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Movie in a Nutshell - Independence Day

In case you missed it twenty years ago, a little movie called INDEPENDENCE DAY came out, which shot The Fresh Prince into superstardom and gave us a rip-roarin' good time at the movies in the summer of 1996. Yeah, it was cheesy and preposterous, but it also featured Jeff Goldblum doing his very best Jeff Goldblum , the best motivational speech by a movie president of all time, an...
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06.20.2016
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Exclusive Interview: Brad Bird talks Iron Giant, Tomorrowland flop, & more!

While attending the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, I was contacted by Warner Bros with an interesting proposal. They wanted to know if JoBlo.com would be interested in a solid fifteen minute interview with director Brad Bird to celebrate the return of THE IRON GIANT to theaters (see my TIFF review here ). Obviously the answer was a resounding yes. THE IRON GIANT, while a...
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10.01.2015
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Review: The Iron Giant: Signature Edition (TIFF 2015)

PLOT: Hogarth Hughes  ( Eli Marienthal ) lives with his mother ( Jennifer Aniston ) in Rockwell, a picturesque small town in 1950's middle-America. A sci-fi buff, Hogarth's dreams of adventure come true when he discovers a giant robot ( Vin Diesel ) with no memory of his origin or purpose. The two become fast friends, but a pesky government investigator ( Christopher...
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09.10.2015
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Vin Diesel teases sequel to Brad Bird's The Iron Giant

THE IRON GIANT was a big box office bomb, grossing only a little over $30 million worldwide against a budget of $70 million, however it received critical acclaim from critics, and many consider it to be one of the best animated movies of all time. Vin Diesel provided the voice of the titular robot in the Brad Bird film, and in a recent post on his Facebook page about The Iron Giant...
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08.31.2015
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The Best Movie You Never Saw: Bug

Welcome to The Best Movie You NEVER Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time and/or has aged like a fine wine. This week, we’ll be looking at BUG. Unless the bugs are looking at us... l istening to...
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07.17.2015
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Brad Bird's The Iron Giant will return to theaters this fall

Brad Bird didn't exactly make waves with his latest feature, TOMORROWLAND. Given the man's track record, it seems fair that a dent would finally be made in an otherwise immaculate filmography. Back in 1999, Bird released his first feature-film, THE IRON GIANT. The animated tale followed an unlikely friendship between a rebellious boy named Hogarth (voiced by Eli Marienthal )...
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07.08.2015
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Independence Day Resurgence; new title and a peek at some BTS images!

UPDATE #1: Official title for the sequel is INDEPENDENCE DAY RESURGENCE! Check out the title treatment in motion below!: UPDATE #2: A look at the Earth Space Defense logo from the film as well as the Alien/Jet Hybrid plane that the good guys will be using. Update #3: More BTS images, including director Roland Emmerich standing with the new...
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06.23.2015
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Maika Monroe lands the female lead in Independence Day 2

We may not have asked for it but Roland Emmerich 's sequel to INDEPENDENCE DAY is certainly pulling out all the stops when it comes to scooping up as many actors from the first film as it can; we've got Jeff Goldblum , Bill Pullman , Brent Spiner , Vivica Fox , and Judd Hirsch reprising their roles from the original film with ID4 newcomers Jessie Usher, Liam Hemsworth ,...
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04.27.2015
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Roland Emmerich confirms Bill Pullman will return for Independence Day 2

To Roland Emmerich 's credit, he's going to great lengths to make up for the lack of Will Smith in INDEPENDENCE DAY 2. Jeff Goldblum , Liam Hemsworth , Vivica Fox , Charlotte Gainsbourg , and Jessie User have already signed on for lead roles, but fan favorite Brent Spiner has also been confirmed, and we have another big member of the first movie making a...
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04.17.2015
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Brent Spiner and Joey King join Independence Day 2

Roland Emmerich is plenty busy putting together a sequel that's nearly two decades overdue, but I digress. This latest bit of casting should appease some fans of the original, as it's been announced that Brent Spiner will be making return trip to the world of INDEPENDENCE DAY. Best known for his portrayal of Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Spiner went on to embody...
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04.10.2015
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I Want That: Mondo's The Iron Giant deluxe figure

If there were ever a reason to scrimp and save to be able to purchase something related to one of the great animated movies of our time, it’s now. Mondo will release a deluxe figure based on the movie THE IRON GIANT, we have some great images of the figure as well as the release date and cost. Mondo has announced that the deluxe figure will retail for $300, and be available...
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01.21.2015
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Independence Day 2 officially beginning production May 2015

20th Century Fox has made it official and given the go ahead to the INDEPENDENCE DAY sequel, ID4EVER, to begin production in May of next year. While the studio locked in a release date a while back, this is the first official step forward since Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin worked on the screenplay. We have heard rumors that Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman may reprise their roles...
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11.26.2014
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