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Jennifer Lopez Developing Drama Series for ABC Family

  • Backstage
Having already conquered reality TV as a judge on "American Idol" and executive producer of series such as Univision's "¡Q'Viva!: The Chosen" and MTV's "Dancelife," Jennifer Lopez is now moving behind the scenes of scripted programming. Deadline reported that ABC Family is fast-tracking a new hour-long drama series that will be developed and executive produced by Lopez, with her Nuyorican Productions partner Simon Fields.The untitled series is about a lesbian couple, one of whom is a police officer and the other a private school teacher. They already have one biological son and adopted teen twins (one of which is a boy and the other a girl), but their household is turned upside down when they take in a wayward teenage girl. According to Deadline, Lopez is also reportedly planning to guest star in the show.Production dates and locations for the new show have not been announced, and the casting director.
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The Top 15 Reality TV Stars in Movies

  • NextMovie
The big finale of "American Idol"'s 11th season is finally upon us this week, and we noticed that this year's two finalists look as cut out for the camera as they do for the stage (hello Phillip Phillips!).

It certainly doesn't hurt that so many "Idol" alums before them have successfully launched from the show's giant platform into the world of film.

In fact, there have been a lot of reality stars in general who've made a name in the movie scene. Here are our top 15.

15. Carrie Underwood, 'American Idol'

Credits: "Soul Surfer"

For "Idol" Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood, five Grammys, dozens of other accolades, four successful albums, and pretty hair just wasn't enough. She first gave her thespian itch a scratch on the small screen in 2010 with guest stints on "Sesame Street" and "How I Met Your Mother" before going full-blown Hollywood for 2011's "Soul Surfer,
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Who's This 'Footloose' Guy Kenny Wormald And Who Is He Dating?

  • Celebsology
Kenny Wormald is getting his first big leading role by recreating the character Ren MacCormack in Footloose. He's previously been featured in the MTV series Dancelife and films like Center Stage: Turn It Up and You Got Served. The remake opens up today in theaters, but not many know much more of the up and comer. 

We Want More Though.

Well, not really. It is intriguing though to know who's portraying Kevin Bacon's iconic role for no reason. 

Here's some other trivia about the actor:

- Was a dancer in Kevin Smith's Clerks II. Don't remember for the life of me how dancers were involved. I'm still scarred from that donkey show.

- He's from Bahston, Massachusetts and was born in 1984.

- He used to date Ashley Roberts from the Pussycat Dolls for three years.

- According to our records, he has Not stolen Julianne Hough away from Ryan Seacrest yet.
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Meet the Fine Young Cast of 'Footloose'

  • NextMovie
Updating a classic can be treacherous, like building a strip mall on hallowed ground; but director Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow") avoided the dreaded "High School Musical" route for his remake of "Footloose."

Fans will be relieved to hear that two of the original songs made the cut. Some other adjustments include having four very different dance sequences, and demolition derby buses instead of tractors. Brewer also anchored the script by fleshing out a backstory in which five Bomont teens were tragically killed after a night of dancing and loud music.

But the best upgrade to "Footloose" is the casting of professional dancers in the two lead roles. Everybody loves '80s dance movies, but come on, back then it was super-obvious whenever they swapped Kevin Bacon or Jennifer Beals with their wig-wearing dance doubles.

Also Check Out: "Footloose" Then and Now

The film, opening this Friday, is already catching some major buzz.
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Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez Officially Announced as the New Judges for Tenth Season of American Idol

  • Collider.com
After much anticipation and speculation as to who would replace departing judges Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi and most tragically Simon Cowell, Fox has finally announced what everyone online already seemed to know. Actress/pop star Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler have signed on as the new judges for the 10th season of the outrageously popular reality competition series American Idol. Meanwhile, record producer Randy Jackson is the only original judge and holdover from last season who has opted to return. Hit the jump for some quotes from the new judges:

Lopez was probably the hardest to snag for the competition (though she had previously been a mentor on the show), but Fox was able to reel her in with a first-look deal at Fox Films so she can keep making poor romantic comedies like The Back-Up Plan and Monster-in-Law. The singer/actress says, “For nine years I’ve
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Kenny Wormald as Ren McCormack in Footloose Remake

  • Filmofilia
Remember our latest Footloose report where we talked about Thomas Dekker, who was, at the time, the top candidate to play Bacon’s classic character from the original film? At the time, yeah, exactly. Because he’s no longer actual!

Check this out: Ren McCormack will now be played by Kenny Wormald, a 25-year-old dancer best known for his appearances on MTV reality show Dancelife.

And, yes, that does mean this guy knows how to dance, but can he act, that’s the question now. Not much of experience, but, let’s give him a chance! What’s the worst that could happen? At least we do expect to see some great moves.

Wormald is professional dancer who has appeared in music videos for Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Chris Brown and Nelly Furtado and also had a starring role in the straight-to-dvd film Center Stage 2.

But, that’s not all,
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Kenny Wormald has right moves for Footloose, director promises remake will be "a blast"

Newcomer Kenny Wormald is to star in the new remake of Footloose, it was officially announced today.

The professional dancer appeared in the MTV series Dancelife and most recently toured with Justin Timberlake. The film will mark the first major Us feature film role for the 25-year-old Boston native.

He's featured in music videos with artists including Madonna, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Nelly Furtado and Prince, toured with The Pussycat Dolls and danced in Vma's Michael Jackson tribute.

Zac Efron and then Chace Crawford had been linked to the lead role but dropped out, as did previous director Kenny Ortega.

In a press statement sent to us today, Adam Goodman, President of Paramount Pictures Film Group, has announced the completion of principal casting on writer/director Craig Brewer's update of the 1984 film.

Following an extensive worldwide search, Wormald will play the lead role of Ren opposite previously announced Julianne Hough as Ariel.
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Kenny Wormald has 'Footloose'

After several potholes, Paramount.s remake of "Footloose" is back on track.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Craig Brewer is writing and directing. 25-year-old dancer Kenny Wormald, a newcomer to film who is best known for his appearances on the MTV series "Dancelife," has been cast as Ren. Kevin Bacon played the role in the 1984 original.Dennis Quaid will play Reverend Moore, the role John Lithgow played in the original, and Miles Teller will play Willard, originally played by Chris Penn. Julianne Hough ("Dancing With the Stars") had previously been cast in the role of Ariel, originally played by Lori Singer.Craig Zadan, a producer on the original "Footloose," is producing along with Neil Meron, Brad Weston and Dylan Sellers.Oscar-winning songwriter Dean Pitchford,
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‘Footloose’ Remake Cast Announced

  • Screen Rant
Paramount has officially revealed the identities of the main cast members that will star in their remake of the 1980s flick Footloose, which is being written and directed by Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow).

A 26-year old Kevin Bacon starred in the original Footloose as a hip teenager from Chicago who butts heads with the local heads of his new home – an old-fashioned town out West, where dancing and rock music are outlawed. With the help of some admittedly impressive dance moves and now classic ’80s tunes like “Let’s Hear it for the Boy” and the title track, the young man sets out to fix this most unfathomable of problems.

Dancer/sort-of actor Kenny Wormald (from the MTV series Dancelife) will step into Bacon’s iconic role for the remake, while Miles Teller (wait, who?) will play a…

Continue reading ‘Footloose’ Remake Cast Announced
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Newcomer Wormald Lands Footloose Lead

  • WENN
Newcomer Wormald Lands Footloose Lead
Hollywood newcomer Kenny Wormald is stepping into Kevin Bacon's shoes for the remake of movie musical Footloose following the departures of both Zac Efron and Chace Crawford.

The project has been delayed twice in recent months after the two top choices quit.

Thomas Dekker, the star of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, had been tipped to take over the lead role, but Paramount Pictures executives announced on Tuesday that Wormald had landed the part.

The 25-year-old professional dancer has previously appeared on Jennifer Lopez's MTV reality show DanceLife and 2008 movie Center Stage 2: Turn it Up.

Actress Lori Singer is expected to return to make an appearance in the new Footloose, 17 years after she played Bacon's wildchild love interest Ariel in the 1984 film. Singer Julianna Hough is still tapped to play Ariel in the remake, which will be directed by Craig Brewer.

The movie is expected to hit movie theatres in April, 2011.

Paramount Sets "Footloose" Cast

Newcomer Kenny Wormald (MTV's "Dancelife") has scored the lead role of 'Ren' in Craig Brewer's "Footloose" remake at Paramount Pictures according to a press release from the studio.

Also announced today are Dennis Quaid as 'Reverend Moore' and Miles Teller as 'Willard', the trio joining the already cast Julianne Hough as the female lead. Both Zac Efron and "Gossip Girl" star Chace Crawford were previously attached to the male lead role but ultimately dropped out.

Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer starred in the 1984 original, which told the story of a rebellious outsider who moves to a new town where music and dancing are banned and proceeds to shake everything up.

Brewer directs from a script he adapted from Dean Pitchford's original. Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Brad Weston and Dylan Sellers will produce while Jamal Sims (Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour_ will be handling the choreography. The film is currently
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Zac Efron and Chace Crawford Replaced by…Who?

Zac Efron and Chace Crawford Replaced by…Who?
Here's the good news: Someone over at Footloose casting HQ finally had the good sense to remove the revolving door stationed at its entrance. Too bad you've never heard of the guy that made it inside. Kenny Wormald has been cast—hopefully for the last time—as Ren in the long-gestating remake, replacing former future leads Chace Crawford and Zac Efron in the starring role. The 25-year-old newcomer, who's certainly credentialed having previously appeared in Centerstage: Turn It Up, the MTV series Dancelife and has put in one tour of duty as a backup hoofer for Justin Timberlake, joins Julianne Hough and new addition Dennis Quaid in the fancy-free remake, which starts shooting in...
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'Footloose' Remake Finds Its Kevin Bacon

  • TooFab
Newcomer Kenny Wormald ( right ) has just been cast in " Footloose " -- taking the role that both Chace Crawford and Zac Efron previously backed out of . Wormald -- whose previous credits include MTV reality show " Dancelife " and movie " Center Stage: Turn It Up " -- was cast as " Ren ," the part Kevin Bacon played in the 1984 original. Kenny's co-stars are " Dancing of the Stars " dancer Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid . Read more
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Craig Brewer’s “Footloose” finishes principal casting

HollywoodNews.com: Craig Brewer, who was discovered by the Hollywood Film Festival with the world premiere of his first film “Poor and Hungry,” is busy finishing up casting for his latest film, “Footloose.”

Following an extensive worldwide search, newcomer Kenny Wormald will play the highly coveted role of ‘Ren’, opposite previously announced star Julianne Hough as ‘Ariel’. Dennis Quaid also joins the cast in the role of ‘Reverend Moore’, along with Miles Teller as ‘Willard’.

Craig Zadan, who also served as a producer on the original film, joins his longtime creative partner Neil Meron (“Chicago”) and producers Brad Weston and Dylan Sellers (“Agent Cody Banks”) on the remake. OscarÒ winning songwriter Dean Pitchford, who wrote the screenplay and songs for the original movie, will executive produce. Brewer (“Hustle And Flow,” “Black Snake Moan”) will shoot from a script he adapted from Pitchford’s original.

Julianne Hough will make her feature
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'Footloose' Dances to Date...

Paramount Pictures announced this morning that the Footloose remake has completed principal casting and is now scheduled to open April 1, 2011. Following yesterday's Fright Night announcement, this is the second 80s remake to secure a 2011 date in the last two days. Newcomer Kenny Wormald has been cast in the lead role of Ren, the character Kevin Bacon portrayed in the 1984 original, while Julianne Hough, best known as a two-time Dancing with the Stars champion, will co-star as Ariel, previously played by Lori Singer. By far the biggest name in the cast, though, is Dennis Quaid, who will fill John Lithgow's shoes as Reverend Moore. Craig Brewer (Hustle and Flow, Black Snake Moan) is set to direct the movie from a script he adapted. Footloose is currently scheduled to open against Universal's Hop, which features Russell Brand lending his voice to a CG-animated Easter Bunny. The original Footloose opened Feb. 17, 1984 to $8.6 million,
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Footloose Remake Has Its Ren: Kenny Wormald

  • ScreenStar
Footlose finally has its Ren. Stepping into the shoes of Kevin Bacon (and Zac Efron and Chace Crawford, who both circled the project), it's Kenny Wormald. Who is Wormald? He's a 25-year-old actor and dancer who hails from Boston and counts among his credits MTV's Dancelife (TV) and the film Center Stage: Turn It Up (2008). He also recently toured with Justin Timberlake. Wormald joins the previously announced Julianne Hough, the former Dancing with the Stars (TV) champ, who'll play Ariel. Also newly introduced to the cast are Dennis Quaid as Reverend Moore and Miles Teller as Willard. Footloose (2010) will start shooting soon with an eye toward a 2011 release.
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Kenny Wormald Picked to Star in Footloose Remake

Kenny Wormald will star in Footloose Adam Goodman, President of Paramount Pictures Film Group, announced today the completion of principle casting on writer/director Craig Brewer's Footloose. Following an extensive worldwide search, newcomer Kenny Wormald will play the highly coveted role of 'Ren', opposite previously announced star Julianne Hough as 'Ariel'. Dennis Quaid also joins the cast in the role of 'Reverend Moore', along with Miles Teller as 'Willard'.

Craig Zadan, who also served as a producer on the original film, joins his longtime creative partner Neil Meron (Chicago) and producers Brad Weston and Dylan Sellers (Agent Cody Banks) on the remake. Oscar-winning songwriter Dean Pitchford, who wrote the screenplay and songs for the original movie, will executive produce. Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, ) will shoot from a script he adapted from Pitchford's original.

Julianne Hough will make her feature film debut in Burlesque in November, opposite Christina Aguilera and Cher,
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Julianne Hough's 'Footloose' Co-Star Revealed!

  • The Insider
The lead role in the upcoming 'Footloose' remake has been cast! Newcomer Kenny Wormald will make his feature film debut as the lead character Ren (originally played by Kevin Bacon), opposite "Dancing with the Stars" champ Julianne Hough as Ariel. Boston-native Wormald appeared on MTV's "Dancelife" and recently toured with Justin Timberlake. Julianne, who has already found success on TV in "Dancing" and in the music business with a successful country-music career, will debut on the big screen in this November's 'Burlesque,' alongside Cher and Christina Aguilera. Dennis Quaid will play Ariel's father, Reverend Moore, with Miles Teller playing Willard. Producer Craig Zadan, who produced the original and will also produce the remake, says of the casting, "When we discovered Kevin Bacon in 1984, we were both excited and gratified – and also knew the chances of ever duplicating that effort was a million to one shot. Decades
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Footloose Remake Cast Set

  • Slash Film
Footloose Remake Cast Set
Our long national nightmare is over! The Footloose remake finally has a cast. Now I can rest easy tonight. Mostly because no one I care too much about is in the movie, which Craig Brewer (Hustle and Flow, Black Snake Moan) is still directing. Ok, there's Dennis Quaid, playing John Lithgow's role, but he's been in worse. The rest of the names, each of which is sure to thrill you in different ways, after the break. A press release from Paramount announces that little-known Kenny Wormald has the lead role formerly made iconic by Kevin Bacon. Wormald is a Boston kid who has been on the MTV series Dancelife and Center Stage: Turn it Up and toured with Justin Timberlake and The Pussycat Dolls. All of which probably proves his dancing bonafides, but can the kid act? The previously announced Julianne Hough will be the small-town girl Wormald falls for.
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Newcomer Kenny Wormald lands lead role in 'Footloose' remake

Paramount Pictures has found their Ren McCormack — and he’s no one you’ve ever heard of. Newcomer Kenny Wormald won the role after auditioning against thousands of other hopefuls in a worldwide search. Wormald, a Boston native, appeared in the MTV series Dancelife and recently toured with Justin Timberlake. He will join Dancing with the Stars alum Julianne Hough, who will play Ariel, and Dennis Quaid, who joins the cast in the role of Reverend Moore. Writer/director Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) will helm the project that he rewrote after Zac Efron and director Kenny Ortega dropped out of
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