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‘Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase’ Review

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Stars: Sophia Lillis, Zoe Renee, Mackenzie Graham, Andrea Anders, Laura Wiggins, Sam Trammell, Linda Lavin, Andrew Matthew Welch, Jon Briddell, Jesse C. Boyd, Evan Castelloe, Josh Daugherty, Jay DeVon Johnson | Written by Nina Fiore, John Herrera | Directed by Katt Shea

It’s difficult where to start with Warner Brothers rebooted feature of Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, directed by Katt Shea. For all intents and purposes, it’s a harmless rendition of a young adult detective story targeted at that specific audience “young adult”. It’s not meant to be consumed by all manners and corners of cinema-goers and to that respect, it’s difficult to fault both the production and the final product of a film that’s the definition of harmless fun. However, that being said there are multiple issues that arise with this feature that was undoubtedly meant to premiere on the Disney Channel Network.

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Nancy Drew is Adding Up Clues in New Hidden Staircase Clip

Sophia Lillis is hot on the trail of her latest mystery in this new clip for Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase. It looks like someone has broken into the house she is living in and has given her a scare, and she is trying to get to the bottom of who is was, how they got in, and why they were there.

The Nancy Drew books were so much fun for me when I was a kid. I loved that I never saw the twists and turns coming, but that they were all being solved by a girl about my age. When there weren’t a whole of major female role models, Nancy Drew was there. She was ahead of her time, and the books totally hold up through any decade, in my opinion. So I think it is smart and fun that this movie can reintroduce the iconic character to a new generation.
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‘Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase’ Review: A Classic Adventure Awkwardly Moves Into Modern Times

Even before the opening credits on Katt Shea’s “Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase” wrap up, the film’s bent toward modernizing its heroine, a teenage super-sleuth approaching her ninetieth year in existence, is clear. This Nancy Drew is a ripped jeans-wearing, longboard-riding, smartphone-toting young woman, and she’s even got a peppy theme song that kind of says it all in its own title: “More Than Just a Girl.” Nancy, of course, has always been more than just a girl — that’s kind of the whole deal with Nancy Drew — but over a decade removed from her last big screen outing, she’s a girl in need of a little jazzing up. That doesn’t mean it goes down easily, and while star Sophia Lillis has the kind of plucky enthusiasm that befits any iteration of the character, she’s expected to perform inside an awkward bubble that
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Film Review: ‘Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase’

  • Variety
When it comes to name recognition, few American detectives rank as high as Nancy Drew with audiences, owing to the fact that millions devoured the yellow-spined novels, and no small number of celebs (including executive producer Ellen DeGeneres) went on to credit the character with inspiring them at a young age. As a result, it’s no mystery why so many have tried to develop the character into a proper film or TV franchise — including small-screen attempts by CBS, Ncb and the CW in the last few years alone.

In the case of Warner Bros., the studio bought the rights to the character for just $6,000 back in 1937, and has now opted to dust off and remake “Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase” from their own library. And so, Nancy’s back, reborn in the form of super-charismatic, red-headed Sophia Lillis as an assertive, red-headed Millennial who embodies the classic character’s best traits — intelligence,
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(Future) Cult Classic: Cast and Everything to Know for Syfy Pilot

Joseph Baxter Mar 1, 2019

Syfy is putting a serial killer spin on teen movie tropes, with television pilot (Future) Cult Classic.

(Future) Cult Classic might be calling its own shot like Babe Ruth with its very title. However, the dark teen comedy pilot does bring some intriguing concepts to the table over at Syfy in an increasingly crowded small screen playing field.

Syfy ordered the pilot back in January along with cyberthriller Cipher. The series –an original concept, not adapted from a novel or comic book – is the brainchild of Shay Hatten, an up-and-coming talent whose first feature, crime thriller movie Ballerina, is still developing. The story is satirical in nature, set to manifest as a levity-laced genre pastiche of old-school slasher films and teen drama tropes, centered on Bree (Emily Alyn Lind), a ‘90s castaway living in a technology-teeming future.

(Future) Cult Classic Cast

The cast of (Future) Cult Classic just added two more,
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Nancy Drew Breaks Down the Clues in First Hidden Staircase Clip

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is flying a little under the radar as it revamps the iconic teenage detective for new audiences with the first in what will be a new tween franchise, if it turns out to be popular with family audiences. The first clip has arrived, and we get to see Nancy break down the clues like only she can.

Uncover the mystery in the first sneak peek from Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, an all-new sleuthing adventure coming to theaters on March 15 from Warner Bros., Ellen DeGeneres' A Very Good Production and Red 56.

The iconic mystery solving teenager from the classic Nancy Drew books is back with an all-new feature length film that will keep you guessing until the very end! The clip from Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase follow's Nancy Drew and her friends teaming up to take down high school bully,
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"Nancy Drew and The Hidden Staircase"

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Sneak Peek the new teen mystery feature "Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase", directed by Katt Shea based on the book of the same name by Carolyn Keene, starring Sophia Lillis as 'Nancy Drew', as she investigates a 'haunted' house, opening March 15, 2019:

"...'Nancy' is home alone while her father and their housekeeper, 'Hannah Gruen', are both out for the day. The doorbell rings and Nancy is introduced to 'Nathan Gomber', who has come to see 'Carson Drew' about some papers. When his persistence irritates and insults Nancy, she grows impatient and angrily tells him to leave and threatens to call the police.

"Then 'Abigail Rowen' introduces Nancy to the 'Turnbull' sisters, 'Rosemary' and 'Floretta'. They ask Nancy to help them learn the cause of the mysterious 'hauntings' of their mansion in 'Cliffwood', several miles from 'River Heights'.

"The sisters explain that numerous valuable items have gone missing from their 'Civil War'-era mansion,
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First poster for Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase starring Sophia Lillis

Ahead of its theatrical release next month, a poster has arrived online for the upcoming mystery drama Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase featuring Sophia Lillis (It) as the titular young detective; take a look here…

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“The film focuses on Nancy Drew, a smart high schooler with a penchant for keen observation and deduction, who stumbles upon the haunting of a local home. A bit of an outsider struggling to fit into her new surroundings, Nancy and her pals set out to solve the mystery, make new friends and establish their place in the community”

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is set to arrive in cinemas on March 15th and features a cast that includes Sophia Lillis, Zoe Renee, Mackenzie Graham, Laura Slade Wiggins, Sam Trammell, Linda Lavin, Andrea Anders, Jay DeVon Johnson, Andrew Matthew Welch, Jon Briddell,
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Sophia Lillis in First Trailer for 'Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase'

"There's gotta be an explanation! So what do we know?" Surprise! Warner Bros has debuted the first trailer for Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, a new Nancy Drew movie produced by Ellen DeGeneres that we didn't know much about before this dropped. This small town mystery stars Sophia Lillis, who also played the young Beverly Marsh in It: Chapter One, as "Nance". WB last made a Nancy Drew movie in 2007 starring Emma Roberts. A bit of an outsider struggling to fit in to her new surroundings, Nancy and her pals set out to solve the mystery, make new friends, and establish their place in the community. Also starring Linda Lavin, Sam Trammell, Andrea Anders, Zoe Renee, Mackenzie Graham, and Laura Wiggins. This latest Nancy is a longboard-riding know-it-all, which seems like a perfect update nowadays. Here's the first official trailer for Katt Shea's Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase,
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First trailer for Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase starring It’s Sophia Lillis

The first trailer has debuted for Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase which stars Sophia Lillis (It) as in the title role as the young detective. Directed by Katt Shea, the mystery drama features a cast that also includes Zoe Renee, Mackenzie Graham, Laura Slade Wiggins, Sam Trammell, Linda Lavin, and Andrea Anders; watch it here…

“The film focuses on Nancy Drew, a smart high schooler with a penchant for keen observation and deduction, who stumbles upon the haunting of a local home. A bit of an outsider struggling to fit into her new surroundings, Nancy and her pals set out to solve the mystery, make new friends and establish their place in the community”

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is set to arrive in cinemas on March 15th and features a cast that includes Sophia Lillis, Zoe Renee, Mackenzie Graham, Laura Slade Wiggins, Sam Trammell, Linda Lavin, Andrea Anders,
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Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Trailer: Sophia Lillis Is the Teenage Sleuth

The first trailer for Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase has been released by Ellen DeGeneres' A Very Good Production. Sophia Lillis stars as the titular character this time around from a story based on the 1930 book by Mildred Wirt Benson, who wrote it under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. The book is from the second volume of Nancy Drew stories and Benson considered it to be her favorite of all the stories that she wrote.

It star Sophia Lillis was announced as the star of Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase back in April of 2018. After the announcement, production began in June, which is also when It 2 was filming. In the first trailer for the movie, Lillis seems like she was perfectly cast as the young detective. Drew is a smart high schooler with a penchant for keen observation and deduction, who stumbles upon the haunting of a local home.
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First Trailer For Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase with It Star Sophia Lillis

“Every small town has a dark side."

The first trailer has dropped for the upcoming new film Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase which stars Sophia Lillis, who played Beverly in the big screen adaptation of Stephen King's It. She seems like the perfect fit to play this classic character and it looks like a film that my girls will enjoy.

The film focuses on Nancy Drew (Lillis), "a smart high schooler with a penchant for keen observation and deduction, who stumbles upon the haunting of a local home. A bit of an outsider struggling to fit into her new surroundings, Nancy and her pals set out to solve the mystery, make new friends, and establish their place in the community."

The film is being directed by Katt Shea (Poison Ivy) from a script written by Nina Fiore and John Herrera (The Handmaid’s Tale, The Vampire Diaries).

Lillis
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‘Jinn’: How Trump Helped a Film About Black Muslim Identity Get Made

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‘Jinn’: How Trump Helped a Film About Black Muslim Identity Get Made
When Donald Trump announced his candidacy in the summer of 2015, Nijla Mu’min began to write her feature film debut, “Jinn,” a humanizing coming-of-age portrait of black womanhood and Muslim identity. And while Mu’min is quick to say our current president was not an inspiration, Trump’s election — and his racist, sexist, and anti-Muslim rhetoric that followed — unwittingly helped make her film possible.

It’s a story that Mu’min began to consider long before Trump descended the escalator in the lobby of his eponymous New York tower on June 16, 2015, to declare his intent to run for control of the most powerful seat in the world.

“I feel like I’ve been working on this film since I was young, and so I had all the elements of the story before what happened politically in the country,” Mu’min said. “I knew I always wanted to make a coming-of-age
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Jinn : 5 Things to Know About the Groundbreaking Indie Film—and Its Ava DuVernay-Approved Director Nijla Mu'min

  • PEOPLE.com
When it comes to independent films, Jinn proved to be one of this year’s buzziest offerings.

The film, which boasts rave reviews and a 93% Rotten Tomatoes score, stars newcomer Zoe Renee as Summer, a carefree teen in Los Angeles whose world and world-view suddenly change when her mother converts to Islam and invites her along on the spiritual journey.

It’s the first feature film by writer-director Nijla Mu’min, 33, but long before it hit theaters and streaming services earlier this month, Jinn earned major buzz with awards to match, making a name for itself and Mu’min at SXSW,
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Review: ‘Jinn’ Shows the Sacrifice of Religion in the Digital Age

Religion is sacrifice. I don’t think there’s another way to truly describe what it means to give yourself to faith so completely that you’ll allow it to control your life. It’s always fascinated me that so many ascribe to a God in this way. Whether it’s tithing, hijabs, prayer, diet, etc., worshippers grab hold of the comfort and community religion provides and willingly change (or ensure not to change depending on when their faith was chosen) to earn its sense of peace. It’s a beautiful concept I’ve simply never been able to reconcile against free will — morality for morality’s sake rather than dictated as rule. And I cannot imagine embracing any religion in this day and age is easy considering how much more prevalent hate is than respect.

A film like Nijla Mu’min’s Jinn is therefore a welcome depiction of
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Official Us Trailer for Nijla Mumin's Drama 'Jinn' Starring Zoe Renee

"I have finally found something that makes me happy, and you want to mock it? Instead of – maybe – learning something." Orion Classics has debuted the official trailer for the indie drama Jinn, arriving in limited theaters later this month. The film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival this year, and played at a bunch of other festivals including AFI Fest. From writer/director Nijla Mumin, the film is about a 17-year-old carefree black girl named Summer whose life is turned upside down when her mother converts to Islam and becomes a completely different person. "With this film, we are trying to create awareness, acceptance, understanding and form a conversation." Zoe Renee stars as Summer, with a full cast including Simone Missick, Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Dorian Missick, Hisham Tawfiq, and Kelly Jenrette. This looks like a very powerful, beautiful, and resonant coming-of-age film that's worthy of being discovered. Watch below. Here's
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Zoe Renee Reevaluates Her Identity in Jinn’s Official Trailer

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Zoe Renee Reevaluates Her Identity in Jinn’s Official Trailer
One of the most important aspects of life for adolescents is for them to learn the all-important-lesson of determining their identities and sense of purpose in life. That vital lesson certainly applies to actress Zoe Renee in her upcoming drama, ‘Jinn.’ In honor of the film’s distribution in theaters on November 15, and then on […]

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‘Jinn’ Trailer: SXSW Winner Offers Fresh Look at the Coming-of-Age Film — Exclusive

  • Indiewire
Writer-director Nijla Mu’min makes her feature directorial debut with “Jinn,” a dramatic film that follows a carefree 17-year-old black girl named Summer, whose world is turned upside down when her mother, Jade, converts to Islam. Making its world premiere at SXSW this year, where it won the Special Jury Award for writing, the film offers a fresh look at identity, Islam, and first love in contemporary Los Angeles.

“Jinn” stars Zoe Renee (“The Quad”) as Summer and “Luke Cage” co-star Simone Missick as Summer’s mother Jade. The cast also includes Hisham Tawfiq (“The Blacklist”), Kelly Jenrette, Kelvin Harrison, Jr. (“Mudbound”), and Dorian Missick (“Monster”).

The film was acquired over the summer by the newly relaunched Orion Classics, which will release “Jinn” theatrically on November 15 and on VOD and Digital HD on November 16.

“‘Jinn’ is a coming of age film that deals with the struggles to find one’s
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SXSW Winner ‘Jinn’ Bought by Orion Classics for November Release

  • Variety
Orion Classics has acquired all North American and Latin American rights to the coming-of-age drama “Jinn,” which won the Special Jury Award for writing at the SXSW Festival in March.

Orion Classics will release the drama in theaters on Nov. 15 and on VOD and Digital HD on Nov. 16.

Written and directed by Nijla Mu’min, the film stars Zoe Renee, Simone Missick, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Dorian Missick, Hisham Tawfiq and Kelly Jenrette (“The Handmaid’s Tale”). The film also won awards at the American Black Film Festival for best screenplay and best actor for Renee, the Blackstar Film Festival for best feature narrative and audience award and at the Roxbury Film Festival for best narrative feature.

“’Jinn’ is a coming of age film that deals with the struggles to find one’s true identity amidst familial and religious influences,” said Mu’min. “As our media landscape becomes more inclusive and nuanced,
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Orion Classics Acquires Rights To SXSW Drama ‘Jinn’

  • Deadline
Orion Classics announced today that they have acquired the North American and Latin American rights to Jinn. Orion Classics has set a theatrical release for the drama on Nov. 15 followed by a Nov. 16 release on VOD and Digital HD.

Written and directed by Nijla Mu’min, Jinn made its world premiere at SXSW where it here it won the Special Jury Award for writing. The film also won awards at the American Black Film Festival for Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Zoe Renee), the Blackstar Film Festival for Best Feature Narrative and Audience Award and at the Roxbury Film Festival for Best Narrative Feature.

The story follows Summer (Renee), a 17-year-old carefree black girl, whose world is turned upside down when her mother, a popular meteorologist named Jade Jennings (Simone Missick), abruptly converts to Islam and becomes a different person, prompting Summer to reevaluate her identity.

Jinn also stars Kelvin Harrison,
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