Men in Black trivia

Two of Will Smith‘s most famous, breakout roles almost went to very different actors. In the case of Bad Boys, Jon Lovitz was originally going to play his part opposite of Dana Carvey. After Lovitz and Carvey bailed on the buddy cop movie, the studio had to be convinced Smith was right for the project. On Men in Black, director Barry Sonnenfeld had to do some persuading as well to secure Smith a part producer Steven Spielberg wanted to go to Chris O’Donnell.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 2

The practice of beloved TV or movie properties getting a second life has practically become synonymous with Netflix — the streaming service made its name as an original content service by tapping into the nostalgia of popular properties like Arrested Development and Full House.

But it’s rare that Netflix will take a chance on a moderately successful movie adaptation that was met with mixed reception, and outright disdain from fans of the books. But A Series of Unfortunate Events came to Netflix, where it was spearheaded by Barry Sonnenfeld, the director originally attached to the 2004 movie. And it was a hit. The series met with rave reviews from critics and fans alike, who lauded its unique visuals, fourth-wall-breaking characters. and witty black comedy. A Series of Unfortunate Events was quite a fortunate break for Netflix.

It was too for Sonnenfeld, who was able to finally bring his vision for an adaptation to life alongside the books’ author, Daniel Handler (whose pseudonym, Lemony Snicket, is also an active character in the series). We spoke with Sonnenfeld about the runaway success of the first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events, and what we can expect for the second and now-confirmed third.

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MIB 23 Update

Of all the information that came out of the infamous Sony hack a couple years ago, one of the most intriguing and ridiculous things we found out was Sony was tossing around the possibility of crossing over the 21 Jump Street franchise with Men in Black. After we let that thought simmer for a while, that actually sounded like a pretty brilliant idea. Since then, the film has been dubbed MiB 23 and recruited The Muppets director James Bobin to be at the helm. But apparently, the project is still far from a sure thing according to Jonah Hill.

Find out the latest MiB 23 update after the jump. Read More »

MIB 23 Director

Believe it or not, the feature film crossover of the 21 Jump Street and Men in Black franchises is a real thing. The project was first revealed when studio e-mails hit the web following the Sony hack. Since then the studio has moved forward with development, announcing the official existence of the crossover at CinemaCon this year under the title MIB 23, with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in the lead roles.

Now MIB 23 finally has a director with The Muppets and Alice Through the Looking Glass director James Bobin preparing to shoot the film this fall. In addition, while promoting Disney’s aforementioned fantasy sequel, Bobin addressed the challenge of combining these two unique franchises, specifically with regards to the tone. Learn what the MIB 23 director had to say on the matter after the jump. Read More »

Jump Street Men In Black

UPDATE: Sony announced at CinemaCon that the title of the Jump StreetMen in Black crossover will be MIB 23.

Our original story from March 4, 2016 follows.

One of the biggest surprises to come out of the 2014 Sony hack (at least for our purposes) was the news that the studio was considering merging two of its franchises, 21 Jump Street and Men in Black. It seemed like a wild idea at the time, but now it’s actually happening. James Bobin (The MuppetsAlice Through the Looking Glass) is in early talks to helm the movie, which will bring back 21 Jump Street‘s Channing Tatum and Jonah HillRead More »

men in black 4

The final moments of the first Men in Black teased a new partnership between Will Smith‘s Agent Jay and Linda Fiorentino‘s newly recruited Laurel Weaver, with the former rookie and the former mortician stepping up to protect the Earth from the scum of the universe. This was not-so-elegantly sidestepped in the sequel, where Fiorentino was nowhere to be found while the movie bent over backwards to bring Tommy Lee Jones‘ Agent Kay back into the mix.

So a female MiB agent is not unprecedented – we got all of 30 seconds of a Woman in Black back in 1997. Now, the series producers are promising that Men in Black 4 will feature a female lead character. So go ahead and add this franchise to the growing list of movies that are ready to step into the 21st century.

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Men in Black

Sony clearly wants to bring back the Men in Black franchise, but star Will Smith doesn’t seem terribly interested. So the studio is taking a page out of Fox’s Independence Day playbook and moving on without him. Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have confirmed “very active” plans for a “reinvented” Men in Black trilogy, likely without Smith.

Read Parkes and MacDonald’s comments on the new Men in Black trilogy after the jump.  Read More »

Men in Black airline safety video

For years, Air New Zealand has embraced the fact that they’ve become a tourist destination for those who are fans of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film adaptations by using the director and his big screen versions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters for their airline safety videos. But now that the Middle Earth franchises are over, it’s time for a new film franchise to step up.

The newest Air New Zealand partnership is with Sony Pictures, and together they’ve made a Men in Black airline safety video, merging the secret organization that fights the scum of the universe with the trusted Kiwi airline. Read More »

Rick baker auction

In the realm of motion picture effects and make-up, Rick Baker is the name among names. A seven-time Oscar winner, he’s been making us believe the unbelievable for the better part of five decades. From Star Wars to An American Werewolf in London, Thriller, The Rocketeer, Men in Black, Ed Wood, Planet of the Apes, the guy has done it all. And now, you can purchase one-of-a-kind, original props from throughout his career.

On May 29, the Prop Store is hosting a Rick Baker auction featuring props, costumes, make-up effects and more from many of the films mentioned above, along with Hellboy, Gremlins 2, Harry and the Hendersons, Batman and Robin, Batman Forever and others. The stuff is stunning and, below, you can see just a few of our favorite pieces that are part of the auction.  Read More »

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21 Jump Street

Update: TheWrap confirms Sony is moving forward with two new 21 Jump Street projects: a female-driven spinoff, and a Men in Black crossover. Original story follows.

First Sony announced an all-female Ghostbusters reboot, and then word came out of a male-led one. Now the studio may be going the other way with 21 Jump Street. According to a new rumor, a female 21 Jump Street spinoff is in the works, from Broad City scribes Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs. Read all about it after the jump. Read More »