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Madonna to Direct Ballerina Drama ‘Taking Flight’

Madonna to Direct Ballerina Drama ‘Taking Flight’
Madonna will direct the MGM drama “Taking Flight,” based on the life of ballerina Michaela De Prince.

The studio has been developing “Taking Flight” since 2015, when it first bought rights to Michaela and Elaine DePrince’s memoir, “Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina.” The book follows Michaela DePrince’s life from an orphan in war-torn Sierra Leone to a world-renowned ballerina.

“Michaela’s journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity,” Madonna said. “We have a unique opportunity to shed light on Sierra Leone and let Michaela be the voice for all the orphaned children she grew up beside. I am honored to bring her story to life.”

Madonna will direct from a screenplay by Camilla Blackett (“New Girl”). Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Elysa Koplovitz Dutton will produce alongside Ben Pugh and Guy Oseary. MGM Production president Jonathan Glickman
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Glasgow Film Festival: ‘Love, Simon’ Review: Dir. Greg Berlanti (2018)

Love Simon review: Greg Berlanti directs this involving young adult drama, which based on the book “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli.

Love Simon review by Awais Irfan.

Love Simon review

In the recent tide of gay love stories hitting screens, following Carol, Moonlight, and Call Me By Your Name, we have our first one aimed at the young-adult crowd in Love, Simon and it’s quite the treat.

Simon (Nick Robinson) has great friends, a loving family, and a happy life. Mostly. There is one big secret he keeps tucked away from all of them, though: he’s gay. When an anonymous student from his school comes out as gay online, Simon begins confiding his secrets in him and the pair quickly develop a rapport, with Simon finding himself falling for the user only known to him as Blue. However, when the emails between them leak throughout his school,
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‘Hanna’ Amazon Series Casts Esme Creed-Miles, Joel Kinnaman, Mireille Enos in Lead Roles

‘Hanna’ Amazon Series Casts Esme Creed-Miles, Joel Kinnaman, Mireille Enos in Lead Roles
The series adaptation of the action film “Hanna” at Amazon has found its three leads, Variety has learned.

Esme Creed-Miles, Joel Kinnaman, and Mireille Enos will star in the drama, which was ordered straight-to-series at Amazon last May. In addition, Sarah Adina Smith is set to direct. Her previous directing credits include the FX series “Legion,” the HBO series “Room 104,” and the film “Buster’s Mal Heart.”

The series will begin shooting in March across Hungary, Slovakia, Spain and the U.K.

Written by David Farr, who co-wrote the original film, “Hanna” follows the journey of a young girl with extraordinary skills as she evades the relentless pursuit of an off-book CIA agent and tries to unearth the truth behind who she is.

Enos plays Marissa, an efficient and ruthless agent, having risen up the ranks of the CIA. However, beneath her cool exterior is a deeply buried secret that continues to haunt her. The reappearance
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Hannah Marks & Dylan Sprouse to star in Banana Split

Kayti Burt Dec 15, 2017

Dirk Gently star Hannah Marks has co-written the script and will star in new indie comedy, Banana Split...

Hannah Marks is one of the many standouts in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency where she stars as punk rock wizard Amanda Brotzman. Now, the young actress is expanding her portfolio, co-writing the script for Banana Split, an upcoming indie comedy currently filming in Syracuse.

According to Deadline, Marks will star alongside The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody star Dylan Sprouse (aka the Sprouse twin not on Riverdale) and If I Stay's Liana Liberato. The film will be the feature debut for Ben Kasulke, who has an extensive resume as a cinematographer on such projects as Safety Not Guaranteed and the TV show Review. The film will be fully financed by American High, a new company from Mickey Liddell and Jeremy Garelick.

Banana Split will follow
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Hannah Marks, Dylan Sprouse, Liana Liberato To Star In Comedy ‘Banana Split’ For American High

Hannah Marks, Dylan Sprouse, Liana Liberato To Star In Comedy ‘Banana Split’ For American High
Exclusive: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency star Hannah Marks wrote and will star in the indie high comedy Banana Split, along with The Suite Life of Zack and Cody alum Dylan Sprouse and Liana Liberato (If I Stay, 1 Mile to You). Mickey Liddell and Jeremy Garelick's newly formed company, American High, is fully financing the movie, which is currently shooting in Syracuse, New York. Cinematographer Ben Kasulke is marking his feature directorial debut with this film…
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Chloe Grace Moretz and Brooklyn Beckham Go Camping -- See Their Adorable Trip!

Chloe Grace Moretz and Brooklyn Beckham Go Camping -- See Their Adorable Trip!
Chloe Grace Moretz and Brooklyn Beckham are adorable!

The couple spent their Friday after Thanksgiving camping together near Santa Barbara, California.

Moretz, 20, shared a handful of videos and pictures of their day together on her Instagram Stories, including one of Beckham, 18, with the caption, "little camper boy."

Photo: Instagram

The If I Stay star also posted images of her campsite, Beckham playing Cornhole, her s'mores and a view from her bed.

Meanwhile, David and Victoria's eldest son shared pics from their lunch date, which included iced tea, a sandwich and curly fries.

Earlier this month, Beckham visited the actress on the set of her new movie in New York City. The on-again off-again couple rekindled their romance in late August and has since been inseparable.

See more of their time together in the video below.

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Film News Roundup: Olivia Rodrigo Joins Skateboard Drama ‘Paved New World’

Film News Roundup: Olivia Rodrigo Joins Skateboard Drama ‘Paved New World’
In today’s film news roundup, Olivia Rodrigo of “Bizaardvark” joins “Paved New World,” Paramount Players makes its first hires, and PR vet Julia Jensen joins Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

Casting

Olivia Rodrigo, who stars in Disney’s “Bizaardvark,” has joined the coming-of-age skateboarder film “Paved New World,” Variety has learned exclusively.

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She will portray a free-spirited teenager in the film, which is set in ’90s and will feature YouTube stars Andy Schrock, Chad Tepper of Team 10, Josh Paler Lin, Claudia Lee, Tilky Jones, Kamil McFadden, Daniel Pinder, and Connor Weil.

Paved New World” is produced by Brad Krevoy, Morcano Garcia, and Anne Stimac. Alexander Garcia is directing from a script by Scott Marcano and Kip Koenig. Rodrigo is repped by the Michael Abrams Group and by Greene and Associates.

Executive Hires

Paramount Players has hired Ali Bell and Matt Dines as executive vice
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Rebecca Thomas Will Direct Sci-Fi Thriller “Intelligent Life”

Rebecca Thomas: Perri Nemiroff/YouTube

Rebecca Thomas will be taking the reins on another sci-fi film. The “Stranger Things” director — who signed on for the sci-fi action-thriller “Malignant” earlier this month — will helm Amblin Entertainment’s “Intelligent Life.” The Hollywood Reporter broke the story.

Originally written by “Jurassic World” scribes Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, “Intelligent Life” follows a Un worker who manages to communicate with a woman — who is possibly an alien — as he surveils outer space. Jay Roach (“Game Change”) was hired last year to touch up Trevorrow and Connolly’s script, and Thomas will also reportedly be contributing some re-writes.

“Rebecca beautifully captured the alienation we often feel amongst our fellow humans in her first feature [‘Electrick Children’],” Trevorrow and producer Frank Marshall said in a statement. “We can’t wait to see her explore those themes further in a story about our place in the universe.”

Ava DuVernay was originally in talks to direct Lupita Nyong’o in “Intelligent Life.” Neither woman is still attached to the project.

Based on the Boom! Studios comic “Malignant Man” and written by Zak Olkewicz, Thomas’ “Malignant” will center on a terminally ill patient who is tasked with fighting a secret army after finding out his tumor is actually an alien parasite.

Thomas has a number of high-profile films in the works, including a live-action telling of “The Little Mermaid” starring Chloe Grace Moretz (“If I Stay”), and an adaptation of beloved John Green Ya novel “Looking for Alaska.” In March she signed on to bring Cheryl Della Pietra’s semi-autobiographical novel “Gonzo Girl” to the big screen.

She made her feature debut with 2012’s “Electrick Children,” a drama about a Mormon teen who thinks she was impregnated by listening to music. Shorts “Ivan Sings” and “Las Vegas, West,” and an episode of Jennifer Kaytin Robinson’s “Sweet/Vicious” are among her other credits.

Rebecca Thomas Will Direct Sci-Fi Thriller “Intelligent Life” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Big Brother 19 Mark Has Caused A Change In Plans August 20th,New Details

According to a new report from Big Brother Network, Mark who is the house’s main target for eviction this week tried to talk with current Hoh Christmas and her main sidekick Josh in the Hoh room yesterday, August 20th at around 6:05 pm pacific time. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to get them to change their focus on getting him out, but he did get them to change their totem pole. Before he went to talk with them, the totem pole was to go after Jason next. Then somehow blindside Matt. After that, go after Kevin. After Mark talked to them, they decided that Alex should be their next target before Jason. Shockingly, Christmas and Josh made this decision without their king Paul. But I’m sure they’ll eventually run it by him so he can talk them out of it should he see fit. Anyways, during the conversation,
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Everything, Everything review – a bland teen romance, totally devoid of hormones

In this adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s Ya novel, a girl with an immunodeficiency disease has a chaste and grown-up relationship with the boy next door

Here is yet another teen romance (like The Fault in Our Stars and If I Stay) inflicting a critical illness on its adolescent protagonist, turning boy-meets-girl into a life-or-death crisis.

Adapted from Nicola Yoon’s Ya novel, it stars Amandla Stenberg (Rue in The Hunger Games) as Maddy, a housebound 17-year-old with an immunodeficiency disease that makes her allergic to everything in the outside world – especially Olly (Nick Robinson), the hot skater kid who has just moved in next door. Unable to hook up Irl, the pair start instant messaging, beginning a blandly grown-up sext-free relationship. Both appear totally devoid of teenage hormones and Maddy is freakily well-adjusted for a teenager who has never set foot out of home. This is anaemic stuff, though
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Rebecca Thomas to Direct Fox Sci-fi Action-Thriller “Malignant”

Rebecca Thomas: Perri Nemiroff/YouTube

Rebecca Thomas has booked yet another gig. According to Variety, the “Stranger Things” helmer has signed on to direct “Malignant,” a sci-fi action-thriller from Fox.

Based on the Boom! Studios comic “Malignant Man,” the film will center on a terminally ill patient who “discovers that his malignant tumor is actually a mysterious alien parasite. He’s assigned to battle a secret army,” the source summarizes.

Zak Olkewicz penned the script.

Other women-helmed comic book adaptations on the way include Gina Prince-Bythewood’s “Silver & Black” and “Captain Marvel,” co-directed by Anna Boden.

Thomas has a number of high-profile films in the works, including a live-action telling of “The Little Mermaid” starring Chloe Grace Moretz (“If I Stay”), and an adaptation of beloved John Green Ya novel “Looking for Alaska.” In March she signed on to bring Cheryl Della Pietra’s semi-autobiographical novel “Gonzo Girl” to the big screen.

She made her feature debut with 2012’s “Electrick Children,” a drama about a Mormon teen who thinks she was impregnated by listening to music. “I was raised mainstream Mormon in Las Vegas, so I had a TV and went to public school, and I had people who weren’t Mormon as my friends,” Thomas shared when she was asked about how much of the film was influenced by her own experiences.

Rebecca Thomas to Direct Fox Sci-fi Action-Thriller “Malignant” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Doug Robinson Leaves Happy Madison for Overall Deal at Sony TV, Launches New Production Company

Doug Robinson, the head of TV at Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, has signed a four year overall deal at Sony Pictures Television that will see him launch his own production company, Variety has learned.

Robinson has been with Sony under the Happy Madison banner since 2002. He will now head up Doug Robinson Productions (Drp), which will focus on developing both drama and comedy for broadcast, cable and streaming. Joining Robinson at the new shingle is film producer Alison Greenspan. Greenspan was most recently partner to Denise Di Novi and is best known for bringing adaptations of “If I Stay,” “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and Nick Sparks’ “Best of Me” to the screen. In this new venture Greenspan will focus chiefly on launching a slate of dramas as well as support Robinson’s efforts to expand on the existing comedy brand. Happy Madison executive Matt Mosko will join Robinson at his new company focusing on
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Doug Robinson Exits Happy Madison, Launches New Sony TV-Based Banner

Happy Madison partner and head of television Doug Robinson is striking out on his own.

Robinson has exited Adam Sandler's Sony-based film and TV production company and launched his own shingle, Doug Robinson Productions. Additionally, the company has inked a massive four-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television.

Under the pact, Robinson — who has been with Sony since 2002 — will develop drama and comedy projects for cable and streaming platforms. Joining Drp is film producer Alison Greenspan (If I Stay, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Best of Me), who will focus on drama development as well as supporting...
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Matador Content Inks Production Deal with Little Creatures

Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin’s Matador Content, the producers behind shows such as “Lip Sync Battle” and “Boy Band,” has secured a multi-year production and development deal with Little Creatures, the production company founded by R.J. Cutler and Jane Cha, Variety has learned.

Under the partnership, Cutler and Cha will develop and produce non-fiction projects including docuseries, reality and competition shows, among others, for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms for Peterson and Lubin (pictured above) under the Matador banner.

“Matador continues to expand across all content genres and there are no better partners than R.J. and Jane to further take advantage of our production expertise,” said Matador’s Jay Peterson. “We are excited to have R.J. and Jane as active partners in this expansion.”

Cutler is the Oscar-nominated and Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker, documentarian, and television producer behind such projects as “The War Room,” “American High,” and
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Production starts on the Godzilla sequel, Full Cast list and Synopsis revealed

Author: Zehra Phelan

Holy Monsters! With production officially underway in Atlanta, Georgia on Godzilla King of the Monsters, a full cast list and synopsis has been revealed for the follow-up to the 2014 outing in which Gareth Edwards took the helm.

Although Edwards was lined up to direct the sequel, which now falls into the Kong, Godzilla monster universe after last year’s arrival of Kong: Skull Island, he gave up his throne to Michael Dougherty to pursue other projects.

Within the newly revealed synopsis, we are given an insight to the monsters we can expect to see this time around. Currently, the confirmed list of Monsters to be featured are Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah! Three of Toho’s most iconic Kaiju have been secured by Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures to star in the follow-up and will do battle with their revised Hollywood Godzilla which debuted in Gareth Edwards’ 2014 blockbuster.
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Mireille Enos-Starrer “Never Here” Acquired by Vertical Entertainment

Mireille Enos in “The Catch”: Kelsey McNeal/ABC

Vertical Entertainment has snagged the U.S. rights to the Mireille Enos thriller “Never Here,” Deadline reports. The film, which made its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 18, will receive a theatrical release later this year and will air on Starz in 2018.

Written and directed by Camille Thoman (“The Longest Game”), “Never Here” follows Miranda (Enos), an installation artist who is engaging in an affair. When her lover sees a violent crime from Miranda’s apartment, she decides to protect him and report it to the police herself. “Miranda poses as the primary witness, making statements to the police about a crime she did not see, and she begins to create a new piece of work based on these circumstances,” Deadline writes. “It sends Miranda into a maze of doubt and fear, blurring the lines between artist and subject.”

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Starz and the ‘Never Here’ team to bring this incredibly visceral film to audiences,” Vertical co-president Rich Goldberg commented. “Camille’s distinct vision threads an especially unique story that calls for active participation from every viewer.”

Never Here” also stars Nina Arianda (“Florence Foster Jenkins”), Ana Nogueira (“Vampire Diaries”), Sam Shepard (“Bloodlines”), Goran Visnjic (“Timeless”), Vincent Piazza (“The Intervention”), and Desmin Borges (“You’re the Worst”).

Wonderbar Productions and Before the Door Pictures are producing “Never Here.” Thoman is serving as producer alongside Elizabeth Yng-Wong, Bronwyn Cornelius, Julian Cautherley, Radium Cheung, and Corey Moosa.

Enos starred as Sarah Linden in Veena Sud’s mystery series “The Killing” from 2011 to 2014. The “If I Stay” actress earned a Golden Globe nod for the role. Enos portrayed Alice Vaughan in the Shondaland romantic thriller “The Catch” for two seasons. The ABC show was cancelled earlier this year.

Mireille Enos-Starrer “Never Here” Acquired by Vertical Entertainment was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Model and Fit Mom Sarah Stage Is Pregnant with Her Second Child: See Her (Barely There) Baby Bump!

Model and Fit Mom Sarah Stage Is Pregnant with Her Second Child: See Her (Barely There) Baby Bump!
Model Sarah Stage wowed fans with her tiny baby bump and six-pack during her first pregnancy, and now the mom-to-be is just as fit during her second pregnancy.

“I have a little bump, but this time I’m carrying a little bit differently,” the 33-year-old fit mom — who is five months pregnant — tells People exclusively. “The doctor says the baby is a lot lower.”

Stage is eagerly awaiting the newest addition to her family.

“I’m super excited that James will be a brother and have somebody to play with!” she says. “ has been so different. Having a toddler and running after him,
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Film Review: ‘Everything, Everything’ Offers Close to Nothing, Nothing

Chicago – I’ll be the first to admit that I am not the target audience for these stock young adult romance novels. Aside from the odd fascination and romanticization of teenage death and terminal illness, these stories feel trite and much closer to fantasy than anything real or plausible. This is what the film “Everything, Everything” brings to the table, which essentially translates to Nothing, Nothing.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

I am patient and empathetic. I always try to understand another person’s point of view or outlook especially when it doesn’t mirror my own. Going into every film with an open mind is the only way to truly open yourself to the experience it is trying to impart. I didn’t know anything when going into “Everything, Everything” but it soon became clear that I actually knew exactly how the story was going to progress after the first ten minutes. This
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‘Alien Covenant,’ ‘Wimpy Kid,’ and 20th Century Fox Will Lead the Box-Office Weekend

‘Alien Covenant,’ ‘Wimpy Kid,’ and 20th Century Fox Will Lead the Box-Office Weekend
This weekend, it’s all about 20th Century Fox. The studio is in the unusual position of opening two sequels, Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.” With the second weekend of “Snatched” and the long-running “The Baby Boss,” that should give them four titles in the top 10.

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Joining the two new titles is “Everything, Everything” (Warner Bros.), an adaptation of the young-adult novel about the first love of a chronically ill teenage girl. Those three, along with the continued strength of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” could propel top 10 grosses into a second straight week of improvement over last year. A robust Mother’s Day actually pushed last weekend slightly ahead of 2016’s.

Alien: Covenant” will provide the bulk of the new films’ total,
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“The Birth of the Pill” TV Adaptation Headed to National Geographic

Soon you’ll be able to watch a scripted series about the creation of the birth control pill alongside documentaries about nature and foreign cultures. According to The Hollywood Reporter, National Geographic has plans to develop “The Birth of the Pill,” a scripted adaptation of Jonathan Eig’s 2014 nonfiction book of the same name.

Eig’s book traces Planned Parenthood founder and feminist Margaret Sanger and philanthropist Katherine McCormick’s fight to provide women with safe, reliable contraception. With scientist Gregory Pincus and Ob-gyn John Rock, Sanger and McCormick “took on the scientific establishment, the church, and cultural norms in their fight,” THR summarizes.

Nat Geo is developing “The Birth of the Pill” in partnership with Fox. “Unforgettable” director Denise Di Novi will exec produce the project with Alison Greenspan, and Sonar Entertainment is producing with R.J. Cutler. Di Novi, Greenspan, and Cutler previously collaborated on the 2014 romance “If I Stay.”

It was originally reported that Audrey Wells (“Under the Tuscan Sun”) would write the first episode and Cutler would direct, but it’s unclear whether that plan is still going forward. Wells’ role was not mentioned in THR.

The source also details the other women-created narrative projects in the works at Nat Geo, including the history of the Ebola virus, “The Hot Zone,” and an untitled drama about the beginning of National Geographic itself.

The Hot Zone,” from Lynda Obst (“Insterstellar”), traces Ebola’s inception in the central African rain forest and its eventual migration to the U.S. The drama centers on “a U.S. Army veterinarian, working with a secret military Swat team, who puts herself in peril trying to contain the outbreak,” THR writes. “Under the Dome” writers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson will pen the script with Jeff Vintar (“I, Robot”). Fox 21 and Scott Free are exec producing.

National Geographic’s origin story will be exec produced by Marti Noxon (“UnREAL”). The untitled project “kicks off in the 1960s when a field producer is put in charge of two production teams as they shoot Nat Geo’s first TV documentaries in Siberia and Australia, braving espionage, scandal, and hostile environments.” Noxon is also producing under her Tiny Pyro Productions banner. The project is written by Erik Jendresen (“Band of Brothers”), also an Ep.

“This scripted development slate further solidifies our commitment to developing diverse projects with themes and issues that resonate and are relevant to our audience,” Courteney Monroe, Nat Geo Global Networks CEO, commented. “We are working with the best storytellers in the world to tell these very human stories that we hope will create global conversation and change the way viewers look at the world around them.”

“The Birth of the Pill” TV Adaptation Headed to National Geographic was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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