Ailes, who founded Fox News in 1996 but was forced out amid a scandal in 2016, has passed away at the age of 77.
Roger Ailes, the highly influential and controversial founder of Fox News who was last year forced out of the network amid a sexual harassment scandal, has died at the age of 77.
The media mogul also served as an adviser to Republican presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan and, after his exit from Fox News, the election campaign of presidential candidate Donald Trump. He joined Fox in 1996 and helped build it into a massively influential and profitable section of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox.
“I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning,” his wife Elizabeth Ailes said in a statement published on the Drudge Report on Thursday (May 18th).
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20th Century Fox bought the "life rights" for a film about the Marvel icon's life.
The Hollywood Reporter claimed in an article on Wednesday (September 14th) that Fox wasn’t going to make a straight-up biopic about the 93 year old animator and editor’s life, but would make an “action-adventure” flick set in the 1970s, with Lee himself conceived as a hero in the vein of “Roger Moore’s 007”.
Producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, already attached, have promised that the project would be a “period action-adventure movie… in the tone of Kingsman: The Secret Service,” according the report.
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Branagh will not only be directing the project, but will also be starring as the famous Belgian detective in Fox's new adaptation.
The 54 year old English actor, whose directing credits include Thor, Henry V and 2015’s box-office success Cinderella, is reported by Variety to have signed up for the Fox re-make that has been in the pipelines since 2013. Ridley Scott, fresh from his success with The Martian, is also attached to the project as a co-producer.
Sir Kenneth Branagh will be directing and starring in the new adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic novel
The two hour TV special will mark the 40th anniversary of the cult classic musical.
It looks like Rocky Horror Picture Show is headed to the small screen! Yes according to reports, Fox is said to be prepping a two hour remake of the cult classic musical, to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Deadline reports that the taped event special is in development with a cast-contingent order and will be executive produced by The Jackal Group’s Gail Berman.
The network has also just renewed ‘Empire’, ‘Gotham’ and ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine' for second series
Fox has just placed an order for a ‘cast-contingent’ pilot of ‘Luther', a series based on the popular BBC drama starring Idris Elba. But the minds behind the potential series now have the unenviable task of finding someone to fill the shoes of British star Elba, who will be sticking around to executive produce the American project.
Idris Elba as 'Luther'
‘Luther’ follows the near-genius homicide detective John Luther, who posses a brilliant mind, which often isn't enough to save him from the dangerous violence of his passions. Neil Cross, who wrote and executive produced the original BBC series, will also pen the US remake.
Continue reading: Fox Orders Pilot For US Remake Of 'Luther' And 'Frankenstein' Series
Fox has renewed 'Empire', 'Gotham' and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' for further seasons.
Fox has ordered a second season of Empire after airing just two episodes. Comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine and superhero drama Gotham have also been renewed. Fox announced the renewals on Saturday (17th January) at the Television Critics Association press tour in California.
Terrence Howard stars in Empire.
In the first deal of its kind, Netflix has secured the rights to 'Gotham' - a show yet to air its first season on Fox.
Streaming service Netflix has pulled off a major coup by landing the rights to 'Gotham' - the Batman prequel series yet to air its first season on Fox. In a deal between Netflix and Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution, the streaming service will get exclusive on demand rights for the highly anticipated series, from fall 2015.
'Gotham' starring Ben McKenzie [L] is headed to Netflix
"Gotham is the most anticipated new series of the fall season and we are thrilled to offer it to our members around the world," said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos in a statement. "The Batman origin story is sure to have massive global appeal so it is fitting that, along with Warner Television, we have created a new model for distributing a show that international and domestic audiences will love."
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Could '24' be on the way back?
Jack Bauer is coming back. Basically. At the 2014 Summer TCA Press Tour on Sunday, Peter Price, chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group was quizzed on whether '24' could return for a new season - and it sounds like pretty good news.
Keifer Sutherland could return as Jack Bauer [Getty/Anthony Harvey]
Rice said he's "always been a fan" of the show and said he thought the comeback "was fantastic." However, he confirmed that the network hasn't "had a specific conversation about it coming back yet. I'm sure we will in the future. It's a wonderful franchise.
Continue reading: So '24' Is Basically Coming Back, On Fox
Dream of marrying Prince Harry? Great, just don't go on Fox's new reality show.
Poor Prince Harry, he really must be having a hard time getting over his breakup from Cressida Bonas because he’s just turned up on an American dating show entitled, ‘I Wanna Marry Harry’. Hang on, Britain’s fourth in line to the throne, pimping himself out on a reality show? Sounds completely preposterous doesn't it? Well if only the 12 American girls we met on Fox’s ‘I Wanna Marry Harry’ last night thought the same way.
The REAL Prince Harry
‘I Wanna Marry Harry’ is a reality dating show made by Fox, where 12 American girls compete for the heart of Matthew Hicks, a red haired English gentleman who kind of, slightly, I guess maybe if you squint, but really not so much, resembles Prince Harry. He never says he is Prince Harry, of course, because well, he isn’t. But he never really says he’s not, leading the girls to put two and two together, get five and think they’re competing for a date with a real Prince.
Fox has penciled in Batman origins story 'Gotham' for Mondays.
Fox has announced its fall 2014 schedule, with the DC Comics prequel series Gotham starring Ben McKenzie pencilled in for Mondays at 8pm. The show leads into the hugely successful Sleepy Hollow, which hasn't aired a new episode since January.
Ben McKenzie Stars in 'Gotham'
The ambitious drama Utopia - based on the hit Dutch show - will air on Tuesdays at 8pm, leading into low rated comedies New Girl and The Mindy Project. On Wednesdays - we've got a new season of Hell's Kitchen for 8pm, leading into the Red Band Soceity, a show executive produced by Steven Spielberg and fronted by Oscar winner Octavia Spencer.
Continue reading: Fox Overhauls Schedule, Batman Origins Show 'Gotham' Set For Monday
It's good riddance for Seth Green's 'Dads.'
Ah, the ruthless machine that is the U.S. television industry. It's ruthless, but it's fun to watch sometimes - especially when the executives get it so, so wrong. This week, Fox cut ties with several series that is desperately hoped would be the next Big Bang Theory, Breaking Bad, etc, etc.
Seth Green's 'Dads' Has Been Cancelled
In fact, of the network's freshman comedies for 2013-2014, only the excellent Brooklyn Nine-Nine survived the cull. Gone is Enlisted. Gone is Surviving Jack. Gone is Greg Kinnear's Rake. Oh, and it's also good riddance to the relentlessly bad 'Dads', which starred Seth Green and Giovani Ribisi.
Continue reading: Fox Finally Cancels Seth Green's Offensively Bad Sitcom 'Dads'
Chaitanya "Chet" Kanojia has said that if Aereo loses, "it may mean the end of our company."
The Internet TV start-up Aereo is facing what the business’ founder Chaitanya "Chet" Kanojia calls “the end” should the supreme court side with the myriad broadcasting companies accusing him and his company of copyright infringement.
The Aereo lets people stream and record on the Internet the over-the-air signals of local broadcasters via remotely stored antennas. Then, they can watch said content on loads of different devices, like televisions, tablets, phones or computers.
Continue reading: Major Broadcasters Try To Take Aereo Streamer Down
A top Fox executive has been fired for soliciting donations for the Malaysian airlines plane.
Fox has fired a veteran executive who used her company email account to ask for donations for loved ones of passengers on the missing Malaysian Airlines plane. Darlene Tipton emailed a woman whose boyfriend was aboard the plane to propose a fundraising effort, though company spokesman Scott Grogin said Mrs Tipton's "conduct and communications" violated company policy. Which is crazy.
New Girl Put Fox Back Into The Top Tier Of Television
Ms Tipton - who has been confirmed to have left the company - said her hopes to continue her drive for donations for the Malaysian airlines families, soliciting contributions through a fundraising website. She has held numerous senior positions at Fox, including vice-president of standards and practices for the Fox Cable Networks Group.
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Toby Kebbell is the chosen one for The Fantastic Four - but will it work?
As we predicted a couple of weeks back now, British actor Toby Kebbell will play villain Victor von Doom, aka Doctor Doom, in Fox's Fantastic Four reboot. The role was being chased by a number of rising stars including Jack Huston, Domhnall Gleeson and Sam Riley though the studio has plumped for arguably the least known of the contenders, according to Variety.
Toby Kebbell Will Play Doctor Doom in 'The Fantastic Four'
The casting of Kebbell completes a fresh looking cast for the new movie, with Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell forming the herpic quartet. The movie starts shooting in the Spring.
Continue reading: Toby Kebbell To Play Doctor Doom In 'Fantastic Four' - But Who Is He?
The in-demand director Fukunaga has yet another project to get excited about.
Fans of HBO’s True Detective will want to pay attention, as the show’s director, Cary Fukunaga – who was in charge for all eight episodes of the Louisiana drama – is at the centre of a pitch for a feature that Fox has bought pre-emptively for “mid-six figures,” Deadline report.
Woody Harrelson [L] and Matthew McConuaghey [R] as Hart and Cohle in 'True Detective'
Fukunaga will direct the project as well as produce alongside Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar - Fox’s Kira Goldberg and Emma Watts are point on the project, too. Here’s what we know: it’s untitled, set in a contemporary wartime context and is written by Nicole Riegel, who, like Fukunaga, emerged from the Sundance Labs program. That, alongside the fact that Fox went ahead and bought it quicksmart, is all we know.
Continue reading: True Detective Fans: Cary Fukunaga Has A New Project On The Cards
Like 'Californication' and 'House' before it, 'Rake' is playing the 'flawed genius' card.
Greg Kinnear plays a brilliant but flawed professional in Fox's new legal drama Rake, which is clearly the bones for any decent show ever made, ever. Brilliant but flawed works. It worked perfectly with Hugh Laurie and House, and that's what Fox appear to looking to replace with their latest effort.
Greg Kinnear [L] in Fox's 'Rake'
Based on Peter Duncan's Australian show of the same name, Rake premiered in the U.S. on Thursday. It stars Kinnear as Keegan Deane, a brilliant attorney who can't keep his personal life on track. He's a gambling addict, a womanizer, an alcoholic.
Continue reading: Could Greg Kinnear's Drama 'Rake' Be The New 'House'?
Megyn Kelly heads up a new Fox News prime-time schedule.
"Hannity is the leading conservative voice in America," said executive vice-president of programming Bill Shine. "He has been a major star on both radio and television for more than a decade and we were happy to accommodate his schedule and retain him as a vital part of our lineup."
However, the focus is now on Kelly, who anchored the two-hour news program America Live-up, until her recent maternity leave. Kelly's new show - The Kelly File - also sees a move for Greta Van Susteren,
Continue reading: Megyn Kelly Replaces Sean Hannity In Key 9pm Fox News Slot
Jack Bauer is back for his latest mission in '24: Live Another Day'
As expected, Fox Broadcasting Company has announced the return of Jack Bauer and 24 for a brand new series. The high-octane saga starring Kieifer Sutherland as a heroic agent will once again follow the pulse-pounding fast-paced format with split screens and storylines representing one hour of real-life time. The new series is titled '24: Live Another Day'.
"It's great to have Jack back. '24' redefined the drama genre, and as we reimagine the television miniseries, this iconic show will again break new ground for the network," said Fox chairman Kevin Reilly. "The series remains a global sensation, and everyone at Fox is thrilled to be back at work with Kiefer, Howard and the incredibly creative '24' team." The news series once again sees Sutherland team with show-runner Howard Gordon, who Fox say pitched the idea of a new series. "When Howard came to us saying he had an idea for a new chapter of '24,' he quite simply had us at 'hello,'" said 20th Century Fox Television Chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden. "'24' is a signature series for this studio, beloved by critics and audiences worldwide. Howard's idea to revive the franchise as an event series couldn't be timelier, and with the brilliant Kiefer Sutherland on board to reprise his iconic role, we can't wait to get started." It does make you wonder whether Fox's cancellation of Sutherland's 'Touch' had anything to do with the decision? "Ok Keifer, we're getting rid of Touch.but we've got something else."
Nevertheless, the television big-wigs have certainly been rolled out for this announcement. Imagine Television Chairman Brian Graze said, "I'm both excited and proud that Howard, Kiefer, and I, along with ours partners at 20th and Fox, have this new opportunity to give '24' fans what they've been asking for - more Jack Bauer. It's been my experience that people love Jack Bauer because he's a guy who cuts through the red tape and gets the hardest things done. I am certain '24: Live Another Day' will again have a huge impact on our culture."
Continue reading: Jack's Back! America's Favorite Show '24' Confirmed For New Series
Fox has finally secured the rights to the Guys and Dolls remake, probably to the dismay of Harvey Weinstein.
20th Century Fox has landed the movie rights to Guys and Dolls, the classic movie starring Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando itself based on a successful musical, and will start the process of a remake potentially starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum, according to Deadline.com. A writer and director is yet to be announced, though Fox are keen to pin down its lead stars first.
The remake of the movie is big news in Hollywood, especially among acting circles, where the lead roles are considered the most sought after in the business. A few years it, Harvey Weinstein was close to getting the rights to the movie, with Chicago producers Craig Zadan and Neil Moron producing. Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and even Vin Diesel tossed their hats into the ring for the movie, though the widow of songwriter Frank Loesser didn't find the deal to her liking and declined to sign over the rights.
Now, she appears pretty happy for Fox to take on the story about rogue gamblers and gangsters in the 1920s and 1930s. Nathan Sinatra (Sinatra's role) has a town full of captive gamblers and wants to set up a floating crap game but requires the funds to do it. He bets his friend Sky Masterson (Brando) that he can't get Sarah Brown to go with him to Havana. The role of the love interest will no doubt be the subject of a competitive casting process featuring many of Hollywood's top actresses.
Continue reading: Guys And Dolls Remake: Joseph Gordon-Levitt And Channing Tatum In Talks
Megyn Kelly is pregnant with her third child! The news anchor announced the news on Thursday morning (February 14, 2013) in a Valentine's Day-themed segment on Fox News' America Live. "Every Valentine's Day we always struggle to find just the right gift and yet, this year I believe that we found the perfect solution," Kelly said while on air. "Happily, Doug and I are expecting another baby."
The Doug that Megyn referred to is her businessman husband Douglas Brunt. It's been a busy time lately for the family, who welcomed son Edward Yates Brunt born in September 2009 and daughter Yardley Evans Brunt in April 2011. Their latest baby news was celebrated in the America Live studio, with Megyn's close friend Janice Dean - a Fox News Channel meteorologist - showing a couple of congratulatory Valentine graphics on-screen, while other crew members showered the anchor with balloons and flowers. "I've got to thank the crew out here, too," Kelly said. "Because I come out and said, 'You know guys, I'm pregnant,' and they go, 'We know. They know everything. They're like my brothers out here." The baby is due sometime this summer.
Megyn Kelly previously co-hosted America's Newsroom, alongside Bill Hemmer.
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