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Paranormal Activity 5 Could Bid Farewell to Annual Halloween Release Schedule

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Paranormal Activity became an all important part of Halloween festivities ever since the release of the original film back in 2009. However, if the latest news is anything to go by, this looks likely to change. Whilst Paranormal Activity 5 has indeed been shot, it is starting to sound like Paramount may do away with the currently scheduled October 25 release date.

According to The Wrap the highly anticipated sequel went down well at a number of test screenings but, given the fact that Paranormal Activity 4 was the lowest grossing entry in the franchise yet, Paramount don’t want to waste a potentially long term franchise by rushing out sloppy sequels just to ensure they make cinemas in time for Halloween.

In terms of plot, the fifth entry is most likely to continue Katie’s long-running story dealt with in all four predecessors. Having said that, a Latino based spin-off was teased at the end of the Paranormal Activity 4 credits so new ground could be covered.

Should Paramount postpone the film’s release The Wrap suggest that it is more than likely to pick up a January 6, 2014 slot which worked wonders for The Devil Inside last year. We’ll let you know if what happens as release dates get confirmed.

Do you think Halloween is such an important factor when deciding the release date for important horror franchises? We think not.

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Attack of the Sequels: The Conjuring 2, Tron 3 and Dumb and Dumber To

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The soon-to-be-released horror film The Conjuring, from Saw and Insidious director James Wan has created quite the buzz, racking up rave reviews after its debut at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival. Already being lauded as the most terrifying studio horror film in years, in the quickly growing trend of late, New Line have jumped on the bandwagon confirming that the movie has already been locked for at least a sequel.

The Conjuring is based on a case the real life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren researched, and New Line’s intention is for the next film to draw on their case files for more juicy material (the pair’s cases already inspired films such as The Amityville Horror and The Haunting in Connecticut), New Line president Toby Emmerich confirmed this stating they had already gained permission from Lorraine Warren to go ahead with a sequel.

No news of Wan coming back to direct and it certainly isn’t looking too feasible right now, particularly given his current involvement in Fast and Furious 7, but the original scribes, Carey Hayes and Chad Hayes, are expected to pen the sequel.

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With his work on Oblivion completed, director Joseph Kosinski‘s is all set to take on two more same genre projects: Tron 3 and Disney’s The Black Hole revamp.

Kosinski has confirmed that both of these projects are currently in the writing stages with The Black Hole being adapted by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, The Darkest Hour) whilst, lesser know scribe, Jesse Wigutow, is tackling Tron.

The director went on to suggest that the Tron follow-up would carry on pretty much from where Legacy left off, expanding on the idea “in a really exciting way.”

Whilst no release date has been announced yet, it is expected that Garrett Hedlund will reprise the lead role as Sam Flynn.

Dumb and Dumber To

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Whilst Dumb and Dumber To was swiftly saved by Universal and Red Granite recently, a spanner has been thrown into the works yest again. Production company Red Granite has taken it upon themselves to sue the original Dumb and Dumber producers Steve Stabler and Brad Krevoy to keep them well and truly out of the sequel mix.

Why? According to the company, Stabler and Krevoy threatened to take legal action unless they were credited as producers for the sequel. Despite the lawsuit, for the moment it looks like pre-production will still commence next week. We’ll keep you informed should these plans change at all.

We’ll leave you with a featurette providing an in-depth look at the aforementioned inspiration for The Conjuring, Lorraine Warren, as played by Vera Farmiga in the film. The Conjuring will be scaring UK audiences this August 2nd.

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‘Elysium’ Director/Writer Neill Blomkamp Confirms Work on ‘District 10’

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The success of 2009’s Best Picture nominated District 9 fuelled a barrage of talks of a follow-up. Now, some four years later, the film’s director Neill Blomkamp has confessed he and his wife and co-writer Terri Tatchell have penned an 18-page treatment for a sequel, aptly titled District 10.

Likely partly the result of his previous involvement in a Halo movie adaptation, the director firmly turned down an offer from Simon Kinberg to get involved in Star Wars in order to pursue more original projects such as Elysium which hits cinemas next month, starring Matt Damon.

Talking about his original involvement in the Halo project his thoughts on already established franchises were made clear:

“When something pre-exists, there’s this idea of ‘I have my interpretation of what that is,’ but along with it comes like 150 other people involved with the film’s interpretation of the same intellectual property and then the entire film-going audience has their interpretation that you can live up to or fail in their eyes. And that part of it isn’t appealing to me. But the original pieces are appealing.”

Whilst the aforementioned 18-page plot is top secret, the director kindly confirmed that it’s “really fucking cool.” He went on to suggest that we shouldn’t hold our breath just yet as he wants to toy with plenty of other original ideas before deciding on which direction to settle on.

Aside from Elysium, Blomkamp is currently sorting out another sci-fi project, Chappie, based on the his short film Terta Vaal, a faux advertisement for a force of robots serving the police and developing slum nations around the world. An actor obviously close to his heart, District 9 and Elysium star Sharlto Copley, is already attached to play the lead as a police robot alongside Dev Patel who will play a young man living in one of the third world nations. Blomkamp is also eyeing up the possibility of a puppet comedy, Mild Oats, in the near future.

We’ll leave you with Blomkamp’s Terta Vaal faux advertisement to give you a taste of Chappie.

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Production to Resume for ‘Friday the 13th’ Sequel

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In brief: Believe it or not production on the Friday the 13th sequel to the 2009 revamp is back on track.

Following Warner Bros. and New Line returning the film rights to Paramount so as to get in on a piece of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar Platinum Dunes are reported to be producing the Vorhees sequel. The big question is when the company will go ahead and the answer, according to Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller, is that they will begin as soon as their current projects, TMNT and Almanac are completed next month.

Are we excited or have we all lost faith in the franchise from so much umming and ahhing?

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3 ‘Seventh Son’ Comic-Con Supporting Character Banners

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Following the recent trailer for the upcoming mythical adventure film Seventh Son, which gave us a first look at the film’s key players, Ben Barnes, Jeff Bridges, and Julianne Moore, Warner Bros. and Legendary have released three banners in celebration of this week’s Comic-Con providing a look at three supporting cast members.

Directed by Sergey Bodrov, Seventh Son is inspired by the best-selling book The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney which relates tale of the seventh son of a seventh son as he learns to fight dark magic under the protective wing of Bridges’ character, Master Gregory.

The three new character banners below feature characters portrayed by Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Djimon Hounsou (Elephant White, Push) and Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina). Click on each image for the fill sized version.

UPDATE: Since this, a further two character banners have been released, namely those of Antje Traue and Ben Barnes. Both have been added below for your viewing pleasure.

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Seventh Son will do battle in UK cinemas this October 25th before heading to the US on January 17th, 2014.

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Stallone Tweets Hints of Mel Gibson’s Attachment to ‘The Expendables 3’

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Sylvester Stallone has taken to Twitter once more to tease the upcoming sequel The Expendables 3.
Sly’s latest tweet read as follows:


While this is by no means 100% confirmation that Mel Gibson is on board for the film it certainly does appear to back up previous reports that he was in negotiations to play the villain this time round. As soon as Stallone lets any more information loose on Twitter or elsewhere we’ll let you know. To date, The Expendables 3 will star Stallone, Jason Statham, Jackie Chan, Mickey Rourke, Nicolas Cage, Wesley Snipes, and Milla Jovovich, slated for an August 15, 2014 release date.

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James Wan’s ‘Fast & Furious 7’ Will be a Gritty ’70s Revenge Thriller

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With James Wan’s next horror flick The Conjuring all set to creep US audiences out this weekend, the director has been attending press interviews left right and centre. During said interviews he let slip a few comments about what direction he wants to go in the seventh installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, further to Justin Lin‘s departure.

Although the news of the new director came as quite the surprise to most fans of the franchise, given his penchant for low-budget horror affairs, Wan confirms the next film will certainly have its own unique style whilst the fans amassed so far will still be able to relate and enjoy his take.

“I really like the theme of this next one that we’re going with … there’s the drive of Number Seven, which was set up at the end of Number Six, which is a classic revenge story. I’m a big [genre] fan, so that’s how I’m approaching it: I’m looking at it like a gritty, ’70s revenge thriller, but one that still fits into the ‘Fast and Furious’ series.”

Talking of his love for ’70s revenge thrillers, Wan went on to cite the likes of The French Connection and Death Wish as influences for Fast ‘Number Seven’. Looking back at Wan’s past films the most similar project he has done to date was 2007’s Death Sentence, which starred Kevin Bacon as a father out to serve justice in teh aftermath of the brutal killing of his son.

We’ll keep you updated should Wan spill any more beans over the course of the week in the run up to The Conjuring. The director also has the horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 2 (written by Leigh Whannell) in store for audiences, released in the UK and US on the 13th of September so there’s plenty to be excited about.

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Original ‘Predator’ Movie 3D Blu-Ray Details to be Revealed at Comic-Con

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All eyes are on this week’s San Diego Comic-Con and today brings some surprising yet excellent news. Predators the Movie Facebook page has now revealed, in the form of a teaser poster, that something will be announced at this year’s festival in relation to the Predator franchise.

Thie image in the teaser poster features a satellite map of the exact location of the Comic-Con convention centre in San Diego in the instantly recognisable Predator heat vision. The text used to promote this surprise announcement lifts a quote from Sonny Landham‘s character, Billy, in the original 1987 Predator film so what’s it all about? Well it turns out that the original film is getting 3D Blu-ray treatment although no release date has been announced just yet.

In the meantime take a look at the teaser poster below and we’ll let you know as soon as more solid details are revealed.

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To celebrate the special 3D Blu-ray release Fox will be dedicating a jungle-themed booth to the film and its iconic extra-terrestrial. Not only that but fans will get the chance to buy custom-designed mini-figurines using photographs of participants and 3-D printing. All figurines will then be sent to customers at a later date. Here’s a sneak peak of what to expect.

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Johnny Depp in Final Mad Hatter Discussions for ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Sequel

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In brief: It looks like Johny Depp could well be reprising his role as the Mad Hatter in a sequel to Tim Burton‘s 2010 adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.

According to Deadline the actor will be moving on from muddy waters, following the rather poor Lone Ranger box office results, as he is now in final talks to appear in aforementioned sequel. This comes further to the news that The Muppets director James Bobin (currently working on Muppets Most Wanted) would be helming the tentatively titled Into the Looking Glass with Mia Wasikowskia reprising her role as Alice and Linda Woolverton will be back to write the screenplay.

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Tom Cruise & Emily Blunt in New ‘All You Need Is Kill’ Image

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With Comic-Con preparing for blast of this week, the internet is becoming resident to all manner of sneak peeks, first looks, exclusive images, etc, etc…

Another film to get the sneak peek treatment, in the form of a new image of Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, is Doug Liman‘s All You Need Is Kill, an adaptation of the book by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. The film follows Cruise as a military officer, meeting his fate, in minutes, at the arms of an alien race in a doomed combat mission. His character awakes only to find himself having to relive the same day over and over again, giving him an opportunity not only to become a better soldier but possible change his fate.

The film, co-starring Charlotte Riley and Bill Paxton is set for a June 6, 2014 US release date. Whilst no release date has been confirmed for the UK it is now being reported that the international title of the film has been changed to Edge of Tomorrow which certainly makes a lot more sense as I can’t help getting a certain Beatles track out of my head with the original title.

Take a look at the brand new image of Cruise and Blunt below:

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Teri Hatcher Attends Special London Preview Screening of Disney’s ‘Planes’

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Taking a break from Wisteria Lane, Desperate Housewives’ Teri Hatcher, who provides the voice of forklift truck Dottie in Disney‘s latest animated adventure Planes, popped over for a special preview screening of the film yesterday at Leicester Square’s Odeon cinema.

She was also accompanied to the London premiere by Jake Wood (EastEnders), Linda Robson (Birds of a Feather) and Britain’s Got Talent finalists Gabz and Pre-Skool.

Commenting on her role, Hatcher said

“I love being a part of animated films and specifically Disney movies. I watched them when I was a kid, I watched them with my daughter when she was a kid, we still watch them. They tell such wonderful, fulfilling stories and the animation is so wonderful, so yeah, being a part of something where you think ‘my grandkids are going to watch this movie some day’, that’s a good thing.”

Planes will be touching down in the UK this August 16 but in the meantime sit back and enjoy our in-flight featurette including footage of the event, and a brief interview with Teri Hatcher.

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Plot Synopsis:

From above the world of “Cars” comes “Disney’s Planes,” an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.

You can find out all information as it is released over on the official Disney Facebook page and also on Twitter.

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Are You Ready Kids? SpongeBob Back to the Movies

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Are you ready kids? “Aye Aye Captain!”

Everyone’s favourite character who lives in a pineapple under the sea is will be back for sequel to 2004’s The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. According to the City of Savannah Film Office, the new film will be shot in the Savannah area iver the months of September, October and November this year.

According to the Savannah Film Services Director, Jay Self

“SpongeBob is a very successful international franchise and we are very excited to be working with Paramount on this project… We know from experience how valuable the investment and exposure generated by a project like this can be for our community.”

With the series now into its ninth season, all the main cast members such as Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, and Carolyn Lawrence are on board. Given the long list of physical and voice cameos in the original film with the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Alec Baldwin, Jeffrey Tambor and David ‘Jump In My Car’ Hasselhoff the same treatment should be expected for the sequel.

We’ll leave you with our favourite moment from the original movie which had to feature The Hoff of course.

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