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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Cristela Alonzo gets really excited about Cars 3.
  • Bryce Dallas Howard talks about Jurassic World 2.
  • Could we see a digital Spock in future Star Trek projects?
  • Tobin Bell is apparently returning for Saw: Legacy.
  • Rumors claim the It sequel is already getting ready to shoot.
  • Wreck-It Ralph 2 has found its first new voice actor.
  • A new Fate of the Furious poster has arrived.
  • J.K. Rowling teases the Fantastic Beasts 2 screenplay.

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I’ve always been fascinated by the world of Warhammer 40K, the tabletop miniatures game where space marines and orcs and dwarves and elves all do battle across the galaxy, hitting traditional fantasy tropes in a science fiction landscape. After all, what happens to that Tolkien-esque fantasy world as the centuries start to fly by? Surely it has to change. Surely it can’t remain stagnant. Surely medieval fantasy has to escape the medieval setting at some point, right?

And that’s why I’m intrigued by Netflix’s upcoming Bright, a modern dar buddy cop movie that just-so-happens to be set in a world where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have all co-existed for millennia. What does high fantasy look like when it’s brought low, down to the mean streets of Los Angeles? A new batch of images give us a clue.

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Mary Poppins Returns First Look

It seems like everyone in Hollywood is in the nostalgia business right now, with more remakes and reboots and reimaginings coming out than you can shake a stick at. But no one’s better at this game than Disney, who’s been revisiting what feels like every single feature in its catalogue — usually to warm reviews and smashing box office. And one of the many on their upcoming slate is Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to their 1964 hit.

Emily Blunt replaces Julie Andrews as the practically perfect nanny, who’s reunited with the Banks family 20 years after the events of the original film. The Great Depression is at its nadir and the Banks kids are grown-ups now (played by Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer), with children of their own. But in their time of need, Mary comes floating back in their lives to help them rediscover joy and wonder. See Blunt in a Mary Poppins Returns first look photo below.  Read More »

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The new trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales features some onscreen text that feels like a threat to Disney shareholders and a promise to everyone who wishes Johnny Depp would just go way. “The final adventure begins” the trailer declares in-between shots of Captain Jack Sparrow prancing across dangerous ground and Javier Bardem doing…whatever the hell Javier Bardem is doing in this movie (and whatever it is, I think I dig it).

So, it’s time to ask the big question: is Disney actually planning to cap off the Pirates of the Caribbean series with the fifth movie? Are they doing this, for the lack of a more eloquent term, for realsies?

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Beauty and the Beast review

Disney’s live-action-remake obsession continues this month with Beauty and the Beast, and it might be one of the trickiest adaptations they’ve tackled so far. Oh, sure, it’s an easy sell: the 1991 animated feature is one of the most beloved films in the studio’s catalogue, and nostalgia alone would’ve been enough to get some butts in seats. But on the other hand, how do you live up to near perfection? What’s the point in redoing something that good? How do you make a movie that satisfies fans of the original, while adding enough of a twist to justify redoing it in the first place?

We don’t have all the answers — if we did, we’d be running Disney, not blogging for /Film — but the first reactions to the first screenings offer some clues as to how the studio tried to address these challenges. See the first Beauty and the Beast reactions below, as well as our own brief Beauty and the Beast review. 
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The Bottleneck Gallery, Poster Posse and Warner Bros has teamed up for a “Tribute Of Kong” art show in anticipation of the release of Kong: Skull Island. After the jump we have an exclusive premiere of artist Karl Fitzgerald‘s three stunning Skull Island prints which were created for the show.

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Beauty and the Beast gay character

The marketing for Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast has mostly revolved around its similarities to the 1991 animated classic. The trailers are set to familiar tunes and the promo images are loving recreations of famous scenes. But throughout the campaign, the cast and crew have insisted that they’re giving the story some modern upgrades. And one of those, apparently, is a “gay subplot” for Gaston’s sidekick, LeFou (played by Josh Gad).  Read More »

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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Naomie Harris feels pretty confident about Daniel Craig returning as James Bond.
  • Will Ferrell says Step Brothers 2 will never happen.
  • Joe Carnahan will make The Raid before Bad Boys For Life.
  • Could Avatar 2 actually start shooting this year?
  • Angelina Jolie is apparently considering Maleficent 2.
  • John Boyega looks pretty cool in a new Pacific Rim: Uprising image.
  • Is Fantastic Four 2 ever going to happen?
  • Bruce Dallas Howard shares a photo from the set of Jurassic World 2.

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Disney’s recent habit of treading on hallowed ground has resulted in a mixed bag of movies. Cinderella got the job done, telling a straightforward princess story with the appropriate amount of gloss, but Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland were both…let’s just be polite and say “not as creatively successful.” However, I have a good feeling about Beauty and the Beast, albeit a good feeling tinged with a little bit of anxiety because they’re remaking my favorite animated Disney movie. The 1991 original is just about perfect in every way.

A new TV spot debuted during the Academy Awards last night and the new Beauty and the Beast footage sure does look like…Beauty and the Beast.

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Netflix’s original content line-up is unmatched. The streaming service has been killing it with their original television releases for a few years now, and we are just beginning to see them dip their toes in the original feature film realm.

One of the first big films is Suicide Squad director David Ayer‘s crime sci-fi fantasy film Bright, written by Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis and starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramírez, Ike Barinholtz and Brad William Henke. Netflix surprised people watching the Academy Awards last night with a first look at the new film. Watch it again, after the jump.

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