A new trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence just arrived this morning, showing off even more destruction than Earth received the first time around. And if all goes well when the film hits this summer, it sounds like the sequel will set up the possibility of even more sequels to come and introduce some new aliens into the mix. Find out more about the potential for more Independence Day sequels after the jump. Read More »
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The hot new trend in studio filmmaking these days is sequels that also act as first acts for a new franchise, taking your love of a past property and using it to launch another series (usually a trilogy) of movies. Some of these, like Jurassic World, are enormous financial successes, tickling old school nostalgia while giving new fans something to embrace. Others, like Terminator: Genisys, die on the vine and make everyone who talked about a sequel months before the original came out look very silly.
As I watched the new Independence Day: Resurgence TV spot, I couldn’t quite begin to guess which direction Roland Emmerich‘s belated sequel will go. I can easily imagine this thing being an enormous hit or a gigantic flop. Are regular folks excited for an Independence Day sequel? I have no clue. But I do know that this TV spot features some nifty visuals and the return of Brent Spiner‘s Dr. Brackish Okun, who supposedly perished during the events of the first movie.
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President of the United States looks like the worst job imaginable. Sure, you get to help shape an entire country for generations to come and play a pivotal role on the world stage, but you’re mostly tip-toeing around nuclear war, fighting off alien invasions, covering up murders, and repelling terrorists when they invade the White House. You know, just another day as the leader of the free world.
With London Has Fallen offering another cinematic look at why being the President totally blows, it’s time to examine the decision-making prowess of the nation’s greatest (fictional) leaders. Which Presidents lived up to the office and which ones have faltered? Let’s get to the bottom of this. (Spoilers ahead, though not for London Has Fallen. That one you can watch unsullied.)
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Along with Maika Monroe as the daughter of President Whitmore (Bill Pullman) and Jessie Usher as the son of Steven Hiller (Will Smith) and Jasmine (Vivica A. Fox) in Independence Day: Resurgence, one of the other new, young cast members on the scene is Liam Hemsworth. Like Monroe and Usher revealed in our interview with them, Hemsworth saw the movie when he was very young, around six years old, on VHS. And even though his character Jake Morrison was rather young during the alien invasion of the first film, it’s not exactly something he’ll forget.
Find out what we learned in this Liam Hemsworth interview for Independence Day Resurgence. Read More »
Even though there are plenty of stars from the original Independence Day returning for this summer’s sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, there’s a whole new generation of characters who will have to step up and fight just as their parents did in the first movie.
Maika Monroe (It Follows) plays the daughter of President Whitmore (Bill Pullman) while Jessie Usher (Survivor’s Remorse) plays the son of the late Steven Hiller (Will Smith) and Jasmine (Vivica A. Fox). We had a chance to ask them about what it’s like to step into the world of a movie that came out before both stars were old enough to be in kindergarten. It sounds like each of them will get their time in the action spotlight, and Monroe might even has her own “Get away from her, you bitch” moment in the movie.
To get the full story, check out our Independence Day Resurgence interview below. Read More »
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Easily one of the most iconic parts of 1996’s blockbuster Independence Day is the speech Bill Pullman gives as President Whitmore before humanity makes their last stand across the globe. But we might not get the same kind of moment in Independence Day: Resurgence since President Whitmore is no longer the sitting president. In fact, he’s apparently living a quiet life in the suburbs when the sequel begins and his daughter has the more exciting job working alongside a new president.
The new Commander-in-Chief is President Lanford, played by Sela Ward (Gone Girl, The Day After Tomorrow). Even though it doesn’t sound like she’ll get the same kind of action that President Whitmore saw in the original movie, she still has plenty to deal with when the aliens return. Plus, Pullman and Ward and more than willing to star in their own spin-off where their presidents team up and utilize their secret kung fu and karate skills.
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Even though Will Smith isn’t returning for Independence Day: Resurgence, his on-screen wife Vivica A. Fox is back for the sequel, and her character Jasmine is doing everything she can to make sure their son Dylan (played by Jessie Usher) is just as strong of a man as his father.
In addition, Brent Spiner is one of the more surprising returning characters from the original movie, mostly because everyone had assumed the Area 51 scientist Dr. Okun was dead. And even though 20 years has passed, it doesn’t sound like he’s changed much over the years.
Both Brent Spiner and Vivica A. Fox sat down with me on the set of Independence Day: Resurgence last summer to talk about where we find their characters after all this time. Is Jasmine still stripping? Is Dr. Okun still a bit of a weirdo? Find out below. Read More »
Sitting down with Jeff Goldblum is just as delightful as you would expect it to be. The Jurassic Park and Independence Day star endlessly affable and wonderfully quirky. When I sat down with Goldblum on the set of Independence Day: Resurgence last year, he began by asking my name, and ran through “Six Degrees” connection from my name to him through actors and movies. Sadly, not all of it was recorded, but it’s probably one of the best things that has happened to me.
Anyway, after all that was done, we talked about him reuniting with director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin. This time his character David Levinson doesn’t accidentally become humanity’s last hope to defeat the aliens as he’s been named the director of Earth Space Defense. And Goldblum says that it’s his character’s inherent and organic love for the planet that drives his outside-of-the-box thinking to help keep it safe.
Plus, since it took 20 years for him to return to Independence Day, what are the odds that the 20th anniversary of The Lost World: Jurassic Park coming up next year will convince him to deal with some dinosaurs again? Find out in the Jeff Goldblum interview below. Read More »
One of the most iconic Super Bowl spots of all time was the tease for the original Independence Day, 20 years ago this year. Therefore it only makes sense that 20th Century Fox would bring a tease for the sequel Independence Day: Resurgence to Super Bowl 50, and it did not disappoint in showing the return of the most deadly aliens Earth has ever faced. Take a look at the Independence Day Resurgence Super Bowl spot below! Read More »