EXCLUSIVE: Freddie Stroma will star in The Visitors, the indie feature written and to be directed by The Vicious Brothers (Grave Encounters). The film is a dark and edgy sci-fi thriller that revolves around a group of friends on a weekend trip to a cabin in the woods. There, they are terrorized by alien visitors who definitely have not come in peace. Randy Manis, Kim Arnott, Shawn Angelski, and Martin Fisher are producing and filming is set to start up at the end of June. Stroma most recently was seen in Pitch Perfect and up next is The Philosophers, alongside James D’Arcy and Rhys Wakefield. Stroma is repped by Kim Callahan at Industry Entertainment, Gersh and Waring and McKenna in the UK.
A cappella singing is hot at the moment following the success of feature Pitch Perfect, about competing college a cappella groups. So American Idol producer 19 Entertainment and its parent company CORE Media Group have signed an exclusive deal with Varsity Vocals, the collegiate a cappella organization that organizes the International Championship of A Cappella, to develop a show built around the competition and the college students who participate in it. I hear Varsity Vocals president Amanda Newman announced the partnership at the ICCA International finals tonight in NYC. Also looking to take advantage of Pitch Perfect‘s success is Universal sibling NBC, which recently announced the revival of its a cappella competition series The Sing Off.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has acquired an untitled comedy based on a pitch from Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson. She hatched the original idea and is attached to write, produce and star. After starring in Universal/Gold Circle’s sleeper comedy Pitch Perfect, Bachelorette and before that Bridesmaids, Wilson will next be seen in the Chris Colfer-written Struck By Lightning and the Michael Bay-directed Pain & Gain, which stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson.
Here’s the official music video for Universal Pictures’ Pitch Perfect featuring Mike Tompkins in an a cappella version of Nicki Minaj’s Starships. It features Tompkins, the film’s cast and over 300 user generated video submissions. Tompkins, who’s repped by Maker Studios, produces all his own sounds using only his …
BREAKING: Universal Pictures will move up from an October 5 release date on Pitch Perfect and try to build word of mouth by platforming the picture in select theaters across North America on Friday, September 28. Studio and Gold Circle Films did this after strong feedback from early screenings that have already been held and which elicited high amounts of social media traffic — 90% of it positive according to monitoring company Fizziology. While major studios usually move like battleships (no pun intended) and don’t veer from wide-release plans, the feeling was that there was buzz to be built here.
Pitch Perfect explores the world of competitive college a cappella singing. It marks the feature directing debut of Jason Moore, who directed Broadway’s Avenue Q. He also directed episodes of Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, Brothers & Sisters and Everwood. Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Adam Devine, Skylar …
20th Century Fox moved up the release date of its Ang Lee-directed drama Life Of Pi from Christmas week to November 21. That’s the date Warner Bros had staked out for its Alfonso Cuaron-directed sci-fi drama Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock, which recently was pushed to sometime in 2013. Now Lee’s 3D adaptation of Yann Martel’s bestselling novel will land there, and the studio hopes it will play into the holiday season. Pi centers on a 17-year-old zookeeper’s son and his arch rival, a bengal tiger, who are stranded together on the open seas after their ship is pummeled by a storm.