You Demanded It! "Paranormal Activity" to Open Wider This Weekend! Is It Playing in Your Neighborhood? 

More than 230,000 fans demanded "Paranormal Activity" to be shown in their cities, so Paramount will open the film in 20 additional markets! Yay! (to see where it's playing now, click here)

Right now, it's scaring a bunch of college-age kids in many college town where the initial push for "Paranormal Activity" was held.

Written, directed, and produced by Oren Peli, the innovative thriller stars Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat as a young, middle class couple who moves into an unassuming tract house. But then, they become increasingly disturbed by a malevolent presence. Creepiness ensues!

"Paramount Activity" is opening in 20 different markets, but don't stop there! DEMAND IT MORE! Bring it to your city by visiting

Here's a list of the 20 new different markets to open this coming Friday, Oct. 2nd:

Los Angeles, CA (Arclight Hollywood)
New York, NY (AMC Empire)
Chicago, IL (AMC River East)
Dallas, TX (AMC Northpark)
Houston, TX (AMC Studio)
San Diego, CA (AMC Mission Valley)
Phoenix, AZ (Harkins Tempe Marketplace)
San Francisco, CA (AMC Metreon)
Philadelphia, PA (National Amusement Bridge)
Atlanta, GA (Atlantic Station)
Miami, FL (AMC Adventure)
San Antonio, TX (AMC Huebner Oaks)
Las Vegas, NV (Rave Town Square)
Minneapolis, MN (AMC Rosedale)
Denver, CO (Regal Continental)
Detroit, MI (AMC Forum)
DC/Baltimore (AMC Georgetown)
Sacramento, CA (Cinemark Complex 14)
San Jose, CA (AMC Mercado)
Tampa, FL (AMC Veterans)

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See New Teaser Trailer of "Nightmare on Elm Street" the Reboot!  

The new teaser trailer for "Nightmare on Elm Street" has just been released, and it shows Jackie Earle Haley in the role of our favorite boogeyman, Freddy Krueger.

This remake's from producer Michael Bay, so chances are, the film will be very sleek with not a whole lot of character or plot development.

But Haley is a good actor, so I'm looking forward to seeing this film, just to see how he'll adapt the role that Robert Englund made famous in the 80s. The reboot arrives in theaters April 30, 2010.

A Nightmare on Elm Street in HD

Movie's Description from New Line Cinema:

Freddy Krueger returns in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street,' a contemporary re-imagining of the horror classic. A group of suburban teenagers share one common bond: they are all being stalked by Freddy Krueger, a horribly disfigured killer who hunts them in their dreams. As long as they stay awake, they can protect one another…but when they sleep, there is no escape. Donning Freddy’s trademark fedora, red-and-green striped sweater, and four-bladed glove is Academy Award® nominee Jackie Earle Haley (“Little Children,” “Watchmen”).

The film is being directed by award-winning music video and commercial director Samuel Bayer (Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”), marking his feature film debut. The teens whose dreams are terrorized by Freddy Krueger are played by an ensemble of young actors, including Kyle Gallner (“The Haunting in Connecticut”), Katie Cassidy (“Taken,” TV’s “Supernatural”), Rooney Mara (“Urban Legend: Bloody Mary”), Thomas Dekker (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”), and Kellan Lutz (“Twilight,” upcoming “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”).

The supporting cast also includes veteran character actor Clancy Brown (“The Shawshank Redemption,” “Highlander”) and Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”). “A Nightmare on Elm Street” is based on characters created by Wes Craven in his 1984 sleeper horror hit. That film went on to become one of the horror genre’s longest-running, most successful and innovative film series, spawning seven sequels. Now, 25 years later, comes a contemporary incarnation of the Freddy Krueger origin story. Samuel Bayer is directing “A Nightmare on Elm Street” from a screenplay by Wesley Strick (“Cape Fear,” “Wolf”) and Eric Heisserer.

The film is produced by Platinum Dunes’ Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, whose company has enjoyed success with a number of re-imagined horror franchises, including “Friday the 13th,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and “The Amityville Horror.” The executive producers are Bob Shaye, Michael Lynne, and Mike Drake (“The Number 23,” “The Whole Nine Yards”). The co-producer is John Rickard.

The behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Jeff Cutter (“Gridiron Gang,” the upcoming “Orphan”), production designer Patrick Lumb (“Valkyrie,” “The Omen”), editor Glen Scantlebury (“Transformers,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”), costume designer Mari-An Ceo (“Friday the 13th,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning”), visual effects supervisor Sean Faden (“The Amityville Horror”), special makeup effects artist Andrew Clement (“Star Trek,” “Cloverfield”), and special effects coordinator John Milinac (“Friday the 13th,” “The Amityville Horror”).

Visit the official site

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Another Sunny Box-Office Weekend for "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" 

Movie fans returned for a second helping of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." Sony's 3-D animated film retained the No. 1 spot earning $24.6 million.

Based on the popular 1978 children's book by Judi and Ron Barrett, "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" led this weekend's film, and so far, has raised its domestic haul to $60 million after 10 days in theaters.

Meanwhile, the Bruce Willis robot thriller "Surrogates" opened at No. 2 with $15 million. Touchstone Pictures, the film's distributor, hoped it would open at No. 1 but they didn't forecast "Cloudy's" momentum. The animated film only dropped 19 percent from previous weekend.

And moviegoers didn't quite let "Fame" fly high at the box-office. The PG-rated remake of the 1980 musical opened at No. 3 with a lower-than-expected $10 million debut. MGM hoped for an opening around the $15 million range.

Another sad story of the weekend is Dennis Quaid's sci-fi film "Pandorum." The film wasn't shown to critics in advance, and even the audience agreed -- they did not support the film, opening at No. 6 with $4.8 million. Experts were predicting a high-single-digit opening for the Overture Films release.

But there's a good box-office story to be found in Michael Moore's documentary "Capitalism: A Love Story." The film opened stronly in limited release with a $240,000 weekend total in just four theaters! It has achieved the top per screen average this year with $60,000 and so far has made $306,586 in just its first five days. The film will expand to about 1,000 next weekend. It's a great documentary.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box Office list for weekend of Sept. 25:

1. "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," $24.6 million.

2. "Surrogates," $15 million.

3. "Fame," $10 million.

4. "The Informant!", $6.9 million.

5. "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself," $4.8 million.

6. "Pandorum," $4.4 million.

7. "Love Happens," $4.3 million.

8. "Jennifer's Body," $3.5 million.

9. "9," $2.8 million.

10. "Inglourious Basterds," $2.7 million.

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"Fame" (2009) Movie Review! I'm Gonna Learn How to Fly...HIGH!!! 

Yes, I danced! That alone should entice you to watch my review HA!

But thanks to my friends at the Palm Desert High School Dance Team, I had a great time shooting my "Fame" movie review.

Wish I had more fun watching the movie...oooohhhh...

But props to my fellow Filipino, Miss Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, for landing the role of Joy, an exuberant aspiring actress. She made me proud :happy

But what do I think of the production numbers? And the new cast? And how does "Fame" (2009) compare to the original 1980 film starring Irene Cara?

And which of the new cast members we'll remember the name...forever? Take a look!

Genres: Drama, Musical/Performing Arts, Remake and Teen
Running Time: 1 hr. 47 min.
Release Date: September 25th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic material including teen drinking, a sexual situation and language.
Distributors: United Artists Films, MGM Distribution Company

Check out "Fame's" official website right here.

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In-Depth Interviews with Director Jane Campion and Paul Schneider for "Bright Star" 

Not to sound cliche but it was truly a delight meeting Jane Campion, one of the three women directors to be ever nominated for a Best Director Oscar (the other two were Lina Wertmuller in 1976 for "Seven Beauties" and Sofia Coppola for 2003's "Lost in Translation").

Borrowing from the great romantic poet, John Keats, the subject of the director's "Bright Star," interviewing Campion was a thing of beauty and will definitely be a joy forever.

Campion was smart, provocative, brilliant. She hinted on quitting making movies right after 2003's "In the Cut." That would have been a tragedy.

So thank you to my friends at Palm Springs International Film Society for making these interviews happened. Actor Paul Schneider, who perfected a Scottish accent to play Keats' confidante, Charles Armitage Brown, was also a pleasure to talk to.

To read my review of "Bright Star," click here.

Here's my interview with Campion. We talked about:

*** Her inspiration for the film "Bright Star"
*** Why she waited long before making a follow-up film for 2003's "In the Cut"
*** She almost quit the business of making movies!
*** Her strong women characters
*** Making a film based on her script vs. someone else's script
*** She explains the line "there's a holiness to the heart's affections"
*** Her romantic impulse
*** Working with the luminous Abbie Cornish
*** What she thinks of Anna Paquin now, and her "True Blood" fame? She helped Paquin win her Oscar in 1993 for "The Piano."

Have fun :happy

And here's Schneider. We talked about:

*** Great film choices -- in just 2 years, he starred in "The Assassination of Jesse James," "Lars and the Real Girl," "Away We Go," and "Bright Star" -- all great movies!
*** His involvement with the film
*** How he prepared for his character
*** Working with Campion
*** Working on the hit NBC show, "Parks & Recreation"

"Bright Star"

Genres: Art/Foreign, Drama, Romance, Adaptation and Biopic
Running Time: 1 hr. 59 min.
Release Date: September 18th, 2009 (limited)
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, some sensuality, brief language and incidental smoking.

Visit the film's official site right here.

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