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After James Franco's 'Spring Breakers 2' slam, producers fire back

James Franco talks a lot about artistic integrity and vision. But there are at least a few people who are publicly calling BS on the actor: The producers he slammed for making a sequel to Spring Breakers without his consent.

Let’s rewind: Earlier this month, production company Wild Bunch announced it was working with Muse Productions, which was behind the first film, on Spring Breakers: The Second Coming. “It’s not a direct sequel, although there are allusions to some of the characters in the original,” said Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval. The follow-up, written by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) and set to be directed by Jonas Akerlund (Spun, Small Apartments), will chronicle a new group of partyers battling an extreme militant Christian sect attempting to convert them.

On Wednesday, Franco — who starred as wannabe thug Alien in the first film – slammed the idea of a sequel on Instagram, saying it was being done without the blessing of him or Spring Breakers writer/director Harmony Korine. READ FULL STORY

'It's a Wonderful Life' and 7 other Christmas classics with sequels

With the announcement of a possible sequel to It’s a Wonderful Life, the Internet is abuzz with everyone and anyone’s opinion. But the 1946 Jimmy Stewart-starring film isn’t the first holiday classic to get the sequel treatment. Some are just as spirited as their predecessors; others are the cinematic equivalent to getting coal in your stocking.

We break down seven sequels to holiday favorites to see how they fare before It’s a Wonderful Lie: The Rest of the Story joins their ranks.

There Should Be a Sequel: 'Troop Beverly Hills'

Cigars… vapes… cookies…

I really wouldn’t mind a sequel to the 1989 Shelley Long vehicle Troop Beverly Hills. The most cherished movie of my childhood is no cinematic masterpiece, so this would hardly be sacrilege. I figure if this is really gonna be the film most often running through my head like a skunk on a misdirected trail (oh, the shame!), the story may as well continue. So sack up, hobos, and pour some wine into that stew: It’s cookie time. Again.

Apropos of nothing: Sequels you had no idea existed, from 'Ace Ventura 3' to 'Air Bud 8'


Bless you, direct-to-DVD industry, for churning out endlessly amusing extensions of movies that never should have been franchises in the first place. An EW staffer casually mentioned the third Ace Ventura movie earlier today, inspiring a group of us to reminisce about the most random sequels we could think of — sequels many of us were hearing about for the first time.

And so, in honor of both these little-discussed gems and the gift that is Friday afternoon, here’s a list of the genre’s most unassuming entries. Caution: It’s about to get all nostalgic up in here. (Like that’s a surprise.) READ FULL STORY

Is 'Taken 2' better than the first? 15 sequels that topped the originals

Taken 2 certainly had a great second weekend, but is it good enough to join the ranks of sequels that prove that sometimes, the second time truly is the charm? From Frankenstein’s betrothed to the Caped Crusader of Gotham City, here are 15 motion pictures that definitely make the cut:  READ FULL STORY

LeakyCon to debut 'A Very Potter 3D' with Darren Criss

While we’re still pretty psyched at the opportunity to do morning yoga led by Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), the Harry Potter fan convention LeakyCon now boasts an even bigger event: The debut of A Very Potter 3D: A Very Potter Senior YearTeam StarKid will present a one-time only staged reading of the third installment in the Very Potter Musical franchise that made Glee‘s Darren Criss, who’ll be in Chicago on August 11 to participate, famous. Check out the full LeakyCon schedule here. And revisit A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel in their entirety on YouTube. Below, a refresher of where we left off… READ FULL STORY

How 'Men in Black 3' defied the odds and shook off the curse of the threequel

On the face of it, Men in Black 3 really had no business being as good as it is. This is a sci-fi comedy franchise date that dates back to the days when Bill Clinton was in office and the Spice Girls were new on the scene. Its critically reviled previous installment hit theaters 10 long years ago, years in which almost no one, with the possible exception of Will Smith’s accountant, was pining for another Men in Black movie. Its production was widely known to have been plagued with major headaches and delays as the script went through endless rewrites. And then, of course, there’s just the whole 3-ness of it all.

When it comes to movie franchises, three has almost never been a magic number. The history of threequels is largely a chronicle of disappointment, pointlessness, and overstayed pop-culture welcome. For every Toy Story 3, Return of the King, or Return of the Jedi, there have been a whole lot of Superman 3s, Matrix Revolutions, Spider-man 3s, The Godfather: Part IIIs, Jaws 3-Ds, Star Trek III: The Search for Spocks, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s Ends. READ FULL STORY

Adam McKay teases the plot of 'Anchorman 2'

Boy, that escalated quickly. A few weeks ago, we learned that the long-delayed Anchorman sequel would become a reality. Now director and co-writer Adam McKay has started to tease what might happen in the film.

When asked about the plot of Anchorman Dos, McKay told Salon that he didn’t want to give away too much. He did, however, reveal “a couple pieces of ideas” that he’s discussed with co-writer Will Ferrell. Specifically: “I’ll say one phrase for you: custody battle. I’ll give you that. I’ll give you one other one: bowling for dollars.” READ FULL STORY

'Clerks III': Kevin Smith on bringing his Jersey boys to Broadway -- EXCLUSIVE

When Kevin Smith announced last year that his upcoming hockey movie Hit Somebody would be his final film as a director, you could almost hear a collective sigh of disappointment from hard-core fans of Dante and Randal, Jay and Silent Bob. Smith’s convenience-store drones and derelicts introduced Smith’s Jersey brand of profane wit in 1994’s Clerks, and a successful 2006 sequel proved that audiences hadn’t had enough. Smith’s retirement threatened to kill any chances of completing the Quik Stop trilogy — a challenge you’d think might tempt the Star Wars-obsessed Smith. Well, there is a new hope. Last week, during a book signing in New York, he revealed that his beloved characters might be heading to Broadway. After seeing the hit play, Seminar, which reminded Smith of the fundamental stagecraft he used to film Clerks, he suddenly envisioned breathing new life into the franchise with a stage production of Clerks III in 2014 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original. It’s still only in early talks, but Smith tells EW that he’s already broached the subject with several members of the cast, including the hard-to-wrangle Jeff Anderson, who played irreverent slacker, Randal.

The writer/director/Silent Bob shared his hopes in an exclusive conversation with EW.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Have you had any recent discussions — formal or informal — with the cast from the first two Clerks about another potential edition, whether it be on the stage or on the screen?
KEVIN SMITH: Jeff was the first person I reached out to. I sent him an email after I’d seen Alan Rickman in Seminar in February: “You’re the first person I’m gonna tell… Clerks III is gonna be a play on Broadway. We’ll do a six month run and sell out the entirety in advance. You up for six shows a week, sir? Live?” To which Jeff responded, “Better lay off the weed, sir.” READ FULL STORY

'Anchorman' sequel speculation: This movie's kind of a big deal. What should we expect?

PopWatchers, I’m in a glass case of emotion right now. That’s because one of the funniest movies ever made — Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s gloriously absurd Anchorman — is finally getting the sequel it deserves. This news is almost as exciting as getting an invitation to the pants party. The… party. With the… with the pants.

Ferrell and McKay announced that they were developing Anchorman 2 : Return to San Diahhgo* way back in 2008. Unfortunately for Sex Panthers the world over, negotiations fell apart a few years later when the team and Paramount couldn’t agree on a budget. Now the movie’s back on — and, thanks to the four years that have passed since that first announcement, we’ve got a few clues about what might actually happen in the sequel. READ FULL STORY

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