January 13, 2007

LAT. "2007 Movie Sneaks."

Three 3quels "The head-to-head-to-head clash of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Shrek the Third and Spider-Man 3 is unprecedented in box office history and could reshape admissions records for the summer." See, that's how you open a preview package. The stakes! They are high! On that page in the Los Angeles Times, John Horn, Robert W Welkos and Rachel Abramowitz each take a look at the 3 Big 3quels of 2007.

They are not alone. More third rounds: Ocean's 13, The Bourne Ultimatum, Rush Hour 3 and, because the world needs it, Resident Evil: Extinction.

As for the other films set to scramble for whatever attention might be left over, here's the long list - in alphabetical order, oddly enough, rather than in order of release.

"We want to make people laugh," Matt Groening tells Michael Ordoña. "Not that it's a role model in content, but the South Park movie was proof that you could do a movie that didn't have the greatest animation but was really funny from beginning to end." But try as he might, Ordoña can't get much from the creative team as to what The Simpsons Movie will actually be about. Also, The Number 23, "a psychological thriller starring Jim Carrey and Virginia Madsen."

3 contemporary exploitation flicks Sheigh Crabtree talks with Smokin' Aces writer-director Joe Carnahan about pulling off a zillion special effects.

Related: "Smokin' Aces, Grindhouse and Black Snake Moan all "pay homage to the lowbrow 'exploitation' films of the 1960s and 70s," wrote Mark Olsen on Monday. "It's no accident that these directors are all in their 30s and 40s, putting their influences to work by picking up the anything-goes aesthetic that was the hallmark of such cult favorites as Mudhoney, The Last House on the Left, Bone and The Candy Snatchers."

And then, for the Guardian, Chrissy Iley talks with Alicia Keys about Smokin' Aces, her childhood and her #1 fan, Bob Dylan.

Olsen in the package at hand: "300 is a fevered hissy-fit of a movie that operates somewhere between outrageous and demented."

Susan King previews a holiday comedy (can you believe this?), Fred Claus, starring Paul Giamatti as Santa and Vince Vaughn as his older brother. Also, Zodiac: David Fincher directs Robert Downey Jr.

And a talk with James McAvoy: "He'll be seen this year in the upcoming romantic comedies Starter for Ten (opening Feb 16) and Penelope (coming in April) and the August dramas Becoming Jane and Atonement based on the Ian McEwan novel."

Scarlet Cheng talks with Jasmila Zbanic about her Golden Bear winner, Grbavica, arriving in the US in March.



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Posted by dwhudson at January 13, 2007 6:13 AM

Comments

3quels? What, "prequels" wasn't a bad enough neologism that you had to go and invent a worse one? :)

Posted by: James Russell at January 14, 2007 1:34 AM

It is kind of silly, isn't it. And I'm sure I'm not the first to use it. But I do have to say, it's handier to type and fresher to read than "third installment," "third episode" or "latest addition to the franchise," all that.

Still: It's very, very silly.

Posted by: David Hudson at January 14, 2007 2:46 AM