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Today’s Sequel Bits veers from deeply romantic to adorably funny to bone-chillingly creepy. After the jump:

  • Star Trek and Kick-Ass 2 get rated by the MPAA
  • Todd Phillips is pretty sure Hangover II is brilliant
  • The producers of Paranormal 4 are getting sued
  • Chris Pine chats about Kirk’s self doubt in Star Trek
  • See more Celine and Jesse pics from Before Midnight
  • See posters for Monsters University and V/H/S/2

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The start of Sundance means there’s heavy focus on indie films, but meanwhile the big-budget blockbuster sequel types are making news as well. After the jump:

  • See a whole bunch of stills from A Good Day to Die Hard
  • Watch a “Recovered File” from the Paranormal Activity 4 DVD
  • Now Mark Wahlberg says Transformers 4 will be a reboot
  • Here’s what Klingons will look like in Star Trek Into Darkness

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LOL: The Honest Trailer For ‘Paranormal Activity’

Film fans looking for a little Halloween horror at the multiplex this year are probably finding pickings pretty slim. Frankenweenie is great, but too kiddie. Sinister is scary, with no real hook. Silent Hill Revelations 3D is a sequel to a movie very few care about…and then there’s Paranormal Activity 4. Fans of the franchise know exactly what they’re in for with this installment and while it does pack some scares and interesting mythological additions, they’re few and far between. That’s probably because we’ve already been (and will continue to be) hammered over the head with this once innovative franchise.

The team at ScreenJunkies took the time to make one of their honest trailers for the franchise and pretty much hit the nail on the head, as usual. And even if you disagree, it’s still mighty funny. Read More »

Fans who stayed through the credits of this weekend’s hit film Paranormal Activity 4 were treated to a curious Spanish speaking coda teasing a brand new sequel. However that sequel will not be Paranormal Activity 5. That’s now officially coming in October 2013, but Latino themed film teased will actually an additional spinoff scheduled for release in Spring 2013. As previously reported, it’s being written and directed by Christopher Landon (Disturbia) and will draw from Catholic paranormal mythology. It’s set in the same world, will be in English about the same ghost, but will not continue the story of Katie, Hunter and the stars of the first four films. Read more after the jump. Read More »

All of the disappointments of Paranormal Activity 4 boil down to one thing: This is a franchise that’s forgotten what made it so special in the first place. The original Paranormal Activity was terrifying not because it had expensive special effects or excessive amounts of gore, but because director Oren Peli expertly stretched the tension to the point where the softest creak of a door hinge could make us jump. 2 and 3 dialed the scares up a notch and expanded on the mythology, but that delicious suspense at the core remained the same.

In contrast, I don’t think I’ve ever been as relaxed during a horror movie as I was during Paranormal Activity 4. The scares are theoretically bigger and badder this time around, but sloppy storytelling from directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman undermines any impact they might’ve had. After three great installments, the little low-budget horror series that could has finally lost its way.

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Newly announced sequels, new info on previously announced sequels and the death of others. Tons of news in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump read about:

  • Liam Neeson didn’t think Taken 3 would happen, but the screenwriter of Taken 2 says it definitely is.
  • Rob Cohen would love to go back to both the xXx and Fast and Furious series.
  • Tyrese Gibson tweets a semi-spoilery photo from Fast and Furious 6 and says he wants to come back for Transformers 4.
  • Michael Bay says Transformers 4 will have “a different feel” and “open the franchise up.”
  • Texas Chainsaw 3D will feature footage from the original film.
  • Director Isaac Florentine and actor Scott Adkins are back for Ninja 2.
  • Paranormal Activity 4 is coming to IMAX.

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The Paranormal Activity franchise has proved a boon for Paramount, thanks to the films’ low budgets, high box office grosses, and quick production schedules. But the real magic ingredient may be the series’ surprising ability to keep expanding mythology of the relatively simple first film. Paranormal Activity 2 and 3 kept things fresh by filling in the blanks left by the first movie, and this month’s Paranormal Activity 4 promises to build on that foundation by picking back up with Katie and Hunter.

So naturally, the studio’s been thinking up ways to keep expanding the Paranormal universe, perhaps even after Katie and Hunter’s tale comes to an end. (Whenever that may be.) A new report indicates that Paramount is looking to offer a peek of a Latino-themed Paranormal spinoff within the credits of Paranormal Activity 4. More after the jump.

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Star-crossed lovers, a sad-sack supervillain, a creepy kid, an obnoxious ghost, and a hard-partying clique all rub shoulders in this installment of Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Writer says Dr. Horrible 2 is aiming to shoot in 2013
  • The wolf pack returns to Caesars Palace for Hangover 3
  • Before Midnight eyes a festival debut in early 2013
  • Winona Ryder hasn’t heard anything about Beetlejuice 2
  • Creepy Robbie is creepy in Paranormal Activity 4 trailer

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