Another Spongebob Movie To Spearhead Paramount’s New Animation Efforts

Sponge Bob is coming back to the screen. WOO HOO!!!by Keith Davidsen, Source: Bleeding Cool.com

How is Spongebob Squarepants doing these days? I still feel fondly towards the little… square… sponge… but I certainly haven’t seen his show in some time. The last time I met an actual, professed fan of the show was a good number of years ago, and I think that young man has probably doubled his age since then, which is to say, I’d expect he’s now about nine years old.

But the signs are that Spongebob is still a draw as Paramount (a Viacom subsidiary, it will soon become relevant to know) are planning to put him at the forefront of their new animated movie drive. Continue reading

1st Men in Black 3 trailer is full of secrets, lies and time travel

Here comes men in black 3By Marc Bernardin, Source: Blatr.com

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are at it again: cracking wise, frowning intently and giving the Earth-based alien community a run for their money. So, how do our favorite government employees acquit themselves in this third Men in Black outing, almost 10 years after the last?

This trailer is very cagey—it gives the barest tease of a time-travel plot—but that’s because it can afford to be: People are going to see Men in Black 3 because of their nostalgia for Agents J and K. And that’s exactly why all we’re getting are flashes of shiny tech and snippets of scenes that echo those in director Barry Sonnenfeld’s first two films. Continue reading

Why did Paramount kill new Trek shows from Shatner and Frakes?

No new ST seriesWe haven’t seen Star Trek on TV since Enterprise ended in 2005, and we had to wait four years until Trek came back into our lives in the form of J.J. Abrams’ successful movie reboot of the venerable sci-fi franchise. But did you know there were a few attempts to bring back Star Trek to television that were literally crushed?

In an interview with UGO, Jonathan Frakes—who played Cmdr. William T. Riker, Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s (Patrick Stewart) first officer on the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation and four movies, made some startling revelations about a couple of proposed Star Trek TV series ideas that Paramount ended up rejecting.

“I had a Star Trek that I developed for TV, and we were told in no uncertain terms that they said no to [a] Bryan Singer television Star Trek, they said no to a William Shatner television Star Trek. They feel at CBS/Paramount that they don’t want to make the same mistake that’s been made before, which was watering down the brand by having a TV show and a movie. That’s what happened with Star Trek: Nemesis, and that’s why I think Star Trek: Enterprise didn’t last the way they expected to.”

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That long-awaited, big-screen movie version of Dune is DEAD

No Dune for the forseable Future

After four years of development, the plug has been pulled on the latest attempt to bring Frank Herbert’s classic novel Dune to the screen.

Deadline reports that with the rights to the material about to revert back to its owners after four years, Paramount Pictures has decided to cut its losses and give up on a new big-screen version of the book, which has been filmed twice already as a 1984 movie and a 2000 Syfy miniseries.

Richard P. Rubinstein, who owns the film rights to Dune, said, “Paramount’s option has expired and we couldn’t reach an agreement. I’m going to look at my options, and whether I wind up taking the script we developed in turnaround, or start over, I’m not sure yet.”

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John Scalzi’s epic novel Old Man’s War heading to the big screen

John Scalzi’s epic science fiction novel Old Man’s War is coming to the big screen, and has a big name attached to direct it.

Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures has bought the rights to Old Man’s War, the first in a four-book series by Scalzi, and has attached Wolfgang Petersen as the director. Petersen’s last film, 2006′s Poseidon, didn’t exactly rock anyone’s boat, but the man’s previous credits include both blockbusters and solid action thrillers like Troy, The Perfect Storm, Air Force One, In The Line of Fire and the classic World War II German submarine drama that put him on the map, Das Boot.

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Marvel unleashes EPIC long-awaited Thor trailer!

Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures just released the new teaser trailer for Thor—and it’s epic!

The movie, directed by Kenneth Branagh, arrives in theatres on May 6th, 2011 and stars Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder, Anthony Hopkins as his father Odin, Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Natalie Portman as Thor’s human love interest Jane Foster. Thor will be shown in converted 3D, which we hope is done well, and 2D in selected theatres (we just might go for that ourselves).

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Thor is as mighty as I expected

Sands Of Time Running Out For New ‘Dune’

Bye Bye Dune?

The long-in-development remake of science fiction classic Dune may soon be added to the list of Hollywood blockbusters that never came to fruition.

According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures will lose the rights to develop a new movie based on Dune if it doesn’t have a production start date nailed down by next spring. That’s because the holders of the rights to the Frank Herbert novel—the Herbert estate and ABC—will not grant the studio another extension to its option.

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