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It's finally happening! We're getting our first look at the movie adaptation of "Jem and the Holograms" -- and these ladies look ready to rock. In the new photo, Hayley Kiyoko (Aja), Aubrey Peeples (Jem) and Stefanie Scott (Kimber) are pictured rocking out on stage decked out from head-to-toe in some awesome '80s gear. The movie -- which has been adapted from the beloved '80s cartoon -- follows the story of young music company owner who uses new tech to disguise herself as a rockstar. "Jem and the Holograms" will be produced by Blumhouse Productions and toofab's Brian Particelli recently sat down with head honcho Jason Blum. While "Jem" seems like a big departure from Blum's usual productions (he's the man behind horror flicks like "Paranormal Activity," "The Purge" and "Sinister"), he's excited about the new cartoon adaptation. "With 'Jem and the Holograms,' we’re seeing if »
- tooFab Staff
Paramount Pictures formally announced that Adam Goodman is leaving his job as president of its film group and has been offered a production deal.
“His skill at making our pictures as good as can be is among his many meaningful contributions to our studio, and I am truly grateful,” wrote Grey.
The Paramount chairman said that he expects to have decided on a replacement for Goodman within the next 60 days. Paramount is considering promoting Goodman’s replacement from within its ranks, but is also looking at candidates from outside the studio, insiders say.
There’s still a year left on Goodman’s current pact, it appears that the studio and the executive are close to unwinding those details. Paramount has had a number of recent hits, such as “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, »
- Brent Lang
The concept of returning from beyond the grave is one of the touchstones of the horror genre. From Mary Shelley's immortal (and constantly adapted) novel "Frankenstein" to George A. Romero's equally inspiring midnight movie "Night of the Living Dead," the idea of crossing over and then coming back has been the backbone of countless scary stories. The latest tale to tackle this idea is "The Lazarus Effect," a new cheapo horror film from "Paranormal Activity" producer Jason Blum, that follows a plucky group of graduate students who are experimenting with a new serum that is designed to bring patients who have died on the operating table back to life (in an attempt to give doctors more time to fix the problem). Of course, things go terribly, terribly wrong. What could have been a nicely technological take on the same basic material, is drably put together, light on scares, »
- Drew Taylor
As their latest production, the Flatliners-esque medical horror The Lazarus Effect (see our review here) hits theaters, Shock has a Blumhouse Blu Bundle for horror fans looking to steep in the supernatural. One winner will receive a prize pack featuring the following Blus: Paranormal Activity Three-Movie Collection Oculus Insidious Sinister As well as a…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
Evan Peters knows a thing or two about scaring you silly.
Peters has been a regular cast member of "American Horror Story" since it's groundbreaking first season, playing (in short order) a high school psychopath, an insane asylum inmate (who had a close encounter with extraterrestrials, mutants, and a serial killer), a frat-boy Frankenstein monster, and, most recently, a freak-show performer with lobster claws for hands. Scary right?
Well in this week's "The Lazarus Effect," the latest production by "Paranormal Activity" and "Insidious" mastermind Jason Blum, Peters is back in the oogey-boogey business, this time playing a grad student who is working, along with Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, and Donald Glover, on a top secret project that could bring people back from the dead. What could go wrong, right? Riiiiiight.
We recently spoke to Peters about what he finds so appealing about the horror genre, whether or not he'll be »
- Drew Taylor
There’s still a year left on Goodman’s current pact, but nonetheless, sources say, his departure is rapidly approaching. Insiders say that Paramount is currently reviewing its creative organization. It’s not clear who will replace Goodman.
A Paramount spokeswoman said the company does not comment on employee matters.
Goodman has been at the studio since 2008 and played a vital role in shepherding a number of key projects to the screen, such as their recent “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot, “Mission:Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and the “Paranormal Activity” franchise.
Last summer brought about “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” the highest-grossing film at the global box office. However, Paramount has scaled back the number of films it produces annually, which has caused its market share to shrink. Last year, it had »
- Brent Lang
Adam Goodman is on his way out as president of Paramount Film Group, multiple individuals familiar with the situation have told TheWrap. “The studio is currently reviewing its creative organization,” said an individual familiar with the studio’s thinking. A representative for Paramount said the studio “does not comment on employee matters,” while an insider said Goodman has more than a year left on his current contract. “The studio is currently reviewing its creative organization,” said an individual familiar with Paramount’s thinking. Goodman brought along the blockbuster “Transformers” and “Paranormal Activity” franchises when he joined Paramount in 2008, and helped shape its strategy. »
- Jeff Sneider and Todd Cunningham
The current issue of Elle magazine features the first official still from the upcoming Jem and the Holograms movie, which is set to be released this October. The pic was pretty small so when blown up like this it loses some of its quality, but it's not difficult to make out. G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu has signed on to bring another '80s Hasbro cartoon series to the big screen: Jem And The Holograms. The live action movie will be produced by Jason Blum (Insidious, Paranormal Activity) and Scooter Braun. Nashville actress Aubrey Peeples will play Jem, Stefanie Scott, who starred on Disney's A.N.T. Farm, will play Jem's sister Kimber; and Pretty Little Liars actress Aurora Perrineau will play Shana; with The Fosters' Hayley Kiyoko as Aja. Juliette Lewis and Molly Ringwald will also appear in unspecified roles. Obviously the majority of us here won't exactly »
“The Lazarus Effect” will provide chills for horror movie fans when it hits theaters Friday, but it’s the Jason Blum Effect that will thrill Hollywood executives who focus on bottom lines. That’s the effect where you make a pot of money at the box office on movies that cost next to nothing. It has worked on horror movies like “Paranormal Activity,” “The Purge” and “Insidious” from the producer’s Blumhouse Productions in past years, and more recently on “Ouija” and “The Boy Next Door” for Universal Pictures, where Blum has a production deal. Relativity Studios will test the »
- Todd Cunningham
At this point, if you’re a Paranormal Activity fan, your mind is probably spinning from all the different plotlines that have been introduced over time. Between the introduction of Katie’s coven, the characterization of Toby, and the inevitable tie-in of The Marked Ones (first described as a spinoff), one might have a hard time keeping all the demonic chaos in a fluid stream of consciousness. Each film seemed to introduce five more questions for every two it answered, but according to producer Jason Blum, there may finally be a guiding light for all us lost travelers.
According to Blum, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension will answer all the burning questions that keep devout franchise fans awake at night. For those of you still behind in the series, I’m trying to keep details as vague as possible, but The Marked Ones left one Gigantic gaping hole that’s begging to be addressed, »
- Matt Donato
Apparently you can cover a lot in just 10 minutes with Blumhouse Productions head honcho Jason Blum. With his latest flick, "The Lazarus Effect" starring Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass, hitting theaters next week, the producer sat down with toofab's Brian Particelli to talk about pretty much everything his company is working on right now. The Blumhouse production slate is pretty packed, with sequels lined up for "Paranormal Activity," "The Purge" and "Sinister," a film adaptation of the '80s cartoon "Jem and the Holograms" and a TV series based on another book from "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn. Check out the full Q&A below! toofab: "The Lazarus Effect," "Insidious 3," "Paranormal Activity 5," "Sinister 2," there's a lot of horror coming from you guys, but also "Jem and the Holograms." That one seems like a bit of a departure. Blum: With "Jem and the Holograms," we’re seeing if our »
- tooFab Staff
There are so many films in development at Blumhouse that it’s hard to keep track of them all. One will stand apart from the pack, however, as it’s being specifically targeted at families. This is a significant departure for the production company behind the Paranormal Activity, Purge, Sinister and Insidious series.
The only information THR have on the film so far is that Robert Ben Garant is writing and Harald Zwart is directing. They have much more kid-friendly experience than Jason Blum and co., thanks to the Night at the Museum films, Cody Banks and the Karate Kid remake.
Garant’s actually been busy at Blumhouse of late, also working on some proper adult-targeted horror fare. I’m not at all surprised; he’s also the author of Writing Movies for Fun and Profit with his co-writer Thomas Lennon and they weren’t joking about the profit part. »
- Brendon Connelly
After spectacularly failing to launch a franchise with Screen Gems’ awful The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, director Harald Zwart is scaling down for his next film, having signed on to direct a microbudgeted horror flick for Blumhouse Productions.
Details about the pic are being kept tightly under wraps for now, but one intriguing aspect of the project, scripted by Robert Ben Garant (Jessabelle), is that it’s being aimed at families, not typically a target audience for horror films.
Still, if any studio can pull off a family-friendly horror movie, it’s Blumhouse, which has taken the genre by storm in the past few years with titles like Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious.
Though Zwart’s credibility as a director was somewhat tarnished by City of Bones‘ abject failure at the box office and with critics, he pulled off a huge hit in 2010 with The Karate Kid, and »
- Isaac Feldberg
Whether you are a fan of the micro-budget horror films of Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity, The Purge, etc), you have to admit that they have found a business model that works. So, as they branch out into other genres and markets, we shouldn't be surprised to see them try some new things. Sticking with the horror genre, Jason Blum's shingle will try something they have not done before: a family friendly scary movie. The Hollywood Reporter says Blumhouse has selected The Karate »
- Alex Maidy
Vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows has become the most booked film on audience-led screening platform ourscreen.
Metrodome released the film in cinemas on November 21 and accumulated box office of $525,000 (£341,838).
The distributor then booked a further 33 screenings of the film, on a revenue share basis, through platform ourscreen, which allows consumers to programme films at certain cinemas providing enough tickets are sold.
Sites to show the film to date include Hackney Picturehouse, City Screen York, Phoenix Oxford, Little Theatre Bath and Cambridge Picturehouse, with additional screenings likely.
What We Do In The Shadows stars Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs Shark). The pair also co-directed the comedy, which is filmed in a documentary-style and centres on a group of vampire housemates in New Zealand whose happy home is disrupted by a new member »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones director Harald Zwart has signed on to direct Blumhouse Productions' latest microbudgeted horror film. Robert Ben Garant (Jessabelle) wrote the script. Blumhouse has an excellent track record when it comes to making highly profitable microbudgeted horror features (including Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious), but the interesting part of this new feature is that it's geared toward families. The logline is being kept under wraps for now. Blumhouse’s Jason Blum is producing with Garant, while Jeanette Brill and Couper Samuelson will executive produce. Zwart directed the 2013 Ya adaptation Mortal Instruments and also helmed
- Rebecca Ford
Producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form revealed that last month that they had hoped to start shooting the reboot of Friday the 13th by the end of this year. Brad Fuller recently sat down for an interview with Esquire where he revealed that the script is still being worked on. In the article, he previous shot down rumors that it will be a "found footage" style movie (inline with movies like The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity) and said that they're aiming for a budget somewhere between The Purge's $3 million and their 2009 reboot's $20 million budget.
"You can't do a great kill quickly. It takes time and the blood levels. You know, every time there's a drop of blood you have to change their wardrobe and shower people off. You can't rush that to get it right."
Equipment to get your heart going again, put fires out, sterilize an open wound—those are the emergency items you usually see in sealed-off cabinets hanging in public places, but as helpful as defibrillators and first aid kits are in everyday life, you'd want more effective weapons at hand if a slavering werewolf from The Howling aimed its snout at your thigh, or if Fred Dekker's zombies from Night of the Creeps came calling for you as their delectable date.
That's where the fine folks from In Case Of come in. Their unique, hand-crafted, sealed emergency cabinets offer protection against zombies, vampires, werewolves, and demons. Though the weapons within their cabinets aren't real, they have a beautiful and realistic look that compliments the well-researched mythologies behind each item. To celebrate the hallowed day of horror that is Friday the 13th (and to give our readers a possible Friday the 13th »
- Derek Anderson
Stars: Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter, David Andrews, Ana de la Reguera, Amber Stevens, Chris Ellis, Brian Hallisay, Vaughn Wilson, Larisa Oleynik, Fran Bennett, Lucius Baston | Written by Robert Ben Garant | Directed by Kevin Greutert
Jessabelle is yet another in the long line of Blumhouse-inspired supernatural thrillers that have flooded the market since the success of the like of Insidious, The Conjuring et al. This time round we follow a young woman, the titular Jessabelle, returning to her childhood home in Louisiana in order to recuperate from a horrific car accident which killed her boyfriend – on the very day they were set to move in together (oh the irony). Once settled in, she comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return; and – in a complete twist – has no intention of letting her leave. Dun dun dun!!!
Ok, so maybe I’m being a little harsh on Jessabelle, »
- Phil Wheat
We've been hearing about a remake of the French horror film "Martyrs" since it was first released in 2009. At one point Kristen Stewart (Twilight) was rumored to star in an English-language version, but that has never been confirmed. Now comes word that Blumhouse, the company behind "Paranormal Activity," "Insidious" and "The Conjuring," is moving forward with the remake and has signed Kevin and Michael Goetz (Scenic Route) to direct. Check out the photo below to see the poster Blumhouse is using to pre-sell the "Martyrs" remake at the Berlin Film Festival. In the original "Martyrs," a young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity. Poster: (click to enlarge) »
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