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Production wraps on Tolkien starring Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins

Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced that filming has wrapped on Tolkien, director Dome Karukoski’s (Tom of Finland) biopic of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit author J.R.R. Tolkien, which stars Nicholas Hoult (Rebel in the Rye) as Tolkien and Lily Collins (Rules Don’t Apply) as his wife Edith.

“As a lifelong fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, it is a privilege to bring one of the greatest writers in history to life,” says Karukoski. “Tolkien’s works teach us that even when we meet an obstacle the size of Smaug, with the support and fighting spirit of incredible friends, we can conquer monsters and create magic. Not only is that the story of Tolkien’s life, but it speaks to the making of this film. I am incredibly grateful to our crew and cast, including Nicholas who prepared for months. I will treasure this experience always.
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As ‘Patti Cake$’ Stumbles, Fox Searchlight Faces a Battle To Remain on Top

As ‘Patti Cake$’ Stumbles, Fox Searchlight Faces a Battle To Remain on Top
Standing before the packed house at Manhattan’s Metrograph Theater, “Patti Cake$” director Geremy Jasper introduced his film. He was excited, in the way that first-time directors often are at their premieres, thanking his producers, his cast, his reps — but the most heartfelt thanks went to distributor Fox Searchlight. Not only did it make his Jersey girl-rapper tale one of the biggest buys of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, but it also represented a genuine dream come true. When the “Patti Cake$” team imagined their ideal distributor, he said, they agreed that nothing could be better than becoming a Fox Searchlight movie.

Headstones in the graveyard of studio specialty divisions include Warner Independent, Picturehouse, Fine Line Features, Paramount Classics, Paramount Vantage, and beyond. However, Fox Searchlight has persevered, and succeeded, for more than 20 years: Savvy, innovative, and astute, it’s known for its skill in finding acquisitions that reached audiences beyond the arthouse.
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As ‘Patti Cake$’ Stumbles, Fox Searchlight Faces a Battle To Remain on Top

As ‘Patti Cake$’ Stumbles, Fox Searchlight Faces a Battle To Remain on Top
Standing before the packed house at Manhattan’s Metrograph Theater, “Patti Cake$” director Geremy Jasper introduced his film. He was excited, in the way that first-time directors often are at their premieres, thanking his producers, his cast, his reps — but the most heartfelt thanks went to distributor Fox Searchlight. Not only did it make his Jersey girl-rapper tale one of the biggest buys of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, but it also represented a genuine dream come true. When the “Patti Cake$” team imagined their ideal distributor, he said, they agreed that nothing could be better than becoming a Fox Searchlight movie.

Headstones in the graveyard of studio specialty divisions include Warner Independent, Picturehouse, Fine Line Features, Paramount Classics, Paramount Vantage, and beyond. However, Fox Searchlight has persevered, and succeeded, for more than 20 years: Savvy, innovative, and astute, it’s known for its skill in finding acquisitions that reached audiences beyond the arthouse.
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Fox Searchlight boards ‘Old Man And The Gun’

Fox Searchlight boards ‘Old Man And The Gun’
Film is based on article in The New Yorker magazine.

Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired North American and UK rights to David Lowery’s Old Man And The Gun.

Endgame Entertainment financed and produced the crime drama that just wrapped production in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Old Man And The Gun is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker, from his escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public.

Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt, who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.

Lowery wrote and directed the film based on a short story by David Grann that appeared in The New Yorker.

The film stars Oscar winners Robert Redford, Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek, alongside Danny Glover, Tom Waits and Tika Sumpter.

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Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård wrap post-war drama 'The Aftermath'

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Fox Searchlight, BBC Films produced novel adaptation set in 1946 Germany.

The Aftermath, Fox Searchlight Pictures and BBC Films’ drama set in post-war Germany in 1946, has wrapped after shooting on location in Prague and Hamburg.

Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård and Jason Clarke lead the cast of the film, which follows a woman who is reunited with her husband in Hamburg, a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city following the war.

James Kent (Testament Of Youth) directs from a script by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse (Race) and Rhidian Brook. The screenplay was adapted from Brook’s novel of the same name.

Additional cast includes Flora Thiemann, Fionn O’Shea, Kate Phillips, and Martin Compston.

Jack Arbuthnott and Malte Grunert produced and Ridley Scott and Carlo Dusi executive produced with Joe Oppenheimer and Beth Pattinson of BBC Films, who developed the project. It has support funding from Filmförderung Hamburg - Schleswig Holstein.

Crew included
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Fox Amps Up Immersive Business With FoxNext, Taps Salil Mehta

Veteran Fox executive Salil Mehta has been named president of the studio’s newly created FoxNext division that will work on its immersive businesses across Twentieth Century Fox Film and Fox Networks Group.

He will oversee video gaming, location-based entertainment, virtual and augmented reality productions. The studio is aiming to drive the company’s next-generation storytelling experiences.

Mehta joined Fox in 2013 and most recently served as president of content management for Twentieth Century Fox Film. He will begin his new role immediately, and report jointly to Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group, and Stacey Snider, Chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox Film.

FoxNext will oversee the production of studio franchise virtual reality experiences, such as the already announced “Alien” and “Planet of the Apes.” FoxNext will also combine the efforts of the video gaming groups responsible for “The Simpsons: Tapped Out” mobile game and the “Alien:
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Winnie the Pooh Author Biopic Begins Shooting with Margot Robbie

Fox Searchlight Pictures announced today that principal photography on the Untitled A.A. Milne Project has begun shooting on location in Oxfordshire, Surrey, East Sussex and London.&#160 The film is directed by Simon Curtis from a script written by Frank Cottrell Boyce based on a screenplay by Simon Vaughan.&#160 The film stars Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald and Will Tilston as young Christopher Robin.&#160

Additional cast includes Stephen Campbell Moore, Alex Lawther, Richard McCabe, Nico Mirallegro, Geraldine Somerville and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.&#160 Damian Jones produces with Steve Christian nd Vaughan serves as executive producer. Says producer Damian Jones.

"I'm thrilled to finally see this fascinating story be realized with such an array of fresh and exciting talent in front of and behind the camera as well as continuing my ongoing collaboration with Fox Searchlight."

Christian adds.

"It's such a joy to be able to share the long held passion that I've
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Guillermo del Toro starts 'The Shape Of Water'

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Guillermo del Toro starts 'The Shape Of Water'
Fox Searchlight Pictures announced on Monday that principal photography has begun in Toronto on the fantasy starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon and Octavia Spencer.

Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones and Michael Stuhlbarg also star in The Shape Of Water, which del Toro produces alongside J. Miles Dale.

The film is styled as an other-worldly story set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1963.

“I started working on The Shape Of Water right around the time we moved to Toronto for Pacific Rim,” said del Toro.

“Working with Fox Searchlight and being supported by this beautiful group of actors and artists, I feel extremely blessed and brave.”

Fox Searchlight co-heads of production David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield will join vice-president of production DanTram Nguyen to oversee the project.
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Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie confirmed for Goodbye Christopher Robin

Fox Searchlight Pictures has officially announced that Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad) are to star in Goodbye Christopher Robin, the upcoming A.A. Milne biopic from director Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn). Gleeson will play the Winnie the Pooh creator, with Robbie as his wife Daphne.

“I am delighted to be collaborating with [screenwriter] Frank Cottrell Boyce to tell the remarkable and poignant story of the family behind the creation of Winnie the Pooh. We are assembling a wonderful cast, headed by two actors I am longing to work with – Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie,” said director Curtis.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Damian Jones and Steve Christian again and can’t wait to see Simon Curtis’ unique vision come to life,” adds Fox Searchlight’s David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield. In Domhnall and Margot we have the next generation of acting talent who we know will shine a beautiful light on A. A. Milne’s incredible and enduring story.”

Goodbye Christopher Robin gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive, Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?
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Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie to star in A.A. Milne biopic

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Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie to star in A.A. Milne biopic
Cast rounds on director Simon CurtisGoodbye Christopher Robin, from Fox Searchlight, Damian Jones and Steve Christian.

Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will play Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne with Margot Robbie (The Wolf Of Wall Street) on board as Milne’s wife Daphne in director Simon Curtis’ (Woman In Gold) upcoming biopic Goodbye Christopher Robin from Fox Searchlight.

Script is from Frank Cottrell Boyce (Millions) and Lookout Point CEO Simon Vaughan (War And Peace). Damian Jones (The Lady In The Van) and Steve Christian (Belle) will serve as producers.

The film, first announced by Screen at
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Fox Searchlight Taps Matthew Greenfield, David Greenbaum to Head Production

Fox Searchlight Pictures has promoted Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum to co-heads of production effective immediately.

The duo will take over responsibilities formerly held by president of production Claudia Lewis, who announced on Feb. 16 that she was departing from the post. Greenfield and Greenbaum will be responsible for Fox Searchlight’s annual slate of films as well as all aspects of production for the company, including development, packaging, budgeting, casting and production.

Fox Searchlight chiefs Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula said: “David and Matthew are the best production executives currently working in independent film. Their ability to identify excellence, foster creativity and nurture filmmaker relationships — skills honed as they came up the ranks under former production head Claudia Lewis — will ensure the continued growth and scope of our slate.”

Greenfield has worked as a senior executive at Fox Searchlight for nine years, shepherding “The Descendants” and “Enough Said.” He’s
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Fox Searchlight Names Matthew Greenfield, David Greenbaum Co-Heads of Production

After announcing that president of production Claudia Lewis will exit in May, Fox Searchlight has promoted Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum to co-heads of production. They will be responsible for Fox Searchlight's annual slate of films as well as all aspects of production for the company including development, packaging, budgeting, casting and production. "David and Matthew are the best production executives currently working in independent film,” Fox Searchlight Pictures presidents Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley said in a joint statement. "Their ability to identify excellence, foster creativity and nurture filmmaker relationships, skills honed as they came up the

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Duo to head Fox Searchlight production

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Duo to head Fox Searchlight production
Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum (black and white portrait) have been named co-heads of production, effective immediately, and take over the role formerly held by president of production Claudia Lewis.

As co-heads of production and executive vice-presidents, Greenfield and Greenbaum will be responsible for Fox Searchlight’s annual slate of films as well as development, packaging, budgeting, casting and production.

All production executives will report to Greenfield and Greenbaum, who themselves report to the studio presidents Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley. Lewis announced last month that she was stepping down after 21 years at the studio.

Greenfield has been a senior executive at Searchlight for nine years, shepherding such titles as The Descendants and Enough Said.

He is overseeing Roger Michell’s My Cousin Rachel starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin, and Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing, Missouri starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell.

Greenbaum has been a senior executive at Fox Searchlight
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Fox Searchlight president of production steps down

Claudia Lewis will vacate her position after 21 years with the company.

Claudia Lewis, a 21-year veteran of Fox Searchlight Pictures, is stepping down from her role as president of production.

Lewis, who has held the role since January 2006, will vacate her position in May 2016.

She has been with the specialist company since it launched in 1995 as an offshoot of the wider 20th Century Fox.

During her tenure, Lewis has overseen the production of more than 50 features, including the Oscar-winning Birdman, Black Swan and The Descendants. Recently, she has worked on the forthcoming titles Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.

Fox Searchlight presidents Nany Utley and Stephen Giula said in a joint statement: “We are grateful for Claudia’s pioneering role as one of Searchlight’s first executives and her tireless efforts making Fox Searchlight a powerhouse in independent film. Her leadership over the last two decades has resulted in a track record of success
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Claudia Lewis Stepping Down as Fox Searchlight Production President

Claudia Lewis Stepping Down as Fox Searchlight Production President
Claudia Lewis is stepping down on as president of production at Fox Searchlight Pictures on May 23, following a decade in the post — a tenure that’s covered “Birdman,” “Black Swan” and “Wild.”

Fox Searchlight Pictures presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula made the announcement Tuesday. The announcement did not disclose her plans for what she will do after she leaves.

“We are grateful for Claudia’s pioneering role as one of Searchlight’s first executives and her tireless efforts making Fox Searchlight a powerhouse in independent film,” said Utley and Gilula in the announcement. “Her leadership over the last two decades has resulted in a track record of success including films such as ‘Birdman,’ ‘Wild,’ ‘Black Swan,’ ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,’ ‘Juno’ and the company’s first ever Best Picture nominee ‘The Full Monty.’ Claudia’s keen insight and creativity will surely be missed. We wish her all the
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Fox Searchlight Production Head Claudia Lewis Steps Down

The specialty label Fox Searchlight announced tonight that Claudia Lewis has stepped down from the company where she has spent 21 years and has headed production since 2006. This was announced by Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula. Exec veeps of Production Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum will serve as acting department heads assuming responsibilities for Fox Searchlight’s slate of films as well as all aspects of production for the…
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Production duo rise at Fox Searchlight

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The studio’s president of production Claudia Lewis has promoted Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum to executive vice-presidents of production, effective immediately.

Greenfield and Greenbaum (b&w picture) will jointly manage all aspects of the production department and report directly to Lewis.

Greenfield has been a senior executive at Fox Searchlight for nine years, shepherding such titles as The Descendants and Enough Said. He is currently overseeing Nicole Holofcener’s latest film to star Julianne Moore and Chris O’Dowd.

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2006, Greenfield was an independent film producer whose credits included The Good Girl, Chuck & Buck and Star Maps.

Greenbaum has been a senior executive at Fox Searchlight for five years and most recently oversaw Wild and The Drop. He is currently in production on Wilson starring Woody Harrelson and is actively involved in the Fox Innovation Lab.

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2010 he was a production executive at Miramax Films in New York
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Fox Searchlight Promotes Two Execs

Fox Searchlight's production president Claudia Lewis has hoisted two senior executives, Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum, to Executive Vice Presidents of Production. Reporting to Lewis, they'll jointly steer all aspects of production going forward. Greenfield has been a senior executive at Searchlight for nine years, shepherding the studio's awards-buzzy titles including "The Descendants" and "Enough Said," and he will be overseeing Nicole Holofcener's next feature next film starring Julianne Moore. His indie credits including 2002 Jennifer Aniston starrer "The Good Girl." Greenbaum, a Fox Searchlight executive for five years, oversaw production on Oscar-nominated "Wild" and Tom Hardy vehicle "The Drop." Currently, he's in production on Craig Johnson's "Wilson" starring Woody Harrelson as Daniel Clowes' titular loner. Greenbaum has deep experience dating back to Miramax as a production executive, and steered...
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Fox Searchlight Promotes Two To Exec VPs Of Production

Fox Searchlight Pictures has promoted Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum to Executive VP’s of production effective immediately. Re-upping their contracts Greenfield and Mr. Greenbaum will jointly manage all aspects of the production department and continue to report President of Production Claudia Lewis. Greenfield has been a senior exec at Fox Searchlight for the past nine years, and has sheparded through such films as The Descendants, Enough Said and the current…
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Fox Searchlight starts ‘Wilson’ shoot

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President of production Claudia Lewis announced on Thursday that principal photography has begun in Minnesota on Craig Johnson’s follow-up to The Skeleton Twins starring Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern.

Judy Greer and Cheryl Hines round out the key cast on Wilson, which Johnson directs from a screenplay by Ghost World writer Daniel Clowes based on his graphic novel of the same name.

Mary Jane Skalski and Jared Ian Goldman are producing the story of a lonely middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his estranged wife and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter.

Fox Searchlight Pictures svp of production David Greenbaum and director of production Richard Gold oversee the project.
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