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The New Men in Black Doesn’t Have Will Smith, but Aladdin Does

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No, that’s not a mistake. We’ve been given a peek into two new movies this week, and I’m giving one of them a major side eye.

First we got a peek at Will Smith as the Genie, and honestly, I don’t hate it. It’s getting a fair bit of criticism, but I do really think this can be a good move. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Guy Ritchie explained how much of a challenge he faced when deciding who would play the Genie, because of Robin Williams’ iconic performance in the 1992 animated Disney film. He considered how Williams made the Genie so memorable by just injecting his own flair.

“The great thing about the role of the Genie is that it’s essentially a hyperbole for who that individual actor is, so it’s a wonderful platform and tapestry for an actor to fill his boots on,” Said Ritchie.

So when thinking of an actor who could overplay a version of himself, Will Smith seemed a natural choice. Smith himself said “I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams but was musically different. Just the flavor of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane, versus trying to compete.”

I like this. I like Will Smith (even when he’s in some real clunkers like Bright). I like that it’s a well thought out choice and if done well, Smith can really deliver something iconic in his own way. If he can stick with hyperbole and avoid caricature, I think it can really work.

Honestly, as long as it’s not Wild Wild West, I’ll probably be pleased.

Now in comes Men in Black International. This I am significantly less optimistic about. Watch the trailer here if you haven’t seen it already.

It’s definitely got some positive elements – Emma Thompson for one, looks incredible. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson have good chemistry, as we saw in Thor: Ragnarok. Liam Neeson is always a treat. Some of the aliens are returning from the original series, and the new aliens look absolutely charming.

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My biggest concern is that for a movie spin off of a franchise made successful by Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, those two are conspicuously absent from the roster. I’m not saying it can’t work, I’m just saying I have my doubts.

Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of faith in Chris Hemsworth’s ability to improve on a reboot either, as made painfully obvious in the 2016 re-imagining of the Ghostbusters franchise.

I’m also wary of the CGI elements, because I’m seeing roughly 200% more flying vehicles than I’m comfortable with. Of course a movie about aliens will require some CGI, but the original film franchise leaned heavily on practical effects as well, which I’m just not seeing in this trailer. Overly fake looking movies typically have a short trip into the reject pile and for good reason.

It’s obvious that this is hoped to be the first of several new Men in Black Movies, so let’s hope that this spin off franchise stacks up to the original.

All in all, I’m feeling a lot more optimistic about movies with Will Smith in them than those without. This may not only be a direct testament to Smith himself, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.

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  1. Nicole

    December 20, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    First,
    I would argue that Chris was the best part of the Ghostbusters reboot.
    Second,
    This new MIB has the benefit of being inclusive to London and, to an degree, a more global fan base. We can see the over seas success of Multiple movies that do terrible in the US. The Rock himself is responsible for half of that market alone!

    • Kayla Milam

      December 20, 2018 at 10:57 pm

      Ha! That’s true, I didn’t think about the Rock with international audiences. And maybe it will be awesome! We’ll have to see.

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After A Brief Break-Up Tom Holland/Spider-Man Will Stay With Marvel

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 “You never know what surprises the future might hold”

It would appear that we won’t be seeing Tom Holland’s Spider-Man grace the screen with the likes of Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson, in the Andy Serkis directed ‘Venom 2.’ Or will we. Reports are scarce as to the details of the agreement reached between Marvel/Disney and Sony.  But, inside sources reveal that Marvel will take home 25% from future Spider-Man films.

The negotiations also landed on a release date for a third Spider-Man film. We are expected to see Holland return to action, July 16, 2021. Holland recently took to social media, to express his excitement about returning to the MCU:

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Amy Pascal will produce the upcoming films through her production company, Pascal Pictures as she has on the first two Holland/Spidey films. Pascal weighed in on the news:

“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” Feige said in a statement. “Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”

“This is terrific,” she said. “Peter Parker’s story took a dramatic turn in ‘Far From Home’ and I could not be happier we will all be working together as we see where his journey goes.”

 

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order: Cal Kestis’s Mission Is Revealed

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The recent installment into Star Wars lore, will feature Cal Kestis, played by Cameron Monaghan. The story will revolve around a Human Jedi Palawan who is forced into hiding following the events of ‘Episode III: Revenge of the Sith’ and the “Execution of Order 66.” The latest trailer gives us a glimpse at some amazing gameplay, and also reveals the mission of the main protagonist. ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ looks to be the Star Wars game we all deserve.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an upcoming single-player action-adventure video game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts, set in the Star Wars universe shortly after Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. -Wikipedia

Initial release date: November 15, 2019

 

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Breaking News: Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige Will Develop A Star Wars Movie

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In a world of breaking news, Disney’s studio co-chairmen Alan Horn dropped another bombshell on the universe, that comes to us by way of THR. It would appear that Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, will be developing his very own Star Wars movie. Recently, a meeting between Feige,  Kathleen Kennedy, studio co-chairmen Alan Horn and Alan Bergman has brought about the exciting news. Horn had this to say about the new development:

We are excited about the projects Kathy and the Lucasfilm team are working on, not only in terms of Star Wars but also Indiana Jones and reaching into other parts of the company including Children of Blood and Bone with Emma Watts and Fox. With the close of the Skywalker Saga, Kathy is pursuing a new era in Star Wars storytelling, and knowing what a die-hard fan Kevin is, it made sense for these two extraordinary producers to work on a Star Wars film together.

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Feige has been responsible for overseeing the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which as of today, has racked up over $22.5 billion at the worldwide box-office. Little is known as to what direction Feige’s film will take, but it will definitely have company. Rian Johnson’s trilogy is still in the works, along with ‘Game of Thrones’ creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’s project and multiple small screen projects on Disney + that include the upcomingThe Mandalorian and ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi.’ Kenobi, has confirmed the return of Ewan McGregor, reprising his role as the title character.

‘Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker,’ will conclude the “Skywalker franchise” December 20, 2019

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