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People Are Petitioning To Block Paris Jackson’s Controversial New Movie With Bella Thorne

As the daughter of one of the most polarizing celebrities to ever walk the face of the earth, Paris Jackson is no stranger to controversy. But the latest drama swirling around her has nothing to do with her super famous family — it’s all about her playing a role in a new project that has already rubbed many people the wrong way.
The upcoming film Habit stars Bella Thorne as a young woman with a “Jesus fetish” (whatever that means) who narrowly escapes the clutches of a dangerous drug dealer by pretending to be a nun. Gavin Rossdale (leader of rock band Bush and ex-husband of Gwen Stefani) also stars in the movie, and Jackson will round out the trio of famous faces, playing Jesus Christ in the project.

The outrage from the internet was swift. Upon hearing about the film’s premise and Jackson’s role in it, a Change.org petition was created soon after, demanding that Habit never be distributed across any platform.
“A new blasphemous Hollywood film is predicted to come out soon depicting Jesus as a lesbian woman,” explained the petition’s creator. “Let’s please spread awareness and wake people up to the Christianophobic garbage that is spread nowadays, but is somehow accepted and praised by society.

The petition, which specifically calls for Lionsgate and Warner Brothers to block Habit from being released to the public, has already been signed over 300,000 times by people around the world. Comments on the Change.org entry are vehemently opposed to the film, calling it blasphemous and a direct slight to Christians everywhere.
We are now a society where we try to be sensitive to others beliefs,” wrote one signee. “Why is this okay to offend Christians? It’s not!

All for the almighty dollar,” said another. “You should be ashamed.

Thorne reacted to the outrage against the film, which she executive produced, on her Instagram story. “Because Jesus is a woman,” she captioned a screenshot of a post discussing the petition. “Wowowowowow.
There’s no word yet on whether the overwhelmingly negative public response will have any tangible impact on Habit’s distribution. But, for people who are so against the project, they sure are giving it a lot of free promotion — the world probably wouldn’t have even known about the film without the petition. Their protest might actually have the opposite outcome to what they were hoping to accomplish.

Source: refinery29.com

Bella Thorne Inks TV Development Deal With Fox

Bella Thorne is getting into business with Fox, signing a development deal for both scripted and unscripted content with the network. [SPOILER ALERT] Thorne also was part of a major reveal tonight on Fox’s The Masked Singer, where she was unmasked as the Swan.

Best known for roles in The Duff, Netflix’s The Babysitter, Assassination Nation and Disney Channel’s Shake it Up, Thorne has been shooting indie film Habit from the producer of Mudbound, and is set to star in director Mitzi Peirone’s post-apocalyptic thriller The Uncanny. She also has been cast in the home invasion thriller Masquerade and will be making her feature directorial debut with an elevated thriller written by Zander Coté, the story of which is being kept under wraps. On television, she previously headlined Famous In Love, which aired for two seasons on Freeform, among many other credits.

The actress, best-selling author, director, philanthropist, musician and entrepreneur entered the entertainment business at six months of age. Now at 21, she has amassed an empire that stretches from acting to various entrepreneurial ventures and philanthropic endeavors.

Thorne joins a growing list of talent that has entered development partnerships with Fox, including writer/producer Kyle Killen (Halo, Mind Games), Mara Brock Akil (Black Lighting, Love Is …), Jeff Davis (Criminal Minds, Teen Wolf) and Sarah Watson (Fox’s Untitled Film Re-Enactment Drama Pilot, The Bold Type).

Thorne is repped by CAA, Thirty Three Management and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and Fishman.

Source: deadline.com

Bella Thorne Leads ‘Habit’ Movie From ‘Mudbound’ Producer

Bella Thorne is in the midst of filming Habit, an indie film that is being produced by Donovan Leitch, 852 Films, Martingale Pictures, Voltage Pictures, Cloudlight, and Elevated Films, the production company behind the Oscar-nominated film, Mudbound.

First-time feature director Janell Shirtcliff is at the helm, directing from a script by Suki Kaiser, based on a story by Libby Mintz and Shirtcliff. The pic is about a street smart party girl with a Jesus fetish who gets mixed up in a violent drug deal and finds a possible way out — by masquerading as a Nun.

Producers are Leitch, Josie Ho, Michael Suppes, Chris Pak Yu Mung, Chan Pang Chun, Damon Lawner, and Libby Mintz. Cassian Elwes, David Unger, Will French, Adam Edelman, Suki Kaiser, Conroy Chan, Paul Miloknay, Thorne, and Nicolas Chartier serve as executive producers.

Thorne, best known for roles in The Duff, Blended, Midnight Sun, and Disney Channel’s Shake it Up, is repped by CAA, Foundation Media Partners, and Thirty Three Management.

Voltage Pictures is overseeing international rights, while domestic rights are repped by Elevated Films.

Source: deadline.com

Bella Thorne Signs On To Dystopian Thriller ‘The Uncanny’

EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has learned that Bella Thorne will star in director Mitzi Peirone’s post-apocalyptic thriller The Uncanny.

Written by Peirone and Chaya Doswell, The Uncanny presents a future where every citizen is implanted with a chip capable of controlling everything from emotions to directions, until a routine update backfires, causing a cyber apocalypse. Wiping out most of humanity, five strangers miraculously survive, now forced to live hidden in a bunker with their implants ripped from their spines. They were the few lucky enough to survive – until Scarlet (Thorne) begins to suspect they were not saved at all, or by chance.

Rebecca Berrih (Elysian Fields Entertainment) who recently produced Beyond the Sky which was released by RLJ entertainment, Thor Bradwell (JT Leroy) and Courtney Shepard, who serves as Director of Development at New Republic Pictures, the company responsible for co-financing and producing Oscar Best Picture nominee 1917 and Rocketman, will produce.

Peirone directed, wrote and executive produced the mystery thriller Braid which made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival two years ago. That movie follows two wanted women who decide to rob their wealthy psychotic friend, who lives in the fantasy world they created as children. To take the money, the women have to take part in a deadly perverse game of make believe.

The story offers a timely and compelling glimpse into human’s dependence on technology and the greater evils of such addiction” says Shepard about Uncanny. “We’re excited to have Bella on board for such a strong female-led team. I have no doubt Mitzi will craft something visually and thematically stunning.

Thorne was recently cast in the home invasion thriller Masquerade and she’s also making her feature directorial debut with an elevated thriller written by Zander Coté, the story of which is being kept under wraps.

Thorne is repped by CAA, Thirty Three Management, Strategic and Hirsch Wallerstein. Peirone is repped by ICM and Thirty Three Management, as well as Jared Bloch of Felker, Toczek, Suddleson and Abramson.

Source: deadline.com

Alec Baldwin & Bella Thorne Join Malin Akerman In ‘Chick Fight’

EXCLUSIVE: Alec Baldwin and Bella Thorne have joined the cast of Chick Fight, the indie action comedy starring and to be produced by Malin Akerman. Paul Leyden is directing Joseph Downey’s original script for the pic, which is being produced by Yale Productions and Idiot Savant Pictures. A January shooting start is in the works.

Akerman stars as Anna, who still hasn’t reconciled with the recent death of her adored mother. She’s just discovered that her loving and supportive father is gay, and she accidentally burns down her uninsured coffee shop after learning a thrown joint and a spilled bottle of moonshine don’t mix. Knowing Anna needs to be abruptly shaken and stirred from her deep funk, her best friend takes her to an all-women underground fight club, where she encounters an eclectic cast of characters.

Thorne plays Olivia, the club’s intimidatingly perfect and most brutally efficient fighter, who quickly becomes a rival in and out of the ring. Baldwin plays reclusive trainer Jack Murphy, who helps Anna slowly rediscover herself, her inner strength and true purpose in the most primal of ways.

Akerman is producing with Yale Productions’ Jordan Yale Levine, Jordan Beckerman and Michael J. Rothstein, Idiot Savant’s Anne Clements, and Ash Christian. Tiffany Boyle and Elsa Ramo are executive producing, with Yale’s Russ Posternak, Jon Keeyes and Jesse Korman co-producers.

Thorne is repped by CAA, Thirty Three Management, Strategic and Hirsch Wallerstein.

Source: deadline.com

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