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Scooter Braun’s Movie Business Expanding Well Beyond Justin Bieber

Scooter Braun’s Movie Business Expanding Well Beyond Justin Bieber
In 2011, Scooter Braun made a splashy debut into the world of feature films, producing “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” concert documentary.

The movie, which carried a $13 million budget, grossed $100 million worldwide. 2013’s “Believe,” a behind-the-scenes look at Bieber’s rise to superstardom generated about $11 million in worldwide box office.

“Those films really gave us a taste of what we could do,” said Scott Manson, chief operating officer of Braun’s film operation, Sb Projects.

Braun was a producer on 2015’s quirky girl-group fantasy “Jem and the Holograms” but has branched out considerably since then by backing the indie drama “Burden,” starring Andrea Riseborough and Garrett Hedlund, who plays Mike Bruden in the story of an orphan raised within the Ku Klux Klan who attempts to break away after the girl he falls in love with urges him to leave for a better life together.

Burden” is directed by Andrew Heckler from his own script. The producer
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Pop Gets Personal: Inside 2017's Unexpected Resurgence of the Music Documentary

Pop Gets Personal: Inside 2017's Unexpected Resurgence of the Music Documentary
The music documentary is nothing new. Artists have been giving fans a peek behind the curtain since the influential 1965 Bob Dylan doc Don't Look Back, which included an opening scene that, even if you haven't seen, you know. (The Love Actually poster board scene? Dylan did it first.) Over the years, there have been notable releases here and there—Madonna's seminal Truth or Dare in 1991, 2009's posthumous Michael Jackson's This Is It, 2011's Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, and Beyoncé's 2013 Life Is But a Dream, not to mention the countless specials MTV has produced in its day. But a funny thing happened in the fall of 2017. Suddenly, within the span of about a month, the pop...
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Hailey Baldwin's Evolution From Cute Celebrity Kid to Stunning Model

Hailey Baldwin's Evolution From Cute Celebrity Kid to Stunning Model
Hailey Baldwin has turned quite a few heads in recent years. The 20-year-old and daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin has gone from a cute celebrity kid to a stunning runway model and member of a growing entourage of hot young stars. She wasn't even in kindergarten yet when her dad started taking her to family fun nights at movie premieres. As a child, she has walked the red carpets at screenings for films such as The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Shrek 3 and The Pink Panther 2. When she was about 13, she accompanied her dad to the 2010 ESPYs. A year later, they attended the premiere of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. She and Justin Bieber became good friends and would...
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Spice World: The Movie at 20

Simon Brew Apr 6, 2017

It's 20 years since the Spice Girls headed to the big screen for their solo movie. And we've taken a look back...

I don’t think Spice World: The Movie is as good as Inception.

This winter marks the 20th birthday of a film that many had sneered at before its release, and many continue to sneer at now. Boasting a hard-won 3.4/10 score on IMDb, Spice World: The Movie pops up from time to time in lists slamming films involving pop stars, or, if it’s lucky, it appears on the ‘guilty pleasure’ carousel. For added fun, the late Roger Ebert had it as one of the films that he most hated. Yikes.

I don’t believe in guilty pleasures, personally, and have written about that before. Nor do I agree with Roger. For I do enjoy Spice World: The Movie for what it is: a daft, breezy,
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Looking back at the original Beatles films

Mark Allison Apr 13, 2017

From A Hard Day's Night to Magical Mystery Tour, Yellow Submarine and Help!, we revisit the original Beatles films...

Of all the art that the Beatles brought into the world, their cinematic misadventures are probably less fondly remembered than their music. But in addition to 12 studio albums, 13 EPs, and 22 singles, the Fab Four also released five films in their comparatively few years together. These efforts comprised two feature films, a TV movie, a cartoon, and a documentary, all of admittedly inconsistent quality. Looking back now, these films provide a fascinating insight into the phenomenon of Beatlemania.

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For Beatles fanatics such as myself, the music alone makes them a joy to watch and re-watch, but as pieces of cinema in their own right there’s plenty to still be enjoyed and appreciated.
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‘Hidden Figures’ Screenwriter & Scooter Braun Teaming Up For Scripted E! Musical Series (Exclusive)

‘Hidden Figures’ Screenwriter & Scooter Braun Teaming Up For Scripted E! Musical Series (Exclusive)
Hidden Figures” screenwriter Allison Schroeder is working on her next project, following the release of her Golden Globe-nominated film.

Schroeder has sold a scripted drama to E! about an aspiring songwriter, which she is producing with music manager Scooter Braun, Variety has learned exclusively.

“Inspiration” is a music-themed series with a few scenes that will have musical break-out-into-song elements.

Schroeder is writer on the project. She will serve as executive producer with Braun and Scott Manson of Braun’s Sb Projects, and Good Fear‘s Chris Bender and Jake Weiner. Sb Projects’ David Appleton and James Shin, and Good Fear’s Daniel Vang are producers.

The drama centers on an upcoming musician, Elise Moreno, who’s trying to make it in Los Angeles. Growing up in small-town Texas, the young songwriter has never met her rock star father until he falls into a coma and then she’s granted his Power of Attorney, entrusting
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Jon M. Chu in Talks on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ Movie

Jon M. Chu in Talks on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ Movie
Jon M. Chu is in early talks to direct The Weinstein Co.’s movie version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical “In the Heights,” which won the 2008 Tony Award for best musical.

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.
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'Now You See Me 2' Director Jon M. Chu Explains How They Cast Woody Harrelson's Brother

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It's hard to connect the dots between all of the movies Jon M. Chu has directed. Every time you think a pattern is emerging, he seems to pivot to something else. He directed the two best Step Up movies, but before he could become "that dance movie guy," he made the surprisingly fascinating documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. From there he jumps over to big budget action with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and from that to low budget teen drama with Jem and the Holograms. He is a man of many hats, to say the least. Now Chu is back into flashier, bigger budget mode with Now You See Me 2, a sequel to 2013's surprise breakout hit about magicians who use their powers of illusion to rob from the rich and give back to the poor. If anything, NYSM2 is kind of a...

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‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’ Review

Stars: Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows, Maya Rudolph, Joan Cusack, Imogen Poots, Chris Redd, James Buckley, Edgar Blackmon | Written by Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer | Directed by Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone

What do you get if you take the outrageous gross-out comedy of producer Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, Superbad, Knocked Up) and the trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, collectively known as comedy pop songsters The Lonely Island? Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping – a faux-documentary which is (and this may sound bombastic) the This is Spinal Tap for the Justin Bieber generation.

The story is the flimsiest of plots: the film goes behind the scenes as former The Style Boyz member (think New Edition meets Beastie Boys) turned solo artist singer/rapper Conner4Real (Samberg) faces a crisis of popularity after his sophomore album flops, leading his entire career into a unrecoverable talispin – leaving his fans,
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[Review] Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

It’s all about #brand loyalty for The Lonely Island in their first “official” movie, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, which stays true to the absurdist, bite-sized comedy that made their name. The musical comedy trio – comprised of Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone – has been around for over a decade, breaking out through their digital shorts on Saturday Night Live.

Taking clear inspiration from recent music “bio-films” like Katy Perry: Part of Me and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Popstar concerns a…pop star…named Conner4Real (Andy Samberg), who has gained worldwide success despite a general terrible-ness in his musical output. His critically-adored and culturally-loved origins come in the form of the boy band Style Boyz (Schaffer, Samberg and Taccone) who had a popular dance move (“The Donkey Roll”) along with a slew of hits. Cameos from the likes of Usher, Nas, Mariah Carey, and countless more (seriously,
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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Review

By way of musical mockumentary, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping delivers hilarity, stupidity, and a whole lot of other expected “-ity’s.” This is textbook SNL-alumn scripting. Direct parallels are drawn to Jon M. Chu’s Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, The Lonely Island drops some raunchy new material, and celebrity cameos fight for top-billing. We’re talking about a movie that – in one moment – captures a fish-costume-wearing Justin Timberlake shredding guitar riffs while Tim Meadows plays saxophone and Michael Bolton backs up Andy Samberg (who is rapping about his silly thoughts). Take that comment for Exactly what it is, and prepare for The Lonely Island’s latest bit of glorious absurdity.

Andy Samberg stars as Connor4Real, a pop sensation who found tremendous solo success after his original band, the Style Boyz, parted ways. With bandmate Lawrence (Akiva Schaffer) gone, Connor and his DJ, Owen (Jorma Taccone), tear
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‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’ Review: Andy Samberg Crafts Longest-Ever SNL Digital Short

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‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’ Review: Andy Samberg Crafts Longest-Ever SNL Digital Short
Rob Reiner reportedly used Martin Scorsese‘s “The Last Waltz” as a template for his immortal mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap,” and it appears that the Lonely Island (writers Andy Samberg and co-directors Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone) turned an eye to “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” when they created “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.” Perhaps it’s appropriate, then, that the gap between the two parodies is comparable to the difference in quality of the source material. Not that “Popstar” isn’t funny; the Lonely Island’s absurdist wit, which made songs like “I’m on a Boat” and “I Just Had Sex” some.
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Jon M. Chu in Talks to Direct ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Adaptation

Jon M. Chu in Talks to Direct ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Adaptation
Now You See Me 2” director Jon M. Chu is in negotiations to direct “Crazy Rich Asians” for Nina Jacobson’s Color Force and Ivanhoe Pictures.

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.

Color Force, best known for producing “The Hunger Games” franchise, obtained the film rights to Kwan’s debut novel in 2013.

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
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Jon Chu Returning to Direct ‘Now You See Me 3’ (Exclusive)

Jon Chu Returning to Direct ‘Now You See Me 3’ (Exclusive)
Jon M. Chu is returning to the director’s chair for Lionsgate’s “Now You See Me 3,” Variety has learned exclusively.

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.

CEO Jon Feltheimer announced nearly a year ago during a conference call with analysts that Lionsgate had already started planning for the third film, but gave no details.

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.

Feltheimer said at the time that Lionsgate believed that “Now You See Me 2” would top the gross for the original
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Five character posters for Zoolander 2

Following on from yesterday’s trailer [watch it here], Paramount Pictures has released five Valentines themed character posters for the upcoming comedy sequel Zoolander 2 featuring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Penelope Cruz, and Will Ferrell. Check them out below…

Zoolander 2 is set for release on February 12th, 2016, with Ben Stiller directing and returning to the cast alongside Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, Billy Zane and Will Ferrell, while new additions include Penelope Cruz (Nine), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter), Fred Armisen (Portlandia) and Justin Bieber (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never).
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New Zoolander 2 clips released

Following the release of a new trailer, Paramount Pictures has unveiled two never-before-seen clips from Zoolander 2, the upcoming sequel to Ben Stiller’s 2001 comedy. The first clip, entitled “Prison Changed Me,” shows Will Ferrell’s Mugatu as he walks out of prison and is reunited with his luckless assistant, Todd; the other clip, entitled “I Trust Her,” features Penelope Cruz’s Valentina introducing herself to Zoolander and Hansel, played by Stiller and Owen Wilson, respectively. Take a look below…

Zoolander 2 is set for release on February 12th, 2016, with Ben Stiller directing and returning to the cast alongside Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, Billy Zane and Will Ferrell, while new additions include Penelope Cruz (Nine), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter), Fred Armisen (Portlandia) and Justin Bieber (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never).
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Relax with the latest trailer for Zoolander 2

Ahead of its release next week, Paramount Pictures has debuted a new trailer for the upcoming comedy sequel Zoolander 2. Check it out below…

Zoolander 2 is set for release on February 12th, 2016, with Ben Stiller directing and returning to the cast alongside Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, Billy Zane and Will Ferrell, while new additions include Penelope Cruz (Nine), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter), Fred Armisen (Portlandia) and Justin Bieber (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never).
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New TV spots and Alexanya Atoz Viral Video for Zoolander 2

With just three weeks to go before its release, Paramount Pictures have debuted four new TV spots for the upcoming comedy sequel Zoolander 2 which sees Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson returning to the roles of Derek Zoolander and Hansel. Check them out here…

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Zoolander 2

And here’s a viral video featuring Kristen Wiig’s Alexanya Atoz…

Zoolander 2 is set for release on February 12th, 2016, with Ben Stiller directing and returning to the cast alongside Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, Billy Zane and Will Ferrell, while new additions include Penelope Cruz (Nine), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter), Fred Armisen (Portlandia) and Justin Bieber (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never).
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Four new posters and trailer for Zoolander 2

Earlier this week we saw the first TV spot for Zoolander 2 [watch it here], and now Paramount Pictures has released the second trailer for the upcoming comedy sequel, along with four new posters featuring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. Check them out here…

Zoolander 2 is set for release on February 12th, 2016, with Ben Stiller directing and returning to the cast alongside Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, Billy Zane, Milla Jovovich and Will Ferrell, while new additions include Penelope Cruz (Nine), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), Fred Armisen (Portlandia) and Justin Bieber (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never).
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New one-sheet and catwalk motion poster for Zoolander 2

Paramount Pictures has released a new poster for the upcoming comedy sequel Zoolander 2, alongside a motion poster which sees Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig and Ben Stiller strutting their stuff on the catwalk. Check them out here…

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Zoolander 2

Zoolander 2 is set for release on February 12th, 2016, with Ben Stiller directing and returning to the cast alongside Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, Billy Zane, Milla Jovovich and Will Ferrell, while new additions include Penelope Cruz (Nine), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), Fred Armisen (Portlandia) and Justin Bieber (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never).
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