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Holdovers, Expansions and a Trio of New Wide Releases Vie for a Spot in the Weekend Top Ten

Holdovers, Expansions and a Trio of New Wide Releases Vie for a Spot in the Weekend Top Ten
This weekend will see a flurry of activity, beginning with a battle at the top for #1 between Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and Joker. Might the Clown Prince of Crime spoil Maleficent's hopes for a second weekend at #1? Elsewhere, several expanding and new releases take the stage including the Stx thriller Countdown and the corrupt cop thriller Black and Blue from Screen Gems. Additionally, films including Parasite and The Lighthouse will expand along with holdover expansions including Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Lionsgate's horror Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

At the top of the box office we're currently expecting Maleficent: Mistress of Evil to hold off Joker by the narrowest of margins, dipping -54% in its second weekend for a $17 million three-day. This drop is a bit better than the -58% dip for Alice Through the Looking Glass, after it opened with
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Big Little Lies: Here's Why You Totally Recognize Jane's Coworker, Corey

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Big Little Lies is back in action for the highly anticipated second season with an updated all-star cast that includes a handful of Hollywood giants such as Meryl Streep. Besides Alexander Skarsgard's mysterious return as Perry, our most pressing casting question revolves around Douglas Smith as Corey Brockfield. He's Jane's offbeat coworker who's a surfer and aspiring marine biologist. While we got a glimpse of his character in episode one, we don't know a lot about him yet. We bet, however, that you might have heard of the actor behind the scenes.

The 33-year-old Smith had his first breakout role in the 1999 film Blast From the Past, playing a middle-school version of Brendan Fraser's character, a man who has lived in a fallout shelter with his parents for most of his life. Besides this part, Smith appeared in a handful of TV procedurals early in his career,
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‘Pet Sematary’ Director Mary Lambert Boards Mermaid Thriller ‘Rolling in the Deep’

  • Variety
Pet Sematary director Mary Lambert is attached to helm an adaptation of Mira Grant’s mermaid thriller “Rolling in the Deep” for Branded Pictures Entertainment, Variety has learned exclusively.

Sean Hood, whose credits include Conan the Barbarian and Halloween: Resurrection, will adapt the novel, published in 2015. The story revolves around an idealistic young filmmaker who sets out to the Mariana Trench with a small crew to film a faux documentary about mermaids. But the hoax soon turns real as sailors begin to disappear and the filmmaker realizes that they are under siege by actual mermaids. A fight to survive at any cost ensues.

“‘Rolling in the Deep’ is a film led by complicated badass female characters,” Lambert said. “I’ve been waiting to make a film like this my entire career. Our mermaids are not cliché sugary cartoon princesses; they will take you down if you stand in their way.
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The Newton Brothers Talk Netflix’s The Haunting Of Hill House From Director Mike Flanagan

John Andrew Grush (Andy) & Taylor Newton Stewart are collectively known as The Newton Brothers. The Newton Brothers are notable composers, producers, conductors, and multi-instrumentalists best known for their scores in the pyshco-horror thriller genre in motion pictures such as: Oculus, Gerald’s Game, The Bye Bye Man, Ouija: Origin of Evil and most recently, Netflix’s Extinction and The Haunting Of Hill House.

Prior to the release of director Mike Flanagan‘s series on October 12, I recently spoke with the composers.

Andy and Taylor have been scoring films together for over 10 years The partnership began in 2007. Both were learning and making music from a young age, educated and inspired by such wide-ranging influences as Puccini operas, John Williams film scores, and albums by Kraftwerk. “I began classical piano lessons when I was five,” says Andy, “and went from recitals to playing guitar to being in a band to becoming a musical director.
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Director Stricken With Als Vows to Finish Her Final Movie: "Doing What I Love Will Be Part of My Legacy"

Director Stricken With Als Vows to Finish Her Final Movie:
In August, Stacy Title lost her ability to speak. Her voice will not be coming back. The 53-year-old filmmaker, who directed Stx's 2017 horror film The Bye Bye Man, is in the deep stages of Als, the incurable disease that impairs motor functions, one by one, sometimes fast, sometimes slowly, until the victim is immobilized, then dies.

But Title, who in September underwent a tracheotomy to help her breathe and can move only via motorized chair, is doing everything she can to make herself heard as she and her husband, actor, writer and ex-Survivor contestant Jonathan Penner, mount what will be ...
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‘Slender Man’ Film Review: This Creepy Boogeyman Is Boring, and Not the Least Bit Scary

  • The Wrap
It was only a matter of time before some major studio made a movie out of Slender Man, the frightening internet meme about a faceless, gaunt and betentacled specter who kidnaps children and also loves photobombs. He seems tailor-made for classic Hollywood boogeyman status, with a distinctive character design, a creepy gimmick and a pre-ordained cinematic style, which dictates he must always be looming in the background, like the killers in “The Strangers” but with a better tailor.

Sylvain White’s “Slender Man” was not worth the wait. The film takes what might be the most fascinating 21st century horror monster and does almost nothing with him. It’s slow, it’s boring, and it’s not scary. The horror in “Slender Man” could be easily replicated… for free… at home… by turning off the lights and playing atonal violin music on your laptop.

Slender Man” begins when a group
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‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ Six Horror Movies Pack Giveaway

On July 12th, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will unleash The Strangers: Prey at Night onto Blu-ray and DVD with an all-new unrated director's cut included. We've got a great giveaway courtesy of Universal to support the big home video release.

One lucky grand prize winner will score not only The Strangers: Prey at Night on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital combo pack, but all the Universal horror movies on Blu-ray combo pack listed below.

Split

Cult of Chucky

Happy Death Day

The Bye Bye Man

The Purge: Election Day

That's a total of six Universal horror movies on Blu-ray combo up for grabs in this contest.

For a chance to win this great prize pack please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.
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Celebrities Come Out to Support All It Takes Youth Leadership Fundraiser at Earth Friendly Products

Earth Friendly Products, the maker of Ecos environmentally friendly laundry detergent and household cleaners, culminated its year-long 50th anniversary celebration Saturday night as the presenting sponsor of the All It Takes annual fundraiser for its youth leadership programs.

Kendrick Sampson, Isidora Goreshter and Shailene Woodley

Credit/Copyright: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images

The “Lasting Legacy” reception and dinner under the stars was held at Earth Friendly Products’ carbon neutral, Platinum Zero Waste-certified headquarters in Orange County, California.

Hollywood celebrities including Storm Reid, Francis Fisher, and Kendrick Sampson joined Shailene Woodley and Lori Woodley, founders of All It Takes, to celebrate the success that the organization has had in transforming the lives of tens of thousands of middle school students. Douglas Smith, Isidora Goreshter and Ricky Garcia of Forever in Your Mind, which performed at the event, were also among the celebrities at the event.

All It Takes Youth Leadership Programs teach young people to create sustainable,
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Ellen Rakieten Launches Very Tall Productions; Backed By Jeffrey Soros & Simon Horsman’s La Media Fund

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Exclusive: Producer Ellen Rakieten has teamed with Los Angeles Media Fund — the financing and production vehicle of Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman — to launch Very Tall Productions. The new company will develop, finance and produce unscripted and scripted content for television and digital platforms. Very Tall Productions will also produce documentaries and films as well as live events around the world.

Rakieten, who’s Very Tall Productions’ CEO, is the prolific 13-time Emmy winner who produced The Oprah Winfrey Show over two decades, The Marriage Ref with Jerry Seinfeld, the Jillian Michaels-starrer Losing it with Jillian, the Emmy-winning Food Network show Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, Welcome Back Potter (Hgtv), All About Sex (TLC), Zoe Saldana Presents My Hero (AOL), Joyride (Esquire), Car Matchmaker (Esquire/NBC Sports), and Undateable for NBC, latter based on a book co-written by Rakieten.

One of Very Tall Productions’ first projects is the multi-generational series,
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Horror Highlights: Terrifier, Screambox Announces First “Scream J”, Updated Wizard World 2018 Schedule, What The Fest?! and The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies

Art the Clown returns in the new horror movie Terrifier, which is coming to Blu-ray / DVD and headlines today's Horror Highlights. We also have details on Screambox's first "Scream J," Wizard World's updated 2018 schedule, and information on special New York City screenings from What The Fest?! and The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies.

Terrifier Blu-ray / DVD: Press Release: "No more clowning around! After several successful VOD releases and a series of monthly theatrical event screenings, Dread Central Presents are now bringing their horror movies home, where they belong, with collector’s edition Blu-Ray/DVD combo packs, starting with Damien Leone’s 80's slasher throwback Terrifier on March 27th.

“We are still avid collectors of physical releases, so it is important for us that we make the films available that way,” said Dread Central Presents’ Director of Distribution, Rob Galluzzo. “We worked very closely with Damien on every aspect of the disc,
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Slasher Clown Feature Terrifier Brings More Bloody Mayhem to Theatres

Terrifer is an upcoming film from director Damien Leone. In the film, a killer clown attacks three young women, on Halloween night. The violence and terror only fuels this clown's desire for more blood. As well, Terrifier is being released by both Epic Pictures Releasing and Dread Central Presents. The film stars: Jenna Kanell (The Bye Bye Man), Catherine Corcoran (Return to Nuke 'Em High Vol. 1 & 2), Margaret Reed, and David Howard Thornton. This slasher feature begins a theatrical run in mid-March, followed by a U.S. nationwide release on Digital platforms. A preview of the film's upcoming release is hosted here. The Red Band trailer for Terrifier shows many of the film's more gruesome images. The clown's victims are confident at first, in that they can handle a scary clown. But, when the weapons are out, the girls flee into a warehouse - for dissection! Terrifier brings its central character from 2013's All Hallows' Eve.
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The Horror Genre Has Now Made Over $1 Billion This Year

We don’t need to tell you that 2017 has been a tremendously strong year for horror films. Not only in terms of quality pics, but at the box office, too. Between titles like It, Get Out, Split and Annabelle: Creation, the genre has been pulling in some serious dough over the past few months and now, another milestone has been reached.

Just days after 2017 went down in the history books as the biggest year ever for horror, we’re now learning that the genre has grossed over $1 billion dollars in revenue domestically.

“For perspective, most years don’t even come close to the heights horror has climbed in 2017,” The Wrap notes. “The highest grossing horror film in 2016 was “The Conjuring 2,” with $102 million, a total bested by all four of the horror films listed above.”

Of course, much of this success can be contributed to the aforementioned movies. First up is It,
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2017 Has Been The Biggest Year For Horror Movies Ever

Though the horror genre is often criticized for churning out more trash than most, when it’s done right, it’s a wonder to behold and 2017, in particular, has been a truly fantastic year for those who like their movies scary. Between It, Get Out and Annabelle: Creation, among others, horror flicks have ruled over the box office for the past few months, making it the biggest year for the genre ever.

Combined, the total gross for horror movies in 2017 is $733 million domestically, and with Jigsaw having only just hit theatres this weekend and Happy Death Day still going strong, that number will certainly continue to climb. In fact, it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see it hit $800 million once all is said and done. After all, there’s still over two months left before the year draws to a close.

Of course, much of this success can be contributed to It,
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2017 Is the Biggest Year for Horror Movies Ever

2017 Is the Biggest Year for Horror Movies Ever
Horror movies have always been the bread and butter of the movie industry in a way. They are, generally speaking, cheap to make and can bring in massive returns on investment. Even if a horror movie "bombs," it's hard for anyone in Hollywood to lose a lot of money on them. But 2017 has been an especially amazing year for horror movies. In fact, according to a new report, 2017 is now officially the biggest year of all time for horror movies at the box office.

Thanks to massive hits like Andy Muschietti's It and Jordan Peele's directorial debut Get Out, horror movies have brought in more than $733 million at the domestic box office. Considering that other movies like Happy Death Day and Jigsaw, which is expected to take the top spot over the Halloween weekend at the box office, are still raking in the dough, that massive number is only going to get bigger.
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Movie Review – Watch Over Us (2017)

Watch Over Us, 2017.

Directed by F.C. Rabbath.

Starring Avery Kristen Pohl, Ella Schaefer, Daniel Link, Henry Tisdale, and Hudson Meeks.

Synopsis:

A father and his young daughters move onto their grandfather’s secluded farm following the breakup of their parents. But once there, they are soon plagued by paranormal events that reveal a deadly secret that has haunted the family for generations, and an evil force that demands they uphold a deadly promise made by their ancestors.

Supernatural horror films have become a genre of their own in their recent years, kickstarted by the phenomenal popularity of the Paranormal Activity franchise, which spawned countless imitators and led to studios putting out as many similarly-themed films as they could – The Devil Inside, Devil’s Due, The Bye Bye Man… the list is almost endless. We even got another entry into the Blair Witch series, which unfortunately failed to connect with audiences,
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‘Snatch’ TV series gets UK premiere date

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BT and AMC have announced that BT customers will be the first to see the acclaimed new TV drama Snatch, starring Rupert Grint (the Harry Potter films) in the UK. The 10-episode original series will premiere on AMC in the UK on 31st October at 10pm, exclusively to BT customers. The full box set will also be available on demand to BT TV customers after the premiere.

Based loosely on the wildly popular Guy Ritchie movie of the same name, Snatch centres on a group of twenty-something, up-and-coming hustlers who stumble upon a truck load of stolen gold bullion and are suddenly thrust into the high stakes world of organised crime. They must quickly learn to navigate the treacherous waters of London’s underworld as rogue cops, gypsy fighters, international mobsters and local villains descend.

Snatch stars Rupert Grint (the Harry Potter films) as the intelligent but chaotic Charlie Cavendish,
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Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival 2017 Announces Full Lineup, Including Spookers and Night Creep

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What goes into the making of a family-owned haunted attraction? You can find out this fall when the documentary Spookers makes its Us premiere at the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival, which will also host the world theatrical premiere of Night Creep, a movie filmed in 2002 that co-stars the late, great Don Calfa (The Return of the Living Dead).

Press Release: Philadelphia, Pa, September 6th, 2017, Set to haunt the Proscenium Theater at the Drake in Center City Philadelphia from Thursday, September 28th, to Sunday, October 1st, the second annual edition of the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival (“Puff”) is excited to announce the latest and final additions to their 2017 line-up. In addition to such acclaimed genre fare as “Tragedy Girls,” “Terrifier,” and “Ruin Me,” as well as the World Premiere of the highly-anticipated “100 Acres of Hell,” Puff is proud to add two extremely unique films to their roster, including a shot-on-video horror
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Cressida Bonas Says It’s ‘Incredibly Frustrating’ to Be Known as Prince Harry’s Ex-Girlfriend

Cressida Bonas Says It’s ‘Incredibly Frustrating’ to Be Known as Prince Harry’s Ex-Girlfriend
Cressida Bonas wants the world to know that she’s so much more than Prince Harry‘s former flame.

The actress, who dated Harry for two years, from 2012 to 2014, stopped by BBC’s Woman’s Hour radio show to chat about her role in the new play Mrs. Orwell, where she plays the second wife of George Orwell, Sonia.

Discussing the play, which tells the story of on a woman married to a very famous man, the show’s host couldn’t help but ask Bonas about her own experience in a relationship with a well-known bachelor. Bonas said that
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Still Star-Crossed: Do You Bite Your Thumb at ABC's Romeo & Juliet Drama?

Still Star-Crossed: Do You Bite Your Thumb at ABC's Romeo & Juliet Drama?
More than 400 years after William Shakespeare’s death, one of the playwright’s most beloved works is at last being given the sequel treatment in the form of an ABC drama series.

RelatedDirty Dancing: 20 Burning Questions About ABC’s Curious Remake (Including That Bizarre Ending)

Based on Melinda Taub’s 2013 novel, ABC’s Still Star-Crossed strives to answer a whole bunch of questions no one asked about the extended Romeo and Juliet universe, including how its members fared after the titular lovers’ deaths.

Monday’s premiere spun the mostly familiar tale of forbidden lovers who defied their feuding
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Home Entertainment: Dead Awake Review

Dead Awake Review

Sleep-paralysis is a terrifying phenomenon; the condition can affect anyone at any point during their life. It is a strange event during which people on the cusp of waking or sleeping find themselves alert, but trapped paralysed in their bodies whilst ‘dreaming’, and was the subject of a fantastic documentary called The Nightmare. The film was showcased at Frightfest in 2015 and was one of the scariest films to screen that year. It featured accounts from real-life sufferers of the disorder as they recounted their experiences, all of which were skin-crawlingly intense. The documentary clearly caught the attention of Hollywood as we’re starting to see the emergence of horror films that attempt to delve into the condition. The first such film is Dead Awake which arrives on DVD on Monday 15th May.

After her twin sister Beth dies in her sleep, Kate (Jocelin Donahue) starts to investigate a string of mysterious deaths,
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