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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.

Fox Searchlight Pick Up Amma Asante's Period Drama 'Belle' Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Tom Wilkinson

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 1, 2013 3:25 PM
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Though it went mostly underseen in the U.S. , Amma Asante's 2004 film "A Way Of Life" was one of the best debut films by a British director in the last decade. A tough, powerful Wales-set drama with a brace of deeply moving performances, it won Asante the BAFTA Carl Foreman award for best debut by a British filmmaker as well as top prizes from the London and Miami Film Festivals, and marked the writer-director as a serious talent to watch.

Sundance: CBS Films Takes 'The Words,' Fox Searchlight Tames 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' & More Acquisitions From Park City

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 23, 2012 12:21 PM
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