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02.05.2014by: Paul Shirey

2014 Paramount Pictures preview!

Although Paramount finished in 7th place overall for 2013, they did so without any bombs, believe it or not. With a lower count of films to market, the studio was able to focus more attention on their release slate, which in turn seemed to benefit them, particularly with breakout hits like WORLD WAR Z, GI JOE: RETALIATION, BAD GRANDPA, and even HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS. 2014 has a similar "scaled back" slate, which includes a major toy robot franchise "sequelboot," a mythological god, another trip in a hot tub, a biblical epic, a found-footage time travel flick, a reboot of some heroes in a half shell, and their ace in the hole: Christopher Nolan.

Take a look at their full line-up and let us know which ones you're most looking forward to!

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (January 3)

Jesse begins experiencing a number of disturbing and unexplainable things after the death of his neighbor. As he investigates, it isn't long before Jessie finds he's been marked for possession by a malevolent demonic entity, and it's only a matter of time before he is completely under its control...

Starring: Jorge Diaz, Andrew Jacobs and Gabrielle Walsh. Directed by Christopher Landon.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (January 17)

Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

Starring: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley, and Kenneth Branagh. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Welcome to Yesterday (February 28)

A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control.

Starring: Ginny Gardner, Jonny Weston, Sam Lerner, and Amy Landecker. Directed by Dean Israelite.

Noah (March 28)

The Biblical Noah suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.

Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone, Logan Lerman, Kevin Durand, Douglas Booth, Nick Nolte, Frank Langella, and Anthony Hopkins. Directed by Darren Aronofsky.

Transformers: Age of Extinction (June 27)

A mechanic and his daughter make a discovery that brings down Autobots and Decepticons - and a paranoid government official - on them.

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Titus Welliver, Bingbing Li, and Peter Cullen. Directed by Michael Bay.

Hercules (July 25)

Having enduring his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Joseph Fiennes, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, and Irina Shayk. Directed by Brett Ratner.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (August 8)

A rebooted adaptation of the famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, about four genetically altered turtles who become ninja warriors under the tutelage of their master, Splinter. No official synopsis has been released.

Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Whoopi Goldberg, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Minae Noji, K. Todd Freeman, and Danny Woodburn. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman (BATTLE LOS ANGELES)

Paranormal Activity 5 (October 24)

The plot for the fifth entry is unknown at this time, but currently screenwriters Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark are at work on the script with Gregory Plotkin set to direct.

Interstellar (November 7)

A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Wes Bentley, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo, and John Lithgow. Directed by Christopher Nolan.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (December 25)

No official synopsis has been released, but according to sources "story centers on Corddry’s character getting into trouble and his friends firing up the hot tub time machine in an attempt to go back to the past — only to land in the future."

Starring: Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Adam Scott, Clark Duke, Gillian Jacobs, Chevy Chase, and Collette Wolfe. Directed by Steve Pink.

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8:38AM on 02/05/2014
They absolutely need to nail the martial arts side of this - get them turtles kicking ass properly and this might not be half bad.
They absolutely need to nail the martial arts side of this - get them turtles kicking ass properly and this might not be half bad.
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8:35AM on 02/05/2014
Also if that's Optimus Prime riding Grimlock - the real Grimlock would never stand for that shit.
Also if that's Optimus Prime riding Grimlock - the real Grimlock would never stand for that shit.
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8:34AM on 02/05/2014
Wahlberg plays Cade Yaeger. Not quite Cypher Raige but still a quality nonsense action hero name.
Wahlberg plays Cade Yaeger. Not quite Cypher Raige but still a quality nonsense action hero name.
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7:45AM on 02/05/2014
I am a long time Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and seeing the 1990's film in theaters when I was 6 was hands down the best theater experience of my life and I can remember it like it just happened yesterday. I'm cool with the Turtle designs seen in the leaked Toyfair photos/Toys and the Maquettes. I just want to see a trailer already! They wrapped this movie in August of last year. They have had enough time and footage to give us a solid trailer.
I am a long time Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and seeing the 1990's film in theaters when I was 6 was hands down the best theater experience of my life and I can remember it like it just happened yesterday. I'm cool with the Turtle designs seen in the leaked Toyfair photos/Toys and the Maquettes. I just want to see a trailer already! They wrapped this movie in August of last year. They have had enough time and footage to give us a solid trailer.
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3:13AM on 02/05/2014

Hmm...

First off amazing cast, a great director and a cool but vague plot makeup my most anticipated film of the Fall. I think there is more to this plot and I think Nolan and Company have something unique and surprising in-store. A Nolan Sci-Fi film is just too good to imagine and if he goes for a dark, personal Aliens style film with some cool twists this could be one of my favorite films ever!
First off amazing cast, a great director and a cool but vague plot makeup my most anticipated film of the Fall. I think there is more to this plot and I think Nolan and Company have something unique and surprising in-store. A Nolan Sci-Fi film is just too good to imagine and if he goes for a dark, personal Aliens style film with some cool twists this could be one of my favorite films ever!
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3:08AM on 02/05/2014

I think this will be fun

I have always loved TMNT but I'm not a slave to their story being so strictly followed (as long as their not aliens, that would be awful). I just want some fun, kickass action scenes with Ninja Turtles and a fun interplay between the Fab 4 and I'll be satisfied. I mean mutant turtles, ninjutsu, Whoopi Goldberg...let's just have a good time at the movies and not act like this should be some 12 Years a Slave quality masterpiece.
I have always loved TMNT but I'm not a slave to their story being so strictly followed (as long as their not aliens, that would be awful). I just want some fun, kickass action scenes with Ninja Turtles and a fun interplay between the Fab 4 and I'll be satisfied. I mean mutant turtles, ninjutsu, Whoopi Goldberg...let's just have a good time at the movies and not act like this should be some 12 Years a Slave quality masterpiece.
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3:02AM on 02/05/2014

Hate the Rat, Love The Rock

I really want to see a trailer for this...although I wish it had a different director. This could be amazing if Ratner can get some really awesome, brutal action sequences and they go hard-R. Or this could be another film that has great potential that The Rat ruins. Either way I will see it because I love The Rock, I love the plot and I love Sword and Sandal epics.

I agree with americanmoviefan, I have no idea why The Rock's face seems to be this big mystery. Maybe he will have some
I really want to see a trailer for this...although I wish it had a different director. This could be amazing if Ratner can get some really awesome, brutal action sequences and they go hard-R. Or this could be another film that has great potential that The Rat ruins. Either way I will see it because I love The Rock, I love the plot and I love Sword and Sandal epics.

I agree with americanmoviefan, I have no idea why The Rock's face seems to be this big mystery. Maybe he will have some gruesome scarring or weird facial hair, but we've all seen his face so other than that it seems weird.
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1:47AM on 02/05/2014
I'm with smacaskill, it does look like an awesome cast. And Christopher Nolan's take on a Stargate-ish concept is intriguing to see the least.
I'm with smacaskill, it does look like an awesome cast. And Christopher Nolan's take on a Stargate-ish concept is intriguing to see the least.
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1:46AM on 02/05/2014
I'm interested to see if Paramount rolls out an aggressive PR campaign to convince everybody that this won't suck.
I'm interested to see if Paramount rolls out an aggressive PR campaign to convince everybody that this won't suck.
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1:45AM on 02/05/2014
It'll definitely be better than The Legend of Hercules but doesn't look terrific either.
It'll definitely be better than The Legend of Hercules but doesn't look terrific either.
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1:44AM on 02/05/2014
The trailer seems to show more of the same. There's that "YELL THE OTHER CHARACTER'S NAME!" "OTHER CHARACTER'S NAME!" thing that Bay did a lot in The Island but hopefully he's managed to keep the camera more still this time around.
The trailer seems to show more of the same. There's that "YELL THE OTHER CHARACTER'S NAME!" "OTHER CHARACTER'S NAME!" thing that Bay did a lot in The Island but hopefully he's managed to keep the camera more still this time around.
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1:39AM on 02/05/2014
Hopefully heralds a return of the Biblical Epic as a Hollywood trend.
Hopefully heralds a return of the Biblical Epic as a Hollywood trend.
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1:38AM on 02/05/2014
Quite generic but still really entertaining, thanks in no small part to Branagh as both director and scenery-chomping villain.
Quite generic but still really entertaining, thanks in no small part to Branagh as both director and scenery-chomping villain.
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1:21AM on 02/05/2014
That's a pretty awesome cast there.
That's a pretty awesome cast there.
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1:20AM on 02/05/2014
I'll definitely be checking this out. I like every Aronofsky film save for The Fountain.
I'll definitely be checking this out. I like every Aronofsky film save for The Fountain.
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12:42AM on 02/05/2014

The Big Question:

Is it an alien movie or something else?
Is it an alien movie or something else?
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12:40AM on 02/05/2014

Seriously

What is the deal with the Rock's face? What is so special about his appearance? Is it the Rock's body with someone else's face? Like, what can they POSSIBLY reveal about his front?
What is the deal with the Rock's face? What is so special about his appearance? Is it the Rock's body with someone else's face? Like, what can they POSSIBLY reveal about his front?
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