The Best Man

The Best Man

Malcolm D. Lee‘s crowd-pleasing and big money-earning The Best Man franchise is bound for trilogy designation, as Universal has just announced that the third film in the series will arrive in 2016. Deadline reports that The Best Man Wedding – wait, is it the wedding of the best man? who is his best man? maybe they should have thought about these titles a bit more — will arrive on April 15, 2016, reuniting the sprawling cast to participate in (what else!) a big time wedding. Lee is back on board to write and direct the feature, and the franchise’s many cast members — including Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau and Melissa De Sousa — are all expected to come back for more. Monica Calhoun will probably, um, not be back. Now that the blockbuster series is moving into pretty firm franchise territory, is it time for you to get on board? Well, yes. 

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The Best Man Holiday

The success of Malcolm D. Lee’s long-awaited sequel to The Best Man, last week’s opener The Best Man Holiday, didn’t come as a surprise to the first film’s large and dedicated fanbase, though plenty of people exhibited nothing less than abject shock that the ensemble dramedy would do so well at the box office. It looks like those detractors won’t be caught off-guard again though, and the news that the film is set for a third entry should help stave off both astonishment and inappropriate headlines (yes, we’re thinking of USA Today’s now-scrubbed title about the film, which they incorrectly and offensively deemed “race-themed”). Deadline Hollywood reports the Lee is currently in talks with Universal to write, direct, and produce a third film in the moneymaking franchise. While there was a fourteen-year gap between the first two films, it is not expected that nearly so much time will elapse between the second and third entries. But just who will return for the next Best feature? As Mike Fleming at Deadline notes, there is “no word yet on locking in the ensemble cast. I don’t believe they have options on a third film, so clearly all of them will be looking for pay bumps.” Surely the large cast will all return (after all, they did after fourteen years, as the ensemble element is one of the best parts of these films), but who is most essential to the success of the next chapter? (Note: spoilers ahead if you have not yet […]

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review the best man holiday

Most sequels tend to strike while the proverbial iron is hot or at least while the original film is still part of the pop culture zeitgeist. There are exceptions of course (Tron: Legacy, The Color of Money), but the general rule is the sooner the better. Writer/director Malcolm D. Lee has little interest in rules, well, this one at least, and he’s finally delivered the long-awaited sequel to 1999’s The Best Man. It’s the holiday season (we know this because characters receive invites to a get-together planned for that not-at-all specific date), and nine friends are reuniting for the first time in a long time. Some are married and some are dating, some are wealthy and some are struggling, some are healthy and some aren’t, but what they all share in common is a desire to reconnect this holiday season. When? This holiday season. The Best Man Holiday is a Christmas-set ensemble romantic comedy, but it’s aiming for more than just a Love Actually riff and wraps its story and characters in themes of faith, family, and fornication (just not always in that order). Unfortunately far too much of it falls flat through contrived and obvious story turns and an inordinate amount of cheesiness. Thank god for Terrence Howard.

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Today in “I’m sorry, what?” sequel news, Deadline Greendale reports that Universal Pictures has decided to go ahead with a sequel to 1999’s The Best Man. As if that news was not already somewhat bizarre enough (or at least flat-out unexpected), the Deadliners seem to think this is in direct response to the studio’s desire for a Bridesmaids sequel, a quest that has apparently left the Universal executives so desperate for a wedding-based property that they’ve thrown dry rice at their entire library of nuptial-themed flicks and given a sequel greenlight to whichever one collected the most grains. Apparently. No matter what the process was for the studio to pick this particular film for another go-round, they’ve reportedly set the film’s original writer and director, Malcolm D. Lee (Undercover Brother, Roll Bounce, and Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins), to write, direct, and produce the sequel. Lee seems set on bringing back the film’s original cast, thanks to a recent reunion dinner with the various talents involved who all seemed warm to the idea. Despite the fact that the film may not spark much recognition in casual movie-going audiences (after all, movies that are more than a decade old are already getting the remake treatment), Lee’s first film actually included a great depth of emerging talent – including Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau, Sanaa Lathan, and Regina Hall.

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It turns out we’re going to be voting for President or mayor or something soon. Strap in as FSR takes you LIVE to the Democratic National Convention via my crappy apartment on Capitol Hill.

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