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Kero Kero Bonito Talk Nintendo 64, Marilyn Manson, And Their Coachella Debut

Kero Kero Bonito‘s Sarah Midori Perry need not whisper a kawaii word to rile up the Coachella crowd. A simple flash of a fuzzy stuffed flamingo does the trick. The British bilingual trio, rounded out by musicians Gus Lobban and Jamie Bulled, blends J-pop cuteness with 2000s-era video game sounds to craft a nostalgic effervescence that’s taken fans around the Internet by storm.

The group’s latest album, Time ‘n’ Place, pushed its sound even further, incorporating experimental noise, metal growls, and all manner of punk destructiveness to blow fans away with edgy inventiveness. Electronic superstar Porter Robinson is a very vocal fan, and the first-weekend crowds at Coachella emboldened the group’s debut with rapturous cheers and happy sing-alongs.

KKB made their Coachella debut on Friday (April 12), joined onstage by two new touring members who help bring a new element of sonic chaos into the performance. There was sugary sweetness and anarchic meltdowns. They played a snippet of the Super Mario Bros. theme and even dedicated one song to Jafar from Disney’s Aladdin. After, MTV News met the band’s founding three members backstage to chat about their newfound wildness, latest releases, and more.

MTV News: Congratulations on your awesome Coachella performance. This is your first time playing the festival, right?

Gus: Yeah, first time ever here. Debut in every way.

Sarah: We were super excited when we found out we were gonna play this festival.

Gus: Coachella has this cache no other festival has, for whatever reason. For us to be involved, to be able to represent KKB, is a moment of huge pride for us.

MTV News: And everybody was chanting “KKB” during the performance.

Sarah: Yeah, that made me emotional. I came off the stage and just shed a happy tear. It was crazy and amazing.

Gus: It felt like a home crowd, which is insane. That’s never guaranteed at any festival anywhere. To come out here and feel like that is mind blowing … London is great, but I’ve got to say, actually, L.A. and New York and all over America [is great] as well. We have a lot of fun touring America. For some reason, the crowds here, we feel like we connect with them. New York and L.A. feel almost as much like home shows as London does.

MTV News: I read that you guys met Sarah because you posted for a third member on a Japanese expat bulletin board?

Gus: We put a few adverts online, and we were just looking for any singer really. We were playing with this friend who was half-Japanese and half-German at the time, and he told us about this website MixB, where Japanese expatriates in London post for jobs and stuff. He was like, “I’ll write an advert for you,” and funnily enough, the best person we met by far was through that unlikely alley.

MTV News: How were the bilingual lyrics originally received, and is that something you’ve found resonates with your audience in any particular way?

Sarah: I always wanted to do something that used both of my heritages. I grew up in Japan and the U.K. I always wanted to mix both together when I express myself. It just came naturally when I started writing. I usually think in both anyway. That’s how I naturally am, and I wasn’t expecting [this reception]. Even at Coachella, people are singing the Japanese bit. I’m like, how is this happening?

MTV News: In your earlier work, there was more emphasis on cute pop, and on the last album, Time ‘n’ Place, there was this wonderful juxtaposition of those elements with a really glorious noise. What drove that experimentation, and where does that come from in your background?

Gus: Growing up, we were listening to dance music and video-game music, but also there was other stuff. Sarah, when she was really young, was listening to, like, Avril Lavigne. Me and Jamie, we were playing in GarageBand, listening to the Klaxons, CSS, My Bloody Valentine, that whole thing. It was these two strands always that we were raised on. We’ve always just done what we wanted to, what feels really good to do. At that point in time, for various reasons, we just felt like we needed to make noise. We need to thrash about, hit drums, turn knobs. We need to fuck about with our electronics, break things and make some noise. We did, and Time ‘n’ Place was the result.

MTV News: Is there a certain level of confidence in yourselves that helps?

Gus: Confidence or utter stupidity.

Jamie: Somewhere between confidence and ignorance.

MTV News: And Sarah, your growling, are you loving it? Do you have growlers that you look up to in the music scene?

Sarah: Well, I have been listening to Marilyn Manson. It’s just always been there, it’s just finally trying to let it out.

MTV News: What’s it like to have Porter Robinson as a super fan?

Gus: We have a lot in common with him. We all love playing [Nintendo 64] and video-game music. We’re really into deep dance music culture but also disillusioned with the more arbitrary machinations of the music industry, and trying to do something different – breaking it a bit into something really cool, something we’re really passionate about. That kind of marks a lot of the people we hang out with, and Porter as well. All of this stuff about him being an influential EDM artist — he just feels like a mate, really.

MTV News: You guys just put out a video for “Swimming” three weeks ago. It looks like it was filmed in the U.K.

Jamie: Yeah, a place called Dorset. There’s a couple seaside – I don’t know the word but like – things.

Gus: Landmarks.

Jamie: Landmarks! Devil’s summit. There’s a lighthouse. It was a no brainer again, and we woke up very early to do it. We caught some of the good stuff at about 7 a.m.

Sarah: We saw the sunrise.

Jamie: It was actually probably the easiest one to shoot because of the landmarks. They just did it [laughs]. We’re really happy with that one.

MTV News: Is there anything else you guys are working on that you want to shout out?

Gus: We’re headlining London on May 23 at the Electric Ballroom, our biggest London show. That will be super exciting, and we’ll be back in America soon.

Ryan Reynolds Has A Colorful Way Of Describing His Detective Pikachu Character

If Pokemon: Detective Pikachu was operating with merely a garden variety Pikachu, you’d mostly be watching a cute electric mouse walking around, saying “Pika pika!” every now and then to break up the action. But with a Pokemon that’s understood by some humans comes the task of giving said creature a unique personality, especially since this film’s Pikachu is a world class detective. And Ryan Reynolds has the perfect description to just what makes Detective Pikachu no ordinary pocket monster, as he provided the following formula for what makes his new character tick:

One would assume that Pokemon: Detective Pikachu’s lead character is going to shake out with the following traits: the deductive reasoning of Sherlock Holmes, the friendliness/cooperation with law enforcement of Jessica Fletcher and the endless questioning of Columbo.

Even if that’s not the exact mix, it’s a hell of a cocktail of mystery-solving that should help Reynolds’ character save the day all the better. In fact, one could say that when it comes to detective work, these titans are the best minds that one could ever want to combine to solve a case as vexing as what we’ve gotten a peek at with Pokemon: Detective Pikachu.

Ryan Reynolds’ comments to USA Today certainly fall in line with the supposedly more parent friendly direction that Pokemon: Detective Pikachu is taking this new character into. So while the kids might not get a lot out of Sherlock, Jessica Fletcher, and Columbo being combined into the personality of Detective Pikachu, this isn’t really meant for them.

If anything, the parents of the children who will want to see the film most benefit from this sort of action, as the kids will be plenty entertained with the antics of the various creatures this film has to offer. Though there’s also those adults still interested in Pokemon, but want a little more of a sparkling personality to their film’s lead.

With either scenario, you’re looking at the first Pikachu that can get by on more than just its adorable frame and electroshock powers. In fact, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu introduces a character that could be used in so many different contexts throughout the world of Pokemon. And with Ryan Reynolds as the glue to the DNA of all of those famous entertainment detectives, it’s bound to be a ride that audiences will be able to get behind pretty easily. You don’t need to be a world class gumshoe to figure that one out.

We’ll see how this all pans out when Pokemon: Detective Pikachu zaps into theaters on May 10th, but if a crime-solving electric mouse isn’t your thing, you can see what else is heading our way with the 2019 release schedule.

Samuel L. Jackson Shares Photo From Spider-Man: Far From Home Reshoots

It’s currently a very exciting time for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After a long year of waiting, Avengers: Endgame will finally arrive in theaters this week, picking up the narrative from last year’s Infinity War. While all eyes are on how the survivors will face off against Thanos again, another Marvel blockbuster will arrive shortly after. Spider-Man: Far From Home will bring Tom Holland’s Peter Parker to Europe, and have him interact with Marvel favorites like Happy Hogan, Maria Hill, and Nick Fury.

Spider-Man: Far From Home will mark Samuel L. Jackson’s whopping 11th appearance as Nick Fury, with ranging from major roles to quick cameos. Fans are eager to see how he interacts with Peter Parker, as well as Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio. Jackson is currently in the midst of reshoots for the upcoming sequel, and posted a photo from the set. Check it out.

Samuel L. Jackson may have been able to discard the eyepatch for much of Captain Marvel, but it looks like he’s back to his regular cycloptic appearance in order to film Spider-Man: Far From Home.

This behind the scenes glimpse comes from Samuel L. Jackson’s personal Instagram page. It seems the 70 year old actor has been very busy lately, reprising his role as Nick Fury while also working on the Hitman’s Bodyguard sequel. He’s sure to plug both of these projects in the post, although all eyes (pun intended) are on what’s next for Fury in the MCU.

The image doesn’t show much, but the presence of Nick Fury’s eyepatch shows that Sam Jackson is once again back in character as the S.H.I.E.L.D. legend. Fury’s first appearance teased a much bigger world for Tony Stark, and his words proved to be true throughout the last decade of filmmaking. Now he’ll get to team up with the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and see if the newest Avenger is up to snuff.

Per the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, it looks like Europe is seeing a bunch of enhanced beings cause a ruckus. This is likely what brings Nick Fury and Maria Hill into the action, and why he eventually recruits Spider-Man to join their efforts. Fury’s ultra seriousness and Peter Parker’s naivety should foil each other interestingly in the upcoming movie, and it should be interesting to see how the MCU continues after the events of Endgame.

The stakes for Spider-Man: Far From Home seemingly got higher recently, as Kevin Feige recently revealed Jon Watts’ upcoming sequel is actually the last installment in Phase Three, not Endgame. As such, it may have a closer connection to The Russo Brothers’ massive blockbuster. It’s going to take some creative storytelling to bring Peter, Fury, and Hill back from the dead. So perhaps Spider-Man’s sequel will help get things back on track after Thanos’ attack on the galaxy.

Kevin Feige’s revelation also means that Spider-Man got his first two solo flick in Phase Three, in addition to his role in Captain America: Civil War and the Avengers movies. It looks like the web crawler will only continue becoming a bigger presence in the shared universe, as we watch Peter Parker mature as a hero and teenager.

Avengers: Endgame will arrive in theaters on April 26th, and Spider-Man: Far From Home will follow shortly on June 2nd. In the meantime, fill out CinemaBlend’s Endgame death pool, and check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Luke Perry’s Last “Riverdale” Episode Comes Out This Week

Following the death of Luke Perry on March 4, the last episode that the actor filmed of Riverdale is scheduled to air on Wednesday, April 24, at 8 p.m. ET, on the CW. Since the series started, Luke had been portraying the role of Fred Andrews, father to Archie Andrews, played by KJ Apa.

On Sunday, April 21, Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa shared with his Twitter followers the news of Luke’s last episode, writing, “This week’s #Riverdale is the last episode Luke filmed. As always, Fred’s imparting words of wisdom to Archie. A beautiful, true moment between a father and his son. Wish these scenes could go on forever…”

The cast and crew of Riverdale have not yet fully explained how the show will continue without Luke’s character, but Aguirre-Sacasa previously confirmed that the series would be addressing his death. “We know that we have to address it in some way, but we’re giving ourselves a little bit of time and space before we figure out the best way to honor him,” he told Entertainment Tonight.

Additionally, Cole Sprouse, who plays Jughead on the series, confirmed there was “something planned narratively,” Entertainment Tonight reported.

Since Perry’s passing, Aguirre-Sacasa revealed that every future episode of Riverdale will be dedicated to the late Beverly Hills 90210 actor. In the episode that aired on March 6, two days after Luke’s death had been confirmed, the show placed a memorial title card at the conclusion of the episode.

Prior to that, series cast and crew paid tribute to their costar by sharing social media messages that noted his impact. The tributes included a message from Lili Reinhart, who wrote, “I’m finding it hard to grasp that he will no longer be around to give long hugs and share his wisdom and kindness with all of us. I’m thinking of his family. His children. I pray for them to heal and find peace in this devastating loss.”

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Wiz Khalifa Is Blazing Across The United States In A New Tour With French Montana And Playboi Carti

Fresh off of releasing a new mixtape, FLY TIMES VOL.1: THE GOOD FLY YOUNG, Wiz Khalifa is rearing to get out and about, to reclaim his land in hip-hop’s vast estate. He’s announced the “The Decent Exposure Tour” that kicks off in July in Atlanta. He’s bringing French Montana, Playboi Carti, and more with him on his trek. It looks to be a gigantic campaign.

The “Decent Exposure Tour” is a trek of the United States with 29 different stops. It begins in the heat of the summer on July 9 in Atlanta and runs through August, with the last date being August 15 in Boise, Idaho. In addition to French Montana and Playboi Carti, Moneybagg Yo, DJ Drama, and Chevy Woods will also be appearing.

The tour will undoubtedly feature the new music of FLY TIMES VOL. 1: THE GOOD FLY YOUNG. The 4/20 mixtape features two of his frequent collaborators Curren$y and Ty Dolla $ign. His last studio LP was 2018’s Rolling Papers 2. There’s a possibility that there could be even more Wiz on the way.

This *Game of Thrones* Theory Suggests the Night King Isn’t Going to Winterfell at All

Game of Thrones fans are waiting on pins and needles for the battle between the living and the dead. HBO has been building this war up for seasons now, and it’s only a matter of time before we see it. The Starks have a pretty solid plan in place to lure the Night King to Winterfell (essentially, they’re using Bran as bait). But one fan on Reddit, Jurkovsky, thinks the family isn’t fully prepared for all that could happen. There’s a new theory floating around suggesting the Night King isn’t going to Winterfell at all, but to King’s Landing—which throws a wrench in literally all the Starks’ plans.

It makes sense, when you think about it. After all, Game of Thrones has a history of making viewers believe one set of events would go down and then throwing the wildest of curveballs. This just happened in season seven, when Tyrion was discussing the plans to obtain Casterly Rock. Here’s what Jurkovsky posits specifically:

“The scene [from Sunday’s episode] with Jon going through the battle plans reminded me a lot of the scene in [season 7] when Tyrion was discussing the plan to take Casterly Rock whilst they showed out the actual events. In this scene, the Unsullied were tricked and the Lannister army used this deception and took High Garden instead.

I believe this is exactly what will happen next episode. We will get the entire battle of Winterfell, and at the end the characters will be waiting for the Night King and they will show him riding Viserion, yet when they pan out it won’t be towards Winterfell. It will show him riding towards Kings Landing.”

So if the Night King is going to King’s Landing, does that mean he’s going to kill Cersei? Is he trying to make more White Walkers? My head is spinning with questions.

The trailer for episode three provides even more evidence for this theory. Notice how we see the army of the dead at Winterfell’s gates, but not the Night King. We only see him briefly in a shot flying on Viserion. “I believe this was some trickery by the producers, and that will be footage from the Night King in King’s Landing at the end,” Jurkovsky continues.

I could totally see this happening. After all, Sansa did say in season seven that they needed to be fighting this battle from all angles. That includes King’s Landing!

Of course, we will find out what happens definitively at some point this season. Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights at 9 P.M. ET on HBO.

When You Can Book A Reservation For Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is about to become the hottest ticket in town. The new land will be open at Disneyland in just over a month, but if you want to visit it within the first three weeks, you’ll need a special reservation. This morning Disney Parks released new information via press prelease about how to get that reservation. While we already knew that guests staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel will get a reservation for the new land automatically, everybody else will want to be ready on the morning of May 2.

Reservations will be available to those not staying at Disneyland Resort hotels beginning at 10:00 AM Pacific Time on May 2. However, the exact process for how to acquire one won’t be revealed until two hours earlier, so those looking to grab one will want to be ready at 8:00 AM to get all the important details.

One key piece of information that was revealed today was that you’ll need an account on the Disneyland website, so if you don’t currently have one and plan to be going after a reservation, you’ll want to setup the account soon so you won’t have to worry about it later. Since the Disneyland website will likely be a hub of activity as people try to make reservations, you’ll absolutely want to be sure you don’t have extra steps you’ll need to complete. Also, of course, you’ll need to buy valid theme park admission to get into the park at all.

Reservations will be needed to get into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge beginning on opening day, May 31, and will last for about three weeks until June 22. We’ve known since opening day was announced that reservations would be needed, and that Disneyland hotel reservations would get you one, but it wasn’t clear until now just how available reservations would be to locals who don’t need hotels or others who maybe couldn’t afford to drop the cash in a Disneyland hotel.

If you want to be absolutely sure you get into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the hotel room route is still an option. While not every Disneyland Resort hotel is still available for every evening, there are still rooms available, including for the night before and the day of Galaxy’s Edge opening. Although, with the reservation process now officially confirmed, one wonders how quickly those rooms might fill up.

Early expectations were that people were going to come out of the woodwork when Galaxy’s Edge opened and far more people than the park could handle would show up and try to get in. With the announcement of the reservation system it seems that won’t be the case, at least not until the reservation period ends. To that end, showing on opening day might actually be the best idea. It seems likely that crowds will be kept to a level that’s manageable for Disneyland.

At a certain point, there’s only so much you can be prepared for until crowds start showing up and so the first few days or weeks might actually be the least crowded that the land will be for the foreseeable future, at least until the park is sure that everything in the new land is functioning as it should be.

In addition to offering new attractions based on Star Wars, that would be more than enough to bring a lot of people, Galaxy’s Edge is offering a level of world immersion entirely new to Disney, if not theme parks entirely.

Star Wars; Galaxy’s Edge is set to open at Walt Disney World, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, on August 29.

Watch Paul Rudd’s Hilarious Failure To Get Avengers: Endgame Spoilers

Over the years, the MCU has gained a legendary reputation for secrecy with even the stars of the universe often being kept in the dark as to the whole story. This can be stressful, especially when you are being asked to divulge a film’s secrets on a constant basis, as the case for this week’s(!!!) Avengers: Endgame. Well, Paul Rudd has seemingly had enough of the secrecy and attempted to extract spoilers from the Russo Brothers. Take a look:

It was a valiant effort and he gets points for trying, but maybe Paul Rudd should have taken more cat burglar lessons from his character and placed that cellphone in a less conspicuous location, because he failed spectacularly here. He starts off strong though, switching from secrecy and frustration to charming and affable Paul Rudd as soon as the Russo Brothers come in.

Paul Rudd apparently got the script for Avengers: Endgame, but not the ending, which the Russos let him know was for his own safety. This is where we get the first of two digs at notorious spoiler Mark Ruffalo, who they say got a fake script to prevent further cringe-inducing slips of the tongue. Poor guy, you screw up one, two… you screw up a few times and suddenly nobody trusts you and you’re the butt of everyone’s jokes.

In the Twitter video, Paul Rudd comes super close to getting the goods from Anthony Russo, who is about to reveal who dies in Endgame when Joe Russo discovers that they were wrong to trust the Ant-Man actor. Ominously, Anthony Russo says, “Here is the list of people who die” before getting ready to count them off on his fingers. That he needs a numbered list would be quite devastating if this jokey video turns out to be prophetic.

After being caught, Paul Rudd hilariously tries to save face after this calamitous failure by scapegoating Mark Ruffalo, which all things considered, isn’t the worst strategy in the world. Maybe Tom Holland will help carry some of that shame load, and by Phase 6, Mark Ruffalo can be trusted again.

Although Paul Rudd ultimately failed to get the goods from Joe and Anthony Russo here, unfortunately there are spoilers for Avengers: Endgame that have leaked. Even with the incredible efforts to prevent such a thing from happening, there are no guarantees. So stay frosty on the interwebs and beware of spoilers if you want the purest experience possible and not some trash cellphone video.

Paul Rudd doesn’t have much longer to wait to find out what happens in Avengers: Endgame, and neither do we. Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters this weekend. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all the big movies headed to theaters this summer movie season.

Women Scientists Say Climate Change Will Disproportionately Affect Women

Within even the last 12 months, there’s been a shift in how we talk about climate change. What we once framed as a serious, but distant threat is now an imminent catastrophe, with implications that are hard even to imagine. And as the crisis deepens, all the other issues we face—from public health to national security to immigration—will become that much more complicated to address. It’s no surprise that as sea levels rise people who live in coastal cities will be at greater risk for flood or that parts of sub-Saharan African will have to contend with famine in the more immediate future than the Pacific Northwest. Those are discrepancies we can plan for. What’s less understood is the extent to which climate change overall will have a disproportionate impact on women.

As scientists put it, climate change and gender are inextricably linked. In less-developed regions it falls to women to gather food and water for their families. If crops can’t grow, those women will lose both their livelihoods and their food source. At the same time, as extreme weather events become more frequent, huge populations of women and families are forced to leave their homes. Women will bear the brunt of the crisis. “If we don’t consider gender roles in our understanding of climate change and its solutions, we might end up exacerbating gendered inequalities,” says Dr. Miriam Gay-Antaki, a University Teacher in Human Geography at the University of Edinburgh, who studies the intersection of gender and climate change.

But here’s the (additional) problem: Even as scientists know that to be true, the vast majority of people who work in climate science are men. And sexism and prejudice within their ranks have an impact on the research that the field produces. Because climate research involves a range of disciplines, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what percentage of climate scientists identify as women, but most estimates put it at under 20 percent. The homogeneousness of the field is more than a “bad look.” It results in derivative, narrow research that is less equipped to examine how climate change will take its toll on different populations.

“It’s absolutely vital that climate scientists and researchers mirror the populations that are impacted by climate change,” says Dr. Victoria Herrmann, president and managing director of the Arctic Institute, a think tank focused on Arctic security issues. “There’s a pretty good research base now to know that personal histories and experiences influence your own research methodology, your research bias and your research results. No individual comes to research with complete objectivity.”

Scientists should know that, but women like Herrmann report that it’s still hard to have their perspectives heard in rooms full of men, who seem to consider their own perspectives the scientific “default.” Despite the fact that she manages a team of 25 researchers, Herrmann has heard men refer to her as an intern. Dr. Becky Bolinger, an assistant state climatologist who leads drought monitoring research within the Colorado State Climate Center, is excluded from important conversations at work frequently enough that she’s developed a kind of gut-check: “Would this have happened to me if I wasn’t a woman?” (Answer: Probably not..)

This difference between how male and female climate scientists are treated begins early on, and starkly unfair experiences are not easily shaken. When Bolinger was enrolled at Florida State University to earn her master’s degree, an older male professor suggested she submit research papers under her initials because she’d be more likely to get published if people didn’t know she was a woman. “The best way to keep women in STEM when they’re going through school is to make sure the environment is open and welcome. And that can’t just be done by women,” Bolinger says. “It’s going to move a lot more smoothly if it’s men who point out when they see things that are wrong, or men who are making sure that their women colleagues are at the table with them like they deserve to be.”

How Much Men In Black International Could Make In Its Opening Weekend

It’s been seven years since the last installment of the Men in Black series, and when the franchise returns in June, it will be with an almost entirely new cast. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will take over from Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. While we’re still almost two months out, the first projections on the box office are coming out now, and MiB: International is currently tracking toward an opening weekend around $40 million.

While these numbers are early, and are certainly subject to change, BoxOfficePro expects Men in Black: international to end up somewhere between $30-$50 million at the start on the way to a $107 million domestic box office. That would put the new movie at the bottom of the Men in Black franchise from a box office perspective, Mien in Black 3 opened at close to $55 million on the way to a domestic total of almost $180 million, probably not where the new film wants to be.

On the other hand, Men in Black 3 is actually the highest grossing film in the franchise globally, because the international numbers for the film were much higher than the previous entries. In the 10 years between Men in Black 2 and Men in Black 3, Hollywood had made great inroads in international distribution, especially in China, where MiB 3 made $77 million. Today China is an even more important part of the global box office. If the new MiB does even better there, the movie could pay for itself in China alone.

Based on the fact that the new film is actually called Men in Black: International, one gets the impression that the foreign box office is really where the focus for the new movie is. The simple fact is that the film doesn’t have to do particularly well in the U.S. if it gets embraced in enough other places.

Men in Black: International won’t be the only franchise returning to the big screen in mid-June as the film will open on the same date as the new Shaft movie with Samuel L. Jackson. MiB is currently tracking to be the box office winner of the two, but only by a few million dollars, so anything is possible.

Both movies will have to also contend with The Secret Life of Pets 2, which opens the previous weekend. Animated family movies tend to have better staying power at the box office than other types of films, so both movies could lose the box office crown to a rabbit voiced by Kevin Hart.

It will be interesting to see how the first Men in Black movie without Will Smith does at the box office. We don’t really know if he’s so close to this franchise that it really needs him or not. We’ll find out in June.