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Country music star Shania Twain, Michael Madsen, and Kevin Dunn have joined the cast of John Travolta’s racing movie “Trading Paint.”

Principal photography launched this week in Alabama with shooting scheduled through mid-September at several Alabama locations. Toby Sebastian (“Game of Thrones”) will also co-star.

Karzan Kader, director of Tyler Perry and Doug Liman’s upcoming “The Year of the Great Storm,” is helming “Trading Paint” from a script by Craig Welch and Gary Gerani. Travolta portrays a down-and-out dirt track racing legend who is drawn back into the winner’s circle after his son, an aspiring driver, joins a competitor’s racing team, and incites an intense and dangerous competition between father and son.

Ambi Pictures and Paradox Studios are fully financing and producing the film. The producers are Andrea Iervolino, Monika Bacardi, Silvio Muraglia, and Alexandra Klim. AMBI Distribution is handling worldwide sales for the film.

Iervolino said, “It’s well know that dirt track racing is one of the most exciting sports in the world, and it’s also one of the most dangerous. Our story is rooted in that high-speed danger, but also very much character driven, and this is where having someone of John’s caliber and gravitas pays great dividends.”

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Renee Zellweger, Common, Isabella Rossellini, Simon Baker, Taylor Kinney, and Gus Birney have joined the cast of Sarah Jessica Parker’s romantic drama “Best Day of My Life.”

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group is producing. Parker portrays a jazz vocalist in New York City after she receives a diagnosis that shatters her world and jolts her to her core as she prepare for an upcoming world tour.

Fabien Constant is directing the film from a screenplay written by Laura Eason. Parker will also serve as producer alongside Alison Benson, Iervolino and Bacardi. The movie is being executive produced by Phil Hunt and Compton Ross of Head Gear Films, who are co-financing the film.

Principal photography will begin this week in New York City. Ambi Distribution is handles worldwide sales. CAA is co-repping the film’s domestic sale.

“Best Day of My Life” is the second collaboration between Ambi and Parker, following the romantic comedy “All Roads Lead to Rome” in 2014.

“Sarah Jessica’s intense passion for this film is contagious, and enabled us to bring together such an extraordinary cast,” Iervolino said. “We’re very happy to be doing another movie with her, especially one as layered and poignant as this.”

Zellweger, Common and Baker are represented by CAA. Rossellini is represented by APA. Kinney is represented by Principal Talent. Birney is represented by CESD.

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Netflix paid $8 million at Sundance this year for TV writer Marti Noxon’s feature debut To the Bone, a drama inspired by her own experiences with anorexia. Today the streaming service set a July 14 launch date and unveiled a trailer for the film.

Lily Collins stars as Ellen, who in a last-ditch effort to battle her severe anorexia enters a group recovery home. With the help of an unconventional doctor (Keanu Reeves), Ellen and the other residents go on a sometimes-funny, sometimes-harrowing journey that leads to the ultimate question: Is life worth living? Carrie Preston, Lili Taylor, Alex Sharp and Liana Liberato co-star.

Check out the trailer below.

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Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin are getting behind the wheel for the Lamborghini biopic from Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Media Group. Michael Radford has signed on to direct. Banderas will star as Ferruccio Lamborghini, the founder of the famous car that bears his name while Baldwin will co-star as rival Enzo Ferrari. The film’s working title is Lamborghini – The Legend.

The film is based on a book from Lamborghini’s son, Tonino, and spans the long life of the entrepreneur, from the manufacturing of tractors to creating military vehicles during World War II. After that, came the designing and building the Lamborghini cars that ultimately defined his legacy and was a catalyst in pulling Italy out of its post-war slump. The plan is to shoot the film this summer in Italy and other worldwide locales. Baldwin will shoot for about a week in the film.

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group optioned the rights to Ferruccio Lamborghini. La storia ufficiale (The official story) two years ago. They are financing and producing after hiring Oscar-winning writer/director/producer Bobby Moresco (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) to write the screenplay for the film.

AMBI Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of the AMBI Group, is handling global sales and will introduce the packaged project to buyers in Cannes.

Tonino Lamborghini, son of Ferruccio and writer of several books about his father, said in making the announcement: “My book Ferruccio Lamborghini. La storia ufficiale (The official story) is the only text perfectly respectful of the real life of my father, despite of numerous legends and anecdotes written or told by other people looking for a moment of celebrity. I really believe this film can translate into images and words the great humanity of Ferruccio and transmit to the viewers worldwide my father’s personality: a man full of energy, charisma and passion.”

This film will also include a love story. A lover of fast luxury cars, Lamborghini had one car for each day of the week however Lamborghini’s personal loves extended far beyond cars. His love of women, celebrity lifestyle, and the business of car making made for prodigious drama in Lamborghini’s life and these pursuits and experiences will be just as much a part of the movie as the cars themselves, they say.

Banderas is repped by Paradigm; Baldwin is repped by CAA., and Radford is repped Primary Wave Entertainment.

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And you thought Jude Law was the Hollywood pope.

Pope Francis, a populist sweetheart of a religious leader who has gained favor around the world for his emphasis on the poor, is taking his message to the big screen with the new feature film “Beyond the Sun.”

Written and directed by Graciela Rodriguez, the independent film follows a group of multicultural children who emulate aspects of the apostles. According to a news release, the film was made at the express request of Pope release, who wanted to a see “a movie for children that communicates Jesus’ message.”

Francis even makes a cameo — his acting debut — alongside child actors Aiden Cumming-Teicher, Cory Gruter-Andrew, Emma Duke, Kyle Breitkopf, and Sebastiάn Alexander Chou.

How much do you pay the leader of the Roman Catholic Church to be in your movie, you ask? You give it all to charity, obviously.

“Pope Francis was willing to participate in the movie to support charity as all profits from “Beyond the Sun” will be donated to two selected charities — El Almendro and Los Hogares de Cristo,” the film’s financier AMBI said.

Both charities support Pope Francis’ social and spiritual message within the film, they added.

The film just wrapped production in Argentina. AMBI co-founders Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi produced the film with the religious advise of Monsignor Eduardo Garcia, Bishop of San Justo and General Assistent of FIAC. Co-producers are Graciela Rodriguez and Gabriel Leybu.

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