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OSCAR: In ‘Shutter Island’ Push, American Cinematheque Honors Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio

Pete Hammond

EXCLUSIVE: Marking a high profile kick-off to Paramount’s Shutter Island Oscar campaign, American Cinematheque will present a retrospective of the film collaborations of Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorcese at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre the weekend of November 13 with the pair participating in a live “conversation” following a November 14 screening. DiCaprio will appear in person while Scorsese will be satellited in from London where he is currently working on his new film Hugo Cabret. All four of their film ventures together will be highlighted with The Departed and Gangs Of New York screenings as a double bill Saturday followed by The Aviator and Shutter Island on Sunday. The former three fllms all went on to Best Picture nominations with The Departed winning.  DiCaprio received a Best Actor nomination for Aviator. Obviously Paramount is hoping the streak won’t be broken even though its early 2010 release date of February 19 puts it at a disadvantage with other later-breaking contenders including Par’s own December entries, The Fighter (December 10) and True Grit (December 25).  Read More »

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Ridley Scott Eyeing Reteam With Leo DiCaprio On ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’

Mike Fleming

56110900EXCLUSIVE: The Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort’s memoir of 1990′s stockbroker decadence, is back on the prowl. I’m hearing that  the film is being put back together, with Ridley Scott in early discussions to direct Leonardo DiCaprio, who once expected to make the film with Martin Scorsese. In the scenario under discussion, Scorsese would join DiCaprio and his Appian Way shingle as producer, and it is likely that Scott Free would board the project in a producing capacity as well. Scorsese and DiCaprio nearly did the project together two years ago, but it got stalled in a tug of war between Warner Bros–where the project was developed–and Paramount, the latter of which gave Scorsese a rich overall deal. Instead, Scorsese and DiCaprio teamed on an adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel Shutter Island FB32F436E8266D7690E6AFC5C262The Wolf of Wall Street is still in the process of being figured out for budget and distribution, but Scott loves the script by Terry Winter (the writer/producer of The Sopranos and the upcoming HBO series Boardwalk Empire). It is funny, dramatic and fast paced, and manages to make something of a sympathetic character out of a stockbroker who supervises a cadre of brokers who squeezed clients to buy stocks that paid off–for the brokers, who used the funds to live extravagantly until they were brought down by the feds.

I’m told that Scorsese–who’s directing for GK Films the … Read More »

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Paramount First To Cross $1 Billion At 2010 Domestic Box Office

paramountlogoHOLLYWOOD, CA (June 29, 2010) – Paramount Pictures announced today the studio has crossed the $1 billion mark at the domestic box office, making it the first studio to accomplish the milestone this year. This marks the fourth year in a row that Paramount was the first studio to cross that plateau. Something no studio has done before. The studio currently holds the top spot in market share, with box office gross generated from five movies released thus far in 2010.

Based on figures through June 28th, Paramount has distributed four of 2010’s top ten grossing films. The year got off to a strong start with the Martin Scorsese thriller “Shutter Island” earning $128 million in the U.S., and also becoming the highest world-wide grossing film for the acclaimed director. Paramount followed with a string of strong releases, including Marvel Studio’s “Iron Man 2” ($306.9M) and DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon” ($215.4M) and “Shrek Forever After” ($229.4M).

“This milestone reflects the hard work of so many people,” said Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. “I especially want to thank Rob Moore, Frederick Huntsberry, and Adam Goodman. We are all so proud of our teams, how they have worked together as well as with our partners. This commitment, coupled with the terrific creative talent we are in business with – Michael Bay, JJ Abrams, Martin Scorsese, Jon Favreau, Jeffrey Katzenberg and his DreamWorks Animation – have made these results

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