Paramount’s Insurge Pictures will goose box office of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never by today announcing a one-week limited release of the “director’s fan cut” across the U.S. and Canada. It will include 40 minutes of new Bieber footage on RealD and 3D Digital Screens in theaters beginning this Friday. The original pic opened opened in North America on February 11th and earned $30 million in its initial weekend as well as A+ Cinemascore from women (and an A overall). Interesting way for the studio to squeeze out more grosses so soon after the pic’s opening. Then again, these tween concert pics tend not to have long legs. ”We had a solid hold this weekend. But we’re looking to keep the momentum and get a 3rd weekend,” a studio exec emailed me. Tickets go on sale Tuesday at 5 PM PST. Here’s what Paramount’s release says:
As he began the editing process several months ago, and upon realizing the significant amount of great footage he had obtained, director Jon M. Chu began to develop with the studio an idea for a second, and more fan centric, edition of the movie. While promoting the film’s initial release, he spent dozens of hours on Twitter and Facebook engaging with fans to learn more about what they were most anxious to see. Some scenes contained in the new cut include: more of Justin’s friends and hometown life, new songs and performances, and
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EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has set Step Up 3D helmer Jon Chu to direct its 3D feature film about teenage singing sensation Justin Bieber. At the same time, the studio has bolstered the producing roster by adding Magical Elves partners Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz. They are the team behind such TV reality shows as Top Chef, Project Runway and Project Greenlight. They join Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, and Island Def Jam chairman L.A. Reid, as producers. There is barely any time for high-fiving here, because work on the film has already begun: Bieber’s concert in Nashville is being filmed for behind the scenes footage. Cameras will follow him, culminating in the August 31 performance in Madison Square Garden, which will be filmed using 3D cameras. Paramount had originally intended for An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim to direct the film. Read More »
With teen pop star Justin Bieber’s telegenic looks and huge following, it was inevitable for Hollywood to come knocking. And now the Baby singer, who has done some skits on Saturday Night Live and, most recently, on MTV’s Movie Awards, is set to make his acting debut with an arc on CBS’ veteran crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. I bet millions of tween and teen girls are now asking their moms: What is CSI? Yes, the demographic of the CSI audience is decades older than Bieber’s army of fans, but the mothership series previously scored with the guest casting of another teen music superstar, Taylor Swift. Bieber will make his debut on CSI in the season premiere, playing “Jason McCann, a troubled teen who is faced with a terrible decision regarding his only brother—a decision that leads him into an explosive confrontation with the CSIs.” A bit too heavy for a first acting gig, eh? I bet a Justin Bieber movie is not far away.