‘Insidious: Chapter 2′ – What Did You Think?

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When James Wan‘s Insidious hit theaters in 2011, there were no expectations. The $1.5 million movie ended up grossing almost $100 million worldwide and created a legion of fans. That happened because Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell (co-creators of the Saw series) conceived a relatable, terrifying world where a family, rather than a house, was haunted.

Just two years later, with the Friday the 13th release of Insidious: Chapter 2, Wan faces huge expectations. Not only does he have to follow up that first film, but he’s coming off the massive hit The Conjuring and is next making Fast and Furious 7. Tell us what you thought of the second chapter of Insidious, after the break. Read More »

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There really is no better title for the sequel to 2010′s Insidious than Insidious Chapter 2. Like a book filled with intense cliffhangers, the final moment of the first movie begged for more, and in this sequel we get that moment and so much more. This is the story of the Lambert family, including Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, and it picks up right at the end of the first film. But the sequel also delves into the past, helping to complete the puzzling and frightening story co-created by director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell. (The team that created not only Insidious, but Saw too.)

Back in July, before Wan got to work on Fast and Furious 7, I got to chat with the writer and director of Insidious Chapter 2. We discussed how the sequel goes deeper into this universe’s mythology, the choices made to get there, how footage from the first movie was incorporated, what they knew and didn’t know going into the sequel and much more.

Check it out below but beware. There are minor spoilers and the interview is best read after seeing the movie. Read More »

Djimon Hounsou

In the past month alone, Fast & Furious 7 has added a classic action hero and a Muay Thai warrior. Now it’s bringing on a Marvel supervillain.

Djimon Hounsou has just boarded the action sequel, joining franchise regulars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Dwayne Johnson. Hit the jump to get more details.

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Kurt Russell

First Tony Jaa signed on; now a classic action legend has joined James Wan‘s Fast and Furious 7. This one is a little more recognizable for a wide range of audiences. His name is Kurt Russell.

Russell, best known for roles in The Thing, Escape from New York and Tombstone, is in talks to play the leading role which was originally offered to Denzel Washington. He’ll join franchise regulars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and others. Read More »

Blade Runner

If the idea of a Taxi Driver 2 sounds stupid to you, know that Paul Schrader agrees. As a matter of fact, he thinks the concept pitched to him by Robert De Niro in the ’90s was “the dumbest idea that I’ve ever heard.” Also after the jump:

  • Keanu Reeves offers a small Bill & Ted 3 update
  • Sean Young calls for a Blade Runner 2 boycott
  • James Cameron is finalizing multiple Avatar scripts
  • Bravo kills development on their Heathers TV show
  • Bruce Willis was too expensive for Expendables 3
  • 300: Rise of an Empire gets rated R by the MPAA
  • See an early version of the Fast & Furious 7 poster

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RondaRousey

Briefly: When fighter Gina Carano successfully leapt from the ring to the big screen in films like Haywire and Fast & Furious 6, she helped establish a path for other women to do the same.

Now Ronda Rousey, who is already set for a role in The Expendables 3, is in talks for Fast and Furious 7. The Olympic medalist is the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and has been Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion. She’ll play ”a minor supporting role that will showcase her fighting skills.”

James Wan is directing, taking over from Justin Lin, and the film will see the returns of cast members such as Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. The film will shoot in Atlanta later this year. [Variety]

 

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Eventually Universal is going to run out of manly actors to cast in the Fast & Furious movies. That won’t happen soon, but the end point will come faster if big names turn down roles.

New guy Luke Evans held down the fort as the bad guy in the most recent film, and [REDACTED, for the few people who haven't seen the film or been spoiled] will show up as the baddie in the next. The pattern of introducing a new character (typically a villain) at the very end of one film, before expanding their role in the sequel that follows, is something Universal evidently wants to continue.

in a piece about the general state of original tentpoles in Hollywood, Deadline reveals that Denzel Washington could have been the next guy to drive against Dom Toretto, but the actor wasn’t interested. Read More »

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The first trailer for James Wan‘s Insidious: Chapter 2 probably raised more questions than it answered, especially for those who know the first film well. This new international trailer kicks off in exactly the same manner as that first look, but it doesn’t run long before it veers into some new footage. We see a bit more of the supernatural torment that lies in wait for the characters played by Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson, and there are hints of Wilson’s character’s past.

And don’t worry, spoilerphobes, there’s still no explicit answer to the question of what that trailer-end ghost was pointing at, and only a small hint of that new wrinkle for the story that Wan talked about when Germain interviewed him a few weeks back.  Read More »

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