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Going Hollywood.

Relax, America: "Paranormal Activity 2" has a director. After a protracted and ugly round of corporate infighting about who was helming the next "Paranormal" and "Saw" films, the gig has passed out of the hands of the genre stalwarts entirely and into the hands of Tod Williams, best known as the writer/director of the mildly regarded indies "The Adventures of Sebastian Cole" and "The Door in the Floor." This is a lateral move -- from mild indie dramas...

Where the sequels have no name.

Outside a movie theater yesterday, I saw in a row the posters for "Shrek: The Final Chapter," "Toy Story 3" and "Iron Man 2." It's adorable to see three posters where the size of the sequel number and the familiarity of the characters means there's no necessity to actually name the damn film, an impressive claim upon the imaginations of viewers. The golden age of franchises (at least from a studio point of view) was probably the '80s, with its innumberable...

Seven crossover film composers.

There's a dwindling number of composers doing original scores for movies that aren't either music-free or solely composed of pre-existing tracks. New entrants in the field are often indie-rock types looking for extra cash and/or friends of those involved. Owen Pallett (previously Final Fantasy) worked with the Arcade Fire's Win Butler and Régine Chassagne to create a creditable Bernard Herrmann pastiche for "The Box." Grizzly Bear scored Sundance darling "Blue Valentine...