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The third installment in the "Paranormal Activity" franchise creeps into theaters this weekend. To get you ready for supernatural chills, there's a sixth viral clip that's been released. "Catfish" directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman direct the film that finds a young Katie (from the first and second films), and her sister Kristi battling evil.
The newest clip shows more found footage, set at night in the bedroom. Paramount has stuck with their grassroots, viral marketing campaign for the film since Oren Peli's 2007 movie. Mysterious VHS tapes — simply labeled with the date, 1988 — were passed around to various websites, revealing similar found footage. See what terror this one contains by clicking right here.
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"The Frozen Ground" Gets Their Girl
It's been too long since we've had news about the Nicolas Cage serial killer movie, "The Frozen Ground." We miss your hair, Nic! "Crazy »
- Alison Nastasi
In the horror genre there are few things we love more than the stupidity of young adults! I mean, why not pick up strange, spooky-looking hitchhikers and drive them to their dilapidated home, where you'll eventually encounter all kinds of nastiness? We love you guys!
According to Variety Jeremy Sumpter, Bret Davern, Elizabeth Diprinzio, Chris Coy, Lindsey Godfrey, Virginia Williams, Jonathan Schaech and Harley Graham are starring in indie horror thriller The Culling, currently shooting in New Orleans.
The Culling centers on a group of five college friends who head out of town for a fun-filled long weekend, but their plans change after finding a 7-year-old girl alone at an empty cafe along the highway and have no choice but to drive her home. When they arrive at her house, it's quickly apparent they will have to stay for the night -- but what's not apparent is the evil nightmare they are about to encounter. »
- Uncle Creepy
Antagony & Ecstacy as part of his Blockbuster History series, goes the way of British Children's Literature (thanks Harry Potter) to discuss that great adaptation of Peter Pan in 2003. He has a fair point about Jeremy Sumpter's career since and I am alarmed to note that I didn't even realize it was the same actor when he had that one season key role on Friday Night Lights.
Scanners considers the Netflix pricing dilemma and the problem of aspect ratios. This makes me crazy too. Most television screens are wider now. Why does pan & scan still exist?
The Daily What shares my favorite new photo of a movie theater. I'll share it again.
I bring this up because at last night's Captain America: The First Avengers screening there was no air conditioning in a huge warehouse size movie theater here in Manhattan and it was, shall we say, sticky and smelly. »
- NATHANIEL R
NBC may not have gotten the first run of the final season of "Friday Night Lights," but they did get all of the props.
The network recently announced an auction of remaining of "Fnl" clothing, set pieces and paraphernalia -- with all the proceeds going to underfunded youth football programs around the country. [All together now: awwwwwwwww]
Now, we don't see any state champion rings, pairs of Eric Taylor's (Kyle Chandler) epic dad sunglasses or weekend getaways with Taylor Kitsch, but there are a few gems in there -- especially if you can get beyond the odd dilemma of whether or not to support the Panthers again.
So, in no particular order, here are 5 things we're probably already bidding on and what we plan to do with them:
1. Already one of the most active auctions, the East Dillon Lions official game calendar from their triumphant 2010 football season (seen at Buddy's, among other locations »
The 8th Annual Hack n’ Smack Kerry Daveline Memorial Celebrity Golf Classic supporting Melanoma research teed off in California today.
Co-founded by Kevin E. West and Michael Moynahan, the tournament includes celebrity golfers such as Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Dennis Haysbert (The Unit), Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Patrick Warburton (Rules of Engagement), John Schneider (Smallville), Kevin Sorbo (Andromeda/Hercules), Vanessa Branch (Pirates of the Caribbean), Annie Wersching (24), Shawn Ryan (Chicago Code), Dave Coulier (Full House), Stephen Full (I’m in the Band), Jeremy Sumpter (Friday Night Lights), Jeffrey Nordling (Desperate Housewives), Jeremy Ratchford (Cold Case), Paula Trickey (The O.C.), Gregory Itzin (24/Mentalist), Robert Torti (Suite Life of Zach and Cody), Thomas Nicholas (American Pie), Richard Karn (Home Improvement), Eric Martsolf (Days of our Lives), Leann Hunley (Days of Our Lives), Galen Gering (Days of Our Lives), Kate Linder (Young and the Restless), David Naughton (Makin’ It), Scott Elrod (Men in Trees »
Peter Pan is one of those quintessential fairytales that is known to every generation. Whether you were a child when Disney released their animated classic in 1951, or when Robin Williams’ adult Pan took on Dustin Hoffman’s irascible pirate in 1991’s Hook, it’s a tale known by all. P.J. Hogan’s live action version of the story is an exciting adaptation of J. M. Barrie’s classic novel and today’s Blu-ray release offers an impressive transfer of the film, but unfortunately little else for viewers. Read on for our review…
In a repressive and stilted Edwardian London and in an attempt to stave off impending adolescence, Wendy Darling (Rachel Hurd-Wood) enchants her brothers with bedtime stories of a land where children who never grow up are the heroes, where swashbuckling pirates roam the seas and the fearsome Captain Hook (Jason Isaacs) is the enemy of all who dwell there. »
- Stuart Cummins
Soul Surfer movie trailer features real drama,Carrie Underwood & more. FilmDistrict released their new real-life drama flick "Soul Surfer" into theaters this weekend,and the movie trailer (below) features a lot of inspirational,true life drama,along with country music sensation Carrie Underwood,and more. The movie stars: Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, AnnaSophia Robb, Carrie Underwood, Lorraine Nicholson, Kevin Sorbo,and Jeremy Sumpter. "Soul Surfer" is the true story of a teen surfer named Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her strong determination and tough faith.
PG-rated Soul Surfer tells the true story of surfer girl Bethany Hamilton, played by AnnaSohpia Robb (Race to Witch Mountain), who lost her arm in a shark attack but found the courage to start surfing again. Dennis Quaid (Legion) portrays Bethany’s father and Helen Hunt (Every Day) her mother. The movie also stars Jeremy Sumpter (TV’s Friday Night Lights), Craig T. Nelson (TV’s Parenthood) singer Carrie Underwood in her film debut.
Judging by the trailer (see below), it looks like a fun, inspirational movie in the vein of The Rookie and Invincible.
Amazon has a special page listing 56 movies on DVD and Blu-ray that are part of the Soul Surfer promotion. Consumers who purchase a disc »
Hitting movie theaters this weekend:
Movie of the Week
The Plot: A 16-year-old (Ronan) who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.
The Buzz: I’m moderately excited to see Your Highness, but Hanna wins ‘movie of the week’ here, as it looks to be a better film to see on the big screen. Director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) looks to have another great comedy on his hands in Your Highness, but if I had to pick just one to see in the theater, Hanna would be it. The premise »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
The 1980’s were great, weren’t they? Or rather, they weren’t, they were terrible. But as Thatcher and Reagan launched their cross-Atlantic campaign to disaffect and divide the proletariat and ingrain a cultural orthodoxy of feckless corporate greed threatened to crush the spirits of the many, the artistic output was simultaneously light, uplifting and, occasionally, uncompromisingly and militantly radical.
But of films that fell into the former categories, it was America’s many escapist comedies that now curry the warmest embers of nostalgia, and among its leading lights was Steve Guttenberg. Handsome- but not excessively so- a little cocky, but yet warm and charming, you couldn’t swing a cat around the set of a feel good American comedy without hitting Guttenberg.
Obviously, as this sort of film fell into decline, so did demand for the qualities he had to offer, but yet he remained on the periphery of theatrical feature films. »
- Ben Szwediuk
Mischa Barton and Willa Holland — the girls who played sisters in the hit TV show The Oc (TV series 2003-2007) — will join Steve Guttenberg, Twilight Eclipse‘s Kiowa Gordon and Rumer Willis (Sorority Row) among others.
Plot: Neil Tobbler and his best friend Gilbert Stevens are the biggest nerds in their school who love science class, who get good grades, are socially clumsy, and can’t seem to get a break from anybody they meet in their lifetime, until they come up with a formula which can turns geeks into studs. Life changes before their eyes in a single moment, or does it?
In fact, writer & producer of the film, »
- Nikola Mraovic
Humanistic Films has announced a summer 2011 start date for the high school movie The Science of Cool. Steve Guttenberg, Kiowa Gordon (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), and Eden Sher (The Middle) have joined the cast, which includes The O.C. co-stars Mischa Barton and Willa Holland, Drew Van Acker (Tower Prep), Guy Kent (The Day the Music Died), Matt Dallas (Kyle Xy), and Rumer Willis (Sorority Row). The plot centers on "two high school nerds who discover a secret chemical formula when a science experiment goes terribly wrong that transforms them into the coolest kids in school; but with greatness comes great consequences." The film has been in development for a few years now -- Eric and Patricia Goren first wrote the script in 2008. At one point Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone) and Jeremy Sumpter (Friday Night Lights) were attached, but sadly both dropped out due to prior commitments. William Zabka is on board to direct. »
- Brendan Bettinger
The Dallas International Film Festival presented by Cadillac Announces Ann-Margret to receive the Dallas Star Award
Beautiful Boy, Ok Buckaroos and Soul Surfer named as the Centerpiece screeningsAll Selections in the Target Documentary and Narrative CompetitionsThe Dallas International Film Festival presented by Cadillac announced today that award-winning actress Ann-Margret will be honored with the Dallas Star Award at the upcoming festival (March 31 . April 10, 2011). This marks the first announcement of the prestigious Dallas Star Award Honorees.
Poignant dramas Beautiful Boy and Soul Surfer and the world premiere of Ok Buckaroos will be featured in the coveted Centerpiece screening slots. Fourteen films will vie for the unrestricted $25,000 Target cash prize in both the Target Documentary Feature and Narrative Feature Competitions.
- Melissa Howland
Opens: April 15th 2011
Summary: Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with family and friends, but it also brings about the return of Ghostface which puts the whole town in danger.
Analysis: Back in late 1996 when I first began covering film news, "Scream" was released and became more than just a sleeper hit. After years of genre movies being relegated to direct-to-video status, this comedic slasher spawned the biggest surge in the horror film genre since "Halloween" almost two decades before. Its post-modern stylings and witty self-aware dialogue went on to be a big influence on films and television in general.
Yet the "Scream" series itself never could quite capture that glory again. By the time the »
- Garth Franklin
Fairy Tales and other literary classics are the new comic books as far as Hollywood is concerned, especially as no one has to fork out cash for the rights.
Climbing on to that already-overloaded bandwagon is a project called Peter Pan Begins, now being offered to all the studios by actor Channing Tatum (pictured above with Amanda Seyfried in romantic drama Dear John) along with screenwriter Bill Ray and producer Joe Roth.
It's familiar territory for Roth, who was involved in last year's Alice in Wonderland and the upcoming Snow White and the Huntsman and is in the casting stages of Oz, The Great and Powerful.
HeatVision says details of the project are scarce and doesn't clarify Tatum's involvement, despite others presuming he will star in the title role (odd though it is to imagine him as Peter Pan).
Peter Pan - a boy who can fly and refuses to »
- David Bentley
The debut of director Justin Steele, Death and Cremation is from a script by Alecc Bracero and Justin Steele, and stars Brad Dourif along with Jeremy Sumpter (Friday Night Lights), Scott Elrod, Debbon Ayer, Daniel Baldwin (Homicide: Life on the Street), and Staci Keenan (My Two Dads) in a story that takes place:
In a typical American suburb filled with middle-class morals, Stan (Dourif), a lonely 59-year-old, contributes to society by offering cremation services from his basement.
In fact, Stan murders neighbors he perceives to be social bullies. Jarod (Sumpter), a bullied and fatherless 17-year-old high school outcast, lands an after-school job in Stan’s cremation house; and the two develop an unusual working relationship that quickly evolves into a partnership.
As middle-aged detective Matt Fairchild, in search of an exciting case, puts the clues of their killings together, Stan must decide if protecting his newfound trainee is worth killing for. »
We saw the stills, the trailer, and now we’re getting our first look at a new Soul Surfer movie poster.
Synopsis: The inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through the love of her family, her sheer determination and unwavering faith.
Soul Surfer will be released to theaters on April 08, 2011.
Soul Surfer Poster
- Allan Ford
We don't know about you guys but we think that "Death & Cremation with Brad Dourif" would make a stunning reality TV show. Screw DVR's! We'd tune into every episode Live! In any event, we have got some new artwork for the film Death & Cremation for you to scrape up and place neatly into the urn of your choice!
For more info visit the official Death and Cremation website.
In a typical American suburb filled with middle-class morals, Stan, a lonely 59-year-old, contributes to society by offering cremation services from his basement.
In fact, Stan murders neighbors he perceives to be social bullies. Jarod, a bullied and fatherless 17-year-old high school outcast, lands an after-school job in Stan »
- Uncle Creepy
Here’s the first poster for new movie, Soul Surfer which tells the story of a young up and coming surfer who loses an arm in a shark attack. With the help of her family and her faith, she’s able to get back on the board and conquer her fears of going back into the water. You can check out the trailer for the movie here.
Synopsis: Bethany was born to surf. A natural talent who took to the waves at a young age, she was leading an idyllic, sun-drenched, surfer girl’s life on the Kauai Coast, competing in national competitions with her best friend Alana, when everything changed in a heartbeat. On Halloween morning, Bethany was on a typical ocean outing when a 14-foot tiger shark came out of nowhere and seemed to shatter all her dreams. In the moving aftermath of this headline-making story, Bethany fights »
- David Sztypuljak
What’s not to like about a horror movie that features both Brad Dourif and Jeremy Sumpter? If you’re curious as to whom the latter is specifically, I implore you investigate “The Sasquatch Gang”, a little-known bizarro comedy from one of the producers of “Napoleon Dynamite”. It’s seriously awesome. Justin Steele’s “Death and Cremation” is currently hitting the European Film Market, which means we are now privy to the film’s trailer, which, to my surprise, actually looks pretty decent. Not that I have anything against Mr. Steele and his endeavors, mind you, but the picture’s plot isn’t exactly intriguing. How many dejected teenager horror flicks do we need, anyway? Please don’t answer that, especially if you’re about to make one yourself. Here’s a quick synopsis: Jarod is a bullied and fatherless 17-year-old high school outcast. He is viewed as a freak »
- Todd Rigney
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