13 items from 2013
With confirmation that Men In Black 4 is a go, speculation is already mounting as to whether or not a fourth installment will build on the success of last year’s belated third outing or if the franchise should have just quit while it was ahead. Given the relative unpopularity of Mib 2, similar questions were asked of the third film before it stormed onto the scene breathing new life into what appeared to be a dead series.
Now it seems that even leading man Will Smith has his niggling doubts about carrying on. Rumours circulating Hollywood seem to be indicating that Smith is yet to sign on for a fourth film, perhaps to focus on his own production efforts. Whatever the case may be, it seems Sony are determined to push ahead having hired screenwriter Oren Uziel to pen the script. Hopefully Uziel can fit this project into an »
- Neil Cochrane
It’s official. Another sequel nobody was asking for has been green-lit. Men In Black 4 will be written by newcomer Oren Uzeli. What are the chances it will be good? Little to no chance.
Still, Men In Black 3 was a vast improvement on its predecessor. All inevitable time travel plot holes aside, the film was bursting with funny jokes and had a surprising emotional touch. It wasn’t great. But it was entertaining enough that I believe there is a little hope for the sequel to be worthwhile. A little hope. After all Uzeli has been hired to write the Mortal Kombat adaptation and the forthcoming sequel to 21 Jump Street as well. Clearly Hollywood has some faith in him.
- Matthew Murray
Despite a 10 year delay between Men in Black 2 and Men in Black 3, audiences were still eager to see Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones back in action policing extraterrestrial aliens to the tune of $624 million worldwide. Thanks to the bump from 3D ticket prices and inflation, the third movie became the [...]
Read Men in Black 4 moving forward on Filmonic. »
- Liam Goodwin
Sony is throwing another Men in Black into development, hiring Oren Uziel to pen a draft. At the same time, Uziel also has been tapped to work on the sequel to 21 Jump Street. Men in Black 4 is in the early stages of development, and it is unclear to what extent franchise star Will Smith is involved at this point, though clearly there is interest to capitalize on last year’s movie. MiB 3 grossed a franchise-best $624 million and received warm reviews, after the bloated mess of Men in Black 2. Photos: 'Men in Black 3' and 17 Movies
- Borys Kit
Throughout April, we're counting down to the release of Marvel's Iron Man 3 with our picks for the Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time; here's #17...
Men in Black, 1997.
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.
While Joel Schumacher was all but killing the superhero genre with the release of Batman & Robin in the summer of 1997, director Barry Sonnenfeld was enjoying huge success with another comic book adaptation as Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones fought to protect the earth from the scum of the universe as Agents J and K in the sci-fi comedy blockbuster Men in Black.
Based upon Lowell Cunningham's series The Men in Black from Aircel Comics (which has since been absorbed into Marvel), the film proved to be a smash hit with audiences, banking just under $589 million at the global »
- Flickering Myth
When she's on her own and suitably relaxed, you can hypnotise Rosario Dawson. Eighteen months ago she visited a woman who laid her down, wrapped a blanket up to her neck and started talking. Dawson's thoughts wandered, her temperature dropped and she drifted in and out of sleep: the sweet spot of a trance-like state.
The hypnotherapist looked for tells, taking notes of every spasm and twitch. She talked and watched and picked apart what Dawson thought she wanted to explore from what was really on her mind.
"She was reading where I was, subconsciously, from my feet," says Dawson, who went through this bout of therapeutic dozing in preparation for her role in the new psychological thriller Trance . "I was reading in this book, What Every Body is Saying [a body-language manual written by ex-fbi agent Joe Navarro] that your »
- Henry Barnes
Digital, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 2, 2013
Price: DVD $19.97, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $24.99
Studio: HBO Home Entertainment/Warner Home Video
HBO mixes romance and war in the biography movie Hemingway & Gellhorn.
Clive Owen (Trust) and Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole) star as novelist Ernest Hemingway and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn in the drama film, which looks at their passionate love affair and tumultuous marriage.
The adventurous writers are followed through the Spanish Civil War and beyond, in social circles including the elite of Hollywood, the literary aristocracy and the U.S. First Family. The wrote about the great conflicts of their time, but the war they couldn’t survive was the war between themselves.
No matter where this actress goes, she never fails to look elegant — and that’s exactly what she did at the London premiere! The brunette beauty kept up her reputation in her latest glam gown.
Rosario Dawson attended the UK premiere of Danny Boyle’s new film, Trance on March 19. The stars gathered about the red carpet at the Odeon West End in London, but Rosario really stole the spotlight. We’re accustomed to being stunned by her floor-length gowns, but this one really wowed us — she totally stole the spotlight!
The actress donned a gown by British designer Jenny Packham. The deep crimson gown was covered in sequins and beads that dazzled with her every move. It’s tough to wear a red dress and not blend into the carpet, but this star didn’t have to worry about that. It was a task to focus our eyes on anything but the gown! »
- HL Intern
Hansel, he’s so hot right now. Well, actually, it’s not just Hansel, but Hansel and his sister Gretel who are so hot right now, appearing in entirely too many 2013 movies. I already shared my thoughts on the surprisingly delicious Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, but aside from that you’ve got cut-rate knock-off imitators like Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft, Hansel & Gretel, and Hansel and Gretel in 3D. Nice try with the Asylum technique guys, but if you’re going to try and capitalize on another film’s popularity, at least steal the topic and do something unique – like Hansel & Gretel Get Baked.
Sure, Hansel and Gretel are still facing off against an evil witch, but this time Gretel and her pothead boyfriend start the trouble by entering the house of a drug-dealing old lady who later reveals she’s been draining the youth out of unluckier customers who cross the evil broom-rider. »
- Matt Donato
Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Jinga Films’ Black Forest: Hansel And Gretel & The 420 Witch. The teen comedy horror from Twilight producer Mark Morgan stars Lara Flynn Boyle (Men in Black II), Molly Quinn (Castle), Michael Welch (The Twilight Saga), Cary Elwes (Saw) and Yancy Butler (Kick-Ass). Re-titling the film to to Hansel And Gretel Get Baked for its home territory, Tribeca will release the film on all platforms starting with a VOD preview on February 19th followed by a theatrical release on February 22nd.
Agnes, a little old lady from Pasadena, grows the best weed in town, but when Gretel’s stoner boyfriend goes missing, she tracks him down to a suburban house where she discovers Agnes using his soul to revive her youth and beauty. Gretel’s attempts to rescue him are thwarted by the arrival of a drug gang who threaten Agnes with a turf war. »
This writer hit Gower Studios in Hollywood, CA, on January 30th last year to pay a visit to the set of director Duane Journey’s Hansel & Gretel Get Baked and while there chatted with one of the feature’s players, actress Bianca Saad. Read on for her take on the project and a new still.
Written by first-time feature screenwriter David Tillman and starring Twilight actor Michael Welch as “Hansel,” Molly C. Quinn as “Gretel” (see our previous interview with Molly here) and Lara Flynn Boyle (Men in Black II, “Twin Peaks”) as “Agnes” the witch, the film (formerly known as Black Forest: Hansel and Gretel & The 420 Witch) revolves around the latter character, a centuries old crone who lives in Pasadena, California, and lures teens into her house with a special blend of marijuana in order to eat the adolescents in an effort to maintain her own youth and beauty. »
- Sean Decker
Actor/comedian/goon-for-hire Derek Mears is a student of history, a man who clearly respects the goons who came before him while looking at himself as a role model for a new generation of goons being ushered in. His dedication shines through in the new shoot-em-up "Gangster Squad," in which Mears appears opposite Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling in the vital role of "Bridge Goon."
NextMovie was granted exclusive access to Derek for an in-depth discussion about his gooning inspirations, mastering the craft of gooning (and specifically, method gooning), and the scent of Ryan Gosling.
Had you had much experience gooning prior to your stint as Bridge Goon in "Gangster Squad"?
Yes, I've made an acting career out of it. »
- Kevin Polowy
Welcome back to Thn’s 2013 Preview. With awards season long gone, we enter the realms of silliness and big budget boobery. From CG zombies to 3D posties, prepare for some escapist nonsense of the most wonderful kind.
Friday 3rd May
As Tom Lehrer once said, ‘Spring is here, suffering is here.’ Never has that been more evident than with the release of Neil Jordan’s Byzantium, the tragic tale of a mother and daughter who live a life of violence and terror in a run-down seaside town. Mainly because they’re vampires. Yes, this is Jordan’s return to Der Vampir after his 1994 smash Interview With The Vampire. However, unlike that bodice-ripping romp, Byzantium is a much more sombre affair and early reviews haven’t been kind. But with a stellar cast including Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Johnny Lee Miller and Sam Riley, plus the ever reliable Jordan running the show, »
- John Sharp
13 items from 2013
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