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‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!’ Review: Sappy Sequel Dissolves Into the Cher Show

Here we go again. That’s the title of the sequel to the 2008 smash hit Mamma Mia. But this time around, the trip is not as charming, the ABBA songs not as well-known, and the plot even more ridiculous. Luckily, Cher enters in the third act to save this sappy but at times charming sequel.

The Prequel Problem

As we’ve seen with several films this year, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! suffers from the prequel problem. The first film was adapted from a successful musical with the same name. The follow-up feels pieced together, switching back and forth between the present, where Sophie Sheridan (Amanda Seyfried) is trying to re-open her late mother Donna’s (Meryl Streep) hotel, and the past, which depicts how a young Donna (Lily James) became pregnant with Sophie via three potential suitors.

The identity of Sophie’s father is the device that drove the first film; in the second, it’s inconsequential as she has strong relationships with all three. Instead, her battle is with a looming storm, literally.


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Donna and the Dynamos perform at university.

The film incorporates more obscure tracks from ABBA’s discography — including “One of Us” and “Andante, Andante” — to tell of Donna’s dalliances and desires to do something on her own (opening a hotel). Popular songs from the first film like “Dancing Queen” and the titular “Mamma Mia” — are re-used. Some numbers feel lifted straight from the first film; the townspeople once again descend to the docks singing “Dancing Queen.” Lily James performs most of the vocals in Here We Go Again! She has a sweet voice, but lacks some of older Donna’s swagger (and thankfully Amanda Seyfried’s vibrato).

Younger audiences who do not know the more obscure songs end up waiting for the more familiar ones to come on. They’re treated to eye candy in the forms of young Sam (Jeremy Irvine), Bill (Josh Dylan), and Harry (Hugh Skinner).


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There’s no face Pierce Brosnan can make that looks bad.

The men are so impossibly attractive that the women ask, “Jesus Christ, what kind of island is this?” And while the men are easy on the eyes, they’re hard on the ears. Each has a mercifully short solo, and their older counterparts (Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, and Colin Firth) even less. However, when the familiar melodies do come, moviegoers can’t help but smile and tap their feet along. That’s the magic of ABBA’s music.

There are some additional highlights. Christine Baranski and Julie Walters reprise their roles as Tanya and Rosie, Donna’s best friends and bandmates. Once again, they provide much of the laughs, especially during the cheesy group choreography numbers. Even their younger versions are quite funny; Jessica Keenan Wynn channels young temptress Tanya perfectly, while Alexa Davies proves Rosie’s always had spunk.


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Cher swoops in and saves the sequel.

Of course, the sequel’s biggest savior is Cher, who plays Sophie’s estranged grandmother Ruby Sheridan, a famous Las Vegas headliner. Cher’s performance is so over the top (like any diva, she has multiple wig and outfit changes in the limited scenes she’s in) that viewers can’t help but laugh. It’s sheer, or should we say, Cher ridiculousness. And audiences eat it up.

Is Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! Good?

Even the most diehard ABBA fans wouldn’t call Here We Go Again! good, but it’s cute with a few surprisingly tender moments. Not least of which is an ending duet to “My Love, My Life.” And of course, the stunt casting of Cher can’t be missed.

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New ‘RoboCop’ Sequel Coming From ‘District 9’ Director; Here’s Everything We Know

New 'RoboCop' Sequel Coming From 'District 9' Director; Here's Everything We Know

Four years ago, MGM attempted to reboot the RoboCop franchise with a remake starring Joel Kinnaman. That wasn't too big a hit, at least not domestically, so now instead of continuing from that movie, the studio is going back to the beginning. According to Deadline, Neill Blomkamp (District 9) will helm a direct sequel to the 1987 original. 

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Miles Teller Set to Play Goose’s Son Opposite Tom Cruise in the Top Gun Sequel

Miles Teller is taking to the sky.

The actor is set to play Tom Cruise’s protégé in the Top Gun sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, Variety reports. Teller, 31, will portray the son of Goose, originally played by Anthony Edwards in the 1986 classic.

In the original film, Goose dies in an accident and Maverick (Cruise) blames himself for the death.

Prior to Goose’s tragic death, the pilot and Maverick were the ultimate dynamic duo known for their catchphrase, “I feel the need… the need for speed.”

Other actors considered for the role were Hidden Figures’ Glen Powell and X-Men’s Nicholas Hoult, according to Variety.

Powell hilariously shared his reaction to the news on Twitter, writing, “I’m taking down all the Tom Cruise posters in my bedroom. Maybe, I’ll leave one. Two for symmetry. Okay, the posters are staying.”

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Val Kilmer is expected to return for his role as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky, Maverick’s rival, the outlet reports.

Filming for the movie is already underway, with a release date of July 12, 2019, according to Deadline.

In May, Cruise, 56, shared the first photo from the set of Top Gun: Maverick. In the teaser image — posted to Cruise’s social media on “#Day1” of production for the 2019 release — the action star posed as his United States Naval Aviator Lieutenant character, aviators and all. Decked in his aviation gear and holding his helmet, Cruise gazed across the tarmac at a F-18 Tomcat (Maverick’s plane of choice in the original film).

Cruise labeled the picture “FEEL THE NEED,” referencing Maverick and Goose’s iconic quote.

Top Gun: Maverick is being helmed by filmmaker Joseph Kosinski, Cruise’s director on the 2013 sci-fi drama Oblivion. He has experience making sequels decades after their original release, having directed 2010’s Tron: Legacy. 

Not much is known about the plot for the sequel, written by Eric Warren Singer (Only the Brave), Peter Craig (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) and Justin Marks (The Jungle Book).

According to Variety, Cruise’s character will now be an instructor, with the film exploring “a world of drone technology, fifth-generation fighters and the end of the era of dog-fighting.”


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Rebecca Ferguson Joins ‘Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’; Here’s Everything We Know

Rebecca Ferguson Joins 'Shining' Sequel 'Doctor Sleep'; Here's Everything We Know

Update: Rebecca Ferguson, who burst into prominence thanks to her dynamic performance in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (above), is in negotiations to costar in Doctor Sleep, according to Variety.

Based on Stephen King's novel, a sequel to The Shining, the story follows Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), a youngster in the original film, who is now an adult dealing with his own problems, psychic and otherwise, as he endeavors to help dying patients at a hospice. The role that Ferguson…

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Sequel Now Has a Title; Here’s Everything We Know

'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Sequel Now Has a Title; Here's Everything We Know

Update: Tom Holland went and nonchalantly (accidentally?) revealed the title for the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming over the weekend: Spider-Man: Far From Home.

The name showed up on an electronic copy of the script the actor waved about in a new Instagram video, where he also admits to being confused about there being a sequel, due to a spoilery element of Avengers: Infinity War. Watch below. 

 

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The Week in Movie News: ‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel Teased a Mystery, ‘Dumbo’ and ‘The Nun’ Trailers and More

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Wonder Woman sequel teases a surprising co-star: We learned Wonder Woman 2 is titled Wonder Woman 1984 and saw some new images from the '80s-set superhero movie, including one mysteriously featuring Chris Pine as the previously killed-off Steve Trevor. Read more here and check out more Gal Gadot news here.

 

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Val Kilmer Steps Out with His Lookalike Son After Being Cast in the Top Gun Sequel

Val Kilmer is returning to the big screen in the upcoming Top Gun sequel, but all the attention this week was on his 23-year-old son, actor Jack Kilmer.

The Heat star, 58, stepped out with Jack at a private screening of his son’s new film Carte Blanche. The duo, who share an uncanny likeness, posed for pictures together alongside the film’s director, Eva Dolezalova at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Thursday.

The film tells the story of a young actor who is suddenly launched into stardom as the lead in a major movie franchise. “Attending a high-profile Hollywood function, he comes across a mysterious man from his past, which begins his downward spiral as he is pushed to the brink of his sanity,” Dolezalova explained in the film’s tagline.

Meanwhile, Kilmer will return as hotshot fighter pilot Iceman in Top Gun: Maverick alongside his costar in the original, Tom Cruise, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed.

Kilmer’s comeback role in the film follows what has been a mysterious Hollywood hiatus for the actor.

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His health issues first became apparent in January 2015, when a spokesperson told PEOPLE that he was rushed to the hospital “for a possible tumor.” Soon after, he took to Facebook to deny having a tumor, saying only that he “had a complication.”

After denying the illness for years, Kilmer finally opened up about his cancer recovery to The Hollywood Reporter in December 2017 in an interview alongside his children with his ex-wife Joanne Whalley: Mercedes, 26, and Jack, 22.

The article revealed that the actor’s two-year fight with throat cancer had “taken its toll” on the family and noted that Kilmer had undergone a procedure on his trachea which made his voice raspy and left him short of breath.

Kilmer credited his Christian Scientist faith in helping with his recovery and has undergone chemotherapy, according to THR.

Top Gun: Maverick is scheduled for release on July 12, 2019.


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‘Halloween’ First Look Is Equal Parts Sequel and Remake

Halloween is a big deal for horror fans. The iconic franchise hasn’t had a film in almost a decade, but that’s about to change. This October, Michael Myers is returning to the big screen in a film written and directed by David Gordon Green with Danny McBride as a co-writer. Fans have been eager to see what their vision will look like and we got a look at the first trailer during the Universal presentation at CinemaCon. And now, you can see the trailer for yourself!

Our reaction? Mixed in some very strong ways.

All the Old Familiar Places


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Fans will recognize a few familiar images in the new 'Halloween,' like a nod to this classic scene.

The trailer starts with a duo of documentarians inquiring about a certain mental patient. Through some refresher course backstory, we discover that this is Michael Myers. As they approach him, they open a bag and pull out the iconic mask. Yeah, that’s a really good idea.

From the dialogue we heard, it’s clear that this new film is only acknowledging the original Halloween. There is even a joke where some teens talk about the original murders and one kid says, “Wasn’t it Laurie Strode‘s brother who killed everyone?” Another teen responds, “Nah, that was just something someone made up.” The audience laughed and things seemed to be going along quite well.

But, we see a number of shots that feel like direct riffs on the original Halloween. Michael escapes due to a bus transfer that tips over and we see patients roaming the roads. It’s an image that anyone familiar with the first film will recognize. We see the same Haddonfield sidewalk shots of people walking, and even a callback to the infamous “ghost” scene from the first film. The parts of the trailer that looked like a remake were somewhat discouraging.

However, the new elements looked great.

A New Nightmare


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You'll also seem some inversions of some classic 'Halloween' scares.

We catch up with Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and she has become a bonafide badass in the 40 years since Michael’s massacre. Her house has a secret basement that’s hidden by a motorized trap door, and she even looks to have a shooting range where she’s been practicing her headshots. Since Michael’s capture, she’s been preparing for his return. “I’ve been waiting for Michael to return… so I can kill him.” It’s definitely treading similar ground as Halloween: H20 but in a much more polished and intriguing way.

And the few scares we saw were actually really effective. There’s a small bit in a child’s bedroom where a babysitter is trying to close a closet door and it won’t shut. She slams it over and over but it won’t cooperate, so she opens it wide and Michael is right there. It’s a perfect use of his boogeyman persona. But, the coolest shot wasn’t even a scare. Laurie is standing on the street and looks up in a window. She sees Michael staring back at her. She pulls out a gun and fires. It looks like she hits her target, but it turns out that it was a mirror with Michael’s reflection in it. If there are more creative moments like that, the remake aspects might not be as damaging.

It is worth noting that the film itself looks incredibly polished with some cool compositions. It’s the first Halloween sequel since the original Halloween II that feels like it belongs in the same visual world as the first film. Green is an accomplished director and we want to believe he’s got some tricks up his sleeve.

You can judge for yourself but we’re staying cautiously optimistic on this one. Halloween opens on October 19 in the US and UK.

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Claire Foy is ditching palace life as Lisbeth in the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sequel

Liz, is that you?

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If you’ve ever wanted to see Queen Elizabeth tatted up, glittering with facial piercings and rocking black leather, well – you’re still not in luck. That said though, you’ll be able to imagine what a young goth Liz would have looked like when Claire Foy steps into the role of Lisbeth Salander this year: a.k.a. the badass protagonist of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series.

Given that Claire Foy has closed the door on her role as Queen Elizabeth on Netflix’s The Crown, it was only a matter of time before she moved onto something else. She could have done the safe thing and banked on the role that made her famous by doing a good old British period drama, but we’re absolutely ecstatic that she went for the polar opposite in Lisbeth Salander.

The new film is called The Girl Caught In The Spider’s Web and is based on the fourth novel of the bestselling Millenium series revolving around Lisbeth, written by Stieg Larsson. Claire will be the third person to take up the mantle and motorbike helmet as the unsettling crusader, as Noomi Rapace and more recently Rooney Mara played the role.

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We got a first glimpse of Claire looking unlike we’ve ever seen her before in a new trailer, where she’s all decked out in white face paint and rocking a short pixie cut. It seems like the new film directed by Fede Alvarez will set her up as a feminist champion who saves women from abusers and is literally referred to as ‘the righter of wrongs’ in the trailer.

While some Twitter users quibbled with Claire’s Svenglish accent, it looks like it’s going to be a pretty cool action hero flick. Unfortunately, Daniel Craig won’t be reprising his role as journalist Mikael Blomkvist (something that devastates me greatly) and instead Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason will be stepping into his shoes.

Stephen Merchant is also set to star in the gritty film, however his role hasn’t been formally announced. Your guess is as good as ours as to why the funnyman is there to begin with.

The film will be released later this year on 9 November, so you won’t have to wait too long. That’s just enough time to reread the entire Millennium series, if you need a little refresher.

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‘Hereditary’ Director Ari Aster Has a “Crazy” Sequel Idea, Plus: Details on His Next Film

‘Hereditary’ Director Ari Aster Has a “Crazy” Sequel Idea, Plus: Details on His Next Film

On Friday, June 8, one of the year’s scariest and most daring films hits theaters, and if you are any kind of horror fan, it is mandatory viewing. That film is Hereditary, about a family who are mourning the loss of their grandmother when some of Grandma’s dark secrets threaten to tear everyone and everything apart.

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‘Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’ Nabs Release Date; Here’s All We Know

'Shining' Sequel 'Doctor Sleep' Nabs Release Date; Here's All We Know

Some 38 years after it was released in theaters, The Shining (above) remains one of the most admired horror films in history. Now a big-screen adaptation of Doctor Sleep, based on King's sequel, is on its way to theaters, with a newly-announced release date. What do we know about the upcoming film?

What is the sequel's story?

First published in 2013, Doctor Sleep follows Dan Torrance, the grown-up son of Jack and Wendy Torrance in the original, as he deals with…

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‘Godzilla’ Sequel Moves to Summer 2019; Here’s Everything We Know

'Godzilla' Sequel Moves to Summer 2019; Here's Everything We Know

Five years after the Gareth Edwards-helmed reboot of Godzilla, the sequel will finally arrive in theaters, just slightly later than we originally expected. Warner Bros. has changed the release date for Godzilla 2 (tentatively known as Godzilla: King of the Monsters) from March 22, 2019 to May 31, 2019. Normally, a delay would seem to be a problem. But this one is just two months, and the move is to a prime "summer" weekend, meaning the studio considers it worthy of…

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Jake Gyllenhaal to Play Mysterio in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Sequel; Here’s Everything We Know

Jake Gyllenhaal to Play Mysterio in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Sequel; Here's Everything We Know

Many years ago, Jake Gyllenhaal was in the wings to play Spider-Man. Sam Raimi was ready to cast the young actor in Spider-Man 2 as a possible replacement for an injured Tobey Maguire. But Maguire recovered and returned as the superhero and we got one of the best entries in the genre ever made.

Now Gyllenhaal is finally getting another shot at the same franchise. No, he's not replacing Tom Holland as Spidey – this time, he's up for the villain role. According to Deadline,…

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The Week in Movie News: ‘Captain Marvel’ Reveals Resurrected Characters, ‘Tintin’ Sequel Still On and More

The Week in Movie News: 'Captain Marvel' Reveals Resurrected Characters, 'Tintin' Sequel Still On and More

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Captain Marvel will resurrect villains of MCU past: Marvel's Captain Marvel began production this week with Brie Larson starring as the cosmic superheroine. The movie will be a prequel, so it shouldn't be a surprise, but three new characters just revealed include longtime MCU regular Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Guardians of the Galaxy villains Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and…

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Kristen Wiig in Talks to Play Cheetah in ‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel

Kristen Wiig in Talks to Play Cheetah in 'Wonder Woman' Sequel

UPDATE: Sorry, Sarah Paulson fans! Kristen Wiig (above in Ghosbusters) is now in talks for the role of the villainous Cheetah in Wonder Woman 2, according to Deadline. Read on to learn more about the Cheetah character and why Paulson wanted to play her.

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Gary Oldman Teases ‘Darkest Hour’ Sequel and a Winston Churchill Play

Gary Oldman Teases 'Darkest Hour' Sequel and a Winston Churchill Play

Many Oscar nominees for Best Picture have spawned sequels, including The Godfather, Star Wars, Chinatown and The Silence of the Lambs, but, shockingly, the idea hasn't occurred to Hollywood much in years. Besides the pre-planned trio of the Lord of the Rings movies and the plans for follow-ups to Avatar and Toy Story 3, the last one to get a sequel might be Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. So it's particularly interesting that at…

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Watch First Footage From ‘Karate Kid’ Sequel Series ‘Cobra Kai’; Here’s Everything We Know

Watch First Footage From 'Karate Kid' Sequel Series 'Cobra Kai'; Here's Everything We Know

Updated: Back in October 2017, we heard about Cobra Kai, a continuation series that was being planned for the much-beloved Karate Kid film franchise. Now the first footage from the series has been released, featuring the original star and a fierce former opponent. Watch it below, and then check out everything we know so far about the series.

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The Week in Movie News: Oscar Nominations, Sundance Buzz, ‘Jumanji’ Sequel, More

The Week in Movie News: Oscar Nominations, Sundance Buzz, 'Jumanji' Sequel, More

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The Shape of Water leads Oscar nominations with 13: Nominees for the 90th Academy Awards were announced this week, with Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water earning the most at 13. Other movies represented well include Dunkirk, Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. See the full list of nominees here. Read about the…

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Sony Plans ‘Jumanji’ Sequel to Go Up Against ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Next Year

Sony Plans 'Jumanji' Sequel to Go Up Against 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Next Year

It took 22 years for Jumanji to get a sequel. But the next one will likely arrive much more quickly. According to a Wall Street Journal article on the surprising box office success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (relayed by The Playlist if you're not a WSJ subscriber), Sony has plans for a follow-up and the studio is already optimistically setting sights on a Christmas 2019 release. While the exact timing is not clear, presumably the sequel could open on the same…

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Sequel to Trump’s first year opens with crises, unease

WASHINGTON (AP) — The sequel to President Donald Trump’s first year in office is opening with the lead player hamstrung by a government shutdown and hunkering down amid investigations, crises and political unease.
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The Week in Movie News: ‘Bright’ Sequel Confirmed, ‘Slender Man’ Trailer and More

The Week in Movie News: 'Bright' Sequel Confirmed, 'Slender Man' Trailer and More

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Netflix's Bright is getting a sequel: Netflix revealed that the new fantasy action movie, Bright, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, is their most popular original feature ever and confirmed a sequel is in the works with returning director David Ayer. Read more here.

 

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Netflix Confirms ‘Bright’ Sequel With Will Smith and Joel Edgerton Returning

Netflix Confirms 'Bright' Sequel With Will Smith and Joel Edgerton Returning

Netflix took a big gamble with Bright, an original action fantasy film that cost them $ 90 million, their largest purchase ever. And it paid off, because the company has now confirmed that the title is their biggest yet.

Since debuting on the service on December 22, Bright has become the number one Netflix Original in all 190 countries where it's available, with it being even more popular internationally than in the US. In its first week alone, the movie took the crown as the…

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‘Bright’ Sequel Is Confirmed with Will Smith and Joel Edgerton

The Will Smith and Joel Edgerton duo will return in a sequel to Bright, Netflix has confirmed today. David Ayer will again be directing, and with two returning producers, much of the core team remains unchanged — with one exception.

Screenwriter Max Landis has been left out of the team, and David Ayer will be writing the script. Ayer recently wrote Suicide Squad, which had its own plethora of problems. But he also wrote Training Day, which is quite in line with what Bright aims to be in tone.

The urban fantasy slash buddy cop film attempted to use an LA setting full of orcs and magic to explore racism and stereotyping. But much of it was very on the nose, due in no small part to the writing.

We had previously heard that Netflix already wanted a Bright sequel, and I didn’t exactly doubt it — but it did come at a weird time. We had just seen a surge in confidence after Disney pulled a similar stunt.

Rian Johnson had been given a whole trilogy of Star Wars films, the news of which broke right before The Last Jedi opened in cinemas, leading everyone to believe the latest Star Wars movie was going to be so amazing it was the future of the franchise. The thought that Bright was getting in on that sweet, speculative confidence — while perhaps not 100% sure about the sequel — had crossed my mind.

But that’s all academic now, because despite review scores, Bright went on to be successful. It was the highest viewed Netflix film within the first week of its release and is the #1 movie on the streaming service globally. 11 million US viewers watched the movie within the first three days, not including those watching on computers or mobile devices.

With the amount of promotion pumped into it, it would want to be that successful. Better writing will be a key factor in whether or not the sequel can be known for quality as well as decent numbers.

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Sarah Paulson Wants to Play Cheetah in the ‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel

Sarah Paulson Wants to Play Cheetah in the 'Wonder Woman' Sequel

We're ending 2017 with one thing being certain: Wonder Woman was the movie of the year. When you combine its reviews (92% on Rotten Tomatoes), its box office success ($ 822 million worldwide), its various audience scores and awards favor, the DC superhero blockbuster is the most noteworthy hit of all. 

That makes Wonder Woman 2 one of the most anticipated movies of the future, particularly of 2019 when it's due for release. So far, very little is known about…

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‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Review: Sequel Has Lots of Laughs But Hits Few High Notes

Pitch Perfect 3 is being touted as the Bellas’ farewell tour, and the musical film franchise ends on a few nostalgic high notes.

However, a ridiculous plot and underdeveloped characters keep it from being a hit.

After winning the world championships in Pitch Perfect 2, the spotlight on the collegiate a cappella group has faded. The Bellas have gone their separate ways and struggling to make it in the real world: Beca (Anna Kendrick) is a music producer, Chloe (Brittany Snow) is pursuing a veterinary career, and Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) is still, well, a rebel.

The Bellas are invited to a reunion event, where they reconnect with Emily (Hailee Steinfeld), who is still a student at Barden. After reminiscing over their past glories, the Bellas agree to perform in an overseas USO tour, thanks to Aubrey’s (Anna Camp) military connections (her father is a general).


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The Bellas reunite for a USO tour across Europe.

This is where the plot goes from the unbelievable to the ridiculous.

A-ca Awful Plot

For some inexplicable reason, DJ Khaled (playing himself in a role that he could’ve shot in one day) pits the four tour acts against each other. There’s the Ruby Rose-fronted girl rockband, unfortunately named Evermoist. There are also country and hip-hop acts, and each demonstrates their ability in an Autotune-heavy “riff off,” a staple of the film franchise.

It’s one of more memorable musical moments in the film, as each group tries to top each other.

A secondary plotline involves Fat Amy and her gangster father Fergus (John Lithgow with an Australian accent). Fergus tries to win back his daughter (and her $ 180 million inheritance) through love, and later, more aggressive means. James Bond-esque antics ensue (choreographed perfectly to Britney Spears’ “Toxic”) as the plot goes off worse than a bad American Idol audition.


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John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks unnecessarily reprise their roles.

It’s entertaining but silly. Sadly, there’s little character development, and we don’t learn more about the Bellas than we did in the beginning of the film (except for the fact that Amy is apparently a black belt). And the Khaled name-drops get tiresome.

There are still some nostalgic touches that fans will appreciate. The Bellas perform Sia, the artist that originally led Beca to the group in the first film. Fans finally learn why Lilly (Hana Mae Lee) speaks so softly. And there’s a running joke about ancillary Bellas Jessica (Kelley Jakle) and Ashley (Shelley Regner) that delivers lots of laughs.

Mercifully, foreign exchange student Flo’s (Chrissie Fit) stereotypical statements are kept to a minimum, but Cynthia-Rose (the supremely talented Ester Dean) and Stacie (Ashley Knapp) are underused, the latter written out of the group to allow Steinfeld to have a spot. As with previous films, Wilson steals the spotlight with her one-liners and physical humor.

Is Pitch Perfect 3 Good?

Stick around for the laughs, a nice nod to George Michael (who died one year ago), and a montage during the credits, but don’t expect this farewell tour to get extended.

Pitch Perfect 3 opens in theaters on December 22 in the U.S.

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Film News Roundup: Alexandra Shipp in Talks for ‘Shaft’ Sequel

In today’s film news roundup, Alexandra Shipp is in talks to join the “Shaft” sequel, the Palm Springs Film Festival honors Gary Oldman and Norm Newberry gets an Art Directors Guild award. CASTING Alexandra Shipp is in negotiations to star in New Line’s “Shaft” sequel opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Jessie T. Usher as father […]

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Gets a New Title and Motion Poster: Here’s What We Know

'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Gets a New Title and Motion Poster: Here's What We Know

We're exactly one year away from the release of the follow-up to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, so Warner Bros. has marked the occasion by revealing the sequel's official title and sharing a motion poster showcasing the ensemble cast. Instead of Fantastic Beasts 2, the movie shall henceforth be known as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

See the title reveal and a motion photo (just like those in the Wizarding World of this franchise) of the cast…

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First Look at ‘Karate Kid’ Sequel Series ‘Cobra Kai’; New Details and Cast Revealed

First Look at 'Karate Kid' Sequel Series 'Cobra Kai'; New Details and Cast Revealed

No, you weren't dreaming when the news hit. The Karate Kid is indeed being turned into a TV series, one that continues the story from the original movie trilogy starring Ralph Macchio. The actor, who played Daniel LaRusso in three installments between 1984 and 1989 before the franchise spun off with The Next Karate Kid, then later was remade, is returning for the project. So is William Zabka, who portrayed nemesis Johnny Lawrence in the first movie.

See the two foes…

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The Last Horror Blog: ‘It’ Sequel,’ ‘Found Footage 3D,’ ‘The Ritual’ and More

The Last Horror Blog: 'It' Sequel,' 'Found Footage 3D,' 'The Ritual' and More

It sequel locks down a release date – New Line’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It is still kicking all kinds of butt at the box office, but many of us have been wondering when we’ll actually get to see the second film in the series. Well, wonder no more.

Mark your calendars for September 6, 2019 – because that’s the date when the Losers Club reunites to do battle with Pennywise the Dancing Clown with the hopes of ending his reign of terror once and for…

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Trailer Buzz: Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs,’ James Corden is ‘Peter Rabbit’ and an ‘Earth’ Sequel

Trailer Buzz: Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs,' James Corden is 'Peter Rabbit' and an 'Earth' Sequel

Here's a trailer roundup focused on upcoming movies about animals:

 

Isle of Dogs

Wes Anderson's next stop-motion animated feature, Isle of Dogs, follows a pack of canine characters as they're banished to an island of trash. Bryan Cranston voices their leader, Chief, while Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum and Bob Balaban play the rest of the main group, who help a young Japanese boy (Koyu Rankin) search for his missing pup.

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A Popular Destiny Character Has Finally Arrived In The Sequel

Bungie’s Destiny sequel has been scoured from top to bottom for every new thing that the company has added into the first-person shooter for the PS4 and Xbox One. One thing that you wouldn’t find until just recently is the appearance (or rather, re-appearance) of a character from the…
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More ‘It’ Sequel Plans Revealed

More 'It' Sequel Plans Revealed

The big-screen version of Stephen King's It broke box office records over its opening weekend. Naturally, thoughts have been turning to a sequel, with recent news that writer Gary Dauberman has been hired to begin work on the screenplay.

As we noted previously, King's novel alternated between two time periods in which the supernatural entity that takes the form of a clown known as Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) stalks the children of Derry, Maine in 1988 and 1989. It the movie covers the…

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‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel Confirmed, Patty Jenkins Will Direct Film Set for 2019

Patty Jenkins is set to make history once again with the news that she will helm a sequel to this year's blockbuster hit Wonder Woman, due out in 2019.

The director, who took home $ 1 million for the first film, will reportedly receive

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'It' Sequel Buzz: Writer Hired and Title Suggested

Opening in theaters nationwide today, It is riding a wave of acclaim from both critics and moviegoers who have attended advance screenings. One of those advance viewers is Dwayne Johnson, who shared his reaction on social media.

 

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Two ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Writers Are Welcomed Back for Sequel

Two 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Writers Are Welcomed Back for Sequel

Spider-Man: Homecoming was a big success this summer, with many remarking upon the friendly, joking tone that paid tribute to the high-school movies of the late, great John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off). In an interview with Fandango, director Jon Watts acknowledged the influence of Hughes, especially the sincerity of his characters.

Among the movie's six credited writers, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers are in final negotiations to write the sequel, according…

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New Video Makes A Deep Dive Into Destiny Lore Before The Sequel Comes Out

If you missed out on the original Destiny, or perhaps you just want a thorough refresher on the lore before hopping into Destiny 2, then you’ll want to check out a recently uploaded video that packs in everything you need to know about Bungie’s FPS world.

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Why Final Fantasy 15 Is Getting Updates Instead Of A Sequel

If you’ve been waiting for an announcement concerning a Final Fantasy XV sequel, now would be a good time to stop holding your breath. According to a recent interview, Square Enix has zero plans to build a direct follow-up to their latest epic RPG. But just because they’re not doing a…
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Daily Glixel: Someone’s Making a New N64 Controller, ‘Tempest’ (Finally) Gets a Sequel, and ‘Shape of the World’ Looks Chill AF

Welcome to Daily Glixel, a roundup of the day’s other gaming news stories. What’s the worst controller you’ve ever had the displeasure of using? For me, it’s the Dualshock 3. It was so uncomfortable it made my hands ache, and it’s one reason why I spent the last console generation as a Xbox 360 fan. That, and I really liked Alan Wake

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‘Inconvenient Sequel’ Didn’t Match Original’s Big Debut, but It’s Not a ‘Bomb,’ Either

After its second weekend of release, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” got a flurry of unflattering headlines from the right-leaning publications. The Washington Times reported that it was met with a “cool reception, placing 15th at the box office,” while Western Journalism published a story, “New Al Gore Film Bombs at the Box Office.”… Read more »

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‘The Karate Kid’ Sequel: Ralph Maccio and William Zabka to Reprise Roles Over 30 Years Later

'The Karate Kid' Sequel: Ralph Maccio and William Zabka to Reprise Roles Over 30 Years Later

All it takes is a single glance at the current movie and TV landscape to see just how much influence the 1980s currently has on much of the content being produced. It's not surprising, either, considering many of today's top creators grew up during that time period and, as such, were influenced by the movies and TV shows of the era. Now, one of the most memorable movies of the '80s is getting a sequel, but unlike its previous three sequels and 2010 reboot, it's going straight to…

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Meryl Streep Is Doing A ‘Mamma Mia’ Sequel So We Can Dance, We Can Jive

Ten years after we never really found out who fathered Sophie, “Mamma Mia! The Movie” is getting a sequel. 

Original cast members Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters and Christine Baranski will return for “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!,” according to Deadline.

We can also get ready for some ABBA deep cuts: Variety reports the sequel will include songs that weren’t used in the first movie, along with a few reprised favorites. 

The 2008 film followed Sophie (Seyfried) as she attempted to find her father before her wedding on the sparkling Greek island where she lived with her mother, Donna (Streep). The plot of the sequel is not yet known, but there is a release date: July 20, 2018.

Universal nabbed “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” screenwriter Ol Parker to handle the script and direct. Producers and lyricists from the original ― a box office hit that earned $ 144 million domestically ― are also set to return. 

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Trailer for 50 Shades of Grey Sequel Leaked

Turns out that Lord of the Rings and Twilight weren’t the only films that shot multiple sequels at the same time. With 50 Shades of Grey expected to shatter box office records, Universal decided to shoot two 50 Shades movies — and the sequel is already finished. An Executive Vice President said, “We decided we could amortize the costs of sets and locations, while capitalizing on Jamie Dornan’s unsustainable hotness.”

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The Kissing Couch (sequel to Bizarre Honeymoon)

The Kissing Couch (sequel to Bizarre Honeymoon)


In the 1950s, the 16 numbered pictures of Gregor’snewlywed narrative were sold by mail order by GargoyleSales Corporation of New York City. That story and theprose that describes it are known worldwide asBizarre Honeymoon, Day One.In Bizarre Honeymoon, a glamorous hedonistmarries an innocent man and uses him to satisfy herlascivious whims. She and her pretty sister changeinto many corsets and high-heeled shoes and boots.They wield assorted coordinating accessories topunctuate training of the newly-wed husband andhis relatives.The new ladies of the manor captivate resident maleswith a dark enchantment. The men surrender to theallure and authority of the exquisite sirens who deignto reign over the once-peaceful household.—The Kissing Couch is sequel to that story and beginswith a synopsis of Bizarre Honeymoon. With precise detail,Mr. Sinerker designs scenes that show the diabolic ruleof Sada over her submissive husband, Malcolm. The author’sarticulate descriptions tour the sensuality of fetish ritualand multi-level anguish of devious discipline.His writing probes thoughts and feelings of characters withintimacy, exposing circumstances from multiple viewpoints.Sada demands that he worship her splendid body, from headto toes. She explains that she will punish him for disobedience,but will use and abuse him for exotic amusement whenevershe’s so inclined.Initially, Malcolm experiences Sada’s enforced demands forboot and shoe worship as debasing indignity. Later, he confesseshis preference for her feet. In the heart of her feverishspouse, Sada develops an appetite for foot kissing, and usesaccess to her precious feet as a reward for his public submission.His stiff response to toe appreciation exercises confirms hisfetishist proclivities. When Wanda coaxes him into wearingthigh-high boots with six-inch heels for his definitive punishment,his measurable arousal surprises everyone.In one sequence, Malcolm helps his wife dress for a date. WhenSada returns home, she demands a c

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