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WorldStar! WorldStar! WorldStar! WorldStar! Worldstar! WorldStar! WorldStar! WorldStar! Worldstar! Seriously, everything below the headline could just be the WorldStar chant (WorldStar! WorldStar!), and the point would come across the same. But just for fun, here are a few words that aren’t synonymous with street beatings and portrait mode: Paramount is making a WorldStarHipHop movie. Well, not just Paramount, but Insurge Pictures, a division of Paramount dedicated to microbudget features, which is the ideal format for blurry phone videos of awkward slap-fights and public sex. Thanks to Deadline, we know who to blame for the WorldStar movie: Ian Edelman, writer/creator of How to Make it in America. Edelman pitched a WorldStar movie to Insurge, was somehow given a green light and is now writing the screenplay and may even direct. Budget-wise, the mission statement for Insurge is to shoot films at around $100,000 each, but the studio’s best known films, Katy Perry: Part of Me »
- Adam Bellotto
Hip-hop website WorldStarHipHop is getting the movie treatment, Paramount has confirmed.
Paramount Insurge, a division of Paramount Pictures devoted to films with smaller budgets, has bought a pitch inspired by WorldStarHipHop, a site created in 2005 and known for its focus on hip-hop culture and shocking videos.
Ian Edelman, creator of HBO series How to Make it in America, will be writing the screenplay. Though no director is attached yet, Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons, Douglas Banker, Trevor Engelson (Remember Me), and WorldStarHipHop founder Q Worldstar are on board to produce. »
- Ariana Bacle
If you frequent the internet, there's no doubt that you've probably encountered WorldStarHipHop, a website that is full of crazy fights, rap battles and hip hop performances, bewildering security footage and other general cell phone captured craziness that goes viral online. Now the website is getting the feature film treatment as Paramount Insurge, the micro-budget division of Paramount Pictures is teaming with Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons to craft a film that is loosely based on the website. But despite the nature of this film, don't expect Jackass style antics on the big screen, because Deadline says it's a narrative feature. Ian Edelman, writer of the HBO series "How to Make it in America," has pitched a story to the studio and will write the script with an eye towards maybe directing the film as well. There aren't any specifics available, but the pitch is described as having the same »
- Ethan Anderton
You can make almost anything into a movie today. LEGOs? Okay. Peeps? Sure, why not? Highly popular websites of indeterminate content? Well, uh, it's an idea, right? When it comes down to studios making movies, if they don't have to spend a lot of money, they won't, and a low budget World Star Hip Hop movie has now found a home at Paramount Insurge. Deadline reports that the studio has purchased a pitch from Ian Edelman to turn World Star Hip Hop into a movie. Edelman's idea is being kept "under wraps" (usually that means it doesn't really exist!) but its said to be based on Ferris Bueller's Day Off. This is a hilarious proposition considering Edelman's most popular credit, HBO's ethnic, low-budget Entourage analogue How To Make It In America. It's also kind of hilarious comparing Matthew Broderick's Sunday afternoon classic with World Star Hip Hop itself. The »
First there was “The Social Network,” which chronicled the birth of Facebook. Now get ready for another movie based on the internet… Ladies and Gentlemen: prepare for a feature film about WorldStarHipHop. Russell Simmons has signed on to co-produce the Paramount Insurge production about the very popular urban culture site, according to Deadline. Wshh features a lot of music videos—it just premiered the new Jeezy “Me Ok” clip— but also dedicates a lot of band width to videos of people fighting caught on tape or other “shock” clips. Highbrow, it ain’t, which is probably why it draws a staggering 30 million unique visitors per month. Ian Edelman, who created former HBO series, “How To Make It In America,” will write the script, which Deadline says is “akin to ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ in tone.” The movie will begin shooting this fall in New York. »
- Melinda Newman
In celebration of the August 5th home entertainment release for Need For Speed, an exclusive screening event was held for Petersen Automotive Museum Members on the evening of Thursday, July 31 and Wamg was there.
The event showcased an advanced screening of the bonus feature “Capturing Speed: Making An Authentic Car Movie,” hosted a filmmaker/talent Q&A with Director Scott Waugh & childhood family friend and industry stunt coordinator extraordinaire Lance Gilbert, and then screened the entire film. The hero car from the film will be on display at the museum through October.
In Capturing Speed: Making An Authentic Car Movie, viewers are invited to go behind the wheel for an up-close look at what it takes to capture high-octane car stunts on camera.
The filmmakers discuss the challenges and benefits of this “old school” in-camera approach, which requires the actors to learn how to handle a car at »
- Movie Geeks
This summer, own the year’s ultimate thrill ride when Need for Speed races home on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, DVD and On-Demand August 5th, 2014, from Buena Vista Home Entertainment. Based on the best-selling video game series, this action-packed movie drives non-stop excitement into your home in various home entertainment models, each tricked out with never-before-seen bonus features you won’t want to miss!
Buckle up with star Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Dakota Johnson and Michael Keaton in this high-speed tale about an underground driver (Paul) who sets off on a race for revenge against the wealthy ex-nascar driver (Cooper) who framed him for a crime he didn’t commit. Delivering real speed, real danger and real action, this turbo-charged thriller explodes on screen on Blu-ray and Digital HD with spectacular high definition picture and sound!
Then, experience first-hand what »
- Michelle McCue
Evil has already come to Sleepy Hollow. Next up? War!
So declares Abbie in a new teaser for Season 2 of the Fox hit, which returns Monday, Sept. 22 at 9/8c.
Related Sleepy Hollow Season 2: Look Who’s Playing Ichabod’s Psycho Ex!
Press Play for a sneak peek at the action awaiting the Sleepy ‘burb (then keep scrolling down for more news):
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
The broadcast networks have more than two dozen shows debuting this fall, including a new Shondaland drama, Katherine Heigl‘s TV comeback, a third NCIS and a trip to Gotham. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
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Photos Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New!
The Show | CBS’ Stalker (Wednesdays at 10/9c, premieres Oct. 1)
Tony-nominated actor David Harbour ("The Equalizer ," "A Walk Among The Tombstones") will play corrupt FBI agent John Morris in Scott Cooper's Whitey Bulger biopic "Black Mass" at Warner Bros. Pictures.
Morris, Morris, along with fellow agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) allowed Whitey to evade law enforcement and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. [Source: Deadline]
Lyndsy Fonseca ("Kick Ass," "Nikita") has scored the lead role in the romantic comedy "The Escort". Will Slocombe directs the film which is currently shooting in Los Angeles and also stars Bruce Campbell, Tommy Dewey, Rumer Willis, Rachel Resheff, »
- Garth Franklin
HBO is filling out its cast for its upcoming Bessie Smith biopic. Fargo's Oliver Platt, How to Make It in America's Bryan Greenberg and True Detective's Tory Kittles have been added to the cast of the TV movie, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Photos Summer TV Preview The telepic revolves around iconic blues singer Smith (Queen Latifah) as she overcomes the challenges of her tempestuous personal life to become one of the most acclaimed performers and recording artists of the 1920s and '30s, to be known forevermore as the "Empress of the Blues." The film, based on Smith's life
- Lesley Goldberg
So maybe we all can just agree to disagree about Transformers. The critical establishment collectively agreed to give Michael Bay the benefit of the doubt with 2011′s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which earned semi-decent reviews mainly because it was less obnoxiously worse than Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. But Trans4mers led that same critical establishment into hilarious paroxysms of scathing invective. (EW’s own Chris Nashawaty called it “numbing, exhausting, and migraine-inducing.”) Predictably, the movie made $100 million over the weekend.
Bad movies have made a lot of money since forever. There’s a generation of young-dude moviegoers who »
- Darren Franich
Blumhouse Productions is best known for its contributions to the horror genre, with such frightfests as Sinister, Insidious and The Purge in its body of work. But if you take one look at its upcoming slate, you’ll begin to understand that Blumhouse is looking to broaden its horizons in a big way. One of the most curious projects in the works over at the studio is a revenge Western called In A Valley of Violence. Though Ti West (The House of the Devil) scribed and also directed, the film still seems more than a little out of the way for the horror-leaning studio. That doesn’t mean, however, that we’re not looking forward to it, particularly with the cast West has lined up. Today, James Ransone joined the film, which already boasts Ethan Hawke, John Travolta, Karen Gillan and Taissa Farmiga.
I’m anticipating that additional details about »
- Isaac Feldberg
Director Roland Emmerich is taking a break from high-octane action tentpoles this Summer to shoot "Stonewall," his labor-of-love set in the gay civil rights milieu of 1969. Adapted from Jon Robin Baitz's script, the film is now in production, with new cast members Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman and Joey King now on board. Given that June is Lgbt Pride Month, the timing is right as stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman and Joey King join cast members Jeremy Irvine ("War Horse"), Caleb Landry Jones ("X-Men: First Class") and Jonny Beauchamp ("How to Make It in America") in this drama centered on the Stonewall Riots. High ratings and reception for Ryan Murphy's AIDS drama for HBO, "The Normal Heart," are also spurring interest in this film, which focuses on one young man (Irvine) who comes of age amid a wildly turbulent New York moment. HBO will also bring gay »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Principal photography has commenced on Stonewall, directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Jeremy Irvine (War Horse). Actors Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Match Point, The Tudors) Ron Perlman (Hellboy), and Joey King (White House Down) have joined the cast, which also includes Jonny Beauchamp (How to Make It in America), Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class), and up-and-comers Karl Glusman, Vlademir Alexis, and Alexandre Nachi. Written by Jon Robin Baitz, Stonewall is produced by Michael Fossat, Marc Frydman, Emmerich, and Carsten Lorenz; and executive producers are Kirstin Winkler, Adam Press and Michael Roban.
Stonewall is a drama about a young man in New York caught up during the 1969 Stonewall Riots, a pivotal event widely considered the starting point for the modern gay civil rights movement. Kicked out of his own home, young Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) flees to NY, leaving behind his beloved sister (Joey King). Homeless and destitute, he befriends a »
Principal photography has begun on Roland Emmerich's drama Stonewall. The film stars Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) as a young runaway who finds his way to the Stonewall Inn and is eventually swept up in events that would lead to the historic 1969 Stonewall Riots, which were a turning point in gay civil rights. Although Emmerich is known for being able to blow stuff up real good, his first historical drama, Anonymous, wasn't bad, and Stonewall has been a passion project for the director some time. It's always admirable when a filmmaker breaks away from his or her comfort zone, and the story of the Stonewall Riots is definitely one worth telling. Hit the jump for the press release, which also reveals that Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Dracula), Joey King (White House Down), and Ron Perlman have joined the cast. Here's the press release: Production Commences On Centropolis Entertainment’S Stonewall Directed »
- Matt Goldberg
Roland Emmerich's upcoming gay rights drama "Stonewall" has added three new patrons. Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("Match Point," NBC's "Dracula"), Ron Perlman ("Sons of Anarchy," the "Hellboy" movies), and Joey King ("White House Down") have joined the small-scale passion project from the "Independence Day" and "2012" director. They join cast members Jeremy Irvine ("War Horse"), Jonny Beauchamp ("How to Make It in America") and Caleb Landry Jones ("X-Men: First Class"). Principal photography has just begun on the real life drama, which centers on the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, which helped launch the modern gay civil rights movement. "Stonewall" will focus on Danny Winters (Irvine), a young man who leaves his troubled home and finds solace in the shady bar the Stonewall Inn, which is soon raided by the police, sparking the landmark riot. Meyers will play a suave patron named Trevor, while Perlman will portray the bar's corrupt manager who has mafia connections. »
- Dave Lewis
Principal photography has commenced on director Roland Emmerich's Stonewall with Centropolis Entertainment today revealing that Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Match Point, "The Tudors"), Ron Perlman (Hellboy, "Sons of Anarchy") and Joey King (White House Down, The Conjuring) have joined the cast opposite the previously-announced Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, The Railway Man), Jonny Beauchamp ("How to Make It in America"), Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class), and up-and-comers Karl Glusman, Vlademir Alexis, and Alexandre Nachi. »
Roland Emmerich's gay-rights film Stonewall has added Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman and Joey King to the cast ahead of the start of production. The film, which will star Jeremy Irvine, tells the story of the riots of June 1969 after police raided the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. Emmerich's film will focus on one man's political awakening sparked by the riots, which became a galvanizing event for the gay rights movement. Newcomer Jonny Beauchamp and Caleb Landry Jones also star in the project. Exclusive: Roland Emmerich's 'Stonewall' Adds 'How to Make It in America' Actor Irvine plays Danny
- Rebecca Ford
Remember the days when network cancelations felt absolutely irreversible? I’m sure networks do. But a world with Kickstarter, Netflix, Hulu, social media, and all things interactive, cancelation has morphed from a death knell to a possible new beginning.
As Veronica Mars fans know, if you want more of your favorite story, it’s not impossible to get your wish — and in their case, they helped to make the revival happen. The latest example: Community getting canceled, only to be in talks for a Hulu pickup. If Community ends up getting its #sixseasons, could Hulu become TV’s newest superhero? »
- Samantha Highfill
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