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'Penguins of Madagascar': What the Critics Are Saying

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Penguins of Madagascar, out Wednesday and with a voice cast of John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom McGrath, Werner Herzog, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon and Christopher Knights, follows the fun foursome of secret agents that offered comical scenes in the previous Madagascar installments as they finally gets their own feature. See more 'Penguins of Madagascar' Secret-Agent Backstory Revealed in New Trailer The 20th Century Fox title, co-directed by Eric Darnell (the three previous Madagascar films) and Simon J. Smith (Bee Movie), is one of many family films hitting the holiday box office this season, and is expected to post a solid

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- Ashley Lee

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ABC Gives ‘Cristela’ Full Season Pickup

24 November 2014 6:05 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The laughs will keep coming for freshman comedy “Cristela.”

ABC has ordered the back-nine episodes for “Cristela,” starring Mexican-American comedian Cristela Alonzo as a law school graduate who’s trying to become an attorney while balancing the demands of her family.

The 20th Century Fox TV show, which is exec produced by Alonzo along with Kevin Hench, is the second comedy to receive a full-season pickup this year, along with ABC’s “Black-ish.”

It’s been a consistent ratings performer, hovering around a 1.3 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 demo and an average of 6 million viewers in its airings to date in Nielsen’s live-plus-7 measure.

Cristela” also stars Maria Canals-Barrera, Carlos Ponce, Terri Hoyos, Gabriel Iglesias, Sam McMurray, Justine Lupe, and Andrew Leeds. Executive producers also include Becky Clements, Marty Adelstein and Shawn Levy.


- Debra Birnbaum

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Mail Online TV: what would it be like?

21 November 2014 12:15 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The website turning to the small screen could become a reality – what would be a fitting format? Our readers have some ideas

Daily Mail Online TV: beyond parody? Some producers in the Us don’t think so, and have approached the online organ with the idea of turning it into a celebrity focused magazine show, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Could the Mail Online really be a television show? And if so, what on earth would it be like? We asked our readers what they thought such a show would entail.

Boffins reveal that #MailOnlineTV will cure cancer.


@guardian @mgmediamonkey @mediaguardian Jim Davidson presents The Immigration Game #MailOnlineTV

Great Fascists Of The 20th Century #MailOnlineTV

A boot stamping on a human face forever #MailOnlineTV


@mediaguardian replace e4 with #mailonlinetv in this Stewart Lee sketch and you're pretty much there http://t. »

- James Walsh

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TBS Orders Another Season of ‘American Dad’

18 November 2014 1:39 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TBS has ordered another season of “American Dad,” the cheeky toon that relocated to the cabler last month from Fox.

The Seth MacFarlane comedy has been a solid performer for TBS and in its airings on Adult Swim since premiering in October. The 20th Century Fox TV series revolves around a conservative CIA agent and his nutty family life in Langley, Va. MacFarlane created the show with Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman. Brian Boyle is showrunner.

“We are thrilled with American Dad!’s performance to date and are confident the show is going to continue its tremendous success,” said Deborah K. Bradley, exec VP and head of program acquisitions, content strategy and licensing for Turner Broadcasting.

“American Dad” cheated death in 2013 when it was canceled by Fox after an eight-year run, only to be quickly snagged by TBS. That development echoed the trajectory of MacFarlane’s “Family Guy,” which was »

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Box Office Milestone: 'Gone Girl' Sets U.S. Record for David Fincher

1 November 2014 9:21 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Proving that a midrange adult drama can still pay off for a Hollywood studio, David Fincher's Gone Girl has eclipsed The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to become the filmmaker's top-grossing film in North America, not accounting for inflation. Through Friday, Gone Girl's domestic gross is $129.6 million, compared to $127.5 million for Benjamin Button, released in 2008. Gone Girl, based on Gillian Flynn's book, also marks one of Ben Affleck's best showings as a leading man. The 20th Century Fox thriller is on the verge of passing up Affleck's Oscar-winning Argo, which grossed $136 million

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Fox Developing ‘Zoobiquity’ Drama Series with ‘Bones’ Vets

30 October 2014 4:31 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox is looking to the animal kingdom for high drama, cutting a deal to adapt the best-selling nonfiction book “Zoobiquity” into a series.

Bones” alum Stephen Nathan and Jon Collier are penning the adaptation of the 2012 book about the links between animals and human health issues by cardiologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and health writer Kathryn Bowers. That foursome will exec produce, with Spencer Medof also on board as Ep.

The 20th Century Fox TV series will revolve around a dynamic group of doctors helping to treat patients by searching for correlations in the animal world. Project has a script-plus-penalty order from the network.

Nathan and Collier at present are exec producers on the tenth season of Fox’s “Bones.”

Nathan, Medof, Natterson-Horowitz and Bowers are repped by Wme. Collier is with UTA.


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Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sebastian Stan and Mackenzie Davis join The Martian

24 October 2014 1:12 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sebastian Stan and Mackenzie Davis have been cast in Ridley Scott's The Martian.

They will join Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig in the science fiction movie, reports Entertainment Weekly.

The 20th Century Fox film was adapted by Drew Goddard from Andy Weir's book.

Damon will star as an astronaut stranded on Mars, who must figure out how to survive long enough to return home to Earth.

The roles for the 12 Years a Slave, Captain America: The Winter Solider and What If actors are yet to be revealed.

Davis was previously reported to be in negotiations for the movie.

Sean Bean was most recently announced for the project.

Kate Mara, Donald Glover, Michael Pena and Jeff Daniels will also feature in the film.

The Martian will begin filming in November in Budapest. »

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Sean Bean cast in Ridley Scott's The Martian

21 October 2014 5:51 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sean Bean has been cast in Ridley Scott's The Martian.

The Game of Thrones actor will join Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain in the science fiction film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The 20th Century Fox film was adapted by Drew Goddard from Andy Weir's eBook.

Damon will star as an astronaut stranded on Mars, who must figure out how to survive long enough to return home to Earth.

Bean will take on the role of a Nasa flight director.

Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Michael Pena and Kristen Wiig will also feature in the movie.

The Martian will begin filming in November.

Bean is currently starring in Legends. He will be seen in the upcoming Jupiter Ascending and Pixels.

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"Marley and Me" Becomes A TV Series

17 October 2014 1:20 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

NBC has picked up "Marley & Me," a single-camera comedy sequel series to the hit 2008 comedy-drama film starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson.

The 20th Century Fox TV-produced project has received a put pilot commitment with the original film's director David Frankel on board to direct the potential pilot. Jenny Bicks ("Sex and the City") will write the script.

The original film followed John and Jenny Grogan, a couple who take in a puppy as they consider parenthood. This follow-up has them and their kids moving back to Florida where John can take up his newspaper column once again.

A stray puppy ends up on their doorstep and they are forced to adopt it, naming the pooch Marley as the unimaginative cheapskates opt to re-use the original Marley's old leash and tags on her.

The "destructive and delightful" pooch will shed light on the emotional pains of the family, their neighbors »

- Garth Franklin

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Box Office: 'Gone Girl' avoids 'Dracula Untold's' fangs for two weeks at no. 1

12 October 2014 10:05 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Well ladies and gentlemen "Gone Girl" is officially a pop culture phenomenon.  The David Fincher thriller held on to the top spot this weekend dropping only 29% for another $26.8 million and $78.2 million in just 10 days.  That drop is one of the best first to second week "holds" (as the industry likes to call it) for a no. 1 movie this year.  For comparison's sake, "The Lego Movie" dropped 27.8% in its second weekend.  The 20th Century Fox and New Regency production will face some competition from "Fury" this upcoming weekend, but $100 million domestic is a given.  Whether it can crack $150 million will be an intriguing storyline to watch over the rest of the Fall movie season. Debuting somewhat surprisingly at no. 2 was Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures' "Dracula Untold."  The latest reimagining of the Dracula legend earned $23.4 million over the three-day frame.  That's a good start for a potential franchise starter with little »

- Gregory Ellwood

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‘Community's’ Donald Glover Joins Matt Damon in Ridley Scott's ‘The Martian’ (Exclusive)

10 October 2014 11:24 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Community” alum Donald Glover and “Headhunters” star Aksel Hennie have joined the cast of Ridley Scott‘s sci-fi movie “The Martian,” TheWrap has learned. The 20th Century Fox project stars Matt Damon as an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and must figure out how to survive long enough to return home to Earth. “The Martian” boasts an impressive ensemble including Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Mackenzie Davis and Jeff Daniels. Also read: ‘Magic Mike Xxl’ Adds Elizabeth Banks and Donald Glover Chastain will play the leader of the rescue mission, while Pena, Mara and Henne will play astronauts. »

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Oscar Watch: ‘Who’s Up?’ And ‘Who’s Down?’ As Past Academy Favorites David Fincher, Paul Thomas Anderson and Jason Reitman Debut New Films

5 October 2014 4:06 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Some publications just love doing the old ‘Who’s Up, Who’s Down’ thing on a weekly basis all season long. Yawn. Let me tell you “Who’s Up.” It’s every filmmaker who can get any kind of movie made these days that is not cookie-cutter stuff ordered straight out of a studio development meeting.  And “Who’s Down“?  That’s all the filmmakers whose ambitious projects have been shot to pieces by clueless executives and are still looking for a way to get them made and financed.

I am not going to get into the weekly game of creating this kind of Oscar meter measure except this once. Indulge me because this weekend held a number of interesting turns of events for some of Oscar’s current favorite directors. And it says a lot about the ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ of this business and the fickle way Oscar winds blow. »

- Pete Hammond

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Box Office: 'Gone Girl' sneaks by 'Annabelle' for no. 1 and a monster $38 million

5 October 2014 10:18 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's been well documented how disappointing the box office has been for Hollywood and theater owners this year, but after the results this weekend both institutions finally have something to smile about. David Fincher's "Gone Girl" was polling at a $25 million or less debut just days before its Friday debut.  Rave reviews, word of mouth and, perhaps, a more potent fan base than anticipated eviscerated that prediction. The 20th Century Fox and New Regency production earned an estimated $38 million making it the biggest opening weekend of Fincher's career. The opening now ranks third all-time for Ben Affleck and second for Tyler Perry (excluding that "Star Trek" cameo).  Even with a head-scratching B Cinemascore "Gone Girl" should easily surpass $100 million domestic and has an excellent shot of earning a best picture nomination. Right behind "Girl" was "The Conjuring" prequel, "Annabelle." The horror flick was expected to earn around $30 million, »

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Box Office: Batfleck's Gone Girl Shows Up In 1st; Annabelle Conjures Up $32M

4 October 2014 1:51 PM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The North American numbers are rolling in and at the top box office is David Fincher's latest film, Gone Girl. The R-rated film pulled in $13M on Friday. The 20th Century Fox film starring Ben Affleck ("Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice") is now estimated to make $35-$38 million this weekend, which is substantially higher than original mid-$20M forecasts. Last year, The Conjuring scared up $318M at the worldwide box office. With a nice payday like that it didn't take Warner Bos. long to give a greenlight to a spinoff featuring the Annabelle doll, which had a major subplot in the 2013 horror-film. This weekend, Annabelle will finish in a close second to Gone Girl with a $32M weekend. Surprisingly, Annabelle had a better Friday than Gone Girl, with $15+ million. Both films received the same 'B' CinemaScore from audiences, despite Gone Girl getting an 86% "Fresh" score on Rotten Tomatoes »

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International Box Office: 'Maze Runner' Beats 'Equalizer'; 'Lucy' Nears $400M Globally

28 September 2014 11:32 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Boy-centric Ya film adaptation The Maze Runner continued to rule at the international box office, winning the weekend race with $27.5 million from 62 markets and pushing the movie's early foreign total to $91 million for a worldwide haul of $149 million. The 20th Century Fox title easily beat Denzel Washington's The Equalizer as that film began its worldwide assault, earning $17.8 million from more than 65 foreign markets. Equalizer, from Sony and Village Roadshow Pictures, excelled in its North American launch, topping the domestic chart with $35 million (Washington's films have always done more business in

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'Gone Girl': What the Critics Are Saying

26 September 2014 2:17 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Gone Girl, which opens the New York Film Festival with its world premiere on Friday night before hitting theaters on Oct. 3, stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry in a dramatic mystery of a wife's disappearance. The 20th Century Fox film, directed by David Fincher, was adapted for the big screen by Gillian Flynn, the novelist who penned the twisty, nasty and sensational best-seller. Read what top critics are saying about Gone Girl: The Hollywood Reporter's chief film critic Todd McCarthy writes that the adaptation is "sharply made, perfectly cast and unfailingly absorbing melodrama. But,

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Maze Runner races past Tombstones with $32.5 M

22 September 2014 8:23 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The young-adult adaptation The Maze Runner raced to the top of the box-office with $32.5 million, giving a budding franchise a quick start out of the gate.

The 20th Century Fox release easily outpaced the $13.1 million debut of Liam Neeson's hardboiled private eye thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones and the $11.9 million opening for the ensemble-cast dramedy This Is Where I Leave You, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The strong opening for The Maze Runner, adapted from James Dashner's science-fiction Ya novel, is a big success for a movie that cost $34 million to make and was released in the normally quiet month of September. Fox aimed to make the film - about a group of teenage boys mysteriously locked inside a giant maze - the first post-summer event movie, putting it on IMAX and large-format screens.

"Our little $34 million-budgeted film is pretty darn strong," said Chris Aronson, head of distribution for Fox. »

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Japan Box Office: 'Apes' Opens Behind Samurai Film

22 September 2014 4:12 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened in second place at the Japanese box office this weekend in its final major market launch. The 20th Century Fox film has done well in various international markets. With $1.9 million (¥21 million), it dragged way behind the $3.8 million (¥41.8 million) that Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, the final part of a samurai sword-fighting trilogy directed by Keishi Otomo, took in its second weekend on top. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened on 712 screens, a wide release for Japan, and pulled in just shy

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‘Maze Runner’ Captures First Place at Foreign Box Office

21 September 2014 2:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Maze Runner” led the foreign box office pack this weekend, leaving all challengers in its dust.

The 20th Century Fox film took in $37.6 million from 7,384 screens, while opening in first place in 50 countries. The film got a head start last week in fewer than a half dozen markets, which brings its overall foreign total to $49 million.

Among the notable openings were South Korea with a $5.5 million haul, Russia with a $5.5 bounty, Australia with a $3.3 million take, Brazil with $2 million in receipts and Mexico with $2 million in tickets sold. The film still has 27 international markets left on its calendar, including such major box office players as the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan.

Outdone by “The Maze Runner,” last weekend’s foreign box office champ, “Lucy,” had to settle for a distant second with $13 million. That brings it global total to $378 million. The action thriller has 3 territories left before concluding its run — Italy, »

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The Maze Runner Review Roundup: Can the Young Adult Movie Match the Success of The Hunger Games?

18 September 2014 6:45 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The Maze Runner is on track to debut with $30 million or more—but is it worth seeing? The 20th Century Fox movie, in theaters tomorrow, was adapted from the first novel in James Dashner's best-selling trilogy. Directed by Wes Ball, it stars Dylan O'Brien as Thomas, a boy who wakes up trapped in a maze. The other boys there have created a society with three basic principles: be helpful, don't hurt anyone and don't go behind the walls. Thomas has no memory of the outside world other than dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. If he hopes to survive, his only option is to escape. The movie also stars Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Patricia Clarkson, Blake Cooper, Alexander »

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