April 18, 2014

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Paramount first studio to $2 billion internationally

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: If the 2011 box office were an actual foot race, Paramount Pictures would be in the lead as the studios rounded turn two.
Boosted by the performances of Michael Bay’s “Transformers” and the animated hit “Rango,” Paramount became the first studio to cross the $2 billion mark at the international box office, THR reports.
As the trade notes, this news comes just 50 days after Paramount passed $1B (on June 10). That’s largely due to the success of Bay’s sequel, which “became the first ever Paramount-produced title to cross $500 million at the international box office; as well as becoming PPI’s highest grossing international release of all-time.”
“Our team has made creating a best-in-class international operation a cornerstone of our business,” said Paramount Pictures chairman & CEO Brad Grey. “I’m grateful for everyone’s hard work across the globe that helped us achieve this milestone once again.”
Paramount’s “Captain America” is adding to the studio’s totals as we speak. The studio also has “Paranormal Activity 3” and Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin” on the horizon for later this year.
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Liam Neeson, Brooklyn Decker in early “Battleship” tease

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: How can you tell a studio has confidence in the direction of your (reportedly expensive) blockbuster? They screen a teaser nearly a year before your film is ready to open.
Peter Berg’s “Battleship,” which is based on the popular board game, won’t be in theaters until May 2012. But a trailer has been attached to “Cowboys and Aliens” this weekend, and the same clip just made its way online.
We get to see Naval recruit Taylor Kitsch romancing a nearly naked Brooklyn Decker, then be on the receiving end of a Liam Neeson verbal beat down. Then, things … change.
See for yourself HERE.
Makes it seem like Berg is angling for some of Michael Bay’s “Transformers” audience, no?
This is a small sample of what’s sure to be a big movie. I still say showing it this early means Universal likes what they are seeing out of Berg and “Battleship.” We’ll know a lot more as we get closer.
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Voltron movie announced at Comic-Con

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Move over, Transformers. Another animated franchise from our childhood that relies on robotic creatures is coming to theaters in what studio executives hope is an equally lucrative adventure.
Relativity Media announced at Comic-Con that they have optioned the right to Voltron, the 1984 cult-classic animated series that, according to a press release, centered on “five young warriors [who] are responsible for the future of the galaxy when they become pilots of a battalion of ultra-high-tech Robot Lions, powerful vessels with the ability to join together to form a fearsome mega-weapon known as Voltron.”
In the original series, the different colored lions would snap together into one massive robot. It was a combination of the Transformers and the Power Rangers. And while it only aired in the U.S. for two seasons, it has an immediate impact on pop culture.
“For nearly three decades, Voltron has captured the minds of a nostalgically loyal and rabid fan base and has long been considered a hotly-pursued project,” said Relativity Media’s President of Worldwide Production Tucker Tooley. “We are beyond excited World Event Productions and Atlas Entertainment have placed their trust and faith in Relativity to bring this coveted property to the big screen, and usher in a new generation of devoted fans.”
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Shia LaBeouf Set to Star Alongside Robert Redford

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Transformers’ actor, Shia LeBeouf has landed a role in the upcoming film adaptation of ‘The Company You Keep’. The 25-year-old will star with Robert Redford, who is acting in and directing the movie.
Producer Nicolas Chartier said in a statement to Variety magazine, “This is an edge-of-your-seat thriller about real Americans who stood for their beliefs, thinking they were patriots and defending their country’s ideals against their government,” according to Access Hollywood. “Shia plays a young journalist hunting for a former Weather Underground militant – played by Redford – who has been on the run from the FBI for decades.”
Reportedly, filming will begin in Vancouver in September.
What do you think about the upcoming flick?
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“Transformers” helps Hasbro’s Q2 profits

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Paramount isn’t the only company benefitting from the bountiful box office being earned by Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” Hasbro, the original toy line that invented Autobost and Decepticons, also is receiving a substantial boost thanks to the special-effects extravaganza.
Hasbro says Q2 profits jumped 33% thanks, in part, to Transformers sales, THR reports. Specifically, the boys division revenue jumped 96% — staggering.
“As expected, top-line momentum in our business began to build during the quarter, led by strong gains in the Transformers brand, driven by ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon,’ and Beyblade” and continued strong international growth, said president and CEO Brian Goldner.
Which makes you wonder if either Hasbro or Paramount will let this cash cow die. “Dark of the Moon” so far has earned $302 million in the States and an estimated $762M worldwide. Though Shia LaBeouf and Bay have suggested they are done with the franchise, it’s hard for a studio to walk away from a moneymaker. Just ask Warner Bros., who is saying goodbye to the profitable “Potter” series. We’ll see if “Transformers” is finished, but my guess is it isn’t … not with numbers like this.
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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Sexy New Ad

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ star, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, only wears a coat in a new ad for Burberry, which is her second campaign with the company. The model and actress reportedly has been in a relationship with English actor, Jason Statham, since April 2010.
According to Eonline.com, “The 24-year-old British beauty takes nearly all of it off in this risqué ad for Burberry’s new Body fragrance, posing seductively on the floor in the brand’s signature trenchcoat that just barely covers her assets.”
What do you think of Rosie’s modeling career?
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Weekend Box Office

HollywoodNews.com: The Autobots and Decepticons ruled the box office yet again, as the Middle East-occupation parable grossed another $47 million over the weekend. That was a drop of 54%, which was smaller than the 61% drop for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen which had the Fourth of July holiday weekend to theoretically bump it up.
It was a larger drop than the 47% second-weekend drop for the original Transformers on this same weekend back in 2007. In terms of actual dollars, Transformers: Dark of the Moon (review) had a larger second weekend than both prior Transformers pictures, despite opening slightly less than the second film ($180 million in six days versus $200 million in five days last time). It now has $261 million in the domestic till, with an international total that should be around or at $600 million today (which would be a record twelve days). It broke $500 million on Thursday, becoming the fastest film to do so in history (nine days).
While it opened smaller than the last picture, it relative quality (it is a more audience pleasing spectacle than the last) is allowing it to slowly catch up (Transformers 2 had $293 million at this point in its run). So far, it most resembles the 2004 July 4th contender, Spider-Man 2, which also had a $180 million six-day start and ended weekend two with $256 million (it ended up with $373 million). Barring a complete collapse or faster screen loss due to a crowded marketplace, the picture seems destined to pull about $390 million domestic while becoming the second film this year (after Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) to cross $1 billion worldwide. The big question is how it handles Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II, which opens next weekend and could theoretically also join the $1 billion club this year.
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This Week in Movies By Pete Hammond

HollywoodNews.com: Two debuting comedies on different ends of the audience spectrum were upstaged by autobots and decepticons as the second week of Transformers: Dark Of The Moon held on to the number one slot at the boxoffice with a drop of only 52% for $47 million. That’s impressive because an opening of the size this third edition of the Transformers franchise had would be expected to take a bigger tumble in its second weekend.
In fact the 2nd film in the series, Revenge of the Fallen did just that with a 61% dive. So good reviews, good word of mouth and of course those higher 3D ticket prices are keeping this one at Bay, so to speak. Say what you will about director Michael Bay. He knows how to deliver a blockbuster. This film should easily top the first two and ultimately be the number one grossing movie of 2011. It’s already tallied $261 million domestically and is well on its way to over a billion worldwide. With next week’s 3D juggernaut, the Harry Potter finale, in the wings expect a much bigger drop but Transformers has already proved its might.
Comedy, despite what an L.A. Times article said earlier in the week, is also still king at the box office and not an endangered species, particularly the raunchy kind exhibited by Judd Apatow’s biggest grosser ever, Bridesmaids , The Hangover Part II and now this week by the very funny, extremely crude and deliciously wicked Horrible Bosses. This perfectly cast employee revenge flick makes the most of a terrific premise and took in an estimated $28 million to place second .
The very R-rated movie also scored a nice B+ Cinemascore rating and top reviews with a 75% fresh ranking at Rotten Tomatoes. And for a change it gives co-star Jennifer Aniston a chance to do something different as she plays (to the hilt) a sexually harassing dentist who wears revealing dental smocks which trying to seduce her assistant , hilariously played by Charlie Day. The entire cast which includes a seething Kevin Spacey and an almost non-recognizable Colin Farrell as well as Jasons, Bateman and Sudeikis really shine here. Perhaps it is a bit surprising that top critics have fallen for it the way they have but funny is FUNNY and Horrible Bosses delivers. [...]

“Space Invaders” heading to the big screen

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: At least it’s not another superhero.
Instead, producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Odd Lot Entertainment’s Gigi Pritzker plan on bringing the classic video game “Space Invaders” to the big screen, THR reports. Now that they’ve optioned the rights to the title, the producers are searching for the right writer.
“Space Invaders” was a simplified point-and-shoot game from the 1980s that had no storyline, so I wonder what they’ll do for a film to separate it from something like “Skyline,” “District 9” or “Battle: Los Angeles.”
As THR notes, this is the latest in a line of ‘80s-inspired projects for di Bonaventura, who also produced the “Transformers” and “G.I. Joe” films. He’s currently working on an “Asteroids” film (also based on a video game) and a “Pet Sematary” remake.
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“Transformers” helps Paramount become first studio to $1B

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Thanks in large part to a blockbuster performance by Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” Paramount revealed that it is the first studio to reach the $11 billion mark in domestic grosses this year.
Granted, Disney can point at one film – Rob Marshall’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” – that has earned more than $1 billion on its own. But that’s worldwide.
This is the fifth year Paramount has raced, and beaten, its rival studios to the box office mark. THR reports that after “Transformers,” the studio’s top earners are “Thor” ($178M); “Kung Fu Panda” ($157.3M); “Rango” ($123.2M); “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” ($73M); and the Natalie Portman comedy “No Strings Attached” ($70.7M).
Paramount still has one more ace up its theatrical sleeve this summer as the studio prepares to unleash the potential blockbuster “Captain America: First Avenger” on July 22. Expect it to do “Thor” numbers, at worst, and “Transformers” numbers, at best.
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