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‘Incredibles 2’ and 33 Other Movie Sequels That Took Forever to Hit the Screen (Photos)

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‘Incredibles 2’ and 33 Other Movie Sequels That Took Forever to Hit the Screen (Photos)
Long-gestating followups include blockbusters like “Jurassic World” and famous flops like “Blues Brothers 2000

George Miller took nearly 30 years to follow up “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” with the Tom Hardy-Charlize Theron thriller “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

The Odd Couple II” is among the sequels with the biggest gaps between films. Twenty-nine years after the 1968 original, Jack Lemmon returned as Felix Unger and Walter Matthau was Oscar Madison in their last film together.

Tron: Legacy” came 28 years after the original, and featured Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner. Shot in 3D, the film featured extensive visual effects and a score by Daft Punk. It grossed more than $400 million worldwide in 2010.

The Color of Money” featured Paul Newman reprising his role as “Fast Eddie” Felson alongside Tom Cruise. Newman won the Best Actor Oscar, 25 years after 1961’s “The Hustler.”

In “Psycho 2,” Meg Tilly played a traveler who encounters Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins
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More American Graffiti and Spetters: Jim Hemphill’s Weekend Blu-ray Picks

For nearly as long as Hollywood has been making movies they’ve been making sequels, and for most of that time journalists and critics have grumbled about the studios’ lack of originality; yet there’s an honorable tradition of filmmakers using the perceived economic insurance of sequels to create some of the riskiest and most personal films ever to come out of Hollywood. Francis Coppola’s The Godfather Part II, John Boorman’s The Exorcist II: The Heretic, Peter Bogdanovich’s Texasville, Joe Dante’s Gremlins 2 and Jack Nicholson’s commercially disastrous but artistically triumphant Chinatown sequel The Two Jakes are all films that either greatly […]
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More American Graffiti and Spetters: Jim Hemphill’s Weekend Blu-ray Picks

For nearly as long as Hollywood has been making movies they’ve been making sequels, and for most of that time journalists and critics have grumbled about the studios’ lack of originality; yet there’s an honorable tradition of filmmakers using the perceived economic insurance of sequels to create some of the riskiest and most personal films ever to come out of Hollywood. Francis Coppola’s The Godfather Part II, John Boorman’s The Exorcist II: The Heretic, Peter Bogdanovich’s Texasville, Joe Dante’s Gremlins 2 and Jack Nicholson’s commercially disastrous but artistically triumphant Chinatown sequel The Two Jakes are all films that either greatly […]
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‘Black-ish’ Production Designer Talks ‘Aspirational’ Comedy Color Palette, Building the World of ‘Juneteenth’

As “Black-ish’s” production designer, Maxine Shepard not only created the specific color palettes of the home and office environments for Dre Johnson (Anthony Anderson) and his family, but she has often had to build fantasy or flashback sequences-specific sets ranging from an homage to “The Deer Hunter” to a historical slave cabin. “You just have to be flexible,” she says.

What were your earliest inspirations in the world of design in film or TV?

There used to be this retrospective theater in Santa Monica [that] played old movies, and my mom took me to this double feature and one of
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‘Incredibles 2’: Brad Bird Embraced Messy to Make a Better, Faster Pixar Sequel

‘Incredibles 2’: Brad Bird Embraced Messy to Make a Better, Faster Pixar Sequel
When Brad Bird entered Pixar to make “The Incredibles,” he was ahead of the curve with superheroes and midlife crisis storytelling. However, picking up where he left off 14 years later, with “Incredibles 2,” it was much harder to make a superior sequel, especially when Pixar cut a year off his production schedule to accommodate “Toy Story 4.”

The zeitgeist has changed, the superhero landscape has changed, animation has changed, and Bird has changed, after dabbling in live-action with “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” and “Tomorrowland.” Still, Bird had two holdovers in his favor along with greater animated super powers at Pixar: Making Helen/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) the primary Super, relegating Bob/Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) to becoming a stay-at-home dad, and the unveiling of baby Jack-Jack’s McU-enticing super powers.

Read More: ‘Incredibles 2’ Review: Pixar’s Dazzling Sequel Makes Superhero Movies Feel Human

Staying with the Family Dynamic

“It seems outwardly commercial,
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Spider Man in the Hollywood Hills by Richard Mowe

David Robert Mitchell: Curious about what really happens up in the Hollywood Hills Photo: Richard Mowe

Never the most talkative or lucid of directors, at least in public David Robert Mitchell is basking the kudos of finding his third feature film elevated to the glare of the Competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

He says his new film began with an overdose of caffeine when he and his wife were sitting at home looking up at the houses in the Hollywood hills and wondering “what really happens up there.”

He wrote the initial draft of Under The Silver Lake fast with the aim of making his version of an La noir thriller - shades of Roman Polanski’s Chinatown.

David Robert Mitchell Photo: Richard Mowe

Spider Man actor Andrew Garfield takes the main role of Sam, who becomes obsessed with the circumstances surrounding the murder of a billionaire mogul
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Under the Silver Lake’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Under the Silver Lake’
When I tell you that “Under the Silver Lake,” David Robert Mitchell’s seductive and disturbing Los Angeles head-trip noir, is basically a sustained homage to David Lynch, and that Mitchell achieves the exact look and mood and pace and vibe he’s going for, you may think that it’s the kind of movie you’re going to get excited about. To a degree, you should. But the comparison comes with a major qualifier: There are moments when “Under the Silver Lake” evokes David Lynch the tranced-out Hollywood Babylon yarn-spinner of “Mulholland Drive” — but mostly, it’s an homage to the Lynch who gnaws on the weirder fringes of the everyday-surreal, the Lynch of “Lost Highway” or even, at times, the reboot of “Twin Peaks.”

“Under the Silver Lake” is a down-the-rabbit-hole movie, at once gripping and baffling, fueled by erotic passion and dread but also by the code-fixated opacity of conspiracy theory.
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‘Timeless’ Season Finale: Death Of Major Character Teases New Timeline As NBC Drama Awaits Its Fate

Spoiler Alert: This article contains details from tonight’s episodes of Timeless. As the fate of Timeless hangs in the balance, business went on as usual on Sunday night in a two-episode finale. The two episodes titled “The General” and “Chinatown” aired back to back tonight as the action drama put a bookend on its second season leaving the audience wondering what will be in store for the time-traveling crew. On Sunday morning, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said that no…
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'Timeless,' Awaiting Renewal, Ends Season 2 With Massive Cliff-Hanger

[This story contains spoilers from Timeless' May 13 episodes, “The General" and "Chinatown."]

The fate of NBC's fan-favorite time-travel drama, Timeless, remains up in the air after its second season ended on a shocking cliff-hanger Sunday night.

"We're hopeful yet realistic," NBC boss Bob Greenblatt told reporters earlier that morning when asked about the series' fate. Timeless and the Mindy Kaling-produced freshman comedy Champions are the only undecided bubble series left at the network, and Greenblatt said a decision on their futures would come after the current seasons finish airing. "We tried to give the producers ...
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Why the Ending of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Is an Illusion That Earns Its Whoa Factor

Why the Ending of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Is an Illusion That Earns Its Whoa Factor
(Warning: This entire damn column is a spoiler. If you don’t want “Avengers: Infinity War” spoiled, please don’t read it until after you’ve seen the movie.)

Watching the shockingly downbeat ending of “Avengers: Infinity War” — or, rather, taking it into your system — is a two-step process. The first step is the cathartic one, the one that knocks the wind out of you and makes you go “Whoa!” Thanos, Josh Brolin’s towering stone-bodied mauve villain, having gotten hold of the sixth Infinity Stone and placed it, along with the other five, onto the knuckles of his gauntlet, wastes no time unleashing the atrocity he promised, killing off half the life in the universe, which includes a good number of our heroes. One by one, they go up in smoke, disappearing in a charry poof! of atomized fragments. Dr. Strange and the Guardians of the Galaxy…gone! Black Panther
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Academy Brings Architect Renzo Piano to N.Y. to Tout Movie Museum Plans

Academy Brings Architect Renzo Piano to N.Y. to Tout Movie Museum Plans
Ninety years after Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford first floated the idea of creating a museum for the movie business, the completion of Hollywood’s first major movie museum is finally nearing. Architect Renzo Piano and officials from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences traveled to Manhattan Monday to preview the project for East Coast press.

After fits and starts, funding headaches and clashing visions, the 300,000-square-foot Academy Museum will open in mid-2019. Its backers, AMPAS, better known as the group that hands the Oscars, promise that the museum will be an immersive experience that will feature everything from screenings to talks to props and items from iconic movies.

“It’s much more than a museum,” said Academy Museum director Kerry Brougher at the Plaza Hotel. “It’s a hub for film lovers…to come and experience film in different ways.”

The museum will cost in excess of
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18 Shocks and Surprises From the 2018 Cannes Lineup, From Spike Lee to Jafar Panahi — and No Terry Gilliam

Love it or hate it, the Cannes Film Festival exists in a class of its own, and the newly announced 2018 program is no exception. The 10-day event on the cusp of the French Riviera finds thousands of people from the international film community crowding into a small strip of land known as the Croisette, where revered auteurs compete for attention in the majestic Palais des Festivals, while photographers crowd the red carpet alongside an ocean of tuxedos and sparkling gowns. The lavish display often obscures the actual quality of the movies, but Cannes always has a wide range of options. Artistic director Thierry Fremaux and his covert team of programmers are notorious for screening films up until the very last moment, even late into the night before the announcement of the Official Selection.

This year’s program, revealed this morning at an early press conference, reflects that frenzied process. While many familiar names stand out,
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Who’s your favorite Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of 1980s: Jack Nicholson, Kevin Kline, Denzel Washington … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of 1980s: Jack Nicholson, Kevin Kline, Denzel Washington … ? [Poll]
Like the other acting winners of the 1980s, the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor went to big stars and character actors alike. The ’80s featured big-name winners like Jack Nicholson, Kevin Kline, Sean Connery and Michael Caine alongside hardworking veterans like John Gielgud, Louis Gossett Jr. and Don Ameche. The Academy also rewarded emerging talent, like Timothy Hutton, Haing S. Ngor and the now double-champ Denzel Washington.

So who is your favorite Best Supporting Actor winner of the 1980s? Look back on each performance and be sure to vote in our poll below.

Timothy Hutton, “Ordinary People” (1980) — Hutton came out of the gate strong with his heartbreaking performance in Best Picture winner “Ordinary People.” Hutton plays Conrad Jarrett, a teenager wracked with guilt after his brother is killed in a boating accident. Hutton is clearly the lead of the film, but at age 20, the studio may have felt it fairer
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First Wacky Trailer for David Robert Mitchell's 'Under the Silver Lake'

"You're living in a carnival, hoping to win a prize. What are you going to win?" A24 has debuted the first official trailer for the new film from It Follows director David Robert Mitchell, titled Under the Silver Lake, a reference to the trendy Silver Lake neighborhood in Los Angeles. Andrew Garfield stars as a guy who falls for his neighbor one night, but wakes up to find she has suddenly disappeared. It's described as a "delirious neo-noir fever dream about one man's search for the truth behind the mysterious crimes, murders and disappearances in his East L.A. neighborhood." It's inspired by other noir classics like Kiss Me Deadly, The Long Goodbye, Chinatown, and Mulholland Dr. Also starring Riley Keough, Topher Grace, Callie Hernandez, and Jimmi Simpson. This looks totally nuts, but in a good way, so many wacky, wild things in this trailer. I don't even know what's going on?
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China box office: 'Operation Red Sea' helps set new world record

China box office: 'Operation Red Sea' helps set new world record
February at the Chinese box office was the biggest month ever for a single territory with $1.67bn.

Thanks to the New Year blockbusters, February at the Chinese box office was the biggest month ever for a single territory with $1.67bn.

Much of that came from three top festive titles, which continued to command the Chinese box office during Feb 26-Mar 4. Operation Red Sea succeeded in moving to the top, knocking Detective Chinatown 2 to second place, while Monster Hunt 2 remained in third.

Hong Kong director Dante Lam’s latest military film, which opened in fourth and climbed to second in its second week,
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Gary Oldman Teases 'Darkest Hour' Sequel and a Winston Churchill Play

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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 least three of this year's Best Picture contenders are being considered for part twos.  Call Me By Your Name has inspired sequel discussions since at least its Sundance premiere in early 2017, and director Luca Guadagnino has since acknowledged a script is in the works for a...
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Mel Gibson teams with Chinatown screenwriter for Dancing Bear

Deadline is reporting that Mel Gibson is teaming with legendary Chinatown screenwriter Robert Towne for Dancing Bear, a TV adaptation of James Crumley’s hardboiled crime novel.

Set in Montana, Dancing Bear follows Milo Dragovitch, a part time detective who becomes entangled with a cast of unsavory characters in a web of criminal conspiracies, blackmail, land grabs, grizzly bears, guns and drugs.

“It’s basically Chinatown set in a 7-11 in Montana in the ’70s with a whole lot of cocaine,” said Gibson, who will executive produce with Towne, as well as directing the pilot.

“I’m thrilled to be working with Mel, whom I’ve known for years,” added producer Mike Medavoy. “This is a project Robert Towne and I developed together back at TriStar, and I’m glad to see it finally find its medium in the television of today.”

Gibson last helmed Hacksaw Ridge, which saw him nominated for Best Director.
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Morgan Freeman, Forest Whitaker in Talks to Join John Travolta’s ‘Poison Rose’

Morgan Freeman, Forest Whitaker in Talks to Join John Travolta’s ‘Poison Rose’
Morgan Freeman and Forest Whitaker are in talks to join John Travolta in the action-thriller “The Poison Rose.”

George Gallo will direct from a script he wrote with Richard Salvatore, based on Salvatore’s novel of the same name. Salvatore will produce through his March on Productions with Jeff Elliott (“Imperium”), Oscar Generale (“Speed Kills”), and David Ornston.

Christian Mercuri of Blue Box International, a division of Capstone Group, will be commencing sales at the European Film Market at the Berlin Film Festival. BondIt Media Capital and Sherborne Media Capital are providing financing for the picture.

Ella Bleu Travolta, John Travolta’s daughter, also stars in the film. She will portray the daughter of Travolta’s character, Carson Philips. The Travotlas last appeared together in the comedy feature “Old Dogs.”

Gallo, whose credits include “Midnight Run” and “Bad Boys,” recently wrapped the biopic “Bigger” for producers Steve Lee Jones and Scott Lastaiti.

“Poison Rose” is
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Tomb Of Ligeia (1964)

“The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends and where the other begins?” This is a quote of course from Edgar Allan Poe’s short story The Premature Burial, but ends up in the end credits of The Tomb of Ligeia (1964), Roger Corman’s final film in his Poe cycle for Aip, an eerie and fitting conclusion to a beloved series. (And doesn’t starting with a poetic quote make me sound fancy?)

Released by Anglo-Amalgamated Film Industries in the UK in November with a January rollout stateside from Aip, The Tomb of Ligeia was the least profitable of Corman’s Poe films, and he felt they had run their course, despite good reviews. Far be it from me to argue with the King of the B’s, but as a wave goodbye to the works of Poe,
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Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of the 1990s: Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hanks, Al Pacino … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of the 1990s: Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hanks, Al Pacino … ? [Poll]
The Best Actor Oscar winners of the 1990s include some of the most legendary actors in film history, like Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, Tom Hanks and Jack Nicholson. We’ve also seen actors springboard off their victories to have fruitful careers in film, like Geoffrey Rush and Nicolas Cage. Now, two decades later, which do you consider the greatest Best Actor winner of the 1990s?

Refamiliarize yourself with the winners and be sure to vote in our poll below. (See 2018 Oscar predictions for Best Actor.)

Jeremy Irons, “Reversal of Fortune” (1990) — The ’90s began with Jeremy Irons being awarded for “Reverse of Fortune,” in which the actor plays Claus von Bulow, a man charged with attempted murder after his wife goes into diabetic shock. Despite a long career in film this remains Irons’ only nomination and win, though he has won two Emmys for voiceover work and another for his performance in 2005’s “Elizabeth I.
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