Smith and company take center stage

NEW YORK — A horde of screaming fans greeted the May 23 Gotham preem of Sony’s “Men in Black 3″ at the Ziegfeld.

“The movie can’t just get bigger, that’s diminishing returns,” said co-writer Etan Cohen. “So, I think our task was to get emotionally deeper; that’s hopefully how we’re going to wow people with this one, by taking the characters into new places.”

Makeup and visual effects wizard Rick Baker, who has worked on all three films, was most excited to create retro aliens of the 1960s that he grew up with, noting, “I got to pay an homage to things that made me want to do what I do.”

The cast revealed their fave favorite aliens of all time with the alien of “Alien,” Mork from Ork and E.T. topping the list.

“I really love Predator,” said Lenny Venito, who plays an alien in the pic. “Predator was a badass. He’s like a rasta alien.”

But Will Smith cheered one alien in particular. “Frank the Gug is hands-down is the best alien of all time,” he said. “There’s a joke about him in this movie. He’s in a picture on the wall over J’s bed. .”

The after-party kicked off Fleet Week aboard the USS Intrepid with civilians and seamen alike. Pitbull, who lends his rap skills to the movie’s song “Back in Time,” got the crowd dancing, but when the Fresh Prince himself who took the stage with his kids, Jaden and Willow Smith, and DJ Jazzy Jeff, the crowd really got excited. Smith led a sing-along of the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” theme song, as well as “Men in Black” and “Summertime.” Even Dr. Oz was dancing on his way off the ship.

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