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Kiersey Clemons to Play Wall Street Barrier Breaker Lauren Simmons

  • Variety
Agc Studios has acquired the life rights to Wall Street trader Lauren Simmons’ life story.

The indie studio views the project as a starring vehicle for Kiersey Clemons (“Dope”). Agc was launched last year by former Im Global founder Stuart Ford. Its projects include Laika Animation’s ‘Missing Link,” the Gabrielle Union romantic comedy “The Perfect Find,” and the Roland Emmerich World War II epic “Midway.”

Clemons will also produce the film. The 23-year old Simmons made history as the youngest woman to ever be on the floor of the NYSE, and only the second African American female to trade full-time. Clemons’ recently appeared in “Hearts Beat Loud,” an indie drama, and will next be seen in Disney’s CGI and live action remake of “Lady and the Tramp,” as well as Fox’s live broadcast of “Rent.”

Simmons was a Georgia transplant to New York with a degree in genetics.
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Kiersey Clemons to Produce, Star in Film About Youngest Female NY Stock Exchange Trader

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Kiersey Clemons to Produce, Star in Film About Youngest Female NY Stock Exchange Trader
AGC Studios announced on Tuesday that it’s acquired the life rights for the story of Lauren Simmons, they youngest female trader to work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

The studio has set the project up for Kiersey Clemons to produce and star in the film.

Simmons, in addition to being the youngest woman ever on the trading floor, is currently the only woman at the NYSE and only the second African American female to trade full-time on the floor of the Exchange.

Simmons moved to New York from Georgia with a degree in genetics, but ultimately decided to put that career on hold and answered a posting on LinkedIn for a job with a Wall Street company.

Despite no formal financial background and only a month of preparation,
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'Hearts Beat Loud' star Kiersey Clemons to play NYSE pioneer Lauren Simmons

Simmons is first and youngest woman to work on Exchange floor.

Agc Studios has acquired the life rights of Lauren Simmons, the youngest woman to work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and set Kiersey Clemons to star and produce.

Simmons moved to New York from Georgia armed with a degree in genetics. Her love of numbers led her to reply to a posting on LinkedIn for a job with a Wall Street company.

Without any formal finance training, she passed the challenging Series 19 professional exam and embarked on her new career.

Clemons starred in this
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"Pose Director Silas Howard To Helm LGTBQ Horror 'Moonshadow'

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Exclusive: Up and coming award-winning filmmaker Silas Howard has been tapped to direct Moonshadow, the forthcoming LGTBQ horror about gay conversion therapy. Gunpowder & Sky and Justin Lin’s digital production company Yomyomf have partnered for the film along with Ki Jin Kim and Giulia Caruso’s Nonetheless Productions.

Howard is known as a co-executive producer and director on Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking FX series Pose as well as being the first trans director for Transparent. He also directed the drama A Kid Like Jake starring Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer, Priyanka Chopra, and Transparent actress Amy Landecker. The film debuted earlier this year at Sundance and was distributed by IFC Films in June.

Moonshadow is written by Ernesto Foronda (Better Luck Tomorrow) and Daniel Foerste. The film was inspired by Foerste’s own experience with Lgbtq conversion therapy and chronicles a transgender teen who is sent to a science-based
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Leiden 2018 Review: Hearts Beat Loud, A Modest Success, But Not Quite a Hit

If, based on the film’s title, you’d be inclined to give Hearts Beat Loud a pass for thinking it’s either going to be a saccharine musical dramedy or melodramatic tearjerker, you’d be forgiven. Doing so, however, would result in you missing out on one of the more finely composed indies that turn to music as a means of bonding and familial healing. Affectionate performances by a star-studded cast, a (mostly) deft sidestepping of tired cliches and a few catchy melodies all go a long way to ensuring you’ll have a good -- if not quite grand -- time at the movies. Crucial to the film’s success and story is the delicate chemistry between Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons. Offerman (Parks and Recreations’ Ron...

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Robin Williams’ Daughter to Develop New Series on BDSM for Gunpowder & Sky

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Robin Williams’ Daughter to Develop New Series on BDSM for Gunpowder & Sky
Gunpowder & Sky has partnered with Zelda Williams to develop her short film Shrimp, which premiered this year at the Tribeca TV Festival, into a weekly half-hour series.

Written, directed, produced by and starring Williams, who is Robin Williams’ daughter, the show will chronicle the lives of people who work and play in a Los Angeles bondage discipline sadism and masochism (BDSM) dens. The series will also star Conor Leslie (“The Man in the High Castle”), Paulina Singer (“Dead of Summer”), Frances Fisher (“The Edge of Night”), Jake Abel (“Supernatural”), Jacob Zachar (“Greek”), and Danielle Campbell (“StarStruck”).

“We were really drawn to ‘Shrimp’ because Zelda was able to take a generally taboo topic, turn it on its head and tap into the day-to-day happenings of the dominatrix community and tell their story in an authentic way,” said Van Toffler, CEO of Gunpowder & Sky. “At Gunpowder & Sky, we’re constantly looking
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Fox’s ‘Rent’ Live Musical to Star Brandon Victor Dixon, Tinashe, Vanessa Hudgens, Among Others

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Fox has announced the cast and creative team for “Rent,” the next musical to get the live TV treatment from the network.

The cast for the show will include “Grease: Live” star Vanessa Hudgens, R&B singer and “Dancing With the Stars” alum Tinashe, former “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant Valentina, “Hearts Beat Loud” star Kiersey Clemons, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” star Brandon Victor Dixon, “Grease: Live’s” Jordan Fisher, musician Brennin Hunt and “Empire” star Mario. “The Greatest Showman’s” Keala Settle will perform the solo for “Seasons of Love” and join the show’s ensemble.

The musical is set to be broadcast live from Fox Studios on Sunday, Jan. 27.

Also Read: NBC Sets 'Hair' as Next Live Musical

Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Julie Larson, Allan Larson and Vince Totino, Scott Hemming and Marla Levine of Revolution Studios will executive produce the project from 20th Century Fox Television.
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‘Rent’ Cast Set: Brandon Victor Dixon, Vanessa Hudgens, Kiersey Clemons, Jordan Fisher Head Fox Live Event

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‘Rent’ Cast Set: Brandon Victor Dixon, Vanessa Hudgens, Kiersey Clemons, Jordan Fisher Head Fox Live Event
Brandon Victor Dixon, Vanessa Hudgens, Kiersey Clemons and Jordan Fisher will be among the stars living la vie boheme in January when Fox stages its live musical presentation of the Broadway smash Rent.

Fox announced the full cast today, including Brennin Hunt, Mario, Tinashe and RuPaul Drag Race star Valentina (see below for full list of cast and their characters).

Rent, Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award- and Pulitizer Prize-winning musical set during the early AIDS era long before New York City’s East Village had cleaned up to become a rich-person playground, opened Off Broadway in 1996 and, later that year, transferred to Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre. The production ran on Broadway for 12 years.

Larson died of a heart condition the night before his musical’s first Off Broadway performance.

Fox will air the three-hour musical event on Sunday, January 27, live at 7 p.m. Et and tape-delayed Pt.

Here is the full cast,
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Tinashe, Kiersey Clemons Among Cast for Fox’s Live Version of ‘Rent’

  • Variety
Fox has announced the cast for its upcoming “Rent” live musical.

Recording artist Tinashe has been cast as Mimi Marquez, a dancer who struggles with addiction and catches the eye of musician and recovering addict Roger. Roger will be played by Brennin Hunt (“Nashville”).

Singer/songwriter Jordan Fisher (“Hamilton” and the 2017 winner of “Dancing with the Stars”) will play Mark, Roger’s filmmaker roommate and best friend, who serves as the show’s narrator.

Vanessa Hudgens (“Grease: Live”) will play Maureen Johnson, a performance artist and Mark’s ex-girlfriend who is on-again-off-again dating Joanne. Kiersey Clemons (“Hearts Beat Loud”) is set to play Joanne Jefferson, an Ivy League-educated laywer.

Emmy nominee and Tony Award winner Brandon Victor Dixon (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”) will play Tom Collins, a computer scientist who returns to New York after being expelled from MIT. There he meets and falls in love with Angel Dumont Schunard,
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Slideshow: Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally at Cover Star Event for Michigan Avenue Magazine

Previous | Image 1 of 6 | NextDynamic Duo: Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally.

Chicago – The laconic Nick Offerman and the iconic Megan Mullally made their way back to Chicago – both had been performers here – for a red carpet event and reception at Prime & Provisions Chicago on October 2nd, 2018, to celebrate their “cover star” status for the October 2018 cover of Michigan Avenue Magazine.

Married actors Mullally and Offerman have crisscrossed their show biz careers and have had triumphs on their own. Megan Mullally just has relaunched Karen, her most familiar TV character, on the NBC reboot of “Will & Grace.” Nick Offerman, who was also known for TV as Ron Swanson on “Parks and Recreation,” did his first lead film role in 2018, Brett Haley’s “Hearts Beat Loud.” The husband and wife team – who also had done time in Chicago earlier in their performance lives and met doing a stage play – also was in
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Red Carpet Talk: Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman, Cover Stars for Michigan Avenue Magazine

Chicago – Arguably Hollywood’s greatest current “power couple” are cover stars for the October 2018 issue of Michigan Avenue Magazine. Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman “graced” that cover and appeared at Prime & Provisions Chicago on October 2nd, 2018.

Married actors Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman have crisscrossed their show biz careers and have had triumphs on their own. Mullally just has relaunched Karen, her most familiar TV character, on the NBC reboot of “Will & Grace.” Offerman, who is also known for TV as Ron Swanson on “Parks and Recreation,” did his first lead film role in 2018, Brett Haley’s “Hearts Beat Loud.” The husband and wife team – who also had done time in Chicago earlier in their performance lives and met doing a stage play – also was in town to present their traveling show, “Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman Unscripted,” which filled the Chicago Theatre in the Loop.

Michigan Avenue Magazine October 2018 Cover Stars,
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Arrow Nabs ‘Lords of Chaos’ for U.K., Black Metal Movie Set for Early 2019 U.S. Release (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Arrow Films has acquired U.K. rights to the black metal movie “Lords of Chaos” ahead of its British premiere at the London Film Festival next week. Gunpowder & Sky did the U.K. deal and has also now set a first-quarter 2019 U.S. release for the picture, which launched to acclaim at the Sundance Festival this year.

Jonas Åkerlund’s movie is centered on Norway’s brutal black metal scene in the 1990s and the band Mayhem. A sequence of events leads to church burnings, suicide and murder. Swedish film and music-video director Åkerlund helmed the film and wrote the screenplay. It is based on the book of the same name by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind.

The movie stars Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Jack Kilmer and Sky Ferreira, alongside Valter Skarsgård and Jon Øigarden. The film went down well at Sundance: “Hail Åkerlund!,” Variety said in its review. “The
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Elisabeth Moss’ ‘Her Smell’ Acquired By Gunpowder & Sky For 2019 Bow

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Gunpowder & Sky has acquired domestic rights to Her Smell, the punk-rock tie-up written and directed by Alex Ross Perry and starring Elisabeth Moss. The pic, which had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, just had its U.S. premiere at the New York Film Festival. Gunpowder & Sky now plans a 2019 release with an awards push for Moss.

The film, the third collaboration of Perry and Moss, centers on her Becky Something, a ’90s punk rock superstar who once filled arenas with her grungy all-female trio, but who crashes down to earth into the harsh realities of mid-life. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success. The narrative is told across five scenes that span 10 years

Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Agyness Deyn, Amber Heard, Gayle Rankin,
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New to Streaming: ‘Mandy,’ ‘The Land of Steady Habits,’ ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Arrivederci Saigon (Wilma Labate)

In director Wilma Labate’s Arrivederci Saigon (Goodbye Saigon), we follow four Italian women who were unknowingly sent to Vietnam for three months to stand alongside American soldiers, performing music for them nightly, under the guise of their manager sending them on a world tour. Labate immediately makes the connection between these women and the American soldiers through the factor of not having a choice in the matter. For the Americans, this was obviously the 18- and 19-year-old boys who were called through the draft to fight a war that some didn’t agree with and none understood. For Viviana, Rosella, Daniela, and
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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions: Hollywood’s Best Kept Secret

  • Variety
The team at Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions will get a lot of mileage out of their tuxedos at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Michael Helfand and Joe Matukewicz, the division’s two co-heads, are hitting Canada with eight films in tow — a collection that includes Oscar-hopefuls such as “The Front Runner,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” and “Wildlife.”

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions will focus on distributing these largely indie pictures in foreign territories. They usually leave the U.S. release to other studios. That may be part of the reason that, for all its activity, the division remains something of an enigma to most people.

“We’re a little under the radar,” said Matukewicz. “People sometimes don’t understand what we do because all our movies are different. No one is alike and we have a very diverse slate in terms of budget range or genres.”

They may not be a household name,
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‘Teen Spirit’ Film Review: Elle Fanning Sings – Boy, Does She Sing – in Indie Musical

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‘Teen Spirit’ Film Review: Elle Fanning Sings – Boy, Does She Sing – in Indie Musical
Teen Spirit,” which premiered on Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival, has a scene in which our mild-mannered heroine, an aspiring singer Violet, performs a song with such verve and power that everyone who knows her is left with mouths agape.

They’re all thinking exactly the same thing: “We didn’t know she had it in her.”

And “Teen Spirit” might also have that effect on its viewers — because while we’ve seen great things in the past from Elle Fanning, who plays Violet, we’ve never seen her sing and perform like this. Like the characters on screen, we didn’t know she had it in her.

Fanning’s performance is one of the most surprising things about “Teen Spirit,” a goodhearted and entertaining film about stardom in the “American Idol” era that also marks the directorial debut of Max Minghella. The actor is now following in
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Shawn Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Amandla Stenberg, Pete Davidson Honored at Variety’s Power of Young Hollywood

  • Variety
Some of Hollywood’s best and brightest turned out at Variety’s Power of Young Hollywood event at Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood. The event honored Pete Davidson, Shawn Mendes and Amandla Stenberg. Lili Reinhart was also awarded the H&M Conscious Award for her body positivity and mental health activism.

YouTube star Tyler Oakley introduced the presentation, and Katie Welch, the chief marketing officer of Hourglass Cosmetics, spoke about the brand’s commitment to cruelty free makeup.

Riverdale’s” Mädchen Amick presented her co-star Reinhart with the Conscious Award, and praised the 21-year-old as “one of the most beautiful, powerful, brave actresses that I’ve ever worked with in my career.” Reinhart has been outspoken in the past about her struggles with body dysmorphia and has criticized magazines for photoshopping her body to achieve unrealistic beauty standards.

“So few influencers were actually willing to talk about their flaws
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Janelle Monáe Joins Tessa Thompson: Everything We Know About Disney's Lady and The Tramp Remake

As Disney keeps digging into its fairytale archives, yet another age-old classic is being brought to life:1955’s Lady And The Tramp.

Following in the footsteps of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, the tale of Lady, a female Cocker Spaniel who falls in love with the Tramp, a stray, will be adapted into a live-action and CG hybrid, directed by The Lego Ninjago Movie’s Charlie Bean, with quite the exciting cast and some tweaked character developments.

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Who’s in it?

Justin Theroux, 46, will be voicing Tramp, Collider first reported. The stray mongrel, originally voiced
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'Mamma Mia!' sequel holds off 'Ant-Man' return at UK box office

Musical sequel tops UK chart for third straight week.

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RankFilm / DistributorThree-day gross (Aug 3-5) Running gross Week 1 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Universal) £4.1m £39.3m 3 2 Ant-Man And The Wasp (Disney) £3.8m £5m 1 3 Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Paramount) £2.5m £13.3m 2 4 Incredibles 2 (Disney) £2.4m £40m 4 5 Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation (Sony) £1.5m £7.8m 2 Universal

In its third week on release, musical sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again triumphed over the competition again, dropping 43% with £4.1m. The film now sits on a hugely impressive £39.3m, though still some way shy of Mamma Mia!
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Interview: Brett Haley Talks ‘Hearts Beat Loud’, Working with Nick Offerman & Fave Feel-Good Films

Amongst this week’s Marvel and DC offerings, we also have the release of the quirky Nick Offerman­-starring Hearts Beat Loud and, back at this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival, I got to sit down with its director Brett Haley to chat a little bit about the film.

Best known for I’ll See You In My Dreams, The Hero and the recently announced All the Bright Places, Haley’s latest is an endearing and heartfelt story of family, love and music and ranks amongst one the best films of the year; I got to chat with the indie director about his writing techniques, finding the story for Hearts Beat Loud and working with the awesome Nick Offerman.

I just wanted to start off by asking how the story sort of came about and what it was that made you and Marc [Basch] put pen to paper?

You know, it’s always an interesting question.
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