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Paramount Dumps Stiller Picture, Marc Pease Experience

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 11, 2009 at 4:19AM

Paramount will open The Marc Pease Experience on a contractually minimal ten-market release outside of New York and L.A. on August 21, sources close to the movie confirm. Todd Louiso's orphaned indie film starring Ben Stiller and Jason Schartzman is a casualty of the demise of Vantage--and the departure of ex-Vantage chief John Lesher. "Their business model changed completely," said one source. "They have no specialty marketing division. The company doesn't exist."
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Thompson on Hollywood

Paramount will open The Marc Pease Experience on a contractually minimal ten-market release outside of New York and L.A. on August 21, sources close to the movie confirm. Todd Louiso's orphaned indie film starring Ben Stiller and Jason Schartzman is a casualty of the demise of Vantage--and the departure of ex-Vantage chief John Lesher. "Their business model changed completely," said one source. "They have no specialty marketing division. The company doesn't exist."

UPDATE: Paramount called back. "We're screening it for review and releasing it in ten markets. We'll see where to go from there," said spokeswoman Megan Colligan. "It's a very small art-house release with the possibility of growing it." If the comedy grabs solid reviews and business, Paramount could move it into more costly markets like New York and L.A.

Paramount is releasing the final two Vantage titles much wider: the Neal Brennan comedy The Goods (which Entourage star Jeremy Piven was hawking on Conan the other night) goes out on 1800 screens this weekend. And the Pastor brothers horror virus flick Carriers opens September 4 on 100 screens, ten screens in ten markets, Colligan said: "We'll concentrate these releases and see if we can get something going on it."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.