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First Official Clip From MIB3 Revealed

The first clip from the upcoming film Men In Black 3 has been released by Columbia Pictures through Yahoo! Movies.

The third installment of the film series is based on the Malibu / Marvel comic book series The Men in Black by Lowell Cunningham. The film stars:

  • Will Smith as Agent J, an MIB agent
  • Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K, an MIB agent
  • Josh Brolin as Young Agent K
  • Emma Thompson as Agent O, agent of the MIB in present day and a secretary in the 1960s
  • Alice Eve as Young Agent O
  • Nicole Scherzinger as Lily Poison, an antagonist
  • Jemaine Clement as the main antagonist Boris
  • Bill Hader as Andy Warhol
  • Keone Young as Mr. Wu
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Knuckles (voice)
  • According to Digital Spy, Lady Gaga and Adam West among other celebrities slated to appear in MIB 3, will make a small cameo in the movie.

The film will hit theaters in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on May 25.

The official plot of the film is as follows:

Men in Black 3, Agents J (Smith) and K (Jones) are back… in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K’s life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him — secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind.

You can watch the clip courtesy of Yahoo! Movies below:

Men in Black: Alien Crisis to Invade Games on May 25

Activision has announced that Men in Black: Alien Crisis will hit the shelves on May 25.  This will be the same day as the release of Sony’s Men in Black 3; adapted from the the Men in Black comic books.  The news that has hit the net has been of the generic nature as no one seems to know what stance to take on the game.  There simply isn’t enough information to make an informed opinion.  Maybe consumers have become numb to the words of advertisement announcements.

Here’s some of the official announcement:

In Men In Black: Alien Crisis, players take on the role as Peter Delacoeur, a MIB Agent in training, assigned to unearth enemy aliens who are planning to destroy planet Earth. With hidden surveillance and stealthy guards on the prowl, players must ambush confidential alien intelligence and stop all alien attacks. Men In Black: Alien Crisis brings exciting, realistic MIB Agent movements as players shoot, and dodge their way through action-packed levels to escape fierce alien assaults. Additionally, all platforms feature two-player split-screen gameplay and four-person “hot-seat” competitive action for awesome friends and family involvement.”

Right off the bat I had an sophomoric reaction to the name of the video game character, Peter Delacoeur.  If we are to follow the naming convention of all MIB agents, it means that the name will be shortened to the first letter of the first name.  “In this game, you will play as Pee.”  ‘Welcome Pee.’  “Look out Pee!”  If you’re playing on the Ninteno Wii, you’ll control Pee with your Wii.  Yes, I’m a comedic genius.

While the name may be hysterical to my addled mind, the cover art is brilliantly done.  The image of the MIB agent is obscured enough to conjure the image of Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones, without having to pay any likeness fees.  Honestly, I can almost imagine the moustache on the shadowy face of Agent Pee.

“To create a completely authentic Men in Black world and tone, Activision aligned with Jeff Gomez and Mark S. Pensavalle’s Starlight Runner Entertainment, Inc. to create the story and script of the upcoming videogame. Starlight Runner, a leading creator and producer of highly successful transmedia franchises, was selected by Sony Pictures to work in concert with the filmmakers to provide a single voice to the Men in Black universe with the upcoming film and related properties.”

Remember, this is Activision we’re talking about.  While known for Call of Duty and the Guitar Hero games, it seems the majority of gamers want to hate what they have to offer.  The consensus though is that the game will be, “kiddy” in nature, which is not so innovative or “in your face” and a little more generic when it comes to gaming.  As the game’s story doesn’t seem to be cannon to the actual movie, it gives me the feeling that the game will be closer to Call of Duty with an MIB skin on top of it.

“The game will be available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii. All versions of the game are compatible with the Top Shot Elite peripheral. The PlayStation 3 version is also compatible with the PlayStation®Move sharp shooter and the Wii version with the Wii Zapper™.”

FEATURES INCLUDE:
  • 3rd Person Combat Tactics: Dodge and take cover as you battle hostile aliens in this action-packed, 3rd person rail shooter.
  • Investigation and Interrogation: Players must obtain vital intelligence by examining locations and interrogating suspects.
  • Nothing is What it Seems: Aliens often use clever disguises. Employ MIB investigative techniques to detect hidden threats.
  • Diverse and Customizable Weapons: Wield an awesome assortment of alien firepower including MIB classics like the “Noisy Cricket” and unique firing modes such as “freeze rays” and “antigravity grenades.”
  • High Octane Action-Oriented Experience: Pursue and escape fierce aliens in intense cinematic chase sequences.

First TV Spot For Men In Black III Released

Sony’s Men in Black 3 has released its first tv spot that has begun airing this week.

The third installment of the film series is based on the Malibu / Marvel comic book series The Men in Black by Lowell Cunningham. The film stars:

  • Will Smith as Agent J, an MIB agent
  • Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K, an MIB agent
  • Josh Brolin as Young Agent K
  • Emma Thompson as Agent O, agent of the MIB in present day and a secretary in the 1960s
  • Alice Eve as Young Agent O
  • Nicole Scherzinger as Lily Poison, an antagonist
  • Jemaine Clement as the main antagonist Boris
  • Bill Hader as Andy Warhol
  • Keone Young as Mr. Wu
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Knuckles (voice)
  • According to Digital Spy, Lady Gaga and Adam West among other celebrities slated to appear in MIB 3, will make a small cameo in the movie.

The film will hit theaters in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on May 25.

The official plot of the film is as follows:

Men in Black 3, Agents J (Smith) and K (Jones) are back… in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K’s life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him — secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind.

Men in Black to the Future! New Official Trailer and Still!

Men in Black 3, produced by Columbia Pictures, has released a new still for the upcoming movie (which you can see above).  If that wasn’t enough, today we get to see the new trailer.

Official movie description:

In Men in Black 3, Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back… in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K’s life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him — secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind.

There have always been stories and conspiracy theories.  Almost part of urban myths and legend, the men in black would appear in the wake of paranormal activity, suppressing all information leaks.  Even though this may be the inspiration, the Men in Black was originally adapted from a black and white comic book back in 1990.  Created and written by Lowell Cunningham and illustrated by Sandy Carruthers, the comic was published by Aircel Comics.  In an example of how small fish are constantly eaten by larger fishes; which we call the food chain; Aircel was bought out by Malibu Comics, only to be bought out by Marvel.  In the end there can only be one, and Disney ate Marvel.

This serves to illustrate why the original story of the Men in Black has changed over the years.

The original story introduced Agent Jay; Caucasian male; the new guy being inducted into the Men in Black organization by his partner, Agent Kay.  Even though Kay is a tough guy who gets the job done, he’s also psychopath; which makes him the ideal MIB agent according to the manual.

In all situations that they go into as partners, Agent Kay prefers to have Jay go ahead of him.  It allows Jay to act as bait while Kay just enjoys aiming a gun at his partner’s back.

Jay is often forced to play the good cop trying to find alternatives to Kay’s problem solving methods.  For example, Kay suggests that killing witnesses over memory wiping them for efficiency.

The prime example of how twisted Kay can be occurs when he’s forced to mind wipe a kid who’s been beaten by his father.  Jay has no idea what’s being said to the kid, but the tail end of the commands are, “Then, when you turn nineteen, take the rifle to the top of the tallest building you can find and do the same thing.  Got it?”

I think I would have gotten a kick out of watching Tommy Lee Jones act like the chain smoking psycho that the character truly is.  Then again, it’s nice to see Will “I make this look old” Smith do a comedy.

Meanwhile the new trailer looks visually hot.  While it does feel like an Austin Powers movie, traveling back in time we see old time science fiction pieces in the trailer.  The space men have bubble helmets!  I’m even sure I saw some inspiration drawn from Lost in Space.

The movie will open on May 25 in theaters, available in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D.  Check out the new trailer below.

5 Book To Movie Adaptations And Their Close Casting Calls

 

We all know, or I hope we know, that normally the first choice for a role is not the choice that gets used in movies. Between scheduling conflicts, or “creative differences” actors and actresses quit and move on. This is often a very good thing, such as Jack Nicholson not getting the role of the dad in A Christmas Story, or Kellan Lutz not getting the role of Edward in Twilight. These things happen for a reason. So here are the top 5 book to movie adaptations that had close casting calls. Continue reading