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James Bond 25 Daniel Craig

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Daniel Craig is rumored to want Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve to direct James Bond 25
  • Escape Plan 3: Devil’s Station adds a new cast member
  • The Equalizer 2‘s release date has been bumped up
  • Casting has begun on Blumhouse’s The Purge: The Island prequel
  • WB’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel recruits an evil henchman
  • And more!

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Star Trek Discovery review

(We are running two reviews of Star Trek: Discovery – one from an old school Star Trek fan and one with less experience in this iconic universe. Here is the second of the two reviews.)

Star Trek: Discovery feels like J.J. Abrams’ Trek films.

Your mileage may vary on whether or not that’s a good thing. For me, a non-Trekkie whose familiarity with the universe doesn’t really extend beyond the original series timeline, I had no idea what to expect with this new series. But my enjoyment of the Abrams movies – including the Justin Lin-directed Star Trek Beyond, which Abrams produced – was enough to carry me through the first two episodes of Discovery with a basic understanding. If you’re also a non-Trekkie looking for a series gateway, this is a good place to start. Read More »

Freaks and Geeks documentary

In the always-evolving world of the internet, two things still seem like unshakable certainties. One is the classic Rule 34, which says, “If it exists, there is porn of it.” And the second is that if you ever come across a list of TV shows that were cancelled too soon, Paul Feig and Judd Apatow‘s short-lived 1999 comedy series Freaks and Geeks will appear on that list. Guaranteed.

There’s been all sorts of talk about a reunion or revival series in the intervening years, but now some of the people involved in the original show have confirmed that a new Freaks and Geeks documentary is coming to television next year. Get the details below.
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Room 104 Boris Review

(Each week, we’ll kick off discussion about Room 104 by answering one simple question: what’s the strangest thing in Room 104?)

Room 104 has hosted ghosts, voyeurs, and Mormons. But until this week, no celebrities. Enter Boris, an internationally famous tennis star who’s having an erratic evening. Through his unlikely friendship with a housekeeper, Boris faces some long buried trauma. But not before he dons an unusual costume.

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first 10 minutes of spider man homecoming

As the date of Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s digital, Blu-ray, and DVD releases inch closer, fans of the friendly neighborhood web-slinger can tide themselves over with the first 10 minutes of the film, in crisp HD.

Sony has released the superhero movie’s first 10 minutes up until and after the opening credits, in which we’re introduced to Spidey’s Big Bad and Marvel ties in the film to the events of Captain America: Civil War.

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Blade Runner 2049 box office tracking

Tickets for Blade Runner 2049 went on sale this week, two weeks of the sci-fi sequel’s October release. And with those first sales, box office tracking services have predicted that Blade Runner 2049 is set to rake in more than $40 million on its opening weekend.

Blade Runner 2049 is one of the fall’s most anticipated movies, but it’s still to be seen whether that initial interest can drive the film to make up for its hefty production costs. Hit the jump to learn more about the Blade Runner 2049 box office tracking.

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star-wars-kyogen-at-byodoin

Earlier this month, director Rian Johnson was in Japan doing promotions for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the upcoming eighth episode of the Star Wars saga. That film seems like such a sure thing, box office-wise, that no one probably needs to worry about praying for its success. There is always the off-chance that it could be terrible, but given Johnson’s track record as a filmmaker, and producer Kathleen Kennedy’s fiercely protective brand of quality control, that seems unlikely. Lest we forget, when not playing with genre to memorable effect in films like Looper and Brick, Johnson has also been known to direct stellar television episodes, such as “Ozymandias,” the antepenultimate episode of Breaking Bad.

Sure, inheriting the burden of a behemoth film franchise like Star Wars might drive any director, even a publicly professed non-religious one, to pray. But in this case, Johnson’s appearance at a historic temple near the ancient capital of Kyoto was more likely a symbolic gesture. As StarWars-jp.com and The Kyoto Shimbun reported, he was there as part of the unveiling of a Star-Wars-themed Japanese folding screen, rendered in stunning black ink by artist Masayuki Kojo. Fans of movie art will want to see the full unobstructed view of this thing, as it looks like some rad 18th-century version of a Mondo poster.

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avatar 2 begins shooting

Eight years after the first Avatar flew into theaters, Avatar 2 is finally beginning production.

James Cameron‘s much-anticipated sci-fi sequel begins shooting this week, after pre-production of the film began in Australia back in the spring.

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anna and the apocalypse review

As a Scottish zombie Christmas musical comedy, Anna and the Apocalypse sounds like a joke. And for a little while, it feels like one.

Conceived as a High School Musical riff where the shambling undead arrive to wreak havoc on a more trivial teen movie, director John McPhail‘s film leans hard into comedy and irony in its first act. But like the 21st century’s greatest horror comedy (Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead), the film finds its voice and its soul when it drops the wink and becomes a fully realized musical horror movie with actual stakes…and the nerve to literally tear its lovable cast to pieces.

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Pitch Perfect 3 trailer

The marketing for Pitch Perfect 3 is referring to this as “last call,” so there’s a chance that this truly is the final time audiences will be able to hang out with Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, and the rest of the Bellas. And while this new trailer for the sequel promises a film that’s just as enjoyable as the first two, it might actually be a good idea for this franchise to go out on top after the curtain falls here, because it seems like it’s reached its natural conclusion.
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