Sony's approach to this project is said to be similar to Universal's approach to their 2015 blockbuster Jurassic World, which brought in new characters to the world established in the 1993 classic Jurassic Park. This Men in Black spin-off will not feature Will Smith's Agent J or Tommy Lee Jones' Agent K, but the movie will continue to build off
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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
"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,
We had Emma Thompson's chief in the third, and both Lara Flynn Boyle's villainess and Rosario Dawson's love interest in the second, but the only actress who truly had a proper character in the trilogy was Linda Fiorentino's medical examiner Laurel Weaver in the first - a character that disappeared in the sequels.
Now, four years after the last film, franchise producer Laurie MacDonald says the next film in the series plans to not only revive but reboot the sci-fi comedy franchise, and one way they intend to do it is by introducing a female lead.
MacDonald tells BBC Newsbeat the film will star a "prominent woman in black" and that the story would also start afresh:
"We sort of looked
The official synopsis reads: "'Mad Women' is a dark satire about Harper Smith, a middle-aged mom who, following a one-year prison sentence for having committed an act of conscience, becomes a local hero and folk legend in her small community of Iris Glen, NY. She runs for local office but has much grander aspirations up her sleeve. She is a woman accustomed to personal challenges: She lost her third child at the age of three to cancer, her first-born daughter, a pediatrician, is in Ukraine having joined Doctors Without Borders, her own mother lost an eye in her youth in an archery mishap, and her husband, a successful and beloved dentist, commits statutory rape under the influence of LSD at a rock concert. It’s up to Harper and her middle daughter, Nevada, to persevere, and they do, as a most unlikely mother/daughter bond emerges."
About the genesis of “Mad Women” Lipsky explains: “I began writing 'Mad Women' in early 2013, just after President Obama’s second inaugural, moments after a season of political drivel came to an end, and seemingly seconds before cable outlets began their non-stop palaver about the 2016 election. So I set out to conjure up my personal candidate, one whose idealism can’t be blunted, even as the world would be playing whack-a-mole with her. When I finished the script I knew there could never be a ‘Harper Smith.’ But now that Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are front-runners, well, now I’m not so sure anymore!”
“Mad Women” marks the third consecutive collaboration between Lipsky and co-star Reed Birney (“House of Cards,” 2014 Tony Award nominee “Casa Valentina”). It also spotlights three extraordinary actresses – Kelsey Lynn Stokes, Christina Starbuck, and Sharon Van Ivan (John Cassavetes’ “Opening Night”) and marks a reunion for Lipsky with Jamie Harrold who co-starred in “Flannel Pajamas.” Lipsky’s previous films include “Twelve Thirty,” “Molly’s Theory of Relativity,” and “Once More With Feeling,” which along with “Flannel Pajamas,” have starred Justin Kirk, Julianne Nicholson, Jonathan Groff, Mamie Gummer, Chazz Palminteri, Drea deMatteo, Linda Fiorentino, Cady Huffman, Rebecca Schull, Halley Feiffer and Barbara Barrie.
After Hours screens midnights this weekend (September 25th and 26th) at The Moolah Theater (3821 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, Mo). Admission is only $5. Come early for great drink specials, cool trivia with even cooler prizes, and a free comedy set by the ‘MooHaa at the Moolah’ Comedians!
Getting home from a hard day’s work should be simple. For Paul Hackett, it’s a night he’ll never forget. In Martin Scorsese’s After Hours (1985) Griffin Dunne played Paul, an average Joe who gets to know too well the term ‘late night’. He works as word processor for a big computer company. He meets a lovely young woman named Marcy (Roseanna Arquette) at a coffee shop who wants to hook up later on. Unfortunately, the night doesn’t go the way he wanted to be.
The dust has settled somewhat on last week's Oscar nominations, and as is the norm, controversy has not been in short supply. The more Oscar-friendly films - such as The Imitation Game - have already arguably been over-rewarded, whereas edgy, genuinely brave and daring movies such as Nightcrawler have been all but blocked out. To be fair, that's a surprise to virtually nobody: rarely have the Oscars ventured too far out of a mainstream comfort zone when it comes to giving out main prizes.
Yet the snub this year that's got people talking the most is the bizarre failure to nominate The Lego Movie for a Best Animated Feature Oscar.
It is, to be fair, a fairly staggering omission. For many people, The Lego Movie was the finest animated production of last year; a film bubbling with ideas,
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40. Marketa Lazarová (1967)
Directed by František Vláčil
The film often credited as being the best to come out of the Czech Republic, Marketa Lazarová was based on the novel by Vladislav Vančura and is an early, biting narrative about the chasm of difference between paganism and its shift into Christianity in the Middle Ages, as the daughter of a lord is kidnapped and becomes the mistress of one of her kidnappers, a robber knight. It
Awards season breaks into a gallop with the first peek at Vanity Fair's Hollywood Issue, second only to the Superbowl as an annual exercise in celebrating rich people in funny-looking clothes. Every March the magazine features a colourfully titled gatefold cover, populated by a group of Hollywood's hottest stars and photographed by Annie Leibovitz. This year's pic features Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, but it's not just the healthy number of Brits that makes the new cover an oddity compared to most years. It's nothing less than a rebellion against the format.
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