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Hey, Pssst, Wanna See Some Confidential Footage From 'Paranormal Activity' Director Oren Peli's 'Area' 51'?

7 December 2011 8:35 AM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Back in October of 2009 Oren Peli, hot off the success of his Paranormal Activity, took to the Nellis Air Force Base in the Nevada desert to uncover the secrets of Area 51. Starring Reid Warner, Darrin Bragg and Ben Rovner, the film employs the "found footage" narrative structure that Peli used in Pa to tell the story of three teens whose curiosity leads them to the notorious Area 51 portion of aforementioned Nellis Air Force Base. While we still await information on the film's release, a truly bizarre video was posted on YouTube featuring the first ever footage from the film. Bd reader 'DownNola1995' tipped us off to said video that depicts University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor of Film Studies Wheeler Winston Dixon as he talks about the recent trend of super-low budget movies. Shockingly enough, he somehow landed footage from Peli's Area 51, which can be viewed at the 1:30 mark. »

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Gale Anne Hurd Producing ‘Area 51′ TV Show

23 November 2011 12:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Gale Anne Hurd, the producer who started her career with Roger Corman and whose resume includes The Terminator, Aliens, Armageddon and The Walking Dead, is going to Area 51. Hurd's company, Valhalla Entertainment, has optioned the Annie Jacobsen book Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base to develop as a TV series. Karl Gajdusek (Dead Like Me, the Nic Cage film Trespass, Oblivion) will script and act as showrunner. Deadline [1] says the series will follow "two men working on the base who are thrust into danger when they uncover secrets that the government will protect at any cost." Jacobsen's book is based on interviews with nineteen men who served at Area 51 and over fifty others with links to the operation. Whether the TV show that results from the book will really have any more ties to 'reality' than so many other film and »

- Russ Fischer

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Oren Peli's Ghost Town Film Underway

1 November 2011 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

There's still no sign of the long-gestating Area 51, but Oren Peli's next film, an untitled nature-run-amok project, has just started shooting in Eastern Europe.Peli was behind the original no-budget Paranormal Activity, which emerged, blinking in the light of box office glory, in 2009, and spawned a succesful franchise that's still ongoing. Area 51 followed, but since then Peli has preferred to act as producer (James Wan's Insidious; Rob Zombie's Lords Of Salem; Barry Levinson's The Bay) and leave the megaphone in someone else's hands.That remains the case with this new film: reports back in May suggested Untitled would be Peli's third as director, but it now emerges that Bradley Parker, an FX man with credits on Let Me In and Fight Club, is behind the cameras.The film, which for reasons unknown has lost its original moniker of The Diary Of Lawson Oxford, involves »

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Spooky things prowl in Oren Peli's abandoned city movie

1 November 2011 12:38 PM, PDT | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

The director of the first Paranormal Activity hasn't even released his follow-up movie yet (the found footage sci-fi/horror one called Area 51) but he's already on to directing his third movie. Filming on the Untitled Oren Peli Project, as it's being referred to right now, kicked off yesterday in eastern Europe.

The premise makes Peli's movie sound like a monster movie set in the shadows of Chernobyl. A group of friends venture into an abandoned city, left by its former inhabitants due to a nuclear accident that happened close-by. Unable to find their way out of the ghost town before night falls, the group begins to hear strange and frightening noises, leading them to realize that the radioactive ruins are indeed inhabited -- but by what?

Peli is producing and developed the story. Brad Parker is directing Jonathan Sadowski, Devin Kelley, Jesse McCartney, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Nathan Phillips, Ingrid »

- Patrick Sauriol

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Brad Parker to Helm Untitled Thriller Produced by Paranormal Activity Director Oren Peli [Updated]

1 November 2011 12:08 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Back in May, we caught wind of a new horror project that Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli was cooking up. Details were slim at the time, but the film was said to center on a group of friends stranded in a ghost town overrun by nature. Today comes word that Brad Parker is set to helm the project based on an original idea by Peli, and we’ve got a few more plot details as well as a cast listing. It appears the ghost down in question is a city that was abandoned in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster, and as the sun sets on the town the group begins to hear “inhuman-sounding cries that indicate that they are not alone.” The cast includes Jonathan Sadowski ($#*! My Dad Says), Jesse McCartney (Greek), Devin Kelley (The Chicago Code), Nathan Phillips (Snakes on a Plane), Ingrid Bolso Berdal (Hansel and Gretel: »

- Adam Chitwood

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'Paranormal Activity' Director Sets Up Post-Nuclear Disaster Thriller

1 November 2011 11:31 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

After kicking off a horror franchise which just had its third installment rake in impressive October box office numbers, the original Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli is busy making a name for himself outside of the series that launched his career. The filmmaker continued his found footage flare with Area 51 (a film which is still coming, but we don't know when yet), his next project might continue the trend in horror as Deadline reports Peli has just started filming a new untitled thriller in Europe which follows a group of friends stranded in an eerie and desolate city that was abandoned in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster. Nature has slowly started to reclaim the radioactive ghost town, but when the friends hear unnatural, inhuman-sounding cries somewhere in their proximity, they realize they are not alone, and a threat might be lingering nearby. The biggest name in the ensemble »

- Ethan Anderton

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Production Begins on Post-Apocalyptic Thriller Written and Produced by ‘Paranormal Activity’ Creator Oren Peli

1 November 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In 2009, Paramount released Oren Peli's tiny little movie Paranormal Activity, to great success. That film has already spawned two hugely successful sequels, and even as Paranormal was being released Peli was already working on another film called Area 51. There's not yet any sign of Area 51, two years later, but Peli is reportedly still finishing that movie, while working as a producer on other projects: the TV show The River, Rob Zombie's new movie The Lords of Salem, and a project he wrote which was called The Diary of Lawson Oxford, but is currently being referred to as the Untitled Oren Peli Project. This last one is a post-apocalyptic thriller that started shooting this week in Eastern Europe. We've got more details after the break. A press release says the former Diary of Lawson Oxford is about, ...a group of friends who become stranded in an eerie and desolate city. »

- Russ Fischer

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Summit Entertainment to Adapt Image Comics Series Area 52

3 October 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Just last week, we brought you a report about Atlas Entertainment adapting Langley High, an upcoming graphic novel from BenderSpink’s J.C. Spink and Christopher Cosmos. Now, Benderspink will be executive producing the big-screen adaptation of the Image Comics series, Area 52.

Deadline reports that Summit Entertainment has grabbed the rights to the Ben Haberlin penned series, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) and Mark Vahradian (Man on a Ledge) are set to produce. If you haven’t read the comic, check out the summary below. It sounds like it could be a fun ride on the big-screen.

Summary:

Imagine the warehouse from the end of Raiders Of The Lost Ark, the place where the government stashes all of its other-worldly discoveries, from Excalibur to Alien ships. They are all to be found at Area 52. Think of it as Area 51′s high-tech, remote, attic. When the government has sufficiently probed, »

- Jason Moore

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Doctor Who Series 6 Finale – The Wedding of River Song Promo Pics

28 September 2011 2:02 PM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Doctor Who Series 6 Finale – The Wedding of River Song Promo Pics

Because a teaser is never enough, there are now 20 brand new promo images for the Doctor Who Series 6 finale, “The Wedding of River Song”. I have got to say, it looks like everything is about to cranked up to a level of insanity that could very well have an affect on us viewers.

My favorite image, and the one posted above this paragraph, let’s us know Amy and Rory will be making appearances, as will as River. The thing is, they are all wearing those strange eye patches. What is so important about those things?

Also interesting to note, the three of them and the Doctor are standing in the same hallways seen in the prequel video released. The hallway has either many windows looking out to the ocean or many tanks filled with water. Whichever it is, »

- Brody Gibson

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Comic Book Area 52 to Get Big Screen Adaptation From Transformers Producer

28 September 2011 2:00 PM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

While not as popular as Batman, Spider-Man or Captain America, the comic book Area 52 has seen a great deal of interest from Hollywood since Image published the four-issue series in 2001. The comic, follows the rag-tag staff of Area 52, a storage facility in Antarctica where top secret artifacts and alien weaponry are stored after Area 51 has finished testing them. The group is tested, themselves, once an alien escapes its containment.

Deadline reports that the movie rights have been acquired by Summit Entertainment, the company behind the Twilight franchise, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura set to produce. Di Bonaventura has no shortage of experience with comic book adaptations, having worked on Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Red and the upcoming G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation. Screenwriters are currently being sought for the project, and the right one should really do a number on the comic's intriguing premise.

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- Ryan Gowland

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Summit Entertainment to Adapt Sci-Fi Comic Book Series 'Area 52'

28 September 2011 10:36 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Everyone knows that the mysteries and conspiracies behind Area 51 have been exploited for film and television time and time again. Now it sounds like the new hotness is Area 52, a four-issue comic book series which Deadline reports has just been acquired for a feature film adaptation by Summit Entertainment. While the story still deals with extra-terrestrials, the titular base is located in Antarctica (the exact opposite of the desert location of Area 51) which acts as a government storage dump for otherworldly discoveries, manned by a ragtag group of misfits who have been exiled to the middle of nowhere to staff it. The story takes off when an alien killing machine is accidentally hatched in this repository, the group must band together and use the stored mythological weapons and artifacts to save themselves and the world. Summit has merely acquired »

- Ethan Anderton

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Summit Entertainment Heads to Area 52

27 September 2011 5:04 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

If you thought Area 51 had problems, man, you obviously haven't tangoed in Area 52, a new adaptation of the Image Comic. Read on for all of the out-of-this-world details free of glowing fingers and anal probes.

According to Deadline Summit Entertainment has acquired screen rights to Area 52 and will develop a live action adaptation based on the four-issue comic book series published in 2001.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian will produce, and Jc Spink will be executive producer through Benderspink. The comic focused on a top secret warehouse in Antarctica called Area 52, a government storage dump for otherworldly discoveries, manned by a ragtag group of misfits who have been exiled to the middle of nowhere to staff it. When an alien killing machine is accidentally hatched in this repository, the group must band together and use the stored mythological weapons and artifacts to save themselves and the world. »

- Uncle Creepy

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Summit Uncover Area 52

27 September 2011 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Looking to go one better than Oren Peli's still not-yet-released Area 51, Summit Entertainment have snapped up the rights to Area 52, the comics series published by Image.Written by Brian Haberlin with art by Clayton Henry, the 2001 mini-series involved Corporal Monica Lane being dispatched to a remote Arctic outpost which, it turns out, is where the Us military dump things they don't understand. It's considered the most boring job imaginable... until things start to get odd and "an alien killing machine" is hatched.Lazy comparisons ahoy: film-wise then it's potentially a bit like The Thing, but with its characters a hapless bunch of misfits shipped to the arse-end of nowhere for various embarrassing or politically convenient reasons, there's room for some humour too. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian (Transformers, Red) are producing, and will be taking Area 52 "out to writers" shortly.  »

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Another Team Heads into Area 52

27 September 2011 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

A screen adaptation of Area 52 still has life left in it. Summit Entertainment and producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian have boarded the project which is a take on the 2001 comic book. They will no go out to writers to tackle the material. Described as Aliens meets Die Hard , the story concerns a storage facility in Antarctica that houses top-secret alien wares after Nevada's Area 51 is done testing them. There, an Army nurse must restore order after a mercenary attack has unleashed a menacing terror. Back in 2008, Steven C. Miller ( Automaton Transfusion ) was attached to direct before the project languished in a bit of development hell. »

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Summit Heads to Area 52

27 September 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

It's been some time since we last heard an update on Area 52 , the feature film adaptation of the Image comic book series. Now, Deadline reports that Summit Entertainment has stepped in and taken the screen rights. Published in 2001, the four-issue miniseries told the story of a secret storage facility in Antarctica that houses the alien technology that Area 51 is no longer studying. The lead character is an army nurse who must save the day after a mercenary attack unleashes a fantastic terror. The Red and Transformers: Dark of the Moon producing team of Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian will produce alongside Jc Spink. Originally, the film was to be directed by Steven C. Miller with a script from Jack Phillips, based on the Brian Haberlin comic. Now it »

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DVD Review - 51 (2011)

26 September 2011 2:28 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

51, 2011.

Directed by Jason Connery.

Starring Bruce Boxleitner, Rachel Miner, Vanessa Branch, Jason London, Andrew Sensenig and Damon Lipari.

Synopsis:

Following pressure from the American public, the military open the doors to Area 51 to two well-known reporters only for the well-managed tour to turn into a fight for survival when one of the base's 'long-term visitors' attempts to liberate himself and his fellow alien captives.

Earlier this year I had my introduction to After Dark Originals - the straight-to-video arm of filmmaker Courtney Solomon's (An American Haunting) After Dark Films - with Husk, a low-budget horror about a group of teens who encounter a supernatural force in a corn field (think Children of the Corn meets Dark Night of the Scarecrow). While Husk proved passable, on the other end of the spectrum comes the latest release, a sci-fi / horror entitled 51, which is hard to describe as anything other than a complete waste of 85 minutes. »

- flickeringmyth

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Doctor Who The Wedding of River Song Prequel and Teaser

26 September 2011 12:37 PM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Doctor Who The Wedding of River Song Prequel and Teaser

We’re down to just one more episode of the sixth series of Doctor Who and before “The Wedding of River Song” airs this coming Saturday we’re going to take a look at a teaser for the episode, as well as a prequel. Let’s start with the prequel, shall we? It starts with a close up of what seems to be a clock, but it’s stuck at a certain time.

Some creepy children are singing “Tick tock goes the clock” over and over again, making me feel very uncomfortable. We flash through some security camera footage (notice in the top right it says “Area 52”. Perhaps an even more secret place than Area 51?) and wind up in a hallway with windows looking out in to water. This facility, wherever it is, appears to be at least partly submerged. »

- Brody Gibson

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What To Buy This Week: DVD and Blu-ray releases for September 26th

26 September 2011 3:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

It’s the start of another week, so you know what that means – more DVD and Blu-ray releases to swallow up all your hard-earned cash! So here’s the rundown of what’s available to buy from today, September 26th 2011.

Pick(S) Of The Week

Thor (DVD/Blu-ray)

The world has many heroes…but only one is a god. When the arrogant warrior Thor (Chris Hemsworth, Star Trek) is banished to Earth from his homeworld of Asgard, he must fight to reclaim his lost powers. Pursued by an invasion force sent to destroy him, the fallen God of Thunder must rise to the battle and learn what it takes to become a true hero. Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and Anthony Hopkins (Beowulf) also star in the blockbuster adventure. Review.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (DVD/Blu-ray)

Tucker & Dale Vs Evil is a hilariously gory, horror comedy, doing for killer rednecks »

- Phil

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TV Review: Fox Rules on Sunday With ‘Animation Domination’

25 September 2011 6:46 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The legacy of “The Simpsons” lives on as the show premieres September 25th for its record-holding 23rd season. Afterward, the season premieres of Seth MacFarlane’s cartoon classics – “Family Guy,” “American Dad” and “The Cleveland Show,” are all part of “Animation Domination” on Fox.

It is always interesting to see how the veteran shows challenge themselves on premiere night. Will “The Simpsons” show all the others how it is done? Will the manic, surreal weirdness of “Family Guy” reign? How about the newest kids on the block, “American Dad” and “The Cleveland Show”? Here is quick rundown…

The Simpsons

Two years ago, “The Simpsons” surpassed “Gunsmoke” as the longest-running scripted show in television history. Never content to rest on their significant laurels, America’s never-aging TV family throws down a very funny premiere night episode, and the best of Animation Domination. Welcome back, Springfield.

Television Rating: 4.5/5.0

Kiefer Sutherland guest »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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51

23 September 2011 1:05 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

People love aliens. As a culture, we’re oddly obsessed with that mysterious plot of land called Area 51 where there may or may not be aliens alive in captivity or dead on a dissection table (or floating in a cool tube of ambiguous liquid). Earth-based alien horror is a field the 50s mined thoroughly, and yet for some reason Hollywood seems reticent to return to those fertile grounds to try their hand again. Don’t get me wrong, E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial was sweet, and Mars Attacks was funny, but considering that the genre is done wrong more often than right, it’s time for someone to step up and give this subgenre another good entry. Otherwise, we’re going to keep getting dreck like 51, a Syfy-produced flick in the After Dark Originals catalog that despite a few entertaining bits just drags along and will only disappoint »

- Lex Walker

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