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Review: 'Independence Day' sequel isn't worth a celebration

Hey, the White House finally makes it through an Independence Day movie.

The rest of the sci-fi sequel Independence Day: Resurgence (*1/2 out of four; rated PG-13; in theaters now) is a real disaster and amounts to a completely unneeded follow-up to the entertaining original 20 years ago. Returning director Roland Emmerich’s film checks all the appropriate boxes — wanton destruction, malevolent aliens, B-movie dialogue, rampant silliness — but the old charm just isn’t there anymore.

Resurgence does age in real time from the first Independence Day. The aftermath of the "War of ’96" has brought two decades of new alien technology melded with ours, a major worldwide rebuilding project and a complete lack of armed conflict between countries. Of course, that utopia ends again on July 4 when a new all-out alien assault — led by a seriously irked queen — begins with the arrival of a cosmic monstrosity 3,000 miles in diameter with its own gravity field. (How else would the thing pick up all of Asia and drop it on Europe? R.I.P. Big Ben.)


Darth Vader is going to be in Star Wars: Rogue One · Newswire · The A.V. Club

A lot of the advanced buzz around Star Wars: Rogue One has been about how “gritty” and “dark” Gareth Edwards’ spin-off is going to be. This new, grimmer tone has raised the hackles of studio executives, who are reportedly trying to get more involved in the creative process, which we all know will only make the movie better, or at least wetter. But Edwards’ dark new direction probably makes more sense to them now that it looks like Darth Vader is going to make an appearance in his film.

Entertainment Weekly got an exclusive first look at Rogue One, and is dishing out the details, including the news that Darth Vader won’t just have a mental chokehold on the troops of the Empire. The publication confirms that Vader is back, trumpeting the statement on the latest cover. From what EW tells Good Morning America, it sounds like Director Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) is toiling in Vader’s shadow and trying to earn the Sith Lord’s approval.


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Box Office: 'X-Men: Apocalypse' No. 1 With $80M; 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' Bombs - Hollywood Reporter

Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse is easily winning the Memorial Day box-office race, devouring the family-friendly Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Apocalypse grossed $65 million for the three-day weekend, putting its four-day holiday gross at an estimated $80 million from 4,150 theaters, 30 percent behind Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past ($110 million). The big difference between the two films: Apocalypse was lambasted by many critics, who conversely adored Days of Future Past, released over Memorial Day weekend in 2010.


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Box Office: 'Captain America: Civil War' Rockets to $75M Friday for Huge $180M Debut - Hollywood Reporter

Disney and Marvel's Captain America: Civil War continues to do mighty business at the box office, earning an estimated $75.3 million Friday on its way to $180 million for its domestic debut -- the fifth best opening weekend ever.

The stellar tally from industry estimates gives the superhero film the eighth best opening day in history, just ahead of The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($72.7 million) and behind The Dark Knight Rises ($75.8 million).


The Angry Birds Movie: Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader exclaim angry words — exclusive |

The Angry Birds Movie explains how the birds from the popular mobile game came to be so, well, angry, and a vignette called “Angry Words” debuting exclusively on (watch it, above!) shows members of the voice cast of the action-comedy exclaiming angry phrases, demonstrating the myriad shapes a temper can take.

Case in point, Jason Sudeikis yells, as a play on his character, “Seeing red!”; Bill Hader cries out, “You are getting under my skin!”; Kate McKinnon says, with a vampirish air, “Out for blood”; Peter Dinklage asserts, with a terrifying coolness, “On a warpath.” That’s just to start, as Keegan-Michael Key, Tituss Burgess, Danny McBride, Smosh’s Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla, Blake Shelton, Maya Rudolph, Tony Hale, and Josh Gad also bring angry phrases of their own to the video. 


'Jungle Book' rules the box office again | Fox News

Disney's "The Jungle Book" trounced a handful of underperforming new releases to rule the box office for a third consecutive week, while next week's certain champ, "Captain America: Civil War," began setting records overseas.

Jon Favreau's live-action Rudyard Kipling adaptation earned $42.4 million in its third week at North American theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday. One of the year's biggest hits, "The Jungle Book" has now totaled $684.8 million globally.


‘Captain America: Civil War’ Vs. ‘Batman V Superman’

Captain America: Civil War arrives in theaters on May 6, 2016, and so far critics are loving it. Coming on the heels of the critically panned Batman v Superman, it’s difficult not to compare two of the year’s biggest films. Its important to look at this aspect because as much as studio executives hate to admit it, Hollywood’s superhero genre is a race between Marvel and DC, with Marvel being the clear front runner.

The Zack Synder-directed Batman v Superman has made over $850 million dollars worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. Normally, this would be considered a financial win for any film, but for this movie that isn’t necessarily the case. The film surprisingly underperformed in China — earning $70 million — a sum that is well under the $155 million earned by Avengers: Age of Ultron. So the evidence shows, as the Daily Beast reports.


6 Things Justice League Needs To Do Better Than Batman V Superman - CINEMABLEND

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been in theaters for nearly two weeks, but talk hasn’t died down about it. While a sizable chunk of comic book fans and some moviegoers like the second DCEU installment, the movie has earned more negative reviews than positive ones. Although Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman are the next DC movies coming up, Justice League: Part One begins production next week, with Zack Snyder directing again. This Justice League movie is essentially the direct follow-up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which means there’s a lot the November 2017 flick can learn from it.

Justice League: Part One is without a doubt DC’s biggest movie yet, which means there’s a lot riding on it succeeding. Mixed reviews aren’t going to cut it anymore. It needs to be spectacular if the current slate of DC movies is going to remain unchanged. To help out, these are the suggestions we have on how Justice League: Part One can improve from its predecessor, from tonal adjustments to how the heroes should interact. 


Date announced, accepting submissions, for Halloweenapalooza 2016: Iowa’s only horror movie film festival

OTTUMWA, Iowa - Prescribed Films, an independent film group based out of Ottumwa, Iowa, presents Halloweenapalooza 2016, their seventh annual horror film festival and celebration. Halloweenapalooza is Iowa’s only horror film showcase--created by horror filmmakers for horror fans. The event will be held on Oct. 1 at the historic and haunted Hotel Ottumwa. In addition to the film festival, the event will feature vendors, celebrity appearances, zombie walk, costume contests, live music, showing of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and much more.


Submissions for short and feature films are now being accepted until Aug. 20 at Tickets, including special VIP packages, are on sale now at More information will be added as it becomes available at