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Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new horror film “Ouija” from Jason Blum (producer of the “Paranormal Activity,” “Insidious” and “The Purge” films) and the producer of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”!
“Ouija,” which opens on Oct. 24, 2014 and is rated “PG-13,” stars Olivia Cooke, Daren Kagasoff, Ana Coto, Douglas Smith, Shelley Hennig, Sierra Heuermann and Bianca Santos from writer and director Stiles White and writer Juliet Snowden.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
That's right: In honor of The Simpsons' 25th (!) annual Halloween special, which airs this Sunday, EW didn't just rank the top 25 "Treehouse of Horror" segments. We took things a step further by ranking every single "Treehouse" segment ever seen on the show—and you'll find entries 72 through 26 in the list below. Even when longtime fans sniff that The Simpsons' Golden Age is long past, they can agree that late-period Simpsons Halloween shows still pack a punch. Why? Because "Treehouse" segments give the series' writers a break in two ways: First of all, they're short, which means that they »
- Hillary Busis
If you were hoping for a gritty, bloody, violent remake of 1982’s haunted house story Poltergeist, you are in for some disappointment: the MPAA has just given it a PG-13 rating. This cannot be much of a surprise: the original film was even the subject of a ratings controversy when it was originally slapped with an R. Producer Steven Spielberg managed to argue it down to a PG, but I think we can all agree that the film is a bit scarier than that.
The new Poltergeist appears to be following in its predecessor’s wake without quite being a straight remake, though. Jared Harris plays the host of a TV cable show called “Haunted House Cleaners,” bringing him into contact with a family living in a haunted house (played in part by Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt). The film, directed by Gil Keenan and produced by Sam Raimi, is »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
On today's episode we have a pair of reviews with the new Brad Pitt, World War II drama Fury as well as the new Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan. On top of that we discuss Warner Bros/' big announcement of DC Comics movies, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's comments on superhero movies, Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Oscars and much more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
Written by Christopher Landon
Sequels in horror franchises are rarely ever connected to their predecessors with the exception of the same villain/outline that proves profitable. What makes the additions to the Paranormal Activity franchise different is that each follow-up expands the universe, further exploring the demon that plagued Katie and Micah in 2009. With Katie and Kristi both having their adult horrors played out onscreen with Paranormal Activity and Paranormal Activity 2, let’s do the time warp again.
The year is 1988, and cinematographer Dennis (Chris Smith) is moving in with girlfriend Julie (Lauren Bittner) and her two daughters Katie and Kristi. The story opens at a family wedding Dennis is filming, some of the conversation between attendees reveals quick insights into his relationship with Julie before the couple moves in together. Dennis and Julie aren’t getting married prior to the move, »
- Colin Biggs
The recent hit horror title "Annabelle" has been withdrawn from several French cinemas following riots in auditoriums.
The Guardian reports that managers in Marseille, Strasbourg and Montpellier have cancelled screenings until further notice for security reasons.
The withdrawal is taking place after more than a thousand people attended a screening at a 450-seat cinema in Marseilles on Saturday. The mostly teenage crowd began fighting, throwing popcorn and even ripping up theatre seats.
This is apparently not the first time this has happened. Similar incidents took place during screenings of the likes of "Paranormal Activity" and "Sinister" with the latter pulled from more than 40 screens in 2012. »
- Garth Franklin
After an announcement that took fans by surprise, its been fairly quiet on the Jem and the Holograms front. Today, we get the official release date for this live-action adaptation of the popular animated series and Hasbro toy line, which has caused some controversy amongst fans for deviating from the core mythology.
While not a horror film, Jem and the Holograms will be arriving in theaters on October 23rd, 2015, from Universal Pictures, just in time for Halloween. Which adheres to producer Jason Blum's core aesthetic. Is he aiming for another annual Halloween midnight tradition in the vein of The Rocky Horror Picture Show?
Directed by Jon M. Chu, who helmed the sequel G.I. Joe Retaliation for Hasbro and Paramount, Jem and the Holograms is being produced by Jason Blum for Blumhouse productions. He's gained a reputation for delivering movies on the cheap that bring in big bucks at the box office. »
The film, unfolds over a teen girl’s computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a bully to kill herself a year prior.
Universal executives bought “Cybernatural” after a test screening in Montreal. Wme Global brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
The film was developed and conceived by Timur Bekmambetov and directed by Levan Gabriadze from a script by Nelson Greaves. Producers are Bekmambetov and Greaves, as well as Jason Blum for Blumhouse Productions.
- Dave McNary
The Jem and the Holograms movie release date has been announced by Universal Pictures. The studio will drop the feature film adaptation based on the 1980s Hasbro toy line and cartoon on October 23, 2015, hitting theaters just in time for Fall. Director Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) helms the quickly assembled musical adventure film, which paints the titular Jem as an orphaned teenager who becomes an internet sensation and subsequently embarks on a music-driven scavenger hunt with her bad. The picture is a Blumhouse Productions joint, which is mostly known for producing low budget horror films like the Paranormal Activity series and Sinister that go on to turn a big profit. The PG-rated Jem was similarly made on a relatively tight budget, with a cast led by Aubrey Peeples (Nashville) as Jem, Stefanie Scott (Flipped) as Kimber, Hayley Kiyoko (The Fosters) as Aja, and Aurora Perrineau (Pretty Little Liars) as Shana. »
- Adam Chitwood
Universal's live action adaptation of beloved 1980s cartoon "Jem and the Holograms" finally has a release date: The flick will hit theaters on October 23, 2015.
"Jem" focused on Jerrica Benton, and musical alter ego, Jem. While the series was totally '80s, this new version will be a modern take; according to Variety, "The musical fantasy reimagines Jem amid the current hyperlinked social media era in a story of a small-town girl going from underground video sensation to global superstar with her three sisters."
"Nashville" star Aubrey Peeples is playing the titular star, while Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, and Hayley Kiyoko round out the rest of Jem's band, the Holograms. Ryan Guzman will play Rio, a love interest for Jem, and Molly Ringwald and Juliette Lewis are also part of the cast.
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- Katie Roberts
Shined-up studio remakes of grindhouse horror classics are usually best appreciated by viewers unfamiliar with the original films’ scruffy texture, but Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s tricksy take on “The Town That Dreaded Sundown” may be an exception: As it riffs on the professed legacy of Charles B. Pierce’s shoestring 1976 serial-killer thriller, this tediously metatextual exercise conjures few inspired jolts of its own. Following a plucky teen on the trail of a masked maniac methodically restaging murders from Pierce’s film, the redesign is riddled with in-jokes, yet contains little of the Grand Guignol humor one might expect from Gomez-Rejon and his “American Horror Story” collaborator Ryan Murphy. An inauspicious effort to mark the return of the long-defunct Orion Pictures label, the film opens in limited release this week, but is unlikely to spark strong word of mouth ahead of Halloween.
- Guy Lodge
Though found footage feels like a craze that only started a few years ago with the success of Paranormal Activity, the first massive found footage hit actually arrived 10 years earlier, at a time when the internet hadn't yet been successfully used to market a film to a massive audience. That film is The Blair Witch Project, and in a new short from Academy Originals, the film's unprecedented and breakthrough success is documented, showing how an indie film that was made on a shoestring budget became one of the biggest surprise hits of the summer thanks to some clever marketing and a unique premise. Watch below! Here's Moments That Changed the Movies from Academy Originals (via SlashFilm): As someone who was 13 years old when The Blair Witch Project came out, I remember the frenzy to get tickets (before you could buy them online), the buzz to see the film just »
- Ethan Anderton
Don’t lie, you played the game. Your parents warned you not to play it in your house but you did it anyway. Now, experience the film – Ouija!! We have some passes for you lucky souls to possess. Read on to find out how to score the passes.
In Ouija, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. Stiles White directs the supernatural thriller that is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (The Purge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th) alongside Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series, The Purge), Bennett Schneir (Battleship) and Hasbro. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White wrote the script for Ouija, and Universal will distribute the film worldwide.
Ouija has been rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned – Some Material May Be Inappropriate for Children Under 13) for disturbing violent content, »
- Andy Triefenbach
Back in January, Universal Pictures announced that it was shuttering plans to theatrically release "Narc" director Joe Carnahan's micro-budget comedic thriller "Stretch." It was uncertain when (and if) "Stretch" would see the light of day, with THR commenting on "Paranormal Activity" producer Jason Blum's overstuffed "movie morgue," filled to the brim with movies that were finished but remained unseen. Now those movies are getting out there, through home video and VOD channels, for the whole world to see. They aren't exactly being released, it's more like they escaped. And the first of these movies happens to be "Stretch," a wild, wooly movie that would have been way more enjoyable stretched across an actual movie screen. In "Stretch," a never-better Patrick Wilson plays the titular hero, a failed actor and current limo driver, who has had, in the past few years, developed a problem with booze and drugs and. »
- Drew Taylor
Ben Affleck continued to chase Amy at the movie house this weekend, as David Fincher’s adaptation of Gone Girl used its strong buzz to fend off four newcomers and retain the top spot at the box office. It made an estimated $26.8 million over the Columbus Day weekend, dropping a slender 29% from its strong opening last week. In 10 days, the R-rated thriller has earned a terrific $78.3 million – and there is much more to come. By this point next weekend, the film will likely surpass the final tallies of The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Fincher’s prior, critically-acclaimed adaptations.
Despite a mediocre B CinemaScore from opening-day audiences, Gone Girl‘s stellar hold is likely due to a pent-up demand for films aimed at mature audiences. This summer’s slate of moviegoing options had very few desirable choices for audiences over 35 who were in the mood for »
- Jordan Adler
With Halloween just around the corner the team behind 'The Houses October Built' have released a map showing America's scariest haunts. The ones marked with blue skeletal masks are the haunts featured in the film while the ones marked with orange pumpkins are other notable haunts to visit. 'The Houses October Built' opened in theatres, on VOD and iTunes on October 10th and is produced by Steven Schneider, the man behind 'Paranormal Activity' and 'Insidious'. »
The found-footage horror subgenre has proved surprisingly durable and flexible for what at first seemed a one-note gimmick. But for every “Paranormal Activity,” “[Rec]” or “V/H/S” that breathes new life into the form, there’s two or three along the lines of “The Houses October Built,” freshly hatched yet tiresome as a 10 re-watch of “The Blair Witch Project.” Though it has an intriguing concept — being shot and set among real-life seasonal “haunted house” attractions — Bobby Roe’s feature never transcends a predictable narrative trajectory to deliver much in the way of creepy atmosphere, let alone actual scares. Opening limited Oct. 10 (as well as launching on VOD and iTunes), it will doubtless make a bigger impact in home formats, where horror fans will doubtless complain that half the time they can’t make out whatever mayhem is supposed to be going on in the cast-handheld lensing.
After a brief prologue »
- Dennis Harvey
Plot: A young jazz musician finds his talent, heart and well-being tested when he enters the class of a pitilessly demanding instructor. Review: Producer Jason Blum is best known for his micro-budget horror efforts; his credits range from Paranormal Activity to Insidious to Sinister. But none of those films really come close to the intensity of his new production, Damien Chazelle's Whiplash, an intimate yet pulse-pounding study of a young musician's maturation through »
- Eric Walkuski
Intense music drama Whiplash, already a big winner at Sundance and the Deauville American Film Festival earlier this year, should drum up plenty of audience interest in its debut this weekend, even though it faces a crowded specialty market that also features several other notable newcomers, including the Bill Murray comedy St. Vincent, Hilary Swank‘s You’re Not You and Jeremy Renner‘s Kill the Messenger. All are what I’d call “big” specialty releases, with big names attached that should attract big attention.
The weekend also includes what I’d call some “small” releases, including documentaries The Overnighters (another Sundance winner) and I Am Ali, about the former heavyweight boxing champion, alongside the Mormon Church-backed Meet the Mormons. All will be clawing for attention in a market that’s seen more than 30 films debut in the past three weeks.
That said, Whiplash should be a real career turner »
- Brian Brooks
Magnet Releasing – the ‘genre arm’ of Magnolia Pictures – has announced the acquisition of its latest horror anthology, which will be produced by Xyz Films. Having seen huge success with The ABCs Of Death and V/H/S, among others, Magnet now turns its attention to Xx – an anthology made up of short films that have female leads and female directors. Now, if there’s one thing that draws out the anti-feminist crowd, it’s the subject of female representation in the horror film genre. The reason for their dramatic eye-rolling is fairly obvious at first glance – there are plenty of women in prominent roles onscreen in horror movies, so what’s the problem? Halloween, Scream, The Exorcist, The Conjuring, Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Mama, 2013’s Evil Dead, Drag Me To Hell, 2006′s The Hill Have Eyes – in horror, it seems, there are women everywhere you look. So, why does Magnet Releasing »
- Sarah Myles
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