paranormal activity auditions

Although the first Paranormal Activity film didn’t open in wide release until 2009, it held its first festival screenings in 2007. The means one of the more divisive modern horror franchises is about to celebrate its tenth birthday. Aw. Happy birthday, Paranormal Activity.

Perhaps that’s why Oren Peli, the director of the first film and a producer on all of the sequels, has posted Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat‘s original auditions on YouTube. And in keeping with the film’s style, these auditions were completely improvised by the actors, giving us some insight into the film’s unusual production.

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Johnny Knoxville is Planning a Trip to ‘Action Park’

action park movie

I was never a huge fan of Jackass, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get it. Because I totally get it – there’s something special about performers who are literally willing to put their personal safety on the line for a gag and there’s an invisible cord connecting the Jackass crew to the likes of Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. They literally suffered for their art, pushing themselves to physical extremes for the sake of a laugh. It’s stupid and insane and immature and it may, somehow, loop back around on itself and become high art.

So the news that Jackass headliner Johnny Knoxville is planning a movie that will involve him getting battered by unsafe theme park rides has me intrigued, mainly because I wonder with morbid curiosity if this will be the project that finally does him in.

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Daddy's Home sequel

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are returning for a Daddy’s Home sequel. Who’s possibly joining them? John Lithgow and Mel Gibson. There’s no word if Lithgow and Gibson would, say, play Ferrell and Wahlberg’s characters’ parents, although you could easily imagine them going that route. We’ll see what happens, but right now their casting appears as a strong possibility.

Below, learn more about the Daddy’s Home sequel.

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rey at the end of the force awakens

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the title of the eighth chapter of the Star Wars saga, but everyone is wondering: who is the last Jedi? Is it Luke Skywalker (as evidenced by the mention in the opening crawl of Force Awakens)? Is it Rey? Is it Kylo Ren? Is it someone else? Or is Jedi plural and does the title refer to multiple people? Frozen star Josh Gad is currently filming Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express with Daisy Ridley and decided to grill the Star Wars actress about the new title. You can watch the Daisy Ridley Last Jedi video after the jump, alongside news that Ridley is joining a Bad Robot-produced spy drama.

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Science of Arrival

One of the most pleasant surprises to come out of yesterday’s Oscar nominations was the amount of love shown for Denis Villeneuve‘s Arrival, which the /Film staff voted the best film of 2016. Although awards recognition for genre films is becoming more common, “science fiction” is still considered a dirty word at the Academy Awards. The success of Avatar and Mad Max: Fury Road at previous ceremonies still feels like a fluke.

So yeah, it’s pretty cool to see Arrival nab eight Oscar nominations and Paramount is giving the film a victory lap by releasing the film back into theaters this weekend.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events Comparison Video

In case you haven’t heard, the first season of Netflix’s series adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is available right now. It sounds like it’s a much more loyal adaptation of the book series by Daniel Handler, one that can properly expand the mythology and character roster without being condensed into a limited window.

But how does the series adaptation compare to the original film adaptation directed by Brad Silbering and starring Jim Carrey as Count Olaf, as well as a younger Emily Browning and Liam Aiken? One fan decided to put together an extensive video comparing the two different adaptations and how they handle the same events from the book series.

Watch the A Series of Unfortunate Events comparison video after the jump, and obviously beware of spoilers if you haven’t seen either the movie or the series. Read More »

Star Trek Axanar Lawsuit

The Star Trek fan film Axanar is moving forward again. Axanar Productions raised $1 million via crowdsourcing to produce a feature-length fan film with production values beyond your typical fan project. After the movie had started shooting, CBS and Paramount filed a lawsuit, claiming the fan film violates the rights of their intellectual property. Despite directors J.J. Abrams and Justin Lin urging the studio to drop the lawsuit, it continued, but it’s now settled.

Below, learn more about the Star Trek fan film.

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An Inconvenient Sequel Clip

One of the films that kicked off the first night of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival was An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, a follow-up to former vice president Al Gore‘s 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth. The film is another wake up call for climate change deniers who keep hitting the snooze button while the evidence of global warming is all around them.

The first clip from An Inconvenient Sequel has been released (to go hand-in-hand with all the positive buzz), and it references one of the highly criticized parts from the original film. One prediction from An Inconvenient Truth dealt with flooding in downtown New York City, right into the 9/11 memorial, and many thought that sounded ridiculous. But it wasn’t.

Watch An Inconvenient Sequel clip after the jump. Read More »

An Inconvenient Sequel Review

If An Inconvenient Truth was an eye-opening disaster movie, then An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power is the heartbreaking post-apocalyptic follow-up.

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Gi Joe

The G.I. Joe franchise makes money, but it doesn’t make Michael Bay money. While we’ll see Transformers number five this summer, we continue to wait for a G.I. Joe 3, which may have been delayed due to scheduling. Director D.J. Caruso was attached to direct the film, but he moved on to make xXx: Return of Xander Cage. When Caruso was developing the Hasbro film, he had it end with the G.I. Joe and Transformers universes meeting.

Below, learn why Paramount didn’t go for the G.I. Joe Transformers crossover.

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