April 17, 2014

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The Best Exotic Marigold hotel crosses $100 million in worldwide grosses

HollywoodNews.com: Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, financed by Fox Searchlight Pictures and Participant Media, had crossed $100 million in worldwide gross receipts on Wednesday, May 30. The film has amassed nearly $20 million in U.S. box office receipts since it began its platform release May 4th. Opening in select cities, it has become the 7th highest grossing film for Fox Searchlight Pictures in just over 3 weeks – also making it the highest grossing specialty film of 2012. As it expanded to over 1200 screens over the Memorial Day holiday, the film came in with a 4-day box office gross of $8.4 million, placing it #8 in the top 10 films — behind tent-poles playing on nearly 3 times as many screens. The film had already grossed $81.2M overseas since February.
After its London world premiere in February, THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL opened to strong box-office business in the United Kingdom. The film continued to build worldwide and has already passed both The Queen and Calendar Girls in total International grosses. The film is currently the 3rd highest-grossing 2012 release in Australia and New Zealand (behind only The Avengers and The Hunger Games) and 4th highest-grossing 2102 title in the U.K. (behind The Avengers, The Hunger Games, and The Woman in Black). Currently, the film marks the 4th best international grossing film released worldwide by Fox Searchlight Pictures, behind only Black Swan ($224.6M), The Full Monty ($212M), and The Descendants ($93.2M).
“THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL continues to perform beyond our wildest expectations. It is a true humanist story that resonates with audiences of all ages everywhere and is a return to pure character driven drama. John Madden is a master storyteller and has drawn great performances from the crème de la crème of British cinema,” said Utley and Gilula.
Jim Berk, Participant Media CEO said, “We are thrilled that this wonderful film is captivating audiences everywhere. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a perfect example of what we at Participant look for–a good story, well told; in other words, a timely and believable tale full of humor and heart, with an optimistic and hopeful message for everyone about being open to change and new experiences in order to continue to grow.”
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Megan Fox, Brian Austin Green allegedly being sued over assault

HollywoodNews.com: Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green are reportedly going to be at the center of a lawsuit filed today that claims Green assaulted a photographer while Fox egged him on to do it.
The two were reportedly in Hawaii when a paparazzo allegedly started taking pictures of them which didn’t work out too well, states TMZ. Both allegedly verbally assaulted the man when Fox reportedly asked Green if he was going to let the man get away with this.
Green then reportedly beat the man up and threw his phone into the water. Fox was allegedly encouraging this the whole time.
Do you think the man will be successful with this lawsuit?
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Megan Fox hoping to be a mom in the future

HollywoodNews.com: Megan Fox has been married to longtime beau Brian Austin Green for a little bit now, so it might be the right time to start thinking about kids.
Fox recently opened up to ‘Cosmopolitan’ about wanting children with Green, who already has one son with Vanessa Marcil, states UsMagazine.com. “I want at least two, probably three [kids],” Fox admitted, adding that she thinks she’s pretty maternal.
The two married in 2010 after dating since she was about 18 years old.
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Ray J implies Kim Kardashian cheated on husband with him

HollywoodNews.com: It sounds like Ray J may have been the reason Kim Kardashian’s first marriage to music producer Damon Thomas didn’t work out as he is currently implying the two had an affair.
In his new book, ‘Death of a Cheating Man: What Every Woman Must Know About Men Who Stray,’ Ray J speaks about a woman he calls “KK” and how she pursued him while she was married, states the New York Post.
“We’d known each other for a while before we dated and there was a mutual attraction, but she was married … She let me know she wanted to get with me. She left her husband for me as soon as we started having sex and things between us got intense really fast. After that, I felt obligated to be with her,” Ray J writes about the mystery woman.
He also writes in the book that the two cheated on each other during their relationship until it came to an end.
What do you think about what he wrote?
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Bethenny Frankel launching daytime show this summer

HollywoodNews.com: Bethenny Frankel apparently can’t be stopped as she will be taking on the new project of a daytime talk show this upcoming summer.
Frankel’s new show will debut a six-week preview this summer for select FOX markets that include Los Angeles and New York, states UsMagazine.com. “The queen of too much information is coming to DAYTIME! I am indeed getting my own L.A.-based talk show this summer on FOX and I am beyond excited!” Frankel revealed on her blog.
The one-hour talk show will reportedly include discussions about pop culture, relationships, beauty, fitness and lifestyle issues.
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Fox Searchlight Pictures Buys “The Surrogate”

HollywoodNews.com: Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula announced today that the company has acquired worldwide rights to the inspirational true story THE SURROGATE. Directed and written by Ben Lewin, THE SURROGATE stars John Hawkes as Mark O’Brien, Helen Hunt as Cheryl Cohen Greene and William H. Macy as Father Brendan. The film was produced by Judi Levine of Suchmuch Films and Stephen Nemeth of Rhino Films and is scheduled to be released in 2012.
?Ben Lewin has created a touching, uplifting look at one man?s desire to experience life to the fullest. The brave and indelible performances by John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy left us floored,? said Gilula and Utley.
?We’re very happy to have found a home at Fox Searchlight for this film,? said director Ben Lewin. ?We have worked hard to evoke the spirit of Mark O’Brien and his writing, and feel that the Searchlight team can help bring his unique and touching story to as wide of an audience as possible.?
?We look forward to working with Searchlight to broaden the conversation of topics that were once considered taboo and that represent what’s going on in society in a much more open way,? said Levine.
?Their work on films as diverse as ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ show their resources and passion can translate emotionally compelling material to a mainstream audience,? added producer Nemeth.
Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California?based journalist and poet Mark O?Brien, THE SURROGATE tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined – at age 38 – to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality.
The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight?s Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions Tony Safford, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O?Brien and Vice President of Acquisitions & Co-Productions Ray Strache with CAA and attorney Craig Emanuel on behalf of the filmmakers.
Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a unit of Fox Entertainment Group.
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Russell Brand signs on for FX TV deal

HollywoodNews.com: Russell Brand is apparently going to be coming to TV as he has reportedly signed a TV deal with FX.
Brand has reportedly signed a deal that will give him “six half-hour specials featuring his opinions on current events, politics and pop culture,” states UsMagazine.com. The untitled project will reportedly air next spring.
“I am so excited I’m on the point of climax, in fact I will put the ‘O’ into FX, which spells FOX, which is actually the channel’s real name,” Brand said about the deal.
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Oscars: “Shame” launches official Web site – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: An Oscar campaign I’m anxious to track this season is the one Fox Searchlight plans to mount on behalf of Steve McQueen’s “Shame.” Because the film is Oscar-worthy on virtually every level – from direction and composition to performance. Yet the frank treatment of a delicate subject matter (sex) could make some squeamish. Let’s just hope that doesn’t count against it in the ongoing race.
The studio reveals an interactive site this morning that introduces audiences to McQueen’s style. Harry Escott’s haunting score underlies the site, which allows you to explore information on Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, both mesmerizing playing a sex addict and his sister, who’s either in town to help him or to seek assistance for her own issues.
Searchlight shouldn’t have to work so hard to campaign for “Shame.” Screen it, and let the film’s powerful messages speak for themselves, right? Only, the Academy doesn’t have a long history of embracing tough, honest discussions of sexuality. The film’s NC-17 rating also creates obstacles that Searchlight will have to work around.
The film opens in limited release on Dec. 2, and will expand throughout the season. Without a legitimate frontrunner stomping through the Oscar race – taking out the competition – this seems like the year where awards love can be spread to multiple pictures. If there’s justice, “Shame” will be in the game.
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Gotham goes with “Descendants,” “Martha Marcy” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Nominees for the 21st Gotham Independent Film Awards were revealed this morning, and Fox Searchlight’s bound to be pleased.
Two films the studio will be pushing through the awards season – Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” and Sean Durkin’s “Martha March May Marlene” – lead the pack with three nominations apiece, including Best Feature (for “Descendants”) and Best Ensemble Performance (for both films).
The studio’s “The Tree of Life,” director Terrence Malick’s rumination on creation and destruction, also scored a Best Feature nomination. All told, Searchlight nabbed eight Gotham nominations. The closest competitor was Focus Features and Sony Pictures Classics, each with three nominations to their names.
The remaining Best Feature nominees were Mike Mills’ “Beginners,” Jeff Nichols’ “Take Shelter” and Kelly Reichardt’s “Meek’s Cutoff.”
The Gotham Awards’ ceremony will be held on Nov. 28 … the same day the New York Film Critics’ Circle plans to reveal the results of their year-end voting.
Here’s a full list of Gotham nominees:
Best Feature:
Beginners
Mike Mills, director; Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech, Miranda de Pencier, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, producers (Focus Features)
The Descendants
Alexander Payne, director; Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Meek’s Cutoff
Kelly Reichardt, director; Neil Kopp, Anish Savjani, Elizabeth Cuthrell, David Urrutia, producers (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Take Shelter
Jeff Nichols, director; Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)
The Tree of Life
Terrence Malick, director; Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Grant Hill, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Best Documentary:
Better This World
Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega, directors; Katie Galloway, Kelly Duane de la Vega, Mike Nicholson, producers (Loteria Films, Picturebox, Motto Pictures and Passion Pictures; ITVS in association with American Documentary | POV)
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Richard Press, director; Philip Gefter, producer (Zeitgeist Films)
Hell and Back Again
Danfung Dennis, director; Mike Lerner, Martin Herring, producers (Docurama Films)
The Interrupters
Steve James, director; Alex Kotlowitz, Steve James, producers (The Cinema Guild)
The Woodmans
C. Scott Willis, director; Neil Barrett, Jeff Werner, C. Scott Willis, producers (Lorber Films; Kino Lorber, Inc.)
Best Ensemble Performance:
Beginners
Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic, Kai Lennox, Mary Page Keller, Keegan Boos (Focus Features)
The Descendants
George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges, Robert Forster, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, Nick Krause, Amara Miller, Mary Birdsong, Rob Huebel (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Margin Call
Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci, Aasif Mandvi (Roadside Attractions)
Martha Marcy May Marlene
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“The Simpsons” producers agree to pay cuts, sources say

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Have “The Simpsons” been spared?
While contract negotiations with voice talent threatened to end the animated program after a staggering 23 seasons, it’s now being reported that multiple top-level producers “have agreed to take pay cuts” to help keep the show on the air.
“Some — though not all — of the producers of the Fox series have indicated they’re willing to have their pay reduced to continue the series beyond its current record-setting 23rd season,” EW.com reports. “The cast, however, have yet to agree to terms with the studio.”
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20th Century Fox TV was looking for a 45 percent pay cut from the talent, without which the show literally could not go on. The voice actors reportedly countered with a proposal that would amount to a 30 percent reduction in salary, but would include a bigger piece of the back end. That proposal was rejected by the studio.
As EW.com says, though, all sides “strongly believe a deal will be reached,” so now it’s just a matter of when.
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