bill & ted 3

It was over six years ago when Keanu Reeves first got our hopes about a Bill & Ted 3. The sequel has taken its sweet time getting to the big screen, but every once in a while, Reeves and Alex Winter let fans know the film is still very much alive, despite whatever challenges the project has faced.

Below, Winter says he’s hopeful the film will start shooting later this year, although a shoot in the first quarter of 2017 sounds more likely.

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Green Band Trailer

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 catch up with Alex Winter by way of Frank Zappa, wonder at what the fuss was all about with that anti-vaxx documentary, see what old timey film projectionists are up to, watch some fairy tales come to life and find a human connection with our simian brothers.

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star trek hamilton mash-up

I today’s Sequel Bits, we take a look at the following stories:

  • Shooting of Trainspotting 2 movie begins
  • Why Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman left the Transformers writing room
  • Zoe Saldana shares a photo from the Star Trek Beyond reshoots
  • And Keanu Reeves give san update on Bill & Ted 3

All this and more, after the jump.

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The Bourne Legacy - Jeremy Renner

There’s so many Sequel Bits here, they might start forming Sequel Chunks:

  • Jeremy Renner still wants Bourne crossover movie
  • Michael B. Jordan says Creed is first in a franchise
  • Alex Winter still hyping up Bill & Ted 3
  • Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising confirms returning cast
  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials gets MPAA rating
  • Barbershop 3 has a new release date
  • Mad Max: Fury Road gets a prequel comic from DC Comics
  • Snow Queen 3 coming in 2016

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Superbad

Comedy, animation, action, fantasy, pretty much every genre is in this edition of Sequel Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Shannen Doherty will be back for Mallrats 2.
  • New photos from Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday.
  • Genndy Tartakovsky won’t do Hotel Transylvania 3.
  • Alex Winter thinks if Bill & Ted 3 doesn’t happen soon, it won’t happen at all.
  • A fourth Girl With Dragon Tattoo book could reignite the franchise.
  • See a intriguing set photo from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
  • Pirates 5 puts out an interesting casting call.
  • Dredd screenwriter Alex Garland talks Dredd 2.
  • Sam Jones says the wheels are in motion for a Flash Gordon sequel.
  • Judd Apatow – and no one else – wanted to make Superbad 2.
  • BD Wong, the only returning cast member for Jurassic Park, shows up in new Jurassic World still.
  • Spectre is filming its opening in Mexico City.
  • Ninja Turtles 2 starts shooting soon.

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Deep Web teaser

Here’s a lively first teaser for Deep Web, a new documentary from Bill and Ted co-star Alex Winter, who recently directed the doc Downloaded. The new film Deep Web looks into the FBI takedown of Silk Road, the online marketplace most famous for dealing drugs online, and investigates the charges against Ross Ulbricht, who authorities claim was “the Dread Pirate Roberts,” responsible for running Silk Road. The doc will premiere in spring 2015; check out the Deep Web teaser below.  Read More »

Bill and Ted

It’s been a while since we’ve had a big update on Bill & Ted 3, but Alex Winter — you may know him as Bill Preston, Esq. — wants you to know the project is still very much alive. He offered a status update in a recent interview, as well as some details about the Bill and Ted 3 plot. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

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‘Grand Piano’ Alternate Poster Debut

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Grand Piano was one of the most entertaining films I saw in 2013 — its premiere screening at Fantastic Fest last year had the crowd roaring with delight, and was the thing everyone talked about for the rest of the fest.

Coming from director Eugenio Mira, who did the music for Timecrimes; star Elijah Wood; and screenwriter Damien Chazelle (whose directorial debut Whiplash was just a big Sundance hit) the film is a technical tour de force that puts Wood in the hot seat as a killer targets him during a tense musical performance. The film has a delightfully composed visual style which indulges in De Palma-esque touches to manipulate suspense as the action unfolds. The underlying concept may be somewhat silly, but the execution is excellent.

The film is on iTunes and VOD now, and we’ve got an exclusive alternate poster below, along with a behind the scenes featurette and a clip. Check it all out, and revisit the trailer, after the break.  Read More »

Think about Facebook, iPods, iTunes — all things you might use every single day. They all have seeds in the “little program that could,” called Napster. Co-created by Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker in the late 1990s, the file-sharing service/social network was not only ahead of its time technologically and socially, it completely changed how the public consumes media. If it wasn’t for Fanning and Parker, who knows how long it would have taken for corporations to allow you to download music on your computer or rent one of their movies without leaving your house.

All this is at the center of Downloaded, a brand-new documentary by Alex Winter. Winter (seen above with Fanning and Parker) is best known as an actor (Lost Boys, Bill and Ted) but has been directing for some time. With Downloaded, he tackles a massive topic with authority and energy, telling the story of Napster from its earliest moments through its culture peak and long term fallout. It world premieres this week at South by Southwest in Austin and will be released by VH1 Rock Docs. After that, you’ll be able to see it on demand and online.

We spoke to Winter about Downloaded and found out it was a project he’d been developing for long time before it evolved into its current state. He talked about trying to focus such a huge topic, culling together a huge wealth of media and, of course, The Lost Boys and Bill and Ted 3. Read the interview below. Read More »

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South by Southwest is starting this week and one of the more surprising, and exciting, films playing is the Napster documentary Downloaded, directed by Alex Winter. Yes, the same Alex Winter who starred in The Lost Boys and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The movie is an engaging and entertaining tale of a culture milestone and we’ll have a full interview with Winter talking about the film later this week.

But when you’ve got Alex Winter on the phone, you have to ask him the question: “What’s up with Bill and Ted 3?” We know both he and co-star Keanu Reeves are interested and director Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) is attached. But what’s the latest?

Winter explained that while it might feel like there’s some major hold up with the sequel, that’s simply not the case. He and his co-stars just started talking about the project prematurely and it’s still going through its natural development. Read his quotes below. Read More »