We’ve got a lot of odds and ends to cover in today’s Sequel Bits, so let’s get right to it. After the jump:

  • MIB3 helmer says shooting with an incomplete script was either “genius” or “really stupid”
  • Vehicles from Mad Max: Fury Road revealed
  • Benedict Cumberbatch says lovely things about his Star Trek 2 colleauges
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 may have a new title
  • Percy Jackson casts stars from Community, Reno 911!, and Dodgeball
  • Chris Tucker is not so excited for Friday 4

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Friday
hit theaters over fifteen years ago, truly launching the film career of Chris Tucker and serving as the first step in the transformation of Ice Cube from gangsta rapper and Compton’s most vocal representative to family comedy guy.

Now New Line and Ice Cube are in talks to make a fourth Friday film. Two lesser sequels, Next Friday and Friday After Next, followed in ’00 and ’02, but Tucker sat both of those out. There are hints that he might be ready to reprise the role of Smokey, however, in this fourth film that Ice Cube would write, produce and topline. Read More »

This Thanksgiving brings a slew of intriguing releases, from family-friendly fare like The Muppets and Hugo to possible Oscar contenders like The Artist and My Week with Marilyn, and now we have at least one reason to look forward to next year’s holiday as well.

The Weinstein Co. have just decided on a November 21, 2012 release for David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook, which suggests the company sees the film as a potential player in next year’s awards season — no surprise, considering Russell’s last film The Fighter was nominated for seven Oscars in 2010 including Best Picture and Best Director. The date also gives the movie plenty of time to make the festival rounds and garner some good buzz before hitting theaters.

Based on a novel by Matthew Quick, the film follows a former high school teacher (Bradley Cooper) who moves back home after spending years in a mental institution. He initially sets out to try and win back his ex-wife, but soon finds himself developing a relationship with an eccentric young widow (Jennifer Lawrence) who lives in his neighborhood. Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles, and Chris Tucker also star. Read the official synopsis after the jump.

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My Week with Marilyn star Eddie Redmayne will join Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway in Tom Hooper‘s prestige musical Les Miserables. Based on the hit Broadway show and Victor Hugo‘s classic novel of the same title, the film follows an ex-con named Valjean (Jackman) in 19th century France as he seeks to redeem himself. Redmayne will play Marius, who falls in love with Cosette, daughter of Fantine (Hathaway) and eventual charge of Valjean.

Les Miserables is already being touted as a likely Oscar contender, with a release date of December 7, 2012. Redmayne isn’t exactly a household name yet, but has marked himself as a talent to watch in projects like The Good Shepherd, My Week with Marilyn, and Hick. [Deadline]

After the jump, Rashida Jones and the guy who played Ernest Hemingway in Midnight in Paris befriend Samantha Morton, while David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook picks up a Boardwalk Empire star.

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Julia Stiles is set to co-star in David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook, based on Matthew Quick‘s novel. The story centers around a former high school teacher (Bradley Cooper) who’s just been released from a four-year stint at a mental hospital into the care of his mother (Jacki Weaver). Upon his release, he tries to win back his ex-wife but eventually falls into a romance with an troubled young widow (Jennifer Lawrence). Stiles has landed the role of Lawrence’s older sister.

But perhaps the more exciting bit of news is that Chris Tucker, who entered talks last month to play Cooper’s friend from the institution, is now in final negotiations to take the role. I got a little worried last week, when stories of Weaver’s casting didn’t mention Tucker’s name, but I’m happy to see I was overreacting. If Tucker finalizes the deal, Silver Linings Playbook will be his first film part since 2007′s Rush Hour 3. [Deadline]

After the jump, April Ludgate watches Charlie Harper lose his mind, and Paul Walker deals with the aftermath of Katrina.

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Good things keep coming for the stars of Animal Kingdom, as Jacki Weaver lands a role in David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook. Weaver will play Bradley Cooper‘s mother in the film, based on Matthew Quick‘s novel about a former high school teacher (Cooper) who’s just been released from a four-year stint at a mental institution into the care of his mother. Upon his release, the protagonist initially tries to win back his ex-wife but eventually falls into a romance with an eccentric young widow (Jennifer Lawrence).

Also signed on for the project is Robert De Niro in an unnamed part. Chris Tucker was said to be in talks for the part of Cooper’s pal from the institution, but the latest reports don’t mention him, so I’m guessing he’s out. The Silver Linings Playbook is set to begin shooting this fall. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, Paul Bettany and Brian Cox team up for a film adapted from a BAFTA-nominated BBC series, and True Blood star Sam Trammell helps Virginia Madsen cope with her troubles.

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Stanley Tucci and Chris Cooper have become the latest additions to Robert Redford‘s The Company You Keep, a thriller based on the novel by Neil Gordon. The film boasts quite a strong cast already — Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Brit Marling, Shia LaBeouf, and Redford himself are all set to star as well. The script, by Lem Dobbs, centers around a former Weather Underground member (Redford) who’s forced to go on the run when a determined reporter (LaBeouf) exposes his identity.

Tucci will take the part of LaBeouf’s editor. Cooper plays the brother of Redford’s character, who cares for his niece (Marling, perhaps) when her father disappears. [The Playlist]

After the jump, two Red State stars get very different roles: Nicholas Braun signs on for the sci-fi action comedy Neighborhood Watch, while Kerry Bishé gets deadly serious in Argo.

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The career of Chris Tucker is an unusual one, as movie star careers go. He’s got only eleven feature credits, three of which are for very small roles. He’s primarily a star based on The Fifth Element and three Rush Hour movies. Because those three Rush Hour movies have earned an amount of money that will greatly sadden you (just under a billion dollars globally before licensing, DVD, etc.) he probably doesn’t have to work all that much. And so he doesn’t.

But now Tucker may be following up his last screen appearance, in 2007′s Rush Hour 3, with roles in either David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook or Akiva Schaffer‘s action comedy Neighborhood Watch. Read More »

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