This edition of Sequel Bits is brought to you by the letters “L,” “O,” and “L.” Which is just my not terribly clever way of saying it’s all about the comedies. After the jump:

  • Will Ferrell confirms that Anchorman 2 is still dead, but Step Brothers 2 could get going soon
  • Jay Baruchel briefly talks Cartoon Network’s Dragons and How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Ed Helms offers a very minor status update on The Hangover Part III

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Last year Disney announced the video game-inspired film Wreck-It Ralph, which is the new incarnation of a project called Reboot Ralph that the studio was toying with for a couple years.

Starring John C. Reilly as the voice of Ralph, the film follows the title character, an 8-bit video game Bad Guy who dreams of being a hero. In order to change peoples’ perception of him, he travels to another video game land to confront the first person shooter character Sergeant Calhoun, voiced by Jane Lynch. But things don’t work out quite as Ralph planned.

The only footage shown for the film so far was unspooled at D23 last year. Now we’ve got a few images that show a bit of what the film has to offer. Check them out below. Read More »

The man who brought us Borat, Ali G, and Brüno heads back into the realm of sociopolitical satire in the first trailer for The Dictator, which hit the Web today. Sacha Baron Cohen stars as Middle Eastern despot along the lines of Muammar Gaddafi, who gets sent to the United States in exile and spends his days riding camels down Fifth Avenue, ziplining across Manhattan, and sleeping with Megan Fox. John C. Reilly and Ben Kingsley also star. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Take four of the best actors working today, throw them into a room and let the cameras roll. That seems to be the claustrophobic vibe director Roman Polanski is going for in his film adaptation of the Yasmina Reza play Carnage. The film stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly as two sets of parents who meet for an awkward, civil discussion that soon devolves into madness. It’s scheduled to open December 16. Check out the trailer after the jump. Read More »

If the opening four and a half minutes of Wreck It Ralph is any indication, Disney has another big time hit on their hands. Scheduled for release November 2, 2012, Wreck It Ralph is an old school, 8-bit video game bad guy, voiced by John C. Reilly, who is tired of being bad. One night, he sneaks out of his game console in the arcade and travels to different games hoping to find one where he can be a good guy. Featuring cameos from famous video game characters, homages to newer games and more, the footage shown at the D23 Expo was very crude animation cut with storyboards. Even in that rough state, it looked and sounded like something special. Read about the scene after the jump. Read More »

We’ve been highlighting images from Roman Polanski‘s upcoming film Carnage for the past few weeks. The film adapts Yasmina Reza‘s play God of Carnage, with John C. Reilly, Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Chrisoph Waltz starring as two NYC couples who meet to discuss the aftermath of an encounter between their kids.

For some, that cast list and Polanski’s name are enough to lock Carnage as a fall highlight. But if you’ve looked at the photos and thought “pass”, have a look at the international trailer below. It’s great stuff. Check out Kate Winslet breaking her staid Oscar-ready image (which she’s done plenty of times before, sure, but possibly not in quite such a pitch-perfect fashion) and Christoph Waltz remaining deliberately and cluelessly composed as her distracted husband.

Oh, the trailer is slightly not safe for work thanks to some harsh language, and possibly because of the laughs that language will elicit. Read More »

Roman Polanski‘s new film Carnage, an adaptation of Yasmina Reza‘s play God of Carnage, will soon premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and then open the New York Film Festival. We know the basics — Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly play two couples who spend an evening… let’s say ‘interacting,’ after their kids get into an altercation at school. That’s the pretty wonderful French poster for the film above on the left, and we’ve got the full-size image along with some new images from the film after the break. Read More »

One of the most buzzed-about films at Cannes this year was Lynne Ramsay‘s third feature, We Need to Talk About Kevin, in which Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly play the parents of the sociopathic Kevin, played by Ezra Miller. The adaptation of Lionel Shriver‘s 2003 novel was hailed as a difficult but fascinating film, and despite concerns that the film’s off-putting content might limit its commercial prospects, Oscilloscope picked up the movie for distribution in the US.

We still haven’t seen a domestic trailer for the December 2 release. But the film opens in France in late September, so we’ve now got a French teaser and poster — it’s the first real look at the film for anyone not lucky enough to catch it at Cannes, so have a look after the break. Read More »

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