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Cast Shakes Out for Roland Emmerich's Gay Civil Rights Drama 'Stonewall,' Now in Production

Director Roland Emmerich is taking a break from high-octane action tentpoles this Summer to shoot "Stonewall," his labor-of-love set in the gay civil rights milieu of 1969. Adapted from Jon Robin Baitz's script, the film is now in production, with new cast members Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman and Joey King now on board.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 3, 2014 4:36 PM
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  • 1 Comment

Stormy Weather Flicks, from 'Twister' to 'Noah' and 'Into the Storm' (New Trailer, CLIPS)

With Darren Aronofksy's "Noah" storming into theaters this weekend, plus the arrival of a new trailer for the latest weather disaster entry "Into the Storm," we've rounded up some clips from titles in the Meteorologic Mayhem genre dominated by prescient disaster king Roland Emmerich ("Day After Tomorrow" and "2012").
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 27, 2014 1:25 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Pulling Off a New VFX Twist for 'White House Down'

Uncharted Territory, which has become a model of efficiency and innovation during these precarious times for the VFX industry, came up with a new concept for handling Roland Emmerich's "White House Down": management and quality control rather than creating the bulk of the effects in-house.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 28, 2013 1:01 PM
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This Weekend: Head to 'The Heat' and 'Laurence Anyways,' Skip Emmerich's Latest Disaster 'White House Down'

This weekend, the movie to see is Paul Feig's buddy cop comedy "The Heat" starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, but you may want to skip Roland Emmerich's latest blow-em-up spectacle "White House Down."
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 27, 2013 3:44 PM
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'White House Down' Review and Roundup: Tatum Hits, Emmerich Misses

True confession. Always full of mischief and mayhem, Roland Emmerich movies are guilty pleasures for me. An admittedly cheesy entertainer who aims squarely for the mainstream, the German maestro stages action with flair and delivers superior visual effects--big, small, live-action and digital. When he connects--as he did with old-style effects adventure "Independence Day" (1996) and the weather-gone-amok disaster epic "The Day After Tomorrow" (which seems to be coming true), he makes multitudes of moviegoers very happy. Even "2012" was an enjoyable E-ride if you threw any real-world logic out the window.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 26, 2013 4:22 PM
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