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Box Office Breakdown: Madagascar 3 Debuts at the Top

Madagascar 3

No matter how much buzz the Alien prequel Prometheus attained, it wasn't enough to win over the parents and their kids who saw Madagascar 3 this weekend.

With a cool $60.3 million, the animated family flick debuted on top, considerably beating out Ridley Scott's latest film's $51 million take. Last week's number one film, Snow White and the Huntsman fell to number three with $23 million while Men in Black III and The Avengers took in $13.8 million and $11.2 million, respectively.

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Will Smith Originated Men In Black 3

Men in Black 3Will Smith came up with the concept for Men In Black 3.

The actor reprises his role as alien fighting Agent J in the third installment of the popular movie franchise and director Barry Sonnenfeld revealed Will came up with the idea himself, which sees him travel back in time to rescue his partner (played by Tommy Lee Jones).

"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," Sonnenfeld said.

He also revealed he started shooting the movie without a finished script which made the whole process more difficult: "We knew starting the movie that we didn't have a finished second or third act. Was it responsible? The answer is, if the movie does as well as I think it will, it was genius. If it's a total failure, then it was a really stupid idea."


Cinema Scene: Adam Sandler’s Generous Gifts, Betty White’s MIB Mystery

Adam Sandler-It pays to be one of Adam Sandler’s friends. According to Chris Rock, the comedian gave his (male) Grown Ups costars Maseratis as “Thank You” presents. (He could just give me the $200,000 in cash.)

-Batman Live will be hitting the UK and the US next year. The traveling stage production – which will not be a musical – will include a “brand new original storyline” and a list of familiar Batman characters.

-Although we shouldn’t be surprised to hear about a “Chilean miners” film – did you know that shooting on The 33 of San Jose started five days after the miners were rescued? No release date has been announced yet.

-Despite reports that Betty White would join the cast of Men in Black III, it appears that news wasn’t true. “Where did that come from?” the Golden Girl questioned. "All these rumors come up but there is absolutely no truth to any of it."


Nicole Scherzinger, Betty White Join the Men in Black

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black

UPDATE: White says she is not a part of the movie.

What do a Pussycat Doll and a Golden Girl have in common? They both have roles in the new Men in Black film.

The third MIB installment will not only bring back Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, it’ll include appearances from and singer/dancer .

Earlier this week, the former Dancing with the Stars contestant not only confirmed her participation in the upcoming sequel – she gave away a big secret about her part.

"My name is Lilly. She's like a small villain role. I'm so excited because I get to die,” Nicole revealed. “I make an appearance. I say a couple of lines and then I die."

It’s not known what role White will play in the film.

Shooting on will begin in December for a May 25, 2012 release.

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Sequel News: Romy and Michele, Planet of the Apes and More


Planet of the Apes: The apes will rise again in 2011 when Fox delivers a Planet of the Apes prequel. The movie - currently titled Rise of the Apes - will have photo-realistic apes incorporated into the cautionary tale. The story, written by The Relic‘s Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa, will explain how genetic engineering experimentation lead to the apes’ development. The Rupert Wyatt-directed film will be set in present-day San Francisco.

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Sequel News: Men in Black, Saw and More


Here’s the latest scoop on the sequel buzz spreading across Hollywood:

Independence Day: If I didn’t know any better, I’d say Roland Emmerich flat out hates this planet. The director of The Day After Tomorrow and and 2012 is now talking about a follow-up to his 1996 hit, Independence Day. Emmerich says his proposed idea would see vets Will Smith (another lover of sequels) and Bill Pullman years after the first disaster. “One day we will do it,” Roland claimed.

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