Friday, November 4, 2016








Since landing the top job a decade ago, Paramount Pictures chairman-CEO Brad Grey generally let his former vice chairman Rob Moore be the public face of the studio.
No longer. Grey has fully emerged from the cloisters of his executive suite after Moore was ousted in late September. On Oct. 27, Grey hosted a footage presentation for press in New York City highlighting a crowded slate of five movies Paramount will release between now and Dec. 31, as well as teasing 2017 titles.
A similar event was held Nov. 2 on the Melrose lot in Los Angeles, where Grey again assured the studio is in turnaround mode after a disastrous run at the box office, pronouncing that the new leadership at parent company Viacom, now led by Shari Redstone, has “invigorated” everyone at the studio. (Shari Redstone, Sumner Redstone's daughter, says she is a Grey supporter.)
It’s out of the ordinary to stage such a gathering for the media, save for CinemaCon and fan extravaganzas such as Comic-Con. “These are five very worthy movies and I wanted to acknowledge them, and be loud about it,” Grey told The Hollywood Reporter at the post-footage reception in L.A.
Marketing and releasing so many movies in such a short period has its challenges, even when accounting for an impressive roster of stars and directors. Only one of the five tilles is a broad commercial play —  ensemble comedy Office Christmas Party (Nov. 9). And while Paramount has limited financial exposure on many of the titles, it could use positive box-office headlines as Grey tires to cement his standing in the new world order at Viacom, which is mulling a merger with CBS.
On Nov. 11, Paramount launches director Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi movie Arrival, starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. The movie, which made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, boasts a 100 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Prerelease tracking suggests the film, being sold as a smart adult drama, will debut to $16 million domestically over the Nov. 11-13 weekend. Sci-fi is a tough genre, and the studio is counting on strong word of mouth to fuel a sustained run in theaters.
Paramount paid $20 million for North American rights to Arrival; the rest of the $50 million budget was financed independently.
Grey’s studio and GK Films partnered on director Robert Zemeckis’ Allied, a World War II-related drama starring Brad Pitt — who has longtime ties to Grey — and Marion Cotillard. Early tracking suggests the movie will open to $20 million over Thanksgiving weekend.
“Zemeckis isn’t a money-in-the-bank director anymore, and the subject matter might skew old,” says MKM analyst Eric Handler, adding that Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce could also have an impact on the film. (It remains to be seen whether Pitt does full-court press for the movie.)
On Christmas Day, Paramount opens the Denzel Washington-directed Fences, based on the Broadway play of the same name. The studio is making a major awards push for Fences, which sees Washington and Viola Davis reprise their stage roles.
Martin Scorsese’s Silence is likewise hoping for awards attentio, as is Arrival. Silence remains a question mark, since the filmmaker is still working on a final cut. Paramount will open Silence in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 23. (Scorsese is another Grey ally.)
While Grey has always been a key player when it comes to talent relationships, he's now involved in the day-to-day running of Paramount in a way he hasn’t been before, since Moore oversaw marketing and distribution, along with other divisions. “What’s different for me is that I have eight more directs and am basically now running four or five divisions. I was delighted to take them on,” Grey told THR.
But Wall Street analysts aren’t entirely convinced all is squared away on the Paramount lot. “The studio needs new leadership. You can’t struggle for this long and not wipe the slate clean,” says Rich Greenfield of BTIG.
With a potential CBS and Viacom merger looming, sources say Grey hasn’t spoken with CBS chief Les Moonves about what would happen if the union was blessed, although the two have known each other for years.
Insiders add the old regime at Viacom made life tough for Paramount by slashing overhead and blocking Grey from making strategic acquisitions, such as buying Marvel Studios, which had a distribution deal with Paramount when Iron Man became a runaway box-office hit. When Grey's efforts were thwarted, Disney stepped in and bought Marvel, resulting in a superhero ending for Disney chief Bob Iger — not Grey.







7 comments:

  1. Fussy do you think Brad agreed to do Allied because of the friendship of Brad Grey?
    Apparently Brad Grey was in a complicated time. Because Angelina and Brad already came to an end of year and beginning of year with busy schedules.
    They promoted in November By The Sea and The Big Short.
    2015
    War Machine
    Principal photography on the film Began in mid-October 2015 in London.
    First They Killed My Father
    We saw at the Angelina Set in November 2015 but saw Angelina in several trips to Cambodia before November.

    2016
    War Machine
    In January we saw photos of Brad filming in Paris a few scenes.
    First They Killed My Father
    Angelina finished filming in February. (But still have all of post production work to do).

    War Machine
    Principal photography on the film Began in February 2016 in London. [3] In May 2016 scenes Set in Casablanca Were shot in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands.
    At first some still had doubts if the film would be in 2016 or postponed to 2017. But in the situation that Brad Grey is he apparently wanted to have the highest number of films for the end of the year.

    And then he took the decision to postpone War Machine to 2017, was claimed it was for Brad have more time to divulge Allied (and look where Brad is, who would have thought it would be like this).

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    1. I put the wrong name that is part of ALLIED not War Machine

      ALLIED
      Principal photography on the film Began in February 2016 in London. [3] In May 2016 scenes Set in Casablanca Were shot in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands.
      At first some still had doubts if the film would be in 2016 or postponed to 2017. But in the situation that Brad Grey is he apparently wanted to have the highest number of films for the end of the year.

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    2. Brad did Allied as a favor to his friend Brad Grey but also his agent insisted on him as the script of Knights and Zemeckis was too good to miss pas over.
      Just my opinion but I just don't get any good vibes from this movie,no chemistry with the leads as much as the studio tries, still don't see it and Brad looks quite older ,bored and worn out and Marion is like a robot and that plummy English accent is too plummy.It will make money from all this publicity but I very much doubt its a classic movie.

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  2. In 2015 it was when Angelina officiated: partnership -with Dalton and Helic

    Since Then, the trio have set-up a partnership - called Jolie Pitt Dalton Helic - to work on issues ranging from women's rights to refugee issues, health, education, international justice, and violence against women. "We Have Been officially working together for a year and are very much looking forward to continuing our joint efforts on our shared international interests," Jolie Pitt tells PEOPLE.

    I think they had become more complex and increasing responsibilities. They are not like most actors who filming in the United States, their movies always involve locations in other countries, already have all the work with the UN. 6 children ,Angelina as a director,Brad as a producer,Both as actors..... I think they forgot a little of both as a couple. Angelina was lucky that she was more time with the kids. I think Brad was more alone while shooting his movies, maybe then he began to abuse drink

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  3. Bia, I think Brads shoulder injury and maybe medication and alcohol didn't help things on top of million projects on the go.I think they just slipped in letting work take more priority than themselves. Let's hope they realise this now and it comes out in their counselling sessions and they can take break from work and concentrate in themselves and their family only.

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    1. Agree with the injury & medication along with alcohol that would definitely not be a good mix. He has wore that tape for several months so there is no telling how bad it could be.

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    2. I think Brad was wearing KT tape which is not necessarily indicative of serious pain and injury. "KT (Kinesiology Therapeutic) Tape is a strong, elastic athletic tape that reduces muscle pain, increases mobility, and enhances athletic performance." You can check it out on Amazon

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