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    Disney books director for Cyrus/Sparks 'Song' feature

    Posted: Mon., Mar. 30, 2009, 8:00pm PT

    Robinson to direct Cyrus' 'Song'

    Film will begin production in June

    By Michael Fleming
    Variety

    Disney has set Julie Anne Robinson to make her feature directing debut on "The Last Song," a Miley Cyrus starrer that will begin production in June.

    The film is a Nicolas Sparks-scripted adaptation of a novel Sparks wrote specifically to turn into a star vehicle for the "Hannah Montana" topliner (Daily Variety, Sept. 16).


    Disney-based Offspring Entertainment partners Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot are producing; Tish Cyrus is executive producer.

    The British-born Robinson won a BAFTA Award for directing the pilot of the BBC series "Viava Blackpool," and since arriving in the U.S., she has directed episodes of "Big Love," Weeds" and "Grey's Anatomy." She most recently helmed ABC's pilot for the Patricia Heaton starrer "The Middle," created by Eileen Heisler and Deann Heline.

    Cyrus will play a rebellious teenager sent to spend the summer with her estranged father.

    Sparks' novel will be published by Grand Central in the fall.

    UTA repped Robinson, Cyrus, Sparks and Offspring.
    Robinson to direct Cyrus' 'Song' - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety

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    Re: Disney books director for Cyrus/Sparks 'Song' feature

    Miley Cyrus to make a new movie ...
    but where?

    Posted 1h 10m ago

    By Martha Waggoner
    Associated Press Writer

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Hundreds of people could find jobs when Miley Cyrus begins shooting her new movie — but who gets them depends on where it's filmed.

    North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue scheduled a news conference Wednesday at EUE/Screen Gems studios in Wilmington to announce a project her office said was "expected to create hundreds of jobs." But the event was canceled, and the state Commerce Department said more time was needed to work out the project's details.

    Perdue later told the the Star-News of Wilmington the announcement involved the Cyrus movie The Last Song, based on a script by New Bern author Nicholas Sparks.

    "I was hopeful to say that it was coming and now I don't know that I'll get to say that," Perdue told the newspaper.

    She said Georgia also is trying to get the movie, which is being distributed by Walt Disney Co. Disney also is behind the Hannah Montana television series and movies that made the 16-year-old Cyrus a 'tween phenomenon.

    "Nobody knows what's going to happen. ... I don't know what figures they got from Georgia, but Georgia wants them badly, and we want them badly," Perdue said. "And by Monday, there'll be four or five other states that want them badly."

    Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson refused to confirm Perdue's statement and said the governor was not available for comment.

    Alison Tyrer, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, declined comment. Sparks did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

    Disney didn't know where the movie was shooting, spokeswoman Chrissy Woo said in an e-mail. Offspring Entertainment, the production company, referred questions to Disney.

    Cyrus said Tuesday that she's not certain she wants to do another Hannah Montana movie after Hannah Montana: The Movie is released April 10. But she is signed for a third season of the TV show and said she's interested in a fourth.

    Sparks' movies, such as Nights in Rodanthe and A Walk to Remember have started as novels. But The Last Song began as a script written with Cyrus in mind.

    "I've always been lucky to play parts that relate to me, and this doesn't at all," Cyrus said. "I have my issues, but not as bad as this chick. So I'm happy to play someone that's just kind of out there and not someone that I'm like."
    Miley Cyrus to make a new movie ... but where? - USATODAY.com

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    Re: Disney books director for Cyrus/Sparks 'Song' feature

    Office of Governor Sonny Perdue
    Published: April 9, 2009

    ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue announced today that Savannah will be the filming location for the upcoming Disney film, The Last Song. The movie is expected to bring approximately 250 jobs to the state.

    “I signed the 2008 Entertainment Industry Investment Act in support of our efforts to recruit film, music and digital entertainment projects to Georgia,” said Governor Perdue. “These industries are thriving and growing, boosting the state’s economy and employing thousands of Georgians.”

    The script was written by noted author Nicholas Sparks. The production of the film will take place in Savannah and other nearby coastal locales. Julie Anne Robinson will direct The Last Song which is expected to start production in Georgia in mid-June and be completed by mid-August, 2009.

    Producer Dara Weintraub also produced another film in Savannah called The Clearing, which starred Robert Redford, Willem Dafoe and Helen Mirren.

    Georgia’s new, more competitive incentives offer a 20 percent tax credit for qualified productions, which are then eligible for an additional 10 percent tax credit if they include an animated Georgia promotional logo within the finished product. The incentive covers more than just the film and television industries. The program also offers credits for commercials and music videos, as well as the first incentive in the nation to cover other areas of development including animation, interactive entertainment and video game development.

    Nine feature films, two television series and one television pilot were produced in Georgia in the first quarter of 2009. A Sony Pictures produced television series began production in Georgia in April and three feature films are currently in production. Seven more feature films are slated for the state in the coming months.

    The Film, Music and Digital Entertainment office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, assists local, national and international entertainment industries with expertise and resources. The staff points movie production companies to Georgia’s highly-trained crews, state-of-the-art facilities, and diverse locations. Georgia’s temperate climate and easy access afforded by Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, are also factors that attract the industry’s interest.

    Since the inception of the office in 1973, more than 600 major motion pictures, independent films, television series and pilots, and TV movies have filmed on location in the state. As a result, over $5 billion dollars has been generated for the state’s economy.

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    Re: Disney books director for Cyrus/Sparks 'Song' feature

    "The Last Song" Looking for Specific Roles


    Casting Update


    The Last Song extras casting director is currently looking to cast specific roles for “The Last Song”.

    This includes Men and Women aged 18 to 90. Casting needs are as follows:

    • Experienced volleyball players and coaches
    • Experienced stand ins (those who have stood in for actors in other projects)
    • Experienced medical types (doctors, nurses, ect.)


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    Re: Disney books director for Cyrus/Sparks 'Song' feature

    Greg Kinnear and Kelly Preston join 'The Last Song' which began production in Georgia yesterday, they will play the parents of Miley Cyrus' character. The Touchstone Pictures production is scheduled to open January 8, 2010.

    full story at:
    Kinnear, Preston join Cyrus in 'Song' - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety

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    Re: Disney books director for Cyrus/Sparks 'Song' feature

    A cute feature in a local online paper in Georgia, locals send in their photos & they get posted:

    Miley Cyrus with extras, crew and fans
    Spotted® Savannah, Georgia photos | Miley Cyrus with extras, crew and fans


    A not so-cute feature, a 53-year old man is arrested for attempting to stalk the 16-year old star while in Savannah, Georgia filming Disney's 'The Last Song' after being reported by Disney Studio security:

    Police search home of accused Miley Cyrus stalker
    Police search home of accused Miley Cyrus stalker - Yahoo! News

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