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Truly Frightening: 'A Haunted House' Gets A Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 8, 2013 2:41 PM
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January is a weird time at the box office. It's a studio dumping ground for crap they can't be bothered with and yet people still want to see movies, thus we have weird shit happening like "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" earning over $200 million worldwide (and spawning a sequel) and the barely stitched together "A Haunted House" also doing way better than expected numbers on a nothing budget. So, of course, there's going to be a follow-up.

Box Office: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Targets Top Spot, 'A Haunted House' Scares Away 'Gangster Squad' For #2

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 13, 2013 12:08 PM
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While Annapurna Pictures backed a number of ambitious films this year including John Hillcoat's bootleggin' “Lawless,” Paul Thomas Anderson's challenging “The Master” and Andrew Dominik's bitter “Killing Them Softly,” the financial rewards were far less than expected. But Megan Ellison's production company has kicked off 2013 strong with Kathryn Bigelow's “Zero Dark Thirty” grossing a solid $24 million in its first weekend of wide release after selling out independent theaters in the last two weeks. After scoring five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Sony timed this expansion perfectly, and the film laid the smackdown on a couple of strong competitors.

Marlon Wayans Compares 'Scary Movie 5' To 'Celebrity Rehab,' Doesn't Expect To Shoot Richard Pryor Biopic Any Time Soon

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 11, 2013 2:48 PM
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Last night, advance audiences got a peek at Marlon Wayans’ new film, “A Haunted House.” Produced by, co-written and starring Wayans, the horror spoof was entirely a labor of love, a low-budget twenty-day shoot that Wayans believes accurately represents his style of comedy. “This is my Michael Jackson Off The Wall album,” Wayans says in a post screening Q&A. “It’s the first time I really got to do me without someone saying, Oh, you’re going too far. If not, it’s Jermaine Jackson’s Let’s Get Serious.” He couldn’t get an assist from family members this time – “All my brothers asked to be out of the film” – but he acknowledged the need to make his own way. “Hollywood’s not making a lot of movies right now,” he sighed, “and when they stop making movies the first people who really feel it are black actors.”

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