Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 by Angie Han
Whether your idea of fun is G-rated college kids or hard-R strippers, there’s something in today’s Sequel Bits for you. After the jump:
- Jessica Alba promises to do more dancing in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
- … while Robert Rodrigez comments on Dennis Haysbert replacing Michael Clarke Duncan
- Arnold Schwarzenegger explains why his age won’t be an issue in The Legend of Conan
- Screenwriter Craig Mazin talks about weathering criticism for The Hangover Part II
- G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be digitally remastered for a one-week IMAX 3D release
- See some cute international posters and a new setting for Monsters University
- Vin Diesel and Karl Urban face off once again in the newest Riddick still
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Posted on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
Arnold Schwarzenegger took a few years off from acting so he could properly govern the state of California, but now that the hiatus is over he seems to have picked up where he left off. Like, exactly where he left off. His upcoming slate includes new sequels to Twins and Conan the Barbarian, and now he’s also confirmed that he’ll be appearing in the next installment of the Terminator franchise. Progress on the sci-fi film has been halting so far, but it recently took a big step forward as writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier signed on. More after the jump.
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When Christopher McQuarrie was set to direct One Shot, which eventually became Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise, the idea was to launch a franchise based on the dozen-plus Reacher books by Lee Child. Turns out that Jack Reacher may be the character’s one shot at the big screen, at least in this incarnation.
The movie wasn’t all that expensive, at only $60m, but THR reports that Pararmount doesn’t consider the $153m combined worldwide gross to be impetus enough to make another one. But the film hasn’t yet opened in Japan, China, and Korea, and so there’s a chance that it could still rake in enough to make the $250m the studio would consider to be justification for a sequel. Even if it does hit the financial goal, Paramount and David Ellison’s Skydance Productions will have to negotiate a deal to bring Cruise back, and keep the next film moving at roughly the same cost of the first.
After the break ,
- A new Dan Brown book brings up talk of The Lost Symbol,
- a new G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer is all action,
- and Arnold Schwarzenegger hand-writes a Twins II / Triplets update.
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Super Bowl, teaser posters, rumors and more are all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about:
- A new image from Fast and Furious 6 is out and find out when you’ll see the first footage.
- Watch a video of Arnold Schwarzenegger talking about The Legend of Conan.
- J.J. Abrams has ideas for a third Star Trek, but nothing is set.
- Filming on The Muppets sequel, The Muppets…Again, starts this week.
- Another teaser poster for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been released.
- The R-rating for A Good Day to Die Hard is confirmed in a new commercial.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
If the two Expendables movies were Arnold Schwarzenegger dipping his toe back into the acting pool, Kim Jee-woon‘s The Last Stand is him taking a cannonball dive back in. The former governor of California soaks in the spotlight as Ray Owens, a small-town sheriff who becomes the last guy standing between a ruthless cartel leader (Eduardo Noriega) and the Mexican border.
This being Arnold, of course that involves heavy-duty weaponry and some cheesy one-liners. The latest (and probably last) trailer earns a red-band rating for some gleeful violence and some naughty words. Watch it after the jump.
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Lots and lots of filmmakers and actors talking about their upcoming films in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read quotes about the followin:
- J.J. Abrams gives a brief update of the development of Mission: Impossible 5.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t sure of when Terminator 5 might happen…
- …but seems excited about playing Conan in The Legend of Conan.
- Playmate Crystal McCahill posted some photos from the set of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
- Sorry everyone, William Shatner does not appear in Star Trek Into Darkness.
- A Good Day To Die Hard will get a Dolby Atmos sound mix.
- Actor Rodrigo Santoro talks the story of 300: Rise of an Empire.
- Tom Selleck is still planning on doing Three Men and a Bride.
- John Woo would like to direct a third Expendables film, but has some demands.
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We weren’t going to war, we were going for a ride and the top of the tank seemed like the place to be. When presented with the option of a comfortable seat or the wind sweeping through your hair as a 1950s Austrian tank zipped around the Melody Ranch Studio in California, I preferred to be outside. Unfortunately, when my turn came up, the top of the tank was already full. So I hopped into a little hole in the armored shell, and waiting there to greet me was the massive hand of action superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger. Little did I know this seat was right next to the actor, who would soon be driving the tank. I was his co-pilot and it was an experience I’ll never forget.
Schwarzenegger was the biggest star in the world in the late ’80s and early ’90s before riding that fame into politics. He always said he’d be back, though, and now he has returned. His first starring role is Kim Jee-woon‘s The Last Stand, opening January 18. To help raise awareness of the film, Lionsgate invited a small group of journalists to ride in Schwarzenegger’s personal tank. After the jump, read about the tank, see a bunch of photos and even a few videos of the event. Read More »
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How does one convince Arnold Schwarzenegger, a 65-year-old man, to reprise the very physical, mostly shirtless role that helped launch his career in the 1980s? That was the question producer/screenwriter Chris Morgan had to answer when pitching the actor his idea for The Legend of Conan. Schwarzenegger had already shown an openness to returning to some of his more trademark roles (Terminator, for example) and has embraced his action superstar status once more, with upcoming films like The Last Stand and The Tomb.
Conan was something different, however. More animal. More open. So what did Morgan say to convince the actor to once again play in the days of high adventure?
Get the answer, and more news about the new chapter in the series, after the jump. Read More »