A truly good sequel to a funny movie -- whether live-action or animated -- is a rare, if not endangered, species in Hollywood. For every "22 Jump Street" or "Toy Story 3," there's a "City Slickers II" (cringe) or "The Hangover: Part III" (double cringe).
"Zoolander No. 2" is the latest film that will either live or die on the altar of new installments. In honor of all the Blue Steel impressions your friends will be making this weekend, here are 13 sequels that managed to pull off the tricky feat of not sucking.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best.
Imagine a bad episode of Family Guy set in the Old West and stretched out over an excruciatingly long 2-hour running time and you've pretty much landed in Seth MacFarlane's latest comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West. Blazing Saddles this is not... it's not even City Slickers II.
From the opening title credits, as the camera swoops in and around Monument Valley, it's made clear in no uncertain terms that this is A Seth MacFarlane Picture - his name looms large over the vast rock formations (as star, writer, director, producer), and that's where the problems begin for this misfiring follow-up to Ted.
MacFarlane's Albert Stark, a poor sheep farmer reeling from a breakup with girlfriend Louise (Amanda Seyfried), is
But hey, whereas the legendary City Slickers sequel had the rugged-as-hell Jack Palance, Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas has the even-ruggeder looking Mads Mikkelsen. Also: I could not be more surprised that spell check did not put a red squiggly underline under the word “ruggeder,” but the English language is magical like that.
You might recognize Mikkelsen from his role as Hannibal in the TV show of the same name.
In a debate with a group of fellow Seattle critics trying to decide if Get Him to the Greek was a sequel to Forgetting Sarah Marshall or not, the topic turned to comedy sequels in general and I was asked to name a great comedy sequel. Should be easy... right?
I started mining my memory banks, and started thinking of movies with
It was certainly a surprise -- a pleasant surprise, but a surprise nonetheless -- when the IFC.com staff first got word of a sequel, this week's "Crank: High Voltage." Statham was pretty clearly not alive at the end of that first movie, but, as the sequel's poster puts it: "He Was Dead... But He Got Better."
Chelios is not the first. Hollywood has a long history of bringing back popular dead characters in sequels. Here's a look at five commonly used techniques:
"He's My Twin!"
Jack Palance in "City Slickers II: The Legend
Weiland insists he only received the odd honour because a former assistant's father is the headmaster of the school.
He tells WENN, "I got a house in Bath that we go to for holidays and weekends and the father of a girl who works for me there is headmaster at this Matravers School.
"He asked me if I would open a drama centre, so I went there and there was a plaque for the drama centre that had Paul Weiland on it.
"It was amazing because no one at my own old school would ever say, `Here's a pupil that's done well, maybe we should bring him back to inspire the other kids,' and these people don't know me from Adam. All the kids wanted my autograph."
British moviemaker Paul Weiland expected the film, City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold, to be packed with good times and laughs - but, instead, it was a terrible shoot.
And he blames his allergies and Crystal for ruining the experience.
Weiland says, "I'm always slightly anxious at first with movie stars because they can either make your life a dream or a living hell.
"Sometimes you get an actor who is majorly neurotic or powerful and controlling and it's horrible. Billy Crystal really wanted to be directing the movie.
"If you're hired as a director and someone says, 'You're not really gonna be the director; you're there to hold Billy's hand and really he's gonna direct it,' then that's fine. But, to not be told that and then to go in, it's an all-out war - and it's not pleasant."
And when he wasn't dealing with Crystal, Weiland was trying to cope with his allergies.
He adds, "I'm allergic to things like horses and cats. When I made City Slickers II, it was really dangerous because there were horses everywhere.
"I had to be drugged up to the eyeballs for that. I couldn't breathe if I got near a horse; it was horrible."
Penned by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont from an original script by Adam Sztykiel, the story centers on a man (Dempsey) who is in love with a woman, but she's engaged to someone else. When the woman asks Dempsey's character to be her maid of honor, he agrees with the intention of winning her heart. The studio, which bought Sztykiel's spec script in April 2003, is searching for a female lead.
Neal Moritz is producing through his Sony-based Original Film shingle. Aaron Kaplan and Sean Perrone are executive producing alongside Original's Tania Landau.
Sony's Amy Baer and Adam Milano are shepherding the project for the studio.
Weiland, whose helming credits include Fine Line Features' Roseanna's Grave and City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold, most recently directed Working Title's Sixty Six, starring Helena Bonham Carter. The U.K. native also worked on several incarnations of the Mr. Bean TV series.
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