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Sequels

The Secret of 'Transformers' Success: Being Transformative

Gene Del Vecchio | Posted 08.31.2014 | Entertainment
Gene Del Vecchio

In today's world, most sequels become extinct, literally, because they are dreadfully bad. While it may appear that the basic narrative for this sequel was the same as in the past, it was not.

22 Jump Street: A Sequel Done Right

Uloop | Posted 08.26.2014 | Entertainment
Uloop

We've all seen it happen: A popular film feels pressured to produce a sequel. This pressure to produce a script results in inevitable failure. I mean, who hasn't said, at one point or another, that sequels are never as good? That being said, 22 Jump Street has broken the mold.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 Outdoes the Original

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.15.2014 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

The voice talent is also to be commended as the voices perfectly match the characters with Baruchel and Blanchett leading the way. Animated films are always more enjoyable when the voice talent has been carefully cast

5 Sequels We Want To See ASAP

Huffington Post | Matthew Rappaport | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment

Sequels, trilogies and franchises are released with great frequency by Hollywood, as studios try to capitalize on what has been proven to work with au...

When it Comes to Hollywood, Familiarity Breeds Comfort

David Bergstein | Posted 03.09.2014 | Entertainment
David Bergstein

2013 was a fairly successful year for Hollywood. The top five highest grossing films of the year all had something in common: They were all sequels or prequels. Which begs the question: Why?

We're Dying To See Sequels To These Classic Black Films

Posted 11.14.2013 | Black Voices

With films featuring black casts like "The Best Man Holiday" and the forthcoming "Think Like A Man Too," hitting the big screen, we couldn't help but ...

I Spell Film With an "S"

Jon Eig | Posted 09.21.2013 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

American movies suck. Make that mainstream American movies circa the summer of 2013... suck. Of course, there are exceptions. If you want to say that animated movies are doing pretty well right now, I can't really argue.

Hollywood: Killing Originality Daily

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.17.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This was originally going to be a piece about how wrong it was for Will Smith to remake The Wild Bunch. But that metastasized into an idea about remak...

ReThink Review: Fast & Furious 6 - It's the Rock's World

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.28.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I firmly believe that Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson will soon surpass Arnold Schwarzenegger as the greatest movie action hero ever. It's Johnson -- as well as the disregard the filmmakers have for logic and physics -- that makes Fast & Furious 6 such a good time.

A Surge in Clone-Centric Movies

Leora Novick | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
Leora Novick

Do we like the idea of cloning so much that we are willing to endure the same theme for the past 20-plus years? I decided to look back in history and find examples throughout the years to illustrate this point.

Deliver Us From Stupid Hollywood Films

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.27.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

At this point in movie history, the Hollywood studios are to movies what McDonald's is to cuisine: a factory producing products that are nearly identical in their lack of depth, quality or concern for the viewing audience's intellect.

ReThink Review: A Good Day to Die Hard -- Killing a Classic

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.16.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Instead of stone-faced bodybuilders or martial arts experts, Die Hard had John McClane, an everyman New York cop with only street smarts and a sense of humor on his side who seemed as surprised as anyone to be an action hero.

Why Sequels Are Sometimes Superior

Dave Astor | Posted 03.19.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

Some sequels are better than the first novel, and some are worse. Why? The sequel to that question will consist of several answers in this post, along with examples of sequels that did or did not surpass the original book.

An American Unoriginal

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 02.26.2013 | Entertainment
Nicholas Ferroni

America is known for its innovation and ingenuity. Though we may not build the products we make; Americans created companies such as Apple, Microsoft ...

Learning the Wrong Lesson: Audiences Liked Our Original Films? Let's Make Sequels to All of Them!

Scott Mendelson | Posted 11.12.2012 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

2012 has been a banner year for, among other things, somewhat original, non-franchised *movies* often targeted at adults.

Let's All Make Sequels

Nicholas Weinstock | Posted 07.31.2012 | Entertainment
Nicholas Weinstock

After years of bemoaning the sequelization of Hollywood, of righteously railing with my fellow writers and producers against the movie industry's increasing reliance on preexisting franchises, I'd come face-to-face with the ungodly new reality. Sequels, to our children, are inherently cool.

What Ben Stiller's New Yorker Profile Teaches You About Hollywood

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 06.20.2012 | Entertainment

Ben Stiller gets a 15-page profile in the latest edition of The New Yorker, a fascinating piece that not only illustrates how difficult it is for an A...

Beatles 2? New 'Titanic 3-D'? Make It Stop!

Kia Makarechi | Posted 06.05.2012 | Entertainment
Kia Makarechi

Madonna is at the top of the Billboard charts, "Titanic" may be the highest-grossing movie of the week and "The Mummy," Twins, "Dumb and Dumber," "Summer School," "Anchorman," "Top Gun," "Total Recall" and even "Phantom of the Opera" are either getting sequels or being remade. Nothing is new, and that's sad.

6 Insane Sequels Never Made

www.cracked.com | Posted 04.28.2012 | Comedy

Hollywood may be a soulless machine of sequels, prequels, remakes and ripoffs, but there are some movies that even they won't touch -- some because th...

Reading Harry Potter and Other Multi-Volume Works in One Big Gulp

Dave Astor | Posted 09.14.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

For me, reading a book series after all the installments have been written is as satisfying as watching a great Quidditch match. Well, almost.

Is A 'Ferris Bueller' Sequel On The Way?

Posted 08.15.2011 | Chicago

Perhaps it can be chalked up to a renewed sense of nostalgia for the now deceased film director John Hughes, or perhaps we're in the midst of a collec...

The Challenges of Following Up a Bestselling Novel

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Keith Thomson

When the publisher advanced the idea of a sequel, I felt like a kid being told I could stay up and play longer. I already knew and enjoyed hanging out with the heroes.

Sequel Mania: Is Sustaining Innovation Too Much of a Good Thing in Hollywood?

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Inder Sidhu

What's the greenest town in American? Hollywood, where recycling has literally become an art form.

Weinstein Company, Miramax team up to pillage their past glories.

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

It's not a little sad and a lot ironic. Say what you will about Bob and Harvey Weinsten and Miramax, but they made their fortune and glory in the 199...

FILM: Kazakhstan Director Shoots Borat Sequel

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

A film director in Kazakhstan has shot a sequel to Sacha Baron Cohen's famous comedy Borat in a bid to improve the country's image. When it was relea...