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Film adaptation of The Secret will star Katie Holmes

Tony Sokol Aug 11, 2017

Katie Holmes is thinking good thoughts as she uses her gift to impart the wisdom of The Secret.

Katie Holmes is set to headline a feature film adaptation of hit 2006 book The Secret. Rhonda Byrne didn’t just write a self-help book series with her works. She created the law of attraction, which breathed new life into the New Age spiritual movement. The Secret spawned the follow-ups The Power in 2009, The Magic in 2010, and Hero in 2013. Byrne aims to bring joy to the world by helping people control the universe with their minds, using the teachings of Madame Blavatsky and Norman Vincent Peale and a little bit of quantum physics.

The Secret will be directed by Andy Tennant, known for romantic comedies like Sweet Home Alabama and Hitch. The adapted screenplay is being written by Bekah Brunstetter, (NBC’s This Is Us), with help from Tennant and
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Katie Holmes to star in 'The Secret' for Covert Media

Katie Holmes to star in 'The Secret' for Covert Media
Covert Media to finance and handle worldwide sales on bestseller adaptation.

Katie Holmes is set to star in the feature film The Secret, directed by Andy Tennent and based on the self-help bestseller by Rhonda Byrne.

Covert Media will finance the project and handle worldwide sales. Robert Cort will produce with Covert Media CEO Hanson. Covert’s Elissa Friedman will serve as an executive producer alongside McC’s Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine.

The book centres on a hard-working widow and mother of three who hires a handyman to fix her house during a storm. As the handyman grows closer to the family, he shares his philosophy of believing in the power of the universe to deliver what we want, but the widow soon realises he carries a secret connection to her past.

Bekah Brunstetter wrote the screenplay based on the self-help book, with participation from Tennant and longtime writing partner Rick Parks.

Katie Holmes has appeared
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Katie Holmes To Star In Feature Adaptation Of Bestselling Book ‘The Secret’

  • Deadline
Katie Holmes To Star In Feature Adaptation Of Bestselling Book ‘The Secret’
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne — which was in The New York Times’ bestseller’s list for over three and a half years — is being made into a film and Katie Holmes has been set to star. The film adaptation will be directed by Andy Tennant (Hitch, Sweet Home Alabama) from a screenplay by Bekah Brunstetter, writer on NBC's hit drama This Is Us with Tennant and longtime writing partner Rick Parks (Ever After: A Cinderella Story). Covert Media's CEO Paul Hanson and Robert Cort are…
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Katie Holmes to Star in Adaptation of Best-Selling Book ‘The Secret’

Katie Holmes to Star in Adaptation of Best-Selling Book ‘The Secret’
Katie Holmes apparently believes in the power of positive thinking. The former “Dawson’s Creek” star will appear in a feature film adaptation of “The Secret,” the self-help book that postulated that human beings can control the universe with their minds and manifest their desires through the “law of attraction.” Somehow quantum physics also comes into play.

It may sound scientifically dubious, and the book did attract its fair share of criticism, but the controversy only fueled sales. “The Secret” was a publishing phenomenon, selling 30 million copies around the world.

The picture will be directed by Andy Tennant, who is best known for overseeing hit romantic comedies such as “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Hitch.” Bekah Brunstetter, a writer on NBC’s hit drama “This Is Us,” will adapt Rhonda Byrne’s best-seller, with participation from Tennant and his longtime writing partner Rick Parks (“Ever After: A Cinderella Story”).

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WGA West Awards Susannah Grant for ‘Confirmation’ Script

WGA West Awards Susannah Grant for ‘Confirmation’ Script
Susannah Grant has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s Paul Selvin award in recognition of her script for HBO’s Anita Hill drama “Confirmation.”

The award is given by the WGA West to a script which “best embodies the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere.”

Grant has also been nominated for a WGA award in the long form original category for “Confirmation.” She will be honored at the Writers Guild awards ceremony on Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hilton.

“From ‘Erin Brockovich’ onward, Susannah Grant has used her extraordinary talents to tell the stories of those whose lives inspire us to be more courageous — and those whom wealth and power would ignore or discard,” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman. “‘Confirmation’ tells Anita Hill’s harrowing tale with grace, heart, and consummate craft,
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WGA West Awards Susannah Grant for ‘Confirmation’ Script

WGA West Awards Susannah Grant for ‘Confirmation’ Script
Susannah Grant has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s Paul Selvin award in recognition of her script for HBO’s Anita Hill drama “Confirmation.”

The award is given by the WGA West to a script which “best embodies the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere.”

Grant has also been nominated for a WGA award in the long form original category for “Confirmation.” She will be honored at the Writers Guild awards ceremony on Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hilton.

“From ‘Erin Brockovich’ onward, Susannah Grant has used her extraordinary talents to tell the stories of those whose lives inspire us to be more courageous — and those whom wealth and power would ignore or discard,” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman. “‘Confirmation’ tells Anita Hill’s harrowing tale with grace, heart, and consummate craft, all
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Here’s What’s Leaving Netflix in June: Jack Reacher, The Rocketeer, and More

While we recently shared the list of titles that are coming to Netflix Instant Watch in June, now’s the time to take a look at the movies and TV shows that will be departing the streaming service next month. Your last chance (at least for a while) to watch Rain Man, The Silence of the Lambs, The Rocketeer, Taxi Driver, and the somewhat underrated Syriana. If you haven’t it, I highly suggest checking out the excellent Jack Reacher. And if for some reason you want to watch Crash again, now’s the time. Check out the full list of titles departing Netflix in June below. Leaving June 1st Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) City of Ghosts (2003) Dance with Me (1998) Deep Blue Sea (1999) DeRay Davis: Power Play (2010) Dream Lover (1994) Drugs, Inc.: Season 2­3 Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998) Frankie and Johnny (1991) I. Jane (1997) Garfield and Friends: Vol. 1­2 Hatchet II
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What's Leaving Netflix in June 2015

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It's last call for a lot of great movies that are leaving Netflix in June, including "Taxi Driver" (1976), "Donnie Brasco" (1997), "Rain Man" (1988) and "The Rocketeer" (1991). Also, say goodbye to Best Picture Oscar winners "Amadeus" (1984), "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991), and "Crash" (2004). And take a bow, Madonna: Your films "Swept Away" (2002) and "Madonna: The Mdna Tour" (2013) are also being yanked in June, as is ex Guy Ritchie's "Snatch" (2000).

Here's a complete list of the movies that Netflix is pulling from your streaming list. And, just so you're not left empty-handed, here's a list of what's new on Netflix in June 2015. (All titles and dates provided by Netflix and subject to change.)​

Leaving June 1

"Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992)

"City of Ghosts" (2003)

"Dance with Me" (1998)

"DeRay Davis: Power Play" (2010)

"Dream Lover" (1994)

"Drugs, Inc.": Season 2- 3 (2010 series)

"Ever After: A Cinderella Story" (1998)

"Frankie and Johnny" (1991)

"G.I. Jane" (1997)

"Garfield and Friends": Vol.
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Cinderella | Review

  • ioncinema
Bippity Boppity…Boo: Branagh’s Fairy Tale for Hire

Does anyone remember when Kenneth Branagh was directing superior cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare before eventually becoming the director known for Thor (2010) and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)? Well, in the mix of recent live-action fairy tale adaptations from Disney, he’s scored another cookie-cutter dud with Cinderella, a film so pronouncedly square and resolutely mimed that it could only possibly feel relevant to those severely and distantly removed from the classic fairy tale.

Without any sort of modifications to the culturally prolific tale, whatsoever, we meet a young girl named Ella (eventually played by Lily James), who has rich parents (Ben Chaplin, Hayley Atwell). They’re not royalty, but they are rich, and treat their little girl as perfect as she could be treated. But the mother dies from some kind of a disease, but looks ravishing right till the very end.
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31 Great '90s Movies on Netflix Streaming

  • Moviefone
You've probably seen all the '90s movies, like "Pulp Fiction," "Clueless" and "Wayne's World" that Netflix has to offer, but there are also plenty of lesser-known gems available to stream. Sit down and enjoy these indies, first films by famous directors and some other great '90s movies you might have missed.

1. "Big Night" (1996) R

A great movie (co-directed by stars Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott) about two Italian brothers in 1950s running an unsuccessful restaurant who go all out when a celebrity's visit promises to save their business.

2. "Boys Don't Cry" (1999) R

Hilary Swank won her first Best Actress Oscar for her searing portrayal of a woman who lives life as a man, until her secret is found out by her redneck friends.

3. "Clueless" (1995) PG-13

How many times have you seen Alicia Silverstone make over her friends and try to play matchmaker? Not enough!

4. "Croupier" (1998) Nr

The movie
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4 reasons to watch ‘Ever After’ again instead of Disney’s awful ‘Cinderella’ remake

  • Hitfix
4 reasons to watch ‘Ever After’ again instead of Disney’s awful ‘Cinderella’ remake
Yesterday, Disney finally released the first trailer for their upcoming live-action remake of “Cinderella.” And let me tell you, the classic 1950 version of this fairy tale does not hold up well. Shocking, I know. After updated takes on “Sleeping Beauty” and “The Snow Queen” — each of which stripped the patriarchal elements out with varying degrees of success — playing “Cinderella” straight almost feels like a slap in the face. But there is hope! Back in the olden days of the 90s, a movie came out that dare to ask the question: “What if Cinderella hadn’t been a meek pushover?” That movie was “Ever After: A Cinderella Story” starring Drew Barrymore. And instead of heading to theaters next March to watch little girls in the throes of “Frozen” fever wonder why Ella is just standing there, maybe dust off the DVD player instead. Because… 1. Danielle doesn’t put up with shit from anyone.
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Here are the New Titles on Netflix This June

  • Indiewire
Here are the New Titles on Netflix This June
Summer is the best time for nostalgia screenings with friends. This June, Netflix will be adding a number of iconic films to their streaming catalogue that are perfect for watching on a warm evening -- so start planning now! "Apocalypse Now," "Annie Hall," "Carrie," "Wayne's World," "Ever After: A Cinderella Story" and "Harriet the Spy," are just a few of the additions Netflix is making beginning on June 1st. Sure, the latter three titles may not share the illustrious reputation of the former three. But when it comes to nostalgia, let's face it, standards are overrated. TelevisionComedy Bang Bang! (IFC, Season Two, June 20)Copper (BBC America, Season Two, June 22)Derek (Netflix Original, Season Two)The Glades (A&E, Season Four, June 3)Heartland (The CW, Season Five, June 17)Luther (BBC, Season Three, June 6)Orange is the New Black (Netflix Original, Season Two, June 6)Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family, Season Four, June 13)Toddlers & Tiaras (TLC,
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Disney shows new footage from Pixar's 'Inside Out' and 'Cinderella'

  • Hitfix
Disney shows new footage from Pixar's 'Inside Out' and 'Cinderella'
Las Vegas - Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn presented the upcoming slate of new movies for Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios, Pixar, DreamWorks Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios to the nation's theater owners on Wednesday morning and what was purposely not discussed was just as interesting as what was previewed. Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland"? The title was never spoken out loud. It just appeared on the studio's release schedule. Rob Marshall's star-filled adaptation of the acclaimed Broadway musical "Into the Woods"?  Some character posters of each of the main stars in action and it was deemed "The Avengers of Fairy Tales" (cue composer Steven Sondheim gagging at the comparison), but that's it. "Big Hero 6"? One new image of concept art and confirmation it takes place in "San Franshisko" (a combination of S.F. and Tokyo) and centers on boy, his robot and their crime fighting friends. Oh,
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Sunday Shorts: ‘The Weak and Wide Astray’, starring Dougray Scott

  • SoundOnSight
Today’s film is the 1992 short The Weak and Wide Astray. The film is written and directed by Tom Paine, and stars Amanda King and Dougray Scott. Scott is a 23-year veteran of the television and film industry, appearing in movies such as Ever After: A Cinderella Story and Mission: Impossible II, as well as television shows such as Desperate Housewives. He can now be seen in this weekend’s Doctor Who episode “Hide”, as well as in the Netflix series Hemlock Grove, which made its debut on Friday.

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The 9 Most Dramatic Bastardizations of Our Childhoods (in Movies)

  • NextMovie
This week sees the release of Bryan Singer's "Jack the Giant Slayer," which has survived a long delay, conversion to 3-D, and a retitling (Jack was originally a "Giant Killer"), but now must face its biggest trial by fire: The Audience.

The rather old-fashioned children's adventure feel of "Jack" is going to feel rather old-hat in comparison to the flurry of fairy tale films that film-goers have been bludgeoned with in recent years, mostly because it doesn't offer much of an ironic or modernized spin on the fable.

Maybe that's a good thing?

Let's take a look back at some past films that really took our childhood favorites in edgier, sexier directions.

'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters' (2013)

What They Changed: Well, it's not so much what they changed but what they extrapolated on. After the title brother and sister have their famous encounter at the gingerbread house,
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Lily Collins is Relativity’s Snow White

  • HeyUGuys
Lily Collins has been chosen to play the title role in Relativity’s Snow White movie, which will go into production opposite Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman.

Lily comes from the beautiful no-need-for-photoshop pool of actors that is 90210, where she had a brief stint in 2009 and indeed her credited performances only go back to that year. She also played Sandra Bullock’s daughter in The Blind Side.

She is now going to take on the protagonist role in a still untitled “Snow White” movie announced by Relativity Media studio, and will star alongside Julia Roberts, no less. From what is known about the movie, it sounds like it will most likely follow the ‘fairytale with a modern twist’ tradition made popular by Ever After: A Cinderella Story, turning Snow White from the submissive girl dreaming of Prince Charming into an independent, strong and brave woman.

It doesn’t sound particularly innovative,
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City Slickers Director to Helm Woodchucks Skiing Comedy

Director Ron Underwood (City Slickers, Tremors) will next helm a skiing film called "Woodchucks," based on the screenplay by Len Britton (a former professional ski coach) and Rick Parks (EverAfter). The dramatic comedy follows a Vermont ski team as it tries to prevent a corporate resort developer from wrecking their local mountain. Principal photography is scheduled to begin at during the next ski season on location in Vermont. "It's been a long time since 'Downhill Racer,' and while 'Woodchucks' is certainly a lighter tone, it has the makings of the first exciting narrative ski movie in a long time," said Underwood. "I'm an avid skier and I can't wait to showcase the sport."
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Ascension: A Tom Hooper Profile (Part 1)

Following his Academy Award nomination for Best Director on The King's Speech, Trevor Hogg profiles the career of British filmmaker Tom Hooper in the first of a two-part feature...

“I fell in love with directing at the age of twelve, at prep school in Highgate,” stated British filmmaker Tom Hooper who as a student came across the book How to Make Film and Television. His career ambitions were fueled further when an uncle gave the London native a cast-off clockwork 16mm Bolex camera which allowed him to make his debut effort, a short film called Runaway Dog. Later, during the year between Westminster and Oxford University, Hooper produced a fifteen minute project about a painting that terrorizes its creator (Philip Rosch). Costing $16,000, Painted Faces (1992) was broadcast on Channel 4’s First Frame and received extra financial support from commercial director Paul Weiland which allowed it to be screened at the 35th London Film Festival.
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[DVD Review] Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back

The first Space Chimps wasn’t exactly an animation triumph when it hit theaters back in 2008, nor did it stand up as a decent film. Jokes fell flat, the premise was weak, and the animation felt years behind even some of the smaller independently produced CGI films. It wasn’t a promising venture from Fox animation and invoked questions as to whether or not they had any hope in the field without a supplementary production house like Ice Age’s Blue Sky Studios behind it. Perhaps the most perplexing aspect of the Space Chimps sequel, Zartog Strikes Back, is that it seems a genuine regression in animation quality from its studio’s earlier ventures like Happily N’Ever After and Valiant. Nothing works in this direct-to-dvd sequel, and it’s hard to understand under which merits it was greenlit.

If you’ve been following along, at the end of the first Space Chimps,
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Fox to Make Jukebox Musical Set to the Music of The Beach Boys

  • Slash Film
Fox to Make Jukebox Musical Set to the Music of The Beach Boys
First we had Across the Universe featuring songs by The Beatles, then a feature adaptation of Mamma Mia! with the songs of Abba, and now 20th Century Fox has won the rights to a jukebox musical set to the music of... The Beach Boys. Like the titles preceding it, the movie will work a fictional narrative out of previously released songs by its respective musical group. It's a high-profile project that was pitched to a number of studios, including Universal, but Fox came out on top in the bidding war. Variety lists Susannah Grant as being in charge of the film's script. Grant is best known as the screenwriter of Erin Brockovich, for which she received an Oscar nomination. She's also responsible for the screenplays of The Soloist, In Her Shoes, 28 Days, and Catch and Release (which she also directed), as well as co-writing kid's films such as Pocahontas, Ever After
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