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Celebrating Paramount’s 100th Anniversary Photo

By Roger Friedman and dozens of Paramount Pictures stars from the past gathered on the famous lot today for a once in a lifetime group photograph. The occasion was the 100th anniversary of the studio. Stars from The Godfather–like Robert DeNiro, James Caan, and Al Pacino, as well as director Francis Ford Coppola–were joined by famous types like Barbra Streisand, Shirley Maclaine, director Peter Bodganovich, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, plus Martin Scorsese, Gore Verbinski, Tom Cruise, and Charlize Theron. Martin Scorsese told me last night at Paramount’s swellegant bash on the studio lot that he had Jane Fonda on one side of him, Ernest Borgnine on the other. “He’s 95 and amazing! Marty exclaimed. More stars mentioned included Eddie Murphy, and former Paramount chief Robert Evans was the only executive included in the photo. “The kid stays in the picture,” quipped our own Leah Sydney, referring to the famous Evans documentary. There were no press people there, I’m told. A full list isn’t yet available. All in all, it’s a coup for studio chief Brad Grey, who’s reshaped Paramount for the 21st century.

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  • January 16, 2012 | Permalink |

    If Bob hadn’t taken over Paramount in 1967, there’d have been NO 100th Anniversary photo! It would be condos or a parking lot right now! He deserved to be in the FRONT row! Hollywood and Paramount can’t give him enough credit!! ‘The Kid” will always belong ‘In the Picture!”

  • February 9, 2012 | Permalink |

    The studio paid millions of dollars to have a bunch of stars take this picture – paying for private planes to fly them in, their own stylist…you name it and Paramount paid for it. So what does the VIACOM ceo do for the employees of the studio? NOTHING!!!! the actual people to make it possible for the studio to run will not be thanked or have any type of party for them…..

  • June 6, 2012 | Permalink |

    Evans was not the only Executive in picture. Just saw close-ups of stars, etc on TV from the Vanity Fair picture and both Sumner Redstone and Vice President, Brad Gray are in the picture.

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