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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Dwayne Johnson promises an epic prison action scene in Fast 8.
  • Kristen Bell offers a quick update on Frozen 2.
  • A deluge of new Star Trek Beyond clips and featurettes.
  • Transformers: The Last Knight is filming a big highway action scene.
  • A certain billionaire CEO will show up in Star Trek Beyond.
  • Danny Boyle makes a fan’s day on the set of Trainspotting 2.
  • No, Sylvester Stallone is not involved in that Expendables spin-off.

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While I remain very interested in where Ben Affleck takes the Caped Crusader in his upcoming solo Batman movie, I’m starting to think my heart lies with Will Arnett‘s LEGO Batman. First introduced as the best part (which is saying a great deal) of the against-all-odds remarkable The LEGO Movie, the character is getting his own spin-off movie and the two teaser trailers released so far have left quite an impression on me. Blame it on my love of the 1960s Batman series and Adam West’s brilliant, deadpan take on the character, but this is the Batman I want to see.

We expect to learn a lot more about The LEGO Batman Movie at Comic-Con this week, but in the meantime, we can take a look at a few newly released details about the film as well as our first look at the Joker (voiced by Zack Galifianakis) and Robin the Boy Wonder (voiced by Michael Cera).

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Ash vs Evil Dead

San Diego Comic-Con tries its best to stay family-friendly. Every once in a while, the powers that be deem some footage too mature for kids in attendance. That’s what happened with the latest trailer for Ash vs Evil Dead season two, which features plenty of limbs flying through the air and some great, messy practical blood effects.

Below, watch the Ash vs Evil Dead Banned Comic Con trailer.

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Skiptrace Trailer

Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan became a huge star in the United States. His incredible stunt work caught the attention of Hollywood and action fans alike, and a handful of his movies received a domestic release in theaters, albeit with dubbed dialogue. Shortly thereafter, Chan was starring in Hollywood films like Rush Hour with Chris Tucker, Shanghai Noon with Owen Wilson and even his own starring vehicle, The Tuxedo. Now he’s back in a movie that feels like it got lost in a couch cushion back in 2001.

Skiptrace is a new action comedy from Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger director Renny Harlin, and it puts Jackie Chan into the lead role alongside an American actor for comedic relief. This time it’s Jackass star Johnny Knoxville starring alongside Jackie Chan, and as you’ll see in the trailer that just debuted, the two couldn’t be a more mismatched pair. Watch the Skiptrace trailer after the jump. Read More »

Kenan & Kel Reunion

Nickelodeon has been basking in nostalgia recently. After launching a programming block called The Splat to bring back a bunch of their popular shows from the 1990s, news surfaced of a NickToons movie as well as TV movies for Legends of the Hidden Temple and Hey Arnold!. Now one of the Nickelodeon’s biggest child stars from 20 years ago has expressed interest in reviving another popular show from the network.

Kenan Thompson currently has a comfortable career as one of the regular cast members on Saturday Night Live, and he occasionally pops up in movies such as They Came Together and Snakes on a Plane. More recently, he’s become the spokesperson for Fandango as a character named Miles Mouvay. But there might be a chance we’ll see Kenan Thompson reteam with his childhood friend and co-star Kel Mitchell for a Kenan & Kel reunion. Read More »

The Final Girls Comic-Con

Last year The Final Girls came and went from theaters and VOD rather quickly, not giving it much time to find an audience. However, in the short time since its release, the film has started to become a cult favorite with midnight screenings popping up in various cities, some accompanied by drag shows, and others featuring director Todd Strauss-Schulson and some of the cast in attendance. Now fans in San Diego during Comic-Con will get a chance to partake in one of those events themselves.

The Final Girls will have a “secret” midnight screening on Saturday, July 23 at 11:59pm as well as a panel earlier in the day just a couple blocks from the convention center where all the action is happening. So if you’re a horror fan who isn’t pleased with the offerings inside the convention center itself, this is where you’ll want to be on Saturday. Get details on The Final Girls Comic-Con panel and screening after the jump. Read More »

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Ghostbusters

Director Paul Feig likes to shoot a lot of alternate jokes and takes. Because of that, the first cuts for his movies tend to be quite long. In the case of Ghostbusters, for example, the first cut his editor put together was over four hours long (which isn’t actually too outrageous of a runtime if Feig is talking about the assembly cut). Some of those deleted scenes will be restored back into the film, as Sony plans on releasing an extended cut of Ghostbusters later this year.

Below, find out more about the Ghostbusters deleted scenes.

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If you had told me two years ago that the new Ghostbusters movie would be the source of so much bitter, angry contention, I would have called you a liar. But here we are. The movie has been out for a few days. You’ve had a chance to see it. I’ve had a chance to see it. We can finally talk about it like civilized adults.

And I think it’s a good movie, maybe even a very good movie. At the very least, it’s colorful and funny and spooky and populated by actors I like watching. It’s certainly no disaster, despite what any wrongheaded internet campaigns are trying to tell you. Director Paul Feig has made a movie that feels right at home in the Ghostbusters legacy…even though it tries too hard to pay tribute to that legacy.

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Ghostbusters Sequel

This past weekend brought the debut of Ghostbusters at the box office, and while it wasn’t big enough to take down Illumination Entertainment’s second weekend for their massive hit The Secret Life of Pets, it still pulled down a respectable $46 million. It’s not clear if that’s a bit of a disappointing number for the studio, but apparently it doesn’t matter, because they have “no doubt” that a Ghostbusters sequel will come together.

Find out what a key Sony Pictures executive said about the future of Ghostbusters after the jump. Read More »