Posts Tagged ‘Paramount Pictures’

star trekThe news I had heard before today was that the brand new Star Trek: Beyond trailer was supposed to be attached to Star Wars: The Force Awakens film. Now Paramount had no choice but to release the trailer after it had been leaked online which is what exactly happened to Paramount with the trailer to the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. These companies have to understand that we live in an age now where people no longer want to wait and be surprised like Christmas morning. Instead, they want to be like yours truly who sneaks into his parents bedroom (when I was a kid of course) to see if I could find my Christmas presents. It’s the age of the internet where everything leaks or at least someone is stealing something and revealing it to the world leaving studios no choice, but to release the trailers.

One thing that I am baffled about and that is why in the world would you be anxious to see this trailer? After watching the trailer myself, I couldn’t help but think that this is one I am definitely going to pass up on when it comes to the theaters. I love the fact that they used the Beastie Boys song Sabotage during the whole entire trailer, but it just doesn’t seem as great as the previous two films. This one could be a major flop, but only time will tell. The Turtles trailer was the one worth wanting to see early because that looks and promises to be better than the first film. The whole cast (Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Zachary Quinto, etc.) returns with Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella also starring in the film. There is apparently no Enterprise as it looks like it gets destroyed in the trailer and they seem to be stranded on some planet. You can take my opinion (which is exactly that just an opinion) or you can sit back, relax, and watch the trailer for yourself below:

friday the 13thFor today’s Filmfest Friday, we are looking at a classic film that may seem like it was released by a major company, but in reality it was independently made before Paramount picked it up to distribute. Not to mention that it’s also Friday The 13TH and what a better way to celebrate then watching the 1980 classic that stars Betsy Palmer (Mister Roberts). It’s been 20 years since Camp Crystal Lake has been open due to some mysterious unsolved murders that occurred at the once beloved campgrounds. The new owners of the campground now dubbed camp blood don’t understand that there’s a death curse on the campground as they get set to re-open along with some counselors until one by one they are all hunted and killed by a mysterious and violent killer. The film also stars Adrienne King (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) as Alice, Jeannine Taylor (The Royal Romance Of Charles And Diana) as Marcie, Kevin Bacon (Animal House) as Jack, Robbi Morgan (What’s The Matter With Helen?) as Annie, Harry Crosby (The Private History of a Campaign That Failed) as Bill, Laurie Bartram (Emergency!) as Brenda, Rex Everhart (Superman) as Enos, Ron Millkie (A Return To Salem’s Lot) as Officer Dorf, Peter Brouwer (Arthur) as Steve, and the film was directed by Sean S. Cunningham (The Last House On The Left).

fridayHalloween is still one of my all time favorite Horror films and it started the slasher genre, but Friday The 13TH took the genre to a whole new level and it’s been often called the first true slasher film. What I love about this film is that it started that whole mystery side of slasher flicks where you are wondering throughout the whole film just who the killer is, when is he going to strike next, and you see things from the killer’s perspective with the special camera for most of the film until they are revealed. This truly was a classic film and even though a lot of the actors didn’t do much later on, this all started the six degrees of Kevin Bacon as he starred in this film and instead of a real glimpse at the girl, you get a glimpse of his behind in this film. This film was truly special as it was one of the rarest cases of Independent films that got distribution overseas which was rare for indies. It’s funny because if you’re not thinking properly and you get asked who was the killer in Friday The 13TH you may answer the question wrong like Drew Barrymore did in Scream, but I know who it is. The film cost them just over $500,000 so they had to save some of the money for special kill scenes while leaving others to the imagination which is OK by me. There’s a website on the web that gives compares shots from the film with shots from the real town 23 years later and a lot of it hasn’t changed. The locations were perfect for this film and check out the website here. This is a classic that all horror fans should check out especially on a day like today (it’s Friday The 13TH after all). I am going to give the film an A for a final grade.

justin linApparently, the saga of the new Star Trek movie which has already lost two directors with Robert Orci being the latest to quit the project while J.J. Abrams was forced to quit due to his commitment to the Star Wars franchise. Paramount Pictures announced that Justin Lin, the man behind four sequels in the Fast And Furious franchise (He directed parts three through six) is taking the helm on the USS Enterprise. The only question at hand is how are fans of the franchise (they are diehards) going to react to the hiring of Lin. David Ellison and Skyline Prods will be producing the film alongside Abrams and Orci, but Paramount has not yet established a release date for Star Trek 3. Stay tuned here for more info as it becomes available to us.

aaApparently, some information may have been released through the recent Sony hacking incident, but it looks like Marvel Comics and Sony Pictures have come to an agreement over the use of Spider-Man in the future. While Marvel is being successful and deep in phase 2 of their Marvel Cinematic Universe, one character was a key factor in the next installment of Captain America and how they want to explore the Civil War story. Spider-Man is a very key figure in that storyline to the point that the two companies have agreed to some terms according to a source of mine. Here is what the two companies agreed to according to Nerdreport.com, “Sony had negotiated a deal with Marvel to produce the Spider-Man movies and STILL retains the production rights to the Spider-Man films and merchandise that come from it (i.e. Sony keeps profits from the black guy, blue-glowy Electro, but Marvel can keep all the profits from the white guy, yellow and green Electro). But Sony had been stingy with releasing the rights because, well, Sony wants all the money (same goes for 20th Century Fox’s ownership of the X-franchise, but that’s another article).” If this is true we could see something very special in the film so let me explain. Spider-Man apparently is one of the guys that agrees with the act where the public has a right to know the secret identities of the superheroes and he reveals himself to the public and in turn he gets a new modernized suit thanks to Iron Man. I am super excited over this news more than anything else.

Check out this trailer below to a film that is actually going to see the light of day that stars James Franco and Jonah Hill in True Story:

Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson recently shared an image of Benedict Cumberpatch in what appears to be a poster of some sort as Doctor Strange. Check it out below:

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proxyEarlier today, I reported a story about The Alamo Drafthouse choosing to show Team America: World Police in place of the since dropped release of The Interview. Well according to several news sources, Paramount Pictures plans to block any theater from showing that film. The Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas was planning to show the film, but has been forced to cancel and Paramount Pictures has not yet released a statement. Here is the tweet from The Alamo Drafthouse:

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It’s sad, but as they say another one bites the dust. The film Team America: World Police is about an anti-terror group trying to put a stop to evildoers in the world and their leader Kim Jong Il. Here is the trailer to the film:

fridayFor everyone that lives anywhere near Crystal Lake, they believe that Jason has been dead for a while and that you don’t have anything to worry about. That is until a yacht carrying some permiscious teens sends a bolt of electricity through one of the wires that literally wakes up the famed serial killer. One problem for the world is that Jason is about to leave Crystal Lake for Manhattan. You maybe asking why in the world is Jason heading to New York, well I can tell you that it is not to catch a Broadway show. You see for graduation, a bunch of teens are heading to New York by boat and Jason decides to climb aboard for some chilling mayhem. The movie stars Kane Hodder (Friday The 13TH Part VII) as Jason Voorhees, Tiffany Paulsen (Runaway Bride) as Suzi, Jensen Daggett (Major League: Back To The Minors) as Rennie, Barbara Bingham (Beyond Darkness) as Colleen, Peter Mark Richman (The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear) as Charles, Scott Reeves (General Hospital) as Sean, the very sexy Kelly Hu (The Scorpion King) as Eva, Sharlene Martin (Pure Luck) as Tamara, and Vincent Craig Dupree (South Central) as Julius.

jason 2This was always one of my favorite Friday The 13TH movies in the whole franchise and to me has one of the most amazing intros that sort of foreshadows to all the viewers where Jason will go later on in the film. Matched with an amazing song called The Darkest Side Of The Night and it’s performed by Peter Fredette and his group Metropolis. Kane Hodder was also one of my favorite actors to play Jason Voorhees in the series because he brings a certain intensity to the role. I thought the acting was superb from everyone on the set and the cinematography is great especially with the aerial views of New York City circa 1989. If you pay attention, you’ll see the twin towers right in the beginning of the film. The only thing I thought was a little cheesy about the film was some of the interactions with the young Voorhees, I could have gone without those scenes in the film. My final grade for the film is a B+

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