Simon Cowell is producing a film, along with former Paramount production chief, Brad Weston, that will tell the story of British reality star, Paul Potts.
The film will be called "One Chance" from a script being developed by "The Bucket List" writer Justin Zackham.
Julian Jarrold, the director who gave us "Becoming Jane" and "Brideshead Revisited," is in talks to helm.
Variety tells us that Cowell "is producing the project along with Mike Menchel, who helped discover Potts when his daughter watched a YouTube video of the everyman hero, as well as Menchel's Relevant Pictures partner Steve Whitney. Weston helped steer the project when he was an exec at Paramount, and it was one of several he took with him when he segued to a producer deal on the lot."
Matthew Vaughn ("Stardust" and the upcoming "Kick-Ass") is expected to come aboard to help finance the movie.
"One Chance," a feel-good drama tells the story of Potts, a chubby cell phone salesman and amateur opera singer who defied all odds and became an overnight sensation when he appeared on "Britain's Got Talent." Much like Susan Boyle, Potts saw his video become a viral phenomenon.
Paramount is fast-tracking this film so it will be ready right around the finale of the upcoming season of "Britain's Got Talent" next summer.
Casting will be announced very soon!
Now, I don't know much about Potts, I haven't been following "Britain's Got Talent," but from the videos I saw? This guy is like the "Rocky" of reality singing competition!
Just take a look at his mini-biography:
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Kristen Bell joins the cast of "Burlesque," the musical drama being directed by Steve Antin. The actress will star as Christina Aguilera's rival.
"Burlesque" tells the story of a small-town girl (Aguilera) with a big voice who becomes the toast of the town after appearing in a Los Angeles neo-burlesque club.
Cher will co-star as Tess, a former dancer who takes the small town girl under her wing. Stanley Tucci will play the manager of the club and the best friend of Tess.
Shooting begins Nov. 9 with a release aimed for Thanksgiving 2010.
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TMZ tells us that a judge has cleared the way for Rock to be able to release his movie "Good Hair."
Regina Kimbell sued Rock, claiming he copied her documentary "My Nappy Roots." Well, the judge has shut down her request for a temporary restraining order. (See the original story by clicking Chris Rock's Hair-Raising Lawsuit! Injunction Filed Against Comedian's "Good Hair")
So all's well that ended well for Rock. He's having a "Good Hair" day!
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Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau teamed up once again for "Couples Retreat." They co-wrote the script as well! And the director? Peter Billingsley aka Ralphie from "A Christmas Story."
The cast looked like they had fun making the film, but will you enjoy watching the movie?
Take a look at my review:
Four Midwestern couples embark on a journey to a tropical island resort. While one of the couples is there to work on their marriage, the other three set out to jet ski, spa and enjoy some fun in the sun. They soon discover that participation in the resort's couples therapy is not optional. Suddenly, their group-rate vacation comes at a price. What follows is a hilarious look at real world problems faced by all couples.
Running Time: 1 hr. 47 min.
Release Date: October 9th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and language.
Distributors: Universal Pictures
Production Co.: Wild West Picture Show Productions, Stuber Productions
Studios: Universal Pictures
Financiers: Relativity Media
Filming Locations: Bora Bora
Los Angeles, California, USA
Bora-Bora, French Polynesia
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The life story of Wladziu Valentino Liberace has always been intriguing and very filmic. Flashy, flamboyant, and yes, closeted, Liberace regaled everyone and became one of the most interesting pop culture icons.
Now, I'm hearing that Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh is getting ready to make a film about the master showman with Matt Damon and Michael Douglas attached to the project!
Douglas will play Liberace while Damon will star as his partner/companion, Scott Thorson. Soderbergh tells MTV news, "Everybody is hopeful that there will be a full-on, love-wrestling match between these guys...That's not where my mind went, but we have a hot-tub scene in there."
Damon told MTV that he and Douglas were getting ready for some kissing scenes. "I saw Michael last night...he looks at me and goes, 'Get your Chapstick ready!' "
Soderbergh revealed that his film version will be told from the perspective of Thorson. The director revealed, "We have this framing device in which he's laying [the story] out for us. As a narrator, it feels like he has an agenda — and then when you get to the ending you realize, 'Oh, it's not what I thought.'
Here's more of what Soderbergh said to MTV:
"It's pretty crazy," Soderbergh said of the film's tone. "I don't think it's a comedy, but it's pretty funny because the environment and the lifestyle are so extreme that even just having these guys carry on a quote-unquote 'normal' conversation in one of these rooms wearing the clothes that they wore, it's hard to look at that and take it at face value.
"I think it's going to be really funny," he said of the flick that will reunite him with "The Informant!" star Damon, and set the actor and Douglas amid an array of candles, pianos, diamonds and other Liberace hallmarks. "It lands in a really unexpected way. The ending is surprisingly emotional. It will be unexpected. It ends really, really well.
"I'm really excited about it," he added. "Those guys are going to be amazing."
I can't wait! For now, take a look at Liberace's grand entrance in one of his Vegas shows (yeah, "Ocean's Eleven's" Soderbergh returns to Vegas, this time featuring different men )
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