Here is a first look at the return of iconic series Behind the Music, coming soon to Paramount+.
The groundbreaking and prolific documentary series is set to return with several new episodes and the best of the vault remastered and updated for today’s audiences with artist interviews, a creative refresh and reimagined visual style. The premiere date will be announced in the near future.
The following talent will be showcased on the reimagined Behind the Music: Jennifer Lopez, LL Cool J, Ricky Martin, and Huey Lewis.
Paramount+ will offer two pricing tiers for U.S. subscribers. The premium one, costing $9.99, will include “the full depth and breadth of live sports, around-the-clock news programming and world-class entertainment spanning Paramount+ originals to an expansive suite of current and library shows and movies.” This option will become available when CBS All Access relaunches as Paramount+ on March 4.
In June, Paramount+ will launch a second, ad-supported tier. This one, costing $4.99, will feature “Paramount+ originals, marquee sports content including championship-level soccer and NFL programming, breaking news through CBSN, and an extraordinary collection of content, including the full suite of current and library CBS shows available on demand.” The current $5.99 plan will no longer be available for new subscribers after that. However, existing CBS All-Access users can still maintain their “grandfathered access” if they remain subscribed.
Both Paramount+ subscription options will include “enhanced curation and discovery, personalized homepages, content categories, and central hubs for ViacomCBS’ brands.” They will also come with parental control capabilities and allow for as many as six individual profiles.
During its Investor Day event this week, Paramount+ announced it will debut new series adaptation of the films Fatal Attraction, Flashdance and The Italian Job, along with Love Story and The Parallax View. The streaming service is also working on a Grease prequel show titled Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies and The Offer, a drama series that will tell the behind-the-scenes story of the making of The Godfather.
Mission: Impossible 7, A Quiet Place Part II and more upcoming Paramount Pictures releases will be available to view at home sooner than expected.
Those films will debut exclusively in theaters as planned. However, the studio has newly shortened the amount of time they will play exclusively on the big screen. After 45 days, new Paramount theatrical films will land on the budding streaming service Paramount Plus.
Currently, Mission: Impossible 7 is scheduled to release in theaters on Nov. 17 and A Quiet Place Part II is set for Sept. 17.
The announcement was made during ViacomCBS’ investor day on Wednesday. The presentation was orchestrated to hype up Paramount Plus, which launches on March 4. The platform, a rebrand and expansion of CBS All Access, will have to compete with a glut of streaming service offerings, including Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus.
The highly anticipated streaming service, Paramount+, will launch in the U.S. on Thursday, March 4, 2021.
ViacomCBS’ existing subscription video-on-demand and live streaming service, CBS All Access, is being rebranded as Paramount+ as part of the service’s expansion to feature content from ViacomCBS’ leading portfolio of broadcast, news, sports, and entertainment brands.
Where CBS All Access was originally focused on CBS and internet-only originals, the new offering includes shows from a host of ViacomCBS channels such as as Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, MTV and the Smithsonian Channel, as well as Paramount’s movie library.
Netflix has successfully acquired the rights from Paramount Pictures to produce the long-in development fourth installment to the 1984 action-comedy Beverly Hills Cop with Oscar nominee Eddie Murphy set to reprise his role as Detective Axel Foley. Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the first two films alongside the late Don Simpson, has also signed on to return for Beverly Hills Cop 4 as a producer in behalf of Paramount Pictures.
This marks the second collaboration between Murphy and the streaming service, who have recently put out the comedy biopic Dolemite Is My Name. The deal also includes an option on a Beverly Hills Cop 5.
Beverly Hills Cop was directed by Martin Brest from a script written by Daniel Petrie Jr. It followed the story of street-smart Detroit detective Axel Foley, who went to Beverly Hills, California to investigate the murder of his best friend Mikey, played by James Russo. The film also starred Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher and Ronny Cox. It also earned two Golden Globe nominations including Best Picture and Best Screenplay and was the highest-grossing film in 1984 with a gross of $234 million.
Disney and Paramount Pictures have announced they have reached a marketing and distribution agreement for the Indiana Jones franchise.
Under the arrangement, Disney gains marketing and distribution rights to future films, in addition to retaining its current ownership rights which it secured when it acquired Lucasfilm. Paramount will continue to be responsible for distribution of the first four films in the franchise and will receive a financial participation on any future films that are produced and released.
George Lucas had last discussed a potential fifth big screen outing for Henry Jones, Jr. back in 2011, suggesting that a story was already in place, but that the film was still in need of a MacGuffin. A term popularized by Alfred Hitchcock, a MacGuffin refers to a narrative element that drives the story forward.
The Indiana Jones series is famous for making the MacGuffin the object of Jones’ search. In Raiders of the Lost Ark it’s the Ark of the Convenant, in Temple of Doom it’s the Sankara Stones, in The Last Crusade it’s the Holy Grail and, most recently, in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, it’s the skull itself.
Although Disney will distribute any new entries in the franchise, Paramount retains the distribution rights to the first four films.
Paramount Pictures and Regal Entertainment Group are bringing Brad Pitt’s highly anticipated film “World War Z” in RealD 3D to audiences in five cities across the U.S. ahead of its worldwide theatrical release with a first-ever exclusive World War Z Mega Ticket movie package.
Packages include one adult ticket to an advance RealD 3D showing of “World War Z” at participating theaters on Wednesday, June 19th at 7:30 p.m. and a small popcorn, one HD digital copy of the movie when it becomes available, one pair of “WORLD WAR Z” collector’s custom RealD 3D glasses, and one official full-size limited-edition movie poster, while supplies last.
“Regal is pleased to offer this ultimate fan event at five locations in conjunction with our partners at Paramount Pictures. The interest and anticipation for Brad Pitt’s latest thriller is at a fever pitch and this ‘World War Z Mega Ticket’ offers a unique experience for our patrons,” stated Ken Thewes, chief marketing officer for Regal Entertainment Group.
Los Angeles: Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 IMAX & RPX
Houston: Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24 & RPX
San Diego: Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
Atlanta: Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX
Philadelphia: UA King of Prussia Stadium 16 & IMAX
The film is already receiving early critical raves, with Peter Travers of Rolling Stone saying, “It’s everything you want in a blockbuster – smart, shifty, and scary as hell.”
“World War Z” revolves around an ex-United Nations investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. The film stars Pitt, Mireille Enos and James Badge Dale.
Paramount Pictures has debuted the new teaser trailer for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
The sequel, directed by Adam McKay, stars Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Meagan Good, Harrison Ford, Greg Kinnear, Josh Lawson, Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson and Nicole Kidman.