Countless sequels to the sequel
I understand that the latest Star Trek movie is No. 12 in the franchise. Is there any other film franchise with that many films?
You can always count on Hollywood to wring every bit of life — and every dollar — out of a film franchise. That's a city that loves its sequels. What other explanation is there for seven Police Academy, 13 Pokemon, seven Texas Chainsaw Massacre and six Cheech & Chong movies?
Star Trek has indeed had a long and successful run of movies, no question. The success of the latest one, No. 12, will no doubt green-light more.
But there are many others. Among them:
• Sherlock Holmes. There are varying estimates on how many movies have been made about the brilliant British detective, from 47 to 98. We'll just agree that it's a lot, and the success of the most recent series, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, will probably keep it going.
• Tarzan: The king of the jungle has been filmed 89 times between 1918 and 2008.
• Godzilla: They just cannot kill that Japanese monster, can they? Between Japanese and American filmmakers, there have been 30, and another is expected to be released in 2014.
• Wong fei-Hung: There have been 89 Once Upon a Time in China movies made about this folk hero. The most recent ones have starred Jet Li or Vincent Zhao.
• 007: James Bond has saved the world 24 times and counting.
• Frankenstein: Thirteen times this scientist's monster has been created on the big screen.
• Carry On: This is a low-budget British comedy series of 31 films, the most recent in 1992.
• Land Before Time: This animated series has visited cute dinosaurs 13 times.
• Zaitochi: There have been 28 movies about this blind Japanese swordsman and masseur.
A few other, more familiar titles include: The Pink Panther (11), Batman (9), Halloween (10), Friday the 13th (12), Harry Potter (8), Superman (8), Planet of the Apes (7), Star Wars (7, with plans for a bunch more), Nightmare on Elm Street (9), American Pie (8).
We are quite sure we've overlooked or miscounted some. Sorry, our eyes glazed over.
'Precious' stars carry on
Two actresses were the stars of the movie Precious. Where are they now?
Gabourey Sidibe, who made her professional acting debut as Claireece "Precious" Jones in 2009's Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, has appeared in the movies Tower Heist, Seven Psychopaths and Yelling to the Sky, in addition to TV series The Big C and American Dad. She will be in American Horror Story next season and has roles in three upcoming films.
Mo'Nique, who won the Academy Award and a Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her role as Mary, hosted a talk show on BET from 2009-11and performs in comedy clubs around the country. She recently lost nearly 100 pounds and regularly tweets photos of herself working out.