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Michael Lerner, Actor in ‘Barton Fink,’ ‘Harlem Nights’ and ‘Eight Men Out,’ Dies at 81

Michael Lerner, the busy Oscar-nominated character actor who had memorable turns as bombastic types in Barton Fink, Harlem Nights, Eight Men Out and so much more, has died. He was 81. Lerner died Saturday night, according to an Instagram post from his nephew, Sam Lerner, who is also an actor (ABC’s The Goldbergs). The cause […]

‘GOT,’ ‘Vikings’ and ‘Summertime’ Stars Join Roland Emmerich’s Gladiator Series ‘Those About to Die’

Roland Emmerich is filling out his Colosseum, with a new troop of actors to complete the cast of Those About to Die, a gladiator action series which the Independence Day director has begun shooting in Rome. Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon, Vikings actor Johannes Haukur Johannesson and Alicia Edogamhe, best-known for Netflix series Summertime, […]

Roland Emmerich’s Gladiator Series Adds to Cast

Roland Emmerich has given the thumbs up for further cast members of his hotly-anticipated Roman gladiators TV series Those About to Die. AGC Studios and High End Productions, which are producing Those About To Die for Peacock, announced Thursday that Lorenzo Richelmy, Tom Hughes, Sara Martins, Jojo Macari, Gabriella Pession, Dimitri Leonidas and Moe Hashim […]

Anthony Hopkins Joins Roland Emmerich’s Gladiator Series ‘Those About to Die’ 

Two-time Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins has signed on to star in Those About to Die, the upcoming Roman gladiator series from Independence Day director Roland Emmerich.  Hopkins is the first actor to be cast in Those About to Die, which has been given a straight-to-series order by Comcast-owned NBCUniversal’s streaming platform Peacock. Emmerich, best known for his sci-fi […]

Thilo Kuther, Founder of VFX Company Pixomondo, Dies at 58

Thilo Kuther, the German founder of the international visual effects company Pixomondo, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Marina del Rey, his nephew, Niklas Fissel, told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 58. A native of Frankfurt, Kuther launched Pixomondo in 2001 out of Stuttgart, creating video installations and 3D animation for corporate clients […]

Peacock Orders Gladiator Drama With Director Roland Emmerich

Peacock announced a straight-to-series order Tuesday for a gladiator drama with Independence Day director Roland Emmerich. Those About To Die is based on author Daniel Mannix’s book of the same title and the show is described as “a large-scale drama set within the spectacular, complex and corrupt world of gladiatorial sports in Ancient Rome. The […]

Box Office: ‘Jackass Forever’ Gets Last Laugh With $23.5M Opening

There was nothing gross about the opening of Jackass Forever at the box office. The R-rated movie took in a better-than-expected $23.5 million from 3,604 theaters to mark a triumphant return to the big screen for prankster king Johnny Knoxville and his crew. Jackass Forever, costing a mere $10 million to make, is the second […]

Box Office: ‘Jackass Forever’ Laughs Hard With $9.6M Friday

Jackass Forever started its domestic box office run with a hearty $9.6 million on Friday from 3,604 theaters, including $1.7 million in Thursday previews. That puts the R-rated film on course to collect $20 million or more in its domestic opening, a strong start for a movie that cost a modest $10 million to produce. […]

Halle Berry in Roland Emmerich’s ‘Moonfall’: Film Review

The Oscar winner stars alongside Patrick Wilson as astronauts desperately attempting to save the world in the genre specialist's latest sci-fi disaster epic.

Roland Emmerich, Master of Disaster, Returns to Big-Screen Cataclysms With ‘Moonfall’

In order to create, filmmaker Roland Emmerich surrounds himself with memories of destruction. The Hollywood office of his Centropolis Entertainment features mementos from his catastrophe films Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. Though he’s known as a master of disaster, his office also is a testament to his projects outside the genre (see: […]

Sky Deutschland Secures ‘Moonfall,’ ‘The 355’ in Licensing Deal With Germany’s Leonine

Comcast-owned Sky Deutschland and KKR-controlled German producer/distributor Leonine Studios have signed an exclusive, multi-year licensing deal that gives Sky first pay-TV rights and exclusive SVOD rights for the first 12 months in Germany to Leonine’s upcoming feature slate. Highlights of the deal include the Jessica Chastain/Penelope Cruz action film 355 and Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall, a […]

‘Moonfall’ Trailer Pits Halle Berry and Patrick Wilson Against the Moon

In the year 2022, the Moon will come to us. That’s the tagline of the first trailer for Moonfall, Independence Day filmmaker Roland Emmerich’s upcoming disaster film. The film centers on a NASA executive and former astronaut (Halle Berry) who must team with an astronaut from her past (Patrick Wilson) and a conspiracy theorist (John […]