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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

Bella Thorne To Star In Home Invasion Thriller ‘Masquerade’

EXCLUSIVE: We hear that Bella Thorne is set to lead Masquerade, a home invasion thriller which Shane Dax Taylor will direct and write.

The project, which will shoot in Kentucky, follows 11-year-old Casey (Alyvia Alyn Lind of Daybreak and The Young and the Restless) who must survive the night after a group of intruders, led by Rose (Thorne), break into her family’s home to steal priceless artwork. The thieves will stop at nothing to get what they want, with shocking developments. Austin Nichols (The Walking Dead) and Mircea Monroe (Episodes, Book Club, Fifty Shades of Black) will star as Casey’s parents, with Skyler Samuels (The Gifted) as Rose’s cohort. EPs are Stuart Manashil, Joe Heath, Corky Taylor, Ron Kirchhoff, Jeff Walz, Brian Dahlin, Roman Terrill, Raja Collins, and John Lind. Taylor will produce alongside Steven Schneider (Insidious, Glass) and Kenneth Burke (Soul Surfer). Venus Kanani cast the film.

Recently, Deadline broke the story that Thorne will make her feature directorial debut with an elevated untitled thriller written by Zander Coté which will go into production next summer. Thorne is also a best-selling author, director, philanthropist musician and entrepreneur. Her feature credits include Netflix’s The Babysitter franchise, Blended, Stuck on You, The DUFF, Midnight Sun and the Sundance AGBO Studios feature Assassination Nation. Her TV credits include Disney Channel’s Shake It Up, HBO’s Big Love, ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money and Freeform’s Famous in Love. She is repped by CAA, Thirty Three Management, Strategic, and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and Fishman.

Taylor’s credits include the 2010 romantic drama feature Bloodworth starring Val Kilmer, Kris Kristofferson and Hilary Duff and the 2015 action thriller Isolation.

Lind is represented by Coast to Coast Talent Group. Nichols is with UTA and Silver Lining Entertainment. Monroe is repped by Gersh and LINK. Samuels is represented by UTA. Taylor and Schneider are with Novo Management.

Source: deadline.com

Bella Thorne To Make Feature Directorial Debut With Secret Thriller Project

EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has learned that Bella Thorne has signed to direct an elevated thriller written by Zander Coté, the plot of which is being kept under wraps.

Thorne is also planning to take a supporting role in the film which will shoot this coming summer.

Eric B. Fleischman’s Defiant Studios, David Bernon of Burn Later Productions, and Maurice Fadida of Kodiak Pictures will produce collectively.

We are thrilled to partner with Bella on her feature directing debut,” says Bernon, “She’s about to leave an indelible mark on the genre, and we can’t wait for audiences to discover her bold vision.

Thorne is also a best-selling author, director, philanthropist musician and entrepreneur. She entered the entertainment business at six months of age and at 21 has built an empire that stretches from acting to various entrepreneurial ventures and philanthropic endeavors.

Her unapologetic authenticity and ability to be raw with her fans has generated a loyal and diehard following on her social media pages, which consists of 21.5M on Instagram, 6.9M on Twitter, 529k subscribers on YouTube. Thorne’s feature credits include Netflix’s The Babysitter franchise, Blended, Stuck on You, The DUFF, Midnight Sun and the Sundance AGBO Studios feature Assassination Nation. Her TV credits include Disney Channel’s Shake It Up, HBO’s Big Love, ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money and Freeform’s Famous in Love.

She is represented by CAA, Thirty Three Management, Strategic and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and Fishman.

Source: deadline.com

Bella Thorne to Receive Directing Award From Pornhub for Adult Film Debut ‘Her & Him’

Bella Thorne has been honored a handful of times in her career. In 2015, she scored a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain for her work in the teen comedy The Duff, her first and only surfboard prize out of seven nominations. The 21-year-old former Disney Channel star has also been feted with Young Artist and Young Hollywood awards from various voting groups, and now comes word that she’s poised to take home another prize for her mantle.

Thorne has been selected to receive a Vision Award at the 2nd Annual Pornhub Awards Show, scheduled for Oct. 11 at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. Porn star and Pornhub brand ambassador Asa Akira is hosting the event where Ty Dolla $ign, Bad Bunny, Ian Isiah, Kali Uchis, Rico Nasty and Tommy Genesis are set to perform.

The news comes just weeks after the release of Thorne’s directorial debut Her & Him, a film she made for the streaming platform, one of the leading pornography websites on the Internet. It stars adult entertainers Abella Danger and Small Hands and, per Pornhub, “depicts an edgy 20-something guy who stumbles upon a surprise text in his girlfriend’s phone, interrupting their morning routine and spinning everything into an out-of-control sexually charged encounter.” The company produced Her & Him under its Visionaries Director’s Series, which features debuts from guest directors to help diversify porn production.

I’m excited for visions of beauty like this to be shed in a new light,” Thorne said in a statement released with the today’s news. “Breaking the taboo of what’s classified as beautiful has always been a vision of mine and it brings me such joy to see this being recognized for what it truly is…beautiful visionary art.

She previously said in an interview that her inspiration for the film was Gaspar Noe’s graphic film Love, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival. “It’s a little bit on the psychological side of like a cat-and-mouse game that I really liked. And I think that speaks for a lot of our male versus female constantly when it doesn’t really need to be like that, but there’s always this level of dominance and submissive and how that plays such a big role in general in life, so I wanted to do something like that. So I brought it into a sense where you could really see it so it’s physical,” she has said. “I didn’t wanna just do a sex scene that felt kind of like we’re copping out, in a sense. Like, ‘Oh we can’t show this and we can’t show that, so we’re just gonna like do a little fun thing with the camera.’ That’s like not the style I really love. I really love the movie Love, so that was one of my references for when I shot it. I like that style of just being really realistic.

Thorne’s Her & Him is currently available exclusively on Pornhub Premium. Other artists who have participated in Pornhub’s Visionaries Director’s Club include rapper Young M.A. and Brooke Candy.

The 2nd annual Pornhub Awards will feature Willo Perron as creative director and statues designed by British art director and graphic designer Peter Saville. Other honors to be recognized at the upcoming show include Most Popular Verified Amateur, Top Fetish Performer, Most Popular Gay Performer, Most Popular Network and Top Celebrity, among others.

Pornhub is home to more than 5 million videos and 120 million visitors a day.

As for Thorne, she recently released a book of poems, The Life of a Wannabe Mogul: Mental Disarray, as well as a cannabis line. She continues to act, mostly in independent films such as the upcoming Southland, Leave Not One Alive and Girl.

Source: hollywoodreporter.com