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Thomas "Tom" Edgar Rothman (born 21 November 1954 in Baltimore, Marylandmarker) is an American film executive.

Rothman is co-chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment with Jim Gianopulos. He is a graduate of Brown Universitymarker and Columbia Law School, and is married to former actress Jessica Harper. Rothman is the brother of actor John Rothman.


He is a graduate of Brown Universitymarker '76 and Columbia Law School, '80. He is father of two girls, and married to former actress Jessica Harper.


Under Rothman's watch, Twentieth Century Fox has met criticism for having their blockbuster films (e.g. the Fantastic Four and X-Men films) run under two hours in order to fit in more theater showings and for, under his tenure, greenlighting less cerebral films in favor of films with more commercial appeal.

Kingdom of Heaven

According to director Ridley Scott, the studio perceived Kingdom of Heaven as an action-adventure film when it really went much deeper than that. The film was marketed as such, resulting in mixed reviews and poor box-office performance. After presenting the film to 20th Century Fox, Scott had to cut the film down for release in theaters.

X-Men: The Last Stand

After Bryan Singer (who directed the first two X-Men films, X-Men (2000) and X2 (2003), respectively) left the X-Men franchise to direct Superman Returns, Brett Ratner became director of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). In mid-2004, Singer was in negotiations to direct X-Men 3 for Fox. Fox and Singer could not meet an agreement and, after an extended period of nothing happening, Singer was offered the chance to direct the new Superman film, which was ready to go. On July 19, 2004, Variety reported that Singer had signed on to direct Superman Returns for Warner Bros. In retaliation, Fox terminated their production deal with Bad Hat Harry Productions, Singer's production company.

The first two films were highly praised due to their cerebral tone, but when Bryan Singer left many criticized his successor, Brett Ratner. Colin Colvert of the Star Tribune felt "Bryan Singer's sensitivity to [the discrimination themes] made the first two X-Men films surprisingly resonant and soulful for comic-based summer extravaganzas... Singer is adept at juggling large casts of three-dimensional characters, Ratner makes shallow, unimaginative bang-ups." James Berardinelli felt, "X-Men: The Last Stand isn't as taut or satisfying as X-Men 2, but it's better constructed and better paced than the original X-Men. The differences in quality between the three are minor, however; despite the change in directors, there seems to be a single vision." David Denby of The New Yorker praised "the liquid beauty and the poetic fantasy of Singer’s work", but called Ratner's film "a crude synthesizer of comedy and action tropes."

Before Ratner came on board, Matthew Vaughn came on board as director in February 2005, but left due to the rushed production schedule. Brett Ratner took over in June, and filming began on August 2 2005.

Alien vs. Predator

Critics were not allowed to view the film in advance, and once they did the response was generally negative. Based on 132 reviews, the film scored a 22% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and 29 out of 100 based on 21 reviews on Metacritic. Chief criticisms of the film included its dialogue, "cardboard characters", PG-13 rating, the "fast-paced editing" during fight sequences, and lighting. However, special effects and set designs received praise.

Rick Kisonak of Film Threat praised the film stating, "For a big dumb production about a movie monster smackdown, Alien vs. Predator is a surprisingly good time". Ian Grey of the Orlando Weekly felt, "Anderson clearly relished making this wonderful, utterly silly film; his heart shows in every drip of slime." Staci Layne Wilson of called it "a pretty movie to look at with its grandiose sets and top notch creature FX, but it's a lot like Anderson's previous works in that it's all facade and no foundation."

However, with the majority of critics awarding the film a negative review, Michael Wilmington of the Chicago Tribune commented it was full of "monster movie clichés that leave you praying for most of the cast to get killed off fast, to put them (and us) out of our misery." Jack Mathews of New York Daily News panned the movie, stating that "Writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson has created the darkest, if not worst, sci-fi movie since Battlefield Earth." Gary Dowell of Dallas Morning News called the film, "a transparent attempt to jumpstart two run-down franchises". Ed Halter of The Village Voice described the film's lighting for fight sequences as, "black-on-black-in-blackness", while Ty Burr of The Boston Globe felt the lighting "left the audience in the dark". The film received a Golden Raspberry (Razzie) nomination 2005 in the category of "Worst Remake or Sequel".

Live Free or Die Hard

The past three installments in the Die Hard series have all been rated R by the MPAA. Live Free or Die Hard, however, sparked controversy because it was edited to obtain a PG-13 rating. Director Len Wiseman commented on the rating, saying "It was about three months into it [production], and I hadn't even heard that it was PG-13...But in the end, it was just trying to make the best Die Hard movie, not really thinking so much about what the rating would be." Bruce Willis was upset with the studio's decision, stating, “I really wanted this one to live up to the promise of the first one, which I always thought was the only really good one.” to Vanity Fair. “That’s a studio decision that is becoming more and more common, because they’re trying to reach a broader audience. It seems almost a courageous move to give a picture an R rating these days. But we still made a pretty hardcore, smashmouth film.”Willis later confirmed that it was PG-13, but thought that viewers unaware that it was not an R-rated film would not suspect it in watching it, due to the level and intensity of the action, and the usage of some amount of profanity, albeit less than the previous films. He said that this film was the best of the four by saying "It’s unbelievable. I just saw it last week. I personally think, it’s better than the first one."


The release of the movie was set back a few months before release, this was to allow for the reshooting of several scenes. The new scenes included a stand-off between 4 assassins who go on to participate in a sword fight, which replaced the original train platform sequence, simply consisting of Agent 47 facing off against one assassin. Reports before the movie's release confirmed that not only reshoots were taking place, but that Fox may have totally removed Xavier Gens from his directing position and denied him the final cut. Nicolas de Toth (editor of Live Free or Die Hard) was brought in at this stage to soften the edit and cut down material.

47's origins were also changed at this stage, Xavier Gens told an interviewer that whilst they are not directly dealing with the clone storyline, one scene (being the original train station sequence) which shows a bald, barcoded assassin (Jean-Marc Bellu) following Agent 47 (Timothy Olyphant), another bald, barcoded assassin, is very explicit and showed his intention to keep him as a clone. The detail was likely changed to accommodate for the casting of actors of mixed races during reshoots, making it impossible for them to be clones.

Babylon A.D.

Mathieu Kassovitz said that 20th Century Fox interfered throughout production, and he never had a chance to shoot a scene the way it was scripted, or the way he wanted it to be.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Director Gavin Hood and Fox disputed over the film's direction. The studio had two replacements lined up before Richard Donner, husband of producer Lauren Shuler Donner, flew to Australia to ease on-set tensions. Hood remarked, "Out of healthy and sometimes very rigorous debate, things get better. [...] I hope the film's better because of the debates. If nobody were talking about us, we'd be in trouble!" Hood added he and Thomas Rothman were both "forceful" personalities in creative meetings but they had never had a "stand-up" argument. Two weeks of pick-up began on January 12, 2009, in Vancouvermarker. These included finishing scenes with Ryan Reynolds, who had been working on two other films during principal photography. Shots were filmed at the University of British Columbiamarker.


  1. Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Fox Filmed Entertainment
  2. Tom Rothman: A Hollywood executive and TV host - International Herald Tribune
  3. An Open Letter To Tom Rothman And Fox Stockholders!!
  4. With Marvel bringing nearly every big superhero they have to the big screen since X-Men in 2000, one would’ve thought their last big jewel, The Fantastic Four would truly be something special. Unfortunately, they decided to bring the movie to Fox, a studio famous for ruining movies by having them run far too short to fit more showings in. They then decided to bring Tim Story in to direct it. Between this and how rushed the whole damn thing was, I made it a point not to get too excited for the film, as it reeked of typical summer blockbuster fluff that you forget about the moment you leave the theatre.
  5. Iron Man movie: Running time revealed - and the debate over film length...
  6. Fox also made Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which was just 1hr 29mins despite having cosmic deity Galactus threatening the end of the world, and Fox's adaptation of dragon fantasy Eragon was 1hr 39mins. Both were savaged by fans online for lacking substance - and for not being long enough to give chance for that substance to be included.
  7. For such a short film, it has great pacing problems, moving far too slowly in some places. It’s a fault of all of Singer’s films, but with FOX cutting up the movie, it doesn’t help. I fail to see FOX insists on these short action films, I really do. After the number of critical complaints about this film’s length, it’s even more baffling that they’d do it again with Daredevil and Fantastic Four.
  8. Twitch - Fox Yanks HIT MAN From Director Xavier Gens
  9. Xavier Gens and Timothy Olyphant discuss Hitman

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