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Exclusive First Look at Amityville: The Awakening

18 hours ago | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Dread Central readers are everywhere, and they're sometimes wonderfully sneaky too! Playing ahead of this weekend's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is the teaser trailer for the newly titled Amityville: The Awakening, and we've got screen grabs from it!

A DC reader known only as Egon Spengler has busted these first images of the haunting new film. Amityville: The Awakening is the Blumhouse-produced next installment in the franchise that continues to endure all these decades later.

Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as lead character Joan, a single mother who moves her three kids into the Amityville house, which of course has a very dark history. Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Taylor Spreitler, and McKenna Grace are also on board.

Maniac remake director Franck Khalfoun will direct.

Dimension had planned on reigniting the popular horror franchise using a found-footage angle, but that idea has been dropped. Amityville remains scheduled »

- Steve Barton

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Universal Veers From Superhero Trend for a Monster Plan

21 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While most studios in Hollywood are betting on superheroes to save the box office, Universal Pictures is doubling down on creature features.

This month, the studio acquired rights to Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” book series. In July, it announced plans to create a Marvel-like cinematic universe around Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Invisible Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon. At the same time, the studio inked an eyebrow-raising 10-year, first-look deal with microbudget horror producer Jason Blum, whose Blumhouse Films is behind the profitable “Paranormal Activity,” “Sinister,” “Insidious” and “The Purge” franchises. Last summer, the studio lured Legendary Entertainment into the fold, and now the production firm is co-financing U’s “Jurassic World” and “Dracula Untold,” and has its own upcoming thrillers, including “As Above, So Below” and King Kong tentpole “Skull Island,” which Universal will release.

As Disney, Fox, Sony and Warner Bros. plant flags »

- Marc Graser

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Twisted New Poster for Jessabelle

19 August 2014 3:29 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Finally an official one-sheet is here for Jessabelle, the new film from Saw VI and Saw 3D director Kevin Greutert. Given this director's twisted past, we have to say this one is pretty damned fitting. Check it out!

Originally set for release in January of this year, the paranormal flick was recently pushed back to August and just today has been pushed back again. It's now set to hit both theaters and VOD outlets on November 7th so mark your calendars!

The flick stars Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, David Andrews, Joelle Carter, Ana de la Reguera, Larisa Oleynik, Chris Ellis, Fran Bennett, and Amber Stevens.

The film is being brought to us by the folks behind Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister, and Dark Skies - Jason Blum, Paul Young, and Peter Principato, who are producing for Blumhouse Productions and Principato-Young Entertainment.

For more info visit Jessabelle on Facebook, and follow Jessabelle on Twitter. »

- Steve Barton

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Movie News - Another Purge is Coming, Purge 3 Already in the Works

18 August 2014 4:17 PM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Movie News - Expect at least one more Purge movie from the franchise, plans to make 'Purge 3' are already in the works. Jason Blum, the producer of 'The Purge', as well as 'Sinister' and 'Insidious', hopes the next installment of the 'Purge' franchise will go back to the origins of the first film, which hit cinema screens in 2013 and starred Ethan Hawke. He said: ''I would like to tell a story about the Revolutionaries. I would like to tell the story about the first purge. Purge 1 was after five years, Purge 2 after six years; so it would be fun to see the first time it happened.'' 'The Purge', which is set in the near-future in Los Angeles, far surpassed its relatively modest budget at the box office and led to a sequel. 'The Purge: Anarchy' was released worldwide »

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10 Biggest Box-Office Bargains: How This Summer's Hits Stack Up

18 August 2014 11:09 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The chiller “The Purge: Anarchy” has taken in a cool $100 million at the worldwide box office — not bad for a movie that cost $9 million to make. In terms of bang for the buck, it's one of summer's biggest scores. James DeMonaco wrote and directed the sequel, and produced with Blumhouse Productions, Sebastien Lemercier and Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes. It was part of low-budget horror king Jason Blum‘s new 10-year deal at Universal Pictures. It makes a nice bookend to the summer for the studio, which had another low budget-high return hit in early May with the R-rated Seth. »

- Todd Cunningham

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WWE’s Dean Ambrose to Star in Action Movie ‘Lockdown’ (Exclusive)

14 August 2014 5:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Lockdown” will become the second action film that WWE Studios and Lionsgate will co-produce and release through their “six-pack” movie deal.

WWE star Jonathan Good, known in the ring as Dean Ambrose, will headline the film, to be directed by Stephen Reynolds (“Tomb Raider: Ascension”). Production starts this month.

Good, who made his debut on WWE’s main roster in 2012, has generated a major fan following after breaking out as a member of the group The Shield, and quickly proved his abilities on the mic and in story lines in and outside of the ring. WWE is now betting that he may be able to cross over into films, as well. “Lockdown” will be his first starring role in a movie.

Written by Nathan Brooks and Bobby Lee Darby (“See No Evil 2″), “Lockdown” follows a police officer who finds himself trapped inside his own precinct and hunted after »

- Marc Graser

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Sinister 2 To Begin Production in Chicago – Opens Friday, August 2, 2015

13 August 2014 7:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Blumhouse Productions and eOne’s Sinister 2, the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit horror movie Sinister, begins production next week in Chicago. Ciaran Foy (Citadel) is directing Sinister 2, which Focus Features will release nationwide domestically on Friday, August 21st, 2015. Focus, Entertainment One (eOne), and Blumhouse confirmed key information today.

Scott Derrickson, director of Sinister, has written the Sinister 2 screenplay with C. Robert Cargill; the duo also wrote the original film. eOne is financing Sinister 2. Jason Blum of Blumhouse, who produced the earlier movie, is producing Sinister 2 with Derrickson.

In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of Wayward Pines) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life twins Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death.

James Ransone, who portrayed the concerned sheriff’s deputy in Sinister, will be reprising his character in Sinister 2.

Sinister, which starred Ethan Hawke, »

- Michelle McCue

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Sinister 2 Casting News, Synopsis Revealed

13 August 2014 2:02 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

If you see him, it’s probably too late. Referred to as Mr. Boogie, or Bughuul, the pagan deity in 2012′s Sinister has a history of haunting and destroying families, and it looks like he’ll have another one to torment in Sinister 2. Focus Features announced today the cast and synopsis of the sequel, and it includes one character from the first film.

According to Collider, filming on Sinister 2 will begin in Chicago next week. Actress Shannyn Sossamon is taking the lead role as a mom of twin 9-year-old boys, played by Robert and Dartanian Sloan. Symbolizing a connection to the first film is the returning character of James Ransone’s “Deputy So and So.” Here’s the film’s official synopsis (via Collider):

“In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of Wayward Pines) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life »

- Derek Anderson

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"Sinister 2" Casts Up, Begins Filming

13 August 2014 11:38 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Filming begins next week in Chicago on the sequel to 2012's well-regarded supernatural thriller "Sinister" for Focus Features, Blumhouse Productions and eOne.

Scott Derrickson isn't returning to direct but he and C. Robert Cargill are back to pen the script, as is producer Jason Blum. Ciaran Foy ("Citadel") is taking over the director's chair this time out.

Shannyn Sossamon ("A Knight's Tale") has scored the leading role, and James Ransone reprising his role as a sheriff's deputy who'll no doubt have a larger role this time out. Also joining the cast are real-life twins Robert and Dartanian Sloan as the sons of Sossamon's protective mother character.

Not much is known about the storyline aside from the woman and her kids finding themselves in a rural house and marked for death. The film is currently targeting an August 21st 2015 release.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Cast and Synopsis Revealed For Sinister 2; Shannyn Sossamon and James Ransone to Star

13 August 2014 11:19 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Sinister 2 is underway and will start filming next week in Chicago with Shannyn Sossamon as the film’s new lead.  Also, in a bit of good news for fans of the original film, James Ransone is returning as “Deputy So and So.”  Maybe we’ll even learn his name this time (or maybe not, I have a theory that they will find a clever way to hold back).  While original director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil)  isn’t returning behind the camera, he did team with C. Robert Cargill (who also worked on the original film) to pen the script and will of course produce the movie alongside Jason Blum.  As far as a helmer is concerned, they’re entrusting the reins on this on to Ciaran Foy, who directed the excellent Citadel (definitely check it out if you haven’t seen it »

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'Sinister 2' Casts Shannyn Sossamon as Shooting Begins

13 August 2014 11:08 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Blumhouse Productions and eOne's Sinister 2, the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit horror movie Sinister, begins production next week in Chicago. Ciaran Foy (Citadel) is directing Sinister 2, which Focus Features will release nationwide domestically on Friday, August 21st, 2015. Focus, Entertainment One (eOne), and Blumhouse confirmed key information today.

Scott Derrickson, director of Sinister, has written the Sinister 2 screenplay with C. Robert Cargill; the duo also wrote the original film. eOne is financing Sinister 2. Jason Blum of Blumhouse, who produced the earlier movie, is producing Sinister 2 with Derrickson. Charles Layton, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, and eOne's Xavier Marchand and Patrice Theroux are executive producers on Sinister 2.

In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of Wayward Pines) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life twins Robert Sloan and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death. James Ransone, who portrayed »

- MovieWeb

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Sinister 2 Cast Firms Up with Shannyn Sossamon, James Ransone, and More

13 August 2014 10:42 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Blumhouse Productions and eOne’s Sinister 2, the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit horror movie Sinister, begins production next week in Chicago; and we finally have some casting news.

Ciaran Foy (Citadel) is directing Sinister 2, which Focus Features will release nationwide domestically on Friday, August 21, 2015. Focus, Entertainment One (eOne), and Blumhouse confirmed the following key information today.

Scott Derrickson, director of Sinister, has written the Sinister 2 screenplay with C. Robert Cargill; the duo also wrote the original film.

eOne is financing Sinister 2, and Jason Blum of Blumhouse, who produced the earlier movie, is producing it with Derrickson. Charles Layton, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, and eOne’s Xavier Marchand and Patrice Theroux are executive producers on Sinister 2.

In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of "Wayward Pines"; pictured above) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life twins Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves »

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‘Sinister 2′ Sets Shannyn Sossamon & James Ransone As Leads

13 August 2014 9:55 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: James Ransone will return to his Sinister role alongside Shannyn Sossamon (Wayward Pines) to lead the cast of Blumhouse Productions and eOne’s Sinister 2, which is heading into production next week in Chicago. The 2012 microbudget sleeper hit from director Scott Derrickson starred Ethan Hawke as a man who finds mysterious home movies in his new house that place his family in danger. Ransone will reprise his role in the sequel as a concerned local sheriff’s deputy, opposite Sossamon as a protective mother who moves with her 9-year-old twin sons into a rural house that’s marked for death.

Related: Ciaran Foy To Direct ‘Sinister’ Sequel

Ciaran Foy (Citadel) is at the helm directing from a script by Derrickson and his Sinister co-scribe C. Robert Cargill. Jason Blum is again producing for Blumhouse with Derrickson, and Charles Layton, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, and eOne’s Xavier Marchand and Patrice Theroux are exec producing. »

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Sinister 2 Starring Shannyn Sossamon Begins Production in Chicago

13 August 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Blumhouse Productions and eOne’s Sinister 2, the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit horror movie Sinister, begins production next week in Chicago. Ciaran Foy (Citadel) is directing Sinister 2, which Focus Features will release nationwide domestically on Friday, August 21st, 2015. Scott Derrickson, director of Sinister, has written the Sinister 2 screenplay with C. Robert Cargill; the duo also wrote the original film. eOne is financing Sinister 2. Jason Blum of Blumhouse, who produced the earlier movie, is producing Sinister 2 with Derrickson. Charles Layton, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, and eOne’s Xavier Marchand and Patrice Theroux are executive producers. In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of Wayward Pines) and her 9-year-old twin sons ( »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Emmy-Nominated Writers Bent History to Tell Their Stories

7 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“The truth doesn’t really want to line up and be a dramatic story very often,” says John Rice, co-writer (with Joe Batteer) of the Emmy-nominated Lifetime mini “Bonnie and Clyde” (pictured). “It goes down corridors that lead to nothing, and has beats that don’t make sense.”

Wrestling fiction from truth, while still keeping the grain of historical accuracy that makes the original story powerful, is a huge challenge for a screenwriter. But a completed project that successfully balances that tightrope between keeping it real and making it resonate can lead to audience — and awards — attention.

This year, no fewer than four films and miniseries pulled from slivers of history (including “Bonnie,” HBO’s “Normal Heart” and “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” plus National Geographic’s “Killing Kennedy”) will vie for attention in the Miniseries and movie Emmy categories, and each took its own unique path to find a literary start, »

- Randee Dawn

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Dimension Unleashing James Wan's ‘Demonic’ in Theaters This December

31 July 2014 10:16 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Demonic,” a horror film produced by James Wan, will be released by Dimension Films on Dec. 12, the studio announced on Thursday. Maria Bello (“A History of Violence”) and Frank Grillo (“The Purge: Anarchy”) co-star as a psychologist and detective, respectively, investigating the brutal murder of five college students inside a home the victims believed to be haunted. Also read: ‘The Purge: Anarchy': How Jason Blum Deal Complements Universal's Monster Mash Strategy Will Canon (“Brotherhood”) co-wrote and directed the movie, based on an original story from Wan, the director of horror hits including “Saw,” “Insidious” and “The Conjuring.” Wan took a break from horror. »

- Greg Gilman

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Sinister 2 Is Looking to Make You a Star

30 July 2014 11:29 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

In Chicago and need something to do after you finish your delicious deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati's? Fan of the movie Sinister? Want to be In The Sequel? Then this one is for you, kids! Drop your burger from Kuma's and read on for details.

According to The Chicago Tribune: "Sinister 2” needs kids and teenagers to serve as extras when the sequel begins filming in the Chicago area next month.

Joan Philo Casting is looking for 7- to 18-year-olds of all shapes and sizes and an overweight male 12-15 years old, according to Facebook.com/Sinister2Extras.

But before you sign up, little Johnny, there are a few things you should know.

The original “Sinister” was a rated R horror film that involved hangings and the terrifying Mr. Boogie. And as the Facebook page pointed out, extras in the sequel may be required to act in scary scenes »

- Steve Barton

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The HeyUGuys Interview: Jason Blum on The Purge: Anarchy

25 July 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Producer Jason Blum took criticism and lingering questions left by 2013′s The Purge as a challenge and determined to deliver a more expansive and satisfying Purge if he were ever to make a sequel. While set against the backdrop of the fantastical conceit of Purge Night – America’s cathartic tool for reducing crime and that peky growing population – The Purge squatted claustrophobically inside an armoured house. The Purge: Anarchy marches the action out to the streets of downtown La for a sprawling thriller packed with bloodlust and bullets. You may read our review here.

We sat down to speak with the man behind Blumhouse Productions ahead of the film’s July 25th release. Jason Blum’s micro-budget model for movie making has had a big impact on the industry. By sticking with La locations, paying little or nothing to talent upfront and making pragmatic decisions about release mediums, he has helmed some heavy hitting franchises. »

- Emily Breen

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Podcast #121: Brett Ratner, Jason Blum

24 July 2014 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With many of the regular gang off in San Diego for some sort of comic-book convention or other, things take a turn for the weird on the Empire Podcast this week. Sinister, Paranormal Activity and The Purge: Anarchy producer Jason Blum explains how to set up an inflatable double bed on a plane, while Hercules director Brett Ratner talks about his favourite British confectionary.Elsewhere, "dating dealbreaker" movies come up in conversation, and the concept of "cattens" is given, for free, to the world at large. Listen out for the best 12A F-bomb made this year, and with that in mind, make sure those with more delicate ears stay away, for here be swears...P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, »

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Get Ready For 10 More Years Of Micro-Budget Horror Movies

24 July 2014 8:36 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

If you credited Jason Blum for single-handedly resurrecting horror as a viable moneymaker, you wouldn't be far off. Through his production company Blumhouse Productions, Blum has been churning out low-budget horror films with excellent casts, and the results have been one big fat box office hit after another. Not so shocking, Universal wants a piece of this big, bloody pie, so they've offered Blum a decade-long multiplatform deal. THR reports Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions's new 10-year deal will include partnerships across NBCUniversal's businesses, including Universal Television and Universal Cable Productions. It's a first look production deal that essentially means future Blumhouse movies will first be offered to Universal for distribution. This will include the future of the Sinister franchise. While the first film was distributed by Lionsgate, Universal has secured its sequel for its Focus Features branch. But that's not all. Blum has also been contracted to help »

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