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July 30, 2009 | Lee Margulies
Harlequin Enterprises, a major publisher of romance novels, said Wednesday that it was establishing a division to produce fiction for teens. Clearly impressed by following for Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series, the company said it would target girls ages 13 to 18 with books that feature "paranormal, fantasy and science-fiction elements." The first offering from Harlequin Teen, due next month, will be "My Soul to Take" by Rachel Vincent about a teenager who discovers she is a banshee.
January 6, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The first week of January has been an auspicious time for horror movies. Industry types would say it's the lack of fresh box-office competition, though it's also always seemed just as likely that the aftermath of the holidays are ripe for a good slasher picture. Two years ago on the same weekend “The Devil Inside” scored an eye-popping $33 million, blowing away expectations. Last year “Texas Chainsaw 3D” - a sequel to a lesser horror property than some of its '80s counterparts - managed a $22-million opening despite being just the third movie in the series over the last 15 years.
March 14, 1998
I'm afraid that Fox's expose of magician's tricks ("What's This Guy Got Up His Sleeve?," March 3) is a mean trick in itself, but wouldn't it be wonderful if Fox came up with a series of similar debunking programs, programs that are sorely needed to educate our paranormal-believing public? Showing the tricks of the so-called psychics that daily con a large number people to part with their hard-earned money would be a good start. Exposing Uri Geller's spoon-bending trick would be another good one. And how about astrology?
January 5, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
Disney's neo-holiday classic, "Frozen," packed snowbound theaters to narrowly beat out the weekend's only wide-release contender, "Paranormal Activity: Marked Ones," for the inaugural No. 1 ranking of 2014. The latter, the latest entry in the popular "Paranormal Activity" horror franchise, turned in a lukewarm debut for a film that came with hot hopes. People who saw prerelease audience surveys initially bet that the low-budget movie would gross nearly $30 million in ticket sales.
May 27, 1997
In his commentary ("A Marriage Made in Heaven's Gate," May 19), Prof. Paul Kurtz blames "the media conglomerate" for the public's fascination with the paranormal. He is correct. He then implies that those who study UFOs are ignorant and gullible. He is incorrect. Kurtz has a stake in the promotion of skepticism because the organization he founded (Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal) publishes and sells a magazine--and UFOs are the main target. I had to laugh when the professor referred to Kenneth Arnold's "alleged" sighting of the first flying saucers 50 years ago. CSICOP produces an explanation for every UFO sighting, no matter how absurd, but to describe Arnold's well-documented and well-supported sighting near Mt. Rainier as "alleged" is truly silly.
October 6, 1991
In the article about my libel suits against James Randi, when Randi claims that my performances can be duplicated by methods found long ago on cereal boxes, he attacks not only my abilities but also my originality. That is defamation aside from any paranormal issue. After all, spoon bending is my professional trademark. And, most important, what your writer overlooked in the article was the fact that Randi has done far more than attack my abilities. He has made easily proved lies, such as claiming that I was responsible for the suicide of a scientist friend (who actually died of natural causes)
July 29, 2000
Brian Lowry's article "The Mean Truth of Reality Shows: Nastiness Rates" (July 22) is refreshingly insightful. I suggest, however, that we push its implications a little further. If the pain of others becomes a form of entertainment for a large portion of the populace (and one could argue convincingly that it already has), if "it becomes great fun to watch unpleasant things happen to ordinary people," what happens to the collective humanity of the members of such a society? What does the future hold for them, for it?
June 21, 2007 | Jessica Gelt, Times Staff Writer
Thanks to underdog roles such as that of the iconic, boombox-carrying Lloyd Dobler in 1989's "Say Anything" and Rob Gordon in 2000's "High Fidelity," Jon Cusack, 40, has become the poster boy for sensitive, lovelorn slackers. Still, the actor is the first to point out that he's not a "one-trick pony," which he proves with creepy intensity in "1408," the psychological mind-bender based on a Stephen King short story, which opens Friday. Reality gets blasted away bit by bit as Cusack's character, a writer specializing in paranormal phenomena, attempts to debunk the legend of a haunted Room 1408 in a New York Hotel.
April 10, 1993
No one questions that Al Pacino is a great actor who deserves an Academy Award. But plenty of disabled people are complaining about the academy choosing "Scent of a Woman" to reward Pacino for his lifetime acting achievements. The depiction of this blind character could have been made in the Dark Ages. Blind people have always had to deal with the unrealistic stereotype that they have a sixth sense or some supernatural powers. This film preys on this false belief--Pacino performs a flawless tango, has the ability to know the color of a woman's hair by being in her presence, can sense an attractive woman across a restaurant and, most absurd, can successfully drive 70 m.p.h.
October 23, 2010
'Paranormal Activity 2' MPAA rating: R for some language and brief violent material Running time: 1 hour, 31 minutes Playing: In general release
January 4, 2014 | By Chris Barton
Coming out of a holiday season led by the festive "Frozen" and a "Hobbit" sequel, the low-budget "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" is staking a claim for big-screen chills as the new year gets underway. A spinoff from the found-footage franchise that has generated more than $350 million domestically so far, "The Marked Ones" earned an estimated $8.7 million on Friday to top the box office charts heading into the weekend. The thriller is expected to earn between $25 million and $30 million this weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys, and it could continue a string of inexpensive horror films that performed well at the box office last year, including "Mama" and "Insidious: Chapter 2. " "Paranormal Activity 5," a film not tied to the story of "The Marked Ones," is also due in October.
January 2, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
A low-budget, Latino-targeted horror offshoot could steal enough souls to possess the box office over the weekend. But to do so, it will have to out-draw a "Hobbit" sequel and "Frozen," which are both enjoying a strong holiday season. Paramount Pictures' "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" could gross $25 million to $30 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to those who have seen pre -release audience surveys. The movie cost about $5 million to make, similar to the last two "Paranormal Activity" films.
January 2, 2014 | By John Horn
Few who worked on - and the few who bought tickets for - "Paranormal Activity 4" were pleased with the outcome. Although the film performed fair enough in overseas markets, 2012's installment in the horror franchise was by far the worst-reviewed in the series and grossed the least in domestic theaters, just half of what "Paranormal Activity 3" took in. So the creators of the supernatural thrillers decided to sit out 2013 entirely and shake things...
May 10, 2013 | By Jay Jones
The supernatural side of Sin City will be on display as the Las Vegas Paranormal Conference casts its spell May 19-21 at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino . Local ghost hunters Robert George Allen and Janice Oberding are hoping for plenty of paranormal activity over the course of three days. A planned seance will try to put participants in touch with Liberace. The legendary entertainer, who died in 1987, was known as Mr. Showmanship, and the seance is to be held in his old dressing room.
March 7, 2013 | By Scott Martelle
It feels like the end times are coming to little Brewster, R.I., one of those anonymous towns that used to have an economic purpose - fishing, quarry mining, farming, textiles - but now pretty much just holds beds for commuters who work in other places. First, a newborn baby disappears from its crib in the local hospital, replaced by a large yellow snake. Then a stranger in town is stabbed and scalped in his car out by the Great Swamp, the site of historical atrocities during the Colonial era and local legends ever since.
October 22, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before figuring out where my mojo went. The Skinny: My heart is still broken from the Redskins' loss to the Giants, so go easy on me today. Monday's headlines include a recap of the weekend box office, a look at what commercials are going for this TV season and NBC's surprising start. Daily Dose: Last week, the season premiere of AMC's "The Walking Dead" had almost 11 million viewers. Now AMC is back on satellite broadcaster Dish, which is in 14 million homes.
January 31, 2008 | John Horn
When Oren Peli made his supernatural thriller "Paranormal Activity," the first-time filmmaker had no money, no time and a crew of three. Next time around, the video game designer will have a lot more resources at his disposal: DreamWorks intends to remake the movie, with Peli back in the director's chair. The studio made the deal following "Paranormal Activity's" screenings at the Slamdance Film Festival in Utah.
October 21, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
"Paranormal Activity 4" may have claimed No. 1 at the box office this weekend, but its opening may be frightening Paramount Pictures about the future of its horror franchise. The fourth entry in the low-budget series -- which began playing at 9 p.m. Thursday in theaters nationwide -- debuted with $30.2 million, according to an estimate from the studio. While that's certainly a good start for a movie that cost only about $6 million to produce, the film came in well below industry projections, which had the movie starting off with roughly $50 million.
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