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American Horror Story Renewed for 3 More Seasons

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American Horror Story has many more chapters to unfold: FX on Thursday announced that it has renewed the Ryan Murphy-produced anthology series for Seasons 11, 12 and 13. The multi-season pickup comes less than two months after the conclusion of AHS‘ ninth installment (1984) and well ahead of its 10th season, which is set to premiere later this year (and we’ve already got some theories). “Ryan and Brad are the undisputed masters of horror TV, having created the anthological limited series with American Horror Story and sustaining its success for nearly a decade as FX’s highest-rated series,” John Landgraf, Chairman of FX Networks and FX Productions, said in a statement. “We are grateful to them and Dana Walden and our studio partners for committing to another three years. AHS has showcased a wealth of award winning actors since day one and we appreciate the contributions of everyone, including Ryan, Brad and fellow executive producers Tim Minear, James Wong, Alexis Martin Woodall and Bradley Buecker, the writers, directors, cast and crew for each new, unforgettable installment of American Horror Story.”     Read More

The Great Machine

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Ex Machina star Oscar Isaac is set to tackle a different Ex Machina. Let’s explain. EW has learned that Isaac, currently seen in theaters as X-Wing all-star Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, will headline The Great Machine, a film adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris’ Ex Machina comic series. This isn’t to be confused with Ex Machina, Isaac’s 2014 movie with director Alex Garland. You can see now why Legendary Pictures, which recently acquired the movie rights to the comics, chose a different name for the feature. Ex Machina, the comics, featuring artwork from Harris, centered around Mitchell Hundred, a former superhero (the world’s first superhero, in fact) who went by the name The Great Machine and bore the power to speak with machines. Hundred runs for New York City mayor in the aftermath of 9/11. Isaac will now star as the character in the film. So, in a roundabout way, fans hoping he would play a superhero in a movie will kind of get their wish.     Read More

Disney Drops “Fox” in Searchlight Productions

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The mouse has officially killed the fox. In a move at once unsurprising and highly symbolic, the Walt Disney Company is dropping the “Fox” brand from the 21st Century Fox assets it acquired last March, Variety has learned. The 20th Century Fox film studio will become 20th Century Studios, and Fox Searchlight Pictures will become simply Searchlight Pictures. On the TV side, however, no final decisions have been made about adjusting the monikers of production units 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios. Discussions about a possible name change are underway, but no consensus has emerged, according to a source close to the situation. Disney has already started the process to phase out the Fox name: Email addresses have changed for Searchlight staffers, with the address replaced with a address. On the poster for Searchlight’s next film “Downhill,” with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell, the credits begin with “Searchlight Pictures Presents.” The film will be the first Searchlight release to debut with the new logo. “Call of the Wild,” an upcoming family film, will be released under the 20th Century banner, sans Fox.     Read More

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