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James Cameron to direct 'The Informationist' after 'Avatar' sequels

James Cameron may have told the New York Times back in May that he’s in the “Avatar business. Period,” but 20th Century Fox has announced he’ll direct an adaptation of the novel The Informationist for the studio after he completes the second and third Avatar films, now in pre-production.

Cameron will co-produce The Informationist with Jon Landau, his partner at Lightstorm Entertainment, which has acquired the rights to the book by Taylor Stevens published in October 2011, according to a Fox press release Tuesday. The pair expect to hire a writer soon to adapt the book.


Charlie Brown and Snoopy team with Fox for 2015 animated feature

You’re a Movie Star, Charlie Brown!

Peanuts, the beloved comic strip created by Charles Schulz 62 years ago, will be made into a feature animated film from Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios, the companies announced early Tuesday. The film will be directed by Steve Martino (Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!Ice Age: Continental Drift), from a screenplay by Craig Schulz (Charles Schulz’s son) and the writing team of Bryan Schulz (Charles Schulz’s grandson) and Cornelius Uliano. READ FULL STORY

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' lands 'Cloverfield' director Matt Reeves

If you think a single giant marauding alien monster or a child vampire are scary, what about an army of intelligent primates?

EW has confirmed that Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves is finalizing a deal to direct Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which itself was a prequel-reboot of the original Planet of the Apes films from the 1960s and 70s. Reeves replaces Rise director Rupert Wyatt, who reportedly left the project due to concerns about Fox’s announced release date of May 23, 2014.

Andy Serkis will reprise his performance-capture role as lead intelli-ape Caesar. No word yet whether costars James Franco and Freida Pinto will also be returning.

Deadline first reported the story.

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Fox co-chairman Tom Rothman stepping down at the end of the year


Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chairman and CEO Tom Rothman will step down from his posts at the end of this year, announced Fox on Friday.

Current co-chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, who has shared the roles with Rothman since 2000, will take full reign of the positions.

“I have been at Fox for over 18 years, the bulk of my adult working life,” Rothman said in a press release from Fox. “In that time we have accomplished more than I ever imagined, from the founding and nurturing of Fox Searchlight, to overseeing the two biggest films in box office history, to keeping us consistently at the highest levels of industry profits, including this most recent strong fiscal year, and, most of all, making dozens of films that I believe will stand the test of time.”

Before becoming chairman, Rothman served as president of Twentieth Century Fox Film Group, president of production for Twentieth Century Fox and, the founder and president of Fox Searchlight in 1994. Some of the films under his long watch include Black Swan, Juno, The Devil Wears Prada, Borat, Boys Don’t Cry, and box office juggernauts Avatar and TitanicREAD FULL STORY

'The Wolverine' to begin shooting in Australia this August, then move to Japan

It’s actually happening! The Australian government of New South Wales announced today that the long-anticipated, much-delayed production of The Wolverine will begin shooting this August, in star Hugh Jackman’s hometown of Sydney. Production will eventually move to shoot in Japan, the film’s main location.

The news comes two months after 20th Century Fox scheduled the quasi-sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine to hit theaters July 23, 2013. Last year, director Darren Aronofsky departed the project, pushing back production for a year as Fox sought a new director (eventually selecting Walk the Line‘s James Mangold) and Jackman kept busy with his one-man show on Broadway last fall and filming an adaptation of Les Misérables this spring.

The most pressing question moving forward: Can Hugh Jackman pack on all those muscles again in just four scant months?

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Fox pulls 'Neighborhood Watch' poster and trailer in light of Trayvon Martin's death


On February 26, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. That shocking, racially charged incident has led to widespread outrage, protests… and trouble for 20th Century Fox, the studio behind the upcoming aliens vs. Ben Stiller comedy Neighborhood Watch.

In light of Martin’s death, Fox has decided to pull the film’s first teaser poster and trailer from theaters in the slain teen’s home state of Florida. “The movie, which is not scheduled for release for several months, was made and these initial marketing materials were released before this incident ever came to light,” a Fox spokesperson told EW in an official statement. “The teaser materials were part of an early phase of our marketing and were never planned for long-term use. Above all else, our thoughts go out to the families touched by this terrible event.”

Fox is reportedly still planning to release Neighborhood Watch on July 27. In addition to Stiller, the film also stars comic heavyweights Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and The IT Crowd‘s Richard Ayoade. Check out the yanked trailer, as well as a full-size poster, below. READ FULL STORY

WonderCon: 'Prometheus' debuts new trailer, 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' new footage -- VIDEO

The brand new trailer for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus officially debuted today in Anaheim, Calif. at WonderCon, the fan convention little sister of Comic-Con. Screenwriter Damon Lindelof hosted the panel that featured Scott, and Prometheus costars Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender, and before screening the trailer, they promised the two-and-a-half-minute clip would help resolve many pressing questions fans have about the film.

The trailer does indeed illuminate a bit more of the film’s storyline. Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

Tina Fey offered producing role on 'Fancy Nancy' movie -- EXCLUSIVE

Fancy Nancy is aiming to put together an appropriately fancy line-up of talent as she makes her way to the big screen.

Night at the Museum and Real Steel filmmaker Shawn Levy just signed on as producer, and now 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey is being offered a chance to help him bring the sparkly little girl to life, sources close to the project tell Entertainment Weekly.

If Fey signs on as co-producer, the homemade princess would undoubtedly be very pleased, and both parents and little girls everywhere will be saying: “I want to go to there.”


'The Wolverine' (finally) gets a release date

After multiple delays and a high-profile change in directors, The Wolverine finally appears set to bare its clawsEW has confirmed that the sequel to 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine is slated to hit theaters July 23, 2013, an indication that studio 20th Century Fox is reasonably confident that the film will start shooting this year.

Just under a year ago, Darren Aronofsky bowed out of directing the project, citing concern that the film’s lengthy prospective shoot in Japan would keep him away from his family for too long. By June, James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line) had been picked to replace him, but delays have pushed the film’s start date from last fall into this year.

Jackman, meanwhile, recently concluded the Broadway run of his one man show, and he’s currently rehearsing for Tom Hooper’s big screen adaptation of Les Misérables, which begins production in March.

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'Red Tails': Will George Lucas' $100 million gamble pay off?

George Lucas must have the deepest pockets of any independent filmmaker on the planet. He self-financed Red Tails – the epic passion project about the Tuskegee Airmen he’s been fighting to bring to the big screen for 23 years — with close to $100 million of his personal fortune. Today he’s got to be smiling, though, because it looks like his investment has a shot at paying off.

It’ll be an uphill battle, but Red Tails soared in its opening weekend with $19.1 million, well beyond what distributor 20th Century Fox anticipated. That beats the openings of previous aerial adventure films like Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow ($15.6 million), Stealth ($13.3 million), and Flyboys ($6 million). Next week it’ll have to compete against Liam Neeson battling wolves in The Grey, but Red Tails’ 43% Friday-to-Saturday jump, robust $7,604 per-screen average, and solid “A” CinemaScore, despite mixed critical reviews, bodes well for its future financial prospects. If it performs anything like The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which also opened with a little over $19 million during the extended Christmas weekend, Lucas might just break even. With Black History Month just around the corner, continued interest in the story of the first African-American fighter pilot squad is very likely.

This success is hard won for Lucas and Red Tails director Anthony Hemingway. After the African-American-driven World War II film Miracle at St. Anna tanked at the box office with a cumulative $7.9 million domestic gross (and a $45 million production budget) in 2008, Hollywood became especially wary of financing expensive war movies built around largely unknown black actors. Even with Lucas’ support, no studio was willing to finance Red Tails. So he ponied up the $58 million production budget and $35 million distribution costs (plus an additional amount for marketing) himself. READ FULL STORY

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