Today in show business news: Universal is making a "fourquel," Michael Caine is in the new Christopher Nolan movie, and a not-so-encouraging look at White House Down.
It may seem impossible, but there is going to be another Men in Black. I guess aliens will never stop attacking us. And, y'know, Men In Black III, which wasn't all that bad, made the most money in the franchise's history. So Universal has hired a screenwriter. It's unclear if Will Smith will be back, expensive as he is (and probably bored?), but something in the larger MiB world is on its way. Probably far off, but on its way. Which, fine, whatever. There are far more offensive movie franchises to get upset about. Transformers comes to mind. Or Percy Jackson. Or that hideous Up Series. That Michael Apted. What a hack. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Michael Caine has joined the cast of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, because Michael Caine is always in Christopher Nolan movies. They're basically best friends at this point. Caine joins Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and the just-announced Jessica Chastain. Yup. Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain in the same movie. Can you imagine? That's going to be pretty, pretty intense. Imagine them at the press junket together. Sitting in director's chairs all day in the same small, dark room. That will not end well! But hopefully the movie will at least be good. All we know about the plot right now is that it concerns "a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding," so that could be anything. That could be a wacky comedy for all we know! I mean, it won't be, but it could be. Anyway. Michael Caine. Welcome to the club. [Deadline]
Disney Channel star Bella Thorne (she's on some show about dancing, I believe) has been cast in the new Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore romantic comedy Blended. She will play the blender. No no, she's going to play Adam Sandler's daughter. That's a big break for her, at all of 15 years old. I'm sure the Disney lot is going to be an intense place for the next few weeks, as she walks around all puffed up, referring to "Adam" and "Drew" all the time with practiced ease, not noticing of course the posters of Miley Cyrus and Hilary Duff fading and yellowing on the walls. [Deadline]
Here's a new, more plot-heavy trailer for Roland Emmerich's White House siege actioner White House Down. The teaser made the movie look kind of exciting, all jittery and newsy (I mean, in a ridiculous made-up way) and paranoid. But this trailer... Yikes. This thing looks straight-up corny, from the imperiled child actress to Jamie Foxx's True Lies-esque thing about dropping the rocket launcher. I don't know. I guess I shouldn't have expected much, this being a Roland Emmerich movie and everything, but I surprisingly liked Anonymous so much that I was hoping he'd maybe turned a directing corner. But, nope. Seemingly not. Ah well.