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High school movie reunions are recurring theme in today’s Sequel Bits. Zac Efron and Lindsay Lohan tease High School Musical and Mean Girls reunions, respectively, while Kristen Bell discusses a potential Veronica Mars sequel. Also after the jump:

  • Ralph Fiennes hints at M’s future in Bond 24
  • Fifty Shades producer isn’t thinking sequel just yet
  • Producer gives a status update on Immortals 2
  • Agent 47 adds Thomas Kretschmann as the villain
  • The Raid 2 reveals a striking new poster

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Thomas Kretschmann is having a huge year, because he stars in Stalingrad, which has been a huge hit in Russia and is doing well in other countries even if it has slid quietly into American theaters. But Kretschmann will invade the US multiplex in 2015 via a significant role in Avengers: Age of Ultron. He plays the villainous Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, a long-running Marvel bad guy who wears a monocle and everything.

Strucker doesn’t have a huge role in the Avengers sequel, but like other Marvel actors it turns out that Kretschmann has a multi-picture deal with the company. And so speculation has started about where else Strucker will show up. Read More »

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Obviously, Ultron will be the main bad guy in 2015’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron. However back in December we’d heard rumblings that a second villain will also be part of the film. That second antagonist has now been confirmed. Thomas Kretschmann (TV’s Dracula) has been cast as HYDRA leader Baron Wolfgang von Strucker in the Joss Whedon Marvel super-film. Read More »

The filthy rich spend exorbitant amounts of money to torture and murder innocent victims. Not only is the premise of the Hostel movies clever and evil, it’s also a not-so-subtle social commentary on haves and have-nots. In the first two films of the series, both directed by Eli Roth, that commentary had a European setting. The third film brings it home. Hostel Part III, directed by Scott Spiegel and written by Michael D. Weiss, starts Kip Pardue, Thomas Kretschmann and others in the story of two friends in Las Vegas who unwillingly pay a visit to the Elite Hunting Club. It’s scheduled for a direct-to-DVD release December 27. Watch the trailer and see the DVD art after the jump. Read More »

Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli is behind a new ABC show called The River, which follows the search for  a missing nature TV host. Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan) directed the pilot from a script by Michael R. Perry and Michael Green, and a trailer has shown up online. Read More »

‘Cars 2′ Trailer #4

Just on the off chance that you’d overlooked the fact that a sequel to Cars is being released this summer, Disney and Pixar have released another full-length trailer (after a unleashing a legion of clips and TV spots) for Cars 2. The Disney/Pixar channel on YouTube calls this trailer #4, and who am I to argue? There is some new footage here, and the trailer is cut well, but at this point either you’re on board for Cars 2 or you’re not. If by some chance you’re new to the fact that the film exists, hit the break for the new trailer, or check it out if you can’t wait for the film to open on June 24. Read More »

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Cars 2, which opens on June 24, seems to be everywhere lately. Disney and Pixar have been nearing a saturation point with the release of new characters, images, TV spots and trailers.

Just this week we had a new full-length trailer that focused on the espionage aspects of the film’s plot, and now we have an extended international cut of that trailer. It isn’t hugely different, and won’t change your mind if you’re one of those without much interest in this particular Pixar film. But for those who are ready to go back to this particular world it might be a good extra tease. In addition to that different trailer cut, we’ve got four retro-styled Grand Prix posters and a handful of high-res images, after the break. Read More »

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Walt Disney Pictures has released a new movie trailer for Pixar’s Cars 2.

They are really playing up the film’s spy storyline, but nothing I’m seeing is making me interested in this sequel. The first film is in all accounts Pixar’s worst movie to date. It wasn’t even very profitable at the box office, but made billions in toy/merchandise sales. I was hoping that Lasseter may have found some heartfelt hook (I loved the Route 66 storyline in the first film, but it came in way too late) but the trailers thus far present a storyline which looks like a sad excuse to cash in at Toys r Us. And don’t get me wrong, I understand this is the movie BUSINESS, but I have come to expect more from Pixar. They are a studio-run entity which time and time again have produced films which are at the perfect intersection of entertainment and art.

Watch the trailer embedded after the ump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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United Artists has provided /Film with four new production photos from Bryan Singer‘s Valkyrie. Apparently, a new trailer will premiere tomorrow night around 8:00pm PT, so check back then. As always, click on the stills to enlarge.

Official Plot Synopsis: In a country in the grips of evil, in a police state where every move is being watched, in a world where justice and honor have been subverted, a group of men hidden inside the highest reaches of power decide to take action. Tom Cruise stars in the suspense film, VALKYRIE, based on the true story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (CRUISE) and the daring and ingenious plot to eliminate one of the most evil tyrants the world has ever known. Director Bryan Singer (THE USUAL SUSPECTS, X-MEN, SUPERMAN RETURNS) re-teams with Academy Award®-winning USUAL SUSPECTS screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie to bring to life the story of the men who led the operation to assassinate Hitler. The film also stars an acclaimed cast including Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Carice van Houten, Thomas Kretschmann, Eddie Izzard, Christian Berkel and Terence Stamp.

A proud military man, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg is a loyal officer who serves his country all the while hoping that someone will find a way to stop Hitler before Europe and Germany are destroyed. Realizing that time is running out, he decides that he must take action himself and joins the German resistance. Armed with a cunning strategy to use Hitler’s own emergency plan – known as Operation Valkyrie – these men plot to assassinate the dictator and overthrow his Nazi government from the inside. With everything in place, with the future of the world, the fate of millions and the lives of his wife and children hanging in the balance, von Stauffenberg is thrust from being one of many who oppose Hitler to the one who must kill Hitler himself.

Valkyrie is scheduled to hit theaters on December 26th 2008.

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