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Nikki Blonsky Airport Assault Case Dropped

31 December 2008 3:22 PM, PST | TheInsider.com | See recent The Insider news »

"The Insider" has confirmed that all charges against 'Hairspray' star Nikki Blonsky and "America's Next Top Model" contestant Bianca Golden stemming from a July airport melee have been dropped. A case is proceeding, however, against one individual involved in the fight. Nikki's father, Carl, still faces charges of assault and inflicting grievous bodily harm for his involvement in the scuffle, which could land him in jail for up to five years. It was on July 29 that Nikki and Bianca's families faced off at the Providenciales International Airport in the Turks and Caicos islands. Both stars admit there was an argument that led to violence in the terminal, and Nikki says the fight erupted when Bianca's family became angry that some passengers were saving seats in the departure area. A fight ensued, leading to the arrest of Nikki, her father and Bianca. Bianca's mother, Eleine Golden, »

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Nikki Blonsky, Next Top Modeler Cleared in Airport Smackdown

31 December 2008 11:46 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The Hairspray star's assault charges have officially been washed away. Nikki Blonsky and onetime America's Next Top Model contestant Bianca Golden are clear of all charges stemming from their July 29 arrests following a blowout, family-style airport smackdown. "The cases against Nikki Blonsky and Bianca Golden have been dropped," Turks and Caicos Police Sgt. Calvin Chase told E! News. "The only case that is still proceeding is against [Blonsky's] father." Blonsky's father, Carl, 53, still faces charges of assault and inflicting grievous bodily harm for his role in the Providenciales International Airport brawl. If convicted, he could face up to five years behind »

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Keri Russell Interview on Bedtime Stories

28 December 2008 11:00 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Chuck The Movie Guy interviews actress Keri Russell on the fantasy film “Bedtime Stories” by director Adam Shankman (Hairspray 2, Hairspray) and starring Adam Sandler (Funny People), Keri Russell (August Rush), Guy Pearce (Traitor, Last Man), Courteney Cox (Friends), Russell Brand, Lucy Lawless (Bitch Slap, Xena: Warrior Princess), Jonathan Pryce and Teresa Palmer (The Grudge 2). Synopsis: A family comedy about a hotel handyman (Adam Sandler) whose life changes when the lavish bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to magically come true. For more great interviews from Chuck The Movie Guy, be sure to visit Themovieguy.com. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the latest “Bedtime Stories” movie news and celebrity interviews. »

- Brian Corder

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Adam Sandler Interview on Bedtime Stories

27 December 2008 11:24 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Chuck The Movie Guy recently interviewed actor Adam Sandler on the fantasy film “Bedtime Stories” by director Adam Shankman (Hairspray 2, Hairspray) and starring Adam Sandler (Funny People), Keri Russell (August Rush), Guy Pearce (Traitor, Last Man), Courteney Cox (Friends), Russell Brand, Lucy Lawless (Bitch Slap, Xena: Warrior Princess), Jonathan Pryce and Teresa Palmer (The Grudge 2). Synopsis: A family comedy about a hotel handyman (Adam Sandler) whose life changes when the lavish bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to magically come true. For more great interviews from Chuck The Movie Guy, be sure to visit Themovieguy.com. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the latest “Bedtime Stories” movie news and celebrity [...] »

- Brian Corder

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Director Adam Shankman Exclusive Interview – Bedtime Stories -- He talks about Bedtime, Hairspray II, Bob the Musical and Sinbad

24 December 2008 | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

After the press conference for Bedtime Stories was done, we had a little one-on-one time with director Adam Shankman. Shankman, who made the leap from choreography to directing with family-friendly fare like Cheaper by the Dozen II and The Pacifier made himself a force to be reckoned with 2007’s blockbuster Hairspray. When we chatted with him, we made sure to press him on the status of Hairspray II. You’ll also notice that he alludes to some other unnamed big projects that were in the works and that we reported right after speaking with him. Those projects have since been officially named as Bob the Musical and Sinbad. Collider: I think Adam Sandler must like you because he was much more somber at the Reign Over Me press conference than at today’s. Adam Shankman: We adore each other and ultimately had such a great time together. I think »

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Fierce competition at Christmas boxoffice

23 December 2008 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It may be the season of peace on Earth, but at the boxoffice this holiday weekend it will be all-out war with five new wide releases competing to carve out territory.

Family audiences are expected to flock to the comedy/fantasy "Bedtime Stories" and the canine hijinks of "Marley & Me." Adults can pick between the star-crossed lovers of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and the military assassins of "Valkyrie," while genre fans can head off to the graphic novel adaptation "The Spirit."

Upping the competitive ante, Miramax Films is moving its awards contender "Doubt" into more than 1,267 theaters in North America. And last weekend's openers "Yes Man" and "Seven Pounds," which were dinged by severe weather across the country, could demonstrate stronger-than-average holds as audiences shovel out.

"It bodes well for all of us because there are a lot of films, and it should be fun for the audience »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Marissa Jaret Winokur To Host "Dance Your Ass Off" On Oxygen

22 December 2008 1:25 PM, PST | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

"Hairspray" and "Dancing with the Stars" competitor Marissa Jaret Winokur, well known for her role as plus-size Tracy Turnblad in the hit Broadway musical "Hairspray," will host a new Oxygen show. The Tony-award winning actress will host the first-ever dance and weight-loss competition series, "Dance Your Ass Off."

Celebrity News Service thinks the new series will combine the best of both reality genres as contestants diet and dance to discover their inner thin. Each week contestants on "Dance Your Ass Off" will be judged by their ability to perform a dance routine combined with the weight loss they have achieved for that week. They will be scored by a panel of judges, which haven't been announced yet.

As host of "Dance Your Ass Off," Winokur will introduce the dance numbers and support the contestants by guiding them through their weekly journey to a healthier lifestyle, but doing it in a fun way. »

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Stormy Weather

19 December 2008 12:59 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Actors weathered a number of storms in 2008, several of which won't pass anytime soon. The biggest is the financial crisis that has made it more difficult to get credit, which every sector of the entertainment industry relies on, particularly movies and theatre. Beyond that, there was ongoing friction within organized labor, injuries on stage, and a reduction of scripted content on television.Depressing RecessionThe entertainment industry turned out not to be recession-proof soon after Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy Sept. 15 — the largest filing in U.S. history — and helped usher in the biggest economic crisis since the Depression. Share prices of major media companies such as Time Warner, Sony, and Disney tumbled, and subsequent months brought massive layoffs at NBC Universal and Viacom, among others. Economic conditions and the possibility of a Screen Actors Guild strike in early 2009 also caused studios to put several productions on hold.Broadway was particularly hard hit. »

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Sinbad Returns to the Screen

18 December 2008 2:39 PM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

A new Sinbad movie is in development at Sony with Adam Shankman (Hairspray) set to direct, according to Variety.

Neal Moritz will produce the fantasy adventure telling of “Sinbad and his crew, who are marooned off the coast of China and embark on a quest to find the lamp of Aladdin.”

Sinbad is a legendary figure from Middle Eastern tales. His name is Persian while his tales were initially written in Arabic. The stories featuring the wanderer have been told, retold, and adapted for centuries. He was a sailor from Basrah and his exploits were drawn from true tales from sailors working the Asian and African trade routes plus more than a dash of epic journeys from other sources such as Homer’s The Odyssey.

Sinbad was immortalized as the 133rd tale in Sir Richard Burton's translation of The Book of One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights) which »

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Hairspray Director Lines Up 2 New Projects

18 December 2008 5:05 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Even though he has a horrific track record as the director of A Walk to Remember, The Pacifier and Cheaper By the Dozen 2, Adam Shankman earned a lifetime's worth of good will from me when he turned the bubbly, uproarious musical Hairspray into a worthy movie. So I'm excited about one half of the projects he's announced, a musical in which a pent-up man suddenly hears people's inner thoughts in song. As for the other, a story that didn't work all that well when it was animated by Disney five years ago-- eh. Shankman will direct Bob The Musical</I. and an adaptation of the epic Sinbad, though he's not sure which will come first. Bob the Musical will be for Disney, an according to Variety, Sinbad will focus on the classic adventurer and his crew when they're stranded off the coast of China and embark on a quest »

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Shankman signs for 'Sinbad' and 'Bob'

18 December 2008 3:46 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Hairspray's Adam Shankman has signed up to helm Sinbad and Bob The Musical. The director, who is currently waiting for the music to be written for Hairspray 2, will work on the two new projects around the sequel, reports Variety. Sinbad will tell the story of the legendary adventurer who gets marooned on the coast of China, where he attempts to find (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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Adam Shankman’s The 8th Voyage of Sinbad

18 December 2008 12:27 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Hairspray helmer Adam Shankman is in talks to direct The 8th Voyage of Sinbad for Columbia Pictures. The film is being pitched as a big budget tentpole retelling of the classic myth, which tells the fantastic adventures of Sinbad during his voyages throughout the seas east of Africa and south of Asia.

The 8th Voyage will tell the tale of Sinbad’s quest to find the Aladdin’s lamp. According to THR, Sinbad and his shipmates “meet a beautiful empress and do battle with fantastic creatures and a rebellious Chinese general who threatens the kingdom.” Rob Cohen had been previously in line to direct the project with Vin Diesel attached to star. <sarcasm>Too bad we will never see that version of the project. I’m sure we missed out on a potential masterpiece.</sarcasm>

Shankman got his start as a Choreographer and jumping into the director’s chair. His filmograhy includes The Wedding Planner, »

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Adam Shankman to helm "Sinbad" for Sony and "Bob the Musical" for Disney.

17 December 2008 11:43 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Adam Shankman ("Hairspray," "Bedtime Stories"), will helm "Bob the Musical" for Disney and Sony's "Sinbad" adventure. First up, "Bob the Musical" tells of a mild-mannered guy who, after being struck on the head, has the ability to hear the "inner song" of peole's hearts. Jennifer Gibgot, Shankman's sister and partner in their company Offspring Entertainment, will produce alongside Chris Bender, Jc Spink, Tripp Vinson and Beau Flynn. »

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Adam Shankman to helm "Sinbad" for Sony and "Bob the Musical" for Disney.

17 December 2008 11:43 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Adam Shankman ("Hairspray," "Bedtime Stories"), will helm "Bob the Musical" for Disney and Sony's "Sinbad" adventure. First up, "Bob the Musical" tells of a mild-mannered guy who, after being struck on the head, has the ability to hear the "inner song" of peole's hearts. Jennifer Gibgot, Shankman's sister and partner in their company Offspring Entertainment, will produce alongside Chris Bender, Jc Spink, Tripp Vinson and Beau Flynn. »

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Adam Shankman to helm "Sinbad" for Sony and "Bob the Musical" for Disney.

17 December 2008 11:43 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Adam Shankman ("Hairspray," "Bedtime Stories"), will helm "Bob the Musical" for Disney and Sony's "Sinbad" adventure. First up, "Bob the Musical" tells of a mild-mannered guy who, after being struck on the head, has the ability to hear the "inner song" of peole's hearts. Jennifer Gibgot, Shankman's sister and partner in their company Offspring Entertainment, will produce alongside Chris Bender, Jc Spink, Tripp Vinson and Beau Flynn. For "Sinbad," Shankman is in final talks to direct the new take on the classic which, through the years, has had a number of helmers who have shown interest including Rob Cohen and John Singleton. Story focuses on Sinbad and his crew who are stranded off the coast of China and set off on a quest to hunt down Aladdin's lamp. »

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Adam Shankman to helm "Sinbad" for Sony and "Bob the Musical" for Disney.

17 December 2008 11:43 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Adam Shankman ("Hairspray," "Bedtime Stories"), will helm "Bob the Musical" for Disney and Sony's "Sinbad" adventure. First up, "Bob the Musical" tells of a mild-mannered guy who, after being struck on the head, has the ability to hear the "inner song" of peole's hearts. Jennifer Gibgot, Shankman's sister and partner in their company Offspring Entertainment, will produce alongside Chris Bender, Jc Spink, Tripp Vinson and Beau Flynn. »

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Shankman Signs For Sinbad At Sony

17 December 2008 11:26 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Adam Shankman, director of Hairspray and the upcoming Bedtime Stories, has lined up two very interesting projects to work on while he's waiting for the music to be written for Hairspray 2. He's signed on for high seas adventure in Sinbad, and to direct the original story of Bob The Musical.Sinbad, first of all, will see the legendary adventurer and his crew marooned off the coast of China, where they set off to find Aladdin's lamp. Shankman told Variety that the film will give him the chance to "stretch my imagination as far as I can take it", so let's hope that's a decent distance.Bob the Musical, meanwhile (not to be confused with Bob the Builder), follows a mild-mannered man who is struck on the head and starts to hear the "inner song of people's hearts". The music for that one was written by Hairspray's Marc Shaiman, »

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Adam Shankman Directing Another Voyage of Sinbad Film

17 December 2008 9:18 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Columbia Pictures has hired director Adam Shankman to helm a "retelling" of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad to be called The 8th Voyage of Sinbad instead. This project has gone through numerous iterations, one with John Singleton as director and Keanu Reeves as the star, and one with Rob Cohen as director and Vin Diesel as the star, but both of those fell through. This newest version is produced by Neal Moritz and doesn't have a lead actor just yet. To show how much the announcement of a director can dictate the direction of a film, Shankman's previous directorial gigs - The Wedding Planner, The Pacifier, Hairspray, and Bedtime Stories - are obvious signs that this isn't going to be a dark and epic retelling of the classic myth. The story centers on Sinbad and his crew, who are marooned off the coast of China, and embark on a quest »

- Alex Billington

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4 New Clips for Adam Sandlers Bedtime Stories

17 December 2008 8:00 PM, PST | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

From the studio we have 4 new clips for Adam Sandlers BedTime Stories which opens this Christmas. An adventure comedy starring Adam Sandler as Skeeter Bronson, a hotel handyman whose life is changed forever when the bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to mysteriously come true. When he tries to help his family by telling one outlandish tale after another, it’s the kids’ unexpected contributions that turn all of their lives upside down. From Director Adam Shankman (“Hairspray,” “The Wedding Planner”), Bedtime Stories features an all-star cas »

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Adam Shankman set for two projects

17 December 2008 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With his fantasy comedy "Bedtime Stories" opening on Christmas Day, Adam Shankman is lining up two movie projects: Disney's "Bob the Musical" will take the helmer back to his musical roots while "The 8th Voyage of Sinbad" will be his biggest film yet in terms of budget and scope.

"Bob" is a musical comedy to be produced by Benderspink's Chris Bender and Jc Spink and Contrafilm's Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson. The Mike Bender-written script follows a mild-mannered man who suddenly hears the "inner song" of people's hearts after being struck in the head.

The project reunites Shankman with Marc Shaiman, his composer for "Hairspray" and the recent internet video, "Prop 8: The Musical." Shaiman is writing the music and lyrics for "Bob."

Shankman is also in negotiations to develop and direct "Sinbad," Columbia's retelling of the classic myth, which it envisions as a bid-budget tentpole. Neal Moritz »

- By Borys Kit

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