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Eco-thriller Geostorm, with Gerard Butler as a weather-busting scientist, is the latest movie to battle the environment. From Blade Runner 2049 to Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, film are turning up the heat on the big screen
In 2004, when climate change was still called global warming, it was considered sensational enough to get top billing in The Day After Tomorrow, a city-smashing blockbuster by disaster master Roland Emmerich. But the incremental death march of the real thing was considered a little too slow for Independence Day’s king of kablooey. So impatient was he to bring forth a biblical flood and subsequent ice age that was epic enough to swallow the Statue of Liberty, Emmerich conspired to make his cataclysm happen in days, not decades, courtesy of a cosmically unlucky (and scientifically unlikely) flash freeze.
Related: Spoiler alerts: the five best climate-change films
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- Graeme Virtue
The directorial debut of producer Dean Devlin (“Independence Day”) was always going to draw sneers from disaster-movie haters. Yet Devlin’s long-delayed, wannabe blockbuster “Geostorm” risks failing to live up to the presumably low expectations of fans of films like “2012” and “The Day After Tomorrow.”
- Bennett Campbell Ferguson
It was a beautiful validation for comic book fans everywhere when the Marvel Cinematic Universe grew so unstoppable that some of the trippiest and hardest-to-adapt characters were finally able to star in their own franchises, with A-list actors to boot. None have been weirder than Doctor Strange. And now, It's hard to imagine anyone other than Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of the Sorcerer Supreme, who Steve Ditko and Stan Lee introduced in the pages of Strange Tales back in the summer of 1963. But things could have turned out a lot different.
As things got cooking for Marvel's Phase 3, there were a slew of big name actors in contention for the magical role of Doctor Stephen Strange. And a few A listers came very close to signing that contract. As Marvel puts it, Benedict Cumberbatch was always the first choice. But we're not so sure about that, as one particular »
The sudden surge of natural disasters is turning a lot of heads these days since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and now Hurricane Irma has come in right on its heels. This is making many people wonder what might be happening in our environment and why these disasters are coming with such frequency. It’s also making a lot of people think that movies such as The Day After Tomorrow are more on point than anyone might want to believe. There are a great many doubters obviously and even cynics that state that Hollywood knows how to make a good disaster thriller
Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios has acquired North American rights to the Keanu Reeves sci-fi thriller “Replicas” for $4 million. Alice Eve (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) also stars in the film, which is directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (“The Day After Tomorrow”) from a script written by Stephen Hamel and Chad St. John. After a car accident kills his loving family, a daring neuroscientist (Reeves) will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if it means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force and the physical laws of science themselves. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Coinciding with the news that it will hold a panel at the New York Comic Con in October, we’ve got a first look image from the upcoming sci-fi thriller Replicas. The film stars Keanu Reeves as a scientist who loses his family in an accident and sets out to bring his wife and children back through the use of cloning technology. Take a look at the first image here…
Replicas is directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (The Day After Tomorrow) from a script by Chad St. John (London Has Fallen), and sees Reeves joined in the cast by Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley).
The Nycc panel for Replicas will take place on October 5th, and we’ll hopefully get our first look at the trailer then too. »
- Gary Collinson
Keanu Reeves will return to New York Comic Con next month to promote his new film Replicas, where the first footage will be shown from this impending sci-fi thriller. As of now, a release date for Replicas has yet to be announced, but it seems possible that may be revealed during the panel. Here's the official description of the Nyccc presentation, including who will be joining Keanu Reeves at the Javits Center.
"Join Keanu Reeves and the team behind Replicas, for an exclusive first look and conversation about the film. Reeves developed and produced the Replicas with his producing partner, Stephen Hamel, and Transformers franchise producer, Lorenzo di Bonaventura. The film is written by Chad St. John (London Has Fallen) from a story by Hamel, and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (writer of The Day After Tomorrow). Replicas is the story of a scientist (Reeves) who loses his family in a horrific accident, »
Director Cameo Wood had a very busy weekend, traveling from Indiana to California to accept Two awards for her film, “Real Artists.” The science fiction short won “Best VFX” at the prestigious HollyShorts festival in Los Angeles, and “Best Science Fiction Film” at GenCon in Indianapolis. "Real Artists" (previously featured in indieWIRE) explores the future of creativity. It stars renowned actress Tamlyn Tomita (“Four Rooms,” “The Joy Luck Club,” “The Day After Tomorrow”) and marks the debut of Tiffany Hines (“24: Legacy,” “Bones”) in a sci-fi indie role. Director Cameo Wood has studied artificial intelligence and neuroscience at Simon's Rock College of Bard and Duke University, participating in the first “Original Imitation Game” (aka Turing Test) as seen in Wired. Set in an unsettling tomorrow, "Real Artists" is the new...
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China might be escalating its crackdown on investment into Hollywood, but at least one bold film company with Middle Kingdom roots is forging ahead undeterred.
Starlight Culture Entertainment Group, a China-backed firm with offices in Hong Kong and Beverly Hills, has launched a $100 million development fund to enlist veteran Hollywood directors. And the company has already discretely done a series of deals with an impressive roster of in-demand filmmakers, including F. Gary Gray (The Fate of the Furious, Straight Outta Compton), Roland Emmerich (Independence Day: Resurgence, The Day After Tomorrow) and Jon M. Chu (Now You See Me 2, »
- Patrick Brzeski
Warner Bros. have released a new trailer for their disaster flick Geostorm, which stars Gerard Butler, Katheryn Winnick, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Andy Garcia and Ed Harris. Directed by Dean Devlin, the film sees the world’s weather go haywire after the satellites controlling the weather are hacked, wreaking havoc across the planet. Looks like a combination of every Roland Emmerich disaster film rolled into one outrageous package if you ask me… 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, even Independence Day (given that its a force “outside” Earth causing the problems).
When catastrophic climate change endangers Earth’s very survival, world governments unite to create a global network of satellites armed with technologies designed to stave off natural disasters. After successfully protecting the planet for years, something goes wrong. Two estranged brothers must repair the program’s malfunction before a worldwide Geostorm engulfs the planet.
Geostorm will be released on October 20th. »
- Phil Wheat
Geostorm looks to be in an eco apocalypse film in the best tradition of Roland Emmerich (Read: The Day after Tomorrow, 2012) which is not surprising considering it was directed by long time Emmerich collaborator, Dean Devlin.
Synopsis as follows:
When catastrophic climate change endangers Earth's very survival, world governments unite and create the Dutch Boy Program: a world wide net of satellites, surrounding the planet, that are armed with geoengineering technologies designed to stave off the natural disasters.
After successfully protecting the planet for two years, something is starting to go wrong. Two estranged brothers are tasked with solving [Continued ...] »
As an audience, we’ve gone from simple tornado movies like “Twister” to the world is dying movies like “2012” and “The Day After Tomorrow,” so what does “Geostorm” bring to the table that’s new and exciting? According to the new trailer, released today, a malfunctioning weather satellite. Yep, “Geostorm” is about a weather-controlling technology that goes crazy and, you guessed it, almost destroys the world.
- Charles Dean
Hollywood North: 12 major flicks filmed in CanadaHollywood North: 12 major flicks filmed in CanadaDaniel Bettridge6/27/2017 3:00:00 Pm
Everyone knows that Hollywood is the centre of the movie universe. But did you know that the likes of Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal have made some pretty important contributions to the multiplex too? Because they have. In fact the great white north has played an important role in the film industry down the years.
So to help celebrate Canada 150, join us as we look back on 11 blockbusters that you didn’t know were made in our home and native land.
The Twilight Saga – British Columbia
Want to follow in the brooding footsteps of Edward, Bella and the rest of the Twilight crew? Then head on over to beautiful British Columbia where the majority of the blockbuster franchise based on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling teen novels were shot.
Pacific Rim - Toronto
- Daniel Bettridge
Thanks to his decorated career behind the lens, Roland Emmerich is often credited as Hollywood’s master of cinematic destruction. From 2012 to Independence Day to The Day After Tomorrow, moviegoers have witnessed Emmerich tear Earth’s monuments asunder (often twice!), but August heralds a new pretender to the throne of ridiculously over-the-top spectacle: Sharknado 5: Global Swarming.
Of course, whereas Roland Emmerich’s movies tend to be more serious in tone (“the neutrinos are mutating!”), Syfy’s cult Sharknado franchise embraces its zany, irreverent nature wholeheartedly, and we’re pleased to report that that satirical streak will continue with the launch of Global Swarming on August 6th.
In order to ramp up excitement, the network has today unleashed the bonkers first teaser trailer, which targets many of the world’s most famous monuments. Returning for another helping of ‘nado action are Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and his bionic wife, April »
- Michael Briers
Image Source: FX If you got sucked into the crazy world of American Crime Story last year, we have good news: the show has already lined up quite a few stories for future seasons. Now that we know the ideas for seasons two and three have been swapped, we can really dive into the details. In addition to plenty of information about season two (which will focus on the murder of Gianni Versace) and the knowledge that season four will hone in on the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal, season three is shaping up to be pretty intense. So, where will we be going after the O.J. Simpson and Versace cases? We've scrounged up all the details we could find, and we've got good news and bad news. 1. The Story The third season of American Crime Story is about Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath of its devastation in New Orleans. »
- Ryan Roschke
Eric Dane and Natalie Zea star in the thrilling drama, Grey Lady, arriving on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand on June 27 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Following a clue given to him by his murdered partner and lover, Detective James Doyle must track down a serial killer before he becomes the next victim. Written and directed by John Shea (Southie) the film also stars Adrian Lester, Carolyn Stotesbery, Chris Meyer, Rebecca Gayheart, and Amy Madigan. The Grey Lady DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.
Here’s the Grey Lady trailer:
When Boston Police Detective James Doyle’s (Eric Dane) partner is killed in an ambush, a clue sends him to Nantucket in the lonely off-season. A murder mystery unfolds, one that draws the guilty and the innocent into its vortex. As Doyle hunts the killer and the killer hunts him, he discovers that things »
- Tom Stockman
Author: Zehra Phelan
Cannes Film Festival yesterday saw another unveiling. Independence Day director, Roland Emmerich, has officially been confirmed to take the helm of the World War II project, Midway, which he will also co-produce.
The Battle of Midway in the South Pacific was a decisive naval battle in June 1942, six months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The U.S. Navy defeated an attacking fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy near Midway Atoll after U.S. codebreakers were able to pinpoint the time and place of the attack. The damage to the Japanese fleet was so extensive that it never recovered and military historians regard the battle as a turning point in the war.
This won’t be the first time The Battle of Midway has been covered on film, back in 1976, Universal’s epic “Midway,” starring Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Hal Holbrook, Toshiro Mifune, »
- Zehra Phelan
The Chinese-based Bona Film Group finalized the biggest deal to come out of the Cannes Film Festival, shelling out $80 million for a new World War II thriller Midway, which has Roland Emmerich set to direct. Bona Film Group has acquired worldwide film distribution rights for every market except the U.S., with CAA brokering the deal and representing the U.S. rights. It isn't clear if there is a domestic distributor being lined up quite yet, but this project is said to be Roland Emmerich's next film.
Deadline reports that Wes Tooke (Colony) wrote the script, with Bona Film Group's Yu Dong producing alongside Mark Gordon for The Mark Gordon Company, Matt Jackson and Harald Kloser. The film is an epic telling of the Battle of Midway, a turning point in the Pacific theater of World War II. The story follows the real soldiers and aviators who pulled »
The project was unveiled Tuesday at the Cannes Film Festival. Bona will distribute the film in China and retains worldwide distribution rights, excluding the U.S. CAA brokered the deal and will represent U.S. distribution rights.
The Battle of Midway in the South Pacific was a decisive naval battle in June, 1942, six months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The U.S. Navy defeated an attacking fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy near Midway Atoll after U.S. codebreakers were able to pinpoint the time and place of the attack. The damage to the Japanese fleet was so extensive that it never recovered and military historians regard the battle as a turning point in the war.
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- Dave McNary
The second installment of Ryan Murphy’s new anthology series will focus on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Bush was President during the disaster and was widely criticized for the government’s response. He was previously portrayed by Josh Brolin in the Oliver Stone film “W.” Quaid joins previously announced cast members Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, and Sarah Paulson.
Quaid is a well-known star of both film and television. He has appeared in movies such as “The Day After Tomorrow,” “The Alamo,” and “Frequency.” He also previously played President Bill Clinton in the TV movie “The Special Relationship” and the fictional President Stanton in “American Dreamz.” He has also starred in the television series “Vegas,” “The Art of More,” and “Fortitude.” He is repped by Wme and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman »
- Joe Otterson
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