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'It's a Wonderful Life' sequel: Paramount promises a fight

Paramount won’t be giving any wings to a planned It’s a Wonderful Life sequel.

A studio spokeswoman said Wednesday that Paramount would fight the proposed follow-up to the 1946 holiday classic starring Jimmy Stewart as George Baily, a desperate family man who imagines what his town would be like if he’d never been born. Star Partners and Hummingbird Productions announced plans Monday to create a sequel titled It’s a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story.

Bob Farnsworth, president of Nashville, Tenn.-based Hummingbird Productions, told trade publication Variety that the film was set for release in 2015 and would star Karolyn Grimes, who played George Bailey’s daughter in the original film.

“No project relating to It’s a Wonderful Life can proceed without a license from Paramount,” the studio said in a statement. “To date, these individuals have not obtained any of the necessary rights, and we would take all appropriate steps to protect those rights.”

'Anchorman 2' superticket lets fans see Ron Burgundy's return two days early

Good news, Ron Burgundy fans! Paramount is teaming with AMC Theatres and Fandango to offer you a superticket, which includes an opportunity to see the film two days before its U.S. release Dec. 20.

Some viewers might recognize the superticket campaign from World War Z‘s similar $50 megaticket, which allowed buyers to see the film two days before its release, as well as receive an HD digital copy of the movie. World War Z‘s megaticket also included popcorn, RealD 3D glasses, and a movie poster.

The price and exact details of the Anchorman 2 superticket are yet to be released, but fans can register at Supertickets go on sale Nov. 26.

Peter Dinklage to star in raunchy comedy

Peter Dinklage is ready to get R-rated.

The Game of Thrones star has signed on to play the lead in an untitled comedy for Paramount, EW confirmed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story is about a man who goes around telling people that he’s a leprechaun. Reports state that the goal is to craft a movie that’s similar in tone to 2003′s Bad Santa, which would place it squarely in R-rated territory.


Paramount to lay off 110 employees

Viacom Inc.’s movie studio, Paramount Pictures, is cutting 110 positions worldwide in a reorganization that the company says will help it adapt to increasing competition.

Paramount Chief Operating Officer Frederick Huntsberry announced the move in a memo to staff on Tuesday.

The job reductions amount to about 5 percent of Paramount’s workforce of 2,200 and are being made across several departments including finance, international home media distribution and marketing.

Shares in New York-based Viacom rose 75 cents, or almost 1 percent, to $84.33 in regular-session trading. They tacked on another 3 cents after hours.


Third 'G.I. Joe' film in the works -- REPORT

The G.I. Joe franchise is getting the trilogy treatment, Variety reported Monday. Paramount, however, had no official comment on any plans for a third film.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation — the second installment in the successful franchise — came out of the gates strong this past weekend, earning an estimated $41.2 million domestically, and $80.3 million in foreign box office thanks in part to the 3D up charge. In its first weekend alone, the film is almost halfway to the first movie’s $302 million worldwide earnings, so it’s easy to see why the studio might be eager to immediately green light a third film. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Charlize Theron to star in crime thriller; Plus, Luke Hemsworth lands first film role, more

• Charlize Theron is attached to produce and star in a still untitled crime thriller for Paramount, which is reportedly going to be similar in tone to The Departed and End of Watch. The Killing‘s Dan Nowak is set to write the script. The Oscar-winning actress has been stacking up the projects lately, including the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road, Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places, and Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West. [THR]

The third Hemsworth has made good on his promise to restart his acting career. Luke Hemsworth will make his feature film debut in John V. Soto’s The Reckoning alongside Jonathan LaPaglia (brother of Anthony). The story will follow a cop on the search for teenagers who disappeared after capturing a murder on video. LaPaglia will play the cop, and Hemsworth will be the detective on the case. [Deadline]

• Have you heard of Brady Corbet yet? Get to know the name, if not — he already has a pretty stellar resume and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. The 24-year-old actor has appeared in Melancholia, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Funny Games, and Thirteen, and has just signed on to star opposite Benicio Del Toro and Josh Hutcherson in the Pablo Escobar pic Paradise Lost. Eat Pray Love and Life of Pi actor Andrea Di Stefano will make his directorial debut on the project, which is expected to begin filming in Panama this month. [Deadline]

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Paramount sets 'Anchorman' sequel release date for December 2013

Get ready for more bad hair, mustaches, funky leisure suits, and laughs.

Paramount Pictures has set the theater release date for the sequel to 2004′s Anchorman for Dec. 20, 2013.

Will Ferrell will be back as deep-voiced newsman Ron Burgundy, along with Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and David Koechner in the comedy directed by script co-writer Adam McKay. McKay has hinted that the sequel will have whole song sequences, and we can only imagine Ferrell’s thick Burgundy mustache fluttering in the breeze during a diva number backed by the Channel 4 News gang.

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Q&A: Francis Ford Coppola on George Lucas, an 'ambitious' new movie, and his five-film box set


Francis Ford Coppola is ready for a big picture comeback.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker, now 73, has made some of the most iconic movies of all time, from 1972 mob classic The Godfather to 1979 war epic Apocalypse Now. But as an equally humble student and lover of film, he’s recently made smaller movies with tiny budgets such as 2009’s Tetro, starring Vincent Gallo, and murder mystery Twixt, with Val Kilmer and Elle Fanning.

Coppola spoke to EW about five of his films – Apocalypse Now, the extended version Apocalypse Now Redux, Tetro, 1974’s The Conversation, and 1982’s One From the Heart — all being released as a Blu-ray box set through Lionsgate on Tuesday. With new offices next year in Los Angeles on the Paramount Pictures lot, he also revealed his plans, and mentioned a first draft script, for a new “ambitious” big budget movie set in New York, as well as what he expects of his “kid brother” director George Lucas following the Disney- Lucasfilm acquisition. With the 2007 documentary Fog City Mavericks capturing the creative, independent spark of Bay Area filmmakers such as Coppola and Lucas, a new era for both has begun.

Paramount gives the go-ahead to 'Paranormal Activity 5,' Latino spinoff in the works

Paramount has confirmed plans to continue the low-budget saga with a fifth installment set for Halloween 2013, according to Deadline.

The website also reports that a Latino spinoff of the horror franchise is in development, with the film tentatively slated for a spring 2013 release. Christopher Landon, who’s best known for penning the Shia LaBeouf thriller Disturbia, will direct the picture.


Puzo estate and Paramount head to federal court over 'Godfather' franchise


The dispute over the future of The Godfather franchise is moving to federal court in Manhattan as Paramount Pictures and heirs of the story’s author face off at a hearing Thursday. The son of The Godfather creator Mario Puzo wants a judge to end Paramount’s rights to make future Godfather films. Lawyers for Anthony Puzo said in court papers that the company breached its contract when it tried in December to stop publication of The Family Corleone, a Godfather sequel that was published in May.

Paramount, which is owned by Viacom Inc., sued the late author’s estate in March, seeking a declaration that it automatically owned book publishing rights in any book that was a sequel to The Godfather. Paramount said in court papers that in 1969, it purchased from Puzo all rights and copyright interests in The Godfather, including all “literary” rights and rights to use any characters created for the story in “other works.” Mario Puzo died in 1999. READ FULL STORY

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