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Director Craig Brewer knows his way around music-centered flicks. He broke out with rapper tale "Hustle & Flow," brought swamp stomping blues to the big screen with "Black Snake Moan" and made the kids fight for their right to dance in the "Footloose" remake. And now he's going back to the golden era of pop for another music movie. Variety reports that Brewer has signed to direct the developing redo of MGM's "The Idolmaker." A project once eyed by Ryan Gosling, the remake of Taylor Hackford's lesser known 1980 film is a biopic of music producer and promoter Bob Marcucci, who managed '50s rock'n'roll stars like Frankie Avalon and Fabian before burning out. And Brewer will have some familiar talent helping him out with his "Black Snake Moan" star Justin Timberlake lending his producing powers, though he won't be starring in the effort. No word yet on who is working »
- Kevin Jagernauth
MGM’s plan to remake the award-winning 1980 musical drama The Idolmaker has so far had a bumpy ride. Ryan Gosling was originally attached to star, as well as intending to make it his directorial debut, but pulled out due to scheduling issues. Now, as Justin Timberlake closes a deal to produce, director Craig Brewer (Hustle And Flow, Footloose) has reportedly thrown his hat in the ring.
The Idolmaker was originally directed by Taylor Hackford (Ray), written by Edward Di Lorenzo (Miami Vice), and starred Ray Sharkey, Peter Gallagher and Joe Pantoliano. Loosely based on the life of Bob Marcucci – the rock promoter and manager responsible for the careers of artists such as Frankie Avalon and Fabian – the story follows songwriter and manager Vincent Vacari through his obsession with finding ‘the next big thing’. After guiding a local band to success and expanding his client list, his obsession becomes a destructive »
- Sarah Myles
In the original 1980 film Ray Sharkey starred as a mercenary music promoter who takes on two boys with the intent of turning them into teen idols. The story was based on the life of the life of rock promoter and manager Bob Marcucci, who discovered and promoted Frankie Avalon and Fabian.
According to Variety, the film was “one of the MGM library projects that were put into development in 2011 after the storied studio went through a pre-packaged bankruptcy in late 2010.” The studio began working on reboots like RoboCop and Poltergeist, and now The Idolmaker.
Brewer does have experience directing reboots, as he did with 2011′s Footloose. Now the question is, will Timberlake also star in the film he is producing? What do you think? »
- Laura Frances
If you.re like MGM, you.ll agree that cinema just doesn.t have enough remakes of thinly veiled biopics that aren.t biopics. In that respect, you should be happy to know that their upcoming update of 1980.s The Idolmaker has landed a director with his own history of music-infused filmmaking. Footloose director Craig Brewer will stand at the helm for an all-star trio of producers: Justin Timberlake, Hawk Koch, who produced the original, and Rocky producer Gene Kirkwood. (Fun fact: Kirkwood also produced the remake-defying Uhf!) Even though it isn.t clear in Variety.s story in what capacity this remake is coming, Brewer is a strong choice for the job. He bumped a lot of car trunks with his 2005 breakout drama Hustle and Flow - a film that is infinitely rewatchable to me for some reason - and followed that up with the bluesy Southern drama Black »
Timberlake is producing and could potentially star in the Brewer-helmed project based on Taylor Hackford's 1980 drama.
The original followed a legendary music promoter and manager who discovered talented acts such as Frankie Avalon and Fabian. He sets out to turn two teenage boys into the next big stars.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
The project is based on director Taylor Hackford's 1980 drama The Idolmaker, which starred Ray Sharkey as legendary music promoter and manager Bob Marcucci, who discovered talented acts such as Frankie Avalon and Fabian. The story centered on the promoter as he sets out to turn two teenage boys into the next big stars. Edward Di Lorenzo wrote the script for the original film, but it isn't known if a writer is attached to the remake yet.
We first reported on this project back in February 2011, as one of several movies MGM was planning on remaking, which included Robocop, Mr. Mom and Poltergeist. In May 2011, we reported that Ryan Gosling had been attached to star and make his directorial debut. »
MGM’s The Idolmaker remake has a new director. Though Ryan Gosling was initially attached to star in and direct a new iteration of Taylor Hackford’s 1980 musical drama, he subsequently left the project. Now Variety reports that Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer is in talks to take the helm as Justin Timberlake has closed a deal to produce. The original film starred Ray Sharkey and told the story of a songwriter/manager searching for “the next big thing.” The pic was based on the life of concert promoter and manager Bob Marcucci, but it’s unknown if this new iteration will still take cues from Marcucci’s life or if it will explore new territory. Brewer certainly has experience with music-themed projects, as he wrote and directed 2005’s Hustle & Flow and the 2011 Footloose remake. Since he has a tendency to also write the films that he directs, one imagines »
- Adam Chitwood
It looked briefly as though Ryan Gosling might make his directorial debut with the re-working of Taylor Hackford’s 1980 music drama The Idolmaker, only for that idea to vanish back into the ether almost as quickly as it arrived. MGM appears to have found a director, one versed in blending music with movies, in Hustle & Flow/Footloose man Craig Brewer.The original film starred Ray Sharkey as a music promoter who stops at nothing to turn his two young talents into big stars. It’s based on the life of Robert Phillip "Bob" Marcucci, who worked his way up to become a personal manager, first at Chancellor Records, then his own Robert P. Marcucci Productions, where he discovered and shepherded the career of such musicians as ‘50s/’60s teen idol Fabian and fellow warbling heartthrob Frankie Avalon. Marcucci later went on to become an occasional movie producer, and died in »
The original film, released in 1980, starred Ray Sharkey as a mercenary music promoter who takes on two boys with the intent of turning them into teen idols. The story was based on the life of the life of rock promoter and manager Bob Marcucci, who discovered and promoted Frankie Avalon and Fabian.
“The Idolmaker” was one of the MGM library projects that were put into development in 2011 after the storied studio went through a pre-packaged bankruptcy in late 2010. It also began working at that point on reboots of “RoboCop,” which was released through Sony last month, and “Poltergeist,” due to be released next eyar through Fox. »
- Dave McNary
Hustle & Flow and Footloose director Craig Brewer is set to helm an upcoming remake of Taylor Hackford's 1980 musical The Idolmaker , Variety reports. Producers on the project include Gene Kirkwood, Hawk Koch and Justin Timberlake. Scripted by Edward Di Lorenzo, the original film served as a loose biopic of music promoter and producer Bob Marucci (Ray Sharkey's Vincent Vaccari in the film) who, in real life, discovered legendary music talent like Frankie Avalon. The plot follows Vaccari as he tries to turn two unknown teens into stars. You can check out the trailer for the original film in the player below: »
This week, the four actors who will make up the super family have been announced, and we have all the details!
Kate Mara will be playing Sue Storm a.k.a, the Invisible Woman. It's not too hard to guess that Sue will be able to become invisible and visible at will, but what you might not know is that she can also generate invisible force fields with her mind. Think Violet Parr from Disney's The Incredibles.
Miles Teller (Footloose) will be stepping into the shoes of Reed Richards, who calls himself Mr. Fantastic after gaining his abilities. Not only is he already a super-genius, but add the ability to stretch his body to great lengths into the mix, »
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Actor Michael B. Jordan started to gain attention over a decade ago in 2002, back when he played drug-dealing teenager Wallace on HBO’s acclaimed cult TV series The Wire; by comparison, Jordan’s That Awkward Moment costar (and fellow 27-year old actor) Miles Teller’s career has only started to gain traction over the past few years, beginning with his supporting roles in films like the indie drama Rabbit Hole, the Footloose remake and the no-holds-barred teen raunch found-footage movie Project X.
The pair are heavily rumored (but not yet confirmed) to play the Human Torch and Mr. Fantastic, respectively, in 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four cinematic reboot that Jordan’s Click to continue reading Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller to Reunite for New Heist Movie
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- Sandy Schaefer
Fox has revealed the cast of their upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot, and it's without even thinking of holding back a laugh, quite hysterical. Not only do we have a Human Torch (Johnny Storm) who does not remotely match the comic book in Michael B. Jordan, but now we have his sister who must have gained chameleon-like powers to change colors at will in Kate Mara playing Sue Storm (The Invisible Woman). Add in a "Footloose" sidekick in Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic (whaaattt?) and Jamie Bell, who, alongside Jordan is the more talented of the group, doesn't spring to mind when you think of The Thing, but according to Variety, that's not confirmed as yet. That really makes director Josh Trank's job a lot harder who, after helming the impressive "Chronicle," now has to show some massive directing chops to be able to pull off impressing the fans and »
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- Alyse Whitney
Well Go USA has acquired all U.S. rights to John Stockwell’s drug drama “Kid Cannabis” and plans to release the film in theaters and on VOD in the second quarter of this year, TheWrap has learned. An individual familiar with the project tells TheWrap that Well Go USA has its eye on an April 18 release date to take advantage of the counterculture holiday 4/20 — the day when people around the world celebrate (and consume) marijuana. “Kid Cannabis” features young stars Jonathan Daniel Brown (“Project X”), Kenny Wormald (“Footloose”), as well as veteran actors Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy”) and. »
- Jeff Sneider
Julianne Hough was spotted on Feb. 9 rocking an adorable new pixie cut at Lax Airport in Los Angeles, California. We love her look and want to know what you think! Do you like her with longer hair or do you absolutely adore her new pixie cut? Vote below!
25-year-old Julianne Hough was seen leaving on a flight at the Lax Airport on Feb. 9. But wait, somethings looks different. Yes, she chopped off her blonde locks! She has officially joined the celeb pixie club — members include Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Hudson, and more. Do you love it?
Julianne Hough’s Pixie Cut — Gets Dramatic Hair Cut
The Safe Haven star’s pixie cut looks absolutely beautiful! Walking to her flight at the Lax Airport, Julianne was rocking her hair cut with a beautiful, white blouse and some warm, brown boots. We absolutely love this new look! It shows off her beautiful bone structure. »
- HL Intern
While enjoying the playboy lifestyle with his buddies in the La apartment they call 'The Cave', Dean (Pitch Perfect's Skylar Astin) is ready for love. But although his best friend Tess (Camilla Belle) and nine-year-old nephew support him on his mission to find Miss Right, his flatmates ensure their bachelor pad remains a romantic disaster area. Footloose hunk Kenny Wormald, former Dawson's Creeker Chad Michael Murray and a cameoing Jason Patric climb aboard for a risque romantic comedy with a masculine touch. »
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Yeah, yeah, yeah, we’ve been lusting after Zac Efron for ages now and Michael B. Jordan has been our number one crush since we saw Fruitvale Station last summer, but who’s the third guy in the new romantic comedy, That Awkward Moment? That would be Miles Teller. If he’s somehow slipped under your radar in the past, he’s about to explode onto screens in 2014. There’s a reason why film critics are hyping him as the next John Cusack, and we want to give you all the deets on him so you can say, “I liked him before it was cool.”
If you haven’t noticed Miles Teller yet, maybe you haven’t been paying close enough attention. He danced his way into our hearts in the remake of Footloose, made us laugh in raunchy comedies like Project X and 21 and Over »
- Meghan O'Keefe
Paramount TV is beefing up its roster. The newly revived TV arm has inked a two-pilot development deal with Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer. As part of the pact, he will write, direct and executive produce two drama pilots for the studio, which reopened in 2013 with Amy Powell tapped as president. Brewer has a long relationship with Paramount, with which he has done the 2011 Footloose reboot, the 2012 Katy Perry biopic Part of Me and the upcoming adaptation, Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills. “Craig’s ability to capture and authentically portray different cultural moments in time through his characters,
- Lacey Rose
In another step to build up its television operation, Paramount has set a two-pilot development pact with “Hustle & Flow” filmmaker Craig Brewer.
Deal calls for Brewer (pictured) to write, direct and exec produce two drama pilots for the studio, which relaunched its television development operation under the direction of Par TV prexy Amy Powell last year.
“Craig’s ability to capture and authentically portray different cultural moments in time through his characters, narratives and singular musical taste make him one of the most inspired storytellers of this generation,” Powell said Thursday in announcing the deal.
Brewer has worked steadily with Par since the studio acquired his Sundance Film Festival heat-seeker “Hustle & Flow” in 2005. More recently he helmed the 2011 remake of “Footloose” for the studio and also the 2012 Katy Perry concert pic “Katy Perry: Part of Me.” He’s at work »
- Cynthia Littleton
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