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Breakin’ News: ‘Paranormal Activity’ Adds 20 Screens

paranormalactivity_6“Paranormal Activity”, which I had previously covered, has used a feature where you can demand the film in certain locales using their Eventful website. Now, we are seeing the first fruits of our labor for those top 20 locales that demanded the film.

On Oct. 2 at 12:01 a.m., Paranormal will screen in LA, New York City, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, San Diego, Phoenix, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Denver, Detroit, DC/Baltimore, Sacramento, San Jose, and Tampa.

(For your convenience, I have linked each locale to the corresponding theater listing, so just click each city to see if it is a theater near you. Also note that not all listings for Paranormal have been updated but the time the film will screen is only at midnight.)

These are 20 new locales in addition to the previous 13 college towns, but most of those screens will not resume showing the film until Oct. 2 at midnight.

Currently, Paranormal holds a 94% fresh rating with 24 reviews, and my one plea is to not go into this film with a “Prove it” attitude, as Drew at HitFlix warns, but go in being intrigued and open-minded and you should have a great time.

Since I am in the Dallas area, I already have Oct. 2 at midnight written into my schedule. Hope some of yall join me.

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September 29, 2009 Posted by | Breakin' News | , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Hittin’ Theaters: ‘Paranormal Activity’

'Paranormal Activity' has given audiences sleepless nights

Ten years ago, “The Blair Witch Project” scored big with critics and audiences. The film holds an impressive 85% fresh rating with over 120 reviews while going on to gross nearly $250 million worldwide in the box office alone. Considering Blair Witch used a minuscule budget, reportedly $60 thousand dollars, the box office gross alone made for one the most profitable films in history.

Flash forward to the present, and we have had a flurry of “found footage” films with the similar shaky-cam experience. Some films use a larger budget while others remain simple and inexpensive but seemingly more effective. “Paranormal Activity” is the latter, filmed for $15,000 over a week span, which has spooked test audiences and the festival circuit since 2007. In particular, the film gained recognition when it affected Steven Spielberg, who reportedly gave the test DVD back to Universal in a garbage bag.

Paranormal has a 90% fresh rating, but only has 10 reviews at this time. Tonight, at midnight, in 13 different college towns across the U.S., the film will screen and will continue playing in those same college towns for the next days. Click here to see if it is playing near you.  Additionally, the film is finally getting an expanded release some time next month and Paramount has decided to roll out a new campaign for potential audiences to “Demand It!” in their locale of choice.

By visiting the eventful site here and “demanding” the film in your area, Paramount will work with local theaters to get the film played in high demand locales. Using this method will help Paranormal roll out in areas where a large audience exists that is clamoring for the film. Pretty unique concept for a film and there is great potential for smaller films to use this method to better gauge target audiences.

I will refrain from hyping the film too much, but let it be said that everyone I follow at various movie news and horror sites have given reviews that range from positive to gushing. That alone is enough for me to give the film a shot and see how I feel.

There are two trailers, but I won’t link them because I question their ability to sell the film. If you need a briefing on what the film is about, here:

A woman (Katie) feels that a spirit haunts her in her sleep because she hears noises and whispers late at night. So, her boyfriend (Micah) sets up audio recording equipment as well as a stand for a hand-held camera  in the house in the attempt to uncover if anything is in fact haunting her. What unfolds for the audience is the footage of the increasingly twisted sleepless nights the couple has.

Is it a gimmick film? Perhaps. However, if the means to the ends actually works well enough to effectively frighten you, who cares?

September 24, 2009 Posted by | Hittin' Theaters | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Breakin’ News: Want To See ‘Whip It!’ Saturday? Sneak Details!

whip_it_firststill“Whip It!”, Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut about the roller derby scene starring herself,  Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, and Kristen Wiig, won’t be released until Oct. 2. However, Fox Searchlight is having a ton of sneak previews all across the country this Saturday. Usually these sneak previews hit a very small number of screens, but this time around it seems that every major city (at least from the ones I noticed in Texas) is getting a sneak preview.

So, click here to see if you are close to one.

“Whip It!” so far has an 80% fresh rating, but only 5 reviews. The trailer makes me feel like the film will stay right around that percentage for the remainder of its run. I myself have been to a roller derby not long ago and it was wildly entertaining.

Oh, and speaking of trailers, here it is:

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September 24, 2009 Posted by | Breakin' News | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Breakin’ News: ‘Watchmen’ Ultimate Cut Release Date, Prices

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See all THAT!? Well, the “Crazy Ultimate Freaky Edition” of Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen” has been revealed. For those that have been following the numerous DVD/Blu-ray installments of “Watchmen” you knew that this ultimate cut was coming, and now you know it will be released on Nov. 3 (update) Nov. 10 for $43.87 (DVD) and $59.99 (Blu-ray). For those unlucky few that didnt know, you were surely confused by the seemingly endless pieces of the Watchmen universe that kept appearing.

This edition, the last and final one if Warner Bros. sticks to their plan, has collected virtually everything that has already come out, and even has an added bonus. You see, the original graphic novel had an interwoven side-story that was left out of the theatrical release and even the director’s cut. So, this new version actually re-implements that side-story into the director’s cut version of the film.

For more information, images, and my thoughts, hit the jump. Continue reading

September 24, 2009 Posted by | Breakin' News | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Interestin’ News: ‘Trick ‘r Treat’ Hits Various Screens

trick_r_treat[1]Last week I posted a piece about the soon-to-hit-DVD film “Trick ‘r Treat” and how it was a shame it would only see a very limited engagement in theaters (it has been in distribution hell since 2007). I also posted that any news I received, I would pass on.

So, here is some great news for those that live in the Los Angeles, California area: you lucky dogs will be able to see the film on October 4th and 5th at the New Beverly Cinema presented by Shock ‘Till You Drop. While that is only a day or two (depending on which day you see it)  before the film hits store shelves, they have an extra surprise: it will be part of a double feature with George A. Romero’s “Creepshow” on both days.

Additionally, CineFamily presents “TrT” on Oct. 2, 8 p.m. at The Silent Movie Theater in LA. Keepin’ the California theme going is the Long Beach Comic Con, running from Oct. 2-4, and will premiere “TrT” on Oct. 3 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

For those familiar with the awesome Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX, you might know that “TrT” will screen there on Sept. 25 at 9:45 p.m.

Finally, the film will screen overseas at the Sainte Maxime Film Festival in France that runs from Oct. 24 until Nov. 4.

For the uninitiated, after the jump is the trailer for this highly anticipated film that hits DVD, Blu-ray, a few on-demand services and digital download on Oct. 6. Continue reading

September 21, 2009 Posted by | Hittin' Theaters, Interestin' News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Breakin’ News: Aronofsky Eyes World’s Largest Heist For Film

According to /Film, Darren Aronofsky, who most recently directed the award winning film “The Wrestler”, is preparing an adaptation of an upcoming book about the world’s largest robbery. Estimated at $68 million, the 2006 heist in Britain is the true life story of the robbery of the Securitas company’s cash warehouse.

On Wednesday, 22 February 2006, GBP53 million in bank notes was stolen from a cash warehouse belonging to the Securitas company in Tonbridge, Kent — a sum of money so vast that if the notes were stacked up they would equal the height of high-rise building. In terms of value, the Tonbridge Securitas robbery puts all previous famous British capers, such as the Great Train Robbery and the Brink’s-Mat bullion heist, in the shade; it also overshadows similar robberies overseas. Only in times of war have larger cash sums been stolen. This was a crime notable for its audacity, carried out in a small town in the Garden of England. A large number of people have been charged in connection with the Tonbridge robbery, with eleven men and women standing trial at the Old Bailey in summer 2007. Further details cannot be revealed at this stage, for legal reasons, but the full story will be told in Heist, by the author of one of the most successful true crime titles of recent years. Full of jaw-dropping detail and full of narrative pace, it will be the definitive account of these strange and compelling events.

Kerry Williamson, who wrote the script for Alexander Payne’s “Fork in the Road”,  is set to adapt while Aronofsky might be directing the film. No word yet on when the film might go into production.

September 21, 2009 Posted by | Breakin' News | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gotta’ See Trailers: ‘From Paris With Love’

Sounds like a James Bond film, right? Well, it certainly isn’t, but what it does have is a great return to badass form by John Travolta and lots and lots of action… and f-bombs. From the writer (Luc Besson) and director (Pierre Morel) of 2008’s runaway hit “Taken”, “From Paris With Love” seems to be more of the same.

Which isn’t a bad thing, necessarily. “Taken” was a smart action film that gave star Liam Neeson the spotlight to show he was capable of being downright brutal. While Travolta has had his turn at almost everything by now, he still looks in sharp form as the bald Agent Wax. Wax is shown dispatching baddies while also making quips at his unlikely partner Richard Stevens (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). The plot boils down to foiling a terrorist plot, but turns espionage film in the final third of the trailer.

Time will tell if the team behind “Taken” can find similar success when the film hits theaters on Feb. 2, 2010.

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September 21, 2009 Posted by | Gotta' See Trailers | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Interestin’ News: ‘Jennifer’s Body’ Not Enough To Lure Viewers

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Sometimes, a film set up to win utterly fails. While “Jennifer’s Body” might still recover, with the numerous advertisements, the love her/hate her pedigree of writer Diablo Cody (nominated for an Oscar for “Juno”), the sexual allure of Megan Fox (see above), the decent reviews (41% with 99 reviews), and the currently hip trend of vampires all in a snazzy rated-R wrapper wasn’t enough to even scrounge over $7 million at the box office this weekend.

Yes, I know the weekend isn’t actually over, but these are early estimates of what the box office will look like from Monday’s perspective and generally aren’t far off. Let me also be clear: I am not championing this film. I haven’t even see the film. I’m just a curious observer.

So why did JB fail? Read on for my thoughts. Continue reading

September 20, 2009 Posted by | Interestin' News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reviewin’ For You: ‘The Informant!’

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“The Informant!” stars Matt Damon in one of his zaniest roles to date with a twisted-yet-humorous tale of a VP turned informant that can’t keep his story straight. Quirky and full of satire, this fast-paced film spoofs whistle-blowers while adding commentary on what someone might have to gain, or lose, by being honest.

Hit the jump for the full review. Continue reading

September 19, 2009 Posted by | Reviewin' For You | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Gotta’ See Trailers: ‘Daybreakers’

daybreakers_teaserposter_mAnother vampire film? Yes, I know. With “True Blood” running amok on HBO and the “Twilight” series driving teenagers batty, it seems that vampires are all the rage today. So what makes “Daybreakers” more than just a run-of-the-mill vampire flick? Or even a promising horror film?

Let’s start with the cast: Ethan Hawk, Willem Dafoe, and Sam Neil. Still with me?

How about adding in a high concept premise? Set in the year 2019, vampires have taken over the Earth by a mysterious plague but an obvious problem arises as the human population dwindles. What happens when there isn’t any more blood to feed off?

Working for Neil, Hawke plays a vampire scientist who is attempting to find a synthetic blood source. Meanwhile, Dafoe leads a team of human resistance fighters also hell-bent on finding a cure, or something better.

Still interested? Hit the jump for the trailer, release date, and early impressions. Continue reading

September 18, 2009 Posted by | Gotta' See Trailers | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment