Will Smith declares, no 'Independence Day'

Posted: February 11, 2014

LOOKS like Will Smith has declared his independence from the movie franchise that made him a superstar.

Deadline.com reports that the pride of Overbrook will not be part of "Independence Day 2," planned for release in July 2016, the 20th anniversary of the original Fox sci-fi smash.

Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are expected to reprise their roles as alien-fightin' Earthlings, and rumor has it that Michael B. Jordan will step into the lead.

Then again, director Roland Emmerich and co-writer and producer Dean Devlin drafted two scripts - one with Smith, one without - and gave both to scriptwriter James Vanderbilt ("The Amazing Spider-Man").

How about a movie with Smith and Jordan, people?

Woody responds

Woody Allen saw his adopted daughter's op-ed in the New York Times and raised the ante, publishing his denial of her abuse allegations, also in the Times.

Dylan Farrow wrote in a letter published Feb. 1 that Allen sexually assaulted her when she was 7 years old at the Farrows' Connecticut home, a charge first leveled against the director in 1992.

At the time, Allen and his longtime partner and Dylan's mother, Mia Farrow, were in the midst of a vicious breakup. Allen had been having an affair with another of Farrow's adopted daughters, Soon-Yi Previn, then 19 or 20.

Allen and Previn are now married and have two adopted daughters.

Allen wrote in his letter, published online Friday, that Mia Farrow coerced their daughter into making the claims. "Of course I did not molest Dylan," he wrote. Allen also blasted retired Connecticut state prosecutor Frank Maco, who investigated the allegations in 1993. Allen was never charged.

The filmmaker, up for three Oscars for his latest film, "Blue Jasmine," said in his letter that he willingly took a lie-detector test.

Maco challenged that, saying that Allen refused a state-police test and instead had one privately administered, which he passed.

One thing not in dispute: This long-festering family wound shows no signs of healing.

Well, maybe one.

Dylan Farrow had this to say after Allen's letter came out: "If speaking out about my experience can help others stand up to their tormentors, it will be worth the pain and suffering my father continues to inflict on me. I won't let the truth be buried and I won't be silenced."

Bag man

It's the Berlin Film Festival, and you're hitting the red carpet for your new movie. Black tux, check. Bow tie, check. Brown paper bag . . .

Who do you think you are, Shia LaBeouf?

That's how he rolled last night for the premiere of Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac Volume I," also starring Christian Slater, Stacy Martin, Stellan Skarsgard and Uma Thurman.

The bag was decorated with the words "I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE." The star of "Transformers" and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" has been repeatedly posting the phrase on Twitter since Jan. 13.

But wait, there's more!

Asked about the film's sex scenes, LaBeouf said to a reporter, "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much."

Then he left.

A novel line? Maybe, but it's not original. French soccer player Eric Cantona made the same nonsensical statement to reporters in the mid-1990s.

Follower of fashion

A streaker in an animal-print G-string, overcoat, crown and red socks cavorted across the runway at Prabal Gurung's Himalayas-inspired show Saturday during Fashion Week in New York.

He knelt in front of a model, who simply walked around him and kept on working her look, as the man was chased away.

We get the animal print.

We love the crown.

But is red the new black?

Fashion, funeral

Speaking of red, the Valentino fashion house was most red-faced after it sent out emails bragging that actress Amy Adams had been snapped carrying a V bag - to a wake for Philip Seymour Hoffman, the actor who died Feb. 2 of an apparent heroin overdose in New York.

Designers love to kvell when stars wear their stuff on the red carpet. But name-checking the labels at a funeral?

Let mourners do that privately, please.

The company issued an apology, saying it hadn't realized the photos of Adams toting the $2,500 red (yes, red!) bag had been taken at Hoffman's wake.

Hoffman, 46, co-starred with Adams in "The Master."

- Daily News wire services contributed to this report.


Howard Gensler has the day off.

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