May 07, 2014

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Men In Black 3 dominates Memorial Day

HollywoodNews.com: I don’t know how much Men In Black 3 actually cost. I don’t know the details of the behind-the-scenes turmoil that shut the film down for a period so the filmmakers could frantically rewrite the screenplay. I don’t know what got removed and what got added or changed along the way. But the highest compliment that I can pay this third installment in the series is that none of the backstage drama shows. The story makes sense, there are few real plot holes, and the actors exude confidence and charm in a screenplay that balances trailer-friendly set pieces and gags with genuine storytelling and character growth.
The world may not have needed another Men In Black picture, but director Barry Sonnenfeld and writers Etan Cohen, David Koepp, Jeff Nathanson, and Michael Soccio have crafted a shockingly good one, arguably the best in the series. This is accomplished and polished popcorn entertainment that is refreshingly light on its feet. For what it’s worth, I thought the first Men In Black was somewhat overrated while Men In Black 2 was *slightly* underrated. Men In Black 3 is the first in the series that I would call almost-great.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt races through “Premium Rush” trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon are enjoying awards buzz for their performances in the moving and riveting pictures “50/50” and “Take Shelter,” respectively. In January, they’ll collaborate on a thriller with no awards aspirations that, regardless, still looks like it could be a ton of fun.
“Premium Rush” stars Gordon-Levitt as a New York City bike messenger trying to keep a mysterious envelope and its contents away from a dirty cop (Shannon). Jamie Chung, Dania Ramirez and Aasif Mandvi co-star in the Columbia Pictures movie, which David Koepp (“Stir of Echoes,” “Secret Window”) directs.
Here’s the trailer. What do you think? Welcome change of pace for Gordon-Levitt?

“Premium Rush” opens Jan. 13.
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DOUG BELGRAD NEW PRESIDENT OF COLUMBIA PICTURES

hollywoodnews.com: Tolmach Launches New Production Company and Joins Spider-Man Team As Belgrad Promoted to Sole President of Columbia Pictures
Matt Tolmach has launched a new production company and will become a producer on the next installment of Spider-Man, the blockbuster film franchise he helped shepherd since its inception in 2002, it was announced today by Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman. Doug Belgrad has been promoted to sole president of Columbia Pictures and will take on additional divisional responsibilities. As part of the transition, Belgrad has named Hannah Minghella president of production for Columbia Pictures.
Said Pascal, “I couldn’t be happier for or prouder of Matt, Doug and Hannah. Matt and I have worked together for over 15 years. Anyone who knows him knows he has been talking about this for a long time. He has always approached every project he has ever worked on with the attentiveness of a brilliant producer’s eye and that is what has made him such an excellent executive. As he takes this amazing step with his career, I know we will continue working together for as long as we are both in this business. We tried to convince him to stay in his current job, but we understand the time has come and completely support his decision. Spider-Man has been a big part of his life for the past ten years, and this is the perfect segue. We know he is going to be a killer producer for us.”
“It is also the right moment for Doug to step into a greater leadership position within the company,” she added. “We have worked together since he was a financial analyst for Jon Dolgen, and I have seen him evolve into a consummate studio executive with a rare combination of creative talent and savvy business skill. As he takes on more responsibility in this new and expanded role running Columbia Pictures, I would entrust the division to no one else. And when he told me he wanted Hannah to return to Columbia as president of production, I was beyond thrilled. Doug sees in her what we all know to be true: she is a singular star. In her three years at Sony Pictures Animation she has proven that she is an extraordinary leader and executive and I know she will be a fantastic addition to what is already the best [...]

Gemma Arterton, Alec Baldwin heat up ‘Men in Black 3′

HollywoodNews.com: It’s a good thing that “Men in Black 3” took a script break, because there’s some extra casting that’s heating up the sequel.
British hottie Gemma Arterton is in talks to play a secretary in the film being scripted by Etan Coen and blockbuster scribe David Koepp. Previous beauties that appeared in other “Men in Black” films include Linda Fiorentino, Lara Flynn Boyle and Rosario Dawson.
In addition, expect the laugh meter to get higher as “30 Rock” thespian Alec Baldwin joins the cast. He will play a 1969 MIB boss.
Production is expected to begin this November for a planned May 25, 2012 release.
Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith will reprise their roles as Agent K and Agent J respectively.
Filming is scheduled to begin this November, with a provisional release date of May 25, 2012.
Digital Spy had the news.
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