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Netflix streaming is upping the ante this December, adding enough high-profile TV shows and movies to more than make up for last month's lackluster offerings.
On the movie side, highlights include Will Ferrell and gang in "Anchorman 2," the Heath Ledger-starring "A Knight's Tale," Cameron Crowe classic "Almost Famous," Oscar-winning "American Beauty," and horror hits "Oculus" and "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones." Oh, and let's not forget '80s classic "Troop Beverly Hills," '90s cult favorite "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion," or Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street."
And there's plenty to love about what's coming on the TV front: "American Horror Story: Coven" finally gets its day on Netflix, "Sharknado 2" storms its way to streaming, and Brit hit "Broadchurch" finally lands stateside. Oh, and December sees the premiere of the hotly anticipated Netflix Original series "Marco Polo" on the 12th.
Here's a much »
- Tim Hayne
Over the last full weekend in October, low-budget supernatural horror movie Ouija led the box office with $19.9 million.John Wick wound up in second place, while Bill Murray's St. Vincent did well in its nationwide expansion.The top 12 earned $103.2 million this weekend, which is up nine percent from last year. This caps off a very strong month at the box office: October 2014 is already the highest-grossing October ever, and still has five days left to add to its record-setting number.Playing at 2,858 theaters, Ouija took first place with $19.9 million. This is the second-biggest horror debut of the year ahead of January's Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones ($18.3 million); it's also above recent October releases Sinister ($18 million) and Carrie ($16.1 million).With its young cast, PG-13 rating, and pre-Halloween release date, Ouija was a strong option for teenage moviegoers. Universal executed a targeted marketing effort that focused heavily on social media, including »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
1999 seems so far away now. At the fag end of the millennium, it was the year that gave us Stanley Kubrick's posthumous final opus, Britney Spears's first album and Hugh Grant playing the iconic Time Lord in a Doctor Who Comic Relief special. That wretched song 'Blue' by Eiffel 65 was violating our ears. It also saw a micro-budget (reportedly $35k) film creep into UK cinemas on October 22 and change the horror genre forever. The debate rages on whether that was for better or worse.
The Blair Witch Project's financial rewards were huge, with the film grossing $10,931 for every $1 spent according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Yet its cultural impact was arguably more staggering. In an age when the Internet was in its mass-market infancy and mobile phones were a luxury bearing the game Snake, it was felt that the horror genre had nothing new »
Even the name “Hollows Grove” doesn’t sound like a pleasant place to visit.
In a found footage-style horror film, it follows a group of paranormal activity investigators into a haunted children’s hospital.
Here’s the full synopsis:
A young filmmaker, Harold Maxwell is filming a behind-the-scenes documentary about his friends - the Spirit and Paranormal Investigation Team, (S.P.I.T) and their ghost hunting reality show. Harold joins the S.P.I.T crew as they head out to their next assignment, to film an old, abandoned and supposedly haunted orphanage, Hollows Grove. Soon after arriving at the orphanage the team begins to realize that what they thought would be a routine investigation is turning in to a nightmare from which they can’t escape.
- Gig Patta
Scouts vs. Zombies is one living dead tale that won’t stay still. The film was recently pushed out of its March 13th slot by Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, with Paramount penciling in the coming-of-age zombie movie for February 20th. But now the film has shambled to another release date that’s fitting for the film, though it means fans will have to wait longer to see it.
According to Box Office Mojo, Scouts vs. Zombies will now come out on October 30th, 2015. Directed by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones), Scouts vs. Zombies stars Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan, Sarah Dumont, David Koechner, Cloris Leachman, Halston Sage, and Patrick Schwarzenegger.
The story follows “three scouts who, on the eve of their last camp out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak.” We’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements. »
- Derek Anderson
Women made up 60% of “Gone Girl’s” opening crowd and 51% of “Annabelle’s” premiere audience. The films bowed to $38 million and $37.2 million, respectively, among the best October debuts in history.
This follows on the heels of premieres for such recent hits as “The Maze Runner” (51% female), “The Equalizer” (48% female) and “No Good Deed” (60% female), which demonstrate that women will turn out for films in a wide variety of genres with as much if not more consistency than their male counterparts.
“Once again, female audience are driving the box office and not just with young adult movies or films aimed just at women, such as romantic comedies,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “The female audience is vitally »
- Brent Lang
<< Continued from "Weekend Forecast"At the domestic box office, at least, Gone Girl will face stiff competition from Annabelle, which opens at 3,185 locations.The movie's biggest selling point is the fact that it's a prequel to 2013 horror sensation The Conjuring (it shows the origin story of that movie's creepy doll). That movie opened to $41.9 million last July, then held well on its way to a $137.4 million total. It has had a robust post-theatrical life as well, and currently has a strong 7.5 rating on IMDb (in comparison, Insidious and Sinister both have a 6.8 rating).Aside from highlighting the Conjuring connection ("Before The Conjuring, there was Annabelle"), marketing has attempted to highlight Annabelle's scares by showing audience reactions during the movie. While that's an effective strategy, it can't completely make up for the fact that Annabelle doesn't seem to have any moments on par with the clap game from The Conjuring.Annabelle »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It’s not been a good year from the genre, with all of the releases taking under $20 million in their opening weekend and no more than $32 million overall domestically. Last year saw horror perform really well with films like Insidious: Chapter 2 ($40 million), Mama (£28 million), Evil Dead ($27 million) and Texas Chainsaw 3D ($21 million), all topping the Us box office in their opening weekends.
That all looks to change though with experts claiming that Annabelle is set to take roughly $25 million.
Here’s the other big releases of the year:
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones ($18 million opening, $32 million overall)
Devil’s Due ($8 million opening, $16 million overall)
Oculus ($12 million opening, $28 million overall)
The Quiet Ones ($4 million opening, $9 million overall)
Deliver Us From Evil ($10 million opening, »
- Luke Owen
The latest installment in the Paranormal Activity franchise is getting a spookier name, but a less spooky release date. The movie, now titled Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, is moving from Oct. 25, 2014 to March 13, 2015, EW has confirmed. So, while it won’t be in theaters to frighten audiences this Halloween, it could prove a frightening alternative to, say, Disney’s live-action Cinderella. The shift means that Paramount is bumping its Scouts vs. Zombies from that March date to Feb. 20, 2015. Scouts vs. Zombies is about—what else?—boy scouts fighting zombies.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension was originally titled »
- Esther Zuckerman
The Paranormal Activity 5 release date has been pushed yet again, but Paramount has also given a title to the found footage sequel, which likely signals this release date will (hopefully) stick. The follow-up will be titled Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and will now open in theaters on March 13, 2015 instead of October 25th of this year (which didn’t seem likely to happen anyway). The pic will square off at the box office against Disney’s live-action Cinderella and Ron Howard’s sea-set drama In the Heart of the Sea with Chris Hemsworth. This latest chapter in the supernatural franchise marks the directorial debut of Gregory Plotkin, who produced the last three installments in the series. This is the next proper sequel after Paramount went the spinoff route earlier this year with Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. As always, plot details are non-existent, but given the Blumhouse Productions model, »
- Adam Chitwood
Labor Day is considered the end of summer, which means fall, our favorite season, is just around the corner. And it's also time to cast your votes for the sixth annual Reaper Awards, running now through October 17th. Winners will be announced just prior to Halloween on October 27th.
From the Press Release:
The Reaper Awards, honoring the best horror and thriller titles of the past year on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, are presented by Home Media Magazine and DreadCentral.com. Eligible titles were released between August 1, 2013, and July 31, 2014.
Results of the consumer vote will be combined with the selections of a judging panel of horror experts and home entertainment reviewers. The panel of judges will also select a Title of the Year.
Note that titles were submitted by participating studios, and if you believe a title is missing from the list, it may be due to the studio not submitting it for consideration. »
- Debi Moore
Lifetime just unveiled the first five minutes from its upcoming "Saved By the Bell" movie, called "Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story," giving us a glimpse at how the show started and the success that followed. Check out the trailer below. Dylan Everett ("Degreassi: The Next Generation") will play Mark-Paul Gosselaar/Zack Morris, Sam Kindseth ("Shameless") is Dustin Diamond/Screech, Julian Works (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) is Mario Lopez/AC Slater, Alyssa Lynch (The High Jumping Witch) is Tiffani Amber Thiessen/Kelly Kapowski, Tiera Skovbye ("Supernatural") is Elizabeth Berkley/Jessie Sapano, and Taylor Russell McKenzie (Blink) is Lark Voorhies/Lisa Turtle. Watch the movie on September 1st at 9pm Et/Pt on Lifetime. Video: »
Following the first clip and trailer released earlier this month, Lifetime has debuted the first five minutes of their new TV movie The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, before its premiere on Monday, September 1 at 9 Pm Et.
The movie starts off in the year 1990, as the Saved by the Bell cast gets ready for their first public appearance, unaware if their show is actually a hit or not in these pre-Internet times. There is even a nod to Zack Morris' infamous "time out" bit, before this extended clip goes back to 1988, which reveals that the show originally centered on the teachers of Bayside High. Take a look at the first scenes from The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story before the TV movie debuts on Labor Day.
While most studios in Hollywood are betting on superheroes to save the box office, Universal Pictures is doubling down on creature features.
This month, the studio acquired rights to Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” book series. In July, it announced plans to create a Marvel-like cinematic universe around Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Invisible Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon. At the same time, the studio inked an eyebrow-raising 10-year, first-look deal with microbudget horror producer Jason Blum, whose Blumhouse Films is behind the profitable “Paranormal Activity,” “Sinister,” “Insidious” and “The Purge” franchises. Last summer, the studio lured Legendary Entertainment into the fold, and now the production firm is co-financing U’s “Jurassic World” and “Dracula Untold,” and has its own upcoming thrillers, including “As Above, So Below” and King Kong tentpole “Skull Island,” which Universal will release.
As Disney, Fox, Sony and Warner Bros. plant flags »
- Marc Graser
With Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones making an early 2014 debut instead of the usual Halloween release, it looks as though there’s an open market for simple but effective horror. Universal are certainly hoping that their Ouija is the film to fill such a slot. Based on the popular ghost summoning device that is sold in the Us as a child’s toy under the Parker Brothers banner, the same people responsible for Monopoly and Cluedo, Ouija boards have developed an infamous reputation with connections to the occult and Satanists. More sceptical folk see it as a game in which kids try and frighten each other by pushing the pieces around and creating messages from ghosts and ghouls.
Universal are taking it the direct horror route as this preview clearly shows. There’s plenty of unsettling imagery, but will there be enough plot and character to be truly involving? The »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Following the first clip released earlier this month, Lifetime has debuted the first trailer for their upcoming TV movie The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, which airs Monday, September 1 at 9 Pm Et on Lifetime.
While Saved by the Bell became a big hit, and made stars out of cast members Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario López, Dustin Diamond, Lark Voorhies, Elizabeth Berkley and Tiffani Thiessen, this TV movie explores all of the turmoil behind-the-scenes between these young actors. Check out the latest footage before tuning in on Labor Day.
With casting by the original Saved by the Bell series' casting director, Robin Lippin (Lizzie McGuire), Dylan Everett (Degrassi: The Next Generation) is set to play Mark-Paul Gosselaar in the role of mischievous ringleader "Zack Morris." Sam Kindseth (Shameless) is Dustin Diamond, everyone's favorite geek and loveable sidekick "Screech." Julian Works (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Modern Family) fills the shoes »
Lifetime has released the first trailer for their upcoming look behind the scenes of the hit TV show "Saved by the Bell", The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, set to premiere Monday, September 1, at 9/8c on the channel known for its second-rate features and while I don't expect this to be any different I have an extreme level of curiosity considering I grew up watching this dumb show. While I'm sure most of you remember the original cast -- Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen, Elizabeth Berkeley, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond and Lark Voorhies -- the movie will star Dylan Everett (seen above) as Zack Morris, Alyssa Lynch as Kelly Kapowski, Julian Works (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) as A.C. Slater, Tiera Skovbye as Jessie Spano, Taylor Russell McKenzie as Lisa Turtle and Sam Kindseth as Screech Powers. It is said to be "unauthorized", but much of the story is »
- Brad Brevet
Even when you’re saved by the bell, it’s not all right.
Related Lifetime Takes on Marilyn Monroe: Upon Which Actress Do You Wish This No-Win Scenario?
In the sneak peek above, there’s some serious teenage tension going on at a photo shoot, not least of which includes a catfight between Lark Voorhies (played by Blink‘s Taylor Russell McKenzie) and Tiffani Thiessen (newcomer Alyssa Lynch). Plus, »
A new study has revealed that little has changed in Tinseltown in terms of offering up more diverse casting choices. Despite the fact that Hispanics make up a huge amount of the paying public, and have shown strong enthusiasm towards spending their money supporting whatever blockbusters are released, Hispanics only accounted for 4.9% of the speaking roles in last year's top 100 films. That figure is identical to what it was back in 2008- despite a strong surge in the Latino population here in the states.
Even when they do get roles, the women in particular are marginalized as eye candy. The study shows that Latinas are the highest-represented ethnicity when it comes to roles that feature some form of nudity.
"Part of the problem is conditioning. When you hear the names De Niro or Pacino, you automatically know it's an American movie," says actor Esai Morales. "But the minute you have »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Paramount, at one point, planned to release two Paranormal Activity installments this year; the spinoff Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones released back in January, but development on Paranormal Activity 5 has gone slower than anticipated. Slow enough that, at the 2014 CineEurope Conference in June, the studio announced that the sixth Paranormal Activity movie overall won’t be releasing until 2016. Well, it turns out that might not wind up being the case, either.
Bloody Disgusting‘s sources were originally reporting that Paramount and Blumhouse Productions – the company that specializes in such high profit/low investment horror/thriller offerings as the Paranormal Activity, The Purge, and Sinister franchises – have recently fast-tracked development on PA5, with the “very ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
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