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Discuss: As Chris Pine Vehicle 'Moscow' Continues To Develop, Does Anyone Actually Want To See Another Jack Ryan Movie?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 5, 2012 9:17 AM
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In the decade since "The Sum Of All Fears" hit theaters, becoming a modest success, Paramount have been keen to continue to mine the works of Tom Clancy that they've had success with on "The Hunt For Red October," "Patriot Games" and "Clear And Present Danger." Soon after that film's release, John Woo was signed to direct a movie version of "Rainbow Six," while in 2006, Joaquin Phoenix signed on to star in "Without Remorse" for director John Singleton. Neither came to pass, and a few years later, Sam Raimi came on to tackle a new take on Jack Ryan, Clancy's best known character, with reports that Ryan Gosling was being sought for the lead, but Raimi left almost as soon as he came on board.

Paramount Will Follow-Up The Oscar-Winning Weirdness Of 'Rango' With...Another 'SpongeBob Squarepants' Movie

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 28, 2012 6:38 PM
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Well, it was only a matter of time before Paramount announced plans for a new animated film. After all, the studio's last animated feature, Gore Verbinski's bizarro western "Rango," picked up the Best Animated Feature Oscar on Sunday, besting beloved independent features and two box office juggernauts from former titan DreamWorks Animation (which, incidentally, Paramount currently distributes). But nothing has been solidified as the studio's follow-up to "Rango," until today, when Viacom President and CEO Philippe Dauman announced a new "SpongeBob SquarePants" movie for release in late 2014 (via the Hollywood Reporter). So, um, that's happening.

Good Lord: Paramount Turning That Talking Dog YouTube Video Into An Actual Feature Length Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 14, 2012 10:59 AM
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We try not to be cynical. We try not to let the continual spate of comic book adaptations, board game movies and tired remakes get us down. We try to resist the urge to sit in our garage with the engine running when "Transformers: The Dark Of The Moon" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" make a billion dollars apiece. We try to convince ourselves that no one sets out to make a bad movie. We try to let the handful of great films that come out of the studio system every year prevent us from heading down to Mann's Chinese Theater and setting ourselves on fire outside the premiere of "Battleship." We try.

Prepare Your Eyes & Ears: Katy Perry Teaming With Paramount For A 3D Concert Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 10:13 PM
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Who the fuck listens to Katy Perry? We sure don't but clearly, a lot of you do, as the pop singer nabbed her sixth number one single for "The One That Got Away" off her album Teenage Dream released in the summer of 2010. Whoever the team is at Capitol Records behind this girl, give them a raise: talk about getting major mileage out of the most disposable music ever. But wait -- there's even more coming.

Weekend Box Office: Audiences Smuggle 'Contraband' Into The Number One Spot Over 'Beauty & The Beast 3D'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 15, 2012 1:43 PM
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After a year which sported the lowest attendance numbers in sixteen years, studios are looking for all the bright sides they can find. Thus far, 2012 has provided them, with big number one debuts for a cheap horror acquisition and, now, a solidly mid-budgeted star vehicle. "Contraband" nailed the top spot this weekend, of the four day holiday weekend, that was slightly down from last year. However, this is a solid win for Universal, who spent $40 million on the Mark Wahlberg project, gambling that the film would open uncharacteristically big for an R-rated January offering.

'Midnight In Paris' Top Grossing Indie Film Of 2011; Paramount Leads Majors At The Box Office

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 3, 2012 11:16 AM
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We always like to end our weekend box office reports with a little reminder to “Support your local indie theater, boys and girls,” and with the roster of films hitting art house and repertory cinemas in 2011, it was an especially great time to stray away from the sticky floors and text friendly megaplexes. It should also come as no surprise that the beloved Woody Allen-directed “Midnight In Paris” walked away with the honor of topping the list of the 30 top-grossing indies of the year. With an ensemble featuring accessible stars like Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams, along with a slew of talented actors like Michael Sheen, Tom Hiddleston, Alison Pill and Corey Stoll, Allen’s film was a crossover hit that also appealed to the masses.

Paramount Angling To Get Michael Bay To Direct 'Transformers 4,' Could Start Shooting Winter 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2011 9:13 PM
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Update: Michael Bay has hit the Shooting For The Edit forums to address rumors about "Transformers 4," and for now, he says that's all they are: "Studio's are passing rumors but I'm not sure what I'm doing? I know I'm going to do Pain and Gain early spring but that's it for right now. I'm leaving all my options on the table. I've got several Studio meetings in the next two weeks."

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