Director Josh Schwartz Talks About “Fun Size” 


Josh Schwartz makes his first full-feature film in Paramount/Nickelodeon’s “Fun Size,” a fun, teen comedy film that revolves around Halloween. The script by Max Werner was one of the Black List scripts of 2010, and now, it’s finally produced. Schwartz comes from the world of TV (“The O.C.,” “Gossip Girl,” “Chuck,” “Carrie Diaries”) brings his storytelling sensibilities to the big screen.

The cast includes Victoria Justice, Chelsea Handler, and Johnny Knoxville. “Fun Size” opens this Friday, Oct. 26th. In this interview, Josh and I talked about:

*** What made him choose “Fun Size” as his first full-feature film directing gig
*** Max Werner’s script
*** The John Hughes films
*** Perfect mix of drama and comedy
*** Chelsea Handler’s performance in the film
*** Johnny Knoxville’s character
*** The scene-stealer of the movie, the funny little kid, Jackson Nicoll
*** What is he going to be for Halloween?



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"Evil Dead" Teaser Trailer -- Lots of Blood and Gore! 
The best part about the teaser of the remake? Well, pretty much if you love violence and gore, that's probably the best part. I have an odd feeling that this one will suck! Don't you think? The original Sam Raimi film was fantastic, but the remake is produced by the same folks behind the 1983 flick, so we shall see. You can visit the remake's Facebook page here:



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Hot Trailer: "Iron Man 3" 


Here's the synopsis from Marvel:

Watch the first official trailer for Marvel's "Iron Man 3" coming May 3, 2013, starring Robert Downey Jr.

In Marvel's "Iron Man 3", brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man played by Robert Downey Jr., is pitted against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Iron Man 3 continues the epic adventures of "Iron Man" and "Iron Man 2", starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, "Iron Man 3" is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black and is based on Marvel's iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of "Tales of Suspense" (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with "The Invincible Iron Man" (#1) in May of 1968. "Iron Man 3" arrives in cinemas on May 3, 2013.

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Stephen Colbert to Make Cameo in Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit!" 


The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Stephen Colbert, the Comedy Central host and self-confessed "Lord of the Rings" fan, will make a cameo in Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" trilogy.

No word yet on which role he'll play. Also, his cameo will not be in the upcoming first part of the trilogy, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," opening Dec. 14th. But Colbert will still have a chance to star opposite Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch and Andy Serkis for the next two installments of the franchise.

"The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug," the second movie of the franchise opens Dec. 13, 2013, while the third, "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" will visit theaters July 18, 2014.

What role should Colbert play?

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"Paranormal Activity 4" Scares Away Competition, Part 5 to Spook Theaters October 2013 


"Paranormal Activity 4" was the box-office champion this past weekend, raking in $30.2 million for the No. 1 debut. BUT, that's a big drop from the last two installments ("PA3" debuted with $50 million and "PA2" with $40). Still, the fourth installment only cost $5 million to produce and still beat the competition such as Tyler Perry's "Alex Cross." ("Paranormal Activity 4" Movie Review)

Perry, ditching his Madea persona, embraced the character that Morgan Freeman used to play in "Kiss the Girls" and "Along Came a Spider." But the audience did not buy it...that much. "Alex Cross" debuted at NO. 5 with $11.8 million. Yup, a dud.

Meanwhile, Ben Affleck's "Argo" continued to yell "Argo, F&*k yourself" to its competition, remaining strong at No. 2 with $16.6 million and dropping just 15 percent from its debut! I love this movie, so go watch this intriguing, funny, heartfelt Iran hostage crisis flick from Affleck. (Ben Affleck "Argo" interview, Bryan Cranston "Argo" interview, "Argo" movie review)

"Paranormal Activity 4" might have had a whimper debut, but it's still a strong opening, so, Megan Colligan, Paramount president of domestic marketing and distribution, revealed that "Paranormal Activity 5" will spook theaters next October. And if you have seen "Paranormal Activity 4," you saw the Spanish teaser at the end of the movie. Well, that's a spinoff to be released earlier next year, targeting Hispanic viewers. But according to THR, the film will be predominantly in English.

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office Films for the weekend of Oct. 19th:

1. "Paranormal Activity 4," $30.2 million ($26.5 million international).
2. "Argo," $16.6 million ($1.2 million international).
3. "Hotel Transylvania," $13.5 million ($14.5 million international).
4. "Taken 2," $13.4 million ($23.6 million international).
5. "Alex Cross," $11.8 million.
6. "Sinister," $9 million ($2.3 million international).
7. "Here Comes the Boom," $8.5 million.
8. "Pitch Perfect," $7 million ($320,000 international).
9. "Frankenweenie," $4.4 million ($4.1 million international).
10. "Looper," $4.2 million ($5.6 million international).

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