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The middle movie of a trilogy is rarely looked at like the middle child. The middle child is forgotten. Thanks to The Empire Strikes Back, Toy Story 2, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 2, that isn't always the case for films. Sure, there are more examples of a bad middle (Men in Black II), but we have hope with number two. At first it didn't even look possible that we could have this Film Face-off. After all, The Hobbit book is typically less than 325 pages. Through the "magic" of Peter Jackson and company, they made it into two films, and eventually decided on three. Now we can compare Jackson's middle children. That's right, this week's Film Face-off is The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers vs. The Hobbit: The Desolation of...
- Jeff Bayer
This weekend, a Ridley Scott-directed drama starring Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, and Brad Pitt got trounced at the box office by Johnny Knoxville in an old-man costume. Yep, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa topped the chart with an excellent $32 million in its first three days, giving Knoxville his sixth No. 1 movie after his three Jackass films, Men in Black II, and The Dukes of Hazzard. Not a bad run for a guy who built his career on getting pushed into street curbs while sitting inside shopping carts!
- Grady Smith
Neil Marshall has signed on to rewrite and direct the Troll Hunter remake for Im Global. Marc Haimes (Men In Black II) wrote the original draft of the screenplay, but the filmmaker will do a director's pass on the script before production begins in early 2014.
We first reported on this project back in April 2011, with Chris Columbus signing on to produce in June 2011. The original Trollhunter, directed by André Øvredal, followed a group of students investigating a series of bear killings. They meet up with a mysterious troll hunter, who shows them the gigantic beasts who are really responsible for the killings. No story details were given regarding this American version.
Production is scheduled to begin in early 2014, on a budget of $25 million. It isn't known where the production will take place, »
Anthony Stokes is frustrated by franchises shooting themselves in the foot....
Franchises are a big part of the Hollywood model. Every movie is tailored to have a sequel, in the hope of becoming the next Harry Potter or Twilight. But sometimes a director, screenwriter, or producer will make a creative decision that severely handicaps a sequel to a popular movie - be it by trying to add emotional impact, keeping a popular character around, fan service, or whatever other reason. Recently I've noticed a trend of this occurring more frequently, with someone calling the shots not thinking things all the way through. These are the most frustrating cases in my opinion. Spoilers Ahead...
- Flickering Myth
Hansel & Gretel Get Baked (aka Hansel & Gretel: The 420 Witch), 2013
Directed by Duane Journey
A brother and sister battle a witch who lures teenagers into her suburban home with her special blend of marijuana where she then proceeds to kill and eat them to maintain her youth and beauty.
Stoner comedies can only really go one of two ways - they're either pleasantly surprising like Dude, Where's My Car? or they can be utter rubbish. Like Hansel & Gretel Get Baked.
Gretel's idiot stoner boyfriend goes to pick up a new strain of weed that they both enjoy while she bakes up some gingerbread men for them to eat due to their munchies. He goes to this little old ladies house (played by Lara Flynn Boyle) who punishes him for taking a bite of her gingerbread house. »
Warning: here be spoilers for Pacific Rim.
I was among the many people who praised Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham’s homage to kaiju-eiga cinema, Pacific Rim, upon its release last month. I went to a press screening of it, gave it a ★★★★ review, recorded a podcast on it and then paid my £8-odd to see it the day it came out because I wanted to watch it again. I loved it. As a fan of Japanese monster cinema, it had everything I could have asked for (save for some better acting) and felt that it was the sort of movie Ishiro Honda would have made if he was still with us today. I am a fan of this movie.
There has been a lot of speculation since before the movie was even released on whether a) there »
Shamone! The Times is reporting that one of the passages in Charles Norton's new book, Now On The Big Screen: The Unofficial And Unauthorised Guide To Doctor Who At The Cinema reveals that Michael Jackson ("Men in Black II") was considered for the starring role in Paramount's never-made Doctor Who film. In one chapter, its author Charles Norton claims that Jackson was the preferred choice for a lead role in a big screen version of the BBC TV show by Paramount bosses in 1988, off the back of his film Moonwalker. Apparently, Bill Cosby ("Ghost Dad") was also in mind for the role had Jackson declined the offer. »
One sign that After Earth wasn't going to be your old dependable Will Smith blockbuster is it wasn't scheduled for the Fourth of July. Remember when the holiday weekend was pretty much owned by the star? At least it seemed to be for a while following the success of the appropriately titled Independence Day in 1996. Of course, he only returned to the date a few times, in 1997 (Men in Black), 1999 (Wild Wild West), 2002 (Men in Black II) and 2008 (Hancock). In other years he took a different slot while the Spider-Man, Transformers and Terminator franchises have seemed to have a timeshare stake for the big occasion. This year's big Independence Day release is The Lone Ranger, which is an interesting choice given how badly Smith's own blockbuster Western...
- Christopher Campbell
Historically speaking, five guys have ruled the month of July at theaters: Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Spider-Man, Batman and Harry Potter. The domestic opening-weekend box office totals from the movies starring those three men could fund several Third World countries. Several movies opening this month have the potential to join this list of titles including Despicable Me 2, The Wolverine and maybe even Grown Ups 2 (the first one opened to $40.5 million). Here are the top 25 biggest domestic movie openings for the month of July. These totals are courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo (we left War of the Worlds off the list since it opened June 24) Are any of your favorites on the list? 25.) Men in Black 24.) Men in Black II 23.) I, Robot 22. The Bourne Supremacy...
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If you've been putting off purchasing The Amazing Spider-Man on blu-ray, now is a good time to buy, it's 51% off. The classic 80's sci-fi flick, Lifeforce from Poltergeist director Tobe Hooper is coming to blu-ray, it's 33% off. The Men In Black trilogy box-set is nicely priced at $38.99 and includes free shipping. Before she turned heads as Faora in Man of Steel, Antje Traue starred in a little sci-fi film called Pandorum that went under the radar. It's priced $7.79 and well worth a look. If you were just a casual Superman fan before Man of Steel, learn your history with this nifty Superman omnibus that chronicles the early stories from Shuster and Siegel. +The Amazing Spider-Man (Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy) $19.96 [51% off, save $21.03] +Lifeforce (Collector's Edition) [Blu-Ray/DVD Combo] $19.99 [33% off, save $9.94] +Men in Black/Men in Black 2/Men in Black »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 25, 2013
Price: DVD $26.95, Blu-ray $29.95
The 2012 horror-comedy film Hansel & Gretel Get Baked offers a modern weed-and-gore-friendly take on the famous sibling fairy tale.
Teenage brother and sister Hansel and Gretel (Molly Quinn of TV’s Castle and Michael Welch of the Twilight saga) are shaken out of suburbia when an intense new marijuana strain named “Black Forest” takes Los Angeles by storm. When Gretel’s stoner boyfriend mysteriously disappears while on a run to buy more drugs, the siblings follow his breadcrumbs to the house of a little old lady (Lara Flynn Boyle, Men in Black II) who has a very green thumb. When the seemingly sweet woman turns out to be a drug-dealing, drug-growing evil witch who cooks and eats her wasted patrons for their youth, it’s bake or get baked for Hansel and Gretel. The siblings must save their friend – and »
Men in Black 3 got a good review on this website, and was universally acknowledged to be superior to the second instalment, but inferior to the first. Whether or not there needs to be yet another entry in the Men in Black saga is debatable on an artistic level, but on a financial level it’s clear that the world is crying out for more of them.
Men in Black 3, at $624 million, made more than Men in Black 2, which raked in a paltry $440 million (in 2002, back when we still had money). The original Men in Black made $589 million, still less than the third instalment, which by some bizarre witchcraft means that the third film is the most succesful.
To Hollywood producers, this upward trajectory means that audiences worldwide are clamouring for another piece of the Mib pie, because profits only go upwards, right? What’s that phrase again? »
- Rob Batchelor
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
3 May 2013 11:33 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
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
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