Fox 2000, arm behind ‘Hidden Figures,’ to close under Disney

In this file photo taken on December 13, 2017 the Fox Studios are seen in West Los Angeles, California. (AFP / Mark Ralston)
Updated 22 March 2019
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Fox 2000, arm behind ‘Hidden Figures,’ to close under Disney

LOS ANGELES: Fox 2000, the specialty unit behind such diverse literary adaptations as “Hidden Figures,” “Love, Simon” and “Life of Pi,” is closing shop under the Walt Disney Co.
A person familiar with the decision who was not authorized to speak publicly said Thursday that Disney will complete the films currently in production, but that no more will be made under the label. One under way is “The Woman in the Window” with Amy Adams and Gary Oldman.
Fox 2000 films like “The Fault In Our Stars,” “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Marley & Me” will continue to live in Disney’s library.
Thursday came with many layoffs for Fox executives in the wake the Disney acquisition, but it remains unclear what’s in store for Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler or her team.


Need to vent some anger? Jordan opens ‘Axe Rage Rooms’

Updated 18 April 2019
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Need to vent some anger? Jordan opens ‘Axe Rage Rooms’

  • People can demolish old items as well as smash plates and glasses — but for the price of $17
  • So-called rage rooms have been opening up around the world

AMMAN: In an underground room in Amman, a small group of Jordanians swing giant hammers at an old television, computer and printer, wrecking the machines, and then hit a car windscreen, shattering the glass into tiny pieces.
In the “Axe Rage Rooms,” people can vent their anger and frustration by demolishing old items as well as smashing plates and glasses.
“This is simply a place to break things and vent,” co-founder and general manager Ala’din Atari said. “A place where people come when they’re looking for a new experience... walking into a room with various items which they can break.”
So-called rage rooms have opened around the world, drawing visitors who want let their hair down and unleash some anger.
At the “Axe Rage Rooms,” where the experience costs $17, participants wearing protective suits and helmets wrote the issues bothering them on a blackboard — “ex-girlfriends,” “boss” and “all boyfriends,” the words becoming the targets of their anger.
Atari said his venue, which has seen about 10 clients a day in the month since it opened, had a space for couples, where the pair enter two rooms separated by a reinforced glass window.
“I wanted to try something new and...it was great,” said Ayla Alqadi, 23, after chucking old kitchenware at the window — behind which stood a friend.
“I felt like I had extra energy, it was a way to channel all the negativity inside, everything you feel inside you can release here.”