As we look towards the next few months, we’ve got plenty of sequels and popcorn fare ahead of us. One of the biggest properties arriving this summer is the third film in the Men in Black franchise. Barry Sonnenfeld returns as director and the story finds Will Smith’s Agent J travelling back in time to save Tommy Lee Jones’ Agent K. In addition to Bill Hader as Andy Warhol, we get Josh Brolin playing a younger version of Jones’ character for much of the film. Judging by the trailer, he’s done a remarkable job. Men in Black 3 also stars Jemaine Clement, Alice Eve, Emma Thompson, and Johnny Knoxville. In addition, make-up effects artist Rick Baker returns to the franchise and you can see some of his creature work here.
The other night I landed an exclusive interview with Barry Sonnenfeld. While most interviews take place during the day at a hotel, we spoke by phone close to midnight. With his busy post-production schedule, it was the one time he could fit in the interview. During our wide ranging conversation we talked about the way he shot the 3D, how the project came together, whether he prefers film or digital and why, what his cameo in the film entails (he plays a man who jumped off a building during the stock market crash of 1929), Easter eggs, if he misses being a cinematographer, why he doesn’t shoot his own movies, what parts of the film changed on set, casting Josh Brolin, IMAX, deleted scenes, the running time (it’s currently 97 minutes without titles), his favorite movie, director and actor, and so much more. In addition, he gave me updates on his future projects like Dominion: Dinosaurs Versus Aliens and The How-To Guide for Saving the Planet. Hit the jump for a few new images of Sonnenfeld on set and the interview.
Sony has released six new images from Men in Black 3. Most of the new images feature the film’s aliens, and makeup artist Rick Baker explained how these extraterrestrials differed from the ones in the previous movies:
”When I saw the ’60s part, I said, ‘I think we should do retro-looking aliens based on a lot of the aliens that were in films from the ’50s and ’60s that I love,”’ says makeup artist Rick Baker. ”It was actually an idea I’d tried to push in the first two movies and they didn’t go for it, but I figured with the time travel it would be perfect.”
The movie has had its share of script problems, but the aliens look terrific. I’d expect no less from the seven-time Oscar winner. Hit the jump to the check out the images. Men in Black 3 opens in 3D on May 25th.
Passover is my springtime holiday, but who doesn’t indulge in some Peeps come Easter? The Washington Post celebrates that yummy time of year packed with sugary chicks and bunnies with a Peeps Diorama Contest. This year was the sixth installment and while the big winner was “OccuPeep D.C.,” of the hundreds of entries, quite a few were movie related, and pretty impressive looking, too!
Of the 34 dioramas featured in their “Peeps in Movies” slideshow, naturally, a few hit Panem for some Hunger Games inspired designs, one of which is actually kind of bloody. There’s also a couple of Titanic entries in there and even one dedicated to The Help called “Sometimes Peep Happens.” However, had I had the opportunity to crown a winning movie Peep, it’d undoubtedly be the recreation of the Bridesmaids poster, “Brides Peeps.” Enjoy the holidays this weekend and check out some of the Peeps dioramas after the jump.
A new Men in Black movie is on the way, which also means that a new Men in Black tie-in song is coming as well. Hip-hop “artist” Pitbull is handling the song “Back in Time” (paging Huey Lewis and the News) for Men in Black 3, and as my esteemed colleague Matt Goldberg so eloquently put it, the song will make you want to jam a pen in your ear. Pitbull samples Mickey & Sylvia’s “Love Is Strange” to try to tie the song into the 60s time-travel theme of the movie, but he really only succeeds in crafting a track that makes Justin Bieber sound like Mozart. A Willennium lasts for 1,000 years, so I believe Will Smith is still contractually obligated to fix this.
Hit the jump to take a listen, if you dare. Be sure to check out the batch of Men in Black 3 set photos showcasing Rick Baker’s stellar special effects make-up. Men in Black 3 opens in 3D on May 25th.
Even if Men in Black 3‘s story turns out to be a complete disaster, at least the makeup special effects will be quality. New set photos show that makeup artist guru Rick Baker (the white-bearded gent in the above image) has once again worked his magic, and there are going to be more fun aliens this time around. The set photos also show that, as expected, Jemaine Clement‘s villain has some creepy peepers hiding behind his aviator sunglasses. There’s also nice set photo of the heavy’s sweet ride.
Hit the jump to check out the set photos. The film also stars Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Alice Eve, Bill Hader, Michael Stuhlbarg, Nicole Scherzinger, and Emma Thompson. Men in Black 3 opens in 3D on May 25th.
Following yesterday’s trailer, Sony has released ten new images from Men in Black 3. The images provide the first official look at Alice Eve as the young Agent Oh (the older Oh is played by Emma Thompson) and at the film’s villain (Jemaine Clement). As you can see, bikers in fringe jackets were the most terrifying look one could have in the 1960s, which is where Agent J (Will Smith) goes to save young Agent K (Josh Brolin) and the world. The previous villains have had some weird defining physical attribute (the skin-sack bug in Men in Black, and the tentacle-wielding Serleena in Men in Black II), and I’m willing to bet Clement’s character has something going on with his eyes.
Hit the jump to check out the images. Men in Black 3 opens in 3D on May 25th.
A new trailer for Men in Black 3 has gone online. There aren’t may laughs to be had, but there are the same Men in Black gags: “Weird-looking people are aliens!” “Our mission involved something gooey and gross!” “We’ve got cool toys (even if one of the new vehicles looks a lot like ‘The Entity” from South Park)!” Josh Brolin‘s Tommy Lee Jones impression is still spot-on, but I don’t know if that’s enough to carry a movie where someone uses the word “shiznit”. The plot warps Agent J (Will Smith) back to the 1960s, but I got a severe case of 90s déjà-vu watching this trailer.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars The film also stars Emma Thompson, Jemaine Clement, Alice Eve, and Nicole Scherzinger. Men in Black 3 opens in 3D on May 25th.
Sony Pictures has released two new posters for Men in Black 3 (or Men in Black Cubed if the promotional title is taken literally). Like the previously released poster, it shows the characters being sucked into the promotional title vortex, and in the Men in Black universe, I can easily believe such a thing exists. The new posters try to convey that Josh Brolin is playing a younger version of Tommy Lee Jones’ Agent K, but unless you’ve seen the trailer, you might think that Agent J (Will Smith) simply has a new no-nonsense partner.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. The film also stars Emma Thompson, Jemaine Clement, Alice Eve, and Nicole Scherzinger. Men in Black 3 opens in 3D on May 25th. A new trailer is set to go online on March 5th. [Update: We've added a new image after the jump.]
Scripts for blockbuster movies tend to go through multiple writers, and even on set there are tweaks to the pages. But it’s rare that movie will start shooting if the script isn’t finished. We like to joke about movies not having scripts, but really we’re making fun of a threadbare/stupid plot. Barry Sonnenfeld‘s Men in Black 3 literally started shooting without a finished script. As we previously reported, the movie took a hiatus so that various screenwriters could figure out a way to wrap up the story, which centers on Agent J (Will Smith) going back in time to team up with past K (Josh Brolin) and save the world. The movie took a pause to try and take advantage of tax breaks in New York City (Sony was worried the tax incentives would expire; they didn’t) and the spring weather.
So what does Sonnenfeld think about this unusual and risky approach to making a blockbuster feature? Hit the jump for what he and make-up effects artist Rick Baker had to say on the matter along with a possible spoiler. Men in Black 3 opens in 3D on May 25th.
We have three new posters from three big movies for you today. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll be brief and let the artwork speak for itself:
- First up is a new poster for Men in Black 3 featuring Josh Brolin, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. The film, by director Barry Sonnenfeld, opens in 3D on May 25th.
- Next is an up-close-and-personal look at star Taylor Kitsch in his second of three 2012 releases, Battleship. Also starring Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker and Rihanna, Battleship opens May 18th.
- Saving the best for last is the Mondo poster that is supposedly being given away at special IMAX screenings of John Carter. Starring Taylor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds and Bryan Cranston, John Carter opens March 9th.
Hit the jump to check out the posters.
As we look towards the year ahead, we’ve got plenty of sequels and popcorn fare ahead of us. One of the biggest properties to his this year is the third film in the Men in Black franchise. Barry Sonnenfeld returns as director and the story finds Will Smith’s Agent J travelling back in time to save Tommy Lee Jones’ Agent K. In addition to Bill Hader as Andy Warhol, we get Josh Brolin playing a younger version of Jones’ character for much of the film. Judging by the trailer, he’s got the accent spot on. We’ve previously seen a few new images from the film, but now Sony has released the high-resolution versions so we can see Will Smith all shiny and nice.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Alice Eve, Emma Thompson, and Jemaine Clement. Men in Black 3 opens in 3D on May 25th.
Images are starting to surface from the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, giving us a peek into some of the biggest films of 2012. A new image from The Amazing Spider-Man features Andrew Garfield yet again doing some Spidey business sans mask, and we’ve also got a new image from Men in Black 3 which shows Will Smith and Josh Brolin riding some very uncomfortable-looking monocycles. Additionally, a clear image has finally been released of Benjamin Walker as our ass-kicking 16th President in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Last but not least is a new look at Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer in director Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows. Based on the classic cult TV series, Dark Shadows centers on a vampire’s attempt to reintegrate with his descendants after having been buried for 200 years. Depp looks considerably less strange in this image than others, but with Burton involved we can rest assured that there’ll probably be enough weirdness in the film to go around.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The Amazing Spider-Man opens in 3D July 3rd, Men in Black 3 will be released in 3D on May 25th, Dark Shadows hits theaters May 11th, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens in 3D June 22nd.
The first images from Men in Black 3 and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter have gone online. As you can see in the Men in Black 3 image, Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) and Agent J (Will Smith) have returned to mess up your Chinese restaurant dining experience. As for Abraham Lincoln, you can see our 16th president (Benjamin Walker) trying to slay a vampire and missing. I’m not sure why Fox chose to send out this image since the shot clearly works better in motion.
Hit the jump to check out the images. Men in Black 3 opens May 25th and also stars Josh Brolin, Alice Eve, Emma Thompson, Johnny Knoxville, and Jemaine Clement. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens June 22nd and also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper, Alan Tudyk, Jimmi Simpson, and Rufus Sewell. Both movies are in 3D.
The first look at Jemaine Clement as Men in Black 3 baddie “Yaz” has gone online. Yaz’ plot is to kill Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) in the past (the younger K played by Josh Brolin) and Agent J (Will Smith) has to go back to 1969 to save his partner and the world. We didn’t know much about the character beyond his name and his part in the story, but the set photo shows he’s an Easy Rider fan.
Hit the jump to see the set photo and what Clement had to say about his character. The film also stars Alice Eve, Emma Thompson, and Johnny Knoxville. Men in Black 3 opens in 3D on May 25th.
Admittedly, I have fallen off of the beaten path with regards to checking out awards season contenders in the theaters this year. That said, I’m hoping to begin turning all of that around this afternoon as a matinee of director Jason Reitman’s Young Adult is currently on my Saturday itinerary. While I can’t claim to be a huge Diablo Cody fan (I tend to think her characters all sound the same…as in, exactly like Diablo Cody), I’m almost always happy with Reitman’s work. Moreover, Charlize Theron looks to be in rare comedic form (an arena she doesn’t always find herself in, but one she undoubtedly has the chops to pull off). All in all, here’s to hoping that my Young Adult screening is just the tip of my awards season iceberg. In the meantime…
…In this week’s “Top 5″ installment, you’ll find a slew of interviews for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, a number of new assets from director Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man, a recap of this crazy week in trailers, a rundown of the 69th Annual Golden Globes nods, and a light musing regarding Bridesmaids‘ awards season chances. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each of the above.