Here’s another shameless Deadline plug for Bieber traffic:
Here’s another shameless Deadline plug for Bieber traffic:
EXCLUSIVE: C’mon, who doesn’t think that Glee has become so crassly commercial that next thing it would do is start a boy band. Well, that’s about to become a reality in a big way with an episode featuring songs of that tween heartthrob Justin Bieber. This episode is supposed to air a few days into the Paramount release of Bieber’s 3D biopic Never Say Never. Despite some contradictory statements from Ryan Murphy yesterday, I’ve learned from insiders that the episode tentatively scheduled for February 15th will feature a storyline about this season’s new character, transfer student Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) deciding to start a boy band, and he’ll sing 3 Bieber songs on the show. (I’ve watched maybe 5 minutes of Glee so I’ve never seen this kid Chord. But he also sports a Bieber-like sideswept-bangs hairstyle.) Hey, this is primetime so there could be last-minute changes in the episode now filming but this has been the plan. And consider this yet another of my shameless plugs for Bieber’s Internet/Twitter traffic.
Glee is going younger and younger in its theme episodes: Madonna, Britney Spears and now Justin Bieber. This may not be a full-blown theme episode like the first two, but according to TVLine‘s Michael Ausiello, Fox is planning a Justin Bieber-centered episode featuring several songs of the tween heartthrob. The episode is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 15. It is probably not coincidental that the Justin Bieber feature documentary, Never Say Never, opens on Feb. 11. For now, there are no plans for Bieber to act in the Glee episode. It is not clear if the decision was made after the show’s producers saw his acting debut on the season premiere of CSI.
And in Deadline’s shameless plug for Justin Bieber tweener traffic… Paramount Pictures is doing a slow build toward the February release of Never Say Never, that feature film which is Bieber’s biopic. This clip shows how Bieber learned to play the drums. Looks like the lessons paid off.
OMG! Paramount Pictures has released a teaser trailer for Never Say Never, the 3D feature film about teen pop singing sensation Justin Bieber. The 3D film comes out in February. Paramount execs, who are lighting cigars with $20 bills after two consecutive weekends with Jackass 3D and Paranormal Activity 2, are high on the Bieber pic.
How could we possibly live without this info? Paramount’s previously announced JUSTIN BIEBER 3D MOVIE is now titled JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER. The film will be released in 3D on February 11th. Step Up 3D‘s Jon Chu is directing the rags to riches biopic about the web-fueled teen pop idol whom cameras follow around his summer concerts in Nashville and NYC’s Madison Square Garden.
This is news that will probably make Twitter explode: MTV is finalizing a deal to bring back its signature series Punk’d with teen superstar Justin Bieber as the new host. The show’s creators/ executive producers, original host Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg, are back to executive produce the new installment through their company Katalyst. There has been a lot of chatter about a Punk’d revival since the celebrity hidden-camera show went off the air in 2007 after 4 years and 69 episodes. I hear Bieber was identified as a new host in the summer with talks going on ever since. No premiere date has been set but the new Punk’d has been quietly gearing up for production and will probably launch next year.
Bieber is currently the hottest music artist/personality for MTV’s target teen audience. In addition to his skyrocketing music career, he recently dabbled into acting with a guest stint on the season premiere of CBS’ CSI and parts in Saturday Night Live skits.
Kutcher and Bieber are currently No.3 and No.5 on the list of top celebrities on Twitter with more than 5 million followers each, making the combination of the two an instant Twitter behemoth. For Kutcher, a revival of Punk’d will mark a return to his roots as a producer as the MTV reality show put his Katalyst on the map.
Paramount Pictures just announced the JUSTIN BIEBER 3D MOVIE is scheduled for wide release on February 11, 2011, because it’s Valentine’s Day weekend. (I can’t report this straight, people.) Step Up 3D helmer Jon Chu is directing the 3D feature film about the teen pop idol and Magical Elves partners Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz are producing with Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun and Island Def Jam chairman L.A. Reid. Chu’s Step Up 3D bombed at the box office this summer, while the Magical Elves won an Emmy for Top Chef. With a release date less than 6 months away, Bieber’s summer concert in Nashville was filmed for behind the scenes footage. Cameras also followed him to the August 31 performance in Madison Square Garden, which was filmed using 3D cameras. The film’s focus is on Bieber’s rags to riches bio, and how his trajectory was fueled by the web.
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has set Step Up 3D helmer Jon Chu to direct its 3D feature film about teenage singing sensation Justin Bieber. At the same time, the studio has bolstered the producing roster by adding Magical Elves partners Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz. They are the team behind such TV reality shows as Top Chef, Project Runway and Project Greenlight. They join Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, and Island Def Jam chairman L.A. Reid, as producers. There is barely any time for high-fiving here, because work on the film has already begun: Bieber’s concert in Nashville is being filmed for behind the scenes footage. Cameras will follow him, culminating in the August 31 performance in Madison Square Garden, which will be filmed using 3D cameras. Paramount had originally intended for An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim to direct the film.
Even though Justin Bieber these days might be a bigger deal than global warming, An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim has dropped out of directing the young singer’s 3D concert film for Paramount Pictures. Guggenheim withdrew last night. I’m being told from all sides that Guggenheim decided he’ll be too busy promoting Waiting For Superman, which Paramount acquired right before Sundance. But I wonder if Guggenheim might have gotten too much razzing from all of his documentary peers who did spit takes when Deadline revealed Guggenheim was signing on. Paramount has begun interviewing directors for what is being viewed as a good gig, because Bieber has such a fervent following.
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has made a deal to turn Justin Bieber’s life story into a 3D feature biopic. Davis Guggenheim, the Oscar-winning director of An Inconvenient Truth, is negotiating to direct. The film doesn’t have a title, but Bieber will play himself in the film. The pic will be sprinkled with performances from his current concert tour. The film will come out February 11, 2011 on Valentine’s Day weekend. Manager Scooter Braun and Island Def Jam chairman L.A. Reid will produce the film. Because when you think of romance, you think of a 16-year old who looks much younger. This comes as Bieber made a deal with HarperCollins for a memoir about his life. Is there some explosive secret story that requires multiple platforms to tell? Probably not, but this kid has become enough of a juggernaut for film execs and publishers to see a potentially huge audience for these properties. The YouTube, Facebook and Twitter star has made himself into the most viewed recording artist on YouTube. How popular is he? The video for his recent song, Baby, attracted 270 million views on Youtube. Many think that one reason The Karate Kid overperformed on its opening weekend was because of the video that Bieber made with Jaden Smith. Meanwhile, we’re all waiting breathlessly for the inevitable sequel — Justin Bieber, Puberty: The Testicles Descend.
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With teen pop star Justin Bieber’s telegenic looks and huge following, it was inevitable for Hollywood to come knocking. And now the Baby singer, who has done some skits on Saturday Night Live and, most recently, on MTV’s Movie Awards, is set to make his acting debut with an arc on CBS’ veteran crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. I bet millions of tween and teen girls are now asking their moms: What is CSI? Yes, the demographic of the CSI audience is decades older than Bieber’s army of fans, but the mothership series previously scored with the guest casting of another teen music superstar, Taylor Swift. Bieber will make his debut on CSI in the season premiere, playing “Jason McCann, a troubled teen who is faced with a terrible decision regarding his only brother—a decision that leads him into an explosive confrontation with the CSIs.” A bit too heavy for a first acting gig, eh? I bet a Justin Bieber movie is not far away.