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In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Fast 8 brags about getting to film in Cuba.
  • Inferno reveals a new poster.
  • Pitch Perfect 3 gets a new release date.
  • John Cho talks all about Star Trek Beyond.
  • Shane Black teases a start date for The Predator.
  • Finding Dory characters make their debut at Walt Disney World.
  • The Wolverine 3 adds Elise Neal.

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Lonely Island Popstar Songs

For anyone who has ever loved the music videos that The Lonely Island rap trio (Andy Samberg, Akiva Shaffer and Jorma Taccone) put together for Saturday Night Live, this summer’s music industry mockumentary Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping will be quite the treat. Not only can I tell you that the movie a non-stop laugh riot, but it also features an incredible array of new songs from The Lonely Island, and two of them have just been released as singles for you to listen to immediately.

There’s the catchy “I’m So Humble” featuring Adam Levine accompanying Andy Samberg as rapper Connor4Real, and it’s all about just how modest the chart-topping, influential rapper is. And there’s also “Mona Lisa” which boldly declares the classic painting by Leonardo Da Vinci as an “overrated piece of shit.”

Listen to the new Lonely Island Popstar songs after the jump. Read More »

Cats Musical Movie

After bringing Les Misérables to the big screen back in 2012, earning a Best Picture nomination and a Best Supporting Actress win for Anne Hathaway, director Tom Hooper has his sights set on another iconic Broadway musical that first debuted in the 1980s.

Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s musical Cats will get the big screen treatment from Tom Hooper, who will both produce and direct the film for Universal Pictures and Working Title. If you’re somehow not familiar with Cats, or you only know the title, hit the jump for some details. Read More »

can't stop the music

There’s something odd about the trailer for Can’t Stop The Music. Actually, scratch that, there’s a lot that’s odd. But, as a writer, I noticed something odd about how the narrator introduced the film. After proclaiming this to be “the musical extravaganza that launches the 80s,” he then introduces the movie by saying, “It’s Allan Carr’s Can’t Stop The Music.” Typically, that apostrophe-S, possessive descriptor is reserved for the film’s director (especially so when the director also writes the script). 

But in this case, Carr was neither the director nor the writer, which got me wondering: what made this his film? What did the producer of Can’t Stop The Music get billing like that? Like I said: something odd. But after a little investigation into the making of one of Hollywood’s biggest flops, it makes complete sense. Here’s why…

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Sing Street Review

Note: We originally ran this review during the Sundance Film Festival. We’re republishing it today as the movie hits theaters this weekend.

When you come to the Sundance Film Festival, you can’t wait to fall in love with a movie. As a sucker for coming-of-age movies, I’m always looking for one that really makes me run the gamut of emotions, and if it also has a hellacious soundtrack, fantastic breakout performances, and a glamorous reference to Back to the Future, then that’s even better. That’s why Sing Street, from Once and Begin Again director John Carney, is marvelous, delightful and just plain great. Read my full Sing Street review after the jump. Read More »

Sing Street Music Video

With spring here and summer on the way, we’re starting to see some of the movies that hit the 2016 Sundance Film Festival make their way to theaters. If the suspense and blood in Jeremy Saulnier’s thriller Green Room isn’t your kind of thing, then you’ll probably want to take in something a little more lighthearted and fun. That would be Sing Street, a wonderful coming-of-age comedy set in Ireland back in the 1980s. And since it’s a movie from Once and Begin Again director John Carney, it’s full of some amazing original music.

The Weinstein Company doesn’t seem to be doing a great job of making audiences aware of its limited release next week. But we’re trying to change that by calling your attention to a new Sing Street TV spot, complete with a quote from our Sundance review. Plus, there’s a new music video highlighting an original song from Begin Again star and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. Check out both of the videos below. Read More »

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frozen 2

In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Kristen Bell is getting ready to record Frozen 2.
  • A familiar face is returning for Kingsman 2.
  • Don’t expect to see Space Jam 2 getting made soon.
  • Jarhead 3 is a movie that actually exists, believe it or not.

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Frozen 2

The animated musical Frozen was a massive runaway hit for Walt Disney Animation back in 2013, making a sequel to the movie a forgone conclusion. However, Disney dragged their feet a bit when it came to confirming plans for Frozen 2, and it wasn’t until just over a year ago that the project was officially announced. We still don’t have a release date for Frozen 2, but the good news is star Kristen Bell has revealed that production is slated to begin next month. Read More »

The Toothsome Chocolate Factory - Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory

I’m sure I was like many other children, watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and imagining what it would be like to visit this fictional candy wonderland. Well now news comes that Universal Studios will be building a real-life Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory as part of their Universal Orlando resort. And coincidentally, Warner Bros has announced that they will be launching a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical on Broadway in spring 2017. Learn details on both of these projects, after the jump.

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