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Paramount Ups The Ante, Launches In-House Animation Studio

  • By Matthew Newlin
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  • July 7, 2011 4:49 AM
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DreamWorks CEO Katzenberg Too Cocky To WorryYou have to give it to them: Paramount Pictures is not here to fuck around. The Wrap has reported that the studio will be opening its own in-house animation division -- Paramount Animation -- and expects to release its first film in 2014. Paramount Chairman, CEO and Certified Badass Brad Grey, has said that each film's budget will be in the $100 million range and that they anticipate releasing one film per year. Grey told The Wrap, "That's a price point we think is a smart business. The global market is vibrant for family fare, particularly if we stick to that price range."

Paramount Looking Likely As Backers For Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 28, 2011 1:45 AM
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Despite being one of the best-loved directors around, Darren Aronofsky has always had to scramble to get his films financed. Even with an A-lister like Natalie Portman on board, the financing for ballet psychodrama "Black Swan" collapsed weeks before filming was due to start, only saved by the very skin of its teeth. Indeed, it seems that the man with the best mustache in Brooklyn only signed on to superhero tentpole "The Wolverine" because he thought it would be an easy breeze through pre-production.

Weekend Box Office: 'Cars 2' Continues Pixar Formula, 'Green Lantern' Plummets

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 26, 2011 5:27 AM
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The numbers on “Cars 2” don’t actually matter, except for the stat-hounds regularly following the weekly box office noise (us!). “Cars 2” exists to facilitate Disney’s biggest merchandising cash cow, a multi-billion (annually!) property that needs no further justification. As Pixar seems like a studio that hopes to branch out into more ambitious directions (in theory), they will need something to keep the lights on when, and if, they should fail. Even if the reviews continue to be the worst ever received by a Pixar film, the “Cars” franchise will live on.

The Wanderer Returns: Warren Beatty Planning New Comedy For Paramount

  • By Sam Price
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  • June 21, 2011 1:22 AM
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This is what they call a turn up for the books: Warren Beatty is returning to make an untitled comedy for Paramount after a decade-long absence from our screens. The timing seems a little odd. His wife since 1992, Annette Bening, has never had a healthier career, and he was subject to a lavish AFI retrospective three years ago that seemed as if the filmmaking community was finally putting the old dinosaur out to pasture. But Deadline announces that Beatty is to “come home” to the studio that he won numerous Academy Awards for with a "quintessential Beatty, elegantly written and wonderfully entertaining” script penned by the actor that is to go into production later in the year. Oh, Warren, what’s that Carly Simon song called again?

Weekend Box-Office: Is 'Green Lantern' The End Of The Superhero Gravy Train?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 19, 2011 5:34 AM
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Perspective is necessary. $53 million is a whole lotta money. $53 million could buy several houses, it could feed many people, it could save lives. $53 million is also a pretty good opening for a somewhat higher-budgeted film, provided advertising isn’t through the roof and there aren’t a massive amount of back-end benefactors involved. But for “Green Lantern,” which cost upwards of $200 million before a massive ad campaign even by superhero standards, this is not a strong opening.

Weekend Box Office: 'Super 8' Is A Super Performer For Paramount, 'Judy Moody' Has A Bummer Summer

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 12, 2011 6:53 AM
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Call this one a victory for Paramount, and a big one at that. “Super 8,” which opened to $37 million, was advertised with only the slightest of peekaboos, an ad campaign that played less coy and more stubbornly mysterious. While the film was pitched on the name of Steven Spielberg, the filmmaker has his name on a lot of projects annually, and the wealth of offerings has become so consistent that it no longer tilts the needle.

Paramount Picks Up DC Comic 'The Mighty'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 2, 2011 7:51 AM
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With Disney swooping in and paying $4 billion for Marvel Entertainment and buying out the remaining distribution deal the comic company had with Paramount, it was only a matter of time before the mountain logo company started getting back in the game of comic movies. After all, there's money to be had.

Will The Waiting Game For J.J. Abrams Cause 'Star Trek 2' To Move From Summer To Winter 2012?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2011 11:22 AM
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Films rushing to meet a release date has almost become a common practice in Hollywood. "X-Men: First Class" will open next week ten months after it started shooting, while "Hunger Games" and ,Tarsem's recently moved Snow White film will operate under the same time constraints to meet their March release dates next year. But it's always a risk to hurry a production, particularly when there are a lot of dollars at stake and with just over a year before "Star Trek 2" is scheduled to land next June, and with no director attached, Paramount may end up pushing back the movie rather than try and crank it out.

Weekend Box Office: 'Pirates 4' Scores Biggest Global Debut Of All-Time Despite Being A Shitty Movie

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 22, 2011 5:37 AM
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This weekend, Disney pooled their resources with Jerry Bruckheimer and produced an insta-blockbuster. Apathy is the name of the game with “Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” which scored the biggest bow of 2011 despite being a piece of shit that grossed lower in its opening frame than its two predecessors. “Dead Man’s Chest” and “At Worlds End” both cracked $100 million in their first domestic weekend, but even with the elevated 3D pricing, “Pirates 4” couldn’t cross nine digits.

'Transformers 3' Moves Up Two Days To June 29th, Because That Extra 48 Hours Would Have Been Agony

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 20, 2011 2:05 AM
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Sure, you might be able to get your fix of offensively stupid blockbusters with budgets higher than the GDP of a third-world country this weekend with "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," but scratching that itch won't last long, and it's still over a month until the motherload, Michael Bay's latest explod-o-fest, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" arrives. A month full of films that have plots, and characters, and that don't have a scene where a robot octopus cuts a skyscraper in half.

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