Movies: Sequel-Mania and the End of the World

Friday, May 20, 2011

Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"

This weekend’s anticipated top opener "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." This is the third sequel in the "Pirates" franchise. But "Pirates of the Caribbean" isn’t the only sequel machine out there. This year, the movie industry will be breaking records, releasing a total of 27 sequels (including "The Hangover 2," "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Cars 2," "Twilight" – Part 1 of Part 3, and "Harry Potter" – Part 2 of Part 7). Why does the moviegoing public put up with all the repeats?

Rafer Guzman, co-host of the Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast and film critic for Newsday, weighs in.

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Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Contributors:

Rafer Guzman

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