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Tom Cruise Action Vehicle 'One Shot' Retitled To Franchise Ready 'Jack Reacher'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2012 4:23 PM
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While the debate will continue to swirl about how 5' 7" Tom Cruise will portray the much taller, bulkier Jack Reacher as described in the books by Lee Child remains to be seen, from day one Paramount has viewed "One Shot" as the start of a potential series of films. And now with a swift title change, it makes a bit easier.

You Have To Wait Another 9 Months For 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation': Film Moves To March 29th, 2013

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 23, 2012 5:27 PM
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Update: Very wisely, Universal have swiftly reacted to Paramount's move and moved Seth MacFarlane's R-rated comedy "Ted" onto the June 29th date left by the "G.I. Joe" move. This gives it an extra two weeks before expected juggernaut "The Dark Knight Rises" hits theaters, and is likely a good thing for the film.

William Friedkin Discusses Frustrating Lawsuit Over His Undersung '70s Film 'Sorcerer'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 11, 2012 7:19 PM
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When discussing the scrappy and hirsute "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls" generation of 1970s filmmakers, the narrative arc of William Friedkin is a fun one to tell, and is often the stuff of legend. While he doesn't rank up there among some of the peers of that era like Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, he was the first of them to deliver what many call the first true blockbuster before "Jaws" and "Star Wars" with 1973's "The Exorcist." Arriving just two years after his critical hit "The French Connection" (which earned him an Academy Award for Best Director; 4 wins and 8 nominations total), "The Exorcist" became one of the highest-earning movies of all time during its era, grossing over $441 million worldwide (which is still a great figure by today's standards).

Darren Aronofsky To Direct 'Unforgiven' Style Pic About George Washington

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 10:28 PM
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Well, he's already set to put his own spin on a famed Bible story with "Noah," so why not American history? That's right, Darren Aronofsky is about get presidential in a movie that won't be your standard biopic.

'Friday the 13th' Remake Scribes Cash In On Success With Untitled Horror Project At Paramount

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 23, 2012 11:39 AM
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Taking impressive box office receipts ($91 million worldwide take on a $19 mil. budget) over the scathing reviews, Paramount has given the screenwriting team of the 2009 “Friday The 13th” reboot, Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, development deals for an as-yet-untitled horror project at their studio.

Paramount Reinventing Mark Twain's Classic Characters With 'Snow White And The Huntsman'-Style 'Huck'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 22, 2012 9:19 AM
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One thing’s for sure; if you want to bring a classic story back to the screen, you’ve got to change the name. “Mirror Mirror,” “Tangled,” “Frozen,” “Elementary” -- the trend certainly points toward giving established properties cooler titles, ones that hint at the source material being adapted from. Hell, even Batman and Superman are now going by their nicknames rather than their more recognizable monikers. So it goes then, that “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” will be known simply as “Huck” when the story next finds its way to theaters.

Another Blow For Paramount's Chris Pine-Starring Jack Ryan Revival As Director Jack Bender Bails On The Project

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 20, 2012 8:31 AM
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Barely two weeks ago we asked the question, "Does anyone actually want to see another Jack Ryan movie?" The Tom Clancy-created spy franchise has lasted four installments across three leading men, with "The Hunt For Red October," "Patriot Games," "Clear And Present Danger" and "The Sum Of All Fears," but only the first off that list really bears rewatching and, as we discussed, there's nothing particularly compelling about the central character. That being said, we got replies from a few fans of the series that indicated that an audience still exists for the franchise.

Paramount Delay 'World War Z' Until June 21, 2013 & Move Tom Cruise Vehicle 'One Shot' Up To Christmas 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 13, 2012 9:55 PM
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Release dates are pretty crucial to a film's success. Put your prize tentpole up against another film aiming for the same audience, and you'll cannibalize each other. Place your movie on exactly the right place in the calendar, and you'll find yourselves with a licence to print money. And that's why studios will claim release slots, and continue to tinker with them, both years in advance, and with only months to spare.

Viacom Chief Confirms Inevitable 'Mission: Impossible 5' Is In The Works

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 9, 2012 12:23 PM
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With the absolutely monster success of "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" proving with its $679 million worldwide gross (the best of the series so far) that there is still plenty of fuel left in the tank, it did not take long for sequel talk to start. In fact, it was only a few days after the opening weekend that word first started being kicked around about a potential new installment, and indeed more official confirmation reveals that is definitely the plan.

Studios Banking On Tom Hardy, Sacha Baron Cohen & Bradley Cooper As The Actors Sign First-Look Deals

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2012 3:51 PM
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You know how we just did that piece about how studios are looking to tighten their budgets and deliver cheapie movies that pay off big? Don't let the currently hot found-footage genre mislead you -- both audiences and moviemakers still want big stars, and a trio of actors have been tapped in the last week or so as talent that studios are hoping will bring them big dividends.

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