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September 12, 2013 | By John Horn
Although he may not be a household name, director James Wan is suddenly among the hottest filmmakers in town. His $20-million thriller "The Conjuring," released in July, grossed $260 million worldwide, and on Friday his "Insidious: Chapter 2" hits theaters and looks as if it will open a strong No. 1 at the box office. On top of all that, he started production this week on "Fast & Furious 7," taking over the blockbuster franchise from director Justin Lin. By almost any measure, that's success.
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December 4, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Universal Pictures has made it official: “Fast & Furious 7” is going on hiatus in the wake of the death of Paul Walker. The studio released a statement Wednesday confirming that it won't be resuming production on the movie's Atlanta set for an undefined period. “Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul's immediate family and our extended Fast & Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers,” the studio said. “At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Robert Abele
If "The Conjuring" and "Insidious" director James Wan ever made a romantic comedy, one imagines he'd still set it in a creaky old two-story with dark corners and foreboding armoires. For his latest hauntfest "Insidious: Chapter 2," we're back with the possession-afflicted Lambert family - nervous mom Renai (Rose Byrne) and astral-projecting dad Josh (Patrick Wilson) - trying to regroup from the spirit realm trauma that almost took their son Dalton. But there's still the unresolved matter of what happened to supernatural whisperer Elise (Lin Shaye)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik, Amy Kaufman and James Barragan
The death of actor Paul Walker in an automobile accident Saturday has left fans and the film community reeling - and Hollywood facing a series of tricky business decisions. As filmmakers and fellow performers remembered Walker as a deeply likable everyman with a taste for adventure, principals on the late actor's signature "Fast & Furious" franchise were left to deal with Walker's tragic passing on the screen. Walker's death, in a single-car crash in Valencia, came as the Glendale native was preparing to resume production on "Fast & Furious 7," with a return to the Atlanta set scheduled for Monday to shoot more scenes as rogue ex-cop Brian O'Conner.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By Michael Phillips
When a really good new horror film comes out, one that's more about creative intelligence than executing the next grisly kill shot, it's something of a miracle in this eviscerating post-"Saw" era. Old-school and supremely confident in its attack, "The Conjuring" is this year's miracle - an "Amityville Horror" for a new century (and a far better movie than that 1979 hit), yet firmly rooted, without being slavish or self-conscious, in the visual language of 1970s filmmaking. Also like "Amityville," "The Conjuring" derives from an alleged true-life haunting, this one in rural Rhode Island, at an old house where terrible things happened and are happening still.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
The people have spoken. And they say they want to be scared. Over the weekend, the low-budget supernatural spook film "Insidious: Chapter 2" topped the box office, scaring up $41.1 million. The film, which was directed by a seemingly unstoppable James Wan, cost $5 million to make and earned more than three times what the first "Insidious" earned when it opened in 2011. The "Insidious" story isn't a one-off, however. This year has seen nearly half a dozen similar stories when it comes to creepy little films that have scored big with audiences.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2013 | By John Horn
That didn't take long. A day after "Insidious: Chapter 2" killed it at the box office, the horror film's makers said they are planning to make a third installment in the franchise. Made for just $5 million, "Insidious: Chapter 2" sold an estimated $41.1 million of tickets in its opening  weekend,  more than three times the $13.3 million the first “Insidious” grossed in 2011. On Monday, the film's financiers -- Entertainment One, FilmDistrict and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions -- said they were developing a third "Insidious" movie, written by Leigh Whannell, a screenwriter on the first two "Insidious" films.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Universal Pictures has made it official: “Fast & Furious 7” is going on hiatus in the wake of the death of Paul Walker. The studio released a statement Wednesday confirming that it won't be resuming production on the movie's Atlanta set for an undefined period. “Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul's immediate family and our extended Fast & Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers,” the studio said. “At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2013 | By John Horn
The early returns are in, and it looks like a weekend to forget for Ryan Reynolds. The actor's two new films -- the animated “Turbo” and the sci-fi comedy “R.I.P.D.” -- are off to dreadful starts at the box office, according to rough estimates based on Friday matinee figures. The $130-million “R.I.P.D.” may struggle just to gross $10 million in its first three days of release, the estimates show. And the even more expensive "Turbo" could gross barely double that.  PHOTOS: Summer sneaks 2013 With four new movies in wide release, the weekend's No. 1 film is likely to be the $20-million Warner Bros.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Ray Dolby, the inventor and engineer who founded Dolby Laboratories and pioneered noise-reducing and surround-sound technology widely used in the film and recording industries, has died in San Francisco at 80, the company announced Thursday. Dolby had been living with Alzheimer's disease in recent years and was diagnosed in July with acute leukemia, the company said. “Today we lost a friend, mentor and true visionary,” Dolby Laboratories President and Chief Executive Kevin Yeaman said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2013 | By John Horn
That didn't take long. A day after "Insidious: Chapter 2" killed it at the box office, the horror film's makers said they are planning to make a third installment in the franchise. Made for just $5 million, "Insidious: Chapter 2" sold an estimated $41.1 million of tickets in its opening  weekend,  more than three times the $13.3 million the first “Insidious” grossed in 2011. On Monday, the film's financiers -- Entertainment One, FilmDistrict and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions -- said they were developing a third "Insidious" movie, written by Leigh Whannell, a screenwriter on the first two "Insidious" films.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
So much for that Friday the 13th curse.  Though its official opening coincided with the infamously unlucky day, "Insidious: Chapter 2" found plenty of good fortune at the box office this weekend. The low-budget horror sequel debuted at No. 1 with a stellar $41.1 million, according to an estimate from distributor FilmDistrict. The only other new film to hit theaters this weekend, the dark comedy "The Family," launched with a good-but-not-great $14.5 million. (Both movies had screenings late Thursday evening, and those ticket sales are included in their total weekend gross.)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
The people have spoken. And they say they want to be scared. Over the weekend, the low-budget supernatural spook film "Insidious: Chapter 2" topped the box office, scaring up $41.1 million. The film, which was directed by a seemingly unstoppable James Wan, cost $5 million to make and earned more than three times what the first "Insidious" earned when it opened in 2011. The "Insidious" story isn't a one-off, however. This year has seen nearly half a dozen similar stories when it comes to creepy little films that have scored big with audiences.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Ray Dolby, the inventor and engineer who founded Dolby Laboratories and pioneered noise-reducing and surround-sound technology widely used in the film and recording industries, has died in San Francisco at 80, the company announced Thursday. Dolby had been living with Alzheimer's disease in recent years and was diagnosed in July with acute leukemia, the company said. “Today we lost a friend, mentor and true visionary,” Dolby Laboratories President and Chief Executive Kevin Yeaman said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Robert Abele
If "The Conjuring" and "Insidious" director James Wan ever made a romantic comedy, one imagines he'd still set it in a creaky old two-story with dark corners and foreboding armoires. For his latest hauntfest "Insidious: Chapter 2," we're back with the possession-afflicted Lambert family - nervous mom Renai (Rose Byrne) and astral-projecting dad Josh (Patrick Wilson) - trying to regroup from the spirit realm trauma that almost took their son Dalton. But there's still the unresolved matter of what happened to supernatural whisperer Elise (Lin Shaye)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By John Horn
Although he may not be a household name, director James Wan is suddenly among the hottest filmmakers in town. His $20-million thriller "The Conjuring," released in July, grossed $260 million worldwide, and on Friday his "Insidious: Chapter 2" hits theaters and looks as if it will open a strong No. 1 at the box office. On top of all that, he started production this week on "Fast & Furious 7," taking over the blockbuster franchise from director Justin Lin. By almost any measure, that's success.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2013 | By Dana Ferguson
"The Conjuring," a horror thriller by James Wan, conjured up more laughs than screams or shivers Friday night at its premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. It seemed as though the audience had either attended the reception prior to the screening and enjoyed one too many cocktails or was attempting to disguise its terrible discomfort and fear as laughter. Wan addressed the laughter afterward by saying the audience should imbibe a little less prior to seeing his films. But he said he was glad people had enjoyed the film.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
So much for that Friday the 13th curse.  Though its official opening coincided with the infamously unlucky day, "Insidious: Chapter 2" found plenty of good fortune at the box office this weekend. The low-budget horror sequel debuted at No. 1 with a stellar $41.1 million, according to an estimate from distributor FilmDistrict. The only other new film to hit theaters this weekend, the dark comedy "The Family," launched with a good-but-not-great $14.5 million. (Both movies had screenings late Thursday evening, and those ticket sales are included in their total weekend gross.)
BUSINESS
July 19, 2013 | By John Horn
The early returns are in, and it looks like a weekend to forget for Ryan Reynolds. The actor's two new films -- the animated “Turbo” and the sci-fi comedy “R.I.P.D.” -- are off to dreadful starts at the box office, according to rough estimates based on Friday matinee figures. The $130-million “R.I.P.D.” may struggle just to gross $10 million in its first three days of release, the estimates show. And the even more expensive "Turbo" could gross barely double that.  PHOTOS: Summer sneaks 2013 With four new movies in wide release, the weekend's No. 1 film is likely to be the $20-million Warner Bros.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By Michael Phillips
When a really good new horror film comes out, one that's more about creative intelligence than executing the next grisly kill shot, it's something of a miracle in this eviscerating post-"Saw" era. Old-school and supremely confident in its attack, "The Conjuring" is this year's miracle - an "Amityville Horror" for a new century (and a far better movie than that 1979 hit), yet firmly rooted, without being slavish or self-conscious, in the visual language of 1970s filmmaking. Also like "Amityville," "The Conjuring" derives from an alleged true-life haunting, this one in rural Rhode Island, at an old house where terrible things happened and are happening still.
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