Valentine’s Day is just around the corner now, and you know what that means: Fox is ramping up their marketing efforts for their big romantic holiday release, A Good Day to Die Hard. Also after the jump:

  • The Muppets… Again will feature old songs along with new ones
  • Writer Scott Z. Burns discusses Apes and Blade Runner 2
  • Rich Moore and his stars are totally up for more Wreck-It Ralph
  • Enroll in Starfleet Academy with the Star Trek Into Darkness app
  • Chris Pine will kidnap J.J. Abrams for Star Trek 3 if he has to
  • Riddick is back out in the rain in the newest still from Vin Diesel
  • The Last Exorcism Part II unveils a new TV spot and a poster
  • A Good Day to Die Hard will run about 90 minutes…
  • … one of which you can watch right here…
  • … along with a featurette that offers more plot

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The 2010 horror movie The Last Exorcism told the story of Cotton Marcus, an evangelical minister in Louisiana who is the subject of a documentary effort by a small film crew. Though Marcus doesn’t believe in the power of exorcisms, he performs them occasionally as a faith-building exercise. But while doing an exorcism on camera for the film crew, things get out of control.

This sequel is connected to the original, as the formerly possessed Nell (Ashley Bell) takes center stage, but it uses a slight location change and convenient amnesia to tell what looks like enough of a standalone tale that anyone who didn’t see the first film can jump right in. Yep, Nell is found by the ancient evil once more. (We know he’s ancient because he still calls the landline.) It also is presented as a conventional movie rather than a found-footage film.

It’s easy to make a joke about the title, so think of it this way: if the title of the original film represented the last exorcism performed by Marcus, this one twists it a bit. Which is to say, the demon in Nell might well be saying “the last exorcism you experienced wasn’t enough to drive me out.” Yike? Some of the trailer looks like old-fashioned scary movie fun; see it below.

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Jason Statham says he’d totally be down to do Crank 3, but the very uncomfortable-looking header image has me wondering why. Also after the jump:

  • The fearsome matriarch from Winter’s Bone joins Iron Man 3
  • SpongeBob SquarePants 2 hires Kung Fu Panda 2 writers
  • Jesse Eisenberg looks forward to voicing Blu again for Rio 2
  • Ashley Bell promises Last Exorcism 2 is “scarier than the first”
  • Watch a (very) brief new clip from Paranormal Activity 4

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Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson hasn’t exactly blown anyone away with his acting chops, but the guy who once got shot 9 (or was it 3? Either way) times and lived to tale the tale isn’t about to get scared off by a couple of negative reviews. He’s already got three films lined up for next year, and he’s just landed one more: Frozen Ground.

Written and directed by Scott Walker, the film is based on the true story of Alaskan serial killer Robert Hansen, who murdered at least 17 victims over the course of twelve years. Jackson will be playing an ’80s-era pimp, which producer Randall Emmett describes as a “substantial role.” He joins a cast that already includes John Cusack as Hansen, Nicolas Cage as a state trooper, and Vanessa Hudgens as the escaped victim who helps catch Hansen. Frozen Ground will begin shooting in Anchorage next month. [The Playlist]

After the jump, a WWE champ and a Breaking Bad star join Channing Tatum’s stripper movie, and The Last Exorcism star Ashley Bell lands two new roles, only one of which is a sequel to The Last Exorcism.

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Yesterday I highlighted one of the films announced for the Midnight Madness program at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, Bobcat Goldthwait’s God Bless America. Today we’re back with another MM offering: The Day, a post-apocalyptic thriller that stars Ashley Bell, Dominic Monaghan, Shawn Ashmore, Cory Hardrict, and Shannyn Sossamon. Read More »

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