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Tom Rothman, is the current is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment, the parent company of Twentieth Century Fox. Everywhere I go on the internet, when this guy is mentioned, it's always in a very negative light. For instance, under Rothman's watch, Fox's movies (particularly their summer blockbusters) are mandated to not run under over hours in order to fit in more theater showings (thus automatically guaranteeing more money).

Things that Fox under Tom Rothman's eye has been bashed for (as far as I know):
*Editing "Die Hard 4" to make it a PG-13 film even though the previous three, had been R-rated. This pretty much meant that Bruce Willis couldn't say John McClaine's trademark "Yippie-ki-ya, mother fucker!" line as it was fully intended.

*The mismanagement of the production for "X-Men 3". For instance:
**Not waiting for Bryan Singer to finish working on "Superman Returns", and not having a replacement director until I believe weeks before filming was due to start. And when a director is finally hired, it's Brett Ratner, who has grown a reputation for being a hack, douchbag, MTV music video, action director.

**Not waiting for several actors (e.g. James Marsden, Rebecca Romjin, and Anna Paquin) to take care of prior engagements before filming. For in the process, certain characters were "killed off" as a matter of convinence.

**Seemingly rushing the production as means of retailiating against Bryan Singer for heading off to make "Superman Returns" (which also opened in the summer of 2006).

**Tom Rothman also allegedly didn't want Sentinels (the gigantic, mutant hunting robots) appearing in an X-Men film because he believed that audiences would immediately think that giant robots appearing in live-action would be too "silly". This was of course, before "Transformers" (a movie for which Tom Rothman allegedly turned down) came out.

*Ordering Ridley Scott to edit his movie "Kingdom of Heaven" to make it look like a more formulaic action-adventure film, when Scott intended for it to be much deeper.

*Having "Daredevil" edited to make it appear more like a summer blockbuster (i.e. more CGI) in the mode of "Spider-Man". "Daredevil" was initially conceived as a more violent, R-rated film in the mold of Frank Miller's run with the comics.

*Not giving the "Fantastic Four" films a better budget, to go along with hiring Tim Story (who is primarily known as a comedic director rather than a sci-fi, action-adventure director) and aiming for a campy, cookie-cutter, sitcomy feel. Rothman also allegedly thought that it would be better for us to see Galactus as a cloud.

*Trashing plans for an "ID4" sequel.

*Browbeating "LXG" director Stephen Norrington until he quit the business altogether. Rothman also allegedly almost convinced "I, Robot" director Alex Proyas to give up filmmaking.
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Re: The Full List of "Crimes" Committed by Fox's Tom Rothman
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2008, 11:55:26 PM »
I've heard Alex's take on it, I wish he'd write a book there's some pretty funny stupidity in there (although I can't recall anything right now)

Anyone who's seen the director's cut of Kingdom of Heaven would agree it's a VASTLY better movie.
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Re: The Full List of "Crimes" Committed by Fox's Tom Rothman
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2008, 11:57:39 PM »
Anyone who's seen the director's cut of Kingdom of Heaven would agree it's a VASTLY better movie.

Yes, yes it is.
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Re: The Full List of "Crimes" Committed by Fox's Tom Rothman
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2008, 12:03:25 AM »
Rothman also allegedly almost convinced "I, Robot" director Alex Proyas to give up filmmaking.

So, a bunch of crimes and an almost victory?
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Re: The Full List of "Crimes" Committed by Fox's Tom Rothman
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2008, 12:09:39 AM »
Rothman also allegedly almost convinced "I, Robot" director Alex Proyas to give up filmmaking.

So, a bunch of crimes and an almost victory?

Dark City wasn't bad.
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Re: The Full List of "Crimes" Committed by Fox's Tom Rothman
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2008, 12:12:12 AM »
Rothman also allegedly almost convinced "I, Robot" director Alex Proyas to give up filmmaking.

So, a bunch of crimes and an almost victory?

Dark City wasn't bad.

There are few things someone could say to incite violence from me, but THAT is one of them. >:(
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Re: The Full List of "Crimes" Committed by Fox's Tom Rothman
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2008, 12:13:12 AM »
Dark City is one of the most underrated movies of all time.

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Re: The Full List of "Crimes" Committed by Fox's Tom Rothman
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2008, 12:21:56 AM »
I don't like Crow as much as I did when I was 16 but I really liked I, Robot (which I REALIZE is not like the book) as a cool action movie.
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Re: The Full List of "Crimes" Committed by Fox's Tom Rothman
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2008, 12:22:58 AM »
I don't like Crow as much as I did when I was 16 but I really liked I, Robot (which I REALIZE is not like the book) as a cool action movie.

Oh COME ON!

Next someone will say they like Garage Days...
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Re: The Full List of "Crimes" Committed by Fox's Tom Rothman
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2008, 12:28:01 AM »
Anyone who's seen the director's cut of Kingdom of Heaven would agree it's a VASTLY better movie.

I haven't even seen the theatrical edition of that yet.



Next someone will say they like Garage Days...

That movie about the Aussie band trying to hit it big?......no, not me, sir.


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Re: The Full List of "Crimes" Committed by Fox's Tom Rothman
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2008, 12:28:02 AM »
Next someone will say they like Garage Days...

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Re: The Full List of "Crimes" Committed by Fox's Tom Rothman
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2008, 12:28:59 AM »
Nope, although I only watched it once it seemed like Heartbreak High: The movie.

I, Robot and Dark City are still kickass though
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Re: The Full List of "Crimes" Committed by Fox's Tom Rothman
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2008, 12:30:13 AM »
I, Robot and Dark City are still kickass though

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Re: The Full List of "Crimes" Committed by Fox's Tom Rothman
« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2008, 01:14:51 AM »
sorry ed but they are


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Re: The Full List of "Crimes" Committed by Fox's Tom Rothman
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2008, 05:33:37 AM »
Dark City is pretty great.  And the director's cut of Kingdom of Heaven is too.