The Oscar-winning Juno scribe makes her directorial debut with Paradise (formerly Lamb of God), starring Julianne Hough as a conservative woman who heads to Vegas to free her inhibitions after surviving a plane crash. Octavia Spencer, Russell Brand, Holly Hunter, and Nick Offerman co-star in the comedy-drama which Diablo Cody also wrote. Image Entertainment has a limited release slotted for October but will debut it first on demand via DirecTV August 9.
Dancing With The Stars professional dancers Julianne and Derek Hough have partnered with Starz to develop Blackpool, an original series set in the world of international competitive ballroom dancing. The siblings will executive produce and serve as head choreographers for the series, drawing on years of experience as competitors and world dance champions. The series revolves around the prestigious annual ballroom competition in Blackpool, England and will explore the dancer’s obsession with perfection and the darker side of the glamorous world of ballroom dance. “The world of ballroom dance has captivated millions of people around the world, and there are no more recognizable superstars in this arena than Julianne and Derek,” says Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Starz. “Their experiences growing up in this highly competitive world are riveting and also shocking.”
EXCLUSIVE: Adam Shankman will be set by New Line Cinema to direct The Nutcracker, a new take on the classic fairy tale that is being eyed as a tent pole family holiday film for late 2013. The script was written by Darren Lemke, who just worked with New Line on Jack the Giant Killer, and whose credits include Shrek Forever After. This version of The Nutcrackergoes back to the original 1815 book by E.T.A. Hoffman, about a young girl and a wooden toy soldier who comes alive and leads her on an adventure. The take is a drama with action and a love story that aspires to be similar in tone to Alice in Wonderland. It is shaping up as Shankman’s next film.
The film is being produced by Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, who are coming off Twlight Saga: Breaking Dawn–Part 1. It’s likely that Shankman and his Offspring Entertainment partner Jennifer Gibgot will become involved as well by the time the deal is made. Shankman is just coming off Rock of Ages, the New Line adaptation of the stage musical that stars Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Mary J. Blige, Paul Giamatti and Bryan Cranston. The film opens June 1. It would be Shankman’s third film with New Line, after Hairspray. Shankman is repped by UTA as is Lemke.
Paramount has unveiled a marketing plan to raise awareness for its Footloose remake. The studio will host exclusive free advance screenings of director Craig Brewer’s update in 26 theaters in the U.S. and Canada on Friday, Sept. 30 — two weeks ahead of the film’s Oct. 14 nationwide release. Los Angeles, New York and Toronto are among the cities to get the screenings of the movie, which stars Kenny Wormwald, Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid. The promotion, which Paramount is calling “Footloose Friday,” encourages fans to get the word out following the sneak peeks via Twitter in hopes that those moviegoers eager to turn out for the freebie are the same ones that are fans of the franchise and therefore more likely to react positively.
Mandate Pictures has set Footloose‘s Julianne Hough and Russell Brand to star in Juno scribe Diablo Cody’s directing debut. The film is untitled and Mason Novick will produce. Cody will be exec producer with Nathan Kahane. Production starts in the spring and Lionsgate is selling international rights at AFM.
Hough plays a sheltered young woman who loses her faith after a plane crash and revels in the decadence of Las Vegas. There, she meets an unlikely companion who helps her find herself. Mandate previously worked with Cody and Novick on Juno and Young Adult, which she scripted and Jason Reitman directed, and which Paramount will release in December.
Paramount Pictures has released its second trailer for the Craig Brewer-directed reboot of Footloose. The first trailer featured scenes that were very similar to the original film and the response from Deadline readers was less than enthusiastic. This trailer seems to have a bit more energy and showcases the film’s leads, Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough, who are playing the roles originated by Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer in the 1984 original. Better?
Former American Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis originated the lead role of Drew Boley in Rock of Ages‘ off-Broadway and Broadway musical incarnations. He’s not playing that role in the movie version that Adam Shankman is directing for New Line (Diego Boneta got the screen role), but that doesn’t mean Maroulis has been left out completely. He just filmed the small role as a prototypical ’80s record executive. Here’s a shot of him with Shankman and one of the film’s producers, Matt Weaver. The film stars Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bryan Cranston, Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, Russell Brand and Julianne Hough.
Paramount Pictures has released a trailer for Footloose, the remake of the 1984 film that launched Kevin Bacon’s career. The film, directed by Craig Brewer and starring Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid, will be released Oct. 14. In the trailer, I recognized many of the plot beats and scenes I remembered from the original, but 27 years later, the target isn’t fossils like me who recall these things.
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has locked Craig Brewer into a deal to write and direct a new installment of Tarzan. Brewer has come up with a take that tells the Tarzan story over three films. He hopes the first one will be his next directing assignment. Warner Bros, which has been stymied in watching several attempts to relaunch the Edgar Rice Burroughs-created hero die on the vine, separately has screenwriter Adam Cozad working on a script that tells a different version of the man raised by apes in the jungles of Africa from infancy. Cozad’s recent work includes the Jack Ryan reboot and Archangel, the pic that has Tron: Legacy‘s Joseph Kosinski attached. How the studio decides which film to make remains to be seen, but clearly Warner Bros is determined to revive a live action Tarzan. This is a passion project for Brewer, who is in demand after directing the remake of Footloose for Paramount, and chose this over other opportunities. Jerry Weintraub is producing with Alan Riche and Tony Ludwig. Tarzan has been a fixture of films since the Depression, most notably in the series of films that starred Olympic swimmer Johnny Weismuller.
Brewer, whose Footloose will be released October 14 with newcomers Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough starring, last directed Black Snake Moan and Hustle & Flow. He’s repped by WME.
Is Alec Baldwin in or out of New Line’s Rock of Ages? We might have a better idea today after Baldwin takes part in a full run-through of the ’80s-flavored rock musical being held in an hour or so on the Miami set where the picture will be shot. Except for Catherine Zeta-Jones (who’s shooting the Gerard Butler starrer Playing The Field that FilmDistrict acquired this morning), Baldwin will take part with the entire cast of Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige, Paul Giamatti, Malin Akerman, Bryan Cranston, Diego Boneta and Julianne Hough. They’ll be trying out costumes and belting out 80s tunes as they prepare for a May 23 production start. Director Adam Shankman will be hoping that by the end of today, Baldwin will have a change of heart, which was prompted by personal reasons.
EXCLUSIVE: Alec Baldwin has committed to star in Woody Allen’s next film. And where will the quintessential New York actor and Gotham’s arguably most famous director be filming? Try Rome. Allen has chosen that city as the site of his next comedy as he continues sampling countries around the globe after shooting most of his films exclusively in New York. Allen has said that shooting in NYC is just too expensive, but I’d argue that the change of scenery has creatively revived him in recent outings.
Baldwin will work with Allen for the first time since the 1990 comedy Alice. Allen has just begun putting this film together, and word is that The Social Network’s Jesse Eisenberg is also in line for a lead. Penelope Cruz was previously announced. Baldwin will first star in Rock Of Ages, the Adam Shankman-directed New Line musical that also stars Diego Gonzalez Boneta, Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige and Russell Brand. Amy Adams is being courted to play a journalist who falls into a bedroom romp with the rock star Stacee Jaxx (Cruise). After he finishes the two projects, Baldwin returns for what could be his final season of the NBC sitcom 30 Rock. Could Jack Donaghy really be leaving after Baldwin’s contract ends and the show is still so good? Baldwin told me as much when we did the Playboy Interview awhile back. I argued that his sitcom momentum would … Read More »
New Line Cinema has set Diego Gonzalez Boneta to play the lead in Rock of Ages, the movie version of the Broadway musical.
He’ll play Drew Boley, a 22-year old who moves to Los Angeles with dreams of making it in the music industry. He works as a bus boy in the rock club The Bourbon Room. Word that he was director Adam Shankman’s choice circulated last week, but New Line just approved him today.
He stars alongside Julianne Hough, with a supporting cast that includes Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand. Amy Adams is being courted to play a journalist who falls into a bedroom romp with the rock star Stacee Jaxx (Cruise). Boley, a Latin American singing star, gets to belt out the Foreigner song Waiting For A Girl Like You, the Twisted Sister anthem I Wanna Rock, and he duets with Hough on the Journey hit Don’t Stop Believin.’ He was submitted by Gersh. Hundreds tested for the role.
“On top of his completely un-self conscious charm, he’s a movie star the same was as I felt when I auditioned Zac Efron, Channing Tatum and Liam Hemsworth,” Shankman told Deadline. “It comes down to being able to identity the ‘it’ factor, and Jen and I have been lucky enough to do it several times. He has it and is every inch a movie star.” Shankman was talking about his sister Jennifer Gibgot, his Offspring Entertainment … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that Adam Shankman is heavily courting Oscar-nominated The Fighter star Amy Adams to join Rock of Ages, playing the journalist who falls into a bedroom romp with Tom Cruise’s decadent rock star character, Stacee Jax. This is the role that Shankman offered to Anne Hathaway, but her schedule playing Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises got in the way. Adams was given a new draft of the script by Shankman. She would play an uptight journalist who intends to eviscerate Stacee Jax with an expose. A seduction ensues instead, and after they duet to the Foreigner song I Want To Know What Love Is, nature takes its course.
It might be an interesting opportunity for Adams to belt out 80s tune-age as she continues her quest to star in a biopic of iconic 60s singer Janis Joplin. Adams also sings in the upcoming Disney film The Muppets. For what started as a small off-Broadway stage musical, Rock of Ages has turned into a happening film to be part of, and one that Warner Bros just set for a June 1, 2012 summer release. Shankman and New Line have locked Cruise (who also belts out Bon Jovi’s Wanted Dead Or Alive), Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand in key roles, and Julianne Hough in the young female lead. He has been testing male leads, with an open call set in Burbank on Saturday. We should … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Dancing with the Stars has given tube time to some former movie stars, but who knew the show would be so good at launching movie careers? Derek Hough, who as a regular dance partner has cut the rug with three winning contestants (Nicole Scherzinger, Brooke Burke and most recently Jennifer Grey) will star in Cobu 3D. The film will team him with BoA, a top recording artist and performer in Asia. Duane Adler, who wrote Save the Last Dance and Step Up, will direct his screenplay. The film will be produced by Robert Cort, who worked with Adler on Save the Last Dance. Korea’s CJ Entertainment and SM Entertainment will start principal photography in Toronto and New York this spring, while Hough is on hiatus from the show.
BoA and Hough will play dancers from different worlds whose Romeo & Juliet-like romance is threatened by the dangerous rivalry between their brothers’ competing dance clubs in Gotham’s underground scene. Cort is producing with Soo Man Lee, Eric Hetzel and Patricia Chun. Lionsgate will handle international sales on the film, excluding the territories that CJ will take — South Korea, Japan and China. Sales will begin in Berlin. Hough’s sister Julianne, was also a regular dancer on Dancing with the Stars before she left after landing the female lead in Paramount’s remake of Footloose. Derek Hough actually made his name by starring … Read More »
Paramount has moved its Footloose remake from an April 1, 2011 release date to October 14, 2011.The Craig Brewer-directed remake stars newcomer Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid. At the same time, the studio has slotted Paranormal Activity 3 for release on October 21, 2011. The picture proved to be no Blair Witch Project flash in the pan, as Paranormal 2 dominated the Halloween period previously owned by the Saw franchise.
EXCLUSIVE: After testing more than 1,000 males for the lead role of Ren McCormack in the remake of Footloose, Paramount Pictures is setting Kenny Wormald, a 25-year old trained dancer, from Boston, to star in a film that begins production almost immediately. I’m hearing he will star alongside Julianne Hough, and that Dennis Quaid will play Reverend Shaw Moore, the heroine’s strict father who’s trying to uphold a town ban on dancing. Craig Brewer is directing a script that he wrote based on the 1984 original Dean Pitchford script. Wormald previously starred in the little-seen film Center Stage. He and Hough are real dancers, and the plan is to take full advantage.
This completes a lot of movement on a property that seems such a strong candidate for an update.The project began with plans for Kenny Ortega to direct his High School Musical star Zac Efron. Then Efron wanted to distance himself from dance fare, and the studio focused on Gossip Girls hunk Chace Crawford. A search for the right heroine led to Julianne Hough from Dancing with the Stars, who was set into a holding deal and then spent months going off and honing acting skills that left the studio greatly impressed. Right as his Michael Jackson documentary This is It! became a hit, Ortega had creative differences with the studio. He left, and Paramount set Craig Brewer, best known for Hustle and Flow. Even he was touch and go, as … Read More »