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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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Elizabeth Gabler's Fox 2000 Nabs 'Hunger Games' Producer Nina Jacobson for First-Look Deal

Now Jacobson has landed something that's hard to come by these days: a three-year first-look studio production deal. She and partner Brad Simpson’s production company Color Force have signed with Fox 2000 Pictures chief Elizabeth Gabler ("The Devil Wears Prada," "Life of Pi").
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 15, 2014 2:14 PM
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TriStar's Rothman Adds 'Bridesmaids' Scribes Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo to His Starry Roster

Chalk up another win for new TriStar Productions chief Tom Rothman, who is lining up an impressive roster of movies for Sony release. The latest: Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, the writing team behind 2011's groundbreaking "Bridesmaids," are joining forces to write, produce and star in another comedy. The film will also be Wiig's directorial debut, a welcome change, given that of the 129 major films due to be released this year, only four are directed by women.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • June 12, 2014 1:39 PM
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John Green's Enthusiastic Fan Base Bodes Well for 'The Fault in Our Stars'

John Green's fans love him. As in, LOVE him. The "Fault in Our Stars" scribe has nearly 2.5 million(!) followers on Twitter and his vlogbrothers YouTube videos routinely rack up 500,000 to a million hits.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 3, 2014 11:54 AM
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DiCaprio to Join Gonzalez Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' for New Regency

New Regency CEO Brad Weston is feeling his oats. Remember, this company took the risk of actually financing "12 Years a Slave," which was produced by Brad Pitt's Plan B and released by Fox Searchlight. This upset Paramount, which then lost Plan B to New Regency, which is housed at Twentieth Century Fox. New Regency is not only going forward with David Michod's "The Operators" as a Pitt starring vehicle, but now they've got Leonardo DiCaprio starring in Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's next, "The Revenant."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 15, 2014 4:29 PM
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As CinemaCon Wraps, Hollywood Needs to Learn Popcorn Time (Studio Roundups, DEMO VIDEO)

We wrap up studio-by-studio takeaways from the exhibitor convention CinemaCon in Las Vegas, as movie theaters and studios are stuck in an old paradigm. And then there's Popcorn Time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2014 8:58 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Divergent' Saves the Day, with an Unexpected Assist from 'God's Not Dead'

"Divergent," the latest dystopian female-centered novel adaptation to strive for franchise success, grossed a solid $22.8 million for its first day (including Thursday evening shows). Unlike recent weeks when multiple titles spread the wealth, the film looks to dominate the weekend.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 22, 2014 1:21 PM
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'True Detective' Director Cary Fukunaga Has Untitled War Project In the Works at Fox

Needless to say, "True Detective" director Cary Fukunaga is on a roll right now. As that eight-episode HBO series unspools with many a fervent admirer (and a few dissenters), Fukunaga has sold a six-figure pitch to Fox. The project is untitled and set during contemporary wartime; Nicole Riegel, a fellow Sundance lab alum like Fukunaga, is set to write it.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 25, 2014 12:02 PM
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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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