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Nancy Utley has been a studio powerhouse for 30 years. She started at 20th Century Fox in 1986, then moved to Fox Searchlight in 1999. She became president of the specialty arm in 2009, overseeing all aspects of the films alongside fellow prez Stephen Gilula. Their box office has been successful, and their awards track record is terrific, including 117 Oscar nominations and best picture wins for “Slumdog Millionaire,” “12 Years a Slave” and “Birdman.” This season they have a strong awards lineup that includes “The Shape of Water,” “Battle of the Sexes,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Goodbye Christopher Robin.”
Utley is also a big proponent of mentoring, working with such programs as Fox’s high potential employee program, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Step Up Women’s Network, Film Independent’s Project Involve and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Gold Program. She is on the boards of AMPAS, Lupus La and Film Independent.
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- Tim Gray
The Chernin Group (Tcg), a media holding company founded in 2010 by storied exec Peter Chernin, has announced today the formation of The Action Network, a subscription service targeting the sports betting and fantasy markets -- which Tcg says represents a $170 billion proposition.
The sports analysis and media service will be helmed editorially by 16-year Espn veteran Chad Millman, who has been named head of media. Tcg acquired three sports data and analysis companies to form The Action Network: Sports Insights, FantasyLabs, and SportsAction. Tcg will also invest additional funds into building out a management team, developing The Action Network brand, and launching a full-scale subscription service that will comprise analysis, tools, and entertainment (including video, podcasts, and written stories).
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- Geoff Weiss
Set to be published in 2018, the book tells the story of a sitting U.S. president’s disappearance, with the level of detail that only someone who has held the office can know. Clinton and Patterson’s collaboration on the novel marks the first time an American President has ever co-authored a thriller. The rights were acquired by Showtime in a competitive situation, with many networks and streaming services trying to secure the rights. It is said that CBS chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves’ longstanding relationship with both Clinton and Patterson was instrumental in bringing the project to Showtime.
- Joe Otterson
Seduce. Deceive. Repeat. The first trailer for the upcoming spy thriller Red Sparrow starring Jennifer Lawrence has just been released by 20th Century Fox. Directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons, the film hits theaters March 2nd, 2018! You can check out the first footage below.
Dominika Egorova is many things. A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit. A master of seductive and manipulative combat. When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, »
Los Angeles, CA (Sept. 7, 2017) – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents War For The Planet Of The Apes. Certified Fresh on RottenTomatoes.com and “one of the very best films of the year” (Kristopher Tapley, Variety) arrives on Digital October 10 and on Blu-ray™, 4K Ultra HD™ and DVD October 24. Andy Serkis returns as Caesar in the thrilling and climatic chapter of the Planet Of The Apes saga as Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson). After suffering unimaginable losses, Caesar resolves to avenge his kind, pitting him against the Colonel for a final showdown that will determine the future of the planet!
Special features include exclusive deleted scenes with optional audio commentary by director Matt Reeves, behind-the-scenes featurettes, including “All About Caesar,” which focuses on Andy Serkis and his incredible performances through the three films as Caesar, »
- ComicMix Staff
As the Venice-Telluride-Toronto film festival corridor begins to churn out something resembling an Oscar season beat sheet, a handful of earlier 2017 releases are speaking up, lest they be lost in the fall prestige clutter.
Wednesday night, 20th Century Fox will hold a screening of James Mangold’s “Logan” — on the Warner Bros. lot, oddly enough — with Mangold and star Hugh Jackman on hand for a Q&A. The film hit theaters less than a week after last February’s Oscars ceremony and went on to rack up over $616 million in global box office receipts. It also remains one of the year’s most critically acclaimed films.
Chief on the list of possibilities for the film is Patrick Stewart’s supporting performance, saddling up to the role of Professor Charles Xavier for the seventh time (nearly as many times as Jackman has tackled »
- Kristopher Tapley
War for the Planet of the Apes may not have been the massive smash at the box office that Fox was hoping for, but that doesn't take anything away from the fact that they have an excellent movie on their hands. And they definitely know that to be the case. As such, they are planning a massive awards season campaign for War for the Planet of the Apes, with their sights set on a Best Picture nomination and some love for Andy Serkis' performance as Caesar.
Deadline reports that Fox is launching a major effort to get War for the Planet of the Apes recognized during this awards season with the ultimate hope of earning the movie Oscar gold. To date, the only Academy Award the Planet of the Apes series has earned was a makeup award for the original in 1968. Here's what former head of Fox and producer »
Earlier this year, Fox released War for the Planet of the Apes to massive critical acclaim. The film settled in at an amazing 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and an astounding 82 percent on Metacritic, the latter of which averages the scores of all the reviews of the films. So, it wasn’t just that 93 percent of critics gave the film a favorable review, but that they generally gave it high scores, to boot.
On the whole, critics saw the film to be the perfect capper to the trilogy that began with Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Unlike other trilogies that maybe went too big at the conclusion, this film keep things personal, resulting in a film that was decidedly less epic than its predecessor, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and substantially less epic than its title suggests. It kept the narrative tight and the stakes closer to the leads, »
- Joseph Medina
Lacamoire is a three-time Tony and two-time Grammy winner for his work on the musicals “Hamilton,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and “In The Heights.”
He’s worked as music director, arranger and orchestrator on an array of Broadway stage shows including “Annie,” “Bring It On,” “The People In The Picture,” “9 to 5,” “Legally Blonde,” “High Fidelity,” and “Wicked.”
Other credits include “Bat Boy: The Musical”, “Godspell” (2001 National Tour), orchestrations for The Rockettes and the Oscars. He is an Emmy-nominated composer for “Sesame Street.”
Director Michael Gracey said, “We are so lucky to be working with such a brilliantly talented and incredibly skilled collaborator to bring the musical vision for this film to life.
- Dave McNary
Matthew Byrd Jul 20, 2017
This news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter who state that 20th Century Fox's adaptation of Capcom's Mega Man is moving forward and will be helmed by the duo responsible for the documentary Catfish, the underrated Nerve, as well as found footage horror films Paranormal Activity 3 & 4. At this time, it's not clear whether the two will share writing and directing duties or splitting creative roles.
Fox has reportedly tried to acquire the rights to the Mega Man franchise for years now and finally secured them earlier this year. Reports suggest that the studio has brought in Peter Chernin, Mike Ireland, and Ryan Harrigan to produce the movie.
At&T is reportedly in talks to acquire Otter Media, a joint venture that the telecommunications giant formed in 2014 to acquire and create digital brands alongside noted media executive Peter Chernin’s investment firm, The Chernin Group (Tcg).
At&T is looking to scoop up several of its joint ventures ahead of a proposed $85.4 billion bid for entertainment conglomerate Time Warner, reports The New York Post. At&T also holds stakes in the Mlb Network, the NHL Network, and the Game Show Network. Otter’s portfolio includes Fullscreen, how-to site Creativebug, anime streaming platform Crunchyroll, indie production company Gunpowder & Sky, and Reese Witherspoon’s female-facing Hello Sunshine video platform.
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- Geoff Weiss
Sometimes, reboots can be a good thing. Such is the case with one of modern cinema’s most unexpectedly rich and rewarding (and unique) blockbuster franchises, the effectively rejiggered “Planet of the Apes,” which used the bones of a beloved classic to craft a series that continually stands out on its own merits. Three movies in, and the Fox franchise has become a thinking-fans summer movie delight, bolstered by eye-popping special effects and a reworked mythology that pays homage to the originals while pushing onward.
With last week’s “War for the Planet of the Apes” opening at the number one spot at the box office amidst a slew of stellar reviews, it’s only understandable that fans are eager for more adventures within the world. And while the third film in the trilogy could easily function as the final chapter in the story, there’s plenty more to tell. »
- Kate Erbland
Before he took the helm of the “Planet of the Apes” franchise in 2014, Matt Reeves had no intention of ever directing a studio blockbuster. In fact, he figured he had a foolproof plan for getting himself out of any potential tentpole assignment: Insist on doing the story he wanted to do, the studio’s franchise-development apparatus be damned.
So when he was approached to direct “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” the second entry in the rebooted series inaugurated by Rupert Wyatt’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” Reeves put his foot down right away.
“I was initially excited, and then I saw the [studio’s] outline and I said, this isn’t really the story I would want to tell, I don’t think this is for me,” Reeves says. “To my shock they said, ‘no, no, wait, just tell us the story you want to do.’ I said, ‘I »
- Andrew Barker
It's showtime! That's right, 20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya, and featuring original songs by the Academy Award Winning lyricists of La La Land, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul. While it's coming to theaters during one very crowded frame at the box office, there will be noting else quite like it on earth!
The Greatest Showman hits theaters everywhere on December 25, 2017! And it arrives as the perfect gift for lovers of pure cinematic spectacle and musicals alike. Michael Gracey is directing the biopic, which was written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon from a story by Jenny Bicks. Laurence Mark, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping are producing.
Over the course of three films, the Planet of the Apes franchise and Weta, the VFX company behind the magic of the films, have brought the apes to life in ways that have never been possible before. War for the Planet of the Apes and Weta have now released a featurette that showcases the effort behind that magic, and it’s a little crazy.
It may try to sell you on Andy Serkis as a great actor more than is really necessary, but it gives a great behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring the apes to the screen.
Just getting a good look at the rigs all of these actors are wearing as they try to go through a scene is pretty astonishing, and trying to imagine how challenging it must be to put yourself into the world you’re trying to create with all this stuff on you is mind-boggling. »
- Marc Eastman
Jane Goodall with Motambo, an orphan at the Jgi Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center.
Only if we care can all be saved.
In our interview with screenwriters of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, now producers, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, about the use of real chimpanzees in the 2011 movie, Silver said, “it’s all about animal rights. Man’s hubris for testing on animals – they’re sentient beings! So using real animals goes against our theme.”
20th Century Fox has just released “Compassion” – a special video created in conjunction with the Jane Goodall Institute.
In honor of the upcoming release of War For The Planet Of The Apes, 20th Century Fox has partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute to provide care for rescued chimpanzees, many of whom are victims of the »
- Michelle Hannett
20th Century Fox is partnering with the Jane Goodall Institute to provide care for rescued chimpanzees, many of whom are victims of the illegal commercial bushmeat and pet trades.
The studio made the announcement Monday, five weeks before the July 14 opening of its “War for the Planet of the Apes,” starring Woody Harrelson as a military leader facing off against Andy Serkis’ ape leader Caesar.
The institute provides sanctuary for nearly 150 rescued animals on three forested island sites and a mainland sanctuary site at the Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in Republic of Congo. The institute has named the housing on Tchindzoulou island, the largest of the three island sanctuary sites, after Caesar.
Matt Reeves, who directed 2014’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” is returning to helm from a script by Mark Bomback. Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver are producing the film. “War for the Planet of the Apes »
- Dave McNary
20th Century Fox has released the first trailer and photos for The Mountain Between Us, directed by Academy Award nominee Hany Abu-Assad and starring Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba. The trailer and these new images highlight the harrowing journey two strangers go on, which begins after they find themselves stranded at an Idaho airport. While they have very little in common, these two will soon learn to depend on each other to survive.
Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure and discovering strength they never knew possible. This trailer, which debuted on 20th Century Fox YouTube, shows that these strangers Ben (Idris Elba) the »
The duo portray a pair of busy professionals — he’s a surgeon, she’s a journalist who’s about to be married — who pair up for the sake of convenience to take a small plane (piloted by Beau Bridges) that crashes in the middle of nowhere. They’re both injured and soon realize help isn’t coming.
“The pilot didn’t file a flight plan,” she says. “”Nobody knows where we are. We’re all we’ve got.”
The trailer shows Winslet descending through ice into water and Elba nearly falling off a steep cliff, but remaining resolute. “We’re not going to die — not today,” he declares.
- Dave McNary
This July, 20th Century Fox will unleash the latest installment in what has to be one of the more surprisingly strong franchise reboots in recent memory. War For The Planet Of The Apes will put the cap on what's seen by producer Peter Chernin as a trilogy of new Apes movies, which of course kicked off with 2011's Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. That film was the first project out of... Read More »
- Eric Walkuski
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