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Let us weave you a tale of loyalty and heartbreak, about the time David Schwimmer wasn’t able to do Men In Black. The actor recounted the saga on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, and the story goes something like this: During Schwimmer’s Friends tenure, he made a Miramax rom-com called The Pallbearer, opposite Gwyneth Paltrow. The studio mistakenly foresaw greatness and wanted to sign Schwimmer to a three-picture deal. Being a wily fellow, Schwimmer negotiated that he would only sign on to that if they allow him to direct and cast his Chicago theater buddies, and he got his wish.
Turns out, however, that production on that movie conflicted with Men In Black, and ol’ Schwims had to say no to the blockbuster in order to honor his commitment to his friends. You see, he’ll be there for you/them: “I just said, I can »
- Esther Zuckerman
Rob Leane Aug 23, 2016
One of the many curious footnotes in Hollywood history is that Will Smith’s leading role in Men In Black was first offered to David Schwimmer. The 1997 film that catapulted the Fresh Prince star to global super stardom was Schwimmer’s for the taking, and it lined up perfectly with a between-seasons production break on Friends.
So why did Schwimmer turn it down? He’s now explained the decision in detail in conversation with The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast host Scott Feinberg. Here’s the story, as Schwimmer regaled it...
The deal with that was: so I had shot The Pallbearer [a romantic comedy co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow] for Miramax, and they had very high hopes for it. And while we were shooting it, they wanted to lock me into a three-picture deal. »
Often, movies are announced and take a very long time to actually be produced. Some never even get made at all. But while we want to be patient, we also like the occasional update, so here's the latest on two eagerly awaited titles: Mib 23 The good news about this crossover between the Men in Black series and the 21 Jump Street franchise is that nothing is official on its status yet. The bad news is that Jump Street star Jonah Hill says, "I doubt that movie will get made." He told press recently that the mashup had been his idea and that he hopes it works out but that it's just been "too complicated" so far. He continues: They’re trying to make all the deals, but it’s kind of impossible with all the Men...
- Christopher Campbell
We were all excited, if not a little confused when Sony announced that they were to put a crossover between the Men In Black and the ‘Jump Street’ movies into development a couple of months back, but it looks like the project may be in doubt, according to Jonah Hill.
Hill, who appeared in 21 Jump Street and its sequel 22 Jump Street, as well as producing and coming up with the story, spoke with The Toronto Sun, while out and about promoting his new movie War Dogs.
“I had the idea, but I doubt that movie will get made,” he said. “It’s too complicated. They’re trying to make all the deals, but it’s kind of impossible with all the Men in Black stuff.”
- Paul Heath
Will Smith’s given us plenty of updates on the proposed third Bad Boys movie over the years. The most recent came in February when the actor told BBC Radio that he’d recently met with his co-star Martin Lawrence to bat around the possibility of popping out another adventure for Lowery and Burnett. Apparently, all it took was a hug for them to agree on Bad Boys 3.
Sony Pictures felt even more confident, pencilling in release dates for a third and fourth installment in the franchise on February 17, 2017 and July 3, 2019 respectively.
Sorry to break it to you folks, but it now looks as if we’re not getting Any Bad Boys movies for a while. A Tweet from Exhibitor Relations states that the third film is now slated for a January 12, 2018 release date. This isn’t exactly great news as the beginning of the year is typically where studio dreck goes to die. »
- Gem Seddon
Upon first hearing about a Men In Black/Jump Street crossover, I couldn't help but roll my eyes. The idea seemed so unabashedly lazy and, frankly, Hollywood. Hollywood is always looking to milk the next big franchise, and Mib 23 certainly seemed like that very concept taken to the next level. At least that's what I thought at first.
The fact is, I felt the same way about 21 Jump Street. How could they adapt this cheesy, too-serious TV show into something worth watching? The result was a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek spoof film that cranked everything up to 11. After taking a few moments to reconsider an Mib 23 flick, I began to see all kinds of possibilities -- scenes between Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in Mib headquarters. Training montages. Misuse of weapons. The idea seemed lazy, but it was fertile ground for hilarity.
- Joseph Medina
Of all the information that came out of the infamous Sony hack a couple years ago, one of the most intriguing and ridiculous things we found out was Sony was tossing around the possibility of crossing over the 21 Jump Street franchise with Men in Black. After we let that thought simmer for a while, […]
- Ethan Anderton
One of the most interesting movie projects to be uncovered during the massive Sony hack in late 2014 was a movie that eventually came to be known as Mib 23, a crossover of the Men in Black and Jump Street franchises. Both Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill were said to return as Jenko and Schmidt, with two younger actors replacing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as J and K. Earlier this year, it seemed like the movie may actually happen, but, according to Jonah Hill, that may not be the case.
Sony Pictures made this long-rumored project official during their CinemaCon presentation in April, and then in May, we reported that The Muppets filmmaker James Bobin has come aboard to direct. We haven't heard anything about the project since then, but during an interview with Toronto Sun for his new movie War Dogs, Jonah Hill expressed doubt that Mib 23 will ever actually happen. »
Despite promising evidence—a title even!—that mashup of the Men In Black and Jump Street franchises was improbably going to come to fruition, Jonah Hill himself is saying otherwise. Speaking with The Toronto Sun recently, Hill said, “I doubt that movie will get made.” Apparently it’s just going to be too “complicated,” which roughly translates to he’s afraid it’s not going to be funny. “They’re trying to make all the deals, but it’s kind of impossible with all the Men in Black stuff,” he explained. “The Jump Street films were so fun to make and the whole joke of them was they were making fun of remakes and sequels and reboots and then now it’s become a giant sequel, reboot. It’s almost become what we were making fun of and it’s hard to maintain that joke when it’s so high »
- Esther Zuckerman
One of the best things to come out of the Sony e-mail hacks, Mib 23 (the 21 Jump Street/Men in Black Crossover you never knew you wanted) was all set to happen earlier this year, with The Muppets James Bobin taking on the helm of the project that was simultaneously the sequel to 22 Jump Street and a way of rebooting the Men in Black franchise with a new cast of characters. Even though the two men who made the Jump Street movies instant smash hits, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, were busy with the young Han Solo movie, they remained on as producers so everything seemed right with the world. Unfortunately, Jonah Hill has some bad news for us regarding the crossover. Talking to the Toronto Sun, he revealed the project may have been a bit too ambitious, saying: “I had the idea, but I doubt that movie will ever get made. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
It was revealed from the Sony email hacks that the studio planned to use 23 Jump Street as a backdoor reboot to their comic book adaptation of Men in Black, which was then revealed to be titled MIB23 with James Bobin (Alice Through The Looking Glass) as director.
Well, Jonah Hill has put some water on that potential fire.
“I doubt that movie will get made,” Hill told ComingSoon. “It’s too complicated. They’re trying to make all the deals, but it’s kind of impossible with all the Men in Black stuff. The Jump Street films were so fun to make and the whole joke of them was they were making fun of remakes and sequels and reboots and then now it’s become a giant sequel, reboot. It’s almost become what we were making fun of and it’s hard to maintain that joke when it’s so high stakes. »
- Luke Owen
What seemed like a lark of an idea penned drunkenly at 3 Am on a bar napkin became real this spring, when it was announced that Sony was indeed going to make a “21 Jump Street“/”Men In Black” crossover movie, with James Bobin (“The Muppets,” “Alice Through The Looking Glass“) in talks to direct. The plan […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Remember Mib 23, that weird but also awesome sounding crossover movie between 21 Jump Street and Men In Black that Sony was planning? Well, it looks like it isn’t happening anymore. Or at least, that’s according to Jonah Hill, who recently told THR that the intriguing project probably won’t materialize.
This is definitely a little bit surprising, as the studio was apparently in talks with James Bobin to direct and Jump Street helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller were signed onto produce. Shooting was even set to begin later this year. We’re not sure what went wrong, but as Hill tells The Hollywood Reporter, he doubts that it’s ever going to get made.
“I had the idea, but I doubt that movie will ever get made. They’re trying to make all the deals, but it’s kind of impossible with all the Men in Black stuff. »
- Josh Wilding
Simon Brew Aug 11, 2016
Plans to cross over the Jump Street and Men In Black franchises have hit a snag, if a new interview with Jonah Hill is any indication. And let’s face it, it is. Hill, after all, was the co-star of the two Jump Street movies, and is pretty integral to the film that was going by the name of Mib 23.
James Bobin, of The Muppets and Alice Through The Looking Glass, had been hired to direct. And it looked as if the film might make it to production this year. But now Hill has now told the Toronto Sun that “I had the idea, but I doubt that movie will ever get made”.
He gave the interview on the promotional trail for his new film, War Dogs. And he »
One of the more interesting tidbits to emerge from the Sony email hack back in 2014 was the revelation that they were considering a crossover between Men In Black and 21 Jump Street. Although it was a crazy albeit potentially interesting idea, I don't know how many people actually expected it to become a reality. Then, somehow, Sony actually began moving forward with the project with... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
With “Suicide Squad,” Warner Bros. and D.C. Comics for the second time delivered an opening competitive with a Disney/Marvel superhero movie. Its strong August-record-breaking $135 million debut also kept the recent late summer rebound alive. The question is: Will it hold or suffer the fate of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and fade quickly? Whatever its future, “Suicide Squad” marks a welcome start late in a bumpy summer.
Part of that seasonal trend is steep early-week drops for some live-action franchises—neither “Jason Bourne” nor “Star Trek Beyond” show much strength after strong openings. And Stx boasts a sleeper comedy hit driven by women– “Bad Moms” is thriving and looks to have a shot at reaching as much as $100 million.
Read More: Box Office Preview: ‘Suicide Squad’ Posed to Set August Record
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$135,105,000 in 4,255 theaters »
- Tom Brueggemann
Hard to believe, but there is a worse movie prowling the multiplex these days than Suicide Squad — though it's nowhere near as disappointing. Expectations are certainly low for Nine Lives, a crass attempt to turn the national jones for cat videos into box-office gold. But at 87 torturous, laugh-free minutes, the film could change the most avid cat fancier into a kitty hater.
“Nine Lives,” Kevin Spacey’s new family comedy about a stuffy businessman who finds himself trapped inside the body of his family’s cat, is now in theaters. The movie is directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and also co-stars Jennifer Garner, Christopher Walken and Robbie Amell. The first reviews are in, and it’s not looking like critics are wild about this feline flick.
IndieWire’s David Ehrlich gave the film a D, writing in his review: “Cats may have nine lives, but you only get one, and it’s too precious to waste on this drivel. You’re better off watching a gif of a cat whose face is stuck in a slice of bread. It will save you $20 and a few hours of your time.”
Owen Gleiberman of Variety was not a fan either, »
- Liz Calvario
“Nine Lives” is a badly made, mostly unfunny film, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (“Men in Black”), a filmmaker not historically known for his participation in cheaply produced kids’ stuff like this. Ditto star Kevin Spacey. Spacey plays Tom Brand, a Trump-like tycoon (fake tan on point, fascist leader aspirations non-existent) who is also a bad husband and father. His karmic reward for being too business-minded is to be transformed into a cat named Mister Fuzzypants, while Spacey in human form lies comatose in a hospital bed. As a cat, he must not only save his business from corrupt corporate sharks but. »
- Dave White
Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Throw on your suede and pastels and prepare for the music-filled, light-streaked “Dim All the Lights: Disco and the Movies.”
Nicolas Roeg‘s Roald Dahl adaptation, The Witches, plays on Saturday morning; a print of Abel Ferrara‘s King of New York screens throughout the weekend; Oscar Micheaux‘s Ten Minutes to Live shows this Sunday. »
- Nick Newman
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