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As CinemaCon Wraps, Hollywood Needs to Learn Popcorn Time (Studio Roundups, DEMO VIDEO)

We wrap up studio-by-studio takeaways from the exhibitor convention CinemaCon in Las Vegas, as movie theaters and studios are stuck in an old paradigm. And then there's Popcorn Time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2014 8:58 PM
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Review: 'Noah' Reveals Why Darren Aronofsky Is an Indie Filmmaker

"Noah" is an example of what's wrong with the studios today, and why Darren Aronofsky remains a defiant indie filmmaker.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2014 3:41 PM
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'Noah' Roundup: First Reviews Rain Down for Darren Aronofsky's Epic (TRAILER)

Early reviews are trickling in for Aronofsky's "Noah," and they're all over the map. The Biblical epic floods US theaters on March 28, with an international rollout kicking off this weekend.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 21, 2014 11:20 AM
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How Did Darren Aronofsky Build 'Noah''s Ark? Watch and Find Out (VIDEO)

A new featurette has arrived for Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic "Noah," wherein the director takes us through the process of building a key set piece: the ark. In the video, Aronofsky and his production designer Mark Friedberg discuss how the dimensions of the ark are laid out in the Bible. As opposed to a ship-like structure with a bow (the conventional image of Noah's ark), the structure is actually described as a giant box, which is exactly what the "Noah" team have made.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 6, 2014 12:58 PM
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Pre-Sundance, Magnolia and Paramount Scoop Up Joe Swanberg's 'Happy Christmas'

Ahead of the film's Sundance premiere this weekend, Magnolia Pictures and Paramount Pictures have announced a collaboration to bring director Joe Swanberg's new comedy "Happy Christmas" to theaters in 2014.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 16, 2014 2:20 PM
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Obit: Tom Clancy, Author of Jack Ryan Thrillers 'Hunt for Red October,' 'Patriot Games' and More, Has Died at 66 (FILM CLIPS)

Tom Clancy, bestselling author of many a thriller that would find an even wider audience with the help of Hollywood adaptations, has died at age 66. Check out clips below from his four books turned into films, "The Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger" and "The Sum of All Fears."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 2, 2013 12:52 PM
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Obit: Paramount Stalwart A.C. Lyles Bows Out at Age 95

A.C. Lyles – producer, publicist and one of the last links to Hollywood’s early years – has died at the age of 95. He was 10 years old in 1928 when he handed out fliers at a Paramount owned theater in Jacksonville, Florida and 20 when he had saved enough money working as an usher to take the train to California and arrive at the Paramount gate expecting to get a job. He got one in the Paramount mailroom.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • September 30, 2013 9:50 PM
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Paramount Makes Moves Toward the Digital Future

As much as many of us bewail the studios' pokey moves into the digital future, the truth is, they are not stupid. What they are doing--and why they can be counted on to make many ill-advised decisions going forward--is thinking about how to buttress their bottom line, satisfy stockholders, and cover their huge executive salaries and overhead. That's why making more big movies that may score big and pay all their bills is still their prerogative, rather than more less risky small movies. Even after six would-be tentpoles tank in a row.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 30, 2013 6:15 PM
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Casting Watch: Tom Cruise Gears Up for Fifth 'Mission: Impossible,' as Abrams Defects to 'Star Wars'

Tom Cruise has signed on to star in and produce the fifth "Mission: Impossible" film following the wildly successful "Ghost Protocol" (2011).
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 7, 2013 12:47 PM
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WATCH: 7-Minute Video on the Making of 'Star Trek: Into Darkness'

Unlike most promo featurettes, Paramount Pictures' seven minutes of behind-the-scenes footage on the making of "Star Trek: Into Darkness" isn't glossily spliced with interviews. It actually tries to capture what it was like during filming on the set of the J. J. Abrams' film. (It's not completely spoiler free: watch with caution.)
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 5, 2013 12:28 PM
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