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‘Moana’ Star Auli’i Cravalho To Lead Cast In Movie ‘Sorta Like A Rock Star’ For Netflix & Director Brett Haley

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Exclusive: Auli’i Cravalho, the voice of Disney smash Moana, has been set to lead cast in Netflix’s feature drama Sorta Like A Rock Star‘, which will now be directed by Brett Haley (Hearts Beat Loud).

Principal photography is set to begin this October on the movie about a teenage girl who, despite difficult circumstances, is preternaturally optimistic about the world and her place in it. She often helps those around her, resulting in powerful bonds with a disparate group of outsiders in her community, until she faces a devastating loss and can no longer ignore the challenges in her own life. Additional casting is under way.

This will be Cravalho’s first non-animated movie. The actress most recently starred in NBC series Rise. Bryce Dallas Howard was previously aboard to direct but we hear had to drop off for scheduling reasons.

Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman
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‘29 Dates’ Picked Up By Disney For Its Streaming Platform

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Exclusive: Disney won a bidding war for 29 Dates, the new Ya book written by The New York Times‘ bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz. The project is being fast-tracked for the studio’s streaming service, Disney+. The Gotham Group, which just wrapped Stargirl for the streaming platform, will produce this project. The book will be published December 18 by Inkyard Press/Harlequin, a division of HarperCollins.

The story centers on a Korean exchange student who moves to the United States. Sixteen-year old Jisu Kim struggles against the academic pressure exerted by her ambitious parents, who also set her up on a number of seon (matchmaker) dates to meet appropriate young men from Seoul to San Francisco. The book has been compared to Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and lauded for its depiction of characters from a range of ethnicities as well as its accurate cultural details of Korean life,
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‘Breaking Bad’ & ‘Better Call Saul’ Actor Giancarlo Esposito Joins Disney’s ‘Stargirl’

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‘Breaking Bad’ & ‘Better Call Saul’ Actor Giancarlo Esposito Joins Disney’s ‘Stargirl’
Exclusive: Giancarlo Esposito, most recently known for his role as Gus Fring on AMC’s Breaking Bad and its spinoff Better Call Saul, has landed a supporting role in Disney’s Stargirl feature along with Disney Channel star Karan Brar (Bunk’d), Darby Stanchfield (Scandal), and Maximiliano Hernandez (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). The film, which will be released on Disney’s forthcoming streaming platform, stars Grace VanderWaal as the titular character and Graham Verchere as Leo.

Julia Hart is directing the pic from a script written by Kristin Hahn. Based on Jerry Spinelli’s Ya novel of the same title, the story follows Leo Borlock who, in a world where the spaces grow bigger even as they get smaller, meets Stargirl Caraway, a bright, authentic light who breaks through the sea of teenage confusion.

Esposito will play Archie, a Paleontologist who is a friend to Stargirl and Leo. Brar has been cast as Kevin,
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Graham Verchere Set As Co-Lead Opposite Grace VanderWaal in Disney’s ‘Stargirl’ Film

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Graham Verchere Set As Co-Lead Opposite Grace VanderWaal in Disney’s ‘Stargirl’ Film
Exclusive: Fargo and The Good Doctor actor Graham Verchere has landed the male lead alongside America’s Got Talent winner Grace VanderWaal in Stargirl, an original feature for Disney’s forthcoming streaming platform. The pic is based on Jerry Spinelli’s Ya novel of the same title, which Julia Hart is directing.

It’s is a story of discovery: of high school, of music, of the importance of connection, and of what it means to love and be loved. Verchere will star as Leo Borlock who, in a world where the spaces grow bigger even as they get smaller, meets Stargirl Caraway (VanderWaal), a bright, authentic light who breaks through the sea of teenage confusion.

Kristin Hahn adapted the screenplay which was polished by Hart and her partner Jordan Horowitz, who also serves as the film’s exec producer.

Filming is slated to being next month with The Gotham Group
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Film News Roundup: Julie Taymor’s ‘Across the Universe’ Set for Three-Day Re-Release

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Film News Roundup: Julie Taymor’s ‘Across the Universe’ Set for Three-Day Re-Release
Re-release Set

Fathom Events has set Julie Taymor’s “Across the Universe” has been set for a re-release on July 29, July 31 and Aug. 1 at more than 450 theaters.

Fathom, which is jointly owned by the AMC, Cinemark and Regal chains, made the announcement Monday and said the 2007 movie is being shown to commemorate the 50th anniversary of 1968 — which served as the setting for the film and its 33 songs by The Beatles including “Hey Jude” and “All You Need Is Love.”

Evan Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess star as Lucy and Jude, a couple whose love inspires them to become involved with the protests and counter-culture movement that dominated the cultural landscape in 1968.

“‘Across the Universe’ has developed an extraordinary following since its release in 2007,” Fathom Events VP of Studio Relations Tom Lucas said. “This theatrical re-release presents an amazing opportunity for those fans to see, hear and feel this revolutionary film
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‘Lunch Lady’ Moves To Sony; New Writer Hired

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Exclusive: Lunch Lady, the graphic novel series that had been set up at Universal Pictures, has moved to Sony Pictures with a new writer, Fred Wolf. The series, from writer-illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka, is described as a PG-13 family/action comedy with a female superhero.

What we know about it: The protagonist is described as “a spatula-wielding crime fighter,” a school cafeteria server who clandestinely dishes out justice with the assistance of a friend. Meanwhile, three kids figure out something is up and set out to prove that she is living two lives — one as a fierce crime fighter and the other as a mild-mannered woman who serves up mashed potatoes and green beans.

Lunch Lady has several titles in the series — hence a possible franchise for the studio. David Beaubaire and Sara Rastogi are overseeing the project for Sony.

Amy Poehler was set to star in the project when it was at Universal,
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Grace VanderWaal, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Champion, Is Disney’s ‘Stargirl’

Grace VanderWaal, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Champion, Is Disney’s ‘Stargirl’
Exclusive: Grace VanderWaal, who at 12 years old won American’s Got Talent two years ago playing the ukulele and singing her original songs, has beat out 700 other girls to take the lead in Disney’s Stargirl — one of the first original films that will go through the company’s new streaming platform. VanderWaal, who is supporting her new single “Clearly” by opening for the band Imagine Dragons’s Evolve tour today, once again stole the director and producer’s hearts.

VanderWaal is making her acting debut with this film which is being directed by Julia Hart who just finished polishing the script with her partner Jordan Horowitz from the screen adaptation by Kristin Hahn.

“I knew she was Stargirl almost immediately,” said Hart. “The world knows what a talented performer she is, and I cannot wait for everyone to see just how many sides there are to this special and magical young woman.
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Matthew Quick To Adapt His ‘Sorta Like A Rock Star’ Novel Into Movie

Exclusive: Matthew Quick has been set to adapt Sorta Like A Rock Star, his 2010 young adult novel that is now near a deal to be set up at Netflix as the feature film directing debut for Bryce Dallas Howard. The film is being produced by Gotham Group's Lee Stollman and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Temple Hill. Fox Searchlight originally acquired screen rights in 2013 to Rock Star. Its protagonist is Amber Appleton, a high school senior who secretly lives in the back of a…
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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Trailer Debuts

The new trailer for the second installment of the Maze Runner saga, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, was released today. The trailer promises a darker, more politically-charged world than was delivered in the first film. While the use-your-wits to survive plot is still there, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials appears as though it will flesh out both the characters and their environs, as well as deliver a bit more development of the political intrigue only touched on in the first film.

As of right now, I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt and assume it will deliver the goods and rise above being little more than the Hunger Games rip-off the first film was. Then again, I could be wrong.

About The Film:

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials: In this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow
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Ridley Scott’s The Martian Highlight of 20th Century Fox’s CinemaCon 2015 Event

Following the exciting presentation at CinemaCon last week, 20th Century Fox released some new details for their upcoming releases. Check out the official synopses along with some photos for all their 2015 and 2016 films.

The highlight of the event was the must-see film of 2015 – Ridley Scott’s The Martian.

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, Nasa and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold,
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Elmore Leonard's "Bandits" Finally Happening?

Bruce Willis is (once again) set for the lead role in the ensemble drama "Bandits" based on the Elmore Leonard 1987 novel of the same name.

The black comedy is set in New Orleans and Willis will play Jack Delaney, an ex-con struggling to stay on the straight path working in his brother's funeral home. He soon meets a gorgeous lapsed nun freshly returned from Nicaragua who wants his help to smuggle out a beautiful young woman with leprosy.

Said woman has an ex-lover who is a mad Somoza-esque colonel who wants to kill her for possibly infecting him. He is also fleecing rich Americans to help fund the contras. As a result, Delaney sets out with the ex-nun and an ex-cop to stop the colonel and get away with his fortune.

Mitch Glazer ("Magic City," "Rock The Kasbah") is penning the script while Randall Emmett, George Furla, Lee Stollman and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein will produce.
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Box Office Preview: ‘Maze Runner’ To Put ‘Tombstones’ In Ground; ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ Debuts

Box Office Preview: ‘Maze Runner’ To Put ‘Tombstones’ In Ground; ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ Debuts
Three new pictures bow this weekend with Fox’s sci-fi action thriller The Maze Runner leading the way. It opens tonight at 10 Pm, having already made a strong bow overseas to heavily outpace Divergent and gross $8.5M so far. After this weekend’s bow in the states, the picture will likely have grossed its production budget back — said to be around $35M+ but they got a tax incentive from shooting in Louisiana which brought the net cost down. That’s not including marketing and distribution costs, but this should be yet another profitable film for Fox (which has been on a roll). CGI was also handled out of the U.S. (in Vancouver) through a company called Method. Here’s the thing, Divergent was heavily skewed female so the question is will the boys come out for Fox the same way girls (who tend to go to movies in packs) came out for March 2014 release?
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Jennifer Aniston in Three New Images And Trailer For Life Of Crime

Roadside Attractions has released three new images and trailer for their upcoming film, Life Of Crime.

When a pair of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in Life Of Crime, a dark caper comedy based on legendary author Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch.

In their 2013 Toronto International Film Festival review, Sound on Sight said, “Life Of Crime is a reasonable addition to the world of Leonard adaptations.”

Starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, yasiin bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, and Tim Robbins, Life Of Crime is packed with the outrageously eccentric characters, black comedy and unexpected twists that earned Leonard a reputation as one of America’s sharpest and funniest crime writers.

Mickey Dawson (Jennifer Aniston), the wife of crooked real-estate developer Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins), is kidnapped by two common criminals (yasiin
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Fox Acquires Rights to The Maze Runner Sequel The Scorch Trials

Although they won't know until September 19th of next year what kind of reception their The Maze Runner adaptation will receive, 20th Century Fox has exercised the option to buy The Scorch Trials, the second book in the four-novel series written by James Dashner.

Per Deadline, T.S. Nowlin will adapt the story under the supervision of Wes Ball, who directs The Maze Runner.

In The Maze Runner a group of youngsters find themselves in "The Glades" and have to find their way through a seemingly impenetrable maze. In The Scorch Trials the main kids have escaped but now face an even more treacherous challenge on the open roads of a devastated planet.

The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman are producing The Scorch Trials along with Joe Hartwick, Jr., and Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen. Emma Watts and Jason Young are overseeing.

Book Synopsis:

Solving
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Searchlight Parties "Sorta Like a Rockstar"

Fox Searchlight has acquired screen rights to "Silver Linings Playbook" author Matthew Quick's 2010 novel "Sorta Like A Rock Star".

The story follows Amber Appleton, a high school senior who secretly lives in the back of a school bus, a situation that arose when her mother’s boyfriend kicked them out.

The bus is the same one that her mother uses to drive kids to school. Despite the adversity, and a fatal tragedy, Amber is a self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism.

Laura Sandler and Amanda Harlib penned the script, while Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Lee Stollman and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein will produce.

Source: Deadline
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Fox Searchlight Put Out Amber Alert for “Sorta Like A Rock Star”

If lightening strikes twice, Fox Searchlight might be fortunate enough to have some of the Silver Linings Playbook juju for their latest acquisition. Deadline reports that the distribution co. have teamed with prod co. Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey & Marty Bowen and Gotham Group’s Lee Stollman & Ellen Goldsmith-Vein for the book to big screen adaption of Matthew Quick’s Sorta Like A Rock Star. Laura Sandler and Amanda Harlib (who wrote Haute & Bothered) wrote the spec.

Gist: From the book synopsis (see accompanying video below) … Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom’s boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy (aka Thrice B) have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow (the school bus her mom drives). But Amber, the self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff. Instead,
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Fox Searchlight Buys ‘Silver Linings’ Author Matthew Quick Novel ‘Sorta Like A Rock Star’

Exclusive: Fox Searchlight has acquired screen rights to Sorta Like A Rock Star, the 2010 novel by Matthew Quick, who wrote Silver Linings Playbook. The film will be produced by Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen and Gotham Group’s Lee Stollman and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein. None of Quick’s novels are easy adaptations (it took David O Russell’s understanding of bipolar subject matter to turn Silver Linings into an Oscar-nominated film), but just about all of his work is getting bought up. In Sorta Like A Rock Star, the protagonist is Amber Appleton, a high school senior who secretly lives in the back of a school bus, a situation that arose when her mother’s boyfriend kicked them out. The bus (they call it Hello Yellow) is the same one that her mother uses to drive kids to school, and despite the adversity, Amber is a self-proclaimed princess
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Big Management Move: The Gotham Group And Principal Entertainment La Join Forces

Exclusive: In a major move that links two highly compatible management companies, The Gotham Group and Principal Entertainment Los Angeles are joining forces. The managers at Principal will move from Westwood into the Gotham headquarters on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles on April 1. I’m told this is not exactly a merger, as the entities will continue to operate under their established names. But they will cross-collateralize their assets to make things happen. The fact that Principal is moving into The Gotham Group’s space indicates there could be a more permanent partnership down the line. The linkup was set by Gotham Group founder/CEO Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Principal partners Marsha McManus, Larry Taube and Liz Robinson. Gotham vets Lindsay Williams and Lee Stollman will help in facilitating the teaming up of the companies. Gotham is repped by CAA. Both companies confirmed the move and issued statements. Said Goldsmith-Vein: “The
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Big Management Move: The Gotham Group And Principal Entertainment La Join Forces

Exclusive: In a major move that links two highly compatible management companies, The Gotham Group and Principal Entertainment Los Angeles are joining forces. The managers at Principal will move from Westwood into the Gotham headquarters on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles on April 1. I’m told this is not exactly a merger, as the entities will continue to operate under their established names. But they will cross-collateralize their assets to make things happen. The fact that Principal is moving into The Gotham Group’s space indicates there could be a more permanent partnership down the line. The linkup was set by Gotham Group founder/CEO Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Principal partners Marsha McManus, Larry Taube and Liz Robinson. Gotham vets Lindsay Williams and Lee Stollman will help in facilitating the teaming up of the companies. Gotham is repped by CAA. Both companies confirmed the move and issued statements. Said Goldsmith-Vein: “The
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Tracking Shot February 2013: O. Russell, Egoyan, Amy Berg, Gareth Evans & Mark Jackson

“Tracking Shot” is a monthly featurette here on Ioncinema.com that looks at a dozen or so projects that are moments away from lensing. This February we’ve got a slew of projects that we feel are worth signaling out: we start with a sequel (and pictured above) we find The Raid 2 (also known as Berandal) which has set up shop with the same producing team, star player and writer/director Gareth Huw Evans. Sony Pictures Classics backed the film prior to production. This picks up two hours after the first installment ends.

We have the highly touted Black List screenplay that could very well place itself in the fall festival releases in David O. Russell’s adaptation of American Bullshit – a film we imagine will be much talked about because of its cast (Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Louis C.K.) and the plotline (an FBI sting
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