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HollywoodProducer
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posted January 13, 2001 01:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I didn't see a topic for Paramount, so I wanted to start one because of the big box office opening for "Save the Last Dance". It would appeat Paramount (with MTV Films) has found a nice slot in January to launch their hot teen-oriented films. From the ground up, MTV films and Nickelodeon Films have built out quite a niche market. It's a nice model for other vertically aligned companies in town to follow.

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posted January 13, 2001 11:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aragorn278     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks pretty bad to me.

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posted February 22, 2001 11:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know what they've got coming out soon (GODFATHER 1 AND 2 DVD PLEASE!) but this little topic looked so lonely and pathetic at the bottom, I had to post something.

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posted April 22, 2001 05:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Godfather DVDs are coming out in the fall.

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posted April 22, 2001 11:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cstengel   Click Here to Email cstengel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which version of the films? They've released all of them individually before as well as versions ("The Saga" or "The Epic" if I remember right) that were cut sequentially (rather than with flashbacks). I think there was also some footage that was ONLY shown on broadcast television (while other footage was excised). Would be nice if they include that kind of stuff as extras.

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posted April 26, 2001 01:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cstengel   Click Here to Email cstengel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From the Hollywood Reporter (.com):

"Sumner Redstone told a group of Wall Street analysts that shares of Viacom Inc. are undervalued, especially when compared with other entertainment conglomerates -- specifically the Walt Disney Co. and AOL Time Warner.

"I've never seen such a disparity between the price of our stock and our business," the Viacom chairman and CEO said.


"We're in a class by ourselves, although your analyst doesn't understand that," he said. A.G. Edwards rates Viacom shares "accumulate/aggressive."

The complete thing is at:
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/htx/bpihw/20010425/en/viacom_a_value_redstone_says_1.html

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posted June 27, 2001 04:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The studio might be hurt by the potential loss of the Lara Croft franchise. It's just not performing they way they were hoping.

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posted August 20, 2001 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Speaking of not performing. How about the $65 million "Rat Race"? How did that movie cost that much?

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Paramount is continuing to beef up security at its Hollywood studio location and is now requiring background checks of vendors who access the studio lot more than once a month, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. It also wants to know whether "frequent visitors" are registered sex offenders. AP said that other major film studios have stepped up security precautions since Sept. 11 -- and in some of them, trucks and vans are being subjected to close scrutiny, even by bomb-sniffing dogs.

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Top marketing execs at Paramount may lose their jobs as the result of the colossal failures of last summer's K-19: The Widowmaker, starring Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson, and last month's Four Feathers, starring Heath Ledger, the New York Post reported today (Monday). K-19, which cost some $100 million to make, earned just 35.1 million during its run. Four Feathers, with a reported budget of $80 million, has earned $12.4 million. One Paramount insider told the Post: "When we're not hitting the ball, we hunker down and get crazy." However, a Paramount spokesperson denied that a shake-up in the studio's marketing department is nearing, calling the predictions "way off base."

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Paramount COO Robert Friedman has denied a report that appeared in Monday's New York Post saying that the studio was considering a shakeup in its marketing department as a result of the failure of two recent films, K-19: The Widowmaker and The Four Feathers. "There's nothing in the report that is correct," Friedman told Bloomberg News. "There's no validity whatsoever."

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posted February 03, 2003 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Fox News:

How to 86 a Movie in 10 Days

It's not a good time for Paramount Pictures. You know, for example, that it's a bad time when Variety, the trade publication, pans a Paramount movie.

That's exactly what happened last week when reviewer Robert Koelher wrote: "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days will soon be known in the trade as 'How Not to Write a Romantic Comedy.' This is the kind of movie that was doomed on the page, both by an inherently problematic premise and ill-conceived character motivations."

Variety, of course, usually gives Paramount movies a pass even when they're terrible. Variety's controversial editor-in-chief, Peter Bart, once worked at the studio as an exec and maintains close ties there.

For example, in a story I reported some years ago for The New York Observer, several Variety staffers cited Bart for the positive review of the terrible The Godfather: Part III.

Bart is also close to the former head of Paramount, the charming Robert Evans, who executive produced How to Lose a Guy with his partner Christine Peters. Evans also never gets a bad review from Variety. In fact, the documentary about him, The Kid Stays in the Picture, has had lots of support from Bart.

So we can draw the conclusion that How to Lose a Guy is not even as good as the trite Maid in Manhattan or Two Weeks Notice — cookie-cutter romances that conquered the Christmas box office.

Indeed, it must be pretty bad.

Not that there'd be any other way of knowing. Paramount, after a big success debuting The Hours in New York, made sure that columnists and reporters were barred from Sunday night's local "premiere" screening of How to Lose a Guy.

They called the event, which included a party for 1,000 single people culled from some dating service, a "non-premiere." Yikes!

What's worse is that the ad that ran in Sunday's New York Times Arts & Leisure section was full of the usual Paramount junket quotes from people you've never heard of. One such quote referred to stars Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey by their first names: "Matthew and Kate are the next Tom [Hanks] and Meg [Ryan]." Again, yikes!

Hudson, who already has an Oscar nomination under her belt, had better start making some better choices for her career, or she'll wind up in the land of fine actresses who became almost-were's (Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Minnie Driver, Mira Sorvino).

Even if How to Lose a Guy has a decent first weekend and then fades, Paramount has more problems coming up. Their only big release for summer is Lara Croft and the Cradle of Life: Tomb Raider 2.

Now, the first Tomb Raider was so bad it hurt. Tomb Raider 2 is set to be another jumble of script writers trying to make sense of a video game.

Star Angelina Jolie apparently gave the writers lists of things she wanted incorporated in the story for her character. So, as if it were Mad-Libs, the writers have tried to include these points and connect the dots thusly. That should be fun.

Meanwhile, Paramount studio head Sherry Lansing continues to deny that she's leaving her post to head up any number of charitable organizations.

You know what? Lansing has done yeoman service. (Or is it yoe-woman?) She supervised some big hits (Forrest Gump. Titanic) and made a boatload of money for parent company Viacom. Sumner Redstone, Viacom's head, loves her. If she leaves it's because she's had enough.

Who can blame her? The minute The Hours cleans up with Oscar nominations next week, Lansing will probably say goodbye. She'll leave with her head high, and knowing Hollywood, she won't be gone for long.

That still leaves the whole How to Lose a Guy situation. Much of that, I am told, can be laid at the feet of producer Lynda Obst. Even though How to Lose a Guy has an upfront credit that puts Obst third after Evans and Peters, later in the crawl — which is more important —she gets top billing.

Obst, who wrote a funny book about Hollywood called Hello He Lied, has unfortunately made a lot of bad movies because she's insisted on being part of the creative process. One Fine Day, Someone Like You, Hope Floats, Abandon, Contact and The Siege were all manufactured in her factory. A former journalist, Obst is a trenchant observer of the scene but may not have the skill to execute fully-realized films.

Obst's next project is supposed to be another comedy called Jack and Jill, with a good script by Hunter Richards. Hugh Jackman (who flailed around in Someone Like You) is said to be signing on to replace Nicolas Cage, who dropped out somewhere along the way. Naomi Watts (The Ring, Mulholland Drive) was supposed to co-star; no one seems to know if that's still on.

Jack and Jill has apparently gone though the mill over at Paramount, with Obst firing writer Richards, hiring someone else, then re-hiring Richards. If they don't straighten this out soon, Jack and Jill are going to come tumbling down the hill on opening day.

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posted February 18, 2003 11:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cstengel3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Heard that Nielsen may redefine the UPN as something less than a full network after they drop their kids' block of programming and have fewer hours of broadcast.

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posted March 05, 2003 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Producer Scott Rudin who reportedly clashed with Miramax Co-chairman Harvey Weinstein during the making of The Hours over Nicole Kidman's prosthetic nose (Weinstein was opposed to it) and over Phillip Glass's score (Weinstein wanted it replaced), has insisted that Miramax is still the best place to be making movies. In an interview with today's (Wednesday) Los Angeles Times, Rudin commented, "There is one shop in town that is making challenging movies. I think it's incredible that he has found a way to run a business making these kind of movies." The Hours is competing for Oscar honors with two other Miramax films, Chicago and Gangs of New York. Rudin conceded, however, that working with Weinstein can be trying because "we are both control freaks. We both want to run our own shows. When I'm doing a Miramax movie, I work for him. And I don't like that feeling. I chafe under that. I especially chafe under it when I feel that I'm on a leash." Nevertheless, he said, filmmakers are drawn to Weinstein because they "want to work with somebody who is willing to do whatever it takes to get their movie made, and get their movie sold."

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John Goldwyn has denied that he was forced to resign as vice chairman of Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group. In an interview with today's (Monday) Los Angeles Times, he acknowledged, however, that "we've had a rough couple of years at the company, which has not been fun." Nevertheless, he emphasized that "I was not forced out" and noted that he will continue on as a producer at Paramount.

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