Washington D.C. -- Julianne Hough will receive a "CinemaCon Rising Star of 2011 Award," it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of CinemaCon, which will be held March 28-31, 2011, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Hough will be presented with this special honor at the inaugural "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Award" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, March 31st in The Colosseum of Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, Official Presenting Sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.

"Already a star in the world of music, television and dance, Julianne Hough is sure to thrill audiences with her portrayal of Ariel in Paramount Pictures fall release Footloose," noted Neuhauser. "We are excited to be able to present her with a CinemaCon Rising Star of 2011 Award and can't wait to see what the future holds for this born entertainer."

Hough will next be seen starring as Ariel in the Paramount Pictures release Footloose on October 14, 2011. Writer/Director Craig Brewer delivers a new take of the beloved 1984 classic film, when Ren MacCormack (played by newcomer Kenny Wormald) is transplanted from Boston to the small town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A tragic accident led Bomont's local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) to implement ordinances prohibiting loud music and dancing. Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister's troubled daughter, Ariel, in the process.

Actress/Singer/Dancer Julianne Hough is known to millions of fans as the two-time professional dance champion on ABC-TV's top-rated "Dancing With the Stars." In 2008, she released her self-titled debut album on Universal Music Group Nashville which hit the Billboard Country charts at #1 and entered the Billboard 200 at #3. The album spawned two hit singles "That Song in My Head," and "My Hallelujah Song," earning her two Academy of Country Music Awards. In 2010, she made her big screen debut in the star-studded ensemble cast of Screen Gems' dramatic musical Burlesque, working alongside an all-star cast, including Cher, Christina Aguilera, Stanley Tucci, Eric Dane, Kristen Bell and Cam Gigandet.

 

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New York, NY -- The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that it has acquired from Exclusive Media Group (Exclusive) the U.S. distribution rights to So Undercover, an action comedy starring Miley Cyrus (The Last Song, "Hannah Montana," LOL). The film, which was fully financed by Exclusive, is directed by Tom Vaughan (What Happens in Vegas), with a screenplay co-written by Allan Loeb (Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, 21) and Steven Pearl. Along with Exclusive, the film is being produced by Loeb and Pearl through their company, Scarlet Fire Entertainment and by Tish Cyrus (The Last Song, LOL). Executive Producers are Jodi Zuckerman-Weiner (Hearts in Atlantis) for Cyrus' production company, Hope Town Entertainment, and Rob Cowan (The Crazies). So Undercover co-stars Jeremy Piven ("Entourage"), Mike O'Malley (Cedar Rapids, "Glee") and Kelly Osbourne ("The Osbournes"). The announcement was jointly made by TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein, TWC COO David Glasser and Exclusive Co-Chairmen Guy East and Nigel Sinclair.

"We're excited to be working with Miley Cyrus as she transitions from child phenomenon to grown-up star. She's got charisma and talent to burn, and So Undercover shows her to be a deft comedic actress," said Glasser. "This deal is a testament to the savvy instincts of Peter Lawson and his acquisitions team in scouting and securing those projects that will enhance TWC's release slate."

"We are thrilled to know that the film is now in great hands with Harvey Weinstein and his amazingly talented team at The Weinstein Company," said Sinclair and East. Exclusive Films International (EFI), the International sales and marketing arm of Exclusive, is handling worldwide sales of this title and has sold most major foreign territories prior to and while at the European Film Market in Berlin last week.

The deal was negotiated for TWC by Glasser, Peter Lawson, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions, and Laine Kline, Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs; and for Exclusive Media Group by Andy Mayson, Managing Director and CFO, and CAA, which also arranged financing for the film.

 

 

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Up and coming actor Nicholas Hoult has landed another high-profile role. Hoult will star as a zombie in Summit's Warm Bodies. The film will be an adaptation of the recent Isaac Marion novel of the same name.  Jonathan Levine is attached to write and direct.

Nicholas Hoult was featured in 2009's A Single Man.  He will also star as Beast in this summer's X-Men: First Class; a role which will obviously heighten awareness of the young actor even further. Recently, Hoult landed the starring role in New Line's Jack the Giant Killer.

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Actor Jonah Hill is reportedly in talks to direct his first film, Sony's The Kitchen Sink. The project is being produced by Matt Tolmach and is based on a script written by Oren Uziel. The Kitchen Sink will be a high school themed movie that involves vampires, zombies and aliens.

Jonah Hill is already involved with two other upcoming releases from Sony. He will be featured in Moneyball, which opens on September 23 of this year, as well as in the big-screen version of 21 Jump Street (which he is also co-writing). 21 Jump Street is currently scheduled to be released on March 16, 2012. Last year Hill starred in Get Him to the Greek, which grossed $61.0 million domestically.

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Director Jose Padilha is reportedly in talks with MGM to direct the studio's upcoming Robocop remake. The re-launch of the popular 1987 sci-fi action film will represent MGM's first attempt at establishing a new franchise during the new Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum era.

Jose Padilha is a Brazilian director who is largely unknown in North America, but who is quite popular in Brazil. He is most famous for directing and writing Elite Squad and Elite Squad 2, a pair of recent Portuguese language crime dramas that were successful in Brazil. The original Robocop grossed $53.4 million in 1987, which adjusts to $108.6 million when taking into account ticket price inflation.

Director Darren Aronofsky had previously been attached to the re-launch of Robocop before deciding to direct the upcoming Wolverine sequel.

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