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‘23 Jump Street’ Will Also Be a ‘Men in Black’ Reboot. Huh?

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by Mike Sampson December 10, 2014 @ 10:23 AM
Sony Pictures
‘23 Jump Street’ is a sequel that is surely happening, this despite all the many hilarious sequel jokes during the ‘22 Jump Street’ end credits. The franchise is just too popular to let die. But, how exactly would you sequelize ‘22 Jump Street’, which did a pretty effective job of sending up sequel cliches? Well, you send Jenko and Schmidt to the Men in Black program, of course.

James Horner Didn’t Return to Score ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Because It Was “Terrible”

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by Mike Sampson December 8, 2014 @ 12:58 PM
Sony Pictures
‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ was not a good movie. This is not news. Despite it’s ambitious setup to multiple sequels and spinoffs, the last Spider-Man movie was the least grossing film in the entire franchise by a wide margin (down over $60 million from the first ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ movie). Spider-Man is one of the most recognizable heroes worldwide, yet interest in this flagging franchise is at an all-time low. How exactly did it get this bad? Let James Horner, who composed the score for the first film and declined to return for the second, help explain.

George Lucas Hasn't Seen the ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ Trailer, “Not Really” Interested in the Movie

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by Mike Sampson December 8, 2014 @ 8:54 AM
Disney
Pretty much everyone has seen the 'Star Wars: Episode 7' trailer at this point. It was the most-viewed trailer of 2014 and is on track to become the most-viewed trailer of the internet age. It has been viewed over 72 million times and has spawned countless parodies and memes but, there's still one person who hasn't seen it: George Lucas. The man who created the franchise says that he hasn't seen the 'Force Awakens' trailer and has no plans to. In fact, he's not even that interested at all.

Trying to Make Sense of the ‘Terminator Genisys’ Trailer and Its Convoluted Timeline

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by Mike Sampson December 4, 2014 @ 2:41 PM
If you're anything like us here at ScreenCrush HQ, you were left a little confused (among other things) by the 'Terminator Genisys' trailer. Specifically, how it fit into 'Terminator' and 'T2' and their existing timelines (we're assuming that 'Rise of the Machines' and 'Terminator: Salvation' have been completely written off). Is this a reboot? A sidequel? A bootquel? Because it started to break out brains a little bit, Managing Editor Matt Singer and I say down to try and parse the plot of this film (with the help of some GIFs and screencaps) to see if we could get to the bottom of things.

‘While We’re Young’ Trailer: Ben Stiller Gets Back to Being Funny

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by Mike Sampson December 4, 2014 @ 9:40 AM
Noah Baumbach’s last movie, ‘Frances Ha’, was one of our favorite movies of 2013. If you don’t trust our judgment, it was also one of Quentin Tarantino’s favorite movies of 2013. For as good as it was though, ‘Frances Ha’ never really broke out in a big way. That should all change with Baumbach’s next movie, ‘While We’re Young’, which looks like a very, very funny Ben Stiller movie.

‘Bond 24’ Officially Titled ‘Spectre’, Full Cast Announced

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by Mike Sampson December 4, 2014 @ 7:24 AM
Sony Pictures
After much speculation, the official title and cast of 'Bond 24' was announced earlier this morning in London by director Sam Mendes. New castmembers—joining returning stars Daniel Craig, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes—include Christoph Waltz, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci, and Léa Seydoux. But, why read about this when you can watch it?

‘Frozen’ Short Film “Frozen Fever” to Debut in Theaters With ‘Cinderella’

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by Mike Sampson December 3, 2014 @ 12:26 PM
Guess what, parents? You're going to see Disney's live-action 'Cinderella' remake in theaters. Possibly more than once. Because that is when you, and more importantly the kids in your life, will be able to see the next 'Frozen' adventure—the short film "Frozen Fever"—for the first time.

Evangeline Lilly Almost Quit 'Ant-Man' When Edgar Wright Left

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by Mike Sampson December 3, 2014 @ 12:01 PM
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When Edgar Wright left Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’, many wondered if the superhero film would ever happen. Peyton Reed was hired to direct from a retooled script by Adam McKay and the film is still on track for its original release date, so everything worked out OK in the ‘Ant-Man’ world but, it almost didn’t work out that way. Star Evangeline Lilly revealed in a recent interview that when she first heard about Wright’s departure, she was “mortified” and almost quit the film.

‘Avengers 2’ Promo Art Reveals a New Look at Vision

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by Mike Sampson December 3, 2014 @ 9:14 AM
Marvel
Even though it’s over four months away, we’ve seen a lot from ‘Avengers 2’—there’s the ‘Avengers 2’ trailer, extended trailer, a clip from the film and advance trailer for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. But, one thing we haven’t really seen in any official capacity, is Paul Bettany as Vision. While we’re still waiting for an official reveal, we do have another, better look at one of the newest Avengers.