Welcome (back) to Earth: Independence Day 2 is coming

ALL THE PRESIDENT'S ACTORS            ==========================It's the most powerful job in the world - and while George W Bush and John Kerry battle it out to be President of the United States, we look at the Hollywwod stars who have played the prez.  From Michael Douglas to Jack Nicholson, dozens of superstars have had a shot at being the world's number one politician.  And for their few weeks of work, most actors get paid considerably more than the real president.  In the 1997 film Air Force One, Harrison Ford was paid a staggering 0 Million - which was exactly 100 times the size of President Clinton's 00,000 annual salary.  We take a look at the stars who have, for a couple of movie hours, been the world's most important man.  And, as a final pay-off, we include the one president who was always a consummate actor ... Ronald Reagan, who made his name in films like "Bed-Time for Bonzo".  Our other stars include:* Lloyd Bridges clowning around in the 1991 comedy "Hot Shots".* Michael Douglas in the 1996 film "The American President".* Henry Fonda in "Meteor" in 1979.* Harrison Ford in "Air Force One".* Morgan Freeman in the 1998 movie "Deep Impact".* Gene Hackman in 1997's "Absolute Power".* Sir Anthony Hopkins in the 1996 film "Nixon".* Kevin Kline in 1993's "Dave".* Jack Nicholson in 1996's "Mars Attacks".* Bill Pullman in "Independence Day" in 1996.* Peter Sellers in "Dr Strangelove" from 1963.* John Travolta in 1998's "Primary Colors". When: 01 Nov 2004


Dog days of early winter got you down? Weather beating you into a despondent state? No worries: You can start remembering the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer right now, with the news that Fox has officially greenlit a sequel to 1996’s maligned and beloved lo-fi indie hit Independence Day.

That’s right: The movie that made cheering for America’s destruction fun is coming back for another round of catch phrases and ‘splosions. And, according to director Roland Emmerich has his way, they’re going to do it all without up-and-coming action star Will Smith, who was an integral part of the first film’s wonky affability.

“Smith can not come back because he’s too expensive,” Emmerich said, in a recent interview, “but he’d also be too much of a marquee name. It would be too much.”


JEFF GOLDBLUM at the premiere of ' The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou ' New York City- 09.12.04 Where: New York, United States When: 09 Dec 2004 Credit: PNP/WENN


Allow us to editorialize right quick here: Too much? In the sequel to a movie that’s about a giant and meticulously co-ordinated alien attack on Earth, plus Randy Quaid shouting “Up yours!” as he sacrifices his plane and himself for the greater good of humanity? What does “too much” even mean, where Independence Day is concerned?

Tsk tsk. Mr. E. At least you and producer Dean Devlin had the good sense to book Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman.

According to the most reliable sources, the film will be set approximately twenty years after the first Independence Day, and will feature an even bigger alien horde responding to a distress signal the first horde sent while they were being annihilated by Quaid’s character’s hooch-laden breath.

This one movie was originally conceived as a two-parter; so far, Fox has only committed to one. Independence Day 2: Long Day’s Journey into Death will hit theaters almost 20 years after the first film, on June 26, 2016.



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