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11 strange or ill-advised abandoned movie sequels

Ryan Lambie Jun 30, 2016

Jessica Rabbit kidnapped by Nazis. Costner rescuing Princess Diana. We look back at a few strange movie sequels that were never made…

The multi-million dollar success of any movie will inevitably leave Hollywood executives clamouring for a sequel. And while there are plenty of movies whose stories are open-ended enough to warrant a return to the creative well, there are many times when coming up with a follow-up idea requires all sorts of imaginative leaps. Just look at something like Alien: Resurrection, which had to come up an elaborate reason why Ripley had (spoiler alert) managed to survive a swan-dive into a lead foundry in Alien 3.

Which brings us to this list, which is devoted to a few of the weirder sequel ideas that never made it to the big screen. An E.T. sequel in which little Elliott gets tortured by aliens? Forrest Gump dancing with Princess Diana?
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How much should movie critics know about movies?

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Should there be a 'ground zero' of knowledge for movie criticism? And what makes a critic effective at their job?

When I sat down to watch It Follows for the first time at the start of last year, I had no idea what I was getting. I'm increasingly an avoider of trailers, and try as much as possible to see films cold. It doesn't always work, but in the case of It Follows, it very much did.

As I’ve written before, the film had a very primal effect on me, in that it had me backing further and further into my seat, genuinely unnerved and more than a little scared by what was happening on screen. I hadn't felt like that watching a film for a long time, and my eventual write-up reflected that. Aside from the subtexts of the movie, which I, in truth, only came to later,
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Watch This Supercut Of All Times Martin Lawrence Has Barked In Movies

An actor's trademark is something that they bank on for a good portion of their career, so naturally it's one of the biggest decisions for a working thespian as to what will be theirs. Case in point: when it came time for Martin Lawrence to decide what he'd be best known for, he truly went to the dogs. Enjoy this supercut of Martin Lawrence's many barks: For the sake of you, the reading audience, we'll dispense with any sort of puns detailing how this latest supercut from the folks at Owenergy Studios is a "ruff" sit. What we will do though is marvel at the fact that since his performance in the Kid 'n' Play classic House Party, straight through to the era of the Big Momma's House movies, Lawrence has barked his way through decades in comedy. And with those decades of practice, he's gotten pretty good at it.
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Morgan Freeman Will Play a Retired CIA Agent on a Cold War Era Mission in 'Warriors'

Morgan Freeman is attached to star in the spy action/comedy "Cold Warriors," which will tell the story of a retired CIA agent who teams up with his stepson, a computer programmer, to complete a Cold War era mission. Raja Gosnell ("Big Momma's House," "The Smurfs") will direct the movie for Millennium Entertainment. A search is underway for an actor to play the stepson to Freeman's stepfather, the former CIA agent. Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment production shingle is producing the film, along with Millennium’s Mark Gill. Avi Lerner is executive producing. Freeman will next be seen in "London...
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14 terrible films that made obscene amounts of money – and only two have Adam Sandler in

14 terrible films that made obscene amounts of money – and only two have Adam Sandler in
Bad films are part of the movie-making process. For every Citizen Kane, there are dozens of Law Abiding Citizens; for every The Exorcist, hundreds of Exorcist II: The Heretics.

They're all meant to do badly, because they are bad. But sometimes, there's an aberration. Sometimes... they're successful. Very successful. Very, very successful.

Here, then, are 14 of our favourite least favourite films to ever make studio heads' eyes turn into little dollar signs (in order of awfulness).

14. Anger Management (2003)

Rotten Tomatoes ranking: 43%

Production budget: $75 million

Worldwide box office: $195 million

Anger Management spluttered back into like in 2012 as a TV vehicle for snake blood-drinking "winner" Charlie Sheen. It lasted two seasons: the first had 10 episodes, the second 90, all so the show could go into syndication. As soon as it hit its 100th episode, it was immediately canned.

13. Meet The Fockers (2004)

Rotten Tomatoes ranking: 38%

Production budget: $80 million

Worldwide box office: $516 million

The third
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What are the Most Expensive Movie Trilogies of All Timec

One of the most talked about pieces of news today surrounds the report that Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy, which will come to a so-called "definitive" end on December 17 with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has already run up a $745 million price tag when you take into account the production budget on all three movies. Make no mistake, that's a lot of money, and it really calls into question the so-called $281 million budget for the first three Lord of the Rings movies, but that's what's been reported, though I have seen it as high as $310 million. Taking all this into account I decided to start doing a little research so I hit up Box Office Mojo (and Wikipedia when necessary) in an attempt to find out just what exactly are the most expensive movie trilogies of all-time and I have a list of 50 of them directly below.
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What are the Most Expensive Trilogies of All Timec

One of the most talked about pieces of news today surrounds the report that Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy, which will come to a so-called "definitive" end on December 17 with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has already run up a $745 million price tag when you take into account the production budget on all three movies. Make no mistake, that's a lot of money, and it really calls into question the so-called $281 million budget for the first three Lord of the Rings movies, but that's what's been reported, though I have seen it as high as $310 million. Taking all this into account I decided to start doing a little research so I hit up Box Office Mojo (and Wikipedia when necessary) in an attempt to find out just what exactly are the most expensive movie trilogies of all-time and I have a list of 50 of them directly below.
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Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer Talk Comedy and Chemistry for FX's Partners

When Martin Lawrence heard of Kelsey Grammer's desire to join him on the new FX sitcom Partners, the actor's first thought was, "How can we make this comedy work?" But comedic success has never been tough to figure out for either actor, both of whom made their marks on classic sitcoms. Before breaking out on the big screen in such hits as Big Momma's House, Lawrence spent five seasons playing smart-mouthed DJ Martin Payne on his eponymous Fox sitcom in the '90s, while...

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A 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Sequelc Reallyc

I guess there's a large contingency that's been begging to see Robin Williams in a dress and old-age makeup once again. At least this time they won't need the makeup as THR reports Williams has signed on to star in Mrs. Doubtfire 2 with director Chris Columbus attached to return to direct and David Berenbaum (Elf) writing the script. Columbus directed the original back in 1993, which ended up grossing over $441 million worldwide, but that was 21 years ago and since then we've already had Martin Lawrence dressing up in three Big Momma's House movies, do we really need to see Williams do it all againc THR reminds us Bonnie Hunt was attached to write a script for the sequel back in 2001 and obviously that didn't come together so that could very well end up being the situation once again, but the attachment of Williams to the project would seem to suggest movement
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Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son recap: unfunny men in female fat suits

On Sunday at 11.25am, Channel 5 is showing an unwanted sequel to an unwanted sequel to an unwanted film

"You've been mommafied!" – Big Momma

The first Big Momma's House movie, where Martin Lawrence dresses up as a flatulent fat old lady, is not a good film by any means. But at least it had Paul Giamatti and Terrence Howard in the supporting cast, doing their best to lift the material. Compared to Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, it's a masterpiece.

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son has nothing going for it. It's not even as fun as Big Momma's House 2. It's an unwanted sequel to an unwanted sequel to an unwanted film. It stretches an already flimsy premise to depressing new lengths. It attempts to pass the baton to a new generation of film-makers, even though the baton is radioactive and caked in human excrement. This film doesn't deserve to be watched once,
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'Philomena' Star Steve Coogan Is Fed Up With Irony

Steve Coogan is perhaps best known in the UK for his character Alan Partridge, a goofy DJ and TV personality billed as "Norwich's favourite chat show host" on the BBC. Fans of artier film fare will recognize him as the star of Michael Winterbottom's antic-filled biopics "24 Hour Party People" and "The Look of Love," or from the acerbic comedy "The Trip" with Rob Brydon. He's also been in and out of the gossip pages here and in the UK over the years, and was one of many high-profile people whose voicemails were hacked by the "News of the World."

Coogan's latest film, "Philomena," is a radical departure from previous ventures. It's a heartwarming movie about an older Irish woman with a 50-year-old secret; she'd gotten pregnant as a teen and been sent to live in a convent along with other "fallen" girls, where she worked in the convent's laundry
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Steve Coogan discusses 'Philomena', 'Alan Partridge' movie sequel

Steve Coogan discusses 'Philomena', 'Alan Partridge' movie sequel
Steve Coogan has cast aside the 'chatosphere' and Toblerones with the mesmerising and moving drama Philomena.

"I didn't just want the film to be an angry attack on the church," Coogan tells Digital Spy about his latest project, in which he stars alongside Dame Judi Dench as a journalist who tries to reunite a mother with her son 50 years after the baby was put up for adoption by cruel nuns.

The film provokes a range of emotions, with humour often cutting through the sadness. But Coogan, who co-wrote a screenplay based on his character Martin Sixsmith's factual account, explains that a lack of emotional objectivity wasn't a hindrance during the writing process: "You need to feel passionate... but then you also need to rein that in sometimes."

While Tony Hayers failed to grant Alan Partridge a second series, the future looks bright for the Norwich icon after his movie debut Alpha Papa.
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'Philomena' review - BFI London Film Festival 2013

'Philomena' review - BFI London Film Festival 2013
Director: Stephen Frears; Screenwriters: Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope; Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Michelle Fairley, Anna Maxwell Martin, Sophie Kennedy Clark; Running time: 98 mins; Certificate: 12A

"F**king Catholics," exclaims Steve Coogan's Martin Sixsmith at a crucial juncture in Stephen Frears's latest film Philomena. Judi Dench's title character, on a mission with Sixsmith to track down the son nuns forced her to give up 50 years earlier, has just reminisced about the fairground tryst that led her to fall pregnant and then get taken into virtual slave labour by a Roscrea convent ("I didn't even know I had a clitoris, Martin."). On reflection, Sixsmith's outburst encapsulates all that's good about Frears's film in one clear moment: funny, condemning of religious doctrine and shining a light on the contrasting world views of its two lead characters.

Frears and Coogan (producing and co-scripting with Jeff Pope) use Sixsmith's book The Lost Child
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Watch: Judi Dench searches for her long-lost son in tearjerking 'Philomena' trailer

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Watch: Judi Dench searches for her long-lost son in tearjerking 'Philomena' trailer
Always wanted to hear Judi Dench break down the plot of "Big Momma's House" but never thought you'd see the day? Well friends, the wait is over. "It's about a little black man pretending to be a fat black lady," exclaims Dench in the first trailer for the forthcoming Stephen Frears effort "Philomena." It's a pisser of a line in what otherwise looks to be one of the most tear-jerking films this year, a small-scale drama that follows Dench's title character as she tracks down the adult son she was forced to give up for adoption decades before with the help...
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The 'Philomena' Trailer Will Make You Laugh, Break Your Heart (Video)

"12 Years a Slave," director Steve McQueen's harrowing real-life tale of slavery, was clearly the breakout smash of the Toronto International Film Festival. But that doesn't mean that it didn't have some competition, mostly in the form of the unassuming "Philomena," a based-on-a-true-story drama that might not have had the heavy historical weight of "12 Years a Slave" but seems to have packed a similar emotional punch.

"Philomena" is the tale of a journalist (played by Steve Coogan, who also co-wrote the film) who takes on the story of Philomena (Judi Dench), a woman who, as a teenager, had her child taken away from her. She's desperate to reconnect with her child before she dies, and Coogan, playing a former journalist turned political wonk, sees it as a chance for him to get back to what he's best at.

The film is directed by "The Queen" and "Dirty Pretty Things" filmmaker Stephen Frears,
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Ellen DeGeneres Returns To Host The Oscars

Ellen DeGeneres Returns To Host The Oscars
Ellen DeGeneres is returning to host the Oscars next March, following on from last year's rather controversial turn by Seth MacFarlane. It's the second time that the actress and chat-show host has headlined the Academy Awards, which she also compered in 2007, and should come as a welcome relief to those Hollywood stars still scarred from last year. DeGeneres style, after all, tends to be genuinely droll but rarely mean, and her chat-show suggests that most of Hollywood is friendly and at ease around her.Her 2007 turn as host saw DeGeneres ask Steven Spielberg to take a picture of her with Clint Eastwood (for her MySpace page - so long ago!) and try to pitch a screenplay to Martin Scorsese (''It's a cross between Goodfellas and Big Momma's House!''). Strangely, that project hasn't emerged, but it was a good night for Scorsese, who finally lifted Best Director and Best Picture for The Departed.
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Starz Strikes Deal With 20th Century Fox to Air 'Ice Age,' 'X-Men,' Others

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Starz has struck a multi-year licensing agreement with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution to air numerous titles from the Fox film library including the "Ice Age," "X-Men," "Home Alone" franchises, among others. The films will air on Starz and Encore, as well as their HD counterparts and online platforms such as Starz Play and Encore Play. Also read: TCA: Starz Renews 'Black Sails,' Spikes 'Boss' Movie Other films under the agreement include "Big Momma's House," the 2001 version of "Planet of the Apes," "Dodgeball," "Dude, Where's My Car?" and "How Stella Got Her Groove
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Flashback To 1996: 'A Thin Line Between Love & Hate' (Martin Lawrence's Magnum Opus?)

Has Martin Lawrence given us his best work yet? The 47-year old has more than 25 films on his resume; but I'm not concerned with all 25, instead those few films in which Lawrence Stars, and that depend almost entirely on the success of his performance. So, films like the Bad Boys franchise don't count, because he's partnered up with an even bigger star in Will Smith, in films directed by a mega director/producer in Michael Bay, also a star in his own right. I'd also dismiss films in which he's part of an ensemble cast like Boomerang for example.  I'm talking about films like the Big Momma's House series, Black KnightRebound, and a few...
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The Best Man 2 Brings Back the Entire Cast of the Original Movie

The Best Man 2 Brings Back the Entire Cast of the Original Movie
Universal Pictures today announced that the entire all-star cast of its groundbreaking comedy The Best Man will reunite for the highly anticipated sequel The Best Man 2 that hits theaters on November 15, 2013.

After nearly 15 years apart, Taye Diggs (television's Private Practice), Nia Long (Big Momma's House), Morris Chestnut (Kick-Ass 2), Harold Perrineau (Zero Dark Thirty), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Sanaa Lathan (Contagion), Monica Calhoun (Love & Basketball), Melissa De Sousa (Miss Congeniality) and Regina Hall (Scary Movie franchise) reprise their career-launching roles in the next chapter to the film that ushered in a new era of comedy. When the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited.

Malcolm D. Lee returns to write and direct this sequel to his directorial debut. Sean Daniel (The Mummy franchise) will produce alongside Lee for The Sean Daniel Company.
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Entire Cast to Return for The Best Man Sequel

Universal Pictures today announced that the entire all-star cast of its comedy The Best Man will reunite for the sequel that hits theaters on November 15, 2013. After nearly 15 years apart, Taye Diggs ("Private Practice"), Nia Long ( Big Momma's House ), Morris Chestnut ( Kick-Ass 2 ), Harold Perrineau ( Zero Dark Thirty ), Terrence Howard ( Iron Man ), Sanaa Lathan ( Contagion ), Monica Calhoun ( Love & Basketball ), Melissa De Sousa ( Miss Congeniality ) and Regina Hall ("Scary Movie" franchise) reprise their career-launching roles in the next chapter. When the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited. Malcolm D. Lee returns to write and...
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