Comedian/actor Martin Lawrence appeared on Conan today to promote his television series Partners, and dropped a big bomb — Bad Boys 3 might finally happen.
[UPDATE: Watch the announcement on Conan after the jump.]
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Briefly: People have wondered for years why all involved haven’t pulled the trigger on Bad Boys 3 — it seems like such an obvious move in a studio culture that is all about sequels. But this one has, in the past, required the willingness of two stars and a director. That complicates the process.
Now that there’s been a little power structure change at Sony, installing Michael De Luca as production co-president with a mandate to up the quality of the studio’s tentpole films, it looks like that sequel will happen. A writer is almost signed, but that’s just the first step in the process. Read more below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s been a slow week for movie news, but not so on the small-screen front. After the jump:
- Jon Favreau will direct one of The Office‘s last episodes
- Nancy Pelosi and Ice-T will appear on the 30 Rock finale
- A Walking Dead newcomer joins Once Upon a Time
- Here’s what Donald Glover will be doing on Girls
- Writer Megan Ganz leaves Community for Modern Family
- Ryan Murphy teases details on American Horror Story Season 3
- Anna Faris books Chuck Lorre’s newest comedy, titled Mom
- Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer team for a new sitcom
- Starz backs a new drama from William Monahan called Crime
- Four more trailers debut for David Fincher‘s House of Cards
- The Walking Dead gets a teaser for the second half of Season 3
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Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
As the race for the year’s most coveted trophies came to a close with this weekend’s Oscars ceremony, another much less prestigious awards competition was just getting started. Nominations have been announced for the 32nd Razzie Awards, handed out to the “worst achievements in film” each year.
Leading the 2012 list is Adam Sandler, whose involvement in Jack and Jill, Bucky Larson, and Just Go With It earned him a record-breaking eleven Razzie nominations. That’s more than twice as many as the previous record holder, Norbit star Eddie Murphy, received in 2007. Other standouts include Nicolas Cage, Ken Jeong, Sarah Palin, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I, and The Hangover Part II. Read the full list of nominees after the jump.
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Martin Lawrence is back in the female fat suit for Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, and he’s got Tropic Thunder‘s Brandon T. Jackson suited up alongside him. There’s a trailer for the film after the break, and I dare you to watch it. Read More »
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Bad Boys was a breakout hit for Will Smith, Martin Lawrence and director Michael Bay, and the sequel Bad Boys II was so deliberately outrageous that it was almost a total parody of the very idea of an action movie. After the excess of the second film, a third chapter seems not only superfluous, but highly unlikely. How do you follow that?
But perhaps it isn’t so unlikely. We’ve known for a while that Columbia Pictures had Peter Craig writing a script. Michael Bay has indicated that he’s willing to return, should the issue of money be figured out — he and Will Smith cost a lot these days. Now Martin Lawrence (who doesn’t command such a high price of late) is saying that Bad Boys III is definitely happening. Read More »
I just wrote about Butter the other day — that’s the Black List script by Jason Micallef that is becoming a comedy with satirical overtones starring Rob Corddry and Jennifer Garner. Now Ashley Greene, aka the one reason I’d think about ever wanting to watch any of the Twilight films, is signing on to play “a rebellious high school teenager.” I still love the core idea — an Iowa butter-carving competition is allegory for the 2008 Democratic caucus — and this cast is really shaping up. [THR]
After the break, new work for a Glee cast member and some terribly exciting news about the third Big Momma’s House movie. Actually, the opposite — the only exciting news would be that it isn’t happening. Read More »
Against all laws of nature, Big Momma’s House 3 keeps happening, though it probably won’t be called that. Martin Lawrence is going to go back into rubbery drag for the third outing, and he’ll be joined by Brandon T. Jackson of Tropic Thunder and Percy Jackson. Guess everyone’s gotta eat, but why does it have to be a shit sandwich?
This one will see “FBI agent Malcolm Turner (Lawrence) and his 17-year-old nephew, Trent (Jackson), go undercover at an all-girls performing arts school after Trent witnesses a murder. Posing as Big Momma and Charmaine, they must find the murderer before he finds them.” The f ilm shoots in Atlanta soon; if I’m out for drinks sometime in the next month and come across the casts and crews of this and Hall Pass fighting in the streets, Anchorman style, I’ll be so happy. [Variety]
After the break, Sean Bean has his work cut out for him, and Elizabeth Banks may have a cool new project. Read More »
Screen Gems has released the first trailer for Chris Rock-produced re-imagining of Frank Oz‘s 2007 British comedy Death at a Funeral. Although Oz’s original was well-received by many critics, it didn’t get very much traction with theatergoers, drawing only a niche audience. The new film has a primarily African-American cast and focuses on a funeral that “devolves into a debacle of misplaced cadavers, indecent exposure and family secrets.” Basically, they have decided to remake an English-language film, dumbing down the jokes, in an effort to attract a more black audience (and to clarify: this comment is a statement on Hollywood chooses to treat ticket-buying African-Americans, and not a statement on the intelligence of that audience). It seems completely unnecessary. If you think that sounds horrible, watch the trailer — it’s much worse.
The remake was directed by Neil LaBute (In The Company of Men, The Wicker Man, Lakeview Terrace), was written by Dean Craig (Caffeine), and stars Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, James Marsden, Zoe Saldana, and Columbus Short. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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