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Aaliyah Biopic On Hold After Zendaya Pulls Out, Lifetime Tweets

By | Sunday June 29, 2014 @ 5:22pm PDT

Aaliyah Biopic On Hold After Zendaya Pulls Out, Lifetime TweetsThe planned Lifetime biopic of late singer Aaliyah is on hold after Disney star Zendaya pulled out of the project, the network announced in a brief tweet from its PR wing (and retweet from @LifetimeTV):

The project was to be the third in a string of tragic music biopics that Lifetime had lined up, after ones focusing on Whitney Houston and TLC star Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, both female singers who died young. In the case of Aaliyah, the R&B star was killed at age 22 in a plane crash as she was returning to the U.S. after  recording a music video in the Bahamas. The movie was to be based on a bestselling book, Aaliyah: More Than A Woman by former Time magazine music editor Christopher Farley. The movie, with the working title of Aaliyah: Princess Of R&B, was to be filmed this summer, with a fall premiere scheduled.

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Zendaya Stars As Aaliyah, As Lifetime Chases Tragic R&B Star Biopics

By | Monday June 16, 2014 @ 2:47pm PDT

Zendaya Stars As Aaliyah, As Lifetime Chases Tragic R&B Star BiopicsAnd three makes a trend: Lifetime announced today that Disney star Zendaya will play the late R&B star Aaliyah in a biopic about the singer, who died in a plane crash at age 22. Based on the bestseller Aaliyah: More Than A Woman by former Time magazine music editor Christopher Farley, Aaliyah: Princess Of R&B (wt), will be filmed this summer and premiere in the fall.

Related: Lifetime Sets Whitney Houston Biopic Directed By Angela Bassett

Three weeks ago, the network announced it had greenlighted a biopic on Whitney Houston, who died in 2012, at age 48, while prepping in the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel for a pre-Grammy party. Both Lifetime biopics about female R&B/pop singers who died young follow VH1′s October premiere of its gone-too-soon movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, detailing the fatal blow to TLC caused by the sudden death of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes at 30. That one clocked a hefty 4.5 million viewers in its unveiling.

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Disney Channel Orders Zendaya-Starrer ‘K.C. Undercover’

By | Thursday May 8, 2014 @ 12:08pm PDT

Zendaya disney channel(Dancing With The Stars, Shake It Up) will star in and co-produce live-action spy comedy K.C. Undercover, Disney Channel said today. The multi-camera series begins Disney Channel Presents 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards - Arrivalsproduction this summer in Los Angeles for an early 2015 premiere. It focuses on K.C. Cooper, a high school math whiz who’s training to be an undercover super spy, following in the footsteps of her parents. Each episode finds the Coopers balancing typical family issues while performing undercover missions to protect the country. Also starring are Kadeem Hardison and Tammy Townsend as K.C.’s parents Craig and Kira Cooper; Kamil McFadden as Ernie, the youngest of the Cooper family; and Veronica Dunne as K.C.’s best friend Marisa. Zendaya is next up in Disney Channel’s original movie Zapped, premiering June 27. Read More »

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CAA Signs Disney Channel ‘Shake It Up’ Star Zendaya

By | Thursday March 6, 2014 @ 8:48am PST
Mike Fleming

ZENDAYA_SHOT_06_141_v02EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed actress, recording artist and author Zendaya, whose single “Replay” recently went platinum. She was star of the Disney Channel series Shake It Up and next toplines the Disney Channel original telepic Zapped. She just wrapped an untitled pilot for the network which she is co-producing, and was runner-up on Dancing With The Stars last year. She has also also written her first book, Between You And Me, sharing advice on fashion, friendships and family with her core youth demo. CAA, along with Monster Talent Management and attorney Bill Skrzyniarz, will seek to broaden her base to feature film and other platforms. Disney Channel has been a strong launch point for everyone from Zac Efron to Shia LaBeouf and Selena Gomez. Here’s her video:

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Disney Channel Greenlights Comedy Pilot Starring ‘Shake It Up’s Zendaya

By | Thursday November 7, 2013 @ 2:59pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Zendaya Super Awesome Katy DisneyAs Disney Channel‘s Shake It Up is heading to its series finale this Sunday, series co-lead Zendaya is eying a return to the network’s comedy series lineup with a new show, Super Awesome Katy. Disney Channel has greenlighted a pilot for the project, which centers on 16-year-old Katy Cooper (Zendaya), an outspoken and confident technology wiz and skilled black belt, who discovers that both her parents are spies with aspirations that she will follow in their footsteps. Shake It Up! exec producer Rob Lotterstein wrote the shooting script for the pilot, while the original script was penned by Corinne Marshall. Filming is slated to begin in early 2014 for 2014-15 season consideration. Disney is making a big bet on 17-year-old actress-singer-dancer Zendaya. When Disney Channel in July made the decision to end Shake It Up, it signed a deal with Zendaya to headline an original movie for the channel, the upcoming Zapped. It is now being followed by a series starring vehicle with Super Awesome Katy. Additionally, Zendaya competed on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars last season and is signed by Disney’s Hollywood Records. The Shake It Up finale will feature a new music from her. Lotterstein is repped by ICM Partners. Zendaya was repped in the deal by Skrzyniarz & Mallean.

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