Hollywood's Got A Bad Case Of Sequelitis This Year This year, Hollywood will release 28 movie sequels — more than any other year — and while all these Part 2s, 3s and 4s may be good for the industry's bottom line, it's making NPR movie critic Bob Mondello's job tricky.
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Hollywood's Got A Bad Case Of Sequelitis This Year

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Hollywood's Got A Bad Case Of Sequelitis This Year

Hollywood's Got A Bad Case Of Sequelitis This Year

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ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:

And here's what's hot in Hollywood this summer: the sequel. The movie studios will release more part twos, threes or fours than it ever has - 28 at last count. Our critic Bob Mondello says that may be good for the industry's bottom line, but it is making his job tricky.

BOB MONDELLO: Unidentified Man #1 (Actor): (As character) Let's finish this the way we started.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM)

MONDELLO: Warner Brothers split the last Harry Potter novel into a pair of films, so this second Deathly Hallows is "Harry Potter: Part 7, Part 2."

SIEGEL: Unidentified Man #3: (Unintelligible)...

(SOUNDBITE OF FILMS)

MONDELLO: Unidentified Man #4: It is time for the next phase of your journey.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MONDELLO: Unidentified Man #5 (Actor): (As character) Are you saying we can't stop this?

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM)

MONDELLO: Second films are easier to get financing for, they're already cast, and they're pre-sold. So promoting them is simple, so much so that the second film in a series often outperforms the first at the box office. After that, the glow generally fades.

II: "Hangover II"...

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "THE HANGOVER: PART II")

SIEGEL: (As character) I can't believe this is happening again.

MONDELLO: "Pirates Of The Caribbean IV"...

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES")

JOHNNY DEPP: (As Captain Jack Sparrow) Is that really necessary?

MONDELLO: Unidentified Man #7 (Actor): (As character) We'll do one last job, and then we disappear forever.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "FAST FIVE")

MONDELLO: I'm Bob Mondello.

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