2011 was the biggest year ever for sequels, with a record-breaking 27 scheduled to hit theaters. And while it’s too early to say exactly how many we can expect in 2012 and beyond, judging by posts like this one it seems safe to say that the trend won’t be dying down anytime soon. After the jump:

  • Entertainment Weekly unveils the first look at Sam Worthington in Wrath of the Titans
  • Sony registers domain names for the as-yet-unannounced Insidious 2
  • Steven Spielberg’s longtime producer Kathleen Kennedy says Jurassic Park 4 is still looking for “a great script”
  • Kennedy also says the sequel to The Adventures of Tintin could hit as early as Christmas 2014
  • Bradley Cooper reveals that The Hangover Part III could start shooting in L.A. in September

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Over the past year we’ve heard small news here and there about Project X, a high school party comedy from producer Todd Phillips (director of Old School and The Hangover) and first-time feature director Nima Nourizade.

The film follows a high school party that grows to massive size, and eventually gets out of control. Reports out of test screenings have called Project X “the new Superbad” and similar superlatives. Now there is a trailer that suggests that Project X will really be like watching one long high school party. I can’t decide if that’s a good thing or not — see for yourself after the break. Read More »

The Hangover Part II is causing all sorts of legal trouble for Warner Bros. Back in April, tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill sued the studio over its use of a tattoo he’d designed for Mike Tyson, and late this summer a stunt double sued over significant head injuries he’d sustained during the production. Now another lawsuit has popped up concerning the film, this one by a California resident named Michael Alan Rubin who claims the movie was ripped off of a script he’d written based on his own life story.

Part of me wonders why Rubin would want to admit something like that even if it were true — the characters in the film mostly come across as jerks and dumbasses — but most of me understands that the potential for a fat financial settlement is a pretty compelling draw. More details after the jump.

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Project X

For a while now we’ve been hearing about Todd Phillips and Joel Silver-produced low-budget hard-R comedy film Project X. The project was set-up at Warner Bros with a $12 million budget, with Phillips serving as producer and creative godfather’ for commercial turned first time feature film director Nima Nourizade. The comedy follows three high school seniors who “throw a birthday party to make a name for themselves,” but  as the night progresses, “things spiral out of control as word of the party spreads.” Warner Bros has been test screening the film recently, and members of the recruited audience in attendance have been chatting it up on the IMDB message boards and twitter.

What did they think? Find out after the jump.

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Briefly: Warner Bros. has changed the release date of the mysterious Todd-Phillips produced comedy Project X from November 23 to March 2. The high school party comedy is directed by Nima Nourizadeh. A few weeks later, on April 13, they’ll release Bullet To The Head, the Walter Hill-directed action film starring Sylvester Stallone. Thanks to Deadline.

After the monster weekend that Warner Bros. enjoyed with The Hangover Part II, there was no question at all that a third film would quickly go into development. The first step in that process is pulling a writer to develop the script, and Warner Bros. and Legendary have reportedly tapped Craig Mazin for that gig. And if a recent interview he gave is any indication, the third film might have a hell of an ending. Read More »

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Today a press event took place for The Hangover Part II in LA, and one member of the press began the conversation about a third film in the comedy series by asking director Todd Phillips if anything is in the works. He said that no real conversations have been had at this point, but that he already has an idea, and that it would break the template we’ve seen established for the two existing films. Given that the second film looks to be little more than a retread of the first, that would be the first necessary factor in making a third. Read More »

Usually it’s ink on a page that can make or break a movie, not ink on a face. In the case of The Hangover Part II though, the tattoo on Ed Helms‘ face could pose yet another problem for the sure-to-be blockbuster sequel. S. Victor Whitmill, the man who designed Mike Tyson‘s famous face tattoo which the film is obviously referencing, is asking for an injunction that would stop Warner Bros. from releasing the film because he holds a trademark on the design. Read more after the break. Read More »