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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are living in the past. The modern TV “event series” has its roots in, well, Roots, and other mini-series adaptations of popular epic fiction. The late ’70s and early ’80s saw a rash of highly-touted adaptations of historical novels and family sagas, with the runaway success of Roots followed by Jesus of Nazareth, Shogun, The Thorn Birds, The Winds of War, and many more.

The basic format has changed little today — you’ll still see mini-series novel adaptations with a high-profile cast and a budget that outstrips some television. but there’s a way of advertising these events that has changed a little bit.

For their IFC mini-series The Spoils of Babylon, Ferrell and McKay are taking aim at those TV events, and they’ve appropriated the old ’80s ad style to go along with it. Or a comic version of it, at least. I don’t know if this will work on people under 30, but anyone who was watching TV in the late ’70s and early ’80s will chuckle at this spot. (The series features Ferrell, Kristin Wiig, Tobey Maguire, Jessica Alba, Michael Sheen, Val Kilmer, Tim Robbins and Haley Joel Osment, but none of them show up in this teaser, just warning.) Read More »

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Machete Kills

Subtlety and restraint have their place in cinema, but Robert Rodriguez‘s Machete Kills isn’t it. The sequel to Rodriguez’s 2010 action thriller features deadly broads, weaponized boobs, a cackling madman, President Charlie Sheen (or President Carlos Estevez, rather), and a Machete (Danny Trejo) who’s just been pulled back from the brink of death. Watch the explosive first teaser trailer after the jump.

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One thing’s for sure about Benedict Cumberbatch‘s “John Harrison”: He definitely has the evil villain voice down. No wonder Paramount is using his “you think your world is safe…” line for everything from TV promos to motion posters. Also after the jump:

  • Jessica Alba didn’t think a Sin City sequel would happen
  • Director David Twohy is pleased about Riddick‘s R rating
  • Guillermo del Toro is already working on Pacific Rim 2
  • Rupert Wyatt reveals the real (if vague) reason he left Apes
  • Find out how to be an extra on Apes and/or Anchorman 2
  • Zachary Quinto talks tackling the iconic character of Spock
  • Star Trek Into Darkness reveals some nice high-res pics

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Whether your idea of fun is G-rated college kids or hard-R strippers, there’s something in today’s Sequel Bits for you. After the jump:

  • Jessica Alba promises to do more dancing in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • … while Robert Rodrigez comments on Dennis Haysbert replacing Michael Clarke Duncan
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger explains why his age won’t be an issue in The Legend of Conan
  • Screenwriter Craig Mazin talks about weathering criticism for The Hangover Part II
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be digitally remastered for a one-week IMAX 3D release
  • See some cute international posters and a new setting for Monsters University
  • Vin Diesel and Karl Urban face off once again in the newest Riddick still

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With three days remaining, A.C.O.D. is my favorite film of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Directed by first-timer Stuart Zicherman, it’s about “Adult Children of Divorce” and stars Adam Scott as Carter, a man whose parents (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) had a brutal breakup on his 9th birthday. Decades later his brother (Clark Duke) decides to take the plunge into matrimony and it brings up some major issues caused by the traumatic breakup. Amy Poehler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jessica Alba and Jane Lynch are also along for the ride.

Co-written by Zicherman and Ben Karlin, the script for A.C.O.D. is a Swiss watch. Everything is economical, hilarious, perfectly-paced and never in-your-face obvious. There are loads of big laughs wrapped around unexpected plot points, resonant emotion and great character development. The cast all bring such vigorous life to the film that it almost makes a sad and touchy subject, divorce, into something to be envious of.

A.C.O.D. is a special, miraculous film and the exact reason why you come to the Sundance Film Festival. It’ll leave you happy and high on the power of comedic cinema. Read more after the jump and watch a video blog. Read More »

There’s so much in this edition of Sequel Bits it’s insane. Let’s get going. After the jump read about the following:

  • David Fincher is still figuring out how to make The Girl Who Played With Fire.
  • Ron Perlman still has no idea when Hellboy 3 might happen.
  • A new image from Paranormal Activity 4 has been released.
  • Frank Marshall said “all possibilities are open” if the Bourne franchise continues.
  • Andy Nyman has been cast as The Tumor in Kick-Ass 2.
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was voted the most disappointing film of all time.
  • NBA superstar LeBron James tweeted that he’d love to make Space Jam 2.
  • Lake Placid: The Final Chapter, starring Robert Englund, premieres next month.
  • Check out photos of Jessica Alba preparing for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

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Robert Rodriguez sure seems to have a soft spot for PR-challenged celebs. 2010′s Machete saw him working with a notoriously troubled Lindsay Lohan, and for its sequel Machete Kills, Rodriguez is upping the ante with not one but two recovering trainwrecks.

Mel Gibson has been signed on to play a “Bond-style villain” since April, and now Charlie Sheen has signed on to play one of the apparent good guys — specifically, the president of the United States. Rodriguez himself made the announcement this week, along with a few snapshots from the set. Flip through the photos and read about Sheen’s casting after the jump.

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This edition of sequel bits has something for almost everyone. We’ve got the tweet girls, we’ve got the teen guys, we’ve got the family crowd, pet lovers and the horror crowd. After the jump read about the following:

  • Barry Sonnenfeld confirmed that Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga are both aliens in MIB 3.
  • Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez will likely be back for Machette Kills 
  • Michael Madsen says he’s back for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
  • A new poster has been revealed for Piranha 3DD.
  • The third (there was a second?) Beverly Hills Chihuahua film just got a release date.
  • John Hawkes talks about preparing for Switch, a Jackie Brown prequel

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