"Saw 3D" Slices and Dices Box-Office Competition, Debuts at No. 1 with $24.2 Million! 

The seventh installment of "Saw," billed as "Saw 3D," debuted at No. 1 with $24.2 million. Sure this one's still higher than last year's "Saw VI" but it still underperformed compared to earlier chapters in the "Saw" series (from 2 to 5) which all made $30 million each over opening weekend.

Is it time for a "Saw" reboot?

A much better scary film is "Paranormal Activity 2" which slipped to No. 2 this weekend with $16.5 million raising its total to $65.7 million (check out my interview with Katie Featherston for "Paranormal Activity 2" by clicking here).

Meanwhile, Summit's "Red" finished at No. 3 with $10.8 million. So far, the action comedy starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, and Helen Mirren has raised $58.9 million.

Crossing the $100 million mark is the funny "Jackass 3D" which came in at No. 4 with $8.4 million. The 3D stunt comedy has raised its total to $101.6 million. (Click here for my movie review of "Jackass 3D." For my fun one-on-one interviews with the entire cast and director Jeff Tremaine, click here)

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office Films for Weekend of 10/29:

1. "Saw 3D," $24.2 million.
2. "Paranormal Activity 2," $16.5 million.
3. "Red," $10.8 million.
4. "Jackass 3D," $8.4 million.
5. "Hereafter," $6.3 million.
6. "Secretariat," $5.1 million.
7. "The Social Network," $4.7 million.
8. "Life as We Know It," $4 million.
9. "The Town," $2 million.
10. "Conviction," $1.8 million.

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Katie Speaks! My Fun "Paranormal Activity 2" Interview with Katie Featherston 

I am so blessed to be able to talk to Katie Featherston for the second time. Last year, I interviewed Featherston and her erstwhile "Paranormal Activity" partner, Micah Sloat (check out my interview with Featherston and Sloat for "Paranormal Activity" by clicking here). This year, she's solo for "Paranormal Activity 2."

If you haven't seen the sequel/prequel yet, what the heck are you waiting for? Go watch it! I enjoyed this film, it moves the narrative of the franchise forward. And it's scary! Much like the first one, the images will stay with you.

In this fun interview, we talked about:

*** The fun, nutty, craziness surrounding the franchise.
*** When did she learn that she would be part of the sequel/prequel?
*** Escaping the curse of "The Blair Witch Project 2" curse!
*** What's her favorite scary scene from the sequel?
*** What was it like reuniting with Micah?
*** (SPOILER ALERT!) How does it feel like being America's new favorite boogeyman?
*** Did she wear the same bloody boxer shorts and tank top?
*** Are there any threequel talks yet?
*** The first film was shot for 7 days, what about this one?


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Happy Halloween Weekend! Watch my Top 13 Modern Scary Films! Boo! 

It's Halloween season again, time for my my annual spooky-related list. Last year, I gave you the best of the best (See Top 13 Scary Flicks of All Time), now, I'm choosing the Top 13 Modern Scary Films (pretty much horror movies from the last decade).

I'm a horror buff so it's hard to choose, but the films that didn't make it to my Top 13 were put in my Runners-up category.

So, here it is, The Top 13 Modern Scary Films. Did your favorite appear on my list? Read More...

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James Cameron Bids Goodbye to Angelina Jolie and "Cleopatra" and Says Hello to "Avatar 2 and 3!" 

The biggest movie in the world is getting not one, but two sequels! Deadline is reporting that in order to make these sequels happen, Cameron is leaving Sony Pictures' "Cleopatra" with Angelina Jolie attached to star as the Queen of the Nile.

The director will instead focus on making "Avatar 2 and 3" for Fox and will shoot both movies back-to-back for December 2014 and 2015 releases. See Fox's complete "Avatar" press release below.

So why did Cameron dumped Sony and stay with Fox for his "Avatar" films? Deadline revealed that the director "is telling Hollywood that Fox made a "huge" donation to his environmental green fund, and in return he committed to making the Avatar sequel and threequel his next films."

Aw, he has principles :happy

Here's Fox's press release regarding "Avatar 2 and 3."

LOS ANGELES (October 27, 2010) __ Moving forward with the most anticipated films of the next decade, Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman announced today that Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James Cameron has agreed to make AVATAR 2 and 3 as his next films.

Cameron, who had always viewed AVATAR as the creation of a new world and mythology, will begin work on the scripts early next year with an eye towards commencing production later in 2011. Cameron will decide if he will shoot the films back-to-back after he completes the scripts, but the release of the first, as yet untitled sequel, is targeted for December 2014, with the third film contemplated for a December 2015 release.

AVATAR 2 & 3 will be produced by Cameron and Jon Landau for Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment.

“AVATAR is not only the highest grossing movie of all time, it is a created universe based on the singular imagination and daring of James Cameron, who also raised the consciousness of people worldwide to some of the greatest issues facing our planet,” said Rothman and Gianopulos. “We had no higher priority, and can feel no greater joy, than enabling Jim to continue and expand his vision of the world of AVATAR. This is a great day in the history of our company, and we thank Jim, Jon Landau, Rae Sanchini and all of their team and all of our Fox colleagues throughout the world, who have made this possible.”

Commented Cameron: "It is a rare and remarkable opportunity when a filmmaker gets to build a fantasy world, and watch it grow, with the resources and partnership of a global media company. AVATAR was conceived as an epic work of fantasy – a world that audiences could visit, across all media platforms, and this moment marks the launch of the next phase of that world. With two new films on the drawing boards, my company and I are embarking on an epic journey with our partners at Twentieth Century Fox. Our goal is to meet and exceed the global audience's expectations for the richness of AVATAR’s visual world and the power of the storytelling. In the second and third films, which will be self contained stories that also fulfill a greater story arc, we will not back off the throttle of AVATAR’s visual and emotional horsepower, and will continue to explore its themes and characters, which touched the hearts of audiences in all cultures around the world. I'm looking forward to returning to Pandora, a world where our imaginations can run wild."

“It is very exciting to be teaming again with our partners at Fox to give audiences the opportunity to return to Pandora,” said producer Jon Landau. “With the first movie, Jim only scratched the surface of the stories he wants to tell and the creatures and world he wants to create. Now we will continue his vision.”

AVATAR is the highest grossing film of all time, taking in nearly $2.8 billion in worldwide box office. It is also the top-selling Blu-ray disc of all time. AVATAR won Golden Globe® awards for Best Motion Picture and Best Director; and was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and won Oscars for art direction, visual effects and cinematography.

AVATAR was written by Cameron from an idea he nurtured for over a decade, while working on the technology necessary to realize its wholly imagined world. Working with Joe Letteri and his team at Peter Jackson’s WETA Digital, Cameron created a fully immersive 3D cinematic experience of a new kind, where revolutionary technology that was invented to make the film disappeared into the emotion of the characters and the epic nature of the story.

AVATAR 2 & 3 will mark Cameron’s latest collaborations with Twentieth Century Fox, a relationship that spans 25 years and marks one of the most successful filmmaker-studio alliances in motion picture history. Cameron and Fox first joined forces in 1985 for Aliens, which became a sci-fi classic. Next came The Abyss, which revolutionized visual effects technology; and True Lies, a blockbuster starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 1996, Fox greenlighted Cameron’s Titanic, which became the most successful film in history, and won a record-breaking eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Lightstorm partner Rae Sanchini negotiated the deal on Lightstorm’s behalf.

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Secrets of "Batman 3" Revealed! Sorry, No Riddler, and Oh Yeah, and It Will Be Called... 

"The Dark Knight Rises!"

Christopher Nolan made his third Batman film announcement via the LA Times, but he was not ready to reveal the villain of the 2012 threequel.

But one thing's for sure, “It won’t be the Riddler,” Nolan said in an exclusive interview with Hero Complex.

The best part? Nolan is resisting the current 3D craze and "instead use high-definition approaches and IMAX cameras to strike out on a different cinematic path than the stereoscopic technology that, for better or worse, has become the dominant conversation in the blockbuster sector."

Nolan also revealed that he would be keeping the characters we know and loved, and would be introducing new ones. The director also said that he co-wrote the script with his brother, Jonah, and it's based on a story by the director and David Goyer.

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