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Pure Flix brings Efm quartet led by 'Samson'

Berlin sales roster includes latest instalment in God’s Not Dead franchise.

Pure Flix/Quality Flix arrives at the Efm in Berlin with four new titles led by the imminent release Samson.

Vice-president of international sales Ron Gell will kick off talks at the market on Samson, which Pure Flix launches in the Us on Friday (February 12) on 1,000 screens.

The film is styled as the story of the world’s first superhero and follows the life of the child born with supernatural strength in ancient times who grows up to lead his oppressed tribe against the mighty empire of his day.

Taylor James, Billy Zane, Jackson Rathbone, Rutger Hauer, Lindsay Wagner and Caitlin Leahy star in Samson, which screens in the market on February 16 and 18.

Pure Flix/Quality Flix will also screen the latest instalment in the God’s Not Dead franchise, God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness, featuring a cast of
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Star Wars, High School Musical TV Series Being Developed for Disney's Upcoming Streaming Service

Star Wars, High School Musical TV Series Being Developed for Disney's Upcoming Streaming Service
In crafting new projects for its still-untitled streaming service, launching in 2019, Disney is looking to some of its most popular film franchises for inspiration.

RelatedStar Wars Rebels Final Season Gets Premiere Date — Watch New Trailer

During a phone call with investors on Thursday, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that a live-action Star Wars TV series is in the works for the service, as well as shows based on Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. movies and Disney Channel’s High School Musical trilogy. (A fourth HSM movie is already in the works for Disney Channel.)

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This High School Musical 4 Trailer May Be Fake But We're Still Shook

This High School Musical 4 Trailer May Be Fake But We're Still Shook
Next year would technically mark the the 10-year reunion for the Wildcats class of 2008, and some people aren't entirely optimistic about what that would look like for Troy, Gabriella, Ryan, Sharpay, Chad and Taylor. In fact, one fake, fan-made trailer for High School Musical 4—which was dubbed Once a Wildcat—actually kinda bummed us out (probably because it's all too relatable). It features various clips from movies and shows that Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman have all worked on separately, splicing them together to create a plot line that makes the reunion look a little, well, bleak. Essentially, the story...
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Ashley Tisdale Recruits Fellow Disney Star Debby Ryan For a Destiny's Child Cover -- Watch!

Ashley Tisdale Recruits Fellow Disney Star Debby Ryan For a Destiny's Child Cover -- Watch!
Ashley Tisdale and Debby Ryan are channeling their inner Beyonce.

The former Disney Channel stars teamed up for Tisdale's YouTube channel segment, "Music Sessions," to sing a cover of Destiny's Child's 1999 hit, "Say My Name."

Watch: Ashley Tisdale Reunites With Lucas Grabeel to Perform 'High School Musical' Duet

"I have a very special guest. She is my ultimate girl crush and spirit animal, Debby Ryan," the 31-year-old singer said in her video posted on Tuesday. "I am so excited to have you. This is so cool!"

Tisdale gushed about how excited she was to finally get to work with Ryan, 24, after all these years. While they both were involved in The Suite Life franchise with Dylan and Cole Sprouse, they never shared the screen together.

The High School Musical star and Ryan then sang a hypnotic and stripped-down acoustic version of the DC classic, while Tisdale's husband, Chris French, played
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Ashley Tisdale Reunites With Lucas Grabeel to Perform 'High School Musical' Duet – Watch!

Ashley Tisdale Reunites With Lucas Grabeel to Perform 'High School Musical' Duet – Watch!
Ashley Tisdale had a very special guest on her latest Music Sessions video on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old actress reunited with her High School Musical co-star, Lucas Grabeel, to sing their iconic duet, "What I've Been Looking For," and reminisce about their time on set.

Watch: 'High School Musical' Co-Stars Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens Reunite for Giggly Elle King Duet!

"It's been 10 years since we sang this song so it was really crazy just thinking what would be the best song to sing with you and this instantly came to mind," Grabeel, who played Tisdale's character's twin brother, Ryan, said in the video posted on the actress' YouTube channel. "I started learning it on the piano and I was instantly taken back."

During their chat, the friends also revealed that they greatly disliked each other while they were filming the first movie.

"All I remember is, we were not close," Tisdale confessed
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High School Musical Reunion Video: Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel Remix Their Classic Duet 11 Years Later

High School Musical Reunion Video: Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel Remix Their Classic Duet 11 Years Later
High School Musical fans lost their minds earlier this year when Ashley Tisdale teamed up with former co-star Vanessa Hudgens for a special duet — but maybe they should have saved some of that shock for Tisdale’s latest video.

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In a new video posted to her YouTube channel on Tuesday, Tisdale reunites with HSM co-star Lucas Grabeel for a special remixed performance of “What I’ve Been Looking For,” which served as their characters’ audition song — albeit a much jazzier version — in the 2006 film.

Of course, there’s
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Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel Reunite to Perform High School Musical Classic

Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel Reunite to Perform High School Musical Classic
This is exactly what High School Musical fans were looking for. More than 10 years after Disney Channel first introduced us to memorable characters like Troy Bolton, Sharpay Evans and Gabriella Montez, two famous co-stars reunited for a very special performance. In Ashley Tisdale's latest post on YouTube, the actress joined Lucas Grabeel for a brand-new rendition of their popular duet known as "What I've Been Looking For." "It's been 10 years since we sang this song so it was really crazy just thinking what would be the best song to sing with you and this instantly came to mind," Lucas shared in the viral video. "I started learning it on the piano and I was instantly taken...
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Movie News: Lea Thompson to Star in 'Little Women'; New 'Masters of the Universe' Gets Dated

Little Women: Lea Thompson (TV's Switched at Birth, above) will star in a new big-screen version of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel Little Women. First published in 1868, the novel was most recently adapted in 1994. Thompson will portray family matriarch Marmee; her Switched at Birth costar Lucas Grabeel will play the supporting role of Laurie. Clare Niederpruem and Kristi Shimek wrote the script and Niederpruem will make her directorial debut. The movie is aiming for theatrical release next year. [Deadline]   Masters of the Universe: A new version of Masters of the Universe (1987 version above) has nabbed a release date, but lost its director. McG, who boarded the project early last year, has now departed and so Sony is searching for a new helmer. On the...

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News Briefs: Lea Thompson to Lead New 'Little Women'

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Little Women: Lea Thompson (TV's Switched at Birth, above) will star in a new big-screen version of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel Little Women. First published in 1868, the novel was most recently adapted in 1994. Thompson will portray family matriarch Marmee; her Switched at Birth costar Lucas Grabeel will play the supporting role of Laurie. Clare Niederpruem and Kristi Shimek wrote the script and Niederpruem will make her directorial debut. The movie is aiming for theatrical...

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New “Little Women” Film in the Works from Clare Niederpruem

Little Women” (1994)

Jo March would be so pleased. A new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s coming-of-age classic “Little Women” is in the works and a woman director is at the helm. According to Deadline, “Switched at Birth” actress Lea Thompson has signed on to play matriarch Marmee in Clare Niederpruem’s directorial debut. No word yet on who will portray protagonist Jo or her sisters Meg, Beth, and Amy.

First published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, “Little Women” follows the Civil War-era lives of the March family. The story is told mainly from the perspective of Jo, the second-eldest daughter, who chafes at the constraints she faces as a girl but pursues her passion of writing anyway. The novel begins as the four sisters and Marmee prepare for Christmas without Mr. March, who is away fighting for the Union.

Niederpruem is adapting “Little Women” with her writing partner, Kristi Shimek. Marybeth Sprows and Chris Donahue of Paulist Productions are producing with Main Dog ProductionsMaclain Nelson and Stephen Shimek. Besides Thompson, Lucas Grabeel (also of “Switched at Birth”) is the only other actor attached to the project. He is set to play Laurie, the March family’s neighbor and Jo’s best friend.

Principal photography for the film will begin in June with a theatrical release planned for 2018, the novel’s 150th anniversary.

Little Women” has been adapted for the big screen several times, most recently in 1994. Gillian Armstrong directed the Winona Ryder-starrer from a script by Robin Swicord. Armstrong’s adaptation also featured Susan Sarandon, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes, and Christian Bale. Katharine Hepburn and June Allyson portrayed Jo in the 1933 and 1949 film versions, respectively.

Previously, we reported plans of another “Little Women” iteration in development, penned by Greta Gerwig and produced by Amy Pascal, Denise Di Novi, and Swicord. It is unclear whether that film is still in development. Currently, there is no mention of it on Pascal or Gerwig’s IMDb page.

New “Little Women” Film in the Works from Clare Niederpruem was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Newswire: Lea Thompson to play Marmee in a new adaptation of Little Women

There comes a time in every actress’ life when it’s time to put away childish things and settle down into a nice, stable Louisa May Alcott adaptation. Sure, it might not be as exciting as having sex with a duck or drawing a successful comic strip, but this is 2017. No one reads comic strips anymore. Thus, Lea Thompson has been cast in the role of March family matriarch Marmee in an upcoming film adaptation of Little Women, a project she’s embarking upon with her Switched At Birth co-star Lucas Grabeel, who will play boy next door Laurie.

It remains to be seen how this particular movie will differ from previous adaptations of Little Women, which has been made into a feature film six different times thus far, most recently in 1994 with Susan Sarandon and Winona Ryder. Luckily, though, it doesn‘t seem to have anything to ...
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Lea Thompson To Star In New Feature Adaptation Of ‘Little Women’

Lea Thompson To Star In New Feature Adaptation Of ‘Little Women’
Exclusive: Lea Thompson, who just came off a successful run on ABC’s Freeform series Switched at Birth, has signed on to a modern adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel Little Women to play the lead role of family matriarch Marmee. Joining Thompson will be her Switched at Birth colleague and High School Musical alum Lucas Grabeel who will play Laurie. The independent feature, which marks the directorial debut for Clare Niederpruem, is a co-production and will be…
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Switched at Birth: Season Six; Would You Have Watched?

Warning: Switched at Birth TV Series Finale SpoilersAfter five seasons, the groundbreaking Switched at Birth TV show bid fans farewell in the memorable Freeform TV series finale, "Long Live Love." But the question remains, is there still demand for season six? Take our poll and tell us what you think.A blended family drama on the Freeform cable channel, Switched at Birth stars Katie Leclerc as Daphne Vasquez and Vanessa Marano as Bay Kennish. The cast also includes Lea Thompson, Constance Marie, Ryan Lane, D.W. Moffett, Lucas Grabeel, Rachel Shenton, Sean Berdy, and Marlee Martin. Read More…
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Switched at Birth: The Ending You Didn't See and Could There Be a Revival?

After five seasons, Switched at Birth aired its final episode this week. Recently, creator Lizzy Weiss spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the Freeform series finale.The drama follows the lives of two teenage girls after it’s discovered that they ended up with the others’ families as babies at the hospital. The cast includes Katie Leclerc, Vanessa Marano, Constance Marie, D.W. Moffett, Lea Thompson, Lucas Grabeel, and Sean Berdy.Read More…
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Switched at Birth: Freeform Releases B-t-s TV Series Finale Photos

The Switched at Birth TV series finale, episode 5.10, "Long Live Love," aired last night on Freeform. The blended Kennish-Vasquez family and their circle friends will continue to live out their lives in Mission Hills Kansas, East Riverside, Missouri, and even Japan. To celebrate this family drama series, Freeform has released behind-the-scenes photos from the finale. Check them out, below.Airing on the Freeform cable channel, Switched at Birth stars Katie Leclerc as Daphne Vasquez and Vanessa Marano as Bay Kennish. The cast also includes Lea Thompson, Constance Marie, Ryan Lane, D.W. Moffett, Lucas Grabeel, Sean Berdy, and Marlee Martin. The girls' lives are turned upside after Bay discovers that, as babies, they were sent home from the hospital with the wrong families. In the aftermath, they learn work together to establish a new kind of blended family. A family drama, Switched
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Switched at Birth

Network: ABC Family/FreeformEpisodes: 103 (hour)Seasons: FiveTV show dates: June 6, 2011 -- April 11, 2017Series status: CancelledPerformers include: Katie Leclerc, Vanessa Marano, Constance Marie, D. W. Moffett, Lea Thompson, Lucas Grabeel, Ivonne Coll, and Sean Berdy.TV show description:      This dramatic TV series tells the story of two teenage girls who discover that they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. As a result, they are raised in very different environments than what they would have been.An artistic teenager, Bay Kennish (Vanessa Marano) grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother. Privileged and eccentric, she's lived a charmed life with the family she thought was her own. She was raised by her stay-at-home mom Kathryn (Lea Thompson) and former professional baseball player father John (D. W. Moffett), in the
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Switched at Birth: Freeform to Celebrate the Series with a 90 Minute Finale

Switched at Birth is going out with a bang. Today, Freeform announced the upcoming series finale will be 90 minutes long.The drama, which follows the lives of two teenage girls who were switched at birth, is currently in its fifth and final season. The cast includes Katie Leclerc, Vanessa Marano, Constance Marie, D.W. Moffett, Lea Thompson, Lucas Grabeel, and Sean Berdy.Read More…
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Switched at Birth: Season Five Ratings

There's need to worry that Switched at Birth will be cancelled since it's already been announced that season five is the end. This time around, there's also just 10 episodes. Will Switched at Birth end with high ratings? Will the Freeform execs wish they'd ordered a sixth season? Stay tuned.Switched at Birth follows the lives of two teenage girls after it's discovered that they ended up with the others' families as babies at the hospital. The cast includes Katie Leclerc, Vanessa Marano, Constance Marie, D.W. Moffett, Lea Thompson, Lucas Grabeel, and Sean Berdy.Below are the show's TV ratings, typically the best way to tell if the series will be cancelled or renewed. These figures will be updated as the weeks progress. Read More…
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Switched at Birth: Vanessa Marano on Ending the Freeform Series

It's time to say goodbye. Switched at Birth star Vanessa Marano recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the upcoming final season of the Freeform TV show.The drama follows the lives of two teenage girls after it’s discovered that they ended up with the others’ families as babies at the hospital. The cast also includes Katie Leclerc, Lea Thompson, Constance Marie, Sean Berdy, D.W. Moffett, Lucas Grabeel, and Giles Marini.Read More…
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