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.
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
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
In an Emmy Award heavy week for news, AMC's much lauded Breaking Bad finally took the honor for Best Drama, while best actor recipient Jeff Daniels dished on the Dumb & Dumber sequel and Fox snapped up a Batman prequel!
About Time: It was Breaking Bad's evening at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (September 22, 2013). The ABC cable series - about a chemistry teacher who turns to a life of crime after being diagnosed with cancer - won the top drama prize at the ceremony. Check out the other winners here.
Like A Rolling Stone: Miley Cyrus continues her campaign to shock or offend everyone on the planet this month with a topless appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. In the accompanying interview she talks twerking, Kanye West and that VMA's performance. Read it here!
Despite a reasonable premise, Seth MacFarlane's 'Dads' just hasn't worked. It just hasn't.
There was plenty of hope for Dads. Actually, there wasn't really. But, well...we don't know why we said that. No, there just wasn't.
The premise is decent. It follow the lives of video game company founders Eli and Warner (Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi) whose lives are turned upside down when - you guessed it - their fathers (Peter Riegert, Martin Mull) move in.
Continue reading: Is Offensive 'Dads' The Worst Reviewed Show Of The Year?
Gordon Ramsay is making Fox a lot of money.
Gordon Ramsay has pulled in a staggering $100 million from his television exploits in the U.S.
The Scottish chef, who carved out a reputation as one of the greatest in the world before turning to a career on the small-screen, is currently featuring in five different shows stateside, including Hell's Kitchen, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares and MasterChef.
It is reported that marketing bosses earn more from Ramsay's show than any other in America and the celebrity chef raked in tens of millions in 2012.
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Cory Monteith's autopsy confirms that the actor struggled with substance abuse.
Cory Monteith, the Canadian actor best known for playing Finn Hudson on Fox's hit television show Glee, died from a heroin and alcohol overdose, according to a coroner's report. Initially, police in Vancouver said it was unlikely that the tragic death was the result of substance abuse, though the evidence suggests otherwise.
The British Columbia Coroner's Service confirmed the actor's cause of death late on Tuesday (July 16, 2013) after conducting an autopsy and toxicology test. A statement said: "There is no evidence at this time to suggest Monteith's death was anything other than a most tragic accident."
An article by entertainment gossip site TMZ.com this week suggested Monteith - who dated Glee co-star Lea Michele - lived a 'double life' between Los Angeles and Vancouver. Sources tell the site that Cory "became a drug addict with a serious drinking problem" when he returned to his native Canada, hanging "out with many of the friends who helped fuel his addiction."
Continue reading: Police Doubted Cory Monteith's Substance Abuse, Autopsy Says Otherwise
Will Smith's 'After Earth' may suffer from ridiculously bad reviews.
The Will and Jaden Smith starring After Earth - which may well be M. Night Shymalan's worst ever movie - should pull in between $35-40 million at the box-office this weekend, though it won't be enough to secure the top spot in its debut week, says Andrew Stewart at Variety.
Sony entrusted over $100 million in Shymalan and The Smiths to make the sci-fi action movie, though reviews have been woeful with one critic opining on whether it may be the worst film ever made. Though a $40 million haul would leave studio executives pretty pleased, failing to secure the top spot will be concerning. That should go to Universal's fabulous 'Fast and Furious 6' with takings of around $50 million. The latest movie in the action franchise is among the best reviewed mainstream movies of the year and should bring its 10-day total to a quite miraculous $175 million.
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."
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Networks are almost ready to announce their fall lineups, but will big hitters like 'Touch' survive?
Crime drama CSI NY, Matthew Perry's 'Go On' and Fox's 'Touch,' starring Kiefer Sutherland are amongst the television shows in danger of being cancelled when the networks announce their fall line-ups in the coming weeks. The clock is very much ticking, and it's getting louder with every passing second.
It's a familiar Hollywood plot, with actors, producers, writers and directors waiting nervously to hear whether their shows have made it onto the fall line-ups. If the ratings are not there, the show disappears. Simple. NBC unveils its plans on Sunday May 12, while Fox announce on Monday, ABC Tuesday and CBS on Wednesday. CW fans have to wait until Thursday for that announcement.
As reported by the Plain Dealer, we already know that Animal Practice, Made in Jersey, Last Resort and The Mob Doctor are getting in, though there are several more high profile shows that are in danger of being handed a pink slip. They include the CBS crime dramas CSI:NY and Criminal Minds. Ratings suggest the latter might survive, but CSI looks to be a goner. A year ago, it was suggested that NY might get cancelled and CSI: Miami could survive though the reverse happened.
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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He was once one of the network's chief political commentators, but now, as Fox Cuts Ties to Dick Morris, he'll have to find pastures new. Morris was mistaken in his staunch predictions that Mitt Romney would win last year's election by a landslide, whereas Barack Obama won what became a very tight race.
According to the Examiner, Morris also came under criticism for accepting payment for advertising on his website from candidates that he discussed for his job.
Morris has barely been seen on the FoxNews channel since Obama's win, which he reasons was down to his backing of Romney. "The key reason for my bum prediction is that I mistakenly believed that the 2008 surge in black, Latino, and young voter turnout would recede in 2012 to normal levels," he said. We're unsure where Morris may have gathered the kind of evidential reasoning that he surely must have had behind such a bizarre opinion.
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