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High school movie reunions are recurring theme in today’s Sequel Bits. Zac Efron and Lindsay Lohan tease High School Musical and Mean Girls reunions, respectively, while Kristen Bell discusses a potential Veronica Mars sequel. Also after the jump:

  • Ralph Fiennes hints at M’s future in Bond 24
  • Fifty Shades producer isn’t thinking sequel just yet
  • Producer gives a status update on Immortals 2
  • Agent 47 adds Thomas Kretschmann as the villain
  • The Raid 2 reveals a striking new poster

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VOTD: Every 3D Movie is the Same

Watch enough movies, and you’ll find that you occasionally walk out of the theater sometimes with the vaguely disappointing feeling that you’ve just shelled out $14 to see a movie you’re already seen before. Sometimes, it’s no surprise that a film looks derivative — did anyone really expect Underworld: Awakening to wow us with its originality, for example? — but even great movies fall prey to old habits sometimes. The Avengers was exhilarating, but Lord knows we’ve seen the dear old Big Apple demolished more than a few times before, and often in very similar ways at that.

The Funny or Die folks point out the most familiar repeating shots and motifs in a video titled “Every 3D Movie is the Same.” Unfortunately, it seems their theoretical fact-checkers were dozing on the job, since a handful of the movies they cite were not, in fact, released in 3D. But even so, their point stands. Perhaps they should’ve just retitled it “Every Studio Action Movie is the Same”? Watch it after the jump.

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New ‘Immortals’ TV Spot Slams ‘Twilight’

On a weekend like this, even your grandmother knows what’s going to be the big winner at the box office. Various experts are all predicting The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 will soar over $100 million and maybe even reach $150 million, putting it somewhere between second and fourth all time. (The Dark Knight at $158 million is second and The Twilight Saga: New Moon at $142 million is fourth.) With around $30 million from midnight shows alone, Bella and Edward are well on their way.

When a movie so dominates the box office like that, it means collateral damage: sold out shows and people clamoring for other films. For the family’s there’s Happy Feet Two and, for the men, there’s last weekend’s surprise box office champion, Tarsem Singh’s sword and sandal action film Immortals. The team behind that movie created a very targeted commercial urging men to check out their film over the vamps and you can see it after the jump. Read More »

The /Filmcast: Bonus Ep. – Immortals

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In this episode, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss Tarsem Singh’s new take on the sword-and-sandals genre, Immortals.

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Immortals is a flagrantly artificial, insanely violent film. ‘Insanely’ violent because minutes at a time pass where the frame is filled with nothing but graphically split bodies and crushingly brutal combat, with no point beyond the arresting visual of digital viscera in slow motion. But the director of Immortals, Tarsem, who also made The Cell and The Fall, is talented at fooling us into thinking that looking cool is good enough, and so I drank in the gory violence like spring water at an oasis.

The movie is as dumb as it is gory and pretty. It is, on one hand, imaginative enough to present a creepy and ugly reworking of the myth of the Minotaur. But on the other it is so blind to all but the self-indulgence of beautiful design that all concerns are subverted to the cause of presenting weird and beautiful things. It sets up potentially provocative conflicts, like the virgin oracle who really wants to get laid, but will lose her powers if she does, and then abandons them.

Tarsem is a cinematic Prometheus, who steals ideas from others in order to make them available to everyone, but there’s no arguing that the guy knows what catches the eye, and he is adept at putting a certain sort of energy on screen. I might not want to make it a regular practice, but I had a good time watching his weird little Grand Guignol of the Titans. Read More »

‘Immortals’ Trailer #3

Here’s the third trailer for Tarsem‘s stylishly violent Immortals. (See the first and second ones if you haven’t already.)

I like this trailer a lot more than either of the previous ones; there’s a good voiceover that explains the background and early plot beats, and helps contextualize some of the pretty shots we’ve been seeing in previous trailers and clips. A few new shots offer additional eye-candy, too. While I remain unconvinced that this will really work as a piece of storytelling (it still looks a bit like a Dune/Clash of the Titans mashup) I can at least get a much better idea of what Tarsem is looking to accomplish. Check it out below. Read More »

Right at the start of Relativity’s Hall H panel for their swords and sandal, Gods and Titans epic film Immortals, director Tarsem Singh was quick to say that the trailers that have been released for the film are for everyone. The film itself, he said, was darker and “more hardcore” than those trailers suggested. To bolster his point, he showed an extended sort of red band trailer and then a pivotal action scene that takes place late in the movie. Oh, and he also paraded out stars Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz and Frieda Pinto. Read about the footage and find out if Tarsem is telling the truth after the jump. Read More »

Over the weekend, San Diego Comic-Con announced the programming schedule for Saturday and Sunday at this year’s convention. Usually, Saturday is the most impressive day as it’s the weekend and has the biggest amount of people coming into the area while Sunday is usually the most unexciting day as it’s the final day of the event and everything is winding down. For 2011, each day is going in the opposite direction. Saturday’s movie programming is very underwhelming, save for a few films like Snow White and the Huntsman and Francis Ford Coppola’s TWIXT, with more cool TV panels popping up than usual. Sunday is significantly better than usual, especially if you like TV, with Hall H panels on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Glee and more.

Read about the highlights, with commentary and more after the jump. Read More »

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