Sumner Redstone: The Best Movies Paramount Made While He Owned the Studio

by Jeremy Spirogis
Sumner Redstone: The Best Movies Paramount Made While He Owned the Studio

Sumner Redstone died on Aug. 11 on the age of 97. The media mogul constructed Viacom right into a tv empire. In 1994, he purchased Paramount studios in a hostile takeover. Sherry Lansing ran Paramount from 1992 to 2004 and delivered Redstone three Academy Award winners (Forrest Gump, Braveheart and Titanic). 

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Paramount was on a roll within the ’90s and early 21st Century with films we nonetheless discuss today, or no less than that we must always. Here are among the different Paramount films launched underneath Redstone’s possession, some enjoyable stuff, thrilling motion and some different acclaimed ones. 

The ‘Brady Bunch’ Movies mixed Paramount and Viacom for Sumner Redstone

The unique Brady Bunch collection was already produced by Paramount Television, so with Redstone all of it turned a part of the Viacom household. The two films the studio made within the ’90s are among the many greatest examples of adapting traditional reveals into function movies. 

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Jennifer Elise Cox as Jan Brady | Paramount/Getty Images

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The 1995 Brady Bunch Movie transported the ’60s household into the ’90s for a satirical tradition conflict. With that established, 1996’s A Very Brady Sequel took it additional and explored extra traditional Brady episodes like Jan’s pretend boyfriend, Greg and Marcia’s lusty emotions and the household journey to Hawaii. 

‘Clueless’ would’ve made Sumner Redstone a success with the children 

1995 noticed Paramount launch maybe the definitive film of the ’90s, which simply celebrated its 25th anniversary. Clueless was a highschool adaptation of Emma that in all probability acquired extra youngsters to learn Jane Austen than the Gwyneth Paltrow film a yr later (though that was a great one too). It proved Alicia Silverstone was a film star and popularized catch phrases like “as if” and “I’m audi.”

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L-R: Stacey Dash and Alicia Silverstone | Paramount Pictures/Getty Images

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The ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise continues after Sumner Redstone 

In 1996, Paramount turned its traditional CBS TV present into an motion film franchise starring Tom Cruise. That franchise remains to be going with a seventh and eighth movie returning to manufacturing this yr.

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‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ did America and conquered Hollywood

Another TV adaptation, Paramount launched the Beavis and Butt-Head film when the collection was nonetheless airing on Viacom’s MTV. Three act construction labored for the 14-year-old slackers. In the start, their TV acquired stolen and Beavis was Cornholio by taking caffeine capsules. Thus established a cross-country street journey that culminated in Cornholio wandering by means of the White House. 

L-R: Butt-Head, Beavis | Paramount Pictures/Getty Images

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‘Breakdown’ is a smalltown thriller

Breakdown is an instance of the type of strong film Paramount may produce within the ’90s. Kurt Russell performs a person whose automobile breaks down in the course of the desert, and should rescue his spouse (Kathleen Quinlan) from the “good samaritan” (J.T. Walsh) who gave her a journey again into city. 

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Kurt Russell | Paramount Pictures/Getty Images

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The kidnappers first attempt to gaslight Russell that they by no means met him or his spouse. Then they attempt to blackmail him for ransom cash that he doesn’t have. The pressure is palpable within the city away from creature comforts and authority figures, and loads of massive rig truck chases. 

‘Face/Off’ must be the feather in Sumner Redstone’s cap

At a 2019 Q&A earlier than a screening of his Hong Kong traditional The Killer, John Woo discussed making Face/Off for Paramount. Woo stated Lansing protected him from studio notes, saying she simply wished a John Woo film. She positive acquired one and Redstone must be proud. 

Nicolas Cage and John Travolta aiming weapons at one another in a scene from the movie ‘Face/Off’, 1997. (Photo by Touchstone/Getty Images)

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Face/Off could be an superior motion film underneath Woo anyway, however what makes it actually transcendent is how significantly it takes its absurd premise. No, you’ll be able to’t truly swap faces, however in case you may, perhaps Sean Archer (John Travolta) would begin to see the great in Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage)’s household, and perhaps Troy would find yourself being a great father to Archer’s daughter (Dominique Swain). 

‘Hard Rain’ is the wettest excessive idea

When catastrophe films have been all the fad, Paramount tried to high Twister and Volcano with a flood film. They ended up with Die Hard in a flood as Christian Slater needed to evade and fend off gangs of thieves and corrupt policemen in a city flooded and evacuated. It was even known as The Flood initially however they properly went with the extra bombastic title Hard Rain

‘The Truman Show’ ought to have meant extra Oscars for Sumner Redstone

Fans and critics acknowledged The Truman Show though the Academy solely nominated it for 3 awards: Ed Harris, director Peter Weir and screenwriter Andrew Niccol. Nothing for Jim Carrey. The Truman Show premiered on the daybreak of actuality TV and has solely develop into extra prescient as individuals voluntarily doc their complete lives with out elaborate domes essential.

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L-R: Holland Taylor, Jim Carrey and Laura Linney | Paramount Pictures/Getty Images

‘A Simple Plan’ was a easy drama

Bombastic horror director Sam Raimi confirmed he may do a film with out his bag of methods. A Simple Plan is the story of two brothers (Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton) who uncover a downed treasury airplane. Their plan to maintain the cash finally ends up tearing their households and pals aside. 

L-R: Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton | Darlene Pfister/Star Tribune by way of Getty Images

‘Jackass: The Movie’ confirmed any Viacom present may very well be a film

MTV had success with the Jackass TV collection, so that they gave the gang a price range to do a film. There have been three theatrical releases, the perfect of which is the masterpiece Jackass Number Two, with a fourth on the way in which.

The second and third movies had sufficient deleted pranks and stunts to launch further spinoffs on dwelling video. Mock if you’ll, however the Jackass group put creativity and ability into each one among their foolish shenanigans.

‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’ turned a traditional rom-com

The ’90s had Sleepless In Seattle and Four Weddings and A Funeral. The ’00s had How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. It established Kate Hudson as a film star after the acclaim she obtained for Almost Famous, and solidified Matthew McConaughey as a number one man. 

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Hudson performs Andie Anderson, a journalist engaged on a narrative concerning the errors girls make to drive males away. She bets she will drive any man away in 10 days. Meanwhile Ben (McConaughey) bets he can hold any lady it doesn’t matter what. Not solely does hilarity ensue, however this elaborate rip-off reveals they really have emotions for one another. 

‘Mean Girls’ was Sumner Redstone’s subsequent ‘Clueless’

Nine years after Clueless, there was already a brand new era of youngsters who wanted their very own teen film. Mean Girls proved to be simply that. Tina Fey’s adaptation of Queen Bees and Wannabes launched the world to The Plastics (Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried and Lacey Chabert), the Heathers of the brand new millennium. 

Cady (Lindsay Lohan) was the outsider with a method into The Plastics. The movie contributed such phrases as “stop trying to make fetch happen” and pink Wednesdays to society. It additionally spawned a stage musical.

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