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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.
October 30, 2009 | Robert Abele; Kevin Thomas
Troy Duffy went from a bartending screenwriter to Harvey Weinstein's golden boy in the '90s with his calling-card script "The Boondock Saints" -- a brash action comedy about twin vigilantes. His resulting bad-behavior flameout in Hollywood was humiliatingly turned into a cautionary documentary ("Overnight"). But the best revenge is a fan base. "Saints" took off on home video. Now, 10 years later, Duffy has reemerged with a sequel, "The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day," reuniting Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery)
July 5, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
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.
June 17, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Disney Channel has ordered its "Boy Meets Girl" reboot "Girl Meets World" to series. It's a historic occasion that might only be matched by the Season 3 opener of the original ABC comedy that saw Cory finally confess his love for Topanga. When news first spread last fall that Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel, who played the central couple in the '90s TGIF sitcom, would reprise their roles as Cory and Topanga in a sequel to the popular sitcom for the Disney Channel, the Internet exploded.
August 1, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
"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.
August 1, 2013 | By David Ng
"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.)
January 8, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
We all know that Ray Allen still has game. But does Jesus Shuttlesworth? Allen, who currently plays for the Miami Heat and starred in the 1998 movie "He Got Game" as Shuttlesworth, said he and filmmaker Spike Lee have been in talks over the last couple of months about a potential sequel.  "Sequels to most movies are always fluff and not as good as the first," Allen said Tuesday before playing the New Orleans Pelicans. "But it's something we've been talking about for the last couple months.
June 21, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
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.
August 4, 2013 | By Chris Barton
As has been thoroughly documented, the past decade or so has not been easy for independent musicians, particularly for those with a taste for venturing outside typical bounds of rock and pop. Consider producer-musician Chris Schlarb, who at 36 years old has a wife, two kids and a full-time job as a short-haul truck driver that carries him around Southern California. “I've been working there off and on for about 10 years and what I've found is it ... allows me to think about music all day,” Schlarb said, speaking by phone while driving home in Long Beach.
March 26, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
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.
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