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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’

For “Runner,” Fox has given it »

- Cynthia Littleton

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NBC Adds Comedy Pilots From Jason Katims, Will Ferrell, Dan Mazer

15 January 2014 4:45 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NBC is teaming with Will Ferrell, Dan Mazer and Jason Katims for three additional comedy pilots. The network has handed out pilot orders to single-camera half-hours Love Is Relative, Mission Control and Ellen More or Less, marking its eight, ninth and 10th projects for 2014-15. Story: TV Pilots 2014: The Complete Guide Love Is Relative hails from Borat and Bruno writer Dan Mazer and centers on a couple who start to see their marriage in a whole new way after her newly divorced brother moves in. The 20th Century Fox comedy hails from Good Humor TV and

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- Lesley Goldberg

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