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Nine Hollywood hopefuls want you to remember their names.
MGM has compiled most of the lead cast for its accelerating remake of the 1980 musical "Fame." Kristy Flores, Paul Iacono, Paul McGill, Naturi Naughton, Kay Panabaker, Kherington Payne, Collins Pennie, Walter Perez and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle have joined the ensemble.
"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" star Thomas Dekker also is in negotiations to take one of the remaining leads. And Debbie Allen, who played Lydia in the original, is rumored to be in line for a cameo, though not as the same character.
The studio is seeking actors for the adult roles.
Written by Allison Burnett and Aline Brosh McKenna, the reinvention will be directed by choreographer Kevin Tancharoen. Gary Lucchesi and Tom Rosenberg of Lakeshore Entertainment are producing the $25 million project along with Mark Canton. Becky Sloviter is overseeing for MGM.
The film is expected to begin lensing »
- By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit
The actor, who currently stars in Terminator TV spin-off Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, is the favorite to lead the cast in a remake of the hit 1980 musical about the talented kids at a New York performing arts school.
Dekker, a former child star, is already an accomplished musician - his album Psyanotic was recently released online. »
Thomas Dekker wants to live forever.
The star of Fox's "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" is in talks to take a lead role in MGM's remake of the 1980 musical "Fame." Dekker is gunning to play Marco, a working-class kid with some gnarly acting chops who is competing with thousands of other hopefuls to get into and survive an elite New York public high school for the arts.
Written by Allison Burnett, the revamp will be directed by Kevin Tancharoen, a director and choreographer who has worked in TV (MTV's "DanceLife"), on music videos and on tours for such singers as Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson. Mark Canton ("300") is producing the $25 million project along with Gary Lucchesi and Tom Rosenberg of Lakeshore Entertainment ("Elegy").
The producers have been holding open casting calls in New York and Los Angeles since the spring (video auditions posted by wannabes also pepper YouTube).
The original "Fame, »
- By Borys Kit and Jay A. Fernandez
Madonna was left disappointed after her 50th birthday celebrations on Saturday when several of her guests failed to turn up.
The Holiday hitmaker hosted a lavish party at the exclusive Volstead nightclub in London's West End.
It was attended by many of the star's family and friends - but Madonna was allegedly upset about the no-shows.
She reportedly told guests, "I'm really disappointed.
"There are a lot of people who are not here tonight, but thanks to everyone who did make it."
The Chicago filmmaker is setting up a drama school, where his stars, including Penelope Cruz, Daniel Day-Lewis and Marion Cotillard can work exclusively on their high notes, dance steps and even their dialect.
Spaniard Cruz reveals, "We have a camp in London where you go from the dancing room to the singing room, to the acting room to the dialect coach.
"It's all day like that and I can't wait to get started." »
5 items from 2008
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