Adoring Joey King

Sep 3rd, 2020

Unsettle” in for a quartet of disturbing Blumhouse Television and Amazon Studios films that will be hitting the Amazon Prime Video streaming service in October. The two studios are gearing up to release four horror films on the platform next month and the new teaser for the upcoming films promises that they will provide all manner of chills.

The roughly 70-second teaser offers a glimpse at four of the eight “Welcome to the Blumhouse” series of films that will eventually make their way to Amazon’s streaming service. The four films are titled “Black Box,” “Evil Eye,” “The Lie,” and “Nocturne,” and though the scenes in the new trailer rapidly shift from film to film, the teaser suggests that each upcoming film could offer as many chills as the best of Blumhouse Television’s horror releases.

Black Box” and “The Lie” will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on October 6, while “Evil Eye” and “Nocturne” will premiere on the streaming service on October 13.

The “Black Box” synopsis reads: “After losing his wife and his memory in a car accident, a single father undergoes an agonizing experimental treatment that causes him to question who he really is.” “The Lie” will kick off when a “teenaged daughter confesses to impulsively killing her best friend, two desperate parents attempt to cover up the horrific crime, leading them into a complicated web of lies and deception.”

Evil Eye” centers on how a “seemingly perfect romance turns into a nightmare when a mother becomes convinced her daughter’s new boyfriend has a dark connection to her own past.”

The “Nocturne” synopsis reads: Inside the halls of an elite arts academy, a timid music student begins to outshine her more accomplished and outgoing twin sister when she discovers a mysterious notebook belonging to a recently deceased classmate.

The teaser trailer for the four films is set to the disarmingly relaxed “What’s Up” by indie pop musician FJØRA. The song is produced by Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated producer Linda Perry, who served as vocalist of 4 Non Blondes.


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Aug 28th, 2020

The MTV VMAs are coming up fast, and the network has revealed its lineup of presenters: Anthony Ramos, Bebe Rexha, Bella Hadid, Drew Barrymore, Jaden Smith, Joey King, Kelly Clarkson, Machine Gun Kelly, Madison Beer, Nicole Richie, Sofia Carson and Travis Barker.

Performers include Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, BTS, Doja Cat, CNCO, Maluma and Black Eyed Peas.

The 2020 MTV VMAs will air on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 8PM ET/PT with the “VMAs” Pre-Show beginning at 6:30PM ET/PT exclusively on MTV. This year’s main show will simulcast across 11 ViacomCBS brands including BET, BET Her, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nick at Nite, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land, VH1, as well as The CW, making it available to an expanded broadcast audience for the first time.


Aug 25th, 2020

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Aug 15th, 2020

Yesterday, Blumhouse and Amazon Prime Video announced that eight new genre films will be heading to the streaming service under the “Welcome to Blumhouse” banner. Putting the focus on diverse casts, female voices and emerging filmmakers, the first slate of four films (the second half will arrive in 2021) kicks off with The Lie, written and directed by The Killing creator Veena Sud, which launches on October 6 alongside Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr.‘s Black Box.

Starring Joey King, Peter Sarsgaard, and Mireille Enos, the film follows a family torn to pieces after their teenage daughter (King) confessed to a horrible crime. Desperate to protect their family no matter the cost, the scramble to coverup for their kid while trying to come to terms with what she’s capable of only drives them into darker, more twisted territory.

The role of a teenage psychopath might come as a bit of a surprise to fans who became familiar with King through her effervescent performance in Netflix’s hit rom-com The Kissing Booth franchise (though if you caught Hulu’s The Act, you already know how dark King can get,) but according to Sud, those are the very qualities that made her ideal for the role. “Joey is capable of an immense range – she can go from a sweet rom-com heroine all the way to a troubled, co-dependent, murderous teen in the blink of an eye,” Sud said.

I needed all of that in the character of Kayla, a teenage girl who kills her best friend and seems to have little remorse about it. A real high wire act for any actor but in joey’s hands, it was so authentic, believable. She’s an immense talent and brought so much humanity to this young, troubled girl which I knew Kayla had to have to be the center of this story.”

While Sud is no stranger to tales of crime and punishment after four seasons of her Golden Globe-nominated series The Killing, the feature format offered an opportunity to approach the genre in a new way. “Packing into 90 minutes what I’m used to writing for a 10-13 hour story creates a natural propulsive energy where not one moment is superfluous, not one frame is wasted,” Sud said.

Speaking to the consistent popularity of crime thrillers in entertainment, Sud said, “Murder is an extreme act, one that pushes both the victim, the family, community, the killer to confront the darkest parts of who they really are. In The Lie, the veneer of civilization is slowly peeled away, moment by moment, as Kayla and her family circle the wagons, protect what is theirs. One bad deed leads to another until they are unrecognizable to themselves.”

The Lie also arrives in a world that’s all but recognizable for the time being, with theatrical distributors limping back into business amid the pandemic. But streaming might just be the perfect way to watch The Lie, making the domestic drama and contained thrills feel even more intimate. “The darker, sadder, more uncomfortable truths in this family will strike home – forgive the pun – differently in a movie theater with strangers versus in one’s own living room with family,” Sud said. “The intimacy of this drama is actually perfect for viewing at home, if maybe deeply uncomfortable at moments.

The Lie arrives on Amazon Prime Video October 6, followed by Evil Eye and Nocturne on October 13, and a slate of for more films to follow in 2021.