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What About That Criterion Release? Paramount Snaps Up Home Video Rights To Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2014 2:15 PM
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Given The Criterion Collection's longstanding relationship with both IFC Films and director Richard Linklater (they've issued "Slacker" and "Dazed & Confused"), it seemed like a no-brainer that the filmmaker's widely praised "Boyhood" would get the custom treatment. But alas, it's not be (sorry DVD and Blu-ray fetishists who require a wacky C logo on their boxes).

Paramount Pictures Goes Fully Digital, Ends Distribution Of Film Prints

  • By Ben Brock
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  • January 21, 2014 9:40 AM
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Film is coming to an end, folks. Sad, but true. Why, this time next year, there probably won't be any new films for us here to write about, and we'll be reduced to doing endless retrospectives on ever-more obscure directors and fevered speculation about who will take home the coveted “Best Re-Release” statuette at the somewhat slimmed-down Oscars.

Disney Cracks The Whip, Nabs Rights To Future 'Indiana Jones' Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2013 5:49 PM
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"I would do it in a New York minute, yes," Harrison Ford said earlier this year about returning for another "Indiana Jones" sequel. "I don’t think there is any barrier to Indiana Jones being an old fart. I’m old enough that we don’t need (Sean) Connery any more. I’m old enough to play my own father!" And, he might just get his chance to put on the hat and crack the whip one more time.

A Lawyer Gets His Wings: Paramount Vows To Prevent 'It's A Wonderful Life' Sequel From Happening

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • November 21, 2013 10:20 AM
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If you were not particularly thrilled by the idea of a potential sequel to “It’s a Wonderful Life,” then you should not have to worry much longer. As it turns out, Paramount Pictures actually has some standards. A spokeswoman from the studio released a statement yesterday, remarking that a sequel to “It’s a Wonderful Life” would not take place without a fight. The possible sequel, entitled “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story,” was officially announced earlier this week with Bob Farnsworth, of Hummingbird Productions co-producing alongside Allen J. Schwalb, who was also expected to finance the film. Farnsworth penned the script with Martha Bolton.

‘World War Z’ Endings: The Bloody Battle In Russia Vs. Damon Lindelof's Rewrite, What Was Changed & Why

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 25, 2013 12:31 PM
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History is littered with movie productions that went haywire and melted down (we recently chronicled a few that survived bad buzz and some that didn't). Either imploding on set because of director/actor spats, budgets that ballooned into excess causing for major flops, or any number of confluent forces that created disaster. Some films escaped their thought-to-be impending doom (“Avatar,” “Titanic”) and others (“John Carter,” “Battleship,”), well, they pretty much lived up to their “this is going to bomb” narrative.

5 “Cursed” Movie Productions That Survived Bad Buzz And 5 That Didn't

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 24, 2013 3:51 PM
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5 Movies With Bad Buzz
“World War Z” will in all likelihood be looked back on as an important turning point in the narrative of bad buzz prematurely equating to a flop. It's an interesting case study for studios trying to turn back the tide on troubled productions. These days, with transparency and information as available as it is, bad buzz can severely hurt a film. Look at “Gangster Squad” (delayed and then had its ending reshot), “Battleship” (delayed, looked like Michael Bay at sea) or “John Carter” (delayed, had a title changes, suffered from a terrible marketing campaign). These are three recent films that only reinforced the traditional narrative -- these movies are troubled, therefore they’re going to suck.

Box Office: 'Pain & Gain' Takes Top Spot; 'Iron Man 3' Earns $195 Million Overseas, On Track For $1 Billion

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 28, 2013 12:01 PM
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One could argue it was the under-performance of "The Island" that led Michael Bay into the world of "Transformers" but whatever it was, Bay has not made a film outside of that franchise in eight years. The three films in that series collected $2.6 billion worldwide, however, giving him the freedom to take another risk in "Pain & Gain." And one week before the beginning of summer (considered a dumping ground before the big guns come out to play), the picture was able to capitalize on a tidy $20 million opening.

Box Office: 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Takes The Easter Weekend Top Slot

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 31, 2013 11:56 AM
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“G.I. Joe: Retaliation" had every reason to fail and flop much like its bumped 2012 tentpole predecessor "Jack The Giant Slayer" which audiences turned their noses up to earlier this year. Like 'Jack' the film was pushed off its initial release date and drew bad publicity for its delays and talk of reconstituting characters that were once killed off. In fact, it was almost worse; 'Retaliation's last-minute delay was just five weeks before its debut last summer. Taken out of its initial date (promoted with a pricey Super Bowl spot more than a year ago) the film landed in March of this year.

Zombies Pile On In New Poster For 'World War Z,' Plus Watch The Trailer If You Missed It Over The Weekend

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 25, 2013 10:21 AM
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With “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” hitting theaters this Friday with more Channing Tatum added, that leaves the Brad Pitt-starring zombie-disaster film “World War Z” as the last of Paramount’s troubled productions that had been pushed back from last year. With "World War Z"'s summer release date lumbering ever closer, the studio has released a new poster for the film.

William Friedkin Says 'Sorcerer' Finally Getting Digital Transfer, But Won't Be On Criterion

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 12, 2013 10:01 AM
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2012 proved by turns an odd and triumphant year for director William Friedkin, who fashioned Matthew McConaughey's performance in the shockingly good “Killer Joe,” but also was forced into dealing with his troubled past, namely the 1977 suspense drama “Sorcerer.” Legal difficulties and lawsuits surrounding the film have plagued the past 12 months for the filmmaker, but now it appears Friedkin may finally gain some peace with his underseen gem.

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