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Roland Emmerich's ANONYMOUS Trailer!

Nordling here.

After blowing up, flooding, freezing, and generally causing mayhem on Earth, Roland Emmerich's new film now seeks to do the same to the literary world, with ANONYMOUS, which asks the question - what if William Shakespeare didn't actually write his plays and sonnets?

It's got an interesting visual look to it in the trailer - helicopter shots over the Globe Theater and London in olden times.  And for an Emmerich film it does have a fairly prestigious cast - Derek Jacobi, Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis - so perhaps there may be something to the script after all.  It's possible Emmerich is seeking a new level of respectability after his disaster epics.  It's certainly a different film than we're used to from him.  Here's the trailer:

If you're going to play Radiohead in your trailer, especially "Everything In Its Right Place," you better deliver.  ANONYMOUS opens September 30th, 2011. 

Nordling, out.

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  • April 7, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    hot damn.....looks good.

    by knowthyself

  • April 7, 2011, 1 p.m. CST

    Can't play the trailer from here but sounds interesting

    by darthderp

    The cast is nothing to sneeze at either; Jacobi and Redgrave alone bring some serious cred.

  • April 7, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    I would actually see that Emmerich film

    by CornNut007

    Nice to see him use his computer effects to create a word rather then destroy it.

  • April 7, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST


    by raidahguy

    He makes crap and the premise of this movie is ridiculous

  • April 7, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    So not a 4 chan movie then?

    by JohnWayneWasGay

    I am dissapoint

  • April 7, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    boooooooooooooooooommm blammmm crack booooooooooooommmmmm

    by ORIONgods

    wait....this film has none....what did they do wit you emmerich :(

  • April 7, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Sony pictures movie about... Anonymous

    by MamboMan


  • April 7, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST

    What if Roland Emmerich never made any of his movies???

    by Johnno

    What if it was really Michael Bay all along????

  • April 7, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Emmerich "Makes Good Movie" Shock!

    by marineboy

    It's comparable to Uwe Boll making The Kings Speech...A MIRACLE!

  • April 7, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    The Patriot was a good movie

    by Mandolorian

  • April 7, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST


    by Tom

    He sure makes the best looking movies ever made, even if the stories are usually lacking.

  • April 7, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST

    I like it

    by Lee

    Looks like it could have some promise and the sweeping aerial shots of London look pretty good. As for the story we'll have to wait, but acting chops work for me from this

  • April 7, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Let me guess The real Shakespeare was German right?

    by connor187

    or American?...............Kill yourself Roland

  • April 7, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Well damn

    by BlaGyver

    I actually would like to see this. I'm a big fan of the Shakespeare conspiracy theories.

  • April 7, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Is the radio head song tricking us?

    by knowthyself

    I love that that the only reason I love this trailer?

  • April 7, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    looks nice but who is going to pay to see this?

    by Mennen

  • April 7, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Don't Believe The Hype.

    by Aaron

    Don't let this fool you. It will be another Hollywood thing. Dude should really just do special effects for action and superhero movies.

  • April 7, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    oh, Not-Shakespeare...

    by Wookid

    ...heard about that, even from respected scholars. Been out there for a long time. Better watch The Gospel of Caesar. Takes on a much bigger dude.

  • April 7, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    I hate to rag on CGI again...

    by AlienFanatic

    ...but is all of that CGI necessary to tell what should be a tale that's carried by its performers? Shakespeare's work is known for its insights into human nature. Even if the movie infers that Shakespeare did NOT write his own work, the work itself is about human nature. I think back to Amadeus and how it dealt with the destructive tendencies of its eponymous character. Without Tom Hulce and F. Murry Abraham, the film would never have been as successful as it had been. Instead, if the trailer can be any indication, Emmerich believes scale and pomp to be a replacement for a tale that works best on the human scale. (At least, that seems to be his priorities when selling the film via its trailer.) Though this project was never on my radar, I expect that if the trailer is indicative of the final film, it will be panned for being too interested in the visual and too little in the characters themselves. Emmerich works better, in my opinion, in the Tony Scott realm of filmmaking: big, dumb action pictures.

  • April 7, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    TV Spots

    by El Cimarron

    I can just see it now: 'From the minds behind Independence Day... The Day After Tomorrow... And 2012... Comes another tale of total destruction... of our literature...?' Errr... what?

  • April 7, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    "The Patriot was a good movie" / "sounds interesting"

    by Brian Hopper

    What is the matter with you idiots? Like the world needed the King of Hacks putting his grubby Teutonic mitts all up inside Shakespeare. First he butchers the American Revolution, now this. God help us all.

  • April 7, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    At what point in the movie does he destroy the planet?

    by WickedChicken37

  • April 7, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    This is perfect for Dan Brown's America

    by rahtard

    Its not thought provoking in the least. Many people have believed that Shakespeare had a ghost writer. But what does it matter? None of his plays were original anyways. And his work during the time was pretty much mindless dribble for the masses. He was pretty much the Michael Bay of his time. Who cares? But it all works for lazy Americans who haven't spent much time in a college classroom but watch conspiracy drinched garbage on Discovery or the History Channel and read Dan Brown and all of a sudden are experts.

  • April 7, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    "We've all been played."

    by Matthew

    Christ... Some of the aerial shots look wonky (and a few of them are still obvious miniatures), and I'm still not convinced that Emmerich will bring out the best in his actors as they struggle against the elaborate CGI backdrops. This screams "boring" to me, despite the film's attempt to introduce historical, Dan Brown-esque conspiracy into the mix.

  • April 7, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST


    by louisse

    It does look visually pleasing. Maybe they could just mute the whole film? I should have done the same with 2012 but it was a great unintentional comedy nonetheless

  • April 7, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    "We've All Been Played"


    Really? That's the tagline they decided to go with? lol

  • April 7, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    When does the Huge Wave Crash in...?

    by D o o d

    and England get's drowned in a huge Tsunami after the massive earth quake?

  • April 7, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    I hear he is going to be played by Javier Bardem

    by frank

  • April 7, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    I'd like to punch the designer of that LG Cinema 3D ad.

    by Chewtoy

    And slap the lot of you at AICN for placing it where it constantly is moused over and pops up.

  • April 7, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST


    by frank

    Shakespeare’s plays may have been popular with commoners, but they certainly weren’t mindless drivel. That is a ridiculous thing to assert.

  • April 7, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST


    by Quackfu

    Ah spoken like the pompous, bloated, arrogant prick, euro-trash/Brit that you are. So wise and all-knowing. Please impart some more sacred knowledge unto us poor heathens. Better yet, do us all a favor and go brush your teeth.

  • April 7, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    As for the trailer...

    by Chewtoy

    Considering that he's supposedly doing a plot-driven story this time instead of a special effects extravaganza, I have to wonder why the hell there's so little dialog in the trailer. Lots of sweeping shots that do look nice, but the acting and script are what's important in a drama... and those seem to be glossed over here.

  • April 7, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST

    That Roland Emmerich.

    by CodeName

    Don't know what to make of that guy.

  • April 7, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    The Rise of Planet Shakespeare by Ralph Waldo Emerrich

    by rosasaks

  • April 7, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Uh, yeah. How about... "Roland Emmerich Stops Making Movies"

    by Astronut

    Seriously. For god's sake.

  • April 7, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Sir Francis Bacon? Aw HELL naw!

    by frank

  • April 7, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Emmerich In Love starring Gwyneth Paltrow

    by rosasaks

  • Now I have to think of Tom Cruise every time I hear that song.

  • April 7, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    What if Harry Knowles never wrote his Godzilla review?

    by rosasaks

  • April 7, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST

    looks ok

    by Sanyi

    but in the end of the movie there will be a huge disaster, right? aliens, hurricane? and don't forget the dog that survives everything. but wait, let's be serious. it looks kinda interesting for an Emmerich-picture.

  • Okay, it's SERIOUSLY not about 4Chan's Anonymous?

  • April 7, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    this is nothing new

    by john

    many historians question whether shakespeare wrote any of his plays so emmerich turns it into an action film? and i will never pay money to watch that jew hating bitch, redgrave

  • April 7, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    from the director who brought you...

    by MamboMan

    a guy running from a volcano the size of an atomic bomb...

  • April 7, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    from the director who brought you...

    by MamboMan

    an alien ship being infected with a virus from a macbook

  • April 7, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Hey forget the film lets talk about

    by eric haislar


  • I declare him an OUTLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAW!!!!!!

  • April 7, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    PSW Anderson makes a Musketeer movie, and now this?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Are the hack masters of CGI tired of modern day?

  • April 7, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Trailer pulled

    by Parallax

    Embed doesn't work here any more... here it is on Movieweb

  • April 7, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    by Parallax

  • April 7, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Shakespeare's French

    by BryanMetro

    Fuck Shit...

  • April 7, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    We are Anonymous....

    by DangerDave

    We do not forgive, we do not forget. We are legion. Expect us. Always. Oh wait, wrong movie.

  • April 7, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Everything in it's right place

    by UGG

    Yesterday I woke up sucking a lemon Yesterday I woke up sucking a lemon Yesterday I woke up sucking a lemon Yesterday I woke up sucking a lemon

  • April 7, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Roland Emmerich is a hack

    by disfigurehead

    He sucks.

  • April 7, 2011, 3:48 p.m. CST

    "ANONYMOUS opens September 30th, 2011."

    by buggerbugger

    But what if ANONYMOUS didn't actually open on September 30th, 2011? What if it had all been a lie and some other film opened on September 30th, 2011 instead?

  • April 7, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    That guy in the beginning of the trailer

    by TheMcflyFarm

    His name is Derek Jacobi. I've seen him in Gladiator. He looks like Dame Judi Dench, and has incidentally worked with her. Me and my friend call him James Dudi Stench. I thought you all should know that. Anyways, seems like a different sort of thing for Emmerich. Could be good, who knows.

  • But the city shots look amazing.


  • April 7, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Error in article

    by Chunkybarcode

    'It's possible Emmerich is seeking a new level of respectability after his disaster epics.' Should read... 'It's possible Emmerich is seeking a new level of respectability after his epic disasters.'

  • April 7, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    His casts are people who have nothing to do that week.

    by Knobules

    Really gimme a break. Danny Glover, the bald blubber lips guy from Stargate and all his other movies. Randy Quaid. Top notch sure. That Maria lollipop idiot from Godzilla. And so on.

  • April 7, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    Heh, same actors from 'Shakespeare in Love'

    by mistergreen

  • April 7, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Why this movie's premise is not bullshit...

    by jomafum

    Many theatre historians doubt that some bumpkin, a glove maker's son with a Jr. high education, from a small country town could have written the greatest plays the world has ever known. It is much more likely that Edward De Vere, the Earl of Oxford wrote the plays. In Elizabethan England it was not socially acceptable for nobles to be involved in things like theatre. Our standards are so low nowadays, it is hard to imagine people of wealth and influence having dignity. Once upon a time, there were actual standards that people of a certain class had to abide by (At least publicly). The closest thing I could compare it to, in terms of public reaction, would be if it turned out the Governor of Massachusetts were moonlighting as a stripper. Because it was so utterly unacceptable in those times for someone so high up in the British aristocracy to be involved in something as base and sordid as plays, it seems logical that Oxford would have used Will Shakespeare, a second rate actor in The Lord's Chamberlain's Men, the acting company that worked at The Globe theater, as a front, so he could indulge his creativity without getting into any scandal. There are many indicators of this - The plays reveal a knowledge of geography, politics, court intrigue, and a breadth of cultural and historical knowledge, that only a noble could have mastered. Also, the character of Polonius in "Hamlet" is clearly a parody of an actual man named Lord Cecil that Will Shakespeare could not possibly have known, but Oxford most certainly did (Lord Cecil was his father-in-law). In fact Polonius' advice to Laertes paraphrases almost exactly a letter that Lord Cecil wrote to his son. Will Shakespeare would never have read this letter, but Edward de Vere would have. Edward de Vere was The Lord High Chamberlain of England. Thus, the acting company that performed his plays (so says the theory) was named after him. Who knows if any of this is true, but it is an intriguing concept, especially if you are into Shakespeare, history, and/or conspiracy theories. I like all three, so I'm excited about this film. Sure, Emmerich is a hack, but even a broken clock is right twice a day. maybe it will be good.

  • April 7, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Roland the headless Thompson gunner...

    by frank

    Talkin’ about the man.

  • April 7, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Who gives a shit?

    by Krinkle

    Really, how much easier is it for the American public to get wrapped up in some silly Dan Brown conspiracy story than it is for them to get into actual Shakespeare? Sad. They're the greatest goddamn things ever written, those plays, and at the end of the day it doesn't really matter who wrote them - just that they were written.

  • April 7, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST

    What if Shakespear...

    by HB_Dad

    ...came back to life and destroyed the world a city at a time where the only thing that survives is one very lucky dog...

  • April 7, 2011, 7:50 p.m. CST

    I imagine that Roland Emmerich invented the 4chan trollface grin...

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    ...right around the time Godzilla came out.

  • April 7, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    If you were going to throw Shakespear under a bus...

    by Andrew Coleman

    Should have just gone balls to the walls. Make a movie about Shakespear used his writings and plays to distract people as he planned to use a chemical weapon to destroy the world or something.

  • Wasn't he going to do more 2012 films? I thought he set that up as a franchise.

  • April 7, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST

    I do love me a good peddycoat movie

    by GimpInMyPants

    I'm in.

  • But the guy doesn't know anything about telling a stroy, and the story is everything in a movie like this. I mean, whatever, we'll see what happens. But I'm getting my hopes up (but I'm not completely against it either).

  • April 7, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    but I'm NOT getting my hopes up*

    by Sardonic

  • April 7, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST

    This film will be nonsense

    by R_Nathan

    Contrary to what a few have posted here, there are very few historians who know anything about Elizabethan England who believe the plays attributed to William Shakespeare were not written by William Shakespeare of Stratford on Avon. To believe otherwise is to believe in a MASSIVE conspiracy. William Shakespeare was an actor in the King's Men. It says so in the royal charter issued by King James. If he wasn't capable of writing the plays, the entire company of actors would have known. As for the idea that only the nobility were educated, that's nonsense. Ben Jonson's plays demonstrate far more education than Shakespeare's - and he was the stepson of a brickmaker. Furthermore - SPOILER ALERT - it has been widely reported that "Anonymous" follows the "Price Tudor II" theory that Oxford was both the son of Queen Elizabeth and the father of a child by her that because the Earl of Southampton. That's right, according to Emmerich, the man who wrote "Hamlet" knocked up his own mom. As a Stratfordian, I'm looking forward to the film. It is going to make the Oxfordians look completely ridiculous. One more thing - the poster who said Polonius's advice to Laertes paragrphases almost exactly a litter from Lord Celil is spouting nonsense. I have read Cecil's letter and I've read Polonius's speech, and they are both windy and full of cliches, but none of the advice is the same. It's entirely different. It's not even remotely close to a paraphrase. And the Lord Chamberlain's Men was the company of the Lord Chamberlain, Lord Hunsdon - not the Oxford (who was the Lord Great Chamberlain - not the Lord High Chamberlain). Oxford had his own troupe, which never put on any of Shakespeare's plays.

  • April 7, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Disaster epics or...epic disasters?

    by ewokstew

    He's had a few of those as well. For the most part, though, I'm usually pretty entertained during an Emmerich film.

  • April 7, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Roland Emmerich's movies

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Were either written by a 14 year old or Harry Knowles, I have my money on Harry.

  • April 7, 2011, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Harry also wrote Sucker Punch

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    and when I say wrote, I mean he shouted and rambled a lot , this was recorded and typed up and bingo there was a script

  • April 7, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    2345: George Lucas never existed

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    "George Lucas" was the name used by a collective of up-and-coming Los Angeles filmmakers in the mid-to-late 1970s including Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, Steven Spielberg, Paul Schrader and John Milius with help from super-producers Julia & Michael Phillips and actors Margot Kidder & Harrison Ford. The idea for the collective came from the already established San Francisco-based director-producer Francis Ford Coppola. The group hired Coppola's shy, nerdy assistant to make personal appearances as their new director. Coppola and Scorsese produced THX-1138 (now lost) under the Lucas name. In 1973, Schrader, Scorsese and Spielberg created AMERICAN GRAFFITI, a nostalgic look back at the pre-Vietnam early 1960s. It became a precursor to the blockbuster years that fully kicked off with Spielberg's solo effort JAWS in 1975. The full collective came together in 1976 to make STAR WARS, a tribute to the adventure films of their youth. The project was a smash success. The collective was shattered by Spielberg's blockbuster solo success. Each member of the collective went on to great artistic success as directors and screenwriters but they could never rival the financial success of their collective STAR WARS. The collective secretly sold the Lucas concept and persona to the Jim Henson Company in 1984. Henson's death in 1990 allowed the Lucas persona to drift into obscurity. Milius and Coppola reformed the George Lucas persona in the late 1990s to great financial but artistically dubious success.

  • Because A) "knowthyself" speaks the truth.....<BR><BR> B) I don't give a fuck about this movie....<BR><BR> C) Kid A is an amazing album.....<BR><BR> D) I'm bored and waiting to watch the new jolly good Nikita episode... *Yawn.

  • April 7, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    jolly good

    by blackflowerX

  • April 7, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    tally hoe

    by blackflowerX

  • April 7, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST


    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    like it

  • April 7, 2011, 9:32 p.m. CST

    According to Brow Beat at Slate, r_nathan is correct...

    by kisskissbangbang

    ...Emmerich is going for the most ludicrous Shakespeare's-a-fraud theory, that de Vere was Elizabeth' son & later committed incest with her, producing a child. This makes Dan Brown look like a paragon of historical accuracy. I'd almost rather see Emmerich remake Capricorn One; it'd be more plausible. Say, r_nathan, would your handle by any chance be a reference to the writer Robert Nathan? Unlikely, I know, but I love Portrait of Jennie, book & film, and just thought I'd ask.

  • which is why she was murdered by the secretly-still-alive Orson "Black Dahlia killer" Welles. Margot Kidder threatened to spill the beans in 1996 which is why she was given a mega dose of LSD while at LAX. I probably shouldn't even be typing t

  • April 7, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    the only Shakespear related thing I really ever liked ....

    by blackflowerX

    Was Richard III with Ian McKellen .... He's just fuckin' amazing , (and he was a good friend of the fantastic Bob Peck too)....<BR><BR> I loved the Dennis Potter style ending ...<BR><BR><BR><BR>

  • April 7, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    viggeo, nathan's "history lesson" wasn't all that long...

    by kisskissbangbang

    ...and I've always appreciated informative posts. They're a lot more worthwhile than the "it rules!/it sucks!" posts that don't even try to back up their opinion. And just to back up my Stratfordian opinion: de Vere _died_ before the last 10 plays appeared. Perhaps de Vere's ghost dictated them to Shalespeare? A fine history of the controversy, for those interested, is James Shapiro's Contested Will from a couple of years ago.

  • April 7, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST


    by Raggles Wimpole

    I remember when Shakespeare released "MacBeth." I remember by neighbor remarked, "This work doth remind me of Hector Boece's 'Scotorum Historiae.'"

  • April 7, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST

    No natural catastrophe or end of the world???

    by codecrackx15

    ...Fuck 2012 is the End of the world... Roland Emmerich makes a movie without worldwide death and destruction... and it still looks like crap. Sorry, but the trail looked dull and M. Knight Shamalan'y which is a bad sign.

  • April 7, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST

    margot_tenenbaum, I hope you're still alive to read this...

    by kisskissbangbang

    ..."cause that was some pretty funny stuff; the "secretly-still-alive Orson "Black Dahlia killer" Welles" bit is my favorite.

  • April 7, 2011, 11:35 p.m. CST

    mrmysteryguest - spot on

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    We will find out the the plays were written by some English noble, who didn't want to be associated with the theatre. But at some point it will be revealed that this noble, is in fact an alien a lizard like alien under his disguise. This lizard is a scout, a pioneer from an alien race who has begun the alien infiltration of the influential positions within the world, in order to secretly take control, and we will at the end see that this alien is still very much alive in our time, its the morning of January 20th 2009 and the alien puts on his mask and looks into the mirror staring back is "President of Obama". Glenn Beck is listed as the Producer though under his cleverly disguised pseudonym "Benn Gleck"

  • April 8, 2011, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Holmes are Moriarty are actually Christ and Antichrist immortal

    by Smack_Teddy

    Christ got pawned here earlier on, the devil played us all... its what led to JCs opium/smack habit in his detective years... the initials, SH, are actually a transgressive coded moniker for 'sad hack'...or it was the antichrist who shafted his bredrin' with Moriarty title, and that's what led to the guilt of the name initials and drug dependence... do you see people? Do you freakin' see!? Who am i kidding I'll be lapping this one up 1st viewing.

  • April 8, 2011, 2:18 a.m. CST

    I've got some plans for a few Radiohead music videos

    by D.Vader

    Because there need to be more cool combinations of visuals and Radiohead music.

  • April 8, 2011, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Radiohead are 'style over content' wank.

    by BiggusDickus

    The perfect companions to an Emmerich movie, then...

  • April 8, 2011, 2:48 a.m. CST

    "Style over content" wank?

    by D.Vader

    That's just fucking wank, man. EGREGIOUS.

  • April 8, 2011, 3:01 a.m. CST

    biggusdickus your name is style over content wank

    by Smack_Teddy

    you have nothing on Radiohead

  • April 8, 2011, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Holmes and Moriarty

    by Smack_Teddy

    something up with this interface, no conspiracy there...

  • April 8, 2011, 3:40 a.m. CST

    And starring WILL SMITH as Will Shakespeare

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    Now, this is the story all about how My life got flipped-turned upside down And I'd like to take a minute Just sit right there I'll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air In west Philadelphia born and raised On the playground was where I spent most of my days Chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool And all shootin some b-ball outside of school When a couple of guys Who were up to no good Startin making trouble in my neighborhood I got in one little fight and my mom got scared She said 'You're movin' with your auntie and uncle in Bel Air' I begged and pleaded with her day after day But she packed my suite case and sent me on my way She gave me a kiss and then she gave me my ticket. I put my walkman on and said, 'I might as well kick it'. First class, yo this is bad Drinking orange juice out of a champagne glass. Is this what the people of Bel-Air living like? Hmmmmm this might be alright. But wait, I hear the prissy, booze, whine, all that Is this the type of place that they should send this cool cat? I don't think so I'll see when I get there I hope they're prepared for the prince of Bel-Air Well uh, the plane landed and when I came out There was a dude who looked like a cop standing there with my name out I ain't trying to get arrested yet. I just got here! I sprang with the quickness, like lightening disappeared I whistled for a cab and when it came near The license plate said fresh and it had dice in the mirror If anything I can say is that this cab was rare But I thought 'Man forget it' - 'Yo home to Bel Air' I pulled up to the house about seven or eight And I yelled to the cabbie 'Yo homes smell ya later' I looked to my kingdom I was finally there To sit on my throne as the Prince of Bel Air

  • Roland Emmerich's ANONYMOUS will be a vehicle to tie all his world ending, doom and gloom, most humans stink movies together to create one consistent Emmerichverse!

  • April 8, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    A Lemon - A Roland Emmerich Film


    4. a person or thing that proves to be defective, imperfect, or unsatisfactory; dud No way it's a coincidence that that particular lyric is heard just as Roland Emmerich's name is seen. Whoever slapped that trailer together is a funny bastard. ANONYMOUS indeed...

  • April 8, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    I remember watching a History Channel special on this

    by paulloch

    when Shakespeare in Love came out. Main points 1) VERY little is known of that time, historical records are scant. So even historians only have a couple of pieces of a large jigsaw puzzle. 2) Not much is firmly known about him. Even his birth and death dates are disputed because records weren't well kept (why would they?) 3) the controversy began 150 years after his death, is about the same time his plays were being rediscovered. For most of his life and 100 years after his death, he and most playwrights were largely ignored. Authorship (and authors) wasn't considered a big deal. So, no-one really cared if this play or that poem were attributed to the wrong person for a long time. 4) The bulk of his output came in a 8-10 year period. All those plays and poems and sonnets in that short a period of time is unparalleled. No other writer of that time comes even close. it was a time of quill pens and ink, one letter at a time. He also acted and ran the globe. When did he sleep? 5) He just stopped writing. After that burst of output, he apparently didn't write anything again the last 3-6 years of his life. That's unusual. Most authors write till they die. Poe, Dickens, Twain, Updike, Crichton, O'Neill, you name em, most died with pen in hand or paper in typewriter. Writers write, that's what they do. 6) Because of point one, no clear alternative to Shakepeare has emerged. Though the theories remain. Over 50. My favorite -- Women who were forbidden from engaging in the arts used him and his name to get their works to an audience a la Remington Steele.

  • April 8, 2011, 10:20 a.m. CST

    I'm gonna see this just for those shots of old school London, AWESOME!

    by moonlightdrive

  • April 8, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    A Bunch Of Respected British Actors Get A Paycheck: The Movie

    by AsimovLives

  • Maybe he just imported the actors and he filme dit in the Czeck Republic, or something. I'm suprised none of those actors kicked him in his fucking balls, however. I would pay money to see Vanessa Redgrave kick Emmerich in his balls.

  • Because fucking THE PATRIOT has to be one of the most quasi-fascist movie ever made in a democratic country. I wanted to firebomb the fucking screen after i watched that abomination of a movie.

  • April 8, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Emmerich is like PWS Anderson:

    by AsimovLives

    Both come up with good ideas for their movie,s and they proceed to dumb then down beyond belief and completly fuck it up in the execution. Any of their movies could had been a really good movie if left in the hands of a capable filmmakers. Alas!

  • April 8, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Roland Emmerich: Uwe Boll with a budget.

    by AsimovLives

  • by

  • Michael Bay, Roland Emmerich, Uwe Boll, Paul WS Anderson, JJ Abrams, John Moore, Zack Snyder, Tony Scott, and the like.

  • April 8, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    You know... fuck it, I might watch this...

    by ChickenStu

    I'm always on the look out for something a bit different.

  • April 8, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Dear rahtard:

    by shran

    I believe the words you were looking for were "drivel' and "drenched". Rather sad when you have to teach english to an Englishman. Now go lay by the fire like a good dog.

  • April 9, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST


    by Smack_Teddy

  • April 11, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Will Anne Hathaway be in this?

    by rosasaks