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Vast Entertainment’s Lane Shefter-Bishop premieres her new film
The Choking Game on Lifetime July 26th

The Choking Game

Based on the book “Choke” by Diana Lopez. Taryn finds herself gaining much-desired popularity when the charismatic new girl at school claims her as a “breath sister,” teaching Taryn about the Choking Game. Hiding it from her ever-present mother, best friend, and teachers, Taryn sees choking as a way to build self-control and grab an easy high. But, as the stakes are raised through each subsequent ‘flight’, Taryn has no idea that she is actually putting her life in extreme danger.
Starring: Freya Tingley, Peri Gilpin. More info.

‘Parenthood’ Actress Mae Whitman May Star as ‘The DUFF’

Mae Whitman

Variety:

Ari Sandel was attached to direct the project last year from Josh A. Cagan’s adaptation of the novel by Kody Keplinger.

The story is centered on a high school senior whose world is turned upside down when she learns that she has been labeled by her group of friends as the DUFF (designated ugly fat friend), a sidekick to her prettier more popular friends. She becomes determined to reinvent herself — and enlist her fellow DUFFs — in a scheme to overthrow the school’s evil queen.

McG and Mary Viola are producing for Wonderland Sound and Vision along with Vast Entertainment’s Lane Shefter Bishop, who brought the book to Wonderland.

CBS Films acquired the feature rights “The D.U.F.F.” in 2011. Mark Ross and Alex Ginno are overseeing the project for CBS Films.

The film is expected to shoot in Atlanta this summer.

More info here.

Freya Tingley & Peri Gilpin Top Lifetime Telefilm ‘The Choking Game’

Freya TingleyPeri Gilpin

Deadline Hollywood:

The telepic based on Diana Lopez’s novel Choke follows a teenager who flirts with disaster after being introduced to the “game” of intentionally cutting off oxygen to the brain to get high. Freya Tingley (Hemlock Grove) stars in The Choking Game as Taryn, who is just starting her senior year when a charismatic new girl claims her as a “breath sister” as they take “flights” together. Frasier alum Peri Gilpin also stars in the Lifetime Original as Taryn’s mom, who tries to help after sensing that something is seriously wrong with her daughter. Directed by Lane Shefter Bishop and written by Jen Klein, the telefilm from Orly Adelson Productions is executive produced by Jonathan Eskenas, Bishop, Marilyn R. Atlas and Adelson.
More info here.

Bella Thorne to Co-Star in Teen Comedy ‘The DUFF’ for CBS Films

Bella Thorne

TheWrap:

Bella Thorne may have graduated from the Disney Channel but she’s heading back to high school for her next movie, as she’s nearing a deal to star alongside Mae Whitman in CBS Films’ comedy “The DUFF,” TheWrap has learned.

Ari Sandel is directing from a script by Josh A. Cagan, who adapted the novel by Kody Keplinger. The film will star “Parenthood” actress Mae Whitman.

Story follows Bianca (Whitman), a high school senior whose world is turned upside down when she discovers she’s been labeled her social group’s DUFF (designated ugly fat friend), a sidekick of sorts to her prettier, more popular friends. She becomes determined to reinvent herself, enlisting her fellow DUFFs in a scheme to overthrow Madison, the school’s evil queen.

Thorne is in negotiations to play Madison, who will do everything in her power to keep Bianca in her place as a DUFF.

McG and Mary Viola are producing for Wonderland Sound and Vision along with Vast Entertainment’s Lane Shefter Bishop, who brought the book to Wonderland. CBS Films boarded the project in 2011, and its executives Mark Ross and Alex Ginno will oversee the project on behalf of the studio. Production is expected to start this summer in Atlanta.

Thorne, who starred on the hit Disney Channel series “Shake It Up!,” recently landed the lead role in Franck Khalfoun’s “Amityville” movie, which is being produced by Dimension Films and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse banner. She’ll soon be seen in the Adam Sandler comedy “Blended,” Voltage Pictures’ thriller “Home Invasion” and the Disney movie “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”

More info here.

‘Community’ Star Ken Jeong Lands New Teaching Gig in Comedy ‘The DUFF’

Ken Jeong

TheWrap:

“Community” may have been cancelled but Ken Jeong has landed a new teaching gig, as he has closed a deal to join the cast of CBS Films’ comedy “The DUFF,” TheWrap has learned.

Ari Sandel is directing from a script by Josh A. Cagan, who adapted the novel by Kody Keplinger.

Story follows Bianca (Mae Whitman), a high school senior whose world is turned upside down when she discovers she’s been labeled her social group’s DUFF (designated ugly fat friend), a sidekick of sorts to her prettier, more popular friends. She becomes determined to reinvent herself, enlisting her fellow DUFFs in a scheme to overthrow Madison (Bella Thorne), the school’s evil queen.

McG and Mary Viola are producing for Wonderland Sound and Vision along with Vast Entertainment’s Lane Shefter Bishop, who brought the book to Wonderland. CBS Films boarded the project in 2011, and its executives Mark Ross and Alex Ginno will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.

More info here.

Heather Swain’s ‘Hungry’ to be Developed to Film

Variety:
Ineffable Pictures is developing young-adult novel “Hungry” as a movie, tapping writer Derek Simon to adapt Heather Swain’s dystopian story. Ineffable’s Raphael Kryszek and Jesse Israel will produce with Lane Shefter Bishop of Vast Entertainment, who brought the project to the company. “Hungry,” set for publication in June by Holts Children/MacMillan/Feiwell & Friends, takes place in a future in which there is no longer any food and the population is fed via nutrient patches manufactured by a ruling corporation. The story follows a teen girl as she suddenly starts feeling hunger pains. More info here.

Variety: ‘Fakebook’ Movie Gets Real at Ineffable Pictures

Ineffable Pictures has logged on to “Fakebook: A True Story Based on Actual Lies,” picking up feature film rights to the recent non-fiction book by Dave Cicirelli. The memoir chronicles fake Facebook adventures and their impact on Cicirelli’s actual and fictional double life – one in the real world and one in cyberspace. Ineffable has also optioned Heather Swain’s forthcoming novel “The Last Apple” with Lane Shefter Bishop. More info here.

Vast & Fox 2000 Get “Reboot”-ed

Amy Tintera’s debut, REBOOT, in which two teens who have “rebooted” after dying must work together to rescue their kind from enslavement and end up falling in love in the process, to Kari Sutherland at HarperTeen, at auction, in a two-book deal, by Emmanuelle Morgen at Stonesong.

Film rights were optioned to Fox 2000 with Chernin Entertainment and Lane Shefter Bishop at Vast Entertainment producing. Lucy Stille at Paradigm brokered the deal on behalf of Lane Shefter Bishop and Emmanuelle Morgen. More info here: Variety