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Independence Day: Another Lame Sequel

It needs Will Smith: critics

(Newser) - Why make a sequel to Roland Emmerich's Independence Day? Critics can't quite come up with an answer that doesn't include dollar signs. The concept of Independence Day: Resurgence : Humans have been preparing for a repeat war with aliens for 20 years—but so have the aliens. Here'... More »

White House Down Is Stupid

But critics disagree on whether or not that's a bad thing

(Newser) - Pretty much everyone seems to agree that White House Down, Roland Emmerich's latest disaster thriller starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, is implausible, ridiculous, and kind of dumb. The question is whether or not that's a bad thing, and critics seem to fall pretty distinctly into the "... More »

Book, Movie Spur Shakespeare Debate

Why the 'battle of the bard' keeps going

(Newser) - An upcoming film by action picture director Roland Emmerich claims the Earl of Oxford secretly wrote Shakespeare's plays. Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro, meanwhile, has written a book defending the bard. He tells the Wall Street Journal why the debate is hotter than ever:
  • "It may have something to do
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Emma Watson Is Top-Paid Woman in Hollywood

'Harry Potter' star banked $41M, ranks just 14th among moneymakers

(Newser) - Emma Watson made more money last year than any other actress in the world. The Harry Potter star banked over $30 million from acting and modeling jobs; she has worked on ad campaigns for Burberry and People Tree. Watson ranked 14th on Vanity Fair 's list of Hollywood's top moneymakers,... More »

2012 Soars to Top Spot

Apocalypse flick does $65M as 'Precious' cracks top 5

(Newser) - Apocalypse preview 2012 raked in $65 million domestically at the weekend box office, the high end of the prerelease estimate range, en route to a $225 million haul worldwide. The doomsday action flick handily beat A Christmas Carol, which performed strongly in its second weekend in release. A new entry... More »

2012 Spectacular but Stupid

End-of-the-world epic is 'disaster porn' at its finest

(Newser) - Critics agree that world-destroying disaster epic 2012 boasts some stunning special effects, but they're split on whether that makes up for the cheesy script—and the run time of 2 hours, 38 minutes.
  • Director Roland Emmerich's previous destruction-fests Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow "are nothing compared to
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B.C. a Mammoth Waste of Time

CGI wizardry doesn't sustain 10,000 B.C.

(Newser) - The prehistoric adventure 10,000 B.C. isn't just a spectacle of cutting-edge effects, it's "a tedious bore in which grubby people stand around muttering in a variety of badly chosen accents," writes Josh Tyler in Cinema Blend. Unfortunately for writer/director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After ... More »

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