HOLLYWOOD, CA -- Paramount Pictures announced today the studio has crossed the $1 billion mark at the domestic box office, making it the first studio to accomplish the milestone this year. This marks the fourth year in a row that Paramount was the first studio to cross that plateau. Something no studio has done before. The studio currently holds the top spot in market share, with box office gross generated from five movies released thus far in 2010.

Based on figures through June 28th, Paramount has distributed four of 2010's top ten grossing films. The year got off to a strong start with the Martin Scorsese thriller Shutter Island earning $128 million in the U.S., and also becoming the highest world-wide grossing film for the acclaimed director. Paramount followed with a string of strong releases, including Marvel Studio's Iron Man 2 ($306.9M) and DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon ($215.4M) and Shrek Forever After ($229.4M).

"This milestone reflects the hard work of so many people," said Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. "I especially want to thank Rob Moore, Frederick Huntsberry, and Adam Goodman. We are all so proud of our teams, how they have worked together as well as with our partners. This commitment, coupled with the terrific creative talent we are in business with - Michael Bay, JJ Abrams, Martin Scorsese, Jon Favreau, Jeffrey Katzenberg and his DreamWorks Animation - have made these results possible."

"We are all incredibly gratified to have achieved this again in 2010 and for our fourth year running," said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures. "We have released six films in the past four years which have surpassed $300 million domestically. As we look back, we're proud of what our team has accomplished. As we look ahead, we're excited at our prospects for the remainder of the year."

Paramount's upcoming releases include M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender in 3D on July 1st, Grease Sing-A-Long, whose rollout begins July 8th, and Jay Roach's Dinner For Schmucks on July 30th.

 

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HOLLYWOOD -- Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amélie, shot by Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC,has been named the best-shot film of 1998-2008 in a recent online poll conducted by American Cinematographer (AC) magazine.

"This is a real honor for me, especially considering the other movies in this list," says Delbonnel. "These are some of the finest cinematographers, and I'm not sure I deserve to be among them, but I am very happy to be. They are all explorers."

The poll is a follow-up to one published in 1999 by AC, in honor of the American Society of Cinematographers' 80th anniversary; that vote covered the best-shot movies of 1894-1997. For the new poll, ACasked its international audience of subscribers to nominate 10 films released between 1998 and 2008 that they believed had the best cinematography. A final ballot listing the 50 most popular nominees was then posted on the ASC website, and the final vote was open to the public. More than 17,000 people around the world participated. The Top 10 results are:

1. Amélie: Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC (2001)
2. Children of Men: Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC (2006)
3. Saving Private Ryan: Janusz Kaminski (1998)
4. There Will Be Blood: Robert Elswit, ASC (2007)
5. No Country for Old Men: Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC (2007)
6. Fight Club: Jeff Cronenweth, ASC (1999)
7. The Dark Knight: Wally Pfister, ASC (2008)
8. Road to Perdition: Conrad L. Hall, ASC (2002)
9. Cidade de Deus (City of God): César Charlone, ABC (2002)
10. American Beauty: Conrad L. Hall, ASC (1999)

"The wealth of great cinematography during this 10-year period was truly staggering, and the variety and scope of this Top 10 is the tip of the iceberg," says Michael Goi, president of the American Society of Cinematographers. "What's immediately evident is how international the craft of cinematography truly is, and how the ASC embraces these artists as its members, regardless of their geographical locations or the budgets they work with. It's all about the power of the moving image to tell stories."

The 40 other nominees placed as follows:

11) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Deakins); 12) Tie: In the Mood for Love (Christopher Doyle, HKSC, and Mark Li Ping-bin) and Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo Navarro, ASC); 13) The Lord of the Rings trilogy (Andrew Lesnie, ASC, ACS); 14) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Ellen Kuras, ASC); 15) Gladiator (John Mathieson, BSC); 16) The Matrix (Bill Pope, ASC); 17) The Thin Red Line (John Toll, ASC); 18) The Diving Bell and The Butterfly (Kaminski); 19) Slumdog Millionaire (Anthony Dod Mantle, BSC, DFF); 20) Tie: Eyes Wide Shut (Larry Smith, BSC) and Requiem for a Dream (Matthew Libatique, ASC); 21) Kill Bill (Robert Richardson, ASC); 22) Moulin Rouge (Donald M. McAlpine, ASC, ACS); 23) The Pianist (Pawel Edelman, PSC); 24) Hero (Doyle); 25) Black Hawk Down (Slawomir Idziak, PSC); 26) O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Deakins); 27) Babel (Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC); 28) Lost In Translation (Lance Acord, ASC); 29) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Peter Pau, HKSC); 30) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Claudio Miranda, ASC); 31) The Man Who Wasn't There (Deakins); 32) The New World (Lubezki); 33) Sin City (Robert Rodriguez); 34) Atonement (Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC); 35) Munich (Kaminski); 36) The Prestige (Pfister); 37) Memoirs of a Geisha (Dion Beebe, ASC, ACS); 38) The Aviator (Richardson); 39) Zodiac (Harris Savides, ASC); 40) The Insider (Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC); 41) Gangs of New York (Michael Ballhaus, ASC); 42) Tie: Brokeback Mountain (Prieto) and The Fountain (Libatique); 43) The Fall (Colin Watkinson); 44) The Passion of the Christ (Caleb Deschanel, ASC); 45) Snow Falling on Cedars (Richardson); 46) House of Flying Daggers (Xiaoding Zhao); and 47) Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Eric Adkins).

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The official release from the CFTC:

Washington, DC - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission today found that the terms and conditions of the proposed Domestic Box Office Receipts futures contract on the motion picture The Expendables submitted by the Cantor Futures Exchange do not violate the Commodity Exchange Act or the Commission's Regulations thereunder.

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Unfortunately for Cantor, the decision comes as Congress is set to squash any trading on box office receipts.

 

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Source: Deadline.com

Alice Eve is now reportedly in talks to join the cast of Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class as the character of Emma Frost. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender have already signed on to play Professor X and Magneto, respectively.

Eve has had a busy year. She starred opposite Jay Baruchel in She's Out of My League, and she also had a supporting gig in Sex and the City 2.

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