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In Honor Of 'Riddick:' 10 Of The Most Unnecessary Sequels Ever

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2013 2:11 PM
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10 Of The Most Unnecessary Sequels Ever
If popcorn cinema in 2013 has been defined by one thing, it's been "Sharknado." But if cinema in 2013 has been defined by two things, it's "Sharknado" and... a glut of unnecessary and unwanted sequels. Think about it: "A Good Day to Die Hard," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," "RED 2," "Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters" "Despicable Me 2," "Kick-Ass 2," "Planes," "The Smurfs 2," "Grown Ups 2." These aren't just movies that are creatively unnecessary, they are movies that it's hard to imagine anyone wanting (though in the Sandler movie's case people bizarrely did actually show up, to humanity's shame). Even "Monsters University," arguably the year's best sequel/prequel/spin-off, wasn't one that seemed that creatively in demand—it was better than expected, but hardly essential. This week sees yet another sequel few were clamoring to hit theaters: "Riddick," the third movie in the series started by 2000's "Pitch Black" and continued with 2004's "The Chronicles of Riddick.". And it got us thinking about other egregious examples through the years.

Review: 'Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters' Starring Logan Lerman, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion & More

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 7, 2013 9:58 AM
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You really have to be careful with these young adult franchises. “Harry Potter” managed to lock up participants for what became an annual entry in the series, as audiences watched these kids grow into functioning young adults. That franchise knew the value of time; three and a half years later, we have the second film in the “Percy Jackson” saga, and the cast is comprised of college-age kids playing much younger versions of themselves, and embarrassed to do so. “Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters” is most interesting because of what it can’t help being: a too-late sequel years after the zeitgeist, clearly the product of a lowered budget and adjusted expectations following a not-well-received first picture. Keep the flame, Percy. Keep the flame.

Watch: New Trailer For ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’ Presents Epic Quest To Find Some Magical Fabric

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2013 5:09 PM
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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Damn, we keep forgetting this movie exists or is even coming to theaters, mostly because we're not nine years old. But alas, the sequel "Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters" is on the way and a new trailer is here to convince this story of looking for magical fabric is going to be one you'll want to spend your hard earned money on.

Summer Movie Photos: 'Before Midnight,' 'The Heat,' 'Prince Avalanche,' 'Bling Ring' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 1, 2013 10:36 AM
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Summer preview photos
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, so here’s 28,000 (not really) courtesy of stills from movies that run the gamut from highly anticipated sequels to smaller indie fare. Head on down below and get yr eyeballs ready.

Watch: First Trailer For 'Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters' Reminds You This Exists

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2013 11:07 AM
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The year was 2010. The movie: "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief." And apparently, the $220 million worldwide haul for the movie (most of it from overseas) was enough to convince Fox that this was a franchise worth continuing. So now, three years later, we have "Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters" and if you're one of the few people who are actually looking forward to this, well, today is your lucky day.

New Pics From The Sequel You Forgot Was Happening: 'Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • March 22, 2013 10:47 AM
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If you barely remember “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” we don’t blame you. It came out over three years ago and raked in only $88 million in the domestic box office, making a large majority of its money in the foreign market. So now we have the sequel, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” which comes out this summer and the first images from the movie have just landed online. Hopefully, viewing these photos will help refresh your memory regarding the franchise.

'X-Men: First Class' & 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Sequels Set For Summer 2014; 'Independence Day 3D' Hits July 3, 2013

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 31, 2012 3:57 PM
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Ironically, some of us were just having this conversation this morning. Would 20th Century Fox rush its "X-Men: First Class" sequel into production like they did in 2010 for its 2011 release (there was about an eight-month window to shoot and edit the picture and the film suffered because of it, but miraculously wasn't a total disaster)? The answer, thankfully, is no. Fox has set July 18, 2014 as the release date for their untitled sequel to "X-Men: First Class." Original director Matthew Vaughn will be on board once again with all of the original cast, including Micheal Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and many more (they all signed multi-picture deals after all). That should give them plenty of time to write a proper screenplay and not a mediocre one that the cast has to elevate (which was the case with the original). 

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