Latest News on 2012

April 29, 2014

Roland Emmerich, Maya Lord

Emmerich's production company has snapped up the rights to a fact-based book about Spanish explorer-turned-Mayan warlord Gonzalo Guerrero.More…

June 8, 2011

Will Roland Emmerich Direct Asteroids?

Rumor has it that Universal has offered him the arcade game adaptation.More…

January 4, 2011

NASA Names Most Realistic (and Unrealistic) Sci-Fi Films

From "Gattaca" to "2012," NASA has ranked the most (and least) realistic sci-fi films of all time.More…

March 1, 2010

RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: 2012 is Where the Wild Things Are for Ponyo

This week, we've got a few hotly ancitipated releases, ranging from widespread destruction to arthouse children's film to the work of an animation master. On top of that, we've got a few indie gems and a couple of films that are making the jump to Blu-Ray for the very first time. Whether you're a martial arts nut, a child of the 80s, or a mainstream consumer who gobbles down the "popcorn" flicks one right after another, there's probably something here this week that'll suit your fancy. Continue reading to see what's coming out this week.More…

December 8, 2009

Roland Emmerich To Pocket $100 Million For 2012

With 2012 looking to earn upwards of $700 million, it looks like its director Roland Emmerich's take of the cut will be roughly $100 million. Read the article for further details.More…

November 15, 2009

Box Office Guru Wrapup: 2012 Destroys the Competition

This weekend Audiences were warned - by Mayans and film critics alike - but moviegoers around the world still flooded the multiplexes to see Roland Emmerich's latest disaster epic 2012 which generated an explosive global debut. Last weekend's top film A Christmas Carol held up well in its second weekend taking the runner-up spot while the awards hopeful Precious expanded moderately but raced all the way up to number four despite playing in fewer than 200 theaters. Overall ticket sales were slightly behind last year's levels, but well ahead of 2007. Blasting past expectations, Sony scored its best opening of 2009 with 2012 which grossed an estimated $65M this weekend from North America alone.More…

November 13, 2009

Friday Harvest: Clash of the Titans, Kick-Ass, and more!

Happy Friday Harvest, a weekly round-up of the best pictures, posters, and videos that have become available for viewing/download on Rotten Tomatoes. Each section features the favorite or most interesting item we've added for the week, along with several other new highlights. Enjoy! With each successive movie, Pierre Morel is attracting more financing and bigger names. His third, From Paris With Love (after District B13 and Taken), will show what he can really do with a big budget and in familiar gegraphy. Hopefully, this one also puts him back in R-movie territory.More…

November 13, 2009

Roland Emmerich Talks 2012 DVD/Blu-ray, Shakespeare Project, and More

Roland Emmerich is poised to destroy the world -- and rule the box office -- one more time with this weekend's release of "2012." What's next for Emmerich? Shakespeare.More…

November 12, 2009

Critics Consensus: 2012 Isn't Quite Earth-Shaking

This week at the movies, we've got a global catastrophe (2012, starring John Cusack and Chiwetel Ejiofor) and some rock 'n' roll rebellion (Pirate Radio, starring Philip S. Hoffman and Bill Nighy). What do the critics have to say? Nobody goes to a Roland Emmerich picture expecting art or realism; they go for sheer spectacle. On that level, critics say, 2012 largely delivers. However, they also note that if you enjoy character development, witty dialogue, remotely plausible science, and brevity, you're out of luck. It's an understatement to say that the mid-to-late-1960s was a revolutionary period for British rock music, and Pirate Radio is a fond, celebratory comedy about those heady times. Critics say it may not rock quite hard enough, but it's got enough infectious good humor -- and hummable tunes -- to drown out objections.More…

November 11, 2009

10 Movies That Changed The (End Of The) World

This week's 2012 sees director Roland Emmerich getting back to doing what he does best -- or worst, depending on which side of the argument you fall -- as he uses Mayan prophecy as a loose pretext for laying waste to the planet in a way that would shame even his previous Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow. Of course, movie-makers have been depicting the end of the world since the dawn of cinema, so we decided to take a look back at 10 of the landmark films of the disaster genre. Have a nice apocalypse, kids...More…

November 10, 2009

Five Favorite Films with Roland Emmerich

We're fairly certain Roland Emmerich's movies hold the record for combined body count. Such a feat is a result of career built around movies like Independence Day, Godzilla, and The Day After Tomorrow, bombastic, crowd-pleasing disaster movies that frequently leave the planet in runs. His latest effort is 2012, opening this Friday and starring John Cusack, Amanda Peet, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as survivors in a world tearing apart at the seams and submerged in water. Rotten Tomatoes spoke to Emmerich to get his Five Favorite Films, and on the following page you can read our interview, where he discusses the upcoming 2012 television show, his thoughts on Avatar, and creating popcorn movies on a global scale.More…

November 10, 2009

Total Recall: John Cusack's Best Movies

For much of the 1980s, John Cusack was one of Hollywood's most dependable go-to guys for affable leads in teen romantic comedies -- typecasting that led to some great films (Better Off Dead, Say Anything...) as well as some rather forgettable efforts (Hot Pursuit, One Crazy Summer). But beneath that guy-next-door exterior lurked the heart of a thespian, and over the last 20 years, Cusack has assembled one of the more eclectic filmographies in the biz, starring in action flicks (Con Air), quirky dramas (Being John Malkovich), and even dabbling in horror (1408). With his starring turn in Roland Emmerich's latest big-budget disaster epic, 2012, arriving in theaters this weekend, could there be a better time to give Mr. Cusack's collected works the Total Recall treatment?More…

November 5, 2009

Emmerich Plans 2012: The TV Series

Could Roland Emmerich bring his brand of big-budget post-apocalyptic magic to television? That's the plan behind a proposed "2012" TV series.More…

November 2, 2009

12 Facts About 2012

Did the Mayans really predict, all those centuries ago, that Earth would be visited by planetary apocalypse three years from now? It's open to interpretation -- Roland Emmerich has a gargantuan disaster movie to sell and even he admits the whole 2012 theory is just, "a nice hook for the audience." John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Woody Harrelson and Danny Glover are a few of the stars swept up in Emmerich's latest cataclysmic shocker. Rotten Tomatoes meets the cast and director in Cancun, Mexico - close to the once-throbbing heart of Mayan civilisation -- for a 2012 fact-finding mission.More…

October 29, 2009

Emmerich Poised for Career-Best Debut with 2012

According to some reports, it's tracking better than Disney's "A Christmas Carol" and "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." Ladies and gentlemen, we give you: Roland Emmerich's "2012." More…

October 12, 2009

Roland Emmerich Turns to Shakespeare, Asimov for Inspiration

With "2012" finished and on its way to theaters, Roland Emmerich is free to discuss his next projects: a revisionist Shakesperean drama and an adaptation of Isaac Asimov's "The Foundation."More…

August 28, 2009

Friday Harvest: Inception, The Wolfman, and more!

Happy Friday Harvest, a weekly round-up of the best pictures, posters, and videos that have become available for viewing/download on Rotten Tomatoes. Each section features the favorite or most interesting item we've added for the week, along with several other new highlights. Enjoy! Picture Gallery of the Week: The Lovely Bones Can Peter Jackson stage his next successful awards campaign with The Lovely Bones? The Academy usually want to give him technical awards before recognizing the artistic merits of his films, but Lovely Bones is starting to take shape: a sad, scary, visually imaginative (and gently psychedelic) movie that obviously wasn't made to be Oscar bait. More…

July 28, 2009

The Fans Speak! Comic-Con Reactions From the Floor

RT hit the Convention Center floor at Comic-Con to poll fans and costumed Con-goers on the best sights and panel presentations of the week. We found that everyone -- teens and adults, boys and girls, cos-players and even the wizards of Hogwarts -- had come to Comic-Con 2009 for very different reasons, ranging from video games to Twilight to a Japanese doll collecting phenomenon. Below, meet a sampling of this year's attendees and learn which fantasy properties were the biggest hits, which panels were worth waiting hours in line for, and what exactly is up with the "Free Hugs" and "Mini Skirt Army" movements. More…

July 27, 2009

Comic-Con Wrap: Iron Man 2, New Moon Best In Show

The truth about Sunday at this year's Comic-Con is that it was the day most people skipped - even the Hollywood studios. With only two film panels slated for the day (Overture's docu-romance Paper Heart, which stars a geeky girl who probably reads comics, and the festival hit Mystery Team, which will delight Encyclopedia Brown enthusiasts) it's no wonder that the whole place felt a little empty. So instead of recapping Sunday panels, I'm taking a look back at the entire four days of Comic-Con 2009 to point out what was good, great, and sort of weird about this year's fest - in terms a geek might understand.More…

June 19, 2009

Trailer Bulletin: 2012

Some people love it, and others are laughing their heads off at it. Which will you be? Watch the new trailer for Roland Emmerich's "2012" and find out.More…

November 13, 2008

(Teaser) Trailer Bulletin: 2012

What do you get when you cross awesome special effects, a healthy dose of government paranoia, and one unfortunate monk? The first teaser for Roland Emmerich's "2012," now up at Moviefone.More…

July 15, 2008

Woody Harrelson Counts to 2012

Woody Harrelson has joined the cast of Roland Emmerich's 2012, the big-budget apocalyptic thriller that stars John Cusack, Amanda Peet, and Danny Glover.More…

July 2, 2008

Thomas McCarthy Joins 2012

Thomas McCarthy, the writer and director of The Visitor, has joined John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover, and others in the cast of Roland Emmerich's 2012.More…

June 25, 2008

Story Details for Emmerich's 2012 Surface

Curious as to what exactly Roland Emmerich's next blockbuster epic, 2012, is about? You'll want to read Latino Review's lengthy rundown of the script. Beware -- "massive spoilers" ahead!More…

June 2, 2008

Emmerich's 2012 Adding Glover, Newton, Platt?

Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, and Oliver Platt are in negotiations to join John Cusack and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the cast of Roland Emmerich's next big-budget epic, 2012.More…

May 19, 2008

John Cusack Counts to 2012 for Roland Emmerich

John Cusack has signed on to star in Roland Emmerich's 2012, an apocalyptic thriller about "an academic researcher who opens a portal into a parallel universe and makes contact with his double in order to prevent an apocalypse predicted by the ancient Mayans."More…