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Interview: Wes Craven Says The Changing Pace Of Technology Attracted Him to 'Scream 4'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 7, 2011 5:08 AM
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This week, "Scream 4" hit both Blu-ray and DVD and while we had reservations when we initially saw it, it was still a lot of fun (maybe more-so on home video, which adds even more oomph to the wonderful, meta-textual opening sequence). There are also tons of delicious extras that give you a good peek behind the scenes at the occasionally troubled production (including a healthy amount of deleted scenes and an ace commentary track). We got to speak to the genuinely legendary Wes Craven about his intentions for the film, how much of it resembled Kevin Williamson's original draft, and fighting with the Weinsteins.

Wes Craven Says 'Scream 4' Was First In New Trilogy & 'Scream 5' Is Likely

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 5:30 AM
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Well, by most accounts, both critically and commercially, "Scream 4" was a dud. Even though it rounded up all the original players (that were still alive) from the first installment and paired them with a bunch of newcomers, the movie earned the lowest of any entry of the franchise to date and unlike its predecessors, it failed to crack $100 million worldwide. Still, despite the rough production which saw franchise creator Kevin Williamson scrapping it out with the Weinsteins (they later hugged it out) and changes by replacement screenwriter Ehren Kruger rumored to have soured some cast members, talk of a sequel is still rearing its head.

Weekend Box Office: 'Rio' Defeats 'Madea' Before The Summer Onslaught Begins

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 24, 2011 4:56 AM
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Hollywood doesn’t really recognize the seasons as clearly as you. Which is why even though you’re in school, summer begins in May, and even though you still have a full month of spring, that period usually closes in Hollywood around this time every year. In 2011, “summer” is beginning even earlier with next week’s release of “Fast Five,” sure to be the year’s biggest opener, which means that “Rio” effectively gets its licks in before the hot season begins, scoring a second straight weekend at #1 with a $26 million take.

Box Office: 'Rio' First 2011 Release To Crack $40 Million Opening Weekend; 'Scream' Goes Quiet

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 17, 2011 6:18 AM
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There’s no way to sugarcoat this: it’s been a dismal year at the box office. Studios have their fingers crossed in regards to a tepid-looking summer schedule, but many were hoping the season could be kick(punch)-started early with a strong April, as two new films were tracking well over $40 million this weekend. And it looks like those hopes are for naught, as the number one movie for this period looks to be Fox and Blue Sky’s animated “Rio,” clocking in juuuust about at $40 million for the three day weekend. Yes, Hollywood, it's taken more than four months to register year's first $40 million opening weekend.

In Theaters: 'Scream 4' Hopes To Carve Up 'Rio' This Weekend

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • April 15, 2011 9:07 AM
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Ok, kids. Be quiet and bring the Advil, because Mommy has a hangover and and we know In Theaters is late today. Shh. Turn out the lights. This week's crop of releases includes the franchise reboot "Scream 4" or "Scre4m" or whatever they are trying to call it. Little animated blue birds fly into theaters in the form of "Rio," and Robert Redford's Civil War drama "The Conspirator" opens in limited release.

The Playlist's Guide To Horror Sequels Worth Screaming About

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 15, 2011 7:32 AM
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If it’s one thing that horror movies are good at, particularly in the past decade with our annual “Saw” installments, it’s churning out sequels – like this weekend’s not-very-good “Scream 4.” (To quote “Scream 2” -- “Sequels suck, they are, by definition, inferior product.”) While most of these movies are blatant cash-grabs by studios that know the relative inexpensiveness of the films can boost their bottom line, there are a few that exceed our admittedly low expectations. But a feature called “Horror Sequels That Exceed Our Admittedly Low Expectations” would have kind of been a mouthful, so we went with the above instead. And given those set of rules, we decided to forgo grading the films, instead letting the writing speak for itself.

Review: 'Scream 4' Takes A Stab At Relevance, Misses All The Major Arteries

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 13, 2011 4:07 AM
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The idea of reviving the "Scream" franchise seems like a good one, at least on paper. When the original film was released in 1996, it was unlike anything that had come before it – a horror movie where the characters were well versed enough in the conventions of the genre to try and escape alive. Years before Comic-Con hijacked the multiplexes, "Scream" was a movie where basement-dwelling geekiness wasn't just a character trait, it was essential to your survival. The subsequent films, the underrated "Scream 2," which had the characters riffing on sequels, and the disappointing "Scream 3," in which the scales were erroneously tipped too much in the favor of arch hipness (and away from any actual scares), expanded the mythology of the original while somehow muddying the pure pleasures that the first film offered up.

Kevin Williamson & Wes Craven Will Wait & See Before Signing On To 'Scream 5' & 'Scream 6'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 8, 2011 7:39 AM
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Say what you will about the "Scream" franchise, but it's a financial juggernaut. Together, the low-budget meta-horror picks have so far brought in over $500 million and it's no wonder that Dimension Films are returning to the well nearly a decade after "Scream 3." However, the path to "Scream 4" wasn't exactly smooth sailing. Franchise creator Kevin Williamson, who originally penned the script, departed the film last summer, with Ehren Kruger (”Scream 3,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”) coming in and making drastic changes to the script with reports of cast members jumping ship or simply being unhappy with the new direction their character's had taken. But with the film now a week away from hitting theaters, it looks everyone is friends again. Recently Williamson revealed that his blowup with Bob Weinstein was just par for the course, and that they wound up hugging it out Ari Gold style. And at the end of day both Williamson and Wes Craven would be happy to return for "Scream 5" and "Scream 6" -- with caveats of course.

'Scream 4' Writer Kevin Williamson Says He Had A Massive Fight With Weinsteins & Then Hugged It Out

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2011 9:08 AM
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Last summer, word from the set of "Scream 4" was ugly. Franchise creator Kevin Williamson, who originally penned the script, departed the film, with Ehren Kruger ("Scream 3," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen") coming in and wielding his mighty shitty pen all over the script. The rumor was that the changes pissed off the cast of the film, so much so that Lauren Graham actually left the film because her role had been greatly reduced and Hayden Panettiere was frustrated that her character had been "dumbed down significantly." Ever since, there have been rumors of reshoots and rewrites and other signs pointing to a plagued production, but with the film around the corner, Williamson has finally addressed his exit from the film describing as just a routine blowup between friends.

'Arthur' Poster Is Actually Scarier Than The New 'Scream 4' Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2011 3:53 AM
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New posters have arrived for a remake and a sequel, both of which, frankly, look dreadful and neither one-sheet has their intended effect.

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