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MEN IN BLACK II

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When movie fans and aliens converged and conspired to meet in dark places over the July 4th weekend in the summer of 1997, the inconspicuous acronym MIB was soon decoded as the shorthand title for one of the biggest hit films in the history of Columbia Pictures, producing the greatest July 4th holiday box office opening in the history of movies.

The original Men In Black™, eventually grossed over $587 million worldwide (over $250 million in the U.S.), opening to a five day record of approximately $85 million and went on to become the biggest film hit of 1997. It introduced audiences to agents Kay and Jay, a pair of elite intergalactic cops monitoring alien activity on Earth for a law enforcement agency that doesn't officially exist—the Men In Black.

Men In Black II continues the adventures of these guardians of the nebulous nebulae of portals to our appealing planet - just in time to tell the story of the greatest threat yet to Earth's very existence.

Columbia Pictures and Amblin Entertainment have reunited director Barry Sonnenfeld and producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald with Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith and Rip Torn, joined by Tony Shalhoub and cast newcomers Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville and Rosario Dawson, for Men in Black II. The screenplay is by Robert Gordon and Barry Fanaro, with a story by Robert Gordon. The executive producer is Steven Spielberg and Graham Place is co-producer. MIB is based on The Malibu Comic book series by Lowell Cunningham.

Multi-Academy Award® winner Rick Baker returns as Alien Make-Up Effects Supervisor, creating his exotic assortment of interplanetary emigrants brought to life by Cinovation Studios Crew and an award-winning Industrial Light & Magic team led by Ned Gorman and John Berton. Lori J. Nelson produced the visual effects for the feature which also included award winning facilities Rhythm & Hues Studios, Sony Pictures Imageworks as well as Pacific Title Digital and Tippett Studio. The director of photography is Greg Gardiner and production designer is Bo Welch, with costume design by Mary E. Vogt. The editors are Steven Weisberg and Richard Pearson and music by Danny Elfman.

Men In Black II will be released nationwide on July 3, 2002 before moving to planets everywhere. The film is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sci-fi action violence and some provocative humor.

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