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PARAMOUNT PICTURES, NEW REGENCY AND PLAN B ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE BALE, CARELL, GOSLING AND PITT COMING ABOARD “THE BIG SHORT” FROM DIRECTOR ADAM MCKAY

PRODUCTION HAS BEGUN IN NEW ORLEANS

HOLLYWOOD, CA (April 21, 2015) – Paramount Pictures, New Regency and Plan B Entertainment today announced casting for “THE BIG SHORT,” with Christian Bale (“AMERICAN HUSTLE,” “THE DARK KNIGHT” trilogy), Steve Carell (“FOXCATCHER”), Ryan Gosling (“DRIVE,” “CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE”) and Brad Pitt (“FURY,” “WORLD WAR Z”) coming aboard the project for director Adam McKay (the “ANCHORMAN” films, “THE OTHER GUYS”). The film also stars Melissa Leo (“THE FIGHTER,” “FROZEN RIVER”) and Marisa Tomei (“CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE,” “THE WRESTLER”). 

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E-Waste & Cell Phone Recycling

Each year, employees turn in hundreds of items including old VCRs, telephones, computers, televisions & other electrical equipment.  The safe recycling of these items prevent hazardous materials from entering our landfills.  In celebration of Earth Day, the Green Action Team organized a cell phone recycling drive on the lot.  Collection bins were placed at the main studio gates and food service locations, collecting dozens of old phones & chargers.

 

Green Volunteering

In coordination with the Paramount Volunteer Crew, employees spend hundreds of volunteer hours working on various environmentally friendly projects, including mulching & harvesting at a community garden, cleaning up the beach and the LA River, and planting trees at local schools.

 

Thousands of Hours Served!

Members of the Paramount Volunteer Crew give thousands of hours to projects throughout our community. These activities range from serving meals at the Ronald McDonald House to helping students complete their FAFSA(financial aid) forms; from cheering on athletes at the Special Olympics to picking up trash and leaves in a neighboring community garden.

 

The Season of Giving

Each year during the holiday season, Paramount partners with
a local non-profit organization for a holiday giving drive.  Last year, the studio joined with Aviva Center, a nonprofit that provides treatment to at-risk youth and their families.  Employees were able to “adopt” a teen girl enrolled in Aviva’s high school program.

NATIONAL WOMEN & GIRLS HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY

More than 30 volunteers, including many employees’ daughters went to Project Angel Food, to pack breakfast deliveries, make jewelry for fundraisers and decorate birthday bags for homebound clients, in honor of National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

 

NATIONAL BLACK HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY

Paramount volunteers joined the staff of AIDS Project LA in Baldwin Hills as they hosted an open house and HIV testing event in honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  While some volunteers distributed flyers and information about the clinic’s services, others welcomed guests and ushered them through a tour of the newly renovated facility. 

 

2014 AIDS Walk LA

Paramount Pictures has been a proud sponsor of AIDS Walk LA since the event’s inception in 1985, providing support and a team every year.  This year we continued the 30-year tradition with our largest team to date - 250 Paramount Pictures and Viacom Media Networks employees, their families, friends, and pups.

Thanks to a fantastic Leadership Committee, honorary captain Amy Powell and our volunteers!  Paramount raised nearly $25,000 and was, once again, named among the top ten fundraising teams.

 

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