Auli’i Cravalho to star in ABC’s live musical production of ‘The Little Mermaid’

Auli’i Cravalho to star in ABC’s live musical production of ‘The Little Mermaid’

Alan Menken earned an Academy Award for writing the film’s original music, including the songs “Under the Sea,” “Part of Your World” and the Oscar-winning ballad “Kiss the Girl.” The late Howard Ashman wrote the lyrics to the film’s iconic songs.

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Disney adapting Nigerian-American author Tomi Adeyemi’s YA novel ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ into feature film

Disney adapting Nigerian-American author Tomi Adeyemi’s YA novel ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ into feature film

The first of Adeyemi’s “Legacy of Orïsha” series, “Children of Blood and Bone” was published last year by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. The sequel, “Children of Virtue and Vengeance,” is due out in December.

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Interview: Maureen Bharoocha making feature film directorial debut with ladies arm wrestling comedy ‘Golden Arm’

Interview: Maureen Bharoocha making feature film directorial debut with ladies arm wrestling comedy ‘Golden Arm’

Maureen Bharoocha is best known for her work as a rising comedic director for “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” as well as her films that have appeared on the Lifetime Network, including “I Am Watching You” and “Fatal Flip.”

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Nina Dobrev to star in and executive produce indie comedy ‘Sick Girl’

Nina Dobrev to star in and executive produce indie comedy ‘Sick Girl’

The independent comedy will mark the feature film writing and directing debut for Jennifer Cram, the longtime casting associate who most recently was casting director on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.”

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Jennifer Lawrence to star in and produce true-crime movie ‘Mob Girl’

Jennifer Lawrence to star in and produce true-crime movie ‘Mob Girl’

“Mob Girl” follows Arlyne Brickman, a woman who grew up among racketeers and mobsters on the Lower East Side of New York City. She became a “mob girlfriend” who then wanted a piece of the action herself, eventually becoming a police informant and a major witness in the government’s case against the Colombo crime family.

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Meryl Streep to receive the Toronto International Film Festival’s Tribute Actor Award

Meryl Streep to receive the Toronto International Film Festival’s Tribute Actor Award

“Meryl Streep is undoubtedly one of the most talented and versatile actors of her generation,” said Joana Vicente, the festival’s executive director and co-head, in a statement. “Her tremendous contribution to cinema, television, and the stage spans five decades.”

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‘Moana’s’ Auli’i Cravalho to star in Netflix feature film ‘Sorta Like a Rock Star’

‘Moana’s’ Auli’i Cravalho to star in Netflix feature film ‘Sorta Like a Rock Star’

Principal photography is set to begin in October, with Cravalho starring as a teenager who, despite difficult circumstances, is exceptionally optimistic about the world and her place in it.

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‘Booksmart’s’ Olivia Wilde and Katie Silberman to reteam for Universal holiday comedy

‘Booksmart’s’ Olivia Wilde and Katie Silberman to reteam for Universal holiday comedy

“Booksmart,” Wilde’s feature directorial debut, follows best friends and academic overachievers Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein), who realize they’ve missed out on pretty much all the fun during high school. So, on the eve of graduation, they decide to make up for lost time with one wild adventure.

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Jamie Lee Curtis returning to star in, produce ‘Halloween’ sequels ‘Halloween Kills’ and ‘Halloween Ends’

Jamie Lee Curtis returning to star in, produce ‘Halloween’ sequels ‘Halloween Kills’ and ‘Halloween Ends’

Written by David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Scott Teems, based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, the film will be directed by Green and produced by Malek Akkad, Jason Blum and Bill Block.

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Amazon Studios turning Sundance favorite ‘Selah and the Spades’ into a series

Amazon Studios turning Sundance favorite ‘Selah and the Spades’ into a series

“’Selah and The Spades’ is a fun and addictive story that immediately draws you in,” Matt Newman, co-head of movies at Amazon Studios said. “I’m so excited to bring filmmaker Tayarisha Poe into the Amazon Studios family — she has such a unique and beautiful style of storytelling that young audiences everywhere will fall in love with, just as we have.”

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