Today in Movie Culture: ‘Men in Black: International’ Promotional Prank, ‘Late Night’ Director Commentary and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:

Promotional Prank of the Day:

To help promote the new Men in Black sequel, Men in Black: International, Sony partnered with Lexus for an effects-driven prank. Watch as hapless potential car buyers meet a Lexus dealer revealed to be an alien operating a human suit similar to the creatures seen in the hit sci-fi movie franchise:

Cosplay of the Day:

Don’t forget folks, when a new Men in Black movie comes out, it’s another opportunity to dress your pug in a suit for a timely reason rather than just because it’s adorable always. Here’s one pup who will hopefully get to attend a Men in Black: International screening in order to catch the Frank cameo:

Loki is soooo ready for @MenInBlack we had to get a suit so she could dress like Frank.

— thor (@ThorDollar) May 29, 2019

Movie Science of the Day:

In honor of the release of Men in Black: International, Because Science takes a look back at one of the most famous weapon from the original movie. Despite it being created through unknown alien technology, host Kyle Hill offers his best scientific explanation of how the tiny gun known as the Noisy Cricket works:

Classic Movie Trailer of the Day:

While we’re revisiting the original installment of what’s now led to Men in Black: International, let’s go back 22 years to our very first look at the blockbuster sci-fi action comedy franchise. Courtesy of Movieclips, here is the original trailer for Men in Black, which opened in U.S. theaters on July 2, 1997:

Franchise Recap of the Day:

Now that you’ve watched the first trailer for the first movie, now it’s time for a recap of the original three Men in Black movies. Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailers humorously reminds us of the basic elements and tropes commonly found in 1997’s Men in Black, 2002’s Men in Black II and 2012’s Men in Black 3:

Actor in the Spotlight:

With Chris Hemsworth joining a new movie franchise, IMDb looks back at the Men in Black: International and Marvel Cinematic Universe star’s career. The following video reveals he was almost cast as the new Captain Kirk in the Star Trek reboot while highlighting the roles he nearly didn’t get, including Thor:

Alternate Ending of the Day:

Fans are satisfied with the way Avengers: Endgame concludes more than a decade’s worth of the MCU. But could the sequel have ended differently? The gang at How It Should Have Ended present some humorous animated alternatives to how Endgame could have wound up a happier finale:

Song Parody of the Day:

Speaking of superhero movie franchise conclusions, with Dark Phoenix now in theaters, the X-Men sequel gets a fake plot song courtesy of Aaron Fraser-Nash. Sung to the tune of Ava Max’s “So Am I,” here’s Jennifer Victor performing the musical parody of the movie from the perspective of Jean Grey:

Movie Comparison of the Day:

The Secret Life of Pets 2 is also now in theaters, offering fans of all ages a sequel to the hit 2016 animated feature. But did anyone get a sense of deja vu when the original arrived three years ago? In this video, Couch Tomato presents 24 reasons why The Secret Life of Pets is basically a remake of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians:

Director Commentary of the Day:

Late Night, the Sundance sensation starring Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling, expands into wide release this weekend. For the New York Times, the movie’s director, Nisha Ganatra, presents one of its most memorable scenes, breaking down the moment through an audio commentary: