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Tommy Lee Jones Takes His Paycheck For 'Men In Black III,' Cashes It To Write, Direct & Lead 'The Homesman'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 7, 2012 12:45 PM
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While recent clips for the upcoming sequel “Men In Black III” continue to lead us to believe it was nothing but a giant payday for all involved, actor Tommy Lee Jones is always reliable, even with the treacle-filled trailer for his co-starring role with Meryl Streep in “Hope Springs” showing he’s willing to step outside his comfort zone so late in his career to bring some laughs.

Watch: 5 Clips From 'Men In Black 3' Fail To Convince This Sequel Was Necessary

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2012 10:20 AM
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Update: HitFix has a couple more you can watch below too.

Watch: Meryl Streep & Tommy Lee Jones Get Advice From Steve Carell In Trailer For 'Hope Springs'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • April 26, 2012 10:41 AM
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If we had to make a list of older stars whose work has been consistently interesting and watchable (for the most part) throughout their careers, there’s no question that Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep would certainly be near the top. Both willing to step into more dangerous territory later in their career with more challenging fare like “No Country for Old Men” or “Adaptation,” but also not afraid to go big in Hollywood cash-ins like “Men In Black” or “Mamma Mia,” both stars continue to delight audiences long after the expiration dates of many of their contemporaries.

First Look At Meryl Streep & Tommy Lee Jones In 'Hope Springs'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 9, 2012 10:33 AM
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With the beloved Meryl Streep proving with "Mammia Mia!" and "Julie & Julia" that she can dominate summer just as well as she can the awards season, this August Columbia Pictures is hoping that the actress can once again get women out to theaters with "Hope Springs" (formerly known as "Great Hope Springs").

TV Dial: Lindsay Lohan Heads To 'Glee'; Tommy Lee Jones Is 'All-American' At AMC; Jeremy Piven Becomes 'Mr. Selfridge' & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 30, 2012 12:39 PM
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With "Mad Men" swinging back into action this past weekend, and "Game of Thrones" premiering on Sunday (unless 'tis all an elaborate April Fools jest), it seems a perfect time to round up all of the TV news coming our way this week.

Barry Sonnenfeld Says Shooting 'Men In Black 3' Without A Third Act Ready Might Have Been "A Really Stupid Idea"

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 29, 2012 9:00 AM
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If you've been following the production of "Men In Black III" to any small degree, you'll know it has been somewhat of a debacle. Despite it being a decade since the last outing for Agent J and Agent K in a vastly inferior sequel to the original movie, it was decided that a third outing would be a good idea. We think the studio logic here is that if you put Will Smith in it, they will come. The saga of the development of the film is a long one, but here's the condensed version:

Clint Eastwood's 'Trouble With The Curve' Opens Sept 28th & Meryl Streep's 'Great Hope Springs' Moves To August 10th

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 31, 2012 9:02 AM
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Hollywood, generally speaking, does not care about old people. Despite the teen audience seemingly flagging, the studios continue to chase that precious 13-25 demographic, leaving only a handful of pictures to cater for those over 50. But every so often, older audiences will turn up in droves -- think "The King's Speech" or "True Grit" or "Gran Torino" or "Julie & Julia." It's a hard crowd to draw -- they won't simply turn up every opening weekend, which is one of the reasons executives never quite know what to do for them. But if we do know two things about that demographic, it's that they love Meryl Streep and they love Clint Eastwood.

Tommy Lee Jones Will Rule Japan As General Douglas MacArthur In 'Emperor'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2012 4:53 PM
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Need someone who can act and bring the right amount of dignity and crankiness to a role? You call up Tommy Lee Jones. Dude can growl with the best of them, and now he's going to take on one of the most famous generals in American military history.

Watch: Josh Brolin Nails His Tommy Lee Jones Impression In First Trailer For 'Men In Black 3'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 12, 2011 7:10 AM
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Of all the big tentpole pictures of next year, none seems to have had a more troubled production than "Men in Black 3." The first film in the series, in 1997, was an enjoyable sci-fi comedy, but it took five years to get a sequel together,  and when "Men In Black 2" hit theaters in 2002, virtually no-one was impressed with an unfunny reprise of the original. Ten years on, Will Smith's picked the franchise to be his return to the screen after an absence of four years, but the film had problems of its own; the project was greenlit with only one act of the sequel complete to take advantager of NYC tax breaks, but Will Smith allegedly tinkered with the script, with two more writers, Jeff Nathanson and David Koepp, brought on to fix things during an extended hiatus, while the budget soared up to $215 million, and Alec Baldwin was forced to drop out of a role when shooting didn't restart on time.

Brian Geraghty Will Co-Pilot With Denzel Washington In Robert Zemeckis' 'Flight'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 27, 2011 2:02 AM
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It might have taken a little time (18 months passed between the film's premiere in Venice and its Oscar victory), but basically everyone came out of "The Hurt Locker" with a ton of heat behind them. Directing and writing pair Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal attracted the attention of most of the A-list for their thriller "Triple Frontier," before switching streams to head to the unexpectedly timely "Kill Bin Laden," which is gearing up to go next. Jeremy Renner has become the most sought-after leading man in town, with lead roles in "The Avengers," "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" and "The Bourne Legacy," while Anthony Mackie has done equally well, cropping up in everything from the imminent "Real Steel" to the upcoming "Gangster Squad."

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