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July 5, 2013 |
In 2010, after the animation studio Illumination Entertainment's first film, "Despicable Me," became a surprise hit, its makers faced a quandary. "Despicable Me" derived much of its appeal from the character of a curmudgeonly supervillain named Felonious Gru, voiced by Steve Carell, who begins the movie wanting to steal the moon and ends it by hanging up his shrink ray and adopting three orphans. "Despicable Me" grossed more than $500 million worldwide, to the astonishment of Illumination founder and Chief Executive Chris Meledandri and the delight of distributor Universal Pictures, which promptly wanted a sequel.
November 8, 2013 |
A serious undertaking overwhelmed by amateurishness, "The Falls: Testament of Love" is writer-director Jon Garcia's sequel to last year's "The Falls," a no-budget (as in a reported $7,000) staple of gay film festivals that introduced two closeted Mormons who fall in love during a mission. Garcia's follow-up takes place five years later, when out writer RJ (Nick Ferrucci) has left the church and moved to Seattle, while Chris (Benjamin Farmer) doubles down on his LDS life by undergoing reparative therapy, marrying a woman, having a child and cutting off contact with RJ. The death of a common friend brings the two into each other's orbits again, though, with predictably fraught - and sudsy - consequences.
August 1, 2013 |
"The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later" -- the stage sequel to the "The Laramie Project" -- will have its Los Angeles debut run in September at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center in Hollywood. The play revisits the citizens of Laramie, Wyo., where Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was beaten to death in 1998. The "Laramie" sequel debuted in 2009 and has since been performed throughout the country. (The play had its Orange County premiere run in April at the Chance Theatre in Anaheim Hills.)
March 12, 2014 |
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.
April 12, 2012 |
In just a few months, actress Jennifer Lawrence will return to the arena to fight for her life again as Katniss Everdeen in "Catching Fire," the sequel to "The Hunger Games. " But her director and off-screen mentor, Gary Ross, will not be joining the fight. Ross and Lionsgate, the studio behind the hit movie, surprised millions of fans and many in Hollywood - even some who work at the Santa Monica company - with the news that the director was giving up the franchise's reins.
August 1, 2013 |
"Tiny Times 2," a sequel to China's box office hit about four fashion-conscious girlfriends, will get a North American release starting Aug. 16. The first film, based on a series of popular young adult novels by author Guo Jingming, became a box office hit in China, grossing more than $80 million there this summer since opening in late June. Trounced by critics, "Tiny Times" also sparked a controversy for its pro-consumerist portrayal of modern Chinese life. PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 North American distributor China Lion released "Tiny Times" in theaters in Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver on July 26. The sequel, which opens in mainland China Aug. 9, continues the story of the first movie's four main characters "as they move up the corporate ladder in the high-paced fashion world and deal with their personal lives and loves," according to a press release issued by China Lion.
February 21, 2014 |
The first movie was made for about $60 million and came out this month. There's no budget yet for “The Lego Movie” sequel, but Warner Bros. certainly has big ideas for the date. The studio has scheduled the follow-up to the building-block blockbuster for May 26, 2017, a prime Memorial Day slot that Hollywood typically uses for its highest-profile fare. The comedic screenwriters Jared Stern (“The Internship”) and Michelle Morgan (“Girl Most Likely) are on board to write the new movie, with no director hired as yet. There is ample precedent for a first-quarter release getting a spring-summer or holiday sequel; “The Hunger Games” came out in March but its sequel, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” was elevated to November.
April 8, 2014 |
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.
June 21, 2013 |
One of Stephen King's most enduring works is "The Shining," due in part to the film by Stanley Kubrick. Although the film strayed somewhat from the book, both told the terrifying story of a man who moves his family to a remote, empty resort when he becomes caretaker there. The Overlook Hotel, or the ghosts that haunt its hallways, take hold of him and eventually his wife and son desperately try to escape. It's been 36 years since "The Shining" was published, and King has picked up the thread again, writing the first sequel to the book.
March 26, 2013 |
Georges St. Pierre's next opponent will be his toughest one yet: Captain America. St. Pierre, the UFC welterweight champion who is considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, has been cast as villain Batroc the Leaper in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", the sequel to the 2011 hit "Captain America: The First Avenger. " Captain America fans will recognize Batroc as one of the iconic foes for Cap. He is a French mercenary who specializes in savate, a form of kickboxing.