(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co has gained marketing and distribution rights for any future "Indiana Jones" films under an agreement with Paramount Pictures, the studio that released the first four movies in the blockbuster franchise. Paramount, a unit of Viacom Inc, will retain distribution rights to the original four films, the companies said in a statement on Friday. The "Indiana Jones" movies were produced by Lucasfilm, which Disney acquired in 2012. Disney has not announced plans for a fifth "Indiana Jones" movie, though the new deal could make it easier to move forward on a new installment.
The electric guitar Bob Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, when the acoustic troubadour shocked traditionalists with a set of rock and roll, sold for $965,000 on Friday, a world auction record for a guitar, Christie's said. The 1964 Fender Stratocaster, along with five song lyrics left on a private airplane by the songwriter and his band in the months after the Rhode Island festival, were part of six lots in a special sale of Dylan material in New York. An absentee bidder bought the Fender Stratocaster with a classic sunburst finish, its original case and black leather guitar strap for nearly double its high pre-sale estimate. The previous auction record for a guitar was for Eric Clapton's Fender Stratocaster, which fetched $959,500 in 2004.
(Reuters) - "Pirates of the Caribbean" producer Jerry Bruckheimer has reached a three-year deal that gives Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures first-look rights for his films, months after the filmmaker and Walt Disney Co ended a two-decade partnership. The deal starts in April 2014, the studio and Bruckheimer said in a statement released on Friday. Bruckheimer partnered with Don Simpson in the 1980s to produce hits for Paramount such as "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Top Gun," two of the studio's 30 highest-grossing movies of all time, according to the Box Office Mojo website. In the 1990s, Bruckheimer started a long-running partnership with Disney that produced 27 films including the blockbuster "Pirates" franchise and summer 2013 big-budget mega-flop "The Lone Ranger." Disney and Bruckheimer announced in September they were ending their deal, though the producer will still work on a new "Pirates" film and a "National Treasure" sequel for Disney.
(Reuters) - An 18-year-old accused of stealing a rooftop panel from the wrecked Porsche in the crash that killed "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker was in custody on Friday, Los Angeles sheriff's officials said. Jameson Witty was arrested at his home in Los Angeles on Thursday, and a second suspect was arranging to turn himself in, authorities said. On the day of the November 30 crash, someone using the Instagram service handle "jamesonwitty" posted photos of a portion of the roof of a red Porsche and wrote, "Piece of Paul walkers (sic) car, took it off a tow truck at a stop light." It was not immediately clear whether the photos were genuine, but sheriff's deputies arrested Witty after searching his home. Walker was a passenger in a fiery one-car crash in Santa Clarita, California, about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles, that also killed 38-year-old driver Roger Rodas over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Evangeline Lilly couldn't say no to playing Tauriel, a not-in-the-book addition to the film "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." The "Lost" alumna had just given birth to her first child when the role came around, and so it should come as no surprise that when she was on set, her motherly side came out around her boss, director Peter Jackson. Evangeline shared the tale when Access Hollywood asked her on Tuesday about Peter's fun quirks she noticed on set.
The Dubai International Film Festival opened on Friday, promising a strong selection of Arabic-language feature films and documentaries, among them the award-winning Palestinian movie "Omar". Hollywood stars Cate Blanchett and Martin Sheen attended the opening of the festival. kicking off with a screening of Hany Abu Assad's Omar, the first-ever Palestinian film to be tipped for an Oscar. The enthusiastically-received tale of love and betrayal in the Israeli-occupied territories received a jury prize in the "Un Certain Regard" category -- a closely-watched category for provocative films or follow-up works by emerging directors -- at the Cannes festival.
While "X-Men: Days of Future Past," the new installment of the saga, is scheduled to hit the big screen in 2014, Professor X, Magneto and Wolverine will return to the silver screen in 2016. Producer Bryan Singer took to Twitter (@BryanSinger) to inform the fans himself, writing: "#Xmen #Apocalypse 2016!" The name "Apocalypse" hints at the mutant revealed in the comic books in 1985. No details were revealed about how Apocalypse will be introduced into the movie franchise.
By Jill Serjeant NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. television was alive with "The Sound of Music" on Thursday as country singer Carrie Underwood and "True Blood" actor Stephen Moyer starred in a live version of the classic musical about an aspiring nun who falls in love with an Austrian captain. Filmed on vast movie sets and with lavish costumes but without an audience, the NBC television broadcast harked back to the traditions of the 1950s and 1960s when live musicals were often shown on American television. Thursday's three-hour show was based on the 1959 stage version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein show rather than the Oscar-winning 1965 musical starring Julie Andrews. After heavy promotion for weeks, the live broadcast was the No. 2 topic on Twitter on Thursday, behind the death of South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela.