A decade-long gap between sequels could leave a franchise stale but in the case of Men in Black 3 it's the launch pad for an unexpectedly great blockbuster. The kooky antics of Agent J (Will Smith) and Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) don't stray far from their 1997 and 2002 adventures but without a bombardment of follow-ups to keep the series in mind the wonderfully weird sensibilities of Men in Black feel fresh Smith's natural charisma once again on full display. Barry Sonnenfeld returns for the threequel another space alien romp with a time travel twist — which turns out to be Pandora's Box for the director's deranged imagination.
As time passed in the real world so did it for the timeline in the world of Men in Black. Picking up ten years after MIB 2 J and K are continuing to protect the Earth from alien threats and enforce the law on those who live incognito. While dealing with their own personal issues — K is at his all-time crabbiest for seemingly no reason — the suited duo encounter an old enemy Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement) a prickly assassin seeking revenge on K who blew his arm off back in the '60s. Their street fight is more of a warning; Boris' real plan is to head back in time to save his arm and kill off K. He's successful prompting J to take his own leap through the time-space continuum — and team up with a younger K (Josh Brolin) to put an end to Boris plans for world domination.
Men in Black 3 is the Will Smith show. Splitting his time between the brick personalities of Jones and Brolin's K Smith struts his stuff with all the fast-talking comedic style that made him a star in yesteryears. In present day he's still the laid back normal guy in a world of oddities — J raises an eyebrow as new head honcho O (Emma Thompson) delivers a eulogy in a screeching alien tongue but coming up with real world explanations for flying saucer crashes comes a little easier. But back in 1969 he's an even bigger fish out water. Surprisingly director Barry Sonnenfeld and writer Etan Cohen dabble in the inherent issues that would spring up if a black gentlemen decked out in a slick suit paraded around New York in the late '60s. A star of Smith's caliber may stray away from that type of racy humor but the hook of Men in Black 3 is the actor's readiness for anything. He turns J's jokey anachronisms into genuine laughs and doesn't mind letting the special effect artists stretch him into an unrecognizable Twizzler for the movie's epic time jump sequence.
Unlike other summer blockbusters Men in Black 3 is light on the action Sonnenfeld utilizing his effects budget and dazzling creature work (by the legendary Rick Baker) to push the comedy forward. J's fight with an oversized extraterrestrial fish won't keep you on the edge of your seat but his slapstick escape and the marine animal's eventual demise are genuinely amusing. Sonnenfeld carries over the twisted sensibilities he displayed in small screen work like Pushing Daisies favoring bizarre banter and elaborating on the kookiness of the alien underworld than battle scenes. MIB3's chase scene is passable but the movie in its prime when Smith is sparring with Brolin and newcomer Michael Stuhlbarg who steals the show as a being capable of seeing the future. His twitchy character keeps Smith and the audience on their toes.
Men in Black 3 digs up nostalgia I wasn't aware I had. Smith's the golden boy of summer and even with modern ingenuity keeping it fresh — Sonnenfeld uses the mandatory 3D to full and fun effect — there's an element to the film that feels plucked from another era. The movie is economical and slight with plenty of lapses in logic that will provoke head scratching on the walk out of the theater but it's also perfectly executed. After ten years of cinematic neutralizing the folks behind Men in Black haven't forgotten what made the first movie work so well. After al these years Smith continues to make the goofy plot wild spectacle and crazed alien antics look good.
Nothing can kill Michelle Rodriguez. Not drag racers, not zombies, not desperate fathers. Nothing.
The frequently ill-fated actress is on board to return to the Fast and Furious series for the upcoming Fast 6, despite the fact that her character was killed off in the fourth film... a practice that is becoming quite the habit with Rodriguez. She'll be rising from the dead in the upcoming Resident Evil: Retribution. And, of course, there's LOST.
Fans who stuck around for the post-credits scene at the end of Fast 5 would have been stirred by the suggestion that Rodriguez would be coming back for the following movie; Eva Mendes' character approached Federal Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) with a photograph of Letty (Rodriguez), informing him that she was part of a hijacking operation in Berlin the previous night, and asking ominously, "Do you believe in ghosts?"
Another intriguing rumor surrounding Fast 6 involves the potential casting of Rihanna. Although it is hardly official, the music artist has been said to be in talks for a villainous role in the film. Haywire star and MDMA fighter Gina Carano, who was added to the Fast 6 cast in April, has expressed interest in facing off with Rihanna onscreen. Carano told E!, "I would love to see me and Rihanna go at it. That would be hot."
Luke Evans (Immortals, The Raven) is also in talks to join Fast 6 as a villain. Evans has been offered a role that many believed would go to Jason Statham — apparently, the young actor's involvement in franchises like Clash of the Titans and Peter Jackson's next Tolkien adaptation, The Hobbit movies, has earned him the big screen bravado to potentially play bad guy in Justin Lin's next Fast and Furious flick.
Who would you rather see face off with Carano and The Rock: Rihanna or Evans?
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The Fast and the Furious series has both churned out and roped in some of the most adrenal, action-oriented stars in Hollywood: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, John Ireland. But topping the lot of them is the newest addition to the series: someone who isn't just adept at playing a badass action hero, someone who actually is a badass action hero: Gina Carano, former MMA fighter and star of Steven Soderbergh's Haywire. Carano is in talks to star in Fast & Furious 6.
Brushing past the logical paradox that should have caused director Justin Lin to explode from overexposure to Tokyo drifts, this new film will reunite the director with series fixtures Diesel and Walker and Fast Five addition Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. All three will be reviving their previous roles; there is no word as of yet on what sort of character Carano will play.
Is this a good career move for Carano? Despite its stellar cast and director, Haywire did not really find an audience. The Fast and the Furious movies have managed to maintain a pretty ample fan base since the series' inception in 2001, so this should be a good launching point for Carano's acting career. But does signing onto this sort of movie insure that she'll be glued strictly to the heavy action genre from here on out? And if so, is that even a bad thing?
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NBA phenomenon Jeremy Lin's basketball season may be over (he recently underwent knee surgery that will keep him out for at least another month-plus), but his fairy tale story is still unfolding — and will soon be told at a theater near you.
A documentary about the New York Knicks point guard is currently in the works, and will cover his movie-ready benchwarmer-to-star(ter) story and beyond, including his well-known strong Christian faith and his days at Harvard University.
Lin's good friend, Evan Jackson Leong — onetime assistant to Fast Five's Justin Lin (who shares nothing more than a last name with Jeremy, by the way) — will direct the as-yet-untitled doc, which he has apparently been working on for years, long before Linsanity captivated New York City and the entire basketball world.
Lin, who grew up in the tech capital of the U.S., Palo Alto, has been a social-media fixture, with a video series on YouTube (and an assist from the aforementioned Leong) and highly popular Facebook and Twitter pages.
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May the world continue to bless Jimmy Fallon with noteworthy athletic superstars, as he keeps making magic with them. Fallon's latest target: Jeremy Lin. Back in the era B.L. (Before Lin), Fallon concocted a parody of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," dedicated to making fun of Broncos' quarterback Tim Tebow. It worked wonders. But an even more perfect recipe for musical comedy involves the Pearl Jam song "Jeremy" and the Knicks' point guard Jeremy Lin, who has unleashed a wave of Linsanity over not just his fellow New Yorkers, but Americans nationwide.
Again in costume, Fallin delinvers a spot on linpression of Eddie Vedder's rock song, with some hilarious amended linrics. One can't help but wonder how Pearl Jam will feel about this lincarnation of their particularly somber ballad, but it's hard not to let this linphony get you laughing linsterically.
Too much? Too much.
It is a bright day for members of Team Coco: TBS has announced that Conan O’Brien’s talk show Conan has been renewed to air through 2014. Some fans of O’Brien and his offbeat brand of programming have been worried about the fate of the show, due to its low ratings in recent months. However, the TBS network has thankfully decided to extend O’Brien’s stay—giving the viewing public plenty of things to celebrate. And thus: The Five Reasons We’re Happy Conan Is Renewed Through 2014.
No talk show host—not Leno, Letterman or even that wily Jimmy Fallon—has as much fun with his live studio audience than Conan O’Brien does. At least once an episode, O’Brien will call out a member of the audience with whom he finds something not quite right. Whether it be the attendee’s attire, facial expressions or enthusiasm (or lack thereof) for the show, O’Brien always manages to make fun of somebody in the audience. And more often than not, it’s hilarious.
Nobody in late night appreciates nerds like O’Brien does. And this is simply because he belongs to the class in question. The Conan host regularly celebrates his fellow nerds on the show -
even if it comes with a hint of mockery. All in all, Conan is the talk show to which geeks can turn to see the late night world of Hollywood through a familiar lens:
Jack McBrayer has earned national acclaim for his lovable 30 Rock character, Kenneth the Page. But not everybody knows that McBrayer actually started out as a real-life page on the NBC show Late Night with Conan O’Brien. McBrayer constantly shows up as a featured guest—or sometimes, just a surprise pop-in—on Conan, often earning a great deal of teasing from his former boss for his perpetual smile and his old Southern charm. It’s always a delight when McBrayer stops by—few guest appearances on any late night show top his on Conan.
Recently, Conan started this recurring bit where it replaces hosts Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter, and any other celebrity that the show deems relevant, with adorable puppies. No explanation necessary on why this is awesome:
A Complete Lack of Shame
No matter what he’s doing, Conan O’Brien always does it full force. Whether he’s flailing around onstage, making intentionally offensive Jeremy Lin advertisements, dressing up in idiotic costumes, or engaging in overt sexual harassment of his guests, Conan O’Brien is truly and shamelessly dedicated to comedy. And this reason, above all others, is why we couldn’t be happier to hear that he’ll be on TBS for years to come.
Watch Conan weeknights at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on TBS.
S5E17: This week’s The Big Bang Theory is kind of a wash. No storylines progress, which is usually okay since it’s a sitcom. But nothing of merit happens. We get a Barry Kripke-heavy episode, so if you like watching a guy speak like Porky Pig, then this one’s for you. For the most part, “The Rothman Disintegration” plays like an episode from one of the earlier seasons, which isn’t terrible. But by this point in the show’s history, Chuck Lorre and his writers can produce a much better half hour than this paint-by-numbers episode.
“These shrimps are all the same size, there’s no logical order to eat them in.” – Sheldon
On their way back from Dr. Rothman’s retirement party, Sheldon wants to take a look at his new office, which is Rothman’s old one. Seeing as how Rothman was driven insane and forced to retire, he won’t be needing it...which could mean that Sheldon will have the same fate. Unfortunately for Dr. Cooper, Dr. Barry Kripke is already in the office, having called dibs, which means we’re in for a war over some prime office real estate. It’s just like the rest of the episode, but it’s a decent way to start things off.
“Before I met you I was a mousy wallflower. But look at me now: I’m like some downtown hipster party girl. With a posse, boyfriend, and new lace bra that hooks in front, of all things.” – Amy
Amy Farah Fowler’s continual misunderstanding of boundaries is taken to new levels as she commissions a painting of herself and Penny...and what an eyesore the gargantuan thing is. Unless the painting will keep Penny and Amy young – a la Dorian Gray – it needs to go posthaste. Judging by the look on her face, Penny feels the same way. Luckily for fans, Mayim Bialik continues to sell Amy no matter what the Big Bang writers throw at her. She’s grown far beyond her initial role as the female Sheldon.
“As you know, the essence of diplomacy is compromised. With that in mind, I propose the following – I will take Rothman’s office, and you will find a way to be ok with that.” – Sheldon
Kripke comes over to discuss who will get Rothman’s office. Evidently, Kripke hasn’t heard of the classic “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock,” so we’re treated to another explanation of the game. Despite the fun of watching R.P.S.L.S. again, the dueling scientists agree to decide who gets the office over a basketball game – an area in which the guys agree they’re both terrible. Go figure – sitcom uber-nerds are bad at sports. So long as they don’t try to grapple with each other like Raj and Howard did last season, I think we’ll be okay. And at halfway through the episode, I haven’t grown tired at Kripke’s Porky Pig-like voice, so hopefully I’ll be ok.
“You know all those terrible things bullies used to do to us? I get it.” – Leonard
Sheldon and Kripke do battle on the basketball court and play to five points. Justin “Linsanity” Lin of the New York Knicks these guys are not. Neither man can even make it to one point, let alone five, but they both break a sweat while pithily trying. Leonard lowers the standards and suggests making a basket from the free throw line. Even than doesn’t work, so the winner is decided over who can bounce a ball highest – Sheldon wins the grade school competition and praises his own satisfactory P.E. performance.
“Goodnight painting Penny. Goodnight real Penny. You don’t have to say goodnight to painting Amy because she’s never leaving.” – Amy “Goodnight real Penny. Goodnight transvestite Penny.” – Bernadette
Amy finds out that Penny hides their painting whenever Amy is not around, and she takes the painting home with her in an angry huff – at least she didn’t go for the sculpture. When Penny goes to Amy’s to apologize, she blames taking down the painting on Bernadette’s jealousy. Satisfied with the answer since Bernie is the “least cool,” Amy grabs the painting so she can re-hang it in Penny’s apartment.
“Mockingbirds can change their song, which means he’s out of tune on purpose. He’s mocking me.” – Sheldon
It’s hard to believe, but Sheldon’s new office has sort of gone to his head. The room itself is bound to make an OCD scientist snap: it’s got stale air, the hole in the wall where “something wanted out,” wind chimes, a mockingbird who clashed with said chimes, and vibrations from being underneath the geology lab. Sheldon's “nervous system is being plucked like the strings of a harp.” To the victor go the spoils, indeed. Sheldon going crazier than he already is? Yes, please.
If you couldn’t tell, I’m tired of Barry Kripke. He’s a one note character mocking a speech impediment. As for the actor who plays him, John Ross Bowie, they’ve used him to better effect on several occasions. Sadly, the battle over a new office wasn’t even funny. Kripke and Sheldon have had much funnier duels than this one. It’s not a good sign when throughout the episode, you get the feeling that Johnny Galecki has grown bored as I have with these sorts of plotlines – no matter how much the audience in attendance seems to love it. I’m sure I'm not the only one who has grown tired of repetitive sitcom tropes from a series that time and time again has shown it’s better than that.
Does anyone else want to see Sheldon’s growing insanity in his new office continue? Hopefully next week, we’ll get back to the quality this show is known for. What do my fellow Theorists think? Sound off in the comments below and follow Hollywood and me on Twitter @Hollywood_com and @CouchForceOne.
The Walking Dead panel just ended at San Diego Comic-Con and already the dear, dear folks at AMC are giving the rest of us a chance to see the trailer that just premiered in the sunny city! Things are about to get a lot worse for Andrew Lincoln and crew, but from the looks of things, creators Frank Darabont and Robert Kirkman have got them on the right path...and by right path we mean they're headed straight for swarms and swarms of flesh-eating zombies. Cheery, ain't it?
It's pretty unlikely that any show, even one set in a zombie apocalypse, can continue without introducing a few new characters to shake up the drama, and as such, even The Walking Dead will have a few new (non-decaying, non-bloodthirsty) faces next season. Now, we know the names and a few details of three such faces.
When season two gets underway, we'll find Rick and friends stumbling upon Hershel's Farm and that's where some of these new characters come in. First up is, well, Hershel. According to TV Line, Hershel is a veterinarian (a handy skill for someone who also owns a farm) and a "Wilford Brimley type." I guess he'll be giving Dale a run for his money as the go-to grandpa figure. Hershel's got a daughter, Maggie, who "sounds like a younger version of Andrea with better horseback-riding skills" and boom: we spy a bit of a danger of the show repeating itself. (Remember the psuedo-paternal relationship Dale had with Andrea? Here comes the real thing.)
Finally, we have Otis the ranch hand, who's totally a great person except that he may, possibly, definitely shoot a survivor and face the consequences...whatever those might be.
The Hershel/Maggie dynamic looks like another excuse to continue the constant presence of families torn apart or troubled by the zombie wasteland (see: Andrea, Amy and Dale; Rick, Lori and Carl; Morgan and Duane), however Otis' storyline presents an enticing tid bit. When survivors are outnumbered by walkers hundreds of thousands to one, having one of the living accidentally kill another survivor and watching the consequences that ensue provides an interesting offshoot from general "fight to survive" storyline. It's certainly interesting, but hopefully that's not the only big twist we're headed for next season (and if the past shows us anything, we're in for quite a few big surprises).
Source: TV Line
Source: Deadline New York
It's about time that Dwayne Johnson got back to his roots. After being unimpressive in Fox's Tooth Fairy and picking a flop of a animated feature (Planet 51), the wrestling star turned actor is ready to rock the multiplex once again as resident ass-kicker.
He'll next be seen as an ex-con hunting his brothers killer in CBS Films Faster and may be staying in fifth gear for Universal's Fast Five. Deadline reports that Johnson may be joining the lucrative action/racing franchise as a lawman hunting Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) following the events of 2009's Fast and Furious.
Justin Lin returns to the fold to direct from Chris Morgan's script. The studio is eyeing a June 10, 2011 release for the fifth installment. There is no confirmation from Universal regarding Johnson's involvement, but we think that he'd spice up the film for sure. Count us in!