Judge allows big Conjuring lawsuit that partially involves whether ghosts are real

In April, an author named Gerald Brittle filed a $900 million lawsuit against Warner Bros. over the Conjuring movies, with Brittle claiming that he owns the exclusive rights to the stories of Ed and Lorraine Warren—real-life paranormal investigators and the protagonists of the Conjuring series. The Hollywood Reporter says

Annabelle: Creation is more fun than you might expect from a prequel to a spin-off

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Once upon a time, a monster hit like The Conjuring, James Wan’s dubiously fact-based but highly effective spin on the haunted-house movie, would have inspired a series of lesser sequels and nothing more. But we’re living now in the age of the expanded universe, when franchises don’t follow a single forward path,…

The Conjuring spin-off The Nun is coming to rap your knuckles next summer

New Line has set a release date for The Nun, its latest spin-off from the apparently bottomless Conjuring franchise. The spectral bride of Christ (or whoever) in question originally debuted in last year’s The Conjuring 2, menacing Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson’s paranormal investigators. Now she’ll arrive in…

Weekend Box Office: “One for the talking pet movie,” says a numbed America

Faced with news reports of crushing sadness and horror, America expressed its desire this week to return to the blissful ignorance of infancy by spending $103 million on a movie about talking cats and dogs. Opening on 4,370 screens—the widest release ever for an animated film—The Secret Life Of Pets capitalized on a…

Frances O’Connor to call on paranormal investigators in The Conjuring 2

The Conjuring 2 has been plagued—some might say, cursed—with troubles from the beginning. The producers are embroiled in a court battle over who has the right to make money off someone else’s life story (even if that person’s still living). And the release date has been tossed about as if by a poltergeist. But the…