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January 8, 1993
First Hollywood and the movies gave us "Rambo II," now Clinton and the Democrats want to give us Carter II. Who needs sequels? ANTHONY T. DUNN San Diego
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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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By John Horn
James Cameron's “Avatar” project just got even bigger - so large that Cameron is no longer going it alone. The director and 20th Century Fox announced Thursday that they are now making three, not two, sequels to Cameron's 2009 blockbuster, the highest-grossing movie of all time with global sales of $2.78 billion. Rather than writing the sequels himself, as was Cameron's original plan, the filmmaker has brought on a team of screenwriters to collaborate on the follow-ups: Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”)
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
"Avatar" fans hungry for information about the long-gestating sequels to the 2009 science fiction blockbuster got another morsel this week, when director James Cameron said he will film the live-action portions of the three movies in New Zealand, with production scheduled to start there in early 2015. Cameron said the intention is to shoot the three movies concurrently, releasing the first sequel in time for Christmas 2016 and the following sequels in late 2017 and late 2018. The announcement, which Cameron made at a news conference in Wellington, New Zealand, on Monday, came with a promise from "Avatar's" studio, 20th Century Fox, to spend at least $413 million in the island nation, in exchange for a 25% tax rebate there.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2013 | By Chris Lee
Insert “I'll be back” joke here. With Paramount reviving the blockbuster “Terminator” movie series (through a partnership with Annapurna Pictures and Skydance Productions) to deliver a new stand-alone trilogy of killer-cyborg-from-the-future films beginning in June 2015, Hollywood watchers and fans of the franchise have remained fixated on a blast from the past: Will Arnold Schwarzenegger return to reprise his role as an unstoppable T-800 in the new movies? To be sure, the former Governator attached himself to a previous “Terminator” reboot two years ago with “Fast & Furious 6” filmmaker Justin Lin in the director's chair.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
James Cameron will make his return trip to Pandora with some familiar faces, as "Avatar" stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana have signed on for three sequels, studio Fox announced Tuesday. Though Cameron presumably could have taken the franchise in a different direction, Worthington and Saldana reprising their roles as Jake Sully, the disabled ex-Marine inhabiting an alien body, and Neytiri, the Na'vi huntress, suggests that their story will remain front and center. Given that "Avatar" still holds the record for worldwide gross with nearly $2.8 billion, and that Worthington and Saldana are the film's main characters, it's not particularly surprising that they've signed on for the sequels.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2012
What do many young-adult bestsellers have in common? The fact that they're not standalones - some of the hottest new titles this fall offer a continuation of many series in the form of sequels or prequels. SEQUELS Reached By Ally Condie Dutton, 384 pp.: $17.99, for ages 12 and up The conclusion to the "Matched" trilogy. (November) Days of Blood & Starlight By Laini Taylor Little, Brown, 528 pp.: $18.99, for ages 15 and up The second book in the "Daughter of Smoke & Bone" trilogy.
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August 26, 1991 | MARY ANN HOGAN
As scholars cringe, the publishing industry is about to give the world a $4.5-million, 768-page answer to one of the most provocative questions in American letters: Does Rhett go back to Scarlett? But "Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind," to be published by Warner Books Sept. 25, could also open the floodgates for more sequels to classic works, giving publishing a taste of what Hollywood has known for years: If you have a huge success, milk it.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2010 | By Claudia Eller and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Pixar Animation Studios, the pioneering digital studio that long prided itself on creating novel stories and characters, is now treading a well-worn Hollywood path. Three of the company's next four releases are sequels. On Friday, Pixar debuts the highly-anticipated third chapter of its popular "Toy Story" saga, to be followed in the next two years by new installments of "Cars" and "Monsters, Inc." Pixar won't have another original movie until 2012, when "Brave," about a young Scottish girl of royal blood who dreams of becoming a champion archer, arrives in theaters.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
"Captain America: Winter Soldier, " the latest exercise in character kitchen-sinkdom that is the Marvel Studios universe, did a few things in theaters this week‎end. It was, most prominently, a major box office hit, destroying the April record by more than $10 million and, at $96.2 million, falling just short of the magic $100-million mark. The Chris Evans film was also a critical success, garnering largely plaudits, if occasionally some reservations, on its way to an impressive 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.
ENTERTAINMENT
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...
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Bob and Harvey Weinstein are back in business with Miramax Films. The independent film-mogul brothers, who this year lost out on a bid to buy back from Walt Disney Co. the specialty label they founded, have signed a deal to partner with the new owners of Miramax to produce sequels and spin-offs to 10 movies that they made in the 1990s and early 2000s. Initially, Weinstein Co. expects to produce new installments of the Oscar-winning romantic comedy "Shakespeare in Love," the dark comedy "Bad Santa" and the 2005 remake of "The Amityville Horror.
BUSINESS
August 10, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
If the film business is akin to playing poker, two Hollywood studios are making bets on a hand they haven't yet been dealt. Lionsgate and Sony Pictures have announced release dates for sequels to "The Hunger Games" and "The Amazing Spider-Man," two highly anticipated movies that will be released in March and July 2012, respectively. "Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire" has been scheduled for November 2013, while the sequel to the "Spider-Man" reboot will hit theaters in May 2014.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
After the success of the 2011 reboot "The Muppets," which delighted critics and grossed more than $165 million worldwide, a sequel was inevitable. Opening March 21, "Muppets Most Wanted" picks up right where the Muppet gang left off and sends them on a grand tour of Europe. According to a number of early reviews, however, "Most Wanted" pales in comparison to its predecessor. Variety's Justin Chang calls the film "a hokey transcontinental caper that conspicuously lacks the winning blend of irreverence and sincerity that made 2011's 'The Muppets' such a delight.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before seeing how "Cosmos" did in the ratings. The Skinny: Man there was a lot of good TV last night. We had the "True Detective" finale, the return of "The Good Wife," the debuts of "Cosmos" and "Resurrection," and, of course, "Girls" and "The Walking Dead. " Alas, my Time Warner Cable DVR didn't record "The Good Wife" so I missed the first 20 minutes. Hope Comcast does better (see below). Today's headlines include the weekend box office recap and a look at the future of music.
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