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J.R.R. 'Tolkien' Biopic In The Works, Hopefully Won't Be A Trilogy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2013 1:48 PM
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You might think the movies-about-writers genre in Hollywood is something most studios (especially these days) aren't too eager to jump on. But, we suppose things change when you can find a way to work "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" into the marketing. With those books having brought to the big screen budget-busting, runtime-stretching, popcorn-buttering blockbuster trilogies, now the man behind Middle Earth himself is going to get the movie treatment.

Alexander Payne Signs 'The Judge’s Will' With Fox Searchlight

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2013 4:54 PM
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While Alexander Payne has carved out a niche for himself as a filmmaker sharply attuned to the nuances of human relationships, he's always had a couple projects brewing that are wildly different than the milieu he's become known for. Most famously would be "Downsizing," a high-concept social satire that was to star Paul Giamatti, Reese Witherspoon and Sacha Baron Cohen, following a married couple who are low on money and decide they can have a much nicer life retiring as little people.

Cary Fukunaga Is A 'Noble Assassin' & Joe Swanberg Heads To Fox Searchlight With A New Project

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2013 8:51 PM
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Two indie filmmakers who have been hustling recent projects—Cary Fukunaga got a fist bump from Idris Elba who'll produce and star in his "Beasts Of No Nation," while Joe Swanberg's "Drinking Buddies" pushes him to his biggest audience yet—are now dipping their toes into studio waters.

Adjust Oscar Picks Accordingly: Steve McQueen's 'Twelve Years A Slave' Arrives On December 27th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2013 4:40 PM
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A film we're already predicting to be a player in the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor races in the upcoming Oscar season, and pretty much a shoo-in for the Cannes Film Festival in May, Fox Searchlight are showing they're expecting big things from the "Twelve Years A Slave" as well.

Plot Details Revealed For Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' As Fox Searchlight Pick Up The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 27, 2013 6:39 PM
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It looks like Wes Anderson is going back to a familiar home. After teaming with Focus Features for last year's "Moonrise Kingdom," the filmmaker's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" has been snatched up by Fox Searchlight who released "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and "The Darjeeling Limited." But that's the boring stuff, the good news? We now have a plot.

Sundance Hit 'The Way Way Back' Starring Steve Carell Dated For July 5th

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 25, 2013 6:58 PM
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There were plenty of breakout hits from the 2013 Sundance Festival earlier this year, but the one bought for the most money because of its potential mainstream appeal was "The Way Way Back." Starring Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry and more, the film was the directorial debut of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, the writers of "The Descendants" which won a Best Adapted Screenplay award in 2012. Off a relatively small budget, "The Descendants" went on to gross $177 million worldwide for Fox Searchlight, so when the same studio saw Faxon and Rash's latetest effort, they jumped at the chance to distribute it, putting their money where their mouth was with a hefty sum of money ($10 million reportedly).

'The Way, Way Back' Team Jim Rash & Nat Faxon Developing Drama At Fox Searchlight

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 1, 2013 2:43 PM
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One was the star of the recently cancelled sitcom “Ben and Kate,” while the other plays the sene-stealing Dean Pelton on “Community,” but together Jim Rash and Nat Faxon are the Academy Award-winning screenwriting duo behind “The Descendents.” The pair also recently hit Sundance to premiere their directorial debut (which they also wrote, exec-produced and starred in) “The Way, Way Back” (our review here) featuring Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette and Steve Carell, which was picked up by Fox Searchlight in one of the festival’s biggest acquistions. Unsurprisingly Fox Searchlight wants to stay in the Rash-Faxon business, and they’ve acquired an untitled pitch from the pair.

Sundance: Fox Searchlight Lands 'The Way, Way Back' In Big Deal, 'Austenland' Winds Up At Sony

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 22, 2013 9:29 AM
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The economy might be in rough shape, but major spending is taking place at the Sundance Film Festival. Relativity has already promised big bucks to promote Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut "Don Jon's Addiction" with a $25 million P&A commitment on top of a $4 million price tag. But Fox Searchlight may best them as they're reportedly set to pay $10 million for "The Descendants" writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash's directorial debut, "The Way, Way Back."

Tell Your Mom: There's Going To Be A Susan Boyle Biopic Now

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 23, 2012 11:30 AM
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Hey wait, Susan Boyle is still a thing? You might remember a few years ago the singer took the world by storm on "Britain's Got Talent," belting out "I Dreamed A Dream" from "Les Miserables," and bringing down the house, earning pretty much overnight success. She has since gone on to sell millions of records, pack venues for her concerts and has had a stage musical mounted about her life. And now her story is headed to the big screen.

Tell Your Parents: 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Sequel In The Works

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 29, 2012 4:39 PM
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So, you think only blockbuster tentpoles and comic book movies get sequels? Guess again. Hollywood is beginning to realize that old people go to movies too. And accordingly, more movies feature Old People Doing Stuff are getting made. Need some examples? Dustin Hoffman's "Quartet" and "Stand Up Guys" with Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin are getting Academy consideration runs. While The Weinstein Company will drop the elderly, feel good choir movie "Song For Marion" next year. And oh yeah, a little movie called "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" made $134 million worldwide this year. And now Fox Searchlight wants more.

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