Entries in Paramount (3)


'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' Reaches $1 Billion Mark

Dave Hogan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Transformers: Dark of the Moon has now grossed over $1 billion in worldwide box office receipts.

The blockbuster amassed $338 million in the United States, but the majority of the film's profits came from overseas.

Transformers is the first Paramount film to earn over $1 billion. It's also the second film in a week to pass the milestone, with the final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, reaching the billion-dollar mark over the weekend.

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Sacha Baron Cohen to Star in Saddam Hussein Parody Movie

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images for MTV(LOS ANGELES) – Sacha Baron Cohen, star of the popular and controversial movies Borat and Brüno, will be returning to the big screen in a starring role in 2012. Cohen’s new movie, The Dictator, is an adaptation of Zabibah and The King, a ghost written book published in 2000 about a dictator and his people.

The film will be released by Paramount Pictures, which says the movie is "the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed." Larry Charles, who directed both Borat and Brüno, will direct this movie as well.

Cohen, 39, received much criticism for Borat, which parodied local townspeople in Kazakhstan without them realizing they were in a movie.

Paramount has set an expected release date of May 2012.

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Ryan Gosling Reveals Why He Was Fired from 'The Lovely Bones'

Photo Courtesy - WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Ryan Gosling has revealed why audiences didn't see him in last year's adaptation of the blockbuster novel The Lovely Bones: he was too fat.

The typically slender Canadian actor, who is currently promoting his buzzed about new film Blue Valentine, told The Hollywood Reporter during an actor's roundtable that he guzzled ice cream to bloat up for the role in Peter Jackson's take on Alice Sebold's bestseller.

"I was 150 pounds when [Jackson] hired me, and I showed up on set 210 pounds," Gosling said. "We had a different idea of how the character should look. I really believed he should be 210 pounds. I was melting Haagen Dazs and drinking it when I was thirsty."

The actor blames lack of communication with the Jackson for the mix up that led to his risky character work going to waste.

Gosling exited the film before production began, with Paramount, the studio behind the film, citing "creative differences" with the actor. Mark Wahlberg eventually stepped into the role of grieving father Jack Salmon.

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