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TV Review: ‘Step Up: High Water’ on YouTube Red

TV Review: ‘Step Up: High Water’ on YouTube Red
All a “Step Up” television show has to do, really, is deliver the dance. The multi-installment, multimillion-dollar franchise that launched the career of Channing Tatum is mostly an excuse for dance numbers, with some melodrama grafted on top for plausible transitions. That might sound like a bad thing, but far from it: The dance film subgenre is sacrosanct, one that marries passion for the form with teenage cultural commentary. Sure, sometimes they are a bit flimsy — if only because it takes maneuvering to concoct conflict that can be resolved through dance — but their earnest love for blended forms, and the genre’s faith in finding common ground through performance, is genuinely timeless.

Step Up: High Water” does deliver the dance, in the form of yet another set of young, talented performers. But as an added bonus, it has also built a heartfelt premise for its two protagonists, twins Tal (Petrice Jones) and Janelle (Lauryn McClain) Baker. Tal, an
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Glee's Naya Rivera Returns to the Classroom for a Sexy Dance with Ne-Yo in Step Up: High Water

Glee's Naya Rivera Returns to the Classroom for a Sexy Dance with Ne-Yo in Step Up: High Water
Naya Rivera is back in the classroom in a whole new role, and People has the exclusive first look.

The 31-year-old Glee actress is transitioning from student to teacher in Step Up: High Water, the new 10-episode YouTube Red series based on the Step Up film franchise.

Executive produced by original Step Up stars (and real-life couple!) Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum as well as Step Up director Adam Shankman, Step Up: High Water turns the spotlight on a contemporary performing arts school in Atlanta and the lives of several ambitious young dancers.

Rivera plays school administrator Collette Jones in the show,
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Film News Roundup: Fathom Sets Premiere Showings for ‘Step Up: High Water’ Series

In today’s film news roundup, Fathom Events is showing the premiere of “Step Up: High Water,” HBO buys a documentary prior to its Sundance premiere, and “Big Eyes” actress Madeleine Arthur gets a lead role.


Fathom Events has scheduled showings of the first episode of the YouTube Red series, “Step Up: High Water,” at more than 750 movie theaters on Jan. 30, a day before the series premieres.

The event will also include a showings of the original 2006 “Step Up” movie that launched the five-film franchise, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Lionsgate TV series.

Fathom, co-owned by AMC Entertainment, Cinemark Holdings, and Regal Entertainment Group, specializes in one-night events usually shown in the Monday-Thursday corridor. It topped the $1 million mark in box office revenues for 26 different events in 2017 after doing so 14 times in 2016.

“Step Up: High Water” is a 10-episode drama focused on young dancers at a contemporary performing arts school in Atlanta
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Nick Cannon to Write, Direct Women’s Basketball Film Co-Starring Chris Brown (Exclusive)

Nick Cannon to Write, Direct Women’s Basketball Film Co-Starring Chris Brown (Exclusive)
Nick Cannon is directing, writing, producing, and starring in “She Ball,” an indie film about women’s street basketball.

Cannon will star alongside Chris Brown, Cedric the Entertainer, Evan Ross, and Rebecca De Mornay.

“She Ball” follows the love of the game through the struggles of Avery Watts, played by Cannon, who enlists the baddest women’s streetball league in the city to help him save the embattled Inglewood Community Center, which he manages, all while trying to raise his seven-year-old daughter.

Cannon is producing the film with Demetrius Spencer of One Media Worldwide and Ball Up, the entertainment studio behind the streetball league.

To bring authenticity to the project, the movie will feature real-life athletes from the Wnba, Ball Up, and the Basketball Beauties League, including Melody Rae Kandil, Jaliyah Manuel, and former Harlem Globetrotter Tammy Brawner. Faizon Love, K.D. Aubert, Luenell, and Marla Gibbs round out the cast.

“I’m very
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"Ripped" Restricted Footage

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From RedBand.Ca, Sneak Peek restricted 'red band' footage from director Brad Epstein's comedy feature "Ripped", starring Faizon Love and Alex Meneses:

"...two free spirited 'stoners' who, after smoking some top secret pot created by the CIA in 1986, find themselves catapulted into 2016.

"With 30 years of their lives lost, our now balding and overweight friends use their uncomplicated enthusiasm to get their lives back on track and figuring out the modern world..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Ripped"...
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Robert De Niro’s Comedy ‘War With Grandpa’ Gets February Release

Robert De Niro’s Comedy ‘War With Grandpa’ Gets February Release
TWC-Dimension Films has set a Feb. 23 release date for its family comedy “The War with Grandpa,” starring Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken.

Tim Hill directed the movie, which also stars Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, Oakes Fegley, Jane Seymour, and Faizon Love. The film was written by Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember, and Dave Johnson and produced by Phillip Glasser, Marvin Peart, and Rosa Morris Peart of Marro Films.

The film was shot over six weeks in Atlanta. It was originally slated to be shot in Toronto for an Oct. 20 release date.

Fegley portrays the grandson of De Niro’s recently widowed character, who moves into the house and takes over the grandson’s bedroom. The grandson schemes with friends to devise a series of pranks to drive him out, but finds that his grandfather isn’t going to give up easily — leading to an all-out war.

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Faizon Love Dodges Jail Time for Airport Valet Attack

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Faizon Love is getting off easy for his brutal beatdown of an airport valet ... as long as he's on his best behavior for a while. The comedian and actor pled no contest to misdemeanor assault, and got a suspended sentence of 180 days in the county jail -- meaning that Will be his punishment if he gets in trouble again over the next 2 years. He was also fined $500. [[tmz:video id="0_z1flikwv"]] TMZ broke the story ... the "Couples Retreat" and
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Ne-Yo joins the cast of the Step Up TV series Step Up: High Water

As part of its expansion into original TV programming, YouTube is teaming up with Lionsgate to bring the Step Up franchise to the small screen with Step Up: High Water, and Variety is reporting that singer-songwriter and actor Ne-Yo is set to lead the cast alongside Naya Rivera (Glee) and Faizon Love (Couples Retreat).

The series focuses on a group of ambitious young dancers at Atlanta’s famed High Water Performing Arts School, led by Sage Odom (Ne-Yo). Also featuring in the cast are Lauryn McClain (Daddy’s Little Girls), Petrice Jones (iBoy), Marcus Mitchell (High Strung), Jade Chynoweth (The Last Ship), Carlito Olivero (Bad Samaritan), Terrence Green (Being Mary Jane), R. Marcos Taylor (Baby Driver), and newcomers Eric Graise and Kendra Oyesanya.

The ten episode series has been created by showrunner Holly Sorenson (Recovery Road), who will also executive produce with Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Meredith Milton,
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Singer Ne-Yo Set To Join The Cast Of The ‘Step-Up’ TV Series

Variety are reporting that none other than music superstar Ne-Yo is set to lead out the planned Step-Up TV series. Step Up: High Water, as it is being referred to, is being launched on YouTube Red this autumn. He joins the already-cast Naya Rivera and Faizon Love in the 10-parter, which is currently shooting over in Atlanta.

The show is based on the hugely popular Step Up films, which have grossed around $650 million at the box office worldwide.

The trade says that the new series focuses on a group of ambitious young dancers at Atlanta’s famed High Water Performing Arts School, led by Sage Odom (Ne-Yo). In the series, Rivera plays Collette, a former dancer turned administrator whose passion for her students is only matched by her history with Sage — and secrets of her own.

There’s no specific air date as yet, but we’ll keep you posted.
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Ne-Yo, Naya Rivera To Headline YouTube Red’s Most Ambitious Series To Date

At VidCon last week, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said that a forthcoming Step Up series adaptation would be among the most ambitious projects to date for Red, the company’s premium subscription service.

Now, several casting announcements have been made for Step Up: High Water -- a 10-episode drama based on the blockbuster dance movie franchise, which is slated to debut on YouTube Red this fall. The series will star singer-songwriter Ne-Yo, Naya Rivera (Glee), and Faizon Love (Elf). It will follow a group of young dancer’s at Atlanta’s High Water Performing Arts School. Production is currently under way by Lionsgate in Atlanta, according to Variety.

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‘Step Up: High Water’: Ne-Yo, Naya Rivera & Faizon Love To Topline YouTube Red Drama Series

Step Up: High Water, YouTube Red’s new original drama series based on the film franchise that grossed $650 million at the global box office, has set its cast as production begins in Atlanta. Ne-Yo (The Wiz, World of Dance) joins series regulars Naya Rivera (Glee) and Faizon Love (Couples Retreat, Elf) to headline the series from YouTube and Lionsgate TV, set for debut on YouTube Red this fall. Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum, who co-starred in the original Step Up
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Naya Rivera, Ne-Yo and Faizon Love to Star on YouTube Red Series ‘Step Up: High Water’

Naya Rivera, Ne-Yo and Faizon Love to Star on YouTube Red Series ‘Step Up: High Water’
Naya Rivera, Ne-Yo and Faizon Love have joined YouTube Red and Lionsgate series “Step Up: High Water,” which is based on the film franchise. “High Water” is currently in production in Atlanta. The 10-episode drama focuses on several ambitious young dancers in a contemporary performing arts school located there. The series is created and executive produced by showrunner Holly Sorenson. Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Meredith Milton — all producers of the original “Step Up” films — will also executive produce, along with Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum, who co-starred in the first movie. Shankman also directed the pilot. Original songs for.
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Ne-Yo, Naya Rivera to Star in YouTube's 'Step Up' Revival

YouTube has found the cast for its upcoming Step Up revival. 

Naya Rivera (Glee) and Faizon Love (Couples Retreat) have signed on to star in the drama series alongside recording artist Ne-Yo, who is set to recur on the show. 

The streamer announced plans to bring Step Up to the small screen last June and is now in production on the series, dubbed Step Up: High Water, in Atlanta. The 10-episode drama, which hails from YouTube Originals and Lionsgate, is expected to bow on YouTube's subscription streaming service Red this fall. 

High Water will reunite much of the team behind the Step...
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Focus Features Picks Up ‘Tully,’ Electric Entertainment Buys ‘Lbj’ and More

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Focus Features has acquired the North American and select international rights to Jason Reitman’s “Tully.” Written by Diablo Cody, the comedy stars Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass and Ron Livingston.

Tully” tells the story of Marlo (Theron), a mother of three who is gifted a night nanny by her brother (Duplass). Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully (Davis). The film will premiere in U.S. theaters on April 20, 2018.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Oscilloscope Picks Up ‘November,’ The Orchard Buys ‘Flower’ and More

Electric Entertainment has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to Rob Reiner’s “Lbj,
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Screen Media Twists Up ‘Ripped,’ Sets June Bow For Russell Peters-Faizon Love Stoner Pic

Screen Media Twists Up ‘Ripped,’ Sets June Bow For Russell Peters-Faizon Love Stoner Pic
Screen Media Films is ready to party with Ripped, bogarting North American and UK rights to the time-travel stoner comedy starring Russell Peters and Faizon Love. The red-eyed pic will get a day-and-date release June 23. Directed by Brad Epstein from a script he co-wrote with Billiam Coronel, Ripped tells the story of Harris (Peters) and Reeves (Love), a pair of free-spirited stoners in 1986 who upload some CIA-created secret pot that knocks them out for 30 years. Coming…
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Adrien Broner Goes Ballistic On Floyd Mayweather (Video)

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[[tmz:video id="0_usr3de4d"]] ** Warning: Horrible language, violent threats, and homophobia **  Adrien Broner just reignited his beef with Floyd Mayweather ... calling the Money Man a "bitch," and it's all over his relationship with a rising boxing superstar. The boxing star is Gervonta "Tank" Davis ... an undefeated champion and member of Mayweather's Money Team who recently called out Broner, demanding a fight with him. Broner apparently took the challenge as the ultimate sign of disrespect, claiming he and Davis are pals,
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Hip Hop Squares: Renewed for Season Two on VH1

The new game show, VH1 Hip Hop Squares, has been renewed for a second season on VH1. Ice Cube executive produces the Hollywood Squares-inspired series, which is hosted by DeRay Davis. The first season just premiered on March 13th.Celebrity guests in season one include Teyana Taylor, T.I.P., Amber Rose, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, French Montana, Mel B, Nelly, Karrueche, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Tyga, T- Pain, Master P, Monica, Cedric the Entertainer, Keri Hilson, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai, Bobby Brown, Faizon Love, and Woody McClain.Read More…
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Faizon Love Says Valet Is Lucky He Didn't Punch or Stomp Him! (Video)

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[[tmz:video id="0_hflwdw8u"]] Sometimes punk kids talking trash need a lesson in respect ... and that's how Faizon Love describes the beatdown he handed a valet in Columbus Airport. We talked to Faizon about Judge Mathis' advice on how the comedian should handle his criminal case going forward, and he was actually open to it. He still believes he was in the right though because the valet allegedly spit at him. [[tmz:video id="0_3qbkyfux"]] Love admits he probably could learn some
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Ufc's Roy Nelson Breaks Down Faizon Love Airport Fight (Video)

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[[tmz:video id="0_5gg3yaio"]] This is great ... some Faizon Love Post-Airport Fight Analysis ... with a real Ufc star.  We spoke with Roy "Big Country" Nelson about the throwdown in Ohio -- and he told us the heavyweight actor showed real fighting skills ... almost like he's done it before.  But, what woulda happened if Love picked on someone his own size? Nelson has some thoughts.   [[tmz:video id="0_z1flikwv"]] Read more
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Actor Faizon Love Facing Assault Charges Following Airport Incident

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Actor Faizon Love, known for his role in Elf, is facing assault charges after an incident broke out at John Glenn Columbus International Airport. Faizon Love Facing Charges After Airport Brawl A video camera allegedly caught the 48-year-old comedian attacking airport valet Terrence Artis Gaines II, 24, near baggage claim. “There were some words exchanged, whatever, maybe […]

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