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In addition to moving Warcraft away from Star Wars Episode VII, Universal dated a slew of major movies on this Thanksgiving Eve. They are as follows:

  • An Untitled Michael Mann film starring Chris Hemsworth will be released January 16, 2015.
  • Jennifer Lopez‘s thriller The Boy Next Door opens January 23, 3015.
  • The long delayed epic Seventh Son gets the new release date of February 6, 2015.
  • Andy Muschietti‘s reboot of The Mummy hits April 22, 2016.

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Universal’s reboot of The Mummy hit a big snag earlier this summer when director Len Wiseman dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with his Fox series Sleepy Hollow. But the studio, still determined to get the film in theaters sooner rather than later, scrambled to snap up a replacement, and now it appears they’ve found one.

Mama director Andres Muschietti has entered talks to helm the horror pic, which was scripted by Jon Spaihts. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Sean Daniels are producing. More details after the jump.

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Whether Universal can convince Andy Muschietti to come back for a Mama sequel remains to be seen, but the studio is sticking with the horror director one way or another. Muschietti has entered talks to helm Universal’s post-apocalyptic thriller Bird Box, based on an upcoming book by musician Josh Malerman. The project also brings back Muschietti’s sister and Mama co-writer / producer Barbara Muschietti, who’ll produce along with Scott Stuber and Chris Morgan.

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So far, the scariest thing about Paranormal Activity 5 may be how little anyone involved with it claims to know about it. We are talking about a movie that’s due out in just under nine months. After the jump:

  • Katie Featherston and Oren Peli talk Paranormal Activity 5
  • No, Linday Lohan will not be reprising her role for Machete Kills
  • Steven Spielberg says George Lucas still plans to do Indiana Jones 5
  • Sylvester Stallone is joking about wanting Bill Clinton for Expendables 3, right?
  • Judd Apatow considers another Knocked Up spinoff, this time about the kids
  • Andy Muschietti does not think there should be a Mama 2
  • Check out a sunny set photo from Insidious Chapter 2

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Andy Muschietti‘s directorial debut, Mama, is in theaters today. Produced by Guillerno Del Toro, it stars Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as the guardians of two feral children lost for five years. When the kids come back to society, they bring something back with them, the spiritual being known as Mama. For more on the making of the film, check out our visit to the set.

Being as this is a Del Toro production, very few things about the movie are conventional, especially the ending, which is sure to have lots of people talking. At a recent press day for the film, the director and producer discussed the ending and explained that major, major preparations were made expecting major studio push back. Were they needed? Read below but beware of major spoilers. Read More »

In October of 2011, I was flown to Toronto, Canada to visit the set of Mama. Directed by Andy Muschietti (above left) and starring Jessica Chastain, the film promises to be a creepy, frightening story about two girls haunted by the ghost of their dead mother. There’s much more to that, and you can read all about it in my set visit report here. The film opens January 18.

One of the real treats of the trip, though, was getting to spend an extended time talking to Guillermo Del Toro. At the time, Del Toro was not only producing Mama, but prepping his massive 2013 film, Pacific Rim, at the same studio. That allowed him to interact with Muschietti numerous times throughout the day as each made their movie.

In our extended discussion, Del Toro talked about that relationship, what drew him to Mama, battling the MPAA, the state and evolution of the horror genre, working with new filmmakers, over extending himself across various projects (such as Haunted Mansion, Frankenstein and At the Mountain of Madness) and even some old Hollywood trivia. Fans of Del Toro will love this.  Read More »

All preconceived notions about the supernatural thriller Mama fly out the window when Jessica Chastain walks in the room. Before that moment, the film could be an archetypal supernatural thriller with little girls, a spectral being and a strong female lead like Naomi Watts in The Ring, Nicole Kidman in The Others or Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby. But when Chastain strolls into a conference room at Pinewood Studios in Toronto, Canada in October 2011, it’s immediately clear Mama is not that.

Instead of her usual warm, blond or red head look, Chastain has a short black pixie haircut, tons of eye shadow, torn purple Mistfits t-shirt, faded black hot pants and a full sleeve octopus tattoo on her left arm. This not your typical heroine. This is a punk rock chick who’d usually be dead 20 minutes into a normal horror movie. But in director Andy Muschietti‘s Mama, based on an award-winning short film of the same name, she’s the star, a rebel unwillingly forced to look after two haunted girls who’ve been found fending for themselves after being missing for five years.

It’s day 18 of 46 on the Toronto set of Mama, a supernatural thriller produced by Guillermo Del Toro opening January 18, and the wardrobe of the star is just one of the pleasant surprises Mama has in store for us. Read More »

Next week you’re going to learn a lot about Mama, Andy Muschietti‘s adaptation of his short film starring Jessica Chastain and produced by Guillermo Del Toro. I was lucky enough to be on the set of the creepy film and you’ll be able to read all about it on Tuesday. Until then, Universal has just released a second trailer for the horror film, scheduled for release January 18.

In this trailer you’ll see Chastain’s punk-rock character struggle with raising the nieces of her boyfriend (Game of Thrones‘ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, in a dual role) who are being haunted by the ghost of their mother. Check it out below and come back next week for much more. Read More »

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