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Deadpool and X-Men producer Simon Kinberg talks about the fact that the team at Fox has talked about a sequel featuring the Merc With a Mouth, even though the first film is months from release. In addition to that story, we’ve got info on the following developments in this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • There’s new casting for The Purge 3,
  • Pirates 5 producers want to get back to the appeal of the first film,
  • See images of Donnie Yen and Mike Tyson in Ip Man 3,
  • Alex Gibney may do a sequel to his documentary Going Clear,
  • and Emily Blunt comments on a potential Edge of Tomorrow sequel and her work in the Snow White and the Huntsman follow-up.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we pledge allegiance to the Prince of Dark Metal, watch waxed mustachioed dudes make a pot of coffee, ponder the existence of Russell Brand for a moment, blow stuff up like it’s a 1986 action movie, and see what made Bryan Cranston put on those purple tights.

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Star Wars Episode VIII shoot

Writer/director Rian Johnson is getting to work on the new Star Wars film, with the Star Wars Episode VIII shoot set to begin this month in Ireland. We know this because a report out of the country initially indicated that The Force Awakens reshoots were being undertaken.

In fact, however, the new work is the beginning of production on Episode VIII. Now, whether this is a bit of second-unit shooting before the real production begins, or the official start of production, remains to be seen.

Note that some potentially minor spoilers for The Force Awakens follow.

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Welcome to Death Row movie

Movies are following the pattern set by the record industry decades ago. No one believed in rappers from Compton until NWA’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ got national attention, after which the LA scene exploded. Now, with the biopic Straight Outta Compton taking the top box-office spot for three weeks running, agents and producers are scrambling to come up with related stories that can be turned into movies.

We’ve heard about one would-be de facto sequel already, and the latest project to be taken around Hollywood is a dramatic film based on the documentary and book Welcome to Death Row. Read More »

Apple Original programming

If you’ve thought that Apple is surprisingly absent from the original programming race that has begun to dominate the competition between streaming companies like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, it looks like Apple execs agree. The company is reportedly having early conversations with execs around Hollywood about acquiring and/or creating series that could be Apple original programming to stream via iTunes and Apple TV, which would compete directly with companies such as Netflix. Read More »

Star Wars Card Trader

Sure, you’ve already watched the new Force Awakens footage and cooed over that adorable BB-8 magazine cover. But there’s still more where that came from. After the jump:

  • A Star Wars: Card Trader explainer for those who haven’t jumped on the bandwagon
  • More details on the Skellig Michael shoot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Is that a lander we see in these new Star Wars: Rogue One set photo?
  • The original Star Wars trilogy radio adaptations are getting rereleased as audiobooks
  • Get info on the Star Wars Force Friday merchandising event at Disney parks
  • Here’s how you can snag a Drew Struzan Episode VII poster on Force Friday
  • Target prepares for Force Friday with Star Wars-themed conveyor belts

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Back to the Future props

Getting ahold of authentic movie props is no easy feat, though it’s infinitely easier to get your hands on items from your favorite movie sets if you’ve got a truckload of extra cash lying around. Or in this case, if you’re the writer of a certain iconic movie franchise.

Writer Bob Gale is responsible for scripting and producing Robert Zemeckis‘ iconic time traveling trilogy Back to the Future, so it should come as no surprise that he has some of the most coveted props from the series of films starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. Trust me when I say that he has the key Back to the Future props that you would want, or at least the ones that will fit on your shelf. Read More »

'This Is The End Maze

At San Diego Comic Con International 2015, Guillermo del Toro announced that there would be a Crimson Peak maze for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. It has since been revealed that Focus Features and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are teaming with Universal Studios in both Hollywood and Orlando to create all-new mazes based on the Insidious film franchise, and Halloween will come home with the Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home maze.

Universal Studios today announces something that sounds like it could be a bit more fun than those horrifying properties — a Halloween Horror Nights maze based on the film This Is The End which starred James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson. The maze will be presented in hypnotic 3D, because why not?

The end of the world will begin as guests head to the ultimate A-list party at James Franco’s new Hollywood Hills home, before the Apocalypse strikes and they find themselves trapped in a life-and-death struggle against the demons of the underworld. With the fate of humanity at the crossroads of heaven and hell, “This is the End 3D” will offer defining moments for those guests brave enough to tempt the devil as their destiny hangs in the balance to be damned for eternity or raptured to heaven engulfed in a sea of blue light.

See a trailer and learn more about the Halloween Horror Nights’ This Is The End maze after the jump.

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Men and Chicken trailer

I’m so thankful for Mads Mikkelsen. He can make serious films, and take big genre stuff like Hannibal as seriously as anything else, and then he can make a really weird-looking movie like Men & Chicken, a Danish comedy that will have its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The first English-subbed Men & Chicken trailer is here via TIFF, and it shows Mikkelsen as a troubled and guy who, with his half-brother, journeys to an island sanitarium to meet their real father. There, they encounter three other guys who may be additional half-brothers. All bear the same distinctive harelip, and all are a bit, uh, quirky. Have a look at the trailer below. Read More »