Paramount Animation Plans ‘Monster Trucks’ Live Action-Toon Franchise: In Final Talks With Blue Sky’s Chris Wedge To Direct

By | Wednesday July 31, 2013 @ 9:50pm PDT

Related: TOLDJA! Paramount Sets Date For ‘Monster Trucks’ & ‘SpongeBob’ Movies

EXCLUSIVE: Who hasn’t seen boys big and small intently watching monster trucks do their stuff? I’ve … Read More »

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Paramount Acquires Spec ‘Agatha,’ Will Gluck To Helm

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 1:48pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is buying Agatha, spec screenplay written by Allison Schroeder which has Will Gluck attached to direct. Disruption Entertainment’s Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are producing with Benderspink’s Chris Bender, Jake Weiner, and JC Spink…. Read More »

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Warner Bros Buys Novel ‘Defending Jacob’

By | Monday March 12, 2012 @ 1:19pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Warner Bros has acquired screen rights to the William Landay suspense novel Defending Jacob for Mary Parent to produce through her Disruption banner. The novel involves a district attorney in Boston whose son is accused of killing a classmate. As … Read More »

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Paramount Pictures Acquires Bestselling Book ‘Tiger’s Curse’ For Mary Parent

By | Monday December 12, 2011 @ 3:08pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has acquired screen rights to the Colleen Houck novel Tiger’s Curse. Mary Parent will produce through her Disruption Entertainment banner with Raphael Kryszek. The novel is about a 17-year-old girl who takes a temp job caring for … Read More »

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Paramount Hires John Glenn For Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Abducted’

By | Monday October 31, 2011 @ 11:25am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Screenwriter John Glenn has been brought on to re-imagine Abducted, a science fiction thriller that was originally acquired by the studio as a spec by John Heffernan. Disruption Entertainment’s Mary Parent and Cale Boyter will produce. JC Spink, Chris Bender and Jake Weiner are exec producers. The story centers … Read More »

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Mary Parent Producing Legendary’s Guillermo Del Toro-Produced ‘Pacific Rim’

Mike Fleming

In her first producing effort since leaving as chairman of the MGM Worldwide Motion Picture Group, Mary Parent has come aboard as producer of Pacific Rim, Legendary Pictures’ big-budget action film that Guillermo del Toro will begin shooting in November. … Read More »

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Paramount Acquires DC Comics’ ‘The Mighty’

By | Thursday June 2, 2011 @ 7:46am PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: I received a more detailed logline, which is below original story break.

EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that Paramount Pictures has acquired The Mighty, a graphic novel published by DC Comics. Mary Parent’s Paramount-based Disruption Entertainment will produce. Parent … Read More »

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New Line Scares Up Spec Deal For ‘The Watching Hour’

By | Sunday May 1, 2011 @ 12:59pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that New Line closed a deal Friday night for The Watching Hour, a horror film written by Carey and Shane Van Dyke that will be produced by Mary Parent and Michael Connolly of Mad Hatter Entertainment. The spec’s described as a home invasion film, only with aliens. … Read More »

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Mary Parent Is Officially Out At MGM; Studio’s Lenders Given More Time To Review Spyglass Info

BREAKING NEWS… UPDATE: She has signed a non-disclosure agreement and therefore can’t talk publicly to the media. But, making no secret that she was negotiating her exit from MGM after taking the job in April 2008, Mary Parent this afternoon is now officially out at the studio where she was Chairman of the Motion Picture Group and Co-CEO. It’s a sad ending to Parent’s struggle to revive the debt-ridden cash-strapped studio and get it producing and distributing movies again against huge odds. That she was able to accomplish anything at all, even a few releases and co-productions, is testament to her professionalism and personality. Hollywood needs to salute her.

Parent and her staff, meanwhile, has had to go into the Century City offices every day for months and basically do nothing. “A really good group of people came in here to sit on the bench in their prime. What wasted capabilities and wasted potential,” she has told pals. In private conversations with Hollywood, she called it “a perfect storm against us” of events that sank her management team. She’ll probably catch her breath before thinking about another job. (The offers are just coming in now.) In the end, she like everybody else puts all the responsibility for the studio’s demise on Harry Sloan and his inability to tell the truth. ”In a weird way, it’s like coming off a bad relationship,” she told a friend Friday. “I married the wrong guy and woke up pregnant.” (see below for more) Read More »

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Another Production Exec Hired By MGM

By | Wednesday March 26, 2008 @ 2:09pm PDT

mgmlogosmall.jpgWhere in heck is all the money supposedly coming from to fund this beleaguered studio’s “renewed” movie slate? No one seems to know. Nevertheless, MGM announced today that it has named Cale Boyter as executive VP of production. He’s billed as … Read More »

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Hey, What’s With MGM’s Hiring Spree?

One day after Mary Parent’s appointment, Hollywood wants to know where all this money is coming from to revitalize the studio. The town is starting to wonder if maybe Harry Sloan is using Parent as bait to attract big bucks. Meanwhile, ousted New Line marketing dude Russell Schwartz is coming to MGM but only to consult/help … Read More »

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Desperate MGM Studios Throws Hail Mary

By | Thursday March 13, 2008 @ 7:05am PDT

Mary Parent Named Chairperson, Worldwide Motion Picture Group, MGMLOS ANGELES, CA March 13, 2008 – Heralding an expansion at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), Mary Parent, former Vice Chairman of Worldwide Production for Universal Pictures, has been named Chairperson, Worldwide Motion Picture Group at the studio. In this newly created position,

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