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Box Office: 'Paranormal Activity 4' Scares Up The Top Spot This Weekend

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 21, 2012 11:55 AM
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Prepare for the paradigm shift. No one at Paramount is shedding tears that “Paranormal Activity 4” is set to open lower than the second and third films in the series. One very obvious reason for this is the series itself, which allows for very low production costs. The latest film in the horror franchise, bringing in $30 million this weekend, was the most expensive of the lot, and it still only cost $5 million. But, more importantly, worldwide the picture is looking at another $30 million, and like the third entry, its overseas receipts should handily overpower domestic grosses. Good on Paramount, who have been MIA for FIVE months, their last release being “The Dictator.”

In Theaters: 'The Sessions' Hopes 'Nobody Walks' Over To 'Holy Motors,' While 'Alex Cross' Is A Whole New Kind Of 'Paranormal Activity'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • October 19, 2012 5:13 PM
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First off: big thanks to Katie for taking over last week! In that spirit of camaraderie, we suggest you round up a few friends and head out to the multiplex (or art house; we're not picky). You’re in for a round of scares, laughs, tears, and karate chops to the face. Also, Tyler Perry appears on screen in rare form as a man and someone finally uncovers the mystery of Sasquatch. So very, very much to look forward to!

Review: 'Paranormal Activity 4' Makes A Compelling Argument For The Series' Swift Cancellation

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 19, 2012 9:49 AM
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A new "Paranormal Activity" movie coming out has now become a season tradition, like bobbing for apples, carving pumpkins, or wearing itchy sweaters. The first "Paranormal Activity" was a no budget chiller made in 2007 but not released theatrically until 2009, almost as an afterthought, even though, the story goes, it seriously spooked Steven Spielberg (it was originally acquired by DreamWorks and Paramount as remake fodder). Since then we've had a new sequel every year, all built around the same found footage scenario and less-is-more aesthetic – who needs buckets of blood when you have creaky footsteps, mysteriously opening doors, and blurry shadows? It's had a surprisingly good run, possibly peaking with last year's '80s-set "Paranormal Activity 3," but all good things must come to an end, and "Paranormal Activity 4" is listless and dreadful and boring, an almost painfully inert and superficial ghost story that lacks specificity or scares. Time to turn the camera off, guys.

Get Lifted With New Pics & Clip From 'Paranormal Activity 4'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 16, 2012 11:22 AM
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This Halloween, whether you like it or not, the "Paranormal Activity" saga carries on with "Paranormal Activity 4: We Still Haven't Bought A High Def Camera." Continuing the aesthetic of no-fi production values, actors you've never heard of, fast cutting and jump scares, for some reason a lot of people like this sort of thing. And a few more peeks of the movie have landed as it heads to theaters.

Latino Spin-Off Of 'Paranormal Activity' Will Reportedly Be Teased After Credits Of 'Paranormal Activity 4'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 5, 2012 5:27 PM
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What's better than four "Paranormal Activity" movies? How about a Latino-flavored spin-off? (But that isn't in Spanish). Well, your wish is coming true as those reports this spring that a demographically targeted version of the hit horror series was happening were correct. And the movie will be teased after the credits of "Paranormal Activity 4." Truly terrifying.

Watch: 'Paranormal Activity 4' Trailer Is Some Pretty Bad Advertising For Microsoft Kinect

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2012 9:18 AM
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Here's the thing. As cheaply made and tossed off as these "Paranormal Activity" movies are, they make money. A lot of money. After the series took a slight dip with "Paranormal Activity 2," it returned strong with "Paranormal Activity 3" which took over $200 million worldwide. Now, the directors of that massively successful third installment -- "Catfish" helmers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman -- are back with "Paranormal Activity 4," and it's clear they're not going to rock the boat too much.

New Images From 'Les Misérables,' 'The Impossible,' 'Paranormal Activity 4' & More

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 31, 2012 6:13 PM
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In case you’re anxiously awaiting the Tom Hooper-helmed feature adaptation of “Les Misérables,” a new photo has dropped showing a rather angry looking Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) getting a little rough with Fantine (Anne Hathaway) – who looks eerily reminicient of a similarly balding Natalie Portman in “V For Vendetta.” Anyways, “Les Miserables” follows ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, who is ruthlessly hunted by policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole. Valjean agrees to care for the factory worker Fantine’s young daughter, Cosette (Amanda Seyfried) – and oh, did we mention there is a TON of singing? The film drops just in time for the holidays on December 14th, and we’re interested to see if Hooper can bring this sweeping musical to the cinematic landscape successfully.

Watch: 'Paranormal Activity 4' Trailers Answers Question 'What If Chatroulette Was Haunted?'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 1, 2012 1:02 PM
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Horror is often one of the most profitable of genres: cheap to make, rarely reliant on names, and always popular on home video. And as such, once you've got a good thing going, the instinct is to milk it into the ground. Which is how we ended up with a dozen Jason movies, ten "Halloween"s and seven "Saw" pictures. So it shouldn't surprise you that a fourth "Paranormal Activity" is on the way.

Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman Return To Direct 'Paranormal Activity 4,' Hits Theaters On October 19th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 12:35 PM
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It looks like Paramount loves Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. Fresh off the announcement that "Paranormal Activty 4" would be coming to theaters this year, Paramount is moving fast, mostly because they have to, with Bloody Disgusting reporting that the studio has re-hired the directing pair to crank out another cheapie movie fast.

Boo! 'Paranormal Activity 4' Is Coming In 2012

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • January 3, 2012 11:39 AM
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To the surprise of no one, Paramount Pictures is going ahead with a fourth installment of their absurdly successful “Paranormal Activity” series. “Paranormal Activity 3,” which was directed by “Catfish” helmers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, broke opening weekend gross records in October, earning $52.6 million in three days this past fall.

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