'This Is The End Maze

At San Diego Comic Con International 2015, Guillermo del Toro announced that there would be a Crimson Peak maze for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. It has since been revealed that Focus Features and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are teaming with Universal Studios in both Hollywood and Orlando to create all-new mazes based on the Insidious film franchise, and Halloween will come home with the Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home maze.

Universal Studios today announces something that sounds like it could be a bit more fun than those horrifying properties — a Halloween Horror Nights maze based on the film This Is The End which starred James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson. The maze will be presented in hypnotic 3D, because why not?

The end of the world will begin as guests head to the ultimate A-list party at James Franco’s new Hollywood Hills home, before the Apocalypse strikes and they find themselves trapped in a life-and-death struggle against the demons of the underworld. With the fate of humanity at the crossroads of heaven and hell, “This is the End 3D” will offer defining moments for those guests brave enough to tempt the devil as their destiny hangs in the balance to be damned for eternity or raptured to heaven engulfed in a sea of blue light.

See a trailer and learn more about the Halloween Horror Nights’ This Is The End maze after the jump.

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And now, some random sequel-related tidbits to usher you into the weekend. After the jump:

  • Sorry, Princess Diaries 3 is not currently in the works
  • Vin Diesel says The Last Witch Hunter 2 is happening
  • Ron Perlman doesn’t want crowdfunding for Hellboy 3
  • Preorder this Jurassic World limited edition gift set
  • Revisit Jimmy Fallon‘s Jurassic World cameo
  • Red Robin serves up a Terminator: Genisys burger
  • Jay Baruchel shares a photo from the Goon sequel set
  • Sinister 2 wishes everyone a happy Father’s Day

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As we proceed through the Stanley Cup playoffs, here’s a bit of big news from the world of hockey movies. A sequel to 2011’s Goon is finally moving forward.

Titled Goon: Last of the Enforcers, the new film will once again star Seann William Scott as Doug “the Thug” Glatt. Jay Baruchel, who produced, co-wrote, and co-starred in the original Goon, will direct. More details on the Goon sequel after the jump.  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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The first five minutes of How to Train Your Dragon 2 are now online. This is the same footage director Dean DeBlois and star Jay Baruchel presented at WonderCon 2014 this weekend so you now have a unique opportunity to check out the footage. Below not only can you watch the beginning of the film, you can watch a video blog reaction of it shot at WonderCon featuring myself, Peter Sciretta and Russ Fischer.

Then, as an added bonus, we’ll also discuss our thoughts on footage screened from Wes Ball’s YA adaptation, The Maze Runner. Check out the How to Train Your Dragon 2 opening and a video blog reaction blow. Read More »

The Graduate Live Read

Early on in The Graduate, there’s that iconic moment. Ben Braddock, a recent college grad, is talking with the beautiful older family friend Mrs. Robinson. Ben says, “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me.” It’s iconic thanks to director Mike Nichols’ choice of angle, the delivery of the line by Dustin Hoffman, and the way that one sentence sets the entire story into motion.

At Jason Reitman‘s final live read of the season, actor Jay Baruchel played the role of Ben Braddock. When he got to that line, delivered next to his Mrs. Robinson, Sharon Stone, the 32-year-old actor broke character, cocked his right arm on his side and whispered, “Yes!” He was excited, not just because he nailed the legendary line, but maybe he got the feeling what was to follow was going to go very well. Reitman’s casting of Baruchel as the nervous, unsure, yet charming and likable Ben couldn’t have been more perfect. The same could also be said for Sharon Stone, whose Mrs. Robinson was sexy, confident and cool.

Though both actors were merely sitting in chairs, reading lines of dialogue, their body language created an electric chemistry that turned the combination of a great cast and a flawless script into a memorable event. Below, read more details about the Film Independent at LACMA Live Read of The Graduate. Read More »

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MGM’s Barbershop franchise is opening up again. Also after the jump:

  • Chris Pratt is enthusiastically prepping for Jurassic World
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  • Find out what was shown from Minions at Cinema Con
  • A Haunted House 2 poster references Insidious Chapter 2
  • Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic sequel drops a couple of images
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If Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop wasn’t called “RoboCop,” it would be much easier to embrace. While this remake evokes and/or borrows many designs and big ideas from Paul Verhoven’s 1987 original, the meat of the story is almost totally unique, giving it the feel of a completely different movie. Obviously, that was the point, but by simultaneously differentiating itself while also staying beholden to the original, the film is burdened with the weight of expectations and analysis of the original film.

That burden aside, Padilha has made a pretty solid movie. It has a lot to say and it delves into facets of the Alex Murphy character we’d never seen before. The story is global; the influence of media and government plays a huge role. There’s some really intense action, which takes a back seat to myriad points of social commentary and morality. Those points give the film a seemingly unique voice, but it doesn’t work as a cohesive piece. Padilha has brought together a strong cast with beautiful music and camerawork to make a movie much better than one would expect, but nowhere near what you’d hoped. Read More »

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Two of the four hundred or so Stephen King projects currently in development are making strides in casting. Jay Baruchel has signed on to lead The Ten O’Clock People, replacing Justin Long, while Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan) and Stacy Keach (Nebraska) have joined John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in Cell. More details on both films after the jump.

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