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November 18, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Nothing unites the people of the Internet quite like hatin' on something together. So the press release Monday afternoon announcing a sequel to the beloved holiday classic "It's a Wonderful Life" was met with the sort of overwhelming derision that really brings people together. Titled "It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story," the sequel was written by Bob Farnsworth and Martha Bolton. Star Partners and Hummingbird Productions are collaborating on the project and, though no director is currently attached, Monday's announcement declared that the film, with a proposed budget between $25 million and $32 million, was looking to shoot in Louisiana to be ready for the 2015 holiday season.
November 8, 2013 | By Robert Abele
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.
November 6, 2013 | By Michael Phillips
If anyone ever asks you what "Thor: The Dark World" has in common with "Blondie Goes Latin" and "Bomba and the Jungle Girl," here's the answer: It's the eighth movie in its franchise. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, as "Thor's" particular franchise is known, encompasses the new adventures of Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America and so on, worth billions around the world. (Rumor has it the next all-star "Avengers" movie will be two hours of actors in costume, counting their money.) So how's this "Thor" sequel?
November 4, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The sci-fi spectacle about children space warriors, "Ender's Game," came in No. 1 at the box office with an estimated $28 million . Pitched as a blockbuster for teens, the film actually attracted an older audience -- more than 54% were over 25 -- indicating that ticket sales were driven by adult fans who had read when they were kids. "Ender's Game" was first published in 1985 to commercial and critical success; author Orson Scott Card followed it with a number of sequels and prequels, and young fans read the series avidly.
November 1, 2013 | By Chris Lee
Adam McKay and Will Ferrell thought they'd gotten over the hard part. By 2008, the writer-director and star had overcome their initial reluctance to film a sequel to "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," the fan-cherished comedy that established both men on Hollywood's star map. And they'd come up with a script that McKay describes as appropriately "bells and whistles-y" to follow up one of the most widely quoted movies of the last quarter-century, a...
October 21, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
If you say the name three times, will it appear? "Beetlejuice 2" doesn't roll off the tongue quite as easily as plain old "Beetlejuice," but momentum appears to be gaining for the movie just the same. Tim Burton and Michael Keaton both are reportedly likely to return for the sequel to the beloved supernatural comedy, which became a box office hit and a cultural touchstone 25 years ago. The original paved the way for Keaton and Burton's pairing on "Batman" and "Batman Returns.
October 10, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Robert Rodriguez's new "Machete Kills" is the strongest example yet of the corner the filmmaker seems to have painted himself into, a sad funhouse of bad movies made in thrall of bad movies. Even the self-sufficiency of Rodriguez having his own production facilities in Austin, Texas, seems to be yielding diminishing returns, as so much of what he has done recently feels like wandering into the backyard to idle away a day. The story of "Machete Kills" follows a blade-wielding secret agent (Danny Trejo)
October 6, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Activision Blizzard Inc. is one of the world's largest publishers of video games. The Santa Monica company produces games that are used on PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, personal computers, mobile phones and other hand-held devices. Two of its most popular games are the war-themed "Call of Duty," and "World of Warcraft," a role-playing game set in a fantasy world. It's a big business. In 2012, the company released "Call of Duty: Black Ops II," which set video game sales records with more than $1 billion of retail sales within 15 days of its launch, the company said.
October 3, 2013 | By John Horn
The last three movies produced by Mark Burg - a sequel to "Saw," the remake "Texas Chainsaw 3D" and a violent revenge tale called "The Tortured" - were all rated R for "grisly" and "sadistic" violence and were hardly pleasant experiences for characters trying to remain alive. But Hollywood has a habit of making strange bedfellows, and when Burg's latest project arrives in theaters on Friday, fans of the horror veteran's work may be surprised by its story: "Grace Unplugged" is a Christian drama about a church singer (AJ Michalka)
September 26, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
I have no idea what effect foodimals will have on the ecosystem, and I do worry. But the 3-D animated movie mash-up that creates such exotic species as taco-diles, shrim-panzees, banan-ostriches and, my favorite, fla-mangoes makes for some pretty delicious family fun in "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. " There are definitely fewer carbs this time around. Whether charges of insensitivity to childhood obesity issues hurled at the first film are the reason, "Cloudy 2" is overwhelmingly fruit- and veggie-centric.
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