January 21, 2010 |
Midnight at the Sundance Film Festival is usually when most Hollywood types are just starting to party. But at this year's 26th annual showcase of independent film, many film buyers will be heading in a different direction: late-night sales screenings. The festival, beginning today in Park City, Utah, has yielded the art-house breakouts "An Inconvenient Truth," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Reservoir Dogs." Over the next 10 days, though, distributors could be less interested in potential award-winners than carnage and comedy.
October 8, 2009 |
The positive buzz about this micro-budget spectral thriller started building at a Park City, Utah, film festival, word of mouth spread quickly via the Internet, early nationwide college-town screenings sparked even more interest, and a slowly expanding theatrical release fed the flames. It's the model that made "The Blair Witch Project" a cultural phenomenon and box-office blockbuster exactly a decade ago, and it's a carefully crafted plan that Paramount Pictures is following nearly to the letter with "Paranormal Activity."
October 19, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before trying to pick some of Lance Armstrong's endorsement deals. The Skinny: Another long week is in the books. Friday's headlines include the box office preview, Wall Street's obsession with the TV season and NBC not monkeying around anymore with "Animal Practice. " Daily Dose: Sports radio personality Dan Patrick may be getting a new TV home but he's staying put on the radio, at least for now. Patrick's popular morning show had been carried on television by Fox Sports but that deal ended this week (his show will remain on DirecTV's Audience Network)
October 20, 2011 |
The third "Paranormal Activity" movie will spook its competitors at the box office this weekend. But it remains to be seen whether it can scare up more dollars than the franchise's second installment. "Paranormal Activity 3" is expected to collect $40 million to $45 million domestically, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Paramount Pictures, the studio releasing the movie, is predicting a softer debut of around $35 million. The second "Paranormal" film opened to $40.7 million on the same weekend last year.
October 26, 2009 |
Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey had an unusual message for an industry in which taking credit for the latest hit is standard practice. "Evidently we have a situation where you put one foot in front of the other every day at the studio," he said on a conference call with his senior executive team Sunday. "We all work very hard, and every once in a while you find yourself bumping over a miracle." Whatever savvy went into distribution and marketing -- and there was certainly plenty of it -- Paramount indeed has a miracle on its hands with "Paranormal Activity," a movie produced for $15,000 and acquired for $300,000 that vanquished four new pictures with combined production budgets of more than $155 million to finish No. 1 at the box office this weekend.