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BEN-HUR RIDES AGAIN

January 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

And lo, the return of James Bond and the Hobbit will beget the return of Ben-Hur. According to Deadline.com, the success of Skyfall and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has so raised MGM’s standing that it now plans to remake the 1959 blockbuster (a silent version, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, was also produced in […]

ICAHN GETS OUT OF THE MOVIE BUSINESS

August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

There was a time when maverick investor Carl Icahn actively backed a merger of Lionsgate and MGM. At the time he was a major stockholder in both companies. But he eventually sold his shares in Lionsgate at a significant loss, just before the studio came roaring back with a series of moneymakers, including The Hunger […]

MGM SUES TO STOP COMPLETION OF RAGING BULL 2

July 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

MGM has filed a lawsuit against 91-year-old former boxer Jake LaMotta and RB II Productions, hoping to halt further production of Raging Bull 2, a sequel to the 1980 Oscar-nominated film, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert DeNiro. The studio contends that it has an agreement signed by LaMotta, the subject of both films, […]

MGM AND UNITED ARTISTS: TOGETHER AGAIN

March 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

MGM has quietly bought back the 30 percent of United Artists that it didn’t own from Tom Cruise and his producing partner Paula Wagner and now plans to revive the banner, published reports said Thursday. In 2006, MGM formed a joint venture with Cruise and Wagner to recreate UA as a new specialty unit. But […]

NEXT BOND MOVIE TO BE TITLED SKYFALL

November 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

With a title that evokes the tradition of James Bond movies like Goldfinger, Thunderball, Moonraker, and GoldenEye — but not Quantum of Solace — the long-delayed 23rd 007 movie was officially launched at a London news conference today (Thursday). It will be called Skyfall, director Sam Mendes announced, and its stars will include Daniel Craig […]

MGM RETURNS TO MAKING CARTOONS

June 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

MGM, once the home of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera’s Tom and Jerry characters and a slew of additional cartoon creatures created by the likes of Tex Avery, Friz Freleng, and Bob Clampett, is getting back into the business of animation. Daily Variety reported that the studio will produce a feature-length animated movie, Punk Farm […]

THE HOBBIT: WHAT YOU HEARD MONTHS AGO IS TRUE

May 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

On a slow holiday news day, MGM, New Line and Warner Bros. confirmed what had already been bandied about for months: that the first of the Lord of the Rings prequels will be titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the second will be titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again. They will be released […]

DISH BUYS BLOCKBUSTER

April 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

DISH Network has become the winning bidder for Blockbuster, it announced today (Wednesday). In a statement following the auction, the satellite TV service said that its bid was valued at approximately $320 million but that after “certain adjustments” — particularly for Blockbuster’s cash and inventory — are made, DISH will actually pay approximately $228 million […]

BIEBER TO MAKE MOVIE DEBUT AS AN ACTOR — WITH ASHTON KUTCHER

March 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Justin Bieber is being paired with Ashton Kutcher to star in a “buddy comedy” from Sony Films about “a relationship between a 17-year-old and his thirtysomething self, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Thursday), citing a person who was briefed on the project. Surprisingly for a movie featuring the squeaky-clean Bieber in his first acting […]

MGM REEDITING RED DAWN TO AVOID OFFENDING CHINA

March 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In an apparent effort to placate Chinese officials, MGM is altering its upcoming thriller Red Dawn, erasing Chinese flags and other objects and substituting dialogue so that the invaders in the movie are transformed into North Koreans, the Los Angeles Times reported today. The alterations were undertaken without any official request by Chinese officials, the […]

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