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Stephen King's 'Cell' finally gets a trailer, so is it better late than never?

  • Hitfix
Stephen King's 'Cell' finally gets a trailer, so is it better late than never?
This one’s been a long time coming. Stephen King is a genre unto himself at this point. A “Stephen King movie” can be anything from Stand By Me to Maximum Overdrive, and the only thing they all have in common is him as the original source of the material. It seems like a given at this point that if King publishes something, it will eventually be turned into a film. Some books just take longer than others to make the jump. For example, Hulu just wrapped up 11.22.63, the eight-part adaptation of King’s time-travel story about trying to stop the murder of JFK from taking place. Co-produced by Bad Robot and starring James Franco, that was not the first attempt at cracking that adaptation. Jonathan Demme was the first director to try to take a crack at that one, and he was going to do it as a feature film.
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Stephen King's Cell Trailer Reunites John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson

Stephen King's Cell Trailer Reunites John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson
10 years ago, iconic author Stephen King published a new novel entitled Cell, which was quickly eyed for a movie adaptation months before it was published. After a decade of development, which saw a number of filmmakers come and go, Lionsgate and Saban Films are getting ready to release Cell in theaters nationwide on July 8, preceded by an Ultra VOD release starting June 10. Today we have our first look at this thriller, which shows how technology is turned against us in frightening ways.

Stephen King's best-selling novel is brought to terrifying life in this mind-blowing thriller starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. At the Boston airport, Clay (Cusack) witnesses a scene of chaotic mayhem when an electronic signal turns hundreds of cell phone users into rabid killers. Desperate to find his estranged wife and son, Clay teams with a train driver (Jackson) to battle the horde of murderous "phoners
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Sasha Alexander And Clark Gregg Announce Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations Dec. 11

Sasha Alexander, star of the TNT original drama “Rizzoli & Isles,” and Clark Gregg, star of the ABC series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” will reveal the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® nominations on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. The nominations announcement will be telecast live on TNT at 9 a.m. (Et) / 6 a.m. (Pt) and webcast live on tntdrama.com and tbs.com. Prior to the announcement, this year’s stunt ensemble nominees will be unveiled during a live webcast at 8:50 a.m. (Et) / 5:50 a.m. (Pt).

Alexander has also been named social media ambassador for this year’s SAG Awards. During the six weeks leading up to the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony – which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt
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ICM Partners Signs ‘Paranormal 2′ Helmer Tod ‘Kip’ Williams

Exclusive: ICM Partners has signed Tod ‘Kip’ Williams, the Gotham-based director who last helmed the found footage sequel horror hit Paranormal Activity 2. He’s next directing Tangier, a Tom Pabst-scripted indie that will be produced by Traffic‘s Laura Bickford. I’ll always remember Williams for having the stones to take it upon himself to charm author John Irving into giving him a free option on his bestselling novel A Widow For One Year. Irving had never heard of Williams, who had only directed the festival film The Adventures Of Sebastian Cole. His producer, Ted Hope, had an in with Irving in that the author was briefly his wrestling coach at Exeter. That got Williams a foot in the door, and he sold Irving on his pitch to take only a portion of a sprawling tale (most of Irving’s books are sprawling tales), and make that the focus of the film.
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Questions and Answers With Adrian Grenier

He's come a long way from playing Vinny Chase: Adrian Grenier steps out this week as executive producer of the documentary "How to Make Money Selling Drugs."

Best known for his eight-season portrayal of an often superficial and flighty star on the rise in HBO's "Entourage," Grenier is nowadays more interested in passion projects like this one. "How to Make Money" outlines the ins and outs of buying and selling recreational drugs, using a video game framing device that explains how to beat bosses (avoid cops) and level up (go from small-time dealer to kingpin).

The doc premiered at New York's Tribeca Film Festival to positive reviews, many of which cited its candid take on the tough issue of the drug war and the day-to-day reality of selling and using street drugs. Grenier, who avoids referring to himself as an activist, chatted with NextMovie prior to the movie's June 26 release
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Paranormal Activity 2 helmer Tod Williams to direct Stephen King's Cell

A movie adaptation of Stephen King's apocalyptic horror novel Cell has been on the cards from the moment the book was first published in 2006, with Eli Roth (Hostel) originally attached to write and direct before passing on the project in favour of Hostel: Part II. However, last year it was announced that Stephen King had co-written a script with Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left), with John Cusack subsequently signing on for what will be his third King adaptation after Stand By Me and 1408.

Now the project has attracted a director, with Screen Daily reporting that Tod Williams (whose previous credits include The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, The Door in the Floor and the hit horror sequel Paranormal Activity 2) has signed on to direct Cell for Cargo Entertainment, with filming expected to begin in May. "Tod is a dynamic filmmaker whose work has been both critically acclaimed and commercially successful,
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Nelson to Host Sundance Awards; Festival Juries Announced

Actor Tim Blake Nelson will host the awards ceremony at the Sundance Film Festival, which also announced Tuesday the members of the five juries that will determine the winners. The festival runs from Jan. 20-30; the awards will be handed out the evening of Jan. 29. (The Short Film Awards will be named earlier at a ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Park City’s Jupiter Bowl.)

The complete list of jurors follows, with bios provided by the festival.

U.S. Documentary Jury

Jeffrey Blitz

Jeffrey’s film career started in 2002 with the Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning documentary “Spellbound.” His fiction feature debut, “Rocket Science,” became his first to play the festival (Sundance, 2007; Dramatic Directing Award). He has also directed the documentary “Lucky,” (Sundance, 2010) and multiple episodes of NBC’s “The Office.” In 2009, he won the Emmy for comedy directing.

Matt Groening

Matt Groening created the longest-running comedy in television history, “The Simpsons.” As a cartoonist,
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Box Office Spotlight: 'Paranormal' Shows More Activity

  • Moviefone
Filed under: Box Office, New Releases, Cinematical

The Movie: 'Paranormal Activity 2,' directed by first-time genre filmmaker Tod Williams ('The Adventures of Sebastian Cole,' 'The Door in the Floor') and literally starring a cast of unknowns: not only are the actors not famous, but Paramount has done their best to keep us from learning their names. It is a sequel to Oren Peli's sleeper indie hit 'Paranormal Activity,' which cost $15,000 and grossed $108 million domestically last fall.

The Target Audience: Horror fans of all stripes, including those who can't or won't stomach the heavier, gorier fare that's become the rage over the past few years. Teens. People on dates.

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Box Office Spotlight: 'Paranormal' Shows More Activity

Box Office Spotlight: 'Paranormal' Shows More Activity
Filed under: Box Office, New Releases, Cinematical

The Movie: 'Paranormal Activity 2,' directed by first-time genre filmmaker Tod Williams ('The Adventures of Sebastian Cole,' 'The Door in the Floor') and literally starring a cast of unknowns: not only are the actors not famous, but Paramount has done their best to keep us from learning their names. It is a sequel to Oren Peli's sleeper indie hit 'Paranormal Activity,' which cost $15,000 and grossed $108 million domestically last fall.

The Target Audience: Horror fans of all stripes, including those who can't or won't stomach the heavier, gorier fare that's become the rage over the past few years. Teens. People on dates.

Continue Reading
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Paranormal Activity 2 Review

Paranormal Activity 2 is the Prequel / Update to last years blockbuster hit Paranormal Activity. In this film we get a background on what led to the events in the first film. We have the two characters from the first film Katie & Micah and also Katie’s family…her sister, brother-in-law, niece, nephew, their dog, niece’s boyfriend and of course the Demonic force with a bit more attitude this time around. This was filmed in the same first person perspective as the first one with footage from security cameras. It has a bit more shock value than the first, but I don’t think it really surpasses the first film scare wise.

The people behind Paranormal Activity 2 clearly learned a lesson from the debacle of Blair Witch 2: Book Of Shadows; they’ve hewed scrupulously close to the original film in style and tone. The result is probably the
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‘Paranormal Activity 2′ Gets Easter Egg-Filled Teaser Update

Paramount’s released a tweaked version of their Paranormal Activity 2 teaser. It’s more-or-less the same thing we saw in July, but with a few added splices/visual gags.

MTV has done a nice job pointing them out, from the split-second shots of the baby and someone holding her from behind to an extremely, cracked blurry frame of a woman who may or may not be the murderous Katie from the first film.

Check out the trailer and a couple of the Easter eggs below:

And the eggs:

Paranormal Activity 2 is directed by Tod Williams (The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, The Door in the Floor) and hits theaters October 22nd, 2010.

Are you excited for the sequel?

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‘Paranormal Activity 2′ Scares Up A Teaser

After many, many months of careful planning and lengthy pre-production meetings and script rewrites, here’s a teaser trailer for the sequel to Paranormal Activity, which was released around 8 months ago. Paranormal Activity 2 will hit theaters about a year after the first. At least they’re not rushing em out like the Saw films.

Check out the teaser below (via Collider):

The strangest thing about this sequel is the guy directing it: Tod Williams. Williams was behind nice, little indie ditties The Adventures of Sebastian Cole and The Door in the Floor. He’s been relatively quiet since Floor‘s 2004 release. So why this job? Why now? And why did the studio deem him the best choice?

Only time will tell. As for the teaser, it looks just fine. More of the same plus a dog and a kid. Upping the stakes. Well played.

Are you excited for Paranormal Activity 2?
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Paranormal Activity 2 Trailer

Paramount Pictures has released the first teaser trailer for Paranormal Activity 2, which is attached to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and it’s now premiered online over at the official site.

The sequel to last year’s surprise supernatural hit, which made over $151 million worldwide and was made on a $15,000 budget, is directed by Tod Williams (The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, The Door in the Floor) and to this point a cast list has yet to be officially listed. The official synopsis has not been released yet.

Paranormal Activity 2 comes to theaters October 22nd, 2010.

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First trailer for Paranormal Activity 2 is now online

  • JoBlo
When your movie costs about 15 grand and you pull in just under $200 million worldwide, you're pretty much guaranteed a sequel with no questions asked. Enter Paranormal Activity 2, the sequel to last year's huge horror sleeper hit. The film comes from first-time horror director Tod Williams (The Door In The Floor, The Adventures Of Sebastian Cole) and television writer Michael R. Perry ("The Dead Zone", "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"). Will they be able to...
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It’s ‘Paranormal Activity 2′ vs. ‘Saw VII 3D’ This Halloween

Last August, a small film called Paranormal Activity swept the nation, making nearly $200 Million to date, worldwide, and creeping out just about every teen who walked into the theater. On the other side, 2009 was the 6th consecutive year that Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures put out a film in the Saw franchise. To date, Saw VI has only made $60 Million worldwide.

Since 2005, a Saw film has always dominated the theaters on the weekend of or just before Halloween. Granted, October is infamous for being the worst financial time of year for films and it still holds strong. Now, it seems the sequel to Paranormal Activity will be coming out to directly compete with the next Saw film, and they plan to be victorious. From Variety:

Paramount is committed to meeting the Oct. 22 release date for “Paranormal Activity 2,” which pits the sequel directly against “Saw VII 3D.”

Saw VII” has already tried to bloody “Paranormal 2″ once.
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Paranormal Activity 2 director announced

The man who’s got the job of turning a Paranormal Activity sequel around by mid-October has been revealed…

However we look at it, there's still a distinct smell of poisoned chalice about Paranormal Activity 2. Announced at the back end of last year and with a release date of October 22nd already locked, the film lost its original choice of director, Kevin Greutert, when he proved to be contractually obliged to helm Saw 7 instead.

Then, last month names such as Akiva Goldsman and Brian De Palma were being linked with the project. As most of us suspected, De Palma was a no-go, but finally, Paramount has its man.

The announcement came in the form of a statement from Oren Peli, who helmed the first film. He wrote:

I have some awesome news for the fans of Paranormal Activity - director Kip Williams will join us for the next chapter of the story.
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Kip Williams To Direct Paranormal Activity 2

When it comes to Paranormal Activity 2, everything seems to be paranormal, huh?

Previously, Brian De Palma and Akiva Goldsman had been rumored to possibly helm the sequel, but now the central news referring to Paranormal Activity 2 sounds: Tod ‘Kip’ Williams has signed on to direct it!

And it’s official, and it’s written by Oren Peli (who directed the first film), and it sits right there, on their official site, and it goes like this:

We are thrilled to have Kip working with us. He is the guy we want at the helm, because he knows exactly what we want to deliver to the fans…and I can’t wait to be a part of what he’s putting together. I don’t want to spoil the story but I promise it’ll surprise you.

We can only hope that this will be a good decision, since
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Kip Williams to Direct ‘Paranormal Activity 2′

Tod “Kip” Williams has signed on to direct the sequel to last year’s viral found footage-style hit, “Paranormal Activity.” The decision was announced by director Oren Peli on the film’s website. He wrote:

“I have some awesome news for the fans of Paranormal Activity–director Kip Williams will join us for the next chapter of the story.

We are thrilled to have Kip working with us. He is the guy we want at the helm, because he knows exactly what we want to deliver to the fans…and I can’t wait to be a part of what he’s putting together.

I don’t want to spoil the story but I promise it’ll surprise you. Stay tuned.

Oren”

So who is this Kip Williams? Well he wasn’t the first choice for the gig, that’s for sure. Kevin Greutert was slated to direct the sequel
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Paranormal Activity sequel gets a director, Micah Sloat promises 'it won't suck'

Paranormal Activity did manage some very hair-raising scares even if it centred on one of the most annoying couples I've ever had to watch.

The actors are a real-life pair and used their true names in the film. In the story, Katie had an unsettling past that she shrugged off with half-soaked complacency while boyfriend Micah's stupid actions - a weak device to escalate the story - were just irritating. My first thought was that people as dumb and unlikeable as this deserve to be haunted.

Nonetheless, the supernatural chills were incredibly effective and the movie, although over-hyped as the scariest film ever made, brought in $193million on a minuscule budget of just $15,000.

No surprise then that a sequel was hurriedly greenlit. A director has now been hired and a release date set for October 22, 2010.

Oren Peli, writer-director of the first film, has announced via the film's official website
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Paranormal Activity 2 Finally Gets a Director

Paramount's search for a director to the sequel of Oren Peli's Paranormal Activity is finally over. Word got out last month that Paramount was deciding between Australian director Greg McLean (Rogue), Brad Anderson (Session 9), and the legendary Brian De Palma (Carrie, Scarface), and the winner is ... Tod "Kip" Williams?

It's true. Peli announced on the Paranormal home page that Williams, director of The Door in the Floor and The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, was hired to direct the anticipated sequel.

I have some awesome news for the fans of Paranormal Activity — director Kip Williams will join us for the next chapter of the story. We are thrilled to have Kip working with us. He is the guy we want at the helm, because he knows exactly what we want to deliver to the fans... and I can't wait to be a part of what he's putting together. I
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