Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Roger Ailes- Fox News– Gretchen Carlson Movie is Filming, LionsGate Very Quietly Acquired It from Annapurna

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The Roger Ailes- Fox News- Gretchen Carlson movie is filming. There are spreads today of Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly in the Daily Mail.

“Fair and Balanced,” directed by Jay Roach, starring John Lithgow as Ailes, and Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, was stopped in its tracks two weeks ago when Annapurna Pictures dropped the project. It couldn’t have been money per se. The thinking is that Larry Ellison, who funds Annapurna for his daughter Megan, didn’t want it.

After Annapurna dropped it, there was some talk of Lions Gate picking it up. There has never been a formal announcement. But Lions Gate indeed is making the movie. Good for them! We want to see this!

Malcolm McDowell is playing Rupert Murdoch. I’ve heard that Richard Kind may be tapped as Rudy Giuliani. Margot Robbie is also featured.

Jay Roach directed “Game Change” for HBO and garnered many awards. He’s a terrific, smart director. Screenwriter Charles Randolph wrote “The Big Short” (a movie that featured Margot Robbie in all the right ways). So Lions Gate can expect something very good here. Can’t wait!

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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