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August 12, 2005 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
It's rare that a studio will walk away from success. Movie bosses are always on the prowl for low-cost/high-return movie franchises, and the Walt Disney Co. had such a property in "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo." Made for just $18 million and released in 1999, the Rob Schneider comedy about an unlikely male prostitute grossed more than $65 million domestically and sold a ton of videos and DVDs. Not surprisingly, Disney soon started developing a sequel.
July 13, 2005 | From Associated Press
Tom Cruise started shooting scenes for "Mission: Impossible 3" in Rome on Tuesday by whizzing past the camera in a speedboat. Fans looked on from a bridge over the river Tiber as the star sped under them to film the third installment in the action-adventure series. All traffic was barred from the historic waterway for the day. The movie will costar Ving Rhames, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Michelle Monaghan and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It is set for release in 2006.
June 8, 2005 | Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer
After more than a week of haggling over costs, Paramount Pictures on Tuesday reached an agreement with star Tom Cruise and his producing partner allowing "Mission: Impossible 3" to move forward as planned. Paramount confirmed that the sequel will start shooting July 18 in Italy, ending a week of brinksmanship in which new studio Chairman Brad Grey balked at a proposed budget Paramount insiders said had soared to about $185 million.
March 8, 2005 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Repackaging the DVD of a popular movie to hype an upcoming sequel is nothing new, but it's no longer enough to tack on a preview and throw in a ticket to see the new movie. The strategy has come to involve production of elaborate "collector's editions" that not only include deleted footage and the requisite preview but add new interviews and even specially produced short films.
July 6, 2004 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
By the end of last summer, "sequel" was a dirty word in Hollywood. "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," anyone? That was then. This summer, boosted by "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," "Shrek 2" and now "Spider-Man 2," sequels are flying high again. Unlike the huge crop in 2003 that inundated summer moviegoers -- 15, with many underperformers and outright duds among them -- this season's offerings include only eight. The smaller field has produced three major hits so far.
June 22, 2004 | From Associated Press
Quentin Tarantino said Monday that he plans to shoot a third part of the "Kill Bill" vengeance series, eventually. "I have plans, actually not right away, but like in 15 years from now, I'll do a third version of this saga," the director said at a news conference in Madrid to promote "Kill Bill Vol. 2," which opens in Spain next month. Tarantino said it would focus on the daughter of a hired killer that Uma Thurman's character bumps off early in her revenge spree.
January 23, 2004 | Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
Ever get the feeling you've been down this road before? Like life has turned into one big sequel? Not just at the movies, which thrive on multiple "Matrixes," "Legally Blondes" and other echoes of the past, but also in everyday affairs. In politics, George W. Bush is a sequel to his dad, complete with a recycled war against Iraq. CBS' "Survivor" is basically "Gilligan's Island" with a ballot box and barbecued rats. And Howard Dean's manic Iowa concession speech?
September 2, 2003 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
It must've been ages ago -- OK, maybe it was 1999 -- when I was at New Line, watching a pair of perky young screenwriters pitch then-New Line production chief Michael De Luca on their idea for a smack-talking showdown between horror moviedom's two titans of evil, Freddy Krueger from "Nightmare on Elm Street" and Jason Voorhees from "Friday the 13th."
July 20, 2003
Sequels are swell things. Humans love them. How many wars have we had to end wars? But we return to the premise of armed conflict over and over again. So excuse our midsummer suspicions when movie studio execs start wringing their hands and moaning over the "failure" of certain movie sequels this summer. Sounds like rehearsal for a tax audit meeting. Let's examine the alleged problem: Just because the public has fallen for -- what?
It's a pretty scary proposition, but is it possible that the average 16-year-old has better taste in movies than most of the rich, Ivy League-educated studio executives who've flooded us with a deluge of movie sequels this summer? Ever since the arrival of "The Matrix Reloaded" in mid-May, which was a box office success but a huge disappointment to most fans and critics alike, the retread market has taken a nasty bearish turn.
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