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Tracking Shot November 2009: Beginners, Black Swan, Let Me In

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

At the beginning of every month, Ioncinema.com's "Tracking Shot" features a handful of projects that we feel are worth signaling out and that are moments away from lensing. As we get closer to holiday dates productions tend to drop, so this November we are keeping tabs on only a handful of projects. - At the beginning of every month, Ioncinema.com's "Tracking Shot" features a handful of projects that we feel are worth signaling out and that are moments away from lensing. As we get closer to holiday dates productions tend to drop, so this November we are keeping tabs on only a handful of projects. Mike Mills is finally getting to work on his sophomore feature which would see Ewan McGregor play a young man rocked by two announcements from his elderly father (Christopher Plummer)…one, that he has terminal cancer, and two, that he »

- Ioncinema.com Staff

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Sony Inks International Distribution Deal with CBS Films

18 November 2009 5:09 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group has signed a three-year marketing and distribution deal with CBS Films, under which Sony Pictures will handle international theatrical distribution of CBS Films productions as well as service worldwide distribution of the unit's films in the home entertainment marketplace, it was announced today by Peter Schlessel, president, Worldwide Affairs for Sony Pictures, and Jeff Blake, chairman, Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing & Distribution. CBS Films will handle domestic theatrical distribution of all titles and retains rights in a limited number of foreign territories.

CBS Films was established in 2007 and the division plans to develop and produce four to six movies a year spanning all genres, with production budgets up to $50 million per film.

The distribution pact builds on the strong relationship shared between CBS Films and Sony, as the two companies collaborate to produce Faster, an action-thriller starring Dwayne Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton, set to begin production in early 2010. The film, »

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Demian Bichir Set for Hidalgo-Moliere

17 November 2009 5:49 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Demian Bichir will star in the Mexican film Hidalgo-Moliere, which centers on the father of the Mexican independence movement.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor also is in talks for a starring role in an untitled drama about South Florida gang leader Leona Sanchez.

Antonio Serrano is directing Hidalgo-Moliere, which focuses on Hidalgo's early years in the theater and his rise to leading the Mexican War of Independence in the early 1800s. Ana de la Reguera (Nacho Libre) co-stars.

The film begins shooting today in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

The Sanchez project, which carries a working title of Lady Scarface is being directed by Ernest Dickerson from a screenplay by Tony Puryear and Susannah Grant. It tells the story of a young Colombian woman who rises to power as the leader of a South Florida gang, Los Curramberos.

Bichir is in talks to play Pedro, the gang leader who »

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Demian Bichir joins 'Hidalgo-Moliere' film

17 November 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Demian Bichir has signed on to star in the Mexican film "Hidalgo-Moliere," about the father of the Mexican independence movement.

The actor also is in talks for a starring role in an untitled drama about South Florida gang leader Leona Sanchez.

Antonio Serrano ("Sex, Shame and Tears") is directing "Hidalgo-Moliere," which focuses on Hidalgo's early years in the theater and his rise to leading the Mexican War of Independence in the early 1800s. Ana de la Reguera ("Nacho Libre") co-stars.

Luis Urquiza Modragon is producing for Astillero Films. The film begins shooting today in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

The Sanchez project, which carries a working title of "Lady Scarface," is being directed by Ernest Dickerson ("The Wire") from a screenplay by Tony Puryear and Susannah Grant. It tells the story of a young Colombian woman who rises to power as the leader of a South Florida gang, Los Curramberos.

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- By Jay A. Fernandez

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Six writers selected for Nicholl fellowships

29 October 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Six writers have been selected as winners of the 24th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

They are Matt Ackley for his screenplay "Victoria Falls"; Vineet Dewan and Angus Fletcher, "Sand Dogs"; John Griffin, "Dream Before Waking"; Nidhi Anna Verghese, "Jallianwala Bagh"; and Jeff Williams, "Pure." All are from Los Angeles except for Williams, who is from Wake Forest, N.C.

Each writer or writing team, selected from a record 6,380 submitted scripts, will receive a $30,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed Nov. 12 during a gala dinner in Beverly Hills.

The winners were chosen by the Nicholl Committee, chaired by Susannah Grant and comprised of Naomi Foner, Daniel Petrie Jr., Tom Rickman, Dana Stevens, Eva Marie Saint, John Bailey, Steven B. Poster, Bill Mechanic, Gale Anne Hurd, David Nicksay, Peter Samuelson, Robert Shapiro, Buffy Shutt and Ronald Mardigian. »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Finalists selected for Nicholl Fellowships

8 October 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Eleven writers have been selected as finalists for the 24th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

They are Matt Ackley, Vineet Dewan and Angus Fletcher, John Griffin, Hiram Martinez, Marleine Pacilio, Adriana Brad Schanen, Neil Swaab, Nidhi Anna Verghese, Dan Lee West and Jeff Williams.

As many as five $30,000 fellowships may be awarded after the screenplays are judged by the Nicholl Committee, chaired by writer and 1992 Nicholl fellow Susannah Grant. »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Stanley Tucci Goes "Burlesque" with Cher and Christina Aguilera

24 September 2009 2:23 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

This is a movie we've been following closely since May (See Cher Joins Christina Aguilera in Musical "Burlesque" and Christina Aguilera to Star in Titillating Musical "Burlesque"). Why? Because it's being called "Showgirls" the Musical starring Cher and Christina Aguilera.

But I'm sure it's not going to be as campy as "Showgirls" gosh darn it!

Now, Stanley Tucci is joining Cher and Christina Aguilera in the film to be directed by Steve Antin.

Antin also wrote the script which was polished by Susannah Grant ("Erin Brockovich"! See? Not campy).

Aguilera will play an ambitious small town Iowa girl with a big voice who finds love, family and success in a Los Angeles burlesque club. Cher will play Tess, a former dancer who takes the small town girl under her wing. Tucci will star as the manager of the club and the best friend of Tess. And they will all sing and dance! »

- Manny

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Stanley Tucci to be part of 'Burlesque'

24 September 2009 1:12 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Stanley Tucci will star alongside Cher and Christina Aguilera in Screen Gems. "Burlesque," the musical to be directed by Steve Antin.According to Variety, Antin wrote the script, which was revised by Susannah Grant.Donald De Line is producing through his De Line Pictures production company. Production begins Nov. 9, and the film is set for a Thanksgiving release next year.Aguilera plays an ambitious small-town girl with a big voice who finds success in a burlesque club. Tucci will play the manager of the Sunset Boulevard club and the best friend and confidante of Tess (Cher), a former dancer who takes the young girl under her wing. The film marks Cher's first movie starring role in a decade. »

- Adnan Tezer

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Stanley Tucci cast in Burlesque

24 September 2009 6:35 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Stanley Tucci will star alongside Cher and Christina Aguilera in Screen Gems' "Burlesque," the musical which Steve Antin is helming. Antin wrote the screenplay which Susannah Grant ("Charlotte's Web," "Erin Brokovich") revised. Producing is Donald De Line via his De Line Pictures company and production stars on November 9th. Plan is to release the film on Thanksgiving next year. Aguilera plays an ambitious girl from a small town with a big voice who gains success in a neo-burlesque club reminiscent of the club in "Cabaret." Tucci will have the part of the manager of the Sunset Boulevard club who is also the best friend and confidante of former dancer Tess (played by Cher), who takes the young girl under her wing. »

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Stanley Tucci Joins Burlesque

24 September 2009 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Screen Gems has cast Stanley Tucci alongside Cher and Christina Aguilera in Burlesque , the musical to be directed by Steve Antin. Antin wrote the script, which was revised by Susannah Grant. Production begins Nov. 9, and the film is set for a Thanksgiving release next year. Aguilera plays an ambitious small-town girl with a big voice who finds success in a neo-burlesque club reminiscent of the nightclub in Bob Fosse's "Cabaret." Tucci will play the manager of the Sunset Boulevard club and the best friend and confidante of Tess (Cher), a former dancer who takes the young girl under her wing. »

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Stanley Tucci Goes Burlesque

23 September 2009 5:10 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Variety reports that Screen Gems has tapped Stanley Tucci to star with Cher and Christina Aguilera in Steven Antin's Burlesque.

Antin penned the script, which was later revised by Susannah Grant.

Aguilera will be a small-town girl with a big voice who finds success in a neo-burlesque club. Tucci is going to be the manager of the Sunset Boulevard club and the best pal of Tess (Cher). She is a former dancer who tries to help the young girl.

This Cher's first starring role in over a decade.

The film will start shooting November 9 and should be released around Thanksgiving 2010.

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Chace Crawford Undergoes 'Intense' Dance Training for 'Footloose' Remake

12 August 2009 2:09 AM, PDT | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

Chace Crawford, who has been officially announced to play leading male character Ren McCormack in "Footloose" remake, has just revealed about his preparation for the musical drama film which will begin shooting soon. In an interview with MTV during 2009 Teen Choice Awards, the "Gossip Girl" star stated that he has undergone a dance training though he is busy shooting for the CW series.

"I'm training right now in New York, and it's pretty intense," Chace said on his preparation before filming the remake of Kevin Bacon's 1984 film. He then compared himself to Willard, a character in original "Footloose", who doesn't know how to dance until Ren teaches him. "I'm more like [Chris Penn's character] Willard, trying to learn the dances at this point. I'm getting muscles that I didn't even know were there worked out," he admitted.

During the interview, Chace who called the film as "a modern adaptation" also talked about the script. »

- celebrity-mania.com

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Soloist’ Wastes Powerful Story, Great Actors

11 August 2009 10:22 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Stars Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. do absolutely nothing wrong in Joe Wright’s “The Soloist,” now on Blu-Ray and DVD, and there’s more than enough inherent power in the story of a musical genius lost to mental illness and the horrible way we treat the homeless in this country for a quality drama, but this cinematic solo misses too many notes to have the impact that it should have with this much talent involved.

Blu-Ray Rating: 3.0/5.0 The cast & crew list for “The Soloist” is remarkable enough that the film almost opened the AFI Film Festival last year based on pedigree alone. Then someone saw the movie and Joe Wright’s third drama (after “Pride & Prejudice” and “Atonement”) was pushed from Oscar season to April. We should have known something was wrong then.

The Soloist was released on Blu-Ray on August 4th, 2009.

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Chace Crawford Describes 'Intense' Training For 'Footloose' Remake

11 August 2009 4:14 AM, PDT | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

'I'm getting muscles that I didn't even know were there worked out,' the 'Gossip Girl' star laughs.

By Larry Carroll

Chace Crawford

Photo: Jason Merritt/ Getty Images

Universal City, California — Over the past few years on "Gossip Girl," Chace Crawford has been working so hard, punching his card. Now, he's ready to make his leading-man debut in Hollywood, and it's time to tear up this town. Yup, he's getting ready to cut loose, "Footloose," and kick off his Sunday shoes.

"We were good to squeeze it in during the hiatus between the third and fourth ['Gossip'] season," Crawford told MTV News at the Teen Choice Awards, discussing his soon-to-shoot remake of the Kevin Bacon dance classic. "It's great. I'm training right now in New York, and it's pretty intense.

"I'm more like [Chris Penn's character] Willard, trying to learn the dances at this point," he grinned. "I'm getting muscles that I »

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Cher and Aguilera to work 'Burlesque'

23 June 2009 2:07 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

In what will be her first screen role in a decade, Cher is set to join Christina Aguilera in "Burlesque," a contemporary musical for Screen Gems. Cher last starred in "Tea With Mussolini" in 1999.According to Variety, Steven Antin will direct from a script he wrote that was revised by Susannah Grant.Aguilera will play an ambitious small-town Iowa girl with a big voice who comes of age in a neo-burlesque club on Sunset Boulevard that's run by Tess (Cher), a former dancer who struggles to keep the club open and gives the young girl a chance to shine.Cher will sing onscreen. While her voice has been heard in many films, "Burlesque" will mark the first time she'll be seen singing »

- Adnan Tezer

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Cher Joins Christina Aguilera In ‘Burlesque’

23 June 2009 6:00 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Call it a hunch, but I think “Burlesque” already has its place in film history set. Not only will it be the acting debut of Christina Aguilera, but the modern musical has signed on the music icon of all icons: the one and only Cher. Yeah. It’s going to be flamboyant.

According to Variety, Aguilera will play an ambitious small-town girl fresh from the cornfields of Iowa. Possessing one heck of a voice (hey, it’s Aguilera) she goes West to pursue her singing and dancing dreams. The aspiring star winds up in a neo-burlesque club on Sunset Boulevard that’s run by Tess (Cher), a former dancer who struggles to keep the club open and gives the young girl a chance to become a star.

The film will be a career first for the “Moonstruck” Oscar winner, as it will be the first time she uses her singing »

- Elisabeth Rappe

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Cher Joining Aguilera in Burlesque

23 June 2009 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Variety reports that Cher will star opposite Christina Aguilera in Burlesque , a contemporary musical at Screen Gems. Steven Antin will direct from a script he wrote that was revised by Susannah Grant. Aguilera plays an ambitious small-town Iowa girl with a big voice who comes of age in a neo-burlesque club on Sunset Boulevard that's run by Tess (Cher), a former dancer who struggles to keep the club open and gives the young girl a chance to shine. Cher will sing onscreen. Production begins in November. »

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Cher Joins Aguilera's 'Burlesque' but Not Before She's a Voice in the Zoo

22 June 2009 11:42 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Who would have thought one day could actually bring two bits of casting news regarding Cher? Cher, the woman that won an Oscar for Best Actress for Moonstruck back in 1988. Cher, the woman whose face I saw plastered all over Las Vegas when I was down there this past March. Cher, the woman that has now landed a role opposite Christina Aguilera in the upcoming musical Burlesque while at the same time she lays her voice down for Kevin James's comedy The Zookeeper. Ladies and gentlemen... I give you Cher! First off, Variety reports Cher will take on her first feature acting role in a decade (Tea With Mussolini in 1999) as Tess in the contemporary musical Burlesque starring Christina Aguilera as an ambitious small-town Iowa girl with a big voice who comes of age in a neo-burlesque club on Sunset Boulevard that's run by Tess, a former dancer who »

- Brad Brevet

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Cher Teams with Christina Aguilera for 'Burlesque'

22 June 2009 9:05 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

In what will be her first movie role in a decade, Cher is set to join Christina Aguilera in Burlesque, a contemporary musical for Screen Gems, reports Variety.

Aguilera will play an ambitious small-town Iowa girl with a big voice who comes of age in a neo-burlesque club on Sunset Boulevard that's run by Tess (Cher), a former dancer who struggles to keep the club open and gives the young girl a chance to shine.

Cher will sing onscreen. While her voice has been heard in many films, Burlesque will mark the first time she'll be seen singing in a film in which she also stars. Cher last starred in Tea With Mussolini in 1999. The film will be directed by Steven Antin (Troy of Goonies fame) from a script co-written by Antin and Susannah Grant (The Soloist).

"She brings a soulfulness and gravitas to this character that will ground the story, »

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Julianne Hough joins 'Footloose' remake

19 June 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"Dancing With the Stars" mainstay Julianne Hough will be punching her card for "Footloose."

The dancer, singer and choreographer will join Chace Crawford for her feature film debut in Paramount's remake of the 1984 film, assuming her scheduling works for the March shoot.

Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer starred in the original, which told the story of a rebellious outsider who moves to a new town where music and dancing are banned and proceeds to shake everything up.

Kenny Ortega ("High School Musical") is producing and directing the feature, and Susannah Grant ("The Soloist") wrote the most recent screenplay.

Craig Zadan, who also produced the 1984 original, Neil Meron and Dylan Sellers ("Agent Cody Banks") are also producing. Zadan and Meron were also behind the feature musicals "Hairspray" and "Chicago." »

- By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

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