July 15, 1996 |
Will Smith, the Artist Formerly Known as Fresh Prince, is all over the place. Folks are cheering his on-screen appearance in the blockbuster "Independence Day. " He's People magazine's coverboy this week. You'll find a two-page pullout poster of him in today's Daily News (on Pages 36-37). And he was spied in his hometown last week eating large (see Stu Bykofsky's column). Not bad for a guy whose major claim to fame to this point has been to inspire an entire generation of kids to wear their jeans baggy and their caps backwards.
July 6, 1989 |
They see their adopted country in ways that Americans never could. They marvel at the houses here, the supermarkets, the weather, the freedom. They lament the loss of closeness with friends and family, their culture and their country. But the choice between the United States and home was theirs. "Americans just don't appreciate that they can vote, stand up and say what they feel and know that someone might boo and hiss but they won't lock them up," said Irwin Charles Gafen, of Lafayette Hill.
July 9, 1996 |
Erik Kornet came four hours early on opening day, and still couldn't get a ticket at the multiplex on Delaware Avenue. At the Regal Cinemas in Huntingdon Valley, 144 of 195 shows since last Tuesday were sold out - even though the movie was on three of the theater's 14 screens. In Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, tickets were being resold by scalpers, so much did moviegoers want to see the world-beater movie. Perhaps only a real alien invasion could stop Independence Day. There was no sign of a letup.
July 2, 2010
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May 27, 1990 |
Maple Shade's red-white-and-blue Independence Day celebration is running short on that essential green stuff. Organizers say public donations are at their lowest point since the brass bands and fireworks were revived in 1976. The Independence Day festivities, scheduled this year for June 30 in Maple Shade, will cost $10,515. But celebration committee chairman Howard "Tex" Gwynne said that with five weeks to go, the committee is about $3,000 short of its goal. "We have to book all the bands and the fireworks so far in advance," Gwynne said.
June 29, 1990 |
The summer's biggest holiday is nearly upon us. And there has never been a better time in recent history to celebrate Independence Day. The commemoration of our country's bid for democratic freedom has greater meaning this year, given the events in Eastern Europe and South Africa since the last July Fourth - events that have brought liberty behind the Iron Curtain and the release of Nelson Mandela, prompting hopes for the end of apartheid in...
May 5, 1996 |
"What would you do if tomorrow morning you woke up, left your house, looked up in the sky, and found an enormous spaceship completely covering your town?" asks writer-producer Dean Devlin, explaining the premise of his movie Independence Day. "What would you do?" If you're any studio but 20th Century Fox, which releases Independence Day on July 3, you run for the hills. Devlin and director Roland Emmerich's alien-invasion disaster flick is considered such a surefire blockbuster that it has the all-important five-day Fourth of July holiday pretty much to itself.
July 6, 1995 |
For most of the last year, Maurice Patterson was on the run. The 16-year-old was hiding. Police believed he had witnessed a West Philadelphia robbery. He stopped attending Bartram High School because he was harassed by students who thought he might talk. He stayed clear of his mother's place, where a subpoena awaited him. He started packing a gun. On Tuesday, he died in what police call the bloodiest Fourth of July in Philadelphia this decade. Seven people were killed - more than on the previous five Independence Days put together.
June 30, 1996 |
Hey, Will Smith, you jaunty, jug-eared thing, you. Thus far in your young but eventful career, you've found rap's sweet spot with G-rated songs like "Parents Just Don't Understand," and boosted NBC's lagging ratings as the impish star of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. So why did a nice guy like you have to give up his July Fourth weekend to tangle with aliens in the new film Independence Day? "I'm the first black guy to save the world, the Jackie Robinson of world saviors," jokes Smith, the loose-limbed charisma whirligig.
July 8, 2015
WHEN NIGHT fell on Independence Day, I stood outside with my children and watched fireworks fill the evening sky. As I did so, I contemplated the meaning of freedom here in Philadelphia, the birthplace of American independence. To be sure, the definition of American freedom is complicated. It was from the very beginning, when the shackles of slavery were interwoven into the ideals of independence and democracy. Our concept of freedom remains convoluted today, as America grapples with the fact that we imprison more people than any nation on Earth.