The new Paranormal Activity movie is a great introduction to the series

There have been precisely 1,179 movies in the Paranormal Activity series, about a fame-whore demon and the feckless humans who capture him on video. It's daunting. But even if you've never seen a PA movie, or you've missed a few, the new spin-off is a great intro to the series. It's fresh, scary and bursting… »1/03/14 12:00pm1/03/14 12:00pm

9 Movies That Made More Sense if You Followed the Viral Marketing

These days, movies have two marketing campaigns. There's regular marketing, with trailers, posters and interviews. And then there's viral marketing, aimed at fans on the internet — which often includes crucial info about a movie's backstory. Here are nine movies that make more sense if you followed their viral… »12/19/13 1:50pm12/19/13 1:50pm

9 Vital Questions to Ask Before Destroying a City in Your Movie

Everybody loves blowing up major cities in widescreen action movies. Wholesale municipal destruction looks great in 3-D and even better in IMAX, and every movie needs those "trailer moments" regardless of story or plot. But are are nine questions we wish film-makers would ask before destroying another city. »9/03/13 1:09pm9/03/13 1:09pm

Why Drew Goddard Should Direct the Next Star Trek Movie

Maybe J.J. Abrams will really be able to helm Star Trek 3 after Star Wars VII. But we kind of doubt it. And out of all of the people in Abrams' orbit, there's one guy we'd actually like to see direct the next Star Trek: Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard. (Assuming Brad Bird isn't available, of course.) Here's… »4/29/13 2:40pm4/29/13 2:40pm

Upcoming Movie Sequels that Actually Have a Reason to Exist

Hollywood's appetite for endless sequels shows no sign of slacking — Transformers 4 is coming! — and these films often feel like exercises in futility. Last week, we listed a ton of movie sequels in the pipeline that felt totally unnecessary. As in, nobody had walked out of the previous movie saying, "I can't wait to… »2/16/12 4:09pm2/16/12 4:09pm

Duck and cover! Steven Spielberg officially directing Robopocalypse movie

It's official: Steven Spielberg will direct the movie version of Robopocalypse. Expect big, wide-screen, tentpole robot-revolution action, coming sometime in 2013. And there are the first details on Daniel H. Wilson's next book after Robopocalypse. According to Deadline, Spielberg is officially on board to direct … »10/22/10 4:30pm10/22/10 4:30pm

Spider-Man may have cast Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane. Plus updates on Cloverfield 2, Ghostbusters 3 and Underworld 4!

Has the Spider-Man reboot found its leading ladies? The Hobbit isn't waiting for an official green light to start casting. Sigourney Weaver is cautiously optimistic about Ghostbusters 3. Cloverfield 2 could still happen! JMS is rewriting Underworld 4. Spoiler rampage! »9/24/10 9:00am9/24/10 9:00am

Would you really watch a weekly show in the style of Paranormal Activity?

Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli and his collaborators are close to a deal with ABC to make a TV pilot in the same "spooky found footage" style. The River would focus on the search for a person who went missing on the Amazon. The Hollywood Reporter notes that ABC aggressively outbid NBC for the pilot, and the… »9/02/10 5:55pm9/02/10 5:55pm