It's Official: Paramount Buys Chris Rock's 'Top Five' After Frenzied Bidding War

Paramount has closed its deal for worldwide rights to Chris Rock's new comedy Top Five, capping a frenzied bidding war following the movie's Sept. 6 world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews. The studio paid in the $12.5 million range for the movie.

The deal is also said to include a marketing spend of at least $20 million.

Toronto: Chris Rock's Emotional, Hilarious Tribute to "Mount Rushmore" Joan Rivers

As Joan Rivers' friends and family mourned her death in Manhattan on Sunday, Chris Rock took some time out in Toronto to pay tribute to the comedian he refers to as "Mount Rushmore."

Review: Chris Rock's 'Top Five' is simply a comedy smash

If you were to look over Chris Rock's lengthy and impressive career you might think he peaked with HBO's "The Chris Rock Show." Or perhaps it was his string of Emmy-winning standup specials including 2008's "Kill the Messenger." Or perhaps it was as the producer and co-creator of the critically acclaimed TV series "Everybody Hates Chris." Well, happily, at the ripe young age of 49, Rock has hit a career high with his new film "Top Five," which debuted at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival Saturday night.

Toronto Film Festival to Include Films by Chris Rock and Noah Baumbach

Bill Pohlad, the film financier, directs a biopic, "Love & Mercy," about Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, who is played by both Paul Dano and John Cusack. Noah Baumbach writes and directs a story of aging and ambition, called "While We're Young." Chris Rock goes one better: He writes, directs and stars in "Top Five," about a New York City comedian-turned-movie star.

BET Awards 2014 brings in major ratings and beats out Golden Globes

Lil Wayne, John Legend, Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj, and Chris Rock all helped the BET Awards become one of the most watched award shows of the year.

According to The Wrap, the BET Awards pulled in a staggering 7.9 million viewers, besting this year’s Golden Globes, Billboard Music Awards, and People’s Choice Awards.

The Guardian Liberty Voices reported that the show even pulled in more numbers than the NBA Finals. In addition to its record-breaking numbers, it also was a huge hit on Twitter, bringing in over 11 million tweets related to the BET Awards.

Chris Rock Jokes About Solange, Donald Sterling, Hands Out Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles at BET Awards

Chris Rock hosted the BET Awards on Sunday, June 29, and no one was safe from the funny man's onstage jibes.

Rock, 49, opened the awards show in Los Angeles, which he called "the black World Cup," by joking about Solange and her notorious elevator incident with her sister Beyonce and Beyonce's husband Jay Z.

"What happened in music this year?" Rock quipped. "Well, Solange had a fight with Jay Z in the elevator. That's what happened this year."

Chris Rocks' 5 Best Jokes at the 2014 BET Awards

Chris Rock got the party started Sunday night at the 2014 BET Awards in Los Angeles.
The comedian hosted the awards show and began the evening by grilling several famous faces, and taking jabs at a few recent infamous events.
So if you weren't able to check out the show yourself, worry not, we've got you covered.
Here are the top five funniest jokes that Rock made during the evening festivities:

No One Was Safe From Chris Rock's BET Awards Monologue

by Ron Dicker - The Huffington Post Chris Rock killed it in his monologue at the BET Awards Sunday night, zinging Jay Z and "Scandal" fans, to name a few. Rock, who called the show "The Black World Cup," then took aim at Donald Sterling.

Chris Rock Riffs on Solange, Rick Ross, Donald Sterling at BET Awards

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Chris Rock excelled at Sunday night's BET Awards, with the comedian's opening monologue earning the biggest laughs of the night. The comedian touched on some of the most prominent pop culture stories – from Solange and Jay Z's elevator fight to Rick Ross' weight problem to disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Chris crashes Seth Meyer's monologue

Comedian Chris Rock surprised Seth Meyers on last night's LATE NIGHT by crashing the host's opening monologue. Check out the clip below!
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