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Box Office: ‘Exodus: Gods & Kings’ Tops Charts With $24.5 Million

14 December 2014 8:28 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Exodus: Gods and Kings” toppled “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ from its perch atop the box office, but its opening weekend results fell short of heavenly status.

The biblical epic picked up $24.5 million from 3,503 locations. That was in line with projections, but bringing the story of Moses to life carried a hefty $140 million price tag. The 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment production will need to perform well overseas and will have to build an audience stateside if it’s going to be profitable.

The debut audience was 54% male and 65% over the age of 25, and the film played particularly well to hispanic and African-American moviegoers, who made up 18% and 20% of the crowd.

“We got the religious audience, but the opening audience was much more diverse than just that,” said Spencer Klein, executive vice president of theatrical distribution at Fox.

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- Brent Lang

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Fox Developing Top-Secret Hybrid Comedy From Drawn Together Creators

13 December 2014 12:52 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The duo behind Drawn Together are sketching out a potential new series for Fox that’s… unconventional to say the least.

Meet the Kellers, written and exec-produced by Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein, is being described as a half-hour family sitcom that is part scripted and part hidden camera.

The 20th Century-produced project is said to be in the early development stage, and further details on the premise are being kept under very tight wraps.

Related storiesSleepy Hollow Casts Defiance Star Jaime Murray as a Divine DemonGracepoint Finale Recap: 'Every Single Bit of It Stays Between Us'Bones' 200th Episode: Was It a Technicolor Dream? »

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Box Office: 'Exodus' Tops Friday on Way to $25 Million Debut

13 December 2014 8:56 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The final Bible-based film in a year full of faith-inspired stories, Exodus: Gods and Kings, earned an estimated $8.6 million Friday as it marches toward the No. 1 domestic spot for the weekend. Directed by Ridley Scott, Exodus is on track to earn around $25 million in its debut, which would allow it to take the top spot from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, now in its fourth week. The 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment film, an epic based on the story of Moses (Christian Bale), earned a B- Cinemascore. While Exodus will not open

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- Rebecca Ford

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Box Office: 'Exodus' Marching Toward $25 Million Debut

11 December 2014 1:46 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Exodus: Gods and Kings is on track to earn north of $8 million Friday on its way to topping the North American box office this weekend, taking the No. 1 spot from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, which has reigned for the past three weekends. The film, an epic based on the story of Moses (Christian Bale), earned a decent $1.2 million in late-night showings Thursday and will likely take in $23 million to $25 million in its domestic debut. Directed by Ridley Scott, Exodus is opening in 3,503 theaters this weekend. The 20th Century Fox

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- Rebecca Ford

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Global Box Office: 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Delivers $23 Million in Early Foreign Launch

7 December 2014 10:53 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Starring Christian Bale as MosesExodus: Gods and Kings marched into its first 10 foreign markets this weekend, grossing a pleasing $23 million as Hollywood once again tests the global appetite for biblical epics. The 20th Century Fox tentpole, directed by Ridley Scott, fared well in all. Some are heavily Catholic markets, including Mexico, where the film grossed $4.7 million. That was somewhat less than what Darren Aronofsky's Noah scored in its debut earlier this year ($5.7 million), but Exodus was 41 percent ahead of Scott's last film, Prometheus. Conversely, it came in 40 percent ahead of Noah

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- Pamela McClintock

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Modern tribes: the late-onset celebrity

5 December 2014 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

‘I can anticipate the regrets that might one day afflict a revered news personality when he reflects on the hysterical acclaim lavished on younger, big-boobed but less intellectually incisive entertainers from the ghastly world of “reality” TV’

Why did I do it? What a pathetic question. A more nimble interrogator might ask why I spent 50 years denying my talent for lighthearted banter, but the answer is partly, to be banal, that I have always wished to emulate the least of the BBC’s innumerable, incompetent managers in owning a modest yacht. And partly, without making what is incomprehensibly called a “bucket list”, I can anticipate the regrets that might one day afflict a revered news and current affairs personality when he reflects on the hysterical acclaim lavished on younger, big-boobed but, to be blunt, less intellectually incisive entertainers from the ghastly world of “reality” TV.

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- Catherine Bennett

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Vince Vaughn and Dave Franco Go Wild in Germany in 'Unfinished Business' Red-Band Trailer

26 November 2014 12:05 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson party on a business trip to Germany in the new red-band trailer for Vaughn's new film Unfinished Business. The 20th Century Fox-New Regency movie begins with Vaughn's character being told he has to take a pay cut. He then strikes out on his own, starting his own firm with only two employees: one too young (Franco) and one too old (Wilkinson). Read more It's Official: Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn to Star in 'True Detective' They learn that they've scored a big deal in Germany and think they're just traveling to

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- Hilary Lewis

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'Penguins of Madagascar': What the Critics Are Saying

26 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | 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.

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- 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.

#MailOnlineTV pic.twitter.com/GqHNLTYsu9

@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

#MailOnlineTV pic.twitter.com/DIfpNKuzx7

@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 »

- Cynthia Littleton

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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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- Pamela McClintock

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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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- Cynthia Littleton

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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. »

- Jeff Sneider

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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, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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