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When Oren Peli released the first Paranormal Activity in 2007, no one would’ve guessed seven years later, we’d still be talking about it. But here we are in 2014, and the fifth film in the franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, is now in theaters. Though the main storyline for this film is separate from the thread of the first four, the series’ overall mythology is expanded and changed significantly near the end, which is likely to leave audiences guessing as to what’s coming next.

What’s coming next is Paranormal Activity 5, in October. While the writer and director of The Marked Ones, Christopher Landon, wouldn’t quite comment on what’ll happen in that film, he did reveal that he, Peli, and producer Jason Blum (among others) have come up with an ultimate ending to the franchise. However, it’s more than one movie away and they might not get there. Read More »

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In the past five years, if a small budget horror movie came out and made untold millions, odds are Jason Blum produced it. Blum is the force behind Blumhouse Productions, a production company who has a hand in the Paranormal Activity and Insidious franchises, as well as Sinister, The Purge and others. It’s the place to be for small budget, weird-ass movies.

Speaking of small budget, weird-ass movies, Kevin Smith recently wrote a column at the Hollywood Reporter about Tusk. Tusk is Smith’s likely next film, a horrific take on an Internet ad where an older man wants a lodger to dress as a human seal. He has Michael Parks and Justin Long attached to star.

Jason Blum was going to produce the film but, after working together for a weeks, Smith decided to mutually part ways with Blum in order to get the film done faster than the producer wanted to. Read More »

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The food puns keep on coming in a new batch of posters from Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. Also after the jump:

  • Director Scott Derrickson will return for Sinister 2 in some capacity
  • Keri Russell offers more Dawn of the Planet of the Apes plot details
  • The Conjuring 2 won’t be about Amityville, unless Patrick Wilson is lying
  • Vin Diesel and David Twohy consider where the Riddick series will go next
  • The Farrelly Bros. announce a contest for a Dumb and Dumber To role
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 flies up one week on Fox’s release calendar
  • Food puns abound on new Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 posters

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Over the weekend, the CIA finally acknowledged the existence of Area 51, the mysterious government facility rumored to be the site of UFO activity. At the same time, producer was eager to reaffirm the existence of Area 51, the Oren Peli-directed found-footage horror film based on same.

Area 51 was first announced in 2009 and entered principal photography not too long afterward, but has yet to reveal a single frame of footage or announce a release date. However, Blum now confirms that shooting has been completed and that Peli is now “tinkering” with the movie in post-production. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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UPDATE: A few minor tweaks have been made to this story since it was first published.

Preliminary details on Joe Carnahan‘s latest film, a small budget thriller produced by horror guru Jason Blum, have now been revealed. We already knew it was called Stretch and that Patrick Wilson (Insidious, Watchmen) would be the star. Now Ed Helms, whose summer scheduled freed up when Vacation was put on hold, has been cast. According to reports, Wilson plays a down on his luck chauffeur who takes a risky job driving around a mysterious billionaire to settle some debts. Helms plays a colleague, of sorts, to Wilson and Chris Pine also stars. Read More »

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Netflix’s awesomely playful campaign for Season 4 of Arrested Development continues with a banana-flavored Easter egg. Also after the jump:

  • The CW moves Cult from Fridays to never
  • Starz sets a premiere date for Magic City
  • Being Human gets renewed by Syfy
  • Jamie Foxx will direct horror for Syfy
  • … and see what else the network has planned
  • Adrien Brody is History’s Harry Houdini
  • Ryan Murphy‘s new drama heads to HBO
  • Jason Bateman says “Manage your expectations”
  • See The Simpsons‘ homage to Breaking Bad
  • … and Family Guy‘s nod to King of the Hill

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The 2012 sleeper hit Sinister is officially getting a sequel, according to Deadline. Co-written by former Ain’t It Cool News writer C. Robert Cargill and director Scott Derrickson, the horror film starred Ethan Hawke as a crime novelist who discovers a box of disturbing movies in his attic and is haunted by their visions.

Made for just $3 million, Sinister grossed almost $80 million worldwide, which has given producer Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse Productions confidence to move ahead with a follow-up. Cargill and Derrickson are expected to write it but a new director will be hired. Sinister 2 would be mark a third small-budget franchise from Blumhouse, which is also behind Paranormal Activity and Insidious. (Though it isn’t in the micro-budget range of the PA films.) But how exactly could the Sinister franchise continue? Read More »

It’s pilot casting season! And as such, Rupert Grint, JK Simmons, Dylan McDermott, Billy Campbell, Jennifer Beals, and tons more have found new homes on the small screen. Also after the jump:

  • Peter Sarsgaard has joined AMC’s The Killing
  • Dexter Season 8 adds a Walking Dead alum
  • Ridley Scott is bringing The Terror to AMC
  • The About a Boy duo will tackle Neal Stephenson
  • FX is moving ahead with Diane Kruger‘s The Bridge
  • Up All Night will shoot just one multi-cam episode
  • ABC shifts Happy Endings to the Friday death slot
  • House of Cards is Netflix’s most-watched program
  • Comcast buys the other 49% of NBCUniversal
  • The first episode of The CW’s Cult hits the web
  • Jason Blum‘s Paranormal-esque reality show gets a trailer

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