I don’t know how she’s doing it, but Kristen Bell‘s been booking roles almost faster than we can write them up this week. Hot on the heels of news that she’d been cast in Disney’s Frozen and the Neil LaBute adaptation Some Girls, Bell has also landed a part in the dramedy Writers. Recent additions to the film also include Logan Lerman (The Three Musketeers), Nat Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band), Liana Liberato (Trust), and Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) joining previously cast stars Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly.

Written and directed by Josh Boone, Writers follows the dysfunctional Borgens family: successful novelist dad Bill (Kinnear), his ex-wife (Connelly), their college-aged daughter (Collins), and teenage son (Wolff). Lerman will play a fellow student pursuing the daughter, while Liberato will play the son’s first love. Bell is lined up for the part of Tricia, who, as Bill’s friend-with-benefits, helps him get over his ex. Shooting on Writers begins next week in North Carolina. [Deadline]

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We’ve got a lot of odds and ends to cover in today’s Sequel Bits, so let’s get right to it. After the jump:

  • MIB3 helmer says shooting with an incomplete script was either “genius” or “really stupid”
  • Vehicles from Mad Max: Fury Road revealed
  • Benedict Cumberbatch says lovely things about his Star Trek 2 colleauges
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 may have a new title
  • Percy Jackson casts stars from Community, Reno 911!, and Dodgeball
  • Chris Tucker is not so excited for Friday 4

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The sequels never stop, and the first one we want to talk about today is Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters, the sequel to the 2010 film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. We know that Thor Freudenthal will direct the movie based on the second book in Rick Riordan‘s YA series, with a script by Ed Wood writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Logan Lerman and Alexandra D’addario are said to be returning, and now Variety reports that Douglas Smith (Big Love) is in final talks to play a co-starring role.

The Sea of Monsters, which sees the modern versions of characters inspired by Greek mythology seeking the famous and mythical Golden Fleece, is set for release on March 26, 2013. So we’ll probably hear about more casting and a shoot start soon.

After the break, slight news on Crank 3, Insidious 2 and that still-theoretical Twilight continuation. Read More »

You might have seen the trailers for Paul W.S. Anderson‘s version of The Three Musketeers, naturally shot in 3D, and been left wondering if the movie is really for you. The film is on screens today, and to aid you in making the crucial ticket-buying  decision the first few minutes of the film have landed online. They’re not in 3D, but I think you’ll get the idea anyway. Read More »

We’ve already seen some images and a teaser for Paul W.S. Anderson‘s 3-D “reboot” of The Three Musketeers. Now, a just-released full-length trailer is offering the best look yet at Anderson’s take on 17th century France — and apparently, his version involves flying war blimps. Because why not, I guess.

Loosely based on the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers follows the iconic trio (Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson) and their young new teammate D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) as they fight to save their continent from a powerfully malevolent trio of baddies: Cardinal Richlieu (Christoph Waltz), the Duke of Buckingham (Orlando Bloom with evil facial hair and evil-er eyeliner) and the infamous assassin Milady de Winter (Milla Jovovich). Watch the trailer after the jump. Read More »

Based on the first of several books by Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, wasn’t exactly a runaway hit. But it also wasn’t a great failure. And in the Great Void that will soon be left in the film landscape when the Harry Potter series ends next month, a new teen-centric series will have a chance to step up and take dominance. Can that be Percy Jackson?

We don’t know if the series will have staying power enough to adapt all five books in the first Percy Jackson novel series, much less the emerging sequel series, the second book of which will be published this year. But Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood) were hired to write a sequel earlier this year, and now Thor Freudenthal (Hotel For Dogs, Diary of a Wimpy Kid) has been hired to direct, taking over where Chris Columbus left off with the first film. Read More »

There was a moment where it looked like Emma Watson might not do much acting at all after the Harry Potter series ended, but she quickly shot a small part in My Week With Marilyn (now in post-production) and then took a role in the film adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, opposite Logan Lerman. That film is shooting now, and the young Mr. Lerman has sent out a few sneaky first looks at the film via Twitter. That’s a cropped look at one of them, above, and you can see a more full image after the break, along with a couple other images of the cast. Read More »

Briefly: You’re probably going to be hearing a lot more about Logan Lerman in the next couple years. He was reportedly in the running for Spider-Man after starring in Percy Jackson & the Olympian: The Lightning Thief. He’s D’Artangan in The Three Musketeers (trailer here), and he’ll be the lead in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, opposite Emma Watson. Now he’s booked a new role as The Only Living Boy In New York. Read More »

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