National Treasure Book of Secrets

It’s an extra-chatty edition of Sequel Bits, as everyone has a little something to say about everything. After the jump:

  • A $500,000 camera has been stolen from Dumb and Dumber To
  • The next Aliens game might be about Ripley’s daughter
  • Peter Jackson chats about the score for The Hobbit
  • Director thinks National Treasure could shoot in two years
  • Dan Aykroyd is going on about Ghostbusters 3 again
  • Keanu Reeves chats about Point Break and Speed

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Bill and Ted

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have been talking about a third Bill & Ted for years, and over the past few years we’ve watched the project slowly move ahead. Winter announced that the script was completed in 2011, and Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) was hired to direct in 2012. But over a year later, production still hasn’t gotten underway, and now Reeves has an explanation as to why.

In a new interview, the actor explained that “darkness” was holding up the project. It’s a much more mysterious answer than the one Winter gave when asked a similar question earlier this year. Hit the jump to read Reeves’s quote.

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Blade Runner

If the idea of a Taxi Driver 2 sounds stupid to you, know that Paul Schrader agrees. As a matter of fact, he thinks the concept pitched to him by Robert De Niro in the ’90s was “the dumbest idea that I’ve ever heard.” Also after the jump:

  • Keanu Reeves offers a small Bill & Ted 3 update
  • Sean Young calls for a Blade Runner 2 boycott
  • James Cameron is finalizing multiple Avatar scripts
  • Bravo kills development on their Heathers TV show
  • Bruce Willis was too expensive for Expendables 3
  • 300: Rise of an Empire gets rated R by the MPAA
  • See an early version of the Fast & Furious 7 poster

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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 »

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 »

Casting, plot details and rumored start dates are all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • Keanu Reeves lays out the plot of Bill & Ted 3 in a new interview.
  • Sasha Barrese will return in The Hangover Part III.
  • Yancy Butler is back for Kick-Ass 2 as mother of Red Mist.
  • Julie Delpy says a third Before movie is still happen…but not for at least a year.
  • Tributes Seeder, Chaff and Gloss have been cast in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

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Maybe when we first heard about the possibility of a third Bill & Ted, it sounded like an outlandish idea. As Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves have continued to offer little updates, however — and as more and more ’80s and ’90s properties have found their way to the big screen — it’s started to seem more and more plausible. And now the project’s taken one more big step forward, with Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) just hired to direct. More details after the jump.

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Everything old is new again in today’s Sequel Bits, which looks to the ’90s, the ’80s, and even the 19th century for inspiration. After the jump:

  • Transformers 4 auctions off a walk-on role
  • Bill & Ted 3 has a script, but no green light
  • Men in Black 3 implores you to share your alien encounters
  • Journey 3 gets fast-tracked for 2014
  • Michael Bacall’s working on 21 Jump Street 2

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