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

Roland Emmerich

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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.

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

Roland Emmerich

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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.

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