Even though the horror flick Ouija, inspired by the spirit board that has been said to allow users to speak to people in the afterlife, wasn’t a massive hit at the box office last year, it still pulled in $100 million worldwide on a budget of just $5 million. That made it profitable enough for Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, Platinum Dunes and Hasbro to move forward with a sequel, which was announced back in January.
The first movie was absolutely terrible, and the paltry 7% on Rotten Tomatoes reinforces that. However, now there’s a chance that the sequel could be better with with Oculus helmer Mike Flanagan directing Ouija 2. Plus, one of his stars from the aforementioned superior psychological horror flick is coming with him. Read More »
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For fans who may have disappointed in last year’s reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the studio is hoping you’ll give them a second chance, and they’re including some fan favorite characters to help get butts back in the seats.
Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (Stephen Farrelly) will be appearing in the sequel, but the real draw in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is Arrow star Stephen Amell as vigilante Casey Jones, an ally of our heroes in a half-shell. But while fans may be excited to see the hockey-masked crime fighter in action again, Amell says that this version of Casey Jones is a little different than you might expect.
Find our more about the new Casey Jones origin story after the jump! Read More »
Few Friday the 13th fans will forget the 2013 rumor that producers were exploring a found footage angle for Jason’s next big screen massacre. The news immediately struck a nerve of the fan community with most being very vocal against the idea. “Please no,” “Ugh, F*** off” “Found footage idea sucks” and “This sounds like dogs***” are just four of the comments on our article about the rumor. Since then, we’ve only heard a few key updates on the film. Director David Bruckner and writer Nick Antosca are on board, with the film moving towards a Summer 2016 release date.
Now, producer Brad Fuller admitted the negative fan reaction to the found footage idea helped them discard that version of the film. He says their current take will be more of what fans want. Read the latest on the Friday the 13th sequel below. Read More »
Casey Jones is officially joining the Turtles and maybe he’ll have a quiver along with his hockey stick. Stephen Amell, who plays the title role on CW’s Arrow, has been cast as the friendly vigilante in David Green‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. He’s the second new addition to the cast which brings back Megan Fox and Will Arnett along with everyone’s favorite heroes in half shell. Read about the Casey Jones casting below. Read More »
Leave it to a Michael Bay-produced movie to give a Victoria’s Secret model her big-screen debut.
Alessandra Ambrosio was recently spotted kissing Will Arnett at a New York Knicks game and the tabloids went nuts. Which Arrested Development Star Was Smooching This Victora’s Secret Stunner? Turns out, the pair were actually filming a scene from Dave Green‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. Ambrosio is playing herself in the film, and it seems Arnett’s character is using the events of the first film to his advantage. Read more Alessandra Ambrosio Ninja Turtles info below. Read More »
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Today is Friday the 13th and you’re probably seen images of Jason Voorhees, the killer at the center of the crazy successful Friday the 13th franchise, all over social media. The last film in the series was released in 2009 and a sequel has been in works since then. It was originally supposed to come out early this year, and is now set for May 13, 2016.
However, in that time we’ve heard very little concrete information on the film. We know Paramount will distribute. We know Platinum Dunes will produce and David Bruckner will direct. After that, the speculation has run rampant: will the next Friday the 13th sequel will once again reboot the franchise? Will it be found footage film? How will it use Jason?
Brad Fuller, one of the heads of Platinum Dunes, sat down with Esquire Magazine to offer some big updates on the franchise. The biggest being an interesting potential twist for the story, but also the assertion that it won’t be found-footage. (Which will hopefully put that one rumor to bed for good.) Read the Friday the 13th sequel update below. Read More »
I have a vague recollection of seeing Ouija in the theater. I remember walking in, I remember Olivia Cooke and that iconic board game. I also have a weird memory of a finale in a basement. But that’s basically it. Suffice to say, the movie didn’t stick with me. It wasn’t that scary or compelling and I haven’t really thought about it since.
But no matter. The film only cost $5 million, had a $20 million opening, grossed $50 million domestic and another $30 million and change internationally. $5 million to make almost $85 million? That’s something film producers remember. Because of that, a Ouija sequel is in the works. Read More »
We’ve all seen time travel, but we’ve never seen time travel the Michael Bay way. Bay is one of the producers of Project Almanac, a found-footage time travel movie described as Primer meets Chronicle. In the film, time travel is raw, gritty and painful. Bay’s time travel is pretty unique, and will be handled by the film’s director Dean Israelite.
“I’m South African, so I fly to South Africa all of the time and I’m totally f****d up after a twenty-four hour flight,” said the first time director. “And I haven’t time travelled. So If I’m f****d up just going on a plane, what are these characters going to feel like when they go back in time?”
He went on to describe how, in Project Almanac, time travel involves weightlessness, electromagnetic fields, and all sorts of environmental craziness. In short, this isn’t time travel you’re used to seeing in other films that may or many not have been set in this year.
But, to be frank, we didn’t see it either. Much of that time travel visualization will be done in post. When we visited the Atlanta, GA set of Project Almanac on July 1, 2013, Israelite was shooting the most important time-travel excursion of the film. In it, a tight-knit group of friends go to the bathroom during school and travel back in time to go Lollapalooza. Girls in bikinis and guys in chain mail, peacock feathers, leis, neon tank tops, beer hats, body paint, rainbow wigs and all the madness you’d expect at a music festival were on set. It was a crazy scene, one that plays a pivotal role in the January 31 film, and a great example of how Project Almanac is doing time travel in a very modern, 2015-ready way.
Below, read more of our Project Almanac set visit.
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Call me crazy, but I’m looking forward to Project Almanac. After a few delays, Paramount debuted the film at Comic-Con in July and reactions were pretty good. Now, months after that, the found-footage time travel film is finally hitting theaters on January 30.
To gear up, Paramount has released five TV spots for the film, which, follows what happens when a group of teenagers discover a device in their house that makes time travel possible. They begin to use it for all kinds of crazy immature things – revenge, money, skipping school, and lust – until everything gets really messed up.
Directed by Dean Israelite, written by Jason Harry Pagan & Andrew Deutschman and produced by Michael Bay, Project Almanac opens January 30. Check out the new Project Almanac footage from the TV spots below. Read More »