14 items from 2013
It.s almost hard to believe that it.s been seven years since Step Up was released, laying the groundwork for the population.s fascination with Channing Tatum, and the things his body can do. But three films later Tatum is long gone, and while the sequels have retained their stylish choreography, their plotlines and reasons to exist are arguable at best. But even though the last film, the non-revolutionary Step Up Revolution, barely broke even here in the States, it still brought it a major profit worldwide, which made news about Step Up 5 rather inevitable. While it was thought . with some disappointment . that Revolution.s director Scott Speer would be back in the director.s seat, it appears he.s now focused on Lionsgate/Summit.s Spinback, a thriller set within the world of electronic dance music. Though Speer had indeed been working on the film with screenwriter John »
Exclusive: Trish Sie is the frontrunner to helm Step Up 5, the dance franchise that continues to have legs. We thought the film was going to be helmed by Scott Speer, who directed the last installment, but he’s lambada-ed over to Spinback, a John Swetnam spec script action thriller set in the world of electronic dance music. Speer (Step Up Revolution) came attached to direct when Lionsgate/Summit won the auction for the project. Speer had been working with Swetnam on that next Step Up 5 installment, but it looks like it’s Sie’s job to lose now. UTA reps Sie. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Ashley Tisdale likes 'mysterious bad boys'. The 'Scary Movie V' actress - who has previously dated musician Jared Murillo and music video director Scott Speer - admitted there are particular types of guys she is attracted to. She said: 'There's definitely a thing where I like the dark, mysterious bad boy.' However, she also admitted to a liking for 'surfer, blond frat guys'. Ashley, 27, favours an 'old-school' approach to dating and would rather be honest about her feelings than play games with guys she likes. She told the new issue of America's Maxim magazine: 'I'm definitely old-school when it comes to dating. 'I'm not into the 'game' so much. If I like you, I'll confront you and »
Ashley Tisdale likes her men to be a little rough around the edges. The upcoming Scary Movie V star, 27, dished about her preference in the opposite sex to Maxim for its May issue, saying, "There's definitely a thing where I like the dark, mysterious bad boy." That said, she isn't opposed to "surfer, blond frat guys," whom she has also liked. The former High School Musical star - who posed barely dressed for the magazine's cover - says she's "definitely old-school when it comes to dating." She went on to explain, "I'm not into the 'game' so much. If I like you, »
Not content with just one wildly entertaining and highly improbable dance-based franchise, Lionsgate/Summit has picked up a spec script by their Step Up 5 scribe, John Swetnam, that centers on “the world of electronic dance music.” Deadline also reports that Step Up 5 (and, lest we forget, the glorious Step Up Revolution) director Scott Speer will helm the film, titled Spinback. An already-set Speer/Swetnam reunion is surprising, but seems to point to the studio potentially being pleased with SU5, which is wonderful news for anyone into popping, locking, and total insanity. Spinback is touted as a murder mystery that also includes a “returning soldier” storyline. Drama! Deadline reports that the film’s basic idea, which was cooked up by producer Todd Garner, is as such: a “soldier returns from Afghanistan. When his brother, a prominent DJ on the Edm circuit, is murdered, he must infiltrate that world in order to figure out the killer. The »
- Kate Erbland
Exclusive: Lionsgate/Summit has won an auction for Spinback, a John Swetnam spec script action thriller set in the world of electronic dance music. Scott Speer (Step Up Revolution) is attached to direct, with Todd Garner producing through his Broken Road Productions banner, with Sean Robins and Jeremy Stein. Garner hatched the idea, which, boiled down is: soldier returns from Afghanistan. When his brother, a prominent DJ on the Edm circuit, is murdered, he must infiltrate that world in order to figure out the killer. The project aspires to have a fast-paced niche subculture vibe reminiscent of The Fast And The Furious and XXX. Speer is currently at work with Swetnam on the next installment of Step Up at Summit, so it’s easy to see why the studio wanted this project. Swetnam most recently worked with Garner on Black Sky, the New Line natural disaster project which sold under the working title Category 6. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
1.) For those of you playing catch up, we've known for a while David O. Russell's next film is a currently untitled crime picture that used to be known as American Bullsh*t. Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams are already on board, and Louis C.K., who will also appear in Woody Allen's next film (Blue Jasmine) is now the latest to join the cast. The film is based on the true story of a con artist (Bale) and his mistress/partner in crime (Adams), who are forced to work with a federal agent (Cooper) to turn the tables on other con artists, mobsters and politicians. Columbia Pictures is distributing the tentative late 2013 release, though we again have Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures (The Master, Killing Them Softly, Zero Dark Thirty) to thank as she's fully financing the project. THR 2.) The fifth installment of the Step Up »
- Kevin Blumeyer
You know how all those Step Up movies were great films that showcased the art of dance? Me either. Nonetheless, it looks like we will be getting at least one more in the near future.
It has been announced by Summit Entertainment that John Swetnam, writer of the upcoming Black Sky, will pen the script for Step Up 5. Step Up: Revolution director Scott Speer is set to direct once again while Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman (Rock of Ages) will also return as producers. The plan is to have characters from the previous movies show up in cameos but there is no word on anyone specific returning just yet.
While the Step Up franchise has been altogether panned by critics, they have managed to do pretty good business at the box office. Having seen all of these, and only marginally liking the third entry, I can safely say that »
"Catch Me if You Can" scribe Jeff Nathanson has been hired to pen the fifth "Pirates of the Caribbean" for Disney Pictures. Jerry Bruckheimer is producing with Johnny Depp set to return as Captain Jack Sparrow.
Scott Speer is returning to direct while Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman are producing. The film aims to get all the leads of the previous films to return in cameo roles, however it's not sure if the first film's star Channing Tatum will be among those.
Source: Variety & Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
"Step Up Revolution," the fourth installment in the "Step Up" franchise, hit theaters last year and went on to gross $140 million globally on a $33 million budget. As a result, Summit Entertainment has now announced that a fifth installment is in the works. The studio hired John Swetnam to write the script and brought back Scott Speer (Step Up Revolution) to direct. The plan is to bring back the lead characters from previous movies and to build to a big dance-off. There's no word whether Channing Tatum will return. He's now one of the biggest actors in Hollywood, but has credit "Step Up" as the film that launched his career. »
The next installment in the wildly popular Step Up franchise is on the way. Summit Entertainment has reportedly tapped screenwriter John Swetnam (Black Sky) to pen the script for the project with Scott Speer returning to direct.
The plan is to reunite the leads from all of the previous films. And you probably remember Magic Mike star Channing Tatum got his start in Hollywood with the dance movie Step Up in 2006. In the follow-up to the smash hit, Step Up 2 the Streets Tatum popped up in a cameo scene. Step Up 3D then hit in 2010 with a tight-knit group of New York City street dancers.
Step Up: Revolution was the fourth of the Step Up movies, a series of unconnected stories that serve as showcases for the kinds of young stars (e.g. Channing met his wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum on the set of Step Up in 2006). However, this will »
- Nick Martin
A few years ago, Fast Five revitalized the franchise by bringing in stars from the first four movies in one big adventure. If all goes according to plan, Summit Entertainment will take a page out of that same playbook with Step Up 5. The studio is moving forward on the sequel, with plans to bring the stars of the first four movies back, all under the same cinematic roof, including Channing Tatum.
Step Up: Revolution director Scott Speer will direct from a screenplay by John Swetnam. The story will culminate with an epic dance-off that will, if all goes to plan, feature cameos by the stars of each movie in the franchise.
Although no deals have been signed yet, it is possible Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum will return. Both of their careers were launched with the first Step Up in 2006, with Channing Tatum also making a cameo appearance in Step Up 2 the Streets. »
Exclusive: Get ready for another installment of Step Up, the under the radar franchise that continues to do strong business, particularly overseas. Summit Entertainment has just set John Swetnam to write the script for a film that has Scott Speer returning to direct and Offspring partners Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman producing. Step Up 5 will build to a big dance-off and the intention is to get the leads of the previous films to return in cameo roles. There’s no telling whether the biggest star to emerge from the series, Channing Tatum, will be among those. But he must have good memories. The 2006 original film helped launch Tatum’s career, and he married his lead actress and dance partner in the film, Jenna Dewan. Step Up 5 is intended to be a 3D effort. Swetnam wrote the scripts for Evidence and the upcoming Black Sky (previously known as Category 6), and »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Ashley Tisdale has reportedly started dating musician Christopher French. Tisdale met the Annie Automatic star through friends and the duo were photographed together in Los Angeles on December 26, Us Weekly reports. "She likes those rocker types," a source said. "They have mutual friends and just met through hanging out." Tisdale had been rumoured to have reconciled with her ex-boyfriend Scott Speer in May, although (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
14 items from 2013
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