Destroying New York in movies has become so cliché. Many major disaster movies — from King Kong to The Avengers —  features some kind of massive, cataclysmic event taking place in the city. For some people around the world, these big screen visions of the Big Apple are all they know about NYC. That cultural disconnect is the idea behind the latest pop culture art show at the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY

The Popular Face of New York is a solo show by UK artist Chris Thornley aka Raid71. He’s created a wide range of screenprints inspired by New York movies, from the destructive (Independence Day, King Kong, Ghostbusters) to the romantic (Woody Allen) and the criminal (Martin Scorsese, The King of New York). It’s a though-provoking, and fun, glimpse at an outsiders perspective on one of the most filmed cites in the world.

The show opens March 15 and runs through March 29. Check out some images below. Read More »


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Briefly: You won’t get to see the White House blow up in 3D. Not as Roland Emmerich envisioned it, anyway. While Fox had plans to release a post-converted 3D version of Independence Day on July 3, 2013, the studio has scrapped that plan. We know that the re-release was a bit of pump-priming for the possible sequel. (Or sequels, as there has been talk of two more films.) So with this cancelation, does that mean the sequels are off, too. We don’t know at this point. We also don’t know precisely why this re-release was canned; does it have to do with general interest in the film, or pricing and logistical problems with the conversion?

And while we’re on the subject of 3D re-releases from Fox, there’s word that the studio has pulled the Revenge of the Sith 3D release up by one week. So the 3D version of Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones will hit on September 20, 2013, and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith arrives on October 4. Hooray?


The producing/directing team behind Universal Soldier, Stargate and Independence Day, Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, are now officially back together and working on Independence Day 2. Devlin confirmed this in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter and though there’s no timetable on the release, discussions have begun with the returning cast members and the 2013 3D re-release of the first film will probably fit in somewhere. But wait, haven’t we heard all this before?

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A bevy of major release date announcments and shifts were just revealed. Here goes.

  • The Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel is now called Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and has been dated May 23, 2014.
  • A 3D re-release of Independence Day will hit July 3, 2013.
  • The untitled sequel to X-Men First Class will hit on July 18, 2014 with Matthew Vaughn directing.
  • Steven Spielberg‘s Robopocalypse has been pushed from 2013 to April 25, 2014
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, directed by and starring Ben Stiller, has been dated for Christmas 2013 along with Walking With Dinosaurs.
  • Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters hits August 16, 2013
  • Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy‘s untitled Paul Feig-directed comedy lands April 5, 2013.

Lots to digest here. We’ve got it after the jump. Read More »

Everything else we loved growing up is getting a belated sequel, so why not Independence Day? Fifteen years after Roland Emmerich‘s alien-invasion movie became a smash hit, grossing $800 million worldwide, Fox is gearing up to produce two back-to-back sequels. Emmerich and his writing and producing partner Dean Devlin are said to be close to completing the scripts, which will tell one story in two parts.

Whether star Will Smith will be back is another question, but the studio is reportedly prepared to move on without him if necessary. More details after the jump.

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Roland Emmerich holds a position unique among genre filmmakers in that he is the target of constant jibes and disparagement, but still makes films that people see on the promise of pure spectacle alone. He is currently finishing up the Shakespeare conspiracy thriller Anonymous — not exactly the subject matter you’d expect him to tackle — and is mulling future options. Sadly, an Independence Day sequel isn’t yet in the cards, and it looks as if his adaptation of the Isaac Asimov Foundation novels is still crawling forward. Read More »

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For years there have been rumors of a pair of Independence Day sequels that would bring aliens back to Earth, only to find that we’d learned a lot from the previous invasion and re-engineered enough alien tech to put up a formidable fight.

Roland Emmerich hasn’t done much to expand upon the rumors in the past, besides agreeing that he’d like to make the films, but now he’s finally talking in a bit more detail. Read More »


I wasn’t a huge fan of Michel Gondry’s Be Kind, Rewind, but I loved the film’s take on “sweded” videos, which had amateur filmmakers and actors recreating iconic scenes from beloved films. My absolute favorite one had to be the Terminator 2: Low Budgment Day video, but Gondry actually created a hilarious sweded version of the trailer for his own movie. While some might see the process of sweding as reductive, derivative, or just plain ridiculous, the film seemed to argue that there’s something beautiful in the art of interpretation that comes through in these low-rent films.

I was reminded of Be Kind, Rewind when I saw a piece over at Cinematical about a stage production version of Roland Emmerich’s 1996 film, Independence Day. Hit the jump to see some video of the production, and for a few more details.
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2012This week, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley reflect on the style and career of director Jon Turtletaub, try to unravel the plot of Ridley Scott’s new Monopoly movie, remember the greatness of Independence Day, and compare the Kick-Ass teaser trailer with the Comic-Con footage they’ve already seen. Special guest writer/director Dan Eckman joins us for this episode. Dan Eckman and Derrick Comedy’s first feature-length film, Mystery Team, is out in limited release right now. If you don’t have it in your local theater, head on over to their website and Demand It!

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