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The Croods 2 Finally Gets a Release Date

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DreamWorks has firmed up some of their upcoming slate and it is a little surprising, for various reasons. Croods 2 is now set for release on September 18, 2020, and Spooky Jack is set for a September 17, 2021, release. Last year, it was reported that the studio canceled The Croods 2, despite the fact that the movie was a big financial success. For some reason, that has changed and now the sequel is on track for release in a few years.

The Croods was released in 2013 and made a very impressive $587.2 million worldwide. Even though it seemed, for whatever reason, they weren't going to do the sequel, DreamWorks Animation has had a change of heart and The Croods 2 is back on. Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman and Clark Duke are all set to reprise their roles for the sequel, with Leslie Mann set to join the cast this time around.
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xXx: Return of Xander Cage blows up the box office with $70 million worldwide

It seems like it was a worthwhile return, as Vin Diesel’s xXx: Return of Xander Cage had a fairly good weekend at the box office.

The film delivered as expected domestically, earning $20 million from 3,500 screens to take second place behind Split. In terms of the franchise, it’s not exactly the $40 million opening earned by 2002’s xXx, but it’s a lot better than xXx: State of the Union‘s $12 million. It’s also Vin Diesel’s best opening for a film that isn’t part of The Fast and Furious or Marvel Cinematic Universe franchises since 2005’s The Pacifier.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage performed much better internationally, where it topped 32 of its 52 markets, earning an another $50 million worldwide.

See Also: Read our reviews of xXx: Return of Xander Cage here and here

The third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller finds extreme
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'xXx: Return of Xander Cage' Review: Vin Diesel's Latest Is Very Fast, Very Furious and Totally Insane

'xXx: Return of Xander Cage' Review: Vin Diesel's Latest Is Very Fast, Very Furious and Totally Insane
The success or failure of a Vin Diesel movie is pretty easy to determine, as they often offer up their mission statement flat-out, often in a trailer-worthy soundbite. In the case of xXx: Return of Xander Cage, it is: "Kick some ass, get the girl, and try to look dope while you're do it."

The latest xXx installment also marks Diesel's titular return, having stepped away from the franchise after his first go-around in 2002. As for what happened in that one... you certainly don't need to know to follow this one. Cage, who can "walk into a tornado and come out the other side like it was a damn gentle breeze," has been lured back to the Nsa's super spy task force in order to stop an all-powerful McGuffin called Pandora's Box.

Watch: Vin Diesel Hopes 'Fast 8' Makes Paul Walker Proud: 'You Pablo Have Given Me Strength'

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Return of Xander Cage isn't an adrenaline
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Vin Diesel: how Paul Walker & Sidney Lumet impacted his career

Ben Mortimer Jan 23, 2017

Vin Diesel reflects on xXx, the death of Paul Walker, and the impact on his career of Sidney Lumet...

Hollywood may have been built on the cult of the movie star, but in an industry now dominated by branded franchises like Star Wars, Marvel and Bond, it’s notable how rare they’ve become. For all the millions raked in by Iron Man and Star Wars movies, audiences don’t turn out for Robert Downey Jr. or Harrison Ford, they come to watch Tony Stark and Han Solo.

In this climate, there are perhaps a handful of actors who can draw audience based on nothing more than their presence in a movie, and perhaps none more successful than Vin Diesel. Since his breakthrough role in Pitch Black, Diesel has been the leading man in two blockbuster franchises: The Fast And The Furious and Riddick, and with xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage,
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Enchanted 2 Brings Back Amy Adams, Gets Hairspray Director

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Enchanted 2 Brings Back Amy Adams, Gets Hairspray Director
Nearly nine years after it first hit theaters, Disney's follow-up to Enchanted, titled Disenchaned, has finally found its director. Hairspray and Rock of Ages director Adam Shankman is in talks to direct the Enchanted sequel, which the studio has been developing since 2010. Original Enchaned star Amy Adams is expected to reprise her role as princess Giselle. Although it isn't known if James Marsden or any of the other original cast members will be back for Enchanted 2.

The original Enchanted centered on Amy Adams' Giselle, who is set to marry her Prince Charming (James Marsden) before she is taken from her animated fantasy world and thrust into our real world in New York City. There she meets a lawyer (Patrick Dempsey) who is about to marry a woman (Idina Menzel) who is completely wrong for him. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Disenchanted will take place 10 years after the original movie,
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‘Enchanted’: Disney Taps Adam Shankman to Direct Sequel

‘Enchanted’: Disney Taps Adam Shankman to Direct Sequel
Disney is in talks with “Hairspray” director Adam Shankman to helm “Disenchanted,” the sequel to the Amy Adams 2007 comedy-fantasy “Enchanted.”

Disney has been developing the sequel for several years. Adams said earlier this year that she was enthusiastic about the project.

“They’ve been talking about it for a while, so I really embrace and look forward to what they do and hope to be involved,” she said in April.

The story is set ten years after “Enchanted,” with Adams’ Giselle character questioning her happily ever after, and accidentally triggering events that make everyone’s lives turn upside-down in both the real world and in the animated kingdom of Andalasia.

Kevin Lima directed the original movie in which Giselle was magically moved from her animated world into the live-action world of New York City. The film, which also starred James Marsden, Patrick Dempsey, Idina Menzel, and Susan Sarandon, was a
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The Importance of Technology in the Movies

Anghus Houvouras on technology and the movies…

Technology plays a pivotal role in the world of moviemaking, both in front of and behind the camera. So many of our biggest blockbusters are the products of technical innovation and many feature the kind of awesome future tech that is integral to the plot. Like the original Independence Day, that not only featured the superior alien technology of laser beams and force fields but also a little laptop that managed to upload a computer virus to the mothership and save humanity.

The kind of technology we see on screen is often a product of fiction, created by the Production Designers of a feature film to convince us they can do the impossible. These days it’s easy to spot movies using real world tech and applications, especially when it feels inorganic to whatever you’re watching. Like when Peter Parker pulls out
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Justin Theroux Wrote Zoolander 2, Plus 15 More Actors You Didn't Know Are Also Screenwriters

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Justin Theroux Wrote Zoolander 2, Plus 15 More Actors You Didn't Know Are Also Screenwriters
"That Justin Theroux guy - where do I know him from?" Depending on whom you ask, you could get a great many answers. Of course, he's the husband of Jennifer Aniston, but he's had a string of notable acting roles too. He could be that guy from The Leftovers, the actor who played the hapless director character in Mulholland Drive, Leslie Knope's short-lived boyfriend on Parks and Recreation, or even the bad guy from Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. However, Theroux is also a screenwriter, and he's credited with a handful of major films that casual movie-goers might not associate with him.
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Justin Theroux Wrote Zoolander 2, Plus 15 More Actors You Didn't Know Are Also Screenwriters

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Justin Theroux Wrote Zoolander 2, Plus 15 More Actors You Didn't Know Are Also Screenwriters
"That Justin Theroux guy - where do I know him from?" Depending on whom you ask, you could get a great many answers. Of course, he's the husband of Jennifer Aniston, but he's had a string of notable acting roles too. He could be that guy from The Leftovers, the actor who played the hapless director character in Mulholland Drive, Leslie Knope's short-lived boyfriend on Parks and Recreation, or even the bad guy from Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. However, Theroux is also a screenwriter, and he's credited with a handful of major films that casual movie-goers might not associate with him.
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Ice Cube Might Be Returning For "xXx 3"?

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Over a decade ago, Sony Pictures and Revolution Studios wanted to do a sequel to "xXx" but hadn't locked down Vin Diesel to return, the actor proving busy filming "The Pacifier". As a result, rapper and actor Ice Cube was recruited to take on the role of Darius Stone to lead the sequel titled "xXx: State of the Union".

Now, Moviehole reports that Cube is being sought to reprise his role of Stone for the about to film "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage" and that the character will be much more fun this time around: "very funny, lots of great lines and he gets in on some terrific action sequences" says the site's source.

Deepika Padukone, Conor McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson, Jet Li, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev and Ruby Rose also star in the new "xXx" film which D.J. Caruso will direct from a script by F. Scott Frazier.
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Vin Diesel reveals that The Pacifier 2 is in development

Despite having Fast & Furious 8, xXx 3, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and a new Riddick movie on the horizon, it seems Vin Diesel has added another sequel to his upcoming slate, with the actor revealing on Facebook that The Pacifier 2 is in development.

“You know that I’m producing Fast 8 next year. You know that I’m about to go start shooting xXx. Some of you may know that Disney is, at my little angels’ request, writing the next Pacifier.”

Released in 2005, The Pacifier saw Diesel as a U.S. Navy Seal who is assigned to protect the children of a deceased scientist while he searches for top secret government secrets. Despite being mauled by critics, the film earned almost $200 million at the global box office from a budget of $56 million.
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Vin Diesel -- Steps Up for Godchildren During Friend's Arrest

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Vin Diesel stepped in to take care of 4 kids when their father -- one of Vin's longtime friends -- got busted for a domestic violence incident with his girlfriend. Law enforcement tells TMZ ... Vin's pal, Valentino Morales, was arrested last week after allegedly pushing his girlfriend and hitting her in the face. Morales says his daughter immediately called Uncle Vin for help. We're told he stayed with the kids while Morales was taken into custody.
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Vin Diesel's had plenty of franchises, so why has only one of them worked?

  • Hitfix
Vin Diesel's had plenty of franchises, so why has only one of them worked?
I like Vin Diesel. He is an enormously likable person when you meet him face-to-face, and much of what makes him so charismatic in person is communicated clearly through his on-screen presence in the 34 films he's made since he wrote and directed and starred in his short film "Multi-Facial" back in 1995. That short film eventually got him a lot of attention in Hollywood, but by far, the best reaction was the one that Steven Spielberg had. He was preparing to shoot his film "Saving Private Ryan," and he had screenwriter Frank Darabont create and incorporate a new character named Private Caparzo specifically so he could cast Diesel in the film and work with him. A year later, Brad Bird was the first to make use of Vin's most unusual pipes as the voice of the title character in "The Iron Giant," something James Gunn did to such effective purpose in
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Liam Neeson and Ruben Fleischer teaming for action comedy The Revenger

Deadline is reporting that Universal Pictures has tapped Liam Neeson to star in action comedy The Revenger, which will be directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland).

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the project comes by way of a pitch from screenwriters Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, whose credits include Night at the Museum, The Pacifier and Reno 911.

Neeson has recently wrapped two films in Silence and A Monster Calls, and is currently preparing for his role as Douglas MacArthur in the Korean War drama Operation Chromite.
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Universal Lands Action-Comedy Pitch ‘The Revenger’ Starring Liam Neeson

Universal Lands Action-Comedy Pitch ‘The Revenger’ Starring Liam Neeson
Universal Pictures Pictures has acquired the action-comedy pitch “The Revenger,” from Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant with Ruben Fleischer attached to direct and Liam Neeson set to star.

Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will produce for their Universal-based Bluegrass Films banner alongside Fleischer and producing partner David Bernad for The District.

The logline is being kept under wraps.

Neeson most recently starred in “Taken 3” and Warner Bros.’ “Run All Night” and can next be seen in Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” and Focus’ “A Monster Calls.” He is repped by CAA and attorney Mark Stankevich.

Lennon and Garant have written films in the “Night at the Museum” franchise, “Hell Baby,” “Herbie Fully Loaded,” “The Pacifier,” and Comedy Central’s “Reno 911.” They are repped by UTA, Principato-Young and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.

Bluegrass Films most recently produced “Ted 2” and has a handful of films bowing in
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Vin Diesel Confirms xXx Sequel, Shooting To Begin In December

In 2002, Vin Diesel followed his Fast and Furious debut with xXx, an unabashed B movie actioner that was essentially a Bond film on steroids. Three years later, Ice Cube took up the mantle for the middling sequel, State of the Union, as Diesel was busy filming The Pacifier. Now, almost a decade later, the fan-favorite actor is primed to return as Xander Cage later this year, when filming will begin on a bona fide follow-up to the bombastic romp.

Taking to Instagram, Diesel announced plans to move forward with the new chapter, with production set to commence in the Philippines before the year’s end. Here’s the official post:

While I was filming XXX, guys on set called me Air Diesel… The time to return has come. Filming starts December in the Philippines. #ILiveForThisShit

A photo posted by Vin Diesel (@vindiesel) on Aug 23, 2015 at 1:36pm Pdt

Reviving the
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The Last Witch Hunter sequel already in development

Vin Diesel loves his franchises doesn’t he? Riddick, Furious, Gotg, The Pacifier (just kidding!) Very rarely will a Vin Diesel character just have room for one movie. Well now comes the news that the studio behind his upcoming supernatural, fantasy flick The Last Witch Hunter have already started planning the sequel.

The movie isn’t actually released until October but the studio are so confident it will be a hit that they’ve asked Diesel to commit to at least one more movie.

The actor confirmed the news via his Facebook page:

“So the studio apparently is so excited by The Last Witch Hunter – The Axe and Cross franchise… that they are already commencing on the next one. The first one doesn’t hit theaters until October 23rd, yet they want me to commit and already block out time to film it. As always, I love to hear your feedback…
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The Last Witch Hunter 2 already in development

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The Last Witch Hunter isn't out yet, but Vin Diesel might just have another sequel - after Fast & Furious 8 - to add to his schedule...

As if Vin Diesel didn't have enough franchises to juggle already. He's already got, in various stages of production, the likes of Fast & Furious 8, xXx 3 and Riddick 4 to slot in. And now it seems as though plans are already afoot for a sequel to his next film, The Last Witch Hunter.

In The Last Witch Hunter, Diesel plays Kaulder, a warrior who, well, slays witches. He manages to defeat the powerful Queen Witch, but just before she dies, she puts a curse of immortality on Kaulder. Move forward to today, and separated from his family, Kaulder has spent centuries hunting down witches. Inevitably, there's a sizeable challenge ahead of him in the movie.

Promisingly, The Last Witch Hunter has been directed by Breck Eisner,
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Jason Statham interview: Spy, Crank 3, Viva La Madness

The mighty Statham comes home to Den Of Geek, to chat Spy, Crank 3, Fast & Furious 8 and more...

This site's devotion to the mighty Statham has been ongoing for many years, yet for the man himself, 2015 is proving a vintage twelve months. Fast & Furious 7, his last film, is currently sitting as the fourth biggest of all time, and his next, Spy, is already picking up box office gold around the world.

Here, we spent some time with The Statham, where we talked comedy, Crank, and Crank 3...

Go back through your films, and there's no shortage of comedy in them. The Crank films in particular. Yet Spy sees you in your first outright comedy role. There's nothing ironic about it, either: a straight character, with loads of funny moments. How was it pitched to you, and why pick this one? You must have been offered comedy before.

Yeah, as you know,
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25 mainly forgotten Us number 1 movies from the 2000s

Kevin Spacey, Steven Seagal and, erm, Kangaroo Jack: they all nabbed the box office top spot last decade...

By the end of the 2000s, getting number one at the American box office was a valuable marketing commodity. As such, studios pumped more and more money into making sure they at least had a great opening weekend for their product.

The consequence of this was that it was harder and harder for smaller and quirkier films to take a brief spot in the sun. Certainly towards the second half of the decade, it seems that the number one movie each week was pre-ordinained in a marketing meeting somewhere.

Still, there were some films that have since fallen out of public view that clawed their way to number one. How many of these do you remember?

Eye Of The Beholder

January 2000, one week

Based on Marc Behm's book of the same name,
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