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I saw How to Train Your Dragon seven times in theaters when it was released in 2010. For me, few other films have taken better advantage of the IMAX format, and few have done a better job at conveying the exhilaration of flight. But beyond being a technical marvel, it also had a lot of heart and introduced us to one of the most adorable, heart-melting animated characters ever conceived, Toothless.

This weekend, How to Train Your Dragon 2 hits theaters. Could it live up to my impossibly high expectations? Find my video review after the jump.

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Today’s Sequel Bits involves the sea floor-dwelling creatures of Bikini Bottom, the high-flying dragon riders of Berk, and everyone in between. After the jump:

  • Is China getting sick of effects-heavy Hollywood sequels?
  • Rumor has it Jurassic World will feature pterodactyl riders
  • Insurgent casts a couple more Dauntless characters
  • Paul Walker‘s brother may be in future Fast movies
  • Ernie Hudson says Ghostbusters 3 will shoot soon
  • Brittany Snow tweets from the set of Pitch Perfect 2
  • Get ready for lots and lots of Sharknado tie-in merchandise
  • SpongeBob has a Coppertone moment in a new poster
  • Watch the trailer for the video game Alien: Isolation
  • See a How to Train Your Dragon 2 featurette about the score

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 - Hiccup and Astrid

As film fanatics, it’s in our nature to want more. It’s not enough to be satisfied How To Train Your Dragon 2 is opening next week. A movie that’s just as wonderful, if not more so, than the original. No, we have to look ahead. We have to look forward to June 17, 2016‘s How To Train Your Dragon 3and maybe beyond.

Since development on the sequel began, writer/director Dean DeBlois has been very upfront in saying How To Train Your Dragon 2 is the middle chapter in a larger saga. A trilogy that will end in 2016′s How To Train Your Dragon 3, announced in 2012. Now with Part 2 almost in theaters, he’s begun to divulge a bit about the third film, specifically how the ending of the series will tie back into Cressida Cowell‘s original books.

Also, one of the trilogy’s key components, composer John Powell, suggested that third film might actually be split into two, making the trilogy a quadrilogy. Read DeBlois’ quotes about How To Train Your Dragon 3 and Powell’s quotes about a possible How To Train Your Dragon 4 below. Read More »

How to Train Your Dragon 2 - Hiccup and Astrid

One of the biggest and most anticipated films of the summer, How to Train Your Dragon 2, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Friday. It was the first public screening of the sequel, which continues the story of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless in the kingdom of Berk. Buzz around the project has been solid but now that respected critics from around the world have seen the film, is it as good as we all hoped? The answer is…mostly.

Below read some early How to Train Your Dragon 2 reviews. Read More »

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This Sequel Bits covers everything from the family-friendly sweetness of How to Train Your Dragon 2 to the gritty, grown-up delights of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. After the jump:

  • CBS isn’t interested in How I Met Your Dad
  • Wesley Snipes is game for White Men Can’t Jump 2
  • Kristen Bell would absolutely do another Frozen
  • Octavia Spencer gets on board for Insurgent
  • Bond 24 will feature a Scandinavian Bond girl
  • Grimlock gets a Transformers: Age of Extinction banner
  • Get a taste of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For in GIF form
  • Watch another cute clip from How to Train Your Dragon 2

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Pitch Perfect

Treble comes for the Barden Bellas again as Adam DeVine joins the Pitch Perfect sequel. Also after the jump:

  • Will Mothra make an appearance in Godzilla 2?
  • David Spade would like to bring you Joe Dirt 2
  • Now You See Me 2 will shoot later this year, probably
  • The Smurfs reboot gets pushed back a year
  • Hear Jon Snow in a How to Train Your Dragon 2 clip
  • Check out the trailer for the Rurouni Kenshin sequels
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction gets a Chevy commercial
  • See pics from the making of the Transformers soundtrack

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Its that time of year again. Jeff Cannata (formerly of the Totally Rad Show, now host of NLB and DLC, and a frequent co-host of the /Filmcast) has thrown down the gauntlet, and once again challenged /Film to compete with him in what has become an annual tradition: the Summer Movie Wager. Every year in the past I would make a guest appearance on the Totally Rad Show for this segment, but with that show now disbanded we have taken on the job of hosting this contest on /Film.

This year the contest includes Germain Lussier, Jeff Cannata and myself in a game is to decide what will be the highest grossing films of the Summer. It’s a free-for-all; the person with the best score wins. But it isn’t just that easy — not only do the participants need to predict what 10 films will be the highest grossing films domestically, but we need to place them in order. After the jump you can watch the full episode of the show with our predictions.

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Wondering what exactly Toothless, Hiccup, and their pals have been up to since we last saw them? A new How to Train Your Dragon 2 featurette would be happy to show you. Also after the jump:

  • The Act of Killing sequel should hit festivals this fall
  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 adds D.B. Woodside
  • Disney is making another Teen Beach Movie
  • The Matthews family unites for a Girl Meets World poster
  • See some pretty concept art from the Smurfs reboot
  • Peek at a new photo from Dumb and Dumber To

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