MovieMistakes.com keeps a track of the errors that occur in movies – anything from continuity errors to major plot mistakes. And in 2012 the winner was MIB3 with 78 mistakes, almost twice as many as runner-up SkyFall.
- How did a giant fish return to life after Will Smith had ripped out its heart?
- Where did the trash can disappear to?
- Magically appearing red napkin!
- Headphones that move about a store counter!
Of course some errors can be forgiven:
When J is bowling the alien’s head at Cosmic Lanes, three Pinball machines are visible to the right of screen. Pinball was banned in New York City between 1940 and 1976. The movie takes place in New York City of 1969 so no Pinball machines should be visible.
Rick Baker is famous with a capital F for his makeup effects. He rose to fame courtesy of the movie An American Werewolf in London and hasn’t looked back since. Here’s two pics of Rick working on the latest Men in Black sequel:
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According to a long and revealing interview between MTV and Barry Sonnenfeld, there might be more MIB movies one day, perhaps depending on next month’s box office:
MTV: Wrapping up, you talked about how the ending of this film is “surprising.” As much as you can tease, do you view this film as an ending to the “Men in Black” trilogy? Or are there ways to continue the story?
Sonnenfeld: The fantastic thing about “Men in Black 3″ is that it totally closes out the trilogy, it answers questions that you didn’t even know you should be asking, it leaves you emotionally warm and sad and happy, and it could also reboot the franchise. But I can’t even begin to tell you how to interpret all of that. [Laughs] But I would say this: If your interpretation is that “Men in Black 4″ will only star the worm guys and Frank the pug, you are wrong.
They also discuss how the movie began shooting even though only the first act had been written, and how funny guy Jemaine Clement managed to play the main villain.
Last month it was leaked that Lady Gaga has a cameo role in MIB3, as a sequel to Michael Jackson’s appearance earlier in the franchise. Now we have news that Justin Bieber and Tim Burton are also Men In Black aliens, according to director Barry Sonnenfeld (interviewed by Collider)
“In this one there are a few people that you’ll see up on the surveillance board including Lady Gaga, Tim Burton, who probably knows more about aliens then I do, and let’s see who else . . . Justin Bieber.”
But that doesn’t necessarily mean they will be acting in the movie:
“Well, we’ve always had in Men in Black headquarters, alien surveillance, so one of the joys is deciding who you would put up on the board, who you would tell the world are aliens. And A) the challenge is you have to get permission from these celebrities and B) you don’t want to go with people that are either a flash in the pan, or political, or people that then in 10 years no one will know who you’re talking about.”
MIB2 had an amazing self-deprecating cameo from Michael Jackson. Marilyn Manson is past his use-by-date, so who else is alien-looking enough for a MIB3 cameo?
Found at a Spanish-language website:
Translation from Google Translate:
During the presentation of the film in Rio de Janeiro, to which Smith went with actor Josh Brolin, the former said, smiling: “We have a couple of celebrity cameos, but I think I can not reveal who they are. We must keep as a surprise that Lady Gaga appears. “
Sorry, but this one reeks of made-up publicity / anything for a headline:
Director Barry Sonnenfeld revealed Will came up with the idea himself…
He said: “Will calls me Baz. When we were shooting ‘Men In Black II’ [in 2002], one night he said ‘Hey Baz, I think I have an idea for number three’. The basic idea was that Will’s character, Agent J, would have to go back into the past to save his partner.
“It allowed the movie to take place in another era, and us to learn more about Tommy Lee Jones’ character. But it turned out to be a very long process of development, mainly because of the knotting issues of time travel, the time travel thing was really hard.”
Could be true. Even it it was, as Sonnenfeld pointed out, time travel is a tricky topic when it comes to story-telling. It’s continuity cubed. Simply voicing the idea isn’t the same as writing the script. And of course, the MIB franchise has always had a 50s/60s feel to it, just like the Blues Brothers did.
Legendary makeup artist Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London) was interviewed by British movie magazine Empire, and he mentioned the difficulties they had during filming:
“It was a crazy production. We had a writer actually on the soundstage writing the words moments before the guys had to say them. I don’t think that’s any way to make a movie. [...] But I’ve seen a rough cut and I was actually shocked at how good it was!”
And when he was asked about a further sequel, Baker said:
“At least we’ve got Josh Brolin now to carry on with Tommy’s part…”
I’m guessing that would mean killing of Tommy Lee Jones, and shifting the younger Agent K to yet another period in time, presumably the future? But maybe the future would be too expensive to create? Perhaps get Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) to direct it?
It’s not often that a credits / title artist gets any press, but Pablo Ferro isn’t just anybody. He was quite somebody in New York during the 60s and 70s, due to his unorthodox (multiple women) lifestyle and his talent that appeared at either end of movies such as Dr Strangelove, Bullit and The Thomas Crown Affair. Of interest to us is that he is currently working on a title sequence for Men in Black 3.
The doco is titled Pablo and is animated. More here:
Sony Pictures have announced that Men in Black 3 will be released in the USA and worldwide on May 25, 2012. The bigger news is that it will be shown at IMAX cinemas in 3D, the first Men in Black movie to be seen on the giant screens.
In a press release from Sony Pictures Releasing president Rory Bruer:
“Releasing a film in IMAX 3D signals an event release, and Men in Black III on Memorial Day weekend certainly qualifies in a big way. We couldn’t be more excited about how MIB III will look and sound in IMAX theatres.”