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A 'Horrible' sequel and more follow-ups

Here's a title I hope never to see on a movie poster: "Horrible Bosses 2."

Oops, I spoke too soon! Last year's "Horrible Bosses" may have been a lifeless comedy and a waste of a good cast (Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman), but it also earned $117 million in ticket sales. New Line Cinema is now working on a follow-up, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Is there anything the studios won't turn into a sequel? Apparently not, judging from the movies heading our way this year and beyond. Here are a few examples:

Wrath of the Titans

With some of the worst 3-D effects since the days of red-and-green glasses, 2010's "Clash of the Titans" was pounded by critics ("a disaster," said The Boston Globe) and audiences alike (a 48 percent rating at RottenTomatoes). Success! The sequel comes out March 30.

The Bourne Legacy

Three-time "Bourne" writer Tony Gilroy will also direct the fourth -- but Matt Damon is out, replaced by Jeremy Renner, right, as Aaron Cross. My reaction: deep skepticism. This isn't "Bewitched," where you can just suddenly switch Darrins. We'll see how Renner fares Aug. 3.

The Expendables 2

"The Expendables" was hyped as the ultimate old-school action flick, full of grizzled musclemen like Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Rourke. The whole thing felt flabby, but earned enough to merit a No. 2, this time with newcomers Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme. It's due Aug. 17.

This Is 40

Judd Apatow's spinoff of 2007's "Knocked Up," due Dec. 21, features Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprising their roles as beleaguered married couple Pete and Debbie. This has potential -- Rudd and Mann frequently stole the show in the first film -- but a misfire could tarnish our memories of a great comedy.

Bridesmaids 2

After the phenomenal success of "Bridesmaids" -- $169 million in ticket sales, surprise nominations from the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild -- you knew Universal Pictures was considering a sequel. But without its star and writer, Kristen Wiig? That sounds like an even worse idea than eating bad meat before donning a wedding dress. No release date has been announced.

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