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Life of Pi Seeks Fox Green Light with Ang Lee Directing in 3-D

Remember The Life of Pi? It's been seven years since Fox 2000's Elizabeth Gabler acquired the rights to Canadian Yann Martel's Booker prize-winning 2001 global bestseller about a boy adrift in a lifeboat in the Pacific with a Bengal tiger. What's taking so long? Well, this kind of lyrical literary material is tricky to get right. M. Night Shyamalan fell out. So did Alfonso Cuaron and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Finally, it may get made thanks to Ang Lee--and 3-D.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 28, 2010 2:42 AM
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Knight and Day: Cruise, Diaz Clip

The TV spots for high-octane action comedy Knight and Day inspired me to tweet: "Knight and day with cruise and diaz looks cheesy. Even with top dollar vfx."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2010 6:54 AM
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Goldstein Uses Date Night to Bash Fox

Wait a second.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2010 5:36 AM
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Conan O'Brien Blows Off Fox, Signs Mega-Deal with TBS

“In three months I’ve gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I’m headed to basic cable," said Conan O'Brien on the occasion of his ground-breaking new deal with Time Warner's TBS. "My plan is working perfectly.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2010 8:19 AM
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Date Night Scores as Titans Crashes

Twentieth Century Fox execs woke up Sunday morning to the news that their Steve Carell-Tina Fey action romantic comedy Date Night stole the No. 1 box office spot away from Warner Bros.’ Clash of the Titans. It was a matter of dollars and cents, reports TOH box office analyst Anthony D'Alessandro, with an estimated $27.1 million at 3,374 venues versus $26.9 million for the Greek epic, which crashed 56%. UPDATE: By Monday, though, Titans squeaked ahead on the numbers ($26.7 million), thanks to premium 3D ticket prices and an overestimation by Fox on Date Night, which only scored $25.2 million.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • April 11, 2010 4:43 AM
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#SXSW: Rodriguez, Brody, Antal Talk Predators, Spy Kids 4

#SXSW: Rodriguez, Brody, Antal Talk Predators, Spy Kids 4
It was a smart move for Fox to hand over the reins to FX whiz Robert Rodriguez on a Predator sequel. He promised to deliver them a $45-million movie--modest, for an action sequel--which he wrote and produced at his Austin Troublemaker Studios (with location shoots in Hawaii) with Nimrod Antal (Kontroll) at the helm. Rodriguez offers studios a one-stop shop on a somewhat smaller scale than Peter Jackson's Weta operation in New Zealand. The deal is, they leave him alone to deliver the goods. "Do your thing and make it cool and make it a Troublemaker Studios movie," Fox told Rodriguez. "We’ll release it, but you don’t have to make it a Fox movie."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 17, 2010 7:04 AM
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Avatar to Lose 3-D and IMAX Screens, Still Breaks Records

We all know that Avatar has broken all box office records, unseating former king of the world Titanic. The James Cameron sci-fi epic holds the record for domestic ($690 million) and worldwide ($2.5 billion) gross.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 25, 2010 1:55 AM
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Oscar Phase Two: Bullock vs. Streep, Renner vs. Bridges, Cameron vs. Bigelow

Oscar Phase Two: Bullock vs. Streep, Renner vs. Bridges, Cameron vs. Bigelow
Nothing is certain until it's over. And that's especially true for the Oscar race.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 9, 2010 11:16 AM
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Avatar Tests Academy Live Action Bias: Exclusive Video

Avatar Tests Academy Live Action Bias: Exclusive Video
Over the past decade, movie technology has become so sophisticated that it's tough for critics and even industry insiders to discern where an actor's performance stops and the work of hundreds of artists and digital technicians begins. The groundbreaking Avatar and Lord of the Ringssaga are two examples.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 19, 2010 2:43 AM
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Things I Learned at the Avatar Premiere

Things I Learned at the Avatar Premiere
James Cameron basked in the glow as Avatar, his latest industry-changing event-film, earned a standing ovation at the Mann Chinese Wednesday night. At the after party Cameron beamed as he stood between two tall women, wife Suzy Amis and ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow. "You're on a roll!" he said to the Hurt Locker director. "You raised the bar," she said to Cameron.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 17, 2009 4:49 AM
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