CinemaCon has come to a close, and I’ve returned from Las Vegas to find a ton of film sequel news bits. After the jump you’ll see a round up of all the latest, including:

  • New photos from G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Expendables 2
  • Benedict Cumberbatch explains how he auditioned for Star Trek 2 on his iPhone.
  • Brendan Gleeson and J.B. Smoove join The Smurfs 2
  • Screenwriter Max Landis talks about returning characters, possible directors, and how Chronicle 2 will be about the world’s first ‘supervillain’
  • The running time and soundtrack listing for Men in Black 3 has been revealed
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel will begin production by Summer’s end.
  • And an update on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo sequels.


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Wednesday night at CinemaCon, Sony Pictures presented footage, clips and trailers from their upcoming 2012 line-up. Included in the reel was the first teaser trailer for Skyfall, a new sizzle reel for The Amazing Spider-Man, clips from Men In Black 3, An extended trailer for Looper, and some extended sequences from Total Recall. Per usual, I recorded a video blog after the presentation with Alex from FirstShowing and Frosty from Collider. We give our reactions to the footage without spoilers or in depth descriptions. Watch the video blog now embedded after the jump.

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We’re crossing genres in a big, big way in this edition of Sequel Bits. Comedy, horror, romance and sci-fi, it’s all here. After the check out updates on the following:

  • A poster for the U.S. release of [Rec] 3 Genesis has been revealed.
  • The follow-up to The Last Exorcism now has a title.
  • A third TV spot for Men in Black 3 is now out.
  • Mike Tyson talks about The Hangover Part III.
  • The poster for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 popped up at CinemaCon.

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It seems like every longtime Hollywood star is trying to revive their best-loved characters right now, so why should Robert De Niro be any different? He’s already working on another Midnight Run, and he’s now publicly acknowledged that he’s not entirely against doing another Raging Bull, either. Also after the jump:

  • Nicholas Stoller will ask Jason Segel for notes on Muppets 2
  • Young Agent K annoys Agent J, goes bowling in new MIB3 pics
  • More MIB3 footage surfaces in the music video for Pitbull’s theme
  • Marvel’s Civil War storyline could maybe appear in Avengers 3
  • Here’s where Star Trek 2 is shooting in Los Angeles this weekend
  • Here are more Star Trek 2 set photos of Zachary Quinto

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Men in Black 3, which opens in May, has a convoluted history. Conceptualized back during the production of the second film, MiB3 started to shoot last year, but began rolling cameras with a script that was only partially finished, and a schedule that featured an extensive break to work out how the last two thirds of the movie would go.

That led to some unpredictable PR for the movie, and Sony has been trying to assure audiences that the third outing of Agents J and K (Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, with Josh Brolin as the young K) will play in the same cartoonishly entertaining manner of the first film.

Director Barry Sonnenfeld is starting to promote the sequel, and in a new interview he inadvertently sheds some light on one of the difficulties that might have faced this particular script: it had to not only do something new with the characters, deal with time travel and wrap up a loose story that had spanned three films. It also has designs on setting up an all-new series of films. Read More »

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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Every time I think the whole back-and-forth about Bill Murray and Ghostbusters 3 is finally drawing to a close, somehow it comes roaring back again. This time, Murray is the one who’s not ruling out the possibility, however small, of his involvement. Also after the jump:

  • Photos from Expendables 2, MIB3, and G.I. Joe
  • A revealing new pic of Spock in Star Trek 2
  • Maggie Grace talks about Taken 2, again

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We already know all of you are pissed about Raging Bull 2. But if you’re wondering what Marty thinks, you’ll want to hit the jump to read his response. Plus:

  • True Lies 2 is probably still a ways off
  • Steven Seagal offered The Expendables 3
  • Anchorman 2 is being scripted as we speak
  • Cloverfield 2 isn’t official just yet
  • More new images from Men in Black 3
  • Another behind-the-scenes vid from Skyfall
  • Skyfall‘s trailer to debut before MIB 3

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If you were hoping to see more Star Trek: The Original Series stars in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek 2, George Takei says you’re out of luck. If you’ve been waiting to see Emma Thompson step back into her Oscar-nominated role from In the Name of the Father as real-life human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce, on the other hand, things are looking up. After the jump:

  • Luke Wilson isn’t sure he’ll be back for Anchorman 2
  • … but he wouldn’t mind another Old School
  • A new behind-the-scenes video from Skyfall drops
  • Producer Jon Landau talks Avatars 2 and 3, briefly
  • Emma Thompson will reprise her role as Gareth Peirce
  • George Takei says not to expect TOS cameos in Star Trek 2
  • Another new Men in Black 3 television spot

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Before we launch into the Andrew Garfield era of the Spider-Man movie franchise, Sony would really like it it you revisited the Tobey Maguire age one last time with its upcoming Blu-ray reissues of the Sam Raimi films. Also after the jump:

  • Sony drops the first TV spot for Men in Black 3
  • Blade 2‘s Blu-ray reissue will feature Guillermo Del Toro commentary
  • Damon Lindelof explains why Prometheus isn’t exactly a prequel
  • Dumb and Dumber 2 is happening, say the Farrelly Bros.
  • James Bond will be sipping Heineken in Skyfall

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