Independence Day 2 and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children get Release Dates. The Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation has released the premiere dates for Independence Day 2 (2015) and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2015). The former is being directed by Roland Emmerich and the latter by Tim Burton.
Independence Day 2 will be released on July 3, 2015 and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children July 31, 2015.
On the first Independence Day:
Independence Day is a 1996 American military science fiction film about an alien invasion of Earth. The narrative focuses on a disparate group of people who converge in the Nevada desert and, along with the rest of the human population, participate in a last-chance counterattack on July 4, the same date as the Independence Day holiday in the United States. It was directed by German director Roland Emmerich, who co-wrote the script with producer Dean Devlin.
While promoting Stargate in Europe, Emmerich came up with the idea for the film when fielding a question about his own belief in the existence of alien life. He and Devlin decided to incorporate a large-scale attack when noticing that aliens in most invasion films travel long distances in outer space only to remain hidden when reaching Earth. Principal photography for the film began in July 1995 in New York City, and the film was officially completed on June 20, 1996.
The film was scheduled for release on July 3, 1996, but due to its high level of anticipation, many theaters began showing it on the evening of July 2, 1996, the same day the story of the film begins. The film’s combined domestic and international box office gross is $816,969,268, which at one point was the second-highest worldwide gross of all-time. It is currently the 38th-highest-grossing film of all time and was at the forefront of the large-scale disaster film and science fiction resurgences of the mid-to-late-1990s. It won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, and was also nominated for Best Sound Mixing.
On the first Independence Day‘s cast and characters:
Will Smith as Captain Steven Hiller: An assured U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 pilot with VMFA-314. Devlin and Emmerich had always envisioned an African-American for the role, and specifically wanted Smith after seeing his performance in Six Degrees of Separation.
Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson: An MIT-educated computer expert, chess enthusiast and environmentalist, working as a satellite technician in New York City.
Bill Pullman as President Thomas J. Whitmore: President of the United States and a former Persian Gulf War fighter pilot. To prepare for the role, Pullman read Bob Woodward’s The Commanders and watched the documentary film The War Room.
Margaret Colin as Constance Spano: White House Communications Director, David’s ex-wife.
Robert Loggia as General William Grey: A U.S. Marine Corps general who is the head of U.S. Space Command. Loggia modeled the character after generals of World War II, particularly George S. Patton.
Randy Quaid as Russell Casse: A widowed, alcoholic crop duster and veteran Vietnam War pilot who claims to have been an alien abductee ten years prior to the film’s events.
James Duval as Miguel Casse, Russell’s eldest son. Originally derisive of Russell because of his alcoholism, he changes his mind once he sees Russell showing true concern for his children.
Judd Hirsch as Julius Levinson: David’s father. The character was based on one of producer Dean Devlin’s uncles.
Mary McDonnell as First Lady Marilyn Whitmore.
Vivica A. Fox as Jasmine Dubrow: A single mother, Steven’s girlfriend (later wife), and exotic dancer.
James Rebhorn as Albert Nimzicki: The U.S. Secretary of Defense and former director of the CIA. Rebhorn described the character as being much like Oliver North. The character’s eventual firing lampoons Joe Nimziki, MGM’s head of advertising and reportedly accounted for unpleasant experiences for Devlin and Emmerich when studio executives forced recuts of Stargate.
Harvey Fierstein as Marty Gilbert: David’s boss.
Adam Baldwin as Major Mitchell: A U.S. Air Force officer who is Area 51’s commanding officer.
Brent Spiner as Dr. Brackish Okun: The unkempt and highly excitable scientist in charge of research at Area 51. Devlin, who is open to the idea of bringing Dr. Okun back in the event of a sequel, later implied the character is merely in a coma. The character’s appearance and verbal style are based upon those of visual effects supervisor Jeffrey A. Okun, with whom Emmerich had worked on Stargate.
Harry Connick, Jr. as Captain Jimmy Wilder: Steve’s best friend and fellow pilot. Connick took over the part for Matthew Perry, originally cast in the role.
Kiersten Warren as Tiffany: Jasmine’s exotic dancer friend.
Mae Whitman as Patricia, the President’s daughter. She is called ‘Munchkin’ by her parents.
Frank Welker as Alien vocal effects
Many of the above characters died during IDP so its unclear which characters will be returning.
I am very surprised that they are making a second Independence Day. For its day it was a good, stand-alone film. Looking at the film today, its more than a little goofy. I wish they would make another Stargate. At least that film, especially the director’s cut, had some grit.
On the book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is based on:
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the debut novel by American author Ransom Riggs. The book tells the tale of a boy who follows clues that take him to an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island. The story is told through a combination of narrative and vernacular photographs that the author found at swap meets.
This children’s book was originally intended to be a picture book featuring photographs Riggs had collected, but on the advice of an editor at Quirk Books, he used the photographs as a guide from which to put together a narrative. Riggs was a collector of photographs, but needed more for his novel. He met Leonard Lightfoot, a well-known collector at the Rose Bowl Flea Market and was introduced to other collectors. The result was a story about a boy who follows clues from his grandfather’s old photographs which lead him on an adventure that takes him to a large abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island.
The book has been a New York Times best seller. It reached the #1 spot on the Children’s Chapter Books list on 29 April 2012 after being on the list for 45 weeks, remaining there until 20 May, when it dropped to the fourth spot on the list. Critics have generally praised the book for creative use of vintage photographs as well as good characterization and settings.
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