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June 17, 1996
Do you think that Bob Woodward is now working on a sequel to "All the President's Men"? WES SCHOPPE Manhattan Beach
April 27, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
The 'Spider-Man' sequel doesn't swing into North American theaters until next weekend, but the superhero flick is already sticking with moviegoers overseas. Since launching in a handful of international markets this month, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" had collected an impressive $132 million, according to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures. The movie is currently playing in roughly 40 foreign markets, performing best in the Britain, Mexico and South Korea. The picture has yet to open in an additional 30 countries abroad, including major markets like Brazil and China.
June 21, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
When it comes to sequels, "Cars 2" flies in the face of conventional Hollywood calculus. Its predecessor was the least well-reviewed of Pixar Animation Studios' 11 movies and among its poorest performers at the box office — at least, by the premier animation studio's sterling standards. One attribute distinguishes "Cars" from most other films: it sparked a licensing bonanza that continued to fuel merchandise sales long after Lightning McQueen, Mater and the movie's other anthropomorphic autos rolled out of the megaplex.
April 11, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Does the "2" in "Rio 2" stand for "2 Much"? Not officially, but you might think so judging from reviews of the new animated musical, which finds Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway's blue macaws headed from the hustle and bustle of Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon rain forest. Film critics say the movie is eye-catching and sounds good, but the story is overly familiar and overstuffed. The Times' Betsy Sharkey writes , "Wonderfully animated and well-voiced, 'Rio 2' is nevertheless too much.
August 7, 2012 | By John Horn
Joss Whedon will return to write and direct a sequel to "The Avengers," Bob Iger, the chief executive of the Walt Disney Co., announced Tuesday. The superhero movie, made by Disney's Marvel Entertainment subsidiary, is one of the biggest hits in modern Hollywood history, with global ticket sales in excess of $1.46 billion. The film's domestic ticket sales of $616.8 million makes it the third-highest-grossing film of all time, trailing just"Avatar" and"Titanic" in non-inflation-adjusted dollars.
July 12, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
"Sharknado" looks more like a "Snarknado. " Syfy's so-bad-it's-great B-movie , starring Tara Reid, generated a whirlwind of response from Twitter on Thursday night. Perhaps recognizing Syfy puts out goofy movies like this all the time -- 2010's "Sharktopus" comes to mind -- many clamored for a sequel. Some tweeters proposed possible titles. Right now, I'm hoping for a producer's credit for "Avalanchovies. " Or "Shrewnami. "  PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Here are some favorites: "Shih Tzunami" -- @annielowrey " Lizard Blizzard" -- @TheTweetOfGod "Hurricats" --  @goingforgoofy "Squidquake" -- @brayingdixon " Velocirapture" --  @JasonAbbruzzese "Sharknobyl" --  @swin24 We've got a few more Hollywood-ready ideas here .  "Sharknado" racked up about 387,000 tweets, according to a spokesman for Syfy, and at its peak boasted 5,000 tweets a minute ( which didn't exactly translate into stellar ratings )
December 17, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"The Bible" was a hit for History this year, so it only makes sense that more would be coming. On Tuesday, NBC announced the sequel -- "A.D. " -- is making the leap from cable to broadcast. It will air on NBC sometime in the spring of 2015. The 12-hour miniseries, executive produced by "The Apprentice" creator Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Richard Bedser, is expected to take up the story of the New Testament after the crucifixion of Jesus. NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said in a statement, "Everyone's lives were completely altered in an instant and the immediate aftermath of Christ's death had an impact on his disciples, his mother Mary, and key political and religious leaders of the time. In the first episode alone you see the last moments of the Crucifixion, Judas taking his own life after betraying Christ, Peter denying Jesus three times, and then the miracle of the Resurrection.
August 24, 1986 | Morgan Gendel
They're baaaaack! The Ghostbusters, that is. Dan Aykroyd is putting finishing touches on the script for "Ghostbusters II"--for Columbia Pics. According to Bernie Brillstein, Aykroyd's manager (and exec producer of "I"), the film will reunite Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and director Ivan Reitman--who've all committed to the project. No word yet on whether Sigourney Weaver will return.
February 5, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Kristen Wiig is joining the cast of Will Ferrell's "Anchorman" sequel. Knights of Columbus, that's kind of a big deal! "Just found out Kristen Wiig officially on board for Anchorman 2. Cannonball!" director Adam McKay confirmed Monday on Twitter. "Anchorman" costar Christina Applegate (a.k.a. Ron Burgundy's lady love) corroborated the story with her own Tweet. "woohoo! That's so great," Applegate responded, later quipping , "So excited Kristen Wiig has joined our cast for anchorman2.
April 18, 2013 | By John Horn
Paramount Pictures will cast Chinese roles for its upcoming “Transformers 4” through a reality television show in the world's most populous nation, the studio announced Thursday. The sequel, set for release next summer and directed by Michael Bay, previously was announced as a coproduction between the American studio and China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises. Known as “'Transformers 4' Chinese Actors Talent Search Reality Show,” the competition will select four actors for the film: two professionals and two amateurs.    The competition is scheduled to start this June and will be judged by Jiaflix producer Sid Ganis, the former president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences; Lorenzo DiBonaventura, the producer of the “Transformers” sequel; casting director Denise Chamian; and Paramount marketing and distribution executive Megan Colligan.
April 8, 2014 | By Chris Feliciano Arnold, guest blogger
Every few years rumors percolate of an imminent sequel to the 1985 film classic "The Goonies. " Director Richard Donner reignited the buzz last week, telling TMZ that the project is in the works, echoing star Sean Astin's 2012 claim that a second movie is "1,000% certain. " Warner Bros., for its part, won't confirm or deny that a "Goonies 2" is in the works. If there is, that is a 1,000% terrible idea, and any plans for a "Goonies" sequel should be buried in a cave and surrounded by booby traps.   If you grew up in the VHS era, chances are you have strong feelings about this movie.
April 7, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Superhero sequel "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" soared in its opening weekend to a record-breaking $96.2 million in North America and a worldwide total to date of $303.3 million. The $170-million 3-D film, starring Chris Evans as the shield-bearing superhero and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, is the top April opening of all time and more successful than its 2011 predecessor, "Captain America: The First Avenger," which made $65 million domestically in its first three days.
April 6, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Superhero sequel "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" soared in its opening weekend to a record-breaking $96.2 million in North America and an early worldwide total of $303.3 million. The $170-million 3-D film, starring Chris Evans as the shield-bearing superhero and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, was the top April opening of all time and more successful than its 2011 predecessor  "Captain America: The First Avenger," which made $65 million in its first three days.
April 3, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
A red-white-and-blue-clad superhero will dominate the box office this weekend, with "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" poised to score the biggest debut of 2014 thus far. The latest effort from Disney's Marvel Studios is likely to generate $90 million or more in ticket sales through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys.  "The Winter Soldier," the $170-million 3-D sequel to 2011's "Captain...
March 19, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
A decade after the titular superhero family of "The Incredibles" donned their spandex suits to save the day, Disney announced that its animation studio Pixar is working on a sequel to the Oscar-winning movie. The sequel was announced by Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger during the company's annual shareholder meeting in Portland, Ore. Iger also revealed that Pixar is planning a third movie in the popular "Cars" franchise. Written and directed by Brad Bird, "The Incredibles" tells of a superpowered-family living in a world where superheroes have been banned from fighting crime.
March 19, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Walt Disney Co. held its annual meeting in Portland, Ore., on Tuesday and used the occasion to reveal a few tidbits about its forthcoming film projects, including a pair of animated sequels and the company's first "Star Wars" picture. Shareholders of Disney, the world's largest entertainment company, also confirmed all 10 members of the board of directors who were up for reelection. The meeting was also notable for what did not transpire there. The Burbank company was able to avoid a vote on a proposal put forward by a group of activist investors who wanted to amend the process by which candidates are nominated to the board.
May 16, 2013 | By John Horn
Harvey Weinstein says he loved the martial arts blockbuster “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” So now he's making its sequel - albeit without original director Ang Lee. CHEAT SHEET: Cannes Film Festival 2013 The Weinstein Co. announced Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival that it will commence filming on “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2 - The Green Destiny” next March in Asia. The sequel will be directed by Yuen Wo Ping (the celebrated fight choreographer in the first film)
August 3, 2012 | by Carolyn Kellogg
Stephen King published "The Shining" way back in 1977. It was his fourth novel. A year earlier, his first, "Carrie," had come out as a film directed by Brian De Palma, and had been a huge success. King was big, but he wasn't yet the giant bestselling author he's become. Now, 35 years later, King has gone back to "The Shining" and written a sequel, " Doctor Sleep . " It comes to shelves in January of 2013, just when everyone who might be snowed in will be. "Doctor Sleep" features the now-adult Danny, the child who could see ghosts in the Overlook Hotel.
March 15, 2014 | By Chris Barton
The video-game-inspired action film "Need for Speed" outpaced the competition at the box office Friday night, taking in $6.6 million, according to estimates. Starring "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul in his first role since the hit AMC crime drama concluded, the car chase-heavy movie that shares a title with a long-running racing game franchise was expected to earn between $25 million and $30 million in its first weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
March 12, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The burgeoning "Lego Movie" franchise has a new master builder: Chris McKay, who served as animation co-director on the first film. McKay has been hired to direct the 2017 sequel, according to a Deadline Hollywood report , taking the reins from "Lego Movie" directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. A Chicago native, McKay got his start in TV animation, winning an Emmy for his work on Cartoon Network's "Robot Chicken. " He also worked on the Adult Swim series "Titan Maximum. " The "Lego" sequel will mark his first studio film as a director.
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