Trying to keep up with whatever the heck the Oscars are doing every year is a full time job for many entertainment journalists, mainly because of the organization's labyrinthine rules and often bizarre nomination process. In the case of some categories, all of the potential nominees are whittled down to a shorter list of potential nominees and then, from that list, the final nominations are decided. This is the case with the Best Make-Up Academy Award and the list of seven finalists has been revealed.
Men in Black 3
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It's difficult to imagine two more different films going head-to-head at the box office. However, by appealing to completely different audiences, 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted' and 'Prometheus' both managed to emerge from the weekend as big winners, making this the first weekend in months where two new major releases opened strong.
The box office can be a funny thing. Last weekend, 'Men in Black 3' made $55 million and was considered a disappointment. This weekend, 'Snow White and the Huntsman' pulled in $56 million and it's considered a roaring success. As bizarre as that sounds, it all makes sense when you look at the details.
In yesterday's Box Office Report, we brought you the news of 'Men in Black 3's disappointing weekend gross and wondered if a Memorial Day audience would rescue it. Well...no. It's looking like Will Smith's grand return has officially landed with a thud. Sure, $70 million across four days may sound like a lot, but it's not, especially for a film that cost $230 million before the advertising costs.
While 'Men in Black 3' underperformed, a small film from a critically adored filmmaker made a special kind of splash. In fact, Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom' broke a box office record.
It took four weeks for another film to dethrone 'The Avengers' from the top of the box office, but that dethroning occurred with a whimper, not a battle cry. 'Men in Black 3' arrived on the scene and proved that advance hype and high tracking are abstract concepts that don't always reflect reality. $55 million isn't an opening that'll have executives committing seppuku, but for a film that was expected to open to north of $80 million, it's a definitely a solid kick in the groin (metaphorically speaking, of course).
One of the best things about the marketing for 'Men in Black 3' has been its emphasis on the actual craft that went into making the movie, not just a bunch of talking heads telling you to go see it. Last week, they released that terrific featurette highlighting the work of make-up guru Rick Baker. Now you can take a pretty deep look at the creation of the visual effects for several key sequences.
With 'Men in Black 3' not exactly impressing critics, it seems like Will Smith's best days may be behind him. And judging by the reaction at the 'Men in Black 3' premiere after party, it could be way behind him.
The crowd at the party went nuts when Smith took the stage with his former partner DJ Jazzy Jeff for an impromptu concert that included some classic jams.
Five years separated ‘Men In Black’ from its immediate sequel. A full 10 years separate ‘Men In Black 2’ from this weekend’s ‘Men In Black 3.’ Basically, if you’re a fan of a once-defunct sequel, there’s always hope for another sequel, no matter how much time has passed.
With that in mind, we collected the 10 film franch
The world needs more comic-book properties like it needs a hole in the head. But with ‘The Avengers’ setting box office records at a staggering pace, you know the industry’s going to crank out more and more, so it’s wise to tap filmmakers like ‘Men In Black’ helmer Barry Sonnenfeld to potentially guide a lucrative comic-book franchise.