‘Mission: Impossible 5′ Gets Christmas 2015 Date

By | Wednesday November 13, 2013 @ 5:08pm PST

Paramount will deliver a tentpole sequel to good little boys and girls a couple of Christmases from now. The studio said today that Mission: Impossible 5this one directed by Christopher McQuarrie — will … Read More »

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Paramount Exec Blasts California’s “Incremental” Film/TV Tax Credit Program

By | Tuesday November 12, 2013 @ 11:09am PST

The state of the entertainment industry is strong overall, but the state of the industry in California is in serious trouble and our Film and TV Tax Credit program just isn’t cutting it, politicians and studio execs said today at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s second annual State of the Industry Conference. “We need a game changer; this is a very incremental approach,” Paramount Studio Group President Randy Baumberger said of the annual $100 million lottery system program. “Virtually no feature films are shot in LA anymore. What producers need are commitment and consistency. What producers are looking for is to be able to plan out 3 or 4 years,” he added during a panel on keeping jobs in California. “They can’t plan for a lottery on one single day. We need to be able to look out a year in advance and say what is the cost structure for that film. California is at a disadvantage by having all of the money gone in a few hours.”

Politicians Eye Major Upgrade To California Film/TV Tax Credit
Film Czar Tom Sherak: Plan To Boost LA Prod’n Coming By Early 2014

The shortcomings of the state’s current program and the job losses the industry is experiencing in California were the primary topics this morning as speaker after speaker lamented rising runaway production, the ineligibility of tentpoles and network TV for the credit and the much heftier incentives of states such as Georgia, Louisiana and NY. Read More »

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For Jerry Bruckheimer, Is Next Stop Paramount Or Warner Bros?

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 9:03am PST
Mike Fleming

While he is under contract to Disney until next year, it looks like producer Jerry Bruckheimer‘s next home is going to be either Warner Bros or Paramount. Both studios are vying hard for the producer to come … Read More »

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Studios Formally Drop $200M LimeWire Copyright Lawsuit

By | Thursday November 7, 2013 @ 7:14pm PST

And with a signature and a date today, the more than $200 million copyright lawsuit by Hollywood against the file sharing site is over. A NYC-based federal judge today granted final approval to Paramount, 20th Century … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Jason Reitman’s ‘Labor Day’

By | Thursday October 31, 2013 @ 9:52am PDT

Kate Winslet plays a reclusive single mom whose 13-year-old son struggles to be the man of the house. Their lives change when they meet a guy (Josh Brolin) who persuades them to take him in. Little do they know he’s an escaped convict. Writer-director Jason Reitman‘s film, … Read More »

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Paramount Gift Wraps ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ For Christmas Day Release

By | Monday October 28, 2013 @ 7:29pm PDT

The latest teaming of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio will hit theaters just in time for an Oscar run. Paramount‘s The Wolf Of Wall Street is opening December 25. It originally was scheduledRead More »

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Paramount’s Brian Miller Exiting Studio Post-‘Star Trek’ Video Game Debacle

By | Tuesday October 8, 2013 @ 11:38am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Just five months after shepherding the Star Trek video game to its epic fail of a release, Paramount SVP Brian Miller is on his way out, Deadline has learned. The Paramount … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’

One day after Tom Clancy’s death, Paramount has released the first trailer for the new film based on his most famous character. Chris Pine takes over as the hero of such Cold War-era novels-turned-films as The Hunt For Red October and Patriot Games and brings him to … Read More »

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Hot Clip: ‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa’

By | Wednesday October 2, 2013 @ 1:00pm PDT

Here’s the first clip from Paramount’s Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, in which Johnny Knoxville punks strangers while in character as senior citizen Irving Zisman. The previous three Jackass films grossed $79M, $84M, and $170M worldwide for Paramount – but they also kept to the show’s signature … Read More »

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Paramount Layoff: 110 Is The Body Count

By | Tuesday October 1, 2013 @ 12:28pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Paramount has trimmed its staff by 110, with a memo issued just now on the lot. The layoffs happened this morning, and the casualties have been informed. This was not unexpected. Viacom CEO Phillipe Dauman gave a speech at Read More »

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J.J. Abrams Gripes About ‘Star Trek’ Video Game: “A Big Disappointment To Me”

By | Friday September 13, 2013 @ 10:10pm PDT

Fanboy gamers often complain that studio meddling somehow ruined a video game tied to a major movie release. It’s less common to hear an A-list filmmaker blame developers for messing with his movie. Star Trek Into DarknessRead More »

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Paramount Bundling ‘World War Z’ And ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ As Double Feature

By | Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 6:10pm PDT

World War Z Star Trek Into Darkness Double FeatureThe studio plans to squeeze more life out of its undead hit and space sequel. Paramount and a clutch of exhibitors are going back to the future for a … Read More »

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Christopher Nolan Starts ‘Interstellar’

By | Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 6:23am PDT
Mike Fleming

Christopher Nolan has gotten underway on his latest directing effort, the ambitious Interstellar. I’m not big on start of production announcements–we’ve written much about the movie while it was being assembled–but it’s Nolan and here is how the cast stacked up and how he’ll shoot it:

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Paramount Dates ‘Paranormal Activity 5′ & Titles Latino Spin-Off ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’

Paramount is setting details for its next two Paranormal Activity franchise outings. The newly titled Latino-focused spin-off is now called Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and will debut January 3, 2014. The film helmed … Read More »

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TOLDJA: Christopher McQuarrie Confirmed To Helm ‘Mission: Impossible 5′

Paramount and Skydance Productions today confirmed that Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher, The Way Of The Gun) will direct the next installment of their Mission: Impossible franchise. McQuarrie Tweeted the message “Mission: Accepted” … Read More »

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Paramount, Eddie Murphy Revving On New Installment Of ‘Beverly Hills Cop’

By and | Saturday July 27, 2013 @ 2:48pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Though it recently looked like the Beverly Hills Cop saga would continue on television, Paramount Pictures has begun moving fast on another movie. The studio has enlisted Eddie Murphy to reprise his role as Axel Foley, and they’ve set Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec to write that script. That duo has done very well at the studio, with recent script credits that include Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake.

Related: SHOCKER: ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ Gets Pass At CBS, Likely To Be Shopped Elsewhere

The series began in 1984, tailor made for Murphy as the tough talking Detroit cop who was an outsider and excoriated by authority, but who was the smartest cop on the block. Martin Brest directed the first one, Tony Scott helmed the second, and the last one was directed by John Landis in 1994, back when Murphy was one of the studio’s biggest stars. The series grossed near $750 million collectively. Paramount adds that to another retro project that originated in the ’80s, a sequel to 1986′s Top Gun, which has been in limbo since the film’s director, Scott, committed suicide. Tom Cruise was ready to star at that point.

We hear the newest installment in the film franchise was fueled by the interest sparked by the Beverly Hills Cop pilot this past season. The project, written by Shawn Ryan and executive produced by Murphy and Ryan, ignited a bidding war before landing at CBS last fall where it went to a pilot starring Brandon T. Jackson as Axel’s son. Murphy reprised his role in a scene-stealing turn that had people talking. It showed that the character and Murphy’s portrayal are still pretty potent. Read More »

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‘World War Z’ Red Carpet Cancelled In Rio Due To Brazilian Civil Unrest

By | Monday June 24, 2013 @ 6:08am PDT

Ongoing social movements across Brazil have led to the cancellation of Brad Pitt‘s trip to the country in support of World War Z. Protests have been raging for … Read More »

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‘World War Z’ Helmer Marc Forster Reflects On Watching His Zombie Movie Get Fed Through The Gossip Woodchipper

By | Friday June 21, 2013 @ 9:49am PDT
Mike Fleming

When Marc Forster was a kid, he was fascinated by how a collective swarming movement made everything from ants to cancer cells more potent. Those images informed the depiction of the hordes of zombies in World War Z. It had never occurred to Forster that the same phenomenon could happen to his movie. Unsubstantiated reports about overruns, creative clashes and re-shoots cropped up and then mutated and spread virally on the web. It got to the point where the question was no longer would WWZ work, but how cataclysmic a failure it might be. That began turning around when Paramount began showing the film, and it’s not a big factor as the film opens today. But what was it like for a director to get caught in such an unprecedented media maelstrom, a lot of which was based on some truth, and some inaccurate or exaggerated reporting?

Related: ‘World War Z’ Zombies Begin Global Battle With Superman For #2

“I never went through anything like that, not on Quantum Of Solace, not on anything,” Forster said during a break from promoting WWZ in Russia. “I would read that Brad Pitt and I had no communication, and we would look at each other and say, where could this come from? Is somebody just making up these stories? When articles like those come out and start spreading, it causes you to take a look at yourself, but the thing is, I never doubted the movie, or my own intuition. So few original things get made on this scale. This isn’t a sequel, it isn’t based on a superhero in a comic book. We saw it as an opportunity to take a genre and create something new and unique within it. That challenge excites me, but uniqueness always comes with criticism. As a filmmaker, all you can do is hope you get to the point where people feel as excited and as passionate about the film as you felt making it. Sure, we felt like the media wanted the project to fail, but we knew what we had, and we felt it would work. Then came the first preview, and the movie played like gangbusters.”

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Hot Trailer: ‘Anchorman 2′

By | Tuesday June 18, 2013 @ 10:06pm PDT

Ron Burgundy and company return December 20 in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. We’ve had two teaser trailers up to now featuring the main cast of Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner. Here’s a fresh look that fleshes out what the fab four … Read More »

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