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November 28, 2009

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter)Consumers beamed up “Star Trek” in droves during its first week in stores, enough to make the summer box-office hit the top home-video seller and renter.

“Star Trek” easily topped both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart and Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week ended November 22. The film sold an estimated 5.7 million discs its first week out, according to Home Media Magazine market research — a figure that includes all of North America as well as the rental market.

First-week Blu-ray Disc sales are pegged at 1.1 million.

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November 04, 2009

After being dumped in theaters this past September, the Chris Pine (Star Trek) thriller Carriers is coming to rental DVD on December 8, 2009 from Paramount Home Entertainment. A full DVD release is yet to be announced, but is expected in 4 to 6 weeks after the release. Determined to escape a deadly virus, four teens set out in search of an uncontaminated refuge. As they travel across the decimated landscape of America, they encounter a truth far more horrifying than the virus they are trying to survive.

Co-starring Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly), Emily VanCamp (“Brothers & Sisters”), and Emmy®-nominee Chris Meloni (“Law and Order: SVU”) CARRIERS is a terrifying journey into a world where laws and rules no longer apply, and no one can be trusted – not even your friends. The film was written and directed by Alex & David Pastor.

The CARRIERS DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, Spanish 5.1 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles. The DVD will be available for sale four to six weeks after its rental street date.

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November 02, 2009

It’s been over a year since we heard that Ben Affleck and his Gone Baby Gone writing/producing partner, Sean Bailey, nabbed the rights to bring the novel The Blade Itself to the big screen. Contrary to popular belief, just because news about the film isn’t flooding the Internet, doesn’t mean development has come to a halt. In fact, we’ve learned that progress has been made on the hush hush.

According to Pajiba, Star Trek’s Chris Pine signed on to star in the film in May, but as of six weeks ago, his status changed from starring to attached. Pine is scheduled to meet with the film’s top directorial candidate before sealing the deal. As for the director, Pajiba says the individual set to rendezvous with Pine is not Affleck.

If Pine does sign on to star, the role will be a great departure from Star Trek’s James T. Kirk. The Blade Itself is based on the Marcus Sakey novel about a pair of young friends, Danny and Evan, who commit a slew of petty crimes together until something goes horribly wrong. Years later, we meet the boys again who have grown to lead completely different lives. Danny has a family and a successful career but Evan is an ex-con with a vengeance. Danny is forced to do whatever it takes to protect the ones he loves from his dark past.

Don’t think Pine can hack it in a gritty crime film? Check out Bottle Shock. It’s as far from a crime film as you can get, but it does show the guy is versatile. He’ll be putting that resourcefulness to good use in the coming years. Since the release of Star Trek, Chris has signed on to a handful of projects. There’s The Art of Taking Money, Unstoppable and, most recently, buzz about Pine becoming the new Jack Ryan. Maybe if all goes well with The Blade Itself, Affleck will give him some tips on portraying iconic CIA agent.

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November 01, 2009

Bleiberg Entertainment has acquired international rights to writer-director Ryan Craig’s Small Town Saturday Night starring Chris Pine and will launch the film at AFM.

Pine led the cast in J J Abram’s summer hit Star Trekand stars here as an aspiring musician struggling to choose between following his dream of becoming a rock star and staying behind with the woman he loves. John Hawkes and Brent Briscoe add support.

“Chris Pine always brings a fantastic charisma to his roles and this film is no exception,” Bleiberg’s head of acquisitions Nicholas Donnermeyer said. “It’s great to see his charisma shine through as it has in Star Trek and Bottle Shock.”

Roman Kopelevich negotiated the deal on behalf of Bleiberg Entertainment with Kevin Iwashina of IP Advisors and Alan Grodin of Weissman, Wolff, et al on behalf of producers Charlie Mason and Justin Moore-Lewy.

Mason and Moore-Lewy are currently in production in Atlanta on the family film The Greening of Whitney Brown starring Aidan Quinn, Brooke Shields and Kris Kristofferson.

Beverly Hills-based Bleiberg Entertainment’s recent productions include Kirot and Paul Schrader’s Adam Resurrected with Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe.

Pine’s upcoming projects include Tony Scott’s Unstoppable opposite Denzel Washington and the lead role in the next Jack Ryan project for Paramount.

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AN: The American Film Market Festival begins on November 4th and runs until November 11th in Santa Monica, California.

October 22, 2009

You guys can help Chris become an official nominee for THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2010. We fans now have the power to determine the nominees for the annual awards show. Below are the links to vote for Chris to ensure he makes the cut to be a nominee!

The top five nominees in each category will be revealed at the People’s Choice Awards annual press conference on November 10, 2009. Only those announced on November 10th have the chance to win a People’s Choice Award on January 6th, 2010.

Favorite Action Star
Favorite Breakout Movie Actor
Favorite Franchise
Favorite Movie
Favorite On Screen Team

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