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James Newton Howard Reteams With M. Night Shyamalan To Score 'After Earth'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • July 12, 2012 10:39 AM
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There’s an argument – and it’s an argument that this writer subscribes to – that ever since “The Sixth Sense” each of M. Night Shyamalan’s films has been worse than the one that preceded it. “The Sixth Sense” > “Unbreakable” > “Signs” > “The Village” > “Lady in the Water” > “The Happening” > “The Last Airbender.” You may have a few minor quibbles with that order, but it’s hard to disagree that, broadly, the quality of Shyamalan’s movies have followed a distinctly downward trajectory. So that being said, hands up if you’re excited for “After Earth”!

Will Smith's Not That Interested In 'I Am Legend 2,' Explains Why He Bailed On Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 13, 2012 5:53 PM
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Back in 2007, "I Am Legend" grossed $585 million worldwide for Warner Bros. Costing only $150 million -- kinda modest for a major tentpole these days -- the Will Smith-starring post-apocalyptic actioner also grossed $126.2 million in DVD revenue, making it the sixth best-selling DVD of 2008. Not too shabby, right? Plus, the film plays on cable all the time and those rights must have also cost a pretty penny. So in the logical, brand-obsessed bean-counting world of Hollywood, a sequel would seem like a natural move.

Weekend Box Office: 'Men In Black 3' Unseats 'The Avengers' From The Top Spot

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 27, 2012 12:36 PM
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Sony said, “Lemme see ya Nod Ya Head! Cuz the black suits coming!” And if you look at this weekend’s opening numbers for “Men In Black 3,” they’re really only impressive if you were to go “Back In Time.” As is, $55 million worth of audiences domestically said, “Here come the ‘Men In Black’ ” this weekend, besting the $52 million bow for “Men In Black II” a decade ago. Granted, Sony might have been hoping for more with the inflated price of a 3D movie ticket, but with the pic opening #1 in 104 countries and taking in $202 million worldwide, they can't be too upset, especially considering the troubled production of the movie once pointed toward a potential disaster.

Review: 'Men In Black 3' Is A Surprisingly Decent Return To Form For The Flagging Franchise

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 22, 2012 12:05 AM
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Much has been made of the herculean efforts it took to get “Men in Black 3” to the big screen – the constant rewrites, the lengthy hiatus, Will Smith’s giant trailers pissing off much of lower Manhattan – so the mere fact that “Men in Black 3” is watchable at all is something of a pleasant surprise. What’s downright shocking is how enjoyable “Men in Black 3” actually is – it’s an agreeably loopy, visually sumptuous, intermittently clever sci-fi comedy that does much to erase the bad memories of 2002’s wretched “Men in Black II,” easing back into the deadpan weirdness that made the original film so much fun.

Kiss With The Fresh Prince Denied: Will Smith Slaps Overzealous Ukranian Reporter

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 18, 2012 8:00 PM
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Hey, that's just how they do it in the Ukraine.

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.

'Anchorman' Director Adam McKay To Helm 'Uptown Saturday Night' Remake With Will Smith & Denzel Washington

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 26, 2012 7:08 PM
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This is a project that has been in development so long we figured it was simply never going to happen. First picked up way back in 2002 by Warner Bros. as a starring vehicle for Will Smith, the project has been kicked around for over a decade and David Dobkin ("Wedding Crashers") was long attached to direct. A year ago, there was some fresh movement when "Role Models" scribe Timothy Dowling was brought on to give the script a fresh rewrite, with Denzel Washington now linked to the project. And it was only in March that the writer teased the remake of the 1974 would -- for better or worse -- be in the vein of "The Hangover" in the tone it was aiming for. Hmm...maybe it's going for "The Other Guys" instead?

Try & Hold Back The Tears: Pitbull, Not Will Smith, Pens Theme Song For 'Men In Black 3'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 23, 2012 1:43 PM
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Sorry, Will Smith fans. While the Agent J has written two certifiable classic songs, "Men In Black," and "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)," the latter song of which features TRÂ-Knox, sadly, Big Willie Style won't be recording a theme song for "Men In Black 3" or "MIB3," (curiously, the film seems to have shied away from the 'MIB3D' title as the 3D fad fades into the background and becomes the relative norm).

Benjamin Walker, Tom Hiddleston, Lily Collins, Bella Heathcote & Jessica Brown Findlay Testing For Akiva Goldsman's 'Winter's Tale'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 29, 2012 10:25 AM
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While he may draw the critical scorn of fanboys everywhere with even the mention of his name, and rightfully so after penning the screenplays for the weak “Batman Forever” and disastrous “Batman & Robin,” screenwriter Akiva Goldsman still holds a lot of clout in Hollywood. That’s what one earns when they write behemoth blockbusters that span multiple genres, such as “I Am Legend” or “A Beautiful Mind,” as well as help usher in franchises with the likes of “The Da Vinci Code.” It was reported all the way back in February of 2011 that Goldsman would be lensing his directorial debut “Winter’s Tale," but at the beginning of this month it looked as if Goldsman called in some favors to his famous friends after the production hit some budgetary speed bumps, landing “I Am Legend” star Will Smith and “A Beautiful Mind” actor Russell Crowe in supporting roles. About $20 million was shaved off the budget and the project gained some much needed steam, so it pays to have friends in high places.

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:

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