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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.
- Gary Collinson
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. »
- Tony Maglio
Spurred on by the success of The Flintstones, The Jetsons followed the misadventures of the space age family led by father George, along with wife Jane, children Judy and Elroy, household robot Rosie and family dog Astro. It ran on ABC between 1962 and 1963, with an animated feature Jetsons: The Movie released in 1990.
Several studios have tried to launch a live-action take on The Jetsons, with the rights passing between Paramount, Universal and current holders Warner Bros., with directors such as Adam Shankman and Robert Rodriguez attached at various points.
- Gary Collinson
Author: Zehra Phelan
Hands up all those that enjoyed r-rated animation, Sausage Party, come on now don’t be shy! Well, the man who co-directed aforementioned Sausage Party, Conrad Vernon, has jumped on board Warner Animation Group’s much-awaited project to bring space family, The Jetsons to the big screen.
The likes of Paramount and Universal have tried and failed to bring the Jetsons to the silver screen in one form or another but since Warner obtained the rights in the late 90s a number of projects including the family have been attempted with the likes of Adam Shankman and Robert Rodriguez (the latter had a script by The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg) at the helm but neither panned out.
The popular primetime cartoon show featured the Jetson family living in a utopian future. People live in housing in the sky, work a three-day workweek, drive aero cars that »
- Zehra Phelan
After gestating in development for years as a live-action adaptation, Warner Bros.' animated adaptation of The Jetsons is now moving forward. The studio's Warner Animation Group has brought on Conrad Vernon, who most recently directed Sony's R-rated Sausage Party, to take the reins of this animated movie. The filmmaker has been brought on to develop the project, with an eye towards directing it himself. It isn't clear if he will be working with another writer or if he will write the script himself.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news today, with the filmmaker coming aboard keeping this project firmly entrenched within the Warner Animation Group banner. That wasn't always the case, though, with the studio previously trying to put together a Jetsons live-action movie for many years, with directors such as Adam Shankman and Robert Rodriguez attached to the project, with the later working from a script by The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg. »
Vernon’s credits include co-directing “Shrek 2,” “Monsters vs. Aliens” and “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” in addition to the raunchy “Sausage Party” with Greg Tiernan. “Sausage Party” grossed $140 million worldwide on a $19 million budget. Vernon also voiced the Gingerbread Man in the “Shrek” movies.
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The Hanna-Barbera original animated show aired in primetime on ABC in 1962-63. It was set in 2062 and centered on George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy Jetson along with Rosie the Robot. The series was a Space Age counterpart to Hanna-Barbera’s “The Flintstones.”
Warner Bros., which owns the Hanna-Barbera library, »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Bella Thorne will star in Broad Green Pictures' Bad Influence about a mother who must risk everything to protect her college-aged son when the first girl he's ever fallen for (Thorne) turns out to be not just a bad influence, but a deadly one. Broad Green is financing and distributing the film which is being produced by Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman via their Offspring Entertainment banner from a script by Tyger Williams. Gabriel and Daniel Hammond will… »
Exclusive: Paramount Pictures has acquired the thriller pitch Gasp for Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman’s Offspring Entertainment. The script will be written by Mario Celaya, and American Horror Story‘s Jessica Sharzer will supervise the scribe and co-produce, with Gibgot and Shankman producing. Paramount’s Vanessa Joyce made the deal. The thriller premise is topical, even though the model is Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct. The pic is inspired by several true… »
A photo posted by Adam Shankman (@adamshankman) on Feb 6, 2017 at 9:32am Pst A Walk to Remember turns 15 this year, and the film's stars celebrated by having a little reunion. On Sunday, Mandy Moore posted a sweet selfie with her onscreen love interest Shane West and the director Adam Shankman, who also shared his own picture on Instagram. "Welp. These 2 gentlemen are still some of the best around," she captioned the snap. "Loved catching up with ya, @theshanewest and @adamshankman. My ❤ is full. #awalktoremember #reunion." This isn't the first time Moore and West have made us emotional over the movie's anniversary. Aside from posting a number of throwback shots on social media, they recently opened up about their most memorable moments on set, in which the This Is Us star admitted to kind of, sort of, falling in love with her costar while filming. I mean, do you blame her? »
- Kelsie Gibson
Landon and Jamie forever! It’s been 15 years since A Walk to Remember made us want to get butterfly shoulder tattoos and showed us what true love looked like. On Sunday night, the film’s stars, Mandy Moore and Shane West, reunited with director Adam Shankman.
Moore captured the moment on her Instagram Stories and also posted a group shot.
“Welp. These 2 gentlemen are still some of the best around. Loved catching up with ya, @theshanewest and @adamshankman. My [heart] is full. #awalktoremember #reunion,” the This Is Us star captioned the selfie.
Moore starred as the sick reverend’s daughter, Jamie Sullivan, in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ classic love story. West played her rebel Romeo, Landon Carter.
The co-stars took a minute to honor their fans last week for the film’s anniversary, posting throwback »
Ashley Prentice’s bestselling novel, The Chocolate Money is set to make its way onto the big screen in the near future. Kate Beckinsale has signed on to star in and produce the forthcoming adaptation, which centers on an impossibly rich chocolate heiress and her precocious young daughter, while Adam Shankman (Hairspray) has boarded as the film’s director. Production is set to begin later this spring.
The announcement arrives ahead of the Berlin Film Festival, which begins February 9 and is where producers try to sell their upcoming productions to curious investors. Beckinsale will be joined by fellow producers Mar-Key Pictures’ president Leslie Urdang, Miranda Pencier and Kelly E. Ashton (which is not my mother, even though they share the same name) on the upcoming project. Novelist Emma Forrest, meanwhile, wrote the screenplay for the new film.
Here’s what Urdang told THR:
Emma Forrest wrote a profoundly witty and »
- Will Ashton
Cornerstone Films will be launching international sales to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin next month. UTA is repping domestic rights.
The project is based on Ashley Prentice Norton’s novel with Emma Forrest adapting. The story is set in 1980s New York, centered on the relationship between a rich chocolate heiress and her precocious young daughter.
The mother lives a free-wheeling, rock-star lifestyle, and her extravagant parties are legendary. Dazzled by her mother’s situation and constantly craving her attention, the daughter finds escape in reading beauty magazines and taking photos.
Shankman is directed from a script that Emma Forrest co-wrote with Beckinsale. »
- Dave McNary
27 January 2017 9:28 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The big-screen adaptation of Ashley Prentice Norton's hit 2012 novel, The Chocolate Money, set to star Kate Beckinsale, has found itself a director.
Adam Shankman (Hairspray, A Walk to Remember) has been brought on board to helm the feature, which Beckinsale also is producing. The film will tell the story of an impossibly rich chocolate heiress and her precocious young daughter.
Beckinsale will produce together with Mar-Key Pictures president Leslie Urdang, Miranda de Pencier and Kelly E. Ashton, with Emma Forrest having written the screenplay. Production is due to start in New York in the spring.
Set in »
- Alex Ritman
Adam Shankman has been set to direct Kate Beckinsale in an adaptation of mother-daughter drama The Chocolate Money, based on Ashley Prentice Norton's popular novel. Cornerstone Films is handling international sales and will launch the title to buyers next month at the European Film Market in Berlin. UTA is repping domestic, and the pic is scheduled to go into production in the spring in New York. Set in 1980s New York, the story follows the relationship between Babs… »
“Hairspray” and “Rock of Ages” director Adam Shankman has signed on to direct Kate Beckinsale in an adaptation of Ashley Prentice Norton’s novel “The Chocolate Money.” The coming-of-age film, which Beckinsale will also produce, stars the actress as a rich chocolate heiress, Babs Ballentyne, and her relationship with precocious young daughter, Bettina. Beckinsale is producing together with Mar-Key Pictures’ President Leslie Urdang, Miranda de Pencier and Kelly E. Ashton. Emma Forrest wrote the screenplay. The film will to go into production this spring in New York. Also Read: 'Underworld: Blood Wars' Review: Kate Beckinsale Slinks Through Another »
- Thom Geier
Cornerstone Films will introduce the project to buyers at the Efm.
London-based Cornerstone Films is handling international rights and will commence sales at next month’s European Film Market (Feb 9-17). UTA is overseeing Us sales.
The novel, adapted for the screen by Emma Forrest and co-written by Beckinsale, is set in 1980s New York, following the heiress to one of American’s largest chocolate fortunes. The twisted comedy-drama tale follows the heiress’s daughter, who develops a crush on her mother’s married lover.
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The 32-year-old actress, who starred as the angelic Jamie Sullivan in the Adam Shankman-directed movie, took to Twitter on the film's 15th anniversary on Wednesday, informing fans that she's "working on" getting her former co-stars together.
Naturally, the brunette beauty revealed the news in a series of tweets that were basically a love fest between her and Shane West, who played her punk-turned-sweetheart boyfriend, Landon Carter.
"In honor of the 15th anniversary of A Walk To Remember, let's take a walk down memory lane," her tweets began. "What are your favorite scenes? Any questions?"
After admitting she "bawled" when she read both the script and the Nicholas Sparks novel the film was based on, she urged West, 38, to get in on the conversation when a fan asked »
This story originally appeared on EW.com.
Fifteen years ago Wednesday, on January 25, 2002, the adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel A Walk To Remember strolled into movie theaters across the country. Starring sweet-as-candy teen pop star Mandy Moore and rising TV and film actor Shane West, the movie was an early entry in a long line of Sparks’ book-to-movie adaptations.
These romances follow a reasonably simple formula: take a heart-wrenching premise, add in some beautiful people and a stunning North Carolina-esque backdrop, be sure to incorporate some inspirational action that overcomes all adversity, and you are on the road to a Sparks success. »
- Michael Zennie
18 items from 2017
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