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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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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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Dystopia Rules! Rudin and Paramount's Unpublished 'Annihilation' Joins Rash of Movies About Our Grim Future

In Hollywood, the end of the worlds is always at hand. Trust Scott Rudin to sniff out the next literary phenomenon. Yes, yet another dystopian picture is in the works. As John Carpenter and Kurt Russell reunite in advance of an "Escape from New York" reboot, and Roland Emmerich preps a sequel to "Independence Day," a plethora of dystopian movies are on the way.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 27, 2013 6:22 PM
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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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Branagh Takes Helm of New Jack Ryan Flick at Paramount, Starring Chris Pine

Kenneth Branagh has taken the helm at Paramount of the long-in-the-works untitled Jack Ryan project, based on Tom Clancy's character. Branagh replaces Jack Bender, who had scheduling issues...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 27, 2012 5:08 PM
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Next Tugg Test: Paramount Insurge Launches 'Loved Ones' and Drafthouse Opens 'The FP'

The real test for the on-demand Tugg releasing model is films that have not been pre-sold via well-branded theatrical releases with ads and reviews. "The Tree of Life," for example, is well past its first run, and is now reaching more moviegoers via Tugg.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 9, 2012 11:00 AM
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IN THE WORKS: Studios Raid Hitchcock Files, First 'Rebecca,' Now 'Suspicion'

Joan Fontaine was nominated for the Oscar for two back-to-back Hitchcock masterpieces, 1940's "Rebecca" and 1941's "Suspicion," and won for the latter. In the space of a week it looks like two studios are prepping remakes of those films. Of course, Working Title/DreamWorks and Montecito/Paramount insist that they are returning to the source, Daphne Du Maurier and Francis Iles ("Before the Fact"), respectively. (UPDATE: For more on these Hitchcock films, read Dave Kehr's latest NYT DVD column.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 13, 2012 9:41 PM
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Paramount and Cameron Team with Cirque du Soleil for 'Worlds Away'

Paramount and Cirque du Soleil are teaming up to release the "Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away" in 3D. James Cameron exec produced; "Shrek" director Andrew Adamson wrote and directed. Cirque's Jacques Méthé says; “This 3D event brings the spectator beyond what they could see at a show, it takes them on the stage...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 10, 2012 5:00 PM
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Foreign Box Office: Spielberg's Adventures of Tintin Opens Big Overseas

Sony and Paramount's move to open Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin overseas months ahead of its December stateside release --where the Herge comic books are beloved--is paying off. The performance capture film opened overseas with an estimated $55.8 million in 19 markets.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2011 5:20 AM
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