An Independence Day sequel is about to shoot down from the sky and blow up the White House or something. The sequel's been talked about basically since the first movie detonated in 1996, ushering in a new era of disaster porn that was as devastating for onscreen monuments as it was for offscreen minds. And now, in 2016, the aliens are officially coming back for Independence Day 2, and it seems likely they've stepped up their password game since Jeff Goldblum's computer virus took them out the first time (1996 was a different time, friends). This movie will debut in 2016, and almost all our old pals are coming back. Sadly, Will Smith has declined to return, which means it'll be up to someone else to officially welcome the aliens to earth with a swift American punch to the alien face ... Discuss

The Civil Wars may be over, but Joy Williams still has plenty of good music left in her - including this terrific duet with Paramore's Hayley Williams ... Discuss

Police Officer Darren Wilson—who was recently cleared by a grand jury in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown—recently sat down with ABC News, telling George Stephanopoulos, “The reason I have a clean conscience is that I know I did my job right.” Though he did say that he was sorry for the loss of life, Wilson said that he doesn’t “think it's haunting” because he felt he made the right decisions in the moment. Wilson maintained that he was attacked by Brown, and that Brown never raised his hands to surrender. When asked why he chased Brown after his initial shots were fired, he replied, “My job isn’t just to sit and wait. I have to see where this guy goes.” Michael Brown’s parents told The Today Show that his statements were “disrespectful” and that they added "insult after injury" ... Discuss

HBO is backing a new documentary about Scientology, and they’ve hired a massive legal team in the process. HBO Documentary Films President Sheila Nevins told The Hollywood Reporter, “We have probably 160 lawyers [looking at the film]." The Church of Scientology is infamously litigious and protective of its image. The movie, which is being directed by Alex Gibney (who won an Oscar for Taxi to the Dark Side) is based on the book Going Clear, which made waves when revealed the dark side of the church’s reputation, particularly when it comes to accusations of abuse.

The group has vehemently denied many of accusations. According to THR, the film “is expected to feature new revelations about the controversial religion and its famous followers Tom Cruise and John Travolta” and is expected to be submitted Sundance Film Festival this January ... Discuss

Yesterday, the Internet was pretty much set on fire while watching shark-eating dino-hybrids, Chris Pratt riding a motorcycle with velociraptors and the star express foreboding thoughts about how much of a bad idea it is to clone ancient monsters in the new Jurassic World trailer. But as Uproxx reminds us, it wasn’t that long ago that the idea of the funny guy from Parks and Rec anchoring a massive franchise reboot was so far-fetched, that even Pratt made a joke about it. Here’s a clip from the season two DVD set, where Andy Dwyer actually sort of predicted his future Hollywood A-list status. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy ... Discuss

In 170 cities across the country yesterday and last night, protestors took to the streets in mostly-peaceful demonstrations as part of a response to Officer Darren Wilson not being indicted for the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown. In cities including Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago, protestors held up signs reading “Black Lives Matter,” shouting “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” as they walked together. In some areas, the demonstrators temporarily blocked roads and bridges, laid in the streets and marched through busy urban areas. For the most part, the nation-wide gatherings remained peaceful, despite a few incidents of isolated violence.

In Ferguson itself, demonstrators clashed with police for the second straight evening, as 2,200 National Guard were called in to prevent vandalism and looting. In total, 44 people were arrested in the Missouri town last night. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told reporters that even in Ferguson, the violence was isolated to “few people who are bent on preventing this from happening in the most ideal way that it could,” adding, “We saw some protesters out there that were really out there for the right reason.” A driver in New York City, who got stuck in traffic on the Manhattan Bridge during protests across the city told The New York Times:

“I’m a black man … I have two black children, and enough is enough.” Asked if he did not mind sitting in traffic, he said, “I didn’t say that, but I understand injustice is never convenient.”