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It's been quite the week for Independence Day fans, with the debut of two new previews along with four posters for the long-awaited sequel Resurgence. With the Memorial Day weekend upon us, 20th Century Fox has released the first clip from this follow-up, reuniting two stars from the original movie, Brent Spiner as Dr. Okun and Bill Pullman as President Whitmore. As you can see in this clip, Dr. Okun emerges from an apparent slumber to shed some new light on alien activity.
This scene, which debuted at the 20th Century Fox YouTube page, also gives us a glimpse at William Fichtner's General Adams, who is seen entering a room filled with monitors showcasing the activity of the aliens they currently have in captivity. Adams mentions that their "screaming" has gotten worse, when Dr. Okun meets President Whitmore again, who comments that he's "awake." We're not sure what the former President is referring to in this scene, but when Whitmore's daughter Patricia (Maika Monroe) asks why the aliens are "screaming," Dr. Okun reveals that they aren't screaming, they're celebrating.
While we don't know for sure, it's likely that these aliens are celebrating the arrival of their extraterrestrial cohorts, who return to Earth 20 years after the events of 1996's ID4. Independence Day was just the beginning. We always knew they were coming back. After that film redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter in the Independence Day universe delivers a global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens' advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox and Brent Spiner all reprise their roles from the original 1996 blockbuster. Independence Day: Resurgence will also introduce new characters played by Liam Hemsworth, Angelababy, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward and Jessie Usher. This highly-anticipated sequel will make summer 2016 one to remember when it explodes onto screens worldwide June 24. The movie will square off against STX Entertainment's The Free State of Jones when it hits theaters in just a few short weeks.
The original Independence Day shattered opening weekend and total box office records, becoming the year's top-grossing film. It also became the first movie in history to gross over $500 million internationally. It's domestic take of $306.1 million in 1996 would equate to $594.3 million today, when adjusted for inflation. We'll have to wait and see if the sequel can out-gross its predecessor when Independence Day 2 hits theaters on June 24. Until then, take a look at the first clip below, featuring Dr. Okun and President Whitmore.
The Indianapolis 500 is the granddaddy of North American auto racing, and Canadians have had quite a history at the event.This past Sunday, Oakville, Ont.'s James Hinchcliffe won the pole position for the historic 100th running of the even — a year after nearly dying on the famed track — setting the stage for a Canuck to win "the greatest spectacle in racing" for just the second time.With the green flag ready to drop on May 29, here's a look at some of the biggest Indy 500 moments involving Canadians:Goodyear inches away from gloryIt was 1992 and Canadian Scott Goodyear was locked in a neck-and-neck battle with American Al Unser Jr.It would wind up being the closest finish in the history of the race.Michael Andretti had led the majority of the race but with less than a dozen laps to go, his fuel pump shut down, causing him to roll to a stop, making it a two-horse race between Goodyear and Unser Jr.Goodyear trailed right behind Unser Jr. for the final few laps looking for a lane to jump in front, and with the finish line in sight, darted to the inside. Both cars raced nose to nose to the finish line, but it was Unser Jr. who took the checkered flag, defeating Goodyear by just 0.043 seconds."This is a real disappointment. When Andretti lost the lead those last few laps I thought, 'This is a real possibility,'" Goodyear said after the race. "We just drove flat out those last three laps."That race was just chosen as the best in Indianapolis 500 history, as voted by past winners in a survey conducted by The Associated Press.Villeneuve puts Canada on winners' listJacques Villeneuve began his racing career in 1984 at the age of 13, just two years after his father, Gilles, a risk-taking Formula One driver, died in a horrific crash.But a mere 10 years after first stepping into a race car, Villeneuve, now 23, not only raced in his first Indy 500, but he matched Goodyear's result by finishing second.The following year he went one better, becoming the first and only Canadian to win the famed race.Ironically, it was Goodyear he had to battle to do it. And not without controversy.Late in the race, Goodyear was in first with Villeneuve right behind. But on a restart, Goodyear passed the pace car, incurring a stop-go penalty, which would require him to enter the pits for 10 seconds and then exit.Goodyear disagreed with the penalty and kept racing, refusing to come in to the pits. Officials then dropped him down to 14th, giving Villeneuve the lead and the victory.Tracy's controversyIn 2002, Paul Tracy finished second at the Indy 500. But don't tell him that.In what is one of the most controversial finishes in the history of the Indy 500, Tracy passed leader Helio Castroneves on the second-last lap, taking over the lead and looking like he would become the second Canadian to win the race.But a crash happened on the course at the same time and while on the final lap, race officials indicated Tracy made the pass after the caution flag had been waved, erasing the takeover."They said that it was under yellow, but green was still up in my eyes, I saw the green," said Tracy after the race. "I feel that I was ahead of him when it went yellow."Tracy protested the ruling but on July 2nd of that year, 37 days after the race, Castroneves' victory was upheld.
The NHL scouts parading through Waterloo, Iowa, usually said the same thing about Joe Pavelski."'He can't skate, he's not big enough. He can't skate, he's not big enough'," recalls P.K. O'Handley, who coached the San Jose Sharks forward back when he captained the USHL's Waterloo Black Hawks nearly 15 years ago.Concerns ran deep enough that Pavelski, second only to superstar Alex Ovechkin in goals over the past three NHL seasons and the current Conn Smythe favourite with 13 playoff goals, fell to the seventh round of the 2003 draft, going 205th overall to the Sharks.While intrigued by Pavelski, the Sharks didn't even use their first (of two) seventh-round picks to take him, opting instead for a French-Canadian forward who never played an NHL game.How does a player with such apparent flaws — a lack of size and speed — rise into one of the league's premier players and goal-scorers?It starts with a feel for the game that former coaches describe as uncommon. The five-foot-11, 190-pound Pavelski may not have been pretty to watch, but he could process the game quickly and that allowed him to make a play or score a goal."He's always thinking about four steps ahead of everybody else, even at the high school level, at the junior level and then ultimately at our level, here at Wisconsin," said Mark Osiecki, a former Badgers assistant who recently returned to the university's program."His mind for the game, his will to succeed, is at a super, super high level.""His hockey IQ, even at 17," added O'Handley, "was off the chart."Highly driven to improveIt's one of the first elements O'Handley noticed when he inherited Pavelski upon assuming the coaching job in Waterloo. He saw a kid who could think the game and was highly driven.Osiecki remembers when Pavelski wanted to improve in the faceoff circle, he watched video of NHL players. He worked on blocking shots as a defender, tipping shots on the other end, performing the subtler aspects of the game which have made him into a force for the Sharks, where he's spent his entire NHL career.Pavelski, 31, is an ace jack of all trades for San Jose. He's a focal point of a top power-play unit, kills penalties and wins 55 per cent of his faceoffs, among the top marks in the league.He rarely gets mentioned in the company of Ovechkin, Lightning captain Steven Stamkos or Anaheim veteran Corey Perry, but he's been every bit as accomplished as a goal-scorer, too.Only Ovechkin and Stamkos, both No. 1 overall picks, have more goals than Pavelski over the past five seasons and only Ovechkin has scored more since the start of the 2013-14 campaign.The coaches in Waterloo still pull out the old VHS tapes to look back at Pavelski. They see a player scoring in all the same ways as today: wicked shots from the faceoff circle on the power play, tipped shots in front of the net and greasy one-timers off one knee."He's got unbelievable hand-eye co-ordination," says O'Handley, for whom Pavelski scored 57 goals over two seasons. "You should see what he can do with a golf ball on the golf course in the middle of the trees, it's unbelievable."Unlike Ovechkin and Stamkos, known for scoring in one or two prominent ways, Pavelski scores in bunches every which way.A look at Pavelski's tally of 13 post-season goals reveals the variety: six slapshots, two tips, two wrist shots, one wraparound, one backhand and one snapshot.Stamkos, by contrast, scored 28 of his 36 regular-season goals either by wrist shot or slapshot.Overlooked from startHailing from a small town in Central Wisconsin, Pavelski has always been overlooked to some degree, dating back to the draft and even after that to his days as a Badger. At that time, Robbie Earl, a one-time Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick, was more highly thought of on a Wisconsin squad stocked with future NHLers, including St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott.Osiecki and O'Handley both speak of Pavelski's character in glowing terms and O'Handley insists that it's not fluff."It seems like it's too good to be true, but it's all true," he said.O'Handley cites Pavelski's history of winning, which includes a high school championship, Clark Cup with Waterloo, national title with Wisconsin and silver medal at the 2014 Olympics, as further proof of his character.All that's seemingly missing for the Sharks captain is a Stanley Cup, which his team is threatening to win for the first time. They advanced to the Cup final Wednesday night after a win over the St. Louis Blues.Neither O'Handley nor Osiecki is surprised by Pavelski's ascent."Did I think he would be at this level of scoring? I didn't know that," O'Handley says. "But am I surprised that he's in the National Hockey League and his coaches rave about him because of the person that he is and the competitor that he is and all that?"No."
Sure, plenty of parents think their baby is just about perfect, but professional dancers Allison Holker and Stephen “tWitch” Boss are downright thrilled over what a “dream” their newborn son Maddox Laurel has been — and he’s already showing signs of future dance moves to come.
“Our baby brings so much happiness into our house. Listen, we have a really good one!” Holker told PEOPLE of their infant son, who was born in March, as the couple attended the premiere of Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass on Monday. “He’s laughing, he smiles, he sleeps through the night. It’s like we have the dream of a baby. It’s amazing!”
“Our baby dances every night,” she adds. “He’s already a popper. He loves hip hop music. He jams out every single night. It’s incredible. We actually had our baby to the song ‘Push It’ by Salt-N-Pepa, so he’s musically inclined, and he’s got a lot of rhythm.”
Holker says they’ve been delighting in taking in each daily milestone and discovery. “He just noticed his hands for the first time yesterday,” she says. “It was so cool because they think their hands are so magical. He just stares at it. He thinks it’s the coolest thing he’s ever seen, and he’s so amazed by everything. It’s a good reminder as a parent — we should just be happy about everyday life because for a baby, everything is amazing and cool. So I think we’ve got to do that more as people.”
Boss isn’t afraid to admit that of course even Maddox has thrown them some parent-testing curveballs, but even those have brought a certain joy. “If ‘explosive diapers’ is not too graphic for an answer, then I would say ‘explosive diapers,’ ” says the dancer. “But honestly, every little thing is incredible and joyous. Even if he’s crying loud, you’re like, ‘Yo, you have an impressive set of lungs, I’m proud of that.’ ”
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The couple, who met when both were competing on So You Think You Can Dance, are also parents to Weslie, 7, Holker’s daughter from a previous relationship. As a family, they’re building plenty of teamwork skills to help tend to the new addition.
“I think the strongest thing I can say about parenthood is, in order to raise a child, it takes a village,” says Holker. “We have so much help from loved ones — from family, from our team. Everyone really contributes to us working and also being parents and having this lifestyle that we love. So it’s really everyone coming together. As a parent, you never find that perfect balance. That’s what you’re striving for.”
“It’s constantly a work in progress,” agrees Boss. “Things always get switched up and there’s always something new to do.”
My babe MADDOX …. This child has brought so much love and laughter into a household.. I'm grateful to be his mother.. My babe forever
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Among the new things is a new gig for Holker, who’s already back to work choreographing dance sequences for ABC’s upcoming Arsenio Hall-produced series Greatest Hits, a salute to the music of the 80s and 90s.
“The hardest part about taking this job was that I had a baby two months ago,” she admits. “I had to jump back in, get back and fit, get back into the dance studio, start trying to shake these hips again. That’s been the biggest challenge for sure. But it’s also so exciting, and it’s forcing me back into work, which is what I wanted. It’s great. I love it.”
You can't look at his face and tell me he didn't feel that beat drop. #ThatsMyBoy #BabyBoss #WeSpentMadTimeDoingTheseVideos #HeIsProbablyGoingToHateTheseVideosWhenHesOlder #BecauseTheyWillDefinitelyMakeSurpriseAppearancesAroundHisFriends 😏 @allisonholker Song is "James Baby" by Stro Elliott @stroelliot
A video posted by Stephen tWitch Boss (@sir_twitch_alot) on May 16, 2016 at 11:40am PDT
“My husband and I, two days after the labor, went hiking. I started doing yoga once a week. I started working out with a trainer,” she explains. “So the athleticism and the working out, that all came super natural.”
“The harder part was leaving my baby at home!” Holker adds. “You don’t want to leave your baby, you know? You just have this beautiful kid at home. You want to be there all day.”
“You just sit there and stare at him all day,” agrees Boss. “It’s just fantastic.”
— Scott Huver
Andy Murray rallied past French wild-card entry Mathias Bourgue on Wednesday to reach the third round of the French Open, winning 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.Andy Murray needs 5 sets to advance at Roland-Garros1:21The second-seeded Murray made the most of Bourgue's drop of energy to claw his way back into the match and set up a contest with big-serving Ivo Karlovic in the next round.After playing superb tennis to lead 2-1 in sets on Court Philippe Chatrier, the 22-year-old Bourgue ran out of gas while Murray limited his mistakes to 10 unforced errors in the last two sets.Eighth-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic took to centre court after Murray's win to begin his second-round match against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.Canada's Eugenie Bouchard will play her second-round women's match against Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky on Thursday.Wawrinka good enoughAfter needing to come back and win in five sets to barely avoid becoming the first defending champion in tournament history to lose in the first round, Stan Wawrinka moved into the third with a 7-6 (7), 6-3, 6-4 victory over 93rd-ranked Taro Daniel of Japan.In the tiebreaker, the third-seeded Wawrinka found himself facing two set points while trailing 6-4. But he erased both of those and eventually pulled out the set, then quickly went up a break in the second and was on his way.Wawrinka said his play against Daniel had "many ups and downs," but that he's "ready to step it up."Wawrinka compiled a 62-21 advantage in winners and will now face No. 30 Jeremy Chardy of France for a spot in the round of 16.Talented teen gets 1st winTeenager Alexander Zverev has completed his first career win in the main draw of the French Open.The 19-year-old German, who is regarded as one of the most talented youngsters on the circuit, advanced to the second round of the clay-court Grand Slam with a 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (6), 7-5 win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Their match was suspended at the start of the fourth set on Tuesday because of darkness.The 41st-ranked Zverev is playing for the second time at the Roland Garros after losing in the qualifying stages last year. He will be up against another Frenchman, Stephane Robert, in the second round.Kvitova 'feeling good'On the women's side, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, 2009 French Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova, 2014 finalist Simona Halep and fourth-seeded Garbine Muguruza all advanced to the third round.The 10th-seeded Kvitova beat Hsieh Su-Wei 6-4, 6-1. Kvitova, who reached the semifinals at Roland Garros in 2012, looked more comfortable than in her first-round match.Kvitova says "I'm feeling good. I'm healthy, and that's important."The sixth-seeded Halep had to rally from 4-1 down in the first set to beat Zarina Diyas 7-6 (5), 6-2, while Kuznetsova defeated Heather Watson 6-1, 6-3. Muguruza beat wild-card entry Myrtille Georges 6-2, 6-0.
"It was a tragedy. I don't know what happened and I can't sort of pursue it," Steven Sabados told CBC in his first TV news interview since the sudden death of his spouse and longtime TV co-host Chris Hyndman last summer.Hyndman, who hosted the popular CBC-TV daytime program Steven and Chris with Sabados, was found without vital signs in a laneway near the duo's Toronto home on Aug. 3.Christopher Hyndman, co-host of CBC's Steven and Chris, dead at 49
Hyndman death prompts end to Steven and Chris show
"I was not aware of anything. Press, rumours, you name it. And I didn't want to know. And I don't want to know. And I still don't Google my name. I don't Google his name," Sabados said in an interview with CBC's Heather Hiscox in Toronto on Friday.Watch more of Heather Hiscox's interview with Steven Sabados tonight on The National."That night was just a tragic accident that shattered my life."A cause of death was never revealed by police in Toronto, who did not pursue a criminal investigation and declined to discuss Hyndman's death.Though Hyndman's mother has said she believes he died while sleepwalking, "that's not what I think. It's what Glenda has stated," said Sabados.'It was always Steven and Chris or we were always "the boys,"' Steven Sabados recalled of his on and off-screen partner, the late Chris Hyndman. (Adrian Wyld/CP)'We were one person'For nearly three decades, Sabados and Hyndman were intertwined romantically and professionally.After meeting in 1988 and working together in the décor and design industry in the early 1990s, the pair also endeared themselves to Canadians and fans abroad with their vibrant, high-energy lifestyle TV shows on HGTV and, eventually, CBC.Canadians offer outpouring of sympathy after death of Christopher Hyndman
"It was always Steven and Chris or we were always 'the boys,'" Sabados recalled, adding: "We were one person."'Nothing sombre': celebrating Chris Hyndman's 50th birthday1:15Since Hyndman's death, Sabados has found some solace in painting."Some of them are very painful. Some of them I paint with a lot of words — I do a lot of script. And I like things: my imagery is always shrouded or hidden or cloaked in some way. So I don't want people to read the messages and I made sure that it's unrecognizable, but they're there."He has also leaned on family, friends and fans, who have offered support in person and online as he mourns."It's hard to sort of plan something forward. You don't ever look forward to anything, you just kind of cope every day and you just find the strength to go through stuff," he said.'I can't say moving on': Steven Sabados on mourning Chris Hyndman1:11Now though, he's slowly starting to embark on new projects.In late April, Sabados announced plans to launch a new website for the design and decorating brand S&C Collection, which he and Hyndman debuted in 2007."I can't say moving on. I don't like the [phrase] 'moving on' because you never move on: you just adapt. And you just, in some way, just survive. And you change."Watch more of Heather Hiscox's interview with Steven Sabados tonight on The National.
Basketball fan who bet against Raptors stir-fries his cellphone
'Goodbye cruel world': Phone's last video shot from frying panCBC News Posted: May 24, 2016 10:11 AM ET Last Updated: May 24, 2016 11:43 AM ET'Goodbye cruel world,' wrote Kazeem Famuyide in the post of the video shot on his phone as it sat in the frying pan. (Kazeem Famuyide/Twitter)Related StoriesKyle Lowry's big night helps Raptors even series with Cavaliers
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A New York magazine publisher and radio producer who told his Twitter followers he would "throw my cellphone in some teriyaki stir fry and eat it" if the Raptors won two games made good on the first part of the bet, at least.Kazeem Famuyide made the initial statement shortly after Toronto's NBA team beat the Miami Heat in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference series, sending the Raptors to the third round against the favoured Cleveland Cavaliers.The Cavs easily won the first two games of the series at home, but Toronto won Game 3, Cleveland's first loss of the playoffs, and setting up Monday night's game.Cleveland rebounded to erase an 18-point Raptors lead, but Toronto held on to win its second game of the series, thanks in part to the defensive play of their Congolese big man.As the result of the game became clear, Famuyide began the preparations to fry up his phone, amid razzing from his Twitter followers.But Famuyide soon realized he had a problem. His phone was the only camera he had on him.So, with the phone in the pan, he turned the camera back on himself.RIP, Kaz's phone.
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Canada's Eugenie Bouchard won her first-round match at the French Open in impressive fashion Tuesday, defeating world No. 37 Laura Siegemund of Germany 6-2, 6-2.Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., is ranked 47th in the world. She reached the semifinals of the French Open in 2014 but went out in the first round last year at a time when she was struggling to find her game.Bouchard said after Tuesday's win that she has overcome an eating disorder brought on by "a lot of pressure" and the added expectation that followed her breakthrough year in 2014, when she also reached the semfinals of the Australian Open, the final at Wimbledon and finished with a career-high year-end ranking of seventh.The 22-year-old Canadian said she felt as though food "would come right back up" and struggled with weight loss in 2015, when her ranking slipped."Before matches I was very nervous and definitely had trouble eating. And not just before matches, it happened to me at other meals as well," Bouchard said.Pospisil eliminatedOn the men's side, Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil lost his opening-round match 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 to No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville, Que., was to play later.Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., the No. 8 seed in the men's draw, opened with a straight-sets win over Janko Tipsarevic on Monday.Murray avoids big upsetAndy Murray rallied to win from two sets down for the ninth time, advancing to the second round of the French Open by beating qualifier Radek Stepanek 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 in a match that took two days to complete.Murray was leading 4-2 in the fourth set when play was suspended Monday because of darkness. He was twice two points from losing while serving and trailing 5-4 in the fifth. But he held there, then broke Stepanek and served it out after wasting his first match point with a double-fault."It's unbelievable what he is doing," Murray said. "At 37 years old, coming out and fighting like that. I don't expect to be doing that myself at that age."Murray had rallied from two sets down twice before at Roland Garros, against Richard Gasquet in the first round six years ago and then to beat Viktor Troicki in the fourth round in 2011.Nadal in top formRafael Nadal is back doing what he does best: Demolishing opponents on the red clay of Roland Garros.The nine-time champion's 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 victory against Sam Groth of Australia added another notch to the Spanish player's stunning record in Paris, now at 71 wins, with just two losses.Groth, an Australian ranked 100 who has yet to make the second round of the French in two visits, lacked the variety of shots and power to derail Nadal's pursuit of a 15th major title."So bad, so bad," he muttered to himself after netting a backhand as Nadal raced through the first set. In all, they were on court for 80 minutes.Seeded fourth, Nadal lost last year in the quarterf-inals to Novak Djokovic, ending a 39-match winning streak at Roland Garros.Also advancing in the men's draw were No. 13 Dominic Thiem, No. 15 John Isner and No. 20 Bernard Tomic.Kerber outAustralian Open champion Angelique Kerber, the No. 3 seed in the women's tournament, was beaten 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 by 58th-ranked Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.It's the second time in three years that the Australian Open women's champion lost in the first round at Roland Garros — the same thing happened to Li Na in 2014.Kerber received treatment on her left shoulder at the changeover as she trailed 3-0 in the deciding set. The left-handed Kerber then briefly left the court and returned to win her service game but could not break back and lost the match.Kerber arrived in Paris on the back of early losses in both Madrid and Rome. Last week she pulled out of the Nuremberg tournament because of her shoulder injury.Francesca Schiavone, the 2010 French Open champion, was also eliminated, losing to Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 6-4.Schiavone was surprised to receive a standing ovation after her loss and blamed French Open organizers for announcing she competed at Roland Garros for the last time of her career."So Roland Garros announced my retirement, but I didn't," Schiavone said. "So you can stand up all of you and go back to work in the office because I didn't say that. I will announce when I will want to stop."
In just a few short weeks, Paramount will unleash its upcoming sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows in theaters, which is shaping up to be one of this summer's biggest hits. Over the weekend, the studio held its world premiere of this action-packed sequel at New York City's iconic Madison Square Garden, where the fans were treated to quite the big surprise. Before the movie began, rapper Vanilla Ice unexpectedly emerged from the crowd, to perform his song "Ninja Rap" from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year.
For those who weren't in attendance at the New York premiere, the Paramount Pictures YouTube page posted a video of the rapper's surprise performance of Ninja Rap, a.k.a. Go Ninja Go. Vanilla Ice was also joined by the 1990s heroes in a half-shell themselves, wearing the vintage TMNT costumes, as they brought they house down before the movie started. The song "Ninja Rap" was featured in a crucial scene from the original sequel, with Vanilla Ice appearing as himself performing alongside the Turtles, and it was also included on the original soundtrack.
While Vanilla Ice may not appear in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, the sequel will feature plenty of characters that longtime fans of the franchise will surely enjoy. Brian Tee stars as Shredder, while fan-favorite villains Bebop & Rocksteady (Gary Anthony Williams and Stephen Farrelly) will be featured as well. Stephen Amell will portray the iconic Casey Jones, while Tyler Perry also stars as Baxter Stockman. One of the franchise's most iconic villains, Krang, will also play a huge part in the story. Fred Armisen originally came aboard to provide the voice for Krang, but we reported last week he never actually signed on, and was replaced by Brad Garrett.
After super villain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop and Rocksteady, to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: The notorious Krang. We don't know for sure how Krang fits into the story, or if his massive Technodrome will be featured in the sequel.
Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stars Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) and Jeremy Howard (Donatello) all return to reprise their roles as the Turtles, along with Megan Fox (April O'Neill) and Will Arnett (Vern Fenwick). The cast also includes Brittany Ishibashi as Karai and Laura Linney as a law enforcement officer. Dave Green (Earth to Echo) directs from a script by André Nemec and Josh Appelbaum. The screenwriters also wrote the 2014 hit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Take a look at the video from this weekend's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows premiere, featuring Vanilla Ice's performance.
It's safe to say at this point that Lethal Weapon 5 will never happen. Especially now that a new TV show with a completely different cast is on its way this fall from Fox. But that wasn't always the case. At one point, before It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia decided to make their own Lethal Weapon 5, Warner Bros. was keen on moving forward with the sequel. And it would have prominently featured the return of original Lethal Weapon stars Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.
Shane Black, who is out promoting his third feature film as director with The Nice Guys this weekend, was tasked with writing a story for Lethal Weapon 5. He created the characters of Riggs and Murtaugh, and wrote the original screenplay for the 1987 franchise starter. Many believed Lethal Weapon 5 would be used to introduce two new police detectives, as Gibson and Glover passed the baton on the series over to two new actors. But that wasn't actually the case.
The canceled Lethal Weapon 5 would have featured the original actors in lead roles, albeit older than we remember. And in the first movie, way back in the late 80s, Glover was already decrying that he was 'too old for this shit'. There was no new generation of cops. Thanks to The Playlist, we have Shane Black's description of the story that he shared with The Nerdist's Writer's Panel podcast. Apparently, a 62-page treatment exists for this shelved final installment. And in the drawer is where it will likely stay for eternity. Says Black about the project.
"I wrote a 62-page treatment with my friend Chuck for "Lethal Weapon 5" that would've been, I think, a very good movie. It was interesting. It was essentially an older Riggs and Murtagh in New York City during the worst blizzard in east coast history, fighting a team of expert Blackwater guys from Afghanistan that's smuggling antiquities. And we had a young character that actually counter-pointed them. But I didn't wanna do what people do when they're trying to transition which is, they sorta put the two older guys in the movie, but really it's about their son! And he's gonna take over and we're gonna do a spinoff. Fuck that, if they're gonna be in the movie, they're gonna be in the movie - I don't care how old they are."
It's speculated that Shane Black was planning another Christmas themed movie for Lethal Weapon 5, as hinted at by the blizzard. The man is known for setting his movies during this period of year. The first Lethal Weapon takes place in December, as do Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3. While we have the Lethal Weapon TV show to look forward to in the future, it's very doubtful that another feature film starring the original leads will come to fruition. But there's always a small glimmer of hope. If the show is a hit, that glimmer of hope will be thrown far off into the future, while the Lethal Weapon reboot script hides out in the dustbin of history.