9 items from 2015
The producers of “Men in Black 4” hopes to reinvigorate the franchise by adding a female agent to the mix.
According to the BBC, producer Laurie MacDonald promises that “there will be a prominent Woman in Black in the fourth [film],” which she’s developing with husband Walter Parkes. While 1997’s “Men in Black” seemingly inducted Linda Fiorentino’s character into the agency at the end of the film, she was conspicuously absent from the two sequels. “Men in Black II” featured Lara Flynn Boyle as the villainous Serleena, but the franchise has yet to have a female agent take a lead role.
Original franchise star Will Smith is currently not attached to the project, but Parkes hedged that the actor could be lured back, telling the BBC, “Never count Will out.”
The original movies centered around Smith’s Agent J and his alien-hunting partner K (Tommy Lee Jones) as they tracked »
- Laura Prudom
Back in September, producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald revealed that their languishing sequel Men in Black 4 will actually reinvent the entire franchise, with plans for a new reboot trilogy. The producers also revealed that original stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will likely not be back to reprise their roles as Agent J and Agent K, but very little is known about the story at this time. The producers recently spoke with BBC News Beat, where Laurie MacDonald revealed that they are eyeing a "prominent" female character to become a new agent.
"There will be a prominent woman in black in the fourth [film]."
Back in May 2013, screenwriter Oren Uziel signed on to write the screenplays for both Men in Black 4 and 22 Jump Street, which was released last year. Leaked emails from the Sony hack revealed that the studio was considering a Jump Street and Men in Black crossover, »
The "Men in Black" franchise is known for many things, but one thing it has been shy on has been developing interesting roles for women.
We had Emma Thompson's chief in the third, and both Lara Flynn Boyle's villainess and Rosario Dawson's love interest in the second, but the only actress who truly had a proper character in the trilogy was Linda Fiorentino's medical examiner Laurel Weaver in the first - a character that disappeared in the sequels.
Now, four years after the last film, franchise producer Laurie MacDonald says the next film in the series plans to not only revive but reboot the sci-fi comedy franchise, and one way they intend to do it is by introducing a female lead.
MacDonald tells BBC Newsbeat the film will star a "prominent woman in black" and that the story would also start afresh:
"We sort of looked »
- Garth Franklin
"Red Rock West" (1994) "Red Rock West" takes us back to a time when Nicolas Cage was a great, risk-taking actor. Director John Dahl had the misfortune of having both "Red Rock West" and "The Last Seduction" get troubled releases in 1993/1994. "The Last Seduction" had its debut on HBO and thus was ineligible for the Oscars, which essentially robbed Linda Fiorentino of a much deserved nomination (the film did, however, get a limited theatrical run after its HBO debut). "Red Rock West" was Dahl's indisputably great straight-to-video movie. When Cage's Mike enters a mysterious small town and is mistaken for a hitman, he takes the money and runs before the kill. Bad idea, Mixing surreal sequences with nasty violence, Dahl is a master at work here, infusing his film with clever noir relics and an abundance of plot twists. Best of all is Dennis Hopper, who basically does what Dennis Hopper does best: Play a homicidal. »
- Jordan Ruimy
The official synopsis reads: "'Mad Women' is a dark satire about Harper Smith, a middle-aged mom who, following a one-year prison sentence for having committed an act of conscience, becomes a local hero and folk legend in her small community of Iris Glen, NY. She runs for local office but has much grander aspirations up her sleeve. She is a woman accustomed to personal challenges: She lost her third child at the age of three to cancer, her first-born daughter, a pediatrician, is in Ukraine having joined Doctors Without Borders, her own mother lost an eye in her youth in an archery mishap, and her husband, a successful and beloved dentist, commits statutory rape under the influence of LSD at a rock concert. It’s up to Harper and her middle daughter, Nevada, to persevere, and they do, as a most unlikely mother/daughter bond emerges."
About the genesis of “Mad Women” Lipsky explains: “I began writing 'Mad Women' in early 2013, just after President Obama’s second inaugural, moments after a season of political drivel came to an end, and seemingly seconds before cable outlets began their non-stop palaver about the 2016 election. So I set out to conjure up my personal candidate, one whose idealism can’t be blunted, even as the world would be playing whack-a-mole with her. When I finished the script I knew there could never be a ‘Harper Smith.’ But now that Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are front-runners, well, now I’m not so sure anymore!”
“Mad Women” marks the third consecutive collaboration between Lipsky and co-star Reed Birney (“House of Cards,” 2014 Tony Award nominee “Casa Valentina”). It also spotlights three extraordinary actresses – Kelsey Lynn Stokes, Christina Starbuck, and Sharon Van Ivan (John Cassavetes’ “Opening Night”) and marks a reunion for Lipsky with Jamie Harrold who co-starred in “Flannel Pajamas.” Lipsky’s previous films include “Twelve Thirty,” “Molly’s Theory of Relativity,” and “Once More With Feeling,” which along with “Flannel Pajamas,” have starred Justin Kirk, Julianne Nicholson, Jonathan Groff, Mamie Gummer, Chazz Palminteri, Drea deMatteo, Linda Fiorentino, Cady Huffman, Rebecca Schull, Halley Feiffer and Barbara Barrie.
- Sydney Levine
“I said I wanna see a Plaster of Paris bagel and cream cheese paperweight, now cough it up!”
After Hours screens midnights this weekend (September 25th and 26th) at The Moolah Theater (3821 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, Mo). Admission is only $5. Come early for great drink specials, cool trivia with even cooler prizes, and a free comedy set by the ‘MooHaa at the Moolah’ Comedians!
Getting home from a hard day’s work should be simple. For Paul Hackett, it’s a night he’ll never forget. In Martin Scorsese’s After Hours (1985) Griffin Dunne played Paul, an average Joe who gets to know too well the term ‘late night’. He works as word processor for a big computer company. He meets a lovely young woman named Marcy (Roseanna Arquette) at a coffee shop who wants to hook up later on. Unfortunately, the night doesn’t go the way he wanted to be. »
- Tom Stockman
"Men in Black" actress Linda Fiorentino knocked it out of the park as Laurel Weaver in the hit movie ... she's about to hit another homer with her farmhouse. Our real estate sources say Fiorentino -- who also played Jesus Christ's last living relative in "Dogma" -- is looking to turn her 2-bed, 3-bath 1679 sq. ft. Westport Ct colonial into over half a million in profit. We're told Fiorentino bought it in 1997 for $578k -- the same year as Mib. »
- TMZ Staff
"Fifty Shades of Grey" is in theaters this weekend. Have you heard? In celebration of this stunning cinematic achievement, we've trawled through all the streaming sites to bring you a list of five worthwhile erotic thrillers to watch online right now! Particularly useful for those who, you know, aren't interested in seeing "50 Shades" (they do exist!) but are nevertheless jonesing for some steely sexual tension to spice up their weekends. "Basic Instinct" (1992) The film that made Sharon Stone a star is still one of her best. Watch the aesthetically-gifted stunner command the screen with that placid, aquamarine stare. Forget the "no undies" leg crossing (or don't!) -- that interrogation scene is a classic for way better reasons than a single shot of Stone's naughty parts. "Nymphomaniac Pts. I and II" (2014) How about four hours of erotic thrillerisms? Charlotte Gainsbourg's commanding underbite does some of its best work in Lars von Trier »
- Chris Eggertsen
The Lego Movie has earned prizes far beyond an Oscar nomination. But the snub still hurts...
The dust has settled somewhat on last week's Oscar nominations, and as is the norm, controversy has not been in short supply. The more Oscar-friendly films - such as The Imitation Game - have already arguably been over-rewarded, whereas edgy, genuinely brave and daring movies such as Nightcrawler have been all but blocked out. To be fair, that's a surprise to virtually nobody: rarely have the Oscars ventured too far out of a mainstream comfort zone when it comes to giving out main prizes.
Yet the snub this year that's got people talking the most is the bizarre failure to nominate The Lego Movie for a Best Animated Feature Oscar.
It is, to be fair, a fairly staggering omission. For many people, The Lego Movie was the finest animated production of last year; a film bubbling with ideas, »
9 items from 2015
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