Posted on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
We live in a strange new world. A decade ago, the mere thought of streaming a movie online seemed foolhardy and weird. Now, a major movie studio has created a YouTube channel that offers viewers the chance to watch a selection of their films for free. The Paramount Vault is here and it feels like a big deal. Never before has the ever-changing film industry made us feel like such crotchety old people. Back in our day, we had to get off the couch to watch a movie!
Check out the details of the Paramount Vault channel (and some of our recommendations) after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The Terminator franchise isn’t dead – it’s resting. At least that’s the message coming out of Skydance Productions, who had to watch Terminator Genisys take a pummeling at the domestic box office this summer. Still, there’s fight left in this ‘ol franchise and Skydance Chief Creative Officer Dana Goldberg insists that after a few weeks of recuperating at the spa and maybe a little counseling, the series will be back and ready to win over the hearts and minds of the American public once again.
Hit the jump for her full comments regarding the future of the Terminator franchise.
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Director Alexander Payne carved out his niche as a chronicler of the mundane, a filmmaker who mines comedy and drama from high school elections and road trips across the midwest. So the fact that his next movie, Downsizing, is a high-concept science fiction comedy should come as a bit of a surprise. Yet he’s the kind of guy whose low-key films rack up the Oscar nods and attract big-name talent. So, left turn genre hop or not, Downsizing has already attracted some movie stars… and the attention of a major studio.
Learn all of the details of the Downsizing Paramount acquisition after the jump.
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We already know that Transformers 5 is in the works at Paramount Pictures, and Michael Bay is in early talks to come back and direct yet again, though the filmmaker himself said they’re still working out specifics and nothing is official yet. Yet again it has also been said that this will be the last Transformers movie Bay will direct, but that doesn’t mean the franchise won’t continue after that.
In fact, Hasbro executive vice president and chief content officer Stephen Davis recently partook in the MIP Junior Conference and revealed that the writers room that was assembled over the summer for the Transformers franchise has resulted in a plan for a total of four live-action sequels, which means we’ll get Transformers sequels rolling out for the next 10 years. Read More »
Even though Arnold Schwarzenegger has touted the iconic line “I’ll be back” in the Terminator franchise over and over again, it turns out that might not end up being true after this latest round of the sci-fi film series.
This past summer, Terminator: Genisys didn’t do so hot at the domestic box office, and the future of the series was uncertain. But its performance in international markets, especially China, indicated that the franchise continuing might still be a possibility. However, a small mention of future Terminator sequels has revealed Paramount Pictures has put any future Terminator sequels on hold indefinitely. Read More »
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Pumped for The Ring 3? Sorry to break the news, but the sequel/reboot/prequel has been pushed to 2016. The film, titled Rings, is currently without a release date. F. Javier Gutiérrez‘s film has been flying far under the radar for a while now, so nobody should be shocked by this news. Learn why the film was removed from Paramount’s fall schedule after the jump.
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Ever since it was announced that Idris Elba had joined the cast of Star Trek Beyond, details on who he plays has been kept tightly under wraps. We have been told nothing more than that his character would be the antagonist of the new Star Trek sequel. But now Idris is finally talking about his role in the upcoming threequel, albeit in vague terms. Elba promises that his Star Trek Beyond villain character will have an interesting complex journey and be an groundbreaking twist on the classic Star Trek villain.
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Before Terminator: Genisys hit theaters this past summer, Paramount Pictures was hopeful that the sequel, which also functions as a franchise reboot, would be a big hit for them. The studio even scheduled two sequels to arrive in 2017 and 2019. However, when the film only rounded up a disappointing $89 million, the future of the franchise remained uncertain.
But nearly a couple of months after being released in the United States, the film hit the big screen in China where it landed $27 million in a single day, making it the 4th best opening day ever for a Hollywood movie in China, just behind Furious 7, The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Transformers: Age of Extinction.
And since then, the Terminator Genisys box office overseas has only gotten bigger, with a total that just might be enough to get a sequel for fans who are still curious to see what happens in this new Terminator timeline. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Star-studded ensemble prestige dramas might be to the fall season what superhero movies are to the summer one. Following Black Mass and ahead of The Martian comes the first trailer for The Big Short, starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt, and Ryan Gosling as four men who bet against the banks ahead of the 2008 financial crisis.
The Big Short is the first drama by Adam McKay, better known for comedies like Anchorman, Step Brothers, and The Other Guys. McKay and Charles Randolph (Love & Other Drugs) wrote the screenplay based on the nonfiction book by Michael Lewis (Moneyball). Watch The Big Short trailer after the jump. Read More »