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Ridley Scott to produce Marco Pierre White biopic for big screen

18 July 2014 8:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ridley Scott will produce a biopic based on the life of television chef Marco Pierre White.

Scott, Giannina Facio and Colet Abedi have optioned the rights to White's memoir The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness and the Making of a Great Chef, Deadline reports.

It isn't yet clear if Scott will also serve as director on the project, which will chart White's rise to fame as one of the first celebrity chefs.

The memoir focuses on White's tumultuous early years and his success as a chef in 1980s London.

The 52-year-old - who trained Gordon Ramsay - was the first and youngest chef to win three Michelin stars. He has appeared on cooking shows like Hell's Kitchen, MasterChef and Marco Pierre White's Kitchen Wars.

Last month, it was reported that The Martian will be Ridley Scott's next project. The 20th Century Fox's sci-fi adventure, starring Matt Damon, »

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‘Gone Girl’ to Open New York Film Festival (Exclusive)

16 July 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gone Girl,” the murder-mystery thriller starring Ben Affleck, will open this year’s 52nd annual New York Film Festival, Variety has learned.

The Twentieth Century Fox release, which was directed by David Fincher and co-financed by New Regency, is based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn. Rosamund Pike plays the title character, a wife who mysteriously vanishes from her home one day, causing her husband (Affleck) to be suspected of killing her.

The opening night gala, held on Sept. 26, is now an important stop in the awards season race. Fincher previously opened the Nyff with 2010′s “The Social Network,” which went on to win three Oscars (it was nominated for eight). Last year’s selection, “Captain Phillips,” landed a best picture Oscar nod. Other awards-friendly titles, such as “Her” and “Inside Llewyn Davis,” also premiered at the festival in 2013, which has gotten more competitive with Toronto, perhaps as a »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Box Office: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Rules With $73 Million

13 July 2014 7:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” swung into theaters and snagged an estimated $73 million domestic debut this weekend from audiences looking for a blockbuster with brains.

The 20th Century Fox release unspooled across 3,967 U.S. theaters and was fueled by a glowing reviews, with many critics calling it the summer’s best popcorn film.

“It’s one of those rare times when critics and audiences agree and the confluence created a perfect storm for a phenomenal opening,” said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution at 20th Century Fox. “A lot of the movies over the last couple of weeks have been received on the tepid side, shall we say, so the market was ripe for a high quality, visually-stunning film.”

Overseas, the film brought in $31.1 million from 26 markets, most of them smaller territories with the exception of Australia and South Korea.

Its U.S. debut exceeds the $60 million bow »

- Brent Lang

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In praise of Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson's Bottom

1 July 2014 3:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Grimy, bleak, extremely violent and stupidly funny, Wil salutes the genius of Ade Edmondson and Rik Mayall's sitcom, Bottom...


The recent passing of Rik Mayall led to legions of fans hitting up Netflix and Youtube to relive the late comedian’s greatest moments. And while the ground-breaking 80s alternative comedy opus The Young Ones and his turn as Lord Flashheart in Blackadder seemed to be the most quoted on social media, it felt like Bottom, the grisly, profane flatshare comedy Mayall and long time collaborator Ade Edmondson made in the early 90s, was left out of the conversation. Which is a shame, because it might just be their masterpiece.

It’s kind of easy to see how Bottom got forgotten. The Young Ones was capital-i Important, not only in terms of breaking alternative comedy into the mainstream, but also as being as much a time capsule of the »

- louisamellor

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Box Office: 'The Fault in Our Stars' is Top-Selling Love Story in Fandango's History

3 June 2014 7:58 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Fault in Our Stars has sold the most advance tickets of any romantic drama in Fandango's 14-year history, outpacing 2012's The Vow. Photos: 'The Fault in Our Stars' Premiere: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort Fete Love Amid Cancer in NYC The 20th Century Fox release is also handily beating advance ticket sales for Tom Cruise's sci-fi epic Edge of Tomorrow. Both films open at the North American box office June 6. Edge of Tomorrow, from Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow, is selling more advance tickets than Cruise's last film, Oblivion, according to Fandango. The Fault in Our Stars, based on

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- Pamela McClintock

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China Box Office: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Has Biggest Hollywood Open of Year

27 May 2014 12:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The 20th Century Fox tentpole X-Men: Days of Future Past stormed the Chinese box office in its opening weekend, boosted by the movie’s Chinese star Fan Bingbing and a well-received visit by key cast. The movie counted nearly 6.5 million admissions and 121,285 million screenings, making it the biggest Hollywood opening in China this year, according to data from Entgroup for the week to May 25. Photos: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Premiere: Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman Hit Black Carpet Internationally, X-Men: Days of Future Past took in $191 million in its opening weekend, putting

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- Clifford Coonan

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Box Office: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Strong; Adam Sandler's 'Blended' Falls Flat

23 May 2014 3:34 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Bryan Singer's critically acclaimed X-Men: Days of Future Past is doing impressive business at the Friday box office, putting it on course for a $100 million-plus debut. The 20th Century Fox tentpole will easily own the long Memorial Day weekend, with more bullish box office observers believing it has a shot at hitting $120 million.  Singer, who directed the first two X-Men films, withdrew from promoting Days of Future Past after a sex abuse lawsuit was filed against him. Photos: An Exclusive Look at the VFX Behind the 'X-Men' Sentinels The $200 million-plus movie

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- Pamela McClintock

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Box Office: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Scores $8.1 Million Thursday Night

23 May 2014 8:11 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Bryan Singer's critically acclaimed X-Men: Days of Future Past grossed a strong $8.1 million as it rolled out in 2,900 North American theaters Thursday night at 10 p.m. The 20th Century Fox tentpole is expected to pass $100 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend, marking the top opening of the year to date and besting the $95 million, three-day debut of Captain America: The Winter Solider in late April. Fox is being more cautious in its projections, saying $95 million to $100 million. The studio notes the strength of Godzilla, which heads into

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- Pamela McClintock

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‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Trailer Features Colin Firth as a Supremely Dapper Secret Agent (Video)

20 May 2014 11:52 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Colin Firth plays a debonair secret agent who takes a young troublemaker under his wing in the new trailer for Matthew Vaughn's “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” Firth is Jack Unwin, a seemingly mild-mannered London tailor who is also a veteran member of a band of smartly-dressed secret agents. Unwin takes in a young criminal full of potential, putting him through the toughest job interview imaginable. And if the trailer is any indication, the film epitomizes British cool. Also read: Aaron Paul, Helen Mirren Join Colin Firth in Thriller ‘Eye in the Sky’ The 20th Century Fox film is based off the Mark Millar. »

- Matthew Bramlett

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ABC Picks Up ‘Cristela’ and ‘Fresh Off the Boat,’ Renews ‘Last Man Standing’

10 May 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

ABC has renewed Tim Allen vehicle, “Last Men Standing,” and picked up two new comedies: “Cristela” and “Fresh Off the Boat.” “Cristela” stars Cristela Alonzo in the titular role, Carlos Ponce as Felix, Terri Hoyos as Natalia, Andrew Leeds as Josh and Sam McMurray as Trent. The 20th Century Fox TV Production is written by Alonzo and Kevin Hench. Hench, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements and Shawn Levy will executive produce. The comedy follows Cristela (Alonzo), who is finally on the brink of landing her first big (unpaid) internship at a prestigious law firm. The only problem is that her pursuit of success is more. »

- Tony Maglio

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CBS Renews ‘Mentalist,’ Cancels ‘Crazy Ones,’ ‘Hostages,’ ‘Intelligence’ & 2 More

10 May 2014 11:08 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS has given a seventh-season renewal to drama “The Mentalist” while dropping the ax on five first-year shows: “The Crazy Ones,” “Hostages,” “Intelligence,” “Friends with Better Lives” and “Bad Teacher.”

“Mentalist” (pictured) renewal went down to the wire as CBS wanted to survey its drama pilot options before making a call on the Warner Bros. TV procedural starring Simon Baker. The series has been a steady performer in the Sunday 10 p.m. time slot during the past two seasons, averaging about 12.5 million viewers and 2.0 rating in adults 18-49 for the season to date in live-plus-7 ratings.

The Crazy Ones” was a big swing at a single-camera comedy for CBS, with prominent auspices in David E. Kelley and stars Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. The 20th Century Fox TV show had the tough assignment of the 9 p.m. slot on CBS’ Thursday lineup against ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.” Even »

- Cynthia Littleton

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‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ To Open Italy’s Taormina Film Fest

6 May 2014 3:34 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – “How To Train Your Dragon 2” will open Italy’s Taormina Film Festival which will host the U.S. blockbuster’s Italo launch with a spectacular 3D screening in its 8,000 seat ancient Greek theatre with helmer Dean DeBlois in tow.

The 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks Animation sequel, which will world preem in Cannes, will hit U.S. theatres June 13 and screen at Taormina June 14. The “Dragon 2” Italo release date is instead August 16, due to Italy’s structural box office scarcity in early summer when Italos hit the beach en masse.

Located in Sicily, Taormina is among Europe’s oldest fests, being relaunched in recent editions with a more mainstream format by artistic director Mario Sesti and general manager Tiziana Rocca.

Taormina’s 60th edition will run June 14-21.



- Nick Vivarelli

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Peter Serafinowicz, Nargis Fakhri joins Paul Feig's Spy

25 April 2014 3:34 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Peter Serafinowicz has been cast in Paul Feig's Spy.

Bollywood star Nargis Fakhri, Swedish comedian Bjorn Gustafsson and transgender Ukrainian popstar Verka Serduchka have also joined the Melissa McCarthy-starring comedy, reports Deadline.

Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Bobby Cannavale, Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson and Miranda Hart will also feature in the movie.

The film centres around Susan Cooper (Melissa) - an unlikely spy - as she teams with a diverse group of her secret agent colleagues.

"There are so many actors worldwide that I've been dying to work with and Nargis, Peter and Bjorn have always been at the top of my list," said Feig.

"Peter and Bjorn are comic geniuses and Nargis is cool, funny and drop-dead gorgeous, which ironically are three adjectives that have been used to describe me. So, I feel a special kinship with her."

Serafinowicz will next be seen in Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy. »

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Box Office Preview: 'The Other Woman' Looks to Beat 'Brick Mansions,' 'Quiet Ones'

24 April 2014 4:10 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Nick Cassavetes' female-fueled comedy The Other Woman has a shot at winning the weekend box-office race with a North American debut as high as $20 million. The 20th Century Fox movie stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton. The Other Woman's chief competitors for the No. 1 spot will be holdovers Captain America: The Winter Soldier, faith-based film Heaven Is For Real and Rio 2. Brick Mansions, the late Paul Walker's second-to-last film before Fast & Furious 7, and horror movie The Quiet Ones are looking at much more modest openings. Film Review: The Other

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- Pamela McClintock

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The Other Woman Wins MPAA Appeal For PG-13 Rating

11 April 2014 5:13 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The Twentieth Century Fox comedy The Other Woman is gearing up for its end of the month release. Along with unveiling a slew of trailers and clips, Fox also had to do battle with the Motion Picture Association of America to allow the film to reach as wide an audience as possible. And with a few weeks to spare, Fox has won. The Wrap reports the MPAA has reconsidered The Other Woman's rating, and has revised its rating from R to PG-13. The Other Woman seemed ripe for an R-rating considering its concept. The script by Melissa Stack centers on a sassy single woman (Cameron Diaz) who thinks she's found the perfect man, only to learn he's married, making her--you guessed it--the other woman. But instead of the typical trajectory of wife (Leslies Mann) and mistress loathing each other, they bond over his betrayal and even befriend his other mistress »

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50 Cent joins Melissa McCarthy in Paul Feig's Spy

2 April 2014 3:12 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

50 Cent will join Melissa McCarthy in Spy.

Rapper Curtis Jackson will play himself in director Paul Feig's film - which was previously titled Susan Cooper - according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Jude Law will feature in the film as a suave spy, with Jason Statham as a clumsy and overconfident agent.

Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale and Nia Long will also appear in the movie.

It is yet to be revealed how 50 Cent will figure in the plot.

McCarthy continues her collaboration with Feig, following on from Bridesmaids and The Heat.

Curtis has previously featured in Get Rich or Die Tryin', Home of the Brave and Righteous Kill.

The 20th Century Fox picture will begin shooting in Budapest in April.

Spy is scheduled for release on May 22, 2015. »

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Carlos Saldanha, ‘Rio 2′ Make a Splash With a Samba Pool Party

31 March 2014 8:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Everyone and their nanny was at the “Rio 2″ Gotham premiere on Sunday.

The 20th Century Fox-Blue Sky Studios toon closed the 17th edition of the New York Intl. Children’s Film Festival one week after making its North American premiere in Miami.

Rio 2″ was inspired by the 2011 original, which grossed nearly $500 million worldwide. The sequel is already off to a similarly sunny start, grossing more than $10 million in a few territories (it opened March 27 in Brazil and April 11 Stateside). But despite the sequel’s impressive  B.O., director Carlos Saldanha wasn’t toasting the film’s success just yet.

“You can never celebrate too much,” said Saldanha, who worked on the sequel for three and a half years.

“Musically we started from the first day,” the helmer said. “We had to come up with new styles and rhythms (for the second film). It was much more work (musically) compared to ‘Rio. »

- Addie Morfoot

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Fox Cancels ‘Raising Hope’ After 4 Seasons

10 March 2014 12:10 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox is pulling the plug on family comedy “Raising Hope” after four seasons.

The 20th Century Fox TV sitcom, created by Greg Garcia, will wrap with an hourlong finale on April 4.

The writing was on the wall for the show this season when “Hope” was moved to the low-traffic Friday 9:30 p.m. slot. Show revolving around a dysfunctional family that pulls together when the adult son winds up with an unexpected baby stars Lucas Neff, Martha Plimpton, Garret Dillahunt and Cloris Leachman.

“On behalf of myself, Greg Garcia and ‘Raising Hope’s’ amazing cast and crew, I would like to thank our audience for tuning in and supporting us over the last four seasons,” said exec producer Mike Mariano. “We planned our Season Four finale with this possibility in mind, and hope our loyal fans enjoy the way we’ve chosen to say goodbye to the Chances and to Natesville. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Daniel Radcliffe Appears Once More on Set of Frankenstein Shoot

27 February 2014 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

Back in December 'The Woman in Black' star Daniel Radcliffe was spotted on set of 'Lucky Number Slevin' director Paul McGuigan's latest retelling of 'Frankenstein'. Radcliffe plays the role of Igor, the fictional assistant of Victor Von Frankenstein (payed by James McAvoy ('X-Men: First Class')), and once more the chap has been papped on set in his period garb. The Twentieth Century Fox production is currently shooting in London with McGuigan helming from a script provided by 'Chronicle' scribe Max Landis. The strong supporting cast includes the sexy Jessica Brown Findlay ('Downton Abbey'), 'Sherlock' creator Mark Gatiss, and the excellent Andrew Scott (who played Moriarty in the modern day retelling of 'Sherlock'). Head below for the snaps. »

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Fox Beefs Up Commitments For ‘Red Band Society,’ ‘Runner’

17 January 2014 9:06 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox is making good on entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly’s promise to shake up the way the network handles pilot season, handing expanded commitments to two high-profile projects: “Red Band Society” and “Runner.”

“Red Band” has received what Fox says is akin to a first episode order plus orders for backup scripts.

See Also: Kevin Reilly: Fox to ‘Bypass’ Pilot Season This Year

“Red Band” is based on a Spanish TV series (pictured) about a group of youths with serious illnesses who band together to entertain themselves while in the hospital. Margaret Nagle penned the U.S. adaptation and is exec producing for ABC Studios and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. Amblin’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank also exec produce with producer Sergio Aguero, who brought the project to Amblin.

See Also: Fox Developing Remake of Spanish TV Hit ‘Red Band Society’

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- Cynthia Littleton

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