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Lionsgate is taking their lucrative Step Up franchise overseas, with a new Chinese sequel Step Up 6. This new movie will bring in an all new Chinese cast, although no cast members have been announced at this time. Production is already set to begin December 9, with filming taking place in both Beijing, China and Los Angeles. This new sequel will add another twist to the franchise as well, incorporating martial arts into the story. Lionsgate has also released the first poster, which you can check out below.
Deadline broke the news about this dance sequel, which "celebrates the underdog, bringing characters from different worlds together through dance." No details were given about how martial arts will fit into the story, but the film will be directed by Ron Yuan, a longtime stuntman, actor and fight choreographer. Here's what Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Chairman Patrick Wachsberger and Motion Picture Group Co-President Erik Feig »
Allen potentially faces two felony counts of willfully injuring his girlfriend after a prior conviction and one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, a glass vase.
According to the authorities, Allen was convicted of injuring his girlfriend in January, and was issued a criminal protective order that kept him from communicating with her.
The prosecutors allege that Allen assaulted and strangled the same woman a few months later, on April 13, and attacked her again on June 19.
The woman allegedly ran to a coffee shop to escape, and Allen threw a glass vase at another woman who was trying to help the victim. Prosecutors added that Allen also attacked a man and vandalized the coffee shop.
- Seth Kelley
Chu has a pair of dance movies on his resume in “Step Up 2: The Streets” and “Step Up 3D” and the concert movie “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.” He also directed Lionsgate’s “Now You See Me 2,” which opened Friday.
Miranda is producing “In the Heights,” which had been set at Universal with Kenny Ortega attached to direct and Miranda starring before the studio put it into turnaround in 2011. TWC annnounced in late May that it had come on to the project.
Miranda wrote the music and lyrics for the musical and starred in the show’s lead role, earning him a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. “In the Heights” is set in Washington Heights in New York City and focuses on a bodega owner who’s closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.
Miranda is performing on Broadway in the lead role of Alexander Hamilton in the hit musical “Hamilton,” for which he wrote the book, music and lyrics. “Hamilton” was nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards, with the winners to be announced on June 12.
Scott Sanders and Mara Jacobs are producing the movie project along with Miranda through Scott Sanders Productions. Quiara Alegria Hudes, who wrote the book for the original stage show, is working on the script.
Chu is repped by Wme, Principato-Young and attorney Allison Binder.
- Dave McNary
Now You See Me 2 brings back the Four Horsemen, not the Biblical figures of Armageddon but the four magician/illusionists from the first film, who used magic to reveal corporate misbehaviorand redistribute a little wealth.
The magicians from the first film, who call themselves the Four Horseman, return, again played by Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, but joined by a new magician played by Lizzy Caplan. Last time the magicians used their skill as illusionists in a Robin Hood-type heists to expose corporate bad guys, which put them on the run from the FBI. A year later, the Horsemen must re-emerge to thwart an evil tech wizard, Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), who seeks to control the world through a chip to control the world’s computers. That mission takes them to Macau, China, and the oldest magic shop in the world. To accomplish their goal, the Horseman have »
- Cate Marquis
The project is an adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s 2013 book, which centers on the heir of a massive fortune who brings his American-born Chinese girlfriend to Singapore for a wedding. Jacobson, Brad Simpson and John Penotti are producing while Kwan will executive produce.
Chu recently signed on to return to helm “Now You See Me 3.”
Besides “Now You See Me 2,” Chu’s directing credits include “Step Up 2: The Streets,” “Step Up 3D,” “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” “Now You See Me 2” opens on June 10 from Lionsgate.
Chu is represented by Wme and Principato Young. The news »
- Dave McNary
If you watch Freeform's Shadowhunters, odds are you're already obsessed with Harry Shum Jr. While the actor makes for one incredibly good-looking warlock, he's actually been causing hearts to swoon way before playing Magnus Bane. Aside from his starring role on the hit show Glee, he was also in Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D - because on top of those good looks, he's also got some serious moves. Swoon! Keep scrolling for some of his hottest red carpet pictures to date, then check out 16 times Glee's Rachel Berry gave you life. »
- Kelsie Gibson
The studio struck a deal with Chu nearly two months before it releases his “Now You See Me 2” on June 10 — a signal that it believes the sequel will perform in the same range as the 2013 original, which took in $351.7 million worldwide.
Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine are reprising their roles for “Now You See Me 2,” while Lizzy Caplan has replaced Isla Fisher and Daniel Radcliffe has joined the cast.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Actor-dancer-choreographer Beau “Casper” Smart (Step Up 3D) has been cast as Billy Kotsecki in Dirty Dancing, ABC's three-hour remake of the hit Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey movie. The role was played by Neal Jones in the original film. In addition, J. Quinton Johnson has signed on as Marco, the lead singer and guitarist in Tito Suarez’s band and one of the stars at Kellerman’s. Like the 1987 feature, ABC's Dirty Dancing movie centers on Baby (Abigail Breslin)… »
How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2015?Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2015—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2015 to create a unique double feature.All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2015 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »
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