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Box Office: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Heads for $60 Million Opening Weekend

22 July 2016 1:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount’s “Star Trek Beyond” is dominating the U.S. box office, blasting off for an impressive weekend of as much as $60 million at 3,928 locations, early estimates showed Friday.

It’s a solid start for the 13th film in the durable franchise, following a summer that’s seen notably disappointing performances from several sequels.

That negative trend appears to be dragging down Fox’s animated comedy “Ice Age: Collision Course,” which looks to under-perform in the $22 million range at 3,992 venues. The fifth “Ice Age” movie may wind up trailing the third weekend of “Secret Life of Pets” and the second weekend of “Ghostbusters” in a battle for second place.

New Line’s low-cost horror-thriller “Lights Out” is overperforming with initial estimates showing a debut between $15 million and $20 million at 2,818 sites.

Star Trek Beyond,” the third film in the rebooted sci-fi series, opens Friday at 3,928 sites and appears to be performing in line with projections. »

- Dave McNary

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Review: ‘Lights Out’ Is Too Dim To Make Its Ambitious Premise Really Shine

21 July 2016 6:57 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Within the first five minutes of David F. Sandberg’s feature film debut, “Lights Out,” an understandably addled character has managed to figure out the primary rule of engaging with the freaky spectre haunting him: She disappears when illuminated. Even while being chased around an appropriately creepy textile factory (is it really necessary to have that many slump-shouldered mannequins just hanging out?) by a stringy-haired and sharp-clawed monster, Paul (Billy Burke) can still figure out what it is that keeps the baddie at bay, a realization that Sandberg telegraphs to both his character and his audience with the minimum of time.

Too bad then that Sandberg can’t keep such a simple and clever premise going during the relatively slim 80 minute runtime of his film, a horror offering that suffers immensely from wicked rule-bending and a disregard for the snappy chills that initially recommend it.

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- Kate Erbland

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'Lights Out' Review: I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness

21 July 2016 1:11 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Why do we still get scared at thing that go bump in the night? At the movies, I mean. Lights Out, the feature-length (well, 80 minutes) film version of a horror short that went viral online, allows Swedish filmmaker David F. Sandberg to earn his stripes as a director in the big leagues. It was horror master James Wan (Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring) who gave Sandberg the go-ahead for a $5 million feature.

He does a solid job of raising hell. With screenwriter Eric Heisserer fleshing out a 146-second short, Lights Out »

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Review: Lights Out, When Darkness Rules

20 July 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Modesty is an underappreciated virtue, especially in horror movies. Lights Out revolves around a frightening idea: turn out the lights and something sinister appears. Turn on the lights and the something disappears. A few years ago, filmmaker David F. Sandberg captured the idea perfectly in a short film, which ran less than three minutes. But how to expand that nugget into a feature film? The opening sequence of the feature version establishes the premise splendidly, as a factory manager named Paul (Billy Burke) must confront the disturbing phenomenon. Flash forward in time and Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) is introduced. She's in a relationship with Bret (Alexander Dipersia) but steadfastly reluctant to commit to anything more than a casual affair. Rebecca, to be frank, looks like she's...

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Lights Out Review

19 July 2016 2:29 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When the first trailer for David F. Sandberg’s Lights Out surfaced, I feared that we’d have another Annabelle situation on our hands. Translation: James Wan would produce a film where the director simply tries to mimic Wan’s signature style. It’s easy to get lost in current trends that seem to be working, especially for a blockbuster rookie. So, how does Wan’s protégé fare? Well, Sandberg proves early and often that he’s no WANnabe horror stud – he’s here to kick some genre ass.

Lights Out lunges from the darkest, deepest reaches of enjoyable horror masochism (why do we love scaring ourselves to death?), and dismantles a whole host of tired clichés with ease. “First-time filmmakers make silly genre mistakes!” or “Shorts always make for weak feature adaptations!” or “Mainstream horror is a dying artform!” – nope, not here, and definitely not. Sandberg deviously delivers one helluva cracked-out haunted attraction, »

- Matt Donato

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Watch: New Lights Out Clips Tease Shadowy Scares

15 July 2016 4:16 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Something sinister watches from the shadows in three new clips from Lights Out.

“From producer James Wan (“The Conjuring”) comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.”

Directed by David F. Sandberg and based on his short film of the same name, Lights Out stars Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander Dipersia, »

- Derek Anderson

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In Nod to ‘Lights Out’ YouTube Origins, Warner Bros. Taps YouTube Creators for Scary Promos (Exclusive)

15 July 2016 1:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

David F. Sandberg’s feature-length directorial debut, “Lights Out,” is set to bow next week — and Warner Bros. is using his YouTube-to-bigscreen success story to market the horror film.

The studio pacted with YouTube to invite eight up-and-coming creators to shoot scary short films at YouTube Space New York, on new sets inspired by the “Lights Out” movie. The videos are slated to go live Friday, one week ahead of the July 22 debut of “Lights Out,” a New Line Cinema presentation distributed by Warner Bros. The shorts will appear on the individual creator channels, as well as the YouTube Space channel, the official Warner Bros. YouTube channel and promoted through social media platforms.

“It’s a Cinderella story born at YouTube,” said Blair Rich, president of worldwide marketing for Warner Bros. “So it seemed like the most natural place to promote the movie was with YouTube.”

In 2013, for a short-film competition, »

- Todd Spangler

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New clips and TV spots for the James Wan-produced horror Lights Out

15 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With just a week to go until its Us release, we’ve got a bunch of new TV spots and clips for the upcoming horror Lights Out, which is directed by David S. Sandberg, from his award-winning 2013 short of the same name; take a look below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Lights Out

When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Lights Out In St. Louis

11 July 2016 12:35 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

From producer James Wan (“The Conjuring”) comes Lights Out – a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark.

When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged.

But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.

Starring Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Billy Burke, Alexander Dipersia and Maria Bello, Lights Out opens in theaters July 22.

Wamg invites you to enter for the chance to win Two (2) seats to the advance screening of »

- Movie Geeks

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Zoo: Season Two Ratings

29 June 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Despite lots of negative reviews last year, Zoo did okay in the ratings for a summer show. CBS renewed it for a second season. Will the numbers rise or fall this time around? Will the Zoo TV show be cancelled or renewed for a third season? Stay tuned.On Zoo, a young zoologist (James Wolk) spends his days running safaris in the wilds of Africa. He begins noticing the strange behavior of the animals and works to figure out the reason for them as the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious. The rest of the cast includes Kristen Connolly, Nonso Anozie, Billy Burke, Josh Salatin, and Alyssa Diaz.The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Keep The Lights When You Watch The Terrifying New Trailer For Lights Out

26 June 2016 8:29 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

From producer James Wan (“The Conjuring”) comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark.

When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged.

But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.

Check out the creepy and unsettling trailer for Lights Out.

The film stars Teresa Palmer (“Triple 9”) as Rebecca; Gabriel Bateman (“Annabelle”) as Martin; Billy Burke (the “Twilight” franchise) as Martin’s father, Paul; Alexander Dipersia (“Forever”) as Rebecca’s boyfriend, »

- Michelle McCue

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‘Lights Out’ Trailer: Terrifying Spirit Feeds Off Fear When Lights Go Off

24 June 2016 3:23 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The latest trailer for the horror film “Lights Out” reminds you that everyone is afraid of the dark and that evil spirits feed on that fear. Produced by James Wan, the mastermind behind “The Conjuring 2” and “Insidious,” Teresa Palmer stars as Rebecca, a woman haunted by a creature that only appears when the lights go out.

In the new teaser, viewers get more of the backstory of the woman living in the shadows, Diana. When Rebecca’s little brother experiences the same unexplained and terrifying events as she did, both their safety gets threatened. They soon find out that the mysterious spirit is their mother’s past friend who reemerges after being dead.

Read More: ‘The Conjuring 2’: James Wan’s Prank Is Utterly Terrifying — Watch

The film is helmed by David F. Sandberg, who is making his feature directorial debut. Additional cast members include Gabriel Bateman, Alexander Dipersia, »

- Liz Calvario

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Watch the new trailer for James Wan-produced horror Light’s Out

24 June 2016 2:46 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its Us release next month, Warner Bros. has debuted a second trailer for the James Wan-produced horror Lights Out; check it out below after the official synopsis…

When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.

Lights Out is set for release on July 22nd in the Us and August 19th in the UK and will star Teresa Palmer (Triple 9 »

- Amie Cranswick

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Watch: New Trailer for Acclaimed Original Horror Movie 'Lights Out'

24 June 2016 1:42 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Everyone is afraid of the dark, and that's what she feeds on." Warner Bros has debuted the second official trailer for David F. Sandberg's Lights Out, a new horror thriller that received some rave reviews after premiering at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Based on Sandberg's short film, the film is about a malevolent ghost that only appears when the lights go out, which seems like a simple concept but it's done so effectively it makes this horror completely original and very, very scary. Teresa Palmer stars, along with Gabriel Bateman, Alexander Dipersia, Billy Burke and Maria Bello. There are a few creepy moments in this trailer, but the best scenes are being kept for the full movie. Which is a smart move. Don't watch in the dark. Here's the official trailer for David F. Sandberg's Lights Out, direct from WB's YouTube: You can still watch the first trailer for Lights Out here, »

- Alex Billington

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Nerve-Shredding Trailer For Lights Out Plunges You Into Darkness

24 June 2016 12:54 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Such is the box office draw of James Wan’s name that it seems Hollywood’s modern-day horror maestro has his hand in everything – be it another spinoff of The Conjuring franchise or Insidious: Chapter 4. Next in line for Wan is Lights Out, the feature film debut of David F. Sandberg that has today premiered a nerve-shredding new trailer.

Directing from a screenplay pitched by Eric Heisserer, Lights Out is the natural evolution of Sandberg’s own short film, which he wrote, directed and produced. In its leap to the big screen, the filmmaker has cast the likes of Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander Dipersia, Billy Burke and Maria Bello for his horror feature.

Peppered with review quotes, today’s all-new snippet is a truly haunting experience and if you weren’t already planning to sleep with the lights firmly switched on tonight, the trailer above will ensure that »

- Michael Briers

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Lights Out Trailer #2 Brings Your Worst Childhood Fears to Life

24 June 2016 11:20 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier this month, filmmaker James Wan returned to the horror genre with his hit sequel The Conjuring 2, which has done quite well at the box office over the past few weeks. Next month, the filmmaker produces what could be one of the scariest movies this summer with Lights Out, hitting theaters July 22. To get fans ready for this horror-thriller, Warner Bros. has released the second terrifying trailer.

The first trailer debuted back in March, but we haven't heard much about this thriller since then. Warner Bros. did promote this movie during its CinemaCon presentation in April. With the success of James Wan's The Conjuring 2, it could be a good omen for Lights Out, although it will face quite the heavy hitter when it arrives in theaters July 22, going up against Paramount's Star Trek Beyond. We'll have to wait and see if the horror hounds or the sci-fi set will claim that weekend. »

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Watch the New Trailer for Lights Out

24 June 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Stay out of the shadows and make sure the duct tape is securely attached to your wall switches, because a new trailer for Lights Out has been released by Warner Bros.

“From producer James Wan (“The Conjuring”) comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.”

Lights Out is based on the »

- Derek Anderson

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New Trailer For 'Lights Out' is Here!

24 June 2016 9:11 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

New Line Cinema has released a new trailer for their upcoming horror flick Lights Out,  starring Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander Dipersia, with Billy Burke and Maria Bello.

Film is directed by David F. Sandberg from a screenplay by Eric Heisserer, based on the short film by David F. Sandberg.

From producer James Wan (“The Conjuring”) comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no »

- Kellvin Chavez

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L.A. Film Festival Review: Lights Out

11 June 2016 4:55 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

About a year ago, I received a Facebook message from a friend of mine telling me I needed to watch a short that was making its rounds on the internet.  She sent me the link and told me to watch it with the lights out.  I wasn’t sure what to expect but figured no harm no foul.  I shut my lights off and hit play.  I wish I could say that I made it through the 3 minute short in one sitting, or that I even made it through the whole thing during the second viewing.  However, it took me 3 times to finally sit down and watch Lights Out from start to finish because I was so unnerved.  The story is simple – a woman is home alone and when she turns off the lights a shadowy figure stands in the hallway only to disappear when the lights turn on. The short was effective in terrifying the viewer and soon became a viral sensation online. When news broke that they would be making this short into a feature film, with the same director doing the feature and James Wan set to produce, I was ecstatic.

For those not familiar with the 2016 movie Lights Out, it centers around a family who has been haunted by a creature who can only appear when the lights are out.  The film is directed by David F. Sandberg (who also directed the 2013 short of the same name) and stars Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies), Gabriel Bateman (Annabelle), Alexander Dipersia (I Am Legend) and Maria Bello (A History Of Violence).  The film starts off with a bang when we are introduced to Paul (Billy Burke), the husband of Sophie (Maria Bello), at his office inside a textile mill.  As the office closes for the evening, Paul’s assistant Esther (Lotta Losten – who was the main focus in the 2013 short), goes about shutting everything down for the evening which leads us to our first introduction of the shadowy figure.  As a side note, I loved that director David Sandberg did an homage to his short by using his wife as the main focus to meeting this creature.  After Esther leaves the office, Paul is left to face the creature one-on-one which results in horrifying consequences and brings us to the main focus of the story.

I wanted to love Lights Out, I really did.  There were moments that frightened me and made me jump but unfortunately what made the 2013 short so remarkable was lost in the feature film.  The passion and simplicity that is seen throughout the short was swept under the rug for a more mainstream and studio driven film.  Though I was disappointed, I didn’t outright dislike the film.  If there is something that Lights Out did well it was bring the subject of depression into the spotlight.  The protagonist’s mother, Sophie (Maria Bello), is suffering from severe depression and we see her journey through snippets of information from her past and her unraveling in the present.  I left the theater with a different view and interpretation of what the shadowy figure was and what it meant for each of the characters that it affected.  I wish more filmmakers were able to bring mental illness to the forefront in a creative way such as what David F. Sandberg did.

Though the story lacked what I was hoping for with the feature, the acting was solid.  Teresa Palmer stood her ground as a cross between a scream queen and a final girl – she was confident and strong and didn’t ooze desperation or neediness when it came to needing help from her male counterpart Bret (Alexander Dipersia).  Maria Bello was fantastic, though she usually is in everything that she does, and I felt myself really rooting for her character in the end.  However, the breakout role goes to Gabriel Bateman, who played the son Martin.  His character was one of the main focuses of the shadowy entity and Gabriel did a fantastic job of transforming his character from that of a terrified child to one of a brave and courageous mini-adult.

All in all, Lights Out had major potential.  Though it did fall flat in some areas, those who may not be familiar with the short, will enjoy what this film has to offer.  I think what is most important to remember for those of us who are fans of the short is that the feature film is not going to be a continuous of the short.  I went into this with high expectations but I think had I lowered those and went in with more of an open mind I would have enjoyed the film more.  Those who are easily scared (raises hand) will have fun with all the jump scares as well as the creepy and dark atmosphere.  Peppered throughout the film is some humor that lightens the mood and makes the experience of viewing the movie even more enjoyable.  Lights Out had its moments where I could see the director’s voice and passion shining through and it makes me excited to see what else he has in store for the horror genre in the future.

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- Shannon McGrew

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Laff 2016 Review: Lights Out is a Nightmarish & Fun Exploration of Fear

9 June 2016 4:51 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Sometimes you go into a movie as a horror fan just hoping that what you’re about to see will deliver the proverbial goods. Such was the case for me with Lights Out; I fell in love with David F. Sandberg’s brilliant short film by the same name when I first saw it, and so I was curious just how well his three-minute tale of terror would translate for longer-form storytelling. Honestly, though, Lights Out ended up being even more fun and terrifying than I could have possibly expected, as it brilliantly preys on our most primal fears and thoughtfully delves into mental health issues, with its villain becoming a metaphor for those who struggle with the all-consuming afflictions of the mind.

Lights Out centers on a young woman named Rebecca (Teresa Palmer from Warm Bodies) who left home years ago after her father vanished on her unstable mother, »

- Heather Wixson

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