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February 12, 1995 | LISA RESPERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wanda Sapp often visited movie sets to watch her daughter perform stunts. She never dreamed she'd watch her daughter die. Sapp and two of her other children were present in November, when Sonja Davis fell to her death while working as a stunt double on the upcoming Eddie Murphy film "Vampire in Brooklyn." The family is suing Paramount Studios and Eddie Murphy Productions for $10 million, alleging that the film crew failed to provide proper safety equipment.
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April 22, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
When the dust settled at the box office this past weekend, two biblical-themed films found themselves at opposite ends of the top 10: The modestly budgeted family drama "Heaven Is for Real" earned an impressive $22.5 million to debut in the No. 2 slot, and Darren Aronofsky's Old Testament epic, "Noah," took in $5 million over its fourth weekend, putting it in the No. 9 spot. In a year when religious movies are fruitful and multiplying, "Heaven" and "Noah" represent two very different examples of Hollywood courting Christian audiences, and together they demonstrate some of the potential rewards and risks of doing so. "Noah" has proved by far the most controversial biblical-themed movie this year, and in the months leading up to its release, it came under fire for taking artistic license with Scripture.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Paramount Pictures is laying off 110 workers at its Los Angeles and international offices as the company streamlines its business operations. In a memo to employees, Paramount's chief operating officer, Frederick Huntsberry, said the staff cuts would primarily hit the company's finance, human resources, information technology, international home media distribution, legal and marketing departments.  "Change is always difficult and we never take...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
A red-white-and-blue-clad superhero will dominate the box office this weekend, with "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" poised to score the biggest debut of 2014 thus far. The latest effort from Disney's Marvel Studios is likely to generate $90 million or more in ticket sales through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys.  "The Winter Soldier," the $170-million 3-D sequel to 2011's "Captain...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting into baseball playoff mode. The Skinny: I'm still trying to get through the second episode of NBC's "The Blacklist. " I do like James Spader, but I'm not sold on the show yet. Wednesday's headlines include layoffs at Paramount Pictures and a producer's accusation that Warner Bros. and Clint Eastwood stole his movie idea. Daily Dose: CBS has tapped John Orlando to fill the large shoes left by Martin Franks, who had overseen the broadcasting giant's lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
As it celebrates its 100th birthday, Paramount Pictures is enjoying a lazy summer. The Hollywood studio famous for its giant gates on Melrose Avenue and such pictures as "Sunset Boulevard,""The Godfather"and"Transformers"is in the midst of a three-month-plus period during which it has no new releases, the longest such lull for any major studio in the last decade. And with no self-produced tentpoles this year, it's virtually certain to end up No. 7 in the box-office rankings, an embarrassing outcome for a studio regularly grouped among Hollywood's "big six. " The precipitous drop from No. 1 in 2011 has been caused in part by the delay of three planned 2012 releases to next year.
BUSINESS
February 28, 1998 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Paramount Pictures took the plunge into the specialty film business Friday, saying it is starting a new division to be headed by former Fine Line Features President Ruth Vitale and former Fox Searchlight executive David Dinerstein. Paramount is the latest--and one of the last--of the major Hollywood studios to get into the business, whose films, until just a few years ago, were relegated to "art house" theaters and generated little in the way of box-office revenue.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2005 | Claudia Eller
Actor Brad Pitt, as expected, moved his Plan B production company from Warner Bros. to Paramount Pictures, now headed by his former producing partner and manager Brad Grey. Grey and Pitt founded Plan B along with actress Jennifer Aniston, who has filed for divorce from Pitt. Although the company is now solely owned by Pitt, Aniston will continue to be involved in a number of Plan B projects remaining at Warner.
NEWS
February 13, 1986
A man who rented out his vintage jet for the filming of the television show "MacGYVER" filed suit against Paramount Pictures and producer Henry Winkler, claiming they cut the plane up without permission.
BUSINESS
June 22, 1993
Moving Up: Wayne Lewellen has been named president of distribution for Paramount Pictures' motion picture group. He will report to Barry London, president of worldwide distribution. Lewellen already oversees domestic distribution for the studio. His new duties will include working with United International Pictures, Paramount's joint-owned foreign-distribution arm. David Gross has left 20th Century Fox as vice president of international marketing and distribution.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Moviegoers were not afraid to hop on Noah's ark this weekend -- and share their opinions after the credits rolled. Director Darren Aronofsky's “Noah” met studio expectations, generating an estimated $44 million in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to Paramount Pictures, which released the film. Though moviegoers gave "Noah" an average grade of C, according to polling firm CinemaScore, the audience in one packed AMC theater in Santa Monica gave the film a standing ovation at the end. “At first I thought maybe we walked into the wrong movie -- it was a little cheesy of a start,” said Astacia Christenson, 36. “But it worked out because you got into the characters, there was some good acting and the story picked up and got more interesting.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Darren Aronofsky's "Noah," from Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises, pulled in $1.6 million in ticket sales in the United States and Canada from Thursday night showings, according to studio estimates. The $130-million Old Testament epic, starring Russell Crowe as the title character, debuted in about 3,000 theaters before launching its full 3,500-theater run on Friday.  A $1.6-million take is slightly more than the $1.4 million that Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" generated from its Thursday evening bow last October.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
An Old Testament epic will storm theaters this weekend with hopes of attracting a boatload of moviegoers.  Director Darren Aronofsky's $130-million-budgeted "Noah" is expected to generate around $40 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Paramount Pictures, which is releasing the film, has predicted a softer gross of $30 million to $33 million. An opening in the projected range for the special effects-heavy, big-budget disaster film - starring Russell Crowe as the biblical boat-builder - will almost certainly make it the No. 1 movie at the domestic box office.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014
The Writers Guild of America, West handed out its awards Saturday evening, with "Her" taking the honors for original screenplay and "Captain Phillips" winning for adapted screenplay. Below is a full list of winners and nominees. Screen nominees: ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY "American Hustle," written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell (Columbia Pictures) "Blue Jasmine," written by Woody Allen (Sony Pictures Classics) "Dallas Buyers Club," written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack (Focus Features)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Paramount Pictures reiterated to exhibitors this week its plans to embrace the digital format, but added that it would make exceptions for some movies. "In keeping with the digital direction of the studio's exhibition partners, we have moved forward with the conversion to primarily digital projection," Rob Moore, vice chairman of Paramount Pictures, wrote in a letter to exhibitors on Monday. "This resolve follows the successful release of Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-nominated film 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' and it is the first Paramount feature to be released nationwide entirely in digital.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
In a historic step for Hollywood, Paramount Pictures has become the first major studio to stop releasing movies on film in the United States. Paramount recently notified theater owners that the Will Ferrell comedy “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” which opened in December, would be the last movie that would it would release on 35-millimeter film. The studio's Oscar-nominated film “The Wolf of Wall Street” from director Martin Scorsese is the first major studio film that was released all digitally, according to theater industry executives who were briefed on the plans but not authorized to speak about them.
BUSINESS
February 6, 1990 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The scramble for the largest available film studio account in the nation ended on Monday when Paramount Pictures handed the bulk of its estimated $60-million to $70-million advertising business to the Los Angeles office of Ogilvy & Mather. Ogilvy's Los Angeles office will split a portion of the business with the giant firm's New York office.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube could book a victory at movie theaters this weekend as their new buddy cop comedy "Ride Along" takes aim at last week's victor "Lone Survivor" and the new contender "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. "   The $25-million "Ride Along," from Universal Pictures, marks the first leading role for comedian Hart, who plays a video game-obsessed security guard trying to impress his girlfriend's brother, a rule-bending Atlanta detective played by Cube. The new movie could gross $38 million to $40 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada through Monday, likely making it the No. 1 film over the four-day Martin Luther King Day weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
With the stranded-in-space adventure “Gravity” and the 1970s-set con artist romp “American Hustle,” Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures Entertainment led all studios in the Oscar nominations on Thursday. Movies released by Warner Bros. -- boosted by Alfonso Cuaron's “Gravity” and Spike Jonze's futuristic love story “Her,” both up for best picture -- earned a total of 21 nominations, while films from Sony, including “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips” and “Blue Jasmine,” are also up for 21. The awards will be presented on March 2 at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center and will be telecast on ABC. “Gravity” and “American Hustle” tied as the most-nominated films at 10 apiece.
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