Sequelitis part 2: Men In Black 3?

Series stars Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are reportedly game for a third outing of the popular alien cop franchise according to series producer Walter Parkes. Al that’s needed now is an opening in the actors’ schedules as Smith is busy with a gazillion projects including The Last Pharaoh and an I Am Legend prequel while Jones is hard at work shooting Islands In The Stream, his second movie as a director. That and there’s no script yet. Anyway, Men In Black III (MIIIB?), are you interested?

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Thor finally gets a director, maybe

After director Matthew Vaughn (Stardust) bailed out to helm Kick-Ass and D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye) threw his name in the mix, another filmmaker is now attached to Marvel Studios’ forthcoming adaptation of the comic book Thor, one that is the most unusual and the most interesting.

Indeed it’s none other than Northern Irish actor/director Kenneth Branagh (Much Ado About Nothing), who is probably being sought for his strong affinity with shakespearean themes, which are apparently prominent in the comic. If this pans out, I’m convinced Branagh could churn out an amazing film.

Thor will be firmly set in the same continuity as Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and other forthcoming Marvel films, and like those movies will lead into the planned 2011 The Avengers movie. Thor will be released in 2010. The screenplay was written by Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend).

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I Am Prequel To A Legend

After months of speculation, a prequel to last year’s sci-fi hit I Am Legend is now officially underway with director Francis Lawrence and star Will Smith set to return and newcomer D.B. White penning the script. The film will follow Smith’s character Robert Neville a few days before and a few days after a virus mutates mankind. I was extremely disappointed by I Am Legend, especially considering Lawrence’s previous film Constantine, so I’m pretty much unexcited, how about you?

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Denzel is humanity’s last hope

Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington (American Gangster) is hoping to emulate Will Smith’s I Am Legend, it seems. Indeed, the actor has signed on for the lead role in the forthcoming dystopian sci-fi flick The Book Of Eli from fraternal directing duo Albert and Allen Hughes (From Hell). The story you ask?

A lone hero fights his way across the wasteland of post-apocalyptic America. He’s the protector of a sacred book that may hold the key to saving humanity.

The film, which could easily surpass Smith’s lackluster effort, is scripted by newcomer Gary Whitta and Anthony Peckham (Don’t Say A Word). The film is still very much in the planning stages, so no release date is set.

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Cameron Diaz has heart of gold, will take care of your dog

Eco-friendly actress Cameron Diaz (What Happens In Vegas) is apparently also animal-friendly. The 35 year old blonde airhead took in an injured lost dog over this weekend, and reunited him with his owner, even going to the trouble of later visiting the pet at the vet’s.

Diaz, despite being one of America’s highest paid actresses, is believed by many to be one of the least deserving, most untalented, annoying and ugly A-list actress out there, with people nicknaming her “Pizzaface”, “Joker smile”, or simply “hag”, but I on the contrary think she’s a knockout and one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood. So, what does that say about me? All I know is I’m glad her heart matches her looks (or according to some people, transcends them).

Cameron Diaz will next be seen alongside James Marsden (27 Dresses) and Frank Langella (Superman Returns) in the science-fiction thriller The Box, written & directed by Richard Kelly (Southland Tales) and based on a short story by Richard Matheson (I Am Legend).

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