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The last weekend in August before the Labor Day holiday also signifies the final weekend of the summer movie season at the box office. This year, the summer movie season is definitely going out like a lamb, with last weekend's winner The Hitman's Bodyguard beating out three new movies and a heavily-promoted fight screening in select theaters across the country, to take the top spot with just $10 million. In fact, the combined gross of the top 12 movies was the lowest in 16 years, since September 2001.
Box Office Mojo reports that the combined gross for the top 12 movies added up to $49 million, the first time that the top 12 failed to earn more than $50 million in over 20 years, and the worst since the September 21-23 weekend in 2001, just a few weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when the top 12 earned just $43.5 million, topped by Hardball starring Keanu Reeves, with $8 million. It's possible that, when »
Looking to ramp up production, Paramount is launching a Paramount Players Division with veteran producer and executive Brian Robbins in charge.
Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, who took over the studio in March, made the announcement Wednesday. Robbins will work with Viacom’s Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and Bet operations to generate projects while the new division focuses on contemporary properties.
Robbins founded digital media company Awesomeness and headed it up for five years. He will serve as president of Paramount Players, reporting to Gianopulos and joining the studio later this month.
Paramount has lagged behind the competition in box office returns and in creating the kind of global franchises that are prized by studios. Its top franchise is Michael Bay’s Transformers, with its latest film “Transformers: The Last Knight” opening on June 21. The studio is teamed with Tom Cruise for a sixth “Mission: Impossible,” opening July »
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Stephen Colbert will have some late-night competition tonight, after Donald Trump’s address to the joint session. Bill Maher, Kathy Griffin, Michael Moore, and Rob Reiner are joining Chris Matthews tonight as he jumps into late-night fray. The special edition of MSNBC’s Hardball will air at midnight Et. Matthews made headlines Monday when he wondered, on his program, why anyone believes what Trump says after his years as head of the birtherism movement – during which… »
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