Movie Industry Plans To Release Lots Of Sequels

May 30, 2011
Originally published on May 30, 2011 6:42 pm
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MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

And now, our critic Bob Mondello has a preview of the other retreads and the hidden treasures coming our way this summer.

BOB MONDELLO: Get ready for part twos, threes and fours everywhere you look, even a part eight for teen wizard Harry Potter's final showdown with Lord Voldemort.

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JOHN HURT: (as Mr. Ollivander) He is after you, Mr. Potter. UNINTELLIGIBLE

DANIEL RADCLIFFE: (as Harry Potter) Well, I suppose I'll have to kill him before he finds me then.

MONDELLO: This last segment of "The Deathly Hallows" is the first 3-D Harry Potter film, a little extra inducement for the crowd that's grown up with these movies, literally grown up since the third-graders who saw the first film when it came out are in college now.

BLOCK: President John F. Kennedy: One path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender.

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MONDELLO: Unidentified Man #2 (Actor): (as Character) Let's find out.

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MONDELLO: Unidentified Man #3 (Actor): (as Walter Cronkite) We now have had confirmation of loss of signal from Apollo 11.

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MONDELLO: Unidentified Man #4: (As character) No, sir, we are not alone.

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MONDELLO: As is "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," a prequel that tells us how the apes took over, something to do with another serum and an animal experiment that gets out of control.

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JAMES FRANCO: Unidentified Man #6 (Actor): (as Character) They're not people, you know.

MONDELLO: Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis decide they want an affair, not love, in "Friends with Benefits." Two soulmates played by Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess decide they will only get together once a year, in the anniversary of their one-night stand, in "One Day." And Tom Hanks falls for his community college professor Julia Roberts in "Larry Crowne."

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JULIA ROBERTS: (as Mercedes Tainot) Each of you will tell us how to do something you already know how to do.

TOM HANKS: (as Larry Crowne) How to prepare French toast.

MONDELLO: This last one featuring Steve Carell as a divorced guy who asks a ladies' man for dating advice. He's told he needs to spruce up, and on a visit to the mall, they start with his shoes.

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STEVE CARELL: (as Cal Weaver) These are my 407s.

BLOCK: (as Character) Oh, they're 407s. Can I see them?

CARELL: Unidentified Man #7: (as Character) What are you, in a fraternity?

CARELL: Unidentified Man #7: (as Character) Are you in a fraternity?

CARELL: Unidentified Man #7: (as Character) Are you?

CARELL: (as Cal) No.

OK: (as Character) Oh, OK. Well, in that case, you've got no right to wear New Balance sneakers ever.

MONDELLO: And "Beginners" stars Ewan McGregor as an artist who's surprised to discover that his father, at 75, is coming out of the closet. Dad's played by Christopher Plummer.

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EWAN MCGREGOR: (as Oliver) Hello?

CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER: (as Hal) Oliver?

MCGREGOR: (as Oliver) Yeah?

PLUMMER: (as Hal) They had some wonderfully loud music in the club tonight.

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PLUMMER: (as Hal) What kind of music's that?

MCGREGOR: (as Oliver) Probably house music.

PLUMMER: (as Hal) Yup. House music, OK.

MCGREGOR: (as Oliver) Did you meet anyone?

PLUMMER: (as Hal) Huh?

MCGREGOR: (as Oliver) Did you meet...

PLUMMER: (as Hal) No, young gay men don't go for older gay men. You have it easy.

MONDELLO: If "Beginners" has an unusual premise, it's not half as strange as the one comedian Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon dreamed up for "The Trip." They trek from British town to British town, dining at fine country inns while getting on each other's nerves by doing impressions.

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STEVE COOGAN: (as Himself) I've not heard your Michael Caine, but I assume it would be something along the lines of: My name's Michael Caine.

BOB BRYDON: (as Himself) You are so wrong. Michael Caine used to talk like this.

COOGAN: (as Himself) It's not quite nasal enough the way you're doing it. When he gets loudly, it gets very loud indeed. Don't do the broken voice when he gets very emotional.

MONDELLO: Meanwhile, the voice of the real Michael Caine will be heard in the summer sequel that kids have been waiting for, "Cars 2."

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MICHAEL CAINE: Unidentified Woman #1 (Actor): (as Character) Oh, you've got to be joking.

MONDELLO: Also for kids, a new cartoon adventure of Winnie-the-Pooh, Jim Carey in a live-action adaptation of the children's book, "Mr. Popper's Penguins," and in digital 3-D, "The Smurfs."

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NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: (as Patrick Winslow) We're being attacked. Do not be fooled by their cuteness.

JAYMA MAYS: Unidentified Man #8 (Actor): (as Character) That's right, you pasty giant.

MONDELLO: I saved the other kind of alien for last.

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MONDELLO: Unidentified Woman #2 (Actor): (as Character) Those things could have killed us. We're not saying anything to anyone. No one's going to know we were there.

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MONDELLO: And the most unlikely concoction of the summer?

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BLOCK: (as Character) I need those (unintelligible).

MONDELLO: Unidentified Man #14 (Actor) (As character) They're coming back.

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MONDELLO: I'm Bob Mondello.

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BLOCK: I'm Melissa Block. You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.