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WB To Reboot I Am Legend

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It’s learned that plans are underway to reboot the I Am Legend Movie, which starred Will Smith.

Deadline reports that despite attempts for prequels and sequels, I Am Legend is getting a reboot and will not feature Will Smith.

It’s said the script from Gary Graham for “A Garden At The End Of The World” is being retrofitted to fit within the I Am Legend movie as it shares similar themes and mythologies with the film.

The reboot will see original I Am Legend producers on board with Akiva Goldsman of Weed Road, Overbrook’s James Lassiter and Safehouse Pictures’ Joby Harold, along with Vertigo’s Roy Lee, and Weaver. 

I Am Legend grossed a billion dollars back in 2007.

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No Will Smith For Independence Day 2

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:8925:]]With Independence Day 2 getting a recently announced July 3, 2015 release, it has also become known that the original film’s star, Will Smith, will not be back for the sequel.

Director Roland Emmerich stated having Will Smith would be too expensive for “ID Forever Part 1,” as well as too big of a name, but we do learn there will be some new and returning characters.

“Will Smith can not come back because he’s too expensive, but he’d also be too much of a marquee name,” Emmerich told the NY Daily News. “It would be too much. We have like maybe half of the people that you know would know from the first film (in the script) and the other half people who are new.”

No plot details are known about Independence Day 2, but Emmerich offered that it’s not a total reboot, but something unusual.

Currently, it’s rumored the movie takes place 20 years after Independence Day with the aliens returning through a worm hole; however, humanity may be better armed this time as they have adapted the alien technology.

Independence Day launched the career of Will Smith bringing in around over $800 million worldwide, which would be somewhere around $1.1 billion in today’s dollars.

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Men In Black 4 Green Lit

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Sony is moving ahead with Men In Black 4 as scribe Oren Uziel is attached to write the script.

Last year saw Men In Black 3 have a stellar box office as it raked in $624 million.

No details are known about Men In Black 4, but it’s stated that Oren Uziel will get to work on it when he finishes the next 21 Jumpstreet for Sony;  Barry Sonnenfeld directed all three of the previous movies.

Men In Black 3 came ten years after the last one and starred Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin.

Smith previously said he would return for Men In Black 4 as long as it wasn’t 20 years between films.

(via TheWrap)

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After Earth Spot “Return” Now Online

After Earth gets a new spot with “Return,” which you can check out below.

After Earth has a May 31st release date directed by M. Night Shyamalan also starring Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Isabelle Fuhrman and Zoë Kravitz.

Synopsis:

A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.

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M. Night Shyamalan Kneels Before Zod: After Earth Moves One More Week Away From Man of Steel Debut

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:7086:]]Today we learned that Columbia Pictures moved up the premiere date for Will Smith and M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth to May 31st.

After Earth had an original opening date of June 7th, pitting the Man of Steel against it’s second weekend debut.

The move to May 31st now gives After Earth a full two weeks to rake in tickets sales before the new Zack Snyder Superman movie explodes on to the scene June 14th.

After Earth also stars Jade Smith and sees a crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.

Man of Steel opens June 14th in IMAX 3D starring Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman and Michael Shannon as Zod.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News Man of Steel movie hub for more news, images and trailers.

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After Earth TV Spot #1 Now Online

The first After Earth TV Spot is now online.

After Earth has a June 7, 2013 release directed by M. Night Shyamalan also starring Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Isabelle Fuhrman and Zoë Kravitz.

Synopsis:

A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.

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After Earth (2013): Two International Posters of Will & Jaden Smith

Two international movie posters for M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth have hit the net featuring Will Smith with son, Jaden.

After Earth has a June 7, 2013 release also starring Isabelle Fuhrman and Zoë Kravitz.

Synopsis:

A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.

(via Cine1)

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New Movie Poster For After Earth Featuring Will & Jaden Smith

Check out a new movie poster for M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth featuring Will and Jaden Smith.

The movie opens June 7th.

Check out trailer #2 here.

Synopsis:

After Earth takes place after a crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.

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Will Smith’s After Earth Trailer #2 Now Online

The new trailer for After Earth is now online which stars Will and Jaden Smith.

After Earth has a June 7, 2013 release directed by M. Night Shyamalan and also starring Isabelle Fuhrman and Zoë Kravitz.

Synopsis:

A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.

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Will Smith’s After Earth Trailer Now Online

Sony has released the trailer for After Earth, which stars Will and Jaden Smith.

Synopsis:

A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.

After Earth has a June 7, 2013 release date, directed by M. Night Shyamalan and also starring Zoe Kravitz, Sophie Okonedo, and Isabelle Fuhrman.

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Men In Black 3 (2012): Movie Review

Back (Again) in Black

A Film Review of Men in Black III

By: Lawrence Napoli 

 

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It’s been a long time since we’ve heard any word from Agents K and J (exactly 10 years to be precise), so it’s somewhat curious to see another installment to this franchise after so long especially when considering the advanced age of Tommy Lee Jones (65) and the ever-ripening status of Will Smith (43).  That’s not to suggest that either of these actors cannot hack the action/sci-fi genre due to the implied physicality their roles would naturally demand, but a time travel story as a convenient means of easing the load on Mr. Jones is perhaps the least surprising plot device of the decade.  Still, 10 years is a LONG time between sequels.  The fact that MIB II fell off way short in terms of story and quality from its predecessor, I’m sure, had something to do with its hiatus.  As for MIB III the somewhat interested viewer may ask “Why this?” “Why now?”  I guess the only appropriate response is “Why not?” (or is it “Why ask why?)

Just about the entire gang is coming back for the same old MIB fun and games from executive producer Steven Spielberg, to director Barry Sonnenfeld, to Tommy Lee and of course “Big Willy Style.”  The one noticeable absence is of Rip Torn who added a very unique blend of respectable demeanor and quirky comedy that came to be this franchise’s calling card.  Thankfully, his character was not recast outright, but whose absence was explained away in the plot in a rather droll and uninspired fashion (oh, well).  Another chink in the armor is exposed as new-to-the-franchise Etan Cohen penned a script that at best could be described as merely emulating the original and at worst as an unassuming adventure into the amazing.  Lowell Cunningham (creator of the comic series for Malibu Comics) probably could have come up with something better.  Using time travel as the major angle for this story would have been fine had the tone of the film escalated beyond the status of “been there, done that.”  The characters may be different (Boris The Animal, Agent O, Griffin) and the faces have changed (Old/Young Agents K and O), but Will Smith is still getting taught lessons from everyone older than him (despite his tenure at MIB), Tommy Lee is still crotchety and evil aliens conquering the world/universe/multi-verse couldn’t have been displayed in a less threatening fashion.  If you’ve seen one or both of the previous MIB films, it won’t be long before any of you recognize this entire plot as “old hat.”  For those new to the franchise you may be asking why the explosions aren’t as big, the action isn’t as intense and the stakes aren’t as high as the standard sci-fi/action/adventure film these days (thank you Avengers).  Perhaps what we need in all things fiction is less “backwards is forward” (the prequel-itis Hollywood has contracted) to reestablish forwards as forward.

The visual style of this film is a huge win.  All of the production design elements that envisioned the MIB of the present and of the 60s were truly inspired as it not only seemed appropriate, but enhanced the comedic undertone of the adventure.  Job well done, Bo Welch!  The same can be said of the special effects by Cinovation Studios and visual effects by The Third Floor, Prime Focus VFX and several other contributing companies.  Lasers are crisp, explosions are neat and aliens are slimy.  Sure, it’s not Star Wars, but that level of plasticity isn’t required for this film to look effective. 

Tommy Lee Jones is a great actor and although his performance as Agent K was fine for what it was (a reduced feature capacity), it was by no means as great as his initial work 15 years ago.  [Side note: shame on the makeup people for making a 65 year old man look like he’s 85!]  Tommy’s one liners didn’t have the energized ZING.  His staccato attitude didn’t have that abruptness.  And his presence didn’t illicit “the most feared human in the galaxy” as expressed by Frank the pug in MIB II.  I couldn’t tell if he was mailing it in because I’ve never noticed that in any of his previous performances for any film, but he didn’t look physically well for the production and it had an impact on his performance.

Will Smith is still a solid Hollywood personality that can sell a film and do you know what makes his character work for any of these MIB movies?  It’s the fact that it’s “the Fresh Prince” working for a secret government alien-control organization.  Smith brings some manner of street savoir fare to handle situations that don’t really need it and he either eats crow or makes the bad guys eat it: either way, comedy ensues.  The problem is Will Smith ain’t the Fresh Prince no more.  He, like his character, is older now and trying to pull the same old gags in the same old way is almost as awkward as Courtney Cox trying to sell sexy.  It would have been kind of neat to see Agent J as someone who has been picking up on the habits and mannerisms of his older, quick-puns-now ask questions never, partner.  But alas, Agent J is immune to the effects of K, space and time as he’s apparently too cool to afford maturation. 

I also enjoyed the performances from the cast.  For instance, Bill Hader as Agent Andy Warhol was pretty friggin’ hilarious, but I’m sure anyone in the audience with a background in art history probably would not have appreciated his routine.  Michael Stuhlbarg as Griffin blended a perfect mix of childish innocence and compassion with other worldly randomness that made me crack genuine smiles of amusement.  Jemaine Clement was channeling too much Christian Bale as Batman in Boris the Animal’s voice, but produced a decent villain.  As hot as Alice Eve is, her impact on the film is trivial as was Emma Thompson playing the same role as Agent O (the elder).  Women didn’t have a strong showing in this film.

The real (and only) reason to see this film is for Josh Brolin’s performance as young Agent K.  He embodies every element that Tommy Lee Jones made awesome in the original MIB.  Everything from the mannerisms, to the stoic look, to the attitude is simply owned by Brolin.  The performance is so good that it stops being about an impression of young Agent K and more about being a young Tommy Lee Jones.  It’s the kind of uncanny connection that would have made a shared scene between their characters in No Country For Old Men simply unforgettable.  I realize that Mr. Brolin would never get top billing over Jones and Smith, but his performance drives this film.

I can’t give this film an endorsement as a “must see” regardless of the fact there’s The Avengers and precious little else to check out at the movies at this instant (Snow White and the Huntsman may change that).  MIB III is a fairly kid-friendly film that won’t put parents to sleep, but it would have been so much better had this production not catered to children all together.    Short attention spans and those who only require modest amusement are all welcome here as it’s a nice movie, but doesn’t deliver the impact of a true blockbuster.

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WB Moving Ahead with I Am Legend 2; Not A Prequel

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:703:]]Not sure how this one is going to work, but Deadline reports that Warner Bros. is moving ahead with another I Am Legend movie, and that they want Will Smith to reprise his role as scientist, Robert Neville.

As viewers of the first will recall, Neville died in an explosion at the film’s conclusion.

Previously, there has been mention of a prequel to the 2007 movie that grossed over $580 million worldwide, but Deadline states this isn’t going to be the case. 

Arash Amel is being brought on as the writer, and it’s said Smith is waiting on the script to commit. 

There may be one possible “out,” as I Am Legend did have an alternate ending where Neville survived.

I Am Legend saw a cure for cancer go wrong and wipe out the population of the Earth. Neville is the last man standing in a destitute NYC that is overwrought with the infected “Darkseekers.” The film follows Smith as he attempts to discover a cure, ward of the infected and deal with being alone.