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Star Wars Episode VII has dominated the news over the past day or so, but it’s certainly not the only sequel in town. After the jump:

  • Matt Reeves talks Planet of the Apes sequels
  • Ryan Coogler offers details on the Rocky spinoff Creed
  • John McTiernan wrote Thomas Crown 2 while in prison
  • Christopher McQuarrie shares a pic from M:I5 prep
  • Get an eyeful of Optimus Prime in a new Transformers still

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Need further proof something official is coming from the world of Star Wars? A second actor has confirmed on the record that, yes, they auditioned for the film. First was Saoirse Ronan and next is Michael B. Jordan, the Friday Night Lights, Wire and Fruitvale Station star. Jordan recently confirmed he auditioned for Star Wars Episode VII but doesn’t know much about it. And no lightsaber for him.

He also addressed rumors he’s up for roles in Fantastic Four, Independence Day 2 and that Rocky spinoff Creed with Ryan Coogler. Read all his quotes below. Read More »

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Director Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan, who paired up on this year’s awards contender Fruitvale Station, are in early talks to direct and star in Creed. Creed is a spin-off from Sylvester Stallone‘s breakout and Oscar winning film Rocky. It will follow the grandson of Apollo Creed, famously played in the Rocky films by Carl Weathers. Stallone would return to reprise his role, which would have him mentoring the aspiring boxer. Read More »

Sundance Fave ‘Fruitvale’ Sets Summer Release

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Briefly: Every year at the Sundance Film Festival, there are a few films that come out of seemingly nowhere to blow everyone away. This year, one of the favorites was Fruitvale, from first-time feature director Ryan Coogler. The fact-based drama starred Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights, The Wire) as Oscar Grant, a young Oakland man tragically killed by BART police officers on New Year’s Day 2009.

The Weinsteins quickly scooped up the Grand Jury Prize winner and set it for an October 18 release, but now they’ve bumped up the opening to July 26. Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and James Mangold’s The Wolverine are slotted to open on the same date. Click here to read Russ’ Sundance review of Fruitvale.

If a movie can be both gentle and scathing, Fruitvale is it. In this simple but stunningly effective film, first-time feature director Ryan Coogler responds to the shooting death of a 22-year old Oakland man at a BART station on New Year’s Day 2009. The writer/director recreates the horrific action in a straightforward manner that is largely free of hyperbole and excess emotional manipulation. The climax of the film is one of the most powerful sequences you’re likely to see on a movie screen this year. Read More »

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