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Roland Emmerich, Hollywood's master of disaster, discusses directing 'Stonewall' -- EXCLUSIVE

June 28 will mark the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, in which New York City police raided a Greenwich Village gay dive bar called the Stonewall Inn. It wasn’t unusual for cops to harass and even arrest customers at gay clubs in 1969 — but this time, the Stonewall’s regulars fought back. The confrontation that ensued helped spark the gay civil rights movement.

It’s currently Day 5 on the Montreal set of Stonewall, a $20 million indie about the historic riot that stars Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Match Point), and Ron Perlman (Drive). But what’s most fascinating about the project may be its director: Roland Emmerich, the gay, German-born filmmaker best known for blockbuster science-fiction and disaster epics like Independence Day, 1998′s Godzilla, and The Day After Tomorrow.

The director, who’s destroyed the White House on multiple occasionss (in his films, anyway), checked in from the set to explain his personal passion for Stonewall, and why audiences shouldn’t be too surprised by what seems like a change of pace.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: In the past, you’ve expressed a preference to tell “fantastic stories,” and most people know you from your sci-fi and disaster films. But Stonewall is real and grounded in history. Why Stonewall, and why now?
ROLAND EMMERICH: I was always naturally interested in the subject matter. Then, maybe two or three years ago, a couple of friends and I were kind of talking about marriage equality, and one of them said to me, “You know, Roland, you should make a gay movie.” And I’m saying, “Well, nobody wants to see a gay movie from me.” And then I kind of said, “Well, if it’s an important subject matter, then maybe they will.” At the same time, I was involved with the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, and they told me that 40 percent of all homeless youth are gay, which is a disproportionate amount. That was like the bridge to today. It’s still going on. [Gay] kids get thrown out of their homes and become homeless, and [my movie] is like a story of one of these kids who gets involved in the whole Stonewall riots, because the riots were actually kind of done by the kids. A lot of them were homeless. They were hustlers, kids who had nothing to lose. READ FULL STORY

Jonathan Rhys Meyers joins 'Stonewall,' the latest from director... Roland Emmerich?

The 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City were a landmark moment of the gay civil rights movement, and with a cast that includes Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors), a new movie about the protest has all the makings of prestigious Oscar bait. And it might be. But the film, scripted by Brothers & Sisters creator Jon Robin Baitz, has a surprising director: Roland Emmerich. READ FULL STORY

'Stargate' remake in the works

What’s old is new again.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures have announced that they’re teaming with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin to launch a new film trilogy – one that might look a little familiar. The franchise will reimagine the 1994 film Stargate, a sci-fi adventure that starred Kurt Russell and James Spader. Emmerich, who directed and co-wrote the original film with Devlin, will once again be sitting in the director’s chair; Devlin will produce the remake. READ FULL STORY

'White House Down' extended trailer: 'Can you not hit me in the head with a rocket?' -- VIDEO

Remember when we all thought White House Down was just about monuments blowing up? As the new, four-minute trailer makes clear, Roland Emmerich’s new film is also about Channing Tatum, as wannabe Secret Service agent John Cale, saving his daughter; and it is also about Channing Tatum working with the president (Jamie Foxx, in glasses and sneakers) to save America. It is also funny, kind of. I think Maggie Gyllenhaal plays C.J. Cregg.

Watch the trailer below:
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'White House Down' stars bust a move -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Playing father and daughter in White House Down has clearly led to an off-screen bond between Channing Tatum and Joey King. The adorable duo even had time to come up with a seriously elaborate secret handshake.

Sony gave EW a front-row seat to the choreographed routine, which includes fake punches, a baseball pitch and even sound effects. Everybody knows that Tatum has moves, but King gives him a run for his money in the swagger department. Check out the cute on-set moment here:
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New 'White House Down' trailer shows the film's -- and star Channing Tatum's -- funny side

Roland Emmerich can always be counted upon to deliver disaster spectacle, and it’s looking like that’s going to hold true in his next movie, White House Down. The latest trailer for the upcoming movie has no shortage of Stuff Blowing Up, including iconic buildings like the U.S. Capitol.

White House Down stars Channing Tatum as a man applying for a job as a Secret Service Agent. After he’s denied that job, he takes his daughter to the White House for a tour on the same day it comes under attack, and he gets the chance to prove himself when he ends up protecting the President (Jamie Foxx).

This newest trailer depicts White House Down as more of a rollicking action movie than the tense thriller seen in the first trailer. Check out Tatum flexing both his comedy and action muscles (and his real muscles!) below: READ FULL STORY

Peter Jackson and others weigh in on Hollywood's F/X crisis

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Visual effects artists routinely work miracles onscreen, helping Hollywood generate billions of dollars every year at the box office. Still, the VFX industry is now in a state of crisis. In the past seven months, two leading F/X houses, Digital Domain and Rhythm & Hues, have gone into bankruptcy, and several other companies have had to lay off workers. “Right now it’s near rock bottom,” says Peter Oberdorfer, a former VFX artist who now runs a digital-technology consulting firm. “The pressure is building to a point where it could get volatile for everybody involved.”

In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, The Hobbit director Peter Jackson, a digital effects pioneer who co-founded the F/X company Weta Digital, says studios are taking advantage of an oversupply of F/X houses to drive down prices. “Competition between VFX houses, which the studios obviously use to their advantage, has resulted in VFX houses operating on tiny profit margins,” Jackson says. “And when we talk ‘profit,’ it’s not about the owners buying a Porsche at the end of a big movie — it’s about having a nest egg to ride out the slow periods.” READ FULL STORY

Roland Emmerich: Will Smith is 'too big' for 'Independence Day' sequels

Back in 1996, Will Smith launched onto the A-list after playing alien-slugging pilot Steven Hiller in Independence Day — and he’s stayed there ever since, reigning for nearly 20 years as one of Hollywood’s most respected and bankable stars. So now that two new Independence Day movies are in the works, fans are asking the obvious question: Is Smith coming back for the sequels?

According to director Roland Emmerich, who sat down with EW yesterday to talk about his presidential thriller White House Down (out June 28), the answer is no. READ FULL STORY

'White House Down' trailer: Channing Tatum will save us all

No one kills a peaceful, normal day like Roland Emmerich.

In Emmerich’s White House Down (the other White House under attack movie of the season) John Cale (Channing Tatum) just wants the opportunity to protect the President (Jamie Foxx). After he’s denied that job, he takes his daughter to the White House for a tour on the same day it comes under attack, and he gets the chance to prove himself. Good thing he wore his John McClane outfit.

From screenwriter James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) it’s a somewhat irresistible formula, combining the contained chaos of Die Hard and raising the stakes by putting the leader of the country in danger. We’re especially excited to see Zero Dark Thirty star Jason Clarke lead the group of mercenaries trying to overtake the White House. Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Woods also co-star as Secret Service Agents.

Check out the first trailer for the summer blockbuster below and let us know what you think.

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Roland Emmerich spills 'Independence Day' sequel details

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It’s been almost almost 17 years since aliens destroyed the White House and the Empire State Building in Roland Emmerich’s 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. But the world’s monuments aren’t safe yet. Emmerich, whose action-packed White House Down hits theaters June 28, says he plans to wreak a new round of havoc in two sequels – ID Forever Part 1 and ID Forever Part II. The films take place 20 years after the original, when a distress call sent by the first wave of aliens finally brings reinforcements to Earth. “The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back,” explains the director, who completed two scripts with Independence Day co-writer Dean Devlin and has given them to White House Down writer-producer James Vanderbilt for a rewrite. “And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years.” READ FULL STORY

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