Jeff Goldblum in Independence Day

Today’s Sequel Bits involves a bit of casting, a bit of un-casting, lots of movie star quotes and, best of all, Jeff Goldblum. After the jump:

  • Bill & Ted 3 is “closer, but no closer,” says Keanu Reeves
  • Jason Schwartzman offers a Bored to Death update
  • Super Troopers 2 will definitely involve mustaches
  • Jeremy Renner continues to talk about Bourne
  • Karl Urban claims Star Trek 3 is “phenomenal”
  • There’s a place for Jeff Goldblum in Independence Day 2
  • Chinese actress Zhang Jingchu boards Mission: Impossible 5
  • Ted 2 fires 7th Heaven actor Stephen Collins amid scandal
  • Ed HelmsVacation sequel gets a fall 2015 release date
  • Bond 24 adds Rome to its list of awesome locations

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Mortdecai trailer

To put it mildly, Johnny Depp is not exactly at a high point in his career. He hasn’t had a solid hit since the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and his last three starring roles were outright flops. But on the bright side, he’ll have plenty of opportunities to redeem himself in the near future.

One of those chances arrives next February in the form of a goofy comedy. Depp plays the title character in Mortdecai, a roguish art dealer racing to recover a stolen painting that could lead to Nazi gold. The first Mortdecai trailer has just been released, and you can watch it after the jump.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel has already opened in theaters and even set a box office record. But it’s set to expand into even more markets over the next few weeks, so Fox Searchlight is giving the picture a marketing boost with a new red band trailer.

Now, this is still Wes Anderson we’re talking about, so as red-band trailers go it’s not so scandalous. There’s some cursing, a bit of nudity, and a brief glimpse of fellatio, and that’s about it in terms of objectionable material. Still, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, the promo will offer some new footage. Watch it after the jump.

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Jurassic Park

The good, the bad and the ugly, it’s all in this edition of Sequel Bits. Below, read about the following.

  • Jeff Goldblum was not asked to return for Jurassic World.
  • Cabin Fever: Patient Zero will be out this summer.
  • See some new character posters from How to Train Your Dragon 2.
  • Will Packer and Tim Story offer up some hints on Ride Along 2.
  • Listen to Optimus Prime himself, Peter Cullen, voicing new Transformers toys.

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Wes Anderson First Animated ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel is so meticulously art-directed that at times, it looks more like a painstakingly handcrafted animation than an actual live-action film. And as it turns out, there was an animated version once upon a time, before production officially began.

Star Jeff Goldblum revealed that, as part of his creative process, Anderson had created a sort of early draft of The Grand Budapest Hotel using animatics and voicing all the characters himself. “You could see the whole movie,” Goldblum recalled. More details, including when and where you might see it, after the jump.

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We just saw a new poster for The Grand Budapest Hotel, from Wes Anderson, and that image featured portraits of the individuals in the huge ensemble cast. Now there’s a new trailer, and it is all about introducing the characters played by the whole bunch.

Along the way, we get a better outline of how the film fits together, starting from the point where F. Murray Abraham, seemingly as an older version of the young Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), narrates his story to the young writer played by Jude Law. There’s so much here: Harvey Keitel’s prison tattoos, Jeff Goldblum channeling J.K. Simmons’ character from Burn After Reading, and Tilda Swinton swaddled in old-age makeup, for starters.

It looks like a screwy comedy, with everyone having a hell of a time, but there are shadows of more serious events here, too. And, for everything that’s in this trailer, it doesn’t seem to give too much away. Read More »

Grand Budapest Hotel UK Quad

Any “most anticipated of 2014″ lists we run here will likely feature Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which opens in March of next year. Anticipation comes not just based on the fact of a new Anderson movie, but the ensemble cast that always comes with such an endeavor.

This time, it’s Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, and Saoirse Ronan, for starters, who will wear the meticulously designed, Anderson-approved costumes. You can see them all in a new poster below, in advance of a new trailer tomorrow (Thursday, Dec 19). Read More »

Grand Budapest Hotel header

Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel is ready to invite you in. Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for the highly anticipated movie, which chronicles the goings-on at a fancy hotel, like friendship, young love, art theft, and possibly — gasp! — murder. Check it out after the jump.

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