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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...
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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)
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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December 12, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
The impending departure of Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment from Paramount Pictures would seem like a blow to the Hollywood studio, which is suffering from a perception problem. The studio is making fewer films these days, and enjoying smaller market share. However, Pitt didn't make many movies for Paramount, and the Viacom Inc.-owned company has insisted it is comfortable with a new, leaner approach to the business. "Paramount's paradigm is a different model," said Richard Walter, a professor at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television.
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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.
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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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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.
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January 13, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Sony Pictures Entertainment led all studios with four Golden Globe wins in film categories on Sunday night. The studio's haul included three awards for "American Hustle," which had been nominated in seven categories. Sony Pictures, a unit of Sony Corp., led the pack with 15 nominations in movie categories. "American Hustle" took home the awards for best motion picture, musical or comedy; best actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy (Amy Adams); and best supporting actress in a motion picture (Jennifer Lawrence)
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January 2, 2014 | By John Horn
Few who worked on - and the few who bought tickets for - "Paranormal Activity 4" were pleased with the outcome. Although the film performed fair enough in overseas markets, 2012's installment in the horror franchise was by far the worst-reviewed in the series and grossed the least in domestic theaters, just half of what "Paranormal Activity 3" took in. So the creators of the supernatural thrillers decided to sit out 2013 entirely and shake things...
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January 2, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
A low-budget, Latino-targeted horror offshoot could steal enough souls to possess the box office over the weekend. But to do so, it will have to out-draw a "Hobbit" sequel and "Frozen," which are both enjoying a strong holiday season. Paramount Pictures' "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" could gross $25 million to $30 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to those who have seen pre -release audience surveys. The movie cost about $5 million to make, similar to the last two "Paranormal Activity" films.
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.
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December 12, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
The impending departure of Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment from Paramount Pictures would seem like a blow to the Hollywood studio, which is suffering from a perception problem. The studio is making fewer films these days, and enjoying smaller market share. However, Pitt didn't make many movies for Paramount, and the Viacom Inc.-owned company has insisted it is comfortable with a new, leaner approach to the business. "Paramount's paradigm is a different model," said Richard Walter, a professor at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television.
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December 10, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Brad Pitt's film company, Plan B Entertainment, has signed a production deal with New Regency and RatPac Entertainment -- an arrangement that precipitates his company's departure from Paramount Pictures at the end of the year. The pact takes one of Hollywood's hottest and best-known production banners away from the Viacom Inc.-owned studio and aligns it with crosstown rival 20th Century Fox. Plan B's first-look deal with Paramount expires Dec. 31. The production company has been based at the studio since 2005.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll New Regency and RatPac will finance future projects from Plan B as part of a multi-year, overall deal, New Regency said in a statement Tuesday night. The company is based on the 20th Century Fox lot and has a long-term distribution arrangement with the studio.
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