The Hollywood Reporter told us that Paramount has hired screenwriter Michael R. Perry and director Kevin Greutert to create the sequel to 2009’s biggest surprise hit, “Paranormal Activity,” which scared up $151 million in worldwide grosses in the fall on a shoestring $15,000 budget and a shrewd, opt-in Web marketing campaign.
And Paramount revealed that the sequel will be released on Oct. 22 just in time for Halloween!
Sure, Jason Blum and Oren Peli, the team behind the original "Paranormal Activity," are producing the second, but...um...this is horrible news! Paramount is just cashing in on the popularity of the first film, but has the studio stopped and pondered about the fate of "The Blair Witch Project?"
Like "Paranormal," 1999's "Blair Witch" was considered a pop culture phenomenon. Shot on a shoe-string budget, the film made gazillion of dollars, just like "Paranormal."
And then, of course, the inevitable sequel followed, the horrendous "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2." Like "Paranormal," the original creative team was attached to the sequel, but it didn't help.
The magic was gone.
So note to Paramount, if you're thinking of building a formidable franchise surrounding "Paranormal Activity," put time and effort behind it. Don't just release a sequel for the purpose of releasing a film on Halloween!
Stop, take a breath, and then see if the people you hired are qualified to create the sequel. If not, go back to the drawing board.
Or better yet? Stop thinking of making part 2!
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The sequel to one of the most popular franchises will arrive on DVD March 20th. "The Twilight Saga" New Moon" will have a Two-Disc Special Edition DVD and Special Edition Blu-Ray Featuring a Six-Part Behind the Scenes Documentary,
The Saturday DVD release day of the film was decided so fans across the nation can celebrate with midnight release parties before taking home the film at 12:01 a.m.
Here's more from Summit:
The Twilight Saga: New Moon Two-Disc Special Edition DVD has a suggested retail price of $32.99, while the Special Edition Blu-ray is set at $34.99. Both are packed with bonus features that are sure to please even the most-hard core fans, including a revealing Audio Commentary with Director Chris Weitz and editor Peter Lambert; a riveting 6-part documentary that takes you behind the scenes; exclusive band rehearsal footage with Muse; and music videos from Death Cab for Cutie, Anya Marina and Mute Math.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen and Anna Kendrick. Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone and Kellan Lutz return to their roles in the Cullen family.
Here's more info on the "Twilight: New Moon" DVD,Blu-Ray:
· Audio Commentary by director Chris Weitz and editor Peter Lambert
· Six-Part Documentary takes you behind the scenes of the film
· Rehearsal Footage with Muse, who is featured on the hit soundtrack
· Three Music Videos from Death Cab for Cutie, Anya Marina and Mute Math
· And more!
Street Date: March 20, 2010
Order Due Date: January 19, 2010
Pre-sell Date: January 26, 2010
Feature Run Time: 130 minutes
MPAA Rating (USA): PG-13
DVD SRP: $32.99
DVD Cat # / UPC: 66113353 / 025192058158
Blu-Ray SRP: $34.99
Blu-Ray Cat # / UPC: 66113354 / 025192058165
DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Dolby Surround 2.0; Español Dolby Digital 5.1
Blu-Ray Audio: English DTS -HD Master Audio / English Dolby Surround 2.0 / Español Dolby Digital 5
DVD/BD Subtitles: English SDH & Español Subtitles
DVD/BD Aspect Ratio: 16x9 (2:40) Letterbox
About Summit Entertainment, LLC
Summit Entertainment, LLC is a worldwide theatrical motion picture development, financing, production and distribution studio. The studio handles all
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Principal photography is currently underway in London for "John Carter of Mars" from Walt Disney Pictures. Writer/director Andrew Stanton ("Finding Nemo," "Wall-E") will bring the captivating hero to the big screen.
Based on the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom Series,” the film chronicles the journey of Civil-War veteran John Carter, who finds himself battling a new and mysterious war amidst a host of strange Martian inhabitants.
The stellar ensemble cast is led by Taylor Kitsch (NBC’S “Friday Night Lights”, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) in the title role, Lynn Collins (“50 First Dates,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) as the warrior princess Dejah Thoris and Oscar® nominee Willem Dafoe (“Spider-Man 3,” “Shadow of a Vampire”) as Martian inhabitant Tars Tarkas.
The cast also includes Thomas Haden Church (“Sideways,” Spider-Man 3), Polly Walker (upcoming “Clash of the Titans,” “Patriot Games”), Samantha Morton (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” “In America”), Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Body of Lies”), Ciaran Hinds (“Munich,” “There Will Be Blood”), British actor Dominic West (“300,” “Chicago”), James Purefoy (“Vanity Fair,” “Resident Evil”) and Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”). Daryl Sabara (“Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” “Spy Kids”) takes the role of John Carter’s teenaged nephew, Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Here are some fun notes from Disney:
· Edgar Rice Burroughs was born in Chicago and is best known for writing and creating Tarzan – still one of the most successful and iconic fictional creations of all time. JOHN CARTER OF MARS is based on Burroughs’ first novel, “A Princess of Mars.”
· Academy Award®-winning director/writer Andrew Stanton directed and co-wrote the screenplay for “WALL•E,” which earned the Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award® for Best Animated Feature of 2008. He was Oscar® nominated for the screenplay. He made his directorial debut with “Finding Nemo,” garnering an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay and winning the Oscar® for Best Animated Feature Film of 2003. He was one of the four screenwriters to receive an Oscar® nomination in 1996 for his contribution to “Toy Story,” and went on to receive credit as a screenwriter on subsequent Pixar films “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo” and “WALL•E.” He served as co-director on “A Bug’s Life,” and was the executive producer of “Monsters, Inc.,” the 2006 Academy Award-winning “Ratatouille” and the 2009 smash hit “Up.”
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The 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced this year’s award winners. From January 5th to the 18th, the festival has screened 189 films from 70 countries, 40 of the 65 foreign language entries for this year's Academy Awards.
And the winners are:
Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Runner Up: The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner
Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature: The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Runner Up: Inside Hana's Suitcase
FIPRESCI Award for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year: Involuntary
FIPRESCI Award for Best Actor: Tedo Bekhauri, The Other Bank
FIPRESCI Award for Best Actress: Anne Dorval, I Killed My Mother
Bridging the Borders Award: Letters to Father Jacob
New Voices/New Visions Award: A Brand New Life
Honorable Mention: Devil's Town
John Schlesinger Award for Outstanding First Feature:
Haim Tabakman, Eyes Wide Open
Special Mentions: Caroline Bottaro, Queen to Play
Warwick Thornton, Samson & Delilah
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BEST FEATURE - DRAMA
"The Hurt Locker"
"Up in the Air"
BEST FEATURE - COMEDY
"(500) Days of Summer"
WINNER: "The Hangover"
"Julie & Julia"
ACTOR - DRAMA
WINNER: Jeff Bridges - "Crazy Heart"
George Clooney - "Up in the Air"
Colin Firth - "A Single Man"
Morgan Freeman - "Invictus"
Tobey Maguire - "Brothers"
ACTRESS - DRAMA
Emily Blunt - "The Young Victoria"
WINNER: Sandra Bullock - "The Blind Side"
Helen Mirren - "The Last Station"
Carey Mulligan - "An Education"
Gabourey Sidibe - "Precious"
ACTOR - COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Matt Damon - "The Informant!"
Daniel Day-Lewis - "Nine"
WINNER: Robert Downey Jr. - "Sherlock Holmes"
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - "500 Days of Summer"
Michael Stuhlbarg - "A Serious Man"
ACTRESS - COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Sandra Bullock - "The Proposal"
Marion Cotillard - "Nine"
Julia Roberts - "Duplicity"
Meryl Streep - "It's Complicated"
WINNER: Meryl Streep - "Julie & Julia"
DIRECTOR - MOTION PICTURE
Kathryn Bigelow - "The Hurt Locker"
WINNER: James Cameron - "Avatar"
Clint Eastwood - "Invictus"
Jason Reitman - "Up in the Air"
Quentin Tarantino - "Inglourious Basterds"
Matt Damon - "Invictus"
Woody Harrelson - "The Messenger"
Christopher Plummer - "The Last Station"
Stanley Tucci - "The Lovely Bones"
WINNER: Christoph Waltz - "Inglourious Basterds"
Penelope Cruz - "Nine"
Vera Farmiga - "Up in the Air"
Anna Kendrick - "Up in the Air"
WINNER: Mo'Nique - "Precious"
Julianne Moore - "A Single Man"
SCREENPLAY - MOTION PICTURE
Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell - "District 9"
Mark Boal - "The Hurt Locker"
Nancy Meyers - "It's Complicated"
WINNER: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner - "Up in the Air"
Quentin Tarantino - "Inglourious Basterds"
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"Baaria" (Italy) - Medusa Film; Summit Entertainment
"Broken Embraces" (Spain) - El Deseo SA; Sony Pictures Classics
"The Maid" (Chile) - Forastero; Elephant Eye Films
"A Prophet" (France) - Chic Films; Sony Pictures Classics
WINNER: "The White Ribbon" (Germany) - Wega Films; Sony Pictures Classics
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs"
"Fantastic Mr. Fox"
"The Princess and the Frog"
WINNER: Michael Giacchino - "Up"
Marvin Hamlisch - "The Informant!"
James Horner - "Avatar"
Abel Korzeniowski - "A Single Man"
Karen O, Carter Burwell - "Where The Wild Things Are"
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Cinema Italiano" from "Nine" - Music & Lyrics by: Maury Yeston
"I Want to Come Home" from "Everybody's Fine" - Music & Lyrics by: Paul McCartney
"I Will See You" from "Avatar" - Music by: James Horner, Simon Franglen; Lyrics by: James Horner, Simon Franglen, Kuk Harrell
WINNER: "The Weary Kind" from "Crazy Heart" - Music & Lyrics by: Ryan Bingham, T Bone Burnett
"Winter" from "Brothers" - Music by: U2; Lyrics by: Bono
TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA
WINNER: "Mad Men"
TELEVISION SERIES - COMEDY OR MUSICAL
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA
Simon Baker - "The Mentalist"
WINNER: Michael C. Hall - "Dexter"
Jon Hamm - "Mad Men"
Hugh Laurie - "House"
Bill Paxton - "Big Love"
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA
Glenn Close - "Damages"
January Jones - "Mad Men"
WINNER: Julianna Margulies - "The Good Wife"
Anna Paquin - "True Blood"
Kyra Sedgwick - "The Closer"
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES - COMEDY OR MUSICAL
WINNER: Toni Collette - "United States of Tara"
Courteney Cox - "Cougar Town"
Edie Falco - "Nurse Jackie"
Tina Fey - "30 Rock"
Lea Michele - "Glee"
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES - COMEDY OR MUSICAL
WINNER: Alec Baldwin - "30 Rock"
Steve Carell - "The Office"
David Duchovny - "Californication"
Thomas Jane - "Hung"
Matthew Morrison - "Glee"
MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
WINNER: "Grey Gardens"
"Into the Storm"
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
WINNER: Kevin Bacon - "Taking Chance"
Kenneth Branagh - "Wallander: One Step Behind"
Chiwetel Ejiofor - "Endgame"
Brendan Gleeson - "Into The Storm"
Jeremy Irons - "Georgia O'Keeffe"
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Joan Allen - "Georgia O'Keeffe"
WINNER: Drew Barrymore - "Grey Gardens"
Jessica Lange - "Grey Gardens"
Anna Paquin - "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler"
Sigourney Weaver - "Prayers for Bobby"
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Jane Adams - "Hung"
Rose Byrne - "Damages"
Jane Lynch - "Glee"
Janet McTeer - "Into The Storm"
WINNER: Chloe Sevigny - "Big Love"
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Michael Emerson - "Lost"
Neil Patrick Harris - "How I Met Your Mother"
William Hurt - "Damages"
WINNER: John Lithgow - "Dexter"
Jeremy Piven - "Entourage"
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