Bella Thorne to Star in the Indie Action Comedy “Chick Fight”

The fight’s on for Bella Thorne

The 22-year-old half-Cuban American actress/singer has joined the cast of Chick Fight, the indie action comedy starring and produced by Malin Akerman

Bella Thorne

Paul Leydenis directing Joseph Downey’s original script for the film, which is being produced by Yale Productions and Idiot Savant Pictures. A January shooting start is in the works.

Akerman stars as Anna, who still hasn’t reconciled with the recent death of her adored mother. She’s just discovered that her loving and supportive father is gay, and she accidentally burns down her uninsured coffee shop after learning a thrown joint and a spilled bottle of moonshine don’t mix. Knowing Anna needs to be abruptly shaken and stirred from her deep funk, her best friend takes her to an all-women underground fight club, where she encounters an eclectic cast of characters.

Thorne plays Olivia, the club’s intimidatingly perfect and most brutally efficient fighter, who quickly becomes a rival in and out of the ring. 

Her previous feature credits include Netflix’s The Babysitter franchise, Blended, Stuck on YouThe DUFFMidnight Sun and the Sundance AGBO Studios feature Assassination Nation

Her television credits include Disney Channel’s Shake It UpHBO’s Big LoveABC’s Dirty Sexy Money and Freeform’s Famous in Love

Bella Thorne to Make Feature Directorial Debut

Bella Thorneis heading behind the lens…

The 22-year-old half-Cuban American actress/singer has signed on to direct her first feature film, an elevated thriller written by Zander Coté, the plot of which is being kept under wraps.

Bella Thorne

Thorne will also take on a supporting role in the film, which will begin shooting this coming summer.

“We are thrilled to partner with Bella on her feature directing debut,” says Bernon, “She’s about to leave an indelible mark on the genre, and we can’t wait for audiences to discover her bold vision.”

Thorne is also a best-selling author, director, philanthropist musician and entrepreneur. She entered the entertainment business at six months of age and at 21 has built an empire that stretches from acting to various entrepreneurial ventures and philanthropic endeavors.

Her unapologetic authenticity and ability to be raw with her fans has generated a loyal and diehard following on her social media pages, which consists of 21.5M on Instagram, 6.9M on Twitter, 529k subscribers on YouTube

Thorne’s feature credits include Netflix’s The Babysitter franchise, BlendedStuck on You, The DUFFMidnight Sunand the Sundance AGBO Studiosfeature Assassination Nation

Her television credits include Disney Channel’s Shake It UpHBO’s Big LoveABC’s Dirty Sexy Money and Freeform’s Famous in Love

Her first foray into directed came in an unusual way… Thorne directed PornHub’s Visionaries Director’s Serieswith the short Her & Him.

Duron Advances to Next Round on “The Voice”

Christina Aguilera is stuck on having Dez Duron remain on Team Xtina on The Voice

During Tuesday night’s episode of NBC’s hit singing competition, Aguilera pitted the adorably handsome 22-year-old Latino singer against teen pop singer Alessandra Guercio in the Knockout Round.

Dez Duron

Guercio picked Rihanna’s “Take a Bow” as her performance song, while Duron opted to change things up from the earlier rounds by singing Lionel Richie’s “Stuck on You.”

“This is like a different look than what I’ve given Christina in the other two songs,” said the Louisiana native. “It just more about connecting with the song and making people feel something.”

Following their “battle of the heartthrobs,” as Voice coach Blake Shelton called it, coach Adam Levine said the pair are both “super talented.”

Ultimately, the decision would be up to Aguilera, who complimented Duron on his runs. A “really torn” Xtina ultimately picked Duron, saying she felt “more confident with Dez.”

“When you get knocked down, you just gotta get back up and keep working hard,” said Duron, who after failing to get any of the coaches to push their “I Want You” buttons during his Season 2 blind audition worked on his vocals and learned the guitar in his quest to get picked in season three.”If it’s what you love, it’s worth a second shot, it’s worth a third shot, it’s worth as many shots as it takes.”

Duron now advances to The Voice’s live shows as one of Aguilera’s final five.

Anthony Going Country?

He may be one of the best selling tropical salsa artists of all time… But Marc Anthony is about to go country.

The 43-year-old Puerto Rican singer/songwriter will join some of today’s biggest country music stars for a special concert to honor Lionel Richie.

Marc Anthony

Dubbed ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends – In Concert, the concert will feature artists like Darius Rucker and Big & Rich singing Richie’s greatest hits. Anthony will join voices with Sara Evans to perform “Endless Love.” Big & Rich will deliver “Brick House“, while Rucker is expected to do a duet with Richie on “Stuck on You“, a song he re-recorded for his recently released album Tuskegee.

Other scheduled performers include Jason Aldean singing “Say You Say Me,” The Band Perry performing “Penny Lover” and Lady Antebellum delivering their rendition of “Truly.”

Taped earlier this week at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends – In Concert will air on Friday, April 13 on CBS.