17 items from 2014
This weekend should belong to newcomers “3 Days to Kill” and “Pompeii,” but considering neither got much of a promotional push, “The Lego Movie” will come out on top yet again. “3 Days to Kill” could wind up being “From Paris with Love” all over again for Luc Besson. Should that be the case, it’ll kick off its run with just about $9 million. As for “Pompeii,” that one might follow in the footsteps of one of Paul W.S. Anderson’s latest releases, “The Three Musketeers.” “Pompeii’s” got a little less competition than “Three Musketeers” did back in October of 2011 when it faced off against “Paranormal Activity 3,” so it [ Read More ]
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- Perri Nemiroff
The story centers on a teenager named Vee, who is lured in to join a global, online game of truth or dare, where an audience of "watchers" around the globe vote and comment on her performance. She is teamed up with a young man named Ian, and as they continue to advance through the game, they realize they just might be playing with their lives, as the game grows more and more dangerous. The book was published in 2012 by Penguin, and has been translated into six different languages.
The story follows a high school senior wallflower who joins a global online game of truth or dare while an audience of 'watchers' vote and comment.
She becomes a sensation, but the game evolves to the point that she finds herself in a dangerous life-threatening situation.
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- Garth Franklin
They first nabbed the filmmaking world’s attention with controversial Sundance film Catfish, and parlayed that into work on Paranormal Activity 3 and 4. For a new gig, Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost want to pull off an even tougher task: creating a successful young adult novel adaptation with Nerve.Written by Jeanne Ryan, the book follows high school senior Vee, a girl more used to lingering on the edges of her class, never catching the eye of the popular set. To try to break out of her rut, she joins a global online game built around a provocative, amped-up version of truth or dare, which features an audience of “watchers” who vote for their favourites and comment on what’s going on.Soon, Vee becomes a sensation, advancing higher and higher, until she discovers that the game at the upper levels becomes something quire different. And because it would be »
The Hollywood Reporter writes that the Catfish duo Henry Joost and Ariel Shulman have signed on to direct Nerve, an adaptation of the Jeanne Ryan Ya novel. The book tells the story of a high school student who gets involved in an intense online game of truth or dare that quickly and dangerously elevates. Joost and Shulman have previously directed Paranormal Activity 3 and 4. All the while, Nev Shulman has been busy being excited about online liars. »
- Jesse David Fox
Some quick news is coming in regarding the new project from Paranormal Activity 3 and 4 directors Henry Joost and Ariel Shulman. THR is reporting that Lionsgate has tapped the directing team to helm Nerve.
Nerve is the company's adaptation of the Jeanne Ryan Ya novel being produced by Allison Shearmur.
The novel tells of a high school senior wallflower who, in an attempt to broaden her horizons, joins a global online game of provocative truth or dare while an audience of "watchers" vote and comment. But as she becomes a sensation and advances higher and higher, the game evolves, and soon she finds herself in a dangerous and life-ending situation.
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- Uncle Creepy
With only two installments left in the highly lucrative Hunger Games series, Lionsgate/Summit is continuing to mine Ya properties for feature film fare, and now Heat Vision reports that Lionsgate has tapped Catfish directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman to direct an adaptation of the Jeanne Ryan novel Nerve. The story revolves around a high school senior who takes part in a global online game of truth or dare that plays out as “watchers” vote and comment (with her fate left to internet commenters, what could possibly go wrong?). As the game escalates and the girl advances higher and higher, she finds herself in grave danger. Joost and Schulman followed up the provocative Catfishwith Paranormal Activity 3 and Paranormal Activity 4, but they’re currently in pre-production on an untitled thriller for Blumhouse so Nerve likely won’t be their next film. That being said, this certainly feels like »
- Adam Chitwood
2013 marked the first year fans didn't get to see a Paranormal Activity movie since the micro-budget franchise first launched in 2009. Thankfully, there will be a double-dose of found-footage fright this year, with the recently-released spin-off Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and Paranormal Activity 5, arriving in theaters October 25. As is normally the case, no plot details have been confirmed regarding Paranormal Activity 5, although today we do have information about the new characters Paramount and the producers are currently casting.
The main characters are Ryan, a video game designer who recently relocated his family from New York to Palo Alto, California, for his new job at Rockstar Games. The producers are seeking an actor between the ages of 26 and 31 to play the character, who is described as a "big kid." Ryan's wife Emily is described as somewhat of a hippie who is into organic food, yoga, the arts and music, »
I have to admit, I didn’t expect much going into Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. In my eyes, the franchise had been on a steady decline since Oren Peli’s original, which absolutely haunted my nightmares – wait, no. Paranormal Activity made sleep just a tempting fantasy as I laid in my bed clutching my blanket over my eyes, so I couldn’t even reach the nightmare stage – I was just scared. After that, each sequel seemed to lose that spark of inventive horror, even though a new camera gimmick was introduced each time. In a way, I thought the technology removed that inherent terror, as I slowly became bored with Katie, Hunter, and all the witching hour dramatics.
- Matt Donato
"...June 2012, at a party in Oxnard, California, a woman dies in the apartment beneath the party, with party goers taking their cameras to investigate. They discover items associated with black magic rituals, even the missing tapes from 'Paranormal Activity 3'.
"When 'Jesse' discovers an inhuman bite mark on his arm, strange forces pursue him while his loved ones attempt to save him..."
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- Michael Stevens
For a long time, the "Paranormal Activity" franchise has seemed as unstoppable at the box office as those malevolent spirits that keep dragging those poor folks around in front of conveniently placed camcorders. Indeed, some pundits expected the newest installment, this weekend's "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones," to earn as much as $24 million and open at No. 1 on the box office chart.
Instead, the film opened at the low end of the range of predictions, with an estimated $18.2 million and settling for second place, behind Disney's seven-week-old "Frozen," which earned an estimated $20.7 million at the box office and achieved the rare feat of returning to the top spot a month after having vacated it.
This isn't the first sign of trouble for the horror franchise. While the initial "Paranormal Activity" slowly built momentum as it expanded across the country, all the sequels since have enjoyed instant nationwide releases. "Paranormal Activity 2" opened north of $40 million, »
- Gary Susman
With much of the Northeast under a blanket of snow, it's fitting that Disney Animation's Frozen made its way back in to first place this weekend. Not far behind was Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, which continued the trend of declining grosses for this five-year-old franchise.As usual with bad weather, it's unclear what impact the snow had on the box office this weekend. The Top 10 holdovers dropped an average of 37 percent this weekend; on the same weekend last year, the Top 10 holdovers declined 36 percent. While that doesn't definitively prove anything, it does suggest that the "snow effect" probably isn't significant.In first place, Frozen added $19.6 million. That's the third-highest sixth weekend ever behind Avatar ($34.9 million) and Titanic ($25.2 million). Frozen is also the first movie to hold the top spot on its sixth weekend since Avatar did so back in January 2010. Frozen has now earned $296.7 million at the domestic box office, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Not once after exiting the theater from a screening of Paranormal Activity did I think Oren Peli’s micro-budget horror would become the new reigning horror franchise. Funny how all that has changed five years, four sequels (five come this October), and hundreds of jump-scares later. Ain’t that the way? Did anyone think Saw would turn into the mammoth series it became, or hell, any film that’s been followed with a multitude of numerical successors? With that digression out of the way, I once again found myself seated at the midnight premiere for the latest installment: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. Touted as a spinoff from the demonic doings of Katie and Toby, The Marked Ones is actually more of a sequel than Paranormal Activity 4 as it greatly expands upon the mythology while tying quite nicely into the main storyline.
While there are quite a few returning faces lurking throughout, »
- Justin Edwards
My preferred way of opening a review of a sequel is to quickly run through the whole franchise, just to bring us all to to speed and perhaps offer some perspective in regard to the latest chapter. But at this point the Paranormal Activity quartet just sort of congeals together into a blob that feels like Part 1 (with a lamer ending than I saw) followed by three similar films that all have their moments of creepiness, cleverness, creativity ... and talking. Lots and lots of talking. But what comes next after Paranormal Activity (2007), Paranormal Activity 2 (2010), Paranormal Activity 3 (2011), and Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)? Why, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, of course. A franchise isn't a franchise these days unless it's spewing out sequels *and* spinoffs.
But the movie is what matters, obviously, and if Blumhouse/Paramount want to keep giving me another "found footage" ghost story every year (this year we'll »
- Scott Weinberg
Review Mark Harrison 3 Jan 2014 - 08:39
Last year came and went without any progression of the Paranormal Activity behemoth in cinemas. There was a teaser for this “Latin-American oriented” spin-off in the credits of 2012's Paranormal Activity 4, but it was pushed back from its original release date to the now-lucrative horror month of January.
And so, The Marked Ones serves as the series' first offering of 2014, with Paranormal Activity 5 to follow on its traditional Halloween-ish release date. The filmmakers have described the spin-off as a “cousin” to the series' main storyline, set within the same universe.
In the tradition of introducing new characters in each instalment, our protagonists are Jesse (Andrew Jacobs) and Hector, (Jorge Diaz) two teens who film themselves dicking around in their apartment complex in Oxnard, »
I’ve had a bit of a love-hate relationship with Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity franchise ever since the first horrifying incident featuring Micah, Katie, and the invisible demon destroying their relationship. To save you all a bland history lesson, Paranormal Activity caused me countless sleepless nights and Paranormal Activity 2 asserted itself as an adept horror watch, but I’m one of the few people who thinks Paranormal Activity 3 started a lame downward slide, and Paranormal Activity 4, well – woof. There’s a reason why I came into Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones with minimal enthusiasm and low expectations, but much to my surprise, writer/director Christopher Landon boldly reinvigorates a franchise quickly becoming bland, boring, and without any innovation – until now.
- Matt Donato
Midnight Update: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones earned $1.2 million from late Thursday shows. That's noticeably lower than The Devil Inside, which brought in $2 million at midnight on the same weekend in 2012. Inclement weather may have had an impact, as much of the Northeast was under at least a half foot of snow. Still, Paramount is now expecting mid-teen-millions for The Marked Ones, which would be way off from Paranormal Activity 4's $29 million debut.Forecast: After taking a break from theaters in 2013, the Paranormal Activity franchise is back on the first weekend of the new year. The spin-off, subtitled The Marked Ones, will likely leverage the strong Paranormal brand and some fairly creepy previews in to a first place debut ahead of a handful of 2013 holdovers. Grosses may be a bit muted, though, by a blizzard that could put most of the Northeast under around a foot of snow.Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
17 items from 2014
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