Jason Blum Talks INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3, IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE, SINISTER 2, AMITYVILLE, JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, and ASCENSION

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Jason Blum is one seriously busy guy.  Over the last few years Blum has established himself as a force in the horror genre, turning out high quality microbudget films and setting up franchises with impressive constancy.  So far his major releases of 2014 include Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Oculus - he even had a hand in HBO’s The Normal Heart.  Next up is The Purge: Anarchy, which hits theaters this Friday.

While speaking with Blum about The Purge: Anarchy earlier this week I had a chance to catch up with him about a number of projects he has on the docket.  We talked about how Leigh Whannell is faring as a first time director on Insidious: Chapter 3, Scott Derrickson‘s involvement in Sinister 2, what he saw on the set of Ti West‘s In a Valley of Violence, bringing a new approach to Amityville, why he wanted to make Jem and the Holograms, and more.  He also talked about getting into the world of television with Ascension and what attracted him to the television format.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

FAST & FURIOUS 7 Opens Earlier on April 3, 2015; LITTLE BOY Opens February 27, 2015; Focus Features Sets INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 for May 29, 2015

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Take a look at the latest release date announcements:

  • Fast & Furious 7James Wan’s first foray into the Fast & Furious franchise will open a week earlier on April 3, 2015
  • Little Boy – Open Road Films’ inspirational family picture will open in the U.S. on February 27, 2015.
  • Insidious: Chapter 3 – Writer-director Leigh Whannell’s horror film starring Dermot Mulroney will now open a few weeks later on May 29, 2015.
  • SelflessTarsem Singh’s film about a dying man who transfers his consciousness into a young man’s body, starring Ryan Reynolds, has been pushed back yet again to April 17, 2015.
  • Black SeaKevin Macdonald’s adventure-thriller starring Scoot McNairy, Jude Law, and Ben Mendelsohn as submarine-traveling treasure-hunters opens January 23, 2015.
  • Hillsong: Let Hope Rise – The Christian band documentary from Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. directed by Michael John Warren will open on April 3, 2015.

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Dermot Mulroney to Star in INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3; Jason Sudeikis Is in Talks for LOOMIS FARGO; Jack Reynor Eyed for Casey Affleck’s Josh Hamilton Biopic

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Dermot Mulroney is set to star in writer-director Leigh Whannell’s Insidious: Chapter 3, due out April 3, 2015.
  • Jason Sudeikis is in talks to join Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, and Kristen Wiig in Relativity’s untitled armored car heist picture, formerly known as Loomis Fargo.
  • Jack Reynor is being eyed by Casey Affleck to play troubled baseball player Josh Hamilton in the Relativity biopic.

Hit the jump for more on each casting story.

Franchise Screenwriter Leigh Whannell to Direct INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3

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Focus Features has settled on a director for the third entry in the Insidious franchise.  The studio announced today that screenwriter Leigh Whannell will take the helm of Insidious: Chapter 3 in addition to writing the horror sequel, taking over directing duties from James Wan who directed the first two Insidious films.  In addition to scripting Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2, Whannell also co-created the Saw franchise with Wan.  Insidious: Chapter 3 will mark his directorial debut, as Wan remains onboard as a producer while he’s busy directing Fast & Furious 7.

Production on the horror sequel is set to begin this summer on July 7th in anticipation of the film’s April 3, 2015 release date.  Read the full press release after the jump.

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 Will Haunt Theaters on April 3, 2015

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Focus Features has announced that the third installment in the Insidious horror franchise will be released in theaters on April 3, 2015.  We learned a few months ago that Leigh Whannell was returning to pen the script for Insidious: Chapter 3, but further details on the follow-up are still unknown.  James Wan directed the first two films to great success, but he has since expressed interest in trying his hand at other genres after this summer’s one-two horror punch of The Conjuring and Insidious: Chapter 2.  Indeed, he’s currently hard at work filming the action sequel Fast & Furious 7, so it’s unlikely he will return to helm Chapter 3.

Insidious: Chapter 3 is currently slated to open directly opposite the Keanu Reeves/Rachel McAdams sci-fi pic Passengers, which will mark Game of Thrones helmer Brian Kirk’s feature directorial debut.  Insidious: Chapter 2 earned $40 million on its opening weekend this past September and went on to gross a total of $148.8 million worldwide, which isn’t bad considering the total budget was $5 million.

Jason Blum and John Murdy Talk INSIDIOUS: INTO THE FURTHER Maze at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights Starting September 20th

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In this job, I get to do some really cool things, and one such cool thing happened when I was recently given the opportunity to tour the new Insidious: Into the Further maze for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, taking place on select nights from September 20th through November 2nd, prior to its debut.  Walking through each scene, accompanied by the film’s producer Jason Blum and HHN creative director John Murdy, it was clear how much time and thought was put into every little detail.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, Jason Blum and John Murdy talked about how this particular maze came about, what it’s like to see a movie brought to life in this way, how long they spend planning out the mazes, figuring out which scenes to include, that they’ll have about 40 performers in the maze, that they’re already thinking about the next movie they can collaborate on a maze for, and whether they’re tempted to get dressed up and scare people themselves.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Leigh Whannell Talks INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, What He’s Most Excited for Fans to See, How He Comes up with Scares, and His Upcoming Film, COOTIES

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Opening in theaters this weekend is James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2.  The follow-up to the 2011 surprise hit picks up exactly where the first left off.  Josh (Patrick Wilson) has returned from the Further feeling not quite himself, and when Renai (Rose Byrne) begins seeing familiar signs of the paranormal the Lambert family is thrust once more into a world of psychics, demons and ghosts.  Insidious: Chapter 2 also stars Barbara HersheyLin ShayeLeigh WhannellAngus Sampson, and Ty Simpkins.

During a recent New York press day for the film I sat hopped on the phone for an interview with Whannell.  He talked about what he’s most excited for fans to see in the sequel, why he wanted to write it, his method for coming up with new scares, learning from Wan on set, working as writer and actor, and his upcoming film Cooties.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER THREE Moving Forward; Leigh Whannell Returning to Write the Script

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Following the impressive box office success of Insidious: Chapter Two, another sequel in the horror franchise is moving forward.  eOne, FilmDistrict, and Sony Pictures Worldwide announced today that they are developing a third Insidious film, with Insidious and Insidious: Chapter Two screenwriter Leigh Whannell returning to pen the screenplay.  James Wan directed the first two installments, but after the back-to-back successes of The Conjuring and Insidious 2, he has stated his intention to move away from the horror genre and try his hand at other kinds of films.  He’s currently busy directing Fast & Furious 7 and the press release makes no mention of his involvement with Insidious: Chapter Three, so it’s unlikely that he will return to direct.

Jason Blum and Oren Peli are producing the third installment, but further details about the horror sequel are unknown.  The second film made over $40 million in its opening weekend against a $5 million budget, so clearly continuing the series is in the best interest of the studios.  Hopefully Whannell develops a worthwhile story.  Hit the jump to read the press release.

Weekend Box Office: INSIDIOUS CHAPTER TWO Sets New September Record with $41 Million Debut

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After scaring up 2013’s highest single-day horror opening on Friday the 13th, Insidious Chapter Two went on to claim an estimated $41 million from 3,049 locations this weekend. That’s a new record for a live-action September release (only Hotel Transylvania opened higher) and ranks as one of the top openings ever in the supernatural horror genre.

The Family was the weekend’s only other new release. Unlike Insidious 2, which nearly doubled its pre-release projection, Luc Besson’s gangster came in on par with its more modest target.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Insidious Chapter Two $41,050,000 $41.05
2.  The Family $14,500,000 $14.5
3.  Riddick $7,000,000 $31.27
4.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $5,580,000 $100
5.  We’re The Millers $5,415,000 $131.6
6.  Instructions Not Included $4,250,000 $26.5
7.  Planes $3,066,000 $82.9
8.  One Direction: This Is Us $2,400,000 $26.8
9.  Elysium $2,050,000 $88.3
10.  Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $1,825,000 $62

Lin Shaye Talks INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, Returning for the Sequel, Fan Enthusiasm for Her Character, the Best Acting Advice She Ever Got, and More

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Opening in theaters this weekend is James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2.  The follow-up to the 2011 surprise hit picks up exactly where the first left off.  Josh (Patrick Wilson) has returned from the Further feeling not quite himself, and when Renai (Rose Byrne) begins seeing familiar signs of the paranormal the Lambert family is thrust once more into a world of psychics, demons and ghosts.  Insidious: Chapter 2 also stars Barbara HersheyLin ShayeLeigh WhannellAngus Sampson, and Ty Simpkins.

During a recent New York press day for the film I hopped on the phone for an interview with Shaye.  She talked about if she was surprised Elise was in the second film, the enthusiastic audience response to her character, building the character of Elise, the best acting advice she ever got, what’s up next and more.  Hit the jump to see what she had to say. 

TOP 5: INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 Interviews, Oscar Beat, HARRY POTTER Spinoff Film Series in the Works from J.K. Rowling, Cinemath, TIFF 2013 Coverage

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Having played in limited release since August, director James Ponsoldt‘s high school drama The Spectacular Now finally made its way to my Midwestern neck of the woods this weekend and I jumped at the chance to see it last night. Although it elicited fewer laughs than I expected, the film levied an emotional punch that I’m still shaking off today. As has been noted by many before me, Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley‘s performances are fantastic and their chemistry is palpable from beginning to end (one scene in which Woodley’s Aimee describes her dreams of a perfect marriage stands out to me in particular). Moreover, Kyle Chandler‘s turn as Teller’s estranged father is as powerful as it is short-lived. If you have the slightest interest in the coming-of-age genre, and this film is playing nearby, take the time to see it. Few in the genre capture the nuance of high-school love and personal demons as honestly as The Spectacular Now.

With that ringing endorsement behind me, this week’s Top 5 includes a slew of Insidious: Chapter 2 interviews, Adam keeping his finger on the pulse of awards season with his recurring Oscar Beat feature, news that Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling are teaming up for a new film series inspired by Harry Potter, a new installment of Cinemath that takes a look at the history of movie ticket prices, and a recap of our robust TIFF 2013 coverage. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Jason Blum talks INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, Bringing Back the Entire Cast, The Creative Freedom of Low Budget Filmmaking, STRETCH, MOCKINGBIRD & More

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Opening in theaters this weekend is James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2.  The follow-up to the 2011 surprise hit picks up exactly where the first left off with the Lambert family thrust into a world of psychics, demons and ghosts.  Insidious put an entirely original spin on the haunted house subgenre with its unique third act, and Chapter 2 digs deeper into that universe traveling further into the, well, Further and answering any last lingering fan questions.  Insidious: Chapter 2 stars Patrick WilsonRose ByrneBarbara HersheyLin ShayeLeigh WhannellAngus Sampson, and Ty Simpkins.

A few weeks ago at a Los Angeles press day I got to sit down with producer Jason Blum for an exclusive interview.  He talked about bringing back the entire cast from the first film, the creative freedom of low-budget films, going where he’s needed as a producer, attracting  name actors to small genre projects, and more.  He also gave updates on Stretch and Mockingbird.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Patrick Wilson Talks INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, Teaming up with James Wan Again, Playing Multiple Characters, His Desire to Get Back on Stage, STRETCH and More

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Opening in theaters this weekend is James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2.  The follow-up to the 2011 surprise hit picks up exactly where the first left off. Josh (Patrick Wilson) has returned from the Further feeling not quite himself, and when Renai (Rose Byrne) begins seeing familiar signs of the paranormal the Lambert family is thrust once more into a world of psychics, demons and ghosts. Insidious: Chapter 2 also stars Barbara HersheyLin ShayeLeigh WhannellAngus Sampson, and Ty Simpkins.

During a recent New York press day I hopped on the phone for an interview with Wilson. He talked about working on his first sequel, playing multiple characters, what he’s learned from his collaborations with James Wan, wanting to get back on stage and more. He also gave an update on Joe Carnahan’s Stretch. Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Rose Byrne Talks INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, Returning for the Sequel, Working with James Wan and Leigh Whannell, the Diversity of her Career, ANNIE, and More

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Opening in theaters this weekend is James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2.  The follow-up to the 2011 surprise hit picks up exactly where the first left off.  Josh (Patrick Wilson) has returned from the Further feeling not quite himself, and when Renai (Rose Byrne) begins seeing familiar signs of the paranormal the Lambert family is thrust once more into a world of psychics, demons and ghosts.  Insidious: Chapter 2 also stars Barbara HersheyLin ShayeLeigh WhannellAngus Sampson, and Ty Simpkins.

During a recent New York press day I hopped on the phone for an interview with Byrne.  She talked about what brought her back for an Insidious sequel, working with James Wan, and acting alongside screenwriter Leigh Whannell.  She also talked about the diversity of her career, her recent work in comedy, Annie and more.  Hit the jump to see what she had to say.

Leigh Whannell Talks INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, Working with James Wan, Writing a Sequel, His Love of Horror, Plans to Direct, and His Upcoming Film, THE MULE

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Opening in theaters this weekend is James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2.  The follow-up to the 2011 surprise hit picks up exactly where the first left off with the Lambert family thrust into a world of psychics, demons and ghosts.  Insidious put an entirely original spin on the haunted house subgenre with its unique third act, and Chapter 2 digs deeper into that universe traveling further into the, well, Further and answering any last lingering fan questions.  Insidious: Chapter 2 stars Patrick WilsonRose ByrneBarbara HersheyLin ShayeLeigh WhannellAngus Sampson, and Ty Simpkins.

A few weeks ago at a Los Angeles press day I got to sit down with Leigh Whannell for an exclusive interview.  He talked about the working dynamic between him and James Wan, the freedom of writing a sequel, and creating a story around the first film.  He also talked about his plans to direct, why he loves making horror, and his upcoming film The Mule.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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