It’s not so unexpected for a hit movie to get a sequel a year or two out, but it’s also becoming increasingly common for franchises to pick up with the characters again ten or even twenty years after the last installment. In this edition of Sequel Bits, we have a handful of possible upcoming projects that look back to the ’80s and ’90s for inspiration. After the jump:

  • Tim Burton considers getting involved with Beetlejuice 2
  • Steven Spielberg won’t be directing Jurassic Park 4
  • Edward Burns could revisit his debut The Brothers McMullan, twenty years later
  • Peter Facinelli discusses the possibility (or lack thereof) of a Can’t Hardly Wait 2

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When we reported on the impending Beetlejuice reboot last month, the very first comment on our post was “No Keaton=no movie.” Apparently, writers Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg are of the same mind as our dear readers. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the two revealed some of the conditions of their making the film. Here’s the relevant quote:

When Warner Bros. came to us about it, we said the only way we’d do it if we got Tim [Burton’s] blessing and involvement, and we got that, and the star of the movie has to be Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice, and it’s a true continuation 26 years later. Not just throwing him in as a cameo going, “Hey, it’s me. I endorse this movie.” We’re not there yet [with Keaton] because we don’t have a film to present to him.

I’m still not really sold on the idea of this reboot, but if it has to happen I’d rather it happen with Keaton on board — I can’t imagine anyone else stepping into those shoes. It’s worth noting here that during last year’s press junket for Toy Story 3, Keaton told reporters he’d return “in a heartbeat” if a sequel happens.

The writers also emphasized that the new film will not be a remake, but a reboot, as previously reported. “People have been very angry about [the idea of a remake],” noted Katzenberg.

After the jump, Zach Galifianakis offers a tiny update on The Hangover Part III and tragedy hits the set of The Expendables 2.

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LOL: Groovin’ With Ken

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Pixar produced this faux docu-television clip for the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con International. It was basically created to introduce us to one of the new characters in Toy Story 3: Ken (of Ken & Barbie fame) voiced by Michael Keaton. At the time, I wasn’t too sold on the addition of this new character… but having now seen the film, I can tell you that most people agree he is one of the funniest parts of the whole movie.The clip is now online for all to enjoy. Check it out now, after the jump.

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Expect to see many posters showing off newToy Story 3 characters before the film opens this summer. The image above teases a bunch of the new characters to debut in the sequel, and shows two new characters, Peas-in-a-Pod and Ken, the latter voiced by Michael Keaton. (Expect questions about Ken’s sexual orientation in 3..2..1..) We’ve already seen another new guy, the Timothy Dalton-voiced Mr. Pricklepants, in a featurette. Here’s how Peas-in-a-Pod is (are?) described, though I’m not sure if this is in-movie character stuff or real world ad copy for the inevitable plush toy.

Peas-in-a-Pod will quickly become a parent’s favorite on-the-go toy. The soft, plush pod secures the happy peas inside with a durable metal zipper, making it perfect for the car or stroller. The Peas-in-a-Pod plush toy also develops fine motor skills by catering to a child’s natural grab instinct. Pulling the three peas out of the pod will provide repeated enjoyment for infants and toddlers, and soon they’ll learn to put them back in! Machine washable. Not for human consumption.

ComingSoon has the full poster for these lil’ guys. Head over there to see a big character poster of small peas, and see a larger version of the character tease after the break. Finally, keep an eye open for the final Toy Story 3 trailer, which hits tomorrow. Read More »

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The ensemble cast for The Other Guys, the latest collaboration between funnymen pals Will Ferrell and writer/director Adam McKay, is of a higher-profile than on their previous flicks, sans Anchorman. Today brings news that Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne “Tooth Fairy” Johnson will play stud “super cops” to the unfulfilled desk pigs played by Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Rob Riggle, and Craig Robinson. In addition, Brit comedy and Alan Patridge mastermind, Steve Coogan, will play the villain, automatically kicking the craziness up a notch. Last week we reported that Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, and a Wayans have mounted up for unspecified roles.

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Filming on The Other Guys, the ’10 cop comedy from writer/director Adam McKay (Step Brothers, Anchorman) rolls this month in New York, and today sees three new additions to the cast. Formerly entitled The B Team, I’m curious to see what McKay has up his twisted sleeve, because the buddy-cop formula isn’t just asthmatic, it’s cliche to the point of surreality, and he’ll also have Hot Fuzz to contend with.


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E! workhorse and acclaimed journalist Jules Asner was the guest on the current episode of the Adam Carolla podcast. Amongst discussion of her work, the mysteries of the modeling industry, the unpleasantness of Brooke Burke and lots of other non-/Film business, conversation does eventually come to Steven Soderbergh, Jules’ husband.

If you drop in at 19 minutes and 30 seconds or so, you can hear the talk on Soderbergh begin with Carolla’s attack on Ocean’s 13 and Asner’s brief defense. Asner then describes The Informant! as one of her favourite pictures Soderbergh has made alongside Ocean’s 11 and 12 and The Limey. After Carolla agrees that The Limey was a corker, conversation turns to the potential sequel.

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Michael Keaton Cast in Toy Story 3

Michael Keaton will voice the role of Ken (as in Barbie’s boyfriend Ken) in Toy Story 3. Jodi Benson (who voiced Barbie in the Toy Story series) revealed the news to IESB. This will be Keaton’s second appearance in a Pixar film, after voicing Chick Hicks in Cars.

What We Already Know about Toy Story 3:

  • Toy Story 3 will be released in digital Disney 3D on June 18th 2010.
  • Directed by Lee Unkrich, who edited the previous films, and co-directed Toy Story 2
  • Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, John Ratzenberger, and Jodi Benson are confirmed to return.
  • The story follows the toys as they are dumped in a day-care center after Andy leaves for College.
  • Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E) wrote the Treatment
  • Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) wrote the screenplay
  • Randy Newman will provide the scrore
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