Friday Box Office: ANNABELLE Scares Up the Win on Opening Day but GONE GIRL Will Snatch the Weekend

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With this year’s sleepy September now behind it, the box office seems poised for an impressive October.  Two new wide releases came out stronger than projected, though it was the R-rated horror pic Annabelle that had the edge on Friday.  A prequel to 2013’s monster horror hit The Conjuring, Annabelle scored an estimated $15.5 million from 3,185 locations yesterday, including $2.1 million from late night previews.  That was good enough for first place on opening day, though it won’t secure Annabelle the win on October’s first weekend.  That honor will go to Gone Girl, the highly-anticipated adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling 2012 novel.  The R-rated drama earned an estimated $13.2 million from 3,014 locations yesterday and could climb as high as $38 million this weekend.

Details and Friday’s top five after the jump.

ANNABELLE TV Spot Packs a Ton of Scares Despite a Brief Runtime

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On the heels of a teaser trailer and a more plot-heavy full trailer, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line have released a TV Spot for The Conjuring spinoff, Annabelle.  So far this movie looks pretty good to me.  There’s no way it can top The Conjuring, it just doesn’t have the time, resources and cast that film did (nor does it have James Wan directing), but it could be a great diversion nonetheless. Director John R. Leonetti shot The Conjuring (and a ton of other Wan films) so he was able to learn from the current master of the genre.

At the very least, the film will have a lot of creepy imagery and jump scares.  And who knows, maybe we end up with another smash?  Hit the jump to check out the new Annabelle TV Spot.  The film stars Annabelle WallisAlfre WoodardWard Horton, Tony AmendolaEric Ladin and Brian Howe, and hits theaters on October 3rd.

ANNABELLE Trailer Suggests the Doll Will Continue to Be Your Worst Nightmare

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That first teaser trailer for The Conjuring spinoff, Annabelle, made for a strong start, but the film’s first full trailer just dropped and it proves that Annabelle isn’t just a creepy doll shtick, but rather that it has the potential to blow the doors wide open to another deeply terrifying supernatural haunting.

The Conjuring kicked off with a sequence during which Annabelle terrorized two nursing students, but by the looks of one particular shot in this trailer, her upcoming solo movie could go back to where it all started.  Hit the jump to check out the new Annabelle trailer for yourself.  The film stars Annabelle WallisAlfre WoodardWard Horton, Tony AmendolaEric Ladin and Brian Howe, and hits theaters on October 3rd.

ANNABELLE Teaser Trailer Hints at a Potentially Terrifying Film

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Last week we got the news that Annabelle, the spinoff of The Conjuring, was indeed the “Untitled New Line Horror Film” that had previously been scheduled for later this year.  Today, in what seems like a remarkably quick turnaround, we have a two minute teaser trailer for the movie.  If you’re even remotely a fan of The Conjuring this is something you’ll want to check out (though it should be noted that Annabelle is not the official sequel The Conjuring 2, which is set for release October 23rd, 2015).

Annabelle was directed by John R. Leonetti (who served as a DP on The Conjuring and should be able to recreate that film’s style) and written by Gary Dauberman (the upcoming Crawlspace).  James Wan is producing alongside Peter Safran.  The film stars the somewhat ironically named Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders), Ward Horton, and Alfre Woodard. New Line and Warner Bros. will release the film on October 3rd, 2014.  Hit the jump for the Annabelle teaser trailer.

THE CONJURING Spinoff ANNABELLE Release Date Set for October 3rd

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Fans of The Conjuring should be happy with this one.  For a long time in the horror world (translation – several months) there has been some speculation as to what the Untitled New Line Horror Film scheduled for October 3rd, 2014 was.  Today Warner Bros. and New Line announced that it’s Annabelle, a spinoff of The Conjuring.  You’ll remember that the creepy doll that was featured in several of the film’s set pieces.  It should be noted that this is not The Conjuring 2 (the official sequel to the hit film that will be release on October 23, 2015), but a standalone story in that film’s universe.

The film was directed by John R. Leonetti (who served as a DP on The Conjuring and should be able to recreate that film’s style) and written by Gary Dauberman (the upcoming Crawlspace from the same studios).  James Wan is producing alongside Peter Safran.  The film stars the somewhat ironically named Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders), Ward Horton, and Alfre Woodard.

Lili Taylor Talks ALMOST HUMAN, Wanting to Play a Cop, Getting Her Character into the Field, The Success of THE CONJURING, and More

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The Fox series Almost Human, from creator J.H. Wyman (Fringe) and executive producer J.J. Abrams, is a high-tech, high-stakes action drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.   An unlikely and intriguing partnership is forged when part-machine cop, John Kennex (Karl Urban), is forced to pair with the part-human android, Dorian (Michael Ealy), to investigate what is clearly a deep cover-up.  The show also stars Lili Taylor, Minka Kelly, Mackenzie Crook and Michael Irby.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Lili Taylor, who plays police captain Sandra Maldonado, talked about how she came to be playing a character originally written as a man, why she wanted to play a cop, what it’s been like to work with this cast, adjusting to never really knowing where your character is going next, how she’d love for her character to get out in the field more, and what she thinks about this representation of the future.  She also talked about her desire to find a balance between film, television and theater, and why she thinks The Conjuring became so successful.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

New Line Moving Forward with THE CONJURING Spinoff ANNABELLE

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Last summer’s incredibly successful horror film The Conjuring is set to continue, though not in a straightforward sequel fashion just yet.  Bloody Disgusting first reported that New Line was set to develop three low-budget spinoffs of The Conjuring in addition to a full sequel, and now The Wrap reports that the studio is officially moving forward its first, AnnabelleThe Conjuring cinematographer John Leonetti will direct the pic, which will revolve around the creepy and possessed titular doll that The Warrens (Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson) hold in their house full of collectibles.  Presumably Annabelle will tell the story of the doll’s demonic exploits before being acquired by The Warrens, acting as a prequel of sorts to The Conjuring.

Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders) and Ward Horton (The Wolf of Wall Street) will lead the cast of the low-budget spinoff, scripted by Gary Dauberman, and The Conjuring director James Wan will act as executive producer.  This doesn’t mean that a proper The Conjuring sequel is off the table, but New Line is keen on striking while the iron is hot and the low-budget Annabelle is an easy way to do just that.

Year in Review: Top 10 Posters of 2013

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We report on a lot of posters and trailers.  These little bits of advertising are crucial in steering fan anticipation for blockbusters or bringing attention to smaller movies.  Posters and trailers serve a purpose, and they’re not easy to make.  Dozens of posters and trailers are created for movies, and studios carefully select the ones they feel will work the best and have the broadest appeal.  Sadly, when it comes to posters, many of the designs are generic.  The recent trends are “Back to the Audience”, “Gigantic Tagline”, and “Sparks and Debris”.  I’ve chosen ten posters from 2013 that took a chance, broke the mold, and came away with something eye-catching and original.

Hit the jump for my top 10 posters of 2013, and come back tomorrow for the top 10 trailers of 2013.

THE CONJURING Blu-ray Review

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Horror movies are the ultimate test of directorial skill.  It’s not the words that make it scary, it’s the camera, the performance, and how things are revealed.  And watching The Conjuring it’s obvious that James Wan is a remarkable talent, and it’s great that he’s moved into the big time as his next project is Fast and Furious 7.  He’s got it.  The Conjuring follows two families.  The Warrens (Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson) are ghost hunters who uncover real and fake hauntings, while the Perrons (headed by Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston) are an ordinary family whose new house is haunted.  The two cross paths in this supposed true story.  My review of The Conjuring on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

5 Movies That Will Scare the Hell out of You This Halloween

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Horror movies are a funny bird.  As you can tell from just looking at your Netflix account or by skimming through the selections of your local Redbox, there are so many of horror films that are produced on a steady basis, and you probably haven’t heard of many of them.  I was shocked the other day when I discovered there was an actual horror movie entitled “Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan.”  Was the world clamoring for a horror movie about Paul Bunyan?  I haven’t seen this yet, and it may be enjoyable in a B-movie sort of way, but scary?  When you really think about it, what’s the percentage of horror movies that are made nowadays that can be considered truly terrifying?

Well turn out the lights, throw some magic dust on the fire in honor of the Midnight Society, and hit the jump as I show you five movies guaranteed to scare you this Halloween.

TOP 5: CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, Lost Episodes of DOCTOR WHO, AMERICAN HUSTLE, Tarantino’s Top 10 Films of 2013 So Far

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Having missed it during its highly successful theatrical run, I made an early trip to the video store (remember those?) this past Tuesday to pick up The Purge on Blu-ray. Like many, I was intrigued by the premise of a dystopian future America in which an annual night of crime-free killing known as “The Purge” is the key to the new U.S. of A.’s unprecedented prosperity. For an elevator pitch, my last sentence is intriguing stuff that leaves you wanting to know more about the world created by writer/director James DeMonaco. Unfortunately, I found the stellar logline to be the best thing going for The Purge as a majority of the film’s execution felt flat. I cared little to nothing about the Sandin family, was taken out of the movie during long stretches of characters searching aimlessly around the house with a flashlight, and felt the pic exchanged discernible commentary on societal violence for an all-out bloodbath that was not as much scary as it was a welcomed break from said extensive flashlight searching. Final verdict? Watch The Purge for the interesting premise, but don’t expect much in the way of scares or social commentary.

All new to home video discussion aside, this week’s Top 5 is filled to the brim with Captain Phillips interviews with Tom Hanks and more, a new trailer for Ben Stiller‘s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty including Matt and Steve’s impressions of the film, 106 lost episodes of Doctor Who potentially popping up in Ethiopia, a new trailer for David O. Russell‘s American Hustle, and Quentin Tarantino‘s top 10 films of 2013 to date. As you may be expecting, a brief recap and link to each of the above awaits after the jump.

Quentin Tarantino Elaborates on His Criticism of THE LONE RANGER; Comments on Ben Affleck as Batman

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There’s no telling when we’ll see the next film from Quentin Tarantino, but the filmmaker has become quite chatty as of late with regards to what 2013 had to offer by way of new films and comic book movie news.  Last week, Tarantino revealed a list of his top 10 films of 2013 so far, and the compilation was unsurprisingly a grab bag of everything from indies to blockbusters; in addition to pics like Gravity and Frances Ha, the filmmaker included This Is the End and The Lone Ranger.  Many were a tad disappointed that Tarantino didn’t elaborate on any of his choices, but now the director has decided to comment on his list, specifically focusing on his criticisms of The Lone Ranger.  While he was at it, he also chimed in on the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman.  Hit the jump to read on.

Quentin Tarantino’s Top 10 Films of 2013 So Far Includes GRAVITY, THIS IS THE END, and THE LONE RANGER

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Quentin Tarantino loves, loves, loves movies.  The filmmaker has made this abundantly clear not only through the various and obscure influences gleaned in his own films but also in his many lengthy discussions on any number of topics relating to film.  Tarantino makes a point to go to the movies as often as possible, and recently he has taken to publicly publishing a list of his Top 10 movies from each year.  He took 2012 off since he was understandably busy working on Django Unchained, but his 2011 and 2010 lists were gleefully varied, with movies like Midnight in Paris and The Social Network ranking right up there with The Three Musketeers and Jackass 3D.

It appears that Tarantino plans on publishing another full Top 10 list later this year, but he’s gotten a jump on things and released a list of his 10 favorite films of 2013 thus far.  As expected, there are more than a couple of surprising choices.  Hit the jump to take a look.

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

Friday Box Office: INSIDIOUS CHAPTER TWO Seizes Biggest Horror Debut of 2013

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September is usually a slow month at the box office, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at Friday’s launch of Insidious Chapter Two. The sequel to the 2011 horror hit pulled in an estimated $20.06 million from 3,049 locations yesterday, topping the debuts of both The Conjuring ($16.9 million) and The Purge ($16.7 million) from earlier this year. Insidious Chapter Two is now on track for as much as $42 million this weekend; putting it close to September’s all-time opening record set by Hotel Transylvania in 2012. It is worth noting, however, that Insidious Chapter Two opened on Friday the 13th, which means that it could be more front-loaded than your average horror movie. And, unlike The Conjuring, which enjoyed an unusually warm critical reception, Insidious 2’s current Rotten Tomato score of 37% could hurt word of mouth.

The weekend’s only other major release came in a distant second on Friday. Luc Besson’s The Family earned an estimated $5.4 million from 3,091 venues and should realize at least $14 million through Sunday – a number that is actually in line with projections for the gangster film starring Robert DeNiro.  We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Insidious Chapter Two $20,060,000 $20
2.  The Family $5,400,000 $5.4
3.  Riddick $2,200,000 $26.4
4.  We’re The Millers $1,735,000 $127.9
5.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $1,664,000 $96.1
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