Universal Pictures announced an official release date of April 15 for The Best Man Wedding, the third movie in the series about a group of friends and their romantic ups and downs.
The movie franchise started in 1999 with The Best Man and a notice-me-world performance by Terrence Howard. The Best Man Holiday was released 15 years later and raked in $70 million though it cost only $17 million to make.
The cast hasn't been announced for Wedding, but writer-director Malcolm D. Lee had the idea for the third movie before the second movie was even released. And that probably means all of the best men -- Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard and Harold Perrineau -- will return, along with most of the original cast.
KIDFILM FESTIVAL The 32nd annual KidFilm Festival announced its schedule last week. This event is the oldest of its kind in the country. Maybe it's still vibrant because the lineups really do have something for everyone. This year's featured attractions include a read-along with actor Taye Diggs and illustrator Shane Evans, who collaborated on Mixed Me; a singalong with singer- songwriter Lisa Loeb, who has a new CD of nursery rhymes; an event with Kate and Jim McMullan (I Stink! and I'm Cool!) featuring film adaptations of some of their books; and a preview of The Great Gilly Hopkins movie with author Katherine Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia). Movies, of course, play a huge role in the festival with animated and live-action shorts, a program on movie adaptations of books, and a screening of Kung Fu Panda 3 in 3-D. A plan like this one leaves the kid in me giggling. The 32nd Annual KidFilm Festival, presented by USA Film Festival, will be Jan. 23-24 at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, at Mockingbird Station, Dallas. Free. Tickets are available on the day of the shows only, starting one hour before each showtime. Lines can form early. For a schedule, go to usafilmfestival.com.
CINEMARK CLASSIC MOVIE SERIES Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (PG-13, 125 mins.) will screen Jan. 20 at 2 and 7 p.m. at Cinemark theaters across the country, including Cinemark 17 and Imax, 11819 Webb Chapel Road, Dallas. Other films in the series are: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre; Blazing Saddles; To Catch a Thief; Pretty in Pink; and The Maltese Falcon. $5-$12 individual; $35 for seven movies. Find the screening in your area at cinemark.com/cinemark-classic-series.
A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS Conductor Damon Gupton also will play the role of host as he leads the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra through moments in cinematic history. The orchestra will play music from movies including The Magnificent Seven, Pink Panther, The Godfather and more. Jan. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. at Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth. $30-$85. fwsymphony.org.
DVD LOOKOUT Week of Jan. 18 -- Straight Outta Compton seemed to generate just as much controversy as interest. For the record, that's a lot. And also fitting for the movie about original gangsta rappers N.W.A. Also out this week: Adventure Time: Stakes!; The Diary of a Teenage Girl; Everest; Gary Owen: I Agree With Myself; Gotham: The Complete First Season; The Intern; Learning to Drive; Supernatural: The Complete Tenth Season; and Woodlawn.