Atlantic recording artist Cody Simpson has announced plans to star in a new film titled ‘Finding Cody’. The scripted, choose your own adventure movie is set for release this June.
Currently in production in Los Angeles, ‘Finding Cody’ is the first YouTube choose your own adventure-style film starring a major musical artist. The film will feature multiple annotations allowing viewers to click and choose innumerable paths to reach the exciting conclusion.
Directed by filmmaker Michael Canzoneiero, from a script he co-wrote with Marco Ricci, ‘Finding Cody’ stars Gatlin Green and Lia Marie Johnson, herself a genuine YouTube sensation with over 11 million individual video views. The film follows self-proclaimed “biggest Cody Simpson fan in the world” Lucy in her quest to see her idol performing live in concert. Though faced by an array of obstacles – the show is sold out and she’s just been grounded by her mom – with the viewer’s choices guiding their way, Lucy and her best friend Lily might well make their dreams come true.
Among the highlights of ‘Finding Cody’ will be a behind-the-scenes, all-access tour of a Cody Simpson concert. The full-length event is slated to be filmed Saturday, April 28th at Anaheim’s House of Blues.
Finding Cody will have its world premiere this June via Warner Music Group’s original YouTube Channel, pictures & video.
Nikki Yanofsky performed the songs of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in the new animated film, ‘Tom and Jerry & The Wizard of Oz’. With classics like ‘Over the Rainbow’, ‘We’re Off To See The Wizard’ and ‘If I Only Had a Brain’, the Canadian artist was honored to contribute her voice to the legacy of Judy Garland. Check out a trailer and order the film for $14.99 at iTunes.
Vanessa Hudgens met with reporters in Los Angeles to discuss her new movie ‘Sucker Punch’, where the 22-year-old talked about a lesson from the movie that could mirror her personal life in wake of the continual leaks of compromising photos of the actress/singer online, which were stolen from her Gmail account. “The freedom and strength of the mind – we don’t give it enough credit,” Hudgens said. “It’s just amazing that when you are put in dire, compromising situations, you really can find your own positives, find your own freedom and make your destiny.” Read more.
Demi Lovato shared some insight about ‘Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam’ during a press junket interview with TV Guide, revealing how she’s different from her character in the Disney Channel film Mitchie Torres, having a more romantic relationship with Shane Gray (Joe Jonas) in the second film, and how ‘It’s On’ is the hardest number to perform on the movie. The interview video at YouTube has since been removed.
Sondre Lerche co-wrote and sang the song ‘Dear Laughing Doubters’, which concludes the new Steve Carrel, Paul Rudd, Zack Galifinakis and Jemaine Clement starring movie ‘Dinner For Schmucks’, directed by Jay Roach. The film opens in the US on Friday (July 30). Check Amazon.com to buy the digital track when it becomes available. Sondre wrote about penning the song on his MySpace on Monday:
Now, writing words for a song in a movie is the hardest thing cause they always start out telling you, don’t feel the need to comment on any of the action or characters on the screen – just knock yourself out! So you start off free and random, try to find direction and feeling without making contact with what’s happening in the scene.
Needles to say, the moment you present your first draft everybody starts having very specific opinions about it all and with each new draft it’s either too random, too on-the-nose, too sad, too sweet, too busy, too bad. Now things are getting exciting cause you’re discussing the endless possibilities and details of the song with people who are even more deeply invested in the project than you are yourself. The director, Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet The Parents), had lots of helpful and nuanced thoughts on how songs represent characters and their view on life. Of course this part of the process can be a frustrating too, cause you’re constantly being challenged and pushed to make it work better in the context of the film.
The entire post at MySpace has since been removed.
Lindsay Lohan is reportedly to play porn icon Linda Lovelace in new movie, ‘Inferno’. “We’ve all thought that Lindsay would be a great choice for a while now, and we’re all convinced that she is going to do it,” the film’s producer Razaqi told the LA Times. “For at least a year, the director [Matthew Wilder] and I have gone back and forth imagining how awesome of a performance she could give if she was in the movie.”
Justin Timerlake and his ex-girlfriend Cameron Diaz filmed scenes from their upcoming film ‘Bad Teacher’ in Irwindale, California on Wednesday (April 7).
Sara Bareilles checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@sarabareilles) on Thursday (May 21), echoing the thoughts of Mandy Moore about the metal band documentary ‘Anvil’. The singer songwriter tells readers:
I just watched the movie ANVIL. It’s unbelievable. It made me want to perm my hair and join a metal band and move to Czechoslovakia and play shows in underground pubs and write songs about leather.
I knew nothing about the band, but saw the preview and immediately was super excited to see it. It seriously is an incredible documentary. For such a seemingly hardcore subject matter, this movie is poignant and tender, capturing moments where you truly see how very deeply these men care about this band and each other. I bawled like a baby. (shocker of the year.)
I sound like a freaking advertisement, but seriously it was an awesome movie.
The trailer to Mariah Carey’s new film ‘Precious’ has been released, starring Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz. The Lee Daniels directed film tells the story of an overweight, illiterate Harlem teen who is pregnant with her second child and invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction. It opens in Los Angeles and New York on November 6th. Watch it via YouTube below.
During a press conference for ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie’ in London, England, Miley Cyrus told reporters she wished gossip sites would “go away”.
“I think they’re hard on the celebrities featured but the kids that go on there as well,” the 16-year-old said. “I’m a normal girl and if I was any smaller, I’d be ‘too skinny’ and if I was any bigger I’d be ‘too fat’, there’s never perfection. But if the sites show pictures of me on the red carpet and then kids think ‘that’s what you’re supposed to look like’, I think it gets people mixed up. Not only the celebrities, but the kids reading it as well.” Miley added, “I think it’s all trash.”
Moviebeat had highlights from the presser, also featuring her father Billy Ray and the movie’s director Peter Chelsom. Video at YouTube has since been removed.