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Kj Apa and Sofia Carson to Lead Cast of Michael Bay-Produced Pandemic Thriller ‘Songbird’

Kj Apa and Sofia Carson to Lead Cast of Michael Bay-Produced Pandemic Thriller ‘Songbird’
Though principal photography already kicked off in Los Angeles last week on the pandemic-themed thriller “Songbird,” the movie produced by Michael Bay and Adam Goodman has found its two leads, “Riverdale” and “I Still Believe” actor Kj Apa and singer and “Feel the Beat” star Sofia Carson.

Apa and Carson join a cast that already includes Demi Moore, Bradley Whitford, Craig Robinson, Jenna Ortega, Paul Walter Hauser and Peter Stormare, but Apa and Carson lead the cast in a film that is centered around their love story. Here’s the full, newly released synopsis:

Told from street level through the eyes of the characters, “Songbird” takes place two years into the future, as lockdown has been re-implemented after a more serious virus continues to mutate. In a feeble attempt to keep the sickness contained, the city has been bisected into haves and have nots. The film centers around an essential
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‘Songbird’: ‘Riverdale’s Kj Apa & ‘Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists’s Sofia Carson Land Lead Roles In Pandemic Thriller

‘Songbird’: ‘Riverdale’s Kj Apa & ‘Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists’s Sofia Carson Land Lead Roles In Pandemic Thriller
Riverdale‘s Kj Apa and Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists‘ Sofia Carson have landed the lead roles as star-crossed lovers in the Adam Goodman and Michael Bay pandemic thriller production Songbird which started filming last Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Told from street level through the eyes of the characters, Songbird takes place two years into the future, as a lockdown has been re-implemented after a more serious virus continues to mutate. In a feeble attempt to keep the sickness contained, the city has been bisected into haves and have nots. Songbird follows an essential worker (Apa) who has a rare immunity, a delivery man who delivers goods and hope throughout the city. Like the vast majority of the population, his girlfriend (Carson) is locked within her home, and the couple have no ability to physically be together. To be with the one he loves, he must overcome martial law, murderous vigilantes and a powerful,
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Michael Bay-Produced ‘Songbird’ Begins Production in LA, Adds Bradley Whitford and Jenna Ortega

Michael Bay-Produced ‘Songbird’ Begins Production in LA, Adds Bradley Whitford and Jenna Ortega
Songbird,” the first feature film approved by the unions to start shooting amid the coronavirus outbreak, begins production in Los Angeles Wednesday, and the film has added Bradley Whitford and Jenna Ortega to the cast of the pandemic-themed thriller.

Songbird” is produced by former Paramount production chief Adam Goodman and former Disney exec Andrew Sugerman’s Invisible Narratives, with Catchlight Films and Michael Bay also producing.

The film was presented at the Cannes Virtual Market and also stars Demi Moore, Craig Robinson, Paul Walter Hauser and Peter Stormare. Adam Mason (“Into the Dark”) directs the film and wrote the script with Simon Boyes (“Misconduct”).

Also Read: Bradley Whitford on What Changes Covid-19 Could Force on 'Handmaid's Tale' - and TV in General

“Finding a safe and practical way back into production has not been easy, however, our partnership with the guilds and unions has been a true testament to our great Hollywood community.
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‘Songbird’: Bradley Whitford & Jenna Ortega Join Adam Goodman & Michael Bay Pandemic Thriller; Filming Begins Today In LA

‘Songbird’: Bradley Whitford & Jenna Ortega Join Adam Goodman & Michael Bay Pandemic Thriller; Filming Begins Today In LA
Exclusive: Deadline has learned that Get Out star Bradley Whitford and Jane the Virgin‘s Jenna Ortega have boarded the pandemic thriller Songbird, which begins principal photography today.

The movie from former Paramount production chief Adam Goodman and former Disney exec Andrew Sugerman’s Invisible Narratives, with Catchlight Films and Michael Bay also producing, is the first feature film to shoot in Los Angeles since the Covid-19 lockdown.

Whitford and Ortega have joined previously announced cast Demi Moore, Craig Robinson, Paul Walter Hauser, and Peter Stormare.

Songbird is directed by Adam Mason (Into The Dark), who wrote the script with Simon Boyes (Misconduct).

On the commencement of the union-approved production, Goodman said, “Finding a safe and practical way back into production has not been easy, however, our partnership with the guilds and unions has been a true testament to our great Hollywood community. Throughout the process they were awesome partners
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Michael Bay-Produced Thriller ‘Songbird’ Slapped With Do-Not-Work Notice From SAG-AFTRA

Michael Bay-Produced Thriller ‘Songbird’ Slapped With Do-Not-Work Notice From SAG-AFTRA
SAG-AFTRA has issued a do-not-work notice to its members for “Songbird,” a pandemic-themed thriller produced by Michael Bay and former Paramount production head Adam Goodman’s Invisible Narratives that was meant to be one of the first films to shoot in Los Angeles since the coronavirus pandemic.

“Please be advised that On A Lark Productions, LLC the producer of the picture entitled ‘Songbird,’ has failed to complete the signatory process and is therefore not signed to any applicable SAG-AFTRA agreement,” the guild said in a statement to members. “As such, SAG-AFTRA members are hereby instructed to withhold any acting services or perform any covered work for this production until further notice from the union. Please note, accepting employment or rendering services on ‘Songbird’ may be considered a violation of Global Rule One. Violating this order may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the SAG-AFTRA Constitution.”

Craig Robinson, Demi Moore,
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Michael Bay’s Pandemic Thriller ‘Songbird’ Scores First Sale with Germany’s Leonine (Exclusive)

Michael Bay’s Pandemic Thriller ‘Songbird’ Scores First Sale with Germany’s Leonine (Exclusive)
Michael Bay-produced pandemic thriller “Songbird” has secured its first international sale out of the virtual Cannes market.

European powerhouse Leonine has snapped up rights for German-speaking Europe, Variety can reveal. It’s believed there’s been strong interest on the continent, and that a number of U.S. distributors are also circling the film, which was shopped to buyers this past week.

Principal cast includes Demi Moore, Craig Robinson, Paul Walter Hauser and Peter Stormare. ICM Partners and Endeavor Content are handling worldwide sales.

Produced by Adam Goodman and Andrew Sugerman’s Invisible Narratives in partnership with Bay and Catchlight Studios, “Songbird” is set two years in the future, where a pandemic rages on, continuing to mutate and wreak havoc around the world. The film — which has been likened to a hybrid between “Paranormal Activity” and “Cloverfield” — is focused on an essential worker who is immune to the virus,
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Jacqueline Byers To Star In ‘The Devil’s Light for Lionsgate and Gold Circle; Daniel Stamm Directing

Jacqueline Byers To Star In ‘The Devil’s Light for Lionsgate and Gold Circle; Daniel Stamm Directing
Exclusive: Actress Jacqueline Byers has landed the lead role in the Lionsgate and Gold Circle thriller The Devil’s Light, which will be directed by The Last Exorcism helmer Daniel Stamm. Oscar nominee Virginia Madsen co-stars along with Ben Cross, Colin Salmon, Christian Navarro, and Nicholas Ralph (All Creatures Great and Small).

Robert Zappia wrote the script from a story by himself, Earl Richey Jones, and Todd Jones. It follows Sister Ann (Byers), who devoutly believes performing exorcisms is her calling and studies at a school to master the ritual, confronts a demonic force that infests her school and has mysterious ties to her past.

Paul Brooks, Jessica Malanaphy, Todd Jones, and Earl Richey Jones are producing the film, which is expected to begin production later this year.
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Adam Goodman & Michael Bay Team On Pandemic-Themed Thriller ‘Songbird;’ Production Starts In Five Weeks

Adam Goodman & Michael Bay Team On Pandemic-Themed Thriller ‘Songbird;’ Production Starts In Five Weeks
Exclusive: Former Paramount production chief Adam Goodman’s Invisible Narratives has teamed with Michael Bay to produce Songbird, a pandemic thriller that plans to take an unusual approach to shooting a movie in Los Angeles during the lockdown. It will begin production within five weeks, and might be the first film to shoot in the city.

The film will be directed by Adam Mason (Into The Dark), who wrote the script with Simon Boyes (Misconduct). The filmmakers are providing remote training for the actors. None of the participants would say exactly how they plan to shoot a movie at a time when the guilds are still compiling their own safety protocols so that production can resume. I’m told that the filmmakers behind Songbird have screened their plans by the guilds, and they are good to go.

The film is ostensibly a taut thriller in the spirit of Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield.
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Lionsgate International to launch Afm sales on supernatural thriller ‘The Devil’s Light’

Production scheduled to commence in first half of 2020.

Lionsgate and Gold Circle will co-produce supernatural thriller The Devil’s Light, which Lionsgate will distribute in North America, the UK and Latin America, and Lionsgate International will introduce to Afm buyers next week.

James Hawes will direct from a screenplay by Robert Zappia (Halloween H20) about a young nun at an exorcism training centre in the Us whose remarkable powers are unleashed when she encounters a highly disturbed patient.

Gold Circle founder Paul Brooks is producing with Jessica Malanaphy, Todd Jones and Earl Richey Jones, and executive producers are Scott Niemeyer,
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Lionsgate Exorcist Thriller ‘The Devil’s Light’ to Feature Catholic Nun Battling Demons – and Church Sexism

Lionsgate is set to co-produce “The Devil’s Light,” a supernatural thriller with Gold Circle, and will launch the film to buyers at Afm.

The film is about a 25-year-old nun named Sister Ann performing exorcisms and warding off demons while also combating a sexist church that believes only priests should be allowed to perform exorcisms. Here’s the full synopsis:

With reports of demonic possessions reaching unprecedented numbers globally, the Vatican opens schools for exorcisms in six countries including the United States. “The Devil’s Light” tells the story of Sister Ann, a restless 25 year old, who devoutly believes that performing exorcisms is her calling. But she is at odds with the institution’s traditions: sisters are not allowed to perform exorcisms, only priests. With the support of a mentor, a professor who senses her special gift, she is allowed to observe actual training sessions. Her desire to prove
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‘Black Mirror’ Director James Hawes To Helm ‘The Devil’s Light’ Thriller For Lionsgate & Gold Circle – Afm

‘Black Mirror’ Director James Hawes To Helm ‘The Devil’s Light’ Thriller For Lionsgate & Gold Circle – Afm
British filmmaker James Hawes has signed on to direct The Devil’s Light, a supernatural thriller which is co-produced by Lionsgate and Gold Circle. Lionsgate will distribute the film in North America, UK, and Latin America, while the studio’s international arm will launch international sales at Afm.

Written by Robert Zappia, the pic tells the story of Sister Ann, a restless 25-year-old, who devoutly believes that performing exorcisms is her calling. But she is at odds with the institution’s traditions: sisters are not allowed to perform exorcisms, only priests. With the support of a mentor, a professor who senses her special gift, she is allowed to observe actual training sessions. Her desire to prove herself takes a personal turn when she meets one of the school’s most disturbed patients. During their harrowing encounters, Sister Ann comes face to face with a demonic force that infests the school
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Inside The Hard Times of Rj Berger Star Amber Lancaster's Dream Wedding

Inside The Hard Times of Rj Berger Star Amber Lancaster's Dream Wedding
Amber Lancaster’s stunning wedding day was priceless.

The Hard Times of Rj Berger star and former Price Is Right model, 37, wed Los Angeles-based businessman Aj Allodi on Saturday in Palm Springs, California, her rep confirms exclusively to People.

“It was the most incredible day spent with the people we love the most. We couldn’t have asked for anything more,” the couple says.

Exchanging vows in front of their closest family and friends in a ceremony officiated by Go Country 105’s Graham Bunn, the bride stunned in a Galia Lahav gown, while her new husband looked dapper in a Hugo Boss tuxedo.
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Jem — Live-Action Movie Video Updates

Jem fan art by AlexAmezcua

Director John M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Step Up franchise), music consultant Scooter Braun, and producer Jason Blum (Insidious and Paranormal Activity) are reaching out to fans of Jem to get involved in its creative process. They are also doing an Internet powered casting call for people who are a triple threat (sing, dance, act). Because 3 dudes making a movie based on a campy '80s cartoon based on a toy targeted at girls seemed weird, the second video highlights the women making the film, like producer Jessica L. Hall (Sinister and Insidious: Chapter 2).

Even with creator of Jem Christy Marx calling foul on the movie's production (read more on that at io9), most fans are still pretty excited that it’s even being made. They are moving on the production pretty quickly, so if you would like to be involved, go to
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Submission Period Now Open for 2nd Annual ScreamCraft Horror Script Contest

Do you have a horror story rattling around in your brain that you're just itching to tell? Well, now's your chance to let your unique voice be heard. Read on for details about the 2nd Annual ScreamCraft Horror Script Contest, which puts your ideas into the hands of genre heavyweights!

Entry submissions begin Today, February 14, 2014!

From the Press Release

ScreenCraft is thrilled to announce the jury for the 2nd Annual ScreamCraft Horror Script Contest, in partnership with Shock Till You Drop. The cash prize has doubled to $2,000 this year, and the winner will also receive a one-on-one phone consultation with Hollywood filmmaker Scott Derrickson, writer-director of such celebrated films as Sinister, The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, and the upcoming Deliver Us From Evil.

The jury for the 2014 ScreamCraft Horror Script Contest includes the following esteemed judges:

· Ryan Turek, founder and editor of popular horror website ShockTillYouDrop.com

· Scott Henderson, agent at Paradigm Talent Agency,
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