Elizabeth Gabler’s Fox 2000 Division to Shutter Following Disney Acquisition

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Disney is shutting down the Fox 2000 film division, run by Elizabeth Gabler.

The division will close its doors after Joe Wright’s “The Woman in the Window,” which stars Amy Adams and Gary Oldman. Disney will complete films that are currently in production, but it is unclear what this means for Gabler and the rest of her team going forward. No one got an official notice on Thursday, but the team was informed of the decision.

In October, Disney had said that Gabler would be one of the Fox executives moving over to Disney when the merger closed, and that she would serve as president of production at Fox 2000.

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Fox 2000 has produced other hits such as “The Fault in Our Stars,” “Life of Pi,” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” Gabler helped spearhead films like “Hidden Figures,” “Love, Simon” and “The Hate U Give.”

Fox began the process of laying off about 4,000 employees on Thursday, one day after the film and TV studio finalized its multibillion-dollar sale to Disney. Fox head of distribution Chris Aronson was among the first executives at the studio to get the call, and Fox president of international distribution Andrew Cripps was also let go on Thursday, along with Heather Phillips, executive vice president and head of domestic publicity; Mike Dunn, president of product strategy and consumer business development; and Dan Berger, executive vice president of corporate communications.

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Pam Levine, Fox’s president of worldwide theatrical marketing, was also among those let go, along with co-president of worldwide theatrical marketing Kevin Campbell, and marketing guru and chief content officer Tony Sella.

On Wednesday, Disney closed its $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox’s film and TV entertainment assets. Now starts the arduous process of merging the two giant companies. The Fox acquisition almost doubled the banners managed by Disney, and with 20CF and Fox Searchlight, there wasn’t room for Fox 2000.

Representatives for Disney and Fox have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Joe Wright and Tom Hanks are going back to World War II for In The Garden Of Beasts

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According to Variety, Darkest Hour director Joe Wright and general World War II aficionado Tom Hanks are teaming up for an adaptation for Erik Larson’s book In The Garden Of Beasts. The book should play into both of their interests, as its based around…

Gary Oldman Reteams With Director Joe Wright for Amy Adams’ ‘Woman in the Window’

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Gary Oldman is joining Amy Adams in Fox 2000’s “The Woman in the Window,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The casting also means the actor will be reteaming with his “Darkest Hour” director Joe Wright. The film will be an adaption of the A.J. Finn novel of the same name, which follows a child psychologist who suffers from extreme agoraphobia and hasn’t left the house in months. Spying on her neighbors, she witnesses a murder when a new family moves in across the park — but no one will believe her.

Oldman is set to play the father of the family.

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Tracy Letts wrote the screenplay, while Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing.

Oldman most recently starred as Winston Churchill in 2017’s “Darket Hour” and “Tau.” He will next star in “Killers Anonymous” and “Hunter Killer.” He is represented by APA and Douglas Management Group.

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Wright’s “The Darkest Hour” was nominated for six Academy Awards. Oldman won for Best Actor.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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‘Darkest Hour’ Editor Valerio Bonelli On Exploring A Refreshingly “Old-Fashioned” Way Of Working With Director Joe Wright

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Receiving the script for Darkest Hour after working with Joe Wright on “Nosedive,” one of Black Mirror‘s most acclaimed episodes, editor Valerio Bonelli found more of a thriller than the straightforward period drama he was expecting, exploring ways to build tension through the cut and convey the stakes at hand during a critical turning point in World War II.
Examining Anthony McCarten’s script—which depicted Winston Churchill’s unexpected rise to the position of Prime…

Golden Globes: From Jeff Bezos to Jennifer Aniston, How the Heavyweights Partied (Photos)

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The Golden Globes had plenty of celebrities. Forget about them. Here’s how the buyers, bosses, and bigshots who make decisions about their careers celebrated the Golden Globes.

A summit between prestige TV and a titan of our era (who also does prestige TV) as HBO’s Richard Plepler and Jeff Bezos linked up on the floor of the Golden Globes ceremony.

Ted Sarandos’s Netflix also fights in the prestige TV heavyweight division. Jennifer Aniston joined “big red’s” party at the Waldorf Astoria after the show.

I caught NBC Entertainment Chiefs Bob Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke taking a selfie together on the red carpet. I ask them if we are going to be doing the Golden Globes this early next year, which would be January 6, 2019. “We don’t know yet,” Salke says. “Good question, good question,” Greenblatt added. Stay tuned.

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Universal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer embraces Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara at the AFI Awards luncheon on Friday, Jan. 5. Meyer’s Focus Features would net one Globe via Gary Oldman’s performance in  “Darkest Hour.”

Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley (left) and “Darkest Hour” director Joe Wright celebrated the film at an intimate gathering at the Chateau Marmont on Friday night before the show Leonardo DiCaprio hosted the event.

Across the street on Sunset, Showtime President and CEO David Nevins hosted a Globes-eve mixer for their nominees.

The hopefuls included William H. Macy, Frankie Shaw, and Kyle MacLachlan, who was nominated for “Twin Peaks” 27 years after he won for the same role back in 1991.

Leslie Moonves (left) accepted The Party Report’s congratulations on the big return of CBS’ “The Amazing Race” at Lynn Hischberg (center) and W Magazine’s  ‘Best Performances’ party at the Chateau Marmont. “It’s back and the numbers were great,” Moonves said before ducking out with his wife and CBS star Julie Chen.

TheWrap’s Founder and Editor In Chief Sharon Waxman poses with ICM Partners Managing Partner Chris Silbermann at the agency’s first ever Globes-eve party at Poppy.

On that same night across town at Milk Studios, serial entrepreneur Sean Parker and his wife Alexandra (far right) co-hosted Sean Penn’s J/P HRO gala. Emilia Clarke was one of the featured guests.

AFI alum and “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins pinch hit for Cicely Tyson by giving the closing toast at Friday’s AFI Awards when weather grounded Tyson on the east coast.   Here, she shows off her certificate with American Film Institute president and CEO Bob Gazzale.

After the Globes on Sunday night, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Creator/Executive Producer Amy Sherman-Palladino lent her trophy to Amazon Studios’ Head of Casting, Donna Rosenstein.

Quietly lost in the tenor of the Globes telecast was Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Meher Tatna’s on-stage announcement that the org would be donating $2 million to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and Committee To Protect Journalists. Here, Tatna poses with HBO’s talent and publicity wizard, Nancy Lesser.

Brian Lourd, MacKenzie Bezos and Jeff Bezos chat at Milk Studios for Sean Penn’s event on Saturday night. CAA was one of the sponsors.

Sarandos, Netflix’s VP of Original Series Cindy Holland, and Jason Bateman have done many of these awards show nights together over the past few years.

On an other point of the streaming tech giant triopoly, Amazon recruited Mark and Samantha Ronson to play its post-show bash. Attendees included Matt Damon, Amazon Studios’ Head of Motion Pictures Jason Ropell, Head of Amazon Studios Albert Cheng, and  Senior Vice President Jeff Blackburn.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” producers Warren Littlefield and Bruce Miller, scarily good actress Ann Dowd, Hulu SVP of Content Craig Erwich, and Hulu Chief Content Officer Joel Stillerman enjoyed the drama’s second straight awards show victory night.  Season two arrives in April.

The night before, Miller was the guest of honor at ICM’s party. Here, he’s flanked by  agent Hrishi Desai, ICM Founding Partner Ted Chervin, and Chris von Goetz.

“Fargo” Executive Producer John Cameron, EP/Writer/Showrunner/Director Noah Hawley, David Thewlis, and Ewan McGregor finally got a much deserved win for season three at the Globes.  Without the sickening sneer, the villainous Thewlis is barely recognizable.Executive Party Report: How the ‘Industry’ Did Globes Weekend (Photos)

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Working Title’s Eric Fellner On Braving A Dark Hour For Tastemaker Fare; ‘Baby Driver’ Sequel And Powerhouse Turns By Gary Oldman, Judi Dench: Q&A

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Film News Roundup: ‘Darkest Hour’ Director Joe Wright to be Honored by Cinema Audio Society

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In today’s film news roundup, Cinema Audio Society will honor “Darkest Hour” filmmaker Joe Wright, “Life in Reverse” castings are revealed, and late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell endows scholarships at UCLA. FILMMAKER AWARD “Darkest Hour” director Joe Wright will receive the Cinema Audio Society filmmaker award at the 54th Annual CAS Awards on Feb. 24 […]

‘Darkest Hour’ Filmmaker Joe Wright To Receive Cinema Audio Society Filmmaker Award

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Darkest Hour director Joe Wright is receiving the Filmmaker Award at the 54th Annual CAS Awards on Feb. 24th from the Cinema Audio Society. Wright marks the 13th CAS Filmmaker Honoree joining a prestigious list of past recipients: Jon Favreau, Jay Roach, Richard Linklater, Edward Zwick, Jonathan Demme, Rob Marshall, Taylor Hackford, Henry Selick, Paul Mazursky, Bill Condon, Gil Cates and Quentin Tarantino.
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Gary Oldman, Joe Wright on ‘the Icon and the Myth’ of Winston Churchill (Video)

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Be careful what you wish for. As Joe Wright started working on “Darkest Hour” in January of 2016, he thought about one day hoping to make a topical film. But Brexit, the American election and the British election weren’t far behind. So surprise! When you’re making a movie about a world leader with immense, populist presence as an orator in a time of global crisis, your movie’s bound to be topical.

Wright’s choice to portray Winston Churchill in the film, Gary Oldman, was drawn to finally play the legendary wartime Prime Minister because of this specific, defining moment in Churchill’s legacy that speaks to our history.

“It’s a man who takes on a racist tyrant, and that’s worth telling,” Oldman told TheWrap’s Steve Pond. Oldman and Wright spoke as part of TheWrap’s Awards and Foreign Screening Series on Tuesday at the Landmark Theatres in Los Angeles to a packed house for “Darkest Hour.”

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“I was fascinated by the character study and this strange little man, oddfellow, disregarding the icon and the myth, and just looking at him as an individual and human who with the power of words changed the course of history,” Wright said. “I identified with his doubt, and I identified with the potential for doubt to be used as a positive force for good and the attainment of wisdom.”

Oldman is notably buried under pounds of costuming and makeup to complete his physical transformation into Churchill (which he joked he preferred to spending the remaining years of his life losing weight), but the sophistication of his performance came from observing Churchill’s sense of branding and presentation whenever he spoke.

“He has been represented as this old curmudgeon, grumpy man. As our writer Anthony [McCarten] says, he’s been played like a man born in a bad mood,” Oldman said. “What I took from the newsreel footage was a dynamo, a dynamic figure. And he did have a cherubic face with a really naughty grin, a real twinkle in his eyes, and those were the little clues to try to find him.”

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“Darkest Hour” focuses on Churchill’s rise to Prime Minister, his relationship with King George and how the battle of Dunkirk tested his resolve as rival politicians pressured him to make peace with Hitler. So while the story has contemporary parables, Wright resisted the desire to make this World War II story explicitly about 2017.

“You don’t want the word of the author to jump out at the audience,” Wright said. “And so I felt the best thing to do is to make a specific movie about a specific man at a specific time against a very specific enemy and allow the audience to project their own relevance onto it. It certainly feels like it’s necessary to be reminded of what good leadership looks like at the moment.”

Watch a clip from Oldman and Wright’s Q&A above.

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There are transformations and then there is Gary Oldman‘s Churchill in Joe Wright‘s Darkest Hour. The actor endured five hours in the makeup chair daily to transform into the rotund politician who rescued Britain from WWII. With the semi-retired makeup legend Kazuhiro Tsuji behind the making of the mask, Oldman worked intimately to disappear into the role. On set, nobody met Gary Oldman for months. And, he says, it gave him a new appreciation for the British politician…

‘Darkest Hour’ Featurette: ‘Churchill Is Getting It From All Sides,’ Gary Oldman Says (Video)

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Gary Oldman takes viewers behind the scenes and into the mind of Winston Churchill in a new featurette for “The Darkest Hour” released Thursday.

“Winston Churchill is getting it from all sides,” Oldman says in the new clip released by Focus Features titled “Churchill: Man Behind the Legend.”

“He’s not only got fighting in his cabinet but he is about to go up against Adolf Hitler, and he has also got the worry of losing the troops,” he adds.

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The featurette also includes commentary from co-stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James and director Joe Wright, as it examines the power of Churchill’s words and his lasting impact on politics.

“He wrote more words than Shakespeare and Dickens put together,” Oldman said.

“Kennedy said that Churchill mobilized the English language and sent it into battle,” Wright added.

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“Darkest Hour” is set in the early days of World War II, as the newly installed Prime Minster finds himself torn between standing up to Adolf Hitler in the face of huge odds and sitting down at the bargaining table with the Nazis before England faces occupation or destruction.

One of Churchill’s greatest speeches, which served as an inspiration for the British, is also included in the featurette.

“We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender,” he famously said.

“Darkest Hour” is now playing in select cities and expands nationwide on Dec. 22.

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Golden Globes Lessons: Voters Snub Diversity in Directing to Forgive Ridley Scott

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association preferred big movies to little ones, they weren’t particularly driven by diversity and they’ve forgiven Ridley Scott for mocking them when they named his sci-fi drama “The Martian” the best comedy of 2015.

Those were some of the lessons from the 2018 Golden Globe nominations, along with  the surprising muted reaction to Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” and the complete dismissal of “The Big Sick.”

The latter film didn’t land a single nomination, though ones for screenplay, lead comedy actor (Kumail Nanjiani) and Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical seemed likely, and one for supporting actress Holly Hunter seemed all but inevitable.

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“Get Out” did land in the Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical category and it did receive a surprise nod for lead actor Daniel Kaluuya. But Peele missed out for nominations for directing and writing, the latter of which had seemed to be a safe bet.

He might have been hurt by appearing to scoff at the HFPA’s decision to accept his social thriller/horror film as a comedy (though his distributor, Universal, submitted it that way, presumably with his permission). But the organization was just fine with another director who’d done that even more blatantly, Ridley Scott.

Scott, who made a joke about “The Martian” being classified as a comedy on the Globes two years ago, snuck in under the wire with his new cut of “All the Money in the World,” showing the HFPA a rough cut on December 4 only days after he reshot all of disgraced co-star Kevin Spacey’s scenes with replacement actor Christopher Plummer.

Not only did Plummer get a nomination, so did lead actress Michelle Williams and Scott himself, who grabbed a Best Director slot that had seemed destined either for Peele, Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) or Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me by Your Name”).

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The result was a relatively monochromatic look in a category to which Peele or Gerwig had been expected to add at least a modicum of diversity, with Mexican director Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”) sharing the spotlight with Scott, Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”), Steven Spielberg (“The Post”) and Martin McDonagh (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”).

Of the movies expected to contend for the top Oscar, “The Shape of Water” and “The Post” and “Three Billboards” did well, “Lady Bird,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Dunkirk” and “Mudbound” did acceptably and “Phantom Thread,” “Darkest Hour” and “The Florida Project” did the minimum they could have expected from an organization that was perhaps never going to full embrace them.

“The Shape of Water” maintained its position as the film likely to land the most Oscar nominations, but it still faces hurdles to become a true front-runner in a wide-open year. “The Post” is the safe, classic choice, but it may lack the charge that “Shape” or “Three Billboards” has.

Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour,” meanwhile, might have been hurt the most by only receiving a single nomination for best-actor front-runner Gary Oldman, since that period drama seemed tailor-made for more noms. And if Bill Condon’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” had any hope of sneaking into the Oscar best-pic race, it probably would have needed to first get some love from the HFPA, where some thought it could be a major player. Instead, it joined “The Big Sick” on the shutout shelf.

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But it’s not as if the Oscar voters will be paying much attention; at most, Monday’s results might nudge a handful of them to put on their screeners of “The Disaster Artist,” which received two nominations, or “The Leisure Seeker,” a little-seen Paolo Virzi film for which Helen Mirren received an unexpected nomination.

On the television side, meanwhile, the shocking omission of Julia Louis-Dreyfus and “Veep” just shows how eager the HFPA is to lead the Emmys rather than follow them — and if that means bypassing the queen of TV and the reigning champion in favor of new stars and new shows like Frankie Shaw and “SMILF” and Rachel Brosnahan and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” so be it.

And while nominations of Geoffrey Rush for “Genius” and Pamela Adlon for “Better Things” (co-created by Louis C.K.) showed that voters weren’t going to shun everything that might be under the shadow of sexual-misconduct allegations, the TV categories were also where voters put their feet down and refused to give a single nomination to former Globe stalwarts “House of Cards” and “Transparent.”

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It remains to be seen whether HBO will pay a price for announcing a second season of “Big Little Lies” immediately after Globes voting closed. That announcement might have caused the HFPA to reconsider whether the first season belonged in more competitive drama-series categories rather than the limited-series categories where it dominated.

In the end, the roster of nominees showed the HFPA as a slightly idiosyncratic but mostly mainstream group of voters who have their faves (Mary J. Blige at the top of this year’s list with supporting-actress and song noms) but rarely come up with the kind of cringeworthy nominations for which they were once known.

The Screen Actors Guild will chime in on Wednesday with its own nominations and its own biases and favorites. And an odd, unsettled awards season will lurch onward.

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Sarah Greenwood production designer Jacqueline Durran costume designer Production designer Sarah Greenwood and costume designer Jacqueline Durran have worked on seven films together spanning a diverse visual spectrum — most of them for director Joe Wright. These include “Atonement” (2007), “The Soloist” (2009), “Hanna” (2011) and “Anna Karenina” (2012). By all indications they’ve stayed very […]