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SACHA BARON COHEN SIGNS EXCLUSIVE FIRST-LOOK DEAL WITH PARAMOUNT PICTURES

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For Immediate Release

SACHA BARON COHEN SIGNS EXCLUSIVE FIRST-LOOK DEAL WITH PARAMOUNT PICTURES

 "The Dictator" Star Simultaneously Commits To Make His Next Original Film for the Studio as Part of an Overall 3-Year Deal with His Four By Two Films Banner

 HOLLYWOOD, CA (February 29, 2012) – Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., announced today it has signed Sacha Baron Cohen and his Four By Two Films banner to an exclusive 3-year first-look deal. Four By Two Films will be headed by Sir Todd Schulman (THE DICTATOR, BRUNO).

 As the star and studio prepare to release the comedian’s latest film THE DICTATOR on May 11th in the USA and May 16th in the UK and Ireland, they simultaneously have agreed to partner again on Baron Cohen’s next original film in which he stars.

 As part of the arrangement, Paramount has also created a development fund for Baron Cohen to generate projects in the United Kingdom to find new talent.

 "Sacha is a comic genius. A wildly talented writer, actor and filmmaker. Beyond that, he is the rare global comedy star. On behalf of all of us at Paramount, we welcome Sacha and look forward to “The Dictator” and many more great pictures for years to come," said Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures.

 The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed, THE DICTATOR is opening in the U.S. on May 11, 2012 from Paramount Pictures. Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Sir Ben Kingsley, and Anna Farris, the film is directed by Larry Charles and produced by Baron Cohen, Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer, David Mandel and Scott Rudin. The film’s executive producers are long time collaborators Anthony Hines, Dan Mazer and Peter Baynham [ALI G SHOW, BORAT, BRUNO].

 Sacha Baron Cohen is repped by WME.

  About Paramount Pictures Corporation

 Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

PARAMOUNT AND CIRQUE DU SOLEIL TO PARTNER ON “CIRQUE DU SOLEIL WORLDS AWAY”

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PARAMOUNT AND CIRQUE DU SOLEIL TO PARTNER ON ”CIRQUE DU SOLEIL WORLDS AWAY”, WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY ANDREW ADAMSON,

AND PRESENTED BY JAMES CAMERON 

 Studio to Release the 3D Event Film, Worldwide in 2012

 HOLLYWOOD, CA (January 10, 2012) – Paramount Pictures and Cirque du Soleil jointly announced today that the studio has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the Cirque du Soleil 3D feature film entitled “Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away”. Written and directed by Andrew Adamson (“Shrek,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”), and executive produced by Academy Award ® winning filmmaker James Cameron, the 3D film event features artistic and acrobatic performances from some of the most elaborate Cirque du Soleil productions.  The film was produced by Adamson, Aron Warner, Cirque’s Martin Bolduc and Ed Jones and Cary Granat. Vince Pace oversaw the 3D stereo production aspect of the film.

A number of production companies collaborated to bring the film to life.  In addition to Cirque, Warner and Adamson’s Strange Weather Productions, Reel FX and Cameron Pace Group all contributed to this groundbreaking production.

 "The coupling of filmmaker James Cameron’s groundbreaking 3D visual accomplishments and Andrew Adamson’s beautiful direction, combined with a timeless original story written especially for this movie, will make for a truly amazing moviegoeing experience for audiences of all ages " said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures.

 Said Jacques Méthé, Executive Producer, General Manager, Images, Events, Lifestyle of Cirque du Soleil, “This 3D event brings the spectator beyond what they could see at a show, it takes them on the stage. This unique point of view allows the audience to discover the artistic details of our productions and reveal the human spirit that our artists bring to the audience in their performances. Jim and Andrew have masterfully captured what a Cirque du Soleil 3D experience could offer and Paramount will present it to the world.

 About Paramount Pictures Corporation

  Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

 About Cirque du Soleil

  From the 20 or so performers the company featured when it all began in 1984, Quebec-based Cirque du Soleil has become a leading provider of quality entertainment with 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists who hail from some 50 different countries.  Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to over 100 million spectators in nearly 300 cities on six continents.  

  For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com

Spotted: Thomson and Thompson!

  

Thomson and Thompson,  the famous detectives from “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” have been spotted around London on public transport and on the London Underground. Are they on a mission and looking for clues in our city?  

Think you’ve spotted them on your way to work? Were a pair of immaculately suited gentlemen watching you through their newspaper? Look out for telltale Thomson and Thompson characteristics: a bowler hat, a thick black moustache, a newspaper with eye-holes, it could be them! 

We have information that the duo will be seen at Waterloo station from 10am on the 19th of October, followed by London Bridge at 1pm, Old St at 10am on the 20th and will be in the city until the 21st, finishing their search back at Waterloo. However, we have heard they will be seen all over London so maybe you will be lucky enough to spot them. If you see them, then send a picture to http://twitter.com/#!/tintin_uk or https://www.facebook.com/TintinAdventuresUK

Unearth hints at their location throughout the days under the hashtag #TintinLondon

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN will be released in the UK and Ireland in RealD 3D and IMAX 3D, from Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment on 26 October 2011

WOULD YOU LIKE MEET THOR & LOKI?!


MARVEL MOVIES PANEL UPDATE: Thor panel at Kapow! starring Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, featuring World Exclusive 3D footage from the upcoming summer blockbuster and a Q&A with both of the films big stars. Unfortunately, Kenneth Branagh was never confirmed to attend this event but wishes Kapow the best of luck with the event.

Chris Hemsworth who stars as Thor, Tom Hiddleston who plays villain Loki will be introducing exclusive scenes from Thor and taking part in an hour-long Marvel Movies Panel on Saturday 9th April chaired by Empire’s Chris Hewitt. This is your chance to ask the talent about the film and their experiences, plus get a glimpse at one of the most exciting comic-book superhero movies of the year.

Taking place at the Business Design Centre in Islington over the weekend of 9th & 10th April Kapow! is one event that will leave all attendees counting down the days to Kapow! 2012. Tickets are only available in advance, and can’t be purchased on the door www.kapowcomiccon.com                                            

This popular Marvel character first hit the comic-book stands in 1962 care of creators Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby. Stan Lee described Thor’s genesis, “How do you make someone stronger than the strongest person? It finally came to me: Don’t make him human — make him a god”.[1]

The epic adventure THOR spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the mystical realm of Asgard.  At the centre of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war.  As a result, Thor is banished to Earth where he is forced to live among humans.  When the most dangerous villain of his world sends its darkest forces to invade Earth, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero.

Thor will be released by Paramount Pictures, in 2D and 3D, on April 27th, with nationwide previews taking place on Easter Monday. This is one panel at Kapow! you simply don’t want to miss!!

TICKETS FOR KAPOW! CAN ONLY BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE. NO TICKET SALES ON THE DOOR

Platinum Sponsor of Kapow!

The UK’s largest video games and entertainment site IGN is the Platinum Sponsor for the event. IGN brings readers the latest news, expert reviews and exclusive previews and features from the world of gaming, film, TV and comics.

KAPOW! and IGN UK www.uk.ign.com are working together to create the ‘IGN Arena’, where top gaming studios and publishers will be giving attendees the chance to try out the latest games and exclusive first look’s at some of the biggest releases of 2011.

Gold Sponsor of Kapow!

Guinness World Records is the ultimate authority on superlative facts and record-breaking achievement.  First published in 1955, the annual Guinness World Records book is sold in more than 100 countries and 25 languages and is one of the highest-selling books under copyright of all time. Guinness World Records also publishes the best-selling Gamer’s Edition every year; a records book devoted solely to the world of computer gaming and high score record achievements.  As the arbiter of record breaking achievement, Guinness World Records will be adjudicating brand new records at this year’s KAPOW! including the Fastest production of a comic book and Most Contributors to a Comic-Book with the participation of some of the highest profile authors from the comic book industry.

Guinness World Records is proud to be supporting the KAPOW! Comic Convention, the number one UK event dedicated to comic books, the films, TV shows and games they inspire. Join us on Facebook and Twitter www.facebook.com/GuinnessWorldRecords - http://twitter.com/GWRNews

 

  1. Excelsior!: The Amazing Life of Stan Lee (Fireside, 2002, by Lee and George Mair)

A memorial video and actual burial of the SAW series to celebrate the release (today, March 7th 2011) of the final film SAW: The Final Chapter on DVD and 3D Blu-ray…. plus all the films in the SAW: Final Cut 1-7 Box-Set. 

R.I.P.