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bad boys for life

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Bad Boys 3 may in trouble after some drama at Sony.
  • Bryce Dallas Howard talks about preparing for Jurassic World 2.
  • The Goosebumps sequel has a release date.
  • Tremors 6 is set to begin filming next week.
  • Reese Witherspoon would be down for a third Legally Blonde movie.
  • Jeepers Creepers 3 is set to resume production after a long delay.
  • Richard Armitage has joined the cast of Ocean’s Eight.

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Baby Driver

What I find most intriguing about Baby Driver is that the barebones synopsis sounds like something we’ve seen a hundred times before: a talented getaway driver meets a girl, decides to leave his life of crime behind, and gets sucked into a job that puts everything on the line. The key difference is that this is the latest film from Edgar Wright, a filmmaker whose name alone was enough to get this movie in the number one spot on my most anticipated movies of 2017 list. Look, making Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World ensures that you get on top of a lot of lists.

So yeah, let’s check out three new photos from the film, which should help tide us over until a trailer arrives.

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In today’s edition of Cool Stuff, we take a look at a cool screenprint commission for The Guest, SHAG: The Collected Works hard cover book, a life-size replica Alien skull from Aliens, Hot Toys’ sixth scale Daredevil figure, Funko Pop figures for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, and Rey & Finn collectible figures for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Tokyo Idols

Tokyo Idols is a fascinating must-see documentary which explores the disturbing world of super fandom in the Japanese Idol scene. The mainstream cultural phenomenon has overtaken Japan and is supposedly a one-billion-dollar industry. Imagine spunky, cheery Japanese school girls dressed in anime outfits singing and dancing to clubs filled with middle-aged men. The Idol superfans, usually aged 35 to 50, follow the young teenage female singers and girl bands, some even spending most of their earnings and quitting their jobs to devote their lives to the fandom.

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Stephen Colbert Hosting the 2017 Emmy Awards

Emmy Awards Host

We still have a little while to go until the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, but we now know who’s hosting: Stephen Colbert. “This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period,” the Late Show host stated, referencing White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, “Both in person and around the globe.” This will be the first time Colbert has hosted the Emmys.

Below, learn more about the Emmy host.

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What If Mark Hamill Didn't Return for Star Wars Episode 7

Earlier today, we finally learned the title of Rian Johnson‘s upcoming Star Wars movie, the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the eighth film of the “Skywalker Saga.” Finally, we can stop writing Star Wars: Episode 8 and start writing Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Man, that feels good. I’m going to write it again. Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Ooh.

If you want to know how fans are reacting to the new title, you can hit up any number of comments section and Twitter threads (and through my social media window, the response has been mostly positive followed by “But is that a singular or plural Jedi?!”). If you want to know how Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, reacted to the tile reveal, you’ll just have to watch the video below.

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Alden Ehrenreich in The Yellow Birds review

The Yellow Birds is guaranteed to attract a certain amount of attention simply because it’s Alden Ehrenreich‘s last major role before Han Solo, and Star Wars fans will be gratified to see that Lucasfilm’s faith in him is not misplaced. He puts in an unforgettable lead performance as Bartle, a young soldier who’s deployed to war and comes back a haunted man, for reasons he’s unwilling or unable to articulate.

But The Yellow Birds is far more than an acting showcase for Ehrenreich’s talents, and would deserve to be seen no matter what big franchises its stars were doing next. It’s a war drama that’s far less interested in the heroism of battle than its cost, as told through the story of a single soldier and those in his immediate orbit.  Read More »

Godzilla 2 Writers

UPDATE 2: Now, months later, Variety has added the official confirmation that Michael Dougherty is directing Godzilla 2. Our original article runs below.

UPDATE: After we learned yesterday that Godzilla 2 would be scripted by Krampus writers Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields, it turns out that one of them will also be directing. ScreenCrush reports Michael Dougherty will be directing Godzilla 2 as well. Legendary must have been very pleased with the work he turned in as the director of Krampus, which has some of the coolest horror monsters to hit the big screen in awhile.

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a series of unfortunate events

I’ve been watching Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, but I refuse to binge it. Instead, I’ve been taking my sweet time, revisiting Daniel Handler’s books between each episode and reminding myself that the source material is kind of remarkable. As someone who grew reading Roald Dahl and Douglas Adams, the pitch dark comedy, witty prose, and resistance to easy pleasantries sing to me in a special way – they’re the kind of stories that make me wish I had children so I could read these books to them and warp their fragile little minds.

The show is good, too! And really, I’m using this newly arrived featurette as an excuse to talk about the show itself for a moment.

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neill blomkamp's aliens sequel

We likely won’t see Ripley, Newt, and Corporal Hicks again on the big screen. If Newt and Hicks ever do return from the dead, it’s probably not going to happen in Neill Bomkamp‘s Alien film. The District 9 and Chappie director was going to bring the characters back for his Alien sequel, a direct sequel to Aliens that was meant to give Ripley a proper ending. According to Blomkamp, the film probably isn’t going to get made.

Below, learn more about Neil Blomkamp’s Alien sequel we might never see.

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