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Paramount Moves Up Mission: Impossible and Tintin Release Dates, Overhauls Studio Structure

Paramount is making a lot of moves these days. Tweaking its December release schedule, the studio is launching Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol starring Tom Cruise, with previews in IMAX and other select theaters on December 16, 2011, with its wide release still scheduled for December 21. And Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin in 3-D, which was previously set for release on December 23, will now open wide everywhere including IMAX two days earlier, on December 21, 2011. This suggests that Paramount feels the need to build word-of-mouth going into the big holiday weekend.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 28, 2011 9:27 AM
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Box Office Scandal: Circuit Dealing Pervades Small Towns, Flagship vs. Century Theatres

In a David vs. Goliath face-off, indie-owned Flagship Theaters recently won an appeal in its crusade against Cinemark’s Century Theatres. Does the age-old practice of circuit dealing — an unethical way for chain exhibitors to muscle studios — still persist? Anthony D’Alessandro digs further into this taboo topic: What is circuit dealing, exactly? It’s a predatory film booking practice whereby multiplex chains strong-arm studios for product in a specific market. If a studio decides to book with the competition in a given community, usually a Mom-and-Pop venue, then the exhibitor will threaten to bar that film (or future films) from playing the entire chain.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • September 27, 2011 11:38 AM
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Descendants, Clooney, Streep Top Gurus 'O Gold Oscar Rankings

Descendants, Clooney, Streep Top Gurus 'O Gold Oscar Rankings
The Gurus have spoken. Post-festivals, Alexander Payne's The Descendants (1) has taken over the frontrunner spot from Steven Spielberg's unscreened period war adventure War Horse (2). Interestingly, Spielberg was considering submitting the film to Venice but decided not to do so. He usually likes to wait until the last possible minute to show his films. It's better NOT to be at the head of the pack, anyway. The Descendants' George Clooney (1) is also at the front of the Best Actor race.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2011 5:10 AM
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Toronto Wrap: Best of Fest, Oscar Boosts, Winners and Losers

Toronto Wrap: Best of Fest, Oscar Boosts, Winners and Losers
The trick with the fall film festivals is to gauge expectations going in vs. what was actually achieved. Various distributors launched their fall slates, and watched with pleasure or horror at how their movies were received by audiences and critics. Oscar contenders either moved forward in the awards race, or were pushed back. Other indies hoped their films would be picked up by the right distributor in time for this year's Oscar race. Some were, some weren't. It's tough for films that have already debuted at other festivals to pick up new momentum, although the press will bank features for release. The biggest noise goes to the new players, always.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 21, 2011 7:04 AM
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Steve Martin's Letter to Eddie; Paramount's $700 Million Revamp; Dragon Tattoo Preview Reaction

Steve Martin's Letter to Eddie; Paramount's $700 Million Revamp; Dragon Tattoo Preview Reaction
Paramount Picture's planned $700-million upgrade to its Hollywood lot will add new sound stages as well as offices and create an estimated 7,300 jobs during the construction period, reports the LA Times. The project will develop the Melrose Avenue headquarters and potentially some nearby properties as well, over the next twenty years. An expanded studio will allow Paramount to accommodate 500 more employees, up to 5,500 people on the lot.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 21, 2011 5:28 AM
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Washington to Star in Zemeckis's Flight for Paramount

Denzel Washington will topline director Robert Zemeckis's return to live action filmmaking, Flight, for Paramount and producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald under Zemeckis, Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke's ImageMovers banner. It's the first pairing for the star and the director. The movie is set to begin shooting this October in Atlanta, GA.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 9, 2011 10:28 AM
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Paramount Produces Jason Reitman's Labor Day with Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin

Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush will co-produce Jason Reitman's next, Labor Day, co-starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. Writer-director Reitman was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe for Best Adapted Screenplay for 2010's Up in the Air.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 9, 2011 9:51 AM
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Three Unmade Kubrick Films In Active Development; Lunatic at Large Close to Financing

Three Unmade Kubrick Films In Active Development; Lunatic at Large Close to Financing
No director has had a more storied posthumous career than Stanley Kubrick. The director died before the release of his controversial 1999 Eyes Wide Shut, which he had nonetheless completed, and of course Steven Spielberg used Kubrick's original drafts to script and direct 2001's A.I. Artificial Intelligence, which received mixed but mostly positive reviews.
  • By Jacob Combs and Cameron Carlson
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  • August 20, 2011 3:30 AM
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Studios Rethink Big-Budget Producers and Their Pricey Tentpoles--and Westerns

Studios Rethink Big-Budget Producers and Their Pricey Tentpoles--and Westerns
Blame Cowboys & Aliens.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 19, 2011 3:14 AM
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Trailer/Poster Watch: Doremus Talks Voyeuristic Sundance-Winner Like Crazy, Starring Yelchin, Jones

Trailer/Poster Watch: Doremus Talks Voyeuristic Sundance-Winner Like Crazy, Starring Yelchin, Jones
One of the Sundance Fest’s biggest sales ($4 million), Like Crazy is Drake Doremus's follow-up to raunchy improv comedy Douchebag, which debuted there the year before. Like Crazy won the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, and breakout actress Felicity Jones (Julie Taymor's The Tempest), took home the Special Jury Prize.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 2, 2011 2:00 AM
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