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Cannes: AMFAR’s 21st Cinema Against Aids Event Brings In Record $35 Million Along with Leo, Bieber, Fonda And An Executive Producer Credit For Sale To Highest Bidder

Pete Hammond

The wine and the money were flowing at Cinema Against AIDS 21, the annual fundraising event for amFAR timed to the Cannes Film Festival Cannes2014_badge__140417160328-150x150 (1) and largely hosted by Harvey Weinstein who announced a record-smashing take of $35 million this year. That’s far and away higher than the astronomical $25 million earned last year.  Weinstein told me he was just hoping to make a dollar more than last year, but really had no idea the total could go this big. High rollers from all over Europe made up much of the packed crowd that also included celebrities like Adrien Brody, Adrian Grenier, Carla Bruni Sarkozy, Marion Cotillard, Michelle Rodiguez, Rosario Dawnson, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Jane Fonda, Justin Bieber, Kellan Lutz, Jessica Chastain and Leonardo DiCaprio. The latter was part of the action as, just like last year, a seat for a trip to space on Virgin Galactic in 2015 with DiCaprio was being auctioned off and actually went for $700,000. Last year two others won the auction, but DiCaprio told me tonight that due to technical amfar_logo_tribute_thproblems there has been a 16-month delay in getting it space-bound. He seemed a little nervous about the whole idea but was game to play for the cause. Chief celebrity auctioneer and his The Quick And The Dead co-star Sharon Stone (who ran the auction as usual and took no prisoners in getting cash) effusively praised him for his unstinting support of the event and cause over the years. The lowest item to get a bid were the gloves of Karl Lagerfeld which took only $10,000 despite almost desperate pleas for more from Stone. She was really in her comfort zone in keeping this thing going at a fever clip. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Justin Bieber’s Believe’

By | Saturday November 16, 2013 @ 2:05pm PST

“When you reach a certain point in your life, there are people out there waiting to see you fall.” Justin Bieber is ready for the haters in Believe, the pop star’s second official feature-length docu which also features mentor Usher and manager Scooter Braun. G.I. Joe 2 director Jon M. Chu is back after helming the $99M Bieber hit Never Say Never for Paramount in 2011. Of course, in those few short years the teen idol has added some tarnish to his once squeaky-clean image. Will his “Beliebers” again spend their allowance cash so freely on tickets? Believe hits theaters on Christmas through Open Road Films:

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Justin Bieber Pic ‘Believe’ To Open On Christmas Day

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 10:43am PDT

Open Road Films has set a December 25 release date for Believe, the concert documentary directed by Justin Bieber: Never Say Never helmer Jon M. Chu. Footage from the pic, from SB Films and Dolphin Films, screened for select buyers in Toronto via global sales rep IM Global after Chu shot the movie under the radar. It features new interviews with the pop star, concert footage and behind-the-scenes access. As part of the promotional push, a new Bieber song will be released each Monday leading up to the movie’s release. Never Say Never made $99 million worldwide after Paramount released it in February 2011.

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Justin Bieber As Robin In ‘Man Of Steel’ Sequel? Or Is It An Instascam?

By | Friday September 13, 2013 @ 9:30pm PDT

And you thought the Bat-backlash over Ben Affleck was harsh. Days after Jimmy Kimmel admitted punking the media and the masses with his “Twerk Fail” video — and the same day a Glee star signed to play the Flash — along comes this. Justin Bieber today put a photo on Instragram of him holding what appears to be a “Bieber”-watermarked copy of the script for Warner Bros’ Man Of Steel sequel. (Note the Batman vs. Superman title and “Based on Batman: The Dark Knight Falls by Frank Miller & Klaus Janson”.) If that weren’t enough to horrify or thrill folks, the caption reads, “#robin ??” The accompanying comments are all over the map, of course, ranging from “Yusssss!” and “OMFG JUSTIN DREW BIEBER BRB DYING” to “Stick with music & little kids stuff” and some entirely unprintable things. But look closely at that picture — doesn’t it look a wee bit, shall we say, enhanced? Like maybe something out of a comic book? Decide for yourself if this is real or not. Then, please, move on with your lives.

Related: Why Ben Affleck As Batman Is Good Move For Warner Bros

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Toronto: IM Global To Launch Justin Bieber Doc ‘Believe’ From ‘Never Say Never’ Helmer

EXCLUSIVE: Gearing up for Toronto, IM Global chief Stuart Ford says the company is “engineering its usual full-on assault on the marketplace.” Ford is currently in Venice in support of Ti West’s The Sacrament and Steven Knight’s Tom Hardy-starrer Locke. Both of those films are part of an abundant Toronto slate that’s spread across the outfit’s different labels. Among the brand new movies on the lineup are Justin Bieber’s Believe, which will screen for select buyers in Toronto. Jon M. Chu, who helmed hit concert film Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never, directed Believe in what was an under the radar operation. IM Global’s wide release label Opus is handling worldwide sales and Open Road is releasing domestically. The documentary mixes in concert footage to trace Bieber’s path to becoming a worldwide phenomenon. Read More »

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Selena Gomez & Justin Bieber Among Presenters At Radio Disney Music Awards

By | Monday April 15, 2013 @ 12:01pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Justin Bieber & Selena GomezEXCLUSIVE: Former royal pop star couple Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber may reunite at the upcoming Radio Disney Music Awards. Both Gomez and Bieber are set to appear at the event, which will be held April 27 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. Gomez, Bridgit Mendler, Denise Richards, R&B artist Jason Derulo, Jessica Sanchez, NASCAR Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne, Zendaya and Bella Thorne are among the presenters, while Bieber and Ryan Seacrest will make special appearances. Gomez, Cher Lloyd, Mendler, Cody Simpson, Mindless Behavior, Austin Mahone and Coco Jones are also scheduled to perform. Read More »

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‘SNL’ Ratings Slip With Host Justin Bieber

By | Sunday February 10, 2013 @ 9:31am PST
Nellie Andreeva

With Saturday Night Live airing way past bedtime for most of Justin Bieber constituency, the NBC late-night sketch show did not get a boost from the young pop star’s stint as host and musical guest last night. SNL averaged a 4.9/12 in the metered-market households, down 4% from the show’s most recent original hosted by Adam Levine.  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, last night’s Saturday Night Live drew a 2.7/12 share in adults 18-49, also down 4%.

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Ratings Rat Race: Justin Bieber And ‘Saving Hope’ Down, ‘Take Me Out’ Up, Lebron Tops

By | Friday June 22, 2012 @ 9:35am PDT

The 2012 NBA Finals ended last night with the Miami Heat defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5. Lebron James finally kept his promise to bring a championship to Miami but in fast nationals, last night’s NBA Finals Game 5 (6.4/9) was flat with last year’s Game 5 (6.3/17) between the Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. The Game was still the winner of the night, bringing in 15.521 million overall viewers. The 2011 Game 5 was not the series-decider as last night’s, that came in Game 6 between Miami and Dallas, which drew 8.6/22.  As the opening act for Game 5 last night, Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night got (2.4/9) and the 8:30 PM NBA Countdown got (3.5/12)

RELATED: Game 5 of NBA Finals On Par With Last Year, Finals Highest Rated in 8 Years

ABC won the night among Adults 18-49 and in overall audience with 12.914 million viewers.

Over on NBC, it was a case of second verse kind of same as the first. The second night of  the Justin Bieber: All Around The World (0.8/3) was down a tenth from Wednesday’s 0.9/3. The singer’s special drew a total viewership of 3.1 million, down from Wednesday night’s 3.3. million. Bieber was followed by new episode of Saving Hope (0.5/2) which dropped 29% form last week. Rock Center With Brian Williams (0.8/2) was flat with last week.

Fox double dated last night. It was Take Me Out (1.2/4) first. The George … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Justin Bieber Sings For ‘Bully’

By | Thursday April 12, 2012 @ 11:50am PDT

Here’s a new trailer for Bully that features Justin Bieber singing the Diane Warren tune “Born To Be Somebody”. After The Weinstein Company submitted a slightly edited Bully to the MPAA ratings board, that version was rated PG-13 and TWC is rolling it out nationwide tomorrow.

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MTV Finally Confirms ‘Punk’d’ Revival

By | Monday December 19, 2011 @ 11:53am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fifteen months after we first reported that MTV is bringing back celebrity hidden-camera series Punk’d, the cable network today acknowledged the series’ existence for the first time. While MTV confirmed that Katalyst’s Jason Goldberg and Ashton Kutcher — the masterminds behind the original series that ended its run in 2007 — are back as executive producers, the network stopped short of announcing any involvement of pop star Justin Bieber, who had been attached to the reboot. MTV will introduce the new Punk’d with a sneak peek during its New Year’s eve show, NYE in NYC 2012 on December 31, when MTV plans to reveal details about the reboot — including host(s).

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Dwayne Johnson Circles ‘G.I. Joe 2′; Channing Tatum Also Looking Good For Encore

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After seeing his stock rise from starring in Fast Five, Dwayne Johnson is in talks to join another sequel. I’m told Johnson is in discussions with Paramount to join G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes. That’s the overhauled sequel that’ll be directed by Jon M. Chu, who helmed Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Johnson’s role is a character named Roadblock. I’m also hearing that Channing Tatum is a good bet to return. The picture has become an important one for Paramount, which will have to scratch the Star Trek sequel from its summer 2012 schedule and will likely put this film in its place. After Johnson helped boost The Fast and the Furious franchise (he’s also in talks to be part of the sixth film in that franchise), Paramount hopes he can help here as well. The studio had no comment. Developing…

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Webby Awards Spread Love Among Winners

By | Tuesday May 3, 2011 @ 8:56am PDT

Lisa Kudrow, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bieber were among the winners announced today of the annual Webby Awards, which recognize the best in Internet entertainment. Fifteen individuals took three or more honors, with humor Web site Funny Or Die leading the way with eight wins. Agency of the Year Wieden + Kennedy won both the Webby Award (voted on by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences) and the People’s Voice Award (voted on by fans) for the social-media campaign staring Isaiah Mustafa as the “Old Spice Guy.” Winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony June 13 in New York. The Academy is comprised of Web-industry experts, including Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf, Arianna Huffington, Federated Media founder John Battelle and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.

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Justin Bieber Plans Street Hoops Film With Mark Wahlberg

By | Wednesday April 27, 2011 @ 5:51pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is in negotiations for what could be the dramatic screen-starring debut of Justin Bieber. He will star alongside Mark Wahlberg in an untitled drama that will revolve around street basketball and will give Bieber the chance to show off his hoops skills. Deal comes after Bieber’s musical performance film Never Say Never minted money for Paramount. Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson will produce with Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun. The script will be written by Ian Edelman, creator of How To Make It In America, the HBO series that is exec produced by Wahlberg and Levinson, who hold the same titles on Entourage and Boardwalk Empire. The tone of the project is described as The Color of Money meets The Karate Kid, and it came out of Wahlberg and Levinson seeing Bieber play ball in February during a celebrity game held during NBA All-Star Game weekend. Bieber more than held his own against celebs and former players; he was named MVP. It’s understandable that Paramount would want to be in business with Bieber again. Made on a $13 million budget, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never grossed $97 million worldwide. Paramount immediately hired its director, Jon Chu, to helm its G.I. Joe sequel.

But can the 17-year-old Bieber make the transition to serious actor? Wahlberg was thought of as a hip-hop artist until gritty performances in films like Basketball Diaries Read More »

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Paramount Drafts Jon M. Chu For ‘G.I. Joe 2′

By | Friday February 25, 2011 @ 6:46pm PST
Mike Fleming

I’m told that Paramount Pictures has chosen Jon M. Chu to direct G.I. Joe 2, the sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Chu just made the studio a pile of dough with Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. The competition came down to Chu and Gary Gray. Production will begin in the fall. Chu is repped by WME and Principato Young. I’m told they are working out his deal, but that he’s been told he is the choice. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing. The next task will be to figure out which cast members are returning. I’ve heard the studio is starting with Channing Tatum, and trying to work out a deal for him to reprise.

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CLIP: ‘Justin Bieber’ Movie Director’s Cut

By | Thursday February 24, 2011 @ 10:03pm PST

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Paramount Books 1-Week-Only Director’s Fan Cut Of ‘Justin Bieber: Never Say Never’

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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RATINGS RAT RACE: Grammys Slightly Up From Last Year, Most Watched In 10 Years

Nellie Andreeva

Lady Gaga in an egg and Justin Bieber resulted in a slight ratings bump for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on CBS. From 8-11:30PM, the  show, which crowned Nashville-based Lady Antebellum  as the night’s big winners, drew 26.55 million viewers and a 10.0/26 in adults 18-49.  Compared to last year’s highly-rated telecast that aired on Jan. 31, outside the February sweep, the Grammys were up a tenth (1%) in adults 18-49 (from 9.9/24) and 3% in total viewers (from 25.87 million).  It was the best delivery for the awards show in adults 18-49 since 2004 and in viewers since 2001. CBS won the night with a 8.2/22 in 18-49 and 23.7 million viewers.

The other programs last night suffered sharp declines against the Grammys. ABC’s Desperate Housewives (9.1 million), which last month hit a series low in 18-49 airing against the Golden Globes (3.1/8), sank to a new series low, 2.6/6. That was down 16% from the telecast on the night of the Golden Globes, which was the dramedy’s most recent original. Brothers & Sisters (1.8/5, 6.4 million) was down 10% from its … Read More »

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Paramount Coup: Justin Bieber Crashes Johnny Depp’s ‘Rango’ Press Junket

I was given this video of Justin Bieber crashing Johnny Depp’s press junket for Rango on Saturday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. Not surprising, because Depp recently took his kids to Bieber’s Miami concert and declares himself a “Belieber”. But, more importantly, Bieber’s Never Say Never and Depp’s Rango are both Paramount releases. Isn’t cross-promotion fab?

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AAARGH! Jersey Shore Meets Justin Bieber

Please, just kill me now. Cuz I’m not going to survive this relentless Paramount marketing for the February 11th release of Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never biopic. But all this “pimp” and ‘bitch” talk? Thought this was a G-rated pic:

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