EXCLUSIVE : WWE star Natalie Eva Marie is set to star alongside Randy Couture, Neal McDonough, former WWE tag team champion Oleg Prudius, Bai Lin and former UFC Lightweight champion Rashad Evans in Phoenix , an action-thriller from Tadross Media Group , Bulldog Brothers Entertainment and director Daniel Zirilli that has entered production in Miami. Phoenix centers on Fiona “Phoenix” Grant (Marie), a U.S. Army veteran Sergeant who is teaching hand-to-hand combat skills in Afghanistan when she receives word that her father, Everett Grant (Couture), a prominent security specialist, has been killed in Florida. The police report says it was suicide, but Fiona doesn’t believe it. Encouraged to take a leave of absence by her commanding officer (McDonough), she heads back to the U.S. and soon learns that the prime suspect is Maxim Vasiliiev (Prudius), a ruthless local drug kingpin with an army of mercenaries and enough legal, political and business influence to keep him … [Read more...] about Thriller ‘Phoenix’, Rom-Com ‘Things Like This,’ Short ‘Darwin Fick’ Set Casts; Buffalo 8, Freestyle Acquisitions; More – Film Briefs
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TMZSports.com NBA champ Lamar Odom is looking to share his experience with the next generation of celebrities -- he's launching his very own talent management company. TMZ Sports has learned ... the ex-Lakers star teamed up with his manager, Tonita B , to kickstart the Savvy Talent Management Group with the intent to help young ballers and entertainers find their way in the industry. We spoke with L.O. about his decision to get involved ... and he said he wants to prevent young talent from making the same mistakes he did during his career. "I wish I would have learned how to save my money a little bit more," Lamar tells us. "I wish I would have been able to do my due diligence on how to read people the right way, so I can keep the right people in my life that deserve to be there." Odom -- who played in the NBA from 1999-2014 -- has high aspirations with STMG ... and he's been studying up on other success stories in the industry. … [Read more...] about Lamar Odom Launches Talent Management Company, Gunning To Be Like Klutch!
Esha Gupta and her Spanish boyfriend Manuel Campos Guallar recently tested positive for COVID-19. The couple is currently isolating in Madrid. On the other hand, Esha's family in Delhi is also fighting against the virus. In a tete-a-tete with Hindustan Times, the Badshaho actress talked about battling the virus. The actress said that not being able to be with them is not only making her feel helpless, but also taking a toll on her mental health. Esha Gupta On Getting Trolled For Sharing Bold Photos: Why Not Ask Men To Cover Up? Esha told the tabloid, "I thought I'd be one of those people who would be saved from ever getting the virus since, during the peak of it in India in January, I was shooting in Kolkata. Even during my other series set, we had cases, but my team and I were safe." The actress revealed that she has been down with fever and cough for two weeks and has lost her smell. Esha Gupta Recalls Being Abused By Director "The fact … [Read more...] about Esha Gupta On Battling COVID-19: It Has Taken A Toll On Me Mentally
EXCLUSIVE : Michelle Buteau is set to star in a comedy series for Netflix based on her book of essays Survival of the Thickest . The comedian, who hosts the streamer’s reality series The Circle and starred in feature film Always Be My Maybe , created the series with Danielle Sanchez-Witzel, showrunner of NBC’s The Carmichael Show and co-exec producer of New Girl. The streamer has handed the series, also titled Survival of the Thickest, an eight-episode order. It comes from A24, which is behind series such as Hulu’s Ramy and HBO’s Euphoria . Survival of the Thickest centers on Mavis Beaumont, played by Buteau. Black, plus-size and newly single, Mavis unexpectedly finds herself having to rebuild her life after putting all her eggs in one man’s basket, but she’s determined to not only survive but thrive with the support of her chosen family, a positive attitude, and a cute v-neck with some lip gloss. Buteau and Sanchez-Witzel, who will serve as … [Read more...] about Michelle Buteau Lands Comedy Series ‘Survival Of The Thickest’ At Netflix As Part Of Expanded Relationship
Opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of Rolling Stone editors or publishers. I remember the first time I saw Annie , I was 10 years old, and it drew me in. The story was one to remember, but the music always stayed with me. Seeing the journey of the orphan brought to life through song and dance evoked an emotional response in me that is still ingrained deep in my memory. As someone who writes fiction in the digital era, I recently thought to myself: How can you translate the elements of a story and bring it to audiences in a new way? A way that will stick with them, the way Annie has stuck with me all of these years? I found my answer in a new medium: a musical podcast. Beyond a Simple Audiobook This understanding led me to create my first musical podcast, “Shadow Realm,” which came on the heels of a middle-grade fiction novel I had written for Indian audiences. The story was well-received, and it prompted me to wonder: What if I … [Read more...] about Turning a Novel Into a Musical Podcast
If Emily the Criminal had been made in the 1970s, it might have been an angry drama starring Jane Fonda. If it had been made in the ’80s, it would have been a feelgood comedy starring Dolly Parton. And here we are in 2022, where it lands with its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival as a taut, gripping but nevertheless damning portrait of how much ground has been lost in the last 40 years. The setting is America, but the subject is universal: the growth of wage slavery and, in particular, the glass ceiling that exists for people, women in particular, on low income. The title sounds like an edgy comedy, and Aubrey Plaza is no stranger to those, which might be the Trojan horse subterfuge director John Patton Ford is using. Like this year’s U.S. Competition entry Emergency , it’s a genre film that actively deconstructs its genre, promising a risqué romp—a little bit like 2019’s stripper-con thriller Hustlers , which went surprisingly far then stopped disappointingly … [Read more...] about Sundance Review: Aubrey Plaza In ‘Emily The Criminal’