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Independence Day 2 Shifts Release Date To This

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independence dayAt this point in our lives, we all secretly assume that Roland Emmerich’s long-gestating Independence Day 2 is really just an explosive oasis forever hovering on the horizon, right? 20th Century Fox has once again changed the sequel’s distant future release date, but instead of pushing it forward, they’re bringing it back towards us. By a week, to be exact, as cinemagoers can now look forward to alien warfare taking place on June 24, 2016. I suppose someone somewhere celebrates their own day of independence at the end of June.

Independence Day 2 was set for release on July 1, 2016, and it isn’t quite clear why the date was changed. The switch puts it head to head with Universal’s upcoming The Mummy, which is being rebooted into their new connected monster universe (which includes last weekend’s Dracula Untold). But Emmerich’s film has gotten away from direct competition with Warner Bros.’ Tarzan, Sony’s Angry Birds, and Buena Vista’s The BFG, that Roald Dahl novel adaptation Steven Spielberg is set to direct next year. That’s stiff competition for any movie, much less a cobwebby sequel without Will Smith in the lead. (Not that Smith is an instant box office monster these days, but still.)

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See How The Walking Dead Staged That Action-Packed Season 5 Premiere

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the-walking-dead-season-5-ten-new-photosIf you watched the season 5 premiere of AMC’s mega hit The Walking Dead, you probably noticed a heavy emphasis on the action. It’s not necessarily one long action scene, but it’s definitely approaching that territory. This is easily the biggest, most ambitious, sprawling sequence that they’ve ever attempted, including the scenes at Woodbury in season 3 and the battle at the prison in season 4. Now you can see how they how they went about setting it up.

Special effects guru Greg Nicotero, who also happened to helm the season debut, “No Sanctuary,” shared his extensive set of storyboards with Entertainment Weekly. The scene may look chaotic and jumbled on screen, but these pieces give you an idea of just how much planning and work went into crafting this episode. You can’t just step outside with a camera and some zombie extras and wing something like this, you have to do a lot of preparation to stage this big and intricate a scene.

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Under The Dome And Extant: Will They Be Back Next Summer?

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DomeExIf you’re a fan of CBS’ summer sci-fi slate of Under the Dome and Extant, we’ve got some good news for you. Both shows have been renewed by CBS, and will be returning for a third and second season, respectively. The Under the Dome news merits only a disinterested yawn as far as we’re concerned, but it’s good to see the underwatched Extant getting the chance to keep finding its footing. It’s also rather surprising given the show’s ratings.

Under the Dome soon became one of the biggest disappointments we’ve seen when it premiered last year. Sure, Stephen King adaptations have a hugely uneven success rate, but comics legend Brian K. Vaughan was aboard as showrunner, and how could we not be excited by that? Sadly, the show we got was by turns frustrating and ridiculous, so I bailed on the show at the end of the first season. As for Extant, I quite liked the premiere, but I didn’t keep up with it after that. I keep meaning to sit down and marathon it off Amazon Prime, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Still, I’m glad to see it getting a second season, because more sci-fi on TV can only be a good thing.

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Would Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Cast Ever Appear In The Reboot Films?

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TNGOne of the smartest things director J.J. Abrams did with his Star Trek reboot films was enlisting the considerable talents and fan cachet of Leonard Nimoy, returning to the role of Spock which made him an icon. Regardless of how well you think the films themselves were handled, having the classic Spock appear essentially bestowed his blessing on Abrams’ take on the franchise. With William Shatner now rumored for an appearance alongside Nimoy in Trek 3, many have been wondering what other familiar characters might someday pop up in the new Trek timeline. What about the Next Generation cast, for instance? Well, they have a few things to say about that…

Most of the core Next Generation actors were reunited last weekend at the annual New York Comic Con. Shatner hosted the panel, which included Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Gates McFadden, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Denise Crosby, and Q himself, John de Lancie. A fan asked the assembled Enterprise-D crew if they’d consider visiting the new Trek universe, and their responses (via IGN) ranged from snarky to diplomatic.

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Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar Features A LOT of IMAX, Find Out Exactly How Much

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interstellarYou were probably already planning to do this, but you need to make sure to see Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Interstellar on the biggest screen you can possibly find. The Dark Knight director is prone to filming pieces of his movies in IMAX, and that much hasn’t changed, but the pieces got a lot bigger, as an hour of 169-minute-long film will be presented in the large-scale format, which is going to look incredible. And just in case you aren’t already super psyched for this, movie, Paramount has also revealed three new international TV spots with a few bits of new footage, just to keep them interesting.

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This Is Why Bill Murray Won’t Do Ghostbusters 3

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ghostbusters bill murrayWho’d have thought that removing Dan Aykroyd from the driver’s seat of the Ghostbusters franchise would finally get a follow-up film in motion? Not that he’s completely absent from the process or anything, but Dan Aykroyd’s varyingly loony approaches to Ghostbusters 3 seemed doomed from the get-go, thanks in no small part to Bill Murray vehemently retaining his anti-sequel stance. Now that Paul Feig and co-writer Kate Dippold are moving forward with a completely unattached reboot, Murray has opened up a bit about leaving the franchise behind.

Murray is an actor that doesn’t do parts for money — and it would be ridiculous to think otherwise at this point in his career — so the fact that Ghostbusters 3 would have presumably made him a killing doesn’t really matter. He only wants to make films with stories that reach him, which is the opposite approach of how Sony wants to do things. Here’s how he put it in a recent interview with Variety: