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Comic-Con 2014: Fox Targets Male Demo with Firth Spy Flick 'Kingsman,' YA 'Maze Runner,' and 'Hitman' Starring Quinto

Fox's presentations at Comic-Con emphasized finding new ways of being fresh and relevant, as the studio is targeting the male demo with "The Maze Runner," its young adult answer to "The Hunger Games," along with Matthew Vaughn's Bondian "Kingsman: The Secret Service," and a second adaptation of the "Agent 47" video game, "Hitman."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 26, 2014 4:49 PM
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Colin Firth and Mark Strong Spook Nicole Kidman in Trailer for 'Before I Go to Sleep'

Nicole Kidman-Colin Firth collaborations gets its middle piece in “Before I Go to Sleep.” Breaking up the biopic trend those other two follow, their next collaboration is a full-blown thriller that, as directed by Rowan Joffe (“Brighton Rock”).
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 25, 2014 2:17 PM
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First Reviews of Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight' Spell a Minor Effort

With an embargo having been lifted at midnight, the first wave of reviews for Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight” are coming fast. At first blush, it seems to follow the pattern established by Woody Allen’s later years: a highly acclaimed effort ("Blue Jasmine," in this case) finds itself followed by a slightly pleasant, ultimately airy trip.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 18, 2014 3:18 PM
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WATCH: Psychological Thriller 'Before I Go to Sleep' Gets Its First Trailer

S.J. Watson's debut novel "Before I Go to Sleep" follows a woman suffering from anterograde amnesia: each day, she wakes up with no idea of who she is and must put together the pieces from a journal she has been keeping.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 3, 2014 10:03 AM
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Why Third 'Bridget Jones' Film Is in Limbo UPDATED

UPDATE: Even though Helen Fielding's third book in the Bridget Jones trilogy, "Mad About the Boy," has seen huge first-day sales in the UK (and went on sale stateside October 15), neither Universal nor Working Title have snapped up film rights. (Working Title released the first "Bridget Jones" movie, and Universal the sequel, both worldwide hits.)
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 17, 2013 1:23 PM
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Woody Allen's Next Film Gets a Title: 'Magic in the Moonlight' (FIRST PHOTOS)

Woody Allen has given a title to his currently in-production new film: "Magic in the Moonlight." Shooting in the South of France, the project stars Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Eileen Atkins, Hamish Linklater, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver and Simon McBurney.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 15, 2013 2:32 PM
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Image Nabs Atom Egoyan's West Memphis Three Drama 'Devil's Knot,' Starring Firth and Witherspoon

Image Entertainment has tied up rights for "Devil's Knot," the Atom Egoyan true-crime thriller that debuted last month at TIFF. An all-star cast led by Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth rehash the much-publicized story of the West Memphis Three, who were wrongly sentenced for the murders of three children in Memphis.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 7, 2013 2:55 PM
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In the Works: Weinstein Company Adopts 'Paddington'; Colin Firth to Voice Paddington Bear, Nicole Kidman Joins Cast

The Weinstein Company has scooped up rights to "Paddington," the first live-action feature based on the classic children's book character Paddington Bear, created by Michael Bond in 1958. The marmalade sandwich-loving bear, to be rendered in CGI, will be voiced by Colin Firth. Nicole Kidman has also joined the cast.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 13, 2013 2:25 PM
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Review and Roundup: Weinstein Acquisition 'The Railway Man,' Starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman

The Weinstein Company recently closed a deal for US rights to "The Railway Man," starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. The film is directed by Aussie Jonathan Teplitzsky, and centers on a World War II veteran who tracks down the wartime men who tortured him. Per THR, it's a $2 million buy.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • September 12, 2013 3:38 PM
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Harvey Weinstein Cuts a Swath Through the Fall Fests, from 'August: Osage County' to Pick-Ups

The Weinstein Co. was on the move on the fall festival circuit. They unveiled hyped documentary "Salinger" to mixed response and Stephen Frears' Judi Dench vehicle "Philomena" to raves in Venice, Telluride and Toronto. They world-premiered at TIFF not only sprawling dysfunctional family drama "August: Osage County," which will factor in the Oscar race for Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and possibly even supporting stars Margo Martindale and Chris Cooper, but "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," starring Idris Elba as the South African leader, which failed to achieve take-off, the well-received "One Chance," based on the true story of a Welsh coal miner who goes on Britain's Got Talent and turns world class opera singer, and Maverick Series doc "12.12.12."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 12, 2013 3:13 PM
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