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Official Cast Announced for Suicide Squad

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After weeks of rumored casting, DC has officially announced the cast list for the upcoming big screen adaptation of Suicide Squad. The film is set to be directed by David Ayer and will release in theaters on August 5, 2016.

The cast is as follows:

  • Jared Leto – The Joker
  • Margot Robbie – Harley Quinn, the Joker’s deranged love interest and protégé
  • Will Smith – Deadshot, an assassin
  • Tom Hardy – Rick Flad, the squad leader
  • Cara Delevingne – The Enchantress

Suicide Squad follows a band of villains tasked with various governmental black ops missions to lessen their prison sentences.

Noomi Rapace to Star Opposite Will Smith in “Brilliance” Adaptation

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Noomi Rapace is reportedly in negotiations to join Will Smith in the film adaptation of the novel “Brilliance.” The film is based on the novel by Marcus Sakey and is being adapted by Legendary Entertainment.

The book takes place in a world where a minority set of people are born with extraordinary abilities and are called “brilliants.” A panic sets in among the human majority, bringing the world to a civil war, which is exactly what a nefarious faction wants.

Smith is playing a federal agent, a brilliant with great hunting gifts who is drafted to hunt down a terrorist, another such brilliant who intends to start the civil war.

Rapace will play a tattooed and pierced brilliant that is identified as a terrorist by the government.

Brilliance is being directed by Julius Onah with a script from David Koepp. The produces will be Joe Roth, Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni.

Universal will release the feature project, which is aiming for a summer start.

Will Smith Could Join Sci-Fi Superhero Film “Brilliance”

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It appears that Will Smith could be joining the upcoming big screen adaptation of  Marcus Sakey’s sci-fi/superhero novel Brilliance. Smith is reportedly eyeing the lead role of Federal Agent Nick Cooper.

Brilliance is to be directed by Julius Onah with a script by David Koepp.

The original book was published last year and is officially described as follows:

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called “brilliants,” and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in—and betray his own kind.

Brilliance will be produced by Jon Jashni, Joe Roth and Thomas Tul with Alex Hedlund, Eric McLeod and Palek Patel executive producing
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Men in Black 3 Takes Top Spot At Box Office

Many people may not be surprised that highly anticipated Men in Black 3 took the top box office spot in its opening weekend. Although some people may be surprised that it replaced Joss Whedon’s Marvel’s The Avengers which was steadily holding the number one spot until last weekend.

MIB3 opened to earnings of $54.6 million, making it Will Smith’s third highest-grossing Friday-Sunday debut to date behind I Am Legend ($77.2 million) and Hancock ($62.6 million). However, despite it’s very strong opening when these figures are adjusted for 10 years of ticket price inflation and 3D ticket prices, Box Office Mojo reported that MIB3’s initial attendance was significantly lower than that of MIB 2. 

 In “Men in Black 3,” Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) head 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. 

MIB3 stars Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Emma Thompson, Nicole Scherzinger, Alice Eve, and Michael Stuhlbarg.

The film has good reason for being number one though. It has been receiving positive reviews, with a 76 percent audience rating at Rotten Tomatoes. The film’s audience was 54 percent male and 56 percent over the age of 25, according to Sony.

Even though Marvel’s The Avengers was knocked out of the top spot, it is not about to lose steam. The film still made $46.9 million during the four-day weekend. Its three-day gross was $36.7 million, which is the second highest fourth weekend ever behind Avatar’s $50.3 million.

Other films that opened this weekend included Oren Peli’s horror flick Chernobyl Diaries as the 12 highest grossing movie, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom also opened with the highest grossing indie debut of all time, according to Box Office Mojo.

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:

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.

A Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Aliens From MIB3

Five new behind-the-scenes photos featuring the new aliens from Men In Black 3 have been released courtesy of Stark Industries. The photos also feature makeup effects artist Rick Baker on the set with the whole new set of aliens as well as the lead villain played by Jermaine Clement.

The film comes ten years after the second film and fifteen years after the original. The film series is based on the Malibu/Marvel comic book series The Men in Black by Lowell Cunningham.

The official movie description is as follows:

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.

The cast includes:

  • 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, among other celebrities slated to appear in MIB 3, will make a small cameo in the movie.

MIB3 is set to hit theaters on May 25th, 2012. You can see the new set photos below:

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.

Will Smith’s I Am Legend Continues

That’s right, on February 17, Warner Bros. finally closed a deal with the film’s producer Akiva Goldsman and Overbrook Entertainment to do another installment to the 2007 hit film, I Am Legend reports Deadline.

So will this be a prequel? “Oh Hells no!” Why show the raw clash of humanity, people versus people struggling to survive, cutting into each other like so many rose thorns? Why would anyone want to watch the trouble that the Last-Man-on-Earth-to-be has to go through, surviving other idiots and super zombie/vampire proofing his home? That would be like watching an epic version of “The Walking Dead.”

Instead it looks like I Am Legend will turn into a Monty Python sketch. While everyone is bringing out their dead, Will Smith’s portrayal of the last man on Earth, Robert Neville, isn’t done yet. “I’m still alive!” The film will serve as the next installment; sigh… sequel; to I Am Legend.

Arash Amel who wrote the screenplay to Grace of Monaco, has been signed to write for the new I Am Legend movie. Amel will have his work cut out for him, as he’ll have to explain how Smith didn’t die at the end of the last movie. I believe he died giving the super vampires a Falcon Punch using live grenades in a last ditch attempt to save the girl. They were in his hands when the room went boom.

It was reported that there was an alternate ending where Smith survived but it was not used in the final version. Will Smith is expected to reprise the role as Neville, but reportedly is not committing until the script is finished.

That’s not so bad, and I’m happy that Smith is hesitant until seeing a script and prehaps researching online what reactions might be. He might have had to learn this the hard way. Originally it was rumored that Smith was going to play as the main character in a Hollywood version of Oldboy, based on the manga. Fans of the original Park Chan-wook film were probably relieved to to hear that the project has since died. It was reported that DreamWorks and Mandate Films couldn’t reach an agreement getting the rights to the original manga.

As awesome as Oldboy is, it’s violent, envelope-pushing film that was to star a guy who doesn’t know how to be mean on camera. Hancock was the most annoyed I’ve ever seen Smith. To be Oldboy, not only would he have to be vicious and crazy, but he’d have to do some things to his daughter that I don’t think North America audiences are prepared to see. Not publicly that is. So Smith was being attached to that imagery before plans for the movie were even ironed out.

Official description of the film, I Am Legend:

“Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made. Immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and perhaps the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone. Mutant victims of the plague — The Infected — lurk in the shadows… watching Neville’s every move… waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind’s last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood. But he knows he is outnumbered… and quickly running out of time.”

The 2007 film, I Am Legend was adapted from a book of the same name. Written by Richard Matheson, the horror fiction novel was seminal to the development of the zombie genre that we know and love today. The novel also popularized and the concept of worldwide apocalypse due to disease; yes it’s popular. How many movies of this kind and fear based news have you been exposed to in the last ten years?

The novel which was written in 1954 became a success and was adapted for many films. There was The Last Man on Earth in 1964, The Omega Man in 1971; starring the gun toting Charlton Heston, and as I Am Legend in December 2007. There was also a direct to video production called I Am Omega, released November 2007. The novel was also the inspiration behind the 1968 film Night of the Living Dead. It’s like each film bit another film and started this whole chain of events that lead to the zombie apocalypse genre.

I originally thought that I Am Legend was a well funded production and adaptation of I Am Omega. I Am Omega was such a poor budgeted production, laughable in quality and starred the current chairman of the Iron Chef shows, Mark Dacasos. It was fun to watch Dacasos as Neville going stir crazy, living alone, then using martial arts on zombies.

So far none of the film adaptations have remained true to the book. In the book version, it turns out that all the infected are getting over their monstrous tendencies and becoming civilized. As Neville is the only human on Earth, he’s public enemy number one as he’s been slaughtering them all that time. They actually capture him, imprison him and sentence him to be executed. This is where Neville finally realizes that even though the infected appear to be the boogeymen of horror stories, it’s him who’s become their nightmare as the last human. Too bad Hollywood tends to change this ending; it’s as if we’re not allowed to see ourselves as the problem. There can be a lot to learn from endings like this.

The last words spoken by Neville in the book, “Full circle. A new terror born in death. A new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever. I Am Legend”