This year marks the 100th anniversary of Paramount Pictures. Founded in 1912 as the Famous Players Film Company, it more than lived up to its billing, claiming silent greats such as Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Gloria Swanson, and Rudolph Valentino, not to mention Cecil B. DeMille, who made all his biblical epics for the studio. In the postwar years, directors Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, William Wyler, and Jerry Lewis applied their craft at Paramount.
By the early 60s, like the other studios, Paramount was running out of steam, until wild man Charlie Bluhdorn bought it, in 1966, ushering in a new golden age under production chief Bob Evans, whose hits included Love Story, the first two Godfathers, and Chinatown. Next up was Barry Diller, who, with the help of Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg, turned Paramount into the pre-eminent “high concept” blockbuster factory, releasing cash cows such as the Indiana Jones pictures and a string of hits starring fresh faces such as Tom Cruise and Eddie Murphy. Sumner Redstone’s Viacom bought the studio in 1994. Under studio head Sherry Lansing, the company entered yet another new era, producing bigger and riskier hits such as Titanic, Braveheart, and Forrest Gump, all of which won best-picture Oscars.
As part of it’s celebration of 100 years in the movies, Paramount Pictures gathered 116 actors, directors and “suits,” to be photographed in one shot on Stage 18 of the Paramount Pictures Studio Lot, in Hollywood. Included are Tom Cruise, Chris Rock, Sean Penn, Mark Wahlberg, David Fincher, Leonardo DiCaprio, JJ Abrams, Harrison Ford, Charlize Theron, Steven Spielberg and many, many more.
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