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A Film of One's Own: 11.5 Cinematic Spin-offs

10 June 2010 2:02 PM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

As we sat down to write the introduction to our list of notable film spin-offs, someone forwarded along a link to the big movie news story of the day: Tom Cruise announcing his plan to reprise his role as ultra-profane movie producer Les Grossman from the 2008 film "Tropic Thunder" in an as-yet-untitled comedy. Tom Cruise, in other words, is getting into the spin-off game.

So even though we're a week late in finishing this list inspired by "Get Him to the Greek" (more on that film in a bit), it's still plenty timely, and will continue to be as long as Hollywood exploits successful properties even after their original stars have moved on. Here's the elite company Mr. Grossman will be joining:

"Evan Almighty" (2007)

Original movie: "Bruce Almighty" (2003)

Spin-off character: Evan Baxter (Steve Carell)

When a spin-off brings along two original characters and the actors that played them -- in this case, »

- Matt Singer

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