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Hot Trailer: ‘SpongeBob: Sponge Out Of Water’

Hot Trailer: ‘SpongeBob: Sponge Out Of Water’In a world … that’s not underwater, the denizens of Bikini Bottom must recover a mysterious book that — oh, forget about the plot. Just go get your kids and behold the first trailer for SpongeBob: Sponge Out Of Water, the second big-screen romp for the Nickelodeon stalwart and his briny chums. The 3D pic from SpongeBob SquarePants vet and rookie feature director Paul Tibbitt follows the CGI adventures of our porous hero along with Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, Mr. Krabs and Plankton, as they venture onto terra firma for the first time. Look for bikini babes and Slash, listen for “Welcome To The Jungle” and Antonio Banderas as Alameda Jack. Paramount opens it February 6:

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Hot Trailer: Chris Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ – Matthew McConaughey Heads To Space, Leaves Kids Behind

By | Wednesday July 30, 2014 @ 11:30am PDT

Hot Trailer: Chris Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ – Matthew McConaughey Heads To Space, Leaves Kids BehindJust back from Comic-Con, Paramount has released a trailer for its upcoming November 7 Christopher Nolan sci-fi mystery Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey as a haggard, ex-pilot father of two, who has to leave his kids behind while he heads to outer space. Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine also star. It’s no secret that Nolan is making a number of homages to one of his fave films, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The director, who made his first Hall H appearance at the San Diego fanboy confab last week, told the crowd: “I grew up in a time when being an astronaut was the highest ambition of any child. The idea that we’d keep exploring space seemed an inevitability.” Check it out:

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Comic-Con 2014 Film Schedule: Paramount, Legendary, TWC Attending

By | Sunday July 13, 2014 @ 9:59am PDT

Comic-Con 2014 Film Schedule: Paramount, Legendary, TWC AttendingComic-Con has announced its film schedule in full. Here are a few events we think you should get in line for. Check back for updates.

Wednesday, July 23
10 PM, Gaslamp Theater
Screening of Warner Bros. Into the Storm

Thursday, July 24
11:30 AM – 1 PM, Hall H
DreamWorks Animations
Penguins of Madagascar
Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Tom McGrath, directors Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell
Home:
 director Tim Johnson

12:30-1:30 PM, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront
Sony Pictures
Goosebumps: 
Jack Black, director Rob Letterman
Pixels:  director Chris Columbus

the_giver_payoff_poster_final1:30-2:30 PM, Hall H
Weinstein Co.: Walden Media
The Giver:
Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, director Phillip Noyce, and bestselling author Lois Lowry.

3-4 PM, Hall H
Paramount Pictures 
Attendees TBD

6-7PM, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront
Goonies Never Say Die

A reunion with the cast of the cult Richard Donner ’80s film.

Related: TV Lineup For Comic-Con 2014
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Official: China Has A New Box Office King As ‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’ Tops ‘Avatar’

Official: China Has A New Box Office King As ‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’ Tops ‘Avatar’After 12 days of release (and a bit of confusion over official numbers), Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction now has the distinction of passing Avatar as the highest-grossing film ever in China. With $225.1M (1,396M RMB), the movie has bested James Cameron’s record of $221.9M that was set in 2010. On Tuesday, Chinese research firm Ent Group reported that the Autobots had overtaken the Na’vi as of July 6 with $222.74M, but Paramount has just weighed in with its official numbers. Because of currency fluctuations, the yuan renminbi figure was key. Avatar was worth about 1.39B during its life in the Middle Kingdom. TAOE has been dogged somewhat by local sponsors who have griped about their placement in the movie. But audiences have embraced it willingly, encouraged by all the Chinese elements — including actors, locations and storyline.

Paramount Chairman and CEO, Brad Grey, said this morning, “We’re honored by the deeply passionate response from Chinese audiences – and audiences throughout the world – to Transformers: Age Of Extinction and the unique storytelling of Michael Bay. The many new relationships we have built with members of the creative community in China is a source of great pride and we look forward to collaborating with them in the future.” Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore acknowledged the “great work of China Film Group in the distribution of Transformers” and thanked partners Jiaflix, China Movie Channel, M1905, China Movie Media and Hua Hua.

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Billion-Dollar ‘Ghost Protocol’ Lawsuit Against Tom Cruise, Paramount, J.J. Abrams & Skydance Dismissed

Billion-Dollar ‘Ghost Protocol’ Lawsuit Against Tom Cruise, Paramount, J.J. Abrams & Skydance DismissedWell, looks like someone’s 4th of July celebrations are starting a bit early. A federal judge today tossed a $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit against Tom Cruise, JJ Abrams , Paramount Pictures, CEO Brad Grey, Skydance Productions and David EllisonJJ Abrams and others. “IT IS ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the above-entitled case is dismissed, without prejudice, for lack of prosecution and for failure to comply with the orders of the Court,” said a 1-page order from Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell today (read it here).

The ending of the case in U.S. District Court comes nearly six months after Timothy Patrick McLanahan formally sued the notables and the studio claiming that 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was lifted off of his script. In an error-filled January 13 complaint demanding a jury trial, the plaintiff alleged that the fourth flick in the MI franchise was really derived from a script he wrote more than 15 years ago titled Head On. Cruise’s longtime lawyer Bert Fields called the wide-ranging legal action in early February “bizarre.” While O’Connell never went that far, the fact that the self-representing McLanahan never submitted required or demanded paperwork after making such a big claim and seeking such a big payout was a little extraordinary.

On June 4, the judge gave McLanahan one last chance to “show cause why this case should not be dismissed.” As evident from today’s order, the plaintiff never did and this case, as I predicted, went nowhere. Happy Holidays guys!

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Top Box Office Performers For First Half 2014; Summer Off 14.9%

Top Box Office Performers For First Half 2014; Summer Off 14.9%The Very Big Opening of Transformers: Age Of Extinction did nothing to lift the box office for the first half of the year. It’s basically flat when compared to 2013, down .8%. The box office summer — which semi-officially begins the first Friday of May — is way off, down 14.9% from 2013, when the box office was plumped up by such films as Iron Man 3 and Monsters University. We have neither a $300M grosser nor do we have a $100M opening weekend yet. It would be great to see Fox’s The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes pull it off, but expectations are that we won’t see it until November, when Lionsgate bows its adaptation of the first part of the last book of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games‘ trilogy, Mockingjay.

Last year was a record year at the box office. “Comparing to last year’s record, you have to keep up and hit it of the park every time and that’s difficult to do. It’ll happen next year, but it a cyclical business,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media anaylst with Rentrak. “People can talk about all these external forces going on like The World Cup and weather, but when you have the product, it delivers.”

Right now, Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures Godzilla is the only picture in history to have had an opening weekend larger than $90M that has yet to cross $200M mark for its domestic cume. This past weekend … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

By | Tuesday June 24, 2014 @ 10:12am PDT

Hot Trailer: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’Here’s the latest trailer for the Michael Bay-produced and Jonathan Liebesman-directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Megan Fox and Will Arnett star in the origin story which focuses on four unlikely outcast brothers who rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles team up with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Arnett) to save New York City from Shredder and his evil Foot Clan. Paramount releases the pic August 8. Check it out:

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Tim Roth To Play Alabama Governor George Wallace In MLK Pic ‘Selma’

Mike Fleming

timroEXCLUSIVE: After playing Monaco’s Prince Rainer III in the Cannes opening-night film Grace Of Monaco, Tim Roth will play another period figure in a major feature. He’s signing on to the cast of Selma, and he will be playing George Wallace, the Alabama governor who favored segregation and whose bullying tactics galvanized Martin Luther King Jr and the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery. The Ava DuVernay-directed film for Paramount is shaping up with a strong cast that includes David Oyelowo as Dr. King and Tom Wilkinson is President Lyndon Johnson. Wallace turned out to be a key player in the proceedings, though it wallacehardly ended up like he hoped it would. He vowed to stop the march, and when the first wave of protesters turned up, they were brutally beaten by Wallace’s Alabama State Troopers. This created national outrage, and protesters white and black began arriving from all over the country. The continued violence led LBJ to say that this was not a black problem or a white problem but an American problem, and it prompted the president to push for the Voting Rights Act, which guaranteed African-Americans the right to vote.

Related: Cuba Gooding Jr Boards MLK Pic ‘Selma’

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Paramount Sets ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ Starring Eddie Murphy For Spring 2016

Axel-FoleyAxel Foley will be making his long-awaited return to the big screen in about two years. Paramount today set a March 25, 2016, release date for Beverly Hills Cop, the fourth installment of the mega-grossing 1980s movie series that has Eddie Murphy set to reprise his role as the wise-cracking detective. The new film has the pre-summer weekend to itself for now. Jerry Bruckheimer is back as producer, and Brett Ratner is directing the pic, which will see Murphy’s Foley returning to his Detroit roots. Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, the scribes behind Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, are writing that script. It looked for a while as if Beverly Hills Cop‘s resurrection was going to be televised. Early last year, CBS ordered a pilot from Shawn Ryan and Murphy that was to follow the adventures of Foley’s cop son, with Barry Sonnenfeld directing and Murphy set to appear in the pilot and possibly recur. But the network surprisingly passed on the project at the eleventh hour.

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Paramount Taps Amy Reinhard To Oversee Worldwide TV And Home Media Acquisitions

By | Friday May 2, 2014 @ 7:10am PDT

ParamountLogo_newHOLLYWOOD, Calif– Amy Reinhard has been named President, Worldwide Television and Home Media Acquisitions for Paramount Home Media Distribution, it was announced jointly today by Dennis Maguire, President, Worldwide Home Media Distribution and Hal Richardson, President, Home Media Distribution. In her new role, Reinhard will oversee the worldwide sales and licensing of all content handled by Paramount across Pay TV, Broadcast, Cable and SVOD, as well as worldwide acquisitions for home media. In addition she will continue to drive business development initiatives worldwide.

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BSkyB Rises On Strong Q3 Results; Output Deal With Paramount Renewed

By | Thursday May 1, 2014 @ 5:59am PDT

bskybBSkyB added 74,000 new TV customers in the quarter ended March 31. That was double the growth of last year’s Q3 and defied the increased compeition in the UK market. Shares in the pay-TV giant, which is 39% owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, were up about 3.9% in morning UK trading. Also fueling the positive market response was news that revenues grew by 6.6% to £5.66B. Operating profit and EBITDA were down 8.5% and 2.4%, respectively, although the shortfalls have been attributed to investments and write-offs in the connected TV and sports rights areas as well as the NOW TV online service which has shown strong traction. Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch said the group’s investment in connected TV services is delivering results with almost 50% of Sky homes now connected. On the content side, Sky, which has committed to spending an annual £600M on original British programming, has aired strong dramas this year like The Smoke, Fleming, Stella and Moone Boy. It has agreed 17 new sports rights deals since January — despite an ongoing battle with BT on the football field. Sky also has partnerships with HBO and ITV and today renewed its movie output deal with Paramount which gives the service exclusive UK pay-TV rights to titles like Noah and Anchorman 2. The multi-year licensing agreement also includes future releases such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers: Age Read More »

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Jesus Whisperers Mark Burnett And Roma Downey Board MGM/Paramount’s ‘Ben-Hur’

By | Friday April 25, 2014 @ 7:38am PDT
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romaBREAKING: After scoring huge ratings with the miniseries The Bible and carving out a second theatrical hit with the same footage in Son Of God, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount PicturesBen-Hur. Deadline has long been telling you about this ambitious new adaptation of the Lew Wallace 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of Christ, with script by Keith Clarke and Oscar winning 12 Years A Slave scribe John Ridley, and Timur Bekmambetov directing.

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benhurParamount signed on to co-produce and distribute, and after the rocky time the studio had with the Darren Aronofsky-directed Noah convincing the faithful that the Biblical epic didn’t blaspheme the Old Testament tale and having the film banned in Muslim territories, it’s not surprising that they would add Burnett and his wife, the former Touched By An Angel star Downey, to help steer the project with producer Sean Daniel. The film will be released February 26, 2016. Faith-based audiences turned the Mel Gibson-directed The Passion Of The Christ into the biggest-grossing independent film ever, but the recent turn of audiences from Biblical epics to films about the existence of heaven and faith in general, shows that these audiences want faithful adaptations of the Bible stories they want to see celebrated onscreen. The next big Biblical epic coming is the Ridley Scott-directed Exodus with Christian Bale starring as Moses. Fox opens that film December 12 and if it even approximates the ticket sales of 1956′s The Ten Commandments, it will be a huge blockbuster story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt.

Related: Biblical and Faith-Based Movies: In Hollywood To Stay?

The film consists of the core story that drove the 1959 William Wyler-directed MGM film that starred Charlton Heston as the falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on the best friend who betrayed him, as both have to choose retribution or forgiveness. In the backdrop is the journey of Jesus Christ, leading up to him being crucified. It is sensitive stuff, and a guiding hand from those producers can be like a Good Housekeeping seal to a faith-based audience that has been flocking to sleeper hits like Heaven Is For Real. Noah has crossed $300 million in worldwide grosses. Read More »

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Thomas Lennon Straps In For Paramount’s ‘Monster Trucks’

By | Thursday April 10, 2014 @ 1:26pm PDT

Thomas Lennon Monster TrucksEXCLUSIVE: Thomas Lennon has joined the cast of Paramount’s Monster Trucks, the live-action/animation hybrid also starring Danny Glover, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, Lucas Till, and Holt McCallany. Chris Wedge (Ice Age) is directing Paramount Animation‘s would-be franchise starter, which Mary Parent is producing. Plot details on the original script by Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger and Derek Connolly are under wraps, but Lennon’s is a “significant” role. Filming begins this month ahead of a May 29, 2015, debut. Actor, writer, producer, and director Lennon currently exec produces Comedy Central’s social media-fueled @midnight with partner Robert Ben Garant, with whom he co-created the network’s cop satire Reno 911! and MTV’s The State. The pair also scripted comedy features The Pacifier, Let’s Go To Prison, and the Night at the Museum pics starring Ben Stiller, and wrote and directed the 2013 comedy Hell Baby. Read More »

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Studios Slam Megaupload With Mega-Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

DJP LEGAL BADGEOver two years since notorious cyberlocker Megaupload was shut down on January 19, 2012, Hollywood today has gone on the legal offensive. Disney, 20th Century Fox Film, Paramount Pictures, Universal, Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros. today filed a mega-lawsuit against the site and its principals in federal court in Virginia (read it here). Alleging that the site infringed upon “thousands of plaintiffs’ Megaupload__130307174948-200x117__130826113534copyrighted works,” the studios and the MPAA are seeking million in damages from the profits Megaupload made off their copyrighted material or “the maximum statutory damages, in the amount of $150,000 per infringement,” as the 21-page complaint says. All of which means potential billions and billions.

“Infringing content on Megaupload.com and its affiliates was available in at least 20 languages, targeting a broad global audience. According to the government’s indictment, the site reported more than $175 million in criminal proceeds and cost U.S. copyright owners more than half a billion dollars,” said the MPAA’s  SEVP and Global General Counsel Steven Fabrizio today. “Megaupload — and sites like it that are built on stolen works — damage the consumer experience online and undermine the creators who don’t get compensated for their work,” he added. This case starts up as the Department of Justice case against Megaupload and its New Zealand-based founder Kim DotCom, who is among the defendants here, languishes in the courts. Since … Read More »

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Johnny Knoxville, Tony Shalhoub Lend Voices To ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

Mike Fleming

shalknoxEXCLUSIVE:  If the half-shell hero Leonardo sounds a bit like Bad Grandpa in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the half-pint sensei Splinter sounds like Monk, there’s good reason. Johnny Knoxville has just been added to voice the role of Leonardo, and Tony Shalhoub is voicing Splinter, the Yoda-like creature that teaches chop socky technique to the turtles. Now, Pete Ploszek played the role of Leonardo during the filming part, while Seinfeld‘s Danny Woodburn played Splinter. Insiders tell me they were always open to changing the voicing component of the Jonathan Liebesman-directed film that Paramount releases August 8, and those actors were only guaranteed to physically perform the roles in costume. But as it has proven with World War Z, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Noah, Paramount also is a studio that isn’t reticent to adding ingredients to the souffle after it has risen, and right up to the point where it’s ready to be served.

Related: Hot Teaser Trailer: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

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Holt McCallany Revs Up Villainous Role In Paramount’s ‘Monster Trucks’

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 3:44pm PDT

Holt McCallany mugEXCLUSIVE: The actor has booked a baddie gig in the hybrid live-action/CGI pic. Holt McCallany is joining Lucas Till, Amy Ryan and Jane Levy in Paramount Animation’s Monster Trucks for director Chris Wedge (Epic, Ice Age). He’ll play Burke, an intense and dangerous security contractor who Paramount-Pictures-Logowill stop at nothing to get his job done — even it means roughing up teenagers. Paramount is hoping to fire up a Transformers-type franchise with the pic scripted Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger and produced by Mary Parent. The pic arrives May 29, 2015. McCallany’s recent credits include toplining the drama series Golden Boy at CBS and Lights Out for FX along with big-screen appearances in Gangster Squad and Bullet To The Head. He recently wrapped shooting on the features Run All Night and Cyber. McCallany is repped by APA, Mosaic, and attorney Rick Genow.

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UPDATE: Intl Box Office: ‘Need For Speed’ Adds $29.2M For No. 1; ‘Noah’ Reigns In Mexico & Korea With $14M; ‘Peabody & Sherman’ Crosses $100M; ‘Spanish Affairs’ Muy Caliente; Asian Pics Advance; More

Highlights: Noah (PAR) floods Mexico and Korea with opening cume of $14M; Muppets Most Wanted (DIS) scores $1.5M in eight debut markets; Need For Speed (DIS/var) drives another $29.2M; 300: Rise Of An Empire (WB) seizes further $21.2M; Mr Peabody & Sherman (FOX) at $103M; Rio 2 (FOX) flies to $10.5M in Russia/Ukraine; The Grand Budapest Hotel (FOX) has extra room for $9.7M; Frozen (DIS) nearing Toy Story 3‘s record; Uni’s 8 Apellidos Vascos (aka Spanish Affairs) still seducing Spain; trio of Asian pics enters Top 20…

cinemaworld6TH UPDATE, MON, 12:43 PM PT: Final numbers are in now for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Monuments Men as well as Ride Along, 300: Rise of an Empire and The Lego Movie (which grossed more than previously thought). Final numbers also came in Monday night for Oscar Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave which added another $3.9M to raise its international cume to $121.7M, most of its gross has come from the U.K. with $32.7M; the film has made $178M worldwide. Lionsgate opened Divergent in 18 international markets, but are not releasing numbers as yet. We are using Rentrak which has five small territories (see below for more info on that). Lionsgate, as they always do, pre-licensed international so there are many distributors handling the film in their prospective territories. The big territory rollout for Divergent will be April 4 in the U.K., Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Mexico, and Finland, followed April 11 by France, Germany, Russia, Australia, Denmark and Norway. Read More »

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‘Rango’ Scribe To Pen Paramount’s Miley Cyrus Project ‘Wake’

By | Friday March 14, 2014 @ 4:01pm PDT

Paramount100EXCLUSIVE: James Ward Byrkit has signed with Alex Manugian to write the screenplay for Paramount’s long-gestating thriller WakeWake chronicles the high school life and loves of Janie Hannagan, a teen who has the ability to enter other people’s dreams. This project has been trying to find its form since it was first announced in 2010 that Miley Cyrus would play the lead in the MTV Films-distributed Miley Cyrus New Haircutadaptation of Lisa McMann’s bestselling 2008 novel. Disturbia co-writer Christopher London had been attached to Wake, the first in a young-adult novel trilogy. Lindsay Williams will produce Wake for Gotham and Jodi Zuckerman-Weiner and Cyrus’ production company Hope Town.

The gig marks the second writing collaboration between Byrkit and Manugian. The Rango story co-writer and Manugian, who handled the voice of Spoons in the 2011 animated pic,  worked together on the Byrkit-directed Coherence. A winner at last year’s Fantastic Fest, the indie sci-fi thriller was picked up by Oscilloscope Laboratories at AFM in November, with plans to release it theatrically and online this year. Both Byrkit and Manugian are repped by Gotham Group, with Byrkit also repped by Gersh.

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Super Bowl Ad: Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 5:12pm PST

Russell Crowe stars as the biblical hero in Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah, which will make an appearance during the Super Bowl nearly two months before it hits theaters. Word is the pic from the Black Swan helmer isn’t your grandpa’s kind of Bible study (or even Mark Burnett’s) but a dark, existential take on the Ark saga. Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, and Ray Winstone co-star. Paramount releases the epic on March 28. Check out the 30-second Super Bowl spot:

Related: Super Bowl Ad: Summit’s ‘Draft Day’

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