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The creepy, haunted doll from The Conjuring is about to be the star of her own movie. Annabelle is a spin-off featuring the doll that ended up in the home museum of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) in The Conjuring. But like the rest of the events of that film, the doll has a real-world basis, and this October we’ll see some of it translated to film.  Read More »

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Frozone will be back with his BFF for the Incredibles sequel, according to Samuel L. Jackson. Also after the jump:

  • Logan Lerman says Percy Jackson 3 is “not happening”
  • Jonny Weston is signing on for Taken 3
  • Jurassic World will be shooting at the Honolulu Zoo
  • Peter Jackson is putting the final touches on the final Hobbit film
  • The Conjuring franchise could be stalled by a lawsuit
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  • Cameras are rolling once more on Fast & Furious 7
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The Conjuring

Though she wasn’t the main focus of The Conjuring, Annabelle the doll was one of its most memorable visions. Her cracked gray face and clown-like smile look like the stuff nightmares are made of, even before it’s revealed that she’s possessed by demons hell-bent on destroying her roommates.

She was so effectively creepy, in fact, that now she’s getting her own movie. New Line is moving ahead with the Conjuring spinoff Annabelle, casting Annabelle Wallis and Ward Horton in the leads. Shooting will get underway later this month. Get plot details and more after the jump.

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Quentin Tarantino

Even Quentin Tarantino will tell you his taste in movies is far from in line with any one person. Much like his movies, Tarantino has a very unique and personal sensibility, which is part of the reason why his movies are so unique. The Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained director recently put those tastes on display by revealing his ten favorite movies of 2013 (so far). Some are expected: Gravity, This is the End, and Before Midnight. But there are some very curious entries. One in particular, in fact: Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger. Read More »

James Wan

I’m not a huge horror film guy, but I probably see more than your average film geek. I’ll be the first to admit that I had little interest in The Conjuring as I usually don’t like possession stories. The idea of someone becoming possessed by someone else has always been a movie storyline pet peeve for me, likely tainted for me by comic book storylines I read as a kid where the superhero somehow becomes controlled by the bad guy. While I was in San Francisco covering the Pacific Rim junket, I was presented with the opportunity to talk to director James Wan. I’ve been a fan of Wan since seeing the first Saw film at Sundance in 2004. That interview is why I ended up seeing The Conjuring in San Francisco and… I’m very glad I did.

The Conjuring is creepy as hell, a well made horror film — a throwback in many ways to the horror films of my childhood. Wan is a master of his craft, and I’m excited to see what he’ll be able to do once Hollywood lets him play in other genres (I really enjoyed his 2007 thriller Death Sentence which was virtually unseen in theaters).

After the jump you can read my interview with James Wan. We talk about The Conturing‘s connection to AMITYVILLE, the importance of the period setting of the film, the struggle with creating a horrific story while trying to stay true to the true story, the Perron family’s reaction to the movie, delving into some of the filmmaking techniques employed in this film including the sound and an early tracking shot, and I tried to get him to talk about his upcoming gig directing Fast & Furious 7.

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New horror films often seem like a great way to beget a new franchise — there’s a rich tradition of horror film series, after all, and any company releasing horror into movie theaters is easily tempted by the sweet smell of franchise money.

And so The Conjuring, which has been the benificiary of rave reviews since debuting at the LA Film Festival and going into many preview and word of mouth screenings, is already looking locked for a sequel and possible franchise. James Wan‘s film doesn’t even open until Friday, so that’s a big vote of confidence in the movie.

Indeed, while I seemed to like The Conjuring less than many other viewers, the scares and hauntings within are very well done, and there’s rich potential for more stories in a similar mold. That’s because the movie is based on a case investigated by Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) who are perhaps best known for going on to chronicle the Amityville Horror. Read More »

The Conjuring

There’s a great bit of stage banter from Tom Waits where he jokes about someone leaning over during a movie to insist “you know, this is based on a true story.” The question from Waits is: does that really make the film any better?

I’ve seen James Wan‘s new film, The Conjuring, and despite the fact that the film begins with a card that says it is based on a true story, I assumed it was one of those Texas Chainsaw Massacre things — a gentle little lie to give the story a bit of weight. Then I remembered that, in fact, this is based on something from reality. The Conjuring brings to the screen a story from the archives of the same husband and wife team that later investigated a famous house in Amityville, New York.

There’s a healthy collection of really well-done haunting scenes in the film, and while it’s probably better to just watch it as a movie, this new trailer gives the real-life family a chance to speak for the first time. If you’ll find a horror film more frightening knowing that it is based in reality, then this is definitely the trailer for you. Read More »

2013 Summer Movie Preview

Trailers! Who has time to watch them all? There are something like forty wide releases due out this summer alone. If you assume each trailer runs about two minutes, that’s about an hour and half of your life you’ll never get back. That’s time you could’ve spent actually watching one of these movies.

If you only watch one trailer this spring, then, you’ll want to make it this one. This three-minute supercut teases most of the season’s biggest releases, from Iron Man 3 to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. It’s surprisingly coherent, which may suggest that these titles aren’t as different as the filmmakers would like us to think. Or maybe it just proves that with the right music and some skillful editing, you can totally change the meaning of any scene. In any case, watch it after the jump.

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