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Stalked: Forest Whitaker, Ellen Page, Drew Barrymoore, Annette Bening

ForestWhitaker.jpgForest Whitaker is to star in a basketball film on the true story of a newly built team comprised of teenagers from various schools hit by Hurricane Katrina.

Ellen Page is starring in a roller derby film to be directed by Drew Barrymoore.

Annette Bening is to receive an award from the American Society of Cinematographers.

Forest Whitaker is to lead the rousing drama based on a true life inspirational story about a basketball team rising from the debris of Hurricane Katrina. The story sees Whitaker playing the coach of the basketball team at John Ehret High in Louisiana who built a team from players across five schools in the disaster area, and took them to the State Championships and won. Think Hoosiers but with natural disaster and plenty of political messages. Tim Story is directing Patriots from a script by Robert Eisele who write The Great Debaters. The story comes from Variety through Empire.

Strange as it may sound but Ellen Page is starring in a film about roller derby that Drew Barrymoore is directing. Yup, I scratched my head at that one too. The story from Variety tells us that Whip It! will tell the story of a young teenager who is always being pushed into beauty pageants, until that is she discovers roller derby and joins a female team. The script comes from Maggie Mayhem, aka Shauna Cross who was a derby star herself. This actually could be interesting.

While we're on awards, Variety tells us that Annette Bening is to receive the American Society of Cinematographers Board of Governors Award which has previously been awarded to Jodie Foster, Francis Ford Coppola and Warren Beatty.



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