Obvious Child

The delightful Obvious Child came seemingly out of nowhere in 2014 to win us over. In our defense, it was the first-ever feature by director Gillian Robespierre, and the first screenwriting credit for Elisabeth Holm, and star Jenny Slate hadn’t yet established herself as a movie star. But now that we’ve all seen and loved Obvious Child, there’s no chance of the gang’s next team-up flying so far under the radar.

Slate is set to star in Robespierre’s next directorial effort, Landline, to be written by Robespierre and Holm. As the title suggests, Landline is a period piece — specifically, an ensemble comedy set in 1995. John TurturroEdie FalcoJay Duplass, and newcomer Abby Quinn are also among the cast.  Read More »

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predator reboot poster In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Shane Black chats about The Predator and Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s potential involvement.
  • Andrew Stanton fields questions about Finding Dory.
  • Seth Rogen explains why he’ll never make Superbad 2.
  • Two video featurettes on Independence Day: Resurgence.
  • A very fun easter egg in Monsters University.
  • And more!

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Popstar Trailer

After delivering some of the best recorded content Saturday Night Live has ever had, The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Akiva Shaffer and Jorma Taccone) have collaborated on a feature film that feels like it could have been inspired by one of their SNL Digital Shorts.

This summer brings the new comedy Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, a mockumentary following rapper Connor4Real (Samberg) as he releases his new album and goes on tour. A new Popstar trailer shows more of Connor’s stupid antics and the entourage who keeps his ego intact. Have you ever wanted to see a wedding with wolves and Seal? This is your movie.

Watch the Popstar trailer after the jump. Read More »

ghostbusters trailer breakdown

A new Ghostbusters trailer has arrived and, as you’d expect, the internet instantly erupted into pandemonium. I think it looks funny and weird and colorful and entirely like a movie that I will gladly pay to see in theaters, but what do I know? I also enjoyed the previous trailer.

And like the previous trailer, this one begs for a frame-by-frame breakdown. Let’s dive into this thing.

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Ghostbusters Reboot Trailer

There’s been a lot of complaining in some quarters about Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters starring four women instead of four men. But like it or not, these are the new ‘busters we’re getting this summer, so let’s just be thankful they seem up to the task of saving Earth from a supernatural apocalypse. They’ve got one big vote of confidence, at least: “It will haunt you every night. Whatever it is. No one should have to encounter that kind of evil,” says a character played by Michael McDonald. “Except you girls, I think you can handle it.”

Melissa McCarthyKristen WiigKate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones play the new team, while Chris Hemsworth tags along for the ride as their receptionist Kevin. The latest Ghostbusters trailer from Sony features a whole lot of new footage, so check it out below.  Read More »

The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys has a lot going for it. It’s got a A-list pairing in Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, and the verve and style of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 mastermind Shane Black. Oh, and it’s really, really good — a lovable mix of cynicism and sincerity, dropped against a cool ’70s noir backdrop and liberally sprinkled with humor and charisma. What it doesn’t have going for it, however, is a recognizable brand name. It’s not a sequel to an already-beloved movie, like Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising or Captain America: Civil War. It’s not even based on a phenomenally popular property from another medium, like The Angry Birds Movie.

So what are these schmucks to do? In a field like that, how is a scrappy little action-comedy like The Nice Guys supposed to compete? That’s exactly what Nice Guys producer Joel Silver would like to know, as he loudly (and hilariously) rants to Gosling and Crowe in a meta bit of The Nice Guys marketing. They don’t really come up with any good answers, but it sure is fun to watch them try.  Read More »

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preacher opening scene

We’re less than a week away from the series premiere of AMC’s Preacher and I couldn’t be more intrigued to see what Sam Catlin, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg have done with Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s twisted and hilarious comic series. By all accounts (the pilot was screened to a warm response at SXSW), the television adaptation uses the basic signposts of the acclaimed Vertigo comic while very much doing its own thing and that’s perfectly fine. I love Preacher to death, but it’s the kind of thing that needs to be massaged into shape for a television series.

AMC has released the opening scene from the first episode and it’s a doozy, somehow managing to sum up a great deal of what this series is all about in 240 seconds. There’s extreme violence, pitch-black comedy, a not-so-romantic look at Texas life, and the suggestion of a genuinely cosmic scale.

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Son of Zorn Trailer

Phil Lord & Chris Miller have effectively worked their magic on the big screen with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street (and its equally as good sequel) and The LEGO Movie. But on the small screen, they’ve also delivered great comedy with Clone High and Last Man on Earth. Now they’re bringing even more laughs to TV with two new series.

Son of Zorn and Making History couldn’t be more different, but both have Lord & Miller’s trademark comedy and promise of something great. Watch the Making History and Son of Zorn trailer after the jump. Read More »

the conjuring 2

In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • A creepy featurette on the story behind The Conjuring 2.
  • Take a first look at Channing Tatum in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
  • March of the Penguins 2: The Call is actually happening.
  • T.J. Miller confirms that he’s back for Deadpool 2.
  • The first poster for Super Troopers 2 is here.
  • Karl Urban is still talking about Dredd 2.
  • Michael Fassbender promises gnarly Xenomoroph happenings in Alien: Covenant.
  • John C. Reilly says Wreck-It Ralph 2 is in development.
  • NBC says it hasn’t given up on that Cruel Intentions sequel series.
  • Scientists are concerned about Finding Dory.
  • Now You See Me 2 will screen in China.

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