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Young dancers are needed for two days of shooting in 20th Century Fox’s upcoming musical feature “The Greatest Showman” from writers Michael Arndt, Jenny Bicks, and Bill Condon and director Michael Gracey. The film is casting female pointe dancers ages 9–19 to depict “mid-1800s young teen ballerinas.” The scenes will rehearse at a to-be-determined date in January 2017, with shooting slated for Jan. 20 and Feb. 16, 2017 in the New York City area. Starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, and Zendaya, the awe-inspring flick is due out Christmas 2017 and tells the story of P.T. Barnum, founder of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. To learn more about “The Greatest Showman,” you can see the full listing here. And see more great opportunities for actors of all ages in Backstage casting! Check out Backstage’s YouTube channel for dance tips and more! »
Even though she made her career on stand-up and sketch comedy about how being plastic is in no way fantastic, Amy Schumer is now set to become a real-life Barbie girl. She’s in talks to play the lead in Sony’s upcoming live-action Barbie movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which the trade publication says “will try to take a contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity.” The use of “try” in that sentence is passive-aggressive as fuck, but Schumer’s casting indicates that maybe Sony is serious about this whole “subverting the Barbie paradigm” thing, given her reputation as a foul-mouthed feminist rabble rouser.
Schumer and her writing partner/sister—who are also working together on Mother/Daughter, Schumer’s upcoming comedy with Goldie Hawn—are taking a third pass at the script, which was originally written by Sex And The City writer Jenny Bicks before receiving a »
- Katie Rife
Exclusive: TV Land has passed on comedy pilot The First Wives Club, a reboot of the 1996 feature. The project may be redeveloped. The First Wives Club, from Paramount Television and executive producers Jenny Bicks and Karen Rosenfelt, was one of two pilots in contention at TV Land. The other — the Alicia Silverstone starrer American Woman, inspired by Kyle Richards and produced by John Wells — was picked up to series earlier this week. Another TV Land pilot based on a… »
Deadline brings word that Michelle Williams, the decorated actress who shot to fame through roles in Shutter Island, Blue Valentine and My Week with Marilyn, has opened negotiations to join musical biopic The Greatest Showman.
Should a deal fall into place, Williams will join Neighbors 2 star Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman in the feature, and it’s understood the latter has been attached to the P.T Barnum biopic for years at this point.
Held up as the first totally original live-action musical in close to two decades, The Greatest Showman comes bearing a script from award-winning scribe Michael Arndt, working from drafts penned by Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon and Jonathan Tropper. Charting the three-ring act known as Barnum & Bailey Circus, Jackman and Co. will chronicle Barnum’s defining impact on show business in the 19th century. It’ll also welcome the X-Men stalwart back into the genre of musicals, »
- Michael Briers
Dads alumna Vanessa Lachey is set as a lead alongside Alyson Hannigan and Megan Hilty in the TV Land pilot The First Wives Club, a reboot of the 1996 feature, from Paramount Television and Sex and the City alumna Jenny Bicks and Karen Rosenfelt. With Lachey’s casting, the three lead roles are now set. Written by Rebecca Addelman (New Girl), the single-camera TV Land project is a new twist on the Paramount film, which starred Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn. Set… »
TV Land’s “First Wives Club” will take place in modern-day San Francisco. Like the original rom-com, the story revolves around three women (Lachey, Hannigan, Hilty) who were friends and classmates in the ’90s and reconnect after their close friend from college dies in a freak accident.
Lachey will play Sasha, a driven and successful chef in San Francisco. She has it all — a hot restaurant and a great girlfriend who she plans to marry. But when she reconnects with her old friends after the death of their college roommate, she realizes she may not be as ready to settle down as she thought.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
30 June 2016 3:29 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
TV Land has cast the third wife in its First Wives Club reboot. Vanessa Lachey has been tapped to star opposite Alyson Hannigan and Megan Hilty in the pilot for the Viacom-owned cable network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Picked up to pilot in March, the long-gestating project will be written by New Girl's Rebecca Addelman and executive produced by Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City, The Big C). Based on the book by Olivia Goldsmith, the project centers on a group of divorced women who seek revenge on the ex-husbands who left them for younger women.
- Lesley Goldberg
Vanessa Lachey is the third and final First wife.
The actress, whose TV credits include sitcoms Dad and Truth Be Told, has signed on to star in TV Land’s First Wives Club remake opposite fellow co-leads Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother) and Megan Hilty (Smash), TVLine has learned.
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The small screen reboot of the 1996 film, which starred Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn, is set in modern day San Francisco. Much like the movie, the story follows three friends and former ’90s classmates who reconnect after one of their »
Hollywood heartthrob Zac Efron has spent the last few years bearing witness to a Sorority Rising in Neighbors 2, along with hitching a ride cross-country opposite Robert De Niro’s unruly and Dirty Grandpa.
According to Variety, though, the so-hot-right-now star is on the verge of joining The Greatest Showman on Earth, the P.T. Barnum musical biopic that already boasts Hugh Jackman’s name on the casting docket. Truth be told, the Aussie has been linked with the movie since it was first hatched at Fox back in 2009,
Jenny Bicks of Sex and the City fame will pen the screenplay with Michael Gracey in line to direct. Chernin Entertainment, meanwhile, will produce Greatest Showman alongside Laurence Mark and Jackman himself.
Chronicling the creation of three-ring act Barnum & Bailey Circus, Greatest Showman will herald a return to the musical genre for Jackman, who last flexed his singing chops on Les Misérables and, to a lesser extent, Warner Bros. flop Pan. Of course, the X-Men stalwart has racked up a string of Broadway appearances, while Zac Efron will be drawing inspiration from his formative years headlining Disney’s High School Musical.
No word yet on Fox’s production timeline for The Greatest Showman on Earth, but we’ll keep you posted as more information comes to light. Look for Zac Efron to assume matrimonial duties in next month’s Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. Beyond that, there’s also a role in Paramount’s star-studded Baywatch movie, which will look to cause R-rated chaos in 2017. »
- Michael Briers
Jackman will play the showman with a specialty in hoaxing a gullible public as he creates the three-ring Barnum & Bailey Circus that made him famous. Laurence Mark and Jackman will produce
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Variety is reporting that actor Zac Efron is in negotiations to star alongside Hugh Jackman in 20th Century Fox's "The Greatest Showman On Earth." Director Michael Gracey is signed on to direct the contemporary musical from a script by screenwriter Jenny Bicks. Chernin Entertainment is producing with Laurence Mark and Hugh Jackman.
The premise for Jackman's character says he will play "the showman with a specialty in hoaxing a gullible public as he creates the three-ring Barnum & Bailey Circus that made him famous. Barnum had gained fame as a 19th Century impressario with tours of Tom Thumb and the singer Jenny Lind; he began calling it the “Greatest Show on Earth” near the end of his career."
Source: Variety »
- J.B. Casas
Zac Efron has joined the cast of the P.T. Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman On Earth. Hugh Jackman is playing the title character in the movie, which revolves around the life of Barnum, the legendary circus entertainer.
Phineas Taylor “P. T.” Barnum was an American showman and businessman remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Sex in the City writer Jenny Bicks is writing the screenplay for the musical film, which primarily focusses on the creation of Barnum’s three-ring circus and his infatuation with “Swedish Nightingale” Jenny Lind.
Efron is officially still ‘in-talks’ to join the project, though it’s not clear from the original report over at Variety as to which character he will play.
Efron was recently seen in Bad Neighbours 2, and will next year join Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra, Jon Bass, Kelly Rohrbach and Ilfenesh Hadera in the Baywatch movie, which opens in May.
Jackman is currently shooting the third stand-alone Wolverine movie in New Orleans. He is expected to head to the circus as Barnum following completion of the X-Men spin-off.
- Paul Heath
Fox had no comment on Efron’s possible attachment.
The project has been in development since 2009 with Jackman attached. The contemporary musical is set to be scripted by Jenny Bicks (“Sex and the City”) and produced by Laurence Mark and Jackman. Michael Gracey is attached to direct.
Jackman will play the showman with a specialty in hoaxing a gullible public as he creates the three-ring circus that made him famous.
The project is a major priority for the studio given its relationship with Jackman and the lengths it has taken to get the film off the ground. Should Efron’s deal go through, it would serve to solidify the project and give it a shot of momentum.
Efron is having a busy summer with “Neighbors 2: Sorority Uprising” bowing in May and the Fox comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” opening next month. Efron is also set to star in Paramount’s comedy tentpole “Baywatch” which opens next May and also stars Dwayne Johnson.
He is repped by CAA and Alchemy Entertainment. His attorney is Patti Felker.
- Dave McNary
Toronto-based Films We Like has picked up Canadian rights to Ingrid Veninger’s upcoming drama.
Veninger and her producers will begin casting on June 10 on what is described as “a story of bravery and the secret life of girls set in Northern Ontario during a hot and hazy summertime when adulthood has not yet arrived, but childhood is quickly vanishing.”
Production is set for August and Films We Like plans to release the film theatrically across Canada in the latter stages of 2017.
Melissa Leo supported Porcupine Lake in Veninger’s pUNK Films Femmes Lab launched at the Whistler Film Festival in 2014 and according to a press release issued on behalf of Films We Like said after reading the first draft: “This is a story that every women carries inside her.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Deadline is reporting that Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother) and Megan Hilty (Smash) have signed on for the leads in The First Wives Club, a small screen reboot of the 1996 feature film, which is being produced by Paramount Television for TV Land.
Written by Rebecca Addelman (New Girl) and executive produced by Jenny Bicks and Karen Rosenfelt (Sex and the City), the pilot is set in present-day San Francisco and “revolves around three women – friends and classmates in the ’90s – who reconnect after their close friend from college dies in a freak accident. When they discover that they are all at a romantic crossroads, they band together to tackle divorce, relationships and life’s other annoying challenges.”
Hannigan will play Maggie, “an English professor at a university in San Francisco. Once an aspiring poet, she is a bright but frustrated woman who is struggling to put excitement back into her flagging marriage. »
- Gary Collinson
Set in present-day San Francisco, the story revolves around three women – friends and classmates in the 1990s – who reconnect after their close friend from college dies in a freak accident. When they discover that they are all at a romantic crossroads, they band together to tackle divorce, relationships and other life challenges.
Hannigan is Maggie, an English professor and once aspiring poet who is frustrated and struggling to put excitement back into her flagging marriage. Hilty will play Kim, a once successful actress now "too old" for Hollywood. Needy and vulnerable, she works »
- Garth Franklin
“How I Met Your Mother” alum Alyson Hannigan and “Smash” vet Megan Hilty have been cast in TV Land’s “First Wives Club pilot. The actresses will play two of the three leads in the adaptation of the original 1996 film starring Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn. Rebecca Addelman wrote the script, and Jenny Bicks will executive produce the pilot from Paramount TV. The series, set in modern-day San Francisco, follows three former friends and classmates who reconnect after their close friend from college dies in a freak accident. Also Read: Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone Comedy Ordered to Series at TV Land Hannigan plays. »
- Reid Nakamura
The small screen reboot of the 1996 film, which starred Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn, is set in modern day San Francisco. Much like the movie, the story follows three friends and former ’90s classmates who »
The duo will star in the television reboot of the 1996 film, which will take place in modern-day San Francisco. Like the original rom-com, the story revolves around three women who were friends and classmates in the ’90s and reconnect after their close friend from college dies in a freak accident.
The casting is a huge “get” for TV Land, as “First Wives Club” will mark Hannigan’s first major role after “How I Met Your Mother” and Hilty’s since “Smash,” which turned her into a household name. While the project has only been greenlit for a pilot, with the two ladies now attached, the series should be appealing for a full series order. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
3 June 2016 5:31 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
TV Land has landed two members of its First Wives Club. How I Met Your Mother grad Alyson Hannigan and Smash alum Megan Hilty have signed on to star in TV Land's First Wives Club reboot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Picked up to pilot in March, the long-gestating project will be written by New Girl's Rebecca Addelman and exec produced by Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City, The Big C). Based on the book by Olivia Goldsmith, the project centers on a group of divorced women who seek revenge on the ex-husbands who left them for younger women.
- Lesley Goldberg
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