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Disney Channel Alum Adam Bonnett Joins Mattel Television

  • Variety
After 21 years as a programming executive at Disney Channels Worldwide, Adam Bonnett has joined Mattel Television as executive producer overseeing development and production of episodic content.

Bonnett will spearhead animated and live-action projects for the El Segundo, Calif.-based toymaker that is looking to better exploit its popular toy brands through TV programming. Mattel is home to Barbie, Hot Wheels, Thomas and Friends and the Fisher-Price line of toys for tykes.

Bonnett will report to Mattel president and chief operating officer Richard Dickson.

“Adam is an extraordinarily talented executive with a proven track record of developing high-quality TV content that captures the imagination of kids worldwide,” said Dickson. “Adding his expertise is another important step as we build out our franchise management capabilities in order to maximize the potential of our brands across a variety of channels and consumer touchpoints.”

As exec VP of original programming for Disney Channels Worldwide,
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Sundance: A whole new Shia Labeouf in "Honey Boy"

Abe Fried-Tanzer reporting from Sundance

Shia Labeouf and Noah Jupe, pictured at Sundance, play father and son in "Honey Boy"

Shia Labeouf’s career hasn’t gone how anyone expected. At age fourteen, he was starring on the popular Disney comedy series Even Stevens. By the time he turned twenty-one, he anchored the movie Disturbia and then blew up as star of the Transformers franchise. More serious performances like the one he delivered in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and his bizarre forays into public self-reflection and public self-destruction provide contradictory images of the actor, who is now thirty-two.

His best performance to date was in Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, but he may just have outdone himself in his new picture, which he also wrote based on his own experiences. Honey Boy is the feature film debut from respected documentary filmmaker Alma Har’e (Bombay Beach) and Labeouf is
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‘Honey Boy’ Review: Shia Labeouf Gets Personal | Sundance 2019

We as a viewing public know a lot about Shia Labeouf—or at least we think we do. He broke out, of course, as a child actor on the Disney Channel series Even Stevens, and after a couple of scene-stealing supporting roles he proved more than capable of being a leading man with Disturbia. He graduated to franchise frontman with Transformers, but the popularity of that blockbuster series also coincided with public incidents involving altercations, arrests, and rehab. With Honey Boy, a semi-autobiographical drama that plays out almost like a feature-length therapy session, Labeouf aims to give …
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Why Sundance Film ‘Honey Boy’ Might Compel Hollywood To Rediscover Former Golden Boy Shia Labeouf

  • Deadline
Why Sundance Film ‘Honey Boy’ Might Compel Hollywood To Rediscover Former Golden Boy Shia Labeouf
When Shia Labeouf was ordered by a judge to write about the childhood trauma that seeded a fiery transition to adulthood punctuated by angry outbursts, car crashes, and curious creative choices that transformed him from golden boy to pariah, his decision to bare his pain in the screenplay format he was so familiar with turned out to be a life changing experience.

Who could have imagined several years later that the result, Honey Boy, would become an early Sundance buzz title that brought Labeouf a standing ovation after its Friday premiere? Or that it might have the power to move audiences — and industry decision makers — to reconsider Labeouf’s place in the Hollywood ecosystem. It is a well told story that provides a clear understanding of the painful upbringing that fueled Labeouf’s demons as he transitioned to adulthood. Honey Boy is at the same time a story that will feel familiar to many who,
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Sundance: Shia Labeouf Premieres Childhood Memoir Movie ‘Honey Boy’ to Standing Ovation

  • Variety
Sundance: Shia Labeouf Premieres Childhood Memoir Movie ‘Honey Boy’ to Standing Ovation
Shia Labeouf premiered his autobiographical memoir “Honey Boy” to a standing ovation at the Eccles Theater on Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival.

The movie, which Labeouf wrote and co-stars in, is set in the 2000s during the height of his Disney star fame, and it traces his strained relationship with his alcoholic father, played by Labeouf. The character based on himself, named Otis Lort, is portrayed by Noah Jupe as a teenager and Lucas Hedges as an adult.

Labeouf wrote his first screenplay after one of his stints in rehab a few years ago. “It’s strange to fetishize your pain and make a product out of it,” Labeouf said from the stage of the Eccles. “And you feel guilty about that. It felt very selfish. This whole thing felt very selfish. I never went into this thinking, ‘Oh let me f—ing help people.’ That wasn’t my goal.
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'Even Stevens' Tawny Actress Margo Harshman Files for Divorce

  • TMZ
'Even Stevens' Tawny Actress Margo Harshman Files for Divorce
"Even Stevens" actress Margo Harshman -- who played Tawny Dean on the Disney show -- has filed for divorce from her husband. Harshman was married to Austen Hooks -- who works in music -- for a little over a year before filing to end it in Los Angeles on Thursday ... it's currently unclear what led to the split. The two do not have any kids together.   According to court docs, obtained by TMZ, Harshman says
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30 Terrifyingly Under-Appreciated Horror Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week’s question: What horror film deserves more love, and where can people see it?

Danielle Solzman (@DanielleSATM), Solzy at the Movies/Freelance

“Bear with Us” is a horror comedy that takes the cabin-in-the-woods genre and turns it on its head. After Colin’s (Mark Jude Sullivan) initial proposal to Quincy (“Even Stevens” star Christy Carlson Romano) is rejected, he decides to do it again some six months later. Not only does he plan to bring some friends along, but he also asks Harry (Collin Smith) to dress in a bear costume. It may be a bad idea but it’s not like anyone wouldn’t have had the foresight to expect this romantic getaway to be a recipe for disaster — it’s set at a cabin in the woods for crying out loud!
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Adam Bonnett to Exit Disney Channel as Head of Original Programming

  • The Wrap
Adam Bonnett is stepping down as executive vice president of original programming at Disney Channels Worldwide to pursue a career as a producer, he announced Friday.

Bonnett — who has been with the cabler for 21 years — will depart next month, with a replacement expected to be named in the next few weeks. The exec currently oversees Disney Channel and Disney Xd’s live-action development, along with current original series and movies, and casting and talent relations for both channels. A replacement is expected to be named in the coming weeks.

“The demand for programming content across many platforms is at an all-time high so this is the right time for me to explore producing opportunities, something I’ve dreamt about forever,” Bonnett said in a statement obtained by TheWrap. “I’m lucky to have had the benefit of a fulfilling career at Disney Channel working with many amazingly talented people. As
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"The Three Little Stooges"

  • SneakPeek
C3 Entertainment, rights holders to "The Three Stooges" slapstick comedy brand, will produce the feature "The Three Little Stooges", starring young teens as the original 'Curly Howard', 'Larry Fine' and 'Moe Howard':

After a nation-wide casting call, Luke Clark has been cast as 'Little Curly', Liam Dow as 'Little Larry' and Gordy Destjour as 'Little Moe'. 

Screenplay for the live-action feature is written by Harris Goldberg ("Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo") and Sean McNamara ("Even Stevens").

"Keeping 'The Three Stooges' legacy alive for new generations is vital for the franchise," said C3 Entertainment. 

"We are excited to bring 'The Three Little Stooges' to life to entertain kids, families and our global fan base..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Three Stooges"...

Find "The Three Stooges" Comic Books Here
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Hollywood Offers Demi Lovato Support After Overdose: ‘Addiction Is Very Real’

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Hollywood Offers Demi Lovato Support After Overdose: ‘Addiction Is Very Real’
Hollywood is sending love to Demi Lovato after the singer was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday in Los Angeles for a suspected drug overdose.

Ellen DeGeneres, Ariana Grande, and Brad Paisley are among those who have taken to social media to pen well wishes to the “Sober” and “Confident” artist.

“I love Demi Lovato so much,” DeGeneres wrote on Twitter. “It breaks my heart that she is going through this. She is a light in this world, and I am sending my love to her and her family.”

I love @DDLovato so much. It breaks my heart that she is going through this. She is a light in this world, and I am sending my love to her and her family.

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) July 24, 2018

Lovato has been open about her personal struggles with eating disorders, body image and addiction through her music and documentaries. Paisley also praised his
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Steph Curry Says He Would ‘Jump’ at the Chance to Act

  • Variety
Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry is already a champion on the basketball court, and now the athlete is ready to dribble over to the entertainment business.

In a cover story interview, Curry told Variety he’s keeping his acting options open, biding his time until a slam dunk of a project comes along. The Mvp also discussed his favorite shows and movies, as well as the possibility of a music career.

What’s your favorite TV show?

My favorite TV shows are pretty much whatever a six- and three-year old watch nowadays. “Bubble Guppies” and “LoliRock’s” and anything with Barbie stuff in it now. Literally I’ve been thinking about what TV shows I like, and that’s the only thing that will come to my head because you go to our DVR and that’s all that’s on there. I grew up on, like, “Even Stevens.
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Maika Monroe Joins Shia Labeouf’s Drama ‘Honey Boy’

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Maika Monroe Joins Shia Labeouf’s Drama ‘Honey Boy’
Maika Monroe has joined the cast of Shia Labeouf’s show business drama “Honey Boy,” opposite Labeouf, Lucas Hedges, and Noah Jupe.

The story centers on a child star attempting to mend his relationship with his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father over the course of a decade and is loosely based on Labeouf’s life. “Honey Boy” was Labeouf’s childhood nickname. He broke out in 2000 when he was 14 as a star in the Disney Channel series “Even Stevens.”

Hedges will portray the young-adult version of Labeouf, while Labeouf will play his own father. “A Quiet Place” star Jupe will play the younger version of Labeouf. Monroe will play an aspiring actress named Sandra.

Alma Har’el is directing from Labeouf’s script. Producers are Automatik’s Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Daniela Taplin Lundberg of Stay Gold Features, and Christopher Leggett of Delirio Films. Automatik’s Fred Berger is executive producing. Stay Gold Features will finance.
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"The Three Little Stooges"

C3 Entertainment, rights holders to the "Three Stooges" slapstick comedy brand, will produce the feature "The Three Little Stooges", starring young teens as the original 'Curly Howard', 'Larry Fine' and 'Moe Howard':

After a nation-wide casting call, Luke Clark has been cast as 'Little Curly', Liam Dow as 'Little Larry' and Gordy Destjour as 'Little Moe'. 

Screenplay for the live-action feature is written by Harris Goldberg ("Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo") and Sean McNamara ("Even Stevens").

"Keeping 'The Three Stooges' legacy alive for new generations is vital for the franchise," said C3 Entertainment. 

"We are excited to bring 'The Three Little Stooges' to life to entertain kids, families and our global fan base..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek the "Three Stooges"...
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Oscar Nominee Lucas Hedges to Play Young Shia Labeouf in 'Honey Boy'

  • Movies.com
Remember when Shia Labeouf held our attention as he watched a marathon of his own movies? Well, the Transformers star is working on another self-involved project that's almost as strange. He has written a script about his time as a child actor on the Disney TV series Even Stevens and it's now being produced with him cast in a major role. No, he won't be playing himself. That role belongs to Lucas Hedges, who earned an Oscar nomination for his breakout performance in Manchester by the Sea. Labeouf will instead portray his own father, Jeffrey Labeouf, a registered sex offender and former heroin addict.  Of course, the names will be changed. While serving a lengthy court-mandated stint in rehab, Shia therapeutically wrote the screenplay...
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Oscar Nominee Lucas Hedges to Play Young Shia Labeouf in 'Honey Boy'

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Remember when Shia Labeouf held our attention as he watched a marathon of his own movies? Well, the Transformers star is working on another self-involved project that's almost as strange. He has written a script about his time as a child actor on the Disney TV series Even Stevens and it's now being produced with him cast in a major role. No, he won't be playing himself. That role belongs to Lucas Hedges, who earned an Oscar nomination for his breakout...

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Inside Shia Labeouf's Epic Highs and Lows in Hollywood and Beyond

Inside Shia Labeouf's Epic Highs and Lows in Hollywood and Beyond
Actor, artist and provocateur, Shia Labeouf is still figuring himself out. He's only 31, but he's been working as an actor for almost his entire life (he actually has an IMDb credit that predates him) and been famous for nearly as long. He spent his youth on TV, including as a star of the Disney Channel series Even Stevens, and had his breakout role on the big screen in 2003's Holes. A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints made an indie star out of him in 2006. The 2007 thriller Disturbia turned him into the boy-next-door heartthrob. And he became the boy-next-door action hero as star of the Transformers franchise and Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the...
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Have You Seen Kim Possible Star Christy Carlson Romano Lately?

We'll probably never forget Kim Possible's voice, mostly because—even 11 years after the show's conclusion—that theme song still pops into our heads... Call me, beep me if you wanna reach me! And with Disney just announcing plans for a live-action movie of the cartoon, it's back in our mind stronger than ever. Thus, we've found ourselves asking: What's the sitch with Christy Carlson Romano? The actress voiced Kim Possible from 2002 to 2007. Not to mention, she starred in several Disney hits, including the Even Stevens series and the Disney Channel Original Movie Cadet Kelly (yes, the one with Hilary Duff), to name a few. So what's she been up to over...
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8 Old School Disney Channel Shows That Deserve a Reboot

Many of us grew up with TV shows on Disney Channel, planning our Friday nights around the premiere of every single new Disney Channel Original Movie. We laughed, we cried and we prayed that our secret twin sibling would show up out of nowhere, while simultaneously finding out that our mother was born a leprechaun.

The last few years have given all Disney Channel kids hope with the return of That’s So Raven and Boy Meets World via their respective spinoffs, Raven’s Home and Girl Meets World. (Adult Shawn Hunter, anyone?) If you love baby Sarah Jessica Parker and the Sanderson sisters as much as the rest of the world, you probably jumped for joy when a Hocus Pocus remake was announced. Oh, and who can forget the huge news that the Wildcats will return to East High in High School Musical 4?

Sure, all of these reboots are great, but so many more
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March Of Dimes Presents Imagine A World Premiere Event

Inspired by the idea that every baby deserves to grow and change the world, the March Of Dimes presents the Imagine A World premiere event. Through this interactive pop-up experience, guest can imagine a world where every baby is born healthy!

The red-carpet premiere will kick off a two-day exhibit located in La Live in the heart of Los Angeles. The event takes place in a magical dome designed to capture the whimsy, imagination and innocence of childhood. Family-friendly displays and activities encourage participants to engage with the experience and share their stories via social media.

Expected guests include Naya Rivera (Glee), Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami), Anne Geddes (Artist/Photographer), Derek Fisher (Former NBA Player) and Gloria Govan (Basketball Wives La), Christy Carlson Romano (Even Stevens), Adrianna Costa (Extra), Nathan Kress (Pinky Malinky), Rachel Roy (Designer), Julie Steines (Children’s Author) with Norbert The Dog (Influencer), Terra Jole (Little Women: La
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Veronica Mars' Brad Bufanda Dead at 34

Veronica Mars' Brad Bufanda Dead at 34
Brad Bufanda, best known to TV audiences for his recurring role as Felix Toombs on Veronica Mars, died Wednesday.

Bufanda committed suicide after jumping from a building, according to our sister site Deadline. He was 34 years old.

Bufanda appeared in a total of 10 Veronica Mars episodes. Creator Rob Thomas on Friday said he was “heartbroken” to hear of Bufanda’s passing:

I'm heartbroken to hear of Brad Bufanda's passing. He did great work on Veronica Mars. My heart goes out to his family.

Rob Thomas (@RobThomas) November 3, 2017

Ahead of booking Veronica Mars, Bufanda’s TV credits included mainly one-off guest spots,
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