ROLL CALL: Will Smith Out Of Independence Day Sequel; Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman & Gay Character In

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“Independence Day” Sequel, Who’s In & Who’s Out?: More alien butt-kicking will start on July 3, 2015 when the “Independence Day” sequel hits theaters, but who will wage a fight for the planet and who will sit this one out? Director Roland Emmerich says Will Smith is “too expensive” and will not return. He further explained the no-Smith situation, telling The Huffington Post, “We gave him our very first script and he liked it very much. He said, ‘Look, I don’t want to go there anymore because I was a different person than I am now. And I have so many other projects that I want to do.’” However, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman – who appeared in the 1996 blockbuster – along with a new gay character will fight for Earth’s future. Read more with Roland! (P.S. the dog, Boomer – who narrowly escapes that fiery blast in the tunnel – won’t be getting a call from the director!)

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K.Stew Gets Inked: Kristen Stewart stooped by a Nashville, Tenn., tattoo parlor last week to get some body art. According to E!, the actress picked a small design to be tattooed on her wrist in red ink. The tat is reportedly the first for the actress. See Kristen and her tattoo artist having a moment!

Alternate Ending For “The Hills”?: MTV’s “The Hills” ended almost three years ago, but the network is giving fans (are they still out there?) of the show another look at an alternate ending. The reality series ended with Kristin Cavallari and Brody Jenner and the twist that they were shooting on what appeared to a studio back lot. But according to Entertainment Weekly, MTV will show a different ending to the series on Friday, August 9, at 11:30 AM ET.

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What Does One Get For Walking Across the Grand Canyon One A Tightrope?: Nik Wallenda crossed the Grand Canyon on just a 2-inch steel cable this weekend, while wearing jeans – and now according to TMZ, the daredevil is set for life… at least when it comes to denim. Nik and his kids will be treated to a lifetime supply of Buffalo Jeans, the same brand he sported while crossing the chasm that could have killed him. No word if he’ll get a shirt that reads, “I crossed the Grand Canyon and all I got were these jeans.”

-- Jesse Spero

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