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'Fantastic Four' Has a Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Miles Teller and Jamie Bell

Fox's 2015 reboot of "The Fantastic Four" has found its four leads. Per Deadline, none of this is absolutely set in stone, but it's looking likely that: Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale Station") is Johnny Storm the Human Torch; Kate Mara ("House of Cards") is Sue Storm the Invisible Woman; Miles Teller ("Whiplash") is Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic; and Jamie Bell ("Snowpiercer") is Ben Grimm the Thing.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 20, 2014 11:32 AM
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How YA Bestseller 'The Book Thief' Got Made Into a Studio Film: With Difficulty, and John Williams (TRAILER)

You know things have come to a pretty pass when a movie like "The Book Thief" looks wrong coming from a major studio. How did it get made? Well, it took a while. And the success of "Life of Pi," another gamble from Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler, who willed that movie into existence, helped to push this one forward. She and the film's producers tell us how the film got made.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 7, 2013 3:54 PM
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Trailer Watch: Oscar Hopeful 'The Book Thief,' Starring Geoffrey Rush and Child Actress Sophie Nelisse

Check out the trailer for Brian Percival's "The Book Thief," starring Geoffrey Rush and child actress Sophie Nelisse ("Incendies") as a foster father and young girl living in Nazi Germany during World War II. It's adapted from Aussie author Mark Zusak's novel of the same title, which is narrated by Death. Watch below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • September 24, 2013 4:32 PM
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News Corp Media Unit Now Named 21st Century Fox; Movie Studio Sticking to Old Name UPDATE (FANFARE VIDEO)

News Corporation has selected the name 21st Century Fox for its new media and entertainment company, which includes Fox News, Fox Broadcasting and its Hollywood studio. The new company's previous name was Fox Group.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 18, 2013 8:07 PM
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Fox is Developing an EDM Movie with DJ, Producer Diplo

Acclaimed as an electronic DJ and producer, Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, is in talks with 20th Century Fox to develop a new script on a story that centers around three teens who want to get into Diplo's Electronic Music Festival, described as "8 Mile meets Project X."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 16, 2013 6:37 AM
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Aereo's Barry Diller Disrupts the TV Establishment--Yet Again

Over the decades Hollywood has feared and tried to spurn most new technology -- television, video cassette recorders, cable, digital video recorders, and internet access to its goodies. The newest object of its fear is Aereo -- which uses thousands of tiny individual antennas to capture and stream to subscribers free TV channels without paying retransmission fees. Aereo, which, like DVRs, allows subscribers to fast forward past commercials, won big in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals 10 days ago when the court refused to issue an injunction against it.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • April 10, 2013 1:03 PM
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Bumble Ward Talks Leaving Fox

Bumble Ward is out as PR chief at Twentieth Century Fox. "It was a mutual parting of the ways," she says. Her contract expires February 29, 2013, but she left the studio Monday. "We had different approaches."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 16, 2012 1:51 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Scott and Zaillian Team Up for Train Strike Disaster Film (VIDEO)

Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian, who previously collaborated on "American Gangster," are set to produce a project for Fox inspired by (not remaking) the BBC's 2003 docudrama "The Day Britain Stopped," which turned on the fictional disaster of a London train strike.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 27, 2012 1:40 PM
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Peter Rice Continues His Ascension at Fox, Now Chairman of Fox Networks Group

Long known as a favorite of News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch and rising star at Twentieth Century Fox, Peter Rice was promoted two years ago from running motion picture subsidiary Fox Searchlight to being in charge of entertainment for Fox broadcast network and FX channel.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2012 4:05 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Cracking the 'Ice Age' Success on its 10th Anniversary

It's hard to believe that the "Ice Age" animated franchise is now 10 years old with the fourth installment, "Continental Drift," opening Friday.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 12, 2012 1:18 PM
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