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Garry Marshall: Henry Winkler and More Celebrities Mourn ‘Legend,’ ‘Comedy Icon’

19 July 2016 8:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pretty Woman” director and creator of “Happy DaysGarry Marshall died Tuesday at the age of 81, and it didn’t take long for the celebrity community to pay tribute to the Hollywood icon.

Henry Winkler, whose career blasted off after he landed the famous role of “The Fonz” in “Happy Days,” was one of the first to post on Twitter about Marshall. “Thank you for my professional life,” he wrote shortly after news broke.

Sarah Paulson, who starred in Marshall’s 1999 film “The Other Sister” as well as his 2011 movie “New Year’s Eve,” thanked him for “taking a chance on me.” Bob Saget called him “a comedy icon and a wonderful friend.”

Richard Gere, who starred in “Pretty Woman,” said Marshall “had a heart of the purest gold” in a statement: “Garry of course was one of those truly important people one is blessed to meet in one’s lifetime. »

- Alex Stedman

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Garry Marshall: Henry Winkler and More Celebrities Mourn ‘Legend,’ ‘Comedy Icon’

19 July 2016 8:52 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Pretty Woman” director and creator of “Happy DaysGarry Marshall died Tuesday at the age of 81, and it didn’t take long for the celebrity community to pay tribute to the Hollywood icon.

Henry Winkler, whose career blasted off after he landed the famous role of “The Fonz” in “Happy Days,” was one of the first to post on Twitter about Marshall. “Thank you for my professional life,” he wrote shortly after news broke.

Sarah Paulson, who starred in Marshall’s 1999 film “The Other Sister” as well as his 2011 movie “New Year’s Eve,” thanked him for “taking a chance on me.” Bob Saget called him “a comedy icon and a wonderful friend.”

Richard Gere, who starred in “Pretty Woman,” said Marshall “had a heart of the purest gold” in a statement: “Garry of course was one of those truly important people one is blessed to meet in one’s lifetime. Besides »

- Alex Stedman

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Social media star Josh Ostrovsky joins 'Status Update'

19 July 2016 4:33 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Voltage Pictures has added the celebrity aka The Fat Jew to its teen comedy alongside new additions Rob Riggle, Famke Janssen, John Michael Higgins and Wendi McLendon-Covey.

Status Update is currently shooting in Vancouver led by the previously announced Disney Channel star and musician Ross Lynch, as well as Olivia Holt and Courtney Eaton.

Scott Speer, whose credits include Midnight Sun and Step Up Revolution directs from a screenplay by Jason Filardi (17 Again). Diana Bang, Martin Donovan, Harvey Guillen, Gregg Sulkin, and Brec Bassinger round out the key cast.

Voltage boarded international sales rights in the run-up to Cannes on the Millennials-skewing story from Offspring Entertainment and Canada’s Brightlight Pictures, with whom Voltage has a three-year production and distribution pact.

UTA Independent Film Group represents Us rights to Status Update, described as Big meets 17 Again for the Millennial generation, about a social outcast who receives a magical phone app from a foul-mouthed character (Ostrovsky, pictured) that causes »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Step Up: YouTube Red Buys First Big-Budget Drama Series

24 June 2016 1:41 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

YouTube Red has ordered the first season of the Step Up  TV series, from Lionsgate, based on the film franchise of the same name. Step Up marks the paid subscription service's first big-budget scripted drama.

Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Meredith Milton, who produced the original Step Up films, will executive produce the series, along with Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum, who co-starred in the original Step Up film.

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"Step Up" To Return As A YouTube Series

24 June 2016 7:07 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

YouTube and Lionsgate have announced plans to continue the "Step Up" dance franchise in the form of the first original scripted series on YouTube Red.

YouTube has ordered a full season of the series based on the now decade-old film franchise that has grossed more than $650 million at the global box office. It will offer a heart-pounding, sexy, music-filled drama about dancers in a contemporary performing arts school.

Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Meredith Milton will executive produce. Production begins later this year ahead of an exclusive debut on YouTube Red next year.

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- Garth Franklin

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The ‘Step Up’ franchise is set to become a YouTube TV series

24 June 2016 6:02 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The very successful Step Up franchise is set to be come a new YouTube TV series. The news show has had a full season order from YouTube and Lionsgate and Channing Tatum, who starred in the original movie franchise is on board to produce alongside his wife Jenna Dewan Tatum and Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Meredith Milton.

The original series of films have grossed a huge $650 million at the global box office, so its no surprise that the studios want to spin it off into a scripted TV show. Producers promise “a heart-pounding, sexy, music-filled drama about dancers in a contemporary performing arts school.”

“I’ve been a fan of the Step Up movies for years and always believed the films would translate into an awesome original series,” says Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s Global Head of Original Content. “We know that dance is a hugely successful global category on YouTube, »

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Step Up TV Series Coming to YouTube

23 June 2016 6:28 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

YouTube is stepping up to the original programming game!

The streaming service has given a straight-to-series order to Step Up, a drama based on the popular dance film franchise.

RelatedChanning Tatum, Jenna Dewan Tatum Bringing Dance Competition to NBC

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum, who starred together in the first movie, will executive-produce the show, which is described as a heart-pounding, sexy, music-filled story about dancers in a contemporary performing arts school. Step Up will debut on YouTube Red next year as the site’s first original scripted series.

“I’ve been a fan of the Step Up »

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‘Step Up’ TV Show Produced by Channing Tatum Headed to YouTube

23 June 2016 6:21 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A “Step Up” TV series executive produced by Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan Tatum, and the film’s producers Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Meredith Milton is heading to YouTube’s paid subscription service. The new series is one of eight announced by YouTube’s content chief Susanne Daniels at VidCon on Thursday. The shows will air on YouTube Red, which costs $10 per month. Also Read: Tyler Oakley, Grace Helbig Get Trolled by Jimmy Kimmel's Mean Tweets (Video) The “Step-Up” series — slated for 2017 — will be a departure from the others since it doesn’t have pre-established YouTube stars. However, Daniels expects YouTube personalities to. »

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Alexandra Siegel Joins Indie ‘Status Update’

8 June 2016 3:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Eastbound and Down” actress Alexandra Siegel has joined the cast of the indie comedy “Status Update.”

The pic also stars Ross Lynch, Olivia Holt, Courtney Eaton and Gregg Sulkin. “Midnight Sun” director Scott Speer is helming.

The story centers on a new kid in high school (Lynch) who, after being uprooted by his parents’ separation and unable to fit into his new hometown, stumbles upon a magical app that causes his social media updates to come true. As he becomes a hero at his new high school, his newfound power abruptly unravels, sending him crashing back down to earth.

Siegel will play Ms. Westcott, a teacher at the high school.

Offspring Entertainment partners Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot are producing along with Brightlight’s Shawn Williamson and Voltage’s Dominic Rustam. DNA’s Mason Xu and Fan Dong will executive produce alongside Brightlight’s Arielle Boisvert and Voltage’s Jonathan Deckter. »

- Justin Kroll

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Misty Copeland Biopic Gets ‘Remember the Titans’ Writer

12 May 2016 3:12 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New Line is moving forward on its Misty Copeland biopic “Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina” with “Remember the Titans” writer Gregory Howard attached to adapt her memoir.

Offspring Entertainment’s Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot are producing with Philip Sandhaus. New Line picked up the rights to the memoir in 2014.

Copeland became the first black woman to be promoted to principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre last year at the age of 33. She co-wrote her memoir “Life In Motion” with author Charisse Jones, which made the New York Times bestseller list after being published in early 2014.

The film will focus on Copeland during her teenage years. She began training in ballet at age 13 while living in a welfare motel with her mother and siblings.

She spoke at Variety‘s Power of Women event New York in April about the lack of diversity in the world of ballet.

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- Dave McNary

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Ballerina Misty Copeland’s Life Story To Big Screen; New Line Sets ‘Remember The Titans’ Scribe Gregory Allen Howard

12 May 2016 8:46 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: New Line has acquired Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, and has set Remember the Titans scribe Gregory Allen Howard to adapt the biography of Misty Copeland. She made history by becoming the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. The bestselling book, and the movie, will chronicle humble beginnings and effort to reach that pinnacle. Offspring Entertainment’s Adam Shankman and Jennifer… »

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Disney Channel Star Ross Lynch to Topline Comedy ‘Status Update’

2 May 2016 1:02 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a pre-Cannes announcement, Offspring Entertainment and Brightlight Pictures have signed Disney Channel star Ross Lynch as the lead in the comedy “Status Update.”

Shooting will start in June in Vancouver. Voltage Pictures will launch sales at Cannes and handle international distribution rights while UTA Independent Film Group will handle domestic rights.

The film is being co-financed by Beijing-based financier DNA Pictures and its partner Heyi Capital, which are acquiring Chinese-language remake rights. “Status Update” marks the U.S. film debut for the Chinese companies.

Lynch, who starred in “Austin & Ally” and the “Teen Beach Movie” series, will appear in “Status Update” with Olivia Holt (“I Didn’t Do It”) and Courtney Eaton (“Mad Max: Fury Road”). Scott Speer (“Step Up Revolution”) will direct from a script written by Jason Filardi.

Filardi teamed with Offspring Entertainment on Zac Efron’s “17 Again.”

Offspring Entertainment partners Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot are »

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Voltage Pictures picks up sales on 'Status Update'

2 May 2016 8:31 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Voltage Pictures will kick off sales in Cannes on the Millennials-skewing story from Offspring Entertainment and Canada’s Brightlight Pictures, with whom Voltage has a three-year production and distribution pact.

Disney Channel star and musician Ross Lynch (pictured), Olivia Holt and
Courtney Eaton lead the cast on Status Update, which is set to shoot in Vancouver in June. UTA Independent Film Group represents Us rights.

In their Us feature debut, Beijing-based financier DNA Pictures and Heyi Capital are co-financing after acquiring Chinese-language remake rights.

Offspring’s Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot produce with Brightlight’s Shawn Williamson and Voltage’s Dominic Rustam. DNA’s Mason Xu and Fan Dong serve as executive producers alongside Brightlight’s Arielle Boisvert and Voltage’s Jonathan Deckter

Scott Speer, whose credits include Midnight Sun and Step Up Revolution will direct from a screenplay by Jason Filardi (17 Again).

The story, described as Big meets 17 Again for the Millennial generation, follows a social »

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Telsey + Co. Will Hold Open Casting Call for ‘Hairspray Live!’

31 March 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Welcome to the ’60s. NBC is holding an open casting call to find their next Tracy Turnblad for the upcoming live production of the Tony Award–winning musical, “Hairspray.” The production is seeking a female, 18 or older, to play the high school–aged Tracy. Talent must come prepared to sing a short portion of the show’s opener, “Good Morning Baltimore,” a capella. Casting is looking for someone “heavyset” and “outgoing, unstoppable, good-hearted with a vibrant, lovable, spirited personality.” The actor to portray Tracy should be a “strong pop belt singer and great mover.” “Hairspray” takes place in 1960s Baltimore and centers on teenager Tracy Turnblad, who dreams of dancing on local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show.” The musical tackles race relations and integration during a particularly contentious period in American history. The original Broadway musical won eight Tony Awards in 2003, including best musical and prizes for leads »

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Hollywood Leaders Threaten to Abandon Production in Georgia Over Anti-lgbt Bill

24 March 2016 10:33 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Georgia is in the process of passing a bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against refuse service to Lgbt people. Many big entertainment leaders are taking a stand against this bill, urging Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to Veto the Bill, or risk losing their business.

Check out the official press release from the Human Rights Campaign:

"Breaking: Entertainment Industry Leaders Call on Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to Veto Hb 757 and Warn they will Abandon Production in State

Leaders in entertainment answer Hrc President Chad Griffin’s call to action against legislation that would put Lgbt people at risk

More studios and leaders expected to announce today that they will abandon operations in Georgia if H.B. 757 is enacted

Washington – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (Hrc), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (Lgbt) civil rights organization, sent a letter to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on behalf of »

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Disney's Live-Action 'Nutcracker' Movie Gets Director Lasse Hallstrom

4 March 2016 3:47 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Nearly one year after picking up the script in a competitive bidding situation, Disney is moving forward with their live-action adventure The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The Hollywood Reporter has word that the studio has hired Lasse Hallstr&#246m to direct from the script by Ashleigh Powell. The project is adapted from the classic ballet by Peter Tchaikovsky, and the companion story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann.

The classic tale follows a young girl named Clara, who receives a nutcracker doll from her godfather on Christmas Eve. After the clock strikes midnight, she is transported to a magical fantasy world, where she find herself caught in the middle of a war between gingerbread soldiers and a mouse army. Ashleigh Powell spent two years developing the script before it was picked up by Disney last year.

Universal Pictures and New Line Cinema have previously tried to »

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Lasse Hallstrom Directing Live-Action ‘Nutcracker’ Film for Disney

4 March 2016 1:06 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Lasse Hallstrom is set to direct a live-action “The Nutcracker” film for Disney, TheWrap has learned. The project, titled “The Nutcracker and the Four Reals,” adapts the classic ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” by E.T.A. Hoffmann. In the story, Clara gets a doll in the shape of a nutcracker on Christmas Eve. When the clock strikes twelve that night, she is thrust into a fantastical world, stuck in the middle of gingerbread soldiers and mice fighting a war. Also Read: Adam Shankman-Directed 'Nutcracker' Put Into Turnaround at New Line (Exclusive) Mark Gordon »

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Disney Gears Up Live-Action 'The Nutcracker And The Four Realms' With Lasse Hallstrom Directing

4 March 2016 12:18 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Hollywood has been trying to crack the, uh, nut, of a live-action take on the holiday classic "The Nutcracker" for a while now. For example, five years ago, Adam Shankman ("Hairspray," "Rock Of Ages") envisioned an "action-adventure" take on the story, but it didn't get off the ground. Now Disney, who has no shortage of live-action success of late ("Maleficent," "Cinderella"), is going to put their touch on the project. Read More: Lasse Halstrom Gives Bradley Cooper 'A Dog's Purspose' THR reports the studio has tapped Lasse Hallstrom to conjure up their "The Nutcracker." The film has a script by Ashleigh Powell, which apparently mixes elements of the ballet and E.T.A. Hoffmann's original story, "The Nutcracker and The Mouse King," for what is now titled "The Nutcracker And The Four Realms." That title seems to suggest there's a bit of blockbuster sauce being thrown on this story, which »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Goldie Hawn In Talks To Return To The Big Screen For The First Time In Over A Decade With Amy Schumer Comedy

8 February 2016 9:34 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

A comedy superstar in the '80s who slowed down her output but no was no less a presence in the 1990s, Goldie Hawn was last seen on the big screen in 2002's "The Banger Sisters." Since then, the actress has quietly stepped away from the limelight, and her time away from movies has only grown. However, Hawn isn't some kind of Malick-like recluse. A few years ago, she had a pilot brewing at HBO called "The Viagra Diaries" in which she would've starred, but she exited the developing series; and she was attached to an early cast of Adam Shankman's "This Is Where I Leave You," but again, she didn't stick around. And now there's another project which may mark her return. Read More: Watch: Super Bowl Ads Featuring Seth Rogen, Amy Schumer, Helen Mirren, Liam Neeson, Christopher Walken, And More First reported by Kyle Buchanan at Vulture, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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"Bad, "Shadows," "Safety" Script Deals

21 January 2016 7:21 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A bunch of script deals have been going down in the last few days ahead of the Sundance Film Festival launching shortly in Park City.

Thigns kicked off when Broad Green acquired "The Perfect Guy" writer Tyger Williams' script pitch "Bad Influence". The story follows a single mom who faces off against her son's ex-girlfriend after a passionate romance turns to obsession. Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman will produce.

Next up, Wildhorse Studios announced they are teaming with Macmillan Publishers to develop a TV series adaptation of the Isaac Bashevis Singer novel "Shadows on the Hudson" with filming to begin later this year. The story follows a group of prosperous Jewish exiles in New York City during the late 1940s and a romance between one man's daughter and his best friend that threatens to turn their community upside down.

Finally, Escape Artists have optioned Wallace Stegner's critically acclaimed 1987 novel »

- Garth Franklin

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