None of these updates are all that major, but there are a lot of them so let’s get right to it. After the jump:

  • Channing Tatum won’t direct Magic Mike 2 just yet
  • Stephen King‘s The Shining (book) sequel gets dated
  • Jude Law is totally up for more Sherlock Holmes
  • Karen Allen reiterates Indy 5 is up to George Lucas
  • Seth MacFarlane is “thinking about” a sequel to Ted
  • Men in Black 3 and the trilogy hit Blu-ray / DVD this fall
  • Rosario Dawson says Sin City 2 will shoot in November
  • Super Troopers 2 hits legal trouble; Pot Quest still simmering

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VOTD: Every 3D Movie is the Same

Watch enough movies, and you’ll find that you occasionally walk out of the theater sometimes with the vaguely disappointing feeling that you’ve just shelled out $14 to see a movie you’re already seen before. Sometimes, it’s no surprise that a film looks derivative — did anyone really expect Underworld: Awakening to wow us with its originality, for example? — but even great movies fall prey to old habits sometimes. The Avengers was exhilarating, but Lord knows we’ve seen the dear old Big Apple demolished more than a few times before, and often in very similar ways at that.

The Funny or Die folks point out the most familiar repeating shots and motifs in a video titled “Every 3D Movie is the Same.” Unfortunately, it seems their theoretical fact-checkers were dozing on the job, since a handful of the movies they cite were not, in fact, released in 3D. But even so, their point stands. Perhaps they should’ve just retitled it “Every Studio Action Movie is the Same”? Watch it after the jump.

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Much as we like to bemoan the lack of originality in mainstream cinema, the fact is that movies tied to existing properties do big business. Sony’s three biggest hits so far this year have been 21 Jump Street, Men in Black 3, and The Amazing Spider-Man – based on a 25-year-old TV series, a 15-year-old sci-fi blockbuster, and a 60-year-old comic book character, respectively — so it’s no surprise that the studio plans to keep a good thing going with sequels to all three of those films. And quickly: According to Sony exec Douglas Belgrad, 21 Jump Street 2 could begin shooting in just a few months.

But they’re not just looking to this past year to help fill out the upcoming slate. Sony’s also reportedly developing a reboot of Jumanji, the 1995 picture adapted from the 1981 children’s book. Hit the jump to read Belgrad’s comments on Men in Black 4, 21 Jump Street 2, and the new Jumanji. (Head here for more on The Amazing Spider-Man 2.)

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Where the original Blade Runner was known for its neon urban landscapes, the Blade Runner sequel will take us all the way out into flat, dusty farm country — or so says Ridley Scott, while describing one scene he’s already visualized for his upcoming project. Also after the jump:

  • Men in Black 3 concept art shows deleted scenes, alternate Boris the Animal design
  • Find out when and where Iron Man 3 is shooting in North Carolina this week
  • Red, white, and blue balloons dot new set photos of A Good Day to Die Hard
  • Lionsgate unveils a second TV spot for The Expendables 2

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So much to get to today. After the jump read about:

  • Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are all very close to signing for Kick Ass 2.
  • Never fear, Christina Applegate will return as Veronica Corningstone in Anchorman: The Legend Continues.
  • Piranha 3DD is out in theaters today as well as video on demand, making it the first 3D movie to do that.
  • Die Hard 5, A Good Day To Die Hard, just added Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Anne Vyalitsyna to its cast.
  • A young actress’ photos from the set of Star Trek 2 reveal a new Starfleet outfit.
  • Weak tracking numbers have Universal backtracking on Snow White and the Huntsman 2 talk.
  • Andy Samberg is wearing very tight, white short shorts on the set of Grown Ups 2.
  • Men in Black 3 gets censored in China and a wardrobe lawsuit.

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No, it wasn’t just you — Men in Black 3, entertaining as it was, made no sense at all. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that starting the shoot without a completed sequel did not help. Also after the jump:

  • Robert Rodriguez talks up Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • G.I. Joe toys pulled from shelves after Retaliation shifts release date
  • Nick Frost talks possible Snow White and the Huntsman sequels
  • Don’t worry, Robert Pattinson has not been offered Catching Fire

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/Filmcast Ep. 187 – Men in Black 3

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam discuss Wes Anderson’s delightful Moonrise Kingdom, try to figure out what went wrong with G.I. Joe Retaliation, and tell you whether the new Men in Black is worth seeing or not.

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Barry Sonnenfeld isn’t bothered by all the negative press around his latest film, Men in Black 3. According to reports, Sonnenfeld’s return to directing after about five years was a runaway train of rising costs, script problems and on-set drama. None of that matters to the director because the movie speaks for itself. Men in Black 3 is finally out May 25 (read our review here) and Sonnenfeld is confident audiences will eat up his crowd-pleasing summer blockbuster featuring the on-screen return of Will Smith, back after a four-year hiatus, and both Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin in the same role.

/Film has the pleasure of speaking with Sonnenfeld about his latest MIB film and, after the jump, you can watch the full video. We discuss the New York Mets, some of the more surprising visuals in the film, Will Smith’s input on the set and story, the controversy over script changes, the fact its not a Big Willie Weekend release with Big Willie song….and vagina. Yes, that’s right. Check it out below. Read More »

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