With just a few days until Independence Day: Resurgence hits theaters, we still don’t know how good this sequel is going to be. As we reported over the weekend, the only screening being made available to press and critics will be on Friday morning, about 15 hours after the general public is able to see the movie at Thursday night preview screenings around the country. That either means the movie isn’t very good, there’s a secret they don’t want spoiled, or since their confidence in X-Men: Apocalypse backfired, they’re just being more cautious. We’ll find out later this week.
But one thing we do know now is how Brent Spiner was able to return as the eccentric Dr. Okun after appearing to meet his demise in the original Independence Day. A new video from Earth Space Defense profiles the Area 51 scientist as one of the heroes of The War of ’96, and part of the video reveals what happened to Dr. Okun after being attacked by one of the aliens and used as a communication vessel to speak with President Whitmore.
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Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
The last time Tim Burton and Eva Green teamed up, we got the fairly awful Dark Shadows adaptation. To be sure, the film’s failures weren’t Green’s fault — indeed, she was one of the few bright spots in it. Still, here’s hoping their new collaboration will turn out better.
Based on the bestselling novel by Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children stars Asa Butterfield as a seemingly ordinary teenager who discovers a hidden refuge for “peculiars” — people with extraordinary powers. As he gets to know the ins and outs of this secret world, he realizes they’re all in danger, and that he’s the only one who can save them. Watch the new Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children trailer below. Read More »
This coming week, Independence Day: Resurgence brings back the alien threat, looking to finish the job they started 20 years ago in Roland Emmerich‘s original blockbuster. So far the trailers have promised some big alien invasion action, while viral videos have really played up the universe in which the world finds itself advanced by alien technology thanks to the Earth Space Defense program. Now we get a taste of the more depressing side of the world of Independence Day after 20 years.
In our interview with Roland Emmerich from the set if Independence Day: Resurgence, the director revealed that 2 or 3 billion people had died in the attacks from the first movie. That’s a huge chunk of the world population. And it appears we still have some reminders of the destruction from 20 years ago in the form of the ruins of Las Vegas. However, it’s less of a memorial and more of a tourist gimmick now.
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Throughout the early 2000s, Zac Efron jumped around with small roles in TV shows and made-for-TV movies. But he caught his big break on The Disney Channel as one of the stars of High School Musical. The TV movies sparked two sequels, one of which actually ended up in theaters, and gave Efron the firm footing to launch a film career. Since then, he’s only returned to the musical world once with a supporting turn in Hairspray, but now he’ll finally be singing and dancing on the big screen again.
Zac Efron is currently in talks to take a role alongside Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman on Earth, the circus musical that has been developing since 2009, following the creation of the three-ring Barnum & Bailey Circus. Find out more about Zac Efron in The Greatest Showman on Earth after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Alien: Covenant is deep into production and we know precious little about the sixth film in this legendary horror/science fiction series. We know that it is a semi-direct sequel to Prometheus, following a new group of characters who stumble into the mess created by the events of that film. We know that Michael Fassbender‘s morally murky android David is set to return. We know that it will follow tradition and embrace the R rating, because what is an Alien movie without a little viscera? Beyond that, 20th Century Fox has done a pretty good job at keeping most of the secrets related to this movie (with one noteworthy exception) from the public eye.
In other words, don’t expand any grand revelations from this newly released Alien: Covenant set photo. But hey, it’s a slow news day.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
2016 looked like it could be a turning point for video game movies, but so far the results have been severely mixed. The Angry Birds Movie has made good money, but did little to change the minds of people who thought a film based on an iPhone game was a dumb idea. Ratchet & Clank was a flop all around. And Warcraft may have made big money in China, but it opened to poor reviews and dismal box office at home.
Fortunately, the genre will have one more chance to break the curse later this year with Assassin’s Creed. Directed by Justin Kurzel, the fantasy adventure stars Michael Fassbender as a modern-day man who gets roped into an ancient conflict between the Assassins and the Templars. He’s forced to relive the “genetic memories” of his ancestor Aguilar, who lived in 15th century Spain. A new Assassin’s Creed behind-the-scenes trailer shows off some of the cool, crazy stunts in store, along with some talking-head commentary from Fassbender and Kurzel. Watch it below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 13th, 2016 by Angie Han
As James Wan enjoys the success of The Conjuring 2 and prepares to dive into Aquaman, another of his projects is taking a big step forward. San Andreas director Brad Peyton has signed on for Malignant Man, an adaptation of a Boom! Studios comic that Wan co-created. Yep, in between all his directing and producing commitments, Wan somehow found time to write a comic. Read More »
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has taken it upon himself to point out the scientific inaccuracy of some sci-fi movies, taking some of the fun out of the fiction part of the genre. However, it’ll be interesting to see if he goes out of his way to point out the inaccuracies in the forthcoming animated sequel Ice Age: Collision Course, especially since he’ll have a small role in the movie, appearing as an anthropomorphic animal version of himself.
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Posted on Friday, June 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express remake has a long way to go if it hopes to catch up to the star power of Sidney Lumet’s 1974 version, which featured Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, Anthony Perkins, and Vanessa Redgrave. But getting Angelina Jolie on board is probably a good place to start. The actress has reportedly entered early talks to join Kenneth Branagh, who will both star in and direct the mystery. Read More »