Posted on Thursday, March 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
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 first trailer for The Descendants, Alexander Payne‘s first feature film as director since Sideways in 2004, set up a lot of story: George Clooney is a relatively uninvolved dad who has to step up and take care of his two daughters when his wife suffers an accident, only to learn that there are things about his wife’s life he didn’t know.
This second trailer is more of a teaser that puts the movie across as a more gentle, perhaps even quirky story than we saw in the full trailer. It tells us that the fact that the story takes place in Hawaii shouldn’t lead us to expect something cheery and easy, but then offers up a relatively cheery and easy look at the film. Oh, and the trailer is propped up in the middle by a nice two-part quote from some guy named Peter Sciretta. Check it out below. Read More »
It has been seven long years since Alexander Payne last had a film in theaters. He’s done a lot of work since Sideways, producing some films (Cedar Rapids) and television (Hung) and working to develop quite a few projects. He spent some significant time on the film Downsizing, which was shelved late in development; that’s when he jumped at making The Descendants with George Clooney. This one is right in Payne’s wheelhouse: the story of a father dealing with his two daughters after an accident leaves his wife terrible injured. While trying to get back into being a proper father, he discovers that his wife had been having an affair, and things get emotional from there.
The first trailer has landed, and fans of Alexander Payne’s previous films will probably love it. Everyone else should check it out just for a brief bit featuring Robert Forster. Read More »
Improvisational comedy has always annoyed me (I liked Borat, but who didn’t?). Unlike other forms of comedy, the moments in between the laughs are squiggle in you seat bad. When it doesn’t work, it REALLY doesn’t work. I’ve never tried watching Reno 911! on tv, nor did I ever have the urge to. So I’m probably the worst audience for a feature film spin-off movie. While entering the theater I realized there was a Zodiac screening two theaters over from me (which press wasn’t invited to). I’ve wanted to see David Fincher’s San Francisco serial killer thriller ever since it was announced. I sat patiently waiting for the movie to begin. The voice inside my head kept shouting at me “Zodiac is two theaters over, and you’re stuck in sketchville”. The college aged kids around me laughing. The radio station street team making their announcements. They can’t find the microphone so they try yelling over the loud music that’s playing in the background. All of it to annoy me. Why wasn’t I invited to Zodiac? To say the deck was stacked against me liking this film is an understatement. The lights went out, and somehow the voice faded into the background. I’m reluctant to admit this, but Reno 911!: Miami isn’t half bad.
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