‘Rio 2′ Cast and Plot Details Announced

After Anne Hathaway picks up her statue for Best Supporting Actress (Nate Silver said it would happen, so it must be true), she’ll be heading to the sunny beaches of Brazil. Or at least, she’ll be heading to a recording booth where she’ll pretend to be on the sunny beaches of Brazil.

Fox announced today that Hathaway will reprise her role for Rio 2, along with most of her Rio co-stars including Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement, will.i.am, Tracy Morgan, and George Lopez. They’ll joined by several new cast members as well, including Andy GarciaKristin ChenowethBruno Mars, and Janelle Monáe. Learn more about the casting and plot details after the jump.

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Men in Black 3, which opens in May, has a convoluted history. Conceptualized back during the production of the second film, MiB3 started to shoot last year, but began rolling cameras with a script that was only partially finished, and a schedule that featured an extensive break to work out how the last two thirds of the movie would go.

That led to some unpredictable PR for the movie, and Sony has been trying to assure audiences that the third outing of Agents J and K (Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, with Josh Brolin as the young K) will play in the same cartoonishly entertaining manner of the first film.

Director Barry Sonnenfeld is starting to promote the sequel, and in a new interview he inadvertently sheds some light on one of the difficulties that might have faced this particular script: it had to not only do something new with the characters, deal with time travel and wrap up a loose story that had spanned three films. It also has designs on setting up an all-new series of films. Read More »

‘Rio’ Character Posters

If a film studio can’t bring in audiences to a slick-looking, 3D animated film starring animals with famous voices, they might as well hand over their keys. Making kids movies is like printing money; even the bad ones are usually successful in some way. That makes it tough to gauge just how big a role the marketing played in it.

For example, on April 15 Blue Sky is releasing Rio directed by Carlos Saldanha, who has done Ice Age, Robots, Ice Age: Meltdown, and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs for the CG animation house. It features characters voiced by Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Mann, Jemaine Clement, George Lopez, Jake T. Austin, Will.I.Am and is about a rare bird (Eisenberg) who finds out there’s one other bird in the world like him, and she’s female (Hathaway), so he travels to Rio de Janeiro to win her heart.

While the main characters are important, side characters regularly make these movies and that’s what these new character posters focus on. The question remains, will posters like this make much of a difference? Check them out and let us know. Read More »

Emma Thompson Joins Men In Black 3

Deadline has learned that Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually, Nanny McPhee) has  joined Men in Black III, the 3D sequel to Barry Sonenfeld‘s two action/comedy/alien movies. She joins the previously announced cast which includes Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Jemaine Clement and Josh Brolin. No word on what role Thompson will play in the new film. Thompson is probably too old to play Brolin’s romantic interest, and likely too young to play Jones’ wife/girlfriend. So it is likely her role is something else entirely.
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More Men in Black III Plot Details Emerge

We’ve slowly been getting details on the story ideas behind Men in Black III, the 3D sequel to Barry Sonenfeld‘s two action/comedy/alien movies. Some of what we already know is probably in spoiler territory, and now new stuff has come to light that probably extends that territory further. But we’ve broken things down after the break so you can get safe details easily, and only read the full setup if you’re not worried about losing whatever surprise might be in store. Read More »

DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS

Nope, that’s not a still from an unlikely adaptation of Haruki Murakami‘s novel A Wild Sheep Chase, though I might actually love to see Steve Carell play the nameless protagonist of that story and Jemaine Clement the very odd Sheep Man he encounters at a remote homestead.

No, that’s a new still from Dinner for Schmucks, and I’m mainly pointing it out because, the more I think about it, I actually do really like the idea of a Carell / Clement pairing based on Murakami. But I suppose I’ll take Dinner for Schmucks instead. We briefly saw Clement in this getup in the film’s second trailer, which nicely summarized the conceit of a bunch of rich jerks who invite ‘idiots’ to dinner to make fun of them, and the ambitious young exec (Paul Rudd) who is caught up in the scenario.

This photo is part of a collection of new images over at MTV, a couple of which bolster the image of the film as a collection of insane characters. (It’s also a remake of a French comedy, Le Diner de Cons, but shhh. Don’t tell anyone.) See the full image after the break. Read More »

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Yeah, that’s right: Men in Black 3D. No, the film hasn’t started shooting yet, but Sony has already shot a teaser (of sorts) for the movie that will reunite director Barry Sonnenfeld and stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, with newcomers like Josh Brolin and Jemaine Clement. Read More »

Dinner For Schmucks Movie Trailer #2

Dinner For Smucks

Paramount Pictures has released the second movie trailer for the Steve Carell/Paul Rudd comedy Dinner for Schmucks. The film, helmed by Jay Roach (the director of the Austin Powers and Meet the Parents films), tells the story of a rising executive who “succeeds” in finding the perfect guest, an IRS employee, for his boss’s monthly event, a so-called “dinner for idiots,” which offers certain advantages to the exec who shows up with the biggest buffoon.

The film is a remake of the french comedy film Le Diner de Cons. The movie co-stars Ron Livingston, Bruce Greenwood, Jemaine Clement, Stephanie Szostak, Jeff Dunham, Rick Overton, and Zach Galifianakis. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Jemaine Clement Cast in Men in Black 3D

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Men in Black 3D, written by Etan Cohen and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, is really gearing up. The film has recently locked in Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith and Josh Brolin. Now, confirming a rumor from months back, Jemaine Clement is in ‘final negotiations’ to join the film. Who will he play? That’s after the break, with plot details that some may know well by now, but which others might consider spoilerish. Read More »