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2 Big Studios, No Women Directors Through 2018

That's 47 male-directed movies

(Newser) - Nearly 50 movies from two major studios are slated to come out through 2018—and there's not a female director to be found among them, according to a tally by the Wrap . It found Paramount is set to release 25 films, while 20th Century Fox will debut 22 (that... More »

Body of Fox Exec Missing Since 2012 Found

Gavin Smith's remains discovered in Angeles National Forest last week

(Newser) - The worst fears of Gavin Smith's family have been confirmed. The body of the 20th Century Fox executive, who went missing on May 1, 2012, was discovered by hikers in California on Oct. 26 and has been positively identified as Smith's, the AP reports. The body was found... More »

The Simpsons Cable Rights Fetch Up to $1B

...Though the money's essentially moving from one part of Fox to another

(Newser) - Homer and company are officially rolling in d'oh. After 24 seasons, the animated comedy is finally coming to cable, in what Deadline is calling the "priciest off-network pact ever." FXX will pay at least $750 million, and possibly as much as $1 billion, to acquire exclusive rights... More »

Simpsons, Fox Strike Partial Deal

Some producers agree to pay cuts; no word yet from actors

(Newser) - Don't say sayonara to the Simpsons just yet: Sources say several top-level producers will take pay cuts in order to keep the show on the air. Not all of the producers are on board, and cast members have not yet agreed to any terms. Variety notes that any money... More »

Contract Brawl With Fox May Kill Simpsons

Network wants voice actors to take 45% pay cut

(Newser) - Has Moe polished his last glass? Has Homer slammed his last Duff’s? Has Krusty made his last small child cry? It’s all possible. Fox is threatening to pull the plug on history’s longest-running sitcom after the current season—its 23rd—if its core voice actors won’t... More »

Time's Up for Jack Bauer, 24

Unless he tortures a network exec, Jack Bauer is canceled

(Newser) - Ask not for whom the digital clock beeps, Jack Bauer, it beeps for thee—Fox will cancel 24 after this season, sources tell The Wrap . Though it's not official yet, the network has hinted it might drop the expensive thriller in August, with one executive saying, “It’s going... More »

Fox Sitting Pretty With Avatar—Even if It Flops

Studio—and Cameron—hedged bets on $500M megapicture

(Newser) - James Cameron’s 3D game-changer Avatar may end up costing upwards of $500 million to produce and market, but, strangely, no one at the studio is losing sleep over the possibility of a flop. The business just isn’t the same as it used to be, when the collapse of... More »

D'oh! Danger Looms Over Simpsons Licensing Deals

With millions at stake, execs try to revitalize interest in show

(Newser) - If Fox executives play their cards right, Bart Simpson may finally be able to tell Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny to eat his shorts. The team behind America’s favorite animated family is in a race to further capitalize on The Simpsons' international popularity through merchandising, USA Today reports. But... More »

Studios Call Off Watchmen War

Long-awaited comic adaptation to hit theaters after Fox, Warners settle

(Newser) - Audiences will be able to watch Watchmen as scheduled now that Warner Bros and Fox smoothed out a super hero dispute, E! Online reports. Fox, which sued Warners for copyright infringement over the DC Comics film adaptation, has agreed to relinquish distribution rights for a cash payment and a... More »

Crisis, Schmisis: Wall Street Sequel Is on

Michael Douglas may be back as Gordon Gekko

(Newser) - Had enough of real-life Wall Street? Well, 20th Century fox has a sequel to the 1987 movie in the works, Variety reports. Michael Douglas hasn't officially signed on, but the story centers on his character, Gordon Gekko, as he gets out of prison. Charlie Sheen's Bud Fox won't make an... More »

Summer Movies Smash Record

Blockbusters boost studios to record-breaking sales

(Newser) - Hollywood studios are reeling in their highest-grossing summer ever, the Los Angeles Times reports. Domestic ticket sales stand at $3.9 billion, up from last year's record-breaking summer. A steady stream of smash hits—and higher ticket prices—accounted for the record take, more than making up for costly flops... More »

Family Guy Neighbor Gets Own Show

Affable Cleveland Brown will step out on his own

(Newser) - Fox's hit cartoon Family Guy is spinning off a new show centered around Cleveland Brown—the soft-spoken neighbor to Peter Griffin. The Cleveland Show will debut in 2009, and follow a recently divorced Brown on a quest to his Virginia hometown, where he falls in love with an old flame. More »

Murdoch's News Corp. Triples Profit

Media conglomerate earns $2.7B, thanks mainly to DirecTV deal

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate tripled its profit last quarter on improved results from its cable and broadcast networks and the sale of DirecTV, MarketWatch reports. News Corp. earned $2.7 billion, or 91 cents a share, up from $871 million, or 27 cents a share, in the same quarter last... More »

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