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Cmg closes 'Born To Dance' deals

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Cmg closes 'Born To Dance' deals
Exclusive: Multiple territory deals have been closed for Tammy Davis’ film, which will premiere in Berlin’s Generation 14plus strand.

Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group has closed a raft of sales on Born To Dance ahead of its European premiere in Generation 14plus on Saturday led by a Us deal with FilmBuff.

Capelight Films will distribute in Germany, Family Films in France, H.G.C. Entertainment in China and Front Row in the Middle East.

Elsewhere, deals on the film, choreographed by Parris Goebel who heads the world champion hip-hop dance crew ReQuest and has masterminded routines for Justin Bieber and Janet Jackson, have closed in South Korea (Thanks And Love), the Philippines (Captive Entertainment), and India (Picture Works).

Mvp will distribute in Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, while Captive Entertainment has also acquired international airline rights.

FilmBuff plans a Us theatrical release this spring before an exclusive Svod run for Born To Dance, which premiered
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Film Review: ‘Born to Dance’

Film Review: ‘Born to Dance’
Proof that Maori dancers can bust a move with the best of them, “Born to Dance” serves as an astonishing Kiwi choreography showcase, the biggest and by far more impressive of its kind to originate Down Under, as local star Tammy Davis — known in New Zealand as Munter of hit skein “Outrageous Fortune,” but more familiar abroad for bigscreen roles in “Whale Rider” and “Black Sheep” — makes his high-energy feature directing debut, following a pair of well-traveled shorts. Casting mostly real dancers and hip-hop personalities in roles that might have benefited from more acting experience, the film pits the country’s best dancers against one another for a fictive version of that title, though it’s the off-the-wall technique (from “Step Up All In” cast mate Parrish Goebel), not the boilerplate plotting, that will give this Kiwi sensation international legs.

Likable upstart Tu (Tia-Taharoa Maipi) holds a dead-end job at
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Tiff’15 Official Selection 'Born to Dance' Crushed 'the Intern' in New Zealand

Tiff’15 Official Selection, "Born to Dance," had its theatrical opening last weekend in New Zealand by Vendetta Films grossing Us$159,410 for the number 2 spot at the box-office, while "The Intern" got Us$136,126 for its opening weekend in New Zealand at number 3.

The stellar showing lands "Born to Dance" right behind "Everest," in its second week in Nz.

Similar dance phenomenon pic, "Step Up All In" made Us$162,162 in Nz on its opening weekend in 2014 and went on to garner a Us domestic total gross of over Us$14million and Us$86million worldwide.

Cinema Management Group (Cmg) is handling "Born to Dance" for worldwide sales and is coming off a good Toronto where it licensed the film in a number of international territories. U.S. rights are still available.

"Born to Dance," directed by Tammy Davis, starring Tia-Taharoa Maipi, Stan Walker and Kherington Payne, premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Picture is choreographed by 8 time Hip Hop International champion and one of Janet Jackson’s "Unbreakable" tour choreographers, Parris Goebel.

"Born to Dance" is the story of Tu Kaea (champion hip hop dancer Tia Maipi) who has the chance to audition for K-Crew, the best hip hop crew in the country, but he has to go behind the backs of his home crew and his best friend Benjy (Stan Walker: Mt Zion, The X Factor Nz). Things get even more complicated when he starts falling for Sasha (Kherington Payne: Fame, The Dance Scene), the girlfriend of K-Crew’s leader. When Tu’s old crew and new crew clash, he has to make a decision that will change his life forever. Caught between who he is and who he wants to be, Tu must find the strength to make his own breaks.
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Watch: Trailer For Tiff Flick 'Born To Dance' Featuring Choreography By Parris Goebel

I'll be honest, I didn't quite expect the extent of the excitement in response to our exclusive clip from "Born To Dance," the New Zealand dance movie that's making its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It seems there is some buzz brewing around the film, and here's another opportunity to check it out with the new trailer that just landed. Much of the chatter with the picture has to do with world-renowned choreographer Parris Goebel, who has worked with Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, and Cirque Du Soleil, among others, and put together all the hot moves on display in this film directed by Tammy Davis. The filmmaker enlists Tia-Taharoa Maipi, Stan Walker, and Kherington Payne to tell the story of Maori teen at a crossroads in his life. He decides to risk it all and pursue a career in dance, and faces resistance from his father, while
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Tiff Exclusive: Bust A Move With This Clip From 'Born To Dance'

While Hollywood has got the dance formula down cold, New Zealand actor/filmmaker Tammy Davis is bringing his own unique flavor to the genre. He's heading to the Toronto International Film Festival next month for the World Premiere of "Born To Dance," and today we've got an exclusive clip from the movie. Read More: Podcast: Talking The 2015 Toronto International Film Festival Lineup  Starring Tia-Taharoa Maipi, Stan Walker and Kherington Payne, the film follows Tu, a Maori teen who is invited to audition for the K-Crew dance team. But faced with a father who wants him to enlist in the army, a job at a recycling plant that's in jeopardy, plus a budding relationship with the K-Crew captain's girl, the stakes are high as Tu tries to navigate his future. In this scene below, you can catch the energy that makes the prospect of dancing so enticing, and if you're particularly impressed by the moves,
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Home of the Brave: Duran’s Debut a Neutered Examination of Grief During Wartime

There’s a war going on, though not one specifically referenced, mentioned or discussed. But then Daniel Duran’s directorial debut, Bravetown, seems happy examining exactly that, the ways in which people are unable to communicate clearly their emotions relating to the traumas that war has inflicted on them. Perhaps in an effort to elevate the material to a timeless realm, screenwriter Oscar Orlando Torres (Instructions Not Included) remains curiously vague on details, the only definitive reference pertaining to the Gulf War.

Josh Harvest (Josh Till) is a moderately troubled teen living with his single mother (Maria Bello) in New York. A rising DJ, a mistaken overdose lands him in court with a mandated sentence of twelve months rehabilitation. His overworked mother is done worrying about him and sends him off to live with his
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Afm: ‘Liz en Septiembre’ Looks for International Business

Afm: ‘Liz en Septiembre’ Looks for International Business
Venezuelan drama “Liz en Septiembre” is to get international release via Los Angeles-based Cinema Management Group.

Directed by Fina Torres (“Oriana,” “Woman on Top,” “From Prada to Nada”), the film is the story of a fiercely independent gay woman who is facing a terminal illness when her friends challenge her to seduce a straight woman friend. The film is adapted from the Jane Chambers stage play “Last Summer at Bluefish Cove.”

The film, which stars Patricia Velasquez, grossed close to $1 million in its initial theatrical run in Venezuela.

Cmg, which is pitching pic at Afm, has also recently picked up rights to the now in-production “Born to Dance.” A new spin on the hip-hop genre, the film is set in New Zealand and is choreographed by Parris Goebel, star of “Step Up: All In” and directed by Tammy Davis.

The film is a coming-of-age tale told through the eyes of Tu,
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'Born To Dance' Begins Principal Photography

Leading sales agent Cinema Management Group (Cmg) has announced that "Born To Dance," a fresh take on the hip hop dance genre, began shooting on Monday in Auckland, New Zealand.

The feature is choreographed by eight-time World Hip Hop Championships winner Parris Goebel, a faculty member of Monsters of Hip Hop, and recent star in her own right of "Step Up All In."

U.S. bombshell Kherington Payne plays Sasha, the female lead in the multi-million dollar feature. Kherington was propelled to fame with her top ten placing in the hit Us reality show So You Think You Can Dance, which led to a principal role as Alice in the 2009 remake of feature film "Fame." She was also the lead in E! Networks docu-drama The Dance Scene, and was a principal dancer for Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream tour.

"Born To Dance" is a coming of age tale told through the eyes of ‘Tu’, an ambitious young man from Auckland who dreams of being a professional hip hop dancer. When he is invited to audition for the best crew in the country, and meets their leading lady Sasha, his dreams begin to turn to reality.

Australasian superstar Stan Walker will play the role of Benjy, Tu’s best friend. Walker shot to fame when he won the first season of Australian Idol and has since cemented his stardom with multiple platinum albums, appearing as a judge on The X Factor New Zealand, and a leading role in the 2013 feature film "Mt Zion."

Tammy Davis will direct, following from his award-winning shorts "Ebony Society" and "Sonny, My Older Brother." New discovery Tia Maipi, a member of world championship hip hop crew The Royal Family, will take on his first major acting role playing Tu.

Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post are the post-production partner, while Vendetta Films will distribute in Aus/Nz. Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group begin world sales at the upcoming Afm. Noeltner says:

“We are very excited to be selling this high energy, exotic and incredibly choreographed film to the buyers at Afm. We are confident this will pick up where the Step Up franchise left off, and we see this as the next international music and dance sensation with terrific worldwide box office potential.”

About Cmg

Cmg, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, has firmly established itself as one of the leading international sales companies. Recent successes include the 3D animated feature "Zambezia,"which saw its international box office climb to over Usd $37million. Other properties handled by Cmg which have had #1 openings internationally include "Khumba" and this holiday season’s 3D animated feature "Saving Santa." For more information, visit www.cinemamanagementgroup.com
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Born To Dance begins New Zealand shoot

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Production has begun in Auckland on the dance feature that Beverly Hills-based Cinema Management Group (Cmg) will introduce to world buyers at the Afm.

Eight-time World Hip Hop Championships winner Parris Goebel serves as choreographer on the coming-of-age tale about an aspiring hip hop dancer who is invited to audition for the best crew in the country.

Film newcomer Tia Maipi, a member of world championship hip hop crew The Royal Family, will play the lead.

Kherington Payne from the Us plays female lead Sasha and herself starred in the reality show So You Think You Can Dance and was a principal dancer for Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream tour.

Australian Idol winner Stan Walker will play the role of the lead’s best friend.

Tammy Davis will direct and Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post serves as post-production partner. Vendetta Films will distribute in Australia and New Zealand.

“We are very excited to be selling this high-energy
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Exclusive Interview with Lucas Till for ‘Paranoia’

In a high stakes corporate espionage thriller, it’s hard to have good friends that you can trust. And Lucas Till plays that friend that can be trusted in “Paranoia.”

The movie is about an employee, Adam Cassidy, who is a pawn of two double-crossing CEOs of competing telecommunications companies. Till plays Kevin, who is Cassidy’s best friend and tech nerd.

During the press day for “Paranoia” earlier this month, Latino-Review had an exclusive interview with Till. We discussed about his involvement in the film and his character. There were also discussions about his love for video games and other projects—mainly his upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

Paranoia” is in theaters today.

Read or listen to the interview below.

Latino-Review: What attracted you to this project?

Lucas Till: I think in the beginning before I knew anything about it—it was the cast. At that point,
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It’s Time To Get Your DanceOn

It's time to get your DanceOn. America's Best Dance Crew's D-trix is executive producing a new weekly interactive dance competition show, D-trix Presents Dance Showdown, featuring YouTube’s biggest names battling it out for the title of ‘Dance Showdown Champion’ and $25K. Contestants include Obama Girl, Hannah Hart, Tay Zonday, ItsKingsleyBitch, xJawz, and Good Neighbor. The show debuts today on YouTube Original Channel DanceOn, the global entertainment network for dance, championed by superstar partners like Madonna. DanceOn was selected as part of YouTube's $100 million original content initiative. The show will also feature So You Think You Can Dance winner Lauren Froderman, the star of E’s The Dance Scene Kherington Payne, 2012’s Superbowl Halftime Show choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha D’Umo, Beyonce’s lead dancer, Bryan Tanaka, and YouTube dancing prodigy Ian Eastwood, who will mentor and choreograph the contestants, for whom audiences will get to vote after the first performance on Thursday,
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Robin Antin Announces Pcd Audition to Replace Nicole Scherzinger

Now that Nicole Scherzinger is busy with her solo project, The Pussycat Dolls' creator Robin Antin is left with no other choice than looking for a fresh face. She has recently announced an audition to replace the 32-year-old singer and the other members of the group.

"Calling All Pcd's! I'm so excited to announce that I'm holding an Audition in L.A. for The New Pussycat Dolls, (The Recording Group!)," she wrote on her Facebook and Twitter. "Looking for the most Beautiful Lead Singers/& amazing Dancers...triple threats!"

The audition will take place at the end of this month on Tuesday, March 29 at the Center Staging Studio. The address is "11 3407 Winona Ave Burbank CA, 91504." Robin detailed more, "Time: Noon.. Pls b on time! Attire: Pcd!"

The Pussycat Dolls started to break up in late 2009, and left Nicole Scherzinger as the only remaining member by March 2010. At that time, Robin Antin
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Celebrity Charity Dance Scene Event Hits Hollywood Tonight

An unforgettable evening benefiting The Trevor Project will take place tonight, February 15.

The event will be held at “supperclub los angeles” with full red carpet, acrobatic entertainment, and the main event, a dance performance by celebrity choreographer Laurieann Gibson, star of E! Entertainment’s newest reality series, “The Dance Scene”. ‘The Dance Scene,’ which begins airing in April 2011, will be filming at the event. There is a suggested donation of $40 at the door for general admission.

Among the stars expected to attend the event are Tr Knight (Actor, “Grey’s Anatomy”), Sarah Mitchell (The Dance Scene, Burlesque, more), Tom Schanley (Mel Gibson’s “How I Spent My Summer Vacation”, Castle, Dexter), Barry W. Levy (Hawaii-Five-o, The Cape), Chelsea Traille (Burlesque), Roopashree Jeevaji (Outsourced, Hollywood Whores), Jeremy Shada (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Cloudy with Chance of Meatballs), Saige Ryan Campbell (I Heart Huckabees, House, Entourage), Kherington Payne (The Dance Scene,
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Nicole Scherzinger Thinks Everyone Is a Pussycat Doll

Nicole Scherzinger thinks everyone is The Pussycat Dolls. The singer is the only remaining original member of the group but insists she has no idea what the future holds for them, despite founder and manager Robin Antin recently hiring four new women to join Nicole.

"I don't know what's going on with that. There's always the speckles [speculations]," Nicole said when asked about the rest of the group being recast. "There's the Dolls from the lounge and Vegas and all that, so I'd say everyone is a Pussycat Doll actually."

Seemingly alluding to how she was purposefully being vague, Nicole then added, "Do you like how I'm answering these questions?" Robin has previously said the group are on a break and will return with a new line up consisting of Nicole alongside Vanessa Curry, Kherington Payne, Rino Nakasone Razalan and Jamie Lee Ruiz.

The most famous line up of the Pussycat Dolls,
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It’S About Time! ‘Sytycd’ Finalist Adechike Torbert Finally Got His Time To Shine Last Night!

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Although we lost another dancer to an injury on So You Think You Can Dance, one underdog contestant finally gave a star-making performance – and HollywoodLife.com was there to witness it in person!

I can’t believe we’re almost down to the wire on So You Think You Can Dance this year! It was a shame to see Billy Bell sit out on last night’s show due to a knee injury, but the show itself was pretty epic as it celebrated its 150th episode – mostly because I was in shock when contestant Adechike Torbert Finally won me over!

Adechike’s star finally rose in an emotionally charged hip-hop performance alongside all-star Comfort Fedoke. The two were so into the dance that Adechike finished in tears; the judges all agreed it was like watching a film. The contemporary dancer from Brooklyn was also part of another dramatic routine,
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Nicole Scherzinger Scares Lewis Hamilton With Her Driving

Nicole Scherzinger's driving terrifies her boyfriend. The Pussycat Dolls singer, who reconciled her two-year romance with Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton in February after a brief split, admits she ignores her lover's advice when she is behind the wheel, leaving him more worried than when he is competing in a dangerous high-speed race.

"He's more afraid when he's with me and I'm driving than he is during a race," she said. "He gives me pointers, but at the end of the day he's like, 'Babe, you're driving with your knees!' I'm doing my makeup, changing the radio. I guess it's appropriate that I just did a song with Slash and Alice Cooper called 'Baby Can't Drive.' "

The 31-year-old star also admitted she has a crush on actress Halle Berry. She added in an interview with Maxim magazine, "She's just naturally gorgeous...I love her smile. Wait, I
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'Glee': Vocal Adrenaline's Lauren Gottlieb talks wardrobe malfunctions, injuries

"Glee" has been keeping Lauren Gottlieb busy before she returns as an all-star on "So You Think You Can Dance."

The 21-year-old dancer is one of the members of Vocal Adrenaline, the show choir nemesis of William McKinley High's underdog glee club New Directions. In Tuesday's (June 1) episode "Funk," our heroes get discouraged after seeing Vocal Adrenaline kicking butt as usual, so it's up to Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison) to raise their morale.

Although Gottlieb enjoys being the villain on "Glee," the actors' heartbreaking performances sometimes make it hard to play the bad guy.

"It's crazy and we love it because we're all together, so we just ham it up all day," she tells Zap2it. "But it's really sad to look over when we're shooting a scene with the main cast and Lea Michele is almost in tears. It's really sad. I'm definitely not that person to just stand
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The Pussycat Dolls Get New Members

Los Angeles, California (X17online) - Nicole Scherzinger is getting a whole new crop of Pussycat Dolls. The Dancing With the Stars stunner is the only original member that is still part of the all-girl group. Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin posted this picture of the new Dolls on her Twitter page. The group will now include Kherington Payne from So You Think You Can Dance and Fame, former Girlicious member Jamie Lee Ruiz and former Lakers girl Vanessa Curry. Also joining the burlesque bombshells ... Nakasone-Razalan, one of Gwen Stefani's Harajuku girl dancers. The band is now working on a new album. Courtesy: Robin Antin's Twitter
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'Sytycd's' Kherington Payne joins Pussycat Dolls

The Pussycat Dolls are recruiting from reality dance shows. Huh, we guess "The Search for the Next Pussycat Doll" competition show wasn't too fruitful.

"So You Think You Can Dance" contestant Kherington Payne and "America's Best Dance Crew" runner-up Rino Nakasone-Razalan have joined the famous burlesque group founded by Robin Antin, reports MTV news.

Other new faces include former Lakers Girl Vanessa Curry and former Girlicious member Jamie Lee Ruiz.

Payne, 20, was a Top 10 finalist on the fourth season of Fox's "Sytycd" and has since been seen on the big-screen "Fame" remake and on the "Hairography" episode of "Glee."

"Thank you Everyone for the love and support!" tweeted Payne. "It means the world to me/us! Love you all :) xoxo."

Nakasone-Razalan, 29, of Japan was part of the second-place Beat Freaks on "Abdc" and before that was one of Gwen Stefani's Harajuku girl dancers.

Antin also tweeted a photo
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Pussycat Dolls' New Members Revealed

'So You Think You Can Dance' alum Kherington Payne and 'America's Best Dance Crew' runner-up Rino Nakasone-Razalan join the group.

By Jocelyn Vena

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Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin has at last revealed who will be joining Nicole Scherzinger in the group after the departure of three members early this year. On Saturday, Antin tweeted a photo of the new group.

The four new members are Kherington Payne from "So You Think You Can Dance"; former Lakers Girl Vanessa Curry; Rino Nakasone-Razalan, a former Harajuku Girl and member of "America's Best Dance Crew" runners-up Beat Freaks, and former Girlicious member Jamie Lee Ruiz. Antin tweeted that the photo was taken after the Dolls performed at a private party.

In January, Jessica Sutta left the Dolls to pursue a solo career, and Kimberly Wyatt and Ashley Roberts announced their departure in March. Both Antin and
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