What's Popping: 'The Avengers 2', 'Venom', 'Rambo 5', 'Mission: Impossible 5', 'Bullet to the Head'

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The Avengers is not even out but talks have already shifted to the sequel. For the sequel, director Joss Whedon says he will not try to top the first movie for the sake of topping it; he wants things to evolve organically. The sequel should be "the next thing that should happen to these characters," he says.

Josh Trank was recently rumored to be in talks to helm the Fantastic Four reboot for Fox, but if Sony and Josh Trank are able to come to terms, we may see one of Spider-Man's nemesis in his own movie. According to the LA Times, Sony is talking with the Chronicle director to see if he's interested in taking on the long gestating Venom movie. Trank's found footage superhero movie Chronicle made a splash at the box office by earning over $100 million worldwide on a budget of $12 million.

When Warner Bros pulled Bullet to the Head from its release schedule, of course, the thinking is that the movie was unreleasable. Twitch reports that Sylvester Stallone is trying to salvage the movie by doing his own cut, an allegation both Stallone and Warner Bros denied. They say the director Walter Hill is doing the editing, not Stallone. Regardless who's doing work, there's no denying original premise that the movie, in its current form, is not good.

Since Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol is a success, it's not surprising that a sequel will happen sooner or later. Well, during a shareholder meeting, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman confirms that a fifth Mission: Impossible is a definite certainty.

In the First Blood novel, John Rambo died at the end, but since Sylvester Stallone wanted to make sequels, he changed the ending. After four movies, Stallone may finally allow Rambo die. When asked in an interview if he'll kill off the character, all he said was "Yeah." As to whether or not the fifth movie will get the greenlight is another matter.

Other News & Notes:

First pic of The Lone Ranger released.

Walter Salles' On the Road trailer online.

Is Steve Carell playing Ben Holiday in Magic Kingdom for Sale - SOLD!?

Tom Cruise is reportedly in talks to join Clint Eastwood's A Star is Born remake.

Robocop remake will be in theaters on August 9, 2013.

Pic of Robert Pattison in Breaking Dawn - Part 2 released.

Dwayne Johnson in talks for Journey 3.

Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis will also write the sequel.

Magical Elves in talks to direct Katy Perry concert movie.

Feature adaptation of PC game Company of Heroes has a cast and director.

Elizabeth Blackmore and Jessica Lucas join Evil Dead remake.

Ice Cube says other N.W.A members are involved in biopic about the rap group.

Project X screenwriter Michael Bacall is back for the sequel.

Tom Cruise's Les Grossman movie is moving closer to production.

New image for Prometheus released.

10 minutes of John Carter online.

Movie based on the Hasbro's boardgame Ouija is still alive.

Arnold Schwarzenegger gives updates on The Tomb and The Unknown Soldier.

New Men in Black 3 trailer is out.

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