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Exclusive: Paramount Pictures has acquired screen rights to After, a novel by first-time author Anna Todd that has been the breakout hit of Wattpad, the online community of readers and writers where books are published a chapter at a time. Todd’s novel originated as a serialized three-part series that Toronto-based Wattpad says has accumulated more than 1 billion reads.
Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot will produce through their Offspring Entertainment banner. Their credits include the Step Up series to 17 Again, Bedtime Stories, Hairspray, Rock Of Ages and The Last Song. They are currently prepping Mean Moms at New Line.
Todd’s novel is separately booked to be published through the Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books, with the first installment going on sale October 21. Will it become a publishing phenomenon like Twilight or Fifty Shades Of Grey, the latter of which E.L. James first began writing as Twilight fan fiction? It »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Chester See is coming to Broadway. The YouTuber whose powerful voice and handsome look has helped him amass more than 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube, has been cast in Rock of Ages, the long-running musical featuring music from the 80s. See will play the role of Stacee Jaxx, a rock star and one of the show's central characters. Coincidentally, the original Los Angeles production of Rock of Ages featured Chris Hardwick, another performer with a big YouTube presence, as Jaxx. In the 2012 film adaptation of the musical, Jaxx was portrayed by Tom Cruise. Matt Weaver, the producer of Rock of Ages, explained that he chose See after being impressed by his audition. "I looked at this as an exciting opportunity to do something that wouldn't be expected," he said. "He's got a real audience at YouTube, he's got a real voice there, and I think that audience is going to travel to Broadway. »
- Sam Gutelle
Live. Die. Repeat / Edge Of Tomorrow Blu-ray Well, it.s official: Starting today, Edge of Tomorrow is now christened on its Blu-ray box as Live. Die. Repeat / Edge of Tomorrow. Tell all your friends. Or don.t, as the confounding title of this movie has no effect whatsoever on how awesome this movie is. Tom Cruise has been scraping the bottle of the barrel with a few duds recently, including the preposterous Rock of Ages and the boring Oblivion. Perhaps because of the actor.s recent misses and weird marketing that didn.t totally explain how funny Tom Cruise.s latest movie is, people didn.t go out in droves to see Edge of Tomorrow in theaters. Luckily, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has rectified this situation with its Blu-ray set, which features better marketing and a slew of bonus features to entice fans. The movie itself follows Tom Cruise as »
We'll always know what you did last summer*. Because Sony won’t let us forget.
Deadline recently reported that the studio is rebooting I Know What You Did Last Summer, the 1997 slasher film about a group of college kids (Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Ryan Phillippe) who cover up their hit-and-run, only to be stalked and slayed by the very person they thought they killed.
Now our ultimate dream cast for this reboot is present day J.Love, Smg, Freddie Prinze, and Ryan P. playing the same roles they did two decades ago (most are available), but since that definitely won’t happen, we brainstormed a few suggestions:
News: Find out which Schwarzenegger movie is also getting a reboot!
Jennifer Love Hewitt as Julie James
If Ariana Grande played the part we could finally see her without that ponytail »
The critics really liked it, international audiences checked it out, but in the United States it seemed no-one was catching the Tom Cruise-led "Edge Of Tomorrow" in cinemas and many wrote it off as a flop on launch.
Yet, rather sneakily, the film has stuck around and this week officially crawled past the $100 million mark at the U.S. domestic box-office. That is significant as according to Box Office Guru, this marks the first Cruise-led film outside the "Mission: Impossible" franchise to have done so since 2005's "War of the Worlds".
Yes, 'Edge' has outpaced "Jack Reacher" ($80M) "Knight and Day" ($76M), "Oblivion" ($89M), "Rock of Ages" ($38M), "Valkyrie" ($83M) and "Lions for Lambs" ($15M) domestically. "Tropic Thunder" ($110M) did pass the mark, but Cruise was not the lead in that and it wasn't marketed on his involvement.
Considering 'Edge' opened to around $28 million, it has made three-and-a-half times »
- Garth Franklin
Should we brace for ABC to greenlight Keeping Up With the Houghs before Labor Day?
Hot on the heels of Derek Hough joining Season 3 of the network’s drama Nashville for a multi-episode arc, his sister Julianne appeared Thursday on Good Morning America to confirm the widespread rumor that she’s returning to Dancing With the Stars as a fourth judge for the show’s upcoming 19th season.
Related Emmy Poll 2014: What Should Win Best Reality-Competition Series?
Rachel Brosnahan is moving from “Manhattan” to Masada. The “Manhattan” actress has been cast in Mark Burnett and Roma Downey‘s upcoming CBS miniseries “The Dovekeepers.” Also read: Mark Burnett's ‘Dovekeepers’ Casts ‘Rock of Ages’ Star Diego Boneta The miniseries, which will premiere next year, is based on Alice Hoffman's historical novel about four extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada. Set in ancient Israel, the project is based on the true events at Masada in 70 C.E. After being forced out of their home in Jerusalem by the Romans, »
- Tim Kenneally
Back to the ballroom? Julianne Hough hasn't competed as a pro on Dancing With the Stars since season eight in 2009, but sources tell Us Weekly she could return in another capacity — as a regular judge — for the upcoming 19th season. (TMZ was first to report the news.) While nothing has been made official yet, one insider says the Rock of Ages actress, 26, is "in talks" to join the DWTS judging panel, which currently includes Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli. It's unclear at this point [...] »
Julianne Hough Heading Back To 'DWTS'
Hough is reportedly in talks to become a fourth judge on Dancing With the Stars, joining the panel that currently includes Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, according to TMZ. Apparently, Hough and producers are in the process of negotiating a deal for her to fill in the spot that was filled by a series of guest judges last season.
Hough created a bit of controversy while serving as one of the guest judges during season 18’s “switch-up” week when she accused Maksim Chmerkovkiy, who was normally partnered with Meryl Davis, of “phoning in” his dance with Danica McKellar. Her brother, Derek Hough, who dances on the show, took to his sister’s defense.
"I don't »
Julianne Hough has learned a hard lesson about the movie biz ... it ain't that easy, so she's returning to "Dancing with the Stars" but this time as a judge ... TMZ has learned.Sources connected with the show tell us ... they've made an offer to Julianne to become the 4th judge ... the other 3 are coming back. We're told the 2 sides are in negotiations and are expected to make the deal.Julianne left the show years ago »
- TMZ Staff
Since 2010, Paul Giamatti has been one of Hollywood’s most prolific actors, appearing in 19 films in the past five years. Some were great (12 Years a Slave, Win Win), and some were not so great (Rock of Ages, The Hangover Part II). However, regardless of the role, Giamatti was almost always a high point of the film. Now, the trusted character actor (and occasional leading man) has an exciting new role in his roster, as Jerry Heller, the controversial manager of the pioneering hip hop group N.W.A., in the music biopic Straight Outta Compton.
Before he managed the influential group, Heller represented pop acts like Journey, Reo Speedwagon and Marvin Gaye. After he co-founded Ruthless Records with N.W.A. member Eazy-e, Heller oversaw one of the genre’s defining records by the group, one which shares its title with this biopic.
However, he later became synonymous with ripping off the rappers. Several »
- Jordan Adler
A bunch of major TV casting has happened in the past day or so:
Eddie Izzard ("Hannibal"), Noah Taylor ("Game of Thrones") and Olesya Rulin ("High School Musical") have all scored major roles in Sony Playstation Network's "Powers". The upcoming direct-to-series adaptation of the acclaimed comic follows a pair of cops who investigate crimes related to people with superhuman abilities. [Source: Deadline]
Four more names have joined the cast of the pilot based on the "Scream" franchise for MTV. Bex Taylor-Klaus ("Arrow") will replace the previously set Amy Forsyth in the role of a Lutheran pastor's daughter and aspiring filmmaker.
Also onboard are Bobby Campo ("The Final Destination") as a hunky English teacher, Connor Weil ("Sharknado") as an all-American high school basketball player, and Joel Gretsch ("V," "The 4400") is Sheriff Clark Hudson who is a good guy and father to one of the kids. [Source: The Live Feed]
Newcomer Michael James Shaw »
- Garth Franklin
“Rock of Ages” actor Diego Boneta has been cast in the upcoming CBS miniseries “The Dovekeepers,” from executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. Boneta, who also appears in the upcoming big-screen soccer biopic “Pele,” will play a character named Amram in the series. Also read: ‘NCIS’ Alum Cote de Pablo to Star in Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's ‘Dovekeepers’ Miniseries The actor's television credits include “Underemployed” and “90210.” The four-hour miniseries is based on Alice Hoffman's historical novel about four extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada. “NCIS” alum Cote de Pablo is also. »
- Tim Kenneally
We’re trying to sharpen it and hone it and, actually, I don’t want to jinx anything, but it looks like it actually might be starting to get up and running.’
Theroux had a small role in the first film as Evil DJ and is very much focused on polishing the script and reprising his role in the sequel. He has written screenplays in the past such as Iron Man 2, Tropic Thunder and Rock Of Ages so it will be interesting to see what he can bring to the often quoted film.
Ben Stiller has been confirmed to reappear as Derek but no news about Owen Wilson being attached to the project or Christine Taylor, who plays Matilda. Lets hope they can get the gang back together. »
- Louise Tooth
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues proved that cult comedies can still garner sequels years later, and after that long-awaited followup was met with box office success, many assumed that a green light for Zoolander 2, another much-demanded but never realized sequel, was finally at hand. Now, we’re hearing that the project is finally going to get off the ground.
“Yeah, we’ve got a script for the sequel, and we’ve just been in talks again. We’re trying to sharpen it and hone it and, actually, I don’t want to jinx anything, but it looks like it actually might be starting to get up and running… It’s actually been a little hard with the show, but now I’m back full-time to dedicate time toward doing it. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Relativity Media didn't have much success with their family sci-fi adventure Earth to Echo, but that doesn't mean they're giving up on the genre. Deadline has word that the studio is developing Out of This World, another sci-fi adventure about a kid named Gardner who leads a rather unique life because he's raised by scientists in secret on a Mars colony after his astronaut mother passes away. Flash forward 16 years and Gardner heads back to Earth in order to road trip across America with a young woman, in search of the father that he has never known. That's an interesting twist on an otherwise familiar coming-of-age tale. The script comes from Allan Loeb (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Rock of Ages) and Hector and the Search for Happiness director Peter Chelsom will be at the helm of the film. Considering the charm that Chelsom brought to romantic comedies with Serendipity, »
- Ethan Anderton
It’s mid-July, and Constantine Maroulis is getting ready to return to Broadway in one of his most beloved roles — Drew, the rock and roll dreamer in Rock of Ages. There is just one problem — he has recently trimmed his long, luscious locks of hair. Photos 'Rock of Ages' Premiere Features Tom Cruise and Julianne Hough, plus Josh Duhamel and Fergie in Costume “I might have to stick some extensions in to give myself some volume,” he said. This Monday, Maroulis will begin a 12-week engagement rocking like it's 1985 through Oct. 26 at the Helen Hayes
- Michele Amabile Angermiller
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, before it’s in cinemas
Happy Christmas: compulsively watchable; Joe Swanberg is a master of the subtlest of dramatic observation, and his films are unlike anything other filmmakers are giving us right now [my review] [iTunes UK]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Divergent: it’s not wildly different than other science fiction, hero’s journey, and adventure movies; sometimes we call such stories archetypal… mythic, even [my review] [iTunes UK] The Double: painfully funny odyssey of personal ineffectualness that is bitterly wonderful in how it revels in the decrepit horror of the everyday world [my review] [iTunes UK] Muppets Most Wanted: Kermit the Frog takes on his biggest challenge yet: dual roles… and truly puts the villain in vaudevillian [my review] [iTunes UK] Starred Up: could be the most realistic depiction of the horribleness and the ineffectiveness of institutional incarceration — on levels that »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Happy birthday to Julianne Hough, who turns 26 today! The multi-talented star has had an impressive past few years in Hollywood, first making her mark with a career-sparking job on Dancing With the Stars as one of the cast's professional dancer. Since then, she's taken on roles in Safe Haven, Footloose, and Rock of Ages, and just this year, she took her moves on the road with her brother Derek Hough for their Move Live on Tour. In between all that, Julianne has found time to flaunt her hot body on memorable vacations. Scroll down to see Julianne's best bikini moments! »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
In a canny move surprising few, Amazon have gone and echoed a pattern Netflix began around a year ago and nabbed a series from the Us where they will add an episode each week the day after its Us broadcast. This practice worked well with Breaking Bad and From Dusk Till Dawn in the past year and the publicity it got could well be the reason why you might encounter so many people who are only now making their way through five seasons of Breaking Bad via Netflix. So the show in question which be all exclusive up in here is the new Steven Spielberg/Halle Berry joint called Extant.
I knew nothing about this show going in and that is perhaps the best way to view it. I’m not going to claim this is the new Lost or whatever at this point but the first episode was ‘promising »
- Chris Holt
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