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‘Into the Dark’ Anthology Series Renewed for Season 2 at Hulu

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Hulu has renewed its anthology series “Into the Dark” for a second season.

The horror event series, produced by Blumhouse TV, releases one feature-length installment a month, each inspired by a holiday featuring the “Blumhouse signature genre/thriller spin on the story.”

According to Hulu, 12 more episodes have been ordered, which will continue to release on a monthly basis starting in October.

Also Read: Marvel Sets Crossover Episode for Hulu's 'Runaways' and Freeform's 'Cloak and Dagger'

The next episode, “Pure,” is set to release Sept. 6 and is inspired by the holiday “Daughter’s Day.”

Hulu’s description reads: “In this female coming-of-age horror story, several teen girls perform a secret ritual at a purity retreat and, when one of them begins to see a supernatural entity, the terrifying question emerges, what is more dangerous: the demon they’ve unleashed, or the pressure to conform to their fathers’ expectations.
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Wamg Giveaway – Win Ma Starring Octavia Spencer on Blu-ray


“Don’t make me drink alone!”

What starts out as a teenager’s dream turns into a terrifying nightmare in Ma, the suspenseful thriller from Blumhouse, the producers of Get Out and Happy Death Day, arriving on Digital August 20, 2019 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand September 3, 2019 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Fans can now discover more than 20 minutes of thrilling bonus features not seen in theaters including a never-before-seen alternate ending, alternate and deleted scenes, and featurettes that take fans deeper into the unusual and unsettling world of Ma. Starring Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer, the stirring and suspense-filled horror film “makes you cringe in all the right places” and is packed with unexpected twists and turns that will have viewers on the edge of their seat from start to finish.


Now you can win the Win the Blu-ray of Ma. We Are Movie Geeks has one copy to give away.
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Young Hollywood Impact Report 2019

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The talents on Variety’s annual Young Hollywood Impact Report have all made an impact on showbiz in the past year. They may be singers, actors or YouTube stars, but they share one thing in common: show-stopping creativity. This year’s list includes several actors nominated for Emmys, like Jharrel Jerome for Netflix’s “When They See Us;” Joey King for “The Act” on Hulu; and Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams for the final season of “Game of Thrones” on HBO. YouTubers like David Dobrik, Makenna Kelly and JoJo Siwa, each boasting millions of loyal subscribers, have made their way onto the list. Music acts like the all-female K-Pop group Blackpink, rapper Juice Wrld and singer Billie Eilish also made the list this year.

Variety also honors the adults that help them shine, be they agents or content execs. Finally, our Up Next section puts the spotlight on talent poised for a breakthrough.
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Ma is Looking to Party on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on September 3rd

At Ma's, you can party all you want in the basement, as long as you don't go upstairs... Following its theatrical run earlier this summer, Ma is making house calls late this summer when Universal releases the new Blumhouse horror movie on Digital on August 20th, followed by a September 3rd Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand release that includes a new alternate ending and deleted scenes.

Check out the cover art and press release with more details below, and in case you missed it, we discussed Ma on a recent episode of Corpse Club!

Press Release: Universal City, California, July 16, 2019 – What starts out as a teenager’s dream turns into a terrifying nightmare in Ma, the suspenseful thriller from Blumhouse, the producers of Get Out and Happy Death Day, arriving on Digital August 20, 2019 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand September 3, 2019 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Fans can now discover
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Devendra Banhart Unveils Dreamy Ode to Venezuela in ‘Abre Las Manos’

Devendra Banhart released a breezy, upbeat song called “Abre Las Manos.” The track is the second single off Banhart’s upcoming album Ma, out September 13th via Nonesuch Records.

“Abre Las Manos,” which translates to “open your hands” in English, was inspired by the musician’s homeland of Venezuela. The video features a slideshow of vivid, scenic photographs taken of the capital Caracas and El Avila National Park. “Cierra tus ojos y mira tu alma/Una hojita en el árbol de amor,” he sings (“Look at your eyes and look
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Interview with Director Kenneth Lim Dagatan: I make horror films for me, because it’s a love letter to my childhood stories.

Kenneth Lim Dagatan is an independent Filipino filmmaker and writer, best known for directing and writing his award-winning first short film, Sanctissima (2015); it was premiered at the 11th Cinemalaya Philippines Independent Film Festival where it won the audience choice award, as well as awards at other film festivals, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Director. His feature film, “Ma” (2018), was well received by the critics locally during Cinema One Originals Film Festival where it launched, and this striking horror debut had its international premiere at Nyaff

On this occasion, we spoke with him about how he became interested in horror movies, we heard a number of interesting stories about his childhood, his previous works and how they shaped him as a director, and other topics.

What was the beginning stages of your interest in horror movies? What really started your love of these films?

Actually, I started watching horror
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Meet Acharya Venu, cinematographer from Warangal who won at Shanghai Film Festival

Interview Hailing from Telangana, the 34-year-old won the award for ‘Ma.Ama’, a movie shot in the Garo language in Meghalaya.Priyanka RichiFrom Warangal to Shanghai, cinematographer Acharya Venu’s journey has been full of surprises. The first Indian cinematographer to win an award at the recently concluded Shanghai Film Festival, this 34-year-old won the accolade for the first ever feature film he was part of, and that too a film shot in the Garo language in Meghalaya. Yes, the language was unfamiliar and the budget was limited, but Venu says a camera and a beautiful narration can indeed do wonders! Born in Rajaiah Pally in Warangal, Venu says he decided to become a cinematographer way back when he was in Class X. Asked how'd he'd fixed on the profession when most people that age wouldn't have even heard of the word, Venu laughs and says, "I was quite passionate about drawing from my childhood.
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Film Review: Ma (2018) by Kenneth Lim Dagatan

Having just recently made the jump from shorts to feature films, upcoming Philippine genre director Kenneth Lim Dagatan continues to move in a positive direction in his homeland from his earlier slasher “Bloody Crayons.” Taking a more esoteric and spiritual route with his new genre film “Ma,” the film is now screening as part of the New York Asian Film Festival for its international premiere.

Ma” is screening at New York Asian Film Festival

Living in the middle of the woods, young Samuel (Kyle Espiritu) discovers a strange cave in the middle of the forest that features a single tree growing deep inside. As he’s able to converse with the tree, he slowly grows to believeit is able to deliver on a promise about bringing a loved one back to life. When his mother Lina (Glydel Mercado) dies, he sees that as the perfect time to test out the
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Comic-Con 2019: “Sounds of Horror: Inside Hollywood’s Most Terrifying Film Scores” Panel Announced

What you see on screen can be scary, but the right music can make an unsettling scene ten times more terrifying. In this golden age of horror, viewers have been treated to eclectically spooky scores from a wide range of talented composers, and at the 50th annual San Diego Comic-Con, some of the most mesmerizing composers will gather for a panel to discuss the making of their memorably haunting music.

Hosted by IndieWire's Steve Greene and featuring Christopher Young, Michael Abels, Carl Thiel, Gregory Tripi, Russ Howard, and Nick Soole, the "Sounds of Horror: Inside Hollywood's Most Terrifying Film Scores" panel will take place in Room 9 from 8:00pm–9:00pm on Friday, July 19th.

Read on for additional details, and check our Comic-Con online hub to keep up to date on all of our coverage of the 50th annual Comic-Con!

"From the spine-tingling scores for “Us”, “Get Out
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Are Summer Blockbusters Getting Worse?

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Are Summer Blockbusters Getting Worse?
While many people view summer as the time to relax, go on vacation and get some sun, this time of year is also known for another reason: its massive blockbusters. Many big studios take advantage of the time when kids are off of school to release some of their biggest box office draws in order to get the largest profit they can, which is why so many massive movies tend to be released between May and August. However, for whatever reason, these summer blockbusters seem to be getting worse and worse every year.

This year, a majority of the summer blockbusters have been major let downs. Movies like Men In Black: International, Shaft, Anna, Ma, Dark Phoenix, The Dead Don't Die and Godzilla: King of the Monsters were all met with horrendously negative reviews from critics and audiences alike. We've only seen a few decently good summer blockbusters so far this year,
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‘Sacred Lies: The Singing Bones’: Juliette Lewis, Ryan Kwanten & Jordan Alexander To Star In Season 2 Of Blumhouse TV/Facebook Series

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‘Sacred Lies: The Singing Bones’: Juliette Lewis, Ryan Kwanten & Jordan Alexander To Star In Season 2 Of Blumhouse TV/Facebook Series
Oscar nominee Juliette Lewis, Ryan Kwanten and newcomer Jordan Alexander in her first major leading role, are set as series regulars in Sacred Lies: The Singing Bones, the second season of the anthology series from Blumhouse Television for Facebook Watch. Additionally, Kimiko Glenn, Kristin Bauer, Grammy nominated singer Antonique Smith (Luke Cage), Siobhan Williams, Emily Alyn Lind and Odiseas Georgiadis (Trinkets) will join the series in recurring roles.

Production on Sacred Lies: The Singing Bones begins in July in Vancouver.

The second season of the anthology series will feature a new cast and a storyline that draws inspiration from a story collected from the Brothers Grimm, The Singing Bone, as well as real-life murder cases. This
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Orion Unboxes Strong Opening for the ‘Child’s Play’ Remake [Box Office]

Orion Unboxes Strong Opening for the ‘Child’s Play’ Remake [Box Office]
It’s called counter-programing, but opening against Toy Story 4 in a crowded box office was nothing short of dangerous. Orion took a huge risk in opening their Child’s Play (read our review) remake against the Disney franchise that also follows several weeks of genre rollouts that include that of Godzilla, BrightBurn, The Dead Don’t Die, Ma and […]
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‘Toy Story 4’ Rounds Up $12 Million at Thursday Box Office

‘Toy Story 4’ Rounds Up $12 Million at Thursday Box Office
Toy Story 4,” Disney-Pixar’s highly anticipated sequel in the animated “Toy Story” franchise and the first entry in nine years, earned $12 million at the Thursday box office making it the second highest preview total for an animated film ever.

Toy Story 4” fell short of the animation preview record set by the previous Pixar installment, last year’s “Incredibles 2.” That film earned a massive $18.2 million in Thursday previews when the previous record holder was Pixar’s “Finding Dory” at just $9.2 million.

Incredibles 2” went on to make a truly incredible $182.6 million, placing it on the list of the Top 10 opening weekends of all time and the highest of any animated film, and it also became the fastest animated film to top $1 billion globally, doing so in just 47 days.

Also Read: 'Toy Story 4' Could Give Disney Yet Another Record Box Office Opening

Disney is projecting
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Will 'Toy Story 4' Make a Bid for the Animated Opening Weekend Record?

Will 'Toy Story 4' Make a Bid for the Animated Opening Weekend Record?
After several weeks of disappointing debuts, this weekend should see things turn around as Disney and Pixar unveil Toy Story 4 to what will be one of the largest debuts for an animated feature ever and UA Releasing's Child's Play remake is also looking like it will generate a solid debut over the three-day. Otherwise, Lionsgate's release of the Summit actioner Anna is looking like a lightweight performer at the lower end of the weekend top ten if not potentially falling outside altogether. The weekend's #1 film is a no-brainer. Toy Story 4 has already generated rave reviews, scoring a 98% on RottenTomatoes and an 83 on Metacritic, to go along with record-breaking pre-sale figures, which reported outperformed sales for last year's Incredibles 2, which delivered a record $182.6 million opening, going on to become the only animated film to not only top $500 million at the domestic box office, but it
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Film at Lincoln Center and New York Asian Film Foundation Announces Full Lineup for The 18th New York Asian Film Festival

New York, NY – Film at Lincoln Center and the New York Asian Film Foundation announce the 18th edition of the New York Asian Film Festival (Nyaff), June 28 – July 14, 2019.

After last year’s Savage Seventeen, this year’s program is dubbed the “Still Too Young to Die” edition with five international premieres, 23 North American premieres, four U.S. premieres, and eight New York premieres, showcasing the most exciting action, comedy, drama, thriller, romance, horror, and art-house films from East Asia, and bringing close to 30 directors and nine actors from Asia.

Eighteen – Still Too Young to Die: Many will recognize the cheeky reference to Nyaff 2016 audience award winner, Kudo Kankuro’s Too Young to Die!, in which a busload of high-school students plummet to their deaths. They either end up in heaven or hell, both of which defy expectations. Graduating into adulthood, Nyaff aims to defy expectations cinematically.

With the irreverent action-comedy
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‘Men In Black: International’ Taking in $26 Million Amid Franchise Fatigue

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‘Men In Black: International’ Taking in $26 Million Amid Franchise Fatigue
North American moviegoers spurned sequels this weekend with Sony’s “Men in Black: International” heading for a modest $26 million debut while “Shaft” will finish with a dismal $7.3 million in seventh place.

Men in Black: International,” the fourth iteration of the sci-fi comedy franchise, is performing under expectations, which had been in the $30 million range at 4,224 locations. The three previous “Men In Black” films, starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, all scored North American debut weekends of more than $50 million in 1997, 2002 and 2012.

Men in Black: International” stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as the black-suited agents dealing with a baffling series of alien attacks against Earth. Reviewers have been unimpressed, giving the film a 25% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Should the Saturday morning estimates hold, “Men in Black: International” will have the lowest gross of a first-place title since the second weekend of “Shazam!” led the April 12-14 chart with $24.5 million.
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‘Another Child’, ‘Han Dan’ among 2019 New York Asian Film Festival competition entries

‘Another Child’, ‘Han Dan’ among 2019 New York Asian Film Festival competition entries
Vietnamese star Veronica Ngo to receive Daniel A. Craft Award for Excellence in Action Cinema.

Kim Yoon-seok’s Another Child from South Korea and Huang Chao-liang’s Han Dan from Taiwan are among seven entries that will vie for the Uncaged Award for best feature film in the 2019 New York Asian Film Festival main competition.

Rounding out the competition entries are: Moon Sungho’s 5 Million Dollar Life (Japan), Katsumi Nojiri’s Lying To Mom (Japan), Kenneth Lim Dagatan’s Ma (Philippines), Yi Ok-seop’s Maggie (South Korea), and Wu Nan’s Push And Shove (China). The festival runs from June
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Box-Office Weekend: Secret Life of Pets Sequel Leads Disappointing Box Office

While the top two film’s over the box-office weekend were new releases, they both proved to be disappointments, of sorts. Although the animated family film The Secret Life of Pets 2 finished on top of the box-office weekend with $47.1 million, it failed to make anywhere near what its predecessor had made during its opening weekend just a few years earlier. Elsewhere, the latest offering in the X-Men series, Dark Phoenix, opened with $33 million, which gives it the lowest opening of any film in the franchise to date (as well as it being the worst reviewed film of the series).

The live-action reinterpretation of Aladdin made $24.5 million in its third week of release to give it a total haul of $232.4 million, which was good enough to land it squarely in third place. Dropping to a disappointing fourth place was Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which managed only $15.5 million in its second week,
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Box Office Report For June 7-9

Welcome back to the weekly box office report! Each and every Sunday, you can expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, a pair of new releases entered the marketplace, led by a pair of sequels. One was an animated sequel in The Secret Life of Pets 2, while the other was a franchise capper in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. How did they all do? Let us take a look right now at just that… Taking the top spot was The Secret Life of Pets 2, though much like last week, this sequel took in only a fraction of what the last installment did. With $47.1 million, it’s a huge come down from the $104 million or so that the prior engagement began with. While there still could be a third one in this series, it
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‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ Headed to No. 1 as ‘Dark Phoenix’ Flames Out at Box Office

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‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ Headed to No. 1 as ‘Dark Phoenix’ Flames Out at Box Office
This weekend’s two new releases are falling below expectations, with Universal/Illumination’s “The Secret Life of Pets 2” currently projected to take No. 1 with a $46 million opening weekend from 4,561 screens.

If that result holds, “Secret Life of Pets 2” would have one of the lowest openings ever for an Illumination release. However, word of mouth is generally strong so far and weekend matinees could bump the film’s weekend totals up into the $50 million range that Universal projected before the weekend. While critics have been mixed with a 53% score on Rotten Tomatoes, family audiences have given “Secret Life of Pets 2” their approval with a 4.5/5 Postrak score and an A- on CinemaScore.

But there is no such cause for optimism for this weekend’s other new release, Fox’s “Dark Phoenix,” which is set to
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