Illusionist heist drama Now You See Me is set for a sequel after making a magical $350 million (£219 million) at the international box office last year (13). The surprise hit about a group of rival magicians who join forces to rob a bank will return with its original cast and a new director, according to insiders.
Jon M. Chu, the man behind the G.I. Joe sequel, is in talks to take over from Louis Leterrier, according to Variety.
Dave Franco, who starred in the summer, 2013 film, recently addressed rumours of a sequel, stating, "I've heard a pitch of the story. It's actually going to be really exciting. I was slightly weary, just because you never know when it comes to a sequel. But I think the first one opened up enough avenues. There are many directions left to explore. There are many places that it can go."
Franco starred alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Mark Ruffalo in the hit film.
Former child star Marie Osmond is convinced Justin Bieber will struggle to save his pop career following the release of a second video in which he is allegedly shown repeatedly making racial slurs.
A report published in Britain's The Sun newspaper on Wednesday (04Jun14) suggested the footage features the Baby hitmaker changing the words to his 2009 hit One Less Lonely Girl to One Less Lonely N**ger and making references to notorious race hate group, the Ku Klux Klan. The video has since been released to TMZ.com, days after Bieber issued a public apology for another old clip, in which he was caught on camera, at 15, telling a racist joke and using the 'N-word'. Both videos are thought to date back to 2009. Neither Bieber nor his manager Scooter Braun have officially commented on the latest race scandal, but veteran entertainer Osmond believes it will be the nail in the coffin for the singer's career.
Speaking as a guest co-host on U.S. daytime show The Talk on Wednesday, she said, "You see him say sorry over and over. I believe in forgiveness, but you keep saying it over and over and your actions don't back up your words, and this is, to me, the classic case of what we call a child star, where they have handlers and they have people that pay people off to clean up their messes. Well, those messes eventually catch up with you and there's a thing called consequence and you're no longer a child... "I don't see him recovering from this, at all. I don't see him recovering."
Bieber found himself under fire over the weekend (31May-01Jun14) release of the initial video, and he released a statement on Sunday (01Jun14), insisting it was "a reckless and immature mistake" which he deeply regrets. He added, "Thanks to friends and family I learned from my mistakes and grew up and apologized for those wrongs. Now that these mistakes from the past have become public I need to apologize again to all those I have offended."
Bieber's clean-cut pop star image has taken a battering in recent months following a string of legal problems, including a DUI arrest in Florida earlier this year (14) and allegations he was involved in an assault on a limousine driver in his native Canada.
Actress/rocker Juliette Lewis has joined the cast of the live-action update of 1980s cartoon Jem And The Holograms. Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun and director Jon M. Chu are behind the adaptation.
Acting newcomer Aubrey Peeples has been handed the task of bringing cult 1980s' cartoon Jem And The Holograms to life in a new live-action movie. Last month (Mar14), G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu revealed he had teamed up with Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun and Insidious producer Jason Blum to revive the classic kids' show, which was based on the popular Hasbro toyline of the same name.
Now they have cast Nashville actress Peeples in her movie debut, starring as lead character Jerrica Benton and her rock star alter ego Jem, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Her bandmates will be played by another crop of relative newcomers - Disney actress Stefanie Scott, The Fosters' Hayley Kiyoko and Lost star Harold Perrineau's daughter Aurora Perrineau, who has previously appeared on TV drama Pretty Little Liars.
Chu, Braun and Blum have also been accepting audition videos from aspiring actors online in a bid to fill other roles in the movie.
Well this is certainly outrageous. Director John M. Chu, best known for helming G.I. Joe Retaliation and the Step Up films, is teaming up with Scooter Braun and Paranormal Activity producer Steven Blum to create a live-action film version of the cult 80's classic Jem and the Holograms. If that wasn't crazy enough, the trio is asking the internet to help make the film.
The original Jem television show was created by Christy Marx, and was developed alongside a line of toys from Hasbro. The show followed the adventures of Jerrica Benton, who transformed into Jem thanks to a mini holographic computer that could change her appearance on the fly. In a video uploaded today, the filmmakers are asking the most gifted members of the Tumblrverse to show their talents, and possibly earn a spot in the upcoming movie. Jem fans have taken to twitter to celebrate, and some have even given suggestions as to who they want to see as their favorite characters. They also want to hear any suggestions, casting or otherwise, in regards to the film. We decided to round up some of these casting ideas...
Jerrica "Jem" BentonJem is the enigmatic lead singer of the rock band Jem and the Holograms. By day, Jerrica Benton is the owner and manager of Starlight Music, but by night she becomes Jem, the lead singer of the all-girl rock group "Jem and the Holograms." Jerrica becomes Jem thanks to a holographic computer system named Synergy that is located in her earrings.
Twitter's Picks for Jem: Diana Argon, Jaimie Alexander
@jonmchu Also, casting wise - @DiannaAgron for Jem #JemTheMovie gets my vote.
— Darren (@DazzaField) March 20, 2014
@JaimieAlexander can you please play #jem in #JemTheMovie? I believe you and your knife collection would be #trulyoutrageous
— Tyler & Ross (@superheropod) March 20, 2014
PizzazzPhyllis "Pizzazz" Gabor is the lead singer and guitarist of The Misfits and often serves as an antagonist to Jem. Throughout the series, she frequently tries to upstage her rival. Pizzazz is spoiled by her father who neglects her emotionally. She dreams of becoming famous one day.
Twitter's Picks for Pizzazz: Lupita Nyong'o, Kesha, Miley Cyrus
Campaign for Lupita Nyong'o to play Pizzazz. #JemTheMovie
— Arya (@artboiled) March 20, 2014
If @KeshaRose doesn't play Pizzazz in #JemTheMovie I'm going to be livid. @scooterbraun @jonmchu
— Jesus Maroney (@JesusMaroney) March 20, 2014
My suggestion: Give Miley Cyrus a fright wig and cast her as Pizzazz. #JemTheMovie
— Terry Estep (@terry_estep) March 20, 2014
StormerStormer is the songwriter for The Misfits. She's the most kind-hearted of The Misfits, and often feels bad about her band's attempts to sabotage Jem and the Holograms.
Twitter's Pick: Lindsey Lohan
Also, a few years ago, Lindsay Lohan would have been a PERFECT Misfit.
— jennifer abella (@nextjen) March 20, 2014
Eric RaymondSly and manipulative, Eric Raymond is the central villain of the series. He is a ruthless music executive that continually tries to sabotage Jem and her band.
Twitter's Pick: Jon Hamm
@JoyDanielle61 @MisfitsTamara @reelsistas @ReelTalker Have we discussed who will play Eric Raymond? I'm thinking Jon Hamm for some reason
— BlackGirlNerds (@BlackGirlNerds) March 20, 2014
RioRio is Jem's childhood friend and boyfriend. He serves as a manager for the Holograms but doesn't know Jem's true identity. He develops a crush on Jem which, as you can imagine, makes things a bit awkward.
Twitter's Pick: Justin Bieber
@jonmchu @itsRyanButler justin bieber is talented at singing, dancing, and acting so.. @justinbieber #JemTheMovie
— FOLLOW ME AUSTIN (@XNASHBROWNX) March 20, 2014
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Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun has signed on to co-produce a live-action movie adaptation of cult 1980s' cartoon Jem And The Holograms - and he's offering fans the chance to star in the film. Braun has teamed up with G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu and Insidious producer Jason Blum to revive the classic kids' show, which was based on the popular Hasbro toyline of the same name, and they are appealing to wannabes to get involved.
In a YouTube.com video announcing the project, Chu says, "We want to invite you into our process to help us make our next movie, from making music to designing costumes, to even casting, whatever it is, we want you to be part of our creative team...
"The movie, without giving away too much, is a modern-day, live-action reinvention of the 1980s Hasbro classic cartoon Jem and The Holograms."
The cartoon centred on Jerrica Benton and her alter-ego, Jem, a singer who fronted a band called The Holograms, and the filmmakers are calling on fans to offer up casting ideas by posting videos detailing what they loved about the show on social media blogs like Twitter.com.
They are also searching for aspiring actors of "any age, any gender" to star in the movie - as long as they are "triple threats".
Interested fans have been asked to share two-minute audition videos on Twitter.
Chu, the man behind the Justin Bieber: Never Say Never concert documentary, is reportedly hoping to take advantage of social media to get production on the film started later this spring (14).
A frank assertion to begin: I don't think Justin Bieber needs any help. This is not because I condone reckless behavior, but it's unlikely that the pop star is genuinely having a public meltdown. Call me crazy, but I think Bieber's recent antics are an attempt to seek more publicity and present a fabricated image of himself to a public that can't help but buy into it. Like Miley Cyrus, everything Bieber does is carefully calculated, and although outsiders might observe his behavior and deem it shameful and embarrassing, Bieber knows exactly what he's doing and he's benefiting from it in major ways. Below are eight reasons why.
The behavior is too stupid
It's one thing to get a DUI, but it's something entirely different to be investigated for egging your neighbor's house. Even a narcissistic, self-absorbed celebrity wouldn't be this idiotic. Add to this Bieber's instagram picture after his arrest, and something tells me that this was planned all along.
The behavior is too public
Whenever we discuss "leaks" to the media, what we're really talking about is a celebrity's attempt to pass something off as private. Make no mistake: celebrities leak information themselves to give of the illusion of a scandal. The recent sexually suggestive photograph of Bieber and his friend might seem candid, but Bieber's been in the spotlight too long to let something like this happen without his knowing.
Public figures fabricate their image
We think we know Bieber because he tells us about himself, but everything he says and does is meticulously constructed in advance to present a certain image to the public. All public figures, whether they be Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, or Bieber, aren't showing us who they really are. They're showing us what they want us to see, and we buy into it every single time.
Everyone loves a comeback
A few months from now, Bieber will turn his life around. He will stop getting into trouble, he will publicly apologize and admit his wrongdoings, and he will present a better image of himself to the public. Everyone will love him for it, and he will once again be called a positive role model. Bieber understands that the public loves a story of redemption, and it's not unreasonable to think that he's purposefully putting that story into motion for future glorification.
His music is too good
I find it amazing that in between vandalizing property, driving under the influence, and hooking up with prostitutes, Bieber found the time to release the best music of his career. Each week since October 2013, fans have been treated to a new song, and all of them are eclectic, experimental, and creatively inspired.
He smiles in his mug shot
Bieber's mugshot is a masterwork of self-absorption, but that's precisely the point. When most people are arrested, they're understandably upset, and their mug shots typically demonstrate this sadness. Bieber, on the other hand, doesn't seem to have a care in the world. This is because he seems to be in on the joke.
Most of his crimes are forgivable
Although we should never condone bad behavior, vandalism and soliciting prostitutes aren't the worst crimes that an individual can commit. If Bieber was truly having a meltdown, he would most likely be getting into more serious trouble. That his crimes are relatively tame -- misdemeanors no less -- should cause us to wonder if we should just take it with a grain of salt.
He has too much to lose
To quote Bieber, we should "never say never," but public figures in Bieber's position rarely screw it all up for themselves. There are exceptions, of course, but Bieber is a young man with a lot to lose, and if he's truly in need of help, something tells me that he would have gotten it already. The fact that he continues on his path with no reflection leads me to conclude that his recent behavior is part of the path he's created.
What do you think?
Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun delayed the release of the pop superstar's new concert movie until the end of the year (13) after the teen began hitting headlines for all the wrong reasons. The Baby hitmaker has fallen foul of the law on multiple occasions amid reports of speeding inside the gated community of his Los Angeles home and defacing building walls with graffiti in Brazil and Australia, while he has also been showing up late at concerts and was caught urinating in a restaurant mop bucket - all in the space of a few months.
Braun claims the drama prompted Bieber's handlers to stall plans to release the concert film over the summer (13) to give them time to rework the project, and sit the singer down for an in-depth interview with director Jon M. Chu to share his side of the story.
And Chu pushed Bieber so close to the brink, he struggled to hide his emotions on camera.
During an interview on U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, Braun explained, "I think he's going through normal teenage stuff and he's trying to fight this idea of wanting to be normal, but then the responsibility that comes of being who he is, I think we address that in the film...
"We made this film and we actually canned it for six months because we realised with all the rumours coming, we couldn't address them all, and we'd be sitting there defending and having to prove this, that and the other...
"We decided to have him address everything, so in the film, he actually does a three-hour sit-down interview and we chopped it up and put the best bits in the film... Jon asked him really hard questions, like, 'People think you're the next trainwreck; what do you say about that?' or 'This happened. What really happened?', to the point where he broke down at one point and he said, 'Put it all on the film.'"
Justin Bieber's Believe concert documentary is set to hit movie theatres on Christmas Day (25Dec13) and Braun insists fans and critics will learn a lot from the film.
He added, "I think this movie was kinda liberating. I think the last movie, Never Say Never, did extremely well and it represented hope, it represented a kid who came from nothing and lived the dream, and this movie is what happens when you get knocked down... This movie shows Justin facing adversity and how he's really responding to it... so this movie really addresses that..."
The writer behind The Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise is bringing cartoon hero He-Man back to the big screen. Screenwriter Terry Rossio is working on a reboot of Masters of the Universe, the 1987 big screen take on the Mattel toy series, which starred Dolph Lundgren as the musclebound prince and Frank Langella as his evil nemesis Skeletor.
However, unlike the first movie, which also featured a young Courteney Cox, the new take will be set on He-Man's home planet of Eternia, rather than on Earth.
It's the latest bid for the franchise to be brought back to the big screen - in 2009 filmmaker Joel Silver and Kung Fu Panda director John Stevenson were slated to create a live action version.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu was then linked to helm the update, but he is no longer attached, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Pop superstar Justin Bieber's new concert film Justin Bieber's Believe will be screened at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival for potential buyers. The movie will feature footage from the singer's Believe tour stops in Miami, Florida in January (13) and was directed by Never Say Never's Jon M. Chu.