If you’ve watched the Paranormal Activity movies, you know that these found-footage horror films are filled with hidden clues, continuity nods to the previous movies, and subtle details that reward not only close attention but also repeat viewings.

All this week to mark the debut of Paranormal Activity 4 on Tuesday, January 15 on the Video Unlimited service weeks before it’s available on DVD, we’re testing your knowledge of the movies on our Facebook page. Check it out each morning as we post another trivia question to see how closely you’ve been watching the four movies in the popular horror franchise.

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With 2013 already underway, we decided to look at some of the most anticipated movies coming out in 2013 in a variety of categories. With some many great movies, limiting the list to just 10 would be flat out heartbreaking. So we’ve rounded up a ton of movies we’re most excited for while giving you a little preview of what’s to come. Take a look and let us know in the comments below which ones you’re most excited for.

Horror



Evil Dead: The Book of the Dead is wreaking more havoc in this remake of the horror classic. Sam Raimi, who directed the original, is back as a writer on this version, which stars Jane Levy from TV’s “Suburbia.” (April 12)
Mama: Two young girls who have been living in the woods by themselves for five years are taken in by their aunt and uncle. But they may not have been as alone as they thought. (January 18)
Carrie: Another remake, with Chloe Grace Moretz (Hit Girl in Kick Ass) taking on the title role as a girl who develops some very destructive powers after being bullied by her classmates. (March 15)

Post-Apocalyptic Action



Oblivion: Tom Cruise finds out Earth isn’t quite as devoid of human life as everyone believes. But who’s keeping that knowledge secret? And why? (April 19)
After Earth: Will and Jaden Smith play a pair of father and son who crash land on a planet that’s been evacuated of human life 1,000 years ago. They must now survive the wildlife that’s rampant across the planet. (June 7)

World War Z: Brad Pitt leads the fight against the zombie apocalypse in this adaptation of the best-selling novel. This one is packed with heart-pounding action. (June 21)



Super Heroes



Iron Man 3/Thor: The Dark World: Phase 2 of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe kicks off as two Avengers get sequels, with Iron Man facing off against The Mandarin and Thor going up against Malekith and his Dark Elves. (May 3, November 8)

Man of Steel: Superman gets another starting point courtesy of director Zack Snyder, this time with Henry Cavill playing the orphaned alien who sets out to protect Earth. (June 14)

The Wolverine: Logan (once again played by Hugh Jackman) travels to Japan for some samurai action in this latest installment of the X-Men franchise. (July 26)

Kick Ass 2: More everyday citizens suit up to fight crime in this sequel. Meanwhile, Red Mist plots his revenge. (June 28)

Science Fiction: 



Star Trek Into Darkness: Benedict Cumberbatch plays Not Khan in this sequel, with Chris Pine, Zachery Quinto and the rest of the crew (including Simon Pegg’s wonderful Scotty) returning to the bridge of the Enterprise. (May 17)

Pacific Rim: Do we really need to say more than that this movie has Guillermo del Toro directing a story about humanity creating giant mech suits to fight aliens that appear from the bottom of the ocean? We didn’t think so. (July 12)

Elysium: Matt Damon and Jodie Foster star in this dystopian action movie flick, directed by Neill Blomkamp, who made the great District 9. (August 9)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: More hobbits, more dwarves and this time a big honking dragon on top of a pile of treasure. (December 13)

Family Flicks



Monsters University: Another adventure of Mike and Sulley? Absolutely. This prequel, which goes back to the college days of the monsters voiced by John Goodman and Billy Crystal is high on our list. (June 21)

Despicable Me 2: More Minions please. Plus, Gru and the girls and Al Pacino voicing a bad guy. (July 3)
Jack the Giant Slayer: Bryan Singer directs this modern day fairy tale about a young boy who climbs the beanstalk to face the giant and rescue the princess. (March 1)

Comedy

The World’s End: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reteam with Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright in this movie about a group of friends on a pub crawl and becomes humankind’s only hope for survival. (October 25)

Anchorman 2: No word on whether Baxter will be returning for this sequel but we’re still pretty excited. (December 20)

The Hangover Part III: All bets are off as the Wolf Pack is on a road trip once again. (May 24)



Drama



Side Effects: This drama about a woman who falls victim to a prescription drug comes from director Steven Soderbergh, immediately upping our interest by several notches. (February 8)

The Place Beyond the Pines: We’re excited because we love Ryan Gosling and are anxious to see all the new Tumblr GIFs of Gosling that will come out of this one. (March 20)

42: Chadwick Boseman stars as Jackie Robinson in this biopic of the ground-breaking baseball player and his signing to the Brooklyn Dodgers. (April 12)
The Great Gatsby: This adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic comes from director Baz Luhrman – always known for his visual flair – and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and host of other great young actors. (May 10)

Action Adventure


The Lone Ranger: Johnny Depp plays Tonto in this big screen version of the classic hero, which sees Armie Hammer taking on the title role. With Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean helmer Gore Verbinski directing, we’re guessing this will be pretty entertaining. (July 3)

A Good Day To Die Hard: Jai Courtney plays the son of John McClane, a role once again reprised by Bruce Willis, as the two of them avert a nuclear heist in Russia. (February 14)

Jack Ryan: Chris Pine, who’s rocketed to stardom after playing Kirk in the Star Trek reboot, becomes the latest to play the CIA analyst created by Tom Clancy. (December 25)
Fast & Furious 6: More drag racing and other action that’s both fast and furious. (May 24)
G.I. Joe: Retaliation: This sequel looks much closer to the original comics/cartoon, with a fully masked Cobra Commander and lots of nifty gadgets and action on display. (March 29)

Young Adult



The Host: When aliens invade, they take over the souls of human host bodies, which leads to angst among the beautiful young people who are out to destroy these alien invaders. (March 29)
Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Jennifer Lawrence is back as Katniss in this sequel, which involves something called the Quarter Quell. Find out what that’s all about later this year. (November 22)

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones: A young woman one day finds she’s part of a legacy of demon fighters and, of course, has to be trained in that role by a hot young veteran of those battles. (August 23)

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters: More mythology-heavy battles as the title character, who is Poseidon’s son, go after the Golden Fleece. (August 16)

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2012 closed out strong with a final month packed with longtime hits and songs primed for 2013, most notably the new single from Lil Wayne, “No Worries (ft. Detail)” from I Am Not a Human Being II; sure to dominate our charts when it releases in February. Other acts to watch out for: the massive smash from Juicy J’s March release and the yet-to-be-scheduled debut from French Montana. Keep an eye on New Releases, updated each Tuesday with all the latest titles.

On the channel side, listeners cranked up the Holiday channel for the season and reflected on top tracks from 2012 with the Best of 2012 Premium Channel.  For artists, Bruno Mars’ under-the-wire December release shot him into the Top 10, but not enough to phase Wiz Khalifa at #1. Who do you think will be next to push him off the throne? Let your ears decide on the Music Unlimited service.

Top 10 Songs:

  1. Psy – “Gangnam Style (강남스타일)”
  2. Kendrick Lamar- “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
  3. Bruno Mars – “Locked Out Of Heaven”
  4. Rihanna – “Diamonds”
  5. Juicy J featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz – “Bandz A Make Her Dance”
  6. Maroon 5 – “One More Night”
  7. Lil Wayne feat Detail – “No Worries”
  8. Flo Rida – “Whistle”
  9. Kanye West feat 2 Chainz and Big Sean and Pusha T – “Mercy”
  10. French Montana feat Drake and Lil Wayne and Rick Ross –“ Pop That”

Top 10 Artists:

  1. Wiz Khalifa
  2. T.I.
  3. Eminem
  4. Bruno Mars
  5. Kendrick Lamar
  6. Linkin Park
  7. Rihanna
  8. Ke$ha
  9. Trey Songz
  10. Maroon 5

Top 10 Channels:

  1. Favorites
  2. Hot Songs
  3. Global Top 100
  4. Rap Top 100
  5. Local Top 100
  6. Holiday
  7. R&B Top 100
  8. Best of 2012
  9. Pop Top 100
  10. Indie Rock & Alternative Top 100

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It was a big night for Jennifer Lawrence and The Hunger Games at last night’s People’s Choice Awards. The actress won both Favorite Movie Actress and Favorite Face of Heroism, as well as a piece of the Favorite Onscreen Chemistry award, which she shared with co-stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. 



The Hunger Games as a movie got fan recognition for Favorite Movie, Favorite Action Movie and Favorite Movie Franchise.

Super hero movies were well represented among the winners, particularly for Avengers heroes Iron Man and Thor, with Robert Downey Jr. winning Favorite Movie Actor and Favorite Movie Superhero, and Chris Hemsworth being named Favorite Action Movie Star.

On the TV front, “Big Bang Theory” was named Favorite Network TV Comedy and “Grey’s Anatomy” was crowned Favorite Network TV Drama. “Awkward” and “Leverage” won the same categories for Cable TV, respectively.

In the closest thing to domination on the TV front, “Castle” won Favorite TV Crime Drama while star Nathan Fillion was given the Favorite Dramatic TV Actor award.

In the music categories, Katy Perry made quite a few trips to the stage as she accepted awards for Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Pop Artist and Favorite Music Video, which she won with “Part of Me.” Her fans, who call themselves KatyCats, were also awarded the Favorite Music Fan Following.

Meanwhile Jason Mraz won Favorite Male Artist, Maroon 5 won Favorite Band, and One Direction took home two statues for both Favorite Song (“What Makes You Beautiful”) and Favorite Album (Up All Night).

See the whole list of all the winners here.

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If you were up early this morning, you may have watched Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane announce the nominees for the 2013 Academy Awards. If not, we’re here to help.

To the surprise of very few, Lincoln dominated the nominations, with 12 nods including Best Director, Steven Spielberg), Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Picture and a host of others.

Silver Linings Playbook also received multiple nominations – eight in all – for Best Picture, Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Director (David O. Russell) and more.

In addition to Silver Linings Playbook and Lincoln, the Best Picture field also includes AmourDjango UnchainedLes MisérablesLife of PiArgoBeasts of the Southern Wild and Zero Dark Thirty.

One big surprise was that Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow were not among the Best Director nominees,though the movies they helmed, Argo and Zero Dark Thirty respectively, were both included in the Best Picture category. Instead the Best Director nominations included Spielberg, Russell, Michael Haneke (Amour), Ang Lee (Life of Pi) and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild).

MacFarlane, who in addition to announcing the nominees will also be hosting the awards ceremony on February 24th, even scored a nomination himself: Best Original Song for “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from his movie Ted. 

Check out the full list of nominees across all categories here.

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The internet stirred earlier this week with news that Justin Bieber will have his long overdue chance to both host and perform on Saturday Night Live on February 9th. While it seems a rarity, there have been over two dozen artists who have both music and acting chops and can keep up with the show’s rigorous sketches alongside their musical performance duties.

This #ThrowbackThursday, we honor them by looking back at  these double threats and albums around that time that made them household names.

The Rolling Stones (1978)
Album: Goat’s Head Soup
Song: ”Angie”

Olivia Newton-John (1982)
Album: Physical
Song: “Physical”

Dolly Parton (1989)
Album: 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs
Song: “9 to 5”

MC Hammer (1991)
Album: Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em
Song: “U Can’t Touch This”

Jennifer Lopez (2001)
Album: On the 6
Song: “If You Had My Love”

Justin Timberlake (2003)
Album: Justified
Song: “Cry Me a River”

Jon Bon Jovi (2007)
Album: Lost Highway
Song:”(You Want To) Make a Memory”

Bruno Mars (2012)
Album: Unorthodox Jukebox
Song: “Young Girls”

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We’re helping gamers everywhere stick to their new year’s resolutions to spend more time racking up trophies with some great updates on the PlayStation Store this week.

Check out Dead Space 3 and get in the action with Isaac Clarke and merciless soldier John Carver on a journey across space to discover the source of the Necromorph plague. This pre-order also includes an exclusive theme.

If you are looking to reconnect with all of the legends from childhood, take a look at Rise of the Guardians. Play as North, Tooth, Bunnymund, Sandman, and Jack Frost in this action-packed adventure game. Each Guardian has their own set of extraordinary abilities that will help you take on the evil spirit “Pitch” and his infectious nightmares.

Everyone gets a little nostalgic for some of their favorite games from back in the day. Our bundles this week aim to scratch that itch – SEGA Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co. and SEGA Vintage Collection: Monster World. Revisit saving kingdoms, shattering time trials, and destroying evil in Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Super Hang-on, and The Revenge of Shinobi, or bring peace back to Monster World in Wonder Boy in Monster Land, Wonder Boy in Monster World and for the first time outside of Japan, Monster World IV.

Take a look at the full list of updates in the PlayStation Store here and let us know how your new year’s resolution to game more is going.

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Dead Man Down: Noomi Rapace stars as a woman out for revenge against the man who once hurt her. She enlists the help of a criminal played by Colin Farrell, but he seems to have ulterior motives. The trailer presents the film as a no-nonsense, nuts and bolts thriller, not surprising considering that the movie was directed by Niels Arden Oplev, who founded Rapace’s career in the original version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Unfinished Song: Terence Stamp (Zod himself) plays a grumpy old man who is dragged into a choir for older folks who eventually comes to discover a new side of himself. There’s nothing more heartwarmingly hilarious than watching old people singing “Let’s Talk About Sex”.

Evil Dead: This red-band trailer shows the movie doesn’t skimp on the gore. It also shows an emphasis on actress Jane Levy, who plays one of the victims of the evil unleashed by the opening of a book that really should not have been opened.

Big Sur: Based on the book by Jack Kerouac, this tells the fictionalized story of the writer’s life immediately following the success of On the Road (which has also recently been adapted for the big-screen) as he dealt with success, alcoholism and more. The trailer has an interesting washed-out look that matches the emotional tone of the movie.

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Rumors about the 2013 Coachella line-up have been circling since, well, the week after Coachella 2012. With the festival posting a few cryptic photos and tension high, it’s speculated that the line-up could be announced as early as this week in advance of the double-weekend fest happening in April in southern California.

For today’s video-round up, we gather live performance footage of our predictions (fueled by other’s predictions as well) for the 2013 line-up and cross our fingers for what is already one of the most talked about music events of the year (and it’s only January.)

The Rolling Stones – “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” [Live in Ireland]

Lil Wayne –  “John” [Live at Summer Jam 2011]

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Featured New Releases

Dropkick Murphys – SIGNED and SEALED in BLOOD

It’s lucky number 8’s for Dropkick Murphys, as their eighth studio album hits on the 8th of January, one of the first major releases of 2013. The punk rock stalwarts are a definitive brand in the genre and after 2010’s concept album, Going Out in Style, fans are given the classic Dropkick sound with this latest effort. “The Boys Are Back,” with their brand of Celtic-inspired punk about getting into trouble with booze, girls, parties and even a belated Christmas song about a dysfunctional family gathering. A New Year calls for some light-hearted optimism and this album is all about fun.

If You Like: Flogging Molly, Rancid, Social Distortion
Recommended Track: “The Season’s Upon Us”

 

Hollywood Undead – Notes from the Underground

After breaking through in the height of the MySpace Music craze, Hollywood Undead has been steadily enjoying multi-plantinum success throughout the years, in spite of losing their singer, Aron “Deuce” Erlichman and replacing him with Daniel “Danny” Murillo (who dropped out of American Idol for the gig) and a few other changes. Always treading the line between rock, rap & metal, this album leans more melodic, even with the rap verses. Catch them on tour starting tonight in Los Angeles and rounding out the month in Toronto.

 

If You Like:  P.O.D., Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit
Recommended Track: “We Are”

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