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Brewer's new project: 'Gangster Princess'

Director Craig Brewer - a longtime friend and client of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission - has been tapped by Paramount to write and direct Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills.

The project is Brewer's fifth feature film and derives from a Rolling Stone magazine article about Lisette Lee, a fascinating fraud who called herself the Korean Paris Hilton.

The movie is at the very earliest stages of development, Brewer told The Commercial Appeal. He liked the story for “the hustle itself, how vast it was, and how easy it was for people to be blinded by the wealth and the appearance of wealth.”

Read John Beifuss' story here.



'House Crashers' on DIY Network Monday, Mar. 4

The DIY Network's House Crashers show has host and contractor Josh Temple following unsuspecting hardware store shoppers and surprising them with a remodeling project.

The show came to Memphis and was assisted by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

Here's the program description for the episode — titled "Rustic Memphis Attic Hideaway" — that can be seen on the DIY Network on March 4 at 10:30 p.m. and three hours later at 1:30 a.m.: "An unfinished attic in Memphis is transformed into a rustic getaway for these homeowners. Once exposed walls and plywood floors becomes a place to lounge with a custom hanging bed, a hidden television, white oak flooring and a built in bookcase. Plus, host and licensed contractor Josh Temple takes it above and beyond with a sleek desk build, modern skylight and charming ceiling treatment."

For more info on the show, go here.



Wide-ranging Film Forum Mar. 21-24

The Second Annual Film Forum takes place March 21-24 at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute in Morrilton, Ark., about 200 miles west of Memphis.

The event is for actors, directors, producers, technicians, and students to participate in intensive workshops with film-industry insiders. It's also of interest to film enthusiasts who will hear enlightening discussions, interviews, performances, and have the opportunity to observe the workshops.

Several Hollywood insiders - directors, screenwriters, actors and acting coaches - will be there sharing their vast knowledge of the industry. Costs are quite reasonable.

For a detailed list of events, speakers, entertainment, pricing and registration info, go here.



Auditions Mar. 14 for 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Hoofers listen up: So You Think You Can Dance is coming to the Orpheum on March 14 to audition dancers who want to get on the show.

The Fox Network show is working with the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

Dancers can be no younger than 18 or older than 30 by registration day. Registration begins at 8 a.m. that day and auditioners should be available for three days.

For more infomation, go here.



Paper Moon featured in Daily News

What's it like to film in Memphis? Ryan Watt, who, with partner Nick Case has the local Paper Moon Films production company, is featured in this story in The Daily News. And he knows a few things about making movies here:

"... it’s great to film here, because you can almost film anywhere. Everyone here is really easy to work with. The Film Commission. The police department. Things like that are hard to do in L.A. or New York. You can shoot almost anywhere here."

The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission has worked with Paper Moon since its first project, Kentucker Audley's Open Five. Paper Moon has also done The Romance of Loneliness, Pilgrim Song and is wrapping up Forty Years from Yesterday.


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