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Jason Blum Talks Unfriended and Changes to Be Made Before the Release at SXSW

26 March 2015 9:22 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Last year at SXSW I got to talk to Jason Blum about how he caught Oculus at the Toronto International Film Festival and helped get it out into the world and this year we got to have a similar discussion about his latest find, the Timur Bekmambetov-created project, Unfriended. The movie takes place entirely on Blaire’s (Shelley Hennig) computer screen. She starts up a video call with her friends, but there’s also an unknown Skype user in the chat, a Skype user who claims to be Laura Barns, a girl from their high school who committed suicide a year ago. If you caught my review and/or interview with writer Nelson Greaves and director Levan Gabriadze, you know that I think Unfriended is one heck of an accomplishment. It’s easily one of the most effective and natural depictions of computer usage on the big screen I’ve ever seen. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Joel Edgerton directing debut titled The Gift

25 March 2015 8:29 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Stx Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions have officially titled Joel Edgerton’s feature directorial debut The Gift.

The film will open on July 31 and stars Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Edgerton.

Rebecca Yeldham and Jason Blum are producing the story of a married couple whose seemingly idyllic marriage is tested when the man meets an old high school acquaintance.

Sierra/Affinity handles international sales and kicked off trade at the Efm in Berlin last month. »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Actor/Director Joel Edgerton’s New Movie Officially Titled The Gift

25 March 2015 12:47 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Motion picture and television studio Stx Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions have officially titled their Joel Edgerton-helmed film The Gift, it was announced today by Adam Fogelson, Chairman of Stx Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group.

Set to debut on July 31, 2015, this chilling, contemporary psychological thriller marks the writing and directorial debut of acclaimed actor Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty, Warrior), and stars Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Edgerton. The film is produced by Rebecca Yeldham (On the Road, The Kite Runner) and Jason Blum (Whiplash, The Purge).

Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone? Even if you are unaware of how, or when, and even who you may have wronged…chances are there is someone out there who won’t ever forget it…or you.

Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned »

- Michelle McCue

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Joel Edgerton directorial debut titled 'The Gift'

25 March 2015 11:29 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Stx Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions have found a name for the Australian multi-hyphenate’s feature directorial debut, set for release in the Us on July 31.

Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Edgerton star in The Gift, the story of a married couple whose seemingly idyllic marriage is tested when the man meets an old high school acquaintance.

Rebecca Yeldham and Jason Blum produce.

Sierra/Affinity handles international sales and kicked off trade at the Efm in Berlin last month. »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Exclusive Interview With Executive Producer Jason Blum On Unfriended

22 March 2015 6:36 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When you get a chance to interview Jason Blum, no matter how long you’re given, the timeframe will never be long enough. With so many projects being produced by Blumhouse Productions, there are so many different questions worth asking.

Recently, Jason was in Austin to promote his new film Unfriended, which kicked my South by Southwest festival off with a horrifying bang, and ten minutes flew by as I pulled a few other titles out of my grab-bag assortment of questions. When you walk into one of his interviews, you better be ready. Time is of the essence, working against your best efforts to touch on projects that are begging for updates or new information.

I started the interview by asking about Unfriended, and how the ambitious nature of a laptop-screen-view presents certain problems, but I quickly found myself begging for some additional updates. Calling back to a previous »

- Matt Donato

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SXSW 2015 Exclusive: Levan Gabriadze, Nelson Greaves and Jason Blum on Unfriended

20 March 2015 12:27 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

On the first night of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, Levan Gabriadze’s Unfriended premiered  in front of a packed audience. Daily Dead had the opportunity to catch up with Gabriadze as well as screenwriter Nelson Greaves and producer Jason Blum the following day to talk about the film and the horrific realities of cyberbullying.

I’d love to start off talking about the premise behind Unfriended because when you look at where the horror genre is at these days, not many films are tackling the concept of bullying straight on like you do here or even fully exploring the dangers of social media, or being too ‘connected’ in this world. What inspired you to take on these issues then?

Levan Gabriadze: A lot of this came from Timur (Bekmambetov, Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) originally because he spends so much time doing business on Skype. Because he lives in »

- Heather Wixson

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WonderCon 2015 Schedule Announced

19 March 2015 3:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Comic-Con International announced the full three-day schedule for WonderCon 2015, which will take place from Friday, April 3 to Sunday, April 5 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can clickHere to check out the entire convention schedule, but we have pulled out all of the movie, TV, Blu-ray and DVD related panel presentations below. Take a look at what WonderCon 2015 has to offer!

Friday, April 3

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Going Back to The Future

Filmmakers Jason Aron, Louis Krubich, and Lee Leshen discuss their film Back in Time, a feature-length documentary that shows the cultural impact of the Back to The Future franchise-just in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the initial film. Room 207

12:30pm - 1:30pm - Batman

Last year marked the 75th anniversary of the Batman. Now let's take a look into what the future may have to offer for the iconic »

- MovieWeb

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Round-Up: Marcus Nispel’s Exeter Acquired for Us Distribution, The Diabolical Poster, New Alien Soft Vinyl Figure

18 March 2015 9:02 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Gordon Fleming's asbestos removal crew were infected by it in 2001's Session 9, Lance Preston and his ghost investigation team faced it in 2011's Grave Encounters, and soon a group of teenagers will also become immersed in the creepy, haunting, and ultimately mind-bending atmosphere of an abandoned asylum in Marcus Nispel's Exeter (formerly known as Backmask). Featured in our latest round-up, the next film from the director of the Friday the 13th and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remakes has been acquired for U.S. distribution and given a release date. Also included in this go-around is the poster for The Diabolical, a new horror film starring Ali Larter, as well as a look at Super7 and Secret Base's Green Slime Alien soft vinyl figure, going on sale this Friday.

ExeterViva Pictures and DirecTV have acquired the U.S. rights to Exeter and have set a July 2nd »

- Derek Anderson

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Marcus Nispel’s Exeter Premiere on Directv

18 March 2015 7:17 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Jason Blum & the director of the remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th returns with Exeter, formally Backmask. If you have DirecTV, you will be the first to see the flick on July 2nd. From the Press Release:

Viva Pictures and Directv announced today that they have acquired U.S. rights to Exeter, a feature film from the director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th and the producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious.  The film will debut exclusively on Directv on July 2 followed by a theatrical release by Viva Pictures later this year.

Exeter was directed by Marcus Nispel and written by Kirsten McCallion.  The film was executive produced by Jason Blum and Steven Schneider.

After an all-night party at an abandoned asylum known for its horrific treatment of its patients, a group of ordinary teens decide to tinker with the occult, leading to a possession, »

- Andy Triefenbach

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China’s Huayi Brothers to Partner with Stx Entertainment on 18-Movie Deal (Exclusive)

17 March 2015 12:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Robert SimondsStx Entertainment is close to securing a three-year deal to produce 18 films with China’s Huayi Brothers Media, Variety has learned.

Huayi revealed a partnership with an unnamed U.S. entity on Monday, as part of a regulatory filing in China. The U.S. company was not named.

However, sources tell Variety that Stx is the Hollywood company that has landed the lucrative pact.

Steve Elzer, a spokesman for Stx, said that the company does not comment on rumors.

Stx launched last March and was created by longtime producer Simonds with the goal of fielding eight to 10 movies a year, with budgets ranging from $20 million to $80 million. The company already has a Chinese investor in Hony Capital. Its other backers include private equity giant Tpg and OddLot Entertainment co-founder Gigi Pritzker.

In addition to its theatrical plans, Stx also has a pay TV distribution deal with Showtime that »

- Marc Graser and Brent Lang

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Watch: New Trailer For 'Insidious Chapter 3' Shows How The Terror Got Started

16 March 2015 11:03 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While "Insidious Chapter 3" promises to share the origin story behind the franchise, it looks like producer Jason Blum is tying his various successful horror series together in the manner of the shared universe model that has overtaken blockbuster moviemaking. In an interview with Cinema Blend at the SXSW Film Festival, Blum was asked about doing something akin to the Marvel model. "Yeah! I want to do that. We’ve been putting Easter Eggs in movies in different things. There’s some in 'Insidious 3.' There’s some in 'Sinister 2.' So yeah, we’ve been doing that. I would like to do more of that," he explained, though he cautioned that fans shouldn't expect any kind of team up film soon. "We’re not close to an 'Avengers,' but I do like the idea of having the worlds collide in the different franchises we work on. That’s a really cool idea… »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Meet the Faces of SXSW 2015: Sally Field, Nick Kroll, Jason Schwartzman and More

15 March 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

At this point in the festival your brain is most likely spinning because you can't keep all the film titles straight. Hopefully this gallery can help you put some (famous) faces to the names of films. Read More: The 2015 Indiewire SXSW Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During Run of Festival "Ex Machina" actor Oscar Isaac."Ava's Possessions" director Jordan Galland and actress Louisa Krause."Unfriended" writer Nelson Greaves, executive producer Jason Blum and director Leo Gabriadze."Hello My Name is Doris" actress Sally Field."Adult Beginners" actor Nick Kroll."The Boy" actor Rainn Wilson."Excess Flesh" cast and crew."7 Chinese Brothers" and "The Overnight" actor Jason Schwartzman."We Are Still Here" actor Andrew Sensenig, co-writer/director Ted Geoghegan and producer Travis Stevens."The Boy" executive producer Elijah Wood."Uncle John" »

- Shipra Gupta

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"Insidious," "Sinister" Could Be Linked?

15 March 2015 12:21 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Whilst superheroes have made the idea popular, it's no surprise that the 'cinematic universe' model could spread to other genres. Horror in particular has always been one which has dabbled in the idea of crossovers in the past (eg. "Freddy vs. Jason").

But what about a shared cinematic universe between franchises within the same company? Blumhouse Productions have quickly established several of their own franchises in recent years, the most notable being the "Paranormal Activity," "Insidious" and "Sinister" franchises with are all set to get another entry each this year.

Appearing at the SXSW Film Festival this weekend with "Unfriended," Blumhouse founder Jason Blum spoke with Cinema Blend about the shared universe trend and whether we might see his films doing that:

"Be like Marvel, you mean? Yeah! I want to do that. We've been putting Easter Eggs in movies in different things. There's some in Insidious 3. There's some in Sinister 2. »

- Garth Franklin

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Insidious, Sinister Are Building A Marvel-Style Shared Horror Universe

14 March 2015 3:32 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In Hollywood right now, no trend is hotter than the shared universe model. Ever since The Avengers became an incredible global phenomenon, studios have been trying to create their own versions of the Marvel Studios system and create their own united franchises. It.s become particularly popular in the comic book movie world, but has also expanded beyond that genre, with projects like King Arthur, Robin Hood and Universal Monsters giving the new method a spin. Now it seems that another horse has entered this race, as the horror-heavy Blumhouse Productions has been confirmed to be in the midst of creating its very own shared universe. With the new movie Unfriended screening at SXSW this weekend, I had the chance to sit down one-on-one with Executive Producer/Blumhouse founder Jason Blum, and it was during our conversation that he noted that his company is in the midst of creating links »

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Exclusive: Jason Blum Confirms Oren Peli’s Area 51 Is Finished And Will Be Released…Someday

14 March 2015 9:16 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Over a year and a half ago, I talked to super-producer Jason Blum while he was at the press junket for Insidious: Chapter 2. While there, I brought up a little flick called Area 51, which Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli had already been working on for a rather long time. It was at this point that Jason told me that Oren was still “futzing” with the film, and that it was still in post-production even all those years later.

Fast-forward a year and a half, to today, and I had the chance to meet with Jason again to talk Unfriended (which I reviewed last night) at South by Southwest. Of course, I wanted an Area 51 update from the producer. Surely Oren couldn’t still be “futzing,” could he?

Here’s what Jason had to say about the state of Peli’s long-awaited second feature:

“The movie is officially done. »

- Matt Donato

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Syfy Grounds Ascension TV Series

11 March 2015 1:45 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When Syfy’s extremely solid, enjoyably retro Ascension aired as an event miniseries last December, there were active talks about continuing the story it set up in a regular series, á la Battlestar Galactica. Now, however, network brass has nixed those plans, likely discouraged by the mini’s less-than-spectacular ratings.

Speaking to Deadline, Syfy explained, “We were very happy with Ascension as an event series, but with so much high profile development in the works, we have decided not to pursue a full series.”

The three-night limited series, which I awarded three stars, premiered to a so-so 1.8 million viewers. Given the network’s extensive advertising and maneuvering of the series as a massive small-screen event, those numbers had to sting a little.

Just because Syfy is passing on an Ascension TV series, though, that doesn’t mean the project is totally dead. Universal Cable Productions, Lionsgate TV and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Gsn Orders New Series ‘Steampunk’d,’ ‘Lie Detector,’ Develops ‘Hellevator’ with Jason Blum

10 March 2015 8:13 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In its quest to get younger and hipper, Gsn has ordered two new primetime series, one revolving around the Steampunk aesthetic, and three pilots.

Gsn programming chief Amy Introcaso-Davis talked up the cabler’s growth spurt in original programming during an upfront presentation to advertisers and media buyers on Tuesday morning in Manhattan. She said the focus of development has been to “game-ify cutting edge genres” such as horror — which lead to a deal with producer Jason Blum for a pilot for gameshow “Hellevator,” which aims to blend horror tropes with a competition element.

New series “Steampunk’d” challenges contestants to create artworks that fuse Victorian design with modern technology. Series is exec produced by Kimberly Belcher Ehrhard, John Ehrhard and Lauren Stevens for Pink Sneaker Prods.

The other new series is “Lie Detectors,” hosted by Aussie comic Rove McManus. It features a panel of comedians delivering facts on various topics, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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This Week in Blu-ray: UK Edition – The Imitation Game, ’71, Ouija, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Leviathan

9 March 2015 11:37 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Scott Davis looks at the big releases on Blu-ray and DVD this week in the UK…

The Imitation Game

Fresh from its success through awards season, culminating in its win for Best Adapted Screenplay at last month’s Academy Awards, The Imitation Game is finally released on Blu-ray and DVD. With a hugely impressive worldwide haul of almost $200million, the film has been a huge success with audiences, and is set to do the same when its released today. Starring Oscar nominees Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, alongside Charles Dance, Matthew Goode and Mark Strong, the film also gets a limited edition steelbook release through Zavvi.

Order The Imitation Game On Blu-ray Here

Read what we thought on the film here.


Another in a long line of strong British releases this year, ’71 was met with huge critical acclaim when it has it’s released at the tail end of last year. »

- Scott J. Davis

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The Vatican Tapes Trailer Delivers Your Next Round Of Devilish Horror

7 March 2015 12:20 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The most interesting thing about The Vatican Tapes is that Mark Neveldine has directed the film, independent of his Crank and Ghost Rider partner, Brian Taylor. He seems to be a lot more even tempered on his own. Not one shot in this appears to have been shot by a chimpanzee on roller blades or hyperactive ferret on a bungee cord. Crank 3 it is not.

You would be forgiven for thinking that was one of Jason Blum’s pictures, but it’s from Lionsgate, the other guys singing from the cheap horror hymn sheet.

But I stand by my comment that the most interesting thing is something from behind the scenes. Everything we see or hear in that trailer was utterly bereft of surprise, controversy or dramatic imperative. It looks like the kind of film I could easily sleep through – the perfect bit of programming for 5am in an all-night horror marathon. »

- Brendon Connelly

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Blumhouse To Produce "Wilderness of Error"

6 March 2015 6:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Blumhouse Productions is set to produce a film adaptation of Errol Morris' acclaimed 2012 non-fiction book "A Wilderness of Error".

The story deals with the infamous Jeffrey MacDonald case. Morris examines the evidence in the case against MacDonald, a Green Beret physician who was convicted in 1979 of murdering his pregnant wife and two daughters. MacDonald put the blame on drug-crazed hippies.

MacDonald was sentenced to serve a life sentence for each of the three murders, to be served consecutively, and remains in federal prison in Maryland. He maintains his innocence, and Morris' book explores how some elements of the case may be entirely false.

Jason Blum ("Insidious"), Rachael Horovitz ("Moneybag") and former Universal TV head Michael Jackson will produce the film which aims to be more of a prestige project ala "Whiplash" than Blumhouse's usual micro budget horror and thriller fare.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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