THE APPARITION Blu-ray Review

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Hey, remember The Apparition? It’s okay if you don’t. The film snuck into theaters at the end of August, looking all slick and spooky, managed to con $9 mil worth of suckers into seeing it, and quickly faded away. From the script to the screen, The Apparition offered absolutely nothing new to the genre and didn’t bring anything exciting to its tried and true tropes. The best that can be said is “at least it’s not found footage.” So why bother with a review of the Warner Bros.’ Blu-ray? Because the special features are more entertaining than the movie. Find out why after the jump…

New to Blu-ray: MEN IN BLACK 3, PARANORMAN, LAWLESS, and More

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This week on Blu-ray a number of 2012 titles hit home video in the absence of older films.  Briefly:

Hit the jump for all the details.

Weekend Box Office – THE EXPENDABLES 2 Claims Second Title While New Releases Struggle

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It looks like audiences had better things to do than go to the movies this weekend, as only one feature managed to earn over $10 million at the box office. That distinction went to The Expendables 2, which claimed its second weekend on top with a meager $13.5 million. Holdovers made up the remainder of the top five while a mixed bag of new releases struggled over late-summer scraps.

Title Weekend Total
1. The Expendables 2 $13,500,000 $52.3
2. The Bourne Legacy $9,300,000 $85.5
3. ParaNorman $8,546,000 $28.2
4. The Campaign $7,440,000 $64.5
5. The Dark Knight Rises $7,150,000 $422.1
6. Odd Life of Timothy Green $7,125,000 $27
7. Premium Rush $6,300,000 $6.3
8. 2016 Obama’s America $6,238,000 $9
9. Hope Springs $6,000,000 $45
10. Hit and Run $4,675,000 $5.8

Friday Box Office – THE EXPENDABLES 2 Leads Exceptionally Weak Field with $3.8 Million

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If summer started off white-hot with Marvel’s The Avengers, it looks like it will end ice-cold with the lowest-grossing number one finish of 2012.  After a weak Friday box office, it looks like The Expendables 2 will earn a second weekend at number one with just $11 million in expected grosses. The weekend’s other titles should all fall short of $10 million by Sunday, including the new releases Premium Rush, Hit and Run and The Apparition. The only notable feature of Friday’s top five is the performance of the political documentary 2016 Obama’s America. After hanging back in limited release since July, the feature-length attack ad moved into 1,091 locations on Friday where it brought in a solid $2.2 million. We’ll have full details tomorrow.

Title            Friday Total
1.  The Expendables 2 $3,850,000 $42.6
2.  The Bourne Legacy $2,700,000 $78.8
3.
 ParaNorman $2,300,000 $21.9
4.  2016 Obama’s America $2,295,000 $5
5.  The Campaign $2,215,000 $59.3

Ashley Greene Talks THE APPARITION and CBGB

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Opening tomorrow is writer-director Todd Lincoln‘s The Apparition.  The film centers on a young couple played by Ashley Greene (Twilight) and Sebastian Stan (Captain America) who “discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment.  The horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run. Their last hope is an expert in the supernatural, Patrick (Tom Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force.”

The other day I interviewed Greene here in Los Angeles.  We talked about how she prepared for the role, what was it like to collaborate with director Todd Lincoln, filming in Berlin and southern California, and her upcoming film CBGB where she plays Lisa Kristal, the daughter of club owner, Hilly Kristal, who is played by Alan Rickman.  Hit the jump to watch.

Ashley Greene Talks Shooting in Berlin, Her Favorite Horror Films, and Her Pro-Active Character on the Set of THE APPARITION

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In the horror thriller The Apparition, opening in theaters on August 24th, frightening events start to occur in the home shared by young couple, Kelly (The Twilight Saga’s Ashley Greene) and Ben (Political Animals stars Sebastian Stan). They discover that they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment when the horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run.

A while back, Collider was invited to participate in a set visit for the film, where actress Ashley Greene took some time to talk to the handful of outlets that were there for the shoot. During the interview, she spoke about how her character fits into the story, what it was like to do part of the shoot in Berlin, what she enjoys about the horror genre, her favorite horror films, keeping her character pro-active and strong, how this was one of the most emotionally and physically demanding roles that she’s done, and the other genres she’d love to get to work in. Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Sebastian Stan Talks About the Creature, Psychological Thriller vs. Horror, and the Phillip Experiment on the Set of THE APPARITION

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In the horror thriller The Apparition, opening in theaters on August 24th, frightening events start to occur in the home shared by young couple, Kelly (The Twilight Saga’s Ashley Greene) and Ben (Political Animals stars Sebastian Stan).  They discover that they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment when the horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run.

A while back, Collider was invited to participate in a set visit for the film, where actor Sebastian Stan took some time to talk to the handful of outlets that were there for the shoot.  During the interview, he spoke about how his character fits into the story, the experiment that sets the events of the film in motion, the fact that this is more psychological thriller than horror film, how director Todd Lincoln had very specific movies that he wanted the actors to watch, and revealed that the creature itself is not clearly defined, but very scary.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Over 20 New Images from THE APPARITION Starring Ashley Greene and Sebastian Stan

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We’re currently in the midst of August as the summer movie season winds down to a close, and that means that we’ve got a batch of new horror movies headed our way over the next couple months.  One such film is the horror thriller The Apparition, and 22 new images from the pic have been released for our perusing pleasure.  The film centers on a young couple played by Ashley Greene (Twilight) and Sebastian Stan (Captain America) who accidentally conjure a terrifying apparition that feeds on their fear.  They’re turn to Tom Felton (Harry Potter’s resident dickhead) to help them get rid of the supernatural being.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Directed by Todd Lincoln, The Apparition opens on August 24th.

First Trailer for THE APPARITION [Updated with Poster]

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The first trailer for the horror film The Apparition has arrived.  The trailer begins by explaining that ghosts only exist because we believe in them, then shows a group of scientists who test said theory by trying to conjure a ghost themselves.  They apparently succeed, but I’m confused as to how the film is supposed to be scary when we’re told up front that everything is a product of the characters’ imagination.  The trailer shows a physical presence disturbing the characters, but this seems to be a misapplication of the “science” that the film is supposedly using to ground the film in reality.  The pic mixes traditional narrative with found footage (oh boy!), and I really can’t say this trailer did anything for me.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, and Tom FeltonThe Apparition opens on August 24th. [Update: We've added the film's poster after the jump as well]

New High Resolution Images from ROCK OF AGES and THE APPARITION

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We’ve got a few high resolution images from the musical Rock of Ages and the horror flick The Apparition to share this afternoon.  Directed by Adam Shankman, Rock of Ages stars Julianne Hough as a small-town girl with big dreams who falls for a rock star (Tom Cruise).  The musical is full of 1980s hits and features a pretty impressive ensemble cast that includes Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Diego Boneta, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Paul Giamatti.  The film opens on June 15th.

Additionally, The Apparition centers on a young couple played by Ashley Green (Twilight) and Sebastian Stan (Captain America) who accidentally conjure a terrifying apparition that feeds on their fear.  Naturally, they turn to Harry Potter’s Tom Felton to help them get rid of the dastardly creature.  These images confirm that Greene is, in fact, very good looking. The film opens on August 24th.

Exclusive: Ashley Greene Talks THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, LOL, THE APPARITION, Bill Condon and More at Comic-Con

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At Comic-Con, shortly after some very crowded press conferences and showing fans the first footage from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, I was able to sit down with Ashley Greene for an exclusive interview.  We talked about being at Comic-Con, working for director Bill Condon, what was it like to make the final two Twilight films, what kind of projects is she looking to do next, her other upcoming movies (Butter, LOL, and The Apparition), and, of course, I asked what’s her karaoke song.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.

Release Dates for A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR CHRISTMAS and TED; THE APPARITION Moves to 2012

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For those who like to plan far in advance, we have some release date news for you.  First up, the comedies A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas has been set to be released in 3D on November 4th while Ted is currently set for July 13, 2012.  Meanwhile, the horror film The Apparition has been moved off September 9th and onto a currently unspecified date in 2012.

Hit the jump for more on all of these movies and which films Harold & Kumar and Ted will be sharing their new dates with.

Producer Joel Silver on SPLICE, LOGAN’S RUN, SWAMP THING, THE APPARATION, PROJECT-X, UNKNOWN WHITE MALE

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After seeing just one still of the movie in a trade paper, and then being sent the finished film, producer Joel Silver thought it was so effective that he ended up acquiring the rights to the horror feature Splice. Although he was always open to the possibility, acquiring an already-finished product was something he had never done before, under his Dark Castle banner.

While at the press day for the disturbing thriller, which stars Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody, the prolific producer also discussed a long list of other projects that he currently has in various stages, including Unknown White Male, The Apparition, The Factory and Project X.  He also talked about the disappointing box office for The Losers, his hopes to get Logan’s Run and Forbidden Planet into production, what’s holding up Swamp Thing and his thoughts on 3-D, as well as confirming that he is no longer working with The Wachowskis. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Warner Bros. Release Dates 2011: NEW YEAR’S EVE, CONTAGION 3D, FINAL DESTINATION 5, RED RIDING HOOD, More

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Even after the onslaught of release dates we saw yesterday, it turns out Warner Bros. has more to add to the pile.  The studio has now slated release dates for a ton of movies in 2011.  Here’s the list:

  • The Factory 1/28/11
  • Unknown White Male (2011) 1/7/11
  • Hall Pass 2/25/11
  • Horrible Bosses 7/29/11
  • The Rite 1/28/11
  • Born to Be Wild (IMAX) 4/8/11
  • Red Riding Hood 4/22/11
  • Late Bloomer 8/12/11
  • Final Destination 5 8/26/11
  • The Apparition 9/9/11
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth 2 (3D) 9/23/11
  • Contagion (3D) 10/21/11
  • New Year’s Eve 12/9/11

For more details on the WB movies coming in 2011, hit the jump.

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