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Review: Blade Runner 2049 Takes Itself Very Seriously, Is Far Too Long, And I Still Loved It

4 out of 5 stars.

At a time when we're inundated with a seemingly endless barrage of mediocre sequels and reboots, Blade Runner 2049 felt like an idea doomed to disappoint. Surely, in following up such an iconic, landmark film, it would have to sacrifice something, right? The tone? The giant scope? The philosophical underbelly? A compelling story? As it turns out, the sequel lives up to its predecessor in all these ways and also manages to stand on its own.

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More Speculation Whiplash: Did Patty Jenkins Just Confirm She’ll Be Directing Wonder Woman 2?

The will she/won't she of Patty Jenkins' involvement with the inevitable Wonder Woman sequel has been going on for a few weeks now. First, it was definitely happening; then the movie was happening, but Jenkins wasn't attached; then she was maybe writing it? But the way Jenkins is talking now is pretty darn encouraging.

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If Patty Jenkins Doesn’t Direct the Wonder Woman Sequel, I Swear I Am Placing a Hex on Warner Bros.’ Head

Last week, The Hollywood Reporter wrote that both Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot were signed on for a Wonder Woman sequel. Now it's looking like that might have been premature. We have some feelings about that.

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Kevin Smith to Serve Up More Askewniverse Goodness With New Jay and Silent Bob Movie

Lately, it's seemed like Kevin Smith has been preoccupied with podcasting, directing superhero shows on The CW, and expressing his fondness for Canada with his True North Trilogy. Now, it seems he's ready to return to his roots in the View Askewniverse.

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So That Zombieland Sequel Is Still in the Works

Does "better late than never" still apply here?

Writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are giving up some new details on the much-delayed film.

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Stop-Motion Animation Company LAIKA Says “NOPE” to Sequels

LAIKA has been making some of the most creative animated films of recent years, each of them a standalone nugget of perfection. And they want to keep it that way!

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Rob Marshall Calls His Upcoming Mary Poppins Film “an Extension”

In an age of remakes and reboots, sequels and prequels, it's easy to be skeptical about our most beloved properties. We know, for example, that Disney has Rob Marshall directing a new Mary Poppins movie...and it's easy to give it huge amounts of side-eye, because it looks suspiciously like a sequel. Well, Marshall himself is attempting to clarify.

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Hollywood Financial Analyst Says Sequels and Remakes Are on Their Way Out

As fans, we've been feeling this for a while now - asking ourselves and each other, "Why can't Hollywood come up with anything new? I'm tired of them rehashing the same-old same-old!" Well now, someone has looked at this from a financial perspective, and has come to the same conclusion. Sequels and remakes are on their way out.

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Sequel Is an Art Show About Those Follow-Up Films We’ll Never See

No sign of Super Mario Bros. 2.

My friends, we are never going to see Natalie Portman as a grown hitwoman taking bloody vengeance on the mafia that failed to protect her mentor and guardian the moment he talked about getting out of the game. We're never going to find out what might have happened if the Goblin King returned decades later. And yes, we're probably never going to see a Hellboy III.

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Sweet Bulging Goblin Trousers, The Labyrinth Sequel Is Coming

And so am I.

Throw a baby in the air and give a big ol' F.U. to adulthood: Labyrinth II is really and truly happening.

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Fox Is Doing a Female-Led Sequel to Minority Report

We saw this coming. *whistles*

What order will they air the episodes in this time?

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There’s an Enchanted Sequel in the Works and It Already Has Writers

I've been dreaming of a true love's reboot?

Movie insiders have been praising the possible franchise power of Enchanted before it was even released back in 2007, but the long-believed-inevitable sequel has been stuck in development limbo ever since. Until now, that is.

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Raze It To the Ground and Burn the Ashes: A Mrs. Doubtfire Sequel Is Happening

what is this I don't even

How dare you, Fox. How. Dare. You. I have never in my life yelled at a studio like this! OK. You've calmed down? I've calmed down. Let's talk about this Mrs. Doubtfire sequel and which castmember has spoken out against it with a resounding "Oh hell no."

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Hellloooo! Mrs.Doubtfire Sequel In The Works

Hopefully Mrs.Featherbottom won't be too threatened.

Great news for '90s babies who were alternatingly charmed and horrified by Robin Williams' memorable role as a divorced Dad with an unconventional way of getting close to his kids. Talks of the long-awaited Mrs.Doubtfire II were never dead, just on hiatus...and a new movie may soon be bustling in to a theater near you.

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New Mario Kart 8 Trailer Shows off Anti-Gravity Tracks, Is Basically the Same as Every Mario Kart

Are George Clooney and Sandra Bullock playable, though?

Yes, Mario Kart 8 looks very pretty. Does that really matter, though? Nintendo's entire business strategy for two generations now has been to push a graphically underpowered console that offers something new and different. No matter how many hang gliders, motorcycles, and anti-gravity tracks you throw in, Mario Kart's age is starting to show.

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Rumor: Pixar May Be Making A Star Wars Movie

This is not the money mill you're looking for.

Since JJ Abrams confirmed on Monday that Episode VII is a real thing and not just some intricate smokescreen designed to lure grown men out of their mother's basements, we've had a lot of emotions to explore. We'd barely recovered when the rumor that we can expect a Pixar Star Wars in the future had us feeling a disturbance in the force again.

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Things We Saw Today: Her Universe Doctor Who Dresses

Things We Saw Today

When we put these Ten and Eleven dresses in our annual Holiday Gift Guide they weren't for sale yet, but now they are! Treat yo' self. (Fashionably Geek)

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World War Z Sequel Isn’t Dead, Has a Director. Kill Me Now.

Today in Depressing

*zombie grrrroan*

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It’s a Wonderful Life Is Getting a Gritty Sequel

what is this I don't even

OK, OK. "Gritty" might be pushing it. But the plot synopsis of It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story (yes, that's the title) has more than a twinge of the ridiculously depressing, even if it's unintentional.

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Rejoice, Disillusioned White Dudes! Fight Club’s Getting a Graphic Novel Sequel

I am Jack's innate sense of cynicism.

If the Star Wars prequels taught us anything, it's that people love it when their favorite film universes get rebooted with annoying tiny kids in them, right? Of course they do! That's probably why Chuck Palahniuk recently revealed that he'll be returning to his 1996 novel Fight Club to tell the story of Jack and Marla's son -- but from the point of view of Tyler Durden. Yay?

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