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RuPaul to star in comedy feature Drag Queens on a Plane

Award-winning production company World of Wonder announces today it is in development on the upcoming scripted comedy feature Drag Queens on a Plane, executive produced by RuPaul Charles and World of Wonder’s Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato and Tom Campbell.

From the producers of RuPaul’s Drag Race, RuPaul stars in what is being described as “the most glamorous disaster movie in herstory!” Here’s the logline:

On the maiden voyage of Glamazonian Airways, RuPaul has packed the flight with drag’s finest. But some evil trolls who don’t believe in loving yourself are on board and will do their damnedest to bring the plane down. Can drag’s greatest queens thwart the terrorist’s evil plan?

“We have seen an overwhelming global demand for scripted and unscripted content illuminating the stories within drag culture,” said World of Wonder co-founders Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. “What was previously thought
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‘Freak Show’ Trailer: Laverne Cox & Bette Midler Support a Gender-Bending Teen’s Run for Homecoming Queen (Exclusive)

‘Freak Show’ Trailer: Laverne Cox & Bette Midler Support a Gender-Bending Teen’s Run for Homecoming Queen (Exclusive)
Notorious club kid James St. James was canonized in the 2003 film “Party Monster,” which saw an adult Macaulay Culkin return to the screen for the first time since 1994’s “Richie Rich.” In his controversial comeback, based on St. James’ memoir and directed by “RuPaul’s Drag Race” producers Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, Culkin played a drug-addled party promoter who becomes embroiled in a murder. Fifteen years later comes “Freak Show,” which is based on the eponymous novel by St. James. “Freak Show” has a lighter take on a similar character, although not one without his demons.

From first-time feature director Trudie Styler, “Freak Show” releases its flashy first trailer today.

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Alex Lawther (“The Imitation Game”) plays Billy Bloom, a teenaged version of Culkin’s Michael Alig. The
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Sundance: Joaquin Phoenix's 'You Were Never Really Here' Joins Lineup

Sundance: Joaquin Phoenix's 'You Were Never Really Here' Joins Lineup
The Sundance Film Festival has added eight new features to its 2018 lineup, including Lynne Ramsay’s new film You Were Never Really Here, starring Joaquin Phoenix as a traumatized veteran who tracks down missing girls. The film originally debuted at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

The fest, which is set to run Jan. 18-28 in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah, also announced a retrospective of VH1’s Emmy-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race, which has just completed its tenth season, with a panel that will include executive producers Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, along with Tom Campbell and Pamela...
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'Lords Of Chaos' joins Sundance 2018 slate

RuPaul named inaugural and sole Next juror.

Jonas Åkerlund’s Lords Of Chaos, a drama about the tumultuous career of Norwegian black metal band Mayhem, is one of eight features announced on Tuesday (December 19) as late additions to the Sundance Film festival line-up.

Festival top brass are adding a Vr experience and said RuPaul will serve as the inaugural and sole Next Innovator Award juror, and convene a retrospective of VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race on the heels of its 10th season and host a panel alongside executive producers and Sundance veterans Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey.

Hearts Beat Loud, announced previously in thePremieres section, is now confirmed as a closing night film.

The additions bring the number of features in play to 121, representing 29 countries and 53 first-time filmmakers, including 30 in competition. Selections were culled from 13,468 submissions including 3,901 feature-length films and 8,740 short films. The Sundance Film Festival is set to
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'Lords Of Chaos' joins Sundance 2018 slate

'Lords Of Chaos' joins Sundance 2018 slate
RuPaul named inaugural and sole Next juror.

Jonas Åkerlund’s Lords Of Chaos, a drama about the tumultuous career of Norwegian black metal band Mayhem, is one of eight features announced on Tuesday (December 19) as late additions to the Sundance Film festival line-up.

Festival top brass are adding a Vr experience and said RuPaul will serve as the inaugural and sole Next Innovator Award juror, and convene a retrospective of VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race on the heels of its 10th season and host a panel alongside executive producers and Sundance veterans Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey.

Hearts Beat Loud, announced previously in thePremieres section, is now confirmed as a closing night film.

The additions bring the number of features in play to 121, representing 29 countries and 53 first-time filmmakers, including 30 in competition. Selections were culled from 13,468 submissions including 3,901 feature-length films and 8,740 short films. The Sundance Film Festival is set to run from January 18-28.

The late additions
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RuPaul is Heading to Sundance for a ‘Drag Race’ Retrospective, Cementing Icon Status Across Industries

RuPaul is Heading to Sundance for a ‘Drag Race’ Retrospective, Cementing Icon Status Across Industries
RuPaul is heading to Park City this winter, and it’s not to shoot a special ski bunny episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” It’s an odd couple pairing for the indie film community and the person who brought drag into the mainstream more than once, proving that even the most devout cinephiles love their reality television — as long as it’s paired with a fabulous dash of biting satire. RuPaul has two Emmys for his role hosting “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” which he executive produces with Sundance regulars Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato of World of Wonder productions.

According to Deadline, RuPaul will host an official “Drag Race” retrospective to celebrate the show’s impact and commemorate its forthcoming tenth season. The event is being billed as, “RuPaul’s Drag Race: A Retrospective of the Cultural Phenomenon.” In addition to the panel, RuPaul will present the Next Innovator Award,
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Film News Roundup: Louis Gossett Jr. Replaces James Earl Jones on ‘Foster Boy’ Drama

Film News Roundup: Louis Gossett Jr. Replaces James Earl Jones on ‘Foster Boy’ Drama
In today’s film news roundup, Louis Gossett Jr. replaces James Earl Jones in “Foster Boy,” David Wojnarowicz is the subject of a documentary and “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” gets a Norwegian director.

Replacement

Louis Gossett Jr. is replacing James Earl Jones as a judge in the reality-inspired feature film “Foster Boy,” currently in production.

Jones departed due to a competing commitment. Matthew Modine and newcomer Shane Paul McGhie star in “Foster Boy,” a legal drama about a high-powered litigator who takes on the case of a disadvantaged African-American young man. They uncover the abuses of the for-profit foster care system.

Other cast members include Julie Benz, Amy Brenneman, Greg Germann, Evan Handler, Jordan Belfi, Lex Scott Davis and Krystian Lyttle.

The script is written by attorney-turned-screenwriter Jay Paul Deratany, based on his experiences as a litigator in Chicago. “Foster Boy,” which is shooting in Los Angeles, is directed by Youssef Delara.
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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Creators Launch New Svod Service

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The production company behind hit TV series “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has launched its own subscription video on demand (Svod) service, which promises “the best of pop culture, drag and Lgbt programming.” The ad-free Wow Presents Plus costs $39.99 per year or $3.99/month. Watch a content trailer for the new platform above. “For more than 20 years, World of Wonder has created programming and experiences that give a voice to the outsiders and the marginalized,” said Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, co-founders of World of Wonder. “As the marginal moves into the mainstream, the time has come for us to curate a.
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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Creators Launch Svod Service Focused On Lgbt Content

Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey’s World of Wonder, the veteran production company behind the Emmy-nominated RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Million Dollar Listing franchise, today launched Wow​ ​Presents​ ​Plus​, an ad-free subscription streaming service. Titled Wow Presents Plus, it will curate from the company’s library of films, TV shows and live events, as well as new original series, with a focus on Lgbt content. The service is available on iOS, Apple TV, Roku, and…
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'Drag Race' Producer World of Wonder Launches Subscription Service

Production company World of Wonder has launched a subscription service for fans of RuPaul's Drag Race and its other shows. 

Wow Presents Plus builds off of the company's existing YouTube channel, Wow Presents, with a lineup of ad-free originals and a rotating selection of its existing documentaries and series, all for $4 per month. 

"As Wow has grown, we've evolved a brand and a voice," says co-founder Fenton Bailey, adding that a "community of outsiders" has developed around Wow's programming. "We're trying to grow that experience for our tribe and give them every possible way that they can not only tell...
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Fenton Bailey (‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ producer): ‘This is the little show that grew and grew and grew’ [Exclusive Video]

Fenton Bailey (‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ producer): ‘This is the little show that grew and grew and grew’ [Exclusive Video]
“For a show in its ninth season to get this many nominations is beyond incredible,” divulges Fenton Bailey during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above) when asked about the multiple Emmy bids for “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” This VH1 reality series, executive produced through Bailey and partner Randy Barbato‘s company World of Wonder, […]
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Hulu Developing RuPaul Dramedy Queen From Ep J.J. Abrams

Hulu Developing RuPaul Dramedy Queen From Ep J.J. Abrams
Hulu to RuPaul and J.J. Abrams: Shantay, you stay.

RelatedRuPaul’s Drag Race Finale: Did Your Favorite Queen Win Season 9?

The streaming service will develop Queen, the duo’s dramedy based on RuPaul’s journey from club kid to drag icon, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (The potential series is being described as a “fictionalized version” of the Drag Race host’s life.)

Power‘s Gary Lennon is on board to write and executive-produce the half-hour project, which is set in 1980s New York City. Additional EPs include RuPaul, Abrams, Bad Robot’s Ben Stephenson, and World of Wonder
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J.J. Abrams Is Developing A RuPaul Biopic Series Called ‘Queen’ For Hulu

Drag icon RuPaul, who currently headlines the hit reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race on VH1, could soon be getting the scripted treatment.

A dramedy called Queen is currently in development at Hulu, which will chronicle a fictionalized version of the performer’s rise to fame in New York in the Reagan era. The series will be produced by J.J. Abrams and written by Gary Lennon (Power, Orange Is The New Black), according to The Hollywood Reporter. Executive producers include Abrams, RuPaul (whose real name is RuPaul Andre Charles), Ben Stephenson of Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, and Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato of World Of Wonder -- the production company behind Drag Race.

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RuPaul TV Dramedy From J.J. Abrams Lands at Hulu

Five months after being taken out into the marketplace, the J.J. Abrams-produced dramedy about RuPaul has found a home.

Hulu has signed on to develop the half-hour project tentatively titled Queen. The potential series is described as a fictionalized version of RuPaul's rise from club kid to drag queen, gay icon and global star.

Gary Lennon (Power) will pen the script and executive produce alongside RuPaul, Abrams and his Bad Robot Productions topper nm9020367 autoBen Stephenson[/link] as well as World of Wonder's Fenton Bailey, Tom Campbell and Randy Barbato. Warner Bros. Television, where Abrams' Bad Robot banner is under a lucrative...
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‘Fashion Photo RuView’ EPs Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato On Their “Screen Agnostic” Approach To Content Creation

Founding production company World of Wonder in 1991, Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey have produced such reality series as RuPaul’s Drag Race and Million Dollar Listing, along with documentaries, including 2016’s Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures. Adapting with great flexibility to changing patterns of media consumption, the creative partners have always considered themselves “screen agnostic,” with the goal of bringing marginalized figures and viewpoints to a mass…
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Lady Gaga, VH1 Drag ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ to New TV Ratings Record

Lady Gaga, VH1 Drag ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ to New TV Ratings Record
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” just reached its largest audience ever, thanks to a Lady Gaga guest spot and the show’s move to VH1. Friday’s Season 9 premiere hauled in 987,000 total viewers, a new series record. That sum doubled its Season 8 premiere and tripled VH1’s time slot average. “Drag Race” used to air on Logo. Also Read: Here's the Story Behind Lady Gaga's Guest Appearance on 'RuPaul's Drag Race' The show also broke its own Twitter engagement record, per Nielsen Social Content Ratings, trending worldwide throughout the telecast. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey,
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Vancouver Film: "Ollie" (aka "The Predator"), "Arrow", "Supergirl"

Thanks to VancouverFilm.Net, here is the Vancouver Film Production Update for March 2017, including "Ollie" (aka "The Predator"), "Arrow", "Supergirl" and a whole lot more:  

Game Over, Man

Feature

Local Production Company: Lumberjackson Productions Inc.

Director: Kyle Newcheck

Producer: Seth Rogan, Scott Rudin

Mar 30/17 - May 12/17

Hardpowder

Feature

Local Production Company: Hardpowder Canada Inc

Director: Hans Petter Moland

Exec. Producer(s): Ameet Shukla, Michael Dreyer

Mar 20/17 - May 24/17

Light Of My Life

Feature

Local Production Company: Light of My Life Film Inc.

Director: Casey Affleck

Producer: Geoffrey Quan

Feb 08/17 - Mar 30/17

Meditation Park

Feature

Local Production Company: Meditation Park Film Ltd.

Director: Mina Shum

Producer: Stephen Hegyes, Raymond Massey

Feb 27/17 - Mar 23/17

Ollie (aka "The Predator")

Feature

Local Production Company: Tcf Vancouver Productions Ltd.

Director: Shane Black

Exec. Producer(s): John Davis, Bill Bannerman

Sep 30/16 - May 15/17

Doomsday

TV Pilot

Local Production Company: Pico Productions Ltd

Director: Joachim Ronning

Exec.
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Lifetime Casts Its Menendez Brothers

The infamous Menendez family tree is now fully cast. 

Lifetime's original movie about the Menendez brothers has cast Nico Tortorella as Lyle Menendez and Myko Olivier as younger brother Erik Menendez, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The family patriarch, Jose Menendez, will be played by American Crime's Benito Martinez.

The trio join Courtney Love, who will play the mother, Kitty Menendez

The untitled project, based on the true story of the 1989 murders of Jose and Kitty Menendez at the hands of their sons, Lyle and Erik, was written by Abdi Nazemian (The Quiet) and will be directed by reality TV producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Ru Paul's Drag Race). Charles Pugliese (Cairo Time) also is attached as...
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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Producer Brings Its Queens To Long-Form Digital Shows

xOn the WOWPresents YouTube channel, production company World of Wonder has shared a number of shows related to its most popular TV program, RuPaul’s Drag Race. Now, World of Wonder is readying two of its biggest digital exclusives yet: As first reported by Variety, it will share a pair of half-hour web series, each one starring a popular Drag Race queen.

The drag queens in question are Alyssa Edwards (real name Justin Johnson), who will host a series called Haus of Edwards, and Detox, who will be take the lead in Detox’s Life Rehab. The first show will follow its star as he runs his dance studio, while the second will feature lifehacks from one of the drag community’s sharpest queens. Both programs will consist of eight episodes.

World of Wonder is using its two long-form shows to kick off what figures to be a busy digital
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