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Rudin corrals 'Old Men' yarn for Paramount

7 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Scott Rudin will produce an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's upcoming novel No Country for Old Men for Paramount Pictures. McCarthy is the critically acclaimed author of such Western-themed novels as Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West and the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, which was adapted into a movie starring Matt Damon in 2000. Old Men, a noir thriller set in West Texas, tells the blood-soaked tale of a man on the run with a suitcase full of money being pursued by a number of individuals. It is scheduled to hit bookshelves via Knopf in August. The prolific Rudin exec produced Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, which opens Dec. 17. He also has been involved in Team America: World Police, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Closer, I Heart Huckabees, The Village, The Manchurian Candidate and The Stepford Wives. McCarthy is repped by ICM. »

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Rudin corrals 'Old Men' yarn for Paramount

7 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Scott Rudin will produce an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's upcoming novel No Country for Old Men for Paramount Pictures. McCarthy is the critically acclaimed author of such Western-themed novels as Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West and the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, which was adapted into a movie starring Matt Damon in 2000. Old Men, a noir thriller set in West Texas, tells the blood-soaked tale of a man on the run with a suitcase full of money being pursued by a number of individuals. It is scheduled to hit bookshelves via Knopf in August. The prolific Rudin exec produced Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, which opens Dec. 17. He also has been involved in Team America: World Police, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Closer, I Heart Huckabees, The Village, The Manchurian Candidate and The Stepford Wives. McCarthy is repped by ICM. »

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Penn Explains 'Team America' Letter

29 October 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar winner Sean Penn has defended his decision to write a letter to filmmakers Matt Stone and Trey Parker, objecting to their satirical puppet movie Team America: World Police. The Mystic River star became enraged when the pair - also responsible for animated TV series South Park - jokingly encouraged Americans not to vote. Penn then fired off his letter, which he ended with the words "f**k off". The 44-year-old actor's anti-war views are parodied in the film, but Penn claims not to be bothered by this. He explains, "I just saw a guy who told people not to vote and I thought it was stupid." Stone and Parker have previously expressed their satisfaction at the publicity Penn's outburst afforded their movie. »

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'Shark' teeth too sharp for 'Team'

18 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Even though the debut of the puppet-driven Team America: World Police from Paramount was thought to have an edge at the boxoffice this weekend, in the end it was DreamWorks' Shark Tale that was pulling the strings. The computer-animated Shark Tale easily held the top spot for the third consecutive weekend and is only the second film to do so this year -- along with Newmarket's The Passion of the Christ. Shark Tale devoured $22 million to grab first place, slipping 40% in its telling third weekend, according to Monday's final figures. The family-friendly feature has collected an impressive $118.7 million in 17 days. Universal's Friday Night Lights was in the second spot for the second successive weekend, scoring $12.2 million. The football-themed drama, starring Billy Bob Thornton and helmed by Peter Berg, has grossed $37.8 million after 10 days. Matt Stone and Trey Parker's R-rated Team America was tracking strongly heading into the frame, and some industry sources felt it had a good shot at usurping Shark Tale for the top spot. But when the smoke cleared, the comedy placed third with $12.1 million. »

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'Shark' teeth too sharp for 'Team'

18 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Even though the debut of the puppet-driven Team America: World Police from Paramount was thought to have an edge at the boxoffice this weekend, in the end it was DreamWorks' Shark Tale that was pulling the strings. The computer-animated Shark Tale easily held the top spot for the third consecutive weekend and is only the second film to do so this year -- along with Newmarket's The Passion of the Christ. Shark Tale devoured an estimated $22.1 million to grab first place, slipping a meager 29% in its telling third weekend. The family-friendly feature has collected an impressive $118.8 million in 17 days. Universal's Friday Night Lights was in the second spot for the second successive weekend, scoring an estimated $13.1 million and holding up well with a moderate 35% drop. The football-themed drama, starring Billy Bob Thornton and helmed by Peter Berg, has grossed an estimated $38.7 million after 10 days. Matt Stone and Trey Parker's R-rated Team America was tracking strongly heading into the frame, and some industry sources felt it had a good shot at usurping Shark Tale for the top spot. But when the smoke cleared, the comedy placed third with an estimated $12.3 million, far from the $18 million-to-$20 million figure that had been bandied about late last week. »

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'Shark' teeth too sharp for 'Team'

18 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Even though the debut of the puppet-driven Team America: World Police from Paramount was thought to have an edge at the boxoffice this weekend, in the end it was DreamWorks' Shark Tale that was pulling the strings. The computer-animated Shark Tale easily held the top spot for the third consecutive weekend and is only the second film to do so this year -- along with Newmarket's The Passion of the Christ. Shark Tale devoured $22 million to grab first place, slipping 40% in its telling third weekend, according to Monday's final figures. The family-friendly feature has collected an impressive $118.7 million in 17 days. Universal's Friday Night Lights was in the second spot for the second successive weekend, scoring $12.2 million. The football-themed drama, starring Billy Bob Thornton and helmed by Peter Berg, has grossed $37.8 million after 10 days. Matt Stone and Trey Parker's R-rated Team America was tracking strongly heading into the frame, and some industry sources felt it had a good shot at usurping Shark Tale for the top spot. But when the smoke cleared, the comedy placed third with $12.1 million. »

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'South Park' Creators Upset Over Puppet Sex Censorship

8 October 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have won a censorship battle with officials at the Motion Picture Association Of America (MPAA) after their new puppet film was slapped with a "ridiculous" NC-17 rating. The duo knew their new racy Thunderbirds-type film Team America: World Police would be met with some opposition but they were outraged when MPAA bosses came back with their harshest rating. Parker reveals the censorship chiefs were most upset with one scene showing two puppets making love and another featuring a puppet likeness of United Nations weapons inspector Dr Hans Blix being eaten alive by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's sharks. Parker fumes he was particularly upset with censorship surrounding the sex scene, because, in making the necessary cuts to get an R-rating, he and his partner have turned the scene into a smutty love-making mess. He says, "We just have a love-making scene, not a sex scene, where the two puppets fall in love... They're not anatomically correct and we did the thing that all kids do and the MPAA's like, 'Well, they can't do this.'" Stone adds, "The puppets did make love for about three and half minutes, now it's just a cheap one-night stand." »

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Parker and Stone: 'Team America' Is Not Anti-Bush

7 October 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have ridiculed suggestions their forthcoming film Team America: World Police was designed to persuade voters against re-electing US President George W. Bush in next month's election. The $32 million puppet movie mocks celebrities including Michael Moore, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, and anti-war actors Sean Penn, Alec Baldwin, Tim Robbins and George Clooney - but doesn't single out Bush for special treatment. And Stone hopes controversial Team America: World Police, which is released in the US on October 15 and features hardcore puppet sex, won't influence how the American public votes. He tells website Pagesix.Com, "If anyone walks out of this movie, or a Michael Moore movie, thinking about voting a certain way, then they're f**king stupid and shouldn't be voting. If this movie makes you think that much, then you're too weak-kneed to vote." »

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Reined-in puppet love earns an 'R'

6 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Puppet love lives in Paramount's Team America: World Police, though the film's creators have had to trim back the movie's puppet sex. According to Paramount Motion Picture Group vice chairman Rob Friedman, filmmakers Matt Stone and Trey Parker received an R rating Tuesday for their political satire that features a cast of marionettes. The rating comes after a drawn-out battle with the MPAA's ratings board over a scene that depicts simulated sex between puppets. The board initially gave the film, which centers on an international police force fighting global terrorism, an NC-17 rating. But because of contractual obligations that require the filmmakers to deliver an R-rated product to Paramount, the production team submitted the scene with various alterations to the board 10 times before it agreed to an R rating. »

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Par's 'Failure' is an option for Dey

1 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Putting Failure to Launch squarely on the fast track, Scott Rudin Prods. and Paramount Pictures are in negotiations with Shanghai Noon helmer Tom Dey to direct the film. Paramount acquired the project, written by the veteran TV showrunners Tom Astle and Matt Ember, in July. The comedy centers on a thirtysomething guy who begins to suspect that his parents actually set him up with the love of his life in an attempt to get him to finally move out their home. Rudin is putting the finishing touches on his project Team America: World Police, which opens Oct. 15. The latest in a steady flow of Rudin projects released this year, it follows The Manchurian Candidate and The Village. It remains unclear which project the prolific producer will focus on next. Rudin was due to go into production today on the Owen Wilson-Natalie Portman starrer The Smoker. But the project was pushed back after helmer Richard Linklater committed to direct another Paramount project, The Bad News Bears. Dey is repped by Endeavor. »

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Shocking 'Thunderbirds' Spoof Movie

22 August 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have made a shocking Thunderbirds spoof movie - featuring graphic scenes of puppets having sex. The controversial duo hope to spark controversy with the big-budget Paramount movie, Team America: World Police which mocks President George W. Bush's pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and has already been given an adult rating by US film censors. Stone explains, "Watching puppets discuss life and death issues is just funny." Parker adds, "See it before passing judgement." The British Board Of Film Classification says, "Terrorism is not funny. We need to see this film before making any decision as to what certificate it is given." The controversial movie will hit cinemas worldwide this autumn. »

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