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Film News Roundup: Lionsgate Buys Roland Emmerich’s ‘Moonfall’ for North America

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In today’s film news roundup, Lionsgate re-teams with Roland Emmerich for “Moonfall,” Kimberly Scott is cast opposite Jennifer Hudson, Syd Mead receives an honor and sci-fier “Alternate” gets a green light.

Rights Deal

Lionsgate has bought North American rights to Roland Emmerich’s science-fiction project “Moonfall.”

The deal, announced Tuesday, re-teams Lionsgate with Emmerich after they previously collaborated on the World War II epic “Midway.” The movie’s North American box office take has topped $43 million in less than three weeks.

Moonfall” centers on a mysterious force knocking the moon from its orbit around Earth, which sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. In response, a ragtag team launches an impossible last-ditch mission into space to land on the lunar surface and save Earth from annihilation. The cast is not yet set.

“Roland Emmerich is the undisputed master of spectacular high-concept epics, and
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‘Stargate’ at 25: How Roland Emmerich’s Sci-Fi Classic Overcame a Chaotic Birth

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‘Stargate’ at 25: How Roland Emmerich’s Sci-Fi Classic Overcame a Chaotic Birth
Roland Emmerich’s 1994 sci-fi adventure “Stargate” ended up grossing over $196 million worldwide, but the path to becoming a hit wasn’t easy. The independently-made film that opened 25 years ago this week spawned TV series including the 1997-2007 “Stargate Sg-1,” direct to video movies, video games and comic books, but it was not well-received with audiences in early test screenings.

The problem was with Jaye Davidson’s character, Ra, a powerful and ruthless alien in human form who had enslaved people from Earth and taken them to another planet via the Stargate, an ancient, ring-shaped device that creates a wormhole.

“He wasn’t originally an alien in the movie,” says producer and co-writer Dean Devlin. “He was originally an Egyptian who worked for the aliens. He was the boss of the humans, but he was still slave to the aliens. One day I’ll never forget, Roland and I were in
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Incoming – Review

Review by Mark Longden

The “space / future prison” genre has a long and honourable history. Well, okay, neither of those things are true, but there are certainly plenty of them. From the classic “Escape From New York”, to 1990’s “Moon 44”, to “Alien 3”, both “Fortress” movies, 1997’s “Moonbase”, “Assault On Dome 4”, then getting further down the quality scale to “Starfire Mutiny” and “Total Reality” (there are plenty of others), audiences have been delighted by the implausibility of sending your worst criminals into space when it would be a great deal cheaper and easier to put them in a vault at the bottom of the ocean, or something, for 40 years.

The latest addition is “Incoming”, which first piqued my interest due to its casting of Scott Adkins. Adkins is B-movie royalty – you might recognise him from small roles in “Doctor Strange” and the second “Expendables”, but although his filmography sounds like
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16 classic video labels, and what happened to them

Simon Brew May 30, 2017

Cic Video? Medusa? Odyssey? Thorn Emi? We track down the classic video companies of yesterday…

The modern DVD and Blu-ray market? Well, it’s all so corporate isn’t it? No slight on the releases, or the companies involved, but I don’t think anyone gets a frission of excitement when they see a Warner Bros Home Entertainment logo on a box, in the way they used to when the Medusa logo popped up. And whilst there are firms such as Arrow and Eureka keeping the flag of quirky film companies flying, there are still a few names consigned to the VHS recycle bin, whose story is in danger of being lost. Hence, this article…

Tartan Video

For a long time, along with Artificial Eye, Tartan Video was one of the most prominent releases of world cinema in the UK. In the 1990s in particular, its commitment
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50 forgotten sci-fi films from the 1990s

We may remember Independence Day, The Matrix, The Phantom Menace. But what about these forgotten 90s sci-fi films? And are any worth seeing?

Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.

But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.

So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck,
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Roland Emmerich’s ‘Stonewall’ Sells To Warner Bros Germany In 1st Major Deal

Roland Emmerich’s ‘Stonewall’ Sells To Warner Bros Germany In 1st Major Deal
Exclusive: Roland Emmerich’s independently-produced drama Stonewall has made its first big international sale. Warner Bros Germany has acquired the just-wrapped film in Emmerich’s native country. The Jon Robin Baitz-scripted drama tells the story of a young man’s political awakening set against the backdrop of the 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, a mafia-owned bar that became the flashpoint for the gay rights movement. Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp, Caleb Landry Jones, Joey King, Matt Craven, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman and up-and-comers Karl Glusman, Vlademir Alexis, and Alexandre Nachi star. Of the sale, Emmerich says, “Telling the story of the Stonewall riots has long been a great passion of mine. I couldn’t be more thrilled that Warner Bros will be releasing the film in Germany. I first worked with Warner Bros 25 years ago on Moon 44, and I’m looking forward to working very closely with them again.
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How Independence Day Defined Modern Summer Movies

Ryan Lambie Jul 3, 2019

The original Independence Day changed summer movies forever.

This article originally appeared on Den of Geek UK.

In 1990, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin were Hollywood outsiders. Devlin was a young New York-born actor who'd appeared in a few TV shows and movies, such as the 1985 comedy Real Genius. Emmerich was a German filmmaker whose credits consisted of low budget films such as The Noah's Ark Principle (1984) and Hollywood-Monster (1987). Emmerich's 1990 film, Moon 44, was about pilots defending mining colonies with space-faring helicopters, and featured a glum-looking Malcolm McDowell.

Dean Devlin was also among Moon 44's cast, and it was here that he forged a partnership with Emmerich: Devlin hated Moon 44's dialogue, so he went and wrote his own. Within two years, they'd made their first film together, Universal Soldier, written by Devlin, directed by Emmerich, and produced by Carolco. It was a larger-than-life, daft sci-fi
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Independence Day: the film that defined modern summer movies

Independence Day was released in the Us 18 years ago today. Ryan looks at its ongoing impact on how summer movies are made and marketed...

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In 1990, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin were Hollywood outsiders. Devlin was a young New York-born actor who'd appeared in a few TV shows and movies, such as the 1985 comedy, Real Genius. Emmerich was a German filmmaker whose credits consisted of low-budget films such as The Noah's Ark Principle (1984), and Hollywood-Monster (1987). Emmerich's 1990 film, Moon 44, was about pilots defending mining colonies with space-faring helicopters, and featured a glum-looking Malcolm McDowell.

Dean Devlin was also among Moon 44's cast, and it was here that he forged a partnership with Emmerich: Devlin hated Moon 44's dialogue, so he went and wrote his own. Within two years, they'd made their first film together - Universal Soldier, written by Devlin, directed by Emmerich, and produced by Carolco.
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Mad Max's Weekend Movie Guide: 'White House Down' & More

"Americans ... still believe in an America where anything's possible — they just don't think their leaders do." – Barack Obama

Greetings from the apocalypse! This week some Texas Republicans tried to implement a dastardly plan but were narrowly defeated by plucky State Senator Wendy Davis. Hopefully direct-to-video kings The Asylum can make a "White House Down" knockoff called "Texas State Capitol Down" for DVD shelves two weeks from now, starring Debbie Gibson as Wendy Davis. Yay!

Friday, June 28

Pow! In Theaters

Ah Roland Emmerich, only you have the antidote to the summer blues. The German who's cinematically blitzkrieged more than one of our national landmarks several times over is taking down 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue once again in "White House Down." He's enlisted Channing Tatum as an Aryan super soldier to rescue President Ray Charles (Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx) from terrorists intent on burning Washington D.C. to the ground. I visited the set
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Directors' Trademarks: Roland Emmerich

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Each week Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This week, with the release of White House Down, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of Roland Emmerich as director.

When I think of Roland Emmerich, I think of the man that single-handedly resurrected and then destroyed a lost cinema genre (the disaster film). Emmerich’s most successful film, Independence Day (1996) ignited audience’s thirst for big-budget special-effects-laden blockbusters, and also redefined what a disaster movie could be for the 1990’s. Other film makers followed (Armageddon (1998), Deep Impact (1998), Volcano (1997), The Core (2003)), in an attempt to cash in on audience’s renewed thirst for destruction. Emmerich has made no attempt to cover up his fondness for such films. He has said that his favorite films include The Poseidon Adventure (1972), and The Towering Inferno (1974). Therefore, he decided to make
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Universal to reboot ‘Mummy’ & ‘Helsing’; CW picks up a few shows & ‘Stargate’ composer Goldsmith dies

Universal has signed a new two-year deal with writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and their K/O Paper Products production company. The first two films out the gate will be reboots of Universal properties The Mummy and Van Helsing. Their writing credits include two Transformers movies and the Star Trek reboot as well as the much maligned Cowboys & Aliens. On the TV side, they created the underrated Fringe and produce the Hawaii Five-0 reboot.

The set-bound 4th Doctor Who story of season 7 -a probable bottle-episode due to so much expensive location shooting for episodes 1, 2, 3 and 5- is confirmed to be a story that brings back Unit and involves Henry VIII and his wife Catherine. Stephen Blything and Law & Order: UK’s Jemma Redgrave has been cast in those roles. The episode has a working title of Cubed.

For those girls who were wondering, and a few boys too, The
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Roland Emmerich set to direct a sci-fi movie, and it isn’t Asteroids

Director Roland Emmerich has ruled out his involvement in the Asteroids videogame adaptation, but confirms that he’s definitely making Singularity

Roland Emmerich is no stranger to sci-fi. Since Moon 44 in 1990, a low-budget feature about ex-convict helicopter pilots in space, Emmerich has brought us his own, slightly peculiar brand of genre fare, which usually sees entire continents crumble in huge balls of flame - the defining aspect of Emmerich's CV, in fact, is that he's responsible for the destruction of more cities than Godzilla.

That pyrotechnic excess has been temporarily quelled for the director’s digression into period drama, Anonymous, which has something to do with Shakespeare. It was widely thought that, within the next few months or so, Emmerich would head back to the sci-fi genre with Asteroids, an adaptation of everyone’s favourite 80s rock-shooting arcade game. But speaking at the Toronto Film Festival, Emmerich has nipped
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Genuinely terrible movie taglines

A good movie tagline can, at the very least, help in the promotion of a film. But what about when it goes wrong? Er

The art of the movie tagline is a tricky one that generally involves locking clever people into a room until they come up with something catchy. Yet, sometimes the coffee machine isn't working. Everyone is in a bad mood. There's no Toby Ziegler figure to come in and solve everything.

And that's when you end up with this collection of oddities. Here, we're looking at taglines that just do little to sell the film. In all truth, we quite like some of the ones we're about to show you (Hombre is a corker). But do they do their job? Er, not really.

Without further ado...

Earthquake

This Charlton Heston-headlined 1974 disaster movie was, in fairness, released at a point where poster taglines were just a little bit minimal.
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Is this the most error-filled DVD cover ever?

Ryan Lambie Feb 2, 2017

The DVD of Moon 44 has, er, a few typos on it. Can you find one with more?

It's true to say that everyone makes mistakes, and we at Den Of Geek would never claim that we haven't made plenty of them ourselves. But we stumbled upon a DVD cover that is so error-filled that we couldn't resist sharing it with you.

It's the cover for the original UK, Region 0 release of Roland Emmerich's 1990 movie, Moon 44. We purchased it from a reputable online vendor for the princely sum of three pounds. At first, we were mostly taken aback by the words, "In the Outer Zone... you need a friend", which is surely one of the most uninspiring taglines ever conceived.

Then we began scrutinising the advertising blurb on the back cover, and were surprised at just how many typos and errors we discovered. And the more we studied it,
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Is this the most error-filled DVD cover ever?

The DVD of Moon 44 arrived in the post late last week. Imagine our surprise when we managed to spot no fewer than eight errors on it...

It's true to say that everyone makes mistakes, and we at Den Of Geek would never claim that we haven't made plenty of them ourselves. But earlier this week, we stumbled upon a DVD cover that is so error-filled that we couldn't resist sharing it with you.

It's the cover for the UK, Region 0 release of Roland Emmerich's 1990 movie, Moon 44. We purchased it from a reputable online vendor for the princely sum of three pounds. At first, we were mostly taken aback by the words, "In the Outer Zone... you need a friend", which is surely one of the most uninspiring taglines ever conceived.

Then we began scrutinising the advertising blurb on the back cover, and were surprised at just how
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Interview with Mark Bessenger of Bite Marks starring Stephen Geoffreys (Fright Night)

Mark Bessenger Hey horror fans. Remember how we've all been complaining about an array of lifeless horror film remakes and bland horror film concepts? So when something comes along that tries to give us something different, something edgy, we should be out there supporting it, right? ....Well Bite Marks starring Windham Beacham, Benjamin Lutz, David Alanson and Stephen Geoffreys, is that film! Bite Marks deals with a truck driver and a gay couple who must fight off a pack of blood thirsty vampires after their truck breaks down in the middle of a lumber yard and it turns out their cargo is a coffin carrying vamps. What makes Bite Marks different is its humor, the way that its characters develop, the merger of horror/comedy/gay indie film, etc. You're probably saying to yourself though "but that's the gay vampire film?". Gay, straight, black, white, low budget, big budget -
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