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

16 hours ago | 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 »

- Dave McNary

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Voltage Pictures picks up sales on 'Status Update'

21 hours ago | 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 »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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

31 March 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | | 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 »

- Joseph Medina

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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 »

- MovieWeb

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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 »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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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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‘Bad Influence’ Movie in the Works at Broad Green With ‘Perfect Guy’ Writer

20 January 2016 4:54 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Broad Green Pictures is developing the drama “Bad Influence,” based on a pitch from “The Perfect Guy” writer Tyger Williams (pictured).

The story is centered on a single mother who has to deal with her son’s obsessive ex-girlfriend. Producers are Offspring partners Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman.Hide

Williams is on board to write. Gibgot developed the project with Williams, whose credits include the Hughes Brothers “Menace II Society” in 1994.

Alix Madigan will oversee the project for Broad Green, headed by brothers Gabriel and Daniel Hammond. The company built up its slate through acquisitions and has been moving into developing its own films in recent months.

The Perfect Guy,” starring Sanaa Lathan and Michael Early, was a major success for Screen Gems with a worldwide gross of $60 million on a $12 million budget.

Three-year-old Broad Green began releasing movies last year with “Samba,” “99 Homes,” “I Smile Back” and its only »

- Dave McNary

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