Star Trek Beyond Barco Escape

In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Simon Pegg and Justin Lin discuss Star Trek Beyond.
  • Yes, Karl Urban is still down for Dredd 2.
  • Jerrod Carmichael joins the cast of Transformers 5.
  • The first image from Mechanic: Resurrection is unleashed.
  • HBO reveals a new trailer for Ballers season 2.

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Saturday Night Live Commercial Time

Good news, Saturday Night Live fans! We’re about to get more time for sketches to air on NBC when the show returns for its 42nd season this fall. The peacock network will be go lighter on commercial time during each new episode of Saturday Night Live next season, in addition to introducing a new form of advertising that will integrate sketches with sponsors.

Get more details on how Saturday Night Live commercial time will be cut after the jump. Read More »

game of thrones season premiere recap

Last night brought us the season premiere of Game of Thrones season 6 and (dramatic drumroll, please)…it was a fairly typical Game of Thrones season premiere. By now, we all know the pattern: every season of HBO’s flagship series starts slow, assembling the players in their various formations and shifting the landscape, before dropping something big around episode four. And then things escalate and get nuttier and wilder until episode eight or nine, when everything comes tumbling down in the most dramatic fashion possible. And then episode ten lays the groundwork for the next season. I love this show, but let’s face it: you can set your watch to its patterns.

So when I say that the first episode of the new season is just good and not great, I say that as someone who knows that Game of Thrones never shows its hand too early. “The Red Woman” was not about dramatic reveals (although there were one or two) or huge action beats (although there were one or two) and even game-changing character decisions (although there were one or two). It was entirely about maneuvering everyone into place so it can deliver the goods at a later date. Game of Thrones takes its time, but it tends to reward your patience. With that said, let’s dive into this episode and run down the important stuff, shall we?

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Vice Principals Trailer

Last night was a big premiere night for HBO with the return of Game of Thrones, followed by the debuts of the new seasons of both Veep and Silicon Valley. And since millions were watching, the cable network decided to release a new Vice Principals trailer. Danny McBride plays Neal Gamby, who basically feels like a somewhat toned down Kenny Powers in a high school, the vice principal of discipline desperately vying for a new vacant position as the principal at Lincoln High School. But Walton Goggins, the vice principal of curriculum, isn’t going to let that job go without a fight.

Watch the new Vice Principals trailer after the jump. Read More »

game of thrones season 6 questions

Game of Thrones season 6 premieres this Sunday and as far as I’m concerned, it’s the pop culture event of 2016. Sorry, everything else. Westeros and its collection of scoundrels and soldiers and politicians and kings trumps all. But with so much of this new season cloaked in mystery (critics aren’t even being sent screeners this year), I have more desperate, burning questions than ever before. Consider this a preview piece of sorts – here are the queries dancing on the edge of my brain as I count down the hours until the next episode.

Please note that this article expects that you’ve seen up through season five of Game of Thrones and that SPOILERS from every season of the show, and all of the books published so far, lurk below. Also, these questions are divided into three clearly labeled sections: questions for everyone, questions for people who have read the books, and questions for people who like to indulge wacky theories that may have no actual grounding in the narrative. You know you, so you’ll know when to pull back.

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Lady Dynamite Trailer

Hopefully you’re familiar with Maria Bamford due to her outstanding stand-up comedy. If not, you might have seen her on the most recent episodes of Arrested Development, or heard her voice WordGirl or Adventure Time. Otherwise, she’s also been the star of several Target commercials that have been all over television. But now she’s finally getting her own show.

Lady Dynamite is a semi-autobiographical comedy series coming to Netflix this summer, but it’s adding a bit of the bizarre and surreal to help bring it to life. Watch the first Lady Dynamite trailer below to see what we’re talking about. Read More »

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Game of Thrones Season 5 Summary

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, then you likely know we’re just a few days away from the premiere of the sixth season of the HBO fantasy series based on George R.R. Martin‘s ongoing book series, which he’s having a little trouble finishing. However, if you’re not a hardcore follower of all the death, betrayal, war, sex and incest in the world of Westeros, then maybe you’ll need a refresher of what happened in the fifth season last year.

Thankfully, a new video gives us a Game of Thrones season 5 summary in just six minutes. It hits all the finer points you’ll need to know before this weekend. Watch the Game of Thrones fifth season recap after the jump. Read More »

Better Call Saul season 2 finale

The season 2 finale of Better Call Saul brought all sorts of dramatic developments and gut-wrenching twists, but it turns out the show almost had one more surprise for us. Seres creator Vince Gilligan (who also directed the episode) revealed that he originally planned for a certain Breaking Bad character to make a cameo, only for his team to talk him out of it. Find out who it was, and why the appearance was scrapped, after the jump. Obviously, Better Call Saul season 2 spoilers follow.  Read More »

Jason Bourne

In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Jason Bourne teases tomorrow’s full trailer.
  • Stephen King chats about a sequel to 11.22.63.
  • J.K. Rowling shows off the wands from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
  • Simon Pegg enlisted Star Trek fans to help with Star Trek Beyond.
  • David Yates says a Legend of Tarzan sequel is a possibility.
  • Screenwriter Justin Marks talks about writing Top Gun 2.

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