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The new ‘Men in Black’ movie to star ‘Jurassic World’ and ‘Big Sick’ actors

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involving the 21 Jump Street movie from 2012. While the crossover film seems to have stalled out, we do have an update on the franchise-rebooting Men in Black movie, which has been filling out its cast.



With Men in Black scheduled to hit theaters in 2019, here’s everything we know about the movie so far.

  • Title: Men in Black (preliminary title)

  • Release date: June 14, 2019

  • Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson

  • Director: F. Gary Gray

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The cast

Marvel Studios franchise star, Chris Hemsworth (below), will reunite with Thor: Ragnarok actress Tessa Thompson in the film’s lead roles, with Taken star Liam Neeson also attached to play a key role in the film.

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Just before filming was expected to begin on the movie, several additions to the cast were reported. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom actor Rafe Spall, Oscar-nominated The Big Sick actor Kumail Nanjiani, and street dancing duo Laurent Nicolas Bourgeois and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois (aka Les Twins), were all added to the cast.

The story

Official plot details are scarce, but the Men in Black spinoff is expected to feature a new cast of characters within the same universe as the first three Men in Black films, but expanding the story’s focus globally. The initial film will reportedly be centered on London, but feature action unfolding elsewhere around the world. Neeson is rumored to be playing the head of the U.K. branch of the alien-investigating agency, similar to the role Rip Torn played as part of the American agency featured in the earlier films.

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The script for the Men in Black spinoff is penned by Iron Man writers Matt Holloway and Art Marcum.

The director

Each installment of the original trilogy of Men in Black movies was helmed by Barry Sonnenfeld, but the new film will have a new face behind the camera, too. The spinoff is set to be directed by Friday and Fate of the Furious director F. Gary Gray, who joined the project in February 2018.

The legacy

Original franchise stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones aren’t expected to appear in the film, but original franchise producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will oversee the project along with executive producer Steven Spielberg, who served a similar role on all three of the prior films.

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Despite mixed reviews for 2012’s Men in Black 3, the Men in Black series is undoubtedly a lucrative proposition, as the first film (released in 1997) grossed nearly $600 million, while the first sequel (2002) reached nearly $500 million.

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Disney officially starts 1998 cartoon classic, Mulan.

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Disney has officially started production on its live-action rendition of their 1998 cartoon classic, Mulan. 

On Monday, the company tweeted a photo of actress Liu Yifei in full Mulan gear to make the official announcement. And, yes, China’s hero looks as fierce as you’d expect.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Liu was chosen to play the iconic role out of “nearly 1,000 candidates for the role across five continents.” She stars alongside Jet Li as the Emperor, Jason Scott Lee as villain Bori Khan, Yoson An as Mulan’s love interest Chen Honghui, Donnie Yen as mentor figure Commander Tung, and Xana Tang as the heroine’s sister.
Other castmembers include Utkarsh Ambudkar, Ron Yuan, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao, Cheng Pei-Pei, Nelson Lee, and Gong Li.
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From the way things are shaping up, this is definitely going to be different from the Fa Mulan you know and love. There isn’t even a Li Shang or Mushu! But here’s hoping it turns out anywhere near as good as the original—although, it is pretty hard to compete with.
Mulan is set to premiere on March 27, 2020. 
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Oscars move to honor ‘popular’ movies sparks swift backlash

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The Oscars will introduce a new award for popular films and the annual ceremony will be limited to three hours, organizers said on Wednesday, in a bid to stave off slumping audiences for the movie industry’s most prestigious honors.

The decision to create a special category for popular films sparked an immediate backlash, with one critic saying it smacked of desperation.

The sweeping changes also include handing out some of the 24 Academy Awards during commercial breaks in the Feb. 24 broadcast on Walt Disney Co’s (DIS.N) ABC network.

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“We are committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours, delivering a more accessible Oscars for our viewers worldwide,” the board of governors at the Academy of Motion Pictures said in a letter to members.

The U.S. television audience for the almost four-hour Oscar ceremony in March 2018 was 26.5 million viewers, the smallest in awards’ 90-year history. The telecast is an important showcase for the film industry, and nominated movies typically attract a new wave of ticket buyers.

“The accidental implication is here’s the award for popular film, and here’s the unpopular films,” said Alison Willmore, critic and culture writer for Buzzfeed News.

The changes are the biggest since the Academy in 2016 pledged to double its female and minority membership by 2020 in response to the #OscarsSoWhite criticism of its nominees.

In 2009, it expanded the number of best picture nominees from five to 10 in a bid to open up the competition.

Yet in recent years, the Oscars have tended to honor art house fare and performers, like best picture winners “Moonlight” and “The Shape of Water,” for its biggest prizes rather than box office hits like the “Star Wars” franchise or superhero movies such as 2017 blockbuster “Wonder Woman.”

Fans of this year’s superhero sensation “Black Panther,” from Disney’s Marvel Studios, have been arguing that it deserves a best picture nomination.

Wednesday’s letter did not give details of the new category recognizing “achievement in popular film,” saying those would come later, but critics on Twitter said it seemed to create a second-tier honor and mocked it as “the Black Panther award.”

“This is desperation,” wrote Kristopher Tapley, awards editor for Hollywood trade publication Variety. “Here comes the Academy, establishing a corner to which voters can banish (Black Panther) and other films like it with a pat on the head and a “‘thanks for playing.’”

The Academy could have waited to see the impact on the best picture race from its push to diversify its membership, Willmore said.

“There’s a lot of reasons to believe that would have shaken up the hidebound ideas of what an Oscar movie is,” she said.

The Academy said it will trim the duration of the Oscars ceremony by handing out some awards during commercial breaks. Organizers did not say which of the 24 awards, which honor everything from acting to sound editing and short films, would be shifted.

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