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Exclusive: New Line Cinema has optioned the inspirational true story of ballet prodigy Misty Copeland, who fought against the odds to become the only the second African-American female soloist to dance with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. Offspring Entertainment’s Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot alongside Phil Sandhaus will produce the feature film adapted from Copeland’s bestselling memoir Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, which Stephanie Allain and Lenore Kletter are set to script.
In what’s shaping up to be The Blind Side set in the dance world, the film will chronicle Copeland’s striking rise to dance stardom. The late bloomer began training in ballet at age 13 while living in a welfare motel with her mother and siblings, learning so quickly she was dancing en pointe within months. She went from lessons at the local Boys & Girls Club to living part-time with a sponsor family while attending dance school. »
- Jen Yamato
Ditlow, who was most recently director of development at Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment, will be responsible for ramping up and overseeing Offspring’s development and production slate in drama and comedy for both broadcast and cable through its deal with Warner Bros. Television Group.
“We are thrilled to be bringing Meredith into Offspring,” said Gibgot and Shankman.
The hire comes at a choice time for Offspring. Shankman and Gibgot recently sold gay rights drama project “Open City” to HBO. They also sold projects to E!, Bravo and MTV through their overall with Warner Horizon. They are currently working on New Line’s “Mean Moms,” eyeing a fall start. The duo has worked on numerous projects together including all five “Step Up” films, “The Last Song, »
- Whitney Friedlander
Running is a very hard sport to depict onscreen. Without a rousing score by Vangelis or the horns of “Gonna Fly Now” blasting through the speakers, it is very hard for any filmmaker or actor to show off a character’s speed or endurance in a memorable way. Leg power does not often translate to emotional power on the screen, which is one of the many problems facing 4 Minute Mile, a sports drama that barely goes the distance to be either inspirational or inspired.
Our plucky underdog is Drew Jacobs (Kelly Blatz), a track-and-field senior in Seattle who has a drug-dealing brother (Cam Gigandet), an absent mother (Kim Basinger, also mostly absent from the film) and a dead father. Besides these autobiographical details, there is not much to Drew. He likes to run and he hopes his speed can catapult him out of a life being a mule for his »
- Jordan Adler
Think back to all your teenage crushes. Most of them probably won you over in Nicholas Sparks movies. From bad-boy-turned-epic-love Shane West in A Walk to Remember to Ryan Gosling and his Notebook kisses in the rain, these characters know how to steal your heart. The question is whether you're into war veterans like Zac Efron in The Lucky One or Channing Tatum in Dear John or more about beachside loves like Liam Hemsworth in The Last Song or Josh Duhamel in Safe Haven. Or are you perhaps partial to silver fox Richard Gere in Nights in Rodanthe? And there are two others who have yet to debut on the big screen that you could love too: James Marsden's scruffy character in the upcoming Best of Me and Scott Eastwood's mysterious one in The Longest Ride. It's a tough call, but vote for your favorite Nicholas Sparks stud below. »
- Alyse Whitney
Lionsgate has acquired the North American and U.K. distribution rights to the movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel “The Choice.”
The project, which has not yet signed a director or cast, is the second that Sparks has set up at his 2-year-old production company. The author has seen eight of his novels turned into films starting with “Message in a Bottle” in 1999, followed by “A Walk to Remember,” “The Notebook,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “Dear John,” “The Last Song,” “The Lucky One” and “Safe Haven.”
“The Choice,” published in 2007, tells the story of a man and a woman who meet first as neighbors in a small coastal town in North Carolina and end up pursuing a relationship that neither could have foreseen. »
- Dave McNary
The Fault in Our Stars, directed by Josh Boone, is based on the mega-popular and New York Times best seller by John Green. The story is narrated by 16-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), a cancer patient with thyroid cancer; which spreads to her lungs, who falls in love with amputee Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort), a 17-year-old boy recovering from Osteosarcoma. Once meeting Augustus in the literal heart of Jesus (aka support group), Hazel’s failed attempts of trying to stay “just friends” with the boy who sticks a cigarette in his mouth as a metaphor and has a crazy obsession of being remembered are bound to fail.
This film is anything but a banality or, in other words, a “cliché.” There is something special and different about this film that can’t compare to other tragedies seen in other book-inspired films such as A Walk to Remember (2002) or The Last Song »
- Celina Russo
Check your calendars. Gasp. Blink. Check them again. Yes, it’s true. It’s been over a year since we’ve had a brand new Nicholas Sparks film open in a theater (and a heart, awww). For awhile there, it looked as if author Sparks was going to get a tidy little late winter/early spring thing going – Safe Haven opened on Valentine’s Day of last year, The Lucky One opened in April 0f 2012, and 2010 saw a double dose, with The Last Song hitting theaters in March and Dear John opening in February. There was so much Sparks — for a time. Now, however, we’ve been left with the bitter memories of Safe Haven (how safe is it when ghosts are just wandering around, huh, Sparks?) and the distant dream that one day, perhaps soon, we’d get another Sparks film. Rest your little heads, because that next Sparks film is here, and »
- Kate Erbland
Washington, April 27: Miley Cyrus recently posted a photo on Instagram after being released from the hospital, where she's seen sporting a funky t-shirt and holding a pancake with her manicured nails while taking a bite from it.
A source confirmed to Us Magazine that the 21-year-old singer, who was hospitalized for more than a week because of a severe allergic reaction to the antibiotic Cephalexin, has been discharged and is preparing resume her Bangerz tour.
The insider added that the 'The Last Song' star had to get it all out of her system and is doing much better now. (Ani) »
- Meeta Kabra
Kim Novak says that cruel jabs about how she looked during the Oscar ceremony amounted to bullying that left her crushed at first, but then determined to speak out in protest. "It really did throw me into a tailspin and it hit me hard," Novak, 81, said in a telephone interview Thursday, after she released an open letter on Facebook condemning remarks by Donald Trump and others about her appearance. In her letter, Novak said: "I will no longer hold myself back from speaking out against bullies. We can't let people get away with affecting our lives." She had initially remained »
- Associated Press
Kim Novak has finally addressed the critics who bashed her on the Internet after her appearance at the Oscars, admitting that she had some work done prior to the ceremony.
Novak, a Hollywood legend, was on hand at the ceremony to present the Oscar for Best Animated Feature with co-presenter Matthew McConaughey, and from the second she stepped onstage, her strange behavior and appearance inspired countless jokes and insults from viewers at home, resulting in a social media firestorm.
Amazing that the best animated feature is also the best description of Kim Novak's face #Oscars
— elan gale (@theyearofelan) March 3, 2014
I'm having a real hard time watching the Academy Awards (so far). The last song was terrible! Kim should sue her plastic surgeon! #Oscars
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2014
Many criticized Novak’s appearance: her cheeks appear too rounded and disproportionate to her face, an obvious effect of some kind of plastic surgery, »
April is the cruelest month, and not just for T.S. Eliot.
At the multiplex, throughout April, we're in for a brutal, Darwinian survival test for several A-list stars of yesteryear -- from Kevin Costner to Nicole Kidman to Jude Law -- all of whom are currently on the comeback trail. Some of them may end the month on their way back to their former glory, and some will see their careers shredded even further.
Here are our best guesses as to who will thrive and who will starve.
Comeback Effort: Drama "Joe" (April 11)
Prospects: Cage is earning the kind of acclaim he hasn't seen in years for delivering a real, non-cartoonish performance in this rural drama as the title ex-con, who becomes the unlikely mentor to a teen (Tye Sheridan) in need of adult guidance. »
- Gary Susman
Today is Gaytron Saint Elton John‘s 67th birthday, and how do you pay tribute to one of the most successful musicians of … any time? In the past, we’ve counted down his greatest hits (my favorite – “Someone Saved My Life Tonight”), so this year let’s take a look at the flip side, his greatest songs that weren’t his biggest hits.
What are your favorite lesser-known Elton singles? The songs you never hear anywhere … except in the walkman in your mind.
Here are my top ten, in no particular order.
Victim Of Love – Do you remember Elton’s disco era? That’s because it mercifully only lasted one album, 1979′s Victim Of Love, which is one of the worst selling and reviewed albums of his career. And for good reason – it was his first album in which he didn’t write any of the songs or play any of the instruments, »
Today sees the release of Soumik Sen’s Gulaab Gang. The first time director brought together a dream team for the highly anticipated film that includes Anubhav Sinha in his producer avatar and then two of India’s finest actresses to play the lead roles. In a radical and cool concept, Gulaab Gang takes the classic hero vs villain and turns it on its head, featuring Madhuri Dixit-Nene as good and Juhi Chawla as evil in a film all about female empowerment.
Somewhere in the heartland, an ashram of sorts has been set up by ‘Rajjo’ (Madhuri Dixit), where women armed with axes and sickles and dressed in pink mete out evil and seek out justice for one and all, while making hand-ground spices, hand-woven baskets and sarees. But when the party she was campaigning for reveals its true colours, Rajjo knows she has a whole new battle ahead of her, »
- Stacey Yount
Every man here needs a lesson in rocking a tux from Ellen.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) March 3, 2014
I love me some #Happy by @Pharrell. And he is in fine voice singing Live on the #Oscars! #GreatMessageToo
— yvette nicole brown (@yvettenbrown) March 3, 2014
The #Oscars2014 just started and I’m already crying….
— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) March 3, 2014
Frankly just waiting for Idina to start singing. Please. #Oscars
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) March 3, 2014
I’m having a real hard »
- Pamela Gocobachi
What neat feat could Pharrell Williams achieve if “Happy” wins the Oscar for “Despicable Me?” Should his irrepressible ditty win on Sunday (March 2) night, it will be the first time in Oscar and Billboard history that a song has won the Oscar while sitting atop the Billboard Hot 100. There’s a simple explanation for this. Because the Academy Award voting cycle spans the calendar year, by the time the Oscar ceremony rolls around in early March, most of the songs have already peaked on the Billboard Hot 100, if they ever charted at all. In fact, should “Happy” snag the prize, it will be only the 17th Best Original Song winner to have topped the Billboard Hot 100 since the chart bowed in 1958, according to Billboard. The last song to win that reached No. 1? : Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” from 2002’s “8 Mile,” but its chart run was largely over by the time it won. »
John Travolta "didn't want to wake up" after his son's sudden death, the actor revealed during a recent interview. The Savages star spoke during an on-stage Q&A at London's Theatre Royal Drury on Sunday, BBC News reports. In 2009, his 16-year-old son Jett died from a seizure while on a family vacation in the Bahamas. Travolta, 60, said the tragic accident left him feeling hopeless. "The truth is, I didn't know if I was going to make it," he told the audience in London. "Life was no longer interesting to me, so it took a lot to get me better." Travolta »
- Michele Corriston
Have you seen "The Vow"? "Safe Haven"? "The Notebook"? "The Lucky One"? "A Walk to Remember"? "The Last Song"? "Dear John"? Then you have already seen the trailer for "Endless Love," the latest weepy romantic melodrama that follows the tortured love affair between two uncommonly attractive young people living in a photogenic location. This one stars Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde as David Axelrod and Jade Butterfield, two uncommonly attractive young people with made-up names whose unfolding romance consists mainly of twirling through public fountains, staring lovingly at one another on carnival rides, running through grassy meadows and reciting impassioned tear-stained »
- Chris Eggertsen
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