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A planned TV special on a UK Discovery channel that re-enacts Michael Jackson's autopsy has been criticized by his estate as being "in shockingly bad taste" and a "blind desire to exploit Michael's death." A print ad for the show depicted a corpse on a steel table covered by a sheet, with a hand sticking out revealing Michael's signature white glove. Whether it works as an ad or not I don't know, but I do know that it continues a long tradition of insensitive media exploitation -- much of which Michael certainly brought on himself. But, so as not to dwell on the negative at year's end, and fresh off his first real posthumous release, here's a look at the best of what the King of Pop did while he was still alive. I'll leave out the obvious, moonwalk, which I encourage you to do immediately after reading this list. »
- Brandon Kim
Men In Black was one of the better genre films of the 1990s, perfectly combining Big Willy Style action-comedy with occasionally bizarre science-fiction elements. Then along came Men In Black II, and suddenly I never wanted to watch another Men In Black movie in my life.
Ten years later and Barry Sonnenfeld is making Men In Black III anyway. Starring series regulars Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Rip Torn, and newcomers Sharlto Copley (District 9), Jermaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), Emma Thompson, Alec Baldwin, and Josh Brolin (True Grit), the movie has, if nothing else, an excellent cast.
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- Ben Moore
When we think of Lara Flynn Boyle—seen above at a screening of her 1992 film Where The Day Takes You last week—we think of the hot alien in Men in Black II who worked the hell out of a WonderBra. Or the hot lawyer in The Practice who worked the hell out of a sharp suit. So we never thought we’d ever say….what the hell, Lara Flynn Boyle? What happened to her? She’s like the love child of Melanie Griffith and Lisa Rinna (at the the height of her crazy-lips era). It’s like a face lift, botox and collagen decided to band together and screw the humanity out of her face. If this was the work of a plastic surgeon, then we need a name and number to send out warnings to the unsuspecting population. Also, Lara, time to schedule a highlights appointment. There’s »
- Ambika Muttoo
If you’re like me, you remember a time when Billy Crystal was the only person that hosted the Oscars, every year, forever and ever. There was something comforting about having a comedian on stage because it meant a hilarious opening bit that mocked Clint Eastwood (in song) and guaranteed that a stuffy evening wouldn’t be taken too seriously. Now, the Academy has chosen James Franco and Anne Hathaway to co-host the next presentation of awards. Not counting Hugh Jackman (who brought his own musical flair to the proceedings), the last time that the show didn’t have a comedian as host was either technically the ’89 broadcast (which had no host) or the ’75 broadcast where Walter Matthau shared the duties with Goldie Hawn, Gene Kelly, Robert Shaw, and George Segal. It’s a modern convention to have someone notable for their hosting (like Jon Stewart) or their stand up comedy (like Jon Stewart) take center stage »
- Cole Abaius
But Gerard isn't waking up in the glossy space-age future of the 25th century this time. The indie horror flick, from writer/director Ja Steel and co-producer Christian K. Koch, is described as a Civil War ghost story with a modern twist, as you can see from the trailer below.
It centres on Corporal Henry Trout (S. Edward Meek; Wild Stallion), who in 1861 fought valiantly in a forgotten skirmish after the first battle of Bull Run. He comes face to face with his descendants as the battle for blood continues on a haunted battlefield 150 years later.
Tyler and her brother Chad (Adrian West), Henry's fifth generation grandchildren, "will challenge the very legend of Charon the Ferryman, as the lines between the living and the dead become blurred. »
- David Bentley
The oft delayed production of the third entry in the popular Men in Black franchise is about to begin filming, but the shooting schedule has just taken an unusual turn. Production on the film is set to begin tomorrow, but the cast and crew will take a two-month hiatus when they wrap for the holidays. The La Times reports that the plan for the 3D film is to shoot through Christmas week, and then shut down production until mid-February. The project seemed to be rolling right along, with copious amounts of casting news/rumors in the past few weeks, but it appears that there are a few problems behind the scenes.
Apparently screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me if You Can) is being brought in to work on a new draft of the script, previously written by Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder). Specifically, scenes surrounding the time-travel aspect of the film involving »
- Adam Chitwood
Hey peeps, I've been in recent contact with Vampire Mob writer/director Joe Wilson talking a little about season 2. The first season was a total success for Wilson and company and are currently raising funds to help with season 2 and if you've ever wanted to get involved with a project here's another chance for you. Head on over to http://www.VampireMob.com for more info and be sure to watch all 6 episodes of season 1 below or you can watch them over on the Vampire Mob homepage too! Here's some little cool info the director shared with me; "The first six episodes of season one have been released and include cast members from "Criminal Minds" Kirsten Vangsness, "Boardwalk Empire" Chris Mulkey and "The Simpsons" Marcia Wallace! All are returning for season two!
It should come as no surprise that within minutes of our meeting,Johnny Knoxville is talking about his penis. More precisely, how he broke his penis three years ago in a motorcycle stunt that went wrong. It's a war story the Jackass star has often told, so the gory details don't need repeating – suffice to say, he has to self-adminster a painful-sounding procedure twice daily that wouldn't look out of place in the latest Jackass movie.
The point, though, is that it's impossible to imagine having this sort of discussion with anyone else. Just as it's impossible to think of any other mainstream movie in which bodily fluids are liberally ejected and ingested, male nudity is so liberally on show, or the human body is so routinely and genuinely abused. The joke was »
- Steve Rose
Shooting was to be supposed already underway for Men In Black 3 with Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Alec Baldwin, but the film has been shut down again for two weeks during pre-production and the shooting start date pushed back until mid-November.
Reportedly this is the second time that production has stopped on the film, previously for a week, because of disagreements over the script between Smith and the director Barry Sonnenfeld (who directed the first two MiB pictures) and the producers.
According to Sony Pictures the shut down has nothing to do with problems with Smith but film tax incentives. As a rep from the studio was quoted that: “The only reason production will begin in mid-November as opposed to late October is to take advantage of recent changes affecting New York State film incentives. Suggesting that a disagreement triggered the shift is complete fiction.”
Hmmmm… Sounds like a crock doesn’t it? »
In an attempt to develop a new story line for the upcoming Men in Black sequel, Will Smith and executive producer G. Mac Brown were spotted on a “fact finding mission,” according to Space Coast Film Commissioner Bonnie King.
The intel, which comes from tcpalm, does not confirm that shooting will be there but rather says there is a chance that Mib 3-D will be the next film to shoot over at Kennedy Space Center. Right now Transformers 3 is finishing up its shooting in Brevard County before it heads on over to DC.
It has been eight years since Mib 2 hit theaters and it won’t be for another two years that we will get to see its follow up in 3D. The tentative release date for the alien ass kicking duo is May 25, 2012. »
- Alex DiGiovanna
Award-winning writer/director Ja Steel today announced she and co-producer Christian Koch had completed principal photography as the first set of official images from the production were released. The stills are featured below; the latest poster is above.
The film centres on Corporal Henry Trout (S. Edward Meek; Wild Stallion), who in 1861 fought valiantly in a forgotten skirmish after the first battle of Bull Run. He comes face to face with his descendants as the battle for blood continues on a haunted battlefield 150 years later.
Tyler and her brother Chad (Adrian West), Henry's fifth generation grandchildren, "will challenge the very legend of Charon the Ferryman, as the lines between the living and the dead become blurred."
Gil Gerard plays Professor Meade, mentor to the protagonist Tyler. »
- David Bentley
E! — the network that has brought us such gems as Kourtney Kardashian and Joel McHale (and, yes, you too Mankini) — is lassoing another star into its family: According to Deadline, the network has picked up a reality show pilot starring The Practice star Lara Flynn Boyle.
Deadline reports cameras will follow the actress as she “splits her time between her life in Texas and her marriage to real estate investor Donald Ray Thomas II and her Hollywood-centric lifestyle in Bel Air.” Hmm. I would say the show sounds “complicated,” but surely it cannot be, since Denise Richards colon (three words »
- Kate Ward
Emma Thompson is in talks to join the cast of Sony Pictures upcoming Men In Black 3. The third instillation in the Men In Black series is set to be released in 2012, a full ten years after the release of Men In Black 2. Thankfully, we will see a return of the films two central characters; Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith will reprise their roles as Agent K and Agent J.
The story has Agent J (Smith) time traveling to 1969 in order to battle aliens with the help of a much younger version of Agent K, played by Josh Brolin. Thompson would portray a hard-nosed Mib agent, Agent O, who is tasked with monitoring a prison breakout. We assume the prisoners are not of the human variety, but rather the “cockroach…
- Roth Cornet
Deadline reports that Emma Thompson is negotiating to join the upcoming sequel, Men in Black 3. Thompson will play, oh, the head of Mib, likely replacing Rip Torn, who played Zed in Men in Black and Men in Black 2. Torn is caught in legal issues stemming from his "mistaking a bank for a house" episode.
Thompson joins a cast that includes the returning Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, as well as newcomers Josh Brolin and Jemaine Clement. Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) and David Koepp wrote the script for the sequel, which will be directed by franchise director Barry Sonnenfeld.
Next Showing: Men in Black 3 opens in 3-D on May 25, 2012
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- Ryan Gowland
Who is the classiest actress in Hollywood? I know it's true. Emma Thompson. Obvious choice. Well done readers. Well what's the least classy franchise in Hollywood? Also correct. Men in Black slightly edges out Transformers simply based on the sheer awfulocity (so awful it spawned a new word) of Men in Black 2. Well high and low will meet in the middle this year when Emma Thompson joins Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Josh Brolin for Men in Black 3. Who knows what the plot is. Who knows if it'll be good. What we do know is that it'll be weird. What do you think?
- Jack Moore
Emma Thompson is confirmed to be in talks for a role in Men in Black III . Thompson would play Oh, the head of MiB. It is unclear whether her character will serve as a replacement for Rip Torn's Zed, who appeared in Men in Black and Men in Black II . Recent legal issues may prevent Torn from returning to the franchise. Thompson would be joining previously-announced cast members Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin and Jemaine Clement. Men in Black III is expected to go into production shortly with a script from Etan Cohen and David Koepp. Barry Sonnenfeld will return to the franchise as director. The film is being planned for release on May 25th, 2012. »
Directed and Written by: Tensai Okamura
Adr Director: Zach Bolton
All the discussion on stereotypes makes me think about anime. Thinking about anime leads me to think of Darker Than Black. Darker Than Black makes me think about really wanting a super power. Wanting a super power makes me think about the price that must be paid to have it. All this leads me back to Darker Than Black again.
For a reason that is yet to be explained, one day all the stars disappeared. In their place are fake stars (mind slightly wanders off to the novel Spin). Each star represents a Contractor, formerly normal humans that have developed superpowers and simultaneously have had their personalities stunted. Whenever one of these Contractors uses their ability, their namesake star broadcasts activity that can be monitored by those that know what to look for. And by that you know I mean »
Where do MI5's secret agents hide out when they're not defending the Isles? Why, among comedians, that's where.
We start our weekend off in the style that only Mr Stephen Fry can deliver with a ninth series of Qi. The first of sixteen episodes welcomes Phill Jupitus, Jack Dee, Ross Noble and, of course, Alan Davies to the letter 'H' and the topic of Hodge Podge tonight, Friday, September 17th at 8:30pm on BBC1.
A little later in the evening, Jimmy Carr-hosted 8 Out Of 10 Cats returns to trump Qi with one series better (numerically, that is) in the first of five episodes at 10:00pm on Channel 4. Guests joining regulars Jason Manford and Sean Lock are Dr Christian Jessen, Jamelia, and the Jacks, »
Writer/director J.A. Steel made the casting announcement for what will be her fourth feature film.
Gerard is also starring alongside his Buck Rogers cast-mate Erin Gray in the upcoming web-based prequel series Buck Rogers Begins. They will play the parents of the new Buck (Bobby Rice, pictured below).
The description of this latest film is as follows:
Blood Fare is a Civil War ghost story with a modern twist, filming in Utah, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia.
It is the story of Corporal Henry Trout (S. Edward Meek), who in 1861 fought valiantly in a forgotten skirmish after the first battle of Bull Run.
In 2011, he will come face to face with his descendants as the battle for blood continues on a haunted battlefield. »
- David Bentley
I saw the new Angelina Jolie film, Salt, this past Monday. This isn't a review so I won't critique the film other than to say if you like watching a sexy woman kick ass for ninety-five minutes you won't be disappointed. Jolie has said she wanted to play a female James Bond and this film may be the closest she'll ever get to it. Judging from what I saw last night, Angelina would have to tone it down a little to play Bond after her turn in Salt.
Kurt Wimmer originally scripted Salt for a male lead and at one point the filmmakers thought they had a commitment from Tom Cruise to play the title role. When Cruise dropped out Sony's Amy Pascal suggested Angelina and voila, Edwin Salt became Evelyn Salt. A lot of people thought Pascal was crazy at the time. Amy went from an idiot to an »
- Bill Cody
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