Conjuring Vera Farmiga

Saw, Dead Silence, Insidious and now The Conjuring. It would be very easy to assume the latest horror film from director James Wan to be another in a long string of scary films right in the director’s wheelhouse. However as this new trailer shows, and as Wan said at WonderCon this past weekend, he doesn’t feel he has anything more to prove in the genre. He was drawn to The Conjuring because its basis in fact, period setting and family dynamic gave him a whole new creative jolt.

The Conjuring, out July 19, stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as real life paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren. Best known for their work on what would become known as “The Amityville Horror,” this story of small-town family haunted by spirits is supposedly so terrifying, the Warrens preferred not to talk about it. The film follows suit, gaining an R-rating without any language or graphic violence. At WonderCon, producers said the MPAA just deemed it “too scary” to give a PG-13.

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Horror director James Wan and his Insidious star Patrick Wilson are currently hard at work on Insidious Chapter 2, but first we’ll see them tangling with some other spirits in The Conjuring.

The fact-based haunted house tale follows a family (led by Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston) who move into an old but charming New England farmhouse. When it becomes clear that a dark entity is stalking them, they call upon paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Wilson and Vera Farmiga) for help. Watch the terrifying first trailer after the jump.

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I am going to assume that the Futurama crew, like the rest of the Internet, is cheering in celebration of Community‘s return. After the jump:

  • Dean Norris says Breaking Bad‘s final run is “Hank-centric”
  • Roy from The Office is Beverly Hills Cop‘s new Judge Reinhold
  • George R.R. Martin could develop more shows for HBO
  • See the real-life models for the staff of ISIS on Archer
  • Marc Maron‘s IFC series, titled Maron, unveils a first teaser
  • Syfy has a new trailer for its upcoming series Defiance
  • Mother and son are creepy in Bates Motel‘s new teaser and poster
  • Comedy Central offers a peek at the next season of Futurama
  • Get ready for Community‘s long-awaited return with a new trailer

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The line between prequel/sequel and fan fiction blurs further.

There have been several Psycho movies following Alfred Hitchcock’s standard-setting 1960 original, and we’ve wondered just how the prequel TV series Bates Motel would exist in relation to them. Is this a prequel, a reboot, or something else? The movies don’t have the clearest story path with respect to what is “official” or canon story, and with the series charting the purchase of a motel by Norma Bates with her son Norman in tow, we’ve wondered just what to expect.

At an event debuting elements of the show today for the Television Critics Association press tour, the show’s premiere date was announced (10 p.m. Monday, March 18 on A&E) and producer Carlton Cuse (Lost) explained that, when it comes to the film series, “We don’t really view any of that as canon.” Read More »

As a prequel to one of the most revered horror movies of all time, A&E’s Bates Motel has some pretty big shoes to fill. And while it’s unlikely to reach the same iconic status, it’s heartening to see that the first trailer actually looks pretty good. (Unlike, say, the one for the ill-received 1987 pilot of the same title.)

The new series, by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights), follows Norman through adolescence in the present day. Freddie Highmore plays the future murderer as a sweet, shy teen, while Vera Farmiga plays the mother who literally drives him insane. The family is eager for the fresh start promised by the new motel she’s just purchased, but as we all know from Psycho, their plans don’t really go as planned. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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I’m not certain why, exactly, 2012 has turned into the year of Alfred Hitchcock, but it doesn’t really matter. We’ve got two biopics, Hitchcock and The Girl, chronicling the making of Psycho and The Birds, respectively. And just as Hitchcock is about to open we’re starting to get a look at the new TV series, Bates Motel, acts as a prequel to Psycho, with Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as young Norman Bates, and Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) as his mother.

The series premiere is called ‘First You Dream, Then You Die,’ and features the real beginning of the Bates story, at least as it relates to the motel: “Norma Bates buys a motel on the outskirts of an idyllic coastal town seeking a fresh start with her teenage son, the handsome and shy Norman.” We’ll have to wait to see how well the series storyline does or doesn’t fit in with the Bates family history established in some of the Psycho sequels. But for now, you can get a video taste of the show thanks to two brief teasers.  Read More »

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Norman and Norma Bates’ twisted relationship is the stuff of cinematic legend, but apparently things weren’t always so weird between them. In fact, the first photo from Bates Motel has them looking downright relaxed together. Also after the jump:

  • Veep‘s Anna Chlumsky will be an FBI trainee on Hannibal
  • The Wire‘s Chad Coleman is The Walking Dead‘s Tyreese
  • ABC’s The Mindy Project makes a few casting changes
  • Hugh Laurie will be the pirate Blackbeard on Crossbones
  • Mark Wahlberg and Fox are developing a pot comedy
  • The poster for Revolution‘s fall finale teases a big battle
  • Hate-watch the first trailer for Season 2 of NBC’s Smash

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A little bit of casting, a couple of teasers, and a time-traveling webisode are included in today’s TV Bits. After the jump:

  • Tom Bower and Breaking Bad‘s Matt Jones join The Farm
  • Vera Farmiga will be Norman Bates’ mom in Bates Motel
  • David Fincher spills on who else will direct House of Cards
  • Tom and Huck will grow up, go steampunk, solve crimes for ABC
  • American Horror Story reveals two teasers and four images
  • Check out the Doctor Who spinoff web series Pond Life

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Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe aren’t the only former Harry Potter stars getting their post-Hogwarts careers on. After the jump, Rupert Grint and Tom Felton find new roles, along with Chloe Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley in this mostly British edition of Casting Bits.

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