20 items from 2015
Back in September it was announced that Sony plans to “reinvent” the Men in Black franchise with a new trilogy, and producer Laurie MacDonald has revealed that the fourth female in the franchise will feature a prominent female lead.
“There will be a prominent woman in black in the fourth [film],” MacDonald told BBC Newsbeat, with her husband and producing partner Walter Parkes adding that: “We are quite early on in it. We sort of looked at the first three in retrospect as a bit of a trilogy. Now we are looking at a reinvention.”
While the pair had previously suggested Will Smith would be absent from the new trilogy, Parkes teased a potential return for Agent J, stating: “Never count Will out.”
- Gary Collinson
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
The BBC news beat report that Sony Pictures is developing "Men in Black 4" with the intention to feature a lead female character for the new film. "There will be a prominent woman in black in the fourth [film]," said producer Laurie MacDonald. MacDonald’s producing partner and husband Walter Parkes said, “We are quite early on in it," he said. "We sort of looked at the first three in retrospect as a bit of a trilogy."
Parkes continued, "We tried to tell a story about those two characters and that relationship," Parkes said. "It sounds silly because it's a fun, science fiction comedy but when you work on these things you sort of try to find some thematic basis underneath it. Now we are looking at a reinvention," Parkes added. "But it's a wonderful world to get back into." On the inclusion of actor Will Smith appearing in the future sequel, »
- J.B. Casas
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, »
You may not know Carlos Baena by name, but you’re definitely familiar with his work. As an animator at Pixar, he was involved with classics like Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, Wall-e, and Toy Story 3, and at Ilm he worked on films including Star Wars Episode II and Men in Black II. Now he’s striking out on his own as the writer and director of La […]
The post Help Pixar Alum Carlos Baena Make ‘La Noria’, a Beautiful Animated Horror Short appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
*Updated with new film and TV show listings.* Happy October, everyone! Our favorite month is finally upon us, which means everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit, especially when it comes to upcoming TV programming over the next 31 days. Trying to keep track of everything that’s playing throughout October can be a hellish affair, so once again Daily Dead is here to help make sure you know about everything Halloween-related hitting cable and network airwaves over the coming weeks.
* All Updated & Additional Listings Are In Bold (all times listed are Et/Pt)*
Thursday, October 1st
9:00am – Halloween Crazier (Travel Channel)
4:00pm – Firestarter (AMC)
6:00pm – The Last Exorcism (Syfy)
6:30pm – Pet Sematary (AMC)
8:00pm – My Babysitter’s a Vampire (Disney)
10:00pm – Dominion Season 3 Finale (Syfy)
10:30 pm – Cujo (AMC)
- Heather Wixson
According to the IMDb, another Men in Black film is already in the works, with Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street) wielding the pen. The catch? Will Smith has said he’s finished with the franchise. The star, whose turn as NYPD-maverick-turned-galactic-peacekeeper Agent J helped cement his status as the King of July Fourth, feels that three Mib movies is enough for him. And it’s difficult to argue with that — trilogies have a poetic symmetry that’s lacking in series like, say, the Rocky films. That’s particularly true here, since 2012’s Men in Black 3 did such a deft job providing full-circle closure to the relationship between J and his mentor, Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones).
Yet the producers are going ahead with a four-peat. So, if Smith doesn’t play J, who does? Or does J have to show up at all?
There have been some rumors floating around both possibilities. »
- Adrienne Ryan
Asked if the franchise could be revived with the new regime at Sony, producer Walter Parkes told The Hollywood Reporter: "We're in the middle of it. It's very active."
Quizzed on whether or not Smith would return, he replied: "Most likely no."
Parkes's wife and producing partner Laurie MacDonald added: "It will be reinvented as a trilogy."
Men in Black 4 was originally said to be confirmed in May 2013, but the following month Smith said he was unlikely to return.
"I think three is enough for me," Smith said at the time. "Three of anything is enough for me. We'll look at it and we'll consider it, but »
For awhile now, fans have been wondering exactly what Sony Pictures has planned for the Men in Black franchise. Some believed Men in Black 4 would happen, with Will Smith returning to reprise Agent K. It was also rumored that a Jump Street/Men in Black crossover was moving forward, with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum starring alongside new Mib characters. Now, it has been confirmed by producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald that a full on revival is in development. And it will not involve Will Smith.
The producers, who are married, were speaking with THR about their upcoming Malala documentary when they revealed their plans for one of Sony's most lucrative franchises. What used to be Men in Black 4 will now be a full on revival of the series. And it will be the first of three films with all-new characters. Says Walter F. Parkes about this full-on reboot. »
Air New Zealand likes to have a lot of fun with their passenger safety videos. They're most famous for their Hobbit and Lord of the Rings in-flight tutorials. But now they're back with a decidedly different franchise helping out. We don't exactly get to see Agents J and K, but Men In Black have returned. Hopefully your experience on Air New Zealand is nice enough that they don't have to Neuralize you.
Attempting to promote the fact that visiting New Zealand isn't all about disappearing into Middle Earth, the country's leading airline also wants you to know that they dig Rugby and one of the greatest sci-fi comedy franchises of all-time. And they've called upon some very special guests to help out in this latest inflight safety video. That includes an appearance from Mib head agent Zed, with Rip Torn once again reprising his iconic role.
The video was created in partnership with Sony Pictures. »
DC and Warner Bros are accumulating a diverse lineup of talent for Wonder Woman. In front of the camera, Gal Gadot is reprising her role as the Amazonian princess, while Chris Pine is reportedly playing love interest Steve Trevor. Behind the camera, Patty Jenkins succeeded Michelle MacLaren as director in April, and Jason Fuchs is writing the script. Now the 2017 film has found itself an award-winning filmmaker for the visual effects team as well. Buried deep within its report on cinematographers that have been hired for productions, Variety lists Bill Westenhofer as a VFX supervisor on Wonder Woman. Westenhofer kicked off his visual effects career as a digital artist on 1995.s Waterworld, and his notable films since then include Stuart Little, Men in Black II, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. He is also the visual effects supervisor on next year.s Warcraft. Needless to say, this is a major »
A classic rags-to-riches story, Rosario Dawson began her career penniless, with no hopes of ever being an actor. Basically homeless, she was discovered on the streets and cast in her first film at the age of 15. She enjoyed the experience so much that she used her pay to take acting classes, and that’s how she ended up playing Night Nurse in Daredevil.
Her accomplishments sound a little less impressive when you put it like that, but Dawson’s performance as Claire Temple in Netflix’s first Marvel series was one of the highlights of that show. It was just the latest in a long line of great, complex and diverse roles she’s played over the years, starring in everything from Oliver Stone’s ill-fated Alexander to Rent.
Over the course of her career Dawson has played a death-defying make-up artist in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, the »
- Tom Baker
Not sure what to stream this weekend? The folks over at Netflix have a new series for you, starring comedy legends (and former "Nine to Five" costars) Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. Yep, the highly-anticipated "Grace and Frankie" hits the service Friday May 8, plus, there's more streaming entertainment out there to enjoy. Not only can you start binging Netflix's latest original, you can catch "Men in Black II" on Amazon and "The Birdcage" on Hulu. Allow Stream On to fill you in. »
- Alana Altmann
Britain's Got Talent continued to top Saturday primetime television with more than 9.6 million viewers, according to overnight figures.
The reality competition show entertained 9.62m (45%) from 8pm, with a further 505k (2.5%) watching on +1.
Ninja Warrior UK grabbed 4.69m (24.6%) earlier in the night, with Play to the Whistle managing 2.47m (12.4%) from 9.20pm.
Casualty treated 4.16m (20.9%) from 9.20pm.
Channel 5's latest CSI episode was seen by 923k (5.8%).
The multichannels were topped by ITV2's Britain's Got More Talent, which had an audience of 1.32m (6.6%) from 9.20pm. Sky Atlantic's The Following, which featured a major death, »
Over 30 new movies are new on Amazon Instant Video (Aiv) and Prime Instant Video (Piv) in May 2015, along with top spring TV finales. Films like Men in Black II and The Aviator will be available for free instant streaming exclusively for Prime members, and all Amazon customers will find new titles for purchase, including Kingsman: The Secret Service and Mortdecai. (If you’ve been waiting to watch Fifty Shades of Grey, pictured, in the privacy of your home, that’s another title that will be available for purchase on Aiv.) Amazon will also have a number of TV season finales available for purchase, in case you miss the endings of … Continue reading →
The post What’s new on Amazon: May 2015 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Jeff Pfeiffer
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Jennifer Lopez plays a sexy high school teacher whose fling with a teenager turns into a dark obsession in this so-bad-it's-good thriller. The Blu-ray and DVD combo pack includes the bonus features "The Making of The Boy Next Door," feature commentary from director Rob Cohen, and deleted scenes. Here's an exclusive clip from the Blu-ray release, with Lopez talking about how much she loves psychological thrillers:
Jimmy (Kevin Hart) is paid to be the best man at weddings for awkward loners. One of those loners, Doug (Josh Gad), hires Jimmy for his wedding, and so begins an elaborate charade and a hilarious bromantic comedy. The Blu-ray includes outtakes, deleted scenes, music video, improvised lines, and some scene commentary. »
- Gina Carbone
From Crystal Lake Publishing, Jasper Bark's Stuck On You and Other Prime Cuts is now available worldwide in bookstores and online and we've been provided with one of the collection's short stories, "Taking the Piss" (a truly haunting revenge tale), to share with Daily Dead readers. Also included in our latest round-up are Blu-ray release details and cover art for Troma's The Toxic Avenger: Part II and Class Of Nuke ’Em High 2: Subhumanoid Meltdown, as well as details on an upcoming auction of film props from make-up effects mastermind Rick Baker.
Stuck On You and Other Prime Cuts: "A word of caution gentle reader, these tales will take you places you’ve never been before and may never dare revisit. They’ll whisper truths so twisted you can only face them in the darkest hours of the night. They’ll unlock desires so decadent you’ll never wash their taint from your flesh. »
- Derek Anderson
Films fans, prick up those ears as this week sees the release of sci-fi, CG epic Jupiter Ascending. The film is the Wachowski siblings’ first original production since The Matrix trilogy and considering their contentious output since then Thn is intrigued by their latest offering. Starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, Jupiter Ascending is the story of a lowly caretaker (Kunis) who is the unknowing heir to planet Earth owing to an interplanetary life seeding programme, and thusly requires the protection of Tatum, a genetically engineered interplanetary warrior. Basically it’s Men In Black 2 meets John Carter, via The Bodyguard…oh, and also the main characters have the names of porn stars (Caine Wise and Jupiter Jones).
Enough with the details of this trite story line and stereotypical characters! All Thn has been able to think about whenever it has seen any promo material for this film is Tatum »
- Joe Upton
With 2015 upon us, we figured it was a good time to look back on the movies the millennium has brought us. And so we've dug into the archives and are re-running our Best of the 2000s pieces, from way back in 2009 when the Playlist was a little Blogspot site held together with tape and string. Each list runs down the top 10 films of each year (it's possible that, half-a-decade on, we'd put them in a different order and even change some of the movies, but we wanted to preserve the original pieces untouched as far as possible). Check out 2000 and 2001 if you missed them, and today we continue with 2002. The original piece follows below, and thanks to staffers past and present who contributed. In 2002, the name of the game was bigger is better. Cinemagoers got a year full of sequels including "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, »
- The Playlist Staff
Certainly one of the odder tidbits from the Sony Hack last month was that there were talks and plans of using the next instalment of the 21 Jump Street franchise (tentatively titled 23 Jump Street) as a launching pad for a Men in Black reboot, by crossing the two series over. In fact, of all the stories, it was the one that seemed the least likely.
“Nothing’s changed,” Lord told MTV on the Golden Globes red carpet. “It’s still a crazy idea, and we only do things that seem like they’re going to be terrible. We’re really focusing on what’s a great story for Schmidt and Jenko and how to tell the next chapter in their lives. And perhaps use creatures from another world at the same time! »
- Luke Owen
20 items from 2015
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