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McKellen Almost Turning Down "The Hobbit"

We’re all pretty excited to see the big-screen version of The Hobbit when the first third of the film hits theaters later this year.But would we have been excited if one of the major players from…

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Garfield, Webb Back For More "Spider-Man"

Andrew Garfield will sling webs and James Webb will direct the next installment of The Amazing Spider-Man. The actor and director joined on the franchise’s reboot this summer which did well enough at the box office to warrant a sequel.  The first film offered hints of a longer narrative and Webb said he saw his […]


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Dorn Cast in "Castlevania" Movie

Actor Michael Dorn is teaming up with his Next Generation co-star Marina Sirtis for the upcoming movie based on Castlevania. Dorn will play a werewolf in the film. Castlevania is a movie that Marina got me involved with. It’s based on a video game. People have been trying to get this thing done for a long […]


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"Trek" Sequels Gets A Title

While we don’t have official confirmation on who the villain is in the upcoming Star Trek sequel, we can tell you the film’s official (for now) title. Are you ready for this? It’s Star Trek Into Darkness. No colon between Star Trek and Into Darkness either. Paramount hasn’t officially announced the title yet, but they […]


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Jason Momoa to play werewolf villain in Wolves

The film will be the feature directorial debut for X-Men writer David Hayter.

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Paramount To Keep Leader Who Revived Star Trek, Transformers

It’s been nothing but prosperity for Paramount Pictures since Brad Grey took over. And so there’s no surprise that the studio is going to keep him right where he is.

Grey, who among other things pushed for the successful revival of the Star Trek franchise under J.J. Abrams, extended his deal with Paramount to lead at least through 2017. Grey took over right as Viacom was splitting up its film and television units to create Paramount and CBS Television as separate companies. He also decided to undo efforts to have Emmy-winning writer Erik Jendresen write a Star Trek film prequel, and instead lured Abrams in to create a reboot featuring Kirk, Spock and McCoy.

Grey started producing television in 1986 with talent manager Bernie Brillstein to create Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, launching with the early Fox hit “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show.” He would gain prominence in later years for his company’s work on HBO hits like “The Larry Sanders Show” and “The Sopranos,” and would survive a later legal batter with Garry Shandling who claimed Grey took writers off his programs to use elsewhere without compensating the comedian. The two would settle out of court.

Since 1995, Paramount has made $22.5 billion at the box office, according to The Numbers. However, that finishes fourth behind Warner Bros. ($28.6 billion), Walt Disney Pictures ($26.8 billion) and Sony Pictures ($24.3 billion). Yet, Paramount has surged in recent years.

In 2009, Paramount finished third in box office with $1.46 billion behind Warner Bros. ($2.13 billion) and Twentieth Century Fox ($1.461 billion). Yet, it achieved that through far fewer movies, averaging $91.3 million. Warner Bros. averaged $59.2 million while Fox averaged $63.5 million.

Paramount moved up to second in 2010 with $1.72 billion, behind the $1.88 billion from Warner Bros. Yet again, Paramount averaged more success with its films, averaging $96 million each while Warner Bros. averaged $58.6 million.

This year, through last weekend, Paramount is clinging to the box office lead with just a few weeks left. It has grossed $1.74 billion, ahead of the $1.66 billion from Warner Bros. Although Warner earned a box office-leading $381 million from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,” Paramount continues to dominate on average box office for each picture. Paramount is grabbing $82.8 million per release while Warner Bros. is managing with $44.8 million.

Grey’s goal in the next five years is to remove its dependency on partnerships with other studios to create hits, and instead developing or continuing its own ideas. That will come into clear view as the Marvel deal slowly fades, as well as jobs with Dreamworks.

Paramount countered the departure of Dreamworks animation by creating its own animated film, “Rango.” While domestic box office fell short of the $135 million budget for the film, the $123 million take showed that Paramount could create CGI products without Dreamworks.

( Via Airlock Alpha )

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Steven Moffat says Yates Who movie would be ‘a heathen thing to do’

After breaking our hearts into a million tiny pieces yesterday with his announcement that Amy and Rory are leaving Doctor Who next year, Steven Moffat may have just made up for it (but only a little) by confirming again that that David Yates’ Who movie reboot is not gonna happen on his watch, calling the whole project “a heathen thing to do” and a “heresy.”

Those were the exact words Steven Moffat used while he and Who star Matt Smith were guests on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Richard Bacon Show earlier today.

The question of that controversial Doctor Who movie “reboot” being planned by Harry Potter director David Yates came up again, and this is what Moffat said:

David (Yates) was talking a little out of turn, there; a very, very brilliant director but no the film as described by him, of course we’re not going to do that—a film that contradicts the television series, it would be a heathen thing to do … I would be ‘beheaded’ to do such a thing!

It would be wonderful to do a Doctor Who film, but when and if we did—and hopefully we will be doing it—it will be very much an offshoot of the television series and we’ll be part of it, and it will star the television Doctor, of course—anything else would be heresy!

Heresy indeed! We’re definitely on the side of Steven Moffat on that subject: A Doctor Who movie should be an offshoot of the beloved sci-fi TV series. You just can’t brush aside almost 50 years of intricate and rich, colorful storytelling just like that.

Don’t you agree?

(via Doctor Who News)

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Report: Jason Momoa cast in new Stallone film

The Atlantis actor will reportedly play the bad guy in the action film based on the graphic novel series The Killer.

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Pegg: More Paul?

In a recent interview to promote the DVD and Blu-ray release of Paul, Simon Pegg discussed the possibility of a sequel to the sci-fi comedy.

Pegg and Nick Frost have already been mulling over the idea of a sequel and what it would take to make that sequel. “The reason I would make a sequel to Paul,” said Pegg, “and I’m sure Greg (Mottola) would probably agree, is because, ultimately, I don’t do my job for anybody but myself.”

The experience of making Paul was something that was very enjoyable for Pegg and he would like to revisit the experience. “The product of what I do is important, but the of making Paul was so much fun,” said Pegg. “I got to work with some amazing people, in an amazing place, and we had an amazing three months. It was life-changing, and I’d love to do that again. If we could think of a story that was absolutely justifiable, that was worth doing, I would do it again, but for that reason, so I could have that experience again and enjoy working with people, the camaraderie and the friendship.

“People often forget that there is a process that exists in film-making. It’s not just the product, there is the process of making a film, which is incredibly enjoyable. The product is the result of that, which everybody sees, but it’s not always why you do it. There is also the product of that, which is fame, which is really why you don’t do it. The chance to work with those people again would be wonderful.”

A story idea for a sequel to Paul has already crossed the minds of Pegg and Frost, but to pull it off, it would mean they would require a bigger budget for the sequel. “Nick and I have this idea that we had out on the way to Area 51 that was really funny,” said Pegg. “It was like oh, this could be great. It would cost an absolute fucking fortune. If it involved more than one Paul, it would mean that we’d have to have twice that budget again. The idea was it was called Pauls. Again, it was like From Dusk Til Shaun, that title is so good we have to make that film.”

Last week, Paul was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK and will appear on American store shelves  on August 9th.

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No Shatner in Star Trek 2

According to the man himself, William Shatner won’t be seen in next year’s Star Trek 2.

Answering a fan question at the Calgary Expo in Canada, Shatner admitted that he would again not be in a J.J. Abrams Trek film. “I’ve been an acquaintance of J.J.,” he said. “But I’m afraid no, no, I will not be in Star Trek 2.”

Shatner is still keeping busy though, with books, documentaries and guest appearances on TV shows. His new book, Shatner Rules: Your Key to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large, will release in October. The Shatner-produced The Captains will air next month and Shatner will be a guest star on an episode of the USA comedy Psych, where he will play a con man father of a detective.