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Vincent D’Onofrio To Play Villain In ‘Jurassic World’; Jeff Goldblum May Take ‘Independence Day 2’ Instead

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 28, 2014 3:33 PM
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Vincent D’Onofrio
Apparently no one has asked Jeff Goldblum if he’s going to reprise his “Jurassic Park” role in “Jurassic World,” but two new actors have been asked and cast. Former “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” actor Vincent D’Onofrio and Indian star Irrfan Khan have both joined the tentpole that already includes Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson.

Will Smith Finally Decides Not To Star In 'Independence Day 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2014 6:31 PM
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Independence Day
Yes, no, maybe: those are the three answers Will Smith has given to 20th Century Fox about returning for "Independence Day 2" aka "ID Forever" over the past few years. But now it seems he's made up his mind. Almost.

'Independence Day 2' Moves To 2016; Summer 2015 Shuffles As 'Fantastic Four,' 'Assassin's Creed' & More Get In The Mix

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 12, 2013 9:22 PM
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Better start saving your allowance, because the summer of 2015 is already looking like a clusterfuck. What's coming between the start of May and end of August that year? How about: "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Tomorrowland," "Jurassic World," "Inside Out," "Ted 2," "Terminator 5," "Independence Day 2," "Batman Vs. Superman" and "Ant-Man." That not enough for you? Get ready, because even more is being added to Hollywood's bloat of 2015 ...

Now On DVD: Roland Emmerich Reveals His 5 Biggest Influences On 'White House Down'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 6, 2013 2:26 PM
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White House Down, Roland Emmerich
This week, "White House Down," the deliriously silly (but ridiculously entertaining) White House hijacking movie, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, detonates onto Blu-ray and DVD. In honor of the film's release, we chatted with "White House Down" filmmaker Roland Emmerich and asked him to run down the five biggest influences on the film (which this writer places amongst the top tier of the director's work). At first he was reluctant ("I feel back in school, like I had to do homework"), but eventually he shared what fuelled his movie. Read on to find out what inspired "White House Down," the dirty wife beater Channing wears and Jamie Foxx's famous line about his sneakers.

Roland Emmerich Says There's Two 'Independence Day 2' Scripts, One With Will Smith & One Without

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 24, 2013 1:01 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: While talking with director Roland Emmerich earlier today, as he does press for the forthcoming home video release of "White House Down," we had to inquire about the state of his highly anticipated "Independence Day 2." He sighed when we asked about the film, and claimed that it was, "A daily battle ... The budget, the schedules, the actors … " Still, he promised, "It's looking good." The director was more elusive, however, when we pressed him about the potential involvement of Will Smith, something that seems to fluctuate wildly every time someone asks him about it.

'Independence Day' Sequel 'ID Forever Part 1' Wants 'Fruitvale Station' Star Michael B. Jordan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2013 3:05 PM
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It's a pretty good time to be Michael B. Jordan. The actor, who broke out in the low-budget superhero hit "Chronicle," saw his profile raised tremendously in 2013 thanks to a strong turn in "Fruitvale Station," and it has put him on the map in a big way. It seems every franchise wants the actor, who is already working on "Creed" with his 'Fruitvale' helmer Ryan Coogler, while his name has come up in talks for "Fantastic Four" and "Star Wars: Episode 7." And now another blockbuster wants his talents.

Welcome (Back) To Earth: Will Smith Might Actually Return For 'Independence Day' Sequel

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2013 1:07 PM
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"Independence Day" (1996)
Earlier this summer, "White House Down" director Roland Emmerich said that Will Smith would most likely not be back for "Independence Day 2," the big budget sequel to his beloved sci-fi flick. But what a difference a few months and a notoriously costly flop make. Now Emmerich has said that Smith might return for the sequel as the cigar-chomping pilot from the original film and not, say, his twin brother. Anyone else now keenly excited about "Independence Day 2: The Legend of Steve Hiller's Gold?"

The Films Of Roland Emmerich: From Worst To Best

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 26, 2013 12:02 PM
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The Films Of Roland Emmerich
When it comes to bringing popcorn ready, big screen spectacle to the multiplex, there are few filmmakers (except for maybe Michael Bay) who do it with as much flair as Roland Emmerich. The German-born director has been making theater speakers rumble ever since "Universal Soldier," but he really made his mark in the '90s thanks to the White House exploding "Independence Day" (which has a sequel coming in 2015) and the monster movie "Godzilla." And since then, films like "The Day After Tomorrow" and "2012" have come to define the trademarks most audiences know him for -- high concept FX vehicles in which the world is at peril, but rescued by an everyman who saves the day.

Never Fear, Roland Emmerich Confirms Jeff Goldblum & Bill Pullman Will Return For 'Independence Day 2'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 25, 2013 2:06 PM
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As Roland Emmerich has been making the press rounds for the upcoming "White House Down," the director has been creating some buzz around the upcoming "Independence Day 2," sequel to the 1996 mega-blockbuster. To the disappointment of many (though admittedly less than before "After Earth"), Emmerich revealed this past weekend, "Will Smith cannot come back because he’s too expensive, but he'd also be too much of a marquee name." This left all '90s nostalgists pondering and panting about who else will or won't sign on for "Independence Day 2."

Will Smith Won't Celebrate 'Independence Day 2' Plus 2 New Clips From Roland Emmerich's 'White House Down'

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 24, 2013 10:06 AM
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While director Roland Emmerich has his latest summer blockbuster “White House Down” to concern himself with, he can’t escape the question that inevitably follows him to every media event he attends -- what’s up with the sequel to “Independence Day”? The Daily News recently caught up with Emmerich to get the latest scoop on the often suggested sequel, and this time, he revealed that a certain iconic star would not be returning.

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