we glance down at our watches, we realize it’s basically the midway point of the year. We already looked at what a handful of us thought were the Best Film Of The Year... So Far, and so in the Peter Travers school of thinking, we thought it might be worthwhile to look at the worst films of the year so far on a Wednesday hump day.

Box Office: 'The Heat' Burns 'White House Down'; 'Monsters University' Still Valedictorian

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 30, 2013 1:21 PM
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Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in The Heat
In its second week, Pixar's "Monsters University" is still top of the class with $46.2 million and a running total of $171 million. Pixar should enjoy the top spot while it lasts. With Universal's "Despicable Me 2" and Disney's "The Lone Ranger" opening next weekend, 'Monsters' is bound to lose some of its family audience and may not even get a passing grade this 4th of July weekend.

Down With White Houses? 15 Pairs Of Dueling Movies & Their Respective Battles

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 27, 2013 4:31 PM
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White House Down vs. Olympus Has Fallen
Zeitgeist is a funny thing. The fact is, as much as we like to roll our eyes at Hollywood’s lack of originality, and as much fun as it is to delve into conspiracy theories and gossip about who stole what from whom, oftentimes remarkably similar ideas bubble to the surface simultaneously but independently of each other, rooted, we have to presume, in some common unconscious impulse. Of course, sometimes it is just stealing, but that’s a tricky one to prove. Whatever the reason, when it happens in Hollywood and the wind is right, you get a stand-off: similar projects being made at a similar time, like this weekend’s “White House Down” (review here) vs March’s “Olympus Has Fallen” (review here) or "The World's End" vs "This is the End" (you can read more about 2013's apocalypse movie face-off here) that will inevitably be compared to one another when it comes to the box office performance/critical response crunch.

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.

Watch: 2 New Clips From ‘White House Down’ & "(I Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum" Music Video

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 19, 2013 5:27 PM
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Channing Tatum, White House Down
With 9 days left to go, we can’t wait for “White House Down” or as we dubbed it after watching the trailer, “the most awesome dumb movie of the summer.” Directed by Roland Emmerich (“Independence Day,” “The Day After Tomorrow”) and starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx as a police officer and the President of the United States facing a paramilitary group, this looks to be one explosive and laugh-filled summer to-be blockbuster. In addition to the trailer, we’ve got two more clips from the film and a music video from Tatum and Foxx.

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