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Some new pics, some casting, and some very interesting quotes in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Ethan Suplee is also back for Mallrats 2
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 books Bella Thorne
  • Sam Jones says he’s already set for Ted 3
  • Sharknado 3 will be “the worst,” says the Hoff
  • See Zoolander and Hansel model for Valentino
  • Vin Diesel predicts Best Picture for Furious 7
  • There will be a gay couple in Independence Day 2
  • James Wan is getting to work on The Conjuring 2
  • Simon Pegg is “terrified” to write Star Trek 3

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‘Zoolander 2′ Coming February 2016

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Today at Valentino’s show in Paris for Paris Fashion Week, a Zoolander reunion took place when Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson walked the runway in character as their Zoolander alter-egos Derek Zoolander and Hansel. That instantly led to questions about whether or not this was the first part of an official Zoolander 2 announcement, and in fact it was. Paramount has announced the movie for a 2016 release; you can get that date and see some Instagram evidence of the runway presence below.

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While We're Young

What happens when you hit your 40s and realize you still feel “like a child imitating an adult”? Well, if you’re Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts in While We’re Young, you befriend a pair of 25-year-olds (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) and embark on wild adventures like ayahuasca ceremonies and hip-hop dance classes.

Then, not surprisingly, you discover that fulfillment doesn’t lie that way. And also that your arthritis will prevent you from keeping up with your cool young friends. Watch the trailer for Noah Baumbach‘s While We’re Young after the jump.

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The Ten Most Overpaid Actors of 2014

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Actors have been “overpaid” for a long time. For the past few decades the biggest stars were getting 10, 20, 30 million dollars for a movie that maybe wasn’t even that good. Recently, things have begun to go away from that huge upfront sum. No, stars are taking less money upfront for more options on the back end. That encourages a better product, but also creates much bigger pay days. Sandra Bullock made around $75 million for Gravity. Robert Downey Jr. around $100 million for The Avengers. But somehow, you’re okay with that because the movies are good and they took a gamble at the beginning.

Most of these stars did not take a gamble and, in most cases, you can’t blame them. Forbes has complied their list of the ten most overpaid actors of 2014. They look at the “last three films each actor starred in before June 2014,” add the grosses, then divide by the total salary. What’s left is a return on investment number. The amount of money each actor grosses for every $1 paid. None of them lose money, but some make less than others. Read the most overpaid actors 2014 list. Read More »

While We're Young

If Noah Baumbach‘s last film, Frances Ha, was a pitch-perfect examination of young adulthood, his next one, While We’re Young, looks like an equally astute look at middle adulthood. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts star as a 40something married couple who befriend a 20something hipster couple (played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried). Watch the first While We’re Young trailer after the jump.

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‘Zoolander 2′ Casts Penelope Cruz

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Zoolander 2 is one of those films that has been talked about for years, with original director and star Ben Stiller saying it is developing, if slowly. Now there’s a script, but still the wheels have been slow to turn. But we’ve had two other high-profile comedy sequels, Anchorman 2 and Dumb and Dumber To, and they might be empowering Stiller’s own idiot alter-ego Derek Zoolander to travel back to the screen. Zoolander 2 has just cast Penelope Cruz, and that’s a pretty good indication that something is really about to happen.  Read More »

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Evil Dead

In this edition of Sequel Bits, people talk about movies they’re doing, movies they wish they were doing, and movies they’re probably never doing. After the jump:

  • Helen Mirren would “love” to do Fast and the Furious
  • Daniel Radcliffe wants a cameo in Sharknado 3
  • Evil Dead 2 is dead, according to star Jane Levy
  • Justin Theroux thinks Ben Stiller may helm Zoolander 2
  • Simon Pegg talks up Star Trek 3 director Roberto Orci
  • Rumor has it Lea Seydoux could be the next Bond girl
  • … and Sam Smith may be the next Bond theme singer

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Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb trailer

Everyone’s favorite museum security guard is at it again in the Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb trailer. This time, Larry (Ben Stiller) and his pals are concerned that there’s something wrong with the tablet that brings the exhibits to life every night.

This requires them to travel to the British Museum, where the tablet’s creator (Ben Kingsley) resides, and where they get to meet, among others, the dashing hero Lancelot (Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens) and a very Rebel Wilson-y security guard played by Rebel Wilson. Hit the jump to watch the first Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb trailer.

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Night at the Museum 3 stairs

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opens December 19 and it’ll be the third and final film in the trilogy. Directed by Shawn Levy, the films star Ben Stiller as a museum security guard who discovers everything in the museum comes to life after hours. In this third film, the group – which includes characters played by Robin Williams, Owen Wilson and Steven Coogan  – travel to London when the artifact that makes their nightly lives begins to decay.

The first few images from the film have now been released, including glimpses of Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, The Guest) as Sir Lancelot and the revelation the film goes out of the museum and onto the streets. The trailer hits later this week but, for now, see the first Night at the Museum 3 images below. Read More »

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