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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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Weekend Recap: Zemeckis and Brad Grey Talk 'Flight,' John C. Reilly on 'Wreck-It Ralph,' and Murdoch Courts Penguin (Updated)

The New York Times interviews Robert Zemeckis about his return to live-action movies with "Flight," his first since "Cast Away" in 2000. “Everyone keeps thinking I haven’t made a movie in 12 years,” the director behind "Back to the Future," "Forrest Gump," and "The Polar Express" said.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 29, 2012 6:34 AM
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Paramount Will Release Scorsese's 'The Wolf of Wall Street' In Late 2013

After distributing his most recent run of films, Paramount will continue their relationship with Martin Scorsese by releasing his financial drama, "The Wolf of Wall Street," starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Paramount distributed Scorsese and DiCaprio's "Shutter Island"...
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 17, 2012 1:55 PM
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'Paranormal Activity 4' Invites Fan Participation

When found-footage movie "Paranormal Activity" premiered in 2009, Paramount digital marketing started engaging with movie fans in a direct way. They encouraged viewers to create their own spoofs and renditions of the D-I-Y film.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 1, 2012 7:01 AM
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Paramount and 'Godfather' Author's Estate Going to Court

Don Corleone might not want to be caught dead in a courtroom, but the "Godfather" franchise doesn't look like it'll be so lucky: the son of Mario Puzo, who wrote the original "Godfather" novel, filed papers with a federal court in Manhattan seeking to end Paramount Pictures' rights to produce any future films based on the property...
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 30, 2012 12:26 PM
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China YOU On Demand Pacts with Hollywood Studios for VOD

China's largest pay-per-view and video-on-demand platform, YOU On Demand, has added Paramount Pictures to its roster of studio partners. Other content suppliers include Warner Bros. Entertainment, Disney Media Distribution, Lionsgate, Miramax Pictures, Magnolia Pictures, Gravitas Ventures, and Film Buff.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2012 9:00 AM
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By The Beard of Zeus! Will Ferrell Tells Conan 'Anchorman 2' is Greenlit at Paramount (Video)

Rejoice, "Anchorman 2" is coming. Paramount is partnering with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions and Judd Apatow for a sequel to the beloved 2004 original (DreamWorks; $89 million worldwide). The 2004 comedy is arguably the most quoted film of the last decade.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 29, 2012 1:44 PM
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