Ah, yes, the Fast and the Furious franchise: Where a man can fly from one fancy speeding car to another in the middle of the highway while a tank wreaks havoc in the background. See that photo and more after the jump. Also:

  • Jocelin Donahue is young Barbara Hershey in Insidious 2
  • Helen Mirren teases some of her big action scenes for Red 2
  • Yes, Rafe Spall will appear in Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End
  • Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Trek character is a very modern terrorist
  • Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura talks Transformers 4
  • A Good Day to Die Hard unveils a Valentine’s Day-themed spot
  • The gang’s all here in a fresh batch of stills from Fast & Furious 6
  • See some colorful high-res images from The Muppets… Again

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James Wan‘s low-budget smash hit Insidious was not only scary, it was a sure-fire conversation starter. Starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne as two parents whose son loses himself in a spiritual other world called The Further, the movie cost only $1.5 million and ended up grossing nearly $100 million, meaning lots of people walked out dying to know what happens next. Answers are now going to be offered up.

Insidious Chapter 2 will once again be written by Leigh Whannell, directed by James Wan, and star Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye and Ty Simpkins. It starts production in January aimed at an August 30, 2013 release date. After the jump, read more about the film and some possibilities of where it could go. Read More »

An Insidious sequel has been all but inevitable ever since the film grossed $97 million worldwide on a $1.5 million budget, putting cartoon dollar signs in studio execs’ eyes. We got our first sign that the wheels were in motion when Sony locked down related domain names like insidious2movie.com late last year, and now things are officially moving forward. Director James Wan and scribe Leigh Whannell are in talks to return for a new Insidious film, with Jason Blum set to produce. Brian Kavanaugh Jones, Oren Peli, and Steven Schneider will executive produce.

There’s no word yet on whether stars Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne will reprise their roles for the sequel. But for what it’s worth, Wilson apparently likes working with Wan — the two are already planning to reunite for a different horror project, formerly titled The Conjuring. No plot details for Insidious 2 (or whatever it’ll be called) have been revealed at this time, though the first film’s ending could easily serve as a setup for a follow-up.

After the jump, Bridget Jones’s Baby hits a speed bump but plans to soldier on.

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2011 was the biggest year ever for sequels, with a record-breaking 27 scheduled to hit theaters. And while it’s too early to say exactly how many we can expect in 2012 and beyond, judging by posts like this one it seems safe to say that the trend won’t be dying down anytime soon. After the jump:

  • Entertainment Weekly unveils the first look at Sam Worthington in Wrath of the Titans
  • Sony registers domain names for the as-yet-unannounced Insidious 2
  • Steven Spielberg’s longtime producer Kathleen Kennedy says Jurassic Park 4 is still looking for “a great script”
  • Kennedy also says the sequel to The Adventures of Tintin could hit as early as Christmas 2014
  • Bradley Cooper reveals that The Hangover Part III could start shooting in L.A. in September

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/Filmcast Ep. 154 – Horrible Bosses

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam continue the discussion over Terence Malick’s Tree of Life, praise indie films like Another Earth, Insidious, and Rubber, and ponder the state of television as art.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. We’ll be back on Sunday at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST to discuss Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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Director James Wan has been on a downward slope since Saw. His ultra low-budget horror debut may not have been a huge hit with critics, but as you have surely deduced from the six sequels it’s spawned, the film performed like gangbusters with audiences. His two follow-up efforts, meanwhile, did not. Death Sentence performed miserably at the box office, and Dead Silence didn’t fare much better. Critics hated both.

James Wan has two strikes against him now, and is in desperate need of a hit if he has any intention of reclaiming his past glory.

Good thing Wan has Insidious, a film he’s been quoted as saying he wants to be “the Poltergeist for this generation”. This time around, he’s teamed up with Paranormal Activity creators Oren Peli, Jason Blum and Steven Schneider — a fact the trailer eagerly promotes, though obviously without acknowledging that they’re only serving in a producer capacity — and reunited with Saw screenwriter Leigh Whannell. Its story revolves around a family looking to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further. Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne star, with Barbara Hershey in a supporting role. The film premiered at TIFF 2010 as one of its Midnight Madness selections, and generated great buzz. Check out the trailer after the break. Read More »

SXSW Midnight Features and Short Programs Announced

The film program at South By Southwest (SXSW) has really come into its own over the past few years — SXSW is becoming an impressive little film fest in addition to being a massive music party. The lineups for Midnight features and shorts have been announced, and there are some good premieres in there. Attack the Block, from Joe Cornish, will have a world premiere, while Hobo With a Shotgun and James Wan‘s Insidious will show up as well. And the films that most of us haven’t heard of sound pretty great, too. If I was at the fest I’d have my ass planted in a seat for every one of these at midnight. Screw the parties — the crazy genre films are the way to go.

The fill list of features is after the break. The shorts program is massive, and you can find it at the SXSW website. Read More »

Briefly: In the wake of the debut of Saw, creator James Wan has worked on additional films (Dead Silence and Death Sentence) but neither has become anything like the phenomenon that was spawned by Saw. But his new film, Insidious, reunites him with Saw co-creator Leigh Whannell, and did quite well in the Midnight Madness program at TIFF last September. The film was picked up by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (not quite the same thing as being picked up by Sony Pictures) and will now be released on April 1 2011 by the relatively new company FilmDistrict.

April 1 is getting to be a crowded date. Also in that slot are Source Code, Mother’s Day, Super and Hop. But if this film has any of the luck of Saw, it will pull a dedicated horror audience to counter some of the other draws represented by Source Code and the limited release Super. Insidious stars Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne as “a young family which makes the terrifying discovery that the body of their comatose boy has become a magnet for malevolent entities, while his consciousness lies trapped in the dark and insidious realm known as The Further.” [BOM]

Doing poster roundups is always fun, because we end up mashing together  films that couldn’t be more different. In this case we’ve got new images for Gore Verbinski‘s quirky animated comedy Rango, the Matthew McConaughey legal thriller The Lincoln Lawyer, and James Wan and Leigh Whannell‘s horror thriller Insidious. Read More »