Men in Black
No Will Smith; no (major) problem.
With Will Smith completely uninterested in returning to the 22-year-old Men in Black franchise (once upon a time, Smith made it look good) and otherwise busy with other commercial pursuits (playing a blue-skinned, top-knotted, magical genie in the recent live-action Aladdin adaptation), Tommy Lee Jones all-but-retired from performing, Sony Pictures unsurprisingly turned to one of the MCU’s MVPs, Chris Hemsworth, and Hemsworth’s Thor: Ragnarok co-star, Tessa Thompson, to restart and/or soft reboot a series that last saw the darkened interior of an air-conditioned movie theater seven years ago (given the rapidity in which pop-culture favorites turn into yesterday’s disposable detritus, zero guarantee moviegoers will respond with more than just passing nostalgia). It was still a gamble. Hemsworth has yet to carry a film outside the MCU. Thompson has yet to topline a major studio film. On individual charisma and collective chemistry alone, Hemsworth and Thompson prove themselves more than worthy of headlining a big-budget, spectacle-driven franchise entry of their own, the F. Gary Gray (The Fate of the Furious, Straight Outta Compton, The Negotiator, Friday) directed Men in Black: International. (more…)
After grasping at a sequel for years, Sony is finally getting a grip on it’s next installment in the Men In Black series. Instead of a direct sequel the studio is opting for a spin-off. With no definitive title yet, the movie simply referred to as MIB is set in London. Rumor has it the franchise is expanding it’s universe to allow more options for stories. Ahead of the casting news, 2018 Las Vegas Licensing Expo featured a poster for the new movie with the line “MIB in theaters summer 2019”. Is it enough to generate hype for the film? Can big names sell the tickets to fill seats for a spin-off?
Way back (a couple of years ago) when word came out through the Sony email hack that the studio was developing a crossover between Men in Black and 21 Jump Street we were all unanimous in our appraisal that while Sony may have been floating a trial balloon internally, it would almost certainly be too preposterous to pursue. Shows what we know. Now, the MiB/Jump Street crossover is so real that Sony is now actively promoting its development, and in front of theater owners yesterday at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, they actually gave it a title. On the other hand, they also announced the involvement of a pair of key figures that should mitigate fan concerns. (more…)
The gossip on this side of the galaxy is that the next Men in Black movie will feature a woman in black. We’ve had a so-quick-you-could-miss-it glimpse of how this would play out in the last moments of the first Men in Black movie, where Will Smith‘s Agent Jay seems to have partnered up with Linda Fiorentino‘s character, Laurel Weaver. The idea was apparently scrapped for the next additions to the MIB franchise; with Tommy Lee Jones‘ Agent Kay back in business and Fiorentino nowhere to be found. Series producers have changed their tune, it seems, because now they’re promising to feature a female lead character in Men in Black 4. Here’s what producer Laurie McDonald said of the next MiB installment when speaking with the BBC: (more…)
Men in Black was one of the biggest successes of the 90s, affirming both the then-ascending stardom of Will Smith and America’s love of whacky aliens. There were two sequels to Men in Black, of course, the last one released in 2012, but for whatever reason, those just weren’t as popular as that initial film. That’s why this is vexing. Air New Zealand, an airline based in the land of the kiwi bird and Peter Jackson, has posted a big budget safety video done to the theme of Smith’s title song/rap to Men in Black, and featuring all the Men in Black costumes, props, trappings, and aliens. (more…)
There are a lot of movies out there. There are a lot of comic books out there too. Both have been made for over 80 years now, so it’s no surprise when a popular comic book is adapted into feature-film form (and on occasion, vice versa). We’re currently living through what is easily the high point of cinematic comic adaptations (in terms of sheer volume, at least), and superheroes are all over the big screen – but comic books contain so much more than spandex-clad do-gooders! In fact, there’s been there’s been a crap-ton (very scientific term there) of movies to hit the theaters that you probably never even realized were based on comics.
This list is by no means all-inclusive, but I’ve rounded up 15 of the biggest and most intriguing movies that you might not have known started out in art-book form. Let’s take a look, shall we – and no, this isn’t one of those annoying sites where you have to click NEXT after every entry to visit a new page to help us build our site-view count! You’re welcome! (more…)
If you’ve liked awerewolf or ape creature at the movies any time in the last three decades than chances are it was a creation of Rick Baker, a master make-up artist whose skill and accomplishments may only be matched by his contemporary, the late Stan Winston. Baker’s achievements cover huge blockbusters and small horror films, complicated make-up appliances for alien creatures and the subtle art of making an actor seem decades older than they actually are. The impact of this man’s career and work can’t possibly be understated, which is why we sadly confirm the news that Baker is retiring from the business at the age of 64. Sadder still, lack of work seems to be a bigger rationale for his decision to step aside as opposed to his age. (more…)
You may remember that a few months back, Sony was hit by a massive cyberattack that resulted in thousands of private emails being released to the public. Among the endless pieces of information contained in those emails was a conversation regarding a proposed crossover between two of Sony’s more lucrative properties: Men in Black and 21 Jump Street. Well, it seems that the leak of the confidential information didn’t kill the deal and not only will audiences get the surefire hit (and, likely, comedy gold) MIB/Jump Street crossover, but Sony is also looking to expand the Jump Street brand with a female driven spinoff. Can I get a hallelujah? (more…)
Those leaked e-mails from Sony are the gift that keep on giving. Not only did they shed light on the reality that Sony is struggling with what exactly they want to do with the Spider-Man franchise, it seems that all the bad ideas in the studio’s development department are not reserved for your friendly neighborhood web-slinger. In a world where cash is king and studios are so risk averse that anything with even the slightest bit of name cachet is more likely to get investment than a provocative original idea, some people at Sony thought it was fish in a barrel time when they considered teaming up two of their biggest franchises. One is Men in Black, the veritable action comedy series about alien policing secret agents. The other is 21/22 Jump Street, the action comedy about doofus cops who work undercover at high school then college. What could possibly go wrong? (more…)
Welcome back to the self proclaimed nerdy podcast of record, RadioBastard. This time on the show, Jeremy and Jason warn you about multiple robot threats, reveal the forbidden love of Daryl Dixon and Herschel’s Head (I loved that show) on the Walking Dead, discuss how Aquaman will cut you for real and the french fried circle of life.
Do you crave more? Jeffrey, you are a gluton! How about… (more…)