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Fifteen years ago The Best Man entered our lives and became a classic romantic comedy. Last winter, its sequel The Best Man Holiday was poignant and delivered beyond viewers expectations. It also left us with an intriguing cliffhanger. Therefore, we could not contain ourselves to find out when Part 3 of The Best Man Trilogy would debut.
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, our prayers have been answered. They report that director Malcolm Lee and Universal Pictures will release The Best Man Wedding on April 15, 2016. They stated:
Universal has announced that the third film, which follows 2013′s The Best Man Holiday and 1999′s The Best Man, is titled The Best Man Wedding and will be released on Friday, April 15, 2016. As the film’s description puts it, the gang returns to “celebrate the group’s most unexpected wedding to date.” Malcolm D. Lee will again write and direct, with Sean Daniel returning to produce.
We will be sure to keep you up to date with trailers and interviews about the film. In the meantime, mark your calendars and share the good news!
With the success of The Best Man sequel The Best Man Holiday, it’s no surprise that the studios would want to go to the well one more time. And Malcolm Lee was ready for them. It would seem that he started writing the third installment of The Best Man franchise before the second one was even in theaters. Fans of the films (read the MadameNoire staff) are anxious to know what’s in store for round three. Luckily, director Malcolm Lee and Morris Chestnut spoke with Vibe at the American Black Film Festival to spill some tea. See what they had to say.
**Note** For those of you who have yet to see the second movie, do better. But also click away. There will be spoiler alerts about the second film in the quotes below.
Morris Chestnut: It will be…it will probably be the funniest of them all. It’s going to have a lot of twists and turns, I just can’t tell you the storyline.
Malcolm Lee: It’s going to be some romance. There’ll be some sex, there’s going to be a wedding and it’s going to be a distant location.
Morris thought that the studio had a script but Lee confirmed that the script is not quite ready for the studios yet.
MC: I’m excited because the last movie I was kind of upset throughout the whole movie and very emotional, so Malcolm promised me that this movie is going to be completely different for me. So I’m looking forward to that.
ML: You don’t just get over the death of your life mate, your soul partner. So he is going to be sad. We’ll feel sad for him but in a very different way, a very different way this time around. This is going to be one of Morris Chestnut’s funniest roles.
Yaasss! I’m here for this. Though the “distant location” part made me a little skeptical at first, the fact that we’ll be “sad for him” in a different way” makes it sound like the story is going to be complex and not easily predictable. Here.For.It.
I hope the studios aren’t on that bo-yang and they don’t hesitate in getting this made. I’ve essentially already bought my ticket.
Are you as excited as I am?
Take a look at the two men talking about the upcoming movie in the video below.
In an interview with the always informative folks of Shadow and Act, Shemar Moore and Bill Bellamy discussed the upcoming film, The Bounce Back (which both men star in and Moore used crowdfunding sites to help finance), the comeback of the romantic comedy, and according to Bellamy, the sequel to The Brothers that they’re working on. He claims that all the men in the original (including Morris Chestnut and D.L. Hughley) will return:
“The Brothers II is on deck, we already have the script and we’ve got all the guys. So now it’s about budget and when we’re going to go into production. So we’ll see. I think work begets work and once people start seeing you they’re like,’There go Bill and Shemar, they’re doing the damn thing.’”
To be honest, I saw The Brothers once and thought it was just…okay. But it seems that it had enough of a following to get people excited about a sequel. The following behind such movies, old and new, and the lack of chances Hollywood gives for new black films, are what keep the sequel train going. If you don’t believe me, let me remind you of this: Along with The Brothers, there will possibly be a sequel to Love Jones, School Daze (Spike had also at one point mulled over the idea of a He Got Game sequel), a third installment to The Best Man franchise, and of course, Think Like A Man Too comes out this Friday. Not to mention the way too many mainstream movies that have been greenlit for sequels. Seriously, do we need a sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding? It was a cute movie, but dang…
Some sequels improve upon the original, or they’re just as good as their predecessors (I did thoroughly enjoy The Best Man Holiday). But many others are clearly made just for the money and receive eye rolls when brought up in conversation (all the Men In Black sequels, The Hangover joints, and Sex and the City 2). Hollywood has been beating dead horses when it comes to film sequels for many years, just think of all the horror film sequels, but it seems as though there is more of a reliance than ever on sequels and remakes. There is a true creative block and a comfort in sticking to what’s safe…and what can make quite a few millions easily. Add a few new cast members or flip the setting to somewhere exotic, and make something wild or dramatic happen, and there is the script. There’s a common recipe to these productions, and at this point, for many people, myself included, it’s all a little tired. There are some great storytellers out here telling original stories, online and in independent films, who really deserve a shot at bringing them to a larger audience. And some of the talented folks in a lot of these sequels (I’m looking at you Mr. Chestnut) deserve the chance to branch out in their roles.
But despite my disdain for trying to bring a film back from the dead when it was made more than a decade ago (or in the case of School Daze, more than 25 years ago), there seems to be big audiences for them, so clearly they don’t need to completely come to an end. And if you want to keep it all the way real, I’m aware that Hollywood is very selective when it comes to bringing a lot of black films to the big screen. What’s easier to greenlight then a sequel that already has a fan base and is assured to make money? And even then, such films are only given a chance after it’s proven that similar films and sequels before it are successful. As Taye Diggs put it recently:
“Unfortunately, the business is such that as far as studios are concerned, they judge one quote-unquote black movie on how other ‘black’ movies have done, even if they have nothing to do with each other.
We’ve definitely come a long way. But we’ve got a long way to go. It’s too bad we can’t do well on our own merit when it comes to the studios. They don’t like to take risks and, unfortunately, we’re still considered a huge risk, even though I don’t think we are.”
But I can appreciate the risks, the movies with original ideas that is, and there are audiences for those films too. Maybe that’s why I spend more time watching independent movies at small theaters, and documentaries and foreign films on Netflix than I do trying to watch spin-off movies, sequels and remakes in huge overcrowded (and way too cold) theaters. So until the big dogs in Hollywood start loosening up and giving unique, new tales a chance, sequels is just about all we’re going to see.
So, with that said, who’s ready for The Brothers II?
We’ve all loved Q, Jordan, Harper, and Lance for years, but which “The Best Man” character are you most like? Take our quiz and find out!
If you look into this beautiful little girl’s eyes, you might be able to identify her famous father, but it’s hard with all those curls!
But here’s the hint: Her father is a well-known actor. He’s had roles on everything from Oz and Lost to the Matrix sequels and The Best Man movies. With that in mind, you should have a good idea whose child this is…
According to the good people over at Shadow and Act, 2013 was a money-making year for films by and starring black folks. From Lee Daniels’ The Butler, to comedies starring Marlon Wayans and Kevin Hart, the 48 black films that came out this year made a whopping $670 million at the box office. Here are the top 10 “black films” that raked in the most (of your) money this year, via Shadow and Act and Box Office Mojo:
10. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain - $32,244,051
9. 12 Years a Slave - $37,814,000
8. A Haunted House - $40,041,683
7. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas - $43,719,000
6. The Call - $51,872,378
5. Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor – $51,975,354
4. After Earth - $60,522,097
3. The Best Man Holiday - $70,279,000
2. 42 – $95,020,213
1. Lee Daniels’ The Butler – $116,146,955
No surprise here is that Tyler Perry’s films made him almost $100 million, or that The Best Man Holiday was a box office a** kicker, but there are some real surprises. Despite not doing oh so well at the box office and being called a “disaster,” a big surprise on this list is Will Smith’s After Earth. It didn’t come anywhere close to its $130,000,000+ budget here in the States, but it still brought in some good money. Plus, Will and Jaden Smith should find comfort in the fact that the film did very well internationally. Another big surprise is that Halle Berry’s The Call was such a hit, and kudos to Lee Daniels for all the success that The Butler had this year. That Oprah effect is something serious!
Click over to Shadow and Act to find out what makes a film like The Call a black film, while Denzel Washington’s 2 Guns is not, and to get more info on the success of black films critically and at the box office this year. Here’s to an even more successful 2014!
Remember when Terrence Howard told us he’s nothing like his “Best Man” character Quentin because he falls in love fast? Well, now we actually believe the actor’s words as a report has surfaced claiming the 44-year-old has just married again for the fourth time.
The lucky — or unlucky — lady, depending on how you judge Terrence’s dating history, is allegedly a Canadian woman named Miranda who he’s only been dating for one whole month. As shocking as that is, the timeline actually makes sense since Terrence hasn’t been legally single all that long. In May, Terrence and his second wife, Michelle Ghent, were finally officially divorced after a bitter battle and plenty of nasty allegations. Michelle filed for divorce from Terrence just one year after they jumped the broom, accusing her husband of abusing her and seeking a restraining order against him. Terrence fought back with accusations of his own saying Michelle was a racist — as if that justified his behavior.
Either way, if this story is true Miranda apparently doesn’t care about the actor’s rocky relationship past, which also includes marrying and remarrying his first wife, Lori McCommas. Radar Online claims a source close to the actor told them Terrence’s latest marriage is “not out of character,” adding:
“It’s another one of his outlandish moves… he only knew and/or dated her for about a month!”
Radar also claims Terrence brought his new wife along to premieres for “The Best Man Holiday” and when we look at pics we do see a wedding band on his ring finger. Guess congrats are in order after all.
If you haven’t seen “The Best Man Holiday” yet I’ll warn you this post may be a bit of a spoiler. For those who have seen the no. 2 movie in the country right now, you know that with the way the “Best Man” sequel ended, we were pretty much set up for a part three. And when Morris Chestnut popped up on moviegoers at Rave Cinemas in Baldwin Hills this weekend he pretty much confirmed a third installment of the movie is in the works.
According to Necole Bitchie, the handsome chocolate specimen told fans in the theater:
“[The director] is already breaking down storylines for my character in the [next] movie so I already know what will happen.”
Please share Morris! Please!
Deadline is also already reporting that director Malcolm D. Lee is already in talks for part three, writing:
“Malcolm D. Lee is negotiating a deal with Universal to write, direct and produce another installment of the hit ensemble romantic comedy. Sean Daniel is also in talks to come back and produce another film through his The Sean Daniel Company shingle. No word yet on locking in the ensemble cast.”
I was hoping “The Best Man Holiday” would do well enough to warrant a third part, and after a $30.6 million opening weekend I believe it has. But, with the way things ended I’m having a hard time imaging what could possibly happen in a threquel –without throwing off the chemistry of the cast who fits together marvelously, if you know what I mean.
I have absolutely no chill when it comes to this movie and the possibility of another installment so please help me figure out what could go down between the cast members — other than the obvious second wedding. Thoughts? Suggestions? Ideas?
While we’re living in a world filled with remakes and sequels, The Best Man Holiday manages to stand far apart from its original 1999 debut, and be much different and better than the dry sequels we’ve been bombarded with as of late.
The follow-up brings college friends Harper (Taye Diggs), Lance (Morris Chestnut), Jordan (Nia Long) and the rest of the gang back together to Lance and Mia’s (Monica Calhoun) lavish New Jersey mansion for the holidays. In the midst of all that, Lance, a New York Giant, is preparing to play his final game in the NFL and wants to go out with a bang (And can we talk about how fine Morris Chestnut still is after all these years!? He reportedly dropped 30 pounds for the role).
As promised, there’s drama when Harper comes into town with motives to write a book about Lance’s life, without him knowing of course. And you get to see through his character that everything that glitters isn’t gold after Harper’s follow-up to the book that rocked his friendship with Lance doesn’t sell well, and it leaves Harper and Roybn in a financial mess. While each character goes through some intense soul-searching, and deal with sex scandals, reality TV drama, financial issues and more, the friendship between all of them is heartwarming and realistic, giving the audience some positive people that they can relate to–once again.
Harper and his wife Robyn (a radiant Sanaa Lathan) are expecting, but it doesn’t stop Robyn from cutting her eyes and getting a little jealous when Jordan is around. The love triangle shtick is a little overused, but there’s other issues that will grab your attention, especially one that has everyone in tears by the end of the film.
With time, the gang’s chemistry has gotten stronger, especially the dynamic between Candace (Regina Hall), Mia, and Jordan. Shelby (Melissa De Sousa) is the odd-woman out due to her antics, but still manages to play the villain in a comical yet charming way. The audience ends up feeling bad for the now reality-star when she shuns her child to try and seduce her way back into Julian’s life (there is a cat fight, and yes it is everything.)
Quentin (Terrence Howard) conveniently provides comic relief right when things get a little heavy, especially when Candace’s “Candy” days come back to hurt a business deal with Julian’s non-profit organization. It’s awkward to see Q ‘sexting’ and some of the other new age references that weren’t present back in the day (Shelby was supposed to be a contestant on Flavor Of Love All Stars, Harper writes on his iPad, and more), but one thing that remains intact from the last movie is that the friendship between the old pals is as dramatic but strong as always.
Director and writer Malcolm D. Lee creates another classic story of brother and sisterhood, faith and friendship that reminds us why we missed the gang, and it’s definitely worth the 14-year wait. It moves a little fast, but with perfect use of slapstick jokes and cute romantic moments, it’s an awesome feel-good (and make you appreciate your friends) comedy just in time for the holidays.
Is Quentin anyone else’s favorite character in “The Best Man”? Sure he’s a butthole and has little, if any, respect for women, but he’s also hilarious and steals virtually every scene he’s in.
When we caught up with the man behind Quentin, Terrence Howard, and his on-screen co-star Melissa De Sousa at the press junket for “The Best Man Holiday” we had to ask each of them how much are they like their over-the-top characters in real life. We expected Melissa to say not at all, but we could’ve swore there was a little Q inside Terrence. Surprisingly, he said he’s not like Quentin at all because, shocker, he falls in love really fast. Who knew?
Check out what else these two had to say about reuniting after 14 years and why there’s not enough alcohol in the world for these two to get together in real life.